What’s your take on a tall build­ing?

The def­i­ni­tion of a high-rise build­ing in In­dia dif­fers from city to city GUIDE­LINES FOR BUY­ING HOMES IN A HIGH-RISE

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We are a joint fam­ily and we are three broth­ers living in this prop­erty. We have lost our peace of mind. We do not know from where the prob­lem is oc­cur­ring. I am send­ing the map of our house. Please guide us ac­cord­ingly.

—Arun Singh From the map you have sent us, we can see that there are mul­ti­ple lev­els in the house, which cre­ates im­bal­ance in na­ture, may be things not be good with all your broth­ers. There is a T-point be­hind your home which is in the south-east di­rec­tion. It can drag you into lit­i­ga­tion and fam­ily dis­putes. We sug­gest you to make the ground level equal from ev­ery side and, plant Ashoka trees in the south-east di­rec­tion and paint the door red. You can get a

Colours play a deeper role in our lives other than a mere vis­ual stim­u­la­tion. Ac­cord­ing to feng shui, each colour vi­brates at a set fre­quency and emits a cer­tain vibe. In fact, colours also cor­re­spond to cer­tain chakras and if used prop­erly, have the abil­ity to heal us.

Green rep­re­sents re­gen­er­a­tion, life force, growth and new be­gin­nings. It’s an ex­pres­sion of na­ture and is as­so­ci­ated with rest, heal­ing, balanc­ing the heart chakra and spir­i­tual aware­ness. Green is as­so­ci­ated with the wood el­e­ment and is best dis­played in the east (health and f am­ily) and south­east (money and abun­dance) bagua area of your space. An ex­cess of green can make you lethar­gic, slug­gish and moody whereas too lit­tle green will make a per­son rest­less, hy­per and fear­ful.

Here’s how you can use the site visit by a pro­fes­sional con­sul­tant.

My el­der son is in bad com­pany and has been smok­ing a lot. I fear that this can im­pact his fu­ture. Is this a Vaastu de­fect? I am send­ing you the map of our house.

—Fa­tima The prob­lem is re­lated to Vaastu. His bed­room has not been con­structed as per Vaastu and feng shui norms. Paint it light blue and hang a pho­to­graph of his par­ents in the north­east zone of his room. Keep his school sta­tionery in the west zone of his study room, and tell him to wear a sil­ver colour chain.

I am plan­ning to con­struct two bal­conies in my flat and I have place in the north-east, east and south-east di­rec­tion. I am get­ting con­fused whether to con­struct a bal­cony in one of th­ese di­rec­tions or not. Please sug­gest a rem­edy. Yin (fem­i­nine) green to nur­ture your space. It is aus­pi­cious to add fresh flow­ers and lush plants like bam­boo in­side the house. Money plant and jade are good op­tions too. Plants pu­rify the air, fu­elling growth, har­mony and co­op­er­a­tion. How­ever, make sure that they do not wither away or turn yel­low. This sig­ni­fies death and de­cay in your ca­reer/ home and that’s not some­thing you want. Try and re­place them if re­quired.

Avoid c ac­tus and ot her thorny plants in­doors. In feng shui, dried flow­ers and pot­pourri are a big no- no. Keep­ing roses in a vase is good feng shui once you get rid of the thorns.

Green colour is ideal in the bed­room and bath­room as it helps one un­wind and re­lax. Green gen­er­ates vi­tal­ity and spurs new be­gin­nings and op­por­tu­ni­ties. Ac­cord­ing to the five-el­e­ment the­ory, since wood fu­els fire and green rep­re­sents the for­mer el­e­ment, it works well in the kitchen too! Use it in small quan­ti­ties and avoid green in the din­ing area and hall.

If you are work­ing on build-

—Mohan Lal Garg Vaastu prin­ci­ples are dif­fer­ent for ev­ery type of con­struc­tion. Make sure you paint the house light green colour in the south-east di­rec­tion, or you can use a photo of trees in the same zone from in­side of your room, in the south-east zone.

I usu­ally feel that there is some neg­a­tive en­ergy in my home and I do not feel good. Is this a Vaastu de­fect?

—Surbhi Anand There is not only a sin­gle rea­son be­hind the neg­a­tiv­ity in a place, it could be re­lated to the soil of that home, pre­vi­ous con­struc­tion of that home, may be some issues with the old users of that prop­erty.

Prob­lems with your new (or old) home? Write to mail@ vaas­tunaresh.com for quick­fix reme­dies ing new skills, have en­rolled in a train­ing pro­gramme or are sim­ply seek­ing wis­dom, then green is the way to go! It is the colour of wis­dom and knowl­edge. A sim­ple way to in­cor­po­rate green is to use a pen with green ink to spike cre­ativ­ity and boost con­cen­tra­tion.

T he i nten­sity of g r e e n mat­ters — light, soft greens are ex­pan­sive in na­ture. They de­stress, re­duce de­pres­sion and lower anx­i­ety. Olive green lends a sense of calm and se­cu­rity. How­ever, note that dirty shades en­cour­age stag­na­tion, pos­ses­sive­ness and ap­a­thy.

Green has the po­ten­tial to soothe frayed nerves and calm down a hy­per­ac­tive, over-worked mind. It ex­pands the cap­il­lar­ies, low­ers blood pres­sure and ban­ishes fa­tigue. Hang a pic­ture of lush forests or per­haps a serene meadow in the east or south­east area of your space to at­tract money, wealth and abun­dance.

Ahigh-rise is a tall or mul­ti­storey build­ing equipped with el­e­va­tors, but var­i­ous bod­ies have de­fined the term ‘high-rise dif­fer­ently. For in­stance, the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Fire Safety in High-Rise Build­ings pes­simisti­cally de­fined a high-rise as a struc­ture where height can se­ri­ously im­pact evac­u­a­tion, while the Shorter Ox­ford English Dic­tio­nary merely refers to highrises as build­ings hav­ing many stories.

From a real es­tate de­vel­op­ment per­spec­tive, it makes more sense to use the def­i­ni­tion ac­cepted by most build­ing en­gi­neers, in­spec­tors and ar­chi­tects - namely, a high-rise as a build­ing that is at least 75 feet.

In In­dia, the def­i­ni­tion of a high-rise again dif­fers from city to city, be­cause of the pa­ram­e­ters dic­tated by each city’s avail­able in­fra­struc­ture for fire­fight­ing, solid waste dis­posal, wa­ter sup­ply and sew­er­age fa­cil­i­ties. Th­ese are the agen­cies whose ca­pa­bil­i­ties dic­tate how high a build­ing can be in any par­tic­u­lar city.

It takes roughly around 18-36 months to build a high-rise, but this pe­riod can vary ac­cord­ing to who the developer’s fund­ing flow, who the ar­chi­tect, build­ing con­trac­tor and struc­tural con­sul­tant are, and on lo­cal de­vel­op­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ances laws.

The good and the bad

Among the most im­por­tant ad­van­tages that high-rise build­ings of­fer to con­sumers is the fact that they tend to have wellestab­lished oc­cu­pier pro­files - in other words, tailored neigh­bour­hoods. The other ap­peal fac­tors for high rises are that they of­fer all the con­ve­niences of modern life, in­clud­ing swim­ming-pools, gym­na­si­ums, grand en­trance lob­bies, high-speed el­e­va­tors. Since prop­erty prices in a high­rise are higher than in smaller projects in a lo­cal­ity, de­vel­op­ers tend to pro­vide a lot of extra ameni­ties and fea­tures, say real es­tate ex­perts.

On the neg­a­tive side, so­ci­ol­o­gists have found that high-rise tend to iso­late their oc­cu­pants from the outs;ide world by cre­at­ing their own closed en­vi­ron­ments. This is, in fact, the rea­son why squab­bles with neigh­bours tend to es­ca­late and in­ten­sify more quickly in a high- rise. Also, high-rises can pose se­ri­ous chal­lenges to both fire­fight­ers and oc­cu­pants, es­pe­cially in older build­ings that do not have the ben­e­fits of modern build­ing de­sign, HVAC sys­tems, fire sprin­kler sys­tems and stair­well and prop­erly man­aged elevator evac­u­a­tion pro­to­cols.

De­vel­op­ers of high-rise build­ings of­ten add a pre­mium called as floor’rise pre­mium’ to the sale price of units, which can be any­thing be­tween ₹ 40- 150 per square feet per floor, says Arvind Jain, managing director, Pride Group.

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