On June 18, 1901, the great Tsarina of then Russia, Alexandra gave birth to a beautiful daughter, the fourth daughter of the Tsar, Nicholas, much to his disappointment. After three daughters, all he hoped and prayed for was a son, but his prayers failed. She was christened Anastasia, meaning resurrection.

Three years after Anastasia, was born the heir or Tsarevich of Russia, Alexei, the last of the Tsar’s children and the only son of the royal pair. Like her other sisters, Anastasia deeply loved her brother and was very protective of him and showered him with motherly affection.

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The five children of the royal family

Contrary to the stereotypical view of Royal families, the children of of the Tsar and Tsarina were brought up in a very simple and strict environment. All the sisters shared one room, and each had just a cot which they could call their own. …


Most successful startups have hands-on founders

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Photo by Mario Gogh on Unsplash

Research says the best-performing startups are those where the founder is hands-on with people management.

Startup founders with a hands-on management style are more likely to retain employees and see their firms thrive new research shows. The results are particularly applicable to knowledge-intensive technology firms, where human talent is the most critical resource that affects firm performance, the researchers say.

Founders are usually very busy people — they recruit vital employees, raise funds, find a board, develop partnerships, set strategy, and design the organization, to name a few responsibilities. …


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Problems faced by today’s youth

Today, youth take pride in being called the “Millenials” or the “GenZ”; unfortunately, they grow before they age.

This youth population sees and faces so many issues right from a tender age. At the mere age of 13, when they were supposed to be going out, playing on a bright sunny day, they sit behind the glowing screens of their laptops, trying to grasp the world and its ways.

Due to the high pace of the world and in an attempt to catch up with its speed, people often miss out on the little packets of happiness they can receive on the way to success. This high paced life does not allow them to indulge in activities that bring them joy, and slowly they begin to exhaust themselves mentally. This mental exhaustion often paves the way to stress, anxiety, and many other disorders. …


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Climate change is a current uproar all over the world. From shifting weather patterns to rising sea levels, the impacts of climate change are unparalleled in scale.

The effects are pretty alarming in Southern Asia as it is home to some of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. The region has a significant chunk of the global poor. Their overwhelming dependence on agriculture to earn a living exposes them to the perils of climate change.

Changes in temperature and precipitation patterns threaten food production. Increased cyclonic activity and sea-level rise multiply the risk of catastrophic flooding. This region has undergone a 3.3 degree mean annual growth in temperature with a min-max range as 2.7–4.7 degrees, according to IPCC figures. Ongoing sea level rises have already submerged several low-lying islands, hence displacing thousands of people. Bangladesh is one of the first countries to fall prey to climate change. The sea level, temperature, and evaporation are increasing in this nation at an alarming rate. The changes in precipitation and cross-boundary river flows are already beginning to cause drainage congestion. …


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Imagine this: In a world full of only scientists, would there still be a need for artists?

There is a popular quotation from a very celebrated 1989 movie, Dead Poets Society, which has been making rounds on the internet for a couple of years now. It goes, “Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” So, I think it is safe to infer from this school of thought that scientists in their hypothetical world would need artists after all. I do not agree. But before my arguments invite aggressive eyebrows, I want to come clean. Hey, I want people to like me as well. …


With all the uncertainty and isolation of the coronavirus pandemic, anxiety and stress can be high. Here’s how to manage your mental health.

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What is stress?

Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It comes from any occurrence or thought that makes us feel frustrated or nervous. This tension is our body’s reaction to a challenge or demand. To manage
stress is a war within oneself, and there are many ways to win this war.


After years of predictions on the decline of TV, the day may finally be here. According to a report from Bloomberg this week, TV advertising sales fell.

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The first commercially produced television sets were based on the mechanical television system — made by John Baird’s television designs. These sets were shown off to the public in September, 1928. The world’s first television remote control was called the TeleZoom, and it can barely even be categorized as a remote control.

The TeleZoom was only used to “zoom in” to the picture on the television. The first television programmed to be aired was Queen’s Messenger was shown in WGRB station in 1928. In India National telecast was introduced in 1982.

In the same year, colour television was introduced in the Indian market. Beltek was the first television manufacturing company in India in 1982 which broadcast the Asian Games held in Delhi. …


Previous attempts to forecast the spread of fire have been crude and inaccurate — but new experiments promise huge improvements.

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We all have come across the headline “Amazon is burning” or “Forest Fire in Amazons” and many such this year. The newspaper, social platforms, and television all covered the news day and night. If we look deeper, we see that there were many casualties, a lack of awareness, and various political issues that led to such destruction. In India, too, two recent significant outbreaks of forest fires were witnessed. One was in Uttarakhand, which occurred in 2016. About 8600 acres of forest land were burnt, and in total, 1600 incidents of fire were detected throughout the forest. At last, the Indian Air Force Mi-17 controlled it using “Bambi Buckets.” Another one occurred very recently in Bandipur (Karnataka) from February 21, 2019, to February 25, 2019. …


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When we groove to the song “Jaadu Teri Nazaar”, we should stop for one second and focus on the lyrics which objectifies Kiran and her consent is not taken into consideration while making her a prized possession. Such is the creeping misogyny in Bollywood that still exists.

It has become almost part and parcel of every Bollywood commercial films to include a dance number or an item song in the movie, that apparently will increase the profit margin of the movie. The bitter truth is, it does. A demonstration of a dancing girl in revealing clothes, with lust hungry men matching her steps behind her, objectifying lyrics is welcomed with open arms by the generic Indian audience, these songs are glorified. …


“The sole person you destined to become is the person you desire to be.”

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Self-development or personal development refers to activities that improve self-knowledge and identity, develops talents and potential, builds human capital and employment opportunities, intensifies the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. The concept isn’t just limited to self-development but includes formal and informal activities for developing others, in roles like a guide, counselor, coach, or mentor. But here we will be essentially focusing on how optimism can be significant in self-development context.

As Mahatma Gandhi once rightly said-

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep it up saying to myself that I cannot do a particular thing, it’s possible that I’ll end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I even have to believe that I can roll in the hay, I shall surely acquire the capacity to try to to it albeit I’ll not have it at the beginning.” …

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