20th October 2012, Calcutta
We have recently taken possession of our new apartment at the ‘Upahar’ Condoville in Kolkata. It is a compact 2400 square-feet three bedroom duplex apartment, occupying a part of the sixth and seventh floor.
Compared to the official residences we have been living in over the course of my various postings, our apartment in Kolkata is compact. Nevertheless it is a beautiful apartment, with a view to match. It is surrounded by five small lakes, three of which are visible from our balconies.
We had just moved from Laos where I was previously posted. Arranging all our furniture, artefacts big and small, masks from all over the world and around 75 picture frames into this house was a considerable challenge, and this was accomplished with eager assistance from my nine year old daughter Minnie, over five days of intensive physical and mental work. Of course Nina had done the herculean task of unpacking over 200 boxes, getting the house painted and fixtures made before I arrived.
As an aesthete, who believes that life should imitate art, I have tried to make our living space a work of art in itself. I don’t know how far I have succeeded but I am happy with the outcome, which I guess will always remain a ‘work in progress’.
And of what use is a nice house if it cannot be shared with those who matter? We therefore look forward to relatives and friends visiting us from time to time to grace our house and invest it with the warmth of friendship and good will.