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‘Don’t run for valuation’: Rahul Salgia, Founder and CEO of DigiValet, tells new age entrepreneurs

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Rahul Salgia, Founder and CEO of DigiValet, recently got into an exclusive chat with NewsX for its special segment NewsX A-list. Giving us an insight into DigiValet, Rahul Salgia said, “DigiValet is known for its guest-room solutions. We have some of the most iconic hotels in the world on our clientele. DigiValet is installed in hotels like Ralphs in Singapore, Armani in Burj Khalifa in Dubai, The W in London. We serve some of the most iconic hotels to offer the best guest-room experience that want to offer to their guests. “

As the world grapples through Covid-19 pandemic, DigiValet has come up with a unique contactless check-in solution called ‘Through’ that can potentially revolutionise the hotel industry. Talking about Through, Mr Salgia said, “Through is a new offering for contactless check-in. When a guest has an upcoming reservation, he receives an SMS from the hotel, saying that you have an upcoming reservation and displays a personalised link. The moment the guest clicks on the link, he gets re-directed to the check in page where he can put his id, credit card details and that’s all. He doesn’t need to go to the front office to give his card, take his credit card back, probably share anything with the front office. Thereby, keeping himself and the front office executive safe.”

“In this process, the guest also saves a lot of time. Nobody wants to wait in a queue or wait at the front office to get a key. This is not just a contact less solution, this is a change in the way check-ins are going to happen in the future,“ Mr Salgia added.

When asked if it was the pandemic that inspired him to come up with the idea of ‘Through’, Mr Salgia shared, “We had the technology to do contactless check-in, which we were using for luxury hotels for in-room personalised check-in. When the pandemic happened, we realised that there would be a new world. We thought we should re-purpose the technology that we have, to produce something that will be suitable for contact-less check-in, avoid personal check-in and make this whole solution usable even after the pandemic.”

He expressed, “This is something we designed during the pandemic and then the whole thought was to democratise the technology. We thought we offer our technology to a few luxury hotels but why not democratise this and make it available to every possible hotel. Our entire team worked overtime from home and made the technology possible for hotels as they are opening now.”

On his plans to offer the technology to other industries, Mr Salgia said, “Through is specifically designed for hotels but DigiValet is getting into more verticals. We are getting into healthcare as hospitals are trying to bring in patient-room solutions. We are also trying to bring in solutions for senior living –residential solutions for senior living and service residences. “

Starting a business, especially if it is novel, is not easy. Mr Salgia too had his share of challenges. He told NewsX that while starting out, his challenges were primarily two-fold. “Firstly, when you come up with an innovative idea, you try and take it to customers. Everyone likes innovative ideas but the next question they ask is where is it installed and who is using it. It is a quite ironic. They want the most novel idea but at the time they want it to be proven.”

“The second challenge was the ‘Made In India’ tag. Today, all Indians feel a sense of nationalism when we speak of Made In India but it was not the same 10 years ago. India and premium products don’t go together. Normally, premium products come in from Europe or Germany so we also had that baggage in those days. Gradually, people approached us when they had technology challenges and threw a challenge at us saying, ‘If you can fix this, then you have the job’. The turning point came when we were able to successfully deliver it. People started believing that an Indian company like DigiValet can deliver such solutions,” he added.

Sharing his views on Atmanirbhar Bharat and how self-reliant is India in the technology space, Mr Salgia said, “I have a different opinion on technology and Atmanirbhar Bharat. While we have 200 billion dollar software industry, we are not even close to being a leader in product technology. There is a long way ahead. We have great amount of talent and technology but we don’t use it for ourselves. We are only outsourcing jobs. We are working for other companies. This is the time when entrepreneurs in India have to realise that we have to build technology and world’s best products in India. This is just the beginning. If people think in the right direction, time will not be far when we can actually make great world-class technology products. Only then, we would be able to rightly call ourself ‘Atmanirbhar’.”

When asked what are the challenges for India in becoming truly Atmanirbhar, Mr Salgia responded, “Technology entrepreneurship is quite a gamble. I would say entrepreneurship is lacking among large groups. Secondly, the investment ecosystem isn’t as conducive in other countries like United States. “

After hotels and hospitals, DigiValet is now working towards offering technological solutions to senior and residential living. He said, “Senior living would be on a priority, as we believe that the trend to move to communities focused on later life is on rise. Not just in western world but also in India and some of other markets. Moreover, Technology will play an important role in making life comfortable for later lifers. We are already building these products, already signed some contracts with some interesting projects in London and some other markets, where we will be using technology to monitor their goals like walking steps, water consumption, health targets and how they are working towards them. We are also working on a very innovative technology to predict what would be the impact of aging on people so we are bringing a lot of solutions around senior people.”

“All of our residential solutions are going to be self-use. The residential market is very large and diverse. We are trying to focus on few markets and few services where we can make it a successful model and then grow it towards larger community,“ he added.

On a parting note, Mr Salgia gave a piece to advise to all new age entrepreneurs, especially those who dream big but quit quickly. He said, ”Don’t run for valuation. Once you have a successful business, when you have customers believing in you, everything will happen. This is a reverse trend to what is happening right now but that is the mantra to success.”

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TRICOLOUR INSPIRED FASHION IDEAS TO TRY THIS REPUBLIC DAY

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Republic Day is right around the corner and for those who are wondering how to seize the spirit of the patriotic day, a gorgeous tricolour-inspired outfit would instantly match your vibe to that of the day.

While the laziest idea would be to grab anything that is white, green or orange, if you plan your outfit a little in advance, you can fashionably stand out from the rest.

1. ORANGE SKIRT

A bright, poppy orange skirt is an investment. Grab one whenever you find it, whether in a mall, a flea market or online. Not only an orange skirt will make you look perfectly dressed for the day, but the vibrant colour would add a note of freshness to your look. Pair it with a white top or a shirt and you are ready to rock, patriotically.

2. GREEN BOTTOMS

Pants, palazzos or shorts the options are many. Choose one which you have available or would prefer based on the weather in your area.

3. EYE MAKEUP AND NAIL ART

This one is for experimenting and stepping beyond the first thought of putting the colours in your outfit.

If you want to play with your makeup, then a tricolour-inspired eyeshadow should do the trick. This is perfect for those who wish to dress as per the theme but do not have any outfit working for them. Nail Art is another exciting, easy and creative idea to style with the tricolour theme.

4. JEWELLERY

Jewellery is another great hack for those not interested in choosing their clothes in tricolour. Pieces of jewellery such as earrings, necklaces and rings can add that sparkle and colour to your outfit.

Those who are interested in crafts can also DIY their jewellery using quilling paper and beads.

5. COMBINING ALL THREE

here are ideas of using all three colours together by creating a three-piece outfit, without risking a fashion disaster. You can mix and match in multiple ways

a. A full white outfit paired with a green jacket and an orange handbag.

b. A casual green tee, white lowers and orange shoes.

c. An orange-white cord-set, paired with a green denim jacket.

d. A green puffy jacket, orange scarf, white backpack and your favourite regular jeans.

e. A full green outfit with white shoes and an orange cap.

The final and most essential touch is lots of confidence to carry your look well.

With these gorgeous outfit ideas up your sleeve, you can easily gather compliments at an R-Day get-together and likes on your Instagram profile.

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Better than RO: Complete health protection with TYENT water ionizer

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It is common to hear that water is essential for our health and drinking water plays a vital role in maintaining health and boosting immunity. Water helps in maintaining the balance of body fluids. Our body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

Nowadays Reverse osmosis (RO) are commonly used as a filtration method to remove many types of dissolved solids in water, but as a result all the minerals which are present in the water like calcium, magnesium, potassium, silica will be removed along with all the bacteria, viruses, and hard minerals.

During the initial days, we all had used a Ganga water filter with candles to purify the water. Nowadays people are using water ionizers the latest technology in water purification. Ionised water is obtained by means of an electric current being passed through water, in a process called electrolysis. As a result, the water molecule is split into positively charged hydrogen and negatively charged hydroxyl ions. The former are included in the composition of acids, and the latter in that of alkalis.

TYENT is a leading medical-grade water ionizer brand in the world and it is certified by all international quality certification authorities. Medilight healthcare collaborated with TAEYOUNG E&T Co. Ltd.,  a parent company of TYENT Water Ionizers and successfully launched world’s No.1 water ionizer brand TYENT in India. TYENT is a Korean company with Japanese technology.

The water obtained through RO is supposed to be dead water or neutral water as it removes all minerals good as well as bad. However dead water is acidic since its pH slides below seven without alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium.

TYENT ionized alkaline water which has rich sources of essential alkaline minerals & selective Anti-Oxidant molecular hydrogen. It has many health benefits.

1. It helps in restoring the right pH balance in the human body.

2. It helps in reducing inflammation.

3. It helps in reducing joint pains.

4. It slows down the aging process.

5. It helps in boosting immunity.

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I HAD TEARS IN MY EYES: SAQIB SALEEM REVEALS MOHINDER AMARNATH’S REACTION TO HIS PERFORMANCE IN 83

In an exclusive conversation with NewsX as part of NewsX India A-List, Saqib Saleem revealed Mohinder Amarnath’s reaction to his performance in ‘83’ and much more.

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Garnering praises for his stellar performance in 83, Actor Saqib Saleem joined NewsX for a candid chat as part of NewsX India A-List. As part of the exclusive conversation, the actor opened up about the response to his latest film 83, Mohinder Amarnath’s reaction to his performance and much more.

Speaking about the release of 83 and the response coming his way, Saqib said, “I have been working for the last 10-12 years but it feels like it is my first film because the love I have gotten for this, I have never gotten in my life for anything. It is just so overwhelming that the kind of messages I have been getting whether it is from the fraternity, whether it is from people on social media, my friends, my relatives and I do not know how to react. As I said, I have never gotten a response like this, so I don’t know what to say or what to do. I did not know that I was so bad at taking compliments. It is the first time I have realised that I am bad at taking compliments.”

When asked about the best compliment that he has received so far for his performance in the film, Saqib revealed, “If I had to tell you the best compliment I have gotten is from the man himself- Mohinder Amarnath. It was at the premiere of the film and I was very nervous about how he would see it. I had already the seen the film so I knew the film was good but I really wanted his review because I was playing him. When the premiere was on, I was slyly next to his seat, trying to gauge his reaction as to what he is thinking but I was getting very anxious. I was like I cannot do this to myself. I have to let him enjoy the film. I have to just disconnect from the film right now. I went out of the theatre. I had a couple of more black coffees and I got more anxious. When the film got over, I came back in. I went to him and I do not know why but I had tears in my eyes. I looked at him and all I said was that ‘Sir, I am really sorry if I did something that was wrong’. He looked at me with his trademark smile and said, “Are you mad?”

“He had a red handkerchief that he would always carry himself in the 1983 world cup. He was wearing a red pocket square. He took out that pocket square and put on my jacket and said, “This is yours from now. You have made me 10 years younger.” I could not stop crying. I had never in my life, my acting career had a more honest moment. I felt so connected to my own self at that time. Now, no review matters, no box office matters, nothing matters. The man himself appreciated it and that is the biggest validation I could have asked for, “he added.

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COVID 19: A CATALYST FOR CHANGE AND EVOLUTION IN EDUCATION

Educational innovations have the potential to improve learning outcomes as well as the overall quality of teaching methods.

Nasir Shaikh

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A leapfrog moment, this advancement has apparently moved from the margins to the centre of several educational standards, providing a chance to assess innovative approaches that, if attained, can enable students to get an education that prepares them for our changing times.

Benefits and tips of hybrid learning in eLearning industry.

Digital literacy impacts today’s classrooms.

Today, we are in a different situation. The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed education advancement into the heart of nearly every learning system on the planet. According to a recent 59-country survey of educators, “the crisis has revealed the enormous potential for development that has lain dormant in many education systems.” The issue is no longer how to scale innovative ideas from the margins to the centre of education systems, but rather how to transform education systems so that they might source, support, and sustain innovations that resolve inequality and equip all students with the skills to build a better future for themselves rather than their communities. By doing so, we hope that not only will those who have fallen behind be able to catch up, but a new, more equitable education system will emerge from the crisis.

History teaches us that crisis reshape society

During the Covid -19 pandemic, two recent trends in the education industry have been the augmentation of ‘Hybrid Learning’ and the ‘Escalating Innovation in Educational Technologies’.

Digital technologies are having a significant impact on economies and societies, changing the way we work, communicate, engage in social activities, and have fun. They also spur innovation in a wide range of fields. The ground-breaking capacity of technology is heavily influenced by the population’s level of digital literacy. It’s no surprise that there’s a strong link between education and skills and the adoption and use of digital technologies in various aspects of life. The importance of education and skills in fostering innovation cannot be overstated.

By transmitting new tools, practices, organizations, and technology, innovation in education aims to provide the means to bridge the productivity gap. The pandemic has overhauled education-based scientific research to facilitate the development of a body of practical technical teaching know-how or to improve classroom practices.

Educational innovations have the potential to improve learning outcomes as well as the overall quality of teaching methods. Changes throughout the educational system, for instance, or in teaching methods, can enable customized learning processes. In most regions of the world, education is viewed as a means of increasing equity and equality. These pandemic-related innovations could help improve equity in access to and use of education, as well as equality in academic results.

A powered-up education system could hold a strong public school system at the heart of a community and leverage the most meaningful collaborations, including those formed during Covid-19, to help learners grow and develop a wide range of competencies and skills both inside and outside of the classroom.

Opting for Novel Education: Education that empowers, challenges, and inspires

The learners of today want the institutions to reframe the existing toolkit and the design of new learning artifacts. They are opting for courses where ensuring learning outcomes is at the centre of the framework, above all else. The shift in choices makes it explicit that, in agreement, students opt for a pedagogical strategy that includes a cohesive view of their professional growth. The programs that are designed to facilitate the assimilation of global issues and the development of transferable skills are surely at the top of the charts. Another new aspect is flexibility, which makes it more important than ever to respond to the educational needs of each group of students.

A large proportion of higher education institutions’ programs have been designed with the expectation that students will be placed face-to-face with their peers and professors. This created priceless opportunities to improve active learning. The pandemic altered it dramatically and, most likely, permanently.

The fact of the matter is that future jobs will be done by small teams that collaborate across spatial and temporal boundaries. Effective collaboration and the development of a productive work community have become critical to achieving professional success, particularly in the digital space. The pandemic turned out to be an opportunity to better prepare students for the future.

Deploy academic technology as a long-term means of meeting the education-learning needs of students and teachers; otherwise, technology risks becoming a complex and costly distraction. Using technology to assist in educational consistency is a debatable topic all over the world. Countries use whatever technology they can get their hands on, from radios to televisions to computers to mobile phones.

After Covid-19, the global community and learners specifically envision technology-enhanced educational systems. Articulating such a vision is critical, and it can navigate the future amidst the myriad of decisions that education leaders make each day. With the pandemic’s devastating effects affecting the most vulnerable young people the most, it’s interesting to return to a global education narrative that takes precedence over access to education above everything else. A student driven education system is what students deserve, not just in India, but in every community, and it is possible if all parties involved work together to capitalize on the opportunities provided by this emergency to truly leapfrog education forward.

The author is CEO-The Lexicon Group of Institutes

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STUDY FINDS PARENTS TALK LESS TO KIDS WHEN EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL ISSUES

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A team of researchers has provided the first evidence that parents may talk less to their kids when experiencing financial scarcity.

The study has been published in the ‘Developmental Science Journal’. “We were interested in what happens when parents think about or experience financial scarcity and found evidence that such strain could suppress their speech to their children,” said study senior author Mahesh Srinivasan, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley.

“Our results suggest that parenting training may not be sufficient to close the academic achievement gap without addressing the broader issue of income inequality,” Srinivasan added.

The study’s preliminary results lend credence to the developmental and educational benefits of such poverty-cutting government programs as the federal American Rescue Plan’s Child Tax Credit and other supplemental cash payouts for needy families.

“Existing interventions toward eliminating the word gap have often focused on improving parenting skills,” Srinivasan said.

“But our findings suggest that relieving parents of their financial burdens, such as through direct cash transfers, could also substantially change the ways they engage with their kids,” he added.

In the first experiment, researchers sought to observe how parents would interact with their children (in this case, 3-year-olds) after the parents were asked to describe times in which they had recently experienced scarcity. A control group of parents were instead asked to describe other recent activities.

Of the 84 parents in the study, those in the experimental group who described their experiences of financial scarcity spoke less to their 3-year-olds during laboratory observations than parents who reflected on other forms of scarcity (like not having enough fruit), or parents who had not been asked to recollect experiences of resource insecurity.

The second experiment used existing data collected via LENA technology, tiny “talk pedometer” devices worn by children that record their conversations and count the words they hear and say.

As the researchers predicted, analyses revealed that parents engaged in fewer conversational turns with their children at the month’s end, a time that typically coincides with money being tight as parents await pay checks or other sources of income.

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THE IDEA OF DOING SOMETHING WITH JUST YOUR VOICE WAS VERY CHALLENGING: RITHVIK DHANJANI

In this interview, Rithvik Dhanjani talks about his maiden audio-based project, ‘Buri Nazar’. He describes the challenges and excitement of acting in this new medium, while also talking about his journey in the entertainment industry.

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Rithvik Dhanjani rose to fame with his role in Pavitra Rishta, and his dance performances in Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. He is a well-known face in the Indian television and web entertainment spaces. However, ironically, after his latest project, Buri Nazar, Rithvik has been receiving praises, not for his visual charisma, but for the magic he has brought into the show with just his voice. We hosted Rithvik for an impromptu conversation for our latest series, NewsX India A-List. Below are the excerpts from the interview:

We opened the interview by asking Rithvik about how the project came to be, and what aspect of the project was the most appealing for him. Rithvik stated, “I was completely unaware of not just the platform but also the power of the platform and so much that you can do with just audio. The team of Audible reached out to me a couple of times, for multiple projects, and this was one of the productions that they reached out to me for, and they were like, ‘just give it a read and see what it is like.’” Rithvik loved the idea that the project was going to be an audio remake of the Amazon Original movie Evil Eye. “The script was amazing, the platform was great, and the idea of doing something with just your voice was very challenging,” said the actor. This challenging aspect of the project made it all the more interesting for Rithvik.

We were then curious to know if Rithvik had to undertake any special preparation for his first audio-based acting gig. To this, Rithvik shared with us, “I prepped just like I would prep for another script because the script was very self-explanatory, it was written beautifully, the drafting was amazing, the lines were great.” He continued, “So, we had a couple of sessions with my director to, sort of, understand what he is wanting my character to look like– sorry, sound like.” Rithvik chuckled while pointing out the ironic error in his speech. He added that he did not require any particular training for the audio series, however, his voice skills from his training as an actor proved to be of great help during the project.

For our final question, we asked Rithvik about the roles he thinks have been the most important ones in his career. Rithvik replied, “I think Pavitra Rishta has been one of the shows that have, practically, shaped my life to what it is today. Apart from Pavitra Rishta, I think it has to be Cartel which has just been released on Alt Balaji and MX Player.” Further expressing his thought, Rithvik said that he believes that every part he has played has proven to be an important one in some way or the other. He finished his reply by saying, “If I did not do Jhalak Dikhla Jaa at the point when I did it, people would have ignored that I am a dancer as well. So, I think that, too, played an important part. But if you ask me about characters and shows, it has to be Pavitra Rishta and Cartel.”

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