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  1. (This copy doesn't contain any major spoilers but I would recommend you watch the show before reading it. Watch it with a fresh perspective, great things deserve unbiased applause!) The show is mostly about the Titans: Raven, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Nightwing - the first Robin. Mostly because it has the shadow of Bruce Wayne all over it, and that intriguing background makes it the best TV show of 2018. I was never much of a fan of Robin. The reason being, I admired Batman and his one-man-army approach way too much to digest the fact that Batman is working with a sidekick. But this show changed my opinion about Robin. Now, I think that Bruce needed Robin as much as Robin needed Bruce. Batman is one of the darkest characters of DC, “all about rage and violence.” Robin became the “echo chamber for Bruce's pain.” He saved Batman from slipping! That's what this show portrayed. 'Titans' is the show where DC showed who they truly are! In fact, with it, they touched a whole new level of darkness and it was a delight to feel it in each episode. The show has a gripping story, the acting couldn't be any better, and it has the right amount of thrill to make you say to yourself, “just one more episode.” What I absolutely loved about the show was how they so smoothly introduced the stories and struggles of side characters. In just eleven episodes they covered so many stories in a very neat way. Be it the birth of Hawk and Dove, or the comparison of the upbringing of Wonder Girl with Robin's, DC hit the perfect spot! “Wonder Woman was born to protect the innocent. Batman was created to punish the guilty.” Ohh how perfectly they conveyed why Wonder Girl and Robin are the way they are! Raven was the one who had darkness inside her, literally, but still, somehow Robin came out to be the darkest character of all! Talking about Raven, Teagan Croft nailed the role. Anna Diop and Ryan Potter were amazing as Starfire and Beast Boy as well. I won't be touching their stories, might give away spoilers. But I can tell you this, as soon as you're done with this show, you would want their individual shows to be made. Not just theirs, but Hawk and Dove's as well. To sum it up, if I had to dedicate a famous line to this show, it would be – “It's getting dark, too dark to see. Feels like I'm knockin' on heaven's door!” And that's DC for you, people! Dark, too dark to see, still feels like heaven! P.S. For all the DC fans, there's a “rich” surprise for you in the last episode.
  2. That time of the year is finally here, when someone around you will suddenly start showing interest in you. People who haven't called you in months, will now want to talk to you and know how you're doing. This is not a horoscope and I am not predicting your love life. I am talking about those nosy relatives and neighbours, who don't bother about your existence the whole year, but will now call you to know your CAT percentile. The results of CAT (Common Admission Test) 2018 were announced yesterday and as many as 11 candidates have scored 100 percentile. Twitter (For Representation) While, the first position is acquired by 22-year-old IIT Kanpur graduate Rounak Majumdar, the second spot has reportedly been acquired by Abhishek Garg from Delhi who scored 99.99 percentile. Abhishek and his twin brother Anubhav garg, both cracked CAT 2018 and scored over 99 percentile; but Anubhav is 0.2 percentile behind Abhishek, making him the topper from Delhi. Abhishek and Anubhav have always been toppers in their school, the kind of students our parents want us to be friends with. Twitter (For Representation) They cracked engineering exam JEE together, joined IIT-Delhi together and now both of them have cracked CAT 2018 too. Explaining the mantra behind his success to The Indian Express, Abhishek Garg said "Repetitive mock tests is the key to success. Apart from it, hard work throughout the year with special focus to Quant section helped me a lot." The Garg brothers draw inspiration from their father, Tarun Garg, who himself is an alumnus of IIM-Lucknow and working as an executive director, marketing in Maruti Suzuki India. "The success of my father in the management field inspired us to choose the path," Abhishek added. Wikimedia Apart from their parents, they also credit their success to TIME Delhi. Anubhav, the younger brother said "I am younger by two minutes and coincidentally was just 0.2 percentile behind my brother in the CAT results. Apart from my parents, teachers in TIME Delhi helped us a lot in preparing for the examinations." Both Abhishek and Anubhav dream of pursuing MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad and suggest other aspirants to believe in self-study and sit for mock-tests.
  3. Arguably one of the biggest and most popular electronic music festivals in Asia, Sunburn, with its unique concept and star-studded guest-list, has enthralled EDM fans for the last eleven years. Thus, when the 12th edition of the music festival sprung to life in Pune this year, there was little doubt over its success in presence of the multi-cultural music devotees who congregated to surrender to their favourite artists. Hosted at the aesthetic 100-acre Oxford Valley and encircled by the beautiful valley of Lavale, the musical extravaganza ensured the EDM loyalists had inimitable and individualistic experiences, enabling them to begin their new year with zeal. With some of the biggest DJs in attendance, this year's edition had as many as four different stages - including the massive 5000-square-feet mainstage - to satiate the thirst of its attendees. The first day of the festival saw the likes of 'desi' bass king Nucleya, Israeli psy-trance perfectionist Vini Vici, Netherlands' electro wizard Don Diablo and Sweden's most prominent EDM duo Axwell & Ingrosso making full use of the LEDs, pyros and SFX at their disposal to send the fans into delirium and kickstart the three-day spectacle with a bang. © Sunburn If Day 1 left the fans reluctant to bid farewell to their music demons, the second day ensured they had more coming their way through another prominent line-up. If Sartek - India's first DJ to be signed by Hardwell's Revealed Recordings - set the ball rolling on Day 2, Bosnia's pride Salvatore Ganacci gave the crowd the time of their lives through his dramatic antics behind the decks. But, the biggest acts of the night undeniably came through Norway's rising talent Alan Walker and 'Trance King' Armin van Buuren who created unmatched intensity levels through their serene music and immersive visuals. For a festival that had the fans wanting for more on the first two days, there was no surprise to see the annual music fest carrying on the powerful momentum and leading to an extraordinary finale, ushering in the optimism of the New Year. This year's edition adequately repaid the faith of its fans - who had decided to celebrate the most important night of 2018 with Sunburn - via desi rap god DIVINE, Pakistan origin sister-duo Krewella and France's Grammy-nominated producer DJ Snake. While Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf had the fans screaming Krewella through widespread smiles, blissful dancing and their energy-thumping sounds, the headliner of the night - DJ Snake - was seen testing the sound system to its limits in what was arguably a relentless, sensory assault that lasted over an hour. On one hand, where the three-day festival - staying true to its reputation of being India's biggest music extravaganza - gave fans unforgettable memories, it also gave MensXP an opportunity to interact with some of the biggest artists on the EDM circuit and unravel their secrets at the event. Armin van Buuren © Sunburn Arguably one of the biggest names on the EDM circuit, Armin van Buuren needs to introduction to the music fests or the enthusiasts across the globe. The Dutch music maestro has been ruling the charts for two decades now. Thus, when Sunburn included the five-time winner of the DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs poll in their line-up this year, there was no surprise to see many fans circling the date and time of his performance on their calendars. But, while the 42-year-old made the Pune crowd to the beats, we grilled the Dutchman with some impromptu questions. Man Crush: "That would be my Lego Millennium Falcon." Woman Crush: "My woman crush is Sandra Bullock from the movie Birdbox." Weirdest/Funniest Dating Story: "Well, I remember, I was really in love with this girl and I ordered a bracelet with her name. And, when we went to watch a movie together, I gave her this bracelet. But, she was so surprised or scared that she immediately ran away. She was like 'Oh, he wants something from me'." A Rumour About You That's Not True: "That I made 15 million dollars in one year. And, that I have a private jet. But, I don't." Biggest Guilty Pleasure: "My Lego Millennium Falcon." Funniest Pick-up Line: "How would you like to do an extended set at my place." Favourite Indian DJ/Musician: "My favourite Indian DJ is Ritviz." Krewella © Sunburn Back in 2007, when sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf forged a partnership with Kris Trindl (who is no longer a part of the group), little did they know that Krewella would eventually reach the heights it has today. Producing a blend of electro house and dubstep with some shades of trap, Krewella has established its reputation as one of the biggest acts in the EDM scene. And, when they were roped in to bless the Pune crowd at Sunburn, there was little doubt that the American band would disappoint. Dropping one of the best sets at this year's festival, Krewella won over the attendees with mesmerising music. But, apart from what was arguably a standout performance, the sister duo spilled some secrets about their lives to us in a personal Q&A. Woman Crush: While Yasmine was quick to answer: "My woman crush is American actress Tessa Thompson", Jahan took some time before seeking her sister's help to eventually reply: "Deepika Padukone from Bajirao Mastani". Man Crush: Without wasting any time, Yasmine replied: "Her (Deepika Padukone) husband Ranveer Singh. We were just googling him and staring at his photos". Jahan, on the other hand, added: "He (Ranveer) is so talented too. He is an amazing performer and rapper. And, him and Deepika are the best couple". Weirdest/Funniest Dating Story: "I was really jet-lagged or just sleepless. We had just finished shooting the 'Alive' music video and I think I'd been up for three days straight. And, I had just one sip of beer on this date and I blacked out. This was when my date thought that I was on some kind of a drug, which I wasn't," said Jahan. When we asked Yasmine, she claimed: "I went out on a date with this guy. He was so nervous that he crashed his rental car (while I was in it) into the side of a building as he was parking". A Rumour About You That's Not True: "There was a rumour that Jahan started five years ago that I was engaged. But, I'm not engaged," Yasmine said. Answering for her sister, Yasmine claimed: "There's no rumour about her. She's rumour-less which is a great thing", Biggest Guilty Pleasure: For Yasmine, it was: "It has to be Oreos because it's really unhealthy and I shouldn't be eating them". When we asked Jahan, she claimed: "Every time we are in India, at naashta (breakfast), I sit for two or three hours, eating four-meals worth of food". Funniest Pick-up Line: "I could really help you with your career, if you let me," Yasmine replied on behalf of Jahan. "I've never had a bad pick-up line used on me so I use hers (Jahan)," Yasmine said for herself. Vini Vici © Sunburn Undeniably one of the biggest names on the psy-trance scene, Israeli duo Vini Vici have been setting music festivals ablaze ever since founding the group in 2013. Comprised of Matan Kadosh and Aviram Saharai, these Israeli demigods continue to entertain fans with infectious chants and ear-splitting basslines in their music. Such has been their success in the industry that it earned them collaborations with some of the veterans including Armin van Buuren, W&W, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Steve Aoki amongst others. But, despite their popularity, not many know them as a person or what do they like. While we missed out on Aviram (who didn't travel to Sunburn this year), MensXP did get hold of Matan to spill some secrets about him. Current Man Crush: "I don't know, maybe Johnny Depp." Current Woman Crush: "It would definitely be Gal Gadot." Weirdest/Funniest Dating Story: "I remember, this one time, I was in a club. I was really young and then I take a number of a girl. The next day, we went for a date and she looked completely different. So I just picked her up in my car and dropped her back after five minutes at the same spot." Biggest Guilty Pleasure: "There's an Israeli Pop group called 'Static & Benel Tavori' who are a rage amongst the teenagers. But, I really like their production." Funniest Pick-up Line: "God Is A DJ." Nucleya © Sunburn Often labelled as desi bass king, Udyan Sagar aka Nucleya has carved his own niche in the ever-growing electronic music scene in India. From using the dialogues of old horror movies to carefully aligning street sounds in his tracks, Udyan's ability to bridge the gap between indie and mainstream music has made him a countrywide phenomenon. The 39-year-old has been the must-have artist for music festivals across the country which probably explains why we weren't surprised to see him kill the set at Sunburn this year. For an artist who has become a household name in the country, we expected Udyan to spill secrets about his life. While he didn't speak much as we would have liked, Udyan still gave us something to remember him by. Current Man Crush: "Munna bhaiya (Divyendu Sharma) from web series Mirzapur." Current Woman Crush: "Radhika Apte from Sacred Games." Weirdest/Funniest Dating Story: "I got caught once...actually, you know what, I don't wanna talk about it." A Rumour About You That's Not True: "I don't think there are any rumours about me. I'm not so well known, no. I'm very weak at this game." Biggest Guilty Pleasure: "Pani puri, maybe." Funniest Pick-up Line: "None." Alan Walker © Sunburn For someone who had no musical background and learnt the art of producing music by watching YouTube tutorials, Alan Walker has undoubtedly come a long way to become one of the most prominent artists in the electronic music today. The Norwegian wonder kid struck a chord with electronic music enthusiasts through his track 'Fade' in 2014. But, it was 'Faded'- a remastered vocal version of 'Fade' released in 2015 - that earned him global recognition. The single received platinum certifications in over 10 countries and also topped the year-end charts in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden, iTunes charts in 32 countries, as well as entering Top 10 in Spotify Global Chart. Since then, life has never been the same for the 21-year-old genius. While many have come to know his music, not many can say much about him as a person. But, not anymore. Weirdest Travel Story: "I don't think it's weird, it's more of a messed up story. It was basically like a bunch of delays and cancellations. And, rather than reaching home at (for example) 2 pm, I ended up getting there the next day." Favourite Musician: "It's gotta be Hans Zimmer." Favourite Indian Musician: "It's Lost Stories. They did a remix of my single 'Faded'. I really like how they used Indian instruments like flutes and all. I really like their style." One Thing You Always Carry With Yourself: "One thing that I just can't leave at home has got to be my cell phone." Funniest Thing A Fan Gave You: "A fan once gave a diary that had all my social media posts including Snapchat and Instagram stories. Everything was put together in that diary with handwritten captions." Biggest Guilty Pleasure: "It's undoubtedly food. I love food and my favourite dish is pizza." Have You Tried Indian Food: "I've tried Indian food a couple of times. But, I'm not a big fan of spicy food." Anish Sood © Sunburn Born and raised in Goa, Anish Sood began his innings with music at a tender age of 15 after getting some exposure from Armin van Buuren's podcast 'A State Of Trance'. Despite holding a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Anish decided that it was through music that he was going to make his parents proud. At a time when dance music concept was at it's nascent stage in India, Anish was one of the first few breakthrough artists to make a mark in the rising circuit. Over the last decade, he has contributed majorly to the country's electronic music scene with his distinctive sound that also saw him winning an award at the Independent Music Awards (IMA), making him the first Indian to win in the Best Electronica/Dance Single category. But, apart from his DJing genius, Anish is a regular guy and these are his secrets. Current Man Crush: "I think, it has to be Roger Federer. He's been my man crush for a while now. I look to everything he amplifies and he's just a super cool guy." Current Woman Crush: "As boring as it sounds, I just got engaged so my current woman crush (and my crush for a very long time or the rest of my life), so it is going to be my fiancée." Weirdest/Funniest Dating Story: "To be honest, I haven't done much dating in my life. I haven't been on crazy blind dates and all. But, I'd definitely not recommend an artist or a musician to take their new girlfriends to a music festival because things go out of control backstage." A Rumour About You That's Not True: "That, I'm gay. And, I'm absolutely not." Biggest Guilty Pleasure: "That's probably watching romantic comedies." Funniest Pick-up Line: "I was playing this show when two middle-aged women came up to me and gave me a note. And, usually when you're playing, you get these notes that generally have song requests and all. But, this one had a hotel's room number and key inside. I think that was pretty creepy." Sartek © Sunburn A New Delhi native, Sarthak Sardana was a studious kid who cleared major examinations to become a Chartered accountant. But, after working in reputed organisations for a while, he realised that it was producing music that he liked more than tallying the balance sheets. He traded his corporate job to don a music producer's hat and began his journey as Sartek. His efforts paid off when he became the first Indian DJ to be roped in by Hardwell's Revealed Recordings and has witnessed all his releases making a mark on the Beatport Top 100 charts. There has been no looking back for the 30-year-old as he has attracted massive support from the likes of David Guetta, Afrojack, Sander van Doorn and Bassjackers. In a bid to know him better, we grilled him on a rapid-fire round and he didn't disappoint. Current Man Crush: "I would say Benedict Cumberbatch. But, in the DJing scene, if you ask me, it has to be Armin van Buuren. This guy hasn't aged in the last 20 years." Current Woman Crush: "I'm married so it's gonna be tough for me to answer. But, I think, it'll be Elnaaz Norouzi from Sacred Games." Weirdest/Funniest Dating Story: "This one time, I was dating this girl from my school and we went to watch a movie together. We wanted to watch an English movie, but my driver bought the wrong tickets. And, we had to watch a different movie which was in bhojpuri." Biggest Guilty Pleasure: "I'd say, it's food. I'm getting fat day by day and it's tough to control." Funniest Pick-up Line: "A girl once said 'Hey, what's your name? Sartek. Oh, that's really cool. It rhymes with your real name Sarthak. That's really smart.' But, I thought it was quite stupid."
  4. As 2018 nears the end, we're quickly scrambling through the remains and making our way to a brand new succulent year. Not that 2018 wasn't good enough. Of course, it was. It gave us an absolute semblance of resolutions, we may have sought years before, but couldn't get ourselves to. Yes, I am outrightly talking about the very capable and famous #MeToo movement and the repercussions it had on 2018. © Twitter For me, #MeToo is not a 'movement' so to speak. It's an emotion. You may wonder why I am putting such a heavy tag on it. I call it an emotion only because it comes and it goes, as any other emotion would. A movement has a timeline, it stays in flux and goes away when the time is over for it. However, #MeToo is different. It's expressing your deepest intent whenever an emotional upheaval leaves you grappling for a resolve. It makes you establish contact and caresses your fear and lets it leave you be. That's what the women, who stood their ground and spoke about their experiences on a public forum believe, and it makes complete sense this year. © Twitter Although the movement started in the USA, India has also been a flag bearer, bearing all the powerful yet intense narrations that became an intrinsic part of our everyday survival. So, to format everything in lieu of the year we all just went through, here's a gushing reminder that no matter what, the #MeToo phenomenon is here to stay and it'll never break its tangibility. Here are 12 utmost pioneers of the #MeToo movement in India, who gave their stories life: (1) Tanushree Dutta, Actress She was the first to come forward this year and start traction about the movement, while naming and shaming one of the well established veteran actors Nana Patekar. This is what gave light to many other women who wanted a similar platform to narrate their stories. © Indiatime (2) Vinta Nanda, Writer-Producer A veteran writer-producer of the Avante-Garde 90's show Tara, has accused Alok Nath of sexually violating her almost two decades ago. It was a phenomenal stance she took but her story was heartbreaking, to say the least. © Twitter (3) Pallavi Gogoi, Priya Ramani & Ghazala Wahab, Journalists The three and of course many others came out with detailed accounts of alleged sexual misconduct carried out by MJ Akbar when he was at a senior editorial position at many media houses. Akbar though in denial of the charges filed a case of defamation against Priya Ramani, while the Editors Guild Of India has asked him to withdraw his defamation against the journalist. © Twitter (4) Nisha Bora, Journalist Jatin Das the artist/painter has been accused of sexual harassment by four women, out of which Nisha Bora happens to be the first, who assisted him around 1999-2000. Jatin Das denied the allegations stating he has nothing to do with these and that he's never met these women. © Twitter (5) Saloni Chopra & Simran Suri, Actresses The two actresses came out with their story stating Sajid Khan the famous director who sexually harassed them. Sajid has not accepted any of the accusations and has stated that he's waiting for the 'truth' to come out. Well, little does he know, the truth is already out! © Twitter (6) Payal Rohtagi, Actress Another actress accused Dibakar Banerjee, the director, of sexual misconduct in lieu of a film he wanted to cast her in, in 2011. He'd asked her to 'lift her shirt and show her stomach to him'. Payal was treated as an outcast in the industry when she made a noise about this back then and she didn't get a chance to audition for anything, again. © Twitter (7) Kangana Ranaut, Actress She came out speaking up against director Vikas Bahl and how he used to 'bury his face in her neck' and 'hold her really tight'. Even earlier he was accused of sexual misconduct in 2015 in Goa by a former employee of the film collective Phantom Films. © Twitter (8) Shweta Pandit, Singer Singer Shweta Pandit accused music director Anu Malik of sexually harassing her when she was 15! Alisha Chinai came forward to support the singer too and stated that every word written about Anu Malik is true. © Twitter (9) Sona Mohapatra, Singer The singer spoke up about Kailash Kher's misconduct towards her, claiming he once placed his hands on her thighs, without her permission. Apart from her, a female journalist came forward too and stated Kailash had misbehaved with her as well. He has obviously denied every accusation. © Twitter (10) Natasha Rathore, Filmmaker The filmmaker was sexually harassed by ad-man Suhel Seth. Seth is yet to issue a statement to clear the matter. © Twitter (11) Nishtha Jain, Film Maker The filmmaker came out with her story and accused journalist Vinod Dua of making lewd jokes, demeaning her during a job interview and trying to grab her against her will. © Twitter (12) Kaneez Surka The comedian accused a fellow comedian of forcibly kissing her on stage without her consent, using her tongue. Even though it was done by a woman, it still falls under misconduct because it was done sans consent. © Twitter India has been mighty brave in calling out some of the predators. While some women went all rogue with calling out the names of the men who've abused them, most of them were anonymous while they called the accused out. Whatever the case is, India is soon realising the importance of such a movement and believes it's not just to give them a judicial recourse but to name and shame them publicly so they're not acknowledged as respected citizens anymore. We're hoping more women come out and speak openly and boldly about men who've tried to tarnish their image and their soul. Here's to a more progressive nation and it's ideologies!
  5. The Sunburn Festival 2018 is on right now and we're having a blast. In the midst of all the amazing music, we got a chance to interview the legendary Armin Van Buuren. We asked him a lot of questions and he had answers for everything. Not just that, he was pretty candid about what he likes. The one question we thought would have him stumped was about his favourite Indian DJ. But, when you've been in the game as long as Armin has, one thing is for sure, talent recognizes talent. He had a straightforward answer for the question. No, it's not one of the people you would think. Here are snippets from the interview: Q: Who are you crushing on? AVB: Sandra Bullock in Bird Box. Q: A rumour about you that isn't true? AVB: That I earned $15 million in one year. And that, I have a private jet. I don't! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Armin van Buuren (@arminvanbuuren) on Dec 30, 2018 at 6:20pm PST Q: The funniest pickup line used on you? AVB: How would you like to do an extended set at my place? Q: Who's your favourite Indian DJ? AVB: Ritviz. In fact, Armin loves Ritviz so much he even included his song 'Barso' in his set. Now that's some compliment!
  6. Kartik Aaryan has come a long way. From the super emphatic rant that was low-key an ode to the insufferable struggles of all the boyfriends in the nation in 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama' to the role that put him on a pedestal as the ultimate jealous and possessive bestie as Sonu, the guy has proved that acting comes to him as naturally as dancing comes to Tiger Shroff. He is a force to be reckoned with in terms of acting prowess, good looks, and well as being fashionable. He proved it in 2018, and here are 10 pictures which establish our claim. 1. Blue and black make for a great combination and he knows it all too well. View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Dec 28, 2018 at 12:32am PST 2. This Mastermind jacket in velvet costs Rs 4 Lakhs but just look at him rock the Koffee couch in it! View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Dec 24, 2018 at 10:00pm PST 3. How to win accolades in style 101 View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Dec 19, 2018 at 11:40am PST 4. Layering lessons in denim and cotton served right. View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Dec 19, 2018 at 8:02am PST 5. We don't know a lot of people who can pull off a blue snakeskin jacket. View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Dec 13, 2018 at 11:05pm PST 6. We desperately WANT that duck DJ tee. View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Nov 15, 2018 at 2:46am PST 7. Diwali Couture done right. View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Nov 9, 2018 at 2:59am PST 8. Leatherette patchwork? Why not? View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Sep 22, 2018 at 6:47am PDT 9. We can't get enough of this statement suit. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shaleena Nathani (@shaleenanathani) on Dec 21, 2018 at 4:01am PST 10. Talk about having all the right moves in the Chessboard of style. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Priyanka & Kazim (@the.vainglorious) on Dec 14, 2018 at 5:52am PST
  7. From Virat Kohli, to Mary Kom, to PV Sindhu, This year, India saw a plethora of big-ticket sporting events and honestly, the country had lots to celebrate throughout. Whether it was the Commonwealth Games or the Asian Games or the Indian Cricket tour, athletes like Virat Kohli, Mary Kom and PV Sindhu pushed the boundaries of brilliance and produced path-breaking performances. Here's a look at the top 5 Indian sportspersons of 2018 who made India proud with brilliant performances. Mary Kom View this post on Instagram I have fulfilled my duty by winning gold medal #WWCHs2018. I thank my coaches, support staffs, @bfi_official_ SAI, MYAS A post shared by Mary Kom (@mcmary.kom) on Nov 24, 2018 at 4:40am PST Mary Kom is a name which not only made India proud but also won our hearts in 2018. Being a World Champion for the sixth time is not a joke and we all agree to that. She is the most successful female boxer of all time, winning six gold medals and a silver in World Championships. "There won't be another Mary Kom," she declared and one look at her predominantly golden cabinet of medals would be enough to silence anyone who thinks otherwise. Hima Das © Reuters Talking of Athletes, Hima Das would surely top the list as the 18-year-old emerged to be a sprint sensation for the country and India's first ever woman track-and-field world champion at any level after her under-20 400m gold.The story of the champion makes it very clear that if you have the determination and will, sky's the limit for you. Neeraj Chopra © Reuters Another star to make the year his own was Neeraj Chopra. The 21-year-old, Javelin thrower from Haryana, and a farmer's son, Chopra dared to dream of representing his country on the international stage one day. Needless to say, Chopra realised this dream of his as he won both the CWG and Asian Games with records to boot and now has raised our hope for another Olympic gold from Tokyo Olympic 2020. PV Sindhu © Reuters Talking of the Badminton world, who could be better than PV Sindhu this year? The world number 3 lost five big finals and being the humble player that she is, took all the criticism that labelled her a 'choker' in good stride. But God had different plans for her as she got to have the last laugh with a season-ending World Tour Finals title, beating her nemesis and World No.1, Tai Tzu Ying on her way to the summit clash. Virat Kohli © Reuters And to conclude, we couldn't find anyone better than the soul of Indian Cricket at the moment, skipper Virat Kohli. Another year and yet another flurry of milestones for Indian star cricketer. He has, once again, led the Indian cricket team to great heights and success in the year 2018. Despite some losses in England and South Africa for the team, his personal record flourished nonetheless. Scoring centuries seems like a daily routine for him now. The Men in Blue finished yet another year on a high as they maintained the number one ranking in Test Cricket, while claiming the second rank in both the shorter formats. Kohli himself ended the year claiming the number one rank in both Test and ODI. Hitting a total of 11 tons in all formats this year, Kohli scored a combined total of 2,735 runs in mere 37 matches, while breaking numerous records along the way. 2018 has been a year of massive successes and advancements in different sports for India while individual athletes have established their names as successful trailblazers for the future generations to come.
  8. The year 2018 witnessed some exciting clashes in the football world. While the clashes between arch-rivals set our hearts racing, the shock defeats pulled off by minnows did leave the giants red-faced. From the FIFA World Cup in Russia to the exciting leagues across the globe, here's a look at the major upsets that sent shockwaves across the footballing world in 2018: Germany Left Red-Faced (FIFA World Cup) © Reuters Going into the 2018 FIFA World Cup, defending champions Germany were expected to pose a grave threat to all the top contenders in Russia. And, for a team that had gone past the group-stages of the mega event sixteen times in a row, Germany's eventual disaster couldn't have possibly been predicted by a football pundit. But, Joachim Low's men stuttered and how. Amongst some desperate games, Germany's 2-0 loss to South Korea didn't just send them packing, but it also pretty much summed up their dismal outing in one of the world's biggest spectacle. The additional-time strikes from Kim Young-gwon (90+2') and Son Heung-min (90+6') didn't help South Korea to progress further in the tournament, but it did secure a famous win for the country. For only the second time in history, Germany were eliminated from the First Round at the World Cup having last done so in 1938. Real Madrid Losing To Eibar (La Liga) © Reuters Following their third consecutive UEFA Champions League title triumph earlier this year, Real Madrid and their fans were left reeling with the unexpected interview of Cristiano Ronaldo who expressed his desire of leaving Santiago Bernabeu. If that wasn't enough, the fact that Zinedine Zidane, soon, followed in the footsteps of the Portuguese, further left the Blancos in distress. Left to fend for themselves in the absence of their star man and pragmatic coach, Real Madrid had more agony to endure when they travelled to Municipal de Ipurua where Eibar cut them a sorry figure. In a game that featured the likes of Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos, Real Madrid stuttered to a shocking 0-3 defeat. Despite maintaining possession and comparatively better accuracy in passing, the visitors found themselves trailing 0-1 after Gonzalo Escalante opened the scoring for the home side in the 16th minute. Coming out in the second-half with the same scoreline, Madrid's problems quickly turned into a nightmare as they conceded two more goals in just five minutes after Sergi Enrich (52') and Kike (57') sealed Eibar's domination in one of their famous triumphs in recent times. Man City Shot To The Ground By Crystal Palace (EPL) © Reuters For a team that smashed multiple records on their way to a phenomenal title win last season, Manchester City have shown signs of frailties and vulnerabilities in the Premier League this time around. One of the top dogs of the league, Pep Guardiola's men have lost three games in the ongoing season and are currently seven points behind leaders Liverpool. Their latest 2-1 defeat against Leicester City has surely titled the tide in the Kops' favour. But, it was undeniably Crystal Palace's shocking 3-2 triumph at the home of the champions that will go down as one of the major upsets this season. Despite taking the lead through Ilkay Gundogan early on, City didn't just lose their lead, they found themselves trailing in a space of eight minutes. If Jeffrey Schlupp equalised for Palace in the 33rd minute, Andros Townsend's long-range screamer, two minutes later, sent the home crowd in a state of shock. Trailing 1-2 in the first-half, the hosts tried to up the ante in the second but Luka Milivojevic's strike from the spot-kick in the 51st minute doubled the lead for Palace. Their talisman Kevin De Bruyne did pull one back for City in the 85th minute, but Palace stood their ground to shock the defending champions. Bayern Munich Stunned By Hertha (Bundesliga) © Reuters Falling in the footsteps of Manchester City, Bayern, too, were expected to continue their dominance in the Bundesliga ahead of the season. But, what many predicted to be a comfortable season for the defending champions, eventually turned out to be quite a task. Niko Kovac's side is currently trailing arch-rivals and league leaders Borussia Dortmund by six points on the back of three losses and as many draws so far. Amongst their defeats this season, one that arguably stands out came against 8th-placed Hertha in an away game. They probably did everything right, but as said earlier, just like City, luck was not in their favour. Barcelona Shocked By Leganes (La Liga) © Reuters Even the mightiest can be humbled at times, a testimony to that came through Barcelona's surprising defeat to Leganes in an away game. Despite their star-studded line-up which included great Lionel Messi, Barcelona couldn't avoid the inevitable. Everything was going well for Barca until they lost focus for a mere two minutes, which eventually saw them conceding two back-to-back goals. The Blaugrana did try to recover but Leganes' resilience in defence sadly saw them losing the game 2-1.
  9. Indian Women's National Cricket T20I team captain, Harmanpreet Kaur was named the captain of the ICC World T20 Team of the year. Fellow Women in Blue, Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Yadav were also voted to be in the ICC World T20 and ODI squads. As an annual honorary ritual, the International Cricket Council (ICC) votes upon some of the best performers of the year, from all around the world, to form titular teams to acknowledge their outstanding achievements. Last year, making the cut were Indian ODI captain Mithali Raj (ODI), Ekta Bist (ODI and T20) and Harmanpreet Kaur (T20). This year, however, things have been a lot better for the Indian T20I skipper as Kaur has improved on an already impressive career, especially during the ICC Women's World T20 2018 when she led her team to the semifinals. "In that tournament, (Harmanpreet) Kaur scored 183 runs at a strike-rate of 160.5, while in the 25 matches in the calendar year, she accumulated 663 runs at a strike-rate of 126.2. Kaur is ranked third in the MRF Tyres ICC Women's Player Rankings for T20I Batters," read a statement issued by the ICC. India's star batter Smriti Mandhana bags Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award and Women's ODI Player of Year 2018! ð READ ðhttps://t.co/7TLSe2pblG pic.twitter.com/h0GtsKKsYG — ICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018 ICC Women Cricketer of the Year and Women's ODI Player of the Year, Smriti Mandhana was also voted as one to make the ICC World ODI and T20 teams, as she had the most successful year of her career, scoring a total of 669 runs averaging 67 runs in 12 ODIs. With a strike-rate of 130.67, the left-handed batswoman also scored 622 runs in 25 T20I matches in 2018. “When you get acknowledged for your performances through these awards, it motivates you to work harder and do well for your team,” Mandhana expressed to The Times of India. ICC Women's ODI Team of the Year (in batting order): Smriti Mandhana (India), Tammy Beaumont (England), Suzie Bates (New Zealand) (captain), Dane van Niekerk (South Africa), Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Alyssa Healy (Australia) (wicketkeeper), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Deandra Dottin (Windies), Sana Mir (Pakistan), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Poonam Yadav (India) ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year (in batting order): Smriti Mandhana (India), Alyssa Healy (Australia) (wicketkeeper), Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Harmanpreet Kaur (India) (captain), Natalie Sciver (England), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Ashleigh Gardner (Australia), Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand), Megan Schutt (Australia), Rumana Ahmed (Bangladesh), Poonam Yadav (India)
  10. No offence, but desi Twitter (and not brown twitter, T-Pain) is where it's at! Indian people really do know how to make a joke or a meme out of anything and everything and every year we realize it after laughing throughout the year at the best tweets and then re-living it at the end of the year with a mandatory compilation so everyone can end their year with a laugh. So, here are this year's winners, the tweets that are so funny, you will momentarily forget about the shitty year. Enjoy! 1. A fake accent they acquired just in a week. When your friend returns from abroad with a fake accent pic.twitter.com/gupmlLal7r — Bade Chote (@badechote) January 20, 2018 2. Oh no. Indian Actors with Canadian Citizens. pic.twitter.com/YGUyHcO4BW — Jet Lee(Vasooli Bhai) (@Vishj05) February 20, 2018 3. Everyone knows this situation. When everyone knows you ate the last slice of ð but you refuse to admit it. pic.twitter.com/8oJhNh4KaP — Vir Das (@thevirdas) June 10, 2018 4. Literally every song. 10 seconds into an Atif Aslam song pic.twitter.com/g2cr3kEqAV — Vighnesh Rane (@Vighrane01) June 28, 2018 5. Allow him to keep his last name as well. Definitely allowing my husband to work after marriage. I'm such a progressive woman 𤷠— Perpetually screamin' (@AnantikaMehra) January 11, 2018 6. The only way to do it. Drug Testing.... FBI- Microscopes. CIA- Advance Toxicology Labs CID legend- pic.twitter.com/h13JFTtlXs — Pun of god (@Punofgod) October 12, 2018 7. Can't argue with this logic. 'Mom trying to let his son eat carrot ð¥' Son- Why should we eat carrot,mom? Other countries- Because it contains beta-carotene baby, it's good for eyes. Indian mom- Tune kabhi khargosh ko chasma lagate huye dekha hai !! — Pritamð (@pritamkdas99) July 16, 2018 8. Things are getting real now. indian culture is having had entire relationships and traumatic breakups without your parents ever knowing — mazikeen (@RecklessAtSix) July 22, 2018 9. Don't you mean Radflix? Radhika Aapte on Netflix pic.twitter.com/SgoQ6dbe5u — Freelance 007 (@James_Beyond) August 27, 2018 10. A picture is worth a thousand words? Skjllkgjkjh this is still the funniest pic, Anushka's look of utterly bemused disgust ð­ pic.twitter.com/kCn0uxCCM6 — Dinah Laurel Lance (@LordPotter4eva) November 8, 2018 11. Apparently. For The Ambani's everyone is Alexa. — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) December 10, 2018 12. One wink is all it takes. Same. pic.twitter.com/u9eakRppXX — Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) July 20, 2018 13. How is this so accurate? Siddharth Malhotra sounds like the name of a character Ranbir Kapoor would play. — mukesh manjunath (@mukthegaul) January 25, 2018 14. Too true. white people after one (1) yoga class pic.twitter.com/eGFf9RaOTe — Neha Yadav (@nay_yeah) February 21, 2018 15. It's going to be 2019 in a few hours but we need to talk about 2004. Weirdest Year for BOLLYWOOD ? - 2004 Julie - Hit Murder - Super Hit Swades - Flop Lakshya - Flop National Award - Saif Ali Khan for Hum Tum ð — AAVISHKAR (@aavishhkar) September 13, 2018 16. Totally accurate. Indian patriarchy summed up in one photo. pic.twitter.com/OSvU5tuE5t — Tushar Abhichandani (@YawnOkPlease) August 29, 2018 17. Ooh, shots fired at Mark. All the hidden Facebook apps the moment you login to Facebook pic.twitter.com/PbaFeHvMrW — Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) April 11, 2018 18. Great pun! Oneplus 6T pic.twitter.com/nVNY3h6wdG — 㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠(@theesmaarkhan) October 31, 2018 19. Kahaani ghar ghar ki? [Visiting the doctor with my mom] Doc: "Kya takleef hai aapki?" Me: "Feve..." Mom: "Yeh saara time video game khelta rehta hai" — ð¨ (@pranavsapra) September 4, 2018 20. Wait, so you're telling me that's not a fish? I'm so Bengali that I thought it was a fish in his hand. pic.twitter.com/oC3vf66qOw — nin (@NautankiNinja) July 30, 2018 21. It's so sad. Alexa, play Despacito. Friend : you watched Dhadak? Me : yes Friend : so, who dies at the end of Dhadak? Me : Sairat — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) July 24, 2018 22. It's so great! Post wedding dress usage! ð pic.twitter.com/cOy2D1mhTo — bhaavna arora (@BhaavnaArora) December 5, 2018 23. The only kiki challenge we need. Trying to decide whether to write à¤à¤¿ or à¤à¥ in a Hindi sentence was the first à¤à¥à¤à¤¿ Challenge. — mohit ghune (@Ghunegaar) August 6, 2018 24. Who did it, dammit! Who called it Priyanka Chopra's wedding and not Nick-ah? — Avinash Iyer (@IyerAvin) August 18, 2018 25. Because he's bhai. When you get a medal from Salman Khan, HE gets to stand on the podium pic.twitter.com/x4an2QEi2t — Manik Mahna (@manikmahna) January 31, 2018 26. What happened, Saif? When you get a medal from Salman Khan, HE gets to stand on the podium pic.twitter.com/x4an2QEi2t — Manik Mahna (@manikmahna) January 31, 2018 27. Should've been the background score. "Jaane kya hoga rama re, jaane kya hoga maula re." pic.twitter.com/N5xHWWildL — Abhijit Dey (@babumoshaaye) March 19, 2018 28. Oops. *laughs in Indian* https://t.co/e2YdqlqRwk — mallu papi (@shyxmm) July 16, 2018 29. Why is it soooo long? Maula Mere Aakhein teriiii Maula Mere Maula Mere Maula Mere Maula Mere Maula Mere ................... pic.twitter.com/nbp21WKxTl — Rameez (@Sychlops) July 31, 2018 30. Every Ranbir Kapoor movie ever. This could be any movie. pic.twitter.com/XqWikC5B2U — Anirudh (@anirudhpatil) June 30, 2018 31. So many feels. áµáµáµáµáµ áµáµáµáµáµ áµáµ ᶦˢˢ áµá¶¦Ë¡ ˢᵠáµáµÊ° â¿á¶¦áµáµË¡áµá¶¦ ʳáµÊ°á¶¦ áµáµá¶Ê° áµáµÊ° Ë¢áµá¶»áµ áµÊ°á¶¦ áµÊ¸áµáµÊ³ áµá¶¦ áµá¶¦ áµá¶¦Ë¢áµ áµÊ¸áµ áµáµâ¿áµáµÊ° áµá¶¦Ê¸áµ JO LUT GAYEEEEEEEEEEEEE pic.twitter.com/v51QHlPJGp — Secret Santanoo (@tantanoo) September 14, 2018 32. Don't you mean south delhi girls? Bandruuuh Gurrrrrlz trying to get a Rickshaw... pic.twitter.com/Qb4nANnBVr — That Goan Boy (@schmmuck) April 22, 2018 33. I'm still confused. Aadhaar Card is not mandatory for opening Bank Account. But PAN Card is mandatory for Bank Account. And PAN-Aadhar are Mandatory for filing Tax returns. #AadhaarVerdict pic.twitter.com/SIpkh9hNZg — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) September 26, 2018 34. True. Crazy Rich Asians is not releasing in India. India, on the other hand, is always releasing its Crazy Rich Asians. — Samit Basu (@samitbasu) August 21, 2018 35. Glo up! Me in 9th standard spending 3 hours chatting on the phone right after school VS me in 2018 having a panic attack every time the phone rings pic.twitter.com/rZYkOAtEl6 — Bratticus (@bharatunnithan) September 6, 2018 36. Age is just a number. Priyanka: 36y old Nick: 26y old Malaika: 45y old Arjun: 33y old Milind: 53 y old Ankita: 27y old Don't make a big deal about the age difference. Nothing really matters as long as you fucking love each other. Akshar Pathak: 29y old Chicken Malai Tikka in the fridge: 3 days old — Akshar (@AksharPathak) November 12, 2018 37. Should I be offended? Legend has it that if you come to Bombay and say "nice weather" three times, a Delhi person appears from thin air and say "Yeh toh kuch nahi bc in our real winters we hibernate for six months and then eat our offspring to keep ourselves warm" — Pranav Tonseker (@peeteeonyou) December 11, 2018 38. A little too spot on. 1. Shuttle cock during first serve 2. Shuttle cock after 1 game pic.twitter.com/ZZ1AOQ54j0 — Bade Chote (@badechote) July 29, 2018 39. The universal answer. 1. Shuttle cock during first serve 2. Shuttle cock after 1 game pic.twitter.com/ZZ1AOQ54j0 — Bade Chote (@badechote) July 29, 2018 40. That's the dream. Indian parents push you very hard in life so that one day, you're successful enough to pay for regular therapy. — chethana (@iamdatemike) November 25, 2018 41. Seriously, log kya kahenge> Daughter: *breathes* Brown parents: Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Brown parents: log kya kahenge? — sai (@Saisailu97) November 18, 2018 42. Justice for Sonu Sood. Sonu Sood saal bhar body banata hai climax mein pitne ke liye — adrak (@ubercoolosis) December 3, 2018 43. Bas challa do. When you invest all your life savings on a startup pic.twitter.com/ZH4GaS8Rys — AmbyZee The FreeBird (@Cheese_Pakora) September 24, 2018 44. Only a little cringey. reading my own romantic whatsapp correspondences at 3 am. pic.twitter.com/5QsYuOoMrH — The Life & Opinions Of 'PaladinContent': Gentleman (@PaladinContent) September 3, 2018 45. I love how people are still not over this. One taught me love, one taught me patience, one taught me pain. pic.twitter.com/BWCK3U62Nn — Jackie J. Thakkar (@Juvenile_Jack) November 6, 2018 46. Not cool. No wonder Aman pushed you to another guy and died instead https://t.co/BMunvU85ON — not a damsel, but in distress (@KiskuGhoorra) November 18, 2018 47. Sponjali? tum paas aaye.. pic.twitter.com/kGxURLqjCp — half golden mongoose (@slugcharmer) April 3, 2018 48. Or maybe he does know. my dad doesn't know what some emojis mean ð­ð­ð­ pic.twitter.com/3lmP3MavPh — ìë (@shrutithenaik) June 5, 2018 49. Every single time. Me trying to see name of the movie whenever it appears on screen. pic.twitter.com/iLlnsJitC1 — Aarpee (@TweetsofRP) April 8, 2018 50. The best way. This is how we blocked people in our days :) pic.twitter.com/YwE464sOBf — Tausi Malik (@TausiMalik1) December 18, 2018
  11. Even when the entire nation is divided, there's only one thing that can unite us all - memes! Like every year, we are fondly looking back at the most important thing of the passing year and here's the best 2018 recap ever! 1. Priya Prakash Varrier No one would've ever thought that it would only take one wink to become an overnight sensation in the country, but Priya Prakash Varrier came and did it so effortlessly. Everyone fell in love with her and her wink and she soon became the biggest person on the desi internet. Priya Prakash Varrier gave all types of expression in that two minutes what Katrina kaif couldn't give in her entire Bollywood career. — Akshay (@AkshayKatariyaa) February 11, 2018 Priya Prakash Varrier surpassed bitcoin in terms of gaining momentum. #PriyaPrakashVarrier — Lakshya Patel (@007_lakshya) February 11, 2018 *SAKHT LAUNDE to pighal Gaye...* But *Who did this* #PriyaPVarrier #PriyaPrakashVarrier #PriyaPrakash #NarendraModi #sakhtlaunda #cutegirls #Valentinesweek pic.twitter.com/wsFNDRlc1R — Abhishek Joshi (@itsmeabjoshi) February 11, 2018 2. Infinity War The biggest crossover ever! 'Avengers: Infinity War' was an entirely different experience and a truly incredible one. But, with every talked about thing comes memes about it because that's just how the internet works and Marvel gave us so many new ones. From people coming up with their own biggest crossovers to giving out the plot without any spoilers to the dusting meme, Infinity War was really a gift that kept on giving. When Thor made his entrance #InfinityWar #AvengersInfinintyWar pic.twitter.com/O5fbVmh2KN — Iceebling (@_Blingworld) April 28, 2018 #InfinityWar Banner: Thanos is here. Time for Hulk. Hulk: pic.twitter.com/HzihXhu1qI — âM€Gââ (@MeGaMoBux) April 28, 2018 Bill Gates: What just happened? What has Thanos done? Windows: ...Bill... I don't... I don't feel so... good... Bill: No no no no no, stay with me pal, stay with me Windows: pic.twitter.com/mdTgJhwqKu — TohToh's Bizarre Adventure (@toh_boi) April 29, 2018 3. Race 3 'Our business is our business, none of your business' - a line I could never read or hear without cringing, but it's a little too much now, after months. This movie was honestly such a joke, and I didn't even have to watch it to know that. So it's only appropriate it's treated like one online. I kind of feel bad for Daisy Shah but well, she had it coming as soon as she said that dreaded line. View this post on Instagram A must have in your library! A post shared by EastIndiaComedy (@eastindiacomedy) on May 18, 2018 at 3:39am PDT *Famous quotes by famous people* - Young entrepreneurs will make a difference in the Indian ecosystem. *Ratan Tata* - You can't get into business for the fashion of it. *Azim Premji* - Our business is our business, none of your business. *Daisy Shah* — 㤠ã¤ã¤ (@Ladywith_swag) May 18, 2018 View this post on Instagram We rest our case A post shared by EastIndiaComedy (@eastindiacomedy) on May 18, 2018 at 1:08am PDT 4. Sanju What a movie! No one can deny that 'Sanju' and Ranbir Kapoor were one of the biggest Bollywood highlights of the year and of course that came with a bunch of memes about Ranbir as Sanjay Dutt, especially during the scene of him shooting 'Munna Bhai MBBS'. Wo Agar bank se loan liya to waps karna jaruri hai kya ?? pic.twitter.com/iXwsUHQtcO — Joshi JI (@JoshiJi_) July 3, 2018 woh kammo ki shadi ke liye Maruti 800 dena jaruri hai kya.. pic.twitter.com/aLDNySrDmt — Naveen Paul (@BakchodPaul) July 3, 2018 Wo Bollywood me survive karne ke liye Karan Johar ki movie se debut karna jaruri hai kya?ð pic.twitter.com/Zna0BSoqCL — S.⨠(@BadassAdian) July 2, 2018 5. Chai Pi Lo Aunty Honestly, no one remembers where she came from and no one knows where she went, but she made sure that we will never ever forget her. A woman named Somvati Mahawar took the desi internet by storm by just saying 'Hello friends, chai pi lo….garam hai', and that was it, a meme was born. So, who's your favorite? ð¤£ð#Aashqeen #chaipilo #WednesdayWisdom #wednesdaythoughts pic.twitter.com/qFZokmAEtL — Aashqeen (@aashqeen1) June 20, 2018 View this post on Instagram #papewali#chaipilo Follow us @nagarpalika_troll A post shared by Mutheri Baba (@mutheri_baba) on May 31, 2018 at 9:54am PDT Slightly disappointed that nobody has opened a Tea Stall named "Chai Pi Lo Friends" yet. — GRV (@MildlyClassic) June 6, 2018 6. Rahul Gandhi Hugging Modi This was a twist no one saw coming. Rahul Gandhi hugged PM Narendra Modi? What? Are we in an alternate timeline? (Well, that last one would explain so much if it was true.) Well, that did happen, to everyone's surprise, and RaGa went as far as to wink at PM Modi. Taking a little inspiration from Priya Prakash Varrier, are we? Agla election me mujhe please jeete do. #NoConfidenceMotion pic.twitter.com/bMSCDNakZ9 — Akshay (@AkshayKatariyaa) July 20, 2018 Who did it better?? Like for Sanjay Dutt, RT for RaGa#NoConfidenceMotion pic.twitter.com/dTLCdayFj4 — Attraversiamo !!! (@i_upasana) July 20, 2018 Rahul gandhi has literally provided jobs to thousands of meme artist just by hugging PM.ð#RahulHugsModi #RahulKiJhappi — Ravinaað Aggarwaalð (@RaveenaAgrawaal) July 20, 2018 7. Kiki Challenge It took just one line from one song by Drake to make almost every single person risk their lives while doing something stupid. I don't think I even have to explain the Kiki Challenge, easily the biggest internet challenge of the year, but I will keep saying how dangerous it was. View this post on Instagram When Drake went inside með INDIAN KIKI ð #babasehgal #kikichallenge #scorpion #drake #rapper #rap #rnb #hindikiki A post shared by Baba Sehgal (@babasehgal) on Aug 6, 2018 at 2:38am PDT #KikiChallenge ð¥ pic.twitter.com/aPFGmZBQKv — ChaiBisket (@ChaiBisket) August 1, 2018 Ritesh deshmukh did Kiki challenge way better than anyone else... subscribe to TheVinesWalah@Riteishd @akshaykumar @SimplySajidK @vidya_balan @FardeenFKhan #kikichallengeindia #KikiDoYouLoveMe #KekeChallenge #InMyFeelingsChallenge #ShiggyChallenge pic.twitter.com/pEcwjGBxkX — Pratham Srivastava (@TheVinesWalah) August 2, 2018 KAJOL DID IT BEFORE IT WAS COOL.#kikichallenge #kikichallengeindia pic.twitter.com/Of1xK2V8l6 — Akram ð®ð³ (@akramismm) August 1, 2018 Trying to get a rickshaw in Bombay is the original Kiki challenge. — Daniel Fernandes (@absolutelydanny) July 30, 2018 8. Sacred Games The first Indian Netflix Original obviously had to cause an uproar everywhere. Everyone binge-watched the entire thing as soon as it came out, everyone kept talking about it for months, and if you didn't finish it in one day, you were left behind. But, after the initial admiration, came the memes. Oh so you'll remember that friend only when a new show is out, is it? #SacredGames pic.twitter.com/T3UVPBgCPc — Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) July 6, 2018 **Dharam Sankat**#Instagram #AskMeAnything #SacredGames #Trending #MEMES pic.twitter.com/8TOBFZDvLs — James_Shah (@JamesShah18) July 11, 2018 Relatives : hum chalte hain Mom : Arey mera beta khaali baitha hai yeh drop kar aayega aapko Me : pic.twitter.com/pWzgtaog5e — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) July 9, 2018 Well played @varungrover. #SacredGames pic.twitter.com/rmtfoeFhPq — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) July 11, 2018 9. Radhika Apte And Netflix This year, Radhika Apte was everywhere on Netflix India, one would even say she was…omnipresent. The love affair between Radhika and Netflix became a long-running joke with Netflix fully embracing it and even changing their social media accounts to Radhika Apte fanpages and releasing the poster of the much anticipated Netflix, sorry I mean Radflix, original 'Omnipresent', which not only stars Radhika Apte, but is also written and directed by her. Oh, and she also gave the music for it. Moreover, she even made the poster herself. Whatever the role, Radhika apt hai. pic.twitter.com/H5vAI81qMG — Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) August 27, 2018 View this post on Instagram Radhika made this poster herself. A post shared by Netflix India (@netflix_in) on Aug 27, 2018 at 9:16am PDT Radhika Apte is to Netflix India what the letter "K" is to Ekta Kapoor. — BING (@ya_jhakaas) August 27, 2018 Netflix using Radhika Apte. pic.twitter.com/fzBSGU15vc — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) August 27, 2018 This is how Radhika Apte gets chosen by Netflix pic.twitter.com/lc6F8QE8AX — P.R. (@pr_akash_raj) August 28, 2018 10. Anushka Sharma In Sui Dhaga Unfortunately for Anushka, that one still from the movie 'Sui Dhaaga' is now her most recognizable picture ever. It's so sad, yet hilarious. Me traveling to work on a weekend. pic.twitter.com/AyrrnwTEYV — nikhil (@niquotein) August 14, 2018 Mom's reaction after I cleared 12th exams on my 5th attempt. pic.twitter.com/IzJJ8Fz4Yb — Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) August 14, 2018 *When your crush says, she loves you but as a friend* pic.twitter.com/wT8Q6oXuDJ — Bittu singhað¥ (@Frustratedladk) August 14, 2018 11. Thain Thain Imagine you're a cop and your gun stops working at the most crucial moment, what will you do? Shout 'thain thain', of course! A UP cop went viral with his hilarious way of improvising and this one phrase gave him overnight internet stardom. Kim Jong-un: I have a Nuclear button on my desk Donald Trump: I have a bigger button UP Police : Thaaye Thaaye — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) October 15, 2018 Up Police the best ðð pic.twitter.com/whiWlhUkFj — Himanshu Rawat (@Savagely_Single) October 13, 2018 Life of UP police :- pic.twitter.com/pnvJXLQkby — Dev Anandð¥ (@Devismm) October 15, 2018 12. DeepVeer Wedding Imma let you finish, but Deepika and Ranveer had the most iconic wedding of the year. The anticipation, the way they made the entire country wait for the pictures and then the actual, beautiful pictures - everything was great. Ranveer and Deepika know how to make everyone desperately wait for even a glimpse of their wedding, but in the process, that wait and then the actual pictures turned into a meme. Omg. Made for each other. Ranveer wearing Tanishq jewellery and Deepika carrying 4 types of Ching's Chutneys.#DeepVeerKiShaadi pic.twitter.com/2IoHnRvM39 — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) November 15, 2018 news media shooting from faaaaar away trying to get shots of Ranveer and Deepika's wedding ðð pic.twitter.com/7pSgUfDkDM — José Covaco (@HoeZaay) November 14, 2018 Me: Apne ko kya lena dena #DeepVeerKiShaadi se Brain: Don't say that Don't say that Don't say that Don't say that Don't say that Don't say that Don't say that Don't say that Don't say that Me: Abey yaar yeh Ranveer Singh aur Deepika Padukone shaadi photos kab dikhange? ð­ — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) November 15, 2018
  12. There is absolutely no doubt that 2018 belonged to Netflix. With series like 'Ghoul', 'Sacred Games', 'Lust Stories', 'To All The Boys I Have Loved Before', '13 Reasons Why' and recently released 'Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle', Netflix not only took care of our entertainment, but also gave us talents that were until now kept hidden from us. To sum up the amazing year that went by, Baloo aka Anil Kapoor turns into a rapper and takes us through all the hilarious and epic moments that Netflix India gave us. The video also features Jatin Sarna aka Bunty from 'Sacred Games', Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal and Radhika Apte. Netflix India Also, you just cannot miss Anil Kapoor dancing and throwing letters in the air pretending to be like Lara Jean, during the segment of 'To All The Boys I Have Loved Before'. Netflix India This video is also a compilation of all the comments that people like left on Netflix's social media and it was funny to see Anil Kapoor taking a dig at himself by calling himself "Baal ki dukaan as Baloo, great casting." In a nutshell, the year 2018 taught us a lot of things - "Sab marenge, sirf Trivedi bachega", there's a not-so-classic connection between 'taboot' and India Gate that only Nawazuddin can explain, "Kabhi Kabhi lagta apun hi Bhagwan hai" is one dialogue we didn't know we needed, Vicky Kaushal is a powerhouse of talent and Radhika Apte is omnipresent. Netflix India Also, Netflix India will never stop making amazing content for us to binge-watch.
  13. 2018 has been a year that has been special in more ways than we can count. Section 377 was struck down, and a much-awaited social change took place in the nation that was long overdue. It was reflected in the fashion canvas as well, throughout all the fashion weeks that took place during the year. Inclusivity was one of the main themes, when it comes to overall fashion sensibility. With that being the backdrop, we have listed out 6 fashion moments from the year during which men embraced gender non-conforming fashion, and rocked it like it's no one's business. Take a look. 1. Prateik Babbar donned a super edgy, avant garde outfit for the label Chola by Sohaya Misra for the Lakme Fashion Week, and set the ramp ablaze. View this post on Instagram A post shared by CHOLA By Sohaya Misra (@chola_the_label) on Aug 23, 2018 at 5:36am PDT 2. Prateik Babbar, once again, wore a super statement outfit by Gaurav Gupta which had a half skirt aesthetic. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gaurav Gupta (@gauravguptaofficial) on Oct 26, 2018 at 10:40am PDT 3. Jim Sarbh's flowy black outfit looks straight out of a dream. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jim Sarbh (@jimsarbhforreal) on Apr 6, 2018 at 8:04am PDT 4. Jim, again, is wearing what looks like a frock. But look at that edge! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jim Sarbh (@jimsarbhforreal) on Mar 10, 2018 at 7:44am PST 5. How can the list be complete without the newly married Mr Ranveer Singh? Ranveer wore this kickass Angrakha for his Mehendi, that set the internet on fire. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Nov 20, 2018 at 2:33am PST 6. Again, our beloved Baba wore an extra long Angrakha for his reception, that legit looked like a Ghagra. Guts of steel, we say. (c) Viral Bhayani Times are changing for the better, and we're loving the inclusive fluidity!
  14. Nothing defines a true gentleman's game like Test cricket and 2018 had ample of it. As the year comes to an end, we recall some of the greatest and most memorable Test matches of 2018 featuring India, South Africa, Australia and Bangladesh: 1. Pakistan vs New Zealand - 1st Test, Abu Dhabi © Reuters New Zealand has been one of the best teams of 2018, as they have just lost one series out of five. Be it Pakistan, England or West Indies, they have defeated them all. Out of all the matches they have played, the best would surely be the one against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, where the magic of Ajaz Patel helped New Zealand mark a comeback and win the game by 4 runs. This victory of theirs has been recorded as the fifth-closest finish in test history. 2. Bangladesh vs West Indies - 2nd Test, Dhaka Talking of the most underrated team in the cricketing world, Bangladesh definitely tops the list. Over the years, Bangladesh has improved a lot and is now completely ready to face any big team in the world. One such example which shook the entire world was their unbelievable victory of an innings & 184 runs over West Indies last month. Though they won the earlier match also, this was the match that totally changed everyone's perception of them. 3. Pakistan vs Australia - 2nd Test, Abu Dhabi Now, out of all the matches, this one neither had a close game, nor some epic performances, but it still would be one of the most memorable matches only because of one thing, and that is Azhar Ali's runout, which is now one of Test cricket's most farcical dismissals of all time. Despite winning the match by 373 runs, this match will be remembered for ages only because of that one hilarious runout. 4. England vs India - 5th Test, The Oval © Reuters Alastair Cook couldn't have gotten a better closure to his career, than scoring a hundred in the last match he played. The fifth Test match between England and India at The Oval turned out to be an interesting one. It was not only special for Cook, but also for James Anderson who earned the title of 'Most successful bowler the game has ever produced', by taking Mohammed Shami's wicket. © Reuters 5. South Africa vs Australia - 3rd Test, Cape Town Arguably, the most controversial match of 2018 was none other than the third Test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town. The one which witnessed the shameful act of ball-tampering by the Australian trio of David Warner, Cameron Bancroft and skipper Steve Smith to gain an upper hand in the game.
  15. Sports and scandals go together like peanut butter and jam. 2018 has been a year of some of the most excruciating controversies, bold allegations and career-endangering statements. Here's a peek at the topmost fiery quotes that made the biggest headlines in the sports sector this year: 1. Virat Kohli Asks A Cricket Fan To 'Leave India': Nobody knows controversies like Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who found himself in a hot soup this year when he appeared in a video saying, “I don't think you should live in India, go live somewhere else" which obviously went viral. In context, Kohli was responding to a cricket fan's message in which he says that he enjoys watching English and Australian batsmen over “these Indians”. The fan also called Kohli an “overrated batsman.” "Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don't mind you not liking me, but I don't think you should live in our country and like other things," said the skipper. Virat Kohli "I don't think you should live in India, go and live somewhere else. Why are you living in our country and loving other countries" pic.twitter.com/YbPG97Auyn — Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) November 6, 2018 Not able to control the situation, Kohli uploaded an image captioned “I guess trolling isn't for me guys, I'll stick to getting trolled!” in his defence. 2. Serena Williams' War On Sexism: We saw a budding star all set to take centre stage when 21-year-old Naomi Osaka won the US Open against probably the most dominant force in women's tennis, Serena Williams. But, that wasn't what the evening went on to be about. When Williams shot out saying, “You stole a point from me, you are a thief too!” to the US Open Final's umpire Carlos Ramos, an uproar on social media was spurred, deeming the umpires to be biased and sexist towards female players. Serena's elder sister, Venus Williams has also had her fair share of beef with Ramos back in 2016, when he accused her of receiving coaching during a match in the French Open, to which Venus replied “I'm 36 years old… I play fair.” 3. Martina Navratilova's Transphobic Rant: Former grand-slam champion Martina Navratilova took the world by surprise when she said, “Having a ***** and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.” Branding her comments as 'bullying' and 'discriminatory', Twitter brought her to social justice when she was forced to make a public apology. She went on to say that she would educate herself better on this issue and in the “meantime, will be quiet about it.” I am sorry if I said anything anywhere near transphobic- certainly I meant no harm - I will educate myself better on this issue but meantime I will be quiet about it. Thank you — Martina Navratilova (@Martina) December 21, 2018 4. Lewis Hamilton's 'Poor India' Comment: 2018 belonged to the five-time world champion until the point when he basically called India “a poor place” in an interview with BBC. “I've been to India before to a race which was strange because India was such a poor place yet we had this massive, beautiful Grand Prix track made in the middle of nowhere,” said the legend. “I felt very conflicted when I went to that Grand Prix.” Clearly, Indian fans of the sport didn't take to this very kindly. Twitter erupted as soon as the interview was made public. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff came in his defence stating that Hamilton's earlier words and meaning had been "spun out of context". Please read ð®ð³â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/UtXRvcP74A — Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 15, 2018 "He spoke with empathy about India and the painful contrast between wealth and poverty that we face while travelling the globe as sporting ambassadors," the Austrian said in a statement issued by the reigning champions.
  16. Many a times when I go to the gym and see personal trainers making their clients do something new, it makes me question their certifications along with their common sense! You go to the gym to augment your strength, your physique and your fitness. But some trainers make you do questionable stuff to show that training with them is 'different.' However, is different always better? You can decide that for yourself. Here are the 10 of the dumbest (and in some cases, outright dangerous) workout videos I have seen in 2018 so far: 1. Ego Pressing On The Leg Press I have seen this multiple times at the gym. Trainers add plates to the leg press to satisfy egos. In no way does partial leg pressing help their clients. Here is how it can be outright dangerous: 2. Curling In The Squat Rack It is a golden rule of lifting. DO NOT CURL IN THE SQUAT RACK. Especially if you are blocking someone from squatting doing it! And if you do, at least curl with a full range of motion. Unlike this: It is one of the reasons people cannot grow their biceps. 3. Deadlifting With Poor Technique If you do not plan to compete in powerlifting, you can skip doing deadlifts. Yes, you read that right. There is no mandate of doing deadlifts. It is an exercise where one can easily go wrong and hurt themselves due to poor technique: 4. Functional Stupidity How do you do this? Pick a compound exercise and insert a piece of functional equipment into it. Like jumping, running, etc. into it. Make it unsafe as possible. As more the safety issue, better the exercise. Just like this: 5. Using The Smith Machine To Satisfy The Ego The Smith machine can be a great tool and can also help you work during injuries as a prehab or a rehab tool. But many people just use it to satisfy their egos: 6. Quarter Squats This is a favourite for many people. They load up the weight of more than twice of what they can do on the squat and do quarter squats. This must be a common sight at your gym as well: 7. CrossFit I have written a piece on why CrossFit does not make sense as a form of workout. It leads to people doing such questionable things at the gym: View this post on Instagram ð via @jeff_fitness - - ðµð¾ð»ð»ð¾ð @GymFuckery @GymFuckeryTV @GenerationIronOfficial @Squat_Wolf - - ð¥ @gymfuckerytv - - - Send us your gym fails, comedy and memes (dm or email us) or use #gymfuckery to be featured. A post shared by gymfuckery™ (@gymfuckery) on Dec 7, 2018 at 9:28pm PST Oh, and funnily enough, the CrossFit games in 2018 had people slipping when squatting 450+ lbs because the platforms were wet and they could not care more to make them dry. 8. Fake Plates Using plates that look like 20 kilos but are actually 5 kilos. Yes, that is a trend now to be popular on Instagram: 9. Fake Dumbbells Fake weights have now become a thing with dumbbells too: View this post on Instagram Lightweight baby ð³ð - - - - ð¥ credit @zoekfit - - Send us your gym fails, comedy and memes (dm or email us) or use #gymfuckery to be featured. A post shared by gymfuckery™ (@gymfuckery) on Oct 12, 2018 at 7:07am PDT 10. Shadowboxing Anywhere If you want to do boxing, join a boxing gym, and not do something like this: View this post on Instagram Tag a mate who would lose this fight ð¤ via @ultimatecombat A post shared by gymfuckery™ (@gymfuckery) on Sep 11, 2018 at 10:28am PDT Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  17. Yes, it's a music festival and the number one reason to visit Sunburn is for the music. But sometimes, just sometimes, it can get a little too much, right? Don't worry, you won't have to leave the festival if you want a little break. There is a bunch of other stuff you can do there too. Here are a few of the activities you can partake in if you're looking for a break from the music: The Monster Remember how much fun we used to have jumping around a bouncy castle when we were kids? Too bad we grew up and aren't allowed to get on the bouncy castle anymore. Luckily for us though Sunburn is introducing us to the Monster. Source: Sunburn Festival A 300-meter castle with 40 obstacles that would be every kid's and even every adults dream. If you ever wanted to feel like a kid again, this is the perfect opportunity. Aqua Roller So what if it's winter. There's never a bad time for a quick dip in the pool. The days are quite pleasant even in December in Pune and you may come across multiple opportunities to enjoy a quick dip. Source: Sunburn Festival Not just any dip, a dip in the Aqua roller. The inflatable rollers make this pool all the more better. Kick Consider yourself to be as good as David Beckham? Think you have the precision to score a free kick from anywhere in the attacking third? Well, with Kick, you get a chance to prove your mettle. Source: Sunburn Festival This amazing game combines darts with football for a unique opportunity to have some fun. If your legs haven't started shaking to the music yet, perhaps you could get them moving here? Hot Air Baloon How many of us have actually been in a hot air balloon? We've certainly seen people flying in hot air balloons on the television. But, being in one yourself is a completely different experience we're sure. There's nothing like seeing the entire Sunburn Festival from high up in the sky. If you are an adventure seeker, be sure to give this one a shot. Twin Cycle There will eventually come a point when you're tired of walking. This is where the twin cycle comes into play. If everyone got regular cycles, it would have been fun too. But, with the twin cycle you and a friend get to cycle around together. Source: Sunburn Festival And if you're worried about looking good while cycling around the festival, don't. The LED lights have got you covered. It will be a ride to remember. We promise.
  18. After making his lead debut in 'Masaan' in 2015, Vicky Kaushal has become a rather sought-after actor, who's done really well for himself in the acting department. He has a sheer knack to pick the right kind of content that makes his performance increasingly credential and full of life. So far, 2018 has been pretty impressed by his keen acumen to act out some rather meaty roles and we wish 2019 is no different for him either. © Instagram Here are 8 roles he's done so far that have made him one of the finest actors of 2018, and if we had to choose from a list of newcomers, we'd definitely give him a fair nudge! (1) Deepak In 'Masaan' (2015) In 2015, Vicky landed his first role in a full-fledged feature film where he plays a boy from the Dom community, whose family works at the cremation Ghats. He carries out the role of a young passionate man, whose transition from someone who is in love to someone who portrays grief over losing someone is quite flawless. The movie made him lose about seven kilos and also made him go two shades darker, as he spent a lot of time in the Ghats, trying to imbibe the true essence of his character in the film. © Pathé (France) (2) Dilsher In 'Zubaan' (2016) Kaushal beautifully takes the shape of his character in this one too. He plays a young man, who somewhere along the way, loses faith and develops a fear of music. He later reconciles with his fear and fights it off to find himself again. Even though the narrative takes time to build, his on-screen presence and his takeover are brilliantly caught on camera. © Mozez Singh (3) CP Raghvan Singh In 'Raman Raghav 2.0' (2016) Choosing to play a dark character while you're starting your acting career is a bit of risk, but Kaushal took it regardless and did a phenomenal job with Raman Raghav 2.0. “For five days, I locked myself in a room. There was no light, no phone, wifi, or TV. I detached myself from everything and concentrated on the two scenes I had to audition for. I wanted to tap the dark side in me. First day, I was bored. Second day I started feeling cranky, third day I was irritated, fourth day I was irritated and cranky. By fifth day, I was in a space that I never was in life. I went straight to give the auditions and cracked it. I had to mentally isolate myself from my family and friends. I had given them a disclaimer to let me be and don't talk to me otherwise I might just snap out and lose my temper, myself. It was gruelling, challenging but a very fulfilling experience.” told to TOI by Kaushal. The film wasn't a hit really but his performance along with Nawazuddin Siddiqui's was well received by critics and the audience at large. © Reliance Entertainment (4) Sanjay In 'Love Per Square Foot' (2018) When Netflix approached Kaushal for a film, they knew exactly what they were looking for! His role is rather meaty and fresh and strikes a balance with his co-star Angira Dhar. The movie is a comical tale about house hunting in Mumbai and we really couldn't stop laughing at his comic timing. © Netflix (5) Iqbal Syed In 'Raazi' (2018) He wasn't the main character but he definitely did justice to the role he was offered. The film was a pertinent female-protagonist drama, based on true events and Kaushal played Alia Bhatt's husband, a commander in the Pakistan army. There was a definite sense of calmness to his role, which creased out all the other irregularities we may have noticed in the film. © AA Films (6) Kamli In 'Sanju' (2018) Kaushal definitely made a staple impact in 2018 with Sanju, by playing the character of Kamli. He was a dependable friend in the film and also someone who was seen discovering his own journey. He brought every shade he established in the film to life and we absolutely loved his deliverable! © Fox Star Studios (7) Paras In 'Lust Stories' (2018) Another Netflix original, Vicky took up a challenging yet fun role to make a pretty daring space for himself as an ardent and content actor. He plays a clueless romantic in the short film, who fails to satisfy his wife in bed as well as in conversations! We laughed our hearts out at his performance for sure. © Netflix (8) Vicky Sandhu In 'Manmarziyaan' (2018) Kaushal goes back to his original roots in this Anurag Kashyap film by playing a Punjabi stud who loses his woman to another man! A complete reinvention of the kind of roles he usually does, we loved him in this character for sure. © Eros International Even though 2018 has been a successful year for Vicky so far, we're waiting for him to come back with an absolute remarkable bang in 2019, where he experiments with more characters and performances. He's dishy, he's handsome and he has definitely won our hearts this year along with garnering responses that only the best actors can invoke!
  19. 2018 is coming to a close and honestly, this has been one the most musically rich years and giving rides around the sun in recent memory. Making a year end list for anything is always a tricky affair because there is just waaaay too much to consume. I honestly haven't even scratched the surface of the sheer volume of amazing albums that have come out this year. One thing's for certain though: the future is exciting, the album format isn't going anywhere and the best things come from the quietest places. Anyway here we go: 15. Tierra Whack - Whack World No other album that came out this year is more tailor-made for the internet age as Tierra Whack's 'Whack World'. 15 songs, 15 minutes and 1 absolutely delightful music video. Check this one out if you like your listening experiences to be bite-sized, or if you tend to get distracted easily. 14. Rosalia - El Mar Querer Seamlessly blending traditional Spanish Flamenco music with modern RnB, Pop, and Neo Soul, Rosalia's sophomore album further cements her place as a leader of the Spanish new wave by breaking through language barriers with a stunning and emotionally charged vocal performance. 13. Young Fathers - Cocoa Sugar The Edinburgh trio continue their unique take on hip hop, punk, noise, pop and RnB while still keeping their songwriting abilities fresh as ever. 'Cocoa Sugar' keeps the emotional quotient high while surrounding it with a blend of a myriad of musical styles. 12. Julia Holter - Aviary One of the longer albums on this list, but an absolutely essential listen for fans of chamber pop, experimental jazz, and modern orchestral music. Julia Holter weaves a beautiful tapestry of sounds that deal with themes of memory, the nature and importance of art, love and natural beauty. 11. Yves Tumor - Safe In The Hands Of Love The enigmatic Turin-based experimentalist returns with what in my opinion is his most honest and accessible record till date. It is deep, complex and melancholic but never has a dull moment and is still pretty much a straight up pop record when broken down to its elements. 10. Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs 'Some Rap Songs' marks the elusive Earl Sweatshirt's return to his lyrical and experimental best. This is not an album for traditional hip hop or 'trap rap' heads. Expect lo fi, stuttering and heavily sampled time signature fluid beats accompanied by Earl's meditative, buried and self reflective flow. A short listen, but one that requires your full attention. 9. Kelman Duran - 13th Month 13th Month is an idiosyncratic deconstruction of reggaeton and west coast hip hop inter spliced with choir vocals, interview snippets and protest speeches. One of the most apocalyptic yet club adjacent releases this year. 8. Low - Double Negative It's hard to believe a band as late into its career as 'Low' can still come out with one of the year's most relevant and surprising albums. The slowcore veterans create a brooding, atmospheric and austere environment on 'Double Negative' that is at once heavy with emotion and weightless in its movement. 7. Westside Gunn - Supreme Blientele Griselda records figurehead Westside Gunn has one of the most unique voices in modern day hip hop. The Buffalo natives high pitched, raw, snarly delivery packs more punch than a baseball bat to the face. On 'Supreme Blientele', Gunn gives us what Griselda records is best known for, grimey East Coast loops, posse cuts and all the street talk we can handle (which is a lot). 6. Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want The Rhode Island Post Hardcore misanthropes return after nearly a decade to deliver one of the most psychotic, chaotic and blistering noise / no wave / post hardcore albums of the past 5 years. Warning: this is not an easy experience. 5. Death Grips - Year Of The Snitch Probably the Sacramento trio's least hip hop inspired album yet. This time around the guys embrace the sounds of hard rock and punk to unnaturally combine with their mutant take on electronica, free form jazz freak outs, harsh noise and power electronics. 4. Hermit And The Recluse - Orpheus Vs. The Sirens I'll say it right here right now - Ka is one of the most criminally underrated artists of the 21st century. He is easily the best rapper out there and as a producer he conjures some of the most rich, complex and meditative soundscapes that work so perfectly with his voice that it's hard to imagine him rapping over anything else. However on 'Hermit and the Recluse', Ka teams up with producer Animoss and this time takes on the Greek Epic of Orpheus. 3. Kids See Ghosts - Self Titled Everybody's favourite celebrity to hate and the legendary hip hop crooner come together to give us one of the year's most beautiful, life affirming and experimental hip hop records. Kanye and Kid Cudi are a veritable powerhouse, both seemingly back in tip top creative shape, traversing everything from grunge, hard rock and soul to give us an album that literally nobody expected to be THIS good. 2. Sophie - Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides We can easily call it the defining pop album of the decade. This is emotionally tense, cathartic, calming and life affirmingly beautiful all in one. Sophie has cemented herself as one of the brightest stars of our generation and the future of pop production. 1. Playboi Carti - Die Lit This brings me to my favourite album of 2018 and by no means is it the “best” album or anything idiotic like that. This goes way beyond that. What we have here is an infectious, psychedelic, minimalistic, hypnotic almost hymn like take on the sound that is nearing its peak in 2018, i.e. mumble rap. Across these tracks Carti, squeaks, squirms and yelps with childlike mischievousness, repeating the same phrase sometimes through the entire verse; but that doesn't matter. What we get here is an overall effect that drowns you with harshly bright synths, subterranean thuds and trap hi hats that spitter and spatter on top of the concoction, almost going toe to toe with Carti's infectious adlibs and singular phrases. This is the most avant garde mumble rap will ever get and I'm not even entirely sure Carti intended for it to be like that, but oh my god is this thing highly, highly addictive. What were your favourite albums of 2018?
  20. 2018 has officially been the year of some of the most regal, extravagant and picture-worthy weddings of all times. Be it here in the homeland, or abroad, we witnessed some of our most favourite (or not-so-favourite) celebrities tie the knot this year. From making headlines to being the talk of town for days after, these weddings have given fans and followers a real good time keeping up with all the festivities and of course the photos that came along with them. We have 10 of the most popular weddings of the year that literally got the internet buzzing! You may have personally followed a few of them, and skipped the others, but we've got 'em all here for you. 1. Sonam Kapoor - Anand Ahuja View this post on Instagram “Anand is so encouraging when it comes to my work that he didn't blink when I told him I was flying to Cannes two days after the wedding or that I was getting into promotions straightaway. There was no argument, just acceptance—you gotta do what you gotta do.” #EverydayPhenomenal ð« @anandahuja For @VogueIndia A post shared by SonamKAhuja (@sonamkapoor) on Jun 29, 2018 at 6:46pm PDT Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja's wedding earlier this year saw the coming together of all the B-town biggies and a party that showed exactly how Bollywood likes to party. 2. Justin Bieber - Hailey Baldwin View this post on Instagram Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn't want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can't wait for the best season of life yet!. It's funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it's true GOOGLE IT! Isn't that nuts? By the way I didn't plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA BE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!! A post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Jul 9, 2018 at 3:14pm PDT A secret hush-hush wedding of the couple took the internet by storm, months after they shared the news of their engagement on social media. Some serious hearts were broken when this news came out. 3. Neha Dhupia - Angad Bedi View this post on Instagram Best decision of my life.. today, I married my best friend. Hello there, husband! @angadbedi ⤠A post shared by Neha Dhupia (@nehadhupia) on May 10, 2018 at 1:15am PDT Another pretty low key wedding affair, this one caught many people by surprise. Neha Dhupia had a sweet, and private Sikh wedding with actor Angad Bedi in Delhi. 4. Prince Harry - Meghan Markle View this post on Instagram â¤ï¸ @meghanmarkle_official #meghanmarkle #meghanmarklestyle #royalfamily #dutchessofsussex #royalwedding #meghanandharry #harryandmeghan A post shared by Meghan Markle ðµ (@meghanmarkle_official) on Nov 4, 2018 at 1:25am PDT The Duke of Sussex Prince Harry's royal wedding to actress Meghan Markle became global news for all the obvious reasons. The wedding brought together two continents in celebrations and many well-wishers from around the world. 5. Kit Harington - Rose Leslie View this post on Instagram These wedding photos are beautiful! ðð A post shared by Kit Harington (@kitharingtonig) on Jun 24, 2018 at 3:11pm PDT Can we even forget the solid amount of uproar this one caused? The virtual space was literally shaken up by Jon Snow & Ygritte's uber fairytale-like wedding! 6. Ranveer Singh - Deepika Padukone View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Nov 20, 2018 at 3:32am PST This one surely shouldn't come as a surprise. What with all the frenzy every single of their photo releases brought about for all media portals? Their regal and opulent wedding totally rocked! 7. Kaley Cuoco - Karl Cook View this post on Instagram #tbt to what I think is the best family wedding photo ever ð¶ ð¶ ð¶ ð¶ ð´ @claudcraig ð· #kcsquared ð A post shared by Kaley Cuoco (@kaleycuoco) on Jul 19, 2018 at 6:39pm PDT Yeah, we know. Penny being officially taken did break millions of hearts around the world. But if it brings any solace to the hurt, she did look smacking on her wedding day. Lucky guy! 8. Isha Ambani - Anand Ahuja View this post on Instagram #Repost @celebrity_vicky Now You Will Feel No Rain For Each Of You Will Be Shelter To The Other Now Each Of You Will Feel No Cold For Each Of You Will Be Warmth To The Other Now There Is No Loneliness For You For Each Of You Will Be Companion To The Other Now You Are Two Persons ð But There Is One Life Before You Go Now To Your Dwelling Place To Enter Into The Days Of Your Togetherness ð©â¤ðð¨ And May Your Days Be Good And Long Upon The Earth ð Blessings Of Marriage Give Your Life ⤠A Meaning. It Completes You As A Person ð©â¤ð¨ Congratulations On Your Wedding ðððððð Best Jodi 2â£0â£1â£8⣠ð Isha Ambani ð #AnandPiramal A post shared by Isha Ambani (@ambani.isha) on Dec 17, 2018 at 2:41am PST One of India's most talked about weddings this year, Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal's wedding was much like a Big Bollywood wedding come to life. This is exactly how Indian fairy tales would look like, no? 9. Nick Jonas - Priyanka Chopra View this post on Instagram And forever starts now... â¤ï¸ @nickjonas A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Dec 4, 2018 at 4:36am PST Entire global media was covering this wedding, and it would be safe to say that they were in for a treat. Being hailed as one of the most extravagant weddings this year, Nickyanka sure lived it up in their wedding! 10. Matthew Lewis - Angela Jones View this post on Instagram ð¬ð§ðºð¸ A post shared by Matthew Lewis (@mattdavelewis) on May 28, 2018 at 9:46am PDT Neville Longbottom found his official dance partner for life and the Potterheads lost it, obviously. The couple looked like a dream and we couldn't be happier to see Longbottom all manned up for the day.
  21. With as many as 80 percent Indians consuming news from social media, and the use of media showing no signs of levelling off, news consumption in the country also seems to be gaining a lot of popularity, owing to the eventful year that we have had so far! While hot stuff constantly comes and goes, there are a few personalities who broke all records when it came to doing the rounds of social media and being the talk of the town for the longest time this year. We have the list of top 10 newsmakers of 2018 as per a Yahoo report, and while some of them are on it for obvious reasons, a few of them might leave you shook, especially the last name here. 1. Narendra Modi View this post on Instagram Glimpses from my morning exercises. I urge everyone to devote some time of the day towards fitness. #HumFitTohIndiaFit A post shared by Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) on Jun 13, 2018 at 12:38am PDT Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister of India and needs no reason as such to be top news in the country. The man is constantly making headlines, for good or bad, we will let you be the judge of it. 2. Rahul Gandhi View this post on Instagram My young friend & I, swamped in a sea of enthusiastic, cheerful womenð #india #friends #campaigntrail #laughter #womenpower A post shared by Rahul Gandhi (@rahulgandhi) on Nov 22, 2018 at 2:19am PST While Congress President is usually in the news for not-so-great reasons, this year, junior Gandhi made headlines for his infamous winks and hugs in the most unexpected places. 3. Dipak Misra View this post on Instagram #Chief #Justice of #India Justice #DipakMisra #retires today; Describes #Indian #judiciary as most robust #Institution in the #World. A post shared by Prayagraj District (@prayagrajdistrict) on Oct 1, 2018 at 8:03pm PDT Former CJI at the Supreme Court, and the man who delivered some of the most stellar judgements this year, right from scrapping Section 377 to declaring Section 497 on adultery as unconstitutional, there's a ton more he shall be remembered for in the times to come. 4. Vijay Mallya View this post on Instagram Big win for India. UK court orders Vijay Mallya's extradition. ð®ð³ð®ð³ . . . #VijayMallya #Mallya #Extradition #kingfisher #Kingfisherairlines #timesnow #timesnownews #India #ModiGetsMallya A post shared by TIMES NOW (@timesnow) on Dec 10, 2018 at 4:40am PST Fugitive economic offender Mallya, who is still evading the Indian lawmakers, made it to top 5 for the obvious reasons of being a fraud. 5. Nirav Modi View this post on Instagram PNB àªà«àª­àª¾àªàª¡àª®àª¾àª àªà«àª²à« IT વિભાàªàª¨à« àªàª¡àªàª¤àª°à« સàªàª¡à«àªµàª£à«, 8 મહà«àª¨àª¾ દબાવૠરાàªà« હતૠફાàªàª² #PNBScam #ITDepartment #NiravModi વધૠવિàªàª¤ માàªà« àªàª¹à«àª àªàª°à« àªà«àª²àª¿àª: www.sandesh.com A post shared by Sandesh (@sandeshnewstv) on Dec 3, 2018 at 10:39pm PST Another one to learn from Mallya, and be off to foreign lands for his personal gains, Modi is wanted by the Interpol for criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating and dishonesty including delivery of property, corruption, money laundering, fraud, embezzlement and breach of contract since August 2018. 6. MJ Akbar View this post on Instagram દà«àª·à«àªàª°à«àª®àª¨àª¾ àªàª°à«àªª પર àªàª®àªà« àªàªàª¬àª° – સહમતિથૠબàªàª§àª¾àª¯ હતાઠસબàªàª§à«, પતà«àª¨à« પણ બàªàª¾àªµàª®àª¾àª #MeToo #MJAkbar A post shared by Sandesh (@sandeshnewstv) on Nov 2, 2018 at 7:32am PDT One of the many prominent faces from India media, MJ Akbar made headlines this year for all the wrong reasons. Called out by multiple women for sexual assault and harassment during the #MeToo movement outbreak in India, Akbar is looking at a lengthy legal battle ATM. 7. MS Dhoni View this post on Instagram Thanks everyone for the support and Mumbai for turning yellow.Shane 'shocking' Watson played a shocking innings to get us through.end of a good season.Ziva doesn't care about the trophy, wants to run on the lawn according to her wordings. A post shared by M S Dhoni (@mahi7781) on May 27, 2018 at 1:03pm PDT The former Indian captain also joins the list at the 7th position, for being the coolest captain India has ever had. 8. Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh View this post on Instagram A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Nov 28, 2018 at 7:00am PST 9. Priya Prakash Varrier View this post on Instagram âï¸ A post shared by priya prakash varrier (@priya.p.varrier) on Dec 19, 2018 at 11:12pm PST Do you really want us to tell you why she is on this list? Yeah, we thought so too. 10. Taimur Ali Khan View this post on Instagram Just...Lightening up everybody's lives ! ðð(Don't miss the last picture) A post shared by Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi (@taimuralikhanpataudi_) on Nov 9, 2018 at 11:04pm PST Surprise surprise, Saif and Kareena's toddler makes his debut on one of the many “Top List(s)” and that's some news, right? The things the boy has been doing is crazy, what with sending the paparazzi into a frenzy and even having a doll made after him? SHOOK!
  22. Wireless Charging has been slowly gaining traction in the last few years and a wide range of phones support it today. Even though the practicality of using the technology has often been challenged, there is no doubt that it offers more convenience. Just keep your phone on the charger and you're good to go. © Youtube/Mobile Fun There are many out there who prefer a "fast wired charger", and for them, technology has been improving at a quick pace. Wireless Chargers too now support faster charging and with almost every other flagship phone being equipped with the tech, it's sure to take over the world soon. After all, we did slowly get over the headphone jack! For those who aren't aware, Wireless Charging is technically called Inductive Charging and uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy. An induction coil in the charger creates a field while another coil in your phone receives it. These are our top recommendations for the best wireless chargers: 1. Belkin Boost Up: © Belkin Belkin has worked closely with Apple to design the charging pad and it's perfectly optimized for the iPhones. It supports the universal Qi protocol for wireless charging and hence can also work with supporting Samsung, LG, Sony, and Google phones. It supports 7.5W of charging and can also work with cases up to 3mm thin. A green LED light shows when your phone is correctly aligned on the pad and charging along with an amber light in case foreign objects are detected or the phone isn't placed properly. The surface is non-slippery and just for your peace of mind, it comes with two years warranty. Buy from Amazon.in 2. Samsung Wireless Charger Pad 2018: © Samsung Samsung's charging pad is built keeping the brand's smartphone offerings in mind. It looks similar to the Galaxy phone design language. Unlike Belkin's offering, this one supports charging up to 9W. Though, Samsung officially says the 9W figure is functional with compatible S and Note series phones only. The charger supports Qi wireless, meaning it can also charge your iPhone or other OEM devices. It also has a built-in fan that keeps your device cool and more efficiently charges it. Buy from Amazon.in 3. Google Pixel Stand: © Google The Pixel 3 supports wireless charging, but if you want to get the fastest wireless charging, you'll need the Pixel Stand (or another, Google-licensed 10W wireless charger). With a third-party charger, the transfer has been limited at 5W, which is base Qi speed. Though, the Pixel Stand can do more than just charging. Once paired with Google's new phone, it provides quick access to Google Assistant by voice or touch, along with shortcuts to popular Assistant commands. Buy from Google 4. Mophie Wireless Charger: © Mophie Just like a majority of other charging pads, this one too supports 7.5W wireless transfer and is compatible with Qi standards. Its base has a rounded outer edge and the cable slots into a recessed port along with a flush finish at the mat's edge. Also, this particular charger ships with a wall adapter in the box meaning that you'll be charging the moment you take it out of the box, a convenience that can't be said about thousands of options available out there. Buy from Amazon.in 5. Haavitek Wireless Charger: © Haavitek While most of the chargers here are directly from a smartphone maker or certified by one, the Haavitek charger is purely universal. It's built keeping all types of phones in mind and supports the Qi standard for transfer. This one is capable of 10W fast charging and has a design similar to the Pixel Stand, without the smart capabilities though. Compare to other chargers, this one is significantly cheaper. Buy from Amazon.in
  23. There is a different sort of charm attached to reel time couples who bring out the best in each other on-screen. We love to watch them in movies and often wish to have these flawless and endless equations they establish through each other whenever they're paired up together. 2018 saw some amazing chemistry between a lot of Bollywood couples on-screen and they definitely drew in a lot of inspiration for us to find what we're looking for. © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures Here are 5 on-screen 'jodis' that made a striking impact on Bollywood and of course made their way to our hearts! (1) Dhadak- Janhvi Kapoor & Ishaan Khattar The two made an awesome first time pair on-screen and stole the show, but unfortunately the movie missed the popularity mark and didn't do well. But that didn't stop the two from mesmerising the audience with their on-screen chemistry in an all out romantic film! Here's hoping we see more of them in the coming year. © Zee Studios (2) Andhadhun- Ayushmann Khurrana & Radhika Apte Even though there wasn't much of romance between the two, the chemistry was on-point. The love-hate relationship shown between the couple was beautifully displayed and the next time around we really want to see them in a full blown romantic movie, together! © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures (3) Manmarziyan- Vicky Kaushal & Tapsee Pannu It's been a good year for both Vicky Kaushal and Tapsee Pannu and even though they don't wind up together in the movie, their chemistry in the first half is class apart. They fit the role perfectly and when it comes to one another, they're spot on with their feelings and emotions. Another couple we'd like to see more of. © Eros International (4) Badhaai Ho- Ayushmann Khurrana & Sanya Malhotra The focus in the movie is not so much on Ayushmann and Sanya as it is on the main plot but the two of them carry out their character of being a steady couple and facing a few hiccups, very comfortably. The chemistry is just about right and they look mighty cute together. © AA Films (5) Sui Dhaaga- Varun Dhawan & Anushka Sharma The two come together for the first time to act out a responsible couple role, who start out their own clothing business somewhere in rural India. The equation between the two looks quite real as does the everyday mundane struggle they have to go through together as husband and a wife. The movie was quite endearing just like their on-screen chemistry. © Yash Raj Films Reel-life couples are as important as real life couples as they stay with us for a long time, whenever we do catch them together on-screen. They work hard to make the chemistry as real as possible and give us pertinent lessons in love and relationships. We wish to see more love happening on our screens next year but for now, let's celebrate love through these 5 reel-time couples.
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