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Newsletter Issue 28  – July 2024

From our Desk 

"Redefining Luxury: Embracing 'Shanti' and 'Ananda' in Modern Living Spaces"

In our view, luxurious living fundamentally revolves around the concepts of "Shanti" (peace) and "Ananda" (bliss or joy). When discussing luxury in these terms, we emphasize creating living spaces and lifestyles that prioritize tranquility and profound joy. This goes beyond material wealth, aesthetics, or opulence, focusing instead on spaces that nourish the soul, promote well-being, and foster a deep sense of inner peace and happiness.


Luxury can be defined by comfort, convenience, and a wealth of amenities tailored to individual preferences. Since each person has unique tastes in living and architecture, it's essential to design spaces that meet more than just physical needs. True luxury design goes beyond basic requirements, aiming to create environments that prioritize well-being through a seamless blend of advanced technology and nature. It's about living comfortably with desired amenities while being in harmony with nature and oneself. Such environments promote mental and emotional balance, offering solace and rejuvenation amidst daily life's hustle and bustle. Ultimately, luxurious living nurtures a holistic sense of well-being, encompassing both physical and mental wellness.

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