It was in 2018 that the Indian Hotel Company Limited (IHCL) — the Tata Group firm that runs the Taj chain of inns — gained the bid for a 33-year lease of The Connaught lodge within the coronary heart of Delhi. Last week, the 85-room, four-star lodge was thrown open to the general public after an in depth renovation and makeover.
Puneet Chhatwal, MD & CEO, IHCL, unveiled the plaque for ‘The Connaught, New Delhi- IHCL SeleQtions’ on the lodge over the weekend, with Union ministers Smriti Irani, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Harsh Vardhan current on the occasion. On the event, actor Anupam Kher launched his new e-book, titled Your Best Day is Today (Hay House India: Rs 499), and held a dialogue with artwork critic Ina Puri concerning the e-book and his journey. The occasion was held on the lodge’s bar, The Terrace and The Hub.
In the e-book, the actor recounts his experiences throughout the lockdown, a number of ups and downs, together with the time when his mom, Dulari, and brother Raju Kher had contracted the coronavirus. This is the third e-book of the 65-year-old actor, after Aap Khud Hi Best Hain (2011) and his autobiography, Lessons Life Taught Me, Unknowingly (2019).
Kher stated, “COVID-19 has put us all on the trail of self-discovery, willpower, small triumphs and the power of optimistic considering. I managed to put in writing a e-book about all this on this lockdown.” He added that he spent numerous time in Connaught Place throughout his days at National School of Drama.
The Connaught, New Delhi, has retained the artwork deco factor of Connaught Place and fused it with modern interiors. After a renovation spanning nearly three years, the lodge has been added with a pop of colors, themed decor and luxe interiors.
The lodge was closed in 2013, after the earlier operator ran it for 18 years with no license from the civic physique. Subsequently, the New Delhi Municipal Corporation held a bid for the lodge in 2018.
Address: 37, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg, Shivaji Stadium, Connaught Place