Four startups that are helping Indian consumers make a lifestyle statement with their unique and quirky products

This article is sponsored by Haywards 5000 Hausla Buland Academy There are two main segments of consumers who dominate the Indian market today. The first loves mass manufactured products: that are in vogue, promises value for money when it comes to prices, and stays in sync with current trends. The second segment consists of those who want to create a distinct identity for themselves that reflects personal preferences, ethos, culture, aesthetics, and helps them make a style statement. This thirst for identity is reflected in their choice of everyday products and services….

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How to Make Healthy Carbonara Pizza

Cream sauce. Prosciutto. Cheese. Carbonara’s staple ingredients aren’t exactly health foods. But there are ways to update the indulgent Italian recipe so you can enjoy your favorite comfort food and still feel energized afterward. We transformed the classic dish by placing its signature flavors on top of whole-wheat pizza dough, instead of mixing them into pasta. Whole grains like whole wheat offer a long list of health perks: They provide fiber, plant-based protein, and vitamins that can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Next, we didn’t go as…

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Future food? Crickets make leap in demand as a protein

At Tomorrow’s Harvest farm, you won’t find acres of land on which animals graze, or rows of corn, or bales of hay. Just stacks of boxes in a basement and the summery song of thousands of chirping crickets. It’s one of a growing number of operations raising crickets for human consumption that these farmers say is more ecologically sound than meat but acknowledge is sure to bug some people out. Once consumers get beyond the ick factor, they say, there are a lot of benefits to consuming bugs. “We don’t…

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How to Make High-Protein Chickpea Waffles

Want to try a savory, protein-packed version of one of your favorite breakfast treats? These chickpea waffles should do the trick! Not only is this recipe a fun spin on a classic dish, but it’s also a much healthier way to enjoy waffles. Since they use chickpea flour, these fluffy waffles are way more nutrient-rich (not to mention, gluten-free!). That’s because chickpeas are part of the pulse family—seeds that grow within pods (lentils, peas, etc.)—which are packed with protein, complex carbs, iron, magnesium, and other important nutrients. Not only will…

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Pressure mounts on ministers to make sex education compulsory in schools

Pressure is mounting on the government to introduce compulsory sex and relationships education (SRE) in schools after five chairs of parliamentary select committees sent a strongly worded letter to the education secretary demanding a change in policy. The letter criticises the government’s “lacklustre” response earlier this week to a new report by the women and equalities committee in parliament, which revealed that sexual abuse of girls had become “accepted as part of everyday life” in England’s schools. One of the report’s key recommendations, which the government sidestepped, was that personal,…

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Poor students urged to make use ofloan facility to pursue higher education

At a time when the country was taking strides towards becoming a super power, the younger generation, including students, have a greater role to play in its development, Chairman of the Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB) S. Ravindran has said. He was speaking at a function organised here on Friday to extend financial help to poor meritorious students who have excelled in their recent examinations despite economic hurdles. Mr. Ravindran elaborated on how students could be part of the nation-building exercises. Referring to the three meritorious students to whom financial…

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Targeting millennials, Big Food wants to make frozen meals cool again

If platform shoes can make a comeback, why can’t TV dinners? That’s the hope of food manufacturers eager to lure health-conscious millennials back to the freezer section. B&G Foods (BGS) wanted to inject some life into the wilting Green Giant when it purchased the brand from General Mills (GIS) last year for $765 million. Green Giant’s frozen vegetable sales have declined by 25 percent, to $477.6 million, since 2011, according to Euromonitor, but B&G wants to revive the brand and appeal to young consumers with new products like Riced Veggies,…

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Ganesh Chaturthi: Laddus of nearly 30000 kg make a splash at Ganesh festivities in Andhra Pradesh

Huge ‘laddus’ of 31,401 kg and 29,645 kg packed with a variety of dry fruits, yellow camphor and dollops of cow ghee were prepared by two popular confectioneries in Rajahmundhry for the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Costing between Rs 40-50 lakhs, both ‘Maha laddus’, made by Sri Bhakta Anjaneya Sweets and Suruchi Foods, were offered to the elephant-headed deity at separate pandals in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh where eco-friendly Ganesh idols as tall as 76-feet and 78-feet have been installed for the festivities. Two other ‘laddus’ weighing…

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Fashion designers ‘must make sample sizes bigger’

Designers at London Fashion Week should show at least two sample sizes, one of which should be a UK size 12 or above, the Women’s Equality Party has said. Its #NoSizeFitsAll campaign has called on the British Fashion Council to lead the way for healthy body images at the event, which starts on 15 September. The WEP said: “Designers churn out sample sizes so small that models have to starve themselves to fit into them.” The BFC said it takes the issues the campaign raises “very seriously”. A UK size…

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Will Make Gujarat A Model State: Vijay Rupani

AHMEDABAD: Vijay Rupani today said he will “try to make Gujarat a model state for the entire country”, after his name was announced as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat replacing Anandiben Patel. He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP’s parliamentary board for considering him worthy of a “huge responsibility.” Addressing a press conference with the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Mr Rupani said he and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel will responsibly carry forward the pace of the “politics of development,” the tone of which was set by the Prime…

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