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  1. Ever since the teaser of 'Kalank' was dropped, Varun Dhawan has been in the news for his super intense role as 'Zafar The Bullfighter'. With never-before-seen intensity, Varun's appearance in the trailer gave viewers all the 'Bahubali' feels during the bull-fight sequence, however, there is one more reason why fans have been super curious about Varun since the past few days. When he stepped out in a super classy ivory Manish Malhotra sherwani, all eyes went behind his left ear, because there was a brand new tattoo there. Take a look. © Instagram/Varundvn He got a number tattooed - '24'. Now, we too were perplexed to begin with, about what it means, just like you probably are right now. © Viral Bhayani We eavesdropped on the gossip mills, but to no avail. While some claimed that this is the date on which he'll get married, others quipped that a major movie is about to release on this date. But we know that 'Kalank' is releasing on April 19th, and it just didn't make sense. Plus, there has been no announcement about a wedding, yet. Right, Ms Dalal? © Instagram/Varundvn 24 is not his age as well (he's 31 already). After a lot of thinking, the only conclusion we could draw was that it's his birthday. Varun's birthday is on 24th April. But, isn't is a little, err, random? Well, we tried to find an answer and this is the best we could come up with. © Viral Bhayani` We're not giving up yet and are soon going to solve the mystery. Unless Varun reads this and decides to tell us himself. Are you reading, Varun?
  2. MWC saw quite a few interesting and weird smartphones, however, the show was stolen by all the foldable smartphones that were announced. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold at its Unpacked event, followed by a more practical foldable smartphone by Huawei called the 'Mate X'. As of now, foldable smartphones have been teased by various companies like Xiaomi, OPPO, LG, Motorola and others. Apple has considered making a foldable smartphone in the past and has also filed a patent that covers “Flexible Display Devices”, however, we have not seen anything from the Cupertino giant as of now. Even though Apple may just be the only manufacturer that has not flirted with a foldable prototype, it didn't stop Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak from wanting one. © LetsGoDigital Speaking to Bloomberg, Wozniak said that he really wants to get his hands on a foldable iPhone and wants Apple to be a leader in this segment of smartphones. “Apple has been a leader for quite a long time in a few areas such as Touch ID, (Face ID) and easy payment with the phone,” Wozniak said during the Bloomberg interview. “They're not the leader in areas like the folding phone, and that worries me because I really want a folding phone.” Apple is known to have surprises up its sleeve and we cannot be sure whether the company is already working on a foldable smartphone. Even though the Mate X and Galaxy Fold have been announced, the two smartphones are not yet ready for consumers. It's still quite expensive and is in the initial stage of development. Apple, on the other hand, is known to launch devices that just work and it may be too soon for the company to unveil its own foldable device. © LetsGoDigital Even if Apple does make a foldable iPhone, there's a good chance it may look like the image above. It's a render based on the patent filed by Apple and developed by LetsGoDigital. Do you want a foldable iPhone in the near future? Let us know in the comments. Source: Bloomberg
  3. If you still haven't watched 'Uri' you are missing out on a really good movie. Brilliant storytelling, excellent direction and of course, the stellar Vicky Kaushal leading the pack to the 250 crore mark. Even if you haven't watched the movie, you must definitely be aware of the famous dialogue 'How's the josh' which has gone viral since. The dialogue has now become insanely popular around the globe and social media is flooded with different renditions of people chanting it with great pride. However, behind everything that leaves impact, there is something equally impactful that inspires it in the first place. The case with this viral dialogue is also similar in nature. Recently, the director of 'Uri', Aditya Dhar explained the inspiration behind this viral dialogue. “I had some friends from defence background, so with them, I used to go to a lot of Army clubs. There was one in Delhi where we used to go for Christmas or New Year parties. There used to be a retired Brigadier who would line up all the kids in front of him and have a chocolate in his hand. He would say 'How's the josh?' and we were to respond with 'High Sir!' The kid who was the loudest got the chocolate. Being a foodie, I used to be the loudest and always got the chocolate. I have heard very few Army people use the phrase. It is not something which is used extensively. What I did was I used the line in the right way in the film and now it has taken off to another level”, he said. © Instagram He further went on to add that this line was in his memory when he was penning down the movie and hence it had to be there. “The line was there right from the first draft. As a writer, we write according to our personal experiences, our memories. It is an amalgamation of everything. I had the line with me in my memory and this was the perfect film for it to come out.” The movie is based on the 2016 Uri terror attack and the retaliatory surgical strike by Indian on Pakistan that followed. The movie is already a blockbuster and has catapulted Vicky Kaushal to the hall of fame of actors.
  4. Last year, Samsung gave us a sneak peek at its upcoming foldable phone and everyone has been excited about the future of smartphones. We've already heard LG and Huawei working on similar technology and now Xiaomi is joining the battle as well. The company's president, Lin Bin, has now confirmed that the company is indeed working on a "double folding smartphone", and has shared a video showing it in action. Both sides of the phone can be folded back to transform it from a tablet into a more compact phone. We're confident the video shows a prototype in action since creases are easily visible. Considering the new form factor transformation, the device will be running an optimized version of MIUI that will instantly convert the UI for a seamless experience. The video shows the device can quickly change into a compact phone and sports glossy finish. Xiaomi's president revealed that they have employed a four-wheel drive foldable shaft technology and a foldable display to achieve the form factor. This may make this device the first one to sport a double folding mechanism. © Xiaomi The prototype visible in the video demonstrates only the folding functionality of the device and all other specifications remain unknown. In fact, there are no cameras or sensors visible on the prototype. The power button is located on the top, for now. The most important part of the video is how quickly the UI transforms to accommodate a new form factor. If any brand wants success with this concept, a seamless transition in the UI has to be a top priority. © YouTube / Samsung's Prototype One question continues to remain unanswered though, when will we see these prototypes production ready? Recent reports have indicated Samsung will be releasing a foldable phone by the end of this year. We expect Xiaomi too have a similar roadmap as well, considering they want to directly take on the South Korean giant. As far as prices are concerned, we've also heard that these devices are going to be extremely costly in the beginning. MWC 2019 is just a month away now and we look forward to seeing more of this in action there.
  5. Jason Momoa has established that no one could have played 'Aquaman' better than him through many, many ways that are pure brilliance, but it might have been destiny after all. Did you ever notice the huge triangular patterned tattoo on his forearm? That tattoo perhaps holds the key to the sheer perfection that he brings to the role. (c) Zimbio (c) E There is a hidden meaning behind the tattoo, that seems just like the plot of another movie. The triangular tattoo is a tribute to his family God or crest - which is called 'Aumakua'. According to Hawaiian mythology, the 'Aumakua' is a benevolent ancestral guardian spirit or protector who has died and come back in a different form to protect the family. In Momoa's case, his family's guardian spirit is a shark. “It's supposed to take the darkness out of your heart and bring the light in,” Momoa told in an interview. (c) Popsugar He says the tattoo is supposed to keep him safe and help him when he is under water. It will make sure that the sharks recognize him as one of their own. (c) Warner Bros. (c) YouTube All we can say is, this one definitely takes the cake when it comes to badass tattoos.
  6. “Tera kya hoga Kalia?”, “Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, pura naam. Baap ka naam Dinanath Chauhan. Ma ka naam Suhasini Chauhan. Gaon Mandwa…”, “Jindagi mein aadmi doich time itna jaldi bhagta hai – Olympic ka race ho, ya police ka case ho”. We are sure that most of you good folks reading this story, recall these iconic dialogues from 'Sholay', 'Agneepath' and 'Amar Akbar Anthony', that left a lasting impression on your memories. Even now, years after we first heard them, we can still deliver these lines verbatim on cue! View this post on Instagram Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of veteran Bollywood actor #KaderKhan. May he rest in eternal peace #rip #Bollywood #India #ZeeWorld #Zeeworldtvupdates A post shared by Zee World TV Update (@zeeworldtvupdates) on Jan 3, 2019 at 4:19am PST That says something about the kind of impact words could wield in the bygone era, even with the kind of dialogues our favourite heroes threw at the camera. But what's more special, is the mind at work here. The wordsmiths who strung words together to weave some of the most memorable phrases ever produced in the history of Hindi cinema. One such person of interest, who went unnoticed regardless of embodying this talent, and didn't get his due in the industry for his wizarding skills with words, was Kader Khan. A veteran actor, yes. But there is a lot more than just that, which the man has to his credit. The late actor breathed his last on 31st December and was laid to rest earlier today by his family and friends in Canada. View this post on Instagram Team 'Hero No. 1' - Govinda, director David Dhawan, producer Vashu Bhagnani & #KaderKhan @govindaahuja21 @varundvn @bhagnani_vashu #HeroNo1 #Govinda #DavidDhawan #VashuBhagnani #HindiCinema A post shared by Film History Pics (@filmhistorypics) on Jan 2, 2019 at 11:32pm PST While the world continues to remember him as a skilled actor who could make his audience laugh and cry with his acting, there was a whole different side to the man that most of the world was unaware of. Kader Khan, the screenwriter was as much of a dominating persona in the Hindi film industry, as the actor. Perhaps like a majority of us, you were also unaware of the fact that Kader Khan was the man who made Amitabh Bachchan's “angry young man” avatar come to life on-screen. He was the reason audience marvelled over Govinda's epic comedy that would have us ROFL-ing. View this post on Instagram Remembering the veteran actor Kader Khan Sahab - A versitile actor from being the king of comedy to a serious Act, it was always a delight watching his honest performances. Kader Khan Sahab is there in everyone's heart and will be remembered forever. . . . #RIPKaderKhanSahab #RemembringKadarKhan #kaderkhan #kaderkhandeath #ripkaderkhan #bollywood #actor #likeforlikes #like4likes #followforfollowback A post shared by Manesha A Agarwal (@maneshaagarwalmusic) on Jan 2, 2019 at 6:02am PST Kader Khan was more than an actor. So much more. He was a screenwriter and comedian, and a word-wiz who penned down some of the most honest and poignant dialogues for leading superstars in the industry. If that is news to you, we bet you didn't know about these facts about Khan-Sahab either: 1. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1937, he was a civil engineer by degree and even taught the subject in Byculla's MH Saboo Siddik College of Engineering from 1970 to 1975. View this post on Instagram Remembering Kader Khan: Have a look at these unseen pictures of the legendary actor! Follow ð@star_lifestyle_world for more updates âºï¸ . . #kaderkhan #unseen #pictures #actor #veteran #legend #bollywood #pinkvilla A post shared by star lifestyle world (@star_lifestyle_world) on Jan 2, 2019 at 4:23am PST 2. Kader Khan's acting talent was spotted by Dilip Kumar, during the former's performance at a college play. He was then signed up for 'Sagina Mahato' and 'Bairaag'. 3. He made his acting debut with 'Daag' in 1973. He played the role of a lawyer in the movie, that starred Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore and Rakhee in lead roles. View this post on Instagram (1996) #KaderKhan, Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty during shoot of 'Sapoot' @akshaykumar @sunielvshetty (pic: express archive) #AkshayKumar #SunielShetty #HindiCinema #KaderKhan A post shared by Film History Pics (@filmhistorypics) on Jan 2, 2019 at 11:23pm PST 4. In a career that spans over three decades, Kader Khan regaled the audience in over 300 films, out of which he had dialogue-writing credits for 250 movies. 5. He started writing scripts for movies even before his acting career kicked off. The first script that Kader Khan ever wrote was for 'Jawani Diwani' in 1982. 6. He was the man who penned some of Amitabh Bachchan's most famous dialogues, though some of his most popular works can be seen in 'Sharaabi', 'Coolie', 'Desh Premee', 'Lawaaris', 'Suhaag', 'Muqaddar Ka Sikandar', 'Parvarish', 'Amar Akbar Anthony', 'Mr. Natwarlal', 'Satte Pe Satta', 'Inquilab', 'Giraftaar', 'Hum'', Agneepath', 'Himmatwala', 'Coolie No. 1', 'Main Khiladi Tu Anari', and 'Sarfarosh' to name a few. View this post on Instagram #Rip #kaderkhan @beingsalmankhan #loveYou #lovekids Follow Us â¡@zoya5568 @being_ritika_salman @fugi_sk07 Don't Forget To FOLLOW Us ð¤. . . Follow for more updates : @beingsalmankhan__offical . . . #beingsalmankhan #salman #salmankhan #salmankhanlovers #salmankhanmerijaan #katrinakaif #salmaniacs #salmankhansmile #salmankhanrules #salmankhanno1worldwide #dabangg3 #Bharat #BharatEid2019 #BiggBoss12 #BiggBoss #BB12 A post shared by ð¯ï¸ISHQ DE CHASHNI (SALMAN)ð¯ (@beingsalmankhan__offical) on Jan 1, 2019 at 6:19pm PST 7. Kader Khan made Govinda's now-iconic “tapori shaanapanti” popular with the masses, with his intelligent, street-style wordplay, that used puns and abuses to grant the dialogues with just the right amount of depth and hilarity, all at once. 8. He not only wrote the best lines but was also a performer who brought those lines written in ink, alive on-screen. His sense of comedy, throw and comic-timing stayed on with the audience even after he left the frame. Kader Khan's chemistry with Govinda can never see a second coming. View this post on Instagram #RIP End of an Era !! #KaderKhan Kader Khan, Veteran Bollywood Actor, Passes Away at 81 After Prolonged Illness A day after dismissing reports of his death, Kader Khan's son Sarfaraz confirmed on Tuesday morning that the veteran actor-writer passed away on Monday evening. Best known for acting in popular films such Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Akhiyon Se Goli Maare, Joru Ka Ghulam, Haseena Maan Jaayegi, Aunty No. 1 and Judwaa, Khan was living in Canada with Sarfaraz and his daughter-in-law Shahista. He was 81. "My dad has left us. He passed away on December 31 at 6 pm as per Canadian time due to prolonged illness. He slipped into coma in the afternoon. He was in the hospital for 16-17 weeks,” Sarfaraz told PTI. "The last rites will be performed here in Canada only. We have our entire family here and we live here so we are doing it. We are thankful to everyone for their blessings and prayers," he added. In the last few days, Khan was just able to maintain eye contact. He had stopped talking completely, was put on a BiPAP ventilator and showed symptoms of pneumonia. Sarfaraz had earlier told a media portal that Khan had recently undergone a knee surgery but despite it being successful, he couldn't walk owing to his ill health. "The surgery did not go wrong. It was just that my father refused to get up after it. We were told that he has to make an effort and try to start walking from the next day but he just didn't do it," Sarfaraz said. Khan was also suffering from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), an extremely rare degenerative disease known to cause slow deterioration and loss of specific volumes of the brain, resulting in loss of balance, slowing of movement, difficulty moving eyes and dementia. Born in Kabul in 1937, Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Yash Chopra's film Daag that starred Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore in lead roles. He went on to feature in over 300 films. But before turning to acting, he was a prolific dialogue and screen writer and had penned dialogues for over 250 films, including Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bachchan's A post shared by ðµð°ÙÛد Die hard fan Since 1999 (@sanjayduttismyhero) on Dec 31, 2018 at 9:59pm PST 9. According to popular belief, Kader Khan would practise his dialogues in the dead of the night in graveyards to gauge the impact of his deliveries. That's some level of passion and dedication the man had! 10. According to an Amar Ujala report, the late actor had a net worth of 65 crores and won the Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue twice in his career for 'Meri Awaaz Suno' (1982) and 'Angaar' (1993). In 2013, he was also honoured with the Sahitya Shiromani Award for his contributions to the Hindi film industry. View this post on Instagram RIP! #KaderKhan! ðOne of the finest #Villain, #Actor, #writer, Veteran #Bollywood actor #KaderKhan passed away in a hospital in Canada. #Rip #KaderKhanpassedaway #RIPKaderKhan #GovindaLovers #Govinda #salmankhan #amitabhbachchan A post shared by GovindaLovers (@govindalovers) on Dec 31, 2018 at 10:18pm PST
  7. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have already made it to the list of biggest newsmakers of 2018 for the kind of love that the couple share, one that they don't shy away from overtly expressing either. © Viral Bhayani We have witnessed Ranveer Singh up the ante with his every romantic gesture for his lady love, and the two don't seem to be calling quits on their PDA anytime soon either (Psst..check out Deepika comment on Ranveer's latest Instagram post). © YouTube While Ranveer has always found a way of making Deepika feel utterly special, the man outdid himself when he specifically requested for a custom mehendi design for his wedding ceremony. For those of you who may not have known/noticed, Ranveer was seen sporting a diya with three stars, and Deepika's name written in Devnagari for his mehendi design. © Viral Bhayani Now, if latest reports are to be believed, Ranveer put in a lot of thought behind choosing this specific design. It is believed the diya signifies Deepika, while the three stars around it symbolise her mom, dad and sister. That was such as cool and thoughtful thing to do for your bride and her family! We are pretty sure this gesture must have surely gotten Ranveer some added brownie points from his wife and in-laws. We suppose it wouldn't be wrong to call him Jamai No. 1 of B-town, would it?
  8. You don't have to be a collector to recognize the unmistakable click of a Zippo lighter. The unique sound is not just soothing to many but is also a click that nearly 4 out of 5 adults will instantly recognize anywhere across the world. These aren't just tall claims but are facts that are supported on relevant grounds. Established way back in 1932, the Zippo windproof lighter easily found its way into the popular culture references and won many hearts with its unique design and unwavering durability. Yup, the biggest keyword that defines this as a collector's prized possession is the fact that despite the improvements to the flint wheel and evolving designs over the years, Zippo remains true to its famous lifetime guarantee – "It works, or we fix it free.™" Coming back to the click of the century, the Zippo click sound has recently been trademark joining the ranks of other unique sounds that you'll instantly connect with. So what really makes the click so unique? The crisp click of a Zippo lighter opening and closing is a trigger to numerous emotional responses. Approximately 70% of people stated that the sound instils positive emotional benefits. Sound is having an impact more than ever on people's moods evident in the global phenomenon of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) content. This is characterised by a static-like, tingling sensation that occurs due to a relaxing response to stimuli. ASMR triggers can range from whispering voices to the heightened audio of everyday sounds- with each trigger affecting the listener on a very individual level. This image of the inner workings of the Zippo lighter breaks down its anatomy revealing the small things that make the big difference. Made up of 9 essential raw materials, this collector's item clicks each of the products into motion resulting in the crisp click sound and the subsequent flame. Filling and Lighting the Zippo The Zippo windproof lighter is filled by removing the inside unit from the lighter case (9). Turn the inside unit over and lift the felt pad (8) to reveal the packing material in the fuel chamber (3). Hint: Use an unfolded paper clip or similar tool if the pad is hard to lift. With the felt pad out of the way, the fuel chamber is ready to be filled with lighter fuel, slowly saturating the wick (6) and the packing material (7) inside the fuel container. Once reassembled, the lighter is ready to use. A simple downward flick of the flint wheel (1) strikes it against the flint held in place by the flint spring (5), creating hot sparks that ignite the lighter fuel coating the wick (6). When opening the lighter, the distinctive Zippo click is created by the cam (2). The wick continues to draw lighter fuel from the packing material (7) in the fuel tank, and sends a continuous flow of fuel up the wick to keep the flame lit. This unwavering fuel flow, along with the perforated chimney design, helps the flame stay alight even in wind – an integral feature of the Zippo lighter's design since it first debuted in 1932. Finally, when the lighter lid is closed, the flame is immediately extinguished as it becomes deprived of the oxygen it needs to burn. If you are an aspiring collector of this nearly-a-century old masterpiece, make sure that you check the markings and manufacture date (this marking began in 1958) at the bottom to decode the lighter's age.
  9. Tell someone that you can help them get in ridiculously good shape in the shortest time frame and they will leave their brains aside. That is the reason shitty workout products like the ab king pro, the butterfly abs machine, or the classic slim sauna belt have made millions of dollars in profit. They are the classic lazy products for people who want results to come to them. Then are those people who are ready to go to the gym that won't do the normal. They start hunting for something that is quick and easy. Here are some of the ridiculous workouts that need to die for good in 2018: 1. Electric Suit Workouts © YouTube Remember the ab butterfly? A small machine that sits on your abs and sends an electric shock. Electric bodysuits are just bigger versions of it that send an electric stimulation to your entire body. These have become a huge trend now where people have a trainer carry the suit to your home or office, strap you on, and make you do some bodyweight workout for more than $100 a session. It does feel like an intense workout as your muscles are stimulated due to the current passed through them but it does nothing towards muscle growth or strengthening as for that, you have to progressively overload your muscles. Simply invest in a gym membership and lift weights. 2. Functional Kickboxing © YouTube I have a fair share of experience learning a martial art. It teaches you to be strong, teaches you self-defense, the art of self-control, and discipline. Functional kickboxing classes taught by every commercial gym nowadays are an insult to martial arts. They come nowhere near the art and do not even teach the basic skill of self-defense to the people taking the classes. It is just some weird form of dance that includes some air kicks and punches for the sake of it. Stop already. 3. Aqua Or Underwater Weight Training © Mensjournal What is it? Well, it's a funny trend of getting people to dive into swimming pools with tiny dumbbells and do resistance training. Firstly, it has no real life relevance. Secondly, you will not get stronger doing this. Thirdly, it defeats the purpose of weight training as you can easily lift more loads under the water. Still, people will run to register for such classes as it is something new and it has to be better than the traditional ways of training, right? I have just covered three ridiculous trends. There are tons of more available in the market and a new one coming every other day. If your goal is to build muscle, become stronger, and look great, then simply stick to weight training. If otherwise, go pick your poison. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  10. Ever since its launch on Amazon Prime Video on November 16, 'Mirzapur' has been the talk of the town for reasons even we cannot deny. From a stellar cast to sharp dialogues and a thrilling story line, this web series has our stamp of approval for a binge-worthy watch during a lazy weekend. While the web series revolve around Pankaj Tripathi, Divyenndu Sharma, Vikrant Massey and Ali Fazal's characters, we couldn't help but notice other characters that a massive contribution in shaping the plot of the show. 1. Kulbhushan Kharbanda As Bauji Okay, we got to be honest here! We have been eagerly waiting to see Kulbhushan Kharbanda on our screens for quite sometime and this comeback of his was long due. His role as bauji in 'Mirzapur' may be short albeit his performance is beyond perfection. The veteran actor plays Akhandanand's father in the show. Bauji is an ex-con and despite being wheelchair-bound plots a series of underhand dealings and plans to tackle various problems. Besides, Kharbanda's one-liners are a treat to listen if you are into dark, dry humour. 2. Amit Sial As Ram Sharan Maurya Amit Sial plays IPS RS Maurya in Mirzapur; a character that will bring you some hope amidst all that bloodthirsty power struggle and violence. Maurya saab is bold, valiant, righteous and unapologetic. Portrayed as one of the few good guys in the series, he is determined to put an end to the crimes that happen in Mirzapur. 3. Sheeba Chaddha As Vasudha Pandit Sheeba Chaddha is a terrific actor and her role in 'Mirzapur' adds yet another feather in her hat. She plays Vasudha Pandit, wife of Ramkant Pandit played by Rajesh Tailang. She is a strong woman and a stronger woman who takes pride in her sons' newfound money and status and she doesn't shy away from flaunting it. 4. Subhrajyoti Barat As Rati Shankar Shukla Subrajyoti Barat's character as Rati Shankar Shukla in 'Mirzapur' is a small one yet it sets the tone for the overall story line. Rati Shankar is the crime lord of Jaunpur and a flashback towards the start of the series reveals a deadly rivalry between Kaleen Bhaiya (played by Pankaj Tripathi) and him that marks the trigger point for the endless murders, betrayals and illegal weapon trade in Mirzapur. 5. Harshita Gaur As Dimpy Pandit The internet can't seem to get enough of Harshita Gaur's character Dimpy Pandit in Mirzapur and we get it why. She is Guddu's (played by Ali Fazal) and Bablu's (played by Vikrant Massey) sister and at first shown as extremely docile. But as the story progresses, she grows into a stronger character who fights for her own individuality. Directed by Karan Anshuman and Puneet Krishna, the series is a gangster drama set in the little-known lawless town of Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. The town is functions around the whims and fancies of underworld boss Akhandanand Tripathi aka Kaleen Bhaiya. He is feared and respected by his people but despite his reputation, he has his own vulnerable point - his son, Munna who cannot wait to inherit his father's legacy. Sounds interesting, right? Go ahead and watch 'Mirzapur' on Amazon Prime Video. Trust us, you'll get hooked!
  11. Sixteen years ago, a 19-year-old girl broke into the Indian women's Test side and a few months after her debut in the longest format she gave everyone a glimpse of her capabilities with a staggering knock of 214 runs against England in Taunton. A lot of time has passed by since then, but the legend of Mithali Raj continues to grow in international cricket. Ever since making her international debut in 1999, Mithali has established herself as India's most dependable batswoman, scoring runs in crunch situations and shattering one record after another. She is the highest run-getter in women's international cricket and the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000-run mark in women's ODIs. As she turns 36 next month, Mithali now boasts of numerous records in international cricket. And, even if her role (other than aiding India with the willow and her leadership skills) has now transcended into grooming young and upcoming members of her team, there is just no stopping this workhorse. © Twitter/@ICC One of the most diligent servants of Indian cricket, Mithali has played a pivotal role in the rise of the women's game in a country that has, for long, obsessed over their male counterparts. From shutting down sexist reporters to disapproving comparisons between male and female cricketers, the Indian captain (in Tests & ODIs) has helped her teammates in carving their own niche in a sport dominated by men. The right-hander would have surely cherished every milestone she has attained in her illustrious career so far, but her latest feat is undoubtedly the one that is going to remain close to her heart and stay for long in the memories of Indian cricket fans. For those who thought that women's game lacked adequate level of competition owing to the limited agility of female cricketers, Mithali's recent milestone seems to be an apt reminder of what they are capable of. Plying her trade in the ongoing ICC World T20, Mithali didn't get an opportunity to bat amid Harmanpreet Kaur's spectacle with the willow. But the right-hander came into her own, smashing a brilliant fifty in the next game against Pakistan. India's clash against Ireland, once again, saw Mithali rising to the occasion with another fifty to her name. While her 51-run knock helped India beat the Laura Delany-led team and secure their semifinals berth, it also allowed the seasoned campaigner to notch up arguably one of the most influential milestones of her career. Mithali Raj tops an illustrious list of India's most prolific T20I run-scorers ðªð®ð³ 1ï¸â£ @M_Raj03 2ï¸â£ @ImRo45 3ï¸â£ @imVkohli 4ï¸â£ @ImHarmanpreet 5ï¸â£ @ImRaina 6ï¸â£ @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/SmQt9LjLzu — ICC (@ICC) November 15, 2018 As India reached the semifinals of the Women's World T20 for only the third time (and first since 2010), the Rajasthan-born cricketer continued to lead the list of top run-getters for her country (including men and women) in T20Is. Mithali, now, boasts of 2,283 runs in the shortest format for India, leaving behind the likes of country's more popular cricketers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the coveted list. While Mithali scored those many runs in 80 T20I innings, Rohit, currently placed second in that list, could only manage 2,207 in as many innings. Virat, who is currently India's third-highest run-scorer in the shorter version, has amassed 2,102 runs in 58 innings. The fourth spot has been occupied by Harmanpreet who has 1,827 runs to her name in 91 T20I innings. India's record run-scorer in T20Is, @M_Raj03, was on top form again with a half-century to help her side into the @WorldT20 semi-finals! Watch the highlights of her innings, delivered by @oppo #FlashCharge! â¡ï¸#WT20 #WatchThis pic.twitter.com/A4Tkj9BPJR — ICC (@ICC) November 16, 2018 Mithali's fifty against Ireland also saw her going past New Zealand's Martin Guptill who is the highest run-getter in T20I in the men's game. When it comes to top-scorers in T20Is overall, Mithali is only behind Suzie Bates (2,961), Stafanie Taylor (2,691) and Charlotte Edwards (2,605). © Twitter/@WorldT20 The same innings allowed the veteran Indian star to notch up 17th T20I fifty which also saw her going past Bates, Alyssa Healy and Pakistan's Babar Azam to record the most 50-plus scores in a calendar year combining both men's and women's cricketers. A cricketer, whether male or female, notching up a milestone is nothing new in the modern era of the sport. But, at a time when the women's game, after toiling away in obscurity for generations, is taking huge strides to change the dynamics of how people perceive it, Mithali's latest feat is more than just a milestone, it's a stark reminder of how far these wonder women have come, giving the celebrated male cricketers a run for their money. And, if that doesn't get them the respect and praise they deserve, probably nothing will.
  12. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh's much-awaited wedding is just around the corner and the prep for the sangeet has already started! But while the entire world is trying to sneak a peek into what the main event beholds, which promises to be a mega event of the year, one needs to look beyond the fairytale setting, and at the mastermind who is bringing DeepVeer's wedding fantasy to life. View this post on Instagram #monthoflovewithwdc #friendship #sonamfabiani #manishmalhotra #vienna #fun #relationships A post shared by Vandana Mohan (@vandanamohan_wdc) on Feb 2, 2018 at 10:34pm PST The name is Vandana Mohan and she is the one who is pulling the threads on every minute detail related to Bollywood's mega event of the year. Here's the story about the Delhi girl who dared to dream differently, fought her own battles and came out victorious in a field that worked to weaken a woman's stronghold over it. The Backstory Today, Vandana Mohan may be known as the magician who can bring every extravagantly, fantastic wedding to life in the country, but initially, when she started out, Vandana was like any other middle-class Delhi girl. An army brat, she majored in Political Science, wished to get into JNU and work for the United Nations, before fate took a different turn, and she landed in the journalism- filmmaking industry. Her Career Trajectory Her brush with filmmaking soon spilled onto to script-writing and anchoring, which gradually turned into production. She started working as a consultant with a Chinese production company in the 1980s, where she later went on to become the production head. Soon she took the decision to do her own thing on the career front, and went on to launch her own event management company in 1989 called the Backstage Productions which handled corporate events and luxury brand launches. View this post on Instagram #month of love with WDC #theweddingdesigncompany #travels #fun#atheshow A post shared by Vandana Mohan (@vandanamohan_wdc) on Feb 1, 2018 at 9:28am PST Changing The Course Of Business Moving from formal corporate events to intimate wedding affairs happened by fluke, when one of her clients asked Vandana to organise his daughter's wedding. After that initial success, Vandana has never looked back. Today she is the face of the Wedding Design Company which has successfully organised hundreds of wedding in India and abroad. Her list of clientele includes names like Sonam Vaswani-Navin Fabiani and Parth Jindal and Anushree Jasani, besides planning the wedding of Tanvi Jindal in Florence in 2010 and Tarini Jindal in 2011. Her company was also responsible for the glam weddings of other high profile people such as Prince Shivraj Singh and Princess Gayatri Kumari, Vikram Chatwal and Deepak Parekh's son amongst others, with the most recent being Deepika and Ranveer's. Charting Her Own Path When Vandana started out, the field of event planning hadn't gained a lot of popularity, and whatever people knew about wedding planning, it was thought to be a “man's world”. Thus, when she started out she was met with a lot of resistance in terms of ideologies and work as well. View this post on Instagram #happyanniversary #we have each other #â¤ï¸ A post shared by Vandana Mohan (@vandanamohan_wdc) on Dec 9, 2017 at 10:37pm PST In an interview with Outlook Business, she said, “I would lose contracts only because people didn't know how to approach a woman for business or they were simply embarrassed to do business with a woman.” But she wasn't ready to give up. Not only did she bring her all-women team to the forefront and bagged international clients such as Moet Hennessy, Gucci, Ford Motor Company and Chanel, but also brought structure and finesse to the entire process. What Makes Her Special Vandana and her team are known for their professionalism that is well maintained with a personal touch. She ensured that a structure was being followed in the wedding industry, and coupled those with processes and responsibilities by introducing estimate sheets and a list of detailed service fee for her clients. View this post on Instagram #wdcweddings #lambalhu #wdc #stage#fabulouslighting# installation A post shared by Vandana Mohan (@vandanamohan_wdc) on Nov 6, 2016 at 4:14pm PST Striking A Balance Regardless of her hectic field of work, she has always found support in her husband and children. Since the beginning, she has managed to strike the right balance between work and family, so that neither of them suffer. Even her work sees a healthy mix of her client's needs and her expertise. Her signature touch involves flowers that tell their own stories while paying close attention to the “big dreams” people hold for their wedding. Coco Chanel's individuality inspires her and she respects Anand Mahindra for his multifaceted genius. Vandana Mohan is a woman of her own league and she's rightly called the wedding belle.
  13. In the short span of a year, the Gentlemen's Club has emerged as the national capital's definitive destination for men who seek the finer things in life. The festival marches into its fifth edition this Sunday (October 21 at Hotel Shangri La) and the women behind it, Smriti Puri and Poonam Gurbuxani Puri, are already looking ahead. The idea of organising such an event stemmed from a complete void in this space. “We were at a regular women's exhibition and realised that there's no unique and affordable fashion festival crafted especially for men,” says the duo that is married into the same family. Source: Gentlemen's Club On the one hand, Poonam, 33, was an investment banker before venturing out into the world of fashion and lifestyle; Smriti, on the other, brings the technical expertise through her vast experience in the industry. The latter has been a designer by profession and also runs an export house for premium apparel. The Gentlemen's Club brings together the finest brands in men's lifestyle under one roof. The offerings range from a cigar lounge, a beer garden and a wine tasting space to music, shopping, fashion shows and golfing tips. Brands like Andamen, Artimen, Genes Lecoanet Hemant, Siddhartha Tytler, Bang & Olufsen, Noire Company and Regis will be a part of the do. "It's never too late to be fashionable and these brands showcasing straight up creativity and innovation ensure that men get a taste of shopping with the very best," they conclude. For more information, check out the Gentlemen's Club on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/gentlemensclub815/ ) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/gentlemensclub815/ ), or click here (http://www.gentlemensclub.net.in/).
  14. What is it about a steaming cup of freshly brewed tea, that instantly elevates your mood and almost makes you feel powerful enough to conquer the world? Okay, maybe that was an exaggeration, but bhavnao ko samjho yaar. It's almost as if there isn't a thing in the world that a cup of tea can't solve. Well, mostly. A good cuppa made to your personal liking is powerful enough to evoke nostalgia stronger than any joint, on a given day. It holds the power to take you back to the chai ki tapri in some old gully back from the day, where the chai transported you to another world. © MensXP Drinking tea is more of a daily ritual in our country, and it is as much about the taste, as it is about the experiences it lends to the consumer. So, when Chaayos' co-founder Nitin Saluja was looking for a similar chai-experience one fine night in the US, and was disappointed to not find any, a possibility stirred in his heart. Two years later in 2010, after having quit his fine job in the US, Nitin came back to India and got in touch with Raghav Verma, a friend and former colleague from the company Opera. The IITians hit it off instantly, and in the following interactions, Nitin shared his dream of starting a tea joint for chai lovers in India, much like Starbucks for coffee maniacs, where people can enjoy a good brew even outside their homes. © MensXP Having dabbled with startup ventures previously, and being a tea lover himself, Raghav came onboard for the project almost immediately. For the next two years, Nitin and Raghav launched a full-fledged market research, and the results only brought them good news. India is a country of tea drinkers, where 30 cups of tea are sold for every cup of coffee, and this revelation promised a lot of potential for a lucrative business. Then came the first Chaayos outlet in Cyber City, Gurgaon on November 2012, which was built with the aim to serve a fresh, custom-made cup of chai to its consumers. They have taken customisation to a whole new level by offering 12,000 different ways of how one can enjoy their cup of tea, along with a number of delectable tea accompaniments they introduced over time, which are a major hit with their customers. © MensXP Cut to 2018, the duo has managed to launch 52 chai cafes across Gurgaon, Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Chandigarh, Mumbai and Thane. What makes Nitin and Raghav's concept click with the consumers, is their acknowledgement of the fact that “there is no one right chai” for India, and that's how the 'Meri Wali Chai' made its first appearance on the Chaayos menu. Now we know what went into coining that name. Since then, they have not looked back, and the brand has only taken more and more steps forward. However, this success wouldn't have been theirs to celebrate, had they paid heed to the naysayers, who constantly told them how bad an idea this was. They were explicitly told that they would never be “as cool as coffee” but even that changed when they had the same customers come back thrice a day for a sip of their tea blends. © MensXP This went on to become their USP- a unique experience around tea. They have had 300% year-on-year growth, with 42% month-on-month customer repeat rates, which has constantly added to their nationwide popularity. Yet, the co-founders haven't forgotten their early days, and the personal challenges they have had to overcome to reach to this point. Their families were shocked and more than a little apprehensive about the big move their IIT graduate sons were making, by leaving their fancy jobs to sell chai. But they pursued their dreams, and as we all know now, the venture has been more than successful. For all of you, who want to give your own dream a chance, this is what Nitin has to say. “Have a lot of perseverance and be at it” no matter what life throws your way. As for Raghav, he believes that “quality associations are key” and that's what makes an organisation magically good. They have a great story to share, so check out what they've got to say here:
  15. History was created in India yesterday and it is being said that this can be a move towards real change, which would put the nation on the world map as a progressive torchbearer. We believe that the journey has only just begun and there still remains a long journey ahead of us, in terms of securing the rights of the LGBTQ community. Nonetheless, the ripples of change shall be felt in the years to come and push the nation and its youth to move towards building a more welcome and compassionate society, that treats all its members equally and ensures they get the respect and love they deserve. © Reuters However, while we rejoice over the verdict today, we must not forget the incredible people who deserve all the credit for this monumental decision and that has to be the five-member constitutional bench that ruled out the prolific verdict yesterday and changed the fate of millions. Meet the five heroic judges who upheld the essence of justice and liberation in its truest sense: 1. Justice Indu Malhotra © Twitter An empanelled lawyer, who sought protection for the LGBT community from sexual harassment, Justice Indu Malhotra also happens to be the first female lawyer who was upgraded directly from the Bar as a Supreme Court Judge. She became the second woman who occupied the chair of a senior advocate in the Supreme Court, after Justice Leila Seth. Justice Indu Malhotra also spearheaded SC's 2015 verdict that ensured unmarried mothers could have legal guardianship of their children without the father's consent. Upon yesterday's verdict, she said that “history owes an apology to the members of the LGBT community for all the persecution they had to go through.” 2. Justice DY Chandrachud © TOI Justice Chandrachud is the former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court and is also a former judge of the Bombay High Court. He was also a part of the nine-member bench that declared Right to Privacy as a fundamental right in the country. Yesterday, he stated that this verdict was long overdue for the discrimination being meted out to a community, for which the people sought a firm remedy. 3. Justice Deepak Misra © Twitter The current Chief Justice of India, who will be remembered to have survived one of the Indian judiciary's most turbulent periods. He was the head of the bench that delivered the death sentence to Nirbhaya's killers, as well as the bench that dropped Yakub Memon's plea to hold off his execution. Post the declaration of the verdict, Justice Misra stated that “denial of self-expression is akin to inviting death.” That's just about the correct way to put it. 4. Justice AM Khanwilkar © barandbench The former Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court, Justice Khanwilkar was on the bench that allowed medical termination for the pregnancies of two minor rape victims in Delhi and Bangalore. He was also on the panel of judges that dissolved the petition seeking a ban on Malayali author Hareesh S.'s novel 'Meesha'. Yesterday, he said that Section 377 has been felled only partially and while the law shall not apply to consensual same-*** acts, it shall still be applicable to forced sexual acts without consent. 5. Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman © YouTube Son of renowned jurist Fali Nariman, Justice Nariman was earlier practising as a senior counsel at the Supreme Court. He was part of the bench that disposed of the Cyber Law which gave the police extensive powers to arrest anyone deemed to be posting “offensive comments” and was also on the chair that delivered the monumental judgement against Triple Talaq. Yesterday, he stated that the nation must recognise that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and the government must take adequate steps to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma attached to the LGBT community.
  16. It was back in 2007 when we were first bowled over by the witty Kapil Sharma on the 'Great Indian Laughter Challenge' show, that offered its audience a fresh way of enjoying entertainment on the small screen in the form of a talent hunt, specifically meant for India's comedy stars. © Instagram The show's brush with gold seemed to have opened a treasure of good luck for the man, who went on to bag all the six consecutive titles on 'Comedy Circus', aired between 2010 to 2012. What an innings it had been for this comedy star who never failed to strike a chord with his audience and tickle their funny bones. We loved him all the more because he was one of us and he had finally made it. Kapil rose to fame from being an ordinary Punjabi munda from Amritsar, was a humble yet excessively funny son to his doting parents. © Instagram Cut to 22 June 2013 when India's way of experiencing entertainment changed forever. Kapil Sharma's 'Comedy Nights With Kapil' hit the screens and became an instant hit. This moment onwards there was no looking back for Kapil or his popular show which was a fresh mix of sketch comedy and celebrity talk show, which then became India's own take on American late-night shows. © Instagram We had finally found someone whose jokes resonated with our personal experiences and we could now hear someone share our private jokes from a stage, but they sounded a lot more hilarious coming from him. From young kids to our grannies and dads, there were elements in the show that catered to all our needs across all age groups and we loved everything about it! The cast, the sets, the plots and obviously the ROFL inducing jokes and interviews, we simply couldn't get enough of Kapil and his team's antics. © Instagram The show did all the right things for Kapil and then came the time when the show's contract with Sony came to an end. This time Kapil found a welcome abode on Colors TV which saw the birth of 'The Kapil Sharma Show'. This venture brought together some of the most famous names of the film fraternity together on a platform, became hugely popular and allowed us to watch our favourite celebrities in a different light. © Instagram But like they say, all good things must come to end, and so was to be the fate of Kapil's golden touch which gradually began to lose its gilded effect. 2017 came bearing a number of lows for Kapil which only proved that excessive pride can bring about your fall. From allegations of misbehaviour to throwing tantrums on the sets and alcohol dependence, Kapil's popularity was marred beyond repair. © Instagram While a lot has been said and done about those mishaps already, we list down the major missteps Kapil Sharma has to his credit that were pivotal to his fall from grace: The Sunil Grover Debacle The biggest blow to Kapil's raging glory was his fallout with friend and fellow co-star Sunil Grover, which took an ugly turn when things went public on Twitter with both Kapil and Sunil sharing their side of the story. That didn't go down well with Kapil who went on a rant about it on Twitter. Paji I called u more then 100 times n came to ur house to meet u twice .. every time u were out for some show n all .. pls don't spread rumors that I didn't call u. — KAPIL (@KapilSharmaK9) March 17, 2018 The thing is u r smarter then me. u know when n how to play .. n I am a dumb emotional. — KAPIL (@KapilSharmaK9) March 18, 2018 Next came the mid-air altercation with his colleagues on 'The Kapil Sharma Show' leading to a joint walkout which killed the show and brought a lot of negative publicity. Fans Begin Losing Their Faith Thanks To His Public Fights The next blow was a public fight that ensued when Kapil charged his ex-girlfriend Preeti Simoes and her sister of trying to extort money from him after having exited the show with the others. A defamation suit ensued and yet again all was witness by the fans. Here is what the sisters had to say: A Message for u from the heart @KapilSharmaK9 #kapilsharma pic.twitter.com/7Rg0l5EgrQ — Neetisimoes (@neetisimoes) April 10, 2018 The Final Nail In The Coffin The final hit came when Kapil got into an ugly virtual fight with a Spotboye journalist Vicky Lalwani over a story on Kapil, that didn't go down well with the king of comedy and he yet again went public on Twitter to vent: Maine jo b likha tha apne dil se likha tha.. it was my team who deleted my tweets .. But main is kutte bikaayu reporter se darne wala nahi hu.. he can write anything for anybody just for few bucks. Shameless — KAPIL (@KapilSharmaK9) April 7, 2018 Apparently he was upset about some stories against him. I was only doing my work. He called me, used abusive language & also said offensive things about my daughter. He handled his success very well but couldn't handle his drop: V Lalwani, journalist on his spat with Kapil Sharma pic.twitter.com/y8XXmtfpN3 — ANI (@ANI) April 6, 2018 These incidents are what we last remember of him from last year and a half, but new reports now suggest that Kapil is working hard to salvage his career and rebuild his life and is all set to make a comeback with a new comedy show around Diwali this year. We wish him all the luck in this new endeavour and hope to see a brand new Kapil Sharma who has faced his challenges and come out fighting.
  17. While some actors are chiselled, polished and made into a diamond by the director, Shah Rukh Khan is one of those stars who have been made into a star and attained unimaginable heights of fame, solely by his fans. The 'Badshah of Bollywood' is loved by millions. Be it his co-stars, team members, filmmakers, viewers, the actor rules hearts across the globe. The talented actor has seen his share of ups and downs, but despite that, he remains one of the most bankable actors in the industry. No matter how good or bad his movies fare, one thing that has remained constant is his fame and stardom, and his gratitude to his devoted fans. But reaching this point in his career has been a journey filled with immense backbreaking work. We got hold of some behind-the-scenes pictures of King Khan which gives us a glimpse of his beautiful journey. Each picture has a story but one thing that remains constant is his boyish charm. Here's a flashback of him from his old days that proves his allure remains untouched till date. 1. Pardes How can we forget 'Yeh Dil Deewana' or 'My Name Is India'? Weren't we all crazy for these two tracks? © Pinterest 2. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai "Kuch Kuch Hota hai Anjali....tum nahi samojgi," SRK and Kajol made us fall in love with their friendship and romance. © Pinterest © Pinterest 3. Yess Boss 21 years of the movie and it still remains a quintessential 90s romcom. © Pinterest 4. Dil Se We wonder why filmmakers don't create such great cinema anymore! © Pinterest 5. Paheli Not an Oscar-nomination worthy film, but kudos for trying something new. © Pinterest 6. Devdas A classic that brought Madhuri, SRK and Aishwarya in one frame and Sanjay Leela Bhansali gave us a film that we will never get over! And of course epic dialogues that gives us goosebumps. © Pinterest 7. Ra One A great effort for the VFX indeed, but the same cannot be said for the movie though. © Pinterest 8. Swades "Main nahi manta hamara desh duniya ka sabse mahaan desh hai ... lekin yeh zaroor manta hoon ... ki hum mein kabliyat hai, taqat hai, apne desh ko mahaan banane ki." This dialogue is enough to tell you why it's a timeless piece of cinema. © Twitter 9. Jab Tak Hai Jaan At times, it's just the poetic lines that make a movie worth a watch. © Yash Raj Films 10. Main Hoon Na How can we ever forget Sushmita Sen's flying saree? Wish we were in the same class as SRK! © Red Chillies Entertainment 11. Chennai Express Don't underestimate the power of a common man! Deepika and SRK were too hilarious from the first to the last frame. © Facebook 12. My Name Is Khan This is undoubtedly one of the most meaningful and moving films made by Karan Johar. © Facebook 13. Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna Yet another good attempt by KJo. © Dharma Productions 14. Don 2 Kyunki Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi namumkin hai :P © Red Chillies Entertainment 15. Dear Zindagi With Alia and SRK together, things couldn't get better. © Red Chillies Entertainment 16. Dilwale A terrible film but loved SRK and Kajol together! © Red Chillies Entertainment © Red Chillies Entertainment 17. Raaes Baniye Ka Dimaag Miya Bhai Ki Daring! Or let's say - Badshah ki acting and Nawazuddin ka tashan - an entertaining package! © Red Chillies Entertainment
  18. What's surprising in the Strength and fitness world today is that the exercises which formed the base of training for the old school strongmen and athletes are now being termed as dangerous and injury prone. One exercise, which tops this list, is the good old, Behind the Neck Press. Old School Wisdom Behind the neck press was one of the most powerful shoulder exercises and a staple movement in the routine of yesteryear bodybuilders and strength athletes. Lately, this movement had been termed dangerous and is altogether banned from various gyms and sports workouts. © YouTube What Does The Research Say? In a 2015 study in the Journal of Sport and Health Science, Australian Researchers M. McKean & B. Burkett, compared the two overhead pressing techniques i.e. front of the head and behind the neck press, on 33 subjects who performed the movements in a sitting position. Though there was difference seen in male and female spine movement during the testing, however, both front and behind the neck presses were found to be safe and effective exercises, when performed on subjects with normal trunk stability and ideal shoulder ROM. The trunk stability is required to stabilize the posture of the spine, especially during seated overhead presses, without a back support. This Exercise Isn't The Issue, Probably Your Posture Is We need to understand that it was never the movement which is the problem. It's you who may be the issue. For e.g. if your normal 'S' shaped spine has turned into a 'C' shaped spine, i.e. you have a hunchback or rounded shoulders, then you first need to work on getting the posture correct. In such a case, any of the shoulder presses may be an issue with you. © YouTube On the other hand, if you have good shoulder mobility and have no shoulder injury or a history of an injury, then behind the neck press is absolutely fine for you. A simple way is to perform the movement and see in case it is giving your shoulder joint any form of discomfort. In fact, behind the neck press may be a better way to assess any underlying shoulder issue. Greater Activation Of The Three Shoulder Heads Author of the book Optimal Muscle Training, Ken Kinakin says, “Pressing the bar from behind the head: This puts maximal stress on the cervical muscles and disks and increases the risk of cervical disk herniation and stresses the shoulder capsule. The benefit is that the elbows are forced to be in line with shoulders, which puts maximal stress on all the shoulders. Excellent shoulder flexibility is needed to get the bar behind the neck.” How And When An Injury Can Occur © YouTube Writer Joseph Horrigan, writes in the magazine Ironman- “The bar travels a shorter distance than it does during military presses. The behind-the-neck press requires more shoulder range of motion, however. It requires external rotation of the shoulder—so you can get the bar behind your head—and scapular retraction, which is pulling your shoulders back. If your pecs are tight, your shoulders will be rounded forward to varying degrees. The tightness will limit your ability to externally rotate your shoulders and also limit your ability to retract your shoulder blades. Those limits can produce shoulder pain from an excessive strain on the rotator cuff tendons or bursitis under the roof of the shoulder.” How It Should Be Done Writer Sean Nalewanyj writes, in the behind the neck press “in order to move your upper arms into the proper position to execute the lift, your shoulders must be placed into an extreme externally rotated position. This forces the subscapularis (one of the four rotator cuff muscles) into an overly stretched position.” Strength coach, Christian Thibaudeau, “Among the three main pressing options – barbell press from the front, behind the neck barbell press, and dumbbell press – the behind the neck press has a significantly greater activation of all three heads of the delt.” A number of famous powerlifters, weightlifters and bodybuilders have extremely heavy behind the neck presses, as the main movement during their workouts. Reg Park, Arnold, Franco Columbu, Serge Nubret, Sergio etc. all loved this age old sweetheart. The first person to break the 700-pound bench press barrier was Ted Arcidi, who used 400 pounds on the behind-the-neck press. Ed Coan performed the same amount at 217lbs. bodyweight. Here Are The Following Points To Be Kept In Mind While You Perform The Movement: - Start practising for the movement with a light empty barbell or even better, a hollow pipe. - Do not grip the bar with an extremely wide grip or too narrow grip. Keep the elbows at 90deg to the bar. - Your elbows should be directly under the bar, not flared in or out. - Do not give a jerky movement and when you get the bar down, below parallel, if your shoulder is not mobile enough, don't force the bar down. - If you feel a pinch in the shoulder even with an empty bar, then better remain off this movement. So, it's not that too much weight will be an issue in behind the neck press. It's actually any weight which causes joint discomfort. - Don't do the movement as the first movement in your workout schedule. Let the shoulders get warmed up properly. - Avoid getting the bar all the way down to the neck. In case you have been performing this movement since a long time and are confident of the same, please go ahead. But for beginners, or injury prone guys and girls, just stop with the bar, slightly close to the bottom position. - If you have an injury, or great discomfort while doing shoulder presses, then avoid barbells altogether. Try doing the movement with dumbbells. Akshay Chopra, is a graduate of the National Defence Academy & the Air Force Academy, and a former IAF pilot. He is one of the most qualified health, fitness & nutrition consultants in the country, and an author of multiple books & ebooks. He is among the few in the country to have a background of competitive athletics, military training and bodybuilding. He is the co-founder of the Body Mechanics chain of gyms, and India's first research based channel We R Stupid. You can check out his Youtube here.
  19. Disclaimer- This piece is ONLY intended for educational purposes. MensXP Health isn't for or against the usage of anabolic steroids and SARMs. It's a personal choice. About SARMs (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators) The sports performance world is always on the lookout for the next breakthrough in science, primarily for performance enhancement. Such substances, once revealed, become a rage in the market in no time, until the World Anti-Doping Agencies, either approves them for use, or simply bans them. Even then, the use of such ergogenic aids is rampant, and without any checks, especially in the world of fitness. The Latest Addition To This Demand Are The SARMS © Pixabay SARMs or Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators are a class of therapeutic compounds that have properties similar to anabolic steroids but with reduced androgenic properties. The field of nonsteroidal androgens, and especially Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs), has grown tremendously since the first report on them in 1998. They are marketed as having similar positive effects on muscle and strength that pro-hormones and anabolic steroids have, but with fewer side effects. How SARMs Work SARMs actually block or stimulate key receptors in the body, which can help in increasing positive effects and decrease the unwanted side effects. We know that all anabolic steroids or prohormones bind to certain receptors and only then initiate their action. A drug that can either block or stimulate the same receptor under different conditions is called a 'selective receptor modulator. So it can show beneficial effects in one tissue and at the same time minimize the unwanted effects of synthetic steroids. © YouTube Discovery And How They Are Different From Steroids SARMs were first discovered in the 1940s after researchers modified the chemical structure of testosterone molecule. SARMs back then were derived from testosterone. They were considered steroidal in nature. But today the race is on to develop non-steroidal SARMs. Ligand Pharmaceutical was the first company to develop compounds called as Cyclic Quinolinones which later became the first series of non-steroidal SARMs. The research is now on to further improve upon these SARMs by reducing their liver toxicity and increase their bioavailability. Treating Low Testosterone One of the primary reasons for the development and research of SARMs is the decreasing testosterone levels in men also called as hypogonadism. This leads to reduction in muscle mass, osteopenia, fat gain, depression, decrease in libido, decrease in stamina and strength, etc. HRT or Hormone Replacement Therapy is a common solution for hypogonadism but this is not without side effects. This is where SARMs come in which not only give you the requisite increase in androgens but zero side effects like DHT conversion, liver toxicity, blood pressure effects, water retention, gynecomastia etc. Safe To Use? Don't Think So. Despite these advancements, SARMs are still not inducted into the mainstream medicine as research is still not conclusive and the studies have been performed mainly on animal subjects like rats. But a number of big pharma companies are researching and developing SARMs, like Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Ligand Pharma, Kaken pharma, Bristol-Myers Squibb etc. The study also stated that in Jan 2008, IOC (International Olympic Committee) added SARMs to the prohibited list. So if you are planning to use SARMs thinking they are some new weapon which will help you enhance performance but at the same time save you from the clutches of WADA (World Anti-Doping Association), then you are mistaken. © Pixabay Medical Use Apart from the use of SARMs in ageing population and postmenopausal women, they can also be used in various other cases like multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, burn injuries, cancer, HIV, major injury or surgery etc. Akshay Chopra, is a graduate of the National Defence Academy & the Air Force Academy, and a former IAF pilot. He is one of the most qualified health, fitness & nutrition consultants in the country, and an author of multiple books & ebooks. He is among the few in the country to have a background of competitive athletics, military training and bodybuilding. He is the co-founder of the Body Mechanics chain of gyms, and India's first research based channel We R Stupid. You can check out his Youtube here.
  20. Beer happens to you by chance of good luck. Some even say it's an acquired taste and you have to explore a bit before you come across “the one” for you. We mean the flavour that teases your tastebuds and the one brand you always have your eyes on, no matter where you are. That's pretty much how White Rhino came into being and went on to become one of India's most fave craft beer brand. © MensXP It all started when the US was hit by recession in 2008 and the now founder of White Rhino, Ishaan Puri, was caught amidst all the action that recession brought to the market. He was working with BlackRock Inc. and though the company wasn't hit by a severe blow, Ishaan had been rattled by the unsettling feeling it brought with it. This pushed him to start looking elsewhere and explore options that would help secure his future. © MensXP Ishaan moved back to India in 2010 but having spent a good number of years in the US, specifically in Philadelphia and New York, first for his studies and later for work, he had developed a love for good quality craft beer. When he began to miss the taste of the US craft beer at home, Ishaan decided to do something about it and signed up for a diploma in brewing at UK's Brewlab. The rest as they say, is history. 18 months later, White Rhino is today one of India's first bottled craft beer brand and has an increasingly satisfied customer base with its reach spanning across over 500 outlets in Delhi-NCR alone. © MensXP Today, Ishaan's brainchild White Rhino is spearheading the movement towards better beer. The brand functions with a genuine interest to help this segment evolve within the Indian market and aim to achieve that with honesty and sincerity towards the product as well as the customer. Besides that, the brand also wants to ensuring that they keep growing their knowledge about the field and stand by its ethics. Ishaan's definition of craft beer is one that has been “purely brewed with a focus on flavour and authenticity, over cost cutting”. He is a firm believer of producing beer for a discerning market instead of aiming at mass production.Thus, the brand is based on three guiding philosophies, that is, to make beers that are authentic, accessible and balanced. © MensXP Now, if you've always been intrigued by the brand's name then you'd be thrilled to find out about the idea that went behind it. Ishaan's choice stems from the desire to have a name that distinguishes the brewery and the beers it produces for their way of doing things the right way and staying true to the consumer's expectations. Something that rare in a market which otherwise wants to cut corners, makes them as rare an entity in the beer market as the white rhino is to the world. © MensXP Ishaan feels passionately for the brand and by his own admission, works in an obsessive fashion by being personally involved in as many aspects of the production as possible. He has found a dedicated team of people who are as passionate about the company's growth as Ishaan is and that helps Ishaan move forward. With plans of aggressive expansion starting this October, they shall start preparing to get ready for the next season and cater to 7-8 different domestic market as well as expand globally without any supply shortages. © MensXP Ishaan has brought the brand to great heights and continues to invest more time and efforts to help the brand reach a larger audience and cater to their need of experiencing good tasting beer in their home country. White Rhino may have started out small from a brewery located in Malanpur, Gwalior but their product and plans are to make it big. Honestly, we can already see it coming true in the upcoming season.
  21. Arguably one of the most popular and consistent batsmen in the world, Virat Kohli's artistry with the willow was once again in full display as he orchestrated India's emphatic 203-run win over England at Trent Bridge which saw his side make a resounding comeback in the five-match Test series. The right-hander slammed a gritty 97 in the first innings and followed it up with a brilliant hundred in the second. Having scored 200 runs over the course of two innings, Kohli undeniably led from the front for India and was, thereon, rightly adjudged the 'Man of the Match' in the 3rd Test. © Reuters Thanks to his Herculean effort, Kohli moved back to the No. 1 spot of ICC Test Rankings for batsmen, dethroning Australia's Steve Smith in the process. Two weeks ago, the Indian skipper - owing to a hard-fought 149 in a losing cause at Edgbaston - had claimed the numero uno spot for the first time in his Test career. But, the mediocre scores of 23 and 17 in India's debacle at Lord's saw him losing the top spot to Smith. However, a fine showing at Trent Bridge proved good enough for Kohli to take his No. 1 spot back from the Australian. The delhi lad has now amassed a career-best 937 rating points and he's only one point shy of breaking into the list of top 10 batsmen in Test rankings history. Sir Donald Bradman is currently leading the elite list, having achieved a rating of 961 points in February, 1948. He is followed by Smith (947), Len Hutton (945), Jack Hobbs and Ricky Ponting (both on 942), Peter May (941), and Gary Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Viv Richards and Kumar Sangakkara (all on 938 points) in the list. © Reuters While it might take Kohli some time to overtake Bradman in that list, but the Indian skipper has already gone past the great Australian in another feat. In another personal triumph at Trent Bridge, Kohli has become the first captain to score 200 or more runs in a winning cause on seven different occasions - better than Bradman and Ponting who had achieved the feat six times apiece. After making a sensational comeback in the series, India will hope that Kohli and his teammates carry their fine form to Southampton where they'll lock horns with England in the fourth Test, slated to begin from 30th August at the Rose Bowl Cricket ground.
  22. If you have followed basketball or played it at some level, well, you will be familiar with the term- three-pointer. Or maybe the three-point field goal or the trey, yes they are one and the same thing. So what is it exactly? Simple, it's a field goal made from outside the three-point line, a designated arc surrounding the basket. Should the ball enter the basket then its worth three points, instead of the two that are usually awarded for a basket. In other words, it's a good way to get that extra point which is often the difference between victory and defeat. Anyway, now that we know what it is, there is some method behind the madness. Yes, obviously, you have to be pretty good to be able to shoot from that distance and score. Going all the way to the net and jumping to put the ball in is in one thing, but what about from faraway? Well it's not rocket science, but there is some science to it. The best people to show you this are those who play the game themselves. After all, who better than the ones who engage in it first hand? Two of the best shooters from a distance in recent years in the NBA are Stephen Curry and Steve Novak (who played for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2016-17). What makes them so good at it? Because they have practiced how to get set into their shot and how to execute it well, which is why it's so good to watch. Curry personally believes in repetition and balance. "You've got to have good balance," he says. "A lot of people focus on your hands with your jump shot but it starts with your feet being squared to the basket and having good balance." When Curry takes the shot, it's rare that his feet are not squared almost completely to the basket. His knees are bent and his torso is straight to stay balanced throughout. "You got to have a solid follow-through so that each shot is as smooth and as repetitive as possible," he adds. "Everybody has a different form. You look at every single NBA player and everybody shoots a different way. The best shooters shoot the exact same way every single time they look at the basket.” © Getty Images In Novak's case it's just keeping it simple. "You don't want too much excess motion," he says. The moment Novak has the ball, he is on his way to get shooting as soon as possible. If the release is quick, the chances of botching things up are pretty less. "It's a shot that's hard enough the way it is. It's far enough away from the hoop the way it is, so you don't want to add too many things to it. You want to duplicate it over and over and over.” © Getty Images Kevin Love has his own take on how to put the perfect 3-pointer shot in the basket. “I have got to make sure my feet are in line with the basket. When I am stepping into a shot, I really need everything to be on balance. You have to jump right into it so when I jump, I almost want to land in the same spot. I want to spread my fingers out wide to get a good base on my hands as well.” Sounds simple enough right? Well just keep practising guys! © Getty Images So the bottom line is, maintain balance, have a good grip, get a good aim and do a good jump if you want to land the perfect 3-pointer. The reason you get the extra point is because this one shot is earned from a distance. The players have showed you how to do it so what are you waiting for? Get out there and get it right and you too can land it without much effort.
  23. We are more than aware of the state of our roads in India. Name any town or city, big or small, the number of wheels speeding on an already brimming road at any given point in time is truly testing on many levels. No, we aren't just thinking 'time', we're talking more along the lines of keeping our equilibrium together and reining our wayward tongue in such moments of civilian weakness when the roads threaten to get the better of us. Since that seems pretty relatable on an everyday basis and we hear some unanimous muttering of “been there, done that”, we may all come to agree upon the fact that cab-hailing services may (and have, on multiple occasions) come to our rescue during such testing times. One such platform that's an absolute hit across the Indian subcontinent is Ola and every Indian must take pride in this homegrown cab-hailing giant that's made everyday commute easy and a LOT less aggressive, to say the least. News hit the wire last afternoon with Ola Co-founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal's announcement that the ride-hailing service is all set to launch in the United Kingdom very soon. The news comes after just a few months of Ola's successful operations in Australia since February earlier this year. Now with its impending launch in the UK, which also happens to be the company's second major global launch, things are looking up for the company like never before. Spearheading the company's globalisation spree is Bhavish Aggarwal, the brain we're all set to anatomize today. From Humble Beginnings To The Ride © Reuters Born to a pair of doctors and hailing from the small town of Ludhiana in Punjab, Bhavish is a 2008 IIT-Bombay graduate in Computer Science and Engineering, who ranked #23 in his entrance examinations (little to his parents' disappointment, we know right?!) and went on to work with Microsoft as an Assistant Researcher for the next two years post graduating from college. IIT-B was also to be the place where he was destined to meet the future Co-founder of Ola, Ankit Bhati - the two shared dorms in college and were the first friend either of them made on campus. Though the rest is history but to cut the story short, that first introduction led to innumerable escapades together and exchange of ideas which culminated into the fathering of what was to be known as Ola Trips. At a raw age 24, Bhavish along with Ankit, co-founded an online weekend trip-booking portal in early 2010 with a personal pain point they sought a solution to. BTS Scoop You'd Wanna Know © Reuters In his own words, he was 24 when he started, had a girlfriend but wasn't married and had no money so that eliminated the risk of huge losses - and this here folks, formed the basis of his first startup. That's some way to look at it, right? However, while all might seem up and pumping to an onlooker, Bhavish often admits to having lived through numerous hiccups at the initial stages of Ola's inception. Back in the day in 2010, the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India wasn't as hot and bothered as recent times which posed as a struggle for them to breakthrough. After being in operation for 6 months, Ola Trips metamorphosed into Ola Cabs harnessing on the need of the hour. Built with an aim to build urban mobility in India, Bhavish stood by his belief that startups should be established to solve big, important problems and that's how Ola Cabs came into being. Then came the funding which was slow to come by but was it worth the wait? Sure as hell! Tiger Global came onboard as their first major investor and they have never looked back since. Fast forward to 8 years, and what started as India's very own ride-hailing service has now already travelled overseas after successfully catering to the needs of Indians over the past few years! Going Global: Taking Ola Westward © Reuters 2018 marked a new phase for the company, one that came as a welcome change, mind blowing enough to leave any founder elated! Starting with the launch of their services Down Under in Australia at the beginning of this year, Bhavish is now all set to ride over to the UK and target “one of the most sophisticated transportation markets” in the world for its new challenge. As the company spreads its wings and continues to soar high, we wonder what continues to fuel Bhavish's vision everyday. Right from expanding to newer markets and exploring ways to contribute to the government's Vision 2030 by planning to introduce EVs across major towns and cities in India, to launching Ola Play and relaunching Ola Cafe, there's no backing down for the budding entrepreneur. Backing Words With Actions © Reuters Bhavish lives by ideology that their company must always be about the consumer and partner satisfaction first and we have no trouble taking his word for it because he continues to give us major reasons to place our trust on him. For every other aspiring entrepreneur, he has one advice - “don't wait for the perfect time, the perfect team or even the money - just jump into the fire”, perhaps much like how he started.
  24. Ask any pseudo-scientist: “What is the best way to lose fat?” and the answer you will get is: “Do Keto Bro! Carbs are bad & make you fat.” The Ketogenic aka Keto Diet has been trending in the fitness community for quite some time. It is basically an extremely low carbohydrate diet. A person on a keto diet will be consuming merely 30-80 carbs per day. The advocates of this diet proclaim it to be an advanced diet for boosting fat loss. But does the keto diet really live up to its hype? © YouTube In this article we will be scientifically breaking down everything you need about ketogenic diets: * Nutrition Basics * What Is It? * How It Works? (KETOSIS) * Is It Superior To Other Diets? (Breaking The Bubble) Nutrition Basics Like any machine, the human body requires fuel to function. Humans have 3 fuel sources (Macronutrients), that is, protein, fats and carbohydrates. Alcohol is the fourth macronutrient but for a healthy and well-functioning body, it is advised that you get majority of energy from the initial three macronutrients. Calories are the amount of energy your body can derive from these macronutrients. Caloric content of all four macronutrients is mentioned below. Essential And Non-Essential Macronutrients Protein and fats are essential macronutrients, carbohydrates are non-essential. Essential means body requires them for survival. Protein is necessary for the maintenance of lean muscle mass and vital organs such as the heart. Fats are necessary for hormonal regulation. P.S: Non-essential does not mean carbs are bad. (More on it ahead!) What Is The Keto Diet? © Thinkstock/Getty Images Typically an individual consumes a combination of the three macronutrients. If you watch your everyday Indian diet, it has some amount of protein, moderate fats and a lot of carbohydrates (lentils, pulses, rotis, rice, fruits, etc). A keto diet removes all carbohydrate containing foods such as potatoes, whole wheat, milk, fruits, rice, oats, etc. The diet primarily consists of foods high in fat and proteins such as meat, chicken, fish, cheese, nuts, etc. Thus, in a nutshell, keto diet is a low carb, high fat and moderate protein diet. How It Works? (KETOSIS) © Thinkstock/Getty Images As stated above, carbohydrates are not an essential macronutrient. Carbohydrates are broken into glucose which the body utilizes for various purposes. Carbs are the preferred source of energy for our body but technically our body requires glucose, not carbohydrates. In the absence of carbohydrates, in case of a Keto diet, the body can produce its own glucose by breaking down amino acids in the muscles by the process called 'gluconeogenesis'. But solely relying on this mechanism will result in excessive muscle tissue losses in vital organs such as the heart, and eventually causing death. And to sustain this mechanism (being alive) a lot of protein intake would be required, which is 350-450g per day. Next, the body can also rely on Free Fatty Acids (FFA) in the bloodstream and stored body fat, for energy requirements. Most of the tissues in the body can utilize FFA as fuel. However, our brain cannot use FFA. Hence, your body begins to oxidize fat for the production of Ketone which are a byproduct of incomplete metabolism of FFA in the liver. Our body is producing ketones in some amounts all the time but under normal dietary conditions, they play an insignificant role. During a ketogenic diet, ketones play a significant role in energy production, especially in the brain (The brain can derive up to 75% of energy from Ketones.) When ketones are produced at accelerated rates, they accumulate in the bloodstream, causing a metabolic state called ketosis. This shifts the body's metabolic system from glucose utilisation to fat utilisation, which is the basic principle of a keto diet. Is It Superior To Other Diets? “As your body is oxidizing fat for energy production, your body turns into a fat burning machine.” I am sure you must have heard this statement from a Pro-Keto person. Even though your body is oxidizing fat for energy production, all of it is not body fat (which you want to lose) and at the same time you are also consuming substantial amounts of dietary fats, ranging anywhere from 150-250g per day. When caloric intakes are matched the amount of fat loss on a conventional balanced diet and a ketogenic diet is about the same. Therefore, total caloric intake is the fundamental factor that influences fat loss. And if you overeat calories on a Ketogenic diet as well, you will get fat. Calories are what counts, after all! (Surprise) Faster Fat Loss? Ketogenic or any other low carb diet is believed to accelerate the rate of fat loss. Individuals on a keto diet will observe drop of 500g-1Kg within one day. But this is mainly due to water loss from the body and not true fat loss. Cutting carbohydrate intake affects water levels in the body. Every gram of carbohydrate stores 3 grams of water in the body. So, if you drop 200g carbohydrates from your diet you would easily lose 400-600g. Hence, majority of the initial weight drop on a keto diet is water weight. Once water loss has been taken into account, the rate of total fat loss is generally the same for ketogenic versus non-ketogenic diets. Final Verdict The ketogenic diet simply provides a fat-derived fuel alternative (Ketones) for the body. It cannot be called a fad diet but it is also not superior to other conventional diets for fat loss. Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  25. After months of training religiously, eating faithfully and sleeping peacefully, the day comes when a bodybuilder gets to present the package he has built. Bodybuilding is considered to be one of the most demanding sports out there. We have all heard or read the motto “eat, train, sleep and repeat” at least somewhere. And that is precisely what a bodybuilder does for years. Bodybuilding can be divided into two phases: bulking and cutting. What's That You Ask? Bulking Phase Bulking is the phase in which a bodybuilder eats excess calories than his maintenance calories to put on muscle mass. In the process, they also gain some fat which needs to get rid off before the competition. In the bulking phase, the emphasis is on building more muscle and strength and not on striations and cuts. Cutting Phase Usually the most stressful period for a bodybuilder! Cutting down demands religious dieting efforts and pushing through unimaginable physical conditions. Even a couple of grams of food can make a difference here. Calorie consumption is kept below the maintenance calories. High degree of macronutrient precision is required. The Next Step Involves Excelling The 8 Mandatory Poses Which They Will Be Demonstrating On The Stage. The Poses Are: Front lat spread Front double biceps Side chest Rear lat spread Rear double biceps Side triceps Abdominal and thigh Most muscular The Moon Pose: Banned In Bodybuilding Shows Throughout The World © YouTube Inspired by a yoga pose and made highly popular by Tom Platz, it is one of a kind pose in which the athlete bends over while keeping the knees locked flexing the glutes, calves, and hamstrings in front of judges. It used to be a part of posing routine for the bodybuilders who had aesthetic and symmetrical leg muscles. But the major population of the bodybuilding and fitness fraternity looked down on this pose and considered it obscene. It is considered to be one of the most criticized posed and the only banned pose. Why Is It Banned? © YouTube There was a time when the bodybuilding community was alleged to be pro-gay. Judges were getting accused of having sexual relationships with the contestants. In this period, a muscular man's moon pose got the stigma attached to it for being a vulgar pose. The bodybuilders who chose to perform this pose were getting accused of being homosexuals. A muscular oiled up man bending in front of the judges in a tight underwear further solidified this stigma attached to bodybuilding. The bodybuilders who chose to perform this pose were being looked down upon as gay and were implicated of trying to seduce the judges. The bodybuilding community wanted to improve its image and banned this pose. Personally, I don't find it indecent to showcase it on a stage. What do you guys think? Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.