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Top 7 books to achieve mindfulness.



Mindfulness has exploded in popularity over the last couple of decades, aided by Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, and authors lauding its everyday benefits. You can’t just throw somebody into a book on mindfulness and expect them to not be turned off by it. The way you pique somebody’s interest is through small nudges. Ease them into it. When they’re ready, suggest a book and see what happens. 

10% Happier by Dan Harris

Dan Harris tells the tale of his life and how meditation has helped him live a more compassionate and fulfilled life. Dan is the perfect example of a typical, non-spiritual guy who realizes that meditation doesn’t always have to drastically transform one’s life – it can simply make one’s current one happier.

Waking Up by Sam Harris

The book “Mindfulness” by Sam Harris explains that our concept of the “self” is false and keeps us stuck in a dream-like state of discontent and misdirected thinking. By practising meditation, we can “wake up” from this state and live life rather than sputtering along on autopilot. The book is a must-read for many who have never practised mindfulness before.

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

The Untethered Soul is a book that teaches people how to get out of their heads, transcend their ego, and manage their anxiety. Your thoughts are only the outputs of a constantly busy intellect; they do not define you. The book was important in starting my own journey of self-discovery and mindfulness.

Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is all about becoming aware of your surroundings and living in peace and harmony with yourself. Jon Kabat-Zinn delivers chapter-by-chapter views into the numerous elements of mindfulness in this book. It’s a method of letting go, remaining nonjudgmental, loving, and accepting the current moment.

The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day by Andy Puddicombe

Andy Puddicombe, the founder of Headspace, is a former Buddhist monk with extensive experience teaching the discipline. He began his contemplative journey in the same way that the rest of us did: as an ordinary, busy guy dealing with everyday concerns and stress. The Headspace app altered my life, and we’re sure it has impacted many other people’s lives..

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a guide to living life fully and remaining conscious. Don does a fantastic job of bringing ancient Toltec wisdom into the current world. No one can deny that his views present a formidable code of conduct. You should be aware that this is a book that you will want to take with you at all times.

Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman

To get there, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is a step-by-step method. The approach devised by Mark Williams and Danny Penman includes a series of basic but effective activities that you can begin practising right now. It’s safe to say that this stuff works because science is a cornerstone of their techniques. This book was a pleasant surprise and came highly recommended for anyone looking for a helping hand on their journey.

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The IPL’s billion dollar play: Meet the 2 new franchises




The Indian Premier League (IPL) made a statement about its enduring allure and value as the BCCI announced the introduction of two new franchises for the 2022 season and beyond. These two new teams, to be based in Lucknow and Ahmedabad, brought in an early Diwali Bonanza as they saw the coffers of cricket’s richest body swell by more than USD 1.6 billion.

RP Sanjiv Goenka Group (RPSG) and CVC Capital Partners (Irelia Company Pvt Ltd) were the winning bidders, with RPSG paying INR 7090 crore (USD 940 million) for the Lucknow franchise on Monday during a walk-in bidding event in Dubai, while CVC, a private equity company, paid INR 5625 crore for the Ahmedabad franchise (USD 750 million approx.). RPSG’s bid was approximately 250% more than the BCCI’s base price for the franchise (of INR 2000 crore, or approximately USD 270 million.

The bid signals RPSG’s at-any-cost intent to get a foothold at IPL’s big money table, with their bid dwarfing the next highest bid of INR 5166 crore for the Lucknow franchise. This also highlights how the cost for owning a franchise has surged dramatically, with the average cost of the initial eight teams being just shy of a “mere” USD 100 million. For context, Mukesh Ambani’s bid of USD 112 million for the Mumbai Indians was the highest bid in 2008. The BCCI money men are left counting the money, with cricket’s richest governing body set to earn INR 12,715 crore over the next decade.

“It is good be back in the IPL and I am delighted. It is an initial step. We now have to build a good team and perform,” Sanjiv Goenka, owner of the RPSG said. Previously, Goenka owned Rising Pune Supergiant that played two seasons when Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were banned. The Lucknow-based team will be playing their home fixtures at Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium- a recently opened stadium accommodating almost 50,000 people.

CVC Capital is a global investment firm with operations in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. They previously owned a minority share in Formula One and recently purchased a minority stake in La Liga, Spain’s top-flight football league. The Narendra Modi Stadium, the world’s largest cricket stadium, will be their home. It has a capacity of 132,000 people.

“The BCCI is happy to welcome two new teams from the next season of the Indian Premier League. I would like to congratulate RPSG Ventures Ltd and Irelia Company Pte Ltd for being the successful bidders. The IPL will now go to two new cities in India, viz. in Lucknow and Ahmedabad. It is heartening to see the inclusion of two new teams at such a high valuation, and it reiterates the cricketing and financial strength of our cricket ecosystem,” BCCI President Saurav Ganguly said in a statement.

The IPL 2022 season will comprise ten teams and will have 74 matches, wherein each team will play 7 home and 7 away matches.

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India’s looming power crisis inches ever closer




A power catastrophe is looming in India amid the global energy crisis, with the country’s power facilities running on critically low coal inventories. In the face of growing demands, three out of four power plants in the country have less than a week’s supply of coal on hand. Many states, including Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi, and Tamil Nadu, have been affected by the coal shortage.

The reason for the coal crisis in India is the pandemic, which has caused disruptions like never before. When compared to the same period last year, power usage has increased by over 17% in the last two months. Power plants have little incentive to increase production because it is difficult to raise the price that consumers pay for electricity. In the case of coal, despite having the world’s fourth-largest reserves, domestic producers in India are unable to fulfill ever-rising demand.  

After China, India is the world’s second-largest coal importer. However, importing coal has become difficult due to record-high international coal prices as a result of increased worldwide demand. India’s government feels it is on the right road as it strives to reduce emissions by 33 percent by 2030 and ensure that renewable energy accounts for around 40 percent of its installed power capacity.  

An expert in this field said that an investment in multiple power sources, a mix of coal and clean sources of energy is the right way to go for now. 

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Squid Game, Netflix’s runaway hit that almost never got made



Squid Game has wrapped its tentacles around a global audience in less than three weeks.

Since its premiere on September 17, the #1 Netflix Korean drama about financially desperate people fighting in a high-stakes tournament has only grown in popularity.

That’s why it came as a shock to find that Squid Game author and director Hwang Dong-hyuk was rejected by a slew of studios when he first proposed the idea more than a decade ago.

The notion was previously deemed “too ugly and impractical” by studios, according to the Wall Street Journal.

While living with his mother and grandmother, Hwang Dong-hyuk came up with the idea for Squid Game, but he had to put the script on hold and sell his laptop to make ends meet.

Hwang believes that the classist concerns that were brought to the forefront during the pandemic’s peak were a factor in Netflix’s decision to buy the show two years ago.

Squid Game has now been subtitled and dubbed in 31 languages. It’s also at the top of the charts in over NINETY COUNTRIES.

With over 17 million views, the trailer for Squid Game has now exceeded those of Bridgerton and Lupin.

Netflix’s VP of content for Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, Minyoung Kim, claims that “nothing has ever grown as swiftly and aggressively as Squid Game.”

Those studios that first turned down Hwang’s concept appear to have made a huge mistake.

With the show growing from strength to strength, and audiences riveted and waiting for more, studios will surely be ruing the decision not to pick up the show earlier.

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