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  1. Bollywood has had a long-standing affair with Switzerland and somewhere we too fell in love with the country, vicariously through them. Ask anyone about Switzerland, and most of their conversation will revolve around Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol's budding romance on the streets of Switzerland, from 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'. Or those dance numbers where actresses wearing sarees are dancing on the snow-capped mountains. © MensXP I won't lie, somewhere my idea about Switzerland too was heavily influenced by Bollywood. But, all of it changed when I got a chance to visit the country a few weeks ago. I always wanted to go to Switzerland, but it was all a distant dream as I wasn't financially strong enough to fund my trip. But, thanks to Switzerland Tourism and their exceptional hospitality, the next thing I know I was sitting on a plane to Zurich and clicking and posting pictures with the locals and binging on chocolates and cheese. © MensXP Today, I want to share my story about how much Switzerland has impacted me. It also made me realise that the quaint country has so much more to offer than just be a place where Bollywood songs and movies were shot, with actors posing shirtless in snow and flaunting their six-pack abs. 1. Pack Comfortable Clothes Instead Of 'OOTD' To begin with, no you cannot stand shirtless or in a saree in the snow. Even dreaming about doing it can send shivers down your spine because of the temperature, which drops to as low as -15 degrees to -20, even in March. So, please don't dream of wearing normal boots or heels or try to act stylish to get OOTDs. Carry warm and comfortable clothes (without adding tons of layers), gloves, and lots and lots of sunscreen. © MensXP 2. Don't Take Euros Instead Of Swiss Franc Don't trade your cash for Euros, instead of Swiss Franc. Switzerland is an expensive country and if you end up paying extra in the currency conversion process, it will only burn more holes in your pockets. Also, be doubly sure about the multi-currency card you're carrying, else you will be stuck with a different country's currency, like me. So, no matter who says what, convert your money to Swiss Franc (CHF) only, for smooth hassle-free transactions. 3. Why Is The Swiss Franc Symbol Called CHF While most of us call it Swiss Franc and Swiss currency, most of us never bothered to notice or know why the symbol is CHF? Well, not many people know that the Latin name of Switzerland is 'Confoederatio Helvetica', which also means 'Swiss Confederation'. The symbol CH can be found on postal stamps, coins and even on the car stickers. © MensXP 4. There Are Four Official Languages In Switzerland This was my first trip to Switzerland, so I entertained and dug into all kinds of questions possible, which brought me to this - "What is the official language of the country?" Trust me, the number of people who asked this were more than the number of friends I have. So, let me clear that too for all you guys. It will come handy, in case you're planning a trip soon. Firstly, there is no such thing as 'Swiss language'. There are four official languages that people speak: German, French, Italian and Romansh. Reason? Switzerland comprises of 26 cantons and if we take a look at history, each of these cantons were fully sovereign states and had their own borders, armies, customs and languages. © MensXP Over the years, the government never forced any of the cantons to speak a uniform language, so they continue to retain and speak different languages, which also represents the geographical and cultural boundaries that Switzerland is surrounded by. But, don't be scared since these are not the only languages they can speak. Most people understand and speak in English too. 5. Switzerland Has A Kickass Transportation System Despite being an alpine country and surrounded by lakes and covered in snow for the most part of the year, Switzerland has a kickass transportation system, one of the world's finest actually. Let's be honest, living in Delhi has spoiled me beyond my expectations. I don't think I am the only one in thinking that cabs have made me lazy and privileged. People have stopped walking or taking buses or even metros for that matter. © MensXP Switzerland (even if it was for a week) changed my mindset. The transport is so freaking awesome, that you don't feel the need to take cabs. Also, did I tell you that cabs can be freakishly expensive? From trains, buses, cruise, bicycles to even walking; the systematic timetable connects people with any desired point. © MensXP 6. Swiss People Are VERY Punctual And Organised Swiss people are really punctual, unlike us. If the train or bus is scheduled to leave at 10: 30, it will LEAVE at 10:30 - neither 10:29 nor 10:31. Further, no person crosses roads if the signal is red, irrespective of whether there are any cars or not. Something we can never expect here. No wonder, Swiss people are so fit, despite consuming kilos of cheese and chocolates. 7. The Swiss Love Their Cheese And Chocolates Talking about cheese, can you guess how much cheese does a person in Switzerland consume in a year? 10, 20, or 50 kilos? Well, when I visited a cheese factory, I found there is more to cheese than just parmesan or cheddar and the correct number is 21.4 kilos. Oh, and they eat nearly 12 kilos of chocolate in a year. In fact, wherever I went and whatever I ordered (even if it was just a glass of water), I always got complementary chocolates. They serve chocolates everywhere, even the bed you sleep on will have chocolates kept on it. © MensXP 8. You Can Take Your Pets Literally Anywhere Also, here's something I didn't know about Switzerland but instantly fell in love with. This 'heaven on earth' is very dog-friendly (any pet in general actually). You can take your dog almost everywhere, outdoor cafes, buses, trains, cruise to even some hotels. But, there are some rules and taxes for animals, especially social pets like guinea pigs. © MensXP 9. Drinking Water Everywhere...Even In Your Bathroom Also, it is believed that water in Switzerland (Europe in general) is so clean that people drink water directly from the basin in their bathroom. Umm, coming from India I had a really difficult time adjusting to that fact and the reasons are known to all of us. We are so used to drinking water from water purifiers here, so we can't even imagine heading to the bathroom to take a drink of water. So, I took bottles instead, only to find that there are two types of water people drink there - sparkling and tap. So, when I said mineral water, I got a pack of sparkling water bottles (blame some of it to the language barrier) that has a distinct taste and not everyone likes it. And the water is super expensive there. So if you're fine drinking water from the bathroom, go for it; else make sure you get a bottle of tap water and not sparkling one. © MensXP 10. Switzerland Is Really Safe For Solo Female Travellers Lastly, being a solo woman traveller, safety is something that was a primary concern for me. Surprisingly, travelling alone in a foreign land turned out to be a safer experience for me than travelling within the country. The country is super safe, connectivity is strong and people are friendly, although they prefer that you respect their boundaries. After I came back, my perception of the beautiful country changed. I wasn't in love with Switzerland anymore because of the Bollywood songs or movies shot there. I feel in love with the incredible beauty of Mount Titlis, the picturesque renaissance architecture, the captivating snowfall, the local beverage 'Rivella', the various types of cheese and chocolates, the roads, the transport museum, the snow-capped mountains I saw from the train and everything in between. Thank you Switzerland for teaching and showing things to me I barely knew about, and I look forward to seeing you again.
  2. 'Games of Thrones' is literally everywhere now. It's everywhere on social media, it's taken over our YouTube sub boxes and it's all over the news portals too. It's clearly a great time to be 'Game of Thrones' fan. But what about those people who don't really care about the show? What if you don't care who gets killed and who sits on the Iron Throne? Yes, it's totally cool to be someone who doesn't care about 'Game of Thrones'. So, what to do when it's the only show everyone seems to be talking about and you want to watch something different? Well, don't worry! We've got you covered. Here are five other shows you can watch if you don't care about 'Game of Thrones' - 1. Vikings © History Channel 'Vikings' is a great show to watch if you don't really like 'Game of Thrones', but want to watch something with conquests and sword fights. The plot of 'Vikings' isn't as complicated to understand as, say, 'Game of Thrones', but there's still a lot to look forward to. It tells the tale of a Norse hero Ragnar Lothbrok on his journey to becoming a Scandinavian king. The story is set in a medieval era, and the show does a phenomenal job of representing it with costumes and sets. Also, the cast has done a commendable job and the character development is on point too. Where to watch: Netflix 2. Outlander © Netflix 'Outlander' is yet another period drama, which should definitely be on your watch list. It's based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, and it follows a World War II nurse who finds a portal (yes, a portal to travel in time) to 1743 Scotland. It's a show which combines historic action and drama with some interesting tidbits of time travel. Unlike the 'Game of Thrones' series, the books are a quick read, which makes this show all the more interesting. If you end up missing something on the show or you feel like getting a better understanding of the things happening on the show, then it's very easy to catch up. Where to watch: Netflix 3. Westworld © HBO 'Westworld', when it came out back in 2016, was one of the most-discussed shows. Literally, it was everywhere. In case you don't know, it's a sci-fi series set in a futuristic theme park where celebrities and wealthy people show up to bring their wild west fantasies to life. We're two seasons in, and the show just keeps on getting more interesting. Guess what? It looks like it's only going to get crazier from here since it looks the life-like host robots are up to something. The show is due for the third season, but it's not coming anytime soon. So, you still have a lot of time to catch up. Where to watch: Hotstar 4. The 100 © Netflix What do 'Game of Thrones' and 'The 100' have in common? They both are shows in which no one is safe. So, if you're planning on watching this show, then make sure that you don't get attached to any of the characters. That, however, is the fun part. 'The 100' is based on the Kass Morgan young adult series, but it's no longer following the original storyline and has now become a thing of its own. The show is about a nuclear apocalypse, where the remaining bunch of people are living in a space station. When the station's life support starts showing the signs of failure, they send 100 young prisoners to determine alternate safe shelters. Where to watch: Netflix 5. Frontier © Netflix Honestly, you can watch this show just for Jason Momoa. As Khal Drogo, he got killed off fairly quickly in 'Game of Thrones' and you can get your Khal Drogo fix from this show. 'Frontier' is essentially a show about the 18th-century North American fur trade, where the protagonist takes on Hudson's Bay Company. Where to watch: Netflix
  3. Theories may come and theories may go, but this one goes on forever. Ever since 'Avengers: Infinity War' came out last year, all Marvel fans have spent all their time watching and rewatching everything from Marvel, trying to find out clues and form theories for 'Avengers: Endgame'. Some seem spot on, some are too big to reach, and then some theories are so ridiculous, they become so iconic they even reach back to the cast and the directors. If 'Ant-Man going up Thanos' ass and expanding' didn't immediately come to your mind, I'm sorry but you're not a true Marvel fan. This is the theory that has formed a life of its own and has probably haunted Paul Rudd, and Josh Brolin, of course, for months. The theory is so simple yet so complicated, so ridiculous but ridiculous enough to actually work. And, we're not the only ones advocating for Ant-Man to go inside Thanos; turns out, even Robert Downey Jr is a fan. While doing press for the biggest Marvel movie yet, two of the OG Avengers - Jeremy Renner and RDJ - talked about all the crazy fan theories. Jeremy kept it professional and said, “I just love the creativity that comes from theories. They're hilarious, they're pretty crazy… but it means people are invested in the stories.” RDJ, on the other hand, was just being, well, RDJ. He would obviously bring up the viral theory. He said, “My favorite [fan theory] is Ant-Man goes up Thanos' butt and then makes himself big. And that's exactly what happens.” Robert Downey Jr talks about his favorite #AvengersEndgame theories... ð ð pic.twitter.com/BExlNXFUjM — EB Games Australia (@EBGamesAus) April 15, 2019 Well, the Russo Brothers were already on board with this theory and now that they have RDJ's support, it can only mean one thing - Thanos better watch his back...and his butt. I wish I could say this was photoshopped but the Russo brothers really did that pic.twitter.com/U7zW1fYznN — mila â¡ (@voiidmarvel) March 29, 2019 Paul Rudd right now, probably!
  4. With a brand new season of 'Game Of Thrones', comes a brand new opening sequence that holds a few clues about forthcoming events. The new season comes after almost two years and this time around, the opening sequence has been overhauled completely. The opening sequence does focus on key locations like previous sequences, but there were plenty of additions to the opening sequence in the premiere episode of the final season. If you haven't seen the first episode of the final season, this is your only warning about spoilers that we will talk about below. © HBO It's probably the most detailed opening sequence we've ever seen and the creators may have embedded a few clues that might unfold in future episodes. Here are some of the new spots we noticed and what they might mean: The Wall Is Broken © HBO We all know that Viserion broke The Wall last season under the Night King's control and the broken wall comes right in the beginning of the opening sequence. However, we all knew that moment from the previous season and the clue seems to be somewhere else. © HBO As soon as the animation of the wall falling is completed, we see the Last Hearth overtaken by ice extremely quickly. This may just be a clue to show how swiftly the Last Hearth will fall to the Night King in the next episode. The Winterfell Crypts © HBO This is the first time an opening sequence of GOT shows the interiors of Winterfell. In fact, it's also the first time we get to see the crypts below Winterfell for the first time. There have been leaks in the past two years that suggest the crypts have a major role to play during the Long Night. In the season premiere of the final season, the crypts are also the location where Samwell Tarly tells Jon about his true identity. The crypts are also where the Starks keep their dead and it may play a larger role when the Night King finally arrives at Winterfell. It is quite possible that the Night King may resurrect the dead Starks if things aren't going his way. It's just a theory but it is a very plausible one. These tunnels are going to be important this season and we can't wait to find out why. The Weirwood Tree © HBO The opening sequence then moves to the Weirwood Tree once it is done showing Winterfell in all its glory. The signature tree with red leaves is where many major moments of GOT took place. Jon reunited with Sansa and Bran spends most of his time there to have visions. The tree is also said to have the power to destroy wights which may be the reason for its importance in the opening sequence. We don't know yet how the magic of the Weirwood Tree works but it may just come handy in the upcoming battle. King's Landing © HBO When the opening sequence pans to an animated version of King's Landing, there are three dragon heads shown right before we get a glimpse of the Iron Throne. This may be a hint towards one of the two Targaryens possibly ruling over the capital of Westeros. The baffling bit is that the intro shows three dragons, and we already know that Viserion is under Night King's control. Is the third dragon's head just symbolic or has it been added purposely for a reason? © HBO We also get to see inside King's Landing in the opening sequence with a special focus on the Iron Throne. There is a sigil of a lion right above the throne denoting the current house Lannister's rule. This sigil may change in future episodes once Cersei loses power and is overthrown by one of her enemies. We can only know for sure when the final seasons ends in five weeks.
  5. It's absolutely true dogs adapt to mannerisms and temperaments of people around them, especially of their owners and we have one dog in Pune doing that exact same thing. A stray dog in Pune goes to a temple and joins the devotees in singing bhajans and this has been the most happening and adorable piece of news we've written today TBH! Twitter The video was shared by someone on Twitter and as soon as it was shared, it went viral! This devout little dog belongs to my friend's factory. Every Thursday evening, without fail, he walks over to the temple next door and joins the keertan. Then he has his share of prasad and trots back home. Every single Thursday! :) pic.twitter.com/HiuluOJdiy — sushma date (@sushmadate) 11 April 2019 Now tell me, isn't this the most astounding thing you've seen? Even though i don't believe in temple's, I'd go just to hear this dog sing bhajans and maybe get myself a therapeutic fix in the bargain. Obviously, after the video went viral on Twitter, people had to react to this absolute cuteness. Please share a video of him having prasad too. It's amazing, unlike anything i have ever seen. — Le Samouraï (@Sheshnath13) 12 April 2019 Ya, I would love to watch him eating his reward ðððð — Chowkidar Sushma Shaw (@SushmaShaw8) 14 April 2019 This totally made my day! — Flâneuse (@SharmiliChudail) 12 April 2019 Lovely doggo. Very moving to see his dedication to sing and to know he 'attends' every Thursday. Must be an old soul. — Hiten Vaya (@HitenVaya) 12 April 2019 They are very well attuned to our emotions... Way more emotionally intelligent than so many humans..Watching this video made me so happy ððð¶âï¸âï¸ — Dr Aditi ð®ð³ Chowkidar âï¸ð¤ (@aditi3012) 12 April 2019 Dog.. is just God..! ð Spelt in Reverse.. — Rajan Palta (@PaltaRajan) 12 April 2019 The only kirtan I would consider going to — kbin (@jingostaan) 12 April 2019 They are devotional my dog sits in every Pooja, makes sure that my mother applies tika on her forhead. — Naina (@NainaSalvatore) 13 April 2019 similar fact, a friend of mine has a dog who runs to the church every Sunday on the first ring of church's bell .. he will be there until morning service is over #Dog — #TT Dewi Darmawati (@dewi_darmawati) 13 April 2019 Well, whether or not the dog is devotional isn't what's really important! What's important is that he fills the space with such endearing and infectious energy that we feel good writing about such stories even though they're happening miles away from us.
  6. People who are trying to lose weight and drop some body fat are always looking for the best thing available for fat loss. The best diet, the best fat burner, the best type of fat loss cardio, the best exercise for fat loss—anything and everything that will help achieve this. Still, nobody has yet figured out the best exercise for fat loss. Want to know the best exercise for fat loss? THERE IS NO SUCH EXERCISE. Pexels Yes, you read it right. If there was ever a best fat loss exercise and if it worked, you would see 90% of the people at the gym doing just that one single exercise. Do you see everyone in the gym doing one same exercise every time you walk in? Obviously, not! Now, let's understand what leads to fat loss: A Caloric Deficit It has two components—the food intake part and your activity levels. The food intake is the 'Energy In' and the exercises you do/lifestyle you have is a part of 'Energy Out'. The best way to increase your energy out? Simply move more. Yeah, it is as simple as that. The thing you should be focusing on is to move as much as possible and to engage as many muscle groups as possible when you hit the gym. Single body part a day? I do not think so. Your bicep/triceps day or your shoulder day? Not even that. Pexels Focus on full body movements or compound exercises that work for two to three muscle groups simultaneously instead of doing the one muscle group a day workouts. Just take a guess, what will burn more calories? A back squat which works your full body at a given time or a set of bicep curls which work two fibers of your muscle? On top of it, you also want to watch the number of calories going inside your mouth. You can do all the full body exercises, you can take all the fat burner pills, burn as many calories as you want but it won't account for anything if the number of calories you are consuming is more than the number of calories you are burning. Long story short, stop looking for best anything. Fat loss is calories in lesser than calories out at the end of the day. And if you want to burn more calories, start doing exercises that burn more calories and not one body part a day. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  7. Mark Ruffalo and Avengers spoilers go hand in hand. I'm sorry, but he has brought the title of 'King of Spoilers' upon himself. Well, actually, he shares that with Tom Holland, to be honest. As Robert Downey Jr puts it, he is a repeat offender and has accidentally revealed so much more than he was supposed to so many times. But, it has always somehow worked in his favour, keeping him from 'getting fired' from Marvel aside. We can talk about the various occasions he let something out about these million-dollar movies - and we will, everyone wants to see Mark's greatest hits - but the biggest faux pas has to be the 'Thor: Ragnarok' incident. In case you don't remember, Mark genuinely gave out spoilers when he forgot to end his Instagram Live right as the movie started at the premiere. That was one of the best and the worst and the most hilarious things ever. He's talked about the immediate reaction to this before when some from Disney had to come and tell him to shut off his phone. Well, looks like he'll never leave it behind because even the Avengers are still talking about it. Recently, the OG Avengers and Kevin Feige sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about 'Endgame' while not actually talking about 'Endgame'. Scarlett Johansson talked about how much this press tour was stressing her out, she said, “I'm gonna have PTSD from this [press tour.] I mean, honestly, it is so stressful. At the end of every day, I lie awake at night and I think about all the things I almost said. It gives me panic.” But, obviously no one knows that stress like Mark and he made sure to tell that to everyone. At that point, RDJ called him a “repeat offender”, but Mark's been to reeducation camp now, apparently. Then the conversation drifted to Mark talking about the biggest thing he has spoiled and Ragnarok won because “that was the one that got him the call from up high.” But, Chris Hemsworth came to his defence. He said, “Wait, wait, that was actually genius! There might be some strategy there, because [the audience] laughed so hard during that [footage]. All [viewers] could hear was laughing. They went, “It must be good!” Even Mark agrees that it was some of the best unplanned promotion ever. He said, “It sort of turned around on me because when I came to work on Monday [on the set of Endgame] everyone ran up to me. I thought they were coming to scream at me — Barry, he threw his arms around me. 'That was genius! We got more press than we could have possibly paid for!'” Well, all's well that ends well? I mean, Marvel will probably still not trust Mark completely and that's understandable but it's great that he got to see a silver lining to this debacle. Good for you, Mark!
  8. While recently addressing a rally in Darjeeling, Amit Shah said that if the BJP was brought to power again in the 2019 polls, they will ensure the National Register of Citizens(NRC) is put in place across the country and followed it up with a rather controversial comment. He basically said that all 'infiltrators' will be removed from India, with a few exceptions, that are 'Buddha, Hindu, and Sikhs'. We will ensure implementation of NRC in the entire country. We will remove every single infiltrator from the country, except Buddha, Hindus and Sikhs: Shri @AmitShah #NaMoForNewIndia — BJP (@BJP4India) April 11, 2019 As soon as this particular quote was tweeted by the official Twitter account of BJP, a lot of people disapproved the casual promotion of what's basically ethnic cleansing and are trying to remind everyone the meaning of secularism. The comment has caused an uproar on the website and almost all the replies are against it. have u ever heard "india is a secular nation" ?? from what you've tweeted i'm guessing no. — sanjana with luvð§ð½‍âï¸ • ia (@joonsinfinity) April 11, 2019 People did not like it at all. Kindly don't use Sikhs for your votes....we will be happy if you remove "sikhs" as well from your tweet....muslims are our brothers as much as Hindus or other religions.... — Avtar Singh (@AvtarSi18298015) April 11, 2019 A little comic relief came in the form of people being concerned about the well being of Smriti Irani's husband. @smritiirani what to do now, Zubin is Parasi and Parasi's are not in list....so any plan of migration! — SKS (@shail_gyani) April 11, 2019 Back to serious stuff. just openly advocating ethnic cleansing https://t.co/IwsI7Bu5o7 — âï¸ (@brownaandlovely) April 11, 2019 Not just their account, that's the party president at a public rally https://t.co/D2LDeGjoF6 — Raghav Chopra (@AarSee) April 11, 2019 What will you do to Muslims? Had Dr. APJ Kalam been alive today you would have sent him to Pakistan I guess. Wow and you expect us to vote for you. Shame on you — Vaishali âð¼ (@TimeTideRide) April 11, 2019 At this point you might as well say we hate all Muslims. Muslims born here there's very little we can do about it sadly. Rest all we see as 'termites' so we'll get them deported or killed. Running on an open platform of bigotry has been never been this far reaching. SHAME — Siddarth (@ojay_34) April 11, 2019 Someone tell them the meaning, please. While at it, u might as well remove the word 'secular' from the constitution! That word has lost its sanctity anyway! ð¤¦ð»‍âï¸ — Anuradha ð¯+âï¸ (@ann_ac22) April 11, 2019 A lot of people just want to remove them first. India lets remove them first https://t.co/jas752Uvdj — Gurmehar Kaur (@mehartweets) April 11, 2019
  9. 2018 was a great year for influencer marketing. A lot of accounts across different platforms like YouTube, Instagram saw exponential growth. Heck, even the Undertaker is an influencer now. Naturally, a lot of millennial decided to cash in on the growth and make money from modelling, blogging, and vlogging. But have you ever imagined what would happen if these platforms seize to exist or your account gets randomly shut down someday? Well, you can ask the influencer 'Jessy Taylor'. Or just watch her YouTube video in which she's pouring out about getting her account mysteriously deleted from Instagram. The young star, who managed to rack up an impressive 113,000 followers by the time her account got deleted, starts off her video in tears. She's explaining that her old Instagram account got mysteriously deleted. “I'm in the middle of editing and my Instagram account got deleted. I've tried to get it back, I'm calling everyone I can,” she said. It appears as though her account was taken down after people reported her on the platform. “I'm nothing without my following,” says Jessy, who moved to LA to become famous on the platform. View this post on Instagram My old acct was deleted A post shared by Jessy taylor (@duhitsjessy) on Apr 5, 2019 at 3:16pm PDT She went on to rant about the fact that she now has to get a regular nine-to-five job, which is not something that she's planning on doing. She said, “I want to say to everybody that's reporting me: Think twice because you're ruining my life, because I make all of my money online, all of it and I don't want to lose that. I know people like to see me be down and be like them and the ninety percenters - the people who work nine-to-five - that is not me. I am in LA to not be like that.“ Jessy's video went somewhat viral on the internet racking up over 455,000 views. The video, however, has just over 700 likes against 10,000 dislikes. So it's safe to say that people aren't particularly happy with the outburst. BTW, Jessy is back on Instagram now, she now has just over 7,000 followers.
  10. You may have heard that scientists finally unveiled the first picture of a black hole yesterday, unless you were inside a black hole yourself. The image is groundbreaking news for mankind but of course, we came across some hilarious memes that stole the thunder. A team of astronomers revealed the image yesterday in a press conference and the image was captured using radio telescoped called the “Event Horizon Telescope.” The black hole measures 40 billion km across and is three million times the size of our planet. Having said that, anything that breaks the internet has to be fodder to memes and hilarious tweets that's now become a norm. If you want to know more about the black hole image, you can read about it in detail here. As for now, it's time to glance over some of the funniest memes and jokes we could find on the internet: Me: mum take a nice picture of us Mum: how does it work Me: just press the button fgs Mum: pic.twitter.com/iEePmsxv5N — Rosie Percy (@rosiepercy) April 10, 2019 All my relationships ... in one picture.#BlackHole pic.twitter.com/twH1AvQxTc — Ananya Bhattacharya (@ananya116) April 10, 2019 I am sure the spatial resolution of the #blackhole images will get better in future. pic.twitter.com/uN9lmN9fGe — Fakhar Khalid (@FakharKhalid) April 10, 2019 Oh look a photo of a black hole.....wait a damn minute....middle earth ?!?! #BlackHole pic.twitter.com/TOXZlPrxJc — Rick (@KickAssTakeNaps) April 10, 2019 © Twitter © Twitter The third eye ðï¸ looks so similar to Black Hole discovered today ð pic.twitter.com/ITVDN2EcLt — Navroop Singh (@NavroopSingh_) April 10, 2019 Profile picture vs tagged #EHTBlackHole https://t.co/YK5gGqX694 pic.twitter.com/GyX6CSV8nd — Evening Standard (@EveningStandard) April 10, 2019 The photo of the black hole is blurry, but if you zoom and enhance then you can see its full destructive power pic.twitter.com/c1wPV0vmrC — Mark Doherty (@dohertymark) April 10, 2019 The internet is busy transforming the first picture of a black hole into jokes and memes. This one is the best I've seen so far. pic.twitter.com/YvD4kANtPr — Mathieu Bernier (@mathbernier) April 10, 2019 Do you expect the internet not to meme the first picture of a black hole? pic.twitter.com/50F6CWkzlo — Faris (@palacetinebaba) April 10, 2019
  11. Your underwear forms the foundation of your outfit, and how comfortable you feel in your clothes has a LOT to do with making the right choice of underwear. However, with the wide variety of styles, cuts, fabrics, colours, and prints out there, making that choice is not the straightforward decision it once used to be. Apart from the obvious question of whether they look good or not, you also have to factor in long-term comfort, support for your privates, the right range of movement and concealment, as well as keeping sweat and body odour at bay. Faced with all these decisions, knowing what will not only fit your body type, but also fit seamlessly into your personal style is half the battle won. There are several styles for you to choose from, which is where we, at MensXP, can be of assistance. Our guide to underwear styles can help narrow down your options, taking your underwear game to the next level by helping you make all the right choices. Style 1: Briefs © Pexels This classic, standard style that we all know from our childhood is made for comfort and support. The best briefs for men are defined by their distinctive Y-shaped front, elastic waistband, and just enough fabric to cover the essentials (namely your package and backside!) while leaving your upper thighs exposed. Pros: Thanks to their excellent support and minimal coverage, they're the underwear of choice if you're wearing slim-fit jeans or fitted trousers. They're much less likely to ride up as compared to other styles, so you won't have to keep adjusting them either. Cons: Although available in a variety of cuts and colours, they're not the most visually appealing garment to own, and can also accentuate stocky figures. Style 2: Boxers © Shutterstock Boxers are shorts that are designed to be loose-fitting, airy, and roomy, with an elastic waistband, and straight leg openings that extend down the legs to varying degrees. They usually have an open fly, to offer the wearer an exit route with maximum ease. Pros: If you're chilling at home on your day off, nothing feels more comfortable than a pair of boxers. Breathable and roomy, the best boxers for men offer a freedom of movement that is simply unmatched. They're also perfect for men who don't like revealing underwear thanks to the increased coverage they provide. Cons: Due to their baggy nature, they tend to bunch up uncomfortably underneath your trousers. Another problem that arises due to them being loose and free is sweat, which falls off your body and gathers in the most uncomfortable places. Style 3: Boxer Briefs © Pixabay If you combine the best features of boxers and briefs, you get the best boxer briefs for men , a hybrid style that retains the longer leg of the boxer as well as the snug fit of the brief. Pros: Highly versatile and universally flattering, they're the reigning champions of the underwear game. They offer tons of support downstairs, and can be worn as part of any outfit without fear of unwanted sweat, body odour, or bunching up. Cons: Although they're less prone to riding up than most styles, you might experience it if you sit for an extended period of time. This happens because they extend further down your legs than briefs, which end in the natural crease between your legs and torso. Style 4: Trunks © Pexels This style sits somewhere between briefs and boxer briefs, perfect for those who can't bring themselves to choose between the two. Trunks are a newer style of underwear, but one that's quickly gaining popularity. The best trunks for men have the skin-hugging fit of briefs with legs shorter than boxer briefs, creating a simple square-cut silhouette. Pros: The body-hugging fit means that they can be worn comfortably with slim-fit trousers and denims while still offering enough room for gents who hate constriction. The close fit has the added bonus of preventing sweat from soaking through, enhancing your comfort. Cons: Finding the right cut and size of trunks is the key to ensuring your comfort, because a low-cut variant leaves you open to the risk of public embarrassment every time you bend down (unless you wear your shirts tucked in for the rest of your life). Style 5: And, The Rest! © Pexels Although the underwear styles mentioned above are what you usually find on store shelves or online, that's not where your options end. There are a whole host of styles that aren't as common, but can still be valuable additions to you underwear drawer based on personal preference. After all, the key to selecting the best underwear for men is to find options for every possible scenario! For men who like the freedom that going commando affords them but are not quite ready to take the plunge, options like the thong, bikini brief, and g-string are worth looking into. These styles also work best for men with well-sculpted bodies who like to show off the results of their hard work, as they provide maximum exposure while still protecting your modesty. Whether you want to flaunt your stuff or just enjoy freedom when you walk around, this is the way to go.
  12. Running a marathon isn't easy. Unlike your regular morning runs or evening sprints, running (and finishing!) a marathon requires an enhanced level of stamina, endurance, and commitment. Of course it also requires you to harbour the knowledge of which marathons you ought to be running in to begin with. After all, you can't just expect to leave your house and randomly chance upon a marathon you'd want to take part in! Well fortunately for all you avid runners out there, we at MensXP have done the required research for you, and as such, have come up with a list of the best marathons in India. So whether you're a beginner or expert at running, here are the top marathons in India that you need to check out. 1) The Hell Ultra Race © Official Instagram / @thehellrace Now here is a marathon that should pretty much be on every runner's bucket list. The Hell Ultra race is a truly unique sprint that will challenge your skills and endurance levels like never before. As you run through five mountain passes, reach an elevated height of 9350 meters, and encounter Himalayan rivers and streams on your way, you are guaranteed to indulge in an experience that you won't be able to forget anytime soon. Besides making you run a truly one-of-a-kind marathon on the Manali - Leh Highway, the Hell Ultra is also going to take your fitness game to new heights, making it one of the most exciting upcoming marathons in India that you ought to know about. When: 15th - 23rd June, 2019 Where: Manali - Leh Total length: 480 kilometers 2) The Solang Sky Ultra Race © Official Facebook / @thellrace Fair warning, this race is not for the feign hearted. After all, the Solang Sky Ultra race is considered to be India's only mountain running event. Don't let the total length of this marathon - approximately 60 kilometers - fool you into believing that it's going to be a cakewalk. In reality, you'll have to be properly prepared, both physically AND mentally, before you run this marathon. The run will take you to an altitude of 3,650 meters, and will be the ultimate test of your strength and endurance. Before you decide to run this extreme race, make sure you are carrying the proper equipment and gear. This includes two pairs of trail running shoes, a wind proof jacket, sunglasses, hydration pack, headlamp (with battery cells), reflective vest, and a whistle. When: 6th October 2019 Where: Solang Valley Total length: 60 kilometers 3) Uttarkashi 2019 © Shutterstock If you wanted to run a marathon that also brought you just a little bit closer to your spiritual side, then this is the perfect race for you. Making you run along River Ganga, peaceful villages, and lush hills, with the Himalayan mountains giving you company, running this marathon will also require you to climb a total of 34,000 feet! While the main marathon will let you run for up to 220 kilometers, those wanting to opt for a less exhausting run can opt for the 160 kilometers or 100 kilometers variants instead. When: 6th - 8th September, 2019 Where: Rishikesh - Dehradun Total length: 220 kilometers 4) The Kaveri Trail Marathon © www.myracephotos.in If you wanted to run a marathon and get close to Mother Nature at the same time, then you'd be pleased to know about the Kaveri Trail Marathon. As the name suggests itself, running this marathon will get you close to River Kaveri, but that's not all as you will also get to run past the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, and even natural waterfalls! There are three different versions of this race that you could opt for, including the 10 kilometers, 21.1 kilometers, and 42.2 kilometers variants. The best part about this marathon, however, is all the wildlife you'll get to encounter along the way - including wild ducks, wooley cranes, and even otters!! This is, undoubtedly, one of the best marathons in India that you could take part in. When: TBA Where: River Kaveri, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Total length: 11.5 kilometers 5) The Delhi Half Marathon © Official Facebook / @runadhm The Delhi Half Marathon is probably the most popular marathons in the country. In fact, if there is one marathon that most runners (even beginners) would have participated in, it's this one. As such, it makes for the perfect option for all those who are either looking to run their first marathon, or just want to take part in a run that won't be too challenging. Having first begun in 2005, taking part in it has become no less than a ritual, one which not just Delhitites, but people from around the country excitedly indulge in. When: 20th October, 2019 Where: New Delhi Total length: 21 kilometers 6) The Mumbai Half Marathon © Official Facebook / @MumbaiHM Just like its Delhi counterpart, the Mumbai Half Marathon too is incredibly popular and attracts a large number of participants every year. The 2019 edition will be its fourth iteration, and is almost certain to be bigger and better than ever before. And just like the Delhi Half Marathon, the best part about this run is how almost anyone (above the age of 18 that is!) can participate in it. So the next time you want to do something to increase your stamina and endurance, or just want to adopt a healthier and fitter lifestyle, you should get yourself registered for the Mumbai Half Marathon. When: 25th August, 2019 Where: Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai Total length: 21.09 kilometers 7) Pune International Marathon © Shutterstock The Pune International Marathon has been taking place since 1983, and in the process has helped raise funds for many good causes, such as HIV/AIDS research. In 2006, the marathon attracted a whopping 50,000 runners! It also attracts a lot of international participants, and was even the host for the Asian Marathon Championship race in 2010. The route winds around Pune's historic and scenic locations, while spectators line up to cheer participants on. For those who might not want to do the full marathon because it might be too challenging for them, this event also offers half marathon,10 kilometers, and 5 kilometers variants as well. Moreover, wheelchair-bound individuals can take part in the Wheelchair Run as well. When: December, 2019 Where: Pune Total length: 42.195 kilometers 8) The Nilgiris Ultra 2019 © Shutterstock All aboard the fitness train! Hosted by Globeraces, and organised by Townscript, the Nilgiris Ultra 2019 is an intense and incredibly challenging marathon that will be in its seventh iteration this year. What sets this race apart from other marathons is the fact that you'll be running in the Nilgiris, which happens to be one of the most scenic places in India. While the main marathon will take you on a sprint of up to 100 kilometers (a treat for every fitness freak), you can also opt for its three other variants - the 75 kilometers, 50 kilometers, and 25 kilometers races. As it's scheduled to occur towards the end of the year, you have ample of time to start training and preparing yourself for it. When: 16th November, 2019 Where: Ooty Total length: 100 kilometers 9) Ironman 70.3 Marathon © Official Facebook Page / @IRONMANAsia Yoska, a Bengaluru based fitness-technology company, is all set to bring Ironman 70.3 triathlon to India, that too for the first time! The iconic IRONMAN series of events is considered to be the largest participation sports platform in the world with more than 230 events across 53 countries.The IRONMAN 70.3 race (also known as 'Half-Ironman') which involves 1.9 kilometers of swimming, 90 kilometers of cycling, and 21.1 kilometers of running is the ultimate test of endurance and stamina. The race will be flagged off from Miramar Beach, with a two loop swimming course in the Arabian Sea. The cycling race will pass through the city, for three laps of 30 kilometers each. Finally, the race course will begin and end near Miramar beach. Ironman 70.3 series and race is a trademark asset of the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and popularly described as “the Oscars of endurance sport.” As such, it won't be wrong to state that it's one of the most exciting upcoming marathons in India. When: 20th October, 2019 Where: Panaji, Goa Total length: 113 kilometeres 10) The Hell Race Budha Trail © Official Facebook / @thellrace Nothing is more scenic and zen for a runner than sprinting through mountain forests, while soaking in the exquisite views of the Himalayas. The Hell Race Series is committed to taking runners through different terrains, with the 3rd race in its trail series, The Buddha Trail, taking them to the forests of the Sandakphu region near Darjeeling, which stands at a whopping elevation of 3,636 metres! The race, which is set amidst these forests, is scheduled during the month of May, and will take you through the Singalila Ridge, which actually crosses into Nepal! You will get to catch a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Kanchenjunga, making this not only one of the best marathons in India, but also an experience you cannot afford to miss out on. When: 11th May, 2019 Where: Sandakphu, Darjeeling Total distance: 60 kilometers
  13. Summer months are cruel for everyone. Besides the heat and the sweat that comes along, you also have to deal with body hair. The crop gets annoying in the Summer. While the decision of getting rid of it is completely yours, you should know that you have options to get a hot bod this Summer that would attract a lot of lingering eyes and in a good way! We talked to women to find out how they prefer body hair on men. Before we begin, you should know that chest hair is, in fact, attractive, (obviously not in the excess bushy way that Anil Kapoor and Akshay Kumar advertised it as) but in a mild sheath sort of way and that can only be maintained if you groom it well. And we're not just talking about chest hair here, but also shoulder hair, back hair, upper back hair, hair on the stomach. So here's what women think: 1. Shoulder Crop © Getty Images "Winter might leave a layer of fur across your shoulders. But if you're planning to hit the beach or a water park, it's better to get rid of it," says Apoorva Sharma, 27. So, here are your options: you could shave these with the help of a professional or get them waxed if you have good pain tolerance. However, if you shave, the hair might pop back up even thicker. So you could also consider getting them trimmed too which is faster and hassle free but you'll need assistance. 2. Chest Hair © Getty Images "I don't mind chest hair at all, as long is it's not in volumes that make it hard to see the chest underneath. Grooming chest hair is always appreciated," says Divya Arora, 22. The 'très bon' technique to groom the chest hair has been hotly debated for years. There's no one way to groom your chest hair. From a smooth care chest, to the bush and the light crop in the middle, there are different ways in which you could groom your chest hair. So really, it's entirely up to you. Waxing works great if you want to go bare-chested for a longer duration but if you can't handle the pain, you could consider more permanent options like laser. An electric trimmer could also work if you don't mind cropped strays. In fact, these cropped strays add a touch of authenticity and work best for emergencies(like an unplanned hook-up night). 3.The Nape Strays © Getty Images "I don't mind body hair at all except the hair that pops out of the back of the shirt, that is a turn-off," says Ruhi Sarkar, 25. In contrast to your chest, there's no question at all as to what to do with unwanted outcroppings of the nape: get rid of them. These pop out of basically everything that doesn't have a collar attached to it and not in a good way. Shaving's not going to do the trick here, at least not without complications. This time, though, your best course of action is to book an appointment with a professional, as ripping the hair out from the root will help to keep them at bay for longer otherwise get the same professional to trim them because there's no way you can reach all of them. 4. The Stomach Fur © Getty Images "It's a little odd to see the if the chest hair is groomed but the stomach hair is left out, I personally think all body hair should be groomed uniformly," says Vani Kapoor, 28. Follow the principle of uniformity. Assuming that you're grooming your pubic hair, in the very session make sure to groom hair on the stomach as well. Uneven growth looks odd visually. The easiest way out is trimming them out. 5. Butt Hair © Getty Images "I love beach bums. They're even more attractive if men groom before wearing swimsuits," says Radhika Bedi, 25. The stubble on your butt cheek and butt crack could look better in a swimsuit if you groom it. You could get rid of it with a trimmer or going to the salon and getting professional help which always eases the job.
  14. Have you ever ripped out a USB device recklessly without 'safely removing' it from your computer, and got poked by a tech expert? Well, you no longer need to worry about that. Microsoft has finally accepted that nobody was doing it anyway, and is doing away with 'safely eject' option once and for all. That's right, Microsoft no longer cares what you do. On a serious note, though, Microsoft has changed the system's default setting for USB and Thunderbolt-enabled external devices with the new Windows 10 update. The OS now comes with “Quick Removal” settings by default, which means you can now remove your USB devices without upsetting the fellow tech expert sitting next to you. © Reuters The change was actually made back in October last year, but it's only now that the company is officially alerting the professionals. It is, however, worth pointing out that the 'safely remove' icon is still present after the update, but you can simply ignore it, and yank the USB device out anytime, assuming you are not in the middle of actively copying files to or from it. According to Microsoft, pulling out the USB device without 'safely removing' it may still degrade system performance. Let's be honest though, we all have been ripping out our flash drives without using that option for years now, and our system have been just fine. But hey, it's nice to know that Microsoft doesn't really cares anymore.
  15. A processor is a smartphone's heart and soul, and without it, a smartphone is left crippled. Apple's A-series processors are considered to be the best of the lot and it's all thanks to TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company). The company has been Apple's only supplier of processors and the A12 Bionic chip is considered to be the most powerful chipset out there. © TSMC Not many processors have managed to deliver a performance similar to the A12. Huawei's Kirin 780 has managed to come close and Qualcomm has closed the gap with its new 7nm processors. However, none of them has actually managed to beat the A12 in terms of performance and reliability. TSMC has now announced a 5nm process technology that we will see soon on Apple devices. The new 5nm process has even more improved speeds and this is what the company had to say, “Compared with TSMC's 7nm process, its innovative scaling features deliver 1.8X logic density and 15% speed gain on an ARM Cortex-A72 core, along with superior SRAM and analog area reduction enabled by the process architecture.” Early numbers on an Arm Cortex-Are 72 core suggests that TSMC's new process will be able to deliver 1.8 times the density and 15 percent hike in clock speeds when compared to 7n. TSMC also says that the second generation of EUV will simplify the manufacturing process and “present excellent yield learning”. © Apple Now that the new process is ready, Apple can now move forward with producing a 5nm chipset that can power future iPhones and iPads. We could see it as early as 2020 which is not that far if we think about it. We won't be seeing the new processor on 2019 iPhones as these devices are expected to be powered with the 7nm+ process. © Qualcomm For Android devices, Qualcomm has managed to bring the 7nm process to its chipsets but has not been able to replicate the same performance as the A12. Now that the 5nm process is made available, we could see new Snapdragon chips debut shortly after Apple's new processor. TSMC is now considered the leader in chip manufacturing and dethroned the once market leader, Intel. Companies are gradually losing faith in Intel as TSMC's new process are now the preferred process.
  16. There are some people who are known by their names. For instance, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar and Anil Kapoor to name a few. Then there are some who are known for their actions, and Arif Khan is one such name. You might not know him as Arif Khan, but you will immediately recollect who he is when we tell you that he is Anil Kapoor's doppelganger, also known as Junior Anil Kapoor. YouTube/ Film Companion Arif has appeared on several TV shows and recently, a digital platform, and entertained people with his gigs as junior Anil Kapoor. From matching his hairstyle to getting a similar beard, Arif is Anil Kapoor's die-hard fan and owes his success to him. “I came to Mumbai to become an actor, not Anil Kapoor's duplicate but I am grateful for whatever I have and I owe it to him.” In the latest episode of @FC_Hindi's #FilmyConnection, watch the story of Arif Khan, who lives as @AnilKapoor's look alike:https://t.co/OAmIOsU6k2 pic.twitter.com/2jLipVpy9a — Film Companion (@FilmCompanion) April 7, 2019 Although at 62, Anil Kapoor looks a year younger than any 26-year-old, when he was young, there was barely any difference between the two. So much so, that Arif even managed to fool Anil's fans into believing that the man signing autographs for them was actually the actor himself. In a video featuring him, Arif revealed that during the filming of 1992 movie 'Khel' starring Anil and Madhuri Dixit Nene; he was doing a show in the hall next to the film sets. When he got to know that Anil is shooting nearby, he went to meet him on the sets, where Kapoor's fans and kids were waiting with pen and paper in their hands. The moment he came outside, kids confused him with the actor and ran towards him for an autograph. When the film's cast got to know about this, they started laughing. Soon Anil called him, met him and hugged him. That is how Arif remembers his first meeting with his idol Anil Kapoor. In the video, he talked about his journey and said, "I came to Mumbai to become an actor, not Anil Kapoor's duplicate but I am grateful for whatever I have and I owe it to him." When Anil Kapoor saw the video, he took to Twitter to applaud Arif's spirit and hard work and wrote, "Follow your dream no matter what is his attitude! I remember meeting him once as well, he's always in character and that's commendable! Dedicated & hardworking! #ArifKhan this is your story & moment!" Follow your dream no matter what is his attitude! I remember meeting him once as well, he's always in character and that's commendable! Dedicated & hardworking! #ArifKhan this is your story & moment! @FilmCompanion https://t.co/ufS68JUtz2 — Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) April 7, 2019 Recently, the two met on the sets of a reality show, during the promotions of 'Total Dhamaal', where they danced on some of Kapoor's famous songs like 'Ae Ji O Ji'. Anil even said, "I didn't think there was anyone better than me but here you are, with a better face, better hair, better physique, and even better dance moves. I've never felt this insecure in 40 years." This is truly a 'Jhakaas' journey.
  17. It's been long rumoured that Google is expected to launch cheaper versions of the Pixel 3 and the name of the new smartphone may have accidentally been revealed by the search engine giant. These smartphones have been referred to as Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite. However, there are new indications that these phones will be called Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. © 9t05Google The listing on the Google Play Store confirmed that the smaller Pixel 3a will have a 5.6-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels. The larger XL variant is said to have a 6-inch display and have a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. In terms of RAM configuration, both smartphones are said to have 4GB of RAM. Other specs include Android 9 Pie, Snapdragon 670,12-megapixel rear camera, and 3,000 mAh battery. Earlier last week, 9to5Google noticed that Google accidentally made the page for the two rumoured phones live on the Google Store. This is indicative that the Pixel 3a may launch very soon as Google is gearing up for the impending launch. The two phones were bestowed the code name “sargo” and “bonito” respectively and both names were references in the first Android Q beta release. © Twitter Are excited about a cheaper Pixel smartphone? Do you think it will take advantage of Google's computational photography? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Source: XDA Developers, 9to5Google
  18. 'Made in Heaven' is a stellar show. No doubt about it. It is revolutionary in the current crop of series gracing the screen. It demonstrates the fact there has been a dramatic change in the way shows are being made today. Also, it has been instrumental in altering the storytelling abilities and direction of the narrative. Moreover, it has changed the perception of the audience regarding expectations from a show. Mind-blowing performances and a crisp storyline are just a few discerning qualities of the phenomenal series. Now, I won't drone on about how good the show is or how brilliant it is because it has already been said (numerous times). One thing is absolutely true, though the backdrop of the series is the big, fat Indian wedding, the series uncovers its hideous underbelly: it brings various social issues to the fore, things people don't discuss or try to shroud under the guise of gaiety and mirth. 'Made in Heaven' is an intricate series; it addresses issues without being preachy. Its beauty lies in its subtlety. Fiction is inspired by life, so there's no doubt that each new show exemplifies a slice of life, a part of life. Here are 14 truth bombs that 'Made in Heaven' eloquently embodies: 1. Be True To Yourself: Changing yourself for others is never a good bargain. You only end up feeling at war with yourself. People will judge you anyway. Karan (Arjun Mathur) is a closeted gay man and though he portrays himself to be unaffected by people's opinions, he is scared of the society he lives in. To be fair, society does make him feel bad about himself, be it the people around him or even his own family. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video As a young adolescent, he shames his best friend (who is also his lover), Nawab (Vikrant Massey), so that the other students don't judge him. Later in life, when he realizes the importance of speaking up, the fact that people take his silence for his cowardice, that is the moment he becomes himself. He starts accepting himself. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video In fact, Vinay Pathak as Karan's pushy landlord, Ramesh Gupta, wonderfully portrays the pathos of a man stuck in a web of his own creation, one who doesn't have the courage to face himself. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Reinventing yourself and changing yourself completely are different concepts; reinventing deals with changing certain things about yourself that make you better. Changing yourself completely, removing what makes you unique because of social conditioning and fear is a different ball game, it never leads to happiness. Tara's (Sobhita Dhulipala) character is interesting because she does both things. Tara reinvents herself, from being the slum-dwelling, uncouth girl she goes on to become a lady of the elite class. But in the process of doing so, she changes herself completely and brings out a part of her personality to the fore which isn't her, which makes her unhappy in the end. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Jazz (Shivani Raghuvanshi) is another example; she tries to change to fit in (Call her Jazz, ok?), even going to the extent of stealing in order to be accepted. More importantly, it is to feel good about herself but her way of doing that is wrong. She realizes that later on and repents for it. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video 2. No Matter How Much You Try, Things Will Go Out Of Hand: The show is about wedding planners, so the storyline is bound to heavily deal with the management of affairs. Things go terribly wrong for Tara and Karan multiple times throughout the season, ranging from the mild “the truck's goods have been stolen” to the fairly disastrous “the bride has run away”. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video The best thing is that they take things in their stride and make do with what is available to them. Instead of name-calling and blaming other people, they manage things efficiently. Yes, being a TV show, it seems essential that they will have a win at the end, but there is some amount of truth in the way they have represented circumstantial disasters, beautifully enacted by the actors. And isn't fiction inspired from real life? :P In Tara's personal life, her fairytale marriage to Adil seems to have hit a rocky patch. Tara tries to control it, but it ends up unravelling her life. In life, things don't always happen the way you want them, even though you ardently wished they did. But instead of ruing the day you were born and let it get the better of you, work with however little you might have. Don't try to micromanage every little aspect of your life, it isn't possible. More importantly, it isn't worth it. 3. Everything Comes With A Price Tag: The series focuses not only on the weddings featured but also the aspirations of the characters. Very intelligently depicted, there are parallels, a juxtaposition, between the wedding they plan and the circumstances they face. The weddings mirror the inner angst of the characters. Tara aspires to be a permanent member of the elite society. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Karan wants to be successful and have the choice to live life on his own terms. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Jazz longs for a lavish lifestyle, pretty dresses and all the perks of an upscale life. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video It may sound like a cliché as old as time (but aren't that what clichés are?) but everything does come with a price tag. Tara finds out that even though she has managed to get “the good life”, it is peppered with lies and deceit. Additionally, she had to pay for it by giving up on her principles and has to continue to do so as long as she wants to hold on to that esteemed position in society. Moreover, after achieving her goal, she finds out that the reality is nowhere near her lofty imaginings. On occasion, she has to quiet her suspicions by turning a blind eye to the truth. Jazz discovers that however noble your intentions may be, a crime is a crime. Once you have committed it, you can end up losing more than your job. Karan's success depends on borrowed money: from Jauhari (Vijay Raaz), his father, and Tara. Funnily enough, all want their money back from him but their ways of asking for it are dramatically different: Jauhari uses insistence and brute force, his father uses emotional manipulation. All these are the strings that his success relies on. 4. Sometimes, All You Need Is A Little Courage At The Right Moment: The show deals with poignant issues so brilliantly that it makes you marvel at the superb storytelling capabilities of Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti and Alankrita Shrivastava. Episode 4 (The Price of Love) focuses on Priyanka Mishra, who on the surface seems like the quintessential naive bride on the brink of happiness. Her fiancé, Vishal appears to be a man of principles. The shocking revelation of his true identity flabbergasts Priyanka and leads her to call in her dormant courage, at a moment which hangs in a delicate balance between right and wrong. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video The moment of hesitation before making her decision and the final determination to follow it through is wonderfully portrayed by Shweta Tripathi through her emotive face. The poignant depiction makes one realize that we all are capable of fighting our battles. All we need is a little courage at the opportune moment. Similarly, Karan finds courage after what he faces in jail; an epiphany which makes him take a stand for himself for the first time. On a dramatically opposite note, Pooja, the Mehendiwali, gives into societal pressure and makes a compromise with her life. For her, she chooses money over courage because that is what she needs in life. 5. And Other Times You Have To Play Dirty To Get What You Want: Episode 1 (All That Glitters is Gold) centres around an affluent family, The Roshans, whose son is about to get married to a journalist. The journalist in question is apparently a “gold digger”, as proclaimed by Neena Gupta's Veenu Roshan (who brilliantly plays that “loud, nouveau riche Punjabi lady from South Delhi”) and thus, asks Tara and Karan to do a background check on her. Though it is not ethical, the wedding planners agree to it because they need the job. Also, because they don't want their competitors to get the wedding. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Perhaps this fact is more established in Episode 5 (A Marriage of Convenience) when Karan takes up a wedding in Ludhiana as a last resort to make money. What Karan and Tara don't realize is that Sukhmani (Yaaneea Bharadwaj), the bride, is as desperate as them, she to achieve her “American Dream” as they are to get what they want. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video An example of Tara's shrewdness comes early on in the series, in Episode 1 (All That Glitters is Gold), when she manages to convince the bride to get the son back to his family; not because she is very invested in the idea of them getting married, but mainly to see that her business succeeds. It also mirrors Tara's ambition; an ambition which has soured overtime Karan does the same on a few occasions: lying and pretending, to fulfil his agenda of keeping the wedding going. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video The series of events is ironical; everyone plays dirty to get what they want, but in the end, does it really provide the happiness they craved from it? 6. Give It Everything You Have Got: Tara gives up her most prized possession to further herself. And in order to put herself out there, she doesn't cut corners. She takes grooming classes in a finishing school; even though she hails from a lower-middle-class background, she makes it a point to learn the intricacies of the high life. Even after getting what she wants, she doesn't stop there, she reinvents herself to fit in the new role of an upper-class socialite. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Karan asks help from people he doesn't rely on, especially his father. He is never afraid to go to the worst kind of people for money or put himself out there. Both Karan and Tara sometimes manipulate people so that they can go on with the weddings, but it is apparent in a few instances that they do care about the people they are arranging the event for and aren't just fueled by selfishness. 7. Friendship: I love how they have portrayed the essence of friendship without going overboard. Karan and Tara are friends first and business partners later; they do not let the professional differences affect their personal friendship. Tara does put her foot down when he asks for more money to be lent, but it does not mean that they stop being friends. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video They respect each other and care for each other; especially seen in a few heartwarming scenes: when Tara finds out that Adil is cheating on her, and when Tara bails Karan out of jail against all odds and hugs him without bothering about his dishevelled state. Faiza and Tara are good friends in the beginning; as we see in the flashbacks, Faiza makes it a point to make Tara feel included in Adil and her friend group, gives her advice and supports her. She helps her understand the nuances of high society. But it is ironical that it is she who betrays her in the end. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Kalki does a fabulous job playing Faiza; she brings out the unhappiness inside Faiza, the helplessness, the dilemma she faces with such intensity that it makes you feel a little bit sad about her, even though what she does to her best friend is unforgivable. Jazz and Kabir (Shashank Arora) strike up a camaraderie that is fun to watch; from initial dislike to a grudging respect for each other. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Karan and Mitali (the landlord's daughter played by Yashaswini Dayama) share a beautiful relationship; they are confidants and each other's secret keepers. They are not necessarily best friends but have an easy, lovable sibling companionship which melts your heart. Shibani makes it a point to be true to her friends even though they didn't part on the best of terms; isn't that what friendship is? 8. At Times, The People Closest To You Can Hurt You: People hurt you. It's normal, it happens. But it hurts a lot more when the person on the other end happens to be someone you love, trust or are close with. Karan's mother, in an attempt to safeguard a young Karan from society, threatens him, beats him up for being different and makes him live a lie. Whenever he tries to break free, his mother holds him back. Karan starts hating Nawab because of the shame his mother attributes to his love. She makes it impossible for him to have a cordial relationship with his father by instilling a sense of fear. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Adil (Jim Sarbh) cheats on Tara with her best friend, Faiza, someone Tara could never imagine to be a betrayer. Adil is the closest person Tara can ever have. But both of them dupe her all along, they betray her trust and to make it worse by acting like nothing has changed. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Episode 9 (The Great Escape) deals with a bride whose family members keep her drugged so that they can get her married off to a person of their choice so that they have a stronghold on her; they care about their own interests. In Episode 3 (It's Never Too Late), Deepti Naval's Gayatri is shunned by her children because she falls in love and wants to get married. The reason? She's in her sixties. Her children can't bear to see her getting married, her happiness does not count in their eyes. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video 9. Communicate: Karan never communicates with his father, leading to their strained relationship. He rarely lets his emotions to come to the surface, even with people he loves, because he doesn't want to be vulnerable in anyone's eyes. Adil and Tara meet are always too burdened with their individual problems; when Tara tries to talk to him, he is busy and vice versa. They hardly talk about their relationship, which finally leads to their impassive relationship. Tara finds solace in her work while Adil starts an affair with Faiza. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Communication is the foundation of any relationship; the thread binding two people in a lasting association. Shibani tries to remain as level-headed as she can and does communicate her problems regarding her position in the company and how she expects to be taken more seriously, but her words fall on deaf ears. When communication does not work effectively, she takes it in her own hands to turn things around for herself. 10. Most Importantly, Don't Let Success Go To Your Head: Jazz is enamoured with her surroundings, courtesy of her new job and the cool people she gets to hobnob with, which goes straight to her head. She lets it cloud her judgement and makes wrong decisions. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Success always gives one a high, it is in one's hands as to how they deal with it. 11. Not Everybody Is Worthy Of Your Trust & Appearances Can Be Deceptive: Trust is an essential part of life, if you don't trust someone, you can never have a meaningful relationship with them. Meanwhile, trusting someone blindly isn't a strong trait as well; you need to create a perfect balance between the two. The problem with Tara and Adil is that Tara thinks that once she has become Adil's wife she can trust him completely, which isn't such a bad notion when one is in love. But she takes him for granted. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Faiza appears as the best friend one can possibly hope for, but her reality is far from it. She keeps masquerading herself as a friend to Tara when she loathes her and her guts. Her real identity of a jealous and confused person comes to light in her conversations with her therapist, where she reveals how she simultaneously likes and hates Tara. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Karan, on some level, trusts that his landlord. He imagines that he will never invade his privacy, however over-friendly he might be. That is where the trouble starts. 12. Frailty, Thy Name Is Underestimation: Humans tend to judge everyone, it is in our nature, we just can't seem to stop. And judgment's cousin, underestimation, is never far away once you start judging someone. Never make presumptions about people you don't know. Underestimating someone's worth can only lead to problems and in some cases, embarrassment. Kabir makes fun of Jazz since the moment he meets her and teases her endlessly. All the characters judge her, underestimate her and humiliate her at times, given her background and her zeal to make everyone happy. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Funnily enough, she is the one who comes up with solutions (more than once) when the others are clueless about their course of action. Be it when hot-blooded Punjabi puttar, Joginder Sethi (Manjot Singh), in Episode 2 (Star Struck Lovers), finds out that the actor Sarfaraz Khan (Pulkit Samrat) invited for a performance at his pre-wedding bash has kissed his bride-to-be, Harsimran (Dalai Upadhyay), and is ready to kill him (in a hilarious “pakda-pakdi” match), eventually throwing the wedding in jeopardy, it is Jazz's somewhat archaic and filmy solution that comes to Made in Heaven's rescue. Again, in the next episode, Jazz comes up with the idea of emotional manipulation in order to fulfil Gayatri's wish to have her children present at her wedding. Adil underestimates Jauhari's capability as a partner in Made in Heaven only to be shocked when he realizes that he isn't just a “plumber” and has more knowledge about his company than he leads on. 13. Pride And Prejudice: You must have heard it somewhere: “Pride comes before a fall”. If only we learned from it. Episode 8 (Pride and Bridezilla) deals with Tarana Ali (Maanvi Gagroo), a nightmarish bride who wants things to be done her way and can resort to violence if her demands aren't met. She treats other people like lowly mortals (poor Jazz) and tries to lord over everyone. She has pride, but she is unaware of its misplacement and its hollowness. She believes that the world revolves around her because she has money and is extremely proud of being rich. What she is oblivious is that father took out a loan in order to fulfil her wishes, which brings us to another aspect of pride, from the perspective of other people. Tarana's father doesn't want to lose face in society, even he is proud, and that pride makes his bite more than he can chew. Brilliantly, it is echoed in the office peon's aspiration of getting his daughter married with pomp and show, and he too like Mr Ali wants to take out a loan for the same reason. Societal prejudices don't discriminate between poor and rich; such an irony. The royal wedding in Episode 7 (A Royal Affair), featuring the patrician Ranawat family, throws light on both societal prejudice and pride. On the surface, it looks like they are on the brink of modernization, by welcoming Devyani (Amrita Puri), a pilot, as the future daughter-in-law, but the reality is quite different. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Their erroneous pride about their heritage and their prejudice for people less fortunate than them is exemplified in the treatment of the Mehendiwali by Mr Ranawat, and eventually by Devyani. 14. Love Is What You Make It: Love does not have a textbook definition; it is different for everyone. Everyone loves differently, there isn't a rulebook to be followed. Love also has its flaws; you might love someone to death, and yet love someone else. Or you might betray them, lie to them to save them from themselves. Adil's character is an exemplary example of the fact; he loves both Tara and Faiza in different ways, he doesn't want to hurt any one of them and you can see that his love is true. It is his indecision that makes it impossible to choose between them; a man stuck with two choices and struggling to keep up with the mess he has created. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Faiza loves Adil. Tara loves Adil. But their reasons and their ways of professing that love are different. Joginder and Harsimran also come under this umbrella; Harsimran lies, not just to protect herself but to keep Joginder's ego and sanity in place. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Sometimes, love isn't the only reason to get married; Sukhmani's arc shows us that, so does Angad Roshan and Aliya Saxena's story. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video At times, love isn't enough: Priyanka and Vishal love each other but that doesn't justify atrocious behaviour and coercion on one's part. Love leads you to do things you wouldn't normally do; things you would perhaps never had thought possible or would have dismissed as an old wives' tale, as witnessed in Geetanjali and Nikhil's story (Episode 6: Something Old, Something New). When it comes to love, romantic love always clinches the crowning glory. But the love you feel for your family is not any less than it. And it pushes you to do things far beyond your reach, both good and bad. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video But often, love does conquer all as we see in Episode 9 (The Great Escape), with Nutan and John. Perhaps, the best lesson is that love never fades away, it comes in many shapes and forms; be it in friendship like Tara and Karan, or fear like Karan's mom and him, all-encompassing like Karan and Nawab's. © Excel Entertainment/Tiger Baby/Amazon Video Or else a bit later in life or for the second time like for Gayatri and Bijoy, or in another myriad form as illustrated by the different couples on the show. What did you find intriguing? Let us know in the comments section.
  19. MacKenzie Bezos, the woman who became the world's third richest woman overnight. Well, not quite. MacKenzie had been married to Amazon founder and world's richest man Jeff Bezos for the last 26 years, which made them the richest couple in the world. So, the woman had been rich, as well as a billionaire even before Jeff and MacKenzie parted ways and headed for what would turn out to be the 'world's most expensive divorce'. (c) Twitter Earlier today, MacKensie announced that post her divorce, she now owns company shares that are worth over 35 billion dollars, or over Rs 24 lakh crore, which sure made her a whole lot richer overnight. While Jeff Bezos has been always making news every other day, MacKenzie had stayed out of the spotlight for most part, until today. Here is everything we know about her. She's A Celebrated Novelist (c) Twitter MacKenzie is a noted American novelist, who won an American Book Award for her debut novel 'The Testing of Luther Albright' (2005). MacKenzie started writing at an early age and had even written a 142-page book as a 6-year-old. She studied Creative Writing at Princeton University and has authored two novels till date, 'The Testing of Luther Albright' and 'Traps'. Nobel Prize Winning Author Toni Morrison Called Her “One Of The Best Students” (c) Twitter In 1992, Nobel Prize winner author Toni Morrison took MacKenzie as a research assistant for her novel 'Jazz', while the latter was studying at Princeton. In an interview with Vogue, Morrison said that Bezos was "one of the best students I've ever had in my creative-writing classes ... really one of the best." She reportedly also found a literary agent for MacKenzie. Jeff Bezos & MacKenzie's Love Story Jeff and Mackenzie first met when Jeff was interviewing for the position of administrative assistant at the hedge fund D.E. Shaw & Co. in New York. MacKenzie happened to be the first interviewee for the role, which she had taken up to pay the bills while she worked on her novels. At the time, MacKenzie was 23, and Jeff 30. (c) Twitter In an interview with Vogue in 2013, she told the magazine, “My office was next door to his, and all day long I listened to that fabulous laugh. How could you not fall in love with that laugh?” Within months of their first date, the couple got engaged and eventually married in 1993. She Played A Pivotal Role In Amazon's Launch (c) Twitter It is said that when Jeff and MacKenzie first moved to Seattle to launch Amazon in 1994, MacKenzie worked as one of the company's first accountants. She even used to ship early order, besides handling many other aspects of the company. Once the brand found its footing, she stepped back and began focusing on her writing. The Jeff & MacKenzie Bezos Family (c) Twitter Jeff and MacKenzie have three sons and a daughter who were adopted by the couple from China. To this day, Jeff and MacKensie are very private about this aspect of their life. MacKenzie once told Vogue magazine that she and Jeff are hands-on parents and experiment with various parenting and education techniques. “We tried all sorts of things, including off-season travel, kitchen-science experiments, chicken incubation, Mandarin lessons, the Singapore math program, and lots of clubs and sports with other neighborhood kids,” she was quoted as saying by the magazine. pic.twitter.com/OJWn3OOLS6 — MacKenzie Bezos (@mackenziebezos) April 4, 2019 However, today MacKenzie has officially parted ways with her ex-husband. While the announcement stated that they would “continue our shared lives as friends,” the final divorce settlement, which was finalised earlier today, hasn't come at a marginal cost. As per Forbes, with $35 billion in her bank account, MacKenzie Bezos is now world's third-richest woman after divorce. All in all, MacKenzie Bezos would be the world's 26th richest person after her expensive divorce from Jeff Bezos.
  20. The twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is not fairing out well for the world's number 1 ranked ODI bowler according to the International Cricket Council (ICC) as far as avoiding injuries is concerned. While the pacer injured his left shoulder after a scary dive on the last delivery of Mumbai Indian's (MI) season-opener against Delhi Capitals.(DC), the cricketing fans of the Indian held their breath when they saw him enter the field to bowl against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK) with a swollen right eye on Wednesday. Nobody had any idea what sort of trouble did the 25-year-old had gotten into the get such a bad bruise on his face. So, when the match finished, people went crazy on social media demanding some sort of clarification on the horrific injury. What happened to Bumrah's eye? — Romsha ð®ð³ (@kohlischarms) April 3, 2019 Who punched Bumrah on his right eye? ð pic.twitter.com/s4935FMrU1 — Ojas. (@Ojasism) April 3, 2019 Why aren't people talking about Jasprit Bumrah's black eye?#IPL #MIvCSK — Maulik Sheth (@MaulikSheth03) April 3, 2019 When the question was put in front of MI head coach Mahela Jayawarden, he decided to have some fun with the frowning commentator who was interviewing the Sri Lankan legend. Upon being asked if he was the reason behind Bumrah's black eye, he quickly replied with a huge smirk on his face: “I think the story is he is going for a night-out you know and get into a brawl or something like that.” He then quickly clarified that he was only pulling the interviewer's leg: “Just joking. He missed a straight catch from Jimmy the other day. He was quite lucky actually. He had a pretty big swelling yesterday evening and managed to get it down. He's one of the good ones in the team.” Despite the injuries, Bumrah indeed has been extremely lucky for none of them have been grave enough to put India's finest out of action. With the 2019 ICC World Cup less than a month and a half away, he ought to stay out of trouble as his role in building an Indian side worth the trophy will be massive. As far as the game against CSK is concerned, it felt as if the huge lump on his face was bothering MI's top bowler as he went through the night without a single wicket while giving away 27 runs in four overs. Mumbai managed to add to the winning column nonetheless, thanks to Hardik Pandya's heroic performance on both ends of the pitch.
  21. Don't you feel happy when your significant other greets you with a kiss or cooks your favourite dish? How you feel when you have a bad day and your partner lightens you up? Well, non-verbal clues are very important from your partner and they determine a healthy communication and emotional investment. So, we rounded up 10 men and asked them how their women made them feel special and this is what they had to say: Location- Andaz Hotel Photographer- Anand Gogoi, Stylist- Devanshi Tuli, Make Up and Hair- Shrishti Anand Production- Prapti Elizabeth, Models- Piyush Rathi, Deepika Singh, On Piyush: Shirt - Koovs, Trousers- Forever 21, On Deepika: Shirt (Stylist's own), Trousers: Zara 1. “We work at the same office but she drives home mostly without nagging about it” - Rishabh, 27 This sounds different! It's safe to say you're a lucky man who is treated as an equal. 2. “I really like it when she makes the first move” – Aakash, 24 Men really love it when women make the first move and engage her partner in making love. Even small gestures like a kiss or a back hug can begin things from her end. 3. “She holds my hand when she sees some random guy gazing her”- Brian, 23 This is a way to show that she accepts you and is really proud of it. Social acceptance is something essential when you are with someone. Location- Andaz Hotel Photographer- Anand Gogoi, Stylist- Devanshi Tuli, Make Up and Hair- Shrishti Anand, Production- Prapti Elizabeth, Models- Siddhant Roop Rai, Naina Bhan, On Siddhant: Zara India, On Naina: Perch 4. “Even if I cook bad food, she appreciates my efforts with a kiss on my forehead”- Rohan, 25 Certainly, a cute gesture like this is motivating but it is not a green flag for you to keep on serving bad food to her! 5. "She sits holding me when I have a bad day and her hugs calm me down no matter where we are ” – Naman, 27 No one really likes to feel lonely when they are depressed or sad. Negative thoughts cloud you and you start leaning towards pessimism. Hugs are such a good solution at this time as you feel worthy and calm. 6. “She has solutions for most of the problems I stress upon, in a silly manner” Aadyant, 24 From not finding your tie in the morning to your important files, she helps you out with small things that could sometime become a cause for bother. This comes as a sense of relief as people generally overthink on small matters when they are alone. 7. “She maintains her patience when I get late for dates” – Piyush, 28 Okay, so this is something unusual! Women usually hate to wait unnecessarily when it comes to dates. So you're one lucky bum! Location- Andaz Hotel Photographer- Anand Gogoi, Stylist- Devanshi Tuli, Make Up and Hair- Shrishti Anand, Production- Prapti Elizabeth, Models- Ankush Bahuguna, Shibani Bedi, On Shibani: Zara , On Ankush: Koovs 8. “My girl pulls me towards her in her sleep along with blanket; I just love it.” Dewanshu, 25 Cuddling is such an amazing form of affection and very essential too. 9. “I really feel so blessed when she listens to everything I have to say, that's a better PDA than those Instagram posts” – Siddharth, 24 Having someone in your life who is willing to hear you and is attentive is a good reason to be in a relationship. This surely increases optimism in your life. 10. “She appreciates me and my efforts. I feel so respected and loved!” – Jaspreet, 24 Accepting your partner beyond the digital world is wonderful. It gives you the sign that the person is happy to be with you and appreciates your hard work towards them or the relationship. They pay heed to your existence in their life. Location- Andaz Hotel Photographer- Anand Gogoi, Stylist- Devanshi Tuli, Make Up and Hair- Shrishti Anand Production- Prapti Elizabeth, Models-Siddhant Roop Rai, Naina Bhan, On Siddhant: Zara India, On Naina: Perch Every couple has different kinds of sentimental preferences. Even the smallest acknowledgement of physical affection by the other person makes you feel relaxed, happy and satisfied. A person in love deserves these different tokens of acknowledgement and it doesn't really matter who initiates it, what is important is how it is received. Location- Andaz Hotel Photographer- Anand Gogoi, Stylist- Devanshi Tuli, Make Up and Hair- Shrishti Anand Production- Prapti Elizabeth, Models- Appurva Rampal Sorab Bedi On Appurva - Perch, On Rampal Sorab Bedi - Koovs
  22. PUBG Mobile is currently one of the most popular games in the country, with millions of active players, and a fair share of controversies. They all go hard when it comes to all the customization and in-game rewards, so Tencent has decided to launch new subscription packages with better rewards. With the latest PUBG Mobile update 0.11.5, the new Prime and Prime Plus subscription are now live in India. These new subscription packages will allow players to purchase Unknown Cash (UC), discounts, and also the option to buy items with Battle Points (BP). The option to buy these subscription packages should show up as soon as you start the game. Here are all the details - © PUBG Corp. Both PUBG Mobile Prime and Prime Plus subscription will get you particulars like UC and the option to buy items with BP. Of course, the rewards are going to be greater with the Prime Plus subscription over the regular Prime subscription. So, with Prime Plus subscription, you'll get the option to keep the items purchased with BP permanently, more UC, RP, etc. What's not included in the Prime subscription are daily free RP points, and other miscellaneous items like one-day advance room card, premium crate coupon, and more. So you'll essentially be shelling out more on the Prime Plus subscription for additional rewards. © PUBG Corp. The PUBG Mobile Prime and Prime Plus subscription package price for Android-based devices starts from Rs 85 per day. For Prime Plus, you'll have to pay Rs 400 per month and the amount goes up to Rs 850 after the first month. For iOS users, the monthly subscription is for Rs 79 and Rs 419 for Prime and Prime Plus respectively. The amount for Prime Plus goes up to Rs 799 after a month.
  23. John Cena and Nikki Bella, after a crazy yet dreamy proposal, became one of the hottest and strongest couples in the world seven years ago. I don't know how else to put it, but they were couple goals through and through, complete with their own imperfections, fights and flaws. However, last year they shocked everyone with their breakup. Even after their breakup, John Cena was still deeply in love with her and even confessed the same on a chat show, where he said he wants the two to work and get married to her. Looks like John Cena has finally gotten over his feelings for Nikki and moved on to someone else. A few days ago, the 41-year-old was spotted arm-in-arm with a mystery woman and since then the internet can't keep calm. People tapped into their inner Sherlock and finally found out who the mystery woman is. Meet Shay Shariatzadeh, John Cena's rumoured girlfriend. We found every information available about her and compiled it for y'all, to save you guys time. © Reuters Shay is from Vancouver, and reportedly works as a product manager in the video surveillance industry, Avigilon. She completed her graduation in 2013 from Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of British Columbia. She even said on Avigilon's site that she has always enjoyed maths and physics and it was her brother who inspired her to become an engineer. From a WWE wrestler to an engineer, that is quite a jump for John. © Twitter Her LinkedIn profile reads, "I love technology and people! I excel at building rapport with customers, determining market needs and translating those into engineering requirements so we can build successful products that people love." Shay's biggest inspiration is her mother, "She is the reason I fight to be the best version of myself, to be kind and to never give up—because, despite all the hardship, she always smiled. She is my hero." © Twitter Shay has a green and white belt from Lean Six Sigma before becoming an engineer. Prior to that, she was a sales associate at a high-end fashion store, Guess. John and Shay were spotted enjoying a romantic dinner last week and were all smiles while walking hand in hand. We wonder what Nikki Bella has to say about this news.
  24. If you have been lifting for around three months, chances are that you have some knowledge when it comes to sports performance supplements. It could be due to your own curiosity or your trainer or coach trying to sell you questionable stuff for muscle building through a discount code or a dealer they know. via GIPHY Usually, a lot of these muscle building supplements are questionable as they are either useless or over-priced. If you are aware of supplements, you would have heard of a supplement called Creatine. Luckily, it does not fall in the useless or the over-priced categories. Creatine is the most studied supplements in terms of its safety and efficiency with over 600+ studies done on humans. What Is Creatine? Creatine is a molecule that is produced by your body. It is also found in food items such as raw meat and fish. The reason supplementation is preferable is it is present in very low quantities in food and on cooking, it gets denatured. How Does Creatine Work? Your body has energy systems to produce ATP. ATP is known as the energy currency of your body. The phosphagen energy system produces ATP the quickest from creatine phosphate and produces rapid and extremely short bursts of energy. By supplementing with creatine, you can saturate your body's creatine levels and thus have more ATP produced when doing short and intense work like a heavy set of bench press, a heavy set of squat, or a sprint. How Does Creatine Help Build Muscle? via GIPHY With over 300 studies done looking at the effects of creatine on strength and performance, it has been constantly observed that supplementing with creatine increased maximal strength and power ranging from 5-15%. It has also been shown that these increases have not been just observed in beginners, it has been the same with subjects over 6 years of training. This means, when your strength and power increases, you lift more weights and more volume with time. This increases in strength and volume translate to more muscle built over time. Which Creatine To Take? The supplement industry has been trying to push Creatine HCl and Creatine Ethyl Ester as superior products, but none of the studies done so far have shown them to be superior to Creatine Monohydrate. Fun fact: Creatine Monohydrate costs less than a third of the prices of HCl and the Ethyl Ester variants. How Much Creatine To Take? via GIPHY You could either just start with a standard dose of 5 grams per day or do a loading phase of 20 to 25 grams per day for a week followed by a 5 grams dosage. The loading phase leads to a quicker saturation of Creatine stores in the body and in the long term, it does not make a significant difference. Studies have also shown that athletes taking Creatine continuously for over 21 months did not face any ill health effects. These findings suggest that there is no reason to cycle creatine off. So go ahead and supplement with Creatine Monohydrate if your goal is to build more muscle and strength. References: 1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28615996 2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14636102 3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21424716 4. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/10798700_Long-term_creatine_supplementation_does_not_significantly_affect_clinical_markers_of_health_in_athletes 5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9216554 Author Bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  25. The fitness industry is full of fake supplements, fake coaches and God knows what all other fake things out there. With fake coaches comes their fake advice that holds its own place and has been prevalent since a long long time. Read on to know more about some of these fake promises that are generally made by these so-called 'fake coaches' and let's find out if there is a shred of truth to them: 1. Fat Burners Will Get You Lean via GIPHY Sold by various fancy names like the fat cutter and fat destroyer, the only thing that these fat burners are going to destroy is your pocket. You are better off investing in a good coach and proper dietary foods. If at all, these fat burners may help a professional athlete before a competition. If you are an amateur just trying to find his way to get fit and lean, you will get no advantage by including any fat burner in your supplement arsenal. 2. Arbuterol Is Effective In Burning Fat Trainers often recommend this supplement to their clients for extreme fat loss. Had these trainers ever noticed the contents of the product and their usage in the human body, the scenario would've been different. Arbeturol is actually a diuretic which may help you with getting rid of subcutaneous water retention. It plays with the mineral levels in your body temporarily. While it may help you in looking a little dry for some days but it is not going to be helpful in burning fat in any manner. 3. Don't Have Salt In Your Diet via GIPHY The credit to this one goes to competitive bodybuilding. Competitive Bodybuilders use this strategy of leaving salt before their competition to look sharper on the stage. Salt has nothing to do with fat loss. It is used for temporary loss of fluid, which is also debatable. Salt has no direct correlation to fat loss and thus you should not leave salt to get lean. 4. “Keto Worked For My Friend, It Will Work For You Too” via GIPHY The ketogenic diet is quite popular these days. Drastic results in weeks have made it immensely popular with people who are overweight and obese. While it may have worked wonders for someone but it is not necessary that it will do the same for you. I've seen people failing miserably on this diet. For people who did achieve fat loss using keto, gained back the lost weight in a couple of weeks as they resumed carbs in their diet. I've seen people claiming that keto is the best diet for fat loss. No, it's not. The best diet for fat loss is the one which is sustainable in the long run and can be made a part of the lifestyle. If that's what you can promise then keto may be the best diet for you otherwise you will be in a limbo of losing weight and gaining it back after introducing carbs in your diet. 5. Leaving Chapati Out Of Your Diet Will Get You Lean via GIPHY Majority of the trainers still believe in the philosophy of eliminating chapati from a client's diet to make him lean. Well, that's what happens when you ask your trainer to prepare a diet plan for you. Chapati is a very good source of carb that has a decent GI index. It also has good fibre content making it an ideal choice to be included in your daily diet. And yes, you can get lean while having chapati in your diet daily. What really matters for fat loss is your overall macro intake for the day and not just a single food item. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
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