Students find entrance exams a tough nut to crack

Tough tests are diminishing their hopes, say students Shristi Sharma, 21, a student, has given CAT twice, but wasn’t able to score the required percentile to clear the exam. She feels demotivated as all her friends are now pursuing their masters, whereas she’s still trying to crack the exam to secure admission to a reputed […]

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Government’s promise of Braille books yet to see the light of the day

Many schools in Bengaluru unaware about the scheme  Bharathi Kokade, 15, a blind student studying at Sri Rakum school, Indiranagar, still learns from old Braille textbooks provided by her school. At the Divine Light School for the Blind, one Braille book is shared among five students. The promised Braille books and digital book banks never […]

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Fitness trackers catch people’s attention

Lockdowns and closure of gyms led 24-year-old Mayank Gupta to use Fitbit watches and trackers to track his calorie burns and better understand his sleep quality. Fitbit watches and trackers are devices that keep   track of activities like steps and distance covered, calories burned, heart rate, sleep quality and duration, and breathing rate, etc. “As […]

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WFH during lockdowns raised mental stress among women

Had more work at home despite help from men. Women working from home had more workload than men during the pandemic-induced lockdowns, affecting their mental health, as per a study.  Deloitte’s study on the impact of pandemic on working women has revealed that 65 per cent of the surveyed women had shouldered greater responsibility than […]

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Students in a quandary as Ukraine crisis continues

They are waiting for online classes to begin. Indian students studying in Ukraine are worried  about their education and future as uncertainty looms  due to the Russia-Ukraine situation. Anushka Pant, 22, a first-year medical student at the Kharkiv National Medical University in Ukraine, informed The Observer: “Our education has been severely affected by the war […]

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Bengalureans bid adieu to CDs, DVDs, cassettes

Some purchase records for their vintage value Tucked away in Public Utility Building on M.G Road is Rams Musique, packed to the roof with vintage vinyl records, cassettes, CDs and DVDs of almost every music genre. But most of these cassettes and vinyls remain untouched. With the increasing popularity of streaming services like Spotify, Netflix […]

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Changing times: Transgenders now being accepted by society

They feel the city is now more inclusive Sana Suman,  a 28-year-old trans woman wakes up every day with enthusiasm. Life has been a little brighter for her these days. She works for a Kannada news channel and has found her passion working as a journalist. She loves to meet and talk to new people. […]

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Bad mental health casts shadow on the rainbow flag

Stress of people with alternative sexuality rises The world came shattering for Umaima M, 19, a student living in Mumbai, when in May 2020 their parents gave them – Umaima’s preferred pronoun is “them”– an ultimatum and told them to leave the house. Gathering courage and some clothes, they called up their friend and asked him if […]

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Financial security has become a big priority for youngsters

Seeing present situation, they want to be secure After getting a job as an interior designer, the first thing 24-year-old Supriya Singh did was to ask her father about ‘financial security’ so that she could start saving money. Supriya’s desire for financial security goes back to the time when one of her relatives faced financial problems. “My […]

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