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Earning Currencies More Valuable Than Money

31/10/2019

The pursuit of happiness is often likened to the amassing of wealth in the hopes of reaching a stage where one can find true fulfilment. Money is doubtlessly essential to survive, let alone thrive, in the modern world. Though folk today get caught up in the chase, giving way for lesser ideals such as prestige and status to cloud their judgement and lead them to superficial gains. Since the dawn of civilization, wisemen have repeatedly spoken of aspiring towards greater goals and looking outside of oneself. By no means is fulfilment a foregone conclusion, but there exist certain thoughts and actions that genuinely lead to peace of mind and make life a lot more fulfilling.

Every want arises due to an intrinsic need to be fulfilled. The ways in which one can be fulfilled vary to a certain degree, but they all find common ground in happiness. There are many tales of those who remain unhappy even when they possess wealth, power, success, beauty, etc. This is because their actions seek a lesser form of fulfilment. What does it mean to be truly happy?

The human civilization has finally discovered a time, almost out of serendipity, when money no longer remains the most important currency. Truth be told, it’s probably the least important of all. Time, energy, impact, and social connections are outsmarting the note in today’s context. However, these alternate currencies can’t be earned the way one earns money. One needs to adopt a new way of living and thinking to earn energy and time. One needs to go beyond one’s own interests to earn impact. One needs to transcend beyond one’s own bubble to create a better world.

The central idea of existence has always been fulfilment. Until some time ago it was money that enabled fulfilment. However, the emergence of social media and a certain transparency and candidness it brought to the world opened a new realm of influence. Today, the super rich and affluent are those who people follow, those who inspire millions, and those who the world loves to hear about. It’s no longer about who has the most bank funds.

It’s with these alternate currencies that true fulfilment can be acquired. If money could buy fulfilment, the world’s richest people would have been the happiest. Unfortunately, that’s far from true. If life’s greatest attainment is a ceaseless and seamless flow of fulfilment, it’s time we make better choices about what we earn and how we earn them.

31/10/2019

The pursuit of happiness is often likened to the amassing of wealth in the hopes of reaching a stage where one can find true fulfilment. Money is doubtlessly essential to survive, let alone thrive, in the modern world. Though folk today get caught up in the chase, giving way for lesser ideals such as prestige and status to cloud their judgement and lead them to superficial gains. Since the dawn of civilization, wisemen have repeatedly spoken of aspiring towards greater goals and looking outside of oneself. By no means is fulfilment a foregone conclusion, but there exist certain thoughts and actions that genuinely lead to peace of mind and make life a lot more fulfilling.

Every want arises due to an intrinsic need to be fulfilled. The ways in which one can be fulfilled vary to a certain degree, but they all find common ground in happiness. There are many tales of those who remain unhappy even when they possess wealth, power, success, beauty, etc. This is because their actions seek a lesser form of fulfilment. What does it mean to be truly happy?

The human civilization has finally discovered a time, almost out of serendipity, when money no longer remains the most important currency. Truth be told, it’s probably the least important of all. Time, energy, impact, and social connections are outsmarting the note in today’s context. However, these alternate currencies can’t be earned the way one earns money. One needs to adopt a new way of living and thinking to earn energy and time. One needs to go beyond one’s own interests to earn impact. One needs to transcend beyond one’s own bubble to create a better world.

The central idea of existence has always been fulfilment. Until some time ago it was money that enabled fulfilment. However, the emergence of social media and a certain transparency and candidness it brought to the world opened a new realm of influence. Today, the super rich and affluent are those who people follow, those who inspire millions, and those who the world loves to hear about. It’s no longer about who has the most bank funds.

It’s with these alternate currencies that true fulfilment can be acquired. If money could buy fulfilment, the world’s richest people would have been the happiest. Unfortunately, that’s far from true. If life’s greatest attainment is a ceaseless and seamless flow of fulfilment, it’s time we make better choices about what we earn and how we earn them.

Courtyard Home Design Makes A Comeback

21/10/2019
The courtyard home design comes from the ancient architectural science of Vaastu Shastra which dictates that all living spaces emerge from a single, central point in the home. The classic courtyard home consists of a central courtyard space open to the sky, surrounded on three or all sides by living areas. Courtyards were a common feature in houses of the Indian subcontinent, crafted both for functional and aesthetic purposes. Being at the heart of a home’s layout, the courtyard connects all other spaces within a home. Dating back over 4500 years, the courtyard home design is an integral part of India’s heritage. It’s a piece of ancient history revered even today.

Having many names over the years depending on the region of the country you ask, the courtyard design combines practicality and playfulness in equal measure. Traditionally, the courtyard allows a perfect balance of privacy and community. Tailor-made for joint families, it is where families and friends can congregate and then retreat seamlessly to their respective spaces. It is a design so functionally magnificent that it transcends class, wealth, or status. From the humble abodes of the working class to the opulent palaces of royalty, the courtyard home design was everywhere.

Not to mention the various functional advantages the courtyard presented. The central open space facilitated cross-ventilation in the hot sub-tropical Indian weather, it allowed an accessible view for ceremonies and rituals, it separated men and women when necessary to afford privacy as needed, and it even enabled family businesses to engage in activities in a singular space for uninterrupted interactions. Usually with a tulsi plant placed in the middle, the open top of the courtyard filled homes with plentiful natural light, bringing a sensation of joy and upliftment in the household.

Despite several advantages, courtyard homes gave way to the needs of the present day. Apartment complexes force tens or hundreds of families to live within a few acres in an attempt to cope with the exponential rise in population. That said, the courtyard home design still exists in less-visited parts of the country, mostly in ancestral homes that have been maintained through generations. In homage to this lasting piece of Indian heritage, Svasa Homes features the courtyard home design for the first time in a modern high rise project. Heritage is a precious commodity which is easier to forget than preserve, but some things are worth the effort. Especially the timeless courtyard home design which is a part of India’s ancient architectural ingenuity. No wonder it’s making a surprising comeback in modern luxury projects.
21/10/2019
The courtyard home design comes from the ancient architectural science of Vaastu Shastra which dictates that all living spaces emerge from a single, central point in the home. The classic courtyard home consists of a central courtyard space open to the sky, surrounded on three or all sides by living areas. Courtyards were a common feature in houses of the Indian subcontinent, crafted both for functional and aesthetic purposes. Being at the heart of a home’s layout, the courtyard connects all other spaces within a home. Dating back over 4500 years, the courtyard home design is an integral part of India’s heritage. It’s a piece of ancient history revered even today.

Having many names over the years depending on the region of the country you ask, the courtyard design combines practicality and playfulness in equal measure. Traditionally, the courtyard allows a perfect balance of privacy and community. Tailor-made for joint families, it is where families and friends can congregate and then retreat seamlessly to their respective spaces. It is a design so functionally magnificent that it transcends class, wealth, or status. From the humble abodes of the working class to the opulent palaces of royalty, the courtyard home design was everywhere.

Not to mention the various functional advantages the courtyard presented. The central open space facilitated cross-ventilation in the hot sub-tropical Indian weather, it allowed an accessible view for ceremonies and rituals, it separated men and women when necessary to afford privacy as needed, and it even enabled family businesses to engage in activities in a singular space for uninterrupted interactions. Usually with a tulsi plant placed in the middle, the open top of the courtyard filled homes with plentiful natural light, bringing a sensation of joy and upliftment in the household.

Despite several advantages, courtyard homes gave way to the needs of the present day. Apartment complexes force tens or hundreds of families to live within a few acres in an attempt to cope with the exponential rise in population. That said, the courtyard home design still exists in less-visited parts of the country, mostly in ancestral homes that have been maintained through generations. In homage to this lasting piece of Indian heritage, Svasa Homes features the courtyard home design for the first time in a modern high rise project. Heritage is a precious commodity which is easier to forget than preserve, but some things are worth the effort. Especially the timeless courtyard home design which is a part of India’s ancient architectural ingenuity. No wonder it’s making a surprising comeback in modern luxury projects.

Tapovana: A Mystical Garden Inspired By Vedic Groves

14/10/2019
Tapovana is a concept dating back all the way to the Vedic era. Derived from the combination of Sanskrit words for austerity (tapas) and forest (vana), Tapovana refers to a mythical forest of contemplation where the sages of yore sought peace and fulfilment. While not a specific forest, Tapovana refers to any place where people engage in contemplation. The fact that meditation is best accentuated with elements of nature is why it is generally done amidst lush greenery. The fast-paced lifestyle of today’s denizens spares no time to slow down and think, let alone meditate.

As our cities spread and develop, they do so at the cost of lush spaces where nature exists in all its untamed glory. Progress is necessary, but one must find balance. Bengaluru has long since claimed the title ‘Garden City of India’, though its position is threatened by the unprecedented growth brought on by the surge in population. While this is a step forward for the city in many ways, it now stands at a fork in the road. The choice made here is an important one going beyond titles and statuses.

Across the world, many businesses and institutions acknowledge the importance of preserving and nurturing green spaces in urban areas. Apart from traditional terrace gardens and community landscaping, property developers discover newer and more interesting ways to beautify dense cities with greenery. One such example is the living wall, where nearly the entire outer facade of a building is covered with plant life. These may seem like extreme measures for some, but the importance of growing green cover in our increasingly urbanised world is manifold.

While its widely known that trees and plants provide oxygen by absorbing carbon dioxide resulting in lower temperatures, research shows that more greenery directly improves the mental and physical health of those living near it. Studies have shown that people in neighbourhoods with higher tree density not only felt significantly healthier but also showed much lower rates of cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, it is also suggested that areas and rooms with more greenery have less noise pollution. Studies claim strategically placed plants can actually help reduce noise. Leafy plants, in particular, help to muffle sounds and make your home a more quiet and peaceful place.

Combining these beneficial aspects of nature with ancient concepts of wellbeing, Svasa Homes features Tapovana, a carefully crafted haven of natural elements in the middle of Bengaluru. With only natural plants and trees, Tapovana is designed in the style of Balinese landscape by renowned Balinese landscape artist Anton Clarke. The Tapovana garden thrums with life, from the lush diverse flora to the calming waters of a lotus pond and the playful Koi fish that inhabit it. Every aspect of Tapovana imbues residents with an aura of peace and rejuvenation. Tapovana is a retreat in itself with pathways for long walks, quiet nooks for peaceful contemplation, and dedicated spaces for community gatherings. Imagine losing yourself in nature’s embrace in your own backyard, it’s difficult to picture especially for one living in Bengaluru. With more awareness, care and action, it may not be such a far-fetched idea for Bengaluru to remain the Garden City of India forever.
14/10/2019
Tapovana is a concept dating back all the way to the Vedic era. Derived from the combination of Sanskrit words for austerity (tapas) and forest (vana), Tapovana refers to a mythical forest of contemplation where the sages of yore sought peace and fulfilment. While not a specific forest, Tapovana refers to any place where people engage in contemplation. The fact that meditation is best accentuated with elements of nature is why it is generally done amidst lush greenery. The fast-paced lifestyle of today’s denizens spares no time to slow down and think, let alone meditate.

As our cities spread and develop, they do so at the cost of lush spaces where nature exists in all its untamed glory. Progress is necessary, but one must find balance. Bengaluru has long since claimed the title ‘Garden City of India’, though its position is threatened by the unprecedented growth brought on by the surge in population. While this is a step forward for the city in many ways, it now stands at a fork in the road. The choice made here is an important one going beyond titles and statuses.

Across the world, many businesses and institutions acknowledge the importance of preserving and nurturing green spaces in urban areas. Apart from traditional terrace gardens and community landscaping, property developers discover newer and more interesting ways to beautify dense cities with greenery. One such example is the living wall, where nearly the entire outer facade of a building is covered with plant life. These may seem like extreme measures for some, but the importance of growing green cover in our increasingly urbanised world is manifold.

While its widely known that trees and plants provide oxygen by absorbing carbon dioxide resulting in lower temperatures, research shows that more greenery directly improves the mental and physical health of those living near it. Studies have shown that people in neighbourhoods with higher tree density not only felt significantly healthier but also showed much lower rates of cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, it is also suggested that areas and rooms with more greenery have less noise pollution. Studies claim strategically placed plants can actually help reduce noise. Leafy plants, in particular, help to muffle sounds and make your home a more quiet and peaceful place.

Combining these beneficial aspects of nature with ancient concepts of wellbeing, Svasa Homes features Tapovana, a carefully crafted haven of natural elements in the middle of Bengaluru. With only natural plants and trees, Tapovana is designed in the style of Balinese landscape by renowned Balinese landscape artist Anton Clarke. The Tapovana garden thrums with life, from the lush diverse flora to the calming waters of a lotus pond and the playful Koi fish that inhabit it. Every aspect of Tapovana imbues residents with an aura of peace and rejuvenation. Tapovana is a retreat in itself with pathways for long walks, quiet nooks for peaceful contemplation, and dedicated spaces for community gatherings. Imagine losing yourself in nature’s embrace in your own backyard, it’s difficult to picture especially for one living in Bengaluru. With more awareness, care and action, it may not be such a far-fetched idea for Bengaluru to remain the Garden City of India forever.