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Nilesh is one of the few 'first' residents of Blue Ridge Hinjewadi. He is living in his 2 BHK Flat for almost a year. He celebrated his last Diwali in Blue Ridge. So, coming one would be his second!
Yesterday evening, I had tea with Nilesh and a couple of residents of Blue Ridge Hinjewadi. Before saying goodbye, I asked Nilesh, "Was it a right decision to buy a flat at Blue Ridge?"
"It's difficult to say 'wrong'. But it doesn't mean that my decision was right! You know? There is something hypnotizing about Blue Ridge. When I booked - Blue Ridge mesmerised me. I am not entirely satisfied here, but I can't say - 'I regret' - 'I was wrong' - because, I am completely fascinated by Blue Ridge. This is not only my case. Couple of my friends and neighbours have experienced - are experiencing - the same!," Nilesh said.
"Yes! I have experienced it today. Everyone was almost under the spell! Is it because of the property price you all paid for your flats?," I asked.
"I don't think so! Though most of us have paid Rs. 2,800 to 3,500 for the per sq.ft. No one feels that he has paid less. It was not exactly in my budget when I booked. I had to stretch my budget. And now, when I am paying EMI, I have to be careful about my finances. See the proof - I am driving CNG car. Point is - I don't feel that I have got more for less. It's not property price. There is something hypnotizing about Blue Ridge!," Nilesh said.
"'Hypnotizing' - are you over exaggerating?," I asked.
"Not at all! Remember what you said when you were at my 2 BHK Flat? You said - very spacious - one of the biggest 'living cum dining' you have ever seen. Right?," Nilesh said.
"I said so because I saw that there was enough space for all of you. There was a space for your daughter. To keep all her 3 tricycles & toys. There was a space for you to enjoy your 3D smart LCD TV. I could feel that your wife must be happy about her huge dining table, proud of her kitchen with fully loaded gadgets. I enjoyed the view from your dry terrace as much as I enjoyed from your balcony. I was happy for you. That's all!," I said.
Nilesh thanked me and went on describing how Blue Ridge hypnotizes you. Blue Ridge Boat Club and the river bank is the place where you lose control over yourself. At anytime of the day. The development is beautiful. Ambience is cool. From that point when you look at the towers, you are overwhelmed.
Another point is the deck in front of my tower. When you stand on that deck and look at the golf course, your rational mind stops functioning.
"What is the effect?," I asked.
"One starts feeling that there isn't much difference between 50 lakhs & 80 lakhs! He forgets about the 2 BHK Flats which he has almost finalized for Rs. 50 Lakhs. He becomes sure that he can easily afford 80 lakh rupees 2 BHK Flat. I have seen this happening with most of my friends. That's why I have come to the conclusion that Blue Ridge hypnotizes you!," Nilesh said.
"But when you booked, there was no boat club - no tower - 8th slab was cast. Right? Then, how did Blue Ridge hypnotise you?," I asked.
"After spending 6 years in US, for me thinking about settling down in Pimple Saudagar was next to impossible. Unbearable. And the idea of 'walk to work' appealed to me very much. Plus, Blue Ridge offered solutions to all things related to my daughter - creche, school & all. So, for me Blue Ridge was a one stop solution," Nilesh said.
"Means now, you walk to work!," I asked.
"No! My office has not yet shifted to Hinjewadi. My wife works in Kothrud," Nilesh said.
"And you are one of the most demanding resident of Blue Ridge! Who invites Ravi Karandeekar to discuss the issue of VAT! And, still you claim that there is something hypnotizing about Blue Ridge!!!," I said.
"Demanding - complaining! Don't forget that, among all current residents of Blue Ridge, I am the one who has paid the highest property rate. It proves that there is something hypnotizing about Blue Ridge! Which makes you forget / ignore all - construction quality issues - complaints, mosquitoes, kamwali bai, delayed possessions, over pricing and whatnot - and go for it!," Nilesh said.
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