4 Reasons Why Healthy Living Spaces Promote a Successful Daily Life

It‘s rightly said that home is where the heart is. Your home is a reflection of who you are and how you choose to live your life. You can tell a lot about a person by looking at their living space. So, take a look around and think about what your dwelling space says about you. Are you all about coziness and comfort or class and elegance or artsy and quirky or something else altogether?

No matter what type of living space you prefer there’s one thing that’s paramount for any type of living space and that’s the HQ — the health quotient of your home. It is known that a healthy living space promotes good lifestyle and a successful daily life and we’re here to tell you exactly how and why.

Nature: Is your living space around nature or is it in the heart of a concrete hellhole? You need to be living in a space that facilitates environmental harmony and works towards reducing toxins. Breathe fresh air and refresh your body and mind.

Clutter-ridding Spaciousness: The more the clutter the more the chaos is felt in one’s mind. Subliminally clutter causes claustrophobic symptoms and restlessness. It’s a good idea to get rid of everything that you don’t need. There’s a theory about you not needing something if you haven’t used it for 6-8 months. Toss ‘em out and free your houses of clutter and chaos. A clear living space, a clear mind.

Roominess: Open spaces doesn’t imply getting rid of all the furniture at home, it means taking a minimalistic approach. Instead of jamming your home and porch with a lot of furniture, make it simple and place only the items that you would need and use on a daily basis.

Colors: Use colors that are cooling or the ones that you personally love and those that brighten up your day. Stay away from darker or dull tones because they bring forth a gloomy energy, especially at dusk.

At Rustomjee, we have been creating vibrant living spaces since 1996. We have launched, completed and delivered many state-of-the-art residential complexes, premium homes and impressive commercial facilities. The eco-centricity of our enterprise is evident in every aspect of the properties we create. From the blue-print which always allots adequate space to open green spaces, to the structures we build. In a bid to give back something to nature in return for what has been borrowed, we’ve planted trees for each building we’ve constructed. We are all about healthy living spaces that promote a good and successful lifestyle.

Rustomjee launches the tallest tower in Thane

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On March 13, 2015, Rustomjee added another feather in its cap by launching the tallest residential tower of Thane in its township, Urbania. With all approvals in place and no pre-EMI’s till possession, residents now have access to stunning panoramic views of this central suburb.

The tower is among the 10-towers that form part of Azziano complex within Rustomjee Urbania. The 31-storey high tower has exquisitely designed 2-BHK rooms that offer a complete experience of luxurious living to its residents. The tower will provide access to all amenities of Urbania that enable a holistic living experience – its own International School, healthcare, retail, commercial spaces, police station and unique 9 community spaces. The township is home to over 750 families so far and the occupation is likely to double in the coming year.

The township caters to every need of a resident, fostering the concept of walk to work thereby improving the quality of life. Rustomjee has launched a special Gudi Padwa offer for those looking for a house in Urbania. They can book a home at Rs 9.07 lacs plus Government taxes and the balance would need to be paid at the time of possession.

Sprawled in an area of 127 acres, Rustomjee Urbania is aesthetically designed by the most renowned architect in India, Hafeez Contractor. It also houses ‘Leon’s world’ which is a space developed, in consultation with experts, to provide children a stimulating environment. It caters to different aspects of growth and development. Mentors present at the center guide children in exploring various fields including arts, mathematics and science and language through play way learning methods.

Nearly 50% of the township has green spaces with 7,500 trees and a sewage treatment plant which recycles 90% of used water for gardening, washing and sanitary purposes. Also keeping in mind the heavy rainfall that Mumbai experiences during monsoons the area is built higher than the High Tide and High Flood levels recorded in the region. Systems installed to harvest rain water and light reflecting windows that help save energy help to economize on natural resources and aim at creating a zero-waste township.

Rustomjee Urbania is the only township in Mumbai that has received Gold Rating from IGBC(Indian Green Building Certificate). It recently bagged ‘the best township’ recognition at the NDTV Property awards 2014.

For more information on Rustomjee Urbania, you can visit: http://www.rustomjeeurbania.com/

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.’

Employee of the Fortnight – 22nd February, 2012

Rustomjee Spaces recognizes the honesty, dedication and passion shown by employees towards their work.

To appreciate the efforts they put into their daily work, Rustomjee felicitates them with the ‘Employee of the Fortnight’ Title.

Hearty Congratulations to the winners. Keep up the good work :)

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Creating Social Impact to the Society by Means of Education

Rustomjee Academy of Global Awards, Times of India Social Impact Awards, Rustomjee Group. Rustomjee DevelopersIt’s an honor for Rustomjee to announce that with best wishes and the continuous efforts to create a social impact, ‘Rustomjee Academy for Global Careers‘ has been shortlisted for the ‘Times of India Social Impact Award 2011′ under the category of ‘Corporate – creating social impact to the society by means of Education’.

We request for your support in just two easy steps :

Step One:

Visit this link: http://timessocialawards.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/organisation_details/9783064.cms

Step Two:

Click on the Blue Box ‘SUPPORT’

(To acknowledge and honor the unsung heroes of India, The Times of India has decided to institute ‘The Times of India Social Impact Awards’, in partnership with J P Morgan. TOI believes it has a responsibility towards our nation, and its people that goes beyond merely reporting on the news of the day.

‘Times of India Social Impact Awards’ will help focus greater attention on five critical spheres of education, healthcare, livelihood, environment and advocacy/empowerment)

Please note that voting closes on Saturday, 10th September, 2011

Thank you for support :)