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The smell of books, aroma of coffee beans & peaceful vibes: What Piyush Somani's den looks like

ESDS Software Solutions founder shares what it is like spending a day in his den.

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Last Updated: Feb 27, 2020, 10.29 AM IST
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Somani's den is a minimalistic and laidback space where he likes to relax with a book.
Somani's den is a minimalistic and laidback space where he likes to relax with a book.
Piyush Somani, founder, ESDS Software Solutions, says his den is a minimalistic and laidback space where he likes to relax with a book.

My den

“I spend most of my time in my den, so it needs to be a comfortable and laidback space. I believe the perfect den must have three key components: It must reflect the personality of those living here. Secondly, it should complement the company and people one surrounds oneself with. And lastly, it should be warm and inviting, not just to you, but also to friends and family.

“I have kept the vibe and furnishings simple and minimalistic. This decluttered environment helps boost my focus, and lets me meditate and find peace of mind. There are a few essentials in the den, like the couch where I relax, a coffee table and cushions that make me feel comfortable.

“I also have a lot of plants in my den, which gives it an earthy vibe. I have money plants and bonsai plants. My wife and I think of our plants like they’re our children, and we find it soothing to talk to them.”

Feel of paper

“I feel a den is incomplete if it doesn’t reflect an individual’s likes, interests and hobbies. One of my main hobbies is reading, especially old-school physical books. I like the smell and feel of paper. So, in my den, I have a cupboard filled with books. One simply can’t miss this when entering the room. These books include everything, from histories, biographies, spiritual titles to motivational texts. I also have some technology magazines and newspapers on the coffee table, which I read while having my daily coffee.”

The one thing I’d never have

“Generally, I don’t have a ‘don’t use’ or a ‘prohibited’ policy when it comes to my house [in Nashik], as long as everything is in moderation. However, there are two things I avoid when stepping inside my den: Mobile phones and gadgets that interfere with the energy in the room, and junk food.

“The former because I feel that after spending 9-10 hours behind a screen at work, spending time behind a mobile phone can be exhausting. I am a believer in technology detox, and so restrict the use of electronic gadgets after 6 pm.

“As for junk food, I restrict my intake of chocolates, cakes and sweets in general. There are better substitutes to these, like juices, green tea, whole wheat toast, etc.”

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Somani loves the smell of coffee and paper.
Somani loves the smell of coffee and paper.

Sign on the door

“I’d like to welcome guests warmly, and ask them to usher in good vibes and spirits while entering my den. Accordingly, I have a ‘welcome’ sign outside the door, as well as a statue of Lord Ganesha, who symbolises new beginnings.”

Posters and photographs


“I keep posters, photographs and various souvenirs in my den. These include family pictures and a few religious posters. A photograph of my father is of particular significance. I have always been inspired by my father and have looked up to him in terms of humility, ethics and honesty.

“In addition, there are souvenirs I collected from travels. You can find these in my living room.”

Welcome guests

“My den is a sacred place for me, so I am selective about who I invite here. Networking with like-minded people is something I enjoy. I also host people with shared business interests and tastes, like industrialists and businessmen. These may even be budding entrepreneurs fresh out of college, just to gauge their ideas, thoughts and perspectives on various issues.

“Regular guests include key decision makers from my company. We have discussions on various subjects, related to work or otherwise.

“I also love interacting with parents whose children are the same age as mine. We even share jokes regarding parenting.”

An adjective to describe your den

“Peaceful.”

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