While growing up, we have often seen our parents and/or our grandparents being bounded by a daily morning routine: reading the newspaper. Most of us have also been repeatedly bugged to follow suit, but the motivation in our case has been extremely short-lived to the extent that not adopting this habit became a part of our lives. As the days went by, the weight of what we were missing came down heavily on us till we realized that keeping up with news and general knowledge was no longer a luxury but a necessity, without any exceptions.
Any English daily consists of atleast 15 pages on an average which means that if one had to read every article of every page, a lot of hours would need to be invested. So, here are a few tips that can come in handy to make sure that you can keep yourself upraised with the world affairs by not sitting with a newspaper the entire day!
While reading any newspaper, the following pages are a must read:
- The Front Page: This page is like a summary of everything important that happened the previous day and has all the information that you will need to show the world that you are one among the few who reads the news regularly.
- The Editorial Page: This page is like the underdog which is often ignored but holds a great deal of value for anyone who is looking to crack the major entrance examinations of the world as it is a bible for your English usage and lexicon cognizance.
- One page each on Politics, World Affairs and Economy: This will ensure that you are well aware of your surroundings and will act as an essential tool in Group Discussions, Personal Interviews and even for starting your own businesses.
Some of us here must be wondering that in a world filled with smart phones, why bother with the hard copy when all you need is an App! Well, we couldn’t agree more (being a tech company, after all) and hence following are the five best apps that you can download to keep yourself updated with the world at large.
- Inshorts: This app summarizes the entire news article for you in 60 words and allows you to get notifications for the same. You can bookmark important articles for future reference and also follow the link for the detailed article or to checkout the background story of the event or the issue.
- Flipboard: Flipboard created a new type of reading experience on mobile, one focused on engaging the reader with the most exciting stories of the day and a magazine-style aesthetic. Flipboard offers a generous amount of topics, whether you’re into technology as a whole or are a great movie buff.
- Pocket: Have you ever read an interesting headline, but don’t have time to dive into the story? Pocket is the perfect app for you. The popular app lets you store news for later reading, and offers a simple user interface that lets find the articles you saved, bookmark them, and archive others you want to come back to.
- NPR News Radio: If you would rather listen to your news on the go, instead of reading, then the NPR News Radio is your go-to-app. Follow and listen to local and national news on your smartphone. You can create a playlist of your favourites, or listen to public radio podcasts. The app also lets you find stations based on your current location using your smartphone’s GPS.
- Knappily: Knappily analyses and presents its content in a unique five dimensional (What, Why, When, Where, Who, How) framework. In less than two minutes, each “Knapp” will make you a subject matter expert on any topic. The news-based Knapps are well supplemented by daily and weekly features on matters such as Entertainment, Literature, and Mythology.
In a world, where examinations and competition has become your next door neighbour, the only weapon that can act as your defender and attacker is knowledge. Neglect it, and the world will scorn you; embrace it and the same world will welcome you with open arms.
Read and read some more because ignorance is no longer bliss!