April 2016

Uniting People with Jazz

Jazz is a popular African-American music style or genre that originated during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century in the urban communities of the United States. During its growing years, the genre formed independent styles of both traditional and popular music. It started as a means to bring talented young people together. Through the years as it gained popularity, jazz has managed to create and sustain immensely creative and sophisticated artistry. More importantly, it has united the black and white communities in the love of a fast-paced and rhythmic music genre.

The most beautiful quality of jazz is that it is partly planned and the rest is spontaneous. So while the musicians and artists play a pre-planned tune together, there is always room for creating individual interpretations within that tune. This, referred to as improvisation, is the key element of jazz.

International Jazz Day - Uniting people with Jazz

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International Jazz Day is an annual event that is organised by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) on April 30th. This day brings together different communities, musicians, artists, schools and jazz enthusiasts. Various programmes, performances and events take place to raise awareness about the importance of jazz, and celebrate and learn the roots of this music genre. This art form has the power to unite people, promote peace, encourage dialogue between cultures, and bring back respect for human rights and dignity.

This year’s International Jazz Day is taking place in Washington D.C. where President Obama and Michelle Obama are going to be hosting its fifth year anniversary at the White House. On April 30, 2016, over 190 countries all over 7 continents will be celebrating jazz and its ability to unite people across boundaries.


Large Homes in a Small World

Not everyone is familiar with real estate jargon. Realtors and agents often use such terms while conversing. And unless you’re aware about it, they’ll be witnessing a blank expression across your face. When looking around for a new property, be sure to read our blogs for guidance. There are some agents in the market who can utilise your lack of knowledge and fool you.

Carpet Area is one such commonly used term. So what does it mean? Is it the area covered by a carpet as the name suggests? Yes. The usable area that is within a house or apartment excluding the thickness of the walls constitutes the carpet area. This is the area that’s available for your use within a housing unit. Spaces such as balcony, lobby area, play area, lift and stairs are not included in it.

Large Homes in a Small World

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Now why is carpet area important? Whether you wish to buy, rent or sell a property, the price of the property is going to be calculated per square foot. So one must be aware of the dimensions and calculations, i.e. per square foot of what is the calculation based on. There are other ways of calculating dimensions, such as Built-up Area and Super Built-up Area. Hence, a rate of a property per square foot carpet area gives you a clear understanding of the space that you will have at your disposal – bedroom, kitchen, living room etc.

Aries Lakeview are opulent apartments built by Citrus Ventures with futuristic amenities that fulfil every need of yours in every way. In this property, we offer you with the highest carpet area available in the market. Now, you can do more in the same space with those extra hundreds of square feet. Besides this, every imaginable facility is within access at Aries Lakeview apartments.

3 things that Make a Man

Human life, as complex as it is, keeps throwing various dilemmas at different points and junctures in one’s life. If one goes back and look at the epics, there is always an answer. One such question sent me in search of answers, which I found in this beautiful story about the Art of Man making.

Prahlada the mighty Asura King was a man of the highest virtue and this strength helped him conquer all three worlds without ever going to war. Indra was distraught to win back his kingdom. He decided to serve Prahlada and learn from his as a student. Indra with his service and devotion quietly won the King’s heart.


Illustration by Drdha Vrata Gorrick,

Pleased with Indra’s commitment and service as a student, the king offered to grant him whatever he sought. Indra realised that the opportune moment had come to ask from the King what he wanted. He asked Prahlada to grant him his SHILA. The benevolent Prahlada granted him his SHILA.

Immediately a column of light came out of the King. Astonished the King asked the light,  “Who are you?”

“I am SHILA, an integral and inseparable part of you. You have given me away and I am leaving you.”

Soon after SHILA several columns of light representing Dharma, Truth, Good Conduct and Strength left Prahlada. The last light form, the most effulgent, to separate from his body was in the form of a Woman. She said, “I am Shri – Godess of good fortune – and I grant peace and prosperity to everyone in whom I reside. I only reside where Dharma, Truth, Good Conduct and strength reside. I am leaving you now.”

The perplexed Prahlada asked Shri,”Who was my Student and what has happened?”

“Your student was Indra. He had learned from Brahma and Shukra that it was your Virtue which helped you conquer the three worlds. Today he asked your for it and you willingly gave it away. Dharma, Truth, Good Conduct, Strength and I (Shri) are all rooted in SHILA”

“So what is SHILA?”

Adroha sarva. bhuteshu Karmana manasaa giraa Anugrahashcha daanam cha Sheelmetat prashasyate

  1. No malice to any being in Act, Thought & Speech
  2. Benevolence to all
  3. Sharing

This is SHILA.

Ingrain these three qualities in oneself and achieve perfection.



Homes with Fresh Fruit Gardens

Fruits have been recognized as a rich source of vitamins and minerals. A fruit-rich diet prevents not only nutrient deficiencies, but chronic diseases as well. Fruits are not very high on calories. Additionally, people who consume fruits as a part of an overall healthy diet also reduce the intake of added sugar, sodium or salt, and saturated fats or trans fats. Due to this, reducing weight and eliminating signs of diseases is as easy as pie. Adding a combination of fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains to your daily diet allows the body to absorb nutrients easily.

Homes with fruit garden

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Smart food choices can alter your whole life.

  • Exercise at least three times a week. You will be active, happy and focused.
  • Nutrients in fruits are vital for good health and maintenance of your body. Try to consume foods high in complex carbohydrates, high in fibre and rich in protein. Establishing healthy eating habits will help you maintain stable blood sugar levels, minimize cravings throughout the day, and aid in cognitive health.
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water every day. Keeping yourself well hydrated will keep your energy high, aid in digestion and reduce your hunger levels. Drinking a good amount of water can also increase your concentration levels.
  • Reduce intake of highly-processed foods, ‘diet’ or ‘low-fat’ products, artificial sweeteners, and foods high in sugar. This switch will reduce overeating problems.


At Citrus Ventures, we realise the importance of a diet that contains natural, unprocessed, and whole foods especially when you have a busy lifestyle. Hence, in our project – Belmont next to the Nandi Hills, we have made a conscious attempt to plant several fruit and vegetable plants in each villa and plot. Every resident is blessed with a fruit or vegetable garden at his home. In this manner, Citrus Ventures attempts to bring about a small yet healthy change in the lives of its customers.

Nandi Hills: An ancient site of heritage

Nandi Hills or Nandidurg, is a hill fortress that falls in the Kolar district and the Chickballapur Taluk of Karnataka. It forms a part of a group of hills that lie at an elevation of approximately 1458 metres from the sea level. From Bangalore, it falls at a distance of about 60 kilometres.

Many believe that it derived its name from a Dravidian style ancient temple of Nandi Bull statue that sits on top of the hill. According to mythology, Lord Shiva’s mount was Nandi. The other theory behind the origin of its name is that the hill resembles a sleeping bull or Nandi. There’s another Nandi temple present at the foot of the hills which is believed to have been built in the 9th century by the Banas. During the Chola Dynasty, the place was called Ananda Giri or in other words the ‘Hill of Happiness’. The temple of Yoga Nandeeshwara located on top of the hill is one of Karnataka’s most ancient temples. Several dynasties have ruled this areas in the past – the Banas, the Cholas, the Hoysalas, the Vijayanagara Kings, Haider Ali, Tipu Sultan, and then finally the British army. Nandi hills had served as the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan. He had built a fort here, hence the alternative name – Nandidurga (fort).

Nandi Hills

Nowadays, lovers of nature are often found thronging the hill. The winding roads and rolling green slopes lead to the top of the hill that overlooks a breath taking view. The hills surround a lake called the Amrit Sarovar Lake which has been formed by perennial springs. Nandi hills is considered to be the source of the rivers Arkavati, Palar, as well as Pennar which meets the river Cauvery further in its course. The evergreen forests in the hills are home to varied flora and fauna. Shaheen Falcon, Uropeltid snakes, Pill millipedes and Malabar Whistling Thrush are a few of these. Besides the temples, a few scenic and historic attractions worth visiting are Tipu’s Drop, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and fort, Secret Escape Route, the huge Amrit Sarovar Lake, and Brahmashram.

It is therefore no wonder that this location is sought after by several real estate developers. Citrus Ventures is one such group who have utilised this location by constructing a 20-acre wide property – Belmont. This integrated mini township, self-sustained in every way is only a 15-minute drive from the Bangalore International Airport.

All about the Eraser

The National Rubber Eraser Day is observed every year on April 15.  On this day, the whole world marks the invention of erasers. The eraser or rubber is a stationery item that allows you to remove or erase charcoal or lead marks made by pencils.

On April 15, 1770, Joseph Priestley, an 18th-century theologian, chemist and clergyman described a vegetable gum that could remove pencil marks. He said, “I have seen a substance excellently adapted to the purpose of wiping from paper the mark of black lead pencil.” He christened the material “rubber”. In the same year, an English optician and instrument maker called Edward Nairne went on to develop the first marketed rubber eraser. In 1839, the process of vulcanization was discovered by Charles Goodyear. This process involved a method that cured rubber and made it highly durable. In the year 1858, Hymen L. Lipman patented the pencil with an eraser at the end.

Teachings of the Eraser

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Initially, rubber or wax tablets were used to erase lead marks from paper. This was before there were rubber erasers.  The alternative to the eraser was quite unusual – de-crusted and moistened bread.

Though it’s a small wad made of rubber, the eraser teaches us many lessons.

  1. It allows us to correct our mistakes by giving us second chances.
  2. It gives us the power to change, edit, edit again and present our best work. The eraser is adaptable and teaches us to be like it.
  3. The eraser lets go of the past and permits us to be forward-focused.

The Breathtaking Jakkur Lake

Bangalore was once called the city of a thousand lakes, but over time, it has lost most of these water bodies to urbanization, sewage dumping and encroachment. In 1960, there were approximately 282 lakes while today, barely 34 remain in their full glory. Besides the Cauvery river, the only water resources that Bangalore can fall back on for fresh water are its lakes and ever sought-after groundwater. These lakes, wells and other water bodies are disappearing fast as most of them are dumped with sewage and garbage. To worsen the situation, groundwater is depleting too.

Jakkur Lake

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Situated in the north-eastern part of the city, the Jakkur Lake is one of the largest and cleanest water bodies in Bangalore. It is the main lake in the chain of lakes comprising of the Yelahanka Lake upstream and the Rachenahalli Lake downstream. The 140-acre large lake has recently been rejuvenated by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). Besides being a freshwater lake that provides water to the city, it is particularly important because it is a potential model for the Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM). A sewage treatment plant (STP) with a capacity to treat 10 million litres a day was set up north of the lake by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB). This treatment plant receives wastewater from about 12,500 households from areas around Jakkur such as Yelahanka and Chokkanahalli. The plant is currently able to let out 8 million litres of treated water into the man-made wetland that further purifies the water naturally before letting it enter the lake. This means that the lake is fed with 8 million litres of treated water every day, which in turn recharges the ground, increases the water table and fills up the bore-wells and the beautiful old open wells. These are the heritage structures that adorn this area and are highly in need of preservation. The constant water inflow has made the lake a hotspot for biodiversity of all sorts. It also ensures that the lake is always full, thus providing potable water to the communities who use the wells around the area. This makes the system around this lake truly unique.

Jakkur Lake - Biodiversity - Pelican

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After a careful understanding, we at Citrus Ventures, have come up with a residential development – Citrus Ventures – Aries Lakeview in this promising area. These luxury homes, nestled away from the city hubbub, offers a calm and peaceful environment close to nature.

Business Centre in Residential Developments

Bangalore has been rightly assigned the nickname – ‘The Silicon Valley of India’ since it is the nucleus of the IT sector of the country. This industry took root mainly in 2001 with the establishment of several foreign and national IT companies in localities like Whitefield, Electronic City and Outer Ring Road. Since these localities are located approximately 10-15 km from central Bangalore, during peak office hours IT engineers end up spending up to 3 hours commuting to and from office every day.

Due to long commutes, most companies have increasingly become open to work-from-home option or telecommuting. The firms have realised the various benefits of this option, and have begun to enforce telecommuting facilities and policies. Working from home not only reduces travel time, but also saves on gas, reduces carbon footprint, allows the employee to spend more time with family, lets the employee avoid distractions and work in the comfort of his home.

The modern working environment necessitates collaboration in various forms such as:

  • International conference calls on VOIP
  • Accessing data on high speed networks
  • Video calls
  • Documentation requirements of printing, photocopying, faxing and scanning.

Business Centres in Residential Developments

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Most modern homes are not built with these facilities to accommodate work-from-home. Hence, it can get troublesome for an employee to work from home without such access. Due to this reason, developers are increasingly integrating extra amenities along with the common facilities. Private business lounge is one such amenity which is offered with the following provisions:

  • Work stations
  • High speed broadband link
  • Sound-proof discussion rooms with IP phones
  • Video conferencing facility
  • Printing, binding, photocopy and fax machines
  • Conference rooms
  • Pantry facility

With this, developers have managed to bring the office into the residential development. And we at Citrus Ventures, are one of the very few developers who provide this advantage. We have incorporated the private business lounge feature in two of our upcoming projects – Citrus VenturesPolaris and Casa Greens.


The Indian Green Building Council one of the premier Green Building Certifying body was established in 2001 as a part of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) with a vision “To enable a sustainable built environment for all and facilitate India to be one of the global leaders in the sustainable built environment by 2025” .

Hinduism enshrines five elements i.e Prithvi (Earth), Jal (Water),Agni (Fire), Vayu (Air) and Akash (Sky) known as Pancha Maha Butha’s  as the basis of creation of mankind . These five elements form the foundation of Green Building design.

Element Green Founding Philosophy
Prithvi(Earth) Sustainable sites
Jal (Water) Water efficiency
Agni(Fire) Energy and Atmosphere
Vayu(Air) Indoor air quality
Akash(Sky) Daylight , Night sky pollution


Green homes primarily protect the environment by

  • Reducing the use of natural resources eg. timber
  • Promoting use of renewable energy eg. Solar heating and lighting
  • Use of waste materials eg fly ash based bricks and concrete, treated waste water for gardening
  • Increased planting to trees and greenery to improve air quality
  • Encourage use of non fossil based transport eg:- Electric cars, Bicycle
  • Efficient design which increase natural light inside the house
  • Well designed ventilation which reduces air-conditioning requirements

They also are designed to deliver monetary savings to the users. The baseline savings derived from a Green home are

  • 20% reduction in energy consumption
  • 30% reduction in water consumption

We in Citrus Ventures have launched a premium villa development CASA GREENS in Sarjapura, Bangalore which will be certified as a green home in accordance with IGBC norms.

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