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The garage and the good life

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Meet the men who think car sheds can do better without grease guns, jacks and wrenches

luxury parked:Family reunions, music recordings, jamming sessions and art appreciation, the shed at T.T. Raghunathan's house in Santhome has seen them all.PHOTO: R. RAGU
luxury parked:Family reunions, music recordings, jamming sessions and art appreciation, the shed at T.T. Raghunathan's house in Santhome has seen them all.PHOTO: R. RAGU

What would you park in your garage?

If you were T.T. Raghunathan, it would be a passel of paintings, a pro music system accompanied by a blast of speakers, a sleek bar counter, a tall wine cooler, a loaded refrigerator and a generous tonnage of air-conditioning. Not to mention, a constellation of spectacular vehicles – modern, classic and vintage.

“Don’t call it a garage,” Raghunathan, executive vice-chairman of the TTK Group, corrects me. “It is a shed that celebrates the arts and the good life.”

It is indeed a typical English shed set amidst a garden and serves as a hangout: the green fibre-cement boards on the walls which merge with the greenery of a surrounding garden, giving it a shingle look, characteristic of English sheds. Raghunathan belongs to a clutch of motoring enthusiasts who have made a lifestyle statement around the modest garage.

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