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A Peek into Ahmedabad’s Unique History & The Coveted UNESCO Award 2017

The walled city of Ahmedabad received the coveted tag of becoming a UNESCO World Heritage City and became the first in India to receive this p...
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STATUE OF UNITY – WORLD’S TALLEST STATUE, GUJARAT & INDIA’S PRIDE

The Statue of Unity, a gigantic memorial dedicated to the 'Iron Man of India' Sardar Vallabhai Patel by the people of Gujarat opened its doors...
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Bird Watching in the Wetlands of Gujarat

Gujarat as a traveller’s delight to many of our senses. From temples to historic sites to forests to wetlands to its typical food and handic...
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Culture & Heritage of Gujarat Rann Utsav EXPERIENCING THE AT THE

Since 2006, when the Rann Utsav truly began its journey, this desert festival has been drawing tourists from all over the world. Considered on...
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WHERE THE Mighty Lions Roar

The Sasan-Gir sanctuary is the only natural habitat in the world, outside Africa, of the Asiatic lion; the only place where you can see them r...
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Go Navratri the Gujarat Way This Year!

The exit of the monsoons in India and the onset of the religious months of Ashwin mark the auspicious time to celebrate India’s many festiva...
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BUILDING MODERN INDIA

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Fascinating World Cities interlinked in History with its Rivers

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” This quote holds true for many rivers across the world who have played ...
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Historical Cities of the World

While many predict that the future will be dictated by mega-cities that offer the best and have transformed themselves to meet the demands of ...
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Top Racecourses of the World

As Indians with a colonial history, Racecourses are not a new concept for us. They come in all shapes and sizes and are situated all around th...
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Famous Film Studios in Famous World Cities

Some cities around the world are known for being the hub of cinema and film making. Taking a step further, famous Film Studios have integrated...
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The Beauty of the World’s Basilicas

Many of us have witnessed the beauty of Basilicas around the world and in India. The word basilica is actually derived from a Greek term meani...
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Vienna Staatsoper, Vienna, Austria

It is important to showcase this beautiful, Viennese opera house that was built in 1869 as historically, Vienna was home to music and stalwarts like Mozart and Beethoven who performed and created music h...
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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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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

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Government Policies

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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Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

One of the famous monuments of Kolkata, Victoria memorial is dedicated to Queen Victoria. The spectacular marble building is a great tourist d...
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The Bahá’í Temple – A Temple for Peace, Quietness

A Bahá'í house of worship popularly known as the Lotus Temple is open to all faiths and religions. Located in the national capital city – ...
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Plan A Visit to Thanjavur’s Big Temple

Often referred to as the Big Temple, the Brihadeeshwara Temple in Thanjavur (or Tanjore) is known for brilliant architecture, its opulence, it...
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The Brilliance of the Golden Temple in Amritsar

The Golden Temple is one of the most famous gurudwaras in the world, known world over for its magnificence and religious importance. A world r...
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Re-visiting History at the Mysore Palace

The Mysore Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions of India, attracting over six million visitors annually. Built in the early 13...
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THE MESMERIZING BEAUTY OF THE AJANTA & ELLORA CAVES

Visited by tourists from India and all the world, the ancient rock-cut caves of the Ajanta and Ellora are a must-see for any travel enthusiast...
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Highlights

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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Grandiosity Galore at the Munich Olympic Stadium

The architects Günther Behnisch and Frei Otto were in charge of designing and building the stadium that would host the Olympic Games in Munic...
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Meeting of the Twains – The Panama Canal in Panama

One of the world’s greatest marvels, the Panama Canal stretches 80 kms from Panama City on the Pacific side to Colón on the Atlantic side. ...
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Underwater Marmaray Tunnel in Turkey Connects Europe with Asia

First suggested by the Ottoman sultan Abdülmejid in 1860, Marmaray Tunnel is a railway tunnel under the Bosphorus strait, one of the world's ...
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An Engineering Marvel – The Itaipu Dam in Brazil

Sometimes, when countries come together to create something bigger, for a larger cause, architectural marvels are born. One such example is th...
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Waiting to Exhale – The Mall of the World in Dubai

The tallest building, the most extravagant lifestyles and malls large enough to satiate the world’s craziest shopaholics – Dubai is in com...
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The History of Budapest’s Famed Tram Transport

Budapest, the famed Hungarian city is well-known for world-famous opera houses, relaxing baths, local brews, its imposing Parliament Building ...
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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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Latest Tile Trends

Tiles modify the whole concept of the room, be it the living room or bathroom, applied as a backsplash, flooring or showering around- tiles ca...
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INDOOR WATER FOUNTAINS to soothe your Homes and Office

Those looking at creating an extra space of calmness and serenity into their homes or offices can look at investing in an indoor water fountai...
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Storage in Home Décor: Small on pocket, big on convenience

Creating a home décor which suits one perfectly takes ample time to truly amp up and gain popularity. Topping the list of many is the trend o...
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METALLIC HOME DÉCOR

Creating a home décor which suits one perfectly takes ample time to truly amp up and gain popularity. Topping the list of many is the trend o...
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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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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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A Case of Raipur: Integration of Stormwater Drains with Lakes

Many plans and schemes are laid out with an exemplary budget on the construction of stormwater drains to prevent flooding during the rains.
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Surat Smart City- The Glorious Makeover

“From LED streetlights, automated traffic system, cashless transactions to smart parking, the city of Surat is all set to have its grand mak...
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CLEANSING THE SOUL of the Ghats of Varanasi

Just go to Assi Ghat and see for yourself. The place is completely unrecognisable. It is so clean that now you can actually get to see the rea...
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A True Gift to any City – GIFT City in Gujarat

GIFT City is being positioned as India’s first Global Financial & IT Hub between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar in Gujarat. Named amongst the...
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INDIA’S FIRST UNDERWATER METRO IN KOLKATA

The country is all set to get its first underwater metro in Kolkata which will pass several feet under the river Hooghly through a tunnel. The...
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Coming Soon – India’s Longest Road-Rail Bridge – The Bogibeel Bridge

Today, Indian Railways manages the fourth-largest rail network in the world, with tracks spanning more than 120,000 kms of the country. It’s...
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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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Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden, Thiruvananthapuram

Entrusted with the responsibility to preserve, conserve and research flora from around the world in God’s own country, the Jawaharlal Nehru ...
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The Beauty of the Mughal Gardens in Srinagar

Ever wondered how gardens in paradise look like? Look no further. The Mughal Gardens in Srinagar take you as close to paradise you can get on ...
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OF CRICKET, RALLIES AND PROTESTS: Azad Maidan, Mumbai

Located in the historic Fort area of South Mumbai, Azad Maidan is a triangular shaped cricket ground with covers about 25 acres of land. Besid...
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Relive History at the Chandrashekhar Azad Park in Allahabad

Certain places especially of historical significance fill you up with a feeling of pride, grandness and patriotism as soon as you step in. Cha...
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Soaking in fun, fervor and food at Chandni Chowk

One of India’s oldest, busiest and most well-known markets is Chandni Chowk, located in Old Delhi. Built by the Mughals, this more than thre...
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Finding Paradise at Promenade Beach, Puducherry

Sure, long walks on the beach are relaxing and romantic. But this one is a bit different. With a war memorial at one end and a mesmerizing par...
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Report

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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Stepping into 2019

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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Saputara Gujarat’s Beautiful Hill Station

This picturesque hill station, perched in the Sahyadris, is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Located close to Surat ...
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The magnificent stepwells of Rani-Ki-Vav

Considered to be one the largest and most elaborate of its kind, Rani-Ka-Vav or the Queen’s Stepwell is revered as the most famed among othe...
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Fascinating Modhera Sun temple

More than a thousand years old, the Modhera Sun temple, located just 100 km from Ahmedabad, has an amazing history behind it/vc_column...
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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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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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Cuisines for the colourful festival of HOLI

HOLI is the festival of colours and adding variety of flavours and taste, definitely adds wonderful food experience with family and friends. B...
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Foodie Delights for This Spring

The onset of spring brings in a new flavor in the weather as well as the quality of fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits, as if to mark the b...
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Sarson Da Saag- Makki Di Roti

IF you are looking for a delicious and indulgent meal, then this Sarson Da Saag recipe is a perfect dish to prepare on wintery days and gorge ...
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Traditional Plum Cake For The Festival!

The popular tradition of Plum Cakes started in medieval England. It is the ritual of observing fast and abstaining from any kind of feast befo...
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Delicious Diwali Treats- Sweet and Savoury

Diwali in India is celebrated with much joy and no celebration is complete without some traditional sweetmeats. Desserts are the highlight of ...
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Healthy Navratri-Fast Recipes

A large part of North, West and Central India observes fast on all nine days. It is believed that fasting is a way to pay gratitude to the God...
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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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