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Architecture

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‘Next frontier is battle of privacy’

Girish Ajoomal is the director of RoundRobin Tech Services, Mumbai. The firm comprises a team of professionals with more than 20 years of expe...
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The Making of London

The evolution of London began with a few parks, settlements, the safeguarding of Thames and the bridging of settlements from 1828 to 1921, whi...
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‘There is need for a fundamental rethink about the notion of housing’

An exclusive interview by the renowned, Delhi-based architect, Madhav Ramanvc_column wid...
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A passionate architect

Architecture his passion and with several major projects to his credit in India and abroad, he is also actively involved in development of ope...
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‘Benefits of design should percolate to the masses’

Nitin Killawala, Mumbai-based architect and director, Group Seven Architects and Planners Pvt Ltd, is vigorously campaigning for an integrated...
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“An architect has to create meaningful spaces. The rest will follow”

CP Kukreja Architects (CPKA), founded in 1969, is today one of the most influential architectural practices in the country. With a highly-qua...
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BUILDING MODERN INDIA

CERAMICS

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City Spaces

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Lloyd’s Building (London)

Built in the late 1970s, it was an innovative idea of its time because of services like staircase, lifts, ductwork, electrical power conduits and water pipes on the outside, leaving an uncluttered space ...
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Mind House, Barcelona, Spain

The entrance gate of the park is framed with two gingerbread houses; one being topped with the toadstool, the other having a toadstool along with a cross-shaped window on the front wall. The Mind House, ...
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Habitat 67, Montreal, Canada

Habitat 67 is a model housing complex in Montreal. It comprises 354 identical, prefabricated concreate forms arranged in combinations which make the height equal to that of a 12-story building. The units...
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Atomium, Brussels, Belgium

Built originally for the 1958 Brussels World’s fair, the 102-m high Atomium was designed by André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak. The stainless steel clad spheres are connected in such...
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THE GATEWAY ARCH, ST LOUIS

Astounding 630-feet high, the magnificent Gateway Arch remains the tallest man-made national monument in the United States. Its unique shape and stainless-steel facade represent the history etched in the...
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SAGRADA FAMÍLIA, BARCELONA

The Basílica Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (English: Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) is largely an unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architec...
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Events

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URBAN VAASTU AT EVENTS

The team of Urban Vaastu was present at two major events in last month. The Smart Cities Expo 2017 at New Delhi and the CREDAI investiture cer...
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TiECON

Ahmedabad’s Buzz-ness with Innovation and En...

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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?

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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...
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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 VidhyaRanaNamaskar esteemed readers. Welcoming a beautiful season this month, we bring to you...
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URBAN HEALTH FOOD

By: Ashish Vyas and Vidhya RanaAs we welcome the monsoons, we must also be cautious about food contaminati...
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URBAN HEALTH FOOD

By: Ashish Vyas and Vidhya RanaAre 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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Infrastructure

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SkyWay Technologies Co. in India

September 2017, India, Delhi. Ge...
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ENVIRONMENT Copenhagen aims for Carbon Neutrality

The Copenhagen Climate Plan 2025 is a holistic plan with specific goals and initiatives in four areas – energy consumption, energy productio...
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GIFT CITY Smart infrastructure symbolises the new hub

The Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, which is rapidly coming up in the state, is set to transform urban India dramatically. The author,...
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From Smart Cities to a Smart State

Engineer, author and general designer of a new kind of transport system called Unitsky String Transport, Anatoly Yunitskiy is the founder of S...
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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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Khadi India

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Khadi to Kaziranga rescue

April 10 was a historic day for Khadi and Village Industries Commission Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena as for the first time KVIC started a project “Cotton Khadi work” in Assam giving out 10-spindle 25 ...
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Libraries

Lifestyle

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Summer workouts

Summer is at its peak with mercury soaring. It might sound ridiculous but r...
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How to choose the right GYM

Most of you might have the feeling that you need a well suited gym to cater your need to ach...
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SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE OVERTRAINING

Words: Swapnil MishraMost of us are goal oriented and when it comes to work out most of us take our training seriously...
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COPING WITH SORE MUSCLES

Words: Swapnil MishraSometimes, 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 MishraRectus 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 MishraAs well all know, the abdominal region is one of the most prominent areas where a lot of fat depo...
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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

National Park

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VELAVADAR BLACKBUCK NATIONAL PARK

Formerly the private grassland of the Maharaja of Bhavnagar, Velavadar is synonymous to the African savannahs in look and feel. For those who wish to quench their thirst of wanderlust, the Velavadar Blac...
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Our Rivers

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Sailing high Inland waterways to take-off in a big way

An ambitious move to develop India’s inland waterways system will see millions of tonnes of cargo being sent across the country through the ...
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NARMADA Revitalising drought-prone districts

One of India’s seven holy rivers, the Narmada is hugely popular among pilgrims. And with the massive Sardar Sarovar dam finally being develo...
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CHAMBAL From fearsome dacoits to wildlife

Chambal River was associated once with dacoits ruling over its ravines. Today the place is where rare birds and animals take sanctuary. It is ...
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JHELUM Amazingly beautiful, frightfully ferocious

The Jhelum is focus of a massive development plan in Kashmir to revive inland water transport Words:N.B. RAO/vc_co...
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BENIGN BEAS Centre of controversy

As far as rivers go, the Beas is one of the most beautiful rivers, flowing down mountain valleys and providing rich nutrition to soil in the p...
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Periyar Roaring down the mountains

The Periyar rushes down from the mountains of Kerala and heading towards the sea, providing breathtaking scenes along the route. Unfortunately...
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Public Spaces

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HISTORIC MONUMENTS JANTAR MANTAR AND MUMBAI MUSEUM

MANY historic monuments over the years have become an integral part of the nation’s culture. Today, we take a walk though the timelines of t...
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Mayong: Land of Black Magic

Assam. The land of beautiful hillside and valleys, gardens and scenic landscapes, also hides a secret: a dark secret about black magic and cur...
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ZIPPING THROUGH AMRITSAR & CHANDIGARH

If you are planning a road trip to the north and then driving through the cities of Amritsar and Chandigarh, we’d say that’s a great idea....
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NATIONAL RAIL MUSEUM

Railways form nerve centre of Indian economy. It has a rich history. Join us as we take you on a joyride to the one place where all the histor...
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NEHRU PLANETARIUM, MUMBAI

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ANNA CENTENARY LIBRARY SUSTAINABLE, LOW-ENERGY BUILDING

Sensitive architectural design and efficient building services solutions have resulted in a sustainable, low-energy building, delivered within...
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Space

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_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 matchesv...
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Technology

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TECHNOLOGY Working from Home & Office Safety

When we think about urban working life then we presume a person’s independence of a job or an office. In that scenario, we always want an accessible environment that is equipped with the latest technol...
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TECHNOLOGY: ‘CLOUD’ WITH A SILVER LINING

Words: Chirag PatelCloud is not a new phenomenon having existed since the beginning of the internet and the early days...
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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_...
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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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Run for Rann

No other Indian state has a landscape like Kutch of Gujarat that has immensely boosted tourism. With Rann Utsav 2017-18 around the corner this nearly four-month long carnival will be a once in life time ...
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GIR FOREST Where the magnificent Asiatic Lions roam free

Explore the royal Gir Forest, the only place where the magnificent beast, the majestic Asiatic Lions roam free. Experience the thrill of breathspotting wild beasts in their natural habitat. A sure way to...
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Run for Rann

No other Indian state has a landscape like Kutch of Gujarat that has immensely boosted tourism. With Rann Utsav 2017-18 around the corner this nearly four-month long carnival will be a once in life time ...
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NAVRATRI GUJARAT COMES ALIVE

Garba is to Gujarat what Bharatanatyam is to Tamil Nadu. Garba really takes off during Navratri which begins next month from 21st September. Navratri or nine nights is a festival of joy, dance, colours, ...
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Ahmedabad first heritage city of India

Six centuries old walled city of Ahmedabad founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah was declared India’s first World Heritage City on July 8, 2017 by the World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO at a meeting in Po...
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Somnath Temple

In the Shivapurana and the Nandi Upapurana, Lord Shiva is quoted as saying, ‘I am omnipresent, but I am especially in twelve forms and places.’ These places are known as jyotirlingas, and Somnath is ...
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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_...
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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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Vegetable Lasagne

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Cajun Grilled Veggies

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Avacado cheese Taco Boats

Serves: 1-2 Prep time: 20 Minutes INGREDIENTS 100 gram organic chickpeas (soaked overnight and pressure cooked 3 ...
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BLACK BEAN TACO SALAD WITH ITALIAN SEASONING

Time: 10 mins INGREDIENTS » 3 cups black beans » ½ cup red onion finely chopped » ½ cup tomato finely chopp...
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Bottle Gourd and Tomato Soup

Nothing like a healthy delicious Bottle Gourd Tomato Soup piping hot when it is raining outside INGREDIENTS 1 medi...
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Veggie Mole Burrito

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Urban Furniture

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Bathroom Furniture

Luxury meets Panache: A peek into designer bathroom furniture WORDS: TILLANA DESAIvc_...
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Ergonomics – Art of Making Work

Urban Vaastu will be starting a series of articles on Ergonomics every month. Long neglected in our country we ar...

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INCREASE WELLNESS

INCREASE WELLNESS By Team Herman Millervc_colu...
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FIREPLACES: GREAT GATHERING SPOTS

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

By Pankaj Sabharwal – AffluenceArtLooking to decorate your new home and seeking thematic inspiration? Search no more...
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WASHROOMS TO DREAM OF

By Pankaj Sabharwal – AffluenceArtModern bathrooms create a simplistic and clean feeling. In order to design them we...
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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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