She is ancient and she believes in preserving the rich history of India. 30 years back, she decided to follow her passion and carried on the legacy. Kusum Jain is one of a kind. Hailing from New Delhi, she says, her childhood days were the most fun-filled and she cherishes it till today. What a bliss it would be to be a part of third generation and she can truly and believably point out the difference in past and present. Unfortunately, she is not a fan of young generation. Ambiguous about the goodness of 21st century she says we have come a long way and some changes have been deep rooted. Lifestyles have changed, western culture has taken over and we are going with the flow.
She owns a shop in Hauz Khas, Delhi. That small burrow like shop is indeed very rich. Antiquities from all over India are showcased there, for sale, though. History was in the blood as she claims, her great grandfather entertained many foreigners and she grew up amidst them. Passion is what she followed and wisdom is what she is an epitome of. Ask her about history, she will immediately flip pages in her mind and present a picture before you. Like a queen, she owns everything there and interestingly, is pissed off when somebody does not value the indigenous items. An unsung personality, she had had some eminent guests from around the world.
From the President of Czechoslovakia to beautiful legend Rekha, she has made room for herself in the press and The Rough Guide to India and probably has given many interviews.
Beautiful jewelries worked with real gems and stone adorn her glass shelves. Different generations of camera, gramophone turntable record player, 300 year old maps, tin pamphlets, silver earrings and turquoise, sapphire rings, vintage books, textiles, tribal arts and what not, she has restored it for 30 years. 50, Hauz Khas, Cottage of Arts and Jewels is heaven for art restorers and history enthusiasts. Nearest metro station would be Hauz Khas. Get down, take an auto, and ask him to take you to Hauz Khas Village. The last shop in that line is Mrs. Kusum Jain’s shop in the basement. Relish yourself!