When world becomes your backyard

The gypsy couple is back home in Pune. In one piece, as it were. Manas Dewan, 43, and his wife Anuradha, travelled across Europe covering a whopping 20,000 km across 18 countries in a span of 100 days on their customised Ducati Scrambler. “We explored a little more of this beautiful planet, experienced nature and elements in the raw, and found bonds of love and friendship with strangers who opened their homes, hearts and lives,” say the Dewans.

Roti Kapda Aur Makaan

The Gaekwad family lives in a single-room-house on the outskirts of a city. The family cooks their food, eats it and sleeps in the same room. This room is also used as a play area by their three-year-old child. Lack of credit has prevented the Gaekwads from obtaining a loan to improve their living conditions. Every day, more and more families find themselves in a struggle to keep a decent roof over their heads.

DISEQUILIBRIUM: Act on Gujarat learnings

You remember Bipasha? No, not the sultry actress Bipasha Basu, now happily married but the underlying credo of bijli, pani and sadak which gained currency in the MP elections of 2003 in particular, this came after a decadal rule of Congress under Digvijay Singh ensuring his defeat at the hustings. Actually, the BJP used this theme as its bulwark in the 2003 state elections —for the Assemblies of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Delhi — as Uma Bharti, Vasundhara Raje, and Raman Singh, all swept into office promising development.

The Abc of affiliates

Affiliate, should it be part of the business agreement or should it not be part of the business agreement? This is uppermost question that most corporate lawyers have in their mind while drafting and negotiating the agreements. So we will evaluate in details the impact of having/not having affiliates in the agreements.

Tech, on the go

The digitally-enabled, smartphone-equipped, and experience-hungry millennial has already begun to create ripples in various industries, as companies scramble to evolve with the changing expectations and preferences of this vital consumer-demographic.

Their presence in the market has been changing how consumers, increasingly from different demographics, interact and engage with service providers. Consumers today are more tech-savvy and want more personalised and customised offerings.

Faith lifts you up from depths of despair

There is something special about St Francis Xavier of Old Goa whose death anniversary is celebrated on December 3. He is revered not only by Catholics but also by non-Christians.While thousands of the faithful make vows to the Saint to change their lives, others seek favours and undertake a 200 to 300 km walking pilgrimage to the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, a Unesco world heritage site and reach there on December 3. On this grand feast day, thousands of people gather. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, a Spanish Jesuit.

Nurture for a future

Agriculture is in the news today mainly because of the economic problems faced by farmers and also the occurrence of suicides among farmers. Generally the monsoon and the market influence the economic wellbeing of farmers. The monsoon has been erratic may be due to events associated with climate change. The market is also erratic and the recent global negotiations have not provided an answer for the problems faced by farmers in developing countries.

The sacrament called marriage

The legendary Henry Ford, the eminent American automobile industrialist and the founder of the Ford Motor Company was celebrating his golden wedding anniversary. A reporter, who saw the happy couple, asked the secret of his 50 years of successful married life. Without batting an eyelid, he replied: “You see, it is very simple. The formula I use in marriage is the same I use when making cars. When you find a good model, you just stick to it!”

DISEQUILIBRIUM: Family Ties In Strife

In the hotbed of neural systems that typifies India, naked aggression is a way of life as thresholds are crossed to commensurate with the rising mercury, given that we are a tropical country. Circuits that subserve similar functions are grouped in neural systems that serve broader behavioural purposes. The most general functional definition divides neural systems into sensory systems like vision or hearing that acquire and process information from the environment, and motor systems that allow the organism to respond to such information by generating movements.

In-form hitman in elite company

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday became the fastest bowler to reach the milestone of 300 Test wickets in his 54th match, breaking Dennis Lillee’s record during India’s huge win over Sri Lanka in the second Test at Nagpur. Aussie legend Lillee had reached the milestone in 56 Tests way back in 1981, and it took 36 years for another bowler to eclipse the feat.