Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Real Estate, Team India & Test of Character!

 









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“In our personal and professional lives, we are constantly hit with one adversity after the other, most of which we have no control over. But the four things we have total control over is how we react, how we adapt, how we breathe, and how we take action”... Diamond Dallas Page

Dallas Page, better known by his ring name Diamond Dallas Page, is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, fitness instructor, motivational speaker, and actor. And no wonder a wrestler turned motivational speaker only can say such words about adversity & above words are actually most needed by none other than the real estate! And indeed the year 2020 was one of the night merest year for most, on personal as well professional fronts but in the last week of the year end one incidence happened which I feel is a must to share & it’s about Indian cricket Team i.e. Team India! Ok, before coming to real estate, here is something I wrote to my team i.e. my office & site team, will share that....

Sharing 1 (on whatsap so, pardon me as I have kept the language as we use on whatsap)

Dear team,

U must be wondering for laddoos i.e. sweets. Today is a great day not because we are doing good at flat bookings & one more flat at prestige has been booked, that’s there but more is for the historic test match win by team India on Australia that too on the Boxing Day match i.e. a match which starts on next day of Christmas & has always been a pride for Australian team!! And do mind team India has faced humiliating defeat in earlier  test matches by getting all down at their lowest ever test match score i.e. mere 36 runs!! And entered in this match without their captain virat kohli who was the maximum run maker in the last test!! Nobody has put money on Indian team but that is what differentiates the winners & normal team! As it's not who says what about ur capacity but  what u believe  about yourself is what matters in the end & exactly this is what team India did, they remain focused, they believed themselves & they delivered what they had best in them on ground!!
This is what we have to learn from such games; it's not that Australia played badly but its team India which played their best!! This is something we also have to adopt as we must put the bad times behind & keep giving our best & victory will be ours!!...

Sharing 2

Greatest Draw I have witnessed in recent cricket...

It was best of the test cricket, battle of not just bat & ball but its battle of attitudes, it's a fight to get our own best from within...if there was pujara making 77 in some 200 balls, there was rishabh pant making 97 in  112 ball & then 6th pair in the form of ashwin & hanuma vihari playing for 41overs facing some of the best attack in world cricket& when they both were injured physically & Vihari was not in best of his form is young & under pressure to maintain his place in team while ashwin wasn’t even considered as reliable batsman as he is a bowler; what this bunch showed was a combination of aggression, grit, determination, patience & courage, this is what makes present Indian team so special & to be not just of proud but to learn from it!  If the earlier test win was historic, this is a historic draw as sometimes a match drawn is better than a match won!!  I always love test cricket as that's like life, it makes you face every aspect in the journey & tests you from all dimensions & makes you know yourself better with every day of that five day journey!!
Jio Team India, keep fighting!!...

 

Well, most readers will know the reference as in this country where movies & cricket are like oxygen & water for human living yet there always are few exceptions, for them, first sharing is about Indian cricket team winning 2nd test vs. Australia while first test we lost with the lowest ever score in our cricketing history. And the second sharing is we saved the third test fighting against all odds & the test is draw i.e. no team won yet the moral victory is of Indian team!

 

Now, one will ask what’s big deal, it was a game & games are to lose as well to win so sometimes you win sometimes you lose, what’s it related to real estate or say industry or our life? Indeed , my team (work team) also must have got this question in their minds when I distributed sweets to them for the victory in second test match but they didn’t asked (unfortunately though I am a regular boss, yet in this country you don’t ask questions to your boss, may it be a home or office, is a unsaid, unaccepted fact) yet I know the questions along with many other, in their mind & so there are many people around, even from real estate also who must be wondering about the co-relation between team India’s performance & situation or real estate industry!  Let me clear, first, this sharing is indirectly applicable for not just real estate but any profession or business or even normal life also & second, it’s not about performance or win or draw of team India but the attitude they displayed during these two games! As winning a game & drawing another doesn’t necessarily makes you best team or takes you to top of the world but then no battles is ever final, but it’s what we learn from that battle, surely is! This is exactly what I wanted to share as same like team India while real estate enters in to a New Year, the past (very recent past I mean) is like a nightmare with every possible negative thing happening on polices as well turnover as well hurdles front. The future looked even darker with unrest or say unease created due to unsuerity in the perspective buyer’s mind which directly getting reflected on their decision to buy a thing as costly as a home. At the same time the commitment under the hanging swords like RERA to the existing customers keeps hanging on the head along with the constantly ticking interest meters of the finance taken for the ongoing projects! And is this is not enough then there is no clarity if the policies regarding rules controlling the real estate like same development control rules over the State (as usual barring a few pockets) & merging / demerging of villages (I am referring to Pune real estate) so you are not sure whether to get your plans sanctioned & from which authority, & many more such aspects, all combine demoralizing to even the strongest of the developer (financially I meant)! 

 

And all such back-ground not just some pandemic but even the govt also keep charging on the industry like pace attack of Australian team testing the builders with short pitch deliveries along with spin magic of policies like a googly i.e. zero stamp duty for the customers & builders will pay that stamp duty to the govt if they avail the 50% discount on premiums! Well, well, what you can expect when the policy making squad includes our nemesis like Mr.Deepak Parkeh (sorry with due respect with his intentions & knowledge I said it) & then the very govt expects developers to make the homes affordable to the common man. One interesting thing is when it’s doing something good for real estate(making policies I mean), Mr. Parekh & all such names never suggest or come up with anything about reducing prices of basic material like steel, cement or say finance interest rates for real estate, I wonder why so! Anyways, that’s another aspect of sharing & if all this is not enough then there are local Bhai’s (Netas) ever demanding punters as well Right of Information Act named blackmailers (again keeping due respect to the genuine ones) whose only interest is fill their pockets than unearthing the wrong doings at the sites! Oh, yes then there is a monopolistic system of unending NOC’s & sanctions from many depts. (govt who else) which tests not just patience but every breath of the builder to get through that spell. And lastly there are clients (these are new age clients) which are ready to use their free Wi-Fi & go all guns behind the builder on social media for smallest mistake  he makes while communicating with them (again with due respect to the genuine problematic cases by the builders)! And then there is age old poor infrastructure issues right from delay in supply of electric meters to water supply & many such for which the builder is hanged by the clients & the media while fault lies with the system named govt!

 

And on such background the builder has to face the New Year where he is expected to fulfil his commitments about possession of the projects along with making some money for which he or she is in the business of real estate; isn’t the story line matches with team India’s battle going on recently in Australia! This is why I chose the example of team India’s attitude towards game which the real estate (read as builders) must adopt towards the business, as try to win the match is make some good money (no harm in it) & at the same time show enough grit to survive in the business as that is equally important because if you stay on the crease, only then you can win the match, is simple logic of the game! And for that as a builder one has to follow some basic rules of the trade which most of us has forgotten in last few decades! Don’t rush for any land deal as it’s the last piece of the land on the earth, don’t commit something which is in not your control or capacity (especially about infrastructure like roads or water supply types), try dealing in present & not in future. And most importantly be transparent with your customers & vendors & staff about your way of working & the goal you want to achieve as well keep be particular in communication!

 

Fortunately by now the vaccine is in market & that’s a big morale booster for the masses yet don’t forget this lock-down & pandemic has made a far bigger impact on the mindsets of the people than physical & though the wounds will heal yet the scars will be there for longer time than any one has expected. The spending will be value for the money & indeed residence of own will be a priority but home buying will be need-base strictly. So, while we buy any land do mind the needs as well budget aspect of the prospective home buyer while we design the project on it, something which we have forgotten to do in the past or say never needed to do in first place! As the govt also has burnt its pocket (reserves of the country) & will try to recover it by two ways, one is by taking out from our pockets by taxes, premiums & sess & at the same time by increasing FSI so more & more avenues will open for the development. But it’s a two way sword as more supply in the market means more options for the home buyers & lesser margin, I am sorry I am not some Warren Buffet to comment something on economy or finance but then when you are on pitch facing attack from both ends then it hardly matters whether you are playing for team India or for your own business team, all that matters is to save the team you are playing for & progress towards the target, isn’t it!

 

For the home buyers also this is testing time as if on one side they have to care for their career, future planning of their kids as well ever increasing expenses then on second side this is best of the times to buy home as everybody wants them to buy one, even the govt! Just do mind, when there are many options then to chose is more difficult than when there are fewer options as you have to choose wisely now! To conclude, I will recall reading a wonderful comment by historian Michael Woods about our country, “History is full of Empires of the Sword, but India alone created an Empire of Spirit”! Well, real estate, the team India has shown how to live by this quote, it’s time for us to show we too know to fight with the Spirit for the good cause & what better cause there can be than of a good home for everybody!

 

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Sanjay Deshpande 

Sanjeevani Dev.


Please view my sharing about real estate in Pune at U-Tube link below..

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4xX7eopH5o&t=5s

 

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https://visonoflife.blogspot.com/2020/06/a-good-home-is-good-deal.html

http://jivnachadrushtikon.blogspot.com/


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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Amur Falcon, Guests of Nature & Human Hosts!

 


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“In the nature every specie has its own way to live but only the humans live by making others life miserable”... Me.

Lol, above words are by me only (who else can be so sarcastic!) though these words are not an outcome of frustration (fortunately) but amusement whenever I get to observe our race’s (read as human) behavior towards other species! And recently once again I got to witness though the reason was not wrong (this time), without stretching your curiosity, its about Amur Falcon's sighting in a town Lonavala near Pune which is more known as hill station! Indeed Pune is famous for its nature & wild life lover's & of late the money as well stability has made many well settled people to become birder & many youngsters are also part of this league ! Nothing wrong rather I always think it’s a boon as the money spent to buy fancy cameras & other gears is finally going for nature conservation only. And then due to access to this money only, the so called birders' & wild lifers' can visit many places which common man or the tourist won't ever think about venturing in to! And when the place is so nearby & the object is something like Amur Falcon which hasn’t been ever seen in these part of the country then no wonder it has become talk of not just Pune but entire central India. As wild lifers (birders) flew in flock faster than any prey or hunter birds to capture this bird at Lonavala. For those who are thinking that internet (FB/ Insta) has go mad with images of this bird & Kestrel i.e. another prey bird in the same habitat, well Amur Falcon is a resident bird of China Siberia border (Mongolia) & travels nearly some twenty thousand plus kilometres every years in winters to Africa & on route it stops in India in Nagaland! That makes Amur Falcon unique as no other prey bird travels to such distance every year!  In the process, thousands of Amur Falcons every year visits Nagaland  in India & if you want to see this bird then you have to go to Nagaland which is nearly three thousand plus kilometres from Pune or Central India! Now you can imagine why all these people are rushing to Lonavala to click Amur Falcons as it’s cheap & habitat is grass land which isn’t the case with Nagaland which is thickly wooded to make photography difficult especially that of the birds! 

Now, one will ask what’s big deal, just one bird & why so much hohallaha like it’s something coming from Mars! Again I don’t blame to all such question raisers as when its nature & wild life, there are only two categories in this country (even world), one is, which really cares & wants to do something for the wild life & other is which just don’t care as they are ignorant & thinks that the wild life conservation is baby of affluently rich people who has done with their all needs or of the people who are crazy in their head (scientist types) & again I won’t blame the other category people for their this logic as they are right in a way! As in those who calls themselves as wild lifers are two categories, one who really cares & wants to do something for wild life conservation & second more recently evolved specie is of well settled personalities from the city life for whom this is new in thing as well get away from their so called successful city or urban life! But that’s ok unless & until their hobby or get away is beneficial for the wild life no harm if they encash it with some publicity of social media & takes pride in getting labelled as wild lifer! 

Problem with this second category of the wild lifers is they want to click the wild life & show-case it more than to conserve it & in the process agreed tourism & allied activities does helps people around wild life gets their earning but the over enthusiasm to get the better shots does bothers the actual wild life i.e. the habitat including the object, may it be a Tiger or Amur Falcon, this is my cause of concern & sharing! As the moment news spread about sighting of the Amur Falcon in Lonavala in a habitat which is grassland patch among hills & part of backwater of a dam which is under control of Tata Group & not under forest dept or any govt dept, the place is flooded by wild lifers of both categories. And agreed nobody wanted to harm the Falcons or other birds but the way we invaded the place it may be harmful for the birds over there in the long term. As first it’s a grass land with lots of wild flowers & shrubs things & all sorts of vehicular moment is happening there to capture the best shot, damaging the grass itself because of this moment! Then more people means more garbage & thrash attracting birds like crows & kite & stray dogs to thrive on this garbage which in turn will be a big threat to not just falcons but their prey base, driving them away from the place which they must have chosen as a safe base! This has to be controlled & managed in proper way is the only concern as no harm in admiring the falcon in our area & give it popularity by clicking its shots (and in process get yourself also popular) but if we want this bird & many other make this habitat as their home & visit here every year then we only should make their stay comfortable, right? As the migratory birds or animals are like guests in our home which we love & want them to visit us again & again & that will happen only by we treating them in nice way so that they should feel to visit us again, is the simple logic!  And on that front we are useless as a host for not just the Amur Falcons but for any specie, is what I wanted to point out. Because it’s not about falcons & the grass land & Lonavala but there are such thousands of spots in our State & the country which has been gone to dogs (literally) because of our carless & ignorant attitude towards our guests which are in a way form of the nature itself! We don’t know how to treat our guest & take care of their stay with us thus we either drive them away or make them extinct many a times. Classic example is in our Pune city (shall I call Smart City) where the rivers Mula & Mutha used to have many migratory birds as visitors & we polluted the rivers to such an extent that now there are no such visitors we get! And this list is endless right from kawdi paat (an eastern suburb of Pune) where many birds used to come & pollution of water body has driven them away. Under the name of beautification we changed the biodiversity of Pashan Lake, another wonderful holiday home for migratory birds & now they have deserted it! And then we have such hundreds of spots around every town & city in the form of water bodies or grass lands or hills which have been used as a vacation spot by many species of birds every year which we didn’t protected properly & are now abandoned by all these wonderful visitors!

I think instead of playing the usual blame game; let’s focus on how we can undo the damage done to such patches of land which are actually habitats for many species around. As the sighting as well publicity the Amur Falcon has got is actually a ray of hope in the darkness around, that still we have got some places available which make our nature’s guests happy & they are willing to come & stay with us for a while! It’s not about whose job is it to protect such lands, it may be a forest dept or Tata employees or wild lifers or common citizens, as for the birds we as human are one specie only! Joke is the birds & other animals can understand & acknowledge we the humans as one specie but we ourselves haven’t understood it & keeps differentiating among ourselves & fighting within us only thus making our home (read as earth messy) a non welcoming place for our guests like Amu Falcon, hope we will achieve the wisdom like the birds has, some day; amen, with this note!

Below is something I posted along on my flicker account with images of Amur Falcon & which was the inspiration behind above sharing!

 

Sanjay Deshpande

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"If you listen to birds, every day will have a song in it"... Kyo Maclear

 

Kyo, is author of the famous book, Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation & no wonder that's why she can write so fondly about the birds! Well, many wonder how I suddenly started birding or got interested in birds, simple, for me birding is just one face of wildlife as what's wild life without birds chirping & alarm calls! Indeed the birds, all types of them are very much part of wild life, it's just that they don't have a glamour like a tiger nor has got size like the elephant which can display it to attract tourists yet without birds any habitat is incomplete & that's why when I started clicking birds for me its wildlife only! And indeed it’s difficult to locate a bird & to click it by identifying it as they are fast, they are small (in comparison to the mammals) & they can fly so they can be anywhere & that's what makes  sighting & to click a bird more interesting. For me bird photography is not just using a big lens & taking a close-up but capturing its habitat, its space as then only we can conserve that bird by knowing its needs!

 

 Recently a small flock of Amur Falcons is being sighted in town Lonavala near Pune & is a rare thing because it's not a bird you get to see in this part of the country. May be on its travel from Mongolia to Africa it has decided to take a stop & has liked the habitat which is grass land along back water of bhushi dam among hills which are fortunately still green! Jungle Belles, an organization run by Aarti, Anuj & Hemangi arranged our trip to the location & here are few clicks, mostly of females. They are bigger in size & seem to be bolder than the males. Will share more of the male Amur falcon images soon (hopefully)!  For anything you can contact JB at... 

 

junglebelles.pune@gmail.com

 

team Sanjeevani is proudly associated with jungle belles & wildlife conservation... sanjay deshpande

 

Watch some moments in the wilderness of Amur falcon at the link below & share if liked...

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/65629150@N06/albums/72157717697861306

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Sanjay Deshpande 

Sanjeevani Dev.


Please view my sharing about real estate in Pune at U-Tube link below..

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4xX7eopH5o&t=5s

 

Please do visit my blogs to know about our philosophy at Sanjeevani ! (Click the links below)

https://visonoflife.blogspot.com/2020/06/a-good-home-is-good-deal.html

http://jivnachadrushtikon.blogspot.com/


Creating Togetherness; team Sanjeevani Way(Click link below) 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/65629150@N06/albums/72157627904681345

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