Yami Gautam, who is gearing up for her 2017 Republic Day release Kaabil, has bought a house in her home state, Himachal Pradesh. Yami has bought a 100-year-old heritage home built on a 25 acre plot, and the actress is eagerly waiting to take her ‘Nani’ (maternal grandmother) to her place in February.
Fondly addressing it as her second home, this particular property was spotted by her parents and they were the ones who informed Yami about the same. The actual owner of the house was about to sell the property to someone else but when they saw how much the actress loved it, they were happy to let her have it, knowing she would take good care of their ancestral home.
For the actress it’s more of an emotional connect than a property investment. Even though Yami grew up in Chandigarh, she would go to her Nani’s place near Shimla every year during the summer holidays and have had some of her happiest memories there. So, it has always been a special place for her.
When Yami went to her home-town for the registry, while sitting in the lawn outside, she also met the locals who were delighted with their new neighbour and promised her with every possible help. She also reminisced about the weddings she attended growing up, sitting together with everyone. What Yami missed was the charming simplicity of the people, the picturesque greenery and the blissful serenity of the surroundings, so different from the hustle bustle of the Maximum City.
Confirming the same, Yami said, “There’s a `we’ feeling there that’s unique to the place.” She exulted, “It’s a typical, traditional Himachali house with the rooms built around an open court yard and one or two of them with secret staircases leading to the basement.” She further added, “My father is supervising the renovations, working closely with architects to ensure that we don’t disturb the original structure while fitting it with modern amenities. The puja room will remain the way it is, and so will the sloping tin roof. I’d love to hear the rain patter against it during monsoons.”
The surprising thing for Yami was that there was this agricultural land attached with the house and she was very happy to know that they have been growing vegetables and fruits for decades said a source. “The original owners sent us baskets of walnuts and apricots as a `thank you’ present. People there are more emotional than commercial. We have a stream running across and can hand-pump water, drink it unfiltered,” Yami concluded.