Smitha Verma

Articles By Smitha Verma

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The Big 5 of 2018

From politics to pollution, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and privatisation of public sector enterprises, we discuss issues that promise to be the biggest headlines of the coming year.

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Book review: Inside Parliament: Views from the Front Row by Derek O’Brien

A few light chapters include what constitutes the Central Hall of the Parliament, whom to follow on Twitter or how he is eagerly waiting for Sachin Tendulkar to make his debut speech in the House.

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Buying property overseas more lucrative for Indians. Here is why?

Increasingly, more and more Indians, outside the category of high net worth individuals (HNI), are buying property outside of India.

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Jaipur Literature Festival 2018: Poetry, women-centric writing to be dominant themes

It’s that time of the year when people start talking about Jaipur and literature in the same breath. Because come January, all roads will lead to Diggi Palace, as it hosts the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) from Janua

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One day we’ll all be dead and none of this will matter, a book which tackles issues like sexism, racism; here’s the review

The phrase ‘razor-sharp wit’ perfectly describes Scaachi Koul’s debut book, One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter.

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Many public libraries in state of despair; here is the action plan to make these knowledge hubs relevant

With a crunch of funds, resources and staff, a majority of public libraries in the country are in a state of despair. What’s needed is an urgent action plan to make these knowledge hubs relevant

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Click for change: When social media became the face of protest

The tarred roads and dusty footpaths near Jantar Mantar have fallen silent. The iconic ‘protest’ site in Delhi can no longer host demonstrations.

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Book review: Dan Brown’s Origin tries to establish relation between god, human and robots

‘The Geeks shall inherit the Earth’. It’s a quote displayed proudly on the licence plate of futurist Edmond Kirsch, who happens to be one of the lead characters of Dan Brown’s latest thriller Origin.

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India can achieve full electric mobility before 2030, maybe in 5-7 years, says Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari, Union minister for road transport & highways, is highly optimistic about electric vehicles in India, telling Smitha Verma that as the use of electric vehicles grows, the technology will become cheaper and more

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Will India be able to reach deadline to convert all vehicles into EVs by 2030? Here are the challenges

If all the talk about electric vehicles could be impetus for them to efficiently roll out on Indian roads, we would have electric vehicles much earlier than 2030—the government target for 100% electric mobility. But how muc

Will India be able to reach deadline to convert all vehicles into EVs by 2030? Here are the challenges

Unbanked population: How alternative financial services ecosystem has become big boon for India

For a country with a large unbanked population, the alternative financial services ecosystem has come as a big boon. Customers, who were mostly shown the door by traditional banks, now have an instant, hassle-free and accessi

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Immortal India book review: Amish’s first non-fiction title explains fascinating integration of country’s past with the present

The author has put together a collection of his writings, essentially articles published in various newspapers, speeches he has written, debates he took part in and select interviews at public forums.

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With unemployment rise, number of young people looking for job is on the decline; Here is why

In the Economic Survey of India 2017 report released by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an inter-governmental economic organisation with 35 member countries, over 30% of youth aged 15-29 years

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Gold in myriad hues

Zari, once representative of royal Indian households, is undergoing a revival with modern designs

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Cinema on way out, the future is the Web; here is why

Film director Vikram Bhatt is a busy man these days. It’s not cinema, however, that’s keeping Bhatt, who directed box-office hits such as Raaz, Ghulam, Aetbaar, 1920 and Haunted, on his toes.

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Longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize, Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire is a stunning piece of fiction

The story of Antigone is recreated in a modern setting where love and loss take centrestage in a clash between society and faith.

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The incredible story of 52 year old bookstore Sapna Book House

Sapna Book House positions itself as a family multi-brand retail store. It sells everything to do with the ecosystem of education and educational technology in India

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Likes of Baba Sehgal, Dhinchak Pooja getting popularity on social media; where is the future of entertainment headed

New genres are evolving and so are a new breed of Internet ‘artistes’. Most often, these Internet sensations become stars, as they are easy subjects for mockery

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Virtual life, blurred reality: Are we ready yet to tackle online addiction among children?

Online addiction among children is nothing new. But what’s causing great alarm now are the severe repercussions being seen among children due to tech addiction.

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Musical razzmatazz: Know what has led to sudden explosion of music festivals in India

Music festivals in India have gained new momentum in the past few years. But what has led to the sudden explosion of such festivals? We find out.

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From Satyavati to Shikhandi, lesser known characters are being brought out of the shadows; why people are curious about their history, culture

From Satyavati and Shikhandi to Menaka and Surpanakha, lesser-known characters of India’s ancient texts are being brought out of the shadows today by authors who are reinterpreting their stories in imaginative ways

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Book review: Maid in India: Stories of Inequality and Opportunity Inside Our Homes

The book also highlights the tightrope that rescue workers have to walk when distress calls of help are made. The travails of organisations such as Shakti Vahini, which work against human trafficking, are well-documented.

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Unsold inventory in the real estate sector is piling up, slump is aided by scepticism over RERA and GST

As per the report, this slump is despite the 20% price correction in the past 18 months. About 17,188 units were sold in the first half of 2017 compared with 23,092 units in the same period last year.

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Done with glitz and glamour, why professionals are opting to move back to their hometowns

Done with the glitz and glamour of big cities, an increasing number of professionals today are opting to move back to their hometowns to live and work. We profile some people who have traded the large paycheck of a metro for

Done with glitz and glamour, why professionals are opting to move back to their hometowns