Antilia: The Most Gratuitous House in Mumbai

When you’re in Bombay, a great way to get some context is start in the alleyways of Dharavi, one of the largest slums in the world. About a million people live here, crammed into 0.67 square miles.

“It’s like mainlining gratitude for how much we have to be thankful for,” said my old pal Chris.

I couldn’t agree more. But there’s no time to ponder that — hop in a Premier Padmini cab, and zip the few miles downtown to Mukesh Ambani’s 27-floor, 40-storey, $1bn single-family house Antilia, which sticks into the sky like a sickly boxed thumb.

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This is a home for five people. Five people. This is a SINGLE-FAMILY house. Okay, sure, it makes sense that Ambani would want this much space. He clearly needed somewhere to fit his nine elevators, three helipads, snow room, and 600 servants. Oh, and enough parking for 168 cars.

I know the house is old news, but last weekend I finally managed to pay a visit. And I couldn’t help think of Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, opening up Downton to the wounded soldiers. Perhaps Mukesh should open a few floors to Dharavi. Now, wouldn’t that be nice?

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