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  1. Now that we all are stuck in a lockdown and are looking forward to the salons opening again, this is the perfect time to take notes on how to look our best once they do. Or, for those of us who can manage beard-shaping or even haircuts (guts!) at home, now is the time to look up perfect styles that we can take pointers from. Keeping that in mind, we have compiled a list of 6 handsome Indian supermodels who are giving us the perfect grooming inspo we need. Right from beard to physique to hairstyles, these men know how to be on top of their game. Why not take a few style pointers from them that we can use on ourselves? 1. Nitin Chauhan View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@nitinchauhanofficial) View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@nitinchauhanofficial)A combination of thick beard and smouldering hot bod, this is Nitin Chauhan, who will instantly make you scroll for more sexy pictures of his. Besides this thick, glorious beard, what you can't miss is his unkempt man bun that adds more oomph to his beard. He is a perfect mix of good looks and an ace sense of style, tbh! 2. Arya Bhat View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@bhatarya) View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@bhatarya) Health is as important as good looks and Arya Bhat, a yoga teacher and a fitness model outshines in every manner. This supermodel literally knows how to create that thunder while we are indoors. Also, that curly mane and well-groomed short beard have totally it knocked it out of the park. You donât always need a long beard to steal the limelight and Bhatâs beard is a perfect example of that! 3. Gaurav Rana View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@gauravraana) View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@gauravraana)Purely drool-worthy, Gaurav Raana has made men and women go equally weak in the knees. His handlebar moustache with a short beard is the benchmark if you wish to add a knack to your style. Add to that, his ripped physique has compelled us to stalk him literally every day. 5. Prathamesh Maulingkar View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@prathamesh_maulingkar) View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@prathamesh_maulingkar)Indian footballer turned supermodel, exactly knows how to strike a chord with us with his impeccable grooming and fitness game. For a beard that's classy and intimidating, Prathmesh has left no stone unturned and is the reason why our quarantine period is so lit at the moment. What an eye-candy! 6. Prateek Jain View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@prateekjain_lovemachine) View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@prateekjain_lovemachine) Prateek Jain clearly knows how to steal hearts with his hot bod and suave grooming game. The world seems limitless for him as he hasn't only sported a full-fledged beard but has gone way out and experimented with versatile styles. Right from fade to unkempt beard, he knows how to raise the temperature stat. View the full article
  2. 1977âs Agent Vinod had it all. © Sangam Pictures With several James Bond films to draw inspiration from, the Mahendra Sandhu starrer featured femme fatales, daring action sequences and high-stakes thrills - all viewed through the lens of a suave, flamboyant hero willing to gamble his life in the service of his country. Itâs all Bollywood at its most classic - the very name of Mumbaiâs film industry was coined during this period in Indian cinema. And among the thousands that would crowd theatres that summer to watch this flick, there must have been a few, who - whether they knew it or not at the time - had a closer connection to the world of espionage than the average filmgoer. I am, of course, talking about Indian National Army (INA) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agents - the crème de la crème of Indiaâs intelligence, espionage and counter-espionage efforts. Given Indiaâs long and sometimes tumultuous history with its neighbours, these elite individuals ended up with one hell of a life behind them, and while the nature of espionage itself means that many incredible stories will be forever lost to time, thereâs a handful that make it into the public eye. Hereâs 5 of the most fascinating, thrilling and downright hardcore spy biographies in the history of India. 1. Saraswathi Rajamani © Wikimedia One of the earliest documented spies to work for the Indian cause, Rajamani originally hailed from Rangoon in present-day Myanmar, where her father, a supporter of the Indian freedom movement, owned gold mines, making them one of the richest families in the region. In a 2005 Rediff interview, the INA veteran recounted a visit from none other than Mahatma Gandhi himself, who was shocked to find the then-young girl practicing shooting in the garden. She would go on to disagree with Gandhijiâs principles of ahimsa and join Netaji Subhash Chandra Boseâs INA in 1942, under the Rani of Jhansi womenâs regiment. For almost two years, Rajamani and some of her female colleagues masqueraded as boys and gathered intelligence. While posing as a boy, her cover was called âManiâ. Once, one of her colleagues was caught by the British troops. To rescue her, Rajamani infiltrated the British camp dressed as a dancer. She drugged the British officers who were in-charge and freed her colleague. In a thrilling escape, Rajamani was shot on the leg by a British guard but she still managed to avoid capture - serving the cause until Netaji dissolved the army after World War II. 2. Mohanlal Bhaskar © Wikimedia In a 1983 autobiography titled An Indian Spy in Pakistan, Bhaskar says that he took on a false identity as Mohammad Aslam and had himself circumcised to operate as a Pakistani Muslim on behalf of Indian intelligence in Pakistan - aiming to obtain details on the countryâs nuclear programme. Unfortunately, Bhaskar was betrayed by double-agent Amrik Singh who played on both Pakistani and Indian sides of the field, and between 1967 and 1974, was imprisoned in Pakistani jails. It was here that Bhaskar made friends and enemies alike within the Pakistani jail system. In his book, he mentions both kind and cruel jailers - the latter of whom would torture Bhaskar for valuable information through these years. His account remains one of the earliest and most interesting documentations of Pak security from the era - making key observations about top officials and Pakistani society alike. 3. Ravindra Kaushik © Navbharat Times Born in Rajasthan in 1952, Kaushik began his career far away from the military - his talent as an actor at the national level dramatics meet in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, was witnessed by officials from RAW. Soon, Kaushik was called in and offered the job of an undercover agent in Pakistan. After two years of training in espionage, politics, Urdu, Islam and other useful subjects for an agent embedded in Karachi, Kaushik began his infiltration into the country as a law student at Karachi University at the age of 23, with the cover name âNabi Ahmed Shakirâ. From 1979 to 1983, while in military service, he passed on valuable information to RAW which was of great help to the Indian defence forces. He was given the title of 'Black Tiger' by India's then-Home Minister S. B. Chavan. Unfortunately, in 1983, a low-level RAW operative named Inyat Masih was captured by Pakistan and Kaushikâs identity was compromised. He spent the next 16 years in jail, writing secret letters to his family about the torture he faced as a captive. 4. Ajit Doval © Reuters Currently serving as the National Security Advisor to PM Narendra Modi, Doval has previously been head-honcho at the Intelligence Bureau and was an instrumental figure in the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019 - continuing to pull some of the most important strings in the nation today. Before filling up these big shoes however, Doval excelled on-ground, first as a police officer in Thalassery, Kerala during the late sixties, where he helped quash violence against Muslim communities. This preceded a truly spectacular career as an intelligence operative across the country from the early seventies to the mid 2000s, when he retired as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau. In these years, Doval not only infiltrated the Miso National Front insurgency forces, gaining the trust of the majority of its commanders - he also facilitated the merger of Sikkim into India and even infiltrated the Golden Temple of Amritsar, collecting critical intel before Operation Black Thunder - a set of feats that earned him the media moniker of âIndiaâs James Bondâ. 5. Sehmat Khan © Dharma Productions/Penguin Played by Alia Bhatt in 2018âs Raazi, Sehmat Khan was a mysterious figure in Indian intelligence circles that surfaced in ex-Navy Lieutenant Commander Harinder Sikka's novel Calling Sehmat. Back in 1999, Sikka visited Kargil to research the state of the intelligence department. After expressing his disappointment, he managed to discover Sehmat Khan - the pseudonym for a woman who provided intelligence for the Indian forces during the 1971 Bangladesh conflict. Daughter of a wealthy Kashmiri businessman, Sehmat married a Pakistani Army officer. Though she was meant to be just a facilitator for the Indian Intelligence, Sehmat Khan went a step ahead to gather important security information for India - going deep behind foreign lines as the tutor to Pak leader Yahya Khanâs children. Her efforts culminated in intel that thwarted a Pakistani plot to INS Viraat, a Centaur-class, flagship aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy. She eventually returned to India pregnant with her son, who eventually joined the Indian Army. Know any cool spy tales from Indiaâs espionage elite? Share them in the comments with us! View the full article
  3. Arguably one of the most popular sportspersons in the country, Virat Kohli has carved his own niche in cricket and has emerged as a befitting role model for the country's youth over the years. The Indian captain is one of the best batsmen in the modern era of the gentleman's game. His artistry with the willow and ability to deliver under pressure continue to aid Team India in dire situations. The world of cricket is not alienated to cricketers rising through the ranks and taking their place amongst the greats of the game. But, there is something about the Delhi cricketer. It's not just the batting prowess of the Indian captain, but his discipline towards fitness that has allowed him to reach the pinnacle of the sport. One of the fittest players around in international cricket, Kohli is an absolute livewire in the field. From converting ones into twos, batting for long hours to saving crucial runs in the field, Kohli has not only managed to reach his full potential, but has also sparked a fitness revolution in Team India. © Instagram/@mayank.dagar The 21-year-old spinner, who is not in contention presently, was a part of Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dagar, the nephew of Virender Sehwag and represents Himachal Pradesh in domestic cricket, has played 11 first-class, 10 List A and 13 T20 games till now. Karun Nair View this post on InstagramPosted @withrepost ⢠@kunalkapoor09 In order to be explosive, you need to train explosive. You still need to have a good foundation in relative strength though, in order to maximise being explosive/powerful. You donât get to run without learning how to walk do you? . Mimicking the Trap Bar Jumps with Kettlebells & @karun_6 - Trap bar jumps are a great way to improve explosive strength,speed & power. Can be used to help increase force production and Rate of Force Development. There are a lot of athletes who are extremely gifted on the field but arenât technically equipped to carry out Olympic lifts (cleans,snatches)in the gym,especially when they are newly exposed to it close to an event/tournament. Trap bar jumps provide a good and relatively safer alternative to an Olympic lift, as they are technically less demanding and can be learnt in quick time. That being said, the athlete must have good landing mechanics and good eccentric strength in order to absorb the forces of the landing in this exercise. . Ps - Your talent is no good if you arenât playing on the field so train smart. ___________ ⢠⢠#strength #strengthandconditioning #athlete #sport #cricket #coach #tripleextension #jump #power #legs #trainhard #trainsmart #hardworkbeatstalentA post shared by (@karun_6) In October 2018, the Indian selectors had raised a few eyebrows with their selection for the two Tests against West Indies. The likes of Rohit Sharma and Karun Nair were left out which saw the latter questioning the then MSK Prasad-led selection committee. It was then that Nair made a claim which still remains unbelievable. Claiming to be the fittest player in Team India, Nair had said: "Iâve been spending a lot of time with (Shanker) Basu Sir, our trainer and Sanjay Bangar sir as well, our batting coach. Obviously a lot of throwdowns and a lot of net sessions. But mainly I have been spending time with Basu Sir. According to him, I am the fittest person in the team right nowâ. Sardar Singh View this post on InstagramYou are in control of yourself. Get in the gym. Work hardA post shared by (@sardarsingh8) Arguably one of the most iconic sportspersons in the country, Sardar Singh was one of the most vital cogs in the Indian hockey team during his playing days. He became the youngest captain to lead India in 2008 when he marshalled the troops at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri for his contributions to Indian hockey. And, in 2018, he called time on his international career. While the list of achievements for Sardar remains long, there is one particular feat that continues to turn heads in the sports fraternity. Months before his retirement, Sardar made a sensational comeback to the Indian hockey team. Dropped from the squad due to his inconsistent speed on the turf, Sardar put in the long hours and sweated it out in the training sessions to achieve the necessary fitness levels. And, while doing so, he also recorded a sensational score of 21.4, currently the highest registered in Indian sports, in the 'Yo-Yo Test'. View the full article
  4. Some of the advertisements that we have seen on television and in print are genuinely thought-provoking. Some of them are just blah, and really donât compel any action. With that being said, there are a few instances where advertisers went a little too far and had our imaginations running wild. © Unilever From the ones selling deodorants to the ones selling condoms, there have been a number of advertisements that were a little too hot to handle, especially for the time when they were launched. Obviously, most of them were pulled down almost immediately, because of the number of police cases and social uproar that they caused. Still, they remained in the zeitgeist through the ages. © Leviâs Here are some of the advertisements we have seen on television and print, that pushed the envelope a little too far when they were trying to sell us some basic fashion & grooming products. Apparently, the copywriters followed the proverb, âSex Sells,â a little too religiously: 1. Amul Macho Back in the day, Amul Macho had a number of campaigns with the catchphrase, âYe To Bada Toing Haiâ. In one of the raunchier ones, a newly-wedded bride takes some clothes to a riverbank where the women of the community meet, bathe and wash their clothes. What follows is a sequence of the bride orgasming and performing some gratifying innuendo like actions while washing the boxer, while the onlooking women look in disbelief. For the early 2000s, this was obviously a little too hot to handle. 2. Axe Deodorants Okay, this one just had to make the list. This notion that *** sells is perhaps best embodied by most of Axeâs advertising campaigns. For the longest time, no matter what the variant of their deodorant was, all of their campaigns had one basic message - using our deodorant will make women lose their sense of inhibition and chase you like wild animals. Hoards of scantily clad women, in bikinis or tattered clothes, would chase a guy all throughout a place, a city, a jungle or whatever you will, eager to âdevourâ him. 3. Set Wet Zatak This was another deodorant advertisement that was a little too hot for national television. In this one, a newly-married woman is shown to be waiting for her husband on their wedding night, when she sees her neighbour using a deodorant. The bride starts taking off her ornaments and jewellery in a very suggestive and sultry manner and ultimately takes the wedding ring off, further suggesting some rather raunchy things. Obviously, this advertisement was not taken well and was pulled, after a huge public backlash. 4. Fastrack Fastrack has been pretty forward with their branding, where the focus is essentially on the younger generation. Back in the day, they featured a TVC where Virat Kohli, as a pilot, is being hit on a stewardess portrayed by Genelia DâSouza. The two get a little busy in the cockpit, after a rather raunchy back and forth. This, the ad says was the reason why autopilot was invented. Well, whatever the intent was, the TVC did not sit well with the masses, and certainly not well, with anyone who was a pilot, or a stewardess. 5. Wild Stone Deodorants Yet another deodorant TVC that pushed the envelope too far, Wild Stone had run this campaign, albeit for a brief period of time. Here, our âhunkâ steps out after applying the deodorant and bumps into a married Bengali woman. What follows is the woman, imagining the two of them âpassionately huggingâ each other, and making love. Although the sequence was shot rather artistically, and without getting vulgar, it still was considered a little too steamy for the regular television watching audience. 6. Calida © Calida We simply cannot mention Calida, and their print ad from 1998. Calida is a Swiss inner garment manufacturer who tried to establish themselves in India. In the ad, we see Bipasha Basu, and Dino Morea getting a little amorous. Considering that this was before the turn of the millennium, and India still a rather conservative society back then, the advertisement did not sit well. 7. Tuff Shoes © BCCL Finally, we have the poster boy of controversial Indian advertisements, the one from Tuff shoes, printed back in 1995. The print ad featured supermodel Madhu Sapre & Milind Soman and was shot by the ace Indian photographer, Prabuddha Dasgupta. In the advertisement, the two models are wearing nothing but the sneakers, and have wrapped a snake around them. Apart from the hullabaloo from the self-appointed protectors of Indian culture, there was also a long drawn court case over the use of the python. We can only imagine the horror that would terrorise people when they were sitting with their families and these popped up on the television. Yikes! View the full article
  5. Chitharesh Natesan, popularly known as @chitharesh_indian_monster on Instagram, is a Delhi-based Malayali bodybuilder, who went on to win the title of Mr. Universe at the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship held in South Korea in 2019. Well, it's interesting to note that he was the first Indian man to win the title. The competition is organised yearly by the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation (WBPF). To prep for pageants like these, Chitharesh had to stick to an incredibly strenuous diet of forty egg whites, one-kilogram chicken breast, a measured portion of fish, rice, and vegetables. For almost a year, he had to follow this diet. Chitharesh is originally from Vaduthala, Ernakulam. He, after completing his BA in History from the Maharajas College, then graduated from Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education (LNCPE) to become a personal trainer at the Rejuvenation Fitness Group in Delhi. He focused more on weight training and would meet clients in the day and spend the rest of his time on his workouts. View this post on InstagramFriends you can also follow me on twitter (@chitharesh_nasi) and facebook (Chithatresh the Indina monster).. Thank you for all the support. BE FIT . . . #the_indianbodybuilding #ibbf_india_fitness_model #ibbfindiað®ð³ #beingstrongindia #determination #championsð #blessedð #indiað®ð³ #physiquecreator #BEFIT9A post shared by (@chitharesh_indian_monster) This is clearly not the first time he's won a title. Having been in the industry for a number of years, he's won a number of accolades before. As a male fitness model, Chitharesh has won a number of fitness pageants within the country in the male fitness model category. View this post on InstagramWinning is always a humble experience... ð #ibbf_india_fitness_model #ibbfindiað®ð³ #the_indianbodybuilding #powerhouse #fitnesstrainer #worldbodybuilding #accoladesA post shared by (@chitharesh_indian_monster) As an Insta-famous influencer, Chitharesh uses this platform to motivate Indian men to become the best versions of themselves. But apart from his career, we've noticed that he's also quite well-dressed whenever he gets the opportunity to. Here are some examples. Case in point, the time he twinned with his significant other and looked rather spiffy while at it. View this post on InstagramLove of my life . . . . . #MrWorld2019 #bodybuilder #mrasia2019 #befit #sport #fitnessmotivation #MrUnivers2019 #sportsgirl #love #couple #forever #kerala #fitnessmodel #chithareshnatesanwife #adidas #puma #reebok #bodybuilding #fitness #sports #stayfit #befit #bodybuilder #kerala #fitnessmodelA post shared by (@chitharesh_indian_monster) While this picture does not show his suit in all its glory, yet the monochrome look complements Chitharesh well. View this post on InstagramHonoured to be part of and being felicitated by Crossword Public Relations "The Great Visioners Awards".Thank You all ð. @crossword_pr BE FIT . . . #the_indianbodybuilding #theyouthicon #ibbf_india_fitness_model #ibbfindiað®ð³ #honoured #fitnessmonster #fitnessbeast #strength #motivated #hardworkpaysoffs #lifegoals #love #supplements #thegreatvisionersawards #best #lovemylifeð #beingstrongindia #BEFITA post shared by (@chitharesh_indian_monster) Here is another instance of Chitharesh twinning with his S.O, which truly shows that he knows exactly how to put together an outfit that will seamlessly complement another outfit. View this post on InstagramHard work always pays off...and then there's this body to show off. #ibbfindiað®ð³ #ibbf_india_fitness_model #kerala #bodybuilder #musclecars #inspire #coreworkout #culture #worthit #loveA post shared by (@chitharesh_indian_monster) In this, Chitharesh is rocking outfit in a lungi and a coordinated pink shirt that really cohesively blends together the outfit. View this post on InstagramHard work always pays off...and then there's this body to show off. #ibbfindiað®ð³ #ibbf_india_fitness_model #kerala #bodybuilder #musclecars #inspire #coreworkout #culture #worthit #loveA post shared by (@chitharesh_indian_monster) View the full article
  6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, better known as MIT has created an app that can inform users if they have crossed paths with someone who has been infected and found positive for the COVID-19 virus. The app is called Private Kit: Safe Paths and is a free, open-source app that shows if users have come in contact with someone who has the virus. People who have tested positive for the virus can share their information within the app or share information with health officials who could then make it public. The app can send notifications to users on which location has been confirmed to have a positive case. © Privaate Kit Safe Path The app was developed by associate professor Ramesh Raskar of the MIT Media Lab. He said the app can be used to shut down specific areas instead of an entire area, region or cities, thanks to Private Kit: Safe Paths. The app was made with the motivation to ease the economic and social disruption caused due to the virus. © Unsplash/Annie Spratt The app is available for free on both Android and iOS users and can be downloaded from here. The app was made in partnership with Harvard, Facebook, Mayo clinic, World Health Organisation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others. Raskar says the app can only be effective if people actually use the application and provide accurate data. It collects location data from users and keeps a time-stamped log every five minutes. The date from your phone never leaves the device and is encrypted to protect the privacy of users. Users infected with the virus can send your location data to health officials by scanning a QR code. © Unsplash/Kian Chang The app can come handy in tracking down infected users around you, however it could also be a source of panic. If a user finds someone infected with the virus close to their location, it could, in turn, lead to unnecessary panic. While the appâs intentions are to safeguard the spread of the virus, many people donât own a smartphone even in developed countries. Some users do not like to install applications that track your location which could pose a problem for widespread adoption. View the full article
  7. The Novel Coronavirus doesnât spare anyone. Anybody and everybody in its line of sight will end up as a casualty whether they see it coming or not, whether they like it or not. The latest celebrity to fall victim to COVID-19âs dreadful ways, is Bollywood playback singer Kanika Kapoor, who just tested positive for Coronavirus. © Instagram According to senior journalist Abhishek Bhalla, Kapoorâs party was also attended by BJP MP Dushyant Singh. Now, reportedly Singh was a part of the delegation at Rashtrapati Bhavan hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind! Thatâs putting the President in a very risky situation. Coronavirus scare hits Indian politics. At the party attended by singer Kanika Kapoor BJP MP Dushyant Singh was also present. He attended parliament and was also part of a delegation at Rashtrapati Bhawan hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind. High time Parliament is adjourned â Abhishek Bhalla (@AbhishekBhalla7) March 20, 2020 No wonder people are calling out Kapoor for risking so many lives during such a global crisis. If other reports are to be believed, like this update by Zeba Warsi, lots of other MPs, ministers and journalists came in contact with Kapoor and Singh since the party and could have been exposed to the virus. THIS- MP Dushyant Singh ATTENDED PARLIAMENT, was part of meetings AFTER he met Kanika Kapoor at a party in Lucknow. She tested positive. He is now in self quarantine. WHAT about everyone else- MPs, Ministers, Journos he met in Parliament?#coronavirusindia #KanikaKapoor â Zeba Warsi (@Zebaism) March 20, 2020 Reportedly, UP Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh and ex-Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje were also in attendance at the party and have since gone into self-isolation. This is being seen as a great threat to the countryâs political scene and we wonder how this scenario is going to unfold in the days to come. View the full article
  8. As the world continues to battle the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, India, too, has stepped up its efforts to contain the spread of the fast-spreading virus in the country. While there are 2,45,916 confirmed cases and 10,048 deaths recorded across the globe, the numbers in India have risen to 206 positive cases and five casualties so far. Amid the COVID-19 scare in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 19th March, addressed the nation in times of crisis. During his speech, the Indian PM announced a Covid-19 taskforce that would draw up measures to combat the economic effects of the pandemic, told employers not to cut the pay of staff and called for a "Janta Curfew" this Sunday. âThere is a need to follow two important things to fight this pandemic â resolve and restraint. In the past few days, it is appearing as if we have averted the crisis, and everything is okay. Complacency in respect of a global pandemic like coronavirus is not appropriate,â he said in a televised address on Thursday. He also pointed out that social distancing was âvery important and effective as well". Stay at home and do not step out until it is absolutely essential. I specially urge the elderly to not venture out of their homes. #IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/ae2ld4VHBW â Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 19, 2020 Announcing the 'Janta Curfew', which will be observed on 22nd March between 7 am to 9 pm, Modi said: âDuring this curfew, we shall neither leave our homes, nor get onto the streets or roam about our localities. Only those associated with emergency and essential services will leave home. This Janta Curfew will in a way be a litmus test for us. This is also the time to see how prepared India is to fight off a global pandemic like the coronavirus". PM @narendramodi ji has given a clarion call. I appeal our 80 lakh strong Volunteers of NSS & NYKS, all the Staffs under Youth Affairs & Sports Ministry and all the sportspersons to take a lead role for #JanataCurfew on 22nd March from 7am to 9pm #IndiaFightsCorona #COVID2019 https://t.co/RMY4icr9gw pic.twitter.com/DafhETDa1K â Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) March 19, 2020 While PM Modi's address, especially the proposed 'Janta Curfew', drew all sorts of responses on social media, the Indian sports fraternity lauded the efforts and preventive measures proposed by him. Itâs time to show solidarity & support to our Prime Minister @narendramodi ji. #JantaCurfew on 22nd March from 7am till 9pm. Being a responsible citizen letâs follow all guidelines #IndiaFightsCorona #COVID2019india pic.twitter.com/Aql1wVLErE â Rani Rampal (@imranirampal) March 19, 2020 The need of the hour is to absolutely respect and follow the government's directive. Stay home. Stay safe. Stay healthy. ???? https://t.co/p1NDo0E9YL â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 20, 2020 I pledge that I'll strictly follow Janta Curfew this Sunday frm 7am to 9pm so that we strengthen Indiaâs fight against the Corona Virus.This will bring us together and we'll stand strong as a nation in this critical time!@narendramodi#IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/lIWmdRNBiU â Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) March 19, 2020 Our respected PM @narendramodi Ji has requested all to adhere to the Janta Curfew on 22nd March by staying home. Stay safe you all and take care ??@PMOIndia #JantaCurfew #IndiaFightsCorona â Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) March 19, 2020 ?????? ????? ?? ????? ??? ?????? ???????????? ???? ?? ?? ?????????? ?? ?? ???????? ?? ??-????? ????? ???? ?? ??? ????? ?????? ????? ?? ???? ??????@narendramodi#IndiaFightsCorona #Covid19India#JanataCurfew pic.twitter.com/nn3bcHOTEj â Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) March 19, 2020 ?????? PM @PMOIndia ??,?????? ???? ?????? ??????? ?? ???? ?? ???? ???? ?????? ???? ??? ??? ?????? ???? ?? ??? ?? ??? ??????? ???? ??? ??? ?? ?? ?? ????-2 ???? ?? ???? ????? ?????? ?? ????? ?? ??? ???? ?? ?? ??????? ?? ????? ?????? ???? ?? ??? ????? ?? ????? ?? ?????? ????? pic.twitter.com/jph1LDn9Mk â Sakshi Malik (@SakshiMalik) March 19, 2020 I would like to appeal to all the athletes of the world, these current circumstances #covid-19 are out of anyoneâs control. I would request everyone to firstly stay safe and healthy then train if possible ensuring your safety. (1/2) â Vinesh Phogat (@Phogat_Vinesh) March 18, 2020 ???????????? ??????? ???? ?? ?? 9 ????? ??? ?? ???? ??? ?????? ???? ??? ??? ?? ???? ???????????? ?? ?? ??? ????? ?? ???? ??? ?????? ?? ???? ?? ???? ??? ???????????? ?? ?? ??? ?? ???? ?? ????? ?? ????? ??? ??? ?? ?? ?? ?????????? ?? ???? ?? ?? ??? ???? ???? ?? ??? ???? pic.twitter.com/pCvBtTS6At â Babita Phogat (@BabitaPhogat) March 19, 2020 Letâs join hands with our honourable Prime Minister @narendramodi sir and observe #JantaCurfew on March 22 from 7 am to 9 pm IST. I salute all those who are working 24X7 for serving our nation against #COVID2019india #StaySafeStayHome #IndiaFightsCorona @PMOIndia â Hima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) March 19, 2020 PM @narendramodi assures 1.3 billion Indians as #IndiaFightsCorona All should a) PLEDGE to practice social distancing & maintain hygiene b) Have PATIENCE through the next couple of weeks Let's fulfill our National Duty & make #JantaCurfew a success.Spread the word.Jai Hind!???? â Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 19, 2020 These are testing times for all and I salute the work being done by our doctors, nurses and medical staff across the country. I urge everyone as responsible citizens to follow the measures put in place by the government. Be safe and alert. #IndiaFightsCorona â K L Rahul (@klrahul11) March 19, 2020 In these tough times we need to stay vigilant and follow the instructions put in place by the government for our safety. Please avoid going out if unnecessary.. Also, a huge shout out to all our health professionals working tirelessly to keep our country safe. Heroes !???? â Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) March 19, 2020 View the full article
  9. Filmmaking in India isnât just a challenge in terms of logistics, production costs and promotion - even after a film is made, it has to pass through the dreaded and often unrealistic expectations of Indiaâs CBFC, or Central Board of Film Certification. While the countryâs sensibilities towards sexual and societal taboos have evolved over the years, certain films were dragged through lengthy, difficult and artistically limiting negotiations with the government body - especially through the infamous chairmanship of Pahlaj Nihalani, who was sacked in 2017. Here are some of the biggest editing casualties weâve seen in Indian theatres in recent years. 1. Grand Masti - 218 Cuts While this was understandably for a TV premiere and the CBFC was terrified at the idea of young kids flipping from Cartoon Network to a no-holds barred *** comedy, the film was subjected to an absolutely insane 218 cuts - although the filmmakerâs werenât too worried. It held the title of Indiaâs highest-grossing A-rated film for over six years, only overtaken by 2019âs Kabir Singh. 2. Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 - 150 Cuts According to reports during the filmâs 2016 release, even after obtaining an A-rated certificate, the third Kya Kool Hain Hum film suffered 150 cuts - not a big surprise when almost the entire filmâs plot revolves around sexual, slapstick humour and innuendo injected into every dialogue. Weâre surprised that it didnât turn out to be a short film by the end. 3. Dilliwali Zaalim Girlfriend - 63 Cuts While this film remained relatively safe when it came to its scenes - it got away with an unrestricted (U/A) certification - the filmâs dialogue was censored to hell and back again, with somewhat trivial words such as âsaalaâ or âsaaliâ slashed from it. Director Japinder Kaur, was rather amused by the cuts. She is quoted in the CBFC report as saying that if there is no thematic issue, she doesnât understands the problem in just picking up singular words that are part and parcel of Delhiâs local lingo. 4. Haider - 41 Cuts Vishal Bhardwajâs incredibly brave filmmaking tied together Shakespeareâs Hamlet, while conveying the subtleties of Kashmirâs past, present and future turmoil. Despite creating one of modern Indian cinemaâs most appreciated films, the Shahid Kapoor-starrer was marred by heavy action from the CBFC, which cut out scenes of torture, death and other grave realities from the region. 5. Lipstick Under My Burkha - 27 Cuts With the film sticking to its themes of sexuality and female narratives, it wasnât surprising when the cast and creators went to war with the CBFC for slashing out key portions of the film. While finally most of the movie remained untouched, everything from minor dialogue to *** scenes and moans from the artists in them were quashed by the board. 6. 50 Shades Of Grey - 20 Cuts While this film raised controversy all over the world, producers Universal Pictures had to make a special case for India. After the film was banned in several countries such as the UAE and Malaysia, the editors took no chances - creating a special âinternally trimmedâ final cut for the Indian CBFC members. And the film was eventually released with its 20-odd minutes of BDSM *** scenes heavily neutered before hitting theatres. 7. Delhi Belly - 18 Cuts Though this cult classic didnât exactly break the mold when it came to adult humour, it was still suffering from an A-rated release and was further slashed down for the TV release. And after a drawn out set of negotiations, the satellite rights were finally given to Aamir Khan productions. Itâs noted that through his entire career, Khan himself has supported other filmmakers such as Anurag Kashyap in retaining authenticity by preventing CBFC interference in film screenings. 8. Angry Indian Goddesses - 17 Cuts Much like Lipstick⦠above, this film was a landmark movie for women in Indian cinema. And unsurprisingly, the CBFC jumped on it immediately, slashing down key scenes and censoring words such as âadivasiâ and âsarkarâ that were part of important dialogues. Perhaps the most controversial of these edits enforced by the board came in the form of objections to using the image of Hindu deity Kali - truly ironic in a film called Angry Indian Goddesses. 9. Badmashiyaan - 12 Cuts A rom-com revolving around a gold-digging con woman, the film was given 12 cuts and cleared with a UA certificate on February 23. Bollywood's patented phrase, 'kutte kaminey' had to be redubbed as 'andha kahin ka' and 'ma ki aankh' with 'ma ki eyeâ, which makes⦠perfect sense, of course. Even more baffling was a scene where the girl goes to file an FIR for molestation, the words 'hum bistri' had to be muted from her dialogue but the same words, when used by a man, were allowed. View the full article
  10. Indian Idol comes with its own share of music-infused nostalgia. It was literally a treat to the ears, fresh format and visual appeal working in its favour. For those of us who had been musically inclined growing up, Sonu Nigamâs Sa Re Ga Ma Pa was the only other reality show we held close to our hearts before this. © Zee TV But Indian Idol changed all of that by becoming a new-age reality show that âworked differentlyâ. Right from the auditions, to the theatre and piano rounds, to finally making it to the Mumbai studio, Indian Idol became a complete experience the contestants and viewers went through together. © Sony Along the way, we discovered real singing talents, some great performers and sappy backstories that added another dimension to the show. We found our favourites, rooted for them and waited with bated breath to see if that missed call vote from the landline kept them safe for another episode. We loved some of the winners, found others more deserving but often ended up being stuck on certain contestants we liked better than all the others. Here is a list of such Indian Idol contestants we liked better than (or just as much as) the winners! Season 1The first season was simply cool to say the least. And even though Abhijeet Sawant was declared the winner, and deserved it too, it couldnât take away from the popularity that runner-up Amit Sana and fellow contestant Aditi Paul enjoyed during their time on the show. Even though Amit is no longer very active in the industry, Aditi is still going strong. Season 2Sandeep Acharya gave some mind-blowing performances in Season 2 and ended up taking the trophy home. But Karunyaâs soulful notes and Antara Mitraâs captivating renditions left an indelible mark on the people's hearts. Though Sandeep's unfateful, sudden passing away in 2013 cut his career short, Karunya and Antara have established themselves as successful playback singers today. Season 3Prashant Tamangâs roaring win was predicted even before the results were announced, but two other contestants, Amit Paul and Meiyang Chang, rivalled him in terms of popularity throughout the season. Amitâs versatility and Changâs appeal wasnât something you got over easily. Season 4I wasnât a fan of this season, even though it gave the music industry some decent singers. While Sourabhee Debbarama won the title this season, fellow contestant Bhavya Pandit became equally popular and ended up signing a music contract with the makers of Priyanka Chopra starrer Whatâs Your Rashee. Season 5This season brought in a good mix of talent, tales and musical tug-of-war when it came to winning over the public. Sreeramaâs win in this season was totally well-deserved but co-contestants Bhoomi Trivedi and Swaroop Khan also deserve a special mention here. Season 6This season failed to create a great buzz for me personally, and even though it was Vipul Mehta who took home the winnerâs title, runner-up Devender Pal Singh from Punjab gave some very memorable performances throughout the season. Season 9Itâs true I didnât watch this season as religiously, but I do remember that Revanthâs win didnât upset me. I pretty much expected him to win anyway. However, fellow participant Rohit was also a popular contestant besides being the second runner-up of the season. Season 10The 10th season saw Salman Ali take the trophy home as the winner but in all honesty no other contestant in particular made the cut in this season anyway. Season 11The most recently concluded season of the show, winner Sunny Hindustani made a deserving claim to fame with some really stellar performances. However, 13-year-old wild card entrant Ankona Mukherjee also shook the audience with her tremendous talent. View the full article
  11. âYou donât appreciate something until itâs gone,â said a wise man once and the words have never rung like loud sirens in my brain until now, as the coronavirus has taken away one of the primary sources of entertainment and passion from us - sports. With the highly contagious disease making its way from one country to another, infecting thousands along the journey, people from all walks of life have been forced to seek house-arrest, work and study from home and be aloof of the thrill of participating or watching their favourite game on television. Football - Suspended ï¸ â Racing - Behind closed doors â Golf - Postponed ï¸ââï¸ â Basketball - Suspended â Darts - Cancelled â Athletics - Moved ââï¸ â Cricket - Tour cancelled â F1 - Called off â Rugby League - Kick off 3pm â #SlCasSth â AJ (@AJ_1878) March 15, 2020Football, basketball, cricket, you name it and COVID-19 has hit the very core of each and every one of the major sports all over the world. Immune to the celebrity status of the major athletes, the virus doesnât discriminate against any of them and has even reportedly reached some of the biggest names of the sporting realm, despite the measures taken by their leagues, their teams and even themselves. As a result, events such as the Indian Premier League are getting postponed to a later date while tournaments such as the English Premier League and the National Basketball Association have been âsuspended indefinitelyâ. Just in: The start date of IPL 2020 has been postponed from March 29 to April 15 pic.twitter.com/Pff52k58Yz â ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 13, 2020So to find out what are Indian fans doing amidst this sports apocalypse, we got in touch with some of them. âCoronavirus outbreak is a big heart break for fans of all sports. Iâll definitely miss out on catching the latest ATP tournaments as well, itâs not a happy feeling because these tournaments are something that we all are habituated to,â says Anirudh Kacker, an MBA student from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, Pune. How big a deal is coronavirus? Itâs forced an ultra-rare ATP/WTA joint statement. pic.twitter.com/qxnVhpfZ5k â Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) March 7, 2020âRaat ko chilling session at boys hostel feels incomplete without a football match,â he adds. Serena Panesar, an avid Arsenal fan, who used to spend her evenings and late nights watching the Gunners hustle in the EPL, is devastated as the teamâs manager Mikel Arteta was tested positive with coronavirus, which resulted in British football shutting down completely. Now, she spends her time playing Monopoly at home. Thanks for your words and support.Feeling better already.Weâre all facing a huge & unprecedented challenge.Everyoneâs health is all that matters right now.Protect each other by following the guidelines & weâll come through this together.Well done PL for making the right decisions pic.twitter.com/0rnwHmQWha â Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta) March 13, 2020Ever since Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was confirmed to have the virus, the NBA has also given up on the idea of holding games âbehind closed doorsâ and gone on a quarantine period of at least 30 days. A dedicated fan of basketball, Pradeep Sigar, who used to wake up at around 4 in the morning to watch his favourite NBA stars shoot some hoops, has now taken to gaming on his Playstation 4 and even started sketching apart from indulging in the occasional movies and TV shows. .@KingJames reacts to the news of the NBA season being suspended indefinitely. pic.twitter.com/ohEBqLniMx â ESPN (@espn) March 12, 2020One of the most common answers that came up was âNetflixâ. Akhil Periwal, a Manchester City fan has already had a rough time contemplating the two-season European ban, and he is fending off his misery by tuning in and watching some anime and documentaries on the media-services providing platform. These are some tough times to be a sports fan and judging by the way things are going on, there is very little to no hope for the situation to get better any time soon. To look at the silver lining, more and more people now have the time to discover themselves more openly. Conversely, you could also finish watching Friends for the 10th time or get better at Modern Warfare, the world is an open field. Ironically enough, you just canât get out of the house. View the full article
  12. While locations play a pivotal role in a Bollywood movie, film sets are usually put in place to suit the requirements. However, some filmmakers go that extra mile to suit the aesthetics of a film and scout for locations that match the script. Here are seven college campuses which got very famous after being a part of big bollywood movies. 1. IIM AhmedabadOne of the biggest management institutes in the world might not need a movie to promote it obviously, but before 2 States was shot here, not many of us got a glimpse of how lovely the campus looked. 2. Miranda CollegeIt is one of the most sought-after colleges in DU North Campus and always have the Khalsa College boys do a âgediâ around the gate to get a glimpse of the beautiful ladies who study here. The college was used to shoot big scenes in movies like Fukrey, Band Baaja Baraat and Tanu Weds Manu Returns and more recently Kabir Singh as well. 3. IIMCThe Indian Institute of Mass Communication is THE place for anybody wanting to learn from the best in this industry and launch a career in the media world. Some parts of the Sonam Kapoor-Dhanush starrer Raanjhana were shot in this big campus. 4. IIM BangaloreAnother IIM whose prestige doesnât depend on a movie but after 3 Idiots was shot here, the campus was featured and loved in its full glory. 5. St. Stephenâs CollegeThe campus not only looks like it appears straight from a vintage English novel, but also the reputation of this college is associated with being the crème de la crème of DU. The famous scene from Rockstar where Ranbir confesses his love for Nargis is shot here, amongst other parts of the movie. Also, Half Girlfriend was shot in this campus. 6. Forest Research InstituteWhen Students Of The Year was released, many thought the campus shown in the movie is not in India and obviously anyone would make that innocent claim after looking at the grandeur of the set. However, it is the supremely guarded prestigious campus of the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun. 7. St. Xaviers, Mumbai This famous Mumbai college has been the background of multiple advertisements and movies including Ek Main Aur Ek Tu and Jaaney Tu Ya Jaaney Na. View the full article
  13. Owing to its popularity across at the globe, cricket as a sport has a tendency of catapulting the cricketers into the limelight overnight. But, the players aren't the only ones who enjoy the spotlight. Over the years, commentators have proved to be an integral part of cricket with their analysis and insight of the game. We've seen the likes of Geoffrey Boycott and Tony Greig becoming household names for their knowledge of the game and dry humour that made cricket matches much more than just a contest on the field. But, just like the cricketers, commentators, too, can have a rough outing and eventually fall from grace - something that Sanjay Manjrekar continues to witness time and again. Harsha bhogle and Sanjay manjrekar having a difference of opinion on live tv pic.twitter.com/0TTSLQDCvO â Flighted leggie ?? (@flighted_leggie) November 24, 2019 The Indian commentator is one of the most popular and respected voices in the sport. But, 2019 didn't exactly pan out the way former Indian cricketer would have expected. From his public spat with Ravindra Jadeja to indecent remarks towards Harsha Bhogle during live coverage of a match, there were a lot of ups and downs for Manjrekar. But, things appear to have reached an all-time low for Manjrekar now. While the world continues to battle the novel Coronavirus outbreak, the news of Manjrekar getting axed from commentary panel of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) went completely unnoticed. He was not seen in Dharamsala during the 1st ODI between India and South Africa, while all other commentators on the BCCI panel including Sunil Gavaskar and L Sivaramakrishnan were present. © Twitter/@sanjaymanjrekar The 54-year-old was part of the BCCI's commentary panel for the last three World Cups and virtually all International Cricket Council (ICC) events since his retirement in 1996. However, his recent exploits appear to have led to BCCI's decision of sacking him from their commentary panel. And, the media reports suggest that he will also be excluded from commentating in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). While there is no official word on what exactly led to Manjrekar's sacking, a Mumbai Mirror report quoted a BCCI source saying: "Maybe he will be left out from the IPL panel too. At this stage, it is not on top of our mind. But the fact is, they are not happy with his work". Though the news serves as a major blow to Manjrekar, the BCCI's latest decision left many Indian cricket fans elated on social media. I don't know how true this news is about Sanjay Manjrekar being sacked from the commentary panel by BCCI, if it's true then may be not corona but at least we succeeded in curing the other kind of virus. â Harsh Raikar (@harshstrong21) March 14, 2020#sanjaymanjrekar U deserve to be removed. Thank you @BCCI The decision with no regrets. pic.twitter.com/Fxr2BiGn1n â §R?? L (@shree2325) March 14, 2020#SanjayManjrekar Finally.... He got what he deserved... This is what happens when you've played 2 games and act as if you're an all time great. Calling Jadeja bits and pieces was the beginning of his downfall. Disrespecting Harsha Bhogle on live commentary was the final nail. â Vadiraj Kulai (@kulai_vadiraj) March 14, 2020#sanjaymanjrekar removed from BCCI commentary panel.#ravindrajadeja be like : pic.twitter.com/yaQOUvrDMs â Riya (@jhampakjhum) March 14, 2020*BCCI throws manjrekar from its commentary squad* Jadeja right now...??#sanjaymanjrekar #jadeja pic.twitter.com/jbLrDXz0pI â ??????? (@aflatoonbhiya) March 14, 2020Great news to start my weekend!?? He's such a Mumbai Paithiyam who talks Mumbai Mumbai Mumbai â Selvam (@AGR_Selvam) March 14, 2020probably the only good news coming from 2020 .... â Niki (@niki_naughty) March 14, 2020Good decision Biased towards @bhogleharsha @imjadeja and so many others we don't know and biggest shareholder in commentary for @mipaltan Nothing wrong in supporting or biased, but he is too much out of line. â Sri (@srisport8) March 14, 2020 pic.twitter.com/RdTRkwPlgH â Hardik (@witstwits) March 14, 2020 pic.twitter.com/ZAe8Oj5Ixg â Rahul (@DoraemonMisra) March 14, 2020 pic.twitter.com/zd3978vbZ8 â elprofessor (@moneyheistwale) March 14, 2020This should make many a people happy. Not a hater of his commentary but his bias towards Mumbai and controversy with @bhogleharsha is what is getting him a lot of hatredness I guess. â Cricket Enthu (@CricketEnthu) March 14, 2020 View the full article
  14. Research led by an Indian-origin engineer has resulted in a camera lens that does not need to focus on subjects. The new breakthrough for camera lens technology is a huge leap, considering the camera lenses that are used in smartphones today. Phones require multiple lenses in order to capture high-quality images and this new development may just change how smartphones are made. © University of Utah The researchers published their findings in the journal Optica and said, "Our flat lenses can drastically reduce the weight, complexity and cost of cameras and other imaging systems while increasing their functionality," said research team leader Rajesh Menon from the University of Utah. "Such optics could enable thinner smartphone cameras, improved and smaller cameras for biomedical imaging such as endoscopy, and more compact cameras for automobiles.â He further described how the new flat lenses can maintain focus on objects that are 6m apart from each other. Flat lenses use nano-structures patterned on a surface rather than plastic or glass that makes the lens bulky. This new flat lens, if used in smartphones could potentially change how smartphones are made and even self-driving vehicles. © University of Utah âThis new lens could have many interesting applications outside photography such as creating highly efficient illumination for LIDAR that is critical for many autonomous systems, including self-driving cars," said Menon. Menon added, âThe new lens eliminates the need for focusing and allows any camera to keep all objects in focus simultaneously. Conventional cameras also use multiple lenses to keep different colours of light in focus simultaneously. Since our design is very general, we can also use it to create a single flat lens that focuses all colours of light, drastically simplifying cameras even further.â © University of Utah The researchers are now looking to ensure that these flat-lenses can be mass manufactured and extend the lens to higher apertures. This will enable the lens to function in the full visible light spectrum. âThis research is a good example of how abandoning traditional notions can enable devices previously considered impossible,â said Menon. âIt serves as a good reminder to question dictates from the past.â View the full article
  15. As far as the leaderboards go for the Coronavirus or COVID-19 epidemic, no region has been hit harder than the very epicenter, China itself. With 80,000 cases to deal with, you wonât see us booking a ticket to the republic any time soon - although one man thinks differently. Meet Dr. Amish Vyas, a native of Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh, who instead of giving in to pressure to return to his home country, decided to stay in Guangdong and help the virusâ victims. Working hard at a medical camp for suspected coronavirus victims, Vyas has lived in the important port city for over half a decade, and came to China to become a plastic surgeon - a lucrative trade in the country, where an estimated 16.3 million people go under the knife each year. He spoke in an interview of his commitment to the medical profession despite the risk of coronavirus infection: "As a Surgeon, I'm not afraid of any infection,â he admits. "I would like to say to my fellow physicians and surgeons that we are all one team, all over the world." Perhaps one of the more emotional angles to this story came out when Beijing-based news network CGTN interviewed Vyasâ mother Kavita Vyas, in mid-February this year. âI talk daily with my son,â she shared. âI am in a dilemma now, but it's my son's passion, and he had a promise to himself to serve and help people. His passion is for national and health-related issues, and if it's his passion then we also have to promote and support it.â On being asked how her son reacted when asked to return to safety, she said, âThis morning I asked him to come back, but he said if there is a war in the country, would any brave soldier run away? Then I was left speechless.â Another interesting twist to Vyasâ heroic story is that it mirrors another character from India-Sino history - yet another Indian doctor, who sacrificed his safety for a greater cause in China - Dwarkanath Kotnis, one of five Indian doctors dispatched to China during the Sino-Japanese war of 1938. © Wikimedia Widely revered through the Chinese administration, his death in 1942 was addressed by the likes of Mao Zedong, with a statue and memorial erected in his honour at Hubei - one of the worst affected cities during the outbreak. View the full article
  16. The world of cricket, over the years, has witnessed numerous batting greats leaving their mark in the sport's rich history, but only a handful come close to the ambition and passion of Virat Kohli. Taking his technical assiduousness on par with the great Sachin Tendulkar and matching the fitness levels of the top athletes in the world, Kohli has truly established himself as one of the best in the business. His passion for cricket has made him one of the best batsmen in the world across formats, and has further allowed him to shatter batting records at will. A slightly open-chested stance, strong bottom-hand grip and quick footwork have all added to Kohli's ability to pace his innings and aid Team India in dire situations. In the age of Twenty20 (T20) cricket, while many continue to reinvent their shots, Kohli, still, relies on traditional strokes and focuses on timing instead. © Reuters Pick either of Kohli's memorable innings, even in the shortest format, and you'll straightaway notice the difference from the rest. His innings generally do not have the savagery of a Chris Gayle tempest, nor does it boast of the creativity of an AB de Villiers storm. But still, there is something about Kohli that makes his innings hard to forget. One of the most aggressive batsmen in modern-day cricket, the Indian captain boasts all kinds of shots in his repertoire. An accomplished strokemaker all round the wicket, Kohli's defensive technique is organised and his timing on the legside is especially silken. The 31-year-old might have endured a dismal outing on the New Zealand tour recently, but he's still got all the shots in the books to make amends in the upcoming ODI series against South Africa and win his fans back. The Exquisite Cover Drive One of the most exquisite shots associated with Kohli is his effortless drive along the ground, piercing the cover region. The right-hander leans forward and opens the face of his bat to punch the ball past the cover fielders for a valuable boundary. Though the shot might not appear as destructive as his other shots, but Kohli's cover drive has found a way in the hearts of a million cricket fans across the globe, with many comparing its quality with the renowned straight drives of the great 'Little Master'. The Effortless Swat-Flick Shot Playing on the spinning wickets consistently, a flick shot is something that probably comes naturally to every sub-continent batsmen. We've seen Mohammad Azharuddin and VVS Laxman flicking the ball from outside the off-stump towards the onside with relative ease. But, Kohli's flick shot is not the same as other sub-continent batsmenâs. It's more powerful and the wrist-work is a bit too strong. Learning from the greats, Kohli has reinvented the flick shot where he isn't just a bottom-handed player but uses the top hand perfectly well when he wants to. So, when the ball is on the off-stump, he can play the punchy cover drive, but suddenly, also use his bottom hand and strong wrists to smash it for a six over midwicket. Kohli's isn't a fick, really. If you take a closer look and compare it with the contemporaries, you'd notice, it's a mutant, swat-flick maybe. His bottom-hand powered shot feels like a stroke borrowed from table tennis. The Mighty Pull Shot © Reuters Cricket has witnessed many international careers flounder because of the inability to handle bouncers. But, not Kohli. The aggressive Delhi lad has developed a liking towards the short deliveries which is clearly visible in his muscular pull shots. He has got all the time to open his arms while pulling, and the courage to take on the fastest bowlers in the world when they dig one in short. Shifting his weight on the backfoot to pull, Kohli has also mastered the art of keeping it in control to pick the gaps to perfection and get the most out of his shot. The Delicate Square Cut © Reuters Apart from using his sheer power to pull the ball, Kohli can also play delicate shots to complement his aggressive brand of cricket. His square cut through point and third-man region is one of his most sophisticated weapons in all forms of cricket. Using the depth of his crease, Kohli quickly transfers his weight on the backfoot and swats the ball with an open face of the bat to send it racing past the point fielder towards the boundary. The shot has proved particularly efficient against turning deliveries outside the off-stump. The Flamboyant Inside-Out Shot © Twitter/@BCCI If the limited-overs cricket has led to the evolution of innovative stroke-making by modern-day cricketers, then the inside-out shot has got to be one of the top finds. The shot allows the batsman to go against the protective field setting of the opposition to earn some valuable runs. Kohli, with his impeccable technique and an astute mind, plays the inside-out shot to perfection. Moving towards the onside, Kohli thrives on the room while lofting the ball over the infield for some quick runs. The shot has helped Kohli earn a lot of runs against both, the flighted deliveries of the spinners and the pitched up balls by the seamers. Apart from Kohli, Suresh Raina, currently out of favour at Team India, is another batsman who has used this shot to full use in cricket. View the full article
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  18. A world-class camera crew, some of the best electronic musicians in the world, an exclusive crowd and of course, unforgettable locations that provide an aesthetic like no other - weâre talking about Cercle, of course. Over the last five years, the concert organisers have taken livestream audiences everywhere from the salt flats of Bolivia to the British Airways i360 viewing tower and finally to the palaces of Madhya Pradesh - where Gwaliorâs Scindia royal family opened doors to 19th-century Jai Vilas Palace. Across a sundowner event that plunged the palaceâs corridors, gardens and terraces into an impressive sunset, three acts played out in continuous succession for around 750 guests - featuring the talents of New Delhiâs BLOT!, Hamburg house maestro HOSH and wrapping up with Parisâ Phil Dark. Visiting on behalf of Indiaâs recent craft-beer sensation, Simba, we dove into a 3-man, first-ever in India taste of Cercle. With this being yet another international feather in the cap for India as a music festival venue, we took a deeper look at whoâs playing and what more to expect in the coming months - letâs dive in. BLOT! © Sharan Sanil/Cercle Kicking things off at around 4:30 pm was BLOT!âs laidback house set - rich with vocal samples and a bass-heavy beat that kept the crowd company as guests poured in. The artist, Gaurav Malaker, kicked off his career about a decade ago with prolific, skillfully designed minimal techno sets in the capitalâs basement bars - finally breaking out with superb tunes such as 2015âs Empire Waste mix, featuring fellow Delhi musician, Lifafa. At Cercle, the producer set his sights on a crowd excited to party - reading the audience like a Sunday afternoon paperback as they sipped on Simbaâs beers. The set was an hour long and pulled us gently through exquisitely layered vocal samples, ending on a pretty incredible sample of Rangeela, which the artist released just this February. HOSH © Cercle No surprises here - HOSH or Holger Bernâs style is distinctively Hamburg in the best of ways, and yet, the musician produced one of his most unique, tailor-made sets for Jai Vilas with several Indian classical samples - layering deep house tracks with Sufi and Carnatic vocalisations - while simultaneously timing the sunset with Midnight, a recent hit from early January 2020. As the sun finally sank behind the palace walls, HOSHâs set shifted into the realm of dark house and 70s pop/soul - giving the evening the German retro treatment, which led to an exciting finish with Woohoo, featuring Ost & Kjex. Post-set, the producer went on to sit for a 10-minute interview before being gifted with Cercleâs trademark âmystery boxâ - which contained some goodies from the Scindian royal family. Phil Dark © Sharan Sanil/Cercle From studying economics in Paris to becoming one of the cityâs nightlife highlights with incredible techno scene parties, Phillipe Tuchmann eventually rose to manage the artistic direction behind Parisâ famous Club du Faust. For his Indian visit, the producer pulled out a host of 80s-inspired synth - progressively pushing on through a very hyped crowd post-HOSH. The German returned to the decks through this set - playing right alongside Phil for a superb climax that pulled out banger after banger. © Sharan Sanil/Cercle Cercle takes a simple approach to hosting their curated shows - the process begins with funding usually secured from tourism government bodies, given that Cercleâs famous music videos are shot at culturally or visually significant tourist attractions. With the Indian government unsurprisingly giving this a hard pass, Cercle then decided to partner with Indian sponsors, with beer duties falling into the hands of Simba. âWe are working hard to support local underground artists in finding them a strong foothold in the industry,â explained Simba CEO & Founder, Prabhtej Singh Bhatia. âWe want to provide artists and consumers with relevant platforms to showcase their talent. For this, we have launched our own IP called Simba Uproar where we have worked with artists such as Blot!, Sequel, Ritviz, Ten Walls, George Fitzgerald and Seedhe Maut.â Cercle and Simba plan to keep the party going with the promise of a second, bigger India event in March - so keep your calendars free. View the full article
  19. India is a melting pot of culture and the synergy of art and cinema that this country radiates is seldom matched by any other country. While Bollywood is globally recognised as a huge source of mass entertainment, the entertainment industry in South India is also a biggie and is sometimes, in fact, known to be more professional and streamlined where work is concerned. South Indian movie stars are perceived to be humble and real for their fans and hence the ever-growing appetite for making more movies is understandable. However, there are some North Indian stars as well who have enjoyed immense fame, and here are 5 Punjabi actresses who have managed to have a successful career down South as well: 1. Taapsee Pannu Long before she forayed and made her mark in Bollywood, Taapsee Pannu was already a famous name down South. She has been there for over a decade and has many hits to her credit including Aadukalam and Mogudu. she is one of the finest actresses of recent times and is currently riding on the success of her recent movie Thappad which raises the issue of domestic violence in the country. View this post on InstagramThrough the shadows .... #mirchimusicawardsA post shared by (@taapsee) 2. Rakul Preet Singh Another Punjabi from Delhi whoâs made her mark in South Indian movie industry before she sets hears ablaze in Bollywood as well. she made her Telugu and Tamil debut in the same year before entering Bollywood in 2014. Rakul is also the brand ambassador of the Telangana government which explains her popularity. View this post on InstagramA day without laughter is a day wasted ð so laugh and spread smiles â¤ï¸A post shared by (@rakulpreet) 3. Kainaat Arora This Punjabi gorgeous lady hails from Saharanpur in UP and besides acting in a few Tamil and Telugu movies, she has also lent her voice to a few Malayalam songs. View this post on InstagramSometimes the only way to Stay Sane is to Go a Little cray ð¸ð¸ð¸ . . . . #kainaataroraA post shared by (@ikainaatarora) 4. Wamiqa Gabbi She has been a known name in the Punjabi industry and now sheâs also been taking up work down South since 2016 as well. View this post on InstagramWubba Lubba Dub Dub !!A post shared by (@wamiqagabbi) 5. Sonam Bajwa She needs no introduction and even if you have not watched Punjabi movies, chances are you still follow this true Punjabi beauty on social media. Sonam made her Tamil debut in 2014 and post that after a hiatus, she was back in 2016. She is currently shooting two projects which include a Telugu movie and a Tamil project as well. View this post on Instagramð¯ð¯ð¯A post shared by (@sonambajwa) View the full article
  20. It is time for the fans of the Indian cricket team to finally forget about the awful run that Virat Kohli and the rest of the Men in Blue are going through in New Zealand, as news of Mahendra Singh Dhoni returning to the pitch, has finally come out. Dhoni, who has not played a single game of cricket for the national team, his city or any other club ever since Indiaâs loss to New Zealand in the semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019, will reportedly start practising for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League with the rest of his Chennai Super Kings teammates from next week. MS Dhoni Will Start Practicing at MA Chidambaram Stadium From March 2nd For #IPL2020@CSKFansOfficial #Csk#IPL pic.twitter.com/5WU79VaWCg â chakri naidu nandyala (@Msdian245) February 25, 2020 According to The Times of India, the former Indian captain is set to start his training for the upcoming season of the Indian T20 league from March 2, while CSK CEO S K Viswanathan has announced that the full preparatory camp for the franchise will commence from March 19. The Ranchi cricketer is expected to start getting refamiliarised with the ground with some of his former Team India players namely, Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina from next Monday onwards, before going on yet another break ahead of the official CSK camp. © Twitter After the exciting final contest between Dhoniâs CSK and Rohit Sharmaâs Mumbai Indians, which went on till the final delivery of the tournament, the new season is scheduled to open with the same match-up. Dhoniâs unwillingness to return to the national team and postpone his comeback month after month, led to many Indian fans getting frustrated. Meanwhile, his replacement as the wicket-keeper, Rishabh Pantâs constant screwups, only made them miss him more. 1st T20 victory for Bangladesh against India Rishabh pant very bad decision making behind the stumps ... We missing DRS(Dhoni review system) @msdhoni miss you as a Captain as wicket keeper Follow me:- @VaisakhsVs#IndvsBan #SanjuSamson #TeamIndia #RishabhPant pic.twitter.com/5CCrUMJ0yC â Vaisakh S (@VaisakhsVs) November 4, 2019 Now, after being absent from the cricket scene for over half a year, Dhoni is finally returning to the game of bat and ball and even though it is not on an international level, it should still count for something. View the full article
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  22. While we love animals immensely, India has taken its love for the cow a notch higher than usual. We've heard different benefits of cow products, across the country, on how cow urine helps curing cancer, or how the cow's milk is yellow because it contains gold or even how cow by-products have a sheer shot cure for Coronavirus. Some of them even have attempted to classify cows as the magical unicorn that'll ever so benevolently benefit us through its various elixirs. © Twitter Cows have a very important place in our country and are even worshipped. In general, you may find people killing and mistreating other animals but a cow is either worshipped or her urine is privatised and used to cure various diseases, supposedly. Since there is no scientific backing to believe that the cow is the holy cure for everything (except a mere Hindu belief), the Indian government wants to change that, and make others believe of how beneficial a cow really is. For that they obviously need logic and science and a bunch of people who have both the expertise. So, on February 17, the Indian government called for an initiative inviting research on the benefits of cow dung, urine, milk and all other by-products from âpure indigenous cowsâ. Called Scientific Utilisation Through Research Augmentation-Prime Products from Indigenous Cows (SUTRA PIC), the event was led by the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST), the official ministry that spearheads scientific research. © Twitter What they really wanted to do was to have all cow enthusiasts, academics, researchers and startups to come under one roof and prepare a proposal that declares that the cow piss and other by-products have medicinal, nutritional and agricultural benefits, after thorough research of course. The real aim behind this research was manufacturing of cow by-products like toothpaste, mosquito repellent and edibles like milk, butter and ghee, that many believe can cure many ailments including cancer. However, there's just one rational problem. The scientists don't want to carry out this research and have clearly said âNOâ to the government. The main reason why the scientists are not too keen to carry forth this research is because they believe that glorifying cow products will undermine the credibility of scientific achievements especially when a lot of research has been carried out in the field of cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure and none of these ailments are mentioned in the ancient texts. Neither do they have a verified source of cow products actually curing any of these diseases. © Twitter âIf this is an open-ended research programme, why is the focus only on cows? Why not other herbivores such as camels or goats â traditional medicine systems also mention products from other herbivores,â Ayan Banerjee, a faculty member at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Kolkata, told The Telegraph in an interview. Religiously glorifying an animal and marking its popularity through unverified synopsis around the country is something we shouldn't do. Yes, the cow is as important as any other animal and we should uphold all of them equally. While we're trying to break cow myths and asking people to leave her urine alone, it looks like people will only understand that in due time when they will stop relying on actual allopathic treatment and start drinking cow urine to cure cancer! View the full article
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