Imagine you enter an apparel store to shop, and you notice an item that has been put on discount. It’s a great bargain at $29, but you suspect foul play. As it’s the identical item you found to be priced at the same price a fortnight earlier. Now, you might think that there’s a mistake on the staffs’ part. But alas, you are wrong as this is a classic example of luring customers to buy a product that was valued at the same price without a discount. The customers are induced to think that they have obtained a product at a better deal than others.
The budget 2021 has been a boon for the equity market as there has been no increased tax rates and an increased expenditure on part of the government. Proposal of disinvestment of 2 PSUs including LIC and formation of bad banks has led to Bank Nifty soaring to new heights.
Budget and the Bourses
On 1st February 2021, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had presented Budget 2021 & on the very same day stock market went up by 2300 points. What could be the possible reasons for the same?
The Union Budget 2021 has been a common man’s budget with a key focus on ease of living. It has drastically increased healthcare spending, made space for infrastructure, and laid out a plan for divesting two PSU banks, all aimed to dig an economy out of a pandemic-induced slump.
Budget 2021- A Budget like never before
On 1st February 2021, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2021 applicable over the previous year 2021-22 and assessment year 2022-23. The key highlights of the budget were Increased Capex (Capital Expenditure), no change in Income Tax slabs, Agriculture Infrastructure & Development cess on petrol & diesel, Increase in FDI limit for Insurance Sector and setup of Bad Banks. We are going to discuss in detail all these points and a few more announcement which are significant for the economy.
On the 11th of September, 1893, the halls of the Art Institute in Chicago were abuzz with praises and admiration for the sun of India, Swami Vivekananda, clad in befitting orange and yellow robes. Like the blazing, radiant sun, he rose above the horizon of all kinds of discrimination, and emanated strength with every word like a ray of glimmering hope and determination and filled the entire ambience with the warmth of oneness.
Swami Vivekananda was born as Narendranath Dutt in the hub of India’s freedom struggle, West Bengal. He was a man of indomitable will which was evident in not just his words but also his demeanour.
His speech that commenced with the words,
“Sisters and brothers of America…”,
The season of love is about to end, and with it is to begin a season of lamenting the love and lovers lost. It is both naive and sad to see hearts breaking, as if made, literally of glass. The emotions losing their value and tears becoming as normal and undervalued as plain water. It leaves me reminiscing on our love.
Old is what I miss. We crave for novelty, for change, for a fresh vibe to our relationships, but there comes a time, when we realise, that old is what is the purest, and the most beautiful of all phases of a relationship.
“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
A classic first published in 1813 portraying the 19th century British lifestyle and mindset, the book has a great hype being Britain’s favourite book and also provides a rich taste of that era mixed with perpetual issues of pride and prejudice prevailing in every society. The story revolves around the mediocre Bennet family of Longbourn in pursuit of securing some wealthy men, to support their family by getting one of the daughters married to one of them since their own estate is entailed. The Bennet family has five daughters with no son so the only concern of their mother, described as a little noisy and foolish lady, is to get her daughters married somehow. Jane, the eldest daughter is the prettiest, sweet and lovely daughter, regarded as a perfect woman by the society whereas Elizabeth the second eldest, protagonist of the story is an exceptionally intelligent, witty and talented girl. She is pretty quick in forming an opinion about everyone and way different than the rest of her sisters. She meets Fitzwilliam Darcy through the love of Jane, Charles Bingley. Initially she finds him really arrogant and proud but eventually the story unfolds in a really surprising manner for her.
The sound of train sirens, packed luggage lying beside, all cluttered up with emotions, one side it is the journey that awaits, on other the nostalgia that strikes.
Travelling to a new place, excitement of having new people and prospects, an altogether new life. The exciting commotions, eagerness to go to a new spot, planning of having some astounding events and dwelling on thrilling thoughts. It is the hope of having some great moments and a different lifestyle, an escape from the mundane routine that induces us to feel so exhilarating. A shift in living place always carries along this bewilderment. But when the duration of this place change is long, the emotions are mixed. Then it is not just excitement of the future it is also the memories of the past that start intertwining.
This book is a pioneering study book on Aurangzeb, who is said to be India’s most controversial ruler. This is the whole account of Aurangzeb’s life. From his birth to his last days in Deccan, she has discussed every aspect and episode of his life very compactly.
Aurangzeb, who was the 6th and last major ruler of the Mughal Empire, ruled for 49 years with a population of 150 million people. According to her, he extended the Mughal empire to its greatest extent, by subsuming most of the Indian subcontinent under single imperial power for the first time in human history. She also discussed how Aurangzeb rose to power in 1658 in the midst of a bloody war of succession that left all of his brother’s dad and his father imprisoned.
In the process of attributing traits which were eventually imposed on women, what we can say are the by-products of this rigidity are ways of behaving associated, or more radically saying, imposed on man. Initially, this term was used in the mythopoetic men’s movement of the 1980’s and 1990’s. From then it has been widely used in academics and popular writings. Other than having its bad impact on women, toxic masculinity had a severe impact on the mental, physical and social health of men.
This culture pressurized men to behave in a certain fixed manner. Now let us discuss those ways in which man will be called ideal. They are like;
Celebrated annually in June, with the onset of Monsoon season, Ambubachi Mela is one of the most unique festivals hosted in India’s Guwahati. It’s organized at the Kamakhya Temple, perched on the top of Ninanchal Hill, the temple being one of the most important tourist destinations of Assam. It’s said to be associated with the Goddess Kamakhya and stands true to the story that surrounds her.
According to the Legend, an angered Kamakhya jumped into the fire because her father insulted Shiva. As a result of which, Shiva performed Tandava, holding Kamakhya’s burning body. If nobody had stopped Shiva from completing the Tandava, the world would have been destroyed. And so Vishnu used his Sudarshan Chakra to cut Kamakhya’s body into 5 parts. The temple now stands where her genitals and womb fell. There is no idol in the temple but a yoni (female genitalia) shaped rock with a hot spring flowing over it.
“All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place. We are better off when women are empowered – it leads to a better society.”
– John Legend
“Feminism is a range of social movements, political movements, and ideologies that aim to define and establish the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes.”
When we seek to understand what Feminism encompasses, it becomes important to understand it as an inclusive concept rather than being restricted to one specific gender of the society. Feminists are trying to establish the inclusivity of everyone’s rights, irrespective of their gender identity. It is not about criticizing the so-called ‘male gender’ for all the wrong that has been inflicted on women. Instead, Feminism is a fight for gender equality.
Alice Walker’s 1982 The Color Purple is one of the most controversial books written about African-American lives. It won a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, was also made into an internationally loved film by Steven Spielberg. The book narrates the story of Celie, a young black girl accustomed to poverty and sexual abuse. She’s separated from her children and beloved sister Nettie. It is not until she meets Shug, an independent mystical black woman, that Celie understands the meaning of womanhood and also learns to embrace it. The book takes you on a journey through Celie’s vision, about her gaining a self, and in that process, everybody else around her becoming more human.
Sprouts are considered the healthiest snack and are liked by all age groups and as people are looking for healthy, inexpensive, and convenient food, it fits best in this category. Doing sprouting at home requires long hours but in this high-paced world, people have a very hectic schedule and lack time for themselves so they end up going to the supermarket and buy raw sprouts from there. Therefore, it becomes essential to check the safety of fresh sprouts to prevent the large masses from being infected.
What are sprouts?
Sprouts are germinated seeds that by time become very young plants. The natural process through which germination occurs is called sprouting. Initially, the seeds are soaked for a longer duration (20 minutes to 12 hours or more), then the required combination of temperature and moisture (35°C and relative humidity of 80%) is provided to the soaked seeds, and are permitted to grow for two to seven days. Lately, the product obtained is a fresh sprout. The optimum conditions required for the sprouting are also ideal for the rapid growth of several bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella, listeria, and molds. There are chances of pre-harvest and post-harvest contamination. Pre-harvest contamination sources include the type of fertilizer used, irrigation water, or soil quality. Post-harvest contamination of sprouts may occur during storage, handling, and transportation of the sprouts.
There are several foodborne outbreaks associated with sprouts. The first outbreak recorded due to the consumption of sprouts was in 1973. In a recent population-based survey, most of the patients who were diagnosed with foodborne diseases had consumed alfalfa sprouts. There are several physicals, chemical, and biological treatments that can be given to sprouts to reduce the risk of foodborne diseases. Let’s check out the processing of sprouts.
Nigeria, 7th most populated country in Northern Africa, is a multi-ethnic country. The land is gifted with vast quantities of natural resources. It stands sixth at oil-production and has well-educated and flourished industries. It has a very diverse culture and it differs as we move down from North to South. The 208 million people living, are divided into many ethnic groups which speak over 527 languages and have more than 1150 dialects.
Many millennials will definitely remember the thrill of using a landline to make personal calls, that was most often placed in the living room. Around that time, the birth of feature phones was a big revelation and wireless internet was the new fad in town.
These disruptions soon reached their peak with the launch of smartphones. So much such that India currently is the second largest smartphone market globally where 134 million smartphones were sold in 2017 and also the largest growing smartphone market according to Morgan Stanley. Reports suggest that high sales volume and favourable average consumer behaviour are enticing to foreign players.