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UNDERSTANDING THE MBA The good, the bad and the ugly

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INTO UNCHARTED WATERS Sneha Thakker and her million dollar company

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STRENGTH OF A WOMAN Through the eyes of 6 photographers

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Global University Rankings 2014

ON THE COVER

Youth Inc’s comprehensive rankings list of universities across the globe

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A complete analysis on the pros and cons of pursing an MBA degree

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INTO UNCHARTED WATERS

The journey of Sneha Thakker, a 28-yearold businesswoman with a million dollar company

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STRENGTH OF A WOMAN

Six photographers identify and interpret the strength of a woman through the their lenses

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SPORT STAR An insight into the unconventional career of sports management in India

INTERVIEW WITH SHADAAB KHAN The actor-turned-author talks to us about his debut novel Shanti Memorial

CAREER WATCH 24 A DESIGNER DREAM

WORDSMITH OF THE MONTH: VINDHYA BARWAL Our intern displays her masterful skill as a story teller

FOREIGN SHORES 26 TO BACHELOR OR

8 AWARDS MORE ENTERTAINING THAN THE OSCARS Although the Academy Awards is the most awaited award ceremony of the film calendar, we decide to focus on a few of our favourite parody awards

A look at how jewellery designing is becoming a mainstream career option

NOT TO BACHELOR? A ready reckoner of the different qualifications offered by foreign universities, other than the bachelor’s degree 4

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HOW-TO GUIDE 58 PHOTOGRAPHY HACKS

Useful tips and tricks from professional photographers on taking a great picture

FITNESS 60 THE PLEASURE OF PILATES

An introduction to Pilates and how it is slowly gaining popularity in India

YOUTH ISSUES 62 UNHEALTHY BODY TRENDS

AMONG THE YOUTH Weird and scary trends that the youth of today are falling prey to

EDITOR’S NOTE…8 EDITORIAL CONNECT…10 AROUND THE WORLD…14 EVENT DIARY…16 COUNSELLOR Q&A…48 WORD ZONE…50 THE G SPOT…72 IMHO…76 HANGOUT…80 GRAFFITI…82

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SPORT 65 THE SLACK LIFE

Slacklining – the fun, new sport making waves in India

POINT OF VIEW 68 THE HAPPY QUOTIENT

Celebrity columnist Nisha JamVwal busts the myth that successful people never have a sad day in their lives PAGE

FASHION 70 DRESSING EXPENSIVE

WHEN ON A BUDGET Four ways to make your budget-friendly clothing purchases look luxurious

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Global university rankings have come to be the Bible for students looking to pursue a higher education within their country or outside. Youth Incorporated firmly believes in being the bridge that connects students to their future university by bringing to the fore a list of top universities from across the globe along with their worldwide rank. Like the past two years, this year has been no different; meticulous surveys undertaken of universities both in India and abroad have resulted in this compilation of Global University Rankings 2014. Rankings across varied universities, the streams offered, on-campus activities, extra-curricular activities and infrastructure, and current student feedback define this year’s set of rankings too. All these, we believe, are imperative when choosing an institute for higher education. As we delve into the subject of rankings across different streams, one stream that is continuing to garner attention in India is that of business management. Understanding the MBA is imperative and we thus uncover the degree and analyse its worth in the current job market. With scores of MBA graduates year after year, does the degree still hold its own or is its sheen wearing out? While the MBA degree is one of the most popular mainstream career options, there are other specialisations that are taking centre stage too. The two that we bring to light this month are jewellery designing and sports management. Previously known as mere hobbies as opposed to full-fledged careers, the two are gaining widespread popularity today. As an ode to the fairer sex this Women’s Day, we asked six talented photographers to depict the strength of a woman through their lenses. Each one of the images part of the presentation has a beautiful story of its own and is an intimate narration of women from different walks of life. To all those writing their final exams this month, we wish you the very best!

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EDU NEWS

8 IELTS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS BY THE BRITISH COUNCIL UP FOR GRABS  The British Council is awarding eight scholarships worth `3,00,000 each through the IELTS (International English Language Test System).  This scholarship will be towards the university tuition fee.  In order to be eligible for the scholarship, you need to • be a resident and citizen of India • have taken the IELTS test with the British Council recently • have at least a IELTS band score of 6.0 • have a valid offer letter or letter of acceptance from a recognised institution that accepts the IELTS as part of its admission criteria • Begin an under or postgraduate programme outside India in the 2014 academic year  You may apply online by first downloading the application form, filling it and sending a scanned copy to ielts.scholarship@britishcouncil.org.  The last date for sending applications is 30 June 2014.

DEPARTMENT OF EARTH SCIENCES SET UP BY IIT KANPUR JEE MAINS 2014 SCORES TO BE USED FOR UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING ADMISSIONS  The separate CET that used to be conducted earlier in Maharashtra for first year undergraduate engineering admissions has been done away with and JEE Main’s Paper 1 marks are going to be used.  The HSC marks will also be used in addition to the JEE Main’s marks for the year 2014.  The JEE Main question paper is available in Hindi, English, Gujarati, Marathi and Urdu.

 Department of Earth Sciences has been started by the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur on the recommendation of the Academic Senate on 5 February 2014.  The course will focus on the study of the earth, its evolution and its internal dynamics along with a study on the human induced and natural metamorphosis of the telluric environment.  Rajiv Sinha has been appointed the head of department for a period of 3 years.  The department has PhD programmes in earth sciences for students.

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NEW FORMULA FOR GATE SCORES

PHD IN NANOSCIENCE LAUNCHED BY JNU  The Special Centre for Nanoscience of the Jawaharlal Nehru University has launched a new PhD programme that specialises in the study of nanoscience.  The UGC-recognised PhD programme is beginning this year with only five seats.  The course will consist of one year of classroom lectures followed by four to five years of comprehensive research.  Candidates should have completed their MSc in biological, physical or material sciences and should have also cleared their CSIR-UGC NET/JRF examination.  Applications are open until 26 March 2014.  Medical, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries mainly require nanoscience experts. Though it is still coming up as a concept and career in India, it has scope for growth.

 The 2014 GATE examination was organised by IIT Kharagpur and the scores are being calculated on the basis of the following formula: GATE Score= Sq+(St-Sq)[(MMq)/ (Mt-Mq)], where M is marks achieved by the candidate Mq is the qualifying marks for a general category candidate Mt is the mean of marks of the top 10 candidates who appeared the examination Sq is 350 St is 900  The GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) that was held from 1 February to the 2 of March was a series of computer based online tests.  The results are scheduled to be out on the 28 March.  The GATE scores are used widely as admission criteria for the Indian Institute of Technology, the Cochin University of Science and Technology, some institutes in Germany and Singapore and quite a few public sector companies.

BRITISH SCHOOLS ARE NOW OFFERING SCHOLARSHIPS WORTH `7 CRORE TO INDIAN STUDENTS  A federation of leading boarding schools in the United Kingdom has been put together by the Anglo Schools International Services (ASIS) to offer seats to Indian students.  Scholarships are being offered in the 25% to 100% range to interested and deserving Indian students.  The ASIS has brought a change in the admission process and have created a common entrance test for all British schools for a common fee of £250.  The test duration is 2 hours and can be taken until 31 March. The last date for registration is 21 March. The test is to be conducted at Pearson VUE test centres all over India. MARCH 2014 Youth Incorporated 15

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FOCUS FEATURE

MBA

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he past decade has seen the influx of a number of MBA students in the Indian and international job markets. However, a recent statistic showed that the number of applications for MBA and MMS courses has in the last year diminished by more than 50%. The reason stated for this sudden and surprising drop is believed to be the emergence of market-centric postgraduate degrees and courses.

As the MBA scene in India is going through drastic changes, there are still a number of students who choose the course year after year. While some students believe it is the only degree worth pursuing, there are others who delve into the scene with little knowledge and understanding of what it entails. The grave question amidst the MBA entrance coaching, the spending of huge sums of money on the degree and the quitting of already

well-paying jobs to pursue an MBA for better prospects is – is an MBA really worth it?

WHAT AN MBA DOES?

An MBA or a Master of Business Administration degree teaches an individual management skills, increases business and all-round knowledge, allows for market-based thinking, and acts as a CV booster while looking for a job. It is one

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coursework commences. However, clearing the entrance test is not the biggest hurdle; the degree itself is one long obstacle course. Dealing with long college hours, undertaking mandatory apprenticeships, coping with an unending series of assignments and tests, and of course, having a keen interest in the degree to last you two years are some requisites that should be considered before diving head-on into an MBA. Not everyone can cope with the stress than an MBA degree comes with and hence making an informed decision is always recommended.

MISTAKES STUDENTS MAKE

Trishann Henriques uncovers the good, the bad and the ugly of studying one of the most hyped degrees – the MBA of the most sought-after degrees across the world. It offers generic management learning in its first year, and specialisations and majors like economics, human resources, finance and marketing in its second.

ARE YOU CUT OUT FOR AN MBA?

The first obstacle of an MBA aspirant would be the entrance test. Once this has been cleared, the rigorous MBA

There are a series of mistakes MBA aspirants make. The first is enrolling for an MBA just after graduating. A lot of thought has to go into selecting the right kind of MBA major and the college with future job prospects in mind. Jumping into an MBA without any kind of prior knowledge about what it encompasses can be detrimental as somewhere through the course a sense of boredom in the course or an interest in a field more creative might arise.  A top management position in the best company and a high salary are reasons most students give for studying an MBA. That said, it is almost impossible to coach a student to be a manager within the confines of a classroom. Being a manager or a leader does not come from theoretical know-how but practical, on-field experience.  Although extremely expensive, a number of students go through with it in the hope of recovering the money spent by means of a job on its completion. The scope of a good job after an MBA depends on varied factors, some of which include a person’s calibre, performance, competition, the job market and the reputation of the college. However, in a survey handed out to companies that hire MBA students, the skills attained from the MBA degree held a 21%

RECRUITER’S PERSPECTIVE “Recruitment is not a transactional activity; it includes a wide spectrum of business activities and requires a high degree of business acumen that has to be developed over time in order to be a successful recruiter. Given the scope of responsibilities that recruiters commonly deal with, it is imperative to be well-equipped to stand up to the job profile. This empowerment to be able to perform the job better is sometimes attributed to the MBA degree that a candidate possesses.” - A RECRUITER WHO REQUESTED ANONYMITY

PROFESSOR’S PERSPECTIVE “If you go into law or medicine or architecture, you’re expected to go into a residency or apprenticeships before you’re allowed to practice on your own. Unfortunately, business schools pretend that any student with an MBA should be a great manager right out the gate, regardless of realworld experience.” - JEFFREY PFEFFER, STANFORD UNIVERSITY MARCH 2014 Youth Incorporated 19

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FOCUS FEATURE

A MASTER’S DEGREE V/S AN MBA DEGREE

A lot of MBA aspirants who tread the MBA waters go into the course already decided on the specialisation or the subject that they wish to focus on in their second year. In that case, why not consider a master’s degree in the subject instead of an MBA? While an MBA allows for a specialisation in its second or third year, the information learnt in just a year might not be deep or sufficient enough. A master’s degree on the other hand, comprises an in depth, detailed study of a subject and is usually studied over two years. The choice between a master’s degree and the MBA must be closely associated with a student’s academic background. For a person looking to build on his/her academic subjects, a master’s degree outweighs an MBA. An MBA works for those looking to enhance a professional career or for those who wish to learn business without any kind of prior backing or education in it. yi

YI PERSPECTIVE The trend prevalent in India is to study for an MBA right after a bachelor’s degree. In truth, we think an MBA must be looked at as something that adds to a person’s credentials as opposed to something used to accelerate it. Rightfully, considering an MBA mid-way through your career would be ideal as it broadens knowledge while also accommodating on-the-job learning in the case of executive and part-time MBAs.

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importance, management knowledge learnt from the MBA course weighed 14% and the reputation of the college from where the degree was pursued had a 11% value.  There are also those who jump into an MBA with the sole purpose of making more money as opposed to being motivated to actually learn about business. At some point the stress of the degree will weigh a person down leaving one utterly disappointed. The best way out is to question what kind of job you would want if it wasn’t for the money.  Disruption in employment is another drawback of pursuing an MBA. This holds true for the many who quit their jobs to pursue a fulltime MBA. On an average, an MBA might amount to either one or two years; having a gap of this duration on a résumé is always a bad idea and questions a person’s willingness and effciency to undertaking a job in managerial positions in top companies.

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No holds barred opinions from three individuals about the coveted MBA degree

Uthara Padmanabhan (Marketing intern and MBA aspirant)

“I think an MBA is important because it encourages an individual to think non-linearly, which is great as markets today are extremely volatile. An MBA helps accelerate growth from 8-10 years to 5-7 years to get to a top position. I also think an MBA pushes for a person to think in the manner that the market demands as opposed to an engineering degree that does not support dynamism.”

Swati Singh (Former MBA aspirant)

“An MBA helps when looking for a management position. But, what’s important is the college as only the best ones offer good placements that will ultimately recover the money that you spend on fees. I gave up midway through preparation as I realised I would be paying off the loan taken to take to pay my MBA fees. It would hardly benefit me if my entire salary was going into paying a loan.”

Niharika Gaba (PGDM, HR)

“An MBA helps you get to a top position in a company. With an MBA, companies will hire you almost immediately and that too at high posts. There are times when individuals are denied promotions because of the lack of an MBA. In that regard, I think an MBA accelerates the possibility of getting a promotion. The days of having no educational backing and still holding a high post are long gone. Today every company looks for MBAs, unless of course, you work in a government office or your company lacks governance.” MARCH 2014 Youth Incorporated 21

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OUT OF THE BOX CAREER

MANAGING THE

SPORT STAR WHAT IS SPORTS MANAGEMENT?

Sports management is a specialised field which combines administrative, business and marketing functions. The sports manager is a combination of an agent and an advisor who handles the off-the-field aspects of the sport on behalf of the client so they can worry solely on their performance in the sport itself.

RESPONSIBILITIES The job of a sports manager will be required to comb all the needs of a sportsperson. The responsibilities can be broadly summarised into five

functions:  Business development: involves signing new clients and generating revenue for the company  Client servicing: taking care of the client’s day-to-day needs  Event management: planning and executing sporting events smoothly  Promotion: performing the public relations and marketing of the client effectively  Research: finding new information that may contribute to success

EDUCATION India lacks in adequacy when it comes to the number of institutes offering

Though sport management is yet to enter the mainframe of career choices, Sean Sequeira finds that being a sport manager in India is not altogether a gloomy option courses in sports management. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) was set up in 1984 by the Indian government to promote and improve the quality of sport in the country. The SAI run two institutes offering courses in sport which can aid someone looking forward to a career in sports management. The two institutes are Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, Patiala and the Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, Thiruvananthapuram. The one year Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Management (PGDSM) is the most recognised course in India. A few private

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REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESS The most successful sports managers are usually those who have engaged in professional sporting activities previously. Retired sportspersons who become sports managers tend to understand the commitments of their clients and therefore have an edge to be successful. Executives who haven’t been directly involved in sports before can also succeed if they have passion for their job. The job may require further commitments apart from a regular 9-to-5 workday which the sports manager should be ready to undertake. Apart from this, a high level of energy and enthusiasm also goes a long way.

INTERNSHIPS It is advisable to do an internship before or while pursuing an educational programme. The realm of sports management strongly depends on the contacts you build. An internship can give you an early insight into the field thereby improving your chances of employment and giving you a head start in your career as a sports manager. Internships tend to be rigorous with little pay.

CHALLENGES The biggest challenge for a sports manager in India is attaining a sponsorship for their client. In a country that is obsessed with cricket, it becomes difficult for

sports managers in other sports to attain funding through corporate sponsorship for the sportspersons they are representing. Companies usually look to invest a minimum amount for maximum returns which becomes an added challenge. The career of the sports manager is closely associated with the performance of his client. If the client’s performance takes a nosedive, the sports manager will receive fewer returns and have added difficulties. Therefore a manager should be weary of the client’s day-to-day needs to make sure nothing hampers their performance.

CAREER SCOPE Sports management hasn’t developed in India yet. It is still in its nascent stages. The only job Indians perceive in sports is professional cricketer which leaves limited opportunities for other professions and other sports. Efforts are being put in to advance sports management and it looks to have a better scope in the future. yi

Sports management companies in India • LAKSHYA, Pune • Rhiti Sports, New Delhi and Mumbai • Turf Sports Mangement, New Delhi • Tiger Sports Marketing, New Delhi, Kolkata, Ahemdabad, Pune and Bangalore • Gun for Glory Shooting Academy, Pune • Sports Mechanics, Chennai

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institutes also offer courses related to sports management in the country. There are plenty of institutes around the world that have credible programmes in sports management. Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees or postgraduate diplomas in sports management, physical education, sports coaching and sports administration can be useful qualifications to enter sports management.

JOB PROFILE

A sports manager is responsible for managing all the off-the-field activities of a sportsperson or a sports team. Largely, they handle:  Public relations  Funding, finance and sponsorships  Training and promotional schedules  Other similar activities

INCOME

A fresher can expect a monthly salary starting anywhere between `12,000 and `15,000.

SKILLS SET

 Passion is the first requirement for a sports manager.  Good communication and business skills are also important.

STUDY

ŠŠ International Institute of Sports Management, Mumbai ŠŠ Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata ŠŠ Institute of Sports Science & Technology, Pune ŠŠ Alagappa University, Tamil Nadu

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CAREER WATCH

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Designer Dream Jewellery design has transitioned from being a luxury career to a mainstream one. Sangeetha Thiyagarajan profiles this lucrative profession

Jewellery designers are architects of jewellery. They ideate, design, prototype and then create jewellery. A designer might produce mass designs for a commercial manufacturer or custom jewellery for a select clientele. They might be specialists focusing on one type of ornament or generalists who create entire themed collections. Most designers also have complementary degrees in gemmology, jewellery manufacturing, business management and retail, which give them more command over the creation process and the flexibility to apply their skills to different facets of the business.

The Indian connection

India’s gems and jewellery industry is likely to double in the next five years, according to a study titled All that glitters is gold: India Jewellery Review 2013 by global consultancy firm A.T. Kearney. Additionally, more and more international brands are setting up shop in the country. It is evident that there is an increasing need for a workforce skilled in fashioning jewellery.

Getting started

“We will teach you the skills. All you need is passion and energy,” says Radhika Sapkal, Assistant Manager at GIA. Vast arrays of courses

are available for design enthusiasts. If you are a beginner, you can start with fundamental courses on design and composition. If you want something niche, explore courses that deal with Indian and western design styles or the ones about manufacturing, marketing and retailing jewellery. Choose a reputed course. This will offer tremendous scope in terms of interaction with foreign faculty, international competitions, trade fairs, conferences and networking and showcase events.

Career options

You may start your own jewellery designing venture or join a major jewellery

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“My advice to young students would be to work under a jewellery firm. Be passionate about what you want to create. Keep creating and drawing as there is no better knowledge than experience!” - Renu Oberoi, jewellery designer

Working alone might give you freedom and flexibility but there is a lot of uncertainty involved. Oberoi elaborates, “It’s difficult to create stunning pieces that are well priced. We have constant competition in this field with new and young jewellery designers popping out every day. And a luxurious product like jewellery is first hit by an economic slowdown or recession.” Working with a reputed jewellery brand, while offering your more options in terms of choosing the kind of work you want to do, imposes managerial expectations.

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The challenges

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The perks

As a designer, creative satisfaction is the biggest perk. Adds Oberoi, “We get to experiment with different raw materials, coloured gem stones and techniques of craftsmanship.” There are perks in working for a jewellery maker too. “I am exposed to every side of this industry. Tomorrow if I decide that I want to participate in jewellery promotion, it’s easier for me to make a switch,” says Vijay Rao, Retail Manager for a top Indian jewellery brand.

Indian jewellery is hitting foreign shores with a style and exuberance that was never witnessed before. Says Mehul Choksi, Chairman and MD of Gitanjali Jewels, “The biggest selling point is the uniqueness of our products and the obsession of customers overseas to look different and possess a rare piece.” In this frenzy, a native Indian jewellery designer has the luxury of indulging his creativity while commanding top dollar both at home and globally. If you can turn the precious into priceless, this career is just the right choice for you. yi

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For those who start their own business, the designing of jewellery is only one part of the job. You need to source raw materials, set up and maintain a workspace, hire artisans to help out with the business, and stay abreast of the latest trends in technology, fashion, and the gold and precious metals industry while selling your product at

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On the job

the same time. “My card says designer but I play so many exciting roles every day,” says Sowmya Kannan, a costume jewellery maker from Mumbai. Noted jewellery designer Renu Oberoi agrees. “I not only limit my scope of work to designing as I am fully involved in manufacturing and marketing too. The key to designing jewellery is looking into the aesthetic and commercial aspects both, and the usage of the product in today’s day and age.”

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brand. Some institutes have placement cells or affiliations with jewellery houses and can help secure an apprenticeship. If you opt for a gemmology course, you can secure a job with one of the grading labs in the country. You can also choose to work as a design teacher or trainer yourself.

Career facts: Jewellery designer Job profile

A jewellery designer is the creative head of design and supervises the entire process of jewellery making – from the sourcing of materials to final finish and presentation.

Income

Beginners start at `30,000 a month while experts might earn upwards of `1 lakh for each assignment.

Skill set

A flair for design, an understanding of the industry, a creative mindset and willingness to learn.

Study

 Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Mumbai  The Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery (IIGJ), Mumbai  SinGem, pan India  Institute of Diamond trade (IDT), pan India  College for Creative Studies, USA

Cost and duration

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FOREIGN SHORES

To Bachelor or not to

Bachelor? Foreign universities offer a number of qualifications apart from the regular bachelor degrees. Karan Teckchandani introduces you to some of them

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owadays a number of recognised institutions and universities award a variety of qualifications for those who may not have either the time or money required for a bachelor's degree, or perhaps would want to pursue a short course to help with their career. Most of these qualifications serve as introductory courses to a field of study. Some others do away with the unnecessary credit requirements and only focus on the core subjects.

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Associate Degree

This is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by community colleges, junior colleges and degree granting institutions in the US. It is the lowest in the hierarchy of post-secondary academic degrees offered. In spite of persistent high unemployment, there is demand in the US for people with ‘middleskills’ that often require no more than an associate degree, such as lab technicians, teachers in early-childhood programmes, computer technicians, draftsmen, radiation therapists, paralegals and machinists. An associate degree is awarded to students who complete 90 quarter credit hours or 60 semester credit hours of schooling.

Higher National Diploma (HND)

The Higher National Diploma or HND is a qualification granted in the UK after two years of study. Most coursework units of the HND are awarded with a Pass or Fail, in addition to one graded unit each year which is awarded with an A, B or C. It is popular in business and computer science courses. Those pursuing engineering HNDs usually go on to study a third year to obtain their bachelor degree. This process is called a top-up. HND holders are permitted to use the postnominals HND or HNDip after their name, usually followed by the course name in brackets.

Diplôme D’études Universitaires Générales (DEUG)

The DEUG is a diploma in France that is conferred through a bachelor’s degree – it is awarded after the completion of the first four semesters of a six semester degree. It is up to individual universities to determine which areas of study and which courses award the DEUG to its students.

Foundation Degree

Foundation Degrees are awarded in the UK. As the name suggests, the degree lays the foundation; it gives basic knowledge in a subject for the student who will pursue employment or further studies in that field. It is usually offered by universities working in tandem with further education colleges – specialist and adult education institutes – and lasts for two years with full-time study. Foundation Degrees aim to give students industry experience, the ability to place practical knowledge in an academic perspective, and a study structure that is accessible by working professionals. Foundation Degree holders may ‘top-up’ too by continuing their study for one more year after which they receive a bachelor’s degree.

NON-BACHELOR SUBJECTS • The list of subjects ranges from philosophy to gastronomy to auditing. • Most relate to the arts and commerce fields. • Many associations, formed since the early part of this decade, grant charters – professional designations – to candidates who clear their exams. An example is the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association that confers the CAIA charter on candidates who clear both their exams.

Higher Diploma (HD)

A Higher Diploma is an academic degree that is awarded in Hong Kong, UK, Ireland, Iraq and Oman at different levels. Iraq awards it after the completion of a year of master’s degree study. In Hong Kong it is considered equal to an Associate Degree – it is higher than a certificate and diploma, but lower than a bachelor’s degree. The emphasis is on specialisation and job training. In the UK, it is considered equivalent to the student passing class 12.

The pros

 They cut out unnecessary courses.  They take a shorter time to complete.  They are more geared towards the specific job skill set you need for your career.  They are low cost options.

The cons

 Not all recruiters favour such degrees.  There are limited courses such degrees can be pursued in.  Should one choose to do a higher degree (master or PhD) afterwards, these qualifications would not be sufficient. A bachelor’s degree is the only recognised qualification.  There is a lack of campus life, since many students use the light workload and the excess time it comes with to be more productive by participating in activities or working jobs.

Recognition in India

At the moment, the scope of employment in India for people attaining such degrees is very low since the current job market has become difficult enough for those with advanced qualifications such as master’s degrees. Companies in India are able to get well-qualified talent at a low cost; hence there is little or no incentive to hire people who have non-bachelor degrees, even if they were pursued from educational hubs like the US, UK or Australia. Yet, many sectors do not place emphasis on academic qualifications but rather on skill and knowledge. Creative sectors such as film making do not require an academic qualification. Additionally, there are various opportunities in BPOs, advertising and technical fields, such as electronic maintenance. yi MARCH 2014 Youth Incorporated 27

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PRODIGY

28-year-old Sneha Thakker, founder of Thakker Technologies, talks to Aparna Sundaresan about the challenges of being a young, female and first generation IT entrepreneur

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neha Thakker started her business in 2009 at the age of 23 without a business background and no external funding. Five years on, her company Thakker Technologies sees an annual turnover of `5 million. In 2012, she received the Priyadarshini Award from the Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs.

What prompted you to quit your job and start your own company?

It was to challenge myself because during my job I never got a chance to prove myself. Rather than helping me grow, my seniors were diluting my work and holding me back from realising my potential. More importantly, there were certain services in the marketplace that I knew I could successfully fulfil if given a chance. So after doing a job for couple of years, I told myself, it’s enough. One fine night I talked with my father; fortunately he agreed.

With what vision did you start Thakker Technologies?

Honestly, I just started my venture in the ambition to learn something new and deliver something new and open source to the market. But now as we have grown to international levels my vision is to get my company listed in the top IT companies of the world.

What difficulties did you face in starting your own enterprise?

The very first problem any entrepreneur may face is money. I have started my business with my pocket money and zero capital.

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As I did not have a business family background, [the big problems] were attracting and retaining customers, keeping an eye on cash flow, creating a good team of people, finding the right business location, dealing with competition, etc.

sceptical about me; now they are happy to work with me.

Where did you draw inspiration from to keep going?

It’s your own battle with a one man – oops – one woman army! If you are from a business family, you would get exposure and experience while growing up which can’t be taught in B-schools. Being a first generation entrepreneur is a double-edged sword and it can be challenging yet rewarding. You have to create contacts, raise capital, balance finance to survive, etc. Sometimes you lose a deal not because you are not capable enough, but because [someone else] has good references.

My parents. I grew up seeing them doing hard work. Parents and family members always inspire me to focus on my goals. They inspired me to take a risk. Also my venture greatly stimulates economic development in the community and creates new jobs for many people, which motivates me.

What is it like being a female entrepreneur in the maledominated tech industry?

You walk into a crowded seminar and can count the number of women there on one hand. In business, you deal with different kinds of men and women – some are more honest than others, some are hard-nosed and aggressive, whilst others are easygoing. You have to put on a front to protect yourself and compensate by adopting the typical male attitude in the business world – that of being aggressive, competitive and even harsh. With female owners, men think they can be dishonest or give her a bad deal because she’s a woman – something they probably wouldn’t try with another man. So you always have to be alert and not emotional while dealing for a business.

How welcoming is the industry of young, twenty-something entrepreneurs? When you are in your twenties, you look more like a collegian than an entrepreneur. You have to impress leaders with your skills and ability. You have to create contacts. If you are a budding entrepreneur, you do not have space to stand with the industry leaders. You have to prove yourself at every stage to create your own space in their circle. [Initially] they were

In a country where dynasties prevail in politics and business, what is it like to be a first generation entrepreneur in your family?

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What is your typical day at work like?

I don’t really think there’s a ‘typical’ day. You’re always putting out fires. Hopefully you’re having fun, but you’re also under stress. You’re doing a hundred different things. You’re wearing all these different hats. It’s exciting. It’s nerve-wracking. You never know what the next day is going to bring. You’re basically just running from one thing to the next. I know I was working 18 hours a day and Monday through Sunday. I loved every minute of it.

Has success changed the way you work? When you get rewarded and recognition for the work you do, it always boosts your work style and keeps you going to achieve more.

What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs? (1) Connections count: build your network (2) Do what you love and know what you want (3) Take risks, no matter the circumstances, but keep your ears open yi

Your role model My parents

One thing about entrepreneurship you learnt the hard way

You can’t do everything on your own. Get the right people with the right talent for the best deliverables on the particular segment.

If your employees were to describe you as a boss, what would they say?

Let’s read the words written by one of my employees: “A person who cares for her employees no less than her clients.”

Your success mantra

Keep running until your goal is achieved, no matter how long it takes.

How you de-stress

By spending quality time with family and friends.

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Top 100 universities worldwide

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Top US, European, Asian & Australian universities Business programmes

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Engineering programmes

Life sciences & medicine

Arts & humanities

Pure sciences

Best value for money

Student satisfaction

Recruiter satisfaction

Campus facilities

Innovation in teaching methodologies

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Having conducted expansive research by contacting 1,300 institutes and over 8,000 recruiters around the world, Youth Inc has ranked the top 100 universities in the world to pursue an undergraduate programme

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elcome to the Youth Incorporated, Education Times and Rediff.com Global University Rankings 2014. Continuing with our annual rankings for the best global universities, we have conducted extensive research work spanning several months to sort through voluminous raw data and bring out a finished analysis that is practical and can be instrumental in the selection process for those looking to enrol in the best programmes around the world. We contacted 1,300 institutes to gauge their responses to unbiased questions that would help us evaluate the quality of the educational experience they provide. We also accumulated responses from the current students of the universities. In addition, we procured information from over 8,000

recruiters that have previously recruited graduates from the institutes considered in the surveys. Once the data was accumulated, we broke down the information by placing emphasis on the most important criteria a student considers when enrolling in an institute. Factors such as value for money, student and recruiter satisfaction, infrastructure and facilities, teaching methodologies and much more were considered to rank the institutes. This painstaking method was used to bring out the ranking of the top 100 universities worldwide. We were also able to provide rankings based on regional distribution and streams of study. Finally, the ranking for this year was placed against our previously conducted annual rankings to determine the performance of the institutes over the years.

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TOP

100

By sifting through information collected from students, faculty and recruiters of 1,300 institutes across the world, Youth Inc gives you a ranking of the top 100 institutes in the world

RANK

INSTITUTION

COUNTRY

SCORE

2013

2012

RANK

RANK

1

Harvard University

USA

100

1 —

1 —

2

Stanford University

USA

99.9

2 —

2 —

3

University of Pennsylvania

USA

99.8

3 —

7

4

University of Oxford

UK

99.4

5

4 —

5

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

99.3

4

3

6

University of Chicago

USA

99.2

6 —

5

7

Yale University

USA

99.1

7 —

6

8

Cornell University

USA

99

10

10

9

Columbia University

USA

98.5

8

8

10

Princeton University

USA

98.3

9

11

11

California Institute of Technology

USA

98

12

12

12

Imperial College London

UK

97

13

9

13

London School of Economics

UK

96.8

16

20

14

University of Cambridge

UK

96.3

11

18

15

University of Tokyo

Japan

96

17

17

16

Brown University

USA

95.7

14

24

17

University of Waterloo

Canada

95.4

15

-

18

University of California Los Angeles

USA

95.3

21

23

19

Carnegie Mellon University

USA

95

22

22

20

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

USA

94

20 —

15

21

New York University

USA

93.4

23

25

22

University of Melbourne

Australia

93.2

24

19

23

National University Singapore

Singapore

93.1

26

29

24

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

India

93

19

31

25

IE University

Spain

92.8

29

37

26

École Normale Supérieure

France

92.6

25

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INSTITUTION

COUNTRY

SCORE

2013

2012

27

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

India

92.4

27 —

-

28

Northwestern University

USA

92.1

18

14

29

Hong Kong University of Science & Tech

China

92

33

35

30

University of California Berkeley

USA

91.8

31

30 —

31

Chinese University of Hong Kong

China

91.3

30

27

32

Ludwig-MaximiliansUniversität München

33

Germany

91

Duke University

USA

34

Dartmouth College

35

Johns Hopkins University

36

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

37

RANK

RANK

32 —

32 —

90.7

28

28

USA

90.5

38

41

USA

90.2

34

34

Switzerland

90.1

36 —

36 —

University College London

UK

90

37 —

26

38

Emory University

USA

89.6

35

33

39

Universidade de São Paulo

Brazil

89.1

41

47

40

University of Texas at Austin

USA

88.4

45

45

41

University of Virginia

USA

88.1

39

43

42

University of Zürich

Switzerland

87.7

42 —

39

43

Kings College London

UK

87.5

43 —

40

44

Rice University

USA

87.2

44 —

44 —

45

University of Copenhagen

Denmark

87

40

38

46

University of British Columbia

Canada

86.4

46 —

42

47

Technische Universität München

Germany

86.1

50

53

48

Peking University

China

85.7

47

52

49

University of Helsinki

Finland

85.3

51

51

50

HEC

France

85

53

55

51

University of Sydney

Australia

84

52

46

HOW HAVE THE INSTITUTES FARED COMPARED TO 2012 AND 2013?

Placing the 2014 top 100 ranking against those we conducted in 2012 and 2013, a comparison of the performance of the institutes over the years is clearly visible. Harvard University has retained its pole position at the top of the rankings with a perfect score that it managed to attain in the previous years as well. Stanford University and University of Pennsylvania rank second and third respectively with nearperfect scores as well. The top 10 of last year have managed to stay in the top of the table with a few universities improving on their previous rank and a few dropping by a rank or two. The top 10 continues to be dominated by American institutes with the only exception being University of Oxford which has moved up to rank 4. When set against the surveys of the previous years, most universities in the top 100 seem to have a consistent performance with a similar ranking over the years. MARCH 2014 Youth Incorporated 33

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THE INDIA STORY The four Indian institutes that appear in the ranking this year are the same institutes that figured last year as well. The only difference is how much they’ve slipped in their scores and ranks. This disconcerting outcome notwithstanding, we again question why no institutes other than the IITs (save for University of Delhi) are comparable to international universities. We were hopeful last year about educational reforms in the country, but it seems in one year the reforms have had no effect on India’s higher education institutes. As recently as three years ago, the government’s favourite phrase was ‘knowledge economy’ – build an economy on the foundations of world class education. This plan seems to have gone pear-shaped. According to UNESCO’s 11th Education For All Global Monitoring Report, which was released in the last week of January and reported by Hindustan Times, 90% of children from poor families remain illiterate despite completing four years of school education. At a higher

RANK

INSTITUTION

COUNTRY

SCORE

2013

2012

RANK

RANK

52

Universität Heidelberg

Germany

83

49

50

53

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Chile

82.4

48

48

54

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

82

56

61

55

Universidad de Buenos Aires

Argentina

81

55 —

56

56

Fudan University

China

80

57

69

57

University of Southern California

USA

79.8

61

57 —

58

Australian National University

Australia

79.5

58 —

58 —

59

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Japan

79.2

59 —

66

60

Seoul National University

Korea

79

60 —

60 —

61

University of Warwick

UK

78

62

75

62

Vanderbilt University

USA

77

54

49

63

University of Auckland

New Zealand

76

72

76

64

University of Wisconsin Madison

USA

75

63

62

65

Monash University

Australia

74

65 —

67

66

University of Birmingham

UK

73.1

66 —

-

67

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Netherlands

72.5

67 —

70

68

École Polytechnique

France

72

64

71

69

University of New South Wales

Australia

71

69 —

59

70

University of Edinburgh

UK

70

70 —

64

71

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

USA

69

71 —

65

72

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Mexico

68

68

68

73

Paris Dauphine University

France

67

85

85

74

Tsinghua University

China

66.7

74 —

72

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INSTITUTION

2013

2012

COUNTRY

SCORE

UK

66.2

84

-

Australia

66

77

77

USA

65

76

82

RANK

RANK

75

University of Surrey

76

University of Queensland

77

Georgia Institute of Technology

78

Tohoku University

Japan

64

73

73

79

National Taiwan University

Taiwan

63

78

78

80

Uppsala University

Sweden

62

75

74

81

University of Rochester

USA

61.8

80

84

82

University of Groningen

Netherlands

61.4

81

80

83

University of Bern

Switzerland

61

82

81

84

University of Adelaide

Australia

60.9

83

83

85

Ecole Centrale de Paris

France

60.5

86

88

86

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

India

60.2

79

-

87

University of York

UK

60

91

94

88

ESADE Business School

Spain

59

NEW

-

89

University of Washington

USA

58

89 —

89 —

90

University of Sciences Philadephia

USA

57

95

-

91

Purdue University

USA

56.7

96

92

92

Washington University St.Louis

USA

56.2

92 —

87

93

University of Pittsburg Bradford

USA

56

93 —

-

94

University of Amsterdam

Netherlands

55

90

86

95

Stockholm University

Sweden

54

87

91

96

Heriot-Watt University

UK

53

97

-

97

University of Delhi

India

52

99

-

98

Bradley University

USA

51.5

98 —

-

99

Grenoble Ecole de Management

France

51

100

-

100

University of Hawaii Hilo

USA

50

NEW

-

level, if the National Skill Report 2014 (prepared by the CII, PeopleStrong and Wheebox) is anything to go by, about 70% of the graduates produced by Indian institutes are unemployable. Contrary to what the government’s spin doctors would like us to believe, the standard of higher education in India is sliding. Perhaps to salvage what is left of it, the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry), has developed a roadmap for improving the state of education in the country. Vision 2030, as written about by T.V. Mohandas Pai, Chairman of the FICCI Higher Education Committee, envisions that by the year 2030 “50% of our youth would be in the higher education system, at least 23 Indian universities would be among the global top 200 and 6 Indian intellectuals would have been awarded the Nobel Prize. Our country would be among top 5 countries globally in cited research output, its research capabilities boosted by annual R&D spends totalling over $140 billion.” This is a lofty aim indeed, but it cannot be achieved without the government’s participation. And here’s hoping their participation is more than just some ‘reforms’ that see no results. MARCH 2014 Youth Incorporated 35

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R UN EG BE IVE ION ST RS AL ITIE S

20 14

Top European Universities Rank

Oxford University

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Institution

Country

1

University of Oxford

UK

2

Imperial College London

UK

3

London School of Economics

UK

4

University of Cambridge

UK

5

IE University

Spain

6

École Normale Supérieure

France

7

Ludwig-MaximiliansUniversität München

Germany

8

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Switzerland

9

University College London

10

University of Zürich

UK Switzerland

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Top US Universities Institution

Country

Harvard University

USA

2

Stanford University

USA

3

University of Pennsylvania

USA

4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

5

University of Chicago

USA

6

Yale University

USA

7

Cornell University

USA

8

Columbia University

USA

9

Princeton University

USA

10

California Institute of Technology

USA

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University of Melbourne

Top Asian Universities Rank

Institution

Country

1

University of Tokyo

2

National University Singapore

3

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

India

4

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

India

5

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

China

6

Chinese University of Hong Kong

China

7

Peking University

China

8

Nanyang Technological University

9

Fudan University

China

10

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Japan

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Japan Singapore

Top Australian Universities Rank

Institution

Country

1

University of Melbourne

Australia

2

University of Sydney

Australia

3

Australian National University

Australia

4

Monash University

Australia

5

University of New South Wales

Australia

6

University of Queensland

Australia

7

University of Adelaide

Australia GUSSISAURIO, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Rank

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Johns Hopkins University

COVER STORY COVER STORY LIFE SCIENCES & MEDICINE Rank

Institution

Country

1

Harvard University

USA

2

Johns Hopkins University

USA

3

University of Cambridge

UK

4

Stanford University

USA

5

Yale University

USA

6

University of Oxford

UK

7

Imperial College London

UK

S E I T I S R T E V N I E N R U E S F P F I M O T IN D REA ST 8

Cornell University

USA

9

University of California Berkeley

USA

10

University of Waterloo

Canada

PURE SCIENCES Rank

University of Cambridge

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Institution

Country

1

Harvard University

USA

2

Stanford University

USA

3

University of Cambridge

UK

4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

5

Princeton University

USA

6

University of Oxford

UK

7

National University Singapore

8

Cornell University

USA

9

Yale University

USA

10

University of Tokyo

Singapore

Japan ANDREW DUNN, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

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ART & HUMANITIES Institution

Country

1

Harvard University

USA

2

Stanford University

USA

3

University of Cambridge

UK

4

Princeton University

USA

5

Yale University

USA

6

University of Oxford

UK

7

National University Singapore

8

Columbia University

USA

9

University of Tokyo

Japan

10

University of Waterloo

Singapore

Canada

NOUHAILLER, FLICKR

BUSINESS PROGRAMMES

National University Singapore

Rank

ENGINEERING PROGRAMMES Rank

Institution

Country

1

California Institute of Technology

USA

2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

3

Imperial College London

UK

4

Stanford University

USA

5

National University Singapore

6

University of Oxford

UK

7

Cornell University

USA

8

Columbia University

USA

9

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

India

10

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

India

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Institution

Country

1

Stanford University

USA

2

Harvard University

USA

3

National University Singapore

4

University of Oxford

5

IE University

Spain

6

Columbia University

USA

7

London School of Economics

UK

8

University of Cambridge

UK

9

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

10

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

USA

Singapore UK

SMERIKAL, FLICKR

Rank

Princeton University

Singapore

California MARCH Institute of Technology 2014 Youth Incorporated

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WHAT STUDENTS WANT

COVER STORY

STUDENT SATISFACTION Rank

Institution

Country

1

Cornell University

USA

2

Stanford University

USA

3

Harvard University

USA

4

Brown University

USA

5

University of Pennsylvania

USA

6

University of Oxford

UK

7

École Normale Supérieure

France

8

IE University

Spain

9

Princeton University

USA

10

Columbia University

USA

Most teaching faculty often use innovative ways to teach subjects

Overall, I am very satisfied with my institute

INNOVATION IN TEACHING METHODOLOGIES Rank

Institution

Country

1

Stanford University

USA

2

Harvard University

USA

3

Northwestern University

USA

4

Princeton University

USA

5

Brown University

USA

6

Dartmouth College

USA

7

Columbia University

USA

8

École Normale Supérieure

9

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

10

New York University

France Germany USA

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While conducting the analysis of the best universities in the world, we ranked them according to the individual factors students consider to be a bench mark of a prestigious university. Here are the ratings according to the responses of current students of the institutes I applied for and received a good scholarship to attend my institution

CAMPUS FACILITIES Rank

Institution

Country

1

Harvard University

USA

2

Columbia University

USA

3

Cornell University

USA

4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

5

Princeton University

USA

6

University of Cambridge

UK

7

California Institute of Technology

USA

8

Oxford University

UK

9

University of Chicago

USA

10

Dartmouth College

USA

BEST VALUE FOR MONEY Rank

Institution

Country

1

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

India

2

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

India

3

National University Singapore

Singapore

4

Yale University

USA

5

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

China

6

Universit채t Heidelberg

Germany

7

Cornell University

USA

8

University of Tokyo

Japan

9

Columbia University

USA

10

IE University

Spain

My institution provides very good campus support including housing

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COVER STORY

My institution has a career service cell and is well known with recruiters

CAREER SERVICES Rank

5%

Institution

Country

1

Harvard University

USA

2

Stanford University

USA

3

University of Pennsylvania

USA

4

Cornell University

USA

5

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

India

6

Columbia University

USA

7

Carnegie Mellon University

USA

8

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

9

University of California Berkeley

USA

10

Dartmouth College

USA

Strongly Agree Strongly Disagree

5%

15%

Agree

20%

Unable to Rate

gl y on ee Str sagr Di

Extracurricular activities

Strongly Agree

Unable to Rate

15%

My institution encourages me to participate in extracurricular activities

5%

5%

Disagree

10%

10%

Disagree

45%

My institution has many exchange programmes with other institutions and I have taken or will take part in such exchange programmes

Exchange programmes

Agree

70%

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Unable to Rate

10%

Strongly agree

25%

Strongly Disagree

There is sufficient international diversity in my class

15%

International diversity

Agree

10%

Disagree

10%

Strongly Agree

10%

Unable to Rate

10%

Agree

40% Strongly Disagree

The programmes taught in my institute are innovative and include company vists

30%

Programme innovation

Disagree

40%

RECRUITER SATISFACTION Rank

Institution

Country

1

University of Pennsylvania

USA

2

Harvard University

USA

3

Stanford University

USA

4

Carnegie Mellon University

USA

5

Brown University

USA

6

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

India

7

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

China

8

New York University

USA

9

National University Singapore

10

IE University

My institution encourages real life learning and helps organise internships with companies

Singapore Spain

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COVER STORY

METHODOLOGY

RANKING 55%

Careers, recruitment and industry viability of students

10%

Diversity and international outlook

10% Innovation

10%

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Youth Inc’s Research Unit (YRU) tabulated the extensive data collected from institutes, students and recruiters, and analysed it to find the best institutes around the world

Money, student satisfaction

15%

Campus, extracurricular activities, exchange programmes

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W

e chose institutes across the world after having discussions with thousands of students, recruiters and faculty. Youth Inc’s Research Unit (YRU) also studied domestic rankings in various countries to find the best institutes. We sent survey links to 1,300 institutes and provided them with unique codes so that they could submit their responses online. Institutes were also provided links to online surveys where their current students were asked to rate specific statements that pertained to the factors considered in this ranking. Institutes also sent separate survey links to their recruiters who in turn rated the institute’s career management cell as well as student employability. Over 8,000 additional recruiters were sent emails with a survey link. The recruiter list was prepared from the responses of the institutes and also included internationally well-known recruiters. Below are the factors we considered and the overall weightage assigned to them:  Careers, recruitment and industry viability of students – 55%  Diversity and international outlook – 10%  Innovation – 10%  Campus, extracurricular activities, exchange programmes – 15%  Money, student satisfaction – 10%

CAREERS, RECRUITMENT AND INDUSTRY VIABILITY OF STUDENTS – 55%

This category significantly impacts the overall score of an institute since it is the most weighted factor. One of the most important criteria to select institutes is the student’s industry viability after graduation. Recruiters were asked to list and rate the institutes that they were most likely to recruit from. They were asked the likelihood of recruiting again from the same institute and their satisfaction with the institute’s career cell. Recruiters rated students on various factors including analytical and problem solving skills, leadership potential, communication and interpersonal skills and so on. Institutes and students were also asked about the availability and functioning of a career service cell on campus and how active such a service was. We also considered what percentage of students were actually placed, both domestically and internationally, through the institute’s career service cell. Students reported the availability and ease of obtaining internships.

DIVERSITY AND INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK – 10%

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COVER STORY includes international students that are attracted and retained by the institute. Institutes were asked to report the total number of students on campus and what percentage of the students were international and speak two or more languages. Gender diversity of the students was considered. Institutes also reported the percentage of the faculty that were international, hold a doctorate degree and accredited with their own publishing material along with the gender diversity of the faculty. Students were asked to rate the student and faculty diversity in their class.

how actively students are encouraged to opt for such programmes was also considered. We asked the institutes to select the different types of assistance provided by the student office or a similar body on campus. Our initial list was selected after surveying students across different campuses worldwide. Students reported if they were encouraged by the institute to participate in different extracurricular activities on campus. Institutes were asked to report the percentage of students that opted for exchange programs. We also considered the exchange students present on the institute’s campus.

INNOVATION – 10%

MONEY, STUDENT SATISFACTION – 10%

This category looks at the innovation used to construct and teach programmes and how faculty engage the students; an important factor in the overall perception of an institute. We considered the different ways in which an institute constructs programmes. Institutes were asked to select from a list different teaching methodologies that we considered innovative – some of these included company visits, dual or multiple majors and course collaborations between different departments at the institute. Our list was made after surveying students across different campuses worldwide. Students were asked to report how satisfied they are with faculty who use innovative ways to teach subjects.

CAMPUS, EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES – 15%

SCORES

This category considers the support students receive on campus and the availability of extracurricular activities. The exchange programmes offered by the institute and

Career Service Diversity of Faculty Diversity of Students Innovation of Programs Innovation in Teaching Methodologies Campus Support Extracurricular Activities Exchange Programs Value for Money Student Satisfaction

This category takes into account a critical part of college education today – finances. And more importantly, how satisfied a student is with the institute. We considered students’ opinions on whether a particular institute was perceived as ‘value for money’. We also asked institutes to state the percentage of students who received some sort of funding from the institutes. Students were asked to rate their institutes on various factors including attitude of staff and professors, location, course content and so on and institutes were asked to report the graduation rate of students enrolled and what percentage of students transfer out of the institution. We calculated the standard deviation and standard scores (Z scores) so that we could combine and analyse the data with more accuracy and reliability. Below is a summary of the factors and the weightage given to each factor when we ranked the institutes. Each factor was made up of a set of

INSTITUTE 3% 3% 3% 3% 3%

CURRENT STUDENTS 2% 2% 2% 2% 2%

3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 30%

2% 2% 2% 2% 2% 20%

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Recall of institute where to recruit from Likelihood of recruiting from same institute again Satisfaction with institute career cell

Recruiters 20% 20% 10% 50%

questions. The total percentage attributed to that factor was based on the average score of the responses multiplied by the assigned weightage. The total scores were then sorted from highest to lowest. The institute with the highest score was ranked first.

By following such a practice we did not excessively penalise an institution with a ‘zero’ for data that it could not provide. At the same time, the institute was not rewarded.

NOT JUST NUMBERS

We required that at least 20% of the class size (of any specific institute) answer the student survey. Hence, some institutes were disqualified from our ranking because of lack of responses to the student survey.

After we calculated the total computed scores for the institutes, we subjectively analysed the data provided by the institutes, current students, and recruiters. If we found discrepancies in the satisfaction scores and the subjective descriptions, we omitted the data. This happened in the case of three institutes.

MISSING DATA

In a few rare occasions, some institutes did not supply data for all the questions in the survey. When data was missing which affected low-weighted factors such as value for money or campus support, we entered an estimate between the average and the lowest value reported by the institute.

EXCLUSION OF INSTITUTES

INSTITUTES THAT DID NOT FILL OUT THE SURVEY REPORTS IN TIME

Out of 1,300 institutes that were contacted, 19% of the institutes did not complete the survey on time or did not respond. We used publicly available information on some of these institutes to include them in our ranking. We also contacted current students and recruiters of these institutes and compared the data we received with the data from institutes that participated in our survey. yi MARCH 2014 Youth Incorporated 47

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COUNSELLOR CONNECT

JAYANTI GHOSE

MCA OR MBA AFTER GRADUATION Q: I am in final year BSc Computer Science. I am confused whether to do MCA or MBA after my graduation Nitin Rajput, Bijnor You are eligible to pursue MCA and MBA. Take into account the nature of employment and career following MCA and MBA to help you to make up your mind. After MCA you would be headed for employment as a computer professional in the IT industry or any other industry or organisation which has its own specialised IT/ IT support department. After MBA, you may be placed in any industry in a managerial work profile reflective of your specialisation in MBA. Assess objectively whether your personality is better suited for a career in IT or in management.

ANSWER ANSWER

ANSWER ANSWER

Qualifying as an architect in the United Kingdom is typically a combination of academic studies at a university and practical experience. There are three key stages of study on recognised courses validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The first stage is a three-year undergraduate degree which will provide students with a graduate qualification even if they do not continue with architecture as a profession. Typically you will need at least two subjects at A level or one A and two AS levels. In addition you must generally have passed at least five GCSEs which normally include English language and mathematics.

HIGHER STUDIES IN NEW ZEALAND Q: I am interested in further studies in New Zealand. Does it follow the British system of education? Please provide a list of universities where I can apply. Anupama New Zealand's national education system is based on the British system. The universities you can target for higher education would be Auckland University, Auckland University of Technology, Waikato University, Massey University, Victoria University, University of Canterbury, Lincoln University and Otago University. First do your research into the available programmes, their eligibility criteria, and the schedule of admissions (deadline for applications to be submitted) as also the employment potential both in New Zealand and back in India after completing your education. Keep a look out for education fairs with visiting representatives of universities in New Zealand.

CAREER IN JOURNALISM Q: I am doing MA English from Delhi University. I am interested in doing PG Diploma in Journalism. What is the scope in this field? How should I prepare for the entrance exams? Dipanwita Ganguly Journalism offers good scope of employment in print, online and broadcast media. A reputed university or institute run by a media house offers direct placement, but from lesser known institutes, placement would be easier if you had prior experience (formal or informal). The entrance exams have both multiple choice questions (focusing on current affairs and general awareness) and questions requiring short answers that assess writing and editing skills. In most cases, candidates shortlisted on the basis of written exams are called for an interview to assess suitability for the profession. Prepare for the exams accordingly.

ANSWER ANSWER

ARCHITECURE IN THE UK Q: How would I qualify as an architect in the UK? What would be the entry level requirement? Samarth

ANSWER ANSWER

STUDY IN INDIA

STUDY ABROAD

Jayanti Ghose is a career and education consultant. She holds an honours degree in economics and a degree in education. Her research in career counselling and guidance spans more than 25 years. She pioneered the concept of career counselling and career writing in the print media. She is actively involved in personal and group counselling.

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AIESEC’s Youth Global Internship Program

PROMOTION

AIESEC’s cross-country internship programme is a unique venture that helps build character

T

he world’s largest youth organisation AIESEC is providing a unique workinternship program for recent graduates called the Youth Global Internship Program. It is designed for open-minded individuals who wish to develop their professional skills in a unique manner. It aims to help those who understand the value of an international experience and wish to explore new career options by acknowledging all the opportunities life has to offer before they surrender to the mundane realities of the worldly rat race. The program is flexibly designed to slot into the regular schedule of a young person’s life. YGIP is more than a job opportunity; it is a unique leadership experience in an international environment.

Here are four reasons why you should consider an internship abroad immediately after graduation: 1. Learning: Working as an intern abroad helps to be part of a global learning environment. When in a new zone and out of one’s comfort, absorbing new concepts and ideas becomes easy. Inhibitions are quickly overcome and learning without hesitation is bound to happen.

2. Multiculturalism: In a surrounding of new people, a person tends to break social barriers and begins to learn and understand new cultures and ethnicities with great sensitivity and attitude. Apart from the obvious advantage of making new relationships, this will pave way for adaptability and the competency to ‘fit’ into any environment in a healthy manner.

3. International experience:

An international work place is sure to enhance one’s perspective of the global market as well as bring about a better understanding of work culture and ethics. Unlike conventional attempts of interning in companies at a local level, a well-explored international opportunity will bag the attention of employers.

4. Personal development:

New environments and new people are triggers of internal change in a person. When challenged with a novel routine, a person becomes flexible and adaptable effortlessly over time. There is a complete enrichment of the experience bringing about intrapersonal development. yi

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WISE UP

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Choose the option that is closest in meaning to the main word and complete the sentence.

1. fascinating (fas-uh-ney-ting)

Visitors at the Yosemite National Park often remark that its human history is as ____ as its geologic history. (a) dreary (b) enchanting (c) motivating

2. engaging (en-gey-jing)

The newly elected mayor charmed the audience not only with his intellectual prowess but also with his ____ personality. (a) appealing (b) unpleasant (c) compromising

3. stimulating (stim-yuh-ley-ting)

____ discussions enable students to develop their reasoning and communication skills. (a) thought-provoking (b) banal (c) humorous

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- By Niloufer Gandhi

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O W

Replacing clichés A cliché (klee-shey) is a word or phrase that has lost its original, powerful meaning because of social overuse. Most words, once regarded as striking, are now considered clichéd as they have lost their force through excessive use. Here are a few alternatives to one such word. Can you guess that word? ‘Interesting!’ isn’t it?

4. absorbing (ab-sawr-bing)

The Bedouins who live in the Sahara Desert have devised _____ strategies to find water. (a) simple (b) complicated (c) intriguing

5. engrossing (en-groh-sing)

Even though the film had scathing reviews, it had many ____ aspects. (a) harsh (b) complementary (c) captivating

Answers:

1. B, 2. A, 3. A, 4. C, 5. C

Word Pyramid

The clues will help you find the answers to complete the word pyramid. Each answer must contain the previous answer. You may arrange the words with a new letter. Hint: Start from the top 1. The plural of man

M

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2. What is said at the end of a prayer 3. To alter or modify 4. An over in which no runs are scored 5. The third tone of a major or minor musical scale 6. A medicinal substance

Answers:

AMEN, AMEND, MAIDEN, MEDIANT, MEDICANT, MENDICANT

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ENTERTAINMENT FEATURE

Strength

of a

w man

Her quiet resolve, her compassionate heart, her undying spirit… a woman is the pillar of strength in any society. Six photographers set out to capture moments that show us how

Photographer: Merlyn Fernandes “While walking through the streets of Goa, amidst the scores of tourists, I spotted this woman pushing a cart – her livelihood – nearly double her size. It got me thinking about the strength of this woman who ventured into the world, leaving the comfort of her home to work for her family. This attribute according to me personifies the strength and power of a woman.” 52 Youth Incorporated MARCH 2014

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Photographer: Basit Parker “The water current at Vihi Waterfalls was very strong and the head of the rappelling event requested amateurs to wait till the force subsided. Amazingly, this girl was still determined to go rappelling. There she was, all set, standing right at the edge of a 180-feet high waterfall. She knew one wrong step would send her down, but she was prepared. With no fear, she was down in minutes. The incident reminds of something I once read – the strength of a woman is not measured by the impact of hardships in life, but by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.”

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ENTERTAINMENT FEATURE

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Photographer: Royd Tauro Photographer: Monisha Ajgaonkar “A photographer exploring the streets of Bandra in Mumbai – this image highlights many things through its women subjects: the juxtaposition between youth and old age, brightness and darkness, great health and illness. Despite there being so many differences between the two women, there is a common bond that unites them. This unseen tie is what the picture tries to bring out.” 52 Enter feature.indd 55

“This image was taken on a visit to the Ambawadi school in Dahisar, Mumbai. While walking the streets, I was immediately struck by the radiance of this woman’s smile. In a situation that would appear to some as desperate, here was a woman that had an aura of happiness and satisfaction surrounding her. Sitting outside her house in Ambawadi with her five year old daughter running around her feet, she told me of her joys in life, raising a family, making a home and her aspirations for her little girl. Having a disability didn’t stop her from having the same hopes and dreams as anyone else and working hard to achieve them. I was extremely grateful to have met such a genuine, inspiring and humbling human being.” MARCH 2014 Youth Incorporated 55

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ENTERTAINMENT FEATURE

Photographer: Ibrahim Doodhwala “This image was taken at Bhandardara in Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra. It was around 5 pm in the evening, and I was in the midst of taking a panoramic shot of the beautiful scenery before me. A lady, with a fuel can in one hand, walked up from behind me and walked toward a hillock in the distance. She seemed of indeterminate age, and she moved oblivious to her surroundings. In spite of the heavy can translating to the everyday troubles of her life, she still carried on, as if to say to the world, ‘It doesn’t matter what you put me through, in the face of insurmountable troubles, you shall witness my beauty and my power.’”

Photographer: Madhuri Sharma

“Faith isn’t just about praying, but about a firm belief that a woman can achieve her goals, overcome obstacles and see her dreams come to life. Taken at the Dalai Lama Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, this woman – to me – embodies a strong sense of conviction and belief.”

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Photography

_-0-_, FLICKR

hacks

MARK FISCHER, FLICKR

The photographers from our photo feature provide some handy tips and tricks to taking memorable images “Compose your picture with care. Take charge of your picture by cropping out any extra elements, keeping the horizon levelled (no crooked photos!), thinking about where you want your subject to be – in the background or foreground. Be sure to keep anything that would distract the image out of the picture. To make things interesting move your subject away from the middle of your picture. Try playing around with depth-of-field. A smaller depth of field focuses the attention on your subject. A larger depth of field will make everything in the picture clear and sharp. You will also want to become familiar with the way your camera focuses (most auto-focus cameras focus on whatever is in the center of the picture). While clicking portraits always focus on the eyes.” - Madhuri Sharma

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HOW-TO GUIDE GARRYKNIGHT, FLICKR

“Photography is a way to convey a message to the masses. The best way to click a good picture is to convey a message. For example, write any line and try and capture a moment conveying the same line. Ask people what your photo conveys to them; the nearer their guess, the better picture you have. Mega pixel, ISO, shutter speed and costly equipment are a myth. A good photo has a good story or a good photographer. Photography is painting with light. When an artist paints he’ll paint only things he wants. So when you click a picture everything in the frame should be only what you want. Your picture should make sense to anyone anywhere and everyone can enjoy it.” - Ibrahim Doodhwala MIKEBAIRD, FLICKR

“Learning photography is a path that’s different for everyone. Always understand the subject. Click what you feel like, explore yourself with many subjects. Understand what your genre is. Learn new things from YouTube and experiment with them. Have knowledge of lenses and Photoshop. Always shoot on RAW. Understand the lightning. Don’t shoot on continuous mode. Don’t make a Facebook page unless you have learned your craft.” - Monisha Ajgaonkar

JOHNRAGAI, FLICKR

“While using cell phones to take a picture, a few things should be kept in mind:  Never use the mobile zoom.  Lock your exposure and focus.  Refrain from edit, edit edit.  Shoot from the hip for better candid images.  Study other photographers.  Always be ready. You need to make sure that when your mind and heart say ‘shoot’ you have no excuses like, Oh, my camera was in my purse/ pocket or the camera wasn’t around.” - Basit Parker

“Experiment with unique angles to make your pictures stand out. Don’t be afraid to get your hands and knees dirty and trying lower angles or get higher up for an interesting perspective. The best time to photograph is an hour after sunrise and before sunset, called the golden hour, when the sun is lower in the sky. The light is softer and has a pleasing, warm glow to it. When taking photographs in low light, leaning against a wall or a tree can yield sharper results with minimal camera shake. Another trick to reduce camera shake is to hold the camera firmly with both hands and tuck your elbows into your torso to form a rigid support.” - Royd Tauro “Get to know your subject. Listen to what they want. Understanding what you are clicking is really important because the better you know your subject, the better the pictures will turn out.” - Merlyn Fernandes MARCH 2014 Youth Incorporated 59

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FITNESS

pleasure the

Pilates

of

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Pilates, once the exclusive go-to for Hollywood celebrities, has started becoming a household name in India. Aparna Sundaresan introduces you to this fitness scheme

Pilates is an exercising regimen that focuses on building one’s muscles, flexibility and endurance in order to improve balance, muscle strength and posture without an increase in bulk. It was created and developed by a man called Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century in the US. Pilates was originally practised to recover from injuries and was employed by professional dancers. Thus, today Pilates shows influence of physiotherapy.

THE PRACTICE

Pilates is performed on a mat and with a specialised apparatus. Mat exercises are done often with no accessories, although sometimes gym balls and stretch bands may be used. There are a few Pilates apparatuses that are designed to provide resistance to the body. Working against resistance is the very core of any exercise, and the apparatuses help achieve that by requiring the practitioner to lift against gravity and overcome the resistance of springs.

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WHAT IS IT?

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PRINCIPLES

Control: Joseph Pilates called his system Contrology since the underlying concept of this exercise is muscle control. Concentration: They way an exercise is performed is more important than the exercise itself, owing to the nature of the exercise on the target muscle. This demands focus. Centring: The centre of the body is the starting point. The muscles in the centre which include the abdomen, lower and upper back, buttocks, hips and inner thighs, are called the powerhouse. Pilates exercises begin at the powerhouse and radiate towards the limbs.

flow seamlessly within one another. This builds stamina.

people at all levels of fitness. In fact, Pilates raises fitness levels.

Breathing: Full inhalation and exhalation are essential in ensuring sufficient oxygen intake. Pilates breathing is concentrated within the lower rib cage.

Is there an age limit for Pilates? No one is too old or too young. There are exercises for all ages.

BENEFITS

 Improves joint mobility  Teaches body control so one doesn’t waste energy on unnecessary movements  Improves muscle flexibility rather than just making them hard and toned  Relieves tension and stress

SOME FAQS

Can Pilates cause injury? Unlikely. Pilates is a gentle, lowimpact form of exercise. If one is already injured and looking to do Pilates, they must check with their doctor first.

Does one have to be physically fit to try Pilates? No. Pilates may be practised by

Can I teach myself Pilates? Videos and apps may help one learn Pilates, but only a trainer can help a practitioner achieve the desired goals keeping body constraints in mind. Adjustments and tweaks in exercises make a world of difference and that is something only a trainer will be able to do.

Will Pilates help lose weight? Pilates is not meant for losing weight per se but for building Precision: One precise and body symmetry. Combining perfectly executed movement Pilates with aerobic exercises like is more effective than several mediocre and lackadaisical ones. running, cycling or swimming Precision lends grace to the body. will help lose weight. Flow: After precision has been mastered, practitioners must attempt for their exercises to

Can Pilates relieve body pain? Pilates has been effective in some cases of lower back pain, but for specifically pain alleviation, exercises should be tailored to an individual.

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In Pilates you not only work your big show muscles but also the small deep muscles of your body.

At 20, Mumbaibased Namrata Purohit is one of the youngest instructors of Pilates. She talks to Youth Inc about this exercise form

The Pilates regimen There are more than 1000 exercises that can be done. Each workout is very different, working all body parts. You can never get bored doing Pilates due to the variations available. Being muscular Pilates is a form of exercise in which you work each and every muscle in your body.

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Popularity in India A lot of people in India are doing Pilates. At our studio we have people from all walks

Pilates vs Yoga Pilates and yoga are similar in that they both focus on balance, strength, posture, flexibility and breathing, but they are ultimately different. The breathing in yoga is different from the breathing in Pilates. Also, yoga is spiritual as it emphasises on unity between the mind and body, which Pilates does not. Additionally, yoga does not make use of any equipment.

of life. A lot of Indian football players, cricketers, Bollywood actors come to our studio, which shows that the awareness is increasing.

The best beneficiaries Pilates is excellent for sportspersons. It is also advisable to do Pilates in case of injuries for rehabilitation purposes. People with tennis elbows, slip disks, knee injuries, hip injuries, etc can benefit. Even people who have osteoporosis and arthritis can do Pilates. There are pre- and postnatal classes too. yi

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Trending big time on social networking sites, thigh gaps have become one of the latest trends teenagers are considering necessary in order to look desirable. So, how do you know if you have what silly teenage girls all over the globe are vying for? Simple. Stand straight with your back upright and feet together. If you see space between your thighs, congratulations! You’ve got yourself a thigh gap. Though the thigh gap is not very popular in India, it has spread like wildfire in the west. The movement began in early 2013 and gained momentum through sites like Tumbler on which it began trending under the #ITG or #innerthighgap tags. Cara Delevinge, a 21-year-old supermodel, is believed to be the inspiration behind this crazy trend. There are also several Twitter accounts that are dedicated to Delevinge’s thigh gap which shockingly have thousands of followers, most of whom are vulnerable teenage girls.

Can everyone get a thigh gap?

The answer is no! A person’s genes determine hip and bone structure, thus making it is impossible to make the pelvic girdle wider or narrower even through intense workouts. Women with wide hips have a chance of having that gap between their thighs, but that too is just a chance. You cannot workout and undertake crazy diets and expect them to do what your genes could not either.

A bikini bridge is the hollow space that is created between a person’s bikini bottom and hip bones when lying down. Started off as an internet hoax, the bikini bridge has somehow found its way into the wish lists of thousands of young girls across the globe. A mere prank pulled off by a 4chan user – an imagebased site where users post and comment on a number of topics – was enough to create an online stir which has now come to witness mass participation in this unhealthy fixation. Once the trend caught pace, what ensued were an increased number of fake tumbler accounts, photoshopped bikini bridge pictures shared on Instagram and fiery tweets both for and against this new body fad. SCOTTY_H2012, FLICKR

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BRIDGES WE’D RATHER NOT BUILD

How is one supposed to achieve a Bikini Bridge? The Bikini Bridge has so far affected thousands of girls who are either posting pictures of their bikini bridges online or are busy starving themselves to achieve one. Crazy diets, strenuous workouts, starvation and unrealistic and unhealthy fitness goals are all being used to build bikini bridges. Young girls are also readily succumbing to substance abuse to lose what they deem as being unnecessary weight.

PROTRUDING COLLAR BONES AND VISIBLE RIBS

Protruding collar bones and visible ribs are not as big as the thigh gap and bikini bridge, but they are equally unhealthy. Increasing number of women think it is okay to try to have prominent collar bones, as they think it is sexy. Well of course, some women have it naturally irrespective of their weight, but for those EIRAR, FLICKR

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who don’t, it has become some kind of fitness goal. Visible ribs too are known to be present naturally in even the healthiest of women, but there are comparatively lesser such cases.

How much are prominent collar bones and visible ribs trending?

The visible ribs became a talking point when an advertisement in the United Kingdom was banned for showcasing a model who had highly visible ribs and a very evident clavicle. The model was probably healthy but the response it generated and trend it augmented wasn’t. Visible ribs that were originally regarded as a sign of malnutrition are being regarded as desirable now. Protruding collar bones on the other hand are something that women have been regarding sensuous for quite a long time, even before social media took over our lives. It has only become more infamous today with several teenage girls aping models and harming their bodies.

WHERE EXACTLY ARE WE HEADING?

It is a known fact that women are extremely conscious about their bodies. Although smart and strong, when it comes to their appearance and body, women often find themselves in vulnerable spots. Unhealthy fads such as the thigh gap, bikini bridge, visible collar bone and ribs make women feel like their missing something, or that they will never really have ‘perfect’ bodies until they have a thigh gap or a bikini bridge to flaunt. The want for these trends ultimately leads to diets that do not meet the body’s required calorie count, and rigorous workouts that suck out all remaining energy left in a person. Obviously, the combination of a bad diet and excess workout lead to detrimental results and a series of health issues. Young girls should respect their bodies and stop subjecting themselves to physical and mental agony. Let’s start healthier trends. Let’s make social media friendly. And more importantly, let’s make women feel proud and happy in their own skin. yi MARCH 2014 Youth Incorporated 63

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Priya Khanna, a diet and fitness consultant elaborates on the detrimental effects of extreme dieting and workouts

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What I think about unhealthy body trends

To achieve the coveted caved-in look the youth is resorting to unrealistic diets plans. This ‘thinspiration’ trend can result in dangerous health hazards like malnutrition. Malnourishment deprives the body of necessary nutrients needed for normal organ function. That said, a drastic drop in the fat levels can also cause irregularities in a woman’s menstrual cycle.

In the rut of aping or gaining acceptance from others, impressionable young women are losing their own identity. Instead of accepting themselves as they are, the trend these days has shifted to becoming like someone else. This has actually given rise to unhealthy diets. Some also go to the extent of taking pills to achieve There is also a decrease unrealistic goals like bikini bridges, visible in stamina and physical collar bones and thigh activity. Feelings of gaps. lethargy and tiredness,

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Incessant and often unhealthy diets lead to weight gain as drastic and sudden decrease in the intake of food lowers metabolic rate wherein, the body, rather than burning fat for energy starts to store fat. Since hunger is a body’s natural response, suppressing it gives rise to cravings that eventually result in binge eating and other eating disorders which in turn play on an individual’s psychology resulting in depression.

headaches, fainting, low sex drive, hair loss and dull skin become frequent occurrences. A more serious fallout though, is the decrease in brain responses.

Each one of us is genetically different. Rather than falling into the labyrinth of self-hate, it is important to love thyself. We all are unique and we need to respect it. Eating nutritionally sound and healthy food as per your individual requirement will automatically give your body a good shape and will also increase energy levels resulting in better work output, great skin and hair, increase in the body’s ability to withstand stress and will keep medical conditions at bay. If you have an entertaining mind, we want a piece of it. Unleash your thoughts and send them to mail@youthincmag.com DECEMBER 2013 ║ Youth Incorporated 21

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Slacklining is still in its SPORTS infancy, especially in India. Sean Sequeira discovers all there is to know about the ultimate sport of balance

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SPORTS

What is slacklining?

Slacklining is a sport which involves walking, jumping, balancing and performing tricks on a slackline. A slackline is a flat webbing made of nylon or polyester which can be best described as a 2-inch trampoline. Although commonly confused with tightrope walking, slacklining is entirely different since the line is not actually taut but slack with tension which allows for bouncy movement. A person who practices slacklining is called a slacker.

How did it start?

Slacklining originated when American rock climbers Adam Grosowsky and Jeff Ellington started walking on loose chains and cables between two anchor points in 1979. They later used flat webbing and started performing tricks while on the line. The sport began to grow when Scott Balcom and Chris Carpenter used nylon webbing to cross under the arches of a freeway bridge in California in 1983 at a height of 120 feet above ground thus giving rise to what is now commonly known as highlining. The most pivotal activity which brought slacklining to fame occurred on 13 July 1985 when Balcom crossed the Lost Arrow Spire highline in Yosemite National Park at a height of 2,890 feet.

How to slackline?

The best gear for a beginner is a 2-inch wide flat webbing slackline and a ratchet. The best anchor points for a slackline are trees with a minimum diameter of 12 inches and are at a distance of 15-20 feet from each other. For a beginner, it is most advisable to set up the slackline 3 feet above the ground with as much tension. Once the slackline is set up, balancing on a single spot is the first step followed by learning to walk, walking backwards and turning on the line. Other tricks can be practised once you are more familiar.Slacklining without a safety harness is called free soloing which should be attempted only once you are well trained. 66 Youth Incorporated MARCH 2014

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IN MOTION: A slacklining trick called Surfing. Images by Prathamesh Dalvi

“My passion for doing something unique and exciting led me to learn slacklining. Not only is it a lot of fun, it can be a great workout! Balancing on a piece of webbing strengthens muscles that are hardly ever used. Slacklining serves as a wonderful form of relaxation as one must only think about balancing when you are walking on a line. You forget about the stress in your life.� - Pooja Mehra, 32-year-old mother of two, entrepreneur

Benefits

Slacklining is known to have many benefits. Improvement of balance is the first benefit of slacklining. Many athletes use slacklining as a means to train and improve for other sports. Slacklining also improves concentration and focus. It helps relieve stress and calm the mind. It is also an effective full body workout by building muscle and joint strength while improving posture. Slacklining is also a great leisure activity.

Styles

Slacklining can be broadly divided into: TRICKLINING: This is the most popular form of slacklining. The slackline is usually set up 3-5 feet above the ground and is bouncy so tricks can be performed.

LONGLINING: One of the tougher styles of slacklining, longlining involves walking a slackline which is more than 30 metres in length. It requires more concentration and better quality gear. TUNELINING: Simply put, tunelining involves playing a musical instrument while slacklining. SLACKLINE YOGA: It combines slacklining with traditional yoga poses so as to increase the challenges and improve the experience of yoga. WATERLINING: Any form of slackline activity conducted by setting up the slackline over water is known as waterlining. HIGHLINING: Slacklining at a height of over 30 feet above ground is called highlining. It is one of the toughest forms of the sport as the height adds risks. RODEO SLACKLINING: A rodeo slackline is extremely slack and has no tension. It can be setup between anchor points at 20 feet above ground but droop down to 3 feet above ground in the middle. It is extremely difficult to master. TIMELINING: Balancing on a slackline for a certain length of time without falling or stepping off is called timelining. It requires immense concentration and endurance. URBANLINING: Slacklining in urban areas is known as urbanlining. It can be a form of or an amalgamation of other styles of slacklining.

Disclaimer: Slacklining without proper knowledge can lead to injuries. Please use caution when attempting to slackline by yourself. It is advisable to learn in the presence of an accomplished slacker.

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Tricks Here is a list of the most popular slacklining tricks based on difficulty level • Beginner: Walking Backwards, Turn Around, Jump Mount • Advanced: Butt Bounce, Double Drop Knee, Front Flip Dismount, Surfing • Expert: Back Bounce, Chest Bounce, Somersault, Cartwheel, Front Flip Landing on Line • Extreme: Squirrel Back Flip, Butt Flip to Chest Bounce, 900 Degree Spin, Double Back Flip Dismount

Indian community

The World Slackline Federation (WSFed) is an officiating organisation for slacklining around the world. They are responsible for governing the quality of slacklining through requirements for teachers and world rankings of professionals. They also define scoring and refereeing criteria for competitions and uphold the quality of slacklining competitions around the world. Official slacklining competitions are ranked as: WORLD SLACKLINE CHAMPIONSHIP The biggest international slacklining tournament held once a year where only the top eight ranked slackers in the world are invited to compete. NATIONAL SLACKLINE CHAMPIONSHIP The biggest slacklining tournament to decide the best in a country for the respective year. SLACKLINE WORLDCUP Up to five WorldCup competitions are held in a year giving competing athletes an opportunity to gather world ranking points. SLACKLINE OPEN International competitions which also allot world ranking points but of lower prestige than a WorldCup. Up to 20 opens may be held in a year. SLACKLINE JAM Unlimited number of jams may be held in a year but they have the least amount of points allotted to competitors.

The slacklining community is quite small in India. A Facebook group called Slack.in is the best place to converse with fellow slackers. Founder Kunal Bedarkar says, “Slack.in was inspired by Slack.fr, the national slacklining community in France. I was hoping to bring the Indian community together to schedule activities and help each other out.” Slacklining is mostly practiced in Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Cubbon Park in Bangalore is a hotspot with slacklining actitvities happening nearly everyday. Slacklining equipment can be purchased in sporting goods store Decathlon which has over 10 outlets in India, FeetOffGround in Bangalore and Avi Industries in Mumbai. Playgroundonline.com and Playmore.in sell gear through online stores. yi

Tree protection

Slackers are known to be environment-friendly. Trees are a natural anchor to set up slacklines which is why tree protection is a major concern in the slacklining community. Always use tree protection gear when setting up a slackline. This may be rudimentary like cushions and foams or professional gear from stores.

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THE EQUALITY OF PAIN

When in life we’re feeling down in the dumps, we so easily assume that everyone else has it so good. We just cannot accept that even those with all the ostensible trappings have trying times too. The thing is, life is a package deal and the human flesh comes with its share of suffering. This is a universal truth. There is no life sans pain, depression, trial and suffering. How many cars and homes one has is irrelevant to the amount of suffering or worry a human being is subject to. The truth of this came to me when I saw an interesting message in my Facebook inbox last week. A follower on my page said, “Ma’am, you have a perfect life. Everything is so glamorous and wonderful in your life.” Ironically, this message on Facebook had come to me when I was undergoing a real gruelling trial. Quite amusing this; the truth is quite the opposite – life has trials and tribulations for everyone.

DON’T LOSE SIGHT

That message on Facebook was indeed a sweeping assumption! A revelation. One that made me realise that everyone presumed conveniently that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Because you look glamorous and live in luxury, life has to be just perfect. And it brought home a very universal truth that life and the cycle of birth and death had to have its share of sunshine and darkness. How we deal with it is where the choice comes in. When you reach that roadblock of energy drain, body ache, over study, pressure, homework, hard work, depression, lack of motivation and the desire to hide from the world, to pick up and move on is definitely not easy. Suicide and ending it all is not the answer, trust me. In a milieu when drug overdose is on the rise, escape in terms of chemical drugs is not the answer. Seeking help, sisterhood, brotherhood, bonding, seeking counselling, working out,

friendship and seeking help and support from parents and ones support structures are the answers.

MENTAL STRENGTH

The trick is to never extinguish the inner spark to heal and move on. It is the inimitable survival instinct that all of us are born with, a magic that gives us resilience and sparks initiative. Most important is to give positive affirmations to your brain instead of telling yourself that you are down and the only one in the world with problems. Do not overwhelm yourself with the perils and problems of the world, or fret about all the negative aspects of your life. Deal with problems selectively and in priority. Most important, cross a bridge when you reach it; do not imagine problems and create mental mountains of molehills.

On a serious note, a chat with your friend or mentor is definitely healing. Comparisons always debilitate. At a low phase one tends to choose the escape of licking one’s wounds and the comfort of staying alone. I’d suggest the opposite route – however tough – keep up with low maintenance social activities even though you don’t feel up to it. Train the mind to clear itself of recurring disturbing thoughts and problems.

STAY SOCIAL

Retreating into a shell is dangerous and is the instinctive thing we want to do when under the fog of depression. Instead reduce isolation and gauge how bad you’re feeling. If it’s getting worse, meet a counsellor and share your experiences with that impartial outsider to gain guidance on how to cope and get perspective on the situation. At the very least call a close friend or family and pop over for a cup of tea and confidences. It isn’t always necessary to maintain a masque of happiness when you are feeling beaten and tired.

The trick is to never extinguish the inner spark to heal and move on. It is the inimitable survival instinct that all of us are born with, a magic that TREAT YOURSELF gives us resilience and We work so hard in this competitive sparks initiative. Most age with pressures of admissions, important is to give positive career expectations, parents’ dreams affirmations to your brain for us and making the grade in instead of telling yourself prestigious colleges. Even home that you are down and the makers have to expend so much energy only one in the world with in making a happy home by managing problems. belligerent staff. Commutes are more THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER

A small start toward recovery is to make tiny positive choices. To create a list of cheerful alternatives to start the flow of happy hormones is the trick. It could be a hot bath, a cup of tea that ‘cheers’, a rom-com, a chat with a good friend. A walk and a banana (bananas contain serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’) nearly always do the trick for me, and when accompanied with popcorn and a good movie it’s definitely a home run.

difficult while study and work are more challenging. Giving yourself a tiny reward every once in a while, appreciating yourself and buying yourself some present are neither selfhelp inanities nor Utopian thoughts. They are the real routes to some satisfaction and happiness instead of waiting for a pat on the back from your boss, professor or batch mate. yi

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Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 6-inch 720p Plastic OLED (POLED) curved display PANASONIC LUMIX GX7 Phone dimensions: 6.32 x 3.21 `56,990 x 0.34 inches The latest mirrorless, interchangeable Quad-core Snapdragon 800 lens camera from Panasonic looks processor with a speed of 2.26 old-school, but boasts of a number of GHz features. 2 GB RAM FEATURES 13 MP rear camera and 2.1 MP 16 megapixel mirrorless camera front camera ISO sensitivity ranges from 125 to 1280 x 720 p resolution display 25600 Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3-inch LCD display with 1040K 4.0 and USB 3.0. resolution “Self-healing” rear finish Sensor shift-based image stabiliser FINAL VERDICT: For a phone at this price, the size is ungainly, the camera Video records at 1080/60p resolution is mediocre, the display is standard and the operating system is not at 28Mbps up-to-date. The Samsung Galaxy Note phones are far superior and Battery lasts for 350 shots cheaper. Weighs 402 grams FINAL VERDICT: Entry-level DSLRs have higher specs than the GX7. But in the MILC category, this is one of the best for anyone looking for a camera that packs good image performance in a compact body. The price tag is a deterrent, though.

JBL PULSE `14,990

Bluetooth speakers with an integrated lighting display attempts to pack everything in a capsule. FEATURES

Multi-LED display 2 x 6 watt-speaker In-built rechargeable battery that lasts 10 hours with sound only and 5 hours with light and sound Frequency response: 100Hz-20kHz Includes micro USB connectivity FINAL VERDICT: The lighting display is certainly an attention grabber, but the price and the mediocre sound quality diminish the novelty of the flashy lights.

AMAZON KINDLE PAPERWHITE 3G `13,999

Amazon’s second generation Paperwhite Kindle is an improved version of the first Paperwhite. FEATURES

6-inch monochromatic screen 212 ppi resolution At 215 grams, it is lighter than the first gen Paperwhite 2 GB internal memory of which 1.25 GB is available to the user Integrated with Goodreads 3G and WiFi connectivity FINAL VERDICT: The built-in light which makes reading so comfortable on a Kindle is the best yet so far with this Paperwhite. Battery life is decent too, as long as WiFi is switched off. A non-expandable memory is the biggest letdown for bibliophiles.

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As hard as it is to believe, CID is one of our country’s most watched shows. While it has positioned itself as an ‘intelligent’ show, it is anything but that. Its popularity extends beyond its run time and through the slew of hilarious jokes about the inane moments of the show that do the rounds. We say stop. Stop now! Running since 1998 The mother of all soap operas, The Young and the Restless was created out of the need to have a day-time show dedicated to the youth. With a whopping 10, 355 episodes, the series is showing absolutely no sign of ceasing. Although a recipient of a number of awards, we wonder if it is relevant today. Are the youth really interested in unending and irrational storylines? We think otherwise. Running since 1973

Known for its brazen and brash contestants, Roadies was one of the most watched shows in its initial few seasons. As of 2014, we are bored of its mundane tasks and competitions, back-stabbing, politics, and of course, its annoying duo of judges – Raghu and Rajiv who try a little too hard to be nasty. Running since 2003

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Probably one of the longest running international TV shows, The Bold and the Beautiful seems nowhere close to the end. Based on the life of fashion's first family, the Forresters, the show with 27 seasons and 6,763 episodes and with 26.2 million viewers across the globe, is brimming with nonsensical and illogical melodrama. Running since 1987

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Revenge and deceit dominate House of Cards. After being denied the position of Secretary of State as promised, Congressman Frank Underwood and his wife set out on a journey to seek revenge from those who betrayed him along the way.

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QUICK-FIRE INTERVIEW WITH

SHADAAB KHAN

Was there any particular purpose for using a repetition of phrases in your stories? Yes, most definitely. The reason you will find repetition not just in phrases but also in characters and certain situations is because I was trying to establish a connect between the two novellas in my book, Roselyn and Hariya, since their protagonists were at some point in time incarcerated in the same mental institution – Shanti Memorial. Did you have qualms about using strong themes and violent descriptions in your stories? Whatever tools I used in the construction of my stories were both integral and essential to their development and with regards to them, I am not in the least bit squirmish [sic]. Did you have to detach yourself from a normal style of thinking when writing the novel to get into the minds of your characters? When writing a book or story, if your understanding of your characters is strong, you don’t need to think unusually or differently. Your words flow quite smoothly and your characters develop naturally. Read the entire interview online at www. youthincmag.com

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Shanti Memorial is a novel of two stories. The title of the first story is Roselyn which is the name of a mansion where most of the story takes place. The title of the second story is Hariya which is the name of the protagonist. The protagonist of the story Roselyn is a hitman of the Mumbai mafia who is contracted to assassinate a reputed psychiatrist in his family home. The assassin readily takes up the task assigned to him but is shell-shocked to find out that the hunter has become the hunted when he is locked up in the target’s house and must survive a cat-and-mouse game by killing the person chasing him. The second story Hariya begins with an unknown man mailing a diary to the editor of a newspaper. The diary belonged to a man named Hariya who recounts his story beginning with the deplorable conditions of his childhood right up to his prediction of how the diary would be found. The first story of the novel is an enthralling thriller while the second banks on gore to create horror through elaborate descriptions. The characters are shocking to the point of being unrealistic. The dialogues use poetic rhythms at times while the narration tends to take on an explicit tone occasionally.

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Shutter Island By Dennis Lehane

A US Marshall travels to Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of a patient at the Ashville Hospital for the criminally insane.

Haunted By Chuck Palahniuk

A group of 17 writers are trapped inside an abandoned theatre where they are forced to write a magnum opus in three months before they are permitted to leave.

American Psycho By Bret Easton Ellis

A young investment banker narrates his life to the reader as he becomes increasingly psychopathic with violent tendencies. MARCH 2014 Youth Incorporated 79

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SPESSO GOURMET KITCHEN, MUMBAI

Coming from a line of some of south Mumbai’s finest family restaurants, newly launched Spesso does live up to the rave reviews it’s been receiving. CUISINE: European, Mexican, Italian FOOD AND DRINK: Spesso offers various cuisines fused together to create a harmony of interesting, mouth-watering delicacies. For starters, the Spesso Appetiser Platter and the Mexican Shots are two of their must-try dishes. Along with these, the Malaysian Laksa is authentically cooked and the Egyptian Fondue is a treat for your taste buds. The delicious Spesso menu is also known for its Ravioli preparation – a dish that truly comes together only through good cooking technique. While the main course dishes are deliciously prepared, their range of desserts is something that you will be talking about weeks after. The Tiramisu Della Casa and the Torta Al Formaggio ‘Spesso’ are some of their dessert indulgences. OVERALL: Although relatively new, Spesso has made many fans because of its interesting palate and reasonable prices. Ground floor, Regent Chambers, Jamnalal Bajaj Road, Nariman Point, Mumbai - Priya Kapoor

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Is your idea of the perfect meal one that includes roof top dinning, good alcohol, relaxing music and of course, great food? If yes, then Atmosphere 6 is the place for you. VIBE: Atmosphere 6 enjoys a beautiuful location. The dance floor, the bar and the roftop dining eminates a contemporay feel MUSIC: The music is average, but can be a lot more lively and energetic. CUISINE: North Indian, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Asian, Greek FOOD AND DRINK: Atmosphere 6 has a range of dishes that include succulent meat preparations and vegetarian treats. The Honey Chicken and Falafel with Hummus are delicious and are two popular dishes. Cocktails like Devil’s Touch and the Kiwi shots are two of their most sold drinks. The Chocolate Ice cream Sandwich with Poached Cherries Sauce and the Bakhlava are mind-blowing and a definite try among desserts. FAB OR DRAB: Atmosphere 6 can make an evening truly enjoyable and memorable. It is ideal for couples looking for a cosy time out and for friends who enjoy socialising and indulging in good conversation over great food. 6th floor, Lunkad Skymax, Viman Nagar, Pune - Rohit Malhotra

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THE HUNGRY MONKEY, NEW DELHI

Spread across three floors and complete with a bar and rooftop dining area, The Hungry Monkey exudes a youthful vibe. With wooden interiors, and accompanied by a cabin-like feel, this new restaurant is a must visit. CUISINE: Californian FOOD AND DRINK: The menu consists of a number of dishes that are both unique and very innovative. From its Bang Bang Chicken Rolls to its Grilled Greek Feta Melt, Warm Profiteroles Caprese and the Cold Spinach Gomae, each of these dishes is deliciously mouthwatering. For main course, the Espresso Pan Fried Chicken Breast made with a light coffee sauce is not only a different combination, but also a truly unique preparation. For dessert, the White Chocolate Parfait with almond and vanilla filo pastry cigar along with Coconut French Toast spoil you rotten. OVERALL: The Hungry Monkey exudes excitement and innovation in both its food and ambience. In totality, its laid-back setting and its scrumptious food will take your breath away and leave you anticipating your next visit. B-6/6, 2nd floor, Safdarjung Enclave, Opposite Deer Park, New Delhi - Nirva Vira

EVENTS THIS MONTH JAIPUR ART FESTIVAL

Works of 150 artists from across the globe will be displayed at the second instalment of the Jaipur Art Festival. Along with that, the event will also play host to varied art seminars, exhibitions and competitions by a host of different artists. Jaipur – 19-23 March

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Open to everyone above 16 years of age, Devils Circuit is a commando-style run that is complete with climbing ropes, crawling and many such obstacles. The event has both competitive and non-competitive categories. New Delhi – 9 March

DEADMAU5 AT SUNBURN ARENA Deadmau5, the Canadian DJ is all set to wow Indian audiences with his award-winning music. R3HAB, who recently won an IDMA award, will be opening the concert. Mumbai – 14 March Bangalore – 15 March New Delhi – 16 March MARCH 2014 Youth Incorporated 81

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