Architect Sanjay Mahashabde and his partner Vittal Dhuri are returning
to their roots on a time machine. The two have fashioned a watch that
incorporates an almanac.
During the creation of Auspiwatch, the duo made use of Vaastu principles
and the Vedas. “We are bringing together quality and quantity
of time in the Auspiwatch,” says Mahashabde. “The work of
our ancestors is of no use if it can’t be utilised by the man
on the street.”
The watch, that streamlines one’s daily activities with cosmic
mapping, took about eight years to develop. The Auspiwatch is person
“A doctor and a lawyer will have different watches, as will a
Mumbaikar and a Delhiite,” says Mahashabde. But won’t it
be a hassle to keep consulting an Auspiwatch all the time? Mahashabde
replies, “Don’t we refer to a Railway timetable despite
our hectic schedules?”
Mahashabde and Dhuri plan to launch a digital edition too. “Maybe
we’ll tie up with a telecom operator to offer Auspiwatch on the
mobile,” Dhuri says.
What motivated Mahashabde to switch to Vaastu and the Vedas was a visit
to Raigad Fort. “Everything there is architectural poetry!”
Mahashabde’s other inventions include Grahadhop, that assimilates
the expertise and ingredients of different kinds of havans, yagyas and
homas into a dhoop stick. Grahadhoop, of which actor and MP HemaMalini
is the brand ambassador, has takers in South Africa, Singapore, London
His Vaastu based modular kitchens focus on proportions, colours and
use metals instead of stones because they are better conductors of energy.
Mahashabde’s collection of Vaastu-based innovations will be on
display at the Indian Institute of Interior Designers (IIID) at showcase
2006, Nehru Center between February 16 and 19.