On the 127th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, with every political party rushing to celebrate him, the Indian Express’ Ravish Tiwari looks at how and why Ambedkar, one of the most contested pre-Independence figures, has today, six decades after his death, come to be the most embraced.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to specifically address his supporters and partymen who are, even now, now shocked by the rape and murder of an eight-year old Muslim Bakharwal girl in Jammu, argues Mukul Kesavan in the Telegraph.
Without strong data law, India will end up as a digital colony of US or Chinese firms, argues Ravi Venkatesan in the Times of India.
Chanda Kochhar is one of India’s top bankers. But does that mean that her employer, ICICI Bank owes its chief executive officer a job no matter what, asks Andy Mukherjee in Bloomberg Quint.
The Hinduisation of Ambedkarism: In the Wire, Bhanwar Meghwanshi writes about how everything that Ambedkar was firmly opposed to is being used to hypocritically subvert his message.
Will Pop Francis cause a schism in the Catholic Church? In the New Yorker, Vinson Cunnigham reviews the book To Change the Church.
In the London Review of Books, Stephen W Smith writes about Winnie Mandela’s battle with South Africa’s apartheid regime.
Decades after physicists happened upon a stunning mathematical coincidence, researchers are getting close to understanding the link between two seemingly unrelated geometric universes, writes Kevin Hartnett in Quanta Magazine.
Why were economists taken completely by surprise by the 2008 Great Recession? In Prospect magazine, Howard Reed makes the case for restarting the discipline of economics anew to correct for fundamental flaws.
In the New York Times, Carl Zimmer writes about how the humble sweet potato colonised the world.
By knowing what you need, when you need it and where to find it.
Creating and managing a fully-functional adult life can get overwhelming. If the planning isn’t intimidating enough, the budgeting is especially stressful with the rising prices of daily essentials. A separate survival fund is not what is required, though. The bulk of survival in the 21st century is based on your product smarts. Knowing what you need when you need it is more than half the battle won.
Needs vary according to different life situations. For instance, in their first tryst with homemaking, young tenants struggle for survival. They need to cultivate a relationship with products they never cared to use at home. Floor cleaners, bathroom cleaners and dish soaps are essential; monitor their usage with discipline. Then there are personal utensils, to be safeguarded with a vengeance. Let’s not forget mosquito, rodent and cockroach repellents to keep hefty, unwanted medical bills away. For those shifting into a hostel for the first time, making an initial inventory covering even the most underrated things (basic kitchen implements, first aid kit, clothes hangers, cloth clips etc.) will help reduce self-made crises.
Glowing new parents, meanwhile, face acute, urgent needs. Drowning in best wishes and cute gifts, they tend to face an immediate drought of baby supplies. Figuring out a steady, reliable supply of diapers and baby shampoos, soaps, powders and creams can take a slight edge off of parenting for exhausted new parents.
Then there are the experts, the long-time homemakers. Though proficient, they can be more efficient with regards to their family’s nutrition needs with some organisation. A well-laid out kitchen command centre will help plan out their shopping and other chores for the coming day, week and month. Weekly meal plans, for example, will not only ensure all family members eat right, but will also cut down on indecision in the supermarket aisle and the subsequent wasteful spending. Jot down fruits and vegetables, dried fruits and nuts and health beverages for growing kids. Snack Stations are a saviour for moms with perpetually hungry li’l ones, keeping your refrigerator strategically stocked with healthy snacks options that can cater to tastes of all family members.
Once the key needs are identified, the remainder of the daily survival battle is fought on supermarket aisles. Collecting deals, tracking sales days and supermarket hopping have been the holy grail of budget shopping. Some supermarkets, though, are more proactive in presenting value for money on items of daily need. The video below captures the experiences of shoppers who have managed savings just by their choice of supermarket.
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