Dhruti Vaidya is a practising architect based in Mumbai. Her studio was started in 2008 and has executed a number of diverse architecture, interior design and restoration projects of varying scales. The studio bases its design philosophy on honest and functional design and is guided by value driven aesthetics and sustainable practices. She is passionate about waste and water management.
In 2010, the World Architecture Festival shortlisted one of her projects in the ‘New and Old’ category for “creative re-use/adaptation” of structures. The project was prominently featured in a CNN documentary.
The Other Mahabaleshwar – A Template for Mindful Travel – General Editor of this book is Dhruti Vaidya and co-authored by Sonam Ambe, Anand Pendharkar and Seema Hardikar. Design and Illustrations are by Sneha Chhatre.
Mahabaleshwar located at a height of 1353 m above sea level. This book can serve as a field-guide for nature lovers and conservationists, as also, a travel-guide for the occasional visitor. Additionally, it is also a valuable record of history that could so easily be forgotten if not documented so wonderfully by the authors. Its ancient history, culture, spectacular views, the flora and fauna and nature trails make it attractive for visitors, but this book gives a much deeper insight into what really matters – preservation of this beloved hill-station.