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  1. 'Game Of Thrones' always pays great emphasis to the soundtrack, the songs and the music that become a part of the show somewhere or the other. Usually, the themes and end credit songs are something to always look forward to as they tell us a lot abbot the standing structure and theme of the particular episode citing incidents of historical importance. Just like how Podrick's song did in episode 2 of season 8: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. © HBO The episode is all about bidding final goodbyes in Winterfell before the eventual fate is faced the next morning, or so the mighty men and women seem to believe. While Arya wants her last night in the arms of the man she fancies, Sansa warms up to Theon after he chooses to fight against the dead. Greyworm and Missandei are making grand future plans to visit Naath after the war is over and a bunch of people are sitting around the fire warming their emotions and indulging in some worthy banter and storytelling. Jaime knights Brienne of Tarth, while Tyrion fills everyone's cups with ale, requesting someone to sing a song. The quiet and unassuming Podrick Payne steps up to the occasion and belts out an old time classic called 'Jenny's Song'. © HBO The song is taken directly from George RR Martin's book: The Song of Ice and Fire and it connects to the larger scheme of things in the storyline. The song is primarily thought to be about 'Jenny of the Oldstones', a girl Duncan Targaryen was madly in love with. Duncan happens to be Daenerys's uncle and the Mad King's elder brother, making him the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Well, what does this piece of information have to do with what's going on right now? A lot apparently! The song directly relates to Duncan's love for Jenny, Rhaegar's love for Lyanna and Jon and Dany's love for each other. Just like how Duncan left his throne for Jenny, the assumption that Jon or Dany might do the same for one another, now that Jon is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne and Dany is well aware of that fact, bringing the Azor Ahai prophecy to light as well. The song plays on many levels, talking about making great sacrifices for the one true love, as it has always happened in history and might take shape in the present as well through the only two Targaryens left. © HBO So, if Duncan gave up his throne for love, will Dany do the same for Jon is the question, and that's what the song highlights. The song though has only presented the readers with one important line in the book: "High in the halls of kings who are gone, Jenny would dance with her ghosts". This reference goes back to 'Summerhall', a Targaryen castle, where a great fire broke out and killed Aegon Targaryen V and Duncan, Jenny's Prince. So, when the line reads "Jenny would dance with her ghosts", it means she'd be dancing with Duncan and Aegon V. © HBO But the version in the episode, the one that Pod sings to show off his vocal skills goes something like this: " The ones she had lost and the ones she had found, And the ones who had love her the most. The ones who'd been gone for so very long, She couldn't remember their names. They spun her around on the damp old stone, Spun away all her sorrow and pain. And she never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. While the last lines repeat, we see a montage of Sam, Gilly and little Sam, Greyworm and Missandei and Theon and Sansa, characters that may not survive the war between the living and the dead. © HBO Well, Jon has forfeited love for duty in the past, when he gave up his love for Ygritte and sided with the Night's Watch because that was the right thing to do according to him and here he is, once again put up to a test and we're wondering if he'll forfeit his love once again for Dany! Well, only time will tell, that's all I can say. For now, the assumption that the song has something very significant to do with what lies ahead is very overpowering, because it talks about love from a long time ago, weaving its way into a love that's very much a part of the present. While we're not sure who gives up on their destiny of love first, we do know that perhaps both won't make it alive to the throne and whoever does make it, the sacrifices they made to get to the throne will haunt them for life. © HBO For now, to digest this heavy piece of information, give Jenny's Song a hear. It's performed by Florence and the Machine and it goes by the name 'Jenny of Oldstones'.
  2. Known as one of the dominating figures on the modern scientific world, Albert Einstein changed the course of science with his groundbreaking work in the field. To this day, he is considered as nothing less than a genius, in every sense of the world. However, there are a few curious facts about the towering genius of 20th century that not many people know of. Find out more about Einstein's incredible life here. © Twitter 1. Einstein gave away his Nobel Prize as divorce settlement. Einstein married Mileva Maricis early 1900s. However, after their marriage hit the rocks in 1910 the couple got divorced in 1919. During this time, Einstein promised to hand over whatever money he might receive from the Nobel Prize. After he won the prize in 1922 for his work of photoelectric effect, he offered the prize money to her. © Twitter 2. A solar eclipse made Einstein famous. When Einstein published his theory of general relativity in 1915, which talked about gravitational fields causing distortions in the fabric of space and time, it became a huge controversy. Finally in 1919, a total solar eclipse provided the proper conditions to test the theory and Einstein was proved right. Einstein became an overnight celebrity. © Twitter 3. Einstein was spied upon by the FBI for years. After Einstein moved to the US from Berlin after Hitler's rise to power in 1933, he came under the FBI's radar for his support for pacifist, civil rights and left-wing causes. FBI launched a 24-hour surveillance that stretched over 22 years. The FBI wished to prove that he was a Soveit spy. By the time Einstein dies, his FBI file comprised of 1800 pages of data. © Twitter 4. Einstein's brain was stolen upon his death. After Einstein died in 1955 from an abdominal aortic aneurysm, Princeton pathologist Thomas Harvey removed his brain during regular autopsy and kept it with an aim to unlock the secrets of his genius. After getting necessary approvals, he cut Einstein's brain into pieces and sent them around the world for research. The most controversial research paper claimed that Einstein had unusual folds on his parietal lobe, a part of the brain associated with mathematical and spatial ability.
  3. Apple's AirPods have become a cultural phenomenon and has become an icon when it comes to audio gear. It may not be the best earphones on the planet but it's surely the most convenient. AirPods 2, with a wireless charging case, is set to launch in India soon and many of you would want to use them with your Android smartphone. In fact, there is a way to use some of the AirPods features that are available natively if you use the earbuds with an Apple device. AirPods 2 offers some new features and familiar tech which has not been easy to replicate. You can read our full review here if you want to know more. How To Pair AirPods With An Android Phone © MensXP Pairing AirPods with an Android smartphone is fairly simple as it works similar to other Bluetooth earphones. At the back of the case of the AirPods, you need to long press the small button to make it discoverable. Once you can see the AirPods in your phone's Bluetooth settings, select and pair with the AirPods. It's easy and does not have any issues while connecting. How Can I Use Airpods 2 Features © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP The AirPods have neat features such as double tapping the earbud to skip songs and play/pause music with a single tap. You will be happy to know that this feature works with Android smartphones as well and works just like it does on the iPhone. Check Battery Life & Setup Google Assistant The AirPods 2 natively gives you battery levels when connected with the iPhone when you start using them or via the batteries widget. You can even use Siri without any additional setup on the iPhone. Having said that, making these features work on an Android smartphone is a bit more complicated. You will need to download third-party apps to take advantage of these features on an Android smartphone. © Google Play You can download AirBattery via the Google Play Store as it lets you interact with AirPods and see battery levels of each earbud and the charging case. You can alternatively use AssistantTrigger which essentially lets you do the same thing but also lets you set up Google Assistant functionality. You can fire up Google Assistant by double tapping on the earbud thanks to AssistantTrigger.
  4. If you go to a gym and decide to get your exercise plan from a beefy-looking bodybuilder, there is a good chance your training split looks like this: Monday – Chest Tuesday – Back Wednesday – Off Thursday – Legs Friday – Shoulders & Abs Saturday – Biceps & Triceps Sunday – Off On the surface, nothing looks wrong here and it looks balanced as well. Because you are hitting every body part once per week. There is no overlap between muscle groups and you won't be fatigued. Also, there is no fear of 'over-training' as well. © Unsplash In fact, it looks like the perfect training programs that are given in bodybuilding magazines by your favourite bodybuilders like Phil Heath, Jeremy Buendia, or Kai Greene. If it is something that pros follow and it works for them, it will work for me too. Right? Umm... WRONG! The athletes that you see on stage are on bodybuilding drugs or anabolic steroids. On those drugs, you build muscle better, recover faster and get a great physique even with a shitty training split. © Unsplash Their muscle protein synthesis aka MPS, the mechanism through which your body builds muscle, stays elevated for days after training. But that's not you. If you are a natural lifter, the one-body-part-once-a-week means missed opportunities for gains. A study by Dr Stu Phillips found that after resistance training, MPS spiked to 65% above baseline after 24 hours, was elevated to 34% above baseline at 48 hours and then came back to normal. If you want to gain maximal muscle, your MPS levels need to be elevated as much as possible. If you hit one body part once a week, it will have the growth stimulus for 2-3 days and then nothing will happen. Another study from JSCR concluded that when the same weekly sets were matched, the group that trained the muscle 1x a week only gained 62% of the strength to those who trained the muscle 3x a week. © Unsplash To simplify it, if you do 12 sets of a muscle in one session, you will compromise your strength gains compared to doing 4 sets in 3 sessions. So, as a natural lifter, a frequency of 2-3x per week is a much better option for you if you want to get jacked. And for those bodybuilders you follow, you know what makes them grow muscle. So, Where To Start? If you want to graduate from the bro-split, a good start would be a basic Upper-Lower split. It would look something like this: Monday – Upper body (strength focused) Tuesday – Lower body (strength focused) Wednesday – Off Thursday – Upper body (hypertrophy focused) Friday – Off Saturday – Lower body (hypertrophy focused) Sunday – Off Start doing this and stop training like a bro and compromising your results. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  5. Gone are the days when fitness was restricted to just bodybuilding and weight training. Today, the definition of a fit body is the one that not only looks good but is able to perform well too. Actors like Tiger Shroff and Vidyut Jamwal have changed the outlook on how people perceive fitness in their minds. © Instagram/tigerjackieshroff Not only do they have a chiselled body, but they also carry unique skills of being agile and athletic at the same time. They defy the age-old myth that weight training makes you slow and stiff. Its all about how you manage your training and incorporate various aspects of fitness together. I am not saying that you need to forget about weight training if you want to be fast and agile, but yes, agility exercises should be an important part of your workout routine if your aim is to be like them. © YouTube Agility in simple terms means the ability to move quickly and change direction with ease. This describes both physical and mental agility. As we age, or just become complacent in our daily routines, both our mental and physical agility suffers. Here are a few exercises that you can do to be quick on your toes and be sharp as a tack. 1. Ladder Drills The agility ladder is a common instrument which can be found in any average gym these days. It looks almost like a regular ladder. To use an agility ladder for training you need to select a method of moving through the ladder. For example, you might start with a high-knee march forward through each box, and then progress to a lateral scissor if you're more advanced. To target your upper body, move through the ladder with your hands while maintaining a push-up position. Working out on an agility ladder might seem simple, but it will get your heart rate up and your brain working in just no time. There are lots of similar ways to work out on an agility ladder to improve your agility skills. 2. Hurdle Drills Hurdle drills can be performed by using dedicated hurdles or dumbbells if the hurdles are not available in your gym. You can keep dumbbells in place of hurdle sets and use them as hurdles while performing agility drills. For example, you can set 5 to 10 hurdles in a straight row, parallel to each other. Moving laterally, start by going over the first hurdle with a high step and pausing in a stork stance before moving back to the starting position. Then move over the first two hurdles, pause and go back to the start. Continue this until all five to 10 hurdles have been travelled. When you become more advanced, speed up the hurdle steps and take out the pause. 3. Cone Drills Cone drills help you to get faster with your mind as well. You need small cones to make this drill. Take 5 or 7 small cones and name them with numbers or alphabet or colours. The identity has to be given to each cone which needs to be unique. Now ask someone to call out the name of a particular cone at random and try to touch the called out cone as fast as possible. Do this for a couple of minutes and see how your reaction time increases when you perform this more often. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  6. Dieting is the most important or the most certain path to losing fat and getting in shape. For 90% of the people, it usually looks like this: Monday to Thursday - Diet Friday, Saturday - CHEAT days Sunday - I QUIT! If this is you, it is because your habits are not conducive to dieting. For long-term (yes, there are no shortcuts) and successful dieting, you need to develop habits that support your goal. Here are some habits you should develop if you want to get into the best shape of your life (and stay the same): 1. Track Your Nutrition © Wareable Everyone who successfully diets almost always track their nutrition. Be it through a calorie counting app, on spreadsheets, or even maintaining a journal. Tracking nutrition is not limited to accurately tracking calories and macros, it could be as simple as tracking portion sizes or even the foods that you eat. Because, to diet, you have to make some adjustments to your eating habits or routine. If you do not know what are you currently doing, how are you going to change things? It is the same as having a goal to have more savings but you do not really know where do you spend the money. Following a meal plan is easy and can work short-term but you cannot be dependent on a piece of paper to tell you what to eat all your life. 2. Do Not Fall For Fad Diets © Unsplash Every now and then, there will be a new trend that promises quick and effective results in a matter of days or weeks. These so-called magic diets do one of the following: a. Are not sustainable b. Are exclusive and restrict certain food groups altogether c. Are stupid d. Increase the risk of deficiencies and are unhealthy e. All of the above And all of them do not work in the long run. They will give you some short-term result but those results will be short-term as well, meh. The people who follow these fad diets, they have almost always followed four to five different fads in the past as well. There is a reason they are always looking for the next fad diet. 3. Moderation Is The Key © Unsplash Clean food vs. Dirty food is a foolish mentality to follow with your food and keeps you swinging in extremes. You are either here or there. And with that, you are severely restricting or outright binging. None of that is going to help you out. Instead, understand calories and eat the foods that you like in moderation. This will be a lot more pleasurable and your diet will be sustainable. And you really want that as I told before that if you are dieting and getting into shape is your goal, it is going to take longer than you may have expected. 4. There Is A Good Diet Vs A Bad Diet Good foods vs. Bad foods? Nah. That does not exist as you are not just going to eat one single food in your diet. Unless following a fad. If yes, read #2 again. But your diet can be good or bad considering the overall nutrition and the overall food choices you are making. And this is one of the outcomes of the extremities of IIFYM. Just because it fits your macros, does not mean you almost exclusively eat it. If you are exclusively eating junk, you will experience deficiencies, low energy, hunger, irritability, etc. Keep a majority of the foods in your diet to be whole, minimally processed and nutrient dense. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  7. Season 8 of 'Game of Thrones' premiered today and boy, oh boy, has it given new light to a particular theory that we've been speculating for so long. Cersei Lannister was introduced to us as a cruel, conniving Queen who was willing to cross any lines when it came to protecting her kids and lover/ twin brother Jaime. We've hated her initially and then we grew to admire her for her unpredictable moves that would challenge the whole sequence of events (remember the burning of the Sept?) all orchestrated seamlessly. A major motivation and central to her arc is the Prophecy that Cersei was made acquainted to as a little girl. © HBO While going deep into the woods around Casterly Rock, Cersei stumbled upon an old woman called Maggy the Frog, who turned out to be a powerful fortune teller. Cersei asked Maggy three questions about her future, however, the answers weren't hopeful. The first said that she wouldn't marry a Prince, but a King. The second said that she would be cast down by a younger and a more beautiful queen who would take all that she held dear. Further, Maggy told Cersei that the king would have 20 children, but that Cersei would only have three, and “gold will be their crowns, and gold their shrouds.” Now, of all the three predictions, Margaery Tyrell did manage to take away most of what Cersei held dear to her including her son, Tommen but besides these three predictions, in 'A Feast for Crows', the fourth book in the series, Maggy reveals to Cersei one final part of the prophecy: “The valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale throat and choke the life from you.” Now, here the valonqar translates to a younger brother. For Cersei, this has always been Tyrion as someone who could possibly try to kill her. © HBO However, if you notice, there is this other 'younger brother' in Cersei's life. Yes, we're talking about Jaime Lannister. © HBO After watching the first episode, this prediction could come to life, because Cersei has commissioned Bron to assassin Jamie. If this fails, Jamie could possibly come after Cersei because he's clearly repulsed by Cersei's rule, which is like the Mad King in more ways than one. To begin with, Cersei made Tyrion believe at the end of the seventh season that she would send the Iron Fleet to help fight The Army Of the Undead. This obviously, was a lie which Tyrion failed to see through for a change. She couldn't care less about the White Walkers or the impending doom as long as she could save herself from it. In the fifth episode of season 7, Cersei told Jaime that she was pregnant. Now, in the premiere of season 8, she consummated her alliance with Euron Greyjoy because the only way she could keep the Iron Fleet and have her way around with it was if she would sleep with Euron which, to her seemed a small price to pay. © HBO Now, Euron telling Cersei “I'm going to put a prince into your belly” is practically impossible — if, indeed, Cersei is still pregnant. It's unclear, however, if that's the case. If you recall, Cersei nixed drinking last season when she realized that she was pregnant. But in today's episode, she was seen sipping a glass of wine after sleeping with Euron. While the Westerosi doctors probably aren't warning Cersei against fetal alcohol syndrome, the change could signal a change in Cersei's status. Regardless of whether Cersei is pregnant or not, she's likely to lose her baby at some point to that effect taking into account how things are moving. But the question is if a majority of the theory has come to pass, as we are still waiting to see who will be the vanquisher of Cersei. It could still be Tyrion, if Jaime ends up getting executed or killed before or during the battle of Winterfell. It could also be Euron Greyjoy. Technically he is the younger brother of Balon Greyjoy and passes the criterion of a valonqar if he realizes that his relationship with Cersei is not based on trust and she could betray him any time.
  8. Before you start reading about one of the most important symbols in 'Game of Thrones', this is your last chance to turn away as there will be spoilers ahead. If you've already seen the previous seasons of 'Game Of Thrones' and the premiere of the final season, carry on reading. We don't know much about the White Walkers, their origin and the Night King's intentions; however, we've seen the dead army's stamp time and time again. It's called the “Death Swirl” and we got to see it again in the first episode of Season 8. It is probably the scariest swirl we've seen yet as it consists of limbs and Ned Umber bang in the centre. The swirl gets discovered by Edd, Beric and Tormund and we get to know more what it may mean. Beric tells us that it may just be a message from the Night King. But before Beric could tell us more about the swirl, Ned Umber comes back to life and interrupts Beric's explanation. We all know that the Night King was created by the Children of the Forest thanks to the Three-Eyed Raven's visions of the past. The swirl was created by the Children of The Forest as confirmed by David Benioff in an interview. © HBO "There are certain symbols and patterns that recur throughout the show. The first time we saw that was in one of the very first scenes in the pilot when Will the ranger sees the Wildling body parts in an odd pattern displayed by the White Walkers. We see it again north of the Wall with the dead horses displayed in a spiral pattern, and then you see it again here and learn where these patterns come from, that they're ancient symbols of the Children of the Forest used in their rituals, and the Children of the Forest created the White Walkers,” said Benioff. From what we can gather, the pattern is symbolic to The Children of the Forest and the message the Night King is trying to send is that he remembers, he knows his purpose and he won't stop until he achieves it. The Night King's intentions and purposes are still shrouded in mystery so we will know for sure when it's revealed. This is not the first time we've seen the swirl as the symbol has made an appearance in various scenes before. We see the symbol for the very first time in the very first episode of Season 1. It was made up of wildling bodies and limbs that were arranged in the pattern of the Death Swirl. © HBO The next time we see the swirl is in the third episode of season three when Jon revisits “Fist of the First Men”. His fellow Night's Watchmen were murdered by the white walkers and their horses were mutilated to form the pattern of the symbol. The horse's heads were arranged in a spiral giving us a confirmation that this symbol plays some form of significance in the Night King's story arc. The last time we saw the Death Swirl before Season 8's premiere was in Dragonstone and was discovered by Jon Snow. It was discovered when Jon was mining for Dragonglass under the forgotten outpost. This discovery is probably the most crucial hint towards the symbol's significance as murals on the walls of the cave depict the Children of The Forest working together with the First Men at the first battle of the Long Night. They were the first to defeat the White Walkers and the death swirl is carved in the cave paintings with much significance. The prominence of the swirl painting on the walls is a major hint that it played a vital role even during the first Long Night. The death swirl according to some theories has to do with some form of magic and maybe some kind of a reminder about how the White Walkers were created. Other theories suggest that the symbol has something to with the weather. The further south these symbols are created, the further winter would envelop these lands. Other theories suggest that it may hold the secret of defeating the Night King. © HBO The Night King was created by the Children of The Forest by piercing a man's chest with Dragonglass. Dragonglass is one of the materials that can also destroy white walkers. If this swirl played a role in the creation of the Night King, just like Dragonglass, it may just also hold the secrets of defeating the Night King. We can't entirely be sure what the Death Swirl means until it is finally revealed in the final season but we can be certain that it plays a crucial role. It may be related to the Night King's ultimate fate or it may just be bigger than that altogether. Remember, George RR Martin has already said in past interviews that the ending to the series will be bittersweet. It's best we forget the traditional “Good Vs. Evil” concept and start preparing for some major shock in the final season of 'Game of Thrones'.
  9. Marvel's 'Avengers: Endgame' may not be the only blockbuster this year that is turning heads, as we finally got to know more about the latest Star Wars movie. The movie was first teased a few months ago and now we finally have the first teaser trailer and title of the movie. The movie's title is 'The Rise of The Skywalker' and we will try to decipher what it means. In 'The Last Jedi', Rey, Finn, Poe and Rose were left outnumbered and outmatched by the Empire trying to survive. 'The Rise of The Skywalker' will be the last movie that will be the end of the Skywalker saga, however, we still need to figure out what the hell is happening. Being a devout 'Star Wars' fan for the past 20 years, here's my take on the teaser trailer: Lando Is Back! (c) Lucasfilm Lando Calrissian, played by Billy Dee Williams, had a major role in the original trilogy and we finally get to see him for the third trilogy instalment. During the panel discussion, he was wearing his familiar yellow and black outfit and is back in the seat of the Millennium Falcon. Sure, Han Solo is the only pilot we want to associate Falcon with, but the only the person acceptable to pilot the falcon was Lando and we are glad to see him back. Leia Is Back Too! (c) Lucasfilm Sadly, we lost Carrie Fisher before she could start shooting for Episode IX, however, we saw her in the teaser trailer hugging Rey. These are shots that didn't make it to 'The Last Jedi' and are now being used for the final film of the trilogy. The scene is apparently taking place in the resistance base on the planet D'Qar and we will know more about this scene once the movie is out. The Medal Of Bravery (c) Lucasfilm One of the most iconic scenes from 'The New Hope' were when Han and Luke got shiny medals for their bravery shown at the battle of Yavin IV. We finally got to see those medals again in the new teaser trailer. The Death Star Wreck (c) Lucasfilm We haven't seen any reference to the Death Star in the new trilogy, however, it seems like we got a glimpse of the wreck site. The wreck is very similar to the wreck of a Star Destroyer we got to see in 'The Force Awakens' and it may just be the Death Star. The curves in the wreckage are a huge hint at something circular which we generally associate with the Death Star. Kylo's Helmet Is Repaired (c) Lucasfilm Even though I feel that Kylo Ren was trying too hard to be Darth Vader in the first movie of the new trilogy, it is kind of satisfying to see his helmet make a return. It was destroyed by Rey in “The Last Jedi” and is probably the most iconic scene in the entire trilogy. In the teaser, we see that helmet being repaired and reformed, with a strong emphasis on the cracks The Big Reveal (c) Lucasfilm Overall, the teaser trailer was good but not mind-blowing until the very end. The teaser trailer ends with a very familiar cackle every 'Star Wars' fan can recognise. The cackling laughter belongs to the Emperor. Even though we were confused at first, it was later confirmed when Ian MacDiarmid who has been playing the character since 1983, came on stage and reaffirmed our suspicion. From the last time we remember, Palpatine was thrown down a pit by Darth Vader in the Death Star 2.0 and later exploded in the vacuum of space. We aren't entirely sure how Disney plans to bring him back. He may just come back as a force ghost, a hologram recording or even back from the dead. We will have to wait for more information. 'Star Wars: The Rise of The Skywalker' hits theatres on Dec. 20, 2019.
  10. Summers have already begun and I am assuming that in a few weeks from now, you would be planning your summer holidays, just like every other year. But unlike every year, you don't really have to come back from your holidays after gaining pounds of fat on your belly. Wherever you are heading this summer, the tips that I am going to share with you in this article are going to help you in maintaining your weight as well as heath during your vacation: 1. Practice Portion Control Credit - Getty Images I know that it's impossible to stay on a diet while you are on a vacation. And frankly speaking, you shouldn't really be too rigid while you are on a full-fledged vacation with your closed ones. So while you would be losing track of your diet, what you can at least do is to practice some portion control. Now, this won't really stop the damage but at least it will lower the degree of the damage. The problem begins when you binge-eat food items that were not ideally a part of your diet. Thus, while it's good to indulge yourself in some new and tasty food items that come your way during vacations, keep in mind that you should not binge-eat them. 2. Keep Your Protein Intake In Check Credit - Getty Images Majority of the food items that you consume while travelling or during vacations are full of calories. Generally, these calories come from carbs. Thus, it is almost sure that your carb intake is going to be sufficient during vacation. It is your protein intake that you will have to take off. Try to include a portion of protein in all the meals of the day whenever possible. Adding food source that contains protein will increase its satiety factor and thus you won't be feeling hungry too soon. This will help you to save yourself from overeating. 3. Have Foods High In Fibre Credit - Getty Images Just like protein, fibre intake also goes for a toss while you are out on a vacation. Thus, have foods that will add to the fibre intake for the day as well. So while you are having lunch outside and ordering your favourite dish, just add on a portion of vegetables or salad along with that. This will add on to the fibre content of your meal and thus also increase the satiety factor. 4. Limit Alcohol And Other Drinks Credit - Getty Images Though it's difficult to stay away from the temptation of alcohol while you are on a beach holiday, I would still suggest keeping your alcohol intake in check. Alcohol and other sugary drinks like flavoured juices and colas just add on to the calories and do not provide any kind of nutrition. Make sure you are not consuming too much of any of these. 5. Stay Physically Active Credit - Getty Images When you feel things are going a little haywire in terms of maintaining a good diet, try to compensate it with staying a little more active. Performing some form of cardio is one such move that you can make. You can also indulge in some outdoor sports activity like cricket and badminton along with your friends to enjoy the company and burn some calories. I am not saying that this will compensate poor nutrition entirely but at least it may help with the damage control.
  11. Currently sitting at the fourth place on the Indian Premier League's points table, the Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals announced the inception of their very first season of 'gully cricket' championship which will take place between 13th April and 5th May 2019. In what is expected to be one of Delhi NCR's biggest tennis ball cricket tournaments, the Delhi Capitals Gully Cricket Championship is scheduled across 127 matches through the month and will be spread across eight zones and will be played in eight different venues across the city. With a total of 96 teams and more than 860 cricketing fans from in and around the capital taking part in the contest, each team must go through at least 11 games in the Zonal Round in order to then qualify for the City Finals. Dilliwalon, thank you for such an amazing response to the ultimate open tennis ball tournament! *Registrations are now closed* Kaun banega @DaikinIndia Gully Cricket ka asli champion? Ho jaao taiyyaar, ab aayega mazza!#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/kCybeC6NMi — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 10, 2019 "Delhi Capitals is proud to bring back the concept of gully cricket to the streets of the city. Gully cricket is something that all cricket fans and players enjoy participating in, and with this initiative, Delhi Capitals wants to bring back the gully cricket culture to the streets of New Delhi,” said Dhiraj Malhotra, CEO, Delhi Capitals. The total number of players per squad is 9 which includes seven active players and two substitutes who are allowed to replace players only as fielders but not as a batsman or a bowler. One player from every team is allowed to bowl three overs, upon the discretion of the team while all the others can deliver only two overs per innings. However, the most exciting aspect of the game is that of a 'Power-Over' during which the batting team is allowed to double the runs scored. The twist is that if a wicket falls during the Power-Over, it will also lead to five runs being deducted from the batting side's total. Intezaar hua khatam â Let the games begin Here's the complete schedule of our @DaikinIndia Gully Cricket Championship. Stay tuned with us for all the updates! Note - All teams are requested to report 45 minutes before their match timings.#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/WJN4Quynu1 — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 12, 2019 While the idea of a franchise as big as Delhi Capitals organising a grassroot-level competition is commendable in itself, these small alterations to the rules of the game make it that much more exciting and fun.
  12. What were your first thoughts when you saw the silver screen come alive at the screening of 'Night At The Museum' back in 2006? That was something, wasn't it? The colossal museum and the myriad people and animals from the antiquities coming to life on-screen, and watching Ben Stiller trying to gather his semblance, almost made us wonder what would it be like to experience all that history with our very own eyes if given a chance. © 20th Century Fox Well, tell you what, we finally might have landed a chance to experience something similar, if not the same. Airbnb has teamed up with The Louvre in Paris and is giving a lucky winner the chance to win a 'Night with Mona Lisa'. Yes, you read that right. Here's What This Is All About © Wikipedia The Louvre Museum in Paris is the world's largest art museum and a historical monument in Paris. The museum is celebrating 30 years of the iconic glass pyramid aka the 'Louvre Pyramid' and is giving a lucky winner the chance to stay there! Read The Finer Details Here The stay is scheduled for Tuesday, 30th April, when the Louvre is usually closed. The winner gets to sleep under the pyramid in a “tent-like” bedroom, as well as enjoy a private tour of the museum. © Wikipedia Apart from all that, they will also be served boozy appetizers in a “living room” in front of the Mona Lisa painting, which will be followed by a privately-cooked dinner at the foot of the famous statue of the Venus de Milo. Later, the winner will also be taken to attend an acoustic music concert in the Napoleon III halls. Here's How You Can Try Your Luck © Instagram Sounds like a once in a lifetime opportunity, doesn't it? Well, it sure is! So here is how you can give this a shot and try your luck. To enter the competition, all you have to do is answer “Why would you be the Mona Lisa's perfect guest?” Details of how to enter, and all the terms and conditions are on the Airbnb website or else you can simply head over to AirBnB's official Instagram page and click on the link given in the bio. Happy participating!
  13. Dieting is tough. Losing fat and getting lean is tougher, and getting shredded is the toughest. If it were not, everyone on the streets would be walking around shirtless with shredded abs. But, that is not the case. One reason why people miserably fail on their road to get leaner is that they do not know how to track progress. Yes, you read it right. If you think you are not making progress, you stop trusting the process and give up altogether. You see a little bit increase in the weight on the scale and you lose your mind and go all guns blazing and stuffing your mouth with everything that comes your way. © Getty Images Now, let's talk about how to one's track progress? First thing, understand that checking your weight and trusting that or using it as the only tool to measure progress is outright stupid. Partly because you do it wrong all the time. Yeah, checking your weight before and after your training session to see how much weight you have lost that day is idiotic. What are the tools you should trust to help you with gauging the progress? 1. Your pictures 2. Your measurements 3. Your average weight Let's discuss all of them in detail: 1. Your Pictures When you start your diet, or in general if you want to track your progress year-round, your pictures would be the best tool for that. When you gain a pound of muscle or lose half a pound of fat, you will not see it until you compare your pictures. Another thing about pictures, screw your gym selfies. If you want pure progress picture, get naked (almost naked) and take a front/side/back relaxed and flexed pictures. Invest in a goddamn mini tripod for the same. Click pictures weekly and compare them. 2. Your Measurements © Getty Images Again, take these once a week. At times, especially if you are a beginner, you may be losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time. Say you have gained two pounds of muscle and lost one pound of fat, the net result on the scale would be a one pound gain. Not the direction you would be expecting during losing fat. You are actually making better progress here and you should be continuing with this. Instead, you check the scale and cut your calories and thus undo the process by not keeping room for your muscle to grow. Start taking measurements, at your chest, waist, and hip circumferences once a week. If the scale shows up but you are looking better in pictures and losing inches, who cares what the number on the scale is? 3. Your Average Weight Firstly, your weight is essential for your relationship with gravity. Unless you are an MMA fighter or a weight-restricted athlete or going bungee jumping or skydiving, your weight does not mean much. It is merely a number. Add to that, your weight can fluctuate 1-3% day-to-day due to sleep, hydration, food, sodium, fiber intake, how well did you poop, etc. And it changes throughout the day as well due to these reasons. So, first things first, stop checking your weight when you go to the gym at 7 pm in the evening. Nor should you check it when you leave. Check it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and with minimal clothing on. Along with that, do it around 3-4 times in a week and take an average. Mainly to cancel out the day-to-day variance. Do the same for next week and compare. If the trend is downward, you are doing good. If not, then make adjustments. Not the day to day should I change my diet or should I change my training confusion you create for yourself. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  14. Shah Rukh Khan is surely one of the most tech-savvy stars in Bollywood, and he really loves his gadgets. He has previously expressed his love for mac instead of PCs, and he's also been spotted using Amazon's Kindle. Now, Shah Rukh Khan's current favorite gadget appears to be Apple's newly launched AirPods. Yes, he took it to Instagram and made a post about how the new AirPods are amazing. Khan posted a selfie with AirPods in his ears and wrote, “@apple ups it's game with every new product. Don't use earphones much but these new #Airpods are amazing. Thanks for adding to my collection Apple,” he wrote as he posted a photo of himself with the Airpods. Here, take a look at the picture yourself - View this post on Instagram @apple ups it's game with every new product. Don't use earphones much but these new #Airpods are amazing. Thanks for adding to my collection Apple. A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Apr 10, 2019 at 8:50am PDT Well, we don't blame our Bollywood superstar for falling in love with the AirPods. The new ones are really good, and they bring a lot of improvement to the table over the older ones. The new AirPods are powered by Apple's new H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones. The company claims that they deliver power-efficient performance, more talk time and hands-free Siri support. And of course, you can also charge the new AirPods wirelessly, provided that you get the new wireless charging case. The new AirPods, in case you are wondering, comes with a starting price of Rs 14,900. You can get your hands on the variant with the wireless charging case for Rs 18,900. © YouTube If AirPods are not your thing, though, then you can also check out Apple's new Powerbeats Pro. They're also supposed to be good, and recently even Lebron James was spotted wearing them.
  15. Machine exercises are a smart inclusion in your training plan. The few places I feel they are useful are post-injuries, for the total beginners, or towards the end of your workout when you are fatigued. The one major benefit of having more machine-based exercises in your routine is that it saves time. How is that? Usually, when you are doing machine-based exercises, the setup part of it is easier and takes lower effort than setting up exercises on an exclusive/majority free-weight routine. This is very beneficial if you are short on time or do not like waiting your turn a long time to do a particular exercise at the gym. © Getty Images So, what split can you follow if you decide to train exclusively via machines? An upper-lower machine split done twice a week would be great for your gains. Here's a sample plan that you can follow to do this split: Day 1 & Day 4: Lower Body 1. Hack Squat or Leg Press - 4 sets of 6 to 8 reps 2. Leg curls - 3 sets of 12 to 15 reps 3. Leg extensions - 3 sets of 12 to 15 reps 4. Standing machine or standing smith calf raises - 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps 5. Cable crunches - 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps 6. Lying leg raises - 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps 7. Planks - 3 sets of maximum hold (each side) Day 2 & Day 5 Upper Body 1. Seated rows - 3 sets of 6 to 8 reps 2. Decline machine press - 3 sets of 6 to 8 reps 3. Lat pulldowns - 3 sets of 8 to 12 reps 4. Incline machine press or machine overhead press - 3 sets of 8 to 12 reps 5. Tricep pushdowns - 3 sets of 12 to 15 reps 6. Cable bicep curls - 3 sets of 12 to 15 reps 7. Face pulls - 4 sets of 15 to 20 reps All these sets are to be done with 45 to 60 seconds rest between sets and 1-minute rest between exercises. If you are someone who would like to hit the gym more than 4 days a week, you can add one or two cardio sessions to your routine as well along with some abs and arms work as 'biceps are more important. © Getty Images So, go enjoy this machine split and be on your way to Gainsville. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  16. Every year it's the same old chant – I need to stay fit. I need to hit the gym. But just a few weeks into this 'healthy state of mind', I land up giving up on the weight routines and the circuit trainings, because 'humse na ho paayega'! I don't last more than a month in the gym and that's something I have been consistently trying to change and failing miserably. This year, instead of spending my hard earned money into a kidney's worth of year-long gym memberships, I did quite the opposite. I invested in my workout gear, precisely my running shoes. After months of goading myself into staying fit, I decided to take myself seriously and turn everyday into a run towards a healthy lifestyle. Too much 'gyaan', right? Let me get to the point – I kicked off my new resolve at breakneck speed and hit the park the very next day. As a novice runner, I started a 2 mile run with my gym sneakers, but just a few days into this routine I began to notice the discomfort I was ignoring as a beginner's stride. It's only when a runner friend of mine pointed out my shoes did I realize my biggest running mistake – not investing in the right gear. That's when I bought the recently launched Reebok Forever Floatride Energy running shoes that offer pro-level performance technology. Now, I wasn't expecting to turn into a pro-runner just because I bought some pro-level shoes, but there are a number of small things that helped me grow as a runner and stay fit. For instance, my broad feet (elephant feet, whatever you want to call them) have never felt more comfortable in a pair of sneakers. The Floatride Energy foam also ensured soft cushioning on the sole which led to quick energy returns and a boost in my stride. Of course, besides the comfort of the cool new Reebok kicks, daily practice worked in my favour and helped me move from my daily 2 mile mark to the eventful 5 mile run. I even landed up joining a local running group to keep the morale up and get myself some running buddies to ensure that I stick to it. I'm a month into this routine and I can't believe I never thought of this earlier. Running is fun and the right gear, only makes it so much more easier. The best part about the Reebok Floatride is the durability and the lightweight upper mesh that gives maximum flexibility and comfort. Another bonus, the new Reebok Floatride Energy cost way less than any gym membership and are available for â¹ 9,999 in stores, on shop4reebok.com and on Flipkart, Myntra and jabong. Convinced to join my runners club yet?
  17. There isn't a better person whose ears we would like to talk off with our nonsense on any given day. No other individual we would rather share a beer with, or haul-ass with when being chased by the traffic cops for not wearing helmets. And definitely, there isn't another one like them who would stick around regardless of all the messy brawls, broken promises and cancelled plans over the years. © Vinod Chopra Films That is how it is with best friends, you will mess up more often than you would want to admit, give each other a hard time over a number of things, yet stick up for each other whenever it comes to you two against the rest of the world. And if you ask us, that is the biggest charm about having a best friend. You can be your best with them, but you can also be your worst, and they would still stick around simply for the “sake of old times” (no, simply because it's you). © Excel Entertainment That is exactly what two friends roaming the streets of Mumbai on a bicycle said about friendship, in not so many words. And that was all the inspiration we needed to fill your feed with a sappy, but heartfelt story on why we let our best friend(s) sweet talk us into the most stupid stuff and get away with it, all the freaking time. For now, read what these two friends of 15 years told Humans of Bombay about their adventures. You see, that is just how we have felt on innumerable occasions - after getting our asses whooped for being stupid enough to give in to each other's crazy ideas, with nothing to help us out of the soup we landed ourselves in after. Yet, regardless of the greatest mess we whip up together, there seems to be no going back after a point of time. We always seem to find our way back to each other, with or without the differences and all-out fights that plague us every now and then. © T-Series A 2009 study has also shown that most friendships last about seven years, anything beyond them and you can be sure that your best friend is here to stay for the long haul. Yet, it doesn't make sense why we always get “sweet-talked” into stupid shit when it comes to them. Actually let us rephrase that, why do we let ourselves be sweet-talked into stupid shit when it comes to them, even when we know full well that “it isn't a good idea”? © T-Series Consider these 5 reasons: 1. They Really Are Our “Brother/Sister From Another Mother”. Now you can't screw that up even if you tried, can you? Actually, you can. Don't date their ex. Just don't. 2. They Get You. As sappy as that might sound, it's a fact none of us can deny. Our best friend gets us in a way nobody else does, and this fact makes them so darn special. 3. You Get To Let Your Weirdness Out, Unapologetically. Think of the craziest, funniest and most ludicrous thoughts or ideas you ever came up with. Who was that one person besides yourself who knows about it, and is still friends with you? Yeah. © Rajkumar Hirani Films 4. You Care, Respect And Look Out For One Another In Your Own Way. There exists this unsaid pact that best friends always maintain wherein even when we can constantly berating one another, we still maintain a sense of respect towards them and look out for each other in our own way. 5. But Most Of All Because… You want to do it just as much as them because it's your friend and anything and everything you do with them is fun!
  18. Managing one's fitness lifestyle during the nine days of Navratri can be a challenge. Not only the diet becomes a challenge for many but maintaining the same level of intensity in workouts is difficult too. Here are a few supplements that will help you to maintain that same tempo in the gym and will also help with your dietary nutrient intake too. 1. Whey Protein Whey protein is made from milk and milk products thus it is a vegetarian source of protein. One of the biggest challenges during Navratri is to meet the daily protein intake for people who are on a high protein diet. Even people who do not fast are not allowed to bring any form of non-vegetarian foods inside their house. Thus, it is better to replace your protein intake from some other sources. Whey protein is the best available choice when it comes to meeting your protein intake for the day from vegetarian foods. A scoop of any brand of whey protein will give your around 20 plus grams of best quality protein with a flavour of your choice. Include whey protein supplement post your workout or at any other time you feel convenient to meet up your daily protein intake. 2. Casein Protein Casein protein is a slow digesting protein. Casein protein supplements are also made from milk and thus it is also a vegetarian food supplement. The advantage that casein powders have over whey protein supplements is that they digest slowly and may take up to 6-8 hours to digest completely. Thus, they provide a steady supply of amino acids to your body over a period of time. The best way to use a casein supplement is to use it at night so that you don't feel hungry during the night and your body is able to get a regular supply of amino acids. Another way to use casein is to mix it up with whey protein and make your own protein blend. This way you will be helping your body to have immediate as well as long term supply of amino acids throughout the day. Just like whey protein, casein protein is also available in various flavours. 3. Pre-Workouts Caffeine-based pre-workouts can also come in handy during the fasting season. I've seen people complaining about missing their workouts because they felt low on energy during the fasting days. This could be because of less carb consumption during Navratri or due to lesser protein intake than what they used to consume earlier. © Getty Images Caffeine is a supplement which can help on the days when you find it hard to push yourself to the gym. I am not saying to buy a fancy pre-workout that has tons of ingredients but even caffeine anhydrous alone would do the needful for you. Have it at least 30 mins before your workout sessions and you will have mental focus and rush during your workouts. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  19. Once you've decided and made up your mind that you are going to lose some fat this summer, a particularly tricky question is bound to pop up in your mind. Should You Do Cardio Or Lift More Weights To Burn More Body Fat? You will get lots of random information for this question with some weird logic attached to them. So, to solve this problem for you I am going to give you the correct answer with a logical explanation. Which Form Will Burn More Number Calories For You? The first thing you need to understand for fat loss is that you need to create a deficit in your daily calorie intake. This deficit can be created in two ways, first is to reduce the number of calorie intake and second is to increase the number of calories burned. Right now, I am just going to talk about the second one. To burn more calories you will have to work out for at least 5-6 days in a week. Now, what should you choose as a medium of exercise, cardio or weights? Let me tell you something that will help you to make the choice easier. You will burn more calories in a single session of cardio exercise as compared to a single session of weight training. via GIPHY Now I am sure that you would be thinking that cardio is a clear choice as it will help you to burn more calories per session. Well, here is what you missed. Though cardio will burn a number of calories for you inside the gym once you step outside it is weight training that will help you more. When you do resistance training, your body will start building muscles which will have a greater impact on your metabolic rate than cardio alone. Cardio Alone Could Create Problems Trying to lose weight by performing only cardio session may prove to be really harmful to you in the long run. People who try to reduce their weight quickly using cardio exercises are the ones who later on complain about having loose skin. They lose fat but their skin becomes loose and soggy. People who weight train are able to build muscles and thus their chances of having loose skin after fat loss becomes less. Secondly, long duration cardio sessions multiple times a week are going to cost you dear on the joints. People who perform long runs of treadmill almost every day complain about having knee and other joint pains. And thirdly, cardio alone could also lead to muscles loss and chronic fatigue. © Getty Images What Should You Do? You will find people out there who will bash cardio completely. They will tell you that stepping on a treadmill is like a sin inside the gym. Here's my perspective as a coach: Cardio can be included in your workout program if you plan it smartly. Your first priority should always be to train every muscle group with weights at least once a week. Now if you still have some time left that you can spend in the gym, you may include a couple of small cardio sessions every week. These sessions can be included to build up good endurance stamina as well. The way you like to balance it is your personal choice, but yes, resistance training should always be your priority. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  20. A 74-second footage from the upcoming 'Avengers: Endgame' was shared by the official YouTube channel of Marvel Entertainment yesterday and boy, does it give an insight into what awaits us come May when the movie finally drops in theatres near you. The video starts with a close shot of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) staring at what appears to be a holographic model of the earth as she says: “He used the stones again,” clarifying that Thanos is still in possession of the infinity stones. Quick to jump in, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) suggests that the short-staffed Avengers attack the 'Mad Titan' as soon as possible. When Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) asks why they would succeed this time when their first tete-a-tete clearly tanked in great fashion, to which Captain Marvel says: “Before, you didn't have me.” And then we see the whole sparky moment between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Carol Danvers that we slyly smirked at in the trailers released before, followed by Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) saying: “Let's go get this son of a bitch”. Uh... Captain? LANGUAGE! via GIPHY Anyhow, the footage suggests that the team is planning an attack on Thanos and judging by the colour and length of Black Widow's hair, it appears that the scene occurs in the initial moments of the movie when the wounds of losing their teammates and loved ones into thin air are still afresh in the hearts of earth's mightiest heroes. Also, the fact that Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has not made it to the base with his van yet and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) are nowhere to be found in the footage, suggests that it's still early in the movie. Now, we have a theory and this is where we are giving a potential SPOILER WARNING just in case we ruin your lives with our ability to see the future: Still here? Okay! We believe that Carol Danvers loses her life in this attack on Thanos. Underestimating the supervillain who still has control of all the infinity stones regardless of the burned down gauntlet, Danvers might try to take him head on and end up dying. via GIPHY Multiple factors have gone into coming up with the theory: 1. The future of Captain Marvel's independent franchise is foggy. When Screen Rant asked Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, if there is going to be a second Captain Marvel movie, this is what he said: “The making of a first film is in some ways a brainstorm on the future and on what can be. So what it will be again is not clear. But what it could be is pretty amazing.” Open-ended and vague, that's a classic Feige response when it comes to a franchise coming to an end. 2. Judging once again by the colour and length of Black Widow's hair, the latter moments of the movie, during which her hair's longer and the red is finally showing, seem to dwell in a comparatively darker tone, almost as if the team just went through yet another grave loss, maybe losing one of their most powerful comrades. Added insult to injury? Maybe. 3. When the second trailer for the movie had dropped a couple of months ago, the scene in which the Avengers walked through the empty hanger wearing the Quantum Realm/Time Travel Suits, Marvel tried their best to digitally remove Stark and Nebula from the scene. Nonetheless, the empty spaces in between, got the fans to smell something fishy. And very conveniently, the following trailers showed all the characters in the shot. However, Captain Marvel was nowhere to be found even then, suggesting that this might be the second attack of the movie, the final stand against the Mad Titan, the 'all or nothing', the endgame. Of course, there is also a possibility that the footage released by the Studios would not make the final cut and was put out into the internet just to throw nerds like us off track in which case, you won Marvel. via GIPHY Fair win.
  21. 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.
  22. Do you remember the inaugural match of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the one which was initiated by none other than Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008? And in the first match itself, we got to witness some scintillating fireworks by Brendon McCullum when he scored an unbeaten 158. Astonishingly, whenever KKR and RCB have been pitted against each other, something or the other has happened that has intensified the rivalry between these two giants. From Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli's verbal spat in 2013 to RCB being bundled out for 49 in 2017. Other than this, Chris Gayle's dominance to Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn's 100 + partnership in the power-play, there are several instances that come to mind. With the teams locking horns for the first time in IPL 2019, we hope we get to see another epic encounter like this. © Instagram Talking of KKR first, winning two out of the three games in the tournament so far, the Shah Rukh Khan-owned team will be playing after a long gap of five days. Hoping they are over with their loss in the super over to Delhi Capitals, it will be exciting to see how they keep up the motivation at M Chinnaswamy, Bangalore – a venue that has been a happy hunting ground for the franchise. Being in a good form off lately, Dinesh Karthik and men would be looking to stabilise their upper order so that there is someone to accompany the Caribbean Andre Russell in the finishing overs. © AP RCB, on the other hand, are still trying to find the winning combination in this edition of the IPL. Having played four games and lost all of them, skipper Virat Kohli would be eager to lead from the front and make it count against arch-rivals KKR. A consistent cause of worry for the men in red has been their bowling attack. While Yuzvendra Chahal has eight wickets in four outings and is the current Purple Cap holder, the rest of the RCB bowlers have half the number of Chahal's wickets in as many games. Mohammed Siraj's tally of four wickets is followed by Umesh Yadav's two. Another big concern for RCB will be their sloppy fielding in the game time and again. They have dropped catches and missed opportunities that could have changed the whole scenario of the game. While the team is desperate to get two points on the board, it is important that they do the basics right and pay attention to each department. With this, let's hope King Kohli is able to get a point on the board and end his winless drought.
  23. What is the best Italian restaurant in your city? Which brewery brews the best beer? What should be your go-to bakery for a croissant? These are important questions that, if we are being honest, most of us don't have the answers to. Despite harbouring a lot of importance in our lives, most people's knowledge of food - at least when it comes to knowing about the best restaurants in the city - is limited. Well, here's one way you can change that. For the first time ever, WhatsHot is presenting the 'Owler's Awards', a one-of-a-kind, people's choice award that gives you an opportunity to vote for your favourite restaurants in six different places - Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata, and Goa. Sponsored by Times Prime, and in association with White Owl, the Owler's Awards will allow you to enlighten other people in your city by casting your vote for what you believe are the best restaurants, cafes, breweries, and bakeries around you. © Shutterstock As we just mentioned, the awards are being conducted by WhatsHot - the ultimate local discovery platform that keeps you updated on everything that's happening in your city, including the opening of new restaurants, bars, and lounges. You name the cuisine, and there is definitely going to be a restaurant serving it, if not exclusively, then as a part of its menu. Also, there are places for every mood and occasion; whether you wish to enjoy a romantic rooftop dinner with your bae, or want to indulge in a happening night out drinking and dancing with your bros. © Shutterstock How The Voting Works Ensuring complete transparency, it's the diners and the readers - basically you guys - who get to pick their most preferred places. Covering over 28 to 30 diï¬erent categories of dining experiences, the awards cater to every taste bud and pocket, which means that people across diï¬erent age groups can participate and express their love for food. Here are some of the exciting categories that you could cast your vote in: Times Prime Best Global Cuisine Authentic Regional Cuisine Best Freak Shakes Best New Beer Brand Best Chhole Bature Best Cocktails Best Butter Chicken Best Venue for Live Gigs Best Wine Collection Places Best Momos So, to cast your vote and to make your voice heard, log on to the WhatsHot's website, pick your favourite in each category, and click on 'submit'. That's it! So what are you waiting for? Hurry up, because the voting process has already begun! Don't miss the chance to make your favourite restaurant win!
  24. Who doesn't love sweet and savoury foods? Is there anyone on this planet who hates it? I highly doubt it! Of course, they're delicious and satisfy our taste buds like no other food. However, these cravings need to be managed if our fitness goals are of utmost importance. Especially the goal of weight/fat loss. Let's understand how we can manage these temporary cravings without messing up with our fitness goals! Situation – A Box Of Sweets/Chocolates: Before that, I would want you to imagine a situation where a box of sweets/chocolates is opened and placed in front of you. What will your immediate action be? If you're a fully functional human, you'll try to eat it. This is clear. However, the main question is - Will you: 1. Just eat 1-2 pieces and stop? 2. Eat the whole box Ask yourself this question and be honest about the answer. Okay, I'm Honest. What To Do Now? a) Just Eat 1-2 Pieces & Stop – Feed Your Cravings My recommendation for this would be to feed your cravings and have 1-2 pieces from the box. Adjust the calories of those pieces into your caloric budget of the day and roam guilt free. General guidelines – 2 pieces of chocolate contain 100 Kcals(calories). 1 piece of your favourite sweet contains around 150 kcals(calories). Congratulations, now you're a free man! Sweets/chocolates have less power over you. Eating 1-2 pieces of that chocolate will make you happy and increase your chances of sticking to the nutrition plan. Your fitness goals won't be affected now. b) Eat The Whole Box – Throw The Box Away! Fortunately and unfortunately, the above approach won't work for you. You need to take a stricter approach of handling this situation. Why? Because your fitness goals are at stake! You will do best if you restrict the intake of those sweets. For you, cravings can increase if you try feeding them by eating 1-2 pieces. With time, staying away from sweets will have a beneficial impact on you. My recommendation for this case: - Do not buy these kind of foods at all - Skip the shopping space where these foods are kept - By any chance, if you have these at your home, keep them out of your reach - Hide them in boxes which are not transparent. You won't be able to see them! - Give them to the underprivileged kids. The smile on their faces will make your day! Eventually, you will be a free soul. In the coming days, these boxes of chocolate will have lesser power on you. You will save a lot of calories and hence, reach your fitness goals faster. About the Author: Strong believer of No-Nonsense Approach when it comes to Fitness, he has been fortunate enough to learn from the brightest minds in the industry. Supporter of KAIZEN - Continuous Improvement, he's on a mission to bust and improve the scammed Indian Fitness Industry. For fitness queries contact – www.instagram.com/birafit
  25. WhatsApp, as we all know, has been fighting against misinformation on its platform in India. And now, the messaging service has launched a new tool with which the users can get a particular news verified. The feature is essentially a tipline, which is live as of today. Interested users can now send over messages to +919643000888, and get the rumors or a news verified. As soon as you send the message, you'll get a response asking if you want it to be verified. You can send '1' to get it verified, and you'll get a response (hopefully in sometime) informing you whether the information is true, false, misleading, disputed, or if it's presently unverifiable. © MensXP The tipline will accept text, pictures, links, and even videos in English and other regional languages like Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, and Malayalam. The tipline, in case you are wondering, is operated by a New Delhi, India-based startup called Proto, in collaboration with Dig Deeper Media, and Meedan. Proto will apparently setup a database of rumors to study the spread of misinformation on the platform, especially during elections. Obviously, there's no way to tell if/ how well this works. We tried sending a text message, but haven't heard from them yet. Let's hope it gets better over time, and they work on their speed. At the end of the day, the longer it will take to get things verified, the less inclined people might be to check their facts.
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