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  1. “So how long did you stick to your New Year resolution?” is a common question we hear during this time of the year and it hurts, doesn't it? Most people have given up on making them altogether. The rest don't stick with them for too long because they've been led to believe that failure is inevitable. This is unfortunate because the idea of a New Year's resolution, albeit shrouded in pessimism, is a positive one wherein we recognize the need for self-improvement. Instead, the fault lies in our approach and the solution lies in Kaizen. Kaizen, which is Japanese for “change for better”. © Thinkstock/Getty Images What Is Kaizen? Kaizen is a Japanese business philosophy that promotes “continual improvement” as the mindset to achieve long-term goals. It is accurately captured in the following saying by Lao Tzu, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” It encourages the practitioner to take small steps in the right direction every day, regardless of the magnitude of the task at hand. Taking small, slow steps may sound like an impractical, lazy or wasteful method but how many times have you paid for a gym membership, only to abandon it in a couple of weeks? A gym membership is a huge commitment – a big step – and gym owners are not even thankful when they receive your unwise charitable donation. Instead, Kaizen advocates that you start going for a 10-minute brisk walk every day for a couple of weeks and then start gradually adding a portion of salad to your meals and then, once you've trained your brain to be a bit more disciplined, you purchase the gym membership. This gradual build-up to a steady program is the exact opposite of the usual pattern. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Getting Better At Getting Better Clearly, this is not the way to build a six pack in six days because the essence of Kaizen is that setting goals like “six pack in six days” is a bad idea. Kaizen is more of a mindset, less of a productivity tool. It's not result-based, it's process-based. For example, it will not help if you just hit deadlines. Trust me, I've tried and the MensXP editor wasn't very happy about it! Nevertheless, it can be used to review the process of working towards hitting a deadline so that next time, I can make a small positive change to my writing process and improve. When practicing Kaizen, it's never about the final result because there's always room for improvement regardless of success or failure. Kaizen is a journey, not a destination. In fact, Kaizen advocates for continuously upgrading your destination as you get better. Why Does It Work? Based on evolution, we have three brains although Bollywood makes a strong case for us having none. These are the cortex, the mammalian brain and the reptilian brain. The cortex is the part that makes humans unique – civilization, music, creativity, all reside in the cortex. The mammalian mid-brain has the amygdala which controls the fight-or-flight response. When faced with an imminent threat, the body is prepared to act reflexively which leads the thinking part – the cortex – to slow down or shut down altogether since the ability to do calculus is not a priority when being chased by a tiger! The problem is that the amygdala gets activated whenever we deviate from routine. For the amygdala, safety comes first even when I'm sitting comfortably in my chair, imagining about taking over the world or any other obscenely big step. © Pexels Fear is the immediate response to anything new and it's a normal part of our lives. Yes, it's normal, embrace it. When we decide to take a big step, the amygdala comes into play, thus restricting access to our cortex. Small steps are a way to bypass the amygdala so that one can harness the complete powers of their cortex. Thus, Kaizen encourages taking steps that are so small that they're painless to follow through. This changes the focus from the staggering task at hand (say, learning how to play the guitar) to just being a little better than your previous self (“Let's learn how to play the first 4 notes of the DDLJ tune.”). The Toyota Way A classic example of Kaizen in action is The Toyota Production System. Any worker in Toyota's manufacturing units can stop the assembly line to fix a minor defect. This goes against the conventional idea of mass manufacturing which translates to, “never stop the line, we'll fix errors at the end of the line”. Taiichi Ohno, a manager influenced by the idea of “small, continual improvement”, noticed that fixing errors at the end was a time-consuming, expensive process. He trained his workers in Kaizen. They were trained to identify small problems and carry out small actions that could fix the problem then and there. As a result, contrary to conventional manufacturing and management wisdom, Toyota's production soared. © Reuters They took it one step further when they opened up the suggestions box to everyone. While doing their job, anyone who took the effort to ask small questions, like “What if there's an Excel function that does exactly what I'm doing by hand?”, could put in suggestions for the upper management to review. The good ones were rewarded appropriately. This practice gave every worker the incentive to find Kaizen opportunities at every stage of the production pipeline and it worked. Today, Toyota prides itself on being a reliable, good quality, affordable brand and they consider Kaizen to be instrumental in their success. You Can Do It It's important to note that Kaizen and innovation (a radical change, by definition, i.e. a big step) are not mutually exclusive. The emphasis is on continual improvement and more often than not, it's easier to make a miniscule change than it is to innovate. Even right now, imagine you're asked to innovate, and then imagine that you're asked to make the smallest improvement in your routine. Irrespective of the actual work, doesn't the latter have a soothing effect on your brain unlike the former that feels like a tough, elaborate 'Roadies' task? Kaizen is all about ease of adoption. It'll guide you to move at a slower, relaxed pace to achieve lasting change. In his book 'One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way', Dr. Robert Maurer says, “If you hit a wall of resistance, try scaling back the size of your steps. (...) The essence of Kaizen is an optimistic belief in our potential for continuous improvement.” © Thinkstock/Getty Images Conclusion There's the age-old debate between hard work and talent. Talent is inherent skill (like being good at guessing the meanings of words from the context in which they're used) and hard work requires rigor (like completing a book with several tough words in it). For the bigger goals in life, talent tends to fall short and hard work needs to be done over a long period of time, the results of which come even later. Hard work always trumps talent but people rely on the latter because performing consistent hard work for weeks without seeing the desired results is a scary proposition. The process is plagued with questions like, “What if I never make it? Should I have listened to my parents and stuck to a regular job?” In such dire circumstances, the Kaizen philosophy is like a friendly pat on the back telling you, “There's always light at the end of the tunnel. Eventually, these small improvements will add up. They surely will! Don't be intimidated by the horizon, just look down and put one foot in front of the other. You can do it.” References: “One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way” by Robert Maurer, PhD
  2. Women are anything but subtle, but when it comes to addressing issues in a relationship, they might not be as straightforward either. Sometimes, during a turbulent relationship, women may whine and beat around the bush, hoping that men would and could understand what exactly it is that is bothering them. And, more often than not, men fail to do that! We aren't talking about smaller issues related to subtlety that women show; like pretending to be interested in how many wickets you took in a game of cricket or not enjoying the company of your friends. We're talking about much bigger tell tale signs of women being unhappy in a relationship and wanting to end it. Here are some obscure indications that will help you prepare for when the end is near or when the 'talk' is going to happen from her end. Communication Will Cease This is the first sign your woman is unhappy in a relationship and wants to call it quits. Her texts, DM's, good morning messages or even late night calls will become a little less frequent than before. This is an obvious sign since women make more of an effort to keep in touch with men, on a daily basis, than men do. She might withdraw, not necessarily to break up but to also get space and to put things into perspective. "When my relationship went through a rough patch, I was lost. One thing that helped me clear my mind was ceasing communication and backing out and giving myself time to think. I first wanted to break away completely but the space helped me analyse things in the right way", quotes Naintara, a marketing professional. If you do realise that your woman has withdrawn her communication considerably, definitely have a chat with her. She's probably thinking twice about the relationship. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Your Plans With Her Take A Hike If she's still into you, as she was before, she will be super excited to make plans with you. But, if you see her dodging plans or cancelling last minute, a little too often, it's probably her indecisiveness about the relationship that's keeping her at bay. She may be cancelling plans, last minute, to act on some pending plans from before, so always give her the benefit of the doubt. But, if you see it happening often enough, there is definitely something she's trying to convey and obviously she can't convey it straight up. If you see her more excited about other plans and bailing out on you last minute, that's definitely a sure shot sign. It means she'd rather be doing something else, than spending time with you. © Thinkstock/Getty Images She Gives In Easily During A Fight Some women, when challenged with frequent friction in a relationship chose complacency over going with the flow. That's because they've probably lost interest in salvaging whatever it is that is diminishing. If your girlfriend walks out on you halfway during a fight, while shrugging her shoulders, you should know that something is wrong and she's beginning to not give a damn about the situation. "I withdraw significantly, especially when I am stuck in a crossfire and I don't want to be there. It's like a constant battle you're losing, so the best thing to do is to stop giving a f***", says Amalya, a food blogger. If you begin to notice her callous attitude about something you care about, then it's time to take a hint. © Thinkstock/Getty Images She Picks Fights Over Trivial Things While some women don't care much about winning at a fight anymore, because they're almost done with the relationship, some pick a fight over things that didn't bother them before. They mostly pick things which are trivial in nature. The reason they do this is because subconsciously, they're trying to either push you away or are just irritated with you almost every time they're around you. There could be numerous reasons as to why she's irritated or picking a fight. Either she's stressed out about something other than the relationship or she's genuinely unhappy and wants to call it off. "By the end of my last relationship I was so done that even his presence around me was infuriating and I always reacted with anger and picked fights even for the smallest things that he did wrong". says Damini, a graphic designer. © Thinkstock/Getty Images She Withdraws From Everything Not just you, she withdraws from every part of you and your life. She will stop picking up calls from your mom or even cancel plans with your sister last minute because she doesn't feel obliged to make any effort for them anymore, since she's in a bad space with you. If you notice these subtle signs of her withdrawing, try and nip the issue in the bud and have a conversation with her, straight up. © Thinkstock/Getty Images She Weeds You Out Of Her Social Circle Guess what, you're not invited to a bar hopping session with her and her friends anymore. Yes, this is a definite sign that she wants out when she doesn't even want you around in a social setting. She might also do this to try and wrangle some space from the relationship but if she does this one too many times, she's definitely going to call it off sooner than later. Notice if she's going for parties all by herself or with her gang or even attending weddings (something that you two did together) on her own, she's trying to tell you that she'd rather just do these things by herself. "I eventually realised I didn't want him around me or my social circle because we were just not getting along, but I didn't want to break his heart so I started avoiding him. i wish I'd just told him straight up" - Ananya, Journalist. © Thinkstock/Getty Images The *** Isn't The Same Anymore "Our chemistry in bed just fizzled out. Not from his side but mine. That's because I just didn't feel it anymore and there wasn't any passion left and I couldn't get myself to tell him I want out" - Tapsi, Researcher. Oh, the *** is definitely affected when the chemistry is slowly dying between a couple. If you see her losing interest in things that she loved doing in bed, you know something is up. It could be something as simple as not using her tongue anymore while she's kissing you or giving refusing to give you head every single time. You will also begin to notice small things like her not caring much for unshaved legs or bikini waxes, something she was very staunch about. Her sexy lingerie rests at the back of her drawer and she's in her everyday underpants, whenever she's with you. These little things about losing interest in the way she dresses or the small things she doesn't do or take care of anymore are the biggest signs of things coming to an end or her losing interest in the relationship. © Thinkstock/Getty Images The Chemistry Fades Away If she's ending the relationship, the first thing to crumble is the chemistry you two share. It could be something as significant as her not getting or remembering inside jokes you two shared once, right up to her actions being callous towards your behaviour. If the chemistry is dying, she's surely going to come up to you soon and talk about ending the relationship. If you let it slip away for far too long, there isn't really anything you can do about it later. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Sometimes it's hard to tell what women want or think but there are signs you will notice, which will probably give you answers to their subtle behaviour and callous attitude. If you catch these signs and notice things are changing, try and talk to her and figure out how you can salvage the relationship. Otherwise, all you can do is succumb to your fate and pray that your next girlfriend is a little more straightforward!
  3. I am pretty sure this article is going to receive some flak from some keyboard warrior who will add some silly quip like, 'do you even lift' and pass a remark or two about how my life sucks. Alright bro, more power to you and your keyboard ninja skills. This is actually a rant that was long time coming and here it is, in the form of an article. Over the years we've seen a ton of guys walk into the gym with an ego the size of a tank! They're the guys who need to make a ton of noise and look 'cool' while working out. One pet peeve when it comes to these sorts of gym bros is when they attempt a leg press. The pressing or better said 'pretending to press' hundreds of kilos on the leg press machine needs to stop. Why? Read on. © YouTube You heard it right. Those leg presses, where you load the weight of a car on the machine, are not a good workout. Period! Do not worry, I am going to make my case and back it with valid points. Hold your horses until then, warrior. The reasons why leg press personal records or posting videos of lifting extremely heavy on the presses is illogical because- 1. Because It Doesn't Make Any Sense Leg presses do not have real application in a real-life setting or a sport. There is no event or sport where you are supposed to lay down and press hundreds of pounds at a 45-degree angle, with an 8-inch range of motion. There will be a herd of sheep or their leader who will eventually come up with an argument that nor are there real-life situations where we are supposed to get under a bar, loaded with weights, and squat it. But the fact is that the squat is a movement that is performed everyday. The only difference will be the fact that you won't be lifting anything. But, there is no real-life application of pushing a load on an inclined slope with your legs. © YouTube 2. Your Back Does Not Support Your Ego (Science Has Proven It) Haven't you heard the stories by now? About how someone injured themselves or herniated their discs due to a simple mistake while lifting weights? It's very common. You know why? Because your back does not give a damn about your ego! Dr. Stuart McGill;jsessionid=1C5CCAA36CB4AC4CA84D945FE4D50067.hydra?id=656345 , who has studied and conducted research on the causal mechanisms of back pain and rehab, and produced 240 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers on this topic, mentioned this in one of his books. “The leg press sometimes causes the pelvis to rotate away from the backrest when the weight is lowered. The resultant lumbar flexion produces herniating conditions for the disc.” Translation: Your back does not give a damn about your ego. That case holds true for almost any exercise but if we take the comparison of a squat, you will automatically focus on the little technical cues and form as you progress and start lifting heavier. © YouTube There is no doubt that a leg press will build the lower half of your body, but if you are prioritizing personal records on the leg presses, as primary work on your quadriceps, you are only chasing a false sense of strength. It is not going to make you any stronger or bigger. Want to verify my claim? Just try squatting with half the weight you push on a leg press with the perfect form and full range of motion. Then we'll talk. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at
  4. The Detroit Motor Show 2018 is in full swing and there's nothing better than to start an event with a road-ramming bang with the likes of Mercedes Benz cars. Gents, and ladies who are interested, the marquee brand's shiny new avatar of their most formidable G-Class was premiered for the world to see, not too long ago-- the 2019 G-Class is out of the wraps and it's looking significantly more charming than ever before! We bet the Kardashian family are gung ho about this! © Mercedes Facebook The luxury SUV is not just big in size but big on style as well. Mercedes has put in 39 years in this series, and their latest offering packs the iconic boxy look along with tiny but functional design tweaks and upgrades. © Mercedes Facebook You'll find a 12.3 inch infotainment system on the dash, for instance, optimised for the latest versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Even the seats have received a cushiony upgrade to heighten the overall experience. © Mercedes Facebook Then there's the galvanised steel bodywork, which is also corrosion resistant thanks to a flowing hot wax treatment, meticulously put together by hand. The lines through the stocky bodywork are angular and sharp in all the right places-- one look at the vehicle and you know it means business. © Mercedes Facebook The driver can expect to experience a new high in this G-Class because it's 438mm above ground. Mercedes-Benz Head, Dieter Zetsche, says one needs to, "invest both bucks and brains to write new chapters, while staying true to the overall script - that's exactly what we've done with the new G 500" and we couldn't agree more, the new SUV is as tastefully done as the last. © Daimler The same goes for the innards of the vehicle. Off-roading in the new G-Class is something we'd like to do given its - three drive-differentials - an advanced 4-wheel Electronic Traction System - independent suspension and - a rather powerful 4 litre V8 bi-turbo engine - that could make it fly, well within the dimensions of stability, even on the most difficult terrain. The pull of 416 ponies gives the SUV an edge over reigning off-roaders in existence. If you ever wanted a challenge on an empty road, push the pedal to take the beast from 0-100kmph in just 5.9 seconds. © Daimler The brand says that one can expect the G-Class to be out for deliveries towards the latter half of 2018 along with more information on their future projects and launches. We're super excited about the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+, coming up next! Here's a teaser
  5. Ask any of your 'Canada wale' or 'Kanedian' buddies as they are lovingly called, that what do they miss the most about home? The answer is probably going to be their Punjabi mummy's food! We are no different, after all nothing beats the wonderfulness of the hot 'rotis' served by our loving moms. via GIPHY If you are from Punjab, you'd know the immense love behind making hot 'chappatis' on a 'chulha' and the whole family gathering around it for dinner. Turns out, this desi mom in Canada knows her stuff pretty well. A video has been going viral now and it shows a loving mom making 'rotis' in the fireplace. It's been shared by a page on Facebook called Edmonton Vich Punjabis and it has everyone laughing hard. NRI's are going gaga over this 'jugaad' and all desis are requesting this mom to invite them over. The next time you call your mom from Canada and tell her you are missing her food, beware because she might just fly down and make the impossible happen, because, 'maa sab jaanti hai'!
  6. We are living in one of the best times possible and the credit partly goes to the ever growing technology, which is developing at a speed faster than that of Usain Bolt. It is because of technology that things which appeared unimaginable decades earlier are now a child's play for most of us. One such technology is the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle aka drones. © Pexels Apart from its conventional use in the military and for delivery purpose, people have managed to find quirky and unusual ways to use drones, like racing, pizza delivery, storm chasing, playing pranks, for surveillance and more. However, of all these, one of the most beautiful and possibly the perfect usage of drones is for aerial photography and these pictures are proof. Dronestagram is a Paris based photo sharing community that brings together photographers from all corners of the world, who are passionate about drone photography. Like every year, this time too they organized their annual International Drone Photography Contest for 2017 and after receiving thousands of entries, the top 20 have been shortlisted. Waterlily © helios1412 Kefalonia Melissani Cave © Calin Stan Stairway To Heaven © jcourtial Salt Fields © helios1412 These flying robots have managed to capture some of the most breathtaking and mesmerizing moments, which until now were hidden from our naked eyes. So, let's take a moment to appreciate these incredible and spectacular pictures. Dawn On Mercury Tower © Alexey Goncharov Concrete Jungle © bachirm Rising Waters © Justen Soule Stingray And Girls © tahitiflyshoot Marigolds © Seksan Saowarod Quad Bikes In Dunes © LukeMaximoBell Motorbike Bridge Over River In Thailand © tominspires Portuguese Surfer © jcourtial The Majestic Beast Nanuk © Florian Ledoux Cruising The Route 66 © Raf Willems Girls At The Beach, Rio de Janeiro © Marihenud Cracked Mud Boating On Burke Lake © MiloAllerton Hippos. © yannick68 Tropical Island Beach, Dominican Republic © ValentinValkov Swimming With A Whale © DroneFilmsProject Sveti Stefan Hotel In Montenegro © Smakadron The beauty of drone photography is that it can explore different angles and perspectives from greater heights and these pictures speak volumes about what a bird's eye view truly means.
  7. “Hey Google, turn off the lights in my room after I leave” This may very well be the command you will be giving your Google Assistant powered smart home by the end of this year. We're here at CES and the search giant has literally taken over the annual technology show. Google showcased the power of namely one product — the Google Assistant. © MensXP_AkshayBhalla Google's AI assistant is going to be embedded in every device possible and it was very much prevalent at CES. From speakers to bathrooms to cars, everything had Google Assistant built into them. "We think Assistant is more useful if it's available across all devices and contexts," said Scott Huffman, Google's VP of Engineering in charge of Google Assistant. "It's not just phones or speakers or laptops; it's all kinds of things." To that end, Google is focusing on incorporating Assistant in three major categories at CES: the home, the car and mobile -- which, in the case of the latter, means a smarter pairs of earbuds. The most popular category in which we saw the AI assistant being incorporated was your home. From the top of our heads, we saw Google Assistant powered devices from Altec Lansing, Anker Innovations, Bang & Olufsen, Braven, iHome, JBL, Jensen, LG, Lenovo, Klipsch, Knit Audio, Memorex, RIVA Audio and SoLIS. © Lenovo At the moment, we are only accustomed to smart speakers, however, at CES there were touch screens that let you make calls or smart displays that would let you look up recipes on YouTube, right in your kitchen. Home appliance companies like LG and Whirlpool also showcased washing machines and refrigerators that use Google Assistant. According to Google, Assistant is now available on more than 400 million devices and we couldn't agree more after seeing an agglomeration of Google Assistant powered devices. © Whirlpool Having said all of the above, Assistant will not be limited to home appliances as we saw it deeply integrated into cars as well. Google Assistant is going to be made available through Android Auto and it can do everything from reading out your texts to playing music or helping you navigate your car. © BCCL Google Assistant is already available on over 400 million devices and before you know it, you will be surrounded by it. You will deal with AI in your kitchen, in your car, and even in your bathroom. It won't be long before Google Assistant is going to take over your life and you won't even realise how it will become an integral part of your existence — unless you use Siri or Alexa, of course.
  8. It is estimated that between 15-20% of girls and boys from all socioeconomic groups in Pakistan are exposed to sexual harassment and abuse before the time they turn 18 years old. With many cases going unreported or undetected, it can be assumed that in reality the statistics are probably much higher. Whatever the numbers may be, it is increasingly clear that not enough is being done to protect children from abuse. Moreover, a number of myths and misconceptions, which suggest that only girls and children from lower socio-economic groups are abused, continue to be believed by many people. This booklet, developed by non-governmental organisation Rozan, has been designed as a tool for parents and caregivers to use while talking to their children about child sexual abuse. The aim of the booklet is to provide realistic strategies that parents and caregivers can use to actively help their children learn to protect themselves from abuse. The tips and suggestions are meant to make conversations about abuse with children easier, more effective, and practical, and to encourage parents to start talking about a subject area where prevention is the key to safety. The above booklet has been published here online with permission from non-governmental organisation Rozan. Also read: This book teaches children about body protection in an age-appropriate way Child sexual abuse is a very sensitive topic and a lack of basic awareness makes children more vulnerable. This book for children 4-10 solves that problem.
  9. Mia Khalifa does not really have any bad moment in her life generally. Men all over the world crush on her and she takes pride in savouring all that attention. Happy New Year! Every month I send signed posters to my $50 Patreon supporters. To celebrate the New Year, all January long I'm giving any current patron who UPGRADES their tier, and any NEW member who supports me at $20 or higher this exclusive NYE poster ð $20 patrons also get access to my private IG (@miakpatreon) and monthly galleries shot by amazing photographers like @atwes who shot this one! Happy new year, y'all! Link in my bio to join the Patreon Fam ð¤ A post shared by Mia K. (@miakhalifa) on Jan 1, 2018 at 11:01am PST Shoutout to @dre_dreezy for not kicking us out of In n Out for this photoshoot ð link in my bio to sign up for exclusive galleries like this every month, and access to memebers-only streams, a private Instagram account, naming rights to my first born child (jk), and soooooo much more! ð¸: @blaisejoseph_ A post shared by Mia K. (@miakhalifa) on Nov 8, 2017 at 10:48am PST So while many took to social media and shared their best moments of 2017, Mia Khalifa decided to do something different, as usual. She took to her Instagram and shared her worst moment of the past year instead. Everyone's sharing their best moments of #2017, so here's my worst ð¤·ð½‍âï¸ A post shared by Mia K. (@miakhalifa) on Dec 31, 2017 at 9:50am PST If you ask us, eating a hamburger and having your dog cuddle with you on a couch is not bad at all. And if she calls that 'worst', it's still better than the best for most of us!
  10. Did you know that everything we learn is actually stored in our brain, and the brain can't store information if it doesn't physically change in some (usually routine) way? That means that the connections between the neurons in our brains should be changing systematically. This is known as rewiring your brain for the output you want out of it. To actually tap that side of yourself, you will need to sharpen your brain with various helpful activities. You yourself possess the power to improve your brain's capability through mental training that will impact your overall performance. Here is a list of such activities which will help you achieve success. 1. Practice brain aerobics. © Daily Health Post Practice makes perfect and the same goes for our brain when we regularly practice something that creates new neural patterns. The more the connections, the better the chances of your success will be. You can play chess, sudoku, crossword puzzles and any such activity that requires deep thinking. Most successful people allot at least 15 to 30 minutes to any activity that requires thinking. You should do the same. This is what billionaire investor Mark Cuban has to say on this subject, "What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? It takes a willingness to learn, to be able to focus, to absorb information, and to always realize that business is a 24/7 job…" Just like you work on physical activities to keep your body in shape so you should do to keep your brain in a healthy shape to deliver desired results 2. Look for fresh ideas. © SlideShare If you want a new neural connection to form, you will need more new activities to always keep it fresh. Any new kind of information that will help you achieve your goals will create a database in your brain which can be accessed anytime, as required. For example,if you are interested in tennis then why not take some lessons and track your progress? You were interested in something challenging and the fact that you finally did it will ultimately strengthen your brain muscles and the belief to be successful in any field. 3. Visualize your future self © RichifyLife Have you heard about the visualization technique? It could be based on your memory of the past or it could be as simple as imagining yourself in a certain situation in future. Here, we are talking about the latter. While doing so, you will attract the needed energy to make that vision a reality. If you aspire to be a millionaire by the end of 2019, you should imagine that kind of a lifestyle, your priorities, your schedule, the kind of people you will meet and the attitude you will have. So, the next time you feel a lack of motivation, visualise yourself in that situation and see if you want that outcome or not and then act on it. 4. Focus your energy on a long-term goal. © Millo Someone wise once said, “If you don't build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.” This is the only reality, my friend. You need to decide on what you want from your life and act on it. You should never offer the driving seat to anyone else. If you are feeling demotivated then maybe you need to think about your long-term goals. Even though it is not an easy job. Even rich people who once had money or passion as their biggest dream, now crave philanthropic deeds. So, your goals may vary but they should be big and challenging enough so that they keep you accelerated towards them. If you do that and enjoy the process, then no one can stop you from achieving what you want from life. 5. Shift to an exponential mindset © CodeCondo Below is the simplification of what an exponential mindset looks like. Such kind of a mindset takes thinking to the next level as it aspires for greater things which could be ten times larger than what a normal person would imagine. A person with such a mindset anticipates faster growth as they can already see it coming. They even look at failures as a part of the equation but always end up being ten times ahead, preparing for anything that you have to deal with, positive or not.
  11. A friend once said, “Parents falling ill should be a fundamental wrong.” As I helped mom get up, the words resounded in my ears. A parent's illness is disturbing. We're so used to being cared for by our parents, that we forget time will soon reverse the roles. As kids, we're selfish brats and in our minds, continue to maintain the status quo. If there's one thing we take for granted the most in the whole wide world, it's our parents, especially our mothers. Need aloo parathas on a Sunday morning – mom. Need advice on how to treat that annoying cold – mom. As kids when we fell sick, there was just one word that soothed our petrified hearts – mom. © Facebook/Ankush Bahuguna As we grow older and our parents much older, the inevitable happens. They become weaker, frailer, and vulnerable. They may put up a façade of being strong or they may demand more of your time – either way, they are no longer invincible like you believed in childhood. When you hit your pinky toe against the bed or spot a lizard in your bathroom, most of us still have a universal exclamation – “ma”/ “mummy” – that word we are so used to calling out in times of danger. When parents fall ill – god forbid it, but they do – that's when it hits you – that old equation of superman and citizen is permanently altered. You have to be the superman now. Working in 9-to-6 jobs with hectic schedules, we are all trying our best to make something great out of life. Earn more money, socialize with friends and colleagues, find love, sweat out the stress in the gym, ace that promotion – there's a lot to do and there's little space for parents in our everyday corporate routine. They understand – they want their children to make the most out of their lives, and so they resign themselves to the margins of our lives, prodding us gently every once in a while to register their existence. © YouTube/Axis Bank Sometimes they fall ill and all hell breaks loose. We realise our tightly scheduled lives are built in a way that there's no space for a parent falling ill. Our lives come crashing down and suddenly we are transported to a different world – their world. A world of yellow lightbulbs and old Hindi songs, a world of milk porridge and antacids, a world of reading the newspaper in the morning sun. That world is so unknown to us, it baffles us, makes us uneasy and we writhe in discomfort. We have come so far from their world, trying to build a different world of our own, that we have left them far behind. It's no one's fault – don't blame yourself for single-mindedly focusing on your life; it's a necessary evil. Blame the third world economy for overworking our parents, blame the society for the lack of support systems for the elderly, blame the law of nature. The blame is ours too, yes, when we turn a deaf ear to their soft pleas for our time, when we turn a blind eye to their aching knees and boxes of tablets, when we cancel that trip home every time thinking next year. © UTV Motion Pictures But when they fall ill, life stops and you struggle to make sense of this new slow and uneventful world. It's difficult to see a loved one in pain, more so if that loved one has been your superman. As you grow up, a lot many myths are shattered, the most painful of them being this – that your superman is mortal. You have to reverse the role you enjoyed all your life and the harsh realization doesn't come gently; it comes as abruptly as your guts belching out last night's bad food. It comes when you get a call in the middle of the night from your mother sleeping in the next room. It comes at the doctor's clinic when he lists down a myriad tests and medicines and explains to your reeling head all the permutations and combinations the medicines have to be taken in – how did your parents even remember your medicines schedules or your school time-tables and never messed up even once, year after year? How did they remain awake all night when you burned with fever, how did they wake up early in the morning to pack your tiffin and drop you to the bus stop every day without fail for 12 long years? The benchmark they set is too high, too superhuman for us to reach. Sometimes you wish our society would take it a little easy and parents shouldn't be required to be so selfless raising their children. Bunking school because your mom wanted to sleep in till a little late or your dad wanted to finish his newspaper in the morning should have been perfectly fine. © UTV Motion Pictures We cannot be as selfless and giving as they were. We cannot leave our lives behind. But if our current lives cannot handle a parent's illness, it's time to pause and rethink. If your job doesn't let you cater to your ailing parent, is the money even worth it? They understand, mostly. Sometimes it's just the moral support they need, the assurance that you're there. Sometimes, a single message asking about their health is more meaningful than hours spent with them with hardly any conversation. When they are ill, they want our love but the last thing they want is to see our lives suffering. It's almost as if they're apologetic for falling ill – “Sorry, beta you had to cancel your meeting for me. I'll be fine, you should go,” they'll say. All we have to say is, “It's okay ma (or pa), come let's have tea.”
  12. While it's true that all life-altering decisions are taken cautiously, sometimes we like to indulge in precarious pleasures, don't we? Astrology is one of them. It's like a blow up doll tbh- not necessary but you can definitely have a lot of fun with it when it's around! If you look at it objectively though, astrology is an unreliable source of information but if the star alignment is accurately wished upon or studied, you can figure compatibility meters through it (at least that's what they say!). Each sun sign is unique with their qualities and interests and they all give us certain perspectives that help us identify different capabilities in others. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Sometimes, it's quite indulgent and fun to recognise romantic compatibilities between different sun signs. This also includes how sexually compatible each sun sign is with the other. If nothing else, it tells you what your partner, from a specific sun sign, likes to indulge in. If there is any truth to it, well mazel tov! If we're talking about what women really want or enjoy in bed, astrology can help a little. Each zodiac's different from the rest. Although it's not a hidden fact that women love intimacy and foreplay in the bedroom, they also have individualistic desires that are different for each sun sign. Don't abide by all astrological rules when it comes to women though. Although generically each sun sign may be similar but a woman's wants and needs depend entirely on her. But because we're suckers for devouring everything under the sun, we're gonna spell out what women love in bed, according to their sun signs. Thank us later? Aries An Aries woman's tag line is no games, just sports and her sport is taking charge and getting instant gratification. She dislikes emotional mind games when it comes to *** and doesn't want to bring in a moment of dullness or boredom. She can play rough but don't force that on her, let her make her own call. Compatible Signs: Scorpio, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Gemini and Aries. Easy Turn On: Aries women are usually a bit hot-headed but they calm down very quick too. Due to their temperament, they hold a lot of tension in their heads and they love a head massage every once a while. So if you want to turn her on bad, just massage her head gently, play with her hair or give them a gentle (or maybe rough) pull while doing her. © Facebook/Chitrangada Singh Taurus Taurean women just hate the idea of a chase and they prefer men doing the leg work, to make things easier. She's very indulgent in sensual and romantic pleasures so you may not want to go completely hardcore on her. Set the mood ablaze with some champagne, chocolate covered strawberries or draw her a nice and sexy bath with some exfoliating bath salts and she's yours. Also, maybe do it on a nice romantic jazz number with her? Compatible Signs: Pisces, Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn, Sagittarius and Scorpio Easy Turn On: Usually her erogenous zone are the nape of her neck and her throat. You'll drive her wild if you bite, suck, kiss, lick or even gently choke her throat. © Facebook/Anushka Sharma Gemini Gemini woman love adventure. Take her to strange random places to have *** in and she'll be all up for it. In fact, they seek partners according how open to sexual adventures they are because Gemini's are quite free-spirited with their sexual energy and have no hangs ups or inhibitions. Dirty talk and flirting every now and then is their arsenal because a good amount of mental stimulation is important to them. Compatible Signs: Aquarius, Libra, Aries, Leo, Sagittarius and Scorpio Easy Turn On: A Gemini woman's biggest erogenous zone is her hand. Bite, nibble or suck on her fingers and watch her go crazy. Their arms are a sensitive area too, so maybe swiftly graze her arms with your fingers during foreplay. While in bed, start with a backrub, going down her arms and give her a sensual back and arm massage. © Facebook/Sonam Kapoor Cancer Cancerian women aren't very open to sexual endeavours due to their own fears and insecurities of opening up in bed. You really need to coax her for her to ease up and give in. Usually they feel safe and secure with men who are emotional, sensitive and make them comfortable in bed and once they get comfortable they're open to almost anything. Make her feel safe and relaxed and the best way to do that is to lure her with some good food! Compatible Signs: Aquarius, Capricorn, Virgo, Pisces, Taurus, Sagittarius and Scorpio Easy Turn On: Foreplay is easy with a Cancer gal because her erogenous zones are her breasts and nipples. Lightly stoke her breasts, cup them, squeeze them, lick and bite her nipples and she'll never forget your name. © Facebook/Katrina Kaif Leo Leo women love taking the lead in bed and taking a bow after the show is done because they love to shine and be the star. Even though a Leo woman's libido is sufficiently self-driven, a little push from her appreciative partner goes a long way. Oh, and one more thing, moan in bed while she's doing what she does best and you're golden! Compatible Signs: Libra, Gemini, Aries, Aquarius, Sagittarius Easy Turn On: Leo women are ruled by the heart, which they treasure most promisingly. Try putting your ear to a Leo woman's heart when she climaxes and you'll see what we mean! Her spine though is the biggest turn on for her in bed. Run your fingers, a feather or even graze her spine with your nails and watch her tingle with pleasure and joy. © Facebook/Jacqueline Fernandes Virgo Virgo women will never initiate *** or try not to, because they really don't know how to, but the bright side is that they're quick learners. They read up and research a lot on what they really want to try in bed but are a little apprehensive when practicality comes into question. What you can do is, make an effort by making them comfortable and they will certainly open up and try every little trick in the book they've read up on. Don't forget to pay attention to detail. They love that! Compatible Signs: Taurus, Capricorn, Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio Easy Turn On: Virgo women suppress their emotions quite a bit and in the spiritual realm, suppressed feelings are directly correlated to the digestive system and the stomach. Since they store all their pent up emotions there, their stomach is the most sensitive part of their body. Take some ice and run it all over their stomach while in bed with them. That feeling will not only drive them wild but all the pent-up emotion will actually lead them to an amazing orgasm. © Facebook/Kareena Kapoor Libra Libran women may come across as uptight and vanilla but they really aren't. You really need to make an effort to let her know you're worth her time. Like treating her to sophisticated dinners, buying some sexy lingerie, flowers or ever perfumes, will definitely make her want you more. Yeah, she's classy and a bit materialistic but once she opens up to you, she's a fireball in bed. She will definitely not shy away from trying just about anything under the sun to please you, if she's head over heels in love with you. Compatible Signs: Aries, Gemini, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio Easy Turn On: Libran women love anything to do with the butt. She's a sucker for doggy style and will willingly serve you her butt on a silver platter, while you two are at it. She wouldn't even mind a finger or two inside her a**, deriving some crazy sensual pleasures out of it. Her best stress reliever is a butt massage. So you know what to do if she seems uptight. © Facebook/Nargis Fakhri Scorpio Being the most sexual sign of the zodiac, Scorpion women don't like anything plain or vanilla. They're actually freaks in bed and they'll probably teach things you've never tried in bed before. Their sexual deviance comes at a price though, since they struggle with stuff that's taboo, as their sexual appetite is always at a high. They're also seem like sexual predators (for lack of a better word) since they look for men to seduce, instead of allowing themselves to give in to the game of seduction. Downside of having *** with a Scorpio? They are possessive lovers and you will never get enough and will always want to go back for more. Bad idea if you're trying to end a relationship with her but can't because the *** is on fire! Compatible Signs: Pisces, Capricorn, Taurus, Aries, Leo, Sagittarius Easy Turn On: A Scorpio woman's erogenous zone are her genitals! She's a big sucker for oral *** and if you use that tongue well down there, she might even fall in love with you for life! © Facebook/Aishwarya Rai Sagittarius This woman is a lot of fun in bed and will make every lovemaking session into an adventure. Free-spirited and independent, Sagi women hate being tied down, even in bed (not literally though). They love exploring and trying different fun things. You will love her spontaneity. She's open to quickies in a park or a public place and she's probably the current president of the mile high club! One thing that gets to her is boredom and that's the reason she moves from one man to another, too quickly just so she doesn't get bored or life doesn't get too monotonous. If you have her interest, you have her for a while. Just don't let it get boring. Compatible Signs: Libra, Leo, Gemini, Aries, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Cancer, Capricorn Easy Turn On: Her thighs are her biggest turn on. Grab her by the thighs while in bed and you'll make her go wild. The best thing to do though? Put your head in-between her legs and gently kiss, lick and suckle on her thighs, before you make it home. She'll also love it if you grab her by the hip if you want to take her to bed. © Facebook/Yami Gautam Capricorn Capricorn women may seem prudish, 'together' and proper when you meet them but they're completely the opposite in bed! You just need to bring out their inner animal, or pull them out of their disciplined demeanour. She likes winning at everything, so why should *** be any different for her. She may not enjoy PDA or being slobbered with affection but court her sensually and she's going to give you a chance for sure. Make sure your stamina is on point though. She loves a man with good stamina. Compatible Signs: Pisces, Scorpio, Virgo, Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Sagittarius Easy Turn On: The skin on the back of the knees is known to be a super sensitive erogenous zone for a Capricorn woman. By grazing your hands over it gently, you can literally make her go weak in the knees! Give her a slow sensual leg massage which covers her knees too. She'll love you for it. © Facebook/Deepika Padukone Aquarius They gorge on mental stimulation rather than physical stimulation. Give their brain a nice massage and you'll get along like a house on fire. They love being teased but don't give in completely too. They like exploring newer, kinkier things and are open to the likes of Tantric ***, Kamasutra, S&M and other daring fetishes. Not all Aquarians crave ***. They mostly look for people who can captivate their minds and make them laugh. Compatible Signs: Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aries, Aquarius Easy Turn On: Go for her calves and ankles in the bedroom, especially while you're in a 69 with her. Massage her calves simultaneously and you'll be amazed at the results. © Facebook/Shruti Hassan Pisces She's unforgettable in bed, that's because she's one imaginative and soulful soul, in the sack. She's easygoing and laidback and sometimes she may use *** as an escape. She's also quite intuitive and will know exactly what her partner wants or needs in bed. Her oral skills are on point too which is also one prominent reason for her being unforgettable! She won't chase you though, because she's not much of a chaser, so you may have to be a bit persuasive with her. Once you win her trust over, you have her for good, which will also make it difficult for her to say no to things you would want her to do in bed. Compatible Signs: Scorpio, Cancer, Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo Easy Turn On: Focus foreplay on a Pisces's feet since they're the most sensitive part of her body. Suck and nibble on her toes or give her a good foot massage for her to squirm with pleasure! © Facebook/Kangana Ranaut So if you think you're dating the right woman and want to spice things up in bed a tad, figure what sun sign she is and take the heat up a notch! Of course each woman, regardless of her sun sign, may react differently to different stimuli but if you've cracked what she really wants and likes in bed, you're good to go!
  13. Each celebrity has their own sense of style and aesthetics. Once they are set in their ways and an image has been set in the eyes of the public, it is very difficult for them to break free from that. Moreover, thanks to the ever-watchful eyes of the paparazzi, one just cannot afford to treat one's sartorial sense as a casual affair anymore. But when that does happen though (and it's not a blunder), it always impresses us. The latest example is Sidharth Malhotra with his multi-coloured jacket looking straight out of a super wild rave party. © Viral Bhayani In Bollywood, when you hear the word 'multi-coloured', which male celebrity comes to your mind? We know the answer is Ranveer Singh and you'd be lying if you said you don't agree. No one even comes close. Ranveer has brought in such a risky whirlwind of colours, textures, patterns, cuts, and fits into men's fashion in the country that he has become a style behemoth. No one takes him on because they know they don't stand a chance. So whenever we see an act of bravery that dares take on Baba's trademark trend, we can't help but applaud it. Sid here has done it. And how! © Viral Bhayani That hoodie (or is it a shacket?) is legit goals. The generous splattering of red, blue, green, and yellow on that grey base is everything! We love the little bit of black strewn around to complement the dark navy blue of the interior. If you have a rave party to go to, this is the jacket you want. Hell, you don't even need the neon laser beams with this on your back! © Viral Bhayani He has kept it classy, too. When you're wearing a hooded jacket as outrageously colourful as this one here, you need to make sure that you balance it out by keeping the rest of your outfit elements very understated and muted. The go-to colour for such scenarios - Black. Always. © Viral Bhayani We love the black T-shirt and the black trousers. The angled zipper details infuse the simplicity with a bit of quirk that is working perfectly for the combination. Add to that his sporty black sneakers with the white soles and detailing, plus the shaded sunnies, and the armour to give Ranveer a run for his money without looking rakish is ready! © Viral Bhayani Are we witnessing the rise of another style underdog? We hope we are! May the force be with you, Sid!
  14. JI chief Siraj-ul-Haq/File photo KASUR: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Siraj-ul-Haq on Thursday visited the family of the late Zainab, a seven-year-old girl who was brutally raped and murdered, to express his condolences over the heinous incident. Speaking to media on the occasion, Siraj criticised Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his administration for what he said was their failure to prevent the crime. ?Chief Minister sahib, where was your police, where was your dolphin force? Why were [they] sleeping when [Zainab] was kidnapped?? he questioned. ?Innocent Zainab was brutally murdered after being kidnapped,? the JI chief lamented, as he reiterated demand that the culprit(s) be caught and punished. Taking aim at the provincial chief minister, Siraj asked why it took Shehbaz Sharif [so long to visit] the deceased?s family. ?The chief minister?s office [is just] one hour?s drive away from Kasur. Zainab was a poor man?s daughter, that?s why he didn?t visit [on the same day],? the JI chief alleged. The city of Kasur remains in mourning for the third day today, as an air of gloom, mixed with rage, hovers following the brutal discovery of the rape and murder of the minor. Kasur in mourning after brutal rape, murder of minor Zainab Residents still out on streets, lawyers boycotting courts today in protest Protests re-erupted today following a day of demonstrations on Wednesday after news of the incident sparked nationwide public outrage. Residents are protesting on Kali Pul Chowk, whereas the Ferozepur Road, linking Kasur to nearby towns and cities, remains blocked. Markets also remain closed in protest against the incident. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif visited Zainab's residence early Thursday morning. In his conversation with the deceased?s parents, Shehbaz promised not to rest until the culprit(s) responsible for the heinous crime is caught and punished. The chief minister has also constituted a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) headed by Additional Inspector-General Abubakar Khuda Bakhsh. The JIT also includes officials from the Inter-Services Intelligence and the Intelligence Bureau.
  15. And so begins another hopeful year at the movies, brimming with infinite possibility, potential and promise. As we try and shake off the ghost of 2017 past, we look ahead to all the upcoming titles that look to entice and enthrall us with offbeat stories, unlikely casting and memorable characters. This is in many ways the most exciting time of year for cinephiles, as we haven't yet been jaded by jarring commercial vehicles, disillusioned by duds or bombarded with unnecessary hash tags and marketing blitzkriegs. All we really have to go on at this point is just the very idea of films on lists like this one, and the hope and excitement of what they could be and there's a distinct joy in that. Looking at the more pressing concerns and key questions for 2018, chief among them being: will Bollywood bounce back? Will the mainstream deliver and redeem itself from the lousy year that was? Will the notion of content being king be something we see on screen rather than just the oft-repeated buzzword and popular talking point that it's become? Will we see yet another regional gem dominate the national consciousness and emerge victorious as the definitive pan India hit? Will Priyanka Chopra finally make her long-awaited Bollywood comeback film? Will what looks to be a Khan-studded year get audiences back to cinemas in large numbers? Only time will tell. Till then, in no specific order, here's our list of the Bollywood films from 2018 that we're looking forward to the most: 1. 'Kaalakaandi' Like many, I for one to this day suffer from severe 'Delhi Belly' withdrawal symptoms. The path-breaking comedy was in every way a landmark within the mainstream with its distinct balls to the wall, no holds barred brand of hilarity. 'Delhi Belly' came out of nowhere, blew minds, and then disappeared without a trace with no film since coming even close to its legacy. It's a good thing then that the film's writer Akshat Verma is making his directorial debut with 'Kaalakaandi', a Bombay-based black comedy. The trailer certainly doesn't disappoint promising the same flavour of colourful crazy with an exciting cast including Saif Ali Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Akshay Oberoi and the man himself - Vijay Raaz. Suffice to say, high hopes from this one! 2. 'Padmaavat' So much has been said, alleged and insinuated about this one that there's little I can add. Despite so much controversy, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus is finally seeing the light of a release day and at last we'll get to see what all the fuss is about. All I can say is beneath all the death threats, shameful politics, media circuses and straight up bullying – there is a film which clearly has had many a heart and soul poured into it. What can be said with confidence is regardless of its outcome 'Padmaavat' is a film born out of pure, unwavering passion, the kind that's rare to see in our industry and you know you're in for something truly special. At a time when creative freedom is being so devastatingly trampled on, it almost feels like something of a responsibility to prove to the powers that despite all they've done to subjugate it, the film could still prove to be a success and is simply a must see. 3. 'Sanju' © twitter One of the most talked about releases headed our way this year which boasts of a wonderfully fascinating mix of elements. Not only is it the next from the heart-stealing mainstream maestro himself Rajkumar Hirani, it's also one of the few Bollywood biopics based on the life of a star who's still very much alive and kicking. With leading man Ranbir Kapoor essaying the title role of Sanjay Dutt, to see what the two talent powerhouses of Kapoor and Hirani pull off together is the stuff of movie dreams. Add to that the fact that it's the first time Hirani will be seen helming a biopic, a stark departure from his usual brand of social message-infused heart warmers. Above all, the ultimate test of Sanju will undoubtedly be whether it chooses to portray an honest picture of the controversial life of Sanjay Dutt or instead fall into the typical trap of needing to glorify and pander. Either way, the fact is it's simply one of the most anticipated films of the year. 4. 'Veere Di Wedding' © twitter Touted as one of Bollywood's first bonafide female buddy film and led by a power-packed all-female cast of Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and the infinitely talented Swara Bhaskar, this movie is about a group of friends who attend a wedding. While Sonam Kapoor hasn't traditionally been associated with quality cinema or strong performances, 'Neerja' was in every way her breakout performance and a potential turning point for the young star. We haven't seen her onscreen since so it'll be interesting to see what post-'Neerja' Sonam brings to the table. In an industry which typically churns out the same male-centered stories over and over again, everything about 'Veere Di Wedding' screams fun, new, refreshing, and long overdue. 5. 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi' © instagram The idea of Kangana Ranaut playing a sword-wielding firebrand warrior feels so damn right that it's a wonder no one's done it before. Ranaut is already a one-woman army just waiting for the right role to match and the hope is 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi' will be just that. From Telugu director Krish, who's known for helming epic period war drama 'Gautamiputra Satakarni', making him well-placed to lead a project of this scope. The film is based on the life of Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi and the war she led against the British during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Let's hope 'Manikarnika' proves to be the definitive fiery feminist battle cry of 2018, the kind we sorely need more of. 6. 'Zero' 'Zero' is one of the most intriguing experiments of 2018 which sees SRK essaying the role of a vertically challenged man, teaming up with Aanand L Rai, a man who's become an industry unto himself. You have to applaud Aanand's ambition and SRK's courage. Unlike most superstars, you certainly can't accuse him of playing it safe. He is simply one of the most exciting actors today in that you just don't know what he's going to do next. 'Zero' is slated for a December release and also sees Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in key roles. 7. 'Pari' © twitter Speaking of a talented one, Anushka Sharma will open 2018 with her 'Pari'. Barring that first striking visual, very little is known about the film which makes it all the more exciting. But given it stars Anushka Sharma and marks her third outing as producer, consider us on board, signed up and waiting. The film is due for a release in March. 8. 'Gold' © bollywood life While on face value, Akshay Kumar leading a film based on true events about a historic Indian sporting victory doesn't seem that surprising or different from the kinds of films he's currently taking on. But what really makes 'Gold' particularly interesting is that it's helmed by director Reema Kagti. The director, known for 'Talaash' and 'Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd' and co-writer of all things Zoya Akhtar, makes her much-awaited directorial comeback with this true story of how India won its first hockey gold medal as a free nation at the 1948 London Olympics. Keeping in line with its subject matter, 'Gold' will hit screens on 15th August. 9. 'October' © ht The dynamic duo and filmmaking force of nature that is director Shoojit Sircar, and writer Juhi Chaturvedi ('Vicky Donor', 'Madras Café') team up once again for the Varun Dhawan-starrer 'October'. While it's rumored to be a love story of sorts, very little is known about the film at present. The fact is Sircar is one of the best filmmakers in the country with a track record which is above reproach, so his name alone is enough to have us eager with anticipation. What's more, to see Varun Dhawan team up with him is certainly a welcome sight. Lord knows it's high time we see the young star in something less flashy and more substantial so he can once again blow us away a la 'Badlapur'. Shrouded in mystery, October is one of the most interesting releases of the year. 10. 'Raazi' © IE After making one of the best films of the last decade in 'Talvar', Meghna Gulzar is finally back with a much-awaited return to the director's chair with period spy drama 'Raazi' starring Alia Bhatt, and 'Masaan's Vicky Kaushal. The Bhatt-Gulzar colab is easily among the year's most exciting and we can't wait to see what it holds. 'Raazi' tells the story of a Kashmiri spy married to a Pakistani Army officer played by Kaushal, during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The movie is expected to release in May. 11. 'Love Per Square Foot' © cinestaan This is perhaps the most curious little addition on this list as it is Bollywood's first straight to Netflix release. In a recent interview, the inimitable and outspoken Ratna Pathak Shah said this is one of her most eagerly awaited films. From talented actor and web series helmer Anand Tiwari, here making his directorial debut, 'Love Per Square Foot' is a quirky romantic comedy that chronicles a guy and girl who enter a marriage of convenience to buy a flat in Mumbai. The film stars Vicky Kaushal and 'Bang Baja Baarat's Angira Dhar making her big screen debut with supporting turns from the likes of Ratna Pathak Shah, Supriya Pathak and Raghubir Yadav. If that doesn't get the cinephile in you going I don't know what will. Above all, 'Love Per Square Foot' is an interesting experiment to see how a mainstream Bollywood release fairs on the global platform and could quite well prove to be something of a game-changer 12. 'Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar' © IE What do you do when one of the country's best filmmakers teams up with two of its least interesting and arguably most forgettable actors? Be curious as hell for one. To see what someone, as accomplished as Dibakar Bannerjee, saw in the casting choice of Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra is worth the ticket price alone. And Lord knows both Kapoor and Chopra need something worthwhile going for them with nothing but hollow commercial outings to their name of late. Touted to be a romantic thriller, the YRF film is scheduled for release in August. 13. 'Karwan' © koimi Malayalam superstar Dulquer Salmaan finally making his Bollywood debut in a road movie across Irrfan Khan and web series sensation Mithila Palkar?! Take. My. Money. Is there such a thing as too much talent in one film? Let's wait and watch because man I just can't wait. 14. 'Shoot The Piano Player' © twimg Not only is it thriller god Sriram Raghavan's next, but it also sees Ayushmann Khuranna taking a far darker tune in a much-needed exploration of his range outside of his quintessential boy-next-door-redefining-masculinity avatar. 'Shoot The Piano Player' is also rumored to star the unendingly talented Tabu and Radhika Apte in key roles. 15. 'Thugs Of Hindostan' © mtwiki Aamir Khan's next. Sold yet? No? Aamir Khan starring alongside Amitabh Bachchan. How about now? The upcoming epic period action film from Vijay Krishna Acharya ('Dhoom3') also features 'Dangal's Fatima Sana Shaikh and centers on a gang of thugs who posed a serious challenge to the British Empire in India in the early 19th century. 'Thugs Of Hindostan' is rumoured to be YRF's most expensive film to date. Suffice to say, expect scale and spectacle. The film is due for a November release, and damn can it not get here fast enough. Special Mentions: Sharat Katriya's 'Sui Dhaaga', R Balki's 'Pad Man', Anurag Kashyap's 'Mukkabaaz', Abhishek Sharma's 'Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran', Siddharth Malhotra's 'Hichki' ,Neeraj Pandey's 'Aiyaary', Shankar's '2.0', Rohit Shetty's 'Simmba', 'Bombay Talkies 2', Vikramaditya Motwane's 'Bhavesh Joshi', Abhinay Deo's 'Raita' and whatever the hell even thinks about doing S S Rajamouli does next.
  16. We have all heard about Jack Ma's incredible rags to riches story and how he conquered the internet market in China. The founder of the Alibaba Group is one of the world's most influential businessmen and philanthropists. He is known for expounding his philosophy of business, and is a leading innovation visionary. As of today, his total fortune adds up to $48.3bn. Do you know how much he earned as a school teacher in his early days? He would only make $12 a month at a local university. That's a huge leap, in terms of being successful. He was rejected from a dozen universities like Harvard and from American companies like KFC as well but he never stopped and always believed that one day ithings would change. Today, he is the CEO of one of the biggest internet companies in the world. That's his perseverance and life story right there. Here is a list of famous quotes by Jack Ma to help inspire you and take your business to the next level. 1. On ethics © MensXP 2. On teamwork © MensXP 3. On the right cause © MensXP 4. On perseverance © MensXP 5. On Motivation © MensXP 6. On Dreams © MensXP 7. On learning from others © MensXP 8. On doing business the right way © MensXP 9. On focus © MensXP 10. On competition © MensXP 11. On knowing yourself © MensXP 12. On money © MensXP
  17. Sometimes breaking up with a girl will net you a reputation of being an asshole. But the onus really lies on what kind of an asshole you wish to be. Most women who go through a breakup expect a certain amount of respect and compassion from the men who decide to break up with them. A break up isn't a cake walk; it's hard and there is a lot of emotional flux one has to deal with, while going through loss. Now, if you're a real asshole you'll probably bail on the woman you don't want to be with or send her a text and tell her it's over. While that may not be a complete dick move, given you're inept to handle emotions like a grown man, women actually prefer a more gentlemanly approach and from what we've gathered, they prefer the truth! It's true though- men are not entirely capable of handling an emotional break up and that's absolutely fair but they can surely make the process a lot more easier to deal with. Don't believe that an easier process exists? Here are 11 women talking about the best ways to break up with your girlfriend! Closure My ex and I went for a break up coffee, clicked a selfie and didn't speak to each other for three years, after. The break up should be a good conversation between two people and clean closure. Closure is very important. You have give your reasons as to why you're breaking up, very clearly. It helps the other person move on. - Prachi, Writer. Be Decisive Once you decide to break up, don't go to-and-fro. That's no fun. Usually men who completely ghost because they don't want to be with you, come back because they haven't found anyone better. Yeah, don't do that. Make up your mind once and for all and leave it be. - Parul, Lawyer Be Amicable Amicable break up's are the best break ups. Obviously that only happens if the break up is mutual; even if it isn't. If the boy is breaking up, it helps if he's kind and amicable and doesn't act like a d****bag. - Ishita, Social Worker Be Honest I would love it if the guy sits me down and has an honest conversation about the reason why he feels we should not be together anymore. Basically, be a man and own up if he or I lack somewhere. - Aiyesha, Marketing professional Don't Play Games Why play games? Tell the truth. It's the easiest way to do it. People usually lie or ghost in order to escape confrontation and the emotional trauma or guilt that follows. What they don't realise is it's a lot better to be honest and hurt a little than to lie and play mind games or even vanish without a trace. Sometimes break ups can't be amicable, but one must at least try . - Shivani, Writer Don't Ghost I once dated this guy for three months. Everything was going well but one day I stopped hearing from him. No texts, no calls nothing. I tried calling him but after a few rings, I realised he blocked me eventually. I was also blocked on Facebook and Instagram. I still, till date do not know what I did wrong to deserve him ghosting me like this. That's the worst thing that can happen to anyone, tbh. Be a man and not a coward! - Anonymous, Teacher Show Compassion I would like it if the guy who is breaking up with me sits me down and talks maybe after a couple of drinks and home cooked dinner! Haha. Compassion and kindness are two very important things to have when you're going to do something that's going to hurt someone. So just be compassionate! - Nishi, Writer Try Reverse Psychology I would love it if the guy who is breaking up with me uses reverse psychology, making me believe that I'm the one who actually wants to break up! It's a lot easier and there is no hostility at the end of the day because both the parties are in agreement! - Sanya, Entrepreneur Don't Text I'll appreciated it most if someone has taken the time to meet me or call me (if they're not in the same city). Texting to break up is a big no no. On the other hand, if it was a couple of dates and you guys haven't really spoken on the phone, it's okay to text and say, "I think you're a wonderful person, but the chemistry doesn't seem right" or this feels more of a friendship thing" and they can end it with "just wanted to be honest, but I really enjoyed hanging out with you, and hope you find someone great" - Manasi- Mental Health Professional Don't Force Friendship Saying "let's just be friends" is the worst thing to hear when you're being dumped. Works both ways doesn't it? If a guy is being dumped he'd hate to hear the same! I once got dumped by this guy who said "oh let's just be friends because you're a NICE person"! and then he kept insisting till I had to block him out! Terrible idea! - Kavya, Graphic Designer Get It All Off The Table There is no best way to break up with someone, honestly. But the only way is to I guess just talk, scream, shout, cry, fight, do whatever it is, till it's all out and everything is off the table for good and till you realise it can't be anymore. - Desserdie, Writer It's true though. There is no best way to break up with someone. It's always going to cause heartache no matter how you frame your words to end the relationship. But, you can definitely soften the blow by being a gentleman about it and giving her the respect she deserves since she was an intense part of your life, for whatever time you both spent together. Sometimes convenience and complacency can take over your mind and make you seem like the asshole you're not. If you have a tough time dealing with your emotions in general, maybe it's best to let her know that too, so she can have whatever little closure you have to offer! Sometimes convenience and complacency can take over your mind and make you seem like the asshole you're not. If you have a tough time dealing with your emotions in general, maybe it's best to let her know that too, so she can have whatever little closure you have to offer!
  18. The New Year's just begun and we've already got our travel plans sorted (thanks to all the long-weekends). So, to kick-start the year with our travel goals, let's go soak up the sun, sand and waves, forgetting the winter chill. While you pack your bags, don't forget that one fashion accessory we millennials just CANNOT stay without - a cool pair of sunglasses. To meet our cool expectations of style, a millennial collection of sunglasses is here to literally take our wanderlust to the next level. Not kidding, it's the new Oleo collection from Titan. They don't just look uber stylish but come with an innovative lens technology. The Oleo lens comes with a unique oleophobic coating that resists dust, water and smudges. Be it the beach or an infinity pool, you sure can just CHILL like a boss! Here are some styles that you can add to your travel accessories: 1. This Classic Aviator Titan While you are showing off your six-pack beach body, the only accessory you need above water level are these pair of aviators. It's a unisex style, so your lady love can play with them too! With accentuated temples, solid blue lens and blue metallic finish, this one's great for you if you are a true blue aqua-man (yeah, cooler than him). 2. This Oversized Pilot Titan Ahem! If you are the man who is quite a beach-celebrity (or you want to be one), this one's definitely going to be a head-turner. With brown gradient lenses and a matte dark grey frame, it'll serve as soothing shades for the bright, sunny day. And of course, while you laze on the beach chair, you'll definitely be catching some major attention. 3. These Reverse Supra Squares Titan Want something trendy to click some Insta-worthy pictures (which serves the purpose as well)? With a full black frame and dark grey metal on top, this stylish pair of reverse supra squares never fail to make a fashion statement. Its solid smoke lens adds that extra tinge of flamboyance to the beach look. 4. These Reverse Supra Rounds Titan It doesn't just suit Deepika's bae, as this one will look LIT on you too! With a full black rounded frame and dark grey metal on top, this bold pair of reverse supra rounds are a trendsetter. If you're going beach party-hopping, then this one's a must-have! 5. This Demi Acetate & Metal Combo Rounds Titan Adding to your beach-party collection! Its round brown demi-acetate with matte dark grey brow bar and metal temples cannot be missed even if a dozen guys strode across with their beach bodies. This one single dapper accessory can totally make you the show-stopper. 6. These Minimalistic Combo Squares Titan Stand in to stand out - this minimalistic pair of combo squares is perfect. Especially, if you're into water-sports and too much into adventure, this one's a pro accessory for you. Its brown metal front and demi plastic temples will give you the look and serve the purpose too. The Oleo collection even has added features like polarization and UV 400 filters that help cut glare, reduce harmful effects of UV light and enhance clarity. This pretty much ensures that you are sorted when you hit the water. So, what's your pick for your beach wardrobe this year?
  19. The phrase, 'New Year, New Me' literally brings in a tsunami of people wanting to get fit. Apart from the fact that 90% of them dropout only after a week, there's this absolute demand of 'toning' and 'belly fat reduction'. Now, its 2018 and it's hard to fathom that people still believe that they can target and reduce specific fat deposits on their body. Spot reduction is a myth that has prevailed in the industry for a long time now. The reason that this myth exists is because people are often looking to reduce fat from a specific body part. Look, let me bury this myth and any spot reduction expectations you have, once and for all. What is Spot Reduction? © YouTube Reducing fat from a particular body part, especially from the tummy, face and back, is called spot reduction. Hence, spot reduction is basically when you try to exercise a particular body part in hopes of burning fat in that area, specifically. People do it to get leaner and reduce fat. For example, someone concentrates only on working out their triceps because their tricep area has more fat. Just focusing on your troublesome areas and not working out your overall body is known as spot reduction and it's a complete waste of time. How Fat loss Works Let me break down how your body burns fat. Fat is stored in your body as fat cells. These fat cells are found in the form of triglycerides in the body. Triglycerides cannot be used by the body for energy right away. The triglyceride has to be broken down into free fatty acids and glycerol, which has the ability to enter the bloodstream. Now, this fatty acid and glycerol can occur anywhere in the body and not necessarily from any specific body part. Is Spot Reduction Possible? © YouTube No, it's not possible. Just because you are exercising a particular body part, it doesn't mean that the body will utilize fatty acids from that area. The same principle has also been supported by the studies conducted on spot reduction. A study conducted by the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois, USA, established that when the subject participants targeted their abdominal muscle for spot reduction, no reduction was found in belly fat. There have been various other studies on spot reduction where subjects even trained their arms for a fixed period but they still lost fat from all over the body and not just the arms. How do you reduce belly fat? So, what is the best exercise for people who are looking to reduce their tummy fat? Well, you need to concentrate on the proven ways to reduce overall body fat percentage. When your body starts losing weight, you will start losing tummy weight as well. The following are the ways to do it. - Calorie Restricted Diet: No diet will work until you take a pen and paper and note down the macros that you are taking in your diet. Once you know what you are eating throughout the day, eliminate all the empty calorie foods and other high carb food sources to reduce the total number of calories to create a deficit. - Weight Training and HIIT: Though cardio may help you with the initial phase of water loss from the body, it is weight training that will actually help you in the long run. Perform a few sessions of HIIT to boost your fat loss. 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.
  20. Saif Ali Khan has not only managed to carve a niche for himself as a mature actor over the years, he has done the same in terms of men's fashion in the country. He has only grown more and more sophisticated over the years, doing justice to the expectations out of his regal lineage. We have seen him transform into one of the most fashionable actors in the recent years. Staying true to his ever-evolving style statement, his latest airport look has broken the biggest stereotype that we were labouring under till now. For the longest time, the 'classic, vintage Indian gentleman' look has been ignored, because it was not perceived to be fashionable enough by the B-town. Enter Chhote Nawab with his 'I wear what I like' vibe and bam! The 80s is back with his classic outfit, minus the kitsch. © Viral Bhayani When was the last time you saw someone famous wearing a cotton shirt, tucked inside a pair of vintage, pleated, high-waisted trousers? Saif not only wears it, but he manages to give it such a statement edge that we can't help but marvel at it! © Viral Bhayani The blue and white Gingham pattern of the relaxed fit shirt goes perfectly with the cocoa-brown trousers. One thing that we must focus on is the fit of those trousers and the (higher-than-usual) waist. We bet no one else will dare put on their trousers at a level where Saif has fastened it. He justifies not having to always sport a slim and trim waistline, and somehow even makes it desirable using his impeccable sartorial sense! The pleats and fall of the trousers have an extreme high fashion edge to them, and they look like they will effortlessly blend in on a runway in Milan or Paris. © Viral Bhayani We love how he has accessorized his look, keeping it super casual and understated. The absence of a belt is a very clever move because it helps us focus on that impeccably tailored pair of trousers. Add to that the smart Oxfords in faded tan and that statement silver watch, and we get a look that spells utter sophistication. The bold blue-tinted 70s style sunglasses complete his look. © Viral Bhayani Well played, Mr Khan!
  21. Meet Ekaterina Lisina, the beautiful Russian model who also holds a world record. One more time: Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you that this year 2018 will be more successful than the previous one!!ððð #worldtallestmodel #worldlongestlegs #legsofinsta #legsfordays #sexylegs #longlegs #modelwiththelongestlegs #verylonglegs #ekaterinalisina #supermodel #диннÑеноги #ноги #longestlegs A post shared by Ekaterina Lisina (@ekaterina_lisina15) on Jan 3, 2018 at 3:32am PST At 6'9, she is known to have the longest legs in the world! Longest legs in collaboration with... @amazonsofoz(organization)ð (photographer)ð¸ @portugal_makeup_for_weddings (hair&makeup)ð @sunseekerportugal (location)ð¥ Great job,everyone!ðð #longestlegsintheworld #longestlegs #legsofinsta #legs #legsfordays #sexylegs #longlegs #modelwiththelongestlegs #tallestmodel #tallmodel #guinnessrecord #guinnessrecords #worldlongestlegs #worldtallestmodel #supermodel #glamourmodel #длиннÑеноги #ноги #ÑекÑÑалÑнÑеноги #Ð¼Ð¾Ð´ÐµÐ»Ñ #ÑÑпеÑÐ¼Ð¾Ð´ÐµÐ»Ñ #beutifulheight A post shared by Ekaterina Lisina (@ekaterina_lisina15) on Dec 18, 2017 at 12:17pm PST This look can only catch @anastasiataylor ð. Make up and hair @portugal_makeup_for_weddings . #longestlegs #longlegs #worldtallestmodel #sexylegs #sexylook #modelwiththelongestlegs #iglegs #legsofinsta #legs #glamourmodel #ekaterinalisina #tallmodel A post shared by Ekaterina Lisina (@ekaterina_lisina15) on Oct 20, 2017 at 2:32pm PDT Besides being a professional model, the gorgeous lady is also a national level bronze medal winning Basketball player. I will ring your bells soonððð Having fun during a photoshoot ðð #worldtallestmodel #tallestmodel #tallisbetter #tallmodel #verytallgirl #longestlegs #longlegs #supermodel #model #6foot9 #ekaterinalisina #fashion #glamourmodel #glamour #ringmybells A post shared by Ekaterina Lisina (@ekaterina_lisina15) on May 17, 2017 at 6:27am PDT Start to miss bballð A post shared by Ekaterina Lisina (@ekaterina_lisina15) on Jan 2, 2016 at 11:55am PST She has been to India and has also fallen in love with our country. Mumbaið A post shared by Ekaterina Lisina (@ekaterina_lisina15) on May 3, 2016 at 9:47am PDT #vrendavan #india #tallgirls #tall is beautiful ððð A post shared by Ekaterina Lisina (@ekaterina_lisina15) on Nov 19, 2016 at 9:51pm PST You know she can LITERALLY run away with your heart with those goddamn beautiful endless legs!
  22. Apple has confirmed that all Macs, iPhones, iPads and other devices (except Apple Watch) are vulnerable to the newly revealed Spectre and Meltdown Intel, ARM and AMD processor vulnerabilities. Taking advantage of a vulnerability that has been around for 20 years, Meltdown and Spectre exploit a CPU performance feature called “speculative execution.” Speculative execution exists to improve computer speed by enabling the processor to work on multiple instructions at once, sometimes in non-sequential order. The Meltdown and Spectre bugs allow hackers to read and access this information in the OS kernel memory by taking advantage of the delay in its rollback. (c) Reuters Who is affected? All modern Macs and iOS devices are affected. While Meltdown mainly affects Intel-based Macs and PCs, in Apple's case it also affects iOS devices. Spectre affects all iOS, macOS, and tvOS. WatchOS is unaffected by the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. How can you stay protected? Apple revealed that it had already released 'mitigations' for Meltdown in iOS 11.2, so make sure you keep an eye out for any new updates made available for iOS on your iPhone or iPad and go into 'Settings' to check what version of iOS you are running. Ensure your Mac is up to date by hitting the apple in the top left of your menu, selecting About This Mac, and checking if your version number reads macOS 10.13.2 or greater. Apple says the patches don't measurably affect performance, and it'll continue to develop more mitigations for future updates. (c) Reuters Don't jailbreak your iPhones. Those who jailbreak their devices are potentially more vulnerable to malware, particularly when vulnerabilities exist at a processor level. When it comes to Spectre, Apple explains that it is possible (though extremely difficult) to exploit the weakness in JavaScript running in a web browser. Apple will release an update for Safari for Macs and iOS devices in the next few days. That update will mitigate such exploit techniques. Even third-party browsers like FireFox and Chrome are still infected. Look out for an app update from the App Store in the coming few days. Don't download apps from untrusted sources. It's good practice to be vigilant about what applications you run on your computer (Mac or iOS). Both of these newly revealed exploits need to be running on your system, so it makes sense to avoid installing or using any applications you don't trust.
  23. Disclaimer: This article has been issued in public interest for the new year fitness resolutioners, old and new. The points made here are scientifically backed and valid in the real world. The author claims full responsibility for representing facts. A lot of people have started with the motto, 'New year, new me' and have taken a fitness resolution this year, yet again. According to a 'statistic brain' website, a combined 27% of people have taken a resolution to lose weight or work out more often, beating 'life/self-improvement' by a massive margin which came second at 12%. Life/self-improvement could also be related to fitness but let's leave that out for now. For every resolutioner who is desperate to get fit, there will be five people/marketers out there waiting to rip you off and laugh their way to the bank. People will fall and then hop on the same train again next year by giving their hard earned money to the same people. The fact is that you expect miracles every year, get ripped off, and believe in the same fairytale. Does not sound very pleasing when put across this way, right? Even though it is the 'new you' this year, a few things will always stay the same and these are the ONLY things that will help you get in better shape, not only in 2018 but for the rest of your life. 1. Calories still count To lose weight, you will have to eat fewer calories than what your body burns on a regular basis. Side note, you will have to do this longer than you expect. The weight/fat you have gained over the years is not going to disappear overnight. But eating less does not mean you have to kill your tastebuds or suffer. You can enjoy the things you like if you do it smartly. 2. There is no 'BEST' diet for fat loss Awkward... But then what about that guru who says that eating carbs is bad for your health? It will give you diabetes, cancer, and put you into depression while everything bad in the world will find a way to you. Eat no carbs! Really now? Just like a small sized t-shirt does not fit a person who wears XXXL, there isn't just ONE nutrition strategy that is right for everyone. Set your calories, then protein, then eat fat and carbs as you please. 3. Intermittent Fasting = Fat Loss, Umm Not Really... One of my resolutions was to lose my sh*t less often this year. Failed there! But guess what happens when you do not eat for 16 hours every day? There is a good chance you eat lesser calories. Reinstating point one again. 4. Adding Butter To Coffee Will NOT Make You Lose Weight If you have been following what I have been trying to say, you already know what this pointer is going to be all about. If you are someone who thinks this article is ultra bs, sorry to say, nobody can help you out. What happens when you add butter to coffee? You drink calories. The same thing that happens when you drink a lot of colas. Colas still are bad but buttered coffee is good? Heck no! A smarter alternative to adding butter to coffee? Do not add butter to coffee. 5. Supplements Will Not Get You Jacked, Ripped Or Whatever They Claim This is the best one. I am glad I saved it for last. The supplement industry is HUGE and I am not exaggerating when I say you will need to take a loan if you were to buy every supplement in the market that promises you a lean physique, rock-hard abs, and bulging biceps. The supplement store owner will make you believe in magic whereas the gym trainer will ask you to sell your kidney to buy the magic formula. The flavoured water called BCAA is a bunch of cr*p (one of the top selling supplements out there). You do not need a lot of supplements. The basics, if your nutrition and training are on point, will definitely help. There you go, I have done my bit here to help you out and to do my part in helping you not fall off the resolution wagon in a couple of weeks. Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at
  24. It's a rare occurrence for our cozy privileged bubble to burst. Recent events in Mumbai and Pune call for rethinking what we knew about caste and caste-based violence. This is an opportunity to understand the unspoken laws that govern our society and to determine whether we'll follow the same footsteps as our ancestors or make a personal change for the betterment of all. This incident, and in extension, this article, is an invitation to retrospect, learn and hopefully progress in the right direction. What Happened In Pune And Why? © BCCL An event was organised in Shaniwar Wada on 1st January to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon where the British East India Company defeated Maratha ruler Baji Rao Peshwa II. During the week preceding the event, several right-wing groups like the Akhil Bhartiya Brahman Mahasabha, Rashtriya Ekatmata Rashtra Abhiyan, Hindu Aghadi and the descendants of the Peshwas had opposed the event, stating that it was 'anti-national' (for any foreigners reading this, that's an Indian politician term used when you disagree with them) and casteist. On the day of the event, protests broke out when activists, some carrying saffron flags, attacked the peaceful gathering. An innocent person died in the violence, several others were injured and over 40 vehicles were damaged. The protests spilled onto Mumbai when Dalit activists mobilised several people to participate in raasta roko, rail roko protests and called for Maharashtra Bandh on 3rd January. What's Wrong With The Way We Responded? We, who constitute the urban youth, responded with characteristic insensitivity. We took to Twitter where vitriol sells better and faster than nuanced opinion. Branding the protestors as jobless freeloaders, sharing memes about how SC/STs have always kept their interests above the nation and getting agitated because the gym was closed are a few of the many ways we completely missed the point. Clearly, our views seem to be based on a superficial understanding of the issue, selfishness and WhatsApp forwards. Firstly, it is important to note that in the late 18th century, Peshwas were considered to be upper-caste Brahmins whereas Mahars were untouchables. Mahars were made to tie brooms behind them in order to clean the area that was left “impure” due to them having walked over it. Yes, the imprint of their footsteps was deemed so dirty, that they themselves had to clean it lest the upper caste people step over it. Despite having helped the Peshwas win several battles earlier, they were made to sleep and eat differently from the other soldiers. Shocked? Open your eyes and check where your house help is sleeping/eating right now. But we'll get to that in a bit. Now, it may seem off-putting that the Shaniwar Wada event was organized to commemorate the victory of the colonialists over an Indian ruler. The reason is that in the Dalit narrative, the British forces consisted of a considerable number of Mahars and the victory of the British over Peshwas was heralded as a victory of the Mahars over their evil oppressors. Within this broader historical context, it's foolish to dismiss members of the Dalit community as freeloaders or anti-nationals, these are victims who are merely celebrating their freedom, and our dialogue should acknowledge that. Casteists Hiding Under The Veil Of Nationalism As it turns out, upon further research, painting the Battle of Koregaon as a victory over caste oppression was a bit of a stretch. Although the British were perceived as the lesser of the two evils at the time, they were, after all, imperialists and took little interest in restoring social equality after the dust settled. Regardless, on 1st January, there was no cause for violence when people had gathered peacefully to address the oppression faced by different minorities. Yet, right-wing groups calling such gatherings casteist and possibly playing a role in disrupting them is the most ironic stance taken by any group in recent history. It's like when white Americans were referring to the Black Lives Matter movement as racist. No, dear privileged-member-of-society, this isn't about you, this is probably because of you. Support or shut up. © BCCL In 2017, the young urban population was thoroughly exposed to the nationalism aspect of Hindu nationalism with censorship of Hollywood movies and mandatory standing for the national anthem in theatres. We have the money and the privilege to have these problems. We saw a glimpse of the Hindu aspect when we saw innocent Muslims being lynched on TV. With the Bhima Koregaon protests, we finally see the real ugly face of Hindu nationalism - a fringe group of upper-caste Hindus trying to convert the social privilege that they've accumulated over the years into political power under the veil of nationalism, an equally ancient, but unfortunately relevant concept in today's information age. We realize that a bandh enforced by brute force is unfavorable and unconstitutional but so is caste-discrimination and that continues to be the norm long after the drafting of our Constitution. Our fellow countrymen have suffered centuries of humiliation and are still struggling to assert their identity, we need to get some perspective and stop blaming them for disrupting the traffic for a few hours. Violence is wrong, but we're making the mistake of allowing the minority violent faction to drown the noise that peaceful protesters have been trying to make for quite some time now. But We're Woke AF Some people proudly declare that caste is an artificial construct and disappears automatically in cities considered to be melting pots like Mumbai. It's not often that the urban population finds itself dealing with caste issues; it's something that they consider to be a rural problem. Nothing could be further away from the truth. In rural areas, casteism is blatant and painfully visible but in cities, it hides in plain sight. Whether it's hiring a maid or filing a police complaint, transactions in urban India tend to have subtle casteist undercurrents. It's a matter of opening our eyes to them. © Youtube_The Viral Fever (Image for representational purpose only) We can't even imagine letting maids sleep on our beds but in reality, they won't dare to sit on them either, because of their inherent casteism. When your friend is forced to break ties with a long-time partner, to marry someone “who will find it easier to adjust” in his household, he's being forced to marry within his caste. Terms like "those people" that your family uses have casteist undertones. If 25% of the population belongs to the SC/ST community, why haven't you met anyone who identifies themselves as a member? Why is being a 'TamBrahm' (Tamil Brahmin) a badge of honour? If the first question your grandmother asks your maid before hiring her is her “surname”, then that's casteism right there in your family tree. Ever notice how many times people around you ask you your surname and then immediately guess your father's occupation, how do they do that? Casteism is an issue and it's all around you. Lower castes suffer even in the most progressive environments, it's just that the problem is so strongly rooted in our society that it is not easy for one to identify their own privilege. What We Can Do To Help In conclusion, it is important to recognise that more often than not, urban is synonymous with upper caste. We're complaining about being inconvenienced because a community that has been wronged is protesting while we're the ones responsible for suppressing them in the first place, either through direct caste-based discrimination or through our ignorance. In times like these, the very least we can do is acknowledge the sensitive nature of the problem and inform ourselves. For those who believe that their caste or religion is an integral part of their identity, here's a simple experiment - if you can strip it off and suddenly find yourself at a disadvantage in regular daily-life activities, then before being a part of your identity, it is part of your privilege. Strip it off - it's a relic of the past and a heavy baggage for the future. Everyday actions can help break down casteism. When such protests happen, listen. Destroy the utensils 'reserved' for your house help. Stop calling a shabbily dressed person "bhangi". Take off the janeu. Stop hashtagging #Tambrahm, because that one hashtag also involves a whole sect of people forced to clean out human waste with their bare hands for generations. Actively acknowledge, support and learn from current issues of the lower caste people. And most importantly, don't arrogantly expect the Dalits to strip off their identity, for it is to that very identity that we owe massive reparations.
  25. Netflix has been on a roll these days, and doesn't think twice before trolling people on Twitter. Remember this brutal callout? To the 53 people who've watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you? — Netflix US (@netflix) December 11, 2017 And then continued trolling people in the replies. Now, it looks like Netflix India has also been inspired and used one of the biggest memes to make the best promotional video for a show ever. Please provide #Aadhaar details for more information. — Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) January 4, 2018 Combing two of the most trending things on the planet, Netflix took the perfect dig at the biometric identification system Aadhaar and honestly, won the internet in the process. I thought we had seen all the Adhaar Card jokes that could've been made last year, but Netflix brilliantly pulled this one out; A joke so cool that it would put all the others to shame. The person behind this promo clip definitely needs a raise as of this minute. © Twitter/Netflix India The clip, posted by Netflix India on Twitter, came from 'Hang the DJ', an episode from the fourth season of the most talked about show of the moment 'Black Mirror'. The episode revolves around characters using a device that helps them find romantic partners, and no it's not Tinder. This particular device dictates how long the partners can stay together, and it comes with an 'expiry date' of sorts. In the 19-second clip posted by Netflix, one of the protagonists asks the device how long his relationship will last, and the unexpected answer he gets is 'Link Aadhaar Card To Find Out'. Wow, that sucks, doesn't it? Adhaar has literally taken over our lives! It's absolutely amazing how Netflix India incorporated one of the biggest running jokes in the country to one of the biggest TV shows at the moment. People on Twitter loved the shot Netflix took on Adhaar that the tweet already has over 3k retweets in less than a day. A round of applause, please. — José Covaco (@HoeZaay) January 4, 2018 Very gutsy, indeed. Cannot believe a major corporation would have the balls to take stand. This isn't common in India. Well done! — Saptarshi (@hatfullofrain) January 4, 2018 We all are. — Dharmesh Gandhi (@dharmeshG) January 4, 2018 How to join Netflix: A Tutorial. — Neeraj Vohra (@neerajvohra) January 4, 2018 Someone won't be happy. — Dhiraj (@AAPlogical) January 4, 2018 True. you know you got it wrong when even Netflix is hustling you @UIDAI — rishabh (@soul_LFC) January 4, 2018 That gif, though. Thanks for saying it like it is. — Ratnabali B (@reallybadhairda) January 4, 2018 Aa gaye? Aache din? — Bibzz (@Bibin_Alexander) January 5, 2018 If you don't have a Netflix membership, then I feel like this is enough to convince anyone to splurge a little bit every month. Well done Netflix, here, have some more appreciation from our side.