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The Joy of City Life...

Paradise in your Balcony

When you think of gardens you probably imagine the lush greens of Cubbon Park, or the carefully curated blooms of Lalbagh. These vast expanses of flora are certainly impressive, but what if you wanted to bring some of that colour home? Well, balcony gardens are a simple way to create a little slice of paradise in your abode. With just three easy steps, you can have a lush, vibrant, and sustainable greenspace in your very own balcony.

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3 Unique tips that will double your home space

The ultimate secrets for creating multi-purpose spaces in your home

With rents going through the roof, and cities becoming increasingly overcrowded, big and spacious homes are becoming rare. This doesn’t mean that you can’t design the home of your dreams; it just means you have to find more creative, space-saving ways to do so.

One of the best ways to maximise your space is by creating multi-purpose areas in your home. Multi-purpose spaces allow you to utilize limited square footage in the most efficient way, creating spaces in your home that are not just multi-functional, but also elegant and quirky.

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Your ticket to a fruitful life

Have you been prioritising family and friends, work, and domestic obligations over your peace of mind? Do you feel like you’ve been stuck in a rut? Has it been ages since you’ve had some ‘me’ time?

You’re not alone.

Feeling exhausted while racing through life on survival mode is quite normal. The trick in coping, though, lies in how we deal with it. Yes, taking a vacation to rejuvenate may seem like a good option, but it serves as a temporary solution. You’re going to return to the same old routine until you decide to take yet another holiday. And on and on goes this vicious cycle. But there may be a way to break away from it — a little something called self-care.

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Happiest Place on Earth

Happiness is like a field you can harvest every season. — Luo proverb

When you hear the phrase ‘the happiest place on earth’, your mind may immediately turn to one of the many Disney amusement parks around the world. Or you may think of some scandinavian nation that has held the top spot in the World Happiness Report for the past few years. But what if we told you that the happiest place on earth is an often overlooked country nestled snugly between India and Tibet?

Bhutan has an area of only 38,394 km². Globally, it ranks 160 in GDP and 132 in terms of Human Development. And yet this small Himalayan nation has been considered the happiest country on earth for more than a decade now. So what’s its secret?

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Staying Tidy: Why the KonMari method works

If you’re the kind of person that embraces minimalism — or at least attempts to — every new year, but ends up overwhelmed by the sheer amount of possessions you own, then the KonMari method is for you. Netflix sensation Marie Kondo is the brains behind this revolutionary concept which asks that you discard those things that don’t ‘spark joy.’ And to say it’s turned into a bit of a craze would be an understatement — Kondo’s books have sold over 10 million copies worldwide, and as a result of her show ‘Tidying Up’, thrift stores across America saw a massive surge in donations.

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Go green, keep cool

It’s mid-March and it looks like Bengaluru is gearing up for its warmest summer yet. With each year getting warmer, finding new, innovative ways to keep cool seems almost impossible — especially if you are looking to minimize your environmental footprint.

Ironically, the one hope for respite from the sweltering heat — air conditioners — might be contributing to the problem itself. Air Conditioners largely run on electricity, and we don’t need a scientist to tell us that using electricity generated from non-renewable resources contributes to global warming. Does this mean that we begrudgingly swear off our beloved air conditioners for good?

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