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AVA Labs announces its open-sources codebase of the AVA blockchain platform

AVA Labs announces its open-sources codebase of the AVA blockchain platform

AVA Labs, a software development company, has publicly released the codebase of the AVA blockchain platform on Wednesday. Its developers will now be able to use the AVA platform with its toolkit to create smart assets, Decentralized Finance (DeFi) applications, and easily launch blockchains. Businesses will now…

Orange City gets High on Arts

Orange City gets High on Arts

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” –Edgar Degas Art is a world that should not be limited by one’s imagination as it keeps on expanding. Vorfreude Community is constantly creating platforms for the artist in you to help showcase…

9 Reasons why people think of switching their jobs!

9 Reasons why people think of switching their jobs!

In an era where our needs are increasing each day and the salaries aren’t enough to suffice, how often do you think that you need to switch your job? And how often do you let that thought go off considering the career graph?

I am sure most of us go through those thoughts often when we are either frustrated about our salaries we are getting or because of the boss! After doing some research and survey on this, I realized there are quite some legit reasons that are usually ignored because of which the switch happens. I have listed the most relevant ones below:

#1 Bullying

Well, don’t be surprised but people do get bullied at their workplaces when they are new to their office. As per my survey, co-workers pass comments and spread weird rumors around the new joiners. It’s sad that when such employees contact HR for these issues, they are instead blamed for not getting adjusted around the new environment. At few places, employees even end up beating their co-workers but they cover up their act by saying that they were kidding.

#2 Lack of appreciation

Managers often don’t appreciate their team members at the right time and are more inclined towards nitpicking. These managers also end up stealing away the credits for the work done by their employees and get insecure by looking at their progressive employees.

#3 Salary

Well, we all face this problem, don’t we? The problem with most of the organizations is that they don’t give increments to the deserving employees. Even when the employee has performed really well throughout his/her projects, these managers often tend to ignore their growth. The kind of motivation the employees need, managers often forget that. Few small scale organizations delay the salaries, there are cases where employees get their salaries a month later.

#4 Lack of training

The boss will expect the best out of you without teaching you anything! Now that’s a trap when the managers themselves aren’t investing into you. Most of the managers prefer getting the employees onboard and asking them to function as a pro since their day two. Training is not just required in the initial years but the managers can take an initiative to train their employees as and when needed (while starting a new project).

#5 Stubborn Boss

I am sure you must have come across with a sadist and stubborn boss who can never see you happy. This category usually enjoys over the failure of its employees and becomes the Hitler of the organization. With more than five years of experience of being stubborn, these bosses even end up commenting on the way their employees work. They are usually not open to change and prefer not giving any good opportunities to their employees for their growth.

#6 Extra unpaid working hours

I have heard from a few of my friends that they have to stay up two to three hours extra every day which is draining for them. While these organizations don’t pay for the extra hours but employees have to still stay up till late at their offices because of the pressure from the managers. Also, the policy of ‘fixed timings’ in an organization could be stressful for the employees, especially when the in-time is fixed but the out-time is beyond the expected out-time.

#7 Unrealistic targets

A lot of times, managers set unrealistic goals in front of their managers and due to which the executives have to suffer the pain. These managers create a stressful situation in the team and expect the results to be favorable and coming on time.

#8 Dirty politics

A lot of executives often gang up against an employee in a firm and target him/her on everything. This breaks down the morale of the employee and he/she gets depressed. Usually, the HR team doesn’t come to know about what’s cooking in the teams across the organizations and even the employee is not much comfortable about voicing his/her opinion.

#9 Monotonous work

The daily tasks usually have the same pattern and employees don’t get a chance to learn new things. Isn’t it boring to wake up to the same work pattern every day? Well, I feel you!

Let us know what do you think about this!

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Aspiring women entrepreneurs: The Wonder Women in disguise

Aspiring women entrepreneurs: The Wonder Women in disguise

Do you remember the 2017 Wonder Woman movie? Then I am sure you are aware of the Amazon! This month our team organized a workshop for the Amazon women, sounds crazy? So yeah, our team found Cummins College, a girls college in Nagpur this year. The college campus is situated away from the hassle of the city and on the greener side has a pollution free zone throughout.

Our team organized workshops on tech and entrepreneurship and interacted with aspiring women entrepreneurs. The girls in this college have wonderful ideas with respect to technology and innovation. Though we had a few boys from different colleges who attended the session. The young minds are passionate about learning something new each day and exploring something beyond their reach and horizon.

The technical workshop covered Social Media Algorithms, their working and the parameters required by the social media platforms to rank certain content. Whereas the workshop related to entrepreneurship covered the basics right from the stepping stones of idea creation, pitching and implementation, and marketing part.

At the end of the workshops, students were divided into groups and given a product or service based idea to work upon. The students were then asked to weave an idea about it and strategize the branding plans and the entire business model. The time given to them was merely 5 mins and to our surprise, the teams fared well. Representatives from each of the groups were called on the stage to speak about their elevator pitch.

There are 16 girls in the E-cell team and each one of them handled the session and management really well. They have booming ideas and are all set to launch them and give wings to their dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. Our team got boosted by the positive vibes coming from this wonderful team of Cummins E-cell.

And our team had a good time interacting with these Amazon women and I am sure each one of them is a Wonder Woman in disguise.

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#MeToo, still an underrated terminology!

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Book Review: Witch Light, Susan Fletcher

Book Review: Witch Light, Susan Fletcher

Once in a while, you come across a book that transports you into an entirely different universe. The words challenge you to let go of the reality and become one with the protagonist, feeling their sorrow, their joy, their loss, and their love.

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Witch Light, is one such gem. Hauntingly beautiful and painfully raw, the words paint the scenes before your mind’s eye like an artist producing a masterpiece.

Based in the 17th century Scotland, this book is the story of an extraordinarily brave girl, Corrag. It shows you the world of the 17th century British and Scottish societies from two stark perspectives as the book keeps going back and forth between the haunting and somehow magical account of the witch, Corrag and the mundane letters of an Irish Jacobite, Charles Leslie.

The stunning imagery of the book makes you stand as Corrag beside Alasdair, the man she loved and watch the sunset with him. It makes you suffer his loss as she does. It makes you want to see the mountains of the Scottish highlands yourself and feel the fresh air as you inhale. It makes you want to search for her small hut where she kept her hens and goats and herbs and where she tended to Alasdair. It makes you look for her stag and her birch tree and her Ridge like a Church.

Corrag narrates the tales of her love, loss, and joy to Mr. Leslie while she is imprisoned by the authorities, waiting for her execution. She says she needs him to listen to her, to see the beauties she saw in little things around her. She wants him to tell the world, indeed after her death, that she was never a witch. She was just a free soul with a big heart and an eye for the little things. She wants him to tell the world about the brutality of the Redcoats, their betrayal as they ruthlessly slaughtered old and young, women and infants alike in the dead of night during the Massacre of Glencoe. Her raw pain is palpable. Her honest account a whiplash to the greed of the powerful.

She starts with stories from her childhood. Here is where the reader can first appreciate the finery of her observation. She flees from her childhood home into the unknown forest on the warnings of her mother, Cora. As she makes her way through the forest, her connection to all things natural unfolds, guiding her towards her destiny. Her only real danger being humans, she travels on with her grey mare. Not a single leaf goes unnoticed by her observant eye. She rants on about the magic of nature to Mr. Leslie in a poignantly nostalgic way, regretting her impending death every moment.

Charles Leslie, on the other hand, is a typical religious and entitled individual. He goes into the cellar to talk to Corrag only to collect evidence on the massacre of Glencoe and the McDonalds clan,to be used as a tool in James’s restoration as the ruler. Reluctant at first, he agrees to listen to the life story of Corrag with the impatience of a man on a mission. His initial letters to his wife are laced with hatred and disgust for the supposed witch imprisoned in the disgustingly dirty cell. His he refuses to see the charm of the world through Corrag’s eyes, citing the heart-rending sceneries as her ‘bewitchment’. Yet somehow, somewhere along the way we see him change into a more compassionate and open-minded person. We see him be affected by the story of the massacre, not only for political reasons but also, for the cruelty of the Redcoats. As the story’s climax approaches, his transformation nears completion. The seal is closed with his ultimate attempt to rescue Corrag and deliver her to where she truly belongs.

The charm of the book cannot be described in simple words. The strange poetry hidden in the way the words are stringed together, makes you wonder if the author is really a witch herself and has enchanted the book with some magic of her own.

Most books only reach skin deep but very few leave a permanent mark on your heart. This is one such book. Even years later, you’ll be able to feel the emotions of Corrag rush over you like a flooded river.

Verdict: 4.2/5

A must read in all senses, Witch Light is a beautiful way to travel back in time and experience a new life.

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Never Let Failure Mark You as a Shadow on the Wall

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