January 2021

Future of work and home spaces

We are on a long road to recovery from the initial disruption created by the pandemic. It, however, is sure that not everything will go back to how it was pre-Covid. Somethings would have, perhaps, changed their character forever.

Future of work and home spaces
Future of work and home spaces

The lockdown brought a huge change to the workplace. Work from home (WFH) became the norm rather than exception. As per estimates from industry experts more than 90% of 4.3 million IT workforce worked from home during lockdown. And it seemed to have worked well, contrary to the early skepticism. The best part is that both the employee and the employer seem to be happier with this arrangement. While increased productivity warmed the hearts of employers, employees enjoyed flexible working hours and savings in commute time.

Learning from IT industry’s early moves, other industries also started to figure out ways of getting a portion of workforce WFH without disrupting the work ethics. Employers also saw it as an opportunity to reduce infrastructure and administrative costs. Conferences and meetings went online, helping save critical and expensive commute and helping organisations take swift decisions. Also, employees could be close to families during these uncertain times, especially when kids were home due to school closure. And there has been a vast acceptance of these methods. Even the courts in the country, started using video conferencing as a viable medium to do hearing. 

WFH also helped companies to tap into a pool of talent, which was not available earlier. There were instances when employees were not willing to move places, resulting in shortage of talent of a particular type. But with WFH becoming a norm, this has no more remained a challenge. Also, people who left their homes, leaving ageing parents behind, for a better life, could now shift back and be next to their parents without affecting the work. This means very special for women, who had to sacrifice their careers for commitments at home, suddenly finding new opportunities.

Another defining aspect of the pandemic induced work innovations has been a realization by employers in industries other than IT, that remote work for a large proportion of people in every industry is possible. As organizations tried it under compulsion and found it working, it is expected to become a regular feature going forward. This should result in continuation of these measures as it works well for both the employees and employers. There was an announcement by Deutsche bank with a plan to have almost 40% of its workforce working from home permanently.

However, there has been a flip side to WFH also. It is yet to be ascertained as to the impact it will have on employee morale and loyalty over a longer period of time. The lack of physical contact will affect the ability to group work, ideate and solve complex challenges. This feeling of isolation could also affect the mental well-being and may play havoc with self-confidence of sensitive employees. As non-verbal part of the communication is not possible, the exchange in certain situation could turn unhealthy. We can already hear employees complaining about unstructured and long hours of work affecting their life in multiple ways.

The problem, in fact, extends beyond the mental well-being. The bedrooms and living rooms are being converted to make-shift offices, which is an interference of work life into personal space. Most of the houses in India are cramped and don’t have appropriate office furniture, which may lead to health issues. As personal life is intruded into, a lot of employees and their families may find this experience awful. The ambient noise, at times, create embarrassing situations for individuals and trying to hide from it could result in employees not being at their normal self. Also, a large set of people have an extremely casual approach to work, when in a relaxed setting, which may be off-putting for colleagues in the work group. 

What then is the future of WFH in India? Basis the cost reduction it offers to employers, there will be an increased traction to continue and enhance Work from home. A large proportion of employees on other hand are already feeling weariness of this change and may like to resume the normal office functioning at the earliest possible opportunity. Multitude of work in offices, including the IT corporations, require more than one teams and employees to work together on a problem. Their synchronization has been critical for organizational success. Keeping this and other factors in mind, most of the organizations may be forced to resume operations like pre-covid times, once the scare is over. However, a good solution can be blended office – working from home on specific days and working at office on other days. This could be a winning solution if proper planning with thorough understanding of each role.

This new way of thinking will also result in paradigm shift in other industries. Real Estate industry is the one that is expected to feel this change the most. The market for office sales and rentals may face upheaval in short term. On the other hand, residential developments in emerging and new locations may see an uptick in demand. Challenges of working and managing office work from cramped spaces will force people out of their homes in busy localities to look for new and larger homes increasing the transactions. The noisy buildings located next to a street as standalone building, will lose charm and large complexes away from main road offering less noisy surroundings will gain prominence. It will not be a surprise to see larger homes or apartments with an extra room getting into favor, when compared with smaller homes. The locations with good IT infrastructure will also find more buyers. Also, with travel and other expenses down, the ability of an employee to pay the EMI amount would increase substantially, giving him the confidence to invest in a bigger apartment.

As the impact of WFH becomes clearer, we will know the way it impacts various industries. One thing, however, is sure, that the housing real estate industry is sure to see its best days. The focus will also shift from purely affordable housing to apartment complexes located away from hustle bustle of busy market areas. The large township projects will be in vogue and certainly score over small city centric developments.

Perks of Township Living

A township is like a mini town inside a large town and provides plentiful amenities to give its residents a style and a living, that is so different from living in a chaotic city of today. A thoughtful mixture of business and retail areas, housing and open green areas is, what ticks well with those selecting to live in here. Townships have gained remarkably in style across the country thanks to numerous advantages it offers. Let’s have a glance:

Perks of Township Living

1. Unmatched Security

Equipped with advanced automation and management systems to make sure safety, townships are being talked-about as the most secure residential zones. The availability of CCTV and 24/7 observation with guarded posts make these residential properties absolutely safe for inhabitants.

Security could be a key concern for families, particularly working couples. The 3-tier security which ensures a secure perimeter as well as an eye in every corner of township with the help of technology, is very reassuring for families with kids and elders.

2. Best in class amenities

Apart from providing snug living areas, townships provide a varied best-in-class amenities and comforts. Be it a shopping area, a mini-theatre, party area or a sports space, townships provide various comforts within one common campus.

Most townships given their sheer size are delicately positioned off from town that directly implies – no traffic, no pollution and no urban chaos, shaping it as a dream-come-true for its residents. Townships facilitate and encourage ‘Living together happily’. The shared amenities not only ensure the best experience but also allow residents to come together to enjoy these and thereby forming common interest groups, which could also help in better upbringing of kids.

Various clubs that encourage sports and fitness activities like court games, football, basketball, cricket, running, cycling, etc. Hobbies and crafts like artistic production, painting, and sketching, etc. can be pursued inside the townships without worrying for eternal interventions and provide a plethora of choices to the residents to bond with one another.  Celebration of festivals, spiritual ceremonies, etc. take a distinct colour altogether, thanks to the unique ambience a township provides.

The critical facilities within the townships like health clinic and school ensure that a safe bubble is created for its residents to enjoy life without a worry.

Open areas, parks, curated gardens, paved roads and other such infrastructure which is well designed and modern, offers peaceful daily life.  Walk-to-Work opportunities help improve work and life balance.

3. A city you co-create

Townships offer a great opportunity to its residents to take an active part in its management. It ensures that you could create a community which is more homogeneous and therefore, offers benefits beyond physical comforts. It is a socio-economic zone that brings unparalleled freedom to create new relationships and allows you to follow your passion. A township offers residential dwellings for people from different socio-economic backgrounds. However, the simple fact that all of them have chosen it away from the chaos of the city brings that binding thread – the hope of building a better future.

Townships have, therefore, been center of excellence in learning and sport activities and outsiders have always watched it with a desire. By bringing in a large aspirational population together, it replicates a large city without the hassles of living with archaic infrastructure, that is troublesome.

4. Eco-friendly Living

Townships are generally planned with eco-friendly and pro-people options like ground-water harvesting, proper sewage disposal, large greens etc. These ensure that one lives with lesser guilt of consuming the natural resources and in fact, in some cases giving more than what one is using. Some of the new townships also have solar power panels for common area lighting etc and wi-fi enabled smart infrastructure. Such infrastructure is future ready and offers long term health and economic benefits.

There is absolutely no doubt that each one of us want our children to grow up as responsible global citizens. Townships can be looked at as the crucible for their experimentation. How? Simply because it offers a possibility to work on one’s ideas at any age with fellow residents, with whom one doesn’t have a direct relation but a common wire of residentship. It is like a college alumni network, with a much wider landscape and variety.

The children growing up in such green and happy surroundings grow up as better citizens with love for ecology. That is the first step for them to learn these lessons early in life in these settings.

5. A high life

Townships make it possible for mid-income families to live in peace with beautiful surroundings, once they could only dream earlier. This is one major difference which townships offer, compared to stand-alone residential projects. The life inside a township is not very different from the one offered in developed societies and which has remained like a dream for a common Indian. With large group of similarly aligned people, it is possible to live that dream for most of the people.

Another important aspect of life in a township is the opportunity to rub shoulders with the best in society in familiar surroundings. Townships offer residential facilities to people from different strata of society and have some of the common features. Some of the townships also offer some very special facilities. For example, Paarth Republic by Paarth Infrabuild in Lucknow offers an international cricket stadium. Now such a facility is not possible to have for a commoner in Lucknow, but just because one is a resident of the township, it comes without any extra cost.

Also, a large population with affinity to good lifestyle in one place offers a great market place to brands and they provide the best products and offers to such communities. It is not very difficult to see special privileges being offered to residents of such townships due to an attractive and homogeneous market available to brands.

The advent of townships emerged from attraction of suburban living, which embellished with amenities and security offers comfort and lifestyle, which till a few years back, was a dream for most Indians. No wonder then that these are the hottest selling dwelling units in most of the cities.

Paarth republic with an excellent location bang on Lucknow-kanpur highway and lose to airport, is rightly considered by many as an “Island of opportunity”.

A vacation without leaving your home

The unpredictability of the pandemic and the negativity of news around, coupled with the strain of adjusting to new realities of work, child-care and their school, have almost everyone I know craving for a vacation. Yet with multiple travel restrictions and quarantine process in place, a carefree getaway doesn’t look like a great possibility.

However, vacations are proven to be an important part of well-being. Various studies show that people who took annual vacations are physically fitter and have a better sleep quality. But in the given situation when stepping out of one’s house is looked to be brought with risk, how does take a vacation. For those, who don’t feel safe to venture out in the current circumstances or with a newborn or an elderly at home,  a staycation can provide some of the same benefits- A chance to rest, a break from usual routines, opportunities for freedom and play.

A vacation without leaving your home
A vacation without leaving your home

In fact, sometimes a staycation can be a better option than a vacation during holiday season. Haven’t all of us faced frayed nerves, when we travel through the crowded airports or railway stations? Remember the scenes of all tourist places, which we see as pictures in newspaper around New Year holidays. Long traffic jams and people all around don’t let you rest and often make the whole experience more tiring. The only thing that is difficult to bring in a staycation is the adventure that you may get in a travel.

Here are some ideas to have adventure without leaving your home:

  1. If you stay in a well-developed housing complex by a reputed developer, you can find enough places to go out on a picnic within its perimeter. You can involve a couple of families more and organize a small singing party around fire and order food from outside. This could be more fun than your vacation at any hotel in a tourist place.
  2. If you like reading books and watching movies, get your best picks and enjoy with these. With some of the largest hotels, like Taj in the town offering a home dinner, you can just relax and get a sumptuous dinner served to you by the best in business. This could be a wonderful surprise to your spouse and kids, and will cost you a fraction of cost that you might have incurred on travel otherwise.
  3. Camping out is another idea that excites young and old alike. If you are living in a township, you can find enough nice places to camp out an evening. You can have a bonfire and the whole family can cook together. The whole experience will be a learning experience for kids and stress relieving for elders.
  4. Home swap is another wonderful idea during staycation. You could do this house swap with a relative or a friend for a few days. If you are part of different housing complexes, you will enjoy a different life around you. The flora and fauna and the whole routine change itself will have a very calming effect.

These adventurous ideas will make your life take a break from routine and will have similar benefits as when you go out on a vacation. With wonderful facilities and large green areas, Paarth Republic Township in Lucknow offers you an opportunity to take a vacation without stepping out of the boundaries, which keep you safe in these uncertain situation.

5 reasons why one should buy property in Lucknow

City of Lucknow, inhabited on the two sides of river Gomti, is a beautiful city that transitions from old to new in a matter of a few kilometers. The core of this city is its historical monuments, which are juxtaposed with glass and steel facade of state-of-the-art constructions. The old bazars are still attracting crowds for their variety, while fashionable malls are equally liked by new age city dwellers. The tranquil locales, modern infrastructure and a relaxed lifestyle has been attracting people from all over to make this city as their home for years and with time, its charm has only increased.

5 reasons why one should buy property in Lucknow
5 reasons why one should buy property in Lucknow

Today, Lucknow has emerged as one of the country’s most important cities. Lucknow is now emerging in various sectors such as retailing, manufacturing and IT after securing its position in the smart cities of India, thanks to a proactive government. As a natural corollary, the city is attracting many developers and homebuyers with the growth of new infrastructure. Here is a list of top 5 reasons, why one should look at investing in a good property in Lucknow.

  1. Lucknow Metro – Every city in India has faced chaotic traffic as it grew. Lucknow, however, escaped this due to visionary planning of infrastructure agencies. The metro rail work was started ahead of time and resulted in being ready when the city would have faced challenges of traffic. It makes moving around in the city very comfortable.
  2. Connectivity with the world – Lucknow boasts of a modern international airport and a railway station connected to almost every city in India through an efficient network. Unlike most other cities, both these places have excellent connectivity with rest of the city. The Shaheed path connecting to airport from the developed areas of the city is a testimony to the foresight of city planners.
  3. Recreational facilities – Lucknow has many places to spend a day either in complete relaxation or by engaging in an activity one likes. Two cricket stadiums in the city, with the latest one, Atal Behari Vajpayee stadium even hosting international cricket matches, have brought the most played game in India to its residents in a spectacular fashion. The museums, cinema halls and a host of other such facilities ensure that one never feels lack of recreation options in this city.
  4. Medical and educational infrastructure – This city rubs shoulders with the top metros of India, when it comes to educational and medical infrastructure. With top schools and colleges, an IIM, a AIIMS equivalent hospital with multiple top notch private hospitals, Lucknow offers a peace of mind like no other similar city in India. The city provides the best environment for a child to engage in various activities, while studying for a multi-faceted development.
  5. Modern retail – Lucknowites have adopted to modern retail like fish to water. Latest malls like Phoenix and Fun republic have attracted and introduced people to the best national and international brands. The ubiquitous fashionable city dweller, mixing with the people in traditional attire make this city as lovely as one could get.

There are a few locations which have harnessed these advantages to the maximum. A couple of residential complexes, Arka and Aadyant by Paarth Infrabuild in Gomti Nagar Extension, located right next to Phoenix mall and Atal Behari Vajpayee stadium, bang on Shaheed path are the kind of location, one can only imagine for that coveted home.