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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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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Rise in infertility is becoming a concern for Karnataka women

Stress, smoking,  drinking among the many reasons A man came in with swift steps with a box of sweets in his hands. The nurses smiled and congratulated him on having his first newborn. In contrast to him was a  woman, not more than 25 years of age, wiping her tear-stained face with the crumpled end of […]

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Staycation a new trend among Bengalureans

It’s a safe home away from home they say Bengaluru residents prefer staycation over planned long-distance travel. Presha Malhotra, a Bengaluru resident, on being contacted by The Observer, said: “I prefer staycations because they are an easy way to travel, take a break without straying too far from home. It is like a safe home away from home with […]

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More and more people shop from Instagram stores

Small businesses flourish due to increased orders More and more people are shifting to Instagram stores to shop. Sales got a push during the lockdowns, say Instagram store owners. Shreya Kushwa, 21, a student in Bengaluru, started Instagram shopping during the pandemic. “During the lockdown, I didn’t have much to do; all I did was […]

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Japanese anime become gain popularity in B’luru

Japanese food, language make people curious Entertainment stores have been witnessing increased footfalls with the rising popularity of  ‘anime culture’. Japanese restaurants and language institutes have joined the race. Vani Kartik, owner of the Entertainment Store, informed The Observer: “The number of people coming to our store for anime merchandise has increased….  About 70 percent […]

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Strong parasocial ties leave fans shattered after death of celebs

These demises are a personal loss to admirers Dhruv Yadav, a man in his late twenties, did not eat for three days after his favourite actor passed away. The sudden death of Puneeth Rajkumar caused him to feel empty from within. Yadav, who never met the actor, felt as if a loved one had departed. […]

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As Covid cases subside, pending dental procedures resume

Clinics were shut during peak of the second wave Tanisha Kannan of Mysuru experienced severe toothache in mid-March. At that time, the second wave of Covid-19 was just around the corner. Terrified, she decided to postpone her visit to a dentist and tolerated the pain for some more time. To her horror, the tooth had […]

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Low demand makes vegan food unaffordable for enthusiasts

Confusion prevails over certification of food by PETA Many people want to turn to veganism, but it is exclusive to only a small section of society. Reason: Food items are not readily available and are extremely expensive. Ankita Kumar, 25, a software engineer, tried being a vegan but could not sustain it. “I was a […]

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