Author: Athira Sethu

Love & Profit The Valentine’s Day edition  As Valentine’s Day dawns upon us, it’s not just hearts that flutter with excitement; Indian startups are gearing up for a season of significant business growth. In a country where emotions run deep and celebrations are cherished, entrepreneurs are seizing the opportunity to turn love into serious business during Valentine’s Week and Valentine’s Day. Amidst the flutter of heart-shaped confetti and the scent of roses, Valentine’s Day has emerged as more than just a celebration of love, it’s a prime opportunity for Indian startups to capitalise on the emotional fervour surrounding the occasion.…

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The way we perceive and treat each other in the workplace has undergone a profound transformation over the years. From a time when job opportunities were dictated by factors beyond one’s skills to today’s push for inclusivity and fairness, the evolution of workplace equality reflects our societal progress. Let’s explore how fairness at work has evolved over time, incorporating insights from industry leaders who have played a crucial role in shaping workplace equality. Jobs and Unfair Rules In the past, there were strict rules about who could do specific jobs. It didn’t matter if you were really good at something,…

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The Union Budget 2024, presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, has drawn varied reactions from industry leaders, startup founders, and investors. The budget, centred around the principles of Atma Nirbharta (self-reliance) and Viksit Bharat (developed India), has sparked enthusiasm and optimism across different sectors. Drones Take Flight in Make In India Initiative In the drone industry, Devan Chandrasekharan, Founder of Fuselage Innovations, welcomed the budget’s support for drone production within India. The allocation of 72% more funds under Production Linked Incentives (PLI) for drone manufacturing is expected to propel the Indian drone industry into a new era of innovation and…

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https://youtu.be/_8EE5f5ZrEY In the quaint ‘Chembottil Lane’ of Thrissur, Kerala, the iconic Hotel Bharath stands as a beloved landmark. Named after India itself, this establishment reflects the nation’s core values of love, affection, and equality. Established in 1964 by patriot K Balakrishna Menon, the restaurant is now under the dedicated management of M Sreekumar and his siblings, M Nandakumar, M Rajkumar, and M Vijayakumar. Legacy and Responsibility Hotel Bharath has a holistic approach to running a hotel, not just focusing on the front-end but equally prioritising the back-end operations. From maintaining top-notch hygiene standards to automating various processes, Hotel Bharath has…

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https://youtu.be/oqmXvyaunwk Angamaly, a charming town nestled in the heart of Kerala, invites culinary enthusiasts to embark on a gastronomic journey rich in history and flavour. Renowned for its diverse non-vegetarian offerings, with a particular focus on pork, Angamaly stands as a testament to the art of culinary excellence. A Historical Palette of Non-Vegetarian Delights: Angamaly’s culinary heritage extends beyond the ordinary, featuring a captivating array of non-vegetarian dishes. From succulent pork and beef to mutton, duck, and chicken, the town’s culinary landscape is a celebration of taste and tradition. One standout dish, Kallu Ozhicha Tharavu curry, serves as a flavorful ode to the town’s past, blending the sweetness of fresh…

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In the heartland of Kerala lies Kottayam, a city that not only boasts lush landscapes but also a rich tapestry of cultures, traditions, and flavours. In this episode of Culinary Journeys, we embark on a delightful exploration of the distinctive culinary heritage of Kottayam’s Christian community. From the famed Kottayam wine to traditional delights like Ellum Kappayum, Pidi, Kozhi, and festive Christmas dishes, this gastronomic adventure promises a tantalising experience. Kottayam Wine  Our journey begins with the renowned Kottayam wine, a beverage deeply intertwined with the local Christian culture. Produced with passion and precision, Kottayam wine is a symbol of…

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In the dynamic world of startups, where innovation, creativity, and agility are prized, the question of dressing often arises. Traditional corporate offices have long held onto established dress codes, reinforcing a sense of formality and professionalism. However, the startup culture is known for its unconventional approach to business, challenging norms and fostering a more relaxed atmosphere. In this article, we explore whether dressing is as important in startups as it is in corporate offices. The Evolution of Startup Culture Startups have redefined the traditional workplace, encouraging a more casual and flexible environment. The stereotypical image of a startup founder wearing…

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Alleppey, nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Kerala, India, is not only celebrated for its enchanting backwaters but also for its rich culinary heritage. Amidst the array of culinary delights that the region offers, Kallu Shappu stands out as a unique and authentic experience. Translating to “toddy shop” in the local language,  Kallu  Shappu  encapsulates the essence of Alleppey’s traditional flavours and cultural identity. The Setting: Kallu Shapps are traditional toddy shops that dot the backwaters of Alleppey. These rustic establishments serve as more than just places to indulge in local delicacies—they are cultural hubs where the spirit of the community comes alive.…

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In today’s fast-paced and competitive work environment, employees often find themselves under immense pressure to meet deadlines, achieve targets, and excel in their roles. The impact of workplace pressure on employees’ mental health and overall well-being cannot be overstated. To foster a healthy and productive work culture, organisations must proactively address and tackle pressure among employees. This article explores effective strategies to alleviate pressure and create a supportive work environment. Promote Open Communication Encouraging open communication is crucial in understanding and addressing the sources of pressure employees face. Establishing channels for employees to express their concerns, share their workload, and…

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Introduction: Understanding the New Corporate Tax Landscape The introduction of corporate tax in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this year has prompted the Ministry of Finance to release an Explanatory Guide, shedding light on the intricacies of the new legislation. This guide aims to provide business owners with a clear understanding of the implications for their enterprises. Key Points Unveiled: A Quick Overview Here is a brief summary of crucial points outlined in the Explanatory Guide: Mandatory Registration and Compliance: All businesses, including free zone companies, are required to register for corporate tax. This involves maintaining proper accounting records and…

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