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  1. When we saw the Hindi version of 'Avengers: Infinity War' trailer,( https://www.mensxp.com/entertainment/hollywood/43279-the-avengers-infinity-war-hindi-trailer-is-way-better-than-any-bhojpuri-movie-ever-made.html ) we didn't think it could get any better than that. That was, in itself, the perfect parody, and that too unintentionally. But, a bunch of Malaysian guys are taking it up a notch (or, maybe down, we can't decide). Everyone is so excited about the upcoming Avengers movie and honestly, that is all we can talk about, after all, it's probably the biggest release of the year. While we're all desperately waiting for the movie to hit the screens, these guys found the perfect way to deal with the pain of waiting – by recreating the whole freaking first trailer. But, no it's not exactly a recreation. We all know that no one can reach the level of perfection that is the movie, but there is always the scope for making it more hilarious, right? That's exactly what these students did. Improving the original trailer (jk, don't @ me), they made a low budget version and if the spoof doesn't make you laugh, then you're probably not human. Check it out! Who did it better? @MarvelStudios pic.twitter.com/k504zAadGB — Aiman Sany (@awesomerawks) March 17, 2018 They didn't miss out a single scene, but the best part is the creative use of all the regular household things that you won't ever find in the Avengers. Let's see some hilarious highlights that deserve a special mention. I'll start with my favorite – the plates. © Twitter Life hack – how to get blonde hair at home. © Twitter This is as low budget as it can get. © Twitter Full props for creativity. © Twitter The plates are back! © Twitter Discount Spider-Man is the best Spider-Man. © Twitter Okay, for the rest, watch the whole video, because it will honestly make your day. The video was so hilarious that even the Russo Brothers, the directors of 'Infinity War', replied with an actual open invitation to direct Avengers 5. How cool is that? Aiman. You guys are geniuses. Are you available to direct Avengers 5? https://t.co/8IIS3hacBu — Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) March 18, 2018 We are all looking forward to their next Avengers movie, it'll be the best one, I can feel it.
  2. Personally, I think puns are the most under-appreciated form of humour, but it's just not fair. Puns are hilarious and need the recognition they deserve, because #JusticeForPuns. Also, you know how you can tell a pun is good? When it makes you literally look away after reading, that's how. It's just a weird thing that the worst pun is actually the best one, and here we have tried to gather the 'worst' of the lot to spread some laughs. Enjoy! Best way to break up? Relationship status: 6 balls. Because it's over. — shruti (@shrutithenaik) June 4, 2017 This is so good, that i just can't even. Last time when someone called me hot was when I was blocking a bengali girl's way in a metro. — SlyFy (@AristoTroll) August 31, 2016 What word play man, I'm impressed. *Jasmine rubs a magic lamp* "Who are you?" "Princess Jasmine." "Then why dress like a whore?" "WTF! Aren't you a genie?" "I'm a misogenie." — Praveen (@Pravmaga) September 24, 2015 So Much Dedication For A Pun, Now This Is The Only Way To Do It. Cousin's getting married. And I'm at the mehendi ceremony. So told the mehendi guy that even I want. pic.twitter.com/F6gIRjw7Ff — Akshar (@AksharPathak) November 25, 2015 Hi5! Salman Khan: Scotch aa gayi? Driver: Yes SK: Chicken, Water, Soda? D: Yes.. SK: Then what's left? Driver: Just-ice SK: LOL.. *Hi5 — Aladdin (@Alllahdin) December 10, 2015 Another Visual Pun, I Love Twitter. Iskolagadalatoh life pic.twitter.com/ILJ3xK81jC — chillmonger (@krazyfrog) January 5, 2017 Naam hai? What did Jaya say to Abhishek when they saw Amitabh coming home in a rickshaw, "Ricksheymeintohwohtumharebaaplagtehai" — K. (@beeba_puttar) October 20, 2012 Now, We're Asking The Real Questions. Why does khudkhushi in hindi mean suicide instead of masturbation? — jugal (@joogasama) June 5, 2014 Does it, though? Russian porn gets me soviet. — Madhura (@PunsTurnMeOn) June 28, 2015 Hence, proved. Mathematical proof of why Bed is called 'Char-Pi'. pic.twitter.com/10ZvFgdw6Y — mohitghune (@Ghunegaar) May 21, 2016 Dammit, why am i singing it now? jab bhi koi chickpea dekhun, meradildeewana bole chole chole chole, chole chole chole — shruti (@shrutithenaik) August 1, 2017 Umm. Girl 1-a what you doing ya? Girl 2-nothing ya you ya? G1-coffee ya? G2- o yaya G1- o yaya Yayayaaa. Yayayaa.. Jo bhimai ..kehnachahu... — Bakwas Rider ðï¸ (Wear helmet at the back also) (@BakwasRadio) December 6, 2013 I love the use of the picture. On Raksha Bandhan day Kohli becomes pic.twitter.com/gqEOi50qF6 — akhil (@akhilmonumathew) December 19, 2016 This is it, this is the best one. Rivers can not hear because wohBehrihotihain. — doju (@bdheeraj) September 6, 2014 Loving the photoshop skills. Deepikachupic.twitter.com/tpqiK7Hxd4 — chillmonger (@krazyfrog) October 26, 2014 Oh no. 68 is a preposition. — Abhishek Madan (@abhishekmadan) July 20, 2013 I don't know how I feel about my new name. IF YOU HAVE BLACK EYES THEN YOUR NAME IS RURU BECAUSE YE KALI KALI AANKHEIN? TU RURU. NOW APPLYING FOR NAME CHANGE IN PASSPORT. — Bakwas Rider ðï¸ (Wear helmet at the back also) (@BakwasRadio) October 24, 2013 I'm confused. At PVR: "One chicken burger please." "Sir do you want me to vomit?" "Sorry?" "Sir, I vomit?" (30 second pause) "Oh yeah please warm it." — Akshar (@AksharPathak) September 25, 2013
  3. Salman-Katrina starrer 'Tiger Zinda Hai' was one of those movies which became a box office hit even before releasing. Why? Because of Salman Khan's presence. Duh! Although the movie did manage to break several records in terms of its collection, the quality of the content and storyline is still debatable. But one thing is for sure, the movie certainly has some really catchy and groovy music especially the song 'Swag Se Swagat' which was loved by pretty much one and all. While we were all swooning over Katrina Kaif's abs and Salman's effortlessly cool quotient, post the song's release, there was one person who went on a completely different tangent with the song; he decided to use it for his mobile shop's advertisement. Why Man Why? via GIPHY Now, if he just had used the background music and maybe played around a little bit with the lyrics, it probably wouldn't have come across anyone's attention. But the shop owner went all out to make a parody of the song and achieved what he possibly wanted to: become a viral internet sensation. © Facebook It features a man who tried his best to imitate Bhai with his macho body but we can't wrap our head around the blonde hair and that beard. Would Sallu approve? via GIPHY We don't think so. Anyway, he does manage to be the centre of attention in the commercial, but you cannot NOT notice the hilarious background dancers and the woman who is obsessed with taking selfies and posing. © Facebook The Ad then goes on to tell what all brands of mobiles are available at the shop and shows not one but many shots of the shop itself. © Facebook And damn those dance moves… Have a look at the unbelievable advertisement and we dare you not to laugh: Isn't it so bad that it's hilariously good? Nevertheless, whether you found it funny or not, we guess their purpose has been solved. Within a couple of days, the video has garnered over 1 million views on Facebook and over 20K shares. 'Cheema Mobile Center' sure has got people paying attention to them now!
  4. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/46dbe46cce705d468d6d455c341eff09.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8yMC8yMDE4IDM6MDA6NDYgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT16RkxGcW5sZDNUUERxb2YzOGErWFhBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] DUBAI: New Zealand and Islamabad United player Luke Ronchi said on Tuesday that he is expecting a good competition in the upcoming Pakistan Super League tournament. The tournament will kick-off from February 22, with the first match between Peshawar Zalmi and debutants Multan Sultans. Ronchi, who has scored 2722 runs in 150 T20s, said: ?It has been good, it is good to be around with the guys and meet some new people, a new coaching staff and stuff like that seems like a fun group to be a part of.? Pakistan Super League 2018 trophy unveiled in Dubai Ceremony to unveil the glittering winners? trophy is being at Dubai stadium The Kiwi batsman said that he is hopeful of getting his team into the final game of the tournament. Speaking on the quality of the tournament he said that comparatively the tournament is quite really hard. ?A lot of people talk about in terms of putting up with Big Bash. It's going to be a good competition, it's going to be a high competition,? he said. Earlier today, a ceremony to unveil the glittering winners? trophy was held in Dubai. The silverware for the tournament was unveiled to the public at the Dubai International Stadium. The trophy was received by the captains of the PSL teams and carried to the ceremony by defending champions Peshawar Zalmi skipper Darren Sammy.
  5. An incredibly eclectic decade for music, the 90s defined the blood sweat and tears that went into making some great tunes and harmonies. Growing up with the music of the 90s, it always smelled like teen spirit with a whiff of 'mmmmbops' floating through the air. The 90s definitely saw the rise of different genres of music that popularised pop culture, the alternate rock dimension and of course gave grunge and RnB the space that they truly deserved. Although a lot of bands from the 90s era were a one-hit wonder, most of the other ones thrived on lyrical content, catchy tunes and new age beats that you could actually gyrate to, like madmen. The music I grew up on was heavily packaged with enthusiasm and disillusionment, as India was still struggling to welcome the wave of new-age music. From East/West Coast rap battles to garage grunge, the 90s were like the sonogram of new radical ideas and cultures. Here's our pick of 10 of the greatest bands from the 90s and how they survived to tell their tales, through their music! 1. Oasis © Oasis Facebook Oasis was a progressive rock band, formed in Manchester in 1991. Moulded out of an earlier band called 'Rain', the band consisted of Liam Gallaghar (vocals & Tambourine), Paul 'Bonehead' Arthur, Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan and Tony McCarroll. Never sang 'Wonderwall' on a Sunday night Karaoke show? Then I am sure you've strummed it, somewhere along the way, like a wounded banshee! 2. Nirvana © Nirvana Facebook Nirvana started the 'let's get drunk and trash the space' kinda vibe in the 90s with their alternate grungy sounds and 'I couldn't care less about the dying world' attitude. The band belonged to the 'Big 4 of Grunge' and quickly disabled when Kurt Cobain (vocals & Guitar) killed himself. David Grohl, the drummer, went on to start a new project called the Foo-Fighters, which is an alternate rock band and presently active. Remember college days, frequenting live gigs, where every Indian band was covering 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'? Hells yeah! 3. Tupac © Tupac Facebook Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper from East Harlem, New York and his music sold over 75 million records worldwide! Everyone was gearing up to accept a revolution through lyrics, with rap music and Tupac brought it all together. Unfortunately, he lost his life in a gang war but his legacy lives on and we see no changes with that! 4. 'NSYNC © Nsync Facebook One of the first boy bands coming out of mother America's lap, 'Nsync made it big with their boyish charms and catchy music. The band had 5 members, all of whom chose to say 'Bye Bye Bye' in the summer of 2002. Justin is still crying a river somewhere though. Remember going through a heartbreak back in college and listening to 'Tearing Up My Heart' in a loop? 5. Spice Girls © Spice Girls Facebook Were you a true blue girl band 'Wannabe' in the 90s? Spice girls defined every girl's aspiration to stand in front of a huge crowd with cute little clothes supporting a fancy hairstyle and singing 'Two Become One' in style. A brit girl band, Spice Girls was formed in 1994 in London and were active till much recently. Ps: which one was your favourite Spice Girl? I totally dug Scary Spice! 6. TLC © TLC Facebook These three sang hip-hop, soul, funk, and R&B and survived in the 90s as a very popular girl trio from Atlanta. Despite the fact they didn't get along with each other very well, they made some fabulous music and sold over 65 million records worldwide! Remember 'Waterfalls'? That song was truly a lesson for life! I mean, come on, don't go chasing waterfalls, listen to the rivers and the lakes like you used to. But we're gonna leave you with 'No Scrubs' for now. 'Cos you've probably been a 'No Scrubs' kinda guy, sometime in your life. 7. Alice In Chains © Alice In Chains Facebook AIC is one of the most underrated bands ever and that's why they're one of my personal favourites. Formed in the late 80s. they took over the 90s grunge movement like a storm. Layne Staley, the lead vocalist grasped the eccentricities of growing up with and around drugs and that clearly reflected in the kind of music they made. AIC also had some very distinct heavy metal influences and it went on to become a two-vocal band (with Staley and Jerry Cantrell). Here's one of my favourites from one of their popular albums-Jar of Flies 8. Boyz II Men © Boyz II Men Facebook Best known for their emotional ballads and cappella like harmonies, Boyz II Men was a Philli based R&B boy band. If you ever happen to possess 'Now That's What I Call Music- Volumes 1-6', back in the 90s, you would have most definitely heard their music! This song was an anthem for every man who was in love, in the 90s! 9. Boyzone © Boyzone Facebook A very popular Irish boy band, Boyzone accumulated a lot of love from the ladies back in the day, with their classic love ballads. From 'A Different Beat' to 'We We Belong', their albums broke every record sale. Unfortunately one of the lead vocalist and the most loved member of the band, Stephen Gately, died in 2009. Keating though still continues to make music. Did you sing 'Words' out loud too, every chance you got? 10. Bush © Bush Facebook Remember Gwen Stefani? Yeah, I am sure you do. She also had a husband who was the front man of a rather sombre yet adrenaline rushed British alternate rock band called Bush. Although they had marginal success over the years in their home country, they have numerous top ten singles on the Billboard Rock Charts in America. Gavin Rossdale's raw, lemon-soaked voice is what gave the band its unique identity. Here's the perfect song for your lover! The 90s was anything but lackluster in terms of music for a lot of people and if we ever have to pay tribute to the era gone by, there is no better way to do it than visit the music every now and then!
  6. Although most of us may curse our managers for being bossy sometimes, the truth is that it is a job we can only understand when we actually trade places with them. It is not an easy task to manage a team. Not at all. There are a ton of different kinds of people in a team and it is a manager's responsibility to keep the team in check. But, then there are some off days or bad habits that managers routinely indulge in without actually being aware of the aftereffects. Here are some of the common mistakes that managers make and what they can learn from them. Afterall it is always wiser to learn from other's mistakes than making yours. 1. They hire and support the wrong people. © Strategic Human Insights No managers will do so on purpose but still, it affects the whole team's chemistry. Hard working people prefer working with the like-minded people and from someone who brings positivity in the room. If the new employee that has been hired is always trying to be more bossy or gossiping all the time then that could be a problem. This often leads to office politics which ultimately make your good employees quit their job. 2. They overwork people. © Thinkstock/Getty Images We all know it is no more a slave system nor a one-sided business: companies need good people and people need good companies. People should be respected for the contribution they are making to the company. It is a common mistake that most of the managers make when they think they can increase the workload on their talented employees with any repercussions. Your good employees should not feel suffocated due increased work hours or feel it as punishment for they hard work. Raises, title-changes, and promotions are the only acceptable ways to increase workload. Never forget a talented and hardworking employee will always have many more options and won't mind switching to an organization where his hard work is rewarded and not punished. 3. They don't let people pursue their own passion. © flickriver It has been found that people who are encouraged to pursue their passions at work experience a flow, a euphoric state of mind that is five times more productive than the normal state. Google itself allots certain days and hours for people to do work on anything they would like work upon during the office hours. The follow 80/20 rule where they dedicate 80 percent of the time to their primary job and 20 percent working on passion projects that they believe can help the company. If as a manager you are not encouraging such activities then you are surely hampering the productivity of the company as well as employees. After all most talented people are passionate in their nature and if you are not feeding them that then you are doing enough for their job satisfaction. 4. They themselves don't respect their commitment. © tinyshop If you want and ask your employees to follow a particular norm then first you should be able to spearhead what you are preaching otherwise no one is going to take you seriously. It would become a mundane jargon that they will become habitual of but won't proactively respond. If you want your employees to show up on time then you need to be there too. All talk and no action has no value to it. 5. They hesitate in rewarding good work or contribution. © Thinkstock/Getty Images If you lack or hesitate in appreciating a good work then you are definitely missing out on a morale boost you could have infused in the whole team. A small encouraging pat on the back or saying 'good job' won't hurt but can benefit in a lot of ways. When rewarded or applauded for their good job people feel encouraged to do more good work with even more enthusiasm. If you are hesitating on that then you are creating a void between you and your employees to escape through. 6. They fail to challenge them to be better than yesterday. © Cleverism Talented people love an environment where they are driven by new challenges every day or something that allows them to enter into an uncomfortable zone where they have a chance to grow even more. If you are not challenging them intellectually then gradually they might get bored of the mundane work and same old desk that they have been confined to and then quit the job. It is wise to give smart people a chance to get smarter then they were yesterday because that's what that drives them to continue doing the good work.
  7. Not every relationship is built to last. Some are meant to last an eternity and some deteriorate with time. Sometimes, in your relationship you reach a turning point where you know it's not going to work out anymore and you fail to see a resolve, which ultimately leads to a complete demise of the relationship. Healthy relationship indicators help you figure if your relationship can stand the test of time and outrun any flaw that might come up, during the course of it. Once these indicators are negated, that's when the downfall begins and it continues if you ignore the factors leading to it. (c)Thinkstock/Getty Images I've been a part of a few failed relationships which have taught me to identify the problem first hand and nip it in the bud, before it grows. Sometimes we can sense an issue and let complacency take over the root cause of it. By doing that, not only are we destroying a functional relationship, we're consciously not acknowledging these factors. Most relationships end due to one or more reasons listed below. I've faced them myself personally and if you sense your relationship might be facing an issue like the five mentioned, it's really time to turn things around! Communication Breakdown Communication, of any form should be moderate. If it's over the top, and extreme, where you expect your partner to over-analyse things like you do, that can pose as a threatening situation. Communicating less is a grave issue too. If communication is bad, between two people in a stable relationship, the equation is bound to drop. Communication should be clear, bold and interactive for a healthy relationship. (c)Thinkstock/Getty Images Lack Of Trust One of the major indicators concerning an unhealthy demise of a relationship is the lack of trust between two people. That trust can diminish for many reasons. It could be something out of your partners past relationship or the fact that they've lied to you at some point in time or even cheated. Whatever the reason maybe, if there is no trust, there is no semblance of a happy relationship. Trust is the backbone of any healthy relationship and once the backbone collapses, the association is headed towards the end. To make any relationship better, work on building trust first. (c)Thinkstock/Getty Images Abusive Nature If there is abuse of any kind, pertinent in a relationship, it's going to fall apart. Abuse is not necessarily physical. Mental and emotional abuse is as toxic as any other form of abuse. If you're in an abusive relationship, then know for sure, it has to end at some point in time and you as the abused have to end it! (c)Thinkstock/getty Images Insecurities Insecurities can be big or small but they're one of the main reasons why relationships fail to work. Insecurities also lead to a lowered sense of self esteem and once that road is taken there is no coming back from there. You're constantly thinking you're not good enough for your partner and there is a nag at the back of your head telling you, your partner can do much better. Insecurities can also stem from a lack of trust in your partner. You might be insecure about who they talk to or hang out with constantly and if these concerns are irrational, then it's really toxic for your relationship. (c)Thinkstock/Getty Images Jealousy Jealousy could take any form and absolutely end a fabulous relationship. It is strangely interlinked with a heavy form of insecurity but it's the worst indicator of them all. You could be jealous of the kind of company your partner keeps to even them being more successful than you. If it gets in the way of a stable relationship, know for sure, it will ruin any probable chance of lasting in the future. If you see your partner having a problem with 'that friend you talk to' or you having to issues with her making more money than you, then it's absolute splitsville from thereon. (c) Thinkstock/Getty Images These are the five most prominent markers of a healthy relationship losing its stride and semblance of balance and going downhill. There are other factors that pull a relationship down too, like money issues, having a judgemental partner, boredom, unreal expectations from either of the partners or even the lack of compatibility. But if any of the above mentioned indicators come your way, while you're looking to experience the future with a certain someone, either take a back seat and figure a solution out or end the relationship in a mature healthy manner.
  8. If you're not paying for it, you're the product. Don't roll your eyes or accuse us of being paranoid. That oft-repeated aphorism is actually a rather apt description of our social-networked, digital-everything age. From Google search to Instagram and Twitter, freeloading users (that'd be all of us, this writer included) aren't customers. We're the product - to be followed, examined, analysed and divvied up into silos before being sold to marketers. Of course, this has its benefits - we get to use a lot of neat apps and services for free. But at what cost? Google usually gets a bad reputation for being an omniscient, omnipresent overlord that probably knows more about us than even our closest family and friends. But the search giant isn't the only behemoth that wields so much power. Facebook, our modern-day nukkad, a drawing room for the digital age, has just as much insight into who we are. No, not who we like to imagine ourselves as, but who we really are, unvarnished and untainted by facade we put up when in public. Facebook *Knows* That ex you sometimes look up on Facebook; the guilty-pleasure Bollywood gossip page you read; the furtive searches for entertainment stars you wouldn't want your grandma to find out about; the hate-spewing politician you'd never publicly admit to voting for; the 'Like' on your friends' posts; and where you live, where you hang out including the articles you click on - all of that gives Facebook an astonishing level of insight into who you are. And as a corollary, it helps Facebook roll out ads for products and services you're more likely to be interested in. Ever wondered how a simple visit to a web page, or a Facebook search, or a look at a product on sale at your favourite online store results in ads for similar and competing products - ads that follow you around Facebook? That's also Facebook's ad-targeting at work. How Does Facebook Ad Targeting Work? © social adstool Like we said, anything you do on Facebook's site (or in the app) is used to draw up a picture of you as a customer. Your likes, your interactions with your friends, the check-ins and the searches - it all lets Facebook 'sell' you (albeit in an anonymous form) to a marketer. Clicked 'Like' on a lot of heavy metal band pages? Or on fan pages for a cult movie? Don't be surprised when you find ads selling merchandise cropping up on your timeline. And then there's the magic of how Facebook 'follows' you around the web. Here's just one example: You're searching for, say, a bag for your new DSLR and you check out quite a few online camera gear stores, but can't find anything you like. But behind the scenes, Facebook (and any other ad network you encounter - Google, Amazon…) goes, “Hmmm, this chap might have bought a new DSLR. Why else would he be searching for a camera bag? That means he'd probably buy more camera gear if we can persuade him.” And that's when you start seeing ads for camera accessories, lenses, bags, and pretty much anything camera-related each time you go on Facebook. They've Got The Tools To Track You Really Closely © Facebook If you're an advertiser, Facebook is your best friend. They'll let you choose the target audience for your ads based on location, age, gender, language, app users, page followers, mobile device, the apps people use and what they click on. But wait, there's more - you can even upload 'Customer Lists' with email addresses and phone numbers if you've got a database of your own. And that's not it - Facebook will even let you target 'Lookalike Audiences' - users similar in profile to those in your Customer Lists. But that's all on Facebook. Where things get really spooky (okay, not so much for the savvy user, but a lot of people might think of it as black magic), is when advertisers start using Facebook Pixel - a tracking, measuring and ad targeting tool. In a nutshell, advertisers place a tracking pixel on their website, which lets Facebook (other ad networks do it too) identify you, building up an accurate picture of what you do online. Getting back to our camera store example, an online marketplace you've visited can use Facebook Pixel to track visitors to their website, serving them ads on Facebook - following them around, showing off other gear they might wanna buy, hoping they'd cave in eventually. And finally, there's Facebook's secret weapon - the Facebook Audience Network - an Internet-wide ad network (think of it as a rival to Google's ad network) that serves up ads on sites other than Facebook, letting advertisers extend their reach beyond Facebook and their own websites. For advertisers, it's a way of tracking and targeting users even when they're away from Facebook, for app developers and publishing partners, it's a new revenue stream, and for Facebook, it opens up the Internet beyond their own sites and apps. And as for you, the user, it just makes it even harder to escape Facebook's steely gaze. Try as much as you can to avoid Facebook, but you won't be able to (ditto for Google or Amazon). It's Not All Bad News For The Shopping Addict © Thinkstock For most users, this is a win-win situation. Just like ads on any other platform, allowing your web and app habits to be monetised means you get to use a lot of stuff for free - from ad-supported apps to news websites, you don't have to pay anything to use these not-cheap-to-run services. And of course, as a savvy shopper, you can't be complaining about seeing ads that are more relevant to you - think of the many impulse purchases you have made just by seeing an ad for something that just happens to call out to you. But Still, Creepy Eyes Follow You Around The Web © YouTube But there's a dark side as well to the tremendous reach of Facebook's ad tools - they know all about you, perhaps even more than you'd care to admit to yourself. Yes, the process is automated, you're assigned an ad-tracking ID which keeps your real identity safe, there's no nosy neighbor of yours getting to pore over your sometimes-embarrassing online habits, and it'd be safe to assume that Facebook's developers know a thing or two about keeping your data safe from hackers. Still, you're a rather stout-hearted soul if the prospect of a giant corporation knowing so much about you doesn't unnerve you. That's because all the data Facebook has - from your activities on their sites and in their apps, from tracking pixels, and from your activity on sites that are part of the Facebook Audience Network - can draw up a detailed, highly personal picture of who you are. In fact, a few years ago, researchers at Cambridge University published a study showing how they could draw up an uncannily accurate profile of users simply by analysing their public, open-to-all activities in Facebook. They analysed a dataset of 58,000 volunteers and found that they could use their 'Likes' to predict 'highly sensitive personal attributes' such as 'sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious and political views, personality traits, intelligence, happiness, use of addictive substances, parental separation, age, and gender.' The Cambridge study even “correctly discriminates between homosexual and heterosexual men in 88% of cases, African Americans and Caucasian Americans in 95% of cases, and between Democrat and Republican in 85% of cases”. Spooky, isn't it? Now that's only from your public actions on Facebook. Think of how much can be gleaned about you from the other actions which you assume are private? While your stuff's probably safe with Facebook (or that's what we'd all like to believe), imagine what could happen should there ever be a data breach? Or what if you manage to annoy a powerful government, which somehow manages to arm-twist Facebook into handing over everything it knows about you? You might also find it interesting that a couple of years ago, privacy activists accused Facebook of being in favour of a controversial law from the US - the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which critics said would encourage data sharing with the government on the pretext of information security (Facebook denied the allegations). Or what happens if you've been searching for something you'd rather not have anyone else know about, but are given away when ads start appearing while checking Facebook at work? But even if nothing untoward happens, do you really feel comfortable knowing Facebook's tracking your every move - not just on its own site, but pretty much all over the web? Fighting Back And Reclaiming Your Privacy © Facebook All's not lost, of course. You can install ad-blockers (like Disconnect or uBlock Origin). But that has its pitfalls - lots of sites completely break, and publishers - who serve up loads of content for free - lose out. Instead, the best option is to head over to Facebook's ad preferences site, where you can see what 'interests' (everything from hobbies to brands) Facebook associates with you, select personal attributes (marital status, employer, school…) which are used to personalise ads, and turn off interest-based ads, and make yourself invisible to the Facebook Audience Network (select 'No' for the Ads on apps and websites off of the Facebook Companies setting).
  9. When was the last time you got knots in your stomach from laughing too hard while watching a Bollywood comedy? How many times have you fallen off your chair doubling up with laughter at the antics of the characters? If your mind goes back to 'Andaz Apna Apna' from 1994, or further back to 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro' which was released in 1983, it's clear Bollywood is living under a comedy crisis and we haven't had a good laugh in a long time. While we have romance and action dramas by the bulk every year, the number of good comedies can be counted on the fingers. © NFDC If you are a young millennial and haven't binged on the classic old comedies like 'Jaane Bhi…', 'Chupke Chupke', 'Gol Maal' (the original one by Hrishikesh Mukherjee) and the like, there's rather scanty fodder for your comedy-craving soul. Out of the more contemporary lot, Priyadarshan has single-handedly given us the bulk of comedy on the silver screen. 'Hera Pheri' was a rare classic in the genre in recent years, and here's counting the year 2000 as recent because good comedy is as rare as a unicorn. © AG Nadiadwala Well, good comedy is hard to make. You'd think that to evoke a few good laughs from a population that's largely middle class, has an entertainment budget of one movie per week, and is looking for excuses to be happy, it should be rather easy. These are people who come to a theatre to have a good time, they buy popcorn and cold drinks and sit down in the hope that they'll feel good today, that they'd escape the drudgery of their daily lives. They will laugh easily, you think. But it's not so. Making people laugh is difficult. It's easier to make them cry, fall in love, feel pain. A good comedy is a collective effort. Situational humour is as much dependent on the people in the frame as on the script. It requires a certain suspension of the self and a focus on the team. The iconic dialogue “Teja main hoon, mark idhar hai” has not yet found a successor. 'Gogo-ji ka ghaghra' is also hanging by a thread in some old cupboard, looking for someone to patch it up and wear it again. © Vinay Pictures And that's where contemporary Hindi cinema draws the line. It doesn't go beyond the formulaic love stories, the star presence and the item numbers. The focus remains on letting the film ride on the star's shoulders. The narcissist obsession with six-pack abs, hourglass figures and postcard perfect locations always wins. Bollywood is not to blame for this. The viewership has shifted too. We want to see Bahubali break boulders, we want to see Ranveer romancing Deepika in 'Bajirao Mastani', we want to see people fall in love. There has been a shift in the genre too. Slapstick has given way to plots that are more character- and situation-based. Dibakar Bannerjee's 'Khosla Ka Ghosla', with its subtle everyday humour about middle-class existence, brought comedy to our drawing rooms. It made for excellent family viewing. Whether it was the shrewd estate dealer played by Boman Irani (the man is a genius actor but I digress), or the humble middle-class patriarch Mr Khosla (played by Anupam Kher), we all know at least one character from the film. © UTV Motion Pictures 'Bheja Fry', which was a remake of French film 'Le Dîner de Cons', did fry our bhejas but in a way we didn't mind them being fried. The film, despite its low budget and minimal characterization, found decent success at the box office, proving Indian audiences still craved good humour. Of course, there is a lot of good content in other genres and filmmakers are merging comic elements beautifully. But in the past two decades, only a bunch of mainstream films have come close to the mark – 'Hera Pheri', '3 Idiots' (barring the 'balatkar' joke, which was in rather bad taste) and 'Munnabhai MBBS', that are great examples of perfect comic timing and good storytelling. © Vinod Chopra Films Many others like 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa', 'Hulchul' (both by Priyadarshan), and even the first of the 'Golmaal' series have managed to tickle our funny bones. Tanuja Chandra's 'Qarib Qarib Single' was a mature love story peppered with a generous dose of situational humour. So was Vikas Behl's 'Queen'. The audience was left in splits when Nawazuddin's character Chand Nawab struggles to record his reportage without anyone photobombing him in 'Bajrangi Bhaijan'. These moments of perfect comic timing in contemporary Hindi films are, well, just moments. While the romance and action genres find enough takers, the comedy genre has been pushed into being just a moment in a film. Where are those comedies of errors that left the theatre audiences holding their stomachs laughing, tears in eyes, throat sore from guffawing too hard? Where are those films that were so universal in their humour that we could go to the theatre alone and not feel alone, finding an unsaid camaraderie with strangers by laughing at the same jokes? Where are the Tejas and Gogo Masters of Bollywood, where are the films that left us with characters to laugh at even after the show was over. Bollywood sorely needs a comedy revolution and I hope some filmmaker out there is itching to make a classic comedy that will give us more reasons to laugh this year.
  10. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/20706fffb78942cad484ca09863b164e.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8yLzIwMTggMTozMjozOCBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPUoxNzcrd3RuWTJHNytZRW9QUHBURFE9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are currently in South Africa where the India cricket team will play a series. The couple has been exploring Cape Town and pictures have been popping up on social media. Brand Virushka has an earning potential of INR 1,000 crore in the next two years, so you would expect the two to be shopping at designer stores. However, this is not the case. A picture shared widely on social media showed the couple shopping at a 50% off sale. Video or Virat and teammate Shikhar Dhawan showing locals how the bhangra is done also went viral. Let's hope the couple keep on sharing more pictures of their experiences in South Africa.
  11. Arguably the most complete batsman of his generation and the most worshipped cricketer in the world, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar holds just about every batting record worth owning in the game. He ruled our hearts with his great batting display and his calm and composed demeanour earned him a ton of respect from every corner of the globe. The Little Master might have retired from international cricket but his down-to-earth nature and humble approach towards life continues to rule our hearts. On New Year's eve, while pretty much everyone was letting their hair loose, Tendulkar, for the man we all know, was cooking for his close friends. The 44-year-old shared a video on Twitter where he is seen going about his culinary activities with a great deal of concentration and exhibiting the same level of excitement he displayed on the playing field. It was a pleasure to cook for my friends on New Year's Eve. I am glad all of them enjoyed and are still licking their fingers ð Hope you all had a great New Year's Eve as well. Wishing you all a fantastic 2018. Stay blessed always. pic.twitter.com/aOPVJUscx4 — sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 2, 2018 “It was a pleasure to cook for my friends on New Year's Eve. I am glad all of them enjoyed and are still licking their fingers. Hope you all had a great New Year's Eve as well. Wishing you all a fantastic 2018. Stay blessed always,” Tendulkar wrote in his message accompanying the video. Thanks @sachintendulkar for the lovely night was great fun ' âð¼#monster Agarkar ð¹ A post shared by Yuvraj Singh (@yuvisofficial) on Dec 30, 2017 at 5:32am PST Apart from Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh - who is currently struggling to make a comeback in the Indian team - also shared a photo of himself in the company of Tendulkar and former Indian bowler Ajit Agarkar. "Thanks @sachintendulkar for the lovely night was great fun #monster Agarkar," he wrote on Instagram. Tendulkar, a Taurus by birth, has stayed true to his sun sign and harbours a penchant for food and new cuisines. Back in 1998, he cooked baingan ka bharta for his Team India mates at Ajay Jadeja's house. © Instagram An adventurous foodie, he also happens to be a huge fan of Japanese cuisine. In fact, the Indian cricket legend enjoys sushi and sashimi so much that he is even credited for having introduced Suresh Raina to Japanese food. After entertaining us all with his exemplary batting skills for 24 years, it seems that Tendulkar has now set his eyes on wowing his fans with his culinary skills.
  12. Serena Williams of the US serves during her Women's singles third round match against Nicole Gibbs of the US during the Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files Serena Williams was pleased to get back on the court despite losing what was her first match in almost a year ? against Jelena Ostapenko ? at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. It was Williams? first outing since winning her 23rd grand slam singles title at the Australian Open in January, while pregnant, before taking time out to have the baby. But she failed to fully rediscover her rhythm and quickly dropped the first set 6-2 to the Latvian Ostapenko, the French Open champion. The 36-year-old American roared back to win the second set 6-3 before losing the decisive tiebreak 10-5 in the exhibition match. Williams admitted her mind wandered to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. ? her child ? during the match. ?Motherhood is phenomenal. "I was a little worried out there and I looked at my camp and I was like ?Is Olympia ok?'. But it?s really good,? she said in her on-court interview. ?I?m excited, it?s good to be back on the court. This was such a good time for me. ?It?s my first time playing in Abu Dhabi so thank you guys for the support. First matches back are always super incredibly hard, especially after having a baby but it was great, I?m glad I could do it here.? Williams has registered for the Australian Open, which begins on January 15 at Melbourne Park.
  13. Winners and runners-up with CEJ-IBA Director Kamal Siddiqui. Photo courtesy: CEJ-IBA KARACHI: To acknowledge good journalism conducted in the field of humanitarian reporting, the Centre for Excellence in Journalism at the Institute of Business Administration (CEJ-IBA), Karachi and the International Committee of the Red Cross organised the Humanitarian Reporting Award 2017 ceremony on Friday. According to a statement issued by the centre, the awards were given in three categories ? mainstream broadcast (Urdu), mainstream print and online (Urdu) and mainstream print and online (English) for news stories published between November 1, 2016 and November 9, 2017. The winner in the mainstream broadcast (Urdu) category was Khawar Khan from Geo News for his story on medicines without cold chain management. The runner-up was the category is Umar Farooq from Voice of America Urdu for his story on issues of to the school for Sikh children. In the mainstream print and online (Urdu) category, the winner was Islam Gul Afridi from Akhbar-e-Khyber for his story on increase in the number of AIDS patients in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The runner-up in the category was Fariha Fatima from ARY News for her story on the Robinhood Army?s fight against hunger. The winner in the mainstream print and online (English) category was Shazia Hassan from Dawn Media Group for her story on the ghosts of Gadani, while the runner-up was Ghulam Dastgeer from Herald Magazine for his story titled ?Walking the line in times of conflict?. The ceremony kicked off with a welcome note by CEJ Director Kamal Siddiqi, who shared some details of CEJ?s collaboration with ICRC that began with workshops on humanitarian reporting and concluded with these awards. ?We received more than 200 applications for a workshop of 20 journalists, which shows the overwhelming interest in the media for humanitarian reporting,? he said, adding that CEJ and ICRC decided to conduct two workshops and hold these awards to acknowledge good journalism in humanitarian work. ICRC Pakistan Communications Coordinator Najum Abbasi said their institution recognises the efforts of CEJ-IBA for its relenting efforts in making this initiative a success. ?The collaboration with CEJ will continue in 2018 in an effort to continue inspiring and encouraging media to write, talk, and debate on humanitarian issues in an objective and non-partisan manner by keeping the interests of those affected by such issues at the heart of its reporting,? he said. There were 185 submissions received for the Humanitarian Award 2017 and the winners were shortlisted by a panel of distinguished journalists, including Aaj Television News Director Aamer Ahmed Khan, Executive Producer at Geo News Munazza Siddiqui and The Express Tribune KP, FATA Bureau Head Iftikhar Firdous. On the occasion, Firdous spoke to the audience about the casualties and importance of humanitarian reporting. ?There is frustration in people when disasters or aspects of disasters are not covered properly,? he said. ?Some of the most interesting stories came from Baluchistan. They were not big stories but were based on everyday struggles.? Unfortunately, he added, they could not be selected due to weak editing and failure to meet the criteria. Pleased and excited to have won an award, journalist Islam Gul Afridi talked about the difficulties in gathering data due to the stigma attached to AIDS. The security operations and sectarian issues mean they find it harder to access the medicine, a hindrance that proves to be fatal, he said. The ceremony concluded with a speech by the chief guest, Shehzad Roy, who shared his experiences of working in humanitarian and disaster-hit areas. He appreciated the importance of acknowledging good journalism and stressed that there is still a long way to go. ?We have freedom of speech but not freedom after speech,? he said.
  14. Good nutrition plays a significant role in improving one's quality of life and of course, physique. What you eat reflects directly in how your body looks. The choice of foods you consume decides whether or not you will be able to achieve your goal of getting a better physique. While calories are and will always be king, the calorie source also plays a monumental role in body re-composition. Here we have divided 20 food items on the basis of macronutrients that must be a staple in your diet in 2018. Macro Nutrient: Protein Primary Function: Helps in cellular/muscle repair and recovery Caloric value: 4Kcal per 1gm RDA: 0.8-1g per kilogram of body weight For advanced lifters: 1.5g-2.5g per kilogram body weight Best Sources Of Protein 1. Chicken/Fish/Mutton (20-25g per 100g) 2. Whole Eggs (6g in one large egg) 3. Whole Milk (8g in 250ml serving) 4. Paneer (15g per 100g) 5. Whey Protein Powder (20-25g per scoop) Note: For vegans, I recommend pulses, lentils, quinoa, peas and soy protein in order to match their protein RDA. Macro Nutrient: Fats Primary Function: Supports vital hormone production, organ insulation and energy supply Caloric value: 9Kcal per 1gm (Highest among all) RDA: 0.4 – 0.7g per kilo of body weight (0.7g is for people following a low carb diet) Best Sources of Fat 6. Desi Ghee (14g per 1 tablespoon) 7. Olive Oil (13g per 1 tablespoon) 8. Coconut Oil (13g per 1 tablespoon) 9. Natural Peanut Butter (8g per 1 tablespoon) 10. Nuts (15-18g per 1oz) 11. Flax seeds/Chia Seeds (9-11g per 1oz) Note: I also highly recommend you incorporate an Omega3 supplement ( Consume 2-4 soft gels per day) Macro Nutrient: Carbohydrate Primary Function: Energy Supply Caloric Value: 4Kcal per 1g RDA: 2-4g per kilogram of body weight (4g is for the advanced athletes practising high-intensity training) Best Sources of Carbohydrates 12. Oats (30g per 50g) 13. Quinoa (34g per 50g) 14. Sweet Potato/White Potato (16-18g per 100g) 15. White Rice (38g per 50g) Macro Nutrient: Fiber Primary Function: Aids in digestion, nutrition absorption and intestinal health. Caloric Value: Though fiber comes under a carbohydrate category, it does not spike blood glucose. Therefore, calories from fibre are not considered as only the net carbohydrate value creates any difference in the energy balance. Net Carbohydrate = Total Carbohydrate – Fiber RDA: 35g per day for males and 25g per day for females Best Sources of Fiber 16. Green leafy vegetables (2-3g per 100g) 17. Broccoli/Cauliflower (2-2.6 per 100g) 18. Beet Root (2.8g per 100g) 19. Peas (8.5g per cup) 20. Berries (8g per cup) Pro Tip: Since it is difficult to eat large quantities (3-4 servings) of green vegetables, I recommend you try a Green Vegetable Shake (Mixture of spinach/kale/broccoli/berries/beetroot and lemon) on a regular basis. This not only will help you complete your fiber intake but will also give you essential minerals like potassium, manganese and so on.
  15. Old days: The lethal pair of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis The ?Swing ka Sultan? Wasim Akram recently shared a golden picture of his reunion with former cricketing greats, transporting us back to the good old days. The former captain reunited with fellow former pacer Waqar Younis, spin legend Mushtaq Ahmed, former wicket-keeper Moin Khan and current selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and tweeted a memorable picture of the occasion. ?It was really amazing to see my old team mates buddies and Pakistan?s cricketing greats @waqyounis99 Inzi, Moin and @Mushy_online # memories-forever#goodolddays,? Wasim posted. Nostalgic fans were quick to share their thoughts. ?3 bowling greats from Pakistan having 2051 International wickets among them.. 1705 between the 2 deadly fast bowling Combo of all time..? tweeted a fan from across the border. ?Legends of Pakistan cricket in one frame,? said another. ?Our pride,? one fan put it simply. Another fan thanked the legends for the memories.
  16. 2017 has been a great year when it comes to films in the horror genre. Right from novel adaptations to prequels, horror films kept us glued to our seats and gave us major spooks. Where on one hand, 'It' smashed all box office records and gained immense popularity in the opening weekend, the 'Conjuring' series presented another version of the demonic doll 'Annabelle' and attracted record-breaking footfall at the theatres. Here are the top 10 horror movies, which made 2017 a historic year. It Directed by Andy Muschietti, 'It' broke all records and became the highest grossing horror film of all time. The haunting bogeyman of Stephen King's novel was devilish and spookier than the previous version of the film. The story builds up when a small boy named George disappears inside a drain while running behind his boat. The series of incidents that follow later are meaningful and scary enough to cause jitters. 'It' or Pennywise, the dancing clown made us realize that a horror movie is just not about fear but more than that. Get Out Nominated for his first Golden Globe, actor Daniel Kaluyya describes the film as a well-documented version of everyday experiences. This thriller cum horror has a plot that sends chills down your spine and keeps you glued till the end. 'Get Out' is nominated in the Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, and star Daniel Kaluuya scored a Best Actor nomination in the category for Golden Globes. Annabelle: Creation 'Annabelle: Creation' is the fourth film in the 'Conjuring' franchise. The film depicts how the cursed doll came into being and killed many through her evil existence. The demon inside the doll possesses a teenage orphan and makes her kill others. Split Directed by celebrated director M. Night Shyamalan, the film is based on the existence of 23 different personalities inside an individual. James McAvoy beautifully carries out the role and arouses the real 'beast' in him. This is a performance of a lifetime and is worthy of many awards this season. Raw A teenage French-Belgian horror drama depicts cannibalism at its best. A young girl's taste for human skin is intoxicating and thrilling at the same time. 'Raw' has no space for criticism, but applause. Prevenge The characters in 'Prevenge' are expressive and easily make you delve into imagination, it would be better to call it a 'slasher', right on its mark. Directed by Alice Lowe, the story of a pregnant serial killer is much consuming and smartly puts the viewer in amazement. Gerald's Game Another Stephen King's story comes to the big screen with a captivating screenplay and great performances. A combo of horror and thrill, the film is based on how a *** game turns into the worst form of terror for Jessie, whose husband Gerald dies during the game while she is handcuffed. The Shape of Water Directed by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, the film has received seven Golden Globe nominations this year. Described as a 'creature feature and a melodrama' by Business Insider, the film presents a compelling story of a mute woman serving as a cleaning lady at a top-secret United States government lab during the 1960s, when she develops a relationship with a creature in the lab. A Dark Song This Irish horror is a story of a woman and an occultist played by Catherine Walker and Steve Oram respectively, who indulge into practicing black-magic rituals and fall prey to something terrifying – A result of witchcraft. This is a powerful portrayal of how a minimum budget film yields a worth-watch affair. Mother Jennifer Lawrence tries stepping into different shoes every time, and this time her performance is noteworthy. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, 'Mother' is pretty similar to 1968 film 'Rosemary's Baby'. Though the film has been called an artist's auto-critique, Javier Bardem and Lawrence together make it a strong affair.
  17. Alright people, we know you have seen their photos and videos a hundred times already and are probably bored by now. But honestly, what can we do? With different photos coming up every other minute and setting the internet ablaze, we can't help but stare and wonder: How can a couple look so perfect? Their wedding was like a dream wedding: It was fancy but intimate, took place at an exotic and perfect location with everything and everyone just looking their magical, regal self, especially the newly-weds. The handsome groom even sang a song for his bride. How can we not obsess? First things first, here are two more pictures of the duo from an after-wedding party, looking great as always. With the DJ of virushkas wedding! #virushka #viratkohli #anushkasharma A post shared by Virushka (@anushkaviratwedding) on Dec 11, 2017 at 11:53pm PST Virat & Anushka During Post Wedding Party! â¤ï¸ð #VirushkaWedding #Virushka A post shared by Virat Kohli (@viratkohlifc) on Dec 12, 2017 at 12:01am PST Now since we have their new pictures out of the way, let's get to the good…no, great news. All these photos that we have seen till now are probably just the trailer. Because they obviously have thousands of other wedding photos waiting to see the light. And guess what? Reportedly, they would soon be in a magazine and not just any other magazine. Their photos would be published in a reputed American fashion magazine, the proceeds of which would go to a charity. A post shared by Sabyasachi Mukherjee (@sabyasachiofficial) on Dec 11, 2017 at 1:08pm PST Giving back to the society in any way and by anyone is always appreciated. We are definitely elated with this news since this is something that is extremely unique and would make their D-day even more special. Not just for them, but the rest of the world as well.
  18. File Photo KARACHI: Governor of Sindh Muhammad Zubair has asked the Swiss investors to come up with investments here as a conducive atmosphere prevails following the restoration of law and order. Zubair was talking to Thomas Kolly ? the Swiss Ambassador to Pakistan ? who called on him at the Governor House here on Tuesday. Bilateral ties and matters pertaining to investment and trade came up for discussion during the meeting. The governor spoke of bilateral relations between the two countries spanning over six decades and said these relations are growing further with the passage of time. He was of the view that the Swiss investors can invest in various sectors in the provinces and extend assistance in the realms of science and technology. Zubair informed that a very conducive investment prevails especially in Karachi after the restoration of law in the metropolis. He assured that the government on its part would extend every possible cooperation. The Governor also lauded the role of Kolly towards further enhancing the bilateral ties. The Envoy, in response, said the Swiss investors are interested to invest in various sectors. He added that enhanced ties between Switzerland and Pakistan are the need of the hour. Kolly lauded the role of the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) for their role towards the restoration of law and order. He was of the view that improved law and order has also enhanced the confidence of the Swiss investors. The Envoy said that with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Pakistan will enter a new era of prosperity.
  19. With a travel itinerary swinging between Tokyo, New York and Mumbai — Sahil Nanda obviously witnesses exquisite sights every day. Hence, owing to his forte of travelling across the sea (more often than usual), we're hardly surprised that he's always impeccably groomed (albeit with his dope hair colour). He's a global citizen of sorts and that's quite evident. That said, his beard in particular has always tickled our bones. It's like a Wildman mug, but just not as wild, yet, so well-contoured to align itself with some of the best of them. Long story, cut shorter: it's thick, nowhere close to messy, but nothing that'll pass off as craggily groomed. Clearly, only a miracle would have helped him achieve this feat. So, today, for '30 Days, 30 Beards', sneakerhead Sahil breaks down his miraculous triumph for us. ©MensXP/Style Partner: Park Avenue How has growing a beard changed your life? You know, getting random compliments from strangers is a welcome change! What made you grow it in the first place? Can I call it a professional decision? I began growing my beard when I kick-started my business, only because, since I looked very young, people just refused to take me seriously. But that was just the start. Over time, I've started to grow it because of the amount of maturity it offers and the fact that it even makes my hairstyle look better. Do women dig the beard or clean shaven men? The beard, without a doubt. There's a meteoric change in their behaviour when I have the beard vs when I don't. Ever thought of a name for your beard? Warden Freeman! I've actually thought this through. ©MensXP/Style Partner: Park Avenue Razor or trimmer? And how often… Well, a trimmer, once a week. We're still talking beards right? Beards need care. What's your regime like? Call this a religious practice, but I use a beard shampoo and conditioner every single day. Ever tried beard oils, shampoos, conditioners etc? Of course, I use the Beer Beard Shampoo by Manufaktura. Your best and worst beard phase? My best: right now — tapered on the sides, fully blown around the chin. Worst: the rough beard phase, right before it's reaching it's biggest high. ©MensXP/Style Partner: Park Avenue The razor/trimmer you're using right now? Braun's MGK 3080 trimmer, I style my hair as well as the beard with it. According to you, the most iconic celebrity beard in the world? T from Rocky or Jack Gyllenhaal! And the worst... Paul Rudd. What's your next big beard move? A clean shave! -- Sahil wears a checked blazer, neo-fit trousers, sunglasses; all from Park Avenue. Photography: Anubhav Sood Creative Direction: Santu Misra Styling: Siddharth Batra Grooming: Shallu Chandla Location: The Jug Mug Thella Production: Anand Pratap Singh Style Partner: Park Avenue
  20. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday stood by his criticism of pay TV and wireless company AT&T?s deal to buy movie and TV show maker Time Warner Inc, which the Justice Department has sued to stop. ?I?m not going to get involved in litigation, but personally I?ve always felt that that was a deal that?s not a good deal for the country,? the president said on the lawn of the White House as he left for Florida. ?I think your pricing?s going to go up, I don?t think it?s a good deal for the country.? The case will be more closely watched than other merger challenges because Trump has been a vocal critic of Time Warner?s CNN, and opposed AT&T?s purchase of Time Warner on the campaign trail last year, saying it would concentrate too much power in AT&T?s hands. Until Tuesday, he had not repeated that criticism. The US Department of Justice on Monday sued AT&T, arguing that it would use Time Warner?s content to force rival pay-TV companies to pay ?hundreds of millions of dollars more per year for Time Warner?s networks.? The Justice Department pushed back any suggestion that the decision to sue was done because of ?political considerations.? ?This is a law enforcement decision, not a political one. The DOJ has reached the end of a year-long investigation by a large, capable staff of expert lawyers and economists,? a Justice Department spokesperson said in an email comment. ?The division concluded on the merits that the merger is illegal under the antitrust laws because it will hurt competition.? AT&T has vowed to defend the $85.4 billion (£64.54 billion) deal in court. The Department of Justice?s move to block it was ?foolish? because the deal posed no threat to consumers, the wireless carrier?s trial lawyer, Dan Petrocelli, told CNBC on Tuesday. "We want to go to court as soon as possible," Petrocelli told CNBC, saying the burden of proof was on the government. AT&T will ask the court for an expedited trial next week, a source familiar with case said. The case has been assigned to Judge Richard Leon, a senior judge on the District of Columbia District Court, who was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002. Time Warner shares went higher when Leon?s assignment was announced as investors bet the judge would be more likely to allow the deal to proceed. Republican-appointed judges are generally, but not always, more business-friendly than those appointed by Democrats. Shares of Time Warner closed up 2.1 percent at $89.56 on Tuesday, signalling that investors believe the deal has a better chance of being approved. AT&T closed down less than 1 percent at $34.33. The merger challenge is unusual since the two companies do not compete directly. The Justice Department has not successfully litigated to stop a vertical deal - where the merging companies are not direct competitors, as is the case with AT&T and Time Warner - since the 1970s, when it prevented Ford Motor Co from buying assets from spark-plug maker Autolite.
  21. When you have the green light from the doctor and are ready to hit the track, there are still some rules to keep in mind-AFP PARIS: As New York limbers up to host the world´s biggest marathon on Sunday, runners around the world will be picturing its storied finish line to push for that extra kilometre (mile). But is running actually good for your health? Yes, say experts, as long as you are careful. Running for a longer life Runners are 30 percent less likely to have a premature death and 45 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than non-runners, according to a US study published March in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases. They can even expect to live for three years longer, the study found. And these benefits appear to exceed that of all other physical activities. "Running may be the most cost-effective lifestyle medicine from a public health perspective," the study´s authors said. The research analysed the data of 55,000 men and women aged 18 to 100 from a 2014 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). "Running has many benefits. It is good for the entire cardiovascular system, from the heart to blood vessels," sports cardiologist Stephane Cade told AFP. Running also has a positive effect on your mind. "It helps your mental health by producing hormones, endorphins, which give you a feeling of well-being," said Julien Schipman, a sports health specialist at France´s Institute of Sport and Performance (INSEP). But there are risks So running can be very good for your health, but you need to take precautions. "Someone who has never done it before should see a doctor for a check-up," said Schipman. Your age, weight, medical history and lifestyle -- whether you smoke or drink -- can all add up to make running a more risky prospect. "After 30 to 35 years, the biggest risks are heart attacks and sudden death," Cade said. "Deaths are often linked to heart disease which went unnoticed until being triggered by running." A recent example came in October, when Tunisia´s 56-year-old health minister died of a heart attack while running 500 metres in a charity marathon. Beyond heart risks, runners need to listen to their body to avoid injuries to their legs, lower back and especially their knees. "Tissues such as ligaments, tendons and cartilage are particularly at risk because they adapt more slowly than muscles to increased mechanical load," according to a Dutch study in 2015. How often do you need to run? The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends adults have 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity, like running, every week. But, according to the JACC 2014 study, running five to ten minutes a day could be as beneficial as a long jog when it comes to preventing cardiovascular disease. The study did not find a significant difference between those who ran 50 minutes a week and those who ran 180 minutes a week -- even if they ran slowly. "The benefit is greater if you vary the pace when you run -- it is better for the heart," Cade said. Before you start When you have the green light from the doctor and are ready to hit the track, there are still some rules to keep in mind. "Avoid running in hot weather or high pollution," warned Schipman. "It is recommended that you change your shoes every 1,000 kilometres or every year." As well as traditional shock-absorbing running shoes, minimalist shoes are currently in fashion, with thin soles to give the sensation of running barefoot. Barefoot runners tend to land on the ball of their feet first, rather than their heels. Studies have not yet conclusively determined which is better to avoid injury when running.
  22. Bollywood actor, grooming enthusiast and all-round-charmer, Taaha Shah, talks to us exclusively about his grooming routine, ideas on body hair and the importance of manscaping as a millennial. Tell us about your shaving routine... I use steam before I shave because it makes the shaving process much smoother (and easier). I always use a moisturizer as it helps reduce the chances of dry skin or irritation. © Taaha Shah Do you trim/wax/shave your body hair? Tell us about the process. I usually always trim unless I'm required to go completely clean shaven for a shoot. And as far as trimming is concerned, the most crucial part for me is to have a clean, standard quality trimmer that'll get the job done with precision, without me worrying about any rashes, cuts, etc. And if I have to shave off body hair, the best results are using warm water before using a lather-based shaving cream. Post shave, I use a basic body lotion to keep my skin moisturized! © Taaha Shah You are basically hairless right now. How does it feel? It feels lighter and definitely less itchy. Maybe it's just me but shaving off my beard made me feel like a peeled potato. Well, at least the first few days. And then I got over it. (laughs) In a land of big beards, do you think a sleek look is still sexy? Being sexy is a state of mind. Sexy is being yourself. Stubble, big beard or clean shaven—nothing can make you look sexy if you don't find it within. © Taaha Shah Moving on, is it important for modern men to shave their armpits? I think it's a matter of personal choice. Having said that, modern or not, the idea of manscaping finally boils down to hygiene. If the growth is a major reason for body odour—it's wise to get rid of it! © Taaha Shah 5 grooming products you are using right now (and why) Moroccan Oil for my hair as it keeps it healthy (and shiny). Toni&Guy Hair Spray for a firm hold! Toni&Guy Wax for medium hold Shaver by Wahl, as it has given me best results BB Cream by Sephora as it keeps the skin hydrated
  23. There are ups and downs in everybody's life and we need to face them on our own. But, sometimes there are days that make us feel that life is truly awesome and that we should live it to the fullest. Now, if you have tolerated us so far, it is better that we come to the point directly. Here is a list of movies that can light up your day every time you watch them. Go ahead and check them out. 1. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty © MovieTimes Ben Stiller is the writer as well as the lead in the movie. So, you can imagine how deeply connected he must have felt while playing the role of Walter Mitty. If you are stuck in a job that crushes your dreams, then this is the movie for you as it will help you look at the larger picture. It's always refreshing when you can do that. The film tells the story of a man living a dull life who dreams up romantic and action-filled scenarios in order to escape from reality. But, when his own job is threatened, it changes everything in his life which leads him down a path of self-realization. 2. The Intern © worksla This film is another feel-good movie that you can pop into your DVD player, right now. It truly is astonishing that such wonderful movies are lost in the muck while we waste our time watching utter crap. Check it out and get some wise life lessons from an intern that's 70-years-old. Yeah, don't be surprised when this film hits you with a feel-good message. 3. The Grand Budapest Hotel © IMDB How this movie works for you and the how seamlessly it flows from one scene to the next will leave you with a cinematic experience you've never had before. It is a comedy film written and directed by Wes Anderson and therefore is a must watch anytime, anywhere. The film chronicles the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at the famous hotel in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka. The story takes place between the first and second World Wars and also features the awesome Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. 4. Amélie © IMDb Amélie is a French romantic comedy movie where Amelie, a young waitress, despite being caught in her imaginative world, decides to help people find happiness. Her quest to spread joy leads her on a journey where she finds true love. Trust us, the film is truly magical! 5. Eddie The Eagle © cinema How would you feel if your coach said that you could never make it to the team for the one thing you have been preparing all your life for? It could be very disheartening seeing yourself as an incompetent person, right? Well, you definitely need to watch 'Eddie the Eagle', a biographical sports comedy-drama film based on the life of Michael Edwards, a British skier, who in 1988 became the first ever competitor to represent Great Britain in the Olympic ski jump, despite all the roadblocks he had to face. 6. Billy Elliot © Twitter Going against the norm is not an easy task and the heaviness of the load piles up, even more, when you have to fight through it during your childhood. 'Billy Elliot' is a wonderful story of a child who finds the love of his life and it surprisingly turns out to be ballet! It is an inspiring story that teaches us that it doesn't matter how old we are, we will still have the power to fight for our dreams. 7. The Internship © IMDb Two old-school salesmen, Billy and Nick, find themselves unemployed in the digital world. After several rejections, guess what happens? Opportunity knocks on their door. They get an internship at Google where they must beat some tech-savvy geniuses to move ahead. This is a hilarious film that teaches us that 'new' is not necessarily better. 8. Chef © Twitter Another well-deserved candidate to be included in this life, Chef is a true, feel-good film After losing his job at a popular restaurant, Chef Carl Casper attempts to start afresh by fixing up a food truck. Also during this process, he ends up becoming closer to his family. If truth be told, what's more important than your family? Nothing, absolutely nothing. 9. About Time © IMDB It is a 2013 British romantic comedy-drama movie about a young man named Tim who has a special ability to time travel. He tries to change his past in order to improve his future. But guess what happens? What does he realize in the end? Tim comes to realize that it is better to live each day at a time and to appreciate everything around him. Isn't that a cool life lesson? We seem to think so. 10. Garden State © Moviepilot And last but not least, we've got 'Garden State'. The film tells the story of a young troubled man, Andrew, who returns home after a decade, to attend the funeral of his mother. However, what follows ahead is a journey of self-realization that changes him forever. Please watch this film as it has some very important messages about letting go and living life to the fullest.
  24. If you thought people like Dan Bilzerian or Vijay Mallya were the first men to lead a lavish life then you were wrong. Here's a glimpse at the lifestyle of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh.
  25. KARACHI: Former president of the State Bank of Pakistan Dr Ishrat Hussain said on Wednesday that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor is a good strategic option for progress. Delivering a talk on "Economy of Pakistan; past and future" at a day-long seminar on Interplay of Economy and Security, he discussed three possible scenarios: optimistic, pessimistic and emerging through. He also highlighted the wastage of civil resources. "Anything new is glamorous and attractive but because of poor maintenance and indifference, operation of existing policies bring lots of losses in the country," he said. The seminar has been organised by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), in collaboration with Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry. An ISPR statement said Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa will be the keynote speaker at the event. The seminar was earlier scheduled on 31 August but postponed due to weather hazard, according to the ISPR. Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, in his talk, said that crafting a new narrative is the way forward. He further said that we need a collective approach and that there should be zero tolerance for corruption. Other speakers to address the seminar include Dr Ashfaq Hasan, Dr Farrukh Saleem, Dr Ainul Hassan, Dr Salman Shah and Frontier Works Organization DG Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal. ISPR DG Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor gave the welcome address at the seminar.