Editor's Note

Dream merchants

My bias for Hiranandani aside, I have never been able to convince myself that real estate can be a clean business

Back in 1999, my husband and I were just about a year old in Mumbai and house hunting in earnest. The first time we stepped into a Hiranandani sample flat, we thought it was beyond our budget. But we were drawn in by the quality of the house, and completely overlooked the distance from the nearest railway station. We bought our first house in the complex that had a blueprint to create an entire community complete with school, hospital, club house and so on. If Hiranandani were to recreate Powai in Thane, it would be wonderful, we thought. It did.