ACROPOLIS, ATHENS.



The city of Athens was home to some of the
most aesthetically sophisticated architecture of the ancient world. In
particular, the Acropolis, a sanctuary of religious structures, has been
extensively excavated to reveal the superior place its wonders occupy
in classical architectural history. Located on a hill in the center of
Athens, these buildings celebrate the origins of Athenian culture
through the veneration of the goddess Athena. After the first Acropolis
complex was destroyed by Persian troops in 480 BC, a new complex
was commissioned by the Athenian ruler Pericles and directed
by the architectural sculptor Pheidias. This new complex was much
criticized by surrounding communities because their payments to the
Delian League’s treasury, kept in Athens to provide military support
across the region, was instead used for Pericles’s reconstruction of
the Acropolis. In Athens, however, the Acropolis became a symbol of
Athenian supremacy across the region, demonstrative of Athenian
pride and cultural values.
Marble was brought from quarries outside the city to construct a
complex of seven major buildings, including the Propylaia, or grand
portico entrance into the walled complex accessible by the “Sacred
Way”; the Pinakotheke, or picture gallery on the left of the Propylaia;
the little Temple of Athena Nike on the edge of the hill to the right of
the entrance; the courtyard sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia (protector
of animals); and the armory, called the Chalkotheke, which finally directs
the visitor to the Erechtheion on the left, and on its right, to the
famous Parthenon, located on the most elevated site of the Acropolis.
Many votive statues, such as the colossal bronze of Athena the De-
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fender located just through the Propylaia, filled the rooms, courtyards,
and open areas.
The Parthenon, dedicated to Athena Parthenos, to whom votive offerings
were brought, housed a monumental statue of Athena made of
ivory and gold. Construction began in 480 BC by the architect
Kallikrates but was halted for about 30 years and then expanded upon
by the architect Iktinos. This white marble rectangular temple is elevated
by several marble steps, called the stereobate, that surround the
entire building and lead up to a continuous portico lined in a peristyle
on all four sides with a single row of columns. Additionally, because
the temple has a single peristyle rather than double columns, it is
called a peripteral temple. At the Parthenon, a pronaos, or smaller
porch, provides an entrance from the eastern platform, or stylobate,
into the internal sanctuary, called the cella. A separate, unconnected
portico then faces west, providing symmetry to the building. The
columns that surround the building are of the most austere order, the
Doric. Above the Doric capitals is a smooth architrave, and above
this begins the frieze of triglyphs, or three-part glyph patterns, and
metopes, or square panels carved with relief sculptures of various
battle scenes. Rising above this frieze is a triangular pediment surrounded
by a cornice filled with sculptures of gods and goddesses.
Triangular pediments occupy the west and east façades of the slightly
gabled roof, which is made of marble and not the usual wood or terracotta.
Although most of the building remains today, the roof was
destroyed and most of the architectural sculpture was placed in the
British Museum in London.
Greek architects are best known for their graceful columns, and
here the Doric columns are fluted, or carved with vertical lines, and
calculated mathematically to rise to an increasingly more slender
width from the drum, through the shaft, and to the necking right beneath
the capital. It is this attention to mathematical detail, focused
on symmetry, harmony, and proportionality, that provides the
Parthenon with an enduring beauty called the “classical” aesthetic.
Many Renaissance and later Neo-Classical buildings found across
the western world have been modeled on the Parthenon, not only for
its aesthetics, but also because its architecture came to symbolize
general prosperity, democratic principles, and honest leadership.

H&R Johnson India: Anti Bacterial Germ Free Healthy Bathroom..!!




H&R Johnson India: Anti Bacterial Germ Free Healthy Bathroom..!!
H&R Johnson( India ),  India’s leading tile , bath and kitchen player announced its foray into the premium category health bathroom product business, as part of this foray , it announced the roll-out of Johnson’s Germ-free sanitary ware in Tamilnadu.

Healthy Bathroom..!!
This special range of anti bacterial sanitary ware has been manufactured using the Silver Nano technology developed by the H&R Johnson India’s scientists at its R&D lab.
H&R Johnson (India) is a division of Prism Cement Limited is listed on Bombay Stock exchange.

Johnson’s Germ-Free
Sanitary ware follows the launch of Germ-free tiles pioneered by the company. With the distinction of being the only company to offer Germ Free sanitary ware and ceramic tiles, H&R Johnson (India) Has a huge leverage in offering end to end healthy bathroom solutions.
Mr. Ajit Singh, Vice-President Johnson Bath Division H&R Johnson (India) Said,” The launch of Johnson Germ-Free sanitary ware is a significant step taken by our company in rolling out super-premium innovations in the bathroom product business. This unique innovation reiterates our focus to amalgamate science and technology in the manufacturing of ceramic products that offer great value to our costumers. We expect this addition of anti-bacterial sanitary ware to catalyze our future growth in Johnson bath division.”
The market roll out of Johnson’s Germ-Free sanitary ware in Tamilnadu is expecting to be completed by June2012. Post this roll-out, the anti-bacterial sanitary ware will be available at the House of Johnson modern retail stores of the company as well as large network of exclusive dealers in Tamilnadu.

The market roll-out of this specified range will also be supported by its marketing offices and an extensive distribution network in Tamilnadu. H&R Johnson (India) Expects Tamilnadu to be a key driver of business volumes in South India.

SilverNano Technology..!!
The germ-free sanitary ware launched by the company is an amazing mélange of aesthetics and hygiene. An outcome of the SilverNano technology developed by its scientists, this special sanitary ware is coated with special nano ceramic glaze comprising of Silver Nano particles ( ions ) that helps prevent multiplication and growth of bacteria thereby keeping the sanitaryware free from Germs . Through this unique innovation, Johnson assures a zone of health & safety in the bathroom.
H&R Johnson’s SilverNano Technology uses silver as a core ingredient to create anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. These silver nano ions potentially sterilize over 650 types of bacteria. The silver nano particles typically measures 25 nanometers have a relatively large surface are due to their tiny particles size thereby increasing the contact area with bacteria and fungi and vastly improving its bacterial and fungicidal effectiveness.
The anti-bacterial sanitary ware launched by Johnson has passed the severe BTS research Institutes test for bacterial & fungicidal effectiveness with 99% results. Johnson’s anti-bacterial sanitary ware product range consists of 38 unique bathroom products.
As an introductory pricing strategy, the company will offers a specialized Germ-Free Bathroom set for Rs. 16,650.
H&R Johnson (India) announced the roll out of Johnson’s germ free sanitary ware in Tamilnadu. This special range of anti-bacterial sanitary ware has been manufacture using the silver Nano technology developed by the company scientists at its R&D lab.

During the last fiscal H&R Johnson (India) revenues crossed Rs.1730 crore recording a business growth of 18%. Its overall contribution to Prism Cement’s consolidated revenues was 35% during the year.
The Johnson Bath Division grew by 40% as against the overall industry growth of 20 % as well as organized sector’s growth of 30%. Johnson bath division clocked Rs. 103 crore revenues for H&R Johnson (India).
As part of the company ‘s plans to scale-up the Johnson Bath Division , it plans to invest in building new capacities as well as enhance its existing distribution network going forward.

Bedroom interior design ideas



The design off a bedroom depends on a few major factors. The first one is who will be occupying the room. For instance, the bedroom design for an adult will be absolutely different from the design of a kid’s bedroom. Similarly, the size of the bedroom also mattes. The design that will suit a master bedroom will not be right for a small spaced bedroom. Therefore, in this article we will be talking about a few basic bedroom design ideas.

Master bedroom interior design ideas 

The master bedroom is the largest one among all the other bedrooms in your house. Hence, you can get a lot of scope to experiment with the design of the bedroom. You should select a design for this bedroom in a way that it reflects the personality of its occupants. The color ot the bedroom walls should have a calm and serene effect on your mind and senses. Therefore, blue , green and lavender are the most popular choice of colours. However, if you want a more youthful touch to your bedroom, then opt for some warmer colours like misty peach , buttery yellow , delicate pink , light shades of plaster and so on . if you are looking for a sober lively atmosphere in your bedroom , then opt for neutral colours like light shades of brown.
The furniture of a master bedroom include a double bed , wardrobe ,dressing table , side tables and a writing table. If there is a terrace attached to the room , then you can keep some formal seating arrangements over there as well. The finish and shades of the furniture should compliment well with the colours of the walls as they cover a part of the wall space.

Lighting of the room should involve proper use of both the artificial light as well as natural daylight. For artificial lights use spot lights and decorative lamps to make the room bright. Bedroom wall can be decorated with paintings or artwork of a beautiful wall hangings or posters. You can give a personalized touch to the room by hanging a collage of family photographs enclosed in a decorative frame. Use of natural elements like houseplants inside the bedroom can make you feel closer to nature. Plants that bear flowers once in a month is the ideal is the ideal choice for this purpose as they will bring about a change in the look of the room after every few days.

Designing kid’s bedroom

Traditionally, the pink colour is associated with the wall colour of the girls bedroom and blue for the boys bedroom . however , now , times have changed and you have more number of options available with you . Purple , yellow , green , red, purple , orange , beige are the other colours which are very much liked by small kids. Whatever be the choice of the colors make sure it is water based one so that cleaning the wall will be an easier task.  Once you have finished painting , you can decorate the walls further with the help of hand painted wall murals . pictures of fairies, geometrical shapes like square and rectangle ,birds , teddy bear ,  cloudy sky , are preferred as girls bedroom designs. While forest themes , playhouse themes , image of reptiles , wild animals , sports cars are the choice for decorating boys bedroom.
Safety of the child is your highest priority. Therefore, the ideal flooring option should be covering the floor with carpet or wood flooring. You have to keep enough storage space in kids bedroom as they have their toys, books, crafts and other knick knacks which need to be stored properly so that the floor space remains free.

Interior Design Ideas for small Bedrooms 

For a bedroom with a small space , the design should be simple and the furnishings , the colour and the decoration should make it look spacious . colours like blue and green on the walls can make the room look larger. Use a paint which has a high gloss finish as it will reflect enough light make the room look more wide and open.
The bedroom furniture should have a more compact look so that they occupy less floor space in small- sixed bedroom. Proper storage is very important in storage is very important in a small space as they can prevent the room from getting cluttered. You can select such furniture for these bedrooms that have storage facilities as well. Most importantly, make sure there is enough light and airflow inside the room so that it does not look dingy. Use items made of metals , glass , and other polished surface for bedroom decoration as they can reflect a lot of light . Putting up a well decorated framed mirror on a wall opposite to the window can make the room look even brighter.

Combine all the ideas listed above to make a unique design that suits your taste, style and requirements. Just keep in mind that the design should not give a cramped look to the bedroom and the look should make you comfortable.

Overpowering Negativity with Vastu


There are several people who believe that presence of Vastu Purush brings in prosperity in their house and without the existence of their sacred body , the environment seems to be quite inauspicious , but actually who is Vastu Purush ? The answer lies behind a myth which says that once there was a devil that was formed from the sweat of Lord Shiva and his existence really bothered other gods. So, the 45 Gods sat upon him with his face lying downwards which compelled him to pray Lord Brahma and ask for his life. Lord Brahma accepted his prayers and blessed him to become a sacred body who will be worshipped throughout a construction work. people who will worship him as a “ Vastu Devta “ will be blessed with prosperity and success and those who will not worship “ Vastu Devta “ will suffer various difficulties in life .

Presence of Vastu Purush 

 The presence of his sacred body is believed to be very fortunate and this is one reason that majority of people worship “Vastu Devta “while constructing their house. The presence of Vastu Purush in the construction provides with Vastu Purush Mandala which is actually a power framework of 64 squares that helps people to decide what is good and what is not. Vastu experts keep this Mandala in mind and put in order some rules that can prove beneficial for the people residing in the house. When Vastu Purush was lying with his face down while 45 Gods were sitting on him, his head was towards the direction of north-east and feet towards south west. This is the reason that north east direction of the house should be kept tidy and mess free , as Vastu Purush breathes in this direction , south west direction can be used for placing heavy objects and this also encouraged the flow of positive energy in the house.

Overpowering Negativity

According to Vastu Shastra , there are five elements , air, water , fire ,earth and space which contribute a lot in focusing the positive energy. When these elements are present appositely inside a home, they help to focus the constructive energy which brings prosperity . from furniture to decorative pieces , every single things effects the negative and positive vibrations and Vastu Shastra makes it easy for the people to lace all these things in a right manner, for overpowering the negativity , Vastu Shastra is the solution that leaves people with optimum results.

Vastu Experts

 There are various people who are both familiar with Vastu Shastra and Vastu Purush , but they wish to bring in wealth, opulence and success . All such people can simply decide on for hiring Vastu experts that are well acquainted with different rules and regulations associated with the Shastra. These experts can help people in constructing their home, as per Vastu which will help in enhancing the positive energy inside. The best way to stumble upon some of the superlative Vastu experts is to simply log on to the websites. Internet being the fastest medium allows people to find Vastu experts that not only provide first rate services, but also endow people with reasonable prices , thereby keeping easy on the pockets of people . So, if you also wish to consult these Vastu experts , just feel free to surf the websites and have the benefit of bringing in prosperity in home.

German sanitary ware firm Dornbracht tests Indian waters

German luxury bath and kitchen maker Aloys F.Dornbracht GmbH is piggybacking its growth on the booming real estate segment in India. The company with its newly formed subsidiary has said that both residential and institutional sales will form core of its business strategy for the domestic market. “the real estate segments is booming and we see an opportunity for growth here. A slew of international hotel chains are looking to make a foray into Indian and through our association with them, we will make our presence in the domestic market as well.” Mr. Kubber (Director – Global sales) , Aloys F. Dornbracht GmbH , said. He said the highest growth for the brand is coming from Asia Pacific. As a resilt the company has set up four offices in the region including in Mumbai, Shanghai , Hong Kong and Singapore. Dornbracht has presence in14 countries and the group recorded a net turnover of €164.8 million in2011. Speaking on its Indian market, he said there is a growing appetite for luxury brands. “we have taken the dealer route to expand . We have 12 stores and hope to increase the number to 20 soon.” Also, the company will be expanding through the shop – in shop model. The overall sanitary ware market in India is estimated to be Rs. 850 crore and is growing at a rate 30-40 per cent annually. In India , the premium range is catered by players such as Hansgrohe , Villeroy & Boch and Rocha among others. In the mid-bracket, players such as Hindware and Somany operate . The rest of the market is catered by the unorganized segment. Dornbracht will operate in two segments – retail business and the institutional sales. “ bulk buyers and institutional sales are extremely important to us and we are betting big on three aspects of the brand – glamour , service and experience .” Mr. Kubber added. The company will be importing its bath and kitchen range from Germany.”We are not looking at setting up a manufacturing range. Our brand still niche.” He added. Dornbracht ‘s products are prices between Rs.1lakh and Rs. 50 lakh.

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