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  1. Being the better half of a celebrity might have a lot of perks and incentives, but, from what we've seen in the past, it's definitely not easy. Association with a popular figure attracts constant media scrutiny and it's needless to say that the privacy goes out of the window. Similarly, dating a sportsperson or being married to one has its own disadvantages. The prime example is Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli. The duo might be regarded as the 'power couple' of India, but every time Kohli fails on the field or Anushka's movie flops, the couple becomes the obvious target for social media trolls. And, it doesn't end there. Placed under the scanner, their every move is watched, judged and, thereon, scrutinised heavily. © Instagram/@stuartbinny84 Something similar came to the fore recently when a cricket fan targeted Mayanti Langer while using her hubby Stuart's on-field performance. Arguably one of the most prominent sports presenters in the country, Mayanti, apart from being married to Indian cricketer Stuart, has carved a niche of her own. But, every time her husband does something (whether good or bad), she becomes the obvious target for the social media trolls. The Indian Premier League (IPL) clash between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) saw Stuart, who was batting for the first time this season, smashing three towering sixes and two fours during his unbeaten knock of 33 runs. After today's inning of #stuartBinny @MayantiLanger_B first time change her DP from solo to with hubby ðð#KXIPvRR #IPL2019 #Iplt20 pic.twitter.com/k0DPsbz00j — Navneet Kumar (@navneet35093) April 16, 2019 While his blazing innings probably bolstered his chances of getting more games, it eventually wasn't enough from averting a 12-run defeat for Rajasthan at the PCA stadium in Mohali. Following Punjab's win, a cricket fan tried to troll Mayanti despite her husband's fairly decent performance by pointing out: "After today's inning of #stuartBinny @MayantiLanger_B first time change her DP from solo to with hubby". Really Navneet? Considering you don't have my number you don't know what the picture actually is 𤭠but thanks a ton for digging out this one, it's a super pic ðð¼ https://t.co/kgmgm6qBhT — Mayanti Langer Binny (@MayantiLanger_B) April 16, 2019 Though many try to ignore such trolls in a bid to garner unwanted attention, Mayanti took this cricket fan to the task before giving a befitting reply. "Really Navneet? Considering you don't have my number you don't know what the picture actually is but thanks a ton for digging out this one, it's a super pic," she tweeted. Sorry that you seemed to have missed #KXIPvRR on @StarSportsIndia you can join us on #MarutiSuzukiCricketLive on SS 1/2/Hindi/HD and of course @hotstartweets Cheers ðð¼ https://t.co/Jv59z4xOXZ — Mayanti Langer Binny (@MayantiLanger_B) April 16, 2019 Another fan tried to pull off something similar before asking: "@MayantiLanger_B where is Stuart? Not on the horizon anyway?". And, once again, Mayanti prevailed like a total boss, "Sorry that you seemed to have missed #KXIPvRR on @StarSportsIndia you can join us on #MarutiSuzukiCricketLive on SS 1/2/Hindi/HD and of course @hotstartweets Cheers," she tweeted. On the other hand, a narrow win for Punjab has now propelled them to the fourth spot with 10 points to their name, while Rajasthan, owing to their sixth defeat this season, find themselves languishing at the seventh spot with just four points for their showing.
  2. Amidst the heat of elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been accused of stealing a template for its party's new website. A start-up, W3Layouts, has alleged that the party used their template but deliberately removed the backlink. W3Layouts also alleged that the party had removed the code wherever W3Layouts' name was mentioned as soon as the matter was brought to light. The company published a blog post explaining the matter and even posted a series of tweets exposing the whole debacle. Why Removed author information from css ?? But it is available at https://t.co/PyHj2HymCG pic.twitter.com/Nih9cFJe85 — W3layouts (@W3layouts) March 22, 2019 “While the visible backlinks were removed, it was clear that BJP was still using the W3Layouts code as it was evident in the source code of the page,” one of the tweets said. After a few days of back-and-forth banter, BJP decided to take down the code from their website. In response, the party said, “It was a free-to-use application. Their code was dropped after they insisted on a backlink, as it is not something we do in the normal course. We had in fact offered to mention their name but since it didn't find favour, we preferred to work with the alternate solution. We are not using their template.” © Twitter Although the matter has been settled with BJP dropping W3Layouts' template, the start-up founder stressed that the license agreement was clear. He said, “You are not allowed to remove back-link to W3Layouts in a template unless you have paid for the template.” Both the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have decided to remain tight-lipped on this matter. In fact, the PM has found himself facing flak for using selling #MainBhiChowkidar merchandise on his Twitter handle.
  3. Keanu Reeves is not just a great actor but also one of the best human beings ever. His humbleness is not really a secret, and well, when you're immortal, I guess you have to be nice to everyone. Jokes aside, he's once again showed everyone his down to earth side even after being one of the biggest actors in Hollywood and people can't stop raving about him. He's usually seen not leading an unnecessarily luxurious life that we would expect from an actor of his stature, he's been spotted taking the subways and all sorts of public transport like us common folks. This time, he was seen at an airport, talking to people and then taking a bus with them. keanu got stranded somewhere in california and had to take a bus instead of a plane and some guy filmed the entire experience and i am BEGGING yall to watch this pic.twitter.com/I1TmLOEYiK — á´ á´ á´ (@keanusgf) March 24, 2019 This is one of the purest videos ever, tbh. You can just clearly see what a nice person he is and God bless Instagram user Brian Rea to document all of it on his stories. From reading out loud facts about Bakersfield from the internet to playing songs for everyone, he honestly would be the best road trip buddy anyone can have. People, including me, can't deal with what a great person he is. Keanu, just teach everyone how to be like you, please. We don't deserve him. pic.twitter.com/5zuT5Yk5I0 — blue jean (@belovedfreaks) March 24, 2019 Yep. best part pic.twitter.com/8scmMALWeQ — ð(@riverjudes) March 24, 2019 How to make your Monday better. This is the most wholesome shit and made my absolute day https://t.co/WDWJVMfaQr — millieloveatfirstgreta (@innercelestial) March 25, 2019 Same. i've rewatched it like 5 times now- it makes my heart so happy seeing him so humble ugh — ðªð¿ðªð (@purekeanu) March 24, 2019 I agree. The best video on the internet https://t.co/Oq4j1BBX1V — see the movie (@balrai0110) March 25, 2019 I won't either. i would not hesitate to die for this man https://t.co/XU0sPpkMvM — liam, a handsome ð(@discodaddeaky) March 24, 2019 How I wish that was me. Stranded on a bus with Keanu Reeves? God I wish that were me. — jessica⨠(@stanIeecameo) March 25, 2019 Yes, John Wick is the best! Yo, John Wick gave Bakersfield a big shout out! Lmaaao ðhttps://t.co/6137W0wEeg — Tony Stark (@TonyyStoney) March 25, 2019
  4. I basically covered this in the first part of this article. Yes, no one likes getting rejected, but also literally no one can ever avoid rejection in life. The most important thing, though, is how someone reacts to the rejection. We're not talking about serious rejections in life today, but rather how fast some guys change colours as soon as they get rejected. All the self-proclaimed 'nice guys' who think that women don't like them because they're too nice and women always end up choosing the jerk, we're talking about them today. As a way to call out guys who just turn hostile after no reply from the girl, or just getting rejected, a Twitter account is here to talk about everything. The account called 'She Rates Dogs' posts a bunch of screenshots that they receive and rates the guys, which is usually in the minus, of course: 2/10 for the determination, -2/10 for the creepiness When you block him so he makes fake Instagram accounts to try to get you back (-1/10 dog) pic.twitter.com/5ENqsbkxV0 — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) December 18, 2018 Do people not know what a left swipe on Tinder means? Handling rejection with grace and class -10/10 pic.twitter.com/7yfBkYT0Ad — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) March 9, 2019 Umm, are you okay dude? uhhHhhhhh what the **** -10/10 creEp pic.twitter.com/fk1NHatBCd — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) March 5, 2019 Just don't say anything, it's not hard. God give me strength to handle the things I cannot control pic.twitter.com/LUuR3DjoLX — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) February 22, 2019 Stop it, people! Stop Fetishizing Asian Women 2k19 pic.twitter.com/tsHgOKtDmi — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) February 21, 2019 We need to save her. How do we find this girl and save her pic.twitter.com/YYJpfmuDZY — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) February 21, 2019 Yes, what happened? What just happened pic.twitter.com/NI9mCRpnR2 — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) February 20, 2019 Wow, dude. I think that perhaps he catastrophically misunderstands dating and women in general ?? pic.twitter.com/veKJgHfSk7 — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) February 19, 2019 The guts, tho. Do u think this man has ever considered shutting the **** up pic.twitter.com/jGvLfTk2iC — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) February 19, 2019 What a keeper! Watch out ladies we've got a KEEPER ALERT!!! pic.twitter.com/iDvoU0Xl43 — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) February 17, 2019
  5. There is power in making people laugh. It lies in giving people a few moments of undiluted bliss, which is enough to make them lose sight of the anxiety that cripples their sense of the future, and lifts the weight of stress and expectations they battle on a daily basis. The power inherent in making thousands of people double over and laugh out loud without a care in the world using only a few words, should make anybody feel like a king who has made the greatest conquest that there is. © MensXP 24-year-old internet celebrity Bhuvan Bam happens to be one such laughter king, who does more than making people laugh. Yes, he tickles our funny bones, but he also takes our brains for a spin and makes us think through his sketches and jokes. It is common news that Bhuvan's 'BB Ki Vines' is became an absolute show stealer one day suddenly and there was no looking back. It rightly put him on the map as one of India's best YouTubers in recent times, and soon he turned into one of GenY's most beloved entertainers whose sketches and performances have been cracking them up for the longest time. © MensXP However, long before it all started, Bhuvan was more invested in singing and making it as a singer performing for thousands of screaming fans and creating music topped his chart until 'BB Ki Vines' happened out of nowhere, and changed his life forever. He had had a very average middle-class childhood, with average academic achievements, but that didn't stop him from getting a bachelor's degree in History from University of Delhi. But 'BB Ki Vines' looked beyond his academic performances, and once it took off like it did, there was no looking back. © MensXP Yet, his parents still urge him to shift gears into a more conventional career, a very middle-class approach to “kid's future”, and suggest that he sit for banking exams and the likes. But what they didn't understand initially was that the kind of fame and money their son was about to get through his Vines on YouTube. That happened when Bhuvan's 'Valentine's Week Hutiyapa' went viral on social media in 2016 and shook Bhuvan's life. However, much before India began appreciating Bhuvan's Vines, he had already made it in Pakistan when one of his videos that hit 1 million was shared extensively in Karachi, making up a ratio of 9:1 to India. © MensXP Over time, he began monetising his YouTube videos, and the first cheque changed how his parents saw his 'hobby'. Yet, Bhuvan believes that though 'BB Ki Vines' has become a brand now, Bhuvan Bam still has to go a long way to become a brand as big and as successful as 'BB Ki vines'. His only strategy all this while has been to make good content that attracts people and thereby brands too. He believes that, “If people love actually love you, they will stay”. For all other things, he appreciates his struggles. He looks forward to the writer's block every now and then because it allows him to gain clarity and approach his content with more sincerity. © MensXP His content ranges across the board but many of them come with a message and those are his favourite. But one interaction with a fan, who had been hospitalised and refused to eat or talk for days, finally made him come face to face with the kind of impact he was having on people. The female fan not only spoke to him after days of staying quiet, but also began getting better after meeting her fave celeb Bhuvan. © MensXP This changed Bhuvan's outlook altogether and he decided to spread the positivity forward, and reach people by bringing happiness into his audiences' lives. And all he has to say to aspiring content creators in the country, “go with it. Please karo, hoga. Don't think so many others are doing it, what difference will I make. Even if you fail, keep at it. Do it once, twice or thrice. If that doesn't work, do something else. But do it. If you don't go ahead with it, you'll regret it later. “Kaash” nahi karna kabhi life mein.” Learn more about Bhuvan's journey, business strategy and behind the scene deets as he speaks to MensXP about his journey here.
  6. The worst thing that could ever happen, happened. Instagram and Facebook were down for over eight hours. Yeah, the internet went through a dark time today. But, at least we were all in this together. Both the websites were down for everyone across the globe and not one particular area was being personally victimized. What do you do when two of the biggest social media websites are down? Turn to a third social media website, of course. Who wants to go and experience the world like people did before internet and social media? Twitter became everyone's knight in shining armour and everyone flocked to the site to complain about the other two sites. But, since it's Twitter, the complains soon turned into jokes and memes because that's just what you do on Twitter, okay. #Instagramdown and #Facebookdown started trending soon, right on track. Me: *uninstalls Instagram* Me: *downloads it again* Me: *tries to log in* Instagram: Sorry there was a problem with your request Me:#instagramdown pic.twitter.com/eHvbe0C3uw — IG @lainatheleech (@lilhomielaina) March 14, 2019 It was a good time to take shots at the website. I can't even tell if instagram is down because the pic at the top of my feed is from two days ago which seems about right based off their terrible feed algorithm. — Korey Kuhl (@koreykuhl) March 13, 2019 That gif tho. me calling instagram headquaters#instagramdown pic.twitter.com/dexGLFfVjG — ð ððð (@bratfrmdasouth) March 14, 2019 Twitter people are superior. All these poor folks flocking over from Instagram. Finally seeing where the memes get made. It's like learning what hotdogs are. Hurts doesn't it? — ditch pony (@molly7anne) March 13, 2019 So many personal problems. Yo @instagram I just went public with my girlfriend last night and I have to post a few more pictures of us to be annoying/show her off. Can you fix yourself soon? — Colton Underwood (@colton) March 13, 2019 Their careers are over now. Every Instagram model right now... #instagramdown pic.twitter.com/NBWG3VmSvO — Dylan (@dylan_harr) March 14, 2019 At least that was still working. With Instagram being down I've had no choice but to check my LinkedIn out of pure boredom — Kirsten King (@KirstenKing_) March 13, 2019 That video is horrifying. me running to twitter when instagram stops working#instagramdown pic.twitter.com/hWQRgtFTvA — ð¿ (@jinstoez) March 14, 2019 So inconvenient. Instagram is down?! How am I supposed to compare myself to others and go down a spiral of stalking people who appear happier than me? Ugh. Inconvenient. — Lilly Singh (@IISuperwomanII) March 13, 2019 Send thoughts and prayers. What if Instagram never gets fixed?? So many models will lose their livelihood, careers instantly destroyed. Instagram model unemployment skyrockets, and girls who post about Fit Tea will be lined up outside of soup kitchens. THIS IS SO SCARY, PRAY FOR THESE WOMEN. #instagramdown — The Fat Jewish (@FATJEW) March 13, 2019 They wish. Every influencer who posted before the breakdown: Wow did I break Instagram — Meredith Foster (@MeredithFoster) March 13, 2019
  7. Tencent Games recently pushed an update for PUBG Mobile, which introduced zombies in the game as a part of their limited time event. It's a result of a collaboration between 'Resident Evil 2' and Tencent, and it's quite intense. You might want to check out some tips and tricks to survive the zombie attack. If the YouTube creator MrGhost Gaming is to be believed, then it looks like we'll be getting a new zombie mode where the players themselves might get to become zombies. © PUBG Corporation Yes, you read that right. PUBG Mobile could soon be getting an update following which you'll be able to play as a zombie and hunt down other normal players. There's no official word from PUBG Corp. or Tencent as of now, but the mode is being speculated to arrive with the next update. © PUBG Corporation In one of his recent video, MrGhost Gaming claims that PUBG Mobile published a Facebook post last month collecting feedback and new ideas for the zombie mode. The post seems to have been deleted now as we couldn't find it on PUBG Mobile's official page, but the video does suggest that the developers were onto something similar. © PUBG mobile/MrGhostGaming As a zombie, you won't be able to pick up any weapons or other items, and you'll be dealing with the human opponents using only melee attacks. It's also being speculated that this new mode might be made available in custom rooms, so you can play with your friends. It is said to arrive with the version 0.13 or the 0.14 of the game, so keep your eyes peeled for the same.
  8. We're in the penultimate phase of what has proven to be a scintillating Premier League campaign. With the title race still being a three horse race, many would say the title is Liverpool's to lose. Leading City by seven points at one time, Liverpool's constant stalemate with the Likes of Manchester United and Everton have put City in the driving seat. With many Manchester United and Everton fans enjoying this bottling of the title race by Liverpool, it is hardly anything but that. With only a point behind the Citizens, nine games to go and Manchester City still to play the likes of Manchester United and Spurs, Liverpool are still within the touching distance of the trophy, which the Anfield faithful have craved for around 30-years now. What isn't helping the Scousers right now is Jurgen Klopp's recently adopted defence first mechanism. A side which has impressed so much and garnered amazing results when playing attacking football has certainly being asked to look back before running forward. We don't know what is going on in his head but his bizarre reasons behind Liverpool's failure to grind out results has really made us question his reading of the game. Jurgen Klopp being triggered by a ball boy is the highlight of the weekend ðpic.twitter.com/OjZ2PnwBl9 — Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 4, 2019 After claiming the conditions were 'too windy' for his team to execute game plan perfectly vs Everton, here are some odd excuses Klopp has generated to cover up from Liverpool's recent mediocre performance. · Wolves 2-1 Liverpool: “Too Windy” It was in the FA Cup tie versus Wolves when Klopp's I-don't-know-what-the-hell-happened side came out. As the West Midlands club got an unlikely victory Jurgen Klopp was all out blaming the wind. “The wind didn't help with that, to be honest, obviously everybody on the pitch struggled a bit with controlling the ball and the first touch was, very often, not that good,” he said. ð Sore throats ð± Dry pitches ð¨ Windy days Jurgen Klopp could moan about ANYTHING pic.twitter.com/zDcUTd8hs8 — Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) March 4, 2019 · Liverpool 2-3 West Brom: “TV Broadcasters Cut The Game Short” After referee Jon Moss gave four minutes of added time instead of ten at the end of first half, Klopp alleged broadcasters were behind the referee's decision. “What I heard was that the actual extra time in the first half should have been 10 minutes,” Klopp said. “It was only four minutes. I heard that television said it's not longer than four minutes. Of course, that's not possible, you can't cut match time because there is something else to broadcast. I don't know what was afterwards, maybe the news or something. It was 10 minutes and so you need to play 10 minutes longer. You cannot say it's now a little bit too long.” · West Brom 2-2 Liverpool: “Pitch Too Dry” After throwing away a two-goal lead at West Brom, it was Klopp vs 'dry pitch' this time. The German slammed the pitch and told the Baggies to enjoy their dry turf in the Championship. “It was a difficult game, especially after the pitch got drier and drier, we had the ball constantly and it's not so easy,” Klopp said. “West Brom obviously decided not to water the pitch at half-time again. It was quite difficult. I was not happy with the pitch. You never played football, obviously. It makes a massive difference. If you're like West Brom, the ball constantly in the air, you don't need a wet pitch. That's how it is and we have to deal with that. They can do it next year, playing with a dry pitch in the Championship.” OUCH! Wind, snow, dry pitch, opponents getting intentional injuries just to kill the tempo of games, etc. Not sure any coach has had this much obstacles in a title race in the Premier League before. And he still manages to keep a smiling face. We need to cut Klopp some slack. — too saucy (@kodeine_papi) March 4, 2019 · Manchester United 0-0 Liverpool: “United Had Injuries” In what could've been an ideal scenario for Liverpool to do a season double over United, the Manchester club used up all of its three substitutions because of injuries, Klopp came out with, "United were favourites before the game, then it all changed and all of a sudden we had something to lose, people start to think if we don't beat this team there is something wrong with us. We are all human beings. “It was a strange game. We started really well. All the injuries in the game obviously cost us rhythm” added Klopp. “Man United injuries cost us our rhyth.” Klopp is an unbearbale man. — Jakè (@Jake__Parks) February 25, 2019
  9. Owing his valuable contribution to Indian cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has established a fanbase that is hard to beat for any other cricketer in the country. From fans invading the pitch to shake his hand to the crowd giving him a standing ovation every time he comes out to bat, there is no bigger crowd-puller than the former Indian captain. Thus, it's quite a no-brainer to anticipate the reactions of fans when it comes to meeting or getting some personal space with the Jharkhand cricketer. But, while the world continues to celebrate his genius and fans shadow his every move, a kid refused the opportunity to get up close and personal with Dhoni. During a charity match in Mumbai recently, the 37-year-old was spotted flaunting his football skills on the field. Following the match, Dhoni - staying true to his nature - took the time to greet the large crowd that had gathered at the venue to catch a glimpse of one of India's biggest sports icons. View this post on Instagram Lil kid says no to #msdhoni ð as is not in the mood. A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Feb 19, 2019 at 3:17am PST As he made his way through the crowd, he stopped by for a kid and offered to pick him up in his arms. In a video that has since gone viral, Dhoni can be heard saying, "Aaogey?" before being turned down by the kid who began crying. While he couldn't do much with the kid, Dhoni will be looking to continue his fine form when Australia lock horns with India in two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and five One-Day Internationals (ODIs), slated to begin from 24th February. Considering the upcoming series will be India's last international assignment before the ICC World Cup in England and Wales, Dhoni will be eager to make the opportunity count and anchor the middle-order in the build up to the ICC spectacle beginning in May.
  10. Everyone has regrets, some bigger than the others and I think Will Smith has been carrying around the biggest one ever and he's finally talking about it 20 years later. Can you imagine anyone turning down a movie like 'The Matrix'? Well, turns out that's exactly what Will did. In a 'storytime' video on his YouTube account, Will Smith talked all about 'why he turned down The Matrix' and well, the main reason is that he just didn't understand it. Yep, that's it. He was offered the lead role of Neo in the 1999 Si-Fi movie but it eventually went to Keanu Reeves. Actually, come to think of it, it's now hard to imagine someone other than Keanu playing that role. Will started off the video by saying, “This is one of them stories I'm not proud of, but it's the truth.” He explained how the offer came at a 'crazy time' in his career. He said, I had done 'Independence Day' the year before, so I was like, 'Eh, I'm not doing another alien movie, I don't want to be the alien movie guy''." Then, he did meet with 'geniuses' The Wachowskis who approached him and pitched the movie to him, but he just didn't understand it. Will explaining the pitch to us is also very funny and the animation in his video adds a great touch. He said, “I didn't get it when I read it. It's a hard movie to pitch. You know: 'Everybody lives inside a computer.' It was only when I saw it that I really got it. They came in and made a pitch for 'The Matrix'. As it turns out, they're geniuses. But there's a fine line in a pitch meeting between genius and what I experienced in the meeting.” Will, however, did acknowledge that he saved us all by not messing up 'The Matrix' because Keanu Reeves as Neo is perfect and Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus is perfect. He said, “If I had done it because I'm black, then Morpheus wouldn't have been black because they were looking at Val Kilmer. So, I probably would have messed 'The Matrix' up.” Here's the video:
  11. Dale Steyn, with his scary eyes, throbbing veins and an intimidating chainshaw celebration, has established his reputation as one of the most feared fast bowlers in the modern era of cricket. On the back of extreme pace, troublesome swing and pin-point accuracy, Steyn has managed to get the better of some of the best in the business. But, the South African speedster's injury concerns saw him missing out on majority of the games in recent times. Now, fully fit and raring to go at the batsmen, Steyn is back to doing what he does best - cutting a sorry figure for his opponents. During the first three Tests against Pakistan, Steyn was amongst the leading wicket-takers, claiming 12 scalps at an average of 29. While he was rested for the remaining two Tests and the first two ODIs, Steyn's fiery attitude and ability to silence his critics, once again, came to the fore. This time, off the field. Okay that's enough from me. Watching this Test from the comfort of my couch, did I just become a armchair critic? #WhoAmI — Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 31, 2019 Enjoying his time away from the game, Steyn took to Twitter and updated his fans about his whereabouts. "Okay that's enough from me. Watching this Test from the comfort of my couch, did I just become a armchair critic?" he tweeted. You sure need some comfort after that spanking by Babar Azam in the Test series. — BernaLeo (@MQunClub91011) January 31, 2019 While many showered praise on the right-arm seamer, reminding him of his feats, one cricket fan tried to take a dig at the South African with a cheeky tweet. "You sure need some comfort after that spanking by Babar Azam in the Test series," the fan tweeted. Yes, 3-0 in the test series is a proper spanking. #burn — Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 31, 2019 In response, Steyn minced no words in giving a befitting reply: "Yes, 3-0 in the test series is a proper spanking #burn". The 35-year-old was talking about the 3-0 whitewash that the Proteas had handed to the touring Pakistani brigade in the Test series that was concluded last month.
  12. The hunt for the new 'Batman' has almost begun! Yes, you read that right as Ben Affleck has announced that he is stepping down from the iconic role. And today, Warner Bros. has dropped major deets about 'The Batman', which will hit theatres in the summer of 2021. The film will be directed by Matt Reeves and now Warner Brothers' major task is to find a fit protagonist. We have listed down the five most favourable actors who could be considered a perfect fit for the role: 1. Jake Gyllenhaal Jake Gyllenhaal has quickly risen in the eyes of critics to become one of the frontrunners who could play 'Batman'. It would not be wrong to say that Gyllenhaal is a chameleon. He can easily slip into any role and deliver a top-notch performance. Remember 'Nightcrawler' and 'Nocturnal Animals'? What would be these films without Jake playing the lead? In 2005, Gyllenhaal delivered the performance of a lifetime in his film 'Brokeback Mountain' and earned his first Oscar nomination. We believe the actor has got a stronghold on transforming himself and would turn out to be a good looking Dark Knight! The actor has already shown interest in playing Bruce Wayne. 2. Michael Fassbender We know him from his iconic role as 'Magneto' in the 'X-Men' series. It wouldn't be much of a worry if he is chosen to play 'Batman'. Fassbender is strong, he is tall, a white and would turn out to be a spitting image of Bruce Wayne. He has got the charm to play the man who is soft without his mask and a superhero with his alter ego on. Over the years Michael Fassbender has done contrasting roles; where on one hand he depicted a costumed vigilante in 'Assassin's Creed', he also played an emotional man in 'The Light Between Oceans'. His contract with Marvel could turn out to be a problem, as 'Batman' is a Warner Bros. commodity. 3. James McAvoy We now have an idea of James McAvoy's unmatched talent! He has got this supreme ability to play many characters (personalities), the glimpse of which we saw in M. Night Shyamalan's 'Split' and 'Glass'. James McAvoy is prominently seen as Professor Charles Xavier in the 'X-Men' franchise and has got many important award nominations to his name. Though his chances of becoming the 'Batman' are not that strong, since he is already playing a mutant in the Marvel run franchise, we still know somewhere that he could be a perfect fit for this role. 4. Keanu Reeves Let us tell you that Keanu Reeves was earlier in consideration to play the iconic character in 'Batman Forever', however, it was later played by Val Kilmer. During the time of 'Batman vs Superman', he mentioned about playing the caped crusader. Looks like luck didn'tfavourr him! However, now speculations are rife that Keanu Reeves could again be considered for this role. The actor has given many remarkable performances including those in 'The Matrix', 'Constantine' and the recent one in 'John Wick'. Moreover, he has got training in Martial Arts and who knows he is the next 'Batman' saving the world! 5. Michael B. Jordan Michael B. Jordan has been offered several path-breaking roles in all these years. His inclusion in 'Black Panther' and the film's latest nomination at the Oscars may turn things in his favor. The actor has already been nominated for a few awards this year and has even won some of them. Having done films like 'Creed', 'Creed II' and 'Fantastic Four', Jordan could be one surprising pick by the Warner Bros. We would love to see a man of color playing our beloved 'Batman'.
  13. Two months ago, India lost a braveheart while fighting terrorists in the Shopian district of the Kashmir Valley and we're still sullen and absolutely gutted with grief losing such a heroic man. Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani, a terrorist-turned soldier laid down his life in a gruesome encounter with terrorists and was buried with the utmost honour and respect in his own village-Chak Ashmuji in Jammu and Kashmir. He definitely brought a rare sense of honour to his little hamlet, surrounded by paddy fields and orchards, all around. But that's not all. Every soldier who fights a long and hard battle to protect us, while we sleep peacefully, needs a deserving accolade for his brave deeds and that's exactly what Wani received, with absolute honour. © Twitter India's highest peacetime gallantry medal, the Ashok Chakra, was posthumously awarded to Wani, for fighting fiercely and losing his life, a brief while after. Wani, an Ikhwan, was shot in a counter-terrorist operation in Shopian district two months ago, in which 6 terrorists were killed. An Ikhwan is someone in the state of Jammu & Kashmir who gives up militancy and takes a solid stand against it, while becoming absolutely pro-government and is a part of the counter-insurgency operations. When the news of his honour reached his village, no one reacted to it, no one shared any grief or happiness or even a condolence. Wani's family and the villagers didn't find anything spectacular about the award, as they believed these awards serve no purpose anymore. © Twitter “Nobody came, and why should they? When he was alive, we prayed for him to be safe at his place and us to be safe here. Now, when he is no more, what purpose will these awards serve?” Mushtaq, Wani's younger brother spoke to a popular publication. Unlike a few neighbouring villages around Wani's village, including Shopian, where Wani lost his life, his was very different and peaceful and the story shouldn't have been about the death of a soldier, who hailed from there. But because the village of Cheki Ashmuji was swaying towards pro-Azadi sentiments, its conversion to that of a militancy-stricken village, wasn't too far away. No one from the village actually joined militancy, but half a dozen of the men from the village are in the Army or Paramilitary Forces. © TOI Wani, whose family still resides in Cheki Ashmuji, had moved to a well-protected colony at Kulgam district headquarters after he joined the Ikhwan, almost two decades ago. A lot of militants, in fact, give up militancy in the early years and become Ikhwans to serve the Army and do away with terrorism. And that's what Wani believed in as well. His tryst with peace to his village and his nation grew bigger than the half baked purpose he was serving before. He was awarded the Sena medal in gallantry back in 2007 and a bar to the Sena medal in August this year and his death was a testimony of his bravado displayed in South Kashmir, where his battalion was attached with a unit of Rashtriya Rifles, which is a force especially put together to fight militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. © TOI President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday presented the Ashoka Chakra award to Wani's wife Mahajabeen and right after the award was given, an Army spokesperson described how Wani had fought till his last dying breath. “Under an intense hail of bullets from the terrorists, he eliminated the district commander of the LeT (Lashkar-e-Toiba) and one foreign terrorist in a daring display of raw courage. He took multiple hits, some to his head but injured another terrorist before falling. “He was a hero right from the beginning and always served (the cause of) peace (in Kashmir). His extraordinarily fearless and courageous persona was reflected in getting the Sena Medal for gallantry twice in 2007 and 2018" The Army official said. © Twitter Nazir Ahmed chose peace over violence and he fought for what was right, In fact, we learnt that Mahajabeen had fallen in love with exactly that quality of his and it was love at first sight for them, when the two met in school when they were just 15. A teacher and a mother of two, Mahajabeen said he always instilled a good value and belief system in her and his fierce love was enough motivation for her to cultivate young people to become good citizens for the country. © Twitter When he was set to receive the highest and most prestigious award for his martyrdom, she did not cry for his death. She was proud of the fact that he did something to set a brave example for the generation to come and for her, he was always her guiding light, her pillar of strength. "He had telephoned me the previous evening and enquired about our well-being. I had told him to take care of himself. But destiny had something else for him. He always wanted to make his 162/TA Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry battalion proud. For him, duty was supreme. He was a source of inspiration for people in our area and community," She told a popular news publication agency. © Twitter Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani will always serve as an inspiration to the Armed Forces and youngsters growing up, learning and reading about jawans like him, who gave up militancy for the greater good. He always had the interest of the nation at heart and gave his all to protect his family, friends, subordinates and strangers. This Republic Day, let's remember more such heroes and be grateful that they're always there to protect us.
  14. Not much was known about the 'Bikini Climber', to the outside world, until recently the news of her sudden mysterious death, was all over our timeline. The world is full of rather strange people and we're not going to steal any attention away from her bizarre and strange antics. A young girl from Taiwan called Gigi Wu, who'd become a local social media sensation with her hiking stories, was also dubbed as the 'bikini climber' by all her limited fans. Why, you ask? That's because she took to the name too literally and would hike around mountain tops clad in just a bikini, obviously, relentlessly trying to make it on top of the mountain, along with a statement or two and a bunch of selfies. © Instagram The young climber set out to scale a mountain peak in Taiwan's Yushan National Park and she probably slipped and fell down 65ft, into a ravine. She then used a satellite phone to tell her friend about the fall, probably to seek some help, but unfortunately, when the rescue team arrived there, they just saw her lifeless body. The woman was trying to brave the cold weather conditions while wearing almost nothing, and due to the fall and the weather conditions weighing down on being unbearable, she lost her life. The rescue helicopter deployed to bring her back up struggled to reach her because of extremely bad weather and it took them about 28-hours to get to her body. © Twitter “The weather conditions in the mountains are not good, we have asked our rescuers to move the body to a more open space and after the weather clears we will make a request for a helicopter to bring the body down,” Lin Cheng-yi, an official from the Nantou County Fire and Rescue Services told a local publication, at the place of the incident. Wu had incidentally mentioned her coordinates to her friend when she called in an emergency after the fall. The string of social media influencers who've dived into the perils of adventure is increasing by the day. Just recently an Indian couple was found at the bottom of a popular cliff at California's Yosemite National Park, after a few hikers alerted the officials about their abandoned camera equipment at the top of the cliff. © Twitter The young guns, trying to meet the need for popularity through social media, now days is certainly over the top. The race to enhance any form of validation through these channels is so overpowering, that people don't realise the perils that come along with making a statement like that. 36-year-old Gigi Wu was also headed in that direction and she built a sizeable social-media following, by posting pictures of her on mountain tops, dressed in nothing but a bikini. She would usually wear hike-able clothes to scale the mountains only to change into a bikini when she'd reach the top, to click a photo of herself in it. She's scaled about 100 peaks in 4 years, which I believe is an achievement of some sort, but seriously, not at the cost of your own life? © Twitter In an interview to a local publication, she'd mentioned - “I put on a bikini in each one of the 100 mountains. I only have around 97 bikinis so I accidentally repeated some,”. Seriously, that's some true and intense dedication, isn't it? Well, when she was asked why she'd pose in a bikini at the top, she swiftly answered: “It just looks so beautiful, what's not to like?”. Fair enough, but I suppose there are pertinent things to really pay heed to, than pose for pictures in freezing weather, while wearing a bikini! © Twitter Here's hoping more hikers like Wu take some serious precautions while scaling mountain tops in freezing weather, to avoid plummeting or freezing to their untimely death!
  15. When I look back, what I remember the most was being bullied for being weak and skinny. I was just a thin kid and had absolutely no strength. My father was a star athlete during his school days and I looked up to him as my source of motivation. It was him who taught me about the importance of being fit. He got me into working out at home by making me do bodyweight exercises. I started my home workout with a pair of 5-kilo dumbbells and that was the beginning of my chase for a better physique. The Social Media Bug I craved for an aesthetic body mostly because I was hooked on to at looking at fitness influencers. This led me to join a real gym for the first time in my life. Though I did start working out, my diet was still crap. I was eating whatever I got my eyes on. I went in hard at the gym but since my diet was bad, I saw little to no results. Frustration followed suit and I quit hitting the gym. The Second Attempt College days brought me back to the gym. But I still lacked the needed diet and the desi gym trainers were still very misleading. Luckily, I got myself a separate room in the hostel. This helped me store my own food and not share. Still, I was bro-dieting and eating eggs. The trainers I consulted just took the money and never really helped me with the nutrition. Then came in the myths about whey protein, but my parents didn't let me buy it. Anyhow, I convinced them and bought a tub with high hopes. Again, I failed! The Luring World Of Steroids Some trainers tried to sell me steroids making baseless claims like only steroids will get you big and get you abs. The guys you see shredded are all on steroids. If you want to look like models, you have to get on steroids. Luckily, I was intelligent enough to not do it. The Turning Point The very first guy who actually helped me was my online friend. He was the one who told me about the importance of dieting and calorie counting. He saw my images and asked me to get on a bulk first and then cut out to see how much muscle I had actually put on. His help brought about a lot of visible changes in my body. Then I came across Pratik Thakkar, the co-founder of GetSetGo Fitness. He busted all the myths in my head and made me further understand the science of dieting. I trained under his guidance and got into the best shape of my life.
  16. Getting rejected hurts, obviously, but you don't have to be a little bi*ch about that. These self-proclaimed nice guys transform into complete jerks in the blink of an eye as soon the girl doesn't reciprocate their interest. Real classy. A lot of guys tend to take that rejection very personally. So, as a way to call out guys who just turn hostile after no reply by the girl, or just getting rejected, and a Twitter account is here to talk about everything. The account called 'She Rates Dogs' posts a bunch of screenshots that they receive and rates the guys, which is usually in the minus, of course. Just chill. Chill the **** out Dillon (-8/10) pic.twitter.com/NkuvUbIyLj — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) January 11, 2019 How do you stay that salty for months? Ignored a guy on facebook and a few months later when she posted a picture of a cockroach in her Taco Bell he comments..... omfg (-10/10) pic.twitter.com/l7kHXJq1F8 — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) January 5, 2019 Women really don't owe you shit, it's not that hard a concept. Watching them unravel is so baaaddd (-10/10) pic.twitter.com/Hi8lukpS54 — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) January 4, 2019 I request everyone to read this, it's a wild ride. The girl didn't even go to BU but she didn't really care to argue it with him lmfao (-10/10) pic.twitter.com/v6m3I3gmux — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) December 29, 2018 Looks like this guy just became Jared, who's 19 and never learned how to fucking read. This is incredible honestly (-5/10) pic.twitter.com/jfMOX3pFXK — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) December 29, 2018 From 0 to 100 real quick. ðµtale as old as timeðµ (-10/10) pic.twitter.com/gyn5XZOZ7C — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) December 29, 2018 The most unfunny thing ever. Why do men always think you just don't get their super great sense of humor instead of considering that they might just not be funny?? (-10/10) pic.twitter.com/8K4YFaF49P — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) December 28, 2018 “I've cheated on you but I've never given you a reason to not trust me.” She got him a job with her friend's dad so she wouldn't be paying for everything alone & this is what happened when she asked him to prove he was at work instead of skipping again... (-12/10) pic.twitter.com/zP35qXMHue — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) December 27, 2018 Get the hint, dude. She matched with him on tinder and then he stalked her then made a craigslist ad with her pictures ????? (-10/10) pic.twitter.com/YkcDow67w3 — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) December 27, 2018 Wow, that's all I have to say. I swear men will be the death of me oh my god (-3/10 dog) pic.twitter.com/FmBhA8AQwX — SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) December 18, 2018
  17. Roger Federer has been the face of tennis all around the world for more than a decade. With his unique and absolutely magical technique, the FedEx has successfully conquered the grandest of stages while hundreds of challengers came and went. <iframe width="629" height="392" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qk5ydxhQet8" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> Although Federer has put in his fair share of hours practising, with even the smallest of factors impacting his game at least a thousand times, there was another man who stayed by his side all along. Peter Carter, whom Federer gives all the credit for carving out a diamond from the coal when he was in his youth, was one of the better tennis players that Australia had ever produced. Known for having a short temper, Carter was a man of principle. Before he chose to train Federer, the Aussie was known for winning the 1985 Melbourne Tennis Tournament. Carter saw in Roger, the greatest tennis player of all time. Even when Federer didn't believe in himself, it was Carter who bet all his fortune on Roger's future. In his teens, Federer was nowhere as calm and suave as we see him to be today. Full of rage, he would often end up breaking his racket after losing a point or shouting like a madman after an unforced error. Back then, it was Carter who was able to transform his anger into talent, who understood Federer when nobody else did and who built the base on which the 20-time Grand Slam champion now stands erect. © Reuters After all the work the duo put in, Federer was never able to share his laurels with Carter, as he passed away in a car crash in South Africa during his honeymoon, just one year before Federer won his first and the biggest Grand Slam, the 2003 Wimbledon Championship. In an interview with CNN, a week before the 2019 Australian Open begins, the reigning champion was unable to hold back his tears when the host asked about his Australian coach and broke down like an infant, taking everyone by surprise. "Peter was a really important person in my life. If I can say thank you for my technique today it's to Peter,” said the Swiss as he wiped the tears off his face. “Sorry. Oh, man, I still miss him so much. I hope he would be proud," he said with a heavy heart when asked about what Carter would think about Federer winning the 20 titles.
  18. After rain and bad light forced a complete wash-out of the first session of day four of the fourth and final Border-Gavaskar Cup Test match, it was the second session that saw an early massacre of the Australian batting side which began with Mohammed Shami dismissing Pat Cummins with a ball kept low in his first over of the day. Subsequently, the wickets began to fall like dry leaves in autumn, until Australia were all out making a total of 300 runs giving India a more than comfortable lead of 322 in the first innings. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav's aggression bagged him a five-wicket-haul in his first trip Down Under. Harris and Khawaja make their way back out to the middle for the second innings... #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/24jSSHI6XP — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 6, 2019 Wonderful moment when @imkuldeep18 said he was proud to take a fifer in front of his idol and in the commentary box @ShaneWarne was beaming. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 6, 2019 Sydney has been unkind towards the fans of cricket in the past four days as rain and the lack of brightness have hurdled the smooth execution of the fourth Test. This may come as a blessing in disguise for the Australian side and their fans as they face a history-altering defeat at the hands of the Men in Blue, which makes it that much more heart-wrenching for the Indians. Bad light has delayed the start of play on day four at the SCG #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/MhFHdcWbmd — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 5, 2019 If, in a miraculous feat, Kohli's boys do put up a victory against the Aussies, it would be for the first time ever since India as a nation began to play international cricket back in 1947, that they'd win a Test series on Australian soil. With about a day and a half left to play, especially under dense and dark Sydney clouds, the situation bullied Virat Kohli into taking a 'Do or Die' decision to let Australia take a follow on thereby creating history as he is now the first visiting captain in 20 years, to give the Aussies a follow on, on their home soil. Harris and Khawaja make their way back out to the middle for the second innings... #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/24jSSHI6XP — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 6, 2019 Previously, Kohli had found himself in a similar situation back in Melbourne during the third Test, where Kohli decided against it. With the idea of giving some breathing time to his over-strained bowlers and also to put up some extra runs to gain a comfortable lead, Kohli commanded his batsmen to go ahead in the second innings and just narrowly missed out on the opportunity to break the 20-year-old Australian record.
  19. When I was a kid, football was my true love. A fancy game as it is, all the girls in my school used to drool over the best players on the field. As a 9-year-old boy, I was amused and wanted to be the centre of attraction as well. Amidst all the dreaming, I forgot the harsh fact that I was a fat kid. I used to go for football training camp but was never selected since the coach knew that I lacked endurance and couldn't run. Fast forward a few months and I wanted to be the next wrestling champ. But then again, everybody told me fat guys don't wrestle. All this frustration piled up over time and then, I decided to join a Martial Arts school, and that's how my life-changing journey started! For me, real fitness started at the Martial Arts' school. My master was never biased. He knew that if I had to jump higher, run faster, punch harder and kick some nuts, I had to lose weight. For 6 months straight, he made me run and do bodyweight drills for 3 hours. Initially, I used to drain out completely and give up several times, which made me feel like a complete loser. Other guys would outlast me and beat me at every friendly roll. Looking at the other athletes, I used to feel demotivated. My real challenge was to make myself believe that I could do it and my master played a big role in developing that confidence in me. Stupid Advise & A BAD Experience With Fat Loss Steroids I remember the very first time I started working out at a regular gym. I was surrounded by buff dudes and each one of them had some crap to feed me. Some advised to "eat oats", some said to "drink green tea", and some said to "sleep at 8 pm and wake up at 6 am" and so on. That was for a short while though. The major myths came my way when I joined an expensive gym with all the flashy lights and branded equipment, and I soon realized that the trainers and members there were no better. One trainer suggested I should take clenbuterol (a popular fat loss drug among enhanced bodybuilders). I fell for it and realized I had developed a weird pattern of heartbeats and I used to shiver after consuming it. It was at that moment I decided to stop taking the supplement and learn about more about it, following which I realized that it is a banned drug. Guys, believe me, stay away from such drugs as they will do nothing but harm you! The Meeting That Changed My Life I met a master trainer in the same expensive gym a few years later. He is certified from a reputed academy in India. He seemed logical and talked sense for a change, and that was the turning point for me. Interacting with him and learning things from him developed a genuine interest in me to learn more about fitness science. He is a master of biomechanics and exercise techniques and whatever I have learned, it from the same guy. Co-Founding A Fitness Company Presently, I am the Co-Founder of GetSetGo Fitness. It's been a long journey ever since I started and I don't wish to stop anytime soon. There was a time I was struggling to make a living out of my passion, and then came a point in my life when I finally co-owned a fitness brand and started changing the lives of people. I work with a team that I would call 'the most sorted' ever. Long story short, I am living the dream I have always dreamt!
  20. Declaring in the third session of Day 2, Test 4, the Men in Blue find themselves in a rather comfortable spot putting up a total of 622 runs with 3 wickets to spare. Showing confidence in his bowlers, Kohli decided to call in his men, handing over Australia the huge task of covering the score in the first innings and then some. Innings Break! Here comes the declaration from the Indian Skipper.#TeamIndia 622/7 (Pujara 193, Pant 159*) Updates - https://t.co/hdocWC4GEH #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/qMVXTI38In — BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2019 In the past, even under the captaincy of some of the most able and strategically sound men, the Indian Cricket Team has been known to 'choke' when it came to performing in Australia and has never won a Test series during their trips Down Under. Issues ranging from troubled openers to uncomfortable tailenders have haunted every Indian captain's dreams. Having said that, we may be witnessing the birth of a revolutionary squad that seems to have found a 'formula' of sorts, to make the Aussies shake in their boots. The key ingredient of this formula is the Indian batsman and probably the only player that comes even remotely close to achieving Rahul Dravid's 'The Wall' status, Cheteshwar Pujara. Acting as the anchor to Kohli's ship that the Indian team is, Pujara has been extremely consistent and productive as he has faced nearly 1,300 balls (with more to come in the second innings) during the series. Scoring a total of 521 runs and hitting three centuries in seven innings, Pujara leads in scoring not only his team but the entire series by a huge margin with Rishabh Pant in the second place with 350 runs in total. 9 hours, 8 minutes and 373 balls later - @cheteshwar1 walks back after scoring 193 ððð#TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/atOD7TeAOD — BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2019 Pant, another crucial component of India's success, just had himself a massive innings, scoring a mammoth 159 after Pujara departed for 193, breaking the record for the highest score by an Indian keeper in an away Test, previously held by MS Dhoni. Leaving aside him making an impression on the Australian Prime Minister with his constant sledging of Australian cricketers, Pant's focus, both as the wicket-keeper and a batsman remains unshaken. Forming decent to extensive partnerships with his teammates throughout the series, Pant has given the much-needed consistency that the team had been desperate for in the Test Cricket format. The 21-year-old looks to be well adjusted to international cricket and has filled in Dhoni's spot with the utmost grace. 150 runs for @RishabPant777 ððð#TeamIndia 616/6#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/vZFY9hunBL — BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2019 India's opening woes have been met with and we have debutant Mayank Agarwal to thank for the fix. The 27-year-old first-timer is believed to have the strength of Sehwag and the cool of Dhoni. Despite co-opener and best-bud, KL Rahul having a tough time putting up runs, Agarwal has successfully been able to give his team the initial boost the batting side requires to have a good innings. India's dominance in Australia comes at the hands of a young and dynamic team. In the absence of veterans like Rohit Sharma and R. Ashwin, Kohli's boys have not only been able to hold their own but are also looking to conquer the opposition and that's precisely what makes this run a lot more impressive.
  21. I began my fitness journey from the very start of January 2017, when I decided to finally be stubborn and strong-willed about my New Year resolution of becoming a fitter version of myself. Set A Goal, Be It Whatever Actually, truth be told, it was not initially about fitness but it was more about trying to look better and improve my appearance and the goals were in all honesty, quite cosmetically-inclined. I had always wanted to have a 6-pack as a kid and the desire to get it was on my bucket list. I wondered if an ordinary person like me could ever achieve the same. So, that was my motivation, to at least try and achieve a physique that Instagram fitness models have. I did not have any major health issues as such, but I would admit that I did fall prey to body image issues about the way I would look. Most people are not entirely proud of the way they look and given a chance would always want to get rid of their pot-bellies, they would like to get rid of their double-chin, and their paunch, and the list is endless and I sadly too was one of these people. Enough Of Lethargy There was always this sense of weakness that existed; the unavoidable consequence of the inactive life that I led. I could barely run a flight of stairs without gasping for air uncontrollably and I barely had the endurance and willingness to even walk short distances. Work, Stress And Poor Eating Even while working as an auditor, an occupation which involved a lot of non-stop travelling, I would think it would be fair to describe my lifestyle as sedentary, as almost 15 hours of my day was spent sitting on a chair. My poor eating habits were quite disorderly as well. I would binge on anything I would see. This food would basically comprise of junk, ranging from the unhealthiest road-side noodles to oily deep-fried samosas and puris with aloo sabji and of course, the entire index of junk food. Steering Things Around So I decided to follow my brother, who is a highly sought-after fitness coach in Kolkata. What set him apart from most trainers in our area was how he focused on the scientific aspect of entire process instead of just simply following a rigid rule of thumb approach. His methodology was remarkably different. It was incredibly important for me to focus on nutrition and that's exactly what he made me do. He made it very clear that no matter what I do inside the gym wouldn't matter if my eating habits weren't fixed. Here is where I learned the concept of energy balance and ensured that there was no extreme method that was resorted to in order to reach my goals. The Basics Of Nutrition To lose weight, one has to put their bodies in a prolonged calorie deficit; it is where you decide to willingly put your body in a state where it expends more energy (as performing any kind of activity would involve) than its energy intake (food). So before talking about my training, it is to be made unreservedly clear that 90% of my focus and mental energy was invested in proper dieting. Workouts My workouts would take no longer than an hour to complete if done properly. It was a simple workout chart that allowed me to train two body parts a day for 6 days a week consistently, followed by a 10-minute cardio session after the weight training routine. Again, I would like to add, there was no strict diet chart that I was told to follow. I was simply asked to use an online calculator that allowed you to estimate what my daily calorie intake would be to maintain my weight and then decide to eat foods that would ensure I end up in a calorie deficit. Stop Demonizing Foods No food is an absolute no-no in my scientifically informed opinion. It is very irrational to demonize a certain food and say that this is healthy and that is not. It is okay to have whatever you want as long as you maintain a calorie deficit. Keep This In Mind A lot of people will tell you how it is impossible to achieve the physique that you want, but remember, I have faced that as well and as overly clichéd as this may end up sounding, you are capable of much more than you can imagine. You can have the dream physique of your life and you are the only one who can get you there.
  22. After Ranveer Singh's wedding, a lot of people thought that he is going to 'sober down' in terms of his wild style game, because he is a married man now. But well, this assumption doesn't make make sense at all, and Ranveer made sure he bursts this bubble in his trademark style. He won the award for the best actor for 'Padmavat' last night, but that bit was expected. What everyone was wide-eyed about is what he wore to the ceremony. Take a look. © Instagram/Ranveersingh Ranveer wore a dazzling blue suit with tiger patterns all over, probably as a poetic measure to remind people that he's not going to let his individuality go, just because he's married now (seriously, why should anyone?). But that was not all. His accessory game was also on point and he wore a crazy tiger face pendant - the roaring face of which was enough to remind everyone that he's not going anywhere, and neither is his maximalism. © Instagram/Ranveersingh © Instagram/Ranveersingh What we love about his outfit is that it's fun and quirky, but sophisticated and regal at the same time. Another noticable thing was Deepika's outfit, which was complementing Ranveer's to the T. Her intense silhouette in black coupled with her mystical kohl-laden eyes just reminded us why this couple is, and probably will remain the most glamorous couple in Bollywood for many, many years to come. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani Well done, DeepVeer!
  23. You don't have to be a collector to recognize the unmistakable click of a Zippo lighter. The unique sound is not just soothing to many but is also a click that nearly 4 out of 5 adults will instantly recognize anywhere across the world. These aren't just tall claims but are facts that are supported on relevant grounds. Established way back in 1932, the Zippo windproof lighter easily found its way into the popular culture references and won many hearts with its unique design and unwavering durability. Yup, the biggest keyword that defines this as a collector's prized possession is the fact that despite the improvements to the flint wheel and evolving designs over the years, Zippo remains true to its famous lifetime guarantee – "It works, or we fix it free.™" Coming back to the click of the century, the Zippo click sound has recently been trademark joining the ranks of other unique sounds that you'll instantly connect with. So what really makes the click so unique? The crisp click of a Zippo lighter opening and closing is a trigger to numerous emotional responses. Approximately 70% of people stated that the sound instils positive emotional benefits. Sound is having an impact more than ever on people's moods evident in the global phenomenon of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) content. This is characterised by a static-like, tingling sensation that occurs due to a relaxing response to stimuli. ASMR triggers can range from whispering voices to the heightened audio of everyday sounds- with each trigger affecting the listener on a very individual level. This image of the inner workings of the Zippo lighter breaks down its anatomy revealing the small things that make the big difference. Made up of 9 essential raw materials, this collector's item clicks each of the products into motion resulting in the crisp click sound and the subsequent flame. Filling and Lighting the Zippo The Zippo windproof lighter is filled by removing the inside unit from the lighter case (9). Turn the inside unit over and lift the felt pad (8) to reveal the packing material in the fuel chamber (3). Hint: Use an unfolded paper clip or similar tool if the pad is hard to lift. With the felt pad out of the way, the fuel chamber is ready to be filled with lighter fuel, slowly saturating the wick (6) and the packing material (7) inside the fuel container. Once reassembled, the lighter is ready to use. A simple downward flick of the flint wheel (1) strikes it against the flint held in place by the flint spring (5), creating hot sparks that ignite the lighter fuel coating the wick (6). When opening the lighter, the distinctive Zippo click is created by the cam (2). The wick continues to draw lighter fuel from the packing material (7) in the fuel tank, and sends a continuous flow of fuel up the wick to keep the flame lit. This unwavering fuel flow, along with the perforated chimney design, helps the flame stay alight even in wind – an integral feature of the Zippo lighter's design since it first debuted in 1932. Finally, when the lighter lid is closed, the flame is immediately extinguished as it becomes deprived of the oxygen it needs to burn. If you are an aspiring collector of this nearly-a-century old masterpiece, make sure that you check the markings and manufacture date (this marking began in 1958) at the bottom to decode the lighter's age.
  24. The horror movie genre always works on a hit-and-miss technique. It always depends on whether or not the movie makes you sit at the edge of your seat through its scare tactics or just makes you yawn instead. This year, we had some good horror to delve into and we were super stoked eagerly awaiting some good movies that released this year. © Universal Pictures Horror as a genre has always intrigued us enough to give us some great cinematic experience. Horror movies are bringing about some great show and talk about different experimental ideas, better visual and sound effects and characters you cannot forget easily, unfortunately. It's quickly becoming the highest grossing story-telling genre and we're loving the enthusiasm with which Hollywood is releasing more and more horror movies every year. Here are 10 best horror movies that released in 2018 that sent a chill down our spine and scared the bejesus out of us! (1) Hereditary Released on: 08 June © A24 The film was very well received at the Sundance Film festival a few months ago and was termed as 'one of the scariest movies to be screened ever'. The movie revolves around the passing away of the matriarch of the Graham family, after which the daughter of the family begins to unravel cryptic and terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the chaotic it gets. There is overindulgence in the plot for sure and it can confuse you a tad bit, but the movie is scary regardless. Watch the trailer here (2) The Predator Released on: 14 September © 20th Century Fox This may not classify as pure horror as much as it would fit the 'alien movie' genre but it still made me scream ever so often. Remember Arnold's 'Predator' from back in 1987? Well, it was remade and it's here to give us more creeps than the one before. Obviously nothing beats watching Arnold in action. Watch the trailer here (3) Truth Or Dare Released on: 08 October © Universal Pictres It's the teeny-bopper kinda horror but it's still scary AF! A group of students rent a house on Halloween which is supposedly haunted by a vengeful spirit who lost a deadly game of truth or dare several years prior. The group gets lured into performing acts of dare which are violent in nature and if they fail to do so, they're eventually haunted and killed by the evil spirit. Watch the trailer here (4) Halloween Released on: 19 October © Universal Pictres Remember the creepy Micheal Myers? Well he's back! One of the few slasher films that came out this year, 'Halloween' is the eleventh installment in the Halloween franchise, picking up 40 years after the events of the previous film. This was one gut-wrenching watch for sure. Watch the trailer here (5) Slender Man Released on: 24 August © Screen Gems Unfortunately, this movie didn't make it here but we still saw it, thanks to the WWW. 'Slender Man' is believed to be a popular and an old legend and the movie revolves around four teenagers who try to break the myth by bringing him to life. Of course, they summon evil instead and that's where it gets nerve wrecking. Watch the trailer here (6) The Clover field Paradox Released On: 04 February © Universal Pictures The Netflix original is a science fiction horror and was one of the first scary movies to have released this year. Scientists are orbiting above the planet to test a device that'll solve an energy crisis and prevent a war from breaking out but they unfortunately encounter a dark alternate-reality instead. Watch the trailer here (7) Slice Released on: 10 September © A24 This one was as funny as it was scary. All I am going to say is that the movie stars Chance the rapper and is about a pizza place, a gateway to hell and werewolves! Watch the trailer here (8) A Quiet Place Released on: 9 March © Paramount Pictures This one too should classify under a Sci-Fi horror but it was so darn scary i had to include it here. Interestingly enough the film has a twisted plot. Mysterious supernatural forces, attracted to sound have surfaced all over the world and a family tries its best to live in a quiet secluded farm away from any noise whatsoever. Dare they make a sound! Watch the trailer here (9) Suspiria Released on: 02 November © Amazon Studios 'Suspiria' didn't release in India but was a well received horror regardless. The movie revolves around a renowned dance company in Berlin which is also accused of witchcraft. As the movie goes on, dark secrets start to reveal themselves which will probably find you sitting at the edge of your seat. Watch the trailer here (10) Mandy Released on: 19 January © RLJE Films This unusual psychedelic horror will give you a good amount of scare and action by Nicolas Cage. Apparently, it's one of his finest work till date, so watch it for that and of course, for the daring psychedelic visuals and the action. Watch the trailer here So, find your perfect horror movie buddy and shortlist the ones you want to watch because we can assure you, this year was one hell of a ride for the horror genre lovers.
  25. "Caught in a landslide...No escape from reality," if this line rings a bell for you, then you probably belong to that part of the world that appreciates good music and is a die-hard fan of 'Queen'. For those who had to google these lyrics or check what 'Queen' is, you have a lot to catch up on. © Instagram There's legit two things that are currently taking the world by storm - Rami Malek's performance in 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and fake news and Assam police integrated the two to create this brilliant PSA that is hitting people right in the feels. © 20th century fox Assam Police recently used a 'Bohemian Rhapsody' reference, where they used the movie's poster and tweaked the lyrics of the iconic Freddie Mercury song and turned it into a brilliant message to warn people against fake news. Open your eyes, Look up to the skies and see, Real life is not a fantasy. Fact check before you forward, There's no escape from reality. Mama, I don't wanna lie. #DontFakeIt pic.twitter.com/nNxAQc9rDN — Assam Police (@assampolice) November 28, 2018 There couldn't have been a better surprise than this for all the 'Queen' fans and as expected, Twitter was flooded with praises for Assam Police for their epic wordplay and great taste in music. Because am easy come, easy go; little high, little low...anywhere the wind blows, nothing really matters to Assam Police — patricia mukhim (@meipat) November 29, 2018 Didn't knew until now that I and @assampolice have the same taste in music. QUEENS forever, #BohemianRaphsody — Angshuman Roy (@Mr_AngshumanRoy) November 28, 2018 Hahah!! You are the queen of my heart for the day, @assampolice ! #BohemianRaphsody https://t.co/nLtoskxwdi — Shristi Goswami (@GoswamiShristi) November 28, 2018 Fake news only adds to the ambiguity, Spare our lives from this monstrosity, Fake news & rumours - very very frightening me, Galileo Galileo, Galileo Galileo, Galileo figaro magnifico. ðð#notofakenews — Angira Bharadwaj (@BharadwajAngira) November 28, 2018 Wow ! So amazing to know that Assam Police is also fan of Queen ð. #FreddieMercury #BohemianRhapsody — Akshay Pandit (@akshaypandt) November 29, 2018