Janhavi, comes from a family of the erstwhile zamindars of Oudh (Uttar Pradesh) in northern India. She nurtures her 145-year-old ancestral home Abbotsford, in the Kumaon hills. It was here that her magical childhood was spent. A film maker, an author of her graphic novel on Mahatma Gandhi " Tales of Young Gandhi" published by Harper Collins, with a deep passion for photography, she has successfully entered the hospitality business by turning this family house into an exclusive boutique countryside home stay. It is here that she draws most of the inspiration reflected in her life and work.
“My intention is to make Abbotsford estate a tiny hub for people who have a certain sensibility towards nature, art, culture, literature, music, photography, and food in the form of my quaint alfresco Café called Café Chica’. “ The growth has been organic."
Myself, my mother Kanta Prasada with a guest from England
With Phillippa Kaye from Hotels Under 100
"And then we left for the cities for further studies and build careers. But I kept coming back to do my photography, to write my graphic novel on Gandhi (releasing in November by Harper Collins), to ideate how can I make this property more inclusive and accessible to people who appreciate history, nature, books, birds and the bees."
Walk from Nainital to Kilbury via China Peak 2 hours and 30 minutes.
“Over the years I have found a synergy in my multifaceted work space be it my media company Srijan Media (SMPL) or my NGO – Youth 4 Gandhi Foundation or my Cafe – what strings all this on a common thread is my value system for positive transformation, empathy, sharing, altruism, sustainability and peace."
Shreyaa's Kitchen at Cafe Chica with Chef Shreyaa Shah from Teri Garwal who again is not only our next door neighbor from Mary Villa but we go back 3 generations as friends of the Prasada's.
Cafe Chica name after my #Pug. Every summer Chica visits Abbotsford to look into matters of the Cafe ;)
Lachi - a fatty fish - great for grills!