Saif Ali Khan spent almost a month recently at his Pataudi Palace with Kareena Kapoor Khan and Taimur Ali Khan. Back to his Mumbai apartment now, the actor spoke to a leading daily about his palace, the possibility of living there with his family and welcoming the new member of their family soon.
When used if he sees himself settling at the Pataudi Palace someday with Kareena, Taimur and the new baby who’s on the way, he said, “I can, and it would be a good life. I’d garden, swim, cook, read, be around the family, and have a few friends over once in a while. It’s what I have been doing for the longest time. And we have an apartment in Mumbai, so we can fly out there for work. We just need some good schools around,” Saif said, adding that the Pataudi trust already exists and a lot of the trust land has been given to local farmers and produce. “It already supports a few charitable initiatives like education for the girl child, and acid attack survivors. My mother and I are working on developing it further, doing more work for the people living around.”
Talking about children, when asked how does it feel knowing that they will soon welcome another one into the family, he said, "Amazing, I can’t wait! This is the best age to bring up kids. When you are young, you are more concerned with yourself, your career, but now, when you are more settled, you have lots of time and patience for them apart from love. And for me there’s nothing better than waking up in my country home and spending a Sunday reading in a large bed, surrounded by my wife, kids and dogs."
When asked about what his palace is like, he said, “It’s like a largish, colonial, Lutyens Delhi-style country home. Once I had thought of building myself a farmhouse in Mahabaleshwar like some of my colleagues. But when I discussed the plan with my mother, she pointed out that I already owned such a house and could simply take it over,” he shared, adding that they’ve been working on the gardens and the library. “The books are back in place and my father’s cricket photographs are up on the walls. It was fun watching Taimur play hide-and-seek among the trees, and feed squirrels biscuits. He’s developing country interests and is no longer scared of bugs, lizards, or the black ants, that he now watches run up his arm with wonder.”
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)