Feel at home at work, literally!

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150 years back a lone person starts off from a small town near the border in western India to the farthest corner of Eastern India. After a month of travel and prayers, he reaches a settlement. He had heard that this place is where there is a lot of scope of vyapar, of commerce. He takes up a job with a firm and starts to build on his dream to be economically independent and provide a better life to his family and friends. On his visit to his home town, he shares his aspirations and readies his trusted friend or brother to join him as he sets out to set up his own Dukan.

There was a genuine feeling to be able to make lives better for everyone he knows and gradually he would get his friends, brother and family to come and join him in the business. The idea was to grow the business and there was a clear understanding that when economic growth happens, lives of everyone improves.

This is where the seeds of a business empire was sowed. What is so interesting is to understand the bonding and the compassion with which people managed to create inclusive wealth.

I have been fortunate to see that in the early years of my life. Since the physical setup was same, the memory stayed though people moved on to a different business model. My forefathers were from Ratangarh – a district in western Rajasthan area of Shekawati; their karm bhoomi was Tinsukia Assam, the last junction in North east India. As for me, my janmbhoomi / birthplace was Tinsukia and karmbhoomi is Bangalore Karnataka.

I vividly remember the munimji, the numerous admin who managed the retail counter or the person responsible to manage the godown. They were mostly friends of our grandfather’s and had taken the same journey. It was a wonderful system. Dukan was always an extension of the house with the kitchen falling right in the middle.

Dukan always had a gaadi where the cash box was kept and where the head of the family would sit. When they closed for the day, the gaadi turned into a sleeping mattress. There used to be an accounts room if the business was large which also had a gaadi which was used by the munimji to retire in the night. Food was prepared for everyone in the kitchen by the family members and everyone ate in the kitchen sitting on the floor while sharing exciting stories of the day with the family members, making them part of what was going on outside.

The place of work used to turn into a place to stay for the team, saving a lot of time and money and most importantly providing an amazing bonding and feeling of family. Eventually all these people who came to join the business will move out and set up their own business or expand the business into newer locations, to become a stakeholder. Resources were optimized and the efficiency was mind blowing. There was no commute from home to work, no challenges of good food during work hours and no loneliness. People saved money and invested in building spaces which helped the community like schools, dharamsalas, wells back home, places to pray and medical clinics.

I have been fortunate to do this very thing when starting off here in Bangalore. I ended up getting people from Assam (my birthplace) to Bangalore. I am a Vyapari or as we know these days, an Entrepreneur.

Written by Mr. Nikhil Thard, CMD Edifice Builders
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Dukan: Shop / Business establishment

Vyapari: Businessman or Entrepreneur

Vyapar: Commerce / Business.

Rasoighar / Rasoi: Kitchen

Gaadi: A cotton mattress laid out on a flat surface with a clean white sheet spread neatly over it.

Munimji: Accountant.

Karam Bhoomi: Workplace

Dharamsalas: Staying places for out of town travellers or to conduct large family gatherings and event, mostly run on charity and the goodness of people.

Chikitsalayas: Medical clinic.


CHARPAI SURFERS

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People have always been travelling, even when it used to take months to reach from one corner of India to another. It’s just amazing how much people relied on the goodness of fellow human beings.

I grew up in a very small town in Assam, Tinsukia. I observed fleetingly, who those peoples were; though they existed much before I started breathing. To me, these men were a different kind of warriors – as they fulfilled people’s wishes and provided them with economic independence. They were the *vyaparis.

I have heard stories from my father and grandfather of how, most of the places didn’t have roads and right behind my old house in Tinsukia, (which is now the heart of the town) there used to be a jungle with cheetahs. Once they left for work to Arunachal Pradesh, family would just pray for their safety and it was only a week or 2 before they got to meet again.

Today when we plan to eat out near our locality, we rely so heavily on apps and peoples recommendations.  Now imagine travelling to a distant land with no connects, taking months to reach the place without any contact with family back home. In midst of strangers in new surroundings, travelling solo and with a job to do. Yeah no one to report to and no progress reports to be sent out but isn’t that being truly fearless? Traders have been doing that for centuries – supplying goods to far off places and leveraging the distance to make profit. They relied only on the goodness of people – fellow human beings.

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Every small town with resources, built what we used to call Dharamsalas, places where travellers could rest before embarking on to the onwards journey. It was treated as a dharma (duty) to help fellow travellers. In villages with no resources, provisions were kept in the veranda of their homes with a charpai- matka ** filled with water, bedding and a piece of clean cloth. If any traveller was passing by, he could rest and sleep without any obligation. Food was also provided in the morning along with a cup of chai when the head of the family would open the main door. If the traveller reached before the family went to sleep, he would be invited to share the meal with the family. There was a firm belief in “Atithi devo bhavo” i.e. serving the guest is serving God. It was not done out of fear but a genuine compassion – everybody knows the pain of staying away from home and family for too long.

Most of the times, a nice bond was established and people shared stories about each other’s native town, showing the one photo, the traveller would always carry of his family or just plain business information. It was an exciting way of knowing and seeing the world.

Isn’t it exciting to experience such generosity?  How cool it is to see that today some really amazing people are doing that very thing. The sharing economy is bringing back this old world warmth back.  I used to feel that Indians were the only ones who practiced this concept but I guess it’s not that.

People are good inherently and kindness is their basic nature. Given an opportunity, everyone wants to do good. It’s amazing how many people are letting travellers come and stay with them and enjoy the interaction. A century old way of meeting people is back and aren’t we glad to see that.

Written by Mr. Nikhil Thard,CMD Edifice Builders
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Charpai: A string wrapped bed wound over a wooden frame with four legs usually for one person to sleep. (Literal translation of char- four, pai- legs)

*Vyaparis: Traders and businessman or shall we say Entrepreneurs

**Matka : An earthen pot used to store and use drinking water. Keeps the water cool naturally.

6 Ways to Spruce Up an Older Bathroom ( Without Remodelling )

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Mint tiles got you feeling blue? Don’t demolish — distract the eye by updating small details

Some bathrooms never go out of style, with their classic colors and timeless fixtures. Then there’s the other kind: the relics of bygone eras that challenge the eyes with their mint, pink, aqua or raspberry tiles and matching fixtures. If you have an older bathroom you consider out-of-date, here are a few tricks to help you spruce it up without renovating.

  1. Update the fixtures: Usually a pedestal sink will still be in good shape after decades of use, but a leaky faucet and out-of-date sconces will need to be replaced. The style of these two items can transform your bathroom and does not involve changing the tile at all. If you’re dealing with a colored tub, consider having it resurfaced. 
    bronze-bath-fixturesYou can paint the walls and medicine cabinet white and let the tile color —whatever it may be — speak for itself. With a cleaner background, your colored tile could be a new favorite. Keep in mind that even if you do end up ripping out the tile, you can reuse the fixtures in the next phase of your bathroom renovation.
  2. Paint the tiles: It won’t last as long as replacing the tile, but if you really can’t stand the color of your existing tiles, you can paint them. You’ll need a very good primer —typically oil based, not water based. Even if you end up doing some of the work yourself, you should consult a professional painter to review the materials you’re planning to use and your specific wall conditions. Every project is different, and there’s no eraser when it comes to painting tile.
    paint the tilesIf you don’t want to paint all your tile, just paint accent tiles — such as the crown — in a contrasting color.
  3. Live it up: Add fun wallpaper, curtains, a ceiling fixture and painted vanity doors to make your bathroom its own little showplace. Bathrooms are the perfect place to try something a bit more daring or fun than you’d be willing to commit to in, say, your living room.

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  4. Work with it: Sometimes the color combinations of tile can be intense. Here, the curtain fabric makes all the difference, adding interest to the bathroom but also helping the colored tiles feel more coherent. Or, instead of drapes, find a shower curtain that packs a punch.
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    White towels help keep things calm and bring the wall color into the tile field.
  1. Create a diversion: You can use wallpapers to neutralize the tile color. Your wallpaper can have as much color and pattern as you like — it doesn’t have to be gray or another neutral. Stick to a plain shower curtain if you go for a colorful wallpaper, though, and let the wallpaper do all the work. Just make sure you have good ventilation if you have a shower in your bathroom, so that the paper does not peel off the walls.
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  2. Make it functional: Wall-hung or pedestal sinks are always nice to make a tight space look open, but then where does your stuff go? Older bathrooms usually do not have many towel bars or hooks. Adding a wall-hung towel rack above the tile will keep the space open but provide a fair amount of storage. Glass shelves are another alternative to keep toothbrushes, cotton swabs and other necessities organized. Even the containers you choose can add personality, a bit of helpful distraction and a level of cohesion to your bathroom.

Sometimes the details can make a difference in the livability of an old/vintage bathroom. Don’t give up on yours just yet!

7 tips to de clutter your kids rooms

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Young kids love their toys. The presence of toys is one of the key elements that separates a child’s bedroom from an adult’s. Given the diversity of sizes and shapes, the amount of small, removable pieces, and frequency of use, it’s no wonder that toys are the largest source of clutter in any young child’s room. Some simple tips to help you de clutter and add to the beauty of your kids room:

1. Dual purpose storages for the space challenged rooms

Dual purpose storages

In addition to presenting organization conundrums, many kid’s rooms are space-challenged as well. Furniture that serves a dual purpose can help. For example, this play table makes clean-up a snap, thanks to a rolling under-table bin.

2. Portable storage spaces

Portable storage spaces

Your kids may do much of their creative or homework time in the same spot, but they might rotate, too. Storage solutions that can move with them — bins for art supplies, for example — are a great clutter-reducing strategy.

3. Help kids stay organized

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A clutter-busting system for kids only works if your little ones have a hand in keeping things organized and stored. And you don’t have to wait until children can read to help them establish good storage habits. Baskets, affixed with colourful images showing what’s stored where, can be a great way to help kids learn how to find items themselves and put them away, too

4. Multiple storage

Multiple storage

One type of storage doesn’t solve clutter problems. That’s especially true for kids. Toys, books, art supplies — they are all different shapes and sizes, which is why it’s great to include multiple storage types. Drawers, shelves, and open storage are just a few of the tricks put to use in this family-friendly space. Consider a refashioned dresser bookended by bookshelves for your own off-the-shelf version of this. Another hint: The backs of doors are great spots for message and magnet boards.

5. Add More Storage Than You Think You Need

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Kids’ passions and needs change as they grow. Even if your storage feels empty when they’re little — filled with just a few books, diapers and toys — as they grow, you’ll be thankful you added extra spots to stash items. This long, low bookcase fills an otherwise empty corner, offers surface spots for future display of knick-knacks, books, and trophies, and has lots of cubes for baskets or open storage.

6. Turn Nooks into Built-Ins

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Extra storage is never a bad thing in kid’s rooms. Nooks are great ways to take advantage of sometimes-wasted areas in what are often space-challenged spots. Slim built-in bookcases filled a narrow niche around this bed, becoming display, storage, and a nightstand all-in-one

7. Put Books on Display

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Kids often have a small group of books that are in heavy rotation. An open shelving system, such as this piece, is a great way to store those titles but keep them within arm’s reach.

Hope these tips help you de clutter your kids rooms. If you have more interesting tips, please feel free to share with other readers by leaving a comment in the comments section.

5 Most admired Real Estate areas in North Bangalore

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Bangalore : North Bangalore holds immense potential for Real estate development. North Bangalore has the ability to become as a greater Bangalore in the next three to five years. The arrival of the airport lifted the stakes in North Bangalore. The recent market report pointed that the North’s residential market is suspended to grow faster because of physical and social infrastructure such as Elevated Expressway to BIAL, High speed Rail Link, Devanahalli Business Park, broadening of Bellary Road and many. In North Bangalore there are Hebbal, Yelahanka, Doddabalapur Road, Hennur Road, HBR Layout, Banaswadi, etc… Mainly, improved connectivity is serving North Bangalore to crystallize into a much sought after residential destinations.

With the origination of Bengaluru International Airport, the region near Devanahalli is witnessing fast real estate developments. The other best performing areas in North Bangalore are Hebbal, Yelahanka, and Doddabalapur Road.

Hebbal:

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Hebbal

Hebbal is one of the top residential localities in Bangalore city. Currently, this area is emerging as an IT Hub and is expected to grow further. Hebbal has good infrastructure to sustain residential growth. New monorail project and high speed rail network along with Bangalore metro will further its connectivity. The vicinity houses several companies and offers easy accessibility through flyovers connecting ORR (Outer Ring Road) and NH-7. A major benefit for Hebbal is immediacy to the airport making it an attractive area for frequent travelers to invest and shortage of space in the main hubs of Bangalore is pushing buyers to move to this vicinity. Property values here range between Rs 5814 to Rs 7000 per sq.ft.

Doddabalapur Road:

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Doddabalapur Road, tucked in the northern corridor has benefited from the infrastructure facelift given to the roads leading to BIA (Bangalore International Airport). The proposed Information Technology Investment Region, Planned Peripheral Ring Road, Aerospace Park is expected to work in favor of residential areas in Doddabalapur Road. This area still has large parcels of breathing space and open land; this attracts many buyers for investment. Doddabalapur Road is an admirable bet if investors are considering a 3-5 year horizon. The property prices are ranging from Rs 3749 to Rs 4500 per sq ft.

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Cracking the best office space for your business

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Finding and affording good office space is one of the biggest challenges that new businesses, particularly start-ups, face. Not only is location incredibly important, but the ever-growing cost of rent is also a major concern. Despite these barriers however, small and start-up businesses need to keep finding the right office space environment at the top of their business agenda and if you’re unsure as to why, some tips below might help!

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Getting started

Most start with the entrepreneur working from home before taking the leap to sourcing office space. The first step in the search can be a seemingly never-ending trail around potential office locations, this is when reality kicks in and the obstacle of cost is raised.

The right research = the right place

Even though the thought of office space can be daunting there are possible ways to navigate this maze and the key thing to carry out first is some due diligence, which explores the various options that are out there and available for your business.

It’s important at this stage not to assume that you have to opt for the most expensive options or long lease times, which can be very costly too. Instead, to keep your costs down, especially in the early stages of development, a decision about its location should be made solely on the needs of the business.

First of all, think about how your business model actually works. What will it need from a working space for it to be successful? For example:

  • Where are your potential customers based? How will they connect with your business and what it offers?
  • What sort of travel infrastructure will work? Will it be more important to be near an airport or even a train-line or will your business need to be located in a central location?
  • Do you need to consider space for product storage and distribution?
  • What technology resources will be required?

The questions you need to ask yourself will be dependent on the type of business you have, however, the above are just some key things to bear in mind when you begin to make a decision.

The right environment for the right people

Location is key for a business, but you shouldn’t overlook a business’ most vital ingredient – its people. The right space will need to accommodate not only the current team but also allow for a growing team too. As the business expands and develops then the office space will need to be flexible to accommodate for this.

Incubating success

Sometimes less can be more. Many start-ups are usually run by one or two entrepreneurs and they need just as much investment and access to the right infrastructure as larger scale enterprises. Yet, that said, they don’t need to be paying for acres of space they don’t need.

This is where business incubators can play a critical role within the start-up community. There is a network of business incubators throughout Bangalore, many of them dedicated to providing support and resources to help early-stage businesses achieve success. Start-ups or businesses looking to get to the next level of commercial development can really benefit from a business incubator’s support, no matter how much they may need. Membership of these schemes can provide an ‘entrepreneurial ecosystem’ with specialist business support and access to funding, as well as in-house support, access to mentors and finally affordable office space options, with room for growth.

Most incubators do not insist on imposing onerous long-term leases because their very purpose is to support and accelerate commercial growth for young businesses for a short period of time. They want businesses within the incubator to grow and move when it is commercially viable to do so.

Another key benefit to joining a business incubator is that they encourage the very modern concept of ‘co-working’, a collaborative atmosphere where new business owners can network with their peers, whether that’s within their own organization or with any business entrepreneurs located in the same office space.

Agile innovation has now come to the fore

One way of summing up this next generation approach, to finding the right space for your business, is ‘agile innovation’. Agile innovation is essentially a process of looking at office space solutions in a more holistic way; not just in terms of square footage and travel infrastructure, but as part of the bigger business picture.

In today’s modern world, start-ups need not be constrained by location or cost and because of this, it is vital that businesses take a more holistic approach to ensure they get the right environment, ultimately to allow a business to flourish and achieve its maximum potential.

Create a functional and beautiful Home office- we will tell you how!

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Whether your home office is designated space for running a business, the occasional telecommute, or simply a nook for paying bills and organizing your schedule, you deserve more than a metal desk and extra chair stuffed into a spare corner. Why? An office that reflects the design and comfort of the rest of your home is a place you’ll want to burn the midnight oil. Some ideas that might help you to create your workstation at home.

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Office in Bedroom

Some of us don’t have the luxury of an extra room where you can work out from – for those, you can create a space in your bedroom/ guest bedroom.

If you have luxury of an extra room which can be used as a home office, you can be more creative with your space. Besides, if you expect visitors to meet you while working from home, these kind of office spaces help you out too.

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Creative Office Space in Extra Room

If you are fortunate to have a view, this kind of an office space is ideal for an open, green office.

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Office at Home with a Beautiful View

If you are a writer, you can convert your library to make an effective working space.

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Office Space with Library at Home

If you need an office space for two and the space is limited, these kind of offices might help!

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Office Space for Two at Home

Some further tips that might help you design your home office:

  1. Choose a location where there are less distractions and good sunlight
  2. Invest in a good, ergonomically-correct, comfortable chair(s)
  3. Have a good wi-fi connection

Happy working !!

 

 

Places to visit in Bangalore with kids

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From hurtling down in a roller coaster at a theme park to learning about history at a museum, there’s a wide array of fun and learning activities for children in Bangalore. With its temperate climate Bangalore is ideal for outdoor jaunts and in close proximity to a number of destinations that provide an escape from city life and the trappings of the daily routine. So carry a picnic hamper, top up your car’s tank and head to these edutainment venues in the garden city for a day out with your kids.

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1. Bannerghatta National Park

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An amalgamation of a zoo, butterfly enclosure, aquarium, snake house and a safari park (with a lion and tiger safari), Bannerghatta National Park is a preferred escape for those who want to explore the lush hinterlands around Bangalore. Sprawling over 25,000 acres, the national park is located about 22 km south of Bangalore…  more

2. Wonderla Amusement Park

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A 28 km drive away from the Bangalore city, Wonderla Amusement Park is a thrill-packed destination offering uninterrupted fun and frolic for kids and adults alike. From easy rides like the ‘magic mushroom,’ ‘mini Venice,’ ‘kiddies wheel’ and ‘jumping frog,’ to high-thrill rides such as the ‘flash tower,’ ‘hurricane’ an…more

3. Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

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A centre of non-formal science education, the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is a major attraction for kids in the garden city. Founded by Bengaluru City Corporation in 1989, the centre hosts a variety of shows (named sky-theatre, Mars, our solar system) that attract lots of science-enthusiasts, school students and famil…more

4. Fun World

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From roller coasters to soaking water-rides, Fun World promises a world of uninterrupted fun and enjoyment for everyone. Housing thrilling rides for families (such as ‘fun columbus,’ ‘octopus’ and ‘pendulum’) and easy rides for the kids (like ‘jumping frog,’ ‘baby dragon,’ ‘merry-go-round’ among many others), this amus…more

5. The Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum

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Take a walk through India’s first aerospace museum in Bangalore and you’ll find yourself admiring the precision, design and shape of some of the finest Indian air machines to take to the air.

6. Government Museum

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You might not care much for ancient history, but regardless, the Government Museum in Bangalore will capture your imagination and bring the past to life. Established in 1886, this is one of the oldest museums in India and features a fine collection of ancient coins, sculptures and paintings. Some of its most prized exhibits…more

7. Ulsoor Lake

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If the idea of stepping away from the city for a quiet getaway excites you, then you must include Ulsoor Lake in your itinerary while you’re in Bangalore.

8. Lalbagh Glass House

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The Glass House in Lalbagh has been modelled after the Crystal Palace in London.

9. Cubbon Park

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Bengaluru is known as the garden city, and Cubbon Park is one of the main reasons.

10. Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum

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Drawing in an average of about a million visitors a year, this interactive museum is a fascinating place to get schooled in science.

EASIER NORMS FOR NRIs ON THE CARDS

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The merger of schemes for PIOs and OCIs is good news for those abroad planning to invest here. The extended visa makes it easier to visit the city on business, thereby making it easier to manage property investments too. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while on a visit to the US, announced that schemes for persons of Indian origin (PIOs) will be merged with those for overseas citizens of India (OCIs). This is good news for NRIs (PIOs and OCIs). It will make it easier for PIOs to travel to and stay in India. The PIO card scheme, launched in 2002, is open to all who establish that their ancestors until the three previous generations were born in India.PIO cards are issued to Indians who have been staying abroad for a couple of generations. Currently, PIOs travel to India on visas with a specific time frame and they need to visit a foreigner regional registration office (FRRO) or a police station to extend the visa.
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NRI investment

The OCI scheme, intro duced in 2005, offers the card to all who were either citizens of India or eligible to become citizens of India by January 26, 1950. The card offers life long visa and parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields. The OCI cards are given to more recent migrants who have taken a citizenship in other countries. The OCI card enables its holder to enter the country for an indefinite period.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill of 2013 had been introduced with the objective of merging PIO and OCI cards. The Bill was first tabled in 2011 and referred to a parliamentary standing committee. The House after a detailed discussion passed the Bill last year.

Merging of the two cards extends the relaxed visa norms and rules governing acquiring of property in India that OCI card holders enjoy to those who hold PIO cards. The PIO card holders can now get lifelong multiple entry visas and exemption from appearance at the local police station. Currently , PIO card holders are eligible for 15-year visa. PIO card applicants are subject to verification before the issue of the card. For OCI card applicants, verification is after the card is issued.

Once the two schemes are merged, PIO card holders will get the benefits extended to OCIs, such as visa-free travel to India, right of residence and participation in business and educational activities in the country.

Property purchase easier

This move will make it easier for NRIs to purchase property here. The demand for realty from NRIs may witness an upswing. Under the general permission available from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), NRIs can purchase residential and commercial property here.

Given the present trend, there could be an uptrend in the demand for high-end and commercial properties here from NRIs. Also, with the positive sentiment in the market, one can expect more global companies to expand in India, driving the demand for realty further.

Source: Times of India

How was Bangalore built by Kempe Gowda?

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After consulting his trusted astrologers, Kempe Gowda finalized on a date & time to begin the groundwork for building his dream city in the large forest between Yelahanka & Domlur. On a bright sunny morning in 1537 AD, 4 pairs of white bullocks with decorated ploughs, assembled in the middle of the forest were waiting for further orders. At an auspicious time, as Kempe Gowda flagged off the event, these 4 pairs driven by young men started furrowing the ground in 4 cardinal directions. The routes ploughed by these bullocks were marked as the main streets of this new city. Even 500 years later today, these streets are still buzzing with activity. The street running east-west was named Chikkapete street & the north-south street was named Doddapete street (later renamed as “Avenue Road”).

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To guard this new city, Kempe Gowda built a strong mud fort with 4 main gates for entry/exit. The entire fort was surrounded by moat (ditch filled with water)

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To streamline activities of traders, he hit upon an interesting plan of forming several layouts, each catering to a certain trade or profession. The naming convention was simple and was of the form <Trade/Profession><Pete>.

(Pete means city and it is pronounced as “pay-teh“)
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Doddapete was for large businesses (Dodda means large in Kannada) and Chikkapete was for smaller businesses (Chikka means small). For rice traders, there was Akkipete. Ragipete for ragi traders. Balepete for bangle traders, Ganigarapete for oil traders, Nagarthapete for Gold traders, Gollarpete for cowherds & cattle traders, Kurubarapete for sheep traders, Thigalarapete for farmers of Tigala community Upparapete for salt traders, Aralepete (now Cottonpete) for cotton traders, Kumbarapete for pot traders and many more such petes. (These petes still exist even today.)

One of the oldest maps of the city dates back to 1791, mapped by the British army led by Lord Cornwallis. (The oval shaped structure adjoinig the city boundary was actually a military fort which was built sometime during the 17th century.)
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Source: guruprasad.net

In order to supply water for domestic & irrigational purposes, Kempe Gowda built several water tanks & reservoirs around the fortified city. Dharmam Budi & Kempambudhi tanks were built for domestic purposes while Sampangi tank was for irrigation. Apart from these, there were several lakes in and around Bangalore as the following map of 18th century depicts.
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Back then, Temples were not just places of worship but were institutions for learning as well. Kempe Gowda built many Temples including Bull Temple (in Basavanagudi), Anjaneya Temple (at Avenue road entrance) and Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple.
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The Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is considered to be an astronomical wonder. Scientists have recently discovered the significance of pillars and monolithic discs of the Temple which are actually in perfect alignment with Sun & Moon and published their findings in a research paper: click here

This suggests that Kempe Gowda was not just a chieftain & town-planner interested in making Bangalore a business hub, but had an interest in science (astronomy) as well and wanted to inculcate scientific temper in his city.

For more insights into Bangalore, visit: Guruprasad.net

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