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  1. When he made his debut in an HBO mini-series called Band of Brothers, Tom Hardy used to be this skinny, little actor who was willing to risk it all just to have a career in show business. Due credit to his skills and the perseverance to keep at it, he made it and made it big. Tom Hardy looking young as hell in Band of Brothers. pic.twitter.com/uh2Z9bWJ0H â Andy Kelly (@ultrabrilliant) November 14, 2017 He is the kind of guy who wishes to truly commit to the roles that he is offered, so much so that he is willing to put his body on the line, just to look the part, or at least he used to. Hardy first jacked up for his performance as Michael Peterson in the 2008 biography called Bronson, based on the life of Britainâs most violent criminal and was weighed at 150lbs (68 kg). In 2011, he bulked up for Warrior (2011) and was recorded at 181lbs (82kg). And finally, for his role as Bane in Christopher Nolanâs The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Hardy touched the 200lbs mark which is approximately 90 kg. Now, for those who donât know, Tom Hardy is 5â9ââ and the ideal weight for a male this tall is between 144lbs (64 kg) and 176lbs (79kg). According to his interview with AskMen, Hardy revealed that he only had five weeks to look like the man and so âI started eating and my arse very quickly got very fat.â âFor Bronson, I put on about 7lbs a weekâwith no steroids. In the end Iâd put on about 2 and a half stone by eating chicken and rice, which was my staple diet throughout the day. Then Iâd have a pizza, Häagen-Dazs and Coca-Cola: So not good stuff, but I had to put weight on,â he added. Heâd put on weight for Bane in a similar manner (with more weight training) and while he did not realise the toll it was taking on his frame, he later shared how the rapid transformations cost his body. âIâve probably damaged my body too much. Iâm only little! If I keep putting on weight Iâll collapse like a house of cards under too much pressure,â he told The Daily Beast. "I think you pay the price with any drastic physical changes. It was alright when I was younger, to put myself under that kind of duress, but I think as you get into your 40s you have to be more mindful of the rapid training, packing on a lot of weight and getting physical, and then not having enough time to keep training because youâre busy filming, so your body is swimming in two different directions at the same time,â he added. Based on the kind of things he was eating and the problems Hardy spoke about ever since his Bane expedition, it seems Hardy may have tried what is known as âDirty Bulkingâ. © Pexel What is âDirty Bulkingâ and why is it a bad idea? Dirty Burking can be roughly described as gaining weight by any means necessary and eating whatever you can lay your hands on. Burgers, fries, pizzas, sweetened beverages, nothing is off-limits. Just like in Hardyâs case, dirty bulking is often paired with heavy intensity resistance training. While many bodybuilders and weightlifters have accepted using such means to increase bulk in off-season, others have complained about the side-effects it brings along. If the caloric surplus goes unchecked, unwanted fat begins to form which, in turn, leads to issues such as joint pains. Due to the high intake of sugar, processed carbs and saturated fats, a rise in cholesterol levels and high blood pressure can also be diagnosed, which can eventually lead to a stroke. Lethargy and the unwillingness to do active work also come along. View the full article
  2. Ever since news broke that COVID-19 was a legitimate threat to us, we as a society went somewhat berserk and bought tons and tons of hand sanitisers and masks. Our European brethren went one step further and stockpiled toilet paper, fearing that soon, their supermarkets would run out of some of the basic, day to day commodities. © Reuters So great is this fear and might we add, quite rightly so, that it is becoming difficult for hospitals and health workers to get their hands on surgical masks and sanitisers. In essence, people who need sanitisers and masks to keep the contagion in check, are unable to get the right tools, because of mass hysteria. © Reuters Seeing the chaos that is ensuing from all this, and the fact that we as people are rather ingenious opportunists, there have been some incidents that are simply newsworthy. First, there was the entire episode of a group of people coming together and drinking cow urine, and inhaling the smoke from burnt cow dung, in a bid to âimmuniseâ themselves from the novel coronavirus. © IANS Then there was this incident in Noida, where a factory that made counterfeit hand sanitiser and N95 masks, was busted and shut down. Needless to say, there is genuine confusion all around us. Given how we choose our own âfactsâ now, and how facts do not necessarily mean facts anymore, there are a ton of videos and photos circulating on social media and messaging apps on how to protect yourself from COVID-19. © IANS There are a number of videos on YouTube, WhatsApp, and a number of other platforms which show how we can make our own hand sanitisers, using some basic hospital supplies. Now, weâre sure that they are well-meaning people and were trying to contribute to the effort of saving human lives in their own way. However, a number of medical professionals, people who are actually qualified, would beg to differ. Here, in this video, a reporter from The Telegraph, the digital wing of the daily newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, speaks to Dr Alexander Edwards, an associate professor at the Pharmacy Research Division at the University of Reading. They discuss how, for most hand sanitisers that work on coronavirus and other viral diseases, a specific quantity of ethanol holds the key. © Most Lovely Things The three main solutions that they work with, in the video, include one where they use vodka, one with surgical spirit and one with distilled witch hazel, a type of micellar water. All the three solutions are mixed with aloe vera gel, with the micellar water, being added with a couple of tea tree oil. Dr Edwards says he wouldnât recommend any of the three solutions, given how they do not get the amount of ethanol, or any anti-viral elements right. © iStock In Dr Edwardsâ opinion, vodka or any hard liquor for that matter will have 30 to 45 per cent ethanol, which falls short of the 60 per cent concentrate that most sanitisers use. Add to that the fact that we are diluting the ethanol with aloe vera gel, means that the strength of the ethanol is further depleted, thus rendering it ineffective. © iStock The surgical spirit, with over 90 per cent of ethanol, could have worked. However, it hardens up the skin with prolonged usage, and when mixed with aloe vera gel, gets a murky colour. Furthermore, the resulting solution is very runny and wouldnât stay on the hand long enough for the ethanol to work. Not only is not prone to work, using surgical spirit may prove to be harmful, and he strongly advises against it. © iStock For the herbal solution, Dr Edwards says that he does not have a reason to believe that they will actually do anything, since there has been no study on any of the elements used in making a DIY sanitizer, saying that they have any kind of anti-viral properties. There are a number of other issues that the video does not mention, mainly, because they are very local to us. First of all, we donât want people hoarding up on surgical spirits, even if they get their hands on ones that have 70 per cent ethanol content, mainly because at this moment, we cannot have hospitals running short of any other supplies. Secondly, sanitisers and many of these cleansing products are made in a very clean, and controlled environment, which, would be rather impossible to recreate at our houses. Manufacturers also use very nuanced and highly technical methodologies to make these sanitisers, which, again isnât something that can be replicated with half baked scientific temperament. © iStock This brings us to what we actually should be doing. Dr Edwards points out that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has presented with some very solid ways that should help us contain the deadly virus. © iStock First of all, wash your hands with liquid soap thoroughly, for about 20 seconds at the minimum, when you have access to a washbasin. Secondly, maintain social distancing properly and thoroughly, step out of your houses only if you have to. And even then, try to step out during non-peak hours. In case you donât have access to washbasins, only then use a sanitiser that actually works against COVID-19. © iStock Finally, and this is significantly important, do not panic. Thereâs no need to get all worked up as if the end of the world is upon us. Having said that, taking this threat lightly and not quarantining yourself as and when required will be downright foolish. Take the necessary precautions, and keep an eye out on the WHO, CDC and IMA (Indian Medical Association) websites. View the full article
  3. It can be exciting to get your hands on free skincare products at a beauty and grooming store. from free samples of face creams, lip balms, concealers and perfumes, free samples let you know what will suit your face before making the investment. Multi-brand retail stores like Shoppers Stop, Sephora and Westside have counters with a set of samples for trying. Even single-brand stores like The Body Shop and Bath And Body Works have samples up for trying. However, amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, when stepping out itself can be a big risk, and a list of instructions, among which sanitizing your hands frequently and social distancing up to 3 ft apart are strongly advisable, maybe it's not the best of ideas to try those free samples. © getty But coming back to samples, each product can get extremely close to either your eyeballs, mouth, or nostrils - the three areas medical experts have cautioned us are prone to the coronavirus. View the full article
  4. Ben Affleck has shared his idea of a perfect relationship and what he is looking for in his next partner
  5. When it comes to millennials, their idea of love and its expression have evolved way beyond the boundaries and restrictions of the bygone era, thus resulting in some complications too. Love in the 21st century is both the same and different today as we are trying to reconfigure it for lives led at a very fast pace. Since the 17th century, it's been the pursuit of love that has excited us. Back in the 80s, our parents could hardly even confess their feelings to their loved ones. Cut to the present, everything is out in the open and people are comfortable in putting snippets of their personal lives out on social media for everyone to consume. © Maddock Films Here are the excerpts from the interview: The ideology of love in the 21st century Sara: In 2020, it doesn't matter what a male or a female side is. There are just different viewpoints about love and the basic ethos of love remains the same. I don't think it's about gender disparities anymore. It's about how present are you mentally in that relationship. View this post on Instagram#HaanMainGalat â¤ï¸ . . Out tomorrow #LoveAajkal ðºð»ðð»ð¥A post shared by (@kartikaaryan) Kartik: It's always been the same. I believe it's something which is more about you rather than the time we live in. The kind of availability and options that we have in the digital scenario wasn't the case in the old times. It's to each his or her own. I really feel that be it the millennial age or even younger generations than us, it has always been about the feeling and the jitters you get in a relationship. Instagram Wala Love: Is going public a good idea? Sara: It's a shit idea. I believe the more public you go, the more it gets worse. I think love is very personal and it should be kept between two people because it would stay real and close to you. View this post on InstagramJo Tum Na ho â¤ï¸A post shared by (@kartikaaryan) Kartik: I also think the same as I never felt the need to go public. I have never talked about my personal life. I feel whenever you make a statement or even talk about it in public, it becomes a conversation that will keep coming back to you. I think it's one of the personal feelings and it should be kept that way. Food Being The Cupid In Relationships... Sara: The real answer to this question is that the more real things that you do with your loved one, the more special it's going to be. I think more than anything, eating is a very primal instinct and if you can enjoy doing that with your partner, it's very basic. If you find someone who can do this simple stuff like eating which is devoid of any glitter, it's actually great. View this post on InstagramKaafi dubli ho gayi ho Aao pehle jaisi sehat banayeinA post shared by (@kartikaaryan) Kartik: It's not only restricted to food, as I believe if you can enjoy silence with your partner, it's all worth it. For me, if you spend time with someone in complete silence without having any thought of doing or saying something and still being in that harmony, it's pure and you have totally cracked it. Sara On Being An Inspiration Sara: I think that inspires me to do better because inspiration is a circular thing. If I know I have the ability to inspire even one girl to be more her, I will be glad. I think we need people to make us realize who we are and celebrate and channelize our inner self. Heartbreak As A Reason Of Depression In Millennials Sara: What doesn't kill you will only make you stronger. Kartik: I understand it can be really tough for people, but you really need to stay strong and you should always discuss this with the right people. Sara and Kartik's latest release Love Aaj Kal 2 explores the journey of love in two different time frames and compares the obstacles of one with another. The movie has warmed up to mixed reactions from the audience and critics alike. If you're planning to catch it this weekend, check out the trailer below: View the full article
  6. Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin have been serving couple goals ever since they exchanged vows
  7. Break ups are bad and seemingly the one advice you always get post your break up, is keeping your distance from your ex-girlfriend. Have you heard your friends always tell you "whatever you do bro, just don't hook up with your ex, move on man"? Well, that advice is valid and legit only because you want to forget the past and move forward and maybe give someone else a chance. But there is a lingering feeling deep inside you, which probably still connects to your ex, and it's kinda inevitable and there is nothing you can do to contain that feeling really. © MensXP There may come a time where you will bump into your ex at a party or a bar, and if you haven't seen each other for long, you'll either ignore each other's respective presence or rekindle long lost conversations. Most likely, it's the latter and sometimes, those conversations could bring about latent feelings and the sexual pleasure you both derived from each other. Yes, sleeping with an ex is as common as the common cold and many of us indulge in it, and feel either ashamed or angry the next day or know for a fact that feelings for them still remain. But what if I told you, sleeping with an ex is not that bad, after all? Yes, you read that right. According to some recent research from Wayne State University, having *** with your ex might not be such a bad idea, in fact, the research argues that it may even be a 'good' idea. © MensXP The study was conducted in two parts and it analysed the daily experiences and activities of 113 individuals who'd recently broken up or were going through a break-up. Two months after the break-up, they were given a questionnaire to fill. The questionnaire asked if they'd tried to have physical contact with their ex and if they were emotionally attached to them and how they felt, every day, after they'd had some form of physical contact with their ex. The second part was somewhat similar, where 372 participants were asked to take a survey, which asked them similar questions about physical contact with their ex's and their level of attachments with them. The result was quite fascinating actually. Rather than expecting that sleeping with an ex is emotionally turbulent and can leave feelings to linger on, hindering your ability to move on, while prolonging the heartbreak, the researchers found that sleeping with an ex really didn't stop the day-today healing process. The participants who pined after their exes were more likely to have *** with them and even after that they didn't feel heartbroken or emotionally stunted, or even upset. In fact, hooking up with their ex, left them feeling more positive, every day. © MensXP "This research suggests that societal handwringing regarding trying to have *** with an ex may not be warranted. The fact that *** with an ex is found to be most eagerly pursued by those having difficulty moving on, suggests that we should perhaps instead more critically evaluate people's motivations behind pursuing *** with an ex." - the lead researcher, Stephanie Spielmann said in an interview with an international publication. But that being established, it's always necessary to know where you stand with your feelings and your emotions. There may have been research conducted to establish that *** is good with the ex but more often than not, it's subjective. If you feel mangled up and distraught after any form of physical contact with them or if you feel that physical intimacy with an ex acts as a deterrent for you to move on successfully, then you have to weigh your decision well. But if you think like the rest of the subjects from the research, your feelings are intact and you feel good about it, then, of course, go for it. But remember, don't have any expectations. if you're sleeping with an ex, in order to win them back, it may lead to more complications later and leave you more heartbroken than before!
  8. Very recently, the German national women's football team produced an ad campaign ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in which they spoke about how after winning one of the most prestigious European Championships, every woman of the squad received a tea set as medals for their glorious achievement. This was exactly three decades ago in 1989. Not a lot of news was made out of this because back then women were supposed to be making some good tea and the tea set would only add to their skills. Now, maybe in order to celebrate 30 years of sexual discrimination and the dominance of the male gender in sports, one of Spain's squash tournament's management team decided to repeat history, but only making it 10 times more interesting. “This is the 21st century, women aren't only meant to be making tea” they might have thought in their giant heads. “Let's reward them with *** toys instead!” Brilliant! Spain's Asturias Squash Championship 2019 saw some of the most competitive women squash players battle against each other on the squash court. They had trained night and day, putting in their blood, sweat and tears in order to achieve greatness in their game one day. For the 37-year-old Elisabet Sado Garriga, the day had finally arrived when she won the squash tournament a couple of days ago. Her reward? A gift bag with a waxing set to make her skin smooth, a foot care device to make those ugly feet pretty again and a branded “Pure Fantasy” vibrator because… needs. La imagen de los trofeos con los aberrantes regalos que ha denunciado @Ganamosconellas #ELTOPDELMACHISMO #sexismo #discriminación #Squash @revistalideras pic.twitter.com/P84iBsdSyx — Cristina Gallo (@crisgallo2) May 19, 2019 We have no idea as to why Garriga and the rest of the four place holders of the tournament got so offended that they registered a complaint against the tournament's management team that led to the Royal Spanish Squash Federation cancelling all tournaments for the year and even ordered the Asturian Institute of Women to investigate the matter. It is also believed that three of the helpless, sexist officials from the tournament were also asked to resign. Honestly, we do not even understand what all the fuss is about. After all, the club that hosted the tournament came out in public to say that whatever they did, it was not “done from a sexist standpoint.” If you ask us, rewarding an athlete with *** toys is always a great idea. Regardless of their gender, we are sure, they would be super excited to receive a token of appreciation that screams “you need to get laid!”. If anything, the sports tournament was too kind, thinking about the athletes' *** life like that. Do not see an issue with that...
  9. The last episode of 'Game of Thrones' was the last 'peaceful' episode before the brutal deaths that we were promised this season. Before the long-awaited Battle of Winterfell, we can see everyone strategizing, and mitigating the storm in the form of the Army of The Dead any time now. Characters who won't fight in the field like women and children like Gilly and her son, Little Sam, will be hiding underground in the crypts of Winterfell. © HBO Everyone is so sure that the crypts of Winterfell is the safest place to hide. If you're not fit for the field, no harm will come to you in the crypts. Even Gilly is even seen advising a fellow woman, "when the time comes, you'll be down in the crypts. They're the safest place to be." Jon tries to protect Bran as he tells him he should join the women and children. So does Daenerys, with Tyrion, she tells him she'll need his mind later which is an asset to her. However, are the crypts of Winterfell really safe? I mean, think about how the Night King wields his power. Aside from the magic that he's capable of, (the extent of which is still unknown) he can awaken the dead to fight for him. And what exactly lies in the crypts of Winterfell? ...exactly. Also, think about all the folks who are buried in the crypts: members of the Stark family, including Ned, Lyanna, and Rickon. (Robb's body was desecrated by the Freys and it's unclear where—or if—Catelyn is buried.) The prospect of Stark zombies is nightmarish. © HBO In the trailer, they also show Arya running from someone for the next episode. © HBO It looks like she's in the crypts of Winterfell, and she could possibly be running from the Stark zombies. So, you see how the safe place can quickly turn into a zombie land that no one fathomed?
  10. Yes, the need for protesting the gross and infamous terror attack in Pulwama is the utmost right now. Throughout history, India's 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' ideology has been stretched, moulded and abused on a global stage in the most disturbing manner ever. For years, India's stand on not being the first one to go on the attack in a bilateral rivalry, has been understood as our weakness instead of our political maturity and we are running out of patience really fast now. However, this does not mean that we lose our ability to make rational decisions. While the BCCI officials were taking their time deciding how they'd deal with the rival Pakistani squad during the upcoming World Cup 2019, if they would boycott them during the points-round or campaign for a complete ban on the Pakistani cricket team, another lead on BCCI's unrealistic measure towards the Pakistan Cricket Board came to the fore recently. According to Indian Express, BCCI had plans to isolate Pakistan by putting all the foreign players in a 'Us Or Them' situation, forcing them to choose between playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Pakistan Super League (PSL). What needs to be realised is that while the IPL is more of a gold mine for these international players, (some of whom earn double of their annual salary by playing for 6 weeks here), Pakistan's security concerns, on the other hand, has led to their hesitations towards playing in the country. However, South African cricket legend AB de Villiers was one of the most influential stars to have publicly announced his willingness to play there in order to bring in more such stars. A special message from our mentor and player @ABdeVilliers17 “Main Lahore A Raha Hun” ð¤©#DamaDamMast #MainHoonQalandar pic.twitter.com/Ye8j65Jwxl — Lahore Qalandars (@lahoreqalandars) January 14, 2019 BCCI's plan to, therefore, make things difficult for PCB to bring in international cricketers and grow their viewership, seemed highly opportune but insensitive. According to the report, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) officials along with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri gathered to draw a conclusion of this idea. Thankfully, the authority decided against the notion deeming it inappropriate to force the international players to choose between the two cricket leagues. Why? Simply because of the fact that it is the IPL franchises (that are privately owned) and not the BCCI that take up the players during the auction. Putting the players under such predicament would, therefore, lead to disappointed team owners. Basically, the whole facade boiled down to the fact that any action taken in favour of this plan would have been bad for business.
  11. If you compare the 'Attitude Era' during which wrestling gods like the Texas Rattlesnake Stone Cold Steve Austin used to bully a hospitalised Vince McMahon with a bedpan or Mick Foley losing his teeth after being chokeslammed by The Undertaker from atop a massive steel cage during a Hell in a Cell match to what the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is today, you would notice a stark difference in the show. It is safer, a lot more suitable for children and in order to increase the number of international fans, it has led to opening up its doors to international superstars like 'The Maharaja' Jinder Mahal and 'The Celtic Warrior' Sheamus. Having said that, there has been a considerable drop in the viewership of the show ever since WWE went PG in 2008. Even with a loaded roster with the likes of Triple H, John Cena and 'The Animal' Batista headlining all the major events, fans seemed to be drifting away from the show simply because of the fact that the storylines weren't interesting or entertaining enough. However, there was one man who probably had the key to turn around the fate of the show even in the PG era. The star being the 'Straight-Edge' CM Punk, who came up with the most engaging storyline of the clean era in his feud with Cena and the rest of the 'phoney' business as he called it during his famous 'pipe-bombs'. However, things didn't workout between WWE and Punk, and as a result, the latter left the organisation on a very bitter note. Alright hosers! You've been asking for him and you get him. We got @WWERollins on the #ECPOA with @EdgeRatedR and @Christian4Peeps. Seth talks about his match with Brock Lesnar at #WrestleMania and much more! #Subscribe for Free: https://t.co/HB0u22z7ed pic.twitter.com/8r8eblUDIr — Pod of Awesomeness (@EandCPod) February 8, 2019 In a recent episode of the former wrestlers Edge and Christian's E&C Podcast of Awesomeness, the 2019 Royal Rumble winner Seth Rollins spoke of what a visionary Punk really was and how he wanted to help WWE increase their viewership with the introduction of his version of 'Sierra Hotel India Echo Lima Delta' or SHIELD which did not include the three-time WWE Champion, Roman Reigns. According to Rollins, Punk believed that the roster at the time consisted of young individuals who lacked both the experience and the desire to make things happen. These individuals, Punk believed, didn't try to push their boundaries and were just happy to have made to the main roster. As a result, WWE as a product and as a brand suffered a lot of damage and lost massive viewership worldwide. Punk, who had to literally fight his way to the top saw his reflection in some of the upcoming stars in the NXT roster, stars like Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, who were dedicated, innovative and motivated to do better. However, this 'list' of Punk's didn't include the Samoan performer, Roman Reigns. Believe. In. THE SHIELD. #RAW pic.twitter.com/SHLfdBhsSz — WWE (@WWE) August 21, 2018 “So he (CM Punk) wanted to get us in there, us being myself, and Ambrose, and I think, maybe, Kassius Ohno/Chris Hero, but I'm not sure. But the company loved Roman from the get-go, and for all the right reasons,” Rollins said at Edge and Christian's podcast. Punk was a great performer, both as a wrestler and with the mic. When he spoke, people listened. There's no doubt that this version of the 'Hounds of Justice' went on to become a great hit, giving the brand three of the greatest stars of this decade but the fact that we may never be able to see Punk's version of the trio, stings just a little.
  12. What's your idea of a perfect birthday? Partying with friends? Going for a nice romantic dinner with your significant other? Spending it with your family? Well, if you're Sushmita Sen, a birthday is apparently all about working out because there are no cheat days. It's Sushmita's boyfriend Rohman Shawl's birthday and the couple celebrated it in the most perfect way for them - a nice workout, a very romantic, or should I say 'roh'mantic workout. This is like a very special, very specific kind of couple goals and I'm honestly here for that. View this post on Instagram Happpyyyyy Birthday My Rooh!!!â¤ï¸ððð»ððMay all the happiness in the world curl up in your arms & you always embrace it with both hands!!ððð'two souls as one' What a beautiful year awaits!!!ðð»ðµâ¤ï¸ð¥° I love you!!! To your health & happiness ðâ¤ï¸#duggadugga @rohmanshawl ðâ¾â¤ï¸ð A post shared by Sushmita Sen (@sushmitasen47) on Jan 3, 2019 at 5:05pm PST Sorry Sush, but that caption is just borderlining on cringey but since it's your boyfriend's birthday and all, I'm going to let it slide. Along with the pictures above, Sushmita also posted a video of both of them and I just have to say they both showed more balance in that one video than I have in my entire life. View this post on Instagram Faithfully balanced & gracefully synchronised, Life is #poetry with you #birthdayboy â¤ï¸ððµðð» 'WE' for Victory!!!ðâ¾ðâ¤ï¸keep smiling always!!! I love you @rohmanshawl â¤ï¸ð#duggadugga #happybirthday mmuuuaaah ððð»ðµ A post shared by Sushmita Sen (@sushmitasen47) on Jan 3, 2019 at 5:37pm PST Don't miss the emoji-filled caption again - “Faithfully balanced & gracefully synchronised, Life is #poetry with you #birthdayboy.” The Instagram PDA doesn't end there; she also posted a couple of stories while cutting the cake of 'Rooh' and her daughters. © Instagram/Sushmita Sen © Instagram/Sushmita Sen Well, happy birthday, Rooh! Congrats, I only cringed just a little bit typing that.
  13. Intermittent Fasting is the crazy hype train that everyone in the fitness industry wants to jump aboard. People believe it to have a few magical effects. These magical effects are mainly associated with fat loss. People assume that if you do not eat for a few hours in a day, your body becomes a fat burning 'furnace' and make you leaner than a shredded bodybuilder in a couple of weeks. © Thinkstock Well, the actual thing that Intermittent Fasting helps with is adherence to a caloric deficit. Some people just find it easier to eat less food if they only eat a couple of meals in a day. It is all about that single aspect. I have written a piece on Intermittent Fasting in the past as well. The other side of the story is that people have started doing Intermittent Fasting for muscle gain. They think that: 1. Fasting will increase their growth hormone and make them bigger. 2. They will not put on body fat as they are fasting. Guess what? You are TERRIBLY wrong. Let's understand what you really need to do to build muscle: 1. Resistance training 2. Progressive overload 3. A calorie surplus with adequate protein 4. Rest and recovery Now let's understand how Intermittent Fasting can wreck all of this: 1. Resistance Training A lot of people have this misconception that if you do not eat and work out, it will elevate anabolic hormones and help them build muscle and lose fat at the same time. Well, these anabolic hormonal adaptations that happen when training are similar to those you'd have if you trained after a meal. Another thing to know is that even if these hormones are elevated, they are going to be in physiological ranges. You will not become jacked like a bodybuilder on steroids. If fasting made you muscular like an enhanced bodybuilder, why would people even buy steroids, especially considering the side effects of it? 2. Progressive Overload © Tnation You may get a few training sessions easily in a fasted state, yes. Will you be able to progress long-term with it? I don't think so. You may go to the gym and slog your ass like a laborer. You won't progress going forward as you are hungry and depleted of energy. Having a meal before your workout, especially carbs, will provide you fuel to lift more and longer. 3. A Calorie Surplus With Adequate Protein To gain weight and in turn muscle, you need to eat more calories in a day than you burn off. Yeah, the area people go wrong is they stuff their face with as much food as they like and get fat. That is a fallacy of their plan, not the idea of eating more calories. If you fast, it will be simply difficult for you to consume enough calories in a day. Apart from that, there are studies that show you need to eat protein at equal intervals to keep elevated muscle protein synthesis through the day. There is even a study that shows that even eating the same amount of protein, the group that broke it down in more frequent intervals (4-5 meals) gained more muscle compared to those who ate it in lesser meals (1-2 meals). 4. Rest And Recovery This mainly comes down to your sleep and stress levels. An additional aspect of it is the food intake. There is a reason that on a cut or a fat loss, your recovery is poor. That is because you are not eating enough calories for the same. If you fast and it reduces your calorie intake, you will not recover and might even start losing progress or dropping strength in the gym. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  14. The upcoming long weekend promises lots of time off, and we felt that also gives us the perfect opportunity unwind and rejuvenate from the constant pressure of college and work. For those of you who do not like the idea of spending a long weekend within the four walls of your room, heading out of the house with family, friends or even alone would be a great option. Check out these 5 places based on your personal needs and your idea of rejuvenation, that will not only help you relax but also find some peace and connection with yourself and your loved ones: 1. For The 'Staycation' Coupling © Wikimedia Commons Where: Mangar Or Neemrana Distance: Mangar - 56.1 km & Neemrana - 128.8 km If you do not have the time to take a long holiday, then a staycation is your best bet. This option also happens to be a favourite with couples who wish to unwind and reconnect in each other's company. While there are a number of options to choose from, Mangar and Neemrana happen to be a hot favourite with most couples. The lush green surroundings, the meditative calm of the forests, and the possibility to truly leaving behind the hustle of the city life will help you to spend quality time with your girlfriend. Don't forget to explore the groves or go bike riding around the Mangar Bani if you visit the place. 2. For The Thrill-Seekers © Max Pixel Where: Nainital Distance: 334.3 km No Delhiite is stranger to the many possibilities and experiences that Nainital promises to its visitors, whether they come looking for pleasure or thrill! But for every thrill-seeker out there Nainital has a number of options to offer. Head there with your squad for the optimum amount of fun. Be it trekking, biking, paragliding, rappelling, water zorbing or cliff jumping and jumaring, places in and around Nainital are your best best. Head to Mukteshwar for cliff jumping, Sattal Lake for rappelling or experience water zorbing in Bhimtal and paragliding in Naukuchiatal, your need for that adrenaline rush shall be met here. 3. For The Love Of 'Family Time' © Pixabay Where: Udaipur Distance: 662.9 km Long weekends become all the more celebratory when the entire family gets to spend time together, unwind and reconnect amidst the fast-paced goings-on of our day-to-day lives. A quick, less-than-two-hour flight will get you and your entire family to this royal retreat of sorts. Udaipur not only boasts of a rich Rajputana history, but also has religious and cultural associations that would cater to the interests of both the young and the old in your family. Check out the puppet shows in the city, as well as the captivating Sound and Light show at the city palace that will bring history alive in front of your eyes. All the car junkies out there, don't forget to visit the Car Museum in the city to behold marvellous vintage cars on display. 4. For The Ones Seeking Spiritual Retreat © Wikimedia Commons Where: Ladakh Distance: 1004.9 km If you wish to reconnect with your inner self and regale in the peace that the tranquillity of a spiritual retreat is capable of bringing into your life, you have to check out the Diskit Monastery in Ladakh. Located in the gorgeous Nubra Valley, Diskit is one of the most ancient Buddhist monasteries located in the area. A breathtaking location, coupled with the awe-inspiring Buddha statues and guardian gods, this place will transport you to a whole new world. Don't forget to check out the Jampa Buddha statue, and ensure that you witness the heavenly morning prayer held at the venue. 5. For The Repose By Travelling Solo © Wikimedia Commons Where: Rann Of Kutch Distance: 1210 km Your wish to travel solo, and take time off to just be with yourself is totally justified. Moreover, travelling alone gives you the option to go where you like, and do what you like, at your own pace and that's always a major win. Whether you plan to ride all the way to Kutch or not, the salt-covered, sparkling white grounds spread far and wide before your eyes will bring you all the rejuvenation you need. Treat yourself to wonderful views, and a slow-paced way of life after weeks of slogging your ass off at work or in college. Be sure to explore the Indian Wild Life Sanctuary while you're there. Also, catching a sunset at the Mandvi Beach is sure to calm your senses. So, where are you headed to this upcoming weekend?
  15. Imagine you are scrolling through your Facebook feed, the autoplay is turned on and you are greeted by a wild cacophony of sounds that instantly make you cringe and you wish you could get a detox done, right then and there. But alas, that is not to be. There is no coming back from the trauma of living through Tahir Shah's 'Eye To Eye' even if it was merely for a few seconds. While most decent human beings would try to recuperate from the shock and let it go, I decided to turn my pain into a means of mass torture to put things in sync with the 'Morose Monday' #feels. In the last few years, numerous 'viral' songs hit our screens and made us pull at our hair in the sheer hope that anything besides this, would be a better source of agony. So I decided to pick the 7 most terrible (read dardnaak) viral songs in the recent years that made our ears bleed. 1. Dhinchak Pooja 'Selfie Maine Le Li Aaj' & 'Dilon Ka Shooter Hai Mera Scooter' With 36,118,838 and 12,160,485 views respectively, who would guess these are a sham in the name of songs? When Dhinchak Pooja's 'Selfie Maine Le Li Aaj' came out, it was so widely circulated across social media platforms that you couldn't have escaped it even if you tried. The pain was for real and lasted for weeks to come even after you went ahead on a social media detox. 2. Pikotaro - 'PPAP' (Pen Pineapple Apple Pen) While the obscure lyrics of this one apparently made the song “catchy” for some and even evoked laughter at first, I wouldn't say I could tolerate it for a second time, even as it was picking up the pace in India. My Instagram and Facebook feed was literally blowing up with this guy's face and his strange song talking about a non-existent fruity pen that nobody really gave a shit about. Also, what was with that outfit?! 3. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan - 'Love Charger' God must have his ways of bringing people to justice because after putting people through this torture, it is only a miracle the victims have survived to tell their stories. I wonder who wrote such horrid lyrics and then added such ear-puncturing music to produce such a ghastly composition that will trouble generations to come, who have access to this god-awful piece. 4. Om Prakash - 'Bol Na Aunty Aau Kya' It is with a heavy heart that I am including this song to the story, because neither the song nor the lyrics possess anything of value to go viral. The lyrics are sexist, demeaning and introduce rape as the normal outcome of wearing short clothes or hanging out with friends. The very fact that people found such a derogatory song entertaining and funny is appalling, to say the least. 5. Vennu Mallesh - 'It's My Life Whatever I Wanna Do' Another masterpiece that shattered the little semblance of tolerance we had for upcoming talents. Who decides to fund such songs and even rent out an entire studio for such a joke of a music video? And to top it all, this went viral because, of course, we had never heard anything of the sort before. 6. Rinku Bhabhi - 'Mere Husband Mujhe Pyaar Nahi Karte' I wouldn't lie but I had a fit of laughter the first time I heard this song. I know I said the first time because I am guilty of having heard it two more times when my sister and best friend decided to make me relive the moments of “ecstasy” during two different occasions. I really cannot say I can make much sense out of this. 7. Taher Shah - 'Eye To Eye' & 'Angel' I really have no words for these two jewels right here, but if you have heard these songs, know that your life wasn't the same after. Also, you gotta watch both the videos to share my pain. Please. Tell us, which of these make it to your most painful viral videos list?
  16. When was the last time you came out of a movie hall appreciating an actor who didn't play the lead role? We have all heard people say that so and so is a Salman Khan or a Shah Rukh Khan movie. In fact, every time a new movie is released or a director announces a new project, the first thing that comes to our mind is to look at the cast. Is Ranveer Singh or Hrithik Roshan a part of it? VB Pictures But, have you ever heard anyway ask whether actors like Vijay Raaz or Deepak Dobriyal are a part of the movie or not? In fact, chances are, you might not even know these names, despite the fact that we grew up watching them and loving their performances. So let me take this opportunity to introduce some names that you might have never heard of before, but have always been a part of our favourite movies. 1. Pankaj Tripathi Twitter Pankaj Tripathi, one of the most versatile actors, has been a part of a lot of big ticket movies but not many people know about him. Be it 'Newton', 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' or 'Gangs Of Wasseypur', Tripathi with his phenomenal acting did justice to each character he took on. 2. Deepak Dobriyal Maddock Films 'Omkara' actor Deepak Dobriyal is one of the finest and the most underrated actors in Bollywood. Honestly, had the goofy Pappi Ji not helped his friend R. Madhavan in his love story with Kangana Ranaut, we would have never got 'Tanu Weds Manu'. In 'Hindi Medium' while we all loved Irrfan Khan, the fact that Deepak gave a powerful performance and made his presence felt throughout the movie cannot be ignored. 3. Vijay Raaz Sridevi Productions Abhishek Bachchan's 'Run' wasn't really a commercial success at the box office and most of us might not even remember a movie of this name being made. But those who remember the movie, I am sure they only know it for Vijay Raaz and his renowned 'kauwa biryani'. It also goes without saying that he was one of the best things about 'Delhi Belly', 'Dedh Ishqiya' and 'Welcome', although he was a supporting actor. 4. Manav Kaul T-Series All those who have seen Vidya Balan's latest movie 'Tumhari Sulu', the name Manav Kaul might still be fresh in your memories. Actor and Director Manav Kaul even won the Best Supporting Actor Award for the same. He is now gearing up for another big ticket release 'Ghoul', Netflix's first Indian supernatural series. 5. Anand Tiwari Yash Raj Films Anand Tiwari, who has movies like 'Go Goa Gone', 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!', 'Udaan', 'Aisha' and 'Kites' in his kitty, might sound like a new name in the industry, but he's actually one of the most talented actors. He also directed Vicky Kaushal's popular movie on Netflix, 'Love Per Square Foot'. 6. Pavan Malhotra Viacom 18 Motion Pictures Out of all these names, Pavan Malhotra is probably the most popular one in this list. In fact, we've seen him in movies like 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag', 'Jab We Met', 'Wazir', 'Rustom' and 'Children of War'; but how many of us remember this brilliant actor by his name? 7. Brijendra Kala Brijendra Kala is another talent who deserves more recognition that what he's getting now. While most of us, including me, remember him through his performances in 'Jab We Met', 'PK' and 'Paan Singh Tomar'; it's shocking that barely anyone knows his name. 8. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Red Chillies Entertainment He was Shah Rukh Khan's partner-in-crime in 'Raees', Dhanush's best friend in 'Raanjhanaa', gave a bike ride to Kangana and got acquainted with her in 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'. He even played the antagonist Manu Sharma in 'No One Killed Jessica'. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub is a face we've seen in a lot of movies, but sadly not many people know him by name. 9. Meher Vij Aamir Khan Productions With some notable performances in 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' and 'Secret Superstar', television actress Meher Vij has carved a niche for herself in Bollywood. Time and again she has surprised us with her choice of movies and the characters she portrays on-screen. At 31, playing a mother to a teenager is not easy, yet she did a fantastic job with her persuasive performance. 10. Tillotoma Shome MacGuffin Pictures We've all seen the latest Tata Namak ad starring Konkana Sen Sharma. We even laugh at the concept and feel bad for the woman who either gets shot up in the sky or gets brutally dropped underground. That woman is Tillotoma Shome, who has been a part of movies like 'Children of War', 'A Death In The Gunj', 'Qissa', 'Hindi Medium' and 'Tasher Desh' to name a few. It's needless to say that she deserves more recognition that what she's getting now.
  17. Starting a new business is exciting, but it is also extremely crucial for you to do your research thoroughly before embarking on such a journey. It is sure to be a tough road and here is how you can prepare yourself mentally for the challenges that are bound to come your way. You need to know your customers, your product/service, and also do your market research before you make the final decision. So, here is a list of questions that you need to ask yourself, before going ahead with your business plans: 1. Who Are Your Customers? ©Thinkstock For example, if you are starting a Smartwatch startup, then you should define what age segment it will address to. Ideally, you would be catering to a younger demographic, so you simply cannot assume that people across all age groups would be interested. You need to be specific about your customers. If you are starting a media company, then specify whether it would cater specifically to men, women or would it be a conventional media company, or even a news portal. Similarly, if you are developing a CRM(customer relationship management) app, then ask yourself whether you would be targeting big established chains or the main street dealers. For a business to be successful, you should know all about its potential customers, because, in the end, it is them who you are catering to 2. What Exactly Does Your Customer Need? This is one of the most important questions you need to answer before embarking on the journey of starting a business. In most cases, this question is what gives you an idea about your startup. You need to know what exactly is your customer's problem that your service or product would solve. You need to identify if it is a need or a want. For instance, let's take an example of Elon Musk's startup journey. He started an online payment company X.com, which later became Paypal and made the process of transacting money hassle-free. He now heads The Boring Company, which is focusing on making travel easier for the public. He identified a problem and started creating solutions. 3. Are Your Customers Already Addressing That Need? If Yes, Then How So? ©agilecrm It is basic common sense to ask yourself this question in order to provide your customers with a better solution. You cannot simply assume that your customers are not addressing this need today. They might be doing it, even though with a less efficient method. Before we had subscription services like Netflix, people used to, and a majority of people still have a cable connection or a dish service. So, assume that a solution is already there and people are using it. You simply need to know if you can make it better. 4. What Is Your Product/Service? This one is a bit tricky as it needs simplification. As Albert Einstein said, “If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself.” Well, you might not need to explain your plan to a six-year-old in this case, but certainly to adults who have no idea of your domain. Many a time, people have no idea of what it is that you are providing. Is it a service, a product or a combination of both? Run your product description by people you know and get their feedback. How will people buy your product if they do not know that they need it? 5. How Will Your Customers Benefit From This Product/Service? ©Thinkstock This is a crucial question that an entrepreneur or a business person often comes across. There are chances that you get swept away by the sheer brilliance of your product idea, that you don't stop to think if people need it or not. If your customers won't benefit from it, then maybe you need to rethink your business plan. Asking yourself tough questions like this will help you build a stronger business plan with more chances of success
  18. Since you're here, I'm going to take it for granted that you've seen Avengers: Infinity War and not worry about giving out spoilers. If you still haven't seen it, this is your last warning. Major spoilers ahead. What's the first thing you felt when the movie finished? Confusion, right? What just happened, man? Finally, Marvel gave us something to do while waiting for the post-credit scene. A thousand questions and no answers. Well, we're going to try and fix that. First, the deaths. Heimdall, Loki, Gamora and Vision are the ones who died before Thanos had all 6 Infinity Stones. After snapping his fingers, the ones who disintegrated on-screen are The Winter Soldier, Black Panther, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Star-Lord, Drax, Groot, Mantis, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, and if you stuck around for the post-credits scene (Who didn't!?!) Maria Hill and Nick Fury. Why have I listed the deaths separately? Well, because it's most likely Marvel is going to treat them separately. This is speculation, though. So, what happened? Well, the moment Thanos got all six Infinity Stones Thor attacked him with the Stormbreaker and then stabbed him in the chest. That's when Thanos said, “you should have gone for the head.” A few seconds later, he snapped his fingers and teleported away. That's when people started disintegrating left, right and center. Exactly half the universe to be precise. That's what his master plan was all along. To kill off half the universe so that the other half would prosper. Kind of anticlimactic isn't it? There's no war, no resistance, no anticipation, no nothing. Just snap and gone. One of the biggest problems some people are having with this ending is that there's no ex-machina moment. There's no superhero saves the day moment. There's no happy ending. Yeah, it may not be happy, but it's apt. Now, that you know what just happened, let's address another big problem that Marvel just created for itself. How does Marvel fix all this in Avengers 4? They only have two options from the looks of it. First, they will go the way of the comics and everyone comes back to life. The problem here is that if they do that then 'Avengers: Infinity War' becomes one giant waste of time. It will be like everything that happened in this movie is inconsequential. What's the point of the movie then except being a giant cash grab? This is why there is a need for an option two. Let's look at some real world problems now. Hollywood is not like the minds of a comic book writer. They still have the freedom to do whatever they want with the characters, but the actors playing them? Not that simple. Chris Evans looks like he's happy leaving Captain America behind and there's no news on whether Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Hemsworth have new contracts. On the flip side, we already know that there's news of a Spider-Man 2, Guardians Of The Galaxy 3, Black Panther 2 and Dr. Strange 2 floating around irrespective of how much Marvel tries to keep things under wraps till Avengers 4. So, while they can ask us to expect the unexpected, there are a few things we kind of already know. As for option 2, it will need to be something we've never seen before. We know that Captain Marvel is going to get thrown into the mix. Even Adam Warlock might have a role to play. The characters getting solo movies after Avengers 4 will have to be brought back and as for the rest, they could either be replaced or given a hero's send-off. It will be painful to see an MCU without Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. either way. Will Avengers 4 prove that Infinity War was nothing but filler before we get the main movie or will it tie every loose end up neatly? We'll just have to wait and see.
  19. B-town is a big-fat family where everyone, in one way or the other, is related to each other. Be it in terms of being supportive while promoting a film, or appreciating someone when they win an award, or when their movie does wonders at the box office. Being united is one thing that runs in the industry. When things go South, you will often see people coming together and standing strong, keeping their differences aside. That's how strong the bond goes. So, now that we know all about the brotherhood, would you be surprised if we tell you that Chopras and Johars are actually connected. And when we say they are connected, it doesn't mean that they work in the same industry, it's more of a family connection. Or what if we tell you, Pakistani actor, Ali Zafar shares a family relation with Bollywood's Mr.Perfectionist Aamir Khan? Well, Nepotism has been the talk of the town for years now. We know all about those relations which have been direct and in front of us, but there are many relations and connections which have gone unnoticed because many of us had no idea about it. Today, we bring you a list of celebrities who are related to each other by blood and you were clueless about it. Presenting you the big family tree of the tinsel town. 1. Sonam Kapoor and Ranveer Singh (c) Twitter This news means we might never see them romancing onscreen together. Let's tell you that Sonam Kapoor and Ranveer Singh are maternal cousins. How? Ranveer's 'dadi' and Sonam's 'nani' are real sisters. Now you know why Ranveer and Arjun are so close to each other. Bros for life! 2. Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar (c) Twitter We knew the two families have been best friends for ages. Yash Johar and Yash Chopra were best buddies but there is a bit more to this relation. KJo's mom Hiroo Johar is actually Yash Chopra's sister. Now we know why KJo was first seen in DDLJ. 3. Shabana Azmi and Tabu (c) Twitter They are the two most talented actors Bollywood has ever seen, but did you know Tabu's father Jamal Hashmi is Shabana Azmi's brother? Acting is in their blood! 4. Ali Zafar and Aamir Khan (c) Twitter Aamir never knew about this relationship until Ali pointed it out. Ali Zafar's wife Ayesha Fazli is Aamir Khan's distant cousin. 5. Shraddha Kapoor and Lata Mangeshkar (c) Twitter You always wondered how could Shraddha Kapoor sing? Now you know! Shraddha's grandfather is Lataji's cousin. 6. Rani Mukerji and Simi Garewal (c) Twitter Isn't that cool? Simi Garewal's mom Drashti and Aditya Chopra's mom Pamela Chopra are sisters, which makes Adi and Simi cousins and Rani her Sister-in-Law. 7. Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, and Farah Khan, Sajid Khan (c) Twitter They always had a rapport, didn't they? Farhan Akhtar's mom has two sisters – Maneka Irani and Honey. Farah and Sajid are kids from the first, that's how they are connected. 8. Guru Dutt and Amrita Rao (c) Twitter Amrita only got to know that she was related to the legendary actor after a very long time. Her grandfather and Guru were second cousins. 9. Ramanand Sagar and Vidhu Vinod Chopra (c) Twitter Well not real but half brothers, Ramanand Sagar's dad D.N. Chopra got married to Chopra's mother after his first wife passed away. 10. Aditi Rao Hydari and Kiran Rao (c) Twitter Aditi's 'nana', the King of Wanaparthy, JP Rao, was the actually Kiran's 'dada'. This makes them the first cousins. 11. Prem Chopra and Sharman Joshi (c) Twitter Married to Prem Chopra's daughter Prerana, Sharman Joshi is the son-in-law of the legendary actor. And you might not know it but Rohit Roy's wife is Manasi Joshi, who is Sharman's sister. 12. Kunal Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan (c) Twitter Married to Amitabh Bachchan's niece Naina Bachchan (daughter of Big B's younger brother Ajitabh), Kunal is closely related to the Bachchan's now. 13. Mani Ratnam and Kamal Haasan (c) Twitter How are these two talented people related? Mani Ratnam is Kamal Haasan's younger brother Charuhasan's son-in-law. 14. Armaan Malik and Anu Malik (c) Twitter Straight and simple they share 'chacha-bhatija' relationship. Armaan's dad Daboo Malik and Anu Malik are brothers. One writes amazing lyrics and other sings in a manner that touches your soul. 15. Kajol, Ayan Mukerji, and Sharbani Mukherjee (c) Twitter Kajol's father Shomu Mukherjee, Ayan's father Deb and Sharbani's father Rono are all real brothers. This makes the Mukherjee family, a big one, including the three cousins! Also, this automatically makes Rani Mukherjee related to Aryan as well. Would it be great to see Ayan casting and directing his sister? 16. Sussanne Khan and DJ Aqeel (c) Twitter Sussanne Khan has two sisters – Farah Khan Ali and Simone Arora. And the famous DJ Aqeel Ali is married to Farah Ali Khan. 17. Alia Bhatt and Emraan Hashmi (c) Twitter You might already know this but let's refresh your memory. Emraan's mother is Mahesh Bhatt's cousin sister, which simply makes the filmmaker his Mama. Too much Bollywood right? 18. Ekta Kapoor-Tusshar Kapoor & Abhishek Kapoor (c) Twitter These three are the first cousins as Ekta and Tusshar Kapoor's dad Jeetendra and Abhishek's mom are siblings.
  20. Rajkummar Rao always manages to steal the limelight with the kind of power packed performances he gives. The stellar actor is probably one of the brightest stars in Bollywood and while we are eagerly awaiting his upcoming movie 'Omerta', he is currently shooting for 'Stree' in Bhopal with Shraddha Kapoor. But..... what's the title? Readings with the absolutely fantastic @rajkummar_rao Horror-comedy time! ð» A post shared by Shraddha (@shraddhakapoor) on Jan 8, 2018 at 3:59am PST Probably as a bonding activity, both Rajkummar and Shraddha have been sharing videos of them having impromptu karaoke sessions. There's a recent video which she shared that has them crooning the 'Dil Se' title track and dancing along with it. @rajkummar_rao #STREE A post shared by Shraddha (@shraddhakapoor) on Mar 27, 2018 at 12:21pm PDT It's fun to get a peek inside the lives of our favourite celebs letting their hair down and also, we are totally stealing this idea of karaoke with friends for the long weekend!
  21. Inna Vladimirskaya is a brave woman. The 32-year-old Ukranian goes skinny dipping in freezing temperatures in one of the coldest rivers in Europe. That's not all, she runs naked in the snow before the dip in Dnieper River in Ukraine, which sees temperatures as low as -9C. ÐевоÑки, вÑем пÑивеÑ! ÐавÑÑа воÑкÑеÑенÑе и Ñ Ð½Ð°Ñ «Ðимний плÑж»âï¸ðð¼âï¸ðð¼âï¸. ÐакалÑем ÑÐµÐ±Ñ Ð»ÑбимÑÑ. ÐÑпаемÑÑ Ð² пÑоÑÑби ð ÐÑо еÑÑ ÑоÑÐµÑ Ð¿ÑиÑоединиÑÑÑÑ- пиÑиÑе в ÐиÑекÑ, Ð´Ð¾Ð±Ð°Ð²Ð»Ñ Ð² гÑÑÐ¿Ð¿Ñ ÐайбеÑ, где вÑегда еÑÑÑ Ð²ÑÐµÐ¼Ñ Ð¸ меÑÑо вÑÑÑеÑиð. . . . . . . . #зимнийплÑж #моÑжи #моÑжÑÑ #иннавладимиÑÑÐºÐ°Ñ #гидÑопаÑк #пÑоÑÑÐ±Ñ A post shared by Inna Vladimirskaya (@innuskavladimirskaya) on Dec 23, 2017 at 9:47am PST While the freezing temperatures are enough to make our hair stand, Inna has been religiously doing it for the past 9 years. She claims it helps her stay young and healthy. “Immersion in cold water makes the blood rush to the internal organs, activating their circulation, which helps break down fat and improve muscle tone. It also helps beat muscle and joint pain and rejuvenates my skin, because of the increase in oxygen supply to it,” she told Daily Mail. ÐевÑоноÑки, завÑÑа оÑиÑиалÑно оÑкÑÑÐ²Ð°Ñ «Ðимний плÑж». âï¸âï¸âï¸ÐкÑнаÑÑÑ Ð² пÑоÑÑбÑ, коÑоÑой еÑÑ Ð½ÐµÑð¤£ð. ÐаÑо еÑÑÑ Ð²Ð¾Ð´Ð° и она оÑÐµÐ½Ñ Ð¿Ð¾Ð´ÑодÑÑÐ°Ñ Ð´Ð°Ð¶Ðµ Ð´Ð»Ñ Ð½Ð°ÑинаÑÑÐ¸Ñ Ð½Ð¾Ð²Ð¸Ñков.ðð¼âï¸ Ð£ Ð½Ð°Ñ ÐµÑÑÑ Ð³ÑÑппа в ÐайбеÑе, где Ð¼Ñ Ð²Ñегда договаÑиваемÑÑ ÑÑо где когда... ХоÑиÑе Ñоже в ней ÑоÑÑоÑÑÑ - пиÑиÑе Ñвой ÑелеÑон в #диÑÐµÐºÑ . . . . . . .ðð¼ðð¼ #Ðиев ÐÑо оÑÐµÐ½Ñ ÑоÑел и Ñже гоÑов - пÑиÑоединÑйÑÑ Ðº Ð´Ð²Ð¸Ð¶ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ñ #ÐÐÐ . ÐÑо давно кÑпаеÑÑÑ, но один и ÑоÑÐµÑ Ð² ÐºÐ¾Ð¼Ð¿Ð°Ð½Ð¸Ñ - подклÑÑайÑеÑÑ. ÐÑ ÐºÑпаемÑÑ Ð² #ÐидÑопаÑке по воÑкÑеÑенÑÑм. ÐÑÐµÐ¼Ñ Ð¸ меÑÑо ÑообÑÐ°Ñ Ð² #диÑÐµÐºÑ . . . . . . . âð¼âð¼âð¼ÐеÑÑ Ð¸Ð½ÑÑÑÑкÑаж ÑаÑÑÐºÐ°Ð¶Ñ Ð½Ð° беÑегÑð . . . . . . . #Ñ #моÑж #моÑжÑем #зож #закалÑÑÑÑ #здоÑовÑе #кÑаÑивоеÑело #кожа #ÑпÑÑгоÑÑÑ #девоÑки #девоÑкиÑакиедевоÑки #девÑÑки #ÑкÑаина #киев #зимнийплÑж #кÑаÑоÑа #Ñело #Ð¶Ð¸Ð·Ð½Ñ #иннавладимиÑÑÐºÐ°Ñ A post shared by Inna Vladimirskaya (@innuskavladimirskaya) on Dec 16, 2017 at 5:35am PST “I just make sure I don't stay in the water too long, and as soon as I am out I dry myself and go straight to my warm car,” she further said. While we are tempted to dismiss the freezing routine as a way of staying fit and young, her pictures are doing much to convince us it works. Photographer: magazine XXL Model: @innuskavladimirskaya #foto #ÑоÑоÑеÑÑÐ¸Ñ #photo #photography #photographer #photographyart #artphoto #artnude #arterotica #erotic #nude #model #photoshoot #photosession #иннавладимиÑÑÐºÐ°Ñ #Ð¼Ð¾Ð´ÐµÐ»Ñ #киев #ÑамÑи #thailand #models #bangkok #ÑоÑÐ¾Ð¼Ð¾Ð´ÐµÐ»Ñ #naked #nude #xxl #fashionphoto #fashionmodel #ÑоÑогÑаÑкиев A post shared by Inna Vladimirskaya (@innuskavladimirskaya) on Feb 16, 2018 at 4:26am PST If you can look like that at 32, maybe the cold really does wonders to the body ÐÑÑзÑÑ, ÑоÑÑ Ð¿ÑоÑÑниÑÑ Ð½ÐµÐºÐ¾Ðµ видение! . ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ÐдеÑÑ Ð² ÐнÑÑÑагÑам, и в дÑÑÐ³Ð¸Ñ ÑÐ²Ð¾Ð¸Ñ ÑеÑÑÑ Ð¤Ð, ÐÐ Ñ ÑÑанÑлиÑÑÑ ÑеÑез ÑÐµÐ±Ñ Ð¸Ð½ÑоÑмаÑиÑ, некÑÑ ÑÐ²Ð¾Ñ ÑилоÑоÑиÑ, ÑложивÑÑÑÑÑ Ð½Ð° базе ÑÐµÑ Ð·Ð½Ð°Ð½Ð¸Ð¹, коÑоÑÑе Ñ Ð¿Ð¾Ð»ÑÑила и полÑÑÐ°Ñ Ð¾Ñ ÑÑиÑелей, коÑоÑÑÑ Ð²ÑÑÑеÑÐ°Ñ Ð½Ð° ÑвоÑм пÑÑи, Ð¾Ñ Ð¿Ñоводников ÐиÑа Ñего. ÐоÑÐµÐ¼Ñ Ñ Ð³Ð¾Ð²Ð¾ÑÑ ÑÐ²Ð¾Ñ ÑилоÑоÑиÑ? 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РваÑи поÑледоваÑели Ñвоим и Ñак далее.....ÐÑÑÑÑаиваеÑÑÑ ÑеÑка из иÑÑоÑников инÑоÑмаÑии. ððÐÑем ÐиÑа и ÐобÑаð¹ A post shared by Inna Vladimirskaya (@innuskavladimirskaya) on Oct 10, 2017 at 12:50pm PDT We're sure snow just melts on that body ð¦Ð£Ð»ÐµÑела ð« ÐÑÐ´Ñ ÑкÑÑаÑÑ ð¥ð Тайланд вÑÑÑеÑайðð ð´ð¥¥ Photograph: @olgapolozova_photographer #иннавладимиÑÑÐºÐ°Ñ #коÑÑ #lifestyle #lifecoach #женÑÑвенноÑÑÑ #ÑеабилиÑаÑиÑÑекÑÑалÑноÑÑи #Ñайланд #ÑамÑи #ждÑÑÐ¼ÐµÐ½Ñ A post shared by Inna Vladimirskaya (@innuskavladimirskaya) on Jan 11, 2018 at 2:39am PST Now we know why Ukrainian women are so pretty ð¦Ð£Ð»ÐµÑела ð« ÐÑÐ´Ñ ÑкÑÑаÑÑ ð¥ð Тайланд вÑÑÑеÑайðð ð´ð¥¥ Photograph: @olgapolozova_photographer #иннавладимиÑÑÐºÐ°Ñ #коÑÑ #lifestyle #lifecoach #женÑÑвенноÑÑÑ #ÑеабилиÑаÑиÑÑекÑÑалÑноÑÑи #Ñайланд #ÑамÑи #ждÑÑÐ¼ÐµÐ½Ñ A post shared by Inna Vladimirskaya (@innuskavladimirskaya) on Jan 11, 2018 at 2:39am PST No need for a water heater for this one ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸Ph.: @bogdan.gudak Md.: @innuskavladimirskaya Loc.: @rimsky_hall #foto #ÑоÑоÑеÑÑÐ¸Ñ #photo #photography #photographer #photographyart #artphoto #artnude #arterotica #erotic #nude #model #photoshoot #photosession #иннавладимиÑÑÐºÐ°Ñ #Ð¼Ð¾Ð´ÐµÐ»Ñ #киев #ÑамÑи #thailand #models #bangkok #ÑоÑÐ¾Ð¼Ð¾Ð´ÐµÐ»Ñ #naked #nude #artphoto #modelmagazine A post shared by Inna Vladimirskaya (@innuskavladimirskaya) on Feb 17, 2018 at 1:40am PST We suspect all the water in the bathtub just evaporated ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸ð¸Ph.: @bogdan.gudak Md.: @innuskavladimirskaya Loc.: @rimsky_hall #foto #ÑоÑоÑеÑÑÐ¸Ñ #photo #photography #photographer #photographyart #artphoto #artnude #arterotica #erotic #nude #model #photoshoot #photosession #иннавладимиÑÑÐºÐ°Ñ #Ð¼Ð¾Ð´ÐµÐ»Ñ #киев #ÑамÑи #thailand #models #bangkok #ÑоÑÐ¾Ð¼Ð¾Ð´ÐµÐ»Ñ #naked #nude #artphoto #modelmagazine A post shared by Inna Vladimirskaya (@innuskavladimirskaya) on Feb 17, 2018 at 1:40am PST Can you feel the nip in the air?
  22. To fall in love is one of life's greatest pleasures. Few things come as close as the feeling of being in love with someone; knowing that there is that one person who loves you for who you are and believes in you, even when you forget to. Before you know it, the nights of uninterrupted late texting have soon turned into countless dates and then it's just impossible to be apart. Not only are you constantly thinking of them but are also devising ways to be with them. Because, why really would you want to be alone, when you can be with someone who sucks the cynicism out of you? But for all its unbridled joys, falling in love is also one of the most mind-numbingly crushing things that can happen to you. Being in love means giving someone the power to know you and hurt you, but trusting them enough to not break your heart. And, while, most of us have had our fair share of heartbreaks, if we're lucky, we ultimately end up meeting the person who makes the dangerous freefall of love worth it. But, sometimes, more often not, we end up being the worst enemies of our love lives by embracing a habit so addictive, that it's tough to let go of: falling in love with the idea of someone. © Unsplash It happens just like love. The idea of someone comes into your life unexpectedly and ends up making a permanent residence in your head and heart. It'll start off small; by conjuring up the best version of the person you want to spend your life with on a lazy afternoon. First you'll think of how tall he'll be, how his broad shoulders will always be there when you need a confidante and how the relationship will shape up beautifully because of these virtues. Soon enough, more ideas will start taking shape and before you know it, you'll have a ready reckoner for all the qualities you ultimately want in that someone. Sometimes, in our loneliness, we clutch on to these ideas so hard that it blinds our reasoning abilities. By letting it dominate and be an active participant in our love life, we commit an erroneous sin to ourselves and to our partners. Let's face it, no matter how perfect our partners are, they will never be able to match up to the ideas and expectations we have of them in our heads. But, the question is, do they need to? Do they really have to be the mirror image of what our “dream soulmate” looks like? Why can't they just be a nice, kind soul who teaches us all the good things in life? Is that not enough? Why just we get angry or upset whenever they fail to live up to the idea we've created of them in our heads? © Unsplash For one, it's gloriously unfair; both to us, for making ourselves miserable for no reason and to our partners, for being punished with our gnawing resentment for no fault of theirs. Think about all the time you've gotten angry just because they acted in a way that wasn't wrong, but wasn't just as per the expectations your head tells you to anticipate. Imagine how hard it must have been on them, not knowing what they're doing wrong, and clueless about how to be better. The other thing we usually don't realise in our perfection induced haze is that real life is nothing like the movies. Granted, in the movies, a Simran will always end up with her Raj who will fight with everyone to be here, extend his hands just the way she wants and enough to make her want to come running and fall into his arms. He will also be the literal extension of the man she imagined in our head, and always keep her happy. They will hardly fight and will live their happily ever after, giving the whole world #couplegoals and a fresh dose of anxiety. But you know what? This sort of flawless companionship is a waste in the real life, when you're brave enough to open your soul to a real, living, breathing person. Expecting our partners to be 100% perfect is not just Yash Raj appreciation level ridiculous, but also incredibly cowardly. The true challenge of being with someone is accepting them just the way they are- (Thanks Bruno Mars for the tip) the good, bad and ugly. Falling in love with someone includes falling in love with their flaws and honing the parts of themselves they don't like much or aren't proud of. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Wanting them to be the exact replica of the person we imagine them to be in our heads, is like wanting a person made up with all the good qualities in the world. It means denying the fact that we're human and we're made up of as many flaws as lovable qualities. Wanting the fictional person you have conjured up in your head then, means slowly destroying a real relationship that could give you a future with boundless possibilities. There is nothing dangerous and saddening than that. So the next time your partner ends up revealing a major flaw in front of you, embrace it, instead of wishing they'd turn into the person you fell in love with in your head. After all, what is love without some compromising? Moreover, aren't they also choosing the imperfect you over their version of you?
  23. Nobel Prize laureate and social activist Malala Yousafzai will be speaking shortly at the World Economic Forum in a session titled 'An Insight, An Idea with Malala Yousafzai' which will focus on how education and empowerment can help to realize our human and economic potential towards a shared future. The Nobel Peace Prize winner will talk about her journey of standing up for education as a basic right for every girl. The WEF is currently being held in Davos with celebrities, politicians, journalists, businessmen among others attending it. The Pakistani education activist came to prominence when a Taliban gunman shot her in the head in 2012 as she was leaving school in Pakistan's Swat Valley, north-west of the country's capital Islamabad. She was targeted for her campaign against efforts by the Taliban to deny women education. At 19, Yousafzai is the youngest Messenger of Peace, the highest honour given by the United Nations for an initial period of two years. She was also the youngest person to win the Nobel peace prize in 2014 when she was 17.
  24. If you have watched 'The Social Network' that traced the origins and the back story of everyone's favourite Facebook, then you'd recognise the twins who sued Zuckerberg for stealing their idea of a social media platform. Rings a bell? They are making headlines again and this time it has got nothing to do with Zuckerberg actually. The Winklevoss twins have been declared the world's first bitcoin billionaires. © Twitter The bitcoin bubble and the world of the cryptocurrency is full of dark secrets, but it is no secret that people are minting money from this investment. The twins invested their settlement money and invested around $11m (£8m) bet on the cryptocurrency four years ago. Their combined worth is now more than a whopping $1bn! Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss attended Harvard together and claimed that Zuckerberg stole their idea of 'Harvard Connect' which went up to becoming Facebook. The twins have even represented the US in rowing in the Beijing Olympics. © Twitter Their billionaire status is being debated on the internet as many believe that they already exist. I'm positive that there are several billionaire #bitcoin holders but The Telegraph reports Winklevoss twins have become first bitcoin billionaires. pic.twitter.com/J92cICJLd3 — Joseph Young (@iamjosephyoung) December 3, 2017 However, they are surely the first 'known' bitcoin billionaires in the public eye. With their current growth, they are estimated to get richer that Zuckerberg! But that is a risky affair though.
  25. Swipe right, then swipe left, swipe right and then perhaps left again at every (un)attractive man who claims to be a 'sapiosexual' or a self proclaimed 'gym/fitness freak'. This activity was becoming too recreational for me after a heavy day of work, post a bad break up. It had been a while since the great 'paradigm shift' in my life and I wasn't getting any younger (or so I thought) and I took to online dating like how Piranhas take to flesh (for the lack of a better analogy). Days tuned to nights but the swipes just remained in the realms of virtuality, like that was their rightful place. © Thinkstock/Getty Images I am an old school romantic and I believe the current dating trend is ruining our chances of finding 'everlasting love'. There is a sudden urgency to get someplace in life and move on to associations with one swipe and forget everything else love stood for in that mere moment. It was all alien to me but as I mentioned before I took to a particular dating app quite relentlessly where the success rate for the app was determined by how attractive people looked in their pictures. I also realised people who were a bit too callous in their usage of colloquial English had super chances of 'hooking up'. So words like romance, everlasting or even love for that matter, didn't fathom in their virtual dictionary. It all boiled down to a fast-paced association and I began to see why our generation lacks the semblance of unconditional love and romance altogether. © Thinkstock/Getty Images I am a product of some tough everlasting love. My parents met in another city where dating was seen as a forlorn endeavour and matrimonial advances were at its peak. There was literally no 'let's go grab a few drinks' kinda scenario. If you like the girl, you take her home and make babies with her. A bit rebellious in her belief, my mother was a staunch and independent romantic at heart and certainly wanted her part of the bargain to be played right. But before she could enter this vicious gambit, my father took one look at her and fell head over heels in love. There was no looking back from there. They long distanced their way through the relationship, by making STD calls to each other every week and within three months, they were happily married. © Thinkstock/Getty Images The struggle was still real when they got married. My dad took upon an offshore job and was away most times while my mother spent her time writing letters to him about her life back home. The letters became a real source of inspiration for me and I grew up trying to preserve the sanctity of 'everlasting love'. Today, 35 years later after my parents first met, I am still trying to gather a sense of romance that has now ceased to exist. The hope to meet men organically is slowly diminishing and apps are still showing their keen existence on my phone. I sometimes feel jaded knowing that love has become too cavalier for our generation and everything is based out of an option, while dismissing and dispensing the one at hand, in a matter of a minute or a snap judgement. We don't seek love anymore, we seek an alternative to something we give up on; to satisfy the empty and hollow egos we feed through these dating apps. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Dating apps are now dark and dingy spaces where we venture to seek quick validations about the illusion we create for the world outside of our sphere. This may fill the spontaneous void we create within ourselves but in the long haul, we're always going to be lurking behind thick ghastly shadows of unfulfilling associations. Meanwhile, these apps serve as good fodder for a boring dull weekend and half baked indulgence and are here to stay for sure. But I hope and pray there will be a time where we will let go of these apps from our phones one day and maybe, just maybe fall in love organically and stay there forever, just like how the generation before us did.
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