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  1. Before this year's semi-finals, all 4 of the semi-finalists at Roland Garros had a combined total of 3 wins at the event. None of them had ever featured in the semi-final of a Grand Slam tournament before. Fan-favourite and veteran Serena Williams as well as world no.1 Naomi Osaka bowed out in the third round whereas defending champion Simona Halep was defeated by 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova in the quarter final. Women's tennis keeps throwing curveball after curveball for the bookmakers, making some of the edgiest and most intriguing events in sports currently. © Reuters The semi-finals this year made for the most entertaining matchups, as Brit ace Johanna Konta came up short against Czech 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova and Anisimova was defeated by 23-year-old Ashleigh Barty who was the ultimate champion. Barty, the current world no.8 actually returned to the WTA tour three years ago ranked 623 in the world, after an absence in order to play cricket in the women's Big Bash League in her native Australia. After her triumph in Paris yesterday, she will be ranked no.2 in the world as of 6th June. Hers is a story of real intrigue. This could be the biggest drawback of slipping women's tennis under the radar. The story of Ash Barty is inspirational to all those that seek a career change and the fact that it fails to reach a large audience is simply disappointing. © Twitter/HeatBBL None of the 4 semi-finalists were given much of a chance to go very far in the tournament by many; and they did so clinically and professionally, playing world-class tennis along the way. In fact, 14 of the women currently active on the WTA tour have been in the top 2 of the rankings. Only 4 of the active players on the ATP tour have featured in the top 2- Tennis' fabled 'Big Four' consisting of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. As inspirational as the 'Big Four' have been for men's tennis this generation, they have made the sport somewhat predictable, leading to a lack of stories coming out of men's tennis except those of their incredible caliber. To put things into perspective, Naomi Osaka became the first woman in four years to win back-to-back Slams after her wins in New York and Melbourne. She is also one of the few players ranked among the top 10 to have multiple Grand Slam titles. 'The Big Four' on the other hand, have amassed 54 of the 61 Grand Slam titles that have been contested since 2004. © Reuters Yet, the efforts of the players on the WTA Tour seem to have lacked any appreciation from the rest of the tennis world. Both semi-finals of the women's draw took place on the outside courts in Paris as the men's semi-finals took place in Court Philippe Chatrier. For the second time within a year, the women's finalists were asked to wait to contest the final, as there was an overflow from the men's semi-final on Center Court. This makes one ponder whether the same measure would be taken if the tables were turned. In no other sport has the movement for equality been more prevalent than in tennis. As viewership and ticketing dictate most major decisions in the sport one has to feel sorry that the quality of women's tennis is going under the radar not just due to institutional problems, but due to negligence from viewers as well. The men's draw may be the main source of inspiration for tennis fans, but the more competitive, unpredictable and entertaining tennis is coming from the women's draw, which is unfortunately going rather unnoticed. A story like Barty's is unconventional and rare, and it must be highlighted rather than slipped under the radar like most stories coming out of women's tennis these days..
  2. The world of entertainment and sports have found their way to each other far too often to ignore. From Bollywood beauties getting married to sportsmen or wards of sportsmen getting into the entertainment industry, their fates have been intertwined since time immemorial. But, did you know that there are a few celebs who could have been professional cricket players but chose to be a part of Bollywood instead? Read about 5 such Bollywood stars here: 1. Suniel Shetty © Instagram A self-confessed sports lover, Suniel Shetty actively played cricket before switching gears to acting. Suniel Shetty has even teamed up with Zaheer Khan to launch India's first nationwide cricket league for amateur cricketers named Ferit Cricket Bash (FCB). 2. Angad Bedi © Instagram Son of renowned cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi, Angad has played for Delhi in Under-16 and Under-19 level. However, Angad was always more interested in acting. 3. Saqib Saleem © Instagram Saqib was an ardent follower of cricket and even represented his state Jammu and Kashmir while he played! The actor even shared that he used to play cricket with Virat Kohli during his childhood. 4. Aparshakti Khurrana © Instagram We have heard Aparshakti confess that he wanted to be a cricketer for the longest time, and what's more, the actor even captained the Haryana Under-19 cricket team at one point in time. 5. Harrdy Sandhu © Instagram Punjabi rockstar Harddy Sandhu began his career as a cricketer but an elbow injury broke his cricket dreams. The singer-cum-actor has played with the top cricketers of India, including Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara.
  3. What started off as a successful (sometimes hit-and-miss) strategy for some directors has now become a go-to mantra for Bollywood, whenever they run out of fresh ideas and concepts- remake another movie. And in the huge ocean of official remakes, another movie has now found its way. After delivering a great performance in 'Kesari' and stepping into the shoes of ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal for her upcoming biopic, Parineeti Chopra is all set to take up another challenging role of her career, as she will reprise the role of Emily Blunt in the official Bollywood remake of 'The Girl On The Train'. © ‎DreamWorks Pictures 'Te3n' director, Ribhu Dasgupta will be helming this project, the name of which is yet to be announced. The American psychological mystery thriller was directed by Tate Taylor and was an adaptation of Paula Hawkins' bestselling book of the same name. Emily Blunt was brilliant as Rachel, an alcoholic divorcee, who gets dragged into a missing person's investigation. In fact, she won several awards and nominations for the film. So, naturally, expectations are really high from Parineeti. Hopping onto this thrilling ride! Excited to be a part of #TheGirlOnTheTrain's official Hindi remake.@ribhudasgupta @RelianceEnt @amblin #DreamWorksPictures #TheGirlOnTheTrain pic.twitter.com/0cNNzbc3IL — Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) April 24, 2019 Earlier, Parineeti said in a press statement, "I want to do roles that audiences haven't seen me in before and ones that require a lot of prep and homework, which is why The Girl On The Train really worked for me. The character is an alcoholic and a victim of abuse, and I haven't explored anything like her onscreen before". Reportedly, the film is entirely based in the UK and is expected to release in 2020.
  4. Often regarded as one of the most notorious stables of the wrestling world birthed during the famous Attitude Era, the pinnacle of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE/WWF), D-Generation X has given us some of the best memories of our childhood. With the likes of Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Chyna leading the team, DX gathered remained the leading stable in the ring for decades. For their innovative and extraordinary contributions to the WWE Universe, D-Generation X will be inducted into the 2019 Class of the WWE Hall of Fame, a day before the show's 35th Anniversary at Wrestlemania in April. Here are the top 5 moments of the coolest wrestling squad: 1. McMahon Family Mockery During the Attitude Era, the McMahon family was extensively involved in the storylines that went on through the years. The duo of Vince and Shane McMahon used to bring the best response out of the crowd. The extra-animated Vince McMahon walk followed by son, Shane McMahon's jumpy dance on an extremely catch song “Here Comes The Money” would make any ardant WWE fan's stomach turn. So when baby-faced DX made mockery of 'The Family' of the business, it made for an instant classic. 2. Goo Attack On The Spirit Squad Vince McMahon's personal gang of cheerleading bodyguards (don't ask us how they got their gimmicks), the Spirit Squad had a great rivalry going on with DX. The stable of five over-excited bodybuilders, all dressed in green and white cheerleading attire, which also consisted of the future WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Dolph Ziggler (Fun Fact?), was always considered to be the bad guys. On a RAW episode, the Spirit Squad called out Triple H and Shawn Michaels after the rumours of DX reuniting were in the air. Showing up on the jumbotron (the Big screen over the entrance ramp), the DX simply asked the cheerleading squad to “look up” and the rest is history! 3. “Not Controversial Enough” During a backstage segment, Triple H and Shawn Michaels were talking about picking up a target for their next prank when HHH mentioned Eric Bischoff, the WWE RAW General Manager. He said that Bischoff thought that DX, specifically Shawn Michaels was “not controversial enough”. Upset by this comment, the Heartbreak Kid reminded the world about the infamous Montreal Screwjob and then Sweet Chin Music-ed anyone who came his way. 4. SummerSlam 2009 Entrance 12 years in since their inception in 1997, D-Generation X was an entity of its own. A custom entrance music, merchandise, their own catchphrase and the whole military theme to the stable's appearance, DX had done it all. So during the 2009 pay-per-view at SummerSlam, they decided to go all-out on the budget. In a 10-minute-long entrance, with two military jeeps with US Army soldiers carrying kayfabe guns, followed an actual tank, atop which were Triple H and HBK. 5. “Suck It”, The Iconic DX Sign Remember getting called to the principal's office for making the DX sign in elementary school? Yes, that was probably the biggest (most controversial?) contribution made by the iconic stable. When Michaels and Triple H used to say “We got two words for ya…”, you knew what was coming. “Suck it,” you used to shout in front of your television, along with everybody present inside the stadium.
  5. As Mithali Raj walked today into the Seddon Park for the toss as the captain of the Indian cricket team ahead of the third ODI in Hamilton, she created history once again, becoming the first woman to play 200 ODIs. Adding another feat to an already decorated career, Raj's spot in the ICC Hall of Fame is a no-brainer. What's your favourite memory of @M_Raj03'S ODI career? pic.twitter.com/h7HGFJfWYv — ICC (@ICC) February 1, 2019 At the age of 36, if she was asked what career-path would she want to pursue, she would certainly choose that of a cricketer, but a 9-year-old Raj would have said that she wanted to pursue a career in dance. Unlike a lot of aspiring cricketers, Mithali Raj was never one to have sleepless nights fantasizing about donning that blue kit and representing India on an international level. In fact, as a child, Raj had no plans to join the sport which is so famously known as a 'gentleman's game'. The skipper has made it absolutely clear that the only reason she took to cricket was because her father, Dorai Raj forced her to play cricket just because she was extremely lazy and her dad wanted her to be more active, which had no impact on her lifestyle whatsoever as she continues to be equally lazy (her words, not ours). “My dad made a decision to turn me into a professional cricketer. The hours of training sessions and the performance in the game… these are the things that started too early for me as an 11-year-old,” Raj shares in an interview with the ICC. “At that phase when I started putting so many hours in the game, I really realised that… I have stopped enjoying the game and at some point, I hated my dad for putting me into the sport.” Ever since she made her ODI debut on 25th June 1995, she's had multiple spells as the captain of the Indian women's cricket team, the first one coming just before the 2005 World Cup. The young batswoman was nervous to shoulder the responsibility one because it was during the biggest tournament of all and two, because a lot of senior players and even an ex-captain was in the team, which now belonged to her. But that was probably the only instance Mithali truly shook in her boots. With a résumé with 20 years-worth of experience, the Indian skipper has no more jitters to confront. While most players indulge in boosting their morale before going out to bat, the veteran can be calmly reading a book with her kit on. “I am the senior-most player in the team. I am a more mature leader and I have no apprehensions any more,” she said in an interview with the Times of India. © ICC Mithali Raj is probably one of the wisest sportspersons of our generation who, despite facing so much of criticism as a player, a teammate, and even for just being herself, continues to do her thing without caring about what the world has to say. She has turned something that she used to completely despise, into something which helped her make a mark for herself and become one of best, and that is something every young athlete must try and imbibe.
  6. India 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.
  7. While we're happy for Ranbir Kapoor when he gave us 'Sanju', the biggest hit of 2018, there are some movies he perhaps inadvertently didn't give his all too, which plummeted at the box office. Why're we telling you this? Well, because when he was giving us back-to-back flops films like 'Besharam' (2014), 'Roy' (2015), 'Tamasha' (2015) and 'Jagga Jasoos' (2017), he was actually trolled by a cop and asked to stop doing so! © Fox Star Studios Well, not literally trolled but recently the actor attended the Umang Police Show 2019 and narrated an incident when a cop asked him to stop one night and upon recognising him, gave him a lecture about his career and how he shouldn't give any more flops and instead, suggested he does a film where he plays a policeman! © Eros International Ranbir went onto stage and narrated the incident to Shah Rukh Khan who was also on stage with him and other prominent guests who were amidst the audience. The cop first stopped his car and upon recognising him, he took a picture with Ranbir, only to sit and give him some detailed career advice on how his next film should be a one where he plays a cop. © Viral Bhayani I mean I wish it was so easy to stop most Bollywood actors and and give them some unsolicited advice on some things they probably shouldn't have done! But I guess the Mumbai policeman was lucky enough to encounter one of the biggest stars in Bollywood and sit him down over some serious talk. © Instagram Watch the video of Ranbir narrating this during the Umang Police Show 2019! Video: Ranbir Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan and Manish Paul on stage. #Umang2019 #umangpoliceshow2019 #RanbirKapoor #Ranbir #ShahRukhKhan #ManishPaul #Bollywood A post shared by Ranbir Kapoor Universe (@ranbirkapooruniverse) on Jan 27, 2019 at 10:00am PST But on an endearing note, I believe it was quite sweet of the cop to suggest something like that to Ranbir, since the policeman would actually want a fine actor to emulate the role of a policeman in a film. If directors do have any good scripts or ideas for a cop-based film, they should definitely get in touch with Ranbir, as he's told the cop he'd be open to doing it, but hasn't had a chance yet. Well, here's hoping Ranbir!
  8. One of the greatest sportspersons of all time, Usain Bolt will always be remembered for his astronomical achievements in the world of athletics. The Jamaican sprint king won multiple Olympic gold medals in London, Beijing and Rio to etch his name in the history books and create a legacy that is unlikely to be overhauled anytime soon. Thus, when Bolt announced his retirement as a sprinter, his fans, in every corner of the world, were undoubtedly overwhelmed by emotions as one of the greatest ever quietly walked into the shadows. But, then came a surprise. More of a joke, at first, which eventually turned out be more of a gimmick. But, Bolt thought otherwise. In fact, he began training with German club Borussia Dortmund before moving to Norwegian side Stromsgodset. But, his best opportunity came with the Central Coast Mariners of Australia's A-League. Appearing in friendlies with the club, Bolt scored a brace in a match in October last year which also earned him an opportunity to sign a contract with the team. After Usain Bolt announced his 'sports life is over', a look back at his first ever goal in football pic.twitter.com/kgKEXXFsf8 — Indy Football (@IndyFootball) January 23, 2019 However, the two parties couldn't come to an agreement on compensation as the club failed to find commercial backing to finance Bolt's desired wages. As a result, the Mariners and the 32-year-old star agreed to mutually terminate the trial in early November last year. An offer came from Maltese side Valletta last October, but they couldn't convince the sprint king to join them. Ultimately, unable to find suitors, Bolt has now decided to end his dream of becoming a professional footballer, calling time on his, supposedly, football career. "It was a good experience. I really enjoyed just being in a team and it was different from track and field and it was fun while it lasted,” Bolt said. But, with all due respect to the star athlete, did Bolt's football career ever really begin? Well, that was the question everyone was asking on the social media following his latest announcement. Career???? I done 1 day's work in a bank, never called it a career in banking on my Cv.... get back to stupid commercials — VintageEmery (@TheNormalGooner) January 22, 2019 No surprise that the fastest man in the world had the fastest soccer career — JasonA (@jasonA82189455) January 22, 2019 Only ended because no one wanted to pay his over inflated wages. One club that wanted to sign him just couldn't afford his image rights. Nothing to do with Bolt wanting to pay football, it was all down to money ð¤ð¤ð¤ — spamfiend1970 (@spamfiend1970) January 22, 2019 That was quick. pic.twitter.com/R7N9fv4vWq — The FPL Guy (@TheFPLGuy) January 23, 2019 Not what I wanted to hear about Usain's football — Inopportunesses (@bandraidoir) January 22, 2019 Gets asked to do one drug test and suddenly he quits football? Hmmm..... — arsesicky (@chaqadaqa) January 22, 2019 “Career.” ððððððð — Lord William Snootsworth (@Snootsworth) January 22, 2019 He was never a footballer. — Kev-G (@KevinG24004771) January 22, 2019
  9. Hershey's - the name evokes one of the most powerful forms of sweet cravings that mankind might be aware of. Be it Hershey's Kisses or Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, each one of us has some sentimental emotion attached to this brand name. Hershey's Kisses are more than mere chocolates, they became declarations of love while we were growing up. When we think about chocolate syrup, that's the name that pops into our mind by default, because we associate so many of chocolatey memories with Hershey's! © Wikipedia Such a known brand name, yet, how many of us know anything about the man after whom the chocolates bear their name? Milton S. Hershey is the name of the man with the magical hands, who blessed us with the milk-chocolate sweets that we all love so much. But did you know that Hershey had to overcome multiple failures to create something that would remain popular across many generations? Hershey didn't taste success the first two times he tried to turn his dream of making the best candies into a reality. He went completely bankrupt, but came back fighting for his dream and ended up beating all odds to build his own town from nothingness. The Backstory Hershey was born in the small town of Derry in Pennsylvania, and since his family was always on the move, because of his father's constant “get rich quick” schemes, Hershey didn't receive a very good education. © thefamouspeople He had attended six different schools by the time he was 13-years-old, and even though he was a smart kid, his mother decided to take him out of school after fourth grade, so he could learn a trade. Hershey started out as an apprentice to a printer, but didn't enjoy the job. After two years with the printer, his mother found him a new apprentice job with a candy making - and that was his first brush with what was to become the love of his life. Learning The Tricks Of The Trade Working at the Lancaster confectionary shop, Hershey learnt about the art of candy making. From caramels to fudge and peppermints, he tried his hands at everything, and thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience. He had finally found his passion. © Wikipedia The Big Leap & Failure Having found something he wished to do for the rest of his life, he decided to open his own candy business at the young age of nineteen. He borrowed money from his relatives to set up his business in Philadelphia. But as luck would have it, no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't make any profits. Soon, he ran out of money and had to close shop. The Second Fall Despite failing the first time, Hershey continued to chase his dreams and didn't give up. He moved to a different city and started to work with a candy maker. He gave another shot at his dream, and opened another candy shop in New York City. Unfortunately, he failed the second time as well. The Homecoming Hershey finally moved back to Lancaster, and started a new candy business, which specialised in making just caramels. This turned out to be a very successful venture for Hershey. Soon, he would open many candy-making factories and branches all over the country. This time, Hershey tasted sweet success. © hersheypa Inception of Hershey's Chocolates Post this success, Hershey decided to go even bigger. And he knew just how to do it. Chocolates! He sold his caramel business for 1 million dollars and invested all of it into making chocolates. His aim was to produce affordable chocolates for the common man, that was delicious too. So he decided to build a factory for the same in the countryside. But the new roadblock was where would he settle the workers who for in his factory. The Town Of Hershey Hershey decided to build a large factory in the countryside, along with a town settlement around it. People called him crazy, but Hershey went through with his plans. He established the town of Hershey in Pennsylvania. It featured lots of houses, a post office, churches, and schools. The chocolate company was a huge success. Soon Hershey's chocolates were the most famous chocolates in the world. That's the story of a resolute person who changed his own destiny, lived his dream and gave us the best chocolates we enjoy to this day.
  10. I remember that growing up, I was crushing hard over those deadly dimples that mark his face. Watching the 'King of Bollywood' bring stories alive on-screen with his immaculate acting skills was more than just entertainment; it was a promise of a pleasure ride that would span over 3 hours. That was enough to lure me back again and again, over the years. Every character Shah Rukh portrayed left an indelible mark on our memories, and we found ourselves making our way through the dark aisles of the cinema hall over and over again. © Facebook We wanted to witness more of his impeccable acting, stellar moves and the possibility of finding glimpses ourselves or our stories in his renditions. Over the years, we came to agree full well with him when he said, “Rahul, naam toh suna hoga.” His career graph has been so loaded since the very beginning, naming just a few of his films here would be a grave injustice to the 'King of Romance'. However, I feel haven't seen enough of the 'Badshah of Bollywood' in recent times. © Facebook No, I am not talking amount the number of his films that have released over the past two years (those are four in number, barring the voiceovers, cameos and special appearances). I am talking about the SRK who has the potential to knock every movie off the charts. Of late, his movie choices seemed to have overshadowed those better deliveries in the past. The recent past has witnessed SRK trying his hands at a little bit of everything. 2016 opened with 'Fan' which promised to present him in a new avatar, and I must admit that he played to all his strengths in the movie. SRK's portrayal of Gaurav Chandna was hailed as a nuanced piece of acting by the entire film industry. Yet, the following movies over 2016 and 2017 seemed to have done little for his fans like me, or his international stardom too for that matter. © Red Chillies Entertainment Yes, 'Dear Zindagi' and 'Raees' were good films, and his performance was entertaining, but they lacked the impact his movies are otherwise capable of eliciting. 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' was such a shoddy piece of art, it hurts my brain to call it a movie. None of his recent movies over the past few years have managed to win critical acclaim for him. 'Chak De! India' had been the last movie that became a major hit globally, with worldwide Box Office collections skyrocketing to 102 crores! Kabir Khan didn't only win a Hockey World Cup for India in the movie, he won the heart of millions of movie-goers too. We haven't quite seen another box office success like that one anytime recently. © Yash Raj Films This ambivalence was palpable even in his last appearance on 'Koffee With Karan' when SRK admitted to be going through an existential crisis of sorts, where he had been really mulling over the movies he did, and the kind of characters he portrayed. SRK's upcoming movie 'Zero' that is set to release in December later this year, could be an outcome of all the soul-searching and introspection courtesy the said crisis, since this would be his first and only movie to hit the screens in 2018. However, with latest reports pouring in, I hope Rakesh Sharma's biopic which has been titled as 'Saare Jahaan Se Achcha' would be the saving grace for King Khan. The character tropes seem similar to that of Mohan Bhargav (Swades) and Kabir Khan (Chak De! India), which makes me more than hopeful for a groundbreaking performance. © Twitter Rakesh Sharma, Hero of the Soviet Union, was the first Indian citizen who went to space, and a biopic of this man is in the making. The shooting is said to go on the floor latest by March next year, confirmed co-producer Ronnie Screwvala in an interview with PTI. To have such a title to his name could be the crowning glory SRK's career needs right now. So till the movie hit the screens, you will find me in the wait to behold SRK's next global success.
  11. No one in their right mind would turn down some extra money, isn't it? Not even if you're a big movie star who also happens to be a 'Nawab'. Now we'll just have to wait and see how long it will take Taimur to make his debut. Ever since he was born, he has been in news probably more than both his famous parents and I'm sure everyone remembers the 'Taimur- apocalypse' where no one could stop talking about how adorable he is. Yeah, that was only a little creepy. But, the main question is why didn't Saif Ali Khan use his son's star power to promote his own movies? Even Saif knows it's not that bad an idea. View this post on Instagram A post shared by kareena k khan officalðµ (@kareenakapoorkhanoffi) on Oct 16, 2018 at 12:23am PDT During a recent interview, Saif talked about this while promoting his movie 'Bazaar'. He said, “Every producer I am working with has half-jokingly said, 'Haha can we put him with white in his hair?' (Saif sports salt and pepper hair in Baazaar). With Kaalakaandi, they wanted to put rubber bands. In Hunter, they want to put that Naga Sadhu wig on this poor guy,” But nope, someone is not on board. Kareena is not open to putting her son in the showbiz already, even telling Saif to not be 'cheap'. Saif went on, “My wife says, 'Don't be so cheap. You can't sell your son (Taimur)'. I am like, 'Why not? Let's sell him'. Seriously yaar, he is anyway there on the internet.” View this post on Instagram There is so much of love for Taimur ðª #20122017ð #taimursfirstbirthdayððð A post shared by Kareena Kapoor Khan (@therealkareenakapoor) on Dec 20, 2017 at 11:20am PST Totally agree, man! He's already out there and is loved by all. Saif also jokingly said that he's open to any nappy ads or something like that for his son. He said, “I am just using this platform to say if anybody has any good nappy ads or anything... at a very reasonable price...it's not reasonable, it's quite expensive actually. And, I won't give him the money also. I'll give him some cash for his education, I am already giving it to him. And I'll spend the rest!” When asked what plans he has for the obviously huge amount of money Taimur will receive, he only had one answer – “On holidays in Switzerland yaar!” Here's the interview, if you're interested – He also addressed the most important question and it was really about time – how he feels about everyone, especially media's obsession with Taimur? He said, “Media's constant attention to him does not really bother me, but it would be better if it was not there. If the media likes it, people like it, I am okay with it; but I won't be interested in someone else's kids so much.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kareena Kapoor Khan (@therealkareenakapoor) on Oct 12, 2018 at 6:04am PDT On the same topic, he said, “On one level, it is nice that he makes people laugh and smile; but on another level, why is so much attention given to a kid? Why are we so interested in a little kid so much? I don't understand it. Our job is to keep him balanced. I think Indian parents like us, like my parents, have a slightly tough time trying to put good moral values and basic family values into kids who grow up with too much attention. And it is possible. So, we hope that he is going to grow up fine and we're very conscious of it.” While we know Saif Ali Khan was clearly joking about putting his son in nappy ads, we know for sure that it will probably break the internet if it actually happens.
  12. We know why you're here and trust us, it's the same reason why we wrote this story. Our generation happens to be the lucky bunch that gets to behold numerous off-the-beaten-track career options, that our parents would've never even dared to consider during their time. We feel pretty good about the current scenario, but it's also true that not all of us are that confident about chucking the traditional ways so easily and chase after our dreams because, as pados wali aunty says, “job and financial security ka kya hoga?” Well, while we can't take that leap of faith regarding your career for you, we can surely help you take inspiration from others' success stories to realise your own dreams and take that first step. Here is a list of six young Indian men, who dared to take the plunge into the unknown, and won big in life: 1. Shivesh Bhatia © Instagram Shivesh is just 22 years old, but in such a short time he has debunked multiple gender stereotypes all at once. An avid baker and a food blogger with 121K followers on Instagram, he is the mastermind behind a delectable looking feed that's a welcome sight for anyone with a sweet tooth. Apart from this, he also runs his own blog where he shares his recipes with other bakers. But the best part is that he has just authored his first cookbook 'Bake with Shivesh' which is being published by Harper Collins. While people go on yapping about how whipping out pastries and pies is a job suitable for women, Shivesh has proved to such dimwits that no career is gender specific and if you put your heart into your passion, then you shall receive the best 2. Punit Pathak © Instagram Many of you might have first seen him showing off some killer dance moves in the movie 'ABCD: Anybody Can Dance' in 2013 but Punit's dance career dates back to the second season of the reality show 'Dance India Dance' in 2010, when he first grabbed major limelight on the show with his charismatic performances. Cut to 2018, he has been a judge and a mentor on reality dance shows like 'Dance India Dance' and 'Dance+'. Today, he is a Bollywood choreographer and an actor who has created his own niche in the industry and boasts of a huge fanbase too. For the longest time, our society challenged the idea of men getting into this profession, branding it as unstable, however, Punit has not only dismantled their narrow outlooks but has also proved that your passion can become your career as well. 3. Bhuvan Bam © Instagram The guy needs no introduction being the epic personality that he is. His 'BB Ki Vines' is an absolute show stealer and it rightly put him on the map as one of India's best YouTubers in recent times. He is one of GenY's most beloved entertainers whose sketches and performances have cracked us up for the longest time. However, the 24-year-old started out as a singer and stage performer, later switching over to comedy sketches which made him popular nation-wide. He has been a part of many popular web series and now, even a short film 'Plus Minus' is in the pipeline for him. He has made a successful career as a YouTuber and continues to aim for the stars. 4. Advait Chandan © Filmfare Advait is the guy behind the coming-of-age movie 'Secret Superstar' starring Zaira Wasim in the lead and Aamir Khan in a cameo role. The audience loved Advait's storytelling in his directorial debut under Aamir's production house and the movie earned numerous positive reviews from critics. The movie was nominated for numerous awards under multiple categories and went on to win three Filmfare awards. From the time when no production house came forward to support the movie, to garnering a major success in the entertainment industry, Advait became an inspiration for people who wish to share their story with the world and have the passion to chase their dreams. 5. Sanam Puri © Instagram It was back in 2010 when Sanam made the decision to audition for Times Music Supastars, a hunt for India's next pop band. He got together with his brother and two other friends to form the SQS Supastars. In 2013, their moment of glory arrived when they got their Bollywood break in the movie 'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein' with the song 'Dhatt Teri Ki'. However, today they are known as the Sanam band who are more popular for their music covers on their YouTube channel. This was a chance accident, that went on to eventually bring them a loyal fan base that appreciates the music they create. So, the next time someone says singing wouldn't bring you success and money, think about this guy! 6. Kanan Gill © YouTube Kanan started out as a writer who penned funny songs and lyrics for his comedy rock band in college, where he was studying software engineering. While he worked in the IT industry, his love for comedy persisted. He decided to give his passion a try and went on to win many comedy competitions. In 2014, came Kanan's big break when he landed a sketch comedy show on Comedy Central called 'The Living Room'. Along with the success of his shows and the popularity of 'Pretentious Movie Reviews' on YouTube, he soon became a popular comedian that the youngsters instantly connected to. Kanan left his job in no time and we already know how far he has come since. He even landed a major role in the Bollywood movie 'Noor' starring opposite Sonakshi Sinha. Take inspiration from these men, who chose to follow their hearts and made a career and a thriving bank balance out of their passion.
  13. History isn't made every day. It is not a routine occurrence to behold one of the world's leading names in sports, clinch a record win and write their name in the pages of history for the posterity to see. History was made yesterday when Serbian tennis stalwart Novak Djokovic laid claim to the Cincinnati Title against Roger Federer, who had not been beaten on that court since 2013! © Reuters Djokovic on Friday became the first player in the history of world tennis to win all the nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles, thereby claiming the Career Golden Master title. Having laid his hands on the title after an elbow surgery, he stated that this win was “a dream come true” and thanked all his fans and supporters who continued to believe in him over the years. This is also Djokovic's first ever win at Cincinnati after six previous failed attempts when the court was ruled by Roger Federer, who has won this title seven times! Here's what he had to say to the world post his win: A dream come true ðð@CincyTennis #GoldenMasters pic.twitter.com/nb9XL7nw2W — Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) August 20, 2018 Getting To His First Cincinnati Win Out of the five times, he has made it to the finals, Djokovic lost three to Federer. However, after the stunning comeback post his injury and the revival of his prolific game in the latest match, let us go through a quick overview of Djokovic's performance in the match leading up to the win. © Reuters From the very beginning, one could feel Federer buckle a little under the pressure having saved two break points before winning the first game. Soon enough, Djokovic broke Federer's serve for 4-3, holding to win the opening set. The second set saw Federer start the game at his strongest by quickly clinching a 2-0 lead which propelled Djokovic to up his game and level at 2-2. In one hour, twenty-four minutes, Djokovic earned a decisive break and 4-3 before serving for his first championship point, that led to his victory and helped him claim the historic title of Career Golden Master. A True Sportsman © Reuters Having won all nine Masters titles, Djokovic is now being seen as the hot favourite for the US Open later this year, with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer following right after. Post his win, Djokovic, in true sportsman spirit, shared how these two celebrated players have played a key role in his career. He expressed how the two push him to “play (my) best tennis” and help him improve, as well as take account of all that he needs to do, to be the best player in the world. What This Means This win not only makes Novak Djokovic a hot fave in the world of tennis but he might go on to be the man to watch out for in the season's last Slam. Having revealed a few jitters he might have felt during his match against Federer, it could be his previous loses on the court that pushed Djokovic to play his best, but what the fans would rather believe is that it was perhaps his pursuit to become the first man to win all nine Masters titles in the series. © Reuters What this means is that the win emphasises the durability and effectiveness of Djokovic's game. His power to play and win across the surfaces, be it hard courts or clay and even grass, while maintaining his style has been an unrivalled achievement in the recent history of the game. © Reuters Winning all the nine tournaments being a prerequisite, means that every player has to master the art of playing on multiple surfaces and no one besides Novak Djokovic has been able to come through as such an ace all-rounder. The Cincinnati Title has not only given something precious to Djokovic but the entire sporting world has had the chance to witness the man in action. volleying his way to history.
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