|I moved to Vadodara about 10 years ago
and to say the least, coming here has
been a blessing. It's peaceful and green.
Less traffic. Less pollution. Much lesser
commuting time. Quality of life both
as a parent and as an individual is far
superior - you can work as well as spend
enough time with the family.
|Vadodara is also very well connected -
you can make it to places like Udaipur,
Mt. Abu, Bombay in just 4-5 hours.
Ahmedabad with its international airport
is just 2 hours away. There are beautiful
places like Jambughoda and Champaner
within 45 minutes from here. Overall, it's
conveniently located - it's the South
Central city of Gujarat.
|Vadodara is the cultural capital of Gujarat, and an education hub. The presence of the MS
| University has had a
strong influence on the city. While in
Mumbai I used to take my kids to
Crossword every weekend. Sensing the
intellectual vibrancy of Vadodara and the
fact that there was nothing like
Crossword in the city we decided to open
a Crossword in Vadodara.
|At the outset the idea did have its share
of sceptics but we went ahead. We
started with 6000 sq. ft. and within 3
years, we expanded to 10,000 sq. ft.
Today, after 12 years, it has become a
destination place - there's a large open
space where one can browse around and
read - there's no pressure of buying
anything - there's music - we also have a
café - it has worked like a charm.