Urban Tree Homes: Affordable Housing without Compromising on Quality

The famous adage “veetai katti paaru, kalyanathai panni paaru” (Get a house built and get a marriage done) explains the challenge of owning a dream home as we embark on getting an apartment of our own.  To many of us,  a home is our dream we nourish and cherish and is no more a roof of our own as it was known earlier.  Individual houses had its own pitfalls and ask the owners and the list of issues and problems in getting it built will continue to prolong.  With the advent of apartment culture, the onus of building a house and delivering it to us has moved to the builders. Our understanding is that the builders are know it all and will deliver our dream home as we envisage it.  But unfortunately, it has not been a smooth and happy journey for many and the focus is on getting the right builder to buy the apartment.  It is no easy task and when we were invited to be a part of #UrbanTreeJourney of Urban Tree Homes to have a look at their ongoing projects, we were curious to know what the builder has for us, the consumers.

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Free Interactive Application XENDER Launches New Version

4xXender, a file transfer and sharing application, has announced the launch of its new version – with comprehensive functions and better user experience. Xender attempts to retain its lead as the world’s fastest, most convenient mobile sharing tool that is available free of cost. Xender offers seamless transmission between Android, iOS enabled devices, Windows Mobile, Windows PC and Apple MAC system. Xender, launched sometime in 2013, boasts a current global cumulative user of over 330 million. Of the lot, India shares a staggering 110 million user base, a whopping 33% for a global platform coming from a single country. Xender however, hopes to peg their user base at over 800 million over the next three years.

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Filing Your IT Returns- As Important as Having your Breakfast

Ever wondered why there are numerous infomercials on the benefits of filing your income tax returns on time? It is to let us know the importance it has assumed in the past few years, thanks to the advent of rating agencies for evaluating the credit worthiness of an individual. Also, it would be an immense advantage if one were to file their Income Tax Returns on time at the end of every financial year. Just imagine the fact that you are fulfilling your responsibility towards the financial health of your nation. Just one man cannot turn the face of the country’s financial health. Agreed. But little drops make an ocean. Forget the percentage of the elite who are all about evading this very concept; it is us who can decide ultimately and as a conscious citizen, it is our responsibility to do so.

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Vegetarian Food Review : Head to OMR Food Street for Lip Smacking Value for Money Food

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OMR Food street located in Okkiam Thuraipakkam, is a haven for food lovers and caters absolute value for money food.  This food review is unique in its own terms. When we scouted for food to cater to our different demands across cuisines from different parts of the world, we were mostly disappointed. The urge will sure die down faster looking at the distance we have to cover to move from one restaurant to another.  By the time, we reached the second one; our interest in the food is gone.  When malls came up, we were excited with the food court concept but sadly, for a vegetarian, it is not easy to walk into an air-conditioned floor where non-vegetarian food co-existed with vegetarian food.   The aroma wafting in the air is enough to turn vegetarians off.  Now to the subject, the Chennai Bloggers Club invited us for a tasting session at OMR Food Street, and it was a lovely time of fun, food and laughter.  It is a small street with shops selling food on the either side and yes, we have a first floor too. We were astounded by the variety of food we got there and good number of options for vegetarians too.  Now to the review –

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Free Dance Workshops from Swingers in Chennai

Love to shake a leg? Want to try out dance but unsure if you are cut out for it? Now is the chance to check it out.  Swingers, a well known name in western dance classes in Chennai is giving you free dance workshops at select locations and it is open for 3-60 years age group.  More details here –

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Latest Google Maps Introduces Better Features and Navigation

Google today showcased the latest features in Google Maps at an event in Chennai. The session highlighted a range of tips and tricks to help people get around more easily including Multi-stop directions, Offline Maps, Search along route, Real-time traffic (including traffic alerts), Timeline and Local Guides among others.  Make sure to update your Google Maps to see the latest features.

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Sanket Gupta, Product Manager, Google Maps during the demo of the Google Map features

Addressing the media in Chennai, Sanket Gupta, Product Manager, Google Maps, said

Google Maps is not just about navigating from point A to B. Whether traveling for business or on holiday, with friends or family, Google Maps can help you plan your travel, explore your destination and keep you safe. Features like multi-stop directions, offline, search along route etc. can make your travel more exciting and hassle free.

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Hyatt Regency- Focaccia’s New Italian Menu

Focaccia, Hyatt Regency Chennai’s Italian restaurant has revamped their menu based on the expertise of well-known Chef from Milan Chef Mauro Ferrari and we could not be more excited to taste the vegetarian dishes out.

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For us who are familiar with spicy pastas and pizzas as Italian food, it was surprising to see that authentic Italian food more on moderate spices with lot of vegetarian options.

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HDFC Bank Launches E-banking for Small and Medium Enterprises

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HDFC Bank launched SMe Bank, e-banking service for Small and medium enterprises.  Mr. Aseem Dhru, Group Head – Business Banking, Commodity Finance, Rural Banking and Agriculture Lending launched the First SMe Bank in Mumbai as part of its ‘Go Digital’ campaign.  It was digital innovation of sorts as we watched the launch through video-conference from Chennai.

This offering alleviates the need for the SMEs to visit the branch making it a seamless offering.  It also provides the SMEs to bank 24 X 7 without bothering about the bank’s working hours and reduces the waiting time from few days to hours.  Safety and security has received foremost attention from the bank and SMEs can now bank with confidence.

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Aircel Innovates with its Campaigns to Attract Consumers

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Mobile data has become a tool to connect and fares better than voice data.  Aircel invited us for #AircelBlogUpChennai meet at the Part Hotel to give us an insight into the industry statistics and its product offerings.  It was an interesting meet with Mr. Sunil Kuttam, Head – Data Devices taking us through a presentation of mobile data statistics among countries and its penetration and various causes and effects for the numbers.  More importantly, we came to know about various campaigns of Aircel and the factors behind Aircel’s growth of 53% data revenue and 65% consumption.  We had fun and informative contests for the group of about 25+ bloggers from the City.

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Money Mitr by FundsIndia, An Ideal Way to Start on Mutual Fund Investments

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We, at Chennaifocus have never blogged on Finance though it has been a part and parcel of our life.  The interest to get into better finance management came with a real-time experience when the money I had invested in a normal FD after maturity failed to match the money value it had when the money was invested.  Thanks to a friend, it marked my entry into stock markets and mutual funds. It was not an easy ride and more often it was a trial and error method and thankfully, I became wiser in investing my money and getting it to work for me.

Not many of us tread this path for the simple fear of losing money in the process.  Unfortunately, in this industry, failures are talked about more than the success instilling insecurity in the minds of people who are yet to test it out.  To be honest, you are losing money when investing in the so called safe methods of investing such as the FDs, Post office schemes and Government bonds simply because the interest it pays you does not beat the inflation and so you end up with the amount much lesser than the value you invested.  To understand the way wealth must be built, we must invest in the capital markets.

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Phoenix Mall Food Crawl with Celebrity Foodie Kunal Vijayakar

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Celebrity Foodie Kunal Vijayakar At Jonahs Bistro

Phoenix Market City known as phoenix mall has become a landmark in Chennai as a Multiplex and shopping mall in the southern part of Chennai in Velachery.  Living close to it, it is our usual haunt for get-togethers, shopping and a day out with family and friends.  Our activities always involved food and Phoenix Market City Chennai (PMCC) has food court and restaurants offering global Indian cuisine.  We are vegetarians and so we stick to the Vegetarian food at Rajdhani, ID and Kailash Parbat at the Food court.  Though we had seen so many restaurants tempting us to try them out for Vegetarian offering we never tried it out.  Just then we got an invitation to be a part of the Food Crawl event with Celebrity foodie Kunal Vijayakar at Phoenix Market City.  It was a great opportunity extended to us and we would like to thank Chennai Food Guide for including us in it.  We are foodies and anything that spells food has its own connotation in our dictionary.

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Mantra Adds a Different Dimension to Gold Plating

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Gold plating / gold covering as it is popularly known has been a synonymous process with many of us in the late 70s and 80s when we wanted to own that classic piece of ornament which we could not afford in gold. I remember having a wonderful collection of temple jewelry, my priced possession for a long time. With the introduction of paste jewelry, the popularity and familiarity of gold plating has ebbed a little only to reinvent itself in different forms of application.  

Ask about gold covering to elders, they will tell you how it has saved them from embarrassing situations while attending weddings and family functions. The process of plating is coating the base metal which can be brass, bronze and silver with gold in specific microns to give a golden effect and also protect the valuable artifact underneath.

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