Eco-Friendly Diwali Celebration Tips
Oct18

Eco-Friendly Diwali Celebration Tips

Diwali – The festival of lights! Celebrated every year with immense zeal and fervor, Diwali is one of the most popular festivals in India, signifying the victory of good over evil. So, why blemish the charm of this beautiful occasion with noisy fire crackers and electric illumination that takes a toll on the environment and subsequently on human life? Why let the evil overpower the good? The celebratory spirit and enthusiasm that Diwali brings is unmatched. Diwali celebration with family and friends has its own charisma. But amid this fervor and enthrall, how “green” is your Diwali? A beautiful festival celebrated with diyas and delicious home-made sweets has drastically transformed to being one of splurging, nasty fire crackers, and trend of decorating houses with electric illuminations. And all these items only puts added burden on the environment. The festive spirit and excitement of Diwali shouldn’t soften, but make sure that you celebrate the festival in a safe and eco-friendly manner. Here are some valuable eco-friendly Diwali celebration tips for you. Crack it Wise Diwali without fire crackers seems incomplete, right? We aren’t recommending cutting off completely on fireworks this Diwali, but you can certainly crack it thoughtfully. Fire crackers cause pollution that not only damages environment’s poise, but also puts human life at stake. Instead of traditional noisy crackers, go for eco-friendly products this year that are made from environment friendly recycled papers. The sound produced by these fire crackers is within the decibel limit suggested by the Central Pollution Control Board and also has less harmful effects on the environment and human life. The crackers produce different colored lights and paper fluffers on bursting, instead of sound. Celebrate Together Diwali is best celebrated with family and friends together. So, why not get together with your relatives, neighbors and friends at one place and celebrate the festival of lights. Celebrating together is a tactical way of minimizing the cost of the Diwali celebration as well as reducing the extent of pollution as caused by individual celebrations. Needless to say, this also adds more fun, excitement, and bonding among each other. Decorate Your Home with Diyas Go earthy this Diwali. Instead of using electric lights to illuminate your home, decorate beautifully with diyas and candles. This way you can cut down on electricity consumption and also causes less environmental pollution. The exquisite diyas and candles also look extremely pretty, enhancing the charm and beauty of the occasion. Otherwise, you can also illuminate your home with LED lights that cut down energy consumption by at least 80%. Moreover, LED lights now come in different hues that will further enhance the aesthetic...

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The Rising Pressure of Urban Population
Oct08

The Rising Pressure of Urban Population

Have you ever thought what would it be like to share the planet Earth with over 8BB people in the coming times? According to a UN population report, the current figure of more than 7B people is projected to rise by another 1BB within the coming 12 years. By 2050, the figures will reach 9.6B according to recent estimates. The UN report for 2014 states that the population of the world is increasingly going urban with presently over half residing in the cities. Today, it constitutes 54% of the global population, which by 2050 is going to increase to 66%. The rising pressure of urban population is evident in the real estate global bubble that has returned with a resounding BANG! In the US City S&P, the leading Index of home prices showed a rise of 13.6% compared to the previous year. Similarly, home prices in London have also grown alarmingly in the recent times. A leading strategist from a multinational French bank recently noted that house prices in the English capital went up by 10% in a single month. Housing markets in Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Finland, Germany, France, New Zealand, Norway, Australia, and Canada are also reflecting housing bubbles. Emerging markets in Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, and China as well as major urban areas in India, Brazil, Indonesia, and Turkey also show similar bubbles. Rapid urbanization leading to shortage of available properties coupled with a low rate of economic growth has led to this situation. By all indications, the crisis is bound to increase in the coming times. The Indian Urban Population   According to KPMG, the largest of the professional service networks in the world, World largest professional service network claims “Indian cities are going to will add another 900M people by 2050”. Rapid urbanization here is mostly due to rural- urban migration putting strain on existing infrastructure. Naturally, housing shortage is becoming one of the main causes of concern for the urban planners in the country. In the post-economic liberation scenario the services and manufacturing sector is absorbing the rural youth with increasing regularity. With the agricultural sector having limited capacities in this regard together with the rapid industrialization, the migration trends from the villages to the cities will continue. Housing shortage has led to most of this migrating population settling in squatter settlements and slum areas. Skyrocketing real estate and land prices have forced the economically weaker section to occupy marginal lands afflicted by congestion, obsolescence, and poor stock of housing. According to a 2012, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation report approximately 1,000,000 households inhabit katccha non-serviceable houses. Also, more than half million...

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Interior Design Ideas for Small Homes
Oct04

Interior Design Ideas for Small Homes

Designing Interior Space for large apartments is rather easy than; doing up a small home. However, unlike what you believe, the most challenging thing about small homes is not lack of space, but how things are set amid that space. The key mantra is to get more out of a tiny corner in your home or a small room…and of course, less is more! Rather than cluttering up the space with too many things, design smartly that will enhance the aesthetic appeal and functionality. Here are some fantastic interior design ideas that will accentuate style and personality of your small home. Embrace Multipurpose Furniture Choose furniture pieces that aren’t simply beautiful, but are versatile as well like a table that can be used as a desk as well as a dining table. Get deep sofas or daybeds that can open up as guest beds. Furniture that can be easily rearranged to transform functionality of a room, such as folding chairs, flip-top or collapsible tables, or Murphy beds, are must-buys for small homes. To hide off less needed things, a storage bed or ottoman can be perfect. Instead of having one big center table in your living room, have two small ones with round edges. This will allow better traffic flow, making it easier to move without knocking your knees now and then. For kitchen, use multi-storage cabinets, installed on walls, on beneath the sink or gas oven to save a lot of space. Pick Light Hues The color of the room plays an important role in either brightening up or spoiling its style and design element. In fact, it is an important factor to be considered in designing small homes. Dark colors on walls as well as for furnishing often make the space look smaller and gloomy. Try cool pastel colors that not only enhance the overall ambiance of your home, but also makes it look much larger. For small spaces, consider light reflecting glossy shades. Make sure that there exists a perfect harmony between colors on walls, furniture and furnishing. This will further make the space appear larger, having an immediate effect on your emotions and mood. Brightly lit room with vivid colors also makes smaller homes appear larger and more beautiful. Trick Your Eye Make your small home to look more spacious and beautiful by creating the impression of expansiveness with floor-to-ceiling curtains, designer sleight of hand, see-through furnishings, and of course, perfectly placed mirrors. Use mirrors in empty walls. It’s a classy way to show-off more space since mirrors make the room look larger than it is. Make sure that the mirror is positioned in a...

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