Entrepreneur Hardik Shah is the owner of a chemical trading company. A friend advised him to incorporate Vaastu principles when he realised that things were not right with his house. Following Dr. Ravi Rao’s advice, he made changes to his home, turning it not only into a Vaastu-friendly home, but also an aesthetically pleasing one.
Name of the Society: Aalay Bungalows, Ahmedabad
Duration of Residency: 14 Years
Owner: Mr. Hardik Shah
No matter how much we took care of our diet and lifestyle, my family and I would fall sick with one illness or the other – continuously. Taking pills made things okay for a couple of days, but the illness would be back again. And I began thinking that it must have something to do with the house.
Were you aware of Vaastu at the time?
Yes, I was familiar with the term Vaastu as many newspapers and magazines publish articles on the subject with case studies. This raised my curiosity and I decided to study how the making of simple directional changes in the house can affect people’s lives in a positive way.
I had always felt that something wasn’t right about the washroom in my house. And then, one of my friends, who happens to know a few things about Vaastu told me that it faced the wrong direction. Later on, I found out that my neighbours also believe in this ancient science and they advised me to contact a Vaastu consultant before making changes to the restroom.
How long did you live in the house before you decided to have it renovated?
I have been living here for the past 14 years now. I realised after almost 12.5 years that something didn’t feel right and that changes must be made.
So, it has been 1.5 years since you had your house renovated. Did you find a difference?
I don’t know how, but since we had the house renovated, things have turned stable. Looking back, I see that I used to overlook a lot of small things. For example, I never really bothered about the direction of the bed in my bedroom. I recall one incident when Dr.Rao visited my home for the first time.
The moment he entered my bedroom, he asked, “How are you able to sleep here at night?”
I was shocked to hear that as I had not been able to have a sound sleep for a really long time– I am not trying to amplify the statement here, but it’s the truth.
Before the renovation, the bed was at the room’s entrance, which is the wrong placement. I also recall that I had a shade at the front of my house. Dr. Rao said that the shade was blocking the North direction, which again is not as per Vaastu principles. I removed it the same day.
After the renovation, the bed is now placed to the right side of the bedroom entrance. There is enough room to walk in the room, the interior of the room looks fabulous and I am able to have a very peaceful sleep at night. Not only that, based on his inputs, we modified our lobby as well as the cupboards. Within the same space, we managed to increase the storage capacity of our cupboards by organizing everything properly and by following Vaastu principles.
When renovating the kitchen area, we were in a dilemma whether to use Italian marble or to go with regular tiles as Italian marble tends to catch dust and stains quickly. It is also sensitive to acidic substances like beverages, fruit juices, cleaning and toiletry products. Spills must be cleaned immediately; otherwise, the surface becomes dull. However, we followed Dr. Rao’s advice and got the marble flooring done as I didn’t want to compromise on anything. I can tell you from my experience– each and every penny I have spent has been worth it and this has become possible not only because of Dr. Rao’s in-depth knowledge and experience on the subject, but also because of his co-operative nature.
He was on vacation in Australia when our house was getting renovated. He had already given a detailed blueprint to the architect regarding the new landscape and structure. At one point, we were stuck and the architect needed further inputs regarding what to do next. So, I called up Dr. Rao and even though he was on vacation, he answered and resolved the query over the phone. He’s a grounded person and for him, work comes first – that’s all I am trying to say.
People carry the notion that Vaastu involves too much of breaking the walls and digging up the floors. Also, some think that Vaastu is effective only if you are buying a new house, that it isn’t useful for an already built home. What is your message to them?
A lot of people have asked me the same question. Let me clear this up for everyone. I would be lying if I said that Vaastu is effective only if you are buying a new home, because my home was more than 12 years old when I decided to renovate it following the principles of the science. If I said that it was the best decision I have ever made and that I am going through the happiest phase of my life, it is an understatement.
From my experience, I would like to share the fact that we didn’t have to break the walls – all that was required was to change the direction of certain things within the same walls and we managed to do that. On top of it, as I mentioned previously, if you are going to follow the science, do it diligently. You will probably end up spending a few thousand rupees more than what you budgeted; however, it is a one-time investment that brings you eternal peace.
If we decide to follow a few Vaastu principles, then we should follow them without a shadow of doubt and we should follow one hundred percent of it – it is pointless to stay in your own comfort zone and convenience by not following the principles and then blame the entire system for not delivering the expected results to you.