In search for truth:The heritage of Faridabad.

16 04 2009
Faridabad

Situated on both sides of Delhi-Mathura-Agra road ,& strategically located plain amidst aravali ranges on the west and river Yamuna on the east-Faridabad is well connected to Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida. Recently, separate district of Palwal has been chiseled out. Faridabad is the future destination of develpoment and service hub of Delhi-basically an industrial township-one of the largest in India yet a cheaper investment asset zone for Indian and foreign investors too. Very soon, badarpur border will be linked by improved flyover and metro besides improving connectivity by autos and buses from Delhi. There are 3 main Railway stations-Faridabad, New Town and Ballabhgarh. The development work being carried out is widening improvement of Mathura road.

The city is very famous worldwide due to Surajkund Mela, recently it had 1 Lakh visitors from all over the world. Surajkund is located in serene Aravali hills having Hotel Rajhans and Hill view. The quality of accommodation in both is just superb. You’ll simply enjoy the hospitality of Haryana.

The other legacy are the Badkhal Lake identified for improvement and conservation. Remember the song by Dharamendra & Hema Malini from the burning train “Pehli nazar main humne to apna dil de diya tha tumko” has been pictured on it’s embankment.

Numerous malls have opened up along with Mathura Road. The initiative was taken by Mr Gandhi, who has contributed a lot to make Faridabad cosmopolitan city by building Crown Plaza in tie up with Ansal Group. The plaza is conceptualized by Architect Jitender Saigal. It creates a functional micro-climate matching international standards. It houses kids play areas, Ebony, Spencer, Sagar Ratna and many other food outlets besides being a one stop shop.

SRS group has a very innovative mall. Besides this, Haldiram is available in Parasvnath mall. There are going to be about 30-35 planned malls.

Magpie tourist complex is also a favorite stop point for foreigners visiting the Taj.

My preference is strolling in the Sector 15 market in the evening. Town park is also very well maintained destination. In summers it is well cooled and air cleaned by numerous fountains. It has nice stadia, lot of colleges and best schools. Cheaper goods are also available in NIT faridabad.

Of course, Raja Nahar Singh Palace is in Ballabhgarh. We go there is functions and you forget everything in it’s courtyard and it makes you feel like a king. There is some restoration going in “Rani ki chattri” i don’t know exact pronunciation but it’s gonna be a tourist attraction soon.

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Do your kids desist sleep.

10 10 2008
High School Musical 2 (Hindi Version) album cover
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A Hindi Lullaby can help the irksome kids to enjoy their getting sleepy। Listen to Gol Gol Ghoomata hai fan on http://myspace.com/mugeek

जिन बच्चों को नींद नहीं आती उनके लिए एक छोटी सी लोरी।

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Choosing the right apartment

2 08 2008
Apartment blocks, Kolkata
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It’s booming, mushrooming and raining houses in India.

After a lot of queries by the discerning flat buyers I would share few architectural tips on selection of right apartment. Because buying the right apartment would not only reduce your energy cost, but also fetch you greater sale/rental returns. No harms taking a measuring/sonic tape with you.

Avoid flats in the vicinity of aerodromes/railway lines, main roads.

Apartment having decks more of south along with some east sun is best-no matter where the entry is from. Ensure there is no pond, river, sea in that direction.

Buy apartments in the block which have a lot of trees and greenery in the west or a little north.

If you are planning to buy lower floors(4th or 5th). Make sure that they, especially the bedrooms, are not near the main entrance gates. For higher floors, ensure that the parapets should be solid (3′6″-4′ high)

Ensure the ceiling should be at least 9′ high and beams etc shouldn’t be visible. If visible you’ll have to shell in some interior makeover costs.

Try finding ones which have contiguous toilets. This entails maximum open views and ventilation.

See the drawing room. It should have 2-3 adjoining walls so that even if it is too small, it can accommodate maximum perimeter of sofas.

The dining and the kitchen are always near and it is like a lobby. Check that it should at least have a 5′ and 7′ adjoining walls so that a dining table can be well placed without cramming the chairs.

The bedrooms should be in such a way that you walk minimum to go to the wardrobe, toilet and balcony. If you are a right hander then look for a place for the study table so that light enters from the left. Also TV should be in place left or right of the light source.

Checkout for a small latticed drying balcony in NW or SE.

Your entry should be as near to lift but as far from noise from neighbor’s transit. (Former adds value by minimizing vestigial area).

It is not necessary that flats having a 90 degree angle are the most functional.

You are investing your hard earned money into a one time house. Act wisely. Consult your local realtor and technocrat for further advice.

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Some dos and dont’s in planning your house.

5 05 2008
Mahapitha Mandala
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I am sharing the basic house planning principles. Consult your architect to incorporate these in you home plan. We practice the same as “Vastu-Shastra” in India.

1.Make the room approx 2:3 ratio-This not only makes the room look good, but improves the flexibility in usage
2.Try to consolidate doors-Try to bunch all the doors-from other rooms, external and internal-so that you have continuous furniture keeping space,
3. Alternate side windows-on opposite walls are the best-to create cross ventilation and health.
4.Kitchen Location-Should be opposite to prevailing wind direction.
5.Toilet Location-Should be away from kitchen and preferably on the cross wind corners.
6.L-shaped, long and irregular rooms impair the functionality of the house. Please consult your architect.
7.Try to scribble movable routes from room to room for all and ask your architect to minimize the circulation area.
8.Divide the house into 3 zones-Public, family and private. 1 & 3 should be exclusive.

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New India

10 04 2008
Population density map of India.
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I want to visualize India as a maze-matrix of real superhighways, soft skylines, climatic, energy saving and eco friendly habitations where there is qualitative living, a uniform transitory national bylaw responsive to latitude, altitude and other geographical constraints. Even the slum structures look good. I feel if I can contribute my mettle and energy to make our India the top in this world only then my lease of life be successful. Our lives should be simplified-not complicated.

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