Every residential colony or society has something unique about its architecture and layout but ultimately it is the people who make it special by building a community around it….
While most urban people today live in housing societies or colonies which tend to offer benefits such as – common facilities like security, security, a garden or park, club house, swimming pools, and in many cases service providers (plumbers, electricians etc.), we understand that to enjoy these facilities, proper maintenance of infrastructure is imperative.
For smooth functioning of the same, the teams responsible for ensuring this (whether they’re builders or RWAs or apartment complex management) often face various kinds of challenges. At times though, damage control measures applied in some critical situations prove futile because of ineffectual planning or working in silos that result in stress, delays or even hazardous situations. → Read More
It has been said in one of the holy books that “Far better a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.”
In today’s world, though technology makes it possible to have thousands of “friends”, but how many of them actually come to help when needed?
The families that make up our neighborhood are possibly one of our best social networks; for when there’s an emergency, it’s more likely that our neighbors are the first ones who step in before even our closest friends or relatives can possibly arrive.
Nikhil recently got a promotion and was being transferred from a small city to a metro. The family, though thrilled about the substantial hike in salary and perks were a little apprehensive. (ahh..Settling down in a new and big city can be quite daunting)…
They had heard that people in big cities, sometimes didn’t even know their immediate neighbors. But, when the family actually moved, they were pleasantly surprised.
Settling-in issues simply faded away once Nikhil and family became part of their new connected neighborhood. → Read More
“My child simply isn’t motivated enough to excel at anything. I must do something about it”. Kareena often envied her friend Komal whose son did well in whatever he took up. Parents of non-achievers sometimes have a misplaced belief that until they don’t use arm twisting techniques, their kids will always lack self-motivation and remain as they are.
However, some children are achievers because they are naturally gifted while others achieve success because they love what they’re doing. When children like what they’re doing, they go faster and farther. Parents then don’t need to use bribes and threats to make them do what is required of them.
Here are a few useful tips to help develop self-motivation in children. → Read More
Ankita is someone who welcomes new experiences and new people. She looks forward to any opportunity to socialize and is the first one to jump into a conversation easily. She has plenty of friends. For her, being friendly and outgoing is natural, energizing and fun. And it doesn’t take much effort at all.
Other children are more like Ankita’s friend Rohan. Ever since kindergarten, Rohan has been kind of standoffish, hesitant and shy. He prefers to warm slowly to new people or situations.
One of the most challenging things to handle as a parent is how to teach your child to open up, particularly when it comes to making new friends or getting along in his/her peer circle. But if you start early, you can provide your child with the tools and the confidence to become friendlier. → Read More
“Hello, are you still with me?”. This is a question parents often find themselves asking their children.
Young minds are on the front burner of multitasking these days — from surfing the net, to texting, app games, messaging and listening to their ipods – all are grappling for their attention.
With so many potential interruptions in this exciting world we live in, trying to do anything that requires concentration often brings intense frustration, anxiety, and demoralization. Yet, helping children to develop concentration skills at an early age, with effective focus strategies can be a basis for long-term success because they cannot describe what they are experiencing and don’t know how to ask for help.
Here are some practical and useful tips to help your children get better focused – → Read More
Sharing is not new, it’s Human Nature. We share things when it’s relevant, and enriches the lives of people around us.
In daily lives, several times you have a question but do not know who to ask. For instance, you may need trusted advice from a doctor when your child is feeling unwell or need to locate the best places around to buy stuff or eat out. At other times you may be looking for summer classes for kids, or simply tips on staying healthy. All this becomes easy when you are connected to real people and communities around you – and to those who can help you find a good experience, and save you from a bad one. → Read More
I frequently discuss about relationships as one of the most vital contributors to your health and happiness. And it’s just not about close relationships – it’s about your community, the number of social contacts you have in your every-day life (including your grocery store owner and your neighbor across the street) that are directly associated with your well-being.
You may be an introvert, happily nodding at your dog, or spending long stretches of time without interacting with anyone (even your husband); but it is in your best interest when I suggest that you need to override such tendencies and get going to what is known as being ‘socially oriented’. → Read More
More than ever before, we face a longstanding narrative of dichotomy, political apathy and disengagement from democratic life. Poor governance, lack of transparency and trust has become blase hallmarks of Independent India, wherein the notion of inherent goodness is ‘almost’ missing. → Read More