Zomato row: Food aggregator app is right to call out bigotry, but its own virtue-signalling raises problematic questions

There’s nothing like a good controversy to stir things up on a slow news day. On Wednesday, Zomato became a national talking point over its response to a customer who wanted the food aggregator app to change its delivery agent because he was a Muslim. Zomato refused to do so, following which the customer, one Jabalpur-based Amit Shukla, canceled the order and demanded a refund. Zomato refused to comply with Shukla’s demands — changing the “Muslim rider” or a refund — and requested the customer to pay cancellation charges because the…

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‘I am fortunate my mental health is more robust than my physical health’

Are you in pain now?” is a question I am often asked after revealing the infliction of my chronic migraine. “What, even now?” comes the dumbfounded response when I nod my head and comment that my pain has been relentless for 12 years now. “But you’re laughing!” they add. In writing this column about my experience with an invisible disability, I have been conscious about getting the tone right. The nature of hidden disabilities is such that much of the pain is out of view. With words, I have attempted…

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The “Effective Dose” of Work You Need to Feel Fulfilled Is Surprisingly Low

Now that the World Health Organization has officially recognized the symptoms of ‘workplace burnout’, it’s clear that the mental health effects of too much work are a global concern. While it may feel tempting to walk away from work altogether, scientists warn that not working is also linked to mental health issues. As a paper published Tuesday in Social Science & Medicine, there’s an “effective dose” of work we should be doing each week to reap the rewards — and it’s not that much. Indeed eight hours a week would be enough for average worker.” As part of…

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Tajin is a lifestyle: An appreciation of the Mexican seasoning mix

Mangonada, prepared with the Mexican spice Tajin, in New York. (Source: The New York Times) You can find Tajin served alongside the freshly sliced mango sold on the street in New York City on humid summer afternoons. At Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Tajin garnishes esquites, a Mexican snack of stewed corn, served in mini batting helmets, while the cafe Tropicales in Houston dusts its yuca fries with the chile-lime salt. Tajin coats the rims of cocktail glasses at countless bars, and in homes, throughout the United States, the canister…

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Edible insects? Lab-grown meat? The real future food is lab-grown insect meat

Livestock farming is destroying our planet. It is a major cause of land and water degradation, biodiversity loss, acid rain, coral reef degeneration, deforestation — and of course, climate change. Plant-based diets, insect farming, lab-grown meat and genetically modified animals have all been proposed as potential solutions. Which is best? All of these combined, say researchers at Tufts University. Writing in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, they explain why lab-grown insect meat — fed on plants, and genetically modified for maximum growth, nutrition and flavor — could be a superior green…

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Stingrays Eat Food That Is Harder Than Their Own Jaws

If you’re ever in the Xingu River (a tributary of the Amazon River) in Brazil, look into the fresh flowing water! You might spot one of the endemic spotted rays that call this area home- the Xingu River stingray (Potamotrygon leopoldi). Not only are they unique because they are brilliantly colored and in fresh water, but they are part of an unusual group that eat prey that is tougher than their own jaw. This feeding method is call durophagy, and the fishes that consume these hard-shelled animals have evolved this…

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UP Board Results 2019: India Today Education is hosting Class 10, 12 Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad results

Check your UP Board results @ https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/results UP Board Results 2019 can be checked directly via India Today Education at https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/results. Although the Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP) will announce the UP Board 12th and UP Board 10th result on its official website upmsp.edu.in, it might tend to crash due to influx of candidates. This year, over 30 lakh students had registered for UP Board Class 12 Exams. This year over 58 lakh students registered themselves for the UP Board exams out of which 6 lakh reportedly skipped the exam…

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How CLT India is changing the face of education in semi-urban and rural areas with e-Patashale

Technology has transformed our lives in many ways. It is also responsible for taking education from brick-and-mortar classrooms to virtual classrooms. Today, internet has opened doors of opportunity for students with better reach as well as covering an ever-widening range of subjects. But one might assume that schools need to splurge a lot of money to afford eLearning solutions. And busting this myth is CLT India, which is based in Bengaluru. CLT, which stands for Children’s Lovecastles Trust, aims to use low-cost technology to serve the underserved students across India. Bhagya…

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Roti Or Rice: Which One Is A Healthier Option?

A typical Indian meal is incomplete without a couple ofrotis and a handful of rice on the plate. These two are used to prepare various dishes, which form our regular day-to-day diet. Now, those embarking on a weight loss journey must have been told by many people to give up or cut down on carbs (read: rice and roti). Being a staple product in our regular diet till now, it’s difficult to eliminate both of them. But, if you decide to leave one out and continue filling your appetite with another, which…

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Is your cool hashtag-friendly lifestyle leading you to cancer?

Yes, it is easy to go out and devour junk food and alcohol. It is even easier to smoke a cigarette thinking that is the only way to keep your stress at bay. But, what one is forgettingis that the short-term perky feeling is the risk factor to the fatal disease, cancer. This choice of being in sync with peers and wanting the cool lifestyle is one of the prevailing reasons for the growing number of cancer cases in the city. “There has been a definite increase in cancer incidence and…

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