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  1. Ever since 'Captain Marvel' was announced and Brie Larson took on the role of the strongest Avenger, she's received way too much hate. If hardcore Marvel fans actually don't prefer her in the role of the superhero, that is still understandable, but most of the trolling she faced was mainly from sexist dudebros who personally had a vendetta against Brie or were just too intimidated by a badass female superhero. Whatever that case may be, I feel like she has been judged very unfairly by a lot of people. But, guess what? That doesn't matter that much because the entire Marvel cast has welcomed her into the Avengers family with open arms and couldn't be more happy with her or the character of Captain Marvel. This press tour has already given us so many iconic moments of everyone together, probably for the last time, joking around and having the time of their lives. It also gave us so many great moments of Brie with all her costars. RDJ loves her. robert downey jr being the biggest brie larson's supporter out there pic.twitter.com/V6UwvAgs1V — baru âï¸ (@ironjarvs) April 15, 2019 RDJ is a Captain Marvel stan, pass it on. Sir Robert Downey Jr adopted Brie Larson the moment he kissed her in the foreheadpic.twitter.com/l9gO6SztpE — Becky || ︽âµï¸½ Spoiler free! (@xBreeTanner) April 15, 2019 Just look at that! Robert Downey jr and Brie Larson, that's it, that's the tweet. Thank you for coming to my pep talk. Bonus: BRIE LARSON'S BACK MUSCLES.#AvengersEndgame pic.twitter.com/VFN4FrrMJS — Captain Steven Grant Rogers ︽âµï¸½ (@LisaRogers90) April 15, 2019 What a friendship. let us all appreciate the superior friendship in the history#caroltony #avengersendgame@brielarson @RobertDowneyJr pic.twitter.com/YHMK29rnDO — rose | spoiler free (@Iyncholy) April 16, 2019 Jeremy stole this one. If you guys could do your signature Avengers pose... #RobertDowneyJrâð¥, #BrieLarson ð, #JeremyRennerð¹ pic.twitter.com/cYR60z5n8J — Say The Magic Word... #Shazam!â¡ (@Joshbryan321) April 16, 2019 This is so cute. Brie Larson: “i didn't steal anything from set” Chris Hemsworth: “you stole our hearts” pic.twitter.com/Vh6G1Swsc9 — michael (@thorsbrvce) April 16, 2019 They've known each other for years. friendly reminder that this photo of chris evans and brie larson exists pic.twitter.com/IilleZuVnl — ð§ð¢ðð¡ð¢ • [ð ð¨ð­ ð¬ð©ð¨ð¢ð¥ðð«ð¬] (@bvckitasha) April 17, 2019 Oh Captain, my Captain. Captains @brielarson @ChrisEvans â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/yIh0C3KtvC — ÙشاعÙð¥ð¬ (@MashaelF94) April 11, 2019 Look at Mark Ruffalo clicking pictures of everyone. View this post on Instagram #AvengersEndgame press day 2ï¸â£! Love being with these incredible people ð A post shared by Mark Ruffalo (@markruffalo) on Apr 7, 2019 at 2:49pm PDT Obviously the ongoing flirting with Tessa Thompson cannot be left out. WHAT. we so cute @brielarson https://t.co/LGVXRoQbMy — Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) March 18, 2019
  2. Being the better half of a celebrity might have a lot of perks and incentives, but, from what we've seen in the past, it's definitely not easy. Association with a popular figure attracts constant media scrutiny and it's needless to say that the privacy goes out of the window. Similarly, dating a sportsperson or being married to one has its own disadvantages. The prime example is Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli. The duo might be regarded as the 'power couple' of India, but every time Kohli fails on the field or Anushka's movie flops, the couple becomes the obvious target for social media trolls. And, it doesn't end there. Placed under the scanner, their every move is watched, judged and, thereon, scrutinised heavily. © Instagram/@stuartbinny84 Something similar came to the fore recently when a cricket fan targeted Mayanti Langer while using her hubby Stuart's on-field performance. Arguably one of the most prominent sports presenters in the country, Mayanti, apart from being married to Indian cricketer Stuart, has carved a niche of her own. But, every time her husband does something (whether good or bad), she becomes the obvious target for the social media trolls. The Indian Premier League (IPL) clash between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) saw Stuart, who was batting for the first time this season, smashing three towering sixes and two fours during his unbeaten knock of 33 runs. After today's inning of #stuartBinny @MayantiLanger_B first time change her DP from solo to with hubby ðð#KXIPvRR #IPL2019 #Iplt20 pic.twitter.com/k0DPsbz00j — Navneet Kumar (@navneet35093) April 16, 2019 While his blazing innings probably bolstered his chances of getting more games, it eventually wasn't enough from averting a 12-run defeat for Rajasthan at the PCA stadium in Mohali. Following Punjab's win, a cricket fan tried to troll Mayanti despite her husband's fairly decent performance by pointing out: "After today's inning of #stuartBinny @MayantiLanger_B first time change her DP from solo to with hubby". Really Navneet? Considering you don't have my number you don't know what the picture actually is 𤭠but thanks a ton for digging out this one, it's a super pic ðð¼ https://t.co/kgmgm6qBhT — Mayanti Langer Binny (@MayantiLanger_B) April 16, 2019 Though many try to ignore such trolls in a bid to garner unwanted attention, Mayanti took this cricket fan to the task before giving a befitting reply. "Really Navneet? Considering you don't have my number you don't know what the picture actually is but thanks a ton for digging out this one, it's a super pic," she tweeted. Sorry that you seemed to have missed #KXIPvRR on @StarSportsIndia you can join us on #MarutiSuzukiCricketLive on SS 1/2/Hindi/HD and of course @hotstartweets Cheers ðð¼ https://t.co/Jv59z4xOXZ — Mayanti Langer Binny (@MayantiLanger_B) April 16, 2019 Another fan tried to pull off something similar before asking: "@MayantiLanger_B where is Stuart? Not on the horizon anyway?". And, once again, Mayanti prevailed like a total boss, "Sorry that you seemed to have missed #KXIPvRR on @StarSportsIndia you can join us on #MarutiSuzukiCricketLive on SS 1/2/Hindi/HD and of course @hotstartweets Cheers," she tweeted. On the other hand, a narrow win for Punjab has now propelled them to the fourth spot with 10 points to their name, while Rajasthan, owing to their sixth defeat this season, find themselves languishing at the seventh spot with just four points for their showing.
  3. The final season of the much-awaited 'Game of Thrones' premiered earlier today and fans around the world have been raving about everything that the first episode of the finale brought for the eager fans. However, desi girl Priyanka Chopra found a very innovative way of showing her support for brother-in-law Joe Jonas' fiance Sophie 'Sansa' Turner who plays a leading role in the series. View this post on Instagram Good luck @sophiet you are a boss babe. And are very loved.. #jsister #gameofthrones tonight A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Apr 14, 2019 at 4:36pm PDT Hours before the final season hit the screens, Priyanka took to her Instagram account and shared a picture of Sophie sitting on the Iron Throne, looking all regal with PeeCee's pet Diana as the 'Hand of the Queen'. Priyanka is very close to Turner who essays the role of Sansa, the Lady of Winterfell in 'GoT'. View this post on Instagram Games of thrones night, spoil alert the #JSisters are taking the crowns â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â #priyankachopra #nickjonas #joejonas #sophieturner #daniellejonas #TheJSisters #JonasBrothers #jsisters #GamesofThrones #sansastark #katrinakaif #aliaabhatt #pareenitichopra #sonakshisinha #madhuridixit A post shared by The #JSisters NEWS ð¸ (@jsistersnews) on Apr 14, 2019 at 4:11pm PDT Priyanka also wished her “sister” luck for the final 'GoT' season, and wrote, “Good luck @sophiet you are a boss babe. And are very loved.. #jsister #gameofthrones tonight.” Following the picture being posted, fans have been commenting about how much they adore Diana's tiny throne and how perfectly it fits! People have also appreciated Priyanka's thoughtful way of showing her support for her family. View this post on Instagram The #Jsisters are finally together!! @daniellejonas @sophiet â¤ï¸ðððð½ A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Apr 5, 2019 at 5:50pm PDT Priyanka and Sophie are often spotted having a good time together with their family and friends, in parties, concerts and vacations. We are simply loving this adorable take on GoT's final season and the thought behind it. View this post on Instagram It's #thejonai comin atchya! A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Apr 5, 2019 at 7:16pm PDT
  4. Jammu voted yesterday, in its first phase of the Lok Sabha elections and while it all went smoothly, there was more to casting votes in that space. There was unity and love amidst people while the elections were on and we know this because an 83-year-old woman by the name of Satya Devi came to cast her vote and the CRPF soldiers walked quietly with her, holding her hand while she was on her way to the ballots. As the elderly woman was preparing to step on the ramp, the CRPF jawan told her 'dheere dheere aaiye', making it a remarkably endearing moment in the history of Jammy casting votes. Watch the video here: CRPF women personnel help an elderly lady to enter the polling booth. Gandhinagar, Jammu. "Dheer Dheere aaiye," the soldier adds. @crpfindia pic.twitter.com/zn9rgn7Q9z — Pooja Shali (@PoojaShali) 11 April 2019 Satya Devi also held up an inked finger post voting. © Indiatimes Soon after this video made its way through Twitter, people sent their love and reactions, while praising CRPF. ð@crpfindia ð — ARUN (@ManhasArun) 11 April 2019 Salute — NikhilSharma Ranyal (@NikhilS43216872) 11 April 2019 माता à¤à¥ à¤à¤¼à¤à¥à¤¬à¥ à¤à¥ सलाम। ð®ð³ð — INDIAN ð®ð³ Vikrant Singh (@_VikrantSingh) 11 April 2019 This should inspire everyone to vote! — Mr Certitude (@Swapzz) 11 April 2019 This is the true spirit of India !!! Youngsters watch this and make it a huge turnout all over India !!! Jai Hind !! Also salute to our forces @crpfindia . — Kalpana Prasad (@KalpanaPrasad03) 11 April 2019 Wah... à¤à¤¯ हिनà¥à¤¦ — à¤à¤°à¥à¤£ 400+ (.पà¥à¤°à¥à¤µà¤¾à¤à¤à¤² à¤à¤¾ à¤à¤¿à¤¸à¤¾à¤¨ )..New India (@b41eeb16ad18476) 11 April 2019 We hope many such instances around the country make it to social media to encourage more people, old and young to vote sensibly. J&K has 6 Lok Sabha seats but only Jammu and Baramulla elected members to the lower house of parliament yesterday.
  5. MacKenzie Bezos, the woman who became the world's third richest woman overnight. Well, not quite. MacKenzie had been married to Amazon founder and world's richest man Jeff Bezos for the last 26 years, which made them the richest couple in the world. So, the woman had been rich, as well as a billionaire even before Jeff and MacKenzie parted ways and headed for what would turn out to be the 'world's most expensive divorce'. (c) Twitter Earlier today, MacKensie announced that post her divorce, she now owns company shares that are worth over 35 billion dollars, or over Rs 24 lakh crore, which sure made her a whole lot richer overnight. While Jeff Bezos has been always making news every other day, MacKenzie had stayed out of the spotlight for most part, until today. Here is everything we know about her. She's A Celebrated Novelist (c) Twitter MacKenzie is a noted American novelist, who won an American Book Award for her debut novel 'The Testing of Luther Albright' (2005). MacKenzie started writing at an early age and had even written a 142-page book as a 6-year-old. She studied Creative Writing at Princeton University and has authored two novels till date, 'The Testing of Luther Albright' and 'Traps'. Nobel Prize Winning Author Toni Morrison Called Her “One Of The Best Students” (c) Twitter In 1992, Nobel Prize winner author Toni Morrison took MacKenzie as a research assistant for her novel 'Jazz', while the latter was studying at Princeton. In an interview with Vogue, Morrison said that Bezos was "one of the best students I've ever had in my creative-writing classes ... really one of the best." She reportedly also found a literary agent for MacKenzie. Jeff Bezos & MacKenzie's Love Story Jeff and Mackenzie first met when Jeff was interviewing for the position of administrative assistant at the hedge fund D.E. Shaw & Co. in New York. MacKenzie happened to be the first interviewee for the role, which she had taken up to pay the bills while she worked on her novels. At the time, MacKenzie was 23, and Jeff 30. (c) Twitter In an interview with Vogue in 2013, she told the magazine, “My office was next door to his, and all day long I listened to that fabulous laugh. How could you not fall in love with that laugh?” Within months of their first date, the couple got engaged and eventually married in 1993. She Played A Pivotal Role In Amazon's Launch (c) Twitter It is said that when Jeff and MacKenzie first moved to Seattle to launch Amazon in 1994, MacKenzie worked as one of the company's first accountants. She even used to ship early order, besides handling many other aspects of the company. Once the brand found its footing, she stepped back and began focusing on her writing. The Jeff & MacKenzie Bezos Family (c) Twitter Jeff and MacKenzie have three sons and a daughter who were adopted by the couple from China. To this day, Jeff and MacKensie are very private about this aspect of their life. MacKenzie once told Vogue magazine that she and Jeff are hands-on parents and experiment with various parenting and education techniques. “We tried all sorts of things, including off-season travel, kitchen-science experiments, chicken incubation, Mandarin lessons, the Singapore math program, and lots of clubs and sports with other neighborhood kids,” she was quoted as saying by the magazine. pic.twitter.com/OJWn3OOLS6 — MacKenzie Bezos (@mackenziebezos) April 4, 2019 However, today MacKenzie has officially parted ways with her ex-husband. While the announcement stated that they would “continue our shared lives as friends,” the final divorce settlement, which was finalised earlier today, hasn't come at a marginal cost. As per Forbes, with $35 billion in her bank account, MacKenzie Bezos is now world's third-richest woman after divorce. All in all, MacKenzie Bezos would be the world's 26th richest person after her expensive divorce from Jeff Bezos.
  6. She is beautiful. She is gorgeous. She takes impulsive decisions, is eccentric. She makes you see the world in a new light. She dyes her hair, cuts it differently; she is vivacious, makes you do things you would never think of doing yourself. She listens to records, hangs out in flea markets. She is a force of nature. She is sexually adventurous. A flapper of the new era. She is elusive, she is an enigma. She loves with a passion. Presenting, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl! What is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl? The term was first coined by film critic Nathan Rabin in 2007, after a viewing of “Elizabethtown” where he found Kirsten Dunst's character to have been reduced to a troupe of the quintessential, unearthly woman who saves the lead character. He defines it as “that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” Claire Colburn (Kirsten Dunst) is the pure form of the MPDG; she is bright, unconventional, funny, extremely beautiful. She helps Drew (Orlando Bloom) come to terms with his father's death, helps him in mysterious ways and seems to connect to him on a cosmic level. © Cruise/Wagner Productions/Vinyl Films/Paramount Pictures The Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She elicits interest, a light to dispel the shadows away. A ray of sunlight in the night of your life. On paper, she seems perfect. The concept is cute. Romantic. But does it filter into the real world? No. She is a myth. An ideal perpetuated by movies. The real-life implications of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl are problematic. Why? Read on. Following Claire (Kirsten Dunst) from “Elizabethtown”, Sam (Natalie Portman) from “Garden State” is another great example. Think death-obsessed heroine Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) from Fight Club. Shalini (Preeti Zinta) from Dil Chahta Hai is an example of the trope. © Excel Entertainment So is Tara (Deepika Padukone) from Tamasha. Heer (Nargis Fakhri) from Rockstar. Why? Heer is an inspiration for Jordan (Ranbir Kapoor); when she rebuffs him, he gains a purpose in life, his angst from the love not given makes him a better man, makes him look at his creativity for the first time. His heartbreak fuels his music. © Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd./Eros International What do we know about Heer? Nothing except that she is that bubbly girl who does crazy things without a second thought and then breaks JJ's heart, and then returns only to have an unresolved ending. Tara is similar. What do we really know about Tara's life? Apparently, only that she is sad about losing Ved. *cue Heer To Badi Sad Hai* After that, her purpose in the film gets reduced to make Ved (Ranbir Kapoor) explore the complexities of life. To think beyond his narrow, 9-5 existence. © Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment/UTV Motion Pictures Both movies are brilliant, no doubt, but they feed the MPDG stereotype inadvertently. The (Unreal) Magic of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl For me, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a concept similar to the Sirens of the Seas; beautiful creatures calling out on the high seas, only to lead sailors to their doom. But this is where they differ: She saves him, unlike the Siren. The Manic Pixie Dream Girl's main goal is to lead the male character to understanding life, to provide him with another perspective, make him see things more clearly. Make him believe in love. Yes, an excellent notion. What happens next? Then, she just walks off the screen because her work is done! But is that only the only job of a female character? To help the male lead understand the complexities of life and just walk off? An ornamental fixture on the silver screen with no narrative and only used to alter the thinking of the lead? There's nothing wrong in helping the person see differently but the problem is that the MPDG character vanishes once her character has fulfilled that. Her narrative is never fully appreciated, nor is her help. In Elizabethtown, Claire has no worries of her own, she is a free spirit. She is an angel of sorts, helping Drew realize his true worth. © Cruise/Wagner Productions/Vinyl Films/Paramount Pictures “When you need me, but do not want me then I must stay. When you want me, but no longer need me, I have to go.” These words from Nanny McPhee seem to resonate with the typical idea of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl (Though Nanny McPhee isn't one :P). There's no story to the character, no beginning, no end. No character development whatsoever, they are only there to transform the main character. Why have her in the first place if just to use her as a plot device? Couldn't that have been done by the supporting actor or better writing? The MPDG is not a supporting character; it is a magical being, one who makes all your problems go away in a jiffy by showing how different life is than your imaginings. Like the “Magical Negro”: another trope used in movies, a saintly figure who teaches you about life. It is as bad as the “gay best friend trope”: a best friend who is queer, and has little or no narrative of their own, they there to boost up the heroine's self-confidence, help in a makeover or pose as her boyfriend. That done, there's no other dimension to the character. © Zucker Brothers Productions/TriStar Pictures The Muse: The Real Manic Pixie Dream Girl? This is not just about the story; the trope doesn't just end there. The MPDG paradigm perpetuates an unrealistic view of women; men keep on trying to find women who fit the bill. Someone unencumbered by her own problems, who makes life easier for you. But we forget that there isn't a woman like this: it only remains in our imaginations; a muse. A muse is an intriguing concept, yes; but will trying to find that elusive muse help in making your life better? No. The bigger problem is that it makes men believe that it is essential to have a guiding force in their lives for fulfilling their destiny and if she's not there, life isn't worth it. MPDGs are supposed to save the main character; they are to be their redemption. © Dune Entertainment/Fox Searchlight Pictures We are all trying to find the perfect person; one who completes us. This trope accelerates our notion. But in real life, is it feasible or healthy to burden one person with all your aspirations? To give them so much power over you? Like the adage goes: “We become what we see, we become what we read.” This kind of social conditioning from movies makes men think that the sole idea of a woman is to nurture them, provide support and not have any story of their own. That if she isn't the archetype of this dream girl, she isn't enough. © Mr. Mudd/Summit Entertainment Moreover, the trope also exhibits the essential need for help to understand the complexities and mysteries of life. Aren't men capable enough to do that themselves? Yes, they are. Men are capable of saving themselves. So are women. Aren't women better than playing only a supporting role in someone else's life? Of course. © Fox 2000 Pictures/Temple Hill Entertainment/20th Century Fox The MPDG propels this thinking towards oblivion; it makes men pursue an idea of this imaginary woman who knows them more than they know themselves. Is it possible? In movies, yes; in life; no. The main lead is seen obsessed with the character; she is his sole definition in his turbulent life. She teaches him to smile, to laugh, to see what he wouldn't have seen on his own; a crutch for his happiness. Yes, another positive thing she does do is make him realize his shortcomings, a newer way to embrace life. But what about her own shortcomings? What about the resolution of her problems? © Camelot Pictures/Jersey Films/Fox Searchlight Pictures/Miramax Films Furthermore, it makes women think that men will only notice them if they imitate the quirky, bubbly dream girl discoursing deep life lessons. That their only aim is to help in changing the man they are involved with and have no life of their own. It isn't the job of anyone to change another person: being male or female does not matter. If one wishes to change, they are more than capable of doing that themselves. Yes, inspiration is good, but it is not the sole reason for change. The Death of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl: The Anti-MPDG Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a fancy term, isn't it? There's a touch of intellectuality to it. But is it really? Sadly, the concept has been overused in popular culture so much that now characters which aren't MPDG get branded as her. Shoddy and lazy writing is the main reason for the popularity of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Writers give hardly any depth to this character, there are no aspirations of her own. She has flaws, but those flaws are a device to help the male character. She is an enabler, not a helper. The term which was created to call out the laziness and sexism in the film industry has been dumbed down to be conferred on nearly every other female character who is funny or quirky, Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) from “Annie Hall” or Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) from “Breakfast at Tiffany's”. © United Artists It led to the creator of the term to write an apology and call the term out on the sexist connotation it has garnered over the years. There's a vast difference between being eccentric and being a manic pixie dream girl. Eccentricity and quirkiness in female characters have started being equated to a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. As a result, characters which are well-rounded, wholesome and have their own stories also get trudged into the umbrella of the MPDG. © Jurow-Shepherd/Paramount Pictures We won't have any female character to be seen if we try carting off every quirky character in the trope. It's very easy to label the characters into the MPDG trope if you only concentrate on the eccentricity and quirkiness but tend to forget that there's more to a person than only their eccentricity. Coming back to Sam from “Garden State”, the movie, a brilliant one at that, perpetuates the idea of Sam as the saviour of Andrew (Zach Braff), but that is the only thing she does in the whole movie; show Andrew that life can be so different. Though she herself is a compulsive liar with epilepsy, that part of the story remains shrouded in shadows. © Camelot Pictures/Jersey Films/Fox Searchlight Pictures/Miramax Films Of course, a movie has to be told from a perspective, but why not add the stories of the main characters to the narrative? Why not create a wholesome story where both the characters help each other and have individual perspectives? Sam is that beautiful enchantress, that elusive dream of the woman who will help Andrew. “You gotta hear this one song — it'll change your life. I swear.”, Sam says while giving Andrew the earphones, New Shins' “New Slang” blasting on it. The wrong thing about the idea is that is where the development stops for Sam: we do not see her deal with her own problems more effectively, her job is only mentioned never shown, and she just screams into the infinite abyss for clearing her mind. Movies which try to subvert the trope end up glamorizing it: “Paper Towns” is one such example which tried hard to kill the MPDG tag once and for all but eventually ended up where it started: Margo played by Cara Delevingne, the crush of the main lead, Quentin played by Nat Wolff, disappears after one night of spirited adventure with him. © Fox 2000 Pictures/Temple Hill Entertainment/20th Century Fox This leads Quentin to embark on a quest to find Margo, his version of the perfect girl. When he eventually finds her, he decides that he that she wasn't what he imagined her to be. But the problem with the movie is that it returns to the notion of Margo being that elusive, magical being while in the novel by John Green, on which the movie is based, Quentin finally understands that Margo was just a girl like any other. In the novel, he realizes that he himself was responsible to elevate her to a status of a goddess of sorts, a vivid dream. The movie, on the other hand, makes a valid point of deconstructing the MPDG image but gives in to the idea at the end, Margo still remains that muse in Quentin's imagination, a creature who made him realize his own shortcomings. He does not really see her for what she is in the movie, something he does in the novel. It's quite easy to put characters in the trope. Holly Golightly in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany's” is a watered-down version of the book Holly, the movie version swims dangerously close to MPDG category. © Jurow-Shepherd/Paramount Pictures Audrey's gamine roles have garnered quite the reputation for her to be included in the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” bandwagon. But she isn't specifically a MPDG. Her character does have a story, a purpose and though she makes the hero realize his destiny, in that she develops too. © William Wyler/Paramount Pictures Sam, played by Emma Watson, from “Perks of Being A Wallflower”, seems like a MPDG but is actually not. Sam helps Charlie, but that is not her only persona; she is her own person, with dreams, ambitions and refuses to stick to the fantasy girl image. © Mr. Mudd/Summit Entertainment Hema Malini, the quintessential Indian dream girl, came close to the MPDG as Basanti in “Sholay” but in “Dream Girl” she rises above it. In both, she uses her brains and charm to fulfil part of her role. She isn't restricted to the hero's ideal, especially in “Dream Girl” where she dupes the main lead. © Pinterest © Pinterest The problem is that we see these characters from the perspective of the male lead, through his lenses, which makes them an illusion, it makes them a thing to be revered but forget that they have their own stories to tell. But it does help in looking at the problem first hand and helps in destroying the image of this stock character. Summer from “[500] Days of Summer”, the indie-loving, bespectacled, bangs-sporting heroine is perhaps the best example of the MPDG. © Dune Entertainment/Fox Searchlight Pictures The movie tries to show Tom's dilemma with Summer, who doesn't love him back, glorifies the MPDG yet again; he realizes that Summer wasn't all that special because she liked the same weird stuff he did, she was her own person. But the lesson is lost on the viewers (and perhaps on Tom as well). She turns into the anti-MPDG later in the movie, as she falls in love (but the guy is never shown) and we get to learn more about her. In doing so, the movie does deconstruct the trope in a small way. Unfortunately, Zoey Deschanel had become a living embodiment of the MPDG trope: nearly every role of hers seemed to be that exceptionally pretty, quirky, eccentric, “adorkable”, girl who loves having fun, is an idealized version of the hero's mind who gives a new perspective on life. © Elizabeth Meriwether Pictures/20th Television Thankfully, “New Girl” finally ended the dreaded and vicious cycle for her when Jess, the bespectacled school teacher realizes that her quirkiness is not that adorable to other people. Though it seemed in the earlier seasons that she was going to be that typical MPDG, delivering life lessons to the guy bunch at her new apartment, the series went on to focus on her other qualities and subtleties as well. In doing so, the series was successful in changing the dynamic of Jess' role and finally bringing an end to Zoey's typecasting. She was the Anti-MPDG. Clementine (Kate Winslet) from “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” is another example of the anti-MPDG. She says to Joel (Jim Carrey): "Too many guys think I'm a concept, or I complete them, or I'm gonna make them alive. But I'm just a fucked-up girl who's looking for my own peace of mind. Don't assign me yours." © Anonymous Content/Focus Features Clem is aware of herself; she sees herself for who she is and doesn't cater to the idea of the hero's life-saving memoranda. By doing this she inadvertently closes the lid on becoming a MPDG. The trope is dying, but it is dying slowly, agonizingly. It is taking its own sweet time to vanish. Perhaps, it is time to kill the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. It's time that writers start writing more solid, complex stories for that quirky girl and that sad boy. More importantly, we should move on from the concept as a whole in our lives; no one is going to save you unless you decide to do so.
  7. There is no greater joy for a teacher than to see his/her students living their dreams, and touching new heights of success. A teacher meets her success through every achievement and milestone her students touch, and experiences the joys of life through their success stories. A similar story unravelled some 30,000 feet above air for a play school teacher named Sudha Satyan, who was aboard a plane flying to Chicago in the US. When she was all settled in for the journey, the in-flight announcements from the pilots revealed that Sudha was being flown to the US by a Captain Rohan Bhasin, and she wondered if it was the student from 30 years ago. Just imagine that moment when she hears “Capt Rohan Bhasin” Your son must have been thrilled. Indeed #WarmsTheCocklesOfMyHeart . — Louvina Andrade (@LouvinaA) March 25, 2019 The 3-year-old zealot had introduced himself as a 'Captain Rohan Bhasin' to Sudha, during their first introduction, and this possible coincidence 30 years down the lane from that incident made Sudha reach out to the cabin crew and inquire how she could get in touch with the captain. Turns out Captain Rohan Bhasin of Air India was indeed the same boy Sudha Satyan had taught many moons ago at her play school, and he really did fulfill his dream of becoming a 'Captain' after all. #WarmsTheCocklesOfMyHeart.... During Playschool admission, the teacher asked my son his name. Nonchalantly he answered, "Capt Rohan Bhasin". And he was just 3. And today, the same teacher was enroute to Chicago. And he was indeed the Captain. ð¤ð¨‍âï¸#StudentTeacherReunionâ¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/nGAqZSKUnF — Nivedita Bhasin (@nivedita_bhasin) March 24, 2019 Captain Rohan's mother, who is also an Air India Pilot, shared a heartwarming post of their reunion with a then and now photograph on Twitter, and wrote: 'During playschool admission, the teacher asked my son his name. Nonchalantly he answered, "Capt Rohan Bhasin". And he was just 3. And today, the same teacher was enroute to Chicago. And he was indeed the Captain.' The reunion was teary and full of happy smiles, but it seems Twitter is all for this reunion, and cannot stop gushing over it. It's amazing how you have inspired all your childrenâ¤ï¸ — Richa S Mukherjee (@richashrivas) March 25, 2019 What a lovely reunion! — Janaki Kulkarni (@janaki_kulkarni) March 24, 2019 Beautiful ððð. Dreams do come true! — Ashaba Faridah (@AshabaFaridah) March 24, 2019 Thats very lovely, best moment for a teacher to see her student reached his goal...truely amazing — Jitendra Bhavsar (@jitu_bhavsar) March 26, 2019 It's a touching and a heartwarming gesture by Rohan. Greater still is that the teacher remembered his name. That I think was the best Gurudakshina ever in recent years. Guru Brahma! — mathew thomas (@mat3201981) March 26, 2019 Words cannot describe this moment. Never would someone might have seen such a dream becoming reality. Blessed are the people who are a part of this wonderful event. — Vivek (@vsormasd) March 26, 2019
  8. Filmfare just held its 64th award ceremony and many deserving candidates took home the special lady with them. One of them was of course the talented Alia Bhatt, who deservingly won the best actress award for her role in the 2018 crime-drama, 'Raazi'. (c)Twitter Obviously Alia had a 'thank you' speech prepared just like all winners usually do, but her speech was a tad different and beautiful all at once, compared to other celebrities in Bollywood who shy away mentioning, well, love. In her speech Alia thanked her team behind 'Raazi', but a special mention was particularly saved for her now boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor and the girl wasn't afraid to let her feelings out for him in front of the entire fraternity. Eye Candies!! ð»ð»ð» #Filmfare2019 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #ranbir #ranbirkapoor #RanbirKapoor #ranbirian #ranbirians #rkholics #rkholic #rk #rkian #rkf #rkfan #alia #aliabhatt #ranbiralia #BrahmÄstra #filmfare #filmfareawards A post shared by The Ranbir Kapoor Addiction (@ranbirkapooraddiction) on Mar 23, 2019 at 10:05am PDT She went on to say: “Meghna for me Raazi is you, your blood and sweat. You are my main chick. Vicky without you, the film wouldn't be complete. Thank you my mentor Karan for being my mentor, father and my fashion police. Tonight's all about love there my special one, I love you (Ranbir Kapoor).” Upon hearing her speech Ranbir did turn red in the face with absolute bashfulness but we're sure he appreciated her gratitude and words of endearment towards him. Alia Bhatt- I love you (from stage) after winning award, while Ranbir Kapoor is all smilesâ¤ð #FilmfareAwards2019 #RanbirKapoor #Ranbir #AliaBhatt #Bollywood A post shared by Ranbir Kapoor Universe (@ranbirkapooruniverse) on Mar 23, 2019 at 2:53pm PDT Both Alia and Ranbir won best actress and actor respectively, at the award ceremony and we're sure both have a lot to celebrate and look forward to right now. Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt post #FilmfareAwards2019 leaving the venue. #RanbirKapoor #Ranbir #AliaBhatt #Bollywood A post shared by Ranbir Kapoor Universe (@ranbirkapooruniverse) on Mar 23, 2019 at 1:12pm PDT Both will be seen first time together in 'Brahmastra' which is due for release in December 2019. Here's wishing the two the best journey together as a couple.
  9. Union Minister and former actor Smriti Irani who ruled the small screen for the most part of the decade starting year 2000 and is most popularly known for playing the role of Tulsi Virani in the Star Plus soap opera 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi'. While her years of acting may have come to an end, Smriti has not given up on the prospect of entertaining people around her at all times. One such method that she applies to reach this end is by connecting with her followers and fans on social media. View this post on Instagram #that laugh when your office team is set to bring in the weekend and you say ' kal daftar aana hai 'ðð‍âï¸ð A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial) on Oct 4, 2018 at 9:57pm PDT With close to 4 lakh followers on Instagram, Smriti is no less than an “Instagram celebrity” who puts an obvious display of her humorous side on Instagram every chance she gets, and entertains thousands of her follows regularly. We followed the trend of her funny and sassy Instagram posts and came to the conclusion that she has a special liking for the days of the week and how they impact our psyche on a weekly basis. While this entire story could have been made out of just those relatable posts around “Monday blues” and “Friyay highs”, we decided to bring you a mix of them all. Here are some of Smriti Irani's funniest Instagram posts of recent times: 1. Her honest confession on dealing with “teenage tantrums” is pretty apt. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial) on Feb 7, 2019 at 7:26am PST 2. When we have been saying the same thing on every Monday night for millions of years. View this post on Instagram #when you want to slow clap Tuesday into existence #aabhai tu bhi aazma le 𤨠A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial) on Feb 4, 2019 at 10:50am PST 3. And then Wednesday follows, and you can't decide if you want to do mid weeks or just weekends! View this post on Instagram Wo #Wednesday wali feeling when you can almost see the weekend upon you. ððð¶‍â A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial) on Jan 29, 2019 at 7:37pm PST 4. At least the weekend is just around the corner. View this post on Instagram #when one Thursday looks at another #tbt ð¤¦‍âï¸ð A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial) on Jan 9, 2019 at 10:49pm PST 5. If STFU had a face, this would be it. Yes, working Sundays exist, now get out of my face! View this post on Instagram #That look when someone says ' aap Sunday ko bhi kaam karti hai ' ð¤¦‍âï¸ðð§#sundayaayapatanahichala look ðâ¤ï¸ A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial) on Jan 26, 2019 at 7:40pm PST 6. When unsolicited advice and opinions are your biggest pet peeves! View this post on Instagram The 'Take my advice, I don't use it anyways' tribe - You gave them a patient hearing in 2018, will '19 be the same!? ð¤ð¤ð¤ A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial) on Dec 25, 2018 at 8:56pm PST 7. When you are single, and cannot handle all the covert show of cheesiness. View this post on Instagram #when the talker next to you on an early morning flight coos ' no you first baby put the phone down....no, karo na u first ...'& I feel like politely taking the damn phone and switching it offffffffffffff ð¤¬ð¤¬ï¿½ï¿½but can't coz I'm Smriti Irani ðð¤ð©ð¤¦‍âï¸ð¤¦‍âï¸#mondaymadness A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial) on Dec 16, 2018 at 6:15pm PST 8. When you can read your significant other's mind. View this post on Instagram Some people say my husband's wife is freaking awesome.. true story â¤ï¸ð@iamzfi A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial) on Dec 5, 2018 at 4:30am PST 9. When you are having a real tough time holding your mouth over other people's stupidity. View this post on Instagram #hum bolega to bologe ki bolta hai... ðð¤ð¤¦‍âï¸ A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial) on Oct 24, 2018 at 10:12pm PDT 10. There is no better feeling than roasting someone who “asked for it”. View this post on Instagram #when the joke is on you ð¤ªð¤¦‍âï¸ð#saturday ka #shagun ð A post shared by Smriti Irani (@smritiiraniofficial) on Oct 20, 2018 at 2:10am PDT
  10. Now that you've found your way here, I am pretty glad. Yes, I know why you clicked on this article in the first place. It could be sheer curiosity, enthusiasm or just plain 'ol knowledge but since you're here, let me tell ways that are appropriate on how to get a girl wet this Holi. And by 'wet', I mean with water and colours and everything else Holi stands for. Why do you need to know these so-called guidelines? Because women are genuinely tired of telling men to stop groping them in the name of playing Holi, just so they can escape sheer humiliation and despair on a festival that summarises fun in every spectacular way possible. © Eros International While I am sure you all have your manners and your hands in place, there are still some instances when you'd go all out to tease your crush with colours, or try and pour a bucket of water on that 'hot' aunty, but lads, let me tell you one thing; while you suspect no one's really watching you unravel your horniest instinct on one of the most sacrosanct festivals in the country, women do have their eyes and their conscience open. How? Because it's 2019 and there's no possible escape route for you than to adhere to some guidelines, while you're out playing Holi with women, you know or may not know. So, here's how you get a woman wet this Holi: (1) Stick To The Face When you're at a Holi party or gathering, you're mostly going with the flow and applying colour to whoever comes before you. At that moment, you usually forget that while applying colours, you're also initiating 'touch' and while that's festive and enduring, it can also classify as 'inappropriate' if it's not welcomed. So, in case you're smearing colour on a woman, stick to the face, her cheeks mostly. Don't go beyond that, unless you two are absolutely comfortable with it. Because once you disobey THIS guideline, it's going to be serious hell for you, if she finds your actions inappropriate I.E. © Eros International (2) How Many Balloons Are Too Many Balloons? Nope, no double entendres here mate. By balloons, I mean water balloons. While they're fun to play with, water balloons shouldn't be fired at anyone without consent TBH. Well, if you're playing with a group of people, consent flows naturally because you all partake in the celebrations, but if you're in 'Counter-Strike' mode, hiding on your balcony and aiming balloons at neighbours by secretly turning into a peeping tom for the night, it's a pretty bad idea. No one likes to be hit with balloons when they're not playing with you. Even at a gathering, be mindful of how and where you throw a balloon on a woman and I am pretty sure you know what I mean by that. © BCCL (3) If She Doesn't Want To Drink, Respect That While you may enjoy alcohol and bhaang on Holi, a lot of people just want to have some casual fun and not get too intoxicated. Your job is to respect that and not shove a glass of bhaang down someone's gullet, just because it's Holi. If she says she doesn't want to drink, don't underestimate that and think maybe she's just being shy. No, she isn't because if she wanted to drink, she would. So, be mindful when she says no to alcohol, or anything else. © Pinterest (4) If You're Roaming About As a Group Of Boys, Don't Harass Women On The Streets This one's a common activity women are subjected to every Holi. It's true because a lot of women I know go through sheer harassment from a bunch of boys doing the rounds, drunk, on Holi. If you're drunk or intoxicated on bhaang, it's advisable to celebrate the festival in a space that's not an inconvenience to the others. But if you're going about harassing women, throwing colours or water on them without consent, then you shouldn't be playing at all! © Pinterest (5) Keep Your Eggs, Grease, Mud & Strong Colours To Yourself If you're out and about carrying any of the above, in the name of fun, I suggest don't play with women. You can keep the horrible extravaganza limited to some boy fun instead. No one, I repeat no one fancies a greasy-colour-bath or a handful of mud on their face or anywhere else on their body. It's really gross and horrible and no one wants to be subjected to it. © Pinterest So, there you go, a short but precise guide on how to play Holi appropriately with your gang or any gang of girls and get them wet in a manner they'd truly appreciate. Thank us later!
  11. The stunning diva, Alia Bhatt, who just celebrated her 26th birthday in style, did something mighty philanthropic and we couldn't be more proud of her. She has reportedly gifted Rs 50 lakh to her domestic help Anmol and her driver Sunil so that they can buy a house in Mumbai. © Instagram The two have been there with her since the start of her career in 2012 and for Alia this gesture was rather pertinent and imperative because she wanted to return the help they've been giving her since so many years. The two have already booked their houses in Juhu and Khar Danda, respectively and will start building soon enough. We believe this is a grave lesson every other celebrity should carry back from this young house-of-talent. More often than not, we seldom forget the people who've supported us through thick and thin and stuck through time to render their services without giving up, need a day or two in the sun to shine bright too. Gratitude towards the support staff is extremely important and if it can be shown in any good way possible, it definitely should! Kudos Alia, you did good! © Twitter Apart from initiating funding for the houses for her support staff, Alia herself has purchased a rather posh house in Juhu, for over Rs 13 crore. It's close by to her family house so she can see them often. Alia wishes to run her new production company Eternal Sunshine Productions from her new space. On the work front, Alia will next be seen in 'Kalank' with Varun Dhawan and Sanjay Dutt, 'Bramhastra ' with Ranbir Kapoor of course and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Inshallah' with Salman Khan. © Instagram She recently tweeted upon being asked to take up 'Inshallah', by Sanjay Leela: Dream with your eyes wide open they said and I did. Sanjay sir and Salman Khan are magical together & I can't wait to join them on this beautiful journey called "Inshallah" Dream with your eyes wide open they say & I did. Sanjay Sir and Salman Khan are magical together & I can't wait to join them on this beautiful journey called “Inshallah” â¤#Inshallah #SLB @BeingSalmanKhan @bhansali_produc @SKFilmsOfficial @prerna982 — Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) 19 March 2019 The actress has her hands full this whole year and she's doing one good Samaritan deed after the other. Here's wishing more celebrities emulate her kindness towards their support staff with immense gratitude.
  12. We always just look at the bad things about being broke all the time, but here's a story about the pros of constantly not having money in your bank account. This incident about a robbery in China has the thief coming off as the good guy. What a rare moment! The entire thing was captured on the CCTV footage from ICBC Bank in city of Heyuan. In the video, a woman is withdrawing cash at an ATM when a man wielding a knife walks up to her and demands that she hand over the money. Naturally, she did because she was terrified and gives the robber 2500 yuan, which is approximately Rs 26,000. Then, the robber demands to see her bank balance but after seeing that her account is empty and the 2500 yuan were the last of her money, he has a change of heart. After handing back the money to her, he's seen walking away smiling. A robber with a conscience? Who would've thought! Even though he turned out to be a good person for a second there, he was still arrested, and actually rightly so. The video went viral on Chinese social media with a lot of people surprised at this act of kindness. It was shared on Twitter as well, and people came up with a lot of jokes. Well, technically speaking, he is. I'm amazed! robbers are humans!ððð — Sahil Rahman (@SahilRa92056158) March 11, 2019 Shots fired. This robber has more decency than the average Politician! — Golf*Oscar*Delta*Delta*Yankee (@big_goddy) March 11, 2019 Well, not exactly. Wow!!! thats GREAT. But i think this robber is related to #Robin Hood. — Eben - Ezer (@Eze_065) March 11, 2019 Have you ever been this broke? If i were the victim the robber might actually return the money.., with interest. https://t.co/UuttRkZAGU — BENROSLAN (@M_HarithRoslan) March 13, 2019
  13. Life is too short to give in to the whims and negativity that pervades the virtual space today. Trolls can be found lurking in abundance at every click of the mouse and turn people's lives into a living hell with their unsolicited hate comments and opinions. It doesn't take much for online trolls to attack unsuspecting people on social media platforms, and they don't spare the individual on the other side of the illuminated screen, whether that is a man, woman or child, or even a celebrity for that matter. The only thing a troll knows when they set out to troll the shit out of an individual is this wrong belief that they somehow have the authority and upper hand to spew hate and negativity directed at an individual. © Pinterest All of which may or may not have come from any personal impact or motivation, these trolls go about brandishing their sharp words and wound people. Though majority of people who get trolled choose to “stay mum and ignore” such nuisances, every once in a while we also come across those who step up and give the trolls a taste of their own medicine. © Twitter Recently, India Today released a preview of its latest episode of 'Jab We Met' on Twitter featuring host Rahul Kanwal and guest Ananya Birla, the heiress of the Aditya Birla Group and daughter of Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla. The short video showed Ananya, a UK club level footballer in a football faceoff showing off her skills. It's a football showdown between @ananya_birla & @rahulkanwal this weekend on #JabWeMet. Ananya is also a UK club level footballer and has given a whole new meaning to the word multi-talented. Watch the special episode tonight at 9:30 only on India Today TV. pic.twitter.com/ihKWOaqGEu — India Today (@IndiaToday) March 9, 2019 However, a Twitter user decided to take a dig at Ananya following the launch of the episode preview, by showing disregard for all of Ananya's personal merits and reducing her and her achievements to her father's legacy and wealth. Reporter reporting on millionaires daughter — GurpreetSgill (@gurpreetgill) March 10, 2019 The user left a comment stating “reporter reporting on millionaires daughter”. This didn't go with Ananya and instead of ignoring it she called out her troll and gave him a piece of her mind, by not only pointing out that every person has their individual merits to show for, but also that he is wrong in calling her father a “millionaire” since he is actually a billionaire. So? I'm human too ð we achieve things on our own esteem too and we must share that. And just btw, my dad is a billionaire not a millionaire. ðð¤ sorry not sorry âð½ https://t.co/YtX4YM05Rm — Ananya Birla (@ananya_birla) March 10, 2019 We think Ananya had the perfect response for her troll and we sure need more of such approaches when dealing with trolls who have nothing more to do with their lives than drop baseless opinions everywhere they go.
  14. Dipa Karmakar is India's most celebrated gymnast who has not only tasted success internationally but is also the first Indian gymnast to have represented the nation in the most prestigious contest in the world, the Olympics, in 52 years. She has also won bronze at both, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (2014) and Asian Championships (2015). View this post on Instagram Happy Olympic day ! I feel so honoured to be an Olympian and proud to have represented india ð®ð³... A post shared by Dipa Karmakar (@dipakarmakarofficial) on Jun 23, 2018 at 10:33am PDT Started working on her talents and improving her skills at an extremely early age of six in the city of Agartala in Tripura, Karmakar also suffered from a postural deformity called flat feet which used to adversely affect her performance and hindered her from reaching her true potential. According to her former coach Bisbeshwar Nandi, Karmakar used to put in extra hours of hard work to naturally bring a curve to her feet, leading her to contest and win more than 75 medals during her ongoing illustrious career. At just 25 years of age, she is considered to be one of the most influential members of the society, especially the younger generation of sports enthusiasts. Her ability to not give up under unfair circumstances, the relentless dedication and the hunger to prove her worth to the world inspired Mattel Inc. the toy company that produces the fashionable and iconic 'Barbie' dolls. On the 60th anniversary of the toy, the company decided to pay homage to 20 women hailing from 17 countries, who have been on great significance and are considered to be “real-life heroes” for their contribution to their respective fields and the society. Karmakar made the list and was honoured with her very own Barbie doll that donned a full-sleeve red leotard while also showing off the bronze medal she earned during the 2014 Commonwealth. Barbie has always shown girls that they can be anything!! On the occasion of her 60th anniversary, I am honoured to be selected as a Barbie Role Model to help inspire the next generation of girls!#Barbie60 #YouCanBeAnything pic.twitter.com/6cnAWtLvDs — Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) March 9, 2019 “Barbie has always shown girls that they can be anything!! On the occasion of her 60th anniversary, I am honoured to be selected as a Barbie Role Model to help inspire the next generation of girls! #Barbie60 #YouCanBeAnything,” tweeted the athlete.
  15. Ever since making her debut in 2013, Smriti Mandhana has come a long way to becoming a vital cog in the Indian women's cricket team. On the back of consistent performances, the left-hander has become one of the batting mainstays for her side across the formats. Her majestic strokeplay and ability to mould her innings have been the prime reasons why she is India's preferred opener. Such has been her batting performances that, in February, Mandhana became the world's no. 1 batswoman in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). She is also placed sixth in the list of top batswoman in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). One of the key members of the Indian women's team, the youngster has aided her side in crunch situations more often, than not. © Red Bull The 22-year-old's outstanding achievements in cricket also earned her the coveted Arjuna Award in 2018. In the same year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) also awarded her the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best female cricketer of 2018. She was also named the ODI Player of the Year in 2018. While Mandhana's batting might has been well known around the globe, she has successfully managed to keep her personal life under wraps all this while. But, not anymore. In one of its first, the Red Bull athlete took the 'Quirky Questions Quiz' and spilt the beans on her real-life secrets. Q. If you had one hour left on Earth what would you do? A. Half an hour batting and the other half with my friends and family. Q. If you were not a cricketer what would you be? A. I would be a chef. It's been a long time I've been cooking. Earlier, I used to get time to cook. And, I've also taken classes of cooking Punjabi dishes. I use to love making paneer tikka masala and all. Q. What are the destinations on your travel bucket list? A. Right now, Switzerland and Austria. Q. What do you do on your day offs? A. I love sleeping and watching movies. Q. One cricketer you want to partner with? A. Australian captain Meg Lanning. I really admire her batting and it would be great to bat alongside her. Q. A well-kept locker room secret? A. If it's a secret well kept, it should be well kept in the locker room only. Q. What are you scared of the most? A. Crossing the road scares me the most. And, I also can't watch horror movies at all. Q. Pineapple on pizza? A. No, not at all.
  16. Losing a loved one is the most painful thing I can think of, and unfortunately, all of us have to go through it at some point in our lives. But, no one can understand the extremities of that loss like the people who work in the Defence, and their families do. Yesterday, the last rites of Squadron leader Siddharth Vashisht, who died in a Mi-17 chopper crash in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district, were performed with full military honours in Chandigarh. His family, including his wife Squadron Leader Aarti Singh and other fellow officers, were present to bid farewell and mourn the loss. His wife stood in full uniform as his father lit the funeral pyre. The Air Force personnel present gave a gun salute in the presence of officials from the IAF, the civil administration and all the people who turned up to pay their last respects. People couldn't help but salute Squadron Leader Aarti Singh's bravery at this difficult time while mourning for him. Her head was held high, as she clutched the tricolour to her chest, and the internet hailed her stoic spirit. This is Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, wife of Squadron Leader Siddharth Vashisht who was pilot of the Mi-17 that crashed in Budgam on Wednesday. He was cremated in Chandigarh today. RIP. pic.twitter.com/UUMeT120Id — Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) March 1, 2019 Salute to d family n mam Aarti Singh u r really strong woman.. Thousand of salutes for u mam.. RIP Squadron leader Siddhartha vashisht.. Y desh sda aapka karazdaar rhega.. ððððð jai hind #SiddharthVashisht @narendramodi @thekiranbedi — Ritu Rohilla (@7febRitu) March 2, 2019 Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, two army personnel who earned the utmost respect of every individual. RIP Wing Commander Siddharth Vashisht, civilians killed due to cease fire violation in Poonch and Other Martyrs of Kupwara Encounter. pic.twitter.com/CADh5xAyee — Ravi Jadav (@ravijadav94) March 2, 2019 Heart felt condolences for your loss, squadron leader Aarti Singh. ð RIP #SiddharthVashist ð Nation salutes your Courage & Sacrifice. — விà®à®¯à¯ (@vijaytwitts) March 2, 2019 Another most moving picture of the day...Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, wife of Squadron Leader Siddharth Vashisht...standing with the poise that only a few possess! #Salute pic.twitter.com/S1kRzva91D — aditi avasthi (@avasthiaditi) March 1, 2019 We salute to our hero Squadron Leader Siddharth Vashisht who was the pilot of the Mi-17 helicopter that crashed in Budgam,J&K on February 27 was cremated in Chandigarh earlier today. (In pic 1: his wife Squadron Leader Aarti Singh holding the folded tricolour)@narendramodi pic.twitter.com/NfC0xrodBc — Vattsalya Upadhyay (@vattsalya) March 1, 2019 India will always remember your martyrdom Hero #SiddharthVashisht. Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, wife of Squadron Leader #SiddharthVashisht who was pilot of the #Mi17 @IAF_MCC that crashed in. I pray to God to give you and family the power to bear this suffer. ðð pic.twitter.com/4Hp19u6cFd — Natin Singh (@natinsingh7) March 1, 2019 Salute to Squadron Leader Siddhart Vashishth. And may God give strength of Squadron Leader Aarti Singh! Such a sad loss for India. RIP ððpic.twitter.com/iH9dyOC6nz — Amit Panchal (@AmitHPanchal) March 1, 2019 Squadron Leader Aarti Singh, wife of Squadron Leader Siddharth Vashisht who was pilot of the Mi-17 that crashed in Budgam on Wednesday. cremated in Chandigarh. We welcome #Abhinandan, let us not forget the sacrifices of the 6 Defence Personnel who we lost in the Mi-17 crash. pic.twitter.com/yJZ5VCWci4 — Pinank Paleja (@metcoexport) March 1, 2019
  17. Remember the pretty girl who played young 'Poo' in K3G? The same pretty girl who is seen taunting and teasing a young Hrithik by the name of Laddoo in the movie. © Dharma Productions Well, her name is Malvika Raaj and she is all grown up (obviously) and is all set to make her Bollywood debut. View this post on Instagram Addicted to Black #nykaafeminabeautyawards2019 #malvikaraaj Outfit: @sonaakshiraaj Jewelrey : @curiocottagejewelry Mua : @makeupbyuurmik Hair: @richie_muah A post shared by Malvika Raaj (@malvikaraaj) on Feb 20, 2019 at 11:23pm PST View this post on Instagram Soak in all the positivity and continue to shine like never before ð #malvikaraaj #sunshinegirl #smiletillithurts A post shared by Malvika Raaj (@malvikaraaj) on Jan 22, 2019 at 3:07am PST Malvika will be making her debut opposite Danny Dengzongpa's son Rinzing and the movie is titled 'Squad' which is going to be an action thriller. View this post on Instagram Part time Head Turner Full time jaw dropper ð #malvikaraaj #smiletillithurts Photogrpher - @horilhumad Hmu - @sahil_anand_arora Styling - @stylingbyvictor #malvikaraaj A post shared by Malvika Raaj (@malvikaraaj) on Nov 5, 2018 at 11:30pm PST View this post on Instagram Dare to be a doughnut in a world of plain bagels... #malvikaraaj #smiletillithurts Photogrpher- @horilhumad Hmu- @sahil_anand_arora Styling- @stylingbyvictor A post shared by Malvika Raaj (@malvikaraaj) on Nov 12, 2018 at 4:06am PST Malvika is the niece of actress Anita Raj and has harboured Bollywood dreams for a long time. She will be seen on the screen after almost 18 years since KJO starred her in K3G. View this post on Instagram As Peachy as I make it to be ð âï¸ #malvikaraaj #smiletillithurts #ohhappyday #sonaakshiraaj @sonaakshiraaj A post shared by Malvika Raaj (@malvikaraaj) on Oct 12, 2018 at 3:59am PDT View this post on Instagram Frosty Feels!! âï¸âï¸ #wintercomesoon #malvikaraaj #smiletillithurts A post shared by Malvika Raaj (@malvikaraaj) on Oct 7, 2018 at 4:08am PDT Will Malvika prove her mettle in the pool of new actors making their debut or not? Only time can tell. Until then we're excited to see her acting skills and waiting to watch this gorgeous woman on the big screen.
  18. One year ago today, the nation mourned and woke up to the tragic news that Bollywood's legend and one of the most beautiful women this world had seen, Sridevi, left us after her untimely demise. Her family, friends and fans are still numb and find it hard to believe that the veteran actress left the world too soon, leaving behind a legacy and a million memories for her loved ones. Today, on the first anniversary of her untimely death, her family & friends are paying tribute to the legend in their own way. View this post on Instagram My heart will always be heavy. But I'll always be smiling because it has you in it. A post shared by Janhvi Kapoor (@janhvikapoor) on Feb 23, 2019 at 7:29am PST Her daughter Jahnvi posted a beautiful message for her mom and Sridevi's sister-in-law, Maheep Kapoor posted a few beautiful pictures of the actress in her memory as well. View this post on Instagram Will always remember the good times â¤ï¸ A post shared by Maheep Kapoor (@maheepkapoor) on Feb 23, 2019 at 8:12pm PST Her friends Shekhar Kapur and Farah Khan also poured their love with their social media posts. Still can't get over that this bundle of life, of energy, of love, left us when she has so much much more to give @SrideviBKapoor @SrideviKapoor https://t.co/KWiC5xTdKy — Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) February 23, 2019 View this post on Instagram When i was just starting out in my career She was so supportive, so encouraging.. getting to Choreograph a Sridevi show or a song for her, was like a dream 4 me..no wonder I never got awed or starstruck with any other star in my entire career because I started frm the TOP! There never was n never will be anyone like SRIDEVI.. love her always ♥ï¸( this photo is frm 1994- world tour) A post shared by Farah Khan Kunder (@farahkhankunder) on Feb 23, 2019 at 8:53pm PST Social media is abuzz with all her fans and well wishers posting about the beautiful actress because she is gone but will never be forgotten by anyone, ever. Legends never die... All time inspiration, All time favourite #srideviji ð ð¤ #eyekaranspedia #instagram #beingme #thisisthelife #mystyle #myway #positivevibes#photo #photos #pic #pics… https://t.co/PGj8EjEPUy — Karan Singh (@eyekarans) February 24, 2019 Today my black day this day I'm lost childhood crush and my favorite actress all time. Love you my love and my crush #Sridevi #SrideviDeathAnniversary pic.twitter.com/5ApSIbZN3b — SAGAR (@sagarscarsm) February 24, 2019 They say time heals every wound, and we pray that her family and loved ones continue living in the shadow of her love.
  19. The brave men, who guard our country, lose sleep so that we can sleep in peace and also sacrifice their lives for the love of the nation, deserve more than just our respect. No amount of love or words that one pours to thank our soldiers can suffice the work they do for this country. However, it's not just them who make this sacrifice. One cannot even imagine the strength their family members show in enduring the risk of sending their bravehearts to the border. It is not easy being a wife of an army officer but it is an honour for sure and Gauri Mahadik is one such hero who is proving to the world that she is a woman of steel. She is the wife of Major Prasad Mahadik, who was martyred in 2017 at the Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh. While life definitely must have stopped for a while for this brave woman, it definitely didn't deter her from facing it with all the strength she had. Gauri is now all set to join the army herself as a tribute to her brave husband. Gauri will be inducted as a lieutenant in the army once she completes her training in Chennai. Gauri cleared the service selection board (SSB) exams and qualified for the rank by actually topping the exam with great score. Talking about some kind of serendipity and a beautiful twist of destiny, Gauri was allotted the same chest number (28) which was also allotted to her husband when he was undergoing his training. She is a qualified lawyer who quit her job to pursue this dream in memory of her husband. It is stories like these which fill your heart with strength and courage and make you believe that every storm is followed by a rainbow.
  20. Indian parents are a different league altogether and I bet you'd agree with me. If you haven't had a 'chappal' swung at you, have you even had a memorable childhood? From being savage to making sure you're the laughing stock of the family, Indian parents are a league apart and this Indian guy's tweet is stated testimony. via GIPHY Siddhu, a Twitter user (@cheekyponnama), talked about how his mother liked keeping his picture in her wallet, all the time. The lad got mighty emotional when he saw his picture in her wallet and went on to Tweet about it. But what he didn't expect was the answer that came as a surprise to him and really put him in his place with his mother's savage comeback. My mum has a photo of me in her wallet and not of my siblings. She said whenever she faces an obstacle, she looks at my photo and the problem disappears. I felt really touched till she said, she also tells herself, “what other problem can be bigger than this one?” ð¥ð¥ð¥ — Siddhu (@cheekyponnama) 17 February 2019 He realised what she was trying to say only when she finished her sentence. Ouch! 'She said whenever she faces an obstacle, she looks at my photo and the problem disappears,' he wrote. 'I felt really touched till she said, she also tells herself, “what other problem can be bigger than this one?' Now do you have a clearer understanding of what Indian mothers, if not parents, are like? They definitely love adding more fuel to fire, just so they can have some fun at your expense. Siddhu's Tweet went viral and people on the internet reacted to it. Savagery of savageries! I stan for your mom! pic.twitter.com/0nx18iAuLr — Duchess King Goshen ð DKG™ï¸ (@arrahdasoul) 19 February 2019 Reminds me of this pic.twitter.com/9smJNqL2jr — ðð¤ (@christinamagma) 20 February 2019 Damn, mama pic.twitter.com/yOiHUjmoxf — Vanyeetus Deletus (@VanthePapaya) 18 February 2019 Damn, Exactly what my mom did. Thanks for remind me hahaha — Arief Rahman (@AriefRptm) 19 February 2019 Siddhu, so far those who agrees with you are First born, those were d days but not in this generation even if you contribute to the family the most. All parents in their hearts, love their children all the same. This is facts. — Diamond Wong (@diamondwong) 18 February 2019 So, the next time you get excited about something good your parents have done for you, make sure you hear out the entire story first!
  21. The Pulwama terror attack has shaken the entire nation but the ones most affected by the consequences are the ones who lost their loved ones in the attack. Over 40 CRPF jawans were martyred and while everyone can understand the magnitude of the loss, we cannot fathom the endurance that their families have to cope with the death of their lost loved one. © Twitter Major Vibhuti Dhoundiyal, who hailed from Dehradun, lost his life in a recent encounter with terrorists in Pulwama and his mortal remains were brought to his family in his hometown for cremation. It is not the full military honours that he got or the presence of his family that painted a painstaking picture, but the sheer courage that his wife showed to pay him a tribute before his heavenly abode, is what gave us goosebumps. #WATCH Wife of Major VS Dhoundiyal (who lost his life in an encounter in Pulwama yesterday) by his mortal remains. #Dehradun #Uttarakhand pic.twitter.com/5HWD6RXwnO — ANI (@ANI) February 19, 2019 Major Vibhuti's wife Nikita showed nerves of steel as she maintained her calm and whispered 'I love you' to him and gave him a flying kiss, while not shedding a single tear. The couple married last year in April 2018 and Major Vibhuti was bound to return home in April for their first anniversary. Before his remains were cremated, his wife bravely and proudly shouted 'Jain Hind' before breaking down as she cried 'I love you' to her brave husband. Nitika Kaul , wife Of martyred Major Dhoundiyal shouts 'JAI HIND' three times and 'I Love You Vibhu' one last time. These visuals will remain etched in my mind till I am alive pic.twitter.com/BkcpAGWHhL — Pawan Durani (@PawanDurani) February 19, 2019 Dehradun: Wife (pic 1) of Major VS Dhoundiyal salutes as people pay tribute to him. He lost his life in an encounter in Pulwama yesterday #Uttarakhand pic.twitter.com/GEL36EMU3e — ANI (@ANI) February 19, 2019 Nikita has requested everyone to not sympathise but stay strong instead, as her husband was a braveheart who died for his country. While these visuals will remain etched in our hearts for a long time, we can't help but wonder that we don't know what courage or real bravery is until we have seen someone display it as Nikita did. She is a woman of steel and will continue to inspire us with her undying spirit.
  22. As last year marked the completion of a decade since the deadly attacks of 26/11, there still exists individuals who survived through this hell and are now living a normal life. One such individual is my client, RSK (name undisclosed), but is brave enough to narrate her story. A story that she now feels is just part of the past and has blown away like wind. Shot And Lying In A Pool Of Blood © RSK A then resident of California, RSK had come over to Mumbai to attend a wedding and decided to meet with her friends at a restaurant at the Oberoi Hotel at Nariman Point. Before even placing an order, RSK and her friends heard something that sounded like “firecrackers” and upon inquiring they were told by the hotel staff that it was the sound of the locals celebrating India's win during a cricket match. The next thing they heard was “duck! duck! This was followed by a shower of bullets and a hand grenade explosion. Two of her friends passed away on the spot, while one of her other friends managed to leave safely. RSK however wasn't able to leave, because she was shot with several bullets and also by shrapnel from the explosion. RSK shouted for help (in Hindi and English) for the next 18 hours lying immobile in her own blood; until a policeman heard her and carried her on a stretcher. It was this time when she realized that one of her arms was hanging loose, almost detached and that she was injured all over her body. Learning To Live Again With A Bullet Still In Her Body After being admitted to a nearby hospital on 27/11, RSK underwent multiple surgeries including bone grafting, a nerve implant and removal of about 7 bullets and shrapnel from her body. She was discharged officially from all medical treatment in February 2009. In fact, she still has a bullet in her body behind her pelvis which was too risky to be removed. After receiving rigorous physiotherapy for the first two years post her surgeries, she finally gained back most of her mobility and movement. 20 Kilos Overweight And The Trap Of Stupid Diets RSK lost a lot of lean body mass staying immobile in the hospital for 3 months and once she returned home, she put on around 20 kilos during the course of a few years. There arrived a time when her doctor suggested her to undergo a knee-surgery due to increased stress on her joints due to high bodyweight. She would lose weight, and gain it back due to an unsustainable approach towards her diet and exercise. She tried a variety of diets: the “liquid” diet suggested by a famous nutritionist, the GM diet and etc. And the result was weight loss and even more weight gain post the dieting phase due to eating out of proportion. © RSK Counting Calories And Weight Training = 22 Kilos Lost It was not until 2017 that she realized the importance of following something more sustainable and consistent. Since then, her nutritionist asked her to focus on her overall caloric intake and macro nutrients; she was also allowed to enjoy some unhealthy options. “I love junk food and I eat some everyday. But I keep the portion-size in mind”, said RSK. She, now, also makes sure to accumulate at least 150 minutes of exercise per week which includes kickboxing, weight training and suspension training. From the time she took this decision, she successfully lost 22 kilos (from 99 kilos to 77 kilos) and has kept it off. Today, she not only feels lighter but also finds it easy to perform activities of daily living due to regular exercise. © RSK As RSK's fitness specialist, I push her just enough without going overboard. Due to limited range of motion in both her arms, I make sure that she trains through the available range. Her workouts include squats, pushups, deadlifts, lunges, burpees, jumping jacks and almost all movements one can think of. The suspension trainer is assistive during movements that require her to deload some weight for pain-free movement. She calls exercising “the necessary evil” but she makes sure to take out the time to engage in it 5 times a week. RSK is one of my special clients because she is one of the very few individuals I know who has seen death so closely. “I'm not scared to die anymore. But I value life more than ever”, said RSK when I asked her about her almost-fatal encounter. Apart from her will power, RSK gives credit to her supportive family and friends for getting her back to normalcy.
  23. Once upon a time, a few centuries ago around 1631 AD, a man decided to make the memory of his wife immortal, and thus the Taj Mahal was created. The monument became emblematic of the love and devotion Shah Jahan felt for his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal, and over the years the monument turned into the epitome of undying love. But even though things are a lot different today in the 21st century, and especially the way we love and express it has undergone some major transformations since the 17th century of Shah Jahan, some essence has remained the same. © MensXP People continue to fall in love, and though they have even found some of the strangest ways of expressing it, some things, such as a husband's love for his wife and concern about her well being continues to remain a constant through the years. Vikas Bagaria's love for his wife Srijana is proof of one such modern act of love, which may not involve erecting a marble monument for the beloved, but involves launching an entire movement to improve the personal hygiene situation for not only his wife but lakhs of others women too. Who Is Vikas Bagaria © MensXP Born into a family of businessmen, Vikas Bagaria is an entrepreneur and angel investor, who holds a MCA in Electronics from Jadhavpur University, Kolkata. He started his first venture right out of college in 1997, but is better known today as the founder of female personal hygiene spray 'PeeSafe'. However, Vikas has also been an angel investor in over 15 startups so far. The Backstory Vikas often finds himself in the company of men and women who are curious as to why Vikas takes such personal interest in the area of female personal hygiene, and Vikas is quick to establish the moment that gave birth to this venture. “My wife Srijana and I were on a road trip from Gurgaon to Gujarat. But when be reached Ahmedabad, she fell sick and had to be admitted into a hospital. She was diagnosed with acute Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)." © MensXP This diagnosis made the couple look at their entire journey more closely. They had stayed in the best hotels and eaten in the best restaurants, and yet Srijana contracted UTI. This made Vikas realise that clean doesn't mean sanitised, and became a cause of personal concern for him. “This gave us the idea of making a product that could be sprayed on a toilet seat, would kill germs and reduce the chances of UTI all at once for women. That is how PeeSafe came into being when I was looking for new ventures to soothe my investor's impulse.” PeeSafe Then & Now © MensXP There once came a point in Vikas' journey with PeeSafe, when he wanted to go back to his older projects, which were doing well and were professionally managed at the time. He was almost about to sell PeeSafe when his friend Dheeraj Jain came on-board as the co-founder of a new company called Redcliffe Hygiene which now owns PeeSafe. But the biggest challenge were people's mindset. Vikas' friends and relatives simply couldn't wrap their heads around why a man would want to create something related to women's hygiene. But Vikas only had a plain and simple response to that, “why can't men make a product for women? Why can't he for she?” © MensXP Past this initial challenge, PeeSafe is today available at across 3000 stores around India, and the brand has also launched internationally in countries like Nigeria, Singapore, Kenya but now they are planning to go all out and launch production in first world countries too. What's Next The expansion plans are in top gear, and with their hygiene partnership with 'Toilet Ek Prem Katha' and with famous faces like Akshay Kumar and ace shooter Manu Bhaker as their ambassadors, the brand plans to achieve a lot more in the times to come. © MensXP With close to 65 people on and off the ground associated with the brand directly, PeeSafe wants to become “a generic term for female hygiene”. And if there was one piece of advice Vikas could lend to budding entrepreneurs, it's that “keep doing what you are doing, be honest to yourself, be a job provider, that is the biggest satisfaction. And when it comes to funding, don't celebrate funding, celebrate exit because that's where all the money is.” Learn more about the trade secrets and valuable lessons, from the man himself in this video.
  24. They say love is one-dimensional. But when you look at it blossom, you will find dimensions you've never envisioned before in life. Love grows in spectacular ways and you can only experience it if you meet the right companion along the way. You may ask what a 'right companion' truly is. Well, in very simple terms, someone who is true to you and understands your needs and wants, most given times. © Instagram But according to Kristina and Eugene, companionship is a very different concept. It's to familiarise each other with what their respective needs and wants are and use that as an advantage to have an absolutely fun relationship. Yes, you read that right. When was the last time you met someone who piqued your interests and matched it with theirs? Some of you may have found some likeminded people, but have you ever unanimously decided to give up the regular life and travel the world instead? That's what Kristina and Eugene's story is all about and it doesn't end there! It ends with a happy family indeed. © Instagram The First Time They Met Both of them met while they were still in university in Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine. While figuring out their mutual interests on their check-list, the two bonded over common musical interests and hangout sessions post classes, following which they liked each other's company so much, they became best friends. Pretty soon their friendship transcended into a love interest and everything else made more sense than before. But the most astounding part was that their basics were not stamped on just romance, passion or love. The reason they were together was that they felt the most comfortable with each other, and we seldom forget that being yourself and comfortable around someone is the first rule of a good relationship. © Instagram "Our romance started from the point of perception that we don't irritate each other! Not a passion, desire or love! It doesn't sound very romantic, I know! But our affection increased each day and in 4 more years, we decided to become a family. 10 years have passed since we started our romantic relationship, but we are still the happiest couple and we are harmonious partners in all life spheres." - Kristina After all, love blossoms through an avalanche of comfort and familiarity, doesn't it! If you're in a state of absolute comfort with someone, wherein you don't have to pretend otherwise and you disseminate all your fears and tribulations equally among each other, real love truly sprouts from there. Couples today fret about long-lasting companionships or the lack of passion, but they forget that the ultimate companionship rule to live by comes from the premise of being yourself with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. © Instagram What Made Them Stay Together? Apart from the easier quirks between two people, there are other things that make a relationship really challenging and workable. And this is where sharing mutual interests comes handy. Couples who share mutuality in ways that make sense, last longer. And by mutuality, I mean sharing similar interests that can change lives. Both Kristina and Eugene love to travel and that's the one thing that has bound them together tightly ever since they met. In college, the only thing that decided their fate was a 4-day trip that they took together, following which realised they've evolved from being just friends to something more transcendental! Since then, they have been travelling across the globe for over 10 years. © Instagram About two years ago, the couple decided to take their travels a bit more seriously and decided on travelling across Asia. And that's when their real journey as a 'family' began! "All 10 years of being together we travel – at least once a year. But two years ago we decided to have even a bigger adventure. We were not quite happy with our professions and wanted to reload ourselves. A long-time journey through Asia seemed a good way to do that. We had to give our apartment for rent and sell some stuff in order to have enough money for that. So we quit our jobs and were ready for a journey. By now, as a couple, we've visited 24 countries." - Eugene. © Instagram That's the thing about taking risky decisions in a relationship. They always go through because the support for it to work is so strong, it overpowers any hardship they may face. Just like how Kristina and Eugene did when they both decided to quit their jobs and take a stand on what to do next. © Instagram The Chapati Sojourn "We had started this journey in January 2017 from Fort Kochi and planned to stay there for only a few days. However, destiny had other plans, and on the second night, we came across a tiny, dehydrated puppy in the darkness, all alone." - Kristina © Instagram Chapati came into their lives like a surge of happiness and positivity during grim times. They found her scattering away, unfed and unwell and took her in their care to nourish her and bring her to life. "We found that we want to name her like our favourite Indian bread because she had the same tan colour and was very thin." - Kristina © Instagram The minute they named the dog, there was no looking back. They found a home in her and she in them, and she became a part of their travels and their family from that very moment! "Chapati brought many changes to our lives. She influenced our travel-philosophy: now we don't chase visiting all sightseeing places or try to see as many countries as possible. We learned how to relax and easily take deviations to our plans. Her own attitude to life often teaches us to be more flexible, readily get acquainted with people and even to communicate with those, who speak languages we don't understand." - Eugene © Instagram Bringing an animal into your life changes you as a person. The change is noticeable slowly and steadily. They teach you resilience, certain ways of triumphs, patience and the most important one- unconditional love. That's what Chapati taught the two after she came into their lives. She taught them to slow things down and recognise things for what they are, to see the ethereal beauty in things, to savour moments that are important and precious. © Instagram Their travel philosophy also changed trajectory. They learnt how it's not always necessary to travel to every place, soak in every bit of space or scramble around in a hurry just sightseeing or divulge their energy in agreeing upon what to do, what to see or what to understand. Chapati made it easier for them to relax and absorb only as much as they could. © Instagram "Many people believe (and we did before) that saving one dog's life will not defeat the global problem and will not change the world. Our revelation is that it actually changes the world. At first, it changes the 'universe' of the one saved, and then it changes your own 'world'. Her own attitude to life often teaches us to be more flexible, readily get acquainted with people and even to communicate with those, who speak languages we don't understand."- Kristina © Instagram What Is It Like To Travel With A Dog? "Travelling with a dog is definitely not easy. Each country and city have their own rules and attitude to dogs, which sometimes is impossible to Google in advance. You need to make a lot of 'paper work', you are always limited in places for eating and staying, transportation could also be an issue. It is hard, it is a bit costly, but it worth that. As we have to spend money on Chapati we always try to save when it's possible. So we prefer cheap hotels, we use trains and buses as long as it is possible." - Eugene © Instagram The biggest challenge Kristina and Eugene faced was the 'paperwork' that most countries implement to transport dogs. Financially they were still figuring their way but more than anything else, it was the documentation and the fact that a dog can't be a part of their lives unless she's legally bound to them, that was becoming a challenge. That took time and apart from that, facing challenges in nooks and corners of every street and every city wasn't easy. Sometimes they'd be stranded because no public transport would want to carry a dog and sometimes, they'd come across places that weren't too pet-friendly, so they wouldn't have the option to spend a quiet peaceful night at a hotel. © Instagram But most places accepted Chapati and made her travels with the couple favourable. Since she is so well-mannered and intelligent, even most non-pet friendly places allowed her inside and turned their whole philosophy on animals around. © Instagram "Still, travelling with a dog is a big adventure. We had so many escapades, touchy moments and movie-worth adventures together, like falling in love with Chapati, overcoming barriers on the way to adopt her, finding ourselves in the middle of nowhere at night, getting stuck in a town because no public transport allowed dogs there and it was impossible to leave, saving other dogs and being stressed whether those will survive, sleeping with cockroaches or at freezing temperatures, and even some illegal border-crossings and transportations. All these now seems a thrilling dream, yet we miss those times." - Eugene © Instagram Their favourite memory so far is trekking over San Fruttuoso in Italy and walking the rocky terrain in unfavourable weather conditions as all modes of transport were cancelled due to heavy rains! The three of them walked determined all through the trip, thinking about their future together and eventually making it back home to live it. They had no raincoats or umbrellas and braved the harsh rains. Chapati, with her might to stay strong and grounded, didn't pose as any trouble at all and she was a super trooper! "Drenched, I and Eugene felt ourselves to be the luckiest people in the world to have such a smart and attached dog, who was also all wet. Nevertheless, love was soaring in that wet air and the whole way we spent dreaming about our future. It actually looked like a happy end of a very tense movie. However, it wasn't, and many more adventures are waiting for us." -Kristina © Instagram Bringing Chapati into their lives is like a dream come true and they're solemnly grateful for each day as it passes. The Biggest Lesson Ever Having a dog in your life is the biggest blessing in disguise, according to Kristina and Eugene. If Chapati has reaffirmed anything it's the fact that their faith in communication shouldn't deter, because that's what keeps them strong and grounded. And by them, I mean Chapati as well. Communicating with a dog makes you more susceptible to understanding all sorts of needs and emotions between people and animals and it makes any bond way stronger. Staying together for almost 2 years now, Chapati's presence has made sure that their relationship surrenders its premise on pure communication between a man woman and an animal. © Instagram "Communication is also a clue to the mutual understanding with a dog. Try to perceive what a dog wants to transmit to you, do your best to talk in its language (a language of intonations, eye-contact and gestures) and you will never face any problems!"- Kristina A dog is a man's best friend. Up until now at least, I believed that this was just an idiom that was trying to transforms our instinctive animal behaviour to a more refined human one. But the meaning is way more literal and deeper than that. A dog is in all actuality a man's best friend and we have Chapati as proof, who took her saviours for family and gave them a lot to accept and ruminate about. We think any relationship that needs nourishing and strengthening doesn't need as much counselling as it needs some 'fur intervention'! Here's to 'Travelling Chapati' and her beautiful family. © Instagram "In 2017, we spent the whole year being together 24 hours a day. During these time we didn't leave each other even for a moment, Chapati included. We faced many difficulties, including financial ones. We had lots of challenges on the way. But we remained a team, a loving team. And even now, after 10 years of being together as a couple, we still never irritate each other". - Eugene
  25. This may sound like a radical notion, but I believe the best time to ask someone out on a first date is Valentine's Day. I mean, think about it- it's a day for love and anything romantic. The city is splashed with red and pink and the tonality of every mind space reads love. So, there couldn't be a more perfect day for a first date. Yes, it may come off a bit clichéd to pick a day like Valentine's Day to go on a first date but in all honesty, your inhibitions will automatically be lowered because you'll be comfortable taking your girl out on a day that celebrates love. © UTV Motion Pictures If you feel that the pressure of making everything 'romantic' and 'cheesy' on Valentine's Day is immense because that's what the day is supposed to be about, then don't let it define your first date. You don't have to define your so-called association and relationship by making it excessively romantic or cheesy. In fact, being casual and spontaneous adds a little more spark to your first date. In any case, you two are absolutely new to each other, so unless you know her damn well, play it safe with your first-date-options. So for all you Tinder and other online dating sites surfers, Valentine's Day seems like the perfect day to ask her out. Here are some casual first-date things you can do on your first date: (1) A Good Comedy Show There is nothing better than some natural humour to spice up your first evening together. Let me tell you that humour is the key ingredient in making anything work. Especially romantic liaisons. So, if you're not naturally funny then head for a comedy show somewhere in the city. Comedy shows are a riot right now, so you'll find one happening with ease. © Pintrest (2) Take-Out Food Date If you're driving that night maybe you can convert your car into a sweet little bistro! Both of you unanimously decide on what you two feel like eating and get a takeaway from the restaurant. Drive to a convenient spot somewhere and maybe have a very personal dinner date together in your car. Only do it if you're not OCD about finding food bits in your car and if she trusts your intentions and is okay with the plan. Don't whisk her away, without her permission. She may just want to be in a public place with you, which is fine too. But in case she's okay with the plan, then play some soulful music have conversations and a bite to eat. Make sure you're not drinking in the car though. That's a big NO-NO! © Pintrest (3) A Live Music Gig Does The Trick Music is a natural healer and enabler! So if you're nervous AF for your first date with the girl you've been fancying, then take her for a nice musical evening. Find out where some good live gigs are happening and head there. You can mention that you'd like her to see a live gig with you and maybe catch dinner later and she'll definitely agree. Try this one out for sure. © Pintrest (4) Netflix & Chill? Okay, maybe you don't have to 'chill' per-say because you know. I'd advise you against sleeping together on the first date itself but if you want to keep away from the Valentine fervour all around town, you can maybe ask her if she'd be interested in watching a few non-Valentine's Day shows with you on Netflix! You can make it seem like you're not asking her for ***, but just for some chilling time. You can pop open a bottle of your favourite poison, get some good food and watch something that interests you both or maybe just spend some time conversing and getting to know each other better. © Screen Gems (5) Good 'Ol Fashioned Bowling Bowling dates are so old-fashioned that they need to be brought back. Remember when bowling alleys were the thing almost 10-15 years ago? Well, you can always recreate that fun by taking her bowling. Bowling alleys are still active and functional around towns, so find the best one around you and take her for a good 'ol game of bowling! © Pintrest (6) Karaoke Is Fun! If you want to do something really fun together, head over for a karaoke gig. Karaoke is fun because you're doing something together and laughing about it at the same time. You both can sing old or new songs together and make a bunch of good memories on your first date itself. It's the least clichéd-romantic thing to do and let's face it, it's fun as hell! © Pintrest Valentine's Day is just a push towards some good first dates. If you're looking for the perfect opportunity to ask her out, this could be it. Just plan it well, so it doesn't seem extra-cheesy or lame all at once. You can make it seem like a casual hangout, or a 'get to know each other' session, in the name of St. Valentine's! So, gather that hidden courage and ask her out now!
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