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  1. Synopsis: Lootcase is a complete family entertainer. The duration of the film is lengthy with a run-of-the-mill script but it can be overlooked for the blazing performances. It is a light watch full of quirky one-liners and perfectly-timed jokes. Here's our take on the film What happens when a quintessential middle-class man, striving hard to fulfill his family’s desires, stumbles upon a bag full of cash? Well, that is where the story of this much-awaited comedy drama begins. Also, there is no denying the fact that, Rajesh Krishnan, the director of this film, has brought together the perfect ensemble cast including Kunal Kemmu, Rasika Dugal in lead roles, and Ranvir Shorey, Vijay Raaz and Gajraj Rao among others in pivotal roles. In this two-hour-twelve-minute film, produced by Fox Star Studios, a middle-class printing press operator Nandan Kumar (played by Kemmu) stumbles upon an unattended suitcase full of cash in a dingy street while returning from a late-night shift and immediately walks away with it, after he asks “Last time pooch raha hoon, kiska suitcase hai?” and there comes no reply. This brings us to the main plot of the film where life takes an unexpected turn for the print staffer Nandan because of bringing home the ill-gotten cash left abandoned on the street Soon, this gets followed by mayhem where a Nat-Geo fan don (played by Vijay Raaz), an utterly corrupt politician (played by Gajraj Rao), and a strict cop (played by Ranvir Shorey) get on the trail in search of the missing suitcase oops “lootcase”. Then ensues the roller-coaster ride of a hilarious journey. Here’s the trailer Kunal Kemmu has an impeccable screen-presence and is absolutely relatable as a man next door. Similarly, Rasika Dugal, as versatile an actor she is, has done complete justice to the role of a homemaker, Lata, who keeps nagging her husband for not earning enough Well, what happens after Nandan brings home the bag full of cash? Does Lata find out about that? What do they do with the money? Well, you will have to watch the film to get answers to these questions. In fact, what’s more interesting is that every supporting character has an unique personality of their own. Like Rao, the corrupt politician, who manipulates his aides for his own benefit by blackmailing them every now and then; Raaz, the don who is insanely obsessed with National Geographic channel as he keeps drawing inferences from the jungle for his life problems; and Shorey, the cop who we don’t know if is good or bad till the end of the movie. Don’t worry we aren’t going to give you any spoilers. The ‘cat and a mouse’ chase between Nandan and the gangsters, who leave no stone unturned to find the suitcase, makes for the gripping narrative. However, a fast-paced storyline and a not-so-lengthy plot would have created a better impact for us - the viewers! Besides, some portions were bland too with slow-moving screenplay and cliche comedy. All in all, the realistic portrayal of an unexpected short-lived joy of a middle class man, who deals with an ungrateful workplace, a nagging wife and everyday struggles of life, makes us laud Kunal Kemmu. There was no dearth of good acting in this film because of such a promising cast. In most parts, Rao and Raaz totally stole the show with their seasoned acting. However, I'd like to pinpoint that the music wasn't that impressive. Once you finish watching the film you'd hardly remember any lines from the songs. Also, in my opinion, it would have been a delight to watch Dugal in more shades than one. It is definitely a one-time-hilarious-watch for the weekend with your family. You can stream it on Disney Plus Hotstar. View the full article
  2. When it comes to 2020, we know that the prospects of styling have become quite different. We are barely stepping out these days, but there's no reason why we shouldn’t be looking stylish whenever we do. Monsoon season is when you can let your white sneakers rest in the closet and experiment with all the different varieties of shoes. After all, you wouldn’t want your white sneakers anywhere near a puddle. Don’t worry, we have equally stylish alternatives for you! Here are 5 must have shoes for men during the monsoon season. __ECOMLOOKS__1044__ __ECOMLOOKS__1045__ __ECOMLOOKS__1046__ __ECOMLOOKS__1047__ __ECOMLOOKS__1048__ Bottomline During the monsoon season, your shoes bear the brunt more than any other season. You need to take good care of them or else they will get spoilt. All that muddy water and splashes will stain your shoe permanently if not cleaned properly and on time. After all, your shoes deserve the best care! Explore More View the full article
  3. It’s still hard to fathom the fact that Sushant Singh Rajput is no more between us. All his fans, friends, and family are devastated and are not able to wrap their heads around this devastating news. Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty has finally broken her silence after a month of his demise. On one month's death anniversary of Sushant Singh Rajput, Rhea has posted a heart wrenching and emotional note for him. She shared two throwback pictures from their happy days together along with the post. In her post, she wrote, “Still struggling to face my emotions. An irreparable numbness in my heart. You are the one who made me believe in love, the power of it. You taught me how a simple mathematical equation can decipher the meaning of life and I promise you that I learnt from you every day. I will never come to terms with you not being here anymore.” View this post on InstagramStill struggling to face my emotions.. an irreparable numbness in my heart . You are the one who made me believe in love, the power of it . You taught me how a simple mathematical equation can decipher the meaning of life and I promise you that I learnt from you every day. I will never come to terms with you not being here anymore. I know you’re in a much more peaceful place now. The moon, the stars, the galaxies would’ve welcomed “the greatest physicist “with open arms . Full of empathy and joy, you could lighten up a shooting star - now, you are one . I will wait for you my shooting star and make a wish to bring you back to me. You were everything a beautiful person could be, the greatest wonder that the world has seen . My words are incapable of expressing the love we have and I guess you truly meant it when you said it is beyond both of us. You loved everything with an open heart, and now you’ve shown me that our love is indeed exponential. Be in peace Sushi. 30 days of losing you but a lifetime of loving you.... Eternally connected To infinity and beyondA post shared by (@rhea_chakraborty) She further wrote, “I know you’re in a much more peaceful place now. The moon, the stars, the galaxies would’ve welcomed “the greatest physicist with open arms. Full of empathy and joy, you could lighten up a shooting star - now, you are one. I will wait for you my shooting star and make a wish to bring you back to me.” She also added, “You were everything a beautiful person could be, the greatest wonder that the world has seen. My words are incapable of expressing the love we have and I guess you truly meant it when you said it is beyond both of us. You loved everything with an open heart, and now you’ve shown me that our love is indeed exponential. Be in peace Sushi. 30 days of losing you but a lifetime of loving you." Rhea was among the 30 people who recorded their statements regarding Sushant Singh Rajput's death. In her statement, she revealed that he had ended his contract with YRF and wanted her to do the same. Meanwhile, Sushant’s ex-girlfriend Ankita Lokhande also has posted for the first time on social media after Sushant's demise. On Instagram, she shared a picture of a diya and along with the picture, she wrote, “CHILD Of GOD.” View this post on InstagramCHILD Of GOD 😇A post shared by (@lokhandeankita) We really pray for his soul and pray he rests in peace. View the full article
  4. Passion and success are arguably the two biggest, most powerful driving forces in the universe. The quest to follow your passion will allow you to garner superhuman strength and the lust for success will force you to work harder. Getting recognised for putting your blood and sweat, climbing that ladder of victory and triumph can motivate you to do better. Unfortunately, the inverse is true as well. Failure to meet your aspirations can make you do things you didn’t imagine in your wildest dreams, so much so, that some people end up taking their own lives. But sometimes, people find that one ray of hope, that one reason to live and make it through difficult times. Here are five Indian cricketers who thought of taking their own lives at one point but found a reason to live: 1. Mohammed Shami © Reuters In the past couple of years, Mohammed Shami has been an integral part of the Indian cricket team’s bowling attack, he was skipper Virat Kohli’s top choice as a paceman during the 2019 World Cup and proved to be effective against some of the greatest batsmen at the greatest stage of them all. All of this might not have happened had he decided to take his life. According to ANI, Shami opened up about the darkest days of his life in an Instagram Live chat with Rohit Sharma. “When I got injured in the 2015 World cup, after that it took me 18 months to fully recover, that was the most painful moment in my life, it was a very stressful period. When I started playing again, I had to go through some personal issues, I think if my family did not support me I would not have made it, I also thought of committing suicide three times,” he said. In 2018, Shami’s estranged wife had accused him of domestic violence and extra-marital affairs. But the 29-year-old found undying support from his family who pulled him back from the darkness. “Someone used to stay with me 24*7, I was not well mentally, my family was there for me… If my family was not there then I might have taken a bad step,” the pacer added. 2. Praveen Kumar © Reuters Once the leader of Indian bowling, Praveen Kumar found it extremely difficult to accept the fact that his time as an international-level athlete had come to an end. During the twilight of his career, being dropped by the team and failing to secure an Indian Premier League contract brought him to the edge and once he announced his retirement, everything got worse. Clinical depression, insomnia and self-isolation became his life. In an exclusive with The Indian Express, he revealed that not too long ago, he drove away from his own on a cold winter morning with a revolver next to him. “I told myself, ‘Kya hai yeh sab? Bas khatam karte hain’” he said, but couldn’t go through with it as soon as his eyes caught the picture of his smiling kids that he’d keep in his car. “I realised I can’t do this to my phool-jaise bachche (innocent children), put them through this hell. I turned back,” he said. 3. Robin Uthappa © Reuters An important member of the Indian roster which lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, Robin Uthappa has featured in 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is till date. However, according to the man himself, he didn’t quite feel comfortable in his own skin between 2009 and 2011 and often fought suicidal thoughts in his mind. In an interview with The Quint, Uthappa said: “On days I would just be sitting there and would think to myself on the count of three, I'm going to run and jump off of the balcony but something kind of just held me back.” He then began to maintain a diary on his daily life, tried to understand himself as a person and also sought professional help which helped him attain peace of mind once again. According to Robin, men find it very difficult to accept the fact they are going through mental health issues and to accept that not everything is alright with them, is a really hard battle to win. "I feel sometimes being negative is necessary. I'm someone who believes in the balance of life and I believe one cannot at all times be positive in life. Being negative or having negative experiences, going through trials and tribulations is sometimes necessary for one's own growth," Uthappa said. 4. Kuldeep Yadav © Reuters India’s very own Chinaman bowler and one half of the deadly ‘Kul-Cha’ spin attack of the Indian cricket team, Kuldeep Yadav cemented his berth in the 15-men roster in 2018 but the journey wasn’t easy, far from it. In an 2017 interview with Hindustan Times, Yadav confessed that when he was 13-years-old he wanted to end his life after he was not selected to be a part of Uttar Pradesh’s U-15 team. "I had worked hard for my selection, but when I was not picked, I mentioned suicide in frustration. It happens to everyone in the heat of the moment," he said. “I was a meritorious student in school and wanted to play cricket just for fun. I never thought of making it my vocation. In fact, my father wanted me to play cricket and took me to the coach,” recalled Kuldeep. 5. Sreesanth © Reuters A young and talented pacer, marred by the allegations of being involved in spot-fixing during the 2013 IPL scandal, Sreesanth’s years of prime and peak fitness were spent on the sidelines when the BCCI banned him from playing cricket for life. When in 2019, following the Supreme Court's intervention, his punishment time was reduced to seven years, This means that he will be allowed to play from September 2020. However, the death of Sushant Singh Rajput left a lasting impact on the cricketer who opened up about his days of depression and suicidal thoughts in an interview with Deccan Chronicle. "You know I was scared of the dark at one point. I couldn’t step out of the house and I didn’t let anyone step out of the house because I feared that I/ they would get kidnapped. I was in a deep depression at the time. I had all these thoughts in my room but I couldn’t leave my room without a smile on my face because my parents would not have been able to handle it. I didn’t want to show my weakness to them. I was completely on my own in these moments, I was crying all the time trying to figure out where I went wrong and what happened to me. I was living this dual life and it was too much to handle," stated the pacer. He further opined, "I was Sreesanth to the world and Gopu to the family, but in my room, I didn’t know what I was. That’s why I started discovering hobbies and working on them with a lot of seriousness. It is something I battled with incessantly in 2013. It was there everywhere I turned, the easy way out, but my family kept me sane. I had to stick around for my family. I knew they needed me." He added, "That’s why the news of Sushant Singh’s (Rajput) death affected me so much, besides the fact that he was a good friend. I was on that edge but I walked back because I knew how much it would hurt those who believe in me and love me." View the full article
  5. Samsung is also looking to remove chargers in boxes of some of its smartphones from 2021, according to a report by ETNews. The company is looking to not supply the charger as many of their customers already have chargers, reduce costs and also help the environment, according to the report. © YouTube/Technical Ejaz Not including a charger in the box of a phone is already being considered by Apple for future iPhones and it seems like Samsung will also follow suit. However, Apple may remove the charger from their phones starting this year with the iPhone 12 launch, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple will be phasing out the 18W and 5W chargers that come with iPhones depending on the model. In Samsungâs case, most of their phones support 18WPD and PPS charging which means you can use any third-party âPower Deliveryâ charger with the phones. Samsung like Apple will also sell chargers separately which customers can buy and only include a USB cable in the box along with the phone. USB C has come a long way as more devices are now supporting the port and becoming the industry standard. From laptops, phones, power banks to even the Nintendo Switch; it seems like USB-C is here to stay and will become the norm for most devices this year. Samsungâs move to remove the charger from the box not only lets them cut costs; but also help conserve the environment as there will be less electronic waste. © Amazon Samsung has not officially confirmed the news; however, it looks like this move will cut costs for smartphones that have already been facing skyrocketing prices in the past few years. It could also serve as yet another business for Samsung where the South Korean giant can upstart accessories as a viable business for future smartphones. What do you think of Samsung removing the charger in the box for some of their smartphones? Do you think it will help Samsung cut costs and help the environment? Let us in know the comments section whether this is a good move by both Samsung and Apple. Source: ETNews View the full article
  6. Overworked doctors in stretched to capacity hospitals are running short on beds and ventilators in the intensive care units
  7. There is nothing like a big fat Indian wedding. Desi shaadis are nothing short of an extravaganza in the garb of a union between two individuals and their families. A typical Indian wedding, for the most part, will have these following elements. Firstly, there would be a huge gathering! Expect at least three to four generations of family members to be in attendance apart from a whole bunch of excited friends and awkward colleagues. Next, desi weddings are loud AF all with live bands, fireworks and crackers as well as a DJ who seems to have sworn off his soul to fufa ji and plays just the kind of music which pushes all his buttons. © Outcry Entertainment This is followed by a fashion walk of sorts, where every attendee is trying to outdo the others, including the bride and the groom, when it comes dressing in glorious attires and showing off all the gold and precious gems they own. Then of course, there is THE feast where the norm is to have a three-course buffet meal which caters to every kind of palate, although taya ji will still find something to complain about in the menu. © Outcry Entertainment Thatâs a typical Indian wedding for you on a regular day. But, things have been anything but regular of late and all of this is now a thing of the past. At least for 2020, and if we are too unlucky, things might be no different in 2021 as well. With the coronavirus wreaking havoc in India, as well as globally, a lot has changed. But the one thing that will always remain a part of our lives are weddings. But that too had to undergo many modifications in order to make the whole affair suitable for the current circumstances. And no we arenât talking about the court or video call weddings, but a true blue desi wedding. © Outcry Entertainment With government restrictions on hosting weddings, many couples have either postponed their weddings or have been forced to get married under restrictions which call for physical distancing and a limited guestlist of not more than 50 people at the ceremony. A recent wedding in Mumbai gave us a glimpse of what big fat Indians weddings will probably look like in the times of coronavirus. Organised by a luxury wedding planning company named Outcry Entertainment, they managed to bring the coupleâs wishes to life without flouting any government rules. © Outcry Entertainment Hosted at The LaLit, Mumbai, the organizers ensured the safety of the guests without hampering the 'larger than life' aspect of the wedding. Ample safety measures were put in place and hygiene standards were maintained at the venue at all times. Every prop and surface was sanitized Talking about his wedding, groom Saurabh Shah said, âAiming at zero compromise at fun, wedding feels and excitement, they made this event happen with complete Covid safety norms. I got a mask that matched my sherwani with a shawl and a turban.â © Outcry Entertainment "This also looks like a beginning towards a new way of doing events and adapting to scenarios that no one has experienced before. Peopleâs wishes and need to move on with their life was a matter of great concern for me as Wedding Planner. Style statement and the luxurious feel of the weddings will never bow down to restrictions imposed because of Covid," believes Saurabh Chaudhary, Director of Outcry Entertainment. © Outcry Entertainment Given the current scenario and looking at the pictures from the event we agree with Saurabh that this might indeed be the new normal for Big Fat Indian weddings in the times to come. Itâs true that this looks nothing like the usual stuff and itâs all new, but there is no denying that this is the need of the hour and the best we can expect in a situation like ours. View the full article
  8. Sushant Singh Rajputâs passing has stirred something within the otherwise blind-sighted Bollywood-lovers. The can of worms that has since been opened only seems to unveil the ugly side of glitz, glamour and fame that Bollywood uses to lure aspiring actors from across the country. Now, another Bollywood underdog has spoken up on the details of the inner workings of the Hindi film industry and how it works for the outsiders and the so-called âinner circleâ and âelitesâ. Speaking to WION for his upcoming film Bhonsle, Manoj Bajpayee touched upon the on-going debate around nepotism and monopoly that is rampant in Bollywood. © Facebook Sushant Singh Rajput Sharing his thoughts on the matter and how Bollywood fails to recognise and value talent, Bajpayee said, âLet me start with this, the world is not fair. I have been saying this since 20 years that as an industry we celebrate mediocrity. Forget about industry, as a nation we celebrate mediocrity. Something is lacking somewhere -- in our thought process, our value system. When we see talent, we immediately want to ignore or push it away. This is the value system of ours which is so deplorable.â © Youtube He further says that that is not all that the industry biggies do. The mighty and the elites also feel threatened by genuine talent and try their best to inhibit their possibilities of growth. âWhen you are appearing for engineering, you give a chance to someone who's scored the most, right? But in this industry, if you are talented, first of all, everybody will be jealous of your talent. So if they are jealous of your talent, they will try to push you away. They will try to ignore you. They will try to pull you back.â And Bajpayee believes that is where the industry is going wrong. He says that talent shouldn't be ignored or crushed and no matter whether someone is an insider or outsider, everyone should be given a fair chance to prove themselves. © Filmfare He also adds that it isnât just the industry elites but also critics and trade analysts who further the monopoly and work purely on the basis of biases. âIf a good film is getting bad box office then forget about the industry as they will anyway criticise you whether you make a good film or a bad film, whether you give a good performance or a bad performance -- the mainstream critics and the trade analysts will jump on it and they will try to prove that itâs a bad film because the box office is not that great. "So you can imagine as the state of affairs is evident. I don't have to say anything. You just look around and the evidence is there.â © UTV Motion Pictures Speaking about why it sucks to lose great talent and to not give them their dues, Bajpayee has a word of caution for fellow industry members, âI have said it before that this industry has wasted talent; so much that in any other country those talents who have not been given their due here, would have been known as the best actors of the world. But we don't care. Firstly, if you don't have talent then you have to be extremely lucky to get by. "This is why I said in my past interviews that we have to look inward and rectify that. Rectify, or you will keep getting flak for it, cursed for it and will keep on losing the respect of the common people.â We hope the Bollywood elites and lobbyists are reading this and paying heed, because, for the first time in a long time, the audience is refusing to get swayed by their pleasant facade and see them for the conniving monsters and dream wreckers that they are. Sad but true. View the full article
  9. Ever since the tragic death of Sushant Singh Rajput, people have been going after Bollywood and all the stars who they think are to blame. The debate surrounding nepotism has been reignited and all the star kids are getting called out and eventually getting 'cancelled'. After Alia Bhatt and Sonam Kapoor, it was time for Arjun Kapoor to come under the wrath of the internet after news resurfaced that Sushant was originally going to play the main role in the movie Half Girlfriend, which is based on Chetan Bhagat's novel. © ALT Entertainment While it's great to call out the inequalities in Bollywood and acknowledge how nepotism is rampant in the industry, this case might not be that deep. While everyone was busy trolling Arjun, no one seemed to get their facts right about the casting. It was actually Sushant who had walked out of the movie before Arjun was cast, and we're not trying to defend Arjun Kapoor, but facts are facts. Reportedly, Sushant had already agreed to do a different movie and due to dates clashing, he had to opt out of Half Girlfriend. #ArjunKapoor IS IT???? Half girlfriend was given to SSR?? pic.twitter.com/YHJ3s7eWgl â Aishna Prabhakar (@AishnaPrabhakar) June 24, 2020 Moreover, even if Sushant was involuntarily replaced in the project, the blame would still fall on the makers instead of the actor. There's no denying that Arjun has obviously benefitted from the Kapoor surname and by belonging to a film family, but at least in this situation, he's not at fault. Yep. Arjun Kapoor did this movie finally because of Nepotism pic.twitter.com/UvkkpQttZ4 â Saffron Aayush (@iDubeyAayush) June 23, 2020 He's getting trolled now. #ArjunKapoor trending While planning to leave twitter Arjun Kapoor to other nepo kids: pic.twitter.com/lyKEPWuR8E â Vikram singh (@poptheIcons) June 24, 2020 Hmm. #ArjunKapoor *People after watching Arjun Kapoor's Acting* People to Bollywood:- pic.twitter.com/BeOeeoDux0 â Sarcasto (@Sarco69) June 24, 2020 People are really at it. #ArjunKapoor #halfgirlfriend My reaction after watching arjun kapoor performance in halfgirlfriend :- pic.twitter.com/vQbnXD3vjp â Billu (@sarcasmic_billu) June 24, 2020 Sonam and Arjun are the new target on Twitter. Sonam Kapoor has acted in over 20 movies and her success rate is below 38%. Is it because of bad Karma in her past life? Sonam's cousin Arjun Kapoor has acted in a dozen movies and proved himself to be a flop, mediocre actor. Is this also because of bad Karma in his past life? â Revolutionary Memes For Bahujan Teens (@RMBT_tweets) June 21, 2020 Bollywood is Full Of Nepotism & Hipocrites Half Girlfriend Movie : Sushant Singh Rajput Replaced by Arjun Kapoor Fitoor Movie : SSR Replace by Aditya Roy Kapoor Befikre Movie SSR Replaced by Ranveer Singh#justiceforSushantforum #SushantSingh #SushantSinghRajpoot pic.twitter.com/PwepMdPdOS â Abdul Raqib Saifi (@abdulraqibsaifi) June 24, 2020 Chetan Bhagat going viral in 2020? Who would've thought. Arjun Kapoor after seeing Chetan Bhagat's viral tweet pic.twitter.com/8DpCbDzK9M â Gajender (@jha_g98) June 24, 2020 It's not a good time for star kids. Bollywood deserves 12th fail Varun Dhawan and Arjun Kapoor, and 10th fail Alia Bhatt/Ananya Pandey. Not a brilliant scientific mind like SSR. â Dr Shivam (@Shivamda) June 15, 2020 Hmm. Half Girlfriend novel it is all about a guy from Bihar who fall in love with a girl, And SSR Perfectly Fit In That Movie, But Nepotism took this from SSR to Arjun Kapoor. And ones Again Arjun Kapoor Shits On That Movie Which Is Based On Best Selling Book pic.twitter.com/yIt7hgTpPD â SCIENCE ENTHUSIASTIC (@ourindiaisnoble) June 24, 2020 View the full article
  10. OnePlus launched the OnePlus 8 in India after a few delays caused by the lockdown and a very serious problem at the factory. However, we got our hands on the phone last week and took our time testing the phone in various scenarios. Even though the phone seems like an upgrade, it is more of the same from last year's OnePlus 7T series. There are only minor changes in terms of design and is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset. Having said that, the phone does offer the best Android experience on any phone right now mostly because of OxygenOS. The OnePlus 8 may not seem like a big change to people who bought last year's OnePlus phones, it does, however, pack a punch under the hood. Here's what we think about OnePlus' affordable flagship smartphone: Design and Display © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When looking at the OnePlus 8; you will notice that it doesn't look much different than its Pro counterpart or even the OnePlus 7T Pro from the back. While the phone has been positioned as the more affordable model, the design itself is premium enough to classify it as a flagship phone on its right. It has an all-glass design at the back with a triple camera module, the logo and the new hideous logo. The old logo was just fine and looked great on OnePlus phones. It complimented the design language whereas the new logo simply looks out of place. It looks like someone left the caps lock button on and just typed the brand's name. It is quite jarring and doesn't fit the overall minimal design of the phone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla At the front, you have a 6.55-inch full HD AMOLED display which is more than enough for viewing content on your phone. The first thing you will notice is a punch-hole camera on the top-left corner of the phone which we've seen earlier on Samsung Galaxy S devices. While the punch-hole camera doesn't interfere with the visual experience, we still preferred the pop-up design on the OnePlus 7T Pro. Although, without the pop-up camera module, the phone is significantly lighter and easier to hold. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The display is also a bit different from previous OnePlus phones as it now has a curved design that wraps around the edges of the display. The curved display makes it easier to grip the phone as compared to flatter devices. Having said that, it does come with its disadvantages as well as the curved display also causes accidental touches. The OnePlus 8 also has a 90Hz panel meaning it runs smoother and faster than most phones. This is partly because OxygenOS has been fine-tuned for the higher refresh rate and in comparison, the scrolling speed was faster and smoother than the Galaxy S20's 120Hz panel. You don't even have to reduce the resolution to enjoy this feature which is still a caveat on the Galaxy S20 series. Having said that, the faster refresh rate does affect your battery life as smoother scrolling and increase the tick rate of the display requires more power from the CPU. Finally, the display is good enough for most users but certainly does not beat Samsung's display quality. There is a slight blue cast when watching movies with darker scenes. Blacks are not as well represented which can be annoying if you are particular about your viewing experience. Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The one department OnePlus has always been lacking is the camera department and the case remains the same for the OnePlus 8. The smartphone has a 48-megapixel main shooter with its f/175 aperture, a 16MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro lens. You will only end up using two camera sensors as macro-lens are not that important. As far as the picture quality is concerned, the main camera sensor has a lot of blurs which will not be noticeable to you on the phone's screen. Most images from the wide camera are fairly dull and tend to ignore bright colours. Once you view your pictures on a larger screen, you will notice the blur and the saturation levels which don't meet up to smartphone camera standards in 2020. Even the colours tend to be off at times as there was more saturation than we expected. As for the ultra-wide shots; let's just say you won't have a good time taking images with the phone for the time being. Having said that, the phone has improved in low light images and even the night mode works better than last year. If you like to take selfies, the OnePlus 8 is not the phone for you as we could not get the phone to take one decent picture without any blur. It looked like the image was captured by a phone from a decade ago. The overall camera experience isn't that great and can expect to be improved once fixes are rolled out via an update. Performance and Battery Life © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla OnePlus is known for delivering performance on their smartphones with utmost priority and the OnePlus 8 lives up to that ethos. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 chipset and is more efficient than any chipset made by Qualcomm ever. Our review unit came with 12GB of Ram and 256GB internal storage. The 12GB RAM certainly played a crucial role in delivering a smooth and stable experience. It ran games and did everything at the highest setting possible with no frame rate drops whatsoever. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In our Geekbench 5 test, the OnePlus 8 scored 911 in the Single-Core test and 3239 in the multi-core test. That is faster than the iPhone 11 in the multi-core test and outperforms the newly launched Xiaomi Mi 10 as well. OnePlus 8 is the only phone out there that can match up to the iPhone 11's performance and at times be faster. Similarly, the OnePlus 8 also fared well in the GPU test where it scored 1324 in the GFX Bench Aztec Ruins Vulkan test. The OnePlus 8 performed fairly well for its 4,300 mAh battery where the phone lasted for around 11 hours in our extreme stress test. For moderate users, you can expect the phone to last significantly more. However, the battery life does drop by two hours if you turn up the refresh rate to 90Hz. The phone does support 30W wired charging and can charge the phone to 70% from 0 in about 34 minutes. In short, the OnePlus 8 fast charging method is second to none and is amongst the fastest charging phones today. The Final Say When considering a flagship phone to buy this year, one can't ignore the OnePlus 8. The phone offers an extremely fast and reliable performance that can't be matched by any Android phone apart from its bigger brother right now. Having said that, the OnePlus 8 does need some major improvements in the camera department to make it a complete flagship smartphone. If you don't mind sacrificing the picture quality, the OnePlus 8 is a viable option to consider for an upgrade. View the full article
  11. India is undergoing the unlocking phase now and this comes with a lot of relaxations. From today malls, cafes, and all temples across India are opening and a lot of us are scared that the virus is only going to spread more at this rate. As per the traders, body decision malls in Uttar Pradesh will open including that of Lucknow but the shops inside the mall will remain shut. Check out the post here- As per the trader body's decision, all shopping malls of Uttar Pradesh including Lucknow will open but all shops inside the malls will remain closed. Read @ANI Story | https://t.co/eMiLQyEq4i pic.twitter.com/5g37RRntOa â ANI Digital (@ani_digital) June 8, 2020 Now, people are very confused as the malls are open but the shops are shut and the comments section is filled with hilarious memes and reactions. However, the shop owners are asking for the mall authorities to exclude common area rent and maintenance fees during the lockdown and also give subsidy for both rent and maintenance fees for the next twelve months. And as the mall owners havenât fulfilled their demands the trader's body has decided to keep the shops closed. This tweet on Twitter has gotten over 2500 likes and more than 1300 comments. Hereâs what people have to say about the mind-boggling tweet- shopping karne wale pic.twitter.com/ixsUWRkt1W â Dr Achambit Santra⢠(@5trillion_jumIe) June 8, 2020 pic.twitter.com/pnSOY1adU1 â Sagar (@sagarcasm) June 8, 2020 pic.twitter.com/iLrXb6qqaV â भानà¥à¤ªà¥à¤°à¤¤à¤¾à¤ª सिà¤à¤¹ (@1998Rishu) June 8, 2020 pic.twitter.com/x3qtNerJLU â Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) June 8, 2020Oh 𤣠𤣠ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£MY ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ GOD. â Nicks (@hello_nicks) June 8, 2020Barbers shops will be opened but barbers won't be allowed inside. Schools will be reopened but Children and teachers won't be allowed inside. IPL will start again but players won't be allowed to play. â Drunk Journalist (@drunkJournalist) June 8, 2020 pic.twitter.com/iiHr6TmDwN â Peejayð®ð³ (@Humor_DNA) June 8, 2020No one reads the article. Mall are opening but shop unions are closing the shops in protest of rent waive from the mall owners. â . (@TheNationDunno) June 8, 2020The unions are keeping the shops closed to protest for the mall owners to waive the rent and as they are not agreeing, the unions will continue to keep the shops closed. However, in Delhi malls have opened today with a lot of precautionary measures and people are visiting malls after two months. Even though the daily number of Coronavirus cases is rising every day. The cases in India have crossed 2,57,000 cases already and itâs worsening dismally. We hope all people take precautions before going anywhere out and step out only if necessary. View the full article
  12. From coming up with a script to finally making it to the big screen, every Bollywood movie has to go through an extensive process and roadblocks to keep the show going. But despite all of this, unfortunately, certain movies are shut off temporarily due to multiple reasons, for instance, major injuries or finding the right cast. Check out these six Bollywood movies that were shelved but released eventually and we are so glad that happened. 1. Shivaay © Ajay Devgn FFilms Ajay Devgn's Shivaay faced a major setback as the film was to be shot in Canada but the team had to reschedule the making as the weather was not in their favour at the time. Hence this movie was shelved but after so many hardships, it finally released with Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in 2016, and was also a blockbuster, earning Rs 146 Crore at the box office. 2. Krrish 3 © Film Kraft Hrithik Roshan had unveiled that Krrish 3 was shelved as he had suffered a major disc problem while shooting for this movie, which is when the doctor advised him to rest and not continue working on this project. The movie was delayed by six months and when things were fine health-wise for Hrithik is when the shooting recommenced for this film. 3. Jagga Jasoos © The Walt Disney Company India Ranbir Kapoor's movie Jagga Jasoos also had several roadblocks which led to the delay in its release. The movie was called off over and over again. For the unversed, the movie took 4 years to be made as it had to face a lot of issues because of constant chaos and its script. Ranbir Kapoor in one of the interviews mentioned âOf course, we had a lot of these moments. All three of us (including co-star Katrina Kaif) used to discuss, what is happening in the film, what we should do. But in the end, you have to go back to the first moment when you heard the story and were moved. If you remember that feeling as an actor, it keeps you going.â 4. Bajirao Mastani © Sanjay Leel Bhansali Productions Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus, Bajirao Mastani was supposed to be filmed in the early 2000s, not with Ranveer and Deepika but Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. But due to the couple's feud with their break-up, they rejected the movie. Several other actors were roped for it but it ultimately went to Deepika and Ranveer, which obviously shelved the movie for quite long. However, it did release and did well at the box office. 5. Sanju © Vinod Chopra Films Director Rajkumar Hirani was well aware before the making of Sanju that it would face a lot of issues and have roadblocks since he was helming a biopic on Sanjay Dutt. From drug problems to matters on terrorism, the movie had a lot of sceptical scenes but Hirani dealt with it all. Despite all the controversies and the movie being shelved, it was able to recommence and become a hit at the box office, minting estimated Rs 586 Crore. 6. Pyaasa © Guru Dutt Films Bollywood classic movie, Pyaasa also had to be shelved. Starring Waheeda Rahman and Guru Dutt, the shooting of this film was delayed as the actor walked out of this big-budget film in a matter of seven days, which led to a revision in the script. He later agreed to do the film, which is when the movie set in motion again and became a roaring success. View the full article
  13. As much as we like Bollywood, it aches to see just how bad the industry is when it comes to making a film about cars. And then, people from the industry say that Bollywood can easily make a better version of the Fast & Furious movies. Not that they are the benchmark of movies that are based on cars, not anymore. © Universal Pictures But honestly, Bollywood is downright terrible. The closest thing we had to a decent, watchable movie for that era, where a car was the hero, was Taarzan. The DC modified Maruti Esteem was pretty cool, especially for a generation who hadnât been exposed to names like Pagani, Lamborghini, & Alfa Romeo. However, the rest of the film was sordid. © All Car Index And it is not as if Bollywood is not capable of making a decent, watchable film with great cars. We did with bikes, in Dhoom, didnât we? © Yash Raj Films Here are 5 films that prove Bollywood just doesnât know how to make a good movie with cars and instead is ruining the very concept of it. Players, 2012 First of all, how on earth was the film approved? Not only did they decimate the notion of cars as something sexy and awe-inspiring, it also ruined the classic that The Italian Job was. Seriously, this one was a disaster of a film. Had they made an exact copy of The Italian Job, it still would have been better, at least it would have been watchable. But no, they just had to add their own masala to it and ruin a script with proven potential. The Entire Race Franchise If you found any of the Race films superb, there is something seriously wrong with you. With each passing iteration, it just got cringier and cringier, and then it finally culminated in the disaster that Race 3 was. Race 1 & Race 2 could have been so, so much better. They had some amazing cars. There could have been some really awesome racing or chasing sequences. But all of them fizzled out. Drive, 2019 Sushant Singh Rajput is a very capable actor, and we genuinely like most of his films. However, Drive was a colossal mistake. It was just badly made. The CGI race sequences looked like they had been lifted from 2004âs Need For Speed: Underground 2. It was that bad. For a movie that has been named âDriveâ you would expect that they would at least get their cars to look right. But no. Honestly guys, no matter how bored you get, please, do not watch this one. Machine, 2017 We seriously havenât been able to wrap our heads around why would anyone make a movie as bad as this. We bet you wonât be able to sit through the trailer of the film without shaking your head in dismay. Honestly, this is a disgrace to every petrolhead out there. Dilwale 2015 Of course, Dilwale made the list. Dilwale had some really great people working on it, especially people who work behind the scenes. Apparently, the people who worked in Daniel Craig starer Casino Royale, were hired for the chase sequences. And yet, we ended up with something that was comical at best. And can I just say, that some of the modded cars were just hideous? © Viral Bhayani This is just one of the cars that they used in the film. It was very disappointing in every way one can think of. View the full article
  14. When I heard the price of the Redmi Earbuds S, I literally spat the water out of my mouth. That's because I was testing the earphones for a week prior to its launch and had assumed that it would cost between Rs 4,000 to Rs 7,000. Having tested many TWS earphones over the years, I have a fair idea of what a device should cost due to its sound signature, but the 'Redmi Earbuds S' is literally challenging the status quo. These wireless earphones are not meant for music enthusiasts but for users who don't want to use wired earphones for calls and listen to some music casually while in office or even at home. Here are our thoughts on the 'Redmi Earbuds S' after using them for ten days and what makes it worth the purchase: Design When looking at the design of the Redmi Earbuds S; you will notice that you may have seen something similar before. That's because Redmi sells these wireless earphones in China as the AirDots while in India they are called the Earbuds S. The design of the 'Earbuds S' has no resemblance to Apple's AirPods and instead uses a tried and tested design that many users prefer. It comes in a very cute yet classy pill-shaped charging case which has magnets inside to hold the earphones in place. The earphones are ready to pair with a phone the moment you open the lid of the charging case. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The stalks on the earphones are minimal and they have a rectangle design instead of an elongated design like AirPods. It sits in your ears at a 45-degree angle and comes with two additional tips that suit your Concha or your ear canal. Even the earbuds are fairly simple as it does not come with any gesture controls and instead uses physical buttons on the base of each earphone that has basic controls such as music playback options and calling up Google Assistant. Additionally, there is an indicator light on each bud which shows the status of the earphones. Red means they are charging in the case and a white light indicates that the Earbuds S is ready to pair with a device. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The charging case is also made of plastic and we can't really complain here as these earphones cost less than a fancy meal in Delhi. However, the charging case does come with a micro-USB port which was disappointing to see as most devices have now moved on to the USB-C ecosystem. You will be happy to know that the Redmi Earbuds S has an IPX4 rating which means it is sweat and splash resistant, making it perfect for the hot and humid weather of India. Sound Quality © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The sound on the Redmi Earbuds S is directly dependent on the design of the TWS and the results were quite impressive, keeping the price in mind. Due to tighter seal and the 7.2mm drivers, the bass is more defined, however the earphones do drop the ball when it comes to mid and high frequencies. To be honest, most people like harder bass feedback and the Redmi Earbuds S is delivering quite well on that front. You can, however, adjust your sound levels manually via a music player if you need your mid and high frequencies to be clearer. As these earphones are not really meant for a music enthusiast, there isn't much to talk about the sound as the sound signature stays quite similar when testing the earbuds with different types of genres. The bass or the low frequency tends to overpower other frequencies but it still remains somewhat enjoyable to listen to music casually. If you prefer a clearer sound, you may want to consider the 1More Truly Stylish or the Samsung Galaxy Buds. The most impressive part of the Redmi Earbuds S is the range you can use these earphones up to. In normal mode, we could use the earbuds without any issues in the connection up to 25 feet away from the smartphone. Having said that, we did have to maintain a clear line of sight for it to work that far. If I went to a different room, the audio would cut out from time to time due to the thick walls in between. That said, the range of the earphones is quite impressive and is even better than most of its expensive counterparts. The primary use of the Redmi Earbuds S is supposed to be for making calls and the earphones really do that well. Most TWS have weak earphones that often make your own voice sound muffled. The Redmi Earbuds S have microphones in each bud and we used various apps to make calls for the test. We tested the earbuds on Discord, WhatsApp call and a normal call. The other person on the other end could hear our voice clearly, however it sounded as if we were in a big spacious environment. For gamers who use discord, there is a dedicated low latency mode that reduces lag and helps in faster communication when playing games. It gets reduced to 122ms and can be activated by pressing the physical button on the earbuds three times. Battery Life © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Earbuds S packs a punch when it comes to the battery life of the earbuds when in use. We managed to keep the wireless earbuds running for around 4.5 hours, however in low latency mode you can expect it to drop by 45 minutes. The earbuds can be fully charged again with the charging case, but it does take its time to get to full charge. The charging case also does not support any fast charging, so we advise, you charge the case and the buds when you have ample time. Having said that, the charging case can charge the earbuds up to three full charges on a single charge so you can expect the total battery back up to be around 12 hours when using in normal mode. The Final Say When taking the price of Rs 1,799 into consideration, the Redmi Earbuds S is a sound purchase if you are looking to go wireless. These TWS earbuds are great for making calls and can also serve gamers well for games that require constant communication. Even the sound of these earphones matches up to TWS earphones that cost Rs 5,000 or even above which makes this a great deal already. Redmi has truly democratised the wireless audio game with the Redmi Earbuds S and you should not hesitate from buying these wireless earphones. View the full article
  15. The Coronavirus pandemic has forced the human species to be at their worst out of necessity. Lack of jobs, no food in the stomach and families waiting eagerly for one to bring home something to eat, can make people do things they had never imagined they would have to, not even in their wildest dreams. However, every once in awhile, someone does something so inspirational or generous that the belief that there is still good in the world, gets restored. The painful incident of Maharashtra's Yavatmal district is an example of the same. A man broke into a roadside eatery in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district to steal food as the coronavirus-induced lockdown had left him famished https://t.co/tz8U3LyUZ7 â SK Iyer (@iyer_sk) May 31, 2020 According to PTI, a man broke into an eating joint by the road in order to steal food on Wednesday night. The CCTV camera caught the person bursting through the door, entering the kitchen, eating zhunka bhakri and sev bhaji out of the utensils. An official also confirms that the man even stole Rs 200 from the cash counter before leaving the Mor ''zhunka bhakar'' joint at Gandhi Chowk in Yavatmal. The man did what he had to do in order to fill his stomach with at least something, but what the owner of the eatery did next was simply amazing. © iStock Rajesh Mor, the person who ran the stall, decided to not file a case of breaking and entering or even of theft against the man caught on camera because of two reasons. One, Rajesh could understand how hungry he would have been to do something like this and two, the amount he stole wasnât very big. Nobody, not even the richest of the people are being spared of the terror that the COVID-19 disease has become, so where will those men go who have been struggling to make ends meet even before the lockdown began? © iStock As the number of positive cases and the death toll due to the infection continue to rise, other provisions, such as lack of jobs and poverty have also become as deadly as the virus itself. Under such circumstances, empathy, therefore, becomes one of the most important characteristics that we can have towards people around us. Take a moment of your day to see what is bothering the less fortunate nearby and think to yourself, if there is anything, even the smallest of things you can do to make their lives easier and then, do it. View the full article
  16. Indian cricket team captain and arguably the best batsman in the modern era, Virat Kohli has been included in Forbesâ list of âWorldâs Highest-Paid Athletesâ for 2019-2020 and this time around, he has climbed through the ranks, placed at the 66th spot. 2017 FORBES World Ranking : #89 2018 FORBES World Ranking : #83 2019 FORBES World Ranking : #100 2020 FORBES World Ranking : #66 Sole Indian and Only Cricketer to feature Four times in FORBES World Rankings.#KingKohli #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/yoyk6tqwdb â King Kohli Telugu FC (@KingkohliTFC) May 30, 2020 This year, Forbes has recorded his annual salary at $2 million and endorsements at $24 million, making his total earnings worth $26 million (approximately Rs 196. 36 Crore). The number is $1 million more than last year, when the Indian skipper barely made the cut and was ranked 100th on the list with an annual salary of $4 million and endorsements worth $21 million, making his combined earnings worth $25 million. @imVkohli at 66 chlo koi toh aaya top 70 me.. â Rajveer_thakur (@rssolanki1644) May 29, 2020 Now, even though a remarkable growth amongst Kohliâs ranks in the list has been seen in the last two years, a major external factor was to be considered at the time of making the list- the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, which led to numerous athletes taking pay cuts and several major sporting events being cancelled all over the world. Leading the list for the very first time since making his professional debut in 1990 is Switzerlandâs Roger Federer who was estimated to have earned $106 million (pre-tax). He is also the first tennis star in 30 years to achieve the top spot with a whopping $100 million earning from deals with brands such as Uniqlo, Credit Suisse and Mercedes-Benz. Roger Federer is the highest-paid athlete for the first time in his career, dethroning Cristiano Ronaldo from the No. 1 spot The tennis star is only the ninth athlete to rank in the top spot in the last 30 years, per @Forbes pic.twitter.com/O87BvBoBCW â Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 29, 2020 Top 10 ranks holders of the Forbes list of Worldâs Highest-Paid Athletes are: 1. Roger Federer ($106 million) 2. Cristiano Ronaldo ($105 million) 3. Lionel Messi ($104 million) 4. Neymar Jr. ($95.5 million) 5. LeBron James ($88.2 million) 6. Stephen Curry ($74.4 million) 7. Kevin Durant ($63.9 million) 8. Tiger Woods ($62.3 million) 9. Kirk Cousins ($60.5 million) 10. Carson Wentz ($59.1 million) According to Forbes, the top 100-athletes have taken a combined hit of $3.6 billion which is 9% below 2019 and the first decline since 2016. This includes a combined drop of $28 million between football megastars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have shared the top spot of the list three out of the last four years. Star athletes @RogerFederer, @Cristiano, #LionelMessi, @neymar & @kingjames round out the top 5 on @Forbes' Highest-Paid Athletes List. The 100 athletes on this yearâs ranking earned a combined $3.6 billion over the past year. https://t.co/fdwF1g7EJL â Forbes Communications (@ForbesPR) May 29, 2020 The fact that Virat Kohli is yet again the only cricketer to be on the list shows exactly how âfamousâ the sport is globally, as compared to India. Albeit, India came up with the brilliant money-making machine known as the Indian Premier League (IPL) which skyrocketed the earnings of many international cricketers, when compared to the athletes of sports such as football, basketball and tennis, the result is negligible. View the full article
  17. They say there are always two sides to every story. But while most of us have heard of this, we choose to forget about all it as per our convenience. However, while you and I can choose to overlook such matters, the law doesnât allow authorities to penalise individuals unless both sides of the story have been heard. © Pexels It was this aspect of the âBois Locker Roomâ investigation which ended up revealing a rather filmy twist in the entire secret Instagram groupchat narrative which came to the fore last week. Now with the ongoing investigation in the matter, a latest development is making headlines. It is related to the sensational âgang-rapeâ comment in one of the chat screenshots that went viral. Turns out, the guy, Siddharth who made the outrageous comment is not related to the âBois Locker Roomâ group at all. Instead, the screenshot was from an isolated Snapchat conversation between Siddharth and another guy which got âmixed upâ with the other viral photos. But thatâs not all. © Pexels Further investigation has also revealed that Siddharth wasnât even a real guy, but instead the profile belonged to a minor girl who made a fake account to allegedly check the other guyâs (receiver) response and âstrength of characterâ. For his part, the other guy refused to indulge Siddharth and ended the conversation. He further shared the screenshots with his friends, which included the girl behind Siddharth's profile, to discuss the matter. Now, to give you a quick rewind, after the malicious contents and conversations between the group members of âBois Locker Roomâ was outed, it exposed the underbelly of our flawed education system and failing moral standing. © Pexels Failures not only as individuals, but also as a society which propagates objectification of women and outraging their modesty without inhibitions or any sense of guilt. So it was only expected when the other half of our âmorally soundâ society was outraged by the revelations and made the police jump into action instantly. Now with the recent revelation about Siddharth, the police said that no case will be registered against either of the two participants involved in the conversation. An official involved with the investigation told PTI, "Although, creating a fake id is wrong, her intent was not malicious so we are not filing any complaint." © Pexels Now, while we agree with the officer for not penalising the girl given her honest intentions, we must also take into consideration that creating a fake account and starting a conversation with someone with a hidden motive is anything but right. No matter what the girl had set out to achieve, it was highly unethical for her to take the approach that she did to check the guyâs âreactionâ and âand the strength of his character, especially when someone talks bad things about her.â © Pexels When we call out men for creating fake accounts and using them to harass/threaten women, the girl in this case also needs to be reprimanded for her actions. So, while we call for much-needed strict action against the 27 members of the âBois Locker Roomâ group, there should be some repercussions to the girlâs action as well so that people are made aware of the seriousness of such unethical actions. What are your thoughts on the matter? View the full article
  18. After the prices for OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro were announced, we didnât really get to know when the two smartphones will be available in India. Now, the two phones are available to pre-book on Amazon for Rs 1,000 but thereâs still no official launch date of the phone yet. OnePlus was expected to be available on Amazon sooner, however, it was extended after the Indian Government disallowed e-commerce websites to sell and deliver non-essential items during the lockdown amid COVID-19. © OnePlus There is still no concrete word when the phone will be shipped to customers in India, however, the phone is expected to go on sale on May 11th. The OnePlus 8 retails in India for Rs 41,999 (6GB+128GB) and the 8 Pro starts at Rs Rs 54,999. If you want to know the full pricing details of the OnePlus 8 Series for each model, you can have a quick read here. © MKBHD In terms of specifications, the OnePus 8 Series is powered by Qualcommâs latest flagship chipset i.e. the Snapdragon 865 SoC. Both smartphones support 5G connectivity while the highest variant comes with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage depending on the model. The OnePlus 8 Pro also supports wireless charging and has an IP rating which is a first for the company. OnePlus is also selling a wireless charger alongside the phones, however, official pricing has not been revealed yet. Having said that, the price of the charger in India was leaked and it is cheaper than anywhere else in the world. © Youtube_Droid Life The OnePlus 8 Pro comes with a quad-camera setup where the primary sensor is a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 689 lens that has been paired with a 48-megapixel ultra-wide lens, a 5-megapixel colour filter lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens. Pre-orders for the OnePlus 8 Series is available now on Amazon where the cheapest model of OnePlus 8 i.e. the 6GB+128GB is exclusive to the e-commerce platform. If you have been wanting to buy that particular model, it will only be available on Amazon and not at physical stores or any other e-commerce website. View the full article
  19. We are always so eager to jump the âtrendingâ bandwagon, arenât we? Right from fashion trends to 'Dalgona' coffee and silly TikTok challenges, we end up giving in to most hashtags that rule our highly âPublicâ social (media) life. © Pexels So, let me introduce you to yet another âtrendâ which has been trending for a few years now. #Sustainability. #SustainableLiving. #SustainableLifestyle. No matter what you wish to call it, itâs all the same and equally promising! Itâs hip and much more worthy of your time. Not only will it make you seem âwokeâ and responsible, it comes with the added benefits of improving the quality of your life as well as that of the Earth, all at once. So, here are 10 small but effective lifestyle changes that you can make to help the environment and the Earth live better, plus also become very âtrendyâ: 1. Say No To Single-Use Plastic © Pexels I know youâve heard enough of this, but trust me when I say it, every time you say no to that plastic straw, plastic cutlery, plastic food packaging, carry bags and a host of other things made out of/covered in single-use plastic, you are not only helping the environment but also saving lives which end up as collateral damage because we love plastic so much in our life. 2. Carry Reusable Water-Bottles © Pexels The idea is to have a bottle of water handy while on the go, and avoid the need to buy plastic cups and water bottles when you are struck by intense thirst while on the road. Use and throw cups and bottles not only impact the environment negatively, but also send your health for a toss by injecting toxins into your body. Opt for glass or metal-based (ideally steel or copper) water bottles to carry with you at all times. 3. Practise Basic Recycling © Pexels I do not need to tell you why recycling is supremely crucial for Earthâs future, now more than ever. Junior school taught us enough about it, but growing up we forgot the basics. So, here goes. Recycling reduces the generation of avoidable waste, helps conserve Earthâs resources, reduces pollution and saves a ton of energy! By simply recycling this around us, we can heal the Earth! 4. Bring A Personal Carry Bag © Pexels Letâs bring the âjholaâ back in fashion, shall we? Be it a cotton or khadi-based cloth bag, or a jute bag, just ensure you take your own carry bag with you when you go shopping. Be it for veggies, groceries or even clothes. Itâll also save you a lot of money! 5. Shop Locally © Pexels What this means is, instead of heading to the supermarket, buy stuff from the local sabziwala, doodhwala, or head to the nearest farmerâs market or mandi where you can get fresh, quality produce and pay much less than how much you would at a shopping mart. Itâs good for the environment, your health and also for some hard-working people trying to earn an honest living. 6. Opt For Preloved Things © Pexels Many of you may not agree with this, but so much goodness often lies hidden in preloved items. This is true especially if youâre looking at decorating items, antiques, furniture, books and even electronics! Second-hand items are not only less expensive, but also conserve resources, energy and prevent pollution too! 7. Travel Responsibly © Pexels Again, something we are all aware of, but not actively participating in. Donât wait for Kejriwal to come back with his Odd-Even Rule to get back to carpooling and taking the public transport. Do it otherwise and regularly too. Walk where you can, cycle where you canât and try to reduce the number of times you take out your car and fly someplace as much as you can. Fuel has a significant carbon footprint, which in turn hurts the environment. 8. Avoid Fast Fashion, Go Indigenous © Pexels Changing clothes like changing trends is no longer a healthy practice. From chemical waste production to wastage of water and energy, fast fashion is one of the biggest polluters after the oil industry. Instead, choose indigenous brands and craftsmanship. Wear natural fabrics like cotton, silk, khadi and donate unwanted clothes instead of just throwing them away. 9. Save & Harvest Water © Pexels This is pivotal to any sort of future that we are trying to build on Earth. Water is a basic necessity of life but also one of the most important factors that make life sustainable on this planet. So, save water, avoid thoughtless wastage of this life-giving liquid and harvest water if you can. 10. Use Energy Responsibly © Pexels Wastage of energy is another factor that handicaps measures for sustainable living. Avoid unnecessary use of electricity. Make use of natural light, opt for LED bulbs instead of CFL. Switch off that light before you leave a room. There is so much you can do really. View the full article
  20. One of the most successful Indian cricketers, Harbhajan Singh has been making headlines for playing the role of an engineering student in an upcoming Tamil movie. His decision to take a plunge into acting comes despite a fair warning from his wife and actor Geeta Basra. In an interview with Bombay Times, Singh said: âMy wife, Geeta (Basra), told me not to get into films as itâs nothing like the sport that I play. She is right in the sense that acting is not everyoneâs cup of tea, but if nothing else, tajurba toh mil hi jayega.â Let the Khans do #Bollywood films, I am happy doing #Tamil and #Punjabi movies: #HarbhajanSingh The cricketer will play an engineering student in his debut film down South@harbhajan_singh pic.twitter.com/4ji5zb6KDw â MovieBuzz (@MoviesBuzz9) April 22, 2020 Well, she isnât wrong and we can prove it with the stories of five Indian cricketers who tried their hand at acting but ended up failing miserably: 1. Ajay Jadeja: Tainted by the allegations of match-fixing and a five-year ban for the same, Ajay Jadejaâs success as a cricketer was and will continue to remain overshadowed. However, the same cannot be said about his on-screen career which never took off. From his debut film Khel (2003) with Sunil Shetty, Sunny Deol and Celina Jaitley in lead roles, to a rom-com in Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat in 2009, Jadeja got enough tajurba to know that acting wasnât meant for him. 2. Sunil Gavaskar: Sunil Gavaskar, the little master who made the bowlers shiver in their boots throughout his legendary cricketing career, wasnât as imposing when it came to working in front of the camera. His role as the main character in a Marathi film Savli Premachi (1980) failed to attract an audience to the theatres the way his batting did during his days as one of the Men in Blue. He also made a special appearance in Naseeruddin Shah starrer Maalamal (1988) but that was it for Gavaskarâs acting career. 3. Vinod Kambli:Despite all the talent in the world, Vinod Kambli failed to shine in international cricket for long. Some blame the cricketer himself for bringing down in what could have been a glorious career, others blame the Indian selection committee. But when it comes to acting, Kambli alone needs to be blamed for his performance in the 2002 film Annarth and that god-awful song Whisky Pila De. 4. Salil Ankola After playing one Test match and twenty One Day Internationals (ODIs) for the Indian cricket team, Salil Ankola acted in movies like Kurukshetra (2000), Pitaah (2002) and Chura Liya Hai Tumne (2003) but failed to make an impression. He later moved towards small screen shows and to his credit, did some great work there. 5. Salim Durani An all-rounder, Afghanistan-born Salim Durani represented India in 29 Tests and was known for his ability to smash powerful sixes over the boundary ropes. Fans loved him dearly and even protested with signs and slogans when he was dropped from a Kanpur Test in 1973. The same year, however, Durani made his acting debut alongside Parveen Babi who was also making her first on-screen appearance in Charitra. The film bombed and was a resounding failure at the box office but the directors noticed Babi as a future superstar while Durani moved away from the industry forever. View the full article
  21. Roger Federer, the man who has won the most number of Grand Slams with 20 titles. Rafael Nadal, the person who is expected to break the formerâs record. The two names have headlined the world of tennis for over a decade. They are the masters of their craft, they are the face of the sport and they are absolutely brilliant on the court. Not so much when it comes to technology, though. View this post on InstagramThe best bits from Rafaâs first IG Live with Roger Federer & Andy Murray (after a few technical difficulties ð)A post shared by (@atptour) Recently, the duo planned to jump on Instagram Live and have a quick chat about how they were coping in self-quarantine amid the COVID-19 outbreak and what they were doing with all the free time at hand. While the conversation showed exactly why their bromance is amongst the best in professional sports from all over the world, it started out on a rather hilarious note. .@RafaelNadal trying to figure out how to work Instagram live A motion picture. pic.twitter.com/9xxHnDivf7 â (@adampolacco_) April 20, 2020 After Nadal addressed his fans for five minutes, sharing his lockdown experience and how he was worried about those who were affected the most by the global pandemic, it was time for Federer to join him in the conversation but the Swizz Maestro struggled to get on the chat. For about a minute, the two legends of the game couldnât figure out how the app works. The Spaniard had to simply stay onscreen hoping to figure it out and once he did, you could see how relieved he was. For all the #Fedal fans... When @rogerfederer made it on to @RafaelNadal's Instagram Live! pic.twitter.com/e6NGrmicYb â ATP Tour (@atptour) April 20, 2020 As soon as the connection was made, a surprised Federer exclaimed: âAre we in? Did we make it?â and the two burst out laughing. Andy Murray joined in on the fun in the comments section and roasted the south-paw for being technologically challenged. âThis is brilliant⦠he can win 52 French opens but not work Instagram,â wrote the Englishman. Eventually, Federer asked Nadal to invite Murray to the conversation so that he could get to commenting and thatâs what happened. After yet another stint of Nadal trying to learn how the damn thing worked, he was finally able to bring the two-time Wimbledon champion online. âItâs a bit tricky getting people on it,â said a very cheeky Murray. imagine not being madly in love with rafael nadal roger federer andy murray and marc lopez wow i really can't relate and im serious â alice ð¸âï¸ (@butterflierer) April 20, 2020 It was a great conversation which showed how the titans of the sport who are also extremely fierce competitors, are indeed great friends off the tennis court. As far as the Instagram Live video goes, special credit goes to Rafa who took all the roasting in good stride and actually figured it out whilst thousands were watching his blank face. View the full article
  22. Any team that is led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, be it the Indian national team of the Chennai Super Kings side during the Indian Premier League, is used to working under a calm and composed captain. The man somehow manages to show no expressions and his hands never tremble under âdo or dieâ situations, well maybe not during the 2019 World Cup, but you get the point. So on those extremely rare occasions when âCaptain Coolâ loses it, just like any of us, his fans seem to take their time processing what just happened. Here are five moments when MS Dhoni lost his cool but the spectators couldnât believe it: 1. âOh Bh*sdike Idhar Dekh Leâ If Virat Kohli would have said something like this, it probably wouldnât even have made the headlines but when you hear someone like MS Dhoni abusing and that too his own teammate (Manish Pandey), it definitely shocked a lot of people who couldnât believe their ears. 2. Angry At The Right Decision By The Umpires During a 2012 ODI between India and Australia, the third-umpire messed up and declared Michael Hussey out after Dhoni had stumped him despite the replays showing his foot was behind the crease. Once the officials clarified that it was âa malfunctionâ and asked the Aussie to return to the crease, Dhoni was livid. For someone who invited Englandâs Ian Bell to bat after he was wrongfully given a run-out, losing his cool over something like this was highly unlikely. 3. IPL Walkover In the final over of an IPL match between CSK and Rajasthan Royals last season, straight umpire Ulhas Gandhe called a no-ball on a Ben Stokes delivery but quickly took it back once CSK players took a couple of runs. When Ravindra Jadeja started arguing with the officials, Dhoni walked over the boundary line and came to argue with them while pointing a finger at him. Even though the umpires messed it up big time, for Dhoni to enter the field and show such aggression was uncharacteristic of him. 4. Taking Deepak Chaharâs Class In 2019, Deepak Chahar was playing under the leadership of Dhoni but in the yellow CSK uniform. The skipper trusted him with the 19th over in a very close match but the pacer screwed up and bowler two back to back no-balls. Soon enough, Chahar could be seen with his hands behind his back and head bowed down, listening to Thala go at it. 5. âMain Pagal Hoonâ¦â Giving Kuldeep Yadav A Lesson © Reuters Recently, Kuldeep Yadav relived the day he got to hear a ear-full when he ignored his captainâs command and didnât change the fielding after getting slammed by Sri Lankaâs Kusal Perera. On the next ball, Perera smashed yet another delivery by the Chinaman and Dhoni wasnât having any more of it. He yelled at the spinner from behind the stumps: ââMain pagal hu? 300 one-day khela hu, aur samjha raha hu yahan peâ.â View the full article
  23. The new OnePlus 8 Pro is probably the best OnePlus phone we've seen till date. It's got a really smooth display, a great design, and a powerful set of internals along with support for 5G. There's hardly anything to complain about, at least by looking at the specs sheet. And now that we know exactly how much it costs here in India, we think it's a good time to compare it with last year's OnePlus 7T Pro and see if it's worth upgrading. Let's take a look. Note: This comparison is purely based on the specs of both devices. We'll dive deep into a detailed comparison once we get our hands on the new OnePlus 8 series phones. Design © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee The OnePlus 8 Pro looks more or less the same as the OnePlus 7T Pro, however, there are some key differences. First off, it's worth pointing out that OnePlus has ditched the pop-up camera module for a punch-hole cutout on the front for the selfie camera. And now that there are fewer moving parts on the phone, it comes with IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. Great move. At the back, you'll also notice that the phone now comes with an additional camera sensor. Overall, the OnePlus 8 Pro is noticeably larger in size than the OnePlus 7T Pro, but it's both thinner and lighter, so we'll see how it feels in the hand. DisplayOnePlus had a lot to say about the new display on the OnePlus 8 Pro. It's apparently the best display they've ever put on an OnePlus phone. Experts say that it's currently among the best displays on the market too. It's a 6.78-inch panel with a resolution of 3168 x 1440 pixels on the 8 Pro as compared to the 6.67-inch panel on the 7T Pro. © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee Both panels are AMOLED, so you should be able to see rich colors and deep blacks. The OnePlus 8 Pro's panel, however, is a bit more advanced, so you might see a noticeable difference when compared side-by-side. It's also worth noting that the 8 Pro's display supports a 120Hz refresh rate compared to the 7T Pro's 90Hz refresh rate. Both panels also have an in-display fingerprint scanner. Overall, the OnePlus 8 Pro seems to have a better panel here, but we'll reserve our judgments for now. CameraCameras have been a huge talking point when it comes to OnePlus phones as they haven't had the best optics in the game. The 8 Pro, however, aims to change that with its quad-camera setup which includes two 48MP sensors, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 5MP color filter camera. It certainly sounds like an upgrade from last year's OnePlus 7T Pro, but we'll do a detailed comparison later when we have both the devices. As for the selfie shooter, we're looking at the same 16MP sensor with fixed focus and 1.0µm pixels. Internal HardwareAs is the case with every other new OnePlus phone, the OnePlus 8 Pro also comes with the latest and the greatest set of hardware. It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 SoC and comes with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. The OnePlus 7T Pro, in comparison, is powered by the Snapdragon 855+ SoC. © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee On top of that, the OnePlus 8 Pro is 5G enabled, which the OnePlus 7T Pro isn't. The OnePlus 8 Pro also has a bigger battery coming at 4,510mAh compared to OnePlus 7T Pro's 4,085mAh unit. Both phones support the 30W Warp charge, but the OnePlus 8 Pro also supports wireless charging, which is great. The Final SayAs you would've already guessed, the OnePlus 8 Pro offers a lot of upgrades over last year's OnePlus 7T Pro. We're looking at a better display, upgraded internals as well as a new camera setup. Other things like 5G support and a larger battery with wireless charging make its case even stronger. The OnePlus 8 Pro is clearly a superior device, at least on paper. That being said, the OnePlus 7T Pro is still an exceptional phone and we think it's worth holding on to if you already have one. But if you're planning on upgrading from an older device, then clearly the new OnePlus 8 Pro is the way to go. View the full article
  24. I wouldnât lie about this but when I heard the lines in the teaser shared by Salman Khan yesterday, I was expecting something much better but the song has been dropped by actor today and itâs nothing but a cringe-fest. Written by Salman along with Hussain Dalal, Pyaar Korona has been composed by Sajid Wajid. The actor shared the song on his social media accounts with the caption, âEmotionally pass raho aur physically duurr raho na #PyaarKarona.â View this post on InstagramEmotionally pass raho aur physically duurr raho na #PyaarKarona, audio out now! (Link in bio) @thesajidwajid @adityadevmusic @hussain.dalal @believe_india @saajan_singh23 @abhiraj88 #StayHome #Lockdown #NewMusic #IndiaFightsCoronaA post shared by (@beingsalmankhan) So the lyrics go like, âPyaar Karona, aitihaat karona, khayal rakhona, madad karonaâ and âSaare Jahan Se Acha Hindustan Hamaraâ. I am not complaining about the strong message that the actor is trying to deliver through the song but I feel that he forgot to auto tune it this time. The audio version is out and the video is expected to come around 3 pm. Hereâs the link to the song: Yes, the song does have a patriotic touch to it because it came at a time when the whole world is fighting the battle against the deadly pandemic, Coronavirus. It does have a strong message but itâs the singing that completely puts you off. Well, Bhaijaan fans are in love with the song and have flooded Twitter with appreciative messages for the actor. Some of the fans even went to say that his rap is better than Badshah for the matter. Salman Khan done the rap is much more better than Badshah. 𤭠Love the music btw, not bad at all. #PyaarKarona #SalmanKhan @BeingSalmanKhan â मà¥à¤ शायर तॠनहà¥à¤ (@lovenutzsalman) April 20, 2020Pyaar Karona, Ayteyaad Karona, Khayaal Karona, Madad Karona Sabr Karona, Fikr Karona#PyaarKarona Aitbaar Karona Saare jahaan Se Aacha Hindustan Hamara Saare jahaan Se Aacha Hindustan Hamara Kuch baaton ka Dhyaan karona Ab Ghar Se kaam krona Wat a Song @BeingSalmanKhan â ð®ð³ Radhe : EID 2020 ð®ð³ (@SalMansCommando) April 20, 2020Everyone repeat after @BeingSalmanKhan bhai - Saare Jahaan Se Acha Hindustaan Hamara & feel proud to be an Indianð®ð³ ! #PyaarKarona #IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/ut4aMmCruU â Krish (@iBeingKrish_) April 20, 2020Watched salman Khan's #PyaarKarona Bhai looking as Usual forever 27 and the Charm and swag of bhai is unmatchableï¸. Is tarah ka social message aur awareness koi paida kar sakta hai to woh sir salman bhai hai. And at the last of song that National flag wala scene Jai Hindï¸ â Being_Devil53 (@Muneeruddinsk) April 20, 2020#PyaarKarona audio song out @BeingSalmanKhan sir what a lyrics love you sir and that rap "Saare jahan se aacha "Hindustan hamara @SKFilmsOfficial proud to being a #SalmanKhan fan pic.twitter.com/O7iF1rhU8j â Ronit Salman (@SalmanRonit) April 20, 2020#PyaarKarona @BeingSalmanKhan Heard this song ryt now.... great work sir.....proud to be your fan. https://t.co/8Kkncn00zZ â SHIVANI SINGH (@SHIVANI81516277) April 20, 2020So, Salman recorded the song on his phone while staying at his Panvel farmhouse and it was later produced in Mumbai. Talking about the song, Salman had told Times of India in an interview, âI had this tune in my mind for a song. The word karona fitted in really well. So, we decided to jam on it, and in about five minutes we had our lyrics in place...The lyrics express exactly what I want to tell the world â pyaar karona, madad karona, sabr rakho na.â Salman Khan has been actively trying to tell people to adhere to the guidelines and preach social distancing through his Instagram videos. The actor also had pledged to bear the expenses of 25,000 workers from the film industry amid coronavirus outbreak. View the full article
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