July, 2010

Editorial / Jul 2010

From this month onwards, in our Town Planning series, we begin a two-part serial on Ahmedabad city. Ahmedabad should be taken seriously for two important reasons. One of the reasons is that apart from being the erstwhile capital, it is also the largest city of Gujarat. The other reason is that, Ahmedabad is the epicenter of Gujarati culture and business. Where-ever Gujarati's may stay and do business, they always come to their roots in Ahmedabad. Everyone knows that the Indus Valley civilization disappeared from Mohenjo-daro, but fewer know that the Harappan culture made its last stand in what is now a part of Ahmedabad district. Lothal is situated at a distance of 80 km from Ahmedabad. It is... Read More

Architect's Voice / Jul 2010

Vaastu is a perfect, indigenous model for housing if you keep to it you can make a fairly good house without engaging an architect Architect Leo Pereira This month Vaastuyogam met architect Leo Pereira at his Ahmedabad office. Born and brought up in Ahmedabad the 66 years old architect has been a visiting faculty at CEPT School of Architecture Ahmedabad for over 25 years now. He began his career working with renowned architect Hasmukh C. Patel of Ahmedabad and then went on to start his own practice. Excerpts from the interview: On teaching architecture at CEPT: I drifted into teaching by chance but have stayed with it because I love teaching and being with the students. I share whatever exper... Read More

Logo Story / Jul 2010

Power Companies of India-2 Transmission & Distribution This article is in continuation of the essay: Logo Power Power Companies of India which appeared last month. In that article, we had focused on the logos of power generation companies. Here we talk about the logos of companies engaged in the transmission and distribution of electricity in India. The total installed power generating capacity in India is over 148,700 MW and the total number of consumers is over 144 million. Apart from an extensive transmission system network which was developed to transmit power from generating station to grid substations, a vast network of sub transmission in distribution system has also come up for ut... Read More

Vaastu Meter / Jul 2010

Vaastu helps-Mumbai industrialist set shop in Dholka Mr.Firaq Shroff at Deepcare Health Pvt Ltd Born in 1972 and brought up in Mumbai Mr. Firaq Shroff joined his family business Sunways India Pvt Ltd. after completing his B.Sc from Mumbai University. When his father met with a serious accident, Firaq settled in Ahmedabad to handle the factory affairs and gradually understood how to cope with it all . Firaq has since returned to Mumbai to be at the head office and also to stay with his extended joint family that lives together in their ancestral bungalow at Juhu scheme. My grandfather Mr. Kantilal Shroff started Sunways India Pvt Ltd. in 1953. We specialize in Ophthalmic drops & ointments,... Read More

Vaastu Directions and Tips / Jul 2010

Vaastu Alerts: Water Bodies Man is the subject, object and cause of Vaastu. He perceives Vaastu in relation to his experiences with the surrounding world and its influence. Through the act of design, man alters and moulds the elements of the natural environment. Vaastu is a science combing the five elements of nature and the direction that provides the correct combination for it. Vaastu Shastra is all about creating a harmonious place to live in. The five elements that are spoken about in Vaastu are also referred to as the Paanchbhootas of nature and - when in harmony - they together inspire health, wealth, prosperity and happiness in life. These five elements are Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and... Read More

Cover Story / Jul 2010

Town Planning Ahmedabad City - Part 1 From this month we begin a two-part series the city of Ahmedabad. We shall also be including Gandhinagar as part of the study. This article introduces the subject with detailed discussion to be followed next month. Today Ahmedabad is a unique city, even for India, for it blends harmoniously an ancient heritage with a vibrant present. A model city in terms of its ideals and aspirations, what is remarkable about Ahmedabad is its harmony between art and industry, between a reverence to the past and a vision for the future. Early History There is a legend associated with Ahmedabad. At the beginning of the fifteenth century, an independent sultanate ruled by t... Read More

Lord Krishna , the Pandavas and Vaastu The worship of Krishna is part of Vaishnavism, which regards Vishnu as the supreme god and venerates his associated avatars, their consorts, and related saints and teachers. Krishna is especially looked upon as a full manifestation of Vishnu, and as one with Vishnu himself. Tradition gives the date of Krishna's birth, known as Janmashtami, as either 18th or 21st July 3228 BC. Krishna belonged to the royal family of Mathura, and was the eighth son born to the princess Devaki, and her husband Vasudeva. Mathura was the capital of the Yadavas to which Krishna's parents Vasudeva and Devaki belonged to. The king Kamsa, Devaki's cousin , had ascended the throne... Read More