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  1. Movie makers formulate different strategies to market the films. From Ranveer Singh wearing bizarre outfits to Tiger Shroff showing off his hot bod, to no promotions at all, we've seen a range of things. 'Kalank' has come out with a super-unique marketing strategy which comprises of having the on-screen couples wear the same colour. Initially, it seemed like it was a one-off promo event coordination but turns out this going to stay here for a while. 'Kalank' is a period film, set in pre-independent India. An elite family's internal conflict sets in motion a bigger communal struggle. So obviously, according to the theme of the movie, the characters are always spotted in fancy ethnic clothes. Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt look for Kalank's song premiere, 'First Class': © Viral Bhayani This might be a coincidence or it's a planned move. If you look at the history of targeting events, you realise it's definitely a planned move. Twinning in the same solid shade and yet at the same time keeping everything else different, makes you look together and yet your individual personalities are fleshed out well. © Viral Bhayani Especially for a shaadi, where you want to look like you belong together and yet not wear anything extreme, matching the base colour is a great option. Take a look at the rest of the Kalank cast: Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt © Viral Bhayani and Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur © Viral Bhayani This planned discoordination is the sneaky PDA that everyone will admire this year.
  2. If you ask us which is the most stylish family in the world, it has to the Beckhams. No offense to the Royal Family but the surname Beckham is synonymous to great style. Ever since they started dating back in the 90s, David and Victoria Beckham have been serving majorly iconic fashion moments that we need to address, like right now. David Beckham and Victoria Beckham have been setting the bar high for power couple dressing over the years. They take this pretty seriously considering they're always seen complimenting each other's outfit in some way or the other. Here are 10 pictures that prove David and Victoria Beckham are the definition of couple style goals: 1. The fashionable couple attended the Louis Vuitton show in head-to-toe LV. The couple's outfits gave out major 70s vibes and are a lesson on how to stay warm but fashionable. © Gettyimages 2. Victoria and David Beckham at the London Fashion Week stuck to solid tones centered around black and grey. Usage of textures like tweed and velvet to make formal wear minimal is a major style inspo. © Gettyimages 3. Care for a little 90s throwback? In true Spice Girl style, Victoria looks so good in that chainmail top (chainmail trend is back now TBH) and low waist trousers, but David's all black look with that bandana is everything. © Gettyimages 4. At Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding, the Beckhams arrived in absolute style. From David's Dior charcoal grey double breasted coat to Victoria's all navy number with tangerine pumps, they looked every bit royal worthy of attending a royal wedding. Fun fact: the couple auctioned these outfits to support the Manchester terror attack charity funds. © Gettyimages 5. Everything about this couple screams fashion. The perfect mixture of knitwear, slim leather trousers, pleated pants and white footwear. Victoria's red waistband adds a pop of color to this otherwise neutral couple style. Absolutely bang on! © Gettyimages 6. Nothing says power dressing more than an all white look. Top that up with dashing David Beckham in a tuxedo with a bow tie and Victoria Beckham in that pristine off-shoulder gown and you have a winner. © Gettyimages 7. The Beckhams love nothing more than a monochromatic wardrobe. Black being their personal favorite is a foolproof way of rocking the red-carpet every single time with their minimalist style. Both of them look so striking in black, don't they? © Gettyimages 8. One thing about the Beckhams is that they love dark tones, especially black. Rocking an all black couple look has been their signature style and this one doesn't disappoint. David's classic black suit with an open collared shirt with Victoria's 'sheer' spin on an LBD is a sure statement maker. © Gettyimages 9. Talking about all black looks from the couple got us thinking about an oldie but a goodie. Oh, the time when David and Victoria donned a head-to-toe all black leather look complete with leather boots. We hope somebody got these two a motorbike to hop on! © Gettyimages 10. If there's one way to draw attention at a tennis game without even playing it, take style lessons from the Beckhams. At the Wimbledon, David's debonair double breasted blazer with chinos and a printed tie was completely in sync with Victoria's navy color blocked dress. Perfection! © Gettyimages Everyone needs to take some serious couple dressing tips from these two. David and Victoria Beckham FTW, y'all!
  3. India was shaken to its core on February 14 2019, when a JeM suicide bomber rammed his car, laden with over 350kgs of explosives into a bus carrying CRPF jawans, in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. In the wake of one of the worst terrorist attacks ever in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, not just the families of the martyred jawans, but the whole nation is filled with rage and weeping over the loss of these bravehearts. AP In this dark time, people from across the country have proved to be a ray of hope as they are coming forward to provide financial help to the families of the martyred jawans. People are doing everything possible to show that they stand strong with the jawans' families, even if it means cancelling their wedding reception at the last minute. Pexels Meet the Surat-based couple, Ami and Meet, who chose to donate Rs. 11 lakh to the families of martyrs, instead of hosting a lavish reception. The couple, together with their families, gave Rs. 5 lakh to various NGOs working towards the welfare of jawans and their families. After #KashmirTerrorAttack in #Pulwama, Surat families got together and canceled elaborate wedding in #Surat. The families to donate Rs 11 lakh to families of the martyrs and another Rs 5 lakh to welfare organizations. Wedding on Feb 15 to be low-key. #Gujarat Respect. ð pic.twitter.com/bGoPhIxGo3 — Kumar Manish (@kumarmanish9) February 15, 2019 Reportedly, the girl's father is a diamond businessman from Surat called Dewashi Manek. The couple's families mutually decided to go for a simple wedding and informed their respective relatives about the same and donated the money to the families who lost their loved ones in the terror attack. Other than that, organisations like 'Bharat Ke Veer', and 'Milaap' and even Paytm have started fundraisers to urge people to donate money to the martyred jawans' families. More than 40 jawans were killed in the terror attack and the death toll is on a constant rise as soldiers are succumbing to their grave injuries.
  4. They say love is one-dimensional. But when you look at it blossom, you will find dimensions you've never envisioned before in life. Love grows in spectacular ways and you can only experience it if you meet the right companion along the way. You may ask what a 'right companion' truly is. Well, in very simple terms, someone who is true to you and understands your needs and wants, most given times. © Instagram But according to Kristina and Eugene, companionship is a very different concept. It's to familiarise each other with what their respective needs and wants are and use that as an advantage to have an absolutely fun relationship. Yes, you read that right. When was the last time you met someone who piqued your interests and matched it with theirs? Some of you may have found some likeminded people, but have you ever unanimously decided to give up the regular life and travel the world instead? That's what Kristina and Eugene's story is all about and it doesn't end there! It ends with a happy family indeed. © Instagram The First Time They Met Both of them met while they were still in university in Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine. While figuring out their mutual interests on their check-list, the two bonded over common musical interests and hangout sessions post classes, following which they liked each other's company so much, they became best friends. Pretty soon their friendship transcended into a love interest and everything else made more sense than before. But the most astounding part was that their basics were not stamped on just romance, passion or love. The reason they were together was that they felt the most comfortable with each other, and we seldom forget that being yourself and comfortable around someone is the first rule of a good relationship. © Instagram "Our romance started from the point of perception that we don't irritate each other! Not a passion, desire or love! It doesn't sound very romantic, I know! But our affection increased each day and in 4 more years, we decided to become a family. 10 years have passed since we started our romantic relationship, but we are still the happiest couple and we are harmonious partners in all life spheres." - Kristina After all, love blossoms through an avalanche of comfort and familiarity, doesn't it! If you're in a state of absolute comfort with someone, wherein you don't have to pretend otherwise and you disseminate all your fears and tribulations equally among each other, real love truly sprouts from there. Couples today fret about long-lasting companionships or the lack of passion, but they forget that the ultimate companionship rule to live by comes from the premise of being yourself with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. © Instagram What Made Them Stay Together? Apart from the easier quirks between two people, there are other things that make a relationship really challenging and workable. And this is where sharing mutual interests comes handy. Couples who share mutuality in ways that make sense, last longer. And by mutuality, I mean sharing similar interests that can change lives. Both Kristina and Eugene love to travel and that's the one thing that has bound them together tightly ever since they met. In college, the only thing that decided their fate was a 4-day trip that they took together, following which realised they've evolved from being just friends to something more transcendental! Since then, they have been travelling across the globe for over 10 years. © Instagram About two years ago, the couple decided to take their travels a bit more seriously and decided on travelling across Asia. And that's when their real journey as a 'family' began! "All 10 years of being together we travel – at least once a year. But two years ago we decided to have even a bigger adventure. We were not quite happy with our professions and wanted to reload ourselves. A long-time journey through Asia seemed a good way to do that. We had to give our apartment for rent and sell some stuff in order to have enough money for that. So we quit our jobs and were ready for a journey. By now, as a couple, we've visited 24 countries." - Eugene. © Instagram That's the thing about taking risky decisions in a relationship. They always go through because the support for it to work is so strong, it overpowers any hardship they may face. Just like how Kristina and Eugene did when they both decided to quit their jobs and take a stand on what to do next. © Instagram The Chapati Sojourn "We had started this journey in January 2017 from Fort Kochi and planned to stay there for only a few days. However, destiny had other plans, and on the second night, we came across a tiny, dehydrated puppy in the darkness, all alone." - Kristina © Instagram Chapati came into their lives like a surge of happiness and positivity during grim times. They found her scattering away, unfed and unwell and took her in their care to nourish her and bring her to life. "We found that we want to name her like our favourite Indian bread because she had the same tan colour and was very thin." - Kristina © Instagram The minute they named the dog, there was no looking back. They found a home in her and she in them, and she became a part of their travels and their family from that very moment! "Chapati brought many changes to our lives. She influenced our travel-philosophy: now we don't chase visiting all sightseeing places or try to see as many countries as possible. We learned how to relax and easily take deviations to our plans. Her own attitude to life often teaches us to be more flexible, readily get acquainted with people and even to communicate with those, who speak languages we don't understand." - Eugene © Instagram Bringing an animal into your life changes you as a person. The change is noticeable slowly and steadily. They teach you resilience, certain ways of triumphs, patience and the most important one- unconditional love. That's what Chapati taught the two after she came into their lives. She taught them to slow things down and recognise things for what they are, to see the ethereal beauty in things, to savour moments that are important and precious. © Instagram Their travel philosophy also changed trajectory. They learnt how it's not always necessary to travel to every place, soak in every bit of space or scramble around in a hurry just sightseeing or divulge their energy in agreeing upon what to do, what to see or what to understand. Chapati made it easier for them to relax and absorb only as much as they could. © Instagram "Many people believe (and we did before) that saving one dog's life will not defeat the global problem and will not change the world. Our revelation is that it actually changes the world. At first, it changes the 'universe' of the one saved, and then it changes your own 'world'. Her own attitude to life often teaches us to be more flexible, readily get acquainted with people and even to communicate with those, who speak languages we don't understand."- Kristina © Instagram What Is It Like To Travel With A Dog? "Travelling with a dog is definitely not easy. Each country and city have their own rules and attitude to dogs, which sometimes is impossible to Google in advance. You need to make a lot of 'paper work', you are always limited in places for eating and staying, transportation could also be an issue. It is hard, it is a bit costly, but it worth that. As we have to spend money on Chapati we always try to save when it's possible. So we prefer cheap hotels, we use trains and buses as long as it is possible." - Eugene © Instagram The biggest challenge Kristina and Eugene faced was the 'paperwork' that most countries implement to transport dogs. Financially they were still figuring their way but more than anything else, it was the documentation and the fact that a dog can't be a part of their lives unless she's legally bound to them, that was becoming a challenge. That took time and apart from that, facing challenges in nooks and corners of every street and every city wasn't easy. Sometimes they'd be stranded because no public transport would want to carry a dog and sometimes, they'd come across places that weren't too pet-friendly, so they wouldn't have the option to spend a quiet peaceful night at a hotel. © Instagram But most places accepted Chapati and made her travels with the couple favourable. Since she is so well-mannered and intelligent, even most non-pet friendly places allowed her inside and turned their whole philosophy on animals around. © Instagram "Still, travelling with a dog is a big adventure. We had so many escapades, touchy moments and movie-worth adventures together, like falling in love with Chapati, overcoming barriers on the way to adopt her, finding ourselves in the middle of nowhere at night, getting stuck in a town because no public transport allowed dogs there and it was impossible to leave, saving other dogs and being stressed whether those will survive, sleeping with cockroaches or at freezing temperatures, and even some illegal border-crossings and transportations. All these now seems a thrilling dream, yet we miss those times." - Eugene © Instagram Their favourite memory so far is trekking over San Fruttuoso in Italy and walking the rocky terrain in unfavourable weather conditions as all modes of transport were cancelled due to heavy rains! The three of them walked determined all through the trip, thinking about their future together and eventually making it back home to live it. They had no raincoats or umbrellas and braved the harsh rains. Chapati, with her might to stay strong and grounded, didn't pose as any trouble at all and she was a super trooper! "Drenched, I and Eugene felt ourselves to be the luckiest people in the world to have such a smart and attached dog, who was also all wet. Nevertheless, love was soaring in that wet air and the whole way we spent dreaming about our future. It actually looked like a happy end of a very tense movie. However, it wasn't, and many more adventures are waiting for us." -Kristina © Instagram Bringing Chapati into their lives is like a dream come true and they're solemnly grateful for each day as it passes. The Biggest Lesson Ever Having a dog in your life is the biggest blessing in disguise, according to Kristina and Eugene. If Chapati has reaffirmed anything it's the fact that their faith in communication shouldn't deter, because that's what keeps them strong and grounded. And by them, I mean Chapati as well. Communicating with a dog makes you more susceptible to understanding all sorts of needs and emotions between people and animals and it makes any bond way stronger. Staying together for almost 2 years now, Chapati's presence has made sure that their relationship surrenders its premise on pure communication between a man woman and an animal. © Instagram "Communication is also a clue to the mutual understanding with a dog. Try to perceive what a dog wants to transmit to you, do your best to talk in its language (a language of intonations, eye-contact and gestures) and you will never face any problems!"- Kristina A dog is a man's best friend. Up until now at least, I believed that this was just an idiom that was trying to transforms our instinctive animal behaviour to a more refined human one. But the meaning is way more literal and deeper than that. A dog is in all actuality a man's best friend and we have Chapati as proof, who took her saviours for family and gave them a lot to accept and ruminate about. We think any relationship that needs nourishing and strengthening doesn't need as much counselling as it needs some 'fur intervention'! Here's to 'Travelling Chapati' and her beautiful family. © Instagram "In 2017, we spent the whole year being together 24 hours a day. During these time we didn't leave each other even for a moment, Chapati included. We faced many difficulties, including financial ones. We had lots of challenges on the way. But we remained a team, a loving team. And even now, after 10 years of being together as a couple, we still never irritate each other". - Eugene
  5. A third-wheel is an unwanted shape-shifter you do not want in your life. They take the form of several different things. Varying from relationship to relationship, they can pop up as a sibling, a friend, a parent, heck, even a pet. It's hard enough to have a relationship with two people in it, so a crowd of three can possibly drive one to murder. On this Valentine's Day, if you're thinking of saying something like, "can it just be me and you today?" or "let's go by ourselves this time" to your partner, you will definitely relate to these memes: 1. Evil Hotel Manager MensXP You know you want to spend some alone time with your one true love on Valentine's Day, but every time you try to look for a couple-friendly hotel, you face pesky managers who ask you to pay by cash ONLY. 2. Overexcited Parents MensXP You get your significant other (S.O.) home for the first time for dinner and your mother welcomes her home a la Jaya Bachan in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. 3. That Friend You Literally Wanna Throw Under The Bus MensXP In the beginning, you thought having your friend on the dates with you will help you feel more comfortable. But after a while they started giving you major Siddharth Malhotra (Student of The Year) vibes. If you don't want to lose your bae to your third-wheel, why not think of interesting ways of keeping them at bay this V-Day? Like, distracting them by giving them the ultimate Valentine's Day gift! Brand Factory is giving couples looking for privacy a chance to fulfil their V-Day plans! All you need to do to win an exclusive offer for your third-wheel on Brand Factory is to tell them how frustrated you are by taking this quiz. You will get exclusive discounts basis your level of annoyance that will help you #DitchTheThirdWheel. 4. The Always Hovering Parents MensXP You still live with your parents and no matter how cool they are in life generally, they always seem to have an issue with you stepping out with your boyfriend/girlfriend. And don't even think of putting the lock on your room's door when your girlfriend is over. 5. The Return Of The Aunty MensXP And if things at home weren't enough, finding the aunties staring at you in the mall makes your issue of privacy even worse. 6. That Buzzing Roommate MensXP You love your roommate for everything that they do for you, but want to put them on fire when they don't leave your room. Take the hint, mister! 7. The Moral Police MensXP You decide to give in and make out in your car, but how can that go smoothly with the Indian Moral Policing Brigade pro-actively trying to remove immoral activities from the minds of young Indians? Ya jailed! So while the third wheel is busy shopping away at Brand Factory, you can take a breather and have the perfect Valentine's Day.
  6. "All relationships go through hell, but real relationships get through it" A very popular saying that cements the true threshold of honest and bold relationships. Couples who don't waver during tough times, and work on heard-earned relationships are the ones who make it out best. And we believe that because we have amidst us Tanya and Nikhil, who've lived their story through several ups and downs- one of them being starting their own business and making things work, despite the many differences that tried to deter their strife as a couple, together. (c)Instagram When two people come together to start a beautiful association, the most basic and fundamental aspect is the mutual understanding of their respective beings. That's the most basic element of compatibility. If you can't understand your partner inherently, you cannot decipher anything else about the relationship. When Tanya and Nikhil met for the first time, they already knew this fact, because they fit into each other's lives like a long lost piece of a puzzle. (c)Instagram Tanya is a musician and Nikhil was working in hospitality back then, so their meeting was predestined and well-timed at the local watering hole, indeed. He recognised her as his teacher's daughter and picked up a conversation from there with her and the rest was history! "We met at the first year anniversary of a popular pub where she was performing. Needless to say, our first conversation was a catastrophe; since it went along the lines of "Hey, are you Shalini Nambiar's daughter? I used to have the biggest crush on her!" Tanya promptly walked away from me. Luckily, there was alcohol flowing, and that made follow up conversations easier." - Nikhil (c)Instagram Since the meeting then, they've been inseparable. Be it their first date, where Tanya literally 'bowled' him over by winning a round of bowling, or the big marriage proposal surprise, or even their ardent love for animals, they've made their story worth telling because its essence is very basic- trust, honesty, faith and working hard on a relationship, to make it last long. "A moment I can never forget is the day, I asked her to marry me. There had been a huge build-up for it. I had been dropping hints for over 8 months that "marriage is a sham" and that I did not want to do it at all. Needless to say, I had been dumped close to seventy-five thousand times during this period. So, when I asked to marry me, I reckon she was absolutely shocked, I even had a friend in disguise record the whole video. I must say, playing the long game is complicated and frustrating, but the rewards justify the whole struggle." - Nikhil (c)Instagram Couples Who Love Together Work Together While deciding a life together, two people go over all the pros and cons they'd come across in order to make the equation as malleable as possible. They decide how to be with each other, around each other, set a few ground rules, and hold the dynamic with utmost respect and adulation as and when required. While that's what they aimed at doing, their standpoint for making the relationship work was also in sync and in balance with starting a business together, as well and working to build its legacy together. "We started our hot sauce business "El Diablo Sauces" together in Jan 2017. We started the business with whatever little money we had and it's completely self-funded till date. The fact that our business completed 2 years this Jan 2019 and despite all the fighting we are still together, working hard, it really is a big milestone for me. I mean the fact that we are in each other's face all the time and are working together, fights are inevitable. But we are still holding on to each other strong and have learnt so much about each other." - Tanya (c)Insatgram They say if two people share a rather amorous bond, they should definitely never start a business together. But when Nikhil and Tanya decided to start their business, they couldn't see a better fit. Yes, it's a different ordeal altogether to disagree upon a few aspects and have arguments and fights on how to chisel it into a finer fabric, but once they saw the finality, it was all worth it. The idea for their business sprouted from Nikhil, but Tanya pushed him further to take it up as a full-time endeavour, while she'd always be a very welcoming support. Right at the time when they were about to tie the knot, their business started flourishing as well, and it was a tough time for them to come through with everything all at once. (c)Instagram "We started our marriage with a rocky financial start because we started our business. Put whatever we had in it. I encouraged him about starting a business together because his idea for the sauces was brilliant and I told him he should quit his job and start it and told him I would back him 100 per cent no matter what. And that's how we started. Everyone thought it was the most foolish thing on my part. I'm newly married, asking my husband to quit his job to start a business we have no idea if it will work or not." - Tanya Now because of their due diligence and working together night and day to sufficiently run their business, it picked up the pace and started functioning rather fluently. But what does it take for a couple to reach a kindred milestone to work on something so close to their heart, together? Is it the spirit? or strength? or just a mighty heart, knowing things can get rocky, but the inadequacies shouldn't affect their daily dealings. In all forms of companionship, it honestly takes meeting your better half, right in the middle, to negotiate the best ways to run a start-up together. It's like negotiating any other compliance. Be it household chores or relationship goals, when you're in a working space together, meeting halfway is still the run-of-the-mill mark. (c)Instagram "We have faced so many ups and downs individually and together, it became exhausting after a certain time. But we always pick ourselves up, dust off the baggage and just move on. We both are polar opposites but still keep our relationship going. Nikhil and I will fight like crazy but then after the nasty battles, we move on. We don't give up on our relationship no matter how hard it gets. But it's taught me how to adjust, how to meet someone halfway. When we try to change our partners completely that's when the issues arise, we need to learn to meet halfway. I've learnt that we got to stick to each other no matter what. Because that's what a family is all about. We've been together for 6 years and we are going all the way". -Tanya (c)Instagram In summation of their fantastic journey together, I'd like to add that no matter how many hardships you may endure in a relationship, giving up on each other or bailing with an intention to make your own life easier is not a solution. Long-term relationships thrive on love that's stronger than the will to break away and flee from difficulties and support that's unconditional. If a couple can't make amends and breath in the same hardship and tranquillity together, then the equation is just not meant to be. What Tanya and Nikhil teach us every day is to appreciate good knowledge you hold of the other person, strive hard to balance work and love and to keep one another as grounded and approachable as possible. "This relationship has taught me that illegal drugs and a gun are cheaper in the long run; but it has also taught me that with the right person, you are able to face anything with a big smile on your face and the all the confidence in the world. So, if that interests you, find it; it's out there. Take it from a man who is probably more trouble than it's worth." - Nikhil
  7. Love is a four letter word so powerful, it can weave together the myriad threads of the most bedazzling emotion one is capable of feeling in their lifetime. It is more than just four English alphabets scribbled beside the name that makes our heart skip a beat every time it is mentioned. It will catch us by surprise when we are least expecting it, and render us speechless at a moment when we would rather spill our guts out. Plaguing us with an unceasing giddy restlessness and excitement that makes going through our days a torment - made bearable only with the sighting of the person our heart seems to be beating for all of a sudden. Love is called magical simply because when we are in love, we can never be too sure what the next moment could bring to our life - while we stand powerless against its bittersweet onslaught. (c) Pooja & Varun To love is to hold and cherish, protect and care, with a promise to be fair and honest, not only to our beloved but also towards the relationship we build together. Love in all its beauty is to accept, support and encourage the happiness and the well-being of that one individual we would move heaven and earth for. But to love is to also face the demons of your lover and stand by their side as they fight it off. To love is getting through those ugly fights and misunderstandings that come from feeling too much, and too deeply. To love is to see the person you care deeply for at their weakest or lowest, and loving them anyway. No questions asked, and no strings attached, simply because seem like life's greatest blessing. Varun and Pooja's journey towards love is made up of all that - the good, the bad and the ugly - and their love has come out strong, oh so strong against every test of time. (c) Pooja & Varun The couple met each other through a common friend. Pooja recalls her first meeting like it was yesterday, “My friend told me about this guy who would be perfect for me and she wanted to set me up with him. I did not pursue it at the time, but one day when I was catching up with an ex, my friend invited Varun there without even telling me. the minute that he walked in, I could not take my eyes off him. I was intrigued to know him more. We just got to talking and started meeting every day.” However, Varun has a different (and may we add more interesting) story to share. “We met through a common friend, rather it was a set up for which I had to coax that friend for a month to introduce me to her”, shares Varun. Now that's some memorable “coincidental” meeting the two had, and while it's pretty clear that they hit it right off from the go, wait till you hear about their first “official” date. (c) Pooja & Varun “I asked him out on a date. We had been talking for a week by then, and I suggested going out for a movie. However, Varun insisted that we went out for coffee instead. I agreed thinking a movie wouldn't give us enough time to talk, but Varun made the suggestion because he felt that a movie date would only last for 3 hours, whereas a coffee date can go on an entire day. I just couldn't stop smiling after that.” Again, the first date was memorable for Varun for a totally different reason. “We went to Barista in Basant Lok Market, and personally it turned into a disaster at the end since I had forgotten to get my wallet.” Their journey only gets better from here on. They went on to date each other for the next 11 years, and sure enough, faced a number of ups and downs during this time. Their courtship had all the elements of a budding romantic relationship, but it was made a little difficult by Pooja's anxiety issues which she never imagined would turn into a full-blown disaster, coupled with panic attacks. (c) Pooja & Varun Recalling the time when she came to face her demon for the first time, Pooja says, “I had been dating Varun for 3 yrs when he decided to get a job in UAE and moved there. This posed as an unbearable change and the loneliness caused my anxiety to become full-blown panic attacks.” The distance took such toll on Pooja's mental well being that she would cry endlessly and began to fall sick. Through it all, Varun was right by her side despite the miles separating them. “He used to call me for long hours at night to calm my panic attacks. He spent half his salary on calling me long distance to pacify my fears. Once he was back, we went through a time where I could not leave my house. I used to feel ill and anxious if I did. Varun and I had our dates at home those days. He used to sit with me and my family. Watch movies all day”, shares Pooja. (c) Pooja & Varun Even when things got difficult, Varun never bailed on Pooja. He stood right beside her like a pillar of strength and helped her fight her battle all the way. Talking about all those moments that Varun made bearable for her, and ultimately helped her to get better, Pooja adds that “There were also times where I could not travel or stay away from home even for a night. Varun also sacrificed those trips with friends so that I wouldn't feel like I was missing out.” Varun decided to help Pooja deal with her reality better, and that's when “he came up with the plan to make me feel comfortable with night stays outside the house and that is when we started taking 1-day trips together. We went to Agra once and I had a severe panic attack there. He stayed awake all night long hugging me while I kept wailing the night away. No questions asked. No words were spoken.” (c) Pooja & Varun This was the moment that changed everything for Pooja. She was willing to give her all to anything that would make her better and stronger as a person. She told us, “when my partner was also missing out on things because of my disability it gave me a purpose to overcome anxiety. What got me better was his constant presence letting me know that he has my back always.” That's not all, Pooja's acknowledgement and gratitude is proof that when done right, there are lots of ways how a supportive partner and a loving relationship can help someone who is suffering from severe episodes of anxiety. “Varun gave me that space where there was no pressure to be normal. He took my anxious nature as my normal and that just gave me the time to try cognitive therapy and the will to better myself. Now we travel 3 or 4 times a year which was once a dream for me. I am still dealing with it one step at a time but we have made great progress.” (c) Pooja & Varun After 11 years of dating each other, the couple finally got married in 2017, which happens to be their most dear milestone. Pooja shares how the grew as a couple through the years, “we have been through every test of time. From being in a long distance to being in the same city but living far. From seeing each other every day to seeing each other once a week. From accompanying each other for our respective exams to managing to get a degree at the end of it all. From taking risks in life to being scared even to leave the house. From facing panic attacks to going FOR counselling. Every hurdle thrown our way has been faced together with an abundance of patience and we are still moving ahead and dealing with life together.” (c) Pooja & Varun For Varun, Pooja continues to be his biggest cheerleader. Someone he can trust and rely on. He shares that, “When the shit hits the roof, she is the one you need by your side. She is cool as a cucumber under pressure.” Varun also has just one an important to share with all those men who have partners who also suffer from anxiety. “Things become better with patience and perseverance”, quips Varun, and we presume that this along with his love for Pooja must have helped the couple sail through the tough situations and come out as winners in life and as lovers. More power to the happily married couple!
  8. (The quotations for this story was taken from an interview originally conducted by Ravi Gupta for MensXP Hindi.) Love - /lÊv/ - Noun. An intense feeling of deep affection. Love - /lÊv/ - Verb. Feel deep affection or sexual love for (someone). Those are the standard definitions of love that one is likely to find in any given dictionary picked off the shelf. Some will say that for the most part, love oscillates between two parts of speech, either written between pages and spelled out in black ink, or to be found between the warm and ruffled sheets that say it all. Yet, every now and then we stumble across those who hold a very different definition of love. One which is expressed through abstractions, such as how their lover's smile makes their heart skip a beat, or how the silent support and company of the beloved feels like the greatest prophesy of love. © Vaibhav & Parag Love often shows up uninvited, takes away our breath and is such an invigorating feeling, we end up craving for the next wave to hit us, much before the high from first one fades. It's maddening and heartening all at once, much like the brewing emotion that ebbs and flows within our cardiac valves, almost threatening to spill over and drown us with its depth of feeling. The bottomline being, there is no set definition of love. Each one of us experiences it differently, in different forms, in varying situations and with equally different kinds of people. But that is not to say that any of those forms of love are not worth celebrating. Much like the ardent love that Vaibhav and Parag share between them. © Vaibhav & Parag 32-year-old Vaibhav Jain was born and brought up in Delhi, before he moved to the US to pursue his masters, upon completing his BDS degree. Indian society's intolerance and lack of sympathy towards the LGBTQ community forced Vaibhav to hide his true identity and later leave his home state in search of a safe haven. It was back in 2012 when Vaibhav saw his future-husband Parag for the first time during a Pride Parade. There was an instant feeling of recognition, and Vaibhav sought to further it. He looked up Parag on Facebook and sent him a private message. As the two gradually began to get to know each other, Vaibhav asked Parag out for dinner at a Thai restaurant. © Vaibhav & Parag Though the date turned out to be a mess since the food at the restaurant was a disaster, Vaibhav tells us that regardless of the unappetising food, their first date remains truly memorable. The two spent hours talking, and when they finally left, it started raining. The pitter-patter of the rain inspired Vaibhav to serenade to his favourite singer Mohammed Rafi's song 'tere mere sapne'. This is how they ended up spending 6 hours together on their first date. Now while their innocent love slowly began to bloom, the distance that separated them began to seem like a bother. Hence, one day Parag suggested that Vaibhav moved-in with him. This was even before either of them had confessed their love for each other, which made Vaibhav a little hesitant to make the move. But as their shared understanding began to grow stronger, Vaibhav slowly started the process of moving in with Parag. © Vaibhav & Parag As time passed, both Vaibhav and Parag began to fall deeper in love, and eventually Parag confessed his feelings to Vaibhav. A moment, as Vaibhav tells us, “that still makes me blush.” However, something continued to eat him even as Parag's love filled his heart with warmth. The discrimination that Vaibhav faced in India over the years left deep-rooted psychological impact which prevented him from openly welcoming the affection that Parag showered on him. Once this diagnosis was reached, Parag stood strong beside Vaibhav and helped him believe and put his trust on their relationship and what they shared together. © Vaibhav & Parag Now, while Parag had already come out to his parents 15 years ago, he wished for Vaibhav to come out to his family as soon as possible. As the desire for a future together began to grow stronger, Parag's insistence became more urgent. Vaibhav was also convinced that he wanted to go public with his relationship, and began looking for the right opportunity to break the news to his parents. Finally when he landed an internship with WHO in Switzerland, Vaibhav asked his parents to join him for the trip. It was on the last night before Vaibhav's parents left for India, that he decided to come out to his parents. “I don't like girls, and I don't wish to marry one either. I am gay and I have known it since I was 14-15 years old,” Vaibhav told his parents. While both his parents were shocked by the news, they offered Vaibhav their unconditional love and support. His mother even remarked that she must have failed somehow as a parent – not because he was gay, but because he didn't feel safe telling her his truth for so long. Vaibhav confessed that, “though my parents couldn't sleep peacefully that night, but I have been sleeping peacefully ever since that night.” © Vaibhav & Parag Cut to 2019 and the couple have already been legally married for over a year. However, when it comes to desi, big fat Indian weddings Vaibhav shares that, “ I believe in the traditional Indian wedding, and that's why Parag and I plan to get married is the desi style on 29th and 30th March this year. Since both of us are Jain we plan to follow the traditional wedding rituals and follow it up with a reception back in India.” Getting married isn't their only major plan for the near future. Vaibhav shares that, “I love kids. And though people are quick to suggest adoption for gay couples, we have decided to opt for surrogacy. That is not to say that I am opposed to the idea of adoption, but it's just that we want to try the other possibility. And as for the struggles of parenthood, I think Parag and I are ready for all of it.” © Vaibhav & Parag Talking about the possibility of officially creating a life with his husband in the future, Vaibhav has only one message to share with everyone. “Every human being is precious, and no one should be discriminated against. Everybody deserves to live and the society needs to understand it. If my 85-year-old grandmother can accept our love and bless us, then why can't others do the same? Even if the society fails to understand us, I would still urge others like me to come out and face their truth. If I can do it, why can't you?”
  9. We find love in the strangest of places. All while a seemingly unthreatening person manages to disarm us with that one look or smile casually thrown our way, which leaves our heart craving for more, so much more! The arena of online dating happens to be one such space where most of us venture into without any set expectations of what might come our way. That is mostly because this entire scene of online dating bears an air of mystery and suspense around it - a sort of a thrill that has succeeded in luring even a few “hermits” around us. You never know who you will meet in this virtual world, and even if you think you like the person you behold on the screen going by their bio, likes-dislikes and hobbies et al., you cannot be too sure unless you meet them up close and see for yourself if the two of you are worth another shot. Souvik Thakur Sure, this might be true in 99% of the cases, though there still exist a few who get so lucky with their online dates, that they end up signing the deal of spending an entire lifetime with one another. Such is the story of Souvik and Upasana, who met each other on an online dating website, and so fiery was their chemistry from the very onset, that the couple ended up marrying each other within a year of their first official date! It all began in late 2017, or more specifically 22nd October 2017 as Upasana would point out when the two first found out about each other on an online dating platform. Souvik is quick to add that, “it was her smile that caught my attention,” and he didn't waste any time in getting in touch with Upasana after that. “It was love at first sight (for me), even though we were living in two different cities then. I was in Delhi, while she was in Kolkata,” adds Souvik. Remembering that fateful night, Upasana recalls, “I remember that Sunday. I had a night recess and after I woke up, I saw a notification of his request. After reading his message, I shared my phone number. Within a second he called me, and we started talking. He spoke for an hour and by the end of it, he proposed me for marriage.” Souvik Thakur We know, that almost sounds like a Japanese bullet train of dating on the move. But you know what, in the matters of the heart, when you know, you know. Whether it is a matter of knowing someone for an hour, a year or even ten years for that matter, you simply know it when you find 'the one'. However, we wonder, if their first virtual meeting was so zippy, imagine all the fire alarms that must have gone off when the two met each other for the first time, for real! You guessed it, for both Souvik and Upasana, their first date remains one of the greatest highlights of their relationship so far. It was 25th December 2017 when they finally met in person after constantly being in touch for a little over two months. While Souvik recalls the day for their exploration of the City of Joy, eating and shopping their hearts out and making memories together, it was much more special for Upasana. Souvik Thakur “It was 25th December and he had come down from Delhi to meet me. Naturally, it was special for me. We met at Esplanade, the heart of Kolkata. Then we went to Princep Ghat. After spending some quality time on the bank of river Ganges, we went to taste Biryani from Kolkata's famous Biryani shop. Then he surprised me by gifting me a yellow-green from a famous boutique,” shares Upasana. The saree, as Souvik tells us, was a gift to celebrate their first date. And they say men are not romantic and thoughtful enough. Anyhow, that's definitely one memorable first date the two had, won't you agree? However, from the numerous memories the two share between them, for Souvik one of the most unforgettable ones is when the two spent some quiet time alone in each other's company on the terrace at his place - “(the) terrace is a very special place for me. I love to read, write, sing on the terrace. Finally, I took her to my special place in the house,” recalls Souvik. Our man here had finally found the woman to share his special place with, and we all know that's a big commitment all by itself, even though many women don't know it at the moment. But since things were already moving in the fifth gear for the couple since the beginning, the real deal was never too far behind. Souvik Thakur Soon after their first meeting, Souvik couldn't wait to take the next big step. He had all the plans laid out. But like it is usually in the case of love, things don't come easy. Sure enough, Souvik had a hurdle to move past before he could claim his lady love, and make her his for the next 'seven lifetimes'. Since Souvik was living in Delhi for work, it meant that for Upasana getting married would be a lot more than just tying the knot. So when Souvik popped the question, Upasana couldn't accept the proposal instantly, even when she wanted to. “I would have said yes, but couldn't. Since he lived in Delhi for the sake of his job, and I didn't want to relocate from my hometown Kolkata, I clearly told him so. He was very disheartened, but tried to convince me to make the move. After 15 days, he succeeded. I agreed to move to Delhi.” Once this was taken care of, things picked up speed and their families got involved. The date for the wedding was set and finally, on 2nd December 2018, the couple got hitched. Even though most things happened in a blur in their relationship, married life has come with its own share of lessons and experiences for the couple. Souvik Thakur According to Upasana, their journey from bachelorhood to being married has changed their perspective about relationship and love. As a married couple, they are becoming more and more responsible with every passing day. Even Souvik agrees that the relationship has taught him to choose his battles wisely, adjust and compromise where necessary and take important decisions keeping each other in mind. However, with all things said and done, the newlyweds believe that their relationship has taught them to love selflessly and accept each other's quirks. “We are two very much different people. She is loud and expressive, whereas I am soft and calm. But we love to eat, travel & listen to music together. These are the binding factors of our relationship and our lives”, says Souvik. Souvik Thakur For Upasana, however, the most unique quality of her husband is that “he is a very good human being, funny and he is very passionate towards his work.” The couple may be completely opposite in nature and personality type, but these traits help to balance their relationship and add depth to it. Married for just two months today, the journey so far has been a revelation for the couple in a lot of ways. Not only are they getting to know each other more deeply, but they are also evolving as individuals as they take on this journey called life together.
  10. "He has the best taste in clothes, and he is the only man I know who knows the difference between mauve, pink, purple, berry etc. I am so proud of how confident he is, and that he doesn't give a shit about gender norms" Stuti While society does its best to mould gender norms, there are some people who define their own standards of what gender truly means to them. They come from an open-ended perspective of changing things that are too normative in nature, in order to derive a way of living most suited to them. And why not? Isn't that life's first rule? To live under no rules? (c)Facebook Meet Stuti and Arnav, a couple defying every stereotype in sight, living a happy and fulfilling long-term relationship. What makes their relationship an inspiration to the millennial generation? They're will to never succumb under textbook knowledge of how things are perceived by people but to create a tangible wavelength of what they feel is comfortable for them. (c)Facebook The Beginning Stuti and Arnav met through common friends but they mostly chatted online till they decided to finally meet. Our first date ever was at this fantastic little cafe called Le Bistro Du Parc, where it was all about steak, sangria and conversation. She looked stunning in a red dress. I was already a little tipsy on sangria, which in hindsight, was a good thing, considering I am usually a nervous wreck. We started talking even before she sat down, and it she made me feel extremely comfortable from the very first moment- Arnav (c)Facebook Stuti, a student of gender studies had her firm notions intact where feminism was concerned. She knew the black's from white and was an ideal yet staunch feminist. Well, before she met Arnav. As someone who studied gender and feminism in college, I considered myself really woke about gender fluidity. I cut my own hair, wore pants, and did not shy away from owning the masculine side to my personality. I thought that was all I had to do to maintain my status quo as someone intellectual and liberal. But I was wrong, because I was given an actual chance to prove my beliefs - Stuti The couple got along like a house on fire and by the second date, they'd already deliberated enough about how they felt for each other. But for Stuti, Arnav wasn't just another Delhi boy, who had an alpha male syndrome looming though his ego. He wasn't the heterosexual male, who would come out for a date dressed in black and shy away from the mention of pink. He was very aware of his likes from his dislikes and Stuti instantly realised she was dating the millennial 'metrosexual man'. A term born from heterosexual males, who actually love taking care of themselves, meticulously might I add. (c)iDiva A Metrosexual Man In Love The advent of the new technological era has brought a lot of significant changes into our lives. Our lifestyles have enhanced from simple caveman times to grooming every inch of ourselves just to look aptly presentable. So, when men took to doing that for themselves, a lot of questions were raised in society. Although it's an urban phenomena still, a man paying close attention to his looks and aesthetics, knowing how to dress well, performing beauty rituals on himself, isn't brandishing or tarnishing the 'manly' image. In fact, it's strengthening the unity that gender needs today. (c)Facebook Arnav, a man very comfortable in his skin, loves wearing all shades of pink, performing beauty routines on his skin and still being that 'emotionally available' guy every girl dreams of dating, is an unfortunate misunderstanding amongst the population today. Here's the thing. Many don't realise that calling someone “gay” due to anything but their sexual orientation is very problematic. For instance, if my boyfriend knows the difference between mauve and pink, that means he has great vision and not that he likes men- Stuti Even within the social constructs of such an unpleasant misunderstanding, Stuti and Arnav have the best relationship and they don't shy away from talking about it! Be it mutual skin care routine's or shopping trips, both enjoy each other's company because they bond with each other over mutual interests, that don't suffocate how one gender is suppose to be with the other. (c)Facebook I have never met a more loving and caring human being, and for that, I feel like the luckiest person alive. One of the most important, and least talked about aspects of a relationship is learning from each other, and I can very easily say that she's taught me so much about love -Arnav What She Fell In Love With The Most Stuti took some time to get to know Arnav. That's a given. But when she did, she found peace and love in him. He helped her deal with mental health issues by always staying by her side, in her time of need and never giving her a reason to question her worth again. But besides that, Stuti fell in love with the fact that her man was so comfortable with his sexuality, that he was indeed confident about how he demonstrated his sexuality. Of how he was open to things that a lot of men usually shy away from and that made her faith in the relationship stronger. (c)Facebook He likes his clothes fitted. He wears pink much better than I do. The strong sweet floral scent of Daisy by Marc Jacobs smells better on him than it smells on me. Does this take away from the fact that he identifies as a man, and is very much straight? It doesn't -Stuti But it took a while for Stuti to accept Arnav as who he was at first. The fact that his choices in life didn't eliminate the doubt that he might have 'gay' tendencies was something Stuti was struggling with initially. We're all moulded in a patriarchal structure. No matter how over-exposed we are to stimulus that redefines gender roles for us, we still go back to our conditioning every now and then and that's what Stuti did too. I struggled to accept the fact that my boyfriend is indeed a straight man who identifies as male. I wore the pants, I used Axe deodorant, and I shouted about equality, yet I was hypocritical enough to not accept his individual take on gender several times. -Stuti But in time, she realised that he was a man who loved taking care of himself and took a keen interest in his aesthetics. She didn't understand his love for lip balms, lotions, face masks or every shade of pink but she garnered an interest over her love for the fact that they both shared a similar interest. (c)Facebook Each man's process to survive is different. Some men like living a rugged and robust life, while some are keen on entertaining the way they look and appear and because we have such pronounced gender dynamics and roles, everything has to fall under a 'straight' line. But honestly, a 'metrosexual' man is as macho, as romantic, as arbit or as good in bed as any other man and we know that because we see Stuti' and Arnva's relationship blossom into something indestructible, everyday! This relationship has shown love to me in a totally different light. It's taught me how easy life is when you have someone who is actually there by your side, through every move. It's taught me to truly appreciate things, it's taught me the meaning of empathy and understanding. It's taught me to explore, to experiment, that there's so much that the world has to offer, when you have someone by your side to experience it with - Arnav
  11. For most of us here in India, travelling finds an unwitting connection to chai. Traversing through the country's picturesque landscape, these heavenly places serving steaming cups of chai can be found in quaint villages high up in the hills, or under the thatched roofs of a dilapidated chai ki tapri along the highway. Yet, no matter where we happen to chance upon one, it never fails to fill our heart with joy at the very sight of it. © Facebook Now, imagine such a tea-stall located in a small village in some part of this country, shouldering the weight of an elderly couple's ardent dreams to explore the length and breadth of not just India, but the entire world. Yes, you are right. This almost seems like an impossible dream when you hear about it at first, but guess what, there exists such a tea-stall and such a couple who have managed to realise their dreams of travelling around the world, by running a tea-stall! © Facebook Vijayan and Mohana, both in their late 60s, are from Kochi in Kerala, but are better known to the world as the “globetrotting couple” who travel around the world by selling tea. Vijayan and Mohana have been running a nondescript tea-stall in Kochi, called the 'Sree Balaji Coffee House' for the past 40 years, and the minimal earnings from that business have allowed them to travel to over 23 countries so far! © Facebook How do they manage to make all this happen you ask? Well, the key to their success is the couple's undying grit and desire. Vijayan and Mohana refuse to be cowed down by the financial restraints or the logistic trivia that might hamper their bigger plans. The elderly couple saves from whatever little they make at their shop, and rely on small loans to fund their travels. After saving Rs. 300 every day for decades, they used it along with their meagre income and bank loans, to explore 23 countries! It was back in 1963 when Vijayan began selling tea in the streets to fulfil the travel dreams he shared with his wife. © Facebook Singapore, New York and Switzerland are some of his most favourite places. The couple has been to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, USA besides many others, but currently, their plan is to check out Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Greenland Norway. There is simply not stopping this duo! For Vijayan, travelling is all about collecting experiences and learning about other people and their culture. Vijayan marvels over the beauty of landscapes and the kinds of people they meet during their travel. © Instagram Their philosophy is simple. Keeping their nest destination in sight, the couple continues to save Rs 300 every day, and keep their expenses to the minimum (they work both as worker and manager of their tiny shop). While on their trip, they spend very little on unnecessary things. Still, the loans they take keep getting piled up, and after every trip, they spend the next three years trying to repay that debt. Their story might be laden with a lot of struggles, but Vijayan and Mohana don't plan to give up as long as their arms and legs are moving. This couple is proof that no amount of limitations are big enough to stop someone from realising their dreams if they set their heart to it.
  12. Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal just got married to fellow badminton superstar Parupalli Kashyap, and unlike the wedding fever that has heated up the entire country, theirs was a private affair. However, that didn't stop them from entering the glamour brigade. The bride and groom were resplendent in Sabyasachi couture, and looked every bit as impressive as their Bollywood counterparts. © Viral Bhayani Saina and Parupalli chose a rather unusual colour for their reception outfit - royal blue. While red and other warm colours usually grace couples during their wedding rituals and other functions, this couple took a style risk and chose the coolest of colours instead. But that did pay off, and how! © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani The gold embroidery popped on the royal blue base in the most regal manner, and the couple looked more elegant than ever in their matching ensembles. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani We loved Parupalli's elaborate pearl neckpiece, and his blue shawl with the golden embroidered border. Plus, his choice of those statement pair of Jootis just sealed the entire outfit together. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani All we can say is, welcome to the club, and congratulations on your wedding, Saina and Parupalli!
  13. The wedding season is upon us and Shah Rukh Khan is out there blessing couples with warm wishes. No, I'm not exactly talking about Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal or DeepVeer and not even Priyanka and Nick for that matter, but I'm talking about how SRK made the best day of a couple's lives, even better. We all know that SRK is one of the most loved actors in the country, and his fans simply adore him unconditionally. All that love and admiration has also turned his house into a tourist attraction of sorts and it's a must-visit place when in one is in Mumbai. So, a lot of people do visit his house daily but a particular couple from Mumbai proved to be different. A newly-married couple ended up at 'Mannat' because “They say visit temple after you are hitched, We did it right”. They say visit temple after you are hitched, We did it right !!!! @iamsrk we know you saw us and waved !!!! Thanks alotttt sirrr!!!! Thanks for making this special day, perfect !!!! pic.twitter.com/IaFnJ6ziVI — dhruvp2894 (@dhruvp2894) December 14, 2018 Well, they did do it absolutely right and even got a wave from King Khan himself. But, what's better is that SRK himself saw the tweet and blessed the two newlyweds. So nice, isn't it? God Bless you. https://t.co/A0a7CQ2PXQ — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) December 14, 2018 It all feels even more perfect when we scrolled back a few months on the guy's profile and saw this tweet. #AskSRK@iamsrk #AskSRK getting married this december, just need your blessings @iamsrk and love you!!!!! Your reply will equate to your presece in our marriage pic.twitter.com/kvPz7Vjmbc — dhruvp2894 (@dhruvp2894) June 6, 2018 Well, he finally got the blessings! Such a great couple and they also got what they wanted. What a perfect way to begin their new life.
  14. Bollywood's current favourite power couple, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone finally tied the knot in an intimate ceremony amongst high security and family members in Lake Como, Italy. View this post on Instagram Update!⤠Deepika and Ranveer received a sweet surprise from their families in the form of guitar tribute.All the songs of DeepVeer were played on guitar.It was so soothing & mesmerising that it compelled the lovebirds to come and shake a leg together on Aayat.ðð ~ @deepikapadukone @ranveersingh #DeepVeer #DeepVeerkishaadi #Gettinghitchedsoon #DeepikaRanveer #hubbyandwifeytobesoon #14november #15november #bridegroom2018 A post shared by #DeepVeerwaleð°ð¤µ♥ï¸ (@deepveerkishaadi) on Nov 14, 2018 at 1:30am PST Every single detail including that of the venue, clothes and even the invites were kept under wraps and as an additional step to ensure complete privacy, the guests were asked to not carry their cameras along for the main nuptials. The guests were escorted to the wedding venue on the main day and while yesterday was when the Konkani rituals happened, today was the Punjabi wedding. After successfully managing to keep everything under the wraps for so long, the picture of the couple is finally out . View this post on Instagram â¤ï¸ A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Nov 15, 2018 at 6:36am PST The groom Ranveer Singh too posted the official pictures on social media and we can't breathe anymore. View this post on Instagram â¤ï¸ A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Nov 15, 2018 at 6:36am PST
  15. India's current favourite batsman Virat Kohli turns 30 today, and clearly, he has been ageing like fine wine. Given his recent streak of mind-blowing performances, one can only ascertain that he is on the path to even more greatness. The fastest batsman to have scored 10,000 runs in the 50-over format, he also electrified scoreboards by smashing his way to three consecutive hundreds against two rival teams. © Instagram That gives him and his beloved wife Anushka Sharma more than one reason to celebrate. So, according to the latest reports, the couple is currently in Haridwar for Kohli's birthday, where they are expected to pay a visit to the Anant Dham Atmabodh Ashram today. © Instagram Anushka just posted her social media birthday wishes for hubby on Instagram, wherein the very-much-in-love couple can be seen smiling into the camera wrapped up in woollens. Anushka even added a short and sweet caption that dripped with gratitude. View this post on Instagram Thank God for his birth ððâ¤ï¸â¨ A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) on Nov 4, 2018 at 9:20pm PST Thanking the heavens for the “birth” of her man, well she's really playing the perfect wife one could ask for. We can't wait for more images from the celebrations to pop-up really soon.
  16. Sometimes, some people are just at the right spot and end up capturing a moment of a lifetime. This is exactly what happened when a photographer happened to be at the Yosemite National Park in New York and managed to capture the exact moment when a guy proposed to someone. Who wouldn't want to have that moment with them forever? That's the reason Matthew Dippel, the man behind the photograph, took to Twitter to find the couple and give them this special gift. Twitter help, idk who these two are but I hope this finds them. I took this at Taft Point at Yosemite National Park, on October 6th, 2018. pic.twitter.com/Rdzy0QqFbY — Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 17, 2018 As we all know, sometimes the internet can be a great place with people helping each other and that's why the picture soon went viral, with everyone trying their best to help find the couple. But, even with so many retweets and everyone sharing the picture, there was still no luck. Update #2: Still no luck. A lot of people saying they found them but doesn't turn out to be the right couple. If you honestly think you found them message me please! I can't keep scrolling through the comments to look. Thanks everyone! — Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 19, 2018 Honestly, that's not them, you can easily tell. I'm not sure if that's them unfortunately, it appears the dude in my photo is more casual and has a hat on, and she doesn't have on as flowy of a dress on. I could be completely wrong but look pic.twitter.com/6iiXaUrXDo — Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 18, 2018 Then comes the sad news of a couple falling to their deaths at the exact same spot. I really hope this isn't them. That would be horrible. https://t.co/DgVtmhIYG2 — Rando Mall (@randofrommall) October 25, 2018 No, it wasn't the same couple as the viral picture couple, but it's tragic nonetheless. I don't believe it was but I pray that it was not the same couple as in my photo. My couple was from 3 weeks ago and this was from this week, all my love to anyone who might have known that couple. — Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 25, 2018 Coming back to the photograph, at one point Matthew seemed to have believed that the couple wished to not be found but he was still on his quest. Tunnel Vision. Update: At this point I'm beginning to believe they have seen it and choose to remain unnamed. I will continue searching for a while, so don't worry I'm not giving up, just not making it priority #1 anymore. pic.twitter.com/Ar1n3nchhz — Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 25, 2018 And, then came the good news! UPDATE: I FOUND THEM. Check out my latest tweet to all the details. — Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 27, 2018 He posted the update everyone was waiting for. pic.twitter.com/ay9NZMF8wD — Matthew Dippel (@DippelMatt) October 27, 2018 While this couple got a happy ending, another couple's visit to the same spot turned out to be the last place they ever visited. Turns out, the two people who passed away at the same spot, as mentioned above, were Vishnu Viswanath and Meenakshi Moorthy, a Malayali couple behind the travel account Holidays and HappilyEverAfters on Instagram. View this post on Instagram Heylooow incredible people of the Instagram world! ð¤Just wanted to let you all know that this account "minaxivishnu" is renamed to “HolidaysandHappilyEverAfters” , in sync with our brand new blog ⨠... Most of you already know this mermaid-haired wanderess Minaxi and her captain Vishnu, but in case some of you missed, we are an NYC based gypsy couple ð«“Consumed by Wanderlust ð, Compelled by Adventures ðand Conviction in HappilyEverAfters” ð I, Minaxi looove to waltz with words ð¶ð and will remain the high-spirited story-teller at our blog and all social media, while Vishnu is the go-to “techie-in-residence” ð»ï¸. He is also the head photographer ð¸of most our pretty pics! (aided and abetted by his mermaid of course ð) ... Diagnosed with the curious case of interminable travel bugðº, as we wander around the world we absolutely love sharing our adventures with this community ð¤, and each and every single comment and conversation we share with all of you undeniably makes us a helluva happy bunny ðð° ... As much as all social media uses the word followers/subscribers, we hate it ðand would rather use the word friends or even family, as some of you have quite made a habit of warming the cockles of our heart ðð Sooo, welcome aboard all you dear fabulous friends ð¤and wander ðwith us in our happy place of HolidaysAndHappilyEverAfters ð • • • #travelblog #travelblogger #traveldiaries #newblog #travelogue #expatblogger #blogging #femaletravelbloggers #darlingescapes #sheexplores #welivetoexplore #maketimetoseetheworld #lifewelltravelled #exploringglobe #letsgoeverywhere #instatravel #mytravelaffairs #travelcouple #newyorkcity #nyc_instagram #newyorklike #ig_nycity #igersofnyc #newyork_ig #nyc_highlights #nyc_explorers #timessquare #streetsofnewyork #timeoutnewyork #timeoutsociety A post shared by TravelCreativesâ¤ï¸Minaxi+Vishnu (@holidaysandhappilyeverafters) on Apr 30, 2017 at 2:14pm PDT Their bodies were discovered about 800 feet below the Taft Point. Park spokesman Jamie Richards was quoted as saying in the report that “We still do not know what caused them to fall. We're trying to understand what happened. We may never know, (but) from everything we see, this was a tragic fall.” It really could've just been a tragic accident as the couple was known to post daring cliffside pictures, and have mentioned it in their captions several times. View this post on Instagram CHASING SUNSETS or CHASING LIKES ??? ð ... Sooo today on #socialmediabadasstribe we are talking about limits of #doitforthegram.ð¶Yeah sure it can be limitless but guys, we reaaaallly need to have boundaries(this is handy as life lessons too but we will revisit that laterð) A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs and skyscrapersð, but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL??? ï¸ Is our life just worth one photo? ... When we squirm at another selfie attempt gone south ð± from a skyscraper, let's remember to save that in our core memory and not the memory dump ð¢(I am still on the Inside Out ð¬ train y'all ð¬) Same applies when we get our knickers in a twist and hog a spot till we get the perfect shotð I know I know, I am guilty as charged for all of this ð¤¦‍âï¸ and if I didn't have Mr. Two Goody Shoes, Vishnu 𤭠with me, I am not even sure if I would have written this post. ... Let us all try to be responsible digital citizens and use our “numbers” to be transparent and honest, shall we?ð¤ None of us is perfect and the more we accept it and share our flaws as much as our wins, we are one step closer to creating a sane social media without the scary brouhahas.ð⨠... Still there?ð Woohoo, a backflip is in order, or wait maybe a pizza? ð What about a unicorn ice-cream ð¦ ð¦ with some Disney-approved cotton candy ð­ð¬ and pixie dust infused sprinkles ð§‍âï¸ if…..IF you could tell me the one time you were effin' proud of being candid and real AF in social media? ð ... PS - Not sponsored but sweatshirt is from @radearthsupply • • • #grandcanyonnps #northrim #instagramaz #visitarizona #travelarizona #shotzdelight #discovertheroad #usaroadtrip #visittheusa #outdoorsusa #exploretheusa #womenwhoexplore #iamtb #radparks #thediscoverer #gtgi #sheisnotlost #wearetravelgirls #hikemore #radgirlslife #travelreality #dreamscape @womenwhoexplore @visit_arizona @visittheusa @shotzdelight A post shared by TravelCreativesâ¤ï¸Minaxi+Vishnu (@holidaysandhappilyeverafters) on Mar 28, 2018 at 8:45am PDT Rest in Peace.
  17. Since we have cabs, autorickshaws and metros at our perusal, which have made traveling so convenient, that at times we forget that there are places where people don't have access to any of these. In some parts of the country, people still walks miles to reach the nearest bus stop to take a bus. Whether it's safe to take a public transport is still a concern for many parents and due to this, many girls either drop out from colleges or face problems of travelling in a public bus. But, thanks to this selfless couple, things have now changed for good for a lot of college girls. © TOI/Anindya Chattopadhyay In 2016, a pediatrician Rameshwar Prasad Yadav and his wife Tarawati were driving to Churi, their village in Rajasthan. On their way, they gave a lift to four girls standing on the road in pouring rains. While talking to them, the couple came to know that they usually walk 3 to 6 km on a hot and dusty road, to get to the bus stop to reach their college in Kotputli (which is about 18km away). © TOI/Anindya Chattopadhyay "The boys misbehave with us on the bus," one of the students told the couple and this story touched their hearts. So they decided to do something for them and every other girl who might have been facing a similar problem. When the doctor's wife asked him if they can do something for the girls, he asked "If our own daughter was alive today, how much would we have spent on her education and wedding?" "Around Rs 20 lakh," she said. That's when the doctor decided to buy a bus for them. He took Rs. 17 lakh from his general PF (75% of the total) and added Rs. 2 lakh from his savings. That's not even the best part, this bus provides free rides to and from college to the girls from Churi and the villages of Pawala, Kayampura Baas and Banethi. © TOI/Anindya Chattopadhyay Yadav's wife Tarawati says, "After our daughter's death, there was a sense of loss. But now there's a feeling of fulfillment." Yadav invited the four girls, who inspired him to come up with this ingenious idea, to inaugurate it. Yadav, who lost his daughter when she was just six-months old, said, "We wanted a daughter but had three sons thereafter. Now, I feel I have 50 Hemlatas." Thanks to this 'nishulka beti vahini', girls are showing up for the class in larger numbers and don't have to face the daily harassment and discomfort anymore. With this service, the families of the girls too feel at peace and assured about their safety. © TOI/Anindya Chattopadhyay To pick up a bus driver was another task and for this, Yadav asked the parents of the girls to pick the driver they preferred. In fact, the driver has been given instructions not to let any male step inside the bus, including Yadav. He said, "Once when driving the girls home, he ignored me on the road. I rewarded him Rs 100." Yadav also said, "I want the bus to motivate others to do positive things and discover the joys of giving." If only more people think and act like this couple, the world will become a better place to live in. Source: TOI
  18. When love comes to town, there's a certain music in the air you simply can't miss, and this seems to be the case for Shibani Dandekar and Farhan Akhtar, who made their relationship public very recently. It was at the beginning of September when Shibani shared a photo on her Instagram feed, where she was holding the hand of a “mystery man” who was facing away from the camera. View this post on Instagram photo cred @anuragrao A post shared by Shibani Dandekar (@shibanidandekar) on Sep 1, 2018 at 8:12am PDT The entire nation switched their detective-mode on and began speculating who the man in the photograph might be. From celebrity tabloids to the fans, everybody was seen pinning their guesses on Bollywood's multi-talented celeb Farhan Akhtar. As it would later turn out, with Farhan sharing the same image on his Instagram feed last week, complete with a 'heart' emoticon, that the “mystery man” in Shibani's life is indeed Farhan himself. Fans had taken this post to be a “public confirmation” of sorts. View this post on Instagram â¤ï¸ A post shared by Farhan Akhtar (@faroutakhtar) on Oct 14, 2018 at 11:43pm PDT Ever since the couple has been sharing snippets of their time together every now and then. Be it taking a hike together, or wishing each other on their birthday (all with hearts and kiss emoticons), they have shared many of their memories with the world. However, it is this latest video that Shibani shared on Instagram that's become the talk of the town. The very smitten and in-love Shibani can be seen dancing to Farhan's song 'Señorita' from the movie 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara', along with a friend, while vacationing in Australia. This sure is #CoupleGoals #RelationshipGoals for millennials. Check out the video here: View this post on Instagram Some Bondi swag!! ððhow cool are we @eddiecowan ??? Had so much fun with you bro! @australia @espncricinfo @sydney #thatbrowngirl #Undiscoveraustralia âï¸ð‍âï¸ A post shared by Shibani Dandekar (@shibanidandekar) on Oct 24, 2018 at 12:52am PDT Fellow friends and colleagues from the industry have also commented on the post, stating that she seems to be very much in love. Singer Meiyang Chang also commented on the post saying, “I see your love for Farhan Akhtar will never fade :D". Post the surfacing of allegations against Farhan's cousin Sajid Khan in the #MeToo movement, people started bashing Farhan for not speaking out about his cousin sooner, or taking a step against him. During this time too, Shibani came forward to stand beside Farhan on social media, and said that blaming family members for not knowing isn't justified or fair. Shibani seems to be doing well both as a partner and a lover, won't you say?
  19. The hearsay around Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora's alleged relationship had been gaining a lot of momentum over the past couple of months. But it looks like the couple has gone public with their relationship. Arjun and Malaika were recently spotted holding hands at the Milan airport, and the photo has since gone viral on social media. View this post on Instagram Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora spotted at the Milan Airport on Wednesday . For more updates follow @peeping.moon . . . #arjunkapoor #malaikaarorakhan #malaikaarora #peepingmoon #bollywoodactor #bollywood #fashion #instagood #instalove #milan #milano #happybirthdaymalaika A post shared by PeepingMoon (@peeping.moon) on Oct 24, 2018 at 9:07am PDT Celebrity gossip tabloids had been churning excessively to put a name to their relationship status after their numerous public appearances together over the past few months. From attending the Lakme Fashion Week together, to getting clicked at parties as a couple, they had been feeding people's curiosity thus far. © Twitter Recently, Arjun even came on 'India's Got Talent' to promote his latest film 'Namaste England', where Malaika is a judge. They were seen holding hands on the show as they got on the stage with a participant. Yet, the duo never came forward to shed light on their relationship. © Twitter However, this time, when Malaika was in Italy over the last week to celebrate her 45th birthday, the couple decided to board the same flight back home. Even as they constantly tried to avoid the paparazzi, one seemed to have sneaked up on them. This celebrity tabloid caught the couple indulging in a very simple romantic gesture of holding hands as they strolled around the airport. We wonder if an official confirmation will follow soon.
  20. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone don't really need any help to individually claim the top spots in men's and women's fashion in India respectively. But, just like it works in the movies they work in, they decided to get together, and now, are the ultimate power couple in terms of fashion (among other things - which we shall talk about later, sometime). Their latest appearance in the airport, hand in hand, marked 2018's most powerful, not to mention, heartwarming, fashion (or shall we call it 'filmy'?) moment in Bollywood. Take a look. © Viral Bhayani Here are 4 things about their outfits that establish them as Bollywood's, or rather, Indian fashion's ultimate power couple. 1. Ranveer Singh's white Gucci Print leather belt bag, which purely in terms of technicality classifies as a women's bag (but it's 2018 and no one cares), once again proves that he's the king of accessories. The bag in white leather is adorned with prints from the eighties, and boasts of fine Italian craftsmanship. If this doesn't bring back fanny packs, nothing will. © Viral Bhayani 2. The coordinated, yet independently awesome choice of Athleisure shows that they exactly know how functional fashion works. What they are wearing is extremely comfortable, travel friendly, and complement each other outfits without looking tacky in the least. 'Couple goals' goals. © Viral Bhayani 3. How Ranveer tells so much with his clothes without verbally having to say anything is a lesson in itself. Look at how he so nonchalantly is letting us know about his favourite TV show using the baseball cap he's wearing. © Viral Bhayani 4. Did you notice how their shoe game and accessory game absolutely are on point? When it comes to shoes, Ranveer and Deepika are wearing Adidas and Nike respectively, in white and black, that is giving out the whole Yin and Yang vibe, brilliantly so. When it comes to accessories, both of them embraced the glam edge with their metallic watches and statement sunnies. © Viral Bhayani All we can do at this point is just bow down. Bravo!
  21. There are so many romantic movies where there's at least one scene of the two people who are madly in love kissing in the rain. We grew up believing it to be one of the most romantic moment and would love to experience it on our own as well. But, then we realize where we live, and that fantasy is ruined, much like how our family's reputation will be 'ruined' if anyone sees it. But, we can all agree it's a beautiful moment nonetheless. Since monsoon is upon us and it's pouring everywhere, a young photographer in Bangladesh decided to take advantage of the incredible weather and all the good things it brings with itself. Jibon Ahmed captured a picture of a couple kissing in the rain in Dhaka University, with the backdrop of people just going about their day and working. What a moment! It's like utopia where two people seemingly in love isn't anyone else's concern; it's almost as if they are in their own world. Jibon Ahmed He shared the picture with the caption “This is a poem of the blessed rains, let love be free.” It was such an amazing picture, it started going viral. People's reaction, however, was a little divided. While some showed appreciation for the message of love it carried, others had to get political with it. But, that was just the beginning. It has been reported that just a few days after the pictures was shared, Jibon, the photographer, was assaulted by some other photographers at that university. Apparently, Jibon, who works as a photojournalist with a news website, has also been fired from his job. This stupid and honestly misplaced attack against Jibon made people speak up in his favour and come to his defence. Fahima Durrat, a professor at Dhaka University, shared her views on Facebook. People showed their outrage and support on Twitter as well. Shocking to see the outrage against this photograph and physical assault on the photographer. We should kiss everywhere and we should kiss often. Let's fight back. One kiss at a time! #kiss #Bangladesh #viral #TSC #moralpolice #photography #jibonahmed https://t.co/1U3rfmYG39 — Shehzeen Choudhury (@ShehzeenSays) July 25, 2018 And, here's a meme perfectly highlighting the hypocrisy.
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