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  1. I call Delhi my home. And why shouldn't I? I've lived here for over 30 years and went through all of its phases it had to offer. As a child, I developed chronic bronchitis while staying in the city and it made me uncomfortable from time to time. It was nothing major to worry about because it was latent and it hardly ever occurred again in my growing-up years. But as the years progressed with my time in Delhi, the latency of my health issue started brimming to the surface. It wasn't because my lungs were not functioning well. it was because the air quality in Delhi subsequently dipped. (c)Twitter The last five years have been a literal living nightmare in Delhi with the bad air quality that surrounds us and let's face it, we've done nothing productive to counter or tackle this grave issue. Instead, we've been counter-productive towards this very problem and enhanced it in a way that we can't seemingly make it better instantly. But I wouldn't blame the commoners as much as I'd blame the government and together, we've managed to make Delhi the most polluted city in the world. Yes. Let that information sink in, slowly. Imagine, living in a smoke bubble constantly, trying to find your way out. Well, let me tell you, there is none, and the only probable solution that'll ever come out of this is if we dearly depart this highly toxic city. (c)Times Of India Recently, I caught the flu pretty bad due to severe weather change and it developed into a bad chest congestion bringing my bronchitis back. I went to the doctor immediately because I was literally choking and when I got there, I had to wait for 1.5 hours to see her. Why? Because everyone around me was really sick. When I finally got my time with her she told me I was the 106th patient to come see her for the same reason. The symptoms appearing after breathing in the toxic air are- wet cough, wheezing, chest congestion, eye burns and swollen glands and other lung-related ailments and the doctor had a fair share of patients dealing with the same that day. The worst bit- she said, was that 60 cases out of the 106 cases she'd seen that day were babies and children. (c)Twitter "I get a lot of patients on a daily basis fighting pollution-related ailments and my only advice to them is leave the city. There is nothing else we can do right now. Especially children" - Dr Mugdha, Fortis Hospital. #Delhi's Anand Vihar at 999, area around US Embassy, Chanakyapuri at 459 & area around Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium at 999, all under 'Hazardous' category in Air Quality Index (AQI) pic.twitter.com/QX7z5UYOl9 — ANI (@ANI) 8 November 2018 But it's not just the lack of information and awareness. My doctor telling me to leave this city to improve my health is not the solution and backing down and bowing in front of it will not make it any better. The only solution left is to fight the air, which will continue to make the Delhi winters worse. The lethal level of pollutant PM2.5- the particles of which can easily penetrate the lungs and cause respiratory diseases was at a 'hazardous' 644ins some parts of Delhi about two days before Diwali this year. But Diwali left us with little or no mercy and the air quality worsened instantly, right after Diwali. The air quality oscillated between 'poor' and 'very poor' because people defied the Supreme Court's orders to not burst hazardous crackers in the first place. The air quality recorded with an overall index rising to 574, which falls in the 'severe-plus emergency' category according to data by the centre run-SAFAR. (c)Twitter So, this is how it really works- An AQI ( air quality index) between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is 'satisfactory', 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 is 'poor', 301-400 is 'very poor', and 401-500 is 'severe'. Any guesses which category we fall under? Dear Delhi: we just let ourselves down with this brazen contempt of the Supreme Court. We were better than this, I thought... — barkha dutt (@BDUTT) 7 November 2018 "The origin of Delhi air pollution problem is linked to the development of it obviously. When Delhi's population started expanding, construction dust, which is a high factor to the pollution in Delhi contributed to air pollution a lot and so has industrialisation and obviously vehicular emissions, which are increasing air pollution all year around. The last 3-4 years stubble burning came to the narrative and stubble burning only impacts pollution during winter. So, all year around, waste burning, plus the mentioned issues become contributors to the pollution factor to Delhi. (c)Twitter From a solving perspective, obviously sustainable development is one, improving your waste practices is one and protecting our trees - are the small solutions we can work towards or a more long-term benefit" - Tamseel Hussain, an environmentalist who also runs #letmebreath, which is India's first pollution storytelling community, which started last year during peak Diwali season. The depletion, though, in air quality hasn't just been witnessed this year. In 2017 the AQI pos Diwali was 340, in 2016 it was 445and in 2015 it was 360, all falling under the 'severe' quality. "The Delhi government has proposed the Graded Response Action Plan, which we still have to see the impact of and the central government has proposed the National Clean Air action plan The thing is, everyone keeps blaming that people need to contribute but I think it's a combination of the government and people coming together and collaborating to solve this crisis" - Tamseel Hussain Long ago I was told that there was no culture in Delhi but a "vulture". Today I discovered that we are worse than vultures. We feed on ourselves. How else do you explain crackers going on in brazen violation of court orders, leaving behind choking smog putting all of us to shame. — Anil Swarup (@swarup58) 7 November 2018 While we think the problem lies with the people who've been burning firecrackers all year round, I solemnly believe it's not just them. I have witnessed a terrible drop in air quality because I am prone to sicknesses when that happens since the past three years, and it's something that happens frequently and not just during Diwali. Yes, the air quality does worsen during Diwali but we suffer a lot more from the smoke of crops that burn and we don't realise it. But as ardent citizens of a country that's losing its face in the name of corrupt practices, we can surely rectify these issues and make them more minor than major. As Tamseel points out, we can do our own bit to maybe curb the pollution issue so the kids in our city can breathe fresh air, instead of being rushed to the hospital to be nebulised. (c)Twitter I wish to go back to the Delhi I grew up in, where the air was cleaner than what it is today and for that to happen, we need to encourage more changes in and around us and obviously, within our lifestyles as well.
  2. Our favourite festival which is all about celebrations, family, food and of course, gifting has dawned upon us and we couldn't be happier. Diwali is in the air and it has us millennials wonder about what to gift our friends and family. And this year, we urge you to be different with your gifting techniques with Qtrove.com and its spectacular hampers. So move over the same old dry fruits and mithais, here are 5 Diwali hampers that are too good to not share. Taste OF Elegance Gift Hamper Qtrove.com This elegant box has a set of 3 artisanal preserves and 1 natural wildflower honey. Perfect for the health conscious millennial, this hamper stands true to its name. You can buy it here Rose Diwali Gift Hamper Qtrove.com This beautiful Rose Diwali Gift Hamper from Vya Naturals includes a Rose Facial Scrub, a Rose Basil Handmade Soap, a Rose Hydrating Body Butter and a Rose Luxury Toner. This is a perfect gift for millennials who take their beauty game seriously. A Modern Day Recovery Hangover Kit Qtrove.com So, in retrospect, perhaps the 6th vodka wasn't quite the best decision. Or may be it was the 3rd tequila shot that did you in. Or could it have been the Jaeger-bomb you wanted to end the night with? All you know right now is that your head feels like a sagging sack of bricks and the world as you know it seems to be ending. Here's a quick fix that can perk you up, bring the sunshine flooding back in and have you speeding off to your brunch/office/in-laws in 30 minutes flat. Now that's a gift worth giving don't you think? Buy it here Diwali Special Fusion Bundle Qtrove.com What a perfect way to give out a healthy message through this berry box. The berry mix combo is a perfect snacking option that will not make you put on the kilos, but will of course keep you full. Meet The Treat Gift Hamper Qtrove.com And lastly, surprise a friend, a co-worker or a loved one with this lovely paper box filled with one Tea Cake, one Artisanal Preserve, one Wildflower Honey and a set of wooden spoons. And you can find all of these wonderful products and much more at the one-stop-shop for all things good- Qtrove.com, as they make sure they deliver only the best to you. This curated marketplace exhibits and sells only natural and sustainable products from passionate sellers across the country. The products are made naturally and consciously by local sellers which intends to bring their products to the national audience. So, it's time to say bye to mass-produced and boring factory-made goods. The products are made in limited numbers, either by hand or in small facilities with individual care. Spread the good karma by embracing this ultimate shop for all things good and natural. And for a limited period, if you pay using your PayTM wallet, you will get 10% cashback up to Rs 100! So hurry up and get to shopping!
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  4. It doesn't seem like a lot, but dry skin can end up being something that many of us seriously struggle with. When you have extremely dry skin or develop it due to a change in climate, location, health etc, it can actually start affecting your everyday routine, and your confidence. No one likes having flaky skin, but without proper care, dry skin may end up developing rashes, can scratch and get cuts easily, and can itch a lot. Aside from making sure you have skin that looks smooth and nice, it is also important health-wise, to keep your skin nourished and moisturised, So, let's get into it and find out the best tips for dry skin, and what you need to do to care for it. Here are the best tips for dry skin that men need to remember: 1. Drink Lots Of Water © Unsplash Drinking water is like the most basic tip when it comes to both health, and skin care, but trust us, it deserves all the mentions that it gets. Water is great for your body, including your skin. It flushes out not only the body's impurities and toxins, but also the ones that our skin accumulates in its layers. Drinking lots of water means your skin is staying hydrated from the inside, and it gives you a naturally clean face. 2. Use A Non-Drying Face Wash © Thinkstock When you have dry skin, any product that you use can actually end up aggravating the skin, since most products have chemicals that often have drying effects. Your skin needs special attention, and it needs products that do not leave it extra dry. And picking the right face wash is super important because it is the first thing you start off your day with, and it is an essential product that you use everyday. So having the best face wash for dry skin is the first step to a skin care regimen for dry skin. 3. Use A Moisturising Sunscreen © Unsplash A sunscreen is a must for any skin care regimen, and especially for those who have dry skin. Dry skin is more susceptible to the sun's rays causing irritation. It may make the skin itchy, or cause it to have dry patches. Your skin in general needs to be protected against UVAs and UVBs, so when you buy your sunscreen next time, just pick one that is moisturising. 4. Find The Right Moisturiser © Pexels This is the most obvious tip to take care of when it comes to dry skin- investing in the right face cream or moisturiser. Whatever you choose to use, make sure it is made for dry skin. Products that usually claim to fix the woes of every skin type, rarely do the job well. A good quality moisturiser or cream will soothe, nourish, and repair dry, itchy, and irritated skin on the face, that is often resulted by the pollution, dust, and impurities it faces during the day. 5. Get Yourself A Nourishing Body Lotion © Pexels After making sure your facial skin is taken care of, the next step is to make sure the rest of your skin is nourished as well. Those with dry skin more often than not end up with very rough, coarse, and dry hands. Not only can it make you feel self-conscious, but it can also be painful. So, make sure your skin is kept hydrated and nourished with the best body lotions for dry skin for Indian men. 6. If You Have A Beard, A Beard Oil Is A Must © Unsplash If you have a beard, then having dry skin can often lead to having dry patches underneath the beard. These patches feel rough to touch, can become flaky, and can feel irritated and mildly painful as well. So, if you have dry skin and have a beard, using a beard oil is a must. Check out some of the beard oils we recommend. Pro tip: If your skin is really dry or sensitive, investing in a good night cream may really help you out.
  5. Whether fairly or unfairly, men have cultivated a reputation for either deprioritising or flat-out ignoring their grooming game. Now with winters just around the corner, it's time for men to stop procrastinating and actually start upgrading their grooming game, especially when it comes to taking care of their skin. After all, if you don't take the necessary precautions, winters can get incredibly harsh on your skin. So, here are 4 basic skin care tips you should follow so as to ensure that your skin is properly taken care of, when the temperatures start to drop: 1) Invest In Body Lotions © Instagram/ Kartik Aaryan Body lotions should be your go-to staple to deal with the upcoming winters. Not only will they help protect your skin against the freezing temperatures, but they'll also keep it hydrated, nourished and rejuvenated. While investing in body lotions, however, make sure you get one that is suitable for your skin type. For instance, if you harbour dry skin, then you need to make sure you get and use a body lotion that addresses that. 2) Get The Right Moisturiser For Your Skin © Pixabay Moisturisers, by their very definition, are supposed to hydrate your skin, all the while ensuring that it doesn't lose any moisture as well. Needless to say, this is something that should be a pretty high priority for any Indian man during winters, especially when skin dryness becomes an all too common phenomenon. 3) Drink Lots And Lots Of Water © Pexels Staying hydrated and drinking lots of water is as it is an incredibly healthy lifestyle choice to make, but it's importance (and effectiveness) gets amplified manifold in winters. After all, just like any other organ in your body, your skin too is made of up cells that require hydration to function properly. It's understandable for you to sip on some hot coffee or warm tea during December and January, but it's essential that you also drink as much water as you can, so as to take proper care of your skin. 4) Don't Forget To Take Care Of Your Lips © Flickr While your lips technically might not be considered as being a part of your skin, they are just as exposed to the harshness of winters. As such, it's imperative that you don't forget to take care of your lips as well. Fortunately for you, there is an incredibly easy fix to this- carrying a lip balm in your pocket and routinely applying it will ensure that you never have to worry about chapped lips.
  6. When you set out to explore the unknown, the first thing on your mind is to get away from the hectic city life, an overdose of social media, and the unnecessary stress we often end up taking. The second thing is, finding the right companion. No, we don't mean going through WhatsApp and trying to get friends on board. What we mean, is having the perfect trip companion, that will quite literally, have your back; the right backpack. The right backpack is a combination of many factors, including space, being lightweight but sturdy, able to keep off rainwater, giving good shoulder and back support. So, we have curated some of the best backpacks for travel, so you can go on your next adventure without a second thought. These are the best backpacks for travel we recommend: 1. Impulse Inverse 65 Ltrs Blue Rucksack © Amazon With a camera compartment, and enough space to store camping gear, this bag is perfect for any trekking or camping trip you might take. The bag is 15 inches on the shoulder, 24 inches high, and 13 inches wide. It also comes with a shoe pocket, and a rain cover. It has adjustable straps and breathable padded shoulders for more comfort. MRP: Rs 1,399 Buy it here 2. Quechua Forclaz 70 Backpack © Amazon This is a super performer backpack. With a 70L capacity, it has multiple compartments that are zippered. It also has side panels and mesh pockets to stow and stack away small things you need to keep handy. The bag has ergonomically designed shoulder straps, which makes it really comfortable to carry. There are five pockets, three nets and one water compartment. The bag also has thumb loops, load adjuster straps, compression straps, chest straps, and a pole holder. It will make sure you stay prepared every trek you go on. MRP: Rs 5,799 Buy it here 3. Wildcraft 45 Ltrs Grey and orange Rucksack © Amazon This is a great mid-size option for any traveller. The bag is made of nylon, comes in a bright orange colour. The material is water resistant, and the bag itself measures 56.8 cm by 33.6 cm by 5.4 cm, making it a nice compact choice. It has a top loading pack and comes with a drawstring opening that makes for quick and easy access when on treks and hikes. The bag also has a strengthened haul loop, that lets you carry heavier loads more comfortably. MRP: Rs 1,815 Buy it here 4. Pole Star Trek 44 Lt Blue grey Rucksack I Hiking backpack © Amazon This Pole Star trekking and travelling backpack is made from premium water-resistant polyester fabric, and is a great bag that not only provides a good size and convenience but is also sturdy, and has been known for its long-lasting performance. The colours are a simple but aesthetic blue and grey. It comes with adjustable straps, and has a drawstring to close off the top. The volume of the bag is 44 litres, and since the product is on heavy discounts on Amazon, it is a super affordable option for such a bag. MRP: Rs 790 Buy it here 5. Quechua Trekking Backpacks (Light Grey) - 50 L © Amazon This is a super compact backpack. It is a great option for the days when you just want to throw a backpack over your shoulders (a really comfortable one) and head out on the roads unknown. It's perfect for one person, and with a capacity of 50L, it packs quite the punch. It makes for the best companion for a solo tour or a four to a five-day backpacking trip. Weighing about 1-1.5 kg, it is a little on the heavy side, but it comes with a metal support inside, which makes it a very comfortable, even for long treks. The compact size means that it can easily fit in the overhead luggage bin when travelling on flights. MRP: Rs 4,078 Buy it here 6. AmazonBasics Internal Frame (Hardback) Hiking Backpack with Raincover © Amazon This 65L backpack from AmazonBasics is from their own in-house brand. It has an extra capacity of 5L, because of an extension collar that has been designed into it. It is made of durable polyester and is an ideal option for treks, hikes camps and any other adventure you may embark up to. Thanks to its extensive storage, with lots of pockets and compartments, convenience and ease are what this bag is all about. It has a large sleeping-bag compartment and even multi-directional compression adjustable straps, and padded shoulder straps. MRP: Rs 2,999 Buy it here 7. The Clownfish Synthetic 28 Ltrs Brown Laptop Travel Backpack Made of vegan Leatherette, this backpack is ideal for anyone who has style on their minds while travelling. From looking suave and classy at any trip to looking right on point at a formal or business tour, this bag packs quite a punch, especially since it can comfortably fit even a 15.6-inch laptop. It comes with two separate compartments with a laptop sleeve, one front pocket, one inside zipper pocket and two side pockets that help you store away a water bottle or something like an umbrella. It also has specially designed spaces to keep your phone, pens, mouse, and iPod safely. It is padded and has adjustable shoulder straps. © Amazon MRP: Rs 1,338 Buy it here
  7. While we all know a lot of people suffer from issues related to being overweight or obese, there also exists an extremely contrasting scenario where there are dudes who are struggling to put on weight. In bodybuilding terms, they are known as hardgainers. These guys, irrespective of the amount of food they eat, struggle to put on weight. While the reasons you hear the trainers give are that your metabolism is too high or you are an ectomorph (does not really matter), the main reason for you struggling to gain weight is that you are NOT eating enough calories. So, it is time to ditch the oats and start including these foods in your diet- 1. Dates © Thinkstock A 100 gram serving of dates comes down to consuming 6-7 dates which are an easy task to do. The calorie and macro breakdown of this serving is as follows: . Kcals - 270 kilocalories . Protein - 4 grams . Carbs - 62 grams . Fats - 0.5 grams 2. Bananas © Pinterest This is one of the higher calorie/carbohydrate fruits out there. A medium-sized banana has the following calorie and macronutrient breakdown: . Kcals - 99 kilocalories . Protein - 1.1 grams . Carbs - 23 grams . Fats - 0.3 grams 3. Intra-Workout Carbohydrate Shake Or Juice © Thinkstock While intra-workout carb drinks are not needed for almost anyone who is into resistance training alone, it can be a good addition for the hardgainers to get in some calories. A couple of sachets of Gatorade or some carb-drink would add the following calories and macros to your routine: . Kcals - 188 kilocalories . Protein - 0 grams . Carbs - 46 grams . Fats - 0 grams 4. Honey Or Maple Syrup © Thinkstock Liquid calories are the least satiating ones, meaning you can consume a lot of these calories without feeling full. Adding honey or maple syrup to some protein pancakes could be a boon to get in your calories. Two tablespoons of honey or maple syrup will provide you with the following macros and calories: . Kcals - 115 kilocalories . Protein - 0.1 grams . Carbs - 28 grams . Fats - 0 grams 5. Nut Butters A lot of brands have flooded the markets with almond butter, cashew butter, peanut butter, mixed nut butter and what not. Though they are not necessarily very helpful for those trying to lose weight, that is not the case for hardgainers as they are getting a calorie bomb by consuming these. Two tablespoons of nut butter would provide someone with the following calories and macros: . Kcals - 147 kilocalories . Protein - 4 grams . Carbs - 17 grams . Fats - 7 grams To sum it up, if you are a hardgainer and struggling to put on weight, ditch the bro-bodybuilding foods and eat some high-calorie foods. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  8. While the #MeToo movement has been rapidly growing and grasping the intrinsic issues of society today, there are a lot of questions being raised for its prominence. A number of eminent people have been named and shamed and a lot many people have been called out for their despicable conduct, in major cities and smaller towns. While the movement is for both men and women alike, more women have come out with some harsh stories of sexual abuse and harassment than men have, according to the statistics and the figures seem to be tilting this particular way so far. © Reuters While the survivors and the victims are coming out in large number with their stories of abuse and sharing them all over the interweb, while accosting the accused, we mustn't forget this is a tough time for all the men out there too. Not the men who've been accused, of course, but the other men who're either with the movement in full momentum, giving their two cents or the men who're sitting on the fence or even the men who do not want to be involved in it. Well, guess what? You're involved in this regardless of fact that you want to turn a blind eye towards the entire situation. The #MeToo movement isn't about instilling certain fears in everyone (especially men) to be wary of every action and interaction in society, pertaining to women. It's just symbolic for normalcy and equality in a society, which is governed by a sheer sense of entitlement and ownership that is so blatantly displayed today. This notion has definitely left most men confused though. While they struggle to normalise situations in society they're also drawing a blank while thinking 'what next'. But in accordance with the movement, men have a stringent role to play. They have a sense of responsibility they cannot easily evade and dismiss. So, if you're confused on how to partake or be responsible in this women-led movement, journalist HR Venkatesh has some sound advice for you, through a Twitter thread. It doesn't matter if you're a survivor or the accused, someone who doesn't want to get too involved or someone who has raised his voice, this thread is for everyone (especially men), telling us about how to actively get involved in the movement, which is affecting everyone in the country currently. Yes, the responsibility is yours and yours alone! © Facebook How can we men help the #metooIndia movement? Some say "step up", some say "don't drown out women's voices." Some (men) ask, "why should we do anything at all?" So this here is a rolling compilation of what we should do and why: — H R Venkatesh (@hrvenkatesh) 16 October 2018 1/n. Offer your time. Many men want to be seen as doing good too, which is OK. But now is not the time to seek the spotlight. Volunteer to do background work. For eg: If there's a march, offer to arrange refreshments, or just show up. — H R Venkatesh (@hrvenkatesh) 16 October 2018 This effort to crowdfund is potential one way to help: https://t.co/Nu3b7LFD94 — H R Venkatesh (@hrvenkatesh) 16 October 2018 3/n. If we men want to speak up, but aren't sure exactly what to say, a good way is to retweet tweets by the likes of @TheRestlessQuil @Raksha_Kumar @MasalaBai @AnooBhu @ghazalawahab etc. — H R Venkatesh (@hrvenkatesh) 16 October 2018 4/n. Believe the stories by women. We men might feel like we're under attack, but honestly these stories of sexual harassment are NOT an attack on men, but about justice and patriarchy. — H R Venkatesh (@hrvenkatesh) 16 October 2018 5/n. Read this piece: "How men can show solidarity with the #metoo movement." Applies to India too. https://t.co/j7swsatcp6 — H R Venkatesh (@hrvenkatesh) 17 October 2018 Another article that helps as well. https://t.co/x9TV8jyjZP — H R Venkatesh (@hrvenkatesh) 17 October 2018 6/n. Finally, what if we men feel guilty about our own behaviour? Even if we haven't sexually harassed/abused someone, there's a chance that we've been ass****s to women. What do we do then? + — H R Venkatesh (@hrvenkatesh) 17 October 2018 In that case, we'd have to continue showing our support, while acknowledging that we're all products of a society that has for thousands of years treated women as inferior and playthings. — H R Venkatesh (@hrvenkatesh) 17 October 2018 To finish with a disclaimer about the larger reality of being a man: I've been a problematic male. For years, I thought I was 'woke' when I wasn't even close to it. People who know me well know this. For guys like me, shedding the chains of patriarchy is the work of a lifetime. — H R Venkatesh (@hrvenkatesh) 17 October 2018 And do not, repeat do not, try to derail the movement by: -But she is left/right wing woman -But what about innocent men -But she got benefitted from it so why is she complaining -But it happened 20 years ago -But she did not object first time Etc etc etc. — Padmaja (@padmajasreeni) 17 October 2018 Men like you are disgusting who will do anything to get into pants of females even if it involves pushing innocent into despair via the vigilante mobs of #metoo happy to destroy a man honour, life and career merely based on women words and prejudice thar women are prosecuted 𤢠— Asvathama Prasad (@damned_men) 17 October 2018 In India - a woman is "innocent" until proven guilty, a man is "guilty" until proven innocent..!! @Actor_Siddharth — à¤à¤ à¤à¤à¤¸à¤¾à¤¨ (@Indian4Insaan) 16 October 2018 Hey why is it so difficult to understand that one should not jump to conclusions, a tweet alone isn't enough to brand someone a sexual predator be it a man or woman so be reasonable dont go crzy when the accused defends himself, be reasonable — Divyanshu Mehta (@divyanshumehta) 18 October 2018 Support women in your life to come out with their stories. It isn't going to be pretty but support is all that they need. — Elisha (@e_lisha) 17 October 2018 https://t.co/nx5S08IoOb — Balaraj A.R (@ArBalaraj) 17 October 2018 The biggest cuck I've seen this week... — MSK (@MSK45925396) 17 October 2018 By not being hypocrite wrt ideology — हिनà¥à¤¦à¥ राषà¥à¤à¥à¤°à¤µà¤¾à¤¦à¤¿à¥¤ð®ð³ (@DharmSansthapam) 17 October 2018 This thread is a definite eye-opener and very relevant to the trying times our country is facing. Here's hoping everyone understands the sense of responsibility looming over their heads and acts upon it steadfastly!
  9. If you've been surveying the market and window-shopping smartphones for the last few months, waiting for the prices to come crashing down, this is your moment! The big e-commerce sales are here and each one is more competitive than the other, which gives us the best chance to make the most of our buck. Scanning through the best of offers online, we found one smartphone company that's going all out to give you more than you can expect. Honor is captivating the market with their gripping deals on the Big Billion Days sale and we have the complete list to help you make the smart decision. 1. Honor 9N Offering a 2K price drop on the Honor 9N variants, the 3GB RAM with 32GB storage that is originally priced at Rs 11,999 is available under the superstar offer at Flipkart for Rs 9,999; while the 4GB RAM with 64 GB storage originally priced Rs 13,999 is now available at Rs 11,999. Your favourite smartphone #Honor9N (3+32GB) will be available at an amazing price of INR 9,999 & INR 11,999 (4+64GB) tomorrow at the #BigBillionDays sale on @Flipkart! Keep your carts ready! https://t.co/JbHrm5Fmbh pic.twitter.com/ltJ5C4bVib — Honor India (@HiHonorIndia) October 10, 2018 2. Honor 7A Available in different colour variants of black, blue and gold, the Honor 7A is popular under the 10K price segment. Further making the smartphone super economical, the price has been dropped to Rs 7,999 from Rs 8,999. If you have a budget constraint, it couldn't get better than this! 3. Honor 10 The biggest price drop of the sale season – a direct 8K drop from their original MRP! Under the mid-price segment, the Honor 10 is originally priced at Rs 32,999 in the market, but the Big Billion Days sale just made that dream a lot more economical by reducing the rate to Rs 24,999. 4. Honor 9i This sleek and stylish smartphone is the perfect choice in the budget segment with its 4GB RAM and 65GB storage. The dual camera and selfies feature make the phone a more desirable buy, especially with a 2K price drop. From Rs 14,999 the phone is now available at Rs 12,999. Stay glued & watch your favourite videos on loop on the FHD+ FullView Display of #Honor9Lite! Buy tomorrow at an amazing price of INR 9,999 & avail exciting offers at the Big Billion Days on @Flipkart! #MaxYourBeauty https://t.co/JbHrm5Fmbh pic.twitter.com/RGDoAnWijV — Honor India (@HiHonorIndia) October 10, 2018 5. Honor 9 Lite Not just price drops, but exchange offers also make this a sweet deal. The 3GB RAM/32GB storage has a 1K price drop making it available at Rs 9,999; while the 4GB RAM/64GB storage is available at the price drop of 3K under their exchange offer. What are you waiting for? Go check these sweet deals and them add to your cart before someone else beats you to it!
  10. The air is buzzing with excitement, as all of us in the Bengali community gear up for the grandest event on our calendars. Durga Pujo is just around the corner, and the festive fervour in our homes, and even outside of it, is in full swing. Pujo is not just about Maa Durga, prayers and bhog, to be honest, that's just the tip of the iceberg. While all the feverish hullabaloo of the bangalis rubs off on our obangali (non-Bengali) friends, there's an entire aspect of Pujo that most people are still unaware of. While your Bengali friend might pass on every bit of pandal gossip in translation, he/she might have never told you about a matter of great interest - 'pujor prem'. © Instagram The phrase loosely translates to “love during Pujo”, and quite frankly, I am not even sure if all of us tried to hide it from you on purpose, or if it just never came up for discussion. But, don't worry, this is where I step in to save your day. Pujor prem is the greatest attraction during Durga Puja for every young Bengali man and woman. I totally understand if you are wondering what's so special about this kind of “love”, and truth be told, that curiosity is justified. Basically, pujor prem is a five-day love affair (kickstarter) that works like a charm in 99.01% cases. © Rising Sun Films All You Need To Know About Love In The Time Of Pujo So it all begins on the fifth day or Ponchomi of Durga Puja, with the 'first glimpse'. On Shashti, it's 'the beginning', when you exchange smiles from across the pandal. On Saptami, you finally 'approach' her to strike a conversation. Oshtomi marks your 'first move', and Nobomi is the game changer, when the two of you really get to hang out. And by the time it's Doshomi you may have already gotten what you're looking for. Though pujor prem is mostly known for the innocent love affairs that youngsters end up having during the course of the five days, this generation is steadily changing things up. Though love may still bloom, the excitement and freedom that Pujo brings, has steadily given way to quick flings and one night stands in recent times, which both the parties enjoy. © Twitter Now that you have the basic scoop, let me tell you how to score a date with that Bong beauty you've had the hots for all this time, which might end up with getting you laid too. All you need are some real smooth conversation starters, with 10 ml of confidence and 20 ml of persona to go with it. Caution: Don't forget to keep it real at all times. You don't wanna mess with a hot-blooded Bong. Trivia 1: Always start with eye contact. Hold her gaze and give a genuine smile. If you get a smile back, you may move up to her the next chance you get and introduce yourself. Next up, begin the conversation with a neutral subject and tell her how much you like the decorations of her community pandal. Then slowly carry on from there. Trivia 2: Day 2 would be great to just stop by and share a few pleasantries. You might want to ask her about the day's cultural events line-up and if she is looking forward to anything special on the schedule. Play along, and you might just get to enjoy the performance together! © Balaji Motion Pictures Trivia 3: The next day, you might just want to get a few friends along, for a change you know, and introduce them to her as well. Let it rest at hello(s) and how are you(s). She might also reciprocate by introducing her own squad to you all. How's that going to help, you ask? Well, not only will she be more comfortable to chat with you with her friends around, but it'll literally be “more the merrier”. This move also brings in trust. Trivia 4: Oshtomi is really special for everyone, and she would most probably drape a saree for the day's festivities. Well, you won't need much of my help there. Just give her a genuine (non-creepy) compliment on her look. By this time, the conversation would automatically start to roll. Trivia 5: The last day is your chance to ask her out on a 'pandal-hopping date'. At least that is how it'll start. Your group of friends may also tag along, and by the end of the day, you two can figure out what the evening should be like. Don't rush it. Getting laid shouldn't be your only motivation if this happens to be a girl you really like. But if you keep it real and treat her right, you should not have much trouble with 'that' part either. Make all the memories you can during these five days, when she has her guard down and is in the mood to enjoy herself. Who knows, you might even actually end up finding someone special for the long run.
  11. For many of us, Navratri loosely translates to 9 days of torture, when non-veg is absolutely banned from our lives. Our mothers force us to participate in all the extensive festivities, and though we manage to save ourselves from fasting most often, the pressure to eat vegetarian throughout those 9 days is a mandate we are literally forced to follow. But, we already know how many of us have broken the “no non-veg” rule during these 9 days as soon as we stepped out of the house, because life seems too bland without a bite of chicken on a regular basis. We admit, guilty as charged. However, the guilt trip is pretty painful right after, as we try to reason with ourselves, justify the act of giving in to the temptations because vrat ka khana will be the end of our lives. But with Durga Puja around the corner, we will have many veg options to try out and get our fill of tasty food during Navratri. Most of the dishes mentioned here will be available in the Puja pandals and you can head over to get a quick fill. Here are the 6 dishes that you can totally try this Navratri: 1. Aloo Kabli © Instagram A great spin to the famous and droolsome Aloo Chaat we are so accustomed to, this Bengali version of the dish is an absolute show stealer with all the lip-smacking spices to add the perfect zing to your palate. 2. Mochar Chop © Instagram Made out of tender banana flowers, we can guarantee that you've never had anything like it in your entire life. These are soft, lightly spiced and taste awesome with the traditional Bengali mustard sauce called Kashundi. 3. Durga Puja Bhog © Facebook Perhaps one of the best options there is for you. Head over to the nearest Durga Puja pandal around your house and partake of this wholesome platter served with aromatic khichdi, flavourful mixed veg curry, beguni, dates chutney, payesh, roshogolla and lots more! 4. Ghugni © Flickr Made out of white peas, this dish is a major street food favourite in Kolkata. Served hot and spicy, with a splash of lemon juice and a garnish of onion and coriander, this can also double up as a healthy snack! 5. Koraishutir Kochuri © Instagram Another hot favourite amongst Bengalis is this version of a kachori. Bengalis love their fried snacks and this one, made out of green peas, is something all of them swear by! These taste amazing with Dum Aloo. 6. Churmur © Instagram Another snack you should definitely get your hands on. This one is made out of mashed potatoes and crushed phuchka tossed with roasted spices and tamarind water! You have to taste it to really understand where we're coming from. Try these out and you'll know what we are talking about. Header Image Credit: tripadvisor
  12. The one thing every teenager looks forward to around the halfway mark of his teenage years, is to ditch his teens and step into the formal years of early adulthood. Though 18 may be the official year of turning into an adult, the Indian society doesn't really consider you one until your age reads/sounds something like “twenty-_____”. Right? Well, we know the big deal that it is for all of us, given that there is so much to look forward to, explore and experience in our 20s. However, with all the fun and liberty, also comes the sad reality of facing the demons, both our own and as well as the society's. © Dharma Productions Societal expectations and demands slowly begin to make their way into our “happy” 20s, and more often than not, meddle with our personal choices and desires. The conflict forces most of us to “challenge” the usual order of things, which eventually results in various forms of stress, which slowly creep into our lives. Now, who wants to deal with such heavy, mind-numbing experiences that test our mental and emotional vigour at a time like this, especially when they have a choice to stay above all the jitters and enjoy the mental peace that's become the need of the hour? © Facebook So, here are 7 mental muscle building mantras that will help you deal with any and every societal melodrama, and keep you mentally healthy and sound: 1. Don't Seek Validation The first thing to learn very early on in your 20s is to not waste one's effort and energy in trying to please everyone. The world is made up of numerous different individuals, so disagreements are expected. But instead of seeking people's validation, let's focus on being our own man, and doing what is best, regardless of public opinion. © Facebook 2. Don't Wait For An Apology Life has only just started and various disagreements will leave a lot of people, including you, with bruised egos and hurt pride. But no matter which side of the spectrum you occupy, you should quickly learn the trick to forget and move forward. There's no point holding on to the hurt and preventing yourself from enjoying the moment and being truly happy. 3. Have Fun Big, strong mental muscles find their nutrition from all things positive and happy. What that means is, you need to move over negative emotions, and fast. Don't let things like opinions, judgements, failures, jealousy and resentment dampen your joy and kill your vibe. You do what makes you truly happy and chuck all else into the bin. © Facebook 4. Allow Yourself To Fail That's something which must be repeated often, loud and clear for all of us to understand and acknowledge that failure is okay, as it is normal. We must understand that failures don't define us as a person, but rather we must learn from them, take them in our stride and put up a stronger game post every setback. 5. Don't Mull Over Mistakes This one follows the same logic as the previous one. Renowned English poet Alexander Pope's notable words, “to err is human” is a mantra you must imbibe in your very being. We all make mistakes and learn through those experiences, and the 20s allow us to make more mistakes in our lives, than all the other times combined. Thus, be done with all the greyness clouding your mind. © Facebook 6. Learn To Say No This one might seem insignificant, but know that learning to say no takes effort on most of our parts. But being able to say no to things shows that you value yourself, your time, decisions, choices, and the needs to turn down certain offers every now and then, that don't resonate with your personal ideologies and beliefs. That'll really bulk of mental muscles. 7. Appreciate Change Last, but surely not the least, your 20s will be filled with constant changes and you must come to accept and appreciate those changes. That's because those will be the only way you learn and grow as individuals, who grab every opportunity thrown their way and make the most of it. No matter where you are in your 20s, keeping these mantras with you will really help you build a strong and healthy mind, that's ready to take on life.
  13. So, you finally gathered all the courage to confess to your crush (or are you about to?), and ask her out on a date. Well, congrats! Since you're reading this, it means that either she has agreed to go out with you or you're optimistic that she'll probably say yes. Good for you, mate. But be aware that first dates can often be tricky and more than a little awkward. So, you gotta be prepared for it when the time comes. But did you really think we'd abandon you at such a moment of need, without arming you with just the right tools to not only make your date perfect, but also ensure that you get the best deal for the least amount? © Dharma Productions Listed below are 10 such interesting and cheap AF first dates ideas, that will not only give a perfect start to your relationship, but also keep the awkwardness of your first meeting away, so conversations and confessions are shared in abundance. 1. Visit A Park Where You Can Feed Ducks/Deers We know how most people feel about parks, but you see, the idea is to keep it casual and informal. A park such as this one is not only open and gives both of you space, it also allows you to look at and do something other than awkwardly gazing at each other's faces. Besides, you can have a great conversation while at it too! 2. Take A Boat Ride This one may not be totally free, but then it won't cost you a bomb either. By shelling out a very small sum of money, you two get to ride a ferry in each other's company. And as you paddle sitting across from each other, conversation and fun anecdotes will come easy on such a fun journey. © T-Series Films 3. Explore A Used Bookstore Ah, for those of you whose girlfriends enjoy a good read, this one would be a perfect option. Visit one of those old, used bookstores in your part of town and make a game out of who finds the weirdest or hilarious titles from amongst the books. In no time, you'll find her loosening up with every shared laugh and the rest of the date would play out smoothly. 4. Head To The Zoo Another interesting option is to visit the local zoo and spend time admiring old and new creatures. It might have been a long time since either of you visited the place, and it would be a great idea to revisit the place again in each other's company. It's a great way to relive old memories and make new ones, without burning a hole in your pocket! © Red Chillies Entertainment 5. Visit A Botanical Garden This might seem a little too cliche, but beautiful botanical gardens brimming with blossoms in full bloom will never cease to amaze and please girls. Initiate a light-hearted conversation and get to know each other better, as you set out on a leisurely stroll along the brick pathways, moving amidst the plush greens and floral scents. 6. Watch The Sunset Together It might seem very filmy but this one also has the potential to do wonders for you. Kick start your date by watching the sunset together from a good viewing spot and perhaps head out for a long drive after, which can then end with ice cream and some fun conversation on the side. Sweet and simple - that's something girls always appreciate. © Dharma Productions 7. Go Hiking If she happens to be one of those girls who are into fun activities and adventures, this will be the perfect way to start your journey together. Literally. Every town or city will have at least one good spot that's perfect for a hike. Simply decide the place and head out together to explore the trail. You'll be happily surprised by how it fares. 8. Pack A Picnic Never estimate the classic moves because they can never go out of fashion. Most men are not aware of how wonderfully these classics work. Choose a nice and quiet (and safe of course) place, pack a few easy snacks, munchies and/or games and head out to the venue. The very mood and feel of the concept will woo her enough to make the date perfect. © Sunshine Pictures 9. Check Out A Tourist Spot Either Of You Haven't Explored This one might seem very normal but wait until you try it. You'll easily find a number of such touristy places that either of you haven't been to. Well, good news 'cause now you can check one out together, and get lost in the many fascinating details about the place, in your shared company. Try it and you'll come back to tell us how nicely that works. 10. Visit A Planetarium We know this doesn't sound like an obvious choice, but that doesn't mean it isn't a great idea. It's not like going for a 3-hour-long movie and yet, it has a very similar feel. It gives you something to talk about after the show is over, which then opens up the channels for other discussions. It no time, you'll see how the visit has done the trick. Try these out and let us know which one you picked for yourself. All the best!
  14. The latest season of 'Bigg Boss' is lacking the 'tadka' and the punch which most seasons have had in the past. The celebrities are too sorted, the jodis are too addled up, and something somewhere is just missing. However, if there is one 'jodi' which the audience is simply loving right now, it is that of Anup Jalota and Jasleen Matharu. © Colors The controversial couple, which many thought was a 'teacher-student' pair are actually dating (that's what they claim) and used this platform to reveal their relationship to the world. In the latest episode, Jasleen and Anup shared a 'lovey-dovey' moment when she openly kissed him and asked him to not remove her lipstick mark from his face. .@anupjalota ko mil raha hai #JasleenMatharu se dher saara pyaar. Kya isse jal rahe hain ghar ke baaki umeedvaar ? #BB12 #BiggBoss12@iamappyfizz @oppomobileindia @TheGarnierMan @letsdroom pic.twitter.com/BHyu7oNAYO — COLORS (@ColorsTV) September 26, 2018 Love is finally in the air and looks like we'll see more of this PDA in the time to come. Funnily, rumours of Jasleen faking this relationship for publicity have been floating for quite a while now. There's apparently a video of Jasleen from last year, where she is seen telling the world that she is single and ready to mingle. This video clashes with the fact that Jasleen and Anup have been dating for three years, as per their own claims. Will their romance spice up the air and help this season climb the TRP charts? Only time will tell!
  15. BCAA may be among the most discussed and the most commonly used supplements in the sports and fitness world. Well, if you ask them the only reason they would give is that it enhances recovery, though that's the word they use with anything supplemental. If you ask the supplement companies about the same, they may use certain other common statements like reduces fatigue, reduces muscle damage, increases muscle growth, reduces DOMS, etc. But the reality is something different and won't be easily digested by the BCAA lovers. 3 Amino Acids When we talk about BCAA, we primarily refer to 3 amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine & Valine. They are called as branched chain, as they are the only ones whose chemical structure has a branched side chain, of the total nine essential amino acids. What separates BCAAs from other amino acids is the fact that, when consumed in the free form, they bypass the liver and gut tissue and go directly into the blood stream. © Pixabay Having Whey Regularly? No Need To Take BCAA Over the last decade or so, BCAA supplementation has shown to be quite ineffective for normal healthy individuals who are consuming adequate protein through other sources, be it whole foods or supplements like whey protein. Even the athletes have shown no positive effects from BCAA supplementation, especially when they are consuming adequate dietary protein. On the other hand, most of the earlier studies which have shown the benefits of BCAA supplementation is primarily done on subjects whose protein intake was quite inadequate or the subjects were in fasted state, due to which later those studies have been considered quite ineffective for reference. Most of the studies which prove that BCAA supplements work are primarily done to sell the supplements. Latest Study A 2016 study in the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition, by lead nutrition researchers like Alan Aragon, Brad Schoenfeld & B. Dieter, found that, there is a paucity of evidence supporting a beneficial effect for BCAA supplementation in promoting increases in muscle protein synthesis or lean mass. In the study they evaluated the effect of BCAA supplementation during a period of calorie restriction, and found that even this claim is not supported by any substantial evidence. © Pixabay THE STUDIES Below are the studies that prove how and why BCAA would be a complete waste of money as a supplement: 1. In another 2012 study in the journal Nutrition and Health, researcher M. Spillane & team, determined the effects of 8 weeks of heavy resistance training combined with branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) supplementation on body composition and muscle performance. For the study, resistance training was performed by 19 non-resistance-trained males (three sets of 8-10 repetitions) four times/week, for 8 weeks, while also ingesting 9 g/day of BCAA or 9 g/day of placebo on the exercise days only (one-half of total dose 30 min before and after exercise). However, despite of supplementation with 9 g/day of BCAA 30 min before and after exercise, there was no preferential effects seen on body composition and muscle performance. 2. The panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), evaluated the health claims of amino acids in their 2010 report in the EFSA Journal. a. A cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of BCAA and growth or maintenance of muscle mass over and above the well-established role of protein on the claimed effect. b. The consumption of BCAA and attenuation of the decline in muscle power following exercise at high altitude. c. A cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of BCAA and faster recovery from muscle fatigue after exercise. d. A cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of BCAA and improvement of cognitive function after exercise. e. A cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of BCAA and a reduction in perceived exertion during exercise. f. A cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of BCAA and a beneficial physiological effect related to a “healthy immune system”. Akshay Chopra, is a graduate of the National Defence Academy & the Air Force Academy, and a former IAF pilot. He is one of the most qualified health, fitness & nutrition consultants in the country, and an author of multiple books & ebooks. He is among the few in the country to have a background of competitive athletics, military training and bodybuilding. He is the co-founder of the Body Mechanics chain of gyms, and India's first research based channel We R Stupid. You can check out his Youtube here.
  16. Love playing badminton? Be it on the badminton court, the playground, or a makeshift court in the parking lot of your society - badminton is one of the most played sports in India, one that is enjoyed by all age groups. As such, if you love the sport, then choosing the right badminton racket is imperative for you. After all, how else will you shatter that shuttle with the smoothest of moves? Well, MensXP understands this incredibly well, and so it has picked the Best Yonex Badminton Rackets for you to choose from. Grab One Of The Best Yonex Badminton Rackets To Be Your Best At The Game 1. Yonex Gr 303 Badminton Racket © amazon If you're just a beginner at badminton and want to try something that isn't very expensive, this super affordable yet comfortable racket by Yonex is tailor-made for your needs. The aluminium frame - combined with its light weight - makes it the perfect racket for you to start out with. MRP: Rs. 379 Buy it here 2. Yonex Carbonex 8000 Plus Badminton Racket © amazon This one is for those who are already at an advanced level of the game. If you have a major competitive streak in you when it comes to playing badminton, the Yonex Carbonex 8000 Plus will make sure you never feel disappointed. The round-shaped head with the box-shaped frame cross section gives the player a unique and solid feeling, with strings that resist deformation to the T. This racket will go hand in hand with your agility, quickly launching up your shots with the kind of firmness you'll love to show off. MRP: Rs.1,750 Buy it here 3. Yonex Zr 100 Badminton Racket © amazon Another apt racket for beginners, this Zr 100 variant also suits intermediate level players. Its grip size, G4, lies in the middle of the size scale and will make sure both your arm muscles as well as your finger and wrist muscles are exercised. The aluminium composition, when combined with the isometric shaped head, will make it easier for you to hit a good shot without exhausting your energy. MRP: Rs. 369 Buy it here 4. Yonex Nanoray 7000I Badminton Racket © amazon When you wield this racket on the court, it'll effortlessly match your playing abilities better than any other. Perfect for intermediate players, this racket is just the right investment for you if you have any plans of taking your court game to the next level. The isometric head shape and the graphite shaft make its grip and swing unbelievably smooth. And the icing on the cake? It also comes with a cover that'll help you take care of this beauty. MRP: Rs. 1,299 Buy it here 5. Yonex Muscle Power 2 Badminton Racket © amazon You can bank upon this Yonex Muscle Power 2 variant for just the right amount of flexibility to make your game swifter without making it slippery. The isometric head shape of this variant equalizes the length of the cross and the main strings to make sure you swing a power-packed shot, even if the shuttle doesn't hit the racket's center. The strings are located on rounded archways, and that makes sure that the stress-load or contact friction doesn't wear you down. MRP: Rs. 859 Buy it here 6. Yonex Gr Alpha Badminton Racket © amazon This Yonex badminton racket is banked upon by a number of happy customers, and the qualities of this Alpha racket make it obvious why that is the case. Good for beginners and intermediate players, it has a low torsion steel shaft that gives you enough exercise for your wrist and fingers in one round. The lightweightedness paired with the oval head shape delivers more power when the shuttle hits the sweet spot. This racket gives you all the control you need, striking a good hit irrespective of which part of the racket touches the shuttle. MRP: Rs. 800 Buy it here 7. Yonex Voltric 5 Badminton Racket © amazon Have you heard the poem 'Chetak', which talks about a horse so compatible with the rider that it exponentially increased the rider's strength? Well, the Yonex Voltric 5 variant is the racket version of that horse. Its tri-voltage-system packs a powerful stroke and gives the player the perfect handle. Made of graphite, it will take an advanced level player's game up yet another notch with its flexibility and grip. Don't worry about its price, because this racket's durability and strength will make sure it ends up being a long-term investment. MRP: Rs. 3,399 Buy it here
  17. If you are reading this, it means a long-distance relationship must be the reality of your life, or somebody close to you, for you to be reading this instead of them. However, if you are in it, you know that maintaining long-distance relationships aren't the easiest of things to be undertaken. Unlike most relationships where both the partners stay in the same city, your relationship demands double the efforts and care for it to stay strong, move beyond the insecurities and bloom into a healthy, loving companionship. © Rose Movies Also, a long-distance relationship is no guarantee that fights and misunderstandings shall lessen, instead they seem to crop up ever so often, over minute issues and sometimes over genuine concerns on either of your part. Fights are a part of relationships that help us understand each other and our needs/expectations better, which only adds to the growth of our relationship. But we totally know this isn't something you look forward to especially in a long-distance relationship. So, we bring you these 5 easy steps that can help you make up with your girlfriend every single time: Step 1: Calm Those Nerves © Kunal Kohli Production If you feel this is absurd, you are wrong. We understand that a lot of times you are not at fault and don't want to say sorry either, but long-distance requires more compromising and if she's not up to it, it's best that you drop your side of the fight and take the first step. Also, anger can lead to drastic decision-making such as giving it off to your partner in a fit of anger and you DON'T wanna do that. Instead, calm down and reconsider what you seek from this relationship and then choose the stance (loving or yelling) you wanna take to see this fight through. PS. If you choose to yell at her despite the moments of silent considerations, you need to rethink this relationship. Step 2: Resist The Temptation To Hurt Her Back © Yash Raj Films It is only possible for things to turn ugly during a fight. Often the phone-call fights cease and WhatsApp fights ensue. The change in medium of communication also adds to misunderstandings, because you can't always make out the tone your partner is taking. But even during such moments, avoid the urge to give her a taste of her own words. Things we say during fights can do lasting damage and the aim to win these fights is only going to pull you apart. Prioritize your love during such moments. Step 3: Power Up On Warmth © UTV Motion Pictures No matter how pissed your girlfriend is or how irrational she seems, take responsibility for your own behaviour and reach out to her. You have calmed your nerves, now listen to her concerns and try to reach an understanding together. As you do that, ensure that the warmth is getting communicated through your conversation. Girls like to know you're making an effort to make things better and reach a mutual solution that would work in both of your favours. Such small acts of affection will calm her down as well, as it won't seem like you're relinquishing your autonomy either. Step 4: Empathy Is Key © Yash Raj Films Next in line, once you have reached an understanding as to why she is upset, try to empathise with her. If she feels a certain way and you simply wish to brush it off or want her to shove it under the carpet, it isn't going to work out. This unilateral disarmament method doesn't imply you're giving in to her manipulations, but rather suggest that you value your relationship more than a certain point of view that seems to be meddling with your heads. So try to consider her point of view and move forward with it. Step 5: Talk © Dharma Productions Once both of you have calmed down and you understand where she is coming from, begin to communicate your own concerns because, by this point, she'd be more than willing to hear you out. Be honest and tell her how this entire issue is making you feel and why (or if) you feel the fight was uncalled for. Even if you're still angry within, don't hide it. Let her know about that and wait for her to acknowledge it and respond. Trust us, she will understand and the talk will eventually nullify the anger. Try these and you'll see that these work like a charm to resolve your fight.
  18. In this uncertain life, we never know where we land. This continual pursuit of education & career sometimes takes a toll on our personal lives. We go to new places, meet new people, make new friends and get busy with our lives. It becomes hard to make time for your old pals, especially for your partner. This leads to fights, and fights lead to a bitter breakup. We have developed this stigma that long distance relationships don't work. Let me tell you something, everything works if you want to make it work. But you'll have to put in some effort. Here are 5 tips which can help you in making your long-distance relationship rock solid: 1. Time Management Always manage your time! Make a schedule and stick to it. Everyone knows the essentials of their daily routine; all you need to do is, adjust it in your schedule properly. Office, friends, get-togethers, love; adjust it hour by hour. If you miss out a party because you have to talk to your partner, you'll blame them. If you miss out talking to your partner because of the party, they'll blame you. Both the cases are not good for the relationship. via GIPHY Make time for every important thing. Talk to your partner every day, no matter what. This will show them that you still have space for them in your new life. Ask for advice, tell them how your day went, and make them feel that they're important to you. 2. Be Honest If you're going to a club and you tell your partner that you're in a meeting, imagine the trouble that lies ahead of you if they find you lied. The lies which you think are harmless will create doubts in their mind. Have an open and honest relationship. 3. Be Mature You two will have to understand that you both have a life apart from each other. You both will be meeting people and making new friends. Don't become clingy or jealous. Accept the part where your partner will be having fun without you. It doesn't mean they have replaced you or have become bored of you. via GIPHY 4. Keep it Interesting & Spicy Nothing kills the relationship more than mundanity. If you want to make it work, keep the spark alive. Don't take each other for granted, keep the romance alive. Emotional & physical, both. In this era of video calls, it's not that hard. Just don't let each other loose interest in the relationship. 5. Visit Each Other As Often As You Can This is a really important one. We often wait for long breaks so we can spend more time with each other. Don't do that. Even if it means seeing your partner just for a day or for a couple of hours, do it. These small gestures matter a lot. via GIPHY Life is already hard, don't make it harder by throwing your love under the bus. It takes maturity, patience and understanding to make a long distance relationship work. Make sure you both have all three before you use the 'L' word from miles apart.
  19. If you have followed my work or had a look at the evidence-based fitness industry scene in the past decade, you pretty much must have heard that your body composition goals do not depend on eating clean or eating healthy all the time. Your weight loss comes down to your calories in vs. calories out aka calorie balance and to ensure that you are losing fat, it is necessary that you consume adequate Protein and lift weights 3 to 4 times in a week. And no, this is not a thing that I am claiming from anecdotal observations. This has been concluded via research and holds true for anyone and everyone. What this means is that you do not have to EXCLUSIVELY eat clean foods or the so-called healthy foods all the time. As this idea falls flat in its face by assuming certain foods are good for you and certain foods are bad for you. One food in particular never changes your body composition. It is the entirety of your diet and it has been shown that moderating this so-called junk food can lead to higher dietary satisfaction and adherence. Keeping this in mind, your beloved McDonald's can be had as an option occasionally while dieting. Here are five items you can order the next time in McDonald's which are under 400 kcals and have some okay-ish quantity of Protein in it: 1. McVeggie Burger © mcdonaldsindia Total kcals - 386 kcals Protein - 9 grams Carbohydrates - 56 grams Fats - 14 grams 2. McEgg Muffin © mcdonaldsindia Total kcals - 281 kcals Protein - 12 grams Carbohydrates - 32 grams Fats - 12 grams 3. Sausage McMuffin with Egg © mcdonaldsindia Total kcals - 273 kcals Protein - 16 grams Carbohydrates - 28 grams Fats - 11 grams 4. McChicken Burger © mcdonaldsindia Total kcals - 398 kcals Protein - 15 grams Carbohydrates - 48 grams Fats - 15 grams 5. Filet-O-Fish © mcdonaldsindia Total kcals - 344 kcals Protein - 15 grams Carbohydrates - 39 grams Fats - 14 grams 6. McMuffin © mcdonaldsindia Total kcals - 299 kcals Protein - 10 grams Carbohydrates - 38 grams Fats - 12 grams 7. McNuggets (6 pcs.) © mcdonaldsindia Total kcals - 399 kcals Protein - 25 grams Carbohydrates - 26 grams Fats - 22 grams 8. Egg wrap with Chipotle © mcdonaldsindia Total kcals - 310 kcals Protein - 10 grams Carbohydrates - 24 grams Fats - 20 grams Nutrition information and picture credits - McDonald's India website. With this information, you can now occasionally fit McDonald's into your diet and make it more enjoyable. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  20. There are times in the evidence-based fitness industry when a certain study does the rounds and makes a bold claim of a certain legal compound or drug proving to be as efficient as anabolic androgenic steroids to increase muscle mass or make a person lose body weight. The HMB study was one such dubious study which did the rounds last year. A week ago, another such study has come to the surface where it has shown that Sildenafil has been touted as potentially anabolic as 200 mg shot of Testosterone for muscle building. Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4076819/ What Is Sildenafil? The Active Compound In The Blue Pill We Know As Viagra © Pinterest So does Viagra really have as much potential as a 200 mg shot of testosterone for muscle building? Whenever such a study makes the rounds, it is always better to get into as much detail as possible before you start supplementing or investing in any such supplements or muscle aids. Though the spike in muscle protein synthesis is impressive, as you can see in the above table, there are a few pointers which raise skepticism about the findings of this study. 1. The sample size and the period of the study. This study had 11 men and the duration of the study lasted only 15 days with the placebo vs. Viagra ingestion only lasted on an average of 8 days. 2. The average age of the men in the study. The placebo group had an average age of 44 ± 9 and the group that received Sildenafil was 55 ± 11. 3. Higher BMI and body fat ranges. The average BMI was 26.5 and the average body fat percentage was 30 to 33%. 4. The study only looked at mixed muscle protein synthesis. Not myofibril muscle protein synthesis where the actual answer would be found as to if Viagra does have any benefits in terms of muscle building. 5. You see similar increases in muscle protein synthesis on consumption of adequate protein alone. Now when you put things into context, though the study shows some significant increases in muscle protein synthesis, a few questions need to be answered: © Pinterest 1. What if the control group was changed? Would it change the impact of the Sildenafil? 2. What if you compare the spike in muscle protein synthesis to that of subjects who have an adequate protein consumption alone? 3. How long did the elevation in muscle protein synthesis last? Especially when you compare it with testosterone as testosterone spikes muscle protein synthesis lasts for days. 4. What if this study was replicated in healthier men or better, men who watch their diet and engage in regular resistance training as well? 5. Does it have any direct implication on myofibril muscle protein synthesis? All these questions need answering before a conclusive yes or a no as to does Sildenafil actually help with muscle building or not? And again, Viagra has been shown to have certain side effects as well which could impact certain individuals. Though the study shows some promising data and opens the doors for more controlled studies to be done in this area, the current body of evidence does not point towards benefits in terms of muscle growth. So do not yet go popping the pill before the workout as it may or may not have any confirmed benefits on muscle growth but it can definitely lead to some awkward moments at the gym. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  21. It can be tough to always stay fresh when daily commuting, long lines at the metro station, heavy traffic, work engagements and other social responsibilities are constantly tiring you out. As such, getting body odour and perspiration are pretty understandable. What is not so understandable is the fact that most men end up choosing random (and ineffective!) deodorants to combat it. The importance of using the right deodorant for your body cannot be stressed enough, and we at MensXP understand that. So here is a hand-picked list of the best Nike deodorants for men out there that will not only put an end to your body odour and perspiration, but also do so without burning a hole in your wallet. Check Out The Best Nike Deodorants For Men That Will Keep You Fresh And Active 1. Nike Pure Men Deo, 200 ml © Amazon India If you're looking for a deodorant that won't burn a hole in your pocket but is supremely effective, Nike's Pure Men variant is the one you should opt for. Its long-lasting fragrance will make sure that you stay fresh throughout the day, while its active formula gives you continuous protection against body odour and perspiration. MRP: Rs. 248 Buy here 2. Nike Up Or Down Men Deo, 200 ml © Amazon India Just as its name suggests, this Nike deodorant for men will be with you through all your ups and downs, making sure you glide through the day smoothly without having to deal with body odour. As its super affordable, there is no reason why you shouldn't be adding it to your grooming kit. MRP: Rs. 242 Buy here 3. Nike Casual Deo, 200 ml © Amazon India This Nike deodorant for men is simply effective, has a good musky smell to it and will help you charge at your day with full effort, yet nonchalant casualness. Its fragrance is refreshing, and its efficiency as an antiperspirant has been vouched for by many. So, grab a bottle and stay fresh all day long! MRP: Rs. 249 Buy here 4. Nike Party Zone Deo, 200 ml © Amazon India Recommended for daily use, this Nike Party Zone Deo is long-lasting and completely problem-free. Just spray it on in the morning before leaving for work and you will be good to go. Be it a long and exhausting day at work or a social outing with friends, this Party Zone variant will help you get through it without getting bogged down by body odour or perspiration. MRP: Rs. 248 Buy here 5. Nike Basic EDT Deo, 200 ml © Amazon India Don't let its basic name (pun intended!) fool you into underestimating this 200 ml variant. With a fragrance that won't leave your side even after the toughest of days, its formula is quite advanced. So put it on everyday and be ready to face the world with a fresh and exciting outlook. MRP: Rs. 249 Buy here 6. Nike Urban Musk Deodorant, 200 ml © Amazon India This deodorant is enriched with so many minerals that it will definitely keep you happy, active and smelling good throughout the day. The antiperspirant qualities will make sure your sweat patches keep a safe distance from you, and the long-lasting fragrance happens to be a favourite with both men and women. MRP: Rs. 223 Buy here 7. Nike Extreme Deo, 200 ml © Amazon India The musky smell of this Extreme variant is apt for all occasions - whether you're making an important presentation or dancing the night away. The invigorating smell will keep you energized throughout the day, while the incredibly affordable price makes sure you don't have to screw up your budget. MRP: 249 Buy here
  22. Starting a new relationship with someone can be as thrilling and exciting as it's a bout of nervousness and a million butterflies in your stomach. You're basically exploring uncovered territory, so there is a lot to know and learn about the person you're starting something new with, before you start to get a tad bit serious. The beginning of a new relationship is very important as you're exploring a completely new context and also setting up boundaries based on the kind of equation you wish to have with the person. It's also a phase where you get to know about each other's quirks and interests and it decides how serious you'd like this association to get. © AA Films So, if you find yourself dabbling about in a new relationship, while being a little lost, I can help you sort that out by listing a few things you should expect and consider from your partner. Also, apply these things to you so there is equality in the relationship. Here are 7 tips you can follow that will help you sail through the initial stages of a new relationship. Let Go Of Your Past Baggage If you're entering into a new relationship, it's always wise to enter with a clean slate. By that I mean, clear out every ounce of baggage from your last relationship before you enter the new one. Why would you want to carry things from the past to something brand new anyway? If you're baggage-less, it helps you give your all to the new dynamic rather than focus on cleansing the past out. The best way to leave your baggage behind is either telling the person you need to get rid of some excess baggage from the past and asking them for time or getting over your past and letting it go before jumping into a brand new relationship. Carrying baggage has never proven to be good and is very capable of causing a lot of problems in a new relationship. Be Honest Honesty is very important for a fresh start. Apart from being honest about things you want the other person to know about your past, you should also be honest about what you expect from that person and what you're all about. Put it all on the table. Don't do it all in a go, though. Take your time establishing that comfort level where you can talk to her about anything under the sun and slowly tell her whatever you wish to, to be honest about. It's always good to have an honest start. Establish Boundaries This is also another important thing to keep in mind. Establishing a boundary which you probably didn't before is always good. A lot of relationships end due to disrespect for the other person's boundary. A boundary could also be an expectation from your partner. If she's expecting you to not indulge in adultery she's establishing her boundary and asking you to respect that. Other than that, you both should establish what suits you best. Like not checking each other's phones, or giving each other adequate space. Make Time For Your Friends This is a very important aspect of a healthy relationship. When two people get together they want to spend all the time in the world with each other. People who know them personally might take offense to their sudden absence but in all honesty, making time for your friends is healthy and it works on giving space to your significant other. If you want to have a 'boys night' once a week, let her know. Similarly, if she wants to go out with the girls or her friends, be okay with it. Meeting your friends also helps understand your dynamic with the other person a lot better. It's also healthy to get to know each other's friends and hang with them. Talk About *** *** is a major part of your relationship and if it's brand new with someone, it should be talked about. Talk about what you like, what she likes. What she's doing that is not good for you or vice versa. It's only healthy communication at the end of the day, that'll establish a good initial phase for your relationship, to anchor on to something really strong. Communicate With Each Other Talk more often than not. through texts, phone calls and through other channels on social media. Just be as expressive and communicative as you wish to be. If you have a doubt or a question, don't harbour it and communicate that with you partner. Trust me, you'll feel a lot better at the end of the day. Don't Change It's easy to change your beliefs and opinions to better suit your partner or be around them differently other than yourself, in the beginning. But the thing is, sooner or later they will figure out the real you through your innate actions and words, eventually. Besides, do you really want to change who you are for someone? One of the reasons a relationship lasts predominantly is because both the people have separate identities and beliefs and different views and opinions, which is quite healthy. So, if you're trying out something new with someone and are a tad nervous or completely lost, just keep these tips on your mind and use them wisely.
  23. As a well-groomed and luscious beard can (more often than not) make all the difference in transforming you into a hit among ladies, it's probably safe to assume that you'd want to follow all the tips that'll help you grow and maintain a proper beard. After all, taking care of your facial growth shouldn't be an exercise that is just confined to the month of November. And since there should never be a time frame attached to looking your absolute best, here are five essential tips all Indian men should keep in mind if they want to show off a badass mane. 1) Beard Oils Are Essential, Invest In Them Wisely © Instagram Official/ Vicky Kaushal Your beard requires adequate grooming and care, something you cannot afford to ignore if you have any plans of growing and maintaining a proper mane. As such, opting for the best beard oils out there is not only advisable, but also highly recommended. After all, bead oils provide the proper nourishment and care to your skin and hair, enabling you to grow a beard that'll make you the envy of many men. 2) Your Choice Of Trimmer Makes All The Difference © Unsplash As was the case with beard oils, the type of trimmer you opt for also plays an instrumental role in ensuring your beard is well groomed. As such, you need to ensure that you pay a lot of attention to your choice of trimmer. Whether you want to opt for a rotary or foil trimmer or a wireless or wired option, ensuring that you get your hands on the best trimmers for men is highly advisable. Pro tip: Opting for some of the best Philips trimmers out there will make for a premium and cost-effective option. 3) Keep Your Skin Clean © Instagram Official/ Kartik Aryan You might have the best beard trimmer and beard oil in your possession, but it'll be all for naught if you don't take care of your skin. After all, keeping your skin clean and hydrated is just as important as investing in the right beard care products. So invest in quality face washes and scrubs, premium shaving creams and gels and A-grade aftershave lotions. 4) Don't Forget About Your Mooch! © Instagram Official/ Ranveer Singh This is one of those rookie mistakes that most men end up making. Taking care of your beard but neglecting your mooch is an absolute no-no. So make sure you take care of your mooch as well by investing in the best moustache waxes and oils out there. Pro tip: Ustraa and Beardhood come out with some of the best moustahce waxes you could get your hands on. 5) Vitamin B Is Great For Hair Growth, Incorporate It In Your Diet © Instagram Official/ Ranveer Singh You are what you eat. As it turns out, this is true for beard care too as adapting a diet that is rich in Vitamin B will do wonders for your hair growth. So eat as many nuts, eggs, chickpeas, lentils and whole grain breads as you can, and you'll be one step closer to getting and maintaining that beard you've always desired.
  24. People from across the world are sending in help to Kerala, as 'God's own country' continues to battle the devastation left in the wake of the worst flood the state has seen in 100 years. While, it is being ensured that food, water, medicines and other necessary supplies reach the flood victims at the earliest; a group of students have come up with an ingenious plan to help the stranded people. Reuters It is needless to mention the importance of communication in such a disastrous situation. Minimum or no battery in mobile phones and power cut in most parts of the state, has made it tougher for people, who are helplessly trying to connect with their relatives stuck in the floods. To help the stranded flood victims, an organisation of engineering students from Kerala called 'Inspire' have built over 100 temporary power banks and are distributing it to relief camps and to those who are unable to connect with their relatives. Facebook/ Inspire The power banks are made from 8 AA batteries with two cartridges and each cartridge can hold four batteries which are then crossed together. The whole thing is connected to a USB cable that can connect to any phone and can charge up to 10-15%. The students also mentioned that these power banks are for emergency situations and a long-term use can damage the phone. Furthermore, they've also mentioned that they are not making these for commercial purposes and these units are not for sale. Facebook/ Inspire They are distributing these power banks to those in needs by generating funds on their own. The effort made by these students is truly commendable and so is of every other person, who is doing their bit to help the Kerala flood victims.