On the outskirts of Chandigarh, on the road that runs to Patiala, you can't miss the Bindra farm in Kishanpur village. Security men and trained dogs guard the lush-green 30 acre estate of Abhinav Bindra, India's first Olympics individual gold medallist.
The palatial farm house, with seven bedrooms, is visible only after you drive further through the estate.
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It looks like a dream world; nothing here matches with the real world of India. The opulence of the house, set deep within a large manicured garden, its magnificent facade, luxurious fittings and object d'art collected from all over the world; European paintings facing the visitor from every corner of the house, the well-stocked bar, heath-spa, the Olympic standard shooting range, the elegant bedroom of Abhinav and some dozen servants who keep moving in and out of the kitchen -- all amid the divine Guru Granth Sahib in one silent corner of the house -- make Abhinav's home the stuff of fairy tale.
'Abhinav's passion helped him win'
The warmth of Abhinav's parents and his extended family greets everybody who visits the house to offer congratulations following their son's gold medal-winning feat in the 10-metre air rifle competition at the Olympics in Beijing.
Text: Sheela Bhatt
Photograph: Getty Images