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Rochelle Pinto on how astroarchitecture can make a happy home.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2009 15:01 IST
Rochelle Pinto
Rochelle Pinto
Hindustan Times

While most of us are familiar with terms like vaastu and Feng Shui, astroarchitecture might raise a few eyebrows. The art of applying astrology to buildings and structures, astroarchitecture is a novel way of customising your home to suit your needs.

Personal touch
Neeta Sinha has been practicing astrology for 24 years and coined the term ‘astroarchitecture’ after a seven-year rigorous study involving 30,000 homes. She explains, “Vaastu is a general science that functions within a set of rules. But not everybody who follows the same rules will amass the same fortune. But with astrology you can personalise your wants and needs.”

Sinha is quick to point out that she works hand-in-hand with vaastu and doesn’t seek to implement any structural changes. “I haven’t studied architecture but I use the principles of vaastu as a basis for my predictions.”

According to Sinha, the name of the owner, the professions of the inmates of the house and the name of the building are what she bases her judgement on. “When I start a project, I ask the client on whose name the house was bought. Sometimes the initials of the person does not match and then it is advisable to change the house’s name.”

Better homes
She illustrates the point by recounting her experience with Akshay Kumar. “The apartment he had selected didn’t go with the letter A so I advised him to purchase it using his real name, Rajiv Bhatia.”

Sinha has also worked with Akshay’s wife Twinkle, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan among other celebrities. While she cautions that astroarchitecture cannot be generalised, she has some tips for homeowners that could help them make their tomorrows better.

Plants are always a good addition to a household. They are living, breathing creatures and help absorb negative vibes. You will notice that if a plant is placed in a home that is brimming with tension and chaos, it soon dies.

Homes should have a lot of colour. Even if you are a stickler for white and neutral shades, infuse colours in subtle ways to create an atmosphere of exhuberance around you. Yellows, blues and oranges are creative hues that help stimulate the brain.

The entrance to the house should always be brightly lit. If possible, use a red doormat to mimic the red carpet feeling. It helps to drain our negative energy from the visitor and the host. But be careful when using red in other areas of the house as it is an aggressive colour.

Every house has three negative areas. If you are intuitive, you will be able to locate them yourself. Any corner that is cluttered or needs fixing, poses a problem. The best way to do it is to bring order to the chaos by discarding what is not needed and paint the room or corner a creative shade.

First Published: Feb 23, 2009 14:59 IST