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June 2015

10 Classic Pop Hits to Kick- Start Your Monday!

Is the Monday blues keeping you from kick- starting your work? Here are a few classic pop hits that could help jump into your work station and drop a few ‘intellectual push- ups!’ 1.Rupert Holmes- Escape ( The Pina Colada song)

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2. Michael Jackson- Billie Jean fe8c2c0a3 3. Survivor- Eye of the Tiger Survivor-band-survivor-band-30521390-1000-680 3. The Rolling Stones- Start me up Rolling-Stones 5. Police- Every breath you take the_police-6001 6. Elvis Presley- Jailhouse rock Annex - Presley, Elvis (King Creole)_10 7. Los lobos- La bamba 115943638 8. Journey – Don’t stop believing journey1 9. Don McLean- American Pie don_with_seeger_at_sloop_singers 10. Cyndi Lauper- Girls just wanna have fun This one is specially for all the ladies! tumblr_ljgj0bCBLA1qc0oljo1_1280 You’re welcome!

Wine: A Healthy Spending

“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages” – Louis Pasteur

An apple a day keeps the doctor away but, a glass of wine keeps you fine and divine. This definitely seems like the ‘ real deal’ in keeping oneself healthy as researchers have discovered several beneficial effects and anti- ageing factors in moderate consumption of wine, especially red wine. And when we say ‘Moderate’ we mean it.

Men are advised to consume 250 ml of red wine whereas, for women, 175 ml, per day . This is because of the varying levels of body water content and stomach enzymes between men and women.

Benefits listed below are only applicable to Moderate Drinking!

1. Reducing risk of Depression

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Drinking wine may reduce the risk of depression. This might seem like a perfect excuse to increase the recommended dose but, watch out! You might just step into the dreadful ‘alcoholic’ zone.

2. Anti- Ageing

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Yes! Wine has anti- ageing properties. Resveratrol was the compound found to have this beneficial effect.

NOTE: No, it’s not a magic potion that will take you back to your teens.

3. Preventing Breast Cancer

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Regular consumption of most alcoholic drinks increases the risk of breast cancer. However, red wine has the opposite effect. Choose your wine wisely!

4. Reducing the risk of Heart Attacks

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Moderate drinkers are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than non- drinkers. If you don’t fancy wine, you could just exercise, eat healthy and manage your stress levels.

5. Advances Eye- sight

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It reduces the growth of blood vessels in the eye, which results in better eye-sight.

Since we’ve been talking so much about wine , we couldn’t miss that jumpy tune by UB40, a popular British reggae band!

Here’s the Link:UB40 – Red red wine

6 Brilliant Things To Create using Nature

Nature has got a lot to offer. And this is how we return the favour; by avoiding the use of synthetic materials in our day to day life.

NOTE: Nature’s offering is a natural process. We don’t encourage hacking live trees and plucking blossoming flowers.

1. Wall Hanger

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A branch could come in super handy in making a wall hanger. Apart from this being an inexpensive way of creating a hanger, it also adds a ‘designer’ touch to your home. Make sure you don’t chop off a live branch from a tree. Use a branch that has naturally fallen off a tree or from a dead tree.

2. Stone Garden Markers

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It just takes a couple of stones and a box of paint. Painted stone markers help index your garden. Don’t mistake them for actual vegetables or you would have to visit the dentist.

3. Flower Paint Brushes

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Flowers  are commonly used as a symbol of love or used as decorative pieces. Little did we know that you could also use them to brush paint. This could possibly be the most natural purpose of fallen flowers.

Sir J.C bose discovered that plants feel pain. So, let’s avoid plucking them.

4. Leaf Paintings

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Leaves have been traditionally used for several purposes. From creating shelter for animal sheds to extracting medicinal properties for several ailments. Well, you could use them in paintings as well.

5. Feather Pencils

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If you live amidst several trees that houses birds, you are likely to find feathers on the ground.These feathers can be transformed into fancy pencils. Mother Nature works in mysterious ways.

6. Twig Vase

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Twigs are often used as fire- starters in a bonfire. Not many know that you can make a beautiful vase out of a bunch twigs. This vase can be filled with more twigs with dry leaves, painted sticks, flowers and more. Don’t hesitate to experiment.

Do the Yoga, prevent the Roga!

Are you still wondering if yoga is for you? Here’s some ‘food for thought’ that could make you want to practice yoga right away!

1. Sleep like a baby

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Yoga is a brilliant way to get that sound sleep you’ve been looking for. It is reputed for having soothing effects. The breathing techniques you practice during yoga helps you relax when it’s time for a nap.

2. Walk like you own the place

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Yoga is practised keeping your back upright when you’re seated or standing. This really helps in improving your posture. The initial stages might be tasking but, it’s worth all the effort. You’ll always be able to walk straight, standing tall with a boost of self- esteem.

3. Free your body, mind and soul

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Yoga helps balance your stress levels;body and mind, leaving you with a feeling of Nirvana.

4. Makes you lighter

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Yoga is not for you if you think it needs no effort! Yoga isn’t all about relaxing and breathing. All the twisting and turning involved in different poses will surely make you sweat and help you lose a couple of kilograms.

5. As strong as an armor

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Dropping a couple of kilograms is not the only perk of practising yoga. The several poses in yoga are done with arm- balancing, where you would have to lift your whole body. This helps tone your muscles.

6. Be the next Bob Petrella, the memory man

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Yoga is said to improve your memory and concentration. But, of course! You would have to have a session on a daily basis. Recent studies also claim that yoga may help in the prevention of Alzheimers.

7. No more achy back

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For those of you who sit all day, working at a desk, yoga is your best friend. Yoga poses help switch on and lengthen the muscles in the back, which become inactive when you don’t move about frequently.

8. Breathe easy ; all day, all night

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If you’re an asthmatic person and you rely on those inhalers, it’s time to quit it! Yoga has been proven to have reduced, in some cases, cured the symptoms of asthma.

9. Break open doors with your bare hands. ( This is just a joke.)

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You may not be able to break open doors but, yes! Yoga makes your bones stronger. All weight bearing poses in yoga nourish your bones. This could also prevent osteoporosis.

10. “Do the Yoga, prevent the roga.”

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Yoga is pretty much a solution to all  body, mind and soul ailments. It helps balance your nervous system, boosting your immune system

Top 5 Adventurous trekking spots around Bangalore

Nature has blessed us with scenic mountains, hills, rivers and lakes yet, we spend most of our time living amidst sky-scraping buildings, the bustling traffic, the annoying by-passers that take a toll on our mental health. We all need an escape and if you live in Bangalore, you are just a few kilometres from that ‘peace of mind’ you are looking for.

Pack your bags, hit the road and reach your destination where you  can have more than enough of nature. Trek up misty mountains, take a stroll amidst nature or just camp in the wild. Let mother nature take care of you.

1. Ramanagara Trek

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Ramanagara is one of the most popular trekking spots around Bangalore.It is located about 50 kilometres from the main city and the entire landscape is covered with rocky hills and valleys.

This is the very place where ‘Sholay,’ the box office blockbuster was filmed. The land of Gabbar Singh holds appeal with vegetation scattered over the place .Ramanagara is also famed for sightings of some highly rare species of birds such as the Long Billed Vulture and Yellow Throated Bulbul.

The trek is not way too challenging as compared to other trekking spots around Bangalore. The peak not only has a panoramic view but, also has an enchanting water body . Don’t forget to try the ‘Thatte Idli’ sold by many mobile vendors. This should definitely re- boot your system after the trek.

2. Skandagiri Hills

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Skandagiri, located around 70 kilometres from Bangalore is  2 hours drive from the city. Offering a bird’s eye view of the sky and  the land beneath, this 8 kilometres trek is made up of rugged terrains and can be completed within 4-5 hours.

Skandagiri is notorious for its creepy night treks.The climb is a fair challenge till Papagni temple. It soon gets a little tricky as the walls of the ancient temple test you with many challenges. The trek up the peak could possibly be a struggle but, the view at the peak is worth breaking sweat. To reward yourself, you could unwind with a bonfire, avoiding stinging kisses from the freezing breeze. Carry a sleeping bag if you really want to get super comfy.

You don’t need to trek by yourself. Guides are always available. If you ever plan a trip to Skandagiri and you don’t have a guide for your night trek, leave to the hills at 3 or 4 am to  witness the mesmerizing sunrise!

3. Savanadurga Trek

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Assumed to be one of the largest pieces of single rock formations in Asia, Savanadurga hills are located about 60 kilometers to the west of the city of Bangalore.

This hill is a whopping 1,200 meters above sea level and is also considered to be a part of the Deccan Plateau. Savanadurga is definitely an ideal place for trekkers and camping frenzies for an enlightening and adventure filled experience.

The Billigudda and the Karigudda are the two hills within Savanadurga. Between these two massive rock formations lies Ramanagara. Rock climbing is one more thing you could try if you have the right equipment.

As you trek up the hills of Savanadurga, you also come across the ruins of a majestic fortress, which was built by Kempe Gowda II and later occupied by the legendary Tipu Sultan.

4. Antaragange Caves

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Antaragange, literally means ‘Ganges from deep’ in Kannada. Located amidst the Shathashrunga Range, Antaragange is a pure example for nature’s work of art,  around 70 kilometers from Bangalore. This stony series of hills is an ultimate experience; the thrill of caving and the day/night trekking. The trek is about 4 kms and would take you around 3 hours to complete.

For all you Steve Irwins out there, you are likely to encounter snakes, sloth bears and monkeys along the route. Secure your bags and food packets. The monkeys fancy junk food. Do read up on how to tackle animal encounters without harming them before you make this trip.

If you plan a night trek, the rocks grow cold at night. Hence, it is advisable to carry a thick jacket and a bright torch on the trek. The night trek takes about 6 hours, allowing short rest stops on the way. Carrying a tent up the hill would be ideal. On a clear day, one can see the lights of Kolar town from the peak.

5. Bheemeshwari Trek

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With a landscape that appears green up to the horizon, Bheemeshwari is a trekker’s paradise. Situated at a distance of about 100 kilometers from the city, away from civilization, this region is blessed with blossoming greenery and calm waters of River Cauvery. The picturesque place is just perfect for a stroll through nature. But if you are an adrenaline junkie, you could also indulge in trekking and other exploratory activities.

This massive green patch exhibits a wide range of flora and fauna and is also perfect to spot some rare species of birds and other creatures. The terrain is comparitively gentle with rocks scattered around the region. Of course, there are a few slopes for all you trekking enthusiasts.

North Bangalore – Reloaded: Jakkurado, Yelahankashire, Hebbaltimore

North Bangalore, not so fashionable an address until a few years ago, is now becoming the neighbourhood of the town. It is famed for being a self contained suburb of Bangalore city housing maximum number of residential  units with luxury housing.

A good percentage of housing launches in North Bangalore are now better as compared to East Bangalore. North zone suburbs are mostly happening due to the presence of well developed public infrastructure, social conveniences and development of IT SEZs. The turning point of this region came about with the setting up of the International Airport at Devanahalli.

A few years ago, Bangalore mostly referred addresses like  Jayanagar, Malleswaram, Sadashivnagar,Koramangala, Indiranagar for residential living while shopping always meant M.G Road, Brigade Road and Commercial Street.However, all that has been transformed for good. While the established suburban areas have held their fame, new neighbourhoods are becoming more appealing, especially for those who live amidst the city bustle.

Areas in North Bangalore like Jakkur, Yelahanka and Hebbal are now a bustling business corridor. These areas have witnessed several landmark developers heavily investing here. Jakkur, situated right next to Hebbal and opposite Sahakar Nagar, has seen tremendous growth in residential projects.

Amongst projects like Sobha Emerald and Prestige Dorchester situated in Jakkur, is Aries Lakeview by Citrus Ventures. This project comes with a panoramic view of the Jakkur Lake, which has developed an eco system of its own. It is  also one of the cleanest lakes in Bangalore city and a paradise for migrating birds, housing 10,000 birds making Jakkur Lake their haven. This lake has also been instrumental in replenishing the ground water table.

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Aries Lakeview, situated away from the city commotion, is well connected with access to the NH-7 highway and the outer ring road. Employees working within the Central Business District(CBD) and tech parks like Manyata SEZ, Kiroloskar Business and more, now have the opportunity to live closer to work. Places in proximity to Aries Lakeview also include the Jakkur flying club, Ranchenahalli Lake, Arkavathy Layout and GKVK- University of Agricultural Sciences as well as schools like VIBGYOR High and Ryan International School.

Aries Lakeview, one of the projects in Jakkur
Aries Lakeview, one of the projects in Jakkur

With the saturation of popular city areas and continuous expansion of the city, new neighbourhoods are becoming more appealing to buyers.

Need an escape from the city rush? Here’s a great solution

The Bangalore city madness has been pulsating rapidly and weekend homes have been trending amongst Bangalore city folk .Several real estate companies have detected potential at the outskirts, especially the Nandi region.

Deriving from the efforts of an efficient team at Citrus Ventures, we have acquired one of the best spots at the foothills of Nandi. The plot is strategically located away from the bustling city but, in city limits. The relocation of the international airport has boosted the connectivity to the city and has resulted in ease of access to any location in Bangalore, while being right next to the serene Nandi hills.

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Belmont is an expansive development of weekend villas at Nandi foothills. It is 20 kms north from the International airport, making Belmont the ideal place for a perfect escape from the hysterical city rush.To make things better, the project is just 5 minutes drive away from an 18 hole GPA  approved golf course.

Belmont is not simply the best in the league for its location .It offers several amenities that include: Modern club house, swimming pool, toddlers pool, senior citizen gazebo, commercial shopping area, gym, basket ball court, kids play area, tennis court, indoor badminton court, joggers park, park area, underground power cables, black top reads, closed drain system, amphitheatre, meditation area, security kiosk, water body, reflexology garden, party lawn, practice cricket net and a giant chess.  The price of these villas start at 66.5 lakhs and also offers attractive rental returns.

Owned and run by a team of professionals, Citrus Ventures is a four year old   real estate developing company to design and build your dream home. We have a bouquet of options to invest, starting from plots, apartments and weekend homes to premium villas. Whatever your budget, we can serve you!

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