In an excerpt in The Wire from his upcoming book, Karan Thapar tries to explain why Narendra Modi walked out of an interview with him in 2007, and why the Bharatiya Janata Party now shuns him.
Smita Nair, a crime reporter and one of the lead researchers on Netflix’s Sacred Games, tells the tale of how in Mumbai’s police stations, everyone is a character, and the city a story.
“So, on every Saturday and select school holidays, dressed in jersey colours inspired by squads around the world, the “babies” play ball,” writes Silvester Phanbuh in the Indian Express, writing about Meghalaya’s “baby football league.” “The Baby League has 12 teams: Wahlakhiat Bulls, Nongthymmai Scorpions, JNS Jaguars, among others. Apart from their assigned animal icons, team names include the school, institution or locations they represent.”
“Despite these elitist tendencies, in the ’70 elections and perhaps in 2008 we clearly saw that, when given a chance, the Pakistani people freely voted for their own representatives,” writes Kamran Asdar Ali in Dawn. “The political task may be to deepen the democratic impulse that is present in Pakistan’s populace, rather than disrespect them. Further, in all cases, the leadership of these parties tend to forget that whenever they have trusted non-civilian forces to assist them into power, they have always been betrayed.”
EPW Engage assembles a reading list on the question of: If Smart Cities exclude the vulnerable, who are they smart for?
“We might never get clear evidence that Trump made a secret deal with the Kremlin,” writes Blake Hounshell in Politico. “It would be great to see his tax returns, and perhaps Mueller has evidence of private collusion that we have yet to see. These details matter. But in a larger sense, everything we need to know about Trump’s strange relationship with Russia is already out in the open. As The Donald himself might say, there’s something going on.”
David E Sanger and Matthew Rosenberg write in the New York Times on how Donald Trump, despite clear indications that Russian President Vladimir Putin interfered in America’s election, has tried to muddle the message.
“Perhaps more than anything else, what has sucked all of the joy out of the social internet in its current form is its exhortation to be useful,” writes Helena Fitzgerald in The Verge. “We have arrived at a version where everything seems to be just another version of LinkedIn. Every online space is supposed to get you a job or a partner or a stronger personal brand so you can accomplish the big, public-record goals of life. The public marketplace is everywhere. It’s an interactive and immersive CV, an archive. It all counts, and it all matters.”
The cost of setting up an employee-friendly office in Mumbai
And a new age, cost-effective solution to common grievances.
A lot has been theorised about employee engagement and what motivates employees the most. Perks, bonuses and increased vacation time are the most common employee benefits extended to valuable employees. But experts say employees’ wellbeing is also intimately tied with the environment they spend the bulk of the day in. Indeed, the office environment has been found to affect employee productivity and ultimately retention.
According to Gensler’s Workplace Index, workplace design should allow employees to focus, collaborate, learn and socialise for maximum productivity, engagement and overall wellbeing. Most offices lag on the above counts, with complaints of rows of cluttered desks, cramped work tables and chilled cubicles still being way too common.
But well-meaning employers wanting to create a truly employee-centric office environment meet resistance at several stages. Renting an office space, for example, is an obstacle in itself, especially with exorbitant rental rates prevalent in most business districts. The office space then needs to be populated with, ideally, ergonomic furniture and fixtures. Even addressing common employee grievances is harder than one would imagine. It warrants a steady supply of office and pantry supplies, plus optimal Internet connection and functioning projection and sound systems. A well-thought-out workspace suddenly begins to sound quite cost prohibitive. So, how can an employer balance employee wellbeing with the monthly office budget?
Co-working spaces have emerged as a viable alternative to traditional workspaces. In addition to solving a lot of the common problems associated with them, the co-working format also takes care of the social and networking needs of businesses and their employees.
WeWork is a global network of workspaces, with 10 office spaces in India and many more opening this year. The co-working giant has taken great care to design all its premises ergonomically for maximum comfort. Its architects, engineers and artists have custom-designed every office space while prioritising natural light, comfort, productivity, and inspiration. Its members have access to super-fast Internet, multifunction printers, on-site community teams and free refreshments throughout the day. In addition, every WeWork office space has a dedicated community manager who is responsible for fostering a sense of community. WeWork’s customised offerings for enterprises also work out to be a more cost-effective solution than conventional lease setting, with the added perks of WeWork’s brand of service.
The video below presents the cost breakdown of maintaining an office space for 10 employees in Vikhroli, Mumbai and compares it with a WeWork membership.
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