Category Archives: Neighborhood

Blogs relevant to Neighborhood Circles.

How to Hire and Retain Household Help

 Whether you are hiring a full time help or nanny to care for your young children, a part-timer to maintain your bungalow/flat, or a senior care provider to tend to an elderly parent, you are entrusting your help to take care of what you hold most precious – your loved ones, your property and your privacy.

But, there are many concerns and considerations involved with hiring a domestic employee in India – as most of these domestic workers constitute the unorganized/migrant labour population who enter households for their own financial or personal reasons.

 

Below we have compiled a hiring checklist to ensure that you employ the best help for work at home, allowing you a manageable balance between work and life. → Read More

How a ‘Participative Approach’ can help maintain your Neighborhood

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

Neighborhood Watch – Keeping the Neighborhood Safe

It has been said in one of the holy books that “Far better a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.”

 

How true!

 

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.

 

Safety in the Neighborhood → Read More

The Benefits of a ‘Connected Neighborhood’

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

How to Start, Plan and Manage Neighborhood Classes

 

Across our immediate quarters, community projects and classes abound. They can be a great way for people (say, an artist or a homemaker) with skills to earn extra. It can also help strengthen the community and provide positive activities for kids to do after school.

 

What’s more, a good community class if planned and managed is able to reach out to a wide variety of community members. Here’s a list of considerations for you to help make them happen in your own neighborhood. → Read More

6 Good Reasons to Visit your Neighborhood Park

Children need time and love. And they need ‘space’ too.

 

As our cities become more congested with endless suburban development, and many of the vacant lots of our youth having disappeared, do we truly appreciate its full impact on children.

 

In most Delhi/NCR area communities, or even across the country it is becoming rarer to find neighborhood parks that offer unstructured play opportunities for children, passive recreation for all age-groups, and are within walking distance of their homes. Here are 6 good reasons why visiting your local parks can be good for you — → Read More

Childproofing your House

How should you go about childproofing your house? For starters, get on your hands and knees and crawl around the house! Yes, it may sound weird, but it is crucial to check out the critical areas in the house from a child’s perspective. There are many places that may cause accidents as your kid explores his everyday environment.

 

To eliminate the risk of choking, drowning, falling, and getting burned or poisoned, it is very important to childproof your house with safety measures which may seem overwhelming. The bathroom, stairways, kitchen, nursery and common passages top the checklist of areas to cover as the toddler starts crawling or climbing. → Read More

Getting Bugged? The Dos and Don’ts of Pest Control

In spite of the easy availability of ‘baits and sprays’ that aid your home efforts in eradicating pests, it sometimes becomes crucial to seek professional advice on pest control.

Well-equipped with proper training, tools and knowledge, along with a wide range of non-chemical measures to control structural and household pests, professional experts help in preventing deteriorating situations from getting completely out of control. Here are some FAQs on everything you need to know about pest control: → Read More

Going Green and Reducing your Electricity Bill

GoGreen

As we catch up with congested times, phrases such as “Go green! “Conserve energy” and “Reduce your Carbon Footprint” have begun to have a special significance. Mother Earth faces rising concerns about depleting natural resources and increased costs of energy usage, and without doubt, here is a crucial need for recycling and conservation.

 

There are many things we can do to help. Adults and children in every household should make it a habit to unplug unused appliances, use energy-saving bulbs, and switch off the lights in unoccupied rooms. Here are some more ways to save energy: → Read More

Information Sharing as a ‘Form of Giving’

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

‘Why’ Connect with your Community and Locals

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

How to get to know your Neighbors

It isn’t the easiest thing to do when you move into a new neighborhood, and have to make new friends. The initial hesitation and awkwardness can take over if you’re not very confident, and breaking the ice with someone you don’t know can feel like a daunting task. But there are plenty of easy ways to get to connect and get to know new neighbours, and hopefully become good friends over time. → Read More

Respecting thy Neighbors as you ‘Party Tonight’

The desire to party hard with friends and loved ones or livenin’ it up at a social gathering you organized in a community lawn can certainly bring you much joy and merrymaking — often along with high decibels of musical notes and uninterrupted chatter and noise.

 

Unless the revelry becomes a regular and persistent affair, reasonable neighbors and others living in close proximity generally refrain from complaining or raising serious objections. However, regard and respect for neighbors, warranty a few steps on the part of party
organizers and invitees alike. → Read More