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  1. Bollywood has had a long-standing affair with Switzerland and somewhere we too fell in love with the country, vicariously through them. Ask anyone about Switzerland, and most of their conversation will revolve around Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol's budding romance on the streets of Switzerland, from 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'. Or those dance numbers where actresses wearing sarees are dancing on the snow-capped mountains. © MensXP I won't lie, somewhere my idea about Switzerland too was heavily influenced by Bollywood. But, all of it changed when I got a chance to visit the country a few weeks ago. I always wanted to go to Switzerland, but it was all a distant dream as I wasn't financially strong enough to fund my trip. But, thanks to Switzerland Tourism and their exceptional hospitality, the next thing I know I was sitting on a plane to Zurich and clicking and posting pictures with the locals and binging on chocolates and cheese. © MensXP Today, I want to share my story about how much Switzerland has impacted me. It also made me realise that the quaint country has so much more to offer than just be a place where Bollywood songs and movies were shot, with actors posing shirtless in snow and flaunting their six-pack abs. 1. Pack Comfortable Clothes Instead Of 'OOTD' To begin with, no you cannot stand shirtless or in a saree in the snow. Even dreaming about doing it can send shivers down your spine because of the temperature, which drops to as low as -15 degrees to -20, even in March. So, please don't dream of wearing normal boots or heels or try to act stylish to get OOTDs. Carry warm and comfortable clothes (without adding tons of layers), gloves, and lots and lots of sunscreen. © MensXP 2. Don't Take Euros Instead Of Swiss Franc Don't trade your cash for Euros, instead of Swiss Franc. Switzerland is an expensive country and if you end up paying extra in the currency conversion process, it will only burn more holes in your pockets. Also, be doubly sure about the multi-currency card you're carrying, else you will be stuck with a different country's currency, like me. So, no matter who says what, convert your money to Swiss Franc (CHF) only, for smooth hassle-free transactions. 3. Why Is The Swiss Franc Symbol Called CHF While most of us call it Swiss Franc and Swiss currency, most of us never bothered to notice or know why the symbol is CHF? Well, not many people know that the Latin name of Switzerland is 'Confoederatio Helvetica', which also means 'Swiss Confederation'. The symbol CH can be found on postal stamps, coins and even on the car stickers. © MensXP 4. There Are Four Official Languages In Switzerland This was my first trip to Switzerland, so I entertained and dug into all kinds of questions possible, which brought me to this - "What is the official language of the country?" Trust me, the number of people who asked this were more than the number of friends I have. So, let me clear that too for all you guys. It will come handy, in case you're planning a trip soon. Firstly, there is no such thing as 'Swiss language'. There are four official languages that people speak: German, French, Italian and Romansh. Reason? Switzerland comprises of 26 cantons and if we take a look at history, each of these cantons were fully sovereign states and had their own borders, armies, customs and languages. © MensXP Over the years, the government never forced any of the cantons to speak a uniform language, so they continue to retain and speak different languages, which also represents the geographical and cultural boundaries that Switzerland is surrounded by. But, don't be scared since these are not the only languages they can speak. Most people understand and speak in English too. 5. Switzerland Has A Kickass Transportation System Despite being an alpine country and surrounded by lakes and covered in snow for the most part of the year, Switzerland has a kickass transportation system, one of the world's finest actually. Let's be honest, living in Delhi has spoiled me beyond my expectations. I don't think I am the only one in thinking that cabs have made me lazy and privileged. People have stopped walking or taking buses or even metros for that matter. © MensXP Switzerland (even if it was for a week) changed my mindset. The transport is so freaking awesome, that you don't feel the need to take cabs. Also, did I tell you that cabs can be freakishly expensive? From trains, buses, cruise, bicycles to even walking; the systematic timetable connects people with any desired point. © MensXP 6. Swiss People Are VERY Punctual And Organised Swiss people are really punctual, unlike us. If the train or bus is scheduled to leave at 10: 30, it will LEAVE at 10:30 - neither 10:29 nor 10:31. Further, no person crosses roads if the signal is red, irrespective of whether there are any cars or not. Something we can never expect here. No wonder, Swiss people are so fit, despite consuming kilos of cheese and chocolates. 7. The Swiss Love Their Cheese And Chocolates Talking about cheese, can you guess how much cheese does a person in Switzerland consume in a year? 10, 20, or 50 kilos? Well, when I visited a cheese factory, I found there is more to cheese than just parmesan or cheddar and the correct number is 21.4 kilos. Oh, and they eat nearly 12 kilos of chocolate in a year. In fact, wherever I went and whatever I ordered (even if it was just a glass of water), I always got complementary chocolates. They serve chocolates everywhere, even the bed you sleep on will have chocolates kept on it. © MensXP 8. You Can Take Your Pets Literally Anywhere Also, here's something I didn't know about Switzerland but instantly fell in love with. This 'heaven on earth' is very dog-friendly (any pet in general actually). You can take your dog almost everywhere, outdoor cafes, buses, trains, cruise to even some hotels. But, there are some rules and taxes for animals, especially social pets like guinea pigs. © MensXP 9. Drinking Water Everywhere...Even In Your Bathroom Also, it is believed that water in Switzerland (Europe in general) is so clean that people drink water directly from the basin in their bathroom. Umm, coming from India I had a really difficult time adjusting to that fact and the reasons are known to all of us. We are so used to drinking water from water purifiers here, so we can't even imagine heading to the bathroom to take a drink of water. So, I took bottles instead, only to find that there are two types of water people drink there - sparkling and tap. So, when I said mineral water, I got a pack of sparkling water bottles (blame some of it to the language barrier) that has a distinct taste and not everyone likes it. And the water is super expensive there. So if you're fine drinking water from the bathroom, go for it; else make sure you get a bottle of tap water and not sparkling one. © MensXP 10. Switzerland Is Really Safe For Solo Female Travellers Lastly, being a solo woman traveller, safety is something that was a primary concern for me. Surprisingly, travelling alone in a foreign land turned out to be a safer experience for me than travelling within the country. The country is super safe, connectivity is strong and people are friendly, although they prefer that you respect their boundaries. After I came back, my perception of the beautiful country changed. I wasn't in love with Switzerland anymore because of the Bollywood songs or movies shot there. I feel in love with the incredible beauty of Mount Titlis, the picturesque renaissance architecture, the captivating snowfall, the local beverage 'Rivella', the various types of cheese and chocolates, the roads, the transport museum, the snow-capped mountains I saw from the train and everything in between. Thank you Switzerland for teaching and showing things to me I barely knew about, and I look forward to seeing you again.
  2. Protein is known as the king of macronutrients. You will see people ranging from the least informed to the most informed sections of the fitness community stressing on the importance of protein intake. Your gym guru will tell you to eat protein all day and consume boiled chicken and steamed fish for the thin skin whereas an informed coach will give you a particular intake to hit for the day. © Getty Images And there will be some misinformed sections still suggesting that it will make your liver and kidney health go bad. In this piece, I am going to cover some pointers established by the researches and findings by studies done on protein intake in strength athletes, bodybuilders, and healthy population: 1. You need to consume 1.2 to 1.6 grams of protein per kilo of your body weight to retain lean body mass in a normal healthy population and avoid the risk of sarcopenia due to old age. 2. To maximize adaptations to resistance training aka lifting weights, individuals need to consume protein in the range of 1.6 to 2.2 grams per kilo of body weight when not dieting, i.e. eating in a caloric deficit. 3. There is no anabolic window that requires you to run to the locker room and gulp down a protein shake right after your last set. As long as you are eating adequate protein for the day and evenly distributing it in meals, you need not worry about the anabolic window. © Getty Images 4. If your goal is maximal muscle gain, it is a good idea to split your protein intake into meals containing 0.4 to 0.55 grams of protein per kilo of body weight into 4 to 5 meals per day. That means, a daily protein intake of 1.6 to 2.2 grams per kilo of body weight. 5. When eating in a caloric deficit aka dieting, a higher protein intake of 2.3 to 3.1 grams per kilo of Fat-Free Mass (FFM) is suggested to retain maximal lean body tissue or muscle mass. Note that this is fat-free mass and not total body weight. 6. There is no maximum protein your body can digest in a meal. It is always better to split the protein intake into 4 to 5 meals for the day but this frequency can be lower or higher depending on other lifestyle factors. In the end, it comes down to what suits you better. © Getty Images 7. Long-term high-protein diets in the range of 2.4 to 3.3 grams per kilogram of body weight do not have detrimental effects on blood lipids, liver or kidney function in the healthy resistance training population. 8. Athletes on high-protein diets reported more dietary satisfaction, better mood, adherence, and higher muscle retention during a fat loss phase when compared to those on lower protein diets. To Sum It Up: - Protein is not harmful to your kidneys and liver if you are otherwise healthy. - It is better to split your protein intake throughout the day for maximum muscle building. - During a muscle building phase, protein intake of 1.6 to 2.2 grams per kilo of body weight is sufficient. - During a fat loss phase, higher protein intakes in the range of 1.8 to 2.4 grams per kilo of body weight is beneficial. - A higher protein diet is absolutely safe and may have certain benefits in certain situations. References: 1. Phillips SM, et al. Protein "requirements" beyond the RDA: implications for optimizing health. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2016 May;41(5):565-72. 2. Morton RW, et al. A systematic review, meta-analysis and meta-regression of the effect of protein supplementation on resistance-training-induced gains in muscle mass and strength in healthy adults. Br J Sports Med. 2018 Mar;52(6):376-384. 3. Schoenfeld BJ, Aragon AA. How much protein can the body use in a single meal for muscle-building? Implications for daily protein distribution. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2018 Feb 27;15:10. 4. Helms E, et al. A systematic review of dietary protein during caloric restriction in resistance trained lean athletes: a case for higher intakes. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2014 Apr;24(2):127-38. 5. Aragon AA, et al. International society of sports nutrition position stand: diets and body composition. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2017 Jun 14;14:16. 6. Antonio J, et al. A High Protein Diet Has No Harmful Effects: A One-Year Crossover Study in Resistance-Trained Males. J Nutr Metabolism. 2016 Sep 20; 9104792. Author Bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  3. Ronaldo de Assis Moreira aka Ronaldinho is one of the most loved footballers out there and if you ask us, that in itself has to be a great achievement for the athlete. Making a name for himself in his debut at the 1997 FIFA Under-17 World Cup as that kid who dazzled the entire tournament with his drilling skills and tricks, Ronaldinho went on to lead his nation to victory and eternal glory in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The 2005 Ballon d'Or holder has also had numerous club-level championships and individuals honours especially during his years of prime and optimal performance with Barcelona FC, during which he helped the club bag back to back La Liga and Supercopa de Espana trophies in 2005 and 2006 while also winning the UEFA Champions League in 2006. These statistics and numbers are well-documented, so here are five more facts about the Brazilian legend that are little-known: 1. Second Barcelona Player To Be Cheered By Real Madrid Fans The rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid is older than time itself. People of Barcelona don't like Los Blancos and Real fans hate Lionel Messi's face. To put things in perspective, consider the example of Luis Figo who made the grave mistake of moving from Barca to Madrid and got a pig's head thrown at him during an El Clasico encounter in 2000. But all that hate melted away, albeit for a day, when in 2005, Ronaldinho put on a show at the Bernabeu as he scored two of the three goals for his side as Barca won 3-0. His amazing ball control and two great runs with the ball earned him a nod from the Real Madrid fans and Ronaldinho became only the second Barcelona player to get a standing ovation from them after Diego Maradona in 1983. 2. Lost His Coca-Cola Sponsorship For Drinking Pepsi At A Press Conference During his prime, the Brazilian signed a multi-year six-figure deal with the beverage giant Coca-Cola as the company's sporting brand ambassador. Like any other product based deal, an obvious clause about not consuming a different brand's product from the same genre, in public was included. © Yahoo But the athlete was seen drinking Pepsi at one of the press conferences and the decision-makers at Coca-Cola were not happy, thereby taking away the lucrative contract from the star for breach of contract. 3. Scored 23 Goals In A Single Game © Pinterest He was given the nickname 'Ronaldinho' because of the fact that he was often the youngest and smallest player of the team that he used to play for. But why did these teams select such a small kid as a part of their squads? Here's why: As a 13-year-old, he went on to score a total of 23 goals in a local youth league catching the attention of the team selectors ahead of the Under-17 World Cup. Brazil even won the FIFA Under 17 World Championship in 1997. 4. His 2005 Nike Ad Was The First Video To Cross 1 Million Views On YouTube Even if you are not a dedicated football fan, chances are that you have already seen this Nike commercial from 2005. After all, this was probably the very first video that went 'viral' on the net as it crossed the one million mark on YouTube becoming the first video ever to do so. The advert shows Ronaldinho lacing up his new Nike kicks before putting up an amazing display of accuracy and dribbling skills as he shoots the ball at the crossbar four consecutive times without dropping it even once. Sure it seems that the video is doctored (it has to be, right?) but it did break the internet back then. 5. Ran His Own Line Of Condoms Known for trying his best to create awareness about safe *** and HIV/AIDS and how to avoid the disease, Ronaldinho also ran his own line of condoms by the name of '*** Free'. © Facebook/Ronaldinho The range carried the slogan 'EU SOU GALO', which means 'I am Galo'; Galo is the name of the football club Atletico Mineiro for which the Brazilian used to place at the time of the product's launch. Galo, when translated to English, also means a rooster which is also known as 'you know what'.
  4. The real Khiladi of Bollywood, Akshay Kumar, is one of the most versatile actors in the Hindi film industry. Over the years, he has come through as a complete entertainer and has been actively associated with every genre of filmmaking that is to be found on the cards. Be it action, comedy, thriller, or romance, and socially relevant films, you name it and chances are that Akshay already has it in his repertoire. View this post on Instagram Happy Republic Day. It's our #70thRepublicDay but our men have been fighting for the country since time unknown. 122 years ago, 21 Sikhs fought against 10000 invaders. #KESARI is their story, in cinemas on March 21. @parineetichopra #AnuragSingh @karanjohar @apoorva1972 #SunirKheterpal @dharmamovies #CapeOfGoodFilms #AzureEntertainment @zeestudiosofficial A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Jan 26, 2019 at 12:58am PST Professionally, 2018 had turned out to be a highly successful and satisfactory year for Akshay since all three of his releases, 'Padman', 'Gold' and '2.0' performed well at the box office. 2019 is also looking very promising for Akshay with almost five movies scheduled for release. However, it is Akshay's upcoming film 'Kesari' that has been garnering a lot of interest of late, and for all the right reasons too. View this post on Instagram And it's a wrap for #Kesari...a film which swells up my chest with immense pride. Get ready to witness the bravest battle ever fought on 21st March, 2019. âª@parineetichopra @karanjohar @apoorva1972 #AnuragSingh #SunirKheterpal #CapeOfGoodFilms @dharmamovies #AzureEntertainment @zeestudiosofficial A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Dec 16, 2018 at 9:36pm PST Based on the Battle of Saragarhi, 'Kesari' traces the journey of the 21 Sikh soldiers of the 36th Sikh Regiment, who despite being outnumbered, fought against the Afghan army in the 1890s until their last breath. The makers of the film have been releasing the film's promos in parts, and going by the first three promos we can easily tell that the film is going to be epic. The short promos from the film are enough to set us at the edge of our chairs and stir our curiosity about this lesser known event in Indian history. We bring you 5 interesting facts about 'Kesari' ahead of its release. 1. 'Kesari' is based on a real life historical battle that was fought on 12th of September in 1897. The battle pitted 21 Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army against 10,000 Afghan Orakzai tribesmen. 2. Akshay Kumar will be seen essaying the role of Havildar Ishar Singh, who was the leader of the 36th Sikh Regiment, and had the reputation of being a feisty and experienced sergeant. It was under Ishar Singh's leadership that the 20 soldiers decided to answer to the call of duty and lay down their lives for the cause which would eventually save forts of Lokhart and Gulistan from the Afghan enemies. View this post on Instagram Dushman de saahmne jad tak soormeyaan diyaan hikkaan tanndiyaan rehangiyaan, Iss dharti te lohriyaan manndiyaan rehangiyaan!! 36th Sikh Regiment di Saragarhi tukdi vallon sabnu Lohri diyaan bahut bahut vadhaayian! A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Jan 13, 2019 at 3:22am PST 3. Earlier, reports suggested that Lawrence Woodward of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' fame has been roped in to work on the stunts of the film. Akshay will be learning sword fighting and hand-to-hand combat for the action scenes in the film. As per reports, the film has been shot in parts of Mumbai, Wai and Jaipur, where an old-worldly looking set was created for the shoot. 4. Akshay suffered from rib injury on the sets of 'Kesari' during the shoot of a high-octane action scene for the climax. Though Akshay was advised to take a break and return to Mumbai for treatment, Akshay stood by his team and stayed back in Wai to continue shooting, so that the delay doesn't incur any losses to the filmmakers. View this post on Instagram Anytime I watched a war movie, it was the love story of those brave men that kept me going.. so proud to be a part of this epic experience!!! Thank you Akshay sir, Kjo and Anurag sir for allowing me to be a part of your vision. You all have made one of the most beautiful movies people will ever see!! People - Don't miss it on 21st March 2019!!! #KESARI ð¸ð¶ @akshaykumar @karanjohar @dharmamovies @apoorva1972 #AnuragSingh #CapeOfGoodFilms #SunilKheterpal A post shared by Parineeti Chopra (@parineetichopra) on Dec 16, 2018 at 9:28pm PST 5. 'Kesari' marks the Hindi directorial debut for Anurag Singh while it is being produced by Karan Johar's production house Dharma Productions. The film stars Parineeti Chopra opposite Akshay Kumar, and is set to release on March 21.
  5. The 'wink' sensation Priya Prakash Varrier, who became the national crush when her viral video set social media on fire, is back is making headlines again. The pretty actress from Kerala is all set for a dream run as she has been signed up for the upcoming movie 'Takht'. Here are 5 facts we know about the actress: 1. The Malayali sensation is only 18-years-old and is a student at the prestigious Vimala College where she is pursuing B.com. View this post on Instagram ð¥ A post shared by priya prakash varrier (@priya.p.varrier) on Dec 24, 2018 at 4:06am PST 2. Her favourite actor is Ranveer Singh and she always dreamt of working with him and reportedly she has been signed up for 'Takht' which stars Ranveer and Vicky Kaushal in pivotal roles. Talk about dreams turning into reality! View this post on Instagram It's not a dream!Met my favourite @ranveersingh ð¸He's dapper and the energy he has is unmatchable! @itsrohitshetty sir I'm a great fan of your work and would love to be a part of it somedayð¸ Been very fond of you and the dedication you have for cinema since SOTY @varundvn ð¸I don't think there's anything that is to be said about our very own sheila,chikni chameli and everything she's yet to be @katrinakaif ð¸Special thanks to @vickykaushal09 ð¸URI is a must watch! A post shared by priya prakash varrier (@priya.p.varrier) on Jan 14, 2019 at 2:07am PST 3. Her 'wink' made the nation declare her as the 'national crush' and the song from 'Oru Adaar Love' garnered over 9 million views on YouTube, which resulted in Priya gaining up to 6 lakh followers in a single day, which is the highest number after Kylie Jenner and Ronaldo. View this post on Instagram Thank you for all the love and supportð A post shared by priya prakash varrier (@priya.p.varrier) on Feb 9, 2018 at 7:53am PST View this post on Instagram Viral Girl Priya prakash with vicky kaushal at URI screening. . #filmyday #priyaprakash #priyaprakashvarrier #URI #vickykaushal A post shared by F I L M Y D A Y (@filmyday) on Jan 13, 2019 at 2:05am PST 4. Priya is a wonderful singer and is, in fact, trained in Mohiniyattom, a classical dance form. 5. As per reports, the makers of her debut movie spotted her in college and approached her for the project. Well, there's been no looking back for Priya ever since. View this post on Instagram Be you♥ Pc: @ajmal_photography_ A post shared by priya prakash varrier (@priya.p.varrier) on Feb 20, 2018 at 3:17am PST Priya's fans are absolutely excited for her Bollywood debut and with 'Takht' in her kitty, we can't wait to see how she fares on this report card.
  6. Vicky Kaushal starrer 'Uri: The Surgical Strike' has hit the screens today, and it officially marks the beginning of Bollywood releases in 2019. The movie has been gaining a lot of momentum owing to its theme and the film's timing. While some are calling it political propaganda, others are largely moved by the nationalist fervour that the movie represents. The audience has even upheld the movie as an earnest tribute to the Indian Army. © RSVP Movies 'Uri: The Surgical Strike' is based on India's successful surgical attacks of 2016. The plot sheds light on the numerous terrorist attacks that took place on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LOC), which eventually prompted the government to plan the surgical strikes. This jarring historical and militaristic episode forms the basis of Aditya Dhar's 'Uri: The Surgical Strike'. While most of you might already be aware of this, there still remain a few interesting bits you might be unaware of about the Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam and Paresh Rawal starrer. Here are 7 interesting facts about the movie, you probably didn't know about: 1. 'Uri' Is Vicky Kaushal's First Action Movie If you look at Vicky Kaushal's career trajectory so far, you will find that this piece of trivia is as true as it is obvious. Vicky plays the role of Major Vihaan Shergill, the man who executed the surgical strike on the battlefield. Therefore, this also happens to be Vicky's first action movie, and he called it “the most physically demanding film” of his career so far. © RSVP Movies 2. Paresh Rawal's Character In The Film Is Based On A Real Person Paresh Rawal is seen essaying the role of Ajit Doval who happens to be India's National Security Advisor in real life! The man, by the same name, is the real inspiration for Rawal's character and had also formerly been the Director of Intelligence Bureau from 2004 to 2005. 3. Vicky & The Supporting Cast Trained With Army Personnel For Months In an interview, Vicky shared that, “I go to gym and train at the naval base in Cuffe Parade (in Mumbai). Army men help me with training. As of now, they are helping us. I have to gain some weight.” "I am training for five hours every day. Then there is three to four hours of military training, you get to enhance your stamina, go through obstacle training, you are slithering. I am receiving gun training right now," he added. © RSVP Movies Additionally, it was reported that the supporting cast was also trained at Mumbai's Navy Nagar where Army Captains and Majors taught them slithering, use of arms and ammunition, and other drills used by the armed forces. 4. Yami Gautam Plays An Intelligence Officer It is said that Yami underwent a major makeover for her role in the film, where she will be seen as an Intelligence Officer. This will be the first time we see Yami in such a belligerent avatar. Earlier in an interview with The Telegraph, Yami spoke about the complexity of her character and said that she did MMA and strength training for the role. 5. Mohit Raina's Special Appearance Is Set To Make Things Interesting Mohit Raina, who is more popularly known as Lord Shiva from 'Devon Ke Dev: Mahadev', will be seen portraying the role of Captain Karan Kashyap. The few glimpses of the man that people received in the trailer, confirmed that his character shall play an interesting part in the movie. © RSVP Movies 6. A Major Part Of The Movie Was Shot In Serbia While the movie is about militant attacks in Kashmir, the filming of the movie capturing the fights and struggles were shot in Serbia. Apart from the many Serbian locations, some parts have also been shot in Mumbai. 7. Directorial Debut Of National Award Winner Aditya Dhar 'Uri: The Surgical Strike' happens to be the directorial debut of National Award winner Aditya Dhar, who is better known for his short film 'Boond'. © RSVP Movies The 2016 militant attacks in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir were carried out by four armed militants who allegedly belonged to a terror outfit called Jaish-e-Mohammed. The Uri terror attack was declared as one of "the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades". Eleven days after the attack, the Indian Army announced that it has successfully carried out retaliatory surgical strikes on the launch pads being used by militants in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. 'Uri: The Surgical Strike' has tried to recreate the sequence of events of the attack in the film, and bring the larger story related to the strike to its audience.
  7. One of Bollywood's most anticipated movies of 2019 'Kalank', boasts of a loaded star-cast, besides a plot that has been most successfully kept under wraps. The film stars some of Bollywood's most popular actors such as Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt, besides many other prominent faces from the industry. © Dharma Productions While tabloids have often tried to unearth the plot of the movie, the makers have ensured that no crucial detail related to it makes its way beyond the film's set. Yet, there are a few interesting facts that have made their way into the public arena, and we've got them all for you here: 1. The plot of the movie was conceptualised by Yash Johar along with his son and producer of the film, Karan Johar almost 15 years ago! 2. Sridevi had been initially signed up to play the role of courtesan Ishmat in the film. Post her sudden demise, the role will now be portrayed by Madhuri Dixit. 3. Part of the story is set in Old Delhi, for which a special set was created in Mumbai's Film City. The set reported cost Rs. 15 crores! View this post on Instagram JASHN - 2 children with a serious man . very difficult to get our maker to be part of any picture. Wrap of another sched as now I got a big action set piece for #kalank coming up A post shared by Varun Dhawan (@varundvn) on Nov 3, 2018 at 1:55am PDT 4. The filmmakers reportedly signed up 500 backup dancers for the film, and an introductory song featuring Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Kiara Advani has already been filmed. 5. Varun Dhawan recently gave away this detail about the film during an online banter with Sonakshi Sinha on Instagram. Varun who is said to be playing Kapur's brother in the film called Sonakshi 'bhabi' on the photo-sharing platform. Which kind of confirms that Sonakshi Sinha might be playing Aditya Roy Kapur's love interest in the film. 6. During an interaction with ZoomTV.com Sanjay Dutt revealed some details related to the storyline of the film. He said that “It's an emotional film about two families. Basically, it's more of a drama. It's more about values and characters and it's an interesting film.” View this post on Instagram #KALANK x Kargil schedule wrapped. âï¸ âï¸ âï¸. Ps - these aren't the clothes we are wearing in the film. A post shared by Varun Dhawan (@varundvn) on Oct 12, 2018 at 7:14am PDT 7. Apart from a loaded star cast, the movie also features a very strong lineup of playback singers. It is believed that Guru Randhawa, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, Neha Bhasin, Kailash Kher, Arijit Singh, Siddharth Mahadevan, Papon, and Sukhwinder Singh have been confirmed for the movie. 8. The movie will bring together Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit as an onscreen couple after 21 years since the release of 'Mahaanta' in 1997. 9. The movie is believed to be set in the 1940s and might have a Pakistan connect. During his time, Yash Johar had spent a lot of time researching the 1940s era and even travelled to Lahore to get a better understanding of creating a Pakistan from the 40s. View this post on Instagram End of a crazy sched team #kalank. This has to be the most hard working team I have ever worked with. Day night these boys and girls have given their life so I can shine bright on screen. @abhivarman just smiling cause he thinks I'm craY and @aliaabhatt with zero sleep and an Injury giving her 100 percent #teamkalank. We coming to u in 2019 get ready. April 19 th. Also I got my #pizza A post shared by Varun Dhawan (@varundvn) on Nov 23, 2018 at 4:53am PST 10. 'Kalank' would be one of the two-period films that Sanjay Dutt will be a part of next year. The other one being 'Panipat'. The movie is set to release on 19th April 2019, and going by the works, it seems like all the mysterious vibes it's creating is just the right kind of hype for the movie. With a great director and awesome producers backing the film, along with an envious star cast, we totally expect the film to be a super hit release of 2019.
  8. When we were kids and in school, we had one monumental day dedicated to us. We never understood why we celebrated Children's Day back in school, except for the fact that it was Chacha Nehru's birthday. Even so, we never figured why it was called Children's Day. Until, of course, we learnt an unknown fact about Jawaharlal Nehru and about how he loved kids. © Twitter India's first Prime Minister, Nehru designed most of India's foreign policies and he initiated a lot of foreign trade in his tenure. Known as the architect of the modern Indian nation-state, he administered the masses with the Indian National Congress. The year India got her Independence, he was the first person to hoist the Indian flag at the Red Fort. Not only did he steer an entire nation's ideology towards an absolute Independent India, but he was also a remarkable leader in his time too. So, on an account of his birthday, here are some lesser known or unknown facts about him which you probably didn't know already! (1) 1.5 Million People Gathered To Witness His Cremation He died from a massive heart attack on 27th May 1964. A huge number of people gathered to witness his cremation because he was truly loved by everyone. It was one of the largest gatherings of people, the first being Gandhi's cremation. © Twitter (2) He Penned His Autobiography In Prison It's a known fact that when political prisoners are sent to prison, their medium to communicate is through writing and so Nehru too wrote an autobiography called 'Towards freedom' in 1935, which was then published in 1936 in the USA. © Twitter (3) He Had An 'Affair' With An Englishwoman It is said that Nehru fell hard for Edwina Mountbatten, the then wife of Lord Mountbatten, who was an appointed viceroy on Nehru's recommendation. We don't know though if they shared a platonic, romantic or a sexual relationship but they definitely had a strong bond and used to write numerous letters to each other. © Twitter (4) He's Believed To Be The Main Cause Of Partition It is rumoured that during the time when India got her independence, both Jinnah and Nehru wanted to become the Prime Minister and when Nehru didn't give up his seat, Jinnah demanded a separate land and rights for Muslims and hence, Pakistan was born. © Twitter (5) He Was A Chain Smoker He was fond of smoking and would often smoke cigarettes, which we believe made him a chain smoker. His favourite brand was 555 cigarettes and he wouldn't go anywhere without them! © YouTube (6) He Was A Great Historian He had a very deep understanding and knowledge of Indian history and he often projected that through the books he wrote. One of the books he wrote titled 'Discovery of India' was the inspiration behind the famous show 'Bharat Ek Khoj', which shows glimpses of prehistoric Indian history up until independent India. © Penguin (7) There Were Multiple Assassination Attempts On Him There were 4 assassination attempts on Nehru. The first one was during partition in 1947, the second one was by a rickshaw-puller in 1955, the third one in Mumbai in 1956 and the fourth on in 1961. © Twitter (8) He Wrote The Article 44 Of The Indian Constitution Article 44, which forms the basis of secularism in India, was written by Nehru. He wanted to make India an absolute secular nation by doing away with all and any religious taboos. © Twitter (9) He Never Wore Western Attire Nehru always donned Indian attire to support the freedom struggle. He was a big advocate for Khadi, just like Gandhi. His tailor Mohammed Umer's shop got burnt during the riots. Nehru helped him rebuild his shop again and that's where the famous 'Nehru Jackets' were made for Nehru. © Twitter (10) His Grandfather Was The Last Kotwal Of Delhi Very few people know this, but Nehru has a deep seeded connection with Delhi. His grandfather, Gangadhar Pandit served as the last Kotwal of Delhi, before the 1857 war. He later moved to Agra with his family in 1861. © Twitter So, how many facts did you actually know about the longest serving Prime Minister of India? He was fierce, he was kind and benevolent and believed in utmost tolerance be it religious or cast based. He tried to eradicate the archaic caste system and religious taboos from our county. Every birthday he'd pick a school or two and go celebrate his birthday with kids and spread the cheer everywhere. One of the best Prime Ministers India has seen, Nehru was a legacy on his own and he'll forever go down in history as India's first change maker.
  9. November is here, and if you're aware of global trends related to men's fashion and health, you already know that it is as much the month of men's facial hair as it is the month of festivities. No Shave November as well as Movember (often used interchangeably) are here, and the world will start seeing glorious beards and moustaches everywhere, at least for a month. Movember is an intriguing phenomenon, and here are 8 facts about it that will make you want to not shave for a month. 1. Contrary to popular belief, Movember did not start in America. It started in Australia in 2003, when a couple of Australian men wondered why men don't grow facial hair, especially moustaches anymore. © Movember 2. Movember and No-Shave-November are not the same thing, even though they are often used interchangeably. The Movember organization raises and donates the money to programs related to prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men's mental health issues. On the other hand, the No-Shave November movement encourages men (and women) to donate the money they would have otherwise spent on shaving-related products and services to the American Cancer Society. © L'Oreal 3. Movember might just be perceived as a fad by some, but it has raised some serious money. It has raised more than $769 Million, internationally. © Unsplash 4. Movember participants are called 'Mo Bros' and 'Mo Sistas'. Yes, women are allowed to participate in Movember as well. © Unsplash 5. The first Movember received a lot of flak. Co-founder Adam Garone recollects facing hostile work environment, his ex hating the moustache, and parents of young children giving him disapproving looks. © Unsplash 6. Four million moustaches have been grown because of Movember, since the inception. © Unsplash 7. Movember, of course, is celebrated and looked up to because of the joy of giving, but one can win amazing prizes too, in the official competitions. © Unsplash 8. Movember used to have its own condom sponsor. The super catchy slogan read: 'Cover your lip, cover your tip.' © Unsplash
  10. If you tell me that you haven't watched 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' even once, or secretly relate to one of the characters, probably sang 'Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aayi' for someone and have not danced to 'Saajan Ji Ghar Aaye' as a kid, I simply refuse to believe you. The movie gave wings to a lot of teenage dreams of love, romance and friendship. It's kind of hard to believe that the movie is celebrating its 20th anniversary today and social media is abuzz with nostalgia. I can't believe it's been #20YearsOfKKHH ! A film that gave me love ,acceptance and a career....will always be eternally grateful to @KajolAtUN @iamsrk #rani and @BeingSalmanKhan for indulging a 25 years old boy with stars in his eyes! Thank you for all the loveâ¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/xm3RGVOneI — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) October 16, 2018 So, while we douse ourselves with nostalgia, here's a list of 6 lesser-known facts about the movie that holds a special place in all our hearts: 1. Rani Mukherji was just 19-years-old and she was not the original choice for the role. Karan Johar wrote the role for Twinkle Khanna, whose real name is Tina. © Instagram 2. Salman Khan's role was offered to Saif Ali Khan who turned it down. 3. Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan were the only choices for playing Rahul and Anjali when Karan Johar planned 'KKHH'. They had promised him that they'd work in his movie while the trio was working on 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge'. © Twitter 4. The movie was inspired by Archie Comics. SRK's character was based on Archie, Rani was Veronica and Betty was essayed by Kajol of course. Anupam Kher's character was based on principal Weatherbee. © Twitter 5. The list of celebs who made an appearance in the movie include Manish Malhotra, Farah Khan, Geeta Kapoor, Nikhil Advani (who directed 'Kal Ho Na Ho' ) and Neelam Kothari. © Dharma productions 6. KJo initially wanted to dub Rani's voice since he thought it was too husky but went ahead with it (a good decision we say!). Besides making me feel very old right now, the only thing running in my mind, as I type this, is the title song. The movie might remind you of a lost love, first crush or your best friend, so make sure you watch it today on its glorious anniversary!
  11. Losing fat isn't rocket science, but it sure does take a lot of heart and will to completely transform the body. Just like we keep the sugar coating away at MensXP Health, this article lists out 5 truths about a person's fat loss journey. 1) It Takes Time Heard the saying that good things take time? This holds especially true when it comes to dieting and achieving low levels of body fat. The process is not that quick. All those 6-weeks to shred or 12-week transformation programs do not really work. At least not in the long term! You may end up losing a lot of body fat during this time if you resort to extreme measures, but these so-called transformations won't stick. © Thinkstock 2) You Will Lose Some Of Your Lean Body Mass Not too good to read, I know. But as your diet progresses and you get leaner and leaner, some of your lean body mass will be lost. The speed of your fat loss will also determine lean body mass losses. The faster you try to strip your body fat/weight off, all the more lean body mass would be lost. That is because it is easier for your body to break down muscle tissue for energy when energy intake (calories) is severely restricted. 3) Your Energy Levels Will Be Lower As your caloric intake would be restricted, your body will do its best to save as much energy as it can. That is because your body sees your fat loss diet as a starvation signal and adapts accordingly. The survival mechanism will kick in and your body will reduce its energy expenditure both consciously and sub-consciously. This means, making you a bit lazier and subconsciously making decisions like taking the elevator instead of the stairs. Not moving from the chair for longer hours during work and so on. © Pixabay 4) There Will Be Progress Plateaus Getting to single digits of body fat is not smooth sailing. There will be periods of stalls and plateaus during your diet and these are the most testing periods. This will be the time, when you will be tested and will find yourself asking if it really is worth the effort? It will suck seeing those plateaus and your mental resolve will be tested to a very great extent during this phase. 5) Tracking Will Become All The More Important The measures that are relatively unimportant during the beginning of your fat loss journey will soon become all the more important as you keep progressing. Bodybuilding or achieving body fat levels of bodybuilders or physique athletes is hard. As you get leaner, all those tiny details like food measures to the accurate gram, cooking oil to the gram, tracking of calories, tracking of body weight, tracking of measurements, tracking of daily steps walked for your NEAT levels, etc. will hold a lot of importance. 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.
  12. We all grew up watching 'FRIENDS' and it never gets old. Every time you're in a dilemma about what to watch, or you just want to watch something while having dinner, or you simply need to zone out for some time, 'FRIENDS' is the answer. You can just start watching any random episode and it would never disappoint. Some of us have watched it so many times, that we can remember every single line from the show. But still, there are certain facts about the series which might still be unknown to you. Here are 10 interesting facts about the iconic show, that may come as a surprise to you: 1. Four Six © Warner Bros The main cast of 6 was initially meant to be of 4. In the early stages, Chandler & Phoebe were supposed to be just the supporting cast. Whatever the reason was to include these two in the main cast, we're glad it happened! 2. The Unfair Emmy Courteney Cox, aka Monica, was the only regular cast member who didn't get nominated for an Emmy. This was as bizarre as Joey-Rachel's relationship! 3. The 'Scientist Guy' Joey Hank Azaria, the guy who played the role of Phoebe's scientist boyfriend David, tried twice for the role of Joey. Thankfully, the casting team had a better taste and they chose Matt LeBlanc instead. 4. The Theme Song How many of you clap your hands along with the theme song? Initially, the theme song selected for the show was “Shiny Happy People” by REM. The show was named 'Friends Like Us' back then but eventually, it became F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and we got a new theme song with it. 5. The Gay Chandler Writers initially thought to make Chandler gay. In fact, when Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox read the script for the first time, they thought Chandler was gay. They even admitted thinking Chandler was gay on the show. 6. The Blunder Ellen DeGeneres turned down the role of Phoebe. Can you imagine? 7. Ross's Monkey © Warner Bros Marcel, the monkey, was actually played by two monkeys named Katie and Monkey. 8. Courteney Cox As Rachel? Producers offered Courteney the role of Rachel. But Courteney thought she was better suited for Monica, as she could easily relate to the character. 9. David Schwimmer, The Man! David Schwimmer was the first to be cast in the show. In fact, writers wrote the role of Ross keeping David in mind. Talk about popularity, eh? 10. Ross and Rachel WERE off the table The see-sawing romance of Ross & Rachel wasn't supposed to be the centre of the show. However, seeing their on-screen chemistry and the love of the audience for the couple, the show was developed in such a way, that their relationship was often under the spotlight. And that's how we got the iconic 'I got off the plane' dialogue! So, which one of these came as the biggest surprise for you? Was it Chandler originally being a gay character, or Courteney Cox being offered the role of Rachel? Let us know in the comment section.
  13. We've heard the wise say that life is unpredictable, but what they did not tell us was that this isn't just true about our life's final moments, but can even be applied to the most mind-blowing moments we live to experience in life. © Instagram This is the reason why every philosopher tells us to live in the moment and make the most of it. While we are busy tapping on our phones, clicking selfies or bending our fingers on a laptop at work, there are people who are taking this advice seriously and charging ahead with their hearts set on doing the right thing, by doing what they do best. This is the story about one of India's raging superstars, rapper Divine aka Vivian Fernandes from Mumbai who went from being a backstreet “gully” performer to a world-class rapper with an ardent fan following both in India and abroad. © Instagram His journey from being Vivian to Divine is a testimony that luck shines on those who dare to follow their heart and work hard. His rise to fame is nothing short of magnificent with his videos crossing the million mark within 24-hours of releasing. His songs are tales from the streets of Mumbai and range from satirical, autobiographical confessionals to rage anthem for an entire generation, that can instantly relate to the realities presented through his lyrics that talk about the city, its people and numerous other societal elements such as corruption and poverty. © Instagram Here is a 17-point guide to Divine's rise from being an underground rapper to an international performer. 1. Born Vivian Fernandes, Divine is a resident of JB Nagar in Andheri East. He had an abusive father who abandoned them due to which his mother moved to the Gulf to feed the family. He and his elder brother have been brought up by their grandmother. 2. He is a product of St. John Evangelist High School, Marol and RD National College. During his formative years as an aspiring artist, he used to play 'fillers' during college shows. © Instagram 3. Divine got hooked to the music created by Eminem and 50 Cent when a friend once gave him a CD. Inspired, he would labour over verses for hours after school. 4. His stage name is inspired by the peace he felt during his visits to the church in Marol with his grandmother. The Indian Express once quoted him, “when I began to rap, I called myself DIVINE. No other name came to mind”. 5. He started out as an underground rapper in 2011 and was a part of a hip-hop crew called Mumbai's Finest. © Instagram He became popular with his home-made YouTube video 'Yeh Mera Bombay', shot on the streets of his gully, in 2013. The video broke new grounds and received the best video of the year award from Rolling Stone India in 2014. 6. Mainstream success finally knocked on his door in 2015 when social media blew up following his collab with another Mumbai-based rapper Naezy for a track they composed together called 'Mere Gully Mein'. 7. In 2016, Divine launched his solo single 'Jungli Sher' which is a defiant anthem about growing up a broken family with limited means. The video became an instant hit on social media. © Instagram 8. He collaborated with DJ Nucleya in 'Jungle Raja' on Nucleya's album 'Bass Rani'. The track 'Jungle Raja' won 'Best EDM Track Of The Year' 2015 at the GIMA Awards. 9. Divine caught Sony Music India's attention during the Blue Frog Festival in 2014 and went on to launch his smashing debut single 'Jungli Sher' under Sony. 10. On 16 February 2017 he released his second single 'Farak' that topped the Indipop chart on iTunes India and collaborated with numerous artists such as Deep Jandu and Gangis Khas for ' Daru Daru' and India-American rapper and songwriter Raja Kumari for 'City Slums'. © Instagram 11. His big Bollywood debut came with the song 'Paintra' in collaboration with Nucleya, for the movie 'Mukkabaaz' that released on 1 December 2017. 12. January 2018 saw Divine's remix of Lil Pump's 'Gucci Gang' go viral. In March he collaborated with singer and music director Amit Trivedi for Irrfan Khan starrer 'Blackmail' on the song 'Badla'. 13. Amongst the many highs Divine has seen so far in 2018, the most special would be the release of his first single 'One Side' from his debut EP through his own label Gully Gang Records. © Instagram 14. The next big thing for the star was producing the soundtrack for 'Sacred Games' called 'Kaam-25' along with music producer Phenom. 15. Divine is one of the very rare rappers who has performed with a complete band featuring names like Randolph Correia, Jai Row Kavi and The Spindoctor, with between 5,000 and 15,000 people in attendance. 16. He was the first Hindi rapper to appear on BBC Asian Network's 'Fire in the Booth' with British DJ Charlie Sloth. © Instagram 17. Inspired by his life story and achievements, Zoya Akhtar decided to make a movie on the lives of upcoming hip-hop singer and rappers in Mumbai. The film called 'Gully Boy' is set to release on 14th February 2019 with Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead. Bhai @ranveersingh slaying Jungli sher like a boss! ð¥ð¯â¤ï¸ðð½#GullyGang #Guttaflow #GullyBoy #VoiceOfTheStreets A post shared by D I V I N E (GULLYGANG) (@vivianakadivine) on Sep 7, 2017 at 5:48am PDT There, we laid it all out for you but there still remains one detail about the rapper that we haven't shared with you. © Instagram Even after attaining so much success and fame, Divine is a humble and rooted guy who won't miss a call from his mother under any circumstance. Why? Because he says, “ My mother's love means the world to me, so I often bring it up in my music.”
  14. Moustaches are not only considered to be the ultimate symbol of virility in cultures around the world, but they have evolved into major fashion accessories - if you will. From Ranveer Singh's wicked handlebar to John Abraham's swanky pornstache, moustaches are making a major comeback and for good reason. They have always been fascinating, and if that wasn't enough, here we have compiled a list of 10 strange facts about them that will keep you scratching your head. Or your moustache. © Twitter 1. Moustache hair grows faster than any other body hair. © Twitter 2. Cops in Madhya Pradesh get a slight upgrade in their pay if they sport a moustache. © Twitter 3. In a deck of cards, the only king to not sport a moustache is the King of Hearts. © Twitter 4. In Nevada, US, it is illegal to kiss if you have a moustache. (What?) © Twitter 5. Ram Singh Chauhan from Rajasthan is the proud owner of the world's longest moustache. It is 14 feet long, and he has been growing it since 1982. © Twitter 6. On an average, men with moustaches touch it about 750 times in a day. © Twitter 7. Moustache transplant is a legit thing. You can get it done in India for a hefty amount of around Rs 3 lakhs. © Twitter 8. Babies grow moustaches in the womb, and then eat them. (We realize you were doing perfectly well without having known this fact, sorry.) © Twitter 9. A moustache is pretty absorbent, and can soak up to 20 percent of its own weight as a liquid. © Twitter 10. Studies show that having a moustache can actually have amazing health benefits, because depending on their length and thickness, it can reduce exposure to sun significantly - thereby reducing cancer risk. © Twitter
  15. If you live on social media, then you already know who YouTube sensation Bhuvan Bam is. Famously known as BB ki Vines, 24-year-old Bhuvan is famous for his hilarious and satirical takes in his videos. The man is extremely talented and a true millennial at heart. © Instagram He rules YouTube and his videos manage to garner millions of views within hours. And what makes him a powerhouse is the fact that he has set his empire with zero production cost. No, we ain't kidding! “Yeh tohfe hain jo apno se mile hain, Humein gairon se koi bhi gila nahin” -Sajjad Ali A post shared by Bhuvan Bam Official (@bhuvan.bam22) on Aug 18, 2018 at 5:02am PDT The man shoots on his terrace, using the same wall and background but just switching the characters, as per his videos. While people expand and often tend to grow their team with fame, he is a one-man army. From shooting, scripting, brain-storming, to production and feature, he does anything and everything himself. I caught up with him for a quick chat and Bhuvan revealed 10 things about him that make him sound just like any other millennial, which is basically most of us. What made you start BB Ki Vines? BB: It was out of pure passion. I always wanted to be an entertainer, either music or comedy. And I did this. What do you love to eat? BB: Seafood is hands down my favourite food! I got wings ð§ð½‍âï¸ðð« . . ð¸: @tusharmahajanofficial A post shared by Bhuvan Bam Official (@bhuvan.bam22) on Jul 22, 2018 at 7:26am PDT Favourite sport and sportsman? BB: Cricket and it has to be MS Dhoni. What made you pick the name 'BB ki Vines'? BB: I Started with FB and Vine was a popular culture. Ended up taking the name from there unintentionally. BB is my initials, Bhuvan Bam. Hence, BB's Vines = BB Ki Vines. “Sochta hoon uska dil kabhi mujhpe aaye toh” ðð𤪠. . ð¸: @tusharmahajanofficial @storyofspaces A post shared by Bhuvan Bam Official (@bhuvan.bam22) on Jul 30, 2018 at 9:16am PDT Your biggest phobia in the world BB: Water bodies. What do you love the most? BB: Peace of mind. A ðny day..ð´ A post shared by Bhuvan Bam Official (@bhuvan.bam22) on Aug 3, 2018 at 3:56am PDT One moment that changed your life? BB: Getting mobbed at a metro station. Made me realise the game has changed. Your turn-over? BB: Dusro ki thaali mein nahi jhaakte (laughs) Raahi ð£ð¶ð»‍âï¸ . . ð·: @rohitonweb A post shared by Bhuvan Bam Official (@bhuvan.bam22) on Jun 23, 2018 at 2:17am PDT The most expensive things you own? BB: My YouTube subscribers. The game you love the most? BB: I love playing FIFA on my PS.
  16. Always remember, to be sexually attractive to a woman, display the personality traits within you, which they're naturally attracted to. If you come off as confident, funny, charming and charismatic, women are naturally drawn towards your personality. It's a given. But if you're dull, boring, socially withdrawn and shy most times, they'll never give you a second a look. Let's just say, if you're afraid to be yourself, she's afraid to get to know you. © Pinterest There are a few ways you can make yourself sexually and otherwise appealing to women. A few not-so-known-ways, which trigger the subconscious mind of a woman, making her think and do things on an instinct. Nope, don't get me wrong, these are not mind-games but instinctively natural ways to draw her towards you. Here are 3 unknown ways to attract any woman, sexually and otherwise with your personality: 1. Your Masculinity Is The Biggest Turn On If a woman interacts with a guy who knows what he wants and behaves in a 'masculine' way, she can't help but be sexually attracted towards him. But if you come off as guarded and shy or lacking in confidence, she'll definitely think you're not masculine enough for her taste. How is masculinity important? By masculinity, I don't mean you have to be buffed up and do the utmost manly things to impress her. By that, I mean having your ambition in place and knowing what you want to do and be in life and not being aimless or shying away from rising up and reaching your own potential. I mean, to have control over your life and doing what you love with utmost dedication. © Pexels 2. Women Are Turned On By The Strength Of A Man Women are naturally attracted to the strength in men and not their weakness. By that, I don't mean that a man needs to have a strong body with his muscles intact. It means that a strong man gives a woman a sense of protection and safety. It's an age-old belief that women find a mate based on their survival instincts so that they can procreate with him, in a safer environment. If she feels you can make her feel safe with your strength, she'll be instantly attracted to you, sexually. Men who display wimp-like characteristics don't make it to her attraction quotient at all. Men work on a different theory. For a man, if a woman is not as attractive as he'd like her to be, he wouldn't consider being with her because she contradicts the benefits of breeding an offspring through her. On the other hand, women don't go for looks as much as the strength of a man and his ability to guard and protect her, throughout her life. © Pexels 3. Alpha Males VS The Rest Human beings are like animals in a lot of ways. The process of selecting a mate to procreate with is very similar to that of animals. A lioness will always pick the strongest and the most alpha lion from the pack to breed with. It's a given. For her, he represents the best chances of survival, where he can fight any threat to protect her. It's a very innate need for a female lioness. No, women do not look for a mate who can beat up any other person just to protect her and be strong. She, in fact, looks for inner strength and emotional strength of a man, that he can display in a complex human dynamic, he's surrounded with. So, if you come off as a lower ranked male than an alpha male, there are chances, she won't find you attractive at all. But if you have the strength and courage, both emotionally and mentally to show her that you can take care of her (although she can take care of herself), subconsciously, of course, then you've definitely got her attention. © Pexels These are the three simple yet unknown facts about attracting any woman, sexually towards a man and if you can build on these, then you can get any woman, in and out of bed!
  17. When Bollywood biggies gather to discuss a few important things, it's hard to imagine the knowledge that's being exchanged. They're probably talking about their next big release, an upcoming airport outfit or well — women. Because that's what men usually do. But if Bollywood's men's footwear trends are any indication, Balenciaga's Triple S sneakers are probably a part of the discussion too. From Diljit Dosanjh, Karan Johar to even Bad Boy Shah (AKA Badshah), these ugly, clunky shoes now a part of famous Indian wardrobes and are spotted on quite a few occasions. But what are these kicks, what the hell do they look like and what makes them so dope; here's everything you need to know: © Footwear News 1. Triple S — a unisex range of ugly, dad-like sneakers — was launched at Balenciaga's F/W'17 runway by Demna Gvasalia, originally the designer of 'Vetements' and alternatively, now the brand-new Creative Director of Balenciaga. This was Gvasalia's first step towards bringing a fresh perspective towards the brand's sneaker catalog, which he describes as 'heavy-duty, high fashion-spec footwear'. 2. The first edition of the Triple S range kicks was launched in 2016, with a retail price of $795 (approx. Rs. 54,692). Over time, as the demand for the pair increased, the price of it on StockX.com drastically increased; reaching about $1,200 at times (approx. Rs. 82,566). © Instagram/Viral Bhayani 3. Each Triple S pair features a triple-stacked sole that's almost two inches tall, suede/leather/mesh trims, a variety of colourways and falls right under the trend of 'Dadcore'. Basically representing, that the most ordinary, big (AKA ugly) kicks our dads have sworn by for decades, are now officially cool (with a big style upgrade, of course). 4. The tongue of the Triple S kicks is our favourite aspect. Besides boasting of the Triple S logo, it also features the shoe sizing as well as a unique bar code (a one-of-a-kind detail for luxury sneakers). The laces are hiking shoes-inspired, the upper is straight off a running shoe, © Footwear News 5. While the first few Triple S' had blaring Balenciaga branding on the trims, over time, it has been replaced by just a very small tag, making way for a lot more details on the pair and brand-new colour ways. Says a lot about the brand's way forward with the Triple S range! 6. While most Triple S kicks feature 2-3 tones/shades/colours (all in a shoe), they also come in the form of a 50/50 colourway (that will be launched soon). For example, one half of the shoe would be black, grey, cream and yellow in colour and the other half would completely contrasting (a blue, red and green). © Nice Kicks 7. The soles used to create a Triple S pair, are a mix of the moulds of Balenciaga's running, basketball and track shoes and in general, are padded very heavily. Giving birth to the big, over-sized nature of the sneakers. 8. According to reports, thanks to the advent of the Triple S, Balenciaga is now the fastest growing luxury brand with this product catalog, even surpassing the biggest giants like Gucci in 2018.
  18. Beards are majestic. Well, probably not all of them, but to their proud owners, they always are. The fact that facial hair can have so much allure and mystique associated with it is strange in itself, not to mention the frenzy around it and the meteoric rise of the 'beard gang' phenomenon over the years. Here, we have compiled a list of 10 super weird facts about beards that will surely make you go 'WTF?' Read on! 1. Clean shaven men, as compared to bearded men, are three times more likely to carry harmful bacteria on their face. Next time your parents tell you to get rid of that dope beard, tell them it's doctor recommended. 2. Historically, beards have been regarded as the symbol of knowledge and wisdom. Rightfully so, we say, because look at the brightest minds such as Shakespeare, Socrates, Galileo, Plato, or Vincent Van Gogh - all of them had beards. © Twitter 3. In the early '60s, the CIA came up with a conspiracy to tarnish Fidel Castro's public image by making his beard fall out chemically. (What?) They failed. 4. If you have pollen or dust allergies, start sporting a beard. It will help you. It has been proven, medically. 5. Abraham Lincoln was the first US President to have sported a beard. He grew it, because an 11-year-old girl wrote to him and advised him that he would look better with a beard because he has a thin face. Who knew 11-year-olds are that intelligent? © Twitter 6. In the middle ages, it was considered offensive to touch another man's beard. You'd have to duel, as a repercussion. Good times, huh? 7. When the Romans were ruling, beards used to be taxed. One actually required a special beard license to sport a beard. Someone in power was super jealous and couldn't grow a beard, clearly, we say. © Twitter 8. The International Boxing Association had a rule, according to which amateur boxers with beards were prohibited from competing. Again, what? © Twitter 9. Statistically, after a man grows a beard for the first time, most of the compliments he receives will be from his male friends. Bro-ship FTW. © Twitter 10. As opposed to the popular myth, shaving does not cause your beard to grow back thicker. It just looks like it did, because it takes time for the hair end to grow tapered at the ends, and it appears darker because it hasn't yet been exposed to a lot of sunlight or natural elements.
  19. Sridevi's demise has left a hollow place in Bollywood that no one can fill, but her elder daughter Janhvi Kapoor is all set to walk in her mother's footsteps and take the center stage. Taking her mother's legacy forward, Janhvi is all set to make her Bollywood debut opposite Ishaan Khatter in the upcoming movie 'Dhadak'. © Twitter As we prepare ourselves to be floored by her raw performance, we bring you some lesser known facts about the gorgeous starlet: 1. She Rejected A Movie Alongside South Superstar Mahesh Babu © Twitter Before Janhvi signed 'Dhadak', she was offered a Telugu movie directed by AR Murugadoss, alongside popular actor Mahesh Babu. However, Janhvi wasn't entirely ready at the time and wanted to be fully prepared before she came in front of the camera. 2. Why She Lost 'Simmba' To Sara Ali Khan? © Twitter Ranveer Singh's upcoming movie 'Simmba' has been creating quite a buzz in B-town. Ever since the official poster was launched, people were wondering who the female lead would be, and later it was revealed that Sara Ali Khan would star opposite Ranveer. Turns out, the script was narrated to both Janhvi and Sara, but Janhvi allegedly made a premature announcement that she is being considered for the project, which resulted in her losing the role to Sara. 3. Why She Deleted All Her Instagram Pictures? M ðºðð¼ A post shared by Janhvi Kapoor (@janhvikapoor) on May 8, 2018 at 2:46am PDT For a very long time, the actress kept her account private until it became public a few months ago. While talking to a magazine, she revealed that she deleted all her pictures when she was asked to make her account 'public'. At present, she has 1.9 million followers and the number keeps growing by the day. 4. Alleged Relationship with Akshat Ranjan © Twitter Nothing much is known about Akshat Ranjan's alleged relationship with Janhvi Kapoor. Some believe they are childhood friends, while some say they have been dating each other for quite some time now. He was spotted with Janhvi's family at Gauri Shinde's 'Dear Zindagi' screening. On Janhvi's birthday, Akshat also posted a picture on Instagram with her where she replied saying 'ILY'. It is said that she shares everything about her day with Akshat, as he is sort of her 'support system'. 5. Where Did She Study? A post shared by Janhvi Kapoor (@janhvikapoor) on Jul 2, 2018 at 3:16am PDT Before kick-starting her Bollywood career, Janhvi ensured she completed her education. She is a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, Los Angeles, USA. 6. Love For Exploring New Places A post shared by Janhvi Kapoor (@janhvikapoor) on Jul 30, 2017 at 7:45am PDT Janhvi loves travelling. She is very passionate about exploring different places around the globe, and exotic locations top her list of places to visit. 7. Sridevi Didn't Want Janhvi To Be An Actress © Twitter The late Sridevi never wanted Janhvi to opt for acting. In fact, she even said that she would prefer getting her married than seeing her acting. However, like mother like daughter. Janhvi had always nurtured the dream of being an actress and finally, Sridevi came around with her decision.
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