Gaurav Mehta's workspace is kid-friendly, describes his den as 'therapeutic'

The Jaipur Watch Company boss lives by the philosophy ‘simple living and high thinking’.

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Gaurav Mehta's wooden cabinet outside his room has hand-wound watches from around the world.
By Shashi Sunny

Gaurav Mehta, founder of the Jaipur Watch Company, likes a zero-furniture house with plenty of open spaces for his children to play around in:

Kids’ zone
“When I realised I was going to be a father to twins, I removed all the clutter from my floor and made the space into one large hall. This now works as a living space and bedroom for myself, my wife Pratibha, and my two-year-old twins, son Garv and daughter Gaurvi. The twins have so much energy that they can’t be confined to a small space. So what we now have is essentially one large room, with an antique wooden bed on one side and a huge mattress on the floor, which serves as my twins’ play area as well as their bed. The idea of a kid-friendly room with almost zero furniture was designed by my wife.

“The furnishings are simple. For instance, the bedsheet on the kids’ mattress is just Jaipuri cotton. I also have a wooden cabinet outside my room, where I house my cherished watch collection. It has handwound watches from around the world.”


The room has an antique wooden bed on one side and a huge mattress on the floor.
The room has an antique wooden bed on one side and a huge mattress on the floor.

A word for my room
“If you asked me to describe my room in one word, I would say it is ‘therapeutic’. It has been my happy space, a place where I can unwind and be myself. It’s a cocoon from the world.”

Happy hours
“I believe when you’re in your space, in the company of those you care about, your happiness is doubled. Having a luxurious, perfectly curated house will not have a positive effect if it doesn’t connect with your personal emotions. I love my bedroom, which is simple, minimalistic, and not overly decorative, and yet completely suited to my current needs. I ensure there are always lots of soft toys for my kids to play with.”
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Gaurav Mehta's favourite place in the room is a red recliner chair.
Gaurav Mehta's favourite place in the room is a red recliner chair.

No technology
“The only furniture I would like in my room is a large desk, where I can work on my watches. But right now, I can’t have one because the kids might hurt themselves when playing around. Once they are older, I will get a large, old-fashioned wooden desk. I like my room to be bereft of technologies that distract. So, no computers and no gadgets, just watches.

“My favourite place in the room is a red recliner chair. I use it to read a book or listen to music. It helps me get into my Zen mode, giving me the inspiration to deal with life outside. It also helps me to come up with innovative ideas related to work. On my walls, I have family pictures.”

Simply put
“I live by the philosophy ‘simple living and high thinking’. My space is devoid of flamboyance, frills or luxury. My family follows a traditional lifestyle, and these habits are reflected in my house in Jaipur.”
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The idea of a kid-friendly room with almost zero furniture was designed by Gaurav Mehta's wife Pratibha.
The idea of a kid-friendly room with almost zero furniture was designed by Gaurav Mehta's wife Pratibha.

Guests invited
“The guests I would like to host in this space would be Rahul Dravid or the late watch designer Gerald Genta. Dravid has been my icon since childhood. It was a meeting with him, where he taught me how to remain simple despite achieving the greatest highs in one’s career, that changed my life forever.
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“Genta has been an inspiration for me ever since I fell in love with the beauty and precision of watches as a teenager. I have always wanted to meet him in person because I am amazed at how a single man has changed the entire watch industry.”


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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but the new DBS office in South Mumbai seamlessly combines the two. The office boasts of a panoramic view of the sea if you want to clear your mind and focus, as well as a games room to let off a little steam. And for those fitness fanatics, there are cycle stations to help you meet deadlines and your exercise quota for the day.

I love how relaxed and animated our team is in this space, even while we’re reviewing business numbers. The casual atmosphere brings out the best in us and our work — whether we’re hashing out ideas or having heated debates. A must for building a culture of collaboration. — Neetu Maheshwari, COO - Institutional Banking Group.
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Here’s where we get our downtime. After a hard day’s work, we gather here for some unadulterated fun. Gaming is fun, but it’s also nice to just sit back and revel in the moment — watching the gamers in the team guide the amateurs and the cheers of support for the underdog. — Rajesh Narasimhan, VP - Finance.
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I really like the idea of flexible seating. This small change has allowed the team to work in an agile format and to collaborate with other departments. It also means that we can enjoy the spectacular view of the Arabian Sea. I try to come in early a couple of days in a week and spend an hour or two working from these corner seats. It’s calming and helps me concentrate. — Varun Krishna, Head – Marketing, Consumer Banking Group.
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I find it hard to work out on weekdays. The cycle workstation is a good way to keep the body active after a long while at the desk. I can pedal my way to better health while staying productive. — Garima Mishra, Head – Rewards, HR.
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These serene spaces are my go-to when I need to focus. No noise, no distractions, natural light and the sheer openness of the space clears my mind. —Yasmin Das, Head - Legal.
These serene spaces are my go-to when I need to focus. No noise, no distractions, natural light and the sheer openness of the space clears my mind. —Yasmin Das, Head - Legal.
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