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  1. One of the privileges of my job is the relentless back-breaking travel across the length and breadth of India. Being a foodie, there are few cities that are more generous to the human palate than the 'City of Joy'. via GIPHY Across breakfast to snacks to dinner, across price points, across the year and across festivals; Kolkata has something to offer for everyone. If you haven't feasted on the following dishes during your visit, you haven't felt the spirit of 'Didi'land! Potato Of The 'Phuchka' (Not 'Gol Gappa') & 'Churmur' © Shutterstock When you see a roadside counter serving delicious crunchy tangy 'phuchka', your mind automatically forgets concerns around organic sourcing, healthy water and low-calorie food. The speciality of the Kolkata 'phuchka' is the rich potato base in addition to the sweet and tangy tamarind juice. A sister act of this dish is the 'churmur', which is crushed 'phuchka' along with its fillings. In my personal opinion, the 'churmur' is a tastier dish than its sister 'phuchka'. For a city obsessed with bibliophiles, this culinary experience is best gulped down in the narrow by-lanes of 'college street'! Somehow the chefs in the premium restaurants never get the taste of 'phuchka' right; the common consensus being the real taste comes from the salt dripping from the hand of the roadside vendor! Revenge Of The Rice Dish The generous belly lines of the working population are often attributed to rice being the staple diet of the city. Rice is served during breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. Being the undisputed non-vegetarian capital of India, the mutton biryani, for instance at Arsalan, is best tasted rather than written about. © YouTube The biryani is well-cooked with a humongous potato and is sweeter than its Lucknow counterpart. The other biryanis of the city seem like poorer replicas of your best friend's hot girlfriend! As part of your snacks, 'jhaal muri', puffed rice with generous heaps of vegetables and spicy sauces is as nutritious as economical. A walk across the Victoria Memorial without 'jhaal muri' wrapped in that day's newspaper almost seems akin to blasphemy! Most Bollywood movies shot in the city will always have a scene of a conversation with 'jhaal muri' in the background! Language Of Sweetness It is popularly believed that Bengali is one of the sweeter languages spoken around. Apparently, even the abuses tend to sound like Shashi Tharoor eloquently speaking about the morning sunrise. via GIPHY This perceived sweetness, naturally, permeates to the sugar-based products of the city. Any visit to the local sweet shop is incomplete without the mandatory 'mishti doi' (high-calorie sweetened curd), the Bengali 'rosogulla' not the Oriya one, along with the multitudes of variations in sandesh, chamcham, rasmalai. © Reddit Needless to say, most of this is affordable, even by the minimum wage standards set up by the Modi government! Not Just Deep, Really Really Deep There is one element that is deeply ingrained about local Kolkata food; it is oil, lots and lots of oil! via GIPHY In case you are looking to witness an animated philosophical conversation about the future of India between 'bhodroloks' (gentlemen), look no further than a roadside stall that makes 'beguni' (brinjal in deep-fried batter), 'aloo chop' (potato in deep-fried batter), 'vegetable chop' (beetroot and a mash of vegetables in deep-fried batter), 'mocha chop' (banana flower in deep-fried batter). © YouTube For an artificial lover of the animal species, you can always concentrate on 'fish fry' (fish fillets in a deep-fried batter), 'fish kobiraji' (deep fried fish fillets) and 'mutton chop' (lamb in a deep-fried batter). If you are keen on great oily food without the intellectual conversations, hop on to a tram and head to a local sweet shop at 7 am for 'daal puri' (lentils with deep fried bread). © wiki By now, you should have got the gist of why companies manufacturing cooking oil always want to 'look east' as part of their corporate strategy! Roll Baby Roll In case you are not in an oily food mood but are looking for local Mexican burritos for binge-watching the latest season of 'Narcos', it is imperative to bite into a Kolkata Kathi roll. © wiki Coming in various fillings of vegetarian, egg, chicken and mutton; they can give any Spanish or Mexican adaption a run for their money. The most delicious ones tend to be made around the 'pujo' (Durga Puja) time! After your binge watch, if you are not sure of the unclear ending of Narcos, wash your ambiguity away by biting into a 'Kolkata paan' (betel leaves with sweet & salty fillings)! Cauldron Of Cosmopolitan Cultures Although the local cuisine and street food in Kolkata is mouthwatering, an equally important aspect is to witness the modified versions of other cuisines which have transformed themselves into an extremely rich experience. © TheCalcuttaGirl Walk alongside New Market, adjacent to the Grand Oberoi Hotel, for a modified version of Chinese noodles, typically thinner noodles with a generous dosage of vegetables and sugar crystals, along with the healthier momos. © Tripsavvy Curiously, I have found the South Indian food in Kolkata to be delightful. While this adaptation might be a horror for the patrons of MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, Bangalore) and Sarvanna Bhavan (all across the globe), they reserve their own place in your not so flat tummy! © Wiki In conclusion, a trip to Kolkata is a culinary experience in addition to being a cultural one. Food is a great way to experience the city politically, culturally and to witness its pride in being a city that has something for everyone without any grain of bias!
  2. When your middle name is 'Money' you have got to be rich enough to let that name stick around in public and for Floyd Mayweather, that's not a problem. According to the Forbes list of the World's richest athletes of 2018, Mayweather earned $275 million from his 10-round bout with the notorious MMA fighter, Conor McGregor, alone in 2017. He also earned $10 million from endorsements during the financial year. A total of $285 million earned by the boxer ranked him number 1 on the list followed by Lionel Messi ($111 million), Cristiano Ronaldo ($108 million), Conor McGregor ($99 million) and Neymar Jr. ($90 million) in that order. In a recent interview with comedian Kevin Hart, Mayweather talked about how some people are spending a lifetime trying to earn as much as he earned in just 30 minutes during his fight against McGregor. “Kevin, let me be honest… My life is great. Smart investments. I can buy whatever I want to buy, every month,” said the 50-0 fighter. Let's take a quick look inside 'Money' Mayweather's ultra-lavish life: Mansions: Proud of his 'smart' investments, especially in real estate, Floyd recently bought a couple of mansions in two of the most happening cities of the United States. In October, Mayweather purchased a $10 million mansion at 9504 Kings Gate Court in Las Vegas which expands over 16,350-square-feet of premium Vegas estate. It has a pool house, an underground garage, two above-ground garages, a gym (of course) and a small vineyard along with a couple of guest houses within the borders of the establishment. View this post on Instagram Let me give y'all a few details about my newly built, all concrete palace. 17 bathrooms 11 bedrooms 3 kitchens Must I keep going? SWIPE LEFT â¬ï¸ A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Nov 4, 2018 at 1:39am PDT The Vegas purchase came just a year after the boxer bought a massive $25 million Los Angeles manor, consisting of a candy shop, a 12-seat ultra-luxurious in-house theatre with a wall-sized wine rack with a 225-bottle capacity. Rides: It is said that even Mayweather has no clue how many cars are currently parked in his garage. He once told ESPN that he had cars worth $15 million just sitting there at his Las Vegas home, that he doesn't even drive. Always the one to pay in cash for every ride that he owns, Floyd has bought “over 100 cars” from a single dealership, let alone all the other places he's bought his rest of the rides from. Among the top supercars the fighter owns, the top 10 cars he is typically fond of, are: 1. Bentley Mulsanne View this post on Instagram Learn more about this 2018 Bentley Mulsanne in Peacock Metallic and Autumn Hide interior. Visit us at 8423 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills 90211. #BentleyBeverlyHills #OGaraCoach #CuratorsOfTheExtraordinary #BentleyMulsanne #Bentley #Mulsanne #BeverlyHills #California #OnlyTheBest A post shared by Bentley Beverly Hills (@bentleybeverlyhills) on Feb 12, 2019 at 12:48pm PST 2. Bugatti Veyron (three of them) 3. Ferrari 458 Italia 4. Ferrari Enzo 5. Lamborghini Aventador 6. Rolls-Royce Phantom View this post on Instagram Birthday Gift 2018 Phantom Rolls Royce @luxuryautocollectionla @lacscottsdale A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Feb 26, 2018 at 5:07am PST Jet: On his birthday last year, the champ treated himself with a brand new jet! Although being one who's never too shy of boasting his fortune, Mayweather hasn't revealed the exact price of his newest toy, however, according to Business Insider, the Gulfstream G650 could have set 'Money' Mayweather back by $60 million! View this post on Instagram I got a new jet for my birthday #AirMayweather #TMT Photo Credit: @tmtpilot A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Feb 24, 2018 at 8:39pm PST Oh, and this is the third jet that the Champ now owns. Bling: View this post on Instagram This my new timepiece, it's called "The Billionaire Watch". If you don't know about it, google Billionaire Watch. That's $18 Million on the price tag. I bought this watch from the best jeweler in the world, hands down @tadashi1980. He has better prices than any other jeweler that I've ever done business with ever and trust me, I've bought jewelry from every jeweler in NYC, Vegas, LA, Detroit, Houston and Miami. From here on out I'm only buying from @tadashi1980 fire your jeweler and hire @tadashi1980 Follow his page now. A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Jun 27, 2018 at 7:53am PDT Mayweather likes to keep his style fresh and expensive. In one of his latest buys, the man bought himself an $18 million watch, made of 18k white gold with 280-carat diamonds studded all over. The watch is now known as 'The Billionaire'.
  3. Back in January 2016, a photo of young Murtaza Ahmadi took the social media by storm. The seven-year-old's love for football icon Lionel Messi was in full display in the picture where he was seen donning a makeshift football jersey - made from blue-and-white-striped plastic bag - of the Argentine. The young Afghan boy even had Messi's name and number etched in pen on the back. Such was the impact of Ahmadi's picture that it allowed him to realise his dream 11 months later when he finally managed to meet the Barcelona talisman during a club game in Qatar. It was a fairytale story that made headlines around the world, providing young Ahmadi global fame. For any youngster, meeting their respective idols generally transcends into the feelings of joy and sheer jubilation. And, while global fame is hard to handle for any seven-year-old, in Afghanistan, it can also be life-threatening. © Reuters In what was supposed to be the beginning of his salvation, tragically turned out to be the beginning of Ahmadi's nightmare. The youngster's troubles began after his meeting with Messi. His weren't the troubles caused by the constant spotlight or paparazzi that blight footballers' lives. It was the Taliban who embarked on the ghastly chase of the youngster. While his fairytale struck chord with global citizens, it, sadly, also made him a target for the Taliban who invaded his family's district of Jaghori in Ghazni province last year. Taking note of his stardom, the notorious group also demanded money from his family. Fearing for their lives, Ahmadi's family was forced to flee their home and leave for Kabul where they had to rent a small room with no heating to aid them in cold. "The Taliban were killing our relatives and they were searching houses. They would stop cars and kill their passengers, searching houses and killing people. We were not allowed to play football by the Taliban or even go out of the house," he said. "We used to hear the sound of heavy machine guns, and Kalashnikovs, and rockets at home. We also heard people screaming," Ahmadi told CNN. © Reuters Citing his fame, Ahmadi's mother claimed that her young son has now become a target for threats. "From the day Murtaza became famous, life became difficult for our family. Not only the Taliban, but some other groups also started thinking that Messi might have given him a lot of money. We stopped sending him to school, and we were being threatened all the time," Ahmadi's mother, Shafiqa, revealed. Realising the ever-growing threat to their lives, Ahmadi's father helped his son and wife escape to the nearby city of Bamyan. "Last time I saw my father was on the first day we came here. Then he went back, and I haven't seen him since then. I miss him very much. When he calls my mother I also talk to him," Ahmadi said. From Bamyan, Ahmadi and his mother traveled to Kabul where they now hide out among the many refugees who fear for their lives. But, still, his mother doesn't feel safe. Moreover, she rues the day her son met the millionaire footballer and gained global fame. For her, Ahmadi's popularity came at the cost of their lives. © Reuters "It would have been better if Murtaza hadn't gained fame. Now our lives are at risk both in our hometown and here in Kabul. He spends all of his time here inside the house," she said. To make matters worse, Ahmadi's family belongs to the Hazara minority which fears that a possible peace deal with the United States and the Taliban could further empower the notorious group and take the US troops out of the country. Last month, in a bid to end America's longest war, the US officials began unprecedented talks after meeting the leaders of Taliban who are responsible for engaging in cultural genocide, destroying numerous monuments and tarnishing the lives of millions of Aghans. They imposed bans on the use of internet, playing cards, computer disks, movies, satellite TV, musical instruments and chessboards, after declaring they were against Islamic law. © Reuters A study conducted by BBC in 2018 revealed that the notorious group now control or threaten much more territory than when foreign combat troops left in 2014. The Taliban fighters are now openly active in 70 per cent of Afghanistan. They are now in full control of 14 districts (that's 4 per cent of the country) and have an active and open physical presence in a further 263 (66 per cent), significantly higher than previous estimates of Taliban strength. To put things in perspective, about 15 million people - half the population - are living in areas that are either controlled by the Taliban or where the Taliban fighters are openly present and regularly mount attacks. And, that's what made Ahmadi's mother feel that her son will never be safe in Aghanistan. © Reuters In a heartfelt appeal to Messi, Ahmadi mother said: "I would like Messi to help Murtaza, help us to get out of Afghanistan so that Murtaza can have a better future". In the digital age, while the world continues to progress further, making use of technological advancements - amongst other means - to improve the standards of living, Afghanistan and its citizens continue to be pushed backwards into the old age by the notorious Taliban. Thus, for Ahmadi to realise his next dream: "to pursue football and play alongside Messi", the youngster needs to stay alive - something that currently seems very difficult in Taliban-ridden Afghanistan.
  4. Most of our politicians from all major parties are on Twitter now, and honestly, social media has become such a big platform for campaigns with parties directly trolling each other, and it has personally given me a lot of second-hand embarrassment. And since Twitter has become the biggest way for the government to spread their agenda, someone figured out a way to literally control the tweets on Union Ministers' account, and it doesn't even look that hard, tbh. Pratik Sinha, the co-founder of Alt News, made a Twitter thread about how a Google Doc circulated by the BJP's IT cell which contained all the quotes and tweets which are then posted by all the ministers was somehow changed. Basically, someone hacked in and messed with the text which resulted in a bunch of tweets criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the tweets came from BJP itself. Yep, it's one of the greatest pranks of all time. How do you get a Union Minister to tweet what you want? Well, you go and edit the trending document made by BJP IT cell, and then you control what they tweet. Thread. Here's the video of this morning when their trending document got automagically updated :-) 1/n pic.twitter.com/6DLwDPg2CV — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Ooh, that's brutal. And then you can get a Union Minister to tweet that "working for the middle class is low on the agenda of Modi Govt" CC @PonnaarrBJP 2/n pic.twitter.com/79WH2r73C5 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 This seems too easy to be true, tbh. You can get a BJP state unit and a Union Minister to tweet that "Modi govt has not made inclusive development as the focal point" cc @PonnaarrBJP @BJP4Assam 3/n pic.twitter.com/1k1FgMiYoo — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Seriously though, does no one read before tweeting? Even if they are just copy pasting? You can get all IT cell coolies to tweet that Modi govt has destroyed all villages in India. Or that Modi Govt has made women a slave of "धà¥à¤à¤"/cooking" cc @BJP4Assam 4/n pic.twitter.com/uk3xVWtNCP — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 And, it's not just funny, but also very important. For eg, in the past, @PonnaarrBJP tweeted that bringing 'down' approval time "600 to 1800" is an improvement. No one noticed this. Because they didn't know that they were tweeting from an edited document even back then. 6/n pic.twitter.com/lnSFv3RjX6 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Always keep the receipts. Union Minister @PonnaarrBJP is now busy deleting tweets, but we got screenshots :-) And archives :-) https://t.co/MDcg8CrMq5 pic.twitter.com/Ze6ud2ho89 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Wow, just wow. Yes, this also happened ;-) "Dishonesty and lack of transparency is..." pic.twitter.com/FlJaDBVEVJ — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 The best kind of promotion? Once, we also made them recommend that people should start reading Alt News. pic.twitter.com/JnXqB1Z1sF — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 I honestly just have one word for this - brilliant. But, it's also kind of scary how easily misinformation can be spread, how easy it is to hack and control an entire Twitter campaign. Hope this serves as a wake-up call for better security around these Google Docs, though I really doubt it's going to make any difference.
  5. Most of our politicians from all major parties are on Twitter now, and honestly, social media has become such a big platform for campaigns with parties directly trolling each other, and it has personally given me a lot of second-hand embarrassment. And since Twitter has become the biggest way for the government to spread their agenda, someone figured out a way to literally control the tweets on Union Ministers' account, and it doesn't even look that hard, tbh. Pratik Sinha, the co-founder of Alt News, made a Twitter thread about how a Google Doc circulated by the BJP's IT cell which contained all the quotes and tweets which are then posted by all the ministers was somehow changed. Basically, someone hacked in and messed with the text which resulted in a bunch of tweets criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the tweets came from BJP itself. Yep, it's one of the greatest pranks of all time. How do you get a Union Minister to tweet what you want? Well, you go and edit the trending document made by BJP IT cell, and then you control what they tweet. Thread. Here's the video of this morning when their trending document got automagically updated :-) 1/n pic.twitter.com/6DLwDPg2CV — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Ooh, that's brutal. And then you can get a Union Minister to tweet that "working for the middle class is low on the agenda of Modi Govt" CC @PonnaarrBJP 2/n pic.twitter.com/79WH2r73C5 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 This seems too easy to be true, tbh. You can get a BJP state unit and a Union Minister to tweet that "Modi govt has not made inclusive development as the focal point" cc @PonnaarrBJP @BJP4Assam 3/n pic.twitter.com/1k1FgMiYoo — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Seriously though, does no one read before tweeting? Even if they are just copy pasting? You can get all IT cell coolies to tweet that Modi govt has destroyed all villages in India. Or that Modi Govt has made women a slave of "धà¥à¤à¤"/cooking" cc @BJP4Assam 4/n pic.twitter.com/uk3xVWtNCP — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 And, it's not just funny, but also very important. For eg, in the past, @PonnaarrBJP tweeted that bringing 'down' approval time "600 to 1800" is an improvement. No one noticed this. Because they didn't know that they were tweeting from an edited document even back then. 6/n pic.twitter.com/lnSFv3RjX6 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Always keep the receipts. Union Minister @PonnaarrBJP is now busy deleting tweets, but we got screenshots :-) And archives :-) https://t.co/MDcg8CrMq5 pic.twitter.com/Ze6ud2ho89 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Wow, just wow. Yes, this also happened ;-) "Dishonesty and lack of transparency is..." pic.twitter.com/FlJaDBVEVJ — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 The best kind of promotion? Once, we also made them recommend that people should start reading Alt News. pic.twitter.com/JnXqB1Z1sF — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 I honestly just have one word for this - brilliant. But, it's also kind of scary how easily misinformation can be spread, how easy it is to hack and control an entire Twitter campaign. Hope this serves as a wake-up call for better security around these Google Docs, though I really doubt it's going to make any difference.
  6. Lady Gaga has always stood out, no matter what, and her performance at the Grammys obviously couldn't help but be memorable, and apparently meme-able as well. As usual, she set the stage on fire with her solo rendition of 'Shallow', the emotional ballad from her Oscar-nominated film, 'A Star is Born', but little did she know that one moment from her incredible performance would make her the only Grammys meme that matters. She won three Grammys this time - Best Song Written for Visual Media for 'Shallow', Best Pop Solo Performance for 'Joanne', and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Bradley Cooper for 'Shallow' - but the most important award was Twitter's seal of approval for her deathly stare at the end her performance. At the end of the song, she pulled this pose - Twitter It doesn't look that bad from here, right? It's a little terrifying and uncomfortable, that's it. But, it looked like this in the camera. Twitter Yikes. And thus, a meme was born. What my food sees when I check on them in the oven #Grammys pic.twitter.com/jWzozNUVLJ — Akafi Ali (@AkafiAli) February 11, 2019 We've all been there. Amazon: Your order has shipped. Me waiting at my door: #GRAMMYsâ â #ladygaga pic.twitter.com/4BG303IqOh — Aquacheese (@aquacheeseplz) February 11, 2019 Why do people have private profiles? Trying to look at the profile picture of someone on private who adds you on Instagram #Grammys pic.twitter.com/9lrH8ypiBA — Individual - Not the 1 (@MikeJBruno) February 11, 2019 Card or die? Me when the restaurant is cash only #grammys pic.twitter.com/BXF11lgxw1 — Andy Kenareki (@AndyKenareki) February 11, 2019 Exactly. “per my previous email” pic.twitter.com/nkAJOEkkaG — ryan carey-mahoney (@thegoodcarmah) February 11, 2019 Who did it? Me checking outlets to see who stole my charger. #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/hkQTqlidBo — Kari (@karidigg) February 11, 2019 All Lady Gaga stans be like. Anyone: *talks shit about Lady Gaga* Me: pic.twitter.com/q902GhPyGS — Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) February 11, 2019 Umm. Me when the bar has last call 30 mins before 2am. #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/49KbH1BjT5 — Andy Kenareki (@AndyKenareki) February 11, 2019 Every single Sunday. When someone tells me tomorrow is Monday...#GRAMMYs @ladygaga pic.twitter.com/WcFzLGTq5d — Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) February 11, 2019 Is she peering into our souls? Lady Gaga staring in the camera I'm sitting here like: #Grammys pic.twitter.com/XQ0QoO3Uyl — Errol Nicholson (@errol_nic) February 11, 2019
  7. When life becomes dull, it's not easy to find your spunk and fight back. In order to succeed in life, one has to make it fun, positive, and full of motivation! If you find your life boring and unmotivated, you simply won't be able to make any progress. There are many reasons why you might not be feeling any enthusiasm in your life. And there are even more ways to overcome it. Following are 4 such reasons why you might not be feeling motivated and ways to overcome it: 1. Lack Of Purpose It's very important to have a goal, to have a purpose in life. Following it keeps you sane and sorted. If you don't have a purpose, you won't find any reason to move forward in life. Set a goal, fix a target! When you wake up, you should have a goal in your head, and if you are able to successfully create one, you'll be automatically motivated to achieve it. 2. Procrastination This is the worst thing you can do to yourself. When you start postponing your affairs & chores, your mind adapts to procrastination. You won't be doing any work on time and would always feel too tired and lethargic to do so. Procrastination kills the motivation to do anything. Luckily, it's not difficult to come out of this state. Remember two things – 'the 5-minute rule' & 'schedule'. Apply the 5-minute rule in your life. Whatever task can be done under 5 minutes, don't postpone it. Do it as soon as it comes to your mind. You will see a big change in your life by applying this small rule. Small chores will be done, your mind will be happy after completing a task, and slowly, it will start to procrastinate the procrastination. Next is, schedule. Fix a schedule and strictly follow it. Decide at what time you're going to wake up, have breakfast, leave for the office, and every other thing in your everyday life. Give some time for light exercise. Sticking to a schedule would make you punctual, as you would be completing all the tasks within the deadline and this would eventually push you to aim for higher goals. 3. Lack of Money Believe it or not but lack of money can also be de-motivating. If you have gotten accustomed to a lower salary or lower returns, then you won't need the feel to work hard. You would trick yourself into thinking that two square meals & a roof above your head are good enough for you. If that has happened to you, you should become a little materialistic. Set your eye on something, something out of your budget. Convince yourself that you should buy it. You'll see yourself wanting to work harder to be able to buy it. And you would have it eventually. When that happens and you get your motivation back, work smart. Set another milestone, and in your free time, look for other sources to earn. Pick a hobby and try to turn into a profession. You would not only be enjoying your time but would be utilizing it in the most perfect way. A little extra cash would be great for your savings account or for the latest Play Station. Leave the TV Shows and booze for the weekend. On weekdays, focus on improving your income. It is not that hard to find a hobby and become good enough in it that it starts paying you. You just need to be determined. 4. Social Circle Your social circle makes a huge impact on your life. If you surround yourself with positive & happy people, you would also feel happy and motivated. However, if your friends and colleagues are unmotivated and have negative opinions on everything, then this would impact you on a great level. Their constant criticism of the world would make you look at the world the same way. You would start finding fault in everything which would give your brain a great excuse to become slothful. This is when your motivation to do anything would die and you would just spend your time doing nothing. If this is happening to you, you need to get out of such a company. Join some activities like trekking, or dance classes, or yoga classes, basically anything which would help you meet new people. This change will bring a positive impact on your life as you would not only be interacting with new people but will also be joining an activity. This will bring back the motivation you need in your life. Now that we have told you every major reason why you might be becoming an always tired – demotivated person, you should start doing the aforementioned things to achieve greatness in life. Everyone can be a hero, you just need to fight your battle and come as a winner! May the force be with you!
  8. If you're a sucker for love and belong to the millennial generation, then I suppose you will connect with the newly established Jodi-Nick & Priyanka, or as they're popularly known, 'Nickyanka'. PeeCee is back in action on the big screen soon enough after her two-month long hiatus from the entertainment industry, where she took time away to celebrate her wedding shenanigans along with going for her honeymoon. © Instagram But little did we know the Desi girl and the vilaayati munda actually first spoke to each other on Twitter! Yes, a little piece of information that PeeCee revealed in a short teaser of the Ellen Show, where Priyanka will be appearing in the next episode, talking about her and Nick with Ellen DeGeneres. © Instagram Priyanka is seen talking about how Nick and her met and how he slid into her DMs on Twitter and told her that his friends think it's a good idea for the two of them to meet! Well, if this isn't giving hope to the men who slide into women's DMs to start a conversation, then I really don't know what is! © Twitter “He DMed me actually. So millennial of us! He DMed me on Twitter saying 'I've heard we should connect and uh... I've heard from common friends that we should meet. What do you think about that? I was like, 'just text me" Priyanka tells Ellen. Tomorrow, @PriyankaChopra tells me how her husband @NickJonas slid into her DMs. A post shared by Ellen (@theellenshow) on Jan 29, 2019 at 9:10pm PST I mean it isn't surprising that a man is slipping into a woman's DMs and sending her messages that are flirtatious in nature, but what caught my attention was that even celebrities enjoy doing it, from time to time. After all, slipping into DMs is the new millennial mantra, isn't it? Maybe if Nick had said something offensive to her or showed her lewd pictures of himself, she wouldn't have really entertained him but he actually said something honest and sweet and voila, he had the girl. © Instagram So, basically, what my point is that, now that you've seen the success rate of a DM through a celebrity wedding, maybe up your DM game a bit and don't be rowdy, aggressive or shamefully lewd when you do decide to slide into a girl's DM. Here are three things to keep in mind if you're going to message a girl on a social media platform: (1) No Lewd Content This should go without saying, I suppose. Girls do not like receiving dick pictures. Period. Neither do they want to see your face or any other body part. It's 2019 and you could get into a lot of trouble. So maybe keep it simple? © Getty images (2) Stop With The Pick-Up-Lines Pick-up lines are actually passé. They were perfect in the 90s and a girl in 2019 wouldn't want to entertain them anymore. Maybe a genuine message about your intention with the girl would work perfectly well? Ps: women make fun of guys who use trashy pick-up-lines, with their other women friends. © Getty images (3) No One Cares About A 'Hey' Anymore Just like how Nick put himself out there and made a bold statement about his intentions with Priyanka, maybe you can do the same? Just don't force your intentions or your opinions on her, is all. If you like her and want to take her out on a date, then by all means, make that clear. If you're just stalking her and say a random 'hey' once in a while, you're getting no attention, whatsoever! © Getty images So yes, not every couple can be Nickyanka, but you can find a middle ground and look for your desi girl with some blatant courage and decency. Meanwhile, PeeCee and Nick are still going strong with their family functions in the States and we're hoping to see Priyanka in Shonali Bose's 'The Sky Is Pink', co-starring Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim, rather soon.
  9. Using AirPods always comes with the general fear that one day it will slip out of your ear, fall to the ground and you'll end up losing them. AirPods are small, don't have anything to hold it together and losing them is far easier than finding Waldo. Ever since we've been using AirPods since its release, there's always that fear that we might lose it while using it on a busy street or simply misplace them. That's exactly what Gabrielle Reilly feared and made her AirPods into something more useful than we ever expected. She modified her wireless earbuds into earrings so that she doesn't misplace them even when it falls out of her ear. © Instagram Gabrielle Reilly told BuzzFeed News, "I absolutely refuse to lose them. My cat ate through two pairs of Beats Bluetooth earphones, and all my other earphones. So I got the AirPods because there was no wire for her to chew, but I still needed something to connect them.” I made airpod earrings lmaoooo i didnt want to post this till i had better pics but whatever here it is pic.twitter.com/4pHnc8wvfv — pop (@bloodorgy) January 26, 2019 Her AirPods are now more a pair of dangling earrings that ensures they are always safe and don't fall to the ground. She can pop them out from the earring whenever she wants to charge them or pop them into her ear whenever she wants to listen to something. Reilly has also created a chain necklace to connect the AirPods and is now selling on her website for others to take advantage of her creation. You can order different types of hoops and customers can even choose the length of the earring. These earrings are aptly named 'Airings' and cost $20.00 per pair. Even though this may sound as bizarre as it could be, Reilly's earrings are nothing but ingenious. Maybe Apple could look into expanding into the jewellery department and sign her up for design ideas (Kidding).
  10. Sometimes, you really just can't help the expressions you make, and it happens even more when you're literally wrestling with someone. Then, the expression can be so funny that it turns you into a meme. That's exactly what happened to Brock Lesnar during a match on Sunday. During the WWE Royal Rumble match, Lesnar defeated his opponent Finn Balor via submission after just under nine minutes in the middle of the ring using his Kimura lock and a meme was born. His victory was also a victory for the internet as he had the most hilarious expression. When @BrockLesnar gets into THIS mode, there's no chance.#RoyalRumble #UniversalTitle pic.twitter.com/obA3DNYVi1 — WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) January 28, 2019 Yep, that one. At this point, I would honestly be disappointed if that didn't become a meme, but obviously, everyone came through. Here are the best ones: I can feel it. When you hit just your pinky toe against a nightstand in the dark.#RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/GCByaCHRAu — ColonelFancy (@ColonelFancy) January 28, 2019 Hmm, I'm hungry now. when mom says the pizza rolls are ready. #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/ma2uNc5ebG — Brandon Caldwell (@_brandoc) January 28, 2019 Apparently. Once he goes into Brock face the match is pretty much done. pic.twitter.com/wJWJB7FbIo — ââºâ (ï¾´â½ï½)ï¾â (@Chocodrag0nfly) January 28, 2019 Yep. pic.twitter.com/OvwdLeBedn — Frankey Vegas ð³ð® (@FrankeyLowkey) January 28, 2019 Relatable. When your boss comes into your cube and you're on YouTube #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/Mfg2JiwwzY — Pat Bowlby (@producepat) January 28, 2019 Especially when it's something inedible. When you ask your dog what they're eating and they keep chewing #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/F8zECwFxFW — Aidan. (@AidanCunny_) January 28, 2019 And, then you get yelled at. When you try to sneak food at 2 am then all of a sudden hear your mom walking downstairs.....#RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/Uk6wmGwafS — Elijah Carey (@Elijahcarey98) January 28, 2019 So much talent. My Drawing of Brock lesnar pic.twitter.com/7ML5kMnc62 — Famous Artist (@ilyassking1) January 28, 2019 When anyone checks your browser history, tbh. When your girl checks your browser history #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/seJ0xfGxcs — Guy Manperson (@0N3L0V3) January 28, 2019 Too long. When the #RoyalRumble is going over five hours pic.twitter.com/oWp46ihq9K — Shawn Garrett (@ShawnGarrett) January 28, 2019 Honestly, the best. The greatest pro wrestling gif in the history of gifs, courtesy of Brock Lesnar. #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/B2f4FRiJDj — R.Dream (@WWERDream) January 28, 2019 Sure. When the alarm clock hits after you watched 500 hours of #WWE the night before. #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/aftCIDL5LY — Scott Fishman (@smFISHMAN) January 28, 2019 You're going to die. When you forget to take out the frozen chicken and mom sends you the "omw" text. #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/toDEOhFYNe — Maverik (@OjedaE07) January 28, 2019
  11. Looking back, I remember, I led a very unhealthy lifestyle and had ballooned up to an alarming 100kgs. This was the number one reason why I started to work out and going to the gym, as I was apprehensive about what could happen to me, health-wise. Making a drastic change in my lifestyle and eating habits, when everyone around me was partying and eating junk, was a big U-turn for me. But now, I am glad that I did it. When I started working out, I was told a lot of misleading things. "Don't eat this, take this supplement, eat fat burners, and purchase a mass gainer" and what not. A lot of wrong info came my way without any filter, which led me to be utterly confused and not knowing where to begin. Then came a turning point in my life, as I joined Get Set Go and decide to train under the guidance of coach and co-founder Pratik Thakkar. He helped me in achieving the kind of body I wanted for the past 7 years. He got me there in 6 months and that too, without any useless supplements. He worked on my diet and workout plans and I dedicatedly followed through. Eventually, I got in such good shape that people thought that I was on steroids. The only supplements used through my journey were Whey and Creatine Monohydrate. My training was everywhere. I was doing bro-splits and working out almost every day. This led to poor recovery and poor muscle growth. Pratik then flipped my training around and focused more on recovery and drove me away from the bro-split. My training mostly comprised of push-pull and legs and arms. In time, my volume dropped as well and I was not doing a million reps now either. This brought about the biggest change in my physique. I am now stronger than when I started, my form is way much better and I train intelligently. I don't feel beat up and swiftly get through my schedule. Fitness is about striking a good balance between diet, training and your lifestyle. Be regular, don't cheat and most importantly, get a coach to take care of things that you most certainly can't.
  12. This season of 'Koffee With Karan' has its cup full with controversies, gossip and major celebrity fodder. Last night's episode had some funny exchanges between Bhumi Pednekar and Rajkummar Rao, who debated about what was it like to be an outsider in Bollywood and who do they stalk on social media. View this post on Instagram My cuppa koffee today!!! Super time with @psbhumi and @rajkummar_rao !!! Had a great time guysâï¸âï¸âï¸âï¸âï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Oct 25, 2018 at 8:05am PDT The teaser of the next episode starring Sidharth Malhotra and Aditya Roy Kapoor is out and gives us a sneak peek into their bromance. Partners in crime @SidMalhotra and Aditya Roy Kapur take the Koffee couch this week. #KoffeeWithKaran #KoffeeWithSidharth #KoffeeWithAditya pic.twitter.com/wvBkupn2et — Star World (@StarWorldIndia) January 27, 2019 The two of the hottest bachelors of B-town will gather with KJO himself to brew some more gossip and information for us to feast upon. The teaser also gives us a tiny glimpse of how sassy Sid can actually be when he says that he'd like Saif Ali Khan to be his sibling and Kareena Kapoor to be his wife! View this post on Instagram Steaming Koffee! @s1dofficial #adityaroykapoor #koffeewithkaran A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Nov 9, 2018 at 8:38pm PST Aditya is known to be quite an introvert, so it will be fun to know how he is like as a person when we get some more dope on the lives of these two Bollywood hunks.
  13. During college life, we are stuck with multiple assignments, presentations, and the most troublesome of them all—the semester exams. In addition, we also have spring rolls screaming our name in the canteen and the biryani waiting for us outside the campus. But what about trying to stick to a fitness routine and never being able to adhere it? I think this one is pretty common amongst us and except the firm-headed and the determined ones, lot of us struggle to feasibly maintain our fitness goals. Trying all gimmicks to gain an inch or two on the arms to doing multiple sets of crunches to get those chiseled abs, we know these people… don't we? How about cutting through all the gimmicks, hopping from one program to another and following a program based on solid logic and evidence which gives you measurable results by just performing it 4 days a week? You just need to train 4 times a week and not more than 90 minutes to improve your physical fitness and enhance your physique. Yes, that is what I'm promising you with my 4 days a week intense workout program below which you can follow easily. I just want you to keep one promise, follow the below program exactly for the next 12 weeks and I will make sure that you make measurable progress. Let's cut through everything now? **SS- SUPERSET *AMRAP- AS MANY REPS AS POSSIBLE 1. Use RPE chart for intensity 2. Use proper form and technique for all repetitions 3. Only go to failure for isolation exercises 4. Follow a slight caloric deficit diet or slight caloric surplus diet depending upon your fitness goals Day one focuses on accumulating volume, day two acts as a moderate to low intensity workout preparing you for the heavy session on Friday and the last day i.e. Saturday (day 4) acts as a means to get in more volume on accessory lifts which you might have missed during the week. Feel free to change the last day according to your weak points but only do so if you have the knowledge on the same. This program would be suited best for beginners to early intermediates. Let me know in the comments below what do you think about the program and what are you currently following especially during the busy schedule of college. PS: Don't forget to send me those transformation pictures Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  14. I started as an extremely fat guy with some really messed up eating habits. My cravings for sweet and savoury food were high all the time. I can still remember myself in the college canteen munching on patties, Tandoori Momos and soft drinks on a daily basis. Health Issues All of this started giving me major issues in my stomach. I had to take injections for this reason too. During regular check-ups in my school, I used to feel ashamed after seeing the weight scale going overboard. My weight had reached to 115 Kgs then. This made my friends tease me and call me names. Due to his, I had to visit a family doctor who rightly stated my poor eating habits as the reason for my abnormal weight gain. My Source Of Motivation I was forced to go to the gym, but it was against my own desire. The concept of training and working hard did not attract me. All of this changed when I met a girl who told me the hard truth – “You don't look attractive!” Uneducated Start To My Journey That hurt me deep inside but motivated me to start my journey of transformation as well. I started to run on the treadmill for countless hours and neglected weight training in the initial days. This made me lose 10-12 kgs but also made me look weak. I just ran on treadmill without thinking anything about the diet. Self Awareness The tables were turned when I changed my location to Pune and started watching videos on diet and training. I got aware on basic topics like calories, macros and macronutrients. Measuring my food and counting calories with the combination of heavy lifting made a lot of differences in my body. I used to get goosebumps seeing biceps popping out of my arms. My supplement stack only contained following two things: 1. Whey Protein 2. Multivitamin What Worked For Me? Apparently, the combination of these things worked for me: 1. Caloric deficit (Eating less calories than my bod requires) 2. High protein diet 3. Walks to the gym adding to Energy Burn (I didn't have my vehicle in Pune. This made me walk to the gym) 4. Educated and Science Based Training methods 5. Real Food and not meaningless Supplements What Didn't Work For Me? I followed the Ketogenic Diet in between which obviously got me results. Later on, I realized that this diet could not be followed for long because of limited food options. My Final Message To All When your loved ones see your efforts and hard work, they start recognizing and supporting you. Girls who didn't know my name, drool over me now! My parents have started appreciating my fitness goals. Also, our decisions and choices dictate our progress. I'm that one guy in the group who chooses diet coke over a regular soft drink. These small choices can add up in the long run and make us achieve our goal sooner.
  15. Going seven years back in time, as an average IT professional, I was working from 9 to 6 in an MNC with a very limited focus on my fitness and eating habits. With a very lean body type – 60kg and short height (5'6) my appearance was tiny. I was constantly made fun of and that resulted in low self-esteem, confidence impacting my performance across all functions of life. Poor Eating Habits Staying away from home, I used to eat whatever was accessible to me with zero attention to what type of food I was consuming and what it will do to my body. With ample free time after office and during weekends, I decided to join a nearby gym with the goal to become big and at the same time socialize with fellow gym-goers. Change In Job Locations I slowly started to do light to moderate workouts following traditional coaches and their techniques. After not seeing any significant results after 6 months, I was fortunate enough to come across a trainer who focused on natural diet and using correct form. But, as it usually happens in the IT industry I received a better job offer from a company in Gurgaon and hence had to shift my base from Noida to Gurgaon. I restarted my workout but this time I was constantly pushed by my trainers to take supplements from whey proteins to creatine. First Encounter With Steroids & Kidney Issues For personal benefits, my coach even tried to persuade me to go for Dianabol as well. Though I completely ignored his advice of taking steroids, I started taking supplements like whey protein and BCAAs. After a few months, I noticed some changes in my body structure but also observed that my gut health started to suffer. I got constant issues of indigestion, bloating etc. I got a full body checkup done and found that my creatinine levels were very high. Most of the aspiring bodybuilders, aspirants neglect these small issues which are very critical for your overall health. Changing The Coach At this point, I immediately stopped taking advice from this coach and hired an online coach whose fitness methodology focused on 100% natural transformation. By this time, the fitness bug had bitten me and I started to read a lot of online material on fitness and nutrition to increase my knowledge and did my ISSA certification as well. Managing Kidney Issues Also, I decided to train my body in 100% natural way with zero help of supplements. As an immediate step, I reduced my protein intake from 210gm to 130gm which was appropriate for my body needs and my creatinine levels became normal. At this time, I faced a major confusion on growing muscle while digesting protein ineffectively. I began to eat a lot of protein derived from natural or readily available sources like Paneer, Tofu, Legumes and Milk. Self Education & Learning Gradually with more research and time spent on reading online fitness materials, I became aware of my body type, its needs and correct form/technique of doing exercises. I created my own workout plan focusing on more than one body part every day. This was combined with a carefully planned diet plan with optimal calories, macronutrients and micronutrients. With progressive overloading and following a strict yet completely natural diet plan, I gained good muscle mass over a period of time. Now for further refining my Fitness Knowledge and bringing the physique to a next level, I have decided to work with a coach named Rachit Bir from BIRa Fitness.
  16. Actor R. Madhavan is currently busy with his upcoming directorial debut, 'Rocketry: The Nambi Effect'. Madhavan will play the 77-year-old ISRO scientist and aerospace engineer, Nambi Narayanan in the biopic, and is already getting rave reviews from his fans for his incredible transformation. © Instagram In all honesty, Madhavan looks so convincing in these pictures that it often becomes difficult to identify which of them is the real scientist and who is his on-screen avatar. Interestingly, it took Madhavan 14 hours to transform himself into the scientist's doppelganger and over two and a half years to get into the character. Madhavan too is tripping over the funny memes that are being made on him. I know ... ha ha ha it's all over ..ððððððð https://t.co/DkUzC8CRg1 — Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) January 23, 2019 While it took Madhavan 14 hours, it took Twitter comparatively less time to transform the 48-year-old actor into hilarious memes. From making their own version of #10YearChallenge to comparing it to starting medical school and finally becoming a doctor, desi Twitter is legit having a field day churning out memes on him and his look. 1) started doing CA 2) when you complete CA pic.twitter.com/bICcekfGOd — ¯_(ã)_/¯ (@shubhh_jain) January 23, 2019 Make goa plan. Finally Going. pic.twitter.com/R6coJAjAm2 — Pranjul Sharma ð (@Pranjultweet) January 23, 2019 1) texted 2) waiting for her reply pic.twitter.com/zTeBK7RFRG — 㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠ã¤ã¤ 㤠㤠㤠(@firkiii) January 23, 2019 Three stages of life- 1. You believe in Santa. 2. You don't believe in Santa. 3. You become Santa. pic.twitter.com/SCioTH2EII — The Sarcastic Jerk (@The_Sarcastic_J) January 23, 2019 First year in JNU Vs Final year in JNU pic.twitter.com/Y8fBq7ri1S — Desi Mojito (@desimojito) January 23, 2019 When a casting director says, "I have your profile, I will call when something comes up for you"#apnatimeayega @ActorMadhavan ð pic.twitter.com/TOWBPbsIbY — Sharang Ramakant Pange (@sharangpange) January 23, 2019 Waiting for SRK Hit Film ð° pic.twitter.com/3hlcrMS3ys — Virender Sehwag (@SirURFake) January 23, 2019 Me: I'm ready to go. How much time you will take? Bae: Bas 5 minute. Me: *30 years later* pic.twitter.com/B5efLC3U8x — Naveen Kukreja (@NaveenRKukreja) January 23, 2019 *when you're 25 and unmarried at family function.* 1) How you really look . 2) How your relatives see you . pic.twitter.com/1FaWyd4gpQ — Aditiið (@Sassy_Soul_) January 23, 2019 *phone call* she: ek second hold karo pic.twitter.com/A9y5xBedhZ — Maithun - HMP (@Being_Humor) January 23, 2019
  17. In a bid to get the vibes going for my weekly ritual of “Netflix & Chill” sessions, which strategically begins on the eve of every weekend, I plopped on my comfy couch, dragged my laptop out of its hibernation, and slowly began to give in to the weekend feels that were finally kicking in. We are all aware of the drill. It's a week-long schedule, that swings along the many hours between Monday and Friday. So every Friday, or most Fridays, calls for a celebration for having made it through yet another trying and dreary week at work (if you don't relate to this, trust me I couldn't be more jealous of your work situation right now). © Jabberwockee Talkies So when I decided to give my weekly tradition a go yesterday, making my pick from amongst the many visual treats trying to lure me into clicking 'Play', I chanced upon a film on the 'New Releases' screen that I instantly recalled from an entertainment article I had read not so long ago. 'Soni' - when you first read the movie's title, it doesn't seem like much. You might even consider scrolling past it in your unawareness, maybe I would have done the same, if the details about the film from that entertainment article stating the many international awards and critical acclaims it had won, hadn't stuck with me. Besides, the film's description had all the shouty keywords that instantly hit home, - crimes against women in Delhi, policewomen, grappling with gender issues - even the two-line description of the film had everything going for it. I would let you do your own research on all that, but before I really get down to my point, let me tell you that the film received a standing ovation at the 75th Venice International Film Festival where it premiered. © Jabberwockee Talkies All that said, let me give you a brief overview of the film (without any spoilers), so that we can better understand my motivation behind talking about a film that would be highly relatable for most women living in the Indian subcontinent. 'Soni' is a story about the titular character sub-inspector Soni and her boss, IPS officer Kalpana Ummat of Delhi Police. Together they carry out a personal passion project which is actually a decoy operation targeting violent crimes against women. The story traces the various facets of these passionate, driven and strong women who constantly have to struggle to strike a balance between their personal ambitions, gender expectations and pressures at work. The subtle yet sound script, along with the smart camerawork manages to present a very trending subject in the 'rape capital' of India in a very understated manner, while still managing to make its point. © Jabberwockee Talkies Hot-tempered Soni who is fighting hard to rise above her personal struggles to stay true to her work, has been wonderfully contrasted to Kalpana's character in the film, who is more grounded and present in the moment. Her only shortcoming (according to her phallic impassioned husband) is that she is considerate and more human than an IPS officer should be allowed to. On the other hand, Kalpana's mother-in-law and sister-in-law are quick to judge and complaint about her career, demands at work, her lack of family time to spare and even the delay in pushing out a baby or two - while constantly overlooking her desires and aspirations from life. The film manages to expose the double standards of the patriarchal Indian society which continues to treat women as second class citizens regardless of their qualifications and achievements. The two main supporting male characters in the film, both Kalpana's husband Commissioner Sandeep and Soni's ex Naveen are emblematic of the less forgiving, berating and dismissive, entitled patriarchal forces at play within our society. © Jabberwockee Talkies Kalpana, who is firm yet warm, plays a second-in-command at home and work, and viewed as incapable of handling power and authority because she is a woman. Soni on the other hand is a pawn at the hands of life's misfortune who is agitated by the incivility and corruption around her, while trying to make her way through a disappointing relationship. Director Ivan Ayr's debut film has beautifully captured the living reality of women without sensationalising it. Living through forms of sexual harassment, threatened when they speak their mind, not given the due respect they deserve in positions of power and authority, as opposed to their male counterpart and bogged down by the narrow outlook of fellow women who are imprisoned by age-old gender roles. © Jabberwockee Talkies In their struggle to feel secure and at peace, the two lead characters easily bring forth the daily battles most women are fighting, one that is easy to overlook and forget, especially by the men in our lives. The film draws you in, and holds you close enough to make you forget that each scene has been shot in a single shot, but two women who do not come from an acting background. It's the rawness and relatability, along with powerful acting that makes this film an absolute must-watch. Do yourself a favour, and spare that one hour and forty minutes to relish this visual treat.
  18. I always had a thing for outdoor activities. Right from my school days, I participated in sports events and cross country runs. Once into graduation, one iron head friend of mine dragged me into a real gym. It was here where my real weight training habit got inculcated. As far as the nutrition was concerned, we just ate whatever we had in sight. You know, this is how the hostel life hits you on the food front. There was no YouTube or guys around whom I could really ask about nutrition. So it was just 'eat-see' almost throughout the grads. The Challenges Out of everything, the worst thing that hit me was lacking motivation. Blame that on lack of a mentor and lack of guidance and knowledge during the starting days, things really looked bad at times. I used to get de-motivated and sometimes, even quit working out. One of these breaks was so long that for over half a year, I didn't even step into the gym. Fake Supplements As there was no proper nutrition and supplement guidance, I got trapped into the vicious circle of fake supplements. Only after spending a considerable amount of money that I realized I was consuming fake supplements. I still remember my first ever tub on whey that I purchased. It was completely fake and tasted like glucose. The Myths Throughout my journey I came through a LOT of myths. So much so, that even I started believing some of them. Some of them were – Salt makes you fat No eating after 7 in the evening Fat makes you fat Such kind of myths was massively promoted to me by so-called 'gurus' Close Encounter With Steroids I remember one of my friends suggested me take 'DIANABOL' and said that it will take you to the next level. Being a rookie, I took them and since it was a steroid I gained lot of weight (water & fat mostly). Soon issues with gyno and acnes came through. I never contacted that person again. Never! The Turning Point My turning point was in June 2017. I came across coach Aminder Singh and his natural bodybuilding ethics. Under one of his coaches, I learnt about natural bodybuilding, proper exercising techniques and proper nutrition. Then, adding to my knowledge was GetSetGo Fitness's Pratik Thakkar.
  19. If you're a '90s kid, it's extremely likely that you grew up with Shaan's songs. From 'Tanha hil' to 'Dus bahaane', his songs have always struck a chord with the youngsters of the nation, and he was a household name. Just when we thought he's lying low, he reappeared, in a swanky, brand new avatar. Looks like he has transformed into a fashionista with a ripped physique, who can now dance as well. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Melvin Louis (@melvinlouis) on Jan 10, 2019 at 3:28am PST Shaan just came up with a new single called 'It's natural', where he's all dapper, fit, and fashionable - dancing the blues away. Look at him go with choreographer Melvin Louis (he taught Melvin the step!) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Melvin Louis (@melvinlouis) on Jan 10, 2019 at 8:35am PST He's doing pretty well on the fitness front too, clearly. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shaan (@singer_shaan) on Jan 5, 2019 at 11:11pm PST Talking about multi-talented, does it get better? Can you believe the man is 46 years old? © Singer Shaan View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shaan (@singer_shaan) on Dec 18, 2018 at 10:43pm PST We're loving the new look, Shaan! Here's the man in full glory, in his latest music video.
  20. The year may have just started, but rocking parties will continue to come and go, with every other excuse. But, if you happen to be playing host in one such party, you have to ensure that the music at the venue is top notch. Well, you can stop worrying about that now because we've got your back. Here below we've listed down 10 party songs that we reckon are bound to be very popular with your guests, and may even turn into party anthems in the months to come: Check out the list here: 1. Taki Taki - DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Cardi B, Ozuna This one is still topping the charts all around the world for obvious reasons! The peppy beats and the excellent collaboration are an absolute winner. 2. Aankh Maarey - Tanishk, Mika, Neha Kakkar & Kumar Sanu No, this song is not going anywhere, anytime soon. So deal with it, and maybe dance to it too. 3. Thank U, Next - Ariana Grande One of Ariana's top releases from the past year, this song is here to stay too. 4. She Move It Like - Badshah Have you guys checked out Badshah's latest single? It's got quite a ring to it honestly. 5. Undecided - Chris Brown Chris Brown's most recent release, this one has everything you might need to get the party grooving. 6. Chamma Chamma - Neha Kakkar, Tanishk, Ikka, Romy Yeah, we know it's a recreation of the old song by the same name from the movie 'China Gate', but Nora Fatehi is killing it in this song! 7. Say My Name - David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin This track is so amaze, we wonder why more people aren't going crazy over it. 8. Putt Jatt Da - Diljit Dosanjh It's always a pleasure to lend an ear to Diljit crooning yet another of his marvels. This peppy number became an instant hit for obvious reasons too. 9. Let You Love Me - Rita Ora Rita Ora has been churning hits after hits, and this one doesn't promise anything less than a good time. 10. Expert Jatt - Nawab The beats of this song will get you hooked and grooving like no other. Also, can you tell which other popular Punjabi song does this song's music sound similar to?
  21. “Ye Wasseypur hai, yahan kabootar bhi ek pankh se udta hai, aur dusre se apni ijjat bachata hai.” A true blue Pankaj Tripathi fan would be able to tell exactly where, when and who said this. If you happen to be one of them, we deem you as one too - a Pankaj Tripathi fan. One, who may or may not have seen and appreciated this method artist's talents before 'Gangs of Wasseypur' became a stellar, commercial success, and Pankaj received the praise and recognition that he had duly earned. Today, 'Mirzapur' is touching new heights riding on his shoulders. Viewers have been left in awe of Kaleen Bhaiya, who instills terror in people's hearts by simply sitting on his chair, hardly saying much. But that is one of Pankaj's idiosyncrasies which seems to have done wonders for him - his ability to go beyond the written character and adding his personal touches to them, making each of Pankaj's performances brilliant. © Instagram But Pankaj Tripathi's journey to such critical acclaims and the popularity that followed comes sprinkled with many highs and lows. That makes his story worthy to be told - yet remains one that hasn't been shared enough. When Pankaj started out, his means were limited, but his dreams soared sky-high. Very early on in his life, he had set his heart on doing things differently. Of leading a life on his own terms, and not giving in to expectations written in stone. A native of a small village in Bihar, called Belsand, Pankaj grew up in a place that is beginning to reap the goodness of civilisation just now. He spent his initial years enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Born into a farmer's family, his early years were spent in the lap of nature. Pankaj appreciated the plain joys that life had to offer, such as swimming in the pond behind his house or running through the fields with his mates. © Instagram Given such a humble start to his life, we suppose you are wondering how the bug to act bit him? Well, by his own admission, Pankaj used to act in local plays in his village where he would portray the role of girls. The audience would love his performances, which eventually prompted Pankaj to take up acting. When Pankaj moved to Patna for his higher studies, he came across the charm of theatre, and would soon cycle the length and breadth of the state to attend as many stage plays as he could between 1994 and 1995. Finally in 1996, he started doing theatre, along with a night job in a hotel. That went on for two years, before he decided to get serious acting lessons. © Instagram Coming from a family of limited means meant that he would have to look for a place that could teach him for free. He learnt that National School of Drama in Delhi was one such place, but their admission requirement calls for a graduation degree. That's how the then 12th pass Pankaj got himself enrolled in a BA degree in Hindi literature. Post graduating, he found himself in NSD and graduated from the acting school in 2004. On October 16th he found himself in the city of dreams Mumbai, with his life-savings of Rs 45,000. But as life would have it, by December 25th, he had only Rs. 10 left in his pocket. Life was hard, and challenges crept up at every turn. But Pankaj was not the one to give up. © Instagram He kept auditioning, kept facing rejections for over a decade, kept honing his skills with every project he landed and ended up bagging a few small roles here and there. But eventually his time came with gangster-drama 'Gangs of Wasseypur' in 2012, for which Pankaj received a lot of critical appreciation from the audience and critics alike. He had finally made it. His credibility spiked through the roof and bigger projects kept knocking at his door incessantly. What followed next was 'Fukrey' (2013), 'Masaan' (2015), 'Nil Battey Sannata' (2016), 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' (2017), 'Newton' (2017), 'Fukrey Returns' (2017) and 'Stree'(2018). © Instagram But that is not all, Pankaj went on to earn a National Film Award – Special Mention for his performance in 'Newton'! Today, he has played a lead in 'Gurgaon' and also has multiple projects such as 'Kaagaz', 'Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai', and 'Luka Chhupi' in the pipeline, besides various other projects. Pankaj follows a simple philosophy in his life, “yaadgaar to mai apne kaam se hounga”. That is what this fine actors eats and breaths - a wish to entertain his audience, who go back home with a smile on their faces at the end of the day. His charming personality, his connection to his roots and the pride with which he wears it, makes him so much more relatable and lovable. © Instagram Yes, I say lovable because you cannot look past this man's standing wit and humour. His passion for acting and entertaining his audience is palpable, and he manages to take you with him to places, you didn't imagine was possible to visit sitting on the other side of the screen. He appreciates the art of movie making, something he hails as an organic process, wherein hundreds of people put in their heart and soul to rear a piece into existence. His honesty, hard work and sincerity have finally found a home in people's heart, who simply cannot get enough of this man!
  22. The 'ABCD' franchise, which is Bollywood's own version of the 'Step Up' movies, is coming back with its third instalment. The makers mean some serious business with this one, as one of the hottest and most fabulous dancers in show business, Nora Fatehi has been signed up for a pivotal role opposite Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor. She's one of the most hard working and driven human being that I have ever meet. Welcome to the gang. Gonna feed u cheese and dance with u. Hey @Norafatehi we gonnna kick up a storm. #3iscoming https://t.co/j57NVavcG2 — Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) January 9, 2019 The movie is being helmed by Remo D'Souza and interestingly, Nora stepped in after Katrina Kaif walked out of the dance movie. The reason was her overpacked schedule for Salman Khan's 'Bharat'. The movie is being touted as the biggest Bollywood dance movie ever and will also star ace dancer and choreographer Prabhudeva. The movie is hitting floors and is yet to have a release date. Nora is a super fine dancer and was last seen dancing to 'Kamariya' from 'Stree'. This will be one interesting movie to look out for.
  23. Even before its release, 'The Accidental Prime Minister' is making headlines almost every single day. Earlier, the movie's trailer was removed from YouTube, then cases were registered against the actors and to put a ban on the release. However, beating all odds, 'The Accidental Prime Minister' is finally releasing on January 11 and ahead of the big release, actor Anupam Kher aka the reel-life Dr. Manmohan Singh has been constantly sharing updates with his fans on social media. View this post on Instagram Dear @akshaye_khanna!! I know I will get many opportunities to thank you but today being the release of our trailer of #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister I want to say that you have been an amazing and most giving co actor. Your brilliance rubbed on me and it helped me bring out my best. You are an inspiration. See you at the trailer launch. Jai Ho. ðð @tapmofficial A post shared by Anupam Kher (@anupampkher) on Dec 26, 2018 at 6:22pm PST Ever since Kher's first look as Dr. Manmohan Singh was announced, people were in awe of how the two looked like twin brothers. Anupam Kher deserves all the credit for portraying such a complex character and adapting Singh's silent yet strong mannerism with utmost brilliance. Check out this 20-second video of how Kher transformed into Dr. Manmohan Singh. It used to take two hours everyday for him to get this look and Kher thanked on social media, the team who made this possible. View this post on Instagram Making of #DrManmohanSingh: This is a 20sec time lapse video of a two hour job done by my great make and wardrobe team. Thank you dearest Abhilasha for your brilliant costume design, #SurindrasNaturalHairTeam Bala, Pranay, Deepak, Rishi, Mangesh and Jaspreet. I couldn't have done this role without you. ðð #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister #SwipeLeft @tapmofficial A post shared by Anupam Kher (@anupampkher) on Jan 6, 2019 at 8:41pm PST Not only his transformation video, Kher also shared the making of the oath ceremony of our former Prime Minister. View this post on Instagram Making of the oath ceremony of #DrManmohanSingh for our movie #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister. Releasing on 11th Jan. ðð @tapmofficial A post shared by Anupam Kher (@anupampkher) on Jan 7, 2019 at 7:07am PST The movie is based on Sanjaya Baru's controversial book, 'The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh'. Apart from Anupam Kher, actor Akshaye Khanne too has impressed us with his brilliant portrayal of Baru. Directed by Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, the film is releasing on January 11.
  24. There is absolutely no doubt that 2018 belonged to Netflix. With series like 'Ghoul', 'Sacred Games', 'Lust Stories', 'To All The Boys I Have Loved Before', '13 Reasons Why' and recently released 'Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle', Netflix not only took care of our entertainment, but also gave us talents that were until now kept hidden from us. To sum up the amazing year that went by, Baloo aka Anil Kapoor turns into a rapper and takes us through all the hilarious and epic moments that Netflix India gave us. The video also features Jatin Sarna aka Bunty from 'Sacred Games', Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal and Radhika Apte. Netflix India Also, you just cannot miss Anil Kapoor dancing and throwing letters in the air pretending to be like Lara Jean, during the segment of 'To All The Boys I Have Loved Before'. Netflix India This video is also a compilation of all the comments that people like left on Netflix's social media and it was funny to see Anil Kapoor taking a dig at himself by calling himself "Baal ki dukaan as Baloo, great casting." In a nutshell, the year 2018 taught us a lot of things - "Sab marenge, sirf Trivedi bachega", there's a not-so-classic connection between 'taboot' and India Gate that only Nawazuddin can explain, "Kabhi Kabhi lagta apun hi Bhagwan hai" is one dialogue we didn't know we needed, Vicky Kaushal is a powerhouse of talent and Radhika Apte is omnipresent. Netflix India Also, Netflix India will never stop making amazing content for us to binge-watch.
  25. Social media is abuzz with praises and is absolutely bowled over with the performance of Nawazuddin Siddiqui in 'Thackeray', which is a biopic of Bal Thackeray. One of the dialogues from the movie, 'Ek sangathan ki shuruwat karni hogi' has been converted into a meme and is now going viral. We have to say, it is hilarious and fits perfectly in these situations. Every Indian uncle, while making a Family Whatsapp Group. #Thackeray pic.twitter.com/VIzBQmKYw8 — Bade Chote (@badechote) December 26, 2018 New year party plan karney keliye...#Thackeray pic.twitter.com/rAmAAhcpsI — BRAHMA (@BrahmaUbaach) December 26, 2018 That's all of us and our circle of friends. #ThackerayTrailer #Thackeray When my friend got beaten up by his crush's dad pic.twitter.com/wfx6EKU87V — Sarcastic Tweets (@Sarcastic_DNA) December 26, 2018 PUBG has ruined all of us I guess. Me after downloading pubg. pic.twitter.com/ruB8zoOcu8 — Mask Ishan (@Mr_LoLwa) December 26, 2018 The trailer has left fans extremely excited over Nawaz's insane acting and Amrita Rao will be seen after a long hiatus as well.
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