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  1. Imagine being able to say it out loud: “I am the only person to skate in Antarctica and have my name in a record book to prove it.” Well, Lakshmi Sona Singh can actually do it. Getting her name registered in India's prestigious Limca Book of Records (2019), the 35-year-old London based amateur skater put on her roller blades, stepped onto the Paradise Harbour, Antarctica and glided her way into becoming the first (and only) person to do so, on 16 December 2017. Credit: Lakshmi Sona Singh Working as a Sales Manager in a UK-based telecom services company, Lakshmi had been a great skating enthusiast ever since her childhood days in Surat, Gurjarat, where her parents introduced her to a set of wheels when she was six. However, much like the most of us, education, a good job and the ever-so-heavy burden of settling down became her priorities with her love for skating got buried deep within her heart. But as they say, “passion never dies.” Nearly three decades later, Lakshmi decided to turn her dreams of skating among the pristine surroundings of Antarctica, into reality. “I just decided to pack a bag and grab my skates,” she told us. Credit: Lakshmi Sona Singh Sure, her journey to Antarctica was not that easy. Saving up for this single trip for years, Lakshmi faced some criticism from her parents and her brother, who thought it was impossible and absolutely crazy for her to continue to work towards this goal of hers. But when she finally booked her tickets and fervourly called her parents at 3 in the morning to break the news, they had to give in to her unshaken commitment. “I was confident about finishing my journey. There was so much excitement that there was no room for nervousness, although I did get a lot of strange looks from the people who were around me on the ship when they saw my roller blades,” she said jokingly. Credit: Lakshmi Sona Singh She also had to let go of one of her clothing baggage as the weight of the roller blades itself was too much to carry, but Lakshmi was on a mission and it was a very small price to pay. Now that this endeavour of hers has come to a successful end, Lakshmi is determined to skate at the North Pole next and eventually on every other continent, with the hopes of making another record of skating on all seven continents. We wish her the best of luck!
  2. We've been playing 'Call Of Duty: Mobile' beta for a few days and the multiplayer game has some classic CoD feel to it with an added twist of Battle Royale. The game supports both multiplayer formats and there are some features and key differences in the game. 'Call Of Duty' is by far one of the biggest first-person shooter franchises and the mobile version borrows many key maps and features from its AAA counterparts. Many weapons, game modes and maps from previous CoD games are featured in the mobile version. Here are all the features, modes and things you need to know about CoD mobile: Game Modes: © Activision In classic fashion, 'Call of Duty Mobile' has multiplayer modes such as team deathmatch and domination, however, the biggest addition this week was its Battle Royale mode. The mode can be played in either third person or first person POV and has single, duos and squad (up to 4 teammates) playlists. The Battle Royale map has been stitched together using many popular CoD maps such as Firing Range, Nuketown and others. CoD Mobile also has different classes for this mode where each character has a set of unique abilities. When the game officially launches, other game modes such as Dominations, Hardpoint, and frontline are also expected to be available. Each multiplayer mode will let you play with 8 to 10 players. Firing Modes: © Activision There are two types of firing modes in Call Of Duty: Mobile i.e. simple and advanced. In simple mode, the gun fires automatically the moment you set aim on an enemy. This mode is perfect for casuals, however, we do not advise using this mode in the long run. Due to the automatic firing nature of this mode, you will often be inaccurate and miss your targets as you do not have control over your firing actions. You may not have to worry about tapping the screen to fire the gun but you will easily give away your position if you miss. In advanced mode, there is a dedicated fire mode similar to what you have seen PUBG mobile. The heads up display (HUD) has all the necessary control buttons within the reach of your thumb. If you are already used to playing PUBG mobile, this is the mode you want to use during your gameplay. This mode can also be expanded later when Activision adds support for Bluetooth gamepads. Battle Royale: © Activision There are a few key differences in the Battle Royale mode when compared to PUBG mobile. For example, you can revive your teammates even if they have died. It works similar to how it does on Apex Legends, where you can pick up your teammates' dog tag for a revival. You can also use various vehicles in the mode such has helicopters, ATVs and others for tactical advantage. Apart from vehicles, players will also need to choose a specific class before they jump out. These classes come with unique skills and abilities that players can take advantage of for better movement or even kills. It works very similar to how it does on Call of Duty's Blackout mode for Black Ops 4. What Are These Abilities? © MensXP There are plenty of abilities that are assigned to specific classes where some give you passive advantages. For example, the Ghost class lets players hide their character on the mini-map from UAVs. There are other perks such as Fast Recover, where your health regenerates faster than others. How You Can Play: 'Call of Duty: Mobile' is scheduled to launch for iOS and Android in the coming months and you can pre-register for the game on the Play Store right now (Not available for App Store). The beta is currently being tested in India and you can install the game by following these easy steps.
  3. The election results are out and the Modi wave is taking the nation and the world by storm. Narendra Modi has come back as India's PM yet again. Before the elections, Modi Ji's biopic which stars Vivek Anand Oberoi in the titular role was swimming in controversy and was banned for a brief period of time. The movie finally saw the light of the day and was released today amidst the celebration of Modi Ji's win. The film is getting a good response mostly as many feel the storyline is inspiring. Strong. Simple. Unapologetic. #PMNarendraModi by @vivekoberoi is robust, undeterred yet restrainedðªð»ð¥ @OmungKumar excels in bringing out a story of common man who is loved by all across the nationðð»ð @narendramodi ji fans ðwill swell with pride & 56inch ka seena ! #ModiAaGaya — Girish Johar (@girishjohar) May 24, 2019 If u r a traditional modi hater, go n watch movie #PMNarendraModi ... It's almost sure ur perception ll change... Give it a try.... Great work by @vivekoberoi ... Congrats team ðððð — Prateek (@Prateek28971684) May 24, 2019 Delhi ki audience ka verdict: A motivational movie! Get your tickets in advance and watch #PMNarendraModi in cinemas from tomorrow: https://t.co/Nqry1zx58B#PMNarendraModiOn24thMay #DekhengeModiBiopic pic.twitter.com/uUPnZNyeaH — PM Narendra Modi (@ModiTheFilm2019) May 23, 2019 While a lot of people are still not convinced to see Vivek as Modi Ji, others feel he has done a great job in the film. #VivekOberoi you done great job in movie #PMnarendramodi you justified the charecter — Priyank Pandya (@PriyankPandya10) May 24, 2019 Watched Pm narendra modi movie first day first show. Was waiting for it for long. Beautifully picturized journey of our most loved PM . Fantabulous job by Vivek Oberoi. Guys go and watch movie it's worth watching.#VivekOberoi #NarendraModi — Nishtha Saraswat (@nishtha80) May 24, 2019 Vivek Oberoi should retire. Nobody wants to see this overconfident loudmouth talentless 'press conference' boy on screen#PMNarendraModi #ModiBiopic https://t.co/EsNVJGY2vw — K.....! (@Being_Khaled) May 24, 2019 However, some people were not convinced which is obvious since one story cannot inspire literally everyone out there. PM Narendra Modi movie is a 135 minutes long WhatsApp forward #PMNarendraModi — Ashish Bagchi (@BagchiAsh) May 24, 2019 REVIEW SARKAR'S REVIEW#PMNarendraModi One word review: adjustable Rating:â­â­ð Outstanding act by lead, not so bad direction by omung Kumar, back ground music sticks to the film, songs are well, seems some how fake.#VivekOberoi Box office prediction: 7-10cr @vivekoberoi — Bollywood Review sarkar (@reviewsarkar) May 24, 2019 The movie looks like a decent watch, so you may as well book your tickets if you want to.
  4. According to a finding by 9to5Mac, Apple devices have now shown up in the Eurasian Economic Commission regulatory database. The new iPhone models have shown up ahead of their release later this year and we finally know what the model numbers are. © YouTube The 2019 iPhones have appeared in the database with model numbers A2111, A2160, A2161, A2215, A2216, A2217, A2218, A2219, A2220, A2221, and A2223. The database compiles a list of devices that depend on encryption technologies and most of Apple's devices both past and present are on that list. Similarly, earlier this year the iPad Air and iPad mini 5 were registered on the database five months ahead of its launch. According to the 9to5Mac's report, “The A2111, A2161, A2215 identifiers probably represent the new iPhone XR successor. The other model identifiers will be for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max.” The other model numbers are also expected to be different versions of the iPhone 11 and the iPhone R successor as different regions offer different cellular band compatibility. In the case of China, the iPhone comes with a physical dual SIM phone that is exclusive to the region. © Twitter 2019 iPhones are expected to look largely the same as the previous generation while previous leaks have suggested a triple-camera setup at the back. In terms of the feel of the phone, there are rumours that suggest that Apple is opting for a more matte finish instead of the glass back. Other new features include reverse wireless charging for the new AirPods and Apple new more A13 chipset. © Twitter Apple will be adding an extra sensor to both the iPhone XR and the iPhone 11/11Max as a form of upgrades. The iPhone XR is now rumoured to have a dual-camera setup similar to the iPhone XS whereas the iPhone 11 is expected to have a triple camera setup. The iPhone 11 is expected to have a larger camera bump and in the shape of a square. The additional third sensor is said to be an ultra-wide lens and will also be used for more detailed images at a standard zoom level. The new iPhones are expected to be announced at Apple's annual press event that is scheduled to take place sometime in September. Source: 9to5Mac
  5. With the ICC World Cup 2019 less than 10 days, Virat Kohli and the rest of the Men in Blue have finally left for England, where they will be participating in a couple of warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh on 25th and 28th May, before officially beginning their World Cup 2019 journey with their first game against South Africa on 5th June 2019. The team was, however, spotted at the Mumbai airport lounge hours before boarding their flight. A couple of photos of the members of Team India in the BCCI uniform made their way to the internet and instantly went viral for all the right reasons. Jet set to go ââ#CWC19 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/k4V9UC0Zao — BCCI (@BCCI) May 21, 2019 In the images uploaded by the official Twitter account of the Board of Control for Cricket in Indian (BCCI), some of the most talented athletes of the roster can be seen putting their time to good use and indulging in a couple of games of PUBG Mobile, the hit Battle Royale game that has taken the Indian market by storm ever since it was launched a year and a half ago. Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and even the team veteran, Mahendra Singh Dhoni were caught squading up against the rest of the world in the streets of Erangel. Twitter went crazy when they spotted their favourite sportsmen playing their favourite mobile game: Good Luck Team India ð®ð³ Play quality cricket & make us proud.#WorldCup2019 & once you are back, why not go for PUBG Championship. I mean we have a squad in our cricket team. Mr MS Dhoni, Shami, Bhuvi and Chahal. That is a great squad already. What say? @BCCI @PUBGMOBILE pic.twitter.com/klmHtrfIea — Saleem Rehan (@rehanode) May 22, 2019 Before # WORLD CUP, Another world cup (PUBG) is going on . #BEST OF LUCK TEAM INDIA pic.twitter.com/5QPkFqm4uu — VIJAY KATARIA (@vijayjssate111) May 22, 2019 All The Best Team Indiað®ð³!! Btw @yuzi_chahal and Mahi can you tell us your PUBG acc nameðð?! pic.twitter.com/kBwwXOfHin — ajinkya ambatwar (@AmbatwarAjinkya) May 22, 2019 Yeh sab PUBG wale h kya??? Chak de India!!! Hope the team gets the cup back.#CWC19 #TeamIndia https://t.co/2JDGPvDUq0 — Ashutosh Kumar (@ashuak1225) May 22, 2019 Looks like PubG fever has caught up with Team India ðall the best for #CWC19 https://t.co/fhYcrrCICi — Tejus S (@tejussgame) May 22, 2019 Caption cool pubg khel rhe hai All the best Team India Is bar ka WC caption cool ke nam — Darshan Lad (@DarshanLad2) May 22, 2019 Other than the Battle Royale fanatics, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan were also spotted in the images. The Vice-captain of the roster, Rohit Sharma also uploaded a shot with Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Kadhav: Jet set World Cup âï¸ ððpic.twitter.com/K6FNvxxmbs — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) May 21, 2019
  6. Over the years, the world of cricket has enthralled fans with numerous competitions. From day-night Tests to the advent of T20 cricket, the sport continues to thrive with its continuous evolution to cater to the ever-increasing fan-following. But, amongst the multiple events that cricket has to offer, nothing comes close to the fanfare or popularity of the ICC World Cup. One of the highly-anticipated sporting events in the world, the quadrennial cricket event garners public interest and captures the imagination of enthusiasts like no other. Four years after the first-ever ODI match was played, the organisers blessed the cricket fans with the maiden World Cup that was held in England in 1975. Since then, there has been no turning back for this mega event. And, this year's tourney promises to be no different. © Reuters Slated to begin from 30th May, the twelfth edition of the ICC spectacle promises to be an exciting affair with the participating nations vying for cricket's biggest honour. The mother of all tournaments (as one might call it), this year's World Cup will witness 10 teams competing in a single group. Each team will play with the other nine sides once, and the top four at the end of the group stage will progress to the semifinals. With the World Cup just 10 days away, cricket fans have already begun pledging their allegiances to their favourite teams. From casual banter in the office to heated dinners at home, the World Cup is undoubtedly the hottest topic at the moment. But, as we count down the days for this year's ICC spectacle, here's a look at some crazy records that stand tall at the World Cup: Most Individual Runs © Reuters No player has scored more runs at the Cricket World Cup than Sachin Tendulkar; or even come close for that matter. He scored 2,278 runs at the tournament – more than 500 more than his nearest rival – at an average of 56.95. His highest score at the World Cup came against Namibia in 2003 when he hit 152, but it was his runs in the 2011 World Cup which inspired India to glory. India will be hoping the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli can emulate the Little Master in England & Wales this year. Most Wickets © Reuters Glenn McGrath lifted the coveted trophy three times and took more wickets than anyone else in the history of the tournament; it's fair to say that the Aussie great had a huge impact at the ICC World Cup. Between his debut at the tournament in 1996 and his final appearance in 2007, McGrath claimed 71 wickets in 39 games. He may have been nearing the end of his career, but his most prolific World Cup came in 2007 where he took 26 wickets - a tournament-best tally for most wickets at a single edition of the World Cup. Most Sixes © Reuters There is no surprise to see the record for the most sixes slammed at a World Cup being shared by swashbuckling AB de Villiers and marauding Chris Gayle. Gayle hit 26 of these sixes in the last World Cup in 2015, most of which were scored in his record-breaking innings against Zimbabwe. With AB de Villiers announcing his retirement in 2018, it has provided Gayle with the opportunity to go past his South African counterpart in this year's World Cup. Most Wickets In Consecutive Balls © Reuters Lasith Malinga could very well be playing his last World Cup this year, but, when he retires, the Sri Lankan great would surely be proud of his legacy at the mega event. Amongst his numerous records in international cricket, Malinga's devastating spell against South Africa at the 2007 World Cup remains one of our fondest memories of the right-arm seamer. One of the all-time classic World Cup matches, the clash between Sri Lanka and South Africa saw Malinga running through the Proteas batting order. Cruising to victory, the Proteas were just four runs away from beating the Lankans when Malinga set a new World Cup record with 4 wickets in 4 balls. While South Africa managed to hold their nerve and won the match, Malinga's fiery spell undoubtedly won hearts across the globe. Fastest Double Hundred © Reuters West Indies opener Chris Gayle hit the fastest double century in World Cup history in their victory over Zimbabwe in 2015. Gayle went on to hit a total of 16 sixes in 147 balls before he was out for 215 off the last delivery of his side's innings. The stand of 372 with Marlon Samuels was also a record partnership for any ODI wicket. West Indies amassed 372-2 from their 50 overs, and went on to beat Zimbabwe by 73 runs (D/L). Highest Team Score © Reuters At the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Australia produced a stunning performance to thrash Afghanistan in a record-breaking game. Glenn Maxwell smashed 88 from 45 balls to propel Australia to 417/6 - the highest team score at a World Cup. Other records tumbled, as Australia then went on to bowl Afghanistan out for just 142 in reply. The margin of victory was 275 runs – the highest ever recorded at a World Cup. Highest Successful Run-Chase © Reuters Another classic World Cup encounter came to the fore when England locked horns with minnows Ireland at the 2011 World Cup. Kevin O'Brien hit the fastest century in Cricket World Cup history as Ireland pulled off an astonishing victory over England in Bangalore. His 113 off 63 balls helped Ireland recover from 111-5 to overhaul the target of 328 runs with five balls to spare, making this the highest successful run-chase ever at a World Cup. Most Title Wins © Reuters Last, but surely not the least. Australia doesn't have a challenger when it comes to their rich history at the World Cup. In the 11 World Cups held so far, they have won the tournament on 5 occasions – including three consecutive wins between 1999-2007. They also hold the World Cup record for most match wins (62) and the highest win percentage of 75 per cent. Despite the recent controversy surrounding the reigning champions, they will go into this year's tournament with confidence in the knowledge that history is on their side.
  7. Spoiler ahead. “You are my queen”. You can literally make a 'Game of Thrones' drinking game based on this one line because that was basically the extent of Jon Snow's dialogues this season. Jon Snow was always one of my favourite characters throughout all the seasons, and not just because he's 'pretty', but seeing him reduced to basically a 'yes, ma'am' person towards the end was disappointing to watch, to say the least. After thinking of himself as a bastard child, he found out he was the rightful heir to the iron throne and the one true king. He literally died and came back to life. But, it seemed like everything was for nothing. He has always proved how honourable he is, he's always looked out for everyone, he literally killed the person he loved because people would be better off without her. His duty became the death of his love. And, even after so much, he doesn't become the king? I know he doesn't want, he never wanted that but he was born for it and everyone whon knew about his true identity knew that and wanted him to come to power. What was the point of so much build-up regarding his identity - which even got Varys killed - when it was all forgotten immediately. Ever since Tyrion found out about Jon being a Targaryen, he wanted him to be King and own the Iron Throne and not Daenerys. But, what happened towards the end when Tyrion suggested Bran as the new king? Did he just forget that Jon exists or what? It honestly didn't make sense. I want to know why his true identity was hyped up so much for it to not even come up in the end. Only a handful people knew he was a Targaryen before he killed Dany and then the secret was just kept with the same people? No one thought of actually calling upon the true heir to take up his rightful place? Not even Sam? Then, there was the whole season cliffhanger with his death, and then him coming back to life because of the Lord of Light. We kind of saw why Beric came back to life, to save Arya so she could kill the Night King. But, what was Jon's purpose of coming back? It couldn't be to kill Dany since she probably wouldn't have become 'Mad Queen' if she never even knew who Jon was because him having a better claim to the throne than her was one of the major factors that led her to burn down King's Landing. So, his resurrection was for nothing? I can think of a couple of alternating endings for him. He could've become king after killing Dany and then just became ruthless and started killing people like her in a few years. Becoming what he once saved everyone from. It would've been such a twisted ending, but trust me, it would've been better, to be honest. Or, Drogon could've tried to kill him instead of burning down the iron throne and he could've come out of the fire unburnt since he is a Targaryen as well. Or something interesting other than just him going back to where he started - the Night's Watch, which technically shouldn't exist since the Night King is dead. It was a proper full circle for his character but I wish the writers had broken the wheel. The entire ending was a letdown after a ten-year and eight-season build-up and Jon's ending was the most disappointing for me since he deserved so much more. #JusticeForJon
  8. The penultimate episode of 'Game of Thrones' is usually where all the drama lies. This is a set pattern and considering the minimal loss of life in the league of the major characters, we expected major bloodshed, and “The Bells” promised just that. Not that we didn't get bloodshed that we were promised, but it was rather disappointing. In case, you need a round-up of all the people who lost their lives, here's a list of the characters who are now dead and how they met their final ends. 1. Varys © HBO Varys died saying "I hope I'm wrong" to Tyrion referring to Dany losing it in the end. He was burnt alive by Dany's last standing dragon, Drogon in the presence of everyone. It was sad that in the end, it was Tyrion who outed him. 2. Harry Strickland, The Commander Of The Golden Company © HBO The Golden Company may have been a force to be reckoned with, but in front of Dragonfire, they couldn't stand a chance, could they? Harry survived the fire but was later brutally stabbed by Greyworm who was clearly avenging his girlfriend, Missandei's death by the looks of his expressions. 3. Euron Greyjoy © HBO Euron lived in a world of his own. He could've fled the scene but died of his own mistake that was provoking Jaime Lannister and then dying believing that he actually killed him. Tch tch tch, nearing death does make people delusional. 4. Qyburn © HBO Poor guy. Killed by his own creation in the end. The Mountain squeezed his neck in a snap without thinking twice. When has playing God worked out well for anyone? 5. Sandor & Gregor Clegane © HBO The much-awaited Clegaine bowl finally took place. But, oh well, it did not pan out well for either of the parties. While The Mountain was a lost cause, we do miss Ser Gregor. 6. Jaime and Cersei Lannister © HBO We expected a much, much more gruesome death for Cersei for all the cruelness she's inflicted on our favourite characters over the years. But they did want to romanticise their sibling-lovers-relationship in the end. Sigh.
  9. The next generation of consoles is a hot topic right now in the gaming world even though no concrete release date has been confirmed yet. Having said that, Sony and Microsoft both have hinted what the next generation consoles will be all about. Mark Cerny, PlayStation's lead architect has already confirmed a few specifications and Xbox architect said that the Xbox Two (or whatever they decide to call it) will be even more powerful. The two consoles are already at battle with each other and we size up each of the consoles to find out who will rule the next generation of gaming: Graphics Fidelity © AMD As of now, we sort of know that the PlayStation 5 will have a GPU based on Ryzen's Navi architecture. It has now been confirmed that the PS5 will also support some form of ray-tracing. It will also support 8K graphics but not much is known how this will be achieved. This is purely based on reliable leaks and AMD has also hinted about it at its press events. On the other hand, the Xbox Two's GPU specification is completely unknown as nothing major has leaked as of now. However, some leaks say that the next Xbox will come in two variants, one being as powerful or more powerful than the PS5 and a cheaper model that will focus more on game streaming. Both Sony and Microsoft are aiming higher than the 10.7 TFLOPS benchmark which is higher than anything we've seen on a console before. The performance will reportedly compete with Google's Stadia streaming service as the company has promised the same performance for its service. Storage © YouTube Read and Write speeds are essential to cut download times in games and Sony has already confirmed that the company will be using an SSD that is considerably faster than what is available today. It is said to be faster than the current PC SSDs and will essentially result in faster load times when compared to the PS4/PS4 Pro. Microsoft has not detailed any specifications about the next generation but we can expect a similar SSD configuration for the next Xbox. Whether it will be faster than PS5 still remains to be seen. Backward Compatibility © Microsoft The Xbox One already supports backward compatibility on some games and it is likely that Microsoft will double-down on this policy. We can expect the next Xbox to support Xbox One games along with many Xbox 360 games. Mark Cerny has sort of confirmed that Sony's next console will be backwards compatible, unlike the PS4. It will also be compatible with PS4 VR games and the headset. Game Streaming Microsoft has already shown off Project xCloud, which is the company's new game streaming service that works on Android, PC and PCs. This will enable users to play games on any device they like and works somewhat similar to Google's Stadia service. Sony already has a game streaming service called “PlayStation Now” that doesn't really work as advertised. The service is currently not up to the mark and is unlikely to be able to match Microsoft's cloud computing prowess. Exclusive Games © Sony PlayStation The ultimate question that every console gamer is concerned about is the exclusive game library on each console. Currently, PlayStation's exclusive game library is far larger than what Microsoft has to offer and we can assume that future games like “The Last of Us: Part II”, “Ghost of Tsushima”, and “Death Stranding” will all be launch titles for the PlayStation 5 in addition to their complimentary launches for the PlayStation 4. Microsoft did announce acquisitions of new studios and we can expect the company to announce a few new games at E3 this year. As of now, we only know about “Halo Infinite” and it seems like 343 Industries is still in the early stages of development for the game. Who Will Rule The Next Generation? © BCCL To be honest, it is hard to pick a winner with very less information available right now. While both consoles have a robust community, Sony has an upper hand with exclusive titles. Having said that, if the future of gaming is streaming, we can expect Microsoft to give a better experience than Sony and could play a factor in its success. Both consoles seem to be very similar when it comes to technical specifications but we can only be sure once both companies officially unveil the two consoles.
  10. The third last episode of 'Game of Thrones' aired last Monday and we're pretty disappointed. With Rotten Tomatoes rating it as the second worst episode ever, it's certain we're not the only ones who thought it could have been written better. For one, there were too many loose ends from the last episode which confused us all the way to Seven Heaven's and back. But apart from that, this recent episode was so disjointed, it seemed like the writers got too lazy to even cover up the gaps, which made us go what the F? (c)HBO Maybe the makers are low on budget or have given up on this show overall, but whatever it is, they're really not serving the fans or making George RR Martin very happy with the end. We just hope the last two episodes of the show are a saving grace and we get to salvage whatever little hope we lost. (c)HBO But while watching this episode, several questions arose out of plain curiosity and they're not the kinda questions which will be answered later on. We pray they are, but these questions are inherent callous flaws in the plot and writing, and we're trying to stitch them up as much as we can to make the story a little more malleable. Here are 10 unanswered questions from season 8, episode 4 of 'Game of Thrones': 1. What Does Dany Even Whisper To Jorah At The Funeral Pyre? Well, most definitely not Dracarys! But this one we can let go because what she whispered to him was definitive of Jorah and Dany's personal equation off-set. In real life, Emilia Clarke (Dany) and Iain Glen (Jorah) are very good friends and since Emilia has spent a considerable amount of screen time with Iain, it was sad for them to shoot their last scene together. So, in order to say the perfect goodbye, Emilia made up her own lines for Iain and whispered them into his ear. No one, I believe, even those who were on the sets were privy to what she said and it's only between the two of them. (c)HBO Iain told a popular international entertainment recently, in an interview that the lines she said to him were "something entirely sincere and true to the moment and something that I'll never forget... it's something no one will ever know but the two of us. And that's a memory to hold onto.” So, in case you're wondering why we weren't privy to what she said to Jorah, it's because they wanted to keep it a secret! 2. Where The Hell Will Gendry Go? After Dany makes Gendry the Lord of Storm's End because he's a Baratheon bastard and a good strategical alliance for her, he asks Arya to be his wife, AKA the Lady of Storm's End. But Arya turns him down saying she isn't a lady and that's the last we see of Gendry. So, the most open-ended question right now is where the f**k is Gendry! We didn't see him with his bag, baggage and hammer head out anywhere. We believe he's not going to miss the opportunity to be a Lord and might have already left for Storm's End, putting his character arc to an end. We just hope he doesn't die, while putting his house in order. He's the only Baratheon left after all. (c)HBO 3. Who Is The New Prince Of Dorne? It was strange Varys made an offhand comment, during the war council meeting, while discussing what allies Dany has for the last war, mentioning "The new Prince of Dorne pledges his allegiance". Now, who the hell is the new prince of Dorne? Last we remember, in season 6 Ellaria Sand killed Doran Martell and her daughters killed his son Trystane, to take over Dorne. In Season 7, Cersei kills Ellaria and her daughter making us believe Dorne has no ruler at all. So, now that Varys has mentioned that the southernmost island has a new prince, we wonder who it is. (c)HBO The new prince, we assume, could be Quentyn Martell, the older brother of Trystane. Although Quentyn hasn't appeared in the series, he's a main character in RR Martin's 'A Dance With Dragons', where he went to Meeren to marry Dany, before he was killed by dragon fire. Although 'Game of Thrones' is not following Martin's novels, as some characters alive on the show are dead in the book already and vice-versa, we can't think of anyone other than Quentyn as the prince of Dorne and I hope they reveal his identity sooner than later. Hopefully, they should in the next episode. 4. Why Didn't Jon Say Bye To Ghost? This wasn't cool at all. Jon didn't say bye to his most loyal, faithful companion and that's killing us slowly and steadily inside. It was a heartbreaking scene when Jon requests Tormund to take Ghost with him and the rest of the Wildlings far North and keep him with them. We're not sure why Ghost couldn't come to King's Landing and help Jon out. Maybe the climatic conditions are not suitable for dire wolves far South? (c)HBO But even so, Jon left without even petting him or saying bye to him and Ghost seemed rather upset about it. And why shouldn't he be? He's been by Jon's side every fight, even when Jon died in between, he sat next to his body, protecting it. We assume either Jon was too heartbroken himself to bid his friend goodbye or because Jon's a half-Stark now, he feels guilty petting his wolf and keeping him with him, since he's also a Targaryen, and they pet dragons, not wolves? The Starks were widely criticised earlier for poor pet ownership throughout the series and after this, we're not too happy how things ended with all the dire wolves in the show. 5. What Are Arya And The Hound Planning? When The Hound and Arya are seen leaving Winterfell together, they both unanimously decide to not come back ever. They're both heading towards King's Landing and through their cryptic conversation, we figure they have a common goal for sure, and we reckon it's to kill The Mountain aka Ser Gregor Clegane, aka The Hound's brother. Since he's on Arya's 'list' and he's The Hound's number one enemy, it'll be a two vs. one battle, where The Hound may sacrifice himself to save Arya's life and she will ultimately kill The Mountain. This is a presumable theory, let's see what really happens. (c)HBO 6. Why Did Rhaegal Die So Easily? Well, because Dany was stupid enough to fly her injured dragon into battle where the dragon couldn't predict or prevent himself from being hurt by the scorpion bolts released by Euron's troops. If you see, Rhaegal's wings are still damaged and he can barely pick flight like Drogon. So, in all probability, he was weak enough to pre-empt the attack on him. It was one of the saddest scenes in the series, that's for sure. (c)HBO 7. Why Didn't Dany See Euron's Fleet While Flying? We're not sure how Daenerys missed Euron's fleet flying above the waters around Dragonstone. It would have been the best and the most practical vantage point for her to attack the fleet with dragon fire, preventing Euron from destroying her fleet in return and Missandei's capture. Makes us think either she did this purposely and we're not sure why or she genuinely missed them and couldn't see them because of cloud cover. Sounds improbable though but the writers should have given us a better explanation. (c)HBO 8. Which Advisor Will Betray Dany? Yes, it's a given one of Dany's advisors', either Tyrion or Varys will betray Dany and she will have him executed. Confessing his feelings privately to Tyrion, it's clear Varys doesn't trust Dany to rule the Seven Kingdoms at all and he seems poised to betray her. Varys has always been in support of the realm and its people rather than serving a particular king or queen and that's why you see him change loyalties throughout the show. Now, he doesn't trust Dany to be a befitting queen and assumes she will turn out to be the 'Mad Queen' after all, just like her father. Instead, he is instant on Jon pressing his claim for the throne and wants to see him rule the realm rather than Dany. Will Dany get a whiff of his intentions and have him executed for doubting her ability to rule? (c)HBO 9. Why The F*c* Did Jaime Leave Brienne? Jaime turned out to be your quintessential fuckboi after all. Maybe not a fuckboi but he definitely isn't over his sister or is pretty mad at her and he left Brienne in the middle of the night to go save Cersei's life or maybe kill her instead. Aww, how sweet. But that's a terrible thing to do to Brienne, don't you think? Jaime has only been with one woman all his life and finally, after leaving her for betraying him, he realises he's still in love with her and rides South to go fight her war? Or kill her maybe? who knows! (c)HBO 10. Why Was There A Starbucks Coffee Cup In One Of The Scenes? Well, it's not like 'GoT' uses product placement in their episodes ever, so clearly, this was a sheer mistake and HBO admitted to it too. The episode before this was too dark to see and this episode had a visible coffee cup! Clearly, the writers aren't inspired anymore or are being callous with production and execution to even give a damn about how the episode churns out. We sure hope it's not the latter and these guys make up for their silly mistakes in the next two episodes. For now, the show's been pretty 'dark' and full of errors'! (c)MensXP/HBO There are other unanswered questions like Sansa revealing Jon's secret to Tyrion deliberately or Missandei's demise and why she utters the word 'Dracarys' but I guess we will only know the answers to those in the next couple of episodes. For now, let's hope the fifth episode picks off well and all these unanswered questions are finally answered!
  11. The Realme X is now confirmed to launch in China on May 15th, according to the company's Weibo account. OPPO's spin-off brand is also rumoured to launch a smartphone that will compete with Xiaomi's POCO F1 and will have specifications similar to the OnePlus 7. It's rumoured to be called the Realme X Pro and the company is expected to launch two smartphones i.e. the Realme X Pro, Realme X, and Realme X Youth Edition, which is essentially India's Realme 3 Pro. © Weibo/Realme In terms of specifications, the Realme X Pro is said to be powered by Qualcomm's latest chipset i.e. Snapdragon 855. It would be the company's first smartphone with the said chipset and is likely to compete with the Poco F1 and even the OnePlus 7. In terms of cameras, the Realme X Pro and probably Realme X are both said to have pop-up selfie cameras which were leaked earlier in a Weibo post. At the back, the Realme X is said to have a dual-camera setup and currently the Realme X Pro's camera specification is not known but could be similar. According to early render leaks, the Realme X and Realme X Pro both don't have a fingerprint sensor so we can assume it may be embedded underneath the front display. © Weibo The Realme X, on the other hand, comes with Qualcomm's brand new Snapdragon 730 chipset which was last month. The new chipset is said to improve the gaming experience, photography, and artificial intelligence (AI). Realme is expected to pair the mobile platform on its upcoming offering with three configurations: 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 128GB. © MensXP The Realme X is rumoured to have a 3,680 mAh battery and will have support for VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. VOOC 3.0 is said to have an output of 20W of power and will work similarly to OnePlus' Warp charge. Battery specifications for the Realme X Pro are not known yet however it would be similar to the Realme X. © TENAA In terms of display, apart from the in-display sensor, the Realme X is expected to feature a 6.5-inch AMOLED panel and will have a full-HD+ resolution. Both smartphones are expected to be announced at the launch event on May 15th in China and reports suggest that the Realme X Pro variant will be available to buy at a later date and will just be a simple announcement. The Realme X is expected to launch in China for RMB 1,599 (Rs 16,476) and RMB 1,999 (Rs 20,000) for the high-storage variant. Whether these smartphones will be launched in India remains to be seen and it would be interesting to see how the company would price the smartphone.
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  13. Nearly 50 games into the tournament, the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is already proving to be a big success. For one of the biggest T20 leagues in the world, the ongoing season did suffer a minor hiccup with the general elections raising security concerns. But, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the IPL Governing Council have done well to segregate the tournament in phases to avoid problems. Keeping that in mind and of course the dew factor, the Indian cricket board has announced the revised timings for this season's Playoffs and the all-important final. Like last year, the BCCI has now decided to advance the 8:00 pm (IST) start to 7:00 pm (IST) for the knockout stages of this year's edition. NEWS: Change of Timings for #VIVOIPL Playoffs and Women's T20 Challenge Full details here https://t.co/KsukeSIpCA ðð pic.twitter.com/bJIP8Rq8ov — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 29, 2019 Meanwhile, the BCCI also confirmed that the Qualifier 1 will be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on 7th May. It will be followed by the Eliminator on 8th May at the ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam. Further, the Qualifier 2 will also take place in the Visakhapatnam stadium on 10th May, while Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium will host the IPL 2019 final on 12th May. On the other hand, the timings and dates for the Women's T20 Challenge have also been revealed. Comprised of some of the biggest names in women's cricket, three teams - Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity - will be seen competing against each other. The games will be held from May 6 to May 11 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, in Jaipur. While the matches scheduled on 6th, 9th and 11th May will start at 7:30 pm (IST), the second game, scheduled on 8th May will commence at 3:30 pm (IST). Schedule for IPL Playoffs & Final 7th May – Qualifier 1, Team 1 vs Team 2 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 8th May – Eliminator Team 3 vs Team 4 at ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam 10th May – Qualifier 2, Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier 1 at ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam May 12 – Final at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad Timings – All Matches Will Start At 19:30 IST Schedule for Women's T20 Challenge 6th May – Supernovas vs Trailblazers 8th May – Trailblazers vs Velocity (3:30 pm IST start) 9th May – Supernovas vs Velocity May 11 – Final
  14. OnePlus has officially confirmed the launch date of its next smartphone and in all likelihood, it will be called the OnePlus 7. There's a good chance that the company will launch multiple devices; one rumoured being the OnePlus 7 Pro. The new smartphones will be unveiled on 14th May in three different countries at the same time — including India. © Weibo The events are going to be held in three cities i.e. New York, London and Bangalore and will start at 8:15 PM IST. OnePlus 7 or OnePlus 7 Pro has leaked in the past and here's what we know so far. © Twitter Just a few days ago Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus said that the next smartphone will have a huge focus on the the display of the device. This probably means that the OnePlus 7 or the OnePlus 7 Pro will have a high quality screen on their devices. According to rumours, the OnePlus 7 Pro is going to have a QHD+ 90 Hz AMOLED display and will be as expensive as flagship devices. Pete Lau spoke to our sister website, the Economic Times and said: “To provide consumers more choice and meet the needs of a broader audience, we've changed our launch strategy, but our commitment to premium products and experiences remains the same.” In terms of other specifications, the OnePlus 7 will have a significant upgrade over the OnePlus 6 as it will ship with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and will be paired with 8 to 10 GB of RAM. © Twitter The OnePlus 7 Pro is expected to have 12GB of RAM which may be a bit of an overkill. There's also a good chance that the Pro variant will have a pop-up selfie camera and a full-view display as the company decides to ditch the notch design from the OnePlus 6T.
  15. With the 2019 season of the Indian Premier League in its second leg, Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians are visiting Delhi to play their second match against Shreyas Iyer and his Delhi Capitals today. A day ahead of their matchup, Capitals batsman Prithvi Shaw got to share what is probably one of the most memorable moments of his young life when he got to sit across the table from the all-time great, Sachin Tendulkar, for dinner at MI's hotel. Living the dream of millions of fans of Tendulkar's, Shaw uploaded an unforgettable photo of the duo sharing a meal last night on social media. Thank you SACHIN SIR for the lovely dinner ♥ï¸ It's always a pleasure meeting you SIR ð @sachin_rt Sir pic.twitter.com/VLuR9Bee1O — Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) April 17, 2019 “Thank you SACHIN SIR for the lovely dinner. It's always a pleasure meeting you SIR”, a true Tendulkar fan in Shaw wrote in the caption. The 19-year-old cricketer is considered by many to become the next Sachin Tendulkar based on his natural batting style and the level of skill he has reached at such an early age. The two athletes have shared quite the relationship in the past decade. At nine years of age, Shaw was able to impress the little master with his form and technique. Last year, Tendulkar recreated the moment he met Shaw for the very first time. “I asked him not to change his grip or stance, irrespective of any future instructions from his coaches. If anyone asks you to do so, tell them to come talk to me. Coaching is good, but overcooking a player with tweaks is not," Tendulkar said on his app '100MB'. "It is so important not to change anything when you see such a special player. It is God's gift to have a complete package," Tendulkar added. However, the wonderfully comical place that the internet is, they seemed to be a lot more interested in what the two ate at the dinner than anything else: Kya Kya khaya Bhai @PrithviShaw — Suraj Yadav (@Suraj4Yadav) April 18, 2019 ð¤¤ð¤¤ð¤¤ð² — Sanket D (@sanketdhende) April 18, 2019 Sambar idly , Dosa Chutney , Vadapav , Poori , Pongal Vada, Uthapam , Tea , Coffee , Vadacurry , Sevai , Upma , Noodles Which one is your Favorite ? — Mahadevan (@Mahadev77720195) April 17, 2019
  16. Bollywood's Rishi Kapoor is one of the most respected actors of the film industry and is loved by millions from all around the country. He is known for his versatility on the big screen and also the fact that he is the head of one of the most popular families of Indian cinema adds to his fame. Having said that, ever since Twitter fever took over us Indians, the legend has made a name for himself as the ultimate troll who does not back down from roasting the biggest names from any profession, field or area. The latest prey to Kapoor's comical expedition are the 15 of India's ace cricketers who have been selected to represent the nation at the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales starting 30th May 2019. In an astute observation made by the actor, Kapoor took to Twitter to through out a question on the internet about the obsession with growing a beard or donning a stubble seen in the Men in Blue. To make his case stronger, the intrigued actor also shared a picture of what seems like a newspaper clipping showing the faces the Indian roster for the World Cup. Don't take this picture as a reference point but why do most of our cricket players sport full facial hair(beards)? All Samson's?(remember he had his strength in his hair) Surely they look smart and dashing without it. Just an observation! pic.twitter.com/QMLuQ0zikw — Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) April 16, 2019 “Don't take this picture as a reference point but why do most of our cricket players sport full facial hair(beards)? All Samson's?(remember he had his strength in his hair) Surely they look smart and dashing without it. Just an observation,” tweeted the actor. In his defence, other than the former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, literally every other member of the squad have a beard or at least a stubble on their faces and it does make a very good case for him. As expected, the tweet became viral and responses and reactions from all over the nation started to pour in: Pretty sure that negotiations with Gillette to sponsor the team mustn't have worked out — atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) April 16, 2019 'Wow, that clean shaven guy looks super manly'. Said no one ever. — Guv Bassi (@GurvinderBassi) April 16, 2019 Beard is like Kapoors in bollywood.. they are everywhere in Bollywood.. I am big fan of Ranbir Kapoor and Nitu Singh.. :D Hope you are doing well sir... Wishing you good health and recovery... — Neeraj Raiya (@neerajraiya) April 16, 2019 Personal choice I guess! Beards make a man look...er...manly—-that's my personal view — Live and let live (@realslimshadee) April 16, 2019 I know! What is this recent trend of beards and all the young men in the real world also following it! Wierd not bring able to see real FACES behind the hair! ð — Jyoti Kapur Das (@jkd18) April 16, 2019
  17. Currently sitting at the fourth place on the Indian Premier League's points table, the Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals announced the inception of their very first season of 'gully cricket' championship which will take place between 13th April and 5th May 2019. In what is expected to be one of Delhi NCR's biggest tennis ball cricket tournaments, the Delhi Capitals Gully Cricket Championship is scheduled across 127 matches through the month and will be spread across eight zones and will be played in eight different venues across the city. With a total of 96 teams and more than 860 cricketing fans from in and around the capital taking part in the contest, each team must go through at least 11 games in the Zonal Round in order to then qualify for the City Finals. Dilliwalon, thank you for such an amazing response to the ultimate open tennis ball tournament! *Registrations are now closed* Kaun banega @DaikinIndia Gully Cricket ka asli champion? Ho jaao taiyyaar, ab aayega mazza!#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/kCybeC6NMi — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 10, 2019 "Delhi Capitals is proud to bring back the concept of gully cricket to the streets of the city. Gully cricket is something that all cricket fans and players enjoy participating in, and with this initiative, Delhi Capitals wants to bring back the gully cricket culture to the streets of New Delhi,” said Dhiraj Malhotra, CEO, Delhi Capitals. The total number of players per squad is 9 which includes seven active players and two substitutes who are allowed to replace players only as fielders but not as a batsman or a bowler. One player from every team is allowed to bowl three overs, upon the discretion of the team while all the others can deliver only two overs per innings. However, the most exciting aspect of the game is that of a 'Power-Over' during which the batting team is allowed to double the runs scored. The twist is that if a wicket falls during the Power-Over, it will also lead to five runs being deducted from the batting side's total. Intezaar hua khatam â Let the games begin Here's the complete schedule of our @DaikinIndia Gully Cricket Championship. Stay tuned with us for all the updates! Note - All teams are requested to report 45 minutes before their match timings.#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/WJN4Quynu1 — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 12, 2019 While the idea of a franchise as big as Delhi Capitals organising a grassroot-level competition is commendable in itself, these small alterations to the rules of the game make it that much more exciting and fun.
  18. Studying Twins is Science's love affair from the dawn of time simply because of the near perfect genetic and physical match. This is ideal for scientists to conduct studies for comparing changes in human responses to change in environments. NASA did a similar test with an astronaut who also happens to have a twin brother. Scott Kelly, U.S. astronaut suggested to NASA that he and his identical twin brother, Mark could be a subject of a study of long-term space flight. © NASA This gave scientists and researchers the unique opportunity to monitor two brothers with an identical gene footprint in two very different environments. One in space and one 250 miles below it. Results have finally been publishing and the findings are shocking. Scott experienced changes that his brother Mark did not. These changes went away six months after Scott returned to earth; however, none of these changes posed any health differences. The results are now out and these were the results according to the paper: © Reuters "In this paper, they showed there was no statistically significant difference in genetic modifications they could find between the twin in the space station with the one on the ground," said Gronostajski, the director of the University of New York at Buffalo's Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics graduate program. What were the changes? © NASA Scientists and doctors took many measurements from the Astronaut's body at molecular levels. Such a study has never been done before with such accuracy. Kelly also sent his blood samples to Earth via return capsules. Here are the changes that Kelly's body faced after a year in space: 1. 91.3 percent of Scott's gene activity returned to normal after six months landing back on Earth. The genes never mutated rather respond to the environment. 2. Flu Vaccine has the same effect in Space. 3. Kelly's end caps on Chromosomes got longer in space but returned to normal form upon his return. 4. One category of bacteria in Scott's gut increased, while another decreased; the ratio returned to normal after the mission. We don't yet whether this was harmful or not as more research is needed. 5. Kelly aged faster in terms of physical appearance than his Twin Brother in that period.
  19. Protein is known as the king of macronutrients. You will see people ranging from the least informed to the most informed sections of the fitness community stressing on the importance of protein intake. Your gym guru will tell you to eat protein all day and consume boiled chicken and steamed fish for the thin skin whereas an informed coach will give you a particular intake to hit for the day. © Getty Images And there will be some misinformed sections still suggesting that it will make your liver and kidney health go bad. In this piece, I am going to cover some pointers established by the researches and findings by studies done on protein intake in strength athletes, bodybuilders, and healthy population: 1. You need to consume 1.2 to 1.6 grams of protein per kilo of your body weight to retain lean body mass in a normal healthy population and avoid the risk of sarcopenia due to old age. 2. To maximize adaptations to resistance training aka lifting weights, individuals need to consume protein in the range of 1.6 to 2.2 grams per kilo of body weight when not dieting, i.e. eating in a caloric deficit. 3. There is no anabolic window that requires you to run to the locker room and gulp down a protein shake right after your last set. As long as you are eating adequate protein for the day and evenly distributing it in meals, you need not worry about the anabolic window. © Getty Images 4. If your goal is maximal muscle gain, it is a good idea to split your protein intake into meals containing 0.4 to 0.55 grams of protein per kilo of body weight into 4 to 5 meals per day. That means, a daily protein intake of 1.6 to 2.2 grams per kilo of body weight. 5. When eating in a caloric deficit aka dieting, a higher protein intake of 2.3 to 3.1 grams per kilo of Fat-Free Mass (FFM) is suggested to retain maximal lean body tissue or muscle mass. Note that this is fat-free mass and not total body weight. 6. There is no maximum protein your body can digest in a meal. It is always better to split the protein intake into 4 to 5 meals for the day but this frequency can be lower or higher depending on other lifestyle factors. In the end, it comes down to what suits you better. © Getty Images 7. Long-term high-protein diets in the range of 2.4 to 3.3 grams per kilogram of body weight do not have detrimental effects on blood lipids, liver or kidney function in the healthy resistance training population. 8. Athletes on high-protein diets reported more dietary satisfaction, better mood, adherence, and higher muscle retention during a fat loss phase when compared to those on lower protein diets. To Sum It Up: - Protein is not harmful to your kidneys and liver if you are otherwise healthy. - It is better to split your protein intake throughout the day for maximum muscle building. - During a muscle building phase, protein intake of 1.6 to 2.2 grams per kilo of body weight is sufficient. - During a fat loss phase, higher protein intakes in the range of 1.8 to 2.4 grams per kilo of body weight is beneficial. - A higher protein diet is absolutely safe and may have certain benefits in certain situations. References: 1. Phillips SM, et al. Protein "requirements" beyond the RDA: implications for optimizing health. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2016 May;41(5):565-72. 2. Morton RW, et al. A systematic review, meta-analysis and meta-regression of the effect of protein supplementation on resistance-training-induced gains in muscle mass and strength in healthy adults. Br J Sports Med. 2018 Mar;52(6):376-384. 3. Schoenfeld BJ, Aragon AA. How much protein can the body use in a single meal for muscle-building? Implications for daily protein distribution. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2018 Feb 27;15:10. 4. Helms E, et al. A systematic review of dietary protein during caloric restriction in resistance trained lean athletes: a case for higher intakes. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2014 Apr;24(2):127-38. 5. Aragon AA, et al. International society of sports nutrition position stand: diets and body composition. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2017 Jun 14;14:16. 6. Antonio J, et al. A High Protein Diet Has No Harmful Effects: A One-Year Crossover Study in Resistance-Trained Males. J Nutr Metabolism. 2016 Sep 20; 9104792. Author Bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  20. Your underwear forms the foundation of your outfit, and how comfortable you feel in your clothes has a LOT to do with making the right choice of underwear. However, with the wide variety of styles, cuts, fabrics, colours, and prints out there, making that choice is not the straightforward decision it once used to be. Apart from the obvious question of whether they look good or not, you also have to factor in long-term comfort, support for your privates, the right range of movement and concealment, as well as keeping sweat and body odour at bay. Faced with all these decisions, knowing what will not only fit your body type, but also fit seamlessly into your personal style is half the battle won. There are several styles for you to choose from, which is where we, at MensXP, can be of assistance. Our guide to underwear styles can help narrow down your options, taking your underwear game to the next level by helping you make all the right choices. Style 1: Briefs © Pexels This classic, standard style that we all know from our childhood is made for comfort and support. The best briefs for men are defined by their distinctive Y-shaped front, elastic waistband, and just enough fabric to cover the essentials (namely your package and backside!) while leaving your upper thighs exposed. Pros: Thanks to their excellent support and minimal coverage, they're the underwear of choice if you're wearing slim-fit jeans or fitted trousers. They're much less likely to ride up as compared to other styles, so you won't have to keep adjusting them either. Cons: Although available in a variety of cuts and colours, they're not the most visually appealing garment to own, and can also accentuate stocky figures. Style 2: Boxers © Shutterstock Boxers are shorts that are designed to be loose-fitting, airy, and roomy, with an elastic waistband, and straight leg openings that extend down the legs to varying degrees. They usually have an open fly, to offer the wearer an exit route with maximum ease. Pros: If you're chilling at home on your day off, nothing feels more comfortable than a pair of boxers. Breathable and roomy, the best boxers for men offer a freedom of movement that is simply unmatched. They're also perfect for men who don't like revealing underwear thanks to the increased coverage they provide. Cons: Due to their baggy nature, they tend to bunch up uncomfortably underneath your trousers. Another problem that arises due to them being loose and free is sweat, which falls off your body and gathers in the most uncomfortable places. Style 3: Boxer Briefs © Pixabay If you combine the best features of boxers and briefs, you get the best boxer briefs for men , a hybrid style that retains the longer leg of the boxer as well as the snug fit of the brief. Pros: Highly versatile and universally flattering, they're the reigning champions of the underwear game. They offer tons of support downstairs, and can be worn as part of any outfit without fear of unwanted sweat, body odour, or bunching up. Cons: Although they're less prone to riding up than most styles, you might experience it if you sit for an extended period of time. This happens because they extend further down your legs than briefs, which end in the natural crease between your legs and torso. Style 4: Trunks © Pexels This style sits somewhere between briefs and boxer briefs, perfect for those who can't bring themselves to choose between the two. Trunks are a newer style of underwear, but one that's quickly gaining popularity. The best trunks for men have the skin-hugging fit of briefs with legs shorter than boxer briefs, creating a simple square-cut silhouette. Pros: The body-hugging fit means that they can be worn comfortably with slim-fit trousers and denims while still offering enough room for gents who hate constriction. The close fit has the added bonus of preventing sweat from soaking through, enhancing your comfort. Cons: Finding the right cut and size of trunks is the key to ensuring your comfort, because a low-cut variant leaves you open to the risk of public embarrassment every time you bend down (unless you wear your shirts tucked in for the rest of your life). Style 5: And, The Rest! © Pexels Although the underwear styles mentioned above are what you usually find on store shelves or online, that's not where your options end. There are a whole host of styles that aren't as common, but can still be valuable additions to you underwear drawer based on personal preference. After all, the key to selecting the best underwear for men is to find options for every possible scenario! For men who like the freedom that going commando affords them but are not quite ready to take the plunge, options like the thong, bikini brief, and g-string are worth looking into. These styles also work best for men with well-sculpted bodies who like to show off the results of their hard work, as they provide maximum exposure while still protecting your modesty. Whether you want to flaunt your stuff or just enjoy freedom when you walk around, this is the way to go.
  21. Running a marathon isn't easy. Unlike your regular morning runs or evening sprints, running (and finishing!) a marathon requires an enhanced level of stamina, endurance, and commitment. Of course it also requires you to harbour the knowledge of which marathons you ought to be running in to begin with. After all, you can't just expect to leave your house and randomly chance upon a marathon you'd want to take part in! Well fortunately for all you avid runners out there, we at MensXP have done the required research for you, and as such, have come up with a list of the best marathons in India. So whether you're a beginner or expert at running, here are the top marathons in India that you need to check out. 1) The Hell Ultra Race © Official Instagram / @thehellrace Now here is a marathon that should pretty much be on every runner's bucket list. The Hell Ultra race is a truly unique sprint that will challenge your skills and endurance levels like never before. As you run through five mountain passes, reach an elevated height of 9350 meters, and encounter Himalayan rivers and streams on your way, you are guaranteed to indulge in an experience that you won't be able to forget anytime soon. Besides making you run a truly one-of-a-kind marathon on the Manali - Leh Highway, the Hell Ultra is also going to take your fitness game to new heights, making it one of the most exciting upcoming marathons in India that you ought to know about. When: 15th - 23rd June, 2019 Where: Manali - Leh Total length: 480 kilometers 2) The Solang Sky Ultra Race © Official Facebook / @thellrace Fair warning, this race is not for the feign hearted. After all, the Solang Sky Ultra race is considered to be India's only mountain running event. Don't let the total length of this marathon - approximately 60 kilometers - fool you into believing that it's going to be a cakewalk. In reality, you'll have to be properly prepared, both physically AND mentally, before you run this marathon. The run will take you to an altitude of 3,650 meters, and will be the ultimate test of your strength and endurance. Before you decide to run this extreme race, make sure you are carrying the proper equipment and gear. This includes two pairs of trail running shoes, a wind proof jacket, sunglasses, hydration pack, headlamp (with battery cells), reflective vest, and a whistle. When: 6th October 2019 Where: Solang Valley Total length: 60 kilometers 3) Uttarkashi 2019 © Shutterstock If you wanted to run a marathon that also brought you just a little bit closer to your spiritual side, then this is the perfect race for you. Making you run along River Ganga, peaceful villages, and lush hills, with the Himalayan mountains giving you company, running this marathon will also require you to climb a total of 34,000 feet! While the main marathon will let you run for up to 220 kilometers, those wanting to opt for a less exhausting run can opt for the 160 kilometers or 100 kilometers variants instead. When: 6th - 8th September, 2019 Where: Rishikesh - Dehradun Total length: 220 kilometers 4) The Kaveri Trail Marathon © www.myracephotos.in If you wanted to run a marathon and get close to Mother Nature at the same time, then you'd be pleased to know about the Kaveri Trail Marathon. As the name suggests itself, running this marathon will get you close to River Kaveri, but that's not all as you will also get to run past the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, and even natural waterfalls! There are three different versions of this race that you could opt for, including the 10 kilometers, 21.1 kilometers, and 42.2 kilometers variants. The best part about this marathon, however, is all the wildlife you'll get to encounter along the way - including wild ducks, wooley cranes, and even otters!! This is, undoubtedly, one of the best marathons in India that you could take part in. When: TBA Where: River Kaveri, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Total length: 11.5 kilometers 5) The Delhi Half Marathon © Official Facebook / @runadhm The Delhi Half Marathon is probably the most popular marathons in the country. In fact, if there is one marathon that most runners (even beginners) would have participated in, it's this one. As such, it makes for the perfect option for all those who are either looking to run their first marathon, or just want to take part in a run that won't be too challenging. Having first begun in 2005, taking part in it has become no less than a ritual, one which not just Delhitites, but people from around the country excitedly indulge in. When: 20th October, 2019 Where: New Delhi Total length: 21 kilometers 6) The Mumbai Half Marathon © Official Facebook / @MumbaiHM Just like its Delhi counterpart, the Mumbai Half Marathon too is incredibly popular and attracts a large number of participants every year. The 2019 edition will be its fourth iteration, and is almost certain to be bigger and better than ever before. And just like the Delhi Half Marathon, the best part about this run is how almost anyone (above the age of 18 that is!) can participate in it. So the next time you want to do something to increase your stamina and endurance, or just want to adopt a healthier and fitter lifestyle, you should get yourself registered for the Mumbai Half Marathon. When: 25th August, 2019 Where: Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai Total length: 21.09 kilometers 7) Pune International Marathon © Shutterstock The Pune International Marathon has been taking place since 1983, and in the process has helped raise funds for many good causes, such as HIV/AIDS research. In 2006, the marathon attracted a whopping 50,000 runners! It also attracts a lot of international participants, and was even the host for the Asian Marathon Championship race in 2010. The route winds around Pune's historic and scenic locations, while spectators line up to cheer participants on. For those who might not want to do the full marathon because it might be too challenging for them, this event also offers half marathon,10 kilometers, and 5 kilometers variants as well. Moreover, wheelchair-bound individuals can take part in the Wheelchair Run as well. When: December, 2019 Where: Pune Total length: 42.195 kilometers 8) The Nilgiris Ultra 2019 © Shutterstock All aboard the fitness train! Hosted by Globeraces, and organised by Townscript, the Nilgiris Ultra 2019 is an intense and incredibly challenging marathon that will be in its seventh iteration this year. What sets this race apart from other marathons is the fact that you'll be running in the Nilgiris, which happens to be one of the most scenic places in India. While the main marathon will take you on a sprint of up to 100 kilometers (a treat for every fitness freak), you can also opt for its three other variants - the 75 kilometers, 50 kilometers, and 25 kilometers races. As it's scheduled to occur towards the end of the year, you have ample of time to start training and preparing yourself for it. When: 16th November, 2019 Where: Ooty Total length: 100 kilometers 9) Ironman 70.3 Marathon © Official Facebook Page / @IRONMANAsia Yoska, a Bengaluru based fitness-technology company, is all set to bring Ironman 70.3 triathlon to India, that too for the first time! The iconic IRONMAN series of events is considered to be the largest participation sports platform in the world with more than 230 events across 53 countries.The IRONMAN 70.3 race (also known as 'Half-Ironman') which involves 1.9 kilometers of swimming, 90 kilometers of cycling, and 21.1 kilometers of running is the ultimate test of endurance and stamina. The race will be flagged off from Miramar Beach, with a two loop swimming course in the Arabian Sea. The cycling race will pass through the city, for three laps of 30 kilometers each. Finally, the race course will begin and end near Miramar beach. Ironman 70.3 series and race is a trademark asset of the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and popularly described as “the Oscars of endurance sport.” As such, it won't be wrong to state that it's one of the most exciting upcoming marathons in India. When: 20th October, 2019 Where: Panaji, Goa Total length: 113 kilometeres 10) The Hell Race Budha Trail © Official Facebook / @thellrace Nothing is more scenic and zen for a runner than sprinting through mountain forests, while soaking in the exquisite views of the Himalayas. The Hell Race Series is committed to taking runners through different terrains, with the 3rd race in its trail series, The Buddha Trail, taking them to the forests of the Sandakphu region near Darjeeling, which stands at a whopping elevation of 3,636 metres! The race, which is set amidst these forests, is scheduled during the month of May, and will take you through the Singalila Ridge, which actually crosses into Nepal! You will get to catch a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Kanchenjunga, making this not only one of the best marathons in India, but also an experience you cannot afford to miss out on. When: 11th May, 2019 Where: Sandakphu, Darjeeling Total distance: 60 kilometers
  22. A 74-second footage from the upcoming 'Avengers: Endgame' was shared by the official YouTube channel of Marvel Entertainment yesterday and boy, does it give an insight into what awaits us come May when the movie finally drops in theatres near you. The video starts with a close shot of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) staring at what appears to be a holographic model of the earth as she says: “He used the stones again,” clarifying that Thanos is still in possession of the infinity stones. Quick to jump in, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) suggests that the short-staffed Avengers attack the 'Mad Titan' as soon as possible. When Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) asks why they would succeed this time when their first tete-a-tete clearly tanked in great fashion, to which Captain Marvel says: “Before, you didn't have me.” And then we see the whole sparky moment between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Carol Danvers that we slyly smirked at in the trailers released before, followed by Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) saying: “Let's go get this son of a bitch”. Uh... Captain? LANGUAGE! via GIPHY Anyhow, the footage suggests that the team is planning an attack on Thanos and judging by the colour and length of Black Widow's hair, it appears that the scene occurs in the initial moments of the movie when the wounds of losing their teammates and loved ones into thin air are still afresh in the hearts of earth's mightiest heroes. Also, the fact that Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has not made it to the base with his van yet and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) are nowhere to be found in the footage, suggests that it's still early in the movie. Now, we have a theory and this is where we are giving a potential SPOILER WARNING just in case we ruin your lives with our ability to see the future: Still here? Okay! We believe that Carol Danvers loses her life in this attack on Thanos. Underestimating the supervillain who still has control of all the infinity stones regardless of the burned down gauntlet, Danvers might try to take him head on and end up dying. via GIPHY Multiple factors have gone into coming up with the theory: 1. The future of Captain Marvel's independent franchise is foggy. When Screen Rant asked Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, if there is going to be a second Captain Marvel movie, this is what he said: “The making of a first film is in some ways a brainstorm on the future and on what can be. So what it will be again is not clear. But what it could be is pretty amazing.” Open-ended and vague, that's a classic Feige response when it comes to a franchise coming to an end. 2. Judging once again by the colour and length of Black Widow's hair, the latter moments of the movie, during which her hair's longer and the red is finally showing, seem to dwell in a comparatively darker tone, almost as if the team just went through yet another grave loss, maybe losing one of their most powerful comrades. Added insult to injury? Maybe. 3. When the second trailer for the movie had dropped a couple of months ago, the scene in which the Avengers walked through the empty hanger wearing the Quantum Realm/Time Travel Suits, Marvel tried their best to digitally remove Stark and Nebula from the scene. Nonetheless, the empty spaces in between, got the fans to smell something fishy. And very conveniently, the following trailers showed all the characters in the shot. However, Captain Marvel was nowhere to be found even then, suggesting that this might be the second attack of the movie, the final stand against the Mad Titan, the 'all or nothing', the endgame. Of course, there is also a possibility that the footage released by the Studios would not make the final cut and was put out into the internet just to throw nerds like us off track in which case, you won Marvel. via GIPHY Fair win.
  23. There are some people who are known by their names. For instance, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar and Anil Kapoor to name a few. Then there are some who are known for their actions, and Arif Khan is one such name. You might not know him as Arif Khan, but you will immediately recollect who he is when we tell you that he is Anil Kapoor's doppelganger, also known as Junior Anil Kapoor. YouTube/ Film Companion Arif has appeared on several TV shows and recently, a digital platform, and entertained people with his gigs as junior Anil Kapoor. From matching his hairstyle to getting a similar beard, Arif is Anil Kapoor's die-hard fan and owes his success to him. “I came to Mumbai to become an actor, not Anil Kapoor's duplicate but I am grateful for whatever I have and I owe it to him.” In the latest episode of @FC_Hindi's #FilmyConnection, watch the story of Arif Khan, who lives as @AnilKapoor's look alike:https://t.co/OAmIOsU6k2 pic.twitter.com/2jLipVpy9a — Film Companion (@FilmCompanion) April 7, 2019 Although at 62, Anil Kapoor looks a year younger than any 26-year-old, when he was young, there was barely any difference between the two. So much so, that Arif even managed to fool Anil's fans into believing that the man signing autographs for them was actually the actor himself. In a video featuring him, Arif revealed that during the filming of 1992 movie 'Khel' starring Anil and Madhuri Dixit Nene; he was doing a show in the hall next to the film sets. When he got to know that Anil is shooting nearby, he went to meet him on the sets, where Kapoor's fans and kids were waiting with pen and paper in their hands. The moment he came outside, kids confused him with the actor and ran towards him for an autograph. When the film's cast got to know about this, they started laughing. Soon Anil called him, met him and hugged him. That is how Arif remembers his first meeting with his idol Anil Kapoor. In the video, he talked about his journey and said, "I came to Mumbai to become an actor, not Anil Kapoor's duplicate but I am grateful for whatever I have and I owe it to him." When Anil Kapoor saw the video, he took to Twitter to applaud Arif's spirit and hard work and wrote, "Follow your dream no matter what is his attitude! I remember meeting him once as well, he's always in character and that's commendable! Dedicated & hardworking! #ArifKhan this is your story & moment!" Follow your dream no matter what is his attitude! I remember meeting him once as well, he's always in character and that's commendable! Dedicated & hardworking! #ArifKhan this is your story & moment! @FilmCompanion https://t.co/ufS68JUtz2 — Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) April 7, 2019 Recently, the two met on the sets of a reality show, during the promotions of 'Total Dhamaal', where they danced on some of Kapoor's famous songs like 'Ae Ji O Ji'. Anil even said, "I didn't think there was anyone better than me but here you are, with a better face, better hair, better physique, and even better dance moves. I've never felt this insecure in 40 years." This is truly a 'Jhakaas' journey.
  24. PUBG Mobile is currently one of the most popular games in the country, with millions of active players, and a fair share of controversies. They all go hard when it comes to all the customization and in-game rewards, so Tencent has decided to launch new subscription packages with better rewards. With the latest PUBG Mobile update 0.11.5, the new Prime and Prime Plus subscription are now live in India. These new subscription packages will allow players to purchase Unknown Cash (UC), discounts, and also the option to buy items with Battle Points (BP). The option to buy these subscription packages should show up as soon as you start the game. Here are all the details - © PUBG Corp. Both PUBG Mobile Prime and Prime Plus subscription will get you particulars like UC and the option to buy items with BP. Of course, the rewards are going to be greater with the Prime Plus subscription over the regular Prime subscription. So, with Prime Plus subscription, you'll get the option to keep the items purchased with BP permanently, more UC, RP, etc. What's not included in the Prime subscription are daily free RP points, and other miscellaneous items like one-day advance room card, premium crate coupon, and more. So you'll essentially be shelling out more on the Prime Plus subscription for additional rewards. © PUBG Corp. The PUBG Mobile Prime and Prime Plus subscription package price for Android-based devices starts from Rs 85 per day. For Prime Plus, you'll have to pay Rs 400 per month and the amount goes up to Rs 850 after the first month. For iOS users, the monthly subscription is for Rs 79 and Rs 419 for Prime and Prime Plus respectively. The amount for Prime Plus goes up to Rs 799 after a month.
  25. We all might have a few things in common with Tom Holland, but there's one thing in common that no one would've ever imagined. Obviously, none of us knows what is going to happen in 'Avengers: Endgame', but turns out even Tom didn't know for the longest time! Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo are infamous for accidentally giving out spoilers and have gotten such a bad reputation because of it that even their movie directors don't trust them anymore. Mark's accidental revelations have also become one of the biggest running jokes for Marvel, with him even getting fake fired from 'MCU'. And, Tom is just Tom. View this post on Instagram Lmao same. #CommentsByCelebs A post shared by Comments By Celebs (@commentsbycelebs) on Jan 18, 2019 at 6:43pm PST This time, though, he has kept more of a low profile when it comes to talking about the movie and it might be because he didn't even know what was happening in the movie himself. Recently, Joe Russo was in Mumbai doing promotions for 'Avengers: Endgame' when he said, “Here's the thing. I'll take any questions about Avengers: Endgame but I'm not going to answer any question on the plot of Endgame! Three years of protecting the plot from Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo, so I'm not going to stand here and give away about the film. But I appreciate and admire your effort.” Then, he obviously expanded on how he kept the biggest movie of the decade under wraps. He said, “Tom Holland does not get the script! He gets his lines, and that's all, along with who is acting opposite him. Then we use very vague terms to describe what's happening in the scene.” Well, that sounds like it's working. Poor Tom, it's okay, we still love you and your big mouth. Last year, even Tom himself explained how he filmed the scenes. He said, “The Russo brothers are like, 'So, you're just standing here and you're fighting this guy, and just do whatever, and I'm like, 'OK, who am I fighting?' And they were like, 'Well, we can't tell you because it's a secret'. I'm like, 'OK, so what does he look like?' And they're like, 'Well, we can't tell you because that would give it away'.” Well, looks like Tom will find out what actually happens in the movie with us on 26th April.
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