Life’s Lessons made more meaningful through Interactive Sessions at Gera’s ChildCentric Homes

The young residents of ChildCentric Homes had a whale of a time interacting, exploring and learning about life’s various facets in a special training programme that spanned 6 days.

Each morning saw a gathering of enthusiastic children aged 10 to 14 years, all eager to learn and play. The days went by with dedication and involvement to their exercises. There was unwavering enthusiasm and of course, just a whole lot of personal development taking place all the time.

From role-playing and skill building to facing real life scenarios with dexterity, Gera has ensured that these invaluable lessons from the Dale Carnegie stable would impart invaluable life lessons in a fun and engaging manner. Given the rising peer pressure, it is the need of the hour to educate children from an early age.

The 5 key areas that the young minds were exposed to:

  • Building self-confidence
  • Enhancing communication skills
  • Interpersonal skill development
  • Teamwork & leadership skills
  • Effective attitude management

Our motive was to help our kids at Gera’s ChildCentric homes:

  • Master the art of team-building skills
  • Develop a persuasive form of communication and leadership skills
  • Step out of their comfort zone by experiencing the Dale Carnegie Methodology of continuous improvement

At the end of the 6-day learning workshop constricted especially for children, we saw the children emerge more confident with their interpersonal skills at a certain improved level, team building and communication skills.

Naturally, the initiative was a huge success! The kids loved every minute of it while the idea was well-received and appreciated by the parents.

Our customers’ needs are priority – especially those of the littlest ones. That’s why, we, at Gera Developments, couldn’t be prouder of our little residents as their success and development make us confident of their future success.

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How Your Child can be the Next IPL Superstar

Ever glance at your son’s excitement as he watches the IPL and think, ‘Maybe my child can be the next IPL star’? No doubt, your little one has the enthusiasm on and off the cricket field to achieve his dreams.

As a parent, channelling your child’s interest in sports is a way to give him a well-rounded upbringing. In fact, children who play sports are known to be more confident and better adjusted among their friends.

Besides this, starting sports early for your child can help strengthen his bones and muscles so that he grows up to be healthy and strong.

Don’t miss a chance to give your child’s dream a chance to come true. These tips for parents can help you nurture your child’s passion for cricket.

Support their dreams

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A parent must make the most of every opportunity to encourage a child and support his or her dreams. If your child is showing an interest in cricket, it’s great news! You can support your child by talking to him about cricket, buying him equipment and taking him to the park to play with friends on the weekend.

Teach them the positive side of competition

Cricket like any sport requires team spirit and a healthy attitude in regards to competition. Tell your child about the importance of working hard, chasing his dreams, having a sporting spirit and building camaraderie between friends.

Remind them to always give their best

As the age old maxim goes, winning or losing is not everything, what matters is giving your best. This is not just a motto for playing a sport, but is also a very important truth in life. Remind your child that having a sporting spirit is the first step to training his mind (along with his body) to become an athlete.

Be there to cheer

There are few feelings as encouraging and motivating for a child as having his parents cheer him, as he makes his way in life. Be there to see your child on the cricket field, and be there to cheer him in his games!

Cheering for your child as he plays cricket with friends or at school matches, will boost his confidence and make him a brighter and happier young man or woman.

If you are the parent of an ambitious child, choose a residence that is specifically crafted to encourage his or her growth and development.

Featuring spacious 2 & 3 bedroom apartments, Song of Joy offers an academy for young cricket stars founded by former Indian spin-legend Anil Kumble.

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To know more about the ChildCentricTM homes and the Anil Kumble Cricket Academy at Song of Joy, click here – Celebrity Academies at Song of Joy, Kharadi

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How Local Players have become Superstars through IPL

The year was 2008. World cricket witnessed a revolutionary league that scaled new heights of popularity. Indian Premier League (IPL) is not just about the massive sixes and nail-biting finishes, what makes it amazing is the fact that it gives the local cricketers a platform to be the next superstars. Here are a few cricketers who partly owe their success to IPL-

1) Ravichandran Ashwin: Tamil Nadu’s R Ashwin debuted in 2009’s IPL for the Chennai Super Kings. He played only two matches where he claimed an equal number of wickets at an impressive economy rate of 6.15. He grabbed eyeballs when he took 13 wickets in 2010’s IPL and was selected in the national team for the T20 series against Zimbabwe. In 45 international T20 games so far, Ashwin has claimed 52 wickets at an economy rate of just 6.91.

2) Yujwendra Chahal: He debuted in the IPL for the Mumbai Indians in the year 2013. His most impressive season was 2015 where he bagged 23 wickets and followed the next season with 21 wickets. He was picked in the Indian ODI side for the Zimbabwe tour and had an impressive outing against the English recently.

3) Ravindra Jadeja: Ravindra Jadeja made his debut in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings. Not only did he get a platform to showcase his talent, playing alongside the likes of MS Dhoni and other international cricketers helped him nurture his skills as well. He claimed the Indian cap with his impressive performances and the rest is history.

4) Hardik Pandya: India was searching for a genuine all-rounder who can bowl at a decent pace and strike hard with the bat. Enters Hardik Pandya – a young lad who impressed one and all with his electric batting, sensational bowling and jaw-dropping fielding. Hardik was selected in the Indian Team in the year 2016 and has been a regular choice in the shorter formats.

5) T Natarajan: He recently made news when he was bought for a whopping Rs. 2 Cr. – much more than his base price of Rs. 10 Lac. A porter’s son from a small town in Tamil Nadu, this young cricketer won the IPL berth with his dedication and a string of good performances. He is not a superstar yet at the national level, but considering his talent with the ball, we are sure IPL will honour him with stardom very soon.

If you want your kid to be the next superstar, make sure you enroll him into the right academy that will nurture his skills. Gera’s Song of Joy – a ChildCentric™ project of ready possession 2 & 3 BHKs is home to TENVIC, a sports academy by the legendary Anil Kumble.

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Click here to know more about Gera’s Song of Joy – ChildCentric Homes in Kharadi Pune

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5 Indian Cricketers Who Achieved Fame At A Very Young Age

In India, cricket is not just a game, it’s a religion. No other game has ever enjoyed so much popularity in our country. If you think your son/daughter is too young to start playing professional cricket, the following cricket greats will surely prove you wrong –

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi:
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At 21 years and 77 days, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi held the world record for the youngest Test captain until he was surpassed by Tatenda Taibu (Zimbabwe). But he had started making headlines right from his school days at Winchester. He captained the school team in 1959, scoring 1,068 runs that season and beating the school record set in 1919 by Douglas Jardine.

Sachin Tendulkar:
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Imagine playing against the likes of Imran Khan, Abdul Qadir & Wasim Akram at the age of just 16. For Sachin Tendulkar, it all started in a Lord Harris Shield inter-school game against St. Xavier’s High School in 1988. He scored 326 (not out) and was involved in a 664 run partnership – a record partnership in any form of cricket until 2006. He was just 15 years old then.

Vinod Kambli:
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If you aren’t aware of the other player in the record-breaking 664 run partnership with Sachin, here’s the answer – Vinod Kambli. He started his Ranji Trophy career with a six and that six was a sign of the great things to come.
Fun fact: Sachin Tendulkar & Vinod Kambli were trained by the same coach – Mr. Ramakant Achrekar.

Yuvraj Singh:
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Yuvraj began his cricketing career at the age of 11 when he was picked for the Punjab Under-12 team. He was selected in the Indian Cricket Team at the age of just 19 and went on to become of the most prolific hitters and a reliable all-rounder.

Prithvi Shaw:
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This name might sound a bit unfamiliar, as compared to the others in this list, but Prithvi Shaw is touted to be the next Sachin Tendulkar. Sounds interesting? In November 2013 Prithvi had set the highest score by any batsman in any organised form of cricket since 1901, when he hit 546 in a Harris Shield elite division match.

Yes, your kid too can make it this big in cricket, but for that, you need to find the right coaching academy to nurture his/her talent. And what better academy than the one by Anil Kumble, one of India’s greatest ever spinners?
Gera’s Song of Joy, a project of 2 & 3 BHK ChildCentric™ homes in Kharadi, Pune, is home to a cricket academy by Anil Kumble that will guide your child to full potential. To know more about this academy and Gera’s Song of Joy, visit – http://www.childcentric.in/soj/

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Chess Prodigies Every Parent Should Know About

Considering getting your child involved in playing chess?
Just like how regular football keeps your child physically fit, chess trains your child’s mind to think a few moves ahead.

India has the distinction of having some of the brightest young minds in chess, who compete internationally to win accolades for the country.
Here are some Indian chess prodigies to inspire you:

Aryan Chopra
Aryan started playing chess at the age of six, and is currently the youngest grandmaster in the world. Born in 2001, Aryan Chopra became a chess grandmaster for the third time in 2017 at the age of 15.

Parimarjan Negi
Parimarjan Negi is a chess grandmaster and former Asian and Indian champion in chess. He received the title of grandmaster at the age of 13. He also received the Arjuna Award – for excellence in sport – from the Government of India in 2010.

Humpy Koneru
In 2002, at the age of 15, Humpy Koneru became the youngest woman to achieve the title of chess grandmaster. She won three gold medals at the World Youth Chess Championship in 1997. In 2007, at the age of 22, she was conferred the Padma Shri Award for being an inspiration to children around the world.

Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu
Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu is an 11-year old chess grand master from India. He is the world’s youngest chess GM in history and won the World Youth Chess Championship under-8 boys title in 2013.

Viswanathan Anand
Viswanathan Anand was once known as the lightening kid, for his meteoric rise in the world of chess. At the age of 18 he became India’s first grandmaster at the Asian Junior Chess Championship.

Thirty years on, from grandmaster to educator, Viswanathan Anand is now designing programs to train young minds. In fact, India’s undisputed guru of chess is opening his academy at Song of Joy in Kharadi. Pune.

Featuring spacious 2 & 3 bedroom apartments, Song of Joy offers an environment that is safe, fun & convenient for your child to grow and develop.
To know more about the ChildCentric™ homes and Viswanathan Anand Chess Academy at Song of Joy, click here – Celebrity Academies at Song of Joy, Kharadi

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Reality Shows – The Perfect Platform for Budding Singers

Today we all know Sunidhi Chauhan as an immensely popular singer. If your daughter is a budding singer, you will surely want her to succeed the way Sunidhi did. But what if Sunidhi hadn’t participated in Meri Awaz Suno? For those who don’t know about Meri Awaz Suno, it was the first singing reality show on Doordarshan.
Sunidhi was just 13 years old when she was honoured with the Lata Mangeshkar Trophy for the best female singer of India. Of course, she made it on her talent, but no one can deny the contribution of Meri Awaz Suno. In addition, the credit must also go to her parents who left no stone unturned in nurturing her talent and encouraged her to pursue her dream.

In an era when there were legendary singers such as Kishore Kumar, Manna De, Mohammad Rafi and Mukesh, there must have been thousands of singers who never got their due, only because they did not have a platform to showcase their talent. A few won the struggle, but many more couldn’t! And we are sure you would want your kids to make it big in their field of choice without too many hardships.

This is where reality shows make a difference. Did you know? Shreya Ghoshal was just 16 years old when she won Zee’s Sa Re Ga Ma. And not just Shreya Ghoshal, reality shows have given the music industry many more talented singers such as Arijit Singh, Bela Shende, Shekhar Ravjiyani (from the Vishal-Shekhar duo) and Monali Thakur, to name a few.

We grew up in an era where there were hardly any such platforms available. Today, when we notice the talent in our kids, we must make sure he/she utilizes the potential of reality shows such as Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs, Indian Idol Junior, Rising Star, Voice of India Kids, etc.

But before that, your kids need the right nurturing – they deserve the best coaching to be India’s next rockstars. If you are looking for a singing academy in Pune, we recommend Shankar Mahadevan’s Music Academy at Gera’s Song of Joy in Kharadi, Pune. And interestingly, the music maestro is also judging a singing realty show called Rising Stars by Colours TV.

To know more about the singing academy and 2 & 3 BHK ChildCentric™ homes at Gera’s Song of Joy, visit – http://www.childcentric.in/soj/

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5 Tennis Stars Your Kids Can Look Up To

Got the next tennis star in the house? Practice may make perfect, but your little one needs inspiration and motivation from all around the world. The tennis players we’ve mentioned here have beaten all odds, paved their way through hurdles, and become successful through sheer determination and courage. These are the tennis stars your child needs to look up to:

1. Mahesh Bhupathi

One of India’s as well as the world’s most celebrated tennis champions, Mahesh Bhupathi started playing tennis at a very young age, encouraged by his father. While at the University of Mississippi, he had an outstanding two-year career, where he earned both singles as well as doubles All-America honours back in 1995. Ever since, Mahesh Bhupathi has been unstoppable, and has even received one of India’s greatest civilian awards, the Padma Shri, in 2001.

2. Maria Sharapova

Here’s a tennis champion who, despite her young age, won accolades in the field of tennis that many accomplished players still dream of. Maria Sharapova earned a scholarship to train at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy at a tender age of 9, and is the first Russian woman to win the prestigious Wimbledon. With countless wins to her name, she remains one of the most revered female tennis players of the world, and even has other ventures like Maria Sharapova Foundation to support her charitable causes.

3. Serena Williams

It’s not an easy feat to have 23 Grand Slam singles to your name, but Serena Williams did it with utmost panache. The champion began her intensive training at the age of 3 and has had record-breaking success in her career. Serena, along with her sister Venus, has won many doubles championships and secured the #1 ranking.

4. Sania Mirza

She didn’t let her community’s orthodoxies come in the way of success and this is what makes Sania Mirza one of the greatest tennis players of today’s time. Sania started playing tennis as early as the age of 6 and today, is the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India, with a career high ranking of 27 in singles and 18 in doubles. In fact, she was the first female tennis player to be seeded in a Grand Slam tournament. Her career has had many ups and downs, but she came out stronger each time, bringing laurels for her family and her country.

5. Andre Agassi

With a whopping 60 career tittles to his name, including 8 Grand Slam Singles Titles, Andre Agassi was always a rock star in the court. The champion’s successful 20-year career didn’t come as easy as you would think though. He started playing tennis right from the age of 3, and was already considered a special talent by the age of 5. With many crests and troughs throughout his career, he was later known much better for his fitness and mental approach, than his tennis skills.

While these 5 players make excellent role models for your aspiring young tennis star, it’s rare that you get an opportunity to actually train him/her under the learning of one of them.
Gera’s ChildCentric™ homes at Song of Joy in Kharadi, Pune, come with a range of amenities including a Mahesh Bhupathi Tennis Academy. Explore these 2 & 3 BHK homes with celebrity academies and offer your little one a chance at a brighter future.

Explore Gera’s Song of Joy : www.childcentric.in/soj/

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5 Ways Drama Classes can Benefit Your Child

When you think of a theatre actor, you imagine a person who is self-assured, extroversive, articulate and socially adept – someone who carries themselves with grace and confidence.

Theatre and drama can instil these qualities in your child too. Here are just five of the changes you will see in your child within a few months of taking drama classes:

- He/she will be more confident
Drama is an expressive art form. Your child will learn to express his/her thoughts and feelings confidently among peers.

- His/Her vocabulary will improve
Children who practice drama have a better command over vocabulary – partly from learning scripts and partly from the resulting exposure to well-written literature.

- He/she will learn to think on their feet
Being confident, adapting to different reactions and addressing unexpected situations are something children learn on stage. As a result, they are able to adapt these learnings to the different roles they play at school, home and on the playground.

- He/she will be more inspired
Every child needs a hobby to divert their enthusiasm and intelligence. Drama will inspire your child to be more passionate about their dreams and to work towards achieving them.

- He/she will become more friendly and outgoing
Drama teaches a child to be more interactive and social. Children who study drama are better adjusted and participate more in school and at home.

Lillete Dubey theatre and drama academyIf you’re looking to bring out the best in your child, what better way than enrolling him/her in drama class? And what better drama class than one run by a celebrity right at your doorstep?

Gera’s Song of Joy, Kharadi, offering 2 & 3 BHK homes, is in association with eminent film & theatre actress Lillete Dubey to bring theatre classes for children within the development.

To know more about the spacious 2 & 3 BHK homes , click here - Gera’s Song of Joy, Kharadi

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5 Parenting Tips for Raising Well-rounded Kids

Let’s be honest, parenting is a lifetime calling that comes with its set of ups and downs. It requires dedication, patience, efforts and not to forget, dollops of love.
There’s no guide book on parenting but you could use a few handy tips that will assist you on your journey:

1. Instil a strong sense of self
A child’s mind is easy to mould – which is why you must be careful. In these formative years your child will develop his own personality. Help him by inculcating a strong sense of self-belief and worth.
Parents often go wrong when they project their own dreams and aspirations on their kids. Let them explore and discover the world at ease. As long as it’s not harmful, allowing them to find their way is a good idea.

2. Shower them with praises
You must realise that failure is a part of growing – it indicates that your child is trying and learning. Do not reprimand him/her unnecessarily. On the contrary, remember to praise and encourage them on every little achievement. It will fuel their drive for success and boost confidence.

3. Encourage the habit of reading
It is never too early to start reading. Even if your little one is very young and cannot read by himself, make sure you set aside story-telling time. As you read aloud, he/she will be able to notice the rhythms of language, which will help them build a listening vocabulary and enhance cognitive skills.

4. Teach them a sport!
Physical activity is important. Children are open to learning and enthusiastic too. Sign them up for lessons in a sport they show inclination towards – they may grow to love it.
Kids who are on sports and dance teams also learn how to work in groups. Besides, they learn to fit into social settings, which benefits them later on in life.

5. Be authoritative yet warm
Showering your child with love, warmth and attention is a basic necessity. Yet don’t let the affection overpower your authority. Being strict and knowing when to tell your child a firm ‘no’ is essential. That way, you set limits and teach him to set healthy boundaries for himself later on in life.

Above everything, set an example. Be what you would want your child to be. Kids look up to their parents, mirroring every word and move. Focus on empathy and kindness – they will adopt the trait.

After all, nothing gives children more happiness than knowing they’ve helped someone. Teach them compassion for all and watch them grow into wonderful, well-rounded human beings!

When raising your child right is a priority, you must not neglect the kind of space they grow up in. If you’re looking for homes that are perfectly crafted to suit your child’s every need, come home to Gera’s Song of Joy – luxury 2 bedroom flats in Kharadi, Pune.
Explore the project today : www.childcentric.in/soj

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How your Home Influences your Kids’ Childhood

It’s a well-known scientific fact that the environment your child experiences in the first five years of his or her life shapes the adults they’re slated to become. It is the memories, the relationships, and the influences that helps children develop abilities to learn the social and emotional skills they need for live. Needless to say, where, and in what settings, children live in has everything to do with it.

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A home with a nurturing environment aids your child in the things they see, hear, touch, smell and tastes. The happier, more qualitative these experiences are, the better the simulations in your child’s brain. These are the connections that build the very foundation of behavioral learning.

In his or her early years, the child has nothing but their family, school, and a residential community to interact with. The better these environmental settings are, the more influence your child experiences with time. Development in their language, a feeling of independence and competitiveness, and most importantly, long-lasting relationships are what determines how your child will bounce back from tough times in the future.

And, speaking of relationships, the most important relationship that your child has is with you. To unlock their maximum potential during their formative years, you need to ensure that they’re an integral part of a nurturing community that promotes healthy behaviour, prioritises education and proper communication, and helps building good social and emotional skills.

Enter Song of Joy by Gera Developments, magnificently placed in Gera’s GreensVille, Kharadi – one of the most reputed residential projects in Kharadi, Pune that comprises Child-Centric homes for every aspect of a child’s growth. Featuring spacious and luxurious 2 & 3 bedroom apartments, Song of Joy offers an environment that is safe, fun & convenient for your little one to develop.

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Among the many highlights of Song of Joy is the elite amenities and secure features to help build your child’s shining future. The residential township is associated with celebrity academies that nurture your child’s potential and offer a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be coached by celebrities like Shankar Mahadevan, Vishwanathan Anand, Mahesh Bhupathi & many more.
So, wait no more! Give your child the future they deserve!
Explore Gera’s Song of Joy here: www.childcentric.in/soj

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