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Goa and the allure of The Quiet Life

Many of us, who have been born and brought up in cities, would like to believe that this is as good as life gets. The city provides for everything we identify with – education, careers, medical facilities, necessary amenities, entertainment, luxury, and so on. And yet, we like to visit serene, scenic holiday destinations with family or friends every time an opportunity presents itself. We spend a blissful time during the stay, and feel sorry when it is time to get back to the city.

Now, why is that?
If the city life is indeed what we have chosen for ourselves, why should there be a pang of regret in returning to it? We put up with the crowds, pollution, stress, and unhealthy habits that urban life entails, but there’s a part of us that yearns for peace and quiet. A life that allows us to be in touch with our true motivations; a life that frees us from the unending cycle of wanting more; a life that unfolds at the pace we want, instead of dragging us in its wake.

No place in India symbolizes this life better than Goa.

Goa has always held an attraction for people with creative inclinations – writers, academics, musicians, and filmmakers. But in recent years, it has increasingly begun to interest corporate professionals, entrepreneurs, and people who choose to pursue off-beat interests. It is a veritable melting pot of aspirations and outlooks, and it graciously makes space for each.

Life in Goa makes the sacrifices and adjustments seem worthwhile.

Not everyone who arrives here is rich or seeking riches; there are people who have quit corporate jobs in cities, and come to Goa to become spiritual healers or canine behaviourists. Nor is everyone who settled here nearing retirement; many couples prefer to raise their kids in Goa. People don’t necessarily go for a Portuguese-styled villa overlooking a paddy field or a beach; they make do with a simple apartment. But everyone, whether they’re renting a home or buying one, is happy to make whatever adjustments it takes in their work, life, and play, just to stay in Goa. They find inventive ways to match their skills to Goa’s needs. Possibly the best part of living in Goa is that it shows you the true value of money – and that you don’t need too much of it to be happy.

Goa just lets you be, and lets you explore your personal interests.

With bountiful sun, sea, and greenery, Goa is a nature lover’s delight. The air is clean, the food is great, and the crowds are sparse, except on festivals and occasions of revelry. Everyday essentials like food, drink, electricity, and petrol cost less than in the metros. Property rates are low, so you can easily rent a sprawling villa for less than what you would pay for the average two-bedroom apartment in Mumbai’s Bandra. Goa also offers ample facilities for sports, travel, outdoor excursions, and recreation. The small population of Goa allows its inhabitants to have a good life.

More importantly, whoever you are, and whatever you do, Goa lets you be. It has great tolerance and respect for the privacy and the choices of individuals. On the other hand, it is very easy to be social here.

If you know one person, they will introduce you to the next, and so forth. And before you realize it, you will know everyone.

Living in Goa is not everyone’s cup of tea, especially those who wake up every morning turbo-charged, looking to throw themselves into the fray of another day. But for those who seek a slower, quieter life, with a peaceful wine glass by their side, there is no better place to be than Goa.

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This is the right time to invest in Kolkata’s New Town. Here’s why

The real estate market in Kolkata has witnessed tremendous change. Property investments in Kolkata were quite stagnant a little while ago, however, they have picked up and how.

Investors and home-buyers are eyeing Kolkata as a lucrative destination. Owing to robust infrastructure development, Kolkata is becoming one of the hotspots for real estate boom. Besides, the prices of properties in this region are quite realistic and buyers are showing genuine interest.

One of the areas that is luring the end users in Kolkata is New Town. It consists of areas of two erstwhile villages Rajarhat and Bhangar, which have now been developed into an integrated city with modern infrastructure and amenities. The ‘smart city’ status given to Kolkata’s New Town has created a lot of buzz and interest among the buyers and investors.

And why not! New Town has a plethora of amenities to offer. There will be bicycle and wheelchair tracks, Wi-Fi and GPS-enabled e-transport and bus stops with screens showing when the next bus will arrive.

Dubbed as ‘supercity’, New Town will have e-health clinics, intelligent power-saving LED streetlights with panic buttons, multi-nodal transport hub, cycling tracks, new amusement hubs, solar panels, water treatment plants, ensuring a good quality of life.

The technology-enabled residential hub’s master plan has a township that is bigger than planned Salt Lake city. Also, The New Town is blessed with a 10.5 km of Wi-Fi Zone connecting the Main Arterial Road to the airport on one stretch and to Sector V to the other. This also makes it India’s first Wi-Fi road connectivity. The stretch has already been declared as a green corridor.

Many professionals have started living and investing here as the township also houses IT majors such as TCS and Wipro. Kolkata New Town also has renowned schools, which is another plus point for buyers.

With a range of serious buyers ready to put their money into real estate, many developers are coming up in the area, providing luxury housing experience. One of them is Tata Housing, which has done thorough study about the demand and consumer aspiration.

Tata Housing’s ‘Avenida’ at Rajarhat is gaining fast prominence for its connectivity and the rapidly growing IT sector. Avenida draws its inspiration from the deep-rooted colonial urban history of Kolkata city. Spread over 11 acres, the sleek 29 storeyed towers are designed to balance a sweeping curvilinear boulevard, envisioned as the heart of the project. Strategically located, Avenida is built in the heart of all major conveniences including schools, hospitals and other recreational facilities. Tata’s Avenida will feast your senses to vibrant hues of innovations, and open your mind to an expressive magnificence. It has Squash Court, Yoga Room, Jogging/Cycling Track, Cricket Net, Meditation Area, Steam & Massage Room, Kids’ Play zone, Tennis Court, Mini Theatre, Festival Pavilion, Pet Park, etc.

Kolkata’s New Town is indeed emerging as one of the hot destinations. Don’t miss the opportunity.