7 ways to be a good neighbour

IMAGINE you have moved into a new neighbourhood, perhaps in a new city, and you step in with prejudices about your neighbours. Will it help you?
The answer is no. But on the contrary, if you care to step out of your inhibitions and establish good terms with your neighbours, it has numerous benefits. The community will be friendlier, the neighbourhood safer, and the area a nicer and more comfortable place to live. Show your acquaintances you are a good neighbour. Here’s how

1) Reach out

Breaking open a bottle of wine on a Friday evening after work is a nice way to keep relations friendly between neighbours. To keep the idea convenient, make it clear in your invitation that you’re inviting him/her over for just a drink and appetizers. That way, you don’t feel obligated to turn it into a full-fledged dinner party.

2)  Please cooperate

Don’t treat the housing complex as your personal racetrack. Always be mindful that there are kids, pets, walkers and even other drivers moving in or out of the property. Also, while driving within the premises, it won’t cost you much if you turn down the volume on your car’s stereo.

3)  Discuss problems in person

If a problem arises, talk to your neighbour in person first. Approach the situation in a pleasant way, “You may not have realised this, but …” Start here rather than resorting to a nasty note or a call to the building’s security or the management that will be sure to permanently strain your relationship.

4. Put rubbish/garbage out on the right day and way

Only put your rubbish/garbage out on the day or at the time it’s due for collection. If you accidentally miss it, bring it back onto your property immediately and try to contain it well. Garbage can attract vermin, insects, and other pests, and is also unsightly. Participate or encourage your community to recycle garbage, it will be your contribution towards saving the planet!

 

5. Coordinate a running/cycling/exercise group

Exercise doesn’t need to be a chore, and it doesn’t need to be a solitary pursuit. You can use exercising as an opportunity to meet new people. If you organise a group of friends or neighbours to go on regular runs, bike rides, or engage in some other form of exercise, you’ll make friends in your area and your friends will help to keep you accountable for your health goals.

6. Organise a play date

If you have children, a great way of getting to know your neighbours is by organizing a play date with kids in your neighbourhood. You can either invite other families over to your home, or simply make a date to meet at the park.

7. Celebrate together

Nothing brings people together like festivals. Most Indian festivals are designed to not just bring families together, but to foster good relations within the entire community. Take part in organising community celebrations or invite neighbours over for your own celebration.

With a sprawling 65-plus acres of hassle-free luxury, housed in the city’s tallest residential towers, with sprawling acres of landscaped parkland all around, Urbana provides you with all the above amenities and much more. Drop in to know more because seeing is believing. Ring +919836760508 or visit www.urbana.co.in for more information.

How to Make Working Out Fun

Life is full of solo activities; thanks to cut throat competition but exercise isn’t always one of them. Working out with a partner or in a group isn’t just fun, it provides extra responsibility along with an added push to go that extra mile. Are all yours friends booked? Never mind, at Urbana your neighbours could be your partner(s) to making your work outs enjoyable. Here are six ways how you can go about it:

1. Get social

 

Exercise flies by when it doesn’t feel like exercise. There are lots of creative group activities that are fun, social and promote fitness. Try starting up a group that builds social time around jogging in the park, cycling a nearby trail, or anything else physically active and fun

2. Make workout playlists

 

Save the silence for meditation classes in lawns/parks. Workouts are meant to be energetic! Create a perfect playlist (or let an app do it for you) and then pump the tunes to get better results and have more fun doing it.

3. Get creative

Get roller skates, hula-hoop, or even play football with your mates. Exercising in the great outdoors not only relieves more stress than indoor exercise, it also offers quite a view. Take in the surrounding scenery and people as a source of inspiration. Just 30 minutes per day is all you need to strengthen muscles and bones, prevent disease, and improve the quality of life.

4. Play along

What if exercise was actually a game that awarded points and access to new levels for hard work? Old-school workouts are way more fun than sanitized gym sessions. It can burn considerable calories per sweat session. Take a count!

5. Track your progress

The progress photo that will pay off well in the end. Go for it and do not delete any of them from your mobile phone. Initially, it may seem like you are not making any progress at all, but if you are putting in the time and the effort, go back and look at those photos, you will be pleasantly surprised. It may seem scary in the beginning but you will be so happy that you did it.

6. Being lenient to yourself

Buying a new outfit, grabbing a post-workout smoothie, or indulging on a massage can all act as rewards that make tough workouts more supportable and even fun. The key is to choose a reward that is really desirable and a bit perky so that it actually seems like a treat.

There is no magic time frame required for a good drill. Waiting for the clock to tell you when a workout is done can make the moment seemingly stand still. But then, if you are craving for all the above activities and looking for such a residential complex, Urbana is your true calling. To dig out more information about us, ring +919836760508 or visit www.urbana.co.in.

 

Four Ways to Enjoy Your Weekends at Urbana

WITH the temperature dropping by the day, going to office is indeed painful. If you think about it, after Monday and Tuesday, even the calendar screams, “W T F”!! But weekends are the time when you can afford to lapse into a predictable routine, especially if you’re on a strict schedule otherwise. Yes, you are free to tuck in comfortably and go on a hibernation mode for hours at a stretch. Figuring out something fun and interesting can feel like its own pressure. It can seem easier just to forgo it. Mingling with family, friends and neighbors will help enrich your life and help you with unique experiences. This will also provide you with new and exciting photos to post on social networking sites. And Urbana will leave you spoilt for choices to make your weekends exciting. Here are five ways to go about it:

1. An….d Splash

 

With two swimming pools – infinity-edged and a mufti-purpose one in the complex, children can never have better way to bask in the sun and play in the water. Arrange a pool party and water games to make your kids smile. You too can plunge in and complete your workout sessions.

2. Call of the wild & adventurous

With acres of luxurious greens around, you have all the time in the world to do some of the most exciting stuff. Things which you couldn’t have done in any other property. How about kite flying and gazing up to see who’s still good with his/her skills. Or with technology becoming “glocal” (globally local), there could be many of you who would like to grab attention by flying drones. If nature mesmerises you, bird watching might be an option. If you’re lucky, you might just able to capture your favorite moment in your camera’s memory.

3. The Ha-Ha session

Of course, adda is simply an inseparable element among Indians and if it’s Kolkata, the sky is the limit. No no, you don’t need to do it out in the sun all day. We understand how important it is for you to maintain wrinkle-free and tan-free skin so the community hall is where you can head to. Kids can gang up to make the most of their time by playing with toys or honing their creativity with drawing, painting, dancing on their favorite Bollywood steps. Grown-ups can involve in group activities such as Antakshari, Dumsheraj or may be showcase their aesthetic side and do some recitation too. Or even better, go for a hearty adda.

4. Home is where the hang out is

When you live in a Kolkata landmark, friends and relatives will clamour to visit. Why not invite them over a weekend and cook a scrumptious meal or organise a small get together with drinks and snacks, and perhaps some board games.

Pep up your weekend life like never before at Urbana. A new adventure or a fun activity awaits you with state-of-the-art amenities just a tinkle/sms away. Ring +919836760508 or visit www.urbana.co.in dig out more information.

WHY E M BYPASS IS BECOMING KOLKATA’S NEW PARK STREET

International brands, mushrooming restaurants and bars with a colourful vibe of pure energy. Welcome to Kolkata’s new ‘it’ locality where great location is happily married to rapid development. Here are 7 reasons why Kolkata’s beloved Park Street is being recreated on the E M Bypass:

Location Love

With rapid expansion, Kolkata’s axis has changed. Central Kolkata is no longer Esplanade. Kolkata’s lifeline is the E M Bypass: the preferred location for schools, hospitals, malls, hospitality giants and luxury residences. Connecting the entire city, the E M Bypass gives you accessibility, convenience and a great lifestyle.

Food that makes you go #NomNom

From classic dhaba food to national and international chains, from hidden gems to treasured sweet shops, the E M Bypass has it all. How do we know this locality is a true foodie’s delight? People from all over the city venture here to eat, drink and play.

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This area is quite a shopper’s delight with glitzy malls and bargain places alike. From clothing to accessories, from electronics to pet needs, it’s all right here and super easy to get to. And for everyday groceries, you have supermarkets and cozy standalone shops. It’s an area where both co-exist happily.

Learning, first!

Acclaimed schools and new-age colleges. All within a radius of a few kilometres. E M Bypass is learning and getting better at giving people just what they need, and how! Other favourite Kolkata schools and colleges are also accessible because of the location and the plethora of public transport options available, soon to be enhanced by the upcoming metro stations.

Health is happiness

The E M Bypass is Kolkata’s established health hub, with nationally acclaimed hospitals as well as international chains. Hospitals include Ruby General, Desun, Fortis, Medica Superspecialty, RN Tagore, AMRI, Peerless, Apollo Gleneagles, Genesis and Aditya Birla Sankara Nethralaya, among others. This proximity to world-class healthcare ensures both present peace of mind and a comfortable future

Work, work, work

The swankiest offices of national and international companies all occupy pride of place on E M Bypass. And with bustling offices comes bustling nightlife with great cafes and bars that remain open late into the night to appease hardworking Kolkattans.

The vibrant vibe

Young, colourful and vivacious. That’s E M Bypass for you, a riot of activity throughout the year and especially during festival time. This area has some of the most celebrated Durga Pujas in the city and attracts revellers from near and far.

It’s time to change your world by moving into South Kolkata’s largest luxury condominium at present, off the E M Bypass. Enjoy life at the tallest towers (40-45 stories) and say ‘yes’ to a life full of beautiful possibilities. Call/SMS +919836760508 or visit www.urbana.co.in to find out more!

5 Fun Grown-Up Things to do in the Urbana Greens

Who doesn’t love the great outdoors, especially when you don’t have to leave home to enjoy it? Urbana is South Kolkata’s largest luxury residential project sprawling across 65 acres with lovingly landscaped greens. And with great greens comes great fun! Here is a list of 5 fun things to do in the Urbana greens:

1. A “GREEN” BOOK CLUB

When was the last time you read something in natural light? Bet it’s been a while. The greens are the perfect place to read a book alone, and then have great discussions with like-minded neighbours. You could set up an outdoors book club and ‘literally’ enjoy the trees and grass!

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2. TAI CHI & YOGA

If you’re looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi. Originally developed for self-defense in ancient China, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. The best place to do tai chi is in the outdoors! Yoga is also a favourite outdoor activity which is good for your body and soul!

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3. POTLUCK PICNIC

Eating outdoors always makes food taste better. How about organizing a potluck with neighbours? Eat, socialize, learn new recipes and enjoy just lounging on the grass; a luxury in its own right!

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4. PET PROJECT

Your pets need your attention just as much as you need their unconditional love. Block an afternoon or morning only for your furry friend, take him/her out into the greens and play to both your hearts’ content. Ball, Frisbee, tag, fetch…these games also give you the opportunity to make great pet videos. Your dog could be the next YouTube sensation!

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5. JUST KID AROUND

Who says only kids can play? Grown-ups can be kids too! Didn’t get the chance to fly a remote-controlled helicopter when you were young? Indulge yourself NOW! Build your own aerial drone or just stargaze, the greens are all yours!

When you live in Urbana, natural beauty becomes a part of your daily life! With every amenity literally at your doorstep and located in the heart of Kolkata, call/SMS +919836760508 or visit www.urbana.co.in to find out more!

7 reasons why you should retire at Urbana

You’ve lived a full life. You’ve shouldered the myriad responsibilities of a demanding career and a dynamic family life while juggling your own interests. Now, retirement beckons. Mixed feelings are expected. But at Urbana, presently South Kolkata’s largest luxury condominium, retirement will seem like an extended vacation. Here are seven reasons why:

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1. ABUNDANT HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

Located just 700 metres behind Ruby General Hospital, Urbana is minutes away from several world-class hospitals and clinics. Hospitals include Ruby General, Desun, Fortis (within a kilometer) as well as Medica Superspecialty, RN Tagore, AMRI and Peerless (within 4 kilometers).

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2. IN-HOUSE FITNESS OPTIONS

Post retirement, fitness becomes your top priority and Urbana is the perfect place for mind, body and soul to be in harmony. Your morning walk will take you across acres of landscaped greens. Go swimming in the infinity edge pool if water is your element. Use our world-class gym and sauna, or give your grandkids some cricket and tennis tips.

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3. LOCATION, LOCATION

Retired from work, not from life. Urbana’s location in the heart of the city makes it easy for you to do what you love. Meeting up with old friends is a breeze, old and new hobbies can be cultivated; all possible when you have the whole city laid at your feet.

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4. SAFE AND SECURE

You deserve a safe and secure environment to enjoy your retirement. Urbana has a state-of-art security system in place with 24/7 security personnel, CCTV cameras and round-the-clock vigilance to ensure that you and your loved ones have peace of mind.

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5. THE COMFORT

Our apartments have been lovingly crafted to be the perfect platform for a fulfilling life. Designed by an internationally acclaimed architect, all bedrooms have laminated wooden flooring. Space provisions have been made for walk-in closets and bedrooms for domestic help. The mind-boggling views from full-length glass windows will give you a positive outlook on life and the future!

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6. THE SOCIAL LIFE

With a full-service club and luxurious community hall, you can make new friends while indulging old friends and family. Be it indoor games or evening walks, you’ll never be at a loss for like-minded companion-neighbours!

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7. A SOUND INVESTMENT

As South Kolkata’s largest luxury condominium at present, created by a team of renowned builders, engineers, architects, landscapers and interior designers; Urbana is a sound investment that your next generation will be proud of.
Take your retirement plans to the next level with Urbana. Call/SMS +919836760508 or visit www.urbana.co.in to find out more!

How to throw an amazing housewarming party

The best way to introduce your new address to friends and family, while getting to know your brand new neighbours (and hopefully future friends), is by throwing a memorable housewarming party. Be it a relaxed brunch, a funky cocktail or elaborate dinner party, there’s nothing like a well-planned housewarming to make great memories! Here are a few tips that will help you plan a housewarming party like a pro:

1. INVITATIONS AND PARTY-TYPE

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The first thing you need to get a fix on is the date and kind of housewarming you want to throw. If you’ve just moved in, give yourself some time to settle in, anything from 3 to 6 weeks depending on how fast you unpack! As for the kind of party, invitations for an elaborate do like a sit-down lunch or dinner requires you to invite people at least 2 weeks in advance. For a more relaxed event like a cocktail party, one-week notice is sufficient for guests. Posted invites are almost obsolete, using social media or e-mail is fine! If you have decided on a theme for your party (90s Bollywood, Great Gatsby) then make sure your invites are in-theme and your guests know what to wear AND where and when to come!

2. FOOD AND DRINKS

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Insist on people RSVP’ing, that way you’ll get a number of how many you have to entertain. Enquire about food preferences (vegetarian or non-vegetarian) and food allergies and special dietary needs (especially for the elderly and children). Make sure you have a menu that caters to everyone on your guest-list. About alcohol, take a head count and keep enough in reserve. If your budget allows, go in for outside catering. That makes it less stressful for you! Do consider splurging on a good bottle of champagne to toast your new home!

3. DOING UP THE HOUSE

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It’s a housewarming party so every part of your house is on display. You will have to take your guests on tour, so make sure that every corner is looking its best. Personalize your home with photographs, painting and curios with anecdotes and history attached! Place fresh flowers, aromatic candles and great music to set the mood. Don’t forget to equip your bathroom well because it’s going to be used a lot. Stock-up on toilet paper, towels, hand soap and air-freshener. Keep plenty of waste-bins about the house to make it easy for guests to dispose off things.

4. MAKING SURE EVERYONE ENJOYS THE PARTY

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You’ve got the place, the people, the food and the right mood. Now it’s time that you enjoy the party too! It seems obvious, but hosting can get very stressful. Recruit friends and family to take turns helping out and have assigned baby sitters for young children. Leave your pets in a crèche; even friendly animals may not be able to deal with a large party of unfamiliar people. And you may have guests who are afraid of or allergic to pets.
It’s not that hard to be crowned a great host at your housewarming party, all you need is some smart pre-planning. And don’t forget to throw in some quirk factors like a photo booth or even party games. Remember, your home is the star of this party!

5 fun grown-up things to do in the Urbana greens

Who doesn’t love the great outdoors, especially when you don’t have to leave home to enjoy it? Urbana is South Kolkata’s largest luxury residential project sprawling across 65 acres with lovingly landscaped greens. And with great greens comes great fun! Here is a list of 5 fun things to do in the Urbana greens:

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1. A ‘GREEN’ BOOK CLUB

When was the last time you read something in natural light? Bet it’s been a while. The greens are the perfect place to read a book alone, and then have great discussions with like-minded neighbours. You could set up an outdoors book club and ‘literally’ enjoy the trees and grass!

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2. TAI CHI & YOG

If you’re looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi. Originally developed for self-defense in ancient China, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. The best place to do tai chi is in the outdoors! Yoga is also a favourite outdoor activity which is good for your body and soul!

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3. POTLUCK PICNIC

Eating outdoors always makes food taste better. How about organizing a potluck with neighbours? Eat, socialize, learn new recipes and enjoy just lounging on the grass; a luxury in its own right!

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4. PET PROJECT

South Kolkata is also an educational hub with iconic schools, colleges and a university. From famous centuries-old missionary schools like La Martiniere to privately run institutions like South Point and DPS, South Kolkata is where many Calcuttans have spent their school and college days.

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5. JUST KID AROUND

Who says only kids can play? Grown-ups can be kids too! Didn’t get the chance to fly a remote-controlled helicopter when you were young? Indulge yourself NOW! Build your own aerial drone or just stargaze, the greens are all yours!
When you live in Urbana, natural beauty becomes a part of your daily life! With every amenity literally at your doorstep and located in the heart of Kolkata, call/SMS +919836760508 or visit www.urbana.co.in to find out more!

Seven reasons to live in South Kolkata

Every metropolis extends in more than one direction, but in the curious case of Kolkata, there is a definite north-south divide that has widespread socio-economic implications. From socializing to sweets, from shopping to culchaaar (that’s ‘culture’ for the uninitiated) from Mohun Bagan to East Bengal (football clubs), Kolkata is a city that is as divided as it is united. So here are seven unbeatable reasons to live in South Kolkata!

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1. FOR MAACH, MISHTI & MORE

If you are a Calcuttan (or close to one) then food is something that is studied, discussed, debated, dissected and of course, eaten. South Kolkata has some of the best restaurants in the city, with new joints popping up like mushrooms (how yummy are those?) all over the place.

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2. FOR YOUR SOCIAL NETWORK

No true Calcuttan feels complete (or allows food to be digested) without some adda. South Kolkata has some truly great places for conversations. From innovatively themed cafes to European-style confectionaries to funky shisha places, your friends will never say no to a meet-up here!

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3. FOR THE SHOPAHOLICS

Even loyalist North Kolkata residents cannot deny the many shopping pleasures that abound in south Kolkata. With a plethora of glitzy malls housing the best brands from around the world, this is where Kolkata’s shopaholics flock to.

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4. BECAUSE EDUCATION IS THE KEY

South Kolkata is also an educational hub with iconic schools, colleges and a university. From famous centuries-old missionary schools like La Martiniere to privately run institutions like South Point and DPS, South Kolkata is where many Calcuttans have spent their school and college days.

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5. BECAUSE OF NATURAL BEAUTY

The scenic beauty of the Ravindra Sarovar lakes have been immortalized in many a film (the Amitabh Bacchan-starrer Te3n being the latest) and it is the place for a relaxing morning walk or an evening stroll with friends. The bypass end of South Kolkata is also a welcome break from built-up urbanity with farmlands and wetlands that play host to migratory birds in winter.

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6. TO FEEL GOOD, INSIDE AND OUT!

With a number of modern healthcare and beauty options, south Kolkata is where health meets wellness. From world-class hospitals to diagnostic centres, from luxurious spas to funky salons, the south has it all. This part of the city also has great facilities for pets!

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7. FOR THE PEOPLE

Who doesn’t like sharing space with cosmopolitan and open-minded people? South Kolkata is known for its on-trend residents who are quick to embrace the positives of globalization.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to change your world. Shift to south Kolkata’s largest luxury condominium at present and say ‘yes’ to a life full of beautiful possibilities. Call/SMS +919836760508 or visit www.urbana.co.in to find out more!

6 ways Urbana will make you fitter

“Happiness is not a fitness goal; it is a byproduct of taking care of yourself” – Felicity Luckey
What’s your first priority? If it isn’t fitness, it should be. Nothing you want to accomplish, whether for yourself or others, can be achieved without health and fitness. And at Urbana, presently South Kolkata’s largest luxury condominium, there are so many fun ways to keep yourself fit. Read on to discover six ways Urbana will help you keep fit.

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1. IN-HOUSE GYM: WORK IN WORKING-OUT

An erratic work schedule messing with your gym timings? Hate the commute to your gym? Don’t like lugging your office/college stuff to the gym? No more issues, no more excuses. Urbana has a world-class gym that has undisputedly the best location. So keep coming home to the gym!

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2. SAUNA AND STEAM: SWEAT OUT, GLOW ON

Who doesn’t like the post-sauna or post-steam glow? Sweat out calories and toxins while luxuriating in Urbana’s very own sauna or steam room. And the best part? You just take the lift to get back home.

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3. SWIMMING: MAKE A SPLASH

Who doesn’t love a dip in the pool? And Urbana has not just any pool, but a jaw-dropping infinity edge pool that will take your splash sessions to the next level. There is also a multipurpose pool for residents. Swimming is one of the best ways to stay fit, providing an all-body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming. It’s also a great way to socialize with friends, family and neighbours!

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4. LEG WORK

You can walk, jog, run, parade, stride…you get the picture! Sprawling across 65 acres, Urbana is a walker’s delight with acres of dedicated greens. Go for a leisurely stroll or a heart-pumping run, it’s your choice!

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5. IT’S PLAY TIME

The funnest (no, it’s not an official word) way to stay fit is to play. Fancy a game of football with your building buddies? Or put to rest old college rivalries with a tennis match! Or better still, play with those who know most about the subject; kids! Climb a tree, play hide-and-seek, run after a kite; it’s all possible on the 65 landscaped acres Urbana is spread across.

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6. LEARN SOMETHING NEW, REMEMBER THE OLD

When was the last time you rode a bicycle? Explore Urbana’s greens in a whole new way on wheels. And if your cycling is rusty, or you never got around to learning, why not perfect that skill and get fit in the process? There are so many new things to try in a beautiful open space; from boomerangs to drones, from the good-old Frisbee to hi-tech flying toys; you have the freedom to do it all.
When you live in Urbana, fitness becomes seamlessly integrated into your life. With the ultimate convenience of every amenity literally at your doorstep, it’s time to fit in fitness! Call/SMS +919836760508 or visit www.urbana.co.in to find out more!