Saturday, 1 October 2016

Rains and the Real Estate Mood

It’s been a season of plentiful blessings. The IMD predicted an above normal monsoon and so far, the Rain Gods have smiled. After a parched last year and a less than normal year before that, this rainy season has brought cheer and hope and a sense of well-being. At the Goel Ganga Group we have a term for this kind of an emotion – we call it Pure Delight!

And what do the rains have to do with the Real Estate Mood? We can tell you, everything!

  1. Rains make the windows of your home look like dreams 


         2. Chai pakoda + family = love


         3. There’s nothing like watching your kids jump in puddles

            4.  ...or make paper boats and sail them
     5. That moment when you and the wifey walk under one umbrella
      6. When stepping outside is not an option, staying in should be beautiful!
            7. Raindrops on roses, in your balcony, or terrace

       8. People smile a lot more

     9. Rains make Green. And Green is Gorgeous.
     10. There’s nothing like reading in the papers that even Ujani dam is 100% full!

Enjoy the season, people. From the comfort of your Pure Delight home. And if you are planning to buy your Pure Delight home, buy now. It’s the happy season!

Saturday, 17 September 2016

What Ganpati Bappa taught us about Thinking Wealthy

What an amazing ten days it was! The entire city was buzzing with a sense of joy and celebration as our favourite God – Ganpati Bappa – paid us his annual visit. There was prayer, music, dancing and happiness everywhere you looked. And although some of us continue to look for the elusive connection between Bappa and Bollywood, we can all agree that nothing can compare to the fantastic energy of Ganehsotsav.

But Bappa is back home now. And until He returns next year, there are lessons that He has left behind for us to learn. Think of it as a kind of Divine Homework. There are no marks for completion or submission; but there are definite rewards!

So here goes. This is what Ganpati Bappa taught us about Thinking Wealthy:

1.       Get your priorities right – We might play ‘jhingaat’ in His honour and think that He enjoys it. But, in point of fact, He is the God of Success, Education, Knowledge and Wisdom. Think like Ganesha – drive a small car if you must, but always live in Heaven! Priorities matter.

So, go for that dream home. Get your investment priorities right. The car is a liability, the home is an asset. What are you prioritising? Remember, Bappa tells us to Think Wealthy.

2.       Think before you act – So, remember that time when Bappa’s parents asked both their kids – Ganpati and Kartik – to set off on a race and circle the world thrice? And remember how Lord Kartik dashed onto his grand peacock and rushed around the world; and Ganpati circled his parents thrice and won the race? Now that is Thinking Wealthy. Winning is about making the right choices, at the right time, when everybody else is dashing about in a mad frenzy.

Bappa did it and won a race. You do it and you could win the entire game that we call Life. Think before you choose your real estate, think before you act on your choice, think smart, invest wise.

3.       Focus on the sweet things – To Him, the modak matters. He comes as a guest and all of us get busy preparing His favourite sweet. That is Thinking Wealthy – focussing on the precious things that you want in your life; then the whole Universe conspires to serve them up to you!

Never compromise. Don’t settle for less. It’s your family, your life, your future. Go for the very best. Because only homes that bring the best quality lifestyle, design and amenities bring you 2 things – the sheer joy of living and incomparable appreciation potential.

4.       Develop big ears – Not biologically, folks; metaphorically. Gather as much information as you can. Knowledge is Power. Be well informed. Be well read. So you can separate the ‘offer / discount’ offerings from the truly valuable ones!

You might be surrounded by real estate offers – zero percent this, and free that and this much off and that much less. But Bappa reminds us to gather important information. Are you missing out on a great opportunity that can create success and wealth for a lifetime just because you are not well informed enough?

5.       Live big – Seen a skinny Bappa? Never! Now, focus on the metaphor here. Go to the gym, stay fit, remain healthy – but LIVE BIG! Your appetite for life and all that it has to offer must be big. You must dream big, you must pursue those dreams. And you must act to make them come true. That is Thinking Wealthy!

If you think sanitary fittings, think Grohe and Toto; if you think UPVC windows, think Komberlink; if you think shopping, think Mixed Use Development; if you think sports, think GCube! You get the drift, right?
Bappa, we miss you already. And we can’t wait to have you back next year. Until then, your lessons live with us. By the time we see you again, we will do what it takes to #ThinkWealthy. Ganpati Bappa Moraya!

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Monday, 25 July 2016

The Pune Story – Pride, Power and Privilege

Every city has a story. And ours is a fairy tale!

No other city in India compares to the Pride, Power and Privilege of being Pune. As a real estate developer and a proud Punekar I have followed very closely the happy evolution of our city. And it gladdens my heart to see the stupendous speed at which Pune is growing. It is like someone pressed a button and we went from dial-up Internet to high speed Wi-Fi!

Clearly, a button wasn’t pressed. So what happened? How did good old Pensioners’ Paradise Pune metamorphose into PowerMax Pune?

A lot of things.

And it wasn’t just IT and manufacturing. The Pune Story goes beyond the obvious. Of course it is about the explosion of job opportunities and avenues for education. But there is so much more.
Not too many people know that Pune is the 7th largest metro city of India with the 6th highest per capita income in the country. Pune is the 5th safest city in India. Pune ranks 2nd GLOBALLY in attracting Tech Talent. It is also the 2nd most advanced city in India. Pune is the 4th best city in India for doing business; the 5th most attractive city in India; and ranks 2nd in India on the Overall Quality of Life. Pune, no surprises here, is home to the happiest Indians in the world!
And these happy Indians are scaling up in their capacity to buy. In 2015, Delhi ranked first in spending most on luxury brands, followed by Mumbai (2nd), Ahmedabad (3rd), Pune (4th) and Bangalore (5th).
Pune is an unbeatable combination of Defence, IT/ITeS, a robust Manufacturing sector, a forward-looking Automotive sector, Education, Pharma, and the huge employment opportunities that each one of these sectors brings.
And the people are loving it – a fact that is borne out by a simple statistic: while the national average for in-migration is 17%, Pune has a significantly higher in-migration at 35%! Pune’s population is all set to grow 40% year on year!

So where are all these new people going to live, work, play, grow? The answer is PMRDA – the Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, which includes PMC, PCMC, Maval and parts of Haveli, Bhor, Daund, Shirur, Mulshi and Khed talukas of Pune district. Under PMRDA, Pune will extend over a whopping 7800 sq km. Significantly, MMRDA extends over only 4354 sq km – Pune, hold your breath, is set to be almost 2 times as large as Mumbai! When people migrated to Mumbai, Mumbai was caught unawares; which reflects clearly in the sad statistic that 70% of the people live in dilapidated and slum housing in Mumbai. Pune, on the other hand, will be well prepared, well planned, well structured. As the PM has said, the urbanisation of Pune is being looked at as an opportunity; we are all set to be a Smart City, which is going to invite more and more people to settle and prosper in pre-planned development!

This is a time of unprecedented growth and opportunities for all of us in Pune. The figures speak for themselves. The logic is just astoundingly simple – more and more people are coming to Pune; no one can stop this process of in-migration; the city is gearing up with PMRDA to accommodate the growing needs of this beautiful city. The time to believe in the Pune story is always now. I have yet to meet a person who looks back in satisfaction at a real estate purchase that s/he has NOT made. But I have met thousands of people who have said, “Kaash... maine uss samay khareed liya hota!”... “What a missed opportunity, I wish I had purchased it then!!!”

The Pune story is reaching its most exciting chapter.

It is our city. And it is in our hands to script for our beloved city a story of Pride, Power and Privilege.

- Atul Goel, MD - Goel Ganga Group

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Pune - An emerging metro and a culture of High Rise Living

Taking Pune to new Heights

The Manhattan skyline is perhaps the most iconic skyline in the world. Every cultural change, every economical change, every social change is expressed in the soaring stature of New York City’s skyline. There are more beautiful, well-designed, well-thought-of, gorgeous buildings in New York than ever before. And that is like a barometer reading of what is going on in the rest of the world.
At home, in Pune too, the skyline is beginning to change. For the better. What was once a landscape of low, squat structures; is now opening up to the possibilities of soaring elegance and grace. And the people of Pune are loving every new step being taken by the city to reach new heights.  
Technically, any building whose height is between 35 metres and 100 metres is known as a high rise building. High-rise buildings are environmental friendly, and not merely for the green space they allow. Systems like, water, heat, cooling, waste disposal, trash etc., are all more efficient when they are being managed in a smaller area. With the rapid growth of population in urban communities, increasing pressure on availability of land, expensive land prices, and the high cost of setting up infrastructure in new cities, high-rise buildings are the way to go for fast growing cities like Pune.

And then there is the sheer human factor – the ancient desire to touch the sky, to soar towards the stars, to rise above the ordinary. Rapid strides have been made in the technology used for high-rise structures. With excellent innovations in structural systems, it is now easier than ever before to deliver aesthetically pleasing, cost efficient, energy efficient, high-rise buildings... all in record time.

What this means for the buyer is that there is now the opportunity to live the life of his / her dreams in the city of his choice, inside of his / her budget!
With stringent regulations now applicable to the construction of high-rise buildings, occupants get the benefit of living in a space that conforms to eco-friendly design standards. All high-rise buildings offer residents use of renewable energies, use of eco-friendly construction materials, water rationalization inside the building, improved air quality inside the building, proper lighting inside the building, excellent acoustic design, advanced building security and environmentally compatible architectural style.
At the Goel Ganga Group, we are at the forefront of creating this revolution in Pune’s skyline and offering the residents of Pune the opportunity to live a truly global life. The global trend is that high-rise buildings are situated in prime locations. And that is what we offer to Pune – world-class living in high-rise buildings that are a reflection of their aspirations, ambitions and stature.
Our locations are such that they give residents walking access to great restaurants, multiplexes, shopping destinations, public transportation and possibly their place of employment. Pune is fast emerging as a future-ready city. And its citizens are all set to be future ready too. All that is missing is a place for these high-flying citizens to call home. But with us leading the change, that too is changing. Fast.

Pune’s time to reach new heights has arrived. And we at the Goel Ganga Group welcome you to its most powerful symbol of change – life in High-Rise style!

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Why invest in Sinhagad Road?

Sinhagad Road is quickly rising to one of the most sought-after locations in Pune. It has everything going for it, development, connectivity and influx. With commercial complexes coming up all over the area and many brands making Sinhagad Road their home, it is the perfect place to invest in. Especially considering the fact that it has only now started to really rise and come to people’s attention.

It is located in the North-West part of Pune with good roads connecting it to the Mumbai-Bangalore highway and the IT hubs of Hinjewadi and Baner. It is also directly connected to Kothrud, a well-developed suburb that is a residential hub. This kind of connectivity attracts out-of-town IT professionals looking for spaces to rent, making it a good option for a second home investment as well. . The PCMC buses are also frequent in the area, improving connectivity. Nanded City is also extremely close to Sinhagad Road.

The infrastructure in the area is advanced with concrete roads and new buildings. Many brands have rented commercial spaces in the area, making it a quickly developing area with great scope for more. Sinhagad Road is also experienced great capital appreciation in the last few years and is only set for more such growth. The time to invest is now!

Various institutes such as the Sinhagad Institute of Management, Sinhagad Institute of Technology and others have also been set up. Schools like St. Xavier’s School, Vidyapratisan Public School and Spring Dale Public School are also in the area. In addition to attracting students from out of state, families residing in the area do not have to look far for a school for their children. 

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Vastu Tips for your Kitchen

Vastu Shastra is an ancient science of architecture that is practiced widely to ensure happiness and prosperity. Today, many houses are designed in keeping with the principles of this science. The kitchen of a house is by far the most important part of the house because it is the source of health, sustenance and happiness for the people in the house. 
There are a few tips that can be followed while setting up the kitchen:

1.       The gas stove should be placed in the south-eastern part of the house, to ensure that the person cooking is facing the east.

2.       The sink and taps should be in the north-eastern corner, away from the gas as fire and water are opposing elements. Water flow should be from the south-west to the north-east.

3.       The refrigerator should be kept in facing the south-west, a foot away from the corners. Do not place it facing the north-east of the kitchen.

4.       Place all electronic appliances such as toasters, microwave ovens, etc facing the south-east of the kitchen. Avoid placing these items facing the north-east direction.

5.       Place your water containers like your water filter, bottles, pots, etc facing the north-east direction.

6.       Use vibrant colours in the kitchen, like green, yellow and red.

7.       Do not place your dining table in the centre of the room, instead place it facing the north-west.

8.       The geyser should be installed facing the south-east.

9.       Food items such as grains, rice, dal, etc. should not be kept on the northern or eastern walls, but on the southern and western walls.

10.   Place your dishwasher so that it is facing the north west of the kitchen.

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Decorating Entryways 101

It is very easy to forget the entry foyer in the decorating scheme of things. That being said, too often people stuff pieces that don't fit in anywhere else in the entry passage. People forget that it is the first glimpse of their home not just for themselves but for visitors too and everybody knows that the first impression is the best and most lasting impression. It is very simple to beautify your foyer and ensure that it exudes positive energy. Here's how you do it:

1. Do not crowd the foyer and the subsequent passage with too much furniture. Whatever is placed in this space can and should be used, both decoratively and for storage.

2. Use a simple rug with a linear pattern right from the doorstep to give an impression of space and to pretty up the passageway.

3. Use hooks to maximum effect for coats, keys and bags.

4. The racks that are in the hallway can be used to hold potted flowers, plants or small accessories. Potpourri in bowls is a nice way to ensure the entrance is smelling fresh and welcoming!

5. A mirror or two gives the same affect as the linear rug, in the impression of space.

6. Use bright, bold shades in the entryway to create the perfect first impression

7. Make sure that this space is well-lit. A poorly-lit entryway does not look or feel good.

8. Place all furniture to one side, to give a more spacious feel to your foyer.