This young mother’s post about depression is very real and relatable

A 25-year-old mother shared this photo to talk about her depression.

US-based Brittany Ernsperger, a 25-year-old young mother’s post on depression went viral after she wrote about the reality of what it feels like to be depressed. Ernsperger posted a photograph of clean dishes on her kitchen counter and captioned it “This is what depression looks like”.

Since posting it on Facebook, her post has been shared by over 2 lakh people because of how relatable it is. One comment reads, “This is one of the best descriptions I’ve heard for depression/anxiety and it really helps to end the stigma attached to mental health issues (and) to show it in a nice normal looking family kitchen… kudos to you for sharing your struggle!” Another reads, “This is the story of my life.”

Ernsperger’s candid message about living with depression resonated with thousands of people who shared her post and tagged friends. Many people called it “honest”.

Ernsperger writes below her photo,

“This is what depression looks like. No. Not the clean dishes. But that there were that many dishes in the first place; that I’ve gone 2 weeks without doing them. 3 days ago I sat on the kitchen floor and stared at them while I cried. I knew they needed to be done. I wanted to do them so bad.

But depression pulled me under. It sucked me in. Like a black hole. Rapidly, sinking quick-sand.

I walked by them morning and night and all day long. And just looked at them. Telling myself that I could do them. Telling myself that I would. And feeling defeated everyday that I didn’t. Making the depression only that much worse because not accomplishing something that needs to be done is failure.

She further adds, “Depression is something that “strong” people don’t talk about because they don’t want people to think they’re “weak”. You’re not weak. You’ve been strong for so long and through so many things, that your body needs a break.”


Facebook Says Will Not Remove Fake News, Will Demote It Instead

Facebook Says Will Not Remove Fake News, Will Demote It Instead

Facebook has said that it will not remove fake news from its platform because it does not violate its community standards. Instead, it says posts that it deems to be fake news will be “demoted” in the news feed.

The social network is currently running an advertising campaign in Britain that declares “fake news is not our friend”. But it said publishers often had “very different points of view” and removing fabricated posts would be “contrary to the basic principles of free speech”, the BBC reported on Friday.

Facebook has been scrutinised for its role in spreading fake news after evidence emerged that Russia tried to influence US voters using the social network.

The company on Wednesday held an event in New York where it sought to convince journalists it was tackling the problem.

“We created Facebook to be a place where different people can have a voice,” John Hegeman from Facebook said while responding to CNN. “We allow people to post it as a form of expression, but we’re not going to show it at the top of News Feed.”

The site had done a trial displaying a red warning icon next to articles that fact checkers had identified as false, but later said it found this approach had “entrenched deeply held beliefs”.


Toyota Yaris is OUTSELLING the much cheaper Etios: 5 reasons

Toyota entered the mid-size sedan segment in India for the first time with the launch of the Yaris. The sedan that competes with the likes of Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna in the segment is outselling the much cheaper Toyota Etios sedan. While the Etios comes with a much lower price tag, its popularity in the taxi segment keeps many private car buyers away from it. What are the main reasons for the Toyota Yaris outselling the Etios? Let’s find out.

Looks stylish

The Toyota Yaris looks stylish and modern in the market. The Yaris gets an aggressive styling with a large blacked-out air dam and a sleek body. A stylish set of headlamps that smoothly integrates into the grille makes the Yaris much better looking when compared to the Etios. Overall, the Yaris looks much more proportionate and premium too.

Fresher face in the market

The Yaris is an all-new car in the market and looks very very modern. Style-wise, the Yaris turns a lot of heads on the road. It is relatively unseen and surprises people. The Etios, on the other hand, has lost that edge. Toyota has not updated the Etios for a long time now and the compact sedan looks a bit outdated when compared to the rivals.

Loaded to the brim

Toyota Yaris offers quite a few first-in-class features that make it an attractive choice. The mid-size sedan comes with an electrically adjustable driver seat, gesture-controlled touchscreen infotainment system, ambient lighting, roof-mounted AC vents, tyre pressure monitoring system and 7-airbags including a driver knee airbag. The car also gets a 60:40 split rear seat, front and rear parking sensors, vehicle stability control system, hill assist, rear sunshade, paddle shifters and much more. The Toyota Etios misses out on all these features, which make the interiors dull and unattractive for new car buyers.

Loaded base variant

Even the base variant of the Toyota Yaris, which is priced at Rs. 8.75 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi, gets a long list of features. The J trim of the Yaris comes with halogen projector headlamps, electrically adjustable ORVMs, shark fin antenna, Infrared cut windshield, keyless entry, driver seat height adjustment, all four-power windows, cooled glove box, 60:40 split seats, audio system, 7 airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, central lock and power steering with tilt adjustment. Many of these features are missing from even the top variant of the Etios, which is priced at 8.81 lakhs (petrol version), which is higher than the base Yaris.

Attractive loan offers

The Toyota Yaris, being a new car on the market, is offered with attractive loan offers. Many banks are even offering up to 100% of the car price on loans, which is making the sedan much more accessible. The monthly difference in the EMI comes down only a couple of thousands, which pushes the customers towards the bigger, better equipped and newer Yaris than the Etios.


To boost global rankings, IITs woo foreign students, faculty

IITs targeting Asia to scout for students, EU and the US for faculties. Photo: Mint

IITs targeting Asia to scout for students, EU and the US for faculties. Photo: Mint

New Delhi: As the most sought-after institute in the country, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) never felt the need to reach out to aspiring students or faculty. It has always been the other way round. That’s set to change.

In their effort to improve their rankings in global league tables, IITs are now seeking to stamp their mark on the global stage through dinner meetings, special lectures, institutional tie-ups, advertisements in foreign journals and increased visibility on social media, primarily to woo international students and teachers.

“We have to change the perception that IITs are not just Indian schools,” said V. Ramgopal Rao, director of IIT Delhi. “Generally, the perception is we are Indian schools looking for only Indians in students and teachers…that will change gradually as we put in place a concerted effort,” added M. Balakrishnan, deputy director, IIT Delhi.

Not only for students and teachers, even for research scholars and endowment, IITs have to make an effort individually, as well as collectively, said S.K. Das, director, IIT Ropar.

The premier institutes believe that if they want to climb the global league tables, they have to open up their campuses for all. Even the human resource development (HRD) ministry is in favour of IITs reaching out to overseas students.

“In the next IIT council meeting, we will take up the issue and may suggest them on how they can explore the idea,” said a ministry official, requesting anonymity. In fact, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had told Parliament that to overcome teacher shortage, IITs need to collectively bargain for faculties from foreign universities and institutions. Several IITs are facing a faculty crunch of over 25%, and the poor teacher-student ratio is not only affecting their expansion, but also their rankings.

Das said IIT delegations had recently visited some countries to promote the institutions, and more visits are in the pipeline. Balakrishnan said he was also looking to host dinner meets at top global universities, attend seminars and conferences to spread the message. There is a good possibility of IITs tying up with top colleges and universities in Asia for student mobility. “A lot of Asian students go abroad for postgraduate and doctorate education… if we can convince some of them to come to the IITs then it is good for both. They will stay in an Asian setting, without comprising on the quality of education and research, and we will become international in our look and feel. You will see special fellowships for foreign students as well.” He added that structured collaborations with top institutions across Asia, including in Iran, Nepal and Sri Lanka, are a possibility.

Kalpesh Banker, managing partner, Edushine Advisory, an education consultancy, said IITs have started showing interest in foreign faculties and students. “A collective bargaining for students and faculties will be beneficial. Brand IIT will be a bigger force than an individual IIT, that too, when a large chunk of them are new.”

However, a senior administrator at an older IIT said that though collective effort for changing the perception or recruiting students is good, in case of hiring teachers it may be difficult. “IITs are competitors on faculty recruitment, and going together may be difficult. Instead of going together for faculty recruitment, it will be better to go for collective departmental hiring than collective institutional hiring (all departments together),” he said requesting anonymity.


Rahul Gandhi seeks enquiry into alleged NEET data leak, CBSE denies any breach

A file photo of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

A file photo of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has written to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) demanding an enquiry into alleged data leak of medical college aspirants and installation of a mechanism to prevent the same. The CBSE denied any breach of data.

“Congress President @RahulGandhi writes to the Chairperson CBSE to order an enquiry into the data breach and to put in place effective safeguards to prevent future breaches,” the Congress party tweeted Tuesday.

This follows reports by some news websites that personal details of thousands of students who appeared for the national eligibility cum entrance test (NEET) were available for commercial transactions. NEET is a central entrance exam to select students for medical colleges.

Meanwhile, the CBSE Tuesday denied that there is any breach of data.

In a statement, the school board said the entire data of more than 1.32 million candidates of NEET 2018 was “maintained only in encrypted format with strict security measures with National Informatics Centre. So much so that, even in the print out of the confirmation page downloaded by the candidates, the vital details such as identification documents, mobile and email id are in the encrypted format”.

“There is no question of any breach of data or any misuse of data by CBSE,” the board said.

In the letter tweeted by Congress, Gandhi said he is “shocked by this wide scale theft of personal data that has compromised the privacy of candidates across the country. This highlights the serious lack of safeguards to prevent data breach, and calls into question the ability of the CBSE to ensure the sanctity of the examination process.”

“I strongly urge you to order an enquiry against the shocking lapse, and take action against the officials responsible for the same. In addition, I request you to put in additional safeguards to prevent the recurrence of such breaches,” Gandhi wrote.

As several high profile entrance exams have either gone or are going online, there is increasing apprehension about data security of students.

Data leaks have made it to national debates. From Aadhaar data leak to personal and financial data leak through a website of employees provident fund organization have attracted criticism from all quarters. The constitutionality of Aadhaar itself been challenged in the Supreme Court.


Hockey World Cup 2018: India Will Be A Force To Reckon With In The Tournament, Says Ashok Kumar

Hockey World Cup 2018: India Will Be A Force To Reckon With In The Tournament, Says Ashok Kumar

India started their Hockey World Cup 2018 campaign by registering a comprehensive 5-0 win against South Africa on Wednesday. Riding high on confidence, India will take on World No.3 Belgium in their second Pool C clash on Sunday. Talking about India’s convincing win over World No.15 South Africa, India hockey great Ashok Kumar said that he is confident of India performing well in the Hockey World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar. “The way India started the tournament shows that they are ready for the World Cup,” Ashok Kumar said.

“Scoring two goals in the first half against a team like South Africa shows the kind hockey we are playing. South Africa is not a weak team and scoring five goals against them shows that India are ready to play their hearts out and win the tournament,” added Ashok Kumar, who was a member of the Indian team that won the 1975 World Cup.

“And the credit goes to the coach and management. And after witnessing India’s performance in the match against South Africa, it is safe to say that India will continue to dish out their top-notch performance,” Ashok Kumar further added.

Talking about how fitness is important in modern-day hockey, Ashok Kumar said, “Fitness is the primary requirement in today’s hockey. If you are not fit, you won’t be able to play.”

“Even I want to play hockey, but I’m not fit. I only play hockey in my mind but it becomes a complete game when both mind and body are involved,” he added.


Move Over Size Zero: Decoding Nushrat Bharucha’s Fitness Mantra

Move Over Size Zero: Decoding Nushrat BharuchaNushrat Bharucha is a Pilates girl

Nushrat Bharucha is a Pilates girl. This is something we already knew through Instagram! How you might ask… well, celebrity Pilates trainer Namrata Purohit has shared posts or Instagram stories with the Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety girl numerous times. But being a regular in Pilates is not the only thing that Nushrat does to keep herself in that perfect shape she is currently in. In a recent interview with IANS, Nushrat revealed how following a proper diet and eating meals at the right time plays an important role in staying fit and healthy.

In the interview, she stresses on the point that being fit much more than being size zero. Being a part of the glamorous world surely requires B-towners to eat low calorie foods and being very particular about their fitness regimes. But this doesn’t infer that you have to starve yourself and force yourself to achieve a size zero.

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According to Nushrat Bharucha, it is important to maintain a balance. Every individual should understand what works best for his/her body. What you eat and how you exercise should ultimately make you feel good from the inside. Your diet and exercise should make you feel energised and not lethargic at any point of time.

Motivation is the key to following diets keto diet or low-carb diet or paleo diet, etc. These diets have gained quite some popularity in the recent times as they can help in achieving quick weight loss.

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Meals play an important role in a determining a person’s overall health. Nushrat Bharucha feels that it is important to eat right. Millennials today are constantly on the go and find it difficult to take out time for themselves, especially their meals. Skipping meals is a “bad idea” according to Nushrat.

Forgetting to eat during your meal time can lead to weight gain in the long run. Many people tend to miss breakfast since they are always running late for meetings or are missing deadlines. This however, has been found to be linked with larger waist size and gain in weight. Read here to know how skipping breakfast can cause weight gain.

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So, forget the size zero idea and follow a healthy lifestyle for holistic health and well-being. We know Nushrat Bharuch follows this fitness mantra, then why can’t you?!