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  1. Vivek Oberoi is back in the game and how! Yesterday, he shared a very distasteful meme about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan comparing her personal life to the exit poll results. He compared Salman Khan and Aishwarya's relationship with 'Opinion Poll', his relationship with her as 'Exit Poll' and the 'result' is her relationship with Abhishek Bachchan. After he tweeted that crass meme, he faced the wrath of not only social media users but also Bollywood celebrities. Vivek's team even clarified that there's something wrong with his account or maybe it's hacked. © Twitter/Vivek Oberoi Now, in the morning, he went on to delete that distasteful meme that targeted Aishwarya and even apologised for the same. He wrote, “Sometimes what appears to be funny and harmless at first glance to one, may not be so to others. I have spent the last 10 years empowering more than 2000 underprivileged girls, I can't even think of being disrespectful to any woman ever.” Sometimes what appears to be funny and harmless at first glance to one, may not be so to others. I have spent the last 10 years empowering more than 2000 underprivileged girls, I cant even think of being disrespectful to any woman ever. — Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) May 21, 2019 He also tweeted, “Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologies. tweet deleted." Even if one woman is offended by my reply to the meme, it calls for remedial action. Apologiesðð» tweet deleted. — Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) May 21, 2019 This apology should have come yesterday but this came after social media users started targeting him for being so low. Interestingly, yesterday the actor had a very different take on the meme that went viral. He told ANI, "Those who are in the meme have no objection while scores of politicians are trying to politicise the issue. They don't work on issues but start their politics on such non-issues. There is a 'Didi' in West Bengal who puts people behind jail for a meme. Now, these people are demanding to put Vivek Oberoi behind bars. They were unable to stop my film and hence are now trying to put me behind bars." Vivek Oberoi speaks on Sonam Kapoor's reaction to his tweet (on exit polls), "...Aap apni filmon mein thoda kam overact karein aur social media pe thoda kam overreact karein. I've been working in women empowerment for 10 yrs now. I don't think this is hurting anyone's sentiments" pic.twitter.com/pOWAwO29N6 — ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2019 He also said that he has no issues in saying sorry but posed a question that what wrong has he done. He further said that he just appreciated the person for the meme and shared it just for fun. He has no idea why people made such a huge issue out of it. We have just one question for you, Vivek - Why would you delete the meme from your Twitter timeline if it wasn't that 'big a deal'?
  2. Remember Robin Arryn? The kid who was never weaned off of Lisa Arryn in the earlier seasons of 'Game Of Thrones'? Here's a little background on this kid in case you've forgotten: Jon Arryn was like a father to Rob Stark and was the Hand of the King to Robert Baratheon. Upon his death, Catelyn receives a letter that says that Jon Arryn was murdered. This leads Ned to leave everything and head South to help Robert with his falling kingdom. This was the initial conflict on 'Game Of Thrones' which lead to the domino effect of chaotic events and thousands of gruesome deaths that lead us to where we are today. © HBO In the swan song of 'Game Of Thrones', the producers decided to give closure to the characters we had long forgotten about. Among the list was Robin Arryn and boy, do we love the glow up. Take a look: And IRL too, the actor Lino Schmidek Facioli has grown up really fine. Here: View this post on Instagram Big thanks to @cs.manning and @si.sus.dop for this sneak peak of 'Isha' a short film I had the joy of being able to take part in earlier this year. can't wait for the premiere #ishathefilm @ishathefilm #shortfilm A post shared by Lino Schmidek Facioli (@lino.facioli) on Aug 29, 2018 at 9:57am PDT And this. View this post on Instagram Is it my bike? No. Is it my cap? Sort of. Is it my #Aesthetic? Definitely. A post shared by Lino Schmidek Facioli (@lino.facioli) on Aug 28, 2018 at 2:19pm PDT Also this picture. View this post on Instagram Last day there #nofilter #brasil #praia #beach #mar #sea (photo credits to @leticiakamada ) A post shared by Lino Schmidek Facioli (@lino.facioli) on Aug 9, 2017 at 11:03am PDT And here's Twitter losing it. Some of the reactions are honestly hilarious. I guess all that breast milk finally paid off! #gameofthrones #robinarryn pic.twitter.com/cQHUOBOi4T — Lu (@forest_petal) May 20, 2019 And we agree. #RobinArryn longbottomed 𤣠THAT GLOW UP #gameofthrones pic.twitter.com/FtI14b2TcI — eau de Daeguni ð¹âï¸ (@daeguni_hamjji) May 20, 2019 Robin Arryn has been lucky that way. How sad puberty didn't hit me like this. #RobinArryn #TheFinalEpisode pic.twitter.com/AHmbglGgMQ — d h a y n e (@DhayneMax) May 20, 2019 *Changing diet plan to everything milk.* Milk does the body good. #mothersmilk #Robinarryn pic.twitter.com/Ex8Krb9H7V — Val Pal (@vlara888) May 20, 2019 And lastly, arguably the only good thing that came out of this episode. The only thing I will take away from any of that is that #robinarryn grew up damn fine #TheFinalEpisode — Robyn (@bionictoaster) May 20, 2019
  3. The trailer of 'Kabir Singh' dropped yesterday and let's just say Shahid Kapoor has us shook. One look at the 2 minutes 45 seconds video and you know that people will remember this movie for multiple reasons, and not just for being a remake of 'Arjun Reddy'. © T-Series When most people were busy comparing it to the superhit Telugu movie 'Arjun Reddy' starring Vijay Deverakonda, some people on the internet were busy dissecting the trailer and churning out funny memes out of it. © T-Series In fact, the desi engineers seemed to have struck a chord with some of the dialogues and scenes from the trailer, and these memes are too damn relatable. Pic 1 : Engineers Without Job Pic 2 : Engineers After Getting Job#KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/WtChrKLmsM — Mrkingrichi ð®ð³ (@Srcastic_boyy) May 14, 2019 #KabirSinghTrailer is specially for Engineers ð pic.twitter.com/2PG6xoeWhz — TereBinMemes (@terebinmemes) May 13, 2019 *At examination hall* Answers to my mind ~#KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/f4S1SVifLi — j-vectorâ¡ (@iAm_Jay05) May 13, 2019 #KabirSinghTrailer Professor- Your attendance is very Low..kal se college regular aao.. Me- pic.twitter.com/uQ0B86CmHY — N I T I N (@theNitinWalke) May 13, 2019 In viva when examiner asked me questions examiner :#KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/HVegCfoX8A — Phoenix (@sleepoholic_hun) May 13, 2019 When someone asks you about the exam you just screwed up real bad #KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/GqnRuGpGc3 — Aditya Swaraj (@aditya_tweets_) May 13, 2019 From 'rebel with a cause' to 'nahi aunga matlab nahi aunga, bola na nahi aunga'; people have made so many memes on these dialogues that we won't be able to see them in the same context when the movie releases. Me : Apna tym aayega Time : #KabirSingh #KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/E0D8sTh9E0 — Mayank (@MemeswalaBanda_) May 14, 2019 #KabirSinghTrailer Nirav modi to PNB bank Main india pic.twitter.com/lWBzayarw5 — Mohan ð®ð³ (@cheatermohan) May 14, 2019 When she says Chalo aaj #SOTY2 dekhne chalte hain. #KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/UbmdmegoIb — Jagpreet Singh (@Jagpreet1484) May 14, 2019 #KabirSinghTrailer Introverts to extroverts pic.twitter.com/wAAZnCKPWJ — Sasta philosophistð­ (@sunilpatnaik016) May 13, 2019 The problem of our current generation. #KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/Gew8If9zba — Jagpreet Singh (@Jagpreet1484) May 14, 2019 Ranbir kapoor:-I am the best. Ranveer Singh:-No, i am the best. Shahid Kapoor:-Ohk kids hold my cigarette. #KabirSinghTrailer — Saurabh Singh (@100rabhsingh781) May 13, 2019 Right into theaters for #KabirSingh ð¥@shahidkapoor @Advani_Kiara#KabirSinghTrailer pic.twitter.com/swV0iinlHk — Shubham (@ShubhamTweets21) May 13, 2019 Directed by Sandeep Vanga, 'Kabir Singh' is a story about a brilliant but impulsive surgeon who goes on a path of self-destruction after going through a bad break-up. 'Kabir Singh' that also stars Kiara Advani and Arjan Bajwa is releasing on June 21, 2019.
  4. One of the worst kept secrets in the history of modern cricket has to be the real age of the former Pakistan cricket team captain, Shahid Afridi. The man, who is considered to be 44 years old right now, based on various public records, has finally revealed in his autobiography titled 'Game Changer', that at the time of registering his name for an Under-14 cricket tournament during his childhood, he had no idea how old he was and filled in whatever age the people around him told him to. That age got recorded into the Pakistan Cricket Board's files and went on to become Afridi's official birth year. Amused by the fact that Shahid Afridi has revealed the worst kept secret in international cricket. But I have always believed that unless you are playing an U19 World Cup, your age doesn't matter. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 3, 2019 The record for the fastest hundred in the ODI format of the game was under the name of Afridi who, while batting in international cricket for the very first time hit a ton in just 37 balls, which is 11 fewer than the previous record set by Sri Lanka's Jayasuriya against Pakistan in Singapore six months earlier. At the time, it was officially declared that the Afridi was in fact a 16-year-old, which made the record that much more impressive. Now, the former skipper has come out in the open saying that his actual age at the time was 19 (21 according to the autobiography) and the gravity of that record just crumbles down. A byproduct of the revelation of the whole facade is that cricket fans have now brought back Afghanistan's extremely talented cricketer, Rashid Khan into the spotlight, trying to figure out his “real age”. According to his ICC profile, Rashid Khan was born on 20th September 1998, which makes the ICC World Rank 1 (T20I, Bowling), all of 20 years of age right now. Clearly, after the Shahid Afridi episode, people online are not buying Khan's story: Shahid Afridi : I was born in 1975 and not 1980 Cricket fans to Rashid Khan : pic.twitter.com/d1HCXXgAE0 — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) May 3, 2019 Shahid Afridi today, Rashid Khan tomorrow ðð — ACS ð¹ð¹ð¦ð¬ (@AdamSamuel__) May 3, 2019 Is Shahid Afridi younger than Rashid Khan? — Keyur (@_bollywoodlover) May 11, 2019 Rashid Khan koi angle se 20 21 ka nhi lagta ...his actual age is above 25 ....just like Afridi.. — Abhishek Pandey (@paandey1993) May 9, 2019 After the successful release of Shahid Afridi's game changer Rashid Khan has started working on his autobiography as well. The name of the book will be The Age Changer Will have at least 1 chapter dedicated to Afridi in that too.#GameChanger — Azlan Mahmood (@azlanmahmood1) May 4, 2019
  5. Diljit Dosanjh has made a statement through his Instagram post. While the world was busy refreshing their IG feeds to see the craziest lewks at the Met Gala, Diljit Dosanjh too posted how he reimagined the theme 'Camp'. Being invited to the Met Gala means you've arrived and the list is meticulously curated by Anne Wintour and her team. However, Diljit proved that he doesn't need Anne Wintour's approval to dress up for the Met Gala. He posted a short clip as a post wherein he's seen walking hand-in-hand with actor Neeru Bajwa. He's also seen wearing a bedazzled pink shiny two-piece, a blue turban and a peach shirt with a distinctive bow at the centre, while Bajwa was wearing a matching pink dress. They both posed for the paparazzi as they walked off. Take a look: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Diljit Dosanjh (@diljitdosanjh) on May 7, 2019 at 2:57am PDT And we approve of his very 'campy' look. What do you think? Diljit Dosanjh and Neeru Bajwa's “Shadaa” is slated to release on June 21, 2019.
  6. Smartwatches come in all shapes and sizes and there's absolutely no shortage of them in the market. From budget options to expensive units, there's a lot to splurge on. But if you still can't find the one that you're looking for, then why not build your smartwatch from scratch as Samson March did. Yes, Samson March, who's an electrical engineer by profession, designed his own watch case, circuit board, and software. Heck, he even 3D printed and assembled most of the parts himself, which is just awesome. © Imgur The result? Well, he managed to build a smartwatch that brings notifications from his phone, including messages, email, and calendar. He noted that the watch can't play music yet, but we're sure he's working on that too. Oh BTW, he named his creation the “Smarch Watch”. It apparently took him a few weeks to finish the project, but he managed to even overcome one of the most annoying things about smartwatches - the battery life. Yes, Samson's watch can last up to 7 days on a single charge. In fact, he even built a charging cradle for the watch that can top up the battery in just 2.5 hours. © Imgur Interestingly, Samson said that the entire project cost him only about $50. Yes, that's just insane considering the fact that his DIY watch can do almost everything a normal smartwatch would do. Impressed much? Well, Samson was kind enough to share all the info, and you can build your smartwatch from scratch by following the simple steps given here.
  7. When asked to choose between representing your nation in the ICC World Cup and a month of crazy match schedules along with gruelling travelling in a league like the IPL, veterans would pick the former in a heartbeat. But someone like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is so dedicated to the game of cricket along with the love and prayers of both Chennai and the rest of the cricket-hungry lunatics of the country, tries to give more than he could bargain for and sometimes, that level of commitment leads to dire consequences. Sure, for a young athlete, being able to play for his country and a major league franchise on a regular basis, while literally making crores of rupees, has to be the greatest dream they could be living. There's nothing else they would rather do. But as they get older and their joints begin to crack and the muscles don't recover at the rate they once used to, priorities change. Dhoni has, without doubt, provided excellent service to his country with years and years of leading the Indian cricket team to glory both as a member and the leader of the squad. His unique batting style, raw power blended well with his ability to remain calm under stressful situations and it is that rare combination that allowed Mahi to do great things for his team on a regular basis. On the other hand, the man has led his IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings to great heights, winning three titles (2010, 2011, 2018), thereby making it the most successful team of the league (tied with Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians. Well done, @ChennaiIPL. A great display of quality cricket. Certainly the most consistent side of the tournament. A special knock from @ShaneRWatson33 in a crucial game which saw them through. #CSKvSRH #IPL2018Final pic.twitter.com/HhuaQJPbEF — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 27, 2018 Having said that, the service took a great toll on the wicket-keeper batsman's body, more specifically his back. Ever since the beginning of 2018, the former skipper had complained of an annoying back pain that he has incurred from the hours and hours of wicket-keeping, following the need to finish games for his side on a regular basis. At 37 years of age, Dhoni's fitness levels were questioned by fans and critics alike when he had decided to sit out of the match against Kane Williamson's SunRisers Hyderabad with less that two months remaining for the World Cup. While he did make an explosive comeback to the format, scoring his IPL career best of 84 in just 48 deliveries versus Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore, he did not feel a hundred percent as a player. What an innings! #JustThalaThings #WhistlePodu pic.twitter.com/30pvfu7v3D — Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 21, 2019 But 'Thala' is a fighter and believes in playing through the pain. “I feel international cricketers are used to playing with some kind of a pain. If you want to be 100 percent and then play a game, maybe you will have to wait five years before you play the next game,” he'd said in a press conference on Tuesday. His wisdom, on the other hand, has asked of him to rest for a while, if his body demands it. With the quadrennial tournament just a month away, Dhoni, who started his IPL 2019 journey with an acute back spasm says that “it's holding up,” and that “It's not showing signs of getting worse”. However, he can't risk getting injured at this juncture, especially when he is such a vital pillar upon which the Men in Blue stand, and the Ranchi-born legend knows it: “With the World Cup coming up, I have to keep in mind that I can't really get injured, so that (World Cup) comes first. If it (back problem) gets worse, I'll definitely take some time off,” Dhoni added at the conference.
  8. The wait has finally ended. Winter came at 6:30 am IST on Hotstar, with the 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 premiere airing after more than 500 days since last season concluded. Almost all living characters got screen time as multiples storylines seem to be coming together for one last time.' Please don't read any further if you haven't watched the episode yet, as this post contains heavy spoilers. As usual, there was death, there was *** and there certainly were dragons. Whitewalkers remained out of sight but did send some strong messages. The internet, no wonder, was abuzz with multiple theories, predictions and memes. But one particular Reddit user called DukeOfTheVines drew parallels between the pilot of the first season and the latest Season 8 instalment. Here it goes: “The opening shot of the King/Queen arriving with the same music” According to the redditor, the same track plays in the background of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen's arrival in Winterfell as to the one at the time of Robert Baratheon's entrance in Season 1 Episode 1. © HBO The tunes do bear resemblance, and why not? The Iranian-German composer Ramin Djawadi, who had composed 'The King's Arrival' in the show's debut season, has returned to lend tunes to the final one as well. “Arya being a kid watching the King coming vs her letting a kid get a good view of the Queen coming” Arya Stark is shown rejoicing at her brother (not by blood anymore) Jon Snow's return. The duo was thick as thieves while growing up and has reunited after their lives have come full circle. In fact the 'girl with no name' still carries the sword (Needle) that Jon gave her as a kid. © HBO “Both episodes ending with Bran and Jamie, except this time Jamie looks scared” This has to be my favourite scene from the season. A cloaked Jamie Lannister arrives on a horse to Winterfell only to find Bran Stark, now the greenseer and also the boy who Jamie pushed out from a tower, waiting for him. You can actually feel the fear in Jamie's eyes at the sight. © HBO “Both episodes have amputated limbs from the white walkers spread out in a gory way to send a message” The heir of Hosue Umber, Ned was found decapitated with limbs all around him in this episode. Remember the first ever GoT episode where the White Walkers make their first "artwork" and create a symbol in the snow using the dismembered body parts of the slaughtered wildlings? “In the pilot, Cersi and Catelyn Stark talk about their kids possibly getting married while looking at them from a distance, while in this episode Varys, Tyrion, and Davos talk about Dany and Jon getting married while looking at them from a distance” While the idea of Jon and Dany's potential romance is exciting (and really not taboo considering the incestuous history of House Lannister), the foreboding metaphor in the episode is 'nothing lasts forever.' Let's see how this one goes, especially after Sam's conversation with Jon (or Aegon?). “The kid from the beginning was climbing on trees to get a good view, similar to Bran climbing the castle to get a good view. He also looked similar to Bran in the Pilot” Will the kid also end up losing limbs? “In the Pilot, all the shots of Winterfell showed the grass but now it's all snow” Winter has come? Other interesting observations made by Redditors: /u/Itsgreenarrow: Also S1E1 Ned's farewell to Jon he says “the next time we see each other, We will talk about your mother. I promise.” Then S8E1 while Jon is staring at Ned's tomb Sam tell him about his parents /u/friggindiggin: First episode Jon is distraught over his identity crisis as a bastard. This episode Jon is distraught over his identity crisis as a king. /u/enfinnity: The brothel scene with Bron is similar to Tyrion's first scene /u/JaqueStrap69: Also Jon asking Sansa "Where's Arya?" When he arrived, just like Ned asking "Where's Arya?" /u/ChavaF1: The current ruler of Winterfell saying “Winterfell is yours” to the arriving monarch /u/sarahj2010: Also loved the line from Robert Baratheon in the pilot to Ned 'I have a son, you have a daughter, we shall join our houses'. It's gotta be Arya and Gendry. /u/SaiyanAintSo: Also Sansa being more than wary of Dany, much like Catelyn was of Cersei. She really seemed like her mother in that meet and greet. © HBO /u/Dualstack: Also Robert asking Ned to be his hand in the crypts kind of similar to Sam telling Jon he is king in the crypts /u/Skeetronic: Don't forget Cersei putting out to someone she's not 'loyal' to But isn't that the norm for Cersei? What were your big observations from the premiere5? Let us know in the comments.
  9. If a list of 'fail-safe' outfits for men is ever created, the Tuxedo definitely will occupy one of the top three spots. A man just can't look bad wearing a tux, and you know you agree. However, because of the 'too formal' tag attached, men, especially in India, tend to avoid wearing tuxes, and that's just unfortunate. Well, if we can count on one person to drive a style trend home, it has to be the effortlessly classy Vicky Kaushal. Here are some pictures of Vicky in a tux, jumping on a bed, without a hint of discomfort - that perhaps can make you believe that tuxedos aren't all that formal after all, and will make you consider wearing them more often. © Instagram/vickykaushal09 Vicky is wearing a tuxedo by Manish Malhotra - a gorgeous piece in black that stands out because of the intricate textural play throughout. © Instagram/vickykaushal09 We're in love with the interplay of glitter and satin throughout the piece, that has been brought out conspicuously by the pleated white tux shirt. © Instagram/vickykaushal09 Even though a tuxedo can be worn without a cummerbund - one should definitely invest in one if 'nailing the look' is the goal. © Instagram/vickykaushal09 The velvet bow tie and the fit of those pants constitute the cherry on top of the glam cake, something our homies should definitely focus on while wearing a tux. © Instagram/vickykaushal09 Moral of the story? Don't be afraid to wear a tux outside of a wedding, and when you do, go all out. It will reward you in ways you'd have never thought of. Good luck!
  10. Chris Evans is really out there playing with everyone's emotions and if he keeps it up, he'll be demoted to the second best Chris is Hollywood for me. But, for real, the biggest question and the scariest thing about 'Avengers: Endgame' is the fate of the OG Avengers especially Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. Everyone is 90% sure that this movie would be the last Marvel movie for both of them but this is still not confirmed. Everyone is already dreading and crying about Captain America's possible death in 'Endgame' and Chris himself is not making things better for the fans. First, it was his emotional tribute to Cap on the last day of filming and now he's basically joking about Cap dying in interviews. ICYMI, he opened up about a lot of different things in his interview with The Hollywood Reporter recently, talking about everything from Avengers to hating Trump to his retirement rumours. The main part any Marvel fanboy could focus on was his jokes about death, of course. When the interviewer jokingly asked him about the ending of 'Avengers: Endgame', he said, “Yeah, I wish I could. Uh, it's — I mean — it's a good one. It's a real good one. I saw, like, the first hour of it.” The joke continues and he's asked whether it was till Cap's death, and he said, “Right, exactly. After I die by Tony's hand, I just said, You know what? I can't watch this.” Chris, you're on thin fucking ice, don't even joke about it like that. But, also I guess he's the only one allowed to joke about it. Towards the end, he's back with this Cap's death bullshit, and I personally want to go fight him for playing with our emotions this much. He revealed that even he choked up three times while watching the movie because it's that good. Well, looks like we're all going to be bawling our eyes out in the theatre now. The interviewer kept up the joke and asked him if he cried because Cap dies, he said, “Right, it's hard. Seeing my own death. It's going to be a long movie, that's for sure. The first edit clocked in over three hours. My funeral's like an hour.” Chris, this is for you- Well, at least he can't get fired now.
  11. Considering the fact that it's the first thing we put on in the morning as we get ready to face the day, it's almost criminal how little thought we put into picking out our underwear. The same applies to underwear shopping as well - most of us just grab the same type we always buy, without so much as a second thought, and repeat the same process time after time. After all, it's only underwear, right? No one else is going to see it, so what difference does it make if it's the same style (and sometimes even colour!) that you've been wearing for years? Well, we've got a newsflash for you! Picking out your underwear is one of the most personal and private decisions you can make when it comes to menswear. After all, you wear it right next to your skin all day. It plays a vital role in ensuring that you feel comfortable throughout the day regardless of what you're doing. Making the wrong choice leaves you open to a whole host of annoying problems including excessive sweating, irritating itchiness, and repeated adjustments. So, unless you're okay with spending the whole day with your hands stuffed down your pants, it's high time you paid as much attention to what's going into your underwear drawer as you do to the other contents of your closet. That's not to say that underwear shopping has to be boring, pricey, or time-consuming. A little knowledge about the variety of underwear options available to you is all it takes to ensure your comfort every day. That's exactly what we hope to provide with this extensive guide to the best underwear for men, which will make underwear shopping as comfortable and satisfying an experience as the products themselves. But First, A 'Brief' Guide To Buying Your Briefs: 1) Fit: Ill-fitting underwear can play havoc with your daily routine, which is why it's extremely important to pick up the right size of underwear (especially if you're experimenting with different brands). If it's too large, you'll spend the whole day pulling them up. If it's too small, it'll cut off the blood supply to your nether regions, and you don't need us to tell you that that's not a pleasant sensation! 2) Fabric: Cotton is the tried and tested material here, but there has been a lot of innovation in this department in recent times, which means there are many more options. Various other cotton blends and fibres come with their own pros and cons. For a luxurious experience, you might indulge in some silk boxer shorts. Similarly, spandex or lycra trunks underneath your workout attire or mesh or lenzing modal underwear with your running shorts is a smart choice. 3) Colour: The world of men's fashion is ever-changing, and you're not limited to solid colours or simple stripes or checks any more. An attractive print might catch your partner's eye when things get hot and heavy in the bedroom. You can also sport printed boxers bearing the logo of your favourite superheroes or cartoon characters during a weekend movie marathon. Just be sure you don't mix up the two! 4) Brand: When it comes to underwear, most men tend to have a fierce loyalty towards a particular brand. We're not saying there's anything wrong with that, we just recommend keeping an open mind. Who knows, you might be missing out on the perfect fit or style by refusing to try out another brand's offerings! So there you have it, guys - it's time for an underwear overhaul. Broaden your horizons and restock your underwear drawer with a variety of styles, fits, colours and fabrics based on your particular needs! Looking For The Best Underwear For Men? Here's A Helpful Guide 1. Saxx Men's Fiesta Boxers © Amazon Let's start on an upbeat note with a literal party in your pants, with these Fiesta boxers from Saxx. The design is the result of a collaboration between rally driver and Saxx ambassador Ken Block, Hoonigan Racing Division and kinetic street artist Felipe Pantone. The design is the most striking feature, as Block's colourful official FIA World Rallycross Championship race livery has been digitally printed on the waistband. Not only is it eye-catching, it's supremely comfortable as well. When you consider how much time you spend concentrating on the race while seated in a cramped space, comfort is a feature you'd expect the manufacturers to address. Along with the mesh side panels, the cotton in the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you're kept cool at all times. The viscose is not only smooth and doesn't trap body heat, but also retains its colour very well thereby ensuring the longevity of the boxers. They also include an “articulated contour pouch,” an extremely handy feature which effectively holds everything in place at all times. Combined with the anti-roll waistband, we're sure you'll agree that these are some of the most eye-catching and comfortable pairs of men's underwear you can get your hands on! Fabric Composition: 48% cotton, 47% viscose, 5% spandex MRP: Rs. 5,000 Buy It Here 2. Gildan Men's Briefs (6-pack) © Amazon Buying underwear in bulk is something that most Indian men do, because it not just sorts out clothing needs but also ensures peace of mind because you know you won't have to go shopping again for some time. When the products in question have been curated by a brand as reputed as Gildan, bulk buying is the smart choice! This six-pack of classic briefs is available in a grey and black colour tone, which means that you can wear them with any outfit. During the scorching summer heat, uncomfortable material and excessive sweating can be a real issue. Gildan addresses this problem by using COOLSPIRE moisture-wicking technology to keep you drier and cooler in the heat. These are also a great option when it comes to cotton underwear for men who value their comfort, because they're made from pure ringspun cotton, which is an incredibly soft fabric. They also feature pull-on closure, a non-binding plush waistband, and leg bands to ensure a snug fit all day. Fabric Composition: Pure cotton MRP: Rs. 3,018 Buy It Here 3. Tommy John Second Skin Dark Titanium Boxer Briefs © Tommy John The best underwear for men is that which fits them like a second skin, so you already know that Tommy John is after the right idea with this pair of boxer briefs! You have the option of choosing between classic black, smart blue and fancy red colour options, which gives you a lot of room to play around with. Speaking of enough room, a contour pouch allows you to nestle your privates gently without having to constantly adjust them. Another useful feature is the Quick Draw® Fly, which is oriented in a horizontal orientation for immediate access when nature calls. You'll also appreciate the Stay Put waistband, which doesn't roll up or leave marks on your waist even after wearing them for the whole day. Fabric Composition: 90% Non-Pilling Micro Modal, 10% Spandex MRP: Rs. 2,340 Buy It Here 4. US Polo Association Men's Trunks © Amazon We're all more familiar with the smart outerwear that US Polo Association makes, but their innerwear game is just as strong! Printed underwear is on trend right now, and these smart printed mid-waist trunks are a great option for men who value comfort just as much as style. They're made using premium Supima Cotton with a Bio Finish, which makes these much softer and stronger than their regular cotton counterparts. Featuring the classic USPA logo print on them, they're available in three eye-catching shades: a stylish black and the more flamboyant shades of red and orange. Fabric Composition: 95% Supima Cotton, 5% Elastane MRP: Rs. 449 Buy It Here 5. Under Armour Boxerjock Boxer Briefs © Amazon You always slip into your workout gear when you hit the gym, so why not invest in workout underwear as well? Under Armour has quickly emerged as the go-to option when it comes to gym attire, and with good reason too. These fitted boxer briefs provide the right level of support without squeezing too uncomfortably, while the lightweight HeatGear fabric and the articulated mesh fly panel keeps things cool. As for mobility, the 4-way stretch fabrication allows greater movement in every direction. The high-tech features don't stop there, as the Moisture Transport System wicks sweat away and dries quickly, while anti-odour technology keeps bad body odour at bay. You'll be able to power through your workout without having to worry about adjusting your shorts, sweating too much down there, or getting rashes once you're done! Fabric Composition: Polyester MRP: Rs. 4,097 Buy It Here 6. MeUndies Men's Printed Boxers © MeUndies If you wanted to give your underwear a personalised touch, then MeUndies is the right option for you. Their boxers are made from their signature soft fabric, which they claim is three times softer than cotton. The soft and flexible waistband combined with the feel-good fit ensures that they won't bunch up at any point during the day. The flatlock stitching also makes them a durable garment that'll last you a long time. As for colour options, they offer a wide variety of colours and prints ranging from classic solids to quirky prints. What's more? MeUndies is a subscription service for men's underwear, so you can even opt for fresh new pairs of varying designs to be delivered to your doorstep at regular intervals, which is great for people who don't like the idea of underwear shopping! Fabric Composition: 92% MicroModal, 8% elastane MRP: Rs. 1,652 Buy It Here 7. Calvin Klein Men's Briefs © Amazon Another brand that's much more well-known for its clothing range, Calvin Klein also curates a range of top-quality innerwear. This particular option is available in a striking navy blue colour, while the elasticised waistband ensures a sung fit for the wearer without being too constrictive. It has been crafted from a premium quality fabric that makes it soft on the skin and extremely easy to maintain, making this a great choice when it comes to the best underwear for men in India. They're a ready-made style statement for those who favour low-rise jeans, as the Calvin Klein brand name peeking out over the top of your jeans will definitely up your style quotient. Fabric Composition: 91% nylon, 9% elastane MRP: Rs. 1,199 Buy It Here 8. Related Garments The Bandit Boxer Brief © Related Garments Underwear specialists Related Garments have a wide variety of styles, colours, patterns, and fits to choose from, and this pair of boxer briefs is a shining example of their undoubted quality. The Atlas Luxe fabric blend is incredibly soft, and they claim that it'll feel as if you aren't wearing anything at all! The sympathetic fit ensures that they won't bunch up and ride up your thigh when you put on your jeans. The black and white checkered waistband offers a nice contrast to the solid black boxer brief, and adds an element of flair to your underwear collection. Fabric Composition: 95% cotton, 5% spandex MRP: Rs. 1,306 Buy It Here 9. Tani FreeForm Contour Trunk © Tani If you like to wear skinny jeans when you're out and slim-fit trousers at work but have this experience spoiled by underwear that's too big or too tight, then these trunks are exactly what you need. Tani claims to have developed a knit that doesn't unravel or roll, and this unique knitting process enhances shape retention while eliminating the need for hems or binding. This effectively creates a seamless connection between your skin and the fabric. The result? No visible lines underneath your clothing, which means that you can wear your skinny jeans with aplomb without worrying about your underwear spoiling the whole effect. Their exclusive Micro Modal® AIR fabric is soft and naturally wicking, keeping you dry while also boosting comfort. They still retain a slight stretch that allows for contouring and flexibility without causing constriction, finished off by a super soft Jacquard waistband. These trunks are available in two classic colours - black and white, ensuring that you won't compromise on style or practicality at any time! Fabric Composition: 88% Micro Modal® AIR, 12% elastane MRP: Rs. 2,748 Buy It Here 10. Jockey Men's Boxer Shorts (2-pack) © Amazon It's impossible to curate a list of the best underwear for men and not include an offering from Jockey, an innerwear giant that's globally recognised. We're pretty sure that there has been some version of Jockey underwear for men in all of our wardrobes at some point of time, and this excellent two-pack of boxer shorts showcase why. Designed to provide the best fit to your body contours, they have double-reinforced back, front, and side seams along with a broad waistband. While boxer shorts do tend to bunch up when you wear them underneath jeans or trousers, they're the ultimate garment of choice when you plan to spend some time relaxing at home, lounging around in the summers. Fabric Composition: Pure mercerized combed cotton MRP: Rs. 738 Buy It Here 11. Emporio Armani Men's Briefs (3-pack) © Amazon Continuing with te theme of underwear options that double up as a style statement, we have this pack of three men's briefs by Emporio Armani. We've all seen its world famous logo on belts and shirts, and it happens to make just as big an impact when it comes to underwear for men too! They are designed in a stylish slim fit with a seamed contour pouch that ensures comfort as well. The embossed logo on the smooth elastic waistband is another great option to pair up with low waisted jeans. You even have the option to mix and match your multipack with different colours such as white, black, grey, and red depending you your personal preference! Fabric Composition: 95% cotton, 5% elastane MRP: Rs. 15,535 Buy It Here 12. TexereSilk Bamboo Viscose Boxer Briefs © TexereSilk Friends of the environment will be pleased to learn that there's an eco-friendly underwear option that they can go for, and it's just as good as all the other options on this list. It's made from a bamboo-derived viscose fibre, which is guaranteed to be more absorbent, resistant to odour, and hypoallergenic, than regular cotton options. Bamboo is grown naturally and without chemicals, and also has a very low water footprint which means that there's very little impact on the environment during the making of these boxer briefs. As for the features, they will please even the most discerning of men. The ribbed fabric construction ensures comfort and durability, and they're also among the softest underwear available right now. The highly-absorbent fabric serves to wick away moisture from the body almost instantly, ensuring that you remain cool and comfortable at all times. Fabric Composition: 70% bamboo viscose, 30% ribbed cotton MRP: Rs. 3,566 (including shipping) Buy It Here 13. Paul Smith Rabbit Print Trunks © Nordstrom When it comes to the best underwear for men, printed options are all the rage right now. They allow the wearer to showcase their personality in a fun way. This pair of low-rise trunks from Paul Smith would be a flamboyant addition to any man's wardrobe and will definitely up your style game. The psychedelic rabbit print on a purple background adds a groovy note to these boxers, which have been designed in a supportive square cut. At the same time, the ultrasoft stretch cotton fabric as well as the elasticised waist ensures that comfort is taken care of as well. Fabric Composition: 94% cotton, 6% spandex MRP: Rs. 5,812 (including shipping) Buy It Here 14. Andrew Christian Almost Naked Retro Brief For Men © Amazon Don't worry, we haven't forgotten how useful the right underwear can be in the bedroom! It's not all about ladies in lingerie, men can heat things up with these limited edition briefs from Andrew Christian. Straight from The Andrew Christian Design Studio in Los Angeles, they feature a retro waistband that reduces the appearance of your waistline (a feature everyone will appreciate) with a stylish contrast trim. The revolutionary hang-free design is anatomically correct with no hidden padding, which offers much-needed extra room up front. The snuggle pocket creates a unique wearing experience as your package falls naturally into it when you put it on, creating the impression that you're not even wearing anything at all! The design minimises sticking, squashing, re-adjusting, sweating and chafing, which is a huge bonus. Along with spicing things up in the bedroom, these briefs provide much-needed support at the gym as well, which is an unexpected bonus. Fabric Composition: 93% rayon, 7% spandex MRP: Rs. 2,200 Buy It Here 15. Lululemon AIM Men's Boxers © Lululemon Here's another brand that is more known for their range of workout and gym clothes, especially those that you wear during yoga sessions. However, Lululemon also curates an amazing range of innerwear as well that carries forward the same principles, as evidenced by this pair of 'Always In Motion' boxers. Based on the idea that you're always in motion (as the name suggests) from when you wake up to when you go to bed, they're designed for everyday comfort. The ultra soft Modal fabric is naturally breathing and quick-drying, helping you coast through the sweatiest situations with great ease. You can choose from a variety of colours as well, enhancing your gym wardrobe in the process! Fabric Composition: Pure modal MRP: Rs. 2,185 (including shipping) Buy It Here
  12. Apple launched the new lineup of iPad without much flair with the new iPad Air and iPad mini and have launched them right before its event next week. Usually, Apple announces new hardware at an event; however, the company probably wants to focus on other things at the event. © Apple The new iPad Air comes with a 10.5-inch display starting at Rs 44,900 (Wi-Fi) and Rs 55,900 (Wi-Fi + Cellular) while the iPad mini is now priced at 34,900 (Cellular) and Rs 45,900 (Wi-Fi + Cellular). The new iPad mini will probably showcase at the event by Apple as an entertainment device which will be popular amongst college students and movie enthusiasts. © Apple The new iPads are powered by the same processor as the iPhone XS i.e. the A12 Bionic chipset and also has support for the older Apple Pencil. The new tablets have wider bezels than the iPad Pro variant and have a lightning port instead of USB-C. The iPad Air is lighter than the iPad Pro but has the same specifications as the iPad mini except for the display size. © Apple Both tablets are available for orders in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UAE, UK, US as well as China (Wi-Fi models only), Macau (Wi-Fi models only) and Mexico with deliveries starting next week. The new iPads will launch in India in the next phase soon after. Apple probably didn't want to mix its software and hardware announcements and decided to launch it simply via a Tweet and press release. Last year, Apple announced the new iPad Pro at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
  13. After some rather disturbing and bizarre online challenges like the 'Momo Challenge, 'Kiki Challenge' or even the 'Tide-Pod' Challenge, we finally have a challenge that makes a lot of sense and is good for the world! The '#Trashtag Challenge' initiates a good Samaritan scenario and it's catching up quite steadfastly. © Instagram The challenge includes taking photos of dirty spaces/areas and then cleaning the entire area up and photographing the clean spot again. The ultimate goal is to post a 'before' and 'after' shot of a once dirty area to an absolutely spotless one, which will pose as an example of great civic sense. The psychology behind such challenges is that it follows a herd mentality. If an open platform such as social media is used to post such challenges, 90% of the time, chances are people are going to follow through and ape a particular trending act. So, needless to say, the #Trashtag Challenge has proven to be rather successful and people in a lot of countries are posting pictures of areas they have cleaned, on the internet. The challenge has somewhat made its way through India but not as aggressively as we had hoped. Currently, only Bangalore and Nagaland have seen this trend unfold. We do wish it comes to other states soon enough because dozens of places need that kind of intervention in this country, since the 'Swach Bharat Mission' has taken its own sweet time to deliver. © Twitter The #Trashtag Challenge has been around for a while now. It was first promoted by a company back in 2015 but it was revisited again this year with this initiative post on Instagram: Double TAP for more amazing facts&quotes ð . -ð¥ TAG a friend to show thisð¡ -ðTURN ON POST NOTIFICATION -âFOLLOW for more... - . . . . . #fact #facts #didyouknow #instafacts #factsdaily #trashtag #dailyfacts #factsð¯ #factz A post shared by TheScientistð (@thescientistfacts) on Mar 10, 2019 at 8:54am PDT Twitter, Reddit and Instagram users all around the world have willfully taken up the challenge and are producing some rather amazing transformational results, with cleaning up garbage-stacked areas around them. Take a look: I don't have a before-and-after picture, but here's a couple of pictures of me with my family picking up trash from the road side whenever we made a rest stop. #trashtag pic.twitter.com/TygYf2dM13 — Adhiti (@frizhbee) 10 March 2019 Students from @tetsocollege, Dimapur, accepted the #Trashtag challenge. Are you up for the challenge to keep your environment clean? Tag us if you accept the challenge. Follow @east.mojo for more news from NorthEast India and around the ð #EastStory #NortheastIndia #trashtagchallenge #trash #Trashchallenge #challenge #ChallengeAccepted #dimapur #tetsocollege #cleanliness #trendingchallenge #environmentfriendly #students #collegestudents #cleancity #garbage #assam #arunachalpradesh #manipur #mizoram#meghalaya #nagaland #sikkim #tripura A post shared by EastMojo (@east.mojo) on Mar 11, 2019 at 4:16am PDT #trashtag We went around this small lake in our community (Bangalore, India) some time back and cleared the trash in biodegradable trash bags from r/pics Over 8000 cigarettes picked off the street to be recycled ð³ #trashtag lives on! - Tag a friend who needs some happiness ð¤ - Follow @themostwholesomememes for more posts like this ððð A post shared by #1 Feel Good Meme Page ð» (@themostwholesomememes) on Mar 11, 2019 at 3:33pm PDT I am blown away with the response I got with my other post encouraging people to take part in this new #trashtag challenge! My inbox is full of photos like this! Will be sure to jeep sharing them!ððð - Tag a friend who needs some happiness ð¤ - Follow @themostwholesomememes for more posts like this ððð A post shared by #1 Feel Good Meme Page ð» (@themostwholesomememes) on Mar 11, 2019 at 4:07am PDT Did our part today for #trashtag while offroading in the mountains of California. via /r/pics https://t.co/1duo3B8pnJ created by: https://t.co/HP3Iew3S7L pic.twitter.com/WRD5sAsiwz — Steben Stupid (@steben316) 11 March 2019 Standup Paddle boarding and cleaning up trash in the ocean off Kata Beach in Phuket, Thailand. #trashtag #leavenotrace #phuket #katabeach #thailand #galileolife A post shared by Adam Mack (@a.mack10) on Mar 10, 2019 at 10:45pm PDT #trashtag is really gaining in popularity, let's keep it going! pic.twitter.com/UpuHcWSTk1 — Kelllvvviiinnn (@kelllvvviiinnn) 10 March 2019 Another #trashtag challenge accepted! Help keep our streets clean. pic.twitter.com/0bh7oEEcTN — TO112 (@to112life) 10 March 2019 Hey kids. Remember the Harlem shake..the water bottle flip challenge..the mannequin challenge..? At last, something meaningful is about to drop globally - #trashtag - take a before and after shot of major tidying efforts. You heard it here first, kids. @CognitaSchools #CognitaWay pic.twitter.com/pp873OGNP2 — Andy Perryer (@andyperryer) 10 March 2019 This is just a work of an hour! #trashtag from r/pics #trashtag #TrashChallenge Picking up around Clifton with UCMC! pic.twitter.com/IjTVSzk7BN — Fred Schroeder (@fred_schroeder) 10 March 2019 Hey @camerondallas the community in my home town in Mexico got together and cleaned up garbage #TrashChallenge #TrashChallenge #trashtag pic.twitter.com/hk9kNTVmSZ — GermanG (@ger__mann) 11 March 2019 Although a lot of spaces are looking spic-and-span, the concern about where this garbage is ending up is doing rounds. A need for good waste disposal systems is in place and we're sure with this very intelligent initiative, other things will seemingly fall in to place.
  14. Ever since Apple announced the iPhone X with a notch, smartphone companies have rushed to copy the design and even use the same tactic to hide its presence. Apple cleverly uses dark wallpapers by default which basically hides the notch when viewed from far. Samsung also uses similar wallpapers to hide the punch-hole gamer at the front of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. © Twitter_Matt B However, not everyone needs to hide the cameras, especially when other wallpapers can embrace Samsung's design choice. Twitter users Matt B (@mattcabb) posted a series of wallpapers that basically flaunt the front-facing cameras with unique characters from Futurama and even Jonny 5 from 'Short Circuit'. Other wallpapers include the NASA Mars Rover and a very cute R2-D2 for the Galaxy S10. © Twitter_Matt B You can have a look at the entire thread of Tweets that feature different wallpapers for the Galaxy S10/S10+. Not so sure about #bender from #futurama. Too much emotions in his original eyes. pic.twitter.com/I5F4kqLlQ3 — Matt B (@Mattcabb) February 27, 2019 The wallpapers are not currently available to download since the Galaxy S10 is not available to the general public yet. However, we do expect these wallpapers to pop up on social media very soon once the smartphone is in the hand of customers. For now, we're just hoping Matt B makes a 'Wall-E' version as well. The wallpapers are not currently available to download since the Galaxy S10 is not available to the general public yet. However, we do expect these wallpapers to pop up on social media very soon once the smartphone is in the hand of customers. For now, we're just hoping Matt B makes a 'Wall-E' version as well.
  15. It's been a while since I've used a beautiful windows laptop and I got the opportunity to test out HP's latest x360 Convertible laptop. The laptop is a combination of productivity and good looks that cannot be matched by any other laptop right now. When you use the laptop in public, it sure is a head turner. However, the laptop is not only about the looks as it performs well in carrying out tasks, editing images and can even double up as a tablet. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla This versatility makes this one of the best Windows laptops I've ever used. Bear in mind that this laptop is not meant for gaming and is more for daily use such as video consumption, editing images/videos and listening to music. Let's find out how the laptop fared during the course of our review: Design © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla To call this laptop beautiful is an understatement. It looks more stylish than its previous model and the entire chassis is made of aluminium. HP calls it the 'gem cut' as it has angled edges which represents a diamond. The 'Dark Ash Grey' variant looks absolutely stunning with a gold rose finish that gives the laptop a modern look. The design itself also incorporates functionality as you can use it various positions i.e. as a laptop, a tablet, as a tent or in reverse mode. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The laptop is 14mm thin and weighs only 1.31 kg. It's comfortable to carry in your bag and adds to the factor of portability. The power button is also discreetly hidden in the left angled corner with blends in with the overall design of the laptop. The other angled corner houses a USB-C port which can be used for charging and doesn't get in the way of other ports. As the HP x360 has a brand new chassis, it has more room for extra ports such as a slot for microSD, a USB 3 Type A, and extra USB-C port and and audio jack. Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Spectre x360 comes with 13.3-inch UHD WLED IPS panel and is perfect for watching 4K content. The colour representation is accurate and the viewing angles are also up the mark. This laptop also comes with HP Sure View which basically blocks your display from prying eyes. You need to be directly in front of the laptop to see the content which is a handy feature to have in a busy environment. Having said that, the display is also a touchscreen which made it very reflective especially if you use it against the light. Sometimes we found it hard to even read our own text documents due to harsh reflections. Since this is a touchscreen panel with Corning Glass NBT, you will often find yourself cleaning your own fingerprints after using it in tablet mode. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The touchscreen, on the other hand, was quite intuitive and was accurate enough to quick launch applications and take noted with the supplied digital pen. You can always use the laptop in tablet mode by simply folding it back all the way. The hinges on the screen look sturdy and look like it can take enough abuse to last longer than its predecessors. Keyboard The keyboard on the HP Spectre x360 is a dream to use as it has comfortable keystrokes and has a satisfying sound. The keys also provide a 1.4mm key travel which is perfect for typing long documents and also this review. The one thing we didn't like were the three backlit modes for the keyboard as we would have loved to adjust it according to our own preference. The three modes are basically bright, medium bright and off which is not ideal for different room conditions. Security We've already mentioned by HP Sure View that blocks content from prying eyes, however, the HP x360 also has additional security measures such as a fingering scanner and Windows Hello. The fingerprint scanner was very accurate and fast at unlocking the laptop as 'Windows Hello' was not as reliable. Performance The HP Spectre x360 runs on Intel's latest quad-core Whiskey Lake processor that has been made specifically for productivity, video conferencing, web browsing and video streaming. The processor has a base frequency of 1.8 GHz and is more than enough for performing photo editing on Photoshop. Having said that, we would suggest you don't run any other application in the background as it can get quite heavy for the processor to handle the extra load. In terms of memory, the laptop comes with 16 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM and cannot be upgraded if you wanted to. Internal storage is also quite impressive as it comes with a 1TB PCIe NVMe TLC SSD. For reference, the laptop got a respectable score of 3,846 in our PCMark 10 test which comes close to the performance of the XPS 13. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Probably our favourite feature of the HP Spectre x360 is the battery life. When using moderately, the laptop is capable of lasting over 20 hours however when using it for productivity and consuming content at the same time, the battery life would fall down to 14 hours. It still manages to last longer than other laptops with a similar configuration thanks to its 4-cell, 61 Wh Li-ion polymer battery. Audio Quality © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla We normally don't talk about speakers in a laptop that much however there is something special going on with the HP Spectre x360. It has quad speakers that have been tuned by Bang & Olufsen. There are two speakers on the keyboard deck and two underneath giving it a very crystal clear sound. Having said that, the speakers are ideal for watching movies but you will notice the lack of bass when listening to music. The speakers on the laptop are placed in a manner that you can use them in any orientation i.e. tablet, laptop or in the tent position. This ensures that sound remains uniform in no matter which orientation you plan to use the laptop. The Final Say We used the laptop for a few weeks and we can easily say it's the most beautiful laptop we've ever used. It comes in three configuration where the starting price is Rs 1,39,990. It looks sexy and offers privacy protocols like the HP Sure View. The long battery life is definitely a winner for people who plan to use the HP Spectre x360 on the move. If you are currently looking for a premium Windows laptop, you cannot ignore the HP Spectre x360.
  16. TV actors in the Indian industry are not just about good acting or playing second fiddle to lead women in 'saas bahu' dramas anymore. With the evolution of content on Indian television, the quality of acting and the way our actors portray themselves have remarkably changed in the last few years. Rajat Tokas, who is best known as Prithiviraj Chauhan and is currently seen in 'Naagin 3', has undergone quite an unbelievable transformation in the recent times. © Instagram Yeah, that's the same guy, with a better body and even better acting skills now. While his fans have been wondering how did this happen, Rajat has managed to surprise everyone continuously when he became super ripped for his stint in 'Naagin 3'. View this post on Instagram It's so disappointing that after so much hardwork, there's different angles to make you look good or bad. A post shared by Rajat Tokas (@rajattokas19) on Sep 30, 2018 at 1:53am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Rajat Tokas (@rajattokas19) on Oct 23, 2018 at 3:16am PDT Get it? How they hell he manages to work round the clock and maintain that crazy physique is beyond our understanding but the talented actor is not letting anything stop him now. Rajat recently shared a picture of his ripped self urging Marvel Studios to actually cast him as the next Wolverine and well, the man's got the abs to back it up as well. View this post on Instagram @marvelstudios all I need is one opportunity to prove myself. And trust me I won't disappoint. Never have, never will. Will literally live and breathe the character... A post shared by Rajat Tokas (@rajattokas19) on Feb 7, 2019 at 9:33pm PST Wonder what Hugh Jackman has got to say about Rajat being in his shoes! © Marvel Well, if the hunt is indeed on, we'd love to see our 'desi' Wolverine get some claws and nail the character.
  17. It's really cold right now, a little too cold for February, all thanks to the heavy rains and hailstorm. But, it's still not something people living in North India can't handle. After all, isn't Delhi famous for getting to experience all the seasons? Yep, and that's one of the points brought up in the age-old Mumbai vs Delhi debate, that will honestly never die down. Recently, Mumbai has also been experiencing chilly winds, with a lot of people considering yesterday to be the coldest day of the season. People from Mumbai took to Twitter to basically talk about how cold it's getting but obviously, Delhi folks came out to tell them something important - 25 degrees is not cold. The weather debate along with the Mumbai vs Delhi debate is never going to end, so let's just enjoy the rivalry and look at some hilarious tweets about it. #mumbaiweather pic.twitter.com/WunchtW8po — Sayli (@Saylee789) February 8, 2019 It can't be that cold, honestly. Mumbai, you are cold tonight. — Jai Mehta (@JaiHMehta) February 8, 2019 At least someone's loving the cold. #mumbaiweather Is this mumbai , or something else We are so loving it . ðpic.twitter.com/OCV5XJ97Ni — Akshay Bardapurkar (@akshayent) February 8, 2019 And, people aren't prepared. What's with this sudden cold Mumbai? I don't even have any winter clothing left with me :( #mumbaiweather #unexpectedcold #nicebutstrange — Samidh Bhattacharyya (@sam2wit) February 8, 2019 20 degrees is not cold! Mumbai....Please dont be so cold!! ð±ð³â#mumbaiweather — Koena Mitra (@koenamitra) February 8, 2019 Love the gif, tho. It is so bloody cold #Mumbai pic.twitter.com/swCArJ43Ln — Anu (@anushree_das) February 8, 2019 Exactly. Come to Delhi. U will know what real cold isð — Gaurav (@Gaurav1212121) February 8, 2019 Too accurate. pic.twitter.com/PZaiSOZDs8 — fazal (@real_fazal) February 8, 2019 Delhi weather is the best, tho? Fans off, jackets on, wtf Mumbai I haven't paid for Delhi weather here. — Anupam Gupta (@b50) February 8, 2019 Yep. Come on! I was in Mumbai last week n it was super hot. 25 degrees is not cold! ð£ð£ — à¤à¤°à¥à¤·à¥ मितà¥à¤°à¤¾ (@m_aarushi93) February 8, 2019 That person needs help. No matter how cold it is...someone is still sleeping with fan on! #mumbaiweather — Dhwani (@dhwani2993) February 8, 2019 Brilliant gif. Windy, windy, windy Mumbai! Delighted. #mumbaiweather pic.twitter.com/2oxTIwcGMV — Mehul Gohil (@mehulgohil) February 8, 2019 Bottom line, be this person. V cold for the guys without a shelter. Gave adrak chai to our watchmen and to some street people too. This cold #MumbaiWeather may continue till the weekend. Spread some warmth and care. ð — Gita S. Kapoor (@GitaSKapoor) February 8, 2019
  18. One Love. Who would have thought a simple phrase such as this one could hold such depth of meaning? Yet, it also finds resonance in the iconic Bob Marley song by the same name. If you don't happen to remember the lyrics to that song, you might want to go through it to understand how this universal emotion is our only hope when it comes to guiding the mankind to a better place where “one love” suffices for all. A love without judgements and reservations. One love that's selfless and where acceptance comes easy, just how it is meant to be - something Marley manages to convey so easily in not so many words. Love does not differentiate between the hearts that wants to love, and who it wants to shower that love on. Love is just the same for all of us who are willing to feel it, and give it a chance regardless of what comes in the way. (c) Meghna Sahoo Such is the story of Meghna Sahoo, a transgender woman, and her husband Basudeba Nayak who went against societal diktats and reservations, to give their love the chance it deserved. When Meghna married Basudeba in 2017, she became Odisha's first transgender woman to tie the knot. It turned into a moment of celebration for the transgender community in the state, and have them the power to hope for their own share of love in life. Meghna and Basudeba's love story began through a chance interaction on Facebook. Basudeba happened to be one of Meghna's followers of Facebook, and had found out about Meghna because of her involvement in social activism. But the possibility that she should chance upon his private messages to her, from amongst the hundreds she received regularly, is a play of fate. Recalling her first interaction with Basudeba, Meghna says that, “We had never met each other before the first time we spoke to each other of Facebook. One day when I turned on my Facebook chat after a long time, I noticed that someone named Basudeba had been messaging me everyday on Facebook. At that time he had been going through some personal issues and he was reaching out to me to seek help.” (c) BCCL This forms the premise of Meghna and Basudeba's first virtual association. She also noticed that all this time when she failed to respond to him, he would regularly drop her good morning or good night messages. For the next two years, Basudeba continued trying to speak to her at various points, but couldn't get through. Finally, when Basudeba's messages caught Meghna's attention, she responded. The messages ranged from normal greetings to even marriage proposals. At that point Meghna was already in a relationship with another guy, who said he loved her, but wouldn't make their relationship public or go out with her like regular couples do. He even had concerns that transgender women cannot become mothers and that the society wouldn't accept them. This sour experience cautioned Meghna to not take Basudeba's proposals too seriously either. However, after they began to interact more and more, she came to know about Basudeba's story. “He told me that back in 2011 his wife had eloped with her lover, leaving behind their 10-month old boy. Even after that point we would talk every now and then.” (c) Meghna Sahoo This went on for some time and then suddenly Basudeba proposed to Meghna once again for marriage. But this time Meghna didn't want to get fooled and wanted to see if Basedeba meant what said. She says, “when he proposed this time, I asked him to get his family to bring the marriage proposal to my family. But since his parents had passed away by then, he spoke to his elder brother and sister-in-law. Initially his family was against it and didn't approve of their brother getting married to a kinnar.” However, his family's concern about “log kya kahenge” didn't stop Basudeb from declaring that if he has to marry it will have to be to Meghna and no one else. “He told his family that he really liked me and wished to get married. His other concern was that another woman might mistreat his son, and he didn't want that. His other motivation was that since Meghna couldn't bear children she would be able to give his son her undivided love.” (c) OdishaTV Meghna admits that this last reason didn't hurt her as much as it should because she thought, “at least I would become a mother to a child who needs a mother's affection. Besides, this could also set an example for others to follow. Two lives got better due to this marriage - a child got a mother and a transgender woman got a loving family. Such a possibility for others could better so many lives. That is why I agreed to accept his proposal.” Even until the last moment Basudeba's family didn't give their consent to the wedding. But eventually they gave up and Basudeba and Meghna finally got married on 26th January 2017 with the blessing of both the families. Talking about her wedding day, Meghna shared that “more than ten thousand people came to attend the wedding. Many politicians, social activists and advocates came to attend the wedding even without invitation and gave us their blessings.” (c) Incredibleorissa Meghna and Basudeba just completed two years as a married couple and Meghna is living a happy married life with her husband, son and in-laws. She admits that arguments do crop up every now and then, but she and Basudeba always reach a middle ground, and work things out. However, she admits that her bond with her son is much stronger than that with her own husband. “I have bonded very well with my son and we love each other dearly. I feel I am more closer to him than my husband.” Basudeba for his part has stood by Meghna through it all and has never paid heed to society's judgements. Currently, Meghna is working with an NGO and also became first transgender woman to work with Ola as a driver. Meghna also holds an MBA in HR and Management. Meghna's lone motivation is to change the society's mindset regarding transgender community and inspire other transgenders to live their dream and build a better future for themselves without any inhibitions. Meghna's journey and story has inspired many other transgenders to turn their lives around and hope for the first time, to live their dreams and find the love of their life who would be willing to accept them for who they are and love them.
  19. It is World Cancer Day today and while the disease is a very hard battle to fight, the people who win over it are prime examples of the fact that mental strength is what one needs to fight the battle.Bollywood celebs are often looked up to as social media influencers and fashion inspiration, but there are a few celebs out there who are respected for how gracefully and fiercely they've fought the war with cancer. Tahira Kashyap and Sonali Bendre are two such women of steel, who have been fighting this war in their own way and today, their powerful messages are a major inspiration on how one can endure anything with courage. View this post on Instagram Today is my day! Wish you all a happy #worldcancerday and hope each one of us celebrates this day in an embracing way. That we remove any stigma or taboo associated with it. That we spread awareness about it and that we have self love no matter what. I truly embrace all my scars as they are my badges of honour. There is nothing known as perfect. Happiness lies in truly accepting yourself. This was a tough one for me. But this picture was my decision as I want to celebrate not the disease but the spirit with which I endured. To quote my mentor, Diasaku Ikeda, “Leading an undefeated life is eternal victory. Not being defeated, never giving up, is actually a greater victory than winning, not being defeated means having the courage to rise to the challenge. However many times we're knocked down, the important thing is we keep getting up and taking one step-even a half step- forward” #worldcancerday #breastcancerawareness #breastcancerwarrior #turningkarmaintomission #boddhisatva Thanks @atulkasbekar for this oneâ¤ï¸ A post shared by tahirakashyapkhurrana (@tahirakashyap) on Feb 3, 2019 at 11:32pm PST When Tahira had first notified the world about her battle with cancer, little did anyone know that this fighter would manage to win every heart on the internet with her humility and her approach on the sensitive matter. View this post on Instagram An opportunity to give competition to the Kardashians just went wasted! A week back I mentioned about 'my badge of honour' that I was going to receive. And I did and am happy to share about it with the intention of it being received with love. As that's the only reason I am posting it. Love for self and gratitude for the universe. The picture might be disturbing for some, but these drains have become my dumbells for a few days. I was detected with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) in my right breast with high grade malignant cells. Simply put stage 0 cancer/ pre-cancerous stage, with cancer cells multiplying in a contained area. The result I have become a half Indian version of Angelina Jolie (since only one breast was involved)! I told my doctor now is the time to give some competition to the Kardashians since Pamela is passé. But no one listened to me, so now I have a portion of my back tissue in my breast. Perhaps now I can do chin-ups with my breasts! Jokes apart, this obstacle has given me a new definition of life. Respect it's unpredictability and have the faith and courage to be the hero of your own drama of life. The invincible human spirit is God like, gives you the courage to endure and the will to revive. There is nothing that human spirit can't do. Also I want women of all ages to be aware. I am 35, and I was returned twice over from a mammogram. If any symptoms come up, think of it as a protective force and get yourselves examined. Also we are so obsessed with boobs. This mastectomy has left me with even more self love! Big, small, left or right inclined , gravity pulling or defying, or even none, each breast the presence or lack of it has a story to tell. Mine has made me a 2.0 version of myself! This post is dedicated to awareness, self love and resilience of a warrior that I know each one of us possessesâ¤ï¸ #breastcancerawareness #selflove #determination #faith #bodhisattva #bodhisattvaoftheearth A post shared by tahirakashyapkhurrana (@tahirakashyap) on Sep 22, 2018 at 1:59am PDT Tahira ditched her wig for her natural self and even walked the ramp at the recently concluded Fashion Week. View this post on Instagram I got the instructions to not to smile too much, but couldn't control ðð first time and super fun! Walked for @bodicebodice at @lakmefashionwk A post shared by tahirakashyapkhurrana (@tahirakashyap) on Feb 2, 2019 at 9:07am PST Sonali Bendre, who has been inspiring everyone with her insane postivity, also took to social media to urge people to let time be the true healer. View this post on Instagram World Cancer Day… who would have thought it would become such a thing… but it has! And just the mere mention of the C word brings dread in the hearts of anyone who hears it. We fear it so much that we'd rather not talk about it… which is why it's important to have a day where we pull out the band aid and help us deal with this disease. I was scared too, but soon realised that burying my head in the sand was not the way to deal with this. And so… with the little experience I have had, I urge you all to take the time to understand it. There's more to cancer than being emotional or weak or even being called a fighter or a survivor. It requires you to study it, find out what works for you and to be diligent about your treatment. It requires days of strongly believing in oneself, of knowing that tomorrow will be better than today. It is not a fight against negative thoughts. It's taking a stand to not give in, no matter what. Most importantly, it is about living every day, and not just surviving. Just taking it #OneDayAtATime makes it easier to #SwitchOnTheSunshine. #WorldCancerDay A post shared by Sonali Bendre (@iamsonalibendre) on Feb 3, 2019 at 11:48pm PST Her Instagram feed is full of beautiful pictures of the actress in her natural 'avatar' where she continues to inspire everyone with her outlook on battling cancer. View this post on Instagram “I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” – Cheryl Strayed, Wild. Over the past couple of months, I have had good days and bad ones. There have been days when I've been so exhausted and in so much pain that even lifting a finger hurt. I feel like sometimes it's a cycle… one that starts off with physical pain and leads to mental and emotional pain. The bad days have been many… Post chemo, post-surgery and the like… where even just laughing hurts. Sometimes it felt like it took everything I've had to push past it… a minute to minute battle with myself. I got through it knowing that even though I was fighting a long drawn out, draining battle… it was one that was worth the fight. It's important to remember that we're allowed to have those bad days. Forcing yourself to be happy and cheerful all the time serves no purpose. Who are we being fake and putting on an act for? I allowed myself to cry, to feel the pain, to indulge in self-pity… for a short while. Only you know what you're going through and it is fine to accept it. Emotions aren't wrong. Feeling negative emotions isn't wrong. But after a point, identify it, recognize it and refuse to let it control your life. It takes an immense amount of self-care to get out of that zone. Sleep always helps, or having my favourite smoothie after chemo, or just talking to my son. For now, as my treatment continues… my visual focus remains to just get better and get back home. It's yet another test… Student all my life… Learning all my life… #OneDayAtATime ð·: @srishtibehlarya A post shared by Sonali Bendre (@iamsonalibendre) on Oct 8, 2018 at 11:19pm PDT Besides these strong women, other celebs who have been battling the disease include Irrfan Khan, actress Nafisa Ali and even cricketer Yuvraj Singh. Let's be kind and gentle while also being strong for anyone trying to win this war. Such motivational posts prove that no war is impossible to fight, as long as you have courage.
  20. In a one of a kind incident, the first of five ODI matches to be played between India and New Zealand was temporarily halted as the setting sun was adversely impacting the batsmen's sight, causing them discomfort. Meanwhile in Napier...#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/3p5j18O3hg — ICC (@ICC) January 23, 2019 "The setting sun is directly in the eyes of the batsmen. So we got to consider the safety of the players, umpires. So we have decided to suspend play until conditions improve. This is the first time in my 14 years that I have seen something like this happen on a cricket field. Good news is we have 30 minutes extra time. We are hoping to be back in 30 minutes and it will still be a 50-over game," umpire Shaun Haig explained. The problem seems to be with the orientation of Napier's McLean Park cricket ground in which the wicket runs from East to West unlike a typical pitch running from North to South. After the match, when Bill Dalton, Mayor of Napier was asked about the uncanny incident by local press, he said: “To be absolutely honest with you, my view is that these guys are sportsmen who play outside. If they get a bit of sun in their eyes that's part of the game.” “It's an outdoor sport and they've got to toughen up… It's all a bit weird to me,” said the unsympathetic mayor. To be clear, the mayor was not targeting the Indian cricketers in particular. The decision to pause the game until sunset was that of both sides and Kane Williamson's silent agreement to the umpire's suggestion to delay the game was enough to prove the legitimacy of the issue. Clinical. #TeamIndia start off the series with a 8-wicket win against New Zealand in the 1st ODI. 1-0 ð®ð³ð®ð³ #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/P4lLKjoCvu — BCCI (@BCCI) January 23, 2019 The hold-up had little effect on the game as only one run and one over were reduced following the Duckworth-Lewis method. India won the game comfortably with eight wickets in hand while Mohammed Shami won the Man of the Match who scalded three wickets to become the fastest Indian to take 100 wickets in One Day Internationals.
  21. The last 24 hours have not exactly been the brightest for the Pakistani cricket captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who was caught throwing racially motivated jibes at the South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during the second ODI of five-match series at the Proteas' home turf. As things grew out of proportion, former Pakistani pacer and all-time-great Shoaib Akhtar too decided to humble the outspoken wicket keeper by uploading a minute and a half long video from all his social media handles which he later removed due to reasons unknown. The former cricketer urged Ahmed to make a public apology for the “absolutely disgusting comments” that he had made in Durban. Having said that, after an entire day of public humiliation, Ahmed finally tweeted a long apology in which he shows regret over hurting the sentiments of those who got offended by his “expression of frustration.” 1/2 - I wish to extend my sincere apologies to any person who may have taken offence from my expression of frustration which was unfortunately caught by the stump mic during yesterday's game against SA. My words were not directed towards anyone in particular and... — Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 2019 2/3 - I certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone. I did not even mean for my words to be heard, understood or communicated to the opposing team or the cricket fans. I have in the past and will continue in future to appreciate the camaraderie of my fellow cricketers from... — Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 2019 3/3 - ...across the globe and will always respect and honour them on and off the field. — Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 2019 In his apology, Ahmed tries to convey that his remarks were not directed towards a certain individual and he, as a cricketer has shown respect towards his fellow men of the game from all around the world and will continue to do so in the future. However, the judiciary that social media has come to become, was not convinced with this apology of Ahmed's and they let him know that in the best way possible: I think you should be ashamed of yourself using racial language against a fellow cricketer We face racism in the uk everyday I know how it feels #shame — Talib Zaman (@TalibZaman) January 23, 2019 pic.twitter.com/aqLZzalNMq — Om Mehta (@om_mehta) January 23, 2019 pic.twitter.com/U29HzzSDgw — Phumlani Khulu (@Pumbaah1512) January 23, 2019 Saifi bhai ini English ð u made me cry ð­ð­ — Tehرeeemeee (Maheen's Bdy â¤) (@Cheerrryy_) January 23, 2019 Saifi bhai zuban zada chlate ho or balla kam chlate ho zada focus game pe rakho — Muhammad Asif Iqbal (@Muhammad_Aasif4) January 23, 2019 jhoot bolta hai bsdk? ðð — Aditya Acharya (@aadiacharya) January 23, 2019 The thing is, when you are caught saying something like “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya padhwa ke aaye hai aaj?" (Hey black guy, where's your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?),” it doesn't really make a good case for you to say that your remarks weren't directed towards an individual and that you respect the people of colour. If you believe that your words weren't meant to be heard or understood by anyone from the opposing team, it doesn't make you less guilty. It is like Cameron Bancroft not wanting the cameras to catch his infamous ball-tampering incident in South Africa last year. According to the ICC Anti-Racism policy for International Cricket, Ahmed's apparent words of sledging unacceptable and he must be punished for it. If Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul are facing so much flak for their remarks on a talk-show, the Pakistani skipper must meet with a penalty a lot more severe.
  22. Have you ever been confused when your girlfriend or one of your female friends declares that chivalry is dead and yet when you do something chivalrous, they seem to be put off by it? You can't seem to figure out where you went wrong. Allow me to let you on to a not-so-secret fact then. Women want men to be chivalrous. Period. via GIPHY They just do not want a pooch (read phony gentleman), running about to please them. Nor do they specifically expect it in today's era. Being chivalrous is not a bad thing in today's love-forsaken world, as there are hardly any real chivalrous men. Stress on the word “real”. via GIPHY The important question is: Are you doing this to impress women or is it a fad that you are trying out? Then, unfortunately, that means your behaviour has passed over into being overly chivalrous, i.e., you are making a great deal out of it and it is apparent. You have officially become the “doormat” guy. Women are intelligent creatures, they can easily tell whether you are being sincere or not. A Chivalrous Lesson © Pinterest Chivalry seems to be the stuff of romantic novels and historical anecdotes. The word paints a picture of a beautiful damsel in distress, awaiting a chivalrous knight to come in and save her from the tower she has been locked in. via GIPHY Well, today's woman is no damsel in distress, nor does she wait around for a knight to save her from harm. They are quite capable of taking care of themselves. What women today are irritated of are men going overboard with the concept of chivalry, grandiose gestures with little to almost no heart in them. © Pinterest Started off as a code of conduct for Knights in the Medieval times it became a concept for the royal court affairs and a terrible amount of important manners. Chivalry was a quaint way in which a man could express his feelings to the woman he cared for through small things. A sign of substance and genuineness in a man. via GIPHY There's a lot of romanticism attributed to the word, a sense of old-world charm and dreamy notions. Victorian era novels are filled with gallant gentlemen and their courtly ways of whom the ladies seem to be a fan. Literature is filled with these men; Mr Darcy, Mr. Bingley, Mr Rochester and the list goes on. © Pinterest A perfect example of a chivalrous man in fiction would be Gregory Peck as Joe Bradley in 'Roman Holiday'. The perfect combination of chivalry and frankness. In the movie, when he has a choice to make, he puts love first instead of fame. If that is not chivalry, I do not know what is. © Pinterest In today's world, chivalry is a debatable idea. Is it essential? How do you know when it is too much? Dear fellow brothers, it isn't the 1800s or the 1950s, women can open doors for themselves, bring their own coats, have their own handkerchiefs and do not need particular help. They are independent, just like men are. © Pinterest It is the thought behind the gesture that matters. Your chivalry should come from within. It should be instantaneous; it has more to do with your personality and manners and your intention to be honourable. Chivalry is the mark of an honest man, a person who doesn't fake it. It is a much greater concept than just concerning the courting of women; it is a lifestyle. How To Know The Difference? It's easy. Scenario 1: You see a woman struggling with a big bag of groceries. You insist on helping her. She says yes. You take the bags and help her home. “Oh, what a gallant young man! Thank you for your chivalry!” © Pinterest Scenario 2: She says no. You insist. She says she is fine with it. You are still insistent, and you try to take the bags and nearly force them out of her hand, just to show that you are a good guy, this is where you have gone overboard. When the lady says that she is fine, she is fine. Leave it there. If she wants your help, she will ask for it. Life isn't a rom-com where the writers make you believe that when women say no, they mean yes or when a man likes a woman, he turns up at her doorstep complete with some over the top, grand gesture. It isn't a novel filled with ideas of an ideal lady and a gentleman, or a series where you are the hot-headed hunk with dripping masculinity and an ineffable charm, trying to win the affections of the heroine. via GIPHY Peacocking (“an extravagant show-off” for the uninitiated) is not an “in” thing, it makes you look needy and pretentious. You can go from charming to creepy in a second. via GIPHY If not that, it puts you in the dorky, nice guy category. Hanging onto their purses while they go and dance with someone else or constantly complimenting her. Seriously, women won't be interested in an over-zealous pushover because that is what it looks like. © Columbia Pictures/Mirage Enterprises Just like you find your girlfriend's nagging to be annoying; women find extreme chivalry to be the same. You might have observed that when you do something, which the lady in question can do herself, that is where they get exasperated. Of course, it is often misconstrued and misinterpreted, but this is where you need to put in work. Women might take your extreme enthusiasm to help them as a trait of cockiness. Remember that unaffected and honest help is never unnoticed. If the lady doesn't understand your genuine act of love, then maybe she isn't meant for you. Womanly Or Chivalry: Is It Necessary? The connotations of chivalry have changed over the years, what used to be a gesture of love and affection has been crassly changed into an idea in which it is expected of a man to help and save the weaker ***. The change seems to have come into effect after the World War, where the whole idea of chivalry being a sexist thing comes from. A question may arise in your mind. Why should women be treated differently? Why do they expect chivalry? Doesn't it erode the concept of feminism? © Twitter That is the precise basis of the debate. We have come a long way from the time when gender roles were strictly put down. But somehow, we are still stuck in the web of the generations gone by. Women were expected to be “womanly” as the men were to be “chivalrous”. Women were to be docile creatures and keep home. They were to patiently wait for a hero. That is what was “womanly”. Similarly, men were to fight the monster and save the lady. Today, women and men do the same things and are working towards making a world a place where they share everything equally. Equality is the foundation of feminism. If only people understood that. What's off-putting to women I assume is the tarnishing and convoluting of the term and the perspective it presents. No one wants to be perceived to be weak. It is the concept which is faulty, not you. How To Be Chivalrous? If you want to be chivalrous, be. Don't try to highlight it. We men need to understand that it isn't limited to opening doors, picking up the tab or helping your lover over puddles. via GIPHY A chivalrous man in today's world would be a man who doesn't have a problem with a female working with him or him working for her. A man who appreciates a woman's opinion. In a relationship, a man who is there when the woman needs him is a much chivalrous man than one who uses chivalry just to woo her and then forget it once the courtship is complete. © Columbia Pictures/Mirage Enterprises Don't just give her a handkerchief when she cries, wipe her tears too. Be a companion to her sorrow. A person whose charm, warmth and helping nature are not limited to any particular gender is chivalrous in the truest sense. © Twitter If you want to hold doors for her, open car doors, give her your coat when you think she is cold, hold her bags for her, go for it. Do it if because you want to, not because someone expects you to. Moreover, definitely not to be in someone's good books. It is bound to fall flat if you are not genuinely interested in it. Also, do it out of the goodness of your heart. Dear women, chivalry isn't dead. It is very much alive. Let your man have the benefit of the doubt. Give the guy a chance to be gallant and enjoy the experience!
  23. As per the latest research by global gurus, passion has emerged as a necessary ingredient for daily subsistence. An extension of this Biblical gospel is the emergence of having a particular hobby as the central tenet for human survival. In biological terms, a hobby is the new kidney. You need a couple for proper survival! This article looks at the rise in the number of people trying to manufacture a fake kidney, sorry a fake hobby! 1. The DSLR Addict! The most common group of hobbyists are 'the DSLR addicts' who try to find natural beauty in everything; ranging from domesticated cockroaches to pig poop. This is followed up by a 300-word commentary on each picture on Instagram and personalised messages on WhatsApp. While this is bearable, it becomes creepy when 'the DSLR addict' starts taking pictures of young women in the name of candid camera, salivating over 'such a pataka'. Creep alert! 2. The Metrosexual Farmer After decades of struggling in cities, the countryside and farming seem to be making a comeback. Getting closer to mother nature is the epitome for this breed of hobbyists. Their social media feeds are filled up with pictures of cute puppies in clean looking agrarian fields with tags comprising of natural, organic, green, clean, fulfilment amidst other passion dosed phrases. Some of them are often caught trying to spot potato on the plant stem and gur on sugarcane. Wonder where the North Indian heat, the pesticides, the buffalos and the ugly tractors go? 3. The Palika Bazaar Of Cult Fit Do you have a friend who always poses with medals of having finished half marathons? Their captions tend to hover around, 'finished this race in record time' accompanied with a dozen selfies during the race. Quick question, how did you manage to finish your race in record time and manage to take so many selfies during that time? Also, why aren't you physically active on the remaining 364 days as indicated by your generous flab! A sister profile of this breed is the fake yoga guru! Beware! 4. The Great Lover Of Poverty After the rise in Xiaomi phones, philanthropy has really taken off! Everyone seems to be waking up nights trying to rake up ways to help undernourished children in sub-Saharan Africa. This breed of hobbyists loves to give back to society and hence start social media pages to garner donations for their funds. On a different note, did someone ask for a recommendation for philanthropic work for admission into an American business school? Such a kind-hearted soul! 5. The Nation Builder This group of nation builders can be summarised in a single neat sentence, 'my leader is more virile than yours'. This group of hobbyists can be characterised by excessive vitriolic, sorry passionate discussions on social media about their political leaders and their resultant nation building. This street fight multiplies disproportionately as seemingly sensible people start fighting like your mother and wife! 6. The Adventure Junkie Mankind has seen a massive adrenaline shift after the birth of Instagram. In terms of importance, the birth of Instagram has been chronicled in the annals of history along with the extinction of dinosaurs, the invention of the steam engine and World War 2. Adventures like rock climbing, para-gliding, rafting, bungee jumping, sky diving are so yesterday. The adventure junkie is always looking for the next high. The next in-thing on their list is to spend a night inside a coffin with a skeleton. Apparently, the Google Pixel phone takes excellent low light pictures! 7. The Motivator As you might be aware, India has fared very low on the happiness index. This has led to the birth of 'the motivator' whose single biggest mission is to make people realise their inner potential. To clarify, this is not the group of hobbyists that posts 'Good Morning,' 'I love you' and 'thank you' on all the family WhatsApp groups. The motivator genuinely believes in making people realise their potential; hence their social media feeds are filled up with, 'you can achieve', 'aim for the stars', 'follow your dreams', 'when the going gets tough, you get going' amidst other noble lines. As I write this, tears of gratitude are dripping down my face! 8. The Serial Entrepreneur Once seen as a huge deal breaker in securing matrimonial alliances, the tag of an entrepreneur has come a long way! In common parlance, throw a stone at someone on 100 feet road in Bangalore and you will spot a visionary entrepreneur. This group of hobbyists, who are under the inner torrential frenzy of adding value to everyone, are obsessed with changing the world and making humanity a better place! I am sorry, how many of your startups have ever made a dime in life? 9. The Cat Lover A cat has nine lives and hence it lands up on the ninth spot on this list. Once upon a time, cute pets were synonymous with the Vodafone pug. As the Indian economy has leapfrogged, cats seem to have taken centre stage. Screaming out, 'kitty kitty kitty' at restaurants is perceived to be extremely cool. This group of hobbyists indulges in putting up scintillating pictures of cat love, the success of their cats in a cat grooming race and pictures of cat manicure and pedicure! Please don't bark back at them in retaliation! 10. The Real Warren Buffett It is ironical that Warren Buffett made so much money while this group of hobbyists barely gets any publicity. This group is characterised by their know it all commentary on interest rates, stock market movement, hot picks, cool tips, lukewarm opportunities at dinner tables. It is unfortunate no one has ever asked them, 'mate, how much money have you made on your own?' In summary, there are many more such passionate groups of hobbyists; the enthusiastic historian, the artistic cake baker, the vintage dancer, the pseudo-intellectual educationist, the always right tarot card reader, etc. However, you should be careful while spilling your passion over to your immediate world. You don't want your circles to go, 'fake hobby alert'!
  24. College is a period where life happens at a fast pace: you are simultaneously involved in lectures, societies, parties, relationships, part-time jobs (maybe), exams and more exams. With so much going on, one important aspect that often gets left behind is fitness. It is said “If you do not take out for your fitness today, you will have to take time for illness tomorrow.” Bro don't be this guy! Here are 5 bodyweight exercises for college boys. I recommend performing these movements first thing in the morning after having a shot of black coffee and a scoop of protein. This ensures you get it done every day and also give you a sense of achievement to kick-start your morning. 1) Push Ups © Thinkstock Images The good old push up is an ultimate exercise for upper body development. It targets your pectoral major, triceps, anterior delts and also engages your core. One mistake which majority of bros do with push-ups is: Chasing the number of reps. The reps do not matter, the number of quality reps does. If you can only perform 6 push-ups with proper form, stick to it and perform more sets, instead of more reps with poor form. Once you get good at it, you can put your heavy books in your back-pack and perform push-ups wearing it. This will increase resistance, consequently resulting in more muscle development. Variations: Close Grip, Wide Grips, Decline, and Weighted Push-Ups Sets: 2-5 Reps- 15-35 2) Jump Squats © HIIT academy Jump Squat is an effective exercise for shaping your thighs and building a powerful lower body. It is crucial that you first learn how to perfectly perform bodyweight squats before trying this. Keep your feet shoulder width apart and slowly perform a squat, putting tension in your hamstrings, go slightly below parallel (NOT ASS TO GRASS), from here imagine pressing the floor downwards with maximum effort and jump upwards. Make sure you do not land with stiff legs or you will injure your knee joints. Sets: 2-4 Reps: 10-20 3) Wall Push Ups © Thinkstock Images This is perhaps the only bodyweight exercise you can do for your shoulders and traps. And building mass in these muscle groups can drastically enhance your looks, transforming your appearance from a boy to a masculine man. This is an extremely difficult movement, beginners are advised to start with placing your feet on a high table and gradually move on to perform the full wall push-ups. Sets: 2-3 Reps: 8-12 4) Walking Lunges © YouTube As much as this movement is painful, it is equally rewarding for leg gains. Walking lunges effectively targets the quads, hamstrings, and glutes for complete leg development. All you need is a 50m space. If you cannot maintain your balance while doing lunges walking, initially perform lunges one leg at a time standing at one place. Sets: 2-4 Reps: 12-15 Each Leg 5) Chin Ups / Pull Ups © Thinkstock Images You will need something to hang on to for this exercise, a door chin up bar or you can also utilize the 'Chaj Ja' (balcony) (disclaimer: it will hurt your hands). Chin ups are a staple movement in the routines of bodybuilders, powerlifter and weightlifters. Why? Because it works for building a wide and strong back. It also isometrically stimulates your forearms and biceps. Always chase quality over quantity while performing chin ups or pull ups. Make your chin move past the bar and you come down with controlled motion. Once again you can use your heavy-duty books to increases the resistance. Sets: 2-4 Reps: 6-12 Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  25. Mobile gaming has taken a serious turn ever since Indians started playing the mobile version of PUBG as a religion. The game can work on various smartphones that have a good GPU, enough RAM and a good processor. Having said that, smartphones generally tend to heat up real quick which has made companies introducing new cooling solutions. © ASUS Even though mobile gaming can't match up to the same quality delivered on consoles and PCs, however, ASUS may have just built a smartphone that might bridge the gap. Smartphones don't have dedicated powerful GPUs to deliver high-quality graphics, but smartphones can be innovative enough to deliver a good gaming experience. The ASUS ROG phone retails in India for Rs 69,990 (8GB+128GB) which is a bit expensive for a gaming smartphone, so let's find out if it's worth the price tag. Design & Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla If you've ever seen an ASUS ROG laptop, you can instantly recognise it for its design. The same can be said for the ASUS ROG phone where it has sharp cuts, a sweet multicolour light-up logo on the back, massive vents to prevent overheating and a look that resembles some sort of an alien warship. It's cool to see ASUS incorporate a similar design like its gaming laptops, but the key notable difference is its metal body. Gaming laptops generally have plastic bodies as it does not conduct heat as quickly. As the smartphone has a metal unibody design, it comes with an additional accessory out of the box that aides in cooling down the phone. The accessory is called the AeroActive Cooler and it has a fan and an audio jack that is powered by the extra USB-C port on the side of the phone. What's ingenious about this design is the fact that no wires come in the way and interrupt your gaming experience. To make it easier for users to game, the smartphone has squeezable and tappable sides for customisable phone functions. You can map these functions for specific game functions and the mappable Air Triggers are great for first-person shooters. Overall, the ASUS ROG phone has all the answers for woes most smartphone gamers face. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla This is where things get interesting as the ROG phone has a 6-inch OLED display that has has a resolution of FHD+ (2160 x 1080 px). It even has support for HDR content and a 90Hz refresh rate. That's the best display you can get on any gadget (including monitors) and the refresh rate is the added bonus for gamers. The refresh rate reduces the response time drastically which is crucial in games like PUBG. You can even customise the display according to your own liking. The colour reproduction is decent and you can even switch to modes such as Standard and Splendid. You even have the ability to tweak the saturation and hues according to your own liking. Performance The ASUS ROG smartphone has specs under the hood you would expect from a flagship smartphone. It as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor clocked at 2.96 GHz (the fastest speed-binned 845 SoC) and is coupled with 8GB of RAM. In terms of internal storage, the smartphone comes in one configuration for India i.e. 128GB.To back up these components, the ASUS ROG phone has a 4,000 mAh battery which is enough for mobile gaming and daily usage. The phone performed well during the course of our review as it could easily handle day-to-day tasks and we didn't come across any glitches of OS flaws. There have been reports of the ASUS ROG phone's OS acting up, but we thank the gods that our review unit was flawless. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Since this is a gaming phone, we had to check out its capabilities while playing PUBG Mobile. Even without enabling the dedicated gaming mode, the game performed without any frame rate drops or app crashes. Having said that, if you want the optimum experience with a little boost, we would recommend you switch on the X mode. The 90Hz refresh rate on the display did give us a slight advantage over our enemies as the game felt much smoother as compared to playing it on other flagship smartphones. When playing games on smartphones, battery life is one of the most important features to consider. During our gaming session, PUBG Mobile did not consume a lot of battery thanks to the massive 4,000 mAh battery. We even used the secondary USB-C port to use the Aeroactive cooler accessory that would cool the device when it would heat up while playing games. The cooling fan, in turn, improves battery life as it keeps the battery cool and as a result gives you more juice for gaming. Accessories © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Apart from the Air Triggers and Aeroactive cooler, ASUS has also launched a few accessories that can enhance your gaming experience. We didn't really get to test these features at length so we can only tell what they can do. These include TwinView Dock for dual-screen handheld mode (works like Nintendo 3DS), a Mobile Desktop Dock for desktop-style gaming and a Gamevice controller. The Final Say Even though gaming smartphones are becoming a rage in India, buyers are still a bit price sensitive when it comes to buying gadgets. The ASUS ROG phone has all the bells and whistles you can expect from a flagship phone along with the added feature of phenomena gaming. Having said that, if you look at the smartphone from a buyer's perspective, it's not really a feasible smartphone if you're on a budget. Costing Rs 69,990, your an always buy the Huawei Mate 20 Pro for the same price and get cheaper accessories for a good gaming experience. I absolutely love this smartphone to the core as it appeals to the gamer in me, however, it's something only an enthusiast would buy.
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