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  1. One thing we know for sure about Rajkummar Rao is that he has not only limited his world to acting but is an explorer on the fashion front as well. Apart from his stellar performances, he has aced different trends with absolute panache. © Viral Bhayani It's not just his outfits that garner attention but Rajkummar's contemporary choices when it comes to his sneakers is unmissable. Recently, he made heads turn yet again wearing sneakers that looked like they were stolen from Super Mario. Here, take a look: © Viral Bhayani © Onitsuka Tiger © Onitsuka Tiger © Onitsuka Tiger The Stree actor is wearing sneakers by Onitsuka Tiger. These shoes have an updated feature of soft leather upper with a dual overlay of synthetic leather. Further, these sneakers have a streamlined silhouette with spiked rubber sole. The bold aesthetics of this one make them appear like they were inspired by Super Mario's colour palette. These sneakers do look like they have a heavy price tag but surprisingly they are available in India for Rs 11,000. These sneakers are also your best bet on the jogging track, btw! © Viral Bhayani As for the rest of his outfit, Rajkummar wore a funky sweatshirt with black pants. The outfit sure looks relaxed but his sneakers took it a notch higher. This is the definition of eccentric. Well done, Rajkummar.
  2. Former Indian cricketer and currently a Parliament member, Gautam Gambhir has won million hearts on the internet today. While politicians across the country manage to earn a dubious reputation where the public questions their morals and doubt their public service capacity, Gautam has proved he is not that kind of a politician. When he found that a 6-year-old Pakistani girl Omaima Ali and her parents were struggling to get her a medical visa for a heart surgery in Delhi, he decided to go all out and do whatever he could to ensure it happened. © Instagram In an interview, Gautam revealed that he found out about the girl's condition through a phone call made by former Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Yousuf. After that, he urged and requested the External Affairs ministry to oblige the family and help the young girl. His plea was granted and Gautam happily shared the piece of information on his social media. à¤à¤¸ पार सॠà¤à¤ ननà¥à¤¹à¥ दिल नॠदसà¥à¤¤à¤ दà¥, à¤à¤¸ पार दिल नॠसब सरहदà¥à¤ मिà¤à¤¾ दà¥à¥¤ à¤à¤¨ ननà¥à¤¹à¥ à¤à¤¦à¤®à¥à¤ à¤à¥ साथ बहतॠहà¥à¤ मà¥à¤ ॠहवा भॠà¤à¤ हà¥, à¤à¤­à¥-à¤à¤­à¥ à¤à¤¸à¤¾ भॠलà¤à¤¤à¤¾ हॠà¤à¥à¤¸à¥ बà¥à¤à¥ à¤à¤° à¤à¤ हà¥à¥¤ Thank u @DrSJaishankar 4 granting visa to Pakistani girl& her parents for her heart surgery @narendramodi @AmitShah pic.twitter.com/zuquO2hnMv — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) October 19, 2019 The internet was flooded with people lauding him for this humanitarian gesture. Despite all the nonsense that the Pak govt is creating and the madness at the borders...we still have a HEART for tender souls @ImranKhanPTI — Pawan Gulati (@PawanGulati5) October 19, 2019 Some people even mentioned that the honourable (late) Sushma Swaraj would have been very proud of her ministry. I'm sure the honourable late smt @SushmaSwaraj ji will be proud of her ministry @BJP4India — Pawan Gulati (@PawanGulati5) October 19, 2019 However, his actions were also questioned by others asking him why he couldn't do enough in India and had to help this young girl. Where there is love, hate shall breed but humanity is the biggest religion of them all and let's just appreciate this gesture of help he offered to save a young kid's life.
  3. Ranveer Singh can literally turn anything into an eyebrow-raising outfit. The fact that the inspiration for his outfits comes from everything around him is what makes his outfits out of ordinary. Case in point: pulling off an outfit inspired from the film Joker. Who would have thought that a brilliant film like Joker could be an inspiration for Ranveer Singh but not just in terms of acting? © Viral Bhayani Now, for a recent event, he wore a head to toe Gucci outfit with vibrant red three-piece with a coordinated green tie, he finished the look with a matching red beret, a pair of shades and derbys, all by Gucci. However, the whole vibe of the outfit matched Joker's aesthetic from the scene wherein he had lost all morality in the film. The outfit references to this scene in particular wherein the Joker kills his coworker and struts across the streets of Gotham. © Joker Ranveer Singh's look clearly holds a striking resemblance to this look. This is not the first time Ranveer Singh has worn something bizarre. He usually chooses pieces to curate an outfit that is outlandish. In fact, he's the trendsetter when it comes to bizarre, over-the-top fashion and has made these trends acceptable here which is a commendable achievement.
  4. From scripting India's iconic victory at Lord's in 2002 to being a vital cog in MS Dhoni-led side's World Cup triumph in 2011, Yuvraj Singh will undeniably go down in the history books as one of the most prolific batting all-rounders to have graced Indian cricket. In his illustrious career that spanned close to 19 years, Yuvi successfully carried out his responsibilities as a key member of the Indian cricket team which earned him praise from pundits and fans alike. But, after being a humble servant of Indian cricket, the left-hander, earlier this June, called time on his illustrious career. While his retirement sent Indian fans into a state of mourning, bringing the curtain down on his international career also gave him an opportunity to finally break the silence on his mistreatment at the hands of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Despite his contribution to Indian cricket, the BCCI robbed Yuvi off his farewell game. After 25yrs in cricket Ive decided to move on. Cricket has given me everythin I have.ThankU 4being a part of this journey.This game taught me how to fight,how to fall,to dust off,to get up again n move forward. It has been a lovely journey. See you on the other side #SteppingOut pic.twitter.com/x3wOhoXcLv — yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 10, 2019 "Mujhe bola gaya tha agar aapse 'Yo-Yo' test pass nahi hota toh aap retirement match khel sakate ho (I was told that if you are not able to pass the 'Yo-Yo' test, I would get a farewell game)," the 37-year-old had said at an emotional press conference in Mumbai. "I did not tell anyone in BCCI that I have to play the last match. Agar main accha tha, potential tha toh main ground pe se chale jaata. (If I was good enough, I would have retired from the ground). Aur mujhe is tarha ki cricket khelna pasand nahi hai, ki mujhe ek match chahiye (I don't like to ask for a game, I have never played the game with that mindset)," he claimed. © BCCL "Toh maine us time bola ki mujhe retirement match nahi chahiye, 'Yo-Yo' test pass nahi hoga toh main chup chhap ghar chale jayunga... 'Yo-Yo' test pass kiya and then rest is not my call," he said. While the revelations struck a chord with the fans, Yuvi's mistreatment at the hands of the BCCI still seems to be haunting the champion cricketer. Recently, cricketers and fans have been busy celebrating the election of Sourav Ganguly as the new BCCI president. As Ganguly gears up to begin his reign as the BCCI chief from 23rd October, wishes and congratulatory messages continue to pour in from all corners of the world for the former Indian captain. Greater the man greatest the journey! Frm IndianCaptain to @BCCI president.Think it will b a gr8 insight 4 a cricketer to be an administrator & make others understand admin frm a players point of view Wish u were d president while d yoyo was in demandðgood luck dadið@SGanguly99 — yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 18, 2019 Amongst the praise and support, there was a special message from Yuvi who appears to have taken a dig at the BCCI while hailing Ganguly in the new role. “Greater the man greatest the journey! Frm IndianCaptain to @BCCI president. Think it will b a gr8 insight 4 a cricketer to be an administrator & make others understand admin frm a players point of view Wish u were d president while d yoyo was in demand good luck dadi @SGanguly99,” Yuvi tweeted. Thank u the best .. u have won India world cups .. time to do good things for the game now .. u r my super star .. god bless always — Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) October 18, 2019 In response, Ganguly, who shares a special bond with Yuvi, wrote: "Thank u the best..u have won India world cups..time to do good things for the game now..u r my super star..god bless always".
  5. Ever since their dismal outing at the ICC World Cup in England & Wales, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been hell-bent on fixing impending issues in the national team to prepare themselves better for future assignments. The PCB got rid of coach Mickey Arthur and the majority of the support staff. There have been noticeable changes in developmental cricket in the country and, there has also been a key focus on the diet of the cricketers. In a bid to bring in a major overhaul of the national team, the PCB recently took another key decision by sacking Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain of their Test and T20I sides. The cricket board has elevated the likes of Azhar Ali and Babar Azam to leadership roles in Tests and T20Is respectively. © Reuters Sarfaraz has been calling the shots as captain for Pakistan in all three formats for the last two years. He was at the helm of affairs when Pakistan sprung a surprise on arch-rivals India to win the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. But, his captaincy has come under scrutiny in the last two years. Under his captaincy, Pakistan has slipped in Test and ODI team rankings. And, more recently, a depleted Sri Lankan side whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 in the T20I series at home. With his own form suffering with the bat, speculations were rife that the new head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq would bring in considerable changes, with many expecting an axe on Sarfaraz. While it's too early to comment on whether the move will aid Pakistan or not, the PCB found themselves in a peculiar situation after their recent decision. Right after announcing Sarfaraz's sacking, the PCB released a video of the Pakistan squad dancing during a training session. Here is â¦@TheRealPCBâ© tweet moments after Sarfaraz was sacked. Classy. (Background score courtesy my one-year old) pic.twitter.com/QuCqxQTDXJ — Osman Samiuddin (@OsmanSamiuddin) October 18, 2019 In a video shared by a journalist on social media, Pakistani cricketers can be seen dancing. The video was captioned: "Here is @TheRealPCB tweet moments after Sarfaraz was sacked. Classy. (Background score courtesy my one-year-old)". The PCB apologies for this post and accepts the timing of it was wrong. This was a pre-planned post as part of the one-year to go #T20WorldCup promotional campaign. The timing of this post clashed with the captaincy announcement for which the PCB offers its regrets. — Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 18, 2019 After being called out on Twitter, the PCB was quick to delete their insensitive tweet and rendered an apology. "The PCB apologies for this post and accepts the timing of it was wrong. This was a pre-planned post as part of the one-year to go #T20WorldCup promotional campaign. The timing of this post clashed with the captaincy announcement for which the PCB offers its regrets," the PCB tweeted.
  6. When it comes to dressing ourselves for a date, most men like us have to run the gauntlet, especially when we really want to impress. Colours, silhouettes, layering - there are tons of things that we have to consider. Then there's also the tone that we want to set with our outfit. Our ensemble cannot look like we put in a ton of effort just to dress up, and neither should it come across as something way too casual. So, no, a pair of jeans, and a t-shirt is not going to cut it. © Viral Bhayani Rajkummar Rao on the other hand, perhaps just won this year's “Best Dressed For a Casual Date” award, when he stepped out with Patralekha for a casual dinner date. © Viral Bhayani Rajkummar's ensemble checks all the boxes that guys should keep in mind when they dress up for a casual date. Base © Viral Bhayani Pick a thematic or base colour that ties in the elements of your basic outfit. In Rajkummar's case, the colour maroon neatly ties his jumper, with his shoes. Even his trousers have some inkling of the colour, albeit as minimal as they are. This allows the ensemble to stay understated, yet classy. Also, note that although there are contrasting colours in the ensemble, they aren't too loud or in-your-face. Remember guys, subtlety is the name of the game. Layer © Viral Bhayani Adding an additional layer using something like a jacket, or a blazer is a hell of a way to turn things up a notch. Considering the shirt and pants, Rajkummar did not really need to put on the blazer. However, by doing so, he just elevated the style quotient of the entire ensemble by a mile. Plus, the choice of the jacket is really commendable, since it sits in perfect harmony with the rest of the stuff. Accessorise © Viral Bhayani But don't go overboard. Believe it or not, when it comes to accessories, minimalism is the way to go. That, however, does not mean that you'll completely ignore your accessories. The blue-strapped watch - although it may not have that vintage appeal that horologist's love, still goes really well with the blue coloured jacket. The mark of a true gentleman? One who wears a good watch. The Shoe That Fits © Viral Bhayani Now, most men actually do take care of the aforementioned stuff. Where they really falter is with their choice of footwear. Sure, you can wear a pair of sneakers, and funk things up and you'll look really nice, but something a bit formal, like the pair of loafers that Rajkummar is wearing, will take things to a whole new level. Also, take a good hard look at the finish of the shoe. A patina finish like this, on any leather shoe, is a sure way to turn heads. Finally… © Viral Bhayani The true meaning of keeping it simple is actually to keep things subtle. Although it may seem that it's easier said than done, it's actually not. Just stick to the basics, if you're really confused as to what you should do.
  7. Diwali is the season of giving - our prayers, lights, love, sweets, and of course gifts too! And we all know too well how difficult it can get at times to find that perfect gift for the fam as well as those special peeps in our lives. Fret not, we've scoured the web (and our own shop), and found you the perfect gifts for everyone from your dad to your bff, your beau, and everyone else. __ECOMLOOKS__36__ __ECOMLOOKS__37__ __ECOMLOOKS__38__ __ECOMLOOKS__39__ __ECOMLOOKS__40__ So, there you go. Diwali shopping shouldn't be a pain but something you love, and hopefully we've made the task a tad easier for you! Have a banging, but safe and green Diwali folks!
  8. Following in the footsteps of Netflix, Hotstar released their first ever original feature film today - Yoodlee Films' Chappad Phaad Ke. Make no mistake - for a genre that's been riddled with cliches, unenthusiastic performances and dull characters for decades now, director Sameer Joshi's new film is a much-needed breath of fresh air, and definitely worth a watch - here's why. Common Man, Uncommon Circumstances The story revolves around the Gupshups - a family of four who live a definitively middle-class existence in suburban Pune. Set in the wake of Modi's 2016 demonetisation wave, the family comes across the film's major source of conflict - a corpse, and a bag containing Rs 5 crore of stolen cash. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films Actually, scratch that - the real source of conflict is that the Gupshups are a bunch of goddamn liars. Each member of the family has their own skeletons in the closet - from secret relationships to black money - and watching how the inevitable clash of greed and family bonds tests them, reveals a depth and relatability that's unusual in Indian comedy. Vinay Pathak As The Ultimate 'Whatsapp Uncle' The star of the show here is none other than Vinay Pathak, who plays the role of Sharad Gupshup. After a half-lifetime of honest work, Sharad is rewarded with little more than middle-aged, middle-class limbo, in a society that he feels has grown lazy and corrupt - a frustration that he constantly unloads onto his unemployed, freelance photographer son, Shubham. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films Along with the perfect comedic timing that he's shown in older films such as Bheja Fry and Mixed Doubles, Pathak meshes the character with the environment and especially its timing and as a result, plays one of the most convincing and relatable roles we've ever seen him in. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films He conjures up memories of self-righteous, easily irritable family men. Somewhere in the shadows of his constantly furrowed brow, you'll see hints of the 'Whatsapp Uncle' phenomenon, and the blind confidence that characterises so much of his generation. Taking On Demonetisation, Three Years On Early on in the film, Sharad visits the bank to invest in a fund. This is where one of the main premises of the film is revealed to us, as the teller is shown counting a relic of India's past - the long-gone Rs 1000 note. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films It does a fantastic job of picking apart many of the people who blindly put their faith in the system as Sharad's family descends into chaos. He even acts on political ambitions of his own, surrounded by old friends who refuse to doubt his morals, eager to be a part of something big. (Sounds familiar?) © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films There's a clear and powerful message here - the scourge of black money only seems terrible when you're not profiting off it. The Gupshup Family The rest of the family consists of Sharad's wife Vaishali (Ayesha Raza) and their children, aforementioned Shubham (Siddharth Menon) and Ketaki (Sheetal Thakur). A lot of what makes the film come alive is how immersive and real their interactions seem. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films A great part of this is down to the actors' close bond formed while shooting. “For the sake of this fictional story, we tried to become the family,” shares Pathak. “We would do family things together while shooting in Pune! We would go out, eat together, go shopping, watch movies together… not fight, but we'd argue with each other. It was great fun, great fun.” This genuine connection succeeds immensely when the conflict in the story begins to pick up. “The idea was for us all to be on the same page regarding this conflict,” elucidates Pathak. “All according to character. We were all helping each other strive for what we were looking at [in the performance].” © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films It all adds up quite nicely - the relationships between the characters feel relatable and extends into their dreams and personal values as well. The Little Details Another place where this film excels is including subtle, thoughtfully placed cues that add depth to almost all the characters, regardless of screen time. An early scene shows Ketaki dreamily watching celebrity weddings on TV, foreshadowing the secret she's hidden from her family. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films Another character's money troubles are revealed not through boring old dialogue, but by Vaishali noticing that the gold rings on his fingers are missing. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films Even the bank teller we mentioned earlier (who has just about ten seconds of screentime) is shown with a solitaire game on his desktop, hidden from his clients and employers. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films As a whole though, the film does have a few flaws. Some scenes, especially montages, seem unnecessarily drawn out, while the background score isn't particularly strong. A tighter job on the editing would've helped out too. Fortunately, most of your time spent watching this film will be spent quite invested in the story of the Gupshups. Remember to hold onto your hats for the climax of this film - it's truly shocking and leaves you with a lot to consider. Unlike Andhadhun which aimed to reinvent the Indian dark comedy wheel, Chappad Phaad Ke simply omits stale ideas and injects much fresher ones. If you've got family with a penchant for idealistic politics and social change, consider watching this with them - there's bound to be some interesting conversation afterwards. Rating: 3.5/5
  9. There was a lot of discourse going on regarding Karva Chauth yesterday, but well, millions of people celebrated the festival, including Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. Since it was Priyanka's first Karva Chauth as a married woman, it must have been pretty exciting for her and she was all decked up for it at a Jonas Brothers concert as Nick is currently on tour. View this post on Instagram Karwa chauth at a @jonasbrothers concert. Definitely a first I'll always remember! ðâ¤ï¸ðð½ @nickjonas #karwachauth A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Oct 17, 2019 at 8:29pm PDT Now, Nick is very new to all this but as we have seen in the last year or so, he has fully embraced Indian culture and is almost always jamming to Bollywood songs. It wasn't a surprise to see even Nick all ready in his kurta, celebrating Karva Chauth with PeeCee. They both shared a few pictures, but Nick's caption for the pictures has now become a talking point online. His message about Priyanka, though quite sweet, is also pretty cheesy. My wife is Indian. She is Hindu, and she is incredible in every way. She has taught me so much about her culture and religion. I love and admire her so much, and as you can see we have fun together. Happy Karva Chauth to everyone! pic.twitter.com/ePlcFwWS6V — Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) October 18, 2019 Nick and Priyanka's PDA online has been at an all-time high ever since they got married and well, now this was a little bit too much for people and it's making people cringe. 'As you can see', people are loving the opportunity to call out the cringe. the “as you can see” is sending me https://t.co/hflmJ1OLY4 — Mithila Phadke (@PhadkeTai) October 18, 2019 Moreover, people are convinced that it Priyanka behind it all along. Yeh pakka Priyanka ne type kiya hai. https://t.co/517nsujgNj — El Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) October 18, 2019 Yep. Priyanka be like: Tweet ye kar rhe hai par shabd humare hai. — Ashutosh Ranjan (@im_ashu18) October 18, 2019 Couldn't agree more. Being married to each other is both of these people's ENTIRE personality https://t.co/9grtKHAfKa — nino ð³ï¸‍ð (@locomomos) October 18, 2019 Oh no. after reading "Hindu" caption : ð pic.twitter.com/RbKdNkizFQ — Pranjul Sharmað¼ (@Pranjultweet) October 18, 2019 Priyanka, give him his phone back. Ye pakka Priyanka ne hi tweet kiya hoga ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ — Swathi Bhattar (@swathieb) October 18, 2019 I still think Nick Chopra is the superior name. well said, nickunj joshi — Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) October 18, 2019 Everyone's there to help. well said, nickunj joshi — Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) October 18, 2019 Bohot ho gaya, Priyanka. Now give the phone back to Nick — Desi Mosambi (@FrankSantraa) October 18, 2019 People are ready to change his name. Meanwhile yogi ji:- isko naam aaj se nisikant joshi — à¤à¤®à¤¿à¤¤ भà¥à¤¯à¤¾ बिहार वालà¥...(à¤à¤¾à¤¸à¥à¤¸)ð´ï¸ (@amit_kr_ammu) October 18, 2019
  10. Although Vijay Varma has been acting in films for quite a while, with some stellar performances under his belt like Jhunku in Bedabrata Pain's Chittagong or as Ankit in Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury's Pink, people started noticing him after his deeply-layered portrayal of Moeen in Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy. © MensXP Many people do not realise this, but Vijay is a bonafide fashionista. Read his interview with MensXP, and you'll see why. © MensXP The recent statement that he made at the red carpet for a film festival should not come as a surprise for those who know Vijay and his deep-seated love for all things retro. © MensXP The FTII alumn was spotted in a statement outfit that was very relatable for those of us who have to commute over a long distance to work, every day. © Viral Bhayani Vijay was seen in an oversized, three-button jacket, with a very basic striped shirt, and a broad tie that was knotted in a very whimsical manner. That, and the brown pants and the glittered slip-ons completed an ensemble, which can easily be considered one great recreation of the '50s American office worker aesthetic (fans of Mad Men, anyone?) albeit with a few fairly modern and contemporary touches. © Viral Bhayani Thanks to his stylist Vrinda Narang, Vijay knows what style suits him, and his strengths are, and can often be seen dressed in a manner that makes him look stellar. Here are a few photos that just goes on to prove this. View this post on Instagram #GQawards @gqindia Photo @sancha_sancha Styled by @vrindaanarang HMU @jeanclaudebiguineindia A post shared by Vijay Varma (@itsvijayvarma) on Sep 29, 2019 at 12:04am PDT View this post on Instagram Enjoyed sashaying for @tisastudio at @lakmefashionwk ð¶ð»‍âï¸ Big cheer for Designer duo @samiralavekar And @timir0108 for their debut showâð»âð»â¤ï¸ Hair @bbluntindia Mu @fatmupromakeup #tisa #tisastudio #tisamumbai #lakmefashionweek A post shared by Vijay Varma (@itsvijayvarma) on Aug 26, 2019 at 4:39am PDT View this post on Instagram Swagged up for last nights @gqindia partyðª Styled by Hard Ladki @vrindaanarang @sshomme jacket @jackjonesindia Tee @suketdhir pants @dmodotofficial sneakers #woolmark #merinowool @thewoolmarkcompany #dressedinwool #sshomme #gqbestdressed #gq100bestdressed A post shared by Vijay Varma (@itsvijayvarma) on Jun 2, 2019 at 9:13am PDT View this post on Instagram Boy next door- with issues. Styled by @vrindaanarang Wearing @calvinklein #andywarhol and ð @tommyhilfiger A post shared by Vijay Varma (@itsvijayvarma) on Apr 3, 2019 at 12:42am PDT Coming back to what the dishevelled outfit that Vijay is seen wearing here, there are many many sartorial rules being broken here. The oversized jacket, for starters, has a far shorter sleeve than what should have been ideal. © Instagram/itsvijayvarma The quirky print on the tie is something that we bet none of us would ever dare to wear to the office. All in all, Vijay took a lot of risks with the outfit. © Viral Bhayani And that's exactly why this ensemble works. Rules are meant to be broken(https://www.mensxp.com/fashion/style-guide/7671-how-to-break-fashion-rules-and-still-look-stylish.html), right? And if they are blown to smithereens in a manner such as this, then we really can't complain. © Viral Bhayani A great way to make a statement, Vijay. A big thumbs up from us.
  11. It all goes back to the year of 2017, when a kind and rather daring Indian Army officer took it upon himself to call out the government for its decision to scrap one single rule, that impacted the lives of hundreds of serving soldiers in the Armed Forces. The man is Colonel Mukul Dev and the one incident that turned him into a true warrior for legions of fellow officers, was when he decided to send out a legal notice to the then Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra, notifying him that he had sixty days to reverse the newly-passed order which took away the benefits of free ration from defence officers. © Twitter/Warrior_Mukul Now, after two years of a long battle, Colonel Dev has finally won the fight for free ration restoration, but he also had to pay a price for it - his promotion. But before we delve into the details, let's get a quick overview of the backstory. The Backstory In 2017, as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the Indian government announced that as of 1st July of that year, the free ration entitlement of officers in peace postings will be replaced with a daily ration allowance of Rs 96.03. This didn't sit well with Colonel Mukul Dev and he threatened to take legal recourse if the new rule was not reversed at the earliest. Col Dev was serving as the Deputy Judge Advocate-General of Headquarters 12 Corps in Rajasthan at the time. The Notice © BCCL As per a TOI report from 2017, Col Dev's notice stated that nowhere in his employment agreement was it mentioned that the provision for free ration could be substituted for money, and therefore, the Centre's decision violated the terms of his employment. He had further added that the decision is 'illegal', because it altered the terms of his service without his consent. The Other Side © Reuters While the Centre's decision, when considered in isolation, seems unjust, it did come from a point of need. The government took the decision when allegations of deep-rooted corruption in the food supply chain of the Armed Forces was exposed, following which many ASC personnel also faced arrests. The Final Price On 16th October 2019, after two years of fighting this battle, Col Dev took to Twitter to share that he has finally received his dues. However, he also shared that this victory has come at a cost of his promotion to the rank of Brigadier. Pleasantly surprised today morning for having received my ENTITLED RATIONS at last, after more than two yrs of its illegal stoppage ! However, one cannot forget the injustice meted to me for raising my voice against the illegal stoppage of ENTITLED RATIONS.... — Mukul (@Warrior_Mukul) October 16, 2019 The verdict came after Rajnath Singh assumed office as the Defence Minister, earlier this year. However, Col Dev was issued a Displeasure by the authorities in 2018, right ahead of his promotion to the rank of Brigadier - which obviously prevented him from being empanelled for promotion. Yet, despite his lost promotion, Col Mukul Dev is happy to get what is rightly his, and his fellow officers are hailing his selfless move of fighting for others despite the threats to his own career. In ours with Spineless average people at the helm of brilliant Organizations. They forget how they reached their top slots! Sad! Col Mukul is an upright and brilliant Officer-a gem in the muddy waters. — Indian Air Warrior (@amulkapoor) October 17, 2019 Sadly, that's how things also work in some cases in the Army. @Warrior_Mukul doesn't deserve this. He has had the moral courage to stand up to the wrong being done to the larger military immunity which is sadly missing in our top brass these days. Hope the right corners wake up. — Col Lalitesh P Singh (@DotonTarget) October 17, 2019
  12. Bollywood's 'power couple' Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone keep on making headlines for their response to each other on social media. Recently, actor Ranveer Singh left a cheeky comment on wife Deepika Padukone's Instagram post. Deepika shared a close-up photograph of herself and Ranveer, being the 'crazy in love' husband, couldn't wait and just commented on it. Ranveer wrote on the close-up image, 'Aur paas'. To which Deepika replied saying, “Accha! Ghar aaja, Mein Batati Hoon," along with posting a broom emoji with it. His comment got over 16,000 likes. View this post on Instagram @harpersbazaarus Photographer: @david_roemer Fashion Editor/Stylist: @carrielauren Hair: @earlsimms2 Makeup: @naokoscintu Nails: @robbietomkins Author: @whatisnojan A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Oct 16, 2019 at 12:16am PDT Deepika will be next seen in Chhapaak, in which she is playing the role of an acid attack survivor. The film is set to release on January 10, 2020. The Meghna Gulzar directorial is a biopic of an acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. The couple will also be seen together in the much-awaited film '83, a biopic of veteran cricketer Kapil Dev, alongside her husband Ranveer. Deepika plays cricketer Kapil Dev's wife Romi.
  13. This is the second year where OnePlus has partnered with McLaren and the result has been an exclusive OnePlus 7T Pro that uses McLaren's design philosophy on the phone. To be fair, the smartphone is identical to the normal variant with the only difference being branding, accents of papaya orange based on McLaren's racing cars and the incorporation of McLaren's Speedtail design. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Speedtail is a limited-production sports car from McLaren that apparently hits a top speed of 250mph and has the same design on the canopy control panel that you can find on the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition. The back of the phone is glossy, smooth and the same canopy control panel pattern has been etched underneath the glass of the phone. While the idea of the design is cool, it is quite confusing as it doesn't resemble anything that can be easily identifiable. Not everyone knows about the Speedtail, let alone the design patterns you can find inside. Apart from the McLaren logo, you will often find yourself trying to explain the meaning behind the design of the phone. Having said that, if you are a super fan of McLaren cars, you will somewhat recognise the pattern at the back. Personally, it looks like a tattoo design that may have looked good as a concept but doesn't translate that well when etched. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla To be honest, I had to look up all of this up before writing about the phone. When I first saw the phone, the only thing that I could recognise was the McLaren logo. Having said that, the subtle papaya orange on the edges and the side of the phone looks awesome. I really liked this design on the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition and the same can be said for the OnePlus 7T Pro version too. The phone also comes with an exclusive theme, icons and wallpapers that you can only find on the McLaren Edition of the OnePlus 7T Pro. From the lock-screen clock to the font colour, you will find McLaren's papaya orange colour throughout the phone. It isn't garish in any way and is probably my favourite thing on the phone. The in-screen fingerprint scanner also has a different animation where it flurries an orange and green animation every time you scan your fingerprint. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Out of the box, you will get a black with an orange accent wall charger and an orange braided USB-C cable. It's the same OnePlus 30T wall charger that can fast charge the smartphone to 100% in an hour. The smartphone also comes with an exclusive case for the phone that has been built with carbon fibre on the sides and Alcantara down the middle. Alcantara is a type of synthetic textile that is commonly used in cars and has a suede-like texture. You can find this material in clothes, helmets, handbags and also on McLaren car seats, dashboard trim etc. To complete the look of the case, there is a chrome McLaren logo at the bottom. Is It Worth It? If you aren't a fan of F1 cars or McLaren, then this phone is probably not for you. However, if you are a super fan who wants the bragging rights and have the patience to understand the design of the phone, the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition may appeal to you. It starts at Rs 58,999 and is in no way cheap, but if you want a piece of the most exclusive OnePlus phone, this is probably for you.
  14. Sony has already claimed that the PlayStation 5 will be able to run your PlayStation 4 games as the console will have backwards compatibility feature. Sony has not detailed any more information about this feature and how it would work but there have been recent reports and leaks on how robust it may just be. © Twitter_LetsGoDigital Industry insiders, journalists and other leakers have suggested that Sony will take the backwards compatibility feature even further. The upcoming console is expected to have compatibility for even PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games if these reports are to be taken seriously. The reports suggest that the PlayStation 5 will be able to run discs from all previous PlayStation consoles and if you have your hands on some, we suggest you hold onto them. However, it hasn't been specified whether all games will be available to run or whether it would run specific games only. © Twitter_LetsGoDigital PlayStation insider PSErebus has leaked reliable information in the past such as the release date of The Last of Us Part 2. The insider tweeted something along the same lines and urged his followers to not dispose or trade their old PlayStation games. He didn't specify whether the PS5 will play discs from older generation PlayStation consoles natively, however his tweet does appear to suggest that. Do not dispose of, trade or sell your PlayStation®, PlayStation®2, PlayStation®3 or PlayStation®4 games #Sony #PS #PS4 #PS5 #SonyPlayStation #PlayStation #PlayStation5 #PSX #PlayStationExperience #Holiday2020 #25YearsOfPlay #PlayStation25thAnniversary #PS5Anniversary — PlayStation (@PSErebus) September 30, 2019 If these rumours are true, the PlayStation 5 will be the first console from Sony that will be able to run games from all generations. The company wants to put as much emphasis on the past as much it wants to on the future of console gaming. Of course, all of this should be taken with a grain of salt like any rumour or report.
  15. It's been a phenomenal year for smartphone buyers in the budget segment. Among options from makers like Realme, Samsung, Vivo, and Xiaomi, we now have a ton of great budget phones on the market. And Xiaomi has already been heating things up by launching two different budget phones in just the past couple of weeks. Today, we'll be talking about the Redmi 8. The Redmi series, as you probably already know, sits between Xiaomi's Redmi A series and the Redmi Note series. The Redmi 8 is no exception, and it sits right between the Redmi 8A and the new Redmi Note 8. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer There's a lot to like about the Redmi 8, but it's hard to forget that there are a ton of other options out there, some from Xiaomi itself, that are equally good or even better. So is the Redmi 8 worth buying? Let's find out! Design & Build Quality Xiaomi has been making some really good-looking phones lately and the Redmi 8 can also be added to that particular list. It sports a seamless finish with a single piece of a plastic panel covering the back and the frame. It's slightly thicker and heavier, but I don't mind using such a device if I am going to get an impressive battery life. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Both color variants of the phone have a glossy, mirror-like finish, so it's kind of hard to keep them clean, but I must say that I really love the way this phone looks. It's also not too big and rests nicely in the palm, and the curved design makes it easy to get a good grip as well. Overall, I really like the design and the build quality of the Redmi 8. In fact, there's hardly anything to hate here because the phone also has a USB Type-C at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack too. Xiaomi has now got a good grip on the design and almost all of their phones, irrespective of the budget, look very elegant. Good job, Xiaomi! Display © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Redmi 8 sports a 6.22-inch HD+ IPS display with a waterdrop-style notch at the top. Not only does it look similar to the Redmi 8A, but I'd also say it looks like any other budget phone that's out there. This one also has a chin on the bottom with 'Redmi' branding, and that's something which I'm not a big fan of. The display itself is good and I am happy to say that it's protected by Gorilla Glass 5. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer I'd say it gets decently bright so you can comfortably use it outdoors, but the colors are a bit off out of the box. You might want to tune the colors of the display from the settings to make it look good. I must point out that this isn't a high-resolution display, so you'll definitely notice the pixels if you go looking for them. Performance & Software The Redmi 8 is an entry-level phone that's powered by the Snapdragon 439 SoC and comes with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. I was kind of surprised to learn that the Redmi 8 is powered by the Snapdragon 439 SoC since it's essentially a step down from the Snapdragon 632 used by the Redmi 7. But this one does have more RAM and storage than the predecessor. So, how's the performance? Well, obviously numbers will show you different results, but I think it's just as good as the Redmi 7 if not better. These are entry-level smartphones that aren't meant to keep up with heavy lifting. The Redmi 8 will do just fine in day-to-day usage, juggling between apps, etc. Unless you're trying to stress-test by opening a bunch of apps together, you'll be happy with the Redmi 8. © MensXP Similarly, gaming isn't going to be very enjoyable on an entry-level phone. That said, you can play games on this phone if you really want to. Basic games will do just fine, but I won't recommend running Asphalt 9 and PUBG Mobile and expect a solid performance. Just keep that in mind. As for the software, the Redmi 8 is running MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie. I am not a huge fan of MIUI, but there's definitely a lot to like. Bloatware aside, it does come with a ton of features and I am sure you'll like a couple of them like gestures, theme support, etc. Camera The Redmi 8, just like the Redmi 8A, sports a dual-camera setup which includes a 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. I'd like to take a moment to point out that this is the same 12MP sensor that's used in the Pixel 3a as well. Yes, the Google Pixel 3a, the phone which has been my first choice for photography. That said, images taken on the Redmi 8 look nothing like the ones taken from a Pixel 3a. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Honestly, I'd say the images are just okay-ish at best. The dynamic range in limited and it tends to blow up the highlights. It's also worth pointing out that the phone struggles to lock focus, resulting in blurry images for the most part. Even low-light shots suffer for the most part. Don't get me wrong, the Redmi 8 can take good images provided that there's good lighting and you have steady hands. But I'd say it's still a challenge to take very good-looking images out of this phone which I'd like to share online. That is definitely a deal-breaker for me, and I am sure you'll find better camera phones out there if you're willing to spend slightly more. Anyway, here are some camera samples that I managed to take during my testing - Battery Life The Redmi 8 sports a 5,000mAh battery, and let me tell you that it's very hard to kill this phone. The huge size, coupled with not-so-powerful internals and just HD+ display makes the Redmi 8 a long-lasting phone. Even with moderate usage which includes watching videos online and browsing social media apps, I struggled to exhaust the phone's battery for almost two days. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer It's also worth pointing out that the Redmi 8 supports 18W fast charging and even the included 10W charger inside charges the phone fairly quickly. The Final Say So, is the Redmi 8 worth the asking price of Rs 7,999? Well, in all fairness, the Redmi 8 is an entry-level phone that has a lot going for it. The look and feel of the phone is pretty solid, and I really like how Xiaomi has improved the things that matter the most like battery life. Although you can't really push the Redmi 8 to get a solid performance or use it to get mind-blowing pictures, I'd still say it has plenty to offer if you're looking for a new phone in this price segment. That said, if you don't mind spending a little more, I'd suggest you check out the Redmi Note 8 which is way more impressive for the price.
  16. Despite coming agonisingly close to winning a first top-flight trophy in 29 years last season, Liverpool and their ever-increasing fans were left wanting for more after losing out on the Premier League title by a mere point to Manchester City. But, despite missing out on the EPL trophy, there are no doubts over their capabilities on the field. With Jurgen Klopp at the helm of affairs and a squad filled with key figures, the Reds, despite losing the title race to Man City, still ran away with Europe's most prestigious trophy in club football - the UEFA Champions League - last season. While the attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino ensured there was a shortage of goals, Trent Alexander-Arnold, too, played his part in the Reds success in the previous season. Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona, Trent Alexander Arnold providing two assists in one of the greatest comebacks off all time, and who can forget that corner? pic.twitter.com/bGKYnFWVyk — Virgil (@vandijkelite) June 29, 2019 There were plenty of highlights in the 21-year-old's campaign last season. Earlier this February, he became the youngest player to record three assists in a Premier League match during Liverpool's clash against Watford. And, his instinctive corner for Divock Origi's goal in the 4-0 (second-leg) win against Barcelona was something Liverpool fans will never forget. © Reuters A mural of Alexander-Arnold was also unveiled in Liverpool this summer, as the city honoured the young defender for his contributions to the club. And, it seems, there's even more reason to celebrate now, for the England international as he has etched his name into the Guinness World Records for a unique feat. Playing a key role for Liverpool in running Man City to the wire in the EPL title race, Alexander-Arnold recorded 12 assists in the 2018/19 Premier League season. In the process, the Liverpool right-back entered the books of Guinness World Records for the most assists by a defender in a single Premier League season. © Twitter/@GWR The boyhood Liverpool fan dethroned Everton duo Andy Hinchcliffe (1994/95 season) and Leighton Baines (2010/11 season) who had earlier been tied for the record on 11 assists apiece since 2011. "It's an honour. I've always wanted to go forward and help the team to create as many chances as possible. It's obviously down to the lads to put the ball into the back of the net, because football is a team game and without them this record wouldn't be possible," the Liverpool defender told Guinness World Records. Apart from his teammates, the Liverpool defender was thankful to fellow fullback Andy Robertson for pushing back. The Liverpool duo were on fire last season and, even if Alexander-Arnold, who turned 21 on 7th October, ran away with the record, Robertson was hot on his heels with an impressive tally of 11 assists in the Premier League to his name last season. Happy 21st Birthday to the best right back in the world, Trent Alexander-Arnold ð â Champions League winner â Super Cup winner â 97 apps â 23 assists â x2 Young POTS â PFA TOTY 18/19 â Golden Boy runner-up 2018 Have a good one @trentaa98 ð #LFC pic.twitter.com/hNpPHBeggm — TheKop.com (@TheKop_com) October 7, 2019 "He probably thought he had the competition wrapped up! Near the end of the season we both hit really good form, we were both getting lots of assists and it was good to help the team in those games that we needed to win," Alexander-Arnold said of Robertson. In addition to his first ever Guinness World Records title, Alexander-Arnold was also named in the Champions League Squad of the season and PFA Team of the Season earlier this year. In the ongoing EPL season, the youngster already has a goal and two assists under his belt in Liverpool's unbeaten run so far.
  17. 30-year-old Tejinder Singh is a man of ample motivation. There is a sense of confidence in his voice and faith upon himself that he can change the world for the better without a lot of external help. A pharmacist by education and an assistant professor in the Adesh University in Bathinda, Singh took up marathon running after getting inspired by the Bollywood portrayal of Milkha Singh's life in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and started participating in races since October 2015. Having taken part in marathons all over the country, Tejinder considers completing the 200km run between Amritsar and Chandigarh as his greatest achievement till date. What is rather unique about this athlete is that every marathon that has he run in, he has done so while carrying the Indian flag in his hand. Tired on the toxic drug situation of Punjab, Tejinder decided to bring half-marathon to his hometown of Bathinda. He encouraged the youth from not only his town but the entire state to come and become a part of this cause. Now, four years later, around 1,500 people register for run annually. "Our theme is 'run to fight against cancer and drug abuse' and we like to keep it completely away from politics and politicians,” Tejinder tells MensXP. “The only thing we seek help from the government is with the permission to run on the roads, and traffic control from the commissioner,” he adds. “You know when politicians are involved, the marathon becomes more of a political campaign. MPs and MLAs come to the flagoff and then you have to take care of them, they climb on the stage and start giving long speeches and ask for votes from the people present there,” he further adds. A strong believer in maintaining the pristine essence behind Bathinda's half marathon, Singh hopes to keep the purity of the cause intact. Tejinder Singh will be in New Delhi as one of the participants of the 2019 edition of the Airtel Half Marathon and you can watch him run with the Indian tricolour in his hands.
  18. Food is serious business in India. From Mughal conquests that brought biryani to the subcontinent, to our modern headlines surrounding beef - everything from wars to social unrest can have a gastronomical element here. It comes as little surprise then, that this tweet found itself gaining speed earlier this week, in the wake of Abhijeet Banerjee's Nobel prize win. Dear Dhoklaeaters We gave you: 6 Nobels 1 Oscar for Lifetime Achievement National Anthem Vande Mataram We eat fish and motton. Beef and pork. Keep your Dhokla, Khandvi & thepla away from us. GET OUT. — Aparna (@chhuti_is) 15 October 2019 Naturally, the post caused major uproar amongst Indian Twitter users. Several called her out for spreading hate amongst Indians: Eat whatever you want, but please don't hate your fellow Indians! — ⵢⴷâµâµâ´¼âµâ²¦ â±°âµâ³â´¼âµ (@sanchetd) 15 October 2019 The original poster, @chhuti_is, replied while further establishing her stand with respect to detention camps, and cultural imposition. We don't, but we also won't tolerate detention camps for Bengalis. — Aparna (@chhuti_is) 15 October 2019 Sorry if that offended you. But if one forces their language or food habits on us, that would be my reply. — Aparna (@chhuti_is) 15 October 2019 Once you get the Internet going though, it's hard to put on the brakes. Several critical voices rose up - and from both sides of the fence. Gujaratis stood up against the user's message, Every state has unique identity. We love Dhokla, Khandvi & thepla. It's breakfast, lunch and dinner for us. And I'm proud of being a Gujarati. — Raval Akash (@Akash9086) 15 October 2019 While other Bengalis also voiced their dissent. Dhoklaeaters gave- Father of the Nation- Mahatma Gandhi Iron Man of India- Sardar Patel 2 PMs- Morarji Desai, N. Modi Father of India's space programme- Vikram Sarabhai Business tycoons- Ambanis & Tatas 6 times Oscar winning producer- Ismail Merchant. Urs truly, Also a Bong. — Doctor Outsider (@Tiara_Ray10) 15 October 2019 Mukesh bhai also made an inevitable appearance. World's Richest Dhokla Eater : pic.twitter.com/mvIyYhcCe0 — ΓIGHTSTEΓ (@TheRightster) 15 October 2019 Personally, I think the best tweet of all is this one. I love Indian Twitter. A Nobel Prize for Economics has become a battle between vegetarians and non vegetarians. Sadly, there is no Nobel Prize for idiocy. Now go eat a dhokla or a dimsum - neither will give you a brain. It is not in their job description. — Naomi Datta (@nowme_datta) 15 October 2019 One thing's for sure though - a lot can happen over chutney and dhoklas.
  19. Remember, when as kids we use to save money in our piggy banks so we could buy things that we really wanted? However, this 17-year old is a little different from the rest of us, as he saved money to buy something his mother wanted. Ram Singh spent his savings that he had been collecting from the past 12 years, to gift his mother a refrigerator. He had collected coins in a 35kg sack and when he went out to buy a fridge, he had Rs 2000 less than the cost of the refrigerator, however, the showroom gave him a discount after seeing his dedication. © Reuters Ram Singh, who hails from Jodhpur, saw an advertisement for the refrigerator in the newspaper on his mother's birthday and called up the showroom. He then went to the showroom and told the staff that it's his mother's birthday and he wants to buy a fridge for her and can only pay in coins. At first, the showroom owner refused but then agreed and accepted money in coins. © Unsplash According to the New Indian Express, Singh said, “Our old refrigerator had gone bad and my mother used to talk about buying a new refrigerator. I decided to help out by using all my collected coins over the years to buy a new fridge. The showroom owner also helps me out and said if my thinking is good he will also help me out. Thus, I went to the showroom with my coins.” Singh has been collecting money from the past 12 years and he managed to collect coins worth Rs 13,500."I had kept these coins in an earthen pot at home. I divide the coins into different packets and then put all of them in a sack. When I counted the coins it took me 4 hours. But the shop owner only counted the 5 and 10 Rupees coins. He told me that he believes in my sincerity towards my mom and didn't count the rest of the coins," he said. Only if all kids were as thoughtful as Ram Singh!
  20. Indian economist and now a Nobel Laureate, Abhijit Banerjee has made the entire country proud of the laurel he's got for us back home. While his contribution to Indian economics is a chapter in itself, not many are aware of the fact that he once served a sentence for 10 days in Tihar Jail back in 1983 when he was in college. © Twitter/J-PAL Abhijit Banerjee was in the final year of his masters in Economics in JNU in 1983 when he became a part of an ongoing protest in the University. The student union president was expelled and the student body was protesting continuously outside the then-vice chancellor's residence. In a piece published in HT back in 2016 by Abhijit, he recalled the experience and explained what went down. “It was the summer of '83 and we, the students of JNU, had 'gheraoed' the vice-chancellor in his house for the umpteenth time. The pretext was the expulsion of the president of the student union, the Kanhaiya Kumar of the day, for reasons that escape me now. We were beaten (I was) and thrown into Tihar jail, charged not quite with sedition, but attempt to murder and the rest. The charges were eventually dropped thank God but not before we spent 10 days or so in Tihar.” He also mentioned that the Congress government, which was in power during that time, backed the whole situation. "What it undoubtedly was is an attempt by the State to establish the lines of authority. We are the boss they were telling us, shut up and behave,” he added. © Reuters He is currently a professor of Economics in the coveted MIT and is known for his contribution to alleviate global poverty. His wife, Esther Duflo, has also been awarded the Nobel prize for her tremendous contribution in this field. Mr. Banerjee has also pointed out his concern for the alarming situation of the Indian economy right now in terms of its financial health. He mentioned that stability was not an issue but the discrepancy between the demand-supply ratio sure was a problem. He has also served on the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
  21. It isn't every day you find out that your name will go down in history for all the invaluable contributions you have made to society. When an individual decides to give back to society, the motivation lies purely in the desire to help those who have helped us to reach our true potential. © Twitter/NISAU_UK Things had been no different for Indian-origin Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee who was one of the winners for 2019 Nobel Economics Prize. Abhijit won the Prize for his “experimental approach to alleviating poverty,” and the world can't help but take note of this 58-year-old development economist, who has been a trailblazer when it comes to meeting poverty head-on, and helping the needy rise above it. © Twitter/CPKolkata But there is a lot to this man you may not have discovered yet, so, here are all the reasons that make this man worthy of the great honour that is a Nobel Prize. Down To The Roots Abhijit was born on 21st February 1961 in Mumbai to Dipak Banerjee, an Economics professor at the Presidency College and Nirmala Banerjee, who also happens to be an economist. Abhijit holds extensive bragging rights to his more than impressive academic background. © Twitter/MIT A 1981 science graduate from Calcutta University, Abhijit acquired his MA in 1983 from JNU, and eventually made it through to Harvard University from where he completed his PhD in 1988. His doctoral thesis was titled 'Essays in Information Economics'. Fun Fact: Abhijit spent 10 days in Tihar Jail in 1983 while he was studying at JNU following his participation in student protests against the then JNU Vice-Chancellor, who had expelled their student union president. Abhijit went on to become Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he teaches with his wife and fellow Economics Nobel Prize winner Esther Duflo. Endless Achievements © Twitter/KupadhyayINC Back in 2003, Abhijit, along with fellow economists Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a global research centre that works tirelessly to reduce poverty. Abhijit, along with fellow MIT professor and wife Esther, spearheaded the monumental study on remedial tutoring that changed the lives of millions of Indian kids. An Award-Winning Author, Director & Self-Taught Cook © Twitter/Akhalid_Khan Abhijit has co-authored close to seven books on various aspects of economics, out of which two have been with Esther. One of their books titled Poor Economics that came out in 2011 was extremely well received and even went on to win the 'Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year'. That is not all, Abhijit has also donned the director's hat twice when he co-directed two documentaries titled The Magnificent Journey: Times and Tales of Democracy and The Name of the Disease, both films explored themes that impact the life of a common man. © Twitter/ MIT Additionally, Abhijit also loves to don a chef's hat, and cooks almost every day. In an interview with Telegraph India, Abhijit had confessed that he had been interested in cooking ever since he was a child, and his love for the craft has lived on overtime. Honours Galore Abhijit was named as one of the top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine in 2011. He also served on the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Abhijit was also a part of the expert panel of the UN which worked on updating the Millennium Development Goals in 2013. © Twitter/PandaJay A man of many talents, Abhijit Banerjee has been working tirelessly to fight poverty at a grassroot level, and this Nobel Prize is just the kind of recognition and honour the man deserved.
  22. The beard trend is a phenomenon that's not going to die anytime soon. More and more men are starting to take care of their facial hair, be it through products and styling or by routinely following a step-by-step guide to a healthy beard game. With this shift from the rugged unkempt beard to a neatly styled one, there has also been a need for platforms that provide tips and tricks to help educate the masses. With everyone trying to pass around information on the best #BeardGoals, there is one platform that is making sure that you get everything you need without having to visit multiple sites. This one-stop destination is a cumulation of beard care tips, styling videos and has a range of trimmers for you to buy in order to be able to follow those tricks with ease. Havells and MensXP collaborated to launch Vickypedia- your go-to place that will not only help you become a beard connoisseur but will also be the only place you'll ever need to visit for your beard grooming needs. Havells recently launched a line of trimmers for their men's grooming section and made Vicky Kaushal the face of the launch. MensXP and Havells both believe that as similar or varied beard styles may be, courtesy the eclectic style evolution across the nation, every man has his own beard story and a signature aesthetic in which he carries his beard. This is why Vickypedia is hosting '31 Days Of Beard', which is a celebration of men from all walks of life, and their beards, in all shapes and forms. Vickypedia currently has tutorial videos from designers like Gaurav Khanijo and Mayank Sehgal who also talk about their beard journey through the year. Along with interviews with people from different walks of life that you will relate to on a day to day basis. You can also use the same site to buy Havells products without having to look for them in the market or other shopping platfoms. This site will keep growing with content that every beard lover needs in his life for the rest of the month which is why Vickypedia is where you need to be for all your beard grooming needs.
  23. I'm excited to reveal that we are making Invision Community native apps for iOS and Android! For the past few months, our staff has been using an internal test build right here on our community. Now we are ready to widen testing to a larger pool of customers. Information on how to become a tester is at the end of this post. But first, let's take a look at the app itself. Technology Preview We have a lot of exciting plans for the Invision Community app. We wanted to take full advantage of a clean slate and build a brand new experience that embraces a native app's interfaces. While the app is unmistakably Invision Community, it features new ways of interacting with your content. We want the app to help shape the future of Invision Community, and we're asking for you to help. What we are opening up for testing today is a technology preview. This slim app covers the essentials with a view to much more expansion later. The technology preview is locked to our community. The app we will release will be a 'multi-community' app; a directory of communities users can browse and save. We’ve taken this approach because the app stores have clamped down on ‘template’ apps, and the cost involved in building and maintaining a separate app per-community won’t be an option for many of our customers. A multi-community app is a great approach for most: simple setup, minimal cost, still fully-featured, and a great way for new users to find your community too. What The App Does For the initial phase of this technology preview, discussions are the main focus which is the foundation of every Invision Community. Also available are profiles, streams, search and notifications - including (at last!) push notifications. Any areas that the app does not currently support will open seamlessly in a web view within the app. As we build new functionality into the app over time, users will encounter fewer of these hybrid views. Your feedback will allow us to target the highest priority areas during the technology preview phase. RPReplay_Final1568062287_1.mp4 Pricing Note: The information below outlines our current intentions, but may change as we finalize the app's release to app stores. The good news is we intend for the app to be free to both our customers with active licenses and their end-users. In time, we will offer a premium option to communities. This funding will secure the app's long-term future. The premium option could enhance their listing in the directory, or provide special functionality when users use that community in the app. Availability We intend to release the app alongside the next significant point release of Invision Community, expected to be 4.5. Communities will need to upgrade to this version to allow their users to use the app. Questions? Why not a PWA (progressive web app)? Invision Community 4.4 already supports several PWA features. However, until iOS supports Push Notifications (and other features) in PWAs, we don't feel they are a fully-rounded solution to using communities on a phone. Building native apps allow us to experiment with new interfaces and approaches. As PWA support improves in the years to come, we'll feed what we learn back into the main product for the benefit of all users. Why now? Those with a long memory will recall that we've had a few attempts at providing an app in the past that weren't successful. We are great at building apps with web technologies but creating native apps ourselves wasn't sustainable. Enter React Native. React Native is an open-source technology for building native apps. React Native allows teams to build native apps using web technologies, but crucially, React Native doesn't build hybrid apps. They are compiled into real native apps - not browser wrappers, but native buttons, text, dialogs, animations and more. A year or so ago, we started experimenting with React Native to see if it might be a viable approach for us. And it was. Finally, there was a technology that enabled web engineers to build delightful cross-platform native apps. As we can build native mobile apps using the technology we are familiar with allows us to incorporate mobile app development into our existing processes. Why just forums? Invision Community is a large, fully-featured platform, and building the entire platform in a native app from the get-go didn't seem to be the best approach. Instead, we've focused on the most active area of most communities - forums - with other areas still supported in the app via webviews. Over time, additional features and tools will be built into the app so that it eventually reaches feature-parity with the web version. We'll take feedback from our customers to determine which areas to support next. How will I add my community to the app? The next significant point release of Invision Community (expected to be 4.5) will have app support built-in. Including your app in the directory will be as simple as enabling the feature in your AdminCP and configuring a few options. Is the app ad-supported? There are no ads of any kind in the app right now. We may include ads or allow communities to run their own ads as a premium option in future. Can I get a white-label version for my community? We aim to offer a white-label option in the future. Will my plugins work in the app? Probably not. We're intentionally building the app to work with standard Invision Community features and apps right now. If your plugins add new UI elements or change the functions that users interact with it's likely they will not work with the app. What about themes? Themes won't work in the app because the app doesn't use HTML. However, some branding/customization will be available via the AdminCP, and we may expand upon this in future. Have other questions? Let us know in the comments, and we'll answer them! Sign Up For Testing For the next stage of our testing process, we will be inviting several customers to try the app and provide feedback/bug reports. As part of the sign-up process, we'll ask for some information about your own community. We'll use this to select further testers once we begin testing of the 'multi-community' version of the app later. The answers you provide will not affect your chance of testing the app on our community. Interested in joining the testing group? Click here to sign up. RPReplay_Final1568062287_1.mp4
  24. Emotion is energy in motion. Today’s article is the last element in our Sense of Community series, and it’s also the most powerful. It allows new communities to win over legacy ones; niche communities to triumph over generic platforms; and impassioned communities to outlast everyone. It’s also the hardest element to cultivate. What is it? According to a survey by psychologist Dr. Jenny Fremlin, shared emotional connection accounts for the single largest factor of community-building. In fact, almost half of all respondents in her research identified shared emotional connection as the factor most important to their community. How do you cultivate the principle of shared emotional connection? New Members For new members, your goal is to initiate them in your community’s rituals and connect them with other outstanding members who will help reinforce your community’s spirit. Induction – Joining your community should be the beginning of a member’s community story, which means leaving a part of himself behind and fostering a new selfhood for your community. Make induction an important part of onboarding a new member. Honor his new membership with community gifts. Require him to fulfill rituals that are unique to your community. Demand that he open himself to the community, the challenges he faces, and what he hopes to receive. By doing so, you are asking the new member to invest a part of their emotional selves in the community from the very beginning. Greater Contact – The more that people interact, the more likely they are to bond. Just like in the real world when a new visitor walks into a room and no one talks to him, he’s likely to leave. But if you can introduce him to other members, invite him to a table with other new members who also recently joined, or connect him with a mentor, then he’s more likely to stay. You can accomplish the same in your community. Connect members as much as possible, which spark new friendships. Existing Members For existing members, deepen their sense of shared emotional connection with these strategies. Community Story – Develop a story for your community, a narrative that is being written by and for members. It brings all members together in a common sense of history, and even though not all members may have participated the entire time, they identify with the story. Why was your community founded? Are you tackling a challenge in the world? Did you undergo a major obstacle? Are you aspiring to improve the world? Where are you going? Write down your past, present, and future and invite members into the living story of your community. Community Projects – All too often, community admins launch projects on their own or with an inner circle of staff. Launch a project that’s open to everyone, where all members can participate, give feedback, and contribute. Define a beginning and end to the project, which helps members with closure and remembrance (“Did you remember the time when we helped on XYZ project?”) . Industry Changes – What are disruptions that are happening in your field or industry? Is it affecting anyone you know? How do you feel about it? Is it positive or negative? How significant is the change? Use these shared events to get people disclosing their emotions about these disruptions, which helps form an emotional connection with others who are experiencing the same. The strongest bonds are among people who undergo a crisis together. Honor & Humiliation – Finally, the personal growth of members is punctuated by the highs and lows of their membership from rewards that highlight special achievement to penalties that discipline bad behavior. These moments of recognition and humiliation unlock joy and pain, which emotionally bond the member to your community. The strongest emotional bonds are experienced by those who traverse the greatest emotional journey – they come to your community as immature or inexperienced, and through rewards and moderation, grow to become a better person through your community. Members visit your community for all sorts of reasons. But out of all reasons, one stands above all others: shared emotional connection. There’s no one way to cultivating a shared emotional connection. Every community will be unique. You and your Invision Community must write your own individual story, cultivate your own special volkgeist, and honor and humiliate members in your own extraordinary way. The energy and emotion of your community will be uniquely yours. In the end, you want to foster your own “community of spirit” among members, an exceptional sense of purpose and friendship wrapped in shared emotion that no other community can match.
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