Learn to live like royalty

TAKING ON A MAMMOTH PROJECTAmrita Gandhi befriends the royals  

TV Royal Reservation - Project Living shows you how royalty perceives luxury. Host Amrita Gandhi gives you a peek of how royals today live

Ever wondered how the maharajas entertained hundreds, or who fashioned the wardrobes of India’s royalty, or perhaps what it takes to replicate the resplendence of palaces in one’s own humble abode? If you’re seeking answers, NDTV Good Times’ newest show, Royal Reservation - Project Living will teach you all you need to know about living life king size!

Host of the show Amrita Gandhi, (she incidentally is also Mahatma Gandhi’s great granddaughter) who has met enough royalty over the years through the series will share her journey and shed light on how “royalty perceives luxury”. In a telephonic interaction, Amrita says of the show: “ Royal Reservation - Project Living creates contemporary spaces inspired by the kings and queens of style. The series will highlight royal homes with a host of inspirations. It is a 360 degree lifestyle show with a very strong emphasis on culture, heritage, home, design and personal style. The ideas are all relatable, contemporary but of royal inspiration.”

What made her take up an assignment like this? “This project in association with Architectural Digest started out as a travelogue where we would visit palaces and excavate the past because people want to know how royalty lives today. Being someone who loves to travel and unearth hidden treasures, it was but natural to do a project of this nature.”

Of the belief that the series is one that would attract men and women alike, Amrita points out: “The whole idea was to tap into the incredible knowledge base and finer points of living. It’s not really about the opulence or the excesses. It’s more about a lasting legacy.” Starring in this show are members of different royal households such as Raghavendra Rathore, the Begum of Pataudi, Princess Esra Jah of Hyderabad, the Princess of Rampur, Princesses of Kishangarh and Ajaygarh and even Bollywood superstar Nawab Saif Ali Khan. “They will be shedding light on how to make one’s home a palace in their own unique ways.”

About the challenges posed by this assignment, Amrita states: “This was a mammoth project and breaking out into the old world and excavating knowledge is not the easiest thing especially when you have to approach royalty and get up close and personal with them about the practicality of things in their household.”

While she can’t pick her favourite royal guest, the anchor says: “Of all the episodes, the one featuring this week is my favourite. It is the ‘Princess of Rampur’ episode. The Rampur shehzadi’s famous open house offers us trolleys of tips on how to host an effortless soiree. From what to wear, to how to sit, we give you ideas on how to take a royal-inspired portrait of your family in your home.” The travel freak seems to have learnt new lessons as host of the series. “I’ve imbibed a lot about living spaces. From décor and upholstery to men’s dressing and the most delightful royal secret pickle recipe — I have gained much from doing this show,” Amrita states.

When she isn’t working on projects like this, Amrita, who is a theatre personality, spends time on her passion. She also devotes time to classical music.

Royal Reservation-Project Living, which premiered on January 19 airs every Saturday at 9 p.m. on NDTV Good Times.


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