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Architecture

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CITYSCAPES

Aqua is an 82 storied, mixed-use residential skyscraper under construction in the Lakeshore East development in downtown Chica...
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THE DECLINE OF LIGHTHOUSES

Though lighthouses are on the decline in the shipping business, thanks to technological developments, they continue to attract...
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THE MAGNIFICENCE OF DAMS

Our regular architecture feature focuses on the importance of dams around the globe Words: Revati Rajwade[/vc_column...
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ARCHITECT’S MORAL RESPONSIBILITY

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]‘It is the architect’s moral responsibility to be sensitive towards the environment’
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PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES

The creative design facet of constructions plays a pivotal role in their rise to fame. In the first of this four-part series, ...
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GREEN ARCHITECTURE – IT’S NOT ABOUT THE COLOUR

Green architecture is widely misinterpreted and reduced to a practice which merely encourages vertical gardens, planting trees...
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Best Wishes

Charity

City Spaces

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AUDA SEES GREEN AHEAD

Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) had announced in February 2013 a revised City Draft Development Plan 2021 that...

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Deadvlei – Dreamlike Forest Landscape in Namibia

The trees are estimated to be approximately 900 years old. However, they have not decomposed due to the dry climate. Deadvlei is a heaven for photographers as the contrast between colours of the nature and the sky make incredible images. Deadvlei is ...
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Crooked Forest, Poland

In a tiny corner of western Poland a forest of about 400 pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks – all bent northward. The trees are believed to have been planted around 1930. Their bend however remains a mystery....
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Salina Turda the Science Fiction Wonder of Cluj, Romania

Thousands of interior lights are waiting and the air seems to go all the way to your brain skipping the lungs. It’s easy to imagine yourself on another planet or on a space ship where an adventure begins. Since 1991, Salina Turda has been declared...
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Cathedral of Créteil Extension, Paris

The architecture of the building is based on the classical arrangement of a religious site. The dome pointing towards the sky, replicates the footprint of the original cathedral. The creator of this unique design is Charles- Gustave Stoskoph....
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Plitvice Lakes National Park – A Natural Wonder of Lakes Tumbling Into Each Other

Between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina lies a natural European wonder. All the lakes feature a different colour that turns this national park into a fairy-tale. The reason? Water changed the original colour of rocks through erosion over centuries...
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Events

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AUDA SEES GREEN AHEAD

Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA) had announced in February 2013 a revised City Draft Development Plan 2021 that...

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What is TiECON?

TiECON- One of the world’s largest Entrepreneurial Forum[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column widt...
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URBAN VAASTU AT EVENTS

Senior members of Urban Vaastu, including Komal Ravi Rao, the CEO and Editor-in-Chief, were present at two major events in Guj...
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Focus

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SMOG OF THE DECADE: DELHI’S COCKTAIL OF DUST, SMOKE AND GAS

Post Diwali, India’s capital witnessed its worst smog in 17 years leading to a closure of over 5,000 schools, bans on constr...
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THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT RAILWAY MARKET FOR US

‘WE SEE HUGE OPPORTUNITIES IN INDIA, THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT RAILWAY MARKET FOR US’
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MODERN MAKEOVERS OF VILLAGES

PUNSARI IS THE ANSWER TO INDIA’S QUESTION FOR MODERN MAKEOVERS OF VILLAGES Words: Steffi Mac[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc...
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SATHYA SAI WORLD YOUTH FESTIVAL

Celebrating love and service Delegates from around the globe gathered at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh and participated in a two-day yout...
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INDEPENDENCE DAY FACT FILE

AS India celebrates its 70th Independence Day this month, we bring you some interesting aspects of the historic event. Read on…...
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INDIA’S DYING LAKES

Unchecked dumping of effluents and decades of neglect have led to the tragic demise of countless lakes in India

By Revati Rajwade

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Health

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URBAN HEALTH FOOD

Words: AshishVyas and VidhyaRana[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]Namaskar esteemed readers. Welcoming a beautiful season this month, we bring to you...
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URBAN HEALTH FOOD

By: Ashish Vyas and Vidhya Rana[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]As we welcome the monsoons, we must also be cautious about food contaminati...
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URBAN HEALTH FOOD

By: Ashish Vyas and Vidhya Rana[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_column_text]Are you a foodie but care about calories? Are you looking for healthful, tasty and t...
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History

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YONAGUNI MONUMENT THE UNDERWATER MYSTERY

A submerged formation of rocks off the coast of Okinawa in southern Japan continues to baffle experts ever since its discovery more than...
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Ancient Town Planning

THE inception and growth of cities is happening at a rapid pace in the modern world. Urban planning and design is constantly adopting contemporary design strategies to provide solutions to ever changing ...
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Infrastucture

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CREATIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT METHODS

Waste management plays a crucial role in an era when countries are not only looked for the number of jobs they offer, but atti...
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SINGAPORE: THE INFRASTRUCTURE HUB

A country takes pride in its infrastructure. And when it is a tiny island city-state called Singapore it can take a lot of it....
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GERMANY: CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE

A country’s infrastructure functions like the nervous system of a body; it depends on it like lifeblood. We take you through...
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WORLD’S FIRST HYDROGEN TRAIN

LEADING FROM THE FRONT: WORLD’S FIRST HYDROGEN TRAIN FROM GERMANY IS A BIG BOON Words: Steffi Mac[/vc_column_text]...
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JAPAN HAS ONE OF THE BEST

A country’s infrastructure becomes the support system of its development and is a reflection of the standard of living of th...
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Exploring the Magic in Japan’s Rail Infrastructure

Words: Steffi Mac[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_single_image image="7767" img_link_target="_self" img_size="1200 x 750"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column w...
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Libraries

Lifestyle

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COPING WITH SORE MUSCLES

Words: Swapnil Mishra[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Sometimes, even holding a tooth brush or trying to walk or sit becomes onerous. When this happens...
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NO-CRUNCH AB WORKOUT

Words: Swapnil Mishra[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Rectus Abdominis or what most of us call ab muscles, are the most desired and most difficult to a...
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GETTING RID OF TUMMY FLAB

Words: Swapnil Mishra[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]As well all know, the abdominal region is one of the most prominent areas where a lot of fat depo...
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CARDIO WITHOUT RUNNING

Words: Swapnil Mishra[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]The topic holds an element of surprise in itself because running and cardiovascular training are ...
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FITNESS FOR THE URBAN SOUL

Words: Swapnil Mishra[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]Technology has become an inseparable part of human lives today. From mobiles to television set...
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HEALTH HAZARDS IN GYMS

Words: Swapnil Mishra[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]We all know that being fit is important for living a healthy life. But the workouts we do or the ...
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Liveable Cities

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A SPECTACULAR FLOWER SHOW BLOSSOMS IN AHMEDABAD

THE New Year in Ahmedabad began with a spectacular flower show, an annual occurrence over the last four years, at the Sabarmati Riverfront. The Ahmedabad...
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THE JEWELS OF SURAT

The historic city of Surat has over the centuries bounced back with renewed vigour every time after it faced a massive setback By: Revati Rajwa...
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The Wonders Of Bhopal

The ‘city of lakes’ is a myriad urban environment of people of various religions, architectural influences and topography. Travel being an intrinsic part of my life, a rendezvous with numerous pla...
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Ajmer – historical chaos

Ajmer is a bustling, unplanned and chaotic city. The kind of city an ambitious urban planner would take up as a challenge to show what proper planning could achieve if implemented.Yet we are not going to...
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Bengaluru – Maintains its charms in the midst of chaotic change.

“When I shifted to Bengaluru in 2012 it was beautiful, and the Mercer rankings came out that year too. They put Bangalore as India’s no 1 city to live in (of course even then it was 141 out of 221 ci...
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Indore – the charms of a small city

The charms of a small city The commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, Indore is also attracting a lot of automobile and IT players and educational institutions.Indore is a tier 2 city, the largest city...
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Luxury

Our Rivers

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POLLUTED TAPI NEEDS DREDGING

The river originates in the Satpura range and flows through
Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat

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RIVER KAVERI

With the long history of disputes and violence in sharing its waters, the Kaveri speaks of the shortage of natural resources i...
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RIVER GODAVARI – DAKSHINA GANGA

Dakshina Ganga, the Godavari, is second only to the Ganga in its length. According to mythology, it is in fact the Ganga that ...
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RIVER NARMADA – GIVER OF PLEASURE

Home to the dinosaurs and the forests of The Jungle Book, the Narmada river brings its waters to the villages and towns of fou...
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RIVER KRISHNA

The River Krishna holds a mirror to the history of humankind, from the early protohuman settlements along its banks to the present-day ba...
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OUR RIVERS

THE HOLY RIVER – GANGES Words: Madhuri. Y[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_single_imag...
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Sports

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Rio Olympics

PV SINDHU AND SAKSHI MALIK FOUGHT LIKE WOMEN AND WE DON’T MEAN JUST IN THE OLYMPICS Words: Steffi Mac[/vc_column_text][/vc_co...
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A PEEK INTO OLYMPICS 2016

More than 10,000 athletes from over 200 countries will be participating in the XXXI Olympics that kicks off in Rio de Janeiro next month...
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SPECTACULAR FRENCH STADIUMS FOR EURO 2016

Heading to France for the month-long football fest – the Euro 2016? Then read all about the 10 stadiums that will be hosting these matches[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/1"][v...
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Technology

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COOL TRENDS

ALIVO – BEDSIDE HEALTH COACH,PORTABLE RECORDING STUDIO, SOMNOVA SMART SLEEPING MAT,
PAUSE – BRING BACK DINNER-TA...

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DOING IT RIGHT

Everybody uses IT, in homes schools, colleges and offices. But the amount of planning that goes into deploying IT is far from ...
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VIRTUAL REALITY: THE FUTURE IS NOW

In conversation with Ankit Dave - Founder and CEO VR on Cloud Words: Tillana Desai[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_...
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NEW TECHNOLOGIES IMPACTING LIVES

From virtual reality to artificial intelligence, robotics, meta-materials, 3D printing and smart objects, Indian companies are...
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Tourism

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INCREDIBLE LITTLE RANN

For a casual visitor or avid bird watcher the Little Rann of Kutch fascinates as a birding paradise. Indeed a birding paradise with large flocks of larks, and other ground dwelling birds like sandgrouse,...
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18% OF GUJARAT IS WETLAND

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]As per a survey by ISRO, 18 percent area of the entire state, which adds to 1,50,174 sq. km land are included in the wetland c...
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Tributes

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Pramukh Swami Maharaj

HIS HOLINESS PRAMUKH SWAMI MAHARAJ: HE ALWAYS PRACTICED WHAT HE PREACHED! Words: Tushar Desai[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_...
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POORNIMA PAKVASA (1913-2016) ‘DIDI OF THE DANGS’

Poornima Pakvasa, a Gandhian, was committed to improve the lives of tribal girls in Saputara region of Gujarat’s Dangs district By Sujata Prasad[/vc_column_te...
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BEYOND THE RECTANGLE – A tribute to Zaha Hadid

The world of architecture was blessed to have the incomparable Zaha Hadid as one of its pioneers. She left for her heavenly abode on March 31, after a heart attack in Miami where she was being treated fo...
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WAR MEMORIALS – REMEMBERING THE MARTYRS

War memorials ensure that people remember and respect the sacrifice of those who died or fought. They are an important source of informat...
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APJ Abdul Kalam

A tribute in memory of the APJ Abdul Kalam, the people’s President, also known as India’s missile man Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (APJ) Abdul Kalam (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015) passed away while...
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India’s great architect

Charles Correa, one of modern India’s greatest architects, passed away at Mumbai’s breach candy hospital on June 16. Correa was 84. Architect, planner and activist, he designed some of the most iconi...
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Urban Food

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EDITOR’S PICK

VEGETABLE WRAP By: Komal Rao[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]In today’s fast-p...
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PULIHORA / TAMARIND RICE

Words: Komal Rao[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]Pongal is festival time and tamarind rice is a popular dish. Here is the traditional but quick method ...
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APPLE – OAT CAKE

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Words: Alka Kumar[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]With Christmas around the corner, cakes are certainly the flavour of the month. Our reader, Alka Kumar, has contributed her ‘Apple – Oat Cake’ reci...
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EDITOR’S PICK

SWEET PONGAL By: Komal Rao[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]Diwali is all about c...
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EDITOR’S PICK

SUPER SALAD By: Komal Rao[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]As Oct...
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CHERRY – COCONUT MUFFINS

“You can never be sad when you’re holding a muffin!” Words: Milani Desai[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc...
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Urban Furniture

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INCREASE WELLNESS

INCREASE WELLNESS By Team Herman Miller[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_colu...
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FIREPLACES: GREAT GATHERING SPOTS

Fireplaces provide heat and light and make a room beautiful By Pankaj Sabharwal – AffluenceArt[/vc_column_text][/v...
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FOUR POPULAR STYLES

By Pankaj Sabharwal – AffluenceArt[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Looking to decorate your new home and seeking thematic inspiration? Search no more...
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WASHROOMS TO DREAM OF

By Pankaj Sabharwal – AffluenceArt[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Modern bathrooms create a simplistic and clean feeling. In order to design them we...
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INTERIOR PARTITIONS IN VOGUE

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LUXURY LIVING

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Urbanization

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BATTING MANY ODDS

THE Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) is an independent entity, which is backed by the Samarthanam Trust, a non-profit organisation. The Indian visually handicapped cricket team was for...
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GUJARAT:THE GROWTH ENGINE OF INDIA

The western Indian state of Gujarat, which celebrates its Foundation Day on May 1, is the business and industrial hub of India, a state t...
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FARM-SECTOR ORIENTED BUDGET

Naman Pipara is a partner of Ahmedabad-based chartered accountancy firm, Pipara & Company, and is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Pipara has eight years of exp...
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‘LEARNING BY PRINTING’ – THE FATE OF PAPER IN ARCHITECTURE SCHOOLS

Though technology has made paper printouts redundant in many sectors, architecture students in India continue to waste paper, blissfully ignorant of the damage to the environment at large

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TEMPORAL MARKETPLACE – THE RAVIVARI OF AHMEDABAD

A walk through Ravivari, a bustling bazaar and flea market located on the east bank of the Sabarmati in Ahmedabad. ‘Ravivari’, the informal market is held under Ellis Bridge on Sundays and continues ...
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CHENNAI The reasons behind the deluge

The recent devastating floods in the capital of Tamil Nadu and the havoc that was caused have brought the focus on the pitiable state of affairs in our cities and how ill-prepared they are in tackling di...
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Vibrant Gujarat

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Showcasing Gujarat

The 7th Vibrant Gujarat Summit attracted global political and business leaders, who shared the platform with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and vowed to invest in the state. By Sthapati...
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