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Great expectations for 2019 – The Hindu

They are human too - The Hindu

As per ANAROCK data, as many as 32 new malls spanning nearly 13.5 million sq. ft. area are slated to be operational in 2019 across the major cities and several tier-2 & 3 cities. Among the major metros, Bengaluru and NCR are expected to see 7 operational malls each, followed ...

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The year that was and the way forward

They are human too - The Hindu

Niranjan Hiranandani, President, NAREDCO: As the disruptive impact of policy reforms faded away early in the year, 2018 witnessed signs of revival, with the industry evolving in terms of accountability, transparency and compliance. With the residential segment facing challenges, we stand on the cusp of 2019, looking for some sort ...

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Insulating buildings – The Hindu

Insulating buildings - The Hindu

In a place like Chennai with its warm and humid weather, our indoor environment should be one to look forward to, a place where we can leave the heat behind during those hot summer months. How can this be achieved without the reliance on mechanical air-conditioning which we have come ...

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Towards a transparent home loan

Towards a transparent home loan

A major grouse of home loan borrowers has been opacity in fixing interest rate on floating rate home loans, which constitute more than 90% of home loan portfolio. Our country has seen four decades of formal housing finance lending. Thanks to the H.T. Parekh, who set up HDFC (Housing Development ...

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Many takers for affordable housing

They are human too - The Hindu

Affordable housing has been the biggest driver of growth in the real estate sector and along with the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) has reduced urban India’s housing shortage by 60%, says a Magicbricks report – Residential Real Estate: Urban Housing Deficit Down 60%. More than 9 lakh ...

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More of less – The Hindu

More of less - The Hindu

A month ago, when ophthalmic surgeon Shibal Bhartiya had to travel to Geneva and wanted an umbrella to carry along, her friend Mohana Talapatra stepped in with a design-rich umbrella bought on the streets of Madrid. A week later, the orange umbrella was back on Talapatra’s shelf. Bhartiya and Talapatra ...

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Detox and seek solace – The Hindu

Detox and seek solace - The Hindu

Life is hectic, and often we don’t just need a break, we deserve one. US-based Global Wellness Institute’s 2018 report reflects this: wellness tourism is growing 6.5% annually (more than double of tourism overall), with India recording over 17 million trips between 2015-17. “To cleanse the mind and body is ...

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Second life: Environment-friendly accent pieces

Second life: Environment-friendly accent pieces

Discarded silk, papier-mâché and dried vegetables. They are not the typical materials you would expect to find in furniture and accent pieces, but these three Indian brands are constantly innovating and keeping their production cycles inclusive. Unique and environment-friendly, they make for a good year-end investment. Roja Carpet in sari ...

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Eco warriors show the way for pesticide free food

Eco warriors show the way for pesticide free food

In a year where the word ‘organic’ has been heard everywhere — from Facebook to pop culture — a big trend has been people trying to cultivate their own veggies. Call it the side effects of social media where putting up the image of your garden’s daily produce is as ...

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Christmas Special: 1000 watts for Christmas

Christmas Special: 1000 watts for Christmas

As the wedding season booms its way through the Christmas season, our inner-geeks were salivating over the insane decorations which rivalled those of film awards ceremonies. While we get excited beyond belief over lighting programmable through our phones, the Ambani-Piramal wedding was lit up with elephant-sized open-and-shut lotus flowers, peppered ...

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