Family finance: How salaried Singhs can achieve their money goals easily

Raman Singh and Amrita Kaur are both employed and bring in a combined monthly salary of Rs 1.5 lakh. They live in their own house worth Rs 1 crore, in Delhi, with their two children, aged eight and four. They have no liabilities, and their portfolio comprises equity in the form of mutual fundsworth Rs 82.2 lakh, debt worth Rs 90 lakh in the form of EPF, PPF and fixed deposits, and Rs 5 lakh as cash. Their goals include building an emergency corpus, saving for their kids’ education and weddings, buying another house,…

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How technology plays a critical role in transforming healthcare in India

Perhaps now more than any other time in our history, we are realising the importance of technology in social service delivery, and its role in enhancing the general quality of life. Growing up in India, where the majority has minimal access to basic public amenities like healthcare, one develops an appreciation for the value of enabling such technologies that assist and scale service delivery in the context of developing countries. Technology can be transformative in delivering healthcare services, where the density of doctors is one per 1,000. A strong imbalance…

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How to save money on travel (including bucket list destinations)

Whether it’s written down in the back of your agenda, in a note on your phone or filed away in a mental cabinet to be called on by daydreams when work and life get too hectic, we all have a bucket list of places we’d love to go. Unfortunately for many of us, that’s exactly where these destinations stay — on a list that never gets checked off. Pricey flights and hotels make jet-setting to far off, exotic locales difficult. But if you know how to go about booking them, you…

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Train 18: Here’s how much it will cost you to travel on India’s fastest train

Train 18 will start its services soon and along with it, will herald a new generation of Indian trains. The much talked about Train 18 is expected to start services shortly after the Budget session.  But how much will a passenger have to shell out to travel on the indigenously-built fastest train in India? According to reports, Train 18 fares are likely to cost you 40-50 percent more than the Shatabdi Express. As mentioned in agency reports, the Executive Class fare is likely to cost around Rs 2,800-Rs 2,900, while…

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4 Instagram Travel Couples On How They Turned Their Passion Into Their Career

Travel is one of Instagram’s most popular verticals for a reason. From the comfort of your phone you can explore some of the most beautiful places on the planet, and daydream about your next vacation. A comment frequently seen on the platform is something along the lines of “I wish I could travel for a living” or “I would love to quit my job and see the world.” While that’s just a fantasy for many, a few couples on Instagram have actually taken the plunge and done just that — made…

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Android Confidential: Just how big is that notch on the Google Pixel 3 XL anyway?

The notch. By now it’s become a fairly commonplace feature on premium phones. Even some budget handsets are starting to get in on the act. But the Google Pixel 3 XL reignites the notch frenzy. Why? Because it’s so damn big. Google didn’t just add a normal screen cutout to the top of its latest flagship phone, it added the biggest one I’ve ever seen, big enough to house two cameras and a speaker. I generally don’t mind phone notches, but there’s something about the Pixel 3 XL’s that really…

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How I Convince People To Shed Their Fears And Travel To India

Credit: Gerald Eskenazi Sunrise Over Mumbai The first time we came back from India, I told everyone about the cows in the street in downtown Delhi. I told them about the elephant that blocked our way on what passes for a “highway.” I told them about dodging the cars (usually successfully) as we crossed a street in Mumbai. Or about the 7-year-old kids hawking souvenirs as the sun rose above the majestic Taj Mahal.  It wasn’t even 8 o’clock in the morning, and school was in. Who was taking care of…

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Holidays from hell: how to get redress when things go wrong

 Cancelled flights are just one of the woes that can disrupt a holiday – but getting compensation isn’t always straightforward. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters In the coming week thousands of holidaymakers will be returning to drudgery. Not just to the day job but the baffling, often futile, attempts to claim redress for a ruined trip. As holidays become ever easier to book online, more travellers are finding their idyll becomes a nightmare due to incompetence, indifference or downright fraud. Here are some of the most common problems, and how to put…

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How to Make Sure Your Shoes Are Comfortable When You Travel

I’m a huge fan of taking walking tours when I travel. Walking tours are a great way to see a city, and if you opt for a food tour you get to sample some of the local cuisine, take in the sights, and get a little exercise in the process. It’s a great combo. That is unless you decided to wear the wrong shoes. Uncomfortable shoes, or shoes not designed for walking long distances, can make a walking adventure a painful idea rather than a pleasant excursion. Travel + Leisure recently spoke…

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7 Most Common Customer Pain Points and How to Fix Them

Customers expect more from today’s small businesses than ever before. Here’s the 7 most common customer pain points and how to fix them. Most Common Customer Pain Points Providing Inaccurate Information It doesn’t matter what kind of small business you have, clients who call you or contact you online are looking for good advice. If your customer service department provides bad information, you’re making the situation worse and harming your brand even further. There’s a quick fix here. An accepting business culture where people comfortable enough to find the right…

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