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Current Affairs / Jun 2017

Tej Prasad Yadav RJD chief Lalu Prasad has turned to Vaastu shastra ahead of the Lok Sabha polls to rid himself and his family of misfortune and ill-luck and to ensure good electoral performance of his party. With over a dozen of his senior party leaders, including a Rajya Sabha member, half a dozen legislators and former ministers, deserting him to join rival parties, and the Rashtriya Janata Dals alliance with the Congress not being a winning combination, Lalu Prasad has ordered that a pond inside his wifes residence be filled up, following a suggestion from an expert in Vaastu shastra and an astrologer. According to RJD leaders close to Lalu Prasad, a Vaastu expert suggested that the pond... Read More

When the entire world was in its infancy, we, the Indians, were old enough in the knowledge of almost all the subjects of life. When others were wandering in forest without even clothes, we were living in palatial houses seemingly touching the moon in the sky. Whatever knowledge is spread in the world, we are the major contributors in it. If our ancestors had not laid down the tracks of growth with their knowledge, the science would not have grown in the world. The mysteries about which the rest of the world was ignorant, we had unfolded them all in our country Hindustan. Shri Maithilisharan Gupta, the renowned Hindi Poet in his work Bharat-Bharati. The term Vaastu Shastra is a collation of ... Read More

Vaastu Meter / Jun 2017

MR. SANDEEP MITTAL- OWNER OF MOHANVILAAS RESTAURANT & BANQUET Could you please tell us about your professional background and academic achievements? I graduated in Arts from Delhi university and started my career into Hotel industry in 1986. I was very much interested in this field which is why I took the initiative back then. We started with a small venture, The Mohan Restaurant &Banquet in Ashok Vihar, Delhiand currently own 3 banquets in Delhi. What ignited the idea to start this business? My father worked as a contractor in construction industry, so he owned a plot which was used for restaurant and banquet purpose. I was in 12th standard during those days and I saw that the hotel... Read More

Architect's Voice / Jun 2017

MR. KUNAL SHAH - PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT AT KUNAL SHAH ARCHITECTS Mr. Shah talks about the Govt. policies, urbanization, smart cities, Vaastu and how all of them combined, have made an impact on our architecture. Could you please tell us about your academic achievements and professional background? I completed my Bachelors in Architecture from M.S. University in 2001. I had my goals clear from the very beginning. I wanted to develop my skills as a commercial architect so I didnt want to enrol myself in a master degree course. However, I wanted to start practicing commercial architecture. After graduation, I worked with renowned architects based in Ahmedabad for the next 4 years who were already ... Read More

Amber Fort - Jaipur City History Capital and largest city of Rajasthan, Jaipur, often referred to as The Pink City, was founded on 18 November 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber after whom the Jaipur city is named. He was a Kachwaha Rajput who ruled Amber from 1699-1744 which lay 11 km away from present day Jaipur. With the increasing population and growing scarcity of water, he decided to shift to Jaipur, the first planned city of India. It is now the tenth most populous city of India with a population of 3.1 million people. Many have termed Jaipur to be one of the best planned cities of our country. Before planning the layout of Jaipur city, Jai Singh consulted several books... Read More

Current logo of Amazon History Named Named after the worlds longest river, Amazon.com, Inc., more often referred to as Amazon, is an American e-commerce giant based in Seattle, Washington. The founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezoz, used to work at Wall Street after graduating from Princeton in 1986. Long before Amazon became the brand it is today, one-stop shop for shopping any product online was just an idea buzzing around the head of 30-year-old Jeff Bezoz. Amazon which is currently the largest internet-based retailer in the world by total sales and market capitalization was initially started as an online bookstore, originally named Cadabra, an abbreviation of Abracadabra on July 5th, 1994. Howeve... Read More

Logo Story / May 2017

IPL 2017 Captains pledge allegiance to MCC's spirit of cricket IPL stands for Indian Premier League and is the most successful T20 format to-date. It is a professional T20 league that was started by BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) in 2008 and held every year in April and May. Moreover, its a platform for all the local players to play at a much higher level to get the best environment for nurturing themselves into professional cricketers and entertain cricket fans around the world. There have been 9 seasons so far; the current one being the 10th. Each team has a mix of Indian and foreign players where only 4 foreign players can play for each team. IPL Seasons & Winners 2008: ... Read More

Vedic India / May 2017

Aeriel View of Meenakshi Amman Temple, aka Meenakshi Sundareswar Temple Meenakshi Amman is a historic temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati (Meenakshi) and her husband Shiva (Sundareswarar). The term Meenakshi means the fish eyed God and Sundareswarar means the beautiful lord. The temple is the heart of the 2,500-year-old city of Madurai and has been covered significantly in Tamil literature. South Tower, Meenakshi Amman Temple History The temple was built in the 6th century BC by survivors of Kumari Kandam. However, the entire credit for the splendid looks of the current temple goes to the Nayaks who ruled ... Read More

Architect's Voice / May 2017

Mr. VIVEK MISTRY Architect at Studio 04 Architects, Ahmedabad Please tell us about your academic achievements and professional experience. I completed my B. Arch from CEPT University in 2011. During my academics, I completed office training from Charles Correa Associates, Mumbai and opted for exchange program from ETHZ, Zurich. I consider learning through Professional Practice versus learning through academic curriculum, two sides of the same coin. Both teach architecture and its real-life implications, but in different ways. When did you first start practice and what kind of projects have you been doing? In 2011 before completing graduation, we setup a small office in Ahmadabad along with m... Read More

Vaastu Meter / May 2017

Mr. Ashutosh Lala Owner of Pintoo Garments, Ahmadabad Please tell us about your professional background and academic achievements. I have completed my Chartered Accountancy in the May 2008 wherein I was an all India rank holder. After that, I did a 1 year course in garment production and technology from NIFT Gandhinagar. I have also done a few other courses that would help me in my business. After completing my studies, I joined my family business of garments. Education helped me in growing our business by bringing in new concepts and I feel that if you want to join your family business you must take suitable qualifications to create a stronger base. Tell us something about pintoo garments a... Read More

Others / May 2017

High-Rise Buildings add charm to the city. They are becoming increasingly popular among the developers, architects, and the end-users. At a fast-growing rate across the world today, high rise buildings make a great impact as they offer breath taking views of your surrounding areas, offer more comfort, and allow you peace of mind. A study of the Traditional Indian Architecture shows that the height of the building should be proportional to its minimum width. Over 90% of the 5.39 million people in Singapore live in high-rise dwellings, which makes it difficult to follow the principles of Vaastu Shastra. Although it can be challenging to follow Vaastu 100% in such structures, there is still a r... Read More

IIT Kharagpur Logo IIT Kharagpur, the countrys oldest and largest IIT firmly believes that one cannot be a well rounded architect unless they have learnt the basics of Vaastu Shastra. Vaastu Shastra may not be the most essential part of life, but it does help in making the journey smoother than you can possibly imagine. It is a proven and well-observed science which routes the forces of nature to work in favour of mankind. As reported by The Times of India, the concept of Vaastu Shastra came up while re-structuring the coming academic years learning process. Faculty members realised that students are only being taught the concepts prevailing in the West. They then decided to familiarise the ... Read More

ICAS Astrology Workshop, AMA Ahmedabad Astrology and Vaastu are super sciences, says IAS officer turned astrologer AB Shukla. Both complement each other as both form part of the Vedas and are therefore called Vedangas or limbs of Veda, Shukla told Vaastuyogam in an exclusive interview at the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences (ICAS) Ahmedabad chapter seminar recently. Both are connected and are super sciences. Astrology should be studied as any modern subject in a University so that basics are learnt and interpretation Is holistic rather than randomly used s predictive principle. Such randomness give bad name to astrology. Done rightly it is revealing and marvellous. Like medicine you n... Read More

Cover Story / Apr 2017

HISTORY & FOUNDATION Featured as the worlds most liveable city for the sixth time, the city of Melbourne couldnt be happier. It just adds to the citys motto, Vires acquirit eundo which means she gathers strength as she goes. Located in the southern Australian state of Victoria, the Melbourne city opens out like a fan from the shores of Port Phillip Bay, making it a home to over 4 million residents. COLONIZATION OF MELBOURNE The city was founded by free settlers from the British Crown colony of Van Diemens Land on the banks of Yarra river in 1835. Melbourne is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria and the second most populous city of Australia (the first being Sydney). The disco... Read More

Logo Story / Apr 2017

Sir Allen Lane For a company logo, a flightless bird might seem a bit unusual, that too for a company which is on the verge of revolutionising the publishing industry. However, in the last 82 years, Penguins logo has become an iconic brand charged with cultural and political significance. HISTORY BEHIND THE COMPANY LOGO In the earlier days, one needed to be rich or had to buy a library membership in order to read a good back but it is not the case so today. By introducing dirt cheap paperbacks, Penguin books not only transformed the industry but also made the database of books available to every person in every corner of the world. Penguin paperbacks were the brainchild of Allen Lane, then a... Read More

The Mahabharata describes him as The lord of the arts, executor of a thousand handicrafts, the carpenter of the gods, the most eminent of artisans, the fashioner of all ornamtents and a great immortal god. He has four hands, wears a crown, loads of gold jewelry, and holds a water pot, a book, a noose, and craftsmans tools in his hands. Many people wanted to know the origins of Vaastu Shastra. It started way back in Satya yuga or the first and the best age of Hindu world cycle. Lord Rama was born in Treta yuga (the second yuga) and Krishna in Dvapara yuga (third yuga). Currently, we are living in Kali Yuga. During the Treta Yuga, Lord Narsimha came to protect his devotee Prahlad from his demo... Read More

Vaastu Meter / Apr 2017

Mr. Harsh Ajitsaria OWNER, RAMESHWAR UDYOG PVT. LTD 1. Could you please tell us about your professional background and academic achievements? I belong to a Marvadi family originating from Calcutta where I initially did my schooling and later moved to Delhi. I completed BA Economics from Hansraj College, Delhi. Being from a Marvadi family, our previous generation was already into various businesses for which they passed the baton to me. Currently, we have our business based in Ahmedabad and Calcutta. In Ahmedabad, we have spinning mill and garment factory and in Calcutta, we have flour mill and Aluminium Trading. Apart from this, we are also involved in merchant exports of Yarn. Both the fact... Read More

Architect's Voice / Apr 2017

Mr. Pranay Pratap Singh DIRECTOR AT ONG&ONG PVT. LTD (INDIA) How was your academic and professional experience Apart from being an architect, I am a qualified journalist and have also been involved in the entertainment industry which includes working with a production house for movies and television shows. During my early days, I worked with Architect Arun kumar and Architect Ranjit Sabikhi in Lucknow and Delhi respectively. Subsequently, I moved to Singapore where I worked with Ong & Ong Pte Ltd for 5 years where I worked on large scale residential projects, mixed-use developments office buildings and shopping malls. These projects were located in Singapore, Vietnam, Dubai & Mum... Read More

Architect's Voice / Mar 2017

Mr. Amit Gajjar FOUNDER & CEO OF AGDC GROUP Can you tell us about your academic background and professional experience? Architectural projects undertaken so far? I did Interior Design course from CEPT and Hon. Doctorate in Business Management from Sri Lanka. Architectural Projects came from many sectors like Corporate, Educational Institutions. I have also designed farm houses. Owing to the current challenges, is career as an architect a safe choice? If we talk about landscape architecture, I would say there are 2 types of landscaping architecture and both are tough as the competition is fierce. However, internal architects with specialization in hotels, hospitals, public premise designi... Read More

Vedic scriptures refer to the sun as Surya or Aditya, the sun god. Vedas full of hymns describe the celestial body as sustainer of life on earth. Worship of Sun in India is an ancient practice. KONARK SUN TEMPLE Commonly known as Konark, it is located 35 km from Puri and 65 km from the capital city of Bhubaneshwar, Odisha (earlier Orissa.) An architectural marvel, Konark derives its name from the Sanskrit word Kona and Arka, which means Corner and Sun respectively. Combined, they form Sun of the corner. The temple dedicated to Sun God has three different images of the Sun God at its three sides which catch the rays of the sun during morning, noon, and evening. Sun Temple of Konark is grandest... Read More