[Startup Bharat] Meet edtech startups that are taking quality education to non-metro cities across India

India’s small towns and cities harbour big dreams and ambitions. But often, students from these cities are at a disadvantage as they don’t have access to the quality education their counterparts in metros do. How will experimentation and innovation flourish if students can’t build on a solid foundation of learning? Students in the metros gain from big players like Byju’s, Khan Academy, and AlmaMapper, but those in Tier II, III, and IV towns are often forced to migrate to educational hubs, including Kota and Hyderabad, or Tier I cities for their education….

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Move over, Marie Kondo. It’s travel that sparks joy

Reducing clutter is the theme of the Netflix program “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” which recently brought the host’s minimalist philosophy to reality TV. She demonstrates how to fold T-shirts and, to make decluttering decisions easier, she’ll ask the untidy people she visits to consider, item by item, whether an object sparks joy within them. If not, it’s sent on its merry way to Goodwill. I suspect thrift stores are receiving ample supplies of “What was I thinking?” souvenirs from Kondo’s devoted viewers. But other aspects of travel are not…

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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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10 SUVs that can easily be modified for MEGA street presence: Mahindra XUV500 to Toyota Fortuner

One of the USPs of SUVs is that they offer a strong road presence. Thanks to their dimensions, aggressive stance and bold design, the SUVs help you make a powerful statement on the street. Here are 10 SUVs that have been modified to have a MEGA street presence, showing you how it’s done! Mahindra Bolero The Mahindra Bolero has always been appreciated for its rugged, mini-G Wagon looks. This Bolero, however, looks significantly bolder than the regular variant. Much of it is due to the all-black paint scheme and wider…

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The One Travel Sin In Israel That You Can Easily Avoid

Not so very long ago terminally bland chain hotels were the mainstay of lodging in Israel—indeed, a certain generation of travelers can remember when they were practically the only choice in cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. But the past decade has seen a total transformation of the Israeli boutique hotel landscape. Big chains are still amply represented, but with demand for innovation in the lifestyle space high even well-known brands are finding it necessary to get their style game on. 65 Hotel The Hotel 65, once an office building, rises above Rothschild Boulevard…

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Women’s Clothing That Conceals a Gun

Especially if you are a woman who must professionally carry a gun such as one who works for the FBI, Secret Service, TSA, DEA, a police department, or a government or law enforcement agency, it is crucial that the womens gun apparel conceal the firearm. Also, concealed carry licensed owners, travelers, and small business owners who want to protect themselves have a need for that type of clothing. Quality high-end versatile concealment gear needs to fit a woman’s body properly but, at the same time, be comfortable and make the…

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The 4 Values That Have Guided This Travel Entrepreneur To Success

Kristin Karst is the cofounder, co-owner and executive vice president of AmaWaterways, a family-owned river cruise company created in 2002 with a fleet of 20 award-winning ships in Europe, Asia and Africa. The successful businesswoman grew up during the Communist period in East Germany, which, she says, has had a huge impact on her career and spawned her two greatest passions: travel and entrepreneurship. Morgan Stemler Kristin Karst is the cofounder & EVP of AmaWaterways, a river cruise company. (Courtesy of AmaWaterways) “During the Communist era, many restrictions were in place,…

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Need help to remember what you’ve studied? How to make notes that really work

The 2017 exam season is here and we are sure you would be gearing up for your tests. Notes can go a long way in making your revise more effectively. Abhishek Patil, CEO and co-founder of Oliveboard , an online preparation portal for MBA, banking and government exams, tells you how to do it right. The syllabus to be covered for all competitive exams is vast and especially so when you’re talking about the UPSC CSE. It’s important to remember that the whole process can be simplified through notes. The…

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Mahindra Open Sky: A festival that blends musical notes with adventure

On the sand dunes of the Thar Desert, imagine the tunes of enchanting music and adventure activities such as camel race and off-road driving. This pleasant visual won’t just be a dream with the upcoming festival, Mahindra Open Sky in association with Hindustan Times. “With its immersive experience of culture and adventure, Mahindra Open Sky celebrates the romance of the desert and embodies the spirit of Live Young Live Free. Set against the backdrop of the mighty Thar, it presents a unique opportunity to be part of a collective of…

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The city that Ahmed built: Which version of Ahmedabad are we prepared to preserve?

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s Heritage Walk begins at the Swaminarayan temple in Kalupur. You gather in the early morning in the large open courtyard, flanked on three sides by multi-storeyed haveli buildings. This temple is very different from the elaborate marble temples associated with the sect. Devotees go about their business and pigeons flutter in droves, as the knot of motley tourists heads out into the narrow lanes of Ahmedabad’s old city. The walk meanders through the pols, a form of high-density living accompanied by a highly organised social structure,…

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