Priya Living is expanding to India, and the company’s founder is realizing a dream 25 years in the making by doing so.
The company’s founder and CEO, Arun Paul, announced on Monday that a new Priya Living community is opening in Gurgaon, India, later this year in October. Priya is also planning to take the concept to additional cities, including Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata, “and many other cities,” Paul wrote.
By expanding to India, Paul said he is achieving a dream he first envisioned a quarter-century ago while applying to Stanford Business School.
“Twenty-five years later, that day has finally arrived,” he wrote. “Priya Living is coming to India to reconnect the world’s largest diaspora — our mas and babas, our masas and masis, ourselves — with our motherland. Priva Living is coming home.”
Priya has been on the move in the U.S. with a model based on housing active and independent older adults in fun and eclectic properties. Today, the company has four communities in California.
“Over the past twenty-five years, my career has taken a number of turns, but looking back, I can now see that every step led me to this very moment,” Paul wrote.
His original intent in founding Priya was to provide a place for his aging parents to live, he recalled in a 2020 Changemakers interview.
“My parents are immigrants to this country, and while they’ve assimilated — whatever that means — there are things from the homeland that are very important to them,” Paul told Senior Housing News. “As we toured the senior living communities, I could just see that there wasn’t anything out there that really spoke to them and acknowledged who they were.”