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  1. We've been playing 'Call Of Duty: Mobile' beta for a few days and the multiplayer game has some classic CoD feel to it with an added twist of Battle Royale. The game supports both multiplayer formats and there are some features and key differences in the game. 'Call Of Duty' is by far one of the biggest first-person shooter franchises and the mobile version borrows many key maps and features from its AAA counterparts. Many weapons, game modes and maps from previous CoD games are featured in the mobile version. Here are all the features, modes and things you need to know about CoD mobile: Game Modes: © Activision In classic fashion, 'Call of Duty Mobile' has multiplayer modes such as team deathmatch and domination, however, the biggest addition this week was its Battle Royale mode. The mode can be played in either third person or first person POV and has single, duos and squad (up to 4 teammates) playlists. The Battle Royale map has been stitched together using many popular CoD maps such as Firing Range, Nuketown and others. CoD Mobile also has different classes for this mode where each character has a set of unique abilities. When the game officially launches, other game modes such as Dominations, Hardpoint, and frontline are also expected to be available. Each multiplayer mode will let you play with 8 to 10 players. Firing Modes: © Activision There are two types of firing modes in Call Of Duty: Mobile i.e. simple and advanced. In simple mode, the gun fires automatically the moment you set aim on an enemy. This mode is perfect for casuals, however, we do not advise using this mode in the long run. Due to the automatic firing nature of this mode, you will often be inaccurate and miss your targets as you do not have control over your firing actions. You may not have to worry about tapping the screen to fire the gun but you will easily give away your position if you miss. In advanced mode, there is a dedicated fire mode similar to what you have seen PUBG mobile. The heads up display (HUD) has all the necessary control buttons within the reach of your thumb. If you are already used to playing PUBG mobile, this is the mode you want to use during your gameplay. This mode can also be expanded later when Activision adds support for Bluetooth gamepads. Battle Royale: © Activision There are a few key differences in the Battle Royale mode when compared to PUBG mobile. For example, you can revive your teammates even if they have died. It works similar to how it does on Apex Legends, where you can pick up your teammates' dog tag for a revival. You can also use various vehicles in the mode such has helicopters, ATVs and others for tactical advantage. Apart from vehicles, players will also need to choose a specific class before they jump out. These classes come with unique skills and abilities that players can take advantage of for better movement or even kills. It works very similar to how it does on Call of Duty's Blackout mode for Black Ops 4. What Are These Abilities? © MensXP There are plenty of abilities that are assigned to specific classes where some give you passive advantages. For example, the Ghost class lets players hide their character on the mini-map from UAVs. There are other perks such as Fast Recover, where your health regenerates faster than others. How You Can Play: 'Call of Duty: Mobile' is scheduled to launch for iOS and Android in the coming months and you can pre-register for the game on the Play Store right now (Not available for App Store). The beta is currently being tested in India and you can install the game by following these easy steps.
  2. 'Game of Thrones' is finally over and has left us with disappointing plotlines and character arcs from Season 8. I believe that's more disappointing than the entire show wrapping up, and that really says something about how the show completely tanked towards the end. While most people do believe it did crash and burn, a lot of fans have salvaged some good parts of the show to reminisce over in a future without 'GoT'. But the point is that there is a way to get absolute closure from the show, the kinda closure you couldn't get but always wanted and that can only happen if you keep the good parts with you, always and forever. It's like therapy, really. © HBO So, in order to forget things like how the hell did Arya randomly attack the Night King or where the f**k did Drogon take Dany's body, we have a compilation of some iconic moments from 'GoT' Season 8 instead. Have a look at these, and let the torment of ambiguity go. It's about time, man. Here are 28 most memorable moments from 'Game of Thrones' Season 8, which make up for the drastic downfall of the show towards the end: (1) When Jon and Daenerys walk into Winterfell, looking all important and knowing, just like how Robert Baratheon walked into Winterfell when he came there 8 seasons ago! © HBO (2) When Jon and Bran meet each other after umm... 8 years and Jon is super excited to see him and Bran is...well Bran. © HBO (3)When Arya sneaks up behind Jon at Godswood, telling us she's good at doing that and may do it again in episode 3 with the Night King. And Jon hugs her believing she's still an innocent little kid. © HBO (4) When Jon rode the dragon named after his actual father! (5) When Jon finally learned the truth about his lineage, which was a pretty useless piece of information in hindsight, because nothing really came of it in the end. © HBO (6) When Jaime and Bran locked eyes when they first saw each other and Jaime was like 'oh no'. (7) When Theon and Sansa became best friends and would have probably become lovers if Theon didn't act so stupidly towards the end. (8) When Ary and Gendry decided to get... ahem, up-close & personal because they thought they were gonna die soon enough. © HBO (9) When Lyanna and Jorah shared a cousin moment together, wishing each other goodwill with pride. © HBO (10) When Podrik surprised us all and sang a beautiful song called 'Jenny Of Oldstones' and we wonder if that's what he did at the brothel too, when the brothel workers refused to take money from him. (11) When Jaime knighted Brienne and we were all like 'awwww'. (12) When Melisandre literally lit the fire, for the big war. Especially for the Dothraki. © HBO (13) When the Dothraki disappeared in precisely 30 seconds after the fire was lit for them. © HBO (14) When Lyanna Mormont plucked the giant zombie's eyeball out before she went down. (15) When Sansa and Tyrion shared a moment with each other while everyone else was trying to save their lives. The season is otherwise rushed, but here they are talking, taking their sweet time rekindling crap from the past. © HBO (16) When Melisandre comes back and reminds Arya what she's going to do. But Arya just does half of what Melisandre predicts, really. Whose green eyes was she supposed to shut? © HBO (17) Also, when Arya defeats the Night King. Yeah, well, for some people this moment was quite awesome. (18) When Jaime and Brienne finally hook up, post-war. (19) When Tyrion and Jaime have that extremely emo talk and Tyrion tells Jaime the escape plan for him and Cersei. © HBO (20) When Dany actually looked like a dragon. Woah. (21) When The Hound and Arya have that brief moment before he leaves to fight The Mountain, and Arya thanks him and calls him by his first name for the first time ever. © HBO (22) When the Cleganebowl finally takes place. © HBO (23)When we actually heard a dragon cry for the first time after losing his mother. Okay, this was the saddest scene ever actually. (24) When Jon bids his family goodbye, even though he can stay at King's Landing, now that the unsullied have left. You really know nothing, Snow. © HBO (26) When Brienne pens down Jaime's good deeds. The memes on this scene have actually killed how awesome it actually is! © HBO (27) When Jon finally meets good boi Ghost and all is fine with the world again. (28) When Jon disappears with the wildlings, deep into the forest, way beyond The Wall, knowing he's absolutely war-free. You now do nothing, Jon Snow. © HBO
  3. It's true, hard workouts equal hard results and it takes lots of effort to get a great body. Your entire hard work means nothing if you can't recover from your killer sessions. © Getty Images The faster you can recover, the more intensity you can keep up in your sessions. If you are looking to speed up your recovery so you can get bigger and stronger, then follow these 5 guidelines: 1) Embrace Your Post Workout Meal: You need food to be energized. Many of you are hungry and are low in energy after a workout. You get energy from food and beverages. Ergo, you need to eat some carbs and protein post-exercise. How much? That's subjective. A good range would be 40-80g of carbs and 30-40g of protein. 2) Short Naps: In addition to a good night's sleep (if your schedule will allow it) get in at least one 15 to 20-minute nap during the day. These little short naps help to aid in recovery. Small naps are good for your heart, blood pressure, stress levels and even weight management. When you sleep your body recovers. 3) Hydration And Caffeine: Drinking adequate amounts of water will help you to flush out toxins from your muscles. your body needs water to function; a small two per cent dehydration will result in a 10 per cent reduction in strength. © Getty Images Proper hydration also helps to keep our joints lubricated. Drinking water will lead to improved gym performance and fuller muscles. Caffeine has shown to suppress fatigue and might help you to boost you after your workout. Have a cup of coffee pre-workout if you like it. 4) Active Rest Recovery Is Your Friend: Rest days give your muscles a hard-earned break from yourself beating at the gym. If you feel up to it, some light movement like grocery or clothes shopping, an easy bike ride, watching a movie, or even doing mobility drills could help in recovery-promoting effects as well. These strategies come under active recovery. Light cardio after a heavy strength training session will help relieve soreness by stimulating blood flow and improving circulation to the muscles. If you experience muscular tightness, then foam rolling can be an excellent way to fight this for flexibility but don't expect any wonder to happen via foam rolling, a new meta-analysis on foam rolling says its a complete waste of time just helps in some flexibility. 5) Reduce Overall Stress: Acute stress-which comes from training is a good thing. Chronic stress from other sources like work, relationship, inadequate sleep, etc can significantly affect how you feel on a day-to-day basis as well as how quickly you recover. Too much stress can drastically delay your recovery time between workouts. When hard workouts are tossed into the volatile combination of high chronic stress and an already tired body, you are asking your body to finally break down in the form of dull results or, worse. © Getty Images Any form of stress in your life is going to take a toll on your overall well-being and your body's capacity to take on anything further. Take steps to reduce your stress level to ensure you can jump back faster. Do something you really enjoy, make yourself happy, and surround yourself with people who love you and support you. Recovery is a crucial part of any fitness-related goal. No recovery = no results! Author bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness.
  4. The buzz around the ICC World Cup 2019 has already started with the first day of warm-up games taking place yesterday, during which South Africa won their match against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan were able to defeat Pakistan in an action-packed run chase. Sure, these games are really exciting but when it comes to the cricket World Cup, the rivalry between India and Pakistan through the years and decades, always comes to mind. And even though the cricketers from both sides have been giving the same politically correct answers throughout history, people still can't get enough of it. In the pre-World Cup, Captains' Press Conference at the Film Shed in London, a reporter asked Virat Kohli and Sarfaraz Ahmed a question about the kind of pressure the 'India-Pakistan' rivalry puts them under. Kohli replied with a very diplomatic answer. He said “India versus Pakistan is always a very anticipated match… but if you ask the players, it is very different from how the fans look at the game compared to how the players play it. Yes, you feel the anticipation and the excitement of the fans when you enter the stadium but when you enter the field, it is professional.” “For us, it is just another game that you need to win as a team. I am sure all the cricketers from both sides feel that as soon as you start playing the game, it eventually is a game of bat and ball, and that's all you need to focus on.” Sounds like a good answer to us. Top marks. Now it was time for the Pakistan captain to answer the same question as the reporters and the camera turned to Sarfaraz Ahmed, expecting him to say something. And like a cunning student who used to wait for the rest of the students to say the answer, Ahmed said: “My answer is also the same. Nothing different. No difference.” Now, we are not making fun of the Pakistan captain and his response, that has all the potential in the world to become a great meme, by the way. via GIPHY No, speaking English is secondary of being able to play a great game of cricket and being of use to your side that is in pursuit of a win against a rival team and the Pak skipper has done his fair share of work to bring his side to the stage they are on today. Full credit to him. The anticipated World Cup clash between India and Pakistan is scheduled to take place on 16th June 2019.
  5. Ever since they made their World Cup debut in 1999, Bangladesh have managed to stick around the quadrennial event. Their best finish at a World Cup, however, came in the 2015 edition, during which they reached the quarterfinals whilst also defeating England once in the group stages. Their journey only came to an end, once they locked horns against neighbouring rivals, India in the quarterfinals. Heading into the ICC spectacle, the Tigers seem to be a well-balanced team and their fierce bowling attack might be their strong point. Here are the five key players of the Bangladeshi team the world needs to look out for: 1. Mashrafe Mortaza © Reuters Captain Mashrafe Mortaza has to be the most valuable cricketer in the Bangladeshi lineup. The amount of experience he has gathered in the past 18 years ever since he made his debut against Zimbabwe in 2001, will come to good use here. It is under his leadership that the talent-laden yet fragile team has done whatever good that they have in international cricket. The right-arm pacer has been a part of 209 ODI matches and has taken 265 wickets with a moderate economy of 4.82. While the fast bowler's numbers have become worse with time and he missed out on a couple of matches thanks to multiple knee injuries, his presence in the roster has to do a lot with his ability to guide the younger players. 2. Shakib Al Hasan © Reuters The ODI tri-series between Bangladesh, Ireland and the West Indies not only saw the team make a comeback to their form after being dominated by New Zealand in February but also saw the rise of Shakib Al Hasan to claim the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings for all-rounders. Having played in 198 ODIs throughout his career, Hasan has scored 5717 runs and has taken 249 wickets too. In 2019 so far, he has played three ODIs, hit 140 runs and has taken two wickets. 3. Rubel Hossain © Reuters The 29-year-old pacer is known for his ability to limit the batsmen from putting up big numbers, especially during batting power plays and death overs. The presence of Hossain in the team gives Bangladesh the high pace that they otherwise lack. Getting alongside Mustafizur Rahman, he can produce some great bowling spells late in the game. Ever since he debuted for his team as a teenager, a decade ago, Rubel has played in 97 ODI games and picked up 123 wickets in the process and is currently ranked at the 63rd spot in ICC Rankings for ODI bowlers. 4. Mahmudullah Riyad © Reuters After Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad is expected to do wonders both as a batsman and with the ball. Due to the lack of good hitters in the sixth and the seventh spot in the Bangladeshi batting order, Riyad might feel a certain amount of pressure while heading towards the crease if the batsmen ahead of him fail to provide. He has played 175 ODIs till date in which he has made 3757 runs while also taking 76 wickets. IN 2019, Mahmudullah has only participated in six games, during which he has made 120 runs and scalped just one wicket. 5. Tamim Iqbal © Reuters Yet another veteran with World Cup experience in his pocket. After making his debut in 2007, Iqbal was called for the World Cup 2007 and then made a return for the 2015 World Cup. As a vital cog of the Tigers' batting order, Iqbal has spent more than a decade's worth of time on the crease. In 193 ODI games, Iqbal has scored a staggering 6636 runs and is having a great 2019 season during which he has scored 186 runs in just seven innings which includes two half-tons and an 80-run-performance.
  6. 'Game of Thrones' may be over, but the craze around it will not get over anytime soon, for reasons that we all are aware of. If you ever wondered whether the show has any Indian connection (apart from the well-known Indira Verma who plays Ellaria Sand), here is one more. The Dothraki 'Qhono' has a solid Indian connection. Before we get on with it, here's Qhono, in case you don't remember who he exactly is. View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Sep 4, 2017 at 9:32am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Sep 17, 2017 at 10:02am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Nov 20, 2018 at 4:59am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Apr 12, 2016 at 1:06am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on May 20, 2019 at 5:52am PDT The role of 'Qhono' is played by Staz Nair, who is a Russian-Indian actor and singer-songwriter, actually hails from Kerala. As a tribute to the show once it got over, he posted on Instagram: "GOT also allowed me to reconnect with my Indian heritage, it's such an honour to be a part of so much pride, the hometown (Kerala) support has been so humbling so Thank you to all of my malayali/Indian people." View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Apr 14, 2019 at 11:19am PDT Staz started grabbing eyeballs because of his fierce, yet measured portrayal of the character of 'Qhono' season 6 onwards, and he rose through the ranks as one of Dany's right hand men, till he died in the war against the Night King's army. View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Apr 30, 2019 at 4:00am PDT Apart from being an actor, he is also a singer-songwriter who is super fashionable. Take a look at his pictures. View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Jan 30, 2019 at 10:47am PST View this post on Instagram when bae asks if you want a Red Stripe A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Jun 8, 2018 at 1:16pm PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Jun 21, 2016 at 5:36am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by STAZ NAIR. â (@staz.nair) on Dec 29, 2015 at 11:13am PST All the best for all your upcoming projects, Staz!
  7. Even though Google had revoked Huawei's access to an Android license, Chinese smartphone users are firmly rallying behind Huawei and some are even switching from their iPhones. The US Government added Huawei to its Entity List which basically forbids American companies to do business with blacklisted Chinese companies. Many US-based companies like Qualcomm, Intel, amongst many other key suppliers, have suspended business with the Chinese tech giant. © Reuters According to What's on Weibo , Chinese customers are posting videos/images in support of Huawei by either keep continuing to use their Huawei devices or purchase their next device from the Chinese company. Key hashtags such as “Huawei Doesn't Need to Rely on America for its Microchips” (#å为è¯çå¯ä»¥ä¸ä¾èµç¾å½ä¾åºé¾#) and “Huawei's Self-Developed Operating System Hong Meng” (#å为èªç æä½ç³»ç»é¸¿è#) were trending on Chinese social website Weibo. Many of these social media users are often very patriotic about Chinese tech companies and some of these hashtags have garnered over 50 million views. Please note, some of these translations may be inaccurate as it has been translated using Google Translate. © MensXP “I've also decided to buy a Huawei Phone, and I will change my plan from buying an Apple Watch into a Huawei product, taking action to support Huawei,” one Weibo user said in a Mandarin post. “It had been bullied by the U.S. so poorly recently.” © MensXP “Even though my stock investment account is facing a loss continuously, I'm still preparing to switch my other phone into Huawei, to show support with action,” another user said. Huawei does rely on components from American companies, however, the Chinese company has already been stockpiling key components in order to sustain itself for the time being. © Reuters According to What's on Weibo, “Both on Weibo and Douyin, people express that Huawei is more than a brand to them, saying it is “national pride.” The slogan “Go China! Go Huawei!” (“å æ²¹ä¸­å½ å æ²¹å为”) is ubiquitous on social media.” For now, Huawei will get access to the Android license for a period of 90 days in order to support existing devices. These devices will still get updates provided by Google, however, the future for Huawei remains uncertain for now. Source: What's On Weibo , CNBC
  8. The selector of the Pakistan Cricket Board have been extremely busy ever since they first announced their preliminary 15-man squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019, to be held in England and Wales. While the team disclosed the tentative names of the players on 18th April 2019, a lot has changed within the roster, especially after the five-game ODI series that was held against the World Cup hosts, Team England. Just moments after the unfortunate news of Pakistani middle order batsman, Asif Ali's daughter's death due to cancer broke out, the PCB announced their final list of players who will be wearing the green jersey for the quadrennial contest on Monday. As compared to the list that was announced last month, the selectors have replaced Abid Ali with Asif Ali and Wahad Riaz has taken away the World Cup berth from Faheem Ashraf. While most of the changes were taken by the dropped and recalled players in good stride, one player in particular, lefty pacer Junaid Khan was not a big fan of the switcheroo that too place between Mohammad Amir and him. The 29-year-old therefore decided to show his protest towards the selectors of the Pakistan national team and the Pakistan board of the game by sharing a rather cryptic picture of himself from his social media accounts, which the athlete later removed: © Twitter/Junaid Khan "I dont want to say anything. Truth is bitter. (Sach karwa hotha hai)," Junaid wrote on a Twitter post along with the aforementioned picture of himself in which the cricketer can be seen wearing a black tape over his mouth. According to Inzamam-ul-Haq, Chairman of the selection committee of the PCB, the decision with regards to Junaid and the rest of the pacers was made after taking into consideration their poor bowling display in the 0-4 series loss to Eoin Morgan's English cricket team. "Junaid and Faheem (Ashraf) are dropped but that doesn't mean they are not good. But we think players like Amir and Wahab are more suitable for these conditions, which is why we have preferred them," Inzamam-ul-Haq said.
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  10. 'Game Of Thrones' just got over. Let that sink in. As we waddle through the bittersweet waves of emotion, trying to make peace with the fact that perhaps never again, shall we be as excited as we have been throughout the show - be it waking up at 6.30 in the morning, or shielding ourselves from spoilers, or getting into animated discussions with strangers in the middle of nowhere. That, precisely, is the power of a good story, almost like Tyrion pointed out, poetically, before electing Bran The Broken as the new king. © HBO However, the last season had the fans divided, about how good of a story it actually has been. After the peak it reached with the end of season 6 with a fierce storyline unlike anything else we had witnessed before, it seemed to just go downhill. Season 8 had the least rated episodes, with what seemed to be a superbly accelerated pace - a pace the story could not cope up with. The character arcs seemed to have fallen flat, and 7 seasons' worth of build up came crashing down, unable to shoulder the sky-high expectations of viewers (or as some would like to call it - shoddy, lazy writing). However, the finale had a few moments that did try to salvage the wreckage that was season 8. Here are 5 of them. 1. Jon reuniting with Ghost © HBO This has to be the highlight of the episode. After Jon left Ghost with Tormund, and didn't even pet him goodbye, the whole internet went into a crisis so deep, that the dankest memes weren't able to mend. When he finally petted him, we couldn't control our tears. And the smiles that followed. He, after all, has been a 'good boi'. 2. Brienne completing Jaime's story © HBO Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's incomplete love story perhaps is one of the greatest things this show has given us. Their chemistry, love, and respect for each other knew no bounds, and it stayed on, even in death. Jaime abandoned Brienne to return to Cersei - the love of his life, and instead of carrying the bitterness around, Brienne chose to write a respectful end for Jaime in the pages of history, announcing to the entire world that he died while protecting his queen. 3. Bronn becoming Master of Coin © HBO Everyone is aware of Bronn and his castle dream. Not just he got to be the Lord of Highgarden, he also became the Master of Coins - which means he gets to control all the money. From a sellsword to this - Bronn's character arc shows nothing is impossible when you persevere and play smart. 4. The Stark children all growing up and going their independent ways © HBO The portrayal of the Stark children showed us what family is all about. They had each other to lean on till the very end, but it did not mean that they had to lead lives that were chained to each other. While Jon went back to the Night's Watch, Sansa became Queen of the North, Arya chose to go on another expedition to a place no one knows about, and Bran became the new King - but they still stayed a happy family, till the very end. 5. Monarchy was abolished in Westeros © HBO The Iron Throne was destroyed, and along with that, monarchy came to an end in Westeros. There can't possibly be a better ending (while ignoring the weird events of Season 8 leading to that, of course) for the people of a country. The fact that rulers won't be born anymore, but chosen, even if by a select few, is an upgrade from what it was. Yes, they laughed at the prospect of democracy, but perhaps Oligarchy is still preferable to Monarchy, any day. Well, we didn't want it to end, but like they say, all good things must.
  11. Teen romance movies have remained a larger part of the romantic film genre. It was first in the late 70s and early 80s when films about teen romance started appearing on the big screen and caught the viewers' attention. And over the last three decades, numerous films have been made about the blooming love and broken relationships amongst the teens. via GIPHY Though the concept is not new now, film-makers keep coming up with refined scripts and polished narratives built around teen-romance. In this post, we have jotted down and analyzed such films that made the audience skip a beat. Here are the ten popular movies about young love that need to be on your must-watch list: 1. The Fault In Our Stars (2014) via GIPHY Josh Boone's remarkable project, 'The Fault in Our Stars' turned out to be a career-defining film for both Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. Based on John Green's book by the same name, the film explores the lives of teenagers Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus "Gus" Waters (Ansel Elgort) as the two deal with cancer and find love in each other. The movie received generally favourable reviews and due to its storyline, it is seen as one of the most heartbreaking teenage romance movies of all time. Shailene Woodley's performance, in particular, has been termed as powerful and authentic. She went on to win a Hollywood Film Award in the category Hollywood Breakout Performance – Actress. 2. High School Musical (2006) via GIPHY Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) were the only teendage couple we loved while growing up. Thanks to 'High School Musical', the high school romance drama that saw overnight success, became every teenager's must-watch film. The film started a revolution of its own kind and inspired many film-makers to experiment on the subject of dance and combined with love. Not only Hollywood, 'High School Musical' has remained a popular pick for film-makers in the east as well. The film also happens to be the first instalment in the 'High School Musical' trilogy. After the film's success, Disney also published a novel 'High School Musical: The Junior Novel' that instantly became a New York Times bestseller. 3. Prom (2011) via GIPHY Directed by Joe Nussbaum, Disney's 'Prom' remains one of the highly recommended teenage romance films that have ever been made. The film carries a fresh appeal to its otherwise usual storyline, and much credit for that has been given to fine performances by Aimee Teegarden and Thomas McDonell. The film perfectly displays Disney's version of what a prom could be all about. The prom as depicted in the film eventually brings enemies together in a fashionable way, exactly how teenagers wanted it to be. Mostly directed towards the student community, 'Prom' succeeded in getting a lot of attention at the box office from student groups. 4. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) via GIPHY Starring Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Larisa Oleynik, '10 Things I Hate About You' is a great teenage rom-com to stumble upon, particularly for two important reasons. Firstly because of Heath Ledger and the cast, and secondly that it is a modernized version of the Shakespearean comedy 'The Taming of the Shrew'. The plot of the film can be called an ancient one (boy asks the girl for prom by bribing someone, only to discover that the girl is already in love with him), it still delivered something out of the box. The movie is charming and involves a romantic breakup too, it promises to get hold of the audience for a while. 5. The Notebook (2004) via GIPHY Nicholas Sparks's novel turned into a film adaptation for every generation of lovers. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling play two young love birds meant to be together forever in the film. Fictionally, nothing could separate them, neither war nor Alzheimer's, and when they get old, Noah reads a page from Allie's diary on a daily basis, just to remind her of their love story. 'The Notebook' makes one get teary-eyed and nostalgic, leaves a lasting impact, unlike other romantic films. The film became a sleeper hit and gained immense popularity over the years. 'The Notebook' is the 15th highest-grossing romantic drama film of all time. 6. A Walk To Remember (2002) via GIPHY Starring Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote, and Daryl Hannah, 'A Walk To Remember' is a perfect teenage romantic film that is often recommended by movie buffs. Just like 'The Notebook', this film also happens to be an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel. The film received a mix response from the critics and though it happened to be a sweet love story it gained some following years after its initial release. The film portrays the bright side of a love story and gives one enough reasons to fall in love with its characters. 7. The Edge of Seventeen (2016) via GIPHY Written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, 'The Edge of Seventeen' is a critically acclaimed teen romantic comedy. Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, and Haley Lu Richardson, the film revolves around the life of four teenagers who find it difficult to deal with love. Unlike every other run-of-the-mill high school melodrama, this one offers a refreshing storyline. The film is a gem of its kind and even received various Critics Choice Awards nominations in 2016. In particular, Hailee Steinfeld's outstanding lead performance makes it worth watching. 8. Sing Street (2016) via GIPHY John Carney's romance drama is one film that has got a near to perfect script. The film in itself is a masterpiece and instantly connects with the audience. 'Sing Street' is a film about identity, dreams, and love. The music of the film creates nostalgia and makes one hum the songs for days. As much as the film offers a personal story, it is equally universal in its approach. The outstanding performances coming from Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aiden Gillen, Jack Reynor, and Kelly Thornton make this film an experience to remember. The film went on to be nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 74th Golden Globe Awards. The film is an epic romance saga and perfectly narrates the budding love story between two teenagers. 9. Love Simon (2018) via GIPHY Based on Becky Albertalli's novel 'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda', 'Love, Simon' is one romantic comedy-drama film one can't afford to miss at all. Starring Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, and Jennifer Garner, the story of the film focus on the life of Simon Spier (a gay), who ultimately falls in love with his anonymous classmate. 'Love, Simon' happens to be the 15th highest grossing teen romance films since 1980. The film turned out to be a huge crowd pleaser and gathered much celebrity attention due to being a mission-driven movie. 10. Twilight (2008) via GIPHY 'Twilight', remains one of the most watched teen-romance films of all time and happens to be the first part of the five-part film series 'The Twilight Saga'. Based on Stephenie Meyer's novel of the same name, the film revolves around the lives of two teenagers Bella Swan (played by Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson) and deals with the intricacies of their human-vampire relationship. Not only one could see the madness for each other in Stewart and Pattinson's performances, but the two also went on dating for years later, after winding up with the rest of the films. The film pours romance, passion, and aptly captures the teen-love angle with attention to detail.
  12. Lalhnehpuia Chhakchhuak is a young man who believes in putting in the effort in pursuit of greatness and backs his words up with his actions. In all of 16 years of his young life, Chhakchhuak has seen all kinds of struggles when it comes to following the game of basketball and the passion that comes along with it but does not know how to quit. He has based his work ethic on the principles of his idol, the five-time NBA champion, Kobe Bryant. Known for his 'never say die' attitude, better known as the 'Mamba Mentality', it taught the Los Angeles Lakers legend the need to go that extra mile to make big things happen and that is something Chhakchhuak swears by. View this post on Instagram Year 2 Vision A post shared by lalhnehpuia chhakchhuak (@hnehpuiaa) on Apr 2, 2019 at 5:38am PDT Having spent more than a year at the NBA Academy in Greater Noida, the Mizoram-born has had a tough childhood. Unable to speak Hindi, Chhakchhuak had trouble making friends at the Academy at first but the beauty of sports, any sport, is that it goes beyond the segregations of skin, caste, language or gender. Through the game of basketball and a little bit of help from the people around him, Chhakchhuak was well on his way to forming a special bond with the rest of the candidates who were selected from all over the country. When asked about how the Academy helped him, Chhakchhuak said: “The NBA Academy consists of some of the most talented coaches in the world who pay a lot of attention to a player's basics. The infrastructure here is on international standards and the way they teach us the minute details of the game is exceptional.” View this post on Instagram “Each of us have something to learn from others and something to teach in return”- Saint Augustine . . . . #mizobasketball A post shared by lalhnehpuia chhakchhuak (@hnehpuiaa) on Apr 15, 2019 at 4:17am PDT However, before the young athlete became a part of the Academy, Chhakchhuak had aims to play for his city, Aizawl and his state Mizoram, but due to the risk of occasional insurgency attacks and the lack of facilities to promote the game there, he could not pursue his dream back home. Luckily for him, Lalhnehpuia took birth in a pro-basketball family with his mother a player herself and his father, the head of the Mizoram Basketball Association and it is because of the support of his parents, Lalhnehpuia was able to make it to the academy. However, no matter how far away from home he may be, he remembered the values and the importance of maintaining balance that his mother, who was also his very first coach, had taught him. View this post on Instagram Reunited after 3 years. Gcs 2016 batch A post shared by lalhnehpuia chhakchhuak (@hnehpuiaa) on May 1, 2019 at 6:30am PDT In the latest class 10th boards, Lalhnehpuia was able to get a total of 91% and the entire credit behind him becoming such an allrounder must go the mother and the NBA Academy. “I feel privileged to have become a party of the NBA academy. Every day when I get up, I feel thankful towards my parents, because of whom I am doing that one thing that I have always wanted to do and that is, play basketball,” Chhakchhuak says. Chhakchhuak desires to join the actual National Basketball Association one day and just like another Laker, Lebron James, wishes to dominate the court when he steps in.
  13. You can trust Akshay Kumar to take up interesting projects and add versatility to his already super versatile career path. The man knows exactly what kind of movies he needs to pick, which serve a bigger purpose than merely entertaining the audience. Last seen as a Sikh warrior in 'Kesari', Khiladi Kumar is all set for his next movie 'Laxmmi Bomb' and his first look has got everyone screaming. View this post on Instagram âªBringing you one bomb of a story,#LaxmmiBomb starring @kiaraaliaadvani & yours truly!Bursting in cinemas on 5th June,2020ð¥ Fox Star Studios Presents A Cape of Good Films Production in association with Shabinaa Entertainment & Tusshar Entertainment House Written by Farhad Samji Directed by Raghava Lawrence Produced by Aruna Bhatia, Cape of Good films Produced by Shabinaa Khan and Tusshar Produced by Fox Star Studios @foxstarhindi @shabskofficial @tusshark89 #CapeOfGoodFilms A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on May 17, 2019 at 10:43pm PDT Now, you must be wondering what this kohl-rimmed-eyes look is all about. The movie is a remake of Southern hit film 'Kanchana' which was the second part of a two-part movie franchise directed by Raghava Lawrence. The movie follows the story of a man who gets possessed by the ghost of a transgender woman, who is looking for vendetta against the people who ruined her life. This looks like a very interesting role for Akshay and social media is abuzz with raving reviews of his first look. A completely Different role of @akshaykumar sir, Never fear to take risk in his career. Akki is truly KHATRON KE KHILADI. Kalwon ise kahte Risk lena, Rom-com ko Risky Gener Bana Diya tha salon ne.ð#LaxmmiBomb pic.twitter.com/ujZ8XtTbMp — Ankit (@iAnkitbdj) May 18, 2019 I've watched #Kanchana and have thoroughly enjoyed that movie. I genuinely wish that #LaxmmiBomb starring @akshaykumar & @Advani_Kiara do live upto the expectations set. And I must say, Akki's first look has already impressed me! ð®ð¹ð® pic.twitter.com/dg06a2OIQp — Samina Shaikh (@saminaUFshaikh) May 18, 2019 #LaxmmiBomb : F A B U L O U S & O U T S T A N D I N @akshaykumar bringing sum new concept That is y he is very versatile actor ð #AkshayKumar more power to you B O O M ð¥ð¥. ð¥ð¥ð¥ð¥ ab BO pe patakhe phutege pic.twitter.com/9zcQH2hOFg — Bollywood Crazy (@BollywoodCrazy_) May 18, 2019 The movie is already a big hit down South and with a very intriguing story line, looks like it will work well in Bollywood as well. 'Laxmmi Bomb' is all set to release next June in 2020.
  14. Remember the wild card entrant in 'Bigg Boss' season 10 named Jason 'Kantilal' Shah? The handsome hunk with a chiselled body and stormy grey eyes that took the viewers by storm and set social media abuzz with multiple fan-pages cropping up within hours of his entry? View this post on Instagram Don't just stareð Like and comment also 𤣠A post shared by Jason Shah (@_j_k_s_) on May 13, 2019 at 9:34pm PDT Yes, the British-American-Indian origin model-cum-actor, who you might have spotted in cameo roles in movies such as 'Dev.D', 'Partner', 'Fitoor' and more recently, 'Thugs of Hindostan' amongst others. Though Jason has mostly done small roles in Bollywood movies, and recently started making his presence felt on TV as the British High Commissioner in popular Colors TV show 'Jhansi Ki Rani', his is nothing less than an Instagram-celebrity. View this post on Instagram Every story needs a Hero & a Villain Which one are you â A post shared by Jason Shah (@_j_k_s_) on Mar 12, 2019 at 8:15pm PDT Jason Shah's Instagram account is totally on-point and gives us a glimpse of not only his life and work, but also his very stylish and fresh sense of fashion. The 33-year-old doesn't look a day over 25, and his easy-going yet fashionable style of dressing deserves all the credit. What's more, most of his looks are so simple (yet trendy), anyone can easily recreate them without burning a hole in their pocket. Check out these 5 stylish looks from Jason Shah's Instagram that you should definitely steal for yourself. 1. The Beachy Look View this post on Instagram I am A post shared by Jason Shah (@_j_k_s_) on May 7, 2019 at 3:42am PDT This is easy, comfy and totally in-fashion with a graphic tee, short shorts and good ol' slip-ons to complete the look. Don't forget to throw in tousled hair and a pair of funky shades for that perfect beachy-lounge look. 2. The 'Mind-Your-Business' Look View this post on Instagram How could I make sense Got millions on my mind ð¤ @dhananjaymane A post shared by Jason Shah (@_j_k_s_) on Apr 4, 2019 at 9:47pm PDT Nothing screams 'man on business' than a well-fitted suit and a well-groomed face. And what can beat the classic grey suit and black shirt combo? It's evergreen, looks dapper and can be put together in a jiffy! 3. The Summer-Ready Look View this post on Instagram 1. Came to set with a "I want more sleep" grumpy face 2. Looked up and remembered my goals 3. Said to myself " you've got so much to be thankful for" . Which is your favourite 1,2 or 3 A post shared by Jason Shah (@_j_k_s_) on Mar 7, 2019 at 9:44pm PST There is nothing better than a natural-hued, bright shirt paired with a pair of chinos for that breezy summer look which can make heads turn. Complete the look with a pair of espadrilles or loafers, and accessorise with a stunning wristwatch and glares. 4. The Perfect Street-Style View this post on Instagram One step at a time @skechersindia A post shared by Jason Shah (@_j_k_s_) on Oct 19, 2018 at 10:45pm PDT A nice, neutral-toned printed tee, tattered jeans and a bright pair of joggers is perfect for hitting the road or evening out with your mates. You can even add a light denim jacket if it's a little chilly where you are. 5. The Very 'Casual' Vibes Look View this post on Instagram I'm on time My driver is late #great A post shared by Jason Shah (@_j_k_s_) on Nov 5, 2018 at 2:11am PST What's there to not love about this look? Whether you're headed out for a date night or to the movies, this easy-going, casual look with a pastel-hued shirt, solid-coloured trousers and killer sneakers is perfect for it all.
  15. In 1988, a 6-year-old boy went for his first live concert with his parents in New York. At the legendary Madison Square Garden, the kid, who was possibly one of Mithun Chakraborty's biggest fans, saw his idol perform live in front of 20,000 screaming fans. Fast forward to the present, and that 6-year-old fanboy found himself sharing screen space with his idol, Mithun Da as a co-actor, in 'The Tashkent Files'. © Prashantt Guptha The little boy we're talking about is actor Prashantt Guptha, who in an exclusive interview with MensXP, spoke about how his journey and how it is nothing less than a 'divine miracle' for him to do a film with Mithun Chakraborty. BTW, did we tell you, 'The Tashkent Files' has been critically acclaimed and is doing incredibly well at the box office? Taking cue from 'Gully Boy', Prashantt said, "the milestone success of 'THE TASHKENT FILES' gives me that apna time aayega kind of feeling." © Prashantt Guptha "From 'Issaq' to 'Neerja' to 'The Tashkent Files', I came here to stay and my time has come," - Prashantt Guptha. Being a fan is one thing, but working with your idol as a co-star is a surreal experience. When we spoke to Prashantt and the excitement in his tone said it all, "the joy of going from a fanboy to co-star is no less than a divine miracle. How can I ever forget the vivid memory of him dancing to 'Krishna, dharti pe aaja tu' in front of 20,000 screaming fans. Never did I imagine that 30 years later I would work with him in a film and be on the same poster." © Prashantt Guptha When asked about his experience, he said, "Had Dada not made me comfortable from day one, I would have been nervous throughout the whole film. That was one memorable moment, where you are sitting with him and cracking jokes, eating together and even get a compliment from him. When he heard this (New York concert) story, his eyes were glittering like there were stars in his eyes." Success stories don't happen in a day, as everyone goes throuh his or her fair share of struggle. For Prashantt too, it wasn't a cakewalk or luck that worked in his favour. From facing multiple rejections, humiliation at the hands of some people to battling depression; Prashantt's struggle not only made him stronger and wiser but also gave everyone around him hope that if you have willpower, then nothing can stop you. © Prashantt Guptha Everyone comes to Mumbai with dreams to make it big in Bollywood and so did Prashantt. But, when the harsh reality dawned on him, his perception of the industry changed, "I have never appreciated how some people have treated me. I hate how people ignore you. I hate that until you haven't made it big, there's absolutely no talk about your craft, your attitude or your decency as a human being. People look through your face, look through your eyes and they ignore you. That really hurts and belittles you." However, the treatment of some people never deterred him from doing what he wanted to do, "Indeed it is traumatic to remember the ways I was treated, but the learnings have healed me too. Looking back, I have nothing but gratitude for how these experiences with people, situations, and this industry overall have shaped my being and strengthened my soul." © Prashantt Guptha He further revealed, "Here in India, we have a saying, 'chai se zyaada ketli garam'. You'll be surprised to know the biggest people I've worked with, be it the Rajshris, Vivek Agnihotri or stalwarts like Naseer (Naseeruddin Shah) saab and Mithun Da, have been the nicest. Yet with the 'gatekeepers' of the offices, the secretaries and at times assistants, I've been subjugated to so much belittling and mental torture. It was simply power-play. They didn't care where I came from, what I have done, how nice I am, whom I came through, or how talented I was." © Prashantt Guptha Things were never rosy for him. Multiple rejections and most importantly, the way people treated him, slowly slipped him into depression. "When you go through all of it, you become very bitter, you become very resentful, you hurt yourself and go through mental torture." When asked about the lowest point in his career, he said "There wasn't just one low point in my career. The accrued low points led to clinical, psychological and emotional issues and that was the worst of what I've been through. Even worse was the pain my journey put my family through." © Prashantt Guptha But Prashantt never gave up nor did he let depression or the clinical issues he was going through pull him down. He not only overcame depression, but also proved his mettle to the world like a true boss. In fact, he is grateful for having gone through depression, "because that shaped me as an artist in multiple ways. You learn so much about life, learn to help others and going through a very bad patch in life shapes you for the rest of your time." Having battled and overcome depression himself, Prashantt has an important message for his fans and all those people who are reading this right now, "Depression is a very bad thing and I would say it to anybody who is going through it, the best thing you can possibly do is talk to a friend or a relative. Talking to people will really heal you through this phase. I went through it and I have no regrets anymore. That time I did, but not anymore." © Prashantt Guptha Currently, Prashantt is working on a film with veteran actress Revathi. On talking about his co-actor and the chemistry he shares with her, he said "I am currently doing a film with Revathi, where I play her son and that has been my toughest and most enjoyable role. Revati ji, who is a three-time national award winner, is by far one of the finest human beings." He is also doing another short film with actress Bidita Bag and a feature film with Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee. What's more, it is his hardwork and talent that has made him the only Indian actor ever to get cast as a lead in a Hollywood Christmas movie. The movie, 'A New Christmas' is the story of an Indian boy and an African girl, who meet in New York during Christmas and fall in love. © Prashantt Guptha From being a little boy in New York who moved to Mumbai and struggled to become an actor, Prashantt has come a long way, "My journey has made me a better actor, has made me a tougher human being, has taught me how to meditate and it humanises me in every way. But, I have no regrets. I have got from some fine examples to learn from. I learn from Irrfan Khan, Pankaj Tripathy and Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Manoj Bajpai. These are the actors I look up to and actors I want to become like. And they all took a very long time." We all love reading and talking about success stories, but how many of us get that 'one in a million' chance to live one? Prashantt Guptha got it and he grabbed the opportunity with both his hands. Today, his inspiring success story has become a valuable lesson we all can learn from.
  16. In what has arguably been a spectacular year, the football season - comprised of prominent leagues and tournament - is nearing its fitting end. We've seen the likes of Barcelona lifting the La Liga trophy for the 26th time, Juventus clinching their eight successive Serie A title and Kylian Mbappe's hat-trick powering Paris Saint-Germain to Ligue 1 triumph this season. Also, the football fans were recently treated with Manchester City's thrilling Premier League title triumph that was decided on the final matchday of the season. Following the EPL suit, this year's Bundesliga title is also set to go down to the wire as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund (two-points adrift at the top) seek one final win to lift the trophy in the last round of matches on 18th May. And then, there is that big UEFA Champions League final in Madrid that will see English giants Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur locking horns for Europe's biggest trophy on 2nd June. But, while the highly-anticipated clash is still a few weeks away, the fans would be happy to update themselves on the latest list of most valuable and strongest football clubs in the world. © Reuters Putting some of the world's biggest football brands to test, Brand Finance has come up with this year's 'Football 50' - list of top football club brands. Taking into account a number of metrics (both financial and non-financial), the world's leading independent brand valuation consultancy firm has revealed the list of Top 50 most valuable and strongest football brands. Real Madrid might have crashed out of the Champions League and lost the La Liga trophy to arch-rivals Barcelona, but they have the title as the world's strongest football brand in 2019. With a brand value of 1.646 billion euro, the club is ahead of a peer group of a billion-euro-plus brands that includes Manchester United (€1.472bn), Barcelona (€1.393bn), Bayern Munich (€1.314bn), Manchester City (€1.255bn), and Liverpool (€1.191bn). The six clubs account for over 40 per cent of the overall brand value in the Brand Finance 'Football 50' ranking of the sport's most valuable brands, underlining the concentration of wealth and the creation of a set of 'super clubs'. They are followed by Chelsea (€968mn), Paris Saint-Germain (€914mn), Arsenal (€885mn) and Tottenham Hotspur (€758mn) to complete the top 10 spots on the coveted list. Los Blancos Reign Supreme © Reuters Real Madrid have shown this year who truly reigns supreme in the world of football. They triumph not only as the most valuable and strongest brand but their enterprise value and stadium are also ranked second to none. The club returned to the top of Brand Finance's ranking after almost a decade since it last held the title in 2010. The club's brand value has grown 27 per cent since last year, an increase partly attributable to the club winning a fourth UEFA Champions League in five years in 2018. The club had become the first in the world to break the €750 million barrier in revenues in 2017-18. Their commercial monies totalled €356 million, close to 50 per cent of overall revenues, making them the highest generator of cash from this income stream. Real Madrid also possesses the strongest football club brand, with a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score of 95.5 out of 100, marginally ahead of their fierce rivals Barcelona (BSI 95.4). Malaise In Manchester © Reuters Real Madrid's return to the top has pushed Manchester United into second place, as the Red Devils' brand value declined for the first time since 2016, from €1.562 billion last year to €1.472 billion (a 6 per cent drop) in 2019. Manchester United have disappointed in recent years on the playing field both in the Premier League and in the Champions League. Public perceptions of the brand have deteriorated as United ranks only 18th among the sample of the world's top clubs with regards to “playing exciting football”, as revealed by Brand Finance's original fan research. In the 2018-19 season, the club reached the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League but were easily beaten by Barcelona. Moreover, they failed to qualify for the 2019-20 competition for the third time in seven years. Such underperformance for a club accustomed to perpetual success in the Sir Alex Ferguson years is reflected in its revenue generation. Although total revenues remain among the highest, income from commercial and matchday activities has slowed up and TV income declined in 2017-18. To a certain degree, Manchester United have been cast into the shadows in their domestic market by neighbours Manchester City, who won the Premier League in 2018 and 2019. Spurs Race Ahead © Reuters Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are flying the flag for English football this year having reached the final of the UEFA Champions League. Both clubs improved their brand value by 20% to €1.191 billion and €758 million respectively, the highest growth rates in the top 10 after Real Madrid's 27 per cent and Paris Saint-Germain's 21 per cent. Tottenham in particular continue to win plaudits for their commitment to a progressive style of football and youth development. While their new 62,000-capacity home ground was being built, Tottenham were playing at Wembley, which provided the opportunity to grow matchday revenues. Their new stadium should enable them to maintain momentum in this income stream as well as monetise new state-of-the-art facilities through other non-football events. Their financial position was highlighted by record post-tax profits of €131 million in 2017-18, but their success in Europe in 2018-19 should allow the club to further invest in its playing resources and strengthen their ability to compete at the highest level. Wolves Wander Up The Ranks © Reuters While the ranking of the top clubs shows little change to 2018, one of the rising stars are Wolverhampton Wanderers, who returned to the Premier League in 2018 after an absence of six seasons. Wolves, a club with a rich heritage, ranks 28th in the table with a brand valuation of €187 million, and their impressive performance in 2018-19 and the benefits of Premier League membership should create a positive growth trajectory. This season, the club enjoyed their highest attendances at their Molineux ground for almost 50 years. Wolves are owned by Fosun International, which has close links with high-profile agent Jorge Mendes. They have leveraged these relationships to build a strong, attack-minded team of talented players as well as broaden the club's franchise in China and develop an innovative focus on eSports. The Premier Appeal © Reuters The ascendancy of Wolves and the strong presence of English clubs in the Brand Finance 'Football 50' (17 clubs in total) highlights the enduring financial power of the Premier League. The Premier's TV broadcasting revenues outstrip all the other major European leagues - €2.9 billion versus LaLiga's €1.2 billion in 2017, while commercial revenues are more than double the income of Serie A or Ligue 1. The Premier League is also the most widely followed league across Europe's main football markets, according to Brand Finance's original fan research. The Premier League is deemed to have a “superior atmosphere” and a “greater level of competitiveness” than other national competitions. However, the Premier League did not score highest on all metrics as La Liga is thought to have more “star players” and “world class clubs” than the Premier League. Brand Value By Leagues © Reuters Apart from the football clubs, Brand Finance also projected astonishing numbers in relation to the brand value in terms of competitive football leagues. There was no surprise to see Premier League right at the top of the list with a brand value of €8,683 million (a 6.9 per cent jump from last year's figures of €8,120 million). It wasn't really surprising considering the fact that it has provided all four finalists across the Champions League and UEFA Europa League this year - a feat achieved by a country for the very first time. Premier League is followed by La Liga whose brand value has been estimated at €3,998 million (a massive 23 per cent rise from last year's figures of €3,242 million) in the esteemed list. Germany's Bundesliga is at the third spot with a brand value of €3,815 million, followed by Serie A (€2,001mn) and Ligue 1 (€1,242mn).
  17. Vicky Kaushal is the actor who is giving our classic Bollywood heroes a run for their money. The man who started out with a dream in his heart and treaded on an unknown path has come a long way from his 'Masaan' days. His recent performance as DJ Sandz and a path-breaking record with 'Uri' has made him the favourite man of the moment and he is well aware of it. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) on Mar 20, 2019 at 1:47am PDT Vicky is celebrating his 31st birthday today and is ringing it amongst his family and friends. View this post on Instagram The smile on my face is because of the people you see in the reflection behind. Thank You guys. Also, feeling so damn blessed reading all your wonderful wishes. Thank You so much for this beautiful shower of love and blessings. Lots of love and a big hug to each one of you. And that btw, on the table, was my birthday cake! ðâ¤ï¸ð A post shared by Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) on May 16, 2019 at 2:12am PDT We stumbled upon some unseen, raw footage of his theatre days, which are notable performances in their own league. One of the videos shows Vicky in a theatrical production where he's seen essaying a comic character. Another short clip shows a talented Vicky playing the role of a rough police officer misbehaving with a woman. This has a carefree Vicky drinking with his friends and contemplating a plan to commit suicide. Interestingly, he was also a part of Vasan Bala's short movie 'Geek Out' . For any Vicky Kaushal fan, this is a gold mine right here.
  18. It seemed like yesterday when the whole 'GOT' fever gripped the world and now when you think about it, we had to wait for over 2 years for the final season to drop on us. This season has been a major disappointment for fans across the globe and some fans are so upset that there's a legit petition that been filed for the makers to remake and rewrite the entire season. Now with just one more episode left, it's like a tsunami of expectations and an avalanche of predictions that is coming our way. Now it's kind of difficult to make everyone happy and make up for 5 sloppy episodes, but we sincerely hope that the final episode satiates the hunger for a satisfactory closure. The BTS images this week are numbered to just two images which is sad but maybe the makers don't believe in giving out any hints. The first image shows the dragon queen overlooking the ruins of King's Landing and her army. Looks like she is addressing them and maybe this is the plot twist when something happens. © HBO The other image is that of a confused and dazed Tyrion Lannister, who probably is enduring the madness that he just witnessed. Even after the people rang the bell and surrendered, Khaleesi ended up spitting fire and ensuring everything is limited to just ashes. He also lost his siblings and is contemplating probably if Varys was right about their queen all along. © HBO I firmly believe that Sansa will sit on the throne and in case you wonder why and how, you can read about the theory here. For now, let's wait for Monday morning to dawn upon us. In case you miss the madness on Monday, then you can catch the finale on Star World on Tuesday at 10 PM.
  19. They say travelling broadens our horizons, and exploration is the most honest teacher in town. We wouldn't question that simply because we have personally witnessed, on multiple occasions, how exposure to new landscapes and cultures can transform people for good. We end up admiring the person they become, and whether we admit it or not, we wish to become like them in a lot of ways. Why? Because that kind of goodness never goes out of fashion, and here's proof. It had been just another family vacation for 19-year-old Malhar Kalambe, who was visiting Bali during the summer of 2017. The pristine beaches and clear water surrounding the Indonesian island left Malhar mesmerised until the bigger realities back home in Mumbai shattered Malhar's bubble. © Malhar Kalambe The beaches in Mumbai lay in a wretched state, and the disillusionment from this bigger ground reality hit him hard. He almost blamed the government and municipality, like most of us, and gave up on the situation. However, the damage had already been done, and Malhar simply couldn't move on from what he had witnessed. The Epiphany © Malhar Kalambe It was one such day, when he was sitting with his mother and discussing the sad state of Indian beaches, and wondering why it is so. “I was discussing the state of affairs with my mother and believed that perhaps it's because of the BMC and the government were not doing their job. That's when my mother suggested that if you feel so strongly about this, instead of complaining about it, do something about it. Clean the beach,” Malhar told MensXP. Malhar took up his mother's advice and decided to do something that would make a difference. That's how the Dadar beach clean-up came into existence. Malhar reached out to some of his school friends and together, they set to work. The Start Of A Bigger Movement - 'Beach Please' © Malhar Kalambe Malhar recalls the first time he headed to the beach for a clean-up, “The first time we went to the Dadar beach, we didn't even know that clean-ups should be taken up on the days of low tide. We got together one Sunday and headed to the beach. But due to the high tide, we couldn't do much. So we came back the following weekend and loved the results. That's when we decided to do this for the long haul. Over the next few it became a continuous process and soon turned into a movement.” That's how 'Beach Please' came into existence. The Journey Hasn't Been Easy © Malhar Kalambe Malhar admits that it's been a roller coaster journey. It wasn't easy for the then 19-year-old to convince the people or the BMC officials about the cleanup drive. It took him months to convince them and to be taken seriously by them. The next challenge was to manage the finances required to take the initiative forward. Since Malhar and most of his volunteers are students, and with no funds to back this initiative, all of them pool in their pocket money and arrange all the required props for the clean-up. © Malhar Kalambe Some days, they have over a thousand volunteers, while on other days it's not even a handful. Yet, regardless of the number of volunteers, their personal and academic commitments, Malhar and his friends made the decision to show up for the cleanup every weekend. No excuses. “It's been 88 weeks since we started, and we have never skipped a single weekend,” a proud Malhar shares. Up Next © Malhar Kalambe The Dadar clean-up turned out to be a huge success and caught the attention of lots of people. Over the last 88 weeks, 20000 odd people have been associated with the cause and 'Beach Please' has removed over 1000 tons of waste so far. But Malhar didn't just stop there. He decided to move to the very source where all this waste is collected. Mithi River in Mumbai, one of India's most polluted rivers, was next on his to-do list. © Malhar Kalambe However, it wasn't easy convincing his team to clean up the river, “It took me 3-4 months to convince the team. The reason being, 70% of the river bank is covered with small scale industries which directly dump their waste into the river. So here it wasn't just about plastic waste but included medical waste and chemical waste too. Open defecation in the area also posed as a major problem. But eventually, we took it up and started the Mithi river clean-up in November last year.” The Big Moment For Malhar & 'Beach Please' © Malhar Kalambe 'Beach Please' became Malhar's passion, as his love for the environment found a physical manifestation with it. A B.Com graduate and CA aspirant, Malhar's efforts earned one of the biggest recognitions in the country through UN India's V Award for change makers. “It was the first ever award I have won, and it was huge. You can only imagine how great that felt.” Malhar's parting words are most insightful. He says, “Awareness and lack of civic sense is our biggest flaw as a society. We keep blaming others/government. Whereas we also have to perform their own civic duties and pressurise the authorities to take ownership. Public participation is key, paying taxes is not enough, people have to step out and get their hands dirty if they wish to see a significant change. © Malhar Kalambe As for that one thing that each one of us can do to make our environment cleaner and better, he says, “Segregation waste at the source will solve 50-60% of the problem. Segregating the waste at home is the basic thing each one of us can take up at a personal level.” 21-year-old Malhar has come a long way and made “tonnes” of difference to the world. More power to you Malhar.
  20. Ajay Barot from Himmatnagar in Gujarat grew up dreaming of an elaborate wedding for himself, that would be the most memorable celebration that people around him would ever be a part of. So, when his cousin got married recently, the 27-year-old's desire to get hitched only got stronger. (c) ANI Ajay's parents took it upon themselves to fulfil their son's dream and organised a lavish wedding which was attended by 200 guests, complete with all the traditional Gujarati rituals and ceremonies for the groom. But the only twist in this tale is that there was no bride for our groom, Ajay. (c) ANI If you are wondering how that is possible and why anyone would spend lakhs on such a wedding, read what Ajay's father Vishnu Barot had to say. Talking to ANI, Vishnu said, "My son was diagnosed with a learning disability and lost his mother at an early age. He used to enjoy the wedding procession of other people and asked us about his marriage. We were unable to answer his question as it was not possible to find a match for him. Thus, after talking to all my family members, I decided to arrange a wedding procession for him so he feels like his wedding is being held and his dream is getting accomplished. I am very happy that I fulfilled my son's dream without thinking about what society would say." (c) ANI Thus, dressed in a shiny sherwani, and pink headgear, Ajay rode on a decked-up 'ghodi' and made merry as the wedding procession danced to Gujarati music and dhol. The family had invited close to 800 people for the celebrations, and even a priest was called to officiate the wedding as per traditional Gujarati customs. Ajay's entire family was more than happy to fulfil his dream, and behold the unadulterated joy the celebration brought to his face.
  21. Fans are not at all happy with the latest episode of 'Game of Thrones'. However, apparently the storyline is not all that is wrong with it. In an editing gaffe of sorts, apparently one of the scenes ended up showing Jaime Lannisters hand - intact. Let's see where. © HBO Apparently it was a part of the emotional reunion between Jaime and Cersei, where Jaime is trying to pacify a mortified Cersei by reminding her that 'nothing else matters' except them. Check out the screenshot below. © HBO Is that Jaime's real hand? Or is it the golden hand catching some firelight that is making the gold look realistic? We can't decide but fans sure had a lot to say. So Jaime's hand grow back is thatð¤£ððð¤£ð¤£ Las las GOT na scam Las las GOT na scam Las las GOT na scam Las las GOT na scam Las las GOT na scam pic.twitter.com/2faq7ocjjP — ðâð¼âðð¼ââ¡ð» (@AbdulraufKhamis) May 13, 2019 During this 90 minutes shit show, Jaime's hand grow back.#GameofThrones ððð pic.twitter.com/jdReQGnoxP — ValverdeOut (@Mithu_72724) May 13, 2019 #Jaime still has his right hand in #GOTS8E5 ð WTF???#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/z9eXD0wKwM — Game Of Thrones (@GameOfT57476878) May 13, 2019 While Jaime kinda forgot about his character development and lack of a right hand#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/NskEsoKegQ — ÐÑнÑка | СÐÐÐÐÐРЮ (@MinkaMachka) May 13, 2019 We still can't decide, but fans sure do think that Jaime perhaps drank that Starbucks coffee with this very hand.
  22. This article contains heavy spoilers. Proceed with caution! The 5th episode of the World's greatest show aired early morning today and most of us, who need to deduce fair points at the end of the day from it, have already seen it. Well, to be fair it wasn't as bad as the last two episodes, as this one seemed more real and impactful. There were loose ends, of course, but because it was rounding up towards the finale, there were some closure points as well. But alternatively so, the episode lacked a lot of insightful tools we usually look forward to while watching an episode of 'Game of Thrones' and because of that, there were some things that didn't make sense. © HBO Apart from the much-awaited 'Cleganebowl' and the death and destruction in and of King's Landing, everything that was shown was packed in a hurry, like most of this season has been. That's been our only takeaway from most of the episodes in Season 8, which also make us question some major plot-lines and small little logical nuances, missing from the show. For instance, a beautifully narrated story, comes to a drastic end, with little or no effort made towards it. Dany taking over the throne literally fell flat in making a singular impression upon the fans, and that's quite sad. Here are 5 things that didn't make sense in episode 5, season 8 of 'Game of Thrones': (1) Fairly Poor Character Arcs Towards The End The character arcs for certain characters have drastically fallen. What was built on a proper premise with a beautiful storyline, ended with little or no closure whatsoever. For example, Jon's character throughout 'GoT' has been on a rise and he was always shown as someone who will eventually save the day. Right after he was brought back from the dead, till he fought the White Walkers far beyond the wall, his character kept up with pace and adequacy, till it eventually fell flat in season 7. He was practically doing nothing in the last two wars, except sharing some screen-time running about and using his sword sparingly. It was as good as him not being there, which in the books, he really wasn't. He dies in the books, so I am assuming the writers couldn't figure in two years what to actually do with his character, which is partially shameless and mostly callous! © HBO Similarly, Arya's purpose to kill the queen, or Jaime's to fight or save Cersei, was all washed out in vain when the Mad Queen decided to destroy the city, making that the only focus of the entire show, giving their characters little or no purpose towards the end of the most iconic show ever. (2) How Does The Most Important Villain Die Under Dust And Rubble? For almost 7 seasons, we assumed the most important villain was the Night King, up until episode 3 where was he was destroyed, making Cersei the ultimate villain the North would have to face. But no! Cersei barely put up a fight before she died with her lover when the structure crumbled and killed both her and Jaime! I feel it was the most useless death for one of the most important villains in history. Not like we were expecting a grandiose execution or another walk of atonement, but a proper face-off between her and Dany was something that should have naturally happened. Instead, the writers decided to finish off her character crying in the arms of her lover and eventually dying with him. Just didn't go down too well for some of us! © HBO (3) Arya's Entire Build-Up With No Purpose Since season 6, we've been hearing Arya's wish to kill the queen, aka Cersei. She's headed towards King's Landing in season 7, when Hot Pie tells her that the Starks have won back Winterfell from the Boltons. But even so, her eventual goal is to kill the queen. The Red Woman had also predicted she'll shut 'green eyes' and up until now, we thought she'd be killing Cersei. She left Winterfell, with The Hound, for the same purpose, didn't she? So, what happens when she reaches KL? The entire build-up is in vain because Arya's just picking herself up for the next one hour, while Dany is creating havoc in KL. Yes, Arya killed the Night King, so maybe her greater purpose was over and done with, but to keep her alive, not knowing what to do with her character next is quite pointless. If she hasn't exited the show yet, maybe the queen she'd eventually kill is Dany, as Dany has green eyes too and is a threat to the Seven Kingdoms. But the sudden downfall of Arya's character arc was quite disappointing TBH. © HBO (4) The Bigger Purpose For The Battle Was Lost The entire reason Dany was going to fight for the throne was because she was passionate about it, not because she was angry at people in King's Landing, but towards the end, it just seemed like Dany was only causing so much havoc and destruction because she was avenging Missandei's death. The entire plot didn't bank on the build-up over so many years, but was an abrupt decision taken by the Mother of Dragons, and she acted on rage rather than patience and kindness. The same goes for Greyworm, who attacked the Lannister army after the bells were rung, in an absolute rage to avenge his lover's death. Seems like the battle was only this chaotic and destructive because both of them were pissed off about losing Missandei, which defeated the actual, bigger purpose- winning over the civilians of King's Landing with kindness and nothing more, while taking over the throne, simultaneously. © HBO (5) The Dany-Goes-Mad-Arc Was Poorly Handled It seems it was a long-term plan to have Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragon's lose her sh*t in the end. It was always foreshadowed in the show when references were made to her 'Mad' father and somewhere the writers tried to tell us she may meet the same fate. But even so, her character arc was beautifully built. She was constantly portrayed as a folk hero, the 'breaker of chains', the ender of slavery, the kindest ruler to exist, throughout the earlier seasons and it was a slow build up for sure. We only get to see Dany change characters towards the end of season 7. Nay, beginning of season 8 rather, when she finds out Jon is the true heir to the throne. © HBO The character transition was a little too abrupt and poorly handled and didn't give the audience enough time to digest the madness she was turning into. Yes, agreed that her want for the throne made her go absolutely bonkers, but she'd been wanting the throne for far too long. Why was she suddenly shown as absolutely crazy for it, towards the end? The progression could be handled a bit more tastefully. © HBO While I am pretty sure what happens next, because let's face it, the writers have made the plot fairly predictable with their lazy writing, I don't think there's enough time left for complete and absolute closure we've been waiting for since episode 1 of this season! Unless of course, if they surprise us with an episode 7! Well, I am sure that's not happening, so let's just digest this mighty episode and wait for the next one, next week.
  23. The penultimate episode of 'Game of Thrones' is usually where all the drama lies. This is a set pattern and considering the minimal loss of life in the league of the major characters, we expected major bloodshed, and “The Bells” promised just that. Not that we didn't get bloodshed that we were promised, but it was rather disappointing. In case, you need a round-up of all the people who lost their lives, here's a list of the characters who are now dead and how they met their final ends. 1. Varys © HBO Varys died saying "I hope I'm wrong" to Tyrion referring to Dany losing it in the end. He was burnt alive by Dany's last standing dragon, Drogon in the presence of everyone. It was sad that in the end, it was Tyrion who outed him. 2. Harry Strickland, The Commander Of The Golden Company © HBO The Golden Company may have been a force to be reckoned with, but in front of Dragonfire, they couldn't stand a chance, could they? Harry survived the fire but was later brutally stabbed by Greyworm who was clearly avenging his girlfriend, Missandei's death by the looks of his expressions. 3. Euron Greyjoy © HBO Euron lived in a world of his own. He could've fled the scene but died of his own mistake that was provoking Jaime Lannister and then dying believing that he actually killed him. Tch tch tch, nearing death does make people delusional. 4. Qyburn © HBO Poor guy. Killed by his own creation in the end. The Mountain squeezed his neck in a snap without thinking twice. When has playing God worked out well for anyone? 5. Sandor & Gregor Clegane © HBO The much-awaited Clegaine bowl finally took place. But, oh well, it did not pan out well for either of the parties. While The Mountain was a lost cause, we do miss Ser Gregor. 6. Jaime and Cersei Lannister © HBO We expected a much, much more gruesome death for Cersei for all the cruelness she's inflicted on our favourite characters over the years. But they did want to romanticise their sibling-lovers-relationship in the end. Sigh.
  24. History is never a person's first choice for TV viewing unless you genuinely love history. The problem lies in the initiation: learning history. All those dates and years. The lineage and progeny of a thousand different kings, their affairs, the way they held court. And the wars! The wars! History is interesting; what is faulty is the way it has been taught to us: mugging up dates, names and facts with tedious prose instead of getting to know the story behind the events. A round of applause for our superb education system! History is an extremely important part of our culture; it teaches us not to repeat the mistakes of our predecessors. It is imperative to understand history in order to know ourselves better and learn from it. History can be fascinating, and it sure is. But history is made of facts, which can get boring easily. And those huge hardbound books make the task even more daunting. Visual representation has often proved superior to textual description. We understand better when we see. That is where TV comes in. In today's age of streaming, easily accessible internet, and exceptional talent, the entertainment industry churns out numerous historical or historically influenced series catering to everyone's palate: gory, romantic, gothic, amorous, dramatic or good old factual. Even if these series may be historically inaccurate (because what fun is plain fact-telling?), they present the story which we had once read in an intriguing manner (Hello, Drama! Adds panache, doesn't it?). And who doesn't enjoy a good visual tale? Here are 5 such historical fiction shows which portray history in a new light: 1. The Borgias: (2011-2013) No. of Seasons: 3 © Myriad Pictures/ Bell Media/ Showtime Networks Beautiful sets, fantastic locales and exquisite medieval era costumes come together to make this magnificent historical saga. Backed by a powerful narrative and commendable performances, follow the rise and fall of Pope Alexander VI and his children, as they navigate the complexities of living as the first family of the Roman Catholic Church. Previously known as Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons), the new Pope 's climb to the papacy is a fascinating one, bringing to fore the rampant bribery and intrigues of the Catholic Church. But does his privileged position safeguard him from troubles? No. Because every other failed papal candidate is out to tarnish his image and see him fail as Pope. Adding drama to the story is the forbidden romance between Lucrezia and Cesare, the elder son and daughter of Rodrigo. (Did someone say Cersei and Jaime? :P ) As the series moves forward, the true nature of the characters is revealed which propels the narrative forward. Pope Alexander doesn't shy away from using every weapon in his arsenal: whether it is sending his sons off to wars to keep his position safe or using his daughter as a sacrificial lamb for political alliances by marrying her off to unworthy suitors. Laced with lies, deceit, conspiracies, and wars, the story is a captivating look into the manoeuvrings of religious faith by people for personal gain. Will the Borgias reign supreme? 2. Vikings (2013-): No. of Seasons: 6 (6th to be released) © Shaw Media/ Chorus Entertainment/ MGM Television/ History If you are fascinated by 'GoT', you will be absolutely hooked to 'Vikings'. Based on Scandinavian folklore and Norse mythology, it focusses on the Viking Age: the period of terror when Northern Europe was raided by Scandinavian forces in order to impose their stronghold on the mainland through wars and conquests. In the limelight is Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), one of the most famous of Norse heroes. The series charts his journey of becoming King and focuses on the raids he carried in England and France, which earned him the notorious title of “The Scourge of the North”. The series focuses on his family, eventually shifting the attention to his sons, and on Lothbrok's friends and fellow warriors who play an important role in enforcing his power. Though the plot isn't an extremely convoluted one, the character development and the easy flow of the show is bound to keep you interested. The characters are well-written, the war scenes are superbly executed, which make the story compelling without becoming tiresome. 3. Rome (2005-2007): No. of Seasons: 2 © HBO Another show with a high production value, an intriguing plot and stunning backdrops, Rome is one of the best historical shows out there. Giving competition to its sister show, Game of Thrones, in terms of story and complexity, it is quite a fantastic show. Focusing on the Roman Empire, the show chronicles the lives and times of history's most prominent figures of Rome: Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Octavian, Cleopatra among others. At the heart of the series are two soldiers of Caesar's army: Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson) and Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd), through whose eyes the series is perceived. Titus and Lucius, with their unique personalities and dispositions, propel the story of Rome as it transitions from a Republic into an Empire. As a new era dawns upon Rome, changes are made, loyalties are tested, rules are broken and the legendary Roman Empire comes into existence. The series interlaces key events of Roman history; the overthrow of the Optimates, Julius Caesar's dictatorial rule, the Gallic war, Caesar's assassination, Octavian's rise and his feud with Mark Antony resulting in the Battle of Actium, with the lives of the two warriors, who sometimes are shown as the harbinger of change: they seem to influence some important events in history Though not historically accurate, the series doesn't completely obliterate the facts. Its lucid storyline and the powerful portrayals are what you make look forward to the tale on screen. 4. Medici: Masters of Florence / The Magnificent (2016-): No. of Seasons: 2 © Lux Vide/ Rai Fiction/ Netflix/ Big Light Productions Based on the powerful political dynasty, the House of Medici, who were also a famous banking family of Florence, the series follows Cosimo (the Elder), played by Richard Madden, as he tries to unearth the secret behind his father's mysterious death. Set in the 15th century, responsibility is thrust on Cosimo as he inherits the Bank of Florence. As he reminisces about the time of his father, Giovanni de' Medici (Dustin Hoffman), the mystical veil on the Masters of Florence is lifted, and the audience is treated to the drama that the family is famous for: the exile of Cosimo, his various extramarital affairs, the Medici influence on culture, the family's patronage of the Italian Renaissance and (also due to) their endless wealth. With themes of suspense/thriller, this historical drama delves into the enigmatic family's past. Though the premise of Giovanni's death by poisoning is added for theatrical flair, the series stays true to historical accounts for the most part. Season 2 (Medici: The Magnificient) is set 20 years after Cosimo's time, and centres on his grandson, Lorenzo (Daniel Sherman), who now has the keys to the Medici fortune. © Lux Vide/ Rai Fiction/ Netflix/ Big Light Productions But will he succeed in keeping his family's name untarnished while other powerful enemies try to drag it through the mud? As Lorenzo (the Magnificient) tries to keep up with the increasing pressure, especially on the banking front, Jacopo Pazzi (Sean Bean (Yes, Ned Stark!)), the head of a rival bank, leaves no stone unturned to make Lorenzo more miserable. Does this spell doom for the legacy of the Medici? 5. The White Queen (2013): No. of Seasons: 1 (10 Episodes) © Company Pictures/ Czar Television/ BBC One As the War of the Roses rages on, three women take on the task of changing history forever. One of England's most infamous of wars between its two great houses: The House of York and The House of Lancaster, both contesting for the throne and wishing to gain the upper hand. (Based on Philippa Gregory's historical novel set in 15th century England) When Yorkist King, Edward IV, secretly marries Lancaster House's beautiful Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Fergusson), the English court is struck dumb with disgust. The decision is most forcefully resisted by the Earl of Warwick, Richard Neville, aka the Kingmaker. But Elizabeth Woodville is no fool; she has her own plans for the throne, guided by her resourceful mother, Jacquetta. On the other side, we have Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale), the influential Tudor matriarch, who wants the throne for her son, Henry, and uses her power to restore the glory of her house. The Kingmaker's naïve daughter, Anne Neville (Faye Marsay), is another player in the game, whom her father uses to safeguard his position in court. As the series progresses, Anne's true nature shines. The three women, seemingly sheltered and innocent but actually behind-the-screen heroines are the real influencers and form the crux of the story, setting into motion a string of events that change the course of the war. Manipulation, seduction, sexual intrigue, and betrayal run rampant in this drama-filled story as the struggle to seek power intensifies. Disclaimer: Watching these shows do not guarantee good marks in your history paper! :P
  25. Being a parent, who brings about gender-neutrality when their child is growing up, is a very essential part of their upbringing. What is gender-neutrality when it comes to raising kids today? It's when parents raise their kids in an environment which does not force any preconceived gender norms upon them to adhere to. While you may think gender norms are subjective and some are more stereotyped than the others, the ardent belief that men should be raised a particular way, which distinguishes them for being men in the first place, is what's problematic in society. (c)Pintrest Today, there is a need for mothers and fathers to raise their children in a gender-neutral environment where discouraging them to pick up a few activities just because it doesn't fit a particular gender role should be overlooked and processed differently. It's problematic to feed men with the notion that it's not okay to be emotional or too sensitive or tell women their place is in the kitchen or as homemakers. It's a choice that both the parents have to give their children to make and follow, respectively. (c)Pintrest Most men today are raised by their mothers because it's a basic bond and any mother who's raising a child knows how to do it best. Mothers are leaning towards gender-neutral parenting and this Mother's Day, we gathered 5 men who spoke about gender-neutral things their mothers taught them, while they were growing up: (1) It's Absolutely Okay To Show Emotions! "I was always raised believing if you have a feeling or an emotion, it's absolutely okay to share it and show it. Hiding behind a garb of manliness and denying your own emotion can be quite toxic and dissatisfying. My mother, in fact, always encouraged me to emote when I was going through a tough time rather than walking out of a room because it was difficult to process a particular emotion. I am very thankful for that because I recognise emotions very easily, not just in me and I help people open up and process them. Especially for my son, who is 10." Akshay Luthra, 38, Marketing Consultant. (c)Pintrest (2) Stay-At-Home Dads Shouldn't Be Looked Down Upon "I am stay-at-home father, which means my wife got promoted last year and couldn't find the time to look after the kids round the clock. I have two children and their upbringing is very important to me. So, I work from home and take care of them, while my wife goes to the office. She and I both implement the fact that its absolutely normal to be a stay-at-home dad and it's not a gender-specific role, just for the mother to stay home and take care of the house and children'' - Rohit Nanda, 39, Freelance Writer (c)Pintrest (3) Cooking Doesn't Challenge Masculinity "My mother always loved cooking and she was of the opinion anyone can cook. She never saw it as an activity for just women, where they cook and serve at all times. In fact, my sister was never encouraged to enter the kitchen. If her interest lay there, she definitely would have. But I loved to cook since a child and my mother always encouraged it. Today I have my own restaurants and I still love to cook. It was because of my mother I changed my hobby, to my work now" - Pritiyush Kalra, 35, Chef (4) A Choice Is A Choice "I was always fascinated by wearing non-boyish clothes as a kid. I mean, I liked all these colourful dresses and my mom's make-up. I would just stare at her getting ready and always go for her make-up when she wasn't around. I remember the day she caught me, I thought I would -be in big trouble. But she asked me what I liked about make-up and I said I liked the colours. She then told me it was my choice as to what I liked wearing and how I liked dressing and she would never make that for me. I am very grateful to her for making it easy to identify and accept my choices and my sexuality, when society refused to" - Ankit Moghe, 28, Make-Up Artist. (5) It's About Knowing What're You're Good At "I have been fond of classical dance since I was a child. I used to watch it on television and always start dancing at home. My mother saw that time and again and enrolled me in Bharatanatyam classes. My father was very against this decision and said it's only something girls should do. But my mother stuck her ground and today I am a professional dancer, running my own school. It has also taught me that gender-neutral parenting is very important. It doesn't confuse who you are, it enhances your belief in equal opportunity between the two genders and this is what I will impart to my children as well." - Romith Iyer, 29, Danseur (c)Pintrest Gender-neutral kids are more creative as they're given an opportunity to explore their own wants and needs without facing a bias or a discouragement in their expression of choice. It is fairly important to reduce gender importance and norms that classify as a staunchly patriarchal society. In fact, it's time to do away with the basics of patriarchy and equalise and normalise the effect both genders have, in society. This Mother's Day, these 5 men wish to thank their mother for giving them the ultimate lesson in life- embracing who and what you really are!
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