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Video calling accessibility keeps all close, overcoming all geographical distances. (Representational Image). Pixabay

By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe

We live in a world where geographical distance no longer hampers celebrations, thanks to the digital India push, we have video calling accessibility at our fingertips.


While many individuals living away from their families are accustomed to celebrations – such as birthdays, anniversaries, and festivals on a virtual platform, the restrictions in movement due to the coronavirus threat have hampered the spirit for many unaccustomed to the virtual norm.

Gifts play an important part in brightening celebrations, but how can you make it remarkable and memorable in the current state? While no alternative can match the joy of in-person celebrations, you can surely surprise your father with not so usual gifts in these unprecedented times.

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Picking out the right gift takes some thought, and with Father’s Day coming up, it’s time to start planning:


Log on to Swiggy and order your dad’s favourite fruit cake for Father’s Day celebrations. Pixabay

Sweets are always the cherry on the cake

If you are challenged to buy a grand gift for your father, why not log on to Swiggy and order his favourite fruit cake, chocolate pudding, or favourite mithai. Not only do have they offer contactless delivery, but they also show information on sanitization facilities that each outlet is maintaining. One need not worry about their pocket or cash crunch prevailing to the current situation, thanks to the convenience of ‘buy now, pay later’ option by LazyPay. The savouries are sure to light up the celebrations, and it will also save your day by helping you tide through the cash crunch.

Never go wrong with a music list. Old is Gold!

As engagement with audio streaming in India is rising, gifting an annual subscription of the popular homegrown music streaming apps such as Spotify, Gaana, Wynk or JioSaavn which will give a smile in your father’s face by listening to his favorite Kishore da and Mohammad Rafi es soundtracks and remember his good childhood days.

Biographies and memories with e-book

Biographies and memoirs are filled with big characters and personalities we love and follow. If reading the famous biographies like Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela is what your father prefers, you can gift him a subscription of Kindle Unlimited. Getting a physical book may not be possible in this lockdown, but they can surely enjoy these e-books of super inspiring biographies on their smartphone and unwind after a long, stressful day.


Biographies and memoirs are filled with big characters and personalities we love and follow. Pixabay

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Healthy Mind and Healthy body

The current state of social distancing can have an impact on one’s mental health and ensuring mental well-being is the need of the hour. Gift your father a session of mindful meditation or a blissful morning with Yoga-filled goodness by purchasing Cult.fit’s subscription. This will not only give him access to their online sessions that are conducted live in the safety of one’s home, but he can also access other forms of exercise that might interest him. (IANS)


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Developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, a Decision Support System (DSS) that extends the ability of the existing air quality early warning system (AQEWS) to have decision-making capability for air quality management in Delhi-NCR was launched on Tuesday.

The website for the DSS (https://ews.tropmet.res.in/dss/) is designed to help the Commission for Air Quality Management for NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) by delivering quantitative information about the contribution of emissions from Delhi and its 19 surrounding districts; the contribution of emissions from eight different sectors in Delhi; and the contribution from biomass-burning activities in the neighbouring states.

These information would assist in managing the air quality in a timely manner, a release from the Ministry of Earth Sciences said.

The need was stated by the CAQM, which was formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, during a meeting held in January 2021.

Recently, the Commission reviewed the progress made by IITM and had in principle approved the current version of DSS for air quality management in the Delhi-NCR. The IITM has also developed a new website for DSS with the entire system made operational, the release said.

Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences, Jitendra Singh, while launching the website for AQEWS on the occasion of 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' week organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said, "DSS is a significant contribution to 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' on behalf of MoES and IITM and suggestions are invited on this issue."

The website also has a feature whereby the users can create their own emission reduction scenarios (from 20 different districts, including Delhi) so as to examine the possible projected improvement in air quality in Delhi for the next five days.

"This information would explicitly highlight the most important emission sources responsible for the degradation of air quality in Delhi and suggest possible solutions to ameliorate the same. With a plethora of quantitative data, the AQEWS integrated with DSS could become a user-friendly tool for air-quality management in and around Delhi," the release said. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Delhi, India, Pollution, IITM, Ministry of Earth Sciences