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  1. She is known for owning the tennis court when she is on it and she is known for her trenchant responses off it as well. Her name is Sania Mirza, and she needs no introduction. Yet, people often tend to overlook all her achievements in the hopes of pulling down a woman who has a mind of her own, a tongue to voice her opinions, and an innate sense of pride - that simply makes her brilliant! The former World No. 1 in the women's doubles rankings, Sania was featured as one of the '50 Heroes of Asia' by Time and also made it to The Economic Times' list of, '33 Women Who Made India Proud'. She was also a part of Time magazine's 2016 list of the '100 Most Influential People In The World' and there seems to be so much more besides all that to remember her by. © Reuters Apart from the memorable matches and victories on the tennis court, she is also known for being a badass, sassy woman off the court, when it comes to crossing her just for the sake of it. We list down 5 such memorable instances that prove the star player, who recently became a mother,is a real badass you don't want to mess with. 1. Daring The Fatwas One T-Shirt At A Time In 2005, when Sania was just 18-year-old, a Muslim cleric named Haseeb-ul-Hasan Siddiqui from Kolkata issued a fatwa against her for wearing t-shirts and skirts to her matches. He insisted that she covered up for the matches or face consequences. But Sania wasn't someone who could be held back by threats, and this is what she did instead. She started sporting slogan tees that read, "I'm cute? No shit..." "You can either agree with me - or be wrong," and "Well behaved girls rarely make history"! © Reuters This is what she had to say to people who were more concerned about her dress than her game: "How I dress is a very personal thing," she once said. "As long as I am winning, people shouldn't care whether my skirt is six inches long or six feet long. It is scary that every time I wear a T-shirt, it becomes a talking point for the next three days." 2. Setting The Record Straight With Rajdeep Sardesai During an interview with prominent journo Rajdeep Sardesai about her then-recently launched autobiography 'Ace Against Odds', the TV presenter asked Sania when she planned on “settling down”, and her response to that is one for the books. © Reuters Here's exactly how the rest of the conversation followed: Rajdeep: Amidst all the celebrityhood, when is Sania going to settle down? Is it going to be in Dubai? Is it going to be in any other country? What about motherhood, building a family? I don't see all that in the book, it seems like you don't want to retire just yet to settle down. Sania: You don't think I'm settled? Rajdeep: You don't talk about retirement, about raising a family, about motherhood, what's life beyond tennis is going to be. Sania: You sound disappointed that I'm not choosing motherhood over being number one in the world at this point of time. But I'll answer your question anyway, that's the question I face all the time as a woman, that all women have to face; the first is marriage and then it's motherhood. Unfortunately, that's when we're settled, and no matter how many Wimbledons we win or number ones in the world we become, we don't become settled. But eventually, it will happen, not right now. And when it does happen I'll be the first one to tell everybody when I plan to do that. Rajdeep: I must apologise, I framed that question very badly. I promise you, you're right, I would never ask this question to a male athlete. Sania: I'm so glad, you're the first journalist to apologise to me on national television. 3. Politely Calling Out Bullies In The Sports Industry When Sania completed 80 weeks as the World No. 1 in women's double, she shared her happiness about the same via a tweet - Today I complete 80 consecutive weeks as the number 1 player in d worldðits been an amazing journey and just inspires me to work harder @WTA pic.twitter.com/BsHoeU0YAT — Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) October 18, 2016 But then former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar tried to correct her by reminding her that she was “No. 1 doubles player”. Sania simply replied with a short tweet saying, "Since I don't play singles anymore isn't it obvious/common sense? My bad, common sense is not that common after all... :)" Attagirl! What a fitting reply. 4. When She Trounced The Bullies Who Called Her 'Pakistan's Daughter-In-Law' Almost the entire nation came together to bash the sports star left, right and centre, when she announced her plans to marry Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik. But no matter what the people had to say, she followed her heart and went ahead with her decision. © Reuters However, some people in India still couldn't get over it even after so many years, because when she was named as the brand ambassador for the state of Telangana, she was looked down upon and considered to be a lesser Indian. People even called her “Pakistan's daughter-in-law” to dissuade the Telangana CM from his decision. This particular incident hurt Sania bad enough to cause a meltdown on the public forum. But she wasn't to be silenced, and here's how she gave it back to the bullies on Live TV: "I've lived in Hyderabad all my life, my forefathers have lived in Hyderabad all their lives. They've done way too much for their state and this country, I've done way too much for this state and the country to even dignify that statement [with a response]. I'm honoured and humbled that the honourable CM has thought me to be worthy of being the brand ambassador of this state." 5. When She Called Out India's Inefficacy To Protect Its Women Sania became the first South Asian woman to be appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador in the history of United Nations, and when she had the chance to make herself be heard to a bigger and diverse audience, she called out India's failure to protect women's rights. Instead, a single statement from that interview was sensationalised. And here's how Sania handled all the backlash and came out a winner by standing by her statement. © Instagram In a series of tweets, she made her stand clear - "Just to make a couple of things very clear: I did NOT say that there is no respect for women in India. I am the ambassador for the region and I would never be where I am today if the country hadn't given me all this love," "But I am fortunate, very fortunate. There are millions of women who are less fortunate in this part of the world and have been victims of abuse, physical or sexual, and have not been allowed to follow their dreams because they were a girl! So whether you guys like to accept it or not, this is the truth. "And yes, I do believe that if I was a man I would not have faced certain unnecessary controversies that I did! And some language that is being used here on Twitter doesn't seem too respectful to me! So some of you need to clean your tongue first before wanting to claim that you respect women and people in general..." "...I have made myself very clear, and will stand for what I believe in and address the issue of gender inequality." © Instagram She isn't a woman to be meddled with, because she always knows where she is coming from. She speaks her mind and calls a spade a spade, whether you like it or not. She has inspired millions of girls to chase their dreams, wish for crazy, successful futures and live their lives on their own terms. More power to you Sania, and happy birthday!
  2. Before we launch into the guide head-first, let us begin by understanding what exactly qualifies as PDA, at the very start. As most of you may already be aware, PDA stands for public display of affection. While that's something young Indians love to indulge in (both online as well as offline), the older generation loves to bawl over the same. © Twitter Regardless, we must put it out there that “public display of affection” could be anything right from holding hands, kissing, to hugging and cuddling with your partner while in the public view. If you really think about it, there's no set way of circumscribing it because it can be pretty subjective. Let's just say if it's something you wouldn't do in front of your grandparents (or even your parents in the Indian context), then that would probably count as PDA. © BCCL Yet, when we talk about PDA in the Indian scenario, there exist two definite demarcations. One is the kind you might have witnessed in a public park with couples cuddling on a bench. The other is the more acceptable one, such as a couple holding hands across the table while on a romantic dinner. These are kind of the two extremities of cringe fest that PDA is often capable of evoking in a person. Whether you like it or not, acceptance of PDA says a lot about your partner and/or your relationship, according to psychologist Dr. Cooper Lawrence. In an interview with Zoosk.com, Dr. Lawrence said that unwillingness to indulge in PDA might mean that your partner doesn't want the world to view him/her as attached. He believes that “this may be indicative of someone who isn't fully committed to you and may never be”. © Instagram Dr. Lawrence also feels that since PDA denotes a certain amount of emotional connection between a couple, at the very least, holding hands can be a good thing. Studies have shown that holding hands has positive health benefits. Even mild PDA helps in lowering the heart rate and regulating the BP! Well, if we have you convinced about the good, and the bad of PDA, we'd now like to present to you the various possibilities of how you can take cues from Ranveer and Deepika on getting your PDA act right. The following 5 instances are some of the least cringe-worthy ways of indulging in some healthy PDA without offending anyone (barring only the nosy aunties perhaps), as shown by the soon-to-be-married couple: 1. The VERY Public Declaration Of Affection View this post on Instagram Throwback To IIFA 2015ð DeepVeer Are So Cuteð (@deepikapadukone, #DeepikaPadukone, @ranveersingh, #RanveerSingh, @arjunkapoor, #ArjunKapoor, #DeepVeer, #IIFA2015, #250KPlease, #GainFollowers) A post shared by A Proud Deepika Padukone Stanð (@deepikapiku) on Feb 24, 2017 at 7:57am PST This was back in the day during 2015 IIFA Awards when Ranveer got down on his knees, on the awards stage, and made a very public declaration of his love to Deepika with a heart-shaped balloon. He did something very similar again during a promotional appearance on the Colors TV show 'Swaragini'. © YouTube It might seem too cheesy, but trust us, most people would be too busy adoring the act to stop and bash you up for it. 2. Doing The 'Romeo' © YouTube Again in 2015, post attending Farah Khan's birthday bash, Deepika was seen leaving the venue with Karan Johar, while Ranveer chased after his lady-love with a yellow rose in a typical 'Romeo' gesture. If you ask us, when done in a non-creepy, playful manner this can really strike the right chords with your girl. 3. The Covert PDA Gestures Special visitor on set today. #RanveerSingh and a very happy #DeepikaPadukone. Great spirit and smile. #Cooldude pic.twitter.com/dvwmWh1NZ2 — D.j. Caruso (@Deejaycar) February 13, 2016 PDA need not always be a physical gesture. Instead, something like what Ranveer did for Valentine's Day in 2016 could be an inspiration for you. In 2016, while Deepika was away from home in the US shooting for 'XXX: Return Of Xander Cage', Ranveer decided to surprise her on the set of the movie. Women dig such thoughtful gestures. Little things matter, and this could be one way of showing her, and the world how much you love her. 4. A Hug Says It All © YouTube At the success party of 'Tamasha', Deepika pleasantly reciprocated her feelings for Ranveer very publicly. While Ranveer was responding to media queries, Deepika surprised him by hugging him from behind. Ranveer's reaction was a mix of shock and amusement. This looked so natural and subtle, we're sure anybody who saw them would have found them adorable. 5. The Out-And-Out PDA © Twitter During their appearance on the Colors TV show 'Comedy Nights Bachao', Ranveer went all out hugging and pecking Deepika on the show. While some might say it was too much of PDA on national television, their fans were surely not complaining. So, maybe keep the PDA subtle at most times, and go all out only once in a while to really amp things up a bit every now and then?