Urbania Summer Camp – The Fun Way To Learn

Summer days are for fun and excitement and that is exactly what the Urbania Summer Camp at Leon’s World presented to the children.

After the success of the Winter Camp, the kids and parents both had great expectations from the Summer Camp and Leon’s World did not disappoint. The schedule and activities had been planned in such a way as to cater to everyone’s diverse interests and also allowed children to explore different facets of the creative arts and sports. Some were one day workshops while others comprised of daily sessions for the week. The amazing aspect of the camp was the flexibility it offered with children being free to choose activities and timings as per their convenience. Family time is given a great priority at Rustomjee and in keeping with that mindset, several workshops were planned where the parents could participate with their children and bond over fun!

Right at the moment of entering Leon’s World they were transported into a world of bright colours and quirky settings that fired their imagination. The newly appointed décor of Leon’s World has been especially designed for children. From acoustics in the music room, to the beautiful stage, replete with red curtain, in the mini theatre, every detail has been planned to perfection. Every room, every niche holds something new and interesting for them, which made it the perfect setting for the Urbania Summer Camp.

There were over 100 registrations for the Urbania Summer Camp and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The interactive style of conducting the workshops was not only innovative but got the children involved and gave them the freedom to express themselves. The play Binya Ki Chatri, based on Ruskin Bond’s The Blue Umbrella, was a big hit. The Robomate and Robostormes got the children to experience the laws of science in a fun way while budding magicians were enthralled by the street magic workshops. Cricket enthusiasts got to up their game at the camp, while gymnastics made the kids more limber and provided a constrictive outlet for their energy. The musically inclined as well as those who like to boogey got a taste of the techniques involved. Budding artists not only created their masterpieces but were given a peek into art history and the styles of master artists through the ages.

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Speaking about the camp, Mr.Percy S. Chowdhry, Director, Rustomjee Group said, “It has always been our endeavor to make living at Rustomjee an enjoyable experience for all our residents. Childhood is a such an essential and yet fleeting part of growing up that we would like to make these precious years memorable for all the children living within the precincts of our projects. We strive, through our various amenities, green open space and other initiatives, to give children and families a complete, holistic life which goes beyond the mere existential parameters. Leon’s World and the Urbania Summer Camp are one such way in which we are investing in the future – the children.”

The camp concluded with a grand finale that started with a yoga session and then went onto a showcase of Play Back Theatre. The fun wasn’t about to end just yet as Hope – An Opera of Puppets had the audience glued to their performance. This was followed by a Jamming Session by GMC and the camp had an appropriate ending with Drum Circle getting kids and to beat to the rhythm of their heart.

The best part of Leon’s World is that while the Urbania Summer Camp is over, so many of these activities will still continue. The camp was just a taste of what Leon’s World has to offer the children all year round – At Leon’s World, fun and learning are for all seasons!

A Cuppa for all Seasons!

Tea is one of the primary beverages consumed in India; go to any Indian home and chances are that the first thing offered to you will be a strong and fragrant cup of tea.

The Season’s Lifestyle Gallery at Rustomjee Seasons, BKC Annexe, was the perfect locale for an event that reinvented the concept of ‘high tea’. Tea Tasting and Desert Fest’, hosted on 28th April 2017, presented a variety of the finest teas from across the globe to connoisseurs of this particular beverage.

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The event was organized exclusively for those who appreciate the finer things in life, which of course, includes those who find Rustomjee Seasons a perfect residential option. Curated by tea Sommelier Meera Thacker along with the Tea Board of India, the event offered the participants the opportunity to learn more about the beverage, taste different varieties of tea from across the globe and also become Tea Sommeliers for a day.Paired with the teas were a delectable variety of desserts.

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All the participants were very appreciative of the manner in which the ‘fest’ was organized; while most were aware of the strong black tea and green tea variants commonly available, they were quite amazed to taste ‘white’ tea and other exotic variants.

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The event concluded with several participants taking photo ops at the booth especially set up at the venue. Social media was abuzz with posts regarding this unique initiative at the Seasons Lifestyle Gallery, with many awaiting the next installment.

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The Tea Tasting and Desert Fest’ served to highlight the Rustomjee concept of ‘My Space’ where residents of Rustomjee enjoy the luxury of having their own ‘space’ to pursue their hobbies, try out new activities and develop new interests outside the usual mundane activities of work and home. There is so much more to life and that is what living at Rustomjee is all about!

Summer Bliss At Urbania Summer Camp, 2017

Summer vacations are the time when children get easily bored and parents are at their wits ends to keep them constructively entertained. Summer camps come in as a lifeline and not only get the children involved in activities but also help them develop new skills and interests.

The Urbania Summer Camp, 2017, is one with a difference, mainly because of the plethora of activities it offers which are conducted, monitored and supervised by experts in their fields. The camp is of seven days (15 May 2017 and ends on 21 May 2017) but it’s influence on shaping the personalities and creativeness of the children is sure to last for a long time.

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Of course, it being the summer vacations, many would have planned for a short trip away from the city so for those who cannot enroll for all seven days of the camp, an option for attending select one day workshops has also been devised.

We present a highlight of what’s in store:
• Healthy Buddies: a Pre Primary and Primary Sports Fitness and Skill Development Program where coaches from Khiladi Connect Sports Academy will train the kids.
• Cricket Coaching: Teaching the basics of Batting and Bowling along with Fitness Drills essential to the sport.
• Gymnastics: Kids get to learn the basic skills like Pencil Roll, Front Roll, Kart Wheel, Back Roll, Hand Stand with Wall support, Egg Roll and Stretching exercises for flexibility and strength.
• Kickboxing: Kids will learn basics of self defense like blocking, dodging, stamina build-up, focus on mobility and attacking (clean shots) techniques under expert guidance of coaches from Khiladi Connect Sports Academy.
• Around The World: This workshop will cover activities like dramatisation, storytelling, local language, local food, music and dancing. It will explore different places and regions like India, Middle East, Europe, Hawaii, China. It is suited to children between 3 -5 years of age and has been organized by Hop Skip & Play
• Play with Colors: The children will get to explore Crayon and Palettes; different mediums of Colouring. iLeap will be conducting the workshop for children in the age group of 3 – 5 years.
• Art Classes: Conducted by iLeap for older children; kids learn about Artist around the world, Charcoal Art and Doodling.
• Learn Your Tenses: Kids get to learn Tenses in English Grammar. All 3 Present Past and Future tenses will be covered. Phonics Kingdom will be conducting the workshop for kids between 5 – 12 years of age.
• PlayBack Theatre: In this form of Theatre – the conductor asks questions to learn from the storyteller to have a sense of what his story is about. Rangbhumi will be conducting this interesting workshop for children in the 9 -12 years age group.
• Robomate: Robo Wizards will present kids in the 2nd to 4th grades a chance to explore the world of robotics with introductory,iKen based coding. Certificates will be awarded to kids for this course.
• RoboStormers: For older kids, (5th grade onwards) Robo Wizards will use Lego Robotics kits to conduct the program and certificates will be provided to all participants. Certificates will be awarded to kids for this course.
• Jazz: The Danceworx will teach this dance form whose steps and essential style originated from Africans brought to America as slaves!
• Street Magic Workshop: Where kids will be taught by Beyond Extremeness to do magic tricks by using playing cards. There will also be an advanced workshop where they can learn tricks using dice and other props as well.
• Binya Ki Chatri: Secret Passages Storytellers will be staging this lyrical play based on the Book “The Blue Umbrella” by Ruskin Bond.
• Lego Play: FunStation is organizing this workshop where kids get to play with Lego blocks and build structures by putting their imagination at play. Some fun one minute games will be played too.
• Gardening Workshop: Participants get to learn how to prepare soil; how to make seed bombs and learn to make and takeaway cup planters and bottle planter’s .This workshop is conducted by Lets Hug Nature and kids from 3 years and above can participate.
• Script Writing Workshop for Radio: For 12 year olds with an interest in writing and media, Roma Sanadhya will be conducting this workshop where participants learn to write script for Radio programs.

The summer camp is not just for kids alone and there are also opportunities for parents to participate:

• Yo Workouts: A combination of fitness exercises and yoga to optimise overall Health, conducted by Mickey Mehta’s Wellness Temple for all the ‘yummy mummies’.
• Compassionate Communication: Neha Lonari will be organizing this special parenting workshop to empower parents with effective communication tools on how to convey the right message to kids.
• Dance Movement Therapy for Mothers: Keisha Lobo takes this special class for mothers for expression, relaxation and meditation through dance.

While the above programs will be charged a nominal fee, there will also be some workshops which will not be charged such as the Love Circle – attachment program for mothers and babies; demo workshop for Drums and Casio; as well as provision for Origami Paper Craft, Clay Modeling, iMaths Fun and a Book Reading Corner.

Moreover, the camp will culminate in a grand finale celebration on the 21st of May, Sunday which will begin with an energizing yoga session in the morning followed by a Showcase of PlayBack Theatre, An Opera of Puppets by Magical Whispers, Jamming by Global Music Conservatory and Drum Circle by Amrut Bhat.

The Urbania Summer Camp, 2017 is sure to boast of many happy campers!

Nitty-Gritties of the Urbania Summer Camp, 2017:

Dates: 15th – 21st May 2017

Timings:
Monday – Saturday: 8:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday: 7:30am to 12:15pm

Venue: Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning & Development @ Ground Floor – Rustomjee Cambridge International School, Rustomjee Urbania, Majiwada, Thane West.

Registration Fees: Special discount of 50% off for 1st 100 registrations.

Registration link: http://rustomjeeurbania-thane.in/leonsworld/urbaniasummercamp/

Call-to-action: 022-61116111

Fees: Each workshop will have different charges; some are complimentary

How to Register?:
Please visit the Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning & Development @ Ground Floor of Rustomjee Cambridge International School , Majiwada Thane(West) between 10 AM – 3PM between Monday – Friday and meet the Coordinator/Centre Head.

Please Note: Children need to carry only water and a handkerchief/napkin. Food items are strictly not allowed

Art in The Park – Making Memories at Urbania!

It was a Sunday evening like never before at Rustomjee Urbania, where families came together to enjoy a few fun hours communing with nature and enjoying the finer arts. This exuberant event witnessed participation of nearly 200 families from Thane and other parts of the city.

The ‘ART IN THE PARK’ event which was open to all, was a time to introduce the children to the idea of being out in the open indulging in some creative activities. Amidst much giggling and laughter, the kids got their creative juices flowing as they participated in the many activities that had been specially planned for them. Parents got the opportunity to just chill, forget about their cell phones and enjoy some quality time with their kids – the parent child art workshop was a big hit and it was amusing to see the adults trying their hand at creating a masterpiece. Some in fact admitted that they had last held a paintbrush when they were in school!

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Mr. Percy Chowdhry, Director, Rustomjee Group, said, “The philosophy of thoughtfulness and child friendliness has always reflected in all of Rustomjee’s projects. Organizing and hosting an event like Art in The Part is a part of Rustomjee’s endeavor to give families a chance to spend quality time with each other. In fact, we have also organized other such events in the past like the Urbania Summer Fest 2015 & 2016, the Urbania Farm Fest and many more activities at Leon’s World.”

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A focus on creating an atmosphere that encourages a holistic childhood is what drives these initiatives by Rustomjee. It is a scientific fact that movements like holding colours and brushes, making strokes all aid in the development and improvement of fine motor skills. Studies show art helps in thinking, creating, focusing and concentration. In addition when kids are given complete freedom in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives. Other than being a recreational activity, art is a medium for self-expression and plays a big role in the psychological development of children.

It was amazing to watch the children try their hand not only at the traditional colouring and drawing but also natural garden art and collage making. It was a time for being in the moment and following where your imagination led you not worrying about competitions or being judged.

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And what’s a time in the park without some story time under the shade of a tree while resting on the soft grass? We lost count of the number of kids, and even adults, who gathered around to hear some interesting tales.

For those with still oodles of energy left, there was street folk music and colour step dance to really set the party mood.

There is a wonderful vibe that one gets when surrounded by pristine green surroundings which is what the Urban Farming Zone at the Urbania is all about. It was a time of bonhomie and community and the best part was that they never wanted the evening to end!

Radius7 meets Rustomjee Oriana – A New Beginning

Twenty years ago, concierges developed on a manic scale, in order to answer every request for help. Information was generally sourced from libraries, telephone books, atlases, five inch thick guides to hotels around the world, a dictionary to cater to multilingual requests, flight schedules for national and international travel, restaurant guides and an incredible amount of brochures on local attractions and so on. Almost all of which are now replaced by computer access.

Over the years, the profession has gone through a major transition, more so after the advent of the internet. For instance, hotel guests who in the past placed blind trust on the concierge at their destination to orient them to their new surroundings and connect them with tourist destinations, local shopping, street food joints and serve a myriad other needs — have started independently scouring the internet for reservations and more. And why wouldn’t they? When along with access to pictures of the rooms, authentic information about owners etc. is given along with unbelievably attractive rebates on advance bookings.

Before the internet age, when an unusual request was made to a concierge, it could sometimes take innumerable hours of research, countless telephone calls, digging through endless books. An example comes to mind, there was one time a request was made by a certain VIP guest from the Middle East. He’d read about a cane with laser beams. It was specifically designed to aid a blind person and emitted laser beams to sense the person’s surroundings. He wondered where he could purchase one for his father. You can imagine the amount of research and man hours that must’ve gone into procuring this very article. But the internet age has changed the entire game. From hours and hours of manual effort — that sometimes got no results — we’ve reached an age where we can simply “Google it” as we say. And voila you’ve got your answer in less than a micro second. Why then would you need a concierge? Another valid question.

And here’s the answer:

1) Because humans trump over technology:
Keeping all Terminator references aside, ask yourself, for something as simple as which new sushi joint you should try, would you rather trust a friend’s suggestion or an internet based poll?
Point being, we’re constantly looking for someone who can understand us. Someone who’s really listening to us. That one person who notes the highs in our expressions and the lows in our voices. When you’re commanding a computer, it’s mechanical. Its knowledge is restricted to what you’re feeding into it. But when you’re communicating with a human being — they understand you at a whole different level. They can sense your impulses. They can relate to your reasons, your choices. And out of years and years of experience know what to advise. For instance, they’ll recommend a restaurant to you, not because it’s got the highest ratings or an Oscar winning movie — but because they can sense you would appreciate it — at a natural, human level. It is the human contact, the sympathetic ear that makes the impact on the guest.

2) For personalised, proactive and honest service:
When you’ve had a long day at work and want to hit the bar with your friends, you don’t want a technical ‘no results found’ (or worse, 404 error) response to your query. You want quick recommendations and a table waiting for you when you reach.

Users, worldwide, prefer to rely on someone with experience. Whether they need help planning a budget trip abroad, tips on where they can find the antique vase they’ve been hunting for since ages or even for the more mundane but essential things, like quickly getting a shoe repaired or which bar is open till 6 in the morning — what they’re looking for is someone with the expertise, wisdom and a hands-on experience to guide them. They need help from the one person whose sole aim is to fulfill their requirements. And that’s exactly the kind of insight that the concierge loves to share with its users.

3) To save valuable time:
Mainly the most important reason people still use the concierge, despite the guests’ own prowess with the internet, is time, or the lack of it. Juggling high profile careers and family responsibilities leave no time for anything else. It can be excruciatingly time-consuming to do research on a computer. Also what you may find on the information highway is not always accurate or timely. All of us have heard the horror stories that family and friends have related to us about the hotel or inn that looked gorgeous online, only to be dirty, dilapidated and in some cases, even dangerous. If only they had checked with a trusted, knowledgeable concierge, especially one with local or international connections, they could have saved themselves both time and grief. A professional concierge has expertise and access to colleagues all over the world and can get accurate information through that network to avoid disappointments that come with misleading advertising.

4) For first hand knowledge:
While we’ve all got access to the search engines, half knowledge is a curse. Why shoot in the dark on the internet when you can ask for a personal recommendation from a reliable local expert? Your concierge service will be able to remove the unknown element and give you trusted information out of experience. Which roads to avoid during the rains, how to get an instant travel visa for business trips abroad and the like. The internet is not always a reliable, real time source.

5) All you need to do is just ask:
What’s the difference between a dedicated concierge and a web service? It’s that all you need to do is just ask. It rules out the need to go through a whole list of complicated processes and procedures. All you need to do is simply pick up the phone and communicate your requirements and rest assured that it’ll be taken care of. For instance, say you need to surprise your girlfriend with a bouquet of flowers, You don’t need to scroll through endless pages online, trying to find the exact bouquet that fits your budget and your girlfriend’s choice. You just need to either email, text via phone or call your concierge and ask them to send flowers to a particular address and the rest of it will be tailored to your needs.

Lastly, a concierge service is not for everyone — some people will always choose to do things themselves, others will enjoy spending hours on research and some will feel they just don’t need external help. Concierge services are for people who lead busy lives, who need someone to help with running their lives. It’s for people who would rather spend their time actually enjoying life instead of planning to enjoy life. And for those in the know, there are countless benefits of a concierge service that can help clients with every travel, lifestyle and leisure needs that they don’t have the time, expertise or inclination to do themselves.

Several Rustomjee residents often have requirements that can be handled by concierge services, but due to busy schedules, it is usually hard for them to reach out to the necessary agencies and then manage it on their own. We understand how time consuming it can be to do things perfectly, with high standards and attention to detail. This is why Rustomjee Oriana has partnered with Radius7.

What’s Radius7 and what do they do?
Radius7 is a members only concierge service for high end properties – perfect for those who are interested in the finer things life has to offer. With a team of passionate experts, Radius7 bridges the gap between retailers and you, the customers. They provide members with the most fulfilling human experiences – including last minute reservations, travel itineraries, clubhouse bookings etc.

Now, we’re proud to announce that Radius7 is also available to you, the residents of Rustomjee Oriana. They are dedicated to delivering a flawless experience, so that you can focus on what’s really important: spending quality time with your loved ones. Whether you need someone to plan, organise and execute your anniversary party – or just some help with smaller but essential daily tasks, they’re here to assist you from dawn to dusk.

How to raise a request:
If you’ve attended the launch party last week, you must have received a customized welcome kit. Use your access credentials to log into the app. If you haven’t received your kit yet or are having trouble while signing in, feel free to contact the Radius7 help-desk inside the Rustomjee Oriana premises.

Once you login, scroll through the eclectic experiences on the platform and book services from the Radius7 app (available for IOS and Android), through their website directly (www.radius7.in) or by phone. For bespoke services, you can chat with the Radius7 team. There is literally nothing they can’t do!

For now, the Radius7 team will be operating from the 4th floor, near the entrance of the gym. Residents will be able to raise their requirements through the app or by visiting the lifestyle expert on the building premises. Cheers!

Rustomjee launches concierge services at its luxury BKC project, Rustomjee Oriana

A painting session in line with the concept of My Spaces was organized for the residents of Rustomjee Oriana over the launch of the services

For the discerning and time-pressed residents, Rustomjee recently launched concierge services, curating every aspect of their professional and personal lives. From day-to-day chores to bespoke experiences, the concierge services bring alive Rustomjee’s ‘My Spaces’, with exclusive experiences that revolve around the themes of Music, cuisine, photography, art and anything that depicts popular culture and passion.

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In line with the launch of the concierge services, a painting session named ‘Pallet of Dreams’ was organized in association with Bombay Drawing Room on 15th January 2017, Sunday, to help relive Rustomjee Oriana resident’s passion for painting.

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Painting is a passion everyone wants to explore. The painting session created a joyful experience by giving life to their passion, asking them to paint their own canvas of 2017.

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The members were welcomed and briefed on the concierge services and handed over a personalized welcome kit. The residents were then ushered in by Bombay Drawing Room team of dedicated artists who helped everyone paint a canvas. The painting session was enjoyed over some scrumptious finger food and sangria.

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The concierge services in partnership with Radius7 will cover a host of essentials and luxury offerings; right from last-minute restaurant reservations, bespoke travel itineraries or smaller yet essential jobs like clubhouse bookings, home needs and maintenance; offering a completely flawless experience to the residents.

Rustomjee redefines luxury living, unveils lifestyle gallery at its BKC project,Rustomjee Seasons

Designed by Singapore-based interior designer, David I Tay, spread over 3,500 sq ft, the gallery houses a lounge, recording studio and coffee shop

Rustomjee unveils a lifestyle gallery at Rustomjee Seasons, its luxury project located in the business hub of Bandra-Kurla complex. Designed by David I Tay, the renowned Singapore-based interior designer; the gallery spread over 3,500 sq. ft. and it builds on the ‘My Space’ proposition of Rustomjee. Elegant, understated and sophisticated, the gallery houses a lounge area and a coffee shop for its residents. With the finest finishes and most stately amenities, the gallery has been designed to offer rare privileges to the select few. It also boasts of a full-fledged recording studio to inspire the residents to reclaim their passions and interests. Every space is designed with a unified ethos in mind and is aimed at establishing new benchmarks in bespoke living.

Lifestyle Gallery at Rustomjee Seasons

Lifestyle Gallery at Rustomjee Seasons

Lifestyle Gallery at Rustomjee Seasons

Lifestyle Gallery at Rustomjee Seasons

Lifestyle Gallery at Rustomjee Seasons

Lifestyle Gallery at Rustomjee Seasons

From elegance coupled with a quiet eloquent wit that refine a lifestyle made gentler in an urban jungle, Rustomjee has endeavored to project Seasons being expressive of a home and not a house – a home inspiring a kaleidoscope of cherished emotions woven into the spaces being prepared for not the buyer of a house but a home, a space that Rustomjee believes that the potential residents can identify of as “MY SPACE” and even if the resident is away on travel for leisure or business, will always carry their home at Rustomjee Seasons in mind.

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Show Flat at Rustomjee Seasons

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Seasons is being designed as a space measured not by space, but by the quality of life that appeal to the mind in pursuit of a home from a house. Each corner of this privileged Lifestyle Gallery revolves around each space being designed not as an interior design plan but an expression of spatial experience.

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About Rustomjee Seasons:

Located in the heart of tomorrow, the BKC Annexe, Rustomjee Seasons features 3, 3.5 and 4 bedroom bespoke residences designed by eminent architect Sanjay Puri. The contemporary technology is reflected in every corner of the project, setting it apart from all the residential projects in BKC. Spread across an expansive 4 acres, it invites you to a new kind of life. Where twelve-hour workdays still leave you will still leave you with enough time for you. Where your interest don’t take a backseat to your commitments. And where the phrase ‘so much to do’ so little time, takes an entirely more pleasant meaning. Rustomjee Seasons is built on the simple principle that work shouldn’t get in the way of having a life.

Apart from the Lifestyle Gallery, the project believes in creating a wholesome living experience for its residents with amenities like Gymnasium, Yoga Deck, Meditation Pod for the health conscious; special amenities like Adventure Playground, reading alcove, indoor gaming room for children and other facilities like Poolside Cabanas, Outdoor Lounge, Barbeque Pit and Mini Theatre.

For additional information on Rustomjee Seasons, click: http://www.rustomjee.com/rustomjee-seasons-flats-in-BKC

Rustomjee – Where Children are a Priority!

In these hectic times where competition is mounting and being the best is a constant pressure that children have to face, we find that many parents stress on the academic and tend to ignore developing the other talents in their children. However, the true growth and development of a child involves so much more than the marks on a report card. Rustomjee knows this and therefore stresses on creating an atmosphere which focuses on the holistic development of children. Not only are the projects thoughtfully developed with amenities that are child and family oriented, but also ensure enough open space and green coverage to allow children to connect with nature and experience their early years unbridled. As a part of their quest to get children to realize their true potential, Rustomjee organized two amazing programs especially for children, from the very young to even the mothers, everyone came away enriched.

Born Smart’s Mother Toddler Programme at Leon’s World, Rustomjee Urbania:

As the name suggests, the program was based on the important premise that all children are born smart, it is important to channel and nurture that intelligence in the right way. As the mother is an integral and indispensable part of every child’s formative years, the mothers were also a part of this program. The session of 60 minutes involved interactions between mothers and toddles that featured thoughtfully designed activities to nurture and build motor abilities, language, socio-emotional skills and cognitive skills in toddlers. It was an opportunity for mothers to learn how to stimulate their child’s growing brain and nurture and hone their parenting skills.

Glimpses from Born Smart’s Mother Toddler Programme at Leon’s World, Rustomjee Urbania

Glimpses from Born Smart’s Mother Toddler Programme at Leon’s World, Rustomjee Urbania

Winter Camp at Leon’s World:

Leon’s World at Rustomjee Urbania hosted a fun-packed Winter Camp which had activities for kids and their families. Ensuring that children would have a memorable winter vacation, the activities were planned to encourage skill enhancement and personality development. Primarily targeted at children between the ages of 4 to 14 years, the winter camp included a plethora of activities, including:

• YO Workout Sessions: In collaboration with the Mickey Mehta 360degree Wellness Temple this comprised of a free Yoga session conducted by instructor Karen Doongaji to create a balance in the body and mind.

• Handwriting Improvement Session: Write Right provided handwriting tips to beginners, students, adults and professionals. As we all know, the ability to write legibly affects the quality of a child’s written output and his/her overall academic career. Their innovative methods not only work on handwriting improvement, but also assist in overcoming the technical errors in one’s handwriting.

• Healthy Buddies Program: Children should be encouraged to be physically active and in keeping with this the Healthy Buddies program included cricket training, athletic training and a sports preparedness program for the young ones.

• Outshine Program: Organized by Rollercoaster Edutainment this program was presented as a toolkit to help multi-tasking moms move from where they are to where they want to be real fast. It offered children a fun workshop to boost their self-esteem – every child’s ticket to a lifetime of mental health and social happiness.

Glimpses from Leon's World Winter Camp 2016

Glimpses from Leon’s World Winter Camp 2016

According to Ms.Sareeka Shimoga, a resident of Rustomjee Urbania, who participated in the Outshine Program, “Leon’s world is a fun world provided by Rustomjee builders to their residents. It’s a great gift which each resident having a child will approve off. This winter, they came up with a winter camp for all – kids, parents, oldies. I attended the outshine program – a mother toddler program with the goal to outshine together. Believe me, it was really good. This program is a program for kids to outshine and also for mother’s to outshine. It opened up a lot for me. I went there with my daughter so that she could have some fun and outshine in her life but came back being open to millions of possibilities for myself. My daughter enjoyed too. Life at Rustomjee is different. It’s fun.”

The 7 day Leon’s World Winter Camp concluded on 30th Dec 2016 with some fantastic closing day activities, which again saw active participation by kids and parents alike.

The 2016 Rustomjee Saga

The year 2016 has been a momentous one for India and the world. Rustomjee too has gone from strength to strength, setting new benchmarks in quality, construction and design. We take a glance at the year that was and trace the journey so far:

PROJECTS PAR EXCELLENCE:

In the year 2016, Rustomjee has, unwaveringly, continued with its sound business practices and unstinted dedication to providing the best homes for its end users, across different segments of the real estate market, which included the Rustomjee Meridian, a mid-segment project in Charkop village, Kandivali(W). At the integrated township of Rustomjee Urbania, Majiwada, Thane (W), Sky Homes at the tallest tower in Thane (W), Azziano, received a very good response for the 2 and 3 BHK apartments. Another tower in the same project, Aurelia, offers aspirational 2BHK homes and has witnessed an overwhelming response since its pre-booking sales. The project also witnessed a deluge of 7 retails brands occupying space in the township until recently.

Rustomjee also set a record of sorts when it won the 33-acre Abhyudaya Nagar redevelopment project in south Mumbai, worth Rs 5,000 crore. This was achieved by getting the majority approval of 26 out of the 48 co-operative housing societies, a feat in itself!

THE DEMONETISATION WAVE:

As a testament to the faith that buyers and investors have in the Rustomjee Group, the company witnessed record sales bucking the downswing in the realty market brought on by demonetization. The sales were recorded for its marquee projects, ‘Rustomjee Elements’, Juhu, ‘Rustomjee Paramount’, Khar ,‘Rustomjee Seasons’, Khar(W) and ‘Rustomjee Urbania’,Thane(W) in last 3 months.

Mr. Percy Chowdhry, Director, Rustomjee Group felt that demonetization will have a positive impact, “demonetization will increase transparency in the real estate sector and curb unaccounted cash transactions. Being a professionally run organization, Rustomjee has carved a niche for itself in the ever-growing real estate sector over 20 years and has always believed in transparent transactions which are for the benefit of the buyer and society as a whole.”

THOUGHTFULLY YOURS:

Living up to its tagline, ‘Its Thoughtful, Its Rustomjee’, the company unveiled a My Space amenities floor, with world class facilities for its residents at Rustomjee Oriana, BKC. The most amazing thing about it was that it came as a complete surprise to the residents as it was not a part of the promised project plan. At the Rustomjee Paramount, Khar (W), the B Wing at Rustomjee Paramount has been thoughtfully christened Vogue Residences, a name that immediately conveys the image of a residence that exudes style and panache. The residents of Rustomjee Urbania got a pleasant break from the ennui that sets in during the summer holidays with the Urbania Summer Fest 2016. This exuberant fest witnessed participation of nearly 1000 families from Thane and other parts of the city.

Rustomjee also proudly associated with TEDxGateway as an associate sponsor bringing to Mumbai some of the most creative and active thinkers from across the globe. 500 people participated in the ‘Pinning your hopes’ activation organized by Rustomjee at TEDx Gateway 2016 which benefitted the ‘Educate A Child Initiative’.

Glimpses of some key events from 2016

Glimpses of some key events from 2016

SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY:

Rustomjee Academy for Global Careers (RAGC) is a part of Rustomjee’s corporate social responsibility and the students of Construction and Hospitality from RAGC once again emerged as winners and won Bronze medals in the Bricklaying and Restaurant Services respectively, at the national finals of India Skills Competition 2016. At the Skill India Exhibition held in Kanpur recently, Rustomjee Group alongside other major organizations signed a memorandum of understanding with The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to skill 10,000 employees working in the construction sector where Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the country’s first ever Indian Institute of Skills in Kanpur. Another feather in the cap for team Rustomjee.

CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE:

To promote holistic growth in children, Rustomjee initiated Leon’s World which has myriad activities not just for children but for families as well. Some of the outstanding programs organized at Leon’s World in 2016 included the Born Smart’s Mother – Toddler Programme and Leon’s World Winter Camp 2016 at Rustomjee Urbania.

Looking to the future, Mr. Boman R. Irani, Chairman and MD, Rustomjee Group on his overview for 2016 and outlook for 2017 said: “2016 has been an eventful year with announcement of major policy reforms like implementation of Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Act, softening of home loan rates and the rise in FDI in real estate & construction sector. The government has taken various steps to enhance customer confidence and bring transparency in the sector. With proposals like the Benami transaction act, GST in the pipeline, the trend is surely likely to improve in 2017. Demonetisation will also bring better results to reputed developers by making the market a level playing field. We are also hoping that Union Budget 2017 will bring significant reforms in the real estate sector and the future looks promising.”

Awards bagged by Rustomjee Group in 2016

Awards bagged by Rustomjee Group in 2016

Rustomjee Group signs MoU with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to skill workforce in the construction sector

At the Skill India Exhibition held in Kanpur today, Rustomjee Group alongside other major organizations signed a memorandum of understanding with The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) where Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the country’s first ever Indian Institute of Skills in Kanpur. At the conference, Rustomjee Group signed a memorandum of understanding with NSDC to skill 10,000 employees working in the construction sector. These employees would undertake special projects at International Migration Centres to train 5,000 construction workers, training them to service international markets and set up centres of excellence.

At the event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Kaushal Pradarshani (Skill Exhibition) for the youth and also launched a number of skill development initiatives including Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras and Drivers’ Training Institutes. The exhibition showcased state-of-the-art vocational training practices across different sectors and strategic partnerships with various industries. The Prime Minister also inaugurated Indian Institute of Skills in Kanpur, which aims to train unemployed youth and make them self-reliant. As a part of the initiative, 4 RPL (Recognition of Prior learning) students from four different sector skill councils will be awarded certificates by the Prime Minister. They also inaugurated a 765 and 400 KV power grids in Kanpur to provide better electricity facility across Uttar Pradesh.

Mr.Percy Chowdhry,Director,Rustomjee Group exchanging MoU with Mr.Manish Kumar,Managing Director & CEO, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)

Mr.Percy Chowdhry,Director,Rustomjee Group exchanging MoU with Mr.Manish Kumar,Managing Director & CEO, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Boman R. Irani, Chairman and Managing Director, Rustomjee Group said, “We commenced our skill development initiative in 2012 with a long-term vision of developing and placing India’s talent pool on the world map. We are delighted that our Prime Minister and NSDC has shown faith in Rustomjee to take this journey forward. We take immense pride for Rustomjee Academy for Global Careers (RAGC) to be a part of such a magnificent endeavour of providing a platform for various employees and youth in the country to excel in their careers and achieve their dreams.”

The event also witnessed joint partnerships with various industries that will train and employ nearly four lakh youths over the next 3 years.

About RAGC (www.ragc.in):
Rustomjee Academy for Global Careers (RAGC), established in 2008, is a Rustomjee Group CSR initiative and a part of the Rustomjee Knowledge City Private Limited. RAGC is a provider of vocational education with an objective to make India “the capital of skilled manpower” by enlightening, empowering, and engaging the underprivileged youth with vocational skills and employment opportunities. RAGC now wants to make vocational education as a prime choice in the career path of a child. RAGC have been able to transform lives of almost 10000 students by skilling them to a gainful employment. Today RAGC have successfully been able to make vocational education a prime choice in a students’ career and make them industry ready, globally. Some of the reputed companies where RAGC students are currently employed are Kalpataru, Ajmera Realty, Godrej Constructions, Shapoorji and Pallonji, Keystone Realtors, L&T, amongst many others.

About Rustomjee:
Rustomjee has carved a niche for itself in the ever-growing real estate sector, with a portfolio that includes 12.5 million square feet of completed projects; 15 million square feet of ongoing development and another 30 million square feet of planned development in the pipeline, spanning across the best locations of Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Their portfolio currently includes two very large townships, residential spaces, office complexes, retail developments, spaces for healthcare and education spread across BKC Annex, Khar, Upper Juhu, Kandivali, Borivali, Virar and Thane.

Rustomjee lays emphasis on adding value to the lives of their homeowners through their core business, their CSR initiatives and philanthropy. They have strived to ensure that every blueprint includes child-friendly spaces for parks, playgrounds, and learning rooms and thereby encouraging families to spend quality time with each other.

To know more about Rustomjee, please visit us www.rustomjee.com

About NSDC:
National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, is a public private partnership with a mandate to train 150 million people by 2022. NSDC has a partner network of 290 training organization with more than 5000 training centers spread across 550+ districts across the country.