Most of us have dreamt of reaching for the skies at some point in our lives. While some of us have had the chance to turn that dream into a reality, the rest of us are still moving forward on our journeys. However, regardless of where one stands on their respective journeys or which leg of the story remains to be discovered yet, one has to overcome a zillion hurdles before they can cross the finish line.
Though at times somewhere along the way a few of our comrades give up on their dreams in the face of testing challenges, there still remain a few who continue to strive against all odds and keep moving forward. The following account you're about to read is about one such young lad who has been a massive inspiration to hundreds of young Indians for displaying sheer will of character and hard work to turn dreams into reality. This is the story of Indore's homeboy Madhusudan Patidar and how he toiled hard to become the youngest Indian to climb the Mount Everest via North Ridge. He even has a world record of being 'the first person to stay on Mt. Kilimanjaro's summit for 22 hours' to his name.
Rooted In Passion
A resident of Rau in Indore, Patidar comes from a middle-class family of lesser means but great dreams, and an earnest hope to live a reality carved out of hard work, sincerity and faith. He is a Fire Technology engineer by degree but an avid mountaineer by profession and lives by the motto 'ain't no mountain high enough'. It all started when he was in 7th standard and went on an excursion with his father. By the end of that adventure he'd fallen head over heels with the aspect of rock climbing and his heart was soon set on scaling the mighty Everest.
In no time, his love turned into an obsession and Madhusudan went on to get himself enrolled for the basic course of mountaineering from Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering, and then later, for the advance course from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.
Facing Those Challenges
However, scaling up those mountains came with their own set of challenges. Madhusudan had to struggle real hard in order to arrange Rs 35 lakhs for his training and lack of funds forced his family to sell off their house and even mortgage his mother's jewellery.
Even the government turned a deaf ear to his requests for financial aid. Patidar's applications found no takers in either the Department of Sports and Youth Welfare or in Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Undeterred, Madhusudan approached his friends and neighbours who came together to invest in his dreams.
Living The Dream
On May 21, 2017, Patidar—fondly called MP's Mowgli—successfully climbed atop the Everest and became the youngest Indian to reach there via the North Ridge. He later named 21st May 2017 his 'Dream Day'.
Later that year on 18th December, he went on to earn the feat of climbing atop Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. Not only this, he opted for the toughest Western Breach route to reach the Kilimanjaro summit and once there, he decided to attempt something unprecedented. He spent a record 22 hours on the summit and made it to the Guinness Book of World Records!
Eyeing Newer Heights
Having successfully checked two out the seven highest peaks he has on his list, he's excited than ever to take on his next expedition and move closer to his ultimate goal. From losing a part of his finger to frostbite to losing a team member to a gorge during the climb, Patidar has been witness to numerous challenges and hardships but eventually come out of them with flying colours!
He has given the country many reasons to be proud of him and the youth of the nation an inspiration to learn from. We are really happy to be sharing his story with you and would love to hear your thoughts on it too.
Fact-checking and double checking is very important and looks like a Bengali text publisher learnt that the hard way. Even if the mistake seems quite obvious, sometimes they aren't rectified, and the result is very, very expensive.
So, what was the costly mistake of the day? A Bengali textbook put a picture of Farhan Akhtar portraying Milkha Singh in the hit movie 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' instead of the real 'Flying Sikh'. Ouch, that's one bad mistake, it's almost disrespectful. I mean, Milkha Singh has represented the country all over the world and this is how he gets thanked? That's not cool.
image of @FarOutAkhtar is portrayed as milkha singh in west bengal text book. not at all shocked. its became regular incident here @ShefVaidya @ShankhNaad pic.twitter.com/xWfIqtgTWf
— Lyfe Ghosh (@Lyfeghosh) August 18, 2018
Soon, this tweet came to Farhan Akhtar's notice and he quickly decided to make sure the 'glaring error' in the book was brought to the publisher's notice and it should be corrected and replaced soon.
To the Minister of School Education, West Bengal. There is a glaring error with the image used in one of the school text books to depict Milkha Singh-ji. Could you please request the publisher to recall and replace this book? Sincerely. @derekobrienmp https://t.co/RV2D3gV5bd
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 19, 2018
He also tagged TMC spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Dereck O' Brien for good measure, and it paid off since he immediately got a reply.
Appreciate your response. Tagged you since you take education very seriously.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 19, 2018
This is a valid point.
Completely agree with you. No thorough review before the text goes to print ? Are we playing with the education of the future generations ? There's no point winning this game.
— abhishek mantri (@mantri_abhi) August 19, 2018
Lol. You played the role so convincingly @FarOutAkhtar that you ended up in text books as Milkha Singh!!
— Aisha Sheikh (@Aish61) August 19, 2018
Don't know if we should laugh or be shocked.
This is comedy. Dark comedy. Satirical dark comedy. At first I laughed so hard.. Then I gave it some serious thought.. And then I laughed harder https://t.co/LA4TAZpRL3
— sanket porwal (@sanketporwal) August 19, 2018
Nick and Priyanka, Priyanka and Nick – these two haven't just taken over our lives since the very traditional and somewhat unexpected roka ceremony yesterday, but they have taken over our social media accounts as well.
From wishing the couple all the happiness to a lot of foreigners trying to figure out what exactly 'roka' is, both of them and their super cute pictures in desi clothes is everywhere on Twitter and Instagram.
But, there's only one way to realize what the biggest news in the world is right now – the number of memes it gets. And, obviously Priyanka and Nick have a lot of them. Quick question tho, what is their ship name? 'Niyanka'? Nope, that doesn't sound nice. Or, is it 'Prick'? Now, this one I can get behind!
Okay, coming back to the memes and jokes and all the people hilariously guessing what Nick's reaction will be after getting to know just how many functions and ceremonies there are in a big fat Indian wedding.
Can't wait for this to happen, tbh.
If Priyanka doesn't dance on Desi girl with Joe and Kevin in the engagement with Nick entering at the end and shouting `MY DESI GIRL' when `WHO'S THEY HOTTEST GIRL IN THE WORLD?' part comes then what's the point of getting engaged to Priyanka? #PriyankaNickEngagement
— Moaning Myrtle ð½ (@IbathwithSOPE) August 18, 2018
Unseen picture from the 'roka'.
nick jonas and priyanka chopra look so good at their engagement ð pic.twitter.com/MGBI04Md2V
— mariam (@mariamxcx) August 18, 2018
Everybody losing their shit over Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' engagement and I'm like Sansa iski bhabhi hai ab#PriyankaNickEngagement
— Harman Madhok (@harrmann98) August 19, 2018
Nick Jonas really brought his American self and his parents all the way to India to respect Priyanka's desire for a traditional engagement and I'm out here crying in the club rn waiting for someone like that in my life pic.twitter.com/t0TdxqowVN
— sai sailaja seshadri (@Saisailu97) August 18, 2018
shoutout to every desi girl who grew up watching priyanka in bollywood movies and nick on disney i feel your confusion and excitement on a spiritual level https://t.co/H9l2gXv138
— anushka annonti (@justtanushka) August 18, 2018
The only reason to get married.
"Please bhagwaan shaadi mein biryani buffet mil jaaye bas" pic.twitter.com/wjmLrIpLhb
— Sonia Mariam Thomas (@SoKneeOh) August 18, 2018
Kevin Jonas and Joe Jonas at #PriyankaNickEngagement party. pic.twitter.com/Xru8vOrd8L
— Dhanshreeð¥ (@Superxurl) August 18, 2018
Best decision of her life.
When you know bae walked out of a Salman Khan film only to be with you. pic.twitter.com/cXBeV5Kh8t
— Avinash Iyer (@IyerAvin) August 18, 2018
You can do it, Nick! We believe in you.
nick jonas when he realises he has to go through 4 mehndis 7 dolkis a 27 hour long rukhsati and 2000 outfits to get married to priyanka pic.twitter.com/gnoejOVM48
— sanð¿ (@sannashxh) August 18, 2018
A bigger crossover than 'Infinity War'.
priyanka and nick's wedding is gonna be the biggest fucking event of the YEAR like bollywood AND hollywood stars under the same roof celebrating the happiness of an interracial couple?? that's powerful.
— r #sweetener (@notearstori) August 19, 2018
But, you have to Nick!
Nick Jonas : god please I don't want to dance to Bole Chudiyan again pic.twitter.com/WYz7ZiW9rN
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) August 18, 2018
Nick Jonas: Can we have burgers, pizza or fish and chips on our wedding day?
Priyanka: Why's that honey?
Nick Jonas: The gulab jamun and gajar ka halwa that your mum fed me was just too spicy!
Priyanka: Chutiya saala. pic.twitter.com/zgg4pj44KQ
— Avinash Raina (@AviRaina) August 19, 2018
'Bury your nani' okay then.
Nick: “Is there any more of that bury your Nani left?” Priyanka: “jaanu it's called biryani hehe” pic.twitter.com/3MjaG9H3ai
— Hercules (@PriinceHaroon) August 18, 2018
Bury your nani, apparently.
I wonder what type of food will be served at Nick and Priyanka's wedding
— McBaÅÉ (@TheMcBang) August 18, 2018
How do I get an invite?
at nick jonas & priyanka chopra's wedding deepika's gonna be doing a full bollywood dance routine while miley cyrus twerks in the corner with chammak challo playing in the background soooo catch me trying to sneak into the wedding hall CUZ I HAVE TO SEE THIS
— salty saad (@_saadsalman) August 18, 2018
Raise your hand if you think he should take her last name.
priyanka Jonas ain't it. Nick Chopra has a nice ring to it tho https://t.co/uZzyL2sYkM
— shah ð (@shahrxze) August 18, 2018
The best one.
if you're not calling the Jonas boy Priyanka's Chokra you don't deserve to be a bollywood fan
— HawkesBay (Löuche) (@HawkesBay) August 17, 2018
The photoshop skills, tho.
ð¯ð¯ð¯ð¯ð¯ #nickjonas #priyankachopra #Priyankanickengagement
A post shared by The Indian Idiot (@theindianidiot) on Aug 18, 2018 at 6:00am PDT
This will most definitely happen.
Can't wait for aunties to surround #NickJonas and put Haldi on him, uncles to ask him beta kitna kama lete ho, brothers to oscillate between bhai and jeeju, sisters to sing 'joote do paise lo' and the whole of Bollywood to jump on him for selfies. Aww. #PriyankaNickEngagement
— Kriti Tulsiani (@sleepingpsyche2) August 18, 2018
Oops, shots fired.
Your accent is more American than mine pic.twitter.com/JtBJmWY8bT
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) August 18, 2018
If it's a Bollywood party, it has to be grand and over the top, right? Nope, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas just proved us wrong.
We all knew both of them were getting engaged, but it all felt so real yesterday, especially after Nick introduced the 'future Mrs. Jonas' on his Instagram. From pictures of the roka ceremony to the entire Jonas family giving a warm welcome to Priyanka to their family, so much happened yesterday, and we haven't even gotten to the party that happened last night.
Future Mrs. Jonas. My heart. My love.
A post shared by Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) on Aug 18, 2018 at 2:45am PDT
The engagement bash looked like a rather simple party, no way like a real Bollywood party we're so used to seeing. Not complaining though, it was quite refreshing to see, tbh. There was no one there to steal focus from the couple of the night and that's how they probably wanted it.
Instead of a glamourous party with A-list celebrities, it seemed more like a very private house party with barely any pictures and videos.
Alia Bhatt shared some pictures.
ALL HEART ð Congratulations you guys ðððð
A post shared by Alia â¨ï¸ (@aliaabhatt) on Aug 18, 2018 at 8:36pm PDT
So did Parineeti Chopra.
Brother-in-law and sis ð« ð@priyankachopra @nickjonas
A post shared by Parineeti Chopra (@parineetichopra) on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:07pm PDT
But, no one looked more excited about it than the future groom himself.
It's your best time guys, Enjoy it to the fullest. . . Follow @peepingmoon for more Bollywood updates . . . #PriyankaChopra #NickJonas #PriyankaNickEngagement #PriyankaChopraEngagement #Nickyanka #NickyankaEngagement #Peepingmoon @priyankachopra @nickjonas
A post shared by PeepingMoon (@peepingmoon) on Aug 18, 2018 at 5:52pm PDT
Well, they got engaged just after a couple of months, so the rumours of them getting married in September might come true as well. Let's wait and see!
Words are a man's best friend, but sometimes, there are moments in life when you really need to make a point, and unfortunately, words can possibly fail you.
But that is when movies come to our rescue. Filled with some beautiful and power-packed quotes, there are certain movies that can help us in putting our point forwards, in the best way possible.
So here are 15 famous dialogues from some brilliant movies, which can be used in real life:
1. The Godfather
This has to be number 1 on the list.
“I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.”
2. The Dark Knight
If there's a supervillain who deserves the title of savage, it's Joker.
“Why so serious?” Or, “Let's put a smile on that face.”
This one's for the fighter in you.
“I'll have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”
4. When Harry Met Sally
Tell her this, and she'll be yours.
“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
Use this on your friend who's messing with you.
“I'll look for you, I'll find you, and I'll kill you.”
6. As Good As It Gets
If there's romance, it's in this dialogue.
“You make me want to be a better man.
7. King Kong
In case you want to turn down a proposal.
“It was beauty killed the beast.”
8. The Godfather
When your friends ask you why you cancelled your Goa plans and it's because of your parents. Or, when you take your resignation back!
“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”
9. 12 Years a Slave
When your parents ask why you don't want to do engineering.
"I don't want to survive. I want to live.”
10. All About Eve
You know where to use this one.
"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."
11. Jerry Maguire
That rare moment when your crush asks you out.
"You had me at hello."
12. Star Wars
When you finally get your friend drunk and convince him to ask that girl out.
“May the force be with you.”
When someone tags you in a lit AF meme.
“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”
14. A Few Good Men
When she asks you if she's looking fat. (Say at your own risk)
“You can't handle the truth!”
15. Gone With The Wind
When you're getting roasted and don't have a comeback.
“Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.”
So, there you have it. Hope these come to your aid to save your day. Hasta la vista, baby!
After a whirlwind of romance Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas got engaged today in a traditional Roka ceremony at her Mumbai residence. Celebrating the big day with her, were her close friends and family and Nick's parents.
Taken.. With all my heart and soul..
A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Aug 18, 2018 at 2:45am PDT
Throughout the day we saw Nick and Priyanka gushing over each other on social media. While our desi girl said she is 'taken with all her heart and soul', Nick couldn't help but admit that he is the 'luckiest man'. Well, the fans are loving this social media PDA and don't want it to stop anytime soon.
The day started with a Roka ceremony where we got to see a radiant looking Priyanka and Nick in his desi avatar.
Prayer, family and loved ones as the foundation to this new chapter. ð®ð³
A post shared by Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) on Aug 18, 2018 at 9:21am PDT
Well, their grand engagement bash has begun, and as expected, big names have begun trickling in. With Bollywood biggies descending at the Chopra residence tonight, this sure seems to be nothing less than a glorious affair.
Among the first ones to arrive is Priyanka's sister Parineeti Chopra.
Beautiful #parineetichopra arrives for #priyankachopra #nickjonas engagement bash @viralbhayani
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 9:29am PDT
Gorgeous #parineetichopra at #priyankachopra #nickjonas engagement bash @viralbhayani
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 9:40am PDT
#priyankachopra six #parineetichopra arrives @viralbhayani
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 9:47am PDT
Alia Bhatt looking smashing in black!
#AliaBhatt makes her glam entry at #PriyankaChopra and #NickJonas's engagement bash! . . . #nickjonas #priyankachopra #hollywood #bollywood #lovebirds #engagement #love #priyankanick #priyankanickengagement #priyankachopraengagement #bollywood #bollywoodnow #PriyankaNickEngagement
A post shared by BollywoodNow (@bollywoodnow) on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:54am PDT
#aliabhatt arrives for #priyankachopra #nickjonas engagement bash @viralbhayani
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:54am PDT
#lovethelook #Hottie Alia Bhatt poses for shutterbugs at #priyankachopra #nickjonas #engagement #party #aliabhatt #instadaily #manavmanglani @manav.manglani
A post shared by Manav Manglani (@manav.manglani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:49am PDT
While Vidya Balan couldn't make it due to her hecting shooting schedule, Siddharth Roy Kapoor was seen.
#siddharthroykapoor arrives for #priyankachopra #nickjonas engagement bash @viralbhayani
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 9:49am PDT
And here comes DJ Khushi, will he light up the party with his tracks?
@djkhushisoni the official dj for. Tonite #priyankachopra #nickjonas engagement bash @viralbhayani
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 9:48am PDT
Mommy Madhu Chopra all glammed up! Look at that big smile!
Mom #madhuchopra arrives at daughter #priyankachopra & son-in-law #nickjonas #engagementparty
A post shared by yogen shah (@yogenshah_s) on Aug 18, 2018 at 9:59am PDT
Happy Mom Madhu Chopra arrives for her daughter #priyankachopra #nickjonas #engagement #party #instadaily #manavmanglani @manav.manglani
A post shared by Manav Manglani (@manav.manglani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:00am PDT
And the Ambanis are here.
Beautiful @nitamambani at @priyankachopra and @nickjonas engagement bash . . .#priyankachopra #priyanka #parineetichopra #arjunkapoor #nickjonas #khushi #khushikapoor #janhvi #jahnvikapoor #sanjay #sanjaykapoor #sonam #rheakapoor #shanayakapoor #sonamkishaadi #kareenakapoorkhan #kareenakapoor #Kareena #bebo #saraali #saralikahan #sara #suhanakhan #suhana #couplesgoals #powercouple #hollywood #bollywood
A post shared by PriyankaðNick (@nickyankaforever) on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:52am PDT
#ambanifamily #nitaambani #anilambani & #ishaambani arrives at #priyankachopra #nickjonas #engagementparty
A post shared by yogen shah (@yogenshah_s) on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:50am PDT
#mukeshambani #ishaambani #nitaambani pose for shutterbugs at #priyankachopra #nickjonas #engagement #party #instadaily #manavmanglani @manav.manglani
A post shared by Manav Manglani (@manav.manglani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:39am PDT
#ishaambani looking wow as she heads to the big bash. priyankachopra nickjonas engagement bash. ...... Follow @bolly_n_holly for all the latest BTown buzz! â â â â â â â â â â â â .. #indiagram #bollywoodstylefile #mumbaidaily #mumbaidiaries #mumbaiscenes #mumbai exychic whatabeauty #delhidiaries #delhiscenes #delhidaily #indianactress #bollywoodactresses #bollywoodmovies monsoons #airportdiaries indiatourism #dilbar #celebrities #celebrityfashion #styleinspo #styleinspiration #fashionnova #fashiongram #fashionista #bollywoodhottie #bollywoodfashion #bollywoodupdates #PriyankaNickEngagement #priyankanickengagement #priyankachopra #nickjonas
A post shared by BOLLYWOOD_HOLLYWOOD UPDATE ðµ (@bolly_n_holly) on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:01am PDT
Papa Jonas with Bade Papa – Nick Jonas
Love his style ð and would have taken a proper full length picture of him. Army man at #priyankachopra #nickjonas engagement bash @viralbhayani
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:49am PDT
PeeCee's favourite director Sanjay Leela Bhansali spotted.
#SanjayLeelaBhansali arrives at the engagement bash of @priyankachopra and @nickjonas #PriyankaNickEngagement #PriyankaChopra #NickJonas #PriyankaChopraEngagement #Nickyanka #NickyankaEngagement #Bollywood #SLB #PopDiaries
A post shared by POP Diaries (@ipopdiaries) on Aug 18, 2018 at 11:01am PDT
Salman Khan's sister Arpita Sharma Khan arrived with Priyanka's close friend Mushtaq Sheikh
#arpitakhansharma @mushtaqshiekh arrive for #priyankachopra #nickjonas engagement bash @viralbhayani
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:21am PDT
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:24am PDT
Ace director Vishal Bharadwaj makes an entry.
#vishalbhardwaj poses for shutterbugs at #priyankachopra #nickjonas #engagement #party #instadaily #manavmanglani @manav.manglani
A post shared by Manav Manglani (@manav.manglani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:28am PDT
Shibani Dandekar arrives with PeeCee's manager Anjula Acharia
#anushadandekar for #priyankachopra #nickjonas engagement bash @viralbhayani
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:36am PDT
(c) Viral Bhayani
Salman Khan's brother-in-law Aayush Sharma
#aayushsharma at #priyankachopra #nickjonas engagement bash @viralbhayani
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 10:44am PDT
Looks like Priyanka Chopra is finally making up to her fans after leaving them in the dark for so long about Nick Jonas. The gorgeous diva, who was tight-lipped for months, has been posting a string of pictures all day today on social media, talking about how much she is in love.
This morning kick-started for the couple with an intimate Roka ceremony that officially sealed their engagement.
Love is a wondrous thing. Much love now and always to the happy couple and my sweet friends @priyankachopra + @nickjonas #bombaydreams
A post shared by Maneesh K. Goyal (@maneeshkgoyal) on Aug 18, 2018 at 3:47am PDT
All the moments from @priyankachopra & @nickjonas 's roka function held at PC's juhu bungalow today! Wish these two a rocking life ahead ♥ï¸ . #priyankachopra #nickjonas #nickyanka #celebritywedding #priyankachopraengagement
A post shared by Weddingz.in (@weddingz.in) on Aug 18, 2018 at 4:03am PDT
Congratulations to my girl, I'm so so happy for you ð #loverules @priyankachopra and @nickjonas #ICalledIT!! #rokaceremony #Pre-engagement #mumbai #india @falgunishanepeacockindia @falgunipeacock
A post shared by Anjula Acharia (@anjula_acharia) on Aug 18, 2018 at 3:34am PDT
I always knew one thing was certain, she deserved true love.â¤ï¸ Then her Prince came along for real... not to rescue her because god knows she does that all on her own and HOW! #globaldomination #newagefairytale ... But someone to love her the way she loves, laugh with her endlessly, keep it ð¯ & live the happily ever after that everyone who wants to love and be loved deserve. We've had many chats on love over pancakes & in planes & you know I've always wanted you to shine in love the way you do now! I am beyond happy for you @priyankachopra @nickjonas you make love look so easy, beautiful & special... Congratulations â¤ï¸ #roka #happytears ðð
A post shared by Anusha Dandekar (@vjanusha) on Aug 18, 2018 at 5:36am PDT
Going all desi, the Chopras invited the Jonas' to their house for the pre-wedding ritual. While Priyanka looked radiant and beautiful in yellow like always, it was Nick Jonas' debonair look in a traditional kurta-pyjama that made us smile. Small yet beautiful things you do for the people you love, right?
The Roka ceremony saw her sister Parineeti Chopra, Salman's sister Arpita Khan Sharma, PeeCee's close pal Mushtaq Sheikh and many other close acquaintances.
AUGUST 18 2018- #PriyankaNickEngagment #nickjonas #priyankachopra #jicknonas #peecee #nickyanka @nickjonas @priyankachopra
A post shared by NICKYANKA'S LOVE (@nickyankaslove) on Aug 18, 2018 at 3:51am PDT
Unseen pictures from Nick&Priyanka's Function today morningâ¤ For more updates Follow ð @Bollywoodreport . . . #bollywood #bollywoodreport #mumbai #delhi #actor#delhidaily #mumbaidaily #delhidiaries#mumbaidiaries #instantbollywood #nickjonas #priyankachopra
A post shared by Bollywood Report (@bollywoodreport) on Aug 18, 2018 at 5:13am PDT
The pictures of the couple went viral within no time. But the Internet had a meltdown when the couple finally made their relationship official on Instagram.
While Priyanka declared she was 'taken', Nick went all cheeky and introduced us to the future Mrs Jonas. Yes, they make for an adorable couple, indeed.
Taken.. With all my heart and soul..
A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Aug 18, 2018 at 2:45am PDT
But this was just the start of what's more in store. Soon, Priyanka took to her Instagram and finally gave us a sneak-peek into some of the beautiful moments from her Roka.
The pictures are proof that this was the perfect, intimate function that Priyanka wanted and we are loving every bit of it.
Tonight is the big engagement bash and soon in September, the duo is expected to tie the knot. If reports are to be believed, they will have a traditional Indian wedding.
'God's Own Country', Kerala is currently battling the worst flood in 100 years. The death toll has climbed to over 300 and is on a constant rise. More than 3 lakh people have been shifted to relief camps and rescue missions are on to save thousands of people from this disaster; Kerala needs our help as the situation continues to worsen with each passing day.
Like a silver lining in the dark clouds, in this worsening situation, people from across the country are coming forward to support and help Kerala in every possible way. And cricketer Sanju Samson also lend a helping hand by donating Rs. 15 lakh to the Kerala Chief Minister's Relief Fund. In fact, he further urged his fans to support the Kerala flood victims. Reportedly, Samson's father Samson Vishwanadh and brother Saly Samson met CM Pinarayi Vijayan and handed over the cheque to him.
Samson, in an interview with Khaleej Times, said he is not doing this for publicity, "This is not for publicity. I do charity without letting the world know. Now, it's the time to raise some awareness on the importance of making a donation to the flood relief fund and people like me have to do it and let the public know. I think my action will prompt several other people to come forward and support the flood-hit people." And he did exactly that with this Facebook post.
While people are appreciating and supporting Sanju Samson for helping the Kerala flood victims, they are also criticising India's youngest billionaire, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, for donating a small sum of Rs. 10,000 to the flood victims. Social media was not ready to let this pass just like that and bombarded Sharma with these tweets.
Paytm founder @vijayshekhar Sharma, The youngest Indian billionaire with net worth of $1.7 billion did a self promotion by posting a screenshot of him donating a huge amount Rs.10000 via his @Paytm app towards #KeralaFloods. Deleted it later. pic.twitter.com/ML7GHh1Y8i
— Unofficial Sususwamy (@swamv39) August 18, 2018
See the cheapness of this Billionaire Vijay Shekhar, He makes a 10K grand donation, then posts a screenshot to promote Paytm & himself. pic.twitter.com/h9NEStOheD
— Aashey (@789_aashey) August 18, 2018
Naam bade aur darshan chote.@vijayshekhar only 10 thousands rupeesð¤ you are a billionaire ðð#KeralaFloods #KeralaFloodRelief https://t.co/R7r7AHUz0B
— Dr.Deepa Sharma (@deepadoc) August 18, 2018
Basically he did an expense of 10,000 to promote his app, will put it under Marketing budget...outright cheap and shameful by Vijay Shekhar....#paytm #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/SV3nlggxFx
— Amrish Sawe (@AmrishSawe) August 18, 2018
So, billionaire Vijay Shekhar makes a 10 grand donation, then posts a screenshot to promote Paytm & himself. Vile & height of being cheap. pic.twitter.com/O9w9kJBZeE
— Brown Sahiba (@Rajyasree) August 18, 2018
Our former prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, passed away on August 16th, in New Delhi. He was 93. Learned, wise and a man of great stature, Vajpayee Ji was a whole nation's ideology on its own and he never failed to promote his progressive ideas, in the then regressive environment.
His prime-ministership lasted for 6 years, from 1998 to 2004 and he was the first non-Congress politician to complete 5 years as the PM of India.
A Bharat Ratna awardee, his premiership was significant and eventful in shaping India's democracy back then and definitely making it the fastest growing economy, post globalisation.
Not just that, he also put in a lot of effort for the downtrodden by introducing social reforms to uplift their standard of living. I personally feel Atalji is among the best PM's that our country has ever experienced, just by the sheer abundance of his knowledge, his stance on the nation's progress, sans favouritism in any way and his relations with the country's people and the world outside.
Here's taking a look at 10 of his remarkable achievements, through his tenure from 1998 to 2004 as the prime minister Of India.
1. His Excellent Work In Foreign Policy
There's been some really good work that's gone into maintaining bilateral relations with a lot of countries, post the cold war era. Vajpayee boosted trade relations with the US, which in turn led to the historic visit of the then president Bill Clinton in 2000. His government also put in a lot of efforts to improve economic ties between India and China but due to the border dispute tension, not much was achieved from that. To resolve the border dispute issue, Vajpayee's government initiated a structural mechanism for a 'high-level' dialogue, to absolutely do away with the dispute.
His 'Look East' policy also helped in improving India's ties with countries in South East Asia. This policy is being carried out by PM Modi till date.
2. Strengthening Indo-Pak Ties
Vajpayee's greatest foreign policy move till date has been improving the severed ties between India and Pakistan and he didn't leave any leaf unturned while trying his best to mend the ties between the two conflicted countries.
I am sure most of you remember a bus service that was started between Delhi and Lahore. Yes, that was under his efforts to normalise the situation as much as he could. On February 19, 1999, a bus service from Delhi to Lahore was inaugurated and he was the first to travel to Pakistan to meet his then counterpart, Nawaz Sharif.
The effort was well received by the people but Vajpayee was also laughed at for his pragmatism. But this move paved way for a larger cause. There was untimely peace seen between the two nations through the Lahore declaration, which also opened up talks on nuclear non-proliferation and increasing trade relations. The two nations finally saw common goals being put into place.
One of the most important achievements during his tenure, was his commitment to reducing the government's role in carrying out businesses and this led to the formation of a disinvestment ministry.
He privatised VSNL, BALCO and India Petrochemicals Corporation Limited. Of course, there was a lot of controversy looming around his actions post globalisation, but this also set the government in motion for the future to come, through his move to privatise a few companies.
4. Putting India On The Nuclear Map
On May 11, 1998, Vajpayee announced that India had carried out three nuclear tests, which shocked the media and the public. Two days later, India carried out two more tests.
The Pokhran-II nuclear bomb tests were carried out at the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. While the US and other nations imposed sanctions and questioned the scientific validity of these tests, for us as a nation, it was a day of great technological advancement and a rather bold move by the three top politicians who had conducted the tests- Atal Bihari Vajpayee, defence minister George Fernandes and foreign minister Jaswant Singh.
This move put India on the nuclear map, amongst other powerful nations and the government later declared May 11 as 'Technology Day'.
5. His Contribution Towards The Education Sector
Remember the 'Sarva Siksha Abhiyan', which was launched in 2000-2001, by the Vajpayee government? The then NDA government, under this dream project, had announced to provide free and compulsory education to children between the ages of 6-14 years.
Due to the success of this project, which was introduced in 2000, there was a significant decline in school dropouts from 80 lakh in 2009 to 30 lakh in 2012! Today, there are 19.67 crore children enrolled in 14.5 lakh elementary schools in the country, as told by the SSA official website. This is the best move the education sector has seen in our country so far.
(c)Sarv Siksha Abhiyan
6. Revolutionising The Telecom Industry
The Vajpayee government's telecom policy revolutionised the telecom industry in India and till date, Vajpayee is referred to as the 'father of modern telecommunication in India'.
The NTP (national telecom policy) was a big success under his leadership. The telecom sector witnessed an unprecedented growth in the number of mobile subscribers, foreign and domestic investment and a number of reforms which were imperative for the industry back then.
He was an ace economic reformer of course, and due to that very reason, the telecom industry saw some really positive changes, all of them which are still beneficial to us till date.
The new telecom policy which was introduced by his government allowed companies to provide mobile services on a revenue share basis, as opposed to the fixed fees they were paying. This was one of the things which led India to open its doors to become a globally competitive nation.
7. He Led The First Successful Coalition Government
Coalition politics was absolutely a new concept back then and it led to Vajpayee leading large coalition parties with diverse backgrounds and different ideologies. He was the first PM to lead a coalition government and he did it very successfully and without biases. He was also the first non-congress Prime Minster to complete 5 years in office.
8. Improvement In Infrastructure
The Vajpayee government launched 'The Golden Quadrilateral' (GQ), which was one of the biggest projects in the roadways sector, in post-Independent India. The GQ project connected Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai through a network of highways.
Another infrastructural project which was very successful was the 'Pradhanmantri Gramin Sadak Yojna'. The project aimed at connecting even the inaccessible roads, through all the villages in India. Both these projects were an immense success in the roadways and infrastructure sector and definitely had a positive hand in India's economic growth.
9. His Presence Of Mind During The Kandahar Fiasco
On December 24, 1999, Indian Airlines flight IC-814, from Kathmandu to New Delhi with 176 passengers on board was hijacked by a Pakistani extremist group Harkat-Ul-Mujahideen. They demanded the release of three terrorists who were being held as prisoners in India, in exchange for the passengers on the flight.
Vajpayee surrendered to their demands and saved the lives of the people on board. The then defence minister Jaswant Singh escorted the prisoners to Kandahar himself, where the aircraft was stationed.
(10) Introduction of The Fiscal Responsibility Act
Vajpayee's government help raise the GDP to about 8 per cent, while it was in power! He also introduced the 'Fiscal Responsibility Act, which aimed to reduced India's fiscal deficient and boost the public-sector savings, which rose from 0.8% in GDP in FY 2000 to 2.3% in FY 2005.
11. His Stern Message To Narendra Modi During The Gujarat Riots
During the Godhra riots, the NDA government was criticised for its complacency and was accused of doing nothing to condone the riots back then. This was also because Gujarat had the BJP government in power, led by the now PM, Narendra Modi.
In a rebuke to the then Gujarat CM, Vajpayee stated his grief and his disbelief of the events that had happened there, in a statement addressed directly to the CM saying- "CM Modi should follow his Rajdharma, and not discriminate on the basis of caste, creed or religion." This statement was as genuine as it could be and we knew that the Vajpayee government absolutely condoned the vicious acts of violence that took place in Gujarat in 2002.
Vajpayee was known as the 'Bheeshm Pitamah' of the Indian politics, and rightfully so. The country saw its truest, most utmost development back then and his reforms are still carried out by today's government.
The best orator, Vajpayee was selected by the PM before him, P.V Narasimha Rao, to lead the delegation and represent India in Geneva and address issues pertaining to Kashmir back then. Even though Vajpayee was from the opposition, Rao had enough faith in a man who would put all his biases aside and stand for what is right. And he did that till the last day of his reign in the year 2004.
The only PM who stood on an even ground when India was going through one of the most turbulent times while dealing with religious and political instability. He saw through all of that and was greatly respected and accepted by all the politicians across party lines and by the democracy at large.
I am sure his legacy will continue to live on and also hope the current and the future government(s) abide by the beautiful example he has set on how to run a country, flawlessly.
The trailer of Manoj Bajpayee's award-winning film 'Gali Guleiyan' is out and it is gritty and gripping, to say the least.
Backed up by a cast par excellence - Ranvir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi, and Shahana Goswami, the movie looks promising in every frame and will leave you with a string of various questions by the end of the trailer.
The trailer shows us Manoj Bajpayee aka Khuddus, who is trying to keep a tab on what's happening with a child next door. He listens to a ruthless father (Neeraj Kabi) mercilessly beating up his child every night. We also see Shahana Goswami as a mother, trying to protect the kid from her husband's wrath.
Bajpayee, throughout the clip, is concerned and wants to save the kid. However, nothing is clear in this psychological roller coaster, and that's the brilliance of it.
Though the trailer does raise a set of questions. First of all, why is the child being beaten up so brutally? Why is Bajpayee so concerned? Is he just a concerned neighbour or there is something more to the story?
The flow of the story is intriguing and keeps you involved. Coming to the screen is also the talented Ranvir Shorey as Bajpayee's friend, who tries to understand what is going through his friend's mind.
The trailer reads, “A psychological drama about a man who is trapped within the city walls and in his own mind. He attempts to break free to find a human connection.”
Check out the trailer:
The movie has already been showcased at a few International film festivals and has won awards too.
Helmed by Dipesh Jain, the film will release September 7, 2018
On August 16, 2018, India lost one of its most precious gems, Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away in Delhi's AIIMS at the age of 93.
Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who served as the nation's leader thrice, was one of the prominent political names that most of us grew up listening to and a leader, who was highly loved and respected by the masses.
As the nation mourns the loss of this legendary leader and an extraordinary poet, we also realise how deep an imprint his personality left on people's lives, and how dearly he was loved and admired by those around him.
From Shah Rukh Khan, PM Narendra Modi to Amitabh Bachchan, everyone recollected the fond memories they shared with Vajpayee and how his demise has left them in a state of shock.
In the loving memory of the great leader and visionary, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar dedicated her previously unreleased song to him. In a soulful tribute, Lata Mangeshkar dedicated the song 'Than Gayi Maut Se Than Gayi', with Vajpayee's poem as lyrics.
Reportedly, Mangeshkar said in a statement "In understanding the lives of great men, I found that their victory was over themselves. The one person who reflected this was Atalji."
Rishitulya purva pradhan mantri Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji ke swargwas ki vaarta sunke mujhe aise (cont) https://t.co/1w1sEjs1eB
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) August 16, 2018
For the man she considered a father figure in her life and whom she called 'dadda', Mangeshkar shared this heartbreaking message on Twitter, "Rishitulya purva pradhan mantri Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji ke swargwas ki vaarta sunke mujhe aise laga jaise mere sar par pahaad toota hai, kyo ki main unko pita samaan maanti thi aur unhone mujhe apni beti banaaya tha. Mujhe wo itne priya the ki main unko dadda kehke bulaati thi. Aaj mujhe waisa dukh hua hai jaise mere pita ji ke swargwas ke samay hua tha. Ishwar unki aatma ko shanti de."
After months and months of secret dating, hand-holding, airport sightings, barely saying a word to anyone about their relationship, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, who are now officially engaged, have opened the dams and are not holding back from showing the world that they belong to each other.
From accompanying each other at the Met Gala to dating to making things official, the two have come a long way.
Meanwhile, the celebrations at the Chopra residence are in full swing and even though we have no clue what's going on inside, we are sure it's a bash to remember.
The day started with a traditional Roka ceremony for which Nick and his parents Denise Miller-Jonas and Paul Kevin Jonas arrived on Thursday night.
While we've already shown you the Roka pictures, the duo finally made their Instagram debut, after official getting engaged, in the presence of their family and friends.
Congratulations to my girl, I'm so so happy for you ð #loverules @priyankachopra and @nickjonas #ICalledIT!! #rokaceremony #Pre-engagement #mumbai #india
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The most amazing private #roka celebration for @nickjonas and @priyankachopra wishing you love for ever, joy in your hearts ♥ï¸ #fun #love #nickjonas #priyankachopra
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AUGUST 18 2018- #PriyankaNickEngagment Ahhhhh she looks so happy, with her bestie xx #nickjonas #priyankachopra #jicknonas #peecee #nickyanka @nickjonas @priyankachopra
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AUGUST 18 2018- #PriyankaNickEngagment Nick with Priyankas friend. #nickjonas #priyankachopra #jicknonas #peecee #nickyanka @nickjonas @priyankachopra
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WATCH VIDEO! Priyanka Chopra's Pandit Confirms Wedding Reports, Gives Details Of The Engagement Ceremony. #priyankachopraengagement #priyankanickengagement #Priyankachopra #nickjonas @priyankachopra @nickjonas
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Nick introduced us to 'Future Mrs Jonas, calling her his love and heart. And boy we were knocked over by how he was gushing over her.
Future Mrs. Jonas. My heart. My love.
A post shared by Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) on Aug 18, 2018 at 2:45am PDT
Priyanka finally declared that she was taken with her all her heart and soul.
Taken.. With all my heart and soul..
A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Aug 18, 2018 at 2:45am PDT
To which a cheeky Nick replied, "wow congrats...he's the luckiest guy in the world."
(c) Screengrab/ Instagram
One can only imagine how the fans must be feeling right now, after all, they haven't been fed like this in a long time. We wonder if they can handle this sudden rush of social media affection by the beautiful couple.
Later tonight, Priyanka and Nick will be hosting a grand engagement party where close friends and family members will join to celebrate the big day.
Congratulations Nick and Priyanka!
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have just officially announced themselves as a newly engaged couple to the world.
The duo made their relationship official by going all traditional in their intimate Roka ceremony. While Priyanka opted for a simple yellow suit, the American pop singer looked desi dapper in an ivory kurta-pyjama.
The Chopra residence is decked up and the celebrations have already started as the guests have begun streaming in. Priyanka's sister Parineeti Chopra was the first to arrive for the Roka.
And tonight, the world will witness Priyanka and Nick as a newly engaged couple.
#parineetichopra leaves #priyankachopra residence post the Roka ceremony #priyankachopra #nickjonas #engagement
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 12:55am PDT
#parineetichopra arrives at #priyankachopra home for her engagement bash wih #nickjonas. The panditji arrived today at 8 am for the puja ceremony that will take place at her home in fee hours from now followed by celebrations. A lot of celebs are also expected to arrive @viralbhayani
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 17, 2018 at 10:04pm PDT
Nick arrived with his parents Denise Miller-Jonas and Paul Kevin Jonas on Thursday night and Priyanka was there to receive them. While the paparazzi captured the Dulha's family, the Dulhan very smartly sneaked away in another car.
Before the Roka, the couple went out for an intimate dinner last night.
The cool couple ðððð #priyankachopra #nickjonas at the pre entanglement dinner with family @viralbhayani
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 17, 2018 at 11:10am PDT
Love that look ððð #priyankachopra #nickjonas @viralbhayani
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 17, 2018 at 10:57pm PDT
#madhuchopra in a happy mood ahead of daughters engagement
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 17, 2018 at 9:43am PDT
#priyankachopra and #nickjonas dine out a day before their official engagement party
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And today began on a new note. Close friends and family started arriving for the intimate event and we can see all the smiles. Priyanka Chopra's friend Mushtaq Sheikh made his presence known.
The Relatives & Friends have started arriving for Priyanka & Nick's engagement ceremony today. Follow ð @InstantBollywood for more updates â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ . . #priyankachopra #nickjonas
A post shared by Instant Bollywood (@instantbollywood) on Aug 18, 2018 at 12:01am PDT
#priyankachopra veru close pal @mushtaqshiekh arrives for the engagement ceremony with PC and #nickjonas @viralbhayani
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 17, 2018 at 11:17pm PDT
Srishti Behl Arya Snapped at #priyankachopra house for her engagement festivities #nickjonas #paparazzi #instagood #photooftheday #pictureperfect #srishtibehlarya #manavmanglani
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Panditji arriving at the venue
Panditji arrives at #priyankachopra's house ahead of her Roka ceremony with #nickjonas #priyankachopraengagement #priyankachopra #mumbai
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And here are the Roka pictures!
#priyankachopra and #nickjonas at the puja ceremony @viralbhayani
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#nickjonas with #priyankachopra at their engagement @viralbhayani
A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Aug 18, 2018 at 12:04am PDT
I am kinda feeling very emotional right now...i didnt expect her to go through with this so quick...but Girl nick is the hottest man and he loves you and I am so happy â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ â¤ï¸ #nickyanka #nickjonas #priyankachopra #love #quantico #bollywood #hollywood #priyankanickengagement #baywatch #newyork #nyc
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Later tonight, Priyanka and Nick will be hosting a grand engagement party where various people from B-town are expected to come.
Reports suggest that the two will get married to each other in September, as they do not want to wait too long after the engagement.
“So, do you think you are a fuckboi? “
“Yeah, I guess so.”
“What makes you think that?”
“Just… you know, I date girls and we like…hang out."
I detected a hint of a smile through his beard as he said this. The beard made him look older than he really was and his oversized t-shirt hung loosely over his shoulders.
There was nothing extraordinary about him, as he was a cardboard copy of the guys which in his fancy South Mumbai college.
But then, these days you no longer need to stand out to date. You just need to be signed up on dating apps and know how to swipe using your finger.
Looking at him, I wondered what had gotten into me to really go around the colleges in Mumbai and ask students about their opinions on dating. I suppose it was partly because I was curious to know how dating has changed since my college days.
To be honest, I started thinking about all the women I had dated after the whole #metoo movement. The fact that there is a movement with a hashtag in its name says something about where we are truly living. But more about that some other time.
When the disturbing details about one of my favourite Indian American TV stars' (Aziz Ansari) misbehaviour with a woman he was on a date with came out, I thought about all the women I had dated, and of one in particular.
We were just friends in college but I always had a crush on her. We stayed in touch after college ended and I was excited when she agreed to meet me for dinner one day.
Even though she told me that she had a boyfriend, I kissed her. when I was dropping her off. She was too surprised then to react and instead, just smiled. It was the last time we had any contact with each other.
Even though I apologized to her, it wasn't until the Aziz Ansari scandal broke out that I thought about her again, and how she must have felt.
Today, conversations are more out in the open than they were ever before, and dating has become a lot more casual. The idea and the very definition of romance have changed and the surge of dating apps has surely played a major role in that.
And yet, men continue to behave in such a way that women are put off by the very idea of men.
Hell, there is a word epitomized for such men--Fuckboi.
Fuckboi, a word in the internet slang says a lot about a man...albeit nothing positive. Women don't swoon over fuckbois, they don't particularly entertain them and they definitely see through their bullshit.
Scrolling through Twitter or Instagram, it is easy to find women sharing screenshots of chats with men whom they know are fuckbois. They have this unique and strange ability to turn any conversation into a string of cheesy unimpressive lines.
Just like the conversation below.
Women are simply calling out the bullshit which ranges from men sending the same message to multiple women (and all of them find each other on twitter and it goes viral!) to women calling out men by sharing screenshots of their chats and publicly shaming them.
Fuckbois are...to rather not put it delicately, fucked.
As I too hopped on the Tinder wagon, swiping women based on the flimsy criteria set by an app because of its design…I realized that I had more fun when I had no expectations at all from my date.
I stopped thinking of dating as a game and started taking it as an experience.
The best part is that it is up to you two entirely, to define that experience. It is either positive or negative; lasts an hour, a night or a week or even more. What matters is how that time is spent together.
Look at it as that time of your life which will not come back, and in a lot of cases, not with the same person at all! Use this time to know the other person and where they have come from.
And when you listen to her, a story emerges. A unique story which is very different from your own. Sometimes it will be fascinating and sometimes, it will be a sheer waste of time. But that's okay, it happens. Sometimes you will be able to relate to it, and sometimes you'll find your mind drifting away to dessert. You don't connect with every person you meet in your life, so why expect the same here?
Take a keen interest in your date not only because *** is involved, but simply because the older you get...the fewer people you will come to know and the fewer perspectives you will know of.
Also, a date which is interesting and fun will anyways have a higher chance of ending up in *** than a dull one. ;)
Coming back to the bearded boy with the oversized t-shirt, he also felt that women who are on dating apps will at least put out with him at the end of the date and anything less than that was a rejection.
We men do have a tendency to think from our ***** at times. Rather than doing that, ask her why she is there.
Different women have different expectations and they vary from person to person. Just ask her. Some women are there because they are new to the city, or have recently broken up and have been pushed by their friend or are looking for some sort of connection in this lonely life. Even if she seems coy and hides her reason, it is okay. It is her secret to divulge when she is comfortable and maybe she is still sizing your intentions.
I have met women who are committed but are simply looking for friends, to women who just want to take it casually and not be bothered by the burden of relationships. I have turned down those who have been looking for serious relationships, simply because I am not.
Be honest about your intentions. The worst part is leading people on and ghosting them. You both may not be in the same space and not be looking for the same things either, which happens often.
Besides, new women are joining these apps every day so it's not like you are out of options.
Once I had matched with a woman but she didn't respond to my message. So I stalked her on Facebook and dropped her a message there. She did reply, but her response was not what I had hoped it would be. She was in fact creeped out that I had followed her online.
Our bearded friend has also dropped messages on social media to women he has matched with and his response is a very casual “So what else do we do man?”
Ah, we men are so helpless in the face of rejection.
It's an endless stream of “heys” until women have to block these men. If you are this guy, and if you think that one day the girl will just answer you then you have been given the wrong idea of women.
If she wants to go out with you, she will tell you. After all, you both have matched voluntarily. But there will be times when she won't respond at all. Do not go around following her social media accounts and dropping DMs in the hopes that she will answer you one day.
It. Doesn't. Work.
As for me, I simply apologized to her and told her I won't contact her again. It didn't matter though, she had already blocked me. She just didn't want to deal with another stalker.
Dating has become much easier and it is even possible to meet women whom you would have never met before. Hell, I have even dated a bartender…and believe me, I am not the guy to chat up bartenders at all!
But dating apps enable that, so men… Let's just be better fuckbois because we all know that *** is just one aspect of dating.
Don't make it the most important one.
If you're a 'love at first sight' kind of person, then this article isn't for you. Roaming around with your heart on your sleeve is not a sane thing to do these days. Actually, now that I think of it, this article is especially for you. It's not wise to use the 'L' word as soon as you jump into a relationship and you're about to find out why.
When I look around, I see many young people getting divorced or having a bitter breakup. The reason? They jump into something serious without knowing each other completely. People often mistake infatuation with love. When you start a relationship, make sure you love the person and not the idea of being in a relationship. If it's the latter one, it won't last long.
Consider the following three things before throwing the 'L' word at her:
Having a different taste is fine and natural, but having a different mindset might create problems. Find out your common grounds, if any. See if her hobbies interest you or not. Check if you would want to spend the weekend the way she likes. You'll be spending all your time together in future, so you should see if you actually like each other's company, interests, and hobbies.
It's alright if you like romcoms and she likes thrillers but it's not okay if you're let's-go-to-a-library person and she's the skydiving enthusiast. You may show interest in each other's hobbies at the start but if you genuinely don't find it interesting then this will create a major problem in the future for you.
Some people are raised with a lot of freedom and some had to take their family's permission even for a school picnic. You might think it doesn't matter but it does. These two different ways of upbringing create two very different mindsets.
If you were brought up in a fully independent atmosphere and she always involves the family in every small matter, then this will irk you in the long run. You would start blaming her but it's not her fault, as she was raised this way. Before jumping into anything serious, make sure you two are standing on the same ground.
The word is still a taboo in our society and certainly isn't considered a priority by most people, when it comes to choosing a partner. Let me tell you something, in order to have a great, long and happy relationship, *** is as important as any other thing.
If you're a missionary kind of a person and she loves 50 shades of grey, then this will create a big problem in the long term. Not only this, but having an equal *** drive is also very important. You must make sure that you two are sexually compatible.
Something which you would be doing for the rest of your life (well, for most of it), should be considered while taking a relationship decision.
Now that you know what things matter in a relationship, it's time to evaluate the “I Love You” that you said so casually to your Tinder date.
With the increased consumption of digital content, renowned and new filmmakers have brought a variety of short films which shall enthrall you in a very short span of time. Here is a look at some of the Hindi short films available on YouTube that are worth your time.
Director: Jyoti Kapur Das
Cast: Tisca Chopra, Adil Hussain, Rasika Duggal, Sumit Gulati
This short film is as spicy and flavorsome as it gets with an unrecognizable Tisca Chopra, who is sharing gossips with Rasika Duggal over pakoras and thanda on her terrace. The short film which has garnered over 121 million views on YouTube is witty, dark and delicious.
Jyoti Kapur Das presents this short film in a terrific way by opening up different layers to the story slowly and steadily. She intrigues her audience right from the beginning and one simply cannot wait for the mystery to unfold. Watch it for yourself and unlock the mystery.
Director: Neeraj Ghaywan
Cast: Shefali Shah, Manish Prakash Chaudhuri
With a terrific Shefali Shah playing a housewife in 'Juice', Neeraj Ghaywan (who has also directed 'Masaan') presents the ideology of male entitlement in the society. The story is set around a small gathering of husband's male friends who are enjoying snacks and discussing politics over booze and cigarettes while the women are cooking in the kitchen.
It presents the idea of ingrained prejudice against women directly in the face of audience by segregating the gender role-play in a typical Indian society. It is interesting to see Shefali Shah emote beautifully through her eyes and the way she owns her character, Manju.
Director: Dheeraj Jindal
Cast: Rasika Duggal, Sartaj Kakkar
Set against the backdrop of Peshawar attacks of 2014, the film touches upon the act of terrorism and the innocent lives it costs. The film is about a heart-warming tale of a mother-son relationship on the eve of the son's birthday and the sudden turn of events in their life. Rasika Duggal is another powerhouse of talent and her work in short films like 'Chutney', 'The Schoolbag' and Zoya Akhtar directed 'Lust Stories' segment is testimony to it.
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Cast: Radhika Apte, Soumitra Chatterjee, Tota Roy Chowdhury
Sujoy Ghosh directed 'Ahalya' gives us the feel of old mysterious short thrillers, which people used to read in newspapers or magazines. The film begins and ends at the same point leaving it open-ended and leaving some unanswered questions for the viewers. It leaves you intrigued while wanting for more.
Director: Ayappa K. M.
Cast: Shefali Shah, Davinder Madan
Winner at the Mumbai Short Film Festival, 'The Guest' in its 8-minute run-time takes us through an unexpected journey of a young man, whose car breaks down in the mountains. As the film progresses, an unsettling eeriness creeps in the atmosphere and concludes leaving the film open to our wildest imaginations.
Director: Mansi Jain
Cast: Tisca Chopra, Anurag Kashyap, Surveen Chawla
Similar to the setting of extra-marrital affairs in 'Chutney', Tisca Chopra starrer 'Chhuri' is more direct and sharp like a knife. The film is about a cheating husband who finds excuses to meet her mistress while the wife manages the household. The twist in the tale is what happens when the wife already knows it. The most likeable part about this film is the quirky and clever take on the concept of extra-marrital affairs without resorting to melodrama or revenge saga.