“The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don’t help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don’t increase you will eventually decrease you.”
If you are thinking of building or re-building your home, architects Hardesh and Monica Chawla of Essentia Environments have some tricks to share: 1) Study the wind direction, sunlight, surroundings and vegetation around the structure you are going to design. Then, use the same natural elements for building the house—this will help you keep it eco-friendly and easy to live in. 2) Large windows and doors, on the north side, will yield maximum benefit of daylight, and this will ensure that the house doesn’t get too hot. 3) Plan doors and windows according to the wind direction to get maximum natural ventilation, and thus, ensure a comfortable and breezy house. Using glass in the north and in the east brings in ample light, minimising the use of electricity during the daytime.