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  1. Apple just released the iOS 12.1 update for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR which means a range of new features are coming. Notably, the new update brings in group facetime, new Animojis and a new feature Indians have been waiting for years. You can finally enable the dual SIM feature on the new iPhones starting from today. Apple uses the dual-SIM feature a little differently from Android smartphones as it does not require a second physical SIM card. It uses the eSIM technology to add a second number to your iPhone. © YouTube Currently, only Airtel and Jio offer eSIM services; hence, in order to use this feature, you must be subscribed to one of the two mobile operators. For your second SIM/number, here are the steps you need to follow to activate the services: 1. Download and update your iPhone XS/XS Max or XR to iOS 12.1 2. Send an SMS to 121 – Type “eSIM” <space> “registered email id” (in case you don't have registered email, then get in touch with customer care to register it first). 3. You will then receive an email with the QR Code. 4. Scan the QR code from a different device by going to Settings > Cellular > Add Cellular Plan. (You can also add these details manually.) 5. You will then receive an SMS to confirm the entire process. You can even switch the primary number within the settings as the iPhone by default sets your Nano SIM as primary. If you want to switch your eSIM number to primary, you can configure it from the settings menu. However, we found out that Airtel is currently facing issues for activating eSIM services. We would recommend you wait until you get official word from Airtel or check with the operator via its customer care.
  2. Yesterday, OnePlus officially launched the 6T globally at an event in New York. Now, the company is back in India and has announced the phone at a special event in New Delhi. The successor of the OnePlus 6 brings in a host of new features and improvements like a smaller notch, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and upgraded cameras. The brand has a strong presence in the country thanks to great brand recognition and its "fans". Just like its previous launches, fans had an opportunity to attend the event and collect official OnePlus merchandise as well as experience the new phone firsthand. © BGR In line with all OnePlus T-series phones, the new OnePlus 6T brings in incremental changes over the OnePlus 6. The frame and form factor remain identical along with a curved back and all-glass finish. Though, the 6T is available in two colours, Midnight Black (matte) and Mirror Black (glossy). The major difference is when you look at the back, the usual physical fingerprint scanner is gone and now placed under the display. The technology has made a debut this year and we've previously seen it in action on the Vivo X21 and V11 Pro. Though, OnePlus says it has been highly improvised and is the fastest scanner in its category. Bragging further about the new authentication method, the company added it can accurately unlock your phone in just 0.34 seconds and is calling this implementation "Screen Unlock". © OnePlus On the front is a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The most noticeable thing about it is a significantly smaller notch that just houses the front camera. The water-droplet style notch has increased the screen-to-body to 86 percent now. Obviously, you always have the handy option of turning off the notch. In terms of performance, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC along with the Adrena 630 GPU. It comes with 6GB RAM and the internal storage has been bumped to 128GB in the base variant. It brings in a new "Smart Boost" feature that optimises the performance and leads to up to 20 percent faster loading of games. © OnePlus The camera has been bumped as well and the back sports a 16-megapixel primary sensor along with a 20-megapixel depth sensor. The setup now includes optical image stabilisation and can accurately capture pictures with a bokeh effect. The camera app also brings in a new Nightscape mode that enhances the output of low-light images. The front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Another major change is the absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack, you're now left with a USB-C port only. Thankfully, the battery has been expanded to 3700mAh and supports Dash Charging. The phone runs on Oxygen OS skin that based on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box. It is available in three variants: the 6GB+128GB variant costs Rs 37,999, the 8GB+128GB variant costs Rs 41,999, and finally the 8GB+256GB variant costs Rs 45,999.
  3. Gone are the days when you need to carry along over-the-head headphones to enjoy a very good quality of music on the go. Wireless earbuds have advanced a lot in the last few years and companies are now focusing on improving battery life as well as output quality. Obviously, for an audiophile, nothing beats a wired pair of headsets that deliver near perfect analogue output. But, when you are travelling and simply need a hands-free for calls, or occasional music while transiting along with great battery life, earbuds will be your best buddies. While core audio product companies have been making them for years, the launch of the AirPods has drastically improved the demand. While AirPods themselves are a perfect pair, they're restricted to the Apple devices. And, it's always great to have options. Here are the top wireless earbuds available in India right now. 1. Apple AirPods: © Apple Apple AirPods carry exactly the same vibe as the iPhone, they are carefully designed and built for the average Joe. They connect to your iPhone seamlessly, as every Apple device does in the ecosystem. The wired earpods are definitely the best in-box earphones we've used, and the AirPods continue the legacy, via a wireless medium. The earbuds deliver up to 2 hours of talk time, 5 hours of music playback, and take just 45 minutes to fully charge. They come fitted with dual beamforming mics, optical sensors, a motion-detecting accelerometer, and a speech detector. The case itself is a portable power bank and can quickly charge your AirPods when not in use. Buy from Amazon.in 2. Samsung Gear IconX: © TheNextWeb While Apple has the AirPods to compliment the iPhone, Samsung too has the IconX to compliment the S-series and N-series. The twist here is, you can use the IconX with any iOS or Android device. The earbuds also come with onboard 4GB storage meaning you can keep your phone aside an go for a run worry-free. The inbuilt accelerometer doubles up as your smart tracker and keeps a note of your steps and pace. The audio quality is on par with all flagship earbuds but these also offer ambient-noise setting via the Gear Manager app. It can stream 7 hours of local music and 5 hours of on-mobile streaming and overall offer much better battery life over the AirPods. Buy from Amazon.in 3. Bose Sound Sport Free: © Bose These are the most comfortable earbuds out there and have a very secure fit. These also come with an IPX4 rating, meaning they are sweat resistant. For the gym, these are definitely most recommended. The sound is perfectly balanced in terms of highs, mids, and lows to give a complete experience. It works with both, Android and iOS and comes with support for digital voice assistants such as Siri or Google Assistant. The mic is also top-notch and calls are crystal clear. The wireless earbuds can last up to 5 hours on a single charge and can be extended with the carry case by an additional 10 hours. Buy from Amazon.in 4. Jabra Elite 65t: © DigitalTrends These are another pair of truly wireless earbuds that sound great, last up to 5 hours on a charge and have a free companion app. They come with IP55 water and dust resistance rating along with a 2-year warranty. Even these are immensely comfortable and connect instantly to your phone. The left bud controls volume and track and the right bud handles answering/ending calls, play/pause and queueing up the digital assistant. The buds feature passive noise-cancelling but slightly miss out on music quality. The charging case provides up to two additional charges, bringing the battery life up to approximately 15 hours. Buy from Amazon.in 5. Sony WF-SP700N: © RTINGS These fit comfortably and sound good for truly wireless headphones in the flagship segment. Built-in noise-cancelling helps muffle ambient sounds and the output can be toggled through various pre-set equalizer modes. An included charging case delivers two additional charges though they have just 3 hours of streaming on a single charge. The Sonys performed decently but aren't great as a headset for making calls. Unlike these, both the AirPods and Jabra earphones deliver sound in both buds when you're making calls. Buy from Amazon.in 6. Anker Z2000 (ZOLO): © Zolo A slightly budget-friendly pair in the premium segment, they come with graphene-enhanced driver technology that has decent music output and an extended battery life of 40-hours, including the case charge. They are built with a sweat resistant casing and a specialized hydrophobic nano-coating and come with super-soft liquid silicone ear tips and jackets. A single button on either earpiece gives you complete control of your music. Buy from Amazon.in 7. Crossbeats Air: © Crossbeats The most pocket-friendly option, they have been built to last and to fit snugly in any ear. They boast 6mm high power drivers that churn out above average music output. Three modes are included- Stereo Mode, Share Mode, and Single Mode. They are IPX5 sweat resistant and perfect for running, jogging, hiking, yoga, exercises, gym, fitness, travelling and etc. They have 3 hours of music streaming capability on a single charge. Buy from Amazon.in
  4. Over a year has gone by since Hollywood biggie Harvey Weinstein was exposed by The New York Times, a monumental day that marked the real beginning of the #MeToo movement. All these women, these survivors have been raising their voices loud and clear - they are ready to be heard. The #MeToo movement's arrival in India earlier this October, has followed in the same footsteps. The uprising has since shaken up our nonchalant society, that has long subdued and ignored the protests of sexual abuse and harassment survivors. The voices are finally being heard in our homeland. © Twitter Don't believe us? You think the movement hasn't caused a stir worth acknowledging and looking out for? Well, to such naysayers, we bring these proofs. A recent report published by The Indian Express shows that the #MeToo tweets in India in the month of October has exceeded US' monthly high. That is, between September 20th and October 19th, 1.2 million #MeToo tweets have come out of India. The report also states that “Twitter saw more #MeToo tweets from India at the month ending October 19 than any single month in the US over the past year”. With India's October #MeToo tweets exceeding US' monthly high, it evidently seems that Indian women have finally launched a movement that will not die anytime soon, and surely not without bringing about a change. © Twitter The uproar has already managed to cause a seismic shift in the country's gender politics and altered the status-quo across the nation in varying degrees. Showing her support towards Tanushree, and placing her faith in the movement's inherent power, Freida Pinto wrote in a Instagram post, "What you have done is monumental and important and it has to shake the very core of a nation and an ideology that for too long has gotten away with heinous crimes against women and where the ugliness of misogyny has dominated the rights and suppressed any voice that has dared to speak up." It seems this time women have sworn to not stop until the culprits are brought to justice, until the power structures are dismantled, and the laws that are meant to protect the wellbeing of the country's citizens, are not bent to serve the powerful and mighty. Actor Richa Chadha seems to be highlighting this aspect of the movement when she told PTI that, "The #MeToo movement isn't going away any time soon. It is here to stay. It is time to make men accountable for their actions and the trauma that is caused to the victims, men or women”. © Twitter Regardless of what the naysayers and fake male feminists try to believe, the winds of change are blowing stronger than ever amidst #MeToo solidarity. The pushback has forced prominent accused such as MJ Akbar, Prashant Jha, Sajid Khan and many others to step down from their positions of power, and step away from their projects and positions, under the public glare. Numerous celebrities, journalists and politicians have also come forward to support the survivors who have spoken up and condemned the culprits. Be it Farhan Akhtar, Hansal Mehta, Priyanka Chopra, or Sandhya Menon and Maneka Gandhi, they have all come in support of the movement. Anurag Kashyap and Akshay Kumar have also condemned and stepped away from projects they had undertaken with Vikas Bahl and Sajid Khan respectively. However, socio-political activist Chanda Asani feels that the movement needs to turn more inclusive, where it can move beyond social media and include the voices of people working on the ground. She further says that "On sexual harassment, I think we are trying to put ourselves in the same rut patriarchy has put us in. It's not just about the body - woman or man's. The power structures need to change”. We hope the tides of #MeToo leave behind a better tomorrow in its wake, not only for the survivors to heal, but for the future generations to live freely in.
  5. Indians account for the third-highest chunk of visitors to Pornhub, one of the largest porn aggregator sites in the world. Going by 2017 stats, 75 million users from India logged on to the site every day with an average session duration of 9.46 minutes. But, everything comes to a full stop because you won't be able to easily access porn online now. The High Court of Uttarakhand passed an order to block 827 websites which offer pornographic content, following the order the Department of Telecom sent out a notification to telecom operators. The Government body said, “all the internet service licensees are instructed to take immediate necessary action for blocking of 827 websites as per the direction from Meity and for the compliance of the Hon'ble High Court order.” Jio users right now #pornban pic.twitter.com/7XSgzxNdCN — tanishk (@rai_tanishk) October 26, 2018 The Uttarakhand High Court had stated in the order that the unlimited access to pornographic content needs to be blocked to prevent any adverse influence on the minds of children. Jio is just among the first ones to comply with the order, and other telcos like Airtel and Vodafone would be following soon. The High Court order was passed in September, and only now has the actual implementation gone through. Users aren't happy though and social networking sites like Twitter and Reddit are buzzing with jokes and rants. Jio users right now #pornban pic.twitter.com/7XSgzxNdCN — tanishk (@rai_tanishk) October 26, 2018 We independently tried accessing a few of the major porn sites from a Jio connection but failed to do so. Usually, when a webpage is barred, a notification stating "Access Denied" or a small court message appears. In this case, the page simply wouldn't load. After Jio's porn ban All VPN Apps : pic.twitter.com/19hTbbrEBo — Lakhan Vijayvargiya (@Four_2kaOne) October 24, 2018 It's worth noting that the list of banned sites include only major ones right now, and the lesser popular ones are still running as usual. The telco needs to manually block a URL and cannot extend it to a general category of porn sites. A similar order was also issued in July 2015, when DoT blocked 857 websites with adult content. The DoT then changed its order on August 4, 2015, stating that the internet service providers are free not to disable any of the 857 web links which do not have child pornographic content.
  6. Hailed as Bollywood's most prolific underdog-turned-mega-star, critically acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan is reportedly all set to return to the country post his cancer treatment in London. Last seen in the movie 'Karwaan' which released in August, Irrfan had given a miss to the movie's promotion, since he had to move to London for his treatment. Earlier this year in March, Irrfan had announced that he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour. Soon after, he left for London to undergo treatment for his condition. RSVP Movies However, reports have been circulating that the actor will be returning home post-Diwali after his treatment. It is also being suggested that Irrfan might start shooting for 'Hindi Medium 2' post his return, later this year. HT has quoted Irrfan's spokesperson as saying, “The story floating about Irrfan starting Hindi Medium 2 shoot in December are all based on speculations. However, there is a possibility of him returning to India after Diwali”. T-Series The update comes as a happy news for his fans and well-wishers who had been waiting to hear about the status of his recovery since the last statement, which had come out in August. Earlier in August Irrfan had said, “I've seen life from a completely different angle. You sit down and you see the other side and that's fascinating. I'm engaged on a journey”, after receiving four rounds of chemotherapy as part of his treatment. The diagnosis had forced Irrfan to back out from making an appearance in the Amazon series 'Gormint'. However, with this latest update, we can now look forward to watching him set the screen on fire once again.
  7. PewDiePie loves India, oh wait, I mean he loves to troll India and Indians. He's the biggest YouTuber in the world with over 67 million subscribers, and it seems like he loves to introduce his huge audience to so many hidden Indian memes and TV shows. Most of us might not have even seen the kids show 'Motu Patlu', but a Swedish guy has. What a world we are living in! Last year he reacted (read: roasted) the kids' cartoon 'Motu Patlu' and yeah, it does sound quite weird, but it's totally on-brand for Pewds. Then, he just moved on to singing the theme song of 'Chhota Bheem'. Wow, I never thought the weird part of the internet would be this weird. The most Indian thing ever, the first phrase that foreigners associate with India - 'show bobs and vagene'. Obviously, PewDiePie has a video with that title. Now, all these videos were still a little old, the main Indian connection for PewDiePie happened just a couple of months ago. It all started with a now-deleted tweet. He basically tweeted a screenshot of a very low-quality YouTube video of Balaji Telefilms show 'Kasamh Se'. This was quite harmless, but no, Ekta Kapoor did not think so. Bhai tu kaun hai! Luks like d firang junior artists we hire from colaba when we Create Paris in arey:) he will find his dopplegangers in kasam se only;) https://t.co/miESFOiFrO — Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) May 11, 2018 We all remember the infamous one-sided Twitter war between Ekta Kapoor and PewDiePie, it was the most unexpected and hilarious thing to have happened this year. He got to know about how Ekta Kapoor was trying to pick a fight with him on Twitter, so he did what he does best – roasted her TV shows – and India, in general – even more, of course. Here's the entire detailed PewDiePie vs Ekta Kapoor fight, if you're interested. And, now the last video he has posted related to India is literally titled 'Jai Hind/I'm Half Indian'. He knows how to keep his Indian fan base entertained and moreover, he talks about how T-Series is about to overtake his own channel. Happy Birthday, Pewds! Keep roasting us, we all do enjoy it a lot.
  8. When it comes to the Ambanis, luxury and shenanigans are mere adjectives that one can use to define what is 'normal' for them. So, naturally, weddings are not private affairs for them, as they are meant to be extravagant and lavish in nature. Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal are all set to tie the knot in December in Udaipur and the preparations for the big day are in full swing. The wonderful couple got engaged amongst family and friends in Italy. View this post on Instagram Indian princess Isha Ambani finally got engaged... Royalty of the events, Wow! we can see it in pictures. . Follow @eventilaindia for exclusive updates on celebs and trends... . . #ishaambani #nitaambani #ambani #ambaniwedding #celebritywedding #bigfatwedding #celebrity #royalwedding #ishaambaniengagement #celeb #anandpiramal #mukeshambani #aamirkhan #ishaambaniwedding # #bigfatindianwedding #destinationwedding A post shared by Eventila (@eventilaindia) on Sep 22, 2018 at 9:32pm PDT View this post on Instagram Mukesh: Princess wave at these paid baratis. I selected these good looking paupers to be in Italy. Their first time here. Princess: please veg pasta khaake jaaana. #ishaambani #ishaambaniengagement #lakecomo #ambaniwedding #ambani A post shared by Diet_Kutiya (@diet_kutiyaa) on Sep 28, 2018 at 6:15pm PDT The wedding venue is reportedly Udaipur and while most details are under the wraps at the moment, the show stealer at the wedding is going to be none other than 'Queen Bee', Beyonce Knowles! She is set to perform at the Ambani wedding, probably at the 'sangeet'. View this post on Instagram I actually thought she sang "Daddy liked his whiskey with his teeth" but then I discovered that she sang "tea" and not "teeth" ðð #beyonce #cmas #lemonade #fwt #formationworldtour A post shared by Bad Bitch B (@badassyonce) on Oct 23, 2018 at 12:15pm PDT As per some reports, the singer will get close to $2 million dollars for her performance. Anand, who is the Executive Director of the Piramal group and is also a Harvard Business School graduate, proposed to his lady love in Mahabaleshwar in full Bollywood style. © Instagram This is Beyonce's first concert in India and sadly, we can't even attend it.
  9. For a country that will host the men's Hockey World Cup later this year, India couldn't have begun their preparations any better. Plying their trade in the ongoing Asian Champions Trophy - a pivotal tournament ahead of the mega event, the Indian men's hockey team has been in rampant form. Making their intentions clear early in the tournament, the Indian side has been seen demolishing their opponents with relative ease. The Harendra Singh-led side opened their campaign with a stellar 11-0 triumph over hosts Oman. Despite goals galore, many expected them to get a tough fight from their next opponents Pakistan. But, it wasn't meant to be as India maintained their unbeaten record against their arch-rivals in the last 10 encounters. Building on their opening win, the Indian team pulled off a brilliant 3-1 win over Pakistan, despite trailing 0-1 early on. If their triumph against Pakistan allowed them to establish themselves as serious contenders for the Asiad trophy, India's spectacular show against Japan further enhanced their reputation in the tournament. Locking horns with the Asiad gold medallists, India were expected to be at their prolific best to negate their Japanese counterparts. But, by the time they were done with Japan, India looked like a champion side that is currently busy steamrolling one opponent after another. © Twitter/@TheHockeyIndia Making a mockery of Japan's defensive frailties, the Indian side thumped in as many as nine goals to eventually secure a 9-0 win. A total of six Indian players got their names registered on the scoresheet, as Japan lacked the skill to contain the persistent raids by the Asian Games bronze medallists. Striker Lalit Upadhyay opened the scoring for India in the fourth minute of the match. Gurjant Singh, then, doubled the lead for his side in the eighth minute after capitalising on a rebound from Japan's goalkeeper Takashi Yoshikawa, who got injured while blocking an Indian effort. In the 17th minute, Harmanpreet Singh converted a penalty stroke and then scored another with a low penalty corner shot (21st minute). The half-time hooter saved Japan from more strikes, but India's domination could be ascertained from the fact that they had scored two goals in each of the first two quarters to lead 4-0. © Twitter/@TheHockeyIndia The third quarter saw the world no. 5 team increasing their tally to seven goals, while two more came in the last 15 minutes of the match. Akashdeep Singh, who had a brilliant day while leading the attack with aplomb, got himself on the scoresheet in the 35th minute. Then, in the 42nd minute, Kothajit Singh added another to India's ever-increasing goal tally. With Japan's defence cracking wide open through the Indian raids, Mandeep Singh capitalised on the two openings in the last quarter, scoring a brace (49th and 57th minute) to cap off a sensational 9-0 win for his side. Here's a look at the team standings following the fourth day of the Hero Asian Champions Trophy 2018 on 21st October. #IndiaKaGame #HeroACT2018 pic.twitter.com/ID5knIYDoM — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) October 22, 2018 The victory allowed the Indian men's hockey team to reaffirm their supremacy in Asia. They had beaten Japan 8-0 in the pool stage of the Asian Games in Indonesia earlier this year. But, while Japan went on to win the coveted Asiad gold, the Indian team had to console themselves with a bronze. With their third consecutive win, India now lead the standings of the six-team event with a maximum nine points. They are followed by Malaysia who've secured six points from the two games they've played so far in the tournament. Building on their fine form, India will be eager to produce yet another convincing performance when they take on Malaysia in their next encounter on 23rd October.
  10. Convincing your parents to let you buy that heavy motorbike you've always been eyeing is never an easy task. After a lot of emotional drama from your mother and money related lectures from dad, even if your dream seems a tad litter closer than before, be warned, the stages that a bike owner goes through in India are numerous and always full of adventure! Ready to find out? Read on: 1. Drama, Drama & Lots Of Drama Dharma Productions Even if your mom is super cool, be prepared that she'll turn into Mother India at just the mention of you buying a bike. Your life is already getting filmy! 2. Market Research & Full Confusion Star World A bike that fits your budget and dreams - that's what you're looking for! Sometimes, it's not easy to find the mix of both and this stage is full of struggles and confusion. To help you out we are dropping a hint - head for a test ride on the Suzuki Intruder and let the smooth ride do the talking. 3. Ready To Impress Your Friends & Girls Dharma Productions Besides your passion for bikes, a small part of you always hopes that the girl you like will be super impressed and bowled over by your new mean machine. While your friends will be all riled up, be prepared for all the dosts and yaars to beg and plead to borrow your bike. 4. Have You Been To Leh-Laddak Yet? UTV Motion Pictures Yes, it's on the bucket list, but the questions will never stop. Just because you own a bike, it's a given that you are a 'cool dude' who is always out on adventures, biking across the coolest terrains in India. Little do they know that as much as you like planning, your mom prefers using your quick escape for grocery shopping. 5. The Weekly Wash Dharma Productions Your bike is your baby and you sure as hell treat it like one! From washing your bike yourself to keeping it covered everyday, bikers are particular about who they let near their baby. 6. Zooming Through Indian Roads T-Series As much as you like to think you are Hrithik Roshan from Dhoom, the Indian roads are quick to give you a reality check! But here's the sunny side - if you go with the Suzuki Intruder, get ready to cruise your way through! This stylish, high performance, sporty bike comes with Advanced Fuel Injection Technology which improves Fuel efficiency and throttle response. ibtimes.com 6 sensors calculate data in real time for an optimum amount of fuel to be injected for better combustion efficiency resulting in improved fuel efficiency and accurate throttle response. The Intruder is sporty and also brings in a feel of luxury with its flowing character lines, adding attitude! The dynamic front-heavy styling offers a powerful look and the luxurious style is expressed in the details of the parts.
  11. Do you remember what you were doing at the age of 10? Whatever it was, I can guarantee it wasn't anything close to winning the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. Arshdeep Singh is just 10-years-old and he's already officially cooler than me. He won the exciting award for his photograph 'Pipe Owls' in the 10-years-and-under category. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is organised by Britain's Natural History Museum. No wonder he won though, just look at how cool the picture he clicked is! © Natural History Museum There's obviously a story behind the picture as well. Arshdeep came across a spotted owlet popping its head out from an old waste-pipe while he was driving through Punjab's Kapurthala with his father. After asking his father to stop the car, he rested the camera on the half-open window of the car at eye level, and soon enough, a second owlet popped up and he captured the moment beautifully. I don't know exactly what happened, but it feels like the entire thing went something like this – View this post on Instagram wait for it #catsofinstagram #cats #thedailykitten #cutepetclub #bestmeow #myroommateisacat #catsofworld #instapet #petsofinstagram #kittens #9gagnoticeme A post shared by @ charlieisahoe on Sep 20, 2017 at 12:52pm PDT Turns out the photography talent runs in the family; Arshdeep's father is Randeep Singh, a well-known photographer. He's been around photography his whole life and started clicking pictures at the age of six and then ventured into the field of wildlife photography in 2012. Wait, there are more ways in which this little boy is cooler than us. His photographs have previously been featured in Lonely Planet UK, Lonely Planet Germany, Lonely Planet India, BBC Wildlife UK and more.
  12. Every few months we have a new device being launched in the midrange segment by almost every company. The mobile technology world is rapidly advancing and with more options, the number of features and pricing is the core factor for consumers. Joining the bandwagon, Honor has launched the successor of Honor 7X and here's everything you need to know about it. The Honor 7X was among the first phones to bring a dual rear camera setup in this price range, but it had a very basic metal construction. With the Honor 8X, the back is made of glass with a double textured design and 15 layers of aurora glass. The front has a notched display and a claimed screen-to-body ratio of 91 per cent. © Honor On the front is a 6.5-inch Full HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The phone is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage in the base variant. The second variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage and the third one has 6GB RAM along with 128GB storage. Both feature expandable storage via a microSD card as well. The rear of the phone consists of a 20-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. The front has a 16-megapixel camera for selfies. The camera incorporates many AI-powered features like AR stickers, Portrait mode, HDR, and Super Night Scene. While the phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back, it also supports authentication via Face Unlock. © Honor The phone is powered by a 3750mAh battery that supports 10W fast charging and an AI-powered battery saving option. Unlike many other phones out there, the Honor 8X has a triple slot tray, meaning it can run two SIM cards as well as a microSD card for memory expansion. The smartphone boots Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI out of the box. The base variant is priced at Rs 14,999, the second variant with 6GB+64GB configuration costs Rs 16,999 and the 6GB+128GB variant is priced at Rs 18,999. They will be available in India starting October 24, exclusively via Amazon, in Black, Red, and Blue colour options.
  13. Just like every year, and every season, when Fashion Week rolls around, we are given some style goals, not only by the designers but also by the attendees of the shows. We saw some amazing, creative, and innovative looks when it came to the street style, and these looks are the ones that were making heads turn off stage at the Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week (LMIFW). We've decoded our favourite looks to tell you exactly what you need to get the India Fashion Week street style right. So, here are the 7 essentials we loved from the India Fashion week street style over the last few days: 1. White Shirt Redux © Tarun Chawla White tee-shirts and shirts have been around for forever, and they have been an essential part of every guy's wardrobe. But that doesn't mean there is only one way to do it. So give your basic white shirt a makeover, and embrace prints, embellishments, and even DIY upgrades of this closet essential. We recommend this subtle floral print shirt, if you aren't ready for a full redux © Amazon MRP: Rs 1,259 Buy it here 2. Stripes Aren't Going Anywhere © Tarun Chawla Stripes had been done, dusted, and put away in the farthest reaches of our wardrobes for quite a few years, especially for all the men out there. Stripes were that boring print that every guy with some imagination had put away (and for good reason), until this classic trend made a comeback last season. And now, stripes are everywhere, and on everything. From a shirt to pants, to a blazer, stripes will see you through, and in style. We recommend this striped navy blazer © Amazon MRP: Rs 2,413 Buy it here 3. Reinvent The Kurta © Tarun Chawla It is the festive season after all, and it will be incomplete without the perfect kurta to add just enough of a traditional touch to your look. We saw some really amazing desi inspired street style at India Fashion Week, and it is definitely time to get out the nice starched kurtas your mum always loved. We recommend this asymmetrical cotton kurta © Amazon MRP: Rs 699 Buy it here 4. Don't Ditch The Half Sleeves Yet © Tarun Chawla Most guys have probably been told that a half-sleeved shirt is unflattering, and it's simple, easier, and more stylish to just don a full-sleeved shirt. That is perhaps not completely untrue, half sleeved shirts are hard to pull off, most often than not because they don't fit properly, or have no personality. But a well-tailored, or well-fitting half sleeved shirt can actually make for a very good casual style staple. You can also go for interesting prints to amp up the style a bit more. We recommend this printed half sleeve from M&S © Amazon MRP: Rs 1,372 Buy it here 5. Embrace The Bold Prints © Tarun Chawla Prints are really taking over, and in the last few seasons, they have kind of become their own category. And if you can find a good print, one that captures your vibe, don't forget to experiment with it a bit. Embrace bold prints, by pairing them with subtle pieces and accessories to create a fun and vibrant look. We recommend this navy printed shirt to give off the right vibe © Amazon MRP: Rs 1,149 Buy it here 6. Frame It Well © Tarun Chawla Classic sunglasses will always be a fashion favourite, but it's time to step out of the box a little bit when it comes to frames. Don't just pick between a pair of aviators or wayfarers. Fun frames, like ovals, round frames are really in, and they actually do look good on a lot of people. So, break away from that myth, and try on a few different styled sunglasses. If you are still unconvinced, then simply get yourself a pair of tinted sunglasses, and rock a nice casual outfit with the least effort. We recommend these tinted metal frame sunglasses © Amazon MRP: Rs 666 Buy it here 7. Backpacks Aren't The Only Option © Tarun Chawla We all watched that FRIENDS episode where Joey simply would not let go of a 'man bag', and everyone else wanted him to. Thankfully, gendering the most basic accessories is something that we left in the 2000s. So when you want to get a bag, keep in mind that backpacks aren't the only option. Feel free to experiment with different styles, from manila style folder bags to messenger bags, laptop bags, or a khadi over-sized tote. We recommend this tan satchel, for style, and convenience © Amazon MRP: Rs 780 Buy it here 8. Combat Boots Aren't Only For Punk Kids © Tarun Chawla Summer is behind us now (almost) so it means we can finally wear things other than sandals, and slip-ons, with comfort and ease. And one footwear you must consider are combat boots. In spite much of what pop culture might have us believe, they aren't just for punk bands and actually make for a pretty good accessory. They look good with skinny jeans, cut-offs, flared pants, even ethnic wear, if done right. We recommend these combat boots in black, making it easier to pair with outfits © Amazon MRP: Rs 498 Buy it here
  14. The Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week just got over, and one of the most conspicuous breeds of fashion enthusiasts who attended it were the Sneakerheads. We, of course, kept an eye out for the best looking ones and compiled a list of 10 pairs that we have a crush on: 1. This super playful pair of Off-White x 'Chuck Taylor All Star' Converse pair is a definitive collectable if you're a sneaker enthusiast. Plus, we love the quirky socks! © MensXP 2. This hot pink pair by Nike is a wet dream for people who swear by pop colours. © Tarun Chawla 3. This Batman pair with spiky studs has a huge personality. © Tarun Chawla 4. We are in love with the colour palette of this Adidas pair. © Tarun Chawla 5. Blue, white, and black is an unusually classy combination. © Tarun Chawla 6. How can a true Sneakerhead not fall in love with the Eclypse Sneakers by Stella McCartney? © Tarun Chawla 7. The Nike Retro High Flyknit Air Jordans are a must-have, if you're building up your collection. © Tarun Chawla 8. This black and white patterned pair is unusual and super versatile. We are digging the pairing with the zippered bootcuts. © Tarun Chawla 9. A classic pair of white sneakers will never go out of style, and the best thing is you can pair it up with any outfit under the sun. © Tarun Chawla 10. Black is universally stylish anyway, but add a little bit of edgy detailing, and you have an ideal pair of classy party shoes. © Tarun Chawla
  15. What can possibly be a better source of inspiration for outfits, other than the mother-ship itself, also known as 'Fashion Week'? What you see at the fashion week today, appears on the street tomorrow. So obviously, when we wanted some inspiring party outfits, that was our prime source. Here, We have compiled a list of 10 party outfits that can definitely prove to be inspiring: 1. An avant-garde, playful, vibrantly printed/patterned/sequined shirt paired with high-waisted pants will never fail to make a strong statement. © Tarun Chawla 2. If you want a bold, but classy look that will definitely make heads turn, pair a bold printed/logo shirt with checked pants. Mismatch? Yes. But that's the point! © Tarun Chawla 3. Wear black from head to toe, and wear a bright, vibrant, embroidered jacket on top. Super sophisticated. © MensXP 4. A structured, plaid jacket paired with relaxed pants will always work in your favour. Accessorise appropriately with eyewear and a watch. © Tarun Chawla 5. Monochrome is always impressive. Plus, if your shirt is as playful as Vikram Bajaj's here, you can go ahead and take off your jacket on the dance floor. © MensXP © MensXP 6. High-waisted blue/black overalls with a strategically placed pop of colour, accessorized with a fun bag. Nothing can go wrong with this one. © Tarun Chawla 7. The good ol' fitted blazer will never go out of fashion. Accessorize carefully with pocket squares, tie pins, statement sunnies, and a smartwatch. © Tarun Chawla 8. Want maximum impact with minimum effort? Just wear a bright, playful, printed Cuban-collared shirt. © Tarun Chawla 9. Want something for the party that also doubles up as comfortable street-wear? Go for the classic fitted white T-shirt and blue jeans combo. © Tarun Chawla 10. A smartly layered outfit with a Bomber jacket and a pair of ripped jeans is extremely versatile, and will always have your back, irrespective of your body shape. © Tarun Chawla
  16. Day 3 Of the Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week was all about simple sophistication in terms of street style. From tastefully placed co-ords to colours that pop, we saw it all and loved every bit of it. Menswear truly is evolving every single day, and honestly, nothing is a bigger proof. Here are our top picks. Take a look. 1. A relaxed kurta-esque longline shirt along with a pair of comfortable and classy pants, plus statement sneakers - if there ever existed an outfit that will fit in absolutely anywhere, it's this one. Tarun Chawla 2. An all-white outfit will always look classy, and if it's smartly layered as well, you get full marks! Tarun Chawla 3. Sometimes, a pop of colour is warranted to jazz up your wardrobe. We like the fact that he has kept it super simple with a pair of matching sliders. Tarun Chawla 4. If you don't yet have a suit stitched in a pop colour fabric, it's time. Look at how simple yet stunning this green outfit is. Tarun Chawla 5. We love the alternate pink and white pattern of this outfit. The smart white hoodie paired with a pair of pink trousers, plus the pink stole along with the white sneakers is pure sophistication. Tarun Chawla 6. Sometimes, you don't even have to go the extra mile for a good outfit. Tasteful pairing can make all the difference, and here is proof. The bright T-shirt paired with the relaxed pants and statement sneakers are working wonders! Tarun Chawla 7. A plain white shirt bejewelled with clumps of colourful sequins - what's not to love? Tarun Chawla 8. Don't you just love these relaxed kurtas? They always have been a part of traditional Indian-wear, but we love the fact that they just fit in amazingly when it comes to no-fuss streetwear. Tarun Chawla 9. Androgyny is in, and it can look phenomenal if you're into it. Those printed pants along with the green boots are perfect. Tarun Chawla 10. This embroidered, tasselled shirt in bright red defines maximalism, and you need one piece like this in your closet for the times you want to make jaws drop. MensXP
  17. The Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week was as much about beards, as it was about fashion. Men's facial hair trends are always evolving, but our love for beards, clearly, is eternal. From a three-day-stubble to a full-fledged lumberjack beard, we got to see it all. Here is a list of the best beards we saw at the LMIFW, plus some pearls of beard-wisdom from their respective owners. 1. Model Dushyant Singh Raghuvanshi believes that maintaining a beard is not rocket science. He does two things regularly - oils his beard at night, and uses a beard serum in the morning. Plus, when he needs to go out and wants his beard to be in his desired shape, he uses some wax or gel. MensXP 2. According to FDCI Chairman Sunil Sethi, his beard is his identity. "Movember and no shave November started recently, but for me, it has been thirty years. A beard and a moustache is my signature style, and I'm happy that so many brands are now talking about beard care and beard grooming. A clean-shaven look may come in and go out from time to time when it comes to trends, but a bearded look will be up there, always. As far as maintaining my beard goes, it is my 'ghar ki kheti', and it has been giving me a good crop - year after year." MensXP 3. Photographer Yashasvi Sharma makes sure he doesn't dry up his beard up by washing it daily. He uses a beard wash every alternate day, and regularly nourishes his beard with a beard oil. He trims the edges once in a while to maintain the desired shape. MensXP 4. Narresh believes in professional help, and makes it a point to see his beard specialist once every two weeks. He trims his beard with a machine every 3rd or 4th day, and regularly uses beard oil to make sure his beard is soft, smooth, and nourished. MensXP 5. Yashdeep believes that beard care can be a cakewalk if you make sure you moisturize it regularly, and use a little bit of product to maintain the shape every time you step out. MensXP 6. Akshay is a professional model, and his beard is a prominent part of that. To take care of his beard, he regularly conditions it and uses a beard oil for the much-needed nourishment for his long beard. MensXP 7. Krishnendu believes in a no-fuss routine. He usually goes for a trim every Saturday and does a little bit of scrubbing at times for enhanced blood flow and good growth. MensXP 8. Mayank loves his stubble, something he says has been inspired by his father. He keeps it simple and makes it a point to go for a trim twice every week. MensXP 9. For Rishi Raj, maintaining his beard is the 'easiest thing in the world'. He says he doesn't have to do much at all, except trim or shave it twice or thrice in a week, depending on his mood. MensXP 10. For Akshay Sharma, it's all about the basics - regular trimming, using essential oils, and love for hair. MensXP We also asked celebrity hairstylist Rod Anker about the most important things to do when it comes to beard care. MensXP His answer was simple: keep reminding yourself to moisturize your beard, because it has a tendency to become dry, especially with the changing weather, and make sure you trim it regularly to maintain the shape.
  18. If you don't know that Will Smith is in our country right now, then what are you even doing with your life? Okay, that may be a little harsh, let me rephrase that, what are you even looking at online? His Indian adventures have been all over Twitter and Instagram for days, and you can just tell he's having the time of his life here, taking in everything India has to offer. But, that also means he's become a typical tourist and has done almost every touristy thing you can do here. Initially, he came here for an event and to shoot for a special appearance in the much-anticipated movie 'Student of the Year 2' and looks like he decided to stay for a few more days to do some sightseeing. Also, we should thank Karan Johar for getting Will here and then Will, for giving us some kickass pictures, even if they are quite touristy. View this post on Instagram Learning the ropes of Bollywood from two of the best in the game! @karanjohar & @ranveersingh. ð·: @alansilfen A post shared by Will Smith (@willsmith) on Oct 7, 2018 at 2:08am PDT He's caught the Bollywood bug. View this post on Instagram On Set in Bollywood!! Shout out to the Cast & Crew of Student of the Year 2. Thanx for Letting Me Play. :-) ð·: @westbrook @sadaoturner A post shared by Will Smith (@willsmith) on Oct 7, 2018 at 8:37am PDT And, how can we forget his autorickshaw adventures? When you come to India and find out how much fuel costs so u become a rickshaw driver #fuelprices #WillSmith pic.twitter.com/8hO1jw4Tp5 — Frank Sequeira (@franksequeira23) October 8, 2018 He went to the Taj Mahal, obviously. But, instead of doing the typical pose – you know what I'm talking about – he got the coolest boomerang. View this post on Instagram A lot of people don't know this.... but the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built for a single person. Emperor Shah Jahan, so distraught over the death of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, preserved her body for 22 years while he built the Taj Mahal as her final resting place. ð·: @westbrook @aidan A post shared by Will Smith (@willsmith) on Oct 11, 2018 at 10:59am PDT Bollywood, Taj Mahal, now what's next? Ganga Aarti at Haridwar, of course. Recently Hollywood Star Will Smith was in india wer he took time to visit Haridwar & performed rudrabhishek to lord shiva & also did Ganga aarti at Rishikesh. Smith discussed about the rituals and importance of it from the priests.ðð#Hinduism @OGSaffron @davidfrawleyved pic.twitter.com/ApftbCysqp — Shravya N (@NaMoShravya) October 11, 2018 There's a video as well. So nice of him! Hollywood star Will Smith was in India he took time to visit Haridwar & performed rudrabhishek to lordshiva & also did Ganga aarti in Haridwar and harkipauri pic.twitter.com/sdCUzKsVri — prashant k sharma (@prashantkanishk) October 11, 2018 Let's be honest, Will Smith being a typical tourist in India is as exciting for us, as it is for him.
  19. HyperX is known for its headsets and other gaming accessories, if you're out there looking for a balanced gaming mouse that isn't hard on the pocket, the Pulsefire Surge is definitely worth considering. HyperX is a sub-brand of Kingston that is popular for PC peripherals. Looking for quality gaming accessories in India? You'll quickly be out of options because they are either unavailable directly or cost a lot. The Pulsefire Surge is specially designed for gaming, and to be precise it is built for first-person shooters. Here's our detailed review of the mouse. Design & Aesthetics: © MensXP It has a shiny plastic body that looks premium and feels grippy. The LED line completely wraps the body and consists of 32 zones, each zone being a little bit of the illumination glowing around the mouse's perimeter. Even the HyperX logo in the centre is lit and programmable. In terms of size, it has an average length of 4.7-inches and weighs just 100 grams. The bottom has two large plastic pads that are smooth and ensure swift movement. The cable is braided and feels solid as well. © MensXP It misses out on a customizable weight system but considering the price, that's a con we have to make peace with. The scroll wheel has a rubber coating, making it very gripping and easy to control. The only extra buttons are a DPI switch behind the scroll wheel, which conveniently switches between sensitivity options. There are two programmable buttons on the left side, just a millisecond away from your thumb. I've used the mouse for exceptionally long durations, including both gaming and work, and it has never disappointed. The lightweight combined with near perfect curve design is very ergonomic. Performance: © MensXP The Pulsefire Surge contains a high-quality Pixart 3389 sensor, which allows DPIs between 100 and 16,000. This is also similar to what you'll find in most competing high-end mice from competitors. The buttons are very tactile and satisfying thanks to 50M click rated Omron switches. The left and right mouse buttons are quick and snappy as well. Out of the box, the three DPI presets, are set to only 800, 1600, and 3200 DPI, but with software, that can all change. Even though they are built for FPS games, the mouse can be used for any genre. Even if you are working around excel sheets, the comfort level is very high and the experience is intensely smooth on a 4K monitor. The sensor is capable of reading movements of 450 inches per second, can still track with 50Gs of force, and all included, the mouse delivers six buttons to use. Features: © MensXP The mouse comes with HyperX's NGenuity software that lets you customize the LED strip, DPI profiles, secondary button shortcuts and more. The LED strip is distributed in 32 zones, each one fully programmable. By default, the mouse comes with a wave pattern. The HyperX logo also glows and the two buttons on the side can be easily assigned a shortcut, whether in-game or not. I used the two buttons for reloading and aiming in CS: G0 and used the Copy/Paste shortcuts in the day to day usage. The mouse comes with three profiles that can be stored within the mouse, but others can be added and stored on the PC. The Ngenuity software can also provide a helpful on-screen overlay prompt, letting you know which setting you've chosen with each press. There are many complaints on forums stating the software doesn't open or run at times, but I tested the mouse on four different machines and it always worked instantly. Conclusion: © MensXP This is the first time I'm giving a product a 5-star rating, and the Pulsefire Surge rightfully deserves it. The mouse is well designed, filled to the brim with features, and light on the pocket when compared to the competition. The high 16,000 DPI option wouldn't be practical on a normal display but is a charm on 4K. I'd highly recommend this mouse, even for routine work. The comfort level is high, natively supported Windows shortcuts are supported, and the LED lighting is very cool.
  20. The evolution of street style has been rapid, and this dynamism can't be experienced anywhere better than in fashion weeks. The never-before-tried, experimental, bold fashion statements are born right there, and rightfully so. We expected the same from the Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week, and weren't disappointed in the slightest. The street style vibe at the LMIFW was all about functionality, wrapped up in sophistication, along with a hint of tasteful drama. Take a look: 1. Denim on denim never fails to impress, especially with a statement hairdo to boot. Plus fannypacks have been reinvented as across-the-shoulder bags. © MensXP 2. Biker jackets have, and always will be a part of street style- who doesn't like a badass, all-black look? © MensXP 3. When you want to keep it simple with only a shirt, make it patterned, with a pop of colour. © MensXP 4. The futuristic 'Paris meets Egypt' vibe was super conspicuous. © Tarun Chawla 5. The subtle, floral, all-white look with a classy androgynous silhouette was one of our favourites. © Tarun Chawla 6. The bright 'naughty hood boy' aesthetic is here to stay. © Tarun Chawla 7. Prints can be tricky, but not when they are as cool as this one here. © Tarun Chawla 8. You can't go wrong with black and white. Plus, floral will always be in. © MensXP 9. A retro, monochrome silhouette with a pop of colour will always work. © MensXP 10. Talking about experimental silhouettes, we're digging this super cool hipster vibe. © MensXP 11. Who said social messages for a better future can't be spread fashionably? © MensXP
  21. Quite often, the best things out there tend to be the ones that happen to be undiscovered. And as is the case with many things in India, finding the best treks too requires a hefty amount of research, as well as the willingness to visit unexplored places. In other words, if you're planning on taking a trek that will not only cater to your sense of thrill and adrenaline but will also make you fall in love with adventure sports all over again, you need to think out of the box. Fortunately for you, we've already done the heavy lifting and have compiled a list of the best treks in India that are guaranteed to leave you awestruck and mesmerized by the time you finish them. So get those trekking shoes ready, those water bottles stocked up and those windcheater jackets washed, as going on any one of the following treks, is guaranteed to be a moment you'll remember forever. 1) The Frozen Zanskar River Trek (Chadar) © Wikimedia Also known as the frozen Zanskar River trek, the Chadar Trek is located in the Zanskar region of Ladakh and will take you through a thrilling trail with vertical cliffs, that go as high as 2000 feet in the sky! Spanning a massive distance of 105 kilometres, the trek will bring you as close to ancient Ladakhi culture as you could ever be, and will definitely make for an experience that will be etched in your memory for years to come. Best Time To Visit: January to February Difficulty Level: Moderate to Hard Days Needed: 13 2) Goecha La Trek © StaticFlickr Situated in the winter heartland of Sikkim, the Goecha La trek gets you closer to the Kanchenjunga mountain, than most treks ever could. The best part about going on this trek is the fact that you'll pretty much be coming in contact with all of Mother Nature's glory - be it the crystal clear Himalayan lakes, the scenic hill stations and the thundering mountain range. Taking you to a maximum altitude of 16,200 feet, this is one of the most challenging treks you could take part in. Best Time To Visit: March to June, September to November Difficulty Level: Hard Days Needed: 12 3) Roopkund Trek © Wikimedia The mystery surrounding the Roopkund trek - particularly the lake of skeletons - has become a legend. But it's not just the mystery of this urban legend that makes this trek so special. After all, this is a trek that is surrounded by the looming peaks of the Himalayas and the soothing greenery of mountain forests, making it a trek of a lifetime. Best Time To Visit: May to June, September to October Difficulty Level: Moderate Days Needed: 8 4) Triund Trek © Wikimedia While it's not as underrated or unexplored as the other treks mentioned on the list - Triund has become quite popular recently - it's still an experience of a lifetime. Be it the amazing view of the Dhauladhars that you'll get to see at almost every turn, the flowery meadows that will rejuvenate your senses or the Bhagsu waterfalls that you'll be able to see on your way back, this is a trek that all adventurous spirits need to put on their bucket list. Fair warning though, this is a very hard trek, so make sure you're carrying the proper equipment - the right clothes, trail running shoes, hydration packs - before you go for it. Best Time To Visit: March to June Difficulty Level: Hard Days Needed: 2 5) Singalila Kanchenjunga Trek © StaticFlickr If you harbour an insane love for mountains, the Singalila Kanchenjunga trek is perfect for you. After all, not only will it get you in the nearby vicinity of the three of the tallest mountains in the world (Everest, Lhotse, Makalu), but it'll actually get you at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga itself! The trek itself mostly comprises of a narrow path along the borders of Sikkim and Nepal, making it one of the most thrilling and adrenaline rushing treks you could possibly take part it. Best Time To Visit: March to May, September to October Difficulty Level: Moderate to Hard Days Needed: 20 6) Gangotri Gomukh Trek © Wikimedia It is said that the Gangotri glacier is where River Ganga is at its most pure and pristine. So needless to say, a trek that'll bring you so close to the origin of River Ganga, all the while taking you into the Garhwal mountains of Uttarakhand, shouldn't be missed. This moderately challenging trek is truly a wonder, as it'll make you come in contact with a rich diversity of India's fauna and flora (including rare mountain goats), as well as the huge meadows of Tapovan. Best Time To Visit: May to June, August to October Difficulty Level: Moderate Days Needed: 12
  22. In the wake of India's own #MeToo movement – that has gathered momentum ever since Tanushree Dutta made sexual harassment claims against Nana Patekar, the first act of the 2018 Bryan Adams India tour will be opened by talented female singers from across the country. The Canadian singer-songwriter's Ahmedabad gig on Tuesday is set to be opened by the likes of Harshdeep Kaur, Aditi Singh Sharma, Abi Sampa and Syntyche Mongro. The gigs are lined up in support of the music veteran's current 21-track compilation 'Ultimate,' which released last November. "The artiste (sic) and the management feel Harshdeep Kaur, Aditi Singh Sharma, Abi Sampa and Threeory Band would be the ideal fit as the opening acts since their music sensibilities are quite similar,” said Shyam Tallamraju, Business Head, Entertainment Network (India) Ltd in a statement. Adams will be joined by Kaur in Mumbai and New Delhi, Sharma in Bengaluru, Rushil Ranjan feat Abi Sampa in Ahmedabad and Mongro's Threeory band in Hyderabad as the official opening acts. The tour kicks off with Ahmedabad on Tuesday, followed by Hyderabad (October 11), Mumbai (October 12) and Bengaluru (October 13), before wrapping up in New Delhi (October 14). Aditi says Adams' music has had a huge impact on her career while Harshdeep also has a nostalgic memory attached to it. Mongro remained unavailable for comment. Bryan Adams' worldwide hit 'Summer of 69' is a popular number both among India's music enthusiasts as well as partygoers, along with other tracks like 'Here I Am,' 'Let's make a night,' '18 till I die' etc. This is Adams' fifth visit to India after 19915, 2001, 2003 and the 2011 Bare Bones Tour at the time of the cricket world cup that co-hosts India went on to win.
  23. We had recently reported about a Xiaomi smartphone that had exploded due to unknown reasons, and now, another similar incident has taken place; but this time, in India. MensXP was approached by Anu Vidyarthi, who complained about his Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 exploding right next to his head. Vidyarthi, who is an Assistant Manager at a mobile production unit in Uttar Pradesh, took us inside the events of the hazardous accident. © MensXP © MensXP Vidyarthi claims that the his phone was kept in idle mode next to his bed between 10:30pm and 11:30 pm, around 12-15 days ago, at the time of the incident. He was almost asleep as he realised the presence of a peculiar smell, which he describes to as “bad odour of lithium-ion smoke.” The smartphone in question reportedly went up in flames, which eventually melted the phone as pictured. From the images, it's safe to assume that Vidyarthi then dropped the smartphone in a bucket of water in order to prevent any further damage. © MensXP Vidyarthi told us over email that the smartphone “was not even on charge and was simply in resting position. The explosion was so strong that it burned the bed sheet and the mattress.” However, he was fortunate to come out unscathed. Vidyarthi has currently furnished his smartphone to the Mi Customer Service centre in Bareilly, and is waiting for a definitive response from the company. According to Vidyarthi, the Xiaomi customer care executives have asserted that the smartphone is out of warranty. © MensXP Smartphones generally tend to explode due to faulty batteries, a defective charging cable or adapter, third-party cables and erratic charging patterns. When asked about it, Vidyarthi said that he used the supplied charger and data cable that came with the Xiaomi Note 4 and not a third party cable. © MensXP The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 4,100 mAh non-removable battery and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 chipset. The SoC is coupled with 4GB of RAM and offers 64GB of internal storage. We are awaiting a response from Xiaomi India. Stay tuned for further updates.
  24. Home projectors have come a long way over the past few years. Today's models can handle a wide variety of multimedia content—films, photos, documents, and even games. While 720P projectors are the most commonly seen, there are Full HD as well as 4K variants available as well, depending on your usage. In fact, it has become pretty common in urban cities to actually fix a projector instead of a TV, because it takes up lesser space and offers a bigger screen. Even if we don't consider the domestic usage, these are extremely handy in offices and basically a bare minimum necessity. Given that screening size, output quality, add-on features, and the pricing are the main points that one should consider before buying one, we've listed a few projectors covering every segment for you: 1. BenQ TK800: © BenQ This is among the very few projectors out there that support 4K, and it is pretty much the gold standard. The machine can beam out a projection larger than 100-inch in 4K, covering 8.3 million pixels along with HDR. It even has a special football, cinema, bright and sports mode for the best viewing experience. It has 0.47” single-DMD-chip DLP technology, wherein DLP means Digital Light Processing. Basically, it has a chip made of tiny microscopic mirrors and a spinning colour wheel creating the sharpest image and better response time. It weighs 4.2kg, has a USB port along with two HDMI ports. It also has an inbuilt 5W speaker and an IR receiver on the top and front. Buy it here 2. Epson EH-TW650: © EPSON While the TK800 packs all the cutting edge features, the Epson is built for domestic consumption and is the perfect all-rounder. It isn't heavy on the pocket, and will never disappoint in terms of projection quality. It can beam out sharp Full HD projections via its 3100 lumens lamp and the projection size can be up to 300-inch. It also houses in-built WiFi for quick transfer weighing just 2.7kg. The projector has two HDMI ports along with a 2W in-house speaker. Buy it here 3. BenQ W1050: © BenQ Edging ever closer to the plummeting price of a decent flatscreen TV, the BenQ W1070+ DLP projector offers enough brightness to be used in daylight as well as the all-important Full HD resolution. It delivers brilliant colour performance ensuring spectacular clarity with incredible depth and range. BenQ has incorporated its CinematicColor technology that has 20 combinations of colour wheel angle and coating. It supports HDMI 1.4a mandatory 3D formats, meaning it can project 3D Blu-Ray DVD along with the PS3. It weighs just 2.6kg and comes with a 2W in-house speaker. Buy it here 4. LG PH550: © LG If you want a big screen home entertainment but don't have space, or funds for a large flat panel TV or home cinema projector, then LG's PH550 could be the answer. It supports Full HD projection, has inbuilt WiFi and Bluetooth connection, in-house battery for 2.5 hours of playback and a 550 lumens lamp. It weighs just 650gms and is among the most portable projectors out there. But it here 5. Optoma HD27: © Optoma This one is highly recommended for gamers out there, you can conveniently hook up a PS4 or Xbox One, and find a big white wall large and giant screen theatrics can be yours. It supports Full HD projection and has a maximum brightness of 3200 lumens. It weighs 2.4kgs and comes with 2 HDMI ports for quick connection. Buy it here 6. Epson EB-X05 XGA: © EPSON Finally, we have the EB-X05, it supports Full HD output and a supreme vertical resolution of 768 pixels, making sure that you get a great picture quality. It weighs 2.5kg and is based on LCD technology. It has a maximum lamp output of 3200 lumens and can create a projection of up to 300-inch. Buy it here 7. Sony VPL EX430: © Sony This Sony projector comes with a 3200 lumens lamp and can project a 300-inch screen with ease. There's a choice of three brightness modes to suit any environment, from bright daylight to darkened rooms as well. It is ideal for making presentations direct from a laptop, mobile device or DVD player. This one is more suited for office use as it's heavy at 6kg and not intended for portable use. Buy it here 8. Dell P318S: © Dell This is a budget projector that can beam in HD, and make a screen of up to 100-inch. The projector is lightweight and built for portability. It also does not consume a lot of power and is among the entry-level lineup of Dell in India. Buy ir here
  25. Ever since taking over the reins from MS Dhoni as captain, Virat Kohli has set new standards in terms of fitness in the Indian cricket team. The Indian skipper is currently the fittest player in international cricket and has ensured fitness is one of the key parameters for a cricketer to make the Team India cut. And, the result is quite clear. Today, the Indian cricket team is considered one of the best fielding sides in the world. The Indian players are a livewire in the field, they run hard between the wickets and the improved levels of fitness have allowed them to add more value to the team. But, despite the improvement in their fitness, none of the Indian cricketers have been able match the levels of captain Kohli. © Reuters Thanks to his dedication in the gym and strict diet, the Delhi lad has managed to leave the other cricketers behind with his fitness. The right-hander might be turning 30 next month, but he is still in the best shape of his life. However, while many feel he is the fittest amongst the current crop of Indian players, Kohli is actually not. In a recent interview, Karun Nair claimed that he is the fittest member of the Indian cricket team. “I've been spending a lot of time with (Shanker) Basu Sir, our trainer, and Sanjay Bangar sir as well, our batting coach. Obviously a lot of throwdowns and a lot of net sessions. But mainly I have been spending time with Basu Sir. According to him, I am the fittest person in the team right now. I am very proud of that and I just want to keep improving on that,” he was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. The right-handed batsman was one of the contenders to bat in India's middle-order, but he was restricted to the bench during their tour of England earlier this year. He had made his Test comeback during the historic match against Afghanistan in June and was expected to retain his place in Team India for the Test series in England. © Reuters Many expected Nair to be included in the Indian team for the fifth Test against England, but skipper Kohli surprised everyone by opting for Hanuma Vihari instead. In the upcoming two-match Test series against West Indies, Nair was once again excluded from the Indian side as Vihari retained his place owing to his fifty and three-wicket spell in the final Test against England. Team India will host West Indies for two Tests, five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) in a month-long tour. The two teams will lock horns in the first Test at Rajkot on 4th October.