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  1. MEXICO CITY: When the ground started shaking in Mexico City on September 19, many people ran out into the street. Not David Arellano. In the middle of performing open-heart surgery on a newborn, the pediatric surgeon just concentrated harder. "The shaking was very violent, very intense. We had to hold down our equipment in the operating room," he said of his experience during the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico a month ago, killing 369 people. Arellano, 57, knows a thing or two about working under pressure. He was also in open-heart surgery when a previous earthquake hit on September 7, and managed to save the life of his nine-year-old patient despite the violent shaking. The second earthquake hit Mexico City even harder, causing 39 buildings to collapse -- including one across the street from Arellano´s hospital. He watched as it came crashing to the ground in an enormous cloud of dust. Then he got back to work operating the apparatus keeping his patient´s blood flowing. "If you let yourself panic, you´ll probably do something stupid. It helped knowing we had a patient connected to a machine" that her life depended upon, he told AFP in his office at the La Raza Medical Center, a public hospital. Video footage from the operating theatre that day shows Arellano and his team bracing themselves and the table where their tiny patient lies, their calm literally unshakeable despite the tremors pitching the room back and forth. Arellano performs seven to eight operations a week. He says he has to go in prepared for every possibility, including an earthquake -- something Mexicans, who live atop five tectonic plates, are all too used to. His hospital's earthquake protocol is to evacuate the first two floors. From the third floor up, people are supposed to stay inside and gather at designated meeting points. But the seventh-floor operating room is another story: everyone has to stay exactly where they are. "Shaking or not, these patients are depending on extracorporeal circulation (with a machine) to stay alive. And keeping the machine working depends on the people in the room," he said. Control your fear Arellano´s second priority that day was to talk to the newborn´s parents and reassure them everything was fine -- just as he did on September 7 with his nine-year-old patient´s father, Ricardo Garduno. "We were already a nervous wreck because of the operation. It had been five hours and we had no news. Then this powerful earthquake hit. But the worst part was not knowing how she was doing," said Garduno, 34. He remembers the relief that washed over him when Arellano came out after the quake and told him, "Everything went fine." "The fact they remained so calm and professional, I find that very admirable," Garduno said, unable to contain his smile knowing that his daughter is due to be released soon with a clean bill of health. The newborn girl´s mother was equally touched. "They just kept operating. They never left," she told Mexican media. Her baby came through surgery fine but is still under observation for congenital heart defects. Arellano learned the value of keeping a cool head 32 years ago when fresh out of medical school, he lived through the worst earthquake in Mexican history. That quake -- which, improbably, also struck on September 19 -- killed more than 10,000 people. He was a resident at the time at Mexico General Hospital, where dozens of people were killed, including several of his colleagues. "What I learned that day is that you have to control your panic because it can kill you," he said. He recalls he was working that day in an annexe of the hospital. He walked out as calmly as he could. Other residents who ran reached the main building first -- and were crushed when it came crashing down. "A lot of my colleagues probably would have made it out alive if they hadn´t panicked," he said.
  2. A BOSU ball is a fitness training device, invented in 1999 by David Weck consisting of an inflated rubber hemisphere attached to a rigid platform. The device is often used for balance training. This is one type of equipment that is found in most gyms and households of fitness enthusiasts. It can help you improve your balance and flexibility, sharpen your reflexes, and reshape your body over a period of time. © Menshealth How To Use It Correctly Ball-side-down which is slightly advanced as compared to the opposite side removes that stable platform and forces you to rely even more heavily on your stabilizer muscles and your core. As far as the movements themselves, you can do just about anything on a BOSU ball for a full-body workout. Balance is extremely important in your functionality. Your body always performs best when all your muscles are uniform in size and strength and are uniformly balanced and working together. If your muscles are uniform and balanced, you will have less pain in your joints as you get older. Bodily pain is the result of unbalanced muscles that are being overused by one side of your body. The bosu ball training can help rectify this by building balance and 'proprioception'. Balance and flexibility are important in all your physical activities that you do. As you age, balance and flexibility become more and more important and if you work on them they will greatly enhance the quality of your life! Balance and flexibility are actually more important even though in day to day life the chances of us moving on unstable surfaces are not that often. © stack A List Of BOSU Ball Exercises That Can Be Done At Home Or At The Gym 1. Push-Ups—Ball Side Down This is just like a regular push-up except you are balancing your body while on the BOSU ball. It will help work your core, triceps, chest and shoulders. This helps improve your balance coordination also. 2. Squats—Ball Side Up Stand on the ball with your legs hip-width apart and squat. Hold the squat for three seconds before standing. This works your legs, glutes and core. 3. Mountain Climbers—Ball Side Down Place your hands on the sides of the BOSU ball with a firm grip. Hold a steady plank position. When you're ready, lift your right leg a few inches off the ground. Bring your knee to your nose, and then switch legs. Switch legs for 30 seconds at any pace you like. Make sure you keep your stomach tight. 4. Side forearm Plank-Ball side up Set the BOSU ball down with the flat side on the ground. Place one forearm on the BOSU ball and extend your feet out so that you are lying on your side. Tighten your core and lift up into a side bridge/plank. Move up and down at the top or hold statically for 30 seconds or more. 5. Single leg Romanian deadlifts –Ball side up Place the BOSU with the platform side down. Stand on the BOSU on one leg with a slight bend in the knee. Bend at the hip and extend your free leg behind you for balance. Lower your upper body until it's parallel to the ground. Then return to the upright position slowly and with control. Make sure to keep your hips in a steady position without letting them sway to one side. To make this more difficult, you can hold a dumbbell or Kettlebell in the opposite hand of the leg that is standing. Workout Variety and Entertainment Switching up your workout every few weeks is one of the best ways to keep from getting bored. The changes in your routine force your body to new challanges, they also keep you entertained. This is a great tool for sports specific training too. Helius is one of Mumbai's most promising fitness professionals and part time kettle bell lecturer. His knowledge on nutrition and trainer soft skills management is well recognized. To know more about him CLICK HERE, and mail your queries about fitness to heliusd@hotmail.com.
  3. The latest season of popular reality show 'Bigg Boss' is successfully doing its job of stirring up the entire nation thanks to the bizarre antics of the contestants living in 'the House'. Intense discussions surrounding inmates both loved and hated in equal measure are a common sight. Somehow, even if you are not a regular watcher of the show you end up knowing at least the highlights. There is just no avoiding it! The Bigg Boss House boasts of a nasty reputation of making the situation messier and tenser as the days progress. At times you are left to wonder why would anyone play so dirty and get personal on the small screen when it gets telecasted in front of millions. The answer is pretty simple, 'sab paise ki maya hai'. Believe it or not, these people earn more than what you make in a year in a span of just one week. When Zubair Khan was evicted, he revealed to a leading daily that 'commoners' get paid Rs 25,000 per week. Not impressed? Okay. According to reports, Hina Khan, Hiten Tejwani and Shilpa Shinde get lakhs every week to stay inside the House. That knock your damn socks off? Hina Khan © Colors Hina is the highest paid among all the contestants. As per Bollywoodlife, the famous 'bahu' gets paid 7-8 lakhs every week. Which means, 2 weeks inside the House and she has already earned almost 14 to 16 lakhs. Hiten Tejwani © Colors Hiten, who has worked in the television industry for over a decade, reportedly gets paid around 7 lakhs per week. Shilpa Shinde © Colors The 'Bhabhi Ji Gar Par Hai' fame star reportedly earns around 6 to 6.5 lakhs. Priyank Sharma © Colors The 'Splitsvilla 10' fame star who recently got evicted for getting in the middle of other fights was reportedly getting 4 to 4.5 lakhs every week. © Colors Arshi Khan and Benafsha Soonawalla are paid a lump sum amount as well but it is comparatively much less than what the above celebrities get. So know you know the reason behind these people KNOWINGLY making a complete fool out of themselves on national television! Money can make you do funny things.
  4. We wait for Christmas, we wait for Diwali. Little did I know we'd start waiting for Halloween as well, because, 'Stranger Things' is coming back! If you are a fan, then you are a part of the club obviously. The trailer has dropped and our minds are already busy contemplating so many questions. Besides our excitement meter shooting high, one question that has been hovering over like a helicopter is how the hell does our favourite character Eleven come back to life. The MCM Comic Con aired a small clip which basically answers one major question. How does Eleven find her way back home into the real world? Here we go! @milliebbrown introduces world exclusive, never before seen footage from @Stranger_Things 2! pic.twitter.com/ibaEkLNr9l — MCM Comic Con (@MCMComicCon) October 16, 2017 She punches her way back through the wall with a lot of drama that is simultaneously unloading itself around her. Will Byers is back but is clearly not the same boy who left as he still suffers from the consequences of his tryst with the 'other side' even though the doctors say 'it's all in his head'. We still need to know what happens to poor Barb! Winona Ryder is wonderful as the hysterical mom as usual. © netflix The entire town is now aware of the darkness that hangs over their heads but like them, even we are clueless about what the future holds. The plot is offcourse mind boggling, all thanks to amazing work by the writers. Talking about the brilliance of storytelling, let's take out a minute to bestow some serious appreciation on the crazy soundtrack that this show has. Even before the second season airs, the show has been renewed for another season. Well, as a fan, I am the last one to complain about it.
  5. In a tournament featuring the world's top-eight ODI sides, Pakistan were the lowest ranked of all the teams taking part in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. They had also slipped to the ninth spot in the ICC ODI rankings after a shocking loss to Zimbabwe, just four days after the cut-off date to qualify for the ICC mega event. For all the fans, cricket pundits and even the so-called astrologers, there was no way Pakistan was going to pose a threat to anyone, let alone win the coveted title. And, after their first game against a team they cannot lose to, Pakistan were dead and buried. The only being which airline they would use to book their flight back home. There was no way Sarfraz Ahmed-led side was going to march ahead in the tournament. But, then came the resurrection from the dead, the kind even the Gods would be proud of, to not just reach the final, but to annihilate an opponent they had developed a habit of losing to in the ICC events. A comeback, a bolt from the blue that carried on for four matches and propelled Pakistan all the way to their maiden Champions Trophy title. © Reuters Riding on the back of three commendable wins, Pakistan was expected to run out of steam against a much-superior and more-proven Indian side in the summit clash. They were up against a team that had impressed everyone with their formidable batting line-up and the one that looked the most complete side in the tournament. But, high on self-belief and with much-needed momentum on their side, a spirited Pakistani brigade did what no one could have possibly imagined - wreak havoc on Virat Kohli's men. Following a brilliant hundred by Fakhar Zaman and a magical spell by Mohammad Amir, Pakistan notched up the Champions Trophy title on the back of a sweet 180-run win over arch-rivals India. So, how did they do it? How does a lowly-ranked team get past the cricket bigwigs one after another and then shock the best team in the tournament to claim top honours? While a collective team effort and some brilliant individual performances surely aided Pakistan, it appears that cricketer-turned-commentator Sunil Gavaskar and India's current coach Ravi Shastri had a pivotal role in their successful Champions Trophy campaign. © Reuters Several former cricketers, including legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri had tagged India favorites to ease past Pakistan in the final. According to Talat Ali, the manager of the Pakistan team during the Champions Trophy, remarks of Shastri and Gavaskar fired up the team. "India wrote us off in the final. I was listening to the analysis of Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri and they gave us no chance. That fired up the boys. It was called a no-contest and we were written off. We said let the bat and ball do the talking," Ali revealed. For a team that can't play international cricket at home due to security issues, the Champions Trophy victory undeniably has a far-reaching implication. If Zaman announced his arrival in international cricket with a match-defining knock, Pakistan cricket's 'enfant terrible' Amir finally managed to sing a redemption song that he has been longing for.
  6. Did you know studying coding could increase your chances of pulling in a big fat salaried job? You may not have noticed this before but according to a recent report from job search platform Glassdoor more than a third of the highest paying jobs in the U.S. right now require some familiarity with computer programming. Yes, that is absolutely true. In a recent interview with the French outlet Konbini, Apple CEO Tim Cook remarked that it is more important to learn how to code than it is to learn English as a second language. FYI, the tech executive was in the country for a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, who has called for tech companies to pay higher taxes in Europe. © Yui Mok | PA Images | Getty Images Hopping back to our previous discussion, Tim Cook further strengthened his argument by saying, "If I were a French student and I were 10 years old, I think it would be more important for me to learn coding than English. I'm not telling people not to learn English in some form — but I think you understand what I am saying is that this is a language that you can use to express yourself to 7 billion people in the world." He further remarked, "I think that coding should be required in every public school in the world." Now, you are not wrong when you think that it the statement was in Tim's self-interest as he runs a tech company that depends on access to a constantly growing pipeline of talent, but can you ignore its other benefits? Cook says, "It's the language that everyone needs, and not just for the computer scientists. It's for all of us." "Creativity is the goal. Coding is just to allow that. Creativity is in the front seat; technology is in the backseat. It is sort of the blend with both of these that you can do such powerful things now." Let us know your thoughts on the same subject in the comments below. Also, the idea clearly has the potential to emerge as one of the best topics of discussion all around the world. Also, if you are fed up of talking and listening to humans. This could be your true calling. Just a thought!
  7. Ranveer Singh's look as Alauddin Khilji in 'Padmavati' has been likened to Khal Drogo from 'Game Of Thrones'. Intense, raw, dark and masculine – Ranveer looks every bit the ruthless Khalji ruler who massacred his way to the top and as the legends have it, caused Rani Padmavati to jump in a fire in an attempt to save her honour. But fiction is often a sensational version of reality, and this one is no exception. Of course, Alauddin was a ruthless ruler but if there is a fictional equivalent, then the shrewd administrator Cersei Lannister is a better choice than the simple-minded savage king Khal Drogo. *cough* wildfire *cough* © Bhansali Productions (For representational purpose only ) A blind obsession with power and a disposition to be ruthless are the two most common traits of a dictator. Alauddin Khilji had both in plenty and gave himself the title 'Sikander-i-Sani' (The Second Alexander). One of the most powerful and tyrannical rulers of the Delhi Sultante, Khilji massacred his own uncle Jalaluddin Firuz Khalji, the founder of Khalji dynasty, to usurp the throne. Alauddin had quickly risen to become the governor of Kara for Jalaluddin after he successfully foiled a revolt by Malik Chajju, the-then governor of Kara. The most effective way to win a ruler's confidence was to win wars for him. With a shrewd understanding of politics and a keen eye for the throne, Alauddin managed to impress Jalaluddin by raiding weak kingdoms and replenishing Jalaluddin's treasury. Soon enough, Alauddin had become the governor of Awadh and the minister of war for the Khalji dynasty. © Wikimedia Commons Alauddin had been married to one of Jalaluddin's daughter, but the marriage was strained by a tussle of power between the couple. His wife was a not a docile lady and fuelled by her father's rise as sultan, tried to exert her power over Alauddin. Lack of power and an ambition to rule was already making him restless. The moment was ripe and Alauddin could wait no longer. He murdered an unassuming Jalaluddin and became the ruler of the Delhi sultanate with one swift coup. More blood would flow in the Indian peninsula after that. © Bhansali Productions (For representational purpose only ) Alauddin went on to become the most powerful ruler of the Khalji Dynasty. Consolidating his territories, he gradually executed all aristocrats and courtiers who were not his own men or whose loyalty was under suspicion. Under the skilful leadership of Malik Kafur (who was captured on one of Alauddin's conquests in Delhi), Alauddin's armies invaded and plundered various kingdoms in the Indian peninsula. It is believed that it was at this time that Malik Kafur raided Warangal in the South and took possession of the famous Koh-i-noor diamond, bringing it to the Khalji Dynasty. The Legend Of Queen Padmavati © Bhansali Productions (For representational purpose only ) Most documented histories about the Khalji dynasty do not mention Alauddin's obsession with Rani Padmavati. Perhaps that's because there was much more to the conquest of Chittor than just an obsession with a queen. The first significant mention of Padmavati comes in Malik Muhammad Jayasi's 'Padmavat' where he extols Rani Padmavati as the most exquisite beauty in the land. Alauddin falls for her famed beauty when a banished courtier from Ratan Sen's court praises Padmavati's beauty in his court. The legend finds a mention in Hemratan's 'Gora Badal Padmini Chaupai' as well as James Tod's 'Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan'. According to the legend, Alauddin demanded possession of Rani Padmavati from her husband and king of Chittor, Ratan Sen. When Ratan Sen denied his request, Alauddin attempted to conquer Chittor; his first attempt failed but his forces were able to penetrate the fortress the second time. It was at this time that Rani Padmavati, sensing an impending defeat, decided to self-immolate herself along with all the women of Chittor to save her honour. Over time, the tale has acquired a huge significance in Rajput history and Padmavati's act of self-immolation has come to be equated to an act of bravery. A Cruel Ruler, A Lasting Totalitarian Regime © Bhansali Productions (For representational purpose only ) Alauddin's 20-year reign spread from as far as Gujarat and Ranthambor to Warangal and Madurai down south. Heavy taxes, ruthless execution, and rigid state policies ensured no rebellion against him took concrete shape. His was one of the wealthiest royal treasuries in history, and his general Malik Kafur had a huge role to play in it. The legend of Rani Padmavati is probably just one of the many stories that cropped up as a result of his invasion of a kingdom. When a kingdom loses, it's not just the king and his men that are killed. Chittor was just a speck in his realm.
  8. Bloomberg recently partnered with iFixit to give us a look inside all the various iPhones and how the devices have changed over the course of 10 years, since it first launched. The first iPhone (below left) has a very bulky battery that was only 1,4000 mAh and was covered with a sort of a yellow tape. According to Apple, the first iPhone would give at least 8 hours of talk time, seven hours of video playback, six hours of web browsing and 24 hours of audio playback. Of course, real-world performance is always different from what companies usually claim, however, the first iPhone was the first smartphone to deliver an experience that could not be matched. © Bloomberg The top-left corner also featured a 2-megapixel camera that was accompanied by an LED flash. If we compare the photo results from what today's iPhones are capable of, the result would obviously be blurry and unclear. The original iPhone had a single-core ARM11 processor that was clocked at 412 MHz, and only featured 128MB of RAM. The original iPhone came with 4GB, 8GB and 16GB storage options and had Bluetooth 2.0. The original iPhone did not have support for a 3G network and would only run on 2G/EDGE. The original iPhone had a 3.5-inch display that had a resolution of 320X480 pixels, a Home Button and a headphone jack. The original iPhone featured the iPod-like 30-pin dock connector which was later replaced by the Lightning connector. If we compare the current generation of iPhones, the 8 has a tall and thin 1,812 mAh battery and has a 12-megapixel primary shooter. The iPhone 8 offers storage up to 256 GB and has 2 GB of RAM. The biggest leap in technology can be seen in the processor department as the iPhone 8/8Plus features Apple's latest A11 bionic chip. Apart from other specs, the new iPhone has Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11a/c Wi-Fi, and LTE Advanced. The home button has been replaced with a capacity button and the headphone jack is missing. iPhones have looked similar ever since the iPhone 4, however, there was a noticeable difference between the 3G and 3GS, which you can have a look at below: © Bloomberg If you are a fan of iPhones, we suggest you have a look at Bloomberg's extensive feature that includes high-resolution images and is definitely worth your time. Source: Bloomberg
  9. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli are arguably the biggest names in the Indian sports fraternity. While Dhoni's calm and composed demeanor has floored us all, Kohli's aggressive brand of cricket has now become Team India's playing style. Both cricketers have managed to establish a global fan base, but in India, tales of their success undeniably echo in every corner of the country. Whether they are on the field or off it, fans have always found a way to pay homage to their favourite cricketers. © Reuters And, on the 10th of October, when India stuttered for the first time in the ongoing home series against Australia, a special fan came bearing extra-special gifts for Dhoni and Kohli. At a time when Indian fans were probably ruing their team's loss and while a few even pelted stones at the Australian team bus, there was this one particular fan who did something that won the hearts of the two cricketers. A specially-abled youth from Silchar, Abhijit Gotani, has sketched beautiful portraits of Kohli and Dhoni. An ardent cricket fan, Abhijit was on his way to personally present the special gifts to the Indian cricketers, but sadly, thanks to tightened security after the Oz bus attack, the 23-year-old was not able to do so. A specially-abled youngster from Assam has a special gift for the Indian skipper Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. #INDvAUS (Pic: Time8) pic.twitter.com/6KRfFC8z6u — Sai Kishore (@DivingSlip) October 11, 2017 Left disappointed, Abhijit's wish to present the portraits to the Indian stars got a major boost after an NGO named 'Friends of Earth' assured that they will hand the gifts to both Dhoni and Kohli on behalf of the Assamese youngster. Kohli-led India, who have been on a prolific run in recent months, were pinned down by Australia following a spirited performance that saw the visitors levelling the three-match T20I series 1-1. With the last match scheduled on 13th October in Hyderabad, India will be eager to clinch yet another series, while Australia will be looking to end their tour on a high.
  10. We've been testing the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus for almost two weeks and we hardly have any complaints regarding battery life on the two devices. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus comes with iOS 11 out of the box; however, iPhone 7 and below users have been complaining about battery drain ever since the new OS became available. Apple released iOS 11.0.1 recently to curb the problem and some users reported that it appears to have fixed their battery problems, but if you are still experiencing battery life issues, here are a few steps you can take to make your iPhone last an entire day. Identify Apps That Use Most Of The Power © YouTube iOS 11 can tell you which app has been hogging the most amount of battery life. A few apps such as "Home & Lock Screen” are unavoidable, however, there are plenty of third-party apps that are the most battery-intensive. Head on over to Settings > Battery to identify these apps and can help you decide which apps you need to remove. Switch Off Background App Refresh © Akshay Bhalla Apps use cellular data in the background to keep refreshing content which in turn effects your battery life, even when you are not using your iPhone. Sometimes it is useful to have this feature on for certain apps; however, you may not want this to function for shopping apps, games and even social media apps. To change this setting, go to Settings > General> Background App Refresh, then deselect apps that you do not want to update in the background. © Akshay Bhalla Turn Off Raise To Wake © Akshay Bhalla iPhones now have the ability to automatically switch on the display when picked up. I often do this several times a day even though I do not end up using my phone. The backlight is one of the biggest reasons why the battery drains faster than usual and you should turn it off right away. You should also reduce the auto-lock limit to the minimum as it will reduce the total display on time and effectively increase battery life. Turn off Raise to Wake by going to Settings > Display & Brightness and set Raise to Wake to off. Turn Off Location Based Services © Akshay Bhalla Location services use GPS to make your iPhone aware of your surroundings and even though it comes handy while using Maps, There are plenty of third-party apps that use your location to display ads and suggest new restaurants in the area. We suggest you switch to this service only for specific apps such as Google Maps and Apple Maps for traffic data updates. In addition, we also recommend you to turn on the “While Using” feature for specific apps as it will only use Location services when you use the app in real time. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. When On, scroll down to System Services, then uncheck all of these items. When you're not using Location Services, such as GPS, simply turn it Off. Control Center Does Not Turn off Wireless Radios © Akshay Bhalla You might be used to switching off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radio signals from the Control Center. However, in iOS 11 the shortcuts do not entirely switch off the feature as it merely only disconnects you from the network. This is because Apple wants accessories such as the Apple Watch and Apple Pencil to remain connected and leaving the radios on would solve that problem. If you want to conserve battery, you will need to manually turn it off from the General menu. Don't Check Your Device Often © YouTube It may come across as very cynical when we say this, but you need to spend some time away from your phone. We often check our phones even when there is nothing really interesting happening on the internet. You might be tempted to check your phone for messages, missed calls or stalk your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend every few minutes, but constant use is one of the biggest causes for battery drain. Every time you lock your screen or unlock it every few minutes, you will drain battery life.
  11. We can't stop obsessing over the trailer of the much-awaited Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmavati, which was released recently. Ranveer Singh's portrayal of Alauddin Khilji in the magnum opus overshadowed Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in the trailer and the epic movie soon became the talk of the town. Bollywood celebrities expressed their support for the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie and its stars. Ranveer Singh Humbled by the response, Ranveer penned down an emotional letter and thanked all his fans. He wrote: "Thank you, from the bottom of my hear, to each and everyone of you who has been so generous in effusively showering love and appreciation for our trailer. To witness this avalanche of praise across the board is unprecendented and overwhelming. It's very rare... and very, very humbling." Alia Bhatt Dear Zindagi actress Alia Bhatt also expressed her excitement regarding the movie. She said: "When I saw Deepika?s look in Padmavati I was jumping in my room because it looks so exciting. But initially, I wasn?t like that. I am a very competitive person but I feel that we?re in a space where we can actually be inspired by each other?s work," according to Indian media. Ranbir Kapoor On the other hand, Rockstar actor Ranbir Kapoor remarked, "You feel bad but you feel inspired as well. This is my tenth year. Probably earlier on I was more competitive and jealous but then you reach a point where it?s about your survival, your choices and how good you are. Now when I see Varun doing Judwaa I feel happy because so early he has learnt the art of pleasing the audience." He added, "When I see the looks of Deepika, Shahid and Ranveer from Padmavati, I?m dying to watch the film." The actor was quoted speaking at the Jio MAMI Film Festival. Many other actors also praised the movie's first trailer on Twitter. The movie which was supposed to be released on November 17 also got a new release date, December 1. The movie was delayed after its shooting in Jaipur was disrupted. Padmavati will bring to screen one of the most treasured Rajasthani folklore. The story pivots around Delhi ruler, Alauddin Khilji, and his siege of Chittor which a sixteenth-century poem Padmavat attribute to his obsession with Padmini. Brow-zoned: Deepika sports a unibrow in first poster of Padmavati The first posters of Sanjay Leela Bhansali?s period drama have left the fans in awe Shahid Kapoor will be seen playing the role of Queen Padmini?s husband Raja Rawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh will be seen playing the role of an antagonist, Alauddin Khijli. This is Deepika and Ranvir's third movie with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali after Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani.
  12. Before you say what you're about to say; before you do what you're about to do, pause for a while. And read this because you need to be careful. Be careful with the woman you're with. She's fragile. She's bursting at the seams from incidents, mistakes and lessons from the past—the loss, betrayal, abandonment and aggression of love—in so many forms and from so many people—all gone wrong. But she doesn't show it. She doesn't want you to see the battered side of her; or what's left of it. She doesn't want you to be hurt or alarmed. She doesn't want to scare you away or take you off-guard. You see, for once in her life, she sees something lasting for good. For once, she sees the good through and through someone's soul. She sees someone who won't take from her without anything at all. For once, she sees a person who is good and kind and will give as much as they get, or maybe more. And to be completely honest, she's never felt luckier; a little scared even that she might jinx it all. She's used to things and people being too good to be true. And that's why she wants to preserve one of the few good things, or souls in her life, by not tarnishing your mental image with her past experiences. And that's why you don't see what I'm about to show you; that's why you will never know what I'm about to tell you because she will never say it. © Pexels Be careful with the woman you're with for she has been through a lot. And you don't know the half of it. Sure, she's told you stories about her past; incidents that left her scarred. But, you weren't there to witness it with her. You don't know what it's really like. She's seen storms stir up and she's been in the middle of it. She's see battles start and end, leaving her bruised. No, the battle didn't break her. But, it broke the spirit in her to see what it did to those she cared for. She's seen things blow up right in front of her eyes. So, don't blame her for being too scared of coming too close. Be careful with the woman you're with. You don't know what she's been through—from trivial fights to abusive episodes; from depressive states to domestic violence. She's watched as love turned sour and upturned everything in its way. She's seen the warmth of a loved one turn into the wrath of betrayal. She's seen aggression stem from nothing and nowhere and ruin the very core of a person. And she's stood helpless not knowing what to do. She's seen people hurt; she has hurt alongside. She's seen anxiety ruin a person and panic destroy a place. She's seen tears and scars; fire and flood. She's burned and drowned; and cried and bruised. Be careful with the woman you're with because she'll never let you into her darkness in fear of having consumed you with it. She will keep you where the light shines brightest so she can always see you happy. © Pexels And so, take her gently by the hand; assure her that you don't scare easily. That you will be standing right where you are—next to her—even after she has shown you the darkest parts of her soul. Cajole her; she will need it more than once, just like she would need your reassurance, time and again; each time as gentle, but more pressing than the last. You'll see her cry; and when she does, it will either be tiny sniffles or silent sobs that leave both of you speechless. Be there when she cries, hold her safely so she knows no harm will come to her; that she's not going to get hurt. Let her know that unlike the others who let the tears dry off her cheeks as she lay exhausted and spent from all the sorrow, you will wipe away each drop that leaves her eyes; that you will console her, even when she is inconsolable. She's been to the abyss and feared never being able to get out of it. She's been to the peak and feared falling off into nothing. She's felt the hurt—physical, mental and emotional. Some scars have healed; others, not so much. Some scars still show through the marks on her skin; others, not so much. But, it's the ones that she's hiding; the ones that can't be seen that she's still battling. When you see her scars—which will take time and patience—caress them for they are a part of her now. They made her what she is—bittersweet and rough around the edges. Be the healing she needs in the most desperate of times. And know that there will be many such times. © Pexels Be careful with the woman you're with because she's apprehensive of you being just like the others in the past. She's afraid of you being the sum total of all the men in her life; even the women because it's strange how so much of the betrayal comes from the ones who are supposed to understand you most. She's afraid that you will do exactly what all of them did. She's afraid you'll remind her of her father. She's afraid that the aggression and the violence will only be history repeating itself yet again. She's afraid that you'll prove her right; that her worst fears will have finally been realized. She's afraid; haunted by her past. Show her that there are no more ghosts; only shadows in the background and those don't matter as long as there's even a little light in the room. Be there to hold her when the fear comes back to grip her. The woman you're with is counting on you; taking every word you say literally, hanging on to it for longer than you meant it. She's collecting every single moment spent with you; turning it into a lifetime. She's making a note of who you are and what you stand for; hoping against all hope that you stay true to your words; to whom you were when you first met her. She's hoping that you meant what you said a year ago, even today and every tomorrow that follows. So be aware of every time you use the word 'promise'. She expects you to mean it; hopes that you would keep it. © Pexels Be careful of the woman you're with. She's breakable even if she doesn't look like it. She's gone a bit crazy from all the madness in her past. She's become a little bitter from all the lessons her naïveté taught her. She's whole; but with a few cracks every here and there. And every time you flare up she startles just a little. After all those years, she still isn't use to the violence; let alone the anger. Sure, she tries to go on like it doesn't matter to her anymore; that the harsh words you say and the strength you use doesn't bother her. But, inside she's tense and nervous as a wreck; afraid that her worst fears are being realized. And every time you fall short of that realization is every time she's giving thanks to the unknown that keeps you from unraveling. She wants the best for you but, she worries that it may come at a price of her own being. She wants to be with you through it all; but she fears it would be at the price of losing herself and you, in the process. She needs your patience—every last ounce of it. And it will take you all your energies; maybe even your entire lifetime; but muster the patience and give it to her. She'll do the same for you. Be the element that calms her; not the one that upsets her core. © Pexels Be careful of the woman you're with because she seems to have it all figured out; but, she really doesn't. She's letting you believe she'll do just fine without you; but, she may no longer know what being without you is like. She's letting you believe that she doesn't care all that much just so it doesn't bother you as much. But, she cares about you more than herself and it's frightening. She'll never let go off your hand out of fear that you might jump off the ledge. But, she's afraid that she might slip off, herself. And you acting the way that you do; using the words that you do isn't helping. Sure, she's walking away, acting like she doesn't give a damn. But, it's only because if she stays, she may never want to leave; even when you're ready to go. She's finding it hard to hold on; but she's never letting go. Why? Because, it's you. And for you, she's ready to do it all over again; but, she prays that you're worth it. And what else do you expect her to do anyway? Even if you don't expect anything at all, it's easy for you to say. But here's the thing about that woman—it's not about whether or not you expect anything from her; it's about what she's going to do for you, anyway. Secretly she wants you to expect the moon from her. Because, secretly, she wants to give you the moon. © Pexels So, be careful with the woman you're with. She'll give everything she has for you without you ever asking; without you ever knowing. Be careful because she will give her all for you. And you may not be ready for that because you don't even know what you want yet. But, be careful, because she knows that all she wants from you, is you. Expect all the good from her; and let her expect in return. Expect the trials and tribulations—they'll be many to face. But, they'll be worth it. Stand up to her expectations; they aren't many. All she wants is for you to be good and true. And all you want is for her to see you for you. Let her in, apprehensions and all. And let yourself in, just the same; aggression and all. But, tread slowly with her heart; her emotions. They're still cluttered and cowering; they're learning how to be brave. Encourage her to brave it out and brave it out alongside her. She wants your surety; nothing more.
  13. “Harvard graduates might get a first-class education and a doctorate but it is all theoretical. In the Israeli Defence Forces, soldiers get a doctorate in life" - David Ivry, a former commander of the Israeli Air Force. Innovation, Guns and Chutzpah Israel, in 1948, was nothing more than a pariah state. In dire need of some military gear to protect itself from the enemies knocking on its borders, Israel had to smuggle arms for its military because no other country was willing to sell their weapons to them. Fast forward to 2017 and it seems to be some kind of poetic justice that Israel is the weapons export capital of the world. How did a country with so little financial and technological assets become a military superpower? What spurred this incredible race for military-tech superiority? “We need to invest in soldiers' brains, not just muscles” – Shimon Peres, Israel's former prime minister. Israel currently spends 4.27 percent of its GDP on research and development and out of that budget almost 30% goes to military technologies. With such centred focus, Israel is ahead of most of the developed militaries across the world including the United States, in terms of its weapons development programs. © Reuters But that was not the case back when they came into existence. The state of Israel in the 50's had two options on the table – innovate or perish. As Haim Eshed, the founder of Israel's satellite programme once said, “The shadow of the guillotine sharpens the mind.” Surrounded by enemies and with no real geographical assets, Israel started to expend the only real resource it could apprehend – its human capital, and also spending a large chunk of its military budget on specialized educational programs planned to bring only the best talent into the military. Also by the late fifties, with the Jewish tradition of ‘education and scholarship', the Israel Defence Academy ushered in an era of mandatory military service where an absence of hierarchy shaped an informal culture of chutzpah. Lower rank mechanics even now do not shy away from a debate with their generals on the most recent fighter jet upgrades, and that is what sets the Israelis apart from their counterparts in different parts of the world where discipline is of paramount importance. Drones, Satellites and a World in Chaos The cold-war era of the 60s and 70s defined modern warfare for every military in the world. Israel, in that sense, was the first country to identify information as the ultimate weapon for a world in chaos. At the time, when traditional spies were planted deep into enemy territory, Israel's futuristic drone program was a sci-fi fantasy not many people believed in. And that in a sense is what catapulted Israel's military-tech into the big leagues. © Reuters Almost 60 percent of the global drones' exports today come from Israel. But back in the 1960s, Israel started their drone program by purchasing remote-controlled airplanes from a Manhattan store and working on them. Those drones were used in 1969 along with miniature cameras tied to their bellies, to spy on Egypt along the Suez Canal. The drones, in retrospect, would never have come into existence had the US allowed Israel to use their satellite imaging to gather intelligence. There were already reports at the time that Israel's Arab neighbours were planning an invasion, but after Washington turned Tel Aviv's request down, it was clear that Israel needed its own satellite program. The drone program, however, fell silent after the Suez Canal recce and was only reactivated in 1982 when ‘Scout'- Israel's first combat drone played an important part in locating and neutralizing Syrian anti-aircraft missile systems. With zero collateral damage, this new drone captured the attention of every military around the world. That one mission was a watershed moment in modern warfare and a breakthrough for Israel's defence programs. Heron TP – The drone that can reach Iran © Reuters From humble beginnings in a toy store, the Israel drone program is now one of the most sophisticated in the world. The Heron TP, one of Israel's premiere drones has an 85-foot wingspan with a payload capacity of one-ton. It can carry out critical missions for a maximum of 24-hrs and shows the operational superiority of Israel in a world where chaos is the order of the day. Spy satellites © Reuters Israel's mini spy satellites are also one of a kind. Stealthy and effective, the Israeli spy satellites weigh just 300 kgs and are fitted with a synthetic aperture sensor (a radar system) that works in all weather conditions and can even gather intelligence through camouflage nets. Israel currently has eight mini-spy satellites in orbit and monitors each and every activity across its volatile borders. Merkava Tanks © Reuters There was a time back in the 60s when the UK refused to sell battle tanks to Israel. That snub, in retrospect, was a blessing in disguise for the highly motivated Israeli generals and engineers. In the 70s, Israel started to build its own indigenous tanks and Merkava is the product of that effort. Now considered as the most advanced military tank in the world, the next generation Merkava Mk-4 can reach uptp 40 mph and comes fitted with an armor kit. This kit means that Merkava can be fitted with operation specific gear. The Merkava is one of the most top secret Israel defence projects and no one really knows the true destructive power of the tank that is miles ahead of Israel's immediate neighbours. Self-Reliance and Nothing Else For decades, Israel has thrived in a region with zero allies and has contributed a lot to its development as an independent nation. The country at present cannot think about cross border trade or peace and that has led to self-preservation which is necessary for its survival. Their number one asset is their community and somehow that translates into a massive advantage, as the people-to-people bond drives innovation faster. © Reuters While the culture of military innovation has driven the Israeli economy for most of its existence, their mutual disregard for authority and the presence of a highly skilled labour enabled a society of entrepreneurs. This is what further catalyses the process of innovation and generates massive thrust towards world domination in the field of military tech. The reality of Israel just 67 years ago was that it was just striving for survival, caught amidst a number of enemies because of its geographical disadvantage. But because of its wide-array of policies insisting on building a nation that was a hub for incredible innovations, the Israel of 2017 is a multi-faceted military superpower. The state of Israel is now adept in launching complex satellites and missile defence systems, self-sufficient in producing adaptive armour and cyber weapons, and has found a way to consistently dodge financial, technological and geographical barriers. And this drive, to invent and innovate, has made Israel the military-tech superpower that it is today.
  14. Social media is a weird place. On one hand, you'll see people wax eloquent about morals and ethics, and so on, and on the other hand, these are the same people who often forget that there are limits to what one can say. It has now become a trend for trolls to pass absurd comments every now and then. Look, we totally support ‘freedom of speech' but how about people understanding that there is a fine line between expressing yourself and writing ridiculous statements online. And once again, social media has given us a great example of how expressing an opinion can go wrong on so many levels. A troll abused Arjun Kapoor and called him a rapist, criminal and a creep. Now, do you get what we are talking about? This kind of slander is absolutely not acceptable. Obviously, this would have made anyone in their right mind rather angry, but Arjun decided to give back to the hater in an eloquent and graceful manner. (c) Twitter A few days ago, while talking to a leading daily, he said, “First of all, social media has no bearing of male or female. It acts as a kick for people, who get pleasure out of hiding behind a keyboard. There is no binary in the trolling happening — males troll females and vice versa. I find it appalling, but that is society. It is shameful, but the reality is that trolling exists. You will never be able to stop it, unfortunately, because that is the power of social media. You can say what you want to and get away with it. This can't be called a violation, as it's everyone's freedom of speech.” He tweeted out, “This is an all-time low at trolling I feel...a woman, a girl shamelessly and causally using the term rapist isn't trolling its saddening.” This is an all time low at trolling I feel...a woman, a girl shamelssly and causally using the term rapist isn't trolling it's saddening... https://t.co/AkcbhkHtOs — Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) October 6, 2017 Isn't that reply just spot on? The girl has now deleted her tweet, and maybe she realised it was wrong of her to use those words. You can absolutely dislike someone, but please watch what you say in this day and age. Randomly calling a guy a rapist hurts everyone the same way you casually call a girl a whore or a slut. It's the same thing, so please stop it!
  15. Look, most of us have studied a little physics in high school. There we learned a formula, P = E/T Power = Work Done(or Energy)/Time Here E is the energy or we can call it 'work done' and P designates power, that is the rate of doing a job or work. T represents Time. So, now, if we again see the above equation carefully and relate it to our daily work-life output, you will notice a congruency. If time is constant for all of us in a day, that means 24 hours, then, the rate of doing work, P is solely dependent or proportional to the energy we have. So, the equation brings us to the conclusion that we may not be able to increase or decrease the overall time but we can surely manage our energy and thus accomplish more in a day(Time). It is as simple as that. Below is an excerpt from Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy's study, published in Harvard Business Review on why and how you should be managing your personal energy rather than managing your time. The study says that today more and more organizations are demanding higher performance from their workforces. To match that pace, employees are getting burnt following the age-old method of putting in longer hours. But is it working? No, it has backfired. Employees are getting exhausted, disengaged, and sick. © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images Schwartz and McCarthy say, time is a limited resource, but personal energy is renewable. So why not shift our focus to managing our energy better? This could be done at multiple levels like managing our mental, physical, spiritual as well as our emotional energy. PHYSICAL ENERGY © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images • Enhance and improve your sleep by setting an earlier bedtime and reducing alcohol use. • Reduce stress by engaging in cardiovascular activity at least three times a week and also work on strength training at least once. • Eat small meals and light snacks in every three hour interval. • Learn to notice the signs of imminent energy flagging. This includes restlessness, yawning, hunger, and difficulty concentrating. • Take brief but regular breaks. Enjoy some time away from your desk. This could vary from 90- to 120-minute intervals throughout the day EMOTIONAL ENERGY © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images • When feeling irritated, impatient, anxious, insecure about something, try defusing such negative emotions through deep abdominal breathing. • Fuel positive emotions in yourself and others. How? By regularly expressing appreciation. You can go in detail, or in specific terms while expressing it through notes, emails, calls, or conversations. • Look at upsetting situations through different lenses. Try a “reverse lens” and ask, “What would the other person in this conflict say, and how might he be right?” You could use a “long lens” to ask, “How will I likely view this situation in six months?” Put up a “wide lens” to ask, “How can I grow and learn from this situation?” MENTAL ENERGY © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images • You can reduce interruptions by performing high concentration tasks away from phones and e-mail. • First, try and then make a habit of responding to voicemails and emails at designated times during the day. • Every night before you go to bed, identify the most important challenge for the next day. Thereafter, make it your first priority when you arrive at work in the morning. SPIRITUAL ENERGY © Thinkstock Photos/Getty Images • Start Identifying your “sweet spot” activities. You could look for something that gives you feelings of effectiveness, effortless absorption, and fulfillment. Try to find ways to do more such activities. For example, one executive who hated doing sales reports delegated them to someone who loved that activity. Matter resolved. Right? • Allocate time and energy to what you consider most important and keep it on top of your priority list. For example, you could spend the last 20 minutes of your evening commute relaxing, so you are in a better state and in sync when you connect with your family, once you're home. • Try and emulate your core values. Suppose, if consideration is important to you but you're perpetually late for meetings, try practicing intentionally showing up five minutes early for meetings. Here is how companies can help build this culture Sleeping pods in office © LadyBoss Asia Schwartz and McCarthy call it 'supporting energy renewal rituals' in your firm: • Firms can build “renewal rooms” where people can go to relax and refuel. • Subsidizing gym memberships could be another good step. • Encourage managers to gather employees for midday workouts and sessions. • Suggest people avoid checking e-mails during meetings. You can read more about the study here.
  16. Ever wondered what it takes to become a celebrity on YouTube? Why not learn from an expert like Sumeet Vyas?
  17. Las Vegas police officers ? who were part of the Multi-Assault Counter-Terrorism Action Capabilities (MACTAC) team that went to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino during the shooting ? pose for a photo in Las Vegas. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson LAS VEGAS: The city had spent years planning for the worst: training its police force according to an anti-terrorism protocol it adopted in 2009 to respond to mass shootings, chemical attacks, suicide bombings, and planes flying into buildings, according to city officials and security professionals. But when it came to Sunday night?s attack that killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more at an open-air concert in the city, police found themselves with few options to stop the gunman quickly, they said. It underscored the difficulty American cities face in protecting citizens from attacks that can take unpredictable forms. Firing at night from the 32nd floor of a hotel near the city?s world-famous neon-lit Strip at a range of 500 yards with an arsenal of high-velocity semi-automatic weapons modified to shoot rapidly, gunman Stephen Paddock had pulled the city into a nightmare that left him virtually unopposed for crucial minutes, with police unable to safely return fire. The angles, the distances, and the presence of thousands of people made it impossible, they said. ?Our officers showed incredible restraint. They can fire that distance. It?s not safe to do so,? Robert Chamberlin ? a member of the Las Vegas police department?s counter-terrorism force ? said. ?You are firing 32 floors up, from 500 meters (yards). So the trajectory of our rounds? even if we were accurate, they?re going to go up into the ceiling, up into the next floor.? ?(Our officers) knew they had to close [in] so that?s what they did,? he said. Paddock sprayed bullets continuously on the concert crowd of 22,000 people for about 10 minutes, starting at 10:05 PM PT (1:05 AM ET on Monday), according to Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo. Police blew open Paddock?s hotel room door 75 minutes after the shooting started, finding he had killed himself. Paddock?s attack was only the second major mass shooting in modern US history where the gunman fired from an elevated position, according to David Shepherd ? a former FBI agent who advises the Las Vegas police department on security issues. The last one that inflicted large numbers of casualties was at the University of Texas in 1966 when a gunman in a tower killed 15 people and wounded 31 during an attack that lasted 96 minutes. 'Mactac' protocol The Las Vegas police adopted in 2009 a new, military-style, counter-terrorism plan and training called Multi-Assault Counter-Terrorism Action Capabilities (MACTAC) and intended to help it deal with attacks. Officials said it was instituted as a response to the attack on Mumbai, India, a year earlier, in which al Qaeda-linked militants killed 166 people in a series of coordinated shootings and bombings over four days. The protocol required every law enforcement officer from every department in the region to be trained in the same way to respond to attacks, members of the MACTAC team told Reuters in an interview this week. This training allowed security personnel from different departments to team up quickly, form small units, and ? in the case of a shooting ? to direct fire at the shooter?s location from different angles. On Sunday, Paddock?s high perch in a hotel filled with people complicated the well-trained response ? first, because it was hard to exactly pinpoint his location, and second because of the dangers to bystanders if the police fired back. ?It did cause some challenges logistically, being outgunned like that,? Lieutenant Reggie Rader ? one of the MACTAC team members ? said. Rader said officers did their best to get as quickly as possible to the hotel room from which Paddock was firing. City councilmen Ricki Barlow and Steve Seroka praised the police for how they responded to Sunday?s attack but admitted the shooter proved a difficult adversary, and that being prepared for every kind of attack is hard. ?Someone shooting high down into a crowd ? of course we have looked at that. But the question becomes ? how do you guard against that?? Barlow said. Seroka said that many hotels in Las Vegas are equipped with technology to detect projectiles like cigarette butts coming off balconies and to pinpoint the room, but said there are no balconies at the Mandalay Bay hotel where Paddock had set up. Seroka ? a former US Air Force colonel and veteran of both Gulf Wars ? lamented the length of time Paddock ultimately had to shoot at the crowd. ?Nine minutes is an eternity when you are taking fire,? he said. But he added, ?There is an old saying: no plan survives the first contact with the enemy. You cannot anticipate every possibility.?
  18. If there was ever an era of outfit repeats, you wouldn't need a Game Of Thrones to figure out the king of all kingdoms. Just one pair of slip ons and three casual outfits, and you'll see Sidharth Malhotra turning into a pro-ruler of menswear repeats. Case in point: his recent spree. From a mid-August outing to last night's visit to the airport, Mr. Malhotra has recently been smitten by a certain pair of slip ons. Featuring an ancient occult symbol (of a triangle within a circle) on it's cap, we hope this pair we're referring to here, has run its course with Sidharth's personal style. © Viral Bhayani But what's to notice here isn't the fact that these slip ons have been repeated. Point to ponder on: they've been paired with joggers at every spin. You won't spot trousers or jeans or even goddamn chinos with them. Clearly, it's safe to say—Mr. Malhotra has his style distinctions very, very clear. He wears casual wear like casual wear and a suit as formal wear. He doesn't mix aesthetics with one another. And that brings us to three outfits that are the big stars of this sartorial repeat! 1) This combo of a hoodie with joggers is a win-win pairing with patchwork all over. Plus, it looks super comfy! © Viral Bhayani Read more about it here! 2) This day, when a stitch-detailing denim jacket saw itself in Mr. Malhotra's athletic frame. And yes, overpowered the slip ons pretty well. © Viral Bhayani 3) This extremely brave sweatshirt moment, that proves once again, that even a shoe-repeat can't stop an outfit from looking terrific. © Viral Bhayani Takeaway here: you don't need cash to prove your menswear might. Shake things up, mix and match (even if it's within casual wear) and make every outfit you don...really count.
  19. Tata Motors, on Friday, won the bid to produce 10,000 electric cars for the Indian Government. The company went up against its automobile counterparts like Mahindra & Mahindra and Nissan, putting up the cheapest proposals to manufacture e-cars. 3D model of how an assembled electric car looks like © Alternative Fuels Data Center You may be wondering why the government has so aggressively pushed for the manufacture of electric cars and the sole reason behind this initiative is to promote the use of electric vehicles to curb carbon emissions and lower the energy demand. The plan was laid out in May, putting forward a 15-year roadmap to electrify all new vehicles by 2030 and also, limiting the registration of petrol and diesel cars. If you are aware of the rapidly increasing depletion rate of conventional fossil fuels like petrol and diesel, this step to promote the use of electric cars seems like a noble one. China has also implemented the same You can see 10 Tesla cars charging in a row, back to back in China. Then why not here in India? And what could be the best way to do it other than running electric cars on Indian roads and make us use to it. Who would not enjoy a less polluted India? Have we forgot the pollution that surrounds Delhi in the winters. Seriously, you can actually see it clearly with your naked eyes. That winter is coming back again. Tesla cars charges at a charging station in Beijing, China, April 18, 2017 © Reuters A Tesla car charges at charging stations in Beijing, China, April 18, 2017 © Reuters Coming back to the details of the contract, the Central government entity, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has provided the contract to Tata motors. Now, the next big question is that how will Tata perform fulfilling such a grand promise made to the government. For this Tata motors has decided to manufacture the electric cars at Tata Motors-owned, Sanand Plant in Gujrat. Sanand plant has a capacity to produce 2.5 lakh cars per year. That's how they will complete the task. Workers assembling a car in Sanand plant, Gujrat © Reuters The fact is that there are already 500,000 vehicles in use by the government agencies in India. “These e-cars will be used to replace government cars over the coming three to four years,” said a government statement. That means, it is just a starting point and a lot more bids are to be made in the future. So keep your eyes and ears open. The Tata Tigor electric Sedan will come with a 5-year warranty and several features which an electric vehicle usually has. With recent developments like the easy availability of bank loans, if you choose to purchase an electric car, then a battery on lease and development of charging stations in selected cities, are sure shot actions and indications by the government to switch to electric vehicles asap.
  20. After his superlative stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya has undoubtedly come a long way to become one of the vital cogs in the Virat Kohli-led side. Whether it's his power-hitting or knack of picking wickets at regular intervals, the Baroda boy has turned out to be the all-rounder Team India has dearly missed in recent times. In Sri Lanka, Hardik notched up his maiden Test hundred in his first-ever Test series. And, his fine run continued in the 4-1 ODI series triumph against Australia at home. He scored 222 runs including two fifties to emerge as India's third-highest run-getter behind Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in the series. If his willow breathed fire, Hardik's ability to provide crucial breakthroughs to his side with the ball was also in full display in the series. The right-arm seamer claimed six scalps at an economy of 6.06 to be the third-highest wicket-taker for his side in the five matches he played. Thanks to his all-round display, he was later adjudged the Man of the Series. © Reuters Apart from sweeping top honours, Hardik earned plaudits from every corner of the country. From opposition captain Steve Smith to Kohli, Hardik's performance was rightly lauded by the cricket fraternity. But, none of those praises would have been as dear to Hardik than the one that came from his elder brother Krunal. Krunal took to the social media to express his happiness on his younger brother's success in the series. He also revealed how Hardik had kept his promise of 'setting the stage on fire' ahead of the India-Australia ODI series. Just before the #INDvAUS series, @hardikpandya7 told me he will set the stage on fire & today I can proudly say, “you did it... and how!”ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/ORoYAwAhWz — Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) October 1, 2017 "Just before the #INDvAUS series, @hardikpandya7 told me he will set the stage on fire & today I can proudly say, “you did it... and how!” Krunal tweeted. ðð¼â¤ï¸ https://t.co/qsIOhHaL2j — hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) October 1, 2017 In response, Hardik thanked his brother for the praise. The Pandya brothers share a good rapport with each other, having played for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. While Hardik has clearly elevated his game to break into the national side, Krunal is busy exploiting the domestic circuit and recently featured for the India A team.
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  22. Aung San Suu Kyi is facing international criticism for not doing more to stop what the UN says are mass killings, rapes and the burning of villages taking place in Rakhine state of Myanmar. Photo: Nikkei Asian Review OSLO: Myanmar?s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is the latest in a long line of Nobel Peace Prize laureates to disappoint many of those who once applauded her, and probably won?t be the last, a cautionary tale for the 2017 laureate who will be named next week. Suu Kyi is facing international criticism, including from fellow peace prize winner Desmond Tutu, for not doing more to stop what the UN says are mass killings, rapes and the burning of villages taking place in Rakhine state. The violence has forced 421,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighboring Bangladesh. That is a turnaround from 1991, when the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded her the prize and praised ?her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights?. Once awarded, the prize cannot be withdrawn. ?This has happened many times before that laureates have been criticized,? said Professor Geir Lundestad, who was the secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee from 1990 to 2014. Lundestad said the prize remains a force for good, even if some winners later fall short of its ideals: ?Aung Sang Suu Kyi was a very important spokeswoman for human rights in Burma and much of Asia. You cannot take that away from her.? The Nobel prizes were established by Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, whose fortune came in part from making and selling arms. A number of winners of the peace prize have gone on to launch wars or escalate them. Israeli leader Menachem Begin ordered the invasion of Lebanon in 1982, four years after sharing the Nobel with Egypt?s Anwar Sadat for their Camp David peace accord. Sadat was assassinated by an Islamist army officer in 1981. Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat shared the 1994 prize with Israel?s Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres for the Oslo accords, which have not brought a lasting settlement to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Rabin was assassinated by a far-right nationalist in 1995 and Peres was voted out of office eight months later. Arafat later presided over the Palestinians during the second intifada, a violent uprising against Israeli occupation. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the prize in 1990 for his role in bringing the Cold War to a peaceful end. Photo: file Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, awarded the prize in 1990 for his role in bringing the Cold War to a peaceful end, sent tanks in 1991 to try to stop the independence of the Baltic countries, though he later let them become independent. US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger shared the 1973 prize with North Vietnam?s Le Duc Tho for what turned out to be failed efforts to end the Vietnam War. Tho declined the award, the only laureate ever to do so, accusing Washington of violating the truce. The war ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon to the North Vietnamese. When US President Barack Obama won in 2009 just months after taking office, even he said he was surprised. By the time he came to Oslo to collect the prize at the end of the year, he had ordered the tripling of US troops in Afghanistan. When US President Barack Obama won in 2009 just months after taking office, even he said he was surprised. Photo: AFP/file ?I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the considerable controversy that your generous decision has generated,? he said in his speech. ?I?m responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land. Some will kill, and some will be killed. And so I come here with an acute sense of the costs of armed conflict.? SAINTS AND SINNERS Even saints face criticism. Mother Teresa, the 1979 Nobel winner canonized by Pope Francis last year, was faulted in 1994 by British medical journal The Lancet for offering neither diagnoses nor strong painkillers to dying patients in her Calcutta hospice. The decision to give the award in 2012 to the European Union was criticized at the time. Brussels was then imposing tough financial bailout conditions on member Greece that many economists said destroyed livelihoods. Tutu, among others, also faulted the EU as an organisation that uses military force. The risk of disappointment arises because Nobel committees pick laureates for the hope they carry or a recent achievement, rather than the sum of a career, said Asle Sveen, a historian of the Nobel Peace Prize. ?It is an always a risk when they promote somebody because they are getting involved in politics,? he told Reuters. ?And they cannot predict what is going to happen in the future.? ?That is what makes the Nobel Peace Prize different from all the other peace prizes,? said Sveen. ?Otherwise you would give the prize to very old people just before they die.? Among the favorites are parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, such as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and John Kerry, the US Secretary of State at the time. Other possible contenders are Pope Francis, Syria?s ?White Helmet? rescue crews, the UN refugee agency UNHCR and its high commissioner Filippo Grandi. UNHCR has already won twice. Last year?s prize went to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his efforts to end half a century of war that killed a quarter of million people.
  23. Every third individual goes through a traumatic sexual experience in their lifetime by being sexually abused, molested or raped. It's the toughest journey to make thereafter and every attempt to forget the past is either lost in dabbling with how to live in the present or re-living countless unpleasant memories of the dreadful experience. Mostly the thought process sways like a pendulum from wether one will ever recover from the trauma to how is it going to be possible to ever open up again, sexually to another individual. If you are dating someone who has confided in you about such an experience from the past, remember that she has only confided because she has that level of trust in you to share such intimate secrets. She has also told you this bit about her because she wants you to be comfortable about something grievous that has happened to her and expects you to understand her better and also because somewhere she is still struggling to open up sexually with you. You must understand, if your girl has been sexually abused in the past, she probably relates anything sexual to that incident. If it's a fresh experience she is still dealing with how to let it all go and if it's from her childhood, she will definitely take her time to open up to you. Whatever it is, be patient and be sensitive of the situation and don't rush her into doing anything she doesn't want to. Remember, her space and her body have been violated in the past and she may resist any sort of sexual intimation initiated by you. So the best thing to do, while dealing with someone who is still living the sexual trauma from the past is, be there for them and try to understand what they have been through. Here are some things you can do, to make *** a little more comfortable for the person who has dealt with gruesome sexual trauma from the past: Be Patient The first cardinal rule of dating someone with a bitter past is to be patient. In all likelihood, the person may take heaps and heaps of time to open up. Give her that time and space and if you really like them, let them open up to you in their own time. You'll only push them away if you keep hurrying them to do things you like or want. © Pexels Be Kind and Empathetic She has shown utmost trust if she has narrated her past to you. It's quite brave of her to share something unpleasant she experienced. This also means she wants to let it go and start a new chapter with you. Your job thereon, is to help her move on. After she tells you about her past, hold her close and give her a big hug. It's a tough spot to be in, we agree but try and show empathy. She doesn't need sympathy from you; she needs you to understand what she's been through. Be kind, sensitive and empathic towards her. © Thinkstock Don't Force Her To Do Anything She Does Not Want To Do This ones a tricky one. While we know you're craving for her attention and intimacy, you have to give her time to come around. If she doesn't want to perform a particular sexual act or wants to take her time initiating *** with you, let her be. There are other things you can try instead. You can start by appreciating her body and telling her how sexy she is to you. You can dirty talk her and make her feel as comfortable as you can, for her to slowly start opening up to you. Build the comfort factor, for her to be able to feel sexually liberated again. © Thinkstock Encourage Her To Masturbate Sometimes a woman's sexual freedom is taken away from her when she's physically abused. She has trouble opening up sexually and feels guilty about it. The pain is too unbearable at times to even think about an indulgent act and every time she wants to get physical she directly relates *** to the tragedy she went through. By helping her separate the incident from a consensual sexual encounter, you can encourage her to break away from the stigma she attaches to ***. The best way to do it is to ask her to love herself first. Encourage her to touch herself and masturbate, liberate herself sexually. Once she opens up to herself, she will open up to you, slowly and gradually. © Thinkstock Figure Her Trigger Points There are some triggers that remind her of the dreadful experience. You have to carefully notice what they are and keep them in mind the next time they come about again. For instance, if she shuts off while you're touching her thigh or she loses interest if you don't look into her eyes enough, these are some triggers you can look out for. She may not tell you what's triggered her and you may need to piece these triggers together and have an honest conversation about it with her, after. The best way to know her triggers is by asking her to make a list of all her triggers, whenever she experiences them. Sometimes though, making a list like this can bring about sadness because she is acknowledging the impact the abuse has had on her. It's a good thing though. Let her acknowledge it and make peace with it and move on from them, thereafter. Just be there for her while she's doing this exercise. © Thinkstock Use A Safe Word Once you have understood her triggers and addressed them, more prominent triggers may surface. If you're in the heat of the moment with her and things get intense, and she wants you to stop, maybe have a safe word which would automatically mean to stop the act immediately. The safe word could be anything you both are familiar and comfortable with. © Thinkstock She Has The Right To Revoke Consent In her head, the idea of consent is a bit garbled. She might fear consent because she may think it wouldn't work. Which is a sad state of affairs and you have to build that confidence in her, where she fears nothing, especially things that have something to do from her past. So when she says no, it really means no and you have to understand that. No matter how deep into the act you are, or if she has changed her mind altogether about having ***, if she says no to something, don't question it, don't argue about it or make her change her mind. You don't have her consent to continue. If you're feeling frustrated with her or the situation, maybe you're with the wrong girl perhaps? Or need different things. © Thinkstock Don't Treat Her Like She's Broken One of the most difficult things to digest for people who are processing their sexual abuse is a constant feeling of being “broken''. She might indulge in self doubt and feel worthless and may feel like no one wants to be with them. As her partner, you can assure her that she's experienced something no one should but she's also brave enough to endure it and not give up. Make her believe that she's not broken and is a whole, beautiful human being, instead. © Thinkstock Encourage Her To Seek Professional Help Due to the gravity of the incident, it may be tough for her to process all of it together. Sometimes talking to you may not be enough and she may need therapy to understand how to let go of it all, from a professional standpoint. If she is a bit wary about going to a therapist, maybe find the right professional for her and book an appointment. It will be a good idea if you accompany her for her first session as well. If she's already in therapy, encourage her to continue it, till she feels comfortable without it. © Thinkstock Participate in a sexually abused survivor's recovery if they want you to. It means they have instilled a lot of faith and trust in you to fight this battle with them. If they're your partner, make them feel comfortable and don't give up on them. It's natural to feel a little flustered while dealing with the situation but at the end of the day, you know you love them and want to be with them and that makes a world of a difference, so stick it through, breath in and breath out and wait for them to finally become whole again. More power to you and to your partner!
  24. The underbelly of Himalayas on the Indian side hides a dirty secret. ‘Nanda Devi' or the blessed goddess is the highest mountain peak of India in the state of Uttarakhand. Apart from being a trekking paradise, the Nanda Devi peaks hold high strategic importance for India. It's an incredible vantage point to keep an eye on its mischievous eastern neighbour–China. The Nanda Devi trail encompasses two major glaciers (Nanda Devi North and Nanda Devi South) originating from the southern most slope of the Nanda Devi peak. The beautiful surroundings for seasonal tourists give way to punishing slopes in the winters and yet it remains one of the best spots for adrenalin junkies throughout the year. © pahar "Apparently in October of 1959 it was confirmed that China, with Soviet assistance, had established a nuclear test base at Lop Nor with all intentions of testing a nuclear device. U-2 flights over China were becoming extremely dangerous, so powers thought if they could put a monitoring station on top of some Himalayan mountain with a clear shot towards Lop Nor they could gather all the information they needed. Before a decision was made as to what mountain would be selected, it was a given it would be at a very high altitude.” - CIA wires October 16th, 1964 But despite its picturesque peaks, Nanda Devi has a nuclear past that not many know of. China, in its efforts to establish itself as a regional power in a rapidly deteriorating world order, tested a nuclear bomb at Lop Nor in Barren Sinkiang province on October 16th, 1964. With the Vietnam War already giving the US a hard time, an emboldened China posed a new threat to the already embattled US intelligence. The US reconnaissance satellites were incapable at the time to spy on china's nuclear capabilities. Also, with most of the intelligence satellites stationed over Russia, the US intelligence was stretched for options. © wikipedia At long last, after deliberations and compromise, the US President Lyndon Johnson approved a spy mission to measure China's nuclear capabilities and see if it was a threat to the US ambitions in South-Asia in the long run. “How many times do you get a chance for a free boondoggle?” The CIA dived deep to make sure that the preparations for the spy mission were accurate. The all-star nine member climbing team included a track star turned life sciences student and an engineer and inventor. Along with these 9 climbers, four other Indian mountaineers were drafted too. Their mission – to install a 125,000 pound tracking device powered by a nuclear snap generator atop the Nanda Devi at 27,000 feet. The snap generator was powered by Plutonium-238 which has a half life (the time taken for the radioactivity of a specified isotope to fall to half its original value) of 87.7 years. If installed successfully, this device would help the US intelligence to gather critical information on China's rapidly expanding nuclear capabilities and track their nuclear war-heads. The Indian team of climbers in Washington/© indiandefence The climbers, who would carry this device, were gathered at Langley and saw this mission as an opportunity of a lifetime. The proposal gave them a hefty sum of $1,000 a month all the while navigating through one of the most breathtaking landscapes in South-Asia. And this was nothing more than an exotic trip for some, “How many times do you get a chance for a free boondoggle? I'd do it again if the same situation presented itself. I had a lot of fun." Maybe, if they only knew how critical it was to not brand the mission as just an adventure trip. But before they could land in India for this adventure of a lifetime they were given a crash course in nuclear-age espionage. The team assembled to train the climbers included a demolitions expert, a former U-2 pilot, a psychiatrist and a sinologist. They were tasked with equipping the mountaineers with the basic skill set for a mission of such critical value. But as one spy put it later, most of the spy book jargon was “just meant to impress us—and waste a lot of time.” The all-star team at Mt. Mckinley/© wikipedia The climbers were flown to Mount McKinley in Alaska to acclimatize and warm-up at 20,320 feet. In ominous signs, just before embarking on the greatest mission of their lives, deteriorating weather kept them from reaching the summit and ended the warm-up mission prematurely. Nanda Devi- A rock and a hard place The Nanda Devi peak is stationed just 500 miles from Sinkiang, and presents a challenging trek for even the best of mountaineers. CIA's initial estimates of stationing the device at 27,000 feet were squashed after inputs suggested that even if it was set up at 25,645 foot, it would deliver efficiently without elevating the risk levels. The highest peak in India - Nanda Devi/© wikipedia The climbers, therefore, left for their mission under the guise of ‘The Air Force High Altitude Test Program' (HAT). The journey would present them with high risks as the ‘Blue Mountain' was infamous for rocks fading into the night and shrouded in the mist, paving a treacherously steep slope. Plutonium-238 The centre piece of the device that was to be installed atop the peak was a thin fuel rod that powered the snap generator. The rod contained plutonium-238, a radioactive fuel that produces heat as it decays and was supposed to last 75 years, if the mission was successful. At a place where temperatures could go as low as -40 degree Celsius, the spies in the first expedition to install the device could feel the heat radiate from the container that housed plutonium-238. Expedition One/© pahar The team which set out to complete the mission in September, 1965 from the south face of the mountain was stopped in its track due to stormy weather conditions; just 2,000 feet shy of the summit. But rather than wait for the autumn monsoons to give way, they decided to secure the package between rocks and returned to base, hoping to complete the mission in the second expedition. The second expedition to the Nanda Devi peak was attempted in the spring of 1966. As the weather eased up and the team well rested and wiser from the mistakes made last time, the state department of the US was fairly confident that once the expedition was over they would have clear and concise inputs on China's nuclear activities. They could not be more wrong in their assumptions. April, 1966 Installing the nuclear powered tracking device/© indiandefence The package is gone. Swept away by the rubble from the cliff that had broken lose. With the package, the radioactive Plutonium was gone too, leaving the climbers dumbfounded and the state department in shock. The spy mission quickly turned into a nuclear tragedy waiting to happen. The Nanda Devi South glaciers provide the headwaters for Ganges, the holy river for 450 million Hindus in India at that time and a source of clean water to major parts of northern India. That the CIA might have accidentally polluted an entire Indian River system with radioactive elements would be disastrous. More so because if this news broke out, it could lead to an all-out war between India and China as the two Asian powers were already involved militarily in the northeast. Taking stock of the situation, the CIA came up with a plan to locate the package including the radioactive Plutonium. The plan, in short, involved using Rubber hoses to wash away the rubble and exhume the nuclear device. In theory, it should have worked but the mound created by the avalanche was almost as big as the Giza pyramid and the CIA cleanup was unsuccessful. Operation HAT: Zero-turned-negative The complete group of climbers at Nanda Kot/© wikipedia Estimating the high cost of repercussions if the news of this failed mission came out, the higher-ups in Washington decided to abandon the mission without retrieving the device. The mission was now officially designated Zero-turned-negative. The decision to abandon the device was concealed from the White House so as to shield it if the disastrous details came out. The Indira Gandhi government in India was never notified of the mission by the CBI. The blame game was on. Anyone and everyone involved was under pressure to justify how three expeditions could have failed despite so much planning and investment. The Chinese and Indian specialists within the CIA almost came to blows. In letters thereon, it was reported that one mountaineer even punched a CBI agent in the midst of an argument. Going nuclear: Under the nose Total failure. All through 1965 and 1966, the CIA's efforts to establish a watch on China's nuclear arsenal were unsuccessful. The Chinese in the meanwhile built launch pads for the new nuclear missiles despite international pressure. On 27th October, 1966 China launched an experimental rocket from a launch pad in central Sinkiang under the CIA's nose. That was a serious blow to CIA's operational inability to track Chinese nukes and it prompted Washington to once again try and somehow put up a tracking device for future tests. Base camp/© indiandefence Operation Hat, now entering its fourth expedition was kick-started in 1967 with another mountain in sight – Nanda Kot. Nicknamed ‘Red Mountain' Nanda Kot was 22,470 foot high and clearly a much better alternative than Nanda Devi. With a new target and a different set of climbers, the new spy mission took off in April with a similar package as used in the last expedition with a substitute plutonium-fuelled device. Learning from the last three expeditions, the crew avoided the perpendicular chutes which could trigger avalanches because of the morning warm of the sun. The fourth expedition, however, was called off too as a high intensity blizzard blocked their way. Two climbers almost lost their lives caught in the deadly blizzard. The team determined to complete the mission, climbed up a few days later and was successful. The device was finally set-up at 21,000 foot and as expected, once installed, the device worked perfectly, scanning the northern horizon. A year later, though, the CIA was back in action as a storm had dismantled the device and a fifth expedition was planned. Only Indian mountaineers and porters took the fifth expedition to repair the device in 1968. It continued to transmit for another year after which the US launched a new surveillance satellite to scout China's nuclear activities. The underbelly of Himalayas on the Indian side still hides a dirty secret. Nanda Devi - Hiding a nuclear secret/© wikipedia CIA's five expeditions to the Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot peaks scream one important question. Where did the first device with plutonium-238 actually go? That the whole area was swept away in the rubble caused by the avalanche was apparent. But why couldn't the CIA locate the remains of the highly radioactive device? In 1966, the HH-43 Huskie helicopters flown by Air Force pilots went out to find some trace of the device that was swept away but to no avail. No readings and no leads were found in respect with the device. This, in turn, leads some experts to speculate that maybe, just maybe, the whole operation was always in knowledge of the Indian government then headed by Indira Gandhi. The device, left on its own in the snow covered avalanche might have easily been recovered by the Indian intelligence agencies before the second expedition arrived. This, in theory, seems like a perfect script for how India accelerated its own nuclear capabilities. But these are just speculations, for there might still be a piece of plutonium tucked way in the underbelly of the Himalayas.
  25. Monica Dogra goes by many titles—most of them are self-proclaimed—actress, musician and what-not. But, of all her very inglorious titles, the one that seems the most ludicrous is that of ‘musician'. Then again, those are my personal reservations and one is free to digress on the grounds of creative liberties. You cannot expect a neon signage to resemble a Michelangelo, or even an Andy Warhol. © Facebook/Trupal Pandya To the most, Miss Dogra's music remains largely forgettable. Her last track with any recall value was Shiver, from her album Spit; and that too was only because of its avant-garde theatrics. Lately, she's been in the news yet again; not for her stint as a judge on The Stage Season 3 (I'll come to that questionable bit later, as well); but for her latest single titled ‘Naraye Mastana'. Sounds familiar? Probably because the very soulful original was sung by the timeless Abida Parveen—a Sufi musician who has transcended ages and remains relevant even today. However, Miss Dogra failed to realize who Abida Parveen really was before she was introduced to the song by one of her friends, as she herself admitted on air during an interview on popular radio channel 94.3. Here's the original track by Abida Parveen. And here's Dogra's version of the track. We can leave the concept of music out of it. Revisiting a track, revising it, or remixing it—none of these words do justice to the original track because, let's face it; Abida Parveen's version remains a classic. Sure, Miss Dogra has the creative freedom to interpret music the way she feels makes sense to her own aesthetics. But, I'll say this out and loud—to even try to draw a parallel between her track which is raunchier than it is tasteful, and Parveen's track which is pure soul, is to try to compare legends to street smarts. One simply doesn't do it. © Facebook/Monica Dogra Dogra's video for the track sees her doing what she does best—looking fabulous, giving shots that are worth framing up like a piece of gothic art. But, it's not even music. It's Dogra rapping ‘I drink too much' and alternating between the chorus of the original song with orgasmic breaths in between. Look, I get it. Creative rights and all. What I don't get is this distorted sense of what quantifies as music and what is just a publicity gimmick to get a million hits and downloads online. Dogra's latest efforts are targeting the latter. The problem is our ‘Indie' scene has become a bit of a parody in itself which seems to have lost the plot. We have ‘artists' on the scene who are producing a sad excuse of what they'd like to call their own interpretation of what music is and they all sound the same, do the same thing and harp on the same titles of good looks, money and commercial sell-outs. I'd have honestly liked to have seen a Sona Mohapatra, or a Hari & Sukhmani do a revisit of this track; it would have even kept the very essence and soul of the song intact; or even given it something fresher. What Dogra has done is change the entire track and merely call it a reinterpretation of the original which it clearly isn't. © Nayantara Parikh Photography Honestly, I don't remember when was the last time I heard Monica Dogra actually hold a legitimate tune. Was it for her background score in the Deepika Padukone-Imraan Khan starrer ‘Break Ke Baad'? It was called Dooriyaan Bhi Hai Zaroori and while I don't really count Monica Dogra in the league of breakthrough female singers in the country, this was honestly the closest she came to showcasing her vocal prowess which was still something. From then on, she shifted to the indie vibe and the independent scene; raised some crowd-sourced funds for her album, received some flak for it, and performed at large number of music festivals where she was seen wearing bohemian attire and gyrating to hypnotic music on stage. Monica Dogra is a performer. She is average on screen; but, she's bloody good in her music videos and on stage. She has that element about her—the looks, the moves, the attitude. She flaunts it too. But, she's also what's largely wrong with the so-called independent music scenario in the country. You see, Dogra stands for the typically self-entitled female performer who calls herself a pioneer female in the industry, time and again, simply because she has some international roots somewhere from the past; who also uses a lot of her physical attractiveness and sexuality to give more ‘meaning' to her music. Where does that leave the other, real female artists who are making real music and deserve the kind of exposure that right now only a Dogra is privy to? The only reason she sells is because of that and the fact that she's been a regular face in the festival circle, acted averagely in indie movies—the only one worth boasting of was her stint in the Aamir Khan starrer, ‘Dhobhi Ghaat'—and judged India's first English-singing reality show. To that latter one, too, I could think of many others who'd have been more well-deserving than her (Anushka Manchanda, anyone?). © Facebook/Monica Dogra So, yes, Monica Dogra is largely glorified by the men in the industry, for her fashion choices, for her amicability and for her being able to portray herself as the ‘first of her kind'. In a recent interview she gave to the same radio channel, 94.3, she went ahead and called herself one of the ‘only women' in her field, to paraphrase. If by that title, she means the only woman rapper who remixes music or produces tunes that are largely electronic and goes on to a prose narration throughout, while wearing over-the-top accessories, physically enhancing attire and doing gravity-defying stunts, sure. However, that makes her, like I said, merely a great performer. There are many other female artists in the scene who are way better at music than Miss Dogra; however, Dogra seems to be the only one who gives the audience what can only be called a ‘flavour'. But, music is more than just flavour Miss Dogra; it is food; it is ingredients and it is nutrition for the soul. Unfortunately, her latest track, Naraye Mastana—much like most of her previous ones—lack the wholesomeness of what qualifies as music.