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  1. He is two decades old in the Hindi film industry, but that has not stopped Ganesh Gaitonde aka Nawazuddin Siddiqui from acknowledging how far he has come since 1999 and the tiny role of an informer he portrayed in Aamir Khan starrer 'Sarfarosh'. View this post on Instagram Thank You for all your Love & Support for #ThackerayTheFilm and Wishing all of you A Very Happy Republic Day. A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Jan 26, 2019 at 1:51am PST 'Humans of Bombay' (HOB) recently caught up with the award-winning actor who has taken the acting industry by storm in the last couple of years. He is the man who spent over a decade slogging his way in the industry, pushing forward merely resting on his passion, hard work and talent, before Faizal Khan and 'Gangs of Wasseypur' changed his life forever, and for good. Born into a family of farm workers, and growing up in a household of lesser means in a small town in Uttar Pradesh, Nawazuddin shared with the HOB team how the acting bug bit him and turned his life upside down, never to be righted again. And boy, are we grateful for that! View this post on Instagram “I grew up in a small town in UP. I come from a family of farm workers; we were 11 people–my parents & my 9 siblings. I was the oldest, so it fell upon me to take care of them. I made them follow a time table & do their homework. If they were mischievous I'd shout at them–of course, I was the naughtiest! In fact during Diwali, my friends & I would steal diyas! Our family would watch Ram Leela together–my first encounter with acting. My friend played Ram & seeing him left me starstruck! I imagined playing the role myself! After college, I worked in Baroda. There, I watched a play for the first time & the thought of being an actor became a dream. So I went where everybody with a dream of acting goes–Bombay. My parents, who were uneducated, supported me. They said I could do anything as long as I worked hard. My first impression of Bombay was how fast it was. It took me a month to get used to the pace of life–I thought I'd never be able to match up! But slowly I joined the rat race. I wasn't well off. I'd borrow money from friends, saying I'd return it in 2 days. Two days later, I'd borrow money from someone else and pay the first person back. I lived in a flat with 4 people–it was about survival. But my family had my back. They told me to not give up! My mom didn't have a mobile, so she'd send me letters & they got me through some really tough times. She'd tell me not to worry & remind me that I was only human & doing my best. So that's what I did. I did odd jobs–as a watchman, or a coriander seller. I went for a 100 auditions & took every role I got, no matter how small. It took 12 years to get a 'breakthrough'. It wasn't easy–the struggle wasn't beautiful, it was just a struggle. But I did it. I went from a tiny role in Munnabhai to winning a Filmfare for Lunchbox. I went from being unrecognised in Sarfarosh to being known as Ganesh Gaitonde across the nation. I went from being a watchman to becoming the 'watch me' man & I'm nowhere near being done, so keep watching–I'm here to stay!” ---- HoB with the makers of #PhotographMovie bring to you the story of Nawazuddin Siddiqui; an ordinary man with an extraordinary journey. A post shared by Humans of Bombay (@officialhumansofbombay) on Mar 14, 2019 at 6:01am PDT Nawazuddin's rise to fame was laden with struggles, but by his own admission, it was his passion for the craft, his madness to make it and the love and support of his family that helped him sustain through all those years of trial, until he earned and owned his first Filmfare award for his performance in 'Lunchbox'. This is Nawazuddin Siddiqui's story: Small Towns & Big Dreams “I grew up in a small town in UP. I come from a family of farm workers; we were 11 people–my parents & my 9 siblings. I was the oldest, so it fell upon me to take care of them. I made them follow a time table & do their homework. If they were mischievous I'd shout at them–of course, I was the naughtiest! In fact during Diwali, my friends & I would steal diyas!” View this post on Instagram Aaj kal ke Manto duniya mein hai kum, Jinki awaaz mein hai uske jitna dum! Agar aap mein hain sach sunne ka dum, toh suniye hamara gaana #Mantoiyat! Join us tomorrow as we go live on Instagram for the song launch @raftaarmusic @mantofilm @zeemusiccompany A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Sep 11, 2018 at 6:33am PDT Tryst With Acting “Our family would watch Ram Leela together–my first encounter with acting. My friend played Ram & seeing him left me starstruck! I imagined playing the role myself! After college, I worked in Baroda. There, I watched a play for the first time & the thought of being an actor became a dream.” Wind Under His Wings “So I went where everybody with a dream of acting goes–Bombay. My parents, who were uneducated, supported me. They said I could do anything as long as I worked hard. My first impression of Bombay was how fast it was. It took me a month to get used to the pace of life–I thought I'd never be able to match up! But slowly I joined the rat race.” View this post on Instagram " BEAT ME " A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Jun 22, 2018 at 6:25am PDT The Fight For Survival “I wasn't well off. I'd borrow money from friends, saying I'd return it in 2 days. Two days later, I'd borrow money from someone else and pay the first person back. I lived in a flat with 4 people–it was about survival. But my family had my back. They told me to not give up! My mom didn't have a mobile, so she'd send me letters & they got me through some really tough times. She'd tell me not to worry & remind me that I was only human & doing my best. So that's what I did.” The Stepping Stones “I did odd jobs–as a watchman, or a coriander seller. I went for a 100 auditions & took every role I got, no matter how small. It took 12 years to get a 'breakthrough'. It wasn't easy–the struggle wasn't beautiful, it was just a struggle.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on May 14, 2018 at 1:32am PDT The Breakthrough “But I did it. I went from a tiny role in Munnabhai to winning a Filmfare for Lunchbox. I went from being unrecognised in Sarfarosh to being known as Ganesh Gaitonde across the nation. I went from being a watchman to becoming the 'watch me' man & I'm nowhere near being done, so keep watching–I'm here to stay!” This man is truly a marvel in front of the camera, with an inspiring backstory and he is indeed here to stay.
  2. Shikhar Dhawan's form these days is as unpredictable as the Delhi weather. One day runs come pouring in with Gabbar sending the ball racing for the boundary on every second delivery, the next day, he seems to lose all his talent and walks off the pitch with a duck. Shikhar Dhawan departs after a well made 143 #TeamIndia 254/2 after 37.4 overs pic.twitter.com/Ga8sTbCBYw — BCCI (@BCCI) March 10, 2019 Regardless of the beauty of an innings that the Indian opener produced yesterday, the fact of the matter is that his undependable performances have left a bad taste in the mouth of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and the team selectors. It has not only led to cricket pundits questioning his spot in the Indian roster for the ICC World Cup come May, but has also cost him a fortune, as he was demoted from the A+ Category to A Category, taking away Rs. 2 cr. from his annual pay cheque, according to the numbers recently released by the Indian cricket board. @bcci india's poor fielding once again lost the match for india. Once again it was shikhar dhawan who dropped a simple catch. — Joy Kumar Naskar (@JoyKumarNaskar7) March 10, 2019 After the disappointing loss yesterday, the southpaw dropped a potential game-winning catch in the final overs of the match following a drop by the bowling-all rounder Kedar Jadhav on the previous delivery. "First of all, I don't read newspapers and I don't take information which I don't want to. So I don't know what's happening around me and I live in my own world. So, I decide in which direction my thoughts are going," the 33-year-old athlete told the media after the match, knowing that he would be criticised. On the other hand, while other players take the criticism and all the negative comments in the world way too seriously, it is somewhat important, rather necessary, to dust the dirt off and begin again. In a game as dynamic as cricket, form comes and goes with time. What keeps the player afloat is their ability to continue to do their thing no matter what. Tendulkar did it, Ganguly did it, Dhoni continues to do it on a regular basis. But time is of essence right now. With the World Cup just a couple of months away, Dhawan cannot afford to lose his game, especially when talented players like Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant are on standby and KL Rahul returning to his prime self steadily.
  3. The WWE has to be the Mecca for all the aspiring wrestlers and wrestling fans. No matter what corner of the world you are from, if you love that 20x20 foot ring, you have to know who The Undertaker, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin are. In the modern era of the WWE, three superstars who are making a name for themselves and are loved unconditionally by the WWE Universe go by the names of Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods. Together forming 'The New Day', these performers have remained on top of the Tag-Team section for more than half a decade now. Some dreams will hit pause today, some others will prevail! An all important final day of #WWETryoutIndia commences! pic.twitter.com/ZsUyhdAqJm — WWE (@WWEIndia) March 5, 2019 The trio is currently in India for the WWE's Tryouts taking place in Mumbai. We got a chance to catch up with the believers of the “Power of Positivity” and asked them a few questions about what it takes for a wrestler to become successful in the WWE. MensXP: Hi guys, we at MensXP absolutely love 'The New Day' and as you could have guessed, we have a huge following for the WWE and of course, you guys. So, why don't we start by discussing your stay here? How's India treating you? Kofi: India is treating us very well. We've been here several times now. People here are so friendly and welcoming is amazing, you know? There's great energy in here and we're happy to be here for sure. Big E: Being able to be part of the crowd in India and seeing the kind of talent and athletes they have here, including some very large and impressive humans as well. Everyone here is so warm and so welcoming. Ohh yes! They are here and they're EXCITED... for #WWETryoutIndia and Indian Pancakes! ð¥ððª@TrueKofi @WWEBigE @XavierWoodsPhD #IndiaWelcomesTheNewDay pic.twitter.com/1Et2I4ENYc — WWE (@WWEIndia) March 3, 2019 MensXP: The New Day is obviously one of the more influential sets of superstars from the current roster. What does it take for a performer to become that successful in an organisation as unique as the WWE? Kofi: It definitely takes passion and drive to be on top. We're always trying to figure out how we can entertain at the highest level. As passionate as the WWE Universe is, they deserve it. You're going to get told “no” a lot and you have to figure out how you're going to succeed. The 'Power of Positivity' is not just something that we preached on TV. We bring that mentality to the workplace. Big E: From a physical standpoint, being in great shape helps. People see it on TV and they think: “Oh, I got this,” and they find out that it takes a toll on you, so you have to be in great shape. You look at The Rock and the Stone Cold, those guys had it both. The athleticism and the ability to capture people's attention. Xavier: We are on the road for 200 days a year. You have to be mentally prepared for because that's one of the parts that people don't really talk about. What we do outside of the ring is rewarding. For instance, visiting the children's hospital and being part of anti-bullying campaigns. .@WWE Superstars visit @CHNOLA ahead of #Wrestlemania34 https://t.co/Dr6V4v2Vgl pic.twitter.com/SunfZjRHuz — Children's Hospital (@CHNOLA) April 6, 2018 MensXP: What's the thought process that goes into coming up with a good gimmick? Also, who came up with the idea of The New Day as a concept? Was it you Xavier? Xavier: Yes. So for me, a gimmick or character is always better when it's you. At this point, if we were trying to be some tough dudes coming out kicking chairs all over, it's not something that necessarily fits what we are like in our personal lives. The three of us having this chemistry as the New Day, that has made it a lot easier and a lot more fun for us. MensXP: Are WWE stars possessive about the entrance music and the signature moves. How would you, Kofi Kingston react if you see Big E trying the 'Trouble in Paradise'? Big E: Well, can you imagine me attempting to do the 'Trouble in Paradise'? I would never! *Laughs* Kofi: If he can do the 'Trouble in Paradise', he can have the move. It would be the most impressive thing that I would have seen in a long time. It'd be all love. It's all good. Big E: I think for a lot of us, the keys to the business is standing out and having an identity that is memorable. So, I don't think we're possessive in a sense but yes, you want to stand out There's definitely people who are defensive, but for us, we kind of feel like we're in a nice niche. SUPER SUNDAY JUST GOT BETTER! ð The New Day has arrived and receives the traditional Indian welcome. ð¤©#TheNewDayInIndia #WWE #SPNSports @TrueKofi @WWEBigE @XavierWoodsPhD pic.twitter.com/kRJF84KtcO — SPN_Action (@SPN_Action) March 3, 2019 MensXP: You guys have the most bizarre narratives like coming out of the cereal box at Wrestlemania 32. So, how important is the art of storytelling for WWE superstars as yourselves? Xavier: It's everything. Yeah. Storytelling is huge. That's what captivates people and gets people's attention. It's great to be a great athlete, but if you're just a body, who really cares? In our industry, some people are great athletes but if they don't tell a story and they don't draw people in, they are no good. Big E: I think the best thing going right now in WWE is Kofi's story. After 11 years of being on the main roster and never getting that opportunity. That resonates with people. They are reacting the way they are because they've been along with him for this journey. Storytelling is huge.
  4. If there is one cricketer who seems to have been there forever, it has to be Ross Taylor. The 34-year old who already held the record for most centuries and half centuries for New Zealand added another milestone under his belt. Taylor surpassed former captain, Stephen Fleming, to become the highest run scorer for New Zealand in the third ODI vs Bangladesh. The veteran batsman scored 69 runs which took him past Fleming's 8007 runs. His contribution also helped New Zealand get a clean sweep over Bangladesh in a three-match series. What amazes us the most is Taylor's determination. After being dropped and getting stripped off the captaincy, the Black Caps' batsman didn't give up. Taylor kept on hustling and fighting, letting his bat do the talking. Putting aside his pride to operate in tandem with Brendon McCullum (the man who replaced him as skipper) is a clear example of his 'country first' attitude, proving that he is a class act. In a post-match interview Ross said,“ I definitely would have taken that when I played my first match donkey's years ago. If you play long enough I guess these records come along but it's nice to set the bar for the next guy.” Twitter didn't hold back when congratulating the Kiwi's batsman and appreciated his 'Never Give Up' attitude. Classy. Modern day legend slowly and steadily making a name for himself while the world focuses on Virats and Roots.#RossTaylor https://t.co/4A87vJ6aEX — R.I.P. Martyrs of India (@NiSharma12) February 20, 2019 Can't Agree More This guy Ross Taylor has been playing for ages.ðð — Maheshmello (@cheeku_243) February 20, 2019 Well, that explains it. A few years ago, Ross Taylor was a dejected man after losing captaincy of his side. His form dipped and his place in the side was questioned. Then he learnt to abuse in hindi, and the rest is history. — cricBC (@cricBC) February 20, 2019 True. I don't stan for many sportspeople, but Ross Taylor is a legend and an icon and we probably don't deserve him. ððð #nzvban #rosstheboss https://t.co/WAudYpiuhZ — the dizziest of dovers (@dizzydover) February 20, 2019 Perfect. Congratulate Ross Taylor; a brilliant front-bencher leading the attitude era conveniently. ð https://t.co/57cVMTE90u — Debapriyo Choudhury (@debapriyo_tweet) February 20, 2019
  5. Winter might still be looming on our heads but the winter we all are waiting for is coming in April when the final season of 'Game Of Thrones' hits us with God knows what! The new pictures that were recently released gave away very little, just like the teaser which actually just teased us only a tab bit. Now as per Redditors, there's a new crazy theory around the birth and fate of Cersei's unborn child. According this theory, she might give her child to the Night King and in return become the only immortal in Westeros and rule like the queen that she is. While many theories about the Night King and even Jon Snow have been floating around, this one claims that with her love Jamie now gone, it is possible that he is killed in the big war and when the news arrives, she'll sacrifice her child to save her own soul. © HBO Some theories already claim that there is a pact between the White Walkers and the humans and the Night King's army will be returning for their periodical sacrifice. Now we know what you're thinking--even Khaleesi is pregnant, right? Well, but one of her dragons are already with him and given the fact that this child could mean everything to her, we doubt she'll give it away. The insanity shall roll over us starting 26th April. Till then, keep calm and carry on.
  6. Colin O'Brady from Portland, Oregon just wrote history by becoming the first person to get across the Antarctica alone, with no outside aid. He trekked across the continent over a span of 54 days, which was almost considered impossible until the man did it, and achieved the impossible! While O'Brady made his journey across the 1,500 kilometres in the bone-chilling cold, his friends and family could track his movement real-time online. Once he successfully completed his journey, O'Brady called his family in Portland and said “I did it” through his teary exhilaration. View this post on Instagram Day 54: FINISH LINE!!! I did it! The Impossible First â. 32 hours and 30 minutes after leaving my last camp early Christmas morning, I covered the remaining ~80 miles in one continuous “Antarctica Ultramarathon” push to the finish line. The wooden post in the background of this picture marks the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, where Antarctica's land mass ends and the sea ice begins. As I pulled my sled over this invisible line, I accomplished my goal: to become the first person in history to traverse the continent of Antarctica coast to coast solo, unsupported and unaided. While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced. I was locked in a deep flow state the entire time, equally focused on the end goal, while allowing my mind to recount the profound lessons of this journey. I'm delirious writing this as I haven't slept yet. There is so much to process and integrate and there will be many more posts to acknowledge the incredible group of people who supported this project. But for now, I want to simply recognize my #1 who I, of course, called immediately upon finishing. I burst into tears making this call. I was never alone out there. @jennabesaw you walked every step with me and guided me with your courage and strength. WE DID IT!! We turned our dream into reality and proved that The Impossible First is indeed possible. “It always seems impossible until it's done.” - Nelson Mandela. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Dec 26, 2018 at 12:55pm PST His wife Jenna Besaw said in an interview, “it was an emotional call. He seemed overwhelmed by love and gratitude, and he really wanted to say thank you to all of us.” 33-year-old O'Brady posted about the first leg of his journey on Instagram, which he labelled as 'The Impossible First'. On Wednesday, O'Brady wrote that he covered the last 129 kilometres in one big impromptu push to the finish line that took over a day's time! View this post on Instagram Day 50: STRUNG OUT BUT STILL MOVING. I can't believe I been out here all alone for 50 days. Even having lived it, I can't quite wrap my mind around it. This wind storm still has not subsided so I spent another day getting beat down. Fingers crossed I catch a break on the weather soon. I've been writing a lot about the mental game as it's clearly the most crucial part of this challenge (or any challenge for that matter). However today I want to honor my body and health. I wholeheartedly believe that nothing in life is more important that being healthy. Without that it's hard to do or do fully. I'm so fortunate to have parents that instilled that in me from a young age, teaching me the importance of healthy eating and exercise. My dad is an organic farmer so I guess you could say it's in my blood. Despite feeling exhausted and worn out, I'm grateful for having lived a healthy lifestyle, for without that I'm certain my body would have given up by now. And on the health front, I'm glad to be partnered with @Grandrounds who go above and beyond to guide people to the highest quality healthcare. It's incredible to know they provide access to medical expertise literally anywhere on the planet! #GrandRounds #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Dec 22, 2018 at 8:46pm PST In his exact words, this is how he felt once he crossed the 'invisible line' onto the other side where his goal lay, “While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced. I was locked in a deep flow state the entire time, equally focused on the end goal, while allowing my mind to recount the profound lessons of this journey.” View this post on Instagram Day 42: DREAMS INTO REALITY. Even though I'm 50 miles past the South Pole now, I can't help but post one more image from the day I arrived - a dream come true. Plus, today is a very historic date. On December 14, 1911, this day exactly 107 years ago, Amundsen became the first person to reach the South Pole. Talk about inspiration. That was a true journey into the unknown that took years and years to complete. I finished a bike ride in 2016 and got the spark of inspiration for this project. I immediately came home and wrote it all down on my whiteboard. Since that day I've been working everyday to turn this dream into reality; training, fundraising, researching. The key is that each day I took a step toward making my dream a reality even with countless setbacks and mistakes made along the way, I kept trying. I haven't realized the dream yet. That's what I'm doing every day out here...taking step after step to make it come true. Whatever you are dreaming of in life, be that in business, art, music, love, entrepreneurship, sports - it can be anything. Stop just dreaming and take the first step. As in the immortal words of Walt Disney, “If you can dream it, you can do it!!” But dreaming alone won't get you there. If it's going to work, action is required. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible Shoutout to @samuel.a.harrison for snapping this amazing shot of me. Samuel and another scientist from the South Pole station read about my journey in the @nytimes and came outside to the Pole to cheer me on! A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Dec 14, 2018 at 4:55pm PST It isn't the first time that someone has tried to traverse across Antarctica, but all those who did, either had assistance, reinforced supplies or kites that propelled them forward. 2016 saw the tragic end of British explorer Henry Worsley, who attempted an unassisted journey across Antarctica, and died of exhaustion towards the end of the trek. View this post on Instagram Day 37: GROWTH. I'm no longer the same person I was when I left on the journey, can you see it in my face? I've suffered, been deathly afraid, cold and alone. I've laughed and danced, cried tears of joy and been awestruck with love and inspiration. They say growth happens when you step outside your comfort zone. I can safely say that's 100% true in this case, and I'd say it's very possible I haven't yet felt the highest highs and the lowest lows of this journey yet. Nearing the bottom of the world...18 miles in the books today. Closer each step. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Dec 9, 2018 at 5:24pm PST The trek hasn't been an easy one for him, and he confessed that he considered quitting a number of times along the way. In November, this is what he had to say, “There were several times I considered stopping, putting my tent back up and calling it a day. I wanted so badly to quit today as I was feeling exhausted and alone, but remembering all of the positivity that so many people have been sending, I took a deep breath and focused on maintaining forward progress one step at a time and managed to finish a full day.” View this post on Instagram January 2016 at the South Pole. This photo was taken at the beginning of my Explorers Grand Slam expedition. Less than three years later, I'm looking forward to passing through there again! I'm 30 days into my journey to complete a solo, unsupported, unaided crossing of Antarctica. Yesterday I reached 87 degrees the final waypoint before turning my path directly toward the Pole. Today, I'm ~170 miles from the South Pole and making my way one step at a time! If you haven't seen the Sunday @NYTimes article already, pick up a copy today. Top of the fold cover of Sunday Sports, the article features a day in the life rundown of what my hour-by-hour routine looks like as I cross Antarctica. @jennabesaw tells me there is a beautiful illustration of my IG photo update from Day 15. I can't wait to see it; will someone save me a copy? ðThanks again to @adamskolnick for reporting. Link in Bio. Check it out! And, be on the lookout for my regular evening IG update later today. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/29/sports/antarctica-ski-race.html A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Dec 2, 2018 at 9:53am PST O'Brady didn't give up on his dreams and constantly kept his goals in sight, which is why he was able to achieve the unachievable! All of us, regardless of our nationality must be proud of O'Brady's grit and achievements! View this post on Instagram DAY 9: THE NEW YORK TIMES. This photo ran in NYTimes today with a great piece “Man Against Nature, And Man” about my Impossible First project and Lou Rudd's expedition. I have nothing but the utmost respect and empathy for anyone who sets audacious goals for themselves and takes action to achieve them. Wishing Lou a safe and successful journey. #TheImpossibleFirst #BePossible https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/11/sports/antarctica-race.html A post shared by Colin O'Brady (@colinobrady) on Nov 11, 2018 at 6:05pm PST The man who has 3 world records to his name, covered 7 summits and is a pro-endurance athlete, deserves to be at the top of the world for what he has achieved. This one calls for major celebrations, which only seem inevitable once O'Brady reaches home to the cheerful welcome of his family and friends.
  7. Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs no introduction. Neither is there a need to mention why his fans love him so much and continue to call him 'Captain Cool' till this day. He is one of the coolest and remarkable cricketers whose ideologies and charm rub off on his teammates too. From sleeping on the field during a match, to pulling over his car to meet a young fan; Dhoni's fans love him for his down-to-earth attitude and after learning that he once drove a bus after being appointed Test captain, we can't help but agree with it more. Reuters Reportedly, former Indian batsman VVS Laxman recently revealed in his autobiography '281 and Beyond' that back in 2008, Dhoni himself drove the team bus to the hotel. It was Laxman's 100th test and Anil Kumble had announced his retirement from cricket, making Dhoni the 'Test in charge'. Reuters He wrote, "One of my abiding memories is of MS (Dhoni) driving the team bus to the hotel in Nagpur, during my 100th Test. I couldn't believe my eyes — the captain of the team driving us back from the ground! It was his first Test in charge after Anil's (Kumble) retirement, and he didn't seem to have a care in the world. But he was like that, playful and grounded. MS never lost the joy, the playfulness. I have never met anyone quite like him." Reuters Laxman further revealed that Dhoni always remained calm and was never agitated even when the team wasn't performing well. Talking about his calm, he wrote, "MS Dhoni's calmness and equanimity are legendary. He had seen nothing but success until the tour of England in 2011. We had lost 4–0 in England and had already lost the first three Tests in Australia by the end of that year, and were heading for another whitewash." He further mentioned, "I was a mess, as were most of the guys, but MS was unbelievably composed. Not once did he lash out, and at no stage did he give the impression that he was frustrated or helpless." Probably, it's this calm and composed nature of his that sets him apart from his fellow players. After all, there's a reason why his fans call him 'Captain Cool'.
  8. How often do you see yourself ditching the rat race that is a 9-to-5 job? It's that the one thing in your life that always leaves little to the imagination, post the first few months at your new place of work, no matter how many times you change organisations in the hope of finding the one. Everyone is in the quest to find that one place of work and worship that would set them free, and help them to finally discover what it is like to love their work, because this is exactly what they've slogged for so hard, ever since they graduated and yet, the “satisfaction and bliss” continues to evade them even after so many years of keeping at it. © Red Chillies Entertainment Well, turns out there's an entire generation of young men and women around the world who feel similarly, and the good news is that they have found the way of breaking free from this Sisyphean cycle! There is an entire online movement that has picked up pace in the recent years, which identifies itself as FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) and comprises of a large community of young professionals from around the world, who are all for the hustle in the early years of life, saving up on those loaded paychecks, invest, and then live off the interest and profits for the rest of their life. © MSM Motion Pictures Sounds pretty sorted, doesn't it? Surely it can't be that easy? But there was no rocket science involved, then how is it that they're managing to retire at 40 while still doing the same things our parents did all their life? Well, bear with us for a moment and trust us with all the deets you can't wait to devour. Naren and Sugandha spoke to TOI and shared their personal story of aiming to retire early, and this is what they said, “when you become financially independent by 45, you can make bold life choices like changing careers, starting a business, working fewer hours for a healthier work-life balance or, simply taking a break for a few years”. © Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Now, that totally makes sense but it seems easier said than done. The pressing question still remains is, how do they do it? Here's your answer. In their interview to 'How Stuff Work', Tanja Hester and Mark Bunje aged 38 and 41 respectively, shared the meaty secret of their success story of retiring at 40. The secret is to downsize your expenses even as you keep banking those hefty paychecks at the end of every month. Something like moving into a smaller but comfortable apartment, using public transport more often and living a debt-free life as much as possible. The next step is to save super rigorously and cut on those superfluous expenses. With all that saved money, what you gotta do is INVEST! That's key you guys, and THE thing that'll make it or break it for you when you wanna retire at 40. Put your hard-earned money in slow-growing investments to draw benefits from for the second half of your life! © Red Chillies Entertainment FIRE supporters swear by the need to save 25 times their annual living expenses. Basically, the idea is to invest in the stock market or bonds and keep reinvesting in the dividends you incur and let the money grow steadily over time. By the end of it, you get to withdraw 4% a year and yet, never run out of money! Hence, we'd suggest you start eyeing those major sales in your favourite stores, use more of food coupons and invest in living budgets to help you achieve your goals in the longer run. Don't think you'd have to live like a monk for all the years prior to your retirement, but rather consider living a less lavish life for 15-17 years as the price you pay for a financially free life along with an early retirement, that would really allow you to do what you truly love. © Excel Entertainment We can only imagine how life would turn out to be once we reach there right? Post the hustle in our 20s and 30s, at least we'd have the confidence in our future we have set out to build for ourselves - one that we will really be able to live on our own terms.
  9. Every time a new face with a promise of talent enters Bollywood, the industry lets out a sigh of relief, as talent is something which is still a rarity. Most faces are unable to shoulder this huge responsibility, and either burn out, or vanish - never to be seen again. Naturally, on the rare occasions when someone faces this challenge and wins it, that too with flying colours, and continues to prove their mettle time and time again, people take notice. Vicky Kaushal, undoubtedly, is one of those rare individuals, who has been delivering superb performances - without faltering in the slightest. (c) Instagram However, things did not start out to be all rosy for the talented lad, despite being the son of action director Mr Sham Kaushal. In a candid interview with 'Humans Of Bombay', Vicky shared his story. (c) Instagram "During college, I decided to interview for an IT job just for the thrill of it. I wanted to experience the 'nervousness' -- wearing a tie and waiting for someone to give your resumé to. I already knew that I wasn't ever going to choose that profession, even when I got the offer letter. My dad's an action director and despite his hope that 'Kaushal parivar ka chirag' is going to get a job with a secure pay and a 9-5 schedule — I announced that I wanted to become an actor. But, I'd never known struggle like my father had. He went into films only for survival. When my mom married him - they lived in a small 10x10 room, with a chattai and a chair. My father built everything from there on. He didn't have it easy - he had to hunt for our next meal. So he was very clear even if he didn't bring his work to the dining table, he made sure to let us know where each piece of furniture came from. That's why when I told him I wanted to act - he told me to be sure. Acting as a profession could not be a question mark for me. I needed to put 120% and not have a back up because then you can never put your full effort. So I tore up that offer letter from the engineering job and set out for auditions. My first one was horrifying. It was for a small role in a big film and I realised how far from everything I was. On my way home, I was like 'Vicky, ab toh tune job letter bhi phaad diya!' I was afraid, but I literally couldn't give up. So the next day, I got out of my house at 11 and set off to more auditions. I even started theatre and evolved as an actor. I wanted to learn the practicality. Finally Masaan released in 2015. And that's when my dad saw my performance on a big screen. He was really proud -- when he got a phone call from one of his friends - saying 'Vicky ke papa' He called me in 10 mins saying 'you know what happened? Someone called me Vicky's dad today!' So that's it. The journey from being my father's son to him being Vicky's dad was what gave me hope… things were changing. And my happiest moment since then was when I first bought my own car with my own money. When you're younger, you just say things like I'll have my own Mercedes someday.. Never knowing when it'll happen. So I took my mom to the show room and she said, 'You remember when you were younger, you used to point out toy cars in those shops? And today you're making me sit in your car.' She had tears in her eyes. That was the moment I knew that I've retained my title as being the 'Kaushal parivaar ka chirag,' and I did it on my own terms." (c) Facebook All we can say is, Kudos! All the luck in the world to you, Vicky!
  10. Ten years is a long, long time. That much time can change your life for the better or for the worse, but thankfully, for Rahul Jadhav, it was the former. He went from being an autorickshaw driver, struggling to make ends meet on a salary of â¹200 to becoming the mayor of a city, and now his life is changing drastically. The 36-year-old has now been declared the mayor of the city of Pimpri-Chinchwad at the PCMC headquarters in Maharashtra. Twitter Since he has faced a lot of hardships, he wants to do everything in his power to help people in similar situations. While talking to The Indian Express, he said, “I know the pain of ordinary people like autorickshaw drivers. During my tenure as the mayor, I will work for the upliftment of the poor.” For five years, he used to drive a six-seater autorickshaw in Chikhli, Bhosari and Moshi areas. Then, he tried out farming as an alternative job, but soon shifted back to driving to earn a liveable wage. But, things got better in 2007 when he joined the MNS. Soon after that, he was elected to the PCMC on an MNS seat. Twitter Jumping to 2017, he joined BJP and was elected from the Jadhavwadi area by a small margin of 3,000 votes. Now, he will serve one year as the mayor of the industrial city of Pimpri-Chinchwad.
  11. Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari speaking to media in Lala Musa. Photo: Geo News LALA MUSA: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Wednesday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan...
  12. “Who am I to say no to Hollywood? You know, everybody wants to be a movie star,” Shaq told Hollywood Reporter in an interview recently. The man who is often referred to as the most powerful center in the history of the NBA is quite the opposite off-court. He loves interacting with the fans and there's no better way of giving it back, than Hollywood. © Getty Images Big Shaq has had quite an illustrious tryst with Hollywood, to say the least, and while his prime playing days are past him, it doesn't look like he's giving up on Hollywood any time soon. Being called the 'Wilt Chamberlain of the modern game' is no mean feat. O'Neal demanded respect on the courts and boy, did he get it. With 4 NBA Championships to his name, you can't deny that he deserved it either. But, what's all this popularity if you don't put it to use, right? The only logical way forward would be to turn to Hollywood. The Rock managed to carve a niche out for himself and is one of the biggest names in show business today. So, why can't Shaq? © Getty Images While Shaq certainly wasn't the first NBA star to work in Hollywood, he's one of the only few to have had lead roles in multiple movies. With 23.7 ppg and 10.9 rpg, Shaq is undoubtedly a legend of the game. But, will he become a legend in Hollywood? Here's a look at what he's been a part of so far, and what we can expect from him in the future: Appears As Himself We're going to get this out of the way up front. Shaq has appeared in countless movies and TV shows as himself. He was a popular guy. You can't blame producers for wanting to add one of the most bankable stars in the NBA to their shows/movies. © Buena Vista International He has appeared as himself in 'The Lego Movie,' 'Scary Movie 4,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' 'My Wife & Kids,' 'Fresh Off The Boat' and 'The Simpsons' to name a few. But, you don't get to show off your acting skills while playing yourself, right? So, let's move past these appearances and look at the times when Shaq was acting. Blue Chips (1994) A proper basketball movie that deals with the illegal practice of paying “blue-chip” prospects to entice them to join a college. It's a pretty serious film and was Shaq's first major role in a movie. © Paramount Pictures There were cameos by a number of other prominent basketball stars too and with Nick Nolte at the helm, the movie looked promising. Unfortunately, the movie failed to recover its budget of $35 million falling short by $12 million. Kazaam (1996) This was Shaq's first starring role in a Hollywood production. He played the genie Kazaam and helps a boy by the name of Max sort out his life. There are some hilarious scenes in this movie and even though the audience might not have been laughing at the movie, but at Shaq himself, it was a fun movie from our youth which is worth reminiscing. It fared a lot better at the box office almost earning its budget of $20 million back. The movie even had a rap song from the 7ft 1in center. If that doesn't sell movie tickets, we don't know what will. Steel (1997) Before there was 'Iron-Man', we had 'Steel'. Yes, Shaquille O'Neal was way ahead of the curve in terms of superhero movies. He played the DC character John Henry Irons and was slammed by critics and fans alike for being too cheesy. © Warner Bros. It was certainly a new low for Shaq and it looked like he could never recover from it. The movie earned just $1.7 million on a $16 million budget. Shaq lent his voice to the soundtrack of this one too but it was already evident that audiences liked him more for his dunks than his acting. Grown Ups 2 (2013) Okay, you aren't going to get an Oscar-winning movie when Adam Sandler is involved. But, that doesn't mean we don't get a few laughs out of it. © Sony Pictures Releasing We finally got to see Shaq in a high budget Hollywood production in this one and even though he only has a few minutes of screen time it's enough to prove he can act. His scenes are hilarious and 'Grown Ups 2' was enough to convince us that we needed to see more of him on the big screen. Uncle Drew (2018) The movie only recently released and looks like one of Shaq's best. In less than a week, it's already earned almost double of its $17 million budget and that's a pretty good sign of how good it is. © Lionsgate 'Uncle Drew' is proof that Shaq can also entertain a movie audience. All he needs to do is focus on making the movie, instead of trying to plug in his basketball days. Well, this movie is about basketball anyway so we can't say it would be difficult. But, there's absolutely no world in which we would want to see a 7ft+ genie folding a man into a ball and then dunking him down an air shaft in the finale of a movie. Big Shaq will always be a basketball star for us and all his fans. But, as long as he can keep his basketball career separate from his Hollywood career, there's no reason why Shaq can't make a name for himself in Hollywood or, to say it right, make an even bigger name for himself in Hollywood.
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