Sanctuary of home

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | DR REKHA SHETTY
Published Sep 8, 2017, 12:58 am IST
Updated Sep 8, 2017, 12:58 am IST
Natural disasters or war can rob people of shelters and make them homeless.
They have found a number of innovative solutions to protect their buildings (Representational image)
 They have found a number of innovative solutions to protect their buildings (Representational image)

The snail is lucky to carry its house on its own back. But humans have to build shelters to protect themselves. A home is a sanctuary which is the ultimate refuge of humans. The World Habitat Day focuses on creating safe homes for all. Natural disasters or war can rob people of shelters and make them homeless.

Japan has 1,500 earthquakes a year! They have found a number of innovative solutions to protect their buildings. One involves a carbon fibre rod curtain with a carbon mesh. Another interesting solution involves tossing the building into the air about 3 centimeters during the quake. This is the time to consider insuring our homes against natural disasters. Take a tour around your house and identify danger areas. General accidents happen due to short circuits and explosion of household gas. Unusual events range from floods, damage by rioters, earthquakes to volcanic eruptions.

 

Your home is the giant shock absorber to which you return, as one does to a sanctuary. Make sure it is clean, the air is fresh and the water supply is pure. Pay attention to the flow of sunlight and fresh air. The ancient arts of Chinese Feng Shui and Indian Vastu offer suggestions on how to do this. Protect your house against noise and pollution. This may be from external environment or even internal, like a really loud television. Make sure the environment around your house is green and pleasing. Collaborate with people on your street to create a happy space.

 

Creating a bond of affection with people on your street is critical. Loneliness in our cities is what makes our homes unsafe. If your home was part of a loving community, imagine the special warmth that would enter your life.

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