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08 Feb 2017 | Nikhil Khanna Clichéd, but age is just a number! Have you seen the Pixar film Up? If you haven’t then I insist that you watch it as soon as you can. I have seen the film a zillion times, but each time I choke up. The unconventional hero of this 2009 animated classic is Carl Fredricksen, a balloon salesman in his late 70s who lives alone after the death of his wife Ellie. When local authorities try to send him off to a retirement home, Carl real....
29 Nov 2016 | Anisha Motwani Antara and the meaning of the Mandalas An Ashrama in Indian philosophy is one of the four age based life stages discussed in our ancient scriptures. The four ashramas are Brahmacharya (student), Grihastha (householder), Vanaprastha (retired), and Sanyasa. (renunciation). It is a component of the ethical theories in Indian Philosophy where it is combined with 4 proper goals of human life.
The goal of creating Antara Senior Living ....
03 Oct 2016 | Dipankar Gupta Respect not Obedience Human beings are unique creatures. It is only among them that age confers dignity. For all others species, age is socially crippling and personally humiliating. That strapping buck by the bush is waiting to run you to the ground.

In the past, our dignity came with control over property and that included not just the family jewels but the kitchen silver too. This encouraged a survival str....
05 Aug 2016 | Gagan Adlakha “I am my choices” A brooding Parth plonked his rather heavy frame carelessly onto the couch. “What’s up?” enquired Gopal, surprised to see his usually cheerful friend looking unusually serious.

Parth looked at Gopal intently, “Gopal, what do you think I need to do to have a happy life? Because I am anything but happy. Malini and children are unhappy with me, my boss is never happy with me, my finances a....
22 Jun 2016 | Dipankar Gupta The 60 is the new 60 When you are safe and sixty why would you ever want to be frantic and forty? You’ve led a full life and it has been a decent trip with decent rewards. If the thrills of yesteryears don’t blow back you hair any more you could well ask, now that you are 60: what hair?

When you look down from your safe at sixty perch at the milling crowds of the forty-something below, it’s tough not to feel su....
06 Apr 2016 | Mrs. Sharmila Tagore Sharmila Tagore I first visited Antara in September 2015. That we were going to a beautiful place, was clear to me. I had heard a lot about Antara.

On the flight to Dehradun, we experienced a fair amount of turbulence but we chatted nonchalantly pretending to ignore the buffeting the aircraft was getting. When we landed, the pilot told us that this was one of the more turbulent flights he had ever done....
13 Jan 2016 | Tara Singh Vachani Vi Living to We Living I was recently on a 5 day marathon trip to the US to do a roadshow with our partners Sotheby’s. On that trip I took out a few hours to go and see what is regarded as the number one Senior Living community in the US. Based out of Palo Alto in California, Vi Living (a part of the Hyatt Group), spread over 5 acres in the heart of Palo Alto represents luxu....
18 Dec 2015 | Bharat Bambawale Beautiful people, beautiful spaces, beautiful moments When I think of Antara Dehradun in splendid full-service operation about a year from today, I see in my mind’s eye beautiful people in beautifully conceived and realized spaces, enjoying beautiful moments with each other. I see a place where architecture and natural heritage blend, where Antara’s spirit of caring nurtures life and h....
14 Dec 2015 | Tara Singh Vachani A Spool of Blue Thread I recently finished a book nominated for the Man Booker Prize written by Anne Tyler called a Spool of Blue Thread. The book chronicles three generations of a family and shows the interdependencies of each family member in the part they play in the destiny of the other. The Spool is meant to represent the ever ending experiences of life intertwined together and blue the colour of the sky and the ex....
17 Nov 2015 | Tara Singh Vachani Gratitude – as simple as it gets Two weekends ago, Antara’s Leadership Team (Our Team) comprising of thirteen of us went off on a two day offsite to bond, rest and learn as one big family. Wanting to spend time close to the heart of Antara we chose to be in the vicinity of Antara Dehradun and selected Mussoorie as our location.

After an adventurous drive up to Mussoorie, we arrived to then spend an evening together fille....
30 Oct 2015 | Tara Singh Vachani Design Journey – Antara Dehradun Our design journey began with a pioneer of design and architecture,Bradford Perkins, who is a true visionary in designing spaces that support and preserve independence as we get older. Bradford soon become a friend and a mentor to the design of Antara’s first community. To partner Bradford, Tomeu Esteva of Esteva I Esteva Arquitectura, a boutique design firm in Spain and an expert at creating beau....
09 Oct 2015 | Tara Singh Vachani Dehradun – An ideal location for an ideal lifestyle My first memory of Dehradun is the smell of rain and watching my siblings play in a huge water puddle in the driveway of my grandparents home. My summer, Diwali and growing up were spent reading endless books, sitting outside as the sun set while watching my grandparents drink tea, playing in the garden, going up to Mussoorie, walking in the Forest Research Institute and feeding jaggery to Deer in....
03 Sep 2015 | Tara Singh Vachani We - the little people Six months ago after much cajoling from the Board, our marketing strategy partners, residents and many creative gurus, I was made to believe that we needed to launch an Ad-campaign. The rationale – we cannot expect people to commit to us till they don’t have enough support in their ecosystem of others who can validate that they know Antara exists.

The thought of trying to convey everything....
13 Jul 2015 | Tara Singh Vachani The Antara Journey I started the journey of building Antara Senior Living with a simple yet powerful question: what would it take to give people the best life they could possibly have as they got older. The quest for the answer took me across various parts of the world and the Indian sub-continent. These travels helped me discover and learn that communities such as what we are creating will be a new way to think ab....

FEATURED ARTICLE Sharmila Tagore I first visited Antara in September 2015. That we were going to a beautiful place, was clear to me. I had heard a lot about Antara. Read more ...