A FAIRY TALE ENDING
AFTERNOON DESPATCH & COURIER, 29/06/00
Meera and her 3
children: Kiran, Kanika
Inside the historic
that was once owned
by Eleanor Roosevelt
(inset,) the famous
wife of Franklin
Do Fairy tales exist? Yes, the life that Meera Gandhi
shares with her husband. Vikram does not fall short
of a story with a happy ending. And this happy
ending is a new beginning for the two. Meera and
Vikram were the proverbial childhood sweethearts.
They were in the same class at the Cathedral School,
where the two fell in love, and have stayed in love
ever since. "He was my first love. Fifteen years and
three kids later, we're still having fun", she giggles.
While the city has read and heard, ad nauseam,
about Meera's parties, her lifestyle and her friends, it
must be kept in mind that Meera is not your run-of-
the-mill ivory tower princess. She detests being
called a socialite, and prefers being known as an
educationist for the play school she ran which will
now continue at the American School.
Meera, with family in tow, moved to the USA last
night. Her new home in New York's Manhattan has
caused much envy and speculation amongst some,
but the fact remains that the house is a grand and
Previously owned by Eleanor Roosevelt, the opulent
structure stands five storeys high. Meera is a great
admirer of the deceased First Lady who had
shattered the traditional mould in which a First Lady
was to conform to. She had devoted her entire life to
public service. She had supported Women's rights
and the rights of soldiers in war. "I would really like
some of Eleanor's goodness of spirit to come into the
house", says Meera ..
The historically significant house was built of
limestone in 1898. It's unusually spacious interiors
require an elevator for that 'New York lifestyle'. It is
constructed in the neo-renaissance styla with a
columnar portico, classical detailing, six large
bedrooms and eight fireplaces. The interiors are
partially done but will be completely ready by the end
of the year. It is being done by Kenneth Alpert, the
most renowned decorator in New York for period
"I want to add a lot of Indianness in my new home,"
says Meera. "I want to add a lot of zardozi in the
upholstery, drapery and table linen especially in the
entertaining rooms. The decorator is very excited
about that as well."
"What I am really hoping for is a home where friends
and family will be able to enjoy themselves in the
times to come", says a nostalgic Meera.