Reading Suggestions: Day 211

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Recommendation 1 from ‘Foreign Policy’

Article Name:‘Putin’s watch collection exceeds his declared income’

By: ‘Joshua Keating’

The article states that Russian President, Putin has a wrist watch collection that exceeds his annual income of 3.2 million rubles, it amounts to a total of $112,000 per year. Where as his writs watch collection is estimated to be at least worth 22 million rubles. Article states satirically that it seems that he did not eat or drink for six years to acquire this collection.


Isn’t this hint good enough for people and tax authorities to raid and bring to task Putin. Perhaps the system there doesn’t work like it works in a democracy. But collections like these across the world, if you know what it means, if put up for auction, should be bale to solve the financial crisis by half at least.

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Learn Words from the article:

Acquire: Obtain
Solidarity: Unity

Recommendation 2 from ‘The Guardian’

Article Name:‘Porn is in rude health’

By: ‘Gail Dines and Dana Bialer’

The article states that there is a conventional wisdom that states porn industry is on the verge of vanishing and internet is the culprit, as it is the host to free and amateur porn. However, the article states that it is not so, this is the sign of an industry, which is moving from having minor players to having bigger and legitimate ones and it is a sign of a successful industry. And the same thing happens to any other industry too, if it is headed on the maturity road. Article mentions that a porn industry website writer Stephen Yagielowicz states that capitalisation of this industry isn’t something that is in the process, but it has already happened.


What I really gather out of this is that, as the stagnation hit the porn industry for a while, it was replenished by free and amateur porn. However, instead of it losing profits, it should have made the profits better. It is just that there are umpteen free porn sites on the internet and they ought to be owned by someone isn’t it? And internet works on the number of hits basis isn’t it?

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Learn Words from the article:

Entrant: Applicant
Segment: Section
Conglomerate: Corporation

Recommendation 3 from ‘The Times of India Crest Edition’

Article Name:‘Womb Tuitions’

By: ‘Neha Bhayana’

The article enlightens the readers about prenatal programmes being run by many centres, which supposedly help the pregnant couples to have a baby who are gifted by just channelizing thoughts and actions if the expectant mother. Article mentions about one such program called Dhyan Baby and this program is among many new age interventions that promise genius babies. However, article also states that experts are not convinced about the prenatal education and then article questions that doesn’t this lace too much pressure on the children?


Oh poor babies! Born with such huge expectations they are bound be stressed in fact super stressed all their lives. Further, prenatal program sounds like a sham, that Mahabharat-Abhimanyu era which may or may not have existed. It is going to ruin the coming generation of children, either they will be really geniuses or they all are going to perish under the expectations of their parents.

Read the full article here.

Learn Words from the article:

Investment: Asset
Undoubtedly: Certainly
Communicate: Converse
Channelizing: Directing


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