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  1. Huawei was cut access to do business with American companies like Google, Qualcomm, Intel and other companies that collaborate with the Chinese company. The ban comes as a part of U.S. President's executive order amidst trade battles between the two countries. Having said that, according to Huawei, the company already has contingency plans in place to deal with the ban and the company's founder Ren Zhengfei has downplayed the impact it will have on the Chinese company. Supporting #Huawei does not necessarily mean you should buy a #Huawei smartphone. My family members use #Apple for a very long long time: Ren Zhengfei, founder of China's Huawei Technologies (Photo: Chen Qingqing/GT) pic.twitter.com/5rcrHJx3KR — Global Times (@globaltimesnews) May 21, 2019 Speaking to Chinese newspaper, the Global Times, Ren said that “In such a critical moment, I'm grateful to US companies, as they've contributed a lot to Huawei's development and showed their conscientiousness on the matter,” Ren says. “As far as I know, US companies have been making efforts to persuade the US government to let them cooperate with Huawei ... We always need US-developed chipsets, and we can't exclude American products with a narrow mind.” © Reuters On Saturday, Huawei tweeted “Lose-lose, Washington's decision to force U.S. companies to stop doing business with tech giant Huawei creates losers on both sides.” Ren also went on to say that trade restriction would not affect Huawei's 5G rollout and in fact, it would be detrimental for the US as other companies would not be able to catch up with Huawei's technology. "The current practice of US politicians underestimates our strength," Ren Zhengfei said, according to the transcripts from the interview. It seems like Huawei will remain unaffected for the time being even though the ban has been lifted temporarily for three months. The US Commerce Department temporarily lifted the ban on American businesses collaborating with Huawei so that software updates can continue on Huawei phones. The three-month lifting of the ban should give Huawei time to at least fight the ban and put forward its case to be removed from the Entity List. The US government currently deems the brand to be a threat to national security due to the government's claim of spying and stealing valuable information from American companies. Google blocked Huawei's access to its Android license on Sunday in compliance with President Trump's Executive order. Other companies like Qualcomm and Intel have also temporarily stopped business with the Chinese company until the ban has been lifted. The loss to Google's Android License means that future Huawei phones will not be able to sell devices running Google's proprietary services such as the Play Store, Youtube and other Google apps. However, Huawei says that the company has already built an alternative OS and is stockpiling hardware to tackle the current issue at hand. Source: Global Times
  2. Sadly, most theories and prophecies didn't work in 'Game of Thrones', as we saw a rather clustered final season, with a lot of loose ends, that did not even make sense. Even so, towards the bittersweet end, the fog finally settled and things played out as and how they had to. But truly, if 'Game of Thrones' has taught us anything, it's how prophecies don't always come true even though they've been predicted by a reliable source. For instance, the infamous Valonqar prophecy, where Cersei was told by a fortune teller that her younger brother would eventually strangle her to death, didn't see the light of day. Although, all the other predictions Maggy the Frog had made, came true eventually. Cersei lost all her children but she died with Jaime when the Red Keep structure collapsed on them. (c)HBO Just like the Valonqar prophecy, the show emphasised a lot on the 'Prince That Was Promised' as well. The prophecy entailed a reincarnated form of the folklore warrior Azor Ahai, who ended the long night and brought light into the world, again. Azor Ahai killed the White Walkers in the past, by forging a sword by the name of 'Lightbringer' and brought in an era of peace and tranquillity. In a conversation with Ser Davos, Melisandre once stated: “There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world, In this dread hour, a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him.” (c)HBO So, in all practicality, she was predicting Azor Ahai or the return of the 'Prince That Was Promised', to end the long night again. At first, we all concluded that Arya Stark could be the warrior reborn, as she was the one who killed the Night King in episode 3 of Season 8 but as the Season progressed, we saw the possibilities of that not being true. (c)HBO The final twist towards the end of the show reveals that perhaps Jon Snow actually fulfilled the Azor Ahai prophecy and could clearly be the 'Prince That Was Promised.' Let's go back many years, shall we? According to legend, when Azor Ahai became a warrior, he needed to forge a hero's sword to end the darkness. A sword that would burn bright, while being used on the enemy. He spent 30 days and 30 nights to create his 'Lightbringer'. But when he tempered his sword in water, it broke. He didn't give up that easy and started making it from scratch, again. This could metaphorically be seen as Jon gathering an army to defeat the Night King. Even though Arya killed the Night King, Jon assembled the resources to defeat him and his army. Coming back to Azor Ahai, the second time he tried to create the Lightbringer, he took fifty days and fifty nights to make the sword. To forge it properly, this time he tempered it by capturing a lion and driving the blade through his heart, but alas, the steel shattered again. (c)HBO Again, this could have a metaphorical angle as the lion here can refer to Cersei, the ruling queen, whose house sigil is indeed a lion. Even though Jon didn't kill Cersei, he did defeat her army and fought till the very end, till there were no Lannisters aka lions left in Kingslanding, except, of course, Tyrion. Again, getting back to Azor Ahai's third attempt to forge his sword, it wasn't too disappointing this time. He knew what he had to do to create the perfect blade. He worked straight for 100 days and 100 nights and finished it. This time though, he called his wife Nissa Nissa and asked her to bear her bosom. He drove the blade right through her heart, where the steel combined with her heart and her soul to create the ultimate sword the 'Lightbringer', the Red Sword of heroes, finally. The sword was as warm and lit as Nissa Nissa's heart. (c)HBO Now, going back and connecting the dots, Jon did something similar, for the greater good of the realm, to drive any evil away. He stabbed Dany right through her heart and protected the world from any darkness and fire, bringing in the light, so that the kingdoms could be ruled peacefully. Azor Ahai's prophecy also reads the following: “Once Azor Ahai fought a monster, when he thrust his sword through the belly of the beast its blood began to boil. Smoke and steam poured from its mouth, its eyes melted and dribbled down its cheeks and its body burst into flame.” (c)HBO In this case, after Jon kills Dany, the monster refers to the Iron Throne, which Drogon, Dany's dragon burnt down to ashes, as it was a monster of sorts that drove Dany towards the depth of madness and didn't bring her back. So, all in all, you can see that Jon's personality is somehow very synonymous to who Azor Ahai actually was, as Jon too made the ultimate sacrifice. Even though he was the rightful heir to the throne, he gave that up to let Dany rule the world. But when he saw grave injustice and her act of violence towards the end, he ended her life, someone he deeply loved, to protect the realm and making a world a better place to live in. (c)HBO It might not be everything that was prophesied, but there are similarities that do match up to what Azor Ahai did years ago and Jon selflessly, almost did the same. Well, we'll only know more once George RR Martin finishes his last two books, shedding some more 'light' on this prophecy.
  3. The (virtual) world of grumpiness lost a bit of its charm today with the passing away of the internet's most catty feline 'Grumpy Cat'. Known to be the face of grumpiness for the online community of 'Republic of Grumpyland', the internet pet sensation became the face of countless (and most apt) memes during her lifetime. © Twitter Grumpy Cat's family took to Twitter hours ago to share the news of her passing away, and tributes have been pouring in in large numbers from the netizens, who had found the perfect stand-in and global representative to express their deepest emotions publicly. Some days are grumpier than others... pic.twitter.com/ws209VWl97 — Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) May 17, 2019 Earlier this month, Grumpy contacted a urinary tract infection which proved to be fatal for the feline. “She passed away peacefully at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha,” the family wrote in the tweet. This past week really has sucked. Rest in peace you amazing feline, you will be missed. — Ross O'Donovan (@RubberNinja) May 17, 2019 Those who have met her, consider themselves lucky. RIP grumpy cat. I was lucky to meet you in London. pic.twitter.com/T3wZCM1UZS — Mattie (@MattieStar26) May 17, 2019 People remember her for all the happiness they added to their lives. You brought so much joy into so many lives... rest in peace Grumpy Cat. — That's Ms. Hath No Fury to you, thanks (@hburgur) May 17, 2019 Originally named Tardar Sauce by her family, Grumpy Cat helped millions break into a smile courtesy her resting grouchy-face and the hilarious texts that always seemed more funny and related when kept next to her face. Here are a few awesome memes in memory of the late Grumpy Cat. 1. Pessimist, what's that? © Twitter 2. Got the message? © Twitter 3. My name is Social. Anti-Social. © Twitter 4. Oh, brother. © Twitter 5. We all know those people. © Twitter RIP, Grumpy.
  4. For all you Iron Man fans out there, we know how the ending of 'Avengers: Endgame' must have left you an emotional wreck. There were tears, heartbreak and a sense of sheer disbelief. I have been there, and yes, moving on has been difficult. But today, I will not venture into the movie and re-live the sadness. Instead, I have some great news that might just help you cope with the 'Endgame' shock. The buzz around town is that the man who brought Iron Man to life on-screen, Robert Downey Jr, has joined hands with the premium smartphone brand, OnePlus, to represent the latest flagship from the company - OnePlus7 Pro, that was launched last Tuesday, May 14. With the OnePlus 7 Pro, the brand finally breaks its traditional OnePlus look and opts for seamless glass curves, immersive 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display, a sleek and chic exterior, and three colours including Mirror Grey, Almond, and Nebula Blue. The camera, on the other hand, is a different ball game altogether. First of all, the pop-up front-facing camera is no gimmick. It is crafted to deliver spectacular selfies without getting in the way of your immersion. Additionally, the 48MP f/1.6 rear camera is equipped with 17 mm 117° ultra wide angle lens which is perfect for capturing sweeping landscapes with incredible clarity. And thanks to the 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens with 3X optical zoom that lets you shoot high-quality, detailed images even at a distance. Apart from all that, the OnePlus 7 Pro features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (octa-core, 2.84GHz) processor with Adreno 640 GPU, one of the best chips available on a phone currently. The device is supported with dual nano-SIM capability, a massive 4000mAh battery, and Warp Charge technology that can get your OnePlus 7 Pro up and running in just 20 minutes. How cool is that? And while all this is happening, the association with Robert Downey Jr is yet another milestone for OnePlus. "It's cool to see a young brand disrupting the tech landscape. I was challenged to help them create an authentic campaign based on the tenets of quality and craftsmanship, and it's already proving to be a great fit creatively," says Downey. As far as we are concerned, we think Downey is the perfect fit for the brand and is someone who is an embodiment of the 'Never Settle' spirit at OnePlus. Can't wait to see more from this exciting collaboration!
  5. Ajay Devgn's upcoming film 'De De Pyaar De' has been making headlines since the day the makers launched the trailer of the film. Just a day is left to witness the madness that the actor has to offer. The film has a very interesting to take on modern era relationships. So, it's about a man who is 50-years-old dating a girl half his age. Yes, that's the plot. You might have seen the trailer and must have thought the story is about two women eyeing a man. Well, then you are probably wrong. So, MensXP got a chance to meet Ajay while was he is in the capital promoting his film, 'De De Pyaar De'. When we told that we really liked the trailer and it does have the humour element, he told us that the movie also has a matured storyline. "The film is just not about humour, it's a nice drama also. The film has a mature storyline and character are also way too matured characters. It says a lot which you might not expect out of the film. So, many things in the film have been said in a lighter vein but that will surely make you think of what's happening in the society," said Ajay. View this post on Instagram The countdown is on! 2 weeks until @dedepyaarde!⣠⣠@tabutiful @rakulpreet #AkivAli⣠@tseries.official @luv_films #BhushanKumar #LuvRanjan @gargankur82 A post shared by Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) on May 2, 2019 at 9:00pm PDT While talking about the movie, we decided to talk about his fitness. He has indeed aged like fine wine. He is 50 but his fitness levels are that of a 20-something guy. For those who have known him would know that Ajay has always been fit. Being fit doesn't mean flaunting your chiselled abs all the time; it's way beyond that. We asked about how does he manage to look this fit at the age of 50. He told us, "I do nothing. I have a clean diet but I do cheat a lot. I eat whatever I feel like sometimes. When you start thinking that you have to be on a strict diet, you always tend to break it. Cheat once or twice a week. It shouldn't be just a cheat meal but cheat days. It's all fit and fine till the time you have incorporated physical training into your daily routine be it Yoga or Cardio or Weight Training. I don't have a routine. It's been like 15 days I haven't gone to the gym. I feel like I am gaining weight. As soon as I am done with the promotions, I will hit the gym. The whole idea is to get back. At the end of the day, you have to keep your mind sane and healthy." Well, that's what we call being honest. There's no sugar coating here. Further, into the conversation, we dug out the observation by some Twitter users who called the trailer very SEXIST. There were tweets that said that movie doesn't have a strong viewpoint taking into consideration that the movie has two female characters. On this, Ajay told us, "When you would see the film, it's vice-versa. We have two very strong female characters and their point of view holds value. I would say it's more progressive." Yes, the movie is about relationships but Ajay has always avoided being intimate on the big screen. When we asked the actor if there's any particular reason to not kiss on-screen, he said, "We have a section of the audience which really feels that if it's an Ajay film, it would be clean. I don't want them to think that what has he started doing all of a sudden. I don't have a problem with it and I am not against it but for us, it doesn't work. We have the younger generation to do it and they are doing it." The conversation then panned to the whole idea of whether the society is ready to accept such a relationship in the real case scenario. Answering to our query, "It's changing and whatever you are trying to say is what the film is about and is trying to convey." In the film, Tabu plays his ex-wife and people have loved their scenes in the trailer. We asked him how has his relationship with Tabu evolved in all these years. "Mine and Tabu's relationship cannot evolve because of the fact we have known each other from the college days. We have been friends and it has nothing to do with films. The relationship that we formed in good old days, it's still the same," told Ajay. Ajay's son Yug has started training and his video went viral on the internet. We asked about Yug and daughter Nysa's inclination towards fitness. Replying to our question, "Yug trains everyday. Earlier, he used to like all those burgers and pizzas. Now, he is the one who says that 'I will be clean in a few days'. Imagine an 8-year-old saying this. Nysa is not too much into fitness, but she stays on a healthy diet." View this post on Instagram Eight complete... on my way to nine! Thank you for all your love! A post shared by Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) on Sep 13, 2018 at 5:56am PDT Then, we asked Ajay if he is interested in joining politics just like his contemporaries. Well, his answer is a big NO. Ajay told us, "Zero politics for me. I don't understand it. I am cut for it and I don't like going out much. I don't like interactions that much so I believe I can't be a part of politics." Last but not the least, we asked him about an article which claimed that he wanted his love story with Kajol should be made into a film. He told us, "I told them that there's no great story in my life that can become a film." View this post on Instagram By Popular Demand. A post shared by Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) on Aug 5, 2018 at 11:15pm PDT Before we finally said goodbye to Ajay, we wanted to inquire if he would also like to tap into the market of the web series. On this, he said, "As a production, we have already tapped into the web space. As an actor, if I find something great, then why not?" Would you want to see Ajay Devgn doing a web series? Let us know in the comments below!
  6. It's always a given that you can have your cake and eat it too. Apart from being an idiom, it's quite literal as well. I mean that's what you do on your birthday mostly, isn't it? Well, you can do that, but in Gujarat you can't smear someone's face with cake in public and if you're caught doing that, you go to jail. © Pintrest After the PUBG ban, the Surat police has decide to ban cake smearing acts in public, as it's become a nuisance every passing day, as birthday celebrations are starting to turn violent. Along with cake smearing, using adhesive tapes and chemical foam in public is banned too, which people are currently and openly indulging in, on birthdays. We're guessing the usual birthday trend in Gujarat got a tad boring for people to use other means to bring in the celebrations. © Pintrest However, lawyer Apar Gupta, who has a copy of the order, translated in English from Gujarati, says this order is worrisome and has stated his reasons, as to why. The Surat Police has now banned smearing of cakes in public under Section 144 of the CRPC. This comes after the use of the same provision to ban PUBG game and the arrest of young college going students. Can someone translate the order to English? pic.twitter.com/llDQTeW4W9 — Apar Gupta (@apargupta84) 15 May 2019 A translation has been provided and it is pointed out that cake smearing is tied to injury and public nuisance. A summary is below. Let me at the same time point why this is still worrisome. https://t.co/jgCjLv0pqC — Apar Gupta (@apargupta84) 15 May 2019 1. Expansion of police power: Section 144 is titled as, "power to issue order in urgent cases of nuisance or apprehended danger". It is an emergency/curfew power intended against unlawful assembly. One must ask is, "immediate prevention or speedy remedy is desireable" ? — Apar Gupta (@apargupta84) 15 May 2019 2. Pre-existence of criminal laws/muncipal codes: Provisions under the IPC contain specific crimes for assault, battery and simple hurt. Further most muncipal codes (this may vary in gujarat) prevent littering and impose fines. Such provisions have well articulated ingredients. — Apar Gupta (@apargupta84) 15 May 2019 3. The proportion of the cake smearing: As pointed out by many, the proportion of the language prohibiting cake smearing is tiny when compared to the thrust of the order. However, such passing language itself due to its lack of articulation may lead to arbitrary application. — Apar Gupta (@apargupta84) 15 May 2019 Taken collectively, one has to ask -- whether an expansion of police powers under Section 144 when pre-existing, well reasoned laws exist to prohibit cake smearing in public is something that should be tolerable? We will get not only the politicians but the policing we deserve. — Apar Gupta (@apargupta84) 15 May 2019 "Taken collectively, one has to ask -- whether an expansion of police powers under Section 144 when pre-existing, well reasoned laws exist to prohibit cake smearing in public is something that should be tolerable? We will get not only the politicians but the policing we deserve" Apar Gupta, Lawyer Our main concern though is the adhesive tape and chemical foam that's used on people's faces to celebrate birthdays. Shouldn't that be the primary concern and not cake smearing, which is indeed harmless? I mean, if people are injuring the other person by smearing cake, that's another story altogether, but if they're doing it out of sheer jest, I guess it should be okay! But honestly, cake definitely shouldn't be wasted by smearing it on someone's face! © Twitter "Do you really think it will make a difference in Gujarat to ban anything further? We all have the facts and figures, don't we? Any forceful act whether it is ragging or eve teasing is fallacious but does that mean the state will ban something as basic as playing PUBG or smearing cake on someone's face for fun?" - Ankita, Asst. MArketing & communications manager, Ahmedabad Surat Police Commissioner, Satish Sharma issued the prohibitory orders on Monday, after various accounts of aggressive and violent behaviour came to light. Aren't there existing laws to tackle violence? How come Surat police is acting like a law maker? — ishan aranjikal (@ishotu) 15 May 2019 Surat is practically a police state after 23:30. With their need to regulate everything, I was expecting this to happen. — bhas kar-wai (@bolnabey) 15 May 2019 The cake bit comes at the end. They're talking about students putting cello tape on other's face, and applying some sort of chemical. That seems the primary concern, and then they talk about smearing cake. — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) 15 May 2019 Its about beating someone in the name of "birthday bumps", smashing cakes, foams and other forms of material which creates nuisance at public space like roads, bus stop,brts stops etc. Its for creating "mess" and also "bad behaviour" in public spaces. — BD (@BDsVouch) 15 May 2019 To summarize, it's an order against public nuisance which can harm those involved. Detailed summary in pic. Cake smearing is a tiny part. Bulk is against public celebration and usage of chemicals, tape & foam directly applied to the face. pic.twitter.com/sKOe1C38Nu — Harshal Modi (@grondmaster) 15 May 2019 According to TOI, section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure has been set in motion from May 14, to July 12. “We received information about incidents in which individuals suffered injuries in a birthday celebration,” Satish Sharma told Times of India. It's a little sad that birthdays will have to go traditional again, with no cake touching any part of anyone's face but maybe to tackle aggressiveness in the state because of it, this step was imperative. Well, I guess people should just stick to old-school and just feed each other cake instead of smearing it on faces.
  7. 'Black Mirror' is all set to return with its fifth season, and the trailer just dropped. Just like every other season, this one looks super intense as well, however, what has captured our attention is the cast. American pop star Miley Cyrus plays one of the main roles, and we'll hopefully be finally able to gauge her full potential as an actor this time, post her Disney Channel stint as 'Hannah Montana' and a number of other movies that she has appeared in. © Netflix Among other notable names, Anthony Mackie, famous as 'Falcon' from MCU, will also be playing one of the protagonists this season. © Netflix As usual, the stories revolve around the impending doom the future holds, thanks to the technological advancements we have been abusing. Miley Cyrus's story seems to be particularly intense, where she is a performer. However, there is also a similar looking doll, that might lead to a crazy twist. © Netflix © Netflix © Netflix There are 3 new stories in this season, and the cast includes Anthony Mackie, Miley Cyrus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Topher Grace, Damson Idris, Andrew Scott, Nicole Beharie, Pom Klementieff, Angourie Rice, Madison Davenport and Ludi Lin. Directed by Charlie Brooker (of course), it will premiere on Wednesday, June 5th, exclusively on Netflix. We can't wait! Watch the trailer here.
  8. A question that can have hundreds of answers but we still can't be sure if any of them are correct. It's so cruel that no one can for sure know what actually happens unless you die for real and the curiosity is honestly just too hard to deal with. But, we have one concrete answer for the question, all thanks to the purest and most wholesome person ever - Keanu Reeves. Recently, he appeared on 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' and talked about his upcoming movie, 'Bill & Ted Face The Music'. Basically, the movie has the duo trying to write a song to save the entire universe and if they fail, “it's the end of the universe”. To this, Stephen said, “You're facing your own mortality and the mortality of all existence, wow.” Then, that was followed by a casual yet loaded question - “What do you think happens when we die, Keanu Reeves?” Instead of any funny or random answer, Keanu thought hard about it and gave the truest and most profound answer to the question that I've ever seen. He said, “I know that the ones who love us will miss us.” So simple, yet so brilliant, Keanu literally left Stephen Colbert speechless, which is quite a rare thing for a talk-show host. Keanu Reeves gives the right answer to an impossible question. pic.twitter.com/hQAgaaGSEY — laney (@misslaneym) May 11, 2019 It gets even more meaningful when you know how much tragedy he's faced in his life. He lost his best friend when he was very young, then his baby daughter was stillborn and because of that, he also ended up losing the woman he loved. It's not just Stephen who is at a loss of words after this, the video has seen a lot of great reactions ever since it was uploaded. The best, and my personal favourite. HE'S SO WORTHY! Keanu Reeves could easily pick up Mjolnir. — LA (@lancelotaustin) May 12, 2019 True. Ironic because Keanu Reeves is immortal pic.twitter.com/FuFo67GnHO — Jidder Bug (@YatesDotcom) May 12, 2019 Simple. Keanu. https://t.co/k8A4IeUnuD — Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) May 12, 2019 So beautiful. Stephen Colbert lost his father and 2 of his brothers in a plane crash when he was 10 years old. In this moment, I really felt like he was thinking of them. — Dana Melton (@DeadChuffed) May 12, 2019 Truly. Wow, that's absolutely perfect - Stephen being absolutely speechless was about the only possible response in that situation. I mean, what on earth do you say to that? Beautiful words from an amazing human being. — Matticious (@Matticious1) May 12, 2019 Yep. Three great things I know about Keanu Reeves - he fought for my friend - the great Carrie-Anne Moss who was unknown at the time - to be his co-star in the Matrix. He divies up his 'extra earnings' on films w/the crew. He's nice as hell. When the time comes - many will miss him. — BLOOP! (@susiemcdonnell) May 12, 2019 The most unselfish person. What do you think happens when we die? Atheist: We turn into specks of dust Theist: We go to Heaven or Hell Keanu Reeves: pic.twitter.com/jXCcLPxSxH — jimiecheng (@jimiecheng) May 13, 2019 Exactly. It's interesting to think how people almost always selfishly argue about what happens to us when we die. It's refreshing to see someone who's first thought is sympathy for those who are left behind. — Kilikikero (@kilikikero) May 11, 2019 Agreed. Keanu reeves is the one and only person who would not be corrupted by omnipotence — scared ass cat (15 days till ð) (@Smuttysquid) May 12, 2019
  9. Warning: if you haven't seen 'The Bells', that is Season 8 Episode 5 of 'Game of Thrones', you probably shouldn't read ahead. Westeros was reduced to rubble so that Daenerys Targaryen could sit on the Iron Throne, making everyone question what is the point of anything at all? Who will she even rule if the people she would potentially lord over, don't even exist? © HBO But besides her, everyone else was visibly and significantly traumatised except maybe Greyworm, who was too busy avenging his girlfriend's death. © HBO Arya Stark came with a very specific purpose to King's Landing: murdering Cersei and crossing her off the list. Oh well, we know how well that turned out. © HBO But by the end of the episode, by the looks of it, she has probably escaped death again by an inch or so. And if Cersei is now not on her list, is she going to target Dany? Considering Melisandre's prophecy which also spoke of a certain someone with 'green eyes' that Arya was to shut forever, turns out Dany, ahem... fits the category. And here's how she definitely has the motive to kill Dany, now especially after trying to save Nora, the woman who was trying to protect her daughter. Nora and her daughter's death has significantly impacted Arya. Especially after seeing them being burnt alive by Drogon leaving their charred bodies still in the stupor in which they were trying to save themselves. She also realizes, not just the futility of this excessive violence, but the harrowing aftermath that is going to strike the survivors of the burnt city. She then encounters a half-burnt white horse that rescues her from the burning city. But here's the thing, the horse has a hidden symbolic meaning behind it: In the 'GoT' world, a pale horse is symbolic of the bloody flux of what those in Mereen refer to as dysentery that strikes people like the plague and kills hundreds in one strike, which can be further analysed as the face of Death. Not just 'Game of Thrones', the Bible too has a reference of a pale horse that represents impending death. © HBO In Revelations 6:8, a line reads: “I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him.” But even if we assume that the show makers aren't influenced by Biblical notions on the show, there is evidence that suggests otherwise. In Season 2, Dany was warned about a pale mare amongst other things by a masked woman called Quaithe. In riddles, this woman told Dany, “To go north, you must go south…”. In the book, A Dance with Dragons, Quaithe warns Dany, “The glass candles are burning. Soon comes the pale mare, and after her the others. Kraken and dark flame, lion and griffin, the sun's son and the mummer's dragon. Trust none of them. Remember the Undying. Beware the perfumed seneschal." © HBO Clearly, there were a lot of people that Dany had to watch out for from Quaithe's tricky riddles, but something that starkly stands out now with all this context is the pale mare. But that's the thing about prophecies and 'Game of Thrones', they can be rather unpredictable and surprise us out of nowhere. But the looming connection of the pale mare and Arya is definitely noteworthy.
  10. Luxury brands should stick to what they do best: make luxurious products that are often well designed and are (mostly) overpriced. Some luxury companies have tried to get on the wearable bandwagon by launching their own smartwatches and even bracelets. While they may look awesome, they don't work as well as something that costs Rs 1,500 maybe. © Twitter Luxury brand Louis Vuitton has now made a handbag that is an odd fusion between technology and fashion. It was presented as a part of its 2020 cruise collection and has OLED screens on a duffle bag. The company also presented a bucket bag that also has OLED screens on each side. © Twitter The company describes it as a fusion of “cutting-edge technology with the Maison's signature savoir-faire, the new canvas displays moving images while taking the form of some of Louis Vuitton's most iconic bags". We would like to give LV full marks for the effort but the design of the bag simply looks ghastly. Why would anyone stitch OLED screen on the side of the bag? The OLED screen on the duffle bag shows video clips of different cities. The bucket bag comes with screens on each side and the OLED panel on this bag can also be used as a touchscreen. Both bags from LV simply do not exude luxury but simply looks like something a knock-off store would make in the fake goods markets in South Asia. © Louis Vuitton The OLED panels on the bags are said to be flexible but I guess the people at LV didn't hear about Samsung's fiasco with foldable smartphones. These bags are going to experience the same problems as the foldable phone and look ugly at the same time.
  11. Earlier this year, Guneet Monga's 'Period. End of Sentence' created history (both for the world and India) by winning the Best Documentary Short Subject at the Oscars 2019, and now, it looks like the 92nd Academy Awards too will be pretty much owned by India as another short film, 'Kamali', has qualified for the Oscars 2020. In fact, 'Kamali' recently won praises and the Best Documentary award at the Atlanta Film Festival. 'Kamali' is based on the life of Suganthi, a single mother from Tamil Nadu and how she strives each day to raise her 9-year-old skateboarder daughter. Facebook According to a report in The News Minute, Kamali's mentor Aine Edwards said. "When Suganthi (Kamali's mother) sees her children, she reflects on her childhood and how she could not do the things she wished to do because of the society. Today, she wants Kamali to taste the freedom she did not have." Aine further added, "The crew came and shot the film over six weeks. After it was edited, they even sent it to the Mumbai International Short Film Festival in December 2018, where it won Best Director Award." Twitter When asked about the awards the short film has won so far, Kamali's mother said, "I think this award is the biggest achievement of my life, only after my children, of course." For those of you who didn't know, 9-year-old Kamali Moorthy is the only girl skateboarder from Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu. She has reportedly, travelled across the country along with professional skateboarding teams to promote skateboarding as a sport. Kamali also dreams of becoming a professional surfer. The 24-minute short film, 'Kamali' is directed by Sasha Rainbow, a filmmaker from New Zealand. Let's hope that 'Kamali' wins an award at Oscars 2020 and makes sure that everyone across the globe knows how talented this little girl is and how her mother struggles each day to give her a better life.
  12. Ahead of its highly-anticipated finale, popular TV show 'Game of Thrones' had fans at the edge of their seats, clearing their schedule to catch the pilot episode. However, amid all the excitement and, contrary to popular perception, Season 8 has undeniably failed to live up to what its past instalments had managed to accomplish. The unpredictability of the show, that had once captured the imagination of the viewers is long gone, making way for predictable and obvious content. But, that's not all. There have been editing errors and the script writing has proved to be so poor, that it makes us wonder what 'GoT' would've been like if it wasn't for George RR Martin's books. Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame have both been on our screens in the last month. They still have nothing on the Champions League. ð pic.twitter.com/IBvNFZnDHF — Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) May 8, 2019 While one of the biggest TV shows continues to fall short on the expectations of fans, a spectacular show by the football clubs in the UEFA Champions League has proved to be a much-needed saviour. The Champions League season gave us the spirited Ajax side that gunned down European heavyweights including the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Juventus. Then, we saw Tottenham Hotspur eliminating Premier League champions Manchester City in the quarterfinals. But, just when we thought we'd seen it all. The Champions League football surprised us again with memorable semifinal ties. How's champions league got more plot twists than Game of Thrones and Endgame combined. — MUUSE (@MuuseAbas) May 8, 2019 The first leg of the semifinals restored some sanity with Barcelona securing a 3-0 win over Liverpool and Ajax coming out on top again to register a 1-0 triumph over Spurs. But, if you didn't see the second-leg ties, we reckon you should pick up a chair and hit yourself in the face with it (pun intended). ððð Inside the dressing room at full-time with our Reds... pic.twitter.com/n8BePcDHfY — Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 7, 2019 ð @Alissonbecker ð pic.twitter.com/vRogUSl13r — Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 8, 2019 In a series of epic comebacks and crazy emotional goals, Liverpool stunned Lionel Messi-led Barcelona after thumping four goals at home (without Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah at their disposal). A day later, Spurs emulated Liverpool's effort as Lucas Moura's sensational hat-trick washed away young Ajax's hopes of reaching the Champions League final. ABSOLUTE SCENES after the final whistle. The emotion from Mauricio Pochettino–a manager who hasn't had the luxury of any player transfers in two windows–says it all (via @btsportfootball) pic.twitter.com/EzldZHhjar — Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) May 8, 2019 For some, it might seem ordinary to watch a football team winning on the back of a good performance, but for the crazy football enthusiasts like us, this was bigger, better and more entertaining than the abrupt the demise of the 'Night King'. The sheer emotions of the footballers and managers from both the winning and losing sides highlighted what football means to us. It's interesting that Champions League is turning out to be more interesting than Game of Thrones. That shit took 2 years to write. — Mayank Agarwal (@mayankquitenow) May 9, 2019 To put things in perspective, for the first time since 2013, the Champions League final will be without Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. Also, this season's final will be played between two teams who haven't won the title for over 29 years. So, thank you Champions League for the unbelievable season and mind-numbing semifinals, for what it's worth, our life wouldn't have been the same without it.
  13. One cannot imagine or fathom anybody other than the mighty Robert Downey Jr. playing the crazy Tony Stark aka Iron Man. Gadgets, gizmos, technologically advanced and making a reality out of dreams is what defines Tony for us in the movie. Turns out, Robert is no different in real life as well. One look inside his crazy 19th century windmill home (yes, the dude did it) and you're convinced why he was meant to be the super cool Iron Man. The simple abode yet futuristic-in-nature house is unlike any celebrity home videos we have watched. The couple have their office on top of the windmill, the house has artefacts which are personal in nature and represent the family itself. © AD The interiors are posh and classic white in colour, including the gorgeous drawing room and the insanely wonderful bedroom. © AD © AD Once we were done watching the house tour, we were also convinced that maybe this was Tony Stark just acting like Robert Downey Jr maybe?
  14. EA's new battle royale title became a breakaway gaming hit of this year. The game quickly became one of the top titles of 2019 by attracting over 50 million players in just a few months' time. Now, the company wants to bring it to mobile devices. Yes, it's finally happening. In its earnings call, EA noted that “it's in advanced negotiations to bring Apex Legends to China and to mobile.” Unfortunately, they don't have an ETA for the same, but we believe that it'll arrive sooner rather than later. After all, they'd want to continue the momentum of the game and attract some players to take on the likes of PUBG Mobile and Fortnite. © Respawn EA didn't confirm whether it's planning to bring the game to both Android or iOS, but we assume the game will arrive on both platforms. It is, however, worth pointing out that the game may arrive first on iOS before making its way to Android. Given the success of Fortnite and PUBG Mobile on mobile platforms, it only makes to sense bring the game to both platforms. © Respawn Anyway, let's hope Apex Legends doesn't end up becoming a new found addiction for mobile gamers. Seriously, the last thing we want to see is people getting arrested for playing games. But let's face it, PUBG Mobile is going to have some serious competition because a lot of playing ditched PUBG to play Apex Legends when it arrived on PC and consoles earlier this year. Source: Gameinformer
  15. Was 'PM Narendra Modi' a film made for serving any sort of propaganda? Or was it just a subject that filmmaker Omung Kumar felt was necessary to be told to the audience? Well, Vivek Oberoi's upcoming film, 'PM Narendra Modi', was surrounded by such questions and many pointed fingers at the whole idea of releasing the film just before the elections. The trumpet was blown, the trailer was out and the big launch was done. The trailer was taken off from YouTube after the screening of the film was stalled by the Election Commission. The movie was initially scheduled to release on April 11. The cast and crew were all devastated after the order was passed that the film will NOT release on the day it was supposed to be. On Friday, there came a sigh of relief for the producers and the whole team. It was announced that it is finally set to release on May 24, a day after the counting of votes of Lok Sabha polls. MensXP got in touch with Vivek Oberoi's father and one of the producers of the movie 'PM Narendra Modi', Suresh Oberoi, to know his reaction on this happy news and if they are planning to show the movie to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the movie is about his life and struggles - from a 'chaiwala' to India's PM. When we asked Suresh Oberoi about his reaction to the happy announcement, he said, "I am happy that the film is releasing. Yes, we were upset that the film had been banned but we have no complaints at all from the Election Commission. I am just glad that everything is sorted and there are no hassles. We have made this film with full dedication and I would say that my son Vivek has done a great job in it. When we were shooting for the film, Vivek made sure that he took care of his crew members in all the difficult conditions." © Viral Bhayani Adding to it, the father said that he is extremely proud that his son has done a great job and is confident that the movie would work at the box office."I am very proud of him and I am sure the movie would do well at the box office because it has been made with all the right intentions. Vivek has worked hard for it and I believe people would appreciate the efforts that have gone into the making of the film," said Sr. Oberoi. Wondering if Modi himself has watched the movie or not? Well, we couldn't stop ourselves from asking that question. So we ended up asking Suresh Oberoi - Has PM Narendra Modi himself watched the film or are the producers planning for a special screening for him? © Viral Bhayani Answering our query, he said, "The film was banned, how could we show it to Modi ji? He is also busy with his work. Right now, we haven't given any thought to it as we are busy with locking down the screens with the distributors. I would be happy if there is a reaction from his end but as of now, there is no plan as we are busy with the technicalities." Well, this only the time will tell if Modi tweets about it. Suresh Oberoi has been a part of the industry for decades now and we wanted to talk about a few other things too. He was welcoming enough to talk about the serious topics that we divulged into. Many have raised issues over the years about CBFC not being liberal and that it doesn't let the filmmaker use freedom of expression in his craft. Sr. Oberoi is of a view that things are much better now compared to earlier when it wasn't that easy. "Let me tell you that CBFC is much liberal now. Earlier, actresses were not even allowed to take off their 'dupatta' or else CBFC would cut those scenes. Things are much better now in all the capacities. We have seen some other era altogether and now, the industry has evolved in a way where you have freedom of expression," said Oberoi. © Viral Bhayani Before ending the conversation, we asked him a very direct question - Many actors have complained that they should get more benefits of having the star status. On this, he gave us a very honest answer - "Why do people complain? I don't really understand. Back then, when we used to shoot for 15 to 16 hours, we had no vanity vans and we used to shoot under the scorching sun. I remember only Amitabh Bachchan, Poonam Dhillon, and a few others bought vanity vans. Now, everyone has vanity vans. Life has become less complicated and simpler. I recently did an ad shoot and there were vanity vans for every artist just outside the shooting venue. Everything, nowadays, is much better than the old days. For film-making, we have better equipment and cameras." He bid us goodbye promising that he will keep us posted about any sort of further developments.
  16. Was 'PM Narendra Modi' a film made for serving any sort of propaganda? Or was it just a subject that filmmaker Omung Kumar felt was necessary to be told to the audience? Well, Vivek Oberoi's upcoming film, 'PM Narendra Modi', was surrounded by such questions and many pointed fingers at the whole idea of releasing the film just before the elections. The trumpet was blown, the trailer was out and the big launch was done. The trailer was taken off from YouTube after the screening of the film was stalled by the Election Commission. The movie was initially scheduled to release on April 11. The cast and crew were all devastated after the order was passed that the film will NOT release on the day it was supposed to be. On Friday, there came a sigh of relief for the producers and the whole team. It was announced that it is finally set to release on May 24, a day after the counting of votes of Lok Sabha polls. MensXP got in touch with Vivek Oberoi's father and one of the producers of the movie 'PM Narendra Modi', Suresh Oberoi, to know his reaction on this happy news and if they are planning to show the movie to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the movie is about his life and struggles - from a 'chaiwala' to India's PM. When we asked Suresh Oberoi about his reaction to the happy announcement, he said, "I am happy that the film is releasing. Yes, we were upset that the film had been banned but we have no complaints at all from the Election Commission. I am just glad that everything is sorted and there are no hassles. We have made this film with full dedication and I would say that my son Vivek has done a great job in it. When we were shooting for the film, Vivek made sure that he took care of his crew members in all the difficult conditions." © Viral Bhayani Adding to it, the father said that he is extremely proud that his son has done a great job and is confident that the movie would work at the box office."I am very proud of him and I am sure the movie would do well at the box office because it has been made with all the right intentions. Vivek has worked hard for it and I believe people would appreciate the efforts that have gone into the making of the film," said Sr. Oberoi. Wondering if Modi himself has watched the movie or not? Well, we couldn't stop ourselves from asking that question. So we ended up asking Suresh Oberoi - Has PM Narendra Modi himself watched the film or are the producers planning for a special screening for him? © Viral Bhayani Answering our query, he said, "The film was banned, how could we show it to Modi ji? He is also busy with his work. Right now, we haven't given any thought to it as we are busy with locking down the screens with the distributors. I would be happy if there is a reaction from his end but as of now, there is no plan as we are busy with the technicalities." Well, this only the time will tell if Modi tweets about it. Suresh Oberoi has been a part of the industry for decades now and we wanted to talk about a few other things too. He was welcoming enough to talk about the serious topics that we divulged into. Many have raised issues over the years about CBFC not being liberal and that it doesn't let the filmmaker use freedom of expression in his craft. Sr. Oberoi is of a view that things are much better now compared to earlier when it wasn't that easy. "Let me tell you that CBFC is much liberal now. Earlier, actresses were not even allowed to take off their 'dupatta' or else CBFC would cut those scenes. Things are much better now in all the capacities. We have seen some other era altogether and now, the industry has evolved in a way where you have freedom of expression," said Oberoi. © Viral Bhayani Before ending the conversation, we asked him a very direct question - Many actors have complained that they should get more benefits of having the star status. On this, he gave us a very honest answer - "Why do people complain? I don't really understand. Back then, when we used to shoot for 15 to 16 hours, we had no vanity vans and we used to shoot under the scorching sun. I remember only Amitabh Bachchan, Poonam Dhillon, and a few others bought vanity vans. Now, everyone has vanity vans. Life has become less complicated and simpler. I recently did an ad shoot and there were vanity vans for every artist just outside the shooting venue. Everything, nowadays, is much better than the old days. For film-making, we have better equipment and cameras." He bid us goodbye promising that he will keep us posted about any sort of further developments.
  17. It's Monday morning and people have only one thing to talk about - Game of Thrones, of course! I don't know what exactly happened in the episode, but I still know there was one huge new discovery that happened today. Who knew Winterfell had Starbucks? I sure didn't. HBO I mean, even Wakanda doesn't have a Starbucks, but Winterfell has one. In the latest episode, in one shot, an actual Starbucks coffee cup is left there accidentally and it's honestly the most hilarious thing ever. Even the biggest show in the world right now has such errors? Especially when it probably went through a lot of rounds of editing. It's hard to believe that no one, not a single person in production, noticed it. Whatever the case may be, I would personally like to thank HBO for being lazy and for honestly making my morning today. And yes, it seemed like a joke at first, but we went and checked - it's real. Anyone who wants to check for themselves, just skip to 14:48. Moreover, I bet Starbucks is loving this free advertisement. A product placement they didn't even have to spend on. Or maybe, they did. Let's start a conspiracy theory: maybe Starbucks paid for this 'accidental' promotion? And, we all know how the internet works. After everyone spotted it, some jokes also started pouring in. Jane Sno prefers Starbucks over wine. Oh yes that was definitely a Starbucks cup in #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/l6V9G3udzN — Sagar (@sagarcasm) May 6, 2019 Exactly. The fact that there was a Starbucks cup in tonight's Game of Thrones that no producers or editors noticed throughout multiple cuts merely 1 week after the DP yelled that the show's not too dark to see is truly *chef's kiss* — Jen D'Angelo (@jenlikespizza) May 6, 2019 Please laugh. I CANT BELIVE A FUCKING STARBUCKS CUP IS IN THE SHOT! I HAVE TO LAUGH #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/u6NDuu3Qau — ððððð (@Emiliaofstark) May 6, 2019 Winterfell is very modern now, okay. You're telling me they had TWO YEARS to put together a decent show and they couldn't even spot the goddamn Starbucks cup in Winterfell??!?! #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/8opg7nyydv — Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) May 6, 2019 Well, when you put it that way. They really took 2 years to make 6 episodes and left a Starbucks cup in a scene #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/90Li696AmM — Allison Minick (@Allison_Minick) May 6, 2019 Gotcu. starbucks exists in the gotcu (game of thrones cinematic universe) https://t.co/Hms8aUcOYn — ð¥ð®ðð¢ð¥ð (@lesbiancatras) May 6, 2019 Need at least 4-5 cups for her name. That Winterfell starbucks cashier ain't ready to write Dany's name on her coffee cup #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/N4ktWH1NlJ — Joseph (@TheGeneralSYD) May 6, 2019
  18. Akshay Kumar has always been the most vocal actor when it comes to showing patriotism. I mean, just take a look at his movies and you'll see how much he loves India - or, at least, is trying very hard to prove that. But, if someone loves their country so much as he claims to do, then why would they give up being a citizen of that country for another one? This is not me questioning, but a lot of people online and they still don't have answers. Recently, Akshay Kumar was asked why he didn't vote and he had a little unexpected reaction. After that, he took to Twitter to share a long post explaining how he never denied that he holds a Canadian passport. He also made sure to say that he works in India, pays taxes in India, and is disappointed his citizenship is always being questioned by the media. pic.twitter.com/i0JEmbFh9c — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 3, 2019 He also said that this a matter of no consequence to others but another question comes up with that. While he has no qualms in hanging out with the Prime Minister of the very country he let go of in favour of another, he's showing support for a party that is demanding so many other people living in the country to prove their citizenship. Moreover, if he has never needed to prove his love for India, why did he choose Canada over it? There are no duel citizenships here, so he can't be both Canadian and Indian. His tweet has divided people, while a lot of people are in favour of him and support him, there are so many people questioning the authenticity of his patriotism. If he's not even Indian, there's a possibility it could just be manufactured for commercial reasons aka the long list of patriotic movies that he has done. Actually yes, the citizenship wouldn't even be that big of an issue if he didn't publicize his patriotism so much, didn't allign himself to a party and promote it so openly, basically didn't get so involved in politics when he himself can't even vote. Oh, another clip has resurfaced as well. "Toronto is my home, after I retire from this industry I will settle in Canada" pic.twitter.com/Ypet1U0oBJ — Tarique Anwer (@tanwer_m) May 3, 2019 Well. No one cares about your citizenship until you align yourself with fascists who distribute patriotism certificates to the others. Sonia Gandhi has voluntarily taken up Indian citizenship and she receives the most vile misogynist nonsense for being an “Italian” from those fascists. — Baba Manhattani (@BabaGlocal) May 3, 2019 Wow. So @akshaykumar who exploits hyper-nationalism of the gullible, rubbing shoulders with majoritarian fascist outfits, has taken this oath of allegiance while becoming citizen of Canada, to defend Canada in a potential war situation with India. lulz. pic.twitter.com/jq3wxbXDDu — Baba Manhattani (@BabaGlocal) May 3, 2019 Good question. As a Canadian citizen you can live in India, work here, pay taxes without visiting Canada and still remain a Canadian citizen. A luxury that I as an Indian don't have. If you didn't need to prove your love for India, why be embarrassed about holding a Canadian passport? — Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) May 3, 2019 Exactly. True, no one should question your citizenship. Nor should you have to prove your nationalism cause you hold a Canadian passport. Now spare a thought for those who are Indian citizens but have to provide proof of their nationalism every day just because they are Muslim or anti-BJP — Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) May 4, 2019 An ancient meme. Ghar se. Kuch dur Nikalte hi. Chalte hi pic.twitter.com/n3HoCYky9O — Canadian Nehr_who (@Nehr_who) May 3, 2019 Yep. #AkshayKumar's citizenship would not have been such an issue had he not patronised the reporter in such a condescending manner. Much of #Bollywood is so used to a docile media and choreographed interviews, that all it takes is one unscripted question! — Viju Cherian (@vijucherian) May 3, 2019 All valid stuff. So @akshaykumar why did you choose to be a Canadian rather than an Indian citizen? When you said being granted Canadian citizenship was a matter of pride, do you mean you value it more than Indian citizenship? Why do Modi & Co let you off the loyalty tests they set for others? https://t.co/BFllC6cFAZ — Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) May 3, 2019 Important. Relax @akshaykumar, the banter on your nationality is completely APOLITICAL. Also can you please tell us, Canada mein 'aam' kaise khaate hain??? https://t.co/jF8gqJPJAb — Abhijeet Dipke (@abhijeet_dipke) May 3, 2019 He himself has created so much confusion. The issue is of obfuscation of facts. Were you ever given 'honorary' citizenship of Canada as you'd stated in an interview? Now it seems like you've chosen to be a Canadian citizen with nothing 'honorary' about it. Did you lie in your interview? https://t.co/ZGr0bBRR7P — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) May 3, 2019
  19. It feels good to be back, sharing my opinion on something, but it's not mean machines this time. It is, in fact, an opinion on an unfortunate mindset that changed the lives of six girls, one middle-aged woman and an entire nation with a population of over 1.28 billion. It's an opinion on the rape culture propagated by this unfortunate mindset and it's beyond appalling. Most of you reading are privy to a disheartening incident that took place only two days ago where I got a rude reminder that wearing revealing clothes invites rape. I wasn't raped. But my dignity was attacked. We were stunned when the lady in question gave an open invitation to several men sitting at a restaurant to rape women like me and my friends, who stood by me as she berated me for wearing a thigh exposing dress. We deserved to get raped for wearing revealing clothes and fighting for our right to do it. Women know better than to argue with a person, especially when it's an older woman, who tells you your clothes aren't appropriate and they attract attention. When puberty hits, we're asked to cover up. We're not just covering up our bodies, but the right to do what we desire, freely. Don't go out at this hour. Don't wear that dress. If you don't behave, you'll give the wrong signal to men. As if the men out there are vultures waiting to feast on your flesh. As if that's all men know, a frenzied emotion to put their junk in your trunk. So you know not to be wrong. We're immune to it now, we nod the warning off and walk away from it. That's what we did, we left. It takes immense support from the ones around you to fight for what's right for you. That video was shot in a second encounter with the aunty only after my friends and I were on consensus over how such a grave statement could not be taken lightly and brushed under the carpet. And look, the entire nation is supporting us on our mission. But what is our mission exactly? Defaming aunty? Avenging my dishonour? Publicity to get followers on social media? Absolutely not. A minor percentage of the responses we received on our social media pages accuse us of doing all of this. I don't know when this lot would understand that defaming aunty brings us nothing. A million incidents like this take place every hour, every minute. When they reduce or possibly stop because of our actions, we will have gained something. That's what we want to talk about. We want to highlight the majority responses that we got supporting our fight against a primitive and rather irrational mentality that condones rape or shaming women who seemingly lead you on by wearing revealing clothes, bruising your ego or giving you any signals that they're asking for it. There isn't any hate against aunty at all. There was anger at being attacked unprovoked followed by INTOLERANCE against a mentality that condones rape, molestation or eve-teasing against the way a female chooses to live her life. If we had the chance at a peaceful dialogue with the woman, would we still have chosen the reactive route? No, but she didn't budge from her stance till the very end. A lot of people, who are accusing us of being reactive or aggressive, are overlooking or probably not being able to comprehend the fact that we were provoked by her deplorable choice of words and her, like I mentioned before, open invitation to the men sitting in the restaurant to rape us. How would you react if you were on the receiving end of this? Realistically speaking, if you get shamed unprovoked, and repeatedly, would you not fight back? It's like one of our supporters aptly pointed out, a reflexive action, defense, if you will. We're not trying to play righteous. We're humans, who experience anger when provoked and embarrassment when shamed publicly followed by emotional trauma. Just like anyone else. Then we also have people telling us that if our parents had spoken like this to us, would we have reacted the same way? I'm sorry but we don't understand this comparison because our parents don't talk like that. So many parents tell their daughters, out of concern, that they should reconsider the reveal of their outfits, but not once do they tell their daughters that if they refuse to reconsider, they should get raped. Not in the privacy of their homes and definitely not in public. They don't invite men to rape their daughters either. The most ghastly of these unsupportive responses is the one that questions us on us accepting responsibility for any ill that should befall the woman or her family because of us publishing the video. What if aunty commits suicide under stress? What if she dies of a cardiac arrest? It leaves us no other option to ask, what if her words plus the negativity of this troll-mob brings us or our families a similar fate? Who will accept responsibility for that? The woman? The troll-mob? When you know your words are hateful, why are you spreading them? We didn't ask you to. When we shared the video, we did it to wake up the public to an irrational mentality. We even asked viewers and supporters to share. But nowhere in our narrative did we ever encourage or condone trolling or hating. We asked people to condemn the mindset and those who propagate rape-culture, to change theirs. I'm sure condemnation is not the same as mob-lynching. When we saw it happen, we discouraged it, requested people to stop. We say that to this day. We asked you to support us, not troll the woman. We implored you to support a larger cause. Somehow, that message is getting lost in the middle of all the hate directed at either party. Stop it right now. Every time a person shows us hate for “body shaming” the woman, you ratify our argument. You ratify that the use of such words is plain abhorrent, even if they are uttered in a state of provocation. As a retort to being provoked, unwarranted. Repeatedly. Incessantly. Last but not least, we also maintain INTOLERANCE against the mentality that men are only after a female's flesh. Reducing them to mere puppets of carnal desire is stereotypical and, for the lack of a better word, unfair. This incident has opened a dialogue for disruption. It has given us the chance to talk about this and catalyse change. An opportunity to evolve primitive mindsets. I hope that we take this opportunity and usher in the change that is long overdue. It's important that we move away from attacking each other. Let's attack the mindset and hope to eliminate it in the near future. Disclaimer: The opinion expressed in this article is entirely that of the author and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the organisation, MensXP.
  20. For all those people reading this story, before you ask me this question for the 123456789th time that 'Vivek Oberoi has fans?', let me clear the confusion once and for all. Yes, Vivek Oberoi has fans, and they are the happiest people on the face of the earth today. Why? Because the most controversial film of Vivek Oberoi's career is finally going to release at the theatres near you. © Legend Global Studio Ever since the biopic on PM Modi was announced, things have been going downhill for the film. First, Twitter had a field day churning out memes, then the Election Commission put a ban on the film's release until elections were over, and later the trailer of the film was taken off YouTube. After almost drowning in the ocean of controversies, the biopic on PM Modi is now releasing on May 24, a day after the results of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections 2019 will be announced. Vivek Oberoi too posted about the same on social media. View this post on Instagram ताà¤à¤¼à¤¤ सॠबड़ॠहिमà¥à¤®à¤¤ हà¥à¤¤à¥ हà¥! ना रà¥à¤à¥à¤à¤à¥ ना à¤à¥à¤à¥à¤à¤à¥ ð®ð³ #PMNarendraModi the inspiration, the warrior, the legend! He never gives up and neither do we! Against all opposition,roadblocks and hurdles we will rise on 24th May to share our dream with you all! #DekhengeModiBiopic @tseries.official @omungkumar @oberoi_suresh @officialsandipssingh @anandpandit @modithefilm2019 @acharyamanishji108 A post shared by Vivek Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) on May 2, 2019 at 11:20pm PDT Producer Sandip Ssingh posted on social media about the same, with the caption "We come again fighting all the roadblocks & hurdles coming in our way! #PMNarendraModi now in cinemas from 24th May." According to reports, Ssingh said "As a responsible citizen, we respect the law of the country. After a lot of discussions and given the curiosity and excitement about the film, we have decided to release the film immediately after the Lok Sabha election results (to be announced on May 23)." We come again fighting all the roadblocks & hurdles coming in our way! #PMNarendraModi now in cinemas from 24th May. #DekhengeModiBiopic@vivekoberoi @OmungKumar @sureshoberoi @anandpandit63 @LegendStudios1 @AcharyaManish7 @TSeries — Sandip Ssingh (@sandip_Ssingh) May 3, 2019 He further added, "I hope now nobody will have any problem with the film and we are hoping for a smooth release," he added. Directed by Omung Kumar, the movie also stars Boman Irani and Zarina Wahab.
  21. As the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League moves to the latter half of the tournament, with Kings XI Punjab at the second to last spot in the league's points table, their captain Ravichandran Ashwin continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. Comically enough though, everything that the former Indian all-rounder has done in the 2019 season fits perfectly for him, if Ashwin wants to become a part of the pro-wrestling world, whilst becoming a successful in-ring performer. Created A Big Controversy Around Him 25th March 2019 was supposed to be a casual day for the IPL fans who were less than excited for a match between KXIP and Rajasthan Royals when Ashwin did the unthinkable and 'mankaded' Royals' batsman Jos Buttler after being unable to dismiss him by usual means. What made it worse was the fact that Ashwin publicly announced that he was unapologetic about the deed and that he did nothing wrong. Ravi Ashwin's Mankad garnered widespread condemnation from the cricket world. But there's another key side to the debate. MORE: https://t.co/OHfU7KCorD pic.twitter.com/U35w475JYS — Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) March 26, 2019 Became The Perfect 'Heel' (Made The Audience Hate Him) In the pro-wrestling world, a 'heel' is a character that makes the audience hate himself just to get a negative reaction out of them. Ashwin's attitude and actions during the 12th season have not been too likable. Disrespecting the honour with which the gentleman's game is commonly played got him a lot of flak from the cricket-crazy fans, fellow cricketers and even commentators. While Harsha Bhogle and Shane Warne had a social media spat about his 'mankading', Buttler's teammate, James Anderson showed his protest by shredding Ashwin's picture online. EXCLUSIVE: @jimmy9 give us his unique take on @josbuttler's controversial run out last week... More rows should be settled like this. Full story on this week's #Tailenders https://t.co/YOQ4PMSwiu pic.twitter.com/hYCPpdSqJm — Greg James (@gregjames) March 31, 2019 Called Himself 'The Best' In The Business Much like some of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the WWE such as Chris Jericho, CM Punk and now even Shane McMahon, Ashwin called himself the best at what he does. “I would like to think that I am right up there and I have been for a long time now. It's my 11th season of the IPL, so I would like to think I have done a fairly good job. I have never shied away from competing with anyone. I am right on top of the pile,” Ashwin said as reported by the Times of India. Got Himself Trolled To Entertain The Fans Finally, the biggest goal of a pro-wrestler is to make the audience have the time of their lives, even if it comes at the cost of making yourself look like a fool. In a match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals, Ashwin tried to 'mankad' Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan but 'Gabbar' was too smart for the Chennai-born and stayed inside the crease when Ashwin tried to dismiss. Later, to the delight of the audience, Dhawan even mocked him the next time he came for a run-up. WATCH: Shikhar's dance moves on the crease ð½ï¸ð½ï¸https://t.co/KtJkaIpubw — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019
  22. Google's Pixel 3a and 3a XL have long been rumoured to launch and it seems like the search engine giant is all set to be unveiled at Google I/O on May 7th. Flipkart, on the other hand, posted artwork that basically said, “Something big is coming to the Pixel universe” on May 8th. It can now be confirmed that Google's new mid-budget Pixel device will launch in India on May 8th. © Flipkart Last month, Google accidentally revealed the launch date of its new device which said “On May 7, meet a new hero”, the same date Google's 2019 I/O event is set to take place. Previous leaks have shown us the rumoured smartphone with an additional purple variant alongside the classic black and white variant. An image of the said smartphone was leaked online by Twitter tipster Evan Blass. © Twitter/EvLeaks The Pixel 3a/3a XL is expected to offer similar camera performance as the more expensive flagship counterpart. The primary shooter is rumoured to be a 12.2-MP sensor, while the front-facing camera has an 8-MP sensor. In fact, this may just be Google's most successful device in India, thanks to its lower price. The camera is said to have some of the AI features similar to the Pixel 3. © Twitter The smartphone is rumoured to be powered by Qualcomm's 670 processor. In terms of RAM, the processor will be paired with 4G of RAM and have 32GB/64GB storage options. In terms of display, the Pixel 3a/ 3a XL is expected to have a 5.6-inches 1080p (FHD+) panel, however, it is not known whether it is an LCD or an AMOLED panel. In terms of battery, the Pixel 3a /3a XL is rumoured to have a 3,000 mAh battery capacity. The Pixel 3a is expected to start at Rs. 33,590, however, we can only be sure once the smartphone is officially revealed in a few days.
  23. It's almost time for one of the biggest launches of the year and there's now a new leak which has nothing to do with the phone. Instead, we get to see everything that will be launching alongside the new OnePlus smartphones. The leaked images look more like the reviewer's box which includes everything from the smartphone to the accessories. © Twitter_Ishan Agarwal The leaked image gives us a glimpse of everything else OnePlus is planning to launch. At first glance, you see the OnePlus Wireless Bullets 2 which is rumoured to be a triple-driver Bluetooth earphone similar to what 1MORE makes. Apart from the wireless OnePlus bullets, the Chinese company is also looking to launch a Warp Charge 30 car charger. © Twitter_Linus Tech Tips The OnePlus 7 Pro also reveals that the in-car charger will be based on the Warp Charge 30 charger that was introduced with the McLaren edition of the OnePlus 6T. This also kind of confirms that the wall charger will be the same as the McLaren edition as well. © Twitter_Ishan Agarwal The leak of the images came from an accidental tweet by Linus Tech Tips and more were shared by Ishan Agarwal on Twitter. The images shared by Mr Agarwal show more details about the packaging; however, the actual device has not been pictured yet. The packaging has the 'Go Beyond Speed' tagline we've seen in previous rumours. However, the accessories in the box are what impressed us the most and we can't wait to check them out ourselves.
  24. Facebook announced a bunch of new things at the F8 conference last night. From a new Facebook interface and an updated Messenger app, there's a lot to look forward to. But you know what caught our attention the most? The new dating features. Yes, Facebook Dating is expanding to several new countries and the company is introducing a new feature called 'Secret Crush'. © Facebook As the name suggests, Facebook's new 'Secret Crush' feature will help you connect with your crush. If you choose to opt-in to this feature, you can select up to nine friends and signal them that you have a crush on them. And if they decide to check out Facebook Dating and end up selecting you as their secret crush, then both of you will get notified. That's it! A match made in heaven! Facebook says your love interest will be disclosed only when the feelings are mutual. But given the current situation, we see how people might find it hard to trust Facebook with something like this. Seriously, Facebook has proven time and again that it is not really capable of handling our personal information responsibly. But hey, if your crush still has an account on the platform, then this is one way of trying your luck and opening to your crush. You still have to be over 18 to use Facebook Dating though, and it's not available in India just yet. So we suggest you stick to your dating apps for now.
  25. Do you remember the time, not so many moons ago, when an air of excitement and curiosity took over the entire household at the mention of newly-developed pictures, brought home straight from the photo studio? © Getty Images The process of clicking pictures was much more personal and cathartic back in the day. What with having to choose every shot wisely (and sparingly) unlike the senseless clicks we have become accustomed to nowadays. Along with the rolls of films we had to keep handy, the spare batteries we guarded with our life during long vacations, and the negatives we held so dear, the entire process was more involved, more meaningful somehow. © Getty Images Yet, the best moment lay in holding physical copies of the pictures taken a lifetime ago. Yes, it really felt that way at the time. After waiting for months, the film roll would finally be all used up, and we could pester the elders to drop the film at the nearest studio, and get the photographs developed. © Getty Images But nothing quite beats the thrill of setting our eyes on the final product and see for ourselves how every shot came out. You see, with old film cameras we couldn't know how good, bad or entirely pointless a picture turned out to be, until we got it developed and had it right before your eyes. At that point, one could either admire the pictures or break into a collective laughter riot over how “funny” the photograph is. © Getty Images Gone are the days when photos came out of tiny, dark rooms, filled with red light, and lined with rows and rows of freshly prepped photographs dripping with chemicals that magically brought the subjects to life on a piece of glossy paper. With changing times, even the simple old film camera has undergone tremendous changes. The advent, and then the explosion of digital cameras, followed by SLRs, DSLRs and more recently the top-notch smartphone cameras, completely replaced physical photographs with digital copies that hardly ever make it beyond our social media feeds. © Getty Images However, one man living in the pristine hills of Dehradun saw the worthy heritage the old cameras hold and decided to keep the legacy alive for future generations to appreciate, by collecting 250 different kinds of cameras. A businessman by profession, Amar Dhunanda told ANI what inspired him to take up this unique task. “I have collected other antique materials also. This is my hobby & an effort to preserve the legacy so that new generation would be able to learn how their ancestors used to operate,” Dhunanda told ANI. Dehradun-based businessman Amar Dhunanda has a collection of over 250 different cameras; says, "I have collected other antique materials also. This is my hobby & an effort to preserve the legacy so that new generation would be able to learn how their ancestors used to operate." pic.twitter.com/LR0gzOqK9K — ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2019 These pictures of Mr Dhunanada's collection are nothing less than a marvel for those of us who haven't laid our eyes on more than half the cameras on display here. Mr Dhunanda's efforts in trying to preserve the legacy inherent in the composition and functioning of these various cameras, is surely commendable. Maybe a day will come when we shall come to relive the magic of good ol' cameras, and the thrill physical photographs brought to life. Just like the Polaroid cameras have made a comeback recently?
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