I am just back from a long visit to Mangalore, where Bernard and I have our roots. Mangalore boasts of an interesting architectural blend of the old and the new. Old colonial houses stand proud and stately alongside high rise apartments and commercial complexes. The colonial influence is evident everywhere. Mangaloreans love Western music, and you shouldn’t be surprised if you come across pianos in our living rooms.Most homes always have a few antique pieces lovingly handed down over generations.
My parents too have inherited their share of antiques. Their decor is an eclectic combination of the old and the new, interspersed with finds from local art galleries, garage sales and trips abroad, and even trips to attics of their old family homes. My mother is an avid collector of blue pottery, bells, brass utensils and ceramics. She loves old wooden antiques, and if she can’t have the real thing, likes to recreate them. My father, always a sport, willingly gets them redone, and it’s always great to see the outcome! The garden is a joint effort aided by my mother’s designing prowess, and father’s green thumb. Come, have a look.
Mangalore tiles on the roof.
The Indian style sofa set has been with us ever since we were kids. It has been reupholstered several times, sometimes when us kids stained it up badly, or sometimes for a special occasion. My wedding was one such.
🙂 The next time I go down to Mangalore, I’ll try to bring you the interiors of a traditional Colonial house (like this one).