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Cocoon Fine Rugs founder Ayush Choudhary maps out the countries and trips that shaped him

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Last Updated: Jan 22, 2020, 03.14 PM IST
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​After Choudhary's postgraduate studies, it was his brush with modern art and new age galleries in San Francisco, Chicago, Barcelona and London that shaped the way he approached design. ​
After Choudhary's postgraduate studies, it was his brush with modern art and new age galleries in San Francisco, Chicago, Barcelona and London that shaped the way he approached design.
As a young boy, Ayush Choudhary used to visit carpet weavers around Rajasthan and Gujarat with his father. These visits at an early age, helped shape the way Choudhary saw textures, colours and design. After his postgraduate studies, it was his brush with modern art and new age galleries in San Francisco, Chicago, Barcelona and London that shaped the way he approached design.

“From Picasso to Jackson Pollock to Frank Gehry, some of the best modern art displays exist in the museums and new age galleries in these cities. They had a serious impact on shaping up my design sensibilities,” Choudhary told ET Panache.

A city that inspires you
I love Milan’s aesthetics and the importance they place on handmade product design – whether it is fashion, interiors or other products.

A memorable trip
The week I spent traveling around Andalucia in the South of Spain a couple of years ago.

A journey where you made a friend for life
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"We connected over our shared love for football, family and beer!", says Choudhary.
"We connected over our shared love for football, family and beer!", says Choudhary.

I took a trip to Amsterdam about eight or ten years back to reconnect with an old friend. He was a friend from college but making the effort to go see him in his home country further strengthened the bond. We continue to keep in touch, and see each other at least once a year. We connected over our shared love for football, family and beer!

Most adventurous trip
A ski trip to Colorado, USA. It was my first-time skiing and it was absolutely fantastic. I started on the learner's slopes with a great instructor, and by the end of the week, I did decently on a few mid-level slopes.

Still on the Bucket List
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"I’d love to visit those places for the history, food, beaches and natural beauty," says Choudhary.
"I’d love to visit those places for the history, food, beaches and natural beauty," says Choudhary.

Brazil and Peru. A planned trip there got cancelled, and given how far it is from India, I haven't managed to take a long enough break out to travel again. I’d love to visit those places for the history, food, beaches and natural beauty.

A place you’d like to return to over and over again
London. I lived there for a few years and it feels like a second home. The city has lots to offer in terms of everything - food, music, culture, sports.

To travel is to…
Live fully and completely.

The biggest lesson I’ve learnt while travelling is…

Who I am and what I am made of.

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All the travel junkies out there, if there is one listicle you must focus on, it’s this one. With 2019 travel goals (hopefully) met, it’s time to start planning for the 2020 holidays. Booking.com has delved into global booking trends to reveal 10 of the top emerging travel destinations for 2020. Jodhpur from India has found its spot among the top 10 list, alongside some lesser known spots in Eastern Europe to under-the-radar spots in Asia. Commenting on the study, Ritu Mehrotra, Country Manager, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives for Booking.com said, “As we proceed towards a new decade, we will see travel becoming more and more sustainable and technologically-advanced, further aided by enhanced services and offerings that enable the modern day inquisitive traveller to experience the world. 81% of Indian travellers say that in 2020 they want to go somewhere that offers experiences they’ve never had before. From catering to their peaked interest in lesser known destinations to counter over-tourism, to customised travel recommendations, we want to ensure that the travellers have the most diverse selection of places to stay at as we help them prepare and plan their travel in 2020 and beyond.” Here’s where you should be headed to satiate the wanderbug in you.
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