The author of The God Of Small Things talks about political activism and why she fled India to finish her new book
When Arundhati Roy completed her new novel, her first in 20 years, she told her literary agent, I dont want all this bidding and vulgarity, you know. She wanted interested publishers to write her a letter instead, describing how they understood her book. She then convened a meeting with them. OK, her agent prompted afterwards. You know what they think. Youve met them. Now decide.
Oh no, she told him. Not yet. First Ill have to consult. He was puzzled. You consult me, right? No, I have to consult these folks. You know, the folks in my book. So the author and her agent sat together in silence while she asked the characters in her novel which publisher they liked the best. When Roy announced their choice, her agent pointed out that his bid was half what other publishers were offering. Yes, she shrugged. But they like him.
Seeing my expression as she relates this, Roy starts to smile. Everyone thinks I live alone, but I dont. My characters all live with me. Theyre always with her? Oh yes. As soon as I shut the door, its, So what did you think of that person? Idiot, right? Will she ask them how this interview went after I leave? She looks surprised Id need to ask. Yes, of course.
To many of Roys literary admirers, her work over the past 20 years has been something of a puzzle. Is she really a literary figure, or was her first novel a sort of fluke? Roy was 35 when she published her debut, The God Of Small Things, to rapturous acclaim. A semi-autobiographical tale of an Indian family fading into decline, fractured by tragedy and scandal, it won the Booker prize, sold more than 8m copies in 42 languages, and transformed an unknown screenwriter into a global celebrity, tipped as the new literary voice of a generation. In the 20 years since then, Roy has published dozens of essays and non-fiction books, made documentaries, protested against government corruption, Hindu nationalism, environmental degradation and inequality, campaigned for Kashmiri independence, Maoist rebels and indigenous land rights, and featured on Time magazines list of the worlds 100 most influential people. To her political fans, she is the radical left voice of principled resistance; to her critics, the worst sort of adolescent idealist: unrealistic, self-indulgent. She has faced criminal charges of contempt and sedition, been imprisoned, and fled India briefly last year in fear for her life. She has not, until now, however, published another word of fiction.
Our throwaway habits are wreaking havoc on the planet. Here are six ideas from designers working to reduce waste in our everyday lives
Modern life is wasteful. From the plastic packaging that fills our kitchens and ends up in our oceans to the 40m tons of e-waste we generate per year, our throwaway culture is alive and kicking. And its wreaking havoc on the planet.
But a host of designers, researchers and startups are on the case, coming up with new ideas to cut waste and make life more efficient. Here are six of our favourites.
Okay, so youve created a LinkedIn profile with your name, current job and title. Youve got a thorough and well-formatted Word Doc resume, ready to hand off to hiring managers. Done, right? Wrong. Youre missing the point of LinkedIn if you think having a print resume, and a short LinkedIn profile is the entire arsenal your job search requires.
Keeping your LinkedIn up to date is something that requires little time, but may end up having big benefits. Any recruiter can tell you that they are constantly on LinkedIn looking for quality candidates. Hiring managers will check your LinkedIn before bringing you in for an interview. Beyond the job search, having a stellar online profile can help build your professional network, add to your personal brand and may even up your industry credibility.
So what should I update?
Lets start with a good photo! In this case, that means a picture of you, without sunglasses or a hat, or your pet/roommate/current boyfriend. While having a professional headshot is preferred, reading some pro tips online about how to get a well-lit photo, and then enlisting a friends help can result in a great solo photo. Remember that the image youre projecting here is for your business network – so save the shot of your cute Coachella outfit for Instagram.
Now, take a look at your accomplishments and interests. As a recent grad, including your sorority or fraternity leadership position will help hiring managers see your credibility as a leader, even without extensive full time work experience. However, if youve been working for over a decade, it might be wise to leave off that award Panhell gave you back in college. Including internships, volunteer experience, or TA work as a recent grad is also a great idea.
Also, if youre trying to build up your client base, reach out to recent customers whove had positive experiences for a short quote. Having reviews isnt a deal breaker, as your experience should speak for itself, but having a few positive reviews (especially from influential people) wouldnt hurt.
How much do I put on here?
While it is definitely important to list all of your experiences, its not necessary to have long winded text under each one. A LinkedIn profile is like an online resume. Having key experiences clearly highlighted with an easily digestible amount of information will do you, and hiring managers, a favor. Save a longwinded story – even about a win – for an interview.
Your wins should stand out with specific numbers and details. Include dollar amounts or percentages wherever relevant. Be sure the numbers are the same on your resume though… saying one thing online and another in print is a good way to quickly lose credibility.
LinkedIn isnt just about job experiences
One area to not skimp on is adding your interests, volunteer positions, charity work and any boards you may sit on. Showing what you do outside of work can, and should be a part of your LinkedIn profile. People are more likely to respond to a networking request if they have a sense of who you are beyond your current and past titles.
If youve received a prestigious award or have a special achievement under your belt, put it on LinkedIn! Hiring managers want successful people on their team. Clients want to work with people who have proven records. Whether youre looking for a job, or trying to build up your client base, showing your past successes can be a winning move.
If youre looking to build up your personal brand or want to establish credibility in your industry beyond your daily work try writing articles on LinkedIn. Besides being a modern Rolodex full of promising candidates, people are using LinkedIn to keep a pulse on industry trends.
Follow companies and people whose work you admire, and keep track of their recent posts in your feed. If you aspire to become a thought leader yourself, start with writing about a job experience or an industry trend youve noticed. You never know, you may end up becoming one of the people that others follow for advice!
Carolyn Betts Fleming is the Founder and CEO of Betts Recruiting, the leading global recruitment firm specializing in matching revenue-generating talent with the worlds most innovative companies.
Walkers, the snack company that brings the UK its flavored crisps and other treats, started a social media campaign Thursday, asking fans who wanted to win tickets to tweet a selfie with the #WalkersWave hashtag.
The tweets were turned into a video of former soccer player Gary Lineker waving the “selfies” in front of the background of a stadium.
But trolls quickly realized the selfies weren’t being closely vetted before getting on screen, so everyone from serial killers to convicted felons to communist dictators made it onto the site with the sportscaster unwittingly waving the disturbing faces.
That doesn’t mean there weren’t screenshots and tweets that show how disastrous the social media stunt became. Some of the videos that made it through included images of serial killer Harold Shipman, accused sexual predator Rolf Harris, and sex offender Jimmy Savile. Another featured Joseph Stalin.
At least the “wave” selfie of former Vice President Joe Biden’s smiling face isn’t as as gruesome as the others.
At-home exercise has always been a weird but lucrative market. Why do you think you’ve seen Bowflex commercials for the past three decades?
And where there’s money, there are tech companies looking for their piece of the pie. Enter Peloton, a four-year-old startup that sells internet-connected stationary bikes tied to a livestreamed subscription workout experience.
Peloton is now worth about $1.25 billion thanks to its latest round of funding. That makes the at-home connected-bike company the latest unicorn, or private company worth $1 billion or more.
Peloton has $325 million in fresh capital from this new round, with money coming from a variety of name-brand investors, including Wellington Management, Fidelity Investments, and Kleiner Perkins. Comcast NBCUniversal also got in on the action.
Peloton bikes go for $1,995 (plus $250 for delivery and set up). Bike owners can then pay $39 per month for spin classes, which are livestreamed to the HD screen attached to the machine.
Those live classes pull in data collected by the bikes and compare it against other riders, for the full experience at home.
If that doesn’t sound cheap, it’s because it isn’t. Peloton isn’t positioning itself as a cheap alternative. It’s a high-end system meant for people who don’t have the time or patience for the gym. Think Equinox for you at home.
It’s worked. Peloton has something of a cult following that’s not terribly different to how people speak about in-person cycling classes like Soul-Cycle.
The big box chain is investing $75 million in bedding delivery startup Casper as it looks to bolster its e-commerce offerings in the face of the tanking brick-and-mortar market, Recode reported Thursday.
A source familiar with the deal confirmed that amount.
Casper has sought to upend a $14 billion industry with foam mattresses that are folded into ultra-compact packages for shipping. Before now, it’d raised nearly $70 million in venture capital.
Target was reported to be considering a billion-dollar acquisition of Casper earlier this month, but talks seem to have fallen through. The fast-growing startup was last valued at more than $500 million in 2015.
“Target invested in Casper because we believe in their team, their ideas and their vision for reimagining sleep,” a Target spokesperson said.
The investment seems to be part of Target’s bigger push to regain some of the ground it’s lost as online shopping and bargain retail competitors ate into its market share.
The company has also locked down partnerships with online-only shaving brands Harry’s and Bevel that give it exclusive rights to sell their products in stores.
Beyond digital partnerships, Target is launching a series of new in-house clothing and home brands in coming months in a bid to reclaim the cheap-chic cachet on which the retailer first made its name.
Fresh off a cross-country road trip of staged meet-and-greets, the billionaire seemed genuinely excited to return to the school where he first conceived of Facebook.
“If I get through this speech, it’ll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard,” Zuckerberg said.
Before imparting any wisdom to the class of 2017, though, Zuck wanted to set the record straight on a few things regarding The Social Network, the Aaron Sorkin movie that unflatteringly dramatized his time at the college.
“That movie made it seem like [Facebook predecessor] Facemash was so important to creating Facebook,” he said. “It wasn’t.”
He got in another dig at his Hollywood portrayal later in the speech.
“No one writes formulas on glass,” he said. “That’s not a thing.”
Zuckerberg tried for the nth time to shut down speculation that he’s mulling a presidential run earlier this week.
That didn’t stop him from regaling graduates with campaign-ready anecdotes from his recent great American road trip.
Zuckerberg is literally talking about conversations he’s had with factory workers and opioid addicts in his Harvard commencement speech.
Zuckerberg seemed most moved by a story he told about an undocumented student mentee. Recounting the uncertainty the high schooler felt about the future, he teared up in a rare public display of emotion.
Zuckerberg is tearing up right now talking about an undocumented student who he knows and mentors. Don’t think I’ve ever seen him cry.
Immigration was one of several political issues on which Zuck opined. He pushed for exploring a universal basic income a policy stance in vogue right now for Silicon Valley moguls and warned of a future of automation.
Investigators were focused on meetings Kushner held with Russian officials last year as part of inquiry into Russian interference in 2016 election, sources said
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said he would cooperate with any investigation into the Trump campaigns ties to Russia following reports that he is under FBI scrutiny.
Multiple news outlets reported on Thursday that investigators were focused on a series of meetings that Kushner, Donald Trumps son-in-law, held with Russian officials last year as part of the inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Mr Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings, attorney Jamie Gorelick said in a statement on Thursday. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry.
Press secretary Sean Spicer did not deny the news reports at the time, and on Thursday, the Washington Post and NBC News reported that Kushner was a focus of the FBIs case, citing anonymous sources familiar with the investigation. The Guardian could not independently confirm the reports.
The naming of Kushner in connection with the FBIs investigation is significant, though the scope of the inquiry into the husband of the presidents daughter, Ivanka Trump, is unclear. Kushner has not been accused of wrongdoing and is not the central focus of the investigation, the Post said.
The White House did not comment further on Thursday.
It emerged last year that executives of Vnesheconombank (VEB), a Russian bank, had talks with Kushner. The White House aide also held a meeting with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned in February after it emerged that he had misled vice-president Mike Pence about the nature of his conversations with Kislyak.
Kushner is currently being investigated because of the extent and nature of his interactions with the Russians, the Post reported.
Kushner is in a different category than Manafort and Flynn in the investigation, according to NBC News report.
Last month, the New York Times reported that Kushner omitted meeting with Russians on security clearance forms.
Earlier this month, Kushners family was forced to apologize for mentioning his name while urging Chinese investors to pour money into a US real estate project, raising concerns about a possible conflict of interest.
Announcing Barack Obama’s visit in April, Sir Tom said: “From the south side of Chicago to the White House has been an epic, historic journey and it will be a true honour to hear that story from the man who made that journey.
“We are both truly proud and delighted to be hosting the 44th president of the United States in Scotland at this event.”