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30/12/2014

Workplaces: Is it a man's world?

Workplaces: Is it a man's world?
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Palak Bhatia discusses the dynamics of workplaces with a male majority and the need for a balanced gender ratio

Organisations today recognise the importance of diversification of their workforces. Be it age, race, religion or geography, companies today try to accommodate skilled employees from all strata in their human resources. One of the most vital factors in this diversification process is gender. Unbalanced gender ratios often foster an environment in which the majority is unreceptive to the ideas and work of the minority. It is therefore, advised that a healthy equilibrium between the genders is essential at workplaces.

When the workplace of a male professional has much lesser number of female employees, it subtly plays with his mentality that women are maybe lesser talented.

As a result, males come to feel that it is a `man's job' and are less inclined to trust the work of women employees. Zafar Rais, CEO, MindShift Interactive, elaborates, "In a social context, if a man works around a large number of men and fewer women, he is definitely bound to think that capabilities differ depending on gender. This is mainly because he is not given a chance to explore or witness a woman's sense of work and progress. It impacts the team-working ability of both men and women if men do not trust women to do the work they are assigned for. If a man lives in a pretext that it is a `man's job', it's time to shift that way of thinking.

We have men and women doing the same work in our office, without ever having a bias towards either side. Organisations facing such a situation must work towards changing it through bonding exercises, highlighting strengths of men and women employees and ensuring the top managers aren't biased."

In contrast, when the office has a larger number of female employees, it makes male professionals more open to their opinions, brings a human touch and does not allow ego to come in the way. Sumithra Mathew, vice president and head HR of a real estate website, explains, "Perceptions of talent may vary based not only on numbers, but also on the role assigned and competence required for executing the role. Given that, women employees certainly bring in a different dimension to the workplace. Male professionals are beginning to recog nise this and companies that leverage this diversity stand to gain in the long run."

Hence, it is important to maintain a good gender ratio in organisations. Saba Adil, head talent, AEGON Religare Life Insurance, elaborates, "Good gender diversity is always healthy for an organisation as skills complement each other in a gender-balanced environment and is good for everyone. It allows companies to get the best talent in from an available talent pool and create a work atmosphere that is more inclusive, considers more viewpoints, perspectives and sharing of ideas, leading to more innovation, better solutions and hence better performance."

 

Hence, organisations must work towards improving their gender ratios so as to create a nurturing and productive atmosphere in the offices. Read more here:MarieAustralia vintage formal dresses

27/12/2014

The Big Biryani Fight: Which Biryani is better?

The Big Biryani Fight: Which Biryani is better?
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People from both Lucknow and Hyderabad are foodies, preferring their own biryanis over the others. It is Ramzan time, the time of the year when you not just pray to the Almighty, but also enjoy the best biryanis.

We spoke to celebrities from both places to find out the difference and most importantly, which is better. And our conclusion is the obvious, they were all diplomatic about not running down the other biryani, but their own remained their favourite

Lakhnawi is Yakhni style, Hyderabadi is Dakhni style

Hyderabadi spicier and pungent

Lakhnawi lighter and easier on the stomach

Lakhnawi Biryani

Sudhir Mishra, filmmaker (comes from Lucknow): Hyderabadi biryani will be my second choice only if I don't get my Lakhnawi one

People from both Lucknow and Hyderabad are foodies and they live to eat. There is always this friendly banter between Lucknow and Hyderabad people as to whose biryani is better. Actually, both are equally good. They both use different spices but since I am from Lucknow, I prefer my Lakhnawi biryani. Hyderabadi biryani is a bit khatta. Lakhnawi biryani is slow cooked and is lighter on the stomach. I have lived in Hyderabad for a few months and their biryani is also wonderful by itself. Whenever I go to Hyderabad, I put on four to five kilos. It is a good change for me. Hyderabadi biryani will be my second choice only if I don't get my Lakhnawi one.

Ali Fazal, actor (comes from Lucknow): Hyderabadi biryani looks better but nothing to beat the taste of Lucknow

In biryani, you can't beat Lucknow. It's the yakhni, the way they cook it, it's just yummy. Hyderabadi biryani is very heavy and a lot more spicy. Lakhnawi is very smooth and gives you a cleaner stomach. May be it's the way they cut the meat. I love chowk, which is old Lucknow which is also where you have Tunday kabab. The kakori kababs from there just melt in your mouth. And I will have to say, that while I love the way Hyderabad presents its biryani, I love the taste of Lucknow.

Muzaffar Ali, filmmaker (comes from Lucknow): Lakhnawi biryani is lighter whereas the Hyderabadi one is pungent and spicy

I never compare anything in life and I am not an authority on Hyderabadi biryani but both, Hyderabadi and Lakhnawi biryanis are good. Actually Lucknow is more into pulao of dum variety whereas the biryani is more famous in Hyderabad and Delhi. Dum pulao is not very spicy. It is more earthy whereas Hyderabadi biryani is pungent and spicy with strong flavours.

Hyderabadi Biryani

Dia Mirza, Actor (comes from Hyderabad): The war can go on forever, but Hyderabadi biryani wins hands down

The war between the two biryanis of Hyderabad and Lucknow have been on since centuries but Hyderabad wins hands down. Hyderabadi biryani has a lot more flavouring. Lakhnawi in comparison is more bland and whiter. Hyderabadi biryani has a lot more zaffran. It has the mitti ki khushboo as it is made in dum. I feel that the earth, fire and the wood combined transfer their love to the Hyderabadi biryani.

Rana Daggubati, actor (comes from Hyderabad): The Hyderabadi biryani is my favourite food and I manage to eat it at least thrice a week

I'll always be pro Hyderabad when it comes to biryani, but that is not just because I'm from Hyderabad. I like the dum biryani here because it is spicier and has lots of extra meat. During Ramzan, we have some of the best haleem and biryani in Hyderabad. And the haleem along with the biryani makes for a double delight. I've had the Lakhnawi biryani several times in the past. The quality and flavour of meat in both is excellent. The Lakhnawi biryani is close to the Middle Eastern style, whereas the Hyderabadi biryani is distinctively Dakhni. Hyderabadi biryani is one of my favourite foods, so I try and get as much as I can while I'm in Hyderabad. If not more, I manage to eat biryani at least three times a week.

Zarina Wahab, actor (visited Hyderabad while growing up): I love going for the midnight biryani in Hyderabad

 

The ingredients and flavours are different between the two biryanis. I guess Hyderabadi biryani is a bit more pungent because Andhra food is known to be spicy, while Lakhnawi biryani is less spicy. I am more familiar with Hyderabadi biryani as I would often visit the city when I was growing up. Biryani culture is more popular in Hyderabad and so every restaurant serves biryani. I love going for the midnight biryani that is very popular. Read more here:MarieAustralia long formal dresses

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25/12/2014

Tips to buy the perfect lingerie

Tips to buy the perfect lingerie
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Its not just the size that matters when you are out choosing the perfect lingerie, but, the body type, the outfits you plan to pair them them with, the colour and pattern etc are some of the other factors that can help you pick the right one.

With the plethora of designs, fits, shapes, colours, prints and patterns available in the markets both retain shops and online, it can be quite confusing when it comes to buying the right one for your self. Here are some tips that can help...

SIZE YOURSELF UP

Every few months we lose or gain a few inches and our body changes. The fits of our clothes too change and hence it is important to measure yourself and find the perfect fit the band size as well as the cup size.

BRANDS DIFFER IN FITS AND STYLES

Every lingerie brand has a different fit and feel to it.

There are some shapes and styles in some brands that can change your look com MEASURE THE RIGHT WAY Using a measuring tape find out your band size -run the tape right under your breast, ribcage and back. Add five inches to it to get your chest size. Repeat this a few times till you get the same number. pletely. So, you need to try out before you purchase anything.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT T-SHIRT BRA

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that it should be seamless and the lines should not show through. A sturdy , supportive bra is ideal, under your tshirt.

STRAP IT RIGHT

When you are wearing a halter neck top or blouse opt for a bra that has removable, adjustable straps. You can criss-cross the straps so that the shoulder is left bare and your halter top looks prefect.Off-shoulder and one-shoulder dresses can also be worn with these bras where you adjust the straps to suit the outfit. Transparent straps are passe, avoid them, rather, opt for straps that are colourful and attractive, which won't look unseemly even if they peek out. PSST...

 

When buying online follow the reference measuring guidelines that the sites give to get the perfect fit. Read more here:MarieAustralia black formal dresses

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