Ravi Shastri spent his time during lockdown at his home in Alibaug.
It’s the new normal that we all are adjusting into. In cricket also, we have been seeing IPL being played in a bio-bubble environment with several COVID 19-related precautions in place. Just recently, the Indian team for a full-fledged Australia series was announced.
Currently, as world’s greatest cricket stars fight it out for the coveted trophy in UAE, it will be interesting to know how is the coach of Team India spending his free time.
Ravi Shastri is in Alibaug – a quaint town just a ferry ride away from South Mumbai. Shastri has been staying at his Alibaug beach-house since before the lockdown and can’t stop praising his decision to stay away from the hustle and chaos of Mumbai amidst the Coronavirus lockdown.
Ravi takes pride in the fact that he and his wife decided to build a house in Alibaug way back in 1991 when the town wasn’t seen as a major investment hub. Talking about how he spent time during the lockdown, Shastri told timesnownews.com, “My hectic playing days of non-stop travelling & playing all around the world and living a hectic life in either hotels or an apartment in Mumbai, used to make me crave for Space & Peace of Mind’.
“For me it was love at first sight with Alibaug. My wife and I built a beautiful home here in 1991.
“During lockdown in March, my family and I quickly moved permanently to Alibaug as we realised that it was imperative for each of us to have ‘Space’.”
Running in the open has been a privilege enjoyed by very few amidst this pandemic. Staying in this beach town which has relatively very few people as compared to the crowd in Mumbai, Ravi has been able to do outdoor fitness activities in fresh air.
“Since we decided to move to Alibaug before lockdown, we continue to love every minute of our time spent here.
“My daily routine has been – waking up really early + boosting my immunity with yoga exercises + swimming & having fun in the pool with my daughter and then short siesta in the afternoon.
“In the evenings, I love a good long walk on the beach with my fabulous dogs + swim again + music + enjoy watching the exciting IPL & then early to bed.
“Rather than the hustle and bustle of a city life, most of my close friends too, have now completely set up their operations and base over here. Each of them now love and prefer to live and work from here in Alibaug.
“Frankly – owning a home in Alibag has an extra special feeling, which makes leaving it very difficult and returning, a wonderful feeling.
“Today, people are realising that pleasure, space and peace of mind, make life truly worth living.”
Shastri has company of his former teammate Alan Sippy, who himself is constructing a home in Alibaug.
In fact, it was Shastri who influenced Sippy to own a house in this quaint town which has some amazing beaches and greenery.
“My wife Louise and I have been living in UK in the beautiful English Countryside, The Lake District, for the past 25+ years,” Sippy said.
“Whenever we visited India – we always loved going to Alibag and staying at my close friend and former captain Shastri’s house.
“Ultimately our decision to invest in Alibag was a bold one but we realised that in life; you need to see things in the present even if they are for the future.
“Today, strange as it may sound, things have turned full circle. We now consider Alibag as our primary home and UK our vacation home,” Sippy added.
The newly started Ro-Ro service from South Mumbai has brought Alibaug much closer now. It’s almost like travelling locally. With this ease of commuting, Alibaug is a good option for those who love their own ‘space’ not very far from the chaotic city.
No wonder Alibaug has been the choice of superstars like Shah Rukh Khan as well as Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma – who spend quality time in this quaint town.
“The introduction of M2M Ferries has made Alibaug accessible throughout the year.
Hopefully, people now appreciate that it allows Mumbaikars to consider Alibaug as a viable suburb to live, work and commute from,” Devika Saigal Kapoor, M2M Ferries Director said.
Samir A Nerurkar, founder Samira Habitats and one of the prominent real estate developers, feels this connectivity to Alibaug is a boon for people of Mumbai.
“I’d say that the new-normal emerging out of the Covid situation, is making everyone catch up to what we knew was inevitable – Mumbai’s horizontal expansion across the bay!
“The new world’s work from home culture, family, socialising and well-being priorities are drawing many to Alibag,” Nerurkar said.
Jayant Patil, Member of Maharashtra Legislative Council and a native of Alibaug, said, “We are extremely proud that our quiet haven is evolving and developing in a sustainable & conscious manner.
“This is making life easy for everyone who is now looking to live & work from here in Alibaug,” Patil said.