Priyanka Chopra checking out bungalows in Juhu
It is learnt that Priyanka Chopra is contemplating moving out of her duplex in a Versova highrise, into a plush and expansive pad in Juhu. A source tells us that a couple of bungalows had been suggested to the actress some time ago, but she wasn’t too pleased.
One of them, a sea-facing place along Juhu Tara Road, was going for over Rs 100 crore, reveals our informer, but PC felt the asking price was too high for the place. Another one, albeit a bit smaller and off the main road, was on offer for over Rs 50 crore, but the actress wasn’t impressed with it. Nonetheless, the search for a dream home for PC continues.
A bungalow is a small house or cottage that is either single-storey or has a second storey built into a sloping roof (usually with dormer windows), and may be surrounded by wide verandas.
The first house in England that was classified as a bungalow was built in 1869. In America it was initially used as a vacation architecture, and was most popular between 1900 and 1918, especially with the Arts and Crafts movement.
The term is derived from the Gujarati bangalo (meaning “Bengali”) and used elliptically to mean “a house in the Bengal style”.
In India, the term bungalow or villa refers to any single-family unit, as opposed to an apartment building, which is the norm for Indian middle-class city living. The normal custom for an Indian bungalow is one storey, but as time progressed many families built larger two-storey houses to accommodate humans and pets. The area with bungalows built in 1920s–1930s in New Delhi is now known as Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone and is an architectural heritage area. In Bandra, a suburb of India’s commercial capital Mumbai, numerous colonial-era bungalows exist; they are threatened by removal and replacement of ongoing development.
In a separate usage, the dak bungalows formerly used by the British mail service have been adapted for use as centers of local government or as rural hostels.
TNN | Feb 7, 2013