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Lesser-known UNESCO heritage sites in India

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For those who are unaware, India has 38 World Heritage Sites, though not all are as well-known as the Taj Mahal. The country is ranked sixth in the world in terms of the number of heritage sites. UNESCO has designated many cultural sites, natural sites, and one mixed site.

Here are five of India’s lesser-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites that merit your full attention.

Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim

Kanchenjunga National Park is India’s first and only Mixed Heritage Site. The massive park covers an area of 1784 sq. km and is home to over 500 different bird species. The location is ideal for viewing incredible species like the snow leopard and Himalayan musk deer, among others.

Chandigarh Capitol Complex, Chandigarh

This government compound, located in Chandigarh’s Sector-1, was created by the renowned architect Le Corbusier. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is spread across over 100 acres. The Palace of Assembly, also known as the Legislative Assembly, the Secretariat Building, and the High Court are the three primary structures in the complex.

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Gujarat

Heritage monuments, mediaeval fortresses, old temples, and exquisite step wells and tanks can be seen in this park, which is located in the historical city of Champaner in the Panchmahal district. 

Bhimbetka rock shelters, Madhya Pradesh

Bhimbetka is a prehistoric archaeological site from the Paleolithic and Mesolithic periods. The cave, which is located in Madhya Pradesh’s Raisen area, contains the earliest indications of human life in India. It has seven hills and over 750 rock shelters, making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Agra Fort, Uttar Pradesh

The Mughal emperors used to live in Aga Fort, which was previously their primary palace. In 1983, the fort was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is significant in terms of architectural history. The Agra Fort is located in the Indian city of Agra, which is home to India’s most famous monument, the Taj Mahal.

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Evolve or perish: The eternal organisational dictum

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Evolve or perish: The eternal organisational dictum

Keeping up with big tech companies could prove to be a difficult task. Businesses are made to last, but not all of them last the course. Take the examples of Nokia, Yahoo, etc. These companies were giants at one time, titans of their respective spheres, but could not keep up with the changing times (even if they were renowned) and eventually crumbled away.

A complete understanding of the customer ecosystem is necessary. Based on insights from consumer data, a business has to evolve with time and needs. By deploying the right data analytics systems and reinventing your value proposition, any company born in the analogue age can generate the same benefits through digital disruption.

Companies like Tesla, Airbnb, etc. transformed the industries they are part of. Business and consumer data are constantly being collected by high-tech companies. To keep up with such high-tech companies, traditional businesses must be able to access and arrange data to better understand their consumers, technology, and competitors to compete and thrive.

Recognizing when your firm needs a major change is one of the keys to success for any business. Unfortunately, due to a broader culture of resistance or an emphasis on conserving old land, many legendary firms miss out on greater possibilities, and get lost in the sands of time. Keep your pulse on the market, and be ready to evolve with the times, lest you end up being a snail in a race run for greyhounds.

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Transforming the work system in India

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Work-life balance is something that has gained increasing prominence over the last year or so, but just how much do you value drawing a line in the sand? A Bangalore-based startup, Slice, is set to put this to the test by hiring top talent and offering them a three-day work week. If it seems too good to be true, it is. The catch is simple; they’re offering a salary that is 80% of the going market rate.

Slice is a FinTech startup that specializes in offering credit cards to young people in India, claims to have been chosen by more than 4 million Indians, and is aimed squarely at millennials.

A fresh look at the work week

Many companies look to hire new, fresh talent, which causes a lot of competition in the market. In order to lure such talent, companies look to provide them with sweeteners like vacations, gender-neutral parental leave, etc. Many companies like Amazon, Google, etc, also experimented with a similar approach for certain employees by offering a 4-day week job. Some countries are even considering mandating a four-day work week. 

Recent studies regarding shorter weeks show a boost in the company’s productivity and well-being. “A three-day work week allows us to recruit a certain caliber of talent because companies like Google, Amazon do not have them,” said Slice’s founder, Rajan Bajaj. How successful they will be with this plan remains to be seen.

Would you accept a job with fewer hours if it meant accepting a reduced pay? Let us know in the comments below.

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With a billion users under its belt, TikTok’s global plans are just getting started.

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The social networking platform claimed that it has 1 billion active users, implying that one out of every eight individuals on the planet uses the app every month. “Product innovation is key for us as we think about how we continue to grow the experience”, says Vanessa Pappas, COO of Tik Tok.

“When we think about what makes TikTok special, it’s without a doubt all of the creation tools that we provide,” Pappas says. TikTok is experimenting with several new technologies, including augmented reality, to assist creators in creating new content. Other social media platforms, such as Snapchat and Facebook, have had some success with AR, allowing users to add animations and effects to live footage.

TikTok’s COO says the firm is looking at making new content types, such as longer-form videos available to producers on its platform. TikTok and Shopify just announced a partnership that will allow merchants to add a “Shopping” page to their TikTok profiles. Users who click on the link will be taken to the merchant’s Shopify store, where they may make purchases.

Pappas hinted that TikTok’s innovation won’t stop with these current and upcoming features, with much more in the pipeline. 

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