But wasn’t it too long a wait to move back to her home after over two years? Swara agrees but feels the wait was worth it. She shares, “Envisioning the new layout and designing it took time since I was also shooting. It got further delayed because the lockdown last year resulted in a six-month break, which was followed by a second lockdown in March this year. The pace of work also got affected when I went to New Delhi, my hometown. Besides, I am a control freak and need to select everything myself — from the desk knobs to bathroom fittings. And now, it looks just like I had visualised!”
The actress held a seven-hour long griha pravesh puja at her ‘new old house’.Talking about its significance, she says, “So much has changed in my life and in the world that moving back in was meaningful and special. I’ve never had a proper puja in my home. I remember every time we moved homes in my childhood, which was frequent since my dad served in the Indian Navy, my mom formalised the new abode with a puja and by boiling milk over in a manner that it spilled out of the container, which was symbolic of seeking abundance in the new home.”
Swara, who hails from New Delhi, has been living in Mumbai for more than a decade. “Mumbai has given me my identity and I cannot imagine working anywhere else. Although Delhi always felt like home because my parents live here, now I feel rooted in Mumbai, too,” she says.