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Architecture

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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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These 50 years have been beautiful

India’s leading architect and designer, Prem Nath enters his 50th year of operations in 2017. The fascinating individual recounts his remark...
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BANDRA-WORLI SEALINK A blessing for Mumbai motorists

The Bandra-Worli sealink provides relief to thousands of motorists in India’s financial and commercial capital, cutting down their travel ti...
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SYDNEY Harbour Bridge An iconic structure

The Sydney Harbour Bridge has emerged as one of the most popular attractions for tourists to the fascinating city in Australia. The historic b...
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City Spaces

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Casa Batlló, Barcelona

Casa Batlló is a renowned building located in the centre of Barcelona and is one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces. A remodel of a previously built house, it was redesigned in 1904 by Gaudí and has bee...
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Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France

Notre Dame du Haut is a Roman Catholic chapel in Ronchamp, France. Built in 1954, it is one of the finest examples of the architecture of Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier and one of the most important...
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Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral, High Cathedral of Saint Peter, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and of the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. I...
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Binoculars Building

The Binoculars Building, originally the Chiat/Day Building, is located in Venice, Los Angeles, California, incorporating the public artwork “Giant Binoculars” by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Brugge...
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Dancing House, Prague

The Dancing House or Fred and Ginger, is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building on the Rašínovo nábřeží (Rašín Embankment) in Prague, Czech Republic. It was designed by the Croa...
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Lake Point Tower, Chicago

Lake Point Tower is a high-rise residential building located on a promontory of Lake Michigan lakefront in downtown Chicago, just north of the Chicago River. The building is the only skyscraper in downto...
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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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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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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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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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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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Indus One of the longest Asian rivers

One of the four ancient cradles of civilisation, the Indus continues to provide sustenance to millions of people in the Indian subcontinent. A...
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Sutlej- Battle Lines Drawn

Sutlej is the longest river flowing through Punjab and Himachal Pradesh and is a tributary of the gigantic Indus River. Originating at 15,000 ...
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Public Spaces

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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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LAUNCH OF GST

‘I am confident of the success of new tax regime’ WORDS: NAMANN PIPARAvc_column w...
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INS KURSURA, VISAKHAPATNAM

Rare to see a museum not being firmly situated on land. But INS Kursura Submarine Museum is not something for showcasing a collection of artef...
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AIRFORCE MUSEUM, DELHI

If visiting Delhi, you could take a tour of the Indian Air Force Museum at Palam. Or join us as we revisit a part of our history preserved in ...
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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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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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Rani Ni Vav

SITUATED on the banks of the Saraswati River, Rani-ki-Vav, was initially b...
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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

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_...
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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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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

WORDS: SUNIL AWASTHIINGREDIENTS ...
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Taste that lingers WORDS: VN BALAKRISHNA
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Veggie Taco Salad

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Meal in bowl

Ingredients For dressing • 1 cup curd • 2 slice of whole w...
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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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