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  1. One of the worst kept secrets in the history of modern cricket has to be the real age of the former Pakistan cricket team captain, Shahid Afridi. The man, who is considered to be 44 years old right now, based on various public records, has finally revealed in his autobiography titled 'Game Changer', that at the time of registering his name for an Under-14 cricket tournament during his childhood, he had no idea how old he was and filled in whatever age the people around him told him to. That age got recorded into the Pakistan Cricket Board's files and went on to become Afridi's official birth year. Amused by the fact that Shahid Afridi has revealed the worst kept secret in international cricket. But I have always believed that unless you are playing an U19 World Cup, your age doesn't matter. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 3, 2019 The record for the fastest hundred in the ODI format of the game was under the name of Afridi who, while batting in international cricket for the very first time hit a ton in just 37 balls, which is 11 fewer than the previous record set by Sri Lanka's Jayasuriya against Pakistan in Singapore six months earlier. At the time, it was officially declared that the Afridi was in fact a 16-year-old, which made the record that much more impressive. Now, the former skipper has come out in the open saying that his actual age at the time was 19 (21 according to the autobiography) and the gravity of that record just crumbles down. A byproduct of the revelation of the whole facade is that cricket fans have now brought back Afghanistan's extremely talented cricketer, Rashid Khan into the spotlight, trying to figure out his “real age”. According to his ICC profile, Rashid Khan was born on 20th September 1998, which makes the ICC World Rank 1 (T20I, Bowling), all of 20 years of age right now. Clearly, after the Shahid Afridi episode, people online are not buying Khan's story: Shahid Afridi : I was born in 1975 and not 1980 Cricket fans to Rashid Khan : pic.twitter.com/d1HCXXgAE0 — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) May 3, 2019 Shahid Afridi today, Rashid Khan tomorrow ðð — ACS ð¹ð¹ð¦ð¬ (@AdamSamuel__) May 3, 2019 Is Shahid Afridi younger than Rashid Khan? — Keyur (@_bollywoodlover) May 11, 2019 Rashid Khan koi angle se 20 21 ka nhi lagta ...his actual age is above 25 ....just like Afridi.. — Abhishek Pandey (@paandey1993) May 9, 2019 After the successful release of Shahid Afridi's game changer Rashid Khan has started working on his autobiography as well. The name of the book will be The Age Changer Will have at least 1 chapter dedicated to Afridi in that too.#GameChanger — Azlan Mahmood (@azlanmahmood1) May 4, 2019
  2. It's true that when Sunny Deol decides to do an action movie, you do not question it. You bow down to Sunny Paaji's unmatched stardom and enjoy the ride. Sunny Deol is back with a bang at the age of 62 with the trailer of 'Blank' which will also mark the debut of Dimple Kapadia's nephew, Karan Kapadia. Sunny plays the roles of an Intelligence Bureau officer and Karan Kapadia plays a suicide bomber who loses his memory, while the bomb is attached to his body. The trailer looks very intriguing and it's not some clichéd cat and mouse chase run movie. More than anything else, fans are extremely excited to watch Sunny back in action on the big screen. What kind of suspense it has, i am thrilled after watching this, movie will give you goosebumps i bet. @BlankTheFilm #BlankTrailer https://t.co/k4tOqdTcvO pic.twitter.com/9MQReRjHm1 — Divya (@funky_divya) April 4, 2019 Can't keep calm with such intense trailer cut. Seeing Sunny paaji in his original genre action excites me alot. Going for first day first show! @BlankTheFilm #BlankTrailer https://t.co/cwZU9ItshJ — Ram (@RamCPOfficial) April 4, 2019 Sunny Deol's entry is the best in the trailer. Old is always gold. Karan Kapadia seems like the next action hero of Bollywood. @BlankTheFilm #BlankTrailer https://t.co/96dMootcWg — Nand (@NandOfficial) April 4, 2019 Seems like even at 62, Sunny Deol is the king of the action game. The movie releases on 3rd May.
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  4. While relationships are taking a progressive turn every passing day, there are still people pointing fingers at some couples who've found their comfortable footing in one another. Not only is this hypocrisy but it's also an amalgamation of a complete violation of the right to privacy. What am I talking about? Well, Bollywood is setting their fair share of examples by dating people who're way younger or older and while that's endearing and very acceptable in society, many people criticise age difference like it's something illegal. © Instagram But to be fair, dating older women or younger men is a definite progression towards stable relationships as they're emotionally more grounded and binding and there's a maturity to them which makes them whole. So, in lieu of that, I am going to list 6 Bollywood relationships which have been mighty successful, even with a vast age difference lurking in between: (1) Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas © Instagram The desi-videshi pair met through common friends some time back and they just tied the knot 3 months ago. While Priyanka is 35 and Nick 25, they cherish and celebrate the 10-year age gap between them, even though they've been trolled for it tremendously in the past. But that hasn't deterred the couple's love or social media appreciation for one another in any way and we love to see them together, every now and then! (2) Sushmita Sen & Rohman Shawl © Instagram It feels like Rohman was a breath of fresh air in Sush's life. The actress seems very happy and content with her life right now and she has someone super supportive to share it with her. Rohman and Shushmita share a 16-year age gap, but they definitely do complete each other, in every way. From him getting along well with her daughters, to her supporting him at his fashion shows, to them making work-out home videos together, it really seems like bringing up the age gap they share is absolutely redundant! (3) Soha Ali Khan & Kunal Kemmu © Instagram The starlit princess and the boy-next-door fell in love with each other on the sets of 'Dhoondte Reh Jaoge' and the rest is, of course, history! After a long live-in relationship, the couple tied the knot in 2015, despite the fact that Kunal is 5 years younger than Soha. They have a beautiful daughter named Inaaya Naumi Kemmu and they really couldn't be happier. (4) Preity Zinta & Gene Goodenough © Instagram Although the age gap isn't much between the two, it is still frowned upon by many people who love to criticise relentlessly. But that doesn't bother Preity, who tied the knot with Gene in LA and they've been living happily since. I guess he's 'Goodenough' for her! (5) Bipasha Basu & Karan Singh Grover © Instagram The two had issues getting married as Bips' mom was against her marrying someone who is 4 years younger than her. But that didn't stop the happy couple from tying the knot and living happily since. They believe in unhampered PDA and never shy away from a lot of social media love! (6) Neha Dhupia & Angad Bedi © Instagram When Neha married Angad, she was trolled on social media for marrying someone two years younger than her but they also took many by surprise when they decided to announce their wedding on Instagram, and they looked mighty happy together. Best friends before, married now, the couple has had quite an astounding journey and their age gap definitely has nothing to do with it! So, if Bollywood can set a keen example of older women dating younger men, it's time you stop frowning upon it too and look for someone who truly makes you happy; older or younger, who cares, right?
  5. In the world of sports, more often than not, age tends to catch up with some of the best in business. In the past, we've seen many athletes struggling to replicate success in the later stages of their respective careers. Their bodies are no longer agile and it eventually affects their mindset, resulting in unfavourable performances. But, there is one athlete who is giving old age a run for its money and rapidly proving that determination and hard work is all you need to succeed in sports. At 103, centenarian Man Kaur recently sent shockwaves across the sports fraternity by bagging a World Masters gold. Plying her trade in the shot put event, Kaur secured a gold-medal finish at the coveted World Masters Athletics Meet in Torun, Poland. © Twitter The tournament, that also involves events like track and field, cross country and road running, is specifically designed to test the limits of athletes above 35 years of age. It was at this event where Kaur clinched the yellow metal with a best effort of 2.13 metres. "I want to win more. I feel very happy after winning. The government has not given me anything, but it doesn't matter as I just want to win, because winning gives me happiness," Kaur was quoted as saying by TOI. Despite bagging gold, Kaur isn't satisfied, just as yet. She now aims to break the world record, which is 2.77 metres - currently held by America's Julia Hockings. "I want to set the new world record in future," she said. This Sikh woman is 102-years-old and still smashing running records. Now stop making excuses and follow Man Kaur's footsteps! ðµð¾ððð½‍âï¸ pic.twitter.com/GP9ka7fRsB — Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) September 14, 2018 This isn't the first time when Kaur has made the country proud. She also won a gold medal in the 200m race in the 100-104 age group at the same tournament in Spain last year. Kaur also won a gold medal in the javelin event that year.
  6. At the Lotus Fashion Week 2019, on the second day, among other designers was a remarkable menswear collection called 'Meld' by Dhruv Vaish. © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing Inspired by modern industrial art, and keeping the masculine sensibility in account, the collection is a fusion of geometric prints, versatile textures and fabrics crafted in slick solids. Introducing fabrics like satin for men, alongside traditional works of cottons and wool. The shiny fabric has been juxtaposed with very earthy handloom cottons in contrasting hues of dark navy, purples, browns and vibrant yellows to put together a stellar outfit. © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing The collection represents the constantly evolving definition of traditional menswear with a limited range of shapes and colours. Introducing a plethora of unconventional colours and a range of clothing like long coats, hybrids, double layered jackets, high-waisted pants, put together with space age sun glasses represents the on-the-go modern man in Dhruv Vaish's collection.
  7. Well, you can hate them or love them, but you know you've never been able to ignore them because we've had no option but to keep up with all the Kardashians and the Jenners. The women from these two powerful clans have carved an iconic name for themselves in the world and Kylie Jenner has done much more than that, as she has basically created history. View this post on Instagram @PAPERMAGAZINE A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Feb 19, 2019 at 12:49pm PST According to Forbes and the latest news report, Kylie Jenner has dethroned Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and is now the youngest billionaire in the world. Also, she is the youngest self-made billionaire of all time as well. Her venture, Kylie Cosmetics ended up raking close to $360 million and is the wealthiest sister now with a net worth of over 1 billion dollars. View this post on Instagram i can't wait to launch a new product for @kyliecosmetics ð can you guess what it is? ⨠A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Feb 16, 2019 at 8:27am PST Now, 'self-made' is quite a debatable term in the millennial world and people on the internet are divided on what 'self made' means for Kylie Jenner. Kylie Jenner becomes the first youngest billionaire I respect that she aint sit around and try to come up off her sisters she started her own now they look up to her âð½ #KylieJenner pic.twitter.com/IMUMVPkMaP — BIG HOMIE TREð¤´ð½ (@Trashunn) March 6, 2019 I don't know @KylieJenner personally but I am so proud of her, self made or not. She took those millions and turned them into a billion. Pat yourself on the back on your way to the bank while we are out here debating whether you are self made or not. #KylieJenner — Millionaire.Co.Za (@ntsepym) March 6, 2019 If you're seriously hung up on the “self-made” title when it comes to #kyliejenner you're pathetically jealous. You could be surrounded by millions & still not make a billion. She didn't take anyone's ideas. She built her empire with a vision & hard work. Let her shine... â¨â¨â¨ pic.twitter.com/q5gfDaJYWn — BOSSHARD™ (@TLOC__) March 6, 2019 While some are applauding the beauty with brains and her sheer talent of converting her inheritance into something big, for many on social media, all of this is just a joke. The same people who think Kylie Jenner is self-made are the same people who think she's all natural ð¤¦ð½‍âï¸ #KylieJenner pic.twitter.com/j4r8vbVSZF — Nicole Perez (@nicole_perez1) March 6, 2019 About ten percent of Kylie Jenner's body parts aren't even “self-made,” much less her fortune. ð #ForbesBillionaires pic.twitter.com/alv3psDUwa — James Vakacabeqoli (@jvakacabeqoli) March 5, 2019 Kylie has taken over Mark Zuckerberg's spot, who became a young billionaire courtesy Facebook. Well, all things said and done, she is a woman in power and say all that you want, we were still asking for pocket money at 21 bro.
  8. PUBG Mobile is undoubtedly one of the most popular titles which you can play on both Android and iOS devices. Millions of players are showing up on PUBG's servers to play the game on a daily basis. Despite the staggering success, the game's developer and publisher Tencent Games is currently dealing with a lot of criticism, thanks to the reports which claim that the game is highly addictive and is affecting the mental health of the players. © Tencent Mobile Following the serious backlash, Tencent Games has now decided to impose a digital lock that will lock out players under the age of 13. Tencent Games is said to have imposed the restriction to support the Chinese government's crackdown on gaming addiction, and players below 13 years of age will need a parent or guardian's permission to play. Tencent is said to be using technologies like facial recognition and player ID checks to ascertain the age and identities of the players. They are using similar technology to ban players in 'Honour of Kings', which is yet another popular Tencent Games title. In addition to the digital lock, Tencent has already imposed limits on how long players can play the game, streaming restriction, and more. © PUBG Corporation As of now, only the Chinese version of the game seems to have the digital lock. The ban has been imposed in 12 Chinese cities including Beijing, Chengdu, and Changchun. But considering how Indian parents have been complaining about the game's addictive nature, we think it's only a matter of time until we see a similar digital lock being imposed on the Indian version of the game as well. In a statement released following the backlash, Tencent said, "To foster a healthy and balanced in-game environment, we are developing numerous new features and enhancements which enables us to provide an environment for players to enjoy PUBG Mobile in a rewarding and responsible manner. We are honoured to have a passionate community of PUBG Mobile players in India and globally and continue to welcome their feedback to make PUBG Mobile the best game ever!" Source: Xinhuanet
  9. A student's life isn't a cakewalk, especially when you are 16 and trying to figure out life amidst exam stress, family pressure, teenage love and passion. While reading comedian Kautuk Srivastava's first book- Red Card, one can't help but relate to the protagonist and everything that surrounds him. It's all real and feels like being hit by a wave of nostalgia from the good, old days. Penguin India Rishabh Bala is a 10th grade student, who finds himself hopelessly in love when the exam pressure is at its peak. And to top that, he is juggling his passion for football along with extensive tutorials. Rishabh is extremely energetic, enthusiastic, distracted and romantic. However, he is not the only one who is going through a similar dilemma. I spoke to 5 students, who like Rishabh, are dealing with puberty, career, parents and an unconditional feeling they call love: 1. Arjun, 15 "My parents want me to pursue science albeit my passion lies in theatre. They don't get it and there is no way I can make them understand. I don't think I am cut out for a 9-to-5 corporate job, but my parents are more worried about a secured future. I wish I could tell them that theatre will pay my bills too, not immediately but eventually." 2. Nikesh, 15 "My girlfriend and I have been dating for quite some time. For the world, it's just another adolescence love that will fade away. Not for me! I think it's the real deal. Although, there is always a fear of long-distance. She wants to study abroad and I have to finish my education in India. Sometimes, I feel insecure but I don't want to stop her from pursuing her dreams. It's a depressing situation, honestly." 3. Nilanjali, 14 "I am hopelessly in love with my best friend's boyfriend. And I think he feels the same for me. I don't want to hurt my friend but I don't want to lose him. Either way, I am going to lose someone precious. I know I have to make my choice. I am afraid I'll land up making the wrong one." 4. Vibgyor, 16 "I am struggling to keep up with my grades and my performance in cricket matches. My parents, teachers and coaches have a lot of faith and expectations from me. But sometimes, it's a little frustrating. I am tired of impressing everyone around me and I wish I could run away from all of it. I think that would be easier than letting people down." 5. Rusha, 16 "My body is changing and I look different. Not in a good way though! When I see other teenage girls, I feel extremely conscious. I have been body-shamed and my confidence has been shattered more than once. I try to remain strong but sometimes I feel people should start talking about puberty openly. And it must start at home." Rishabh is no different from all the teenagers above. But will he be able to keep it together? Can he win a trophy for his beloved school's football team? Will he face his first heartbreak? Give Red Card a read and find out how Rishabh copes with all his woes, one day at a time. Buy the book here.
  10. As I stood on the curb for my ride to work this morning, I could see the man sitting inside his Fortuner on the other side of the road, haggling with a street vendor selling flowers. I wasn't privy to their conversation (disagreements rather) of course, but whatever transpired between the two left the florist visibly upset, as he shouted after the SUV, fast disappearing into the oncoming flow of the Monday morning traffic. The man got his flowers, but something about the exchange had left the vendor with a sullen face. I want to believe it was to do with the money, I might be wrong to make that assumption, but on the other hand, I might be more than right too. © Dharma Productions The incident left a bad taste in my mouth, and it got me thinking, “well, SUV dude, whatever that was, you're gonna have to pay for it elsewhere...you see, karma is a bitch”, but even as I said that to myself, I wasn't quite convinced by it. You see, the man in the swanky SUV still got his flowers, and he'll put them to use for whatever purpose he bought them. By the end of it he'll be a happy man, but the poor vendor will have to make do with his share of money and (bad)luck for the day, and that seemed pretty unfair, presuming that the guy in the SUV could have easily spared a few more bucks to strike a fair deal. Basically, what I am trying to say is that, I wasn't convinced (or ready) to wait for karma to take its own sweet time and bring the rich guy to justice. After all, we're a generation constantly petitioning for all things “instant”, so justice must also be meted out instantly in this case, right? Wrong. I had just witnessed the universe prove me wrong. So, moral of the story, good things will still happen to bad people, and more often than not, karma will terribly fail to don the bitch face, when you most passionately want to see it unfurl. © Dharma Productions Did I just hear some protesting squirms coming from you? But hold your horses for a bit, I have a point to make here. Have you heard of the maxim, “justice delayed is justice denied”? Well, I happen to come from that school of thought. Which means, I want to see justice get served ASAP. But this is India, the land of Gods, and it's also the land of the rich and the powerful. Most of all, it's a land ruled by the ever mighty patriarchy, which has a definite soft spot for the rich and powerful. You know where that leads us, right? Take the ongoing Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar row that's got all the gossip mills across the country churning out updates day in and day out. That's one of the most recent examples to lead you to my point. While it's not proven whether Patekar is guilty or not, it cannot be denied that the reported incident obviously didn't cost him anything over the years, whereas Tanushree had to abandon her dreams and career, under the alleged threats and harassment being meted out to her by Patekar and his “powerful” friends. © Dharma Productions The same trope can be found in Salman Khan's (in)famous hit-and-run case, and we're all well aware of where the case led, and the outcome it bore for the actor. Nothing happened to him, obviously, his popularity, power or career! Be it Salman's charitable venture with 'Being Human' or Patekar's goodwill towards the farmers of Maharashtra, they seem to be able to hide their misdeeds well behind these moves. No, I am not disregarding the good they may have done for the needy, but I am saying that this sure does the job of covering up the mess they leave in their wake. For most people, it becomes enough to forgive and forget these men's bad deeds. And this is the point their fans and defendants step in yapping about the “good” they have been doing for the people. For some strange (read stupid) reason, their outwardly “good deeds” seem to be enough for the lesser endowed people to believe in their “goodness”. © Dharma Productions You may be interested to know that there's an entire research done on the psychology behind this move, and how people feel that by investing in good deeds, one is actually investing in good karma. You can check out the findings of the research here. So, basically, whether I am looking at the guy in the SUV or Salman, or more recently Patekar and his antics, it seems more believable that even though karma is a bitch, good things will continue to happen to bad people, because apparently in the 21st century, you can't even trust karma to get its act right.
  11. There is something about sports and women coming together that makes for such a killer combination, which is good enough to make guys sway towards the ones who seem to enjoy the game just as much as they do. While it is common knowledge that numerous famous actors, models, singers and the likes have invariably ruled over the hearts of our favourite sports stars, there remains something to be said of the kookiness that these star couples bring to the sporting arena. Be it cricket, football, tennis or any other sport of interest, fans have always been curious about the personal lives of their favourite stars, just as much as their professional achievements. Some of the most gorgeous women in the world are married to a great number of sportsmen, which only goes on to show that women are equally bowled over by the capabilities these sporting stars possess. It's true that these days, marrying older women is no longer looked down upon and some may even say that these sportsmen are “living the dream”, which many younger men have come to confess to (read Nick Jonas). So, here we bring you the names of 5 famous sportsmen who are romantically involved with women much older than them. 1. Sergio Ramos - Pilar Rubio Sois el motor de mi vida. Por vosotros lucho cada día por ser mejor. Con vosotros vivo una vida plena y feliz. Os dedico cada éxito, porque el éxito es vuestro. You are the force that drives my life. It's all of you that make me strive to be better every day. You make my life complete and happy. I dedicate every success to you, because that success is yours. @pilarrubio_oficial #PasiónPorMiFamilia A post shared by Sergio Ramos (@sergioramos) on May 28, 2018 at 6:42am PDT The Real Madrid captain and centre back is eight years younger to his wife Pilar Rubio, who is a Spanish journalist-cum-tv presenter. The couple initially started dating in 2012 and are presently proud parents to their three sons Sergio, Marco and Alejandro. 2. Shikhar Dhawan - Ayesha Mukherjee Happy birthday to my life!!! May God bless you always!! ðâ¤ï¸ððð @shikhardofficial A post shared by Aesha Dhawan (@aesha.dhawan5) on Dec 5, 2017 at 7:03am PST Next up, our very own Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan who is ten years younger to his wife Ayesha Mukherjee. They were introduced to each other by Harbhajan Singh and instantly hit it off before getting married in 2012. The couple has 3 children. 3. Gerard Pique - Shakira Countryside! A post shared by Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) on Jul 23, 2014 at 10:25am PDT One of the most beloved star couples in the sporting world, they make quite a sight together for varying reasons. Both of them are established performers in their respective fields, though Pique is ten years younger to his wife. The couple has two kids together, Milan and Sasha. 4. Grigor Dimitrov - Nicole Scherzinger © Facebook Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov has been dating Nicole since 2015 who is thirteen years older to him, post her high profile breakup with ace Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton in the same year. She has been spotted on the sidelines of multiple tournaments supporting her beau. 5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Helena Seger ð¤ #helenaseger#zlatanibrahimovic#helena_seger#ibracadabra#zlatan#mls#lagalaxy#love#fanlove#zlatanstyle#azsportswear A post shared by Helena Segerð¹ (@helena_seger_fan) on May 7, 2018 at 11:28am PDT The former Man-U striker is married to businesswoman Helena Seger, who is twelve years older than him and is known to be at the top of her game. The duo met in 2002 and have two kids together, namely Maximilian and Vincent. It's good to know that people with influence are changing the script and showing the world that age has nothing to do with love.
  12. If you've ever felt that you are too old to pursue a passion that you once cherished, or are too old to chase a dream which you buried alive, then this beautiful story is a life lesson for all of you. 96-year-old Karthyayani Amma from Kerala went back to school and enrolled in 4th standard in order to complete her education and wants to finish 10th grade as well. © The Week It all began in January 2018, when the literacy crew of the 'Cheppad Gram Panchayat' was on a literacy drive for the elderly, and while most people didn't show any interest, Karthyayani came forward happily to participate. She spends time learning tables in Mathematics and also took her first exam recently, which she cleared with good marks. She draws inspiration from her 60-year-old daughter Ammini Amma, who passed the literacy mission's course. Karthyayani now wants to learn English and follow the footsteps of her daughter. © entertales The elderly woman's will and passion have inspired 30 senior citizens to take up the same course and pursue education. Ironically, her father was a tutor but she and her sister gave up their education at the age of 12 owing to their circumstances. This piece of news is not only heartwarming but makes you believe that there still is hope for our nation to grow as a whole, where our elderly are not cruelly left to their fate, but embraced and cherished right until their last days.
  13. Racks on racks of India's best menswear designers, two monster-trucks filled with equipment, a massive crew of eager technicians and an over-zealous hotel staff came together — rather seamlessly — to deliver a secret project. A project that was almost six months in the making. More than six long months of deliberating over a rather simple question — What does a 'magazine cover' mean to a 21st century millennial? Fast forward to today and we, at MensXP, are proud to present you with a rather harmonious solution. Kannanur Lokesh Rahul — best known to ladies and lads alike as, KL Rahul — Indian cricket's 'next big thing' — sitting dandy on our (and his) first digital cover ever! In an exclusive interview, KL Rahul sits down with Rohan Raj for a heartwarming chat. As soon as I walk into the room, a sense of excitement quickly takes over. The room resembles a crime scene (sans the bodies, of course). The living area has been redecorated to accommodate towering lights, intertwining cables and other equipments. Our photographer, Anubhav Sood, is busy getting the perfect shots as every click of his camera is met with "That's great Rahul". Waiting patiently in a corner, I see the Indian cricketer truly living up to his star status. He's rocking the casual look and his confidence in front of the camera is synonymous to the majestic drives he plays through the covers on the cricket field. He is well aware of his surroundings and perfectly comfortable in his own skin. © Anubhav Sood/MensXP They're now done with the first look and that's my cue. I make my way towards the couch where Rahul is taking a breather and sipping on his black coffee. Treading with caution, I introduce myself and, just like that, we begin chatting. Within a few minutes, the preconceived notions I had about a celebrity of his stature begin to fade away and a sense of comfort seeps in. I quickly realise how easy he is to talk to. Despite being a popular cricketer and a youth icon, Rahul is grounded, courteous and humble. He defies every stereotypical term that is synonymous with a celebrity. But, of the many disarming qualities he has (the most obvious being his magnificent batting skills), the least talked about is his dynamic presence, eloquently backed by a winner's mentality. When he describes his family, he does not wave his hands or raise his voice excitedly. The 26-year-old speaks in a steady, affectless monotone, and projects an air of complete self-confidence. "They (grandparents) come from a time when life was pretty simple. My grandfather was a simple man. He was a family-oriented guy, something that is generally associated with their generation. He didn't have huge aspirations. He worked really hard, sacrificed his own dreams to ensure his kids got good education," Rahul recalls proudly. © Anubhav Sood/MensXP Reflecting the sense of fulfilment, he adds: "I didn't get to spend too much time with him. But seeing my family - my father and his siblings, I see how he brought them up to make sure they all become good human beings. They wanted the kids to be cultured, humble and down to earth. Yet, in a way, confident enough to be themselves and aspire to achieve big things in life.” Rahul's grandfather reminds me of mine — a disciplined Army man who fought as passionately for his family as he did for the country. As traditional as it may seem now, everything revolved around family for him. But, those values changed as the society reinvented the definition of a man. And, Rahul agrees. He labels his father's generation as the one that bridged the gap between traditional and modern values. Describing his father Lokesh as a man, Rahul pauses for a moment before finding just the right words to commemorate the individual responsible for his cricketing career. "My father was strict and kind of a disciplinarian while we were growing up. But he was pivotal in making me realise my dreams of being a professional cricketer and representing Team India. He played cricket in college and had passion for the sport. Despite being an academician himself, he nurtured me and supported me as I blossomed into a cricketer." © Anubhav Sood/MensXP "As a man, he is a pretty simple guy like my grandfather. But, the major difference is probably the freedom he gave to my sister and me to make our own choices in life. Not that my grandfather didn't give his kids the same freedom, but back in those days, elders had a major say in the lives of their loved ones. My dad always stressed on being a good human no matter what you do — something that was ingrained in him as a kid. But, at the same time, he allowed us to express ourselves," Rahul stresses on the changing mindset of a man. Citing the example of his father, he reveals that it was the evolved mentality of his dad and men of his generation which bolstered millennial men like him with the motivation to pursue their own success and gratification for themselves. And, I couldn't agree more. The traditional masculinity — that told us 'don't feel' — has paved way for modern masculinity, allowing the millennial men to 'dare to feel'. In the modern era of manhood, it isn't surprising to see the Karnataka cricketer not completely identifying with the brand of masculinity his father or grandfather might have projected. Rahul feels he doesn't need external validation by conforming. As an evolved man, he acts according to his volition. © Anubhav Sood/MensXP "My parents taught me to be a good human being above everything else. And, that's the foundation I have. But, at the same time, I want to learn from my own experience and do things that come naturally to me," Rahul, oozing confidence, carefully points it out. "I believe there are certain things you need to do at a certain age. Earlier, people were more engrossed in life as it came, even if it meant postponing things they really wanted to do. But, the societal norms have changed. I don't want any regrets in my life. Thus, whether it's about putting my back into gruelling training sessions to get a chiselled body or sitting patiently for hours to get a new tattoo, I like to do things I feel should be done at a certain age," he goes on to define the new-age man. Impressed by his analogy, I jump to the question, "So, what exactly is the defining factor that separates the new-age man from his predecessors?" "Communication," Rahul replies promptly. "I think communication is a really big factor for my generation. Back in the day, kids patiently listened to what their parents had to say. Talking back or disagreeing while speaking your mind was kind of disrespectful. It was a one-sided affair. You agreed, even if you didn't. There was no communication. But, times have changed. I can talk to my father about things that he probably couldn't have with his dad. Even when we have differences in opinion, the idea is not to disrespect or upset anyone, but have a healthy exchange where I can learn from his experience in life and build on with my own," Rahul says. © Anubhav Sood/MensXP Over the years, a man's ability and desire to provide for those who depend on him has been central to his masculinity. Making full use of his physical ability, wit and ambition to succeed in a combination, a man's role as the breadwinner is what ideally drives him to achieve. But, today's man follows through on his values. He values his own sense of self above others' sense of who he is. Thus, he honours his commitment to himself first. Separating themselves from their predecessors, the upcoming breed of men like Rahul aren't pretending to be someone they're not. They are not ashamed of who they really are or what they truly believe in. This cohort of new-age men is carving its own niche, breaking down barriers and inspiring others to join the 'Newhood'. © Anubhav Sood/MensXP ---- CREDITS: Creative Director: Santu Misra Stylist: Siddharth Batra Photographer: Anubhav Sood Hair And Make-Up: Shallu Chandla Fashion Assistant: Rohan Kwatra Location Courtesy: Andaz, Delhi
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