Under the Peepal Tree: The Sunday that was

Last Sunday, few parents gathered with their little ones and played games! Considering this was a day dedicated to the busy daddies and the always snoozing babies, we got them to play together in a completely non-competitive manner.

And if you’re wondering what part Rustomjee was playing, we sponsored the Grassroot games segment. Here kids got a chance to learn and bond with their dads and simultaneously exercise their leadership traits. Some of the games played included marbles (we bet, you’re going to start recollecting some memories as we continue), kho-kho, spinning top, stick-tyre race and hopscotch. Of course, the kids won! Who has more energy anyway?

Rustomjee lays emphasis on adding value to the lives of their homeowners through their core business, their CSR initiatives and philanthropy. We 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. Apart from games, Rustomjee was also giving out the #FamilyTime cards pack which generated a lot of interest in parents and kids.

Here’re few pictures from the event:

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And while we were at this, we spoke with a few parents to share their views. Here’s what they said:

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“Great initiative, superb energy! Amazing activities planned to get your child involved into.” #DaddysChild

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“Amazing experience! After a long time we’re all together… Weekends are usually so busy.” #DaddysChild

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“We’re having a great time. It’s been an amazing experience! Thank you so much.” #DaddysChild

Here’s a quick look at some photographs from ‘Under the Peepal tree’ – Daddy-Child festival.

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Link to Rustomjee’s Facebook page for more pictures: https://www.facebook.com/rustomjeespaces?ref=hl

Under the Peepal Tree: For daddies and their little ones

The peepal tree is extremely popular for its heart shaped leaves that have long narrowing tips. According to the Skanda purana, a person who does not have children should consider the peepal tree as his own child. It says that the family will prosper and have a good name, till the peepal tree survives.

On a different, yet connected note, did you know that our emotional security is directly proportional to our childhood experiences, especially with our parents?

Keeping this in mind, Grooming Babies devised Under the Peepal Tree, a concept festival for children in their formative years of development to promote a strong belief. It’s a day dedicated to fathers and their little ones. Kids get a chance to learn and bond with their dads, outdoors.

You must be wondering what part Rustomjee is going to play. Well, we will bring you some games (Grassroots Games – Marbles, Kho-Kho, Spinning Top, Stick Tyre Race and Hopscotch) where the child can exercise his/ her leadership traits. It’s an ideal setting for a dad and child to engage in a non-competitive play, creating their own rules while testing their boundaries too.

Of course, mommies are welcome!

Here’s a quick look at some photographs that were taken last year at the festival.

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Link to the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/848872675159111/

7 Ways to Make the Most of a Weekend

Very often on Monday mornings we end up asking ourselves: “Where did the weekend go?” We wait for those two days through the entire week and there’s always so much to be done that before we know it, it’s gone. We list a few thoughts you could consider while you plan your weekend diary.

Take a break. Disconnect

You’ve put in your best through the week. Make sure you switch off from work. Your weekend is meant for you to rewind. So carry no work baggage and definitely no guilt.
It is also a good idea to keep that smartphone at a distance. Be with people around and not in a virtual world with people miles apart.

Weekends are not solely for chores

Yes there are a lot of errands to be taken care of over the weekend. That laundry to be done. Those bills to be paid. But hey, don’t pile up everything for the end of the week. You could certainly squeeze in some time to strike some chores off the list even in the middle of the week. That way you’ll get some time to take it easy on those two precious days.

Watch a movie

One of the best ways to unwind is to stare at a screen, laugh at some hilarious dialogues, and also pick up some sarcastic lines that you can then flaunt. We’re assuming you’re doing some good brainy work through the week. And by the time you’re home, you’re brain-dead. Catching up with friends over a movie is always a great idea.

Read a book

You could set a target of completing a book every alternate weekend. It’s good to read – it connects your brain, boosts your imagination and creativity, improves understanding, and not to forget, exposes you to a whole new world.

Weekend getaway

If you’re the kind who can’t stick to one place for more than 15 minutes, you better be stuffing your backpack and heading out of town. Oh, don’t forget your camera. See new places, meet new people, and fall in love with something new every weekend. Find the most popular market and get yourself a souvenir too!

An evening with family

You could also keep aside some Sundays to catch up with family. It’s good to show people that you are indeed thoughtful. Through the week, we’re sure most your calls are extended to clients, vendors, agencies, customers, but family members. We understand. Maybe a Sunday dinner will help them believe you’re still a part of this very group.

A night-out with friends

The best could be either a Friday night or a Saturday night. So you can sleep it off the following day. Friends at work get your attentions through the week. What about the buddies from your childhood, school and college — the ones you played pranks on others with? We encourage you to spend an evening with these guys and bring back those old days! Don’t forget to crack up some wise ones’ we’re waiting to listen to your stories.

6 Reason Why Kids Deserve a Childhood

Remember the number of real friends you made every day when you stepped out of your house to play? Or the physical training lectures? You learnt new skills, gained independence, felt an increased sense of belonging, and of course, got a good night’s sleep. Seems like another era.

The last decade has seen a flurry of technological revolutions, especially in entertainment, and while change is good, technology has also resulted in misplaced notions of childhood. A growing number of experts are stressing on the importance of taking children out of their rooms and putting them back on the grounds for some outdoor play. We bring you the advantages from across the board.

Social skills

Playtime brings together a peer group in a highly interactive environment. Playing with others, be it outdoors or indoors helps children develop social skills. For instance, not everyone gets to go down a slide at one time. Children take turns and follow that rule. This simple action inculcates a sense of responsibility, the ability to be considerate towards others and also teaches children the fundamentals of harmonious behavior required to be a good citizen.

Helps unwind

In the competitive times that we live in, even children are not spared from a busy schedule seeped in performance pressures; be it in school or doing well in the hobby classes that parents enroll the child in. Playtime provides a window to children and gives them an opportunity where they are untouched by any stress. This goes a long way in preventing any negative psychological impact like anxiety and depression.

Increases attention span

Playing for prolonged time requires children to pay attention to the game. Often children chose their groups, develop or decide on a game and go about playing it for hours. The intensive sessions greatly help in increasing children’s attention span.

Cognitive development

When children modify and create new games, it develops their ability to be creative, think abstractly, solve problems, master new concepts, listen and perceive the viewpoint of others and a lot more.

These are all life skills that organisations want to see on an executive’s resume and are essentially being developed on the playground.

Motor skills

A simple game like playing ‘catch’, develops important hand-eye coordination. We often take coordination of different parts of our body for granted, but in reality we would not have been able to multitask in our jobs or even text while we walk if we had not played that quintessential childhood game.

Exploring interests and building an identity

Playtime throws open a sea of possibilities for children to explore. As they move on from soccer to mechano set, from Ludo to DIY crafts, children start recognizing their areas of interest be it outdoor sports, technically stimulating games or playing with colours. Based on the interests, children gradually carve out their identity. This goes a long way in some critical decisions at a later stage in life like choosing the career path or pursuing a passion. Common interests also help people build friendships.

In this world, children explore trees, gardens, libraries, learning-rooms, fun rooms, parks by themselves.

At Rustomjee, we believe children deserve childhoods. So across the city, our buildings have specially planned spaces for kids of all ages.

Has Childhood Lost Its Charm?

What are the times you recall from your childhood? If you are reading this post, most likely you are from the generation of CRT TVs, fading radio culture and hints of portable computers. Don’t worry, we are not suggesting you’re old. While this might seem like something that took place ages ago, it didn’t.

It wasn’t long ago that we dressed our dolls in imaginative house plays, ran in circles playing kho-kho, shrieked in guilty delight at being sought from our hideout, took our cycles and raced the breeze, and backed our miniature cars to wind the motor up for a race.

It wasn’t long ago that children were free, magical and imaginatively engrossed in play. From the humble snakes and ladders, Children have now travelled to video games. And in a blink of an eye, Childhood was left behind.

When then, did childhood get a makeover?

Advent of technology

Children nowadays grow up with YouTube, Netflix and Spotify, learning to use smartphones or tablets before they are able to talk, writes Juliette Garside for The Guardian. And we believe this is incredibly positive. The writer also explains, “They may not know who Steve Jobs was or even how to tie their own shoelaces, but the average six-year-old child understands more about digital technology than a 45-year-old adult.”

Loss of innocence at an early age

What happened to bedtime stories? Kids have started to consume information in so many different ways. Children also get exposed to more information that kids were a decade ago. Ask a question, and there’s an answer available and more. Childhood is about gradual discovery. Discoveries that happen in a park when you have a fall, discoveries that happen when you’re reading a book, discovering the importance of people around you.

Limited Imagination

Earlier, information used to want to be free. Not anymore. Now information owns us. And as kids are exposed to more and more such information, imagination diminishes. Why think when there’s an answer readily available?

So if childhood loses its charm, there will be no flavor left in the adulthood resulting from it. Bright, passionate and considerate citizens aren’t made only in schools and offices. They are built on playgrounds and Legos. It’s essential to let a child play, even more than it is to make him/ her study. So make sure you are encouraging your child to run the right race instead of the rat race.

As we grew up reading Tinkle, Champak, Chacha Chaudary, collections of Amar Chitra Katha, or even Harry Potter, childhood got lost in these pages.

Summer will end like it always does. That doesn’t mean we need to do away with childhood. After all, childhood is the most beautiful of all life’s seasons.

At Rustomjee, Childhood awaits you.

Four Walls and a Home

Four walls make a house, but it’s the hearts that beat there and the memories they carry with them that make it a home. Those warm moments you share with your family, the little anecdotes that are hidden in every corner is what breathes life into those walls.

Even the most exquisitely designed house is incomplete till it goes through the journey of transforming into a home. It’s a place you long to come back to after a hard day’s work. It’s a place you carry with you.

What is it then that makes this transformation? We list down few easy steps:

Spend time at home

While the world is full of distraction, spending a few hours with the ones you love serves as a much-needed anchor and highlights those aspects of life that matter the most – love, togetherness, sharing, even those little tiffs.

Gone are the days when parents stayed aloof and maintained a distance from the children. Today, bonding with children and being friends with them goes hand in hand with being both supportive as well as disciplining them. It’s the time that children spend with their parents and siblings that create a lifetime of memories for them.

Simple actions like dinning together, playing a sport or swimming on a sunny day, snuggling into a cozy room with a board game or just singing your heart out can be effective in bridging the generation gap.

Invite happiness

The size of your house is immaterial if it has a vibe that makes everyone feel welcome there. Your home is a place where anyone can be invited without worrying much about perfection. Invite your friends and neighbours over for a meal occasionally. You could also watch a movie together.

While the four walls provide shelter, the people in the room and the positivity they create is what nourishes your soul. Share stories, laugh at jokes, and discuss topics that matter to you and the world, and your home gets a big shot of energy.

Make memories

If you’re surrounded by people and laughter, you’re busy making memories. More often than not, when you leave a house, you don’t miss it for the design or the décor. You miss it for the people who helped convert bare walls into a place to enjoy what life has to offer. We miss the laughter and the tears. We miss the people with whom those memories were made.
A lazy afternoon with your daughter at the pool, an exciting game of tennis with your son, a quiet romantic dinner with your partner or a gala evening at the clubhouse is all available at the push of an elevator button. Rustomjee thoughtfully designs houses that encourage you to spend quality time with your family by making available ‘everything in one place.’

Theme living becomes the new in-thing in India’s metropolitan cities

Leon's World at Rustomjee Athena, Urbania

Leon’s World at Rustomjee Athena, Urbania

Imagine living with Disney characters or having a personal amusement park instead of the regular playground right within your apartment complex. Builders and developers are fast realizing that the moolah is in catering unusually well to specific needs instead of simply meeting up baseline requirements and they are identifying niches, mini target segments to go after. These could be children, sports enthusiasts or senior citizens.

Theme-based projects have kicked off in India and hold a good growth potential. The reason that these types of projects stand out amongst others is because they are marketed differently, target a specified clientele and are customized according to the need of the buyer. Experts believe that even though theme-based residential projects are new to India yet it will grow significantly in the future as there is a novelty factor attached to these projects.

Rustomjee Group in Mumbai also has created dedicated children’s living in some of their projects. They have a knowledge and activity Centre known as ‘The Leons World’ and Yazoo Park in the Evershine Global City project in Virar. Yazoo Park is a 12-acre exclusive amusement park for kids inside the township. Percy S. Chowdhry, Director of Rustomjee Group says that such concepts are likely to gain momentum going forward as people want to experience focused living.

Read More:  Theme living becomes the new in-thing in India’s metropolitan cities

For more information about our projects, please visit: www. rustomjee.com

How child-friendly is your home?

Do you wish that there was enough room to chase butterflies and kites across open fields? Prepare your child for his first football match? Swim along to see how quickly he learns to have fun and splash around in the water?

Rustomjee Urbania, a 127 acre township in Thane (W) brings you just that – childhoods. We understand that it is the little things that matter to you most, as a parent; little things that ensure childhoods to every child. All the residents of these apartments in Thane can present their children with childhoods!

Letting kids be kids and toddlers exploring their own world freely in the safety of padded play areas, we ensures child friendliness in our flats in Thane and around. Rustomjee has also taken further steps to equip homes to make them safer for children. Here are a few safety measures undertaken by us, for the houses in Thane, so that your child is free to explore his / her surroundings:

  • Low VOC emission paint used for health reasons
  • All edges of stone counters splayed / rounded to avoid injury
  • Reflective glass in windows for better cooling in the flat for comfort reasons
  • Magnetic door catchers to stop door shutters in one place & avoid accidents of damaging kids fingers
  • Locks have been provided to doors inside the flats which can be opened from outside using a key so that children don’t get trapped inside any room / toilet even by mistake
  • High railing has been set up with safe designs which does not let the kids to lean out or climb up, thus avoiding hazards
  • We try & provide some traffic free zones where children can play & move freely
  • We provide child safe switches
  • We use EPDM mats in kids play area which acts as a safeguard for kids when they fall from the play equipments (Sand pits are no longer used)
  • We provide anti-skid flooring tiles in wet area like toilets & balconies, so people do not slip & fall.

We believe in intuitive designs that not only beautify your homes but also provide security and comfort to your loved ones.

Integrating this thought to provide comfortable and safe growth spaces for children not just within their home but also in their play area, Rustomjee Urbania introduced the concept of ‘Leon’s World’ for our homes in Thane.

Leon’s World is a space where kids explore a world of learning beyond the ordinary. Based on the Theory of Multiple intelligences, Leon’s World intends to develop various intelligences of a child – linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal and the naturalist intelligence. The activity centers include the following –

  • Leon’s World of Maths and Science
  • Leon’s World of Colours
  • Leon’s World of Music
  • Leon’s World of Words
  • Leon’s World for Early Learning
  • Leon’s World of Nature
  • Leon’s World of Outdoor

Each activity center ensures that children have fun learning and exploring a world of their own where natural talents are nurtured and extended till they fulfill their potential, while at the same time providing a balanced learning environment which stimulates other intelligences and helps a child to mature into a well rounded individual.

It’s Thoughtful. It’s Rustomjee.