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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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Viveks Bonanza for its Customers – Huge Warehouse Sale for 3 days

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Viveks, yes our own Viveks India is holding a Warehouse sale on 25th, 26th and 27th March2016. It was amazing to see a huge display of televisions, Airconditioners, washing machines, refrigerators, fans, coolers, mixies, grinders, laptops, mobiles and you name it and it is there – latest and at an unbelievable price. This is no simple advertorial since we ourselves checked out various prices and was amazed at what was offered to us in the latest Television and washing machine since we are buying it ourselves.

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Effective Use of Interior décor to Bring Indian Art into Living Space

Interior decor makes a building of mortar and bricks to a living space.  What if we get an opportunity to make our contemporary Indian Art part of our home integrated so beautifully into our spaces to enhance the looks and go beyond just framed pieces of it on walls here and there as decorative pieces?  Living Canvas is such an initiative by Pallavi Goenka and initially we could not really understand how we can make use of art beyond pieces of art on the wall.  Thanks to their sincerity in getting across samples of materials they use and its applications in interior decor, we could appreciate the efforts that have gone into this venture.

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Luxury Living: Integrating Swimming Pools in Your Home

Home is where the heart is and for us, home is not just one building to stay but a communion of hearts and comfort coming together to decide what makes it the place to live. The moment we start to think about a home, our mind starts listing out our fancies and the best that we could possibly accommodate to match our lifestyle beyond just the basics.  When it comes to luxury living, the common thing that comes into the minds of most people looking for a home is a Swimming pool unless you have hydrophobia.

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When we talk about relaxation and leisure, we cannot help thinking about revelry or a candle light dinner by the pool side or simply lazing around in it.  The ways it jumps onto our imagination is left to individual’s fantasy.  For those in the category of usefulness in the home, here is a bit for you. Exercise has become an integral part of our daily life. Ask any expert in the fitness industry, the best form of exercise is swimming because it comes under the non-impact category.

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Old is Gold Mornings Revived with #Colgate360GoldMornings

nalukettuDawn breaks and our home is abuzz with ceremonial traditional Suprabatham so loud yet soothing such that everyone wakes up to it.  Our beautiful home is lit with natural light entering through the traditional windows and the sun roof on the terracotta tiles. Our expansive home extends 3 divisions in length and the whole place is filled with pleasant incense.  Getting up in the morning is refreshing and triggers a unique feeling of awakening in me. A walk to the backyard reveals the well cared for garden of guava, mango, neem, drumstick, coconut trees dotted with fragrant flower beds of jasmine, hibiscus, rose and many day and night flowers.  It is a unique experience to see those buds waiting for the respective breaks to show up their lovely faces.

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Playing 2 Aces with Place and Space

After a stint of 15 years abroad, I arrived in Chennai to begin my life here. I had a successful career out there and was quite comfortable settling there. My family thought otherwise, they wanted to enjoy the freedom of being in their own country and get to know our rich traditions and culture. They were longing to find their identity back in India and introduce themselves to my friends and relatives.

I studied Engineering way back in the 90s and struggled to find a decent job. I lived with my parents in one of the dinghy streets of Triplicane in Chennai with hardly any place to move around. The place was so constructed that the wall of one house’s kitchen was the wall of the neighbor’s living room. I wanted my own space and privacy and hence worked hard to land in a company which would take me abroad. And there I was in US, enjoying the vast space, richness and cleanliness of the country I longed to live in, right from my college days. I married an Indian girl from a family who settled in the country 2 generations back and we had 2 children. The yearning to get back to our country seemed to be more with her and the children than me. Unable to resist their interest, here I was, back in our country with my family.

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Fruit of Cashew, Cashew Apple Can Turn into Cash with Minimum Investment

Remember the tongue tickling cashew fruit, Cashew apple, which is usually thrown away after taking the nut, can be converted into value added products that can generate good income with minimal investment.

“On an average, 35 tonnes of cashew apple are wasted every year. We can produce about 8 lakh litres of alcohol worth Rs 1,000 crore. The alcohol can be used as substitute for oil imported into the country,” said V.P. Poty, principal scientist, CEPC Laboratory and Technical Division.

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