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  1. Forpheus, a fourth-generation table-tennis robot developed by automation parts maker Omron, returns a shot to a human player during a press preview at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) Japan in Chiba, suburban Tokyo on October 2, 2017. The robot called does more than play a mean game of table tennis. It can read body language to gauge its opponent?s ability, and offer advice and encouragement. Photo: AFP3 LAS VEGAS: The robot called Forpheus does more than play a mean game of table tennis. It can read body language to gauge its opponent´s ability and offer advice and encouragement. "It will try to understand your mood and your playing ability and predict a bit about your next shot," said Keith Kersten of Japan-based Omron Automation, which developed Forpheus to showcase its technology. "We don´t sell ping pong robots but we are using Forpheus to show how the technology works with people," said Kersten. Forpheus is among several devices shown at this week´s Consumer Electronics Show which highlight how robots can become more human-like by acquiring "emotional intelligence" and empathy. Although this specialisation is still emerging, the notion of robotic empathy appeared to be a strong theme at the huge gathering of technology professionals in Las Vegas. Honda, the Japanese auto giant, launched a new robotics program called Empower, Experience, Empathy including its new 3E-A18 robot which "shows compassion to humans with a variety of facial expressions," according to a statement. Although empathy and emotional intelligence do not necessarily require a humanoid form, some robot makers have been working on form as well as function. "We've been working very hard to have an emotional robot," said Jean-Michel Mourier of French-based Blue Frog Robotics, which makes the companion and social robot called Buddy, set to be released later this year. "He has a complex brain," Mourier said at a CES event. "It will ask for a caress or it will get mad if you poke him in the eye." Other robots such as Qihan Technology´s Sanbot and SoftBank Robotics´ Pepper, are being "humanized" by teaching them to read and react to people´s emotional states. Pepper is "capable of interpreting a smile, a frown, your tone of voice, as well as the lexical field you use and non-verbal language such as the angle of your head," according to SoftBank. Robot in human shoes Developing emotional intelligence in robots is a difficult task, melding the use of computer "vision" to interpret objects and people and creating software that can respond accordingly. "Empathy is the goal: the robot is putting itself in the shoes of the human, and that´s about as hard as it gets," said Patrick Moorhead, a technology analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy. "It´s not just about technology, it´s about psychology and trust." Moorhead said this technology is still in the early stages but holds promise in some areas, noting that there is strong interest in Japan amid a lack of caretakers for the elderly population. "In some ways it can be a bit creepy if you´re crying and the robot is trying to console you," he said. "If you have no friends, the next best thing is a friend robot, and introverts might feel more comfortable talking to a robot." 'Emotion chip' One CES exhibitor offered a promise of going further than the current devices by developing an "emotion chip" which can allow robots to process emotions in a manner similar to humans. "There has been a lot of research on detecting human emotions. We do the opposite. We synthesize emotions for the machine," said Patrick Levy-Rosenthal, founder of New York-based Emoshape, which is producing its chip for partners in gaming, virtual and augmented reality and other sectors. It could be used to power a humanoid robot, or other devices. For example, an e-reader could better understand a text to infuse more emotion in storytelling. As for Forpheus, Kersten said the robot´s ability to help people improve their table tennis skills could have numerous applications for sports, businesses and more. "You could sense how people are feeling if they are attentive or in a good state to drive," he said. Another key application could be in health care, he said: "In an elderly patient facility, you can determine if someone is in distress and needs help."
  2. If you are looking forward to making some important decisions in life, then isn't it a better idea to learn the basics from people who have been there and done that? It could be something as serious as starting a new business, taking on your dream job, tackling tough financial times or even making better investments. We've compiled a list of 7 books that look at the lives of the world's most influential business tycoons and we hope you take a few lessons from these wise men. You will learn about the mind of Elon Musk and how he started building apps at the age of 12, about Satya Nadella's leadership style and Steve Jobs thirst for innovation. Jack Ma's rags to riches story and Warren Buffett's smart investment strategy should change your perception of the impossible. So, here is a list of such life-changing stories which everyone should read at least once. 1. My Life and Work: Autobiography of Henry Ford © Bol This is the inspiring autobiography of Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, originally published in 1922. If you are keen to find out how Henry Ford started out, how he got into the business, the strategies he used to become a successful and immensely wealthy businessman, and how he built a company that is functional to this day, then this is the book you should read. It is a book on the life of a founder who built one of America's most successful car manufacturing companies. 2. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance © Gandhi With all that we've talked about Elon Musk, you should all know who the billionaire is by now. If you still want a deeper look into the life of Elon Musk and how he started, this is just the right book for you. You can trace his wildest dreams of space exploration to building the fastest ever electric cars and look at how he got to where he is now. While reading his life's story you will see him as the real-life Tony Stark and side by side, and as the spirit of American invention and its new “makers.” 3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson © Amazon If you want a sneak peek into the life of Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Inc, you shall not skip watching the movie Jobs(2013) and Steve Jobs(2015). While reading this book, you wil experience his initial days at college and his genius at visualizing the future of computers. His rivalry with Bill Gates and how he was eliminated from the company he built himself and how he returned to the top. If you are looking for some inspiration and leadership tips then is a great book! 4. Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella © Karthik Chidambaram Satya Nadella is the current Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, succeeding Steve Ballmer in 2014. It is one of the latest autobiographies in the list, so if you are looking for a more current leadership style lesson from the industry then this will be your perfect read. Leadership, transformation, and positive company culture, this book covers it all. 5. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight © YouTube/Daniel Karan In his biography, Phil Knight, the founder of Nike shares the inside story of Nike's early days. If you are a budding entrepreneur who is looking for some basic business lessons to go through the early days of running a startup, then this book is for you. 6. Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built © AudiobookStore This is the story of a man who was rejected several times by many universities and failed as many times as possible but still managed to build one of the biggest internet companies in China. The company's $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the world's largest, valuing the company more than Facebook or Coca-Cola. If you want to change your perception of the impossible then this is a must read. 7. Buffett: The Biography by Roger Lowenstein © Amazon UK Warren Buffett started from scratch, simply by picking stocks and companies for investment, and very smartly amassed an astonishing fortune. Want to know how much? According to latest reports, he is the world's 3rd richest man with a total net worth of $85.5bn. Read 'Buffett' to understand the minuscule details of investments and a story of a billionaire with a modest lifestyle.
  3. Elon Musk's space exploration technology company is now hiring. Yes, you read that right. SpaceX is looking for candidates who have an appetite for exploration. The SpaceX vice president of human resources, Brian Bjelde recently put up job listings on the career site, Glassdoor clearly stating, "We're out there looking for people that want to help us achieve that goal of making humans multi-planetary". © SpaceX This is what SpaceX aims to achieve as a team spearheaded by the visionary Elon Musk himself. It is high time that humanity went beyond Earth. Should have a moon base by now and sent astronauts to Mars. The future needs to inspire. https://t.co/6HjDQnRSA5 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 13, 2017 If you are not aware then let us tell you that SpaceX has been rated as one of the top places to work in on Glassdoor for two consecutive years now. Beside an appetite for exploration, what are they looking for in a candidate? © Executive Grapevine Bjelde said he looks for three things in candidates: passion, drive, and talent. He further added his team really wants to learn what makes you tick, what motivates you to do your best work and how you like to be challenged. "Resumes gauge the ability to write a bulleted list of achievements, and that's not always indicative of success — the resume is not going to be sitting in the seat doing the work on Monday," Bjelde said. If you are planning to send yours in he has a recommendation for you. He is suggesting you make your resume more personable is to discuss a failure you've experienced in your career so far and discuss how you overcame it. If you are wondering what kind of person would be sitting on the other side of the table; here is what Bjelde has to say. © Interesting Engineering He says recruiters involved in this activity should always be focused on hiring people better than themselves. He further added,"If you're given the opportunity to grow your team and you seek out someone better than yourself, then you're going to make the company better”. What kind of tests could you face at the time of your interview process? © 24space On Bjelde said, "If you're hiring someone to be a world-class welder here, then we actually bring them in as part of the interview and give them a welding assignment to understand their talent with this task. We do the same thing with our engineering groups, and with any role in which the work activity can be distilled into a practical examination." If this doesn't inspire you to join SpaceX then nothing can "We're not all here to serve Elon Musk and his needs — rather, he's there to serve ours," Bjelde said. "It's rare, and it's a breath of fresh air to have a leader who sincerely cares. It's not about the bottom line or making a dollar to him — it's about the mission," said Bjelde.
  4. CLA, short for Conjugated Linoleic Acid, is another trendy 'fat burning' supplement that sells like hot cakes nowadays. I have even seen bodybuilders and health coaches recommending this supplement to people for a quick fix. Today, I am going to tell you what exactly CLA does and why it is not a fat loss supplement. Marketed As A Revolutionary Fat Loss Formula! © Thinkstock CLA is the most common omega 6 fatty acid that's found in large amounts in vegetable oils. CLA is a type of polyunsaturated fatty acid with double trans-bonds. In other words, CLA is technically a trans-fat but a natural one. Studies that show that trans-fat are unhealthy for you are actually based on industrial trans-fat and not the trans-fat that's naturally found in animal foods. For bodybuilding and fat loss, it is available in a capsule form and is marketed as 'a revolutionary fat burning formula'. Does CLA help in weight loss/fat loss? © Thinkstock Though biologically CLA was discovered way back in 1980's its usage to reduce body fat levels came much later on. Earlier, it was used in research that supported its use to fight cancer in mice. Now there have been various studies and research on CLA and weight loss since then. Yes, it does aid in fat loss, it has been shown in a few studies. But before you jump to a conclusion, three different studies conducted by various organizations and published in US National Library of Medicine have shown absolutely no benefit in taking CLA for fat loss. A recent review of studies published by the same organization in 2012 stated that you can experience fat loss of around 0.1 Kg per week on an average basis with the use of CLA. However, this happens only in the initial few months and then you will hit a plateau. I want to quote a few lines from the study itself, ''the magnitude of the fat loss effect is small, and the clinical relevance is uncertain. Adverse events included constipation, diarrhea and soft stool.'' Therefore even if it's statistically true that it may help with weight loss, the magnitude of fat loss has no real world meaning. Should you buy it? © Thinkstock Considering the fact the one small container of CLA is worth more than a thousand bucks, it makes no sense to invest your money in it. You are better off staying on a clean and calorie deficit diet. If you concentrate more on increasing your metabolic rate and NEAT (NON Exercise Activity Thermogenesis), it will give you far better fat loss results than CLA supplementation. Also, risking your gut health for marginal fat loss doesn't really make any sense. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  5. Many users were relieved after WhatsApp rolled out its much-awaited ?Delete for Everyone? feature. However, just because the message does not appear, it doesn?t mean that it has been deleted. A new report claims that the deleted messages are still available on the device and can be accessed easily. According to the Spanish Android blog Android Jefe, the deleted messages are present in the notification log of the device, adding that recipients can easily access deleted messages even if it has been deleted by the sender. The blog further explains that the steps needed to access deleted messages. Users must download another app named ?Notification History? (available on Google Play). After downloading the app, users will have to search the message in the Android notification log. The notification log can be accessed without the need of an additional app. Long press the home screen, then tap on Widgets > Activities > Settings > Notification log. You can then access the system's notification log. However, there are a few limitations. Just the first 100 characters of the deleted message will be visible and only the messages that have generated a notification on the device, or have been seen, interacted with can be retrieved. Moreover, the notification log only saves the messages on the device until it's restarted. Once restarted, we noticed that the log was cleared.
  6. Irrespective of the gender, everybody hates love handles. Truth be told, they not only look bad but also speak volumes about your eating habits. To get rid of these, most people are seen doing the classic side-to-side bending exercise. Well, similar to the misconception that crunches burn off the belly fat, side bends are performed thinking that it will 'melt' the love handles away. Of course, this is far from truth and idiotic to every degree of exercise and nutrition science. You Have Love Handles Because Your Nutrition Sucks, Not Because You Aren't Doing 'Side Bends' You need to drop your body fat to get rid of love handles, period! You can do thousands of side bends but if you are holding a lot of fat, you'll still have love handles. Fix your nutrition! But If You Still Want To Do Side Bends, Read This Carefully To Avoid Injury Understanding The Oblique Muscles There are 2 kinds of obliques in the human body- internal obliques, which are deep inside the trunk and external oblique (superficial muscle) which is visible on lateral sides of abdomen once you get shredded. The external oblique muscle extends from the lower half of the ribs and down to the pelvis. When we talk about any oblique exercise, we precisely talk about the external oblique training. Moreover, the function of this muscle is to pull the chest downwards and compress the abdominal cavity. Avoid These Mistakes Mistake 1 I have seen a lot of people holding dumbbells or plates in both hands while performing the side bends aka lateral flexion. Now this is what makes it an ineffective exercise. Taking resistance in both hands actually becomes counterproductive, as it creates a balance which minimizes the optimal tension at the targeted muscle. Correction In order to make it an effective exercise, always perform a set with a load in one hand at a time. Mistake 2 Another common mistake that people do while doing loaded side bends is generating force from the biceps while doing a lateral extension. In simple words, people bend their hand holding the weight firmly while standing straight after a lateral flexion. This actually reduces the tension from oblique and the force is now being generated from biceps as a prime mover. Correction Always keep your hand straight and let your fingers act as a hook by holding the resistance (dumbbell or a plate). The lateral extension should be done by just focusing on the oblique muscle of the other side. So if you are bending on the right side, extend the back without bending your hand. Hence, avoid these 2 common mistakes and witness some kick-ass tension over your external obliques. Try it out and share your experience with us. Rachit Dua is an advanced K11 certified fitness coach for general and special population (people with medical issues, old age people, pregnant women, and children) and a certified sports nutritionist. You can get in touch with him facebook and Instagram.
  7. Considering us as one of the youngest population in the world as of now, it is high time we make the 100 percent out of this young energy. Startup and entrepreneurship are the buzzwords of today but before embarking on any such journey, we need to see if we are fit for it or not. And if we are not, then we need to learn how to become one. © Thinkstock /Getty Images If you have just graduated or are still in college somewhere, there could be a probability you might be thinking of starting your own business. Right? But, have you thought through it? This may be sounding quite demotivating so far but this is important and you know it. Finding your purpose or building one is more important than just jumping on any boat you see in the trend. More than that we need all the mentorship we can get, irregardless where we get it from. If you are still with me, here is some wise advice from the one and only Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Inc. and SpaceX. Do listen to him carefully since he is speaking the crux of his overall experience. Initially you may find it weird but when you think about it in solitude you will make sense out of it. So when students of Draper University visited his Tesla factory, he was asked, "As an established entrepreneur, what is the number one tip you have for all the young entrepreneurs waiting to startup? To which he replied, "I think it's very difficult to start companies, it's quite painful. A friend of mine has a good phrase for doing a startup: it's like eating glass and staring into the abyss. If you are wired to do it, then only do it, not otherwise. So think of it this way - if you need inspiring words, DON'T DO IT!" Wait. Wait. Wait! Keep reading and see why this advice is nothing short of being precious and lifesaving. One of the students present at the event interpreted Musk's answer like this: "Firstly, being an entrepreneur has been overly glorified in movies and TV shows, but for the most part, running a company is difficult. Most of us are not ready for it or are more interested in the idea of being an entrepreneur rather than actually be willing to put in the work to become one." Are you ready to take that road? © Thinkstock/Getty Images Entrepreneurship demands you to fail often. Risk-taking, the tireless efforts are its common traits. So, chose this path only if you are resolute with such rock-like mentality, otherwise it could set you for a lifetime of misery. But if you think you can keep going strong despite all the failure and heartbreaks, then you are going to be just fine. All the best!
  8. Jon Snow knows everything now and the world will never be the same. Well, it seems like the last season of 'Game Of Thrones' show will be a rollercoaster of emotions, not just for the fans, but even the actors. Kit Harington, who has been playing the role of Jon Snow since the beginning of the show, revealed on BBC's The One Show that he started crying when he, along with all the other cast members, sat down for a read through of the final episode of the insanely popular HBO show. © HBO “We had a read through last week in fact, so I know everything now,” he said. “I cried at the end! You have to remember, I've done eight years of it... I get a bit weepy thinking about it.” Even though the final season will come out in 2019, just the thought of its inevitable end has everyone quite emotional, even now. The actor admitted that just the thought of it ending seems very strange to him, especially after he has given the show his everything for the last eight years. © HBO “I get a bit weepy thinking about it. It's going to be to a strange year. Saying goodbye to everyone, having your last scene with this person or having your last scene with that person. Not only you're attached to it, loads of people around the world are attached to it,” Harington said. Obviously, he knows his character's fate, but he has been 'sworn to secrecy'. In fact, the makers are going to unbelievable lengths to keep all the twists and turns that are about to happen in the season finale of the show under wraps. © HBO “[I was told], 'Don't tell them you're filming. Don't take pictures in Belfast. Don't do all of that,'” he said. “It's on lockdown!” Although, the fact that his time in Westeros coming to an end is making him a little “weepy” right now, he has previously admitted that he was pleased to be finishing his run on the show, as it will give him the time to pursue other projects. © HBO But, he can't escape Jon Snow, and he probably never will. Just recently, his fiancé Rose Leslie made him dress up as Snow for a “bad taste” costume party. Well, even though Kit now knows everything, we will still, unfortunately, have to wait two years for the finale. Also, this meme is a lie now. © HBO
  9. Jon Snow knows everything now and the world will never be the same. Well, it seems like the last season of 'Game Of Thrones' show will be a rollercoaster of emotions, not just for the fans, but even the actors. Kit Harington, who has been playing the role of Jon Snow since the beginning of the show, revealed on BBC's The One Show that he started crying when he, along with all the other cast members, sat down for a read through of the final episode of the insanely popular HBO show. © HBO “We had a read through last week in fact, so I know everything now,” he said. “I cried at the end! You have to remember, I've done eight years of it... I get a bit weepy thinking about it.” Even though the final season will come out in 2019, just the thought of its inevitable end has everyone quite emotional, even now. The actor admitted that just the thought of it ending seems very strange to him, especially after he has given the show his everything for the last eight years. © HBO “I get a bit weepy thinking about it. It's going to be to a strange year. Saying goodbye to everyone, having your last scene with this person or having your last scene with that person. Not only you're attached to it, loads of people around the world are attached to it,” Harington said. Obviously, he knows his character's fate, but he has been 'sworn to secrecy'. In fact, the makers are going to unbelievable lengths to keep all the twists and turns that are about to happen in the season finale of the show under wraps. © HBO “[I was told], 'Don't tell them you're filming. Don't take pictures in Belfast. Don't do all of that,'” he said. “It's on lockdown!” Although, the fact that his time in Westeros coming to an end is making him a little “weepy” right now, he has previously admitted that he was pleased to be finishing his run on the show, as it will give him the time to pursue other projects. © HBO But, he can't escape Jon Snow, and he probably never will. Just recently, his fiancé Rose Leslie made him dress up as Snow for a “bad taste” costume party. Well, even though Kit now knows everything, we will still, unfortunately, have to wait two years for the finale. Also, this meme is a lie now. © HBO
  10. Some of the best lines of a book are written at the very start. That's when you know if a book has managed to reel you in, or left you with too little fodder to go on by. And if you were ever to judge a book at all, let it not be by its cover; but, by its opening lines. Here are 20 books which happen to have some of the best opening lines you'd ever read. 1. Cat's Eye Author: Margaret Atwood “Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.” © Mcelland and Stewart 2. A Confederacy of Dunces Author: John Kennedy Toole “A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head.” 3. The End Of The Affair Author: Graham Greene “A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” © Barnes & Nobles 4. The Napolean Of Notting Hill Author: G. K Chesterton “The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up.” 5. The Hunger Games Author: Suzanne Collins “When I wake, the other side of the bed is cold.” © Scholastic 6. Catch – 22 Author: Joseph Heller “It was love at first sight.” 7. Life Of Pi Author: Yann Martel “My suffering left me sad and gloomy.” © Knopf Canada 8. A River Runs Through It Author: Norman Maclean “In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly-fishing.” 9. A Clockwork Orange Author: Anthony Burgess “That was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim, Dim being really dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar making up our rassoodooks what to do with the evening, flip dark chill inter bastard though dry.” © Penguin 10. The Portrait Of A Lady Author: Henry James “Under certain circumstances here are few hours I life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” 11. City Of Glass Author: Douglas Coupland “It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of the night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not.” © Coupland & McIntyre 12. The Stranger Author: Albert Camus “Mother died today.” 13. Paradise Author: Toni Morrisson “They shoot the white girl first.” © Amazon 14. I Capture The Castle Author: Dodie Smith “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.” 15. Gone With The Wind Author: Margaret Mitchell “Scarlet O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as Tarleton twins were.” © Macmillan Publishers 16. Tracks Author: Robyn Davidson “We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall.” 17. Breakfast Of Champions Author: Kurt Vonnegut “This is a tale of a meeting of two lonesome, skinny, fairly old white men on a planet which was dying fast.” © Amazon Canada 18. The Trial Author: Franz Kafka “Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.” 19. Notes From Underground Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky “I am a sick man… I am a spiteful man.” © Vintage 20. Moby Dick Author: Herman Melville “Call me Ishmael.”
  11. It hurts. That job you didn't get; that girl you didn't impress, that promotion you missed. There are probably more missed opportunities in our life than the ones we took and we constantly find ourselves regretting the things we lost. That dear friend you parted ways with; the girl you loved; the exam you worked so hard for; that university you desperately wanted admission in – life is not kind enough to give us all we want, but it is cruel enough to take away from us what the heart desires the most. © Thinkstock Photos But have you ever thought maybe that lost opportunity was meant to be, maybe it had to be lost to pave the way for something that was better for us. Perhaps what we think we want is not always the best thing for us. Perhaps there is a larger plan destiny has in mind. Initially, it hurts; it hurts like hell to lose something you desperately want or already have. It hurts to fail, to be embarrassed, to see your peers go ahead while you remain stuck wallowing in self pity. But somehow, things work out like magic eventually. Everything happens for a reason. © Thinkstock Photos A bad heartbreak gives way to a newfound love, and this one is even more real than the previous one. A bad appraisal is a sign you need to move on and maybe there's something great in store for you. You regret not having scored better marks to secure admission into the college of your choice, but you would have probably not found the friends you made in the college you finally did get admission in. Between friends for life and a slightly better college on your resume, maybe you needed companionship more. There is a higher power deciding what's good for you on your behalf. You just need to have faith. © Unsplash Lisa Kudrow, who immortalized the character of Phoebe Buffay on ‘FRIENDS', faced a huge setback in her career early one. An aspiring actor in the cutthroat world of showbiz, she was fired from the show famous American sitcom ‘Frazier'. The show is considered to be one of the most successful series in American television today and it went on to win 37 Emmy Awards through the course of 11 years for which it aired. © Reuters Every failure, every lost opportunity, brings in one thing that's most harmful for growth – self doubt. Heartbroken and devastated, Lisa was consumed by self doubt. Was she even cut out for acting? Had she chosen the wrong profession? Self doubt gives way to depression and it's an endless downward spiral after that. If life couldn't be more trying, her best friend had to move out of the city the next day. But Lisa persisted and gave life a chance. © Warner Bros. Television Soon enough, other opportunities knocked on her doors. She lost some more. Eventually, Lisa was cast as Phoebe Buffay in ‘Friends Like Us' which we know now as ‘Friends'. She wouldn't have been on the show had she been on ‘Frasier' or on ‘Saturday Night Live'. Rejection proved to be a mere stroke of luck for Lisa. © Warner Bros. Television “I understand that the twenties, they are that time of your life when you are really getting acquainted to self doubt, when there's so much seemingly at stake. So, let me assure you; it's not supposed to be easy. You're supposed to have moments of uncertainty about which path to take because the twenties are full of crossroads. When one door closes, another door always opens. It really does. That's what I would tell myself to keep those moments of doubts, only moments. It worked. I kept going. Then it all changed. After many auditions, I was the second person cast in [..] FRIENDS,” Lisa says in her address to the class of 2010 at Valssar College. “After I got fired from Frasier, I went to a birthday party, feeling like I had nothing at all to lose. I flirted with a guy who was way out of my league. We dated and on Thursday, Michel and I will have been married for 15 years.” © Reuters There are so many more such stories in our world where rejection has only led people closer to their goal. A lost opportunities is just destiny's way of telling you there's something better around the corner. So the next time you miss out on something you really really wanted, don't look back with regret; look ahead with hope.
  12. Satya Nadella happens to be one of the most revered men in the modern world today. Aside from being the CEO of Microsoft, he's an inspiration to millions of Indians and billions of people across the world for being a global success story. And so, when someone like Nadella decides to pen a book on what he knows best—technology, artificial intelligence and the job market in the 21st century, you buy the book, take note and execute as per his advice! © Bloomberg ‘Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone' by Satya Nadella is the handbook every millennial needs to read today. Why? Because, as Bill Gates mentions, in his foreword, “With every new technology, there are challenges. How do we help people whose jobs are replaced by AI agents and robots? Will users trust their AI agent with all their information? If an agent could advise you on your work style, would you want it to? That is what makes books like Hit Refresh so valuable. Satya has charted a course for making the most of the opportunities created by technology while also facing up to the hard questions. And he offers his own fascinating personal story, more literary quotations than you might expect, and even a few lessons from his beloved game of cricket.” © HarperCollins India In his book, the Microsoft CEO tells the inside story of the company's continuing transformation, tracing his own personal journey from a childhood in India to leading some of the most significant technological changes in the digital era and offering his vision for the coming wave of intelligent technologies. Hit Refresh is about individual change, the transformation happening inside Microsoft, and the arrival of the most exciting and disruptive wave of technology humankind has experienced – including artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and quantum computing. It examines how people, organisations, and societies can and must transform, how they must ‘hit refresh' in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, and continued relevance and renewal. Yet at its core, it's about humans and how one of our essential qualities – empathy – will become ever more valuable in a world where technological advancement will alter the status quo as never before. © Microsoft In addition to his thoughts on these stunning scientific leaps, Satya Nadella discusses his fascinating childhood before immigrating to the U.S. and how he learned to lead along the way. He then shares his meditations as sitting CEO – one who is mostly unknown following the brainy Bill Gates and energetic Steve Ballmer. He explains how the company rediscovered its soul – transforming everything from its culture to its business partnerships to the fiercely competitive landscape of the industry itself. Nadella concludes by introducing an equation to restore digital trust, ethical design principles, and economic growth for everyone. “Ideas excite me,” Nadella explains while talking about the creation of this book. “Empathy grounds and centres me.” A husband, a father, and the chief executive officer of Microsoft – only the third in the company's forty-year history--on his twenty-first birthday, Nadella emigrated from Hyderabad, India, to the United States to pursue a master's degree in computer science. He joined Microsoft in 1992. As much a humanist as a technologist, Nadella defines his mission and that of the company he leads as empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Hit Refresh is an astute contemplation of what lies ahead from a conscientious, deliberative leader searching for improvement – for himself, for a storied company, and for society. The book is available for sale on all leading digital e-commerce websites, starting September 26th, 2017. So, go read it if you want to make the world of tomorrow a better place, starting today.
  13. Our zodiac signs have a bit of a say when it comes to our tastes and preferences; and so, it trickles down to the kind of books we like to read. Then again, our choices of books to read changes from time to time, depending on the kind of situation we are in at a particular point of time, or the phase that we're going through in life. As they say, it's all connected. The very learned people at Little Brown & Co., the international publishing house, sat down to determine just the book every zodiac sign needs to read this month, depending on their horoscope. So, read on and put to action what the experts have to say. 1. Aries “Use your emotional strength to meet your goals. You'll have a surplus of money.” Book to read this month: The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews. © MensXP Orginals 2. Taurus “Find some time for your family this month. And put your career on the back burner, just for a little while. All work and no play makes all of us dull humans; not just Jack (whoever he may be).” Book to read this month: Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe © MensXP Orginals 3. Gemini “Spending time with kids will enhance your happiness quotient this month and reconnect you with the child within that has vanished into a shell over time. Have patience and wait for the dark clouds to blow over.” Book to read this month: Room by Emma Donoghue © MensXP Orginals 4. Cancer “Family will take up much of your time this month. This isn't a bad thing, though. You may feel like you're out of control at times. Calm down and just go with the flow.” Book to read this month: Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand © MensXP Orginals 5. Leo “Your health is in delicate condition this month. Take steps to conserve your energy—attend to important things and delegate minor things to others for execution. You don't have to micro manage and overthink everything.” Book to read this month: The Good People by Hannah Kent © MensXP Orginals 6. Virgo “Expect an unexpected flow of money to come in from one, or more, unknown sources. You will have enough money to splurge on yourself this month so you can relax and treat yourself.” Book to read this month: The Book Of Lost And Found by Lucy Foley © MensXP Orginals 7. Libra “Spirituality will become a prime factor for you this month. Helping the spiritually lost, the physically lacking, or the financially poor will bring you peace.” Book to read this month: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue © MensXP Orginals 8. Scorpio “Focus on your professional goals a bit more than your family this month. You might find that you've been missing out on something. It's time for some autonomy and strong actions. You have the power to change situations to your advantage.” Book to read this month: Sing For Your Life by Daniel Bergner © MensXP Orginals 9. Sagittarius “You can create your own world with a little bit of confidence and hard work. Sometimes, you just need a gentle reminder of all that you are capable of. Career will be on an upward slope this month so make the most of it.” Book to read this month: Beyond Harvard by Mark H. McCormack © MensXP Orginals 10. Capricorn “Focus on your professional growth this month. There's an opportunity for love to come your way but it's not a long-term thing; so be weary of getting serious; it might end up being one-sided. Stress is on the cards this month; so, slow down and take a deep breath. Book to read this month: U Thrive by Daniel Lerner and Alan Schlechter, MD © MensXP Orginals 11. Aquarius “A month of challenges in all fields lie ahead. You're going to find yourself wrought with confusion and tension. But, don't stress on this too much. Eventually, things will work out in your favour. So, remember to focus on the larger picture; the end result.” Book to read this month: The Futilitarian by Anne Gisleson © MensXP Orginals 12. Pisces “If you have been dreaming of starting something new, now is the time to do it. Chances are you will meet with success in your endeavours. Strike the iron while it's hot. Make the most of your time.” Book to read this month: Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight © MensXP Orginals
  14. Books are meant for something more than knowledge. They give you hope. A girl who reads can be the most hopeful human you'd ever interact with. She plays with her imagination well and doesn't squander her thoughts away on reckless things in life. You will love a girl who reads because she'll not seem boring even for a second. She'll always bring new ways to inspire and rejuvenate your existence and balance your perceptions with her way of seeing things differently. © Thinkstock A girl who reads voraciously always has an imaginative personality. She's creative and that's a good thing because she will never tire you with her fearless new ideas. Give her a story to etch, when you're bored and idle and she'll keep you entertained for hours. If you're struggling for new creative ideas to hit your boss with, definitely seek her help, she'll bring all the best ones to you, from her reads. Sometimes having an imagination that runs wild and dainty at the same time is very imperative. It takes one away from idle exasperation's and boredom and such people are always liked and cherished for their minds. A girl who reads is way too patient for your own good. If she steadily reads a 1200 page book and enjoys it at the same time, she's definitely a patient soul. Obviously the book is giving her raptures of joy in ways you can't imagine but at the same time, it also builds patience and she doesn't give up on her pages and reads on, till she is done. You will see her patience in your dealings with her too, as she knows whatever the bargain is; there is an end to it, good or bad. So she'll wait on till she gets there. You mustn't take advantage of her patience though; it's a gift that she has acquired willingly and she doesn't want anyone to mess around with it. © Thinkstock A bookworm is also a fabulous storyteller. That's because she understands the skill set that goes into telling long elaborate stories. If you ever get into a conversation with her you'll be enthralled by her story telling skills and you wouldn't want to move your eyes away from her. She'll take you away on a journey that's mesmerising and energetic, just with her words, because spinning stories out of her creative gut comes naturally to her. That does not mean she'll spin stories to fabricate facts, she'll merely narrate an incident or an experience with a lot more zest and enthusiasm with verbose fluidity. She's as honest as they come because books have taught her all things true and noble. She'll imbibe them and soak them in like a sponge. Hence never question her integrity. A girl who reads is a mastermind of puns and sarcasm. Her wit will follow her everywhere and make her more desirable. A girl who reads is quick witted and has a sarcastic streak to her. That's because books give her a grasp on the English language or any other language she reads in and that makes syntax in her sentences on point. She'll think of words to say to you, faster than greased lightning and sometimes you might just find yourself thoroughly intimidated. Don't feel bad about that! It's always refreshing to go out with smart witty girls! Her knowledge base comes highly recommended as well because books provide knowledge! © Thinkstock A girl who reads gives a real world perspective. She has a fresh perspective about almost everything and is mostly perceptive. Books help a great deal in forming fresher newer perspectives and they strengthen what one perceives. She would be good in giving sane and wise advice and have a balanced opinion on most things you may dabble with. Other than that she's emotionally very centred and can handle any given emotion she experiences. A great person to have around if you're ever dealing with an emotional meltdown as she'll help you get out of it by being empathetic. Yes all this and more from just reading books! © Thinkstock Date a girl who reads as she'll always have your back, just like her books have hers. Whenever she's perturbed, she'll go back into her shell and get lost in nothing but words. When she feels well again, she'll spring right back, with unscathed enthusiasm and miraculously infectious joy! Date a girl who reads, for there is happiness and lifelong stories to get lost i
  15. I'm so glad that India now has a handbook on everything you should know if you want a career in music. We never had this before and we have only one person to thank for this book—Ritnika Nayan, Owner of Music Gets Me High, an artist management company based in Delhi NCR. Ritnika has worked in the music industry for 17 years across India and US, with the likes of Maroon 5, Nickelback, Counting Crows and Guns & Roses, internationally, and Nucleya, Advaita and Jalebee Cartel, back home. She is one of the more prominent female forces behind artist management, and concert and festival production in the country; having worked on Sula Festival, Ziro Festival, Eastwind Music Festival and much more. With her expansive knowledge of music and its evolution, globally, as well as her expertise in the nitty-gritty's of the trade business, Ritnika has established herself as a force to reckon with and this book is only further evidence of that and more. Pexels The Ultimate Guide To The Independent Music Industry In India For starters, Indie 101 is literally the only book in the Indian market right now that gives you more than just a thorough knowledge of how the music business works in the country. And this is not just talking about singers and songwriters. Through the various chapters of her book—each of which have been cleverly broken down into categories and sub categories—Ritnika takes you through quite a journey of every tier of the trade hierarchy. It's like walking through a pop-up model that is created specifically for a world that is built from, of and for music, entirely. Ritnika Nayan, Founder, MGMH India The Best Part About It It isn't riddled with jargon that will go above your head. Ritnika has successfully managed to break down each and every word for the common reader trying to get a better grasp of how the world of independent music works in the country. For not a single second will you feel left stranded due to the sheer lack of an understanding of the writing style used by the author. This is quite an accomplishment, to be honest. Because a lot of times I come across books that are career guidance manuals and self-help books that clutter the reader's brain with nothing but jargon and, thereafter, confusion. Our Indian literati is filled with such books and authors who seem to have a high claim to titles and prominence but when it comes to putting it into words, there always seems to be such a huge disparity between the author and the reader. For a second-timer author, Ritnika manages to bridge that gap quite brilliantly. True, one may say that when you're in the business of creating music and musicians, you tend to have a better chance at engaging and engrossing the audiences—whether it's in the form of a performance or a book. But, still, that chance gets slimmer when you know that in India, we don't have many such creative writers who can actually engross their readers from start to finish without them losing the plot mid way. Ritnika does that. MGMH India Our Verdict Not once during your read of Indie 101 will you find yourself lost, bored, or disinterested. In fact, you'll find it increasingly difficult to put the book down. What makes it even more interesting are the first-hand accounts from industry insiders—Vishal Dadlani, Monica Dogra, Parikrama's Subir Malik, Peter Jenner of Sincere Management UK who has worked with Pink Floyd, Emmanuelle de Deckerwho is the Founder & Director of Gatecrash/Jazz in India and Miti Adhikari of BBC Maida Vale Studios, are just a few of the prominent names who give meaningful insight into how things work in the independent music scene. Ritnika doesn't sugar coat it; not the words, not the interviews and definitely not the journey. She takes you through the music industry that is still shaping up in the country; showing you everything for what it really is and lets you make decision in the end. But, if ever there were a book that could be the answer to every budding musician's—or an amateur looking for a career in music, for that matter—most burning questions, then there is no other book in the market right now that could do it better than Ritnika Nayan's Indie 101. In fact, you don't even have to be someone looking for a career in music; you could just be someone with an interest in music, or even an ardent reader; Indie 101 is still a book that could find a nice corner for itself on your bookshelf without taking away from your literary tastes. Instagram Quite simply put, Indie 101 is the creative answer to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs for everything pertaining to a career in music. It's available for sale on Amazon India as well as on MGMH's website. If you happened to have already read the book, feel free to share your own thoughts on the same; if not, go read it and we can still talk!
  16. ‘Fat converts into muscle', is one of the most commonly used taglines by supplement manufacturers. Some bro science experts make this claim to lure in clients as well. They tell poor skinny guys to gain fat first and misinform them that this fat will be converted into muscle later on. What happens next? Amateurs listen to these self-proclaimed gurus and get fat, eating just about everything in sight. Can your body really convert the stored fat into muscle? Let's look at the science behind this statement. What is Stored Fat? © Thinkstock/Getty Images Fat comprises of triglycerides which are chains made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. When fat is ingested, it is stored in fat cells known as adipocytes. These fat cells are found all around the body. They are found just under the skin and are also prominent in the abdominal region. If fat is not utilized for energy, it is continually stored until it is needed to supplement the body's energy needs. This type of fat is called subcutaneous fat. Another type of fat is visceral fat, which is the fat that surrounds the organs inside the body. When we talk about converting fat into muscles we are talking about subcutaneous fat and not the visceral. What is Muscle Mass? © Thinkstock/Getty Images Muscle mass is made up of muscle tissue, glycogen, water, and some intra-muscular fat. The muscle tissue is the only tissue that's able to perform the movement of contraction in the body. It is made up of chains of amino acids, which vary in structure. These chains contain nitrogen, and nitrogen is almost exclusively stored in the body as muscle with some amino acids floating around it. Conversion of Body fat into Muscles Is Not Possible It is impossible to turn body fat directly into muscle. Fat lacks nitrogen atoms which are necessary to form chains of amino acids and hence muscle mass. There is no mechanism in our body to convert fat into amino acids. Also, there is no evidence that implies that amino acids can be manufactured in the body from anything other than other amino acids. The majority of muscle mass in our body is built from dietary nitrogen intake. Dietary protein is the only significant source of nitrogen in the human diet. Burn Fat. Build Muscle. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Your body doesn't convert fat into muscle, but yes, it can burn fat and build muscle simultaneously. It burns fat when you are in a calorie deficit zone and follow a structured diet which is complemented by an active lifestyle which includes some sort of physical activity. If you take up weight training to stay active, your body will build more muscle mass. With microscopic tears in your muscles that take effect as a result of weight training, your body builds muscle mass in a positive nitrogen balance environment (higher protein intake). So your body won't convert fat into muscle but it can burn fat as well as build muscle separately. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer , Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
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  18. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/35079aaf4553fe2eb4ad19582dd54534.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ny8xLzIwMTcgODo0MjozMiBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPTNibUprZW8zWjN1SXUvTXNEVnI2Zmc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has called on his fellow countrymen and women to read CIA operative Raymond Davis? memoir, which released on June 27, 2017 and has stirred intense debate across Pakistan and worldwide. Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Imran said, ?This book should be read by Pakistanis to understand why we are treated with so little respect internationally.? ?The book is a shameful account of how our top political & military leadership collaborated to let a cold blooded killer, responsible for 4 deaths, go scot-free,? the PTI chief added. Raymond Davis ? the CIA operative who sparked a diplomatic row after gunning down two men on the streets of Lahore in January 2011 ? has penned his side of the story for the first time in a memoir titled 'The Contractor: How I Landed in a Pakistani Prison and Ignited a Diplomatic Crisis'. According to Davis, John Kerry, Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari, former ISI chief Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha and Husain Haqqani helped in his release from the Kot Lakhpat Jail. Raymond Davis releases memoir on 2011 killings, diplomatic row in Pakistan The CIA operative tells his side of the story for the first time since he sparked a diplomatic crisis by gunning down two men in Lahore in January 2011 Apart from the ISI chief, several other officials of the intelligence agency were present in the court at the time of his release, he notes in the book. The violent episode escalated into a diplomatic crisis, making front-page headlines across the world and straining ties between Islamabad and Washington, as US policymakers pressed for diplomatic immunity for Davis and pushed for his immediate release. According to an Amazon.com introduction, the book offers "an up-close and personal look at the 2011 incident in Lahore, Pakistan, that led to his imprisonment and the events that took place as diplomats on both sides of the bargaining table scrambled to get him out".
  19. Books have a beautiful way of teaching us about feelings, ideas and connections we could never have thought were possible. And with every book you read, you are at risk of evolving, as a person with a soul that has seen and known things in ways that the world never will. In his widely acclaimed novel, ‘Norwegian Wood’, author Haruki Murakami said, “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” So, this Pride month, I’ve come up with a list of 20 books written on and about LGBTQ—the community, the feelings, the hardships and the humanity. Each of these 20 works, by various different ingenious authors tell stories of thoughts, struggles, feelings and hurt that can only affect someone who does not conform to societal normalcy. And these 20 works will definitely influence—if not change—the way you see and think about members of the LGBTQ community. 1. Two Boys Kissing Author: David Levithan © Knopf Books A story based on true events, the book is about two seventeen year olds, Harry and Craig who are preparing to take part in a 32-hour kissing marathon, to set a new Guinness World Record. The plot follows the entire event of the two boys engaged in a kissing marathon while the episode is being narrated by a Greek Chorus. But, that’s not where it stops. In fact, the story has only just started; what with both boys trying to understand and come to terms with their feelings for each other, especially since they are a former couple. Through the narrative, the boys become an example for the case of other young boys struggling with relationships, a sense of identity, gender blurs and coming out. Out of it all, you just can’t wait for the ending; to know exactly what happens and what the fate of the two boys is… 2. Boy Erased: A Memoir Author: Garrard Conley © Penguin Random House This is one of the most beautiful narratives you’ll ever come across on a subject that approaches homosexuality. The story is that of the author who recounts a life filled with duality—that of gender, religion and family. When Garrard is forced to come out to his family, he is given a choice—either he attend a 12-step church-supported program that promises to turn him back to “normal” and “cure” his homosexuality, or risk losing his family, friends and God for good. Having made the compromise, Conley emerges from the program, rid of his “illness” and cleansed of his impure urges. However, with a faith that is stronger than ever before, Conley chooses to break out, in search of his true self and to learn the art of forgiveness. 3. The Gods Of Tango Author: Carolina De Robertis © Knopf Books In February 1913, Leda, then seventeen-years-old, leaves her Italian village home in search of a greater purpose and sense of identity, along with a new husband, in Argentina, who is killed before she arrives at Buenos Aires. But, that doesn’t stop Leda from surviving and being able to find her passion in Tango, a form of music that is the city’s energy. And through her willful desire to learn the form of music, Leda is brought face-to-face with a hidden, untapped desire; one that she never knew she had. And as she cuts off her hair and binds her breasts, the readers are introduced to a man named, Dante. The book follows Leda’s transformation—from a woman to a man—and the results of human desires that stem from such a transformation. 4. Beautiful Music For Ugly Children Author: Kirstin Cronn-Mills © Flux Elizabeth may be a girl; but, she really is a guy. A guy, named Gabe. And ‘Beautiful Music For Ugly Children’ is a first-person narrative told by Elizabeth, also known as Gabe, a youngster who runs a show on community radio channel, 90.3. The show, KZUK Gabe’s own journal where she, I mean, he, catalogs his story, just like a record. Side A is Elizabeth and Side B is Gabe. And on air, you always get to hear Gabe’s side. One of the most intriguing books you will read, irrelevant of whether or not you’re young, old, gay or straight. 5. How To Repair A Mechanical Heart Author: J.C. Lillis © Barnes & Nobles You don’t have to be of any particular gender-orientation to love this book that revolves around Brandon and Abel, two Castaway Planet fans who have a crush on Cadmus, the dashing space captain, one of the key characters of their favourite TV show. The plot follows the journey of Brandon and Abel as they set out on a journey through the Castaway Planet conventions to find out whether or not a Cadmus and Sim—the other lead character—romance is happening; all the while, hiding their own true feelings about themselves. As the story progresses and the boys get closer to the last convention, they are faced with emerging truths about each other which forces them to confront their own feelings about one another. It’s told in an innocent, yet, thought-provoking story that relates to every reader on their own hidden and often, untapped feelings. 6. And The Band Played On: Politics, People, And The AIDS Epidemic Author: Randy Shilts © St Martin's Press Rock Hudson’s death in 1985 brought the world, especially America to face the reality that the AIDS epidemic had become in the 20th century. The author outlines in fine detail the outbreak, the question that every American was thinking—how did the disease become an epidemic and how was it spreading. In addressing all these, and more, questions, the author sheds light on the reasons for the epidemic which included the federal government’s budget for warfare, the health authorities prioritizing their political allegiances over healthcare facilities and the realization that there existed a gay community whose healthcare needed to be just as prioritized as politics. 7. Beijing Comrades Author: Beijing Tonghzi © The Feminist Press Handong is a ruthless businessman while Lan Yu is a simple working class architect. It’s a typical opposites attract plot for the two men. But, while the arrogant businessman struggles to accept his desires, the naïve student submits to his. The two men live starkly different lives; and yet, manage to find semblance and solace within each other on their nights spent together. What makes their love affair even more strenuous is the fact that they live in the China in the late 1890s, a time that was doused in socio-political unrest. The book was originally published under an anonymous title, Bei Tong in the 90s, and remained widely read, even though the subject matter was delicate. 8. Trouble The Water Author: Derrick Austin © BOA Editions The book is a collection of unflinching and lucid poems that explore sexuality, race, identity and an intermingling of all three. It is a personal interrogation about what it means to be queer and black in 21st century America, as Austin says. 9. The Angel Of History Author: Rabih Alameddine © Constable & Robinson It’s a cross between Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Dante’s famous Inferno, set between various cities and backdrops and exploring the subject of homosexuality in one gay Arab man, Jacob. Yemeni-born Jacob grows up in an Egyptian whorehouse and spends his adolescence under the protection of a wealthy father. As he begins his life as an Arab, living in an AIDS-stricken San Francisco, Jacob is faced with his deepest desires, innermost demons and his most secret thoughts. Torn between Satan who reminds the protagonist of a painful past, Death who urges him to forget and give up, and 14 Saints who take Jacob on a mental and emotional journey through his heart and mind. 10. Desert Boys Author: Christopher McCormick © Picador ‘Desert Boys’ charts the evolution of two boys—one is the protagonist, Daley Kushner, and the other Robert Karinger. Both boys live in desert towns that are on the brink of becoming cities; both the towns are on different sides. Kushner is on the verge of beginning a new life in San Francisco, ready to forego the desert life that still belongs to his family, friends, his mother and so many others—all of whom are brilliantly represented through McCormick’s narrative in the book. At the same time, Daley is torn between the new life he has chosen and a war that threatens to sever connections with a dear friend he who is also his closest connection to what he calls home—Robert Karinger. 11. One Man Guy Author: Michael Barakiva © Farrar, Straus and Giroux An Armenian teenage boy, Alek Khederian, is forced into attending Summer school in order to bring up his grades. But, amidst all his dismissals and dreadfulness, little does Alek know that, he’s about to meet Ethan, who is everything that Alek wished he was. Confident and free-spirited Ethan jumps at the chance of being friends with Alek. But, there’s more to the friendship as Alek learns about Ethan’s feelings as well as his own. It’s not just a story about coming of age and coming out. It’s a story about discovering oneself through another person at an age of innocence. 12. Openly Straight Author: Bill Konigsberg © Arthur A. Levine Books Rafe is a teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer, skis and likes to write. He is also gay, out and proud since 8th grade. He isn’t teased or tortured. He talks about tolerance and visits different high schools. But, at the heart of the matter, Rafe is always seen as ‘that’ gay guy. And all Rafe really wants to be is a regular guy. He transfers to an all-boys boarding school where he decides to keep his sexuality to himself. He’s ready to start over, until he sees and feels things. A classmate breaking down, a teacher challenging him to write and most of all, another boy who doesn’t believe in the possibility of love—all affect Rafe and make him realize that he cannot hide who he really is, no matter how hard he tries. 13. Where You Are Author: J.H Trumble © Kensington Robert Westfall loves Math class. And over time, it has become his only escape from a life that is crumbling to pieces; courtesy of a terminally ill father, a squabbling mother, interfering aunts and an unsupportive boyfriend. Through all of this, the only person who reaches out to Robert is Andrew McNelin, his math teacher who can’t help but want to save Robert from failing his classes; even if it means going beyond the confines of education and blurring the lines between personal and professional. It’s a beautifully narrated story told about two individuals through different phases of life who, while trying to reach out to one another, end up closer to each other than anyone before. 14. Outtakes Of A Walking Mistake Author: Anthony Paull © Feelmagik Productions This could very well be made into a modern-day high school drama and it would probably slay it. Hollywood directors and producers should really consider it. ‘The Outtakes Of A Walking Mistake’ follows the story of young Tyler who is auditioning for the part in an acclaimed student film just so he can win the heart of the school’s theatre prodigy, Billy Greske. Along the way, Tyler’s bipolar friend, Jenny offers to give him romantic advice on how to woo Billy; while, from the sidelines, the readers are subtly introduced to a local skater whose interest in Tyler is growing. Add to that flavour is Tyler’s estranged clairvoyant mother who has returned and is looking for a way back into the family. It’s the perfect plot for a young adult drama. But, in all its fun and innocence, the novel actually is a refreshing read on homosexual romantic comedies. 15. One Boy’s Shadow Author: A. McCoubrey © iUniverse The plot follows the life of young Caleb McKenzie who moves to Stapetown, Nova, along with his family, to a house with a troubling past. In 1973, a young boy who lived in their current residence vanished into thin air with no trace. Over the chapters, the young protagonists learns about stories about the house and the boy who disappeared till, one day, he hears a voice whisper to him in the woods. This leads Caleb on a trail to find out the reason behind the boy’s disappearance and what really happened to him. What Caleb comes to find about the history of the boy, as well as his own human feelings and his sense of identity brings the young boy to a crossroads. The two stories merge and the two boys, somehow become one as the quest for the truth continues. 16. Collide Author: J. R Lenk © Harmony Ink Press This book explores the concept of bisexuality and how it’s different in men and women. While bisexuality within women is more openly welcomed, with some intrigue, bisexuality in men is still overlooked and outcast. And that’s where the young Hazard James comes in; this is his story of a struggle with bisexuality and an ability to explain it to, and live with amongst people. That’s when he meets the bad boy, Jesse Wesley who, along with his friends, introduces James to a world of house parties, alcohol, hangovers and being able to walk into a room where all eyes are on you. James is just getting accustomed to this life of popularity when just last year, he was fading in to the background. A chance encounter with Jesse leads to a ‘friends with benefits’ arrangement all until it’s too late and their lives collide in a way that they can never remain the same again. 17. Rounding Third Author: Walter G. Meyer © MaxM Ltd The book is about Rob Wardell, a young boy who struggles to fit in. Out of respect and love for his father, shy and introverted Wardell decides to stay on the school baseball team and goes on to live a lonely life till he meets the new pitcher on the team, Josh Schlagel. And together the two boys embark on an instant friendship born out of familiarity and not fitting in. Rob soon starts to notice that his newly made friend is hiding something and it’s not just the bruises on his body, or the reluctance to let Rob in. It’s a beautiful story of how a friendship like Rob’s and Josh’s can affect lives that are beyond just the two individuals involved. It is about a friendship that, although born through familiarity, can take on the most unknown course it has known. At the heart of it, this is a story about a beautiful bond. 18. The Zero Knot Author: K. Z Snow © Dreamspinner Press ‘The Zero Knot’ is essentially about fighting for love—fighting the world for it and fighting each other for it. The story revolves around two young boys—Jess Bonner, who has distanced himself from his social circles and previous pretentions, and Dylan Finch, Jess’ childhood buddy, the only individual with some real interest in Jess. And together, when they leave behind their previous worlds and the people in them, they give way to feelings that have been brewing for a while now. Together, they embark on a journey of self discovery through each other. But, the path to their love is not easy and is wrought with struggles stemming from sexual appetites, insecurities and the fear of being discovered. When jealousy undoes all that the two of them have built within their hearts and souls for each other, they need to take a stand, to seek clarity and courage about what they mean to one another and to determine how willing they are to fight for it. 19. Every Time I Think Of You Author: Jim Provenzano © CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform This book was a 2012 Lambda Literary Award Winner for Best Gay Romance. The story revolves around Reid Conniff, a shy and studious high school runner who comes across Everett Forester, a privileged and capricious charmer, in a chance encounter that will change the two boys’ lives. Together, they overcome every struggle that comes their way—from distance to parental pressures, familial interference and an almost fatal accident, all of which ties the two boys’ destinies together. It’s a beautiful story on how love knows no bounds, or boundaries and is worth a read for an individual of any gender orientation whatsoever. It’s a bold lesson in love. 20. Skaia Author: Ayden Sadari © SL Publishing Group This is the story of the only surviving child in a family that has been killed by Julius Caesar’s troops, along with his entire village. Skaia is sold as a slave in Rome and begins to adjust to his new life in the Suetonius family, where he befriends his master, Glaucus. Their friendship evolves and shapes up to be something more beautiful, until Glaucus leaves on a tour of Greece to mark his foray into manhood. Skaia is then left to the mercies of Glaucus’ father, Thaddeus. From here on, his life takes on an entirely different turn—one that he never saw coming. Set in ancient Rome, the story is even more intrinsic and beautiful when seen in totality of the characters, the backdrop and the emotions at play.
  20. Writer, Shruti Sharma and her civil engineer husband, Tarun Chauhan, of New Delhi are doing something very unique for city commuters who use the Delhi Metro. The couple is leaving books in the metro trains for random passengers to find, keep and read. The month old initiative called ‘Books On The Delhi Metro’ is a non-profit initiative by the pair to boost the art and culture of reading books in modern day Delhi by sharing their love of reading with strangers on a train. Books On The Delhi Metro The initiative is inspired by Book Fairies Worldwide—an international community of book lovers across the globe, including India, who leave books in prominent public places around the world for strangers to find, read and pass on to others. The initiative, an idea by British actress Emma Watson, has found high regard amongst book lovers the world over who eagerly look forward to the book hunt, which is a lot like a treasure hunt around cities and landmarks. Shruti and Tarun’s ‘Books On The Delhi Metro’ works on a similar concept—the couple leaves a book somewhere on one of the trains on the metro line, with a sticker on them. They then, take to their social media platforms to share with followers that a particular book has been left somewhere in the metro for a destined, yet, unexpected reader to find and keep for their own. They then, go on to encourage the finders to post about their newfound literary treasure on social media, and thereby, spreading the word, using the hashtag #booksonthedelhimetro. Their Instagram page already has 620 + followers, with a number of tags and posts already been made to the hashtag. Instagram Reading may not be anywhere close to becoming a dying practice, thankfully. Yet, it is slowly and increasingly becoming a scarce practice; what with most individuals dismissing the idea over choosing something more digitally oriented. At a time when technology and fast-paced ambitions are taking over every millennial’s life, initiatives like these reignite a lost passion within souls, to read and find and discover and seek out pleasure from pages. And that’s what’s so great about Shruti’s and Tarun’s Books On The Delhi Metro. Instagram Least said, you will never consider your ride in the Delhi Metro as mundane ever again; especially since it will have become an interesting little adventure you anticipate while on your way to your destination. Through this endeavour, the couple has no doubt lent a sense of literary adventure to every passenger's journey. And over the next couple of days, what’s going to be incredibly interesting is to try to track all the books that have exchanged hands—from the couple to the metro passengers. Reading books never seemed this exciting, thanks to these guys!
  21. I read Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ back when I was 10 years old. I was lying on my bed while reading it. Post the murder, I was constantly sitting up with my head buried as close as possible to the words on the pages of the book. What changed? Everything! It’s one of the most revered murder mysteries in the history of fiction. There is a reason why Christie was one of the most respected authors of and beyond her time. She wrote with the sole intent to have you sitting on the edge of your seats, always. And while each of her books have a stellar way of wrapping the reader’s whole being in a world created by the author, ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ was so bloody clever, it’s refreshing every single time you read it! When the first movie based the book came to be, back in 1974, directed by Sidney Lumet—starring the likes of Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Richard Widmark, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael York, Jacqueline Bisset and Anthony Perkins; with Albert Finney playing the role of the legendary French detective Hercule Poirot—it was one of the most obvious choices for everyone. People flocked to theatres and watched the movie, irrespective of whether or not they had read the book. It was incredible with brilliant performances to boot. © YouTube & Wikipedia And 43 years later, everything remains true—about that book; about that movie. Which is why, I’m not all that surprised that Hollywood decided to give it a remake in this day and age. In fact, if anything, I’m a little thrilled about it. As it is, we aren’t all that much of a reading generation in the 21st century. Remaking this movie from a classic book, written by one of the brightest authors the world has ever seen and read, today, for the world to experience the drama, thrill and suspense that comes as customary with every Agatha Christie work, is just what we all need! The trailer starts with an ominous sense to the entire setting; you see Johnny Depp looking dashing as ever, Judie Dench looking the part of royalty, Michelle Pfeifer looking like she could still play a mean Catwoman and Willem Dafoe is enigmatic as ever. The cast is perfect, for every role in the book. The setting is as if it was taken straight out of Agatha Christie’s own subconscious, itself. In short, there could not be a better remake with a more stellar cast. © 20th Century Fox The movie is set to release on 03rd and 10th November, 2017, in the UK and US, respectively. If you haven’t read the detective classic, which was originally published back in 1934, it’s time to pick it up and read up because this is going to be one movie that will be difficult to keep up with if you don’t really know what to look for. And the fact that the veteran star cast is one of the best looking ones Hollywood has seen in a very long time isn’t going to help with the distraction. © Entertainment Weekly Those of you who are already Christie fans, it’s time to dust off the cob webs and get back to it, for nostalgia and rekindling one of the biggest whodunits in the history of whodunits!
  22. Coffee (caffeine) is the second most consumed beverage after water. The soft drinks that you enjoy in the summers also have caffeine in it. While the kick that a cup of coffee offers is unpaparallel for coffee lovers, caffeine is also a popular ‘pre-workout’ supplement. Some drink it straight up while some take it in the form of pre-workout supplements sold by supplement companies in the form of powder. Some even prefer to consume black coffee shots before their workout. But, things get out of hand when people can’t workout without caffeine in their system and are confused as to why. Here, let me make it simpler for you. How Does Caffeine Work In The Body? © Twitter When you consume caffeine in any form, it is quickly absorbed by the body through the gastro intestinal tract and enters the bloodstream within 45 minutes. Caffeine makes the body release the antagonist of adenosine receptors that does not let the body enter the ‘relaxing’ zone. Caffeine blocks the effects of adenosine so that the body does not enter relaxation mode. It’s forced to stay alert instead. This is how caffeine affects your mind. Caffeine also increases the stimulatory effects of the heart by increasing coronary blood flow. Caffeine As A Pre-Workout © Twitter Every pre-workout supplement contains caffeine, since caffeine freshens you up, even if you are feeling tired. So, when you dunk down a scoop of pre-workout mix which usually contains around 200 to 300 mg of caffeine, you feel super charged. It is this psychological effect that helps you focus and push harder, even at times when you don’t want to. Also, some studies suggest that caffeine can improve muscle contractions, improve endurance performance and increase tolerance to fatigue. Use Caffeine, Don’t LIVE On It! © Twitter Pre-workout abuse and addiction is pretty common. You must have heard gym dudes complaining that no pre-workout hits them anymore. That’s because they have developed a tolerance for caffeine because of prolonged usage. Instead of keeping it steady and cycling it, dudes start increasing the dosage with time. This is because the body gets used to the same level of stimulants and start releasing more adenosine receptors, making the same (100mg) dosage less effective. Then they increase the dosage to 200mg and 300mg and ultimately plateau. This is how caffeine is abused. Safe Dosage And Alternative To Pre-Workout Upto 400mg of caffeine per day is a safe dosage for a healthy adult. However, some people start getting heart palpitations with dosages as low as 300mg per serving. Therefore, dosage is a personal choice. Though people have consumed pre-workouts that contain a lot of fillers along with caffeine, a natural cup of coffee will also offer the same advantage. The only condition is that you need to take this cup of black coffee without sugar and milk. It will give you the same kick. The Best Way To Use Pre-Workout Supplements The best way to use caffeine as a stimulant is to take a lower dosage for a few weeks and then go off of it. Get the drift? It’s called pre-workout cycling. This will maintain your body’s sensitiveness towards caffeine and won’t get you addicted while giving you all the benefits. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer , Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  23. Pakistan cricket legends Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar have been making hilarious headlines all over promoting their upcoming show Geo Khelo Pakistan. Donning the avatars for Maula Jatt and his arch-nemesis Noori Natt from the 1979 Punjabi cult classic, their shocking transformation is enough to leave anyone in fits of laughter. - Something new and exciting coming very soon with @shoaib100mph #NawaAyaHaiSohnaya #GeoKheloPakistan pic.twitter.com/aDyXIvxNUV — Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) May 14, 2017 Looks like Wasim Akram’s wife Shaniera is equally bewildered by the makeover. She recently took to Twitter to express her thoughts. “The face you make when you are in the kitchen cooking and your husband comes home as Noori Nath #NawaAyaHaiSohnaya @wasimakramlive” she tweeted. The face you make when you are in the kitchen cooking and your husband comes home as Noori Nath #NawaAyaHaiSohnaya @wasimakramlive pic.twitter.com/wigzW5EBy1 — Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) May 14, 2017 In another tweet, she wrote, “So you can imagine how confused I was when this guy came home from work yesterday, instead of Wasim.” So you can imagine how confused I was when this guy came home from work yesterday instead of Wasim pic.twitter.com/ykqbU7aM6R — Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) May 15, 2017 A fan suggested that Maula Jatt should have his Mukkho Jatti. Shaniera seemed to like the idea. How do you feel about this ? @wasimakramlive https://t.co/c1Rx4JyQPT — Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) May 15, 2017 Lo and behold! The ‘Swing ka Sultan’ responded with: “I think you were made for this look!#ShanieraJatti #BlondePunjabi” I think you were made for this look! #ShanieraJatti #BlondePunjabi https://t.co/kFO3sZdZbo — Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) May 15, 2017 Not a bad idea at all.
  24. There’s no denying that Bill Gates is one of the most intelligent men in the world right now, and whenever he has something to say, everyone should listen closely. Since he’s one of the biggest self-made men, people usually look up to him for advice, especially college grads who are just starting out. Since he has been asked about it a lot, he took the time to write down a series of tweets, summing it up in the best way. He started off with a light-hearted joke by tweeting a short clip from ‘The Graduate’. 1/ New college grads often ask me for career advice. At the risk of sounding like this guy…https://t.co/C68mjJ5g44 — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017 Then talked about the most promising fields today. 2/ AI, energy, and biosciences are promising fields where you can make a huge impact. It's what I would do if starting out today. — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017 He even mentioned his famous status of being one of the most successful college dropouts. 3/ Looking back on when I left college, there are some things I wish I had known. — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017 How intelligence is not that important to him anymore. 4/ E.g. Intelligence takes many different forms. It is not one-dimensional. And not as important as I used to think. — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017 One of his biggest regrets. 5/ I also have one big regret: When I left school, I knew little about the world’s worst inequities. Took me decades to learn. — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017 He even admitted that the present generation knows more than what he knew at their age. 6/ You know more than I did when I was your age. You can start fighting inequity, whether down the street or around the world, sooner. — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017 Your company matters a lot. 7/ Meanwhile, surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self. As @MelindaGates does for me. — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017 His views on happiness. .@melindagates 8/ Like @WarrenBuffett I measure my happiness by whether people close to me are happy and love me, & by the difference I make for others. — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017 His graduation present. .@melindagates @WarrenBuffett 9/ If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this--the most inspiring book I've ever read. pic.twitter.com/P67BuvpELJ — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017 Sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. .@melindagates @WarrenBuffett 10/ @SAPinker shows how the world is getting better. Sounds crazy, but it’s true. This is the most peaceful time in human history. — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017 Having a positive perspective. .@melindagates @WarrenBuffett @sapinker 11/ That matters because if you think the world is getting better, you want to spread the progress to more people and places. — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017 There’s always a solution for everything. .@melindagates @WarrenBuffett @sapinker 12/ It doesn’t mean you ignore the serious problems we face. It just means you believe they can be solved. — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017 The secret behind his success. .@melindagates @WarrenBuffett @sapinker 13/ This is the core of my worldview. It sustains me in tough times and is the reason I love my work. I think it can do same for you. — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017 And he signed off on a happy note. .@melindagates @WarrenBuffett @sapinker 14/ This is an amazing time to be alive. I hope you make the most of it. — Bill Gates (@BillGates) May 15, 2017 Thanks for the incredible advice Mr. Gates!
  25. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” -- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross The above mentioned quote could not be truer than it is in the case of a library in Hyderabad—the Human Library Hyderabad, that lets you borrow a human, much like a book, to read for 30 minutes. The Human Library Hyderabad is a library where books are people and reading is a conversation—words that the small community adheres to with all sincerity. It is a library where you are not requested to maintain silences; instead ask questions and listen to people talk about their lives; their stories. © Human Library Hyderabad The idea for such a concept stemmed, originally from a similar establishment that came up in Denmark 17 years ago, at the turn of the century. Started by Ronni Abergel, his brother and colleagues, who were part of a movement called Stop the Violence, the concept was an initiative towards using humans as books to make the most of the human experience. Australia became the first country to create a permanent human library. In Hyderabad, India, the concept—which is less than a month old—was the initiative of Harshad Fad, a student of Mass Media & Communication, at Annapurna University. © Human Library Hyderabad And while the first Human Library event in India was held at Indore in 2016 at the IIM Indore campus, Hyderabad is the second city in the country to initiate this project; the first Human Library event was held at Indore, in November 2016, at IIM Indore. Based on the philosophy of human knowledge sharing, the human library events that Fad and his mates organize aim to encourage people to meet new people, outside of work and off the digital radar and get them to open up. It’s the same principle you would apply to the books versus Kindle debate. © Human Library Hyderabad How It Works? The events are held at different locations and people get to choose from various human book catalogues—‘A Man’s Journey to the Epitome of Grace,' 'The experiences of a male dancer who impersonates as a woman,' 'Chains of Freedom,' 'The tales of a traveler who wants nations freed of borders,' 'Life in Olive Green' and 'The stories of an army man'. And each human can be borrowed and read for up to 30 minutes. During this time frame, one can ask questions of their subjects, as well. After each reading session, the organising team asks the individuals if they feel emotionally equipped to share more. © Human Library Hyderabad The first event that was organized in March 2017, had 10 humans up for reading and the team assures us that the number of humans available will double at the next event. Speaking about his favourite human book, Fad said, “Surviving domestic violence and self-loathing narcissists are my favourite human books as they instill courage and deter the strangeness in you.” Andy Silviera, one of the human books at their first event, also an LGBTQ-activist—who identifies as gay—told Sbcltr, “Narrating personal stories of my life to random people was a tad unnerving, yet it was also a learning experience of narrating it differently, especially when I was aware that a particular reader stayed back to listen to my story for second time.” © Human Library Hyderabad The Human Library Hyderabad is one of the rarest initiatives in recent times that have come to light and we’re glad that there are people out there taking such steps. It’s a step towards communication and emotion on a much deeper level. With the onset and flood of technology, human relationships; even human touch, as a matter of fact, has become scarce. It’s all about the comments, the likes, the hits and the shares. It’s about right swiping and “sexting”. We’ve forgotten what it’s like to really talk; for reasons that are not limited to technology. We’ve forgotten what it’s like to share and listen and really feel emotionally connected on a transcendental level. That’s where a concept like human library is changing the game.