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Captain Marvel Movie 2019

IMDb - 6.3/10 Rotten Tomatoes 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

IMDb: 7.6/10 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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  2. Samsung has been working hard at innovating smartphones and it seems like we may be seeing some new upgrades and a whole new mysterious smartphone. The world's leading Samsung insider has tipped that the South Korean company is working on a smartphone that is more “creative” than the Galaxy Fold and the Galaxy Note 10. The information comes from Ice Universe and it seems like the new smartphones are expected to launch sometime in the second half of 2019. “Believe me, the most creative Samsung smartphone in the second half of 2019 is not Fold or Note 10, you just have to wait, don't ask me more,” Ice Universe said on Twitter. Believe me, the most creative Samsung smartphone in the second half of 2019 is not Fold or Note10, you just have to wait, don't ask me more. — Ice universe (@UniverseIce) May 21, 2019 Samsung is expected to release smartphones with new designs that are expected to be radically different from what we are used to. The leaker has said previously that the Note 10 will probably have a “stable and mature” design whereas the A series smartphones are expected to have “radical innovation.” © Slashgear Samsung has already made a 5x optical zoom camera that is only 5mm thick and may be the rear camera for the Galaxy Note 10 or the mysterious new phone. Samsung is reportedly using a similar periscope method for its 5x zoom camera similar to Huawei's P30 Pro. © YouTube The Galaxy A series has been known to bring some innovation to its series as the latest Galaxy A80 has a pop-up rotating camera. It's a first for any Samsung smartphone to have a pop-up rotating camera and there's a good chance we may see something similar on a different smartphone later this year. The Galaxy A series was also the first Samsung smartphone to feature an Infinity-O display which was later seen on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. Another report suggests that Samsung may be making a button-less smartphone, however, we can't be entirely sure as of now. There's no clue as to what this secret Samsung phone will look like, however, if we do take Ice Universe's word, then it will definitely not be a part of the Galaxy Note 10. Source: Slashgear, BGR
  3. Vivek Oberoi has become the hot topic of discussion over the meme he posted comparing Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's personal relationships to the 2019 Exit Polls. He received severe backlash from social media users and Bollywood celebs over his tweet, people did not hold back from making him realize that involving Aishwarya, his ex, was nothing but disrespectful. Succumbing to pressure, Vivek tweeted out an apology and even deleted the meme from his account. © Twitter What caught our attention now, is one of the tweets by Aishwarya's father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan, hours before Vivek posted the meme. “T 3170 - Correction : Social मà¥à¤¡à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾ पर सà¥à¤ समठà¤à¤° à¤à¤¼à¤¿à¤à¥à¤° à¤à¤°à¥, ठदà¥à¤¸à¥à¤¤ à¤à¤¹à¥à¤ सामाà¤à¤¿à¤ à¤à¤¤à¤¬à¤¾à¤° सॠà¤à¤¼à¥à¤° मà¥à¤¨à¤¾à¤¸à¤¿à¤¬ ना हॠ!! ~ ab rj.” Well, even before Vivek tweeted the meme, Big B's prophecy was already there on Twitter as a warning. If Vivek had checked Big B's tweet, he would have avoided making such a massive gaffe. Can't help but wonder if Big B has prophetic powers. T 3170 - Correction : Social मà¥à¤¡à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾ पर सà¥à¤ समठà¤à¤° à¤à¤¼à¤¿à¤à¥à¤° à¤à¤°à¥ , ठदà¥à¤¸à¥à¤¤ à¤à¤¹à¥à¤ सामाà¤à¤¿à¤ à¤à¤¤à¤¬à¤¾à¤° सॠà¤à¤¼à¥à¤° मà¥à¤¨à¤¾à¤¸à¤¿à¤¬ ना हॠ!! ~ ab rj 𤨠Translate Tweet — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) May 20, 2019 One of the Twitter users also noticed this co-incidence and tweeted, “Must say that AB's tweets have prophetic tendencies. He had put out a tweet shortly before Sridevi's death, and this tweet was put at 12:07 pm & at 1:23 pm Vivek Oberoi tweeted about Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan & Abhishek Bachchan.” In the very same chain, many other social media users felt the same thing and appreciated his sixth sense. Must say that AB's tweets have prophetic tendencies. He had put out a tweet shortly before Sridevi's death, and this tweet was put at 12:07 pm & at 1:23 pm Vivek Oberoi tweeted about Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan & Abhishek Bachchan. — SaahilMurli Menghani (@saahilmenghani) May 20, 2019 Seriously i was just thinking the same.. what a sixth sense. — Myra (@MeMyra_) May 20, 2019 It might have been purely coincidental, but the tweet hit the bullseye. Well, Vivek, you really missed a great piece of advice coming straight from Aishwarya's father-in-law, Amitabh Bachchan.
  4. Diljit Dosanjh is the golden boy right now enjoying the love and fame for literally everything he does. From songs to movies to world tours, he's acing it all and giving us more reasons to love him. The self-proclaimed Kylie Jenner fanboy is coming back with a Punjabi movie titled 'Shadaa' which is a laugh riot. The trailer gives you some vibes of 'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety' but nevertheless, it's completely entertaining. The story follows an eternal bachelor which translates to 'Shadaa' in Punjabi played by Diljit, who dreams of getting married but later realises that bachelorhood is better. For a brief moment, he falls in love with Neeru Bajwa but later realises that his happiness lies in staying single. © brat films Eventually, after succumbing to the pressure of getting married, this 'Shadaa' decides to get married to a doll named Kylie and asks his parents to give their blessings. © brat films In case you are not well versed with the Punjabi language, the subtitles should help, but this movie surely proves that this dude here can sing, dress sharp, act in movies with a star cast like 'Udta Punjab' and then also blow us away with his great comic timing, all in one go!
  5. Huawei's budget sub-brand Honor has been launching some amazing phones lately. Honor's phones usually go easy on your pockets, but offer great value for money. On the same lines, the company has now launched three new phones under the new 'Honor 20 Series'. Let's check them out: Honor 20 & Honor 20 Pro Both the Honor 20 and the Honor 20 Pro are more or less the same phones. They both look stunning and offer some really powerful internal specs. You're looking at a 6.26-inch IPS hole-punch display just like the Honor View 20. It comes with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 on both devices. They both have the same screen-to-body ratio i.e. about 91.6 per cent, and they simply look stunning from the front. © Twitter In terms of the specs, the Honor 20 and the Honor 20 Pro are powered by Huawei's flagship Kirin 980 chipset with oodles of RAM and storage to go along with it. While the Honor 20 tops out at 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage, the Pro variant has 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. Besides the RAM and storage, both the devices also have a slightly different camera setup. Both devices have a 48MP f/1.4 main camera, a 16MP f/2.2 wide-angle camera, a 2MP f/2.4 macro and a 32MP f/2.0 selfie camera with a punch hole on the front. The only difference is that the Honor 20 Pro comes with an additional 8MP f/2.4 telephoto camera, whereas the Honor 20 comes with a 2MP depth sensor. With 30x digital zoom and a large 1/2-inch Sony sensor, the telephoto camera's Handheld Moon Shot allows you to capture the moon's beauty with no extra equipment. #HONOR20Series #CaptureWonder pic.twitter.com/Dd60ZWnRgO — HONOR (@Honorglobal) May 21, 2019 The Pro variant of the phone also has a slightly bigger battery with 4,000 mAh capacity, while the regular variant has a 3,750 mAh battery. Rest of the stuff is the same. You get a side mounted fingerprint scanner, fast-charging support, etc. The Honor 20 Pro will be available in Phantom Black and Phantom Blue colour variants, whereas the regular variant comes in Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue shades. Honor 20 Lite © Twitter Next up, we have the Honor 20 Lite, which is more of a budget option for people who are not looking to splurge a lot of cash. The first and the most obvious difference here is the waterdrop notch on the front, instead of a punch hole display. It's a 6.21-inch FHD+ screen with a 32MP selfie shooter tucked inside. The Honor 20 Lite also packs a triple camera setup on the back, which includes a 24MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra wide-angle sensor with a 120-degree FOV, and a third depth sensor. In terms of the specs, the Honor 20 Lite is powered by the Kirin 710 chipset, coupled with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It's got a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and the phone will be available in Phantom Blue, Phantom Red, and the classic Midnight Black shades. Pricing & Availability The Honor 20 has been priced at 499 Euros for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, whereas the Honor 20 Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage will cost you 599 Euros. The Honor 20 Lite, which is a budget option, will set you back 299 euros.
  6. Sony Mobile, the smartphone division of the Japanese company is now going to be pulling out from India and other regions. The move comes when Sony experienced fewer smartphone sales than the previous year and will be stopping its mobile business in India, Australia, Canada, South America, Mexico, Africa and the Middle East. Sony has been trying to cut its losses and the company will now concentrate its mobile business in countries like Japan, Europe, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Xperia mobile division has also been dismantled and formed into a new division called “Electronics, Products and Solutions” and has been merged with TV, Audio and camera divisions. © Sony The company is also cutting its operational cost by 50% by pulling out of markets that are not deemed profitable for the company. The company has suffered low smartphone sales in key markets due to stiff competition from Chinese companies that offer better smartphones at a considerably low price. According to Counterpoint Research, Sony's smartphone market share was reduced to less than 1% and was probably due to making outdated smartphones. Sony was not able to adopt new technologies, features and even hardware in order to compete with its Chinese counterparts. © Slashhleaks Sony recently announced the Xperia 1, the world's first 4K smartphone at MWC earlier this year. No release date has been confirmed by the company and it is likely that the smartphone will not launch in India and other markets the company has decided to pull out from. Source: GSMArena
  7. They say dreaming, and dreaming big, is our only way of moving towards a future that none of us have seen, but all of us have certain hopes for. There wouldn't be a single individual who hasn't ever thought about their future in a certain way, but it is also true that most of us fail to pursue that dreamy future, and put in the work that would turn it into a reality. But, like most things in our world, there are two types of people who must be taken into consideration even here. Because, what about those who put in all their sweat and blood to breathe fire to their dreams? They always deserve a special mention, don't they? © Jagran Jharkhand girl Manali Gupta happens to be one such young woman who inspired a million hearts with her most recent achievement. Manali is the Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) topper of class 12th Arts examinations held earlier this year. Manali scored an impressive 437 marks out of 500 in her finals. According to reports, she obtained 75 in English, 89 in Hindi, 90 in History, 92 in Geography and 91 in Economics, which makes it an aggregate of 87.4%. Awesome right? But wait until you learn her complete story. © Bharat Khabar Manali, who aims to serve her country by becoming an IAS officer in the future, is a daughter of daily wage electrician. Which means her father gets money only on the days he gets work. Can we imagine living and pursuing our dreams under similar circumstances, when even the chances of the next meal is uncertain on days? Yet, Manali persevered and worked hard day and night to get a step closer to her dreams, despite all the odds. “Since early age, I have a dream to become an IAS. This is why I took Arts after completion of matriculation,” Manali told the media. © Hindustan As for her next step, Manali plans to study her favourite subject Geography for graduation. Even with the many challenges that continue to look her in the face, Manali remembers to thank her parents for the success, “My parents laboured hard for my education. I would also like to give credit of my success to my teachers in school, as it was not possible without them.” Manali's school principal, Pramod Prakash Singh told the media that people in Patratu have lots of hope from her. He further added that despite belonging to a poor family, she continued her education and has set an example in the society.
  8. 'Necessity is the mother of invention'. This honestly seems like some ancient desi proverb at this point because it exactly applies to 'jugaad' and no one in the world does that better than Indians. If there's a problem, there's always a solution, even if it doesn't look like one. I've always said that if it's stupid and it works, it's not stupid, and looks like even Anand Mahindra agrees. He's always pretty active on Twitter admiring or sharing new stuff and this time he decided to share what looks like a Whatsapp forward video just because it was that innovative. What do you do when you don't have an excavator but just a 'charpai' or a 'khatiya'? Well, here it is- I think the phrase 'Necessity is the mother of invention' was invented by Indians! Here's a new product our Farm & Construction sectors will have to consider as a replacement for an excavator: A 'Khatiya-vator'. #whatsappwonderbox pic.twitter.com/av3qNdIAHd — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) May 21, 2019 Well, that's pretty cool. The most surprising part for me is someone like Anand Mahindra scouting through all the Whatsapp messages and videos he recieves to find stuff like that. Am i going to hell for laughing at this? pic.twitter.com/R5HSnSc14l — Harsha ð®ð³ (@SriNow) May 21, 2019 Someone replied with more innovations. Our farmers have invented one more than one ...... Another example . pic.twitter.com/8jofVuNSID — AJAY GHANGHAS ð®ð³ð (@AJAYGHANGHAS16) May 21, 2019 Wow. This is not surprising.... my father made a cooler with an oil cane which costs only 250 rupees. And the interedting thing is that this cooler gives much cooling than a symphony cooler. And it works with solar energy saves electricity bill. — Viren Sharma (@SonuSha7409) May 21, 2019 Yep. Only we Indians can find another use for a 'Khatiya' in the daytime like thisðð — Charuhas (@charuhasmujumd1) May 21, 2019 Why does it sound like something Doofenshmirtz would make? 'Khatiya-vator' sounds cool ð — Harleen Kaur (@HarleenParmar) May 21, 2019 Someone literally gave the definition of jugaad. An instant solution to the problem raised by the demand of situations. Moreover the solution provided by an instant action may not be the permanent solution but good enough to meet the present. May be called "Juggat" in sanskrit and "Jugadd" in hindi — Abhrankash (@abhrankashdas) May 21, 2019
  9. Less than a month ago, when Gomathi Marimuthu stood atop the Asian Athletics Championships podium after winning the gold medal in the 800-m race in Doha, Qatar, she had a nation of more than 1.3 billion people standing behind her in support. Her story, full of pain and agony, inspired people from all over the world. The tales of her late father, sacrificing his diet just so his daughter could get the nourishment to one day represent India in an international event and make the nation proud, reached every street, every gully of the country and garnered support both financially and emotionally. "When I used to do sports, my father had a leg ailment and he was unable to walk. He had a two-wheeler and that was a big deal for us back then. We did not have good bus facility to go to the city, there was no electricity in my town and the roads weren't good either," the athlete had said in a press conference after the win. "If I woke up at 4 a.m., I could catch the 4.30 bus. So my father would wake me up at 4, sharp, putting an alarm. If my mother was not feeling well, my father only would give me water, boil milk... all these things he would only do," she added. However, her legacy may be in great trouble after the 30-year-old was tested positive in a doping test with a banned steroid at the Asian Athletics Championships in April and now, a four-year-long suspension from the tracks is staring at Marimuthu in the face. © Reuters It is believed that Gomathi was tested positive for yet another doping test almost a month ahead of Doha Asians and during the Federation Cup but the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) seemed to make no news of it. “We have zero tolerance to doping. As far as we are concerned, she is immediately suspended provisionally. She has the right to get her 'B' sample tested. If she is innocent and her 'B' sample is okay, we take her back, otherwise, straight away she is suspended for four years,” says Adille Sumariwalla, the AFI president. “We tested all those who were not in the national camp when they came here for the Federation Cup but the results came late,” said chief national coach Bahadur Singh. “That is also one reason why we have confirmatory trials for the non-National campers.” If Marimuthu does send her 'B' sample for testing and if they also turn out to be positive, not only will the athlete be suspended for four years but she will also be stripped off of her Asian medal, taking away one of three gold medals from the Indian contingent.
  10. Apple has refreshed its MacBook Pro laptops with new and powerful Intel core processors, which means you'll now get better performance out of these MacBooks. In fact, Apple says these are the fastest MacBook Pro laptops it has ever made. That's cool, but the most important change here is the new keyboard. Apple has been receiving a lot of flak for making poor keyboards for a long time now, so we hope these new ones are better. The company didn't provide any details, but we do know that they've changed the material used in its butterfly switch keyboards to avoid the problem of producing double keystrokes. © Apple As for the spec bump, here's how powerful the new MacBook Pro models are: The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bat now comes with faster 8th gen processors. The base model packs a 2.4GHz quad-core Core i5 CPU with Turbo Boost speed up to 4.1GHz, and you can configure the notebook with a beefier 2.8GHz quad-core Core i7 CPU if you're willing to shell out more cash. The non-Touch Bar model sadly hasn't received a spec bump, so the new base 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is now 2.3x faster than the fastest dual-core non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro that's available. As for the 15-inch MacBook Pros, well these are show stoppers. Apple has updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro models with 9th gen Intel core processors. The base model here comes with a 2.6GHz six-core Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speed up to 4.5GHz. Meanwhile, the top end variant comes fitted with a 2.3GHz eight-core Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz. © Apple There's also a variant with a 2.4GHz eight-core Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 5GHz. That, of course, will cost you a lot of money, but it's the fastest MacBook Pro laptop that Apple has ever made to date. All the 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Radeon Pro 555x and 560x discrete graphics, depending on the model you're picking. Let's hope these new ones won't have any heating issues. Pricing & Availability The new MacBook Pro lineup starts at Rs. 1,59,900 for the 13-inch with Touch Bar model, whereas the 15-inch model will come at a starting price of Rs 1,99,900. These updated MacBook Pro laptops will be available in India starting this week and you'll be able to pick one up from Apple Authorised resellers across the country.
  11. A high-stakes theatre where men gamble with their lives every time they take out their mean machines in the labyrinth (labelled as race track), Formula One (F1) cannot adequately be described as a mere "sport". Just like the gladiators who were either expected to be killed or incur a fatal injury, F1 drivers are going faster than before. But, while the competition has become more fierce and cars are being made to go much faster, today's generation of race drivers are well aided with technology and other safety measures. From changes in the placement of outside mirrors to improve rear-view visibility, the prohibition of the double diffusers and F-ducts to reduce downforce, to the addition of a Zylon strip across the top of the visor to reinforce the weakest point of the helmets, the new-age of F1 has undoubtedly made the sport much safer. However, long before the unmatched wealth, enhanced safety measures and flamboyant racing drivers dictated the biggest motorsport racing tournament, there existed an era where people dreaded the sight of the drivers getting into their respective cars before the thought "they might never return" kicked into the subconscious. In that era, the fact that F1 was still evolving also meant that there was not much cushion for the drivers. Once they got out on the race track, every driver gambled with their life by trusting in their teams and hoping that their cars were fine-tuned. But, sadly, with technological advancements eluding the engineers back then, the gamble often didn't pay off. As absurd as it may seem, it was their persistent tryst with death that truly made the daredevils of that era feel alive. While many perished on the so-called death tracks, only a few managed to survive fatalities and lived to tell the tale. Amongst those gladiators of F1, Niki Lauda is undeniably the one whose will and perseverance to compete (even if it meant losing his life) made him a cut above the rest. Born into a wealthy family of industrialists in Vienna, Lauda's aspirations of becoming a racing driver suffered an early blow after his family's disapproval. While his father advised him to opt for a career better suited for their family's reputation, Lauda's passion for the sport saw him taking out a bank loan and buying his way into the fledgeling 'March' team as a Formula Two (F2), and later, F1 driver. © Reuters Irked by their son's choice of profession, Lauda's family abandoned further contact with him. But, the Austrian was further dealt a heavy blow when both the March cars were disqualified at the Canadian Grand Prix, in what was arguably the lowest point of the team's 1972 season. Unfazed by his troubles, Lauda opted for another bank loan, only this time buying his way into the BRM team in 1973. Despite being ridiculously quick on the track, Lauda suffered at the hands of declining BRM team. But, just when all hope was lost, the Austrian found a second wind to his professional career when his BRM teammate Clay Regazzoni took him along to Ferrari in 1974. That was undoubtedly the break he needed, and he repaid the faith of Regazzoni and Ferrari by finishing second in his debut race for the team at the Argentine Grand Prix. Having finished fourth in the Drivers' Championship in 1974, Lauda began the next season with early struggles. The first four races of the season saw him securing no better than a fifth-place finish. But, just when people started doubting his talent, Lauda silenced everyone by winning four of the next five races and eventually becoming F1 champion for the 1975 season. His triumph also meant that Ferrari romped their way to the Constructors' Championship win after 11 years. © Reuters Making his intentions clear that season, Lauda dominated the start of the 1976 season, winning four of the first six races and finishing second in the other two. With more than double the points of his closest challengers Jody Scheckter and James Hunt, Lauda was set for a second consecutive World Championship. But then, the unthinkable happened. A week before the German Grand Prix that season, Lauda, despite being the fastest driver at Nurburgring, urged his fellow drivers to boycott the race, citing lack of safety measures including the fire marshals at the notorious race track. However, deeming it a clever ploy by the Austrian to gain easy points, other drivers voted against Lauda's boycott and the race went ahead. Rendered helpless, Lauda participated in the race probably knowing what was to unfold. During the second lap, Lauda was involved in a crash where his car swerved off the track, hit an embankment and burst into flames with the Austrian trapped in the car. While the other drivers pulled their vehicles over to help him, Lauda was still trapped in the searing inferno for almost a minute. He was finally pulled out of the vehicle and rushed to the hospital where he later lapsed into a coma. The pictures of his horrific crash became one of the most devastating things fans had to endure in F1. With Lauda fighting for his life in the hospital, Ferrari roped in Carlos Reutemann as a replacement. And, at a time, when everyone was speculating if he'll actually survive, Lauda shocked everyone by turning up for the Italian Grand Prix, just two races after his crash. With burn marks on his neck and face, and bandages covering his scarred scalp, Lauda, despite unimaginable discomfort, didn't just participate in the Italian Grand Prix, but ended up finishing fourth in what is considered arguably one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history. While he couldn't win the title that season, as Hunt romped to his maiden triumph by a single point, Lauda's passion for the sport made him more than just another F1 champion. © Reuters He went on to win his second F1 world championship in 1977 and announced retirement at the end of the 1979 season to pursue his second passion: civil aviation. Then, in 1982, he once again shocked everyone by returning to the circuit with McLaren, with whom he won his last world championship title in 1984 before calling time on his career for good. A cocky and self-confident Lauda was never one to take no for an answer and ruffled more than a few feathers in F1. But, his expertise, sometimes brutal honesty also won him the friendship of those who recognised his work ethic, analytical mind and willingness to learn from mistakes. Thus, on Monday, when Lauda, who underwent a lung transplant in August last year, passed away, it wasn't just F1 that was robbed of a legend, the sporting world and aspiring sportspersons truly lost an icon.
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  13. When I wrote my last entry, The Dogly Mail had just reached the 100 member milestone but since then things have grown impressively. The photo competition has proven very successful at encouraging new signups and we are now at around 1400 members picking up 15-20 new members a day. This is far better than I could have hoped for but there a few caveats… Not all traffic and content is equal In building website traffic I’ve realised that high member numbers are great and help to validate your ideas but member quality is far more important. I have been able to boost the member growth non-organically with a minimal Facebook ad spend in conjunction with the competition but we’re still trying to find those super contributors. The members we have are not yet invested in the site themselves and the sense of community that is required to be sustainable long term is still in its infancy. We have also found that with the opt-in mailing list, around 50% of the registered members are signing up for the newsletter during registration. This is encouraging to me based on the non-organic growth so hopefully, with more organic growth this will rise further. What are we doing to get higher quality contributions? We are collaborating with a vet on professional articles to give the site more credibility in the areas I am not an expert in and Andy is covering dog news where he has time. Hopefully, over the long term, this will help to improve the organic traffic to the website. With the articles, we now have high-end long-form content covered although I would like to get a more varied team of writers on board to broaden the appeal of the subject matter. We also have more fun commenting, likes and meme social interaction covered in the photo competition section. This leaves a gap in the middle for more serious user-contributed discussion and opinion and what ultimately will make or break the website. For this, we’re working on getting the blogs application ready for when we feel the traffic is sufficient to launch another area. When it’s ready we will slowly transition the ad spend towards the new blog section and forums to provide more balanced traffic coming to the site. We will also be able to promote the new sections via the newsletter. I am almost at the end of the school year so my time on the site should increase and I can get more involved with discussion topics to try and foster that sense of community. What else have I learned? Keeping people’s attention is not easy and once a member has left the site you need to work really hard to get them to revisit. It’s something I read a lot of on these forums so hopefully, Invision is working on this to help us keep people engaged. As you can see we’re still in the try lots of things to see what works stage but the learning experience is part of the fun. We were running AdSense ads and getting a little back from the spend we were doing ourselves but I feel at this stage it is counter-productive. We have decided to stop AdSense for the time being in order to concentrate on building traffic and the membership and will revisit the monetisation options once the site has grown. Not running the adverts has also given the site a substantial speed boost which will hopefully help us with organic rankings. If you’re running your community as a hobby you may not wish to spend anything on advertising to start and may prefer to slowly add to your website content. With so much competition for traffic online though this would be a very slow strategy for us for what I still hope to be a commercially viable micro business. On the current growth path, I hope to be profitable in 12-18 months and will keep you updated with the highs or lows along the way.
  14. There are kids, and then there are pure geniuses like 8-year-old Niall Thogulava from Chennai. Remember the time when cartoon shows, playing with friends 5 hours a day and coming home at the end of a school day used to be our biggest points of interest? Well, Niall is an example of how the generations, since ours, have evolved. This child prodigy from Southern India has portrayed exceptional talents when it comes to reading, writing and speaking hundreds of languages from around the world. Niall is an inspiring polyglot who can read and write as many as 106 languages! *WOAH* © NDTV How did he do it in such a short time of being around? Well, blame it on the internet (just like this year's CBSE 12th topper). Niall took the help of the internet, especially YouTube, to learn all the languages he has mastered today. As per an ANI report, Niall also knows the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), which allows one to transcribe the sound of any spoken language in order to ascertain its pronunciation. Niall told ANI, "I do not know how my interest in languages began. I can read and write over 106 languages and can fluently speak 10 languages. I am currently learning five new languages." © ANI Niall's father, Shankar Narayanan, is a proud man when he says, "Last year, he started developing an interest for new languages and from there he took a great leap. Making use of the internet, he started learning one language after another." Niall is proof that if you set your heart on something, and work hard to see it through, anything is possible and age is no bar for it.
  15. This article contains heavy spoilers. Proceed with caution. If you see Bran's character arc, it's risen tremendously from how he was portrayed in Season 1, till the most recent Season, where he's named king of the six realms. But if you think about it, his journey wasn't just another teenager who finds true meaning in life and becomes the Three-Eyed-Raven. He was very carefully orchestrating and plotting his own storyline, which in all probability, was highly overshadowed from the rest of us. © HBO When the gang of survivors were holding a discussion as to who the next king should be, everyone unanimously decided upon Bran. Tyrion, of course, gave his two cents on why Bran should be the ruler of the 7 kingdoms and with a common consensus, Bran was named king of the 6 kingdoms, giving Sansa complete autonomy to rule the North on her own. Right after he was appointed king, Tyrion asked Bran if he wanted it and Bran said: ''why do you think I've come all this way"? That statement might have been something we missed delving deeper into but come to think of it, it's a pretty loaded statement, which could tell us that Bran had been planning taking over the realm since the beginning! Or since he became the Three-Eyed-Raven, who actually wanted to lead and rule all, according to some theories. © HBO But, let's fish out some actual facts on why Bran could be the ultimate villain who was silently rooting for the throne, for himself. First off, Bran knows everything that has happened and will happen in the future. We're not sure how far he can see into the future but it's a sufficient amount to predict things that may happen and avoid the things that shouldn't. The very fact that he let most things happen, even though he could have stopped them is highly suspicious. For example, if he knew Euron was going to attack Daenerys' fleet, he could have asked her to change her strategy, but he didn't. He kept quiet until Dany lost one of her dragon's in Euron's attack. For someone who 'sees' everything, this seemed quite intentional. © HBO Next, let's look at the Night King's death. I agree that episode 3 of 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 was absolutely haywire, where nothing made sense. Not just the fact that almost everyone survived the army of the dead and that the Night King died, frivolously, after 7 Seasons of absolute build-up, also that his death seemed very inferior compared to how he was shown or talked about in the show. But, keeping that bit aside, Bran warged into the ravens during the war and we never really figured out what he was trying to do. They never showed the part where his warging helped out the war in any way possible. Popular fan theories suggest that Bran cooked up a deal with the Night King, which lured him towards Bran, and since Bran had given Arya the Valyrian Steel dagger earlier, he knew the NK's actual fate. There was no form of expression or relief on Bran's face when Arya killed the Night King. © HBO Also, if you think about it, Bran giving the Valyrian Steel dagger to Arya, which foreshadowed the Night King's death and telling Samwell, Arya and Sansa about Jon's true lineage and not letting out anything else, is a great tactic. This way, he made sure his claim to the throne was intact, getting rid of his enemies one by one. Arya killed the Night King with the dagger Bran gave her and everyone knew Jon was a Targaryen after Bran revealed it, which led to Dany losing her mind towards the end, and eventually dying for it. And that's how Bran got rid of two tough contenders, one by one. And while the two wars were taking place, Bran took a back seat and watched things unfold. Things he'd set in motion himself. Very clever Bran! How did the #NightKing change Craster's babies? By touching them. How did he change Viserion? By touching it. What did Bloodraven say to #BranStark in the cave? "He touched you."#foodforthought#nightking #GameofThrones — Vladimir Furdik (@Vladimir_furdik) 28 April 2019 Which is actually true. Even though Bran met the NK earlier through a vision, the NK had touched him and left his mark. Did Bran change post that and wished to take control over everything else and discovered his evil-dark side? The fifth episode of Season 8 also has an interesting fan theory. Dany had decided to withdraw if and when King's Landing rang the bells in surrender. But even after the bells were rung, she went Dracarys on the entire kingdom! Earlier, if you see Dany, while the bells are ringing, she is looking towards the Red Keep where Cersei is standing, making it seem like she's going to charge towards Cersei and kill her and destroy just the Red Keep. But she ends up destroying the entire city. Now, the theory states that Bran probably warged into Drogon, Dany's dragon, and burnt the city down to ashes. © HBO Not once did they show Dany's face when Drogon was spitting fire. Maybe he wasn't in her control and was doing whatever he wanted because his consciousness had been taken over by Bran. There's also a shot of Drogon's shadow over King's Landing when he's spewing fire and it's identical to the vision Bran had a few seasons ago, which could also amount to something. And if Drogon was spitting fire recklessly while Dany was confused about his actions, it could just mean that Dany, in all probability, wasn't the Mad Queen after all and that Bran is just pure evil! © HBO While all these are just theories, they do give us something to think about. How can someone, who sees the future and knows the past never strategise during a big war? How was he always quiet? Why was no one consulting him on what to do next? Why didn't anyone else consider Jon Snow, the true heir, for the throne? After an entire build up over his revelation of being a Targaryen and Bran's constant vision of Jon's birth at the Tower of Joy in Dorne, the throne eventually went to Bran. Isn't it quite strange? © HBO Well, I like to believe Bran played a great game and made everyone believe he is the rightful king, even though he is not and he knew it all along, especially when he uttered, "why do you think I've come all this way". Now, we aren't sure if he means he's come all this way from the North to be named king, or that he's always been plotting and planning for the throne, by being the Three-Eyed-Raven and has come all this way to take the throne. We'll never truly know! But let's see what George RR Martin has in store for us, through his upcoming books!
  16. No matter how bizarre a hack is, as long as it works it's absolutely fine. At least that's what I have learned from people around me. And we Indians seem to have acquired the special talent of being a pro at 'jugaad'. Think of the most unimaginable hack possible and chances are that an Indian would have tried and tested that hack to his benefit already. Just like this hack of using cow dung to keep a car cool in the scorching heat. And when I say use it, I mean changing the car's colour to brown. FYI, the car in question is a Toyota Corolla Altis, the road price of which starts from Rs 16 lakh (approx) © Facebook In what can be rightly called the 'coolest' hack ever, a woman in Ahmedabad coated her entire car with cow dung, as the temperature shot up to 45 degrees. Thanks to Facebook user Rupesh Gauranga Das for sharing the pictures with us, and enlightening us with this ingenious hack. According to his post, the car owner is from Ahmedabad, but the car's number plate states that the car is from Maharashtra. South Bombay to be specific. Das wrote in his post, "Best use of cow dung I have ever seen. It's in Amdavad. To counter 45 degrees heat temperatures and protect car from getting hot, Mrs Sejal shah has plastered her car with cow dung. Getting cool." For those wondering how effective the trick is, cow dung is actually a kind of insulator that blocks the heat of the outer surface from getting into the inner surface. That's the reason a lot of people in rural areas coat the outer walls of their houses with cow dung, to keep their house cool. And here we thought parking our car under the shade of a tree will do the job.
  17. Alright, if you think you've seen all the crazy PUBG Mobile addiction stories, then just wait till you hear this one. Ready for it? So, a 19-year-old woman from Ahmedabad wants to leave her husband to go live with, wait for it, her new-found PUBG gaming partner. She started playing PUBG a few months ago and got hooked to the game. There's nothing wrong with gaming, but this woman is seriously addicted. She called up 181 Abhayam women helpline seeking help to get a divorce. Falguni Patel, a coordinator at Abhayam said, “The girl called 181 and told us that she wants to be at a women's observation home as it is not working out with her husband nor she wanted to go to her parents' home as they had taken away her cell phone”. But when she was told that she won't be allowed to use her mobile phone inside the home, she dropped the idea. Later, during a counselling session, she revealed that she wanted to move in with her gaming buddy who she met in-game while playing PUBG. Apparently, Counsellor Sonal Sagathiya advised the woman to reconsider her decision. She was told that this 'man', who she met online, wasn't predictable and she was also advised to give her extreme step a thought as she had a baby to take care of. © PUBG Obviously, as a helpline, the Abhayam counselors didn't force a decision on the woman. They just advised her and gave her alternate options to consider. Well, we just hope she did the right thing and decided to stay back with her husband and take care of the kid. This kind of addiction isn't anything new, as people have literally gotten arrested and even lost their lives while playing this game. While the game developer Tencent is taking active measures to save kids from addiction, we think even adults need to keep their usage in check. Source - Indian Express
  18. Just like your clothes, your Spotify playlist, and your Netflix viewing activity, your choice of fragrance reveals a lot about your personality. It's one of the very first things people notice about you, and has a huge bearing on the first impression they form of you. However, given the thousands of options to choose from, selecting a well-rounded scent that is a true reflection of one's character is not an easy task. After all, not only are you looking for class and sophistication, you also want reliability and performance, as well as that special something that will have everyone coming back for another sniff! It's no coincidence that it's men of a certain status who seem to have cracked the code, exuding power tempered with class and refinement with their choice of scent. It stands to reason - as you move up in the world, you replace your belongings (be it your car, your phone, your watch, or even your house) with something befitting your status. Why not do the same with your fragrance? If it's your intention to leave behind a similarly powerful and lasting impression wherever you go, effortlessly conveying to the world that you've made it in life, it's time to upgrade to the Code Steel Body Perfume from Wildstone. © Wildstone Designed by master perfumers from France, the soothing notes of bergamot and sandalwood are complemented exquisitely by the freshness of lemon and mandarin. You can also pick up hints of geranium and white musk in its enticing aroma, and the overall effect is a masculine scent that is bound to set you a class apart. Not only that, the fact that it contains only perfume and no gas gives it higher value for money. All things considered, this is a style upgrade that will definitely add a layer of class and elegance to your appearance. © Wildstone Gone are the days when a couple of sprays of any cheap deodorant was all you needed to get you through the day. It's time to add a classy and bold fragrance to your grooming arsenal if you want to be taken seriously. Whether you're still a fresher in the world of fragrances, a perfume pro looking to improve his collection, or a significant other in search of the perfect gift, Wildstone Code Steel deserves your immediate attention. To own it for yourself, click the button below. Buy It Here
  19. If there is one thing that every true blue fan of a superhero movie, TV series or anime franchise feels very strongly about, it is attending every comic con held in their region and coming up with the best cosplay costume out there for it. Because, if you think about it, what would be the fun in attending such events celebrating the characters we love, if not for the fan-atics stepping out in their best costumes and making us witness our favourite characters come to life before our eyes? However, while most of us want to dress up like our favourite characters and head to the events amidst a lot of hooting, and multiple photo-ops and free-flowing appreciation that follows, there is one thing in particular that holds us back. The huge-ass hole that the entire project of creating a costume from scratch burns into our pockets. Trust us, we have been there. Right from scrounging for the perfect materials, to creating the accessories and props to go with it, it's a hell lot of work (and fun). However, not everyone can expend that much energy or resources on the activity, and that is the sad truth. But don't lose hope just yet because it seems a young man from Thailand has found the ultimate low-cost hack of nailing cosplay costumes. Anucha Sangchart from Bangkok has been creating real low-cost cosplay costumes for a while now, and has close to 4 million followers on his page Lowcostcosplay on Facebook. The page features hundreds of out-of-the-box ways of nailing cosplay on social media at the very least, if not for bigger events. People love his creations (some of which are downright hilarious), and keep coming back for more. However, what caught our attention this time, were some of his cosplay costume ideas for 'Game of Thrones'. They are apt, on-point and so good they'll crack you up despite yourself. 1. Nailed The Night King 2. Dracarys All The Way 3. Jon Snow Didn't See That Coming 4. The White Walker Who's Actually A Nightmare 5. Even Khaleesi Wouldn't Question This Dude's Creativity 6. OMG Cersei, Is That You? 7. MOUNTAIN!
  20. Friends, if you believe that all of your grooming habits are quite impressive, then you have been living under a rock. Here's the thing with women. They consider themselves grooming experts and they are not biased because ultimately the tips are applicable to men as well. If you groom too much, she will find it unattractive and when you don't, she will notice you have stopped putting in efforts. Here are some grooming habits your girlfriend secretly hates. Believe us, this is exactly the fix you need! 1. Stop overloading yourself with fragrances © Getty Images It's quite easy to go overboard with the cologne you use. While it may seem like an excellent call for you, that isn't the case with her. Your overdone aroma is not the way to cast a spell on your other half. This is going to scare her and would only make her feel that you never got in the shower. Sorry. 2. Dry skin © Getty Images If she hasn't been cuddly or mushy with you in the last few days, chances are it's your dry skin. Do yourself and her a favour and use a good moisturiser. 3. Back hair is a BIG NO NO © FunnyAnd Imagine, it's your first time in bed with her and she notices your back that's only a carpet of hair. Sounds dreadful, right? Wax or trim, that choice is absolutely yours. Plus, your hair growth will only lessen over time. Win-win, guys! 4. No dirty feet and nails, please © Getty Images Two things that are an instant turn off: dirty feet and nails. If her attention diverts anywhere here, you have already lost your chance. Keeping them dirt-free and trimmed is an ideal way to be in her good books. 5. Dandruff on tees *Ick* © Getty Images Impeccable hair quality is one thing and dandruff is another. If you don't want her to run a scan on your t-shirt, use a roller duster before your romantic date. 6. Body odour © Getty Images There's a fine line between using your cologne too much and not using it at all. Bad body odour will make her question your hygiene list and to not let that happen, work on your bathing schedule. 7. A lot of hair wax © Getty Images Hair wax, without a doubt has been a part of grooming for men, but remember that center shock ad? Yes, that's exactly what your girlfriend hates. Use hair wax only to keep your hair looking clean. 8. Not flossing © Getty Images Bad breath happens when there's plaque buildup, and this is a definite reason for her to run away from you. Start flossing after brushing your teeth and she will thank you for it. 9. Chapped lips © Getty Images Firstly, stay away from stereotypical thoughts that lip balms are for women. No, they are for you too. So, get one and keep your lips hydrated.
  21. MS Dhoni is too old to still be playing for Team India. He can no longer hit the ball at will. The finisher that once enthralled fans is finished now. Just look at the number of deliveries he eats up in his innings. He's surely a liability for the Indian team. Dhoni is just occupying a Team India spot which can very well be used to accommodate a player that actually deserves it. Surely, we can't win the ICC World Cup with Dhoni in the side. All these comments haunted the former Indian captain in 2018, making it almost imperative for Dhoni to call it quits. But, there is a reason why this man is called 'Captain Cool'. The Jharkhand cricketer is one of those rare breeds of cricketers who thrive under pressure. You knock them down, they get right back up. You push them back, they come forward with rediscovered strength. For someone who remains India's most popular and definitely the most scrutinised cricketer (barring Sachin Tendulkar), Dhoni was out of form and sorts before he travelled to Australia for the three-match ODI series earlier this January. With the critics watching his every move, waiting for him to fall, right before embarking on 'we hate Dhoni' bandwagon; the 37-year-old had everything to lose - his career, place in the side and, more importantly, a chance to play the 2019 ICC World Cup. © Reuters But, in the past four months, Dhoni has not only managed to silence his critics with a brilliant showing, but has rightly made the World Cup spot his own. More recently, his exploits in the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) almost powered Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their fourth title, if it wasn't for a rampaging Mumbai Indians (MI) brigade. Apart from a rediscovered form in his batting, Dhoni has so many other roles in the team which makes him a vital cog in India's dreams of capturing their third World Cup title. Here's a look at what makes Dhoni a key ingredient in India's title aspirations at this year's World Cup: Middle-Order Stability © Reuters Unlike the T20 version, the ODI format is an extension that cannot be dictated just by hammering the ball out of the park. It demands the batsmen to rotate the strike and stitch crucial partnerships in the middle overs before launching the all mighty attack on the opposition bowlers in the final stages of the game. While India might boast of a strong batting line-up, no one is best suited to stabilise the innings than Dhoni. The Jharkhand cricketer might not be the finisher we once knew, but, as India's batting line-up evolved over the years, so did Dhoni's role. From being the most consistent finishers in the sport, Dhoni has now adapted to his new role of being a sheet anchor for the team. The new-age MSD allows the batting to revolve around him as he holds the fort at the other end. And, once the game nears its end, Dhoni swaps his role and the finisher takes over. Going into the World Cup, India have thrived on the form of their top three, with the middle-order yet to be tested, which makes Dhoni's presence furthermore crucial for Kohli's men in England & Wales. Lightning Quick Glovework © Reuters Cricket, like other sports, is a game dictated by rules and there are numerous ways in which the coaches emphasise on its importance across the globe. Technique does not end with batting alone, as noticed with wicket-keepers who are equally expected to follow certain guidelines to reap better returns. Amongst others, one major rule related to wicket-keeping or fielding, in general, is inertia. With the ball travelling to the fielder's hands at a rapid pace, a cricketer is expected to catch the ball and let it slide with the momentum for some time before resisting the motion. The idea is to absorb the momentum of the ball slowly in a bid to avoid chances of it popping out of their hands. While most wicket-keepers follow this tactic against seamers and spinners, Dhoni follows a completely different ideology. He believes in attacking the ball and throwing his hands at the stumps as quickly as possible. When he keeps to the spinners, Dhoni moves his hands towards the ball and - without moving his hand back for even a second - guides it to the stumps. So what does he achieve by doing that? As noted on one of his stumpings, a reaction time of a staggering 0.38 seconds. When it comes to run-outs, Dhoni has evolved from traditional techniques even more. While the age-old wicket-keeping technique would state that a keeper needs to be behind the stumps to collect a throw, the Jharkhand cricketer feels otherwise. Rather than standing behind, Dhoni stands right in front and flicks the ball onto the stumps using the momentum of the throw. That technique might not be listed in any rule book, but the Indian wicket-keeper has made it work over the years. Setting Up The Field © Reuters A wicket-keeper enjoys the luxury of having one of the best views on the field. And, Dhoni makes the most of it with his shrewd awareness behind the stumps. Keeping a close watch on the contest between the bowler and the batsman, Dhoni is often seen setting up the field according to the situation. Such has been his know-how of the game that Dhoni, almost like a seer, ends up predicting the shots which are yet to be played by the opposition batsmen. There have been numerous instances where, after anticipating the batsmen's shot selection, the former Indian captain's field settings have led to a breakthrough. And, that added skill-set is likely to come in handy for India in England & Wales. Guiding The Bowlers © Reuters The close proximity of a wicket-keeper with the bowlers allows them to pass on vital information about the batsman's play. If the batsman falters in footwork, the wicket-keeper is probably the first one to notice and advise the bowler to use it to his own good. And, Dhoni is no different. The Indian wicket-keeper has been the guiding force behind the rapid rise of Indian spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and YuzvendraChahal in limited-overs cricket. The stump-mic chatter from numerous ODI games India has played in the past has been a testimony to how Dhoni has helped the Indian spinners to get the better of the Proteas. "From behind the stumps, Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) always keeps advising you. He knows what the batsman is going to try. It makes it easier for us," Chahal has been quoted as saying in the past. India's Go-To-Man For DRS © Reuters With the advent of the Decision Review System (DRS), the cricket teams have an option to challenge on-field decisions. While most teams have struggled to properly use the review, India seems to be doing pretty damn well - thanks to MSD. Such has been his awareness behind the stumps that he has developed a knack for getting the review right, almost every time. His impeccable judgement on the DRS has aided Team India on multiple occasions in the past. While many of his teammates, including captain Virat Kohli, have struggled to identify a potential opportunity, Dhoni has made DRS his own forte. In the modern era of cricket, where every opportunity is crucial in the bigger scheme of things, that is one additional skill a keeper needs and Dhoni leads the way, yet again.
  22. Ever since Google first announced its AR glass as an 'experimental' product, there's been a lot of hype surrounding it. But Google Glass didn't quite catch up with the public due to some obvious reasons. Well, after a few iterations, Google has now released the third-gen Google Glass with a slightly new design and improved internals. Yes, a new version of Google Glass is out now, and here's everything you need to know about it - © YouTube The new version of Google Glass is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon XR1, which is a chip that's specifically designed for AR and VR. These new pair of glasses also have a USB-C port for faster charging. The new glasses now run on Android and comes with support for Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management. As you can see, the new Google Glasses also look a little different, thanks to the new frames. Additionally, it also comes with a better camera, because why not? However, all the advancements come at a price and this one costs $999. It's still less than the original one which Google had originally shipped out, but honestly, as an average consumer, it doesn't really matter. Why? Well, that's because it's not meant to be a widespread consumer product. Google is calling it the 'Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2', and selling it only to business users. That being said, we really hope Google makes a version for consumers too. Like, seriously. We already have a ton of VR and AR headsets and eyewear out there in the market, with a few more slated to arrive soon. In fact, Microsoft's HoloLens 2 and Vuzix' glasses are really popular. Google's current customers and partners include AGCO, DHL Group, HB Fuller, and Sutter Health. So, a lot of people are actively using this product, and so we think it's high time we get a consumer version of this product.
  23. If Hollywood has Marvel Cinematic Universe, then here in Bollywood we have Rohit Shetty and his 'Singham Cinematic Universe', where cops are greater and powerful than any superhero out there. Honestly, cop movies in Bollywood weren't as big a thing until the release of 'Singham'. Post the 100-crore (each) success of 'Singham', 'Singham Returns' and 'Simmba', Rohit Shetty is now coming up with another cop movie 'Sooryavanshi' starring Akshay Kumar. And Ajay Devgn feels that the 'Singham' franchise can be Bollywood's 'Avengers'. In a recent interview to PTI, Ajay said "Universes have a massive scope in Bollywood. 'Singham' is a strong franchise and then 'Simmba' has become another important series, and now if 'Sooryavanshi' goes on to become something like that, which I'm sure it will, it's the same thing as 'Avengers'." He further said that while MCU picked up superheroes, in India cops like "Singham and Simmba" are the superheroes, "So we're trying to make our world. We are taking it into a more realistic zone." © Instagram In fact, Ajay believes that all those people who like the Marvel Cinematic Universe will lap up Rohit Shetty's cop universe in no time. "Either you are an Iron Man fan or any other Avengers', now that all of them came together for a film, one will definitely go. Every superhero's fan would go, it's as simple as that. If these characters also go on to become that strong, then people would wait for something like this." © Instagram Praising 'Avengers: Endgame', Ajay said Bollywood should learn a lesson from the box office performance of the film and also spoke about how competing with Hollywood is not possible due to financial constraints. (Folks, let's not count the number of cars blown up in the entire franchise.) Apart from 'Sooryavanshi', Rohit Shetty is also planning to make a movie on female cops to complete his cop-universe. Can I say Russo Brothers have got nothing on Rohit Shetty and Singham? Of course, I can.
  24. With a rather abrupt ending to 'Game Of Thrones', the series finale has left some rather gaping questions, that have now sadly become dead ends for the show. Here's a list of unanswered questions from the show that we will probably never get the answers to: 1. What Was The Point Of Jon's Heritage? © HBO Was there even a point to Jon being a Targaryen? The R+L=J theory was significant to the plotline at the very beginning and had caused a lot of noise. I remember when I first started watching the show, I was rather obsessed with Jon Snow's parentage. At that point, the mystery wasn't the identity of his parents, because it was safely assumed that Ned Stark was his biological father. The real question was, who was Jon's mother? And this used to be subject of many passionate debates by the fans. But now that we know that he was a true born Targaryen with the highest claim to the Iron Throne, does this information, which by the way is the only reason that David Benioff, D. B. Weiss got rights to produce the show in the first place, not matter at all? In the aftermath of the Queen'sassaination when the Lords gathered around to listen to what Tyrion had to say (who, by the way, is a prisoner at this point) and justified why Bran should be King, why did he not consider Jon and his claim to the Throne? Despite slaying the Queen, he does have a pretty strong claim to the Throne. 2. Varys And His Birds © HBO Firstly, Varys' execution was damn shady. How can the Master Of Whisperers, who is so conniving that he survived the most unfavourable of circumstances, be so naive? Talking to Jon directly out in the open was not a great idea, but it certainly is not something Varys would do. What happened to him? Did he hit his head against the wall that caused him to take dumb but potentially life-destroying decisions? But anyway, when he's summoned for his execution, he drops his ring in a pot and burns this one letter that he was writing, which contained the truth about what was going on. The rest of the letters were enclosed and sent off. What happened to them? Do the Lords not know? Why is there no mention of this? And if he did manage to get the message sent across, why is there no stir in all the Kingdoms of Westeros? 3. Arya's White Horse © Twitter Arya finds a white horse at the end of the penultimate episode. Some argued that there could possibly be biblical notions attached to this White Horse. Arya is then seen riding out of King's Landing. But wait, in the next episode, she's seen in King's Landing again. How does that work? What was the horse for then? To traverse past the dead burnt bodies and not step on them? It doesn't make any sense, but rather sounds preposterous instead. 4. Is Winter Still Coming? © HBO Talking about the long drawn-out catchphrase synonymous to 'GoT', we deserved to know if Winter was finally coming in the end or not. The new council meeting by Bran was set in the background of something that looked more spring-like? So, is Winter finally gone for good? 5. Bran the Broken © HBO If every main character had a purpose for which they were brought on the show, what was Bran's purpose? We've been told that the Three-Eyed Raven knows everything and has immense power but if that's the case, why doesn't Bran use it? Why does he sit quietly observing what he already knows is going to happen. And the case against him for not changing things doesn't work either. Like he has done many times before, why did he not warg into someone and potentially save thousands of lives in King's Landing? This does somehow make him an accomplice to genocide. But in retrospect, this could've possibly been his plan all along? In normal circumstances, no one would make Bran the King. He's a cripple who apparently can't father children and couldn't possibly further the lineage. And in 'Game of Thrones', we've seen the darkest of things being pulled off by characters just get their hands on the throne. Everyone's creepily obsessed with it, case in point, Daenerys. Could it be possible, that Bran schemed it all in his favour because he can clearly control the past and the present? 6. The Honeycomb and the Jackass This might seem a little irrelevant, but hear me out first. One of the series' long-running secrets, Tyrion's story about bringing a honeycomb and a jackass to a brothel, is a legend in its own right. The joke had been teased two times before the finale- when he was a prisoner at the Eyrie, in Season 1, and during a scene in Season 6, where he shared wine with Grey Worm and Missandei. In Season 1, during Tyrion's trial, he attempts to crack the honeycomb joke, which seems so out-of-place because he's a prisoner being tried for his life, why is he being given the liberty to speak at all? Then in the final episode of Season 8, when Tyrion is Hand of the King to Bran and has a Small Council Meeting, he brings up the joke again, and for a moment, we feel like we are finally going to hear the end of it, which would be perfect given how the show was coming to an end. But, no, the camera cuts and we realize how irrelevant this discussion was. This clearly makes a strong case for bad writing. Instead of showing what's relevant for better closure, we get this. A pointless, incomplete joke. 7. Where Are Daario Nahaaris, Meera Reed & Ellaria Sand? © HBO Daario Nahaaris was a Tyroshi mercenary that was once Dany's adviser and lover but was left behind by Dany when she realized forging new alliances in King's Landing will be more fruitful than taking old ones. What is he doing now? What about Meereen? Meera Reed got Bran back safely to Winterfell, protecting him from the White Walkers and then the plot conveniently forgot about her. Ellaria Sand was locked up in the dungeons to die after watching her daughter die. Did she end up dying? Why did we not get closure on these crucial characters? 8. Why Is There Still A Night's Watch? © HBO What does a Night's Watch defend if there are no White Walkers in the first place? Does it need to exist anymore? A question that no one seems to bother about, except Jon, when he was exiled to the Night's Watch. This is probably why he abandoned it and set on an adventure to discover a world further North. If these scenes held no significance to the main narrative, they shouldn't have been included in the first place. Instead, they could've probably been replaced with significant content that would've made Dany's and Jon's actions convincing, leading up to a satisfactory finale with no loopholes.
  25. 'Game of Thrones' is over and the fans are sharing their disappointment with the last season together online and people who never watched the show are probably trying to find something new to brag about not watching. Among all the memes and theories and fans just analyzing and over-analyzing all the things that didn't make sense, someone asked a simple question - how would one sum up the entire plot in one tweet? Can someone please explain the plot/story of the entire #GOT series in a single tweet? — Amy Cuddy (@amyjccuddy) May 20, 2019 Well, considering the huge number of important characters and so many different and interesting storylines, it seems like such an impossible thing. If eight seasons weren't enough for a satisfying conclusion to the series, it's pretty hard to sum it up in like 280 characters. But, people never disappoint and fans came through with some answers that were pretty spot on. The replies actually had so much range. Some were proper like this - The worst leaders believe they are good and right. The best know they are flawed and despite having imperfections visible to everyone, they persist. https://t.co/kFbhnrjHUj — Cameron Sadler ð (@RulesByCam) May 20, 2019 And some were basically - Porn with Swordfights. — Half Eaten Chicken Sandwich (@ChickenHalf) May 20, 2019 William Shatner gets it. Emphasis on the hot mess and a big disappointment. Craycray incestuous family rules 7 kingdoms. Baddies from the north invade so most put away their differences to fight together. After winning they go after the craycray Queen who didn't help them fight and everything ends up in a hot mess and a big disappointment. The end.ð https://t.co/IA9qHeJCLE — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) May 20, 2019 Literally. The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives. Narrator: In the end, they all went their separate ways, never to see each other again. — joe bader (@jaderobe) May 20, 2019 Yep, exactly. Written by a computer programmed with the scripts of Dynasty, Lord Of The Rings and Jurassic Park https://t.co/LQBss7LEhI — ððð ðððððððð #ð£ðð­ð¢ ðªðº (@DoomlordVek) May 20, 2019 Bran the broken. Women never get exactly what they want no matter how hard they suffer, but the teenage boy who rolls his eyes and says "I told you so" totally does. #Gameofthrones — dr. sarah pressman (@sarahpressman) May 20, 2019 Pretty close. I boy is thrown out a window, turns into a bird then lands on a throne. — Aristotle Full Throttle (@AristotleDreher) May 20, 2019 Guess I'm lucky then? People with powerful ambition and poor impulse control explore the intersection of lust, greed, and fear. Lives and reputations were lost, painful wisdom was gained, and if you were really lucky, your favs just might end up back where they started. @bullypulpit_hq https://t.co/W3soxoFW7j — Ryan Lowy (@AJustConspiracy) May 20, 2019 This is the best one. In the end, they laughed at democracy and the electoral colleges chose Google Search to sit on the throne. #gameofThrones — Masti Lashkari (@mastilashkari) May 20, 2019 I like this as well. Boy is stark but not Girl killed Ice boy Tiny boy is funny Blonde girl is crazy Boy and girl collapsed upon Dragon die Dragon live Dragon die Doggo gone Doggo back Girl rules north Small boy bro pushes large boy bro out wall First boy die but not Boy breaks back, boy is king — Peronyx (@Peronyx2) May 20, 2019 Yep. Many die while (mostly rich) families fight over a throne some survivors later decide is pointless and a dead guy gets in the way for a season. — stephanie j gomulka (@gotmulka) May 20, 2019 BRB just need some time to stare at this. pic.twitter.com/EWY0JBrOUJ — Danny Phantomð (@zippettee) May 21, 2019 Exactly. ...but not before he sleeps with her! — TeenyTinyð¦ (@teenytinydino22) May 21, 2019
  26. There is something about menstruation and menstruating women that puts people on the edge in our society. As kids, finding out about this more than necessary biological process in women left the girls embarrassed, while the boys sniggered amongst themselves. Their hushed whispers reached the girls alright. The light of (half-baked) discovery and judgement only added to the misery the on-set of periods brought to the girls' lives one fine day. © Getty Images However, what the textbook did not tell these boys was that most of the girls in their class had been caught up in an uncomfortable cycle of bleeding for days every month, for the next 35-40 years of their lives. Let alone the various complications, physical and psychological distress many of them will go through for most of their lives, and for what - produce their children. © Getty Images Yet, most of us would rather not talk about it. Mothers literally want to keep it under wraps, guarding it with their lives. Teachers skim over the subject as if merely talking about it might induce a live demonstration somewhere. Shopkeepers and grandmothers have their own set of concerns, while the government doesn't want to do much about it, besides imposing a hefty tax on menstrual products more than half the Indian population uses on a monthly basis. © Getty Images But right when you think we have landed in a hopeless place, with no way of improving the situation for the better, people like Arunachalam 'Padman' Muruganantham and Nishant Bangera come into the picture bearing hope for a better future. © Nishant Bangera 27-year-old Nishant Bangera from Mumbai is the mind behind a revolutionary initiative that is finally redirecting the long-established 'laws' and beliefs around menstruation and menstruating women in our society. Nishant's brainchild 'Maasika Mahotsav' which literally means celebrating periods, has touched the lives of thousands of young girls and women, given them a platform to talk about menstruation and given them a voice which would be heard. © Nishant Bangera Started in 2017, and backed by the youth organisation Nishant's Muse Foundation which was founded in 2012, 'Maasika Mahotsav' aims to “rationalize the youth through movie screenings and get them to think. In 2014, A Period of Sharing came up under Muse which started working on Sustainable Menstruation. Eventually, started Maasika Mahotsav in 2017 as a comprehensive solution was needed for period management that involved everyone in the conversation”, Nishant tells MensXP. They come across numerous issues on this journey, and deal with them through creative campaigns and programs. “One of them being the 'Period of Sharing' which deals with menstrual health management. Through this we wish to create awareness about sustainable menstruation practices”, Nishant adds. © Nishant Bangera If you are wondering why a young man like Nishant is invested in such a cause, then here is your answer. Nishant had been merely 20-years-old when an incident triggered him to take matters into his own hands. “A colleague at work mentioned that there is a school in Dahanu, Maharashtra which ran on donations, and was attended by orphan girls who had no access to sanitary products. That's when I thought of helping them out by transporting sanitary pads to them.” © Nishant Bangera This gave rise to the 'Period of Sharing' in 2014 and has been a successful program ever since. It is all about breaking the ice, and celebrating the very reason of our birth. Nishant felt that this would allow people to talk about periods on a lighter note. They make use of various sports, art and cultural activities to break the ice and initiate a dialogue. © Nishant Bangera Nishant tells MensXP that, “'Period of Sharing' comes with awareness and activation programs which provoke people to think and talk about taboos. We do that through cultural programs such as games and songs, as well as the visiting gynecologist talking about periods and other speakers who join in to talk about taboos. It is slowly bringing a change in people's mindsets.” © Nishant Bangera Nishant also believes that as important as it is to break the ancient taboos related to menstruations, it is equally important to reach out to the men in our society who firmly believe that “this is none of my business”. While Nishant thinks that it might be too difficult to change the previous generations who are hardwired to function in a certain way, we must try to sensitise young men and women to debunk the myths and break the taboos. © Nishant Bangera What started in 2017 within the borders of Mumbai with three participating states, grew to six states in 2018, now has nine participating states, as well as an international participant, Nepal. What's more, Nishant is brimming with pride and happiness that the Rural Development Department and Panchayati Raj of Sikkim have not only recognised 'Maasika Mahotsav', they have also decided to celebrate it in all the districts this year! © Nishant Bangera And there are two things that keep Nishant motivated to keep moving forward and try harder. One, a feedback from a woman who was from a slum area who said that she was really looking forward to the festival, and skipped a visit to her mother's place to be a part of it. That was her moment to finally break free and talk about this important aspect of her life. The other being the kind of love and support the movement has been received from beyond the national borders. This year, 'Maasika Mahotsav' is being supported by a Swiss lady who wrote to Nishant and said that she appreciates their initiative and would like to help. And she did, by fundraising for the festival in Switzerland! © Nishant Bangera Next stop for Nishant is to turn 'Maasika Mahotsav' into a national festival and eventually take the concept around the world. We wish Nishant and his team all the best in their future endeavours that is set to change thousands of lives. 'Maasika Mahotsav' will be celebrated in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, West Bengal, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Nepal in the latest edition starting today.
  27. If you haven't seen the series finale of 'Game of Thrones', you probably shouldn't read ahead. If GOT has been consistent with one thing even if that's a tautological roundup is the fact that Jon Snow belongs in the North. He began his journey by taking the oath and by the end of the eighth season, heis sent back to it. And that's because he's the Queenslayer now, and people want him executed (mostly the Unsullied, because the Dothraki seem to be chilling at this point.) This seems like a good compromise. But, anyway, that's what we're made to believe that there's no way out for Jon besides taking up the Watch again. However, with the Night King gone, is there a purpose to the Watch at all? Thankfully, Jon gets that too. The last shot of 'Game Of Thrones' follows Jon and the Wildlings beyond the wall as they set out on an adventure to discover what's the great perhaps, or if there is one, to begin with? Again with no White Walkers, you also see fresh growth of plants and blooming trees. This is a good sign. But wait? He's not staying at the wall like he's supposed to. Earlier in a conversation with Ygritte, he once expressed his desire to roam around freely with no responsibilities and I think that's what he's after this time. There's no one to stop or question im beyond the wall and that works for him. He can freely discover new lands now. So, just like Arya is off to discover what's West of Westeros, Jon here is going to thoroughly (this time around) discover what lies beyond the Wall and he seems happy. And here's the thing, these are two storylines we would love to watch.
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