As I leisurely sauntered on the TTK road in Alwarpet, looking at the buildings and shops, food outlets all around the busy street, never did I care to even look at the only house on the street just next to me. With boundary walls painted in pink and green, the glance at it and the trees behind it, following that archaic yet beautiful house behind them was totally worth it.
With its grounds in the heritage and architecture of Maharashtra, this house – Mithila is a combination of an abstraction and revelation. It was built in 1931 by Ramachandra Rao, a Marathi businessman and a descendent of one of the oldest Maharashtrian families to have settled in the then Madras, now Chennai. Perhaps, the house never lost its shine even though it was built in the threshold of a time when India wasn’t even an independent nation.