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Anand Desai 06 August 2014
A travelogue going deep into the Himalayas, ending at Gaumukh   Uttarakhand is still recovering from last year’s disaster. It’ll be a while before the state returns to the way things were; but this is an ode not a eulogy. I made a trip to Uttarakhand the year before the floods. I am...

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Wind energy, solar panels, rainwater harvesting, water recycling and composting: the Date home in Pune is one of the greenest homes in India today   Just look out for the pavanchakki on the roof. You can’t miss it,” said the watchman as he directed me to the house of Dhananjay Date in...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 24 July 2014
The mileage claims in auto advertising are often misleading as the manufacturer gives figures of mileage obtained under certain specific conditions, and not based on general use of the vehicle   As a consumer, there are few things more maddening than getting slammed at the pump. The...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 21 July 2014
The lesson here is twofold: First, don’t wire money to anyone you don’t know. Ever. If the deal turns out to be a scam, you’re not likely to get your money back. Second, book your vacations — no matter the duration — through reputable businesses You need a vacation – no, deserve...

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Anand Desai  and   Vishrut Patel 13 June 2014
What is common between Charles Dickens, King George, Alfred Hitchcock and Cary Grant? Could it be a barber?   There was a time when the rebels among men got facial treatments, pedicures, and exfoliations. Times have changed and today's rebels are the ones not 'taking care' of...

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Are the taxes in your repair and service bill going to the government?   Have you looked closely at your automobile repair & service bills, and re-checked the vast variety of taxes and other charges levied on everything—from spare parts to lubricants to labour charges? Chances are...

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Puneetkumar Pattar 04 June 2014
While many appreciate the progress from ATM cards to debit cards, there are many bank customers out there who do not see any real reason for shelling out a hundred rupees every year as annual fees The banking industry has come a long way and today we are almost at a stage where everyone...

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Moneylife Digital Team 29 May 2014
AirAsia may look at making airfares 35% lower than the current average airfares as its officials had promised to make the carrier one of the cheapest airlines in India   AirAsia India, the $30-million tripartite joint venture between Tata Sons, AirAsia Berhad and Tekestra Tradeplace,...

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TruthInAdvertising.org 27 May 2014
Be wary of advertisements posing as independent sites — if it’s promoting something as if it were an ad, be suspicious   We saw this web “ad” amid links to third-party articles across the web — “news from across the web.” That is, we saw it in a place you wouldn’t expect to see an ad,...

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It is hoped that the High Court's verdict will make it possible for Air Asia to take to the sky soon and serve the air travellers the best service that money can buy Mittu Chandilya, chief executive of Air Asia, speaking to newspersons after receiving the operating permit from the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 10 April 2014
100bestbuy.com is accused of delivering sub-standard or different products than what were ordered online by customers. Also the online shopping site is allegedly luring gullible customers with its ‘pay & get a chance to win’ contests Singapore-based (as per info from ScamAdvisor.com)...

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Naveena Israni 13 March 2014
If there’s one city on earth that knows how to ‘live the crazy life’, it’s Madrid. Naveena Israni explores the passion and vibes of this effervescent city For years considered the ugly stepsister of beautiful Barcelona, Madrid has finally come into its own. It has emerged as the beating...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 February 2014
During the December quarter, Samsung maintained its leadership with a 38% share in the Indian smartphone market, followed by Micromax (16%), Karbonn (10%), Sony (5%) and Lava (4.7%), says IDC Smartphone sales in India grew almost three-fold to over 44 million during 2013, buoyed by a...

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AK Ramdas AK Ramdas 26 February 2014
Instead of raising objections, it is time for existing domestic carriers to welcome a new member, Air Costa in their fold, and serve the travelling public Just three weeks ago, on 31st January, SpiceJet offered a 30% discount to flyers who book at least 30 days before their travel date,...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 12 February 2014
Just nine of these have been made. One Indian entrepreneur is one of the buyers Lamborghini has manufactured just nine Veneno, a limited edition of its latest, and most expensive, cars. Each costs a whopping $4.25 million (without taxes and duty). Of these, it is known that two have gone...

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Moneylife Digital Team 07 February 2014
According to a survey conducted by Religare, travel, jewellery, luxury good and FMCG spends across urban India are weakening while home and car purchases are being deferred by consumers Discretionary travel, jewellery, luxury goods and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) spending among...

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Moneylife Digital Team 05 February 2014
According to the Principal Financial Well Being Index study, overall 77% of respondents in India feel that the prices of groceries, fuel and other household items will go up in next one year and affect their budgets seriously Principal Retirement Advisors (India) has said that Indian...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 23 January 2014
Your registration number could be worth more than the vehicle itself when it is time to sell it There have been reports that the registration number 0001 for cars goes for above Rs10 lakh in states where this is a ‘priced product’—either through fixed price plus reservation method, or...

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Gopinath Prabhu 03 January 2014
BSNL declared 31st December and 1st January as blackout days for voice calls and reportedly collected more than double charges from its prepaid subscribers in Karnataka State run telecom giant Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has found a new and innovative formula to earn more revenues...

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Veeresh Malik Veeresh Malik 26 December 2013
A string of high profile accidents has brought in the question of automobile safety even in high-end luxury cars and big vehicles. Are they really safer? There have been some high-profile accidents, reported as well as unreported, involving expensive cars, over the past week. Once again,...

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