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Bathe like a king

The days are gone when our idea of aesthetics did not extend to toilet seats



People are willing to spend a few extra thousands for a glam bathroom. --_ Photo: Murali Kumar K.

IF YOUR idea of the most luxurious bath does not extend beyond the weekly oil bath, it's time for an update. What do you even know of luxury until you've eased yourself (with another for company, if you like) into a Jacuzzi tub, switched on a couple of water jets to massage your shoulder, back or feet, even as you listen to music on FM radio, watch a bit of television, or talk on the phone... And have a bath as well, perhaps, controlling the water flow to specification, including the one that gives you the illusion of drenching in rain.

Like Cleopatra

Walk into Hygree Waterfal, the newly-opened bathroom accessories showroom at Koramangala, and you begin to believe that democracy has truly arrived in

India. For you no longer need to be blue-blooded to enjoy a bath that puts any Nawabi-style or Cleopatra-like bathing to shame. Provided, of course, that you are talking of a democracy that comes fortified with oodles of moolah.

This state-of-the-art, computer-controlled bathing cubicle on display at the showroom costs between Rs. 90,000 and Rs. 2.5 lakh, depending on the degree of indulgence you seek. Rajesh M. Bathija of Hygree assures you that it's a completely hassle-free unit. The small, innocuous-looking cubicle that treats you like an empress, he says, can simply be bought whole and planted in a corner of your bathroom. Installation is free and they are prompt with servicing, he promises.

Besides the exotic cubicle, the showroom also stores plenty of other bathroom accessories — very unique-looking wash basins, stylish taps, shaving and make-up mirrors and so on. They are not only glamorous, but also quite thoughtfully made. The adjustable wash line on display, for instance, comes with an easily-operated lever.

It has two variants that cost Rs. 4,500 and Rs. 4,000. The kitchen sink unit has a hand shower-like attachment that can be pulled out of the washing area. "Helps if you are mixing ata or something by the side," says Bathija. The WCs come with two flush options of three litres and six litres to save water. You will find at this showroom even very unusual accessories such as a classy-looking holder for a bathroom brush!

"Why should anything be ugly?" asks Bathija. When you look at the wash basins in the showroom that seem very eager to claim "works of art" status, you begin to believe that the days are surely gone when our idea of fine aesthetics did not extend to toilet seats and the like.

Bathija says that the sober look is in, and so, all the products are in subdued shades and have a non-shiny finish.

Many takers

And there are plenty of people around who don't hesitate to spend a few extra thousands for a glamour room look for their bathrooms.

This is what gives Bathija the confidence that his concern, which is right now importing parts from the German company's manufacturing units in the parent nation and Thailand, will soon be able to manufacture them right here. "In a year's time, we may even export them to other countries," says a confident Bathija.

Hygree Waterfal can be contacted on 57737701.

BAGESHREE S.

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