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Aspendos theatre

Built in 155 AD during the reign of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the theatre had the capacity to seat 15,000-20,000 spectators. Legend says that this theatre was built from a competition held by the r...
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Pamukkale

In Turkishm this means “cotton castle” and is a natural site in Denizli in southwestern Turkey. The ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis, was built on top of the white ‘castle’ which is about ...
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Archaeological site of Ani

Ani is located on a volcanic tuff layer on the Turkish-Armenian border, 42 kms east of Kars. This pace derives its name from Ani-Kamabh, the famous Armenian city and pagan centre. In this ancient city, ...
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Infosys Multiplex, Mysore

Inspired by the traditional Japanese concept of Origami, the credit for the unique structure of this building goes to architect Hafeez Contractor. He felt glass is the material of the future. The cerami...
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Signature Tower, Gurgaon

Completed in 2000, this is a joint venture between Unitech, New Delhi and Singapore Consortium. It is one of the first buildings in India to incorporate advanced technological features in including curt...
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IFlex Building, Bangalore

Known for structure and blocks shaped in the petals pattern, this uniquely constructed building can accommodate more than 1,500 employees at a time. The main feature that makes this building unique is t...
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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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Heritage Monument

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Mumbai heritage walk Stroll around the city that ‘never sleeps’

Mumbai, also known as the city that ‘never sleeps’ has come a long way from a small fishing village to India’s commercial capital. It is...
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Delhi’s step wells Baolis in bad shape today

They were much sought after by the erstwhile rulers of Delhi, as they provided shelter – and much-needed water – during the searing summer...
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The Doon School ‘British-style public school with Indian identity’

The historic Doon School Building in Dehradun, which housed the erstwhile Imperial Forest Research Institute, was one of the four recipients o...
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India’s Eton

The historic Mayo College in Ajmer in Rajasthan is one of the most renowned educational institutions in India. A look at the fascinating evolu...
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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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Curitiba, Brazil How a sleeping city became the best-planned one

Curitiba, once called the ‘sleeping city’, has toiled hard to rise and wake up to the title of the best planned city in Brazil and to bein...
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CENTRAL PARK NEW YORK An exemplary urban design

Central Park exudes quietude amidst chaos of the most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York. Planned during the mid-19th century ...
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Amsterdam The bicycle friendly capital of the world

The Dutch capital’s historic canals lined by gabled houses unique in their architecture, candlelit cafes, whirring bicycles, lush parks, mon...
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CLARKE QUAY, SINGAPORE

The island city state Singapore, which is almost the size of Mumbai, stands as one of the megacities with a prospering tourism industry attracting over 16 million tourists, about 3 times the total popula...
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BARCELONA Innovative urban planning

Ranked among the top 10 Smart Cities worldwide and acclaimed as a leader of “Global City Standards”, Barcelona is also applauded for its i...
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SkyWay Technologies Co. in India

September 2017, India, Delhi. Ge...
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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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LATEST TRENDS IN HOME DECOR

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Home Décor Velvet is back

The fashion world keeps evolving, so do the trends in home décor. We realised the colourful trend of velvet furniture is back/vc_colu...
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COLOURFUL kitchen trends

THERE are several trends in home décor (including some that are clichéd) that we see emerging every other day. Every woman dreams of a kitchen that will be the best, yet unique and matching the interio...
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Go Geometric for your Modern Home Décor!

One of the trends upcoming in-home décor these days is geometric décor. Known for their versatility and attractiveness geometric designs a perfect fit for your home or even office. Adding a touch of so...
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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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Ongoing Project

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Delhi-Mumbai Super-expressway Accelerating to high-speed travel

With the government taking up the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai super-expressway project, travelling between major Indian cities will undergo dramati...
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Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Finally, it is taking shape

The long-awaited Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, originally thought of in the 1960s, is finally on the verge of a take-off, with the state governme...
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India Hyperlooping To The Future

Indian states are looking at high-tech solutions to solve intercity connectivity. Hyperloop One is one such option being evaluated by major In...
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Our Rivers

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The transformation of SABARMATI

State governments and local civic bodies across India are eagerly monitoring the remarkable improvement that has taken place along one of the ...
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LUNI A rare river in the Thar desert

The Luni is one of the few rivers in Rajasthan, which flows westward and ends up in the Rann of Kachchh after traversing through parts of the ...
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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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Public Spaces

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Sudha Cars Museum, Hyderabad Taking your imagination for a ride

Sure there’s the Charminar and the world-famous biryani and alleys filled with perfume and culture. But if you done exploring that side of t...
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Warangal Fort, Telangana Masterpiece of the Kakatiya dynasty

Time travel might still be limited to sci-fi books. But if you want a trip down to the 13th century, you could head to the Warangal Fort in Te...
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Brain Museum, Bangalore

A Thought provoking experience WORDS: AMOGH PUROHITvc_single_i...
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Maharaja’s Palace, Mysuru

If you ever were to give an example of fine luxury and grandeur to a friend, you could take them to the Maharaja’s Palace in Mysuru. This of...
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LEGENDS MOTORCYCLE CAFÉ AND MUSEUM, BENGALURU

Probably the only place in the world where you will get free advice on engine oils along with your plate of Biryani. Mount your saddles as we ...
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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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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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Gir – The abode of the Majestic Asiatic Lions

My recollection of my last visit to Gir remains fresh in my memory forever. It was the first time that I actually spotted a robust male lion napping in the wild, dry, arid foliage of the might Gir Forest...
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Culture of Telangana

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Gujarat – Land of colourful festivals Celebrating Uttarayan in January

While Gujarat is a state known for colourful festivals, it’s that time of the year when Gujaratis are gearing up for the International Kite Festival (Uttarayan). Uttarayan is celebrated at the time ...
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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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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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Summer Recipes Black Channa and Coconut Stew

A light stew which brings together delicate vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, bottle gourd (lauki) and black channa, is one you should ...
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Summer Recipes ALLAHABAD KI TEHRI (VEGETABLE PULAO)

Summer is here and the temperatures are already soaring northwards. Vegetarian food is good option for meals in these months to keep our ...
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Homemade ravioli fresh Pomodori Basil Sauces

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Kashmiri Pandit Cusine – A Gastronomical Affair

Most of us associate Kashmiri food with the more popular Wazwan cuisine or the Kashmiri Muslim fare that is robust and does justice to th...
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ROASTED VEGETABLE WITH GARLIC CHEESE MAYONNAISE

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Ratatouille

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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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Vaastu based City

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Hyderabad New government buildings to be Vaastu-compliant

Ancient cities in what are today Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were designed on the basis of Vaastu. And today, both state governments are keen...
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LOTHAL The once vibrant port, trading hub

For almost 800 years it was one of the busiest and most happening parts of the sub-continent, attracting traders, craftsmen and migrants from ...
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India’s first planned city

Vaastu has played a major role in the emergence of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan – India’s Pink City – and its prominence over the ce...
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Historic Sabarmati Transforming Ahmedabad

Our new series focusing on Vaastu-based cities begins with Ahmedabad, home to the now vibrant and ever-flowing Sabarmati WORDS: N.B....
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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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