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  1. If you looked around you right now, no matter where you are, there is a possibility that every third person you set your eyes on could be sporting spectacles. Yeah, some of those are prescribed glasses, others are mere fashion accessories, while some are wearing them merely to save their eyes from the 8-hour-long scare that awaits them day after day at work. Eyewear has been a raging fashion trend for the past couple of seasons as it is, but over the years, the aam aadmi has also been experimenting with his eyewear designs. This growing rage and a potential for a lucrative business in the optical industry was spotted by an electrical engineer working with Microsoft, of all people. © MensXP A need to build something of his own and a passion to be at the top in whatever he did, this is the story of Peyush Bansal who gave India its leading online eyewear portal - which has since changed how Indians take care of their eyes. An electrical engineer in IT, Control and Automation by degree, from McGill University in Canada, Peyush found himself in a happy position after completing his engineering degree when he landed a fancy job with Microsoft in the US after many failures and retakes. However, within a year of being there, and regardless of the great time he was having at the firm, Peyush decided to follow his heart's calling. He came back to India to pursue his MBA from IIM Bangalore. It was around this time that he launched his company Valyoo Technologies with SearchMyCampus as his first business. © MensXP SearchMyCampus was an online classifieds website specifically meant for students and covered everything from accommodation to books, part-time jobs, carpool facilities, internships, besides a lot more. It became a huge hit and motivated Peyush to explore the e-com space further. That's how he launched Flyrr.com which focused on the eyewear industry in the US. It was the success of this venture that finally pushed Peyush to redirect his attention towards the need to solve bigger, more pertinent issues that affected people on a personal level. That's when the alarming figures of the optical industry in India caught his attention. Peyush found out that around 600-700 million Indians needed spectacles, out of which only 170 million used any. With this data to fall back on and a desire to alleviate the consumer problems in sight, Peyush finally launched Lenskart in 2010. © MensXP Peyush went on to establish one of India's most successful online eyewear portal with an enviable product range that includes spectacles, sunglasses, contact lenses and even at-home eye check-ups for those who can't but wish to enjoy the best quality services and affordable prices.Peyush aims to conquer 50 per cent of the Indian market where half of India forms its consumer base. Move to 2018, and today they sell over 300,000 spectacles a month, with a 1000 crore annual turnover. © MensXP People, young and old know the name of his company and the valuable services they provide. Apart from quality goods, Lenskart today stands synonymous to great customer support, and this aspect about the company has its customers hooked. Hear it from the man himself, as he talks to MensXP about his riveting journey from being an engineer to being the mastermind behind India's favourite online eyewear portal, and how it feels to be a global name in the industry.
  2. Over the last few years, OnePlus has established a very solid timeline for its products. The OnePlus N launches in May next year, followed by the T-version around November. Every launch is followed by a limited edition variant, and with every co-branded partnership, we feel OnePlus has reached the ceiling in terms of design. © Twitter/MKBHD But each time, the company surprises us. The Red OnePlus 5T, Silk White OnePlus 6, Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T, and now the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. Not only does the McLaren Edition looks different, but it also brings in a host of minor improvements that make the already fast phone, Formula 1 fast. © OnePlus Beneath the glass body is a carbon fibre pattern on the rear and the bottom back edges have McLaren Papaya Orange colour accent. The retail packaging of the phone too has been completely revamped and features the McLaren Logo, also called the Speedmark. It is built out of McLaren designed F1 AA-grade carbon fibre, the same material that actually goes into making a Formula 1 car. The phone's RAM has been bumped to 10GB, and charges via Warp Charge 30 technology. The 30 here means the battery can support fast charging up to 30W and can provide a full day's charge in just 20 minutes. The software has also been slightly tweaked to have a black and orange theme along with a special animation while unlocking the phone. © OnePlus The phone comes along with special orange and black USB-C cable and headphone dongle, a McLaren branded mobile cover and a book about McLaren's history in racing. Using the McLaren AR application, you can see the images of the book come to life along with a video gallery from OnePlus and McLaren. All other specifications of the phone remain same as the standard OnePlus 6T. It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset. On the rear is a 16+20-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. The device sports an in-display fingerprint sensor and OnePlus says that it can unlock the phone in 0.34 seconds and also gets faster over time. © OnePlus The phone has been priced at Rs 50,999 in India and will be going up on sale from 13th December. The phone is also being launched in other international markets like China, South-East Asia, and the Nordic region.
  3. After a disappointing bronze-medal finish at the Asian Games in September, the Indian hockey fans hoped for a much-improved performance from the men's team ahead of the coveted Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. And, if anyone has followed the journey of Harendra Singh-coached side so far in the tournament, they'd agree that the 'Men in Blue' are eager to make a mark in front of the home crowd. The Manpreet Singh-led team made their intentions clear after blanking South Africa 5-0 in their opening match. And then, they produced a spirited performance in the dogged encounter against World No. 3 Belgium to snatch a crucial 2-2 draw. Their final pool game saw the hosts thumping five goals past the Canadians to secure direct qualification for the quarterfinals where they now await mighty Dutchmen in what is arguably their biggest test in the tournament so far. For a team, whose coach had already claimed that his side will secure a podium finish in the sport's biggest event, India, so far, have checked all the boxes. But, what really differentiates this Indian team from its predecessors is the way it managed to turn things around during a match, snatch momentum and get right back on top - something that has allowed the home fans to expect bigger and greater things from them in the coveted tournament. © Twitter/@TheHockeyIndia But, while the Indian team has elated the fans with some sublime performances in the tournament, some senior players, reportedly, drew flak from one of the top Hockey India (HI) officials on 11th December. During the crossover match between Netherlands and Canada - where the Dutch side secured a 5-0 triumph, the HI official in question humiliated some senior Indian players in front of general public and former greats. According to the TOI report, the official lashed out at the Indian players after watching them sign autographs and take selfies with fans in the VIP lounge of the Kalinga stadium. "The official paced towards the player and yelled 'get out of here' in front of all the guests, including former greats and legends from India and other countries," a former India player, who was present at the scene, was quoted as saying by TOI. "That's not how you treat national players. We give our heart and soul for the country and this is what we get," he added. © Twitter/@TheHockeyIndia As per the tournament guidelines, the players are not allowed to enter the VIP lounge. Thus, the Indian players being there was wrong in the first place, but there is no doubt that the matter could've been handled in a better manner. Speaking on the breach of protocols, the former Indian player said: "Even if that's the case, there's a way to send the message across. Embarrassing senior players in front of everybody, in public, is unacceptable". "Why was a certain member of the Indian support staff not asked to leave during the past few days that he (HI official) has been here?" the former Indian hockey player asked.
  4. I watched most of India's batting on the 3rd day after waking up early on Saturday morning to do so. When I went to sleep on Friday night, I feared that Australia might still be batting, with Mitchell Starc and Travis Head doing their best impression of Jason Gillespie and Steve Waugh. But India earned lead of 15, which, from 127/6 still mean that the last 4 Australian wickets added 108. Murali Vijay played as though he knows he is keeping the spot warm for Prithvi Shaw. KL Rahul played like a left-wing legislator who, having come through a surprisingly close challenge in an election, votes and speaks as though he's determined never again to be challenged on the basis of not being left-wing enough. Rahul spent much of the series in England speculating hopelessly outside off stump while the ball moved extravagantly off the pitch. At the Oval he turned the tables on that area outside the off stump, slaughtering most deliveries hung out there by England's expectant seamers. He seems to have carried that vengeance with him to Australia. The Adelaide wicket has been cagey. Its not flat and its not a flier. There's always been a little bit for the bowlers off the pitch. Not enough to bother the player who is prepared to bide his time and play late. But enough to make the more cavalier style of batting a risky proposition. The outfield has been slower than any in recent memory anywhere in the world, testing patience even more than usual. Australia's right-arm seamers bowled well today. Mitchell Starc seems to be enervated by the pitch and looked well below his best. More than Cummins or Hazlewood, Starc appeared far more anxious about his choice of length. I haven't watch Ashwin bowl in this Test, but I did watch the superb Nathan Lyon. It took all of Cheteshwar Pujara's experience to keep him at bay. Pujara's batting against Lyon reminded me of his innings against Monty Panesar (especially) and Graeme Swann at the Wankhede stadium in 2012. Watching Pujara gets me thinking about transport. He runs between wickets like a large leisure boat. But more importantly, he bats like a train. He has his track and he sticks to it. Against Lyon, Pujara batted according the field set to him. Lyon consistently kept a slip and a two man leg-trap with a short-leg and leg-gully, but no silly mid-off. He bowled for the foot marks outside the right hander's off stump. Pujara kept kicking the ball away with the bat glued to the inside of the pad, drawing Lyon's line closer to his middle and leg-stump, at which point he would try to score into the leg side. Pujara's bat never advanced past the pad. He seemed absolutely confident that the ball was never hit the stumps from that line of attack. We know he was right because once, after Pujara had kicked the ball away after advancing a step down the pitch, the umpire gave the LBW to Lyon, only to have it reversed on review. Lyon might have moved that leg-slip to silly mid-off with some advantage. Pujara does not sweep or paddle, and the silly mid-off might have forced the batsman to change tracks. Australia defended deeper against Kohli. Nathan Lyon had a deep mid-wicket to Kohli for most of his innings. He also didn't have the leg-gully. Kohli played with the bat far more than Pujara. This meant that he would score more runs, especially into the off side, but it also meant that Lyon was offered both edges of Kohli's bat. With the wicket beginning to wear from nearly 120 overs from each end, the likelihood of the ball misbehaving out of the rough is improving steadily. Towards the end of the day, there was a break in play. Almost immediately after that, Kohli played at Lyon's stock ball to the right-hander with the bat well in front of the pad, and the catch popped up to Aaron Finch at short leg. For Lyon, it was a reward for some magnificent bowling. But I can't help wondering if he might have benefited more if he had not allowed Pujara to play him to a stalemate. Lyon could have gotten Pujara, but the batsman's methods ensured that the odds of this happening were minimized. It was a terrific session of play all in all. The match situation favors India, if only because Australia have to bat last, the wicket is beginning to wear and nobody has scored freely on this pitch.
  5. It's sad that history often finds itself buried under layers of dust. Time moves on and people forget. A true example of what I am talking about here is this book called 'Muscle Control And Barbell Exercise'. Before you think it's a western giving, let me tell you that it was written right here in India in 1930. Shocked, right? Yup, so was I. Soon I got hold of it and of course, I went through it. Here's why it's a gem of Indian bodybuilding history. Astounding Facts © Muscle control and Barbell Exercise The mere fact that this book was authored by two Indian men – Ghosh and Sen Gupta in the pre-independence era is enough to get the surprise going. India has a rich history of wrestling and other martial arts but who knew that we had thriving bodybuilders almost 100 years back?! Yes, this book is proof of the culture that nobody knew about. Indian bodybuilding history usually starts with Manohar Aich, the very first Mr. Universe from India. His bodybuilding legacy still inspires millions. This book was authored a good 25 years before the rise of Aich on the world bodybuilding arena and even served him as a guide. If this doesn't shock you, I don't what will. Bodybuilding Was A Western Giving. Or Was It? Now a lot of people can debate that East India Company officers bought bodybuilding to India. Well, we don't really know anything about it. What we very well know that this book was authored by two very-well-built and highly-educated-science-graduate- muscle heads. That's evident and can't be challenged. There was a small but highly enthusiastic bodybuilding that thrived here even 17 years before the birth of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the God of bodybuilding. This book alone challenges the notion that bodybuilding was a western giving. The Do-It-No-Matter-What Attitude It was 1930. Half the country struggled for Independence while the British were busy looting whatever was left. Safe to say, India was anything but prospering. So it's anybody's guess that what all equipment these bodybuilders would have had access to. No proper gymnasiums, make shift equipment, no books to read and no internet to find gurus. These guys still pushed ahead and built muscle. There's in fact a detailed chapter in the book about 'isolating thoughts from every distraction and focus on lifting'. Hands down, this is as raw as it can get. The Authors And Inspirations For Them This is Mr. K.C. Sen Gupta (B.A). He authored the Barbell training part of the book. © Muscle control and Barbell Exercise This is Mr. B.C Ghosh (B.Sc). He authored the muscle control part of the book. © Muscle control and Barbell Exercise By the looks of it, both were hardcore muscle-heads and packed on very good mass according to 1930 standards. Both the guys together travelled across Bengal and found that neither was there any awareness about muscle training and nor were any gyms. This is when they took it upon themselves to author this book. They Believed In Systematic And Scientific Approach To Muscle Growth These guys emphasized specially on something that's widely missing even today in the Indian bodybuilding culture: a science-based approach. There are stupid desi gurus everywhere! These guys were straight up scientists with their exercises. Even with food, they recommend eating 3-4 times a day to get bigger and get in more calories. Sleep was highly emphasized on for as they called 'the students of physical culture'. The things I read about posing and muscle control still apply to this day. Yes, everything you will read here is still practiced throughout the world in bits and pieces. With this article, I have put in my share of taking this incredible book to the Indian muscle and fitness heads. Here's the link here for all of you to read it! Share this article and play your part.
  6. Maximalism in fashion, right now, is what minimalism was 5 years ago. Just like the appeal of understated, muted subtlety captured the collective fancy of the fraternity half a decade back, today, everything seems to be about the rush associated with explosive detonations in terms of colours, patterns, and silhouettes. From neons to neoprenes, rebellious colours and materials are taking over mainstream wardrobes, and a new wave of extreme aesthetic is washing over everything that does not set itself apart, conspicuously so. Where does maximalism find its anchor, though? We set out to find this answer, and didn't have to venture too far. We found the flagbearers of maximalism right in and around Bollywood. Though it has spread far and wide, there are 3 names, who by themselves, are institutionalising the various nuances of maximalism as facets of mainstream fashion. 1. Ranveer Singh © Instagram/ranveersingh When it comes to the unusual, the gutsy, the blingy, the wild, to the outright bizarre in terms of men's fashion in India, who can possibly be a better icon than the man of the moment himself? From wearing ghagras to his own wedding to giving the bride a run for her money by wearing outfits that are just as intricate and statement-y, Ranveer is the epitome of unapologetically being true to the spirit of maximalism. © Instagram/ranveersingh © Instagram/ranveersingh His style statement is unique, not just because it stands apart in its own right, but also because it blends with his personality as effortlessly as Deepika's highlighter does with her cheekbones. Whatever he wears, he makes sure that he pulls it off without breaking a sweat - something most Bollywood biggies struggle with. © Instagram/ranveersingh © Instagram/ranveersingh 2. Karan Johar © Instagram/karanjohar KJo and drama always go hand in hand, and we're not just talking about his movies. When it comes to his dressing sense, it holds true to the T, and the candour with which he handles it makes it unique. Be it his multicoloured, bejewelled jackets and shirts to his limited edition Guccis and Balenciagas, Karan's wardrobe can be a case study in itself for a budding stylist who wants to specialize in maximalism. © Instagram/karanjohar © Instagram/karanjohar Anyone who follows him on Instagram is familiar with his hilarious 'Toodles' video series from IGT. What Kirron Kher candidly tells him about his clothes are something most Indians connect with in its rawest form, but the hilarity with which Karan counters those jabs is a testament to how he actually low key doesn't care about what the world thinks of his fashion sense - something that is an honest reflection of his confident personality as well. © Instagram/karanjohar © Instagram/karanjohar 3. Diljit Dosanjh © Instagram/diljitdosanjh When Diljit Dosanjh started off his career, perhaps no one ever thought that this quintessential 'Desi Munda' will one day become the face of everything hypebeast in the country. What is endearing about Diljit's fashion journey is that he wallows in the same wonder and sense of excitement about his sneakers and jackets while wearing them as his fans do. © Instagram/diljitdosanjh © Instagram/diljitdosanjh Whoever thought that the racy urban appeal of Balenciaga and Versace can never co-exist with the rustic charm of a talented young man from India who belts out Punjabi melodies while shaking a leg with Bhangra beats, needs to witness Diljit Dosanjh in his element. Isn't that what fashion is all about in the end, something that blurs boundaries and brings cultures together? Diljit Dosanjh © Instagram/diljitdosanjh Maximalism, we feel, is here to stay, not just because it is a conversation starter, but also because it reiterates the concept that men's fashion doesn't have to be necessarily muted, subtle, and understated - something that goes hand in hand with the evolving definition of healthy masculinity.
  7. Now that smartphones are capable of handling games with high fidelity graphics, smartphone companies are now looking to launch gaming-centric phones. PUBG Mobile has grown exponentially in the Indian subcontinent and the ROG smartphone is banking on its success. The ROG smartphone is India's first gaming smartphone that competes with the Razer Phone, Xiaomi's Black Shark and Nubia Red Magic. ROG © ASUS ROG stands for 'Republic of Gamers', a division in ASUS that makes high-end gaming PC components such as motherboards and cases. The company is now trying to replicate the same ethos on the ROG smartphone that has all the bells and whistles including RGB lighting. It has a very distinct aggressive look that screams 'Gamer smartphone' when you look at it from every angle. It has RBG lighting at the back that can be customised just like you would on a motherboard and has two USB Type-C ports for better functionality when gaming. Specifications The ASUS ROG smartphone has specs under the hood you would expect from a flagship smartphone. It as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor clocked at 2.96 GHz (the fastest speed-binned 845 SoC) and is coupled with 8GB of RAM. In terms of internal storage, the smartphone comes in one configuration for India i.e. 128GB. To back up these components, the ASUS ROG phone has a 4,000 mAh battery which is enough for mobile gaming and daily usage. The coolest feature of this smartphone is its display as it has a 6.0-inch AMOLED screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The cool part is that the screen has a refresh rate of 90Hz which is ideal for gamers who need that advantage while playing online shooters. Gaming Features And Accessories © BCCL To make things for gamers, ASUS ROG phone has air triggers on the body of the smartphone that acts as additional buttons. The ultrasonic touch sensors can be configured to specific keys in a game to perform certain actions. It basically acts as shoulder buttons i.e. L1/R1 you would see on PlayStation controllers. ASUS has also incorporated a GameCool vapour-chamber cooling system, to keep the innards cool when gaming. It comes with a detachable AeroActive Cooler for extra cooling in the ROG Phone. Other accessories include TwinView Dock for dual-screen handheld mode (works like Nintendo 3DS), a Mobile Desktop Dock for desktop-style gaming and a Gamevice controller. © BCCL The ROG Phone also has a specific gaming called the 'X mode'. When turned on, it basically boosts up the performance of the smartphone and hides all notification that may interrupt gameplay. It also pushes the clock speed on the processor for a smoother gaming experience. Pricing And Availability The ASUS ROG phone will retail in India for Rs 69,990 (8GB+128GB) and will be available exclusively via Flipkart. Accessories like the Professional Dock will be available at Rs 5,499, GameVice at Rs 5,999, TwinView Dock at Rs 21,999, Desktop Dock at Rs 12,999, and ROG Phone Case at Rs 2,499.
  8. Spotify is finally coming to India according to reports by Variety and Bloomberg. The story was confirmed by unnamed sources who detail that the streaming service has reached a settlement with major rights holders in India. It will enable the company to launch in the fastest growing music market in the world i.e. India, that has a population of 1.3 billion and potential 100 milling customers. Rumours suggest that Spotify will offer a trial period for full access which is normal than longer when compared to the company's 30-day period. Bloomberg notes that India's primary source for music streaming is YouTube and can be used for free. Spotify will face an uphill battle in India to make users pay for a streaming service. Spotify has faced major hurdles in getting music rights, as local record labels threatened the company from withholding rights as the company attempted to licence music directly from artists. These issues have now been resolved and Spotify will launch officially within the next six months. Spotify will also need to take various other languages into account before the launch. Spotify works with a credit card which only a small amount of the Indian population owns. It could also introduce gift cards in order to tackle this problem for Indian users. Spotify will be competing in India with other music streaming apps like Gaana, Saavn, Apple Music, Google Music, Youtube and Amazon Music. It indeed would be a massive opportunity for the company to launch in India, as the company's stock price is declining over the past three months and losing major money. Source: Variety
  9. That's right, 'Woken' Matt Hardy is coming to India for the first time from the 4th to the 7th of December 2018. We've loved the wrestler from the time when Team Xtreme took the tag team division by storm. Now, we get to see him in person. But, you don't have to take our word for it. Here's the 'Woken' one announcing his visit: View this post on Instagram NEVAH FORGET OUR MAGIC. #DELETERSofWORLDS A post shared by #WOKEN Matt Hardy (@matthardybrand) on Nov 19, 2018 at 2:23pm PST Coming face-to-face with a WWE superstar like Matt Hardy is a dream come true for many. He's one of the first names we remember from way back in the day. Yes, you have icons Stone Cold and the Rock. But, it's the rivalry between 'The Hardy Boyz' and 'The Dudley Boyz' that made for some of the greatest wrestling matches of the 1990's and early 2000's. View this post on Instagram No matter how many times it happens, being IMMORTALIZED in an action figure is still so cool. Thanks for the pic @bobmulreninphotos A post shared by #WOKEN Matt Hardy (@matthardybrand) on Oct 30, 2018 at 1:29pm PDT We're really excited to see the former 'Sensei of Mattitude,' up close & if you're in Chennai or Mumbai in the first week of December, don't miss this chance to catch up with Matt. Stay tuned and follow MensXP to know more on this!
  10. Who doesn't enjoy a good game of badminton? To help you channel your inner sportsman further, and to take your game to the next level, MensXP has curated a list of the best nylon shuttlecocks in India. Choose from this list below and be assured that your badminton game is only going to improve from now on. No looking back. Happy playing! Use the Best Nylon Shuttlecocks To Be The Ruler Of Your Badminton Court 1. Li-Ning T800 Training Shuttlecock © Amazon India When it comes to playing badminton, one must always have the handy equipment that only facilitates their shots, never debilitating them. The Li-ning T800 Training Shuttlecock is designed just for that - for an accurate and precise execution of the player's shots. Coming in a pack of 6, with an extra shuttlecock, it is perfect for beginners and masters alike. MRP: Rs. 699 Buy it here 2. Cosco Aero 787 Nylon Shuttlecocks White © Amazon India If you've played even a single game of badminton, you'll know how popular Cosco is among badminton players. There's a reason behind that popularity, and this set of 6 nylon shuttlecocks from Cosco's Aero 787 line reiterates just the same. With an awesome base part of premium quality and tight nylon feathers, you can rely on these shuttles to make your game soar. MRP: Rs. 636 Buy it here 3. Vicky Jet 10 Nylon Yellow Shuttlecock © Amazon India This set of 6 nylon shuttlecocks from the Vicky Jet 10 series offers high durability that will help you retain the same box of shuttlecocks even after daily usage. The nylon skirt is stitched to provide you with greater aerodynamic stability, making sure that this shuttlecock is surely going to make your games worthwhile. MRP: Rs. 409 Buy it here 4. Silver's Pro-370 Shuttlecock Pack Yellow © Amazon India This one is a game-changer, for the beginners who want to transform into professionals. Though recommended for competitions, feel free to use them even for recreation. The quality of the nylon skirt provides durability and flight trajectory that will make it harder for your competitor to beat you. MRP: Rs. 538 Buy it here 5. Cosco 727 Nylon Shuttlecock White © Amazon India Cosco makes it even easier for you to score better than before by offering this set of 6 white nylon shuttlecocks that are designed for precision and come at a reasonable price. With a base material of foam and a flight trajectory to die for, all you've got to do is make sure this high-flying bird doesn't get stuck in the trees! MRP: Rs. 456 Buy it here 6. Nivia Nylon Shuttlecock Pack of 6 © Amazon India The pack of 6 Nivia Nylon Shuttlecock provides good durability, while the nylon skirt and base cork ensure that the game goes on without any hindrances. You no longer need to worry about ending your game before you're satisfied, for this shuttlecock will make sure that doesn't happen. You may get tired, but these shuttlecocks will not. MRP: Rs. 441 Buy it here
  11. The speed and performance of the shuttle depend on a number of factors - the temperature, altitude, humidity, and the air resistance. And to make sure that you rock your badminton game right from your first serve, it's on you to pick the best shuttlecock suited for your environment. If you narrow your search down to the best feather shuttlecocks, your task becomes a lot easier. After all, feather shuttlecocks (which are usually made of duck or goose feathers) tend to have better (and more stable) flight quality. Well, all the aspiring badminton players reading this, fret not as we at MensXP have done half the work for you - here's a list of our best picks! Check Out The Best Feather Shuttlecocks in India That Are Perfect For Aspiring Badminton Players! 1. SST Badminton Feather Shuttlecock (White) - Pack of 10 © Amazon India This pack of 10 white feather shuttlecocks is available for a super affordable price, and all those looking for a budget-friendly pick should look no further. Lo and behold, the quality is great too - made using an imported cork base, this furnished shuttlecock has excellent flight and balance, making it a steal of a deal at its price. MRP: Rs. 299 Buy it here 2. Li-Ning-Champ Feather Shuttlecock White (Pack of 12) © Amazon India Coming from one of the leading sports companies in China, professional badminton players of intermediate to high levels should opt for this set of 12 white shuttlecocks. These shuttlecocks will make your playing experience more superior, and being sturdy and long-lasting only makes them more ideal for your badminton training sessions. MRP: Rs. 925 Buy it here 3. Silver's Headley Feather Shuttlecock © Amazon India Do you happen to be someone who harbours a small budget but has dreams of becoming a professional badminton player? Well, in that case, Silver's Headley pack of 10 white feather shuttlecocks is perfect for you. The cork quality is great, the flight is well-paced and perfectly balanced, and this is definitely a good pick for people who want to use it for recreational purposes, as well as for professional games. MRP: Rs. 239 Buy it here 4. Yonex Aeroclub Feather Shuttlecock © Amazon India When it comes to badminton rackets and shuttlecocks, everyone has heard of Yonex's greatness. These white feather shuttlecocks are designed for precision, and they ensure that, when you put in your best effort into each stroke, these shuttlecocks do not disappoint as well - they have just the right speed, distance and stability performance in different temperatures and environments. Because of the universally good experience they offer, they're definitely worth the, admittedly hefty, investment. MRP: Rs. 1325 Buy it here 5. Li-Ning A+62 XD Feather Shuttlecock © Amazon India These shuttlecocks are designed to give you a superior experience of your game, and yet are available in a pack of 15 for a reasonable price, especially if we take into account its quality and quantity. They're training grade shuttlecocks designed to provide an accurate quick-flight experience, as well as a faster recovery period than other shuttlecocks! MRP: Rs. 1220 Buy it here 6. Yonex Aerosensa Feather Shuttlecock White © Amazon India With a hundred percent solid cork at the base and high-quality real goose feathers for the cone, this box of 12 Yonex Aerosensa Feather Shuttlecocks will provide the best consistency and a sustainable trajectory. Its track record has shown it to have the best material for maximum performance levels from smashes to height drops. This shuttlecock is special because it doesn't warp in high temperatures, and neither does it break in low temperatures. MRP: Rs. 1599 Buy it here
  12. Over the last few years, televisions have seen vast improvement and advancements and this has not only brought in newer offerings but also made them cheaper. With new companies coming in and the behemoth's fighting out for supremacy, the end user is benefiting the most. With rising internet speeds, even streaming has increased drastically and watching Netflix or Prime Video on a kickass display is always enjoyable. If you're buying a TV right now, Full HD is a thing of the past and it's time to move on to 4K! 1. Xiaomi Mi TV 4: © Xiaomi Xiaomi has taken over the market by storm thanks to its aggressive pricing. It has a frameless design that offers an immersive viewing experience. The brightness is balanced and output is rich and crisp. The TV runs on PatchWall UI that also works with your standard set-top boxes and incorporates apps like Netflix, Prime Video, Hotstar, and more. This way, analog content, as well as digital content, is synced in one UI. For the best sound quality, the TV also has Dolby Audio and DTS-HD engine. Buy from Flipkart 2. Samsung 7 Series 43NU7100: © Samsung This is among the best TVs you can buy right now, it comes with a UHD panel that is compatible with HDR, has Samsung's PurColour technology and UHD Dimming. The LED panel is enclosed in a very sleek frame that looks exceedingly stylish. The best part is, it is a Smart TV, meaning apps like Netflix and Prime Video can be installed directly and controlled. You can also connect your phone to the TV via mirroring. A smart TV not only increases the capabilities but also brings in ease of use. Buy from Amazon.in 3. Sony KD-43X7500F: © Sony This TV pairs 4K clarity with the brightness, colour and detail of high dynamic range (HDR). Combined with 4K ultra HD resolution, HDR video content delivers exceptional detail, colour, and contrast, with a far wider range of brightness. It also has Sony's X-Reality Pro engine to enhance every pixels output. It has a compact speaker box with intense, focused sound and ClearAudio+ enhancement for an immersive experience. The TV also runs Android TV OS and includes apps like YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, and more. Even voice searches via Google are supported. Buy from Amazon.in 4. Panasonic TH-49FX600D: © Panasonic The TV has an IPS panel that provides high light transmittance and a wide viewing angle, with an LED backlight that efficiently increases brightness. Panasonic's Hexa Chroma Drive technology provides natural, beautiful colors with '6 color reproduction'. It manages colors by adding 3 complementary colors (CMY) to the primary color axes (RGB). It also supports HDR along with 20W speakers for a surround sound experience. The TV supports content mirroring via mobile phones and runs on proprietary Home UI. Buy from Amazon.in 5. LG 49UK6360PTE: © RTINGS LG's IPS 4K Display yields a more accurate and lifelike picture from a wider viewing angle and along with 4K Active HDR, the details are lifelike and colour contrast is increased. LG has incorporated AI ThinQ technology that intuitively controls your TV through voice recognition. The DTS Virtual X sound processing technology provides an immersive, multi-dimensional sound experience. Buy from Amazon.in
  13. When was the last time you went on a nice relaxing vacation? For me, it's been well over two years since I even left my city, so yeah, you can call me vacation deprived and i'm sure I'm not in this alone. Everyone is working so hard, just hustling their way through life that no one even has the time to go on a holiday anymore, and that's not me saying, it's kind of a fact now - India is the most vacation-deprived country in the world. Seriously, when will our country stop topping all the wrong lists? Coming back to being vacation-deprivation, a survey conducted by Expedia, a US based travel agency, found that 75 per cent of Indians don't travel enough and the number has gone up from 60 per cent last year. It also reported that even though nearly 41 per cent of Indians wished to go on a vacation, they couldn't and haven't been on a holiday in last six months all because of the workload. Only 3 per cent took a vacation every month while over one-third said they go without a vacation for six months to a year. Seriously!! Almost 30 of my leaves get lapsed per year without any remuneration.. just wasted.. unable to claim. https://t.co/IphPykRUio — Ish (@Phrustated) November 23, 2018 A disclaimer - yes, any survey like this won't be accurate, obviously, but it still shows a little bit of reality and yes, Indians are vacation-deprived and I'm the living proof of it. The survey was conducted across 19 countries among over 11,000 employed adults above 18 years of age. After India, came South Korea and Hong Kong taking the second and third place with 72 per cent and 69 per cent respectively. Coming back to India, there are more reasons for people not going on a vacation. Around 41% people reported that they couldn't afford a holiday. About 18% of Indians have the idea that professionally successful people don't take vacations, while 25% of employed adults feel they might miss out on an important work decision if they avail their full vacation. Furthermore, workers in the food & beverages, heath, and retail industries were found to be most vacation-deprived, while those employed in the real estate sector were least deprived. Well this one doesn't sound surprising at all! And now I know its not just me whose plans keep getting cancelled.... https://t.co/Sc9WvNREJP — sayak sinha (@saykonic) November 23, 2018 So yes, everyone, go rewatch 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' and take inspiration from Hrithik Roshan's character and just go on that much deserved vacation. Look at him, he went from a workaholic to having peace of mind, everyone should aim for that.
  14. While all everyone's keeping close tabs on India's ongoing cricket tour of Australia, the cricket-crazy nation is all set to host one of the biggest spectacles in men's hockey - 2018 World Cup - in Bhubaneswar, Odisha from 28th November. The Indian men's hockey team will be seen fighting for the coveted gold medal that will eventually be decided via the final on 16th December. The fourteenth edition of the tournament will see the 16 participating nations drawn into four pools - each containing four sides. The group stage will witness each team playing a game against each of their three compatriots in the pool. The first-placed team, after the group stage, in every pool will automatically qualify for the quarterfinals, while those who finish second and third in their pools will locks horns in the crossover matches before the knockout round begins. For just under three weeks, Odisha's capital will be the cynosure of the hockey world, as the coveted men's hockey World Cup returns to India - only for the second time in eight years. The 12th edition of the tournament was held in New Delhi in 2010, but the tournament didn't exactly turn out the way the home side would've wanted. Finishing eighth in the national capital, the Indian men's team couldn't manage to win more than just one game in their five pool games. The 2014 edition that took place in Netherlands, too, proved to be a forgettable affair for India as they finished ninth in the competition. Carrying a herculean task on their shoulders, the Indian men's hockey team will surely have some catching up to do since their predecessors have failed so miserably in the past. But, that shouldn't take anything away from the quality this current Indian team possess going into the mega event. Ever since the appointment of Harendra Singh as head coach, the Indian men have really come into their own - something that was in full display during their 5-0 win over Argentina in their practice game recently. With goals from Harmanpreet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Dilpreet Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, and Hardik Singh, the Indians won with a comfortable 5-0 margin against the world's No. 2 side. Know Your Team Twitter/@TheHockeyIndia The announcement of the 18-member Indian squad for the World Cup did raise a few eyebrows with SV Sunil missing out due to injury and Rupinder Pal Singh overlooked on form. But, in the bigger scheme of things, the Indian squad boasts of a perfect mix of youth and experience. Led by Manpreet Singh, the Indian squad has seven players from the triumphant 2016 Junior World Cup campaign. India's experienced shot-stopper PR Sreejesh (30) is the eldest member in the squad, while Dilpreet Singh is the youngest at 19. Manpreet and Sreejesh are amongst the seven members of the Indian squad who've played a World Cup, having featured earlier in the 2014 edition. When it comes to international caps, skipper Manpreet is the most experienced member of the squad with 238 appearances, followed by Sreejesh (204), vice-captain Chinglensana Singh (199), Kothajit Singh (186) and Birendra Lakra (168). Squad: PR Sreejesh, Krishna Bahadur Pathak, Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Manpreet Singh (c), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (vc), Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Sumit, Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Simranjeet Singh. Pragmatic Coach Twitter/@TheHockeyIndia The Indian men's hockey team might have had a mixed year in terms of results, but the most noticeable bonus seems to be the appointment of Harendra Singh as their head coach. Ever since his appointment in May earlier this year, Harendra's addition has undoubtedly turned the fortunes for the Indian brigade. Just two months after his appointment, Harendra's tactics and acumen helped the sixth-ranked Indians reach the final of the elite Champions Trophy in July. The Indian team was seen beating the likes of Pakistan and Argentina early in the tournament before making the finals cut ahead of Belgium and Holland - the teams that were (and still are) ranked higher than Harendra's men. India, eventually, had to settle for silver after losing to Australia in the summit clash. After their silver-medal finish at the Champions Trophy, coach Harendra had declared that his team would be up on the podium at Bhubaneswar on 16th December - the gold-medal final of the World Cup. While the memories of the frustrating bronze medal at the Asian Games in August would still be fresh in the minds of the Indian fans, coach Harendra's promise, even if it seems like a far-fetched dream, would surely propel millions in the country into a state of unbridled ecstasy. India's Matches Twitter/@TheHockeyIndia In a tournament where 16 participating nations are divided into four pools, India are placed in Pool C alongside Belgium, Canada and South Africa. The Manpreet Singh-led side will begin their campaign against the Proteas on 28th November - the opening day of the coveted tournament. Following their opening encounter, the Indian team will face a sterner test against Belgium - a game that can very well decide who tops Pool C - on 2nd December. The home side will play their final group game against Canada on 8th December before the top sides from each pool enter straight into the quarterfinals, while the second and third placed sides in the pools face-off in the crossover matches.
  15. Xiaomi has been proactively launching new phones in India and trying to cover up a maximum number of price brackets. The company already has the Redmi Y2, Mi A2, Redmi 6, and Redmi 6 Pro in the midrange segment. Taking another step ahead, the company has launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro today and here's everything you need to know about it. The Redmi Note 4 Pro and 5 Pro have been best-sellers in the country, thanks to their near-perfect balance of specifications. Every type of user is satisfied with the offering, and undoubtedly the line-up has helped Xiaomi gain enormous traction in the market. © Xiaomi The most significant difference in the new phone is visible upfront -- the display now has a notch on the top. It also has a slightly bigger display and runs on MIUI 10 out of the box. On the front, it has a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Unfortunately, there has been no improvement as far as the processor is concerned and the phone is powered by the same Snapdragon 636 chipset that powers the Redmi Note 5 Pro. © Xiaomi The phone comes in two variants: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage. The memory can be expanded via a microSD card. It has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and also supports Face Unlock authentication via an infrared sensor. Coming to the camera, the rear has a 12 + 5-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 20 + 2-megapixel dual camera setup. The sensors are assisted by a dual-LED flash and are capable of shooting pictures with a bokeh effect. The portrait mode is AI-assisted and the software includes HDR support, automatic scene recognition, and a pro mode. © Xiaomi The phone is backed by a 4000mAh battery and comes with dual-SIM VoLTE support. It will be competing against the Honor 8X, Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Realme 2 Pro, and Nokia 6.1 Plus. Just like previous launches, it will be exclusively available online via Flipkart and Mi.com along with offline Mi Stores from tomorrow onwards. The 4GB+64GB variant costs Rs 13,999 and the 6GB+64GB variant costs Rs 15,999.
  16. After a brilliant run across the three formats against West Indies at home, the Indian cricket team now faces arguably their biggest test this year, as they gear up for the much-anticipated tour of Australia. The visitors will be seen locking horns with the Aussies in three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs. While the Test series remains one of the most highly-awaited affairs on this tour, India and Australia will kickstart the proceedings on 21st November when they lock horns in the first T20I at the Gabba. Ahead of the series opener, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the 12-member Indian team which will be seen in action in Brisbane. While Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will be seen at the top, the likes of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli will follow down the batting order. Team India's pace battery will be led by Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar with young Khaleel Ahmed further adding weightage, while Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will be carry the responsibilities of spin bowling. We've announced our 12 for the 1st T20I against Australia at The Gabba #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/c6boLtieGf — BCCI (@BCCI) November 20, 2018 Krunal Pandya will be seen in the role of an all-rounder with his spin bowling and low-order batting giving more teeth to the Indian side. Dinesh Karthik, who was earlier seen keeping the wickets, has also been included, but as a specialist middle-order batsman. Young Rishabh Pant was named as India's wicket-keeper for the first T20I which brought the attention on MS Dhoni who remains a notable omission in the Kohli brigade. Though Dhoni was not included in India's T20Is squad much before the side travelled to Australia, the Indian cricket fans minced no words in expressing their disappointment at his exclusion. The former Indian captain was also excluded from the Indian squad that sank West Indies in the T20I series at home earlier this year. Here's a look at how the MSD fans reacted after the BCCI unveiled Pant as India's wicket-keeper for the first T20I against Australia: Miss u dhoni thala ð — Hari (@Hari18017408) November 20, 2018 Thala dhoni miss u a lot ð¢ð¢ — vijay rohit (@vijayro90622170) November 20, 2018 whare my kingdom dhoni — Chandra kumar (@Chandru03126177) November 20, 2018 ðð Dhoni na ? — Virat Queen 18 (@QueenVirat) November 20, 2018 we gone miss dhoni's hitting power, finishing touch , brilliance behind the stump, plenty of experience , miracle on field be careful — Imran Ansari (@1504Imran786) November 20, 2018 We will miss Dhoni. — Nagavath Praveen Kumar (@NagavathKumar) November 20, 2018
  17. Last month, Samsung launched the Galaxy A7 in India and it brought in a triple rear camera setup to the midrange. Not only can it click portrait pictures, but it also sports a wide angle lens for ultrawide pictures. The phone was placed in the midrange segment, which has been extremely aggressively lately. Now, the company is back with the launch of the Galaxy A9. This phone brings in four camera sensors on the back, has a glass-metal build, and Samsung's flagship display. The phone was launched last month internationally and has finally made its way to India. © Samsung To start with, it has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display with a resolution of 1080×2220 pixels. This gives it an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and a pixel density of about 392ppi. Powering the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with Adreno 512 GPU and 6GB RAM in the base variant. The second option has 8GB RAM while the internal storage remains the same for the two at 128GB. It also has expandable memory support via a microSD card. © Samsung Coming to the optics, the four rear sensors are: a 24-megapixel lens with f/1.7 aperture, a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and 2X optical zoom, an 8-megapixel 120-degree ultra wide lens with f/2.4 aperture and finally a 5-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Similar to the A7 design, the four lenses are housed in a vertical casing, but the fingerprint scanner is located on the back. The front has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter that supports facial recognition. Obviously, the phone ships with Bixby and Samsung Pay out of the box runs Android Oreo 8.0 with Samsung's own “Samsung Experience” UI running atop. © Samsung Backing these internals is a 3800mAh battery that charges via a USB-C port. The company has incorporated adaptive charging that charges the phone slightly faster. The phone will be competing against the recently launched OnePlus 6T that has been leading this price segment. The phone will be available exclusively online via Flipkart starting 28th November. The 6GB variant costs Rs 36,990 while the 8GB variant is priced at Rs 39,990
  18. Ever since winning his first World Championship title with McLaren back in 2008, Lewis Hamilton has taken huge strides in the thrilling sport we've come to know as Formula One. A five-time F1 champion, the Brit is often regarded as the best driver of his generation and widely considered as one of the greatest in the history of the sport. For a man who holds the record for all-time most career points (2,993), most wins at different circuits (26), all-time most pole positions (82) and the most Grand Slams in a single season, there is no surprise to see Hamilton boasting of a fan base spread across the globe. Even in the countries without a racing history, the Mercedes driver is equally cherished - something that was in full display when he travelled to India for the country's first-ever Grand Prix in 2011. While the Indian Grand Prix was eventually discontinued after three seasons, Hamilton still remained close to the hearts of the F1 enthusiasts in the country. But, all of that eventually changed after Hamilton's remarks over India's financial instability came out in public recently. © Reuters In a bid to promote the sport in new countries, F1 recently announced the Vietnam Grand Prix. The Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, will be seen hosting an F1 street race from 2020 following their 10-year deal. But, Hamilton isn't impressed. Questioning F1's policy of organising races in new countries, the 33-year-old claimed: "On the racing side, I don't know how important it is to go to new countries as such". “I've been to Vietnam before and it is beautiful. I've been to India before to a race which was strange because India was such a poor place yet we had this massive, beautiful Grand Prix track made in the middle of nowhere. I felt very conflicted when I went to that Grand Prix," Hamilton said. The F1 has been seen expanding beyond its traditional heartlands, adding races in China, India, South Korea, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, with mixed results. But, at the same time, historic European races in England, Germany and Italy have come under threat, while France dropped off the circuit for 10 years before returning this season. © Reuters "We've got a lot of real racing history in England, Germany, Italy and now in the States, it is starting to grow. But you only have one event per year in those places. If it was my business, I'd be trying to do more events in those countries," Hamilton added. Emphasising on the need to keep the races restricted to countries with rich racing tradition, Hamilton said: "If you have the German Grand Prix and you've got a Grand Prix in Berlin, I think connecting to cities where a lot of people are is probably a good thing, not necessarily going to countries where they don't know so much about Formula One". While Hamilton was probably talking from a driver's perspective, his comments about India didn't go down well with the F1 fans in the country. Read what a brainless "Black" and almost a second-class citizen in so-called white people's country, told about India. Lewis Hamilton Questions F1 Races In "Poor" Countries Like India https://t.co/u1PpK9Kzbw — Dhiraj Patra (@dhirajpatra) November 14, 2018 Hey @LewisHamilton you should thank your father for not feeling 'conflicted' while migrating from one of the poorer colonies to England... otherwise you would be driving a bullock cart right now. #LewisHamilton #HamiltonIndia https://t.co/c0xESN57QI — Escape Velocity (@velocity_esc) November 14, 2018 @LewisHamilton you are racist!! to the core. Arrogant idiot.@MercedesAMGF1 @MercedesBenzInd you better pack up and leave since Poor India can't buy your cars. https://t.co/OcF8fgZBHh — TigerBaBað®ð³ (@RDsaveTIGER) November 14, 2018 @LewisHamilton Thanks for the praise (https://t.co/bFfeHfM2xM) and people used to ask me why I am not your fan. To your fans in India, He is a classic english mutt no surprises, #racist — Mankomal Singh (@CallSignHARP) November 14, 2018 RT @philipbkk: No Lewis Hamilton, you are wrong. F1 needs to go to new countries to popularize the sport. I think it's better you stick to racing and let the sponsors, marketing and branding teams for Formula 1 handle the race circuits. FYI F1 is hugely popular in India. #F1 @F1 — Jwsoat Bot (@JwsoatBot) November 14, 2018 Mr Hamilton your choice of words is poor - India is rich in many aspects - btw why do you think these organizations or corporations focus on India - it is going to be the place with lot of potential from sales perspective — Selva (@selvamsm1) November 14, 2018 1. @LewisHamilton Dear Lewis Let me tell something, I am your Fan but I am Definitely from India, it's not a Poor Place, it's had a GDP of $2.27 trillion, and hell lot of People know about F1 or Moto GP or any racing sport, My dad was a Racer so India know very well about Racing. — PRAVISH ROHIT (@fabpravish) November 14, 2018 Its the same logic and reason why the likes of Google, Microsoft, SAP, Pepsi, and many more make Indians their CEOs; and why global retailers, banks, insurers, auto makers, and telecom giants throng to be in India. Can you guess the logic now, or need more clues Mr. Hamilton? — Prasad Dixit (@prasaddixit1966) November 14, 2018 @LewisHamilton India is a poor place you said? What about ur ancestors' land nigga? Your monkey dad.. he came from a rich land? #India was far far richer than most western nations b4 bloody British & other invaders looted this great & rich land. Look at your face before you speak — Sour Grapes (@champaran) November 14, 2018 Never really liked you even before your ridiculous statement and now I like you even less. And I'm sure I'm not the only one .You seem to have no issues coming to India for your promotions and yet you don't wanna race here. Don't ever come back. We don't wanna see your face. — Cryo (@Cryo68268554) November 14, 2018 @LewisHamilton Serious Lewis?? You really think Indians don't follow or know F1? Don't judge India based on movies. Do you even know how big a fan base you h̶a̶v̶e̶ had in India? https://t.co/Xz9uXENAoL — Ram S (@ramaero) November 14, 2018 Ignoring India is F1's loss. This is the 'poor' country where universities and tourism boards come pleading for business. — Surya Iyer (@suryavoice) November 14, 2018 @LewisHamilton Says the man from Stevenage - the shithole of the UK! India has the 5th largest GDP on the world.Maybe you should try to 'expand' in genuine poor countries like the Caribbean. Mark my words, India does not need #F1 , but there will come the time #F1 will need India — Robin Perez (@rubestar11) November 14, 2018 First thing - fucking British was built by " looting" other country resources.. That's the giving British history.. Secondly, this negro moron Hamilton has no idea what is india today... U can't expect Mercedes to run around in every corner in India. — Stk (@androidstreak) November 14, 2018 #Formula1 India is not poor but world's sixth largest economy and fastest growing. Yes, it does have a large no. of poor and efforts are on to uplift them. Simultaneously, we have adequate infra, ppl amongst richest in world, a humongous middle class, and a market 4 big players. — Suresh Lakhanpal (@sclakhanpal) November 14, 2018 An arrogant statement.India ranks above Britain in GDP,Forex reserve, Manufacturing, I T and many https://t.co/jvpJ7Tuve6 Co's r queing up to sell their products. Don't underestimate the power of 1.3 billion TV audience &we do have a great viewership fr Formula 1 too. — Raghunathan tk (@raghunathtk) November 14, 2018 @LewisHamilton Your recent statement about India that we are poor people and can not have grand prix. That very moment you lost my respect. One thing we have been looted for more than 200 yrs by Britishers. And London was developed on the money looted from India. — anvit kumar singh (@anvitkumarsingh) November 14, 2018 His whole career. He bangs on about hard work and “still I rise” it's so incongruent. Born with a silver spoon and had the best car in every season he's raced in. Stick him in a force India and see how great he is. — Gareth J Pegg (@garethpegg) November 13, 2018
  19. There's some good news for Tinder users in India as the dating app is going all the way for gender inclusivity. Earlier one could only choose the options for 'man' or 'woman' but as per the latest press release , Tinder is now adding more options to its list for people who identify as transgender or even gender-neutral. © Tech crunch The initiative is meant to celebrate all the genders and allow everyone to have a smooth dating life. India's oldest LGBTQ organization, 'Humsafar Trust', was on the panel committee which actively recommended this change. The chairperson was quoted explaining the whole idea behind this initiative: “Tinder's new initiative celebrates the diversity and pluralism and truly represents the idea of India. For numerous Indians who identify as trans and non-binary, this will be their chance to be their true selves online and in person. It gives us great pleasure to be associated with Tinder on this bold move.” This will enable and ensure that everyone gets to authenticate themselves and have a healthy dating life. These options have been a part of Tinder in the US since 2016 and even though we might be late to the party, we are finally there.
  20. 'PUBG', the battle royale game that has become a huge mobile game in India has now seen more downloads than any other game on iOS and Android. The game's popularity led to Playtopia to conduct a tournament for college students in Bangalore. The tournament was organised in partnership with the creators of the mobile version of PUBG i.e. Tencent games. The tournament saw 2.5 lakh participants from over 1,000 colleges across 30 cities. © Playtonia The winning prize pool for the tournament was Rs 50 Lakh while the winning team i.e. 'The Terrifying Nightmares' from Mumbai got a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh. There was also at least 3,00 people in attendance at the tournament. Playtonia involved over 200 students through its Playtonia Ambassador Program for promoting the championships across 1000 colleges across India. This resulted in extensive response and within a span of 2 weeks. © Playtonia 'PUBG' has become one of the ultra-popular games in India that have been a part of the mobile gaming boom in India. eSports analytics provider Newzoo reports that 89% of all mobile game revenues come from India. India is currently the fastest-growing mobile games market in the world and is set to grow from a revenue of $1.1 billion in 2018 to $2.4 billion in 2020.
  21. Robert Horry was in India recently and we spent some time with the 7-time NBA Champion talking about everything under the sun. But, amidst all the fun and games, we also asked him a few hard hitting questions about the state of affairs of basketball in India. © Getty Images Even though we kind of blindsided him with these questions, Robert had some astute advice on how Indians can become better at the sport. Here's a look at what he had to say: What is the best thing about basketball in India? The best thing is the NBA academy and the way they're trying to implement basketball to the youth at an early age. Once you implement basketball and start a grassroot programme it gets the youth more active in the sport and when the youth is more active in the sport, they start to love the sport. If you don't feed them the sport they don't know about the sport, they don't try the sport. This way you get them young, get them to fall in love, and see how competitive the game can be, how fun the game can be and more importantly how it can bring forth a brotherhood, a sisterhood because it's just not a sport for guys, but also a sport for young ladies also. © Getty Images What's the one thing that surprised you with reference to Basketball during your trip to India? I think the one thing is the love and the athletic ability from watching them practice here at the NBA Academy to see how good these guys were and see how young they were. And that's the whole thing. You catch these guys at a young age and are able to teach them the game so they can end up growing with the game in India and maybe one day someone that I just saw can maybe ascend to the NBA. In a cricket-crazy country like India – how can NBA change the focus to basketball or any other sport? I think the best thing to do is to present it to them. Present it to them, let them watch and the thing is you have to let them watch good basketball because. Just think about it. If a cricket match is not a good cricket match, you're not going to watch that. So present it, have some tape delay NBA games here in India so people can get a taste of it. Once you get a taste of it I think you will love it. You will want to go out and play it and the next thing you know it will probably be your favourite sport. It probably won't take over cricket but it will be up there hopefully. © Getty Images What do you think aspiring Indian players need to do to play in the NBA? I think the most important thing is to learn the game. Learn the game, watch tapes of old guys and go out and play the game. There are so many kids who want to watch the game but don't emulate the guys they need to emulate. You see a guy try to do some trickshots and you're like hey slow down. Learn how to shoot a regular shot before you do a trick shot. There are so many things that come into it. You have to be able to pass, dribble, shoot. Learn the fundamentals first and then expand on it.
  22. Seems like Virat Kohli cannot stop being in the news . Whether its his airport look, a fabulous inning, his selfie with Anushka or his birthday, the cricketer always finds his way in the trending zone of social media. Currently he is facing the ire of many people on social media after certain remarks he made while reading comments on his recently launched app. Virat Kohli's video of asking fans to not live in India if they like foreign batsmen is going viral and many do not like it at all. Is #Kohli asking his non-Indian fans to leave their country and come to Indiað¤ð¤.. Or to sort their priorities? #WTF pic.twitter.com/tRAX4QbuZI — H (@Hramblings) November 6, 2018 Leave India if you like foreign batsmen more than Indians - Virat Kohli to a fan. You made truckloads of money by playing not an Indian game, Kohli, but an Englishman's game. And that's ok?#ViratKohli — à®à®¾à®©à¯ (@Janu_Bhaskar_) November 7, 2018 People are questioning his own words now and wonder if he is anti-national. U anti-national, if Roger Federer is ur idol then u better leave India and stay in his country... shame on you #ViratKohli #Kohli — kzc (@kzc940) November 7, 2018 His Favourite cricketer is South Africa's Gibs. ðð and he did his marriage out of India . #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/tqMU1nbyE8 — ðð®ð¤ðð¬ð¡ ðð¨ð­ð¥ð ð (@OfficialSukesh) November 7, 2018 Someone digged out an old clip of Kohli claiming his favourite cricketer is Gibbs. I'm @imVkohli and my favourite cricketer is Harsal Gibs! [2008] Did anyone asked you to leave your country ? #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/Mpn2jrWVg9 — Abdul (@GuruJiPolitical) November 7, 2018 Also people aren't cool about the fact that his own choice of wedding venue was in fact not his own country. His remarks might be light and jocular in nature but cricket fans have found it to be absolutely unsavoury in nature. I'm @imVkohli and my favourite cricketer is Harsal Gibs! [2008] Did anyone asked you to leave your country ? #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/Mpn2jrWVg9 — Abdul (@GuruJiPolitical) November 7, 2018 If you don't like India Cars, “I think you should leave the country” ð#ViratKohli https://t.co/6cdJxZ6XnB — Tuglaq (@anonymousindia4) November 7, 2018 Well, never underestimate the power of a true patriotic Indian.
  23. Air purifiers have become immensely popular in the last few years because of alarming levels of increasing air pollution in major cities around the country. In the northern parts of India, the winters bring along a heavy dose of smog that contains a mixture of poisonous gases. With depleting forests and uncontrolled crop burning, relief is nowhere in sight. It makes perfect sense to buy an air purifier right now because it not only takes care of allergies that come along with the changing season but also helps in preventing respiratory health issues. Due to bad air quality indoors, people especially children and the elderly can become vulnerable to lung diseases and allergies. Air purifiers can improve the indoor air quality within a span of 1 – 2 hours. They are efficient in removing remove ultra-fine particles, dust, pollen, harmful gases, bacteria, virus and other irritants. We've made a list of recommended air purifiers keeping in mind their HEPA filtration, clean air delivery rate, sound, and price. 1. Mi Air Purifier 2S © Xiaomi We have been using it for the last few weeks and it's among the best you can buy in India. The recently announced purifier perfectly purifies air and makes it odour-free and allergen-free within a short span of time. It a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 310m³/hr and can effectively clean air in a space of up to 37m². The particulate matter sensor detects particles as small as 0.3μm and boasts a 3-Layer filtration that removes large airborne particles such as dust and hair as well as micron-sized particles and harmful bacteria. It's more than just a purifier though. It packs a dose of smarts you don't see in most competitors, such as Wi-fi connectivity and remote management from the Mi Home app. The fan never stops spinning unless you power the device down and Xiaomi says, the custom-made motor draws a mere 4.8 watts in normal operation. A small OLED display quickly shows the Air Quality Index (AQI). BUY IT here 2. Honeywell Air Touch A5 © Honeywell It comes with a washable HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrest) filter that removes larger dust particles and combined with a carbon filter it also removes any microscopic pollutant and allergens above 0.3 microns. It covers an area of 30m² meters and has a CADR of 250³/hr. A small digital control panel shows the AQI and the purifier can be completely controlled from this panel. The purifier has approximately 3000 hours of filter life. The design is sleek and premium, though it hogs in power at 53 watts. BUY IT HERE 3. Philips AeraSense 2000 © Philips Compared to Honeywell, Philips air purifier spreads clean and fresh air to a maximum coverage area with higher CADR rate. It has 3 automatic purification settings- general, sensitive allergen mode and powerful bacteria & virus modes to clean air within a range of 35m². It has a CADR of 333m3/hr and uses HEPA filtration along with a nano protect filter for eliminating the dust particles. The user can customize the fan speed in 3 turbo modes: high, medium and low. The device is made with Vitashield IPS material in an aerodynamic design to prevent from breaking. BUY IT HERE 4. Atlanta Healthcare Beta 350 © Atlanta Healthcare It is ideal for use in homes, offices, hotels, hospitals, as well as other commercial premises. It sports a 7-stage air purification technology consisting of a pre-filter, HEPA filter, carbon, anti-bacterial filter, photocatalyst, UV, and ionizer. For ease of use, it comes with a remote control and requires lesser power at 43 watts. It can clean air within the range of 30m² but has a lower CADR rate of 170m³/hr. It is built for usage over a long duration, though the purifier is made built with of polycarbonate. BUY IT HERE 5. Dyson Pure Cool © Dyson Packed with IoT features, voice commands, diffused air flow mode and more, the device is recommended for those who want a premium offering. It has a fully-sealed filter system combined with a Tris-impregnated activated carbon filter to remove gases/VOCs/ odours, and a Glass HEPA filter. The combination can capture microscopic allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns. It can oscillate up to 350 degrees, cover a room of 600 sq. feet. with a very high CADR. Other features include easy scheduling, 10 air-speed settings, auto mode, night-time mode, sleep timer, and an easy-to-clean aperture with no fast-spinning blades. BUY IT HERE 6. Blueair Sense + © Blueair The Sense+ isn't power hungry draws around 7W at the lowest fan speed while scaling to about 46W at its highest. It has a feather-touch display on the top that lets you toggle through the different settings. The panel also notifies you when it's time to change the filters. It can also be connected via WiFi to toggle settings. A single filter can last up to 4380 hours of constant use and it can cover an area of 300 sq. feet. It delivers high-performance thanks to HEPASilent technology, which combines electrostatic and mechanical filtration technologies. It is also available in multiple colour options. BUY IT HERE 7. Philips Series 3000 © Philips The Series 3000 AC3821 air purifier by has a digital display to show you the current PM2.5 levels in the air. It also comes with a humidifying feature that can increase the humidity in the air by up to 60 percent. It can remove particles as small as 0.2 microns and work in a room larger than 90m². With advanced AeraSense technology, the filter lifetime is accurately calculated based on indoor pollution level, airflow and operation time. It also has a very high CADR of CADR of 393³/hr. BUY IT HERE
  24. Thousands of Google employees across the globe, including India, walked out of their offices on Thursday to protest the company's handling of sexual misconduct cases. Dubbed the 'Google Walkout,' the demonstrations followed the storm stirred by a New York Times investigation. It details the multi-million dollar severance packages for accused executives and a lack of transparency in dealing with such cases, over the years. View this post on Instagram A post shared by kyla_kelly (@kyla_kelly) on Nov 1, 2018 at 11:29am PDT The employees have demanded key changes in the company's stance, which could finally help the victims sue their harassers. Among other issues raised by protestors are unequal pay and a lack of gender representation. Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai has supported the staff's right to protest. "Yesterday, we let Googlers know that we are aware of the activities planned for Thursday and that employees will have the support they need if they wish to participate," he said. "I understand the anger and disappointment that many of you feel," he said in an all-staff email. "I feel it as well, and I am fully committed to making progress on an issue that has persisted for far too long in our society… and, yes, here at Google, too." A Twitter feed titled @googlewalkout has documented the movement at Google's international offices. Google staff in Singapore, Zurich, London, Tokyo, Berlin and New York were among the first to take part. The first of many coordinated #GoogleWalkout protests has begun - this is at the firm's office in Singapore. (Pic via https://t.co/h44RZYGGHV ) pic.twitter.com/QeFgmPbHnN — Dave Lee (@DaveLeeBBC) November 1, 2018 Google confirmed to PTI that about 150 employees participated in the protests in India. The tech giant has offices in four locations in the country, namely Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Bangalore. Google has struggled to deal with the reaction generated by the New York Times report. Top executives have promised in a mail that the company is "dead serious" towards workplace safety and creating an inclusive environment. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Thames Sookpranee (@thamess) on Nov 1, 2018 at 11:21am PDT At least 48 other employees have been sacked for sexual harassment without receiving a payout, Pichai told staff. He admitted the New York Times' report had been "difficult to read". Staff involved in Thursday's walkout were supposed to leave a note on their desks telling colleagues: "I'm not at my desk because I'm walking out with other Googlers and contractors to protest sexual harassment, misconduct, lack of transparency, and a workplace culture that's not working for everyone." Other formal demands from Google's management are as follows: • A commitment to end pay and opportunity inequality • A publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report • A clear, uniform, globally inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct safely and anonymously • The elevation of the chief diversity officer to answer directly to the CEO, and make recommendations directly to the board of directors • The appointment of an employee representative to the board • An end to forced arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination for all current and future employees More on this as the story develops. Follow this space…
  25. Chris Hemsworth is in India! That's it, that's the story because the God of Thunder has finally made his way to our country and everyone's so excited about it, and rightly so. Just a couple of months ago, we heard about the new Netflix project Chris was going to be a part of and all of us took some extra interest in it because it's an India based movie called 'Dhaka'. All we knew at that time about the project was that Chris was playing the role of a man who is on a rescue mission to rescue a kidnapped Indian boy in Dhaka. View this post on Instagram The #GodofThunder aka #ChrisHemsworth is in #Ahmedabad to shoot his #Netflix movie #Dhaka with our very talented actors #ManojBajpayee and #RandeepHooda ð #aditiraval A post shared by Aditi Raval (@aditiraval) on Oct 31, 2018 at 10:38pm PDT Along with Chris, the Netflix thriller also stars Manoj Bajpayee and Randeep Hooda. While we were all already excited about him coming to India, we only realized how much when he was spotted at the Ahmedabad Airport. He clicked selfies with a lot of fans who were lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time. View this post on Instagram #MetAnAvenger in Ahmedabad! And I thanked him for immortalising Thor for me! #Ahmedabad #Avengers #Thor #Persistence #Avengers4 #ChrisHemsworth #Marvel #MarvelUniverse A post shared by Rohan Bhatt (@rohanbhatt) on Oct 31, 2018 at 8:03pm PDT No, I'm not jealous at all. View this post on Instagram We can't keep calm because Chris Hemsworth is in Indiaaa! ð The dashing actor arrives in Ahmedabad to start shooting for his next Dhaka which stars Manoj Bajpayee and Randeep Hooda ! . . . #chrishemsworth #hollywood #thor #handsome #hot #smart #dashing #dapper #actor #spotted #india A post shared by The Bollywood Whoop (@bollywoodwhoop) on Oct 31, 2018 at 11:47pm PDT Reportedly, the shooting will go on in Ahmedabad for about 10 days so since there's some time, anyone up for a roundtrip to see Thor? Also, looks like he'll be here for Diwali and I personally can't wait to see him in a kurta celebrating with everyone. After Ahmedabad, the shooting will continue in Mumbai. A source was quoted as saying, “Dharavi and Byculla are two of the locations that have been zeroed in for the shoot. Though it will primarily be work, the Indian crew has decided to play perfect hosts to Chris. Feasting in gullies of Colaba and Khau Gully in Mohammed Ali Road is on the cards.” Apparently, he also wants to Rajasthan before leaving for Thailand for the shoot. All the fans are excited and sharing their excitement with everyone on Twitter, no surprises there. Welcome to India, Thor ⤠We await #avengers4 and also your #Dhaka on Netflix.. — Anju Chandel (@AnjuChandel) November 1, 2018 Welcome! Great things Happens on 1 Nov. Hell yeah. Welcome to our " India " @chrishemsworth pic.twitter.com/xdkgzYUAz6 — Ishaaaaaa (@stalkerishthing) November 1, 2018 It's an axe now, okay. I wonder if his hammer is in his backpack ð #Thor in India — Pranjal (@Reveriessss) November 1, 2018 Once in a lifetime, indeed. @chrishemsworth Once in life moment if i meet u in ahemdbadð. Love u sir from india Wish u best of luck for DHAKA @Russo_Brothers.@BajpayeeManoj @RandeepHooda #ThorInAhemdabadð — Prashant (@prashant007z) November 1, 2018 EXACTLY! CHRIS HEMSWORTH IS IN INDIA BITCH NOW I FEEL THE FRUSTRATIONS OF FANS OH MY GOD AAAAAA — #1 Edward Cullen for MCU superimist (@mushisury) November 1, 2018 Mine too. @chrishemsworth IS IN INDIA! MY HEART CAN'T TAKE IT!? pic.twitter.com/7QQdl8NGnC — Ruru â̽â̽ (@Ruru_Mehra) October 31, 2018 That gif is literally everyone's reaction. @chrishemsworth welcome to India hope you will have a great time .ð¥ðð And hope you will get to know about our GODS too 𤣠pic.twitter.com/aC4N48Khlr — Deepanshu Kansal (@BaniyeKaBaccha) October 31, 2018 Come on, everyone knows about it. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME . CHRIS HEMSWORTH IS IN INDIA AND I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT IT . — RINA â̽â̽ (@homewithnarry) October 31, 2018 YES HE IS. Chris Hemsworth IS IN INDIA IM NOT GONNA MEET HIM BUT OH MY GOD THOR IS IN INDIA — мσυмιÑα⤠(@moumita03) October 31, 2018 Yep. "'Thor' spotted in India shooting a Netflix film" Wait WHAT CHRIS HEMSWORTH IS IN AHMEDABAD WWWWWWWWEWEEEEhttps://twitter.com/i/events/1057628297050255360 — ð yashð (@nosleepforyash) November 1, 2018
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