Thursday, March 23, 2017

Our Very Own Gym

The other day, I went down to the 1st floor, which is actually a club floor. One door opens to Podium, another door opens to office and party room and another opens to Gym and swimming pool.

I entered the door leading to Gym. A loud music was playing and one member was on the treadmill. He was quite engrossed in his music and exercise that he didn’t notice us.

But I must say, it’s a beautiful room with state-of-art equipments. Although I have never done gymming in my life, this is first time that I wish I could.

There is TV in one wall of the room, I am sure when the gyms becomes totally functional, this will be a good venue to meet the society members.  The floor is fully covered with rubber padding to prevent the beautiful marble beneath. (You never know, when those heavy weights fall and break the floor).. Every detail has been attended to.  The managements has really taken pains to get the best and I have seen them help lift those equipments and find time to be there and arrange it. Appreciate the time they have invested from their busy life.

There is rest room and two changing rooms (male and female)

All walls are covered with mirrors from top to bottom, except one wall, that has long french windows overlooking the street. A small flower bed outside those windows has spot lights and bougainvilleas plants, which, when grown, will escape through long metal rods, on to the walls outside the building.

I am just waiting for those beautiful, thorny ornamental flowers bloom in the rainy season. I am expecting to walk on the carpet of these  colourful flowers, that will fall on those cobbled tiles....

While I was there, one person entered the gym. I didn’t know him, so I started to talk. He was a personal trainer, appointed by one of the tenant of the building. I am happy that members are appointing their own personal trainer, at least the cost of training members will not be added on our monthly bill, I hope.

Anyways the management has laid down the rules for members to follow. Good rules for smooth operation of our gym.

The Rules:

State of the art gym at Satguru Shlok is up n operational from 7 am to 10 pm.

Let's not forget the gym etiquette that need to be followed by the society members
1. Outside footwear not allowed in the gym .
2. Members can carry their workout shoes n change in the changing rooms provided.
3. Follow the same while exiting the gym .
4. Request you all to maintain hygiene .
5. Request you all to switch off the lights n AC in case  you are the last one to exit .
6. Request u all to carry ur own gym towel which can be used by individuals to clean the equipment post their workouts.
7. Keep the gym clean no chewing gum to be thrown in the gym area/toilet/dustbins.
8. Weights needs to be kept back in the rack post use
9. U may carry your own mats for workouts
10. Carry ur own water
11.  Toilet Hygiene needs to be strictly followed by all members
12. Avoid having loud conversation on the phone in the gym area.

Happy gymming

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Clean and Green Society Gets Rebate on Property Tax.

During one of our meeting before redevelopment, there was talk of  rain water harvesting but I don’t think that there is any provision in our new building or is there?

When our building was under construction, I had expressed the desire of installing solar panels on the terrace. Due to lack of space on the terrace, this idea was not received well.

I wish we had found some space to install solar panels to cover at least the cost of society electricity bills. Our building is well lighted from all angles of our society, inside out, at the flower beds, at the pools, in the lobby and common areas, and it does look beautiful, it is a good feeling, but I am dreading the huge electricity bill that i will have to pay. Moreover, carrying out environment friendly measures gets 10 percent discount on property tax.

Today I receive a circular from BMC to segregate dry and wet waste. This is a good idea and is accepted in all countries around the world. It is eco friendly move where all the garbage can be disposed off methodically and it can help city be clean and green. There is a norm that says that “If a housing complex in Mumbai manages to dispose its waste efficiently, then, it can apply for a ‘Clean green society’ tag, which makes it eligible for certain rebates in property tax.”

A society that manages zero garbage will get the highest rebate on offer.

“All the visible parameters will be assessed. For example, an electricity bill that can show the reduction in bill owing to the society’s use of green methods will get the rebate.,” said a senior civic official. The BMC which began its ‘Clean Society, Green Society’ scheme in August, has drawn some broad guidelines to provide the discount in property tax. The housing complexes in the city that eliminate the entire amount of waste collected, transported and disposed, will get the highest rebate, said the guidelines. 

I have not yet received any society bill since moving in, but I am still afraid of what amount in the bill to expect when I receive one.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

TV on Play Store at SS

In Satguru Shlok, you don’t need TV in every room, although nobody is stopping you if you like to. But the building is wholly wired internally so that ugly wires that you see them swinging from one building to another are not visible in our building, The wires come into building underground ,discreetly, and transports to every flat at certain points only. All the room  in each flat have such wires installed , but at one wall only. Your TV guy knows how to extract those wires into your room and get you TV connection. It is important to check where those points are, before you start to redesign the placement of your furniture and put fixtures on your wall. Hammering the wall with nails above these points can puncture the wires behind the wall.

Some members did have problem when they didn’t plan or had overlooked these switches. They had to redo the wiring and shift their plug points to their desired position, but that is so cumbersome, plus of course extra expenses.

I am not much fond of TV so I have TV only in two rooms. There is no TV in my living room nor is in my bedroom.

I have normal Win cable connection in one bedroom and advance IPTV in my media room. 

I am not too happy with IPTV because it is dependent on WIFI so if I have connection problems, the IPTV also blackens out. IPTV is the new technology and is still having teething problems, maybe in long run it might get better when more internet programs get installed. You will be able to see TV broadcasted from around the world and be able to watch movies and other programs at your request. There is UTUBE and some movies already downloaded, there are many different language programs from other side of the globe too. There are Japanese, Chinese, German , Urdu and many other languages too.  (for example..If I have guests from Spain, they can watch HBO in Spanish. ) IPTV is just like a computer and I am sure it will have great future when it become fully functional. 

To get more information on IPTV you could READ HERE

But still, presently I would have prefered TATA SKY.  (Known from unknown) but that would be available only if there were more members demanding it. It might be a big effort because whole new wiring may have to be installed internally. I am not too sure if the wires are already installed)

Sometimes, I want to watch TV while having lunch (Just time pass, you know, specially when food is not to my liking and TV is a good distraction..

On such days I watch TV on my mobile. Our building has WIN cable connection and if you download WIN-GO from play store on your mobile, you will get 20 free channels on your mobile that includes news, music, spiritual and some movie channels too.

So go on, if you are residing at Satguru Shlok, download the app called WIN-GO from your play store  and enjoy the TV on your mobile screen..all for free………

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I Am Back Home From Daulat Baugh To Satguru Shlok

I am back again after four years of silence on this blog. The building went for redevelopment, I knew I would miss my building where I have lived for over forty years. Every brick sighed and its breath diminished each day as the day approached for redevelopment. I remember the last rainy day in June 2014, the building wept.

I had moved out for two years and taken a small flat close by.

When I moved, what I missed the most was my balcony.

Nine feet by four feet balcony was the area where I would spend most of my evenings. As the sun slumped across the horizon, its golden rays filtered though the tall trees spreading its warmth over me. I sat in my balcony with a cup of tea on the ledge and a mobile in my hand. Many evenings were spent sipping tea and surfing through my ‘WatsApp’ messages. Sometimes I would listen to the music and sometimes watch videos on its tiny screen. Then there would be chats on social media, forward messages to read or the missed phone call to be answered.

Balcony appeared to float above a large open space between wing A and wing B defying gravity. It was a structural masterpiece as well as architectural one. Fancy cars sparkled under daylight and occupied most of the building compound, but the area between the parked cars was large enough for children to play outdoor games. On weekends and on holidays, children and their friends from neighboring buildings played various outdoor games that included cricket and football. Younger children played running and hopping games. Babies sat in their pram chewing on fingers. Old men walked carelessly, lost in their own world, distant.

A group of senior women sat on wide, rectangular platform, built over the water tank. They met every evening for endless conversations dissecting the TV serials, or discussing the news that they had collected during the day from their maids who were the carrier of tales.  The distance from the tank to my balcony was not much, two floors upstairs their murmur was audible. The news that I collected while surfing the net seemed pale against their juicy gossip. At regular intervals, they would glance up to acknowledge my presence.

I had blogged about my balcony on my other blog at

Whenever I missed my home, I went to see the construction of how much it had progressed.

The builder delivered us a brand new building in two years as promised and now I have a beautiful home with branded  and modular amenities. I live on the eight floor facing north-east. Friends tell me this is my lucky home  according to Vastu shashtra and I am to see much more happiness here. I love this house because it is so airy, with long french windows, bright and good ventilation. The vibrations of this house is really good and all the guests who have visited me are telling me that I have hit a jackpot.

Although there is no balcony, the view of sky is vast and beautiful. Morning I spend soaking in the sun that come direct from my long french windows and I spend most of my days, reading and writing closer to the windows.

The only difference is that it is an isolated place. I hardly see my neighbours. They used to be my family once, now I meet them only in lifts with brief hello. The attitude is cold and the rules are be-happy-with-what-ever-you-have-don’t-complain. They are becoming strangers now. There are no more senior women sitting in the compound, there is no bench now for them to sit in the building area and the compound is cobble webbed, suitable only for cars and heavy vehicles. I am always afraid of tripping over, so I don’t venture out for walk, except to trample on mat that has been spread over a small narrow walking path from main gate to the lobby.

Well, my mom always said “Be happy under all situations and the life shall shine over you

So happy I am that my Lord has blessed me a beautiful home and I am grateful for that.



Our Very Own Gym

The other day, I went down to the 1 st floor, which is actually a club floor. One door opens to Podium, another door opens to office and p...