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Captain Marvel Movie 2019
IMDb - 6.3/10
Description: Captain Marvel gets caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
Initial release: March 8, 2019 (USA)
Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Budget: 152 million USD
Music composed by: Pinar Toprak
Screenplay: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Nicole Perlman, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Meg LeFauve, Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch
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Alita - Battle Angel 2019
Genre : Action, Science Fiction, Thriller, Romance
Director : Robert Rodriguez
Stars : Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Ed Skrein, Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Connelly
LANGUAGE: Hindi (Cleaned) – English
Quality: 720p HD-Camrip
PLOT: Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms, and must use their wits to survive.
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Ashton Turner, one of the Australian youngsters currently playing for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), managed to create a record which he surely wouldn't be proud of; that is of earning five consecutive ducks in T20 matches.
After getting his first duck in the Big Bash League match in February, Turner went on to score a decent 84 against India in an ODI match. Making an entry in the T20 squad on Australia's tour to India, Turner again fell prey to the hands of Krunal Pandya after facing five balls.
And now, in the current season of the IPL, the 26-year-old youngster made sure that he continues his poor form as he acquired three consecutive golden ducks against Kings XI Punjab, followed by Mumbai Indians and the last against Delhi Capitals (DC).
This form of his has made him the first T20 batsman in the history to accomplish five consecutive ducks. We have a feeling that if he scores even one run in the next match (if he gets to play), he would raise the bat and would get a huge round of applause for his knock.
While Turner disappoints once again, RR went on to give a tough fight to the roaring DC. Posting a total of 191 on the board with the help of Ajinkya Rahane's ton and the skipper Steve Smith's fifty, the Men in Pink fell short in front of the Delhi cavalry led by Shikhar Dhawan's knock of 54 and later finished by Rishabh Pant's 78*, chasing the total with five balls to spare.
With still four games to go, will the RR management give Turner a chance to break his curse?
'Gully Boy' frontman MC Sher stole a lot of limelight from leading stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the movie. He came as Murad's mentor and stepped up as that voice of reason that turned Murad's life around for the better.
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The man behind the terrific performance of rapper MC Sher was Siddhant Chaturvedi who portrayed the role with conviction. Ever since the film's release, people have spoken of him in the same breath as Ranveer and Alia, whenever someone thought of Zoya Akhtar's blockbuster musical drama 'Gully Boy'.
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Since the film's release, Siddhant became a household name with his more than perfect debut, while girls simply couldn't get enough of him. With so many people wanting more of MC Sher, and others wondering about the rapper's own backstory, struggles and future after Murad's raging popularity, reports are now rife that producer Ritesh Sidhwani and Zoya Akhtar have decided to create a spin-off around MC Sher becoming an overnight sensation, which will help smoothen out all the ruffled feathers.
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“The film is entirely based on Siddhant's character and traces MC Sher's journey to becoming a hero. This will also give the makers a chance to delve deeper into the hip-hop culture and you can expect many engaging rap battles,” a source was quoted as saying.
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This has come as good news for hundreds of MC Sher and Siddhant Chaturvedi fans who will now get to behold the rapper's life story in a standalone movie, who played the role of a terrific mentor and an even better friend in 'Gully Boy'.
We cannot wait to watch his side of the story on the big screen. What about you?
A trailer comes out, becomes a meme - everyone knows the drill. It's obviously expected when the movie has Salman Khan in the lead. People love to troll him and his movies and most of the time he makes it a little too easy. Remember 'Race 3'?
But, this time when the trailer for 'Bharat' dropped, it wasn't Salman Khan that was the star of the memes, but Katrina Kaif who got that honour.
She basically said only one dialogue in the entire trailer but one was more than enough. Katrina saying “Itna bhaari gyaan dene ki zarurat nahi hai” was honestly just waiting to be turned into a meme. Who knows if it was in the trailer just to get even more free publicity online?
If that's the case, they've succeeded.
Every blogger ever, right?
Food blogger Friend: I ate crispy fried bread with a dollop of butter and mashed potato curry with mint Me : What's that? Friend : Pav Bhaji Me : pic.twitter.com/yit3wCXw0M
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) April 22, 2019
Bad memories of RD Sharma are coming back.
My reaction when I open my Mathematics books#BharatTrailer pic.twitter.com/DHKHklihJl
— Shivam #MI ð (@iamshivam45RO) April 22, 2019
When you write 2 pages For 2 marks answer Teacher : #BharatTrailer pic.twitter.com/2xgNJybUIv
— Bohot Pyara ð (@Bohotpyara) April 22, 2019
Okay, Bhai was also bound to get something.
Bhai bhai bhai#BharatTrailer pic.twitter.com/Qb4vm9R0XQ
— aftabð®ð³ (@biryani_babu) April 22, 2019
Katrina to acting #BharatTrailer pic.twitter.com/ShR7iLQzTZ
— Safarnama (@Stupidthings29) April 22, 2019
When a website asks you to read Terms and Conditions. #BharatTrailer pic.twitter.com/CYlh1Xidjn
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) April 22, 2019
When you date a girl from Bangkok. #BharatTrailer pic.twitter.com/OVk1qzC6UL
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) April 22, 2019
#BharatTrailer Chatur : A machine is any combination of bodies so connected that their relative motions are constrained, and by means of which force and motion may be transmitted and modified, as a screw and its nut, or a lever... Rancho : pic.twitter.com/DT7SAA5hzP
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) April 22, 2019
Why are almost all of them related to school?
Me after going through 5 pages of History textbook. #BharatTrailer pic.twitter.com/tcCRU45max
— Pulkit Kochar (@kocharpulkit) April 22, 2019
“With great power comes great responsibility,” a statement then said in Spiderman but off-lately moulded by Ajinkya Rahane. Given the responsibility to lead Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League 2019, Rahane was bestowed with a lot of belief by his management.
Not performing since the beginning of the tournament, the Mumbai lad failed to lead as a captain and also as he lost four games out of the six until he was replaced by Steve Smith in the match against Mumbai Indians.
But as soon as Rahane the captain was relieved from his skipper duty, it gave room for Rahane the batsman to outshine and play more freely. In Monday's game against Delhi Capitals, the right-hander once again showed his class by batting all throughout the innings and scoring a flamboyant hundred. His total of 104 off mere 63 deliveries consisted of 11 boundaries and three well-timed sixes.
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This was his second ton in the IPL, seven years after his first against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2012.
But we guess no matter who captains the Royals, they just can't win until they stop dropping crucial catches and the misfields during the game.
Another fifty by Shikhar Dhawan and a magnificent knock by Rishabh Pant at the end helped Delhi Past Rajasthan with Rahane's super knock going in vain.
Summer months are always exhausting as the heat makes everything all the more tiring. A list of tasks that are hard to process includes washing clothes or taking a shower because getting up and taking a shower can sometimes be so exhausting, even just in theory.
So, if you want to figure out a quick and easy regime to get away from the tiresome process of taking a shower, you should consider these:
1. Have You Heard Of Dry Shampoo?
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Dry shampoo is a Godsend product, quite literally. If your hair is not on point and you need a quick fix, you should consider dry shampoos. Two-three puffs of this product will make your oily/ dirty hair look fresh again.
2. Face Wipes Are Great For A 10-Second Fix
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If you have to wake up and rush out, face wipes are a good replacement for a face wash. Scented ones will leave a lingering fragrance which makes them completely worth the money they come for.
3. Don't Forget The Deodorant
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If you're heading out and possibly don't have time for anything at all. There's one thing you should always keep handy to keep yourself stink-proof: a deodorant.
4. When In Doubt, Moisturize
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Our skin tends to dry up very easily. A good moisturizer helps hydrate skin which makes it look healthier than an unmoisturized dry face.
5. A Mouthwash Can Save Your Life
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Trust us. You don't want people to not like you just because you smell bad. A mouthwash makes that difference. Just use some before you step out.
With less than four days to go for probably the biggest movie of the decade, speculations and wild theories have been making headlines day in and out. While some ideas have a realistic feel to them, others are straight out bizarre and make no sense whatsoever.
And some of the restless Marvel Cinematic Universe fans could not resist the temptation to watch the three-minute long movie footage that was leaked by one of the Marvel Studios employees last week.
But not us. Not us.
So, while keeping in mind our loyalty towards the Marvel Comics and the Cinematic Universe, here are five things that you must expect when you watch 'Avengers: Endgame'.
Two Fights Against Thanos
Based on the millions of trailers put out by the YouTube channel of Marvel Studios, it is pretty much evident that in the 3 hour 2 minute of screen time, the audience will get to watch two wars being carried out Captain America and the rest of the earth's mightiest heroes.
While the first one will be unplanned, emotional and hurried, the second would clearly follow a well structured plan.
Someone Gets Badly Injured In The First Half Of The Movie
Taking an educated guess here but we believe with the wounds of losing one half of the universe with Thanos quick snap, the Avengers try to take him down with the help of Captain Marvel who believe she can take him on, especially when her powers basically come from one of the Infinity Stones.
But underestimating the Mad Titan leads the team to lose an integral part of themselves, someone who gets thrashed and absolutely dominated by Thanos just like Hulk was in the initial moments of Infinity War. Unable to carry on fighting, they must be taken back to the Avengers headquarters.
Based on the length and colour of Natasha Romanoff's hair, it is pretty much obvious that the events of Endgame will span between two to ten months during which a lot of new developments take place, previously misplaced characters return home and new plans to eliminate Thanos are thought about.
Somebody Dies (For Good)
As the title suggests, 'Endgame' refers to a Chess move in which the player must sacrifice one of his most crucial Chess pieces in order to get an upper hand over his opponent.
Maybe during the final fight against the Mad Titan, one of the leading characters like maybe Hawkeye will get into a bit of trouble and someone will jump in the middle of the attack and help his partner out of trouble while giving up his own life.
Big New Character At The End
Endgame can not finish without the introduction of at least one Marvel character to continue with the franchise and the universe along with.
There are a lot of talk about the introduction of someone really powerful and not a habitant of the earth, who has had some sort of a rivalry with Thanos due to his previous profession of visiting planets and eliminating half their population. Someone like Adam Warlock.
Other characters who people think and hope to see in the end of the movie include Professor X, Rest of the X-Men, and these guys.
Voting is a fundamental right that every citizen deserves and should exercise as well. Believe it or not, but the entire nation's fate depends on the tiny mark of blue ink on your finger. Even our political leaders understand this, which is why they are busy with election campaigns and urging people to vote.
PM Modi is also busy with the election campaign and almost a month ago, he had urged people (actors, cricketers and many prominent sports personalities) from all walks of life, to encourage their fans and followers to vote. In one of those tweets, PM Modi asked Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar to "creatively ensure high voter awareness and participation in the coming elections."
Now, actor Shah Rukh Khan has responded to PM Modi's message and came up with a rap song, 'Karo Matdan', requesting people to go and vote in the ongoing Lok Sabha 2019 elections.
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The song is not only peppy, but also brings to surface a talent in SRK that we weren't aware of - rapping. He wrote, "PM sahib @narendramodi ne creativity ki liye bola tha. Main thoda late ho gaya video banane mein...aap mat hona Vote karne mein!!! 'Voting is not only our Right, it is our Power.' Please Use It. Thank u to @tanishkbagchi @abbyviral @parakramsinghr."
PM sahib @narendramodi ne creativity ki liye bola tha. Main thoda late ho gaya video banane mein...aap mat hona Vote karne mein!!! 'Voting is not only our Right, it is our Power.' Please Use It. Thank u to @tanishkbagchi @abbyviral @parakramsinghr . https://t.co/9280i8BnK3
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 22, 2019
PM Modi too replied to the song and called it a "fantastic effort." He wrote, "I am sure the people of India, especially first time voters will pay heed to your appeal and come out to vote in large numbers."
Fantastic effort, @iamsrk!
I am sure the people of India, especially first time voters will pay heed to your appeal and come out to vote in large numbers https://t.co/y2OLgrwOOS
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 22, 2019
Honestly, after listening to this song, we can't wait for a rap face-off between SRK and the OG 'Gully Boy' Ranveer Singh.
The 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is already proving to be a scintillating affair. The 39 games in the tournament so far, have been full of exciting duels that have managed to capture the imagination of cricket fans. But, apart from catching all the cricketing action through various mediums, the fans have also relished numerous fantasy sports platforms that continue to garner engagement.
While a bit of cash and some bragging rights continue to entice the fans, the rise of fantasy sports platforms has also allowed individuals to test their knowledge of the game and players involved. But, picking the winning team is far more than difficult than it seems.
Anyone can pick players on their star value, but those who've found themselves addicted to the fantasy leagues would agree that it requires a careful deliberation of facts, figures and performances of the cricketers before one drafts them in what can potentially become a winning team.
With Match 40 of the season pitting Delhi Capitals (DC) against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur tonight, here's a look at the Dream XI you can pick that to trump your mates and earn some cash in the fantasy sports leagues:
Captain & His Deputy
Arguably one of the most difficult decisions to make in the fantasy sports league, picking the right captain and his deputy can undoubtedly make or break your chances. Going into tonight's clash, it will be a big mistake if you appoint anyone other than Kagiso Rabada as captain and Steve Smith as the vice-captain of the team.
Undeniably one of the most effective bowlers across formats in international cricket, Rabada has been the bowling spearhead of Delhi this season. The South African has immense knowledge of the game which allows him to read the situations well and, thereon, act accordingly. His consistency will the ball can be ascertained from the fact that he currently leads the list of leading wicket-takers with 21 scalps in 10 games.
While Rabada has been pivotal for Delhi, Smith, after a bit of hiccup, seems to have found his form to establish himself as a vital cog in Rajasthan's batting line-up. The Australian batting sensation has amassed 245 runs in eight games so far in the tournament. And, his unbeaten knock of 59 runs in the last game paved way for Rajasthan's five-wicket triumph over Mumbai Indians (MI).
The Man Behind The Stumps
When it comes to the wicket-keeping duties in India, none comes close to the stature of MS Dhoni. But, in today's game, the choice of selecting a wicket-keeper between Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson is quite obvious. There is little doubt over the capabilities of Pant behind the stumps.
Dhoni's pupil has been the first-choice keeper for Delhi and continues to prove his worth with the gloves. His lightning-quick glovework led to the end of dangerous KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh in the last game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). And, the fact that he is a prolific batsman, further makes him a great addition to your Dream XI.
The World Cup snub might have dampened his mood, but make no mistake, Pant will leave no stone unturned to use the ongoing IPL season as a platform to question the Indian selectors over their surprise decision.
Jack Of All Trades
Deriving a right mix of all-rounders is another crucial task that can help you rake in the points, and in turn, the moolah. Their ability to make their presence felt in almost all facets of the game make the all-rounders a vital cog in any dream team. So, for tonight's game, a winning dream team must include the likes of Riyan Parag and Axar Patel.
The belligerence of 17-year-old Parag turned out to be Rajasthan's mantra of success when he overshadowed Smith during the course of their match-winning partnership against Mumbai in the last match. When it comes to the bowling department, the U-19 World Cup winner's leg-break can also do the trick. While he might not have taken a single wicket in the two games he has played so far, the third youngest player to feature in the IPL should still be a valuable pick for any dream team.
If Parag has come into his own for Rajasthan, Patel has been quietly doing the job for Delhi this season. The left-arm spinner has taken six wickets in eight games this season. And, his impressive figures of 2-22 in the last game also contributed in Delhi's five-wicket win over Punjab. Batting down the order, Patel hasn't had many opportunities, but the fact that his strike-rate is 135 and he has slammed six fours and three sixes, proves that he can come in handy with the willow.
The Bat-Wielding Warriors
The likes of Smith and Shikhar Dhawan forge a formidable opening pair for any dream team. While Smith looks to build on his form for Rajasthan, Dhawan's rediscovery with the willow has eased the burden on Delhi's middle-order. The Indian opener is currently the leading run-getter for Delhi with 347 runs in 10 games to his name. And, his 41-ball 56 against Punjab proved to be a key contribution for Delhi in the last match.
In a bid to bolster the batting line-up, Shreyas Iyer can also prove to be a valuable addition to your dream team, surely boosting the chances of raking in key points. The Delhi skipper possesses all the shots in his armoury and has the capability of taking on any bowling attack. He has amassed 327 runs in 10 games and his unbeaten 58 in the last game against Punjab was pivotal in Delhi's five-wicket triumph.
Last, but not the least, Sherfane Rutherford (a wild pick) is the final batsman in our dream team for tonight's game. Often labelled as Guyana's Andre Russell, the 20-year-old might be an unknown commodity in the IPL, but that shouldn't overshadow his ability to hit the ball far and long. The swashbuckling left-hander is an exciting young talent who is rapidly rising through the ranks. Apart from that, Rutherford's medium pace can also help you grab some points.
The Bowling Demons
Fire-breathing Rabada leads the bowling attack for our dream team. The South African has made the most of the new ball and has the ability to strike in the middle overs to give Delhi vital breakthroughs. He would be well assisted by Jofra Archer, another bowler who has managed to make the tournament his own with impressive performances.
Archer was dealt with a heavy blow after he was snubbed by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the ICC World Cup. But, just like Pant, Archer would be eager to take in a positive stride and make the most of his time in the IPL this season. In the spin-bowling department, the likes of Sandeep Lamichhane and Shreyas Gopal should have you covered. Both the spinners have done well for their respective sides this season and could help you extract key points in tonight's game.
Dream XI: Kagiso Rabada (c), Steve Smith (vc), Rishabh Pant (wk), Riyan Parag, Axar Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Sandeep Lamichhane, Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal.
Every morning with the rising sun, households come to life all across the world. There is an unsaid routine we all follow during those early hours of the day, and somewhere hidden amongst the folds of those auto-pilot motions of the morning lies a quick, often unacknowledged and seemingly insignificant interaction with the kudawalla.
Kudawallas are prime examples of people who toil hard every day, mind their own business and yet live humbly without ever seeking the recognition for the great work they do on a daily basis. They are almost guilty of leading a dual life. Much like undercover agents who get real shit done, yet never claim their dues.
But let us ask you. Even if they did claim their dues, what are the chances that we would give them their due credit, or hail them as the messiah(s) of change and clean environment that they are?
Yes, all that pondering and the silence that follows it, speaks for itself.
How long has your kudawalla been working for you? And in that period of time how many times have you acknowledged the world of difference that their (hand-y)work makes to our lives day after day?
Well, you might not be aware that close to 4 million kudawallas or waste-pickers are engaged in this line of work in India. These waste-pickers dispose around 80 per cent of the 750,000 tons waste Indians generate every single week!
Not only do these rag-pickers collect garbage from people's houses, but additionally they also pick up waste, clean, sort and segregate it. The process ends with them separating recyclable waste from the rest, which they sell to scrap dealers to earn a regular living.
They continue to do their job regardless of the apathy they are met with. With close to 62 million tonnes of annual waste to manage, and given the failing state of the municipality in most parts of the country, it is due to these 'anonymous environmentalists' that India enjoys the highest recycling rates.
India is ahead of even the USA in this matter, we recycle only 31 per cent of PET bottles as opposed to India's 70 per cent. This is made possible only by the informal recycling chain that operates in the country. Starting with the rag-pickers, who sell the waste to scrap dealers, the chain helps this waste to reach the aggregators, from where the waste eventually goes to recyclers.
This informal recycling sector contributes to 100 per cent of all recycling in our country. Now, can you imagine the impact each of these 4 million rag-pickers are making to our environment year-on-year?
We agree that they are doing this for the money, but tell us, would you consider doing this “dirty work” for a living if someone paid you truck-loads of money for it every month? Then let's take a moment to appreciate and acknowledge the utmost importance of their work for our society and the environment at large.
Even with their significant contribution to society, these unsung heroes remain unrecognised and undervalued. What's worse, they also face harassment from Savarna society for what they do. From physical abuse to threats and being called thieves, they have seen it all.
Even official documents do not recognise their work towards solid waste management
With serious health hazards in this occupation, such as contact with hazardous medical waste, soiled sanitary pad and the lines, there is still no stopping these warriors of change, who continue to put their personal health in the line. They deserve so much more than just a passing glance from us every morning, when they stop by, almost religiously, every single day to collect our waste and make our lives cleaner and our environment more livable.
It is widely believed that art mirrors reality, but sometimes reality is fancier than fiction. Volodymyr Zelensky is a very famous businessman, producer and a stand-up comedian in Ukraine. In fact, he is known for playing the role of a president in a famous show there as well. It's called 'Servant Of The People'.
Now you'd wonder what is intriguing or interesting about playing a president on a show? Well, that's because Mr Volodymyr is now the President of Ukraine for real. He landed a straight landslide victory for himself after he ran for the post with, mind you, literally no prior political exposure. In March last year, he launched a party called 'Servant Of The People' and in December he filed and announced his candidacy for the 2019 elections.
His anti-corruption and anti-establishment philosophy resonates with the people of the country. Social media is abuzz with this bizarre yet wonderful coincidence.
How appropriate that a comedian joins the world comedy show called POLITICS. A planet full of ill informed, self centred, egocentric leaders. We finally have someone that is an expert in their field that takes on the head job! #Ukraine #UkraineElections #politicsexplained https://t.co/geddnuDuiv
— Ezel Hikmet (@EHikmet) April 22, 2019
What an interesting world we live in.
Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy played the role on TV before taking the top job#geopolitics #UkraineElections https://t.co/pH2K4dYS3z via @abcnews
— ð§ð²ð»ð°ðð´ no more Coalition ð¦ðº (@Absurd_Penguin) April 22, 2019
I have no problem with a comedian becoming a politician and world leader. Comedians on the whole are intelligent and are skilled at “thinking outside the box” #UkraineElections
— Steve (@SteveSkipper) April 22, 2019
The world is sure evolving in terms of change in rational thinking, where traditional perceptions about electing leaders with a political history is being discarded to get new faces on board.
With the biggest revelation that just came out, something that binds the show's fundamental plot line, just blew our mind. Aegon Targaryen, the sixth of his name, King of the Andals and the first men, Lord of seven kingdoms and protector of the realm, risen from the dead to proclaim his throne just officially set foot on the show, and we've got major goosebumps. But what the heck, we're still gonna call him Jon Snow.
Jon's a dedicated man, who lists his priorities firmly and never lets anything get in the way of them. Well, almost. He still has a heart that loves fiercely and even with the daunting choices he has to make, his love for Dany is pure and real. Dany and Jon officially met in season 7 of 'Game of Thrones', where Jon made his journey to the south to meet the Dragon lady. Things unfolded quite quickly and before you knew it, they were making sweet love on their way to Winterfell. Daenerys is as smitten with Jon as he is with her. In fact, in the latest episode Dany tells Sansa how all she wanted was to take back the throne all her life, but now she's fighting Jon's war instead because she loves him dearly.
Their love is pure, clean and strong and we truly hope the recent developments don't deter the compassion and respect the two hold for each other. If anything, Jon and Dany's story is the strongest in the series and we might have learnt a thing or two from their meaningful relationship and that's what this article is about.
Here are 3 main learnings from Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen and Daenerys Targaryen's relationship in 'Game of Thrones'. Maybe you can use them to strengthen your bond with your loved one.
(1) Effective Communication Is Important
One thing that stands out between both Jon and Dany is their love to communicate everything effectively. Whether they're discussing strategies or a thing or two about love, they're straight up about how they feel and always counter each other's decision healthily. If you've noticed, Dany always seeks Jon's councils in pertinent matters, especially when it comes to making important decisions. He's always sought her advice on matters he might be a little confused about. The best way to build or re-build an association is to communicate effectively and build a narrative suited for your purpose. For example, Jon didn't take long to tell Dany the truth about who he was even though he knew it could potentially destroy his dynamic with her, on a permanent basis. Maybe they'll find a way around this, maybe they won't, but they're sure of how they feel for each other which might act as a saving grace, thanks to their excellent communication skills.
(2) Sometimes Sacrifice Is Inevitable
If you've truly been in love and have struggled to keep it alive you'll know what I mean by sacrifices then. Let's face it, sometimes love isn't easy, especially if you've fought for it in the past and failed miserably. That's what Dany and Jon did earlier. They met people they fell in love with and couldn't be with them in the longer run, so they decided to strive harder. While Dany joined the Dothraki to be with Khal Drogo, Jon couldn't give up his Night's Watch responsibility to be with Ygritte. But when the two come together, they both realise how important sacrifices are in love, in order to keep it alive. While Jon gives up his title as the King of the North, when he bends the knee for Dany, Dany too gives up her lifelong dream of marching to King's Landing and taking over the throne. Instead, she's in the North helping Jon prepare for a bigger war. That's what sacrifices enable you to do. Show empathy where it's required most and give up on something for a greater good.
(3) The Ability To Keep Calm During Conflict
This isn't just pertinent for people in power but for every relationship. The only helpful resolve comes through calmness and nothing more. If Jon and Dany were disagreeing on matters that affect the Seven Kingdoms then they'd be on loggerheads most times, instead of leading a war. While both have had a different approach to conflicts, there are times when they've intervened in the other's working and told them what they're doing is wrong. Especially Jon, who has always openly told Dany what he feels, when she asks him for his council. When Dany wanted Jaime executed, while he was in Winterfell, Jon didn't agree with her and she ultimately took his advice on the matter. Even after disclosing who he really is to Dany, we didn't see them get in to a brawl, knowing fully well that he's the true and rightful heir to the throne. To make love a stronger bond, you need to have adequate tools for it to work and avoiding conflict with a sense of calm is one of them, which these two display with ease.
Jon and Dany display other learnings throughout their time together. For instance, sometimes you need to keep your ego aside to balance an equation, or how it's important to maintain balance between family and love. Though GoT happened a million years ago, there are some important lessons primarily from relationships in the show you can take back home with you and Jon and Daenerys' equation is probably one of them.
Summers are here and I am sure your 'desi' gym trainer is soon going to tell you that this is a season for dropping the pounds.
The typical bodybuilding belief that's still prominent amongst 'desi' style training is that you go on bulk in winters and then during summers, you cut.
The theory on which this model is based is that during summers, your body sweats a lot and thus it helps you to cut the layer of fat on your muscles. Some trainers will even go to the extent of making their clients train without a fan in the gym so that they sweat more and thus lose more fat.
Read on to know why this theory is absolutely flawed and is complete bro-science.
More Sweat In Summers Will Lead To More Fat Loss?
Well, if this statement is accurate, then your body should burn zero fat in winters, as you do not sweat at all during the peak winter season. Also, what about people who live in hilly areas and where there is no summer at all? I believe people living in such areas should leave their dream of getting ripped as they will hardly sweat during a workout and thus won't burn any fat.
Now let's talk about some science. If someone is on a calorie deficit diet, how will the body manage the deficit calories?
Because as per science, when your body cannot meet its daily maintenance calories from outside, it uses the fat stores in your body which is stored in the form of adipose tissue, which is your fat cells.
Thus, the so-called 'sweat theory' is just another gem from bro-science and nothing else. Your body will tap into the stored fat cells once you go on a deficit, whether you workout in summers or winters.
Is It Fat That Melts In The Form Of Sweat?
Absolutely not, sweat is just a medium for your body to maintain its temperature. Since the outside temperature is high during summers, your body sweats more irrespective of the fact that you workout or not.
So, while working out, your body may sweat a little extra as it is trying to cool down from the inside by producing more sweat on your skin. In winters, your body is already cooled down so it does not produce that much sweat. It's as simple as that. If fat melted in the form of sweat, people would automatically become lean during summers with the kind of heat waves that we face in India.
Can You Gain Weight In Winters?
Yes, of course, you can. Gaining or losing has more to do with your dietary intake. If you follow a calorie surplus diet, you will gain while if you go on a deficit, you will lose. The only thing different in summers is that you might increase your water intake as your body tends to sweat a lot more than winters. It's very important to keep your body well hydrated if your workout sessions are frequent and aggressive.
Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
Two Khans of our Bollywood, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, never miss a chance to appreciate each other on social media platforms. The whole country is praising the trailer of Salman Khan's 'Bharat'. Just like Bhai fans are going gaga over the trailer, SRK too seemed to have loved the trailer. He took to Twitter to give a shout-out to the film and wrote, "Kya baat hai bhai!! Bahut Khoob." As soon as SRK tweeted, their fans got one more reason to celebrate their friendship.
Here's the tweet:
Kya baat hai bhai!! Bahut Khoob. https://t.co/0t8hQoUSbJ
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 22, 2019
The trailer shows Salman Khan in five avatars and it has left all the movie buffs waiting for more. The trailer tells the story of a middle-class old man Bharat, who takes us back to 1947 when India attained its independence. Salman and Katrina Kaif are a deadly combination and fans are happy to see this 'jodi' back on the silver screen. Apart from Salman and Katrina, the film also stars Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff and Sunil Grover in pivotal roles. Bharat is an official remake of the Korean film, 'An Ode To My Father'. It will be interesting to see how Ali Abbas Zafar has given it an Indian twist.
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In an earlier interview, Ali had said that it's important to show Salman in a different light as the Indian cinema is now changing and doing something different with every film, and that will help them make a mark.
Are you looking forward to watching the film? Let us know in the comments below. Meanwhile, check out the trailer here:
You have to be the filthy kind of rich to be able to gift your buddy a customised 'Captain America' themed 1967 Camaro that would make your wallet slimmer by Rs. 2 crores and still not scratch the surface of your bank account.
And if your name is Robert Downey Jr and you have the charisma to handsomely pull off a gold and iron red coloured suit made up of tin, then you most definitely will have no problems establishing such a bank account for yourself.
As the first piece of the elaborate puzzle the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become in the current day, RDJ was given what can be considered a complex and complicated yet extremely difficult task as an actor and that was to make the audience like Iron Man enough to build a complete universe in the coming years and hopefully decades.
And as they say, “with great responsibility comes a lot of money!”
Well, not exactly.
When Downey was first bolted into the Iron Man suit, his deal was worth $500,000, which even though was still a lot of money, especially for an experiment like Iron Man, was nowhere near the kind of dough the 54-year-old would make in the coming years.
A new clause was then added to his contract stating that Downey's take-home will also include a 2.5% share of all profits made by the movies.
Iron Man (2008):
$500,000 = Rs. 3,50,00,000 (approx.)
Iron Man 2 (2010):
$10 million + $3 million (film profits) = $13 million = Rs. 90,53,00,000 (approx)
$10 million + $29 million (film profits) = $39 million = Rs. 2,72,00,00,000 (approx)
Iron Man 3 (2013):
$10 million + $22 million (film profit) = $32 million = Rs. 2,23,00,00,000 (approx.)
Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015):
$10 million + $25 million (film profit) = $35 million = Rs. 2,44,00,00,000 (approx.)
Captain America: Civil War (2016):
$40 million + $18.75 million in film profit + $5 million for beating Winter Soldier = $63.75 million = Rs. 4,45,69,60,000 (approx.)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017):
$ 15 million = Rs. 1,04,00,00,000 (approx.)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018):
$10 million + $10.25 million from film profit = $20.25 million Rs. 1,39,00,00,000 (approx.)
Adding everything together, Robert Downey Jr has earned a total of approximately $200 million in the eight movies he has appeared. With the kind of craziness we are getting to see as the tickets finally went open for booking, this has to be the greatest draw in RDJ's career with Marvel Studios.
Source: Cheat Sheet, Wealthy Gorilla, Verdict
Huawei launched a new smartphone that defies everything we've known so far about smartphone cameras. At first, we didn't believe in the hype ourselves until we got to use the smartphone for ourselves.
The P30 Pro can take pictures in almost every environment and can even take detailed images of the moon. The P30 pro is not only about offering great cameras, but it also features great design, awesome performance and impressive battery life. The P30 Pro may just be the perfect smartphone every company has been trying to make in the past decade.
So, let's find out why the Huawei P30 Pro is probably the only smartphone you want to look at this year:
Design & Display
When it comes to the design of the smartphone the first thing you will notice is the gradient colours. We have seen the Chinese company breathe new life to smartphones with their Honor branded smartphones and the Mate 20 Pro, and it seems like the company is looking to continue that tradition. We got to use both the Aurora Blue and Breathing Crystal variants and they both looked absolutely stunning.
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When you look beyond the colours, the Huawei P30 Pro is not particularly a small device. It has a 6.47-inch display and has curved edges similar to the Mate 20 Pro. The edges on the back of the smartphone also have a curved profile giving it a much ergonomic feel that its predecessor. Overall, the design is impressive, however, the P30 Pro is quite prone to scratches on both sides. We would recommend you use the supplied cover to protect the phone from any damages you may incur overtime.
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When it comes to the display, the 6.47-inch FHD+ AMOLED display has a smaller notch than the Mate 20 Pro as it does not have the same sensors for facial recognition. Face unlock does work on the P30 Pro but it isn't as reliable as the Mate 20 Pro or the iPhone XS.
The display is also used as a loudspeaker instead of having a traditional grille for audio output. You may find it weird at first, however, we got used to it in a matter of days. The AMOLED display quality is excellent where the colours are vibrant and have balanced contrasts. The sharpness is also quite impressive if you like to watch movies and play games. Having said that, we did find the hue on the display on the cooler side which could be annoying for some users.
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The smartphone is powered by Huawei's Kirin 980 chipset that is particularly fast and works in tandem with Huawei's EMUI. Having said that, EMUI is a quite bloaty skin that is particularly not clean. Even though we've not been fond of EMUI in the past, the P30 Pro comes with some cool AI features such as an AI video editor (similar to Google Photos), scene detection features for the camera app. It even comes with digital well-being features such as a downtime feature for applications. When you reach your limit for a particular app, the screen turns grey preventing you from doing what you were meant to stop.
The P30 Pro also comes with another nifty feature i.e. a Digital Car Key. Basically, you can use the P30 Pro to use as a key for select Audi cars. You can even start the engine with your smartphone. Alas, we did not get to test this feature, however, you can read up more literature about this on Audi and Huawei's website
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The star attraction of the Huawei P30 Pro is its impressive camera setup. It's touted to have incredible digital photography capabilities and for good reason. The array on the back has a 40MP 27mm f/1.6 wide-angle main sensor, a 20MP ultra wide-angle 16mm f/2.2 and an 8MP 5x optical periscope zoom lens, plus a ToF lens.
The zoom lens on the P30 Pro is one of the most impressive sensors we've seen as it can do image stabilisation even when zoomed in well over 10x. The P30 Pro uses OIS + EIS at the same time to achieve this feat. Of course, the quality does drop down a bit when you exceed the zooming parameters, however, it is still the best we've ever seen on a smartphone. We could even capture some very accurate and detailed shots of the moon with 50x zoom. You can see the clarity in the photo samples below.
Huawei has partnered with Leica to make some of the most impressive we've ever seen. The new sensors are called SuperSpectrum sensors that use RYYB instead of the traditional RGB. Yellow has been used in place of green as it can take in both red and green lights. The sensor is capable of capturing more information and clearer images. Having said that, not everything is peachy here as when you take images of flora, there is considerable saturation which is entirely accurate when it comes to real colours.
The Huawei P30 Pro is also incredible at taking low-light images, especially in the night. The light sensitivity ISO goes up to 400,000 which is completely unheard of on a smartphone. You can take some incredible night shots using the Night Mode, which works similar to what you find on Google Pixel 3. It basically takes multiple frames at different levels of exposure and then combines them into a single image.
The ToF sensor basically comes in handy when you want to capture the depth or take portrait images from your smartphone. It can read objects and gets a better idea of the subject in front of the camera. The ToF sensor records how long it takes for the light to hit the object in front of the smartphone. This resulted in some awesome portrait images, however, did not work as advertised in dark environments.
P30 Pro Camera Samples
The Huawei P30 Pro is powered by the Kirin 980 chipset which is also the Chinese company's flagship processor. In terms of RAM, the smartphone comes with 8GB of RAM and a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU for gaming. We encountered no issues when it came to the smartphone's performance and gaming was a breeze as there were no noticeable frame rate drops. We managed to play PUBG in high settings but we enjoyed playing Fortnite more due to the smooth graphics. The P30 Pro also comes with a proprietary file transfer system which basically is faster in reading/write speeds than anything we've seen so far.
In terms of benchmark tests, our review unit was able to achieve a score a respectable 3292 in the single-core test while it scored 9657 in the multi-core test.
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The P30 Pro has a 4,200 mAh battery and we managed to get 8-9 hours of screen-on time. The smartphone supports 40W fast charging and 15W wireless charging. Much like the Mate 20 Pro, you can even turn on the reverse wireless charging feature to charge other devices such as the new AirPods or the Galaxy Buds. The battery life on the P30 Pro is probably one of the best we've seen on an Android smartphone. The P30 Pro easily lasted more than 17 hours on a single charge and our usage included heavy gaming, GPS navigation, texting, internet browsing and even reverse wireless charging at times.
The Final Say
As smartphones get increasingly saturated, there are only a few fields left where it can be improved upon. Companies keep trying to improve mobile photography or performance or battery life but often sacrifice at least one of these key features. Having said that, the P30 Pro offers all of these features and do them well. The Huawei P30 Pro does offer the best camera on a smartphone right now and is genuinely a jack of all trades. In some cases, it's even a master of one such as low-light photography.
When it comes to competition, only the Pixel 3 comes into mind that can stand up to the P30 Pro when it comes it mobile photography. For Rs 71,9990; you get the latest tech with awesome performance and extraordinary cameras.
It's that time of the year again. When you forget about everything else and spend all your time reading up on 'Avengers: Endgame.' This time is extra special since it's the last movie in the lineup (No, we're not forgetting 'Far From Home,' but that's more of an introduction to Phase IV than a culmination for Phase III).
We've been waiting 10 years for this masterpiece and while it's already confirmed to have the largest number of superheroes in a single movie ever, the number might just be a little higher than you expect.
Besides everyone who has been confirmed for 'Avengers: Endgame' here are a few names you may or may not have heard that may make an appearance in the movie:
1. Beta Ray Bill
We already know that Beta Ray Bill exists in the MCU. For die-hard fans, they'll remember the large statue of his beside the Hulk on Sakaar in 'Thor: Ragnarok.'
© Marvel Studios
They've already laid the groundwork for this one and it's a possibility for sure. Think about it. Thor needs to get a new Mjolnir. Who's going to wield Stormbreaker when that happens? Who was Stormbreaker originally created for? You guessed it, Beta Ray Bill.
2. Black Knight
There are a lot of theories about the Black Knight and how he is going to have an important role to play in the Quantum Realm journey of the Avengers. But, how much of this is fact is debatable?
There are some action figures that were released too but knowing Marvel's propensity to mess with fans and theorists alike, it could end up meaning nothing. It's safe to say that the Black Knight would probably be the most underwhelming inclusion to the MCU if we do get to see him. A cursed sword, that's all he has…
There was a lot of speculation about whether or not Nova would make an appearance in 'Avengers: Infinity War.' Unfortunately, that didn't happen. But, we have to admit, things have been set up quite well for an appearance by the last survivor of the Nova Corps.
We all remember how Xandar was destroyed off-screen in 'Infinity War'. That's how Thanos got his first Infinity stone, the Power stone. As the story goes, this destruction of Xandar is what led to the creation of the superhero Nova. Unfortunately, with Captain Marvel filling in the role of the superpowered being, the chances of another one being introduced so soon are slim.
4. Adam Warlock
Yes, he's probably going to get the main role in 'Guardians Of The Galaxy 3,' but there's no reason why we can't hope to see more of Adam Warlock in 'Avengers: Endgame.'
Warlock is supposed to be the original owner of the Soul stone but since the stone is already with Thanos, we could see him showing up in 'Avengers: Endgame' to reclaim what is rightfully his. He's also used the Infinity Gauntlet on one occasion. Who knows…
Okay, the last one may seem the most far-fetched theory of the lot. But, it's actually among the most probable. Yes, we have seen Quicksilver in the MCU and his sister, Scarlet Witch, is one of the strongest Avengers right now. But, they're miracles, not mutants. With Disney buying Fox though, chances of mutants appearing in the MCU are at their peak.
The Mind stone is what gave the Maximoff twins their powers in the MCU. It might just be the MacGuffin that ends up waking up the latent mutant genes in humans around the world. Also, there are rumours of an end-credits scene with Charles Xavier. Think it could happen?
One last thing, before you go ahead and start dissing me for listing spoiler after spoiler you need to understand that these are all theories. They are possibilities. I don't know if any of them are going to happen for sure. But, if one (or multiple) of these theories turns out to be true, don't call it a spoiler, instead, call it a prediction that came true.
One of the world's most advanced metropolises, and one that enjoys a special soft spot with lakhs of Indians, Abu Dhabi is a hot travel destination with people from all around the world. However, with close to 33 lakh Indians calling Abu Dhabi their home, Indians do bear a special connection with the city.
So it was only a matter of time before the city also reciprocated the love Indians showered on it. True to the ideals of Pluralism that Abu Dhabi claims to uphold, the city recently left lakhs of Indians in Abu Dhabi overjoyed with the stone laying ceremony of the first-ever Hindu temple in the city.
The initial architectural layout for the temple which is being constructed by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar-Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), looks like an architectural marvel of modern times. Much like the Akshardham Temples in India, even this one boasts of a grandeur that is capable of invoking all the Indianness one can muster, even while being miles away from one's homeland.
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The temple is said to be symbolic of the shared friendship between Indian and UAE, and upholds the Vedic edict of 'Vasudeva Kutumbakam'. Indian Ambassador to UAE, Navdeep Suri was quoted as saying at the event, “When complete, this temple will symbolise the universal human values and spiritual ethos that form a shared heritage of both India and the UAE.”
As per initial reports, the temple will also serve as a cultural hub for the visitors, which will be equipped with an art gallery, halls, a library as well as a gymnasium! With its seven towers representing the seven emirates in the UAE, the temple will be spread across 14-acre of land and serve as a spiritual oasis set amidst the expansive desert.
Bollywood has had a long-standing affair with Switzerland and somewhere we too fell in love with the country, vicariously through them.
Ask anyone about Switzerland, and most of their conversation will revolve around Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol's budding romance on the streets of Switzerland, from 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'. Or those dance numbers where actresses wearing sarees are dancing on the snow-capped mountains.
I won't lie, somewhere my idea about Switzerland too was heavily influenced by Bollywood. But, all of it changed when I got a chance to visit the country a few weeks ago. I always wanted to go to Switzerland, but it was all a distant dream as I wasn't financially strong enough to fund my trip. But, thanks to Switzerland Tourism and their exceptional hospitality, the next thing I know I was sitting on a plane to Zurich and clicking and posting pictures with the locals and binging on chocolates and cheese.
Today, I want to share my story about how much Switzerland has impacted me. It also made me realise that the quaint country has so much more to offer than just be a place where Bollywood songs and movies were shot, with actors posing shirtless in snow and flaunting their six-pack abs.
1. Pack Comfortable Clothes Instead Of 'OOTD'
To begin with, no you cannot stand shirtless or in a saree in the snow. Even dreaming about doing it can send shivers down your spine because of the temperature, which drops to as low as -15 degrees to -20, even in March. So, please don't dream of wearing normal boots or heels or try to act stylish to get OOTDs. Carry warm and comfortable clothes (without adding tons of layers), gloves, and lots and lots of sunscreen.
2. Don't Take Euros Instead Of Swiss Franc
Don't trade your cash for Euros, instead of Swiss Franc. Switzerland is an expensive country and if you end up paying extra in the currency conversion process, it will only burn more holes in your pockets. Also, be doubly sure about the multi-currency card you're carrying, else you will be stuck with a different country's currency, like me. So, no matter who says what, convert your money to Swiss Franc (CHF) only, for smooth hassle-free transactions.
3. Why Is The Swiss Franc Symbol Called CHF
While most of us call it Swiss Franc and Swiss currency, most of us never bothered to notice or know why the symbol is CHF? Well, not many people know that the Latin name of Switzerland is 'Confoederatio Helvetica', which also means 'Swiss Confederation'. The symbol CH can be found on postal stamps, coins and even on the car stickers.
4. There Are Four Official Languages In Switzerland
This was my first trip to Switzerland, so I entertained and dug into all kinds of questions possible, which brought me to this - "What is the official language of the country?" Trust me, the number of people who asked this were more than the number of friends I have.
So, let me clear that too for all you guys. It will come handy, in case you're planning a trip soon. Firstly, there is no such thing as 'Swiss language'. There are four official languages that people speak: German, French, Italian and Romansh. Reason? Switzerland comprises of 26 cantons and if we take a look at history, each of these cantons were fully sovereign states and had their own borders, armies, customs and languages.
Over the years, the government never forced any of the cantons to speak a uniform language, so they continue to retain and speak different languages, which also represents the geographical and cultural boundaries that Switzerland is surrounded by. But, don't be scared since these are not the only languages they can speak. Most people understand and speak in English too.
5. Switzerland Has A Kickass Transportation System
Despite being an alpine country and surrounded by lakes and covered in snow for the most part of the year, Switzerland has a kickass transportation system, one of the world's finest actually. Let's be honest, living in Delhi has spoiled me beyond my expectations. I don't think I am the only one in thinking that cabs have made me lazy and privileged. People have stopped walking or taking buses or even metros for that matter.
Switzerland (even if it was for a week) changed my mindset. The transport is so freaking awesome, that you don't feel the need to take cabs. Also, did I tell you that cabs can be freakishly expensive? From trains, buses, cruise, bicycles to even walking; the systematic timetable connects people with any desired point.
6. Swiss People Are VERY Punctual And Organised
Swiss people are really punctual, unlike us. If the train or bus is scheduled to leave at 10: 30, it will LEAVE at 10:30 - neither 10:29 nor 10:31. Further, no person crosses roads if the signal is red, irrespective of whether there are any cars or not. Something we can never expect here. No wonder, Swiss people are so fit, despite consuming kilos of cheese and chocolates.
7. The Swiss Love Their Cheese And Chocolates
Talking about cheese, can you guess how much cheese does a person in Switzerland consume in a year? 10, 20, or 50 kilos? Well, when I visited a cheese factory, I found there is more to cheese than just parmesan or cheddar and the correct number is 21.4 kilos. Oh, and they eat nearly 12 kilos of chocolate in a year. In fact, wherever I went and whatever I ordered (even if it was just a glass of water), I always got complementary chocolates. They serve chocolates everywhere, even the bed you sleep on will have chocolates kept on it.
8. You Can Take Your Pets Literally Anywhere
Also, here's something I didn't know about Switzerland but instantly fell in love with. This 'heaven on earth' is very dog-friendly (any pet in general actually). You can take your dog almost everywhere, outdoor cafes, buses, trains, cruise to even some hotels. But, there are some rules and taxes for animals, especially social pets like guinea pigs.
9. Drinking Water Everywhere...Even In Your Bathroom
Also, it is believed that water in Switzerland (Europe in general) is so clean that people drink water directly from the basin in their bathroom. Umm, coming from India I had a really difficult time adjusting to that fact and the reasons are known to all of us.
We are so used to drinking water from water purifiers here, so we can't even imagine heading to the bathroom to take a drink of water. So, I took bottles instead, only to find that there are two types of water people drink there - sparkling and tap. So, when I said mineral water, I got a pack of sparkling water bottles (blame some of it to the language barrier) that has a distinct taste and not everyone likes it. And the water is super expensive there. So if you're fine drinking water from the bathroom, go for it; else make sure you get a bottle of tap water and not sparkling one.
10. Switzerland Is Really Safe For Solo Female Travellers
Lastly, being a solo woman traveller, safety is something that was a primary concern for me. Surprisingly, travelling alone in a foreign land turned out to be a safer experience for me than travelling within the country. The country is super safe, connectivity is strong and people are friendly, although they prefer that you respect their boundaries.
After I came back, my perception of the beautiful country changed. I wasn't in love with Switzerland anymore because of the Bollywood songs or movies shot there. I feel in love with the incredible beauty of Mount Titlis, the picturesque renaissance architecture, the captivating snowfall, the local beverage 'Rivella', the various types of cheese and chocolates, the roads, the transport museum, the snow-capped mountains I saw from the train and everything in between.
Thank you Switzerland for teaching and showing things to me I barely knew about, and I look forward to seeing you again.
'Game Of Thrones' always pays great emphasis to the soundtrack, the songs and the music that become a part of the show somewhere or the other. Usually, the themes and end credit songs are something to always look forward to as they tell us a lot abbot the standing structure and theme of the particular episode citing incidents of historical importance. Just like how Podrick's song did in episode 2 of season 8: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
The episode is all about bidding final goodbyes in Winterfell before the eventual fate is faced the next morning, or so the mighty men and women seem to believe. While Arya wants her last night in the arms of the man she fancies, Sansa warms up to Theon after he chooses to fight against the dead.
Greyworm and Missandei are making grand future plans to visit Naath after the war is over and a bunch of people are sitting around the fire warming their emotions and indulging in some worthy banter and storytelling. Jaime knights Brienne of Tarth, while Tyrion fills everyone's cups with ale, requesting someone to sing a song. The quiet and unassuming Podrick Payne steps up to the occasion and belts out an old time classic called 'Jenny's Song'.
The song is taken directly from George RR Martin's book: The Song of Ice and Fire and it connects to the larger scheme of things in the storyline. The song is primarily thought to be about 'Jenny of the Oldstones', a girl Duncan Targaryen was madly in love with. Duncan happens to be Daenerys's uncle and the Mad King's elder brother, making him the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.
Well, what does this piece of information have to do with what's going on right now? A lot apparently! The song directly relates to Duncan's love for Jenny, Rhaegar's love for Lyanna and Jon and Dany's love for each other. Just like how Duncan left his throne for Jenny, the assumption that Jon or Dany might do the same for one another, now that Jon is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne and Dany is well aware of that fact, bringing the Azor Ahai prophecy to light as well. The song plays on many levels, talking about making great sacrifices for the one true love, as it has always happened in history and might take shape in the present as well through the only two Targaryens left.
So, if Duncan gave up his throne for love, will Dany do the same for Jon is the question, and that's what the song highlights. The song though has only presented the readers with one important line in the book:
"High in the halls of kings who are gone, Jenny would dance with her ghosts".
This reference goes back to 'Summerhall', a Targaryen castle, where a great fire broke out and killed Aegon Targaryen V and Duncan, Jenny's Prince. So, when the line reads "Jenny would dance with her ghosts", it means she'd be dancing with Duncan and Aegon V.
But the version in the episode, the one that Pod sings to show off his vocal skills goes something like this: " The ones she had lost and the ones she had found, And the ones who had love her the most. The ones who'd been gone for so very long, She couldn't remember their names. They spun her around on the damp old stone, Spun away all her sorrow and pain. And she never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave.
While the last lines repeat, we see a montage of Sam, Gilly and little Sam, Greyworm and Missandei and Theon and Sansa, characters that may not survive the war between the living and the dead.
Well, Jon has forfeited love for duty in the past, when he gave up his love for Ygritte and sided with the Night's Watch because that was the right thing to do according to him and here he is, once again put up to a test and we're wondering if he'll forfeit his love once again for Dany!
Well, only time will tell, that's all I can say. For now, the assumption that the song has something very significant to do with what lies ahead is very overpowering, because it talks about love from a long time ago, weaving its way into a love that's very much a part of the present.
While we're not sure who gives up on their destiny of love first, we do know that perhaps both won't make it alive to the throne and whoever does make it, the sacrifices they made to get to the throne will haunt them for life.
For now, to digest this heavy piece of information, give Jenny's Song a hear. It's performed by Florence and the Machine and it goes by the name 'Jenny of Oldstones'.
It doesn't matter how many times you fall until you have the courage to get up and going again, and the same formula applies to the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in this year's Indian Premier League.
Despite losing six matches in a row, RCB is showing signs of improvement by winning three games out of the last four. With RCB having a one-in-a-million chance of qualifying for the playoffs, they have to make sure they win all of their remaining matches.
King Kohli took a sigh of relief when they earned another two points by defeating the table-toppers Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by one run. Regardless of an outstanding knock of 84 by the 'Thallaiva' MS Dhoni himself, the wounded Challengers did manage to seize a win from CSK's mouth.
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Unreal stuff at the Chinnaswamy stadium as @royalchallengersbangalore keep the fight going ðª #RCBvCSK
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Soon after the game, the game changer from RCB; Dale Steyn got into a fun chat with skipper Kohli about the evolution of their relationship over the years.
From hugging each other in 2009 to the right arm pacer scooping Chiku after the celebration of Suresh Raina's wicket, the bromance between both still remains intact.
Kohli showed a collage of his picture with the South-African pacer calling it a “ten-year challenge,” by adding that Steyn looks the same and that he has changed a lot over the years. They further went on to praise each other for all the achievements and accolades.
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With four games still to be played by RCB, they will surely aim for the impossible and make it to the playoffs. Let's wait and watch if they can get the momentum this late in the season.
Virat Kohli is a name that doesn't really need an introduction, as he is the most popular cricketer that India has seen since the legend Sachin Tendulkar.
Kohli is someone who is always seen leading the Indian team from the front, be it with the bat or on the field. But what really sets him apart is not just his cricketing skills, but his fitness too.
When it comes to fitness, the Indian captain just keeps on raising the bar and has become the fitness icon of India when it comes to sportsmen, as no other Indian athlete can match his fitness levels at present.
In fact, I am also sure that his chiselled and amazing body is something that a lot of people are striving to get for themselves.
In this article, I am going about how you can build a sportsman-like physique just like Virat Kohli:
1. Dietary Control
In a recent interview, Virat himself said that he hasn't tasted 'butter naan' and 'butter chicken' in the last 5 years which used to be his favourite dish. This not only shows his immense discipline towards his diet but also tells you that he stays away from any kind of junk foods at all.
You can't expect your body to look and respond like a sportsman if you're going to feed it junk food every now and then.
Your diet should be as nutritious as possible. Avoid eating highly processed and less nutritious food all the time.
2. Increase Your Protein Intake
The combination of the chiselled physique with explosive energy is impossible to achieve without a good amount of protein in your diet.
Your body needs to have muscles to look muscular. Protein is the building block for muscles, thus it is very important that you include enough protein in your diet on a daily basis.
Having 1.5 grams protein per Kg of body weight is a good place to start with and thereafter you can increase it according to your own individual needs.
3. Combination Of Resistance And Agility Training
If you look at Virat's physique carefully, you will realize that he doesn't have too much of muscle mass. He is not bulky like a bodybuilder but yes, he has muscles.
To build muscles, you need to train with weights. When your muscles are subjected to resistance training regularly, your body tries to build new muscle fibres. Also, sport-specific performance like Kohli's will need regular agility training as well.
You could choose from various forms of agility drills like ladder drills, cone drills or medicine balls. Working out at least 5 to 6 days in a week with a combination of resistance training and agility training will be best suited for a body like Virat's.
Virat didn't become Virat overnight. It took him years and years of hard work, dedication and discipline to become what he is today. You have to keep this in mind when you make a target to be like him. There will be temptation around you for skipping your workouts or to cheat on your meals, but you have you show your commitment towards your goals.
This is what differentiates an achiever from a loser. Just do the hard work, be patient and you will see the results coming your way.
Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
How would you spend your final hours if death was imminent? Would you eat the finest of the meals or get drunk, spend time with your friends or have *** because who knows what tomorrow holds?
Well, before you tread ahead, let us tell you this post is dark and full of spoilers.
The second episode of 'Game Of Thrones' season 8 aired this morning and among the list of things that surprised us was Arya-Gendry's lovemaking scene.
Right before the scene, she was sitting with The Hound and realized that she doesn't want to spend her final hours (if they are her final hours) contemplating things or getting drunk and miserable. And here's the thing: Arya has really evolved over the seasons and especially after her training with the faceless man, her onscreen presence tried to emulate the qualities of a calculative assassin.
But we've seen baby Arya draw a better bow than Bran in the first episode, we've seen her grow and fight the lady stereotype thrusted upon her.
So seeing her grow up and have human desires was a little surprising. Here's what Twitter had to say about it.
Stuff we didn't know we needed!
ARYA STARK GETTING DOWN IS THE MOMENT WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR AND DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/nsa78rw1yG
— G (@GeeInSpace) April 22, 2019
Yeah, even we weren't, TBH!
I wasn't ready for this #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/G6JdbSLCec
— House Box Office (@HBO) April 22, 2019
At least she's done having what she wanted
Arya having to get out of bed when the white walkers show up #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/ogzz3Pgd7b
— Community Chapstick (@CChapstick69) April 22, 2019
Arya ain't playing this season #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/jtaWLZopLW
— hehehe (@AndileXhoba) April 22, 2019
Tears of joy.
Watching Arya undress like pic.twitter.com/XaxCMpYbjC
— Sadaf Ali (@notSadaf) April 22, 2019
But everyone knows the girl's name now.
A girl has no virginity
— Andretti (@HeFromLA) April 22, 2019
ARYA: take your own bloody pants off Me: IS THIS ALLOWED???? pic.twitter.com/EHSofsfbbF
— #FREEJAGGINOW KINGOFTHEBLOODY7KINGDOMS (@sunveervirk) April 22, 2019
Yeah, but who cares?
my brain calculating the seasons to figure out around how old Arya is this season pic.twitter.com/m8HqQoUIFs
— SJ (@getvindictive) April 22, 2019
Were we ready for this? Were we???
Arya: Starts taking off clothes to lose her virginity Me:#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/U6tw3FaJkn
— Mike.Câª (@Official_MikeC) April 22, 2019
As soon as Arya Stark asked Gendry to forge her a weapon, a number of conspiracy theories started mushrooming all around the web and the fandom. We all knew that it will have an important role to play, but we finally know exactly what it entails, now that Gendry is ready with the final product. Gendry fashioned her a wooden stick, with Valyrian Steel blades on both ends.
Let's break it down. The weapon is a deadly combination of three other weapons, and three forms of combat training that Arya has mastered. Let's take a look at what they are.
Weapon 1: A long staff/spear
Arya, thanks to her completion of the assassin training with the Faceless man (with grade A, if we may say so), knows how to fight with a staff. Remember her combat with the waif with a long staff, when she was blind as a bat? Her survival instinct saved her life then, and it clearly will come in handy while taking on the army of the dead.
Weapon 2: A small Valyrian Steel dagger, just like Catspaw
Just like a stealthy ninja assassin, Arya knows how to fight with a small dagger. Hell, she could face a mighty warrior like Brienne, armed with that. She also used it to get rid of Littlefinger without so much as batting an eyelid. In the drawing of the weapon she handed Gendry, there was a detachable part made of dragonglass, Clearly, she wants a dagger handy during the war.
Weapon 3: A wooden sword that's not too heavy, but super deadly
Remember how Arya started off her combat training? Her first teacher was Syrio Forel from Braavos, and one of the first things Arya complained about during the training is that she found the sword too heavy. After that, Arya has been fighting with Needle, another nimble but deadly weapon. Clearly, she prefers a wooden weapon that is light to wield. The rest of the new weapon, without the attached dagger on one hand, is supposed to act just like that.
Now, let's look at the three combat styles using the weapon will entail.
Combat Style 1:
Arya is adept at fighting with both her hands. While sparring with Brienne on the courtyard, she found out using just a sword will not cut it with bigger and more accomplished fighters. As a result, she took out Catspaw, and was at Brienne's throat within a surprisingly short time. The deatched dagger bit in the new weapon is perfect for that sort of maneuver.
Combat Style 2:
Arya has always been good at handling smaller weapons which are nimble but deadly - just like she herself is. A wooden sword with a Valyrian Steel end is the perfect weapon that she can have a one to one combat with, thanks to her agility and swiftness. This, in a way, is also an ode to her first teacher - Syrio Forel, who embraced death with a wooden sword in his hands.
Combat Style 3:
Arya knows how to fight in the darkness. That's how she killed the waif (remember her blowing the candle off before killing her in the darkness?) The new weapon seems to be a piece meant for manipulation. She can use it as a spear, a staff, a sword, and a dagger. When the light goes out, if it does, Arya needs all these weapons at her disposal, and there can't be a better choice.
Let's just say as of now, it looks like Arya Stark will play a pivotal part in the great battle, with her latest weapon.
Salman 'bhai' is back with his 'Eid' gift for fans all over the globe. The trailer of his much-awaited 'Bharat' finally dropped a few minutes ago and before we talk about it, let's have a look at it.
Ali Abbas Zafar is back with Katrina and Salman as a team in a tried and tested formula which looks like it will be a super hit. The movie also stars Disha Patani and Sunil Grover in pivotal roles and is a remake of the Korean hit, 'An Ode To My Father'. The movie follows a chronology of India over six decades and Salman Khan will be donning five different looks in the movie. Salman's character is also named 'Bharat' which is like a metaphorical representation of the country itself.
The trailer stays true to a typical Salman 'bhai' movie. It has good background score, the enigma of Salman himself, lovely ladies to add more value to the script and a whole 'over the top' vibe. Fans are absolutely loving the trailer already.
#BharatTrailer is out now
Owesome trailer...it could be the biggest blockbuster of the year Please go and watch pic.twitter.com/3ClMkR2HHU
— SalmanKhanfc (@itsSalmanKhanfc) April 22, 2019
Going by the merits of #BharatTrailer, BONAFIDE BLOCKBUSTER is a given. Seems @beingsalmankhan has delivered his most fervid performance till date. Trailer is Perfect blend of mass & class. Katrina nails it. @aliabbaszafar “does whatever it takes” https://t.co/QlsxPYJIpW
— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) April 22, 2019
Salman's last spell at the box-office was a dud in the form of 'Race 3' but knowing the actor, he always bounces back, thanks to the kind of movies he makes, which have many takers out there. The movie is releasing on 5th June this year, so we have something grand to look forward to this Eid, like every Eid. Get ready to witness the journey of a man and a nation together.