Sophia Emotions, Technology and Japan virtual tour over less time frame

6/6/2021 4:26:00 PM

“Two minutes noodles” can understand better, how time is precious. As human is being busy, things have been transformed accordingly. Since sunrise to moon arrival, we try to make things easy so that time could be contained. We are not alone in life long drive, but we help each other to reach our destination. It is observed, the human being is curious since his birth and wants to know each and everything that is happening around. To save time, the news channels have started news hundred countdown, where you at least could grab entire news under “ho jao intelligent minto mai” idea. Subsequently, it also helps to sharp your rhyming couplet skill. “ho Jao intelligent minto mai” is one of among inspired rhyming couplet skill. Unlike news headlines, we got to know about our kid's adventures with explanation by our neighbors, as detail news after headlines, I agree with neighbors, some things should be presented in a terrible sprinkling manner. Neighbors are very good source of surveillance for kids as well as your entire family by their right “pair of binoculars”, their services are lifetime and absolute free. Even, without giving instructions, they look forward to provide their services. Apart from neighbors, whatsapp status, facebook and instagram post will let you know about their adventures. And in extreme cases hidden cameras will unfold their apocryphal tales made by them. There was a time where wives were spying on their beloved spouse by making frequent calls. Eavesdropping was also a trustworthy tool for them. It is sheer truth, Problems are the only source of Invention. Now vidio call helps your "Better Half" to be stressed out. But technology doing its work in an unbiased manner, and I hope a virtual reality and augmented reality will do justice equally. It is a very common thing in every element of technology, you can catch up on your target by sitting on well padded couch. In the previous year, some countries banned vedio calls over security reasons, however, later, govt had to permit VoIP apps with guidelines to be used. As a “ho jao intelligent minto mai” volunteer, instead of nicotine beverages, I believe to stir “Vita” powder in whole milk so that entire day I can do intelligent activities. Calling, pop out messages for clients, vedio calls and conferencing are among which we have to do frequently. And in Pandemic lockdown these digital tools proved that importance. Every person is always connected with their dreams emotionally. Where Sites visits for “ Dream Home” was done physically, it is done virtually now, It shows business intelligence. Although the final site visit has to be done by own over emotional perspective. Personally, I believe, all tasks should not be done digitally, for instance, home warming party is done by “Artificial Intelligence”. While written artificial intelligence, I remembered “Sophia” a social humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics. Sophia was first turned on on February 14, 2016, and made her first public appearance at the South by Southwest Festival in mid-March 2016 in Austin, Texas, United States. Sophia is powered to display more than 50 facial expressions. Joy, grief, curiosity, confusion, contemplation, sorrow, frustration, among other feelings. The kind humanoid robot visited India for the first time in December 2017. She graced the stage at IIT- Bombay for about 20 minutes where it spoke about the growing intolerance in the world and advised the human race to be "kind" to fellow creatures. It is highly appreciable “Humanoid Robot” has emotions and her advise let me force to think we should express our emotions too with huge intelligence. As we Indians often give a sign of emotions once in a while. India is a culture enriched country. As a sign of respect, we reach down to touch the elder’s feet. “Namaste” is also the Indian form of greeting, to greet someone with a namaste, bring your hands together with palms touching in front of your chest gracefully. On the festival side, we ignite ghee lamp on “DIWALI” with gratitude and try to distribute self-made sweets instead of well-packed chocolates. However, to save our time, we cook “Two-minute noodles”, boiled or scrambled eggs, but in festivals, we believe to cook food by spending many hours to display mouth-watering traditional colorful culinary. In the technology era we love to click photos before eat and promptly post in various digital platforms to lure likes. And with in seconds inundated thumps up are on posted clicks. In some cases we call many to like post and sometimes we show anger to not give thumps up into post, vedio calls are often made too. During my “Virtual Japan Tour”, I preferred “Green Tea” not as a substitute for “Vita milk”. But, in order to feel a foreign tour in “Actual”. Green tea is undoubtedly the most popular tea in Japan. In my close inspection, I found, Japanese are quite shy and conservative as sort of Indians. Japanese greet each other by bowing. A deeper and longer bow indicates respect and while handshake, they practice to avoid eye contact as it is considered rude. It is good to exchange gifts with each other with both hands showing respect. One should be refuse a gift up to three times before finally accepting. On tour, meanwhile, some “Pop-Ups” made me laugh. I had to make sure, I tried to cover my mouth while laughing, as In Japan, covering mouth while laughing means not showing your exact reactions. Moreover, it helps to keep your emotions subtle and shy. This is also considered graceful for ladies in Japan. I will have to make sure, during my next virtual tour, I need to sit on an acupressure active chair instead of a well padded couch for not forgetting, I am not to “Actual” but to “Virtual tour". INDIA

Adventure of Tenants Around Planet

7/12/2021 4:53:00 PM

Animatedly grin while unlocking a new door, a new normal phase is about to begin, seems happiness is standing outside specially to welcome just next to the main door as despondency has been thrown before the ride to the arrived destination, history is witness, often, fresher’s have always been special at that moment. The “Warrior” named tenant has rented house cleaned, inculcating, tranquility will be maintained. Unfortunately, some dreams never to be a reality, agree, some obstacles can be less if landowner residing somewhere, but in the month-end these uninvited guest has to appear in your door accompanying do’s and don’t, Meanwhile, other tenants are trying to please uninvited guest to persuade their demands by throwing surprises, But they don’t know these people are not ready to give even concession on rent during corona lockdown period, rather they don’t want to know about “wave-off”, inhumanity, but this is the ground reality about landowners, agree exception could be somewhere but not all lucky to have them. Landlord inhumanity stories have been broadcasting on TV screens since covid-19 lockdown, it is the consequence of supposing rental property is their own. Relationships, that had been flourished before corona, seems were breaking in a pandemic. Bhabhi ji and bhaiya ji are prevailing among others. Culinary exchange ritual, prevailed as a love token, suddenly had been stopped, looking at prospective rental issues nor for corona spread, reflects the split personality of a human being. Tenant aka “warrior” wondered about a situation, irrespective of huge housing hunt and R&D, they invented this suitable one and now, corona became successful to make things worse by breaking their relationship with their matched ones. somewhere, was being seen this situation over astrology perspective. Both Paying guests and tenant seem riders of the same destination, on close inspection we found paying guests are tolerant more than a tenant. They have to share the same space with two and somewhere three. Paying guests have to share a kitchen and even a washroom. The bathing pioneer is seen as a warrior. Since their hunt is started by morning and continue till night napping as they fail to get sound sleep due to roommates whispering. Here, smartphones became a weapon to create clutter around the accommodation. Their domestic fights pop out as Line of Control issues and suddenly that issues become successful to bloom political parties in the same constituency. This means you cannot become contemporary “Arjun”, the divine soul popular for his focus. Calling it hell on earth will not go wrong and who they experienced it, will agree with solidarity. Unlike housing hunt and R&D they comfortable to shift frequently, and end up with their bad stars. Spending life as a tenant is going to be adventures, you have to meet with different issues on a daily basis and sudden rent hike is work like catalyst into it. While coming home from professional chores aunty ji always grabbed, irrespective of tread on toes, “Many are prowling around, and asked me about rent, so much demand”. Remaining talk always on phone, “use water under urgency”. It is the place where maintenance is never ended, deep down, retorting is prohibited on apocryphal tales. Day begins with grabbing wire for drying cloth under the sun to car parking tug, competitions are flourished since sunrise. In extreme cases, the alarm is put down before buzz. If you believe in revital benefits, you should definitely take it, to be active in the whole day. Tolerance, Cold War, and hypocrisy are prevalent tools to be a long-lasting tenant. Living being tenant, life seems untold. In fact, life cannot be dragged, rather to live in our terms. By the September month, festivals are about to begin and enthusiasm is on the peak. In most of the cases, Festivals are inexpressive for tenants. Often, “Apna Ghar” is remembered in festival vibes. Having boundaries, preparations are often rather shallow, and incomplete emotions ruin the celebration to some extent. The Audience is often enjoyed the adventures of stars but fiercely leaps to the next channel on television while feeling irritated. Many banks and National Housing Banks are offering lucrative interest rates towards housing loans and Govt. “Housing For All” component would make the dream home true. CHANDIGARH

Thermocol Earthquake Resistant and good Conservation Practice of Natural Resources

8/25/2021 4:58:00 PM

Earthquake seems like monster when it becomes disaster for nature and man-made things. People become homeless in seconds and the loss of loved ones is a bitter truth which can never be compensated. Science and Technology has always been a sign of hope for human beings and so many problems have found solution by hard work of research scholars. Now, we could think that if earthquake shakes even seismic zone, The home and infrastructure will not destroy, and simultaneously human lives will also be saved. According to Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IITR) found that thermocol or Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) could resist earthquake forces on up to four-storey buildings. Thermocol could be the material of the future for construction of earthquake-resistant buildings even in the most seismic zone with thermal insulation and could also save the energy required to develop construction materials. The researchers tested a full-scale building and a number of wall elements constructed with thermocol sandwiched between two layers of concrete at the National Seismic Test Facility (NSTF) of the Department of Earthquake Engineering, IIT Roorkee. This was developed under the Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure (FIST) programme of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, a release from the Ministry of Science and Technology said on Monday. Adil Ahmad, the research scholar who conducted the tests, evaluated the behaviour of the constructions under lateral forces, as earthquake causes a force predominantly in lateral direction. The project was supplemented with detailed computer simulation of a realistic four-storey building. Supervising the research, Yogendra Singh, a professor at IITR, informed that the analysis shows that a four-storey building constructed with this technique is capable of resisting earthquake forces, even in the most seismic zone of the country, without any additional structural support. The researchers have attributed this earthquake resistance capability to the fact that the EPS layer is sandwiched between two layers of concrete, having reinforcement in the form of welded wire mesh. The researchers said that the force being applied on a building during an earthquake arises due to the inertia effect and hence depends on the mass of the building. Thermocol resists earthquakes by reducing the mass of the building. In this technique, the EPS core and the wire mesh reinforcement is produced in a factory. The building skeleton is first erected from the factory-made core and reinforcement panels, and then concrete is sprayed on the skeleton core. This technique does not require any shuttering and hence can be constructed very fast, the researchers said. Besides resisting earthquakes, the use of expanded polystyrene core in concrete walls of a building can result in thermal comfort. The core provides the necessary insulation against the heat transfer between building interior and exterior environment. This can help in keeping the building interiors cool in hot environments and warm during cold conditions. India suffers a large variation of temperature in different parts of the country and during different seasons of the year. Therefore, thermal comfort is a crucial consideration along with structural safety. "The technology also has the potential of saving construction material and energy, with an overall reduction in carbon footprint of buildings. It replaces a large portion of concrete volume from the walls and floor/roof. This replacement of concrete with the extremely lightweight EPS not only reduces mass, thereby decreasing the earthquake force acting on a building but also diminishes the burden on the natural resources and energy required to produce the cement concrete, the release added. Source: ET Realty INDIA


India ranks 54th globally in home price appreciation: Knight Frank

9/15/2021 11:30:00 AM

The pandemic-induced housing boom continues with prices rising by 9.2% on average across 55 countries and territories in the year to June 2021. Ten of the world’s developed economies averaged price growth of 12% in the 12 months to June, double that seen in key developing markets (4.7%), as per the latest global home price index by Knight Frank. Turkey (29.2%) leads the annual rankings, but its rate of growth is slowing. Several key economies including New Zealand (25.9%), US (18.6%), Australia (16.4%), Canada (16%) and Russia (14.4%) also make it into the top ten. In total, 18 markets registered double digit price growth, up from 13 last quarter and seven a year ago. Only two markets saw prices decline in the year to June 2021 – India and Spain. This is the lowest proportion of markets registering a decline in prices since the Global House Price Index commenced in 2008. India moved one spot up in the global home price index to the 54th rank during the quarter ended June 2021 as against Q2 2020 due to continued resilience shown by the residential segment amidst the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, On a QoQ basis, India climbed up one spot in Q2 2021 as compared to Q1 2021. The Global House Price Index report tracks the movement of mainstream residential prices across 55 countries and territories worldwide. The index tracks nominal prices in local currency. The report further mentioned that a breakdown by developed and developing economies shows a more nuanced picture with developed markets outperforming by some margin. Overall, 18 countries in Q2 2021 have reported double-digit growth, while India and Spain were the only countries to register an annual decline in home prices. Concerning 6-month (Q4 2020 – Q2 2021) and 3-month changes (Q1 2021 – Q2 2021), mainstream residential prices in India witnessed a growth of 0.9% and -0.5%, respectively. “India’s mainstream residential prices have largely remained stable with negative bias despite recovery being impacted due to the second wave. Moving forward with the downward trajectory in COVID-19 cases and mass inoculation drive, the sector is expected to make a healthy recovery with demand for homes only expected to increase in the coming quarter,” said Shishir Baijal, Chairman and Managing Director at Knight Frank India. Source: Financial Express INDIA

Chandigarh admn exploring land pooling options to develop villages

9/16/2021 11:25:00 AM

The UT administration is considering a number of land pooling models for the development of villages and periphery land pockets. One of the models being considered is giving land development rights instead of land rights. Under it, villagers opting for land pooling will form a consortium and then be allowed to develop the land as per the laid down building bylaws and other rules and regulations. Common facilities like roads and water supply will be provided. Such models were taken up in a meeting that was convened at the level of the UT adviser here on Wednesday. Different aspects of the Land Aggregation Policy for Chandigarh and proposed development of villages and peripheral areas as notified in the Chandigarh Master Plan 2031 were also discussed. “Mohali has a Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and Panchkula has Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikarn (HSVP), but Chandigarh doesn’t have any such authority. The administration will be exploring the option of giving this role to Chandigarh Housing Board,” said a senior UT official who attended the meeting. On the controversial issue of the Lal Dora extension, the administration has decided that it will be marked on villages using LIDIR technology. The deputy commissioner’s office will provide the same to the urban planning department, said the official. “The urban planning department has been directed to prepare a comprehensive strategy for village development plan,” the official added. Earlier, the consultant of Indian Institute for Human Settlement (IIHS), Bangaluru, presented a draft policy for aggregation of land for villages and peri urban areas in Chandigarh, after studying best practices of this area in Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The UT adviser said that provisions of RERA and other Acts/guidelines prevalent for such development may also be incorporated. Other officials present in the meeting also made suggestions on the issue. The consultant has been given a month’s time to rework the initial draft and submit a report within a month. Kapil Setia, chief architect, thereafter made a presentation on study undertaken for development plan of villages in Chandigarh, highlighting existing physical situation and proposals and possible options for both sectoral and non-sectoral villages in conformity with the notified CMP 2031. Based on recommendations of the Chandigarh Master Plan 2031, focused development of villages shall be undertaken by the municipal corporation/CHB as per the above policy to be notified by the Chandigarh administration in consultation with the competent authority. These development plans shall be undertaken through a special village planning cell in close coordination between MC, CHB and the department of urban planning in a time-bound manner. Source: Hindustan Times CHANDIGARH

Why demand for holiday homes is gaining traction in India

9/19/2021 12:01:00 PM

The Indian real estate market has gone through various ups and downs in the past decade. A spate of regulatory movements such as demonetization, RERA and GST around 2016-2017 helped to give a facelift to this sector. While some of these steps were much needed, it impacted the sales. The year 2017 was an extremely challenging as the sales dropped a new low of 100,000 units but thanks to the positive sentiment, the sector posted good recovery in the subsequent years. It was rather unfortunate that just as things started to look for the real estate sector, this pandemic struck and jolted the growth. The coronavirus pandemic, lockdowns and the travel curbs have all impacted the sector in a big way. However, the residential real estate market has shown great resilience in the year 2021. The sectors that have performed well in the first half of the year are the affordable residential sector and the luxury segment. One of the major reasons for the increased demand in the luxury and affordable segments can be attributed to the changing need and mindset of the people. The pandemic and the uncertainty that it caused has resulted in an increasing desire among people to own a house of their own. This coupled with low interest rates offered by the banks and stamp duty cuts in some key markets have helped to keep the demand in the real estate segment steady during this testing time. In the month of August too, RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at 4 per cent while the reverse repo rate has been maintained at 3.35 per cent. This accommodative stand will help in fuelling further growth in the segment keeping in mind the upcoming festive season. The affordable dream In this post COVID-19 time, it is the affordable housing segment that has been registering the maximum growth. According to industry reports, almost half of the total housing demand in the primary residential market across eight major cities is for two-bedroom apartments. These apartments fall under the price bracket of Rs 45 lakh and are the top performers of the segment. There are various incentives that are being provided by the government to help the growth of the affordable housing segment. In order to make it easier to achieve this goal, the government is offering a number of subsidies. One of these subsidies is a reduction of GST rates for the affordable housing segment. For homes below the price of Rs 45 lakh, the applicable GST rates have been reduced from 8 per cent to 1 per cent. The other end of the spectrum There is another interesting convergence that this pandemic has brought about, which is between the ‘luxury real estate’ and ‘quality of life’. A lot of people have started equating the quality of life to luxury living. They want nothing but the best for themselves and are willing to spend to get the finest that life has to offer. It is thus not surprising to see that in this post pandemic phase there has been a significant increase in the buyers seeking luxury properties. It has been noted that there is a growing demand amongst homebuyers for bungalows, villas, farmhouses and spacious apartments. As a result, new launches in the luxury segment have multiplied in the first half of the year. According to industry reports, out of the total houses launched in this year, 17 per cent belonged to the luxury segment. In comparison, luxury houses comprised 9 per cent of the overall houses constructed in 2020. Focus on overall well-being Surveys show that homebuyers are now making a distinct shift towards investing in homes as long-term assets. With the house doubling up as their office, gym and even recreational space, homebuyers are eyeing spaces that are more spacious. Furthermore, the COVID-19’s virus impact has also made the way clear for larger, well-ventilated homes and second homes. Instead of focusing on buying homes near their workplace for an easy commute, homebuyers are showing interest in safe indoor environments, services emphasising health and wellness, and self-sufficient homes with open areas. With the work from home culture being the norm, homebuyers are scouting for places that are picturesque. They are looking for self-sufficient properties in holiday destinations such as Goa, Alibaug, Kerala, Darjeeling or Shimla. The rationale behind choosing a holiday destination is that these places enable people to leave the hustle, bustle of the city life behind and enjoy time by the nature. Favourable weather conditions all year round, easy connectivity, better air quality and better quality of life are some of the qualities that make these destinations a hot favourite among the new age buyers. Moreover, these places are not as densely populated as the metros and that is another big positive for people looking for homes in the post-COVID-19 scenario. Another factor that is pushing homebuyers to contemplate holiday homes is that it offers a great return on investments. In this post-pandemic world, people want prudent investment choices and holiday homes yield better returns over time than any other commercial or residential property. Given the benefits that they offer, holiday homes have started to become a hot favourite amongst the travel-savvy upper-middle-class, who earlier enjoyed annual holidays. The return of NRI investors Another interesting trend that is being observed in this post pandemic phase is that the non-resident Indians (NRIs) have started investing in luxury homes back home. It is being noticed that a large chunk of the Gulf-based expat Indians have invested in the residential properties in India during the last one year. Depreciating value of the Indian rupee and great offers being offered by developers in the country are some of the reasons why NRIs have now started to look at real estate as a great investment option. Most of them are eyeing spacious and modern luxury homes, which are either 3BHK and 4BHK apartments or villas or holiday homes. This segment prefers larger and more luxurious homes because of the lifestyle they enjoy in the country they are staying in. These buyers are also extremely conscious about the health aspects and thus projects that addressed these issues gained the most last year. Currently, the Indian restate market has been pegged as a $200-billion industry by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). The ministry further expects the sector to grow at an exponential pace in the coming years and become a $1-trillion industry by the year 2030. For the same to happen, the luxury segment will have to continue to be a great driver. Source: Financial express INDIA

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