Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Waiting list of Paranjape Schemes' Blue Ridge Township at Hinjewadi, Pune closed after 400 bookings

, originally uploaded by karolina j'.

Somebody told me about it, so i called and confirmed at Paranjape Schemes' office. He said yes, in a day and half around 400 people put their names on the waiting list so now we have stopped taking anymore names. Obviously, my next question was 'when will 2nd phase open?'. No, i did not ask this question because from the day first phase is launched, i have heard people asking this question and the standard answer is 'after 6/8 months.'

What i admire about Paranjape Schemes' is their staff. Every body is well informed and open. So, you always feel free to call and ask.

One more thing, complete website of Blue Ridge is now indexed so you can search and log on anytime. It's good website. I liked it. On my "real estate marketing blog" i am going to blog it.

Share Your Views and Opinion:

On my "Pune Real Estate Market News" blog i have shared the general reaction of Pune to the grand response you all gave to 'Paranjape Schemes' Blue Ridge.'

But i am very curious to know your views about the projects in our part of the city: Aundh annex, Baner, Balewadi and Pashan. Somehow, i feel, bookings at the Blue Ridge reflects the negative opinion about these projects. Like they say in the Elections, negative vote against the ruling party!

Please, share your views and opinion in the comments.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Are you on the Paranjape Schemes' Blue Ridge waiting list?

1) Section 8 waiting list

2) Liver transplant waiting list

3) Organ transplant waiting list

4) Direct TV HD DVR waiting list

5) Organ donation waiting list

6) Heart transplant waiting list

7) Giants season ticket waiting list

are the most important waiting lists in the world. Now, there is a new addition to this: Paranjape Schemes' Blue Ridge Waiting List.

How to get on the Paranjape Schemes' Blue Ridge waiting list?

It's simple. If you happened to visit Flagship Infrastructure (P) Ltd's Hinjewadi site in the lunch break and you are told that all flats are booked, please, do not get upset. Site down. Have a glass of cold water. Do not gulp down. Take slow sips. Wipe your face. Clean your glasses. You can use your friend's handkerchief. Take out your pen. Write a cheque of one lakh rupees. Hurray! you are going to get your 2 bhk flat when Paranjape Schemes' will launch a second phase of the Blue Ridge!

It works!

I told this to one of my client on Monday afternoon. It worked for him. I am sure, it will work for you too.

If you want to know what happened on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, please, click on the particular day and read!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Buying a house? Beware of builders' tricks

What are the most common games that developers play? Here are eight common tricks and ways in which you can guard against them: I. When do I get my house? II. Where are my papers? III. What's the guarantee of quality? IV. What is the price really? V. What else do i pay for? VI. How big is house? VII. What's the carpet area? VIII. Will I get a well-managed property?

read more | digg story

Monday, October 22, 2007

HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh says prices in some parts of Pune have softened, many builders are giving freebies, offering to pay EMIs of up to 6 months

Freebie-FengShui, originally uploaded by openmls.

Yes, prices have come down in some pockets, but you can’t say that prices have come down across the nation. It’s best to say that sales have slowed down across the nation. Markets have softened. This is the prelude to prices coming down. The question is: who will blink first - — buyers or builders?

In an exclusive interview with DNA’s Salil Deshpande, HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh says it’s now a waiting game as builders try to hold on to prices despite a slowdown in sales.

If you know or want to know specific details about who is offering to pay EMIs of up to six months, furnish the house and other sops in Pune Real Estate Market, please, let me know in the comments and i will post about it.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Satyagriha Project plans 1BHK (504 sq ft), 2BHK (900 sq ft) and 3BHK (1,206 sq ft) homes in the price bracket of Rs 7.75 lakh to Rs 23 lakh

Conceptualised along the Japanese idea of ‘space saving':

Bangalore-based Asipac, a provider of concepts, planning and marketing solutions to the real estate market, along with over 20 builders (domestic and international) are planning India's biggest private sector housing venture—the Rs 62,000-crore Satyagriha Project, which proposes to build 342,000 homes in the next six years across India.

Technology to save electricity and water:

The houses are fitted with sensors to conserve electricity and water. Bathrooms have shower cubicles split into a wet and dry area. These have weight sensors—when a person steps into the wet area the water starts, and turns off the moment he steps into the dry area. The toilet bowls are fitted with bum-washers, which too conserves water.

The Satyagriha consortium plans to customise these technologies to Indian requirements

DSC02065, originally uploaded by owba99.

Dear Amit, (Amit Bagaria is the chairman of Asipac) simple or hi-tech, no bum-washer for me. I simple Indian toilet. It saves space and costs less. To save the water, i will stop enjoying washing my bum. Self-control! I am also follower of Mahatmaji! For my foreign friends i will put this board:

how to use indian toilet, originally uploaded by bindifry.

What about you? Do you prefer (hi-tech or simple) western toilet or Indian toilet? Please, let me know in the comments.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pune Municipal Corporation launches a drive against vehicles parked in no-parking zones

No parking sign, originally uploaded by niallkennedy.

The nuisance detection squad and traffic wardens will take action against such vehicles by fixing jammers to immobilize them. The vehicle will be shifted to a nearby ward office if the owner fails to reach the spot within 2 hours.

1. Owners who leave their cars in no-parking zones with the driver seated in the vehicles will not be spared.

2. The fines: Two-wheelers: Rs 100
Four-wheelers (cars and jeeps), rickshaws, small tempos: Rs 500
Big tempos, trucks and tourist vehicles (heavy vehicles): Rs 2,000

3. No Parking: All vehicles parked in any chowk of the main city roads and within 15 metres from the chowk will be penalised.

4. No Parking: Vehicles parked in no-parking areas in front of commercial complexes and near bus stops.

5. No Parking: Vehicles parked within 200 metres of state transport bus stands and Pune railway station.

Happy Diwali!
(I am not wishing you.)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Will better City-Village Links make affordable Housing available?

Pune’s guardian minister Ajit Pawar :
What an idea sir-ji!

Strengthening the road and rail network between the fringe areas and Pune city is one of the best ways to make affordable housing available to the lower and middle income groups, Pune’s guardian minister Ajit Pawar has said.

If the travel time between fringe villages like Urali Kanchan and Velhe to the city was reduced to less than 30 minutes, citizens would prefer to purchase affordable properties in these villages, he added.

Resident Editor, The Times of India, Pune
wants to know your views ! :

You can click on the link and post your comments or:
You may also SMS or e-mail your views. Mail at with `Road Network' mentioned in the subject line. To SMS, type MTMV, leave a space, type ROADS, leave a space, Y or N, type your comments and your name and SMS to 58888

Honorable Guardian Minister-ji of Old Pune :

1. Budget: Thanks! It is very kind of you. But sir, first, please, define exactly what do you mean by "Lower and Middle Income Group"! I have heard, in Delhi the flats in the budget range of 30 to 40 lakhs are considers as low income group accommodation. In Pune situation is not much different. Budget of 2 bhk flat is around 30 lakhs! So, please, tell me what kind of budget you have in mind when you say housing for low and middle income group.

2. Rate : Sir, please, let me know if there is any pre-launching special offer!

Please, get out of Pune

Ideas Journal, originally uploaded by renmeleon.

I admire Mr. Ajit Pawar for his "original" ideas. For example, "New Pune"! What an idea Sir-ji!

Somebody told me, not only real estate but mobile service providers also takes his advice. Yes, Reliance, Adity Birla Group, everybody. You must have seen Idea cellulars' new TV commercial, "nobody will be known by his (cast)name". Who's idea is it? What an idea sir-ji!

But, sir-ji, this is not your "original" idea. Chief Minister of Maharashtra... (better i write the name of the CM, who knows whether he will be there till i push and publish this blog!).... Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh, has already told us "get out" when he declared his scheme to let the builder buy and own hundreds of acres of agriculture land near city. But now a days, all of us pay attention only to his son, Riteish Deshmukh! So we failed to take a notice what chief minister had said.

But in your case, your followers in Pimpri Chinchwad may not follow you but media follows you without fail! Sir, we, citizens of Pune, are intelligent enough to understand what do you really mean when you suggest this. You want to say "Get out of Pune if you can not purchase a flat for 30 lakhs of rupees."

It is very kind of you to say so politely! You are a true guardian. Very caring! Thanks!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Do you think Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Ltd (MSEDCL) is exploiting you?

power cut
Originally uploaded by pshab

Residents of Mumbai's eastern suburbs, Thane and Navi Mumbai believe that Maharashtra Government is "discriminating" and they have decided to launch an agitation against it.

Residents of the eastern suburbs of Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai ask "Why don't they get power supply from Tata, Reliance and BEST as most of Mumbai? Why are they left at the mercy of state-controlled monopoly, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Ltd (MSEDCL) and forced to suffer frequent power cuts? Why can't they enjoy no-power-cuts like most of Mumbai?

I find residents of the eastern suburbs of Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai are absolutely right. They do not have to convince anybody or argue their case. This is discrimination. We all support them in their agitation. But tell me if frequent power cuts is a discrimination then 'no power supply' and 'higher rates' is what, an exploitation?

When you pay your electricity bill do you wonder why rural areas get free power, even those farmers who can afford motors do not have to pay for the electricity? Isn't it an exploitation of an honest tax payer like you?

Friday, October 5, 2007

welcome2pune! Get the updates of what is Pune doing on Twitter!

I love Twitter. I love Pune. Naturally, i love my micro blog, "welcome2pune"! I am sure, you will also love to know what Pune is doing. So get the news links about Pune. The widget is in the side column. Be in touch with Pune.

Besides, "welcome2Pune", you can also follow "PuneRealEstate" on Twitter. Here you can keep yourself updated with the Pune real estate news. If you want more details click the Tiny URL and read the post on Ravi Karandeekar's Pune Real Estate Market News Blog! Yes, it is a sort of industry blog but there are some interesting related posts also. For example, the post, I will write a blog on this!

Great thing is not only on the web, you can follow Twitter on your mobile and IM! Try "welcome2pune" and "PuneRealEstate" on Twitter, you will love it too!

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Yes, please, get a mobile version of my blog from the widget in the side column. You can enter your phone number to get the link via SMS. Or you can also use alternate method to get to your site: by entering the address directly into the browser of your mobile.

This service is provided by FeedM8. It is instant and works excellent. You know, you can also read my other blog, Ravi Karandeekar's Pune Real Estate Market News Blog, on your mobile. To get it on your mobile, please, visit the blog once and you can be in touch with the latest news about Pune and Indian real estate, even when you are on the go!

Along with my blogs, you can read some of the best blogs on your mobile. I personally read, Digg, CNN, Times of India, Economic Times, NY Times and Lifehacker. I am sure, you will enjoy FeedM8!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Didn't i tell you it is very much possible to manufature a car in one lakh rupees? See, Ratan Tata has almost done it!

Next September Ratan Tata's 1 lakh Rupees car will be in the showroom. It is a top secret but every body knows it. I myself read it in The Economic Times. Do you know what Ratan Tata has done? Cost cutting and saving! See, how easy it is! You know, even his suppliers are charging him less. All this is possible because cars are made in the factory in big numbers! His suppliers are going to earn on the volume!

Not only that, he is not using some parts at all. For example, gears! His car will be without gear! There will be an engine but not where it generally is. It will be at the back in place of the dickey, directly on the rear wheels! For body panels, Tata is using steel of low-gauge!

You may be wondering about performance, engine power and speed! Do not worry at all because one of the vendor who is working on Ratan Tata's car said, "“It will be a light-weight vehicle with a frugal engine. In terms of fuel-efficiency, the car has been benchmarked with upper-end motorcycles,”

Now tell me, when your suppliers are ready to charge you less, when your suppliers develop special parts for you, when you can use cost effective materials, when you can do without some parts and save a lot and over and above when you can produce the same thing on the assembly line in big numbers isn't it easy to manufacture a car in one lakh!

Remember all this and repeat it loudly if you lose the control of your mind and are tempted to ask "why should I pay one and half lakh rupees for the car park?"

Are you planning to visit Index International Furniture Fair 2007 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai?

Almost 50 Italian companies, 40 companies from China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil and Germany will showcase their designs at the Index fair, which is scheduled to start on October 18, in Mumbai.

Besides the great opportunity to see imported furniture from all over the world, i am very curious to see Dilip Chhabria's "designer furniture". Yes, that same ace automobile designer, Dilip Chhabria is now revving up to give the Italians, a run for their money.

“I have booked space at this exhibition next to the Italian counters and i will showcase my creations. If my clients can spend Rs 50 lakh for designing a car, they can spend an equal amount in furniture,” Chhabria had said.

Dilip is talking about you, sir! I request all my clients, please, do not let him down. Personally, i am going to wait till his first "designer discount sale". Generally, imported furniture showrooms give up to 40% discount in their sale. How much discount will he offer? Any guess?