Around Diwali, Richa Chadha changed her residence from an apartment in the suburbs to a row house in Juhu, which she will be sharing with her beau, Ali Fazal. The couple had planned to exchange wedding vows this year but the pandemic forced them to restructure their plans. In the meanwhile, the couple picked a place in Juhu to live together, which they moved into on Diwali day.
Richa’s cats, Jugni and Kamli, spent Diwali with Richa, her brother and Ali, surrounded by boxes in their new house. “It’s a rented place. I am actually not a big believer in buying properties. I might do it later but for now, we’re in this lovely row house by the beach. It’s quiet, it’s close to Prithvi Theatre where I started my stage journey in Mumbai. I can literally walk to the beach and go for my work out without much ado. It’s mid-way between Andheri and Bandra. The location is very convenient. I was actually supposed to move out of my previous apartment around September-October when my lease got over but I had to start shooting and there was no way I could juggle work and this together. On the first opportunity that we got, we picked our new place and decided to move. On Diwali day, we were still setting up the house. We had boxes all around, we had help for fixing the taps, plumbing, wiring and so on. By 7 pm, we only had the stamina to place a few candles in the house, and attend a pooja with Ali (beau Ali Fazal) at his friend’s house,” says Richa.
Talking about setting up the new house, Richa says, “There is so much space here, one can think of setting up different sections of the house to accommodate the new normal of working for both of us and my brother. The house is spacious enough for all of us to live together. We can have dedicated spaces for different work-activities. I also want to see if I can find an efficient way of doing rainwater harvesting and doing some organic cultivation. I love the idea of being able to do that. I wanted to move to a place like this for this. I had limited space in the apartment, so we only planted the basic kitchen herbs. Here, we have space to expand. I want to fix everything by early December. By then, my Jugni and Kamli, who are not eating much right now and hiding under beds, will also get used to their new house.”