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Fretting over a gift for the loved one? Here are a few ideas you may love

People go into a tizzy about what to gift on a person’s special occasion. And if it turns out to be a loved one, double the nail-biting. Read on to find out how to make a loved one feel special and unique



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Worrying over what to give to on their special day is an age-old problem. Gone are the days when any gift was enough; uniqueness and being special on this day is the key to ensuring that you don’t fight with your loved one till the next occasion comes in.

But buying a gift is no longer a cheap proposition. With so many options out there, it is practically impossible to choose one gift. So, it is better to get as much discount as you can and give two-three of them this year. Here are a few platforms that can help you save your hard-earned money while you shop.

It is a unique online-to-offline platform that facilitates seamless gifting by allowing shoppers to buy instant gift vouchers digitally which can be delivered to the recipient via SMS, e-mail or even physically. These can then be redeemed against any product/service of a set value from leading brands.

The platform allows peer-to-peer gifting across multiple geographies and product categories. It is a great platform when it comes to savings. The platform has tied up with leading banks including HDFC, Axis, SBI and ICICI rewards to facilitate seamless reward redemption and unparalleled savings.


It is a coupons and deals marketplace with the motto save on everything. It has 3,000-plus merchant partners like Uber, Ola, Freecharge and among others.


It is a shopper’s ideal savings destination. The website offers features like price comparison so users can easily search for the lowest prices for their desired products. It offers cashback that can be transferred directly to the user’s bank account, making it a unique way to save real cash while shopping online.

It offers discount codes and vouchers across all major categories and retailers. On top of these existing discount codes and offers, it also provides extra cashback on each purchase. By offering great discount rates amplified with cashback that can be transferred to your bank account.

Coupon Duniya

It lists coupons from over 2,000 online stores including Flipkart, Amazon, MakeMyTrip, Paytm and BookMyShow. It gives users access to reliable coupon codes that considerably cut down their billing amount.

Well, if this doesn’t impress you, here are a few gifts that may do the trick.

Recently, special bracelet collection was launched. Each piece of the collection has been carefully crafted with intricate work with gemstones — Agate, Assorted, Lapis Lazuli and Emerald. These gemstones are known to have astrological benefits that make a person to be good and healthy and happiness, protect a person from evil, enhance a person’s confidence, and increase a person’s intellect and career prospects.

Lapis Lazuli

It is believed that Lapis lazuli protects a person from evil and makes the person brave. Lapis Lazuli is a gemstone for the people born in the month of February to bring intense wisdom into their lives. The value of this gemstone increases with more detailed flecks of black and brown colour.

Assorted gemstones beads

This bracelet is believed to be good for health and happiness. Given the present pandemic, we definitely need all the external help that one can get.

Agate beads

This bracelet is studded in sterling silver. It is believed to enhance a person’s confidence. Wear it and feel the difference. Besides being a great rakhi that you can tie to your brother, it is a great piece of jewellery that he can wear all the time.

For men, here is a bit of advice, you can’t go wrong with gifting make-up to your lady love. Each man wants to buy his lady something quirky and different, something that suits the new normal and is useful. Love Organically and Kiro Beauty have curated a list of products that can be gifted.

Love Organically

This is a perfect synergy of ancient, time-honoured rituals and modern science has armed us with the power to make a real difference in the skincare world. The festive season has started and the brand has lots to offer.

The end product is an art, a science and an emotion – getting the best essential oils, plant extracts and nut butters from nature’s hands into yours. The skincare products made by this brand will make your lady feel extra special this festive season.

Kiro Beauty

Love being a vegan? Here’s something that your sibling will love. A vegan beauty brand that is 100% cruelty-free. The products are made without toxic ingredients and the lightweight formulas are crafted keeping in mind consumers constant exposure to unique Indian weather conditions.

The products have been formulated chock full of clean, nurturing ingredients — think oils like jojoba, avocado, rosehip, apricot, marula and argan, Vitamins C and E and shea butter — that care for your skin. This festival indulge.

Has your spouse/lady love been hounding you for a new phone? Are you confused about which one to buy? Here are a few Nokia phones that may help you make brownie points.

Nokia 5.4

The stunning, smart and packing plenty of stamina – can be the perfect side-kick for your creative siblings looking to unleash their artistic juices. The impressive combo of a 48MP quad camera and 16MP front camera along with OZO spatial audio and the unique ‘cinema’ function will allow them to take stunning photos and videos, capturing cherished memories with you.

Whether you’re filming your sibling’s special moments or capturing precious family moments, the high frame rate will capture every move that you love and want to keep forever.

Nokia 3.4

If your sibling is all for style with practicality, the Nokia 3.4 is an all-in-one accessible smartphone that gives them more battery power, more screen and more freedom to push boundaries. Sporting a striking and original minimalistic design with a fresh new colour palette, the smartphone offers a strong performance with an impressive 6.39” (16.23 cm) HD+ screen with a triple rear camera, an ultra-wide lens and AI imaging, all at a great value.

Nokia 2.4

This is the best option for you to connect with your always on the go, sibling. With its two-day battery life, this mobile will enable them to do more for longer – watch, learn and create for longer on the large 6.5” (16.5 cm) HD+ screen, combined with the ability to capture AI-powered detailed night and portrait shots. And it will ensure you can reach them anytime and anywhere.

Nokia power earbuds lite

If your sibling is a workout and music buff, a pair of earbuds is one of the must-have accessories to give them this festival. These earbuds come with 35 hours of playtime ensuring that you can be worry-free and enjoy music, indoors or outdoors, rain or sweat. Its IPX7 water-resistance rating means it is water-resistant for up to a metre for 30 minutes. What more do you want?

If you haven’t decided what to give, these simple yet elegant gifts are sure to be a hit. What are you waiting for? Get cracking and earn yourself the Man of the Year Award!

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What you need to know about Transient Ischaemic Attack

Winter is here. Therefore, it is important to diagnose Transient Ischaemic Attacks. This can help to identify a patient who is at risk for subsequent stroke and prevent the same



Transient Ischaemic Attack
Source: @Oklahoma Heart Hospital

An episode of stroke in any family is devastating. The sad part is that it can result in premature death and lifelong disability. In India, the incidence rate of stroke is estimated to be 119-145 per lakh. This means that there are 1.44 to 1.64 million cases of strokes annually. Unfortunately, when we do not heed the warning signs of stroke, we end up becoming victims of this devastating episode.

One such sign is a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) or a mini-stroke. The risk of stroke in the first three months after a TIA is 2-17%. About 33% of those with a history of TIA have a major stroke within a year if not treated. Hence, it is important to raise awareness about TIA so we can alert ourselves regarding the subsequent stroke.

TIA cause

When the blood flow to the brain cuts off for a short while (less than 5 minutes) it causes transient neurological symptoms. This is similar to observed in stroke but is rapidly reversible. This is known as TIA. TIA is also referred to as mini-stroke because it is like a miniature version of a full-blown stroke. It causes less damage but it sure needs emergency care without delay.

The difference

When an artery that is supplying blood to the brain gets blocked due to a blood clot, it causes oxygen starvation resulting in TIA. In a TIA, such a temporary clog is generally pushed along and is broken down. The normal flow of blood to the brain returns quickly.

Symptoms of a TIA usually subside within an hour (typically less than 15 minutes) but may last up to 24 hours in some cases. In an ischemic stroke, the brain goes oxygen-deprived for a longer period. This causes more damage and brings long-lasting effects that can be fatal and cause permanent disability or death.


Apart from the risks that are not under our control like age and family history, generally, women have a higher risk of stroke/TIA than men. Obesity, carotid artery disease, high BP, high cholesterol, Diabetes, and preexisting heart conditions are also found to increase the odds of stroke/TIA. Excess smoking, alcohol consumption, eating foods high in cholesterol, and using drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine and heroin can increase the risk.


We must attempt to remember the term FAST — Face, Arms, Speech, Time. These are seen if a person is having a TIA. These include:

The facial droop may be observed where the eyes or mouth may droop to one side. One may also experience trouble smiling.

Problems related to speech such as slurred, garbled, or difficult to understand. Also, one may find it difficult to gather the right words.

Weakness or numbness of limbs may be experienced.

There might be trouble lifting or holding up the arms.

One may also notice balance and coordination related troubles, blindness or transient blurring of vision, inability to move one side of the body, dizziness, confusion, and difficulties in understanding others.

Changes to make

After knowing about TIA, it is important to make efforts to have a better lifestyle and adopt preventive measures to reduce the risk of experiencing a TIA/stroke. These include:

  • Quitting smoking and avoiding exposure to second-hand smoke from tobacco.
  • Eating a healthy and nutritious diet that includes a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Having a check on the excessive intake of salt and fats
  • Exercising regularly
  • Keeping away from recreational drugs.
  • Maintaining ideal body weight.

Following the advice of the specialist and or timely treatment plan for heart disease, Diabetes and other health conditions can go a long way in managing TIA. A person can live a healthy life for a long time.


Diagnosis is generally established through a full body physical examination. Neurological tests and various imaging techniques (MRI, Angiography), medications like blood-thinners, anti-cholesterol medications with or without the use of minimally invasive procedures (carotid angioplasty/stenting) and surgical procedures (Carotid endarterectomy) may be advised depending upon the severity of TIA.

When the symptoms of a TIA strike one should get medical help immediately. It must be remembered that there is a lot of uncertainty about whether the blood flow will restore on its own or not. It is impossible to predict if one is having a TIA or stroke because the symptoms are more or less the same. Given the present pandemic, it can lead to blood clots in the vessels supplying the brain. This can subsequently progress to TIA and stroke.

Disclaimer: The article is meant only to create awareness among the people. For any treatment one must always consult a qualified and certified health professional.

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Top 5 online learning tools for your children

Today, parents re looking for overall development of their child. Let’s look at some of the tools that can help sharpen the child’s mind



Learning Tools
Source: @Pew Research Center

Technology has really changed the way we learn today. From a face-to-face tutor to a tutor online to offline classes to online, technology is playing a big role in the education sector. It is providing them with various opportunities.

Not only this, the benefits of e-learning are tremendous. For this reason alone, there has been an exponential boost in the use of online learning platforms.

Learning becomes interesting if the learner enjoys the process. There are many learning tools that make this process effective. E-learning platforms enhance children’s education. It helps them to engage with edutainment videos, fun-packed kits, innovative teaching, and several practical co-curricular activities.

These online courses have an attractive design, suitable graphics, animations, clear instructions and easy language that makes learning fun. The companies provide flexibility to the kids. They can learn at their own pace. Kids are rewarded once they compete in quizzes or chapters. This motivates them to study without outside pressure.

Let’s look at a few such companies.

Class Monitor

It is an Indore-based ed-tech start-up. It caters to today’s needs and provides world-class, comfortable home-based learning. This is an interactive way for early learners in India (0-8). Early childhood development is vital for developing socio-emotional skills. The firm offers fun-packed kits that let you play, teach and bond with your children.

The start-up provides effectively-researched early childhood education programmes blended with traditional and modern learning techniques. It focuses on developing your child fundamentally. It focuses on five core areas: Linguistic skills, logical thinking, sensory and motor skills, cognitive skills, and creativity. The firm’s hybrid early childhood programmes connect real-life learning experiences and hands-on activities with an app designed to help strengthen your children’s learning.


It’s considered to be a market leader in early childhood education. It transforms homes and classrooms into interesting collaborative activity spaces. The company has innovated the early education industry. It follows the e-commerce subscription model. All learning products and tools are intensively researched. The research center works with parents and early childhood teachers to create an ecosystem conducive to realising each child’s true potential.


It is one of the first early learning apps in India. It uses proprietary stories and song-based lessons to appeal to the youngest students. This interactive app aims to change the minds of young people by creating contextual and multilingual content.

This makes it easy for parents and children to identify with. With over 1 lakh-plus user and over 130 kindergarten subscribers, the firm is entering tier I, II, and III with its regional language content.

Kangaroo Kids

It is an online preschool that balances learning and development suitable for children 2 to 6 years old. Its programme aims to help young children develop critical skills in literacy, emotional intelligence, and social and physical development. The goal is to provide children with a safe and well-structured learning environment. This allows them to develop in a fun and exciting way.

They can explore their curiosity and learn at their own pace. Its unique curriculum helps children learn in a friendly environment while giving parents peace of mind.

Ocky Pocky

It is one of the first interactive English learning apps for preschool children. It has been created by Whizkids in India. It uses Artificial Intelligence/natural learning processes to help children meet their English learning needs. It provides feedback and allows children to build an early vocabulary base through voice, video, and vernacular. It is primarily for non-English speaking families.

Remember, a child learns the most in his first five years of age. In the first five years, experiences and relationships stimulate children’s development, creating millions of connections in their brains. A child’s brain develops connections faster in the first five years than at any other time.

It is therefore important to give the child the best that there is so that he has an all-around development. It will help him get the edge that this competitive world needs today.

Disclaimer: There are several other such platforms in the market today. The attempt here is to introduce a few of them and not to be considered as gospel truth.  Parents can choose whatever is best for their children.


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Looking to get recruited? Here are 5 newage technologies for recruitment

There are a few companies that are using newer technological advancements that can be used to solve hiring issues.




The present pandemic has made it tough for everybody looking for a job or for a fresher to get hired. It is just as tough for recruiters looking for the right man for the right job. But there are a few companies that are using newer technological advancements that can be used to solve hiring issues.

It is not just the people who are looking for jobs that find it tough to match their skills with the job. Even recruiters are constantly looking for skilled people to match the job description. Therefore, sourcing and acquiring top talent has always been essential and involves a lot of time and cost for the companies.

However, now, newer technological advancements have made it possible for recruiters in making better hiring decisions and thereby breaking the chain of traditional methods of recruiting. These technological innovations are helping recruiters to plan their hiring processes better and provide the best-fit candidates for the required roles. Several start-ups are using Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Analytics to meet the needs of companies.

Artificial Intelligence is one of the most disruptive technologies today. Its potential to evolve and enable innovations is now being leveraged by several industries across the globe, HR is no exception. Integration of AI is aimed at making life easier. This allows HRs to play an increasingly strategic role.

Here are 5 platforms that are leveraging technology to simplify the HR processes.


This is a SaaS-based HRTech and EdTech platform. The idea is to democratise job opportunities and empower college placement cells in Tier II and III cities in India. It is a technologically advanced two-way marketplace. It trains students and gives universities access to companies and startups. It connects corporates to over 18,000 placements cells across colleges and private institutes.

Today, there are several challenges. There is also a huge skill gap in students. The challenges faced by talent acquisition and campus recruiters make it tough to hire the right people. GetWork founders managed to recognise the potential of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to build this company as a solution and scale it up through college placement cells.


It was started in 2016. In the last five-six years, it has managed to create a peer-to-peer (P2P) networking platform. It brings together organisations and those seeking new career opportunities on one platform. The Delhi-based firm aims at building transparency and efficiency.

The entire process involves hiring the right candidate. Once the user identifies the companies they are interested in, the firm starts introducing them to peers in those organisations so that they can look out for an opportunity.

iXceed Solutions

This is a talent and workforce solutions services company. It is a service provider to Fortune 500 companies. It primarily focuses on these domains globally: Technology, IT consulting and Engineering Consulting.

The company uses Artificial Intelligence-based recruitment solutions. It creates an in-class experience for both clients and candidates. Its list of clients is impressive and hence those looking for a change in their job or freshers looking to get recruited should at least come here to check out the options. Some of their clients are: Infosys, HCL, Oracle, Mindtree and NIIT.


This was established in 2018. It is an online recruitment platform based on SAAS in the B2B space. It provides an online recruitment marketplace for recruitment agencies and independent recruiters to speed up the hiring process 10 times.

The platform connects specialised recruiters. They have the best track records for matching jobs. Multiple agencies working on a single job with a single point of contact makes hiring fast and efficient. This enables employers to hire accurately. It also saves them cost and time.

The firm helps in finding companies with the best candidates in the shortest time without any hassle of phone calls, emails, invoices, and agreements from multiple vendors.


This is another Delhi-based HR-tech start-up. It is an advanced hiring platform that uses Artificial Intelligence. This means that recruiters can hire top talent effortlessly. Getting the talent and the employer on the same page has never been an easy task.

This is so true in the present scenario of innovation and competition. With revamped technology, it is easy to find a suitable job or suitable candidate. Finding jobs or source talents has become much easier with the help of this firm.

There are several other companies that are in the business of hiring and recruitment. The idea here is to just give a sneak peek into a few of them and not to be considered as a rule of thumb.

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