|Vadodara gives you the time and space to
focus on things that are relevant. I can
pack so much in a day - I go for a swim at
the palace early in the morning, play
some golf, come to work, golf some more
in the evening, then go to the gym before
returning home to my two-year old
daughter and books. It would be a
nightmare to accomplish this balance in
the bigger cities.
|Coming back to Vadodara and meeting
people, who like me have travelled to
different places of the world, is really fun.
The mix of experiences adds a completely
different flavour to the city. It's really
refreshing to be with someone who is
just as enthusiastic about life as you are.
I've met a lot of foreigners at the
|hotel who've been to Varanasi, Rajasthan,
Kashmir, the South, the metros - all of
them say that there's something about
Vadodara which is different - it's probably
the open-mindedness. We don't get
stereotyped into any slots and this gives
me a lot of pride.
|It's a city that has contributed immensely
to making me who I am today - and I take
that home very warmly. I've always seen
my father, Piyush Shah, going the extra
mile to give back to Vadodara in
whatever way he can - whether it is to
keeping the city green or keeping it alive
with renovations. I see this passion even
amongst my friends and so many other
young people here.