Vastu Tips For Bedroom


Sometimes, The Smallest Things Can Turn Your Fortunes Around. Vastu Shastra Shows You How Tweaking Your Bedroom Can Enhance Positive Energy And Even Bring Couples Closer To Each Other

Sunaina Mehta, A Homemaker From Mumbai, Had Been Quarreling With Her Husband A Lot. These Were Trivial Issues But They Sometimes Ballooned Into Heated Arguments. Then Sunaina Did Something Unusual – She Rearranged Their Bedroom And Tossed Out A Stack Of Broken CDs And A DVD Player She Had Stored In The Bed Box. Mehta Shares How Marital Bliss Soon Returned To Their Home.

Sunaina’s House Cleaning Was No Random Act. She Had Followed The Laws Of Vastu Shastra While Rearranging Their Bedroom. “I Even Got Rid Of An Oil Painting Of A Weeping Woman On The Wall,” She Says.

“Vastu Shatra Is The Indian Cosmic Science Of Architecture And It Helps Create A Harmonious Environment To Set Up One’s Life For Wealth, Happiness And Harmony. It’s All About Creating A Rhythm And Balance To Ensure A Better Life,” Reveals Mumbai-Based Dr Nitien Parmar, A Vastu Consultant And Author Of Books On The Subject.

Here’s How Vastu Can Help You Optimise Your Bedroom As A Place Of Rest, Relaxation And Rejuvenation.

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Which Direction?

“Ideally, The Bedroom At South-West Brings Good Health And Prosperity For The Home Owner And Enhances Longevity. Avoid A Bedroom In The North-East Or South-East Zone Of The House. In The South-East, It May Result In Quarrels Among The Couple. The Bedroom In The North-East May Cause A Health Issue. The Children‘s Bedroom Is Best In The East Or North-West Zone Of The House,” Says Dr Parmar.

Bed Placement

According To Vastu, Your Bed Should Be Placed With The Head Towards The East Or South.

The Bed In The Guest Room Can Have Its Head Towards The West. Also, It Is Best If Your Bed Is Made Of Wood. Metal Can Create Negative Vibrations. To Encourage Togetherness, A Couple Should Sleep On One Single Mattress And Not Join Two Separate Mattresses.

Mirror, Mirror

Careful Where You Fix Your Dressing Table, Assuming It Has A Mirror.

According To Vastu, Avoid A Mirror In Front Of Your Bed As The Reflection Of One’s Sleeping Body In A Mirror Is Inauspicious.

Banish Devices

Anything That Disturbs The Calm Of The Bedroom Has No Place Here. Hence, No Television. If You Must Have One, Make Sure It Is Placed At A Reasonable Distance From Your Bed. “The TV Screen Should Not Work As A Mirror Opposite The Bed.

“Avoid A Computer In The Bedroom, Or At Least Distance It With A Partition. Computers And Mobile Phones Are High Electro Stress Instruments And The Frequencies From Cell Phones, Computers And TVs Emit Harmful Radiation, Advises Dr Parmar.

What Colour Paint?

Colours Don’t Just Brighten Our World; They Also Affect Our Mood, Health And Happiness.

Ideally, Paint Your Bedroom Off-White, Baby Pink Or Cream. Avoid Dark Colours. The Room Should Be Well-Organised. Keep Your Bedroom Clean And Clutter-Free, Says Dr Snehal Deshpande, An Expert In Classical Vastu And Feng Shui.

Toss Them Out

Also, Do Not Keep Things That Have Not Been Used For Years Such As Clocks, Watches, Electronic Equipment, Broken Artefacts Or Machinery, In Your Bedroom. Clutter Disturbs The Energy Flow And Creates Disharmony In The House, She Explains. “In The Bedroom, Avoid Water Fountains, Aquariums And Paintings Of War Scenes And Single Women.”


Smells And Aromas Can Be Very Powerful And Can Uplift The Mood And Spirit. So, Make Sure Your Room Smells Fresh; Keep Aromatic Candles, Diffusers Or Potpourri In Your Bedroom. Use Refreshing Jasmine Or Lavender Fragrances.

Courtesy Desphande, Couples Might Want To Heed This Advice – Keep Two Rose Quartz Hearts In The South-West Corner Of Your Bedroom. It Will Add Happy Energy To Your Life.

More Tips

– Avoid A Round Or Oval-Shaped Bed.

– Bed Should Always Have A Head Rest. Never Keep A Window Open Behind Your Head When Sleeping.

– Avoid A Round Ceiling Above The Bed.

– Never Sleep Under An Overhead Beam.

– Refrain From Hanging Photographs Of Deceased Ancestors On The Wall.

– Do Not Place The Temple In The Bedroom.

– Remove All Broken Or Chipped Items.

– Keep Door Of Attached Toilet Shut When Not In Use.

– Mop The Floor At Least Once A Week With Sea Salt Added To The Water As It Removes Negative Energy.

Also Read: Aromatherapy Tips For A Home That Smells Good

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What is Carpet Area, Built-Up Area & Super Built-Up Area?


Let’s Admit It – The Terms And Jargon Thrown At Us By Agents And Realtors Have Us Staring At Them Cluelessly Most Of The Time. While Buying A House, Terms Such As Carpet Area, Built-Up Area And Super Built-Up Area Moslty Evade Our Realm Of Understanding, Or At Least Cause Some Confusion. In Every Residential Complex, There Are These Three Ways Of Calculating The Area, Or The Square Footage. They May Not All Sound Very Different, But There Is In Fact A BIG Difference Between Carpet Area And Built-Up Area!

Not Knowing What Each Actually Means Is What Could Give Developers A Chance To Take You For A Ride. However, It Is Not Rocket Science. Just A Little Reading And You Will Be Pretty Thorough With The Terms. Here Are Some Of The Basics Of Real Estate You Should Know.


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Carpet Area

Carpet Area Is The Area That Can Actually Be Covered By A Carpet, Or The Area Of The Apartment Excluding The Thickness Of Inner Walls. Carpet Area Does Not Include The Space Covered By Common Areas Such As Lobby, Lift, Stairs, Play Area, Etc. Carpet Area Is The Actual Area You Get For Use In A Housing Unit. So When You Are In Search Of A House, Look At The Carpet Area And Then Make Your Decision, Because That Is The Number That Will Give You An Idea Of The Actual Space At Your Disposal. Focusing On The Carpet Area Will Help You Understand The Usable Area In The Kitchen, Bedroom, Living Room, Etc. Nowadays, Many Builders Don’t Even Mention Carpet Area At First, And Usually Charge On The Basis Of Built-Up Area Or Super Built-Up Area. Carpet Area Is Usually Around 70% Of The Built-Up Area.

Built-Up Area

Built-Up Area Is The Area That Comes After Adding Carpet Area And Wall Area. Now, The Wall Area Does Not Mean The Surface Area, But The Thickness Of The Inner Walls Of A Unit. The Area Constituting The Walls Is Around 20% Of The Built-Up Area And Totally Changes The Perspective. The Built-Up Area Also Consists Of Other Areas Mandated By The Authorities, Such As A Dry Balcony, Flower Beds, Etc., That Add Up To 10% Of The Built-Up Area. So When You Think About It, The Usable Area Is Only 70% Of The Built-Up Area. So, If The Built-Up Area Says 1200 Square Feet, It Means Around 30% (360 Square Feet) Is Not Really Usable, And The Actual Area You Will Get To Use Is Only The Remaining 840 Square Feet.

Super Built-Up Area

Super Built-Up Area Is A Builder’s BFF! It Is The Area Calculated By Adding The Built-Up Area And Common Area That Includes The Corridor, Lift Lobby, Lift, Etc. In Some Cases, Builders Even Include Amenities Such As A Pool, Garden And Clubhouse In The Common Area. A Developer/Builder Charges You On The Basis Of The Super Built-Up Area Which Is Why It Is Also Known As ‘Saleable’ Area.

Now Let Us Consider This Case – The Rate Is Rs. 2,000 Per Square Foot And The Super Built-Up Area Is 1,200 Square Feet, Then The Base Cost Will Come Up To 24 Lakhs.

When There Is More Than One Apartment On A Floor, The Super Built-Up Area Is Calculated In A Different Manner. Let Us Assume This Is The Case.

– The Area Of Apartment 1 Is 1000 Square Feet

– The Area Of Apartment 2 Is 2000 Square Feet

– The Total Common Area Is 1500 Square Feet, Out Of Which The Share Of Apartment 1’S Common Area Is 500 Sq. Ft. While The Share Of Apartment 2’S Common Area Is 1,000 Sq. Ft.

Then The Super Built-Up Area Of Apartment 1 Is 1,500 Square Feet And Of Apartment 2 Is 3,000 Square Feet. The Super Built-Up Area, As Seen In This Example, Is Divided In The Ratio Of The Apartments’ Built-Up Areas (In This Case 1:2).

Considering The Fact That Builders And Developers Usually Price Their Apartments Based On Super Built-Up Or ‘Saleable’ Area, Being Unaware Of The Fundamental Difference Between Carpet Area And Built-Up Area And Other Terms Leaves One Running Blind. Often The Actual Usable Area Is Much Lower Than The Super Built-Up Area. Some Builders Take Into Account The Carpet Area While Charging You, But This Is Only In The Rarest Of The Rare Cases. 90% Of The Developers Calculate The Base Cost On The Basis Of The Super Built-Up Area; The More The Amenities The Higher The Super Built-Up Area.

Real Estate Can Be Complicated, And You Cannot Change The Rules And Practices, But You Definitely Can Make An Informed Decision When You’re Aware Of The Various Types Of Calculations For Square Footage, A Seemingly Major But Actually Simple Job!

We Hope This Clears Up The Confusion That Always Seems To Permeate Floor Areas And How Prices Are Calculated, Making It Easier For You To Make Decisions.

Also Read: The Home Buyers’ Guide To Choosing The Right Amenities

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When old is gold: Add a vintage touch to your home décor


When It Comes To Home Décor, A Vintage Look Is Always In Style. We Look At Some Simple Ways, In Which Home Owners Can Recreate An Old-World Charm In Modern Homes

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A ‘Vintage Décor’ Can Be Defined As An Interior Design Theme That Incorporates Elements Of The Past And In Particular, The Best Elements Of A Particular Time. Prachi Chavarkar, Co-Founder Of ArchiLab Designs, Explains That A Vintage Design Can Be Associated With A Region (For Example, Rajasthan, Maharashtra Or Kerala) Or Even Architecture Belonging To A Particular Era, Like Indo-Saracenic (Or Indo-Gothic Or Mughal-Gothic). “In Terms Of A Global Look, It Can Also Be British, French Or Colonial Design. Some May Also Call A Local Historical Look As Ethnic But It Is A Part Of Vintage Décor,” Adds Chavarkar.

Elements Of Vintage Décor

Home Owners Can Remodel Their Homes Based On A Vintage Theme, By Either Recreating The Style Or Bringing In Old Décor Elements, Such As Distressed Furniture, A Grandfather Clock, Ceramic Tableware Or Even A Sword Hanging On The Wall, Into The Design.

“Wall Plaster Treatment That Mimics Greek Architecture Or Red Oxide Flooring, For Example, Could Instantly Give The Space An Old-World Charm. An Old Metal Trunk, Placed Right At The Center Of The Living Area, Can Add An Element Of Nostalgia And Serve As A Functional Coffee Table. Old Bamboo Rocking Chairs, Incandescent Or Industrial Lighting, Wooden Fans, Bohemian Carpets, Are All Simple Examples Of This,” States Sameer AM, Founder And CEO, Bonito Designs. Floral Soft Furnishings Or Wallpaper, Add A Vibrant Colour To Any Room. “For Fabrics, Opt For Jute, Cotton And Recycled Fibres With Muted Floral Patterns, To Add A Soothing Feel. These Are Ideal For A Vintage Look,” Adds Sameer.

Antiques And Souvenirs As Décor Accessories

People Often Collect Old Antiques Or Souvenirs, From The Various Places They Travel To. A Home Owner May Also Have Inherited Many Artifacts And Antiques. “It Is A Nice Concept To Showcase Antiques In Your Space. However, These Items Should Be Displayed With A Lot Of Thought And Care. When You Display Numerous Pieces From Different Locations, Historical Periods, Types And Materials, One Has To Be Mindful About The Order Of Display. Depending Upon The Size, Scale, Material And Type, They Should Be Properly Framed Or Placed. Ideally, These Should Have A Showcase Or A Background/Surrounding That Complements The Items Displayed,” Chavarkar Suggests.

Colour Scheme For A Vintage Home Décor

Vintage-Looking Furniture, Made From Old Reclaimed Wood Or Wood That Looks Colour-Washed And Weathered, Are In Vogue. Winged Chairs Or A Royal Armchair, Can Be Used As Accent Pieces. The Flooring, From Designer Cement Tiles, Wooden Floor, Carpets And Area Rugs, Should Have Colour Schemes That Enhance The Vintage Décor. While Designing The Home, Decide The Colour Scheme Or Materials For The Vintage Theme, Based On The Size And Volume Of Space And The Amount Of Natural Light That Is Available.

Sonali Puri, A Home Maker From Delhi, Who Designed Her House On A Vintage Theme, Shares That “I Have Silver And Brass Artifacts, Which Are Family Heirlooms. I Have Also Been Collecting Antique Curious Like Jharokha Frames, Textiles And Lithographs For A Long Time. In My Living Room, I Have Framed And Put Up An Old Textile Tapestry With Rich Embroidery, As A Backdrop. A Silver-Plated Divan That Belongs To My Grandmother And Silver Frames, With Family Photos In Black And White, Add To The Vintage Look. I Have Tried To Maintain A Balance Between The Modern And Antique. For Example, The Dining Table, Which I Picked Up From Chor Bazaar In Mumbai, Has A Pedestal Of The Teakwood And A Glass Top.”

Dos And Don’ts For Remodeling A House To Add A Vintage Look

– Ideally, The Colours In A Vintage-Themed Home, Should Be Shades Of Blue, Pink And Peach.

– Wallpapers With Floral Patterns, Are Ideal For This Theme.

– For Furniture, Opt For Old Designs, Like A Carved Four-Poster Bed, An Ornate Dresser Or A Maharajah Chair.

– One Can Have A Mix Of Themes But It Should Be Handled Carefully. Mix Old Pieces With Modern Design Elements, To Create A Perfect Amalgamation.

– Understand All The Details Of The Era, So That There Is No Messy Mismatch. Do Not Overdo The Theme As The Home May End Up Looking Like A Shop That Sells Vintage Items.

– Gold And Silver Accents And Accessories Of Matte Or Shiny Finish, Can Add Some Sparkle. So, Opt For Interesting Lamps, Frames, Knobs And Door Handles.

Also Read: The Home Buyers’ Guide To Choosing The Right Amenities

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The home buyers’ guide to choosing the right amenities


Should You Buy A House With A Swimming Pool, A Gym, Or A Park? We Tell You How To Evaluate The Necessary Amenities, From The Avoidable Ones 

Amenities Are An Important Part Of Any Real Estate Project, Which Builders Use To Woo Home Buyers. While Some Amenities Are Essential, Like A Security System, Elevators, Etc., Property Sellers May, At Times, Also Highlight Amenities To Hide Flaws In The Project Flaws Or To Propel The Sales Momentum.

Each Buyer’s Need Is Unique, Points Out Vinod Rohira, Managing Director – Commercial Real Estate And REIT, K Raheja Corp. “Buyers Should First Evaluate Their Needs And Compare It Against The Services Available In The Micro-Market And Then Look At The Amenities Provided In The Project. This Is The Best Way To Choose A Product,” Suggests Rohira.


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Amenities And Its Influence On Home Buyers

Experts Believe That It Would Be Wrong To Say That Amenities Do Not Influence A Buyer’s Decision. However, If A Project Has An Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pool, A Gym, Or A Park, It Will Require Consistent Maintenance And Add To The Home Owner’s Overall Monthly Expense. Despite This, Many Buyers Nowadays Ask For Such Amenities, While Buying A Project.

“Home Buyers Should Make Their Own List Of ‘Essential’, ‘Not So Essential’ And ‘Not Required’ Amenities And Do A Comparative Cost Analysis Of Selected Projects, Before Paying Up For Something That They May Never Use In Their Lifetime,” Advises Surabhi Arora, Senior Associate Director – Research, At Colliers India.

Important Versus Avoidable Amenities

The Budget And The Segment That The Home Buyer Belongs To, Also Play An Important Role In Deciding Whether Certain Amenities Are Essential Or Avoidable. An Affordable Home Buyer May Feel Satisfied With A Basic Home, Without Any Extra Facilities, Whereas A Luxury Home Buyer May Want More Than The Amenities That Are Already Provided In A Project. For Example, A Swimming Pool, Gym, Club House, Spa, Bar, Etc., Can Come Under The Avoidable List, For Affordable Home Buyers. However, For Home Buyers In The Luxury Segment, These Could Be The Basic Requirements.

Which Amenities To Opt For?

The List Of Amenities That Are Broadly Recognised As Essential Or Discretionary For The Home Buyers Are:

Essential Amenities:

– Car Parking
– Security Services
– Water Supply
– Elevators
– Power Backup
– 24-Hour Maintenance

Discretionary Amenities:

– Walking/Jogging Track
– Play Area
– Club House
– Swimming Pool
– Gym
– Rooftop Garden
– Open Deck
– Sky Lounge
– Spa And Salon
– Concierge Services
– Restaurants
– Party Hall
– Temple And Religious Activity Place
– Cinema Hall
– Wi-Fi Connectivity

Don’t Take What You Don’t Understand!


The Choice Of Amenities, Should Be Evaluated On The Basis Of Personal Preferences, Requirements, Availability, Affordability And Exclusivity. Experts Recommend That Buyers Should Only Opt For Something That They Are Completely Aware Of And Not Be Lured By Rosy Pictures Painted By Home Sellers. Amenities Always Add Some Fixed Or Variable Cost To The Property And This May Impact The Resale Value Of The Property.



Why stamp duty rates are important for income tax purposes…


Any Difference Between The Agreement Value And The Ready Reckoner Value Of A Property, Has Implications, Not Only On The Stamp Duty Payable But Also On The Income Tax Of The Buyer And Seller

When You Enter Into An Agreement To Buy A Property, You Have To Pay Stamp Duty To The Government. The Amount Of Stamp Duty Is Generally Based On The Value Of The Property Mentioned In The Agreement.

To Avoid Evasion Of Stamp Duty Through Undervaluation Of Agreements And To Minimise The Disputes On Quantum Of Stamp Duty, All State Governments Publish An Area-Wise, Stamp Duty Ready Reckoner On A Yearly Basis. If The Value Of The Property Based On The Ready Reckoner Is Higher, Than The Value Of The Property Stated In The Agreement, Then, You Will Have To Pay The Stamp Duty On The Basis Of The Value Computed From The Rates In The Ready Reckoner. However, If The Agreement Value Is Higher Than The Ready Reckoner Valuation, The Stamp Duty Payable Will Be Calculated With Reference To The Agreement Value. The Stamp Duty Valuation Also Has Implications On The Income Tax Of Buyers And Sellers.

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Importance For The Seller Under Income Tax Laws

As Per Section 50C Of The Income Tax Act, In Case The Agreement Value Is Lower Than The Stamp Duty Valuation, The Law Presumes That The Seller Has Received An Amount Equal To The Stamp Duty Valuation And The Capital Gains Is Computed Accordingly. However If The Differene Between The Agreement Value And Stamp Duty Valuation Does Not Exceed Five Per Cent Of The Agreement Value, This Provision Will Not Apply.

However, If The Seller Claims That The Stamp Duty Valuation Is Higher Than The Fair Market Value Of The Property, The Income Tax Officer Can Ask Its Valuation Officer To Assess The Value The Property For Capital Gains Purpose. The Value Determined By This Officer, Shall Be Treated As The Sale Consideration Of The Property For Income Tax Purpose. However, If The Valuation Given By The Income Tax Officer Is Higher Than The Stamp Duty Valuation, Such Excess Valuation Shall Be Ignored And Only The Stamp Duty Valuation Shall Be Treated As The Sale Consideration. This Provision Is Applicable To All The Tax Payers, Including Limited Companies.

In Cases, Where The Stamp Duty Valuation Is Higher Than The Agreement Value, And The Tax Payer Invests The Net Sale Consideration Under Section 54F To Claim Exemption From Long-Term Capital Gains, S/He May Have To Borrow Money As The Money Received May Be Lower Than The Amount Required To Be Invested.

Importance For The Buyer Under Income Tax Laws

As Per Section 56(2) (X)(B) Of The Income Tax Act, If The Difference Is Higher Than Rs 50,000 Or Five Per Cent Of The Agreement Value, Such Difference Between The Stamp Duty Valuation And The Agreement Value Shall Be Treated As Income Of The Buyer. This Provision Apples To Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs) And Individuals Only.

However, If The Agreement Date And The Date Of Registration Are Different And Thus, The Values On These Dates Are Also Different, The, The Valuation As On The Date Of Agreement Can Be Considered For This Purpose, Only If Full Or Part Consideration Was Paid By Means Other Than Cash, Either On Or Before The Date Of The Agreement.

Also Read: Home Loan And Tax Benefits If You Own Multiple Homes


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Aromatherapy tips for a home that smells good


Home Owners Can Use Essential Oils, Not Only To Add A Fresh Fragrance To Their Homes But Also To Enhance Health And Well-Being, Through Aromatherapy

Pleasant Fragrances Not Only Help To Create A Positive Ambience, But Can Also Be Therapeutic And Help The Brain To Relax. Aromatherapy Is The Practice Of Using Fragrant Oils Or Essence Of Plants, To Aid Good Health.

“A Home That Smells Fresh, Makes Its Occupants And Guests Feel Good. Smells Are Linked Directly With Emotions. A Pleasant Smell Can Enhance And Uplift One’s Mood, After A Hard Day At Work,” Points Out Manita Bajaj, Founder And CEO Of Sattva Life. There Are Many Ways To Make A Home Fragrant – With Reed Diffusers, Air Freshening Sprays, Candles And Potpourri.

“Although Air Sprays Can Be Used To Freshen Up Fabrics And The House, They Are Made Of Chemicals And May Not Be Good For The Health. Instead, One Can Light A Non-Scented Candle And Let It Burn For A Few Minutes, Until Some Molten Wax Forms. Then, Add A Few Drops Of Essential Oil Of Your Choice And The Aroma Will Spread Around The Room. This Is An Affordable And Healthier Way To Have Aroma At Home,” Suggests Bajaj.

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Aromatherapy Tips

Aromas For Various Purposes

NDiffusers, Which Heat Essential Oils And Allow Their Molecules To Be Released Into The Air, Can Also Be Used. Essential Oils Can Freshen Up And Cleanse One’s Home, Adds Aroma Therapist, Dr Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson Of The Blossom Kochhar Group Of Companies. “Some Essential Oils Can Have A Relaxing Effect. Some Oils Can Be Uplifting And Stimulating, While Others Even Have Aphrodisiac Properties,” Explains Kochhar. Sandalwood Has A Pleasant, Woody Smell That Instils A Sense Of Inner Peace And Helps Meditation. Jasmine Is A Subtle And Evocative Fragrance, Which Acts As A Stimulant, Anti-Depressant, Anti-Spasmodic And Antiseptic.

“Jasmine Generates A Good Feel, While Revitalising And Restoring One’s Energy. Lavender Has Calming Properties, Which Help The Body And Mind To Relax And Helps Fight Insomnia And Headaches. Ylang Ylang (Extracted From A Star-Shaped Yellow Flower) Oil Is Ideal For The Bedroom. Its Aroma Peps You Up, Acts As An Aphrodisiac And Also Helps Reduce Fatigue And Stress. When The Flu Is In Air, Add A Few Drops Of Eucalyptus Essential Oil To A Diffuser, To Prevent Coughs And Respiratory Problems,”

Medicinal Properties

“The Fragrance Of Essential Oils, Can Alter Your Mood, Help Concentration And Rid The Area Of Airborne Bacteria,” Adds Bajaj. The Aroma Of Lotus (Which Is Used In Religious Offerings), Has Medicinal Properties And Creates A Spiritual Ambience. The Fragrance Of The Sacred Plant Basil (Tulsi), Has Cleansing Properties And Strengthens The Immune System. Lemon Promotes Purification And Love, Refreshes The Mind And Soothes One’s Nerves, Bajaj Elaborates.

Meena Patil, A Home Maker From Pune, Who Is Fond Of Essential Oils, Shares “When My Kids Have Their Exams, I Use Aromatic Oils At Home. Rose Oil Eases Stress And Anxiety, While Rosemary Oil Increases Focus And Concentration. Neroli Oil (Made From The Flowers Of The Bitter Orange Tree) Is A Stress Buster And Relieves Mental Exhaustion.”

Tips To Use Essential Oils At Home

– For Your Drawers And Closets, Place Cotton Balls With A Few Drops Of Lavender Oil.

– You Can Buy Readymade Potpourri Or Make It At Home, By Using Dried Rose Petals And Orange Slices, Mint, Cinnamon And Clove. Place The Potpourri In Corridors Or On Side Tables.

– To Clean Kitchen Counters, Use Tea Tree And Lavender Essential Oils, As These Have Antibacterial Properties.

– For Wiping Floors, Add Few Drops Of Lemongrass Essential Oil To A Bucket Of Water. Lemongrass Oil Wards Off Insects. You Can Also Freshen The Bathroom, By Adding A Few Drops Of Lemongrass Oil Into The Toilet Bowl.

– To Rid Clothes Of A Musty Smell, Put A Few Drops Of Lavender Oil In A Small Spray Bottle And Spray It On The Clothes, Before Ironing It.

– Using Peppermint Essential Oil In A Diffuser, Helps To Ward Off Red Ants And Cockroaches.

Approximate Prices Of Products:

– Aroma Oils (10 Ml): Rs 250
– Herbal Incense Sticks (Pack Of 12): Rs 275
– Fresheners (350 Ml): Rs 525
– Reed Diffusers: Rs 700 – Rs 2,000
– Sandalwood Oil (20 Ml): Rs 600
– Lavender Oil (20 Ml): Rs 275
– Rose Oil (20 Ml): Rs 400

Also Read: Vastu And Décor Tips For Name Plates

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Can a home be bought for end-use as well as investment purposes?


While Real Estate May Give Better ROI Than Any Other Investment Instrument, Can An End-User Afford To Think Like An Investor? We Get Some Answers

The Psychology Of Home Buyers And Their Expectations Vis-À-Vis Return On Investment (ROI), Have Traditionally Been Different For Investors And End-Users. However, This Difference May Be Gradually Disappearing, At Least In The Top Eight Cities.

Thinking In Terms Of Risk-Versus-Return Is Something That Is Predominantly Done By Investors. “Whether The Mindset Of An Average End-User Is Similar To That Of A Seasoned Investor Today, Is Very Much Debatable,” Said A Panelist At An Investment Seminar. Take The Case Of Ramakant Nigam, An Employee In The Power Sector Who Rented An Apartment In Atta Market, Close To The Central Business District Of Noida, At Rs 18,000 Per Month. With 12 Years To Go Before He Retires, Nigam Invested In A Property In Ghaziabad.

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Nigam Believes That He Made A Sound Investment Decision. “When I Can Buy The Same Kind Of Property At Rs 60 Lakh In Ghaziabad, Why Should I Invest Rs One Crore In Noida? It Does Not Make Sense To Pay Extra For A Property That Has Lesser Chances Of Appreciating, As Against An Upcoming Market. Moreover, It Gives Me The Flexibility Of Mobility, If I Get Transferred Tomorrow,” He Reasons.

This Raises A Fundamental Question, As To Whether Houses Have Become More Like Trading Commodities And The Emotional Quotient Associated With Its Purchase, Has Diminished In Leading Indian Cities. According To Sandeep Ahuja, CEO Of Richa Realtors, In Real Estate, Even If The Investor Does Not Have Very Sound Economic Wisdom, The Chances Are That He Will Not Lose His Money. Compared To Real Estate, Stocks Are Risky, As Most Of The Companies Are Not Blue Chips And Will Have Debt. So, Even If The Quantum Of Return Is Not That High In Real Estate, It Remains A Safe Investment Avenue, He Maintains.

Naushad Panjwani, Managing Partner, Mandarus Partners LLP, Points Out That One Also Has To Consider The Buying Pattern. Indians Generally Prefer To Buy Property In The Top Eight Cities Where They Work, Or In Their Home Towns Where They Intend To Retire, Even If They Live On Rent In The City Where They Work, He Elaborates. “So, If A Person Is Not An Investor And Even If I Show Him Research That Establishes That There Is Fantastic Return In A City Other Than His Place Of Work Or Home Town, He Will Not Invest There,” Says Panjwani.

Analysts Maintain That End-Users Should Not Buy Homes On The Basis Of Expected Price Appreciation. A House May Give Better ROI Than Any Other Investment Instrument But One Has To Look At A Long-Term Time Frame – Of Around Ten Years. In The Residential Segment, Even If You Pick The Right Project At The Right Price, It May Take Three To Five Years To Get ROI. Time Frame Is Important For Investors As Well, And The Product Will Vary Accordingly. E.G. In The Residential Segment, Speculators Can Opt For Pre-Launch Properties In North India And Make Money In One Or Two Years. For Mid To Long-Term Investors, The Commercial And Retail Segments May Be A Better Option.

However, If One Is Looking At A Fairly Long-Term Period, Then, Investing In Land Would Be Ideal, As The Returns Are Highest In This Category. There Are Instances Where People Have Made Returns Worth A Thousand Times Their Initial Investment, Over A Period Of 15-20 Years. Ultimately, Each Home Buyer Has To Take A Conscious Call, On Whether S/He Is An Investor Or An End-User.

Also Read: NRI Investments In India: The Essential Checklist

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