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People at times queue up at their favourite eateries, but what about an unending queue of food delivery boys?
At the Bawarchi restaurant in Hyderabad, which receives nearly 2,000 orders a day, Zomato food delivery personnel can be seen forming long queues almost daily, waiting for their turn to pick up orders.
The Bawarchi restaurant is famous for its Biryani preparations not just in India but all over the world.
And what’s the reason behind these long queues of delivery personnel? The answer lies in the annual report of Zomato that states small towns are going big in ordering food on the platform.
While Ooty has registered the highest average transaction value, Manipal has the highest delivery frequencies among all cities on Zomato.
In Alwar, someone requested 292 deliveries from 48 different restaurants, while in Jaipur, a delivery worth Rs 1.84 lakh was made in 415 boxes.
“We now operate the service in over 200 cities in India, up from 15 cities in FY18, and made nearly 33 million deliveries in March 2019,” the report said.
“We earlier thought food delivery will only be a niche market in Tier 1 cities. But then, we decided to test a small town with a only 150k people. Now, we have set our eyes on launching in 1,000 cities in India,” the report said. (IANS)
Many brands in India are favoring the Halal stamp on their products. From the likes of Haldiram's, Bikano, Amul to Patanjali, big brands are paying high prices to gain confidence of their Muslim consumer base. According to the belief of Sharia, a Muslim should only consume food which is permissible under Halal.
What is Halal?
Halal is an Arabic word meaning allowed or permitted. In Islam there are several ground rules regarding halal. The do's come under halal and the don'ts fall under 'Haram' category. Haram means unlawful, essentially following halal guarantees pure Islamic practice.
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The religious practice of halal, does not always encompass sophisticated mannerisms. One such practice which may be deemed inhumane is the slaughtering of animals fit for eating. According to the Muslim Halal method the animal has to be placed in the direction of Mecca and must be awake during the time of butchery. A Muslim butcher would make a deep incision in the animal's throat while saying "Bismillah"(in the name of god). The slaughtered animal would be left to bleed till its death. It is important to note that the non-religious methods are comparatively sympathetic in the method of killing the animal. The animals are not conscious when the deed is done, thus feeling no pain.
What is halal certification?
Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind Halal Trust, an organization in India which claims itself to be a 'non-profit', issues certification for food products, restaurants, airlines and hospitals which is accepted in several countries. The certification ensures that the concerned food items, restaurants, hotels, airlines and hospitals are complying with the halal practices. If it is a food item, it means it is fit for consumption as per the Sharia law. The religious practice may seem noble for religious purposes but it has more than one contribution to the Islamic community.
Map depicting Muslim majority countriesWikimedia
The supposed not-for-profit organization gains approximately 4 crores in a year from over 250 traders in India. The organization markets the Halal trademark as the sole key to "penetrating Muslim countries" and the ones who do not have it "would lose a large segment of potential consumers from around the world". It claims the Halal market to be worth $600 billions' worth. As an NGO the Halal Trust is provided tax exemptions on its funds. Not only does it have a profit-based business in the country but it gains from abroad in crores. 'Jamiat Ulma Hind UK' is its top foreign contributor, with a contribution of over 6 crores in the last 4 years.
Though the Jamiat's origin has roots in the Khilafat movement of 1919, the current running has nothing to do with it. Jamiat aims to 'enroll 20,000 fresh members' in the Jamiat Youth Club in 2021 and 12.5 million youth to be prepared in the next 10 years. With details of expansion of the club and promotion in the youth, Jamiat focuses on propagation of Islamic practices and upliftment of madrasas.
The question arises, in a country which claims itself to be secular, what place do such organizations hold? Do they enjoy special status in the name of minority or is it a general bias running throughout the world?
Key Words: Halal, Halal Certificate, Islam
These days everywhere you look, you spot people talking about things not going right or how they feel stressed and "depressed". Depression has hit society in the worst way ever - right from adults to kids being impacted by it at different intensities. Research shows that 1 in every 5 people goes through depression or mental health issues in any given year.
Before we understand what depression is, let's clarify at the outset what it isn't. Depression is not feeling sad or feeling depressed momentarily. Unknowingly, we stereotypically portray depression as sadness with the extensive usage of the word.
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Dr. Chandni Tugnait, a psychotherapist, life and business coach, and founder-director of Gateway of Healing says, depression is not being unhappy; it is not anger, fear or loneliness - it is none of these individually and yet it is all of these and much more.
Depression is being numb. It is nothingness. It is exhausting. It takes away all motivation and leaves a feeling of hopelessness. There is a lack of energy - it's more like a void where nothing grows or changes, where time does not exist, where there is nothing and no one. Of course, it is difficult for the person trying to cope with it as well as for the people around them.
Sometimes depression is chronic and obvious, but many people are unaware of it, and they can even hide it behind the guise of routine and forced enthusiasm. - this last type, by the way, is the worst as sometimes we lose them to suicide - just like that - no warning, no sign, as per Dr. Tugnait.
The line between clinical depression and feeling depressed is quite fragile and often we find inappropriate self-diagnosis in this regard. Clinical depression is accompanied by a feeling of impending doom without any reason, every day, for over two weeks continuously along with fatigue, loss of interest, insomnia, etc. However, one may feel depressed for a while due to a difficult event like losing a job/loved one, etc. and may confuse it for depression and begin to pop pills. It's important to be aware of the difference - the ability to get up and fight back against these feelings, instead of accepting them or thinking that they will simply go away on their own or never go away.
A high functioning depressed person appears energetic, carefree and cheery on the outsideUnsplash
Also read: Depression is Preventable
The deeper the roots of depression, the more time it takes for a person to heal. It keeps a person in the loop of ï¿½being low' and makes them self-damaging. The symptoms could range from crying all day to being unable to get up from the bed to work, bathe, or even eat.
Then there are the happy and high functioning depressed people who have smiling depression. A high functioning depressed person appears energetic, carefree and cheery on the outside, most of the time and people close to them never get to know that on the inside they are being sucked into a black hole. Strangely, they would go out of their way to keep others happy, masking their own sadness.
When alone, they cry, contemplate suicide and feel exhausted from all the pretending. Why do they pretend? Well, it's funny that each time we ask someone, "How are you?", we are looking at "I am fine, thank you" as the response because if someone starts sharing how they really are, we are quick to tell them not to sulk or look at the bright side. Sharing and sulking are two different things. The fear of being judged is deeply ingrained in our beings and hence it seems like a better proposition to endure the depression in silence than to voice it out.
Contrary to what most people feel, you can't lose depression simply by 'looking at the bright side'. You may be able to camouflage your feelings to save others from getting bothered (or to save yourself from the guilt of it all) but this is plain masking and not copying or healing. People suffering from depression can't "cheer up" and that adds to more frustration.
With every depressed person (and even those suffering from anxiety or other mental health issues) there is a constant 'need' to be themselves or be how they were earlier or be how their friends and family would like them to be. This chase to "be that person" is precisely why most people, despite all the efforts and therapy, are unable to snap out of it.
Dr. Tugnait lists some ways to deal with depression -
ACCEPTANCE - Accept self and others (with or without depression) without asking for a change. This is the first step in healing. You can't change something if you resist it as the resistance keeps the energy flowing in that same direction that you wish to alter. Haven't you fought enough already? Let's change the dynamics and accept it, to release it.
COMPASSION - Choose compassion. Choose the wholeness of being instead of viewing yourself as someone who needs 'fixing'.
ROUTINE - Fix a morning routine to take time to feel gratitude, meditate, read a few pages of a book while sipping tea, exercise, write a journal, sleep for 7-8 hours daily and take a cold shower.
SEEK SUPPORT - Ask for help and seek professional support from a therapist in case the situation is extreme despite the self-help, positive lifestyles changes and support from family and friends. There's no shame in seeking help to be healthy!
Everyone should be more accepting of mental health issues without any judgments. Take the leap of faith when you feel ready. Until then, just breathe! You are doing fine. Depression is real but so is hope and recovery. (IANS/PR)
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Retail therapy is one thing, but nothing beats a beauty binge that's easy on the pocket. Nykaa's once-a-year, beauty and fashion haul -- the Pink Friday Sale -- begins on November 24 featuring over 2,400 participating brands.
From cult favourites to beauty staples, fashion must-haves, luxe indulgences, dedicated stores, exclusive deals to flash sales, you are spoilt for choice with brands on up to 50 per cent off. But even the biggest shopping pros can do with some help before a serious haul. So, here's a little peek into what's in store, that you absolutely cannot and should not resist:
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Slash & save: Want to save something extra? This fun, gamified price-slashing tab allows you to bring down the price of combos on Nykaa. The more you slash, the more discounts you'll get, and the more people who get involved, the better! So, get your friends, family, and everyone around to help you reach the best price for your favourite combos by slashing and saving
Biggest beauty steals: With up to 50 per cent off Nykaa Cosmetics, Nykaa Naturals -- Hair and skin, Kay Beauty, Nykaa Fragrances, Nykaa SkinRX, Wanderlust offers on Luxe brands such as Estee Lauder, Clinique, M.A.C. Kiehl's, Benefit combos that you just can't let go, your beauty closet is going to be singing with joy once you grab these offers. But that's not the end of the treat! The platforms repertoire of coveted global brands, including the iconic Charlotte Tilbury, Morphe, Nudestix, Huda Beauty, Elf Cosmetics are just some of the names that are serving up delicious deals for Pink Friday.
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Also read: Nykaa Naturals Introduces Natural Hair Product
Watch & buy with Dolly Singh: Shopping just got more fun! Your favourite influencer, the funny and glamorous Dolly Singh, will chat with you live and reveal some of the greatest offers and deals on the Pink Friday Sale. These exclusive offers will keep popping up as you watch her live on the app, and you can shop while you watch!
Price drops and deal zone: During the Pink Friday Sale, specifically on November 25, 26 and 28, you can avail limited time offers in our price drop feature. Get on the app every two hours these days to know what's new on sale with exquisite special offers, just live for a couple of hours. You'll find these price drops on the banners of the app homepage. And to browse the best deals and offers of the Pink Friday sale in one place, simply head to the deal zone, segregated by categories for easy scanning.
Nykaa pink friday game night: This is a game show like no other. Six digital stars playing classic party games with a beauty twist -- what could possibly go wrong? Catch the madness and mayhem by subscribing to the YouTube channel, as your favourite beauty influencers go head-to-head in this epic showdown
In-store at Nykaa: In 89 stores across India, and for the first time in cities such as Gwalior, Allahabad, and Mysore, shoppers can immerse themselves in the quintessential Nykaa experience during Pink Friday. Shop from the plethora of brands available across categories -- cosmetics, skincare, fragrances, among others and paint the town pink. (IANS/PR)
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