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I am announcing this. Can people share pics of their locality? The streets, 1st Block, Paani Tanki, Bada Bazar Road, Gandhi Medicos, Popular Juice Area, Vajiram, Imagrunners shop area?

( I hope noone is out though! )

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Today kids in blocks 6,7 and 8 created ruckus the whole day. They have given me a headache. They were making noise for continuous 4-5 hours. Unbearable. Wasted my whole day!!!

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Today kids in blocks 6,7 and 8 created ruckus the whole day. They have given me a headache. They were making noise for continuous 4-5 hours. Unbearable. Wasted my whole day!!!

Why, what was the reason ?

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They were playing some game, from their balconies. And around8-10 kids, all shouting and screaming at top of their voices.

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I am staying near yashoda dairy.... StudyIng efficiency is at 30-40% of what it used to be. Always checking google news updates... 

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Nalanda said

I am staying near yashoda dairy.... StudyIng efficiency is at 30-40% of what it used to be. Always checking google news updates... 

Can you share pics of Yashoda dairy , how it looks like these days ?


In case you go out for milk or bread or something. Dont go out for this.

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They were playing some game, from their balconies. And around8-10 kids, all shouting and screaming at top of their voices.

Okay, so not UPSC kids no?

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The birds have returned,  I can see variety now through out the day instead of morning only.  Noise pollution is no more a problem.  Trying to adjust to new dullness coming with sun moving towards tropic of cancer. This Delhi is more peaceful. 

Now only one thing in mind to increase efficiency some how.

Just_restless,
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Tetsuko said

The birds have returned,  I can see variety now through out the day instead of morning only.  Noise pollution is no more a problem.  Trying to adjust to new dullness coming with sun moving towards tropic of cancer. This Delhi is more peaceful. 

Now only one thing in mind to increase efficiency some how.

I can see skylarks in the sky. Not just pigeons. I hope the world changes for better once this catastrophe is over.

It will not be surprising if peacocks and deer make a come back on the roads in urban areas.

Xarathustra,
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Yes,  a much needed change especially in these big cities. 

Actually Peacocks and Cuckoo birds have returned at least in the fringes of reserved forest in Delhi and I heard even in Gurugram. A malabar civet (CR)  was found on streets of Kozhikode in a video over internet. 

 I am now waiting for House Sparrows. 

Mzp6628,
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I'm preparing from home (Buxar) for last 6 months, in isolation. It was very tough initially to adjust, but now it's very much settled. So I can give some suggestions.

 I usually divide my routine in 4 hours and 2 hours slots for studies and breaks respectively. This way I manage to study for 12 hours ( sometimes lesser, but in any case not less than 8 hours).

And in break times - "Mah Life, Mah rules !". I keep some variations in my hobbies and interests like Podcasts, Music, Books reading, Newspaper, Shows/Movies etc.


Some recommendations:

1. Podcasts: Naval, Coffee Break German (any language). Although I am new to this hobby, but will highly recommend.

2. Music: of favourite singers, composers or lyricists (again a great variety here). You can recommend me some.

3. Books: At this time, will recommend to read books related to our UPSC syllabus. I am currently reading 'The Discovery of India'.

4. Newspaper: The Hindu (for not more than half an hour).

5. Shows: Ramayana with family. 

6. YouTube: The Print (cut the clutter, National Interest), Photography related videos, UPSC related videos (only if I search for it, not the recommendations) and some comedy videos.

7. Cooking: some snacks at evening (sometimes) like French fries, sandwich, chai etc.

8. Journal writing: everyday before going to bed, reflecting on the day. You can also write letters to someone who's birthday is coming up.


Now I don't think you'll get time to do or to think anything else.

As the exam approaches, everyone has mood swings. The one who overcomes this, succeeds. 

And you can chant Ranchhod Das Chanchad's Mantra "All is well....All is well".



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Tetsuko said

Yes,  a much needed change especially in these big cities. 

Actually Peacocks and Cuckoo birds have returned at least in the fringes of reserved forest in Delhi and I heard even in Gurugram. A malabar civet (CR)  was found on streets of Kozhikode in a video over internet. 

 I am now waiting for House Sparrows. 

I saw the video of the Malabar Civet. It was walking slowly. Not sure if the video is authentic. 

House Sparrows will be back once we have the lockdown for 3 months. Strange how nature put us all in a cage with one stroke.

That is 7 billion people!

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They were playing some game, from their balconies. And around8-10 kids, all shouting and screaming at top of their voices.

Still happening? Or was it one off. Long back there used to be UPSC Mains with Diwali in between. People used to study with earplugs.

Back then we did not have pollution so crackers bursting was also at an all time high. 

So Prelims would have this Holi, where you cant go out because Delhi kids will throw balloons. And Mains you have Diwali - completely ruining it.

The Mains would go for 25-30  days, thus giving people optional break of 5-15 days. Medical Science Optional people would get 21 day break at times. People used to prepare entire optional during that time!



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I'm preparing from home (Buxar) for last 6 months, in isolation. It was very tough initially to adjust, but now it's very much settled. So I can give some suggestions.

 I usually divide my routine in 4 hours and 2 hours slots for studies and breaks respectively. This way I manage to study for 12 hours ( sometimes lesser, but in any case not less than 8 hours).

And in break times - "Mah Life, Mah rules ?". I keep some variations in my hobbies and interests like Podcasts, Music, Books reading, Newspaper, Shows/Movies etc.


Some recommendations:

1. Podcasts: Naval, Coffee Break German (any language). Although I am new to this hobby, but will highly recommend.

2. Music: of favourite singers, composers or lyricists (again a great variety here). You can recommend me some.

3. Books: At this time, will recommend to read books related to our UPSC syllabus. I am currently reading 'The Discovery of India'.

4. Newspaper: The Hindu (for not more than half an hour).

5. Shows: Ramayana with family. 

6. YouTube: The Print (cut the clutter, National Interest), Photography related videos, UPSC related videos (only if I search for it, not the recommendations) and some comedy videos.

7. Cooking: some snacks at evening (sometimes) like French fries, sandwich, chai etc.

8. Journal writing: everyday before going to bed, reflecting on the day. You can also write letters to someone who's birthday is coming up.


Now I don't think you'll get time to do or to think anything else.

As the exam approaches, everyone has mood swings. The one who overcomes this, succeeds. 

And you can chant Ranchhod Das Chanchad's Mantra "All is well....All is well".



That is a good book to read. Try Poor Economics, you can expect questions directly from it. If you check out my old articles, you will see that some of the examples, i gave actually came in that year itself. There was one @mangodolly now in IFS who made a diagram or something - "asking, do you mean this" , and it came that year.

With Economics Nobel Prize this year, you can expect questions from there.

I strongly believe that cracking the exam becomes easy when either you have good notes or you have good reading habits. 

ativdan, CaptainVyom
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@Neyawn Thanks for the recommendation. Although I have read the book 'Poor Economics'. But will have a look at it again.


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@Neyawn i had read education and health units frm the book alas couldnt find nything catchy xcpt 4 more clarity!can u recommend ny specific chapter frm the book plz?on a casual note my observation s ths most of the technical people (xclude mba guys)i read until yet hav relatively poor writing style Including widely acclaimed guys lik Nandan Nilekani!!srry if harsh!


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@Neyawn Sir, there.s a tree on the karol bagh side, near pooja park, it houses tens of house sparrows. Whenever you pass by it, you can clearly hear their distinct chirping...and that was on a normal day, i can only imagine the scenario now..


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@Neyawn i had read education and health units frm the book alas couldnt find nything catchy xcpt 4 more clarity!can u recommend ny specific chapter frm the book plz?on a casual note my observation s ths most of the technical people (xclude mba guys)i read until yet hav relatively poor writing style Including widely acclaimed guys lik Nandan Nilekani!!srry if harsh!


I will have to look. But there are at least 10 ideas with respect to why poverty exists.

Linkages between malnutrition poverty cycle. Some of the things should be very enlightening to Civils aspirants.


Do not read from Mains perspective. Just read it for the sake of reading.


Nandan Nilekani”s book was ahead of its time. It depends on when you are reading it. When he wrote the book in 2000s we did not have DBT, ADhaar, Universal Basic Income.

Only after 2010 those ideas became powerful. When I was working as Prime Minsters Rural Development Fellow, state governments ( and PRIs) were appalled that people would directly get money I bank accounts.


The banking penetration Was very poor. It looks easy in hindsight now, but it was very challenging.

I can tell you that the Union nearly threatened the States of not giving funds unless they implemented JAM and DBT. State Secretaries and DMs would be held to task every month via VC from Union . I attended some of them that time, so I witnessed it first hand. 


Panchayats used to laugh that Indira Awas will come in account of people who can’t read and write. But all of it happened.


It was this man”s vision.


All of history looks less exciting in hindsight.

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@Neyawn Sir, there.s a tree on the karol bagh side, near pooja park, it houses tens of house sparrows. Whenever you pass by it, you can clearly hear their distinct chirping...and that was on a normal day, i can only imagine the scenario now..


That’s rare. I am only only aware of Sindhi Park.

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Make a small video with sound and share :-)

musa,
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