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The Happpy Feet, Bangalore

Techies Sharath Keshava and Johny Stephen quit their day jobs in August to start The Happpy Feet, which is in the business of providing foot massages. While they do have a studio in Indiranagar, the USP of the service is its dial-a-massage-in-a-Tata Nano feature.

The idea of a mobile massage parlour came to them from a Chinese masseuse on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, US, who had set up business on the street. “Plus, there wasn’t a service that caters only to feet in the city," says Keshava.

They will soon expand to a retail business that sells all things feet. They also plan to double the number of Nanos they have to six in Bangalore this month before setting up in other cities in the coming year.

The good stuff

I called for an Ayurvedic reflexology session in the car during lunch hour. The therapist arrived on time and parked 2 minutes from my office. The bright yellow Nano was modified to serve as a mobile spa. It was fitted with an adjustable reclining chair and a padded stool to prop up your legs. The massage lasted for a relaxing hour.

The Ayurvedic massage is a dry massage, so there is no risk of greasing your clothes if you plan to get back to work. The car is stocked with chocolates, soft drinks and reading material (Condé Nast Traveler and Business Standard), so you don’t get bored. While the Ayurvedic massage that uses the highest pressure is recommended for runners, they also offer Swedish and Thai massages, both done with creams.

The not-so-good

The law doesn’t allow cars to have tinted glasses or curtains. So though we were parked in a relatively quiet street, there were quite a few people peering into the car to see what was happening. If you are uncomfortable with public attention, choose your parking spot carefully. An office parking lot might work better. Though the car was stocked with lemonade, iced tea and chocolates, there was no water. The size of the car might not suit a tall person.

Talk plastic

Sixty minutes of foot cleansing along with a Swedish/Thai/Ayurvedic reflexology session is for 999. You can get a pedicure for an additional 299. The couple’s indulgence package, which includes synchronized massages by two therapists, flowers and chocolates, is for 2,400.

For appointments, call 080-42281122.

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