A Bit About Nisha…

Having introduced Arastan I thought I’d better also introduce myself.

Mike, Tiya and Nisha at Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

I am originally from Mumbai but have been away more than I have actually been there. I have lived in Delhi (I worked for Development Alternatives), the US and the UK, and have been in Bangalore for nearly five years now. My experience over the past 16 years has been in IT and General Management, most recently as the Country Head for India for a small IT Consultancy (Thorogood Associates) headquartered in the UK. Whilst I loved what I did I decided I had had enough of the pressures and long hours and finished working there at the end of 2010. Not being one to sit still for long though I am now focussed on making a successful business out of my passion for travel and culture and my interest in Islamic Art, and carpets in particular, hence Arastan!

Of course, somehow whilst starting up a new business, I also intend to spend more time with my daughter Tiya, who turns five in April. My husband, Mike, is English and we will be working together on the business: basically anything I don’t want to do, or don’t have the patience for, he’ll have to do for me!

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  1. Marina
    Posted 22 February 2011 at 21:31 | Permalink

    Congrats, Nish! Sounds like a fascinating venture. And glad that through this blog, I’ll be keeping tabs on you!

  2. Carlota
    Posted 18 April 2011 at 21:43 | Permalink

    Dear Nisha,
    fantastic blog! I am really enjoying reading it and l am looking forward to seeing your beautiful carpets….
    Enjoy your trip!!


    • Posted 18 April 2011 at 21:50 | Permalink

      Thank you. Never thought I would but am really enjoying writing the blog! Will give you a call when the rugs get to us.

  3. Janette Martin
    Posted 13 February 2012 at 23:58 | Permalink

    Hi Nisha, I’ve just read more than a years worth of your blogs after a rainy Monday at work in Bristol and it’s taken me far away – I really enjoyed reading them.
    I loved the variety of them – sometimes informative other times chatty.
    I look forward to reading more.

    • Posted 24 February 2012 at 23:42 | Permalink

      Thanks Janette. I am sure you have some interesting stories to tell from your many trips! Come out and see us some time soon. Regards Nisha

  4. Posted 17 July 2012 at 14:47 | Permalink

    Its a brilliant idea Nisha, and looks like well done as well. Congrats!

  5. Jeanne-Marie Verghes
    Posted 13 March 2013 at 05:26 | Permalink

    Congratulations! I woke up really early today and wondered what I would do…..I am thrilled that I came across Arastan. Well Done! I so love some [many] of the pieces and you will hear from me soon. I want to go through everything again….and will then place an order. I am so happy to start my day like this…..Thankyou

    • Mike
      Posted 13 March 2013 at 09:57 | Permalink

      And I’m so happy to start my day by reading a message like this! Thanks for the lovely comments.

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