Today is my daughter’s first day at school. Just came back from her school after the school gate was closed. Can’t imagine how time flew by!
Seems like just a few days back when she was born and I could literally hold her in my palms, she was so small and tender. And now Arika, my little princess has grown old enough to go to school! And I’m sure enough that a day will come when she might say goodbye to us and travel abroad for higher studies. No matter how much I try to be the strong Papa to her, such thoughts moisten my eyes.
Just after she was born I was promoted as a Senior Manager. As we all know working in the mid manager level in a MNC, has its own responsibilities and claims a toll on your personal life. I used to leave home early in the morning to dodge the morning traffic to reach office on time and would invariably get held up in meetings until late in the evening. By the time I used to come back home, Arika used to be in deep sleep same as morning. I used to feel very bad. I was not able to be the father that I always longed to be. Though, Arpita, my wife never complained about it, I could see that she was managing our home singlehandedly, with little help from me. My life used to revolve around my office and the route from our rented home at Koramangala to my office in Electronic city. We planned to buy an apartment near Electronic city, but whatever choice we had were way above our envisaged budget.
Then one fine day in office Mr. Shastry came up with the discussion and told that he has bought a home in a property called Sunworth, near Electronic city. The price was affordable and the builder was renowned, PROVIDENT Housing, from Puravankara group. Arpita and I paid a visit to their project site and had a long discussion with the sales executive at their marketing office. The model apartment was really good; so much of sunlight even at 4:30-5:00pm! The executive explained us that the project was being built with European Pre-Cast concrete technology by L&T. The gentleman also shared a list of amenities that were going to come within the project. By the time we went back home we could hardly remember more than 5 of the amenities! But we were pretty sure that we did a right and fruitful investment that day.
It has been almost 5 years that we have shifted to our SW home and I cannot think of one reason not to love it. Now I do not need to spend hours in cleaning my car every weekend or go running from one shop to another for monthly groceries or search like a hawk to find an ATM to withdraw money in emergency. Our SW home has almost every feature to take care of our daily necessities. Arpita joined back to job after almost a year. She literally left all hope of joining back given the fact that we didn’t have anyone to take care of Arika in her absence. We were relieved to know that there is a crèche within the project premises.
Now we both get a lot of quality time to spend with Arika. She just loves to run along the elevated walkways and play around the tree house! I could see happiness gushing in Arpita’s face when Arika and I splash around in the swimming pool. Whenever my parents or my in laws come they love the freshness and expansive openness of the project. We all enjoy so much during the community festivals; it gives us a feel of the life back in our native. And, yeah, how can I even forget, how Arpita was literally dancing on her toes when she got to know that there is a salon and a fully functional gym within the project premises. In fact for the last few years I have made it a point to jog every day morning; it helps me beat work related stress and live a healthy life. At Provident outdoors make a home as much as the indoors.
It is not just the 3BHK apartment that we bought; we got a lot more than just a home. Our lives are blessed with a lot of happiness, laughter and peace. We live our life in style.Read more about Outdoor experience equal to Indoors
“The criteria for my dream home - reliability and cost. Provident provided both!”
When Software Engineer Shashidhar Kulkarni embarked on his career, it was a natural corollary that he would want to invest in a home of his own. Like most Bangloreans, the very thought was intimidating- what with the astronomical apartment prices skyrocketing by the day…. “It was a deterrent and the very thought of doing a recee always put me off.” But it didn’t take Shashi long to realize that the longer the wait, the higher the price escalation. And ultimately, he would have to be satisfied with just renting an apartment. This was not a happy proposition for him.
“With this realization I started searching for my dream home. There were two main criteria that I was looking for to clinch the deal-reliability and cost. Everywhere I experienced that builders who were not reliable or the apartments were incredibly overpriced.”
As all good things which are meant to be, just happen, my relatives and friends suggested Provident Harmony. With much hesitation, I approached the authorities and voila! I was instantly hooked.
Provident homes come replete with multiple lifestyle amenities. With spacious and contemporary interiors, landscaped pathways, artistic exteriors, security measures and environment-friendly techniques, the cost is unbelievable.
“The testimonials from buyers speak volumes of the reliability of Provident, the Housing giants. I got to hear only good things about this Housing Company. And the ambience is synonymous with the name. Indeed, Provident Harmony, institutes the idea of ‘Harmonious Living.’”
“My decision to book the apartment was instant. And I am happy. I made the best decision of my life by buying my dream home at Provident.”Read more about New beginnings...
Provident has proved that good quality needn’t come at an expensive price
‘‘…Expensive Features yet inexpensively Priced, …’’
I had been on a house hunt for almost close to a year. I used to scan all the property sites on the net and go through all the newspaper ads – and yes, I did find many apartments in Bangalore that were to my liking. It had all the specifications and amenities on my wish list. The catch, however was the exorbitant price; beyond my reach.
Until one day, I chanced upon this ad of Provident Sunworth in Times of India. It said, “Homes with expensive features, yet inexpensively priced.” Ah, that seemed like the perfect home that I was looking for. The headline was persuasive enough for me to read the full ad.
The ad listed out the expensive features that Sunworth was offering. From two lifts in each tower (I thought this was a prerogative of only high-end apartments), to emulsion paint to premium vitrified flooring and UPVC windows –the specifications seemed as good as any luxury home in Bangalore.
Space, which is a premium feature – figured prominently in Sunworth. The gap between two apartments was a good 75 feet! And the apartment itself was spread over a large area of 59 acres; out of which, more than 75% was open space!
Whilst most other apartments had just one Clubhouse; Sunworth had not one or two, but three clubhouses – and hold your breath, three swimming pools! All this for just Rs 26 lakhs! I bought it with eyes closed! The price has now appreciated – and that makes me doubly delighted – that my asset is priced much more than what I paid for.
I give a big thumbs up for Sunworth. I recommend the same to anyone who wants a good quality home but isn’t willing to pay a fortune.
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Fathers like me aren’t good at mothering
Monday mornings couldn’t start on a better note than to notice an alarming amount of sunlight in your bedroom, a result of your alarm not going off. That realization was followed by 20 minutes of panicked cursing & shouting & crying (my 8 year old son Dhruv did the crying) as I careened around the house, from bathroom to kitchen to front door, trying to gather all the ridiculous bits of stuff Dhruv & I needed for the rest of the day. My wife, Geetha was away for 4 days on work.
As I pulled up in front of his school in Yelahanka 45 minutes later, Dhruv shot me a reproachful look. “Mom says if you keep dropping me off late like this, she will send me with Dinesh Uncle”. “Oh boy, last time I promise”. Dhruv was sliding out of the car now, a doubtful expression on his face. No breakfast and no lunch box either. I sighed, thinking another weekend had come to an inglorious end. I had, apparently failed spectacularly as a husband & now it appeared that I would fail with equal flamboyance as a dad. As I raced to work, I brooded about the botched morning. Geetha always complained I couldn’t handle anything when she was away.
The only good thing was the thought of moving into our own home in less than a week. Our Home at Provident Welworth City.
It’s Saturday. The men from Movers and Packers were carrying the boxes downstairs and into the waiting truck. It took almost an entire day to get all our things moved out. After snacking on Masala Dosas it was time to “officially” move in. Geetha looked at me with little Dhruv on her lap “Raghu, at last. We finally are moving into our own home.” As the car sped on the lovely Yelahanka Dodballapur road, I could see an elaborate quilt of elegant buildings, interspersed with apartment houses, shops, cafes and trees. With every passing minute, the sky became a deeper blue and by the time we reached our new home the full moon looked like a giant pearl hanging before an inky pool spread over 9000 sq ft, burning an impression into the canvas of my mind. Its light bounced against the water and Geetha exclaimed “Here it is, our pride and joy”.
Birds chirped incessantly as if they had a case of hiccups.
The early morning light was still breaking across the horizon when Geetha woke me up. The balcony was engulfed with the early morning fog and the birds chirped incessantly as if they had a case of hiccups. After a hearty breakfast of porridge, eggs and fresh fruits, I sat on the end of a long bench in an enormous expanse of green lawn, while Dhruv and Geetha were busy throwing Frisbees at each other. I was giving instructions to Dhruv on how to play & he absorbing every word I said as if I were sharing with him the secrets of the Universe. Frisbee followed by cycling, followed by swimming, followed by just running around crazily like I’ve never done in ages, followed by meeting and getting to know our neighbors, if this was how our life at our new home was going to be, I just wanted to capture this moment and keep it with me forever & for always…
Mrs. Sharma wades in with a forgotten curler sticking in the back of her hair
And so, it’s been a year now at Provident Welworth City. And it still feels as joyous as it did on our first day here. In more ways than one; this home appealed to the child in Geetha & I and has brought us closer as a family. It has put life back into perspective. Or rather it has put the perspective back into life. Akhil, Sanjay & Rehan, Dhruv’s best buddies, all four, big enough to be adults – at least in my eyes & it makes my chest swell with pride every time I see them bonding over a game of cricket. Our next door neighbor Mrs. Sharma who at times comes to our house with a forgotten curler sticking in the back of her hair is almost like family. Oh, and she makes the best aloo parathas ever. The friends we’ve made here will last a lifetime and as we age gracefully, so will our Home at Provident Welworth City.
As a wise man once said “Good Homes Build Great Relationships”, this testimony is proof enough.Read more about Good Homes Build Great Relationships