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preeti kumar

Old government houses strewn across the country had many such features. Comparatively small with few rooms, they featured deep verandahas front and back, small windows in opposing walls, ventilators and high ceilings. Then modernism and technology took over- verandahas got converted into additional rooms, ventilators were boarded and shut, false ceilings built to accommodate ACs and round the clock lights for poorly lit rooms. Lawns and gardens became cemented patios, hedges were replaced with brick walls and unruly trees trimmed and felled to accommodate parking spaces. We need a new blueprint for making our homes sensitive to our environment, but tuned to our modern needs.

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