Kalyani Chawla

Director, press relations and communications, Christian Dior India

Luxury for me is quality time with my eight-year-old daughter, Tahira-Tara, and my family, who are scattered all over the world. We get together for a yearly family holiday, which we all look forward to. My hectic schedule, even when I am not travelling, keeps me away from home for long hours, hence my greatest indulgence is a luxuriously lazy day with Tahira, doing things with her that she enjoys, such as Sunday lunches. We also love taking beach holidays together. That, for me, is pure luxury.

Tapur Chatterji


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Sohrab Sitaram

Owner, Tabula Rasa restaurant

My idea of luxury is being so well-off and well-organized that I have enough time for hobbies such as golf and playing the keyboard regularly. I consider being able to play golf for 4 hours daily at the Jaypee Greens Golf Course, Greater Noida, the greatest luxury.

Renu Modi

Owner, Gallery Espace

Watching nature and being with nature is a luxury for me. I get my peace of mind in a place where I am totally taken care of and can just sit and connect with nature. But I think my idea of perfect luxury would be going to a beach with my family or my girlfriends, not Goa, but maybe some place such as Koh Samui in Thailand.

Nainika Karan


Spending some quality time and holidaying with my family is my idea of luxury. Another way I define luxury is being able to buy something I’m crazy about. Some years back, in Milan, I saw a Dolce and Gabbana python print orange clutch, and I just had to have it. I decided to forgo all the other small things in favour of this one bag.

Remo Fernandes


We have reached a point where we have made a luxury of the very thing that ought to be free—Mother Nature. Today, it is cheaper to own a huge flat and car than to have a cottage in idyllic natural surroundings with pure air, water and untouched flora and fauna. I have always had what I consider the true luxuries: an open sky, sunsets, beaches, rice fields, hills, family, friends and my music. True luxury is knowing how to enjoy what you have, not craving what you don’t.

Seema Chowdhry contributed to this story.