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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsLove is a four letter word so powerful, it can weave together the myriad threads of the most bedazzling emotion one is capable of feeling in their lifetime. It is more than just four English alphabets scribbled beside the name that makes our heart skip a beat every time it is mentioned. It will catch us by surprise when we are least expecting it, and render us speechless at a moment when we would rather spill our guts out. Plaguing us with an unceasing giddy restlessness and excitement that makes going through our days a torment - made bearable only with the sighting of the person our heart seems to be beating for all of a sudden. Love is called magical simply because when we are in love, we can never be too sure what the next moment could bring to our life - while we stand powerless against its bittersweet onslaught. (c) Pooja & Varun To love is to hold and cherish, protect and care, with a promise to be fair and honest, not only to our beloved but also towards the relationship we build together. Love in all its beauty is to accept, support and encourage the happiness and the well-being of that one individual we would move heaven and earth for. But to love is to also face the demons of your lover and stand by their side as they fight it off. To love is getting through those ugly fights and misunderstandings that come from feeling too much, and too deeply. To love is to see the person you care deeply for at their weakest or lowest, and loving them anyway. No questions asked, and no strings attached, simply because seem like life's greatest blessing. Varun and Pooja's journey towards love is made up of all that - the good, the bad and the ugly - and their love has come out strong, oh so strong against every test of time. (c) Pooja & Varun The couple met each other through a common friend. Pooja recalls her first meeting like it was yesterday, “My friend told me about this guy who would be perfect for me and she wanted to set me up with him. I did not pursue it at the time, but one day when I was catching up with an ex, my friend invited Varun there without even telling me. the minute that he walked in, I could not take my eyes off him. I was intrigued to know him more. We just got to talking and started meeting every day.” However, Varun has a different (and may we add more interesting) story to share. “We met through a common friend, rather it was a set up for which I had to coax that friend for a month to introduce me to her”, shares Varun. Now that's some memorable “coincidental” meeting the two had, and while it's pretty clear that they hit it right off from the go, wait till you hear about their first “official” date. (c) Pooja & Varun “I asked him out on a date. We had been talking for a week by then, and I suggested going out for a movie. However, Varun insisted that we went out for coffee instead. I agreed thinking a movie wouldn't give us enough time to talk, but Varun made the suggestion because he felt that a movie date would only last for 3 hours, whereas a coffee date can go on an entire day. I just couldn't stop smiling after that.” Again, the first date was memorable for Varun for a totally different reason. “We went to Barista in Basant Lok Market, and personally it turned into a disaster at the end since I had forgotten to get my wallet.” Their journey only gets better from here on. They went on to date each other for the next 11 years, and sure enough, faced a number of ups and downs during this time. Their courtship had all the elements of a budding romantic relationship, but it was made a little difficult by Pooja's anxiety issues which she never imagined would turn into a full-blown disaster, coupled with panic attacks. (c) Pooja & Varun Recalling the time when she came to face her demon for the first time, Pooja says, “I had been dating Varun for 3 yrs when he decided to get a job in UAE and moved there. This posed as an unbearable change and the loneliness caused my anxiety to become full-blown panic attacks.” The distance took such toll on Pooja's mental well being that she would cry endlessly and began to fall sick. Through it all, Varun was right by her side despite the miles separating them. “He used to call me for long hours at night to calm my panic attacks. He spent half his salary on calling me long distance to pacify my fears. Once he was back, we went through a time where I could not leave my house. I used to feel ill and anxious if I did. Varun and I had our dates at home those days. He used to sit with me and my family. Watch movies all day”, shares Pooja. (c) Pooja & Varun Even when things got difficult, Varun never bailed on Pooja. He stood right beside her like a pillar of strength and helped her fight her battle all the way. Talking about all those moments that Varun made bearable for her, and ultimately helped her to get better, Pooja adds that “There were also times where I could not travel or stay away from home even for a night. Varun also sacrificed those trips with friends so that I wouldn't feel like I was missing out.” Varun decided to help Pooja deal with her reality better, and that's when “he came up with the plan to make me feel comfortable with night stays outside the house and that is when we started taking 1-day trips together. We went to Agra once and I had a severe panic attack there. He stayed awake all night long hugging me while I kept wailing the night away. No questions asked. No words were spoken.” (c) Pooja & Varun This was the moment that changed everything for Pooja. She was willing to give her all to anything that would make her better and stronger as a person. She told us, “when my partner was also missing out on things because of my disability it gave me a purpose to overcome anxiety. What got me better was his constant presence letting me know that he has my back always.” That's not all, Pooja's acknowledgement and gratitude is proof that when done right, there are lots of ways how a supportive partner and a loving relationship can help someone who is suffering from severe episodes of anxiety. “Varun gave me that space where there was no pressure to be normal. He took my anxious nature as my normal and that just gave me the time to try cognitive therapy and the will to better myself. Now we travel 3 or 4 times a year which was once a dream for me. I am still dealing with it one step at a time but we have made great progress.” (c) Pooja & Varun After 11 years of dating each other, the couple finally got married in 2017, which happens to be their most dear milestone. Pooja shares how the grew as a couple through the years, “we have been through every test of time. From being in a long distance to being in the same city but living far. From seeing each other every day to seeing each other once a week. From accompanying each other for our respective exams to managing to get a degree at the end of it all. From taking risks in life to being scared even to leave the house. From facing panic attacks to going FOR counselling. Every hurdle thrown our way has been faced together with an abundance of patience and we are still moving ahead and dealing with life together.” (c) Pooja & Varun For Varun, Pooja continues to be his biggest cheerleader. Someone he can trust and rely on. He shares that, “When the shit hits the roof, she is the one you need by your side. She is cool as a cucumber under pressure.” Varun also has just one an important to share with all those men who have partners who also suffer from anxiety. “Things become better with patience and perseverance”, quips Varun, and we presume that this along with his love for Pooja must have helped the couple sail through the tough situations and come out as winners in life and as lovers. More power to the happily married couple!
Resident Evil, the long-standing horror franchise that has captured every fan's imagination recently came out with a remaster of one of its classic games. We played a demo of the game at Gamescom and it already looked fascinating back then. Resident Evil 2 was originally released in 1998 and was about the fall of Raccoon City. It had iconic villains and characters that made it one of the most renowned Horror games in history. © Capcom Now exactly 20 years later, the game has been remastered by Capcom with updated graphics, an updated story and better gameplay mechanics. In essence, the game was coded from the ground up and is probably the best-remastered games we've ever played. In fact, the game follows the same formulas as the 1998 classic game and is unapologetic about it. In the game, you will either be playing as Leon Kennedy (cop) or Claire Redfield (college student in search of his brother) and follow different story arcs in the zombie-infested Raccoon City. © Capcom Resident Evil 2 is a third person, an over-the-shoulder shooter that still has the same claustrophobic feeling you would get from the original game. This oppressive feeling would add to the anxiety when you are trying to fight off zombies in tricky areas and even in open hallways. The over-the-shoulder play is tweaked to perfection here, as it instils gut-wrenching horror in every step you take. The environment itself its filled with tension that adds to the visceral and morbid world of Resident Evil. There's darkness in every corner and your flashlight is the only thing keeping you safe until you get jumped on by a zombie. The scare is real where you have to tackle jump scares while traversing different areas in the game. The audio design is also top notch as moans and shrieks added extra tension in moments of silence. Tackling zombies also need to strategic in certain scenarios as you can either blow their face off or blow up a limb to slow them down. This is by the scariest Resident Evil game we've played yet and it's great that the franchise embraces everything that made it successful in the first place. The story in Resident Evil 2 is identical to what the original game with a few more cutscenes and new locations that add to the narrative. You won't see any cringe-worthy lines or dumb quotes that took away the seriousness in older Resident Evil games. A lot of the game takes place in the massive police station where you will have to unlock new areas by hunting objects and combining them to open areas. Just like the original, this game does not have an autosave feature which means you still need to find a typewriter in order to save progress. The voice acting also adds to key character moments as it accentuates the modern cinematic style. Performances by voice actors were up to the mark that added some weight to scary or emotional moments. © Capcom For the first time in a game, I was genuinely scared because of an NPC that would show up or stalk you at any given time in the game. The enemy is called “Tyrant” and it will show up every few hours that would eventually skyrocket the intensity and stroll levels of the game. Once you encounter the enemy, you will be more careful where you go and have to be attentive of every door you open. You can't even kill the damn thing so shooting at it is pointless. © Capcom Sound design also plays a crucial role when it comes to horror games and Resident Evil 2 delivers the perfect experience in that department. It's probably one of the reasons why Tyrant sounds scarier than anything else in the game. You will hear its footsteps echo in your environment even though it's not on the same floor as you. The incredible sound design basically got me anxious each time I opened a door. You will be travelling with genuine fear simply because of these mysterious sounds. When it comes to gameplay, the new over-the-shoulder perspective works extremely smooth and you can control both Leon and Claire without any issues. Both characters have unique weapons and gadgets that you will use whole tackling enemies. There are also puzzles like the original game that you will need to solve and they aren't overly difficult or simple either. Resident Evil 2 is all about survival and where staying alive is as important as having the ability to shoot zombies, It isn't fast paced like modern zombie games where you will shoot everything in sight. Each move, path and shot has to be calculated otherwise you will end up dead. © Capcom In fact, when you are done with your first play-through, we encourage you to play the game again with a different character (either Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield) as the campaign offers different scenarios for each character. You will have similar objectives, visit the same locations but a lot of the campaign is different. You'll even unlock The 4th Survivor where you will play a small side story with its own story and rewards. Overall, the game has more replay value than any other horror game we've ever come across. Verdict Resident Evil 2 gives you the extra replay value you expect from a game as you would expect it from games from the 90s. It's got an exceptional sound design, great environments and overall a very scary experience. Even if you have played the original Resident Evil 2, you really don't want to miss out on the remastered version. It's a whole new game that hasn't forgotten its roots and is arguably the greatest survival horror game very made. You simply can't ignore this one.
The lovably eccentric character of Genie from 'Aladdin' has been one of the most beloved characters for years, and it was probably because of Robin Williams. The late actor will always be known as the voice of Genie and it's obviously hard to follow in his footsteps, but Will Smith has taken on the challenge in the upcoming live-action version of 'Aladdin'. However, Disney's adaptation of the beloved animated movie seems to have gotten off to a rough start, with people not exactly being excited about the most important character - Genie. I mean, he's not even blue! That's not how it works, that's not how any of this works! A whole new world. Check out the exclusive first look at Disney's #Aladdin on the cover of the newest issue of @EW! https://t.co/WZkpxh4YNU pic.twitter.com/ch0zpbM7AQ — Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) December 19, 2018 The first picture of Will Smith in character was posted by Entertainment Weekly alongside Canadian actor Mena Massoud as Aladdin and British actress Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. Well, ever since then, Twitter has been having the best time roasting the hell out of it and it kind of deserves it, tbh. This ain't it, chief. Ummmm.... That's gonna be a no for me dawg. . .#aladdin #Disney #willsmith https://t.co/kPwFIWdmXi — Tarski Merceda (@TarskiMerceda) December 19, 2018 Nope. Just saw Will Smith as the genie in the live action Aladdin remake. My reaction....... #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/v6irLIjRC5 — Jason Wesney (@JasonWesney) December 19, 2018 #NotImpressed Will Smith: Hey Twitter, Take a look at these shots of me as Aladdin my new film. All of Twitter: pic.twitter.com/lS1HeQl2Mr — ð¦I'm your finder. (@hllwy) December 19, 2018 People are roasting Aladdin as well. I still can't believe Disney made the actor playing Aladdin wear a shirt under his vest in a movie set in the middle of the fucking desert pic.twitter.com/AFdfhzp2cS — frank costa (@feistyfrank) December 19, 2018 That gif, tho. When I saw what genie will look like in #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/QtB85IQPiC — The Comic Losers Podcast (@TheComicLosers) December 19, 2018 That's uncomfortable. What could Will Smith possibly have done to deserve this? Jada is gonna have to do a whole episode of “Read Table Talk” about this hair piece. pic.twitter.com/wMm5fysIg0 — Saeed Jones (@theferocity) December 19, 2018 It's a crossover! Aladdin should not be dressed like Marty McFly pic.twitter.com/c8jvjCQfGc — Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) December 19, 2018 It's already giving me anxiety. Will Smith's genie hair in the live-action #Aladdin is going to be a major source of anxiety for me in 2019. pic.twitter.com/FwG44LHiUj — Jason Carlos (@jaarlos) December 19, 2018 Really? That's it? so that's it huh? #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/JkQ6IGsobG — ðºð (@Hellkr1) December 19, 2018 So much better! The new Aladdin Movie with Will Smith looks good! pic.twitter.com/pU3DiUZXET — TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) December 19, 2018 Someone's calling everyone out. disney: we're gonna spend like $200 million having humans recreate a beloved animated movie for some reason internet: omg take all my money disney: sweet here's how it looks so far internet: THAT ISN'T HOW A GIANT BLUE GENIE'S HAIR IS SUPPOSED TO LOOK YOU MONSTERS — Steve Kandell (@SteveKandell) December 19, 2018 Will Smith to the rescue! #WillSmith I need to see some photos of this. Because atm my childhood memories are upset. #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/6fuxmuy5dG — Sarah Freer (@SarahFreer) December 19, 2018 Someone added blue. A splash of blue :) #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/n2rmaaUxy0 — BossLogic (@Bosslogic) December 19, 2018 Oh no! *upon seeing Will Smith as Genie for the first time* #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/uLpMzwE38P — Nick Bosworth (@NickMBosworth) December 19, 2018 Umm. pic.twitter.com/nH6np0Px08 — Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) December 19, 2018