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  1. This week Aziz Ansari's name was added to list of most high profile hollywood celebrities embroiled in sexual assault allegations. Aziz was accused by a young photographer identified as Grace in a story published by the website Babe. In the interview, Grace accused Ansari of sexual assault and ignoring her verbal and non-verbal clues after they arrived at his apartment. Aziz apologized to Grace the next morning after learning of her trauma the night before, replying, “Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I'm truly sorry.” Most men don't understand the power of desire, especially when it's the result of a chance sexual encounter. Every bit of sanity goes out the window when the guy involved in that sexual encounter is a celebrity and the girl is a charmed fan looking for the virtues of the character he's played on screen. And so, Aziz Ansari's behaviour on the date with Grace falls under that realm. Most social reactions to the story say that Aziz Ansari is no Harvey Weinstein even though both cases reinforce the culture of sexual exploitation, irrespective of whether it amounts to abuse and harassment or not. It is here that we find ourselves at the crossroads of sexual liberties we've often enjoyed and what it means for how we (men), understand consent. We've been taught to pursue the woman we like and keep at it no matter what, to never give up unless she agrees to be courted. It is this culture that instills the sense of entitlement in us and it's the same culture that is responsible for the kind of 'chivalry' some women drool over. There's a need for an overhaul because most of us, like Aziz, do not know how to handle and live in a culture that de-normalizes forced intimacy. Most of us won't acknowledge it publicly but they know exactly what Grace means when she compared the sexual encounter in the apartment to a football play. “But the main thing was that he wouldn't let her move away from him. She compared the path they cut across his apartment to a football play. “It was 30 minutes of me getting up and moving and him following and sticking his fingers down my throat again. It was really repetitive. It felt like a fucking game.” In short, Aziz just couldn't understand why this girl he took to a date wasn't actually going for it even though they had performed oral *** and that's the dilemma that's polarized the discussion around the issue on social media. In an environment that demands more freedom for women to have a say in their sexual desires, we must understand one thing first; that everyone has the right to say yes to one thing and no to another. If a woman agrees to make out, it does not necessarily give us the license for ***. In fact, if at any point during a sexual encounter she isn't comfortable, it has to stop. It cannot be emphasised enough that it's only consensual when it's enthusiastic and not regretful. The problem in Aziz's case is the lack of the basic understanding of the word 'No'. What everyone across the board seems to agree on and demand is the recalibration of our ideas related to consent because if she feels violated, it's a no; if she feels pressured, it's a no; if you think you're getting mixed signals, it's a no; if she politely asks to take it slow, it's a definite no. But this still doesn't resolve the issue because what happens when a girl refuses to go for it 'in the moment'? Can women expect us to be respectful of their wishes? Or should we just try and go for it even though they might not actually want it because that's 'okay'? Is goading your date into *** knowing fully well that it's against her wish, a sign of a bad date or abuse? These are just some of the issues that need to be discussed if we are going to tarnish every Aziz with the Weinstein paint. Aziz exhibited all the traits of a typical entitled man and Grace found herself unable to do anything about it leading up to the eventual goodbye even though she clearly had the freedom to say no. But with so many conventions related to dating and *** being questioned since the #MeToo movement started, it's really difficult to distinguish between sexual assault and sexual coercion. This particular case, however, warrants a deeper understanding of consent by men and a stronger will to say stand up and say no by women. Only if this is taken care of will we see some headway in the modern feminist movement.
  2. Welcome to the age of uninnocence, where relationships are as dispensable as Kleenex tissues. You use and throw them away when they have soaked up your mess. While this simile may sound harsh, it is not necessarily meant to be negative, and may instead signal a progressive attitude towards the freedom of choice. I sometimes find it hard to reconcile these two worlds. The first is the old world's charm of innocent romance that I grew up with. In this scenario, falling in love was a gradual process; you got to know the other person and their imperfections and accepted them anyway. You recognized all that they were rather than all those tiny, annoying things that prevented them from being everything you envisioned in the ideal mate. Two people evolved with each other to find that key balance of how they could fit into each other's lives regardless of the circumstances. © Thinkstock/Getty Images I was lucky to witness the peak of this idea of romance in my early 20s, and safely cocooned by its existence while I figured myself out. I could have held on to this notion while it was still prevalent, and while love still existed in its now primitive and almost extinct format. Instead, I find myself grappling with the new age concept of relationships, fast-moving swipes in a sea of seemingly eligible options, only to discover that eligibility does not always equal availability. Given the shiny and seemingly flawless façade of a life manufactured by Instagram-edited stories, we have gotten so used to everything being picture-perfect. This sets up high (and often unrealistic) standards for the ideal job, the perfect house, and the faultless partner. Consequently, if even one of these aspects is missing, our entire belief system is thrown into disarray, leading us to feel inexplicably disillusioned. Sometimes it feels like patience and compromise are archaic concepts, and it's easy to fall into this trap where everything is awesome, nothing is perfect, and very little will suffice. And while striving for perfection is important, in a world where it's all or nothing, I can't help but wonder, is being good enough ever enough? There are times when I flippantly blame technology or millennials for this trend, but if I'm being completely honest with myself, we're all equally guilty of perpetuating this cycle of dissatisfied contentment. If the goal of evolution as well as medical innovation (through procedures like genetic engineering) is to produce new and improved species, could it be argued that we are biologically programmed to seek this out in a companion as well? The truth is that we tend to take solace in knowing that we haven't yet settled for mediocrity, because something or someone better may still be out there. In that process though, it's easy to fall prey to the new-age ADHD of dating restlessness. © Thinkstock/Getty Images At the crossroads of this paradigm shift in the cultural conceptualization of love, it seems inevitable to break down this dichotomy. With modern dating, we can take agency in the compromise between indecision and choose from a plethora of options, in an almost eugenic approach to mate selection. We may end up with our soul mate, but we may also end up alone (at least we did it our way)! Do we embrace this change and move forward, fully aware of its possible repercussions? Or do we hang on to the shreds of a somewhat antiquated idea of relationships, acknowledging that others around us may not share this view (and that we ourselves may have evolved past it)? So, going back may mean giving up some of the progress we had made towards self-discovery and seeking a mate that matches this self-aware self-image. But it may also lead to 'settling' into a non-fairy tale version of happily ever after. While it's tempting to paint these scenarios as two extremes, I don't think they are in any way, mutually exclusive. The happiest couples I know have found a way to navigate this exhausting process, and discover a happy middle ground. If there's one common theme across their success stories, it's that regardless of the way in which they met, they were open to love and stayed true to themselves in the process. © Thinkstock/Getty Images They found someone who seemed pretty darn great to them, even if they didn't check all the right boxes. Maybe, achieving that balance means defining our absolute limits and non-negotiables through careful self-discovery, but being flexible about everything else? As cliché as this may sound, maybe the key is stop looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right, and instead letting Mr./Mrs. Right-For-Me-Right-Now be a part of our world.
  3. I often hear guys saying they want a 'chill girl'. And I was. I didn't care, I was driven, I did my own thing. I was chill because I was independent, self-aware, and aloof. I didn't need to change myself for someone. And they found that attractive. I was fun, but also serious, and refused to fit a mould. He finally found a girl like him; but he hated my chill-ness…I didn't base all my decisions around him. That was the perfect desirability factor, keeping him hooked without even trying. “You didn't call me? Whatever, I'll call you.” “If you don't answer, I'll move on.” I knew how to move on. I hadn't been f****d over yet. But then, he wanted me to change, as they all do. He put me down, questioned my behavior, got possessive, and I went with it. That tends to happen when you fall in love and surrender power. I started losing my chill-ness. When I realized what was happening I turned it around, regaining lost power, till I screwed up again. (c)Thinkstock/Getty Images And so it went, round and round the merry-go-round, oscillating between love and power- an emotional rollercoaster that completely obliterated the chill. Till we parted ways, broken and beaten down, enveloped in a sea of conflicting emotions and insecurities. He told me I was too complex now, soon after he started dating someone else – new chill girl, 'simple girl'. And somewhere that struck me – “was I too complicated?” “How do I be a chiller, like 'simple girl'?” So easy, no drama! So I tried to emulate that, till I became 'easy girl'. No principles, no boundaries. “Walk all over me? Sure, I'm chill. Abuse me? Sure, I'm easy. You're being rude? That's okay; you're supposed to like me and can't seem rude.” I'm supposed to be nice, be friendly. And in the process of trying to be someone, all the noise started filtering in: “Chill. Be a chill girl. Be cool. Be easy. Not too easy. You're too easy. Be quiet, less friendly. Be assertive. Don't ask. Be grateful. Be happy. Stop complaining. Don't be dramatic. Be stand-offish. But chill.” Soon, confused by all the mixed-messages, it became easy to start over thinking and doubting myself. (c)Thinkstock/Getty Images A shadow of my former self and then the complex games of modern dating kicked in. So I played. That's who this turned me into: a spontaneous chill girl who's game for whatever, except I'm not. So I internalized it all, and appeared unfazed on the outside. Because I had to keep up the façade of the 'chill girl', except I'd secretly crossed over to 'too chill', while secretly hating it. I learnt the rules, and played by them, but kept thinking and over thinking and stressing out. And little bits of this emerged every now and then, making them question the real me. Except it wasn't the real me, it was angst-y, insecure leftovers from a scorned past. It was pent-up passive-aggressiveness from all those times I pretended to be chill when I actually wasn't. I learnt to be adaptable and accepting; can't relate to anyone while relating to everyone. A mirror to every passer-by; will be what you want me to be, colored with faint hints of self-assured-ness and interesting, while being coy and compliant. Enough to keep you intrigued, but not enough to make you stay, full of interesting stories and opinionated remarks, well-travelled and exotic. (c)Thinkstock/Gety Images You'd never be able to keep up; or so we convince each other, so you wouldn't have to stay. I'll listen to you and nod in agreement, but you know I'm not relatable. Too out there, not chill enough, but there are titbits of your interests sprinkled in and secret personality layers that you want to peel, enough to keep you momentarily captivated, but not enough to make you stay.
  4. Britain has a new princess and her name is Meghan Markle. Prince Harry, the younger son of the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles, is set to marry American actor Meghan Markle in May next year. But what is truly remarkable about this royal couple is the possibility of the prince?s union with Markle, a divorcee, when not too long ago his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, did not permit her sister, Princess Margaret, to marry a man for the sole reason that he was previously married. Times truly have changed. And the winds of change have swayed the Queen of England with them. The British monarchy is not just about crowns, jewels, and finery but they?re also well known for strict adherence to protocol and tradition. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry - AFP All things considered, Markle was an unlikely prospect for the House of Windsor. On the other hand, Markle very much promises to be a princess for modern day Britain. Vocal on women's empowerment since a young age, she has fought bravely against racial abuse and is very comfortable being in the limelight without being too accessible. Daughter of a Caucasian father and an African-American mother, Markle perhaps seems more relatable to today?s very ethnically diverse Britain. But does a change in ethnic diversity mean the British monarchy is willing to change its rules and traditions? What has made the Queen openly welcome, even celebrate, Meghan and Harry marriage to be? To get a better understanding, we need to take a look at the past century of British history. Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Elizabeth the Second is the longest reigning monarch in British history. At 91, she ascended the throne when she was 25 years of age after her father died of a prolonged illness. Elizabeth?s ascension was a matter of fate. She was 10 years old when she was brought forth as second in line to the throne. Her father, King George VI, previously known as Prince Albert Fredrick Arthur George, was not meant to be king as he was the second son of King George V and Queen Mary. However, the crown was entrusted to him when his elder brother King Edward abdicated the throne the same year he ascended it after their father, King George V, died. Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII During the time Edward became king, it was against the Church?s law to marry a person who was divorced. Adherence to the law is stricter for a member of the royal family, whose head is the custodian of the Church of England. So when American actor Wallis Simpson entered Edward?s life, he chose love over the crown and decided to marry her in 1936. His decision altered the line of succession in British rule as we know it. The crown was then worn by King George VI and after his death given to his eldest child, his daughter Elizabeth. While being groomed to be Queen someday, a young Elizabeth fell in love with Lieutenant Phillip Mountbatten, whom she married in 1947 when she was 21 years of age. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this year. Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Not too long after Elizabeth was crowned Queen, the issue of marriage to a divorcee came up again. This time it was her younger and only sibling, Princess Margaret, who wanted the Queen?s permission to marry a man who had divorced his wife. It is important to explain that, in those days, a member of the royal family required the Queen?s blessing to get married as the Queen was supreme governor of the Church of England and the church forbade marriage to a divorced person whose spouse was still alive. So, barely a year as monarch, Elizabeth II was faced with a heart-breaking decision. She denied her sister?s request and Princess Margaret sacrificed her love. At the time, Princess Margaret was third in line to the throne. Princess Diana and Prince Charles on their wedding day After this, all seemed to be going smoothly for some time and the world watched in awe as Prince Charles, heir to the throne, married Lady Diana Spencer in what was described as a fairy-tale wedding in 1981. However, Elizabeth once again faced a predicament when Charles and Diana got a divorce in 1996. When Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, the Queen did not attend her funeral. Twenty years on, the United Kingdom has changed and it seems it has changed its monarchs with it. Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II It is no longer the same UK where former King Edward and then Princess Margaret were forced to choose between love and duty. It is no longer the kingdom that stigmatises divorce as it once did. And with this change the royal family, particularly the Queen, has transitioned herself into a monarch who remains relevant in today?s world and continues to serve a purpose in modern Britain. Perhaps it is to appease her grandson who is known to be a royal rebel of sorts. Or perhaps the Queen has realised that certain traditions should no longer restrict the royal family and help them connect better with the people. Whatever her reasons, today, 65 years into her rule, with her son Charles still first in line to the throne, re-married to a divorcee Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Queen reigns over a more flexible, tolerant and multi-racial Britain. Royal Family on the wedding day of Prince William and Catherine Middleton In 2011, Prince William married Catherine Middleton, a commoner, indicating that the royal family was now looking for spouses outside royal lineage. In 2017, Prince Harry can openly announce, even celebrate marrying his mixed race, previously married American actor fiancé. Though Prince Harry is fifth in line for the throne, the Queen?s blessing still carries weight. Britain´s Prince Harry and his fiancee, US actress Meghan Markle gesture during their visit to Nottingham Academy in Nottingham - AFP Unlike his father Prince Charles who got re-married in a civil ceremony to Camilla, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will get married at the St George Chapel at Windsor Castle. It was in 2002 that the General Synod, an advisory body to the Pope, recognised that while marriage is meant for eternity, sadly some do fail and people who are divorced may re-marry in the Church even if their former spouse is still alive. And with the acceptance of Markle, the monarchy has once again managed to keep itself relevant to the new-generation of Britain. ALSO READ: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Will marriage make the actress a princess? By standards of British royal protocol, the former Hollywood star lacks Prince Harry and Meghan make their first royal visit The couple will be going on a six-month tour of Britain before their marriage in May at Windsor Castle
  5. The future of warfare is airborne and we aren't talking about missiles carrying weapons of mass destruction or choppers hovering over dangerous territories with ammunition-- we're talking about something as simple as guns, flying guns (relatively simpler, yes). Source: Duke Robotics No, it's not like guns have grown wings and can fly around like the Snitch, these would be guns mounted on a quadcopter drone that are controlled by its human operator on the ground. Conceptualised and designed by Florida based Duke Robotics, the TIKAD drone is delightfully safe, for the operator at least as the enemy would go "kaboom" in seconds. Check it out: Drones mounted with guns, grenades and other small weapons have been a subject of interest for most militaries around the world and it makes absolute sense for the simple reason that it is a safer form of combat. Earlier, drones were being used for surveillance purposes, so weapons application is just an extension, but a mighty cool one. The TIKAD drone can carry loads of up to three times its weight and can be deployed even above water with a "minimum risk situation" via remote operation. It's a true terrorist combat instrument that fights battles fiercely while also reducing casualties. Much like the TIKAD there is an ingenious Russian quadrotor, nicknamed "Charlene", that is mounted with machine guns that can cause instant carnage in a battlefield. Check out its powerful airborne gunfire capabilities here: Source: YouTube - Dagbladet Drones are changing the face of warfare and we're incredibly impressed. But there is always a bummer lurking around! The Russians have invented an anti-drone gun-- bum, bum bummer! The man that wields this gun will be able to shut down any drone operation from afar, so the TIKAD is going to have to be careful of the REX-1. Even setting up a drone in the presence of this gun can be a task. Source: YouTube - RT So what does the REX-1 do, exactly? No, it doesn't fire at drones, it sucks the life out of them by intercepting and jamming the remote connection with its operator. Drones use radio or GPS/GSM signals to stay connected to their operator, and the REX-1 uses electro-magnetic fields and radio-magnetic signals to seize the connection immediately and render the drones useless. Take a look at the REX-1 in action here: We thought speed guns were dangerous because they would slap you with a speeding ticket that you couldn't get out of without telling the cops "kiska baap kaun hai" but it looks like the father of all guns is here and it's going to change the way things have been on the front lines. Combat just keeps getting more and more interesting.
  6. Prince Ali Raza, who had claimed to be the last surviving Oudh prince, recently passed away. Living alone in the ruins of a 14-century Tughlaq era hunting lodge in the heart of Delhi, he led a reclusive life and died a lonely death. When his body was found in the now-worn-down ruin that came to be called as Malcha Mahal, a table had been set for his mother, Princess Wilayat Mahal, who had committed suicide by swallowing her diamonds in 1993. Prince Ali Raza told BBC journalist Justin Rowlatt how he always set the table for his mother and filled a glass with fresh water every day, long after her death. Prince Ali Raza photographed at Malcha Mahal, where he lived for over 30 years. © BBC The dining table at Malcha Mahal © BCCL The days of the nawabs had long been over, but the pride and sentiment takes a lot longer to fade away. When an older order crumbles, it's more than just power and wealth that go down. The British occupation of India saw empires turn to dust, old systems challenged, ancestral wealth drained and older hierarchies replaced with new ones. In post-Independence India, aristocracy found itself struggling to adjust to the new order. A person's worth in the social order was more important than his birth and lineage was not the only way to climb the social ladder. Aristocracy was dying and, for royals, it was more tumultuous than Independence itself. There were some who were able to adjust and build a new life for themselves in the new world. The Rajputs displayed their impressive vintage car collections, put family heirlooms in museums, turned their massive palaces into hotels and invited the world to live the royal life by proxy for a while. Image for representational purpose only © Thinkstock © Flickr/lensnmatter But some were not so lucky. Ali Raza's mother Wilayat Mahal had arrived in Delhi in the 1970s along with him and his sister Princess Sakina. She had claimed to be a direct descendant of the famous Awadh king, Wajid Ali Shah, and asked for a compensation from the then-government for the lost wealth and property confiscated by the British power. The veracity of the claim was challenged by the descendants of Wajid Ali Shah and Wilayat Mahal was branded an impersonator. Wajid Ali Shah was the last ruler of Awadh, and a famous patron of the arts. Poet, playwright and dancer himself, he was an artist more than a ruler. Awadh resounded with the sound of music and ghazals in his reign, but the same merriment in the pleasures of art led to his downfall. He was exiled by the British in 1854 over accusations of a 'debauched' and 'lawless' lifestyle and regime. Prince Ali Raza and his sister Princess Sakina © BCCL The weight of dying aristocracy is often too heavy to bear. With an ancestral pride and a distrust of a world in which hierarchies are blurred, the reality of the aristocrat becomes more and more befuddled. Princess Mahal's insistence on being awarded a palatial house was part of this befuddled identity. It was an attempt to preserve the leftover pride of an aristocracy that had long withered. It was this pride, mixed with a sense of entitlement, that she was to pass on to her children, particularly Prince Ali Raza, who preferred to spend his days alone within the dark walls of a crumbling monument that he called home, rather than let the world in. Mixing with commoners was not an option. The Indira Gandhi government had offered them a house in Lucknow, which Princess Mahal had refused—Delhi was the city she wanted to live in. The offer of a DDA flat was also turned down. The last descendants of the Awadh lineage would not stay in a house meant for commoners. After a 9-year protest by the Begum, the government relented and offered them Malcha Mahal, the 600-year-old hunting lodge from the Tughlaq era. Malcha Mahal as seen from outside © BCCL Hidden amidst a dense forest in Lutyens' Delhi, Malcha Mahal was in ruins, inhabited by animals of the wild kind and without any doors or windows. Wilayat Mahal accepted it and the place came to be called 'Wilayat Mahal'. A board was hung outside that said “Ruler of Oudh” and also warned people of terrible consequences if they trespassed the property. It is believed that the family had come with 15 ferocious bloodhounds who guarded them against the prying eyes of the world. One of the rooms at Malcha Mahal © BCCL Life in the dilapidated remains they called Mahal was not easy. There were no electricity and water connections. The ISRO space station provided them with a water connection later, just about enough for survival. A royal family living in the ruins of a monument, fiercely guarded by their canines, is one of the most intriguing yet well-kept secrets of Delhi. After his mother committed suicide by swallowing the dust of her crushed diamonds, Ali Raza and his sister Sakina were left to fend for themselves, armed only with an inherited pride and an incapability of dealing with the new world. © BCCL Ali Raza was sometimes seen cycling to the market to buy groceries and meat for his dogs. He had to sell his family jewels to keep food on the table. In a house with no doors, bare minimum furniture and no electricity, the dining table, with old cutlery elaborately laid out at meal times, was the last attempt to relive the splendor of a life that was no longer there. When he died, all that was found were letters from journalists who had written to him for interviews, most of which were ignored. Image for representational purpose only © Filckr_lensnmatter Prince Ali Raza was not alone in his misery. The loneliness of living as fading royalty in a modern world can get unbearable. Wealth and property are easy to take away, not pride and habit. Raja Briraj Kshatriya Birbar Chamupati Singh Mahapatra, known as the playboy king of India, was the proud owner of an impressive collection of vintage cars, bikes and horses, and lived in a place with 30 servants in his heyday. In his last days, he lived in a mud hut and was dependent on villagers, who were once his subjects, for food. He died penniless and alone. Call it the curse of royalty, but being born a king at the wrong time was worse than being a king at the right time. Image for representational purpose only © Filckr_lensnmatter Ms Singh Baghel, who hails from a royal family, says: “With the new government we were also made irrelevant, and the old Thakur pride had so many notions. Of not working for personal gain; of not being able to discuss money; and so first went the chandeliers, then the silverware, jewels, fine clothes till eventually we sold even our heritage and surname to interviewers and journalists.” The royal world, as we know it, has its charms and intrigues working for it. The common outsider is fascinated by the tales of valour, pride, luxury and integrity – most of which is true. What the world fails to see is the immense pain this burden of carrying a fading legacy brings with it. Being a royal today comes with the moral obligation towards your past but often without the financial benediction and social acknowledgement. India lost most of its wealth to colonialism and it's still struggling to be the golden bird it was once known as. When your family history boasts of a similar fate, how do you get past it? Sources: Raj Shekhar, TNN, “Lonely in life, this Avadh 'prince' died a pauper” Justin Rowlatt, BBC, “The lonely death of Delhi's jungle prince” Abhimanyu Singh, The Sunday Guardian, 'The prince takes his bicycle to buy meat for his dogs' Andrew Marszal, The Telegraph, “India's 'last prince' dies in obscure poverty in a mud hut”
  7. Turkish extreme sports athlete Cengiz Kocak gestures after performing a base jump off Galata Tower in Istanbul. Photo: AFP ISTANBUL: Turkey's best known base jumper on Thursday successfully leapt from the iconic Galata Tower in Istanbul, following in the footsteps of a legendary Ottoman aviator almost four centuries ago. Cengiz Kocak, 44, landed safely and his parachute rapidly activated after he jumped from the 36-metre (118 foot) high balcony of the tower. The adventurer, who has completed base jumps throughout Turkey and abroad, is the first person in modern times to jump from the tower. "I don´t get so excited normally but this time I was very excited, I couldn´t sleep at night," Kocak said after landing in the square beneath the tower. "It has been a location that I have had in my mind since my childhood," he said. A symbol of Istanbul and a major tourist hotspot, Galata Tower was built by the Genoese in 1348 and offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city overlooking the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. When it was built, it was the tallest building in Istanbul. During the Ottoman era, the stone-made tower was used to spot fires in the city. The inspiration for his jump was the reputed feat of Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, a legendary Ottoman aviator who in the 17th century is said to have flown from the Galata Tower using wings made of eagles´ feathers. According to the legend reported in the writings of traveller Evliya Celebi, Hezarfen even flew from Galata over the Bosphorus to the slopes of Uskudar on the Asian side. Quite what Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi achieved remains unclear. But Kocak said in future he would also try to fly from the very top of the Galata Tower across the Bosphorus to Uskudar with special equipment. "I hope this jump gives inspiration to people and extreme sports develops in Turkey," he added. The event, backed by culture ministry and Istanbul municipality, was aimed at promoting extreme sports and tourism in Turkey. Kocak began parachute jumping in the Turkish armed forces and has in recent years become the best known exponent in Turkey of base jumping, where participants jump from fixed objects, rather than a plane, using a parachute or wingsuit.
  8. Relationships are like curries, they are either so good that you end up feeling happier and healthier or so bad that you end up getting diarrhea. For modern men though, the definition of a relationship is not just limited to their love interest but branches out to their passions and life goals as well. Take, for example Vikas Khanna, one of the most successful Indian chefs on the planet. His connection with food and cooking is so pure that some might even say it's spiritual on a higher level. It's what makes him happy and content, and that is why he's the proud owner of a Michelin star restaurant. It'll suffice to say that relationships for modern men have acquired a whole new meaning and that's a good thing, because it challenges the notion of men searching for emotional support through 'real' relationships, not only because it's tedious to handle the expectations and the drama that comes with it, but also because men can be happy and content without it too. © Thinkstock/Getty Images In a thesis shown at the American Psychological Association's 124th annual conference, Bella dePaulo presented the data cumulated through 814 studies on single people. The results showed that single people were able to give more time to family and friends, were self-sufficient and involved in their hobbies more constructively than their married counterparts. Men, in particular were insulated from experiencing negative emotions and better equipped to handle personal crisis. Relationships, over and above the realms of love, were more meaningful to men. These studies definitely reflect what we observe in the changing world around us. Instead of draining their selves in unhealthy love relationships, men today love to pour their energy into bonding with their close circle of family and friends, their passion for fitness or sports and things that actually make them happy. The underlying belief that a partner will make us complete or fill that void deep inside our hearts, propagated for eons, is finally being challenged. It's good to be alone, if that makes you feel happy. There is no sense of impending doom anymore in case one doesn't find the one they are looking for, because supporting your favorite sports team is definitely a better alternative than watching daily soaps with an uncaring significant other. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Men today have unconventional relationships with their surroundings and possessions. Be it the bikes or the cars we drive or the sport that we play; some of these bonds are steadfast and eternal, no matter the status of our 'real' relationships. Take, for example, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In a country where celebrities are every day linked with a new bae, Dhoni was in the news for reaching to practice on his Harley Davidson Fatboy and roaming the streets of Ranchi in his Hummer H2. The details of his relationship with his old Rajdoot (that he restored recently) are more readily available than his relationship with his spouse and that's something modern men today need to learn from. This current trend of the new age manhood also stems from the fact that relationships today have become too plastic. Be it Facebook or Instagram, the constant need for peer validation and labelling relationships have put too much pressure on the new age millennials. As if it wasn't already enough to just be happy, you now have to 'look' happy too. There's a definite connection missing between what we desire and what we pursue in our real and social lives and that somehow blurs the real identity of who we are as individuals. © Thinkstock/Getty Images The quality of the relationships matters a lot too. For men today, being intimate with a fitness regime is easier than being intimate with a girl on tinder and that's fine. If working harder on your body rather than your SO's emotional quotient brings joy to your life then you know which relationship has a better future. There's no book that will tell you to abandon what you love because it might somehow leave your love life in tatters. The new age men are better equipped today to lead a perfectly balanced life that gives equal importance to relationships other than the one with their significant other. So, if you think that you belong to that tribe of new age men then start on that book you've wanted to write, travel, spend time with family and friends, cultivate your craft and don't think twice about splurging on your needs. Do what makes you happy and cultivate relationships that hold value to your true self because manhood is not just about finding a partner, it's about being happy even if you don't have one.
  9. It's a stated fact that human beings are social animals and usually practice 'groupism' to share and liberate certain ideas, beliefs, ways of living, trends and companionship. 'Groupism' started when man was still learning how to gather and hunt food. Men and women alike would do most things in groups and that became a societal norm, which apart from providing a fresh perspective for the members of the group, also provided validation for each other. 'Groupism' has transcended and evolved from nuclear thoughts and activities to something more formidable and blended. Due to a rather feisty onset of technology and social media, interactions have become a bit too vivid and opinionated and that can sometimes be borderline cynical in nature. Judgments and negativity loom through these interactions and validation for the same is sought through various social media platforms. The best example of where people share their views and beliefs nowadays is Whatsapp. Whatsapp as an interactive app has become too malleable for heavy doses of information that can offend various participants and scrutinise an individual's thought process to no end. Recently 'groups' on Whatsapp are trending a great deal and everyone has an opinion to share on each group. Literally everyone! It's the modern day equivalent of 'groupism' we've been seeing for centuries now. Family Whatsapp groups are an inevitable escape and sometimes they become a bit too obstinate. The problem though with such formal groups is that if you're a part of them, it's difficult to check out or leave. The unfamiliar doses of contradictions that you gather from such groups often question your own beliefs and theories, the ones that you endured through years and years of self discovery and wisdom. If you ever do brave the art of 'leaving', you will first be schooled by your parents on how obnoxious that act is and then forcefully be added back, with a barrage of taunts from your extended family. Annoying AF! But then we came across Namaah @The_HappyNoodle, who decided enough was enough and courtesy could go take a hike, when she decided to leave her family group. Before exiting the group though, Namaah wrote an exit message, explaining why it's wise to let someone leave a particular community because sometimes it's detrimental to their being. She also went on to explain how it's not an act of being 'asocial' but simply a matter of choice. She took to Twitter to share her exit message and we sure as hell are proud of her for taking such a staunch stand! In today's personal victory, I quit my extended-family WhatsApp group. I cannot fully express the relief I feel. — Namaah (@The_HappyNoodle) 11 October 2017 What's the best part? A lot of other Twitter users encouraged her act and replied with many more positive tweets for her stand. We're hoping this gives the millennial a big bright cue to not be a part of forced 'groupism' and make choices that aren't termed as 'awkward' or 'obnoxious'. — Gadgetwala (@ankitv) 11 October 2017 — Namaah (@The_HappyNoodle) 11 October 2017 ð — Amulya (@amulyashruthi) 11 October 2017 Thank you for the courage. Permission to use this as a template for my own exit (if I ever manage it?) — Aakriti Anand (@itirkaa1105) 11 October 2017 Nice! I wanted to exit from such grps too. But I took another path. I just rebutted each insensitive post, now, none share such things. :) — Priyabrata Tripathy (@PriyabrataT) 12 October 2017 I did this too, a few months ago. Best decision ever. No more waking up to pathetic wife jokes or community jokes. Good for ya! — Purva Sawant (@purvasawant) 11 October 2017
  10. There has been an avalanche of stuff we have been reading about the ‘GOT' hangover. The finale is over, Dany and Jon have rocked the boat, Tyrion is turning into shades of grey, Cersei and Jaime have parted ways for now, Viserion spits icy fire , Bran I still staring at walls, and Lord Baelish has been casually punched in the throat by Arya's knife. The finale was a roller coaster and was a good watch, which is why all of us are showing withdrawal symptoms. © HBO Anyways, as you might know, that a BTS series has been launched by HBO. It's a 7 part series which will show you exactly how the episodes were shot. Yeah sure, that sounds exciting, but about our dose of high end drama? The forbidden ***, with a murder involved, and a war waiting to start in the background. We all were accustomed to that setting. The answer to that hangover lies in the mysterious, cool new trailer that's been going viral and is titled ‘Westeros'. It's a fan made trailer and shows ‘Game Of Thrones' in a modern day setting. It gives a glimpse of Westeros would look like, if it was here in 2017. Sky scrapers have replaced castles, sniper and missiles have replaced weapons, and modern day cars have replaced horses. The trailer even shows a street named Targaryen Square. © YouTube Fans are begging for producers to actually convert this video into a full fledged series because it looks so dank and cool. I want this to be real so badly!! WESTEROS: Modern day GOT #FanMade — Lindsay Stanford (@lindsaystanford) August 30, 2017 I am 100% on board with this. Make it happen @HBO #GameOfThrones #WesterosTheSeries — ΞlI (@eli_mays) August 31, 2017 If this turns into a real series, it is safe to assume that fans will have a double visual treat.
  11. Short Biography of Nasir Kazmi a Poet of Modern Urdu Ghazal ناصر کاظمی 8 دسمبر، 1925 ہندوستانی پنجاب کے شہر امبالہ میں ایک ہندوستانی رائل آرمی کے ایک صوبیدار میجر محمد سلطان کے گھر پیدا ہوئے والد کی نوکر ی کی وجہ سے ناصر کو کئی شہروں میں رہنے کا موقع ملتا رہا۔ مگر ناصر کاظمی نے اپنا میٹرک کا امتحان مسلم ہائی اسکول انبالہ سے پاس کیا۔ پھر کالج کی تعلیم کے لیے وہ لاہور کے اسلامیہ کالج آگئے جہاں پر وہ ہاسٹل میں رہائش پزیر رہے۔باوجود اس کے ناصر کاظمی رفیق خاور کے چہیتے شاگرد رہے ناصر کا دل جانے کیو ں پڑھائی سے اچاٹ ہوگیا ۔۔ اور نا صر نے اپنا بی اے بھی ادھورا چھوڑ دیا اور تعلیم کو خیر آباد کہہ دیا۔ پاکستان بننے کے بعد ناصر کاظمی لاہور منتقل ہوگئے مگر جلد ہی ان کے سر سے والدین کا سایہ شفقت اٹھ گیا۔ جس وجہ سے وہ بہت اداس اور ملول رہنے لگے۔ ناصر کافی عرصہ تک لاہور سے شائع ہونے والے مجلات سے بھی منسلک رہے۔ پھر یہ سب چھوڑ کی ریڈیو پاکستان سے ایسے منسلک ہوئے کے پھر ریڈیو پاکستان اور شاعری کے ہوکر رہے گئے۔ ناصر نے اپنی شعر گوئی کا آغاز تو پاکستان بننے سے پہلے ہی کر دیا تھا۔ناصر کی شعر گوئی کا آغاز ۱۹۴۰ء سے ہوا۔حفیظ ہوشیارپوری سے تلمذ حاصل تھا۔ پاکستان بننے کے بعد ناصر نے جدید غزل کو ایک نیا اسلوب دیا ۔ بہت سے لوگ ان کو نئے دور کی غزل کا موجد بھی کہتے ہیں گو کہ ان کی کچھ نظمیں بالا کی چاشنی اور ادب کا مزاج لے کر مشہور ہویں "برگِ نَے" ”دیوان“ اور ”پہلی بارش“ ناصر کاظمی کی غزلوں کے مجموعے اور ”نشاطِ خواب“ نظموں کا مجموعہ ہے۔ سٔر کی چھایا ان کا منظوم ڈراما ہے۔ برگِ نَے ان کا پہلا مجموعہ کلام تھا جو 1952ء میں شائع ہوا۔ ناصر کاظمی 2 مارچ، 1972ءکو لاہور میں اپنے خالق حقیقی سے جاملے۔۔ گئے دنوں کا سراغ لے کر کدھر سے آیا کدھر گیا وہ عجیب مانوس اجنبی تھا مجھے تو حیران کر گیا وہ بس ایک موتی سی چھب دکھا کر بس ایک میٹھی سی دھن سنا کر ستارۂ شام بن کے آیا برنگ خواب سحر گیا وہ خوشی کی رت ہو کہ غم کا موسم نظر اسے ڈھونڈتی ہے ہر دم وہ بوئے گل تھا کہ نغمۂ جاں مرے تو دل میں اتر گیا وہ نہ اب وہ یادوں کا چڑھتا دریا نہ فرصتوں کی اداس برکھا یوں ہی ذرا سی کسک ہے دل میں جو زخم گہرا تھا بھر گیا وہ کچھ اب سنبھلنے لگی ہے جاں بھی بدل چلا دور آسماں بھی جو رات بھاری تھی ٹل گئی ہے جو دن کڑا تھا گزر گیا وہ بس ایک منزل ہے بوالہوس کی ہزار رستے ہیں اہل دل کے یہی تو ہے فرق مجھ میں اس میں گزر گیا میں ٹھہر گیا وہ شکستہ پا راہ میں کھڑا ہوں گئے دنوں کو بلا رہا ہوں جو قافلہ میرا ہم سفر تھا مثال گرد سفر گیا وہ مرا تو خوں ہو گیا ہے پانی ستم گروں کی پلک نہ بھیگی جو نالہ اٹھا تھا رات دل سے نہ جانے کیوں بے اثر گیا وہ وہ مے کدے کو جگانے والا وہ رات کی نیند اڑانے والا یہ آج کیا اس کے جی میں آئی کہ شام ہوتے ہی گھر گیا وہ وہ ہجر کی رات کا ستارہ وہ ہم نفس ہم سخن ہمارا صدا رہے اس کا نام پیارا سنا ہے کل رات مر گیا وہ وہ جس کے شانے پہ ہاتھ رکھ کر سفر کیا تو نے منزلوں کا تری گلی سے نہ جانے کیوں آج سر جھکائے گزر گیا وہ وہ رات کا بے نوا مسافر وہ تیرا شاعر وہ تیرا ناصرؔ تری گلی تک تو ہم نے دیکھا تھا پھر نہ جانے کدھر گیا وہ nasir kazmi poetry nasir kazmi poetry images nasir kazmi poetry urdu Faiz Ahmad Faiz Poet of Hope Love and Revelation Saghar Siddiqui A Poet of Sadness & Love Urdu Sad Poetry Dukh by Faraz
  12. French businessmen Francois Pinault (4thL), his son Francois-Henri Pinault (L), Japanese architect Tadao Ando (2ndL), Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo (3rdL) and French architects Lucie Niney (R) and Thibault Marca pose by the project´s model during the presentation of the project of the future museum of the Pinault Foundation - AFP PARIS: One of the world´s biggest art collectors unveiled Monday his plans for a spectacular new museum in Paris, cementing the city´s claim to be a modern art capital. French billionaire Francois Pinault will show his $1.4 billion (1.25 billion euro) collection of modern masters in the domed Bourse de Commerce, within a stone's throw of the Louvre, long the world´s most visited museum. The new gallery, which he said would open in early 2019, is also within sight of the Pompidou Centre, which houses Europe´s largest modern art collection. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called the museum "an immense gift" to the French capital and told reporters that it would help put the city back at the top of the modern art tree. Pinault, 80, holds an enormous trove of abstract and contemporary masterpieces in a 3,500-piece collection that goes from Mark Rothko to Damien Hirst. He owns the auction house Christie's and built a fashion empire that contains labels like Gucci, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, and already has his own private museum in Venice. But he has been trying for decades to find a home for his collection in Paris. That desire sharpened when his great business rival Bernard Arnault, who controls the LVMH luxury goods conglomerate, opened the Frank Gehry-designed Louis Vuitton Foundation for his art collection in 2014. Pinault has commissioned another Pritzker-winning architect, the Japanese master Tadao Ando, to convert the magnificent 19th-century Bourse de Commerce, which sits on the edge of Paris´s former central market district. French businessman Francois Pinault (C) tours the former stock exchange building within the presentation of the project for the future museum of the Pinault Foundation, on June 26, 2017 in Paris - AFP 'Epicentre' of world culture Ando compared the circular building to the ancient Pantheon in Rome. He said the concrete cylinder he plans for the inside of the building would be "the cultural epicentre of Paris which in turn is the epicentre of culture in the world." He said he would create three floors of galleries under the building´s dome, whose spectacular frescos representing trade with the five continents are also being restored. The former corn exchange is a part of a one-billion-euro urban renewal project to give what Hidalgo calls a "new beating heart" to the city´s Les Halles district. Paris's beautiful central market was bulldozed in the 1970s to make way for an airless underground shopping complex and transport hub which many Parisians loathe. But a vast new steel-and-glass canopy unveiled last year to put a lid on the problem has also been derided, with one critic branding it a "custard-coloured flop". Asked earlier if he was going to his expand his collection to fill the new space, Pinault said, "When you see a new work you have to know when to jump on it. The big public institutions cannot do that. "We are a museum in movement and (will be) very complementary to the existing institutions," he added. In 2001, Pinault handed the reins of his empire to his son Francois-Henri, who is married to the Mexican Hollywood star Salma Hayek. Since then the man once described as "the most powerful in the art world" has mostly dedicated himself to his art collection, installing it in the Palazzo Grassi in Venice and two other historic buildings there. The Venice venues will work in tandem with the new Paris gallery, sources close to the collector told AFP.
  13. The mark of a great thinker/writer is when his words hold relevance long after he is gone. Novelist George Orwell is one rare such voice that has resounded through every political era since the nineteenth century. His two most famous works – the allegorical satire of the Soviet Union, ‘Animal Farm', and Nineteen Eighty-Four – have gone down in history as masterpieces in political commentary. Sharp, sarcastic and on point – Orwell, whose real name was Eric Arthur Blair, is as relevant today as he was in his time. These 14 quotes by him are as true today as they were in the nineteenth century.
  14. Ranveer Singh is an expert in fashion roleplay. He is also one of the biggest style risk-takers in Bollywood, and we can't honestly thank him enough for that. And, especially when A-list actors are hanging on to their basic T-shirt and jeans—‘Baba’ (as he is known fondly) is out there, prowling the terminals of Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport, in head-to-toe runway looks. © Viral Bhayani This straight-off-the-runway, three-piece Khanijo outfit—styled by celebrity stylist, Nitasha Gaurav—has the perfect costume-meets-utility-meets-colour balance to fit right into the ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise. Obviously, a modern day version—set somewhere in India—where the legendary Harrison Ford meets up with the equally legendary Ranveer Singh—in some remote corner of the country, in search of the ‘Marshall’ speaker (LOL!). © Viral Bhayani Staying true to his monotone colour scheme, Ranveer topped his crazy look off with white trainers, vintage aviators, and a fedora. © Viral Bhayani Don't get us wrong, but we are filing this away in a...umm...daring looks to try—only at the safety of our home—folder. Because Ranveer Singh is possibly the ONLY human being—apart from a runway model—who can pull this off. Having said that, we don't mind rocking the complicated pieces as separates—like the safari style shirt paired with selvage denim and white sneakers could result in a brilliant brunch outfit! You never know. © Viral Bhayani