Once Jackson Pollock quoted, “When I say artist I mean the one who is building things … some with a brush – some with a shovel – some choose a pen.” My guest, DeekshaThind has love for almost all the above. She is an extraordinary creator and an extoller of Art. Deeksha’s immense love for art has driven her to give a dramatic change to a 300-year-old Goan house. Being an architect, interior designer, landscaper and a project manager by profession, Deeksha utilized all her skills and expertise in developing her new project, ‘Saraya’. For her, Saraya is her new home rather than a mere business.
As the name suggests, Saraya resembles a dwelling place for the roadies, travellers or the hippies. The word “Saraya” derived from a Sanskrit word, “Saraye” which means resting place for travellers which matches perfectly for the eco-stays they have. However, Saraya is more than a dwelling. It is a place where one can feed their hungry art lover soul. Once I stepped in, I simply loved the place. The quietness, the act of reviving own talent, all was so organic and unique that I decided to stay there and enjoy their services. As I am always keen about people and their peculiar dreams and ideas, I was keen on getting to know Deeksha and her venture Saraya better.
Deeksha landed in Goa in 2006 after her husband expired. She was working for some time and later opt for retirement. Deeksha has four kids who are an architect, a Pilot, a Pizza Chef and a musician respectively. Long ago, Deeksha bought a villa in North Goa. The villa was given on rent to few jewellers however because of the burglaries happening around they thought of leaving the space and Deeksha and his family locked up the property. However, her enthusiastic children asked her not to sell the space (1 acre) for which they had thought of a wonderful business plan. In 2014, she came up with the idea of metamorphosing the vintage Goan villa into a space of creativity. They renovated the room, walls, doors and windows and gave the room an artistic touch with vibrant colours.
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