On June 26 1997, J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone hit the bookstores for the first time, which started us on a magical journey that spanned seven books and as many movies that continues to hold a special place for millions of Potterheads around the world 20 years on. Many are proving their love for the series in their own ways, and so is Facebook, which has introduced an interactive new feature that casts spells with status updates.
The way it works is simple enough. Post a status update on Facebook using any of the terms – Harry Potter, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin – and the update will display an animation of a wand casting a spell. It also works on clicking the term on your friend’s status update. The terms are highlighted in colours that signify them. For example, Gryffindor will be highlighted in red while Slytherin will be highlighted in green, and so on. And the feature also works within comments.
But it’s not just Facebook. Twitter too is showing its love for Harry Potter, by launching a special emoji that will show up if you tweet with the hashtag #HarryPotter20. The hashtag will bring up Harry’s iconic rounded spectacles with the ‘lighting bolt’ scar on top.
Google late last year also brought a touch of magic for Android users who could activate certain features, such as turning the flashlight on or off or switching on the silent mode by saying “lumos”, “Nox”, or “Silencio”, respectively to Google Assistant.
Rowling’s Harry Potter series has enjoyed a massive fan base around the world for its magical storytelling and lovable characters. The books span the titular character’s journey over the years in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, facing unexpected evils and challenges with the help of his friends. The world of fantasy that author J.K Rowling created is unlikely to fade away anytime soon, with spin-off movies in the pipeline as well. And this only brings to mind one of the most memorable lines from the series – “After all this time?”
Nokia 3, the offline-exclusive Nokia Android phone that was launched earlier this month, can now be purchased online in India. The cheapest of the three new Nokia phones, the Nokia 3 has been listed on its site by large-format retailer Croma, meaning you can purchase the smartphone without heading to a physical store. With a Rs. 9,499 price tag, Nokia 3 is available to buy in Black colour, while other colours have gone out of stock. Notably, this is not the first time Croma has listed an offline-only Nokia phone on its e-commerce website.
Prior to this, the Nokia 3310 was also available via Croma’s online store – which is also offline exclusive in India. The Nokia 5, priced at Rs. 12,899, has also been listed at the online store of Croma though currently ‘out of stock’; the Nokia Android phone is yet to go on sale in India, both online and offline. As announced earlier by HMD Global, the Nokia 5 will be going up for pre-bookings starting July 7 through offline channels. The Croma listing was first reported by Gizbot.
HMD Global unveiled the trio of Nokia Android smartphones in India earlier this month, of which Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are offline-only, and Nokia 6 is online-exclusive.
Nokia 3 specifications
To refresh, the Nokia 3 is targeted at those who are looking for a premium-looking handset at a budget and features a 5-inch HD display, Android 7.0 Nougat, and 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6737 SoC. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Optics include an 8-megapixel camera on both the front and back. The Nokia 3 packs a 2650mAh battery and measures 143.4×71.4×8.4mm.
Some wardrobe essentials never lose its importance even when our closets go for a makeover. One of them is a classic, crisp white shirt.But, it’s time to inoculate a fresh perspective and try out this trend and deconstruct it to up your style stakes. From international designers such as, Simon Porte Jacquemus, Maison Martin Margiela, Victoria Beckham, Joseph and Zac Posen to Indian designers such as, Shweta Kapur, Dhruv Kapoor, this trend is being promoted by all. Even actors such as Sonam Kapoor, Vaani Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, among others are flaunting it.
Now what is a deconstructed shirt? Designer Shweta Kapur says, “It is taking apart a garment and putting it back together thereby changing the design from its core. It’s almost like reshuffling the original pieces to make something new.”
Designers believe that a different approach is required in deconstruction that helps to infuse fresh inspiration. “We all like to innovate classic shapes and what better than turning the effortlessly chic button-up shirt to a look that’s more experimental,” says designer Amit Aggarwal.
Moving on, there are myriad interpretations of how to deconstruct a shirt, the most important is the technique. “You can cut, twist, add ruffles to shirts and even remove its sleeves. Though they may be totally reworked, there might be holes in places that you wouldn’t expect or have necklines that are totally off. But, that’s the beauty of it,” says Aggarwal.
Wearing the front as back while leaving the buttons open for a backless top, unbuttoning the shirt at the collar and pulling it down to make it an off-shoulder top are some ways of deconstructing your shirt. “It’s hard to go wrong with deconstruction since it’s visually so strong. But avoid voluminous silhouettes in the accompanying garment,” says Kapur.
Final verdict: Don’t overdo it, and carry it off with the right attitude.
From its superfood properties to its sustainability, Avola almond can help in filling the lost protein and fiber in your body to the fitter you.
Avola almonds are bigger in size from the normal variety and are usually used in pastries. Femalefirst.co.uk listed down the benefits of Avola almonds and why one should take it on daily basis:
* Three times more antioxidant content Avola almonds have three times more polyphenol content than Californian almonds. Polyphenol is an antioxidant said to prevent degenerative diseases such as cancer, making it a superfood nut.
* Most sustainable nut in the world The water used to grow avola almonds is natural rain water making them the most sustainable nut in the world. Good for you and the environment.
* Chemical-free and highest concentration of nutrients per gram than any other nut
The nut’s natural hard casing protects it from the elements, ensuring it is not penetrated by any chemicals and also retains nutrients making the avola crop very nutrient rich, which keeps you healthy.
* Natural source of protein Avola almonds are a great way to get your protein hit from a natural source and they are also low in saturated fat.
* Contains complexion boosting Vitamin E From combatting signs of ageing to boosting immunity, Vitamin E has many antioxidant properties and are packed into avola almonds. Vitamin E also promotes good circulation, regulates blood sugar, keeps your heart healthy, and protects against certain cancers.
* Power-packed with minerals Potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and iron are all found in avola almonds and magnesium is the most represented mineral in the nut, which keeps your heart healthy and aids metabolism for weight loss.
* Good source of fibre The nuts are a fantastic source of fibre to help maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol levels.
Are you on in the market for a broadband connection? Getting flabbergasted by the innumerable Internet plans offering varied* Internet speeds – with that asterisk leading to terminologies you barely understand? The truth is that you are not alone. Finding a consistent, high-speed Internet connection without burning a hole in one’s pocket has become quite a task these days.
For Indians living in Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities, the daily requirements are now such that you need a high-speed Internet connection; if you’re a photographer who needs up upload a portfolio, a parent working from home who needs to access the company’s server on the cloud, an entrepreneur with an Internet-based startup working to carve a niche, a seller who needs to upload products to e-commerce websites, or even a student who wants to spend time on social media, play games, or download torrents – your requirements can be anything and everything.
To ensure that you are aware of exactly what you are getting from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) as a part of your subscription plan, here’s a list of four key things that you should know and consider before you take any decision. With
1. Fibre vs. copper cable
Wired broadband with copper cable is very common in India and is typically offered along with a fixed landline connection by the ISP. It is a fairly old technology (called DSL) dating back to the years when the lines were only supposed to transmit voice.
There have been several advancements in this technology (ADSL, VDSL. VDSL2+ etc). However, even with the latest advancement, the upload speed you can get is between 5Mbps and 10Mbps, and download speeds range between 15Mbps and 70Mbps, and that too with fluctuations.
The launch of fibre cables has initiated a new era in the country with far superior bandwidth. So, you should opt for a Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) i.e. fibre broadband connection, which is built for data transmissions and offers high-speed Internet, often at the same or lower rates, depending on the ISP.
Most ISPs intend to cover all Tier-1 & Tier-2 cities with fibre optic cables by the end of this year. Technologically speaking, the core of a fibre cable is made of glass, which is an insulator so it is immune to many environmental factors such as temperature, noise, or electromagnetic interference, which affect copper cables. It is lightweight, thin, secure and more durable. The transmission losses are also drastically reduced with fibre cables so, it ensures faster data transmission and is less error prone.
2. Broadband usage limits
In India, most of the “unlimited” broadband plans are regulated with bandwidth caps, or Fair Usage Policy (FUP). This is usually mentioned upfront, but you want to find out whether your ISP is counting both upload and download usage, as this varies from provider to provider.
If an ISP is counting upload usage as well, you might not have downloaded anything, but simply sharing photos and videos on social media could lead to using up your data limits. It’s important to know this before choosing any Internet plan – consider both your upload and download requirements, before selecting a provider and plan that is suitable for you.
3. Contention ratio
While speed and FUP are usually mentioned upfront, contention radio is usually not. However, it is a key metric that measures the maximum number of users that can concurrently share the fixed bandwidth on a line. So, despite opting for a high-speed Internet connection, if the number of such users accessing it is large, it means that the contention ratio is high, and thus the resultant Internet speed per user will also often be less.
For instance, if the contention ratio is 1:8 then up to 8 people may simultaneously share the bandwidth. In the recent past, as the number of users in India started multiplying at a rate faster than the available infrastructure, the quality of connection and Internet speeds have suffered. Most India ISPs presently offer a contention ratio of 1:30.
4. Upload speeds
Another important detail that is usually glossed over is the upload speed of your connection. The advertised Internet speeds in India are almost always applicable for downloads only.
The term symmetric speed refers to an Internet connection offering equal upload and download speeds. A decade ago, people used Internet primarily for downloading. That’s still important if you’re watching a movie on Netflix or reading the news on your favourite websites.
But these days, people are just as likely to upload content to the Internet, whether it’s for gaming, social media (with photos, videos, and audio clips), work related uploads of large documents, or even to make voice or video calls via the Internet. In all these scenarios, upload speeds are as important to the consumer as the download speeds.
For consumers, switching to fibre will help with better and more reliable connectivity, a 1:1 contention ratio, and symmetric upload speeds, and with growing competition, you should have multiple options to choose from.
Irrespective of the fact that you are already using a broadband or will be purchasing a connection for the first time, it’s best to get acquainted with the terminologies of your Internet plan to make the best out of it. Do your research, and you can easily find an ISP offering the plan that’s most suitable to your requirements, with terms and conditions that you can’t comprehend.
Simply put, they help quench free radicals. Antioxidants are the water to the fire that is free radicals. Oxygen is one such element which is beneficial but also results in the free radical generation. Antioxidants are nothing but vitamins, minerals or even enzymes which neutralize these free radicals.
Although there are many sources, we are listing down the top 12 antioxidant foods available in India you can include in the diet!
Berries like blueberries, goji berries
Nuts and seeds like almonds,
Dark green leafy veggies
Bright colored vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, tomato, pumpkin
Certain herbs like clove, cinnamon
Seafood and Fish
Beans and pulses
Onion and garlic.
Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower.
Whoever said you need the best antioxidant supplements that are pricey when you have natural antioxidants present in fruits and vegetables. Let us look at these foods in detail.
Antioxidant Foods Available in India
Colorful berries like blueberries, strawberry, mulberry, goji berry top the foods high in antioxidants chart hands down. That is because they are among the highest antioxidant foods in the world! Berries come with a host of antioxidant vitamins and minerals that help lower inflammation and strengthen the immune system. To know more about the antioxidant benefits of berries, read our detailed blog on them.
2. Nuts and seeds
The vitamin E in nuts and seeds along with the fiber make for an envious nutrient combination. Seeds are often ignored but they are a powerhouse of nutrients too. Here are some more reasons you should eat seeds if you are looking for weight loss.
Fruits and some vegetables are known sources of antioxidants but they are not the only ones. How to know which fruits to choose for good antioxidant status? Ensure they are seasonal and they are brightly coloured.
3. Dark green leafy veggies
Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, methi, dill leaves have beta-carotene along with providing vitamins A, C, E, and even calcium. They are also a rich source of potassium and magnesium.
4. Bright colored vegetables
Carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, tomato, pumpkin are all rich in vitamin A, a vitamin which imparts the rich color. Not just that, they are rich in vitamin C, B6, and fiber. You can include these veggies in soups, regular subjis or even juice them to make antioxidant drinks!
5. Green tea
Green tea is rich in antioxidants namely flavonoids and polyphenols like epigallocatechin gallate. These antioxidant cocktail act as powerful anti-inflammatory agents. What if this green tea is further fortified with antioxidant Indian herbs? Well, Truweight’s Teatox is just that.
6.Certain herbs like oregano, clove, cinnamon
Now isn’t spice the variety of life? But spice also provides you with so many antioxidants. Researchers turned their attention to spices and were pleasantly surprised. They found spices to be a concentrated source of antioxidants; surpassing even vitamin E, some fruits and vegetables. Oregano stands out to be the herb with the highest antioxidant activity. But there is a rider, use them fresh because their antioxidant activity is the highest.
To get the maximum antioxidant benefit from herbs, use them fresh! Oregano was shown to have the highest antioxidant activity among all the herbs.
7. Whole grains
By simply replacing refined grains like white rice or maida with red rice or whole wheat flour, you can significantly increase the antioxidant quotient in your diet. They provide you with the antioxidant nutrients selenium and zinc. They are also rich in phytochemicals.
8. Seafood and fish
Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, good lipids all make seafood and fish not just a superfood but also a food rich in antioxidants. Try to include fish and seafood at least twice a week to derive the benefits.
9. Beans and pulses
Before you frown upon the humble pulses in your diet, spare a thought that they provide not just protein but also antioxidants. They are a rich source of the antioxidant (even fiber) lignan. Apart from that, they also provide vitamin C, folate, calcium, zinc, and selenium.
10. Dark chocolate
Dark Chocolate is among the highest antioxidant foods in the world with a whole litany of antioxidants namely polyphenols, flavonols, and catechins. It even provides you with iron, magnesium, copper, selenium, and zinc. So it may not be all that bad to include 1 small piece of dark bitter chocolate when cravings come calling. Shave some dark chocolate gratings on antioxidant drinks.
11. Onion and garlic.
These household staples provide with allium sulfur compounds, the reason they smell so pungent. These sulfur compounds prevent oxidation of fatty acids in the body. In addition, garlic is also rich in quercetin, another powerful antioxidant.
12. Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower.
This group of vegetables has significant amounts of nutrients like vitamin A carotenoids, vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber. The active antioxidant present in cruciferous veggies are indoles, a strong antioxidant which protects attack on DNA.
So there you go, a comprehensive list of antioxidant foods that you must include in the diet! The best antioxidant supplement that you can have are these natural foods.
Open a bottle of cola (Pepsi or Coke are both acceptable; glass is mandatory), take a swig, and dump a package of salted peanuts inside. Keep swigging, chewing, and licking your lips with the quick-and-dirty snack that’s long sustained many below the Mason Dixon line. As Garden and Gun points out, the tradition is dying out even on its home turf. Which is all the more reason to embrace this new formulation from The First Lady of Carolina Cooking, Vivian Howard.
Howard’s reimagined the classic cola-and-peanuts mix as a float, making a peanut ice cream that uses peanuts two ways. Half are steeped into milk and cream overnight and cooked into the ice cream base, then discarded. The other half are chopped up and mixed with the churned ice cream to retain that classic crunchy texture. The result is a peanut ice cream that’s distinctly not peanut butter, rich and creamy but with a deeper roasted flavor.
As with all floats, you want to go ice cream first, soda second, so the latter melts the former slightly on the way down to marry flavors and develop that signature float foam. Afterward, Howard suggests adding bourbon for a bit of kick. Whether you go hard or teetotaling is up to you; either way, this is how we want to spend our summer.
Delhi University offers unique courses at the Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC), with a keen focus on innovation.
The courses are not just aimed at preparing students for a fast-changing innovative world but they also use unique concepts such as ‘meta college’ and ‘meta university’ to allow them to experience multiple colleges and universities during the course.
The CIC offers two undergraduate programs, BTech in Information Technology and Mathematical Innovation and BA (Hons) in Humanities and Social Sciences, and a postgraduate course, MSc in Mathematical Education.
BTech in Information Technology and Mathematical Innovation:
This four-year undergraduate degree course, which has been on offer in DU since 2012, is open to all who have studied Mathematics and have secured a best four score of at least 60%.
The course looks to provide students with practical knowledge, in addition to theoretical prowess, when it comes to innovation and technology. The curriculum is evaluated on the basis of both projects that students are expected to complete and theoretical exams.
“The course was designed keeping innovation in mind. DU is the only Indian university that provides a course of this kind,” said Jogeswar Purohit, an assistant professor for the course.
Admission to the 40 seats for this course will be on the basis of an entrance test expected to be conducted early next month. The entrance exam will be based on mathematics and science subjects.
Interested students can apply to the course on the DU online admission portal, under the entrance-based undergraduate programs application.
However, the CIC does not have a placement cell and does not invite companies and others for recruitment. “Almost all of our students have been placed but we do not have a placement cell,” he said.
“We encourage students to link up and think of their own start-ups. In fact, after they complete their degree, a selected few students are allowed to incubate their projects up to one year at the centre. Students even get funding up to two lakh rupees from ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises,” said Purohit, while explaining how the course nurtures an entrepreneurial spirit.
BA (Hons) in Humanities and Social Sciences:
This three-year undergraduate programme is one of its kind, as it is a ‘meta college’ programme. “Students will be able to choose classes from different DU colleges and design their own degree,” explained Geetanjali Kala, an assistant professor at DU and the woman behind the course.
Students can tailor their degree to their needs, as they are allowed to take courses from any of the DU colleges, other than St Stephen’s college. If admitted to one of the 40 seats available for the course, students will be assigned a mentor, who will help them ascertain their interests and pick courses best suited to their passions.
In the first and sixth semester, the students will be expected to attend classes at the CIC.
Anyone who has a 60% best four score, which includes a modern Indian language or English, are eligible to apply, and will be selected based on an entrance test.
“The entrance exam will look at subjects like history, geography, political science and include some general science and mathematics. We take current affairs seriously here, and students should expect a few questions related to this, especially news related to marginalized communities,” she said.
Question papers from previous years’ entrance exams are also available on the centre’s website for any who may want to peruse it.
MSc in Mathematics Education:
This two year inter-disciplinary course would be best suited for those who are looking to teach mathematics in the future.
“Degrees usually teach you one or the other, how to teach or mathematics. This course is tailor-made to ensure students not only learn mathematics but also know how to teach it,” explained Pankaj Tyagi, the coordinator for the course.
The meta university course, jointly run by Delhi university and Jamia Milia Islamia, allows students to utilise resources available at both colleges. Graduates can apply to one of the 20 seats available through DU’s online PG application, before registrations close on Wednesday.
The course is evaluated with 60% for projects and 40% for theory, and works in tandem with JMI’s AJK Mass Communication Research Centre. “This is where the inter-disciplinary aspect of the course comes in. Students are trained in how to use media to teach mathematics as well,” said Tyagi.
There are a lot of people out there suffering from ear infections. Digging your ears with buds will only worsen the problem and hence it is recommended to go for a natural solution to treat this problem. This infection can hence be treated effectively without any drugs. Garlic juice is known to be very beneficial for treating ear infections, as it is rich in anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Most often children and young adults suffer from ear infections and they are taken to the doctor to be given loads of antibiotics. Antibiotics are known to destroy the healthy bacteria, which is the first line of the defense system. Ear infections are often caused by bacteria, virus or fungi in the ear. So, placing a simple mixture made with raw garlic juice in the ear for sometime can turn out to be an effective remedy to treat infections. Have a look at this effective remedy using raw garlic juice and olive oil.
Ingredients: Garlic juice Olive oil Now let’s take a look at its preparation and the way to use this remedy.
#1 Take two drops of garlic juice and mix it with one drop of olive oil.
#2 The mixture that is prepared using garlic juice and olive oil is known to be potent enough to kill the bacteria, as it is rich in antimicrobial properties.
#3 You’ll have to take a cotton ball and soak it in this solution.
#4 Plug your ears with the cotton ball and the solution will seep into the ear within a few minutes.
#5 Apart from treating ear infections, raw garlic juice can also be used to treat rashes, stomach pain, unusual bleeding or bruising, nausea or vomiting, vaginal discharge and itching.
Sitting on our desks all day, our bodies are confined to a limited space. This sedentary lifestyle has led to stiff back and strained neck. However, this limited space offers us more than we think it does. A two-minute stretch can do wonders to your mind and body. Sometimes, a stressed body can lead to a cluttered mind. Here are 7 easy-to-follow yoga stretches you can do on your desk that can keep you going through the day:
Garima Bhandari* shows how to perform these asanas.
Chair eagle pose
How to do: Push your chair back from your table. Cross your right leg over your left leg and wrap your right foot around your left calf if you can. Bring your arms forward and cross your left arm over the right one and bring the palms to touch. Lift the elbows. Repeat with left side.
Benefits: Seated eagle pose stretches the joints of the wrists, elbows and shoulders; improves the posture of the upper trunk; removes stress from the shoulders and the lower neck region; opens up chest and improves the sense of balance.
Cow face arms (Gomukhasana)
How to do: Push your chair back and then bring your left arm behind your back and right arm behind your head. Try to clasp your fingers. Hold this position for 5 to 8 breaths. Repeat. Benefits: Gomukhasana opens chest, stretches ankles, hips, thighs, shoulders, armpits, triceps and extends latissimus dorsi. (broadest muscle of the back).
Seated forward bend
How to do: Keep both feet flat on the floor and bring your hands back and interlace your fingers. Now bend and let your chest rest on your thighs. Straighten your arms as much as possible, drawing your interlaced fingers down while releasing your neck. Benefits: Stretches spine, shoulders, hamstrings; stimulates the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and uterus; improves digestion; soothes headache, reduces anxiety and fatigue.
How to do: Stand on your right leg and fold the left leg from the knee. Grab all the toes of the left leg with the palm of the left hand. Then bring all the fingers of the right hand together and slowly raise this hand up and at the same time slowly push the raised left knee backwards and pull the leg up and back. Benefits: Strengthens legs, hips, ankles and chest; helps to reduce weight; stretches the thighs, groin, and abdominal organs; improves posture and balance and digestive system; releases stress and calms the mind.
Standing backward bend (Ardha Chakrasana)
How to do: Leave your chair and stand straight with feet together and arms alongside the body. Balance your weight equally on both feet. Hold you waist and gently bend backwards pushing the pelvis forward. Your knees should be straight, head up and chest towards the ceiling. Hold, breathe in, come up.
Benefits: Standing backbend opens the front of the body, and strengthens the respiratory, cardiovascular and endocrine systems.
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Desk shoulder opener
How to do: Stand facing your desk keeping some distance between you and the table. Now bend forward and touch the table with your palms. Stay in the position for 20 seconds and then release. Benefit: This posture helps you to stretch legs, arms, back. Relieves stress.
Standing desk stretch
How to do: Sitting in one position can put pressure on your thighs and cause tightness. A dynamic quad stretch can help open up your hip flexors. Stand tall and face opposite to your desk. Put your hands on the table and bend backward. Your hips and back should not touch the table. Hold for 15 seconds, relax. Benefits: This asana stretches your arms, shoulders and back. This also relaxes your neck muscles. It strengthens the respiratory and cardiovascular system.