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  1. It's 2019, a ballpark year where millennials are taking over new ways to think and act freely and as a rejoinder to that, a recently conducted survey on Tinder suggests that most millennials prefer being single than in relationships. It's apparently cooler flying solo than choosing a partner to spend time with and most young people agree. © Pinterest Back in the day, being single was looked down or lamented upon and everyone was trying to find the 'right partner' or get back in the game till they hit jackpot but now, it's out of choice, men especially, like to remain single and dabble in either light dating or just hooking up once in a while. The fair assumption of ending up with 15 cats or as a loner ceases to exist as people embrace singlehood more willingly. © Excel Entertainment Being single does have its perks though. You can roam about freely without having to check with your significant other if you can! You don't have to share your dessert and you don't have to try hard to look good for someone else. Maybe just do that for yourself instead. Men and women between the ages of 18-25 are selectively choosing to remain single and live life on their terms and it's certainly a good evolutionary curve and a step away from getting married at a particular age. The results from the survey are quite fascinating, to be honest. So much so, they inspired Tinder's new 'single is a terrible thing to waste' campaign, promoting the single life to be fun, fascinating and aspirational. © Eros International The survey was conducted by the consultancy firm Morar HPI and over 1000 young people from the age groups of 18-25 were asked about their attitude and ideas of singlehood and dating. About 72% of men and women claimed they had made a conscious decision to be single and not because they didn't have a choice and that's quite a high percentage for a survey like this! About 81% of them agreed to the fact that being single benefited them as they had more room for personal growth, platonic friendships, scope to find new people all the time and time and space to work on themselves. More than 17% of men felt the need to stay single and not give relationships a thought, in general. Most of them were a little apprehensive on commitment and getting hurt in the longer run of the relationship. © Eros International The fear of becoming 'boring' in a relationship made at least 39% of the population a little wary to get into one in the first place and about 55% thought being single opens up new and fresher experiences than being in a relationship! Apart from these reason, 66% didn't want to get into a relationship because of a cultivated fear of being with the wrong person. Of course, single friends have friends in relationships that could have gone absolutely south, making them believe it's better to be single than to end up with the wrong person. A lot of men believe that they don't want to compromise on their independence so they choose to be single instead of tied down to another person. © UTV Motion Pictures So, mostly the reasons the millennial generation prefer staying single in this day and age is to be more independent, make selective life choices without anyone else's intervention, the fear of heartbreaks and ending up with the wrong person and establishing an identity that's synonymous with being fun and exciting rather than boring. Well, in my opinion this is a progressive standpoint taken over by the younger generation today and unlike before, this view will help the generation understand how to make relationships work a lot better, whenever they do decide to get into them.
  2. Spoilers. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a long-standing tradition of heavily manipulating their trailers, especially when it comes to movies like 'Avengers: Infinity War' and 'Avengers: Endgame'. Or, maybe it's just the Russo brothers being very extra. We all know how much of a secret the plot of 'Endgame' was, as even the actors weren't given full scripts and the Russo brothers even made some of them shoot fake scenes to keep them in the dark. Yes, they went to extreme lengths to keep everything under wraps so obviously, they wouldn't have undone all of that by just straight up giving away scenes in the trailers, teasers, and TV spots. Last year, we managed to find a bunch of differences between scenes in trailers and the actual scenes in the movie for 'Infinity War'. Now, for 'Endgame', the stakes are higher and so it the secrecy. Here are all the scenes from the trailer that were manipulated or just didn't appear in the movie: 1. Nat Practicing To Fight Thanos With A Gun??? Well, if a freaking axe made from a dying star can't kill the giant grape, a gun will, apparently. Okay, I don't want to be so mean about a scene that never even made it to the movie - probably because it was stupid - but what was the point? Sorry Nat, you can't kill Thanos with a gun. 2. Black Widow's Hair, Part One If you recall, Scott Lang showing up at the Avengers compound is what set everything in motion. Also, that happened five years after the Avengers managed to kill the present day Thanos. So, during that time jump, Nat has been keeping busy making peanut butter sandwiches and getting emails from a racoon, so of course, she let her hair grow out. In this particular scene in the movie, her hair is long and almost entirely red and not short and blonde. 3. The Avengers Walking In Their New Suits This was one of the best moments from all of the trailers when it came out because we saw everyone together. At that time also, a lot of people noted the absence of Thor and Bruce Banner. Well, now we know they were there but their look for the movie couldn't be revealed before. 4. 'Bring Me Thanos' (Again) A scene from 'Infinity War' that wasn't even in 'Infinity War'. This is basically a different version or maybe just a close of the best moment from the third Avengers movie - Thor's entrance in Wakanda. 5. Steve Crying In the trailers, the scene is set up as if he's crying because they couldn't stop Thanos before he snapped his fingers, but in reality, this comes after Natasha Romanoff's sacrificial death to get the Soul Stone. Moreover, there's someone else in the shot as well, standing in the back. (I can't remember who, I'm sorry, I've only watched the movie once yet) 6. Black Widow's Hair, Part Two I love how Natasha's red/blonde hair is used to make a timeline and also used for manipulation. This exact scene happened after the five-year time jump in the movie, therefore her hair was red and not 'Infinity War' blonde by that time. 7. Cap's Shield Captain America's shield is literally the most reliable and constant thing throughout the entire MCU and it's almost indestructible. But, it was time for Cap to get a new, improved weapon so the shield's gotta go. In the movie, when he's strapping on the shield to his arm, it's almost completely broken, thanks to the grape I mentioned before, so that crucial information sure as hell couldn't be revealed in the trailer. Also, is it just me or does this gif has 'I can do this all day' energy? 8. Cap's Giddy Optimism 'I missed that giddy optimism' - turns out Cap and Tony weren't all hugs and smiles when Tony actually said this line. In the trailer, it seems like he said this to Cap as a joke right at this point, but obviously, it came at a different time in the movie. Tony said this to Cap at his house, not the Avengers compound and plus, it wasn't a friendly comment but rather a taunt. 9. Captain Marvel's Helmet I really don't think anyone cares about this one, but in this scene, she wasn't wearing her helmet. I'm pretty sure the edit here is just to not reveal her new hairstyle, which again no one cares that much about. But hey, it got us a funny quip from Rocket so it's all good.
  3. Before I begin, there are spoilers, please click away if you don't want them and move on with your life instead of commenting 'unfollowing this page' or 'at least give a warning about spoilers'. I mean it, I'm tired of explaining this to some people who apparently can't read. As for everyone who's seen 'Avengers: Endgame' and is interested in reading more about it, carry on. So, the movie of the decade is here and it was better than our expectations. While it felt like it was totally unexpected - everything from Nat dying to Tony dying (or maybe we were just in denial about the deaths) - it turns out, a lot of it had already been predicted by the fans. Every Marvel fan has spent the entire year watching and rewatching all the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and spent so much time coming up with theories and predictions ever since the release of 'Avengers: Infinity War'. Obviously, all of that didn't go to waste; so many theories actually came true in the movie, thanks to everyone's vast knowledge of Marvel comics and just by observing everything properly. While we didn't know this is exactly what would happen before, we still heard about theories at least once before. 1. Professor Hulk Everyone was almost 100% sure we'll get Professor Hulk in 'Endgame' and the Russo Brothers did not disappoint. After seeing the constant disagreement and fighting between the Hulk and Bruce Banner all throughout 'Infinity War', we finally got to see that they had put aside all their differences and come to an understanding. Which means that we got Professor with the body and strength of the Hulk and the brilliant mind of Bruce altogether in one giant green Avenger. 2. Time Travel No one knew for sure but everyone knew that the movie will deal with time travel in some way or the other. Actually, this theory was or less proved with leaked pictures of Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr at a set that looked like the final battle scene from the first Avengers movie. Now, we know for sure that all of them travelled back in time to retrieve the infinity stones from the past so they could undo Thanos' snap. The time travel actually ended up giving us some of the best moments from the movie - Cap fighting Cap, 'Hail Hydra', Thor and Rocket sneaking around in Asgard while Loki is lying in a cell, Howard Stark & Peggy Carter in 1970. Well, it also gave us one of the worst moments as well, but I guess it was inevitable. 3. Time Jump A not that important or big theory but still a theory that came true. A lot of people predicted that there would be a time jump in the movie just like a desi soap show our mom watches and it became canon as soon as the trailers came out since we could make a timeline just with Nat's hair. 4. Tony Stark Dying It was something I don't think anyone was ready for but was prepared for at the same time, if that makes any sense. We knew there would be some permanent deaths of some of the OG Avengers and throughout the year, Marvel and Chris Evans were subtly hinting at Cap's death in the movie. I'm pretty sure that it was a strategy to keep Tony Stark's death even more shocking in the movie. Well, it worked, everyone knew this was probably Robert Downey Jr's last movie as Iron Man but we all were rooting for him to retire and have a long and happy life with Pepper and Morgan. Well, at least he got his perfect life for five years and Dad Tony is honestly one of the best parts of the movie. 5. Steve Rogers' Fate Again, we were all prepared, but not really, for his death with all the emotional goodbyes and the jokes by Chris himself. But, he got one of the best endings in the movie and it wraps up his storyline perfectly. He has been ready to sacrifice himself for greater good since he first appeared in the MCU, and he did that in 'Captain America: The First Avenger'. But, after everything was wrapped up in 'Endgame' and Thanos was gone, it was time for him to have his date with Peggy and finally, finally have that dance. While old man Steve was a little shocking at first, it was still a heartwarming moment since he got to live out his life not fighting but being with the love of his life. 6. Cap Passes On The Captain America Mantle To Falcon It felt like Marvel had been hinting at Bucky Barnes to become the new Captain America ever since he held the shield back in 'Captain America: The First Avenger' but turns out, it was passed on over to Sam Wilson aka Falcon. Well, it was going to happen sooner or later and the choice was always between Bucky and Sam. 7. Captain America Wielding Thor's Hammer The electric Captain America was everything we ever wanted, and more. It was hands down the best moment of the movie for me. Thanos is about to kill Thor, but no Cap and Mjölnir to the rescue. What a moment, I would watch the movie like five more times in the theatres just to experience that scene again and again. 8. Thanos Dies In The First Twenty Minutes Last time, it was Loki dying in the first 15-20 minutes, this time it was none other than Thanos. He's alone, without his shield or armour, just cooking and chilling alone after murdering trillions of people. Well, the Avengers obviously avenged everyone but that did not bring back anyone, of course. While it was ultimately a pretty useless thing, since he had already destroyed all the stones and the chance of undoing the snap with it, he was pretty harmless now, considering everything. But, he did see Thor finally aiming for the head and delivering that line perfectly. 9. Pepper Potts Suits Up This was also a theory that had been floating around for a while and yes, it came true in 'Endgame'. Literally everyone fought, so obviously the woman who has killed more Marvel villains than any other character wouldn't sit out the final battle. And, of course, the badass moment of all the powerful women of Marvel together would have been incomplete without her.
  4. Any Marvel fan would agree that end-credit scenes are an integral part of Marvel Cinematic Universe. For over 10 years, we've all sat through really, really long credits, just to get a few seconds of something more. Yes, they have been very important ever since Nick Fury showed up at the end of 'Iron Man' to talk to Tony Stark about the Avengers initiative. Since then, end-credit scenes have been instrumental in connecting 21 movies with each other and building an entire cinematic universe, that even Bollywood is trying to copy now. While not a single true fan would mind sitting for 15 minutes extra, this time we might not have to since it's being reported that 'Avengers: Endgame' will not have any end-credit scene. But tbh, I'm still not getting up from my seat until and unless all the credits are over because I don't trust the internet and of course, Marvel. I was actually a little disappointed after hearing this news at first because well, there won't be an iconic scene like the Earth's mightiest superheroes eating shawarmas after a big fight, but if you think about it, it actually makes sense. We've been calling this movie the end of an era for the longest time and giving the audience a scene about what's next doesn't really fit in well with that. Obviously, as the name suggests, this is the end, the culmination of 21 movies and it is all about finality. This is probably the last time we'll see everyone together and with the end of phase 3 of MCU, an end-credit scene would not really add to the movie in any way. Moreover, 'Endgame' will not just conclude the 'Infinity saga' but will also tie up the loose ends of each and every MCU movie that came before. It's basically like one big story coming to an end and that's why end-credits were crucial as a way to connect it all so effortlessly, but 'Endgame' doesn't have any need for it. So, as much as I have enjoyed all the end-credit scenes, it is perfectly okay for the Russo Brothers to give it a pass this time, because we already know the movie will be incredible in itself and we won't really need to look forward to what's next for some time.
  5. Some PC gamers are legit creative and you can easily find some drool-worthy PC builds if you scour the internet. But we bet you'll never come across a PC that's made out of pasta. Yes, the good ol' pasta that comes in lots of cute shapes. We've truly seen it all now. This obnoxious PC was built by a YouTube creator who goes by the name 'Laplanet Arts'. He says he started working on this project after his wife joked about making a PC of pasta. Well, this is what he made - © YouTube So, the machine which he built is based on the hardware from an old ASUS Transformer convertible tablet. He stripped out his convertible and built it into a new case made entirely out of lasagna and rigatoni. Also, you see the tomato sauce and melted cheese there on the build? Ya, that's not really tomato sauce or melted cheese. It actually hot glue that's painted red, because using tomato sauce and melted cheese would be ridiculous. Even the PC that he made isn't overly powerful either. It's got aged specs. You can watch the video to find out more.
  6. Kim Kardashian is a lot of things already - reality star, socialite, influencer, businesswoman - and she'll add one more title to the list soon enough. In her Vogue cover, she talked about her aspirations of becoming a lawyer, inspired by the role she played in getting Alice Marie Johnson out of prison. She revealed that she started her four-year law apprenticeship last summer and now has one goal--taking the bar exam in 2022. She said, “The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency and I'm sitting in the Roosevelt Room with, like, a judge who had sentenced criminals and a lot of really powerful people and I just sat there, like, Oh, shit. I need to know more. I would say what I had to say, about the human side and why this is so unfair. But I had attorneys with me who could back that up with all the facts of the case. It's never one person who gets things done; it's always a collective of people, and I've always known my role, but I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society. I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.” The first thought that would come to anyone's mind when hearing that Kim Kardashian is becoming a lawyer would be 'fake news'. Yeah, at first it sounds so unbelievable but if you think about it, it actually makes sense. In case anyone's forgotten, she is the daughter of late Robert Kardashian, who gained widespread recognition for the OJ Simpson case. A lot of people are actually supportive of her while obviously a lot of people are hating on her. But, this is the best reaction. Call my lawyer @KimKardashian pic.twitter.com/oR1tUfotAx — Saint Hoax (@SaintHoax) April 11, 2019 Well. The judge when you walk into the courtroom with Kim Kardashian as your lawyer pic.twitter.com/0E3lqxE4Gu — Pikliz Papi (@so_rudez) April 10, 2019 People are really salty. This is why we don't take her seriously. A criminal justice lawyer? Why make a mockery of the hard work, diligence, respectability and INTELLIGENCE it takes to be a lawyer? You can have ambition, but not too much. Please stay in your lane. — Realm of Consciousness (@geminihazeleyes) April 10, 2019 Exactly. People: "Kim Kardashian is useless and she doesn't contribute anything to society." Kim Kardashian: "I'm studying to become a criminal justice lawyer." *People: "How dare you. Stay in your lane." pic.twitter.com/TuObBVmaKw — â°ððð ð»ðº (@pinklionheart) April 10, 2019 If she actually does it, it would be so great. Kim Kardashian is studying to become a lawyer? Wow honestly didn't expect that, but given who her father was and her slight interest in prison reform, it's not too surprising. If she's serious about this then s/o to her I can fw that. — taylor ð (@quattlestrology) April 10, 2019 Same. It sounds crazy, but I think Kim Kardashian will actually become a lawyer. — starheal (@starheal) April 10, 2019 Agreed. I agree, but she should go to school like everyone else who wants to be a Lawyer. She's buying her way in and it's shameful. — Jay Miller (@jzilla75) April 10, 2019 Literally everyone. Kim Kardashian is studying to become a lawyer omfg she's literally more qualified to be president than Trump at this point... but then again who isn't — it's paris, bitch! (@ITSPARISBXTCH) April 10, 2019 Another great edit. kim kardashian being the real life elle woods of wanting to be a lawyer and going to law school ðð» pic.twitter.com/BWLvtG5dl4 — Ren (@hairennie_) April 11, 2019 Still a lil funny I'm full of these Kim Kardashian studying to be a lawyer memes ð#KimKardashian pic.twitter.com/6X6pZJ9D1J — FreeRangeMemes (@MemesRange) April 10, 2019 She should. There are two ways you can look at @KimKardashian becoming a lawyer. Personally, after watching her show and seeing her use her influence to help release Alice Johnson and then pay Matthew Charles' rent for 5 years after release, I think she's going to do great things. pic.twitter.com/abqst9vTui — Young & Dumb in NYC (@loverboy_nyc) April 10, 2019 Okay. Kim Kardashian is studying to become a lawyer. pic.twitter.com/uZMLVSP5j9 — 2 (@prizordtoo) April 10, 2019
  7. Every day, people are still searching on the internet the best fat burners on the planet and are ready to shell any amount of money on falsely marketed pills as they promise magic. Fat burners, which were earlier used only by professional athletes, have become common even with beginners in the gym. Not only is this trend stupid and pointless but you are not going to achieve any results out of it except an empty pocket. So, before you think of taking any shortcut in your fitness journey let me give you a single tool that will help you more than any fat burner or a magic pill out there. Start Tracking Your Nutrition This may sound trivial, but trust me it makes a huge difference when it comes to results. I am not saying this based on just my own experience but I have noticed this working on my clients as well. While you may think that you are on low carb and high protein diet, but if you are not tracking your calorie and macro intake, there are chances that you might be consuming more than your target calories. Tracking your food intake gives you a precise calculation of how your body is responding to varying levels of carb and overall calorie intake. This, in turn, will help you in making a smart decision as to how much can you play around with your calories and macros. Fun Fact 1: It Is Backed By Science This phenomenon of tracking calories has been subjected to studies as well and studies do show a positive impact on the results as well. A study conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute established that people who regularly tracked their macro intake were able to lose twice more weight than people who did not. Fun Fact 2: It Helps In Portion Control When you update your food diary daily, you can measure the number of calories you have consumed in every single meal of the day. While some meals might be absolutely healthy but there are chances that you may be consuming a larger portion of it. Even if the meal is healthy, you can't just binge on it and expect that it will not have an impact on the overall calculations. Once you start tracking your meals, it will help you to identify if the portion size of the meal that you were consuming is within your target area or not. For example, a meal comprising of Kidney beans and brown rice would be an ideal choice for lunch but that doesn't mean that you can have 'n' number of portions of the same every day. It Will Help You Connect The Dots There are small food items that you consume throughout the day but they often get unnoticed while you make your diet program. These include multiple cups of tea and coffee, biscuits, namkeen, sugary drinks, flavoured energy drinks, artificially flavoured juices etc. While you may think that they may not make any difference but once you start tracking them you may notice that that's not the case. Sometimes these small snacking items contribute a significant addition to your total calorie intake which may slow down your health and fitness progress. 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/
  8. Make up a diet that promises overnight results without the person needing to do some work themselves or exercise, you will have a queue of people lining outside your door to get their hands on the magical solution. This was something similar that happened in 1976 when someone known as Dr Roger Linn introduced a magic weight loss solution and a book titled 'The Last Chance Diet' promising a quick-fix to the overweight people. The premise of the diet was that people had to consume a very low-calorie liquid protein concoction and they would start dropping weight immediately. What made it all the more lucrative was that you were not expected to exercise if you followed this. To no surprise, people jumped onto the plan. It was again no surprise that people started losing weight as they started consuming nothing but a serving of the 'Prolinn drink' every day. Then came the big shocker. There were reports of people dropping around 10 to 30% of their body weight in no time and then suddenly dropping dead. Yes, you read it right. People were dying on this diet/weight loss protocol. How did that happen? The 'Prolinn drink' or the magic weight loss protein liquid concoction was found to be lesser than 400 calories. That means, people were consuming less than 400 calories per day for extended periods which often counts as starvation in itself. © Workout Trends In today's world, when we think of a low-calorie protein drink, a protein shake with high-quality protein from dairy comes to our mind and drinking those is pretty normal and safe as well. The problem with the 'Prolinn drink' was that apart from being very low in calories considering it was for the entire day, it was a poor-quality collagen drink which was low in vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and the protein itself. This drink was made from slaughterhouse leftover products like crushed animal horns, hooves, tendons, hives, and bones. Flavours and colouring were added to it to make it look more appealing but overall it was still a very poor quality drink in itself with many nutritional deficiencies. It was estimated that approximately somewhere between 2 million to 4 million people jumped on this plan or routine as soon as it was introduced as it promised to make a person lose weight without even doing anything. From these people, approximately 60 deaths were reported due to following the routine. These deaths were attributed to the subjects having abnormal heart rhythms which would have resulted from the shrinkage of the heart due to the diet/drink being low in vitamins and calories. Such similar protocols are popular even today and as we see, they may hold a very huge risk with the guarantee of making a person lose weight real quick without any exercise or intrusion into their routine by providing a magic concoction or drink that replaces the food that you eat completely. So, be very careful before jumping on to any such routines just in a bid to lose some weight quickly. 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.
  9. Marvel Cinematic Universe is full of incredible movies, of course, but it is also full of even more incredible bromances. The entire cast loves each other and their off-screen friendship does translate well on-screen. I feel like Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans have the most famous MCU bromance but two other actors are here to try and take the title, with a little bit Chris Hemsworth mixed in. Ever since the second trailer for 'Avengers: Endgame' dropped, everyone is talking about it and coming up with more and more theories about it. But, no one can deny that the biggest thing that stood out was Jeremy Renner's new snazzy hairstyle. Yep, Hawkeye's mohawk inspired a lot of memes and jokes online and it was all very well-deserved. I still stand by my original thought of him getting the hairstyle just because of the name. While we were coming up with more jokes, Mark Ruffalo decided to remind everyone who has the inspiration behind the mohawk. It's been 15 years since the release of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and 0 years since @renner4real stole my look ðð»‍âï¸ But I don't blame him. It's a good look. Stealing from the best. (Sorry again, @chrishemsworth. It's for a good cause.) pic.twitter.com/fngC1ddDXu — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) March 19, 2019 Yes, we don't blame him for stealing, after all Mark should be an inspiration to all of us. Are we getting another 'I see you've copied my beard scene' in Endgame? Please say yes, Marvel. Unrelated, but everyone needs to see this right now. This is what really happened hahahah pic.twitter.com/bGXxFiI0md — Gabyð¨ð± (@rockmeperfect) March 19, 2019 Coming back to Mark's tweet, actually Jeremy is not the only thief in the MCU since Mark himself recently stole something from none other that the God of Thunder. Thor's friend from work recently stole Mjölnir, for charity of course. Yes, Jeremy, we all are. Well @MarkRuffalo @chrishemsworth it appears as if we are all thieves in our own way ð https://t.co/LgyGM3Gi1z — Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) March 19, 2019 What are you doing with his pillow, Banner? Firstly, @MarkRuffalo if it's for charity then I'll forgive you. Secondly, you also stole my pillow...which was kinda weird. Are you auctioning that off as well or just for your personal use? https://t.co/QfpzJtKZjF — Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) March 14, 2019 Okay, Jeremy is the real culprit here. Ah @chrishemsworth I grabbed that pillow brother and a toothbrush.... but for personal use. Thanks @MarkRuffalo for the distraction ð¤ð» — Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) March 14, 2019
  10. 2003 was a different time for both India and Pakistan. Much like today, some sensible sections of both nations wanted peace and prosperity over a war. A year in which the neighbouring nations agreed to a Cease Fire Agreement. Such were the relations, that India toured Pakistan the very next year and came out on top by beating them comprehensively in both Test and ODI series. Remember Sehwag's 309? Well, that was in Pakistan. © Reuters India vs Pakistan has always been a clash charged with emotions, energy and the determination to get one over the other, for players and fans both. If we're to compare it with a footballing rivalry it is 10 times bigger than El Clasico and North-West Derby (Manchester United vs Liverpool). This game is the only one where I'll see even my grandma glued to the television, constantly asking about the score and the players who are batting. It was the fourth World Cup meeting between the neighbours, exactly 16-years back when 'someone' named Sachin Tendulkar stayed true to his godly status, scoring 98 off 75 balls at Centurion. © Reuters I still remember, as a 7-year old, how disheartening it was watching Saeed Anwar's classy century help Pakistan to a total of 273. It was a match between India's batting vs Pakistan's bowling; India, possessing the likes Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid in their batting lineup and Pakistan having the likes Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Shoaib Akhtar and Abdur Razzak at their disposal. It was a match Tendulkar said he'd been thinking/listening about for a year. Having spent 12 sleepless nights, Tendulkar's audacity upfront changed everything. Slamming Pakistani bowlers as if he playing at a local cricket club, the Master Blaster showed no signs of anxiety. His majestic six over the square third man became an iconic shot. To the amusement of many, this was the only time I saw my father jump in joy, and scream, “Only this man can hit a shot like that.” © Reuters In the end, Tendulkar was injured and fell prey to the Rawalpindi Express' shot delivery, robbing him of a well-deserved ton. Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh then stepped up to steady the ship, helping India to a comfortable win, leading me to overhear the ladies in my street talking about how well India batted and how they won it by losing only four wickets.
  11. Ranveer Singh's prime weapon in promoting a film is the way he dresses for promotions. These outfits are out of the ordinary and no one can imagine wearing these outfits in the restricting space of Bollywood. The fact that someone mainstream like himself goes ahead and wears these outfits makes all the more flutters in the mainstream media. So, when he wears something even slightly mainstream, it is indeed shocking. Recently, Ranveer Singh wore a super wearable (IRL) gorgeous gold and black shibori sherwani with straight pencil pants by Rohit Bal in Abu Dabi, Dubai. Take a look © Instagram/Nitasha Gaurav © Instagram/Nitasha Gaurav Firstly, nothing outlandish there. There's nothing in here that you would possibly shrug off as not your league clothing. And here's the thing, he's also teaching us (or rather Nitasha Gaurav's styling is) how to pair accessories with shaadi lewks. He's wearing a Franck Muller Geneve watch and really smart Carrea shades and embellished heeled footwear that we adore.
  12. "Cum stains." Does even reading this phrase make you feel a little uncomfortable? Well, it shouldn't, because it's a completely natural thing, but it still does because of our societal conditioning. Imagine, if you're getting embarrassed just reading about it, how embarrassing it must be to talk about it openly. No wonder, we were never taught how to get rid of them. But don't worry, because post reading this article, you'll be ready to fight those pesky little white stains. Here is a 5-step guide that will help you get rid of semen stains from your clothes and sheets: © Getty Images 1. Step one is to not let it set. Use your finger to remove the semen from the fabric. Use it from the side as a scraper, and not on it. Rubbing it will just make it worse. Use some water to wash off the remaining stain quickly, before it sets. 2. Use some detergent to rub the remaining stain, and wash it off with water. In most cases, this should be enough. © Getty Images 3. If the stain is still visible, try using a little bit of dishwasher soap/liquid, with a cleaning sponge. Rub it firmly but gently till it's not visible anymore. © Getty Images 4. If the stain is still there, take a little bit of baking soda and rub on it for about 30 seconds or so, and wash it off with water. © Getty Images 5. Now ideally, it should be gone by this point, but if it turns out to be a little white devil that just won't let go, you need to use some spot cleaning techniques or enzyme cleaners that are available in the market. However, be careful while using them on coloured clothes, because excessive exposure may result in colour bleeding. Pro-tip: Never use hot/warm water to wash semen stains. Semen will get coagulated and stick even more to the fabric fibre under hot water. Always use cold water for the best results.
  13. Apple has changed the primary charging and data transfer port once, and people weren't so happy about it. While new ports bring in better features, it means we need to buy accompanying cables and this simply adds unnecessary cost to the product. The iPhone initially came with a Dock connector, consisting of a 30 pin port. Then came the Lightning Port, it was psignificantly smaller and had a satisfying click to it. According to recent reports, Apple may soon make a shift to USB-C with the new iPhones. © WikiMedia Yes, the lightning port is more than capable. But a shift to USB-C means a universal port for all gadgets in Apple's portfolio. The MacBook already has it, the new iPad has it, and now the iPhone. You can use the same cable for all the devices in the ecosystem, meaning the cost to acquire these cables 'll l will actually come down over a period of time. Even though USB-C should technically reduce the need of adapters as more and more peripherals support the port out of the box, you have to remember that old iPhone accessories are compatible only with Lightning. Apple chargers sell for roughly US$ 25 (Rs 1,500) for an official cable and replica versions are also available for far less. © Apple Last week, Anand Mahindra tweeted how he needs to buy new cables every time a new Apple product is bought. This issue may soon come to an end once all Apple products are supporting USB-C. The Android world has embraced the port long back, and even budget phones are housing one. Bloomberg also reports that the upcoming iPhone will have a triple camera setup, like some Android counterparts. The third camera will have a more powerful zoom, a higher resolution and a wider field of view than any camera on today's iPhones. © Reuters Going a step further, the 2020 iPhone is reported to have a 3D camera system that can sense distance and measure depth through lasers, improving the iPhone's handling of augmented-reality apps and features. Additionally, the Live Photos feature will mean that it can capture videos that are six seconds long, instead of just three seconds.
  14. 'Boys will be boys' - this is such a common phrase, unfortunately. But finally, people are realizing the negative impact of it. No, don't let boys be boys and excuse any kind of horrible behaviour. Don't just let boys be boys but hold boys accountable for their actions, because let's be real, it's about damn time. Toxic masculinity is a thing that everyone needs to fight against, regardless of the gender, but first people need to understand what it means. Trying to get through to people about the same topic, Gillette released a powerful ad. The ad tries to shed light on all the negative consequences of letting boys be boys, the biggest example being the #MeToo movement. If no one sets a good example for little boys, they will grow up to do the same things that have been happening for years and the cycle of toxic masculinity will never ever be broken. But, it's high time for a change and the powerful ad is advocating what's required right now. “Boys will be boys”? Isn't it time we stopped excusing bad behavior? Re-think and take action by joining us at https://t.co/giHuGDEvlT. #TheBestMenCanBe pic.twitter.com/hhBL1XjFVo — Gillette (@Gillette) January 14, 2019 Of course, this was met with backlash, but it was great to see the appreciation for it as well. After reading all the negative tweets, I feel like people who are hating on it don't even understand the concept of toxic masculinity but rather think that it's just calling all men toxic when it's so clearly not the case. I'd like to thank Gillette for reminding me how horrible it is to be man. This should sit well with your customers. NOT. — Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) January 14, 2019 So basically being asked to behave like decent human beings and treat other human beings with respect is asking for too much. No one is saying it is horrible to be a man, people are just saying ignoring or perpetuating the horrible behaviour by some men has been creating a bad environment for everyone. I've used @Gillette razors my entire adult life but this absurd virtue-signalling PC guff may drive me away to a company less eager to fuel the current pathetic global assault on masculinity. Let boys be damn boys. Let men be damn men. https://t.co/Hm66OD5lA4 — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 14, 2019 I shouldn't really be surprised that Piers Morgan is also ranting about it online, I would have been shocked if he hadn't said anything. Piers, it's a global assault on toxic masculinity, not masculinity, but the fact that you can't even distinguish the two says a lot about you. Hey @Gillette, I have an idea, stay out of politics. Real men already stop other guys from acting badly. A razor company should want me to shave with your product. And, btw, I'm extremely masculine. And there's nothing wrong with that. #TheBestMenCanBe — Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) January 15, 2019 When did asking people to be good human beings become political? And, yes there's nothing wrong with being masculine. Thank you, next. So nice to see @Gillette jumping on the “men are horrible” campaign permeating mainstream media and Hollywood entertainment. I for one will never use your product again. https://t.co/uZf7v4sFKm — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) January 14, 2019 If you can't comprehend the message, maybe you're part of the problem and that's why you felt personally attacked. Take some time to sit back and reflect on your own actions rather than ignoring this realization. Dear @Gillette: Some men are violent misogynists. Most are willing to die to protect our liberties and freedoms (including those of women). It is grotesque to repeatedly ascribe collective guilt onto half of humanity known as men. Being a man is not a disease nor a pathology. https://t.co/CAxGadDiD6 — Gad Saad (@GadSaad) January 14, 2019 No one is calling all the men in the world horrible, just the ones who still don't understand how their actions have so many horrible consequences. Its main message seems to be "don't HAVE a dick". https://t.co/VvD7HPFfqi — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 14, 2019 Just FYI, you don't need to have a dick to be a man, because you know, trans men exist. Okay, I feel like that was enough hate, and enough answers to hate so let's enjoy some sensible tweets by woke people. .@Gillette's new campaign thoughtfully and critically examines what "The Best a Man Can Get," the brand's iconic tagline, means today. A must watch. https://t.co/5WKmfferhl — Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) January 15, 2019 And, people seriously have a problem with people trying make the world a better place. Once again, I'm very much okay with this shift in cultural standards. "Be a good human" is getting ever-more commercially viable. I'm down with a future where it's cool to be protective and proactive at making the world better. https://t.co/iYsGxBQ9QF — Mika McKinnon (@mikamckinnon) January 14, 2019 Take notes. THIS is how you use your brand. THIS is how you engage with your audience. Gillette being aware of mostly having a male audience and using their influence as a global brand to make a change for the better. other companies take notes pic.twitter.com/KCdxKDLji0 — laq (@spidervesre) January 15, 2019 It's so damaging and it's time for change. Folks are upset @Gillette? No #men and #masculinity are not #toxic. But #Toxicmasculinity is a cultural belief that real men don't cry. Real men don't show fear. Real men don't lose. Real men take what they want. This thinking isn't new. It is toxic and it damages men and women. https://t.co/EWBJeRZnZm — Jeffrey Reddick (@JeffreyaReddick) January 15, 2019 Same. aaaaannnnnd Gillette made e cry at my desk https://t.co/9HYV24ZDbV — 20Pemberteen (@DaveYourFave) January 15, 2019 Very well done. Exploitative? Maybe. Brave and timely? Absolutely. Also, I cried. Well done, @Gillette. #foroursons https://t.co/4hYNcgsxoX — Emily Andras (@emtothea) January 15, 2019 It truly is. Amazing call to action. https://t.co/MF1Hivkjfu — Marcus J. Carey (@marcusjcarey) January 14, 2019 Exactly. Thanks for this Gillette. I agree. We absolutely as men can do a better job instilling better morals and behavior overall with one another. Handing those core values down to our kids is paramount. And don't tell me it doesn't exist. Not all of us sure. But enough to change. https://t.co/3UVbnq2WtO — Max Gonzalez (@GassyMexican) January 15, 2019 Shave everything! Screw toxic masculinity. This is an awesome step to take. Great ad. *urge to shave things increases* https://t.co/ebAQ0ZsB0m — Joaquin Baldwin (@joabaldwin) January 14, 2019 We definitely do. lmao woke razor blades is the future we deserve https://t.co/diAPiIvnsA — Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) January 14, 2019
  15. This is one myth that just refuses to die. A layman knows a simple fact that he/she needs to exercise hard and eat good to lose weight. Though this line itself has quite a lot of loose ends, we will not get technical about it. But this simple understanding has got a lot complicated now, for most people. One stupid complication which has come out of it is the DIET: EXERCISE ratio. There's No Diet To Exercise Ratio © Unsplash There are clearly two camps, in here. First one is the group which supports exercise and claims it to be the one-in-all, end-in-all concept to a fit body. Then there is the other camp, the now dominating one, that is, the diet camp, which consists of primarily the dieticians, and some common trainers and people. For them it's the diet which matters the most. Worse, they claim that even if you don't exercise, a good diet will cover it up all. It is mainly the diet protagonists which have made these ratios of 70:30, 80:20, 75:25 etc. wherein the greater part is taken up by the diet. Now if you ask them a simple question “how did you come down to this ratio?” The answer is either a blank stare with a confused look on the face, which if you closely observe means “what do you mean by 'why'?” Or, it is a common generic answer for many such questions i.e. “everyone says the same thing.” © Unsplash Similarly, when you ask dieticians, as to where they got this stupid ratio from, they simply have no answer. This is not a scientifically designed ratio based on studies. This is simply a self-made ratio. Understand this thing, for a dietician the primary earning is through diet recommendations. If she tells you that diet is not of much importance, or is of equal importance as exercising, she has a fear of losing her customers. Because dieticians are taking money to design a diet for you, they will of course emphasize on diet more. It's their bread and butter. The ratio is always one, has been one and it remains the same. The correct Exercise & Diet ratio is 100:100. Yes, you read it right. Its 100% diet, 100% exercise & overall movement, 100% sleep and relaxation. If any of the components takes a hit in any way, the others will surely suffer. Michele Olson, PhD, professor of physical education and exercise science at Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama, US, says: “Yes, you can lose weight with diet alone, but exercise is an important component. Without it, only a portion of your weight loss is from fat — you're also stripping away muscle and bone density. Since working out stimulates growth of those metabolic tissues, losing weight through exercise means you're burning mostly fat Are 'Abs' Really Made In The Kitchen? © Unsplash If you ask me about the statement “abs are made in the kitchen”, I would like to restate it, “abs are made in the kitchen, after you return from the gym”. Diet is extremely important, and there is no doubt about this, but then lazy snob, eating less sitting on a sofa, will never ever be healthy or fit, just by being on a diet, neither can a person who is eating and exercising perfectly, survive without proper sleep and recuperation. Even the studies have shown the same, it's a complete package. Human body doesn't work in parts. Akshay Chopra, is a graduate of the National Defence Academy & the Air Force Academy, and a former IAF pilot. He is one of the most qualified health, fitness & nutrition consultants in the country, and an author of multiple books & ebooks. He is among the few in the country to have a background of competitive athletics, military training and bodybuilding. He is the co-founder of the Body Mechanics chain of gyms, and India's first research based channel We R Stupid. You can check out his Youtube here.
  16. The moment Ranveer and Deepika shared their wedding announcement on Instagram, a particular round of memes started doing the rounds on the Internet. 'Ranveer is going to wear a Lehenga on his own wedding' was the essence of those memes. Now, a typical Indian man would probably feel a lot of emotions in such a scenario - ranging from anger to embarrassment, but Ranveer Singh is no ordinary man. He dealt with it like a pro, and shut the trolls up in a way that should be legit textbook material. He went ahead and wore an insane Angrakha by Sabyasachi with an elaborate flare - an outfit that gave all the Lehengas and skirts of the world a run for their money. © Instagram/Deepikapadukone Just look at that man, will you? Hell, he probably wore it to hide his massive steel balls. Take THAT, haters! © Instagram/Deepikapadukone Who else can take a joke, and convert that into a statement? Actually, that was just a bi-product of his nonchalance tbh. We're sure Ranveer didn't even flinch once the memes started pouring in. He went ahead and did his own thing, just like he has been doing it since he stepped inside the kaleidoscope called Bollywood. © Instagram/Deepikapadukone Plus he got Deepika as a partner in crime - someone who has always conducted herself with utmost grace and sophistication in the industry, even in the face of difficulty (remember 'Padmaavat release?) © Instagram/Ranveersingh Clearly, Deepika probably just told him, "You do you, baby." And boy, did he, and how. © Instagram/Ranveersingh Can we also take a moment to appreciate the Goddess that Deepika is, here? Look at that zen face, while being absolutely gorgeous at the same time. © Instagram/Deepikapadukone We don't care how cliched this term is, we will still go ahead and say that this couple is legit #CoupleGoals.
  17. Water is the very foundation of life on earth. I think we can all agree that life, as we know it, would not have existed in the absence of water. The human body itself is about 70% water. It is pretty obvious that like everything else, there would be different opinions on how much water one should be drinking every day. Some people believe you need to sip on water even when you're not thirsty, while some recommend not drinking more than 2 litres of water every day. So many opinions, so much confusion! But Why Is Being Hydrated So Important? © Thinkstock Images Because you constantly keep losing water from your body, primarily via urine and sweat and being dehydrated can negatively impact your fitness levels. If your body weight decreases by meager 2% from fluid losses, your endurance goes down and if the number goes up to 3%, it can negatively impact strength. So, to prevent dehydration and (more importantly to be alive), adequate fluid intake is very important. What All Can Be Considered As Fluids? All fluids except for alcohol should be counted in your total fluid intake. Alcohol is not considered because it is dehydrating and makes you urinate more fluids out than you drink. Other than that, every other fluid contributes to your fluid intake. Even things like coffee and diet sodas which are often looked at as dehydrating agents are fluids. So all fluids, including coffee, diet soda, milk, juice, tea, flavored waters and any drink (besides alcohol) will count towards this intake. So How Much Fluid Should You ACTUALLY Consume? © Pixabay Your total water (fluid) intake for the day depends on a lot of internal and external individual factors and there are a couple of ways to decide optimum water (fluid) intake. Body weight method - The first way to calculate your fluid intake will involve calculations based on your body weight. For every 23 kg of your body weight, you should have a litre of water. 2. Qualitative method - The second method is based on your individual needs. Following this method, you should drink the amount of fluid which makes have 5 clear urinations per day. Out of 5, two urinations should be after you workout or during your workout if you have long workout sessions. Out of the two methods, I find the second one superior over the method where you intake is determined by your bodyweight. This is because two people of same body weight can have very different needs when it comes to fluid intake. A few determining factors could be: 1. Sweating - Some people sweat more than others and depending on the geographical location some people lose a lot more fluid through sweating than others. So, a 75 kg guy living in Jaipur will need to drink a lot more water than a 75 kg guy who lives in Kashmir. 2. Training And Lifestyle - Your hydration status depends a lot on the quantity and type of training you do. For example, if you work out 6 days and do 3-4 hour long cardio sessions in a week on top of the weight training, you'll need a lot more water to stay hydrated than someone who does not. Your profession also pays a big role in deciding your fluid intake. If you are someone who has to do physical work for their livelihood, you naturally will need more water than someone who is sedentary and sits at his office desk working on computers all day. Conclusion The best way to begin is to initially set your water(fluid) intake as per the body weight-based fluid recommendations. Check the colour and frequency of your urine while drinking this set of amount of fluid and increase or decrease your fluid intake accordingly by aiming for 5 clear urinations per day. Nav Dhillon is an online coach with GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company that helps people with fitness goals right from losing weight to competing in bodybuilding shows. He has coached individuals from all forms of life, right from people looking to get in shape in general to national level bodybuilding and physique athletes. You can reach Nav on nav.dhillon@getsetgo.fitness or his Instagram handle if you are looking for professional help with your fitness goals.
  18. Aah, flat earthers, the best thing that has happened to us, just because of how much entertainment they provide us with. As the name suggests, they obviously believe that the earth is flat, but that was getting so boring, they've also ventured out into new, more exciting shapes. Yes, pancake earth is cool, but it's got nothing on donut earth. You have to give them full props, though, because you have to be really creative to come us with stuff like this. It's okay that they're not putting this creativity into something more productive, but hey, at least we're entertained by their absurdity. Remember that glorious time when everyone was questioning Australia's existence? A flat earther, or rather an ex flat earther suggests that the earth isn't flat but shaped like a torus. So basically, we live on top of a giant donut. Wait, are we all just sprinkles on top of this donut? I don't mind that at all, tbh. In the Flat Earth Society forum, user Varuag introduced people to donut earth. He started by basically explain how any conspiracy theory is formed, “I was wondering how a theory like FE theory gets formed, and I came to the conclusion that someone must've thought of the original idea, and then it must've been followed by a long series of people pointing out flaws and then re-adjusting the theory (or thinking of new ideas) to iron out the flaws in the theory.” © Imgur He went on, “I have a theory that the Earth is in fact shaped like a torus (a donut-shape). However, light is curved so we cannot tell.” He also got into further detail, “Radio waves are reflected by the atmosphere (hence why we don't need to set up several towers to transmit radio waves across very long distances). Light waves are also reflected in a similar way. When we look across, the light diminishes as it travels, and by the time it reaches the atmosphere, it is diminished enough to be reflected. The light will then hit another corner of atmosphere and so on and so forth, curving every time. This gives the impression that the Earth is flat (or has a slight curvature).” His post was in the form of a Q&A and he made sure to answer an important question – Why can't we see the opposite side of the donut earth when standing on the surface in the middle? Here's the answer, “When you stand in the middle of the TE and look up, the light passes through the first atmosphere it reaches. However, by the time it reaches the second atmosphere (the one to re-enter the atmosphere of the TE) it has diminished enough to be reflected, and gets reflected into space, so you see space.” Well, here's how our donut earth was formed – “It is possible for two objects to orbit each other (google binary stars). This means that you have two objects moving around in an orbit, but there is nothing in the centre of the orbit (as their own masses provide the weight for the centripetal force of Gravity, which causes them to move in a circular-ish motion. Now, it is also possible to have 3 objects orbiting each other, or 4, or 5 etc. Now, the TE was formed when a large amount of objects orbited each other like this. As time went on, their gravity pulled in more space rocks and dust etc and the shape grew, eventually becoming a fully-formed torus.” Oh, and my personal fav quote from the post – “Place your donut on its side. The side that touches the table is the south pole, the side on the other side is the north pole.” Here's the entire post – Donut Earth.
  19. It's Karwachauth. You love and respect your wife tremendously for keeping herself hungry for an entire day for your long life and prosperity! In return, the least you can do is help her make her day easier! If you're someone who finds it difficult to make plans, you're in luck. Follow this guide and you're completely sorted for the day. 1. Help her prepare for the big day! Make sure she hydrates the day before Karwachauth so she doesn't feel sick on an empty stomach. Pexels 2. If she feels a bit cranky when she wakes up, do not trouble her. In fact, surprise her with a gift! And what's better than this Longines watch to remind her the 'times' you've spent together! This special gift of love will surely mesmerise her with its elegance and performance! Longines 3. Actually, don't let her keep her stomach empty. Wake her up to delicious, nutritious sehri cooked by you. When she's done eating, let her go straight to bed and you do the cleaning up. Pexels 4. And let her sleep way late into the afternoon. Pexels 5. When she has freshened up and is basking in the joy of the new watch, take her out to a spa parlour for a couple's massage. Pexels 6. When you get back, Netflix and chill until it's time to break the fast. Make sure you give her something that's healthy, like lemonade or yogurt. Pexels 7. Once you're done with the traditions, take her out for a scrumptious dinner. Because after all that she's done for you, she deserves just the best! Pexels NOTE: You could give her company with the fasting and enjoy these perks yourself.
  20. In 1993, popular artist Haddaway asked us all 'What Is Love'? While probably writing a thesis about it, when his heart was breaking. Maybe no one could answer him then but today, science has been kind enough to answer all our questions pertaining to love and why it happens, in the first place. There is a definite 'science' behind the philosophy, so to speak, about love. I believe that is the only way to reconfirm and have faith in this fragile emotion. If it's backed by science, I am sure more people would believe in it, albeit it'll need some catharsis to motivate one to completely experience the emotion. But once you do, you'll delve deeper into what love really is and how it's more real than just a feeling. © Pinterest Have you ever heard anyone say 'dude I think there was some chemistry between us'? Yeah, chemistry is the science that love balances its wheels on. But what does it mean to have chemistry? Well, technically, chemistry is a single emotional connection between two people, who find each other relatively attractive and it works in rather amusing yet ascertain ways, between them. Chemistry initially dwells from- lust, attraction and attachment, the three solid pillars behind the science of love, according to some heavy scientific research. It's All In Your Head! Yes, quite literally it is all in your head! The brain has special places for special things to happen. So, when you blame the heart or when your heart is under too much pressure or scrutiny, where love is concerned it's absolutely unfair because TBH, the brain is responsible for how you feel when you're in love, because of the chemical reactions that take place in the brain. Lust is a harbouring brain activity, which stems from a human being's genetic trend to procreate. It's like we're all programmed that way but it's achieved through sexual gratification. The hypothalamus of the brain plays a big role in producing *** hormones like testosterone (in men of course) and they initiate the libido of a man. No rocket science there, now is there? So, when you meet someone you're really attracted to, the brain does most of the talking, inherently and subconsciously looking for a mate for procreation purposes. That's the purpose of lust, where love is concerned. © Eros International Attraction, on the other hand, is a tad different, although is a derivative of lust and both sort of work together. Only, attraction happens way before in the brain, before lust takes over. Like, we can only lust over someone we're truly attracted to. It doesn't happen without mere attraction. Attraction is primarily a brain activity as well and it sort of works on the 'reward' behaviour tactic, which is also why the first few months of a new relationship are exhilarating and often described as 'the honeymoon period'. The direct catalyst for attraction and reward behaviour is the brain induced dopamine levels. Dopamine too is produced by the hypothalamus and is released when we do things that make us feel good. Like spending time with your SO or having ***. And high levels of dopamine are released when you're attracted to someone (because it's acting on the principal of the feel-good factor and the fact that you deserve to feel good). The chemicals released often make us euphoric, sleepless, giddy and something we often describe as 'butterflies in the stomach'. They also lead to a decreased appetite and insomnia. Which literally means you're SO IN LOVE that you can't eat or sleep. But it's just your brain rewarding you because you're attracted to someone. © Dharma Productions The third pillar-attachment, is a little detached from lust and attraction, ironically. An attachment has more to do with the effects of a long-term relationship and is an influence in mediating relationships that co-exist such as friendships, parent-child bonding and other intimate associations. A chemical called oxytocin makes its way through the brain and is released where attachments are concerned and it's often known as the 'cuddle hormone' and it creates space for innate bonding in any of the associations- like while having ***, or breastfeeding a child and even during childbirth. Oxytocin is intelligently released when these activities occur, to strengthen the bond, on an autopilot, making it a precursor for bonding. Love Does Hurt While I write about the pillars love stands on, making it seem like a joy ride, it really isn't all that hunky dory and that's a sad fact. It's not just about hormones being realised from our brain TBH. While attraction and lust take precedence over everything else, the overpowering brain activity rewards us for the smooth functioning of it all. The truth is, love also hurts and disappoints and causes pain, which can be unfathomable at times. It can be accompanied by jealousy, erratic behaviour, irrationality, possessiveness and a host of negative emotions and moods. Which truly means the hormones secreted in our brain are also responsible for the downside of love. The 'heartbreak' as they call it but ironically, and euphemistically, the heart really doesn't have anything to do with it! © Dharma Productions Dopamine, as discussed above, works through the reward pathway of the brain and creates the good and bad of 'love'. Dopamine serves as a stable platform for both our virtues and our vices and it is also studied in the brain when 'addiction' is talked about. It processes the same reaction when we're attracted to someone or when a drug addict is doing cocaine. Which means dopamine is an enabler for attraction and addiction and both can work hand in hand. If you're attracted to someone, you can be addicted to them as well. Which means you're emotionally dependant on them and if the dependency is taken away from them, they will crave the person's company, just like a drug-addled human being, dependant on his daily dosage of substance abuse. While dopamine levels can go into extremes we always have kind 'ol oxytocin to remind us that everything needs to be balanced, including the want and the need for love. It reminds us that the simple science behind 'bonding' is to help our brain reinforce positive feelings and balance out extremities, in any situation and if oxytocin fails to remind us of that, we get hurt and feel ashamed to go through the pain, which comes out of severe chemical imbalance. © Yash Raj Films Away from how beautiful a feeling 'love' truly is, there is a scientific understanding on how it works mysteriously tearing the fabric of understanding the simplicity of it, apart. I mean, we do a lot of dumb things while we're in love too. That's because the more embarrassing part of the brain- the one that sexually arouses us and is not necessarily lust or attraction, shuts off regions of the brain that are linked to rationality and critical thinking. So, to honour the arousal, we do some really silly irrational things to make our partner happy. But we excuse the gesture as an 'act of love'. Honestly, the science of love and the innate simple meaning of it go hand-in-hand and if we understand the science better, we can surely answer the world's most complicated question ever- 'what is love'? There, that's answering Haddaway's cry for help!
  21. You may have heard this saying, "There are players who play the game and then there are those who change the game." The latter is often said about those who come and destroy the competition by changing how spectators look at the sport itself. That is exactly what a bodybuilder from England did when he introduced and inspired a new era of bodybuilding in the 90s. © DY The bodybuilder is none other than Dorian Yates, also known as the Shadow. He made his Olympia debut in 1991 and placed second to the long-standing legend Lee Haney that year before going on to become a legend himself. The next year, he shocked the world by growing a monstrous size with vascularity, leanness and being shredded to the bone. He came out on top with a first place win at the Olympia the following year in 1992. In 1993, he destroyed the sport by being the first bodybuilder to step on stage being over 250 lbs with that amount of leanness and conditioning. As you can see in the video, he literally single-handedly turned the sport of bodybuilding upside down on its head. This English monster then dominated the sport until 1997 winning 6 Mr. Olympia titles and 7 Grand Prix titles to himself. He never placed second in a show after his runner-up finish at the 1991 Mr. Olympia. He was nicknamed the Shadow for two reasons. One was that after every win, he would literally disappear to work in the trenches and come out the next year and beat all his competitors again. Another reason being that he would always be the biggest man in the room! © DY, Facebook You could bring the biggest guy in the room first and then make Dorian Yates stand in front of the guy and not see an inch of the guy then. He would always overshadow the second biggest guy in the room. © Youtube Yates, in his prime, was known for his hard work and more uniquely for his training style. He never used to follow the training protocols that the other seasoned bodybuilders used to follow. He was an advocate of the HIT or the high-intensity training protocol where he would often just do one set with maximal intensity taken very close to failure. He believed that one properly executed heavy set was more than enough to stimulate muscle growth and believed that the way other bodybuilders trained, doing multiple sets of the same exercise was a waste of time as they were not giving it all by doing multiple sets. © Unsplash His training is still popularly known as blood and guts trainer. It is also believed that Dorian Yates was the first bodybuilder to make the usage of growth hormone mainstream in the world of bodybuilding and had been constantly criticized by Arnold Schwarzenegger for starting an era of mass monsters where they traded aesthetics for size. Though that is a different argument altogether, there is no denying that the 6 time Mr. O is an inspiration and a living legend to many bodybuilders, past and present and that he inspired a new era of bodybuilding. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  22. Johnny Depp has played so many legendary roles that it's hard to pick a favourite, but I feel the first character that pops into your mind when you think of him, is none other than that of Captain Jack Sparrow. And now, turns out that this iconic character has a desi connection. No, I'm not talking about Aamir Khan's look from the upcoming movie 'Thugs Of Hindostan' which seems 'inspired' by the famous swashbuckling pirate. I'm talking about the new revelation by Ted Elliott, one of the screenwriters for Jack Sparrow's character. He recently revealed how the character is inspired from Lord Krishna. Isn't that just so unexpected? He said, “Jack Sparrow's character in 'Pirates of the Caribbean' is one of the most integral parts of the film. The characterization of Sparrow is based on Lord Krishna who is a major deity in Hinduism. While writing the character sketch of Jack Sparrow, we referred to the description of Lord Krishna, various shades of the Almighty, which helped us a lot in making the whole character of Jack Sparrow into existence.” At first, it seems fake, but when you really think about it, you can see the connection. But, we're still dealing with the initial reaction of the people – to be shook. Captain Jack Sparrow, is an inspiration from Krishna do you knew this @BabuBegOfficial? #JackSparrowIsKrishna pic.twitter.com/fID72DHa3P — Rajkumar (@raj50_boy) September 25, 2018 OMG WOW!!!! TIL that legendary Jack Sparrow character was inspired from Lord Krishna. #JackSparrowIsKrishna pic.twitter.com/fw1354lvpp — *Uncle Ji * (@Hitler_uncle) September 25, 2018 I love all the different gifs people are using, tbh. That moment when you someone tells you Jack Sparrow is actually inspired from Lord Krishna#JackSparrowIsKrishna pic.twitter.com/BdLPfHWaGs — *Uncle Ji * (@Hitler_uncle) September 25, 2018 That expression, exactly. Omg! Just got to know that Captain Jack Sparrow was inspired by Lord Krishna OMG!#JackSparrowIsKrishna pic.twitter.com/6IbM3NCq89 — s a T y a (@POETICandFUNNY) September 25, 2018 Pleasant surprise indeed. This is a pleasent surprise to know that Jack Sparrow is actually inspired from Lord Krishna #JackSparrowIsKrishna — Mahesh (@Iam_Mahesh_) September 25, 2018 The gifs are back! Jack Sparrow is actually inspired from Lord Krishna!!! #JackSparrowIsKrishna pic.twitter.com/9tZt7jxm95 — Minal Ruhela (@minalrh) September 25, 2018 Quite unbelievable. It is unbelievable that Jack Sparrow is being taken by the inspiration of Lord Krishna #JackSparrowIsKrishna pic.twitter.com/8nFgeVFjaf — Deepa (@deepsdhanu) September 25, 2018
  23. 'Thugs Of Hindostan' – a movie we've been hearing about since last year but knew very little about. I don't know why everything was kept under wraps so much but as we all know, some looks of the actors – mainly Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan – have been leaked before because what else do you expect from people? We're just a curious bunch and need to know everything. Every Aamir Khan movie is highly-anticipated one because he's one actor you can trust to only do exceptionally good movies and all the wait would totally be worth it. So, when the poster of this highly-awaited movie was finally unveiled yesterday, people obviously had a lot to say about it. View this post on Instagram à¤à¤° ठहà¥à¤ हम, फिरà¤à¤à¥ मलà¥à¤²à¤¾à¤¹. हम सॠà¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤¦à¤¾ नà¥à¤ à¤à¤¨à¥à¤¸à¤¾à¤¨ à¤à¤¸ धरतॠपॠà¤à¤¹à¥à¤ नहà¥à¤ मिलà¥à¤à¤¾ à¤à¤ªà¤à¥. सà¤à¥à¤à¤¾à¤ तॠहमरा दà¥à¤¸à¤°à¤¾ नाम हà¥, à¤à¤° भरà¥à¤¸à¤¾ हमरा à¤à¤¾à¤®. दादॠà¤à¤¸à¤® !!! #ThugsOfHindostan | @yrf | @tohthefilm | @amitabhbachchan | @katrinakaif | @fatimasanashaikh A post shared by Aamir Khan (@_aamirkhan) on Sep 23, 2018 at 10:20pm PDT But, yesterday we also found out that being a great actor doesn't exempt you from some brutal trolling online and well, Aamir's look from the movie was dragged on Twitter. It's okay though, Aamir. This is how people on the internet show their love; the language of trolling is what unites everyone. I'm pretty sure Aamir would be happy to know that he didn't end up becoming a meme, he only got some comments about how his character 'Firangi' resembles the iconic Jack Sparrow from 'Pirates of the Caribbean'. That's not really a bad comparison, he could've gotten worse. So much resemblance with pirates of carribean — Lovely (@lovely9821) September 25, 2018 The most common thing being said. Gareebo ka jack sparrow #JohnnyDepp @aamir_khan #ThugsOfHindostan — Rocky (@roccky77) September 24, 2018 See? Pic1 - Big Budget jack sparrow Pic2 - Gareebon ka jack sparrow ð#Firangi #ThugsOfHindostan pic.twitter.com/BvusYrDBDk — ð SAgar ð®ð³ (@Iamthesgr_) September 24, 2018 A variation of that. Desi jack sparrow — Rakesh Lal (@rl_nathani) September 24, 2018 That's a little too harsh, man. A child can see similarity between Aamir Khan's character in #ThugsOfHindostan and Jack Sparrow. Excitement gone kaboom. Another copy or as they say 'inspired'. — â¡ (@ThePerfectMess_) September 24, 2018 I don't really see anything wrong with that. Desi Pirates of the Caribbean lag raha hai — Why not? (@yogesh_m_) September 24, 2018 This guy just wrote the same thing in Hindi. à¤à¤°à¥à¤¬à¥ à¤à¤¾ à¤à¥à¤ªà¥à¤à¤¨ à¤à¥à¤ सà¥à¤ªà¥à¤°à¥ — kailash mali (@sindbad_jahazi) September 24, 2018 From 'gareebon ka' and 'desi' to 'sasta'. Sasta jack sparrow #TOHTrailer pic.twitter.com/MsHNhQ9ixx — HUNTER SINGH ᶻáµÊ³áµ á¶Ê°Ê³á¶¦Ë¢áµáµáµË¢ ²â°¹â¸ (@SRKsCombat1) September 25, 2018 At least the tone of the tweet seems positive. Arey mere desi Jack Sparrow pic.twitter.com/tIPXwrmMWA — Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) September 24, 2018 I feel like it's also important to acknowledge that the number of positive responses to the first look was way more than these comparisons to Jack Sparrow, so I guess, it's a win!
  24. We have loved watching these characters play out their roles to near perfection on-screen and at times, have also been left baffled (and intrigued) by their quirks and nuances, as the show moved from one captivating season to the next. We loved the plots and how the characters seemed to develop over the course of the story, the rising action kept pulling us deeper and deeper into the show's mystery and the season finale always left us hanging (and desperately yearning) for more and much more! © Facebook While we may have figured how that some of our beloved characters suffer from mental disorders, it would not be wrong to say that a lot has already been said and written over that aspect of the characters. However, what hasn't been spoken in details is that some of those characters may have more of themselves tucked away within layers of fact and fiction. We picked up 5 such iconic tv characters that suffer from personality disorders. 1.Sheldon Cooper- Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder © Facebook Many of you might say you expected it, but here is what someone suffering from OCPD usually behaves like. They are obsessed with order and rules, they work best with lists and schedules to guide them. They verge on perfectionism, can be pretty rigid and need to be in control in every situation. Does that sound like a “bazinga” to you? 'Cause it surely does to us. Be it the “thing” he has for his seat or the weekly dinner routines, this is Sheldon through and through. 2. Dexter Morgan - Schizoid Personality Disorder © Facebook Well, this guy here is in a different league altogether. Fans and critics alike have gone on and on, trying to piece out this character but well, no perfect results have surfaced yet. While a major chunk of followers believe that Dexter suffers from Antisocial Personality Disorder, we feel he aligns more accurately with SPD and here's why. A person suffering from SPD usually exhibits detachment and coldness in temperament along with an absolute lack of interest in normal human interaction. Sounds like Dexter to us. 3. Betty Cooper- Borderline Personality Disorder © Facebook A Netflix series based on the iconic 'Archie Comics', 'Riverdale' is based on a murder investigation following the death of the Blossom Twins. Betty Cooper plays one of the main characters on the show and it is believed that she displays some traits of BPD, such as the use of an alternative persona during emotional outbursts, signs of anxiety, isolation as a combating tool, perfectionism and the likes. Though she has not been diagnosed as someone suffering from the said disorder, many people with BPD have identified with her character. 4. Walter White/ Heisenberg - Narcissistic Personality Disorder © Facebook Heisenberg is one complicated character with many layers to himself, that makes him interesting and dangerous all at once. He also happens to display some key traits of a person suffering from NPD, such as preoccupation with unlimited success, power, brilliance, etc., like Walter White, who only wishes to be bigger and better. They consider themselves unique or special, even Walter only considers Gus Fring to be at par with him. They can be interpersonally exploitative and lacking empathy because they only care for their personal goals. Heisenberg, is that you? 5. Dr. Gregory House - Antisocial Personality Disorder © Facebook A beloved character who made medical diagnosis look fancy on screen, Dr. House is believed to be suffering from ASPD because of a number of reasons, but the most notable ones are not being able to manage long-term relationships, persistent irritability, getting angry at others who question his methods or blocking people out altogether. That's Dr. House for sure. There you go. Did you know about these disorders they suffered from?
  25. The one word that the fitness industry is obsessed with and unanimously agrees upon as good is 'protein'. Want to build muscle? Protein. Want to lose fat? Eat more protein. Want to stay the same as you are and maintain your fitness? Eat protein. Protein is definitely important but it is more important to know what intake is for your goal. How much exactly of this magical macronutrient do you actually need? The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) according to health organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) is 0.8 to 1gm per kilo of your body weight. For example, an 80-kilo male will require 64 to 80 grams of protein per day to complete his RDA. Again, this is just for the average Joe who wants to stay healthy. In your case, it is not so. You are reading this article as you have a fitness goal like building muscle or losing fat while preserving your muscle mass. In these cases, it is logical that you are going to need more protein. © YouTube How much more exactly? Let's discuss two goals here. One is to lose fat while preserving lean body mass and the other is to gain muscle. Goal 1: Lose Fat While Preserving Lean Body Mass In these cases, studies have shown that higher protein intakes are associated with higher satiety, adherence to the diet, fat loss, and greater diet satisfaction compared to lower protein diets. When your goal is to lose fat, protein dosages between 1.8 and 2.4 grams per kilo of body weight have shown to have better results compared to doses lower than these. For the 80-kilo dude, this will translate to 145 to 190 grams of protein per day. The satiating quality of protein as a macronutrient makes higher intakes beneficial as you will feel full and the chance of dietary slips will be greatly reduced, considering hunger can be a persistent problem when you diet down to single-digit body fat ranges. Goal 2: Build Muscle © YouTube To gain muscle, studies have shown that lower protein dosages compared to the fat loss protein dosage are enough to build on muscle. When your goal is to build muscle, protein in the range of 1.4 to 1.8 grams per kilogram of body weight will do the job. The 80-kilo dude will need 110 to 145 grams of protein to build muscle. For building muscle, you need to eat excess calories and having a relatively higher protein intake can defeat the purpose as the satiety factor may in turn make you eat lesser calories, which can be a hindrance to gaining muscle or any weight. To summarize the article and give takeaway points regarding protein intake, here are the ranges to aim for: General health - 0.8 to 1 gram per kilogram of your body weight. Lose fat and preserve muscle - 1.8 to 2.4 grams per kilogram of your body weight. Gain muscle - 1.4 to 1.8 grams per kilogram of your body weight. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
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