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Books are a woman's (and man's) best friend. From the turn of the century books and knowledge have been given a very big spot in the society. Even in the age of Netflix series and YouTube videos, the feeling losing yourself into a book is priceless. Often people overlook the importance of a good book but ask any literary or learned person and they will tell you that reading and reading for pleasure are what make you successful in this life. So, this world book day here's how you can make your twenties a little less rough.

A Book of Simple Living by Ruskin Bond

'A book of simple living' is not a book, it is a life lesson, it is years and years of experience poured down between pages. The book will take you on a journey of self discovery and knowledge. The book talks about life and how to properly appreciate it, it also talks of simple pleasures, small things that make you who you are.

"and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.."

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is a beautiful book. A lot of people have this book on their "must read list" but not a lot of people read the book. Read it. It's that simple. Read the book and you'll learn more about compassion, loyalty, love and bitterness than you can ever learn from sermons and holy scriptures. Set in the pre-war world of Afghanistan, the book is an ode to friendships lost and voices muted.

The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime by Mark Haddon

If you're one who's always afraid of being left out, an outcast and don't really fit in anywhere, then this book will give you a lesson or two. The plot follows a young fifteen year boy and a detective who investigates the murder of a dog. The plot shows how people from the inside have a stereotypical view of the outside. It is a book that deals with how to see the world in a different and more colourful light.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is a classic and that is why it is on every single list you'll ever come across. Why have so many people read the book and recommend it? It is because the book is full of lessons that no-one teaches you. Lessons that are so hard to learn that people spend a lifetime still trying to figure it out. Read the book and find the balance you've been looking for.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by

In a life immersed in social media and flashing our wins in each others faces, the book teaches you how to survive it all. Be it the condescending comments from your aunt or the snide remarks those girls make in college, the book will help get through it all, with giving a F.

Twenties is a tough time, people go through a lot in their twenties. This is the time when we are supposed to "figure ourselves out" and this is thime its most difficult to. So, get on and get reading because drinking wine alone will not make you wise!

Maharashtra govt slashes rates for COVID test across Mumbai & other state districts

COVID tests rates reduced to ₹500 for lab walk-ins and ₹700 for home testing.

The Maharashtra government slashed the rates for RT-PCR, rapid antigen, and antibody tests for the sixth time on Monday. According to the new rate card, getting an RT-PCR COVID test in any hospital or a laboratory in Maharashtra will cost ₹500, while home sampling will incur ₹700 now. The price for bulk testing by government agencies has also been reduced to ₹350, from ₹500.

The price of a rapid antigen test has been marked at ₹100 if a person goes to a hospital or lab for testing, and ₹250 for home collection. A rapid antigen test would cost ₹150 if it would be carried out in a kiosk or a place of mass collection.

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NCC pays tribute to the bravehearts of 1971 Indo-Pak War at Lucknow University!

On Monday, the NCC Group headquarters at Lucknow organised a felicitation ceremony for the war widows of the 1971 battle.

Notching up the celebrations of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) is conducting ‘Azadi ki Vijay Shrankhla aur Sanskritiyon ka Mahasangam’ to honour the brave-hearts of the 1971 Indo-Pak war. On Monday, the NCC group headquarters at Lucknow organised a felicitation ceremony for the war widows of the historic battle at Malviya Hall of Lucknow University. Notably, this mega tribute launched by the NCC on November 28 spans over 75 locations across India and will conclude by December 10.

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Mumbai local trains to shuttle faster with new modifications in tow!

The punctuality of local trains has nearly improved to 100% with the removal of permanent speed restrictions.

Mumbai's lifeline commute, the locals are set to race at a new speed with the removal of the permanent speed restrictions (PCR). Reportedly, the Western Railway has successfully removed various operation constraints on Mumbai suburban section to enhance the mobility and safety of the services. The railways claim that this move has improved the punctuality of trains from 95% in 2019-20 to 99.3% in 2021-22.

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SGPGI in Lucknow to get a helipad; Air-ambulance service to begin soon!

As per the officials of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute, this facility is aimed to boost organ transplant across Uttar Pradesh.

Augmenting the existing medical infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow's Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute (SGPGI) is all set to start air ambulance services soon. As per the official report, the administration has given a go ahead for this new facility and the construction of helipad is about to begin by 2022 January. Notably, the PGI administration has already filed a detailed project report for this upcoming facility.

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Eternal Hospital in Jaipur performs more than 3000 TAVI/TAVR procedures!

Notably, this path-breaking procedure was performed for the first time in Rajasthan in 2016, at Eternal Hospital.

Adding yet another feather to its cap, Eternal Hospital (EHCC) in Jaipur has managed to perform the highest number of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation(TAVI) and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedures in Rajasthan. As per the officials, the hospital has performed this ground-breaking procedure more than 3200 times as of now. Notably, EHCC was also the first hospital in Rajasthan to perform this rare medical feat in the year 2016.

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Goa issues fresh guidelines for travellers in wake of Omicron rise

The new guidelines cover both Domestic and International passengers.

The Goa government has laid down new rules for domestic and international travellers. The tightened security is a result of the rise in cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, across the country. Previously, the government had issues guidelines that specifically applied to international passengers from the 12 'high-risk' countries.

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Traffic to remain affected for 3 days in Lucknow on account of 'Swarnim Vijay Varsh' Event

Here's a list of route diversions in Lucknow due to the upcoming 'Swarnim Vijay Varsh Event'

Lucknow's traffic management system has been altered on account of the 'Swarnim Vijay Varsh Event', commemorating the golden Jubilee (50-years) of India's stellar victory during the 1971 Bangladeshi Liberation War. Set to be held at Vidhan Sabha on Thursday, this mega celebration will result in intense roadblocks in the heart of the city. As such, the Lucknow administration has devised two action plans, namely A and B, to avert any traffic inconvenience and regulate vehicular movements with ease. Check all route diversions here:

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