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Indian Startups Rise And Encourage Entrepreneurship

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The grand success of Indian startups has yet again made it the third-largest start-up ecosystem in the world, in the year 2019. This has to lead to the tech startups to reach a number of 8900-9300 in the last five years.

We all have seen the rise in Indian startups in the last few years. Even last year in 2019, there was an increase of 1100 startups in the country. It is now clear that Indian students are taking the road to entrepreneurship utilizing all their skills to build their own startup.

 

Top MNCs have been showing great interest in these startups, providing a huge amount of funding to Indian students. Some of the great startups India has seen is Oyo Rooms, Byju’s, Nykaa, CARS24, etc. From young entrepreneurs to mompreneur, the country has seen an immense rise in all, and we are very proud of it! In fact, students are now encouraged to travel to the road towards entrepreneurship.

Given the status of the economy of the country, it is clear that the future might not be so bright. In this case, only the startup culture can come to aid by generating more job opportunities for the coming generation. There are many more startups emerging and receiving funding, not just from a national organization, but also international organizations.

The many more startups are BigBasket, 1mg, Swiggy, etc booming the ecosystem. The Government has also launched many initiatives. One of them is “Stand Up India Scheme,” which will help to promote entrepreneurship among SC/ST and women entrepreneurs. Geographically, New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai are the top cities initiating in startups and leading in terms of funding and investment. Surely, the Government wants it to spread out to smaller cities as well.

So do you feel you can take up the entrepreneurship road ahead?

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Anti-Racist Books That Everyone Should Read!

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All lives matter. In these times of Pandemic, there are certain populations that get a privilege. For instance, there is privilege based on race, color or religion. This system is existent everywhere. For instance, the wide outrage spread in the USA, where the whites have a privilege. On contrary, there is India, where privilege is based on a persons religion. Whatever the case is, those who are on the other side of the privilege face the inequalities. In this post, read about the best of Anti-Racist Books to widen your perspective. This will also let you know the other side of privilege.

Anti-Racist Books List

1. Freedom Is A Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

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Freedom Is A Constant Struggle

In the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death, a lot of quotes by Angela Davis are being circulated on social media. However, these small quotes certainly don’t contain the whole of struggle. To know the struggle in depth, read this book. The book compiles the thoughts of the author in a series of essays.

2. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo- Lodge

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Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race

The book talks about the struggles of trying to reason with those white people who think their skin color to be the norm. Therefore, all those not sharing the same skin color naturally deviate from the norm. The book dives deep into this concept. In addition, there are very minute details on which the writer focuses while presenting the book. It maps the racial bias starting from that in UK, through slavery and mob lynchings that followed the World War 1.

3. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

“If we – and I mean the relatively conscious whites and the relatively conscious blacks, who must, like lovers, insist on, or create, the consciousness of others – do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.”

The Fire Next Time

The book is a classic of the Civil Rights Movement. It is divided into two parts. Firstly, there is a letter written to Baldwins 14 year nephew on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of abolition of slavery. In addition, there is a powerful reflection on the formative years of the author in Harlem.

4. Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward 

The book recounts the death of 5 young black men in the authors life.

5. They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, And A New Era In America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery

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They Can’t Kill Us All

This is a first hand report from a reporter who has covered the deaths of unarmed black men. All these black men died at the hands of police officers. In addition, the most striking similarity in all the cases is that all the police officers were whites. The book begins with the authors own aggressive arrest while on Ferguson protest. Further, it recounts the evolution of the Black Lives Matter Movement straight from the front line. Therefore, it is a must read for now!

6. Inglorious Empire: What The British Did To India by Shashi Tharoor

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Inglorious Empire

The book is written by a UN diplomat and an Indian MP. Inglorious Empire is about all the bad that happened to India due to the rule of Britishers.

7. Beloved by Toni Morrison

“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”

Beloved

This book by Toni Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize. It captures the trauma of black slaves and the descendants. The story is inspired by a true story.

8. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow

Civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander reflects on the many ways in which the 13th Amendment is exploited.

9. Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

“I am writing you because this was the year you saw Eric Garner choked to death for selling cigarettes; because you know now that Renisha McBride was shot for seeking help…… And you have seen men in uniform drive by and murder Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old child whom they were oath-bound to protect…..And you know now, if you did not before, that the police departments of your country have been endowed with the authority to destroy your body.”

Between The World And Me

The book is mainly a letter to the authors son from him. There are different cases of injustice towards blacks that the author mentions. Further, the readers get to read about a critical analysis of racism which is very much ingrained in the American life and American Society. It also gives an elaborate account of the development of the fictional notion of “whiteness”.

10. The Good Immigrant: 21 Writers Explore What It Means To Be Black, Asian, And Minority Ethnic In Britain Today edited by Nikesh Shukla

The Good Immigrant

The book contains essays contributed by different authors and writers with unique perspectives on deeply ingrained racist attitudes in UK.  The book is about the notions of “good” and “bad” immigrants. In addition, it talks about what is means to be a person of color facing racism. It also talks about the constant anxiety that the immigrants experience.

11. Barracoon: The Story Of The Last Slave by Zora Neale Hurston

“Of all the millions transported from Africa to the Americas, only one man is left. He is called Cudjo Lewis and is living at present at Plateau, Alabama, a suburb of Mobile. This is the story of this Cudjo.”

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Barracoon

With the line above starts this book by Zora Neale Hurston. It is a compilation of various interviews between the author and the last survior of the Middle Passage. Through these interviews the readers get to know the story of Cudjo.

12. Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde

“And I am not free as long as one person of colour remains chained. Nor is any one of you.”

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Your Silence Will Not Protect You

The last one from the list of Anti-Racist Books is “Your Silence Will Not Protect You”. The book is a compilation of the greatest speeches and writing of Audre Lorde.  It is in totality a revolutionary work of literature.

Let us know about your favorite Anti-Racist Books in the comments. In addition, also check out Dr. Shashi Tharoor On What To Read.

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Quarantine Qualms: Getting Productive

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THINGS TO DO IF YOU’RE PAST COOKING: Making Quarantine Productive

We’re already in the middle of the year, with three sordid months of quarantine on our calendars. From cooking to cleaning, we’ve done it all. But as we gear for the next phase of the lockdown, or what is also being called Unlock 1.0, people are looking for things to keep themselves engaged while also being productive. Here are a few productive things you can do if you’re way past looking up recipes and scrolling through Instagram:

1. Read Short Stories

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People often say that if they had the time, they’d read more often. But even when they have all the time in the world, they can’t stick to one novel. If you still find yourself wanting to read, you can start with shorter pieces like short stories or novellas. Once you’ve inculcated reading as a habit, you can move to longer commitments.

2. Dear Diary Way

We’ve all written diaries in our school years. Be it as a part of our hobby, or as a part of the holidays’ homework, it was one of the most fun things to do. You can maintain a diary where you write your agendas for the day or one where you can decode and untangle your thoughts, or something of the sort of a dream journal. Whatever it is, it’s your creative space; fill it as you like.

 

3. Gardening

 

Not everyone has space or resources to maintain a full-fledged garden with varieties of flowers and fancy, but if you do, this is the way to go. Gardening is one of those activities that is considered highly meditative and calming in nature. If you do not have a plush garden, you can start small by looking after the plants in your balcony or planting a few small ones in bottles and jars for your kitchen.

4. Ace Your Word Game

Whether you’re reading a newspaper or your favourite web series, you will encounter several words. Some will sound familiar to you but not so familiar as to know their meanings, others will be completely new. Make a habit of writing them down somewhere and looking up their meanings every time you have three words. This will help you ace your word game and also give you newfound confidence.

5. Meditation is the Mantra

Being in a lockdown, engaging with a sense of zero productivity can cause your brain and body to become tense. Ease up those thoughts by doing one meditative activity. It could be Yoga, or walking on the terrace, or chanting a mantra, or praying. This will help you reconcile your thought and lead them to a newer direction.

6. Spill them Colours

You might have often found yourself outlining and filling shapes on sheets while in the middle of a boring meeting or unnerving conversation. This is because colouring soothes you and calms your head. You don’t have to be good at it, or even complete it in one go. Just pick up those crooked dry colours and spill them.

We hope these activities make your long quarantine a little less gloomy. This time is not a productivity contest, but it’s not also about being tired and lonesome. Pick yourself up, and brush your way through.

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6 Foods That Fight Inflammation

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When your immune system is working properly, inflammation can be a helpful tool. For example, if you get a cut on your finger on a rusty gate, you may experience some redness, pain and even swelling. This is known as acute inflammation and your immune system’s primary weapon against harmful bacteria. Acute inflammation may disappear once the wound is healed. It’s when you have chronic inflammation that you need to be concerned about. It is ongoing, requires persistent response when your body is under consistent attack with no time to fully recover.

Fortunately, there are a number of inflammation-fighting foods which you can incorporate into your daily diet. 

 

Turmeric

It is a root plant of India. Commonly used as a kitchen spice, turmeric is what gives your curry its vibrant yellow colour. Many studies have shown that it is an effective ingredient when it comes to reducing inflammation as compared to other prescribed medicines. One way through which you can add turmeric into your diet is by drinking golden milk.

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Ginger

Ginger is another anti-inflammatory powerhouse. Used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years to treat digestive upset, nausea, diarrhoea, arthritis, and even many heart conditions. It is great when it comes to fighting active diseases. It can be included in your diet by adding it to your daily recipes or try some soups which include ginger.

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Blueberries

Packed with a lot of vitamin C. It is a powerhouse when it comes to fighting diseases. Eating blueberries can lower your risk of heart diseases and cancer. It can be included in your diet in the form of smoothies, top it on pancakes. Fresh or frozen, any form is better.
Pro tip- The darker berries, the better they are.

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Avocados

Avocados can be found in everything, starting off from smoothie to guacamole, salads and even in brownies! Unlike most fruits, they are a powerhouse of vitamin E, a macronutrient with anti-inflammatory resources. They can lower the risk of joint damage. Adding avocados to your diet can help you fight inflammation hours after eating the meal.

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Salmons

Full of omega-3s, which support a balanced immune response. It can be a great relief for ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and even migraine headaches. It was found that supplementing with fish oil decreased disease symptoms and flare-ups, and reduced dependence on anti-inflammatory medications.

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Leafy Greens

Full of dietary nitrate, they have the potential to reduce inflammation and arterial stiffness which then leads to a reduction of heart strokes and chronic diseases. Moreover, they are a quality blend of vitamins and minerals which are essential for our body in almost all forms.

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