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  1. There are so many things that could help us, if only we knew the source of that knowledge. It could be living a better lifestyle or getting new and creative ideas for your new project. It is all there in the form of books and podcasts, but unfortunately, we do not take them seriously. Here is a tip, if you often find yourself traveling and have nothing to do then why not fill that void by listening to something worthwhile? Here comes the role of podcasts. You can also download them beforehand if the internet is your worry during your daily travel. 1. The Tim Ferriss Show © iTunes - Apple This show will give you a recommendation on different kinds of useful books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more. It is the questions he asks that lead to hints on how to make your life better in un-thought-of ways. Here is the link 2. Planet Money © NPR If you are having a tough time managing your personal finance then this is the podcast you need to hear. You will get smart tips on saving your money and growing it at the same time. This podcast covers the interesting economics of everyday things and will help you become financially independent in a better way. Here is the link 3. Freakonomics Radio © freakonomics Stephen J. Dubner, the co-author of the pop-economics book Freakonomics takes things we see in everyday life -- the president, gender barriers, the internet, suicide -- and breaks these concepts down to their core. If you are always eager for things happening around the world and need a deep researched thought piece on them, then this is the place you would want to be. Here is the link 4. How to Start a Startup by Y Combinator and Stanford University © iTunes - Apple If you are a budding entrepreneur or a startup enthusiast then this is what you start hearing for sure. The list is long but you will often come to hear from Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, Kevin Hale, Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Ben Silbermann, Alfred Lin, Patrick and John Collison, Aaron Levie, Reid Hoffman and many more. Here is the link 5. Hidden Brain © NPR Researcher Etip Sinid says, “this podcast reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships." If you are interested in how your brain works and how you can rewire it to your advantage then this is the place you would want to be. Here is the link 6. 99% Invisible © Wikipedia Many people following this podcast say that it is both for design enthusiasts and for people who simply want to see the world with fresh eyes. You will learn about the things that go behind something very normal and very ordinary. It could be a shopping basket or it could be a city of the future. You will get to know the architecture and what it took to make it real. Here is the link 7. On Being © iTunes - Apple Till now you have learned a lot about persuasion, making money, and productivity, but now it's time to learn about the more basic ones like living well and developing wisdom as well as worldly success. You will come across stories titled as 'The universe is a question', 'This movie changed me', 'Anatomy of Gratitude', or the 'Stories About Mystery'. Here is the link 8. The James Altucher Show © iTunes - Apple James Altucher, writer, entrepreneur and also the host of this show is provocative, witty, and has an honest approach to each conversation which makes this podcast engaging and fun. Tony Robbins, singer Jewel, and author Michael Singer are among some of the well-known speakers on the show. Here is the link
  2. 2017 was a great year for music. Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of you', Louis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's 'Despacito', and Taylor Swift's 'Look What You Made Me Do' literally BROKE the Internet, but there were many other songs that we fell in love with this year and it is quite possible you did not know about them. Here are 17 songs that you MUST listen to before the end of 2017. 1. Kendrick Lamar – 'Humble.' In a time where rappers choose to write songs about ***, drugs, and money, Kendrick has always been an outlier. 'Humble.' is an instruction piece to all millenials and is predicted to sweep the Grammy's this year. 2. Selena Gomez ft. Gucci Mane – 'Fetish' Due to health issues, Selena was missing from action in the early part of 2017. However, she was back soon enough with 'Fetish'. The track, described as alt-pop, is fresh, sexy, and will leave you, dare I say, pursuing that fetish! 3. Dua Lipa – 'New Rules' Dua Lipa has been making music since 2015 but 'New Rules' truly put her on the map. With repetitive lyrics and a catchy beat, the song is THE go-to manual to put an end to a bad relationship. 4. J. Balvin, Willy William – 'Mi Gente' If you liked Despacito, you will LOVE 'Mi Gente'. This Spanish firecracker of a song is a great party starter. The song's video is the third fastest music video to reach 400 million views on Youtube. Curious? See for yourself! 5. Jay Z – 'The Story of O.J.' Jay Z opens up about the troubles in the African American Community in this heavy track. The music video itself shows the crude cartoon portrayal of how black people were drawn in the past. The song is hard-hitting and will go down in time as one of Jay-Z's bests. 6. Calvin Harris ft. Future, Khalid – 'Rollin' When you listen to 'Rollin' for the first time, it is hard for you to believe that this track was composed by Calvin Harris. This synth-funktrack is sure to give you cool, beach vibes. 7. Drake – 'Passionfruit' Passionfruit is another one of Drake's catchy tunes that is sure to get you dancing. It may not be as fly as 'Hotline Bling', but it is still pretty damn good. 8. Imagine Dragons – 'Thunder' “Just a young gun with a quick fuse.” Story of all our lives. Amiright? 9. Jain – 'Makeba' You may have heard this groovy beat in the new Levi's ad. The track was released in 2016, but it made its way to mainstream in 2017 thanks to the viral ad. The 70s rhythm pattern coupled with African beats are bound to give you eargasms. 10. Parekh and Singh – 'Ghost' This Kolkata-based duo sure knows how to make a great feel-good song. Chracterized as a dream pop track, 'Ghost' is without a doubt distinctive. 11. Kesha – 'Learn to Let Go' 2017 saw the return of Kesha and she did not disappoint. 'In Learn to Let Go', she chronicles her past troubles and urges people to move on. More power to her! 12. Linkin Park – 'One More Light' Chester Bennington's death hit us like a truck this year and we still can't believe he's no more. The track 'One More Light' truly personifies the grief. It comes as no surprise why Linkin Park chose to release this single in memory of Chester. 13. Childish Gambino – 'Red Bone' Another song that was released in 2016 but peaked in 2017. This catchy soulful tune is sure to get you moving! Also, you'd be surprised to know that 'Childish Gambino' is none other than the actor Donald Glover. 14. Macklemore ft. Lil Yachty – 'Marmalade' Macklemore is churning great music back to back and we're lovin' it! If Billboard calls a song “a joyous record”, then you MUST check it out, right?! 15. Cardi B. – 'Bodak Yellow' The track's simple beat and catchy lyrics made Cardi B. the second solo female hip-hop artist to have a number one single on BillBoard 100! And that's pretty big, coz it hasn't happened in 19 years. Way to go, Cardi! 16. Judah and the Lion – 'Take It All Back' Has a country track ever made you head bang? Well, be prepared, because the banjo stylings in 'Take It All Back' will most definitely catch you by surprise. 17. Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – 'Chained to the Rhythm' Chained to the Rhythm is not your average Katy Perry song. Yes, the song's genre is a combination of Dancehall and Disco, but beneath this dance-worthy beat is an important question: Are we living a delusional life? There you have it folks! Your year-end playlist has been sorted.
  3. Before we become a Britain or a Germany, I am inviting my dear countrymen to become a Bangladesh. Before we become the least corrupt nation on the planet, I am suggesting to descend a few steps down, provided we do some other things right. Our narrow political narratives may have their advantages, but they also carry a huge cost. These narratives are giving us tunnel vision, forcing the nation to bark up the wrong tree. Corruption is a curse and we must do whatever we can to ensure transparency. But is it our only problem? Are we even defining it properly? Do we know what it takes to minimise corruption? Will we become a developed country only by electing a saintly leader as our prime minister, whose mere presence on the Pride Rock will rid our country of corruption within days? We remain obsessed with what many development professionals refer to as the problem of ?getting to Denmark? ? i.e. how to turn a developing country into a developed one. Unfortunately, there are many complications associated with this agenda. The people of developed countries themselves don?t remember how they got there because it took them such a long time. Not only this, the institutions of a country reflect its cultural values. So, be a bit careful when someone tells you that he has cracked the code just by playing cricket in a developed country. Dealing with this problem, Mahbubul Haq and Amartya Sen suggested a faster and more efficient route by analysing the way Asian Tigers (Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan) covered centuries of distance in a few decades. We have had the advantage of observing them while they took the leap. The two South Asian economists gave us the development approach known as ?human development?. Our opportunity of learning from changes in our neighbourhood has not ended. There are other nations around us stealing the march right now and it will do us no harm to learn a thing or two from them. Identical twins are favourite subjects of psychologists studying the great nature vs nurture question. Pakistan was born with a congenital twin, surgically separated less than five decades ago. Bangladesh is a Muslim South Asian country equally unstable and more chaotic than Pakistan. What is even more interesting is that it is far more corrupt than the Islamic republic it separated from. And yet it is making progress by leaps and bounds, overcoming its birth defects including a narrow resource base, very small land mass and vulnerability to extreme natural hazards. According to the Corruption Perception Index prepared by Transparency International, Bangladesh is almost on the bottom of the heap of corrupt countries. It ranks 145 on a list of 176 countries. Pakistan is proudly 29 notches up and is placed at 116. Not a great place really, but I am making comparisons here. What?s even better, Pakistan has improved its ranking sustainably during the last decade. In 2006, Pakistan was at 142 out of a list of 163 countries listed that year. Yet Bangladesh?s GDP is growing at a whopping 7.1%, creating jobs, throwing up a vibrant middle class and reducing poverty ? things that will soon work against corruption in that country. It was the sixth year in a row that GDP growth in the country was greater than 6% and most analysts expect this run to continue. What is even more impressive is that Bangladesh?s rapid growth is reaching the poor. In 1991, well over 40% of Bangladeshis lived in extreme poverty. Today, according to a World Bank estimate, extreme poverty has gone down to less than 14%; so about 50 million fewer Bangladeshis are in extreme poverty as a result of the improving economy. We have barely touched 5.3% GDP growth after a decade. Contrary to the popular narrative, Pakistan?s economic development went down as it became less corrupt. I am not saying that the co-relation is a causation here. I am merely saying that we did not pay attention to other equally important factors. In fact, some of the measures aimed at fighting corruption might have caused serious economic harm to Pakistan. For example, the way our superior courts dealt with economic matters has inflicted a serious blow to foreign direct investment (FDI) and the overall business environment in the country, while also attracting billions of dollars of international penalties we may be forced to pay very soon. Bangladesh?s exports during 2016-17 were $34.02 billion, while Pakistan?s exports during the same period stood at $21.938 billion. Bangladesh?s GDP per person is now higher than Pakistan?s. Converted into dollars at market exchange rates, it stands at $1,538, while Pakistan?s is about $1,470. That means that a common Bangladeshi is slightly better off than a common Pakistani. I am not claiming that I have cracked the Bangladesh code because I have been there four or five times. I only know that Bangladesh is not making progress due to a messiah or because it has become a very clean country. I wish our experts would take a break from their tours to Europe to study their neighbourhood better. In my opinion, three factors stand out. First, while Pakistan?s economy has been stuck with crony capitalism ?sugar industry, spinning and real estate ? Bangladesh has been able to promote value addition and exports through Small and Medium Enterprises and by unleashing entrepreneurship in the country. Secondly, Bangladesh has made great progress on many social indicators. Bangladesh is on the top of the South Asian countries in gender equality. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked it 72nd among 144 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report 2016. Pakistan was placed on 143rd. Bangladesh has been able to bring down its population growth rate to 1.1% while we are growing at 2.4%. It means that in all likelihood, our indicators will get worse in comparison to Bangladesh. Such improvement in population growth rate cannot happen without improving women?s health, bringing down infant mortality, empowering women and raising level of awareness. NGOs have played a great part in Bangladesh?s social development. They have organised rural communities, empowered women, set agenda for social development, put demands on the government and tried to fill the gap in the delivery of different services. Bangladesh?s powerful civil society runs much of its education and health services. In Pakistan, NGOs are being treated like criminals. They often require written permission from the DC sahib to carry out a small social survey in a village. Third, despite being a deeply religious country, Bangladesh has not turned religion into a millstone around its neck. Though religion is the only thing that differentiates it from Indian Bengal, Bangladesh does not rely on religion for its national identity. It remains a secular country and has been able to deal with religious extremism better than Pakistan. There is a chicken and egg relationship between transparency and development. Transparency helps economic development, but economic development plays a bigger role in bringing down corruption. Since the government of a prosperous country can pay its employees well, it can set aside administrative and technological resources to end corruption. On a social level, as the middle class expands and becomes influential it makes a stronger demand from the government for transparency. A demagogue may promise to put Pakistan on Mars but the problem of corruption cannot be solved simply by putting a clean man on the top. Perhaps Liaquat Ali Khan was the most honest head of the government in our history. However, the allotment mayhem during his period corrupted the whole society to an unprecedented level and set the precedent for large-scale corruption in the country. While our leaders are selling us dreams of turning us into a Britain, we may be losing our chance of becoming a Bangladesh or a Sri Lanka.
  4. Virat Kohli makes it to the headlines for reasons more than one. Sometimes it's for his stellar game, other times it's him embracing and owning the red carpet with his ladylove Anushka and sometimes it's his fierce love for humanitarian work that draws the limelight. An episode of Blacklist and a cup of green tea is the ideal combination to chill! ð A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Sep 30, 2017 at 8:39am PDT Delhi pollution has been rising at an alarming level and the recent smog scare that has been plaguing the national capital has everyone in a knot. The state government is facing the heat and trying to do what is possible but the city is drowning in the repercussion of the sad reality. Amidst all of this, the Indian skipper posted a video urging the residents of the city to do something about the situation. #Delhi, we need to talk! #MujheFarakPadtaHai A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Nov 15, 2017 at 9:46am PST "We all know what the situation of pollution is like in Delhi. I want to bring your attention to it. Because lots of people are debating as to what's causing it, but what are we doing about it? If want to win this match against pollution, we have to play together. Because it is our responsibility to reduce pollution”, he says. This is not the first time he has come forward for initiating something positive. Kohli is known to stand strong for everything that he believes is right and make his voice heard. Be it speaking up for Anushka when internet trolls blamed her for his bad performance to a slew of social causes, you know this man means good. His message is garnering massive support on the internet and people are coming forward expressing their support and urging each other to join this fight against pollution. Be the change u want to see... He s born and brought up in Delhi...he cares and we all must care to... @imVkohli #MujheFarakPadtaHai https://t.co/eYGDp7Z2yM — Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) November 15, 2017 Dilli sun rahe ho! #MujheFarakPadtaHai Let's do this @imVkohli https://t.co/yuv8YDWSS9 — Saransh Goila (@SaranshGoila) November 15, 2017 Mr Captain, you are absolutely right, every one of us can make a difference #MujheFarakPadtaHai And say yes to shared mobility and transport #ghoomoresponsibly #sustainabletourism #DelhiPollution — Shenaz Treasury (@ShenazTreasury) November 16, 2017
  5. Mahira Khan. Photo: File Pakistan?s beloved actress Mahira Khan is in the media spotlight again and for good reason this time. After pictures of the actress with Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor stirred a social media controversy and backlash from audiences, Mahira has a message that she wants you to listen. In a recent public appearance, the actress gave a strong message to all the women out there. ?Let nobody?s opinion define who you are. And if anybody defines who you are, let it be yourself. Because, including me, and all the women out there, we are all worth it,? the diva said. The actress? message comes at a time when the social media is abuzz with a movement against sexual abuse after prominent celebrities made sexual harassment allegations against the American film producer and former studio executive Harvey Weinstein. Mahira, Ranbir pictures become target of fans' criticism Pictures were taken in July, while Ranbir Kapoor was shooting for Dutt biopic in New York Mahira stayed strong in the face of severe criticism on the pictures with Ranbir that didn?t sit well with fans who couldn?t relate to the Humsafar actress clad in a white backless dress, smoking on the streets of New York City. Her latest message shows that the actress truly believes in empowerment. More power to you Mahira!
  6. Tom Petty, all of 66, was a legend of ages; and still remains so. His rusty vocals, soulful music and meaningful lyrics really did get some of us through tough days of life and love. And today, he is no more. It pains to see some of the brightest stars in the music fraternity to have gone out so silently this year. And Tom Petty has only left a larger hole in our hearts and in the world with his demise. But, let's look back on some of the legend's greatest hits that really saved us on our dull days and lonely nights. 1. Learning To Fly Album: Into The Great Wide Open Year: 1991 2. Free Fallin' Album: Full Moon Fever Year: 1989 3. American Girl Album: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Year: 1976 4. Breakdown Album: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Year: 1976 5. Crawling Back To You Album: Wildflowers Year: 1994 6. Don't Do Me Like That Album: Damn The Torpedoes Year: 1979 7. You Don't Know How It Feels Album: Wildflowers Year: 1994 8. I Won't Back Down Album: Full Moon Fever Year: 1989 9. Runnin' Down A Dream Album: Full Moon Fever Year: 1989 10. Don't Come Around Here No More Album: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Year: 1976 11. Mary Jane's Last Dance Album: Legendary FM Broadcasts - Stephen C O'Connoll Centre, Gainesville FL 4th November 1993 Year: 1993 12. Refugee Album: Pack Up The Plantation! Live Year: 1985
  7. Ever had that one girl who loved you more than the world itself? That best-friend or that shy girl, who stood by you when you were totally lost in life? You'll definitely agree, she was always a keeper, wasn't she? And certainly, she still does mean a lot to you in some way or the other; either as the love of your life or as a good friend. Or probably, you aren't even in touch, but you simply cannot help but miss her every single day of your life. Ankit Tiwari's 'Tum Hardafa Ho' is an ode to all those who had that one girl in their life who taught them the real meaning of love. Who was always around when the world seemed too lonely. This romantic single has been released exclusively by Gaana Originals along with Times Music and features singer Ankit Tiwari with Miss India 2015, Aditi Arya. The romantic track was released exclusively on the Times Music YouTube channel on 1st September. The song is a beautiful track penned by Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay with Ankit as the lead singer, along with female vocals by Leena Bose. By the way, this is the first of a series of songs by Gaana Originals that will feature different 11 artists in 11 different originals within a span of 11 weeks. Isn't it just awesome? Even renown singer Sona Mohapatra stated, "We need original songs to voice our generation's hopes & aspirations. This music represents our society & culture in its purest form & is not restricted by a fictional story or cinemascape & is a very important expression of the times we live in”. Needless to say, this original is one of the best romantic songs we've heard in a very long time. The song has crossed 1 million streams in just 5 days on Gaana.com! This is comparable to even top Bollywood hits like BKD and Tamma Tamma. Listen to it and revive your romantic soul with this one! And while you're at it, share it with that person who means the world to you.
  8. DOHA: Qatar is ready to listen to the concerns of Gulf Arab states that have cut diplomatic and economic ties, Kuwait said on Sunday as it tried to mediate a solution to the worst regional crisis in years. Saudi Arabia and allies Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) severed ties with Qatar last week, accusing it of supporting militants and arch-foe Iran - charges Doha denies. The rift has disrupted travel, separated families, severed commercial links and sown confusion among banks and businesses while deepening divisions between their respective allies fighting in wars and political struggles from Libya to Yemen. "(Kuwait) affirms the readiness of the brothers in Qatar to understand the reality of the qualms and concerns of their brothers and to heed the noble endeavors to enhance security and stability," Kuwait's state news agency KUNA quoted Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah as saying. Kuwait, which has retained ties with Qatar and has often acted as a mediator in regional disputes, said it wanted to resolve the dispute "within the unified Gulf house". A previous mediation effort by Kuwait in which the Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah shuttled between Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Doha, failed to achieve an immediate breakthrough. "Is this the beginning of wisdom and reasonable thinking? I hope so," UAE minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash wrote on Twitter in reaction to Kuwait saying Qatar was ready to listen to the grievances.minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash wrote on Twitter in reaction to Kuwait saying Qatar was ready to listen to the grievances.minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash wrote on Twitter in reaction to Kuwait saying Qatar was ready to listen to the grievances.minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash wrote on Twitter in reaction to Kuwait saying Qatar was ready to listen to the grievances. US President Donald Trump at first offered to host Qatar and its adversaries - all US allies - at the White House, but on Friday said Qatar has been a high-level sponsor of terrorism and backed the Gulf pressure. Saudi Arabia's powerful Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed efforts to "counter terrorism and extremism" in a telephone call with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday, state news agency SPA said. But a Qatari diplomat said the crisis reflected a lack of US leadership. "This is the biggest testimony to US failure in the Gulf," the diplomat told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. "(It) gives others the impression the US does not know how to manage the relationship with its allies or is incapable." On Friday Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt tightened their squeeze on Qatar by putting dozens of figures and charities they link to the country on terrorism blacklists.UAE and Egypt tightened their squeeze on Qatar by putting dozens of figures and charities they link to the country on terrorism blacklists.UAE and Egypt tightened their squeeze on Qatar by putting dozens of figures and charities they link to the country on terrorism blacklists.UAE and Egypt tightened their squeeze on Qatar by putting dozens of figures and charities they link to the country on terrorism blacklists. Qatar's official overseer of charities denied on Sunday that philanthropic groups in the country backed terrorism, saying it deplored the accusation. IRAN FLIGHTS A peninsular nation of 2.5 million people, Qatar has for years punched well above its weight in world affairs by parleying its vast gas wealth into influence across the region, irking many with its maverick stances and support for militants. But it was importing 80 percent of its food from bigger Gulf Arab neighbors before they cut ties and is now in talks with Iran and Turkey to secure food and water supplies. Iran - the main regional rival of Saudi Arabia - sent four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetables every day, Iranian officials said on Sunday, amid concerns of shortages. Senior officials from the countries opposed to Qatar have warned it that appealing for foreign assistance will not advance a reconciliation. Qatar's energy minister said on Sunday Doha remained committed to an oil output cut deal agreed by OPEC and non-OPEC producers last month. Mohammed al-Sada said in a statement: "circumstances in the region shall not prevent the state of Qatar from honoring its international commitment of cutting its oil production". In a sign Gulf states were seeking to lessen the human impact of their June 5 severing of ties, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE said on Sunday they had set up hotlines to help families with Qatari members, without elaborating.
  9. Last week, the musical world was left shocked and devastated when the news of legendary singer Chris Cornell’s suicide came to light. The entire music fraternity came together to express their sorrow for the singer’s death. And over the next few days, some of the world’s most revered rock bands came together in solace for Cornell, to pay tribute to his music, his work and his life. Here are some of the best tributes to the late artist. 1. Ryan Adams The singer covered one of Soundgarden’s most popular tracks, ‘Black Hole Sun’ at Auckland, in New Zealand. And it gives you the chills. It’s no Cornell. But, it’s one of the most fitting tributes to the artist. 2. U2 ‘Running To Stand Still’ in Bono’s voice is literally everything. And it will reach out to the deepest corner of your heart. I always loved this song of U2’s. And Bono recreates it in a unique, yet magical way, at his performance at the Joshua Tree Concert 2017, at Rose Bowl. Pause for a minute while I grab a tissue. 3. Aerosmith When Aerosmith covers one of the most iconic songs, it sticks like nothing else. With Steve Tyler’s unreal vocals, ‘Black Hole Sun’ gets a whole new meaning. The band did complete justice to Cornell’s voice; given that even their vocal chords are oddly similar. And then, after a moment of silence dedicated to Cornell, Aerosmith picks it up with ‘Dream On’ and it’s the most real thing you feel. 4. Red Hot Chilli Peppers The rock band covered Cornell’s ‘Seasons’ at a live performance in Indianapolis and it’s beautiful. Cornell lent a little bit of his soul to all the music he ever made and performed and to see some of the best rock bands cover those songs as an ode to the late singer, while keeping the soul of the song intact is brilliant. 5. Megadeth At their gig in Tokyo, Japan, on the same day that Cornell died, Dave Mustaine starts out by expressing his grief over Cornell’s death and talks about how the world has lost one of the most beautiful voices in rock and history. He adds, “I love you Chris. I’ll see you one day up in heaven.”
  10. We lost a legend to suicide last week. His name was Chris Cornell and he changed the way a lot of people listen to music. And then, there were songs from back in the day. There were also songs we came across while searching for everything and nothing in particular. Essentially, this playlist is like a wormhole. It’s a throwback and it’s also a throw-out of old, new, iconic and unique songs. Happy listening. 1. Black Hole Sun – Chris Cornell Aside from Like A Stone, this was one of the popular songs by Chris Cornell. Most of us will have already heard this song for its popularity. But, in ode to the late singer, here it is, on the top of this list. 2. The Only Boy Awake – Meadows I discovered this song, by accident. I don’t quite remember how I got here. But, it’s a song that is climbing on my playlist and it’s one worth listening to. 3. For You – Angus & Julia Angus & Julia Stone are relatively well known amongst most millennials for their soulful music that combines good lyrics with interesting background music. You can feel their music, somehow. 4. You – Switchfoot It’s been a favourite of mine since sometime in 2008, when I first heard it in the movie, A Walk To Remember. But, Switchfoot is so much more than the sum total of its popularity when it comes to music. And this one really hits you where it hurts. 5. Between The Raindrops – Lifehouse A collaboration between Lifehouse and Natasha Bedingfield, it’s great vocals, good lyrics and a song that gets you to sit up straight and want to pay attention to it. Plus, there is something in the way the two singers vibe together in the song. 6. Fix You/Ishq Bina Mashup – Penn Masala I’ve been listening to this one on loop for the way it’s been sung by the group. I never thought Coldplay’s Fix You could sound this good with a Bollywood song; but, this one is just gold, according to me; especially if you’re a softy when it comes to music. 7. Magnetised – Tom Odell When I first heard Tom Odell’s Another Love, I didn’t want to hear anything else. But, then I started listening more and more to his music. Magnetised is one of his latest songs and it’s a good mix of contemporary music and lyrics. Tom Odell knows how to make his music intriguing. 8. Naked As We Come – Iron & Wine Forget Flightless Bird for a little while and listen to this song instead. I’m not saying you won’t listen to anything else again; I’m just saying that this song will be added to that list. 9. Full Circle – George Fitzgerald For a time when you’re somewhere between wanting to dance; but only in your head. George Fitzgerald’s song breaks the clutter and monotony—both in music and in your head. 10. Your Love Is A Song – Switchfoot And finally, Switchfoot again. The song like a romantic rock ballad and it’s brilliant guitaring, great vocals and a classic Switchfoot song.
  11. Unless you have been vacationing in some secluded island with zero connectivity or sleeping till afternoon after a long night, you will know by now that today is Mother’s Day – a day when we should express our love for her, and help her relax by helping her with some chores. But that is the ideal situation and some of us are far from it. We are sure that most of us would either be watching TV, booking movie tickets or cribbing about Dal-Chawal for lunch instead of Chicken Biryani on a Sunday. © Hats Off Production For those who forgot to even wish their mothers, a simple gift won’t save your a**. So, quickly go and clean your rooms, organize your cupboard or give her your laptop and make her watch the nation’s ideal son, Rosesh Sarabhai’s rap song specially prepared for his momma. Maya Sarabhai’s “aankhon ka tara” has prepared this ultimate ‘Momma anthem’ called ‘Rosesh Ka DJwala Tribute’ is just the thing you need to make your mom’s day. © Hats Off Production Just to give you a fair idea of how creative and epic this song is, check this “O Momma, O Momma! Tumne mujhko janam diya, sabse achha karam kiya”…Or this, “Sab kuch hai Maya, Ye sofa ye Kaya, rishta bhi Maya, raasta bhi Maya, lunch dinner aur breakfast bhi Maya.” I hope you are taking notes guys because these are the words of an enlightened man who has unlocked the highest level to win his mother’s heart. Somewhere between ‘bloop bloop’ and comparing his momma to a raspberry, Rosesh Sarabhai has won our hearts and now that the entire Sarabhai family is making a comeback, we can’t wait to see the madness recreated onscreen again. Check out his rap song here. Source: The Times Of India
  12. Heard Sultans of Swing? Heard Brothers in Arms? Romeo and Juliet? Remember Mark Knopfler? Timothy Walter? If these names and titles sound familiar to you, it’s either because you’re one of those rare 90s’ kids who listened to good ol’ blues and rock and roll while growing up; or you’re one of the few with the knowledge of the popularity of a band called the Dire Straits. Either ways, you know about the group that is legend in their own right. And in case, you still need a bit more introduction to the band, here are 10 songs that is all the intel you need on them. 1. Brothers In Arms 2. Sultans Of Swing 3. Romeo & Juliet 4. Love Over Gold 5. Walk Of Life 6. Money For Nothing 7. Telegraph Road 8. Tunnel Of Love 9. Calling Elvis 10. Two Young Lovers
  13. Love is a many splendored thing. Frank Sinatra said these words and boy, was he right?! And more often than not, we tend to want to listen to men and women like Sinatra talk about love and relationships so that we can somehow understand the dynamics of it a little better. For some reason, we can’t talk about it as well as others can. Thankfully, Ted Talks has our backs when it comes to talking about love and relationships in different situations and circumstances. Here are 10 Ted Talks to listen to whenever you find your mind and heart wandering with notions that you find doubtful. Maybe these speakers can help shed some light on your situation. 1. Why We Love, Why We Cheat Speaker: Helen Fisher 2. A Better Way To Talk About Love Speaker: Mandy Len Catron 3. Are You A Giver Or A Taker? Speaker: Adam Grant 4. Rethinking Infidelity—A Talk For Anyone Who Has Ever Loved Speaker: Esther Perel 5. Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave Speaker: Leslie Morgan Steiner 6. Remember To Say Thank You Speaker: Laura Trice 7. The Brain In Love Speaker: Helen Fisher 8. It’s Time For The Talk Speaker: Julia Sweeney 9. What You Don’t Know About Marriage Speaker: Jenna McCarthy 10. The Sibling Bond Speaker: Jeffrey Kluger
  14. For over 20 years, Akshay Kumar has been an ambassador of fitness. Not by endorsing any big time fitness brands but by being fit himself. Right from his inception in Bollywood to becoming one of the highest paid stars, this man has never looked for shortcuts to look good on the screen. You know what I mean by shortcuts, i.e. steroids or performance enhancing drugs. If you understand fitness, you know how rampant steroid use in Bollywood is. Short term transformations, chiseled in two months and all those unbelievable physiques, all this is very common. Akshay Kumar, for real, has never been a part of this brigade. He’s always been natural. If you have any doubts about that, look at his physique. Does he have a chiseled six pack? Does he have monstrous delts or a humongous chest? Well, no, he doesn’t. Apart from being a martial artist, Akshay is also a preacher and practitioner of calisthenics or body weight workouts. Not even once has Akshay, during his time on the screen, sported an unbelievable physique. © Facebook Yesterday, Akshay took to Facebook and talked about the importance of Ayurveda and other forms of Indian medicines that have immensely helped him stay in top shape. Here, take a look. Akshay spent 14 days at an Ayurveda retreat in South India and used no social media whatsoever. He can be seen emphasizing on the importance of yoga and Ayurveda throughout the video.
  15. There can never be too much Bollywood in your playlist. A young Indian guy has been putting his love for Bollywood music to some fantastic use by his covers and medleys and it’s just the kind of thing your playlist needs right now. Singer Satvik Balram’s latest medley has all your favourite Bollywood songs and it will be the best addition to your playlist, we promise. Playing this on loop at the MensXP headquarters. And in case you haven’t listened to his music yet, here’s another cover by him that took the internet by a storm just a few weeks ago!
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