Thursday, January 12, 2017

Serein: Exotic Place to Live In Pokhran Road II Thane

Malabar Hill, as you may know, is a hillock (50 meters above sea level) located in the Southern Mumbai. This is Southern Mumbai's highest point and is famous for being one of the most well-known residential areas of Mumbai. This is notably Mumbai's most unique and posh residential area with many film personalities and business tycoons reside. It is the World's one of the most elite and expensive residential areas which also has the Chief Minister and Governor of Maharashtra's official residences. Malabar Hill houses iconic buildings, including Alankar, Anita, Benhur, Blue Haven, Darshan, El-CID, Everest Apartments, Hanvant Bhavan, Ill Pallazo, Mayfair Gardens, Silver Arch, Sundatta Apartments, and so on.

The luxury of Malabar Hill is beyond the reach of most of us. However, Thane has established itself as the new residential centre of Mumbai. Pokhran road 2, in particular, has emerged as the new Malabar Hills of Thane with high end social as well as physical infrastructure. It also offers different residential options as per lifestyles and has come up as the new centre of attraction in Thane. It has great greeneries flanking the roadsides and high-rises making Pokhran Road 2 one of the most exciting places to reside. Residing in Pokhran road 2 will give you the sense of affluence and pride in the home address that can make a legacy.

The new project "Serein" from Tata Housing in Pokhran road 2 Thane will exactly offer the above-mentioned attributes at an affordable rate. You can feel the same luxury of in Thane (Pokhran road 2, Thane). The two locations have a lot of similarities and the posh Pokhran road 2, Thane, also has a unique similarity in the zip code (Malabar hill - 400006 & Pokhran road, Thane - 400610). It is now the new centre of luxury. Tata Housing crafted the first of its kind project where a Wellness theme is employed with exclusively designed outdoor living spaces that will make the users indulge themselves in the elements of nature.

The landscape possesses different activity spaces for diverse people and has the perfect combination of colours. The placement of the apartments is made in a way to provide natural ventilation and ample sunlight.

Serein is the first Wellness project for housing in India with the required amenities such as forest boardwalk, lotus pond, nature trail, organic farm, outdoor convenience store, outdoor dining, park, Pet Park, sand pit, skating area etc.

The apartments have unique wellness facilities like living rooms with an air purifier, EMF shield, the windows having high performance, low VOC paint, kitchen fitted with RO filter, vitamin c infused shower etc. All the facilities are made to make your living a special one with high standard.

Serein offers you a combination of nature, greenery, birds chirping and view of hills. All these facilities are available with the legacy of security and safety. Serein indeed provides you with the ultimate Wellness and affluent living at affordable expenses.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Book Review: Colorful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0 by Mohit Goyal

This book is primarily focused in the minds of the current young generation, who got adopted by the fast paced world. They give less time to think before jumping into any conclusion. They tend to decide anything without properly assessing the consequences and risks involved. The younger generation goes to extreme whenever they are opposed by their parents or teachers regarding their unrealistic dreams or adventures. 

Younger generations, however, love to take risks and do daring adventures as they are not held back by fear. The author Mohit Goyal told about the journey of Abhay and Shashank, both 25-year-old representing the current generation.

Abhay has a disturbed home life as his parents get separated. His financial status is also quite gloomy. He stays alone as he could not stand his step-mom. He wants clarification from his mother regarding why she left him, could not receive a proper answer. His mother tried to convince him by saying that his father is rich and can support him better than her. 

By contrast, Shashank came from a joint family, thus has a protected upbringing. Abhay befriended Shashank due to his protected background, which he missed in his own life. Initially, he was jealous of Shashank as he got everything in life from a protected family with a loving relationship with a beautiful girl.

Abhay at one point decided to quit his secure job in an advertising company to create a movie by visiting important places across India. He asked for Shashank’s company in this exciting adventure. Initially, Shashank’s family opposed the idea, but they eventually agreed once convinced by Shashank’s uncle, who is a traveler as well. Next, they have to get permission from Unnati’s (Shashank’s girlfriend) parents as she will also accompany them.

Here, it is somehow not clear why these two agreed to accompany Abhay to pursue his dream. Whether they also quit their jobs are not mentioned and how Unnati’s parents agreed to their proposal, especially keeping in mind Unnati will be accompanied by two males whom they came to know only recently (it is mentioned in the book that Unnati’s father is not at all open minded).
But, if you ignore these small loopholes and detailing overall this is the first book I came across having details of an adventurous road trip. I dearly wanted to read such a narration from my childhood days and really happy to have one at last.

This is a must-read for any of you representing the younger generation (that does not mean the older generation should not read it or will not love it). This book may act as the perfect mind booster to freshen up your mind and give the much-needed relief from the routine daily life. Today, somehow the younger generation became over dependent on Sundays for the general activities of life. They hardly get any time other than having some sleep and do the routines in office days. They have to enjoy whatever possible on Sundays and also complete other necessary household problems and duties at the same time.

So, I think the younger generation can easily connect with the lead character of this book, Abhay. This book may make them stronger mentally and enable them to face the challenges of life with a more open mind.

Overall, I will strongly recommend this book to every youngster as it has everything from adventure, fun, entertainment, family problems/values, romance, suspense and all. Even teenagers will find this book interesting. The price of the book is reasonable too. Thank you, Mohit.

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My Rating 4/5


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Engineering Her Way To Help Small Indian Farmers. Tech Junkies Will Love This!

Devi Murthy (29), an electrical engineer from Drexel University (USA), uses technology to reduce the struggles of small farmers in India. With co-founding Kamal Kisan, Devi has set out to help Indian farmers through her cool, new startup ideas.
Kamal Kisan is a for-profit social enterprise that manufactures farming equipment using low-cost mechanisms. It was founded in November 2012 at the IIT Madras’ incubation cell that recognised Devi Murthy’s ideas as innovative and provided a seed fund of Rs 5 lakh.
India is world’s third largest manufacturer of tractors, yet 80 percent of Indian farmers don’t use mechanization to boost their productivity.
Devi is determined to make a change through designing and manufacturing low-cost mechanization options for India’s small farmers.
Murthy with her innovative start-up is aiding farmers in rural areas of Karnataka, particularly in Suttur and HD Kote areas. Murthy and her team go to the village fields to tests the performance of their newly designed and developed equipment and whether they will be useful in the real situation.
Devi has one strong dream – ‘to see a day in the future when mechanization services become a lifestyle choice for a farmer.’

The new centres will have facilities to provide equipment support and service to about 7,000 farmers. Devi’s dream Kamal Kisan got the Push the Boundary Award in 2013 under Women Entrepreneur Quest.
She hopes to open 15 centres in three states in South India in the next three years
Devi’s team is developing solutions for existing farm practices rather than having farmers adapt new ones to suit high-cost equipment. Devi and her team are aiming to lower the Indian farmer’s dependency on labour and fuel – both of which come at a high cost. Devi’s equipment will help the Indian farmers to increase farm productivity and go on to make mechanization a lifestyle choice for every farmer.
The post first appeared in KenFolios - Only interesting stories.
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Shubhendu Left Toyota And Now Delivers Urban Jungle To The World

Engineer Shubhendu Sharma (30) nurtures the dream of growing trees in the heart of the ever-expanding cities in India. He started his journey of producing small forests within the busy Indian cities in 2011 after he cultivated his very own small forest on a land he owned in Kashipur, Uttarakhand.
Shubhendu made a business out of planting trees across India and inspired hundreds of others to follow his footsteps.
A few months after he grew his own 270-tree forest, Sharma launched a business to create small forests in urban areas. He formed his own company Afforestt which has till date has created over 75 forests, some of which are outside India. Afforestt has also planted forests in Singapore, Pakistan, the Netherlands and the United States.
Anyone can grow their own forest in merely two years using Sharma’s method. This is a significant idea in a place like India where about 45 percent of the land has been degraded by deforestation, unsustainable farming methods and excessive groundwater extraction. Thankfully, India still has about 68 million hectares of forested land, which makes it the 10th most forested country in the world.

Japanese Seed

He learned the forestation technique in 2008 when he was an engineer with Toyota. The company had invited Akira Miyawaki, a Japanese botanist specialised in plant ecology, to conduct a workshop teaching forestation methods. Shubhendu was very impressed with the talk and decided to work in the similar field.
With his guidance, for over a six-month period, 300 volunteers together planted over 30,000 trees on a land owned by Toyota. Within two years, the forest flourished sprouting ambitions in Sharma. In November 2010, he started planting trees at his own house and then for others, too.

Preparation

Before planting, he inspects the soil for the availability of nutrients and adds biomass from the surrounding environment to make the soil more porous. This helps water to easily penetrate and reach the growing tree roots.
He also adds micro-organisms (bacteria and microscopic mushrooms) that feed off of the biomass mixed in with the soil to produce the nutrients naturally. Then he identifies the kind of trees which are native to the site and plant trees accordingly (by dividing the trees into our categories: bushes, small trees, regular trees and trees that create canopies).
Shubhendu and his team will start a new project in Val de Loire region in France, in November 2016. In Europe, they charge 40 euros per square metre whereas in India, they only charge 10 euros per square metre.

7,000 trees in a single day in 2013

Dr. Vivek Nagarajan is a professor at the University of Technology in Coimbatore, in southern India. He and his students used Shubhendu Sharma’s method to plant a forest. In a single day, around 300 student volunteers planted over 7,000 trees around the University.

The post first appeared in KenFolios - Only interesting stories.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Here’s A Company That’s Giving You Naturally-Coloured Garments

The amount of water which is contaminated during dyeing process only one t-shirt is enormous. The textile industry has heavily polluted our fresh water sources but thanks to one couple, our water sources can breathe a sigh of relief. They are using natural colors on textile and saving you from environmental guilt.
Sonal and Arun Baid prepare dyes using natural ingredients like spices, nuts, indigo, turmeric and flowers. They reinvent the good old Indian tradition of coloring garments to work in the modern era. Their sole goal is to change the way of coloring our world. Their effort has slowly revived the age-old tradition of India to use natural colors from medicinal herbs, thus serving the dual purpose of coloring the clothes and protecting us from diseases.
Sonal and Arun formed Aura Herbal Textiles in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in 2000 where they dye clothes and fabrics with natural colors for customers across the globe. Their products are receiving a huge response in India, Europe, Australia and Japan. They even supplied their garments to Bollywood. The couple has opened their own retail store. Hope their venture will spread across every Indian city and our best wishes for their green venture.
  • 8,000 different synthetic chemicals are used in textile industry most of which are released, untreated into freshwater sources (accounts for 20% of the industrial water pollution)
  • Toxins can get absorbed into the body through snugly-fitting synthetically dyed clothing causing skin allergies and respiratory problems.
  • Around 70 percent of textile industries in India are unorganized and flout stringent laws for safety leaving most textile workers exposed to the toxic dyes
  • Aura Herbal uses medicinally rich herbs for dying
  • Standard Certified (Global Organic Textiles)
  • 1% revenue is shared for social cause
  • Almost zero carbon footprint
  • Total recycling
  • Aura Herbal Textiles Ltd is certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
Find out more about Aura at http://www.auraherbalwear.com



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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Why People Love These 6 Australians Who Made Way Into Indian Slums

As contrary to what you may think, 35,000 slums in India do not have access to electricity. Stunned, are you? Despite contributing to our economy, sweating it out in the urban workforce, their lives after 6 pm drown in darkness. Six young Australians are working towards changing this disgusting state.
Pollinate Energy is a start-up, founded in 2012, run by six under-30 Australians who quit their jobs to make a difference in lives of slum-dwellers who are the base of our economic pyramid.
Monique Alfrif, Emma Colenbrander, Katarina Kammorley, Ben Merven, Alexi Seller and Jamie Chivers have taken some decisive steps benefitting the urban slum communities devoid of electricity. They are producing affordable lighting products for the urban slums in India and looking to create sanitation products as well as cooking products in the near future.
  • The company sells solar-powered lamps to thousands of slums in India devoid of electricity
  • They worked for free for the first year to drive the project.
  • The start-up was in $50,000 debt in the beginning.
  • They turned the tide in their favor and now employ 45 local employees from the slums. The salaries exceed the workers' expectations.
  • For the slum dwellers, the lights are an expensive initial investment, but in the long run, it saves them money.
  • Pollinate Energy is not-for-profit, any profit made by it is injected back into the business to serve more slums in cities across India.
  • They have their head office in Bangalore and Melbourne.
Find out more about Pollinate Energy at www.pollinateenergy.org

The post first appeared in KenFolios - Only interesting stories.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Is This Real Life! What Air Nostess Never Tell You About Oxygen Masks

You may be aware of the emergency oxygen masks that the air hostess keeps mentioning. Have you ever wondered from where do these masks get oxygen during an emergency?
When airlines are looking for more ways to save operational costs and fill the plane to its maximum capacity, using bulky oxygen tanks on board is really impractical. So what do the airlines do? You will be surprised to know that these oxygen masks can create their own oxygen! No magic. Pure science.
In nature, there are many non-gaseous chemicals which are rich in oxygen, such as O3 present in sodium chlorate (chemical formula, NaClO3).
When sodium chlorate/ potassium perchlorate/ barium oxide is heated a little they quickly give off its oxygen atoms, thus allowing you to have the air to breathe. This is the reason the flight attendants give instruction to you to tug on the side flaps of the mask, which creates a small explosion to generate the required heat to make the chemical release its oxygen.
Typically, the chemical reaction lasts only for 20 minutes maximum. But this time is usually enough to descend the plane to an altitude where safe breathing is possible.
You must also remember that it takes only about 30 seconds to pass out in the airline cabin with dangerously low oxygen pressure. So, you have to put your mask on as soon as possible. The airplane video below can save your life in such situations.

The post first appeared in StoryBawl - Only interesting stories.
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