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Nihaal Mariwala takes work breaks on his L-shaped couch, plays the piano to relax

The Setu co-founders door is always open for people.

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Aug 07, 2019, 11.36 AM IST
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Nihaal-Mariwala describes his den as 'a relaxed fit’.
Nihaal-Mariwala describes his den as 'a relaxed fit’.
By Shashi Sunny

Nihaal Mariwala, co-founder of Setu, says his personal space is a place where family and friends are always welcome.

Me time
“My room has a beige tone to the walls and there is wooden flooring for simplicity. There are many elements and accessories that make a statement, be it a centre-table, a vintage light, a few paintings and family photo frames, or even my piano. A nice printed carpet and simple sofas with cushions complete the picture. There is also some art that my father Sanjaya lent to me, and some pictures of my family.

“The cushions and paintings are subtle and blend into the overall ambience, which makes it calming and soothes frayed nerves. I feel one’s home needs to be warm and welcoming for friends and family.

“My room is also my relaxation zone, where I watch shows, play video games, or just give myself the ‘me-time’ I need.”

Piano breaks
“I have a huge L-shaped couch with a footrest to relax on. That is my favourite spot in the house, where I am most likely to be found after a work day. There is also a desk to work on, and a piano where I take my breaks. These musical breaks mean a lot to me and I enjoy the sound of music when I play the keys. The kind of music depends on my mood; it could be anything from pop, film or classical.”

Entertainment essentials
“My laptop, television, a gaming console and a piano are all bare essentials. I need these to keep myself entertained, occupied, busy and relaxed. What I will never have in my den are cards and poker chips. I am not much of a gambler.”

Sign on my door
“I am not a person who thrives in silence and isolation. I constantly need interaction with family and friends. My door is always open, and I love it when people drop in. I guess the sign on my door would read: ‘Always Open’

In one phrase
“The term ‘a relaxed fit’ would perfectly describe my den and its interiors.”

Frequent Guests
“Classmates from my school and my fiancée Trisha are often here. I also spend a lot of time with my father in my den. If I could invite any personality, I would probably call on Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates or Elon Musk.”

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