For 104 years, and three generations, the small establishment he heads called Om Sri Timbers inside the cramped Mohmadi Old Timber Market No 2 on Grant Road, has been a government approved demolishing house. Girishbhai salvages the best surviving wood and prepares them for a new lease of life. Exotic Burma teak, Rosewoods and other seasoned wood from the era of great buildings get a fresh start here for buildings of the future.
Next to his small cabin, deep inside his shop are a few doors made of Burma teak that best explains what he does. The doors were originally used in a bungalow owned by Hariram Mundhra that stood for 130 years opposite Varsha, the official residence of the Maharashtra Chief Minister. When it was demolished in 1978, these Burma teak doors were salvaged and sold to be used in a film studio owned by Shakti Samanth. For various reasons, 5-6 of the doors and frames were left unused. Last year, the unused doors made their way to the market. However, everyone in the market knew that only one person would pick it up - Girishbhai. And that’s exactly what he did. Today, you could be the one to pick it up and use it in your next project.
That is, if India’s best architects and interior decorators haven’t already bagged it for one of their projects. Demolition man Girishbhai claims that he never has to go around selling his prize collection that is worth its weight in gold. The best in the business know him personally and handpick what suits their projects best.
The home he has decorated reads like the who’s who list of India. From Vijay Mallya to Aishwarya Rai. The exotic homes and bungalows from Alibaug to Nainital. His old and new client list is the who’s who of Indian design. Names roll fast off his lips. Kersi Kapadia, Varsha Desai, Neeta Merchant, Nupur Doshi, Vikram Grewal, Alpana Khare, Pradeep Sachdeva, Arvind D’souza, Dean D’cruz and many more, faster and more than what I can write them down.