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How to dry clothes inside your home?

Posted by Vivek on November 20, 2007

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There is always some inspiration for an article. Needless to say, the heavy rainfall today at Chennai which lead to wet clothes hanging inside our home was a reason to write this piece.

The most common way of drying clothes after either washing manually or with the aid of a washing machine, is to spread them out on a clothes line. (as shown below)

clothes line

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This clothes line is typically situated on the terrace of the home/apartment. And this is exactly why the system fails on a rainy or overcast day as there is not enough sunshine.

So what is the workaround for this? We know that many people tie temporary clothes line inside the house, from one window grill to another, but this can only be a mess. With the possibilities of water dripping, people finding it difficult to move about, the problems are endless.

The best thing to do is to use a “Clothes Drying Rack

Clothes Drying Rack

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These ultra portable, ultra light stands are a saving gadget for all our problems. And the best part is that their usage is not limited to rainy days!

Drying clothes on such racks can help prevent color losses which result from drying clothes in direct sunshine.

The rack itself is made up of a grill like structure where each rod can be used to hang clothes on. Since it is indoor, we do not need to add the customary clips to prevent them from flying away.

There are many varieties of racks in the market which can suit your needs. Number of fold-able arms, grill sizes, color and height are some of the differentiating factors.

There is even an electric rack which warms up and speeds the process of cloth drying !!

Some more types or racks can be seen here and here.

Comments are welcome.


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Posted by Vivek on November 19, 2007

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Here are the answers for yesterday’s jumble !

Answer to Puzzle 2

Super Word Solution:

Your neighbours may start complaining if you have one of these:

Answer : Home- THEATRE

Do drop a comment if you liked this game. Cheers 🙂


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Puzzles-Jumble-02

Posted by Vivek on November 18, 2007

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The first edition of Jumble on Aavaas was posted on 4 November. Today we are happy to give you the second.

puzzle-02

Clue for the super word : “Home- _______ : Your neighbours may start complaining if you have one of these”

Happy solving and do post your answers via comments.


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A recap of posts

Posted by Vivek on November 18, 2007

It has been a while since we published the weekly summary. Here is the list of most recent posts on Aavaas:

Puzzles-Jumble-01

Mukesh Ambani’s new house – Antilla

Answers-Jumble-01

Videocon to acquire Onida – Rumor

We have crossed 10,000 Views ! – Thank you

Diwali/Deepavali wishes to all

Home Loan insight – Interview with Bank of Baroda

Pest Invasion

Insulation and its benefits

Press Coverage from Indian Express for Aavaas

Internet at home

Ironing board and it’s merits

Defrosting your refrigerator- A small guide

Knives – kitchen accessories

Organizing Clothes in your Wardrobe

Rashtrapati Bhavan – Most expensive home in India

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Rashtrapati Bhavan – Most expensive home in India

Posted by Williams on November 17, 2007

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We had recently written an article about the house being constructed by Mukesh Ambani in South Mumbai. Quite a few people have been landing up at the article after having searched in Google using the keywords containing “most expensive house”. This started me out on an interesting search… Is it really the most expensive home ever built?

The answer wasn’t hard to find. It isn’t. Not by a long shot. Not even by Indian standards. In fact all of us are already familiar with a more expensive house built in India – our very own ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan’.

RBhavan Front

Here are some interesting facts about it:

  1. 17 long years were required to complete (1912-1929) its construction. Then on its 18th year, India became independent. Interesting, because the house was built as a symbol of British Imperial strength. J
  2. The cost of construction was an astounding 14 million rupees. Not sure how much that would be in today’s prices, but that is astronomical by the standards of pre-independent India.
  3. At today’s real estate prices, the land itself will be worth more than 16,000 crores ($4 Billion). The house is built on an area of 335 acres or so, right in the heart of New Delhi. After all, New Delhi itself was designed by Lutyens with Viceroy’s house as its centre.
  4. The building has 340 rooms within its 4 storeyed structure.
  5. At one time 2000 people were required to look after it. Not sure whether that is still the case though. Might have been a colonial time extravaganza.
  6. Although Lutyens and Baker – the two main architects, quarreled bitterly over the details of New Delhi and Viceroy’s house (they actually ceased speaking to each other), the eventual results is considered to be an elegant mix of Western and Indian styles. Indian architectural patterns such as Buddhist railings, chhajjas, chhatris and jaalis are found in the building. Chhajjas are stone slabs designed for preventing the sunrays from falling on the windows and protecting the walls from the rains. Chhatris adorn the rooftops of the building through their elevated positions. Jaalis are stone slabs designed with delicate floral / geometric patterns.
  7. At 630 feet long, it is longer than the Versailles Palace.
  8. By the way, the place also has nine tennis courts, a polo ground, a 14-hole golf course and a cricket field.

To the west of Rashtrapathi Bhavan is the elegant Mughal Gardens, which occupies an area of 13 acres. It has Mughal style canals, fountains and terraces at different levels with flowering shrubs and Western style lawns, hedges and flower beds.RBhavan Mughal Garden

To the east lies a vast court with the huge Jaipur column of red sandstone. It is topped with a bronze lotus and the six pointed glass star of India, in the centre. RBhavan Court View

You can also view the Satellite image and the roadmap of the area. 

To all Indian Presidents’ credit, none of them have ever occupied the actual Viceroy quarters, deeming it to be too extravagant in nature. Instead all have occupied certain portions of the guest enclave of the building.

By the way, I can think of at least one other home building which might be even more expensive than the Rashtrapati Bhavan (not in India, though). Will cover that after some more research.


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