Lulu Raghavan spends her weekends baking, reading & playing tennis with her daughters

ChillOut: Raghavan, MD, Landor Associates is a voracious reader & a sleep evangelist who spends a lot of time convincing family and friends to invest more time in sleep

by Shweta Raaj Singh
Published - Apr 6, 2019 9:31 AM Updated: Apr 6, 2019 9:31 AM
Lulu Raghavan

Lulu Raghavan, Managing Director, Landor Associates, was recently awarded as Impact’s one of the most influential women of 2019. Besides, having worked on large and complex branding assignments for MNCs, Raghavan has designed the Delhi Airport. When she isn’t working or adding style quotient to airports, away from the city’s hustle-bustle, she would be nestled in her house in Mumbai and sipping away wine.

Mother of two daughters, she has a fetish to learn languages and intends to learn Mandarin. Raghavan's sinful indulgence is a glass of wine and books to company her, when she is travelling. She also loves to cook and has her own food blog.  

On a typical weekend you will find me... 

Spending lots of time with my family, especially my daughters who are 12 and 10 years old. We play tennis, we go swimming and we do a lot of creative projects together (painting, flower art, needlework, etc). We play family board games. I usually cook on weekends myself, especially on Sunday evening. My girls and I bake quite regularly on Sunday morning. I also like to catch-up with my parents who live in the city. When the girls are busy doing their homework, I catch-up on my reading.

My idea of relaxing is...

Staying in on a Saturday evening…a glass of a lovely red wine and a good book to dig into.  

One vice I cannot do without... 

Red wine! It’s a real struggle to ward off the temptation every evening to unwind with a glass (smiles).

I love a Staycation/adventure... 

I’m really house proud and would love to spend my vacation staying home. My house is like a treehouse in a leafy and quiet neighbourhood of Mumbai. We have lots of windows and full length glass doors and views of lush greenery from every room so I don’t need to go anywhere to feel relaxed. I travel for work very often so I don’t spend as much time at home as I’d love to. I love dreaming about being a lady of leisure so staying home is my way of indulging that fantasy.

I confess, I am a...

An early to bed and early to rise variety - nothing makes me happier than lights out and going to sleep by 9pm. In addition to being a brand evangelist, I’ve now become a sleep evangelist who spends a lot of time convincing family and friends to invest more time in sleep. 

I spend me-time on...

Reading. Reading. Reading.

The last show I binge watched...

Gilmore Girls with my daughters even though it wasn’t entirely age-appropriate for them. We had such a fun time bonding over the characters, talking about college in the US (where I did my undergrad) and being addicted to how the plot was developing.

I can make a mean ... to save my life...

Huevos Rancheros! I adore the flavours of Mexican food and love to recreate them at home. I also enjoy making fajitas, burritos, tacos, quesadillas and other Mexican and South-western food at home.

A skill/hobby I want to learn this year...

If I had time, I would love to learn Mandarin. I am fascinated by languages and can speak five. The last time I learned a language was Spanish when I was living in California. That was over fifteen years ago. I’m keen to be a student and learn a language again, especially this one which is spoken by over 1.2 billion people. I’d love to go to a language class and learn to read, write and speak Mandarin. Then I will plan a trip to China!

My next vacation/adventure will be …

A cycling holiday through wine country in France or Spain or Italy. My brother-in law’s family takes cycling holidays every year. We haven’t had a chance to join them thus far but I’d love to do so soon. I love the idea of working out and being outdoors all day and enjoying great food, wine and the scenic countryside and great weather.

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