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In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.” “Nonsense,” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?” The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.” The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.” The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.” The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery, there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.” “Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.” The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?” The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her, this world would not and could not exist.” Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.” To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.” Maybe this was one of the best explanations of the concept of GOD.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsIndia is a country where cricket is considered nothing less than religion and people literally worship the game. It is a country where no matter how much you promote any other sport, it will always come under the shadow of the game of cricket It is a country where children are playing the game even in the narrowest of streets, aspiring to represent their nation. But at the end of the day, the Indian National team has only 16 spots, out of which the 11 best players get to play. And let's be very honest, not everyone can be a Virat Kohli or a Rohit Sharma. Millions of children play cricket every day, out of which about fifty thousand take it up as a profession in a good year, and out of those fifty thousand, only 16 get selected. The numbers put things into perspective, doesn't it? The cricket mania in our country is such that people leave everything to excel in the sport. They train day and night just to get into that blue jersey. Many leave their studies and every other hobby, just to focus on the game. And out of all, there are only a handful of people who get to have their dream come true. The rest have to make do with crushed dreams. The importance of studies is such that even a legend like MS Dhoni completed his degree. Even after years of getting on the field, he did complete his education, because he himself realises how imperative it is to have one. © Reuters Speaking of wise legends of the game, how can we forget our Mr Dependable, Rahul Dravid, who himself has a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from St. Joseph's College? Dravid, who has been in charge of India's U-19 squad and India A team for over three years now, has also raised his voice in favour of young cricketers having alternate career options as the drop-out rates continue to escalate. During a recent meeting with the BCCI officials, 'the wall' weighed in on the importance of working on the life skills for the budding cricketers. © ICC Tufan Ghosh, the COO of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) spoke of the meeting with TOI in his recent interview: “Dravid and the other coaches here had pointed out the need to start such a process. We are working towards formulating a structure before it is sent to the higher authorities in BCCI to get things going... Right now, we can't be teaching them like what happens in NIS, but Dravid has emphasized on life education.” Further explaining his statement, Mr Ghosh said: “Most of the cricketers these days are so engrossed in playing the game that they don't look at any other aspect of life. It has been observed a lot of these young players quit cricket by 21. Then it's a struggle for them to lead a stable life. We are looking at life coaching, internships with companies and training in other vocational courses and then facilitating jobs for the youngsters.” BCCI is further looking to rope in companies that can help them with the process. They have also planned to align with the state bodies and academies, so that if the players from different state bodies feel the need to avail the facility, then it could be done easily. Let's hope this step by BCCI proves to be a fruitful one for the coming generations.
KJo Apologises Over Hardik Pandya Controversy & Says He Feels Responsible But It Was Beyond His Control
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsA chat show which is supposed to entertain the audience ended up leaving a bitter taste for all the fans of 'Koffee With Karan'. When Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul made their much hyped, much awaited appearance on KJo's show, fans were eager to see some bromance and hear some dressing room secrets of the men in blue. However, the comments and remarks made by cricketer Hardik Pandya were regarded as sexist, misogynistic and plain tasteless in nature. Hardik Pandya : When i lost my virginity, i told them, "Mai Aj kar kay aya ho" pic.twitter.com/6HfX0zRWHy — Thakur (@ThakurHassam) January 6, 2019 This is just an iota of the confidence that was shown by Hardik on the show which upset the viewers to a limit that only did BCCI had to take action against them and impose a ban, but the episode had to be pulled down as well. Amidst this wave of controversy, the host himself was mum for quite a while until recently when he opened up on the episode and issued his own apology for the same. Karan Johar breaks his silence for the 1st time post Hardik Pandya & KL Rahul controversy on his #KoffeeWithKaran show. Full interview #ComingUp only on ET NOW. Stay tuned! #Davos @karanjohar @SupriyaShrinate @hardikpandya7 @klrahul11 #WEF2019 @wef pic.twitter.com/HERG69Jq5r — ET NOW (@ETNOWlive) January 23, 2019 Karan clearly mentioned that he regrets what happened to the boys and justified that how anyone associated with the episode had nothing to complain about it but being a responsible person, he wanted to share his two cents on it. The controversy cost the boys a ban from the India-Australia series which they were initially supposed to play. Even though Hardik issued an apology on social media, people were actually done with his thoughts.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsMusicians often struggle hard to move beyond a specific image - one that has to have loose T-shirts and bushy hair - an aesthetic that's strictly about 'the substance' inside, and a little bit about superficial 'coolness', which honestly doesn't fit the bill when it comes to being 'cool'. Our homie Nikhil Maira was going through the exact same struggle, and he just couldn't move beyond his baggy T-shirt and a rough Afro. However, that was before he decided to get in touch with the 'Groom Barabar Groom' team. © MensXP Host Siddharth Batra along with celebrity stylist Anisha Jain and designer Kunal Rawal appreciate challenging ventures, and they gleefully took on the challenge of giving Nikhil a makeover that consists of stylish, layered outfits, and no T-shirts - one that his mother will be proud of. © MensXP They urged Nikhil to embrace layers and colours that he never experimented with before, and picked out some super cool outfits for him. © MensXP Once the sartorial struggle was over, it was time for Nikhil to address the elephant in the room - his Afro. Celebrity hairstylist Rod Anker got to it immediately and gave him a sleek haircut that did wonders for his new wardrobe, without taking away from his 'musician vibe'. © MensXP The person who emerged through the other side was confident, happy, and fashionable beyond measure. The new layers and colours worked wonders for Nikhil, something he never experienced before. © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP © MensXP Take a look at the video here. We've seen multiple grooming and makeover shows for women over the years, but none for men. MenXP wishes to change that. Now more than ever, men are more up-to-date with all the latest trends when it comes to grooming products or the latest fashion. On the other end of the spectrum, a majority of them don't know where to even begin. With Groom Baraabar Groom, MensXP wants to create India's first male-focused makeover show that along with being a masterclass in everything fashion and grooming, will provide a safe space for underconfident guys to overcome their self-perceived shortcomings. Some of these guys might not even know the reason for years of self-doubt in them that we might have a very simple solution for. From a much-needed haircut to hygiene routines like pedicures, styling based on the body type (short, tall, skinny, overweight), fashion and grooming advice and a little note on improving self-confidence to finally the big reveal -- our show is more about breaking self-inflicted notions of physical shortcomings rather than a superficial makeover. MensXP wants to change the grooming game in India with this show.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu: Indian Football's 'Burj Khalifa' Reveals Life Beyond The Goalposts
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsWhen someone talks about Indian football, the first and foremost name that comes to mind is arguably Sunil Chhetri. Owing to his exploits on the field, the Indian captain reigns supreme like no other in the country. His consistency to find the back of the net has often aided his side, which, in turn, has allowed him to carve his own niche in a sport that is still finding its feet in the cricket-crazy nation. While Chhetri continues to enjoy the spotlight, there are a lot of other Indian footballers who continue to work just as hard as their skipper but still somehow fail to capture the imagination of the fans. And, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's journey in football has been no different. Learning the ways of life in Chandigarh, an eight-year-old Sandhu was busy dreaming about playing cricket like most of the kids in India. Thanks to his cricket-obsessed father, he got enrolled at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) academy in Mohali. But, the young lad soon realised that it wasn't his forte. And, despite his father's insistence, he decided to end his stint with cricket. © Red Bull So how did Sandhu venture into football, let alone become India's custodian in front of the goalposts? Well, Sandhu didn't choose football, the sport chose him instead. As a kid, he never really watched much football. Even when he got selected for the India Under-16 side in 2007, Sandhu still had his apprehensions about the sport. It was his chance encounter with Blackpool legend John Burridge in 2011 that would eventually shape up his football career. Urged by Burridge to try his luck in Europe, Sandhu's foreign climes eventually materialised when Norwegian club Stabaek FC came calling in 2014. Three years later, he became the first Indian footballer to play for the first team in the top-flight Europa League. After his three-year stint in Norway, Sandhu returned to India and has been plying his trade with two-time I-League champions Bengaluru FC. Today, Sandhu has not only managed to establish himself as India's first-choice goalkeeper, but he is also regarded as a youth icon in the country. But, while the 26-year-old's goalkeeping skills have earned him a lot of plaudits, not much is known about his life away from the playing field. In a candid chat, the Red Bull athlete revealed what makes him tick when he isn't guarding the goal on the field. Deciphering Internet Lingo Slang on the internet can be difficult to follow if you don't have your nose in front of a screen all day. It moulds and changes itself so often, that yesterday's meme can have no value tomorrow. Yet there are some classic terms on the internet that never grow old. But does Gurpreet know these terms as well as he knows to 'make himself big'? When asked to decipher internet lingo, the footballer knew a few, but TBH he did say IDK an awful lot. The World Of Social Media While some people think a hundred times before they upload something on social media, some hit the upload button as soon as they are done editing the photo. Everyone has their own process; even Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. When quizzed about his social media posts, the footballer spilled the beans on why his grandmother seemed to have giant Hulk hands, when Rahul Dravid asked to wear his gloves, and the origins of his nickname “Burj Khalifa”. Fill In The Blanks The Indian football team goalkeeper is a huge figure and fills up the space between the goal posts effectively. But would he be able to fill in the blanks when asked about his life? Gurpreet was just as comfortable revealing his likes and dislikes, what he loves to have with him when on tour, and who the one person is that he would want to switch lives with. If you have followed Gurpreet for a while, you won't be surprised to know the name of the sportsperson he most admires. FIFA Avatar While he may have become the highest-rated Indian footballer in the FIFA 18 game, Gurpreet isn't really happy with the way his character looks. The face and mannerisms are all wrong, Gurpreet says. So there was only one thing to do – get Gurpreet to create his own avatar in FIFA. But that would be too easy, so he was quizzed with some important questions about football while he scrolled through the Create Player screens.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsIt is a dark day in the world of literature today as we lost a literary gem to life. Celebrated Nobel winning author, VS Naipaul died at the age of 85 at his London home, according to his family. The man who gave us works like 'A House For Mr. Biswas' and 'A Bend In The River' has left a gaping hole in the hearts of all his fans. RIP Sir VS Naipaul! a literary genius of questionable character (especially to his birth country that he based some of his most successful works on), but A House For Mr. Biswas will always be one of my favourite books — saadiqa (@saadiqa_xo) August 11, 2018 The world mourns the death of this great author. Sir VS Naipaul will be remembered for his extensive works, which covered diverse subjects ranging from history, culture, colonialism, politics and more. His passing away is a major loss to the world of literature. Condolences to his family and well wishers in this sad hour. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 12, 2018 #VSNaipaul has passed away. Dostoyevski of our time. A giant who proved that language and culture belong not to those who inherit it, but to those who live it. “So he looked without trying to see and heard without listening” (Half a Life, 2009) Rest in peace, Sir Vidia! pic.twitter.com/c9SdxODz0r — Nickolay E. MLADENOV (@nmladenov) August 12, 2018 The Trinidad-born author had a love-hate relationship with his Asian readers who thought that he somewhere glorified colonialism and others felt that he dared to say things about countries like India which no one ever did in their literary work. We disagreed all our lives, about politics, about literature, and I feel as sad as if I just lost a beloved older brother. RIP Vidia. #VSNaipaul — Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) August 12, 2018 The river bends. An era ends. RIP VS Naipaul pic.twitter.com/vDGUJ9OdHe — Vikas Swarup (@VikasSwarup) August 12, 2018 RIP VS Naipaul, a giant among us. Even if you disagreed with much that he wrote, particularly about India, you couldn't help be stimulated, influenced & catalysed by the brilliance of his laser sharp vision. It was a great honour that his last appearance was @ZEEJLF — William Dalrymple (@DalrympleWill) August 12, 2018 The man was called “a literary circumnavigator, only ever really at home in himself” in his Nobel citation, which stands true. May his soul rest in peace.