Don't criticize & complain. Encourage & support the builder!
The builders of Songbirds are young guys. This is their first big township project. They have planned it intelligently. They are constructing it meticulously. Appreciate their efforts. Admire their sincerity. Encourage them. Support them. They deserve it.
Yes, there are a few issues. But never forget that we are one family. The builder is the head of our family. Focus on what the builder has given. Not on what he hasn't.
Criticizing & complaining is easy. But you don't achieve anything by it. Instead of that - support the builder. You know that he is genuine. He is committed.
We all are in the same boat. If the builder is facing challenges like - slow booking - financial crunch - legal disputes with the landlord - irrational changes in D C Rules - you are bound to suffer a little. Bare with him. Extend your support. Encourage him to overcome it.
In short, this is the summary of my conversation (in Marathi - captured in the above YouTube video) with Dr. Ajay Tayde, Mr. Ashish Naik, Mr. Saurabh Nilange, Mr. Prashant Ingawale & Mr. Amit Yenpure. The residents of Songbirds at Bhugaon. Just 3 KM from Kothrud.
I visited them because the builder of Songbirds - Enerrgia SKYi Developers - refused to give me a video interview about an issue I have covered in my blog - The Crime at SKYi Songbirds Bhugaon.
"What is the point in I defending myself? If I am right - my flat buyers should stand for me!," said Mr. Abhijeet Jagtap, Director, Enerrgia SKYi Developers.
"Your flat buyers are with you! Many have called & expressed their anger about my blog," I said.
"Then go and interview them!," said Abhijeet.
How to be considerate & communicative in a builder - flat buyer relationship:
Handing over possession of a flat - is a delicate transaction between a builder & a flat buyer. Slight friction can ignite a big blast & destroy builder's reputation.
This has happened at the time of possession of Ivy Estate Apartments Wagholi, Nanded City Pune & recently at Songbirds Bhugaon. Some assertive flat buyer contacted me & I wrote a blog - 1) Kolte-Patil Developers - Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil 2) Save Varsha & Sachin Singh 3) The Crime at SKYi Songbirds Bhugaon
(Smart builders like Mr. Sanjay Deshpande of Sanjeevani Developers handle this delicate issue sensibly - they convert this stressful transaction into a public ceremony and invite me to cover it!)
Some ask me - how do these builders react when you write such a blog?
Kolte-Patil and Satish Magar have a huge experience. They are basically kind human beings, patient businessmen, & have a lot of concern for their flat buyers. They can calmly deal with an unpleasant thing - like my blog. They simply invite me to tell their side of the story and close the matter.
But Abhijeet Jagtap is a young man. I was not expecting Abhijeet to behave like Rajesh Patil & Satish Magar. So, when he called me to his office - I was a little surprised. The meeting went on for 3 hours. But that was not the end. He invited me to Songbirds. After the half day site visit - once again we met at his office.
After 3 meetings which went on for more than 13 hours, Abhijeet's refusal to give a video interview was unexpected.
When I visited Songbirds to interview the flat buyers - I was well prepared to listen the praise of planning & construction quality. But I was not expecting so much positive sentiments about the builder.
"How come - except you - no one is against the builder?," I asked Nitin when I came back from Songbirds.
"Who told you I am against the builder? I am not against the builder. I am against his decision - flat possession only after paying club membership," said Nitin.
"Okay. I will rephrase the question - how come - except you - all are supporting the builder's decision to give possession only after paying the club membership?," I asked.
"You want to know about me or them?," Nitin asked.
"Certainly, about them!," I said.
"About them! Why didn't you ask them when you interviewed them?," Nitin said.
"I asked. They said - it's good for the flat buyers! This assures the development of the club! We have agreed to pay the club membership at the time of booking the flat - so it's not right to raise objection now!," I told Nitin.
"You know? Being considerate & communicative in the relationship - is the strength of this builder. Remember - what I told you in my interview - how open & transparent he was - how he took trouble to organize events to develop community feelings among the flat buyers - that's why when he refused flat possession I felt like my friend has backstabbed me - I was not expecting this from him!," said Nitin.
Yes! In all those meetings, Abhijeet was very considerate & communicative with me too!! His refusal was a well planned strategy to make me write a blog about Songbirds flat buyers praising him like God. He has also taken care that I should feel good about writing it!
And you know what? I really enjoyed interviewing the flat buyers of Songbirds. Our conversation was full of innocence & positivity!
Lovebirds at Songbirds, Bhugaon, just 3 KM from Kothrud, Pune:
"Okay..Done," I said - when Mr. Kunal Khande, Sales Manager & also a resident of Songbirds, told me - "We play cricket on Sunday mornings. If you come around 8.30 you can meet the flat buyers."
My life has become very pleasant. Birds wake me up in the morning. I am always full of energy. I get up early & play cricket with my neighbours. Who does that on Sundays?
Evenings are no longer lonely for my parents - they have started enjoying evenings since we shifted here.
A few families from Mumbai come here every weekend only to enjoy pure fresh air.
Living calm and quiet life in the lap of nature - breathing pure fresh air - enjoying clouds, mountains & greenery - was my dream - which completely realized here.
Daily needs? No problems. Milk, newspapers are delivered at home from day one. Grocery shops & bakeries are on the main Paud Road.
Bigbasket.com offers home delivery.
In fact, Doctors in Bhugaon charge less than Kothrud!
Basic services - like water supply - is in place.
Of course, security is good.
Everything is okay.
This is the common experience of all flat buyers about life at Songbirds. In the first phase of some 400 flats, around 50 - 60 families have already shifted. Though the possession was in March 2015, the first family shifted in December 2015 and 50 more in the first half of 2016. And a few more are expected soon.
All of these guys are early birds! All of them are from Kothrud. They booked at the very early stage of the project. When there was nothing - except land. And of course, Kunal - the Sales Manager. No sanctioned plan. No layout. No website. No brochure.
I liked the location. I liked the price. I liked the concept. I fell in love. I gave the cheque and booked the flat. Everyone said.
Same happened at the time of possession. All of them are early birds. First to shift at Songbirds.
The great thing is - their hearts were not broken! Which, you know, happens very rarely. They proved right. They got the possession of their flats.
Their flats actually have all that the builder has promised! Plain walls - cool room temperature - fresh breeze - efficient space - spacious lobbies - smart lifts - digital entertainment & security - most important - space - lot of space inside, outside & all around.
The risk they took paid off. Financially. As well as socially. Now, they are the owners of the property which has become one of the most popular projects in Pune real estate market. Obviously, they are in love with themselves, builder & Songbirds!
But their love is not blind!
As promised - they want no vehicle zone on podium!
Hills, trees & buildings are not enough for them. They want more. For the children of Songbirds. They want amenities. Clubhouse. Swimming pool. Tennis - cricket - basketball courts.
Yes, the independent club - as good as any club in Pune - PYC, Deccan, Boat Club, Turf Club or Poona Club will add value. Membership will become a status symbol. Professionals will benefit from it. But our little boys & girls - need free space - to play - to hang out & chill - around the house - in side the safe environment of the project. Like any project.
And the approach road - from the main entrance of Songbirds to Paud Road - should be as good as the internal roads.
Wish & pray the Lovebirds in Songbirds. Located at Bhugaon. Just 3 KM from Kothrud, Pune.
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