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  1. Back in 1909, the Socialist Party of America designated 28th February as the first National Women's Day to honour the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York, where the women protested against working conditions. That day, marked a new chapter in the lives of women and, in 1975, when the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day on 8th March, as it helped create a historic legacy of internationally-agreed strategies, standards and programmes to advance the status of women globally. Since then, the date 8th March has been a focal point in the movement for women's rights. And, this year's International Women's Day has proved to be no different. There has been a plethora of celebratory messages on social media platforms and, needless to mention the inspirational 'Google Doodle', all celebrating the achievements of women in different fields. Joining the bandwagon, India's limited-overs vice-captain - Rohit Sharma - also stressed on the need to celebrate the day with unmatched fervour and love, like any other festival. "#WomensDay has to be the most celebrated day in India!"ð From @ImRo45, @Jaspritbumrah93, @YUVSTRONG12 and every one of us at MI, a very #HappyWomensDay to all the special women out there ðð#HappyWomensDay2019 pic.twitter.com/FRIxz4TVZW — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 8, 2019 In a video shared by the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians on the social media, Rohit said: "Women's Day has to be the most celebrated day in India. The women who have played a part in my life have changed me completely. So, I think, it is important that we celebrate Women's Day as big as Diwali or any other festival that we celebrate". Our future is only as strong as our women. ð ON #womensday #Empowering #women #riseup #livepools #india @livepoolsindia #HappyWomensDay2019 #InternationalWomansDay pic.twitter.com/DUpYz4pMxh — yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 8, 2019 On the other hand, Mumbai's new signing Yuvraj Singh also gave a heartfelt message to the fans. "They are very integral part of our life. I think without them we would be nothing. In my perspective, in my books, I really hold them in high regard. Definitely my mother, who has nurtured me over the years and kept me very safe, to my sisters as well," said Yuvraj. Apart from Rohit and Yuvraj, India's death-overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah, too, shared his views on International Women's Day. “I always feel women are way above men. They always give me strength, they always give me confidence. So, I am very happy to have them in my life. During any situation, they never feel weak. They are always there in tough times, in happier times,” said Bumrah.
  2. Remember Savji Dholakia? The generous diamond-merchant from Surat for whom almost half the country wants to work for. Why? Because he showers his employees with gifts and rewards, while most of us sit in our office cribbing about our jobs. But why are we talking about him now? Because Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone's wedding details are out and their hotel rooms cost much lesser than what Dholakia spent on his employees this Diwali. He distributed 600 cars to his employees, at an event that was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Facebook While we don't know how Ranveer and Deepika's sangeet functions are coming around, we've got our hands on something equally interesting - the cost of their hotel rooms in Italy. Ranveer and Deepika are getting married at the Villa del Balbianello at Lake Como on November 14 and 15. According to a report in India Today, the couple and their families are staying at a luxury resort on the east side of Lake Como, instead of a villa. The resort has been booked for the wedding and is being decorated by the florists. According to reports 12 florists were flown in from Florence to decorate the wedding venue. View this post on Instagram Pictures from the stunning resort booked by #ranveersingh h & #deepikapadukone #DeepVeerKiShaadi #deepveer . . . Follow US @glitterandglamourindia #instalikes #deepveerkishaadi #deepveer #deepikaranveer #deepikapadukone #ranveersingh #lakecomo #bollywoodwedding #weddingvenue #villadelbalbianello #italy #celebrity #celebritywedding #bollywoodnews #trending #1daytogo #love A post shared by Naveen Pandey (@glitterandglamourindia) on Nov 13, 2018 at 3:14am PST Reportedly, the estimated cost of a room is 400 euros (around 33,000). Given the resort has 75 rooms, then the price is around 25 lakh per day and for a week it cost around 1.73 crores for a week. View this post on Instagram #deepveer and their families have been staying here ,ðwhich is 45 mins away from #villadelbalbianello ð,,It has 75 rooms,,and they have completely booked the hotel until November 17 â¤,,The rent here for 1 week is nearly 1.73 crores ð®,,And it is clear that all of them will leave Italy on November 17,,⤠. #deepveerwaale #deepveerkishaadi #deepveerwedding ,#italyð®ð¹ #lakecomowedding #villadelbalbianello #followme @deepveer_addict_ ⤠A post shared by #deepveerwaale ⤠(@deepveer_addict_) on Nov 13, 2018 at 1:00am PST Coming back to Savji Dholakia, he gifted 600 cars (Renault KWID and Maruti Suzuki Celerio cars) as gifts this Diwali and if we calculate it, the cost comes around 2.7 crores. Did Ranveer and Deepika make the booking from MakeMyTrip or Goibibo? Instagram Fans of Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone can't keep calm as the couple is about to get married in a couple of hours at Lake Como, Italy. Unfortunately, there's nothing else their fans can do apart from looking at their previous pictures, because the couple has asked the wedding guests not to carry mobile phones to the wedding venue in order to respect their privacy.
  3. While some of us were busy running errands for our moms, cleaning the house, bursting crackers, gifting soan papdi dabbas to relatives and praying not to get one in return; our B-town and TV celebrities were busy flooding social media with their Diwali parties and outfits. From Karan Johar, Kareena Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Shah Rukh Khan to Mouni Roy, everyone celebrated Diwali in the grandest way possible and so did actor Gurmeet Choudhary, but in a slightly different way. View this post on Instagram #happydiwali A post shared by Gurmeet Choudhary (@guruchoudhary) on Nov 7, 2018 at 6:42am PST On-screen Ram and Sita, and real-life couple Gurmeet and Debina, celebrated Diwali with their friends yesterday, by paying a tribute to the 'king of romance' SRK and his upcoming movie 'Zero'. View this post on Instagram #happydiwali ð¤ð¤ðð Pairing in yellow handloom Chanderi outfit with intricate hand-embroidery on rich textiles By @rarstudio_official #iwearhandloom #rarstudio_official A post shared by Gurmeet Choudhary (@guruchoudhary) on Nov 7, 2018 at 5:59am PST Gurmeet posted this video on Instagram with the caption, "Our 4am tribute to the king of romance. @iamsrk wishing you a very happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year. All the best for @Zero21Dec Hope you like the video as much as we did making it!" View this post on Instagram Our 4am tribute to the king of romance. @iamsrk wishing you a very happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year. All the best for @Zero21Dec Hope you like the video as much as we did making it! @debinabon @vikaaskalantri @romanchmehtha @anuraagpandey_rj @gia_manek ð¸ @nayandeeprakshit A post shared by Gurmeet Choudhary (@guruchoudhary) on Nov 7, 2018 at 3:56pm PST We don't know about you, but we guess Shah Rukh Khan will definitely enjoy their Diwali party and this special surprise Gurmeet and Debina prepared for him.
  4. It's Diwali and it is another reason for our Bollywood fraternity to celebrate it in a way in which only they can—grand and king-sized. Last night was a star-studded affair when everyone dressed up like a firecracker for Karan Johar's Diwali party. View this post on Instagram ÙجÙ٠شرÙØ© Dharma ÙحتÙÙÙÙ Ù٠اÙÙÙتب Ùع اÙÙÙتج Ùارا٠جÙÙر ð¥ð¥â¤µï¸â¤µï¸ Ùارا٠جÙÙر ÙاÙÙ ÙابÙائ٠ÙارÙ٠دÙاÙا٠عÙÙا بÙات ÙÙارا ادÙاÙÙ Ùخرج #kalank ابÙÙØ´ÙÙ ÙارÙا٠ÙÙخرج #brahmastra اÙا٠ÙÙخرج٠ÙÙÙÙ ÙÙشا٠اÙاÙÙا باÙد٠Ùتارا سÙتارÙا بطÙت٠#studentoftheyear2 #karanjohar #dharma #office #aliaabhatt #aliabhatt #varundhawan #vickykaushal #kiaraadvani #ananyapandey #tarasutaria #abhishekvarman #ayaanmukherjee #bollywoodactress #bollywoodactor #bollywood #diwali2018 #diwalivibes #diwali #diwalið¥ #diwalibash #diwalipooja #mumbai #india #picoftheday A post shared by Bollywood Moroccan Fans ⤠(@bollywoodarab.fc) on Nov 7, 2018 at 3:49am PST View this post on Instagram Diwali!!!!!! Magical times!!! Styled by @nikitajaisinghani in @rohitbalofficial A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Nov 7, 2018 at 8:27am PST The who's who of Bollywood came to the party and it was lit AF with their presence. View this post on Instagram Cutest family Click this Diwali #taimuralikhan #kareenakapoor #karishmakapoor #samairakapoor #kiaankapoor #happydiwali #thursday #pictureperfect #instadaily #manavmanglani A post shared by Manav Manglani (@manav.manglani) on Nov 7, 2018 at 11:27pm PST View this post on Instagram #saraalikhan with mom #amritasingh for #happydiwali celebrations today #instadaily #manavmanglani A post shared by Manav Manglani (@manav.manglani) on Nov 7, 2018 at 10:36am PST View this post on Instagram Beautiful Trio #malaikaarora #sophiechoudry #amritaarora #thursday #happydiwali #mumbai #india #picoftheday A post shared by Manav Manglani (@manav.manglani) on Nov 7, 2018 at 11:59pm PST Varun Dhawan came with his lady-love Natasha while Arjun Kapoor came with his sister Anshula. View this post on Instagram #arjunkapoor with sis #anshulakapoor for #Diwali @viralbhayani A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 8, 2018 at 1:05am PST View this post on Instagram Happy diwali ð·‍âï¸ð©ð»‍âï¸ A post shared by Varun Dhawan (@varundvn) on Nov 7, 2018 at 9:51am PST View this post on Instagram صÙر ÙÙ Ø­Ù٠اÙدÙÙاÙ٠اÙس Ù٠بÙت Ùارا٠جÙÙر ⤵⨠ÙارÙÙا ÙابÙر Ø®Ø§Ù Ø Ø¨ÙÙÙ٠بدÙÙار Ø ÙارتÙ٠ارÙا٠ÙÙاÙÙØ´ ÙاÙÙÙترا بÙØ¨Ù Ø ÙاÙاÙÙا ارÙرا Ø Ø§ÙاÙÙا باÙد٠ÙصÙÙÙ Ø´ÙدÙر٠شرادÙا ÙابÙر Ø Ø±Ø§ÙÙÙا تاÙدÙ٠رÙÙØ© اÙاÙÙا Ø ÙبÙات اÙع٠شاÙاÙا ÙاÙØ´ÙÙا ÙابÙر راÙÙÙا ÙسÙÙاÙش٠سÙÙÙا ÙارÙ٠دÙاÙا٠ÙÙرÙب٠ÙاÙÙØ´ ÙاÙÙÙترا ( Ù٠عائÙØ© ا٠ÙارÙÙ ) Ùارا٠جÙÙر Ø Ø³Ù٠عÙ٠خا٠سارة عÙ٠خا٠ÙبطÙت٠Soty2 بÙجا ÙÙغد٠ÙÙارا٠تاÙر Ùارا٠ØÙابÙر خا٠ÙزÙجت٠ÙÙÙÙ ÙاتÙر دÙا ÙزÙجÙا ساÙÙ٠رÙÙØ© ÙÙÙا٠ÙÙÙÙ #diwaliparty #diwali #diwali2018 #happydiwali #aboutlastnight #lastnight #karanjohar #party #friends #mumbai #bollywood #kareenakapoor #kareenakapoorkhan #sonakshisinha #kartikaaryan #shraddhakapoor #kartikaaryan #manishmalhotra #saraalikhan #ananyapandey A post shared by Bollywood Moroccan Fans ⤠(@bollywoodarab.fc) on Nov 8, 2018 at 2:53am PST It sure was an aesthetically appealing happy Diwali for us!
  5. Unless you have decided not to watch any non-Radhika Apte Netflix series, you will know that Chris Hemsworth will mark his Netflix debut with the movie 'Dhaka'. Hemsworth is currently in India, not as a tourist, but shooting for his upcoming project, 'Dhaka' directed by the Russo Brothers. But Hemsworth's social media is proof that Thor is having a better time than any other tourist, as he continues to excite his fans and followers with his posts. View this post on Instagram Week one down here in India. By far some of the most intense action sequences I've been apart of and the heat certainly adds an edge to it but damn we're getting good stuff!! gonna be unreal. The first shot is of our director, the insanely talented @thesamhargrave ððð¤ð¤@zocobodypro @bobbydazzler84 @rudhrakshjaiswal1 @bengrayson @thematicentertainment @agbofilms #netflix A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Nov 6, 2018 at 11:54pm PST After getting stuck in traffic or as he calls it 'beautiful chaos' and spending some quality time with his Indian fans, Thor recently celebrated and wished all his fans on the occasion of Diwali. View this post on Instagram Beyond thankful for the kindness and generosity that the people of India have extended to us while making our little film here ðððð@thesamhargrave #netflix A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Nov 5, 2018 at 12:18am PST Tapping into his inner 'Desi Munda' avatar, Chris recently shared a video on Instagram, where he and Randeep Hooda wished their fans a Happy Diwali and said, "Happy Deepavali to everybody. We are here in India shooting and having a wonderful day. Namaste!" View this post on Instagram SORRY FOR MY INACTIVITY BECAUSE IT'S DIWALI IN INDIA AND IT'S FESTIVAL TIME. HERE'S @chrishemsworth WISHING YOU HAPPY DIWALI â¤â¤â¤ð¥ð¥ð¥ðððððððð #ChrisHemsworth • • #follow #followme #followforfollow #followback #followher #TomHiddleston #hiddlestoners #hiddlesgoddesses #Loki #InfinityWar #marvel #mcu #followtrain #Thomas #likeforlike #Thor #hiddlesisters #hiddlesarmy #credsforcreds #thorragnarok #follow4follow #KongSkullIsland #trailer #addbackinstantly #avengers #infinitywar #Thanos A post shared by The Hawaiian Pizza Girl™ (@hiddles_bae) on Nov 7, 2018 at 9:44am PST In the video, Hemsworth is seen wearing a kurta with a tilak smeared on his forehead. While we are loving this desi Thor, we can't wait for 'Dhaka' to release already, which also stars Randeep Hooda and Manoj Bajpayee.
  6. The festival of lights is a grand annual celebration most of us look forward to every year. It's that one day in a year when the entire extended family reaches out to one another, friends come over, all the good food is laid out and sleep is scarce since the frolic continues till the wee hours next morning. Diwali is also synonymous to some of the most royal celebrations in B-town and this year has been no different. It has already been established that pre-Diwali bashes is tinseltown are a rich affair, and one can expect to spot the who's who of Bollywood in attendance. Social media has been teeming with a gazillion pictures of all the celebs dressed to kill, rumoured couples making their appearances together, and friends-cum-rivals hugging it out in the spirit of celebrations. This year the pre-diwali celebrations were kicked off by designer duo Abu Jani - Sandeep Khosla, which was then followed Shah Rukh Khan's grand party, and the latest one being Shilpa Shetty's Diwali party at her residence. The images are a treat to the eyes, so scroll through to take a look at glamourous photos from each of the parties. Abu Jani - Sandeep Khosla The highlight of season's first pre-Diwali bash was the appearance of alleged couple, designer Nikhil Thampi and actress Esha Gupta, as well as Bollywood latest couple Malaika Arora and Arjun Kapoor. Besides the lovebirds, many of their other industry friends also joined in the celebrations. Close friends Shweta Bachchan Nanda, Sussanne Khan, Ananya Pandey, Maheep Kapoor, Natasha Poonawalla were spotted at the venue besides several other stars such as Jaya Bachchan, Sidharth Malhotra, Karan Johar and Shraddha Kapoor. View this post on Instagram Get a man who can make you laugh.. and is tall A post shared by Esha Gupta (@egupta) on Nov 3, 2018 at 12:36am PDT © Instagram © Instagram © Instagram Shah Rukh Khan Numerous Bollywood A-listers made a beeline for this one at SRK's residence Mannat. From good friends Kajol and Karan Johar to Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Katrina Kaif, Preity Zinta, Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Dhawan Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra, and Malaika Arora besides many others. Almost of all B-town joined in on the celebrations. View this post on Instagram The biggest #Diwali bash in town hosted over the weekend by the hostess with the mostest @gaurikhan at their house #Mannat. Elegant, classy & contemporary use of fresh Mogra with fairy lights complemented with standalone floral structures to complement the designs put together by the hostess her self. #GauriKhanDesigns We at #StemlineFloralDesign are pleased to be a part of this celebration! #SachinParekh #SayItWithFlowers #Diwali #DiwaliBash #DiwaliParty #DiwaliDecor #BollywoodDiwali #Bollywood #ShahrukhKhan #GauriKhan #SRK #SuhanaKhan #AbramKhan #BollywoodStyleFile #MumbaiDiaries #Diwali #HappyDiwali #Party #PartyDecor #EventDecor #FloralDecor #Mumbai #Party #photooftheday #diwalidecorations A post shared by Stemline Floral Design (@stemlinefloraldesign) on Nov 5, 2018 at 4:31am PST © Instagram © Instagram © Instagram © Instagram Shilpa Shetty Kundra The weekend celebrations came to an end with Shilpa Shetty's at-home Diwali bash, which was attended by many industry biggies. From Jacqueline Fernandez to Preity Zinta, Neha Dhupia, Karan Johar, Salman Khan, Aayush Sharma, Arpita Khan, R. Madhavan, Karishma Tanna, Karan Kundra, Anusha Dandekar, Manish Malhotra, Sophie Chaudhary, Ekta Kapoor, Shamita Shetty and many others were spotted at the venue. However, it was B-town's latest couple Arbaaz Khan - Georgia Andriani and Sushmita Sen - Rohman Shawl that grabbed a lot of eyeballs! © Instagram © Instagram © Instagram © Instagram © Instagram
  7. Today is Diwali and I don't think I need to remind you that, because the unending stream of WhatsApp forwards and stickers must have already done the job of informing, I mean wishing you. Diwali is the festival that teaches us the value of the "what goes around comes around." Yes, you guessed it right. We're talking about the soan-papdi dabbas and crockery sets and bowls, which eventually end up in our hands after we passed it forward to our friends and relatives. Wikimedia Seriously, who named this festival Diwali and not 'passing the parcel game' instead? But Diwali is not just about circulating soan-papdi dabbas, it's also a festival of lights, rangolis, dressing up for selfies and for some. it's an occasion to burst firecrackers. But, since firecrackers have been banned and restricted in some areas this year, Twitter has come up with an interesting way of celebrating Diwali. I am not talking about gathering at Connaught Place to shout Thain Thain. Being the savage platform that Twitter is, it decided to crack hilarious jokes and memes instead, and the result is dhamaakedar, to say the least. Munna and Circuit this Diwali ð pic.twitter.com/ywLBqL00jW — Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) November 6, 2018 Sc - Burst crackers only between 8-10pm. *Me at 9:59pm* - pic.twitter.com/A4ln71H8CX — Mask Ishan (@Mr_LoLwa) November 6, 2018 #Diwali is a festival of (traffic) lights pic.twitter.com/cYFgQBC6MN — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) November 5, 2018 Deepavali is incomplete without this Fake NASA Picture. ð#दà¥à¤ªà¤¾à¤µà¤²à¥ pic.twitter.com/MmKoY2SY26 — Gautam Polð¡ (@D_confused33) November 7, 2018 Pic 1 : Before Diwali season Pic 2 : After Diwali pic.twitter.com/iGlJ9faGTy — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) November 7, 2018 When your neighbour purchased Kaju Katlis as a return gift for their guests and you got Soan Papdi packets at home.#HappyDiwali pic.twitter.com/784epWfRDH — Kaju Katli (@MonkNxtDoor) November 7, 2018 *South Delhi girl after lighting a phool jhadi*ð¥#Diwali #HappyDeepavali pic.twitter.com/kcewAGM7AL — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) November 6, 2018 Why mummy?#Diwali #MEMES #Robot2 pic.twitter.com/DyXvELfmYo — Alright (@TheAlrightSquad) November 6, 2018 Soan papdi during diwali. pic.twitter.com/k5KqimGKXw — Sanjeev ð®ð³ (@Snju_Baba) November 4, 2018 * When a relative gives soan papdi in a chocolate box * Relative: pic.twitter.com/BpEWYn8v0k — Freelance 007 (@James_Beyond) November 6, 2018 Everyone on whatsapp today. #HappyDiwali pic.twitter.com/AIcwvXPls8 — Angoor Stark ðð®ð³ (@ladywithflaws) November 7, 2018 Diwali is on 7th November. Spend all your 2000 Rs notes on sweets, lights and crackers. Because, the next day is 8th November — The Bad Doctor (@DOCTORATLARGE) November 6, 2018 Soan papdi during Diwali pic.twitter.com/zubeS4UGF2 — Reena Kamat ð®ð³ (@_r33na__) November 6, 2018 Crackers before and after 10:00 PM pic.twitter.com/s1lg67Snig — Sanskari_stud ð (@sanskari_stud) November 6, 2018 People to Soan Papdi's dabba during Diwali.. pic.twitter.com/yU6xOHRFk9 — Romz (@RomanaRaza) November 5, 2018
  8. The mention of Diwali evokes glorious images of multi-hued Chinese lights dotting every building in the vicinity, a mixed array of lamps and candles gracing all the flat surfaces along the way, and of course the loaded plateful of sweets and the sparkling new clothes which complete the prep for the celebrations. What? You think I forgot to mention something? Yes, the puja, right? Of course, no Diwali celebration can begin without the blessings of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Laxmi, on this auspicious occasion. What else? You certainly aren't hinting at those loudmouthed elements that wreak havoc on Diwali, are you? © Wikipedia Well, seems like you are talking about the firecrackers after all. Well, given Delhi's current air quality and its inhabitants' constant struggle to take the next breath of air, besides of course the Supreme Court's ban on everything except green crackers, I'd say that petitioning for free-use of firecrackers at this point is a little ill-timed. The national capital is literally choking on its own air even as you read this. The latest CPCB data on Tuesday states that the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 394, which falls in the 'very poor' category, and warning has been put out that the situation will only get worse. Yet, here you are questioning my decision to do away with the mention of firecrackers on a Diwali post, and challenging the wisdom of the SC judges who called for the partial ban and even gave a free pass to bursting of green crackers between 8 pm to 10 pm tomorrow, in the spirit of the celebrations. © Tipping Points Film Anyhow, before you go any further to bash me over my cause to discourage you from bursting crackers, maybe you'd like to know that bursting crackers on Diwali has never been a part of ancient Hindu tradition. It simply happened to be a result of social interactions with China, which were adopted by Indians. Don't believe me? But history has proof. History shows that firecrackers were first invented in China, which made their way to India and other neighbouring countries due to trade movements. Historian P K Gode talks about the existence of gunpowder in 1400 AD and the first evidence of which could be found in the Tang dynasty in his 'History of Fireworks in India between 1400 and 1900'. © Flickr According to Chinese belief system, loud sounds and bright light helps to ward off evil, and therefore it was a popular practice in that part of the world. However, higher price initially prevented commoners from accessing it easily, thus was usually the royals who made use of fireworks for their personal entertainment. Numerous travelogues by ancient travellers validate this fact, as can also be seen in Marathi chronicle text 'Peshwayanchi Bakhar'. But the Chinese belief soon made its way to India and found acceptance as the signifier of victory of good over evil. Thus, people chose to light crackers during Diwali to mark their celebration of Ram and Sita's return from exile, after having defeated the evil Ravana. © Wikipedia Diwali was always meant to be a celebration of lights, the crackers came much later. Apart from deafening sounds and loads of air pollution, is only brings you smog (and a little more closer to your death). So go green this Diwali, it'll help us all in the long run.
  9. Bollywood is synonymous with awesome, glamorous parties. Every time our B-town celebs deck up and light up our social media feeds, it's a treat for sore eyes. These days, everyone's busy with either attending or hosting Diwali parties and last night was no different, when all these good looking humans dressed up as 'patakhas' for Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra's Diwali party. View this post on Instagram #shilpashetty with #rajkundra #viaanrajkundra for #diwali @viralbhayani A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 4, 2018 at 8:51am PST View this post on Instagram #shilpashetty at her #diwali bash @viralbhayani A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 4, 2018 at 8:55am PST View this post on Instagram #karanjohar at #shilpashetty #diwali bash @viralbhayani A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 4, 2018 at 9:31am PST Sushmita Sen was spotted with her current flame and Preity Zinta also looked pretty in her 'desi'avatar. View this post on Instagram #sushmitasen at #shilpashetty #diwali bash A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 4, 2018 at 10:30am PST View this post on Instagram #sushmitasen with boy friend at #shilpashetty #diwali bash @viralbhayani A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 4, 2018 at 10:32am PST View this post on Instagram â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ #preityzinta with @surilyg at #shilpashetty #diwali bash @viralbhayani A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 4, 2018 at 10:19am PST Jacqueline Fernandez was also spotted looking gorgeous as always and Arbaaz Khan made a dashing entry with his girlfriend. View this post on Instagram #arbaazkhan with #GiorgiaAndriani â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 4, 2018 at 10:33am PST View this post on Instagram #jacqulinefernandez on her way out post #shilpashetty #diwali bash @viralbhayani A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 4, 2018 at 11:22am PST Salman Khan also made a heroic entry quite late into the night. View this post on Instagram #salmankhan arrive at #shilpashetty #diwali bash A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 4, 2018 at 4:00pm PST It's not every day you see so many good looking people heating up the atmosphere by channeling their inner 'patakha'!
  10. What is that one item of clothing that is a must, when it comes to ethnic Indian wear? You guessed it right, it is the evergreen Kurta. But since it has been there since the beginning, and hasn't really gone through a lot of evolution (simply because of the classic aesthetic it already possesses), sometimes it comes across as a rather unimaginative, safe, and for the lack of a better word, 'boring' piece of clothing. We don't agree, but just in case you're laboring under the same misconception, here are a few ways that can help you debunk this myth. Embrace these unusual Kurtas this Diwali to look your best. 1. A textured kurta with embroidery. © MensXP This blue kurta with a pintucked texture is anyway classy, add to that the beautiful white floral embroidery, and you get a piece that's sure to up the ante in terms of style. © MensXP Label: Khanijo (Ig: khanijo_official) Model: Aaron Kaul 2. A statement Kimono shirt. © MensXP Even though the Kimono has a Japanese origin, it has often found a place of honour in traditional Indian outfits. Not only is this Neem Chokdi handwoven Chanderi Kimono shirt paired with organic linen tie-up pants comfortable, it is extremely classy, stylish, and unusual. © MensXP Label: Torani (Ig: toraniofficial) Model: TJ 3. A draped kurta. © MensXP Draped kurtas are sure to set you apart in a room full of fashion forward men. The intelligent layering of this maroon kurta with a mandarin collar gives you volume in the right places, and has an amazing fall. © MensXP Label: Amaare Couture (Ig: amaarecouture) Model: Siddhant Roop Rai 4. A kurta with a rich base and metallic buttons. © MensXP When you want to keep it simple, but want to stand out in the crowd, go for a base colour that is rich and vibrant. Turquoise is a great choice. Plus, add metallic buttons to add that royal edge. © MensXP Label: Philocaly (Ig: philocaly_menswear) Model: Llavi Tyagi 5. A super relaxed kurta in a bright base. © MensXP Go for the super relaxed silhouette to add that runway vibe to your kurta. Choose a bright colour as the base to make it pop. © MensXP Label: Amaare Couture (Ig: amaarecouture) Model: Charlie Frost 6. A black kurta with floral embroidery. © MensXP A black kurta can never go wrong by itself anyway. If you want to add that extra edge, go for a piece with subtle, but conspicuous embroidery. © MensXP Label: Khanijo (Ig: khanijo_official) Model: Siddhant Roop Rai 7. A relaxed kurta with stitch details. © MensXP Relaxed kurtas are safe, but really classy. This piece right here has stitch details around the pockets and an unusual wrist panel to set it apart from regular pieces. Label: Khanijo (Ig: khanijo_official) Model: Charlie Frost © MensXP Credits: Photographer: Anubhav Sood (Ig: anubhav_sood) Styling: Devanshi Tuli (Ig: devanshi.15) Makeup Artist: Srishti Anand (Ig: srishtianandmakeup)
  11. Diwali is almost upon us and it's also that time of the year when we want to upgrade our smartphones or gift one to our loved ones. Smartphones are the most essential gadgets to own in 2018 and there are some extremely viable options that don't cost a bomb. Here are some of our favourite picks for this Diwali season: 1. Xiaomi Redmi Y2 © MensXP The Redmi Y2 is a great gifting option for your loved ones as it only costs Rs 9,999/12,999. Don't let the price tag fool you, as it is packed with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and has a 5.99-inch HD+ display. It has Qualcomm's 625 processor and has a really long battery life thanks to the 3,080 mAh battery. It has dual rear cameras and a great 16-MP selfie sensor. 2. Nokia 6.1 Plus © MensXP It is one of the better-looking budget smartphones out there and is powered by a more powerful Snapdragon 636 processor. It comes with 4GB/6GB of RAM and a dual camera setup with a 16MP autofocus sensor and a 5MP monochrome sensor. The Nokia 6.1 Plus has a similar battery to the Redmi Y2 as it has a 3,060mAh battery and also supports fast charging. 3. Xiaomi Poco F1 © MensXP Not every smartphone that has specs of a flagship smartphone needs to be expensive. The Poco F1 is the cheapest Snapdragon 845 device you can buy that also has LiquidCooling technology that helps in delivering better performance. The Poco F1 offers 6GB/ 8GB RAM and 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB of internal storage across its variants. In terms of camera specs, the Poco F1 is outfitted with a 12MP + 5MP dual camera setup that also has AI feature for computational photography. During this Diwali, Xiaomi is offering the device for Rs. 20,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB variant, the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant is available for Rs. 21,999 and the 8GB RAM/ 256GB inbuilt storage model of the Poco F1 is available at Rs. 26,999. 4. Honor Play © MensXP If you love to game on the go, Honor has the perfect smartphone for you. It features a 6.3-inc Full HD+ display and is powered by Huawei's Kirin 970 processor. The smartphone has other features such as facial recognition, face unlock and an AI-powered camera. It has a dual camera setup at the back with a 16-megapixel (f/2.2) primary sensor and a 2-megapixel (f/2.4) secondary sensor. 5. Xiaomi Mi A2 © MensXP The Mi A2 has a vertical dual camera setup and has a refreshed design from its predecessor. The Mi A2 has a 5.99-inch FHD+ LCD display that has an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a resolution of 2160 X 1080. The Mi A2 is equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 processor and is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. For the GPU, Xiaomi opted to include the Adreno 512 chipset which is more than enough for casual gaming. It has a 12-megapixel (Sony IMX486) + 20-megapixel (IMX 376) primary cameras with both lenses having an aperture of f/1.75.
  12. For Diwali, Indian wear is a must, and men do embrace it wholeheartedly - at least this one time in a year. Most men aren't hesitant to embrace the variety that comes with it too (well it's about time anyway, don't you think?). However, irrespective of how experimental we are getting in terms of silhouettes, one thing that we still hesitate to go for, are prints and embroidery, when it comes to ethnic Indian outfits - which is an irony because aren't colours and patterns the soul of Indian wear? Let's change it this Diwali, and welcome the Rangoli in our wardrobes. Here, we have compiled a list of 6 classy ways to incorporate bold prints and embroidery in your Diwali outfit. Take a look. 1. A relaxed kurta with full embroidery. © MensXP This silver grey kurta with a hint of blue is not only extremely classy in terms of the colour, it also has a beautiful embroidered pattern all over, that makes it a must have. It has been paired it with a pair of simple grey pants to maintain the balance. © MensXP Label: Amaare Couture (Ig: amaarecouture) Model: Siddhant Roop Rai 2. A vibrant printed kurta with matching relaxed pyjama. © MensXP When it comes to embracing prints, nothing beats this statement Anardana Chanderi handwoven Chintz kurta pyjama. The construction of the outfit is extremely relaxed and comfortable, to keep the focus on the vibrantly printed aesthetic. Also, that colour will suit everyone. © MensXP Label: Torani (Ig: toraniofficial) Model: TJ 3. A regular kurta pyjama with a printed Nehru jacket. © MensXP Layering is always a good idea when you want to add on to your Indian wear aesthetic. The Nehru jacket is the most obvious choice when it comes to that, and choosing one with a playful print all over is a brilliant idea. Make sure the palettes don't clash with the base kurta, and you're all set! © MensXP Label: Amaare Couture (Ig: amaarecouture) Model: Siddhant Roop Rai 4. A short kurta with linen pants. © MensXP Short kurtas, we feel, are terribly underrated. Which other garment gives you the grace of Indian wear along with the functionality and comfort of a shirt? This signature short Chintz kurta on an Ivory base paired with a pair of Ecru linen pants is perfect for the not so formal card party evenings. © MensXP Label: Torani (Ig: toraniofficial) Model: Aaron Kaul 5. A Chikankari kurta in all its embroidered glory. © MensXP If you want to embrace embroidery and also keep it super classy, go for Chikankari. Period. This ice-blue embroidered kurta paired with a pair of grey pants is perfect for Diwali night (just keep it away from the fireworks, though). © MensXP Label: Amaare Couture (Ig: amaarecouture) Model: Llavi Tyagi 6. A statement Nehru jacket paired with a kurta pyjama. © MensXP A fail safe way to include prints in your outfit is to just go for a statement Nehru jacket that brings out the colour of your base kurta. Choose a vibrant colour for the base kurta, and pair it with white pants. © MensXP Label: Amaare Couture (Ig: amaarecouture) Model: Aaron Kaul Credits: Photographer: Anubhav Sood (Ig: anubhav_sood) Styling: Devanshi Tuli (Ig: devanshi.15) Makeup Artist: Srishti Anand (Ig: srishtianandmakeup)
  13. While everyone is celebrating Diwali and busy with playing cards and partying, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have a different kind of festivities planned to overshadow the festival. As everyone knows, the two are getting in just a few days, and while there is some time for the wedding, it is, after all, a big fat Punjabi wedding of two of the biggest celebrities in Bollywood and there's probably going to be a different function every day for an entire month. A couple of days ago, we got the first look at any of their wedding functions with an adorable picture of Deepika looking as happy as ever. View this post on Instagram Festivities have begun! 𧡠@deepikapadukone getting ready! . . . ð¸: @shaleenanathani . . . #deepikapadukone #ranveersingh #festive #ootd #lotd #beauty #pretty A post shared by MENSXP (@mensxpofficial) on Nov 2, 2018 at 1:00am PDT Now, it was Ranveer's turn and his haldi ceremony was in full swing today, going by the pictures. View this post on Instagram And the wedding rituals kickstart with Haldi Ceremoy at #ranveersingh place today...seen clicking a #selfie with close pal #shanoosharma during #haldiceremony #wedding #deepikapadukone #sunday #instagood #instalove #picoftheday #manavmanglani #exclusive @manav.manglani A post shared by Manav Manglani (@manav.manglani) on Nov 4, 2018 at 1:03am PST The groom is also matching up to his to-be wife in terms of excitement. View this post on Instagram - ð·| Ranveer Singh at His Haldi Ceremony at his House in Bandra ð - Awwww! Look how happy he is !ð©ð â ð·| رÙصÙد راÙÙÙر سÙÙغ احتÙاÙÙØ© اÙÙاÙد٠Ù٠بÙت٠Ù٠باÙدراð (اÙÙاÙد٠اÙ٠احد Ø·ÙÙس ÙاÙب٠اÙزÙج ) - ÙÙبببب ÙÙبببببببÙÙÙÙ! Ø´ÙÙÙا اشÙثر ÙستااااÙسس ÙعرسÙاð©ð ___________________ â¦âª#RanveerSinghâ© ‎â§â«#راÙÙÙر_سÙÙغ A post shared by Ranveer singh FC ♥ï¸ (@ranveersinghtbt) on Nov 4, 2018 at 2:32am PST When will we get the inside pictures, though? View this post on Instagram His excitement ð¤ð¤ð¤ððð . . . . . @deepikapadukone @ranveersingh #RanveerSingh #RanveerKiHaldi #DeepikaRanveerWedding #RanveerWedsDeepika #DeepVeerKiShaadi #DeepVeerWedding A post shared by Deepika Ranveer (@deepveerworldwide) on Nov 4, 2018 at 8:43am PST Deepika's picture was so clear. View this post on Instagram Happy timeâ¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸#Repost @feminaweddingtimes (@get_repost) ã»ã»ã» Looking at @ranveersingh as an excited groom at his haldi ceremony makes us feel excited for #DeepVeer wedding! #ranveersingh #deepikapadukone #deepikaranveer #haldi #prewedding #preweddingceremony #celebritywedding #celebrity #celebritycouple #instacelebrity #instawedding #igcelebrity #igwedding #igers A post shared by RanveeriansWorldwide (@ranveeriansfc) on Nov 4, 2018 at 8:19am PST
  14. We're going to go ahead and declare that we're tired of kurta pyjamas and sherwanis. There, we said it. Before you revolt, hear us out. Actually, just take a look at your wardrobe and introspect. How long can you keep on repeating that same old outfit with the same old silhouette, just by changing the colours here and there? And sometimes not even that? Diwali deserves to be celebrated to your heart's content, so why should men's fashion take a backseat - while the women in our lives manage to nail new, innovative, pretty outfits every year? We are done with the apathy, and have decided to do something about it this year. We have fashioned 7 incredible ways of layering that will completely transform the way you dress on Diwali henceforth, or any festival whatsoever. Take a look. 1. A delightful double layered ensemble with a pastel base. © MensXP This simple, yet elegant ensemble from Philocaly has everything the modern man looks forward to - class, sophistication, and an element of subtlety that is often missing in festival outfits. The fact that a pair of well-fitted white trousers is included instead of any other form of lowers, adds to the 'chill' factor. © MensXP Label: Philocaly (Ig: philocaly_menswear) Model: Aaron Kaul 2. An elegant, earthy duo-tone ensemble. © MensXP There is something about embracing fabrics that are earthy and organic. Add to that the rustic touch of a layered silhouette that is extremely edgy, yet comforting, and you get an outfit that will not only turn heads, but will start a conversation. This outfit consisting of a handwoven Khadi jacket, a boxy shirt, and Khadi Dhoti pants does exactly that. © MensXP Label: Urvashi Kaur (Ig: urvashikaur) Model: Llavi Tyagi 3. A smart jacket on kurta pyjama aesthetic. © MensXP When you add a jacket on a basic kurta pyjama, the whole game changes. In this case, the same fabric has been used to construct a structured Nehru jacket with pintuckeds that forms the topmost layer of the ensemble. Talking about functional outfits that don't stray far in terms of experimental silhouettes, this one takes the cake. © MensXP Label: Amaare Couture (Ig: amaarecouture) Model: Siddhant Roop Rai 4. An edgy, relaxed, anti-fit layered ensemble. © MensXP An outfit that's not seamlessly fitted is not everyone's cup of tea, but if you can carry it off, the game is yours. Just look at this runway-ready combination of the boxy paneled top with crossover pants, along with the unabashed brave layering with the sheer anti-fit jacket. © MensXP Label: Urvashi Kaur (Ig: urvashikaur) Model: TJ 5. A bravely layered outfit with panels and patchwork. © MensXP If you want to sport something that will immediately make you the center of attention, layer away like you mean it. This paneled and patchworked ensemble does just that, along with a super relaxed pair of lounge pants that will make sure those dance moves don't suffer. © MensXP Label: Urvashi Kaur (Ig: urvashikaur) Model: Charlie Frost 6. A kurta-pyjama-waistcoat ensemble. © MensXP If you want to stick to the tried and tested aesthetic of adding an waistcoat to a well-fitted kurta pyjama, go right ahead! Just make sure that the fit is perfect, and the waistcoat is not a run-of-the-mill piece. This one fits the bill perfectly, with an unusual construction and smart buttoned panels. © MensXP Label: Philocaly (Ig: phlilocaly_menswear) Model: TJ 7. A layered ensemble with a statement tunic. © MensXP Tunics are great. While they can be a bit confusing in terms of where exactly they fit in, one can definitely use them to layer outfits like this one here. This relaxed boxy tunic in organic cotton paired with the paneled linen noil shirt and lounge pants is absolutely fearless, when it comes to making a statement with your outfit. © MensXP Label: Urvashi Kaur (Ig: urvashikaur) Model: Charlie Frost Credits: Photographer: Anubhav Sood (Ig: anubhav_sood) Styling: Devanshi Tuli (Ig: devanshi.15) Makeup Artist: Srishti Anand (Ig: srishtianandmakeup)
  15. It's the weekend before Diwali and that can only mean just one entire weekend filled with every Diwali party out there, not just for us but everyone, even all the big Bollywood stars. So, keeping up with all the festivities, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan threw a huge Diwali party at their house and obviously all the big names in Bollywood were on the guest list. I mean, if King Khan invites you to a party, you would have to be pretty dumb to miss it and going by the pictures, everyone showed up in their best Indian clothes. First, here are the hosts with a 'sky full of stars'. View this post on Instagram Stars in the sky... Happy Diwali! A post shared by Gauri Khan (@gaurikhan) on Nov 3, 2018 at 10:45am PDT It's not an SRK party without Karan Johar, of course. View this post on Instagram #aliabhatt and #karanjohar for @gaurikhan Diwali bash A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 3, 2018 at 1:29pm PDT More kurtas, more fairy lights. View this post on Instagram The insider moments from the grand Diwali party by #shahrukhkhan SRK A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 3, 2018 at 2:45pm PDT Wait, there are more people. View this post on Instagram #siddharthroykapoor #vidyabalan and #shahrukhkhan at the grand Diwali party by SRK A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 3, 2018 at 4:12pm PDT Kareena Kapoor Khan was also there. View this post on Instagram Beautiful #kareenakapoorkhan arrives for SRK grand Diwali party A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 3, 2018 at 7:29pm PDT There's no love lost between the ultimate on-screen couple. View this post on Instagram The best on-screen couple ever #kajol #shahrukhkhan #diwali â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 3, 2018 at 10:00pm PDT All ready for the party. View this post on Instagram #saraalikhan ready for #diwali A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 3, 2018 at 11:51am PDT Wait, aren't you supposed to not wear black on Diwali? View this post on Instagram #katrinakaif for #shahrukhkhan #diwali A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 3, 2018 at 10:10pm PDT Didn't you get the memo? View this post on Instagram #aliabhatt in @shyamalbhumika for #shahrukhkhan #diwali bash A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 3, 2018 at 10:11pm PDT Fancy AF. View this post on Instagram Mannat was beautifully decorated last night for the #DIWALI bash! â¨â¤ï¸ A post shared by SRK Universe (@srkuniverse) on Nov 4, 2018 at 12:07am PDT More selfies. View this post on Instagram Mannat was beautifully decorated last night for the #DIWALI bash! â¨â¤ï¸ A post shared by SRK Universe (@srkuniverse) on Nov 4, 2018 at 12:07am PDT More pictures. View this post on Instagram صÙر ÙÙ Ø­Ù٠اÙدÙÙاÙÙ ÙÙ Ùصر شارÙخا٠اÙس ÙاترÙÙا ÙÙÙ ÙعÙÙا بÙات ð¥ð¥ ÙÙصÙÙ٠شائعات اÙØ®Ùا٠ÙارÙØ´Ùا ÙÙÙاÙÙا ÙاÙرÙتا ÙارÙØ´Ùا ÙزÙجة اب٠عÙتÙا Ø´ÙÙتا باتش٠جاÙÙÙÙ ÙÙرÙاÙدÙز رÙÙØ© اÙاÙÙا باÙد٠ÙشاÙاÙا ÙابÙر ÙزÙجة ÙÙÙÙت ÙرÙا٠#shahrukhkhan #srk #kingkhan #bollywoodactor #bollywood #katrinakaif #aliabhatt #aliaabhatt #karishmakapoor #karismakapoor #jacquelinefernandez #malaikaarorakhan #amritaarora #party #aboutlastnight #lastnight #diwalið¥ #diwali #diwaliparty #mannat #celebrity #celebration #weekend #sunday #l4l A post shared by Bollywood Moroccan Fans ⤠(@bollywoodarab.fc) on Nov 4, 2018 at 1:11am PST
  16. This one time in mid-August, I woke up to a third day of what seemed like a never-ending downpour. Detesting the sight of gloom peeking through the sheer curtains in my room, I deliberated ditching the comfort of my bed, as the remnants of sleep continued to lull my mind. I was slowly drifting back to sleep, when the sound of a sizzling frying pan sought me out of sleep's convincing lullaby. The very next moment, the tantalising aroma of not-so-unknown spices tickled my senses. I lay wide awake on my bed, as the strong aroma filled every inch of my room, and my memories alike. © Thinkstock Images I was no longer in my rented flat, thousands of miles away from home. Somehow 'home' had found its way into the rented flat in a faraway city. My mother had come over to spend time with me, and in that moment she was the one eliciting the many scents of home, and my childhood. Breakfast followed soon after, Ma's special aloo'r dom and luchi (dum aloo and puri) - the perfect Sunday brekkie anyone could ever ask for! Every bite beckoned to the nostalgia of taste. Taste, that did a lot more than make me go “yummmm”, it evoked happy memories, and made my heart sing! And that's exactly what we're going to talk about today. The nostalgia of taste - the real reason why we'll never find a match to “ma ke haath ka khana” no matter what we try. If you don't understand what I mean by it, then consider this. © Thinkstock Images You visit home and get pampered with all your favourite dishes by your mom. Everything tastes heavenly, and each bite reminds you how badly you're going to miss this rajma chawal when your holiday gets over. But, it's not as if you've never had better rajma chawal away from home. Rather, you've tasted a better version plenty of times. Yet, nothing ever tasted anything like how your mother makes it. Not even an Indian Accent could pull it off. Know why? Because your mom's rajma chawal is more than the mere recipe itself. It is a reminder of all the good times that are attached to its taste. Perhaps, that day before your finals when you skipped lunch in a rush to revise your syllabus, and mom came along bearing a plateful of rajma chawal, which she fed you between your revisions. Another time your school friends dropped by during lunch...how all of you devoured this same rajma chawal together, and had one helluva time after. There may have been numerous other incidents such as these, and perhaps featuring many other mom-made dishes. © Thinkstock Images You see, it isn't as much to do with the food, as it is to do with the nostalgia it is capable of evoking. Your personal pool of happy memories. Research shows that happy memories associated to food has profound impact on us. Right from affecting how good we think food tastes, to how good it makes us feel, it's all connected. It's a lot like Proust's “little madeleine” effect - when a (food) product takes you back to happy childhood memories and fills your heart with joy, or at times leaves a bittersweet taste in your mouth. Thus, nostalgia becomes a yearning for yesterday and in this case, it's food that serves as the vector. A study by researcher Chelsea Reid found that “nostalgia can be evoked in different ways, but scents may be particularly likely to evoke nostalgia due to the strong link between scents and memory. The smell of pumpkin pie might bring all those holidays with family flooding back, or the smell of a familiar perfume might arouse memories with your partner”. © Thinkstock Images Similarly another 2015 study conducted by Jordan Troisi and his colleagues showed that people associate such “comfort” foods with close relationships or people who take care (or have taken care) of them. That's how the feeling of comfort (and happiness) gets attached to foods. That's the reason, no matter how many times I gobble up plates of dum aloo and puri in my city of work, or you devour mounds of rice with rajma prepared in the best commercial kitchens, it'll never match up to the magic your mother's cooking can sprinkle on your tastebuds. That's something which works beyond your palate, it thrives in your memories. Besides, the cup noodles can never be a match to the taste of your mom's khichdi on a sick day, can it? © Thinkstock Images Like Joydeep Gupta from Mumbai says, “nothing seems better than a cup of tea that tastes like home on a rainy afternoon. There isn't quite a better nostalgia to get to drenched in”. So here is to the many tastes that are powerful enough to transport you to better days, pull you out of the gloom, and propel you to take firmer strides towards a happy and calmer you, each bite at a time.
  17. Diwali is almost here and most people are looking for something new for themselves or gifting their loved ones. Gadgets are a great gifting idea and ideal for any generation. Ranging from mobile phones to accessories to wearables, you have a huge inventory to choose from, and hence we've made it easier for you. We've compiled a list of top gadgets launched this year that are perfect for gifting. We've covered all budgets to make it as relevant as possible and included multiple use cases as well. 1. iPhone XR © MensXP While everyone has already perceived the iPhone XS and XS Max to be the best, the XR is definitely the most under-rated smartphone this year. It does seem like a cheaper iPhone from the outside, but its practical use is best in class. Apart from bigger bezels and an older backing, the iPhone XR is a beast from the inside. It is powered by Apple's latest A12 Bionic chipset, coupled with an even better LCD display. The X series iPhones have a dual camera setup, but the XR's single lens is no lesser. Want to gift someone a new phone? The XR is perfect because it's cheaper, yet equally powerful (Full Review). Buy from Amazon.in 2. Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II © MensXP You get the class-leading noise cancellation that Bose is known for, good sound quality, and incredible comfort. These are the most recommended ones if you travel a lot and want to sleep like a baby onboard a noisy aircraft. A few airlines actually provide these to their Business and First class passengers. It has a very good midrange along with excellent treble while the bass is slightly flat and thumpy, which is good for EDM and Dubstep music. It can play music for 20 hours on a single charge and supports Google Assistant natively. You can access the noise cancellation settings via the Bose Connect app and it also has a dual-mic system for clearer audio (Full Review) Buy from Amazon.in 3. JBL Flip 4 © YouTube JBL has a come a long way in slowly improving their Bluetooth speaker line-up and the Flip 4 is definitely worth a shot. The exterior has been designed for rugged usage and the construction feels very solid. For outdoor usage, this should be a perfect match. It can playback music for up to 12 hours on a single charge and is also waterproof. Powering it are two 40mm speakers on both the ends along with an accessible diaphragm that is also spill proof. The series is available in a host of colours as well. Buy from Amazon.in 4. Apple Watch Series 4 © Tom's Guide Apple Watch is undoubtedly the best smartwatch one can buy right now, this product has given Apple unmatched supremacy in the wearable market and with each new iteration, it's getting even more interesting. Not only does the new Series 4 have a bigger display, but also revamped software and new watch faces. The watch can now detect falls and trips and sends out an emergency SOS in case no movement is detected for a minute. The processor is even faster and Apple says the accelerometer and gyroscope are now further refined and calibrated to measure fitness activities more accurately (Full Review) Buy from Amazon.in 5. Fitbit Versa © Fitbit While the Apple Watch is a full-fledged smartwatch, the Versa is a cheaper option for those looking for a fitness-centric wearable. Being inline with the Fitbit reputation, the tracking modes and heart rate detection are extremely accurate and the Fitbit app further empowers you with a tonne of data. It can run on a single charge for at least five days, has a splendid OLED display, and the design is premium yet subtle. It can also display notifications on the go, and play music natively thanks to its 4GB internal storage. The app has a plethora of watch faces and customizations. Buy from Amazon.in 6. Pixel 3 & 3XL © Droid Life The new Google Pixel 3 is among the best Android phone's one can buy right now. In terms of hardware, the Pixel 3 might not seem to be a very big upgrade over last year's offerings, but the software optimisations and additions are what makes it very special. We can confidently say the Pixel 3 houses the best smartphone camera right now. The pictures are surprisingly too good, and it's all done via a single lens camera and software tweaks. Google has also made the phone a lot smarter and added a plethora of features NightSight, Call Screening, and Top Shot (Full Review) Buy from Flipkart 7. OnePlus 6T © BGR Another great pick if you're looking for an Android smartphone, the OnePlus 6T gets everything right. It has a class-leading design, sufficient performance, stable software, and average cameras. In addition to that, it has an in-display fingerprint scanner that is the fastest we've seen up till now. OnePlus has also expanded the battery slightly and tried their best to further refine picture output from the cameras. The Nightscape mode intends to develop better low-light images. For the price, the OnePlus 6T stand unchallenged in the segment. Buy from Amazon.in 8. Red Dead Redemption 2 © Rockstar Games After eight long years, a sequel is here and currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It a Western-themed action game built in an open environment. The game focuses heavily on player choice for the story and missions. It tells the tale of a gang of outlaws on the run during the dying days of lawlessness in late 19th century America. “It is an epic tale of honor and loyalty set in the dying days of the outlaw age,” has received critical acclaim from critics. Buy from Amazon.in 9. PlayStation 4 © Pexels The PlayStation 4 is still selling very strong all over the world because it is packed with the technical extravaganza that gives it the much-needed edge over the Xbox One. Sony's PS4 has a single chip AMD processor, the 'Jaguar', which boasts eight-core processors, and 8 GB DDR5 RAM. Yes, the PS4 has DDR5, meaning it will thwart its opponent with ease. PlayStation does seem to have an upper hand in comparison to Xbox, especially with its compatibility, secondary screen, and better games support. Buy from Amazon.in
  18. Diwali is just around the corner, but you know that already, since the prep starts weeks in advance. The mirchi lights have been laid out, sweets have been ordered, gifts have been packed and the deck of cards carefully set aside in the last cabinet drawers, have also been brought out. Diwali cleaning officially marks the onset of Diwali parties that will soon come calling at our doors. Sorry, did I just say Diwali parties? I actually meant teen patti parties we shall soon find ourselves embroiled in, over many long hours. Diwali is synonymous to teen patti parties (and much more) in most parts of north and west India. The notion of gambling the night away on Diwali, along with food and drinks for company, seems like the most obvious thing to do! © Thinkstock Images If you've never been in on this trend, or rather “tradition” then allow me to let you in on what to expect from a teen patti party. Teen patti is much like a local version of three card poker that can be played in different variations. It is believed that being the biggest loser of the game on this day brings you monetary good luck in the following year. Without going into all the details, let us just say that this night-long game is a staple of almost all Diwali gatherings out here. No, don't frown upon this just yet. Gambling has been a part of ancient Indian culture, which might do you good to remember. The entire 'Mahabharat' is a result of the game! According to popular folklore, it is believed that the actual tradition of gambling on Diwali night started after goddess Parvati won a game of dice against her husband Shiva, and declared that gambling on the night of Diwali shall bring prosperity into the players' life. © Pinterest But we suppose that most of us are not even aware of this aspect of the tradition and yet, year after year we show up at diwali parties and try our luck. Some nights we come out a winner, most nights we find ourselves poorer by thousands, but the excitement doesn't fade. Why? Because we don't gather around our friends and family to pocket the cash, instead it's more about coming together, making merry and having a good time in each other's company these few nights every year. But yes, on our good days we do go home richer by a few thousand too. The craze is such that people have found a way to play the game with their friends and family on virtual platforms too! According to a TOI report, many online poker portals saw a huge surge in traffic on Diwali night. Even the bets tripled in size per table! © Thinkstock Images Last year popular poker sites raised their rewards as well. Adda52Rummy kept its prize money at Rs 5 lakh last year to bring in more participants, besides other offers. What's more, popular messaging app Hike Messenger also launched a multiplayer 'Teen Patti Nights' around Diwali last year. Perhaps you can already tell that the popularity and craze behind the game is huge here, especially in Delhi because people look forward to the teen patti nights as much as they do to Diwali. Enthusiasts will head anywhere for a slice of this game on any given day, and most of us are guilty of it too. Go on and set up that deck already!
  19. Diwali is here, and that means apart from the lit Diyas, everyone will also be looking forward to gifts that are 'lit'. Herein lies the problem, because gone are the days when dry fruit boxes and son-papdi boxes used to make the cut. Now, people look forward to gifts that are thoughtful, useful, and most importantly, not run-of-the-mill. Keeping that in mind, we have compiled a list of 8 unusual and impressive gifts for you to choose from, that will definitely impress your loved ones. 1. GoPro HERO7 Black © Amazon If you want to go all out and don't mind spending, this can be the perfect gift. This GoPro HERO7 is a waterproof digital video camera, with hyper smooth video stabilization, voice control, live streaming, and amazing picture quality. Price: INR 59,999/- Buy it here 2. TIGI BED HEAD For Men Matte Separation Workable Wax © Amazon If you want to gift something that's super useful and cool, the Bed Head matte separation workable wax for men is just the perfect choice. Every man wants a hair wax that's strong and glossy, but not greasy. Price: INR 935/- Buy it here 3. Rohit Bal Oudh Silk Perfume For Men © Amazon If you're absolutely clueless about what to gift and want something that is safe, but extremely classy, a perfume is your best best. The Rohit Bal Oudh Silk perfume is a masculine perfume with sophisticated woody, rose, and spicy undertones. Price: INR 4500/- Buy it here 4. Crossloop Designer Series 3.5mm Universal In-Ear Headphones © Amazon Designer earphones that can also be used as a fashion accessory is an amazing Diwali gift. The fact that they are decorative & wearable, and can be used as a hand bracelet when not in use, makes them a unique accessory that every man will cherish. Price: INR 899/- Buy it here 5. Princely Blue Printed Jacket With White Kurta Set © Manyavar One gift that fits the bill of a rushed Diwali can be a last minute Kurta Pyjama arrangement. We always have that one friend who doesn't have anything new to wear on the occasion because they didn't plan ahead. Well, this is your chance to show your love! Price: INR 6999/- Buy it here 6. Daniel Wellington Classic Analog Black Dial Men's Watch © Amazon Some gifts will always be classy, no matter what, and a classy black watch will always be one of them. Check out the sleek construction. Price: INR 11,069/- Buy it here 7. Kama Ayuvreda Madhurai Candle with Brass Holder © Amazon It's Diwali, and a candle perhaps is the only gift that's perfect in an almost poetic manner. Enriched with a beautiful mogra scent, this candle comes with a festive brass holder. Price: INR 2,500/- Buy it here 8. Balenzia Men's Anti Slip Loafer Socks © Amazon If you're on a budget, but want to gift something small and cozy to a special friend, these 'card party' socks are ultimate gift. Price: INR 199/- Buy it here
  20. Not everyone enjoys the sound of crackers and the bustle of the Diwali party, and for those of us, heading to a nice peaceful place is the ideal alternative. So we are here to sort out your Diwali plans, with the 7 best places to head to for the festival. Celebrate the festival of lights with a few diyas, some solitude, in one of these brilliant places. Spend time with yourself on a solo trip, or with your loved ones away from the noise, pollution, and the smog. So pack up your backpack, and head to one of these beautiful places. Sikkim © Wikimedia Commons The hills are obviously a great place to head to during this time. Sikkim is a place that sees a lot of rain during the non-winter months, so going right before winter is actually a pretty great time. It's not too hot, it's not too cold, although it is quite nippy. Much of the population there celebrates Diwali, though it is a lot less showy than what you may get in other states. You can head directly to Gangtok now, and check-in in a small village homestay where you can enjoy the simple Diwali. Make sure to pack your trekking gear, and a backpack , as the landscape is perfect for hikes and treks. Andaman Islands © Flickr Before the crowds start flocking to the Andaman Islands come December, take your chance to see it, minus the huge tourist crowd. These secluded islands make for a great escape. And while you are there, you will be far away from any noise pollution, or smog, whatsoever. You do need the whole week for this vacation, so don't pack too light. The weather is quite pleasant during this time as well. Make sure to pack beach essentials into a bag, and some sunscreen. Varanasi © Pixabay Head to Varanasi this Diwali to see the beautiful aarti they are known all over the country for. Although you will see a lot of crowd there, the experience is unlike any other that you will have. The banks of the Ganges are adorned by millions of lights, celebrating the victory of good over evil. As one of the most deeply connected places for Hinduism and its celebrations, the whole atmosphere is filled with culture and a connection to tradition. There may be some crackers and smoke, so be prepared for that, while you soak up the sights of a million lit diyas as you ride on a boat along the river. Rajasthan © Amer Fort/Pixabay Rajasthan's many forts and hills offer something that most places in India cannot give you: a fantastic view of the city. You can pick any of the beautiful and historic cities, or take the week off to cover a few places. You can climb up Nahargarh in Jaipur and look down upon the city with all its houses lit up for Diwali. At Udaipur, spend time by the lake as you experience the fireworks, and the palace, being reflected in the waters. You can also head to Jaisalmer or Kumbhalgarh fort for an authentic Rajput experience. Sri Lanka © Tangalle Beach/ Flickr Sri Lanka is the land of Ravana, so it does have a lot of symbolic significance to Diwali and the story of Ram. Unlike what you may expect, many people there celebrate Diwali. The Hindu population, which is mostly present in the central and eastern part of the island nation, celebrate Diwali with a quaint simplicity. The festival is about the lighting of lamps and distributing sweets, especially sugar figurines called 'misri.' Rent a bungalow along the seaside and enjoy this colourful ceremonies that are relatively quieter and simpler than what we are used to. Hampi © Wikimedia Commons Diwali is celebrated in Hampi in a big way, the wonderful and grand architecture creating the perfect backdrop for the celebrations. The people of Hampi light up the town with lights, and you can walk around during the evening enjoying the sights. The city is also great for backpackers and travelers, so if firecrackers and celebrations in the bazaar area is not your cup of coffee, then spend time at any of the city's cafes. You can also visit the Virupaksha temple to witness some special ceremonial functions during the evening. There is also a local procession where the temple elephant is decked up and participates in the celebration. Bali © Bratan Lake/ Pexels Bali is another one of those rare places that are known for the celebration of Diwali. Although the majority of Indonesia is Muslim, Bali has a decidedly large Hindu population who celebrate the festival of lights in their own way. The legend of Ram and Sita is also a big part of the region's culture and mythology. They celebrate it much like we do here in India, but with local touches. So head to Bali to experience the festival in a new way. Ready to head out into adventure this Diwali?
  21. Dressing right and different in Indian wear can be one of the toughest things a man has to do, and we can totally understand why. With not as many options available for men to pick from, cracking the Indian-wear code is like rocket science. Be it trying to look different or simply making an effort to stand out, festive-dressing can be quite a task. So if you have been fretting over making impressive appearances in the fast-approaching festive season, without having to repeat your outfit choices, here's a lookbook that can help you find some sartorial clarity. Take Some Fashion-Inspo From These Festive Looks: 1. DIWALI NIGHT: COTTON SILK KURTA AND PAJAMA © Amazon Silk, since time immemorial, has been associated with the idea of the exuding royalty through one's sartorial choices. From the kings openly embracing and adopting silk clothes in their daily lives to the priestly saffron silk dhotis to Bollywood celebs making some stunning festive appearances - silk is an all-time favourite. From its subtle shimmer to just how smooth it is, the fabric is loved for a multitude number of reasons. So, this Diwali, shine bright like a star in a pure silk kurta-pajama, and make an appearance people will remember you for. Opt for this silk kurta pajama in grey; the colour will ensure you don't go OTT, while also being just appropriately dressed for the festival of lights - after all, who doesn't like to sport a little bling on the big and bright day. MRP: Rs. 999 Buy it here JAQUARD WEAVE STOLE © Amazon For all those winter weddings and festivities, a pashmina stole is a must - it won't only save you from the cold, but also add a royal vibe to your simple Indian outfit. Mostly available in deep and bottle colours, adorning thread work, Pashmina stoles, if styled right, can completely refurbish your look. We know that just the idea of carrying a Pashmina stole might sound a little too heavy to you guys, but trust us, it's one of the classiest piece of clothing you could inculcate in your Indian wear look. Buy it here TAN MOJARIS © Amazon Mojaris, which were initially mostly worn in Punjab, are a quintessential example of ethnic footwear. Available in a variety of shades and patterns, ranging from magnanimously coloured threadwork mojaris to plain, leather ones, there's one pair to go for almost every Indian-wear outfit. Not just the pattern and colours, there's quite a broad spectrum to land on while picking mojaris, including shapes and designs, however, it's a basic pair of tan-hued leather ones that you definitely need to have in your wardrobe. Be it a churidaar pajama or a dhoti, this can be your go-to footwear every time the festive season rings in. Pair your dashing silk kurta and pajama with these tan-coloured mojaris, and make an appearance worth remembering, while also breaking past the monotony of the colour-theme of your outfit. MRP: Rs. 799 Buy it here 2. DIWALI POOJA: BLACK PRINTED KURTA © Amazon Add a dash of florals to your personality with this black-white cotton kurta, which will give you just the comfort you need. The white, floral brocade pattern stands out against the deep colour, and will be an ideal pick for men who want to go for florals but are a little too scared that it might exude a feminine vibe. The monochrome colours lend an ideal balance to the floral brocade pattern, and are something different than plain, basic kurtas most men generally opt for. The fabric, cotton, will ensure you are at your comfortable best, ensuring there's no stopping during the celebrations. MRP: Rs. 1,049 Buy it here WHITE COTTON SALWAR © Amazon Okay, we can vouch for the fact that there is nothing as essential as a white, cotton salwar, when it comes to amping up a man's wardrobe, with Indian wear. Be it a churidaar or a straight fit salwar, it is THE one thing that you can team up with almost any Indian wear upper-wear, without having the slightest worry of a fashion faux pas. Apart from being the one piece of clothing that can be worn at almost any occasion, provided it's teamed with the right kind of kurta, it is the comfort-factor it brings along that makes it an absolute favourite. Team your black-white, brocade-print kurta with a basic white salwar (something you should already have in your wardrobe), and make an investment you will be glad for, for the rest of your life. MRP: Rs. 599 Buy it here KOLHAPURI CHAPPALS © Amazon Deriving its name from the city of Kolhapur, these comfortable chappals will give your feet the freedom to breathe. Mostly worn in tan shades and cut-out patterns, Kolhapuri chappals are a hit amongst men and women, alike. Reason? They look just so raw and are as comfortable as it gets. What's more? You can even pair your Kolhapuri with jeans and shirt! MRP: Rs. 1,199 Buy it here 3. AFTER-OFFICE PARTY: PRINTED WHITE COTTON KURTA © Amazon If there is one thing that you expect to find in almost every guy's wardrobe, it HAS to be a white shirt, and rightly so. When we talk of white shirts, we talk of a number of ways a white shirt can be layered and styled, and the variety of white shirts you could have. While a basic, white shirt is a must, there are other interesting white shirt options you should really try investing in. For instance, a Mandarin-collar white shirt teamed with a pair of tan-coloured chinos and white sneakers can be your go-to brunch date outfit, and a chikankari-embroidered white shirt can get you through those scorching summer days. So, if you are someone who agrees with all the things we have stated about how the right white shirt can revamp your wardrobe, it's time you augment your collection by one more. Get your hands on a self-print, white shirt with a Chinese-collar, that can bridge the gap between ethnic and formal. The print will give it a classic festive vibe, but the colour of the print will ensure you're not overdressed for your office get-together. MRP: Rs. 513 Buy it here ETHNIC SILK WAISTCOAT © Amazon The first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, is remembered for a myriad of reasons - one of them being his predilection for Mandarin-collared outfits. The political figure was almost always spotted pulling off a Mandarin collar, so much so that it soon found a synonym - Nehru collar, a name that is now more popular than its authentic identity. Owing to how ethnic-yet-comfortable Nehru-collar can look, it's a widely popular choice when it comes to shirts and jackets. The jackets, available in a variety of fabrics like linen and chanderi silk, can be worn over plain shirts or kurtas, and look just as edgy. To nail that after-office party look, add a skosh of colours to your look with a salmon-pink, silk waistcoat with Mandarin-collar, which will make you look your elegant best and be just an apt choice to express your festive spirit. MRP: Rs. 3,999 Buy it here BASIC BLUE JEANS © Amazon The world will be eternally grateful to Levi Strauss for inventing the one thing we just cannot survive without - blue jeans. It is the one thing that can be worn over and over again (without having to wash it every time), never loses its charm, looks just perfect at almost every occasion, and never goes out of style! Clad in a jeans styled right, there's no way you can ever be off your fashion game, and this is what makes it something that one can really not live without. Mildly put, no wardrobe can ever be complete without a jeans that fits perfect, especially a basic blue one. So head to work in a your favourite blue jeans, be just as comfortable as you are on a regular day, and let your white shirt do the talking. The best thing about wearing a jeans for a festive celebration is evading the slight uneasiness that comes with opting for regular ethnic-wear bottoms that can feel a little alien, especially if you are not too fond of them. MRP: Rs. 1,799 Buy it here BROWN MOCCASINS © Amazon Compliment your Indo-formal look with a pair of brown moccasins that will give your appearance an edge. The dark-brown colour will provide a stark contrast against the soothing colours (white, salmon-pink and blue), while also ensuring you don't do overdo your festive look. To notch-up the look of your casual festive look, you can also slip into a pair of suede moccasins that are bound to make you stand out in the crowd. MRP: Rs. 2,237 Buy it here 4. POKER PARTY LOOK: ASYMMETRIC KURTA © Amazon There is no way you should arrive at that poker party dressed nothing less than a winner. And winners are never underdressed. From the likes of Ayushmann Khurrana to Vicky Kaushal, the style icons of our country are taking up fusion-dressing in a big, big way and there is no reason why you shouldn't, too - especially, if it is a cakewalk to get the look right. Get the party in grooving with your head-turning appearance, clad in a asymmetric kurta, which is one of the hottest selling trends right now, and ace your poker-party look. Pick an asymmetric hemline kurta, with a double-breast pattern which will add another style element to your appearance, in black, and define regality like never before! MRP: Rs. 1,519 Buy it here DISTRESSED JEANS © Amazon Yes, we know how casual distressed jeans can look, but we also know that this is exactly what you need if you aim at making fusion-dressing your thing. Pick a pair of light-blue, distressed jeans that fits you right (do NOT opt for a baggy pair, you're not going to a Drake concert), and ensure it's not TOO distressed as well. The distressed element will blend well with the modish hemline of the kurta, and balance the elegance that comes with a Mandarin-collar. It will also work like wonders if the shade of the jeans contrasts against the colour of the kurta, so as to highlight how smartly you have chosen the two most strikingly different pieces of clothing. MRP: Rs 2,497 Buy it here WHITE SNEAKERS © Amazon You must be living under a rock, on a secluded island, far, far away from a world where fashion is a thing, if you tell us that you don't know how white sneakers are the most in-vogue thing right now. From airport looks to simply infusing them in formals, celebs and non-celebs alike, seem to be obsessing over white sneakers, and rightly so. Some time ago, Adidas Originals resurrected the love for white sneakers with the launch of Stan Smiths, and the rest is history. And as common as they may be, it is an undeniable fact that white sneakers really do go well with a lot of outfits, and are quite easy to pull off, too. So, if you haven't already made a smart investment in a pair of white sneakers, it is time you do it, for there is no better way to finish your fusion poker-party look. We are not telling you to go for basic white sneakers, even white slip-ons will make for an impressive choice. MRP: Rs. 1,399 Buy it here
  22. Virat Kohli's style game is as strong as his abilities on the cricket field. He clearly has a big heart too, that's just as grand. Proving all of this true, he recently celebrated Diwali with children from Dharavi, along with other cricketers including Umesh Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, and Manjot Karla. Basketball player Satnam Singh was also present there. The event was as joyous and heartwarming, as it was fashionable. We got to witness our favourite sport-stars in all their festive glory, in smart kurta-pyjamas and Nehru jackets. Singer Armaan Malik was also present there. Take a look. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani
  23. Apart from playing diverse, eclectic roles with unparalleled gusto, Rajkummar Rao has been consistently extending the brilliance to his fashion choices as well. Right from edgy casuals to innovative silhouettes that spell avant garde, his sartorial adventure graph is one that deserves to be archived. We have compiled a list of 7 stylish outfits that he wore, that can easily be the inspiration for a great Diwali outfit for every Indian man. 1. The regular kurta pyjama and Nehru jacket combination can look phenomenal if you make sure the colours are on point. This ensemble here is doing wonders for his skin tone and built as well. © Instagram/rajkummar_rao 2. Sometimes, the most basic outfits can look amazing. This blue kurta paired with a white churidaar is a perfect example. Add a pair of strappy sandals, and you're good to go! © Instagram/rajkummar_rao 3. Asymmetrical silhouettes are in, and when you can make it classy, no other outfit stands a chance. This structured, pleated ensemble is a perfect example of that. © Instagram/ishabhansali 4. Harem pants are a great way of embracing festive silhouettes without giving up the comfort. Pair them up with funky T-shirts and layer them up with jackets for that cool and casual aesthetic. © Instagram/ishabhansali 5. Bandhgalas and achkans with a twist can be an unusual, statement outfit, provided you accessorize properly. This embellished piece is perfect when it comes to making heads turn. © Instagram/ishabhansali 6. Sometimes, you can go for a statement party-wear aesthetic, for more casual occasions - like the classic card party evenings. Classy, comfortable, and not run-of-the-mill. © Instagram/ishabhansali 7. Indo-western is an amazing concept, and it can definitely come in handy during the festive season. Go for a colour that is not usual, like the rust-brown with a golden hint Rajkummar is sporting here. Pair it with longline shirts or kurtas for that ethnic edge. © Instagram/ishabhansali
  24. The majority of people swing to the extremes when it comes to their dieting. They are either on a diet or they are not. Technically their belief is that they are either losing weight as they are dieting or that they are getting fat as they are not dieting. It does not have to be this way and here, I am going to tell a few tricks that you can follow to enjoy festive eating without getting fat. 1. Practise Intermittent Fasting Before I get into this, I still want to say that this is no magical fat burning strategy. It is basically a time restricted feeding method where you are saving the calories you eat in a day for one particular time of the day. Say your maintenance is 2000 calories for a day, now if you eat it in 6 meals vs. 2 vs. 1, it is going to have the same impact on your physique. In this case, it is you maintaining your weight. On those days when you are going for a Diwali party or a dinner, just skip the meals for the day and save the calories for dinner. During the day, you could keep consuming zero calorie beverages like black tea, green tea, black coffee, diet soda, salted lemonades, and water. © Chicagonow 2. Do Calorie Cycling This is just a simple fundamental of borrowing and lending. One thing that you need to understand is that calories do not impact your body composition on a day-to-day basis. It happens chronically, that is, in the long term. When you eat in a caloric deficit for long enough, you see yourself getting fitter and leaner. When you eat in a caloric surplus for long enough, you get fat and store a lot of body fat. A lean guy never ate a pizza, went to bed and woke up fat. It has never happened. It will never happen! Now, let's say the calories you eat per day are 2000 and you maintain weight, what you could do for 5-6 days leading up to the Diwali dinner is cut down your calories by 15 to 20%. So you eat say 1700 for 5 days and thus you end up saving 1500 kcals for the Diwali dinner day. Now you have 3500 calories for the Diwali dinner day and you can still maintain your physique. 3. Increase Your NEAT I have written an article on how walking or increasing your NEAT is one of the most underrated ways to lose fat. You can read the article here. Basically, the idea is to push your energy expenditure upwards so that the number of calories you need to maintain your weight or physique pushes up as well. And you can invest these calories wisely in eating the good food you want during Diwali. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  25. Diwali is around the corner, and most of our homies are struggling to sort out outfits that will do justice to the festive mood. However, most people don't have an idea in terms of what to go for, other than the super safe kurta-pyjama. While that is a staple, there are other pieces too one can wear, just like Varun Dhawan has been. Take a look. 1. Yes, white is safe, but it doesn't have to be boring. Varun's white Bandhgala on top of a white kurta-pyjama is an absolutely classy ensemble that will definitely make heads turn. © IANS 2. Yellow as a colour is essentially festive, and when you wear it with a pair off-white pyjamas and pair it with shoes, a sophisticated outfit is created. © Instagram/Varun Dhawan 3. If you want to steer clear of the kurta-pyjama silhouette and instead want to wear something completely different that will help you steal the spotlight effortlessly, you can ask your tailor to take inspiration from this piece right here. © Viral Bhayani 4. You know how you can jazz up a seemingly 'bland' outfit? Add pink to it. © Viral Bhayani 5. If you want to keep it super safe, and still want to feel festive, go for a white embroidered kurta and a pair of Patiala trousers. © Instagram/Varun Dhawan 6. If you want to go all out, embrace the festivities with this red sheer pleated number, and pair it with white pants/pyjamas. © IANS 7. Finally, there's nothing wrong with going down the trodden path. It's a cliche only because it stood the test of time. Plain white kurta-pyjama FTW! © Instagram/Varun Dhawan