Home Decor
Mar31

Home Decor

Home decor is the way we decorate our rooms; the way we place our furniture or colour our walls; it is the style of our interior decoration.  There is a wide variety of decor styles to choose from such as the modern, traditional, vintage, tuscan, country, urban, art deco, retro and contemporary to name a few; but the more popular ones are: Traditional The traditional style embodies a certain period of history. People who decorate their homes in this style use a mix of highly polished pieces from different periods and different countries. This kind of decor includes classical elements but these days the classical pieces are toned down to represent the more casual style of present times. Contemporary Contemporary is the style of the moment. It is the most current and most relevant style of times we live in. The contemporary trend can encompass one year to a few years’ time. It is always evolving, so designers find it fun to work with it.  The decor tries to create a casual atmosphere; it is defined by clean lines and open look. The emphasis is on comfort and you will always find some element of surprise in a room done in a contemporary style. People who want to give an artistic touch to their homes prefer the contemporary style. Eclectic As the name itself suggests, the eclectic is a mix of all kinds of decorating styles. If you enjoy certain aspects of various decor styles, you can choose the eclectic one and then go ahead and add a dash of your own unique taste to it. Don’t think the eclectic as a potpourri of different styles mingled incongruously. Instead think of it as a style which represents careful gathering of interesting elements of various styles that all work together well. Contemporary Vs Modern Style Decor While we focus on the contemporary decor style, we need to understand that the terms modern style and contemporary styles are not the same and should not be used interchangeably. Modern style is an older style that originated during the early 19th century when a group of European designers started the Bauhaus School of Design in Germany in 1919.  The Bauhaus believed that form and function should combine in all designs. Modern Style interior design is about clean-lined and focuses first and foremost on function and avoids the excessive accessories and ornamentation. Though contemporary style has elements of modern style, it more experimental and trendy. Contemporary interiors are more comfortable, warm, and welcoming. A home done in contemporary style will have lots of open space, natural light, use of neutral colours with blocks of bold colours,...

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Top Realty Destinations in and around Delhi NCR
Mar26

Top Realty Destinations in and around Delhi NCR

Looking for a home in a metro city? But it isn’t in your budget right now? Yes that’s the situation many home buyers are facing right now due to the rise in prices of residential property due to the impact of inflation. Add to that, the rise in home loan interest rates makes it even more difficult for people to buy homes within their budget. People are ready to stretch their budget a little bit, but nobody would like to go too much beyond their budget, as that can jeopardize their other financial goals. So, what is option for people looking for good residential accommodation in metro cities on budget? Well, here’s a tempting solution to the problems of finding affordable homes in and around the metros. If you can’t find an affordable home within the metro cities, then the next best option is to look for houses around metro cities.  For the builders, at the moment the top realty destinations are not the metro cities, but places around metro cities. In this article, however, we will focus on realty destinations in and around the National Capital Region. In this region places such as Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Manesar, Bhiwadi, Neemrana are the top destinations for builders and buyers today. The reasons are obvious – close proximity to the main city (Delhi), affordable apartments and plots and much greener and open spaces as compared to the city. Another important benefit of these alternate realty destinations such as Delhi NCR is that those who wish to buy houses from investment purpose can buy homes at low prices and be assured of high returns in future. Many people find investing in suburban residential property a good way to support their future plans of dream realty investment. The so called “alternate realty destinations” are slowly emerging as the best places to live in. Some of the important factors that are luring the builders and buyers to these top realty destinations are: improved road and metro connectivity with main city, excellent infrastructure of these suburban cities, lots of open green spaces, broad roads and availability of good quality houses at affordable prices. Real estate developers have come up with large housing and township projects in these regions as they find these places favourable for developing wide range of projects. Developers are now offering long term schemes that will excite both the investors as well as the buyers to buy homes at such destinations. Some of these destinations in NCR have already been witnessing around 25 to 30 percent annual appreciation which is a good return for investors. Delhi NCR is a major destination for developers...

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Go Organic This Holi
Mar17

Go Organic This Holi

The festival of Holi is meant to celebrate the arrival of Spring- the season of heightened natural beauty and colorfulness. The colours of Holi reflect the beauty and colorfulness of spring season. Holi, like any other Indian festival, is a festival related to our culture and history. It is a beautiful festival, but unfortunately, the way we play Holi nowadays cannot be termed as beautiful.   The colours used to celebrate the festival contain harmful synthetic colours and chemicals which are harmful to the skin and health.  All of us should play Holi the way it was played traditionally – with natural colours. The health effects of holi colours is a matter of concern for everyone , as the market is flooded with synthetic colours adulterated with oxidised metals and industrial dyes mixed with anything from engine oil to mercury sulphate to lead oxide or copper sulphate. The harmful chemicals used in the synthetic holi colours can cause irritation, itching, rashes, allergies, hair roughness and eye infections. Health hazards that some of these synthetic colours can cause are: Green: The copper sulphate used in it can cause temporary blindness and eye allergies. Silver: It may include aluminium bromide, a carcinogenic or agent involved in causing cancer. Red : Your favourite gulal may contain mercury sulphite, which can cause skin cancer, mental retardation or paralysis. Purple: It may contain chromium iodide that can lead to various allergies and asthma. Interestingly, awareness about playing with safe organic and herbal holi colours has gone up in cities. Stores selling Organic and Herbal colours are getting bulk orders from apartments, offices, families and groups who are planning to play Holi in a safe and natural way.  However, people in small towns and remote areas still seem to be unaware about safe colours and continue to use the synthetic varieties. What are Organic Colours? Organic colours are made of natural ingredients such as Neem, Kumkum, Haldi which do not harm the skin or eyes, rather they are skin friendly. The best part about organic colours is that these colours have little or no chemicals and they come off easily from the skin and clothes.   So, with these natural colours everyone can celebrate the festival of Holi in the true traditional way – smearing colours on their loved ones without the fear of any side-effect. What are Organic and Herbal Colours made of? Organic colours are made of Tulsi (Green colour), haldi/ turmeric (Yellow colour) and beetroot (pink colour).   These products do not harm the health or skin.  The herbal variants use products such as flour, henna or arrowroot powder as base, and vegetable dyes to add colour. Originally, the...

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Colours For Home As Per Vastu
Mar14

Colours For Home As Per Vastu

 A Colourful World Colours surround our world. They are everywhere. They are in the flowers that bloom – the pink lotus, the red rose, the blue bluebells, the yellow sunflower, the purple orchids and so many more. They are in our fruits and vegetables – the orange carrot, the yellow mango, the green gourd and the purple brinjal. And, of course they are the ones that make our planet earth look spectacular when seen from space, because of the green of its trees, the brown of its soil and the blue of its abundant water. It’s because of this abundance of water that earth is also called the Blue Planet. There is colour even in that name! Everything in nature is there for a reason and so are colours. Colours speak to us; they have a language and once we understand this language and align them according to our needs, we can benefit a lot.  Colours are nothing but light of different wavelengths and frequencies, so each colour has its own energy. Once we know which colour is most suitable for us, we can use that colour’s energy to get rid of the negative energies in our body and re-balance our body’s chakras to achieve physical and emotional well being. A professional colour counsellor and healer who practices colour therapy can help us do that. Colour Therapy Colour therapy aims to balance and enhance our body’s energy centres/ chakras by using the seven colours of the light spectrum, which can help to stimulate our body’s own healing process. Each of the seven main colours of the spectrum resonates with one of the main seven chakras. Colour Therapy utilise the properties of different colours present in nature in such a way that it enhances health and wellbeing. Colour Therapy is one of the most effective ways in which balance is attained between human body and its surroundings. Colours have a very close association with our daily lives. They influence our thought process and moods in every way. We all have preferences for different colours. Decoding these preferences can help therapists dispel negative feelings in us and free us of our blocked energies, thereby re-balancing our body, mind and spirit. Vastu-shastra and Colours Colours and Vastu-shastra are inter-linked. Colours can enhance the energy of a space or even diminish it depending on the subtle vibration (energy) a particular colour produces in a particular space. Since vastu also works on the principle of flow of energy, therefore colours play a significant role in Vastu-shastra.  For centuries vastu has claimed that certain colours used in a particular space have mystical effect on that...

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Women Friendly Laws
Mar10

Women Friendly Laws

For decades, since the time of colonialism, Indian women have been fighting for equal rights and freedom. They wanted to be treated equally and wanted to be seen at par with men in every aspect of life- education, job, family inheritance, etc. Their struggle for equality and freedom started with the anti-sati movement and continues till this day for right to safety and freedom from gender-based violence.  It was because of the efforts of various social reformers and strong women of various eras that today Indian women enjoy several constitutional privileges that intend to safeguard their interests and eliminate all forms of discrimination against them. In recent times, the Union and the State governments have been advocating enforcement of strong laws to ensure socio-economic empowerment of women.  Numerous women friendly legislations have been passed since the time of Independence. The main objective behind these legislations was to protect the rights of women guaranteed under the constitution and to empower them so that they could contribute to the growth and progress of the country. Here are some of the most significant women friendly laws passed by the Indian government: Female Infanticide/Foeticide Prevention Law: One of the biggest decisions ever taken in favour of women and the girl-child in British India was the prevention of female infanticide. This inhuman practice was made illegal by passing the Female Infanticide Prevention Act, 1870. Female infanticide was rampant in British India. This practice instilled a fear in the minds of women giving birth to females. Female infanticide cases were more common in north- western India, but it was not uncommon in other parts of the country as well. Birth of a girl child was considered to be a curse for the family. However, over the period of time after many protest movements, female infanticide law was passed, thus making this practice illegal and gradually there was a decline in this practice. One of the many reasons behind this practice was the dowry system. The next important milestone in favour of girl-child was the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994 (PNDT). It was amended in 2003 to- The Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act. It was enacted to stop female foeticide which was usually done after sex determination test. This law prevents doctors from telling parents the sex of their unborn child, thereby making sex-selective abortion difficult. It has also helped in arresting the declining sex ratio in India.  The current sex ratio of India ( in 2013) is 940 Females/1000 Males, which is better than it was ten years ago – 933 Females/1000 Males. This shows that the...

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