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2020040320200404 (WS)Millions of migrant labourers in India have set off on foot for their villages, sparking a crisis as the country observes a lockdown to cope with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Many are walking hundreds of miles as public transport has been suspended.

The migrant workers form the backbone of the big city economy. They mostly work in informal sectors, as construction labourers on building sites, domestic helpers in housing blocks, or food delivery staff at takeaways. Most live in poor conditions in congested urban ghettos, but they are now expressing fears that they will starve to death as the lockdown has turned them into refugees overnight.

What are their stories of the long journey back to their villages? And what are the measures being taken by the government to help these people? In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss what is happening on the ground and what are the solutions to resolve India’s massive migration crisis.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Ronnie Screwvala, entrepreneur and founder, Swades Foundation; Chinmay Tumbe, assistant professor of economics, Indian Institute of Management; Bhakti Sharma, head, Barkhedi Abdulla

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

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Are We Ready For The Passion Economy?2021010120210103 (WS)Are there lessons in the pandemic upheaval about the evolving nature of work? In the new world, there is a new economic possibility - making money out of small, passion-fuelled endeavours, rather than the conventional 9-to-5 routines of the pre-pandemic world.

This rise of the “passion economy” is towards more niche, fluid pathways, in contrast to the traditional means of employment. But is it a temporary trend experiencing a surge due to the pandemic, or is it more fundamental?

More importantly, will innovation and passion shape the economy of the future?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we hear the stories of three different individuals taking uncharted courses to turn their passions into professions.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Sulakshana Bhattacharya, woodworker and founder, MishtooMade; Sonakshi Srivastava, wildlife conservationist; Rajat Ubhaykar, travel writer

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

As India Unlocks, How Will It Protect Its Workers' Rights?2020060520200606 (WS)
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Will diluting labour laws revamp the economy or create a labour crisis?

From Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance

India is gradually unlocking its economy after more than two months of shutdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak, but many businesses and factories are facing a shortage of labour. That’s because when the factories closed down, millions of migrant workers, left to fend for themselves, returned to their native places. They have little to do there.

On top of that, several states have diluted labour protection laws, saying it would attract investment and create more jobs. But critics say this would make India’s workers - among the lowest wage earners in the world - more vulnerable to exploitation.

So, in this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how can India protect its workers. Will diluting labour laws revamp the economy or create a labour crisis?

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors:

Nishtha Satyam, deputy country representative, UN Women India; K Vaidya Nathan, finance professor, Indian School of Business; Ranu Bhogal, director of policy, research and campaigns, Oxfam India

Bollywood: The Hidden Cost Of Stardom2020082120200823 (WS)India’s film industry is among the largest in the world. It releases around 2,000 films every year and attracts a steady band of actors hoping to make their fortune. Most of them head to Mumbai where the hugely popular Hindi film industry, also known as Bollywood, is based.

But it’s an uphill battle. On the surface, glamour, fame, and pomp form its biggest appeal, but underneath, harsh prejudices, fierce competition, and toxic rivalry run deep.

So, what are the positives and the pitfalls that aspiring actors endure? And how has the journey been like for those who’ve earned name and fame? In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss Bollywood and its hidden cost for stardom.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Adil Hussain, Bollywood actor; Anupama Chopra, film critic; Sahiba Bali, actor

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Can India Afford To Boycott Chinese Products?2020062620200627 (WS)How would a boycott of Chinese goods affect India's economy?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

In India, there have been growing calls to boycott Chinese goods. The two countries were recently involved in one of their deadliest border clashes in over 50 years, which left 20 Indian soldiers dead.

Now anti-China sentiments are gaining momentum within India. And so are calls for a boycott of Chinese goods. The expectation is that trade sanctions can inflict far greater injury on China, as India imports Chinese goods worth nearly $80 billion - far more than its exports at around $20 billion.

But is it easier said than done? China remains India’s largest trading partner in goods. Chinese companies have invested billions of dollars in Indian startups, and Indian companies depend heavily on Chinese imports.

So, will a boycott serve India’s interest? In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss whether India can really afford to boycott Chinese products.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Sulajja Firodia Motwani, vice chairperson, Kinetic Engineering, founder & CEO, Kinetic Green Energy & Power Solutions Limited; Nikhil Pahwa, digital policy expert & founder, Medianama; Sonam Wangchuk, inventor, education reformer

Caste Bias In Silicon Valley: India's Unwanted Export2020073120200801 (WS)A landmark case against a tech giant in the US has made news recently. Regulators in the state of California sued IT firm Cisco for allegedly discriminating against an Indian-American employee on the basis of his caste. The company has denied the allegations.

Caste system, which is outlawed in India, is a social ranking practice, which determines the work you do, the religious practices you can follow and even the relationships you can have. Those at the bottom rung of the system are often referred to as ‘untouchables’. And with many Indians migrating to the US for better job opportunities, caste bias has become an uncomfortable reality there as well.

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we look at India’s unwanted export, and how Indians working in tech firms in the US feel discriminated against because of their caste.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Yashica Dutt, author - Coming out as Dalit; Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Dalit technologist, executive director, Equality Labs Dalit civil rights organization; Laurence Simon, professor of international development at Brandeis University focusing on caste and social exclusion

Photo:A protestor holds a placard in a protest against killing of Dalit low-caste youth in Nepall, June 2020 Credit: Getty Images

How caste bias has become an uncomfortable reality for many Indians migrating to the US

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Coronavirus Lockdown: Impact On Influencer Economy2020041720200418 (WS)
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How is India's lockdown affecting people who make their money from social media?

From Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

As India extends stay-at-home orders to fight the coronavirus outbreak, social media usage has seen a huge spike. According to a recent study, Indians are spending more than four hours every day on social media - nearly an 87% increase since before the lockdown.

So social media influencers are faced with the difficult challenge of delivering fresh content and making money, despite severe restrictions on movement.

Experts say the economic impact of coronavirus is starting to bite and may lead to a 15-25 per cent drop in what influencers earn for sponsored posts while events get cancelled and businesses trim budgets. Travel influencers are particularly hit by an industry-wide meltdown as nearly 75 million jobs are at risk worldwide - one in eight of them in India - according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.

So, how significant are the challenges in the near term? And what are social media influencers doing to cope with the lockdown?

#WorklifeIndia looks at the best ways that influencers are finding to create fresh content and their shift to alternative strategies to avoid lockdown blues.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Prajakta Koli, MostlySane content creator; Ankita Kumar, travel content creator; Harish Bijoor, brand and business strategy consultant

Coronavirus Lockdown: Lessons In Tackling Pollution?2020050820200509 (WS)
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Lockdowns across the world have grounded flights and shut down factories. But as countries battle the coronavirus pandemic and prepare for an impending economic recession, we are also witnessing one of the largest carbon crashes ever recorded. People across the world are talking about and sharing pictures on social media of azure blue skies, fresh air, clean water and even rare wildlife sightings within human settlements.

But environmentalists warn all this may be temporary, as economic recovery would get prioritized before the environment in a post-pandemic world.

So, are there lessons the pandemic can teach us about living with nature? And will countries go for greener policies as they rebuild their economies?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we bring in guests from China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India to discuss what the lockdown has meant for some of Asia’s – and the world’s – most polluted places.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Sunita Narain, director general, Centre for Science and Environment, India; Ahmad Rafay Alam, environment lawyer, Pakistan; Shababa Haque, senior research associate, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Bangladesh; Yifei Li, assistant professor of environmental studies, New York University Shanghai, China

From Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Covid Crisis: Does 'burnout Leave' Work?2021070920210710 (WS)Burnout is rising in the world of office goers. Months of disruption and uncertainty caused by the Covid pandemic has led workers at many companies to feel stressed and exhausted. Daily life has been disrupted, and the lines between work and leisure blurred. Many are finding it difficult to cope.

In response to this, many companies have announced burnout leave. It’s being seen as a way to show the workers that they have a support system to lean on. Or is it just a headline grabbing tactic? And what about the professionals who are availing this leave? Has it really helped them?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how companies define wellness, and whether burnout leave actually works.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: TN Hari, HR head, BigBasket; Sahil Mathur, chief HR officer, InMobi Group; Himel Sarkar, content supervisor, Organic by MSL

Many companies are offering employees extra periods of leave to avoid getting burned out

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Covid: India's Child Malnutrition Crisis2021062520210626 (WS)An estimated 115 million children in India are said to be at risk of malnutrition. Experts say India's Covid lockdowns interrupted crucial government schemes that benefit hundreds of millions of women and children.

The malnutrition rates were already on the rise in the years leading up to the Covid outbreak. India’s lockdowns, some of the severest anywhere in the world, have made matters worse. In fact, recent reports indicate stunting among children in some areas has gone up by as much as 20% in a matter of just a few months.

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss the challenges and the measures being taken to tackle child malnutrition during a devastating pandemic.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Dr Pavitra Mohan, co-founder, Basic HealthCare Services; Sophie Healy-Thow, food systems & nutrition activist, Ireland; Dr Sreehari M, state nodal officer - child health, NHM, Kerala

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Fighting India's Covid Infodemic2021061120210612 (WS)Fake news and misinformation are hampering India's battle with the coronavirus pandemic. Right from the origins of the virus to unproven alternative cures to efficacy of vaccines, a wave of mass anxiety has washed over the country's social media.

While most misleading messages spread through online platforms, experts say senior leaders and influencers have also played a role in fuelling traditional sentiments that prefer alternative therapies to modern medicine. This has increased vaccine hesitancy, especially in rural India, and led to political as well as medical misinformation.

Conspiracy theories and false claims not only spread rapidly, they also prompt people to take action in real life - often with severe consequences.

What kinds of fake news have dominated India's coronavirus landscape? What role can tech companies play to keep this in check? And is the government a bigger stakeholder in fighting the fake news menace?

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Pratik Sinha, co-founder, Alt News; Apar Gupta, executive director, Internet Freedom Foundation; Dr Vasundhara Rangaswamy, microbiologist, primary care physician

What role should government and tech companies play in tackling Covid misinformation?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Holidaying In A Pandemic2020121820201220 (WS)Many people dream of a trip to Switzerland’s fairytale-like snowy peaks, or the pristine waters of Hawaii. But plans for these and other holidays in 2020 were brought to an abrupt halt by the coronavirus pandemic. With international and domestic travel replete with restrictions, there is no immediate relief in sight.

But the holiday season is nearly here, and as the world gets closer to a vaccine, the holidaying sentiment is also seeing an uptick.

But what is the new normal in planning a holiday? Are hotels and travel companies quick to adapt to travellers’ changed preferences? And how do safety and hygiene concerns affect people’s travel plans?

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Ankita Kumar, travel influencer; Ankita Sheth, co-founder, Vista Rooms; Vivek Shukla, general manager, corporate affairs, The Lalit

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Are Health Workers Coping In India's Fresh Wave?2021043020210501 (WS)Covid-19 is ravaging India. India is reporting more fresh cases everyday than any other country has during the pandemic. India also crossed the devastating figure of 200,000 coronavirus deaths this week. The real number of deaths is thought to be much higher. The country's crumbling healthcare system is battling an onslaught of fresh cases, and an acute shortage of resources like medical oxygen, hospital beds and essential medicines.

At the forefront of this fight are the health workers. They are working relentlessly with scare resources to go beyond the call of duty and save precious lives. How is the fresh wave affecting their health and wellbeing? How is it impacting their loved ones? How do they fight feelings of burnout, guilt and trauma?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we ask frontline health workers how they are coping in this deadly second wave and what can be done to help.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Dr Saswati Sinha, critical care specialist, AMRI Hospital; Dr Roma Kumar, senior consultant psychologist; Jibin TC, nurse, president, United Nurses Association (Maharashtra)

How is the pandemic affecting the health and wellbeing of India's health workers?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Are Indian Businesses Facing The Covid Challenge?2021061820210619 (WS)Covid has dealt a heavy blow to Indian businesses. Battling the first and then a ferocious second wave of coronavirus infections, the country has seen consumer demand crash, upended supply chains and a transformation in consumer habits. Millions of jobs have been lost in both rural and urban areas.

Surviving this changed landscape amid an ongoing virus scare has been a major challenge for both big and small businesses. So, how vulnerable are some sectors compared to others? Are there newer opportunities to tap into? Or should the aim be to just stay afloat and tide over this crisis? We take an in-depth look into the survival strategies of Indian businesses facing the Covid challenge.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

(Photo: People visit at Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi. Credit: Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times/Getty Images)

The survival strategies of Indian businesses facing the Covid challenge in-depth

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Are India's Healthcare Systems Tackling The Coronavirus Crisis?2020061220200613 (WS)
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What could be done better to handle the situation?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

India’s coronavirus infections have climbed to the fourth highest in the world.

As the country nears 300,000 cases, the significant spike in infections has begun taking a toll on India’s healthcare system. Hospitals are struggling to cope with the number of patients they are getting. Many allege that patients are being turned away due to a lack of space.

While local governments are trying to ramp up capacity, it is not uniform across the country. Mumbai, India’s financial capital is among the worst hit with nearly 100,000 cases and a need for at least 80,000 more hospital beds. The southern state of Kerala, on the other hand, has been praised for its stringent measures to tackle the infections. The state has reported just over 2,000 confirmed cases so far.

So, what is working and what could be done better to handle the situation? In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss the measures that can help India tackle its healthcare crisis.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Dr Rathan Kelkar, mission director, National Health Mission Kerala; Preetha Reddy, vice chairperson, Apollo Hospitals and president, NATHEALTH; Prof K Srinath Reddy, president, Public Health Foundation of India

How Are India's Lavish Weddings Changing Under Lockdown?2020072420200725 (WS)More than 10 million marriages take place every year in India, while the wedding industry - one of the biggest in the country - is estimated to be over $50bn in size. Multiple ceremonies, large gatherings, destination choices, designer wear - the list is endless, as families try to outdo each other in scale and extravagance.

But the coronavirus has hit the industry hard, with the government restricting the number of guests to just 50. Royal revelries have all but vanished, with masks and sanitisers becoming an essential part of the smaller, cheaper weddings.

So, in this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how India’s big, fat wedding industry is adapting in the times of social distancing.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Kaveri Vij, wedding planner; Raghav Khullar and Vandana Mirchandani, newlyweds; Saurabh Goswami, matchmaker

How is one of the world's biggest wedding industries adapting to social distancing?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Can Bollywood Survive The Coronavirus Pandemic?2020061920200620 (WS)
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As India's Hindi film industry gets ready to resume production, what will have to change?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

India’s mega Hindi film industry, Bollywood, is staring at a loss of more than $300 million. Since mid-March, film production has been stalled and the country’s 9,500 theatres are shut because of the coronavirus outbreak. This has led to massive job losses.

Mumbai, India’s financial capital, which is also home to the multi-billion-dollar industry, has allowed resumption of film shoots and production work from next month, but with severe restrictions. How will social distancing norms affect filmmaking? How will Bollywood's trademark song-and-dance spectacles be filmed?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how Bollywood will have to change to survive the coronavirus crisis.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Tisca Chopra, Bollywood actor; Amit Behl, senior joint secretary, chairperson - outreach committee, CINTAA; Sidharth Anand Kumar, vice president - films & events, Saregama India Ltd

How Can Coronavirus-hit India Get Back In Business?2020042420200425 (WS)
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Are India's coronavirus-hit businesses ready for a comeback?

From Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

India has taken tentative steps to ease lockdown restrictions for some industrial and agricultural activities.

According to a recent study, the country is facing an economic loss of nearly 234 billion dollars due to the lockdown, which has now been in place for more than four weeks. The focus now is to restart the stalled economy and save jobs. Nearly 120 million people are presently unemployed.

The International Monetary Fund has estimated a sharp economic recovery for India in financial year 2022, at 7.4 per cent. But how soon can recovery take place across different sectors, and what will it take to restore consumer confidence?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss whether India’s coronavirus-hit businesses are ready for a comeback.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Vikram Kirloskar, president, Confederation of Indian Industries; Radhika Khandelwal, chef and restaurateur; Upasana Taku, co-founder, MobiKwik

How Can India Be Made Safer For Women?2020100920201011 (WS)The recent death of a young Dalit (formerly untouchable) woman, who was allegedly gang-raped and assaulted in northern India, has led to shock, outrage and protests across the country.

The case has also raised an inevitable question – how safe is India for women?

As newer generations of girls and young women go out to study and work in larger numbers than ever before, is there any sign of fewer crimes against them? Official data shows that a rape is committed every 16 minutes in the country: that’s 87 every day.

So, what can be done to check sexual violence against women? Should there be stricter law enforcement and speedier justice? Or is there a need to first tackle the deep-rooted patriarchal mindset? Can new age solutions such as online data mapping, real-time alerts or anti-rape technology offer much help?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we introspect and ask, what can India do to protect its women?

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Dr Kalpana Viswanath, co-founder, CEO, Safetipin; Dr Sunita Toor, criminologist, Sheffield Hallam University; Antika Sarkar, programme associate, Equal Community Foundation

What can be done to check sexual violence against women in India?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Can India Beat Colourism?2020071020200712 (WS)“I was told I would look pretty if my skin were lighter.” “My parents constantly worry how they’ll find me a good husband, as I am very dark complexioned.” “I am the fairest in my family… so obviously, more privileged!”

For most Indian women, these are day-to-day conversations in a society where lighter skin tone is considered beautiful, even superior. But in recent weeks, in response to the conversations taking place around the #BlackLivesMatter campaign, several companies have come forward to drop words such as 'white', 'fairer', or 'lighter' from their skin-lightening products.

But will it have any significant impact on the deep-rooted colourism that is part of the Indian culture? And would Indian brands be more inclusive?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss the best ways to beat colourism in India.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Nandita Das, Bollywood actor and director; Karishma Kewalramani, founder and CEO, FAE Beauty; Harish Bijoor, brand and business strategy consultant

Is India doing enough to tackle prejudice towards darker-skinned people?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Can India Manage Its Labour Crisis?2020070320200704 (WS)When India implemented a strict lockdown three months ago, thousands of migrant workers walked hundreds of miles on foot to reach home, as the cities where they worked shut shop. Nearly seven million workers are estimated to have now returned to their native villages.

But this has led to a fresh crisis, as most are without any means of livelihood.

While the government has announced schemes offering at least 100 days of employment, and is trying to map workers’ skills to rural-specific jobs, most labourers say they are yet to receive any tangible benefits. Meanwhile, businesses are reopening in the cities, and facing the challenge of a missing labour pool.

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss the best measures that can help India resolve its labour crisis.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Divya Varma, Centre for Migration and Labour Solutions, Aajeevika Bureau; Rituparna Chakraborty, co-founder, executive vice president, TeamLease; Maneet Gohil, co-founder, CEO, Lal10

How should India's government help jobless workers and struggling businesses?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Can India Revive Growth?2020091820200920 (WS)India is staring at its sharpest growth contraction on record. With more than five million Covid-19 cases so far, the country has announced a nearly 24 per cent slump in its economy in the three months to the end of June this year. Experts fear further disruptions in growth as businesses continue to bleed.

So, what is the way out of this crisis? Would a revival in growth ultimately hinge upon a recovery in the pandemic curve? And how quickly can the Narendra Modi-led government get that under control to determine India's economic fate?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss the impact of the contraction on Indian companies and consumers, and what can be done to revive India's growth story.

Presenter: Divya Arya

Contributors: Mohit Malhotra, CEO, Dabur India; Preeti Reddy, CEO, South Asia, Kantar Insights; Gaurav Datt, deputy director, Centre of Development Economics, Monash University, Australia

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Can India Vaccinate Its Billion?2021051420210515 (WS)Earlier this month, India became the first country in the world to report more than 400,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day. And despite being the world's biggest producer of vaccines, the country is facing an acute shortage to meet domestic demand. All Indian adults are currently eligible for a shot, but there are just not enough vaccines to go around.

Access and affordability are two other significant challenges in inoculating a population as large as India's. Although the government is spending $5bn to provide free doses at state-run clinics and hospitals, not everyone is eligible, and the cost of a single shot has massively jumped at private hospitals.

What would it take for India to ramp up production and roll out a successful immunisation programme? In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we look at the road ahead as India tries to vaccinate its billion people.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Dr Sharvil Patel, managing director, Zydus Cadila; Dr Rachna Kucheria, epidemiologist, founder, DocGenie; Shyam Sunder, co-founder, Getjab.in

Why the world's biggest producer of vaccines is struggling to meet domestic demand

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Can India's Economy Handle New Lockdowns?2021040920210410 (WS)India is facing an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, a dangerous second wave that's threatening to again derail both lives and livelihoods. Hard lockdowns last year battered its economy, and fresh restrictions and regional lockdowns to contain the surge are making many wonder what an economic recovery is going to look like.

Many millions have lost their jobs over the last year, or seen their incomes dip. Is this a temporary phase? Recent estimates have raised India's growth forecast for this year to higher-than-expected, at over 12%. But how severely will the fresh wave affect recovery? How much of it depends on the rate of vaccinations? And how badly will the new curbs, curfews and lockdowns affect consumer sentiment?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss what can be done for India's economic recovery.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Gurcharan Das, author, commentator; Geeta Goel, country director, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation; Deep Kalra, founder & CEO, MakeMyTrip

A second wave of coronavirus cases threatens to derail both lives and livelihoods

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Can Rural India Battle Covid?2021052120210522 (WS)While the total number of daily Covid infections in India is on the wane, the share of cases in rural districts is seeing a big surge. A large number of people in rural towns and villages live in poverty, and rundown local hospitals and clinics are unequipped to cope with a crisis of this scale. There is also a severe distrust in modern medicine.

What can be done to control the spread of the pandemic in rural areas, and is there a way to resolve the under-reporting of actual cases and fatalities?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss ways of lessening the impact of Covid in rural India.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Dr Pavitra Mohan, co-founder, Basic HealthCare Services; Brian Lobo, activist, Kashtakari Sanghatana; Osama Manzar, founder & director, Digital Empowerment Foundation

What can be done to control the spread of the pandemic in rural areas?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Can Sports Be A Gamechanger For Women?2021021920210221 (WS)Many top sports events, disrupted by Covid, are finally back. And so is the BBC’s Indian sportswoman of the year award. Public voting is now underway to pick a winner from the five nominees: shooter Manu Baker, sprinter Dutee Chand, chess player Koneru Humpy, wrestler Vinesh Phogat and hockey player Rani. (You can read more about them on the BBC India website.) Each one of them has inspiring stories of grit and perseverance.

Sports changed their lives, but is the going now easier for the next generation of potential stars, or are issues like sexism and the gender pay gap holding them back? Can young women athletes follow genuine career pathways in professional sports?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we talk to three aspiring stars to discuss how sports can be a gamechanger for women.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Anjum Moudgil, shooter; Aveka Singh, footballer; Palak Kohli, para badminton player

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Can Sports Survive The Coronavirus Outbreak?2020051520200516 (WS)
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What will be the new normal in the sporting world?

From Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance

From the Olympics to the Indian Premier League, many major sporting events have had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Every part of the sporting value chain is affected. In addition to suffering heavy financial losses, sportspeople are having to deal with an uncertain future.

So, what happens next? As some countries like Germany and South Korea try to partially resume the sporting calendar, what will be the new normal in the sporting world? Will major leagues be held to empty stadiums to follow social distancing norms? And how will masks and gloves, and strict new conditions, affect players’ performance on the field?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how can sports survive this pandemic.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Dinesh Karthik, cricketer and captain, Kolkata Knight Riders; Ashwini Ponnappa, badminton player; Manisha Malhotra, head of sports excellence & scouting, JSW Sports

How Has Covid Impacted India's Digital Divide?2020091120200913 (WS)India has more than 630 million internet subscribers - that is more than the population of the US, the UK, Russia and South Africa put together. India also has among the world's cheapest mobile data prices and affordable devices, which has drastically improved internet access in the last few years.

All of this excitement, however, has the sobering reality of India's continuing digital divide. For every Indian who has access to the internet, there is at least one who does not - and that person most likely lives in a rural area. The coronavirus pandemic and its resulting lockdowns are pushing everyone unexpectedly toward an online-only environment, and the spotlight has now shifted to rural India.

So, in this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how the pandemic is forcing a change toward digital lifestyles in the country.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Osama Manzar, founder and director, Digital Empowerment Foundation; Avipsha Thakur, founder, Bunavat; Amith Agarwal, co-founder & CEO, AgriBazaar eMandi

How are people in rural areas coping as the online world grows in importance?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Is Covid Changing Young India?2020081420200816 (WS)From academic success to social skills, mental health and future jobs, the coronavirus pandemic is a crisis for today’s youth. And the fallout may follow them for a much longer time than most imagine.

According to a recent study by the United Nations, the pandemic has already forced more than one in six people under the age of 29 into unemployment.

So what happens to a country like India, where half the population is under the age of 24? Is continued social isolation affecting their mental health? How are they coping with uncertainty about the future, and what are their aspirations?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how the pandemic is shaping the lives of young Indians.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Suzanne Zerin, graduate, jobseeker; Varul Mayank, entrepreneur and founder, Knocksense; Asheer Kandhari, high-school student

How are young Indians coping with uncertainty about the future?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Is Covid Impacting India's Children?2021052820210529 (WS)With nearly 470 million children, India has the world’s largest child population. Campaigners say millions of them have been seriously impacted by the pandemic, including their access to medical care, food, shelter, schooling, and even means of livelihood.

Many are facing severe mental trauma due to confinement and isolation at home, and a recent study says 577 were orphaned in less than two months during the second wave of the pandemic. Many children have also caught the virus, but thankfully complications have been rare.

The scale of the problem is daunting, but what can be done to ensure that children’s lives are not thrown into chaos? We discuss Covid’s impact and solutions needed to protect India’s children.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Sudarshan Suchi, CEO, Save the Children, India; Dr Indu Khosla, paediatric pulmonologist, SRCC Children’s Hospital; Akanksha Singh, parent

What can be done to ensure that children\u2019s lives are not thrown into chaos?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Is Covid Impacting The Future Of Work?2020112020201122 (WS)Since the beginning of this year, Covid-19 has upended everyone’s lives. While lockdowns brought the whole world to a stop, hundreds of millions of people abruptly moved to working remotely, while many people lost their jobs.

But as companies and employees begin to consider their best ways forward, what are the greatest unknowns we face? How will we work, live and thrive in a post-pandemic future? Is Covid reshaping our workspace – potentially forever? Will a hybrid and virtual way of working redefine how we search and apply for jobs? And what types of new skills and roles will gain significance?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we look at the future of work.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Ritesh Agarwal, founder and group CEO, OYO Hotels and Homes; Suchita Salwan, co-founder, LBB; Ashish Chanchlani, YouTuber, influencer

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Is India Celebrating Digital Diwali?2020111320201115 (WS)Diwali, the festival of lights, is an important time for retailers in India to do brisk business. As the pandemic year drags on, the country has been grappling with Covid-19 cases while enduring one of the longest and strictest lockdowns, so brands are now placing their bets on Diwali.

The five-day festival is considered an auspicious time to make purchases to appease the Hindu goddess of prosperity and wealth, Lakshmi. But is that convincing shoppers to return to the stores amid a health scare?

And how has digital added the new spark to Diwali shopping? Recent studies estimate online sales to grow more than 34% to $6.5bn in India this Diwali. Is the auspicious season-to-spend witnessing a virtual avatar?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how digital is the new shining light for India’s Diwali this year.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Pratap TP, co-founder, Qwikcilver gifting solutions; Ayushi Gudwani, founder and CEO, Fablestreet; Uma Talreja, chief marketing and chief customer officer, Shoppers Stop

Are online sales giving struggling retailers the boost they need?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Is The Coronavirus Crisis Hitting India's Farmers?2020050120200502 (WS)
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Is the country's food security under threat?

From Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance

India has relaxed restrictions on farming and related industries, as it prepares to emerge from a countrywide lockdown. The move is aimed at easing the country’s food supply chain and alleviating economic impact.

More than half of India’s workforce is engaged in farming, and agriculture contributes nearly 265bn dollars to the GDP. But the extended lockdown has hurt farming activities. With winter crops just harvested, farmers are facing acute challenges in transporting and selling their produce. Many say they have had to simply leave the harvested produce to rot.

The government has announced a 23bn dollar relief package to provide food security and cash transfers to the poor, but it has been criticized for being inadequate. So, how are India’s farmers coping and is the country’s food security under threat?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss the struggle of the Indian farmers and look at measures that can help them survive.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Yogendra Yadav, activist and founder, Farmers’ Movement; Ajay Vir Jakhar, chairman, Farmers’ Forum India; Chhavi Rajawat, head, Village Soda

How To Avoid Work-from-home Burnout2020080720200809 (WS)Many companies are offering flexible and remote work till next year, to keep employees safe. According to a recent study, job searches for work-from-home in the country have surged to a whopping 442% between the months of February and July – the highest globally.

But even as firms begin to notice the benefits of work-from-home during these challenging times, remote workers are now complaining of emotional and physical exhaustion, stress, anxiety, and in some cases, even depression.

So, how can managers and team leaders address staff woes while keeping the business functional? And what innovative ways are mental health experts advising to keep stress at bay?

We discuss what are the best measures to avoid work-from-home burnout.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Prabhash Bhatnagar, founder, director, Hotelogix; Subarna Ghosh, cofounder, ReRight Foundation; Dr Prerna Kohli, clinical psychologist

Photo: A software engineer works from home in India during the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic

The audio for this episode was updated on 11th August 2020.

Remote workers are reporting emotional and physical exhaustion, anxiety and stress

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How To Build A Billion-dollar Startup2021012920210131 (WS)India ranks fourth highest in the world when it comes to unicorns - privately-owned startups with valuations of over $1bn. But despite being a global startup hub, only a handful reach unicorn status and nearly 90% new ventures fail within the first five years of their inception.

So, what is the secret to building a billion-dollar business? What should your strategy be when picking an idea, trying to secure investment or putting a team together? And what about the long-term viability of businesses once they become unicorns?

Three Indian entrepreneurs tell us stories of their struggles and success, and share tips on how to build a billion-dollar startup.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Piyush Shah, co-founder, InMobi Group; Mehul Agrawal, co-founder and COO, CARS24; Neeti Mehta Shukla, co-founder, SVP, brand & culture, Automation Anywhere

(Photo: Young businessman standing in his factory. Credit: Getty Images)

Three Indian entrepreneurs share their struggles, successes and tips on building a startup

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How To Build A Brand In The Vuca World2021041620210417 (WS)For most companies, the pandemic has had far-reaching consequences. Established business models and proof-read plans became irrelevant, while growth reached an abrupt halt.

In this volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (or VUCA) world, businesses are now seeking to make sense of newer priorities and economic patterns. A recent study of 100 CEOs in India indicates a stronger focus on purpose-led leadership after the pandemic's business disruption.

But how will this impact business branding and behaviour? Would passive adaptability score higher over aggressive marketing? In this edition, we ask how businesses can build and retain their brands in the VUCA world.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Harish Bijoor, brand and business strategy consultant; Mansi Tripathy, vice president, commercial lubricants, Shell APME; Nithin Kamath, founder & CEO, Zerodha

How should businesses tackle a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How To Deal With Online Trolling2021030520210307 (WS)Abusive comments and insults have become far too common on the internet. Social media platforms in particular are a hotbed of trolls - people taking pleasure in sending sexist, malicious comments. Recent figures estimate that more than 40% of women Internet users in India fear being bullied or trolled online.

Should one engage with trolls by debating them, or ignore and block them, so their abusive views don't gain any further visibility? When are the limits of free speech breached, and what can be done to control online trolling?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss solutions with three high-profile women who have themselves faced vicious online trolling.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Mandana Karimi, Bollywood actor; Karuna Nundy, advocate, Supreme Court of India; Sagarika Ghose, journalist and author

Three women who have faced vicious online trolling discuss solutions to the problem

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How To Make A Career Comeback2021031220210314 (WS)Over 40 million people are recorded as unemployed in India. To add to that, the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the jobs sector worldwide. Once you lose your job, finding another in these uncertain times is not easy. The statistics are staggering - but there's also a human story behind each number.

So what are the stories of some of the Indians who found themselves unexpectedly hit by the pandemic? How did they reinvent themselves amid challenging times? What does it take to switch professions? What about the dreams and aspirations that were driving their lives before the pandemic struck? Have they changed?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we hear stories of people who switched careers during the pandemic to stay afloat.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Dipankar Baruah, travel professional-turned-farmer; Ayushi Shrivastava, digital marketing professional; Sunil Suresh, beatboxer, stock trader

How people have reinvented themselves amid challenging times

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How To Make It Big In India's Music Industry2020120420201206 (WS)Bollywood dominates the music business in India. There is a lot of colour, drama, big sets and complex choreography. But a growing number of independent music artistes are now marking their own place, and providing a welcome alternative to the high-end, dress-to-impress film scores.

But can they make money and achieve success? And how can they challenge the bias in India that to be a successful musician, you need to have music titles in Hindi movies?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how to make it big in India's music industry.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Ankur Tewari, musician; Ananya Birla, singer-songwriter; Vasundhara Mudgil, India head of communications, Spotify

How hard is it for musicians to make money outside the Bollywood system?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How To Stay Fit In The Pandemic2021010820210110 (WS)Covid-19 has changed the way many people look at fitness. Shredding pounds has given way to immunity building, and physical fitness has expanded to include mental wellbeing. With gyms closed during the lockdowns, virtual exercises and home workouts have gained immense popularity, and an explosion in fitness tech has replaced the gym's personal trainer.

So, how permanent is this shift? Is it a temporary trend or here to stay? As 2021 begins, what are some of the most pressing fitness requirements?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how to stay fit during a pandemic.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Jitendra Chouksey, founder, Fittr; Ira Trivedi, yoga guru; Jinal Shah, nutritionist

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How To Tackle Racism In Sport2021020520210207 (WS)Warning: This programme contains racial slurs.

Whether it is impulsive or intended, structural or whispered, racism in sport has been growing over the decades. Racial bias and inequalities not only interfere with the game but also affect players' morale and sometimes lead to lost opportunities.

How do top players deal with racism on and off the field and what needs to be done to stamp it out? How can sporting federations address this issue, and can audiences be made more aware of the impact racial slurs have on players?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we talk to three Olympians about ways to tackle racism in sport.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Anju Bobby George, former athlete, senior vice president, Athletics Federation of India; Jwala Gutta, Indian shuttler; Anita Asante, Aston Villa defender, former England international

Olympians discuss this pressing issue. Warning: This programme contains racial slurs

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How To Train Your Brain2021031920210321 (WS)All of us keep learning new things all the time. It could be learning to speak in public, a technical skill, a new language, finding a square root, or playing the guitar - our minds continuously evolve with new information.

But is there a way to train the brain to learn things faster, and reduce the effects of stress that come with modern lifestyles? And if you knew what time of the day your performance peaks, would you plan your day differently? How important is cognitive fitness to our physical and emotional well-being?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we delve deeper into our minds and discover ways to improve brain agility.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Anoop Kumar, emergency physician, mind-body strategist; Vidita Vaidya, neuroscientist, professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research; Neelakantha Bhanuprakash, fastest human calculator, founder, Exploring Infinities

Is there a way to train the brain to learn things faster?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

How Will Airlines Survive The Coronavirus Pandemic?2020052920200530 (WS)
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How will the pandemic impact the way people fly?

From Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance

Airlines, airports and ground-handling firms across the globe are in survival mode, trying to keep afloat. But the aviation industry, almost entirely grounded for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, is now taking tentative steps to start flying again.

In India too, domestic flights have resumed amid easing lockdown restrictions. New rules are in place for flyers. Thermal body checks are being conducted and wearing of masks is now mandatory for all flyers.

Restarting domestic flights has also had its share of confusion and chaos. Long queues have been seen at the airports, dozens of flights cancelled at the last minute and many passengers left high and dry.

So, as planes take to the skies again, how will the pandemic impact the way people fly? And how will the airlines survive?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how the aviation industry is gearing up for its future flight plan.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Jitender Bhargava, author, civil aviation expert, former executive director of Air India; Vinod Kannan, chief commercial officer, Vistara; Captain Aparna Singh, pilot, SpiceJet

Indian Premier League Cricket: The New Normal2020110620201108 (WS)As the world's biggest Twenty20 cricket tournament being held in a pandemic year draws to a close, a lot has changed in the way the game is played, viewed and celebrated. The tournament, known for its carnival Bollywood atmosphere, has been a quiet affair without raucous fans filling the stadiums.

But there has been plenty for the viewers to look forward to - in fact, the sporting league has recorded over 25% more viewership than the previous season, with more women tuning in than ever before.

So, how is this shaping the new normal in cricket? Are virtual watch parties and online fantasy cricket here to stay? And how are big brands and startups responding to the needs of the digital audiences?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss the larger viewership trends and how fans are adjusting to the new normal in their favourite sport.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Jake Lush McCrum, COO, Rajasthan Royals; Ridhima Pathak, sports presenter; Shradha Agarwal, COO and strategy head, Grapes Digital

What does this season's IPL reveal about the future of the sport?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

India's Growing Education Divide2020100220201004 (WS)In India, some schools have begun to partially reopen after months of closure. But for most of the country’s 320 million students, education has remained severely impacted since the lockdown began. While urban areas recorded an exponential increase in e-learning, the smaller towns and villages struggled to continue education in any form. Nearly 75 percent of children found themselves on the wrong side of the digital education divide, with no internet access. In rural parts of the country, the situation turned worse, with many children forced into income-generating labour and even early marriage.

So, how can India bridge the widening gap in education? Is e-learning for schools here to stay? And what can the government do to offer better infrastructure and learning services?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss the stark learning gap amongst the world’s youngest population.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Atishi, senior leader, legislator, Aam Aadmi Party; Zishaan Hayath, founder, CEO, Toppr; Kruti Bharucha, founder, CEO, Peepul India

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

India's Vaccination Drive Against Covid-192020112720201129 (WS)With more than 55 million cases and a million deaths worldwide, many hopes are pinned on a vaccine to end the coronavirus pandemic. There is now optimism that more than one vaccine will be available soon.

Not surprisingly, India is gearing up to roll out a massive vaccination drive to protect its billion plus people. It’s already an immunization powerhouse, making 60% of the world’s vaccines and is home to half a dozen manufacturers. The country plans to receive and utilize some 500 million doses of vaccines against the virus by July next year. But how daunting a challenge is it to vaccinate more than a billion people?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss India’s vaccination drive against Covid-19.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Dr Krishna Ella, chairman and MD, Bharat Biotech; Dr Lipika Nanda, vice president, multi-sectoral planning in public health, Public Health Foundation of India; Thomas Abraham, professor, public health communication expert

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Is American Education Losing Its Charm For Indian Students?2020071720200718 (WS)It is generally a busy time of the year for Indian students looking for opportunities to pursue a foreign education. Studies show that Indian students pay about $10-13bn every year in overseas tuition fees, and an American education sits right at the top for most students.

In the last 20 years, the number of Indian students who went abroad has increased by more than 1,000%, according to a recent report. In the US alone, there are currently more than 200,000 Indian students.

But the picture is grim this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. With many universities switching to online education, and government policy flip-flops adding to the uncertainty, is the dream American education losing its charm?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how foreign education is evolving, and whether an overseas degree remains a top pick for Indian students.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Jasrine Dham, undergraduate student, Brown University; Sudhanshu Kaushik, founder and executive director, NAAIS; Vanisha Sharma, PhD student, Cornell University

Does an overseas degree remain a top pick for Indian students?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Is Covid Forcing Women Out Of Jobs In India?2020082820200830 (WS)India has a poor record of women’s participation in the workforce. Less than a quarter of women were employed before the pandemic, ranking India among the bottom 10 countries in the world in terms of women’s employment.

But the pandemic is making matters worse, with more women than men dropping out of jobs. In fact, recent studies estimate that four out of five women are currently not working in India. The situation is said to be particularly stressful in the informal sector, which employs nearly 80% of all working women.

So, what is the ground reality? What do employment trends in urban and rural areas tell us? And what are the other challenges women face as extra chores are added during the pandemic?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss if Covid is worsening the women’s employment crisis, and what can be done to make more Indian women join the paid workforce.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Neha Bagaria, founder & CEO, JobsForHer; Sabina Dewan, president & executive director, JustJobs; Soumya Kapoor Mehta, head, IWWAGE

What changes can be made to increase female participation in the workforce?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Is Intolerance Impacting Businesses In India?2020103020201101 (WS)In the backdrop of an India where religious polarization is rising, are businesses beginning to face the heat?

Recent instances in the country have highlighted sharp contrasts in the way brands have reacted to a changing social atmosphere. A popular jewellery brand pulled its advertisement featuring an interfaith couple after a right-wing backlash on social media, while some other big businesses announced that they won’t advertise anymore on news channels that, according to them, spread toxic content.

But is all this hurting business sentiment, and India’s image on an international platform as an investor-friendly market?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how intolerance is affecting India’s business community.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Dr Mukund Govind Rajan, former brand custodian, Tata Group, chairman, ECube Investment Advisors; Narayan Sundararaman, head of marketing, Bajaj Auto Ltd; Ronita Mitra, founder, Brand Eagle Consulting

With religious polarization rising, are businesses beginning to face the heat?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Lockdown Gigs: Performing In A Pandemic2020090420200906 (WS)The global live events industry has essentially been shuttered since March 2020. With little to no activity, many artists - and their road crew - have been severely impacted. For India's nearly 10 million people employed in the industry, the cost has been great, and the hardships many.

Many performers have taken to live-streaming in an effort to stay afloat, or to just stay positive. Many others are participating in virtual concerts, saying it offers them a much-needed creative outlet and builds a sense of community for artists and audiences alike.

But do virtual gigs make up for the loss of income as the touring circuit effectively remains shut down?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we look at the nitty gritty of how live performers are adapting to online shows.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Raja Kumari, rapper, songwriter; Papa CJ, stand-up comedian, author; Tej Brar, founder, CEO, Third Culture Entertainment

With the touring circuit effectively shut down, how are India's performers adapting?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

'love Jihad': Is Love Bound By Religion?2021021220210214 (WS)Interfaith relationships in India have always faced the heat. Love remains difficult and at times dangerous across large sections of Indian society, which runs on patriarchy, caste, and religion.

New anti-conversion laws implemented by some states now make interfaith marriages even more difficult. Their apparent target is the so-called 'love jihad', a term used by radical Hindu groups to accuse Muslim men of converting Hindu women by marriage.

We speak with two interfaith couples, one married for over 20 years and the other for nearly two years, to hear their stories – and struggles – of love, faith and religious identity. They tell us what keeps them going, as we ask if love is bound by religion.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Ranu Kulsreshtha and Asif Iqbal, co-founders, Dhanak of Humanity; Krutika Lele and Tamir Khan, musicians and interfaith couple

Image: A group of housewives and working professionals heading various voluntary organisations demonstrate demanding an anti-conversion law along the lines of Uttar Pradesh government's Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Ordinance, at Central Park, on December 10, 2020 in Jaipur, India. (Photo by Himanshu Vyas/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

How hard is it to have an interfaith relationship in India?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Managing Work-life After Lockdown2020052220200523 (WS)
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What does the future hold for employers and employees in India?

From Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

As governments across the world ease lockdown restrictions, more and more people are now returning to work. In India, too, this week marks the start of considerable relaxation in the lockdown, which has been in effect since 24 March. Industries and businesses are making a cautious start with stringent health and safety regulations in place. Some have opted for staggered working hours, while others are going for flexible shifts.

But with the threat from the pandemic far from over, returning to work is not easy. For many, concerns remain. What about the risk of contracting the coronavirus once back in the workplace? And what about financial security, as cash strapped companies go for huge salary cuts or pink slips to staff? A recent study indicates as many as 93% of India Inc employees are anxious about returning to work over health and financial concerns.

So, in this edition of WorklifeIndia, we talk about how to manage work-life after the lockdown.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Muralikrishnan B, COO, Xiaomi India; Neha Bagaria, founder and CEO, JobsForHer; Dr Shyam Bhat, psychiatrist and trustee, The Live Love Laugh Foundation

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome At Work2020102320201025 (WS)Alright, you got away with it so far, but your truth will be out soon. I should just leave it for the people who are real experts. Well done? Oh no, they’ve got it all wrong about me.

Are these the nasty little voices in your head you must always deal with? Is there a ‘fraud police’ in your mind that you feel can come knocking anytime you achieve something significant, and announce to the whole world how you do not deserve any accolades?

This is what psychologists call ‘imposter syndrome’, a prolonged feeling of self-doubt, inadequacy, and low self-worth. It is estimated to affect nearly 70% of people at some point in their lives.

So, what can we do about it? Is there a better way to condition the workplace culture? And can we figure out a way to overcome the underlying fear of being fake? In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how to cope with imposter syndrome at our work and in our lives.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Dolly Singh, content creator; Dr Roma Kumar, senior consultant psychologist; Surovi Dey Dhupar, diversity and inclusion professional

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Parenting During Coronavirus Lockdown2020041020200411 (WS)
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With India on coronavirus lockdown, are families feeling the strain?

From Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance

With India on coronavirus lockdown, are families feeling the strain? It has been more than 15 days since India shut its $2.9 trillion economy, issuing strict stay-at-home orders to more than a billion people. Now as the country’s government looks to extend the rigorous 21-day lockdown, how will it impact parenting?

According to a UN Women report released in 2019, nearly 80% of households in India include couples - or extended families - living with children. Is it easy to manage work, home chores, taking care of the elderly and keeping children engaged?

While most of the emotional pressure-cooker points have clearly defined exits – like stepping out for work, socialising with friends – it’s not the case with the ongoing lockdown. Is it leaving parents seething with irritability or bringing them serenely closer than ever before? Are they taking this time to celebrate with children and contemplate life or is the uncertainty an ingredient for increased stress?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how parents are keeping their kids engaged during the coronavirus lockdown.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Neerja Birla, founder and chairperson, Mpower; Divya Gokulnath, cofounder, Byju's; Ritika Kumar, cofounder and CEO, The Young Chronicle

Ready For A Zero Waste Lifestyle?2021022620210228 (WS)India generates over 270 million tonnes of waste every year - 80 percent of what South Asia produces - and nearly 77 percent of this waste ends up in open landfill sites, a clear sign that the country is running on a take-make-waste economy.

So, how can we do our bit to save the planet? How can we give the things we buy a new life rather than dumping them in landfill sites, or letting them wind up in the oceans?

While a lot of people want to go zero waste and plastic-free, the issue of convenience stands in the way. But those who do make changes say they love the challenge: planning ahead, shopping around, and finding creative ways to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we speak to three inspiring women championing zero waste in India, as they share their quick tips on making more responsible lifestyle choices.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Wilma Rodrigues, CEO, founder, Saahas Zero Waste; Nayana Premnath, zero waste influencer; Sahar Mansoor, CEO, founder, Bare Necessities

Tips for making your life more environmentally responsible

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Re-energising Your Reading Regime2021011520210117 (WS)For many people, spending time at home, indulging in a hobby helps to escape the stresses of a global health crisis - and what better way than books?

A recent study says people across the world read more during the lockdown - but despite this, the publishing industry and bookstores struggled. Many had to put their shutters down.

So, is 2021 going to put that ember of hope in book sales? What genres are set to capture the readers’ imaginations? And what can you do to motivate yourself to read more or to inculcate a love for books in your kids? We bring you some easy-to-follow tips.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Chetan Bhagat, author, columnist; Chiki Sarkar, publisher, co-founder, Juggernaut Books; Manpreet Kaur, booktuber

Audio for this episode was updated on 18 January 2021.

Tips for getting you and your family reading

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Should Women Be Paid For Housework?2021040220210403 (WS)Unpaid domestic work in India is nearly 40% of the country's GDP, according to recent estimates. India's homemakers, like many in different parts of the world, clean, cook and care for their families, accounting for nearly 300 minutes a day. Globally too, women still do the lion's share of housework.

Should this work – largely seen as thankless household chores – be monetized? Or would it prevent women from stepping out of their homes and taking up formal professions? What could be the unintended consequences of guaranteed income for housewives?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss whether housework should get remunerated.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Mitali Nikore, development economist, founder of Nikore Associates; Dr Saundarya Rajesh, social entrepreneur, founder and president of Avatar; Prof Prabha Kotiswaran, professor of law and social justice, King's College London

Unpaid domestic work in India is nearly 40% of the country's GDP, according to estimates

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Social Distancing: Changing The Way We Work2020032720200328 (WS)
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As the world adjusts itself to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the biggest changes is enforced home working.

Quarantines and social distancing measures have become the new norm in India, the world's second-most populous country. As companies adapt to remote work amid a health crisis and a government-imposed nationwide lockdown, fresh new challenges are emerging at workplaces.

How can companies shed off conservative corporate culture? Is it easy for employees to stay motivated and retain work-life balance? Does working from home affect mental health and productivity?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how a global health crisis is changing the way we work.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Sparsh Gupta, CEO, Wingify; Ira Trivedi, writer & yoga guru; Aarushi Bahl, sustainability professional

How does working from home change the way we work?

From Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance

Tackling India's Black Fungus Crisis2021060420210605 (WS)India is seeing a decline in the second wave of coronavirus infections, but a rare and deadly fungal infection is affecting patients recovering from Covid.

India has reported more than 11,000 cases of the black fungus infection, also known as mucormycosis. It has a mortality rate of over 50 per cent, and the drug needed for its treatment is in short supply. Missing a dose can result in removal of tissues or, in serious cases, bones and even the eye.

Doctors say there is a link between black fungus and indiscriminate use of steroids to treat Covid patients. Diabetics are said to be particularly at risk.

So, what are the treatment challenges, and what is happening to the families of patients faced with the double stress of health and finances?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss what can be done to tackle India’s black fungus crisis.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Dr Akshay Nair, oculoplastic surgeon; Dr Ramanan Laxminarayan, founder and director, Centre for Disease Dynamics; Iqra Khalid, lawyer, black fungus patient’s kin

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Tackling India's Oxygen Crisis2021050720210508 (WS)A devastating wave of coronavirus infections in India has seen crematoriums overwhelmed and hospitals reeling under a massive oxygen shortage.

There have been a record number of Covid cases and deaths. This exponential surge has swamped the healthcare system. Patients are seen dying in ambulances and parking lots outside hospitals – many of them gasping for breath due to a lack of oxygen, which is vital for those infected. There have been reports of hoarding and even black marketing as relatives scramble to arrange medical oxygen for their friends and kin.

What has led to this crippling shortage and what can be done to improve the situation? In this edition, we discuss the situation on the ground and the ways India can tackle its oxygen crisis.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Dr Sudhanshu Bankata, executive director, Batra Hospital; Puneet Singh, trustee, Khalsa Aid; Gautam Raj Anand, Mission Oxygen India

What has led to India's crippling oxygen shortage?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

The Environmental Cost Of Recovery2020092520200927 (WS)A new draft law on environmental impact assessment in India has sparked a debate. Critics say it is investor-friendly and will make it easier for industrial and infrastructure projects to get clearances, which may lead to severe environmental consequences. They also blame the government for trying to rush through the crucial law during a lockdown.

India, on the other hand, is facing its worst job crisis ever. The country's GDP contracted by nearly 24% in the first quarter of 2020. And for PM Modi's administration, it is crucial to quickly revive the crashing economy.

So, can India balance growth with protection of its environment? Or should creating jobs get priority?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we question if the environmental cost of economic recovery is too high, and whether green jobs offer a better alternative for growth.

Presenter: Divya Arya

Contributors: Kanchi Kohli, environmental researcher, Centre for Policy Research; Ashis Dash, CEO, Sustainable Mining, FIMI; Sowmya Reddy, environmental activist, Congress lawmaker

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

The Future Of Coworking Spaces2020032020200322 (WS)Companies around the world are rolling out mandatory remote work due to the coronavirus outbreak. Is shifting to the remote office the new normal? And how is it impacting the business of sharing your workplace with other companies, freelancers and startups?

India is one of the biggest markets for shared workspaces with over 200 players in the industry. But will all be able to survive in this price-conscious market?

What are the experiences and challenges of coworking? And what are the implications of the coronavirus outbreak as governments urge citizens to work from home?

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Arvind Kumar, COO, Corporatedge; Ankisha Rana, coworkers & cofounder, Socio Sketch; Vinayak Agrawal, cofounder, myHQ

Photo: Office workers in a shared working space Credit: Getty Images

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, is shifting to the remote office the new normal?

From Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance

The Gender Gap In India's Vaccination Drive2021070220210703 (WS)After a promising start in January, India's vaccine drive has been hobbled by challenges. A severe shortfall from May onwards left many searching for jabs.

But logistics aside, another problem has cropped up – women are falling behind men in getting vaccinated.

According to recent data, of the total jabs administered so far, 54% have gone to men and only a little over 46% to women. Experts say women's health has always taken a backseat due to patriarchal social norms. Access to healthcare continues to be a challenge, particularly in rural areas, where nearly 65% of India's population lives. On top of that, unfounded beliefs that the vaccine may cause infertility or menstruation issues also are keeping women away.

What can be done to counter these challenges at the grassroots, as well as at a policymaking level? In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss the measures needed to bridge the gender divide in India's vaccination programme.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Shivangi Karmakar, sr project officer, DEF; Dr Tanya Seshadri, community health practitioner; Dr Gagandeep Kang, virologist, professor, CMC Vellore

How can India bridge the gender divide in its vaccination programme?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

The Rise Of India's Kid Influencers2020122520201227 (WS)Social media influencers are getting younger and younger, and the alpha generation - those born entirely in the 21st century - is becoming the newest power broker in this space.

While kid influencers remain a relatively new concept to India, their growth has spiked in recent years. They play pranks, review toys, and break down gadgets on their online platforms. Many are immensely popular and have millions of subscribers, attracting bigger and bigger brands for digital marketing and promotions. But is that taking their childhood away? Or is it simply a part of growing up these days?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we listen to young social media stars telling us their stories and discuss with them the rise of India’s child influencers.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Anantya Anand, kid influencer - MyMissAnand; Pranay Chouhan, teen influencer - TechTheory; Lakshmi Balasubramanian, co-founder, Greenroom digital agency

Young social media stars tell us their stories

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

What Is The Future Of Dining Out?2020101620201018 (WS)Food and family are often said to be two of India’s biggest obsessions. For many Indians, sharing a meal with family is one of the most important parts of the day, and no celebration is considered complete without a proper dining sentiment attached to it.

But months of lockdown have harshly affected the country’s food & beverages industry. Recent reports estimate more than two million job losses, and also indicate that one in four restaurants may never open again.

So, how are palates and platters changing? Is cloud kitchen the new normal of dining out? And how will eateries ensure hygiene and safety as customers trickle back to fine dining?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss how the pandemic is affecting the future of dining out in India.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Radhika Khandelwal, chef, owner, Fig & Maple; Abhinav Jindal, founder, CEO, Kimaya Himalayan Beverages LLP; Kainaz Contractor, owner, Bhawan, Rustom's

Months of lockdown have harshly affected India's food & beverages industry

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Whose Data Is It Anyway?2021012220210124 (WS)When signing up on a social media platform or installing an app, do you take even a couple of minutes to think what information is being asked for? Do you feel comfortable sharing your location, contacts and photos, or agreeing to the terms & conditions? How much of your personal information do you give away with that single click, and do you know who is benefiting from it?

Be it a social media company, a messaging app, or an e-commerce website, your personal data is significant as a core underpinning of these companies' business models - so should you, as a user, be made more aware of who is using your data, and where?

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss data privacy and bring you tips on how to keep your data safe.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Sudhir Naidu, CEO, Troop Messenger; Dr Karnika Seth, cyber law expert; Himanshu Arya, digital marketer, founder and CEO, Grapes Digital

Should you be made more aware of who is using your data, and where?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Why Are India's Farmers Angry?2020121120201213 (WS)Farmers in India are protesting amid a standoff with the government over new farm laws. Tens of thousands of farmers have laid siege to the capital Delhi, choking entry points, even as the coronavirus pandemic rages in the country. They are demanding that the government scrap the new laws, which they say, are against their interests.

The government has said that the reforms, which allow private players a greater role in the farming sector, will boost farmers’ incomes but the farmers are fear exploitation at the hands of big corporates, and are worried the government is planning to do away with the minimum assured price guarantee for their produce, which they say is a lifeline for them.

So, would the controversial reforms give much-needed relief to India’s ailing farming sector, or do they threaten farmers’ incomes and livelihoods by bringing in an unregulated free market?

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Hindol Sengupta, economic policy expert; Sudha Narayanan, agriculture economist; Shameek Chakravarty, founder and CEO, Farmizen

Photo: Indian farmers and supporters protest against new agricultural laws in New Delhi, India Credit: EPA

Farmers are protesting at new government laws that they say are against their interests

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

Why Is India's New Covid Wave Deadlier?2021042320210424 (WS)Heart-breaking stories from across India are grabbing headlines the world over. Amid a deadly new wave of Covid infections, the country's crumbling healthcare system is battling an acute shortage of medical oxygen and hospital beds. The number of fresh cases and deaths continues to set new daily records. India is now reporting more fresh cases everyday than any country has during the pandemic.

What led to the sudden spike when numbers were on a decline in February? And why is the new wave more infectious? In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we discuss what has led to a deadlier new wave of Covid infections in India, and how its impact can be mitigated.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Prof K Srinath Reddy, president, Public Health Foundation of India; Prof Polly Roy, professor of virology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Dr Ambarish Satwik, vascular surgeon, Ganga Ram Hospital

How can the impact of the new wave of infections be mitigated?

Live from Delhi, WorklifeIndia reflects on money, work, family, business and finance.

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