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Udaipur: The Perfect Monsoon Destination



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As soon as the Monsoon vibes knock on our door, people want to cherish the weather with a perfect cup of steaming coffee or tea. The holiday season comes along with Monsoon and thus, people start planning vacations. But not everyone needs to go abroad for a perfect holiday. India has some amazing cities you can choose for your trip. Udaipur becomes all the more beautiful in the month of rain.

Unlike most of the cities, Udaipur during monsoon season feels pleasant and relatively less humid. The temperature remains around 33 to 23 degrees, which is bearable. Monsoon season in this city starts in July and lasts up to September.

There are a number of sites and places you can visit in Monsoon during your stay. Let’s check out why Udaipur is a perfect holiday destination in Monsoon.

Udaipur is a perfect holiday destination in Monsoon

1. Monsoon Palace

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Known in the past as Sajjan Garh Palace, is the most beautiful place to visit in Monsoon time. Udaipur is considered as a city of palaces and rulers. It is located on a hilltop, around 3100 feet above the sea level, and offers stunning views of the Fateh Sagar Lake and the city of Udaipur. The place is open for visitors from 9:00 am in the morning to 8:30 in the evening.

Location: 11monsoon colony, Sajjan Garh Rd, Near MewarGarh hotel, Udaipur, Rajasthan.

2. Bagore Ki Haveli

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This palace is quite an attractive destination among tourists. Built-in the 18th century,  this old masterpiece is a standing wonder to the architectural finesse of the people of Mewar. Built on the edge of Lake Pichola, makes the appearance of this palace makes absolutely stunning. Monsoon beauty brings a fresh feel and is a must-visit in monsoon.

Location: Gangaur Ghat Marg, Hotel Gangaur Palace, Silawat Wadi, Udaipur, Rajasthan.

3. Lake Pichola

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Lake Pichola is one of the most popular places among tourists. Boating Seems like a good idea in monsoon. Monsoon brings flow to the main lake of the city of lakes, it is an experience worth investing your time and money in. Placed by City Palace, Jag Mandir, Taj Hotel, and hills in the backdrop, Lake Pichola offers a boat ride like no place else.

Location: Lake Palace Road | Outside Chandpole, Near Hanuman Ghat, Udaipur, Rajasthan.

4. Udaipur City Palace

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This palace is believed as one of the most iconic places in Udaipur. It depicts the true beauty that was once associated with this capital city. Built by Maharana Udai Singh Ji, the palace is situated on Lake Pichhola’s borders. You can experience the true beauty of impressive huge courtyards and unbelievable glassworks. The view from this monsoon spot in Udaipur takes on an enhanced vision during the rains. This place has to be your number 1 in the list, in order to experience the breathtaking blend of Rajasthani and Mughal interiors.

Location: Old City, Udaipur, Rajasthan.

5. Fateh Sagar Lake

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The view of this lake during monsoon is a sight to cherish forever. It is surrounded by the exquisite colorful art of Udaipur and over the top market places. Fateh Sagar Lake is one of the most beautiful artificial lakes in our country. The Lake also witnesses the grand festival of Hariyali Amavasya Mela in the Shravan months of August-September, that is the monsoon season. Surrounded by beautiful small hills, this destination is not worth missing.

Thus, make your monsoon holidays worth every penny and time and visit Udaipur this rainy season.

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Some Of The Women Who Made Headlines In 2019




From making headlines for economic reforms (Nirmala Sitharaman) to Royal Society Fellow (Gagandeep Kang), first in 360 years, women created a lot of buzz across the spectrum.

Let’s take a glimpse into the lives of some of the women who made headlines in 2019 (till now).

GS Lakshmi has become the first-ever woman referee to be appointed on the ICC International Panel of Match Referees.

Lakshmi, 51, who first officiated as a match referee in domestic women’s cricket in 2008-09, has overseen three women’s ODI matches and three women’s T20I matches.

Richa Kar, Zivamew

Richa Kar had worked with a retailer and global technology company before starting Zivame. As part of her earlier work, she studied the Indian lingerie market and realized that most women were not comfortable shopping for lingerie in brick and mortar stores. She conceptualized Zivame as a lingerie store where women could understand their lingerie needs, browse through styles, order for the right size, and get the goods delivered to their doorstep without any embarrassment.

Zivame, therefore, takes care to deliver products discreetly. Their products are packed without any branding or product description to make sure that orders can be delivered anywhere without inviting comment or curiosity. The startup, one of the best places for online lingerie shopping in India, is funded by IDG Ventures, Kalaari Capital, and Unilazer Ventures.

Preeta Sukhtankar, The Label Corp

Preeta Sukhtankar started The Label Corp to provide curated, rare-to-find products to a niche audience who want a tasteful home. Her earlier stints in media and brand-building helped her to connect with celebrities and create three brands as part of The Label Corp: The Home Label with Suzanne Khan, The Closet Label with Malaika Arora Khan, and The Trunk Label with Bipasha Basu. She has an all-women team, and interestingly, Kalaari Capital, led by Vani Kola, is her startup’s venture investor on board. Vani Kola herself was an entrepreneur in the US, who had a billion-dollar exit before starting a venture fund in India. In her, Sukhtankar found a perfect mentor.

Vrinda Rathi: Cricketer turned umpire

Vrinda Rathi is set to become the first national woman umpire from India.

Traditionally a male-dominated sport, the country’s most favoured game is now welcoming more and more women onto the field.

Cricketer turned umpire, 29-year-old Vrinda came second in BCCI’S Level 2 umpiring exam for match referees. Along with her was Chennai-based N Janani, and the two will now be able to officiate men’s first-class matches, reports Mid-Day.

Gagandeep Kang: First in 360 years

Gagandeep Kang is the first Indian woman scientist to be elected Royal Society Fellow in 360 years.

As per media reports, the Royal Society of London has announced a list of 51 eminent scientists elected to its fellowship in the year 2019.

Dr Kang is the first Indian woman to be elected to the Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).

Aarohi Pandit: Crossing Atlantic

Meet Captain Aarohi Pandit, the 23-year-old girl who became world’s first woman to cross Atlantic Ocean in LSA.

Captain Aarohi Pandit, a 23-year-old pilot from Mumbai became the world’s first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA), thrilling her family, friends and aviation circles.

Hina Jaiswal: Woman flight engineer

Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal became the first Indian Woman Flight Engineer of the Indian Air Force.

Hina completed the six-month flight engineer course from the 112 Helicopter Unit attached to the Air Force Station in Yelahanka in Bengaluru.

A flight engineer is the member of an aircraft’s flight crew who monitors and operates its complex aircraft systems requiring a specialised skill set.

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Former Mumbai Police Commissioner and retired IPS officer 1 Rakesh Maria is back making the headlines.



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Former Mumbai Police Commissioner and retired IPS officer Rakesh Maria is back making the headlines. Throughout his career as a policeman, Maria was one of the most talked-about officers from the Maharashtra Police. He unearthed and handled  biggest cases in Mumbai over a period of 28 years. These included investigating the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, which is busting a module of the Indian Mujahideen in 2008 and solving the high profile Neeraj Grover murder case.

Now, Rakesh Maria is back in the news, and we are grateful  to his recently published autobiography. Two cases are particularly in  the focus. The very first is the 2012 Sheena Bora murder case during the investigation of which Maria got marching orders as the commissioner of Mumbai Police and was also promoted to director-general of home guards. Maria talks extensively about how taken aback he was at the abrupt transfer and reveals his version of events.

However, it is another case that Maria investigating that has caused a lot of (arguably unnecessary) controversy — includes the deadly 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. In his book, Rakesh Maria has also  written in detail about his role during the attack. At the time, he was the joint commissioner (crime) in Mumbai. During the attacks, Maria took control of the Mumbai Police’s control room. Later, he investigated the terror attack.


In his autobiography, Rakesh Maria has also recounted his time investigating the 26/11 terror attack. And, thanks to a cursory reading of his account, controversy is back to hound him. First, let’s look at what prompted the controversy.

Maria in his book also writes about how the conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan and how ten youngsters were prepared to  the attack Mumbai by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Maria writes that the youngsters were also given a new identity before the attack.

Maria writes, ‘Soon their hair was cut and beards shaved off, new clothes and shoes were purchased for them and they were given watches set to Indian time. The labels on their clothes were removed to prevent identification… New photographs were clicked to make fake identity cards to pass them off as Indian Hindus. To complete Hindu impersonation, they were instructed not to forget tying the red sacred thread around their wrists.’

Elaborating on the conspiracy, Maria also  writes, ‘If all had gone well he Ajmal Kasab, the only one of the ten terrorists will be caught alive  and would have been dead with a red string tied around his wrist like a Hindu. We would have found an identity card on this person with the fictitious name Samir Dinesh Choudhari, student of the Arunoday Degree and P.G College.’ Maria goes on to take a jibe at the media that there would have been the screaming headlines in newspapers about how ‘Hindu’ terrorists had attacked Mumbai and ‘over-the-top’ TV journalists would have made a beeline to interview the “Hindu terrorist’s” family and neighbours.

Of course Maria doesn’t mention that it probably would have been one of his subordinates who would have leaked the information about the ‘Hindu terrorists’ to the media. Anyway, the point is that the  Maria’s “revelations” have generated a controversy.

The BJP was the first to react, with a Union minister asking why Maria was speaking up now. The minister tied it to the term ‘Hindu terror’ that was in the popular usage during the UPA era and said it was a big conspiracy hatched by the Congress on the instructions of then home minister Chidambaram.


Interestingly, Marria’s “revelations” are nothing new. The information about the fake ID cards is part of the chargesheet filed in the 26/11 terror attack case. However, what is even more interesting is that Maria’s own book contradicts the suggestion that the LeT planned to portray 26/11 as an act of ‘Hindu terrorism’.

In his book, Maria also gives details about a telephonic conversation between one of the ten terrorists and his handler back in Pakistan. The conversation was being tapped by Indian agencies. Maria writes, ‘In the meanwhile the handlers and the gunmen started working on using some of the hostages to make demands on the government of India as was planned, through the  live TV interviews “

During the conversation — which is also part of the charge sheet — the handler tells the terrorist that if he was asked about his organisation, he was to say that he was associated with the Deccan Mujahideen.

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Indians are going to receive the biggest hikes in the Asia-Pacific next year




Indians are going to receive the biggest hikes in the Asia-Pacific next year, even if it is only going to be a marginal change from this year’s raise.

The 10% raise that  Indians are slated to receive in 2020 won’t be that much different from the actual increase of 9.9% this year, according to the latest salary budget planning report by UK-based advisory firm Willis Towers Watson.

The firm received  around 4,521 responses from 1,128 companies across 20 markets in Asia Pacific, including 337 from India for this report.

 “Though salary increases in the India still continue to be among the highest in the region, companies are taking a cautious approach and do not intend to make any such significant changes from previous years,” said Rajul Mathur, consulting leader of talent & rewards at Willis Towers Watson, said. “Companies are beginning to make selective skill-based compensation adjustments to cater to requirements around automation and digitisation. ”

Gauging the mood

This year, the hiring sentiment is somewhat very worse than the year before. Fewer companies projected a positive business outlook for the next 12 months over the last year.

With this cautious business outlook, the recruitment efforts are also taking a hit. A mere 22% of the organisations in India plan to add to their headcount compared to 29% last year. If anything, seven in the 10 plan to maintain their current headcounts.

Most sectors like chemicals, high tech, and pharmaceuticals can expect salary increases around the average mark of 10%. The energy, financial services, and consumer products sectors stand out for the highest year-on-year growth.

Making money

Importantly, salaries are set to go up across all the career stages in 2020.

Highlighting a continued shift towards  the variable pay, especially at senior management levels, the survey found that actual variable pay at the executive level increased to 30.7% in 2019 from 20.7% a year ago.

“Attracting and retaining the right talent at leadership positions is commanding higher pay increases as the leadership pool continues to be limited. The increase is mostly in terms of variable pay as there is a greater focus on pay for performance,” said Arvind Usretay, director of rewards at Willis Towers Watson. “Companies are also working towards more robust succession planning.”

The survey found that, on average, 25% of the salary-hike budget is being allocated to the top 11.5% of the performers. This implies that for each rupee allocated to an average or below-average performer, Rs2.16 goes to a top performer, compared to about Rs1.3 last year.

Employers are no longer looking at compensation alone as a key retention driver. A re-emergence of employee benefits is underway. “If the last decade was about compensation…the next could well be about ‘purpose-led benefits’,” Arvind said. “With the employee now seen as a consumer, benefits will expectedly become more segmented, flexible, and targeted.”

Fresh engineering graduates, who are finding it increasingly tough to land a job in India’s $160-billion IT industry with each passing year due to lower levels of hiring, may have to deal with another disappointment this year — their starting salaries are unlikely to see a spike anytime in the near future and will largely remain stagnant at their decade-old levels.

According to human resources heads of top companies such as TCS Infosys and Wipro, as well as several recruiters and experts tracking India’s IT industry, India’s largest outsourcing firms are unlikely to revise fresher-level wages, at a time when spending from top customers such as Citigroup and General Electric is declining and IT firms are scrambling to protect their precious margins, amid rising inflation and cross-currency fluctuations.

More worryingly, experts point out, a huge demand-supply imbalance has tilted the odds squarely in favour of the country’s largest software services firms, with only one job available for every five engineers who are graduating from colleges across the country every year.

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TV heartthrob Sidharth Shukla took home the winner’s trophy of ‘Bigg Boss 13’.




After a glorious run of four-and-a-half months, ‘Bigg Boss 13’ aired its much-awaited grand finale on Saturday (February 15). ‘BB 13’ became the most loved and followed seasons of all the times. The popular reality TV show broke all records and this propelled the makers to extend the season. The grand finale of the show was nothing short of a blockbuster affair as the contestants gave rocking performances.

TV heartthrob Sidharth Shukla took home the winner’s trophy of ‘Bigg Boss 13’. He beat the likes of Asim Riaz, Shehnaaz Gill, Rashami Desai, Arti Singh and Paras Chhabra to win the show.

Bigg Boss 13 is finally over, and as usual, the show has had its fair share of the controversy. There’s been violence, screaming, and also abusive comments. Now, Salman has chosen yet another person to take on the mantle and also the money.

So, the winner is the Sidharth Shukla. beats Asim Riaz. You can never guess how things are going to go!

The competition was very close with Riaz being a favourite of the people, too. But, in the end, it was Shukla who was crowned winner while Riaz took home the title of Runner-Up.

TV show Bigg Boss 13 Grand Finale 2020: Salman Khan announced the name of the Bigg Boss 13 winner shortly. Paras Chhabra is out of the race when he decided to quit the show with the money briefcase of Rs 10 lakh. The top five contestants were Arti Singh, Asim Riaz, Sidharth Shukla, Shehnaaz Gill and Rashami Desai.

The grand finale of Bigg Boss 13 was held yesterday (February 14). Do you know that Shehnaz Gill was the second runner-up, while Asim was declared the first runner-up? The most controversial contestant of this season, Sidharth Shukla also bagged the Bigg Boss 13 trophy. While Sidharth’s fans were happy with the actor’s win and also trended #SidharthShuklaForTheWin, #CongratulationsSid, #SidHearts and #BBWinnerSid; Asim’s fans were very upset as they felt the Kashmiri model deserved to win the show and trended #FixedWinnerSidharth, #MyWinnerAsim, #AsimDeservesTrophy and #BiasedBiggBoss. Take a look at a few tweets!

Bigg Boss 13 winner name: After almost the four months, TV actor Sidharth Shukla was on Sunday declared the winner of Bigg Boss 13.

The results were also declared after a live voting process where fans selected their favourite contestant.

Asim Riaz and Shehnaaz Gill were the first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively.

Rashami Desai, Arti Singh and Paras Chhabra were the other finalists of the Salman Khan-hosted reality show. Chhabra exited the house first, choosing to take home the cash prize of Rs 10 lakh. He was followed by Singh, Desai and Gill.

Other contestants who participated in Bigg Boss 13 included Siddhartha Dey, Abu Malik, Mahira Sharma, Devoleena Bhattacharjee, Shefali Bagga, Dalljiet Kaur, Koena Mitra, Vikas Pathak, Khesari Lal Yadav, Shefali Jariwala, Arhaan Khan, Himanshi Khurana, Vishal Aditya Singh and Madhurima Tuli. Vikas Gupta also entered the Bigg Boss house as a proxy for Devoleena.

In a statement, Bigg Boss 13 winner Sidharth Shukla said, “The feeling of being declared as the 1st winner of Bigg Boss is yet to sink in, and I feel on the top of the world right now. Bigg Boss house has been ‘tedha’ for all the right reasons and has made me self-aware of my own surroundings.

 I was true to myself throughout the show and gave my best without having to put on an act. There also were moments where I got emotional, made core alliances and some enemies for the competitive spirit of the show. It was tough to be able to stick around for 140 days, as it required a lot of self-endurance, dedication, and perseverance but here I am holding the trophy in my hand.

As I recount the moments, I must add that this wouldn’t have been possible without the support and never-ending love from my fans who made this dream turn into reality. I am taking back the trophy home, but with it, are some fond memories and lessons too, that I will cherish my whole life.”

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This Man Travelled Across Country To Visit Families Of Pulwama Martyrs




To honour the brave hearts who lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack, Umesh Gopinath Jadhav, who is a Bengaluru-based singer, has travelled far to the houses of each of the 40 CRPF personnel to collect the soil and use in the construction of their memorial in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The singer has also travelled over 61,000 kilometres across the country to meet the bereaved families. He is the guest at the CRPF’s Lethpora camp.

“I have not got any donation or sponsorship for collecting the soil. My main purpose was just to pay respect and homage to the jawans who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack. I have travelled more than 61,000 kilometres to collect the soil. Their soil is for the mother earth,” Jadhav told.

“I am proud that I met all the families of the Pulwama martyrs and sought their blessings. Parents lost their sons, wives lost their husbands, children lost their fathers and friends lost their friends. I also collected soil from their houses and their cremation grounds,” he said.

Around 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives when a suicide bomber of the  Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) rammed his explosive-laden vehicle on into a CRPF convoy on Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

Nationwide protests erupted against the dastardly terror attack even as the country bid goodbye to its Bravehearts. The leaders across the party lines and civil society condemned the attack and called for an appropriate response.

Days after the attack, the Indian Air Force which is on February 26 carried out multiple aerial strikes at JeM terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot, killing a “large number” of terrorists and destroying their infrastructure.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet also  paid tribute to the Pulwama bravehearts and said that the country will never forget their martyrdom.

Umesh Gopinath Jadhav, which is a Bengaluru-based musician was invited as a very  special guest at a low key wreath-laying ceremony at Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Lethpora camp in Pulwama on Friday.

The 39-year-old pharmacist  also turned musician has travelled more than 61,000 km crossing boundaries across the country to meet families of the 40 martyrs who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack last year.

“I am proud that I met all the families of  the Pulwama martyrs and sought their blessings. Parents lost their sons, wives lost their husbands, children lost their fathers, friends lost their friends,” said Jadhav as reported by the news agency ANI.

“I collected soil from their houses and their cremation grounds,” Jadhav added.

Jadhav was also invited to the inauguration ceremony of the memorial that has been set up in the  185 Battalion of CRPF. In a close-knit ceremony which was also attended by the top security officials only, Jadhav handed over the urn with the soil to the CRPF’s Special Director General, Zulfikhar Hasan.

The battalion is  just two kilometres away from the site where the Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber crashed his car packed with explosives into the security convoy killing the 40 CRPF personnel.

It has been reported that the names of all the 40 personnel along with their pictures is part of the memorial along with the CRPF motto— ‘Seva and Nishtha’ (Service and Loyalty).

Redefining ‘patriotism,’ Jadhav, embarked on a ‘nationwide’ yatra on April 9, 2019, from Bengaluru to travel around the 29 states and 7 Union Territories in the country to collect soil from the hometowns of all the 40 CRPF personnel killed in the incident last year, especially to meet their families.

He has been crowdfunding  all his travel, driving around the country in his modified car painted with all  the patriotic slogans and raising awareness on donation through the ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ initiative.

Jadhav was at the Ajmer Airport where he had gone to attend a professional event when the Pulwama terror attack took place.

“I saw the news and was stunned. I was numb. I wanted to pay respects to them but did not know how, so I thought of visiting all their families,” he said as reported by The Print.

“I also decided that I will collect soil from each of their hometowns and take it to Pulwama to create an India map,” added Jadhav.

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