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  1. At a time when weâre down in the dumps, it shouldnât take much to make us feel good. Even this story of Babar Azam being praised for being the 'best T20I batsman in the world' by a 5-year-old fan is enough to make us feel a little better. Babar Azam The hero of millions including 5-year-old Oscar who sent in this... #WeAreSomersetpic.twitter.com/oxOtDaYVQ9 â Somerset Cricket (@SomersetCCC) April 2, 2020But, as one of the people (Daniel Alexander) who replied to tweet said, âBabar Azam is class, on and off the field. #KingBabarâ Itâs his down-to-Earth response that made us respect him a little more. Babarâs tweet goes, "Hey Oscar, thank you so much for such a kind note. I am so proud of you buddy. You are a rockstar. Study hard & play even harder champ! Look forward to meet you. #RiseAndRiseâ Hey Oscar, thank you so much for such a kind note. I am so proud of you buddy. You are a rockstar. Study hard & play even harder champ! Look forward to meet you. #RiseAndRisehttps://t.co/ZKEVVhwM3b â Babar Azam (@babarazam258) April 2, 2020 Irrespective of the whole India-Pakistan rivalry and whatever your personal feelings and beliefs are, itâs important to give credit where creditâs due. The response is impeccable. I mean thatâs exactly how Iâd imagine replying to one of my fans on social media, if I had any that is. The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the response, though, is that itâs something Umar Akmal can learn from. I donât think I need to justify myself here. Of course, Umar Akmal needs lessons on how to tweet. Who doesnât remember his infamous 'mother from another brother' tweet? Now, imagine if Babar had passed on some of his wisdom to the younger Akmal sibling. Letâs hope one day in the near future we see Umar Akmal tweeting something similar for one of his fans. (Does he have any?) And while Umarâs learning from Babar, perhaps he can take some tips on how to be the best T20I batsman as well? No hate Umar, weâre all friends here. Peace. Iâm ending with some of the responses people had to Babarâs tweet. Enjoy! Perhaps one of his biggest fans? What a kind soul Babar. And then we have people like Kohli who received the "Spirit of the Cricket Award" for doing all kinds of nuisance on and off the field. Someone like Babar or Kane deserved that award. â (@okaySTFU007) April 2, 2020 Even Oscarâs dad replied: Oscar is going to be so chuffed when he finds out in the morning that you sent him a message I will video his surprised face... cheers...stay well stay safe â Andrew larder2 (@andrewlarder) April 2, 2020 Obviously thereâs someone trying to get a shout out from their favourite cricketers: Bhai appreciate kardainpic.twitter.com/ZjCFPsfDBP â Muhammad sohail (@iamsohail86) April 2, 2020 Some people donât even care about the tweet. They just want a picture of Babar for their phones: Bro can you send me this wallpaper please â Raheelðµð° (@Raheel0194) April 3, 2020 View the full article
  2. While most of us are safely sitting inside our houses, many people apart from the âhealth warriorsâ are out on the streets working for us. These people include vegetable and fruit sellers, and sanitation workers, who are coming to work every day like itâs just another regular day. © BCCL To pay their respects, residents of Nabha showered flowers on a sanitation worker from their terraces to thank him for the work that he is still doing during the Coronavirus lockdown. Taking to his Twitter, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh wrote along with a video, âPleased to see the applause & affection showered by people of Nabha on the sanitation worker. Itâs heartening to note how adversity is bringing out the intrinsic goodness in all of us. Letâs keep it up & cheer our frontline warriors in this War Against #Covid19.â Check out his tweet here- Pleased to see the applause & affection showered by people of Nabha on the sanitation worker. Itâs heartening to note how adversity is bringing out the intrinsic goodness in all of us. Letâs keep it up & cheer our frontline warriors in this War Against #Covid19. pic.twitter.com/tV2OwVa86w â Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) March 31, 2020 In the video you can see the sanitation worker walking through a colony in Nabha, Punjab with his cart and people are showering flowers on him. Also, the people of the colony thanked him by clapping continuously from their terraces. © BCCL The video has already garnered over 49.4k views and 5k likes on Twitter and it deserves more. People on the internet found the video heartwarming and hereâs what they have to say about the video- True. Beautiful and very moving. â Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) March 31, 2020 Agreed. I agree with you and really hope this virus helps to change attitudes towards sanitation workers and migrants labourers and the poor in society. â ParentStrandedInIndia (@StrandedinIndia) March 31, 2020 Makes sense! Beautiful to see but why are people throwing petals without covering their hands and why are they going up to the sanitation workers with garlands and not keeping appropriate social distance? Not fair to blame this virus on 'foreigners' while promoting inconsistent messages. â ParentStrandedInIndia (@StrandedinIndia) March 31, 2020 Mine as well! Made my day â Abhishek Gupta (@AYPgupta) March 31, 2020 Exactly. oh mannnnn!!! my day is madeeee!!!! â Anjali_Sharmaâ®ï¸ (@TribeccaaAngie) March 31, 2020 Yes⦠Very thoughtful of residents�� â arun (@arunsharma1968) March 31, 2020 So true. Just because a leader is there to lead and set an example, Hats off to your leadership. â Shiv Kumar (@ShivMehra07) March 31, 2020Meanwhile, the Coronavirus cases in India have crossed 1500 so far and the virus has killed around 50 people. © BCCL The virus is spreading dismally and the whole country is on a lockdown to protect everyone from the outbreak of the pandemic. View the full article
  3. 1977âs Agent Vinod had it all. © Sangam Pictures With several James Bond films to draw inspiration from, the Mahendra Sandhu starrer featured femme fatales, daring action sequences and high-stakes thrills - all viewed through the lens of a suave, flamboyant hero willing to gamble his life in the service of his country. Itâs all Bollywood at its most classic - the very name of Mumbaiâs film industry was coined during this period in Indian cinema. And among the thousands that would crowd theatres that summer to watch this flick, there must have been a few, who - whether they knew it or not at the time - had a closer connection to the world of espionage than the average filmgoer. I am, of course, talking about Indian National Army (INA) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agents - the crème de la crème of Indiaâs intelligence, espionage and counter-espionage efforts. Given Indiaâs long and sometimes tumultuous history with its neighbours, these elite individuals ended up with one hell of a life behind them, and while the nature of espionage itself means that many incredible stories will be forever lost to time, thereâs a handful that make it into the public eye. Hereâs 5 of the most fascinating, thrilling and downright hardcore spy biographies in the history of India. 1. Saraswathi Rajamani © Wikimedia One of the earliest documented spies to work for the Indian cause, Rajamani originally hailed from Rangoon in present-day Myanmar, where her father, a supporter of the Indian freedom movement, owned gold mines, making them one of the richest families in the region. In a 2005 Rediff interview, the INA veteran recounted a visit from none other than Mahatma Gandhi himself, who was shocked to find the then-young girl practicing shooting in the garden. She would go on to disagree with Gandhijiâs principles of ahimsa and join Netaji Subhash Chandra Boseâs INA in 1942, under the Rani of Jhansi womenâs regiment. For almost two years, Rajamani and some of her female colleagues masqueraded as boys and gathered intelligence. While posing as a boy, her cover was called âManiâ. Once, one of her colleagues was caught by the British troops. To rescue her, Rajamani infiltrated the British camp dressed as a dancer. She drugged the British officers who were in-charge and freed her colleague. In a thrilling escape, Rajamani was shot on the leg by a British guard but she still managed to avoid capture - serving the cause until Netaji dissolved the army after World War II. 2. Mohanlal Bhaskar © Wikimedia In a 1983 autobiography titled An Indian Spy in Pakistan, Bhaskar says that he took on a false identity as Mohammad Aslam and had himself circumcised to operate as a Pakistani Muslim on behalf of Indian intelligence in Pakistan - aiming to obtain details on the countryâs nuclear programme. Unfortunately, Bhaskar was betrayed by double-agent Amrik Singh who played on both Pakistani and Indian sides of the field, and between 1967 and 1974, was imprisoned in Pakistani jails. It was here that Bhaskar made friends and enemies alike within the Pakistani jail system. In his book, he mentions both kind and cruel jailers - the latter of whom would torture Bhaskar for valuable information through these years. His account remains one of the earliest and most interesting documentations of Pak security from the era - making key observations about top officials and Pakistani society alike. 3. Ravindra Kaushik © Navbharat Times Born in Rajasthan in 1952, Kaushik began his career far away from the military - his talent as an actor at the national level dramatics meet in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, was witnessed by officials from RAW. Soon, Kaushik was called in and offered the job of an undercover agent in Pakistan. After two years of training in espionage, politics, Urdu, Islam and other useful subjects for an agent embedded in Karachi, Kaushik began his infiltration into the country as a law student at Karachi University at the age of 23, with the cover name âNabi Ahmed Shakirâ. From 1979 to 1983, while in military service, he passed on valuable information to RAW which was of great help to the Indian defence forces. He was given the title of 'Black Tiger' by India's then-Home Minister S. B. Chavan. Unfortunately, in 1983, a low-level RAW operative named Inyat Masih was captured by Pakistan and Kaushikâs identity was compromised. He spent the next 16 years in jail, writing secret letters to his family about the torture he faced as a captive. 4. Ajit Doval © Reuters Currently serving as the National Security Advisor to PM Narendra Modi, Doval has previously been head-honcho at the Intelligence Bureau and was an instrumental figure in the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019 - continuing to pull some of the most important strings in the nation today. Before filling up these big shoes however, Doval excelled on-ground, first as a police officer in Thalassery, Kerala during the late sixties, where he helped quash violence against Muslim communities. This preceded a truly spectacular career as an intelligence operative across the country from the early seventies to the mid 2000s, when he retired as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau. In these years, Doval not only infiltrated the Miso National Front insurgency forces, gaining the trust of the majority of its commanders - he also facilitated the merger of Sikkim into India and even infiltrated the Golden Temple of Amritsar, collecting critical intel before Operation Black Thunder - a set of feats that earned him the media moniker of âIndiaâs James Bondâ. 5. Sehmat Khan © Dharma Productions/Penguin Played by Alia Bhatt in 2018âs Raazi, Sehmat Khan was a mysterious figure in Indian intelligence circles that surfaced in ex-Navy Lieutenant Commander Harinder Sikka's novel Calling Sehmat. Back in 1999, Sikka visited Kargil to research the state of the intelligence department. After expressing his disappointment, he managed to discover Sehmat Khan - the pseudonym for a woman who provided intelligence for the Indian forces during the 1971 Bangladesh conflict. Daughter of a wealthy Kashmiri businessman, Sehmat married a Pakistani Army officer. Though she was meant to be just a facilitator for the Indian Intelligence, Sehmat Khan went a step ahead to gather important security information for India - going deep behind foreign lines as the tutor to Pak leader Yahya Khanâs children. Her efforts culminated in intel that thwarted a Pakistani plot to INS Viraat, a Centaur-class, flagship aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy. She eventually returned to India pregnant with her son, who eventually joined the Indian Army. Know any cool spy tales from Indiaâs espionage elite? Share them in the comments with us! View the full article
  4. They say cleanliness is next to godliness, and a little boy from Chinaâs Shandong Province has proven it to the world. Merely a year old, Sun Jiarui was out for a walk with his mother in the city of Jining when he saw someone throwing a bottle on the road from their car. Not only did little Sun pick it up, but he also handed it back to the driver through the carâs window. The video of the incident was caught on camera by the toddlerâs mother who often records her son's escapades during their daily walk session. The video has since gone viral on social media. However, Sunâs mom has said that there is a high chance her son mistook the discarded bottle to have fallen out by mistake and decided to give it back to the owner. But regardless of what made little Sun take the step that he took, people cannot stop lauding the kidâs actions. © Daily Mail Talking to Daily Mail Sunâs mother Jing Lulu said, âThat day, he probably thought the bottle had fallen from the car by accident. He is a very simple child. If he sees other people drop stuff, he always helps to pick up. He is only one year and three months old and probably doesn't have a strong sense of environmental protection, but his action taught the driver a lesson.â We totally agree. That sure is a lesson for all of us. View the full article
  5. If there is one thing that 2019 gave us, it has to be some impeccable performances by Ayushmann Khurrana. He is one of the most bankable stars of Bollywood who takes the unconventional route and conveys a life-changing message with the movies he chooses to do. But that's not all about him. This talented actor's capabilities go beyond being exemplary on-screen. A look at his fashion game and you would know how he has evolved with his sartorial choices. His stylist, Isha Bhansali, makes it a point that all his looks have a story to tell. From his Dove Prince outfit to the one where he looked like a magician, we have to say Ayushmann's zany style is undisputed and we never forget to take notes. View this post on Instagram CONGRATULATIONS! ð . . @ayushmannk wins the Best Actor (Critics) Award. ðð» Wearing @gauravguptaofficial . . Styling @ishabhansali Lensed by @kunalgupta91 Assisted by @nishthaparwani . . Ayushmann managed by @disasterdsouza @yashrajfilmstalent Makeup @hinaldattani Hair @mohdjaved7639 . . #winner #awards #tuxedo #dapper #ootd #sharp #starscreenawards2019 #mensfashion #ayushmannkhurrana A post shared by I S H A B H A N S A L I (@ishabhansali) on Dec 8, 2019 at 10:11pm PST Recently, he bagged an award for the Best Male Actor (Critics) for Article 15 and Bala. But, what you also cannot miss out on is the appearance he made in a classic tuxedo. The suit that he sported was not the usual one you see but it had an extravagant edge that we just couldn't stop applauding. AK brought back the Rennaissance era with his style and it reminds us of history in fashion. View this post on Instagram THE RENAISSANCE MAN. . . @ayushmannk wins the Best Actor (Critics) award tonight! ð Wearing: Baroque Jacquard Tuxedo Suit: @gauravguptaofficial Patent leather brogues: @tomford . . Styling @ishabhansali Lensed by @kunalgupta91 Assisted by @nishthaparwani . . #tuxedo #baroque #couture #suit #dapper #sharp #mensfashion #ootd #gauravgupta #ayushmannkhurrana #starscreenawards2019 A post shared by I S H A B H A N S A L I (@ishabhansali) on Dec 8, 2019 at 9:42pm PST View this post on Instagram THE RENAISSANCE MAN. . . @ayushmannk wins the Best Actor (Critics) award tonight! ð Wearing: Baroque Jacquard Tuxedo Suit: @gauravguptaofficial Patent leather brogues: @tomford . . Styling @ishabhansali Lensed by @kunalgupta91 Assisted by @nishthaparwani . . #tuxedo #baroque #couture #suit #dapper #sharp #mensfashion #ootd #gauravgupta #ayushmannkhurrana #starscreenawards2019 A post shared by I S H A B H A N S A L I (@ishabhansali) on Dec 8, 2019 at 10:18pm PST The Dream Girl actor was seen in an elegant attire by designer Gaurav Gupta. Recently, the ace designer showcased his impeccable couture collection at Indian Couture Week named undercurrent. All the garments had sculpting techniques used in most of the pieces. For menswear, Gupta included a lot of jacquards and Rubia fabric in bandghalas, sherwanis and tuxedos. As for Khurrana's outfit, the subtle print encapsulated in pastel hues added a traditional touch to his look. The velvet pants along with bow-tie brought the whole ensemble quite in sync. The shiny patent leather brogues further added an oomph factor. View this post on Instagram THE RENAISSANCE MAN. . . @ayushmannk wins the Best Actor (Critics) award tonight! ð Wearing: Baroque Jacquard Tuxedo Suit: @gauravguptaofficial Patent leather brogues: @tomford . . Styling @ishabhansali Lensed by @kunalgupta91 Assisted by @nishthaparwani . . #tuxedo #baroque #couture #suit #dapper #sharp #mensfashion #ootd #gauravgupta #ayushmannkhurrana #starscreenawards2019 A post shared by I S H A B H A N S A L I (@ishabhansali) on Dec 8, 2019 at 10:40am PST "For the recent awards, I made Ayushmann's look more traditional with velvet pants, patent brogues and a bow tie to top it off. The blazer was instant baroque love to me. Reminded me of what a Russian Czar or a Renaissance king would wear in his attire. Ayushmann is quite the renaissance man himself!" says his stylist, Isha Bhansali. Keep up the bold fashion moves, AK! View the full article
  6. When a certain actor reaches a certain stage of fame where the world recognises their talent and acting, it's almost impossible to imagine that they might have struggled harder than a common man. Actor Rory McCann, who gained massive stardom as the Hound on Game Of Thrones and was one of the only few characters who made it to all the eight seasons has a story of struggle and hard work that can have a movie of its own. View this post on Instagram "Save yourself some pain, girl, and give him what he wants." . Because I didn't do what my brother wanted, which was leave his toys the **** alone, and look what happened to me. . OH WAIT, RIGHT, THAT FUCKING LITTLE WEASEL ALREADY TOLD YOU. . #RoryMcCann #SandorClegane #TheHound #GameOfThrones #GOT #s01e09 #FireAndBlood #screenshot #BigManChronicles A post shared by Big Man Chronicles (@bigmanchroniclesblog) on Nov 30, 2019 at 3:26pm PST The cathartic release came for fans when the much anticipated 'Clegane Bowl' happened in the finale and his character was killed by his brother. However, before this insane amount of love and fame came his way, Rory was living a rather tough life. In a recent interview, he revealed what life was before the biggest show in the history of television happened to him. He was a homeless man living in a tent and stealing food to make ends meet back in Iceland. “Two years ago I was in a tent – literally in a tent – stealing food occasionally. Eventually I got a job and sorted myself out, but then suddenly I'm getting driven around in a nice car in the biggest and best show in the world; just shows how your fortunes can change. Amazing”, he exclaimed. This interview was a part of a GOT reunion special which will be available as a part of a DVD edition of the show. He might not be the King in the North but to his fans, this 50-year-old actor is a true example of what it means to be the king of working hard. View the full article
  7. Australia has been on a roll against a visiting Pakistani side for a three-game T20I series followed by a two-match Test series which is currently underway at the Adelaide Oval. The Australian batsmen are showing no intent of slowing it down with the gigantic totals for their opponents in the first innings and their bowlers, led by a scary Mitchell Starc, are making it absolutely suffocating for Azhar Ali's men to survive at the pitch. "The higher you go, the body starts going back."@glennmcgrath11 explains why Mitchell Starc's 'small change' makes a 'massive difference'.#AUSvPAK pic.twitter.com/H65s8tRShz — #7Cricket (@7Cricket) November 30, 2019 Essentially, Tim Paine's men are looking like the Justice League with every member of the team looking like a superhero against an under-talented Pakistani side. They are destined to win the second and final Test to hand their opponents a wash-out defeat in every game that they played on Australian soil during their current trip. But Paine got in the way of history being made when he made his best batsman, David Warner to return to the dressing room in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime batting performance. With 39 boundaries and a solitary maximum, Warner broke Don Bradman and Mark Taylor's record by scoring 335 runs. This achievement made him the owner of the tenth spot in the list of the highest individual scores in Test cricket. David Warner becomes the 7th Australian to score a triple century in Tests ðª pic.twitter.com/3tup9XUnIX — ICC (@ICC) November 30, 2019 However, based on the way Warner didn't lose his focus despite facing 418 deliveries, he looked well on his way to reaching for the 400-mark and maybe even defeat Brian Lara's all-time record. After Paine declared the match at the twilight of day two of the match, Warner was asked about his skipper's decision to not allow him to reach for the stars and he did a decent job at protecting him. “... I said 'when are we declaring', and they said '5.40pm' and I said 'ok'. I kept on asking when we were out there, we got to five, then ten past five, and I was making sure that was still the message and it was. Until I think that last over before, it just ticked over [5.40pm] and Painey wanted me to try and get past that 334 mark," Warner said after the match in favour of Paine's decision to declare the first innings. Basically it was predetermined, even before Warner was at the crease, that Australia will declare at 5:40 regardless of how many runs a batsman would have made by then and they stuck to it. They wanted enough time to dismiss the Pakistani batting order twice to win the second match as well. And this is where Tim Paine should have realised that what David Warner did was special and so rare that only nine players in the entire history of the game had been able to score more runs than him. Hey Babysitterð¶ Australian temporary captain @tdpaine36 (Tim Paine) we were waiting for our champion Mr.David Warner's 4th century (400) but you did poor captaincy and declared 1st inning on 589/3. He was on 335* & still 42 overs were left to stump day 2.#AUSvsPAK pic.twitter.com/ILcezy8eAs — Ravindra Varak (@VarakRavindra) November 30, 2019 Sure, a win at this point in the ICC World Test Championships was important for the Australians but that would have come anyway. All Warner needed were a few more overs and some support from his captain to do the unthinkable, but none of those two things happened for the 33-year-old southpaw. This is where captaincy becomes completely different for Team India's leader, Virat Kohli. Even though winning is the top priority for Kohli and they have been doing a brilliant job in doing so (undefeated in the ICC World Test Championships till date), he is willing to stay flexible and motivate his players to do great things at the pitch. The greatest example of Kohli's spirit was seen during India's first Test match against Bangladesh. Even though it was almost certain that India will go on to win the Indore clash, Kohli encouraged his opener, Mayank Agarwal to score as many runs as he can. Coach Virat Kohli Explains Why He Pushed Mayank Agarwal For The Double-Century Vs Bangladesh https://t.co/tVxrGb9ygV via @MensXP — à¤à¤¶à¥à¤¤à¥à¤· (@aka_saurabh) November 18, 2019 When Agarwal celebrated reaching the 150-run mark, Kohli demanded him to score 200 runs. When he reached 200, the skipper raised three fingers and motivated him to make 300. Although Kohli was all smiles after Agarwal was dismissed at 243, he later made sure that the world knew why he pushed his man to give his best for the team. View this post on Instagram "Don't want others to make the mistakes I made as a youngster" - @virat.kohli on pushing @mayankagarawal to score double tonð A post shared by Team India (@indiancricketteam) on Nov 16, 2019 at 5:11am PST “I know how much time it took me to get those big hundreds,” said the Captain. “I know the importance of getting big runs and when the guy is in the moment, it is important as a senior batter to let them know that 'you need to focus, you need to keep going," he added. “Once you put down a marker, the guy sets guard again and it just helps the team overall,” Kohli explained his target-based challenges for Agarwal. “I want the guys to not make the mistakes that I made as a youngster and learn from them quickly so that they can be world-class players very soon," he said. Vision and the ability to think about the future of his fellow teammates has not only made Kohli an excellent leader of the team in the longest and the most demanding format of the game, but has also made him the leader of the team with the best record in the world right now. Pre-planned or not, Tim Paine should have shown similar flexibility in his approach towards Warner's heroic display with the bat because the win against Pakistan was almost certain. View the full article
  8. While growing up, we learnt some basic and fundamental manners in school which are still engrained deep within our psyche. More than manners, the values we were taught went a long way and sometimes, they got infused in us through autopilot conditioning. For example, respecting those who are elderly, helping others in need, being honest, so on and so forth. But the thing with teaching these values in school was, there was no testing ground for them there. Our real test was always in the real world when we started growing up, post-school and applying these lessons in values and manners in the outside world. © Livemint This school in Tamil Nadu, though, wants to test the lesson and values it teaches its students in school and hence, it conducted a rather unique social experiment. In a bid to test how honest, sincere and value-imbibing the students are in this Panchayat Union school in Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu, the staff set up an 'Honesty Store', to test kids on their sincerity, through the most practical way ever. The Honesty Store is a stationery shop which works on the principle of free will. The students can come to pick any item of stationery like books, pencils, erasers etc. and drop an amount for whatever they've purchased in a box placed there. This way, the student learns a good lesson in honesty, if he or she picks out. This concept was first perceived by Mekela, a math teacher in the same school. There is no one present at the store to monitor payments and so, children are left on their own discretion to pay, teaching them an erstwhile lesson in honesty and basic civil responsibility. © Edexlive "The main idea behind the 'Honesty store' is to teach children life-orientated lessons. We want the children to be self-aware and honest" said Mekela in an interview with a popular publication. Even though teaching them to be honest and responsible is through an experiment, the parents can actually see a stark difference in the kids' mannerisms towards social responsibility and being more honest. "Many times, students come and ask for particular items, which are not sold in their villages. In those cases, we purchase whatever is required. Every month we sell items for anywhere between Rs 1000-1200 at least,", said S Baskaran, an English teacher in school. © Amar Ujala The concept of 'pay what you will' is not a new one. It's an ardent way to ensure the people realise the value of the services they've endured. It first started in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, a community space where people got together to build a sustainable lifestyle. Every coffee shop and restaurant at the place has a box where you can put in any amount, if you liked the service. Even though that's not a social experiment but is a way to enhance gratitude, this school in Tamil Nadu has definitely taken it a notch up and made it into an experiment. The kids actually use the money box wisely and put in a sum of whatever they think the product is worth, and never take anything for free. “They make sure to speak the truth and we are happy about it. A little act of honesty can help shape their career drastically,” parent of a Class VI student told a popular publication in an interview. © The Hindu The school has a strength of about 126 students, currently, and the program is about a year old and still running successfully. We feel it should be implemented in more schools, especially schools in most cosmopolitan cities of India. View the full article
  9. Akshay Kumar's morning walk with daughter Nitara turns into a life lesson. Photo: TwitterAkshay Kumar, one of Bollywood's most generous and down-to-earth stars, has a special life lesson for his fans that he learnt recently.The 52-year-old Padman...
  10. After the successful run of Housefull 4 at the box office, Akshay Kumar has taken a much-deserved break to spend time with his family. He decided to take his daughter Nitara for a morning stroll and guess what? It turned out to be a beautiful lesson for the little one. © Twitter/Akshay Kumar The father-daughter duo came across an old couple in the village who helped Akshay and Nitara in the sweetest way possible. © Twitter/Akshay Kumar Akshay took to Twitter to share his experience through photos and wrote, “Today's morning walk turned into a life lesson for the little one. We walked into this kind, old couple's house for a sip of water and they made us the most delicious gur-roti. Truly, being kind costs nothing but means everything!” Check out the tweet here: Today's morning walk turned into a life lesson for the little one. We walked into this kind, old couple's house for a sip of water and they made us the most delicious gur-roti. Truly, being kind costs nothing but means everything! pic.twitter.com/UOwm2ShwaX — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 31, 2019 Akshay's post, especially, resonated with fans and his Twitter account was flooded with positive messages for the actor. Bade dilwala â¤â¤ You r a gem sir ð¥ð¥ð¥ Proud akkianð Bleed akkismâ¤â¤ — ð¸ ððððð®ð® ð¸ (@Khiladi_ki_saru) October 31, 2019 Best human being ever ♥ï¸♥ï¸. Great lesson sir — Arvind Ganesh Iyer (@itsAGI16) October 31, 2019 Even on Instagram, people appreciated his post, with some users saying that Akshay is indeed a real motivator. A family man through and through, Akshay has always been close to his daughter Nitara and makes sure that he takes some time out to spend time with her. On her 7th birthday this year, he took to social media to wish his darling daughter in the cutest way possible. Posting a picture of Nitara nestled in his arms, Akshay wrote, "She's happiest when she's in daddy's arms and so is daddy, evidently.. Wishing you all the happiness in the world always...Happy birthday darling, Nitara.” On the work front, Akshay Kumar has a release this Christmas with Kareena Kapoor Khan titled Good Newwz. View the full article
  11. The looming fear of hefty challans under the Motor Vehicle Act is making everyone a bit too careful on the roads and that's a great thing. People are finally driving around with a bit more discipline and awareness and the fines have gone down by a large percentage across various cities of the country. (c)India Today People are doing everything in their power to avoid getting 'challaned'. From wearing their seatbelts religiously, to following traffic lights to even slowing down in front of a speed camera and that's making a lot of difference in traffic and road sensibilities. Honestly, the only time to really pay heed to road safety issues, with the amount of population our country has is right about now. And if we can maintain smooth functioning on the road, half our stress will definitely go away. (c)BCCL Some people are following traffic rules so ardently, even their fellow non-human passengers are adhering to them. A man was seen with his dog on a two wheeler, and while the man was riding, the dog was sitting behind him calmly, while wearing a helmet. The picture has since been doing the rounds on Twitter and someone even shared it with a caption saying: 'Delhi me traffic police ka Khauf' Somebody shared this pic with a caption *Delhi mei traffic police ka Khauf* @dtptraffic @DelhiPolice pic.twitter.com/Lz9m1AXTko — Himanshu Gupta (@gupta_iitdelhi) September 5, 2019 My all-time.favourite #doggo pic from #delhi â¤ï¸ such a good boy, this #dog. Should be @DelhiTrafficPol campaign for using helmets pic.twitter.com/briwXXuZYB — prerna singh bindra (@prernabindra) October 19, 2019 Quite honestly, this made our day and how! Maybe it's not the fear of the cops as much as it's fear of life and while the man carefully rides his two wheeler around town, he has definitely made sure his dog is safe at all times. We have a great lesson to learn from the four-legged, once again. Maybe adhere to the traffic rules set out for you because at the end of the day they're not made to extract money from you, but to ensure your own safety.
  12. Who said your job has to be monotonous, and that you should tolerate a drab and dull day at work? Humans are known to be innovators and we always find ways of changing things around us to serve our purposes better. Take the example of this Sikh traffic cop, for instance, who not only took care of his duty but also made it musical and fun. A video featuring a Sikh traffic cop from Chandigarh has gone viral on social media, where he can be seen delivering lessons on traffic rules and regulations through a Punjabi song. This can only happen in India and that too by a Punjabi cop.pic.twitter.com/7jdhZaakaO — Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) October 18, 2019 And the tunes of this cop's anthem is not just any random combination of musical notes, but inspired by our OG Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi's memorable 90s song Bolo Ta Ra Ra! The only difference being that the lyrics no longer talks about a woman, but instead, reminds people on the road about traffic rules that must be followed to avoid any unnecessary hassles. The cop urges people to park at the appointed spots and avoid getting their car towed or stolen in the process. The cop seems to be enjoying this part of his job, and we're sure commuters wouldn't have complained either. People online cannot stop enjoying themselves and laugh along with the video. Gaddi nu crain le gayi.. bolo Tara Ra Rað¤£ðð¤£ð — (((Deepak chauhan))) (@Deepu8412) October 18, 2019 Lyrics are LIT. Traffic police tere car chak le gaiððð awsum sardar ji nailed the performance ððð — karnica Chaudhary (@karnica56) October 18, 2019 How can we forget Daler Paji? Bolo tara ra ra.... ð¹ð¹ðð»ðð» — Soniyoo (@singhpsoniyoo) October 18, 2019 Swag se swagat? So much swag ð@tabibmadrid — ð¸ð½ (@pooja_RD95) October 18, 2019 So much swag ð@tabibmadrid — ð¸ð½ (@pooja_RD95) October 18, 2019 Proud Punjabis put your hands up. Jithe Punjabi, Othe raunaka. â¤ï¸ — Gobind Setia à¨à©à¨¬à¨¿à©°à¨¦ ਸà©à¨¤à©à¨ (@GobindSetia) October 18, 2019 Wah re Wah.... chak de punjabi .... it happens only in India — Umesh (@umesh_narasimha) October 18, 2019 Music lessons for Delhi Police? @DelhiPolice surely needs to lear n decency and genuine intention of creating awareness from @PunjabPoliceInd ð — Arminder Rekhi (@Arminderrekhi) October 18, 2019 YAS! Awesome. Similar things needs to be done. No stress, all fun — Anwar Hussain (@1954anwar) October 19, 2019
  13. Life can be pretty uncertain. That's the one thing about it which remains a constant till the time we are laid to rest. We never know what's in store for us in the next few seconds, yet we live our lives as though we have years ahead of us. That's a strange sort of optimism almost all of humanity shares collectively. So, when 32-year-old tour guide Rouf Ahmad Dar stepped out for another day at work, he wouldn't have imagined what awaited him later in the day. While he was out on a rafting trip with five tourists, their boat capsized on the Lidder river in Jammu and Kashmir's Pahalgam area. Rouf Ahmad Dar - a real hero who saved the lives of few tourists at the expense of his own life... Let's all pray for eternal peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family. pic.twitter.com/0xYdfsRE77 — Arif Amin (@ArifAmin18) June 1, 2019 Dar went out of his way, put his own life on the line and rescued all the five tourists, bringing them to safety, but at the cost of his own life. Dar, who held a diploma in rafting, was on the boat when strong evening winds toppled the boat with the tourists still on it. But tragedy had already struck as Dar drowned in the raging waters of the Lidder and was later pulled out of the water near the Bhawani Bridge area and handed over to his family. The braveheart didn't think twice before risking his own life to save the lives of strangers. Setting the finest example of selfless courage; Tourist guide Rouf Ahmad Dar sacrificed his life saving five people including two foreigners in #Lidder river in #Pahalgam. RIP braveheart of#Kashmir @NorthernComd_IA @adgpi @PIB_India pic.twitter.com/bduKgnBiL2 — Chinar Corps - Indian Army (@ChinarcorpsIA) June 1, 2019 At a time when people are constantly instigating communal thoughts and questioning secularism in the country, selfless souls like Rouf Ahmad Dar prove that all of us are capable of moving past the politics that underline our present reality and chase after the biggest religion that there is - humanity. Bravehearts like Dar are cropping up in every village, valley and city to let people see the real face and sentiment that simmers in the heart of our nation and gives us hope that regardless of all the ugliness that comes to pass, humanity will always win.
  14. At a time when faith and religion are gaining prominence over all the other things that make us an active member of the society and each other's lives, we constantly seek out positive instances to help us get to a positive state of mind. One that would guide us to a more cheerful, peaceful and inclusive future, where every individual can live without a religious tag making the slightest difference to our lives. And talking of such positive instances, we have these four young men who are not only inspiring hope, but are also successfully leading the way to show us what a society with thriving communal harmony could look like. © Quora Featured in Humans of Bombay earlier today, one of the four buddies in the picture was quoted saying something so simple yet impactful that we often overlook in our frenzy to get on with our lives on a day to day basis. Something that is as simple as God is one, and we are all His children. Read what the young man has to say, that's inspiring people to come forward and share their personal stories about the wonderful people in there who don't share the same faith, and yet a world of a difference to their life anyway. View this post on Instagram “The four of us are really good friends and have come here for the evening Namaz. He's a Hindu, but he still comes with us everyday, after work, so that we can spend some time together. We pray for him and he prays for us – he even knows certain parts of the Quran by heart, and we're learning the Gayatri Mantra from him! There's just one person up there, and He listens to all, no matter where you're from. If the whole world understands that, then wouldn't it just be heaven on earth?” A post shared by Humans of Bombay (@officialhumansofbombay) on Mar 13, 2019 at 10:27pm PDT “The four of us are really good friends and have come here for the evening Namaz. He's a Hindu, but he still comes with us everyday, after work, so that we can spend some time together. We pray for him and he prays for us – he even knows certain parts of the Quran by heart, and we're learning the Gayatri Mantra from him! There's just one person up there, and He listens to all, no matter where you're from. If the whole world understands that, then wouldn't it just be heaven on earth?” He has managed to send such a significant message using very few words and we truly need more people who think and feel similarly to wade through the current wave of unrest in the world.
  15. If you're ever feeling down and out in life, just go over to Akshay Kumar's Instagram page and you'll get a whole lotta determination, inspiration and motivation, all folded in to one. The actor does such inspirational things, it gives us hope that the world can definitely be a better place. © Pinterest Just recently, along with Aditya Thakeray, he participated in a training session to teach young girls basic self-defence techniques, in Thane Mumbai. His social media was abuzz with a video of him training the girls, so they can protect themselves in the most basic way possible. © Instagram The video he shared on his Instagram page was captioned: Happy to see a turnout of 2000 plus girls from nearby schools at our self defense training camp in Thane today. The workshop was to teach them some basic self defense techniques. Hoping it was helpful and to see more of them at our training centre. Happy to see a turnout of 2000 plus girls from nearby schools at our self defense training camp in Thane today. The workshop was to teach them some basic self defense techniques. Hoping it was helpful and to see more of them at our training centre. @adityathackeray A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Feb 20, 2019 at 4:02am PST Dressed in black, Kumar displayed a lot of patience and skilful knowledge about the basics of martial arts. He believes it's important for young girls to know the fundamentals, just in case they face something uncomfortable, ever in life. © Pinterest Akshay has had formal training in Thai Boxing and Muay Thai when he spent over 5 years learning these forms of martial arts in Thailand and now he wishes to impart his knowledge of martial arts for training purposes. This isn't the first time we're seeing the man in his utmost noble best. He's known to bring issues of menstrual hygiene to the forefront with his film 'Padman' and has also joined hands with an organisation to aid a running event to raise awareness for menstrual hygiene. © Zee Studios On the work front, his film 'Kesari', based on the battle of Saragarhi in 1897 will release in March this year and we're really waiting with bated breath to watch him in one of the finest roles he's ever played.
  16. The Indian Army is the largest standing volunteer army in the world, which is not only known for its bravado and daredevilry when it comes to standing guard over their motherland, but its soldiers also inspire awe and unceasing respect for their selflessless service towards the nation. All of us feel strongly about these men and women who dare to face death in their line of duty. After all, we owe so much of the life we're living to them. It is their sacrifice and selfless passion to serve the country and its people, that allows us to enjoy the kind of safe and fun life we lead, day after day. © Twitter But how often do we stop to acknowledge their service and pay homage to their sacrifices? Well, a martyred soldier's 6-year-old daughter recalls her papa's lessons on the Indian Army, and it will remind you to take a moment and appreciate the numerous lives that constantly look death in the eye, so that innocent lives can be saved. © Honourpoint On 29th November 2016, Major Akshay Girish Kumar and Major Gosavi Kunal Mannadir were killed in an ambush in Nagrota, along with five other jawans. Two years since his passing away, Akshay's little daughter was seen recalling her father's teachings about the Indian Army in a video, which has since been actively circulated on social media. In the video Akshay's daughter Naina can be seen telling us what her father told her about the Indian Army. Check out the video here: A year after Akshay's martyrdom, Naina recollects conversations with her papa. Here she teaches us what 'Army is...' This random video captures innocence and faith. Love is an emotion. Her papa's love for the Army and Countrymen also stays within her. Jai Hind. @adgpi pic.twitter.com/kWecbp1Tax — Meghna Girish (@megirish2001) February 11, 2019 The faith and pride with which Naina recalls her dad's lessons, fills our hearts with joy.
  17. Electricity in the air. You. Your date. Stellar ambience. You look deep into each other's eyes. Ah, the magic of the first date! First dates are all about shy glances, getting to know each other, thinking about how to broach a topic and constantly trying to gauge what's going on in the other person's mind. But are first dates really all that about beauty, naivety and nervous charm? First dates are strenuous. The anticipation, the nervousness, the struggle to put your best foot forward. No one wants to make a bad impression on the first date. Like the cliché goes, the first impression is the last impression. But sometimes, no matter how hard you try, things do not work out in the way you want them to. Blame it on yourself, or the other person, the universe or just plain dumb luck, the fact that the date is ruined won't change. A first date does have a lot of potential, though we give too much importance to it, sometimes more than necessary, it is the first initiation in the world of dating. Don't worry. If it's meant to be, it'll happen even if it got ruined once. No one forgets their first date, especially if it was a bad one. We asked six men their worst first date experience and we were mighty surprised and quite amused by what we found: 1. The Blind Date: “It was a blind date. Though we had decided not to look at each other's pictures before the date, I ended up checking her profile on Facebook. Cut to the day of the date, I was running a bit late. I saw her seated at one of the booths of the café. As I approached her, she mistook me for the waiter and asked for a glass of water. Taken aback, I meekly poured the water in her glass and quietly walked away. “Bhaiya, paani yaha lago do please” still rings in my ears. Needless to say, we never dated again.” - Chinmay, 24 2. The Unknown Occurrence: “I met this girl at a friend's birthday party. We hit it off instantly. I was attracted to her and I could tell that she was too. After a few days of talking on WhatsApp, I finally plucked the courage to ask her out. She said yes and we decided to go for lunch. Lunch progressed smoothly and we made plans for a movie. I was very happy with the way things had turned out. After the movie, as I walked her back to her place, she launched into a tête-à-tête about her current boyfriend of three years. I was completely shocked because I had assumed her to be single. I dropped her home and couldn't believe what had happened. No brainer, never went out with her again.” -Krishna, 24 3. Sweet Nothingness: “I met her through mutual friends, and I was blown away by her personality. I asked her out. On the date, I was at my charming best: witty jokes, quick banter, making her laugh. All the works. During dessert, as I was doing my impression of Marlon Brando from “The Godfather” which she was immensely enjoying, I gestured a bit too excitedly and upset the entire hot chocolate sauce which the waiter had just arrived with onto my lap and my shirt. With an incredulous look as I glanced at her, while thoroughly embarrassed and valiantly trying to not scream as the warm liquid trickled down me, I found her laughing her head off. Till today, I can't see chocolate sauce the same way again.” -Shyam, 23 4. The Inception: “We met online. After chatting for a few months, we thought that going on a date was the inevitable next step. We started off quite good as the months of talking had helped us break the initial hesitation of being awkward. As we talked, the talk turned to sci-fi movies. We started debating on the possible end of “Inception”. We both had different views on the matter and we both thought we were correct. Matters started worsening as our theories didn't match. No one was backing down. We started arguing vehemently resulting in both of us leaving the restaurant in a huff. We haven't spoken since. Leonardo DiCaprio owes me an explanation.” -Sayantan, 25 5. Best Friend Forever: “I met this girl in the first year of college. She was cute and I liked her a lot. After much speculation, I finally asked her out. She seemed to be thrilled by the prospect. So was I. The date started normally, we were both extremely nervous and making small talk. Everyone around us could make out that the date wasn't going well. Still, we were trying to act casual. Suddenly, her best friend magically turns up at the same restaurant. I did not think much about it. The friend then proceeded to sit down with us (insert awkward look) and started interrogating me about myself. It was awkward. Then, my date abruptly started crying. The friend then looked at me as if I had done something terrible. They left without a word. I do not know what the matter was till today. Now, when we pass each other in the corridors we just pretend that the other doesn't exist.” -Adwait, 20 6. Beauty And The Beast: “There was this extremely beautiful colleague of mine. Exceptionally beautiful. We were both freshers in the company. Every time I saw her, I would become utterly self-conscious and act stupid. One fine day, she asked me out. I was over the moon. How could I be so lucky? Ridiculously happy, I prepared for the date. On the fateful day, I was a nervous wreck trying to do all the things right. She seemed genuinely interested in me. I was sweating profusely and thus, I politely excused myself to go to the washroom. When I came back, I was surprised to see that she was going through my phone, which I had left on the table. She had managed to unlock it and was viewing my photo gallery in a very nonchalant way. To top it off, she had also eaten more than half of my fries. I was stunned. She looked up and with a smile on her face said “Oh! You are back!”, gave me my phone back as if nothing had happened. My crush on her evaporated as quickly as it had come. Sometimes, appearances can be deceptive. And they can eat your fries too” -Alex, 27 What was your first date disaster? Let us know!
  18. As Mithali Raj walked today into the Seddon Park for the toss as the captain of the Indian cricket team ahead of the third ODI in Hamilton, she created history once again, becoming the first woman to play 200 ODIs. Adding another feat to an already decorated career, Raj's spot in the ICC Hall of Fame is a no-brainer. What's your favourite memory of @M_Raj03'S ODI career? pic.twitter.com/h7HGFJfWYv — ICC (@ICC) February 1, 2019 At the age of 36, if she was asked what career-path would she want to pursue, she would certainly choose that of a cricketer, but a 9-year-old Raj would have said that she wanted to pursue a career in dance. Unlike a lot of aspiring cricketers, Mithali Raj was never one to have sleepless nights fantasizing about donning that blue kit and representing India on an international level. In fact, as a child, Raj had no plans to join the sport which is so famously known as a 'gentleman's game'. The skipper has made it absolutely clear that the only reason she took to cricket was because her father, Dorai Raj forced her to play cricket just because she was extremely lazy and her dad wanted her to be more active, which had no impact on her lifestyle whatsoever as she continues to be equally lazy (her words, not ours). “My dad made a decision to turn me into a professional cricketer. The hours of training sessions and the performance in the game… these are the things that started too early for me as an 11-year-old,” Raj shares in an interview with the ICC. “At that phase when I started putting so many hours in the game, I really realised that… I have stopped enjoying the game and at some point, I hated my dad for putting me into the sport.” Ever since she made her ODI debut on 25th June 1995, she's had multiple spells as the captain of the Indian women's cricket team, the first one coming just before the 2005 World Cup. The young batswoman was nervous to shoulder the responsibility one because it was during the biggest tournament of all and two, because a lot of senior players and even an ex-captain was in the team, which now belonged to her. But that was probably the only instance Mithali truly shook in her boots. With a résumé with 20 years-worth of experience, the Indian skipper has no more jitters to confront. While most players indulge in boosting their morale before going out to bat, the veteran can be calmly reading a book with her kit on. “I am the senior-most player in the team. I am a more mature leader and I have no apprehensions any more,” she said in an interview with the Times of India. © ICC Mithali Raj is probably one of the wisest sportspersons of our generation who, despite facing so much of criticism as a player, a teammate, and even for just being herself, continues to do her thing without caring about what the world has to say. She has turned something that she used to completely despise, into something which helped her make a mark for herself and become one of best, and that is something every young athlete must try and imbibe.
  19. عدل و انصاف کی پاسداری ایک دن شیر شاہ سوری کےسامنے ایک قتل کا مقدمہ پیش ہوا جس میں قاتل کا سراغ نہیں مل رہا تھا یہ قتل اٹاوہ کے کسی علاقے میں ہوا تھا۔ شیر شاہ سوری نے مقدمے کی سماعت کی۔ اس نے اٹاوہ کے شقدار کو حکم بھیجا کہ جس علاقے میں قتل ہوا ہے اس کے آس پاس واقع کسی درخت کو دو آدمی بھیج کر کٹوائے اور جو سرکاری عامل اس درخت کے کاٹنے کی اطلاع پا کر آئیں انہیں پکڑ کر ہمارے پاس بھیج دو۔ شقدار نے شاہی فرمان کے مطابق دو آدمی درخت کاٹنے کے لئے موقعہ واردات پر بھیجے۔ وہ ابھی درخت کاٹ ہی رہے تھے کہ علاقے کے مقدموں اور معتبروں نے انہیں موقع پر آن پکڑا۔ سادہ کپڑوں میں ملبوس اشخاص نے درخت کاٹنا چھوڑ دیا اور ان معتبروں کو پیش کیا گیا۔ بادشاہ نے ان سے دریافت کیا کہ تمہیں درخت کٹنے کی خبر تو ہو گئی لیکن ایک انسان کی گردن کٹ گئی اور تم اس سے بے خبر رہے۔ میں اسے تسلیم کرنے کے لئے تیار نہیں۔ تین دن کے اندر اند ر قاتل کو پیش کرو ورنہ سزا میں تم قتل کر دیئے جاؤ گے۔ معتبروں کے جسم پر لرزہ طاری ہو گیا اور تیسرے دن کا سورج ابھی طلوع بھی نہ ہوا تھا کہ “قاتل شاہی دربار کے دروازے پر زنجیر و سلاسل میں جکڑے ہوئے حاضر تھے” عدل و انصاف کی اسی پاسداری کی وجہ سے برصغیر کا ہر دیانت دار مورخ شیر شاہ سوری کا نام ادب سے لیتا ہے۔
  20. اکبر بادشاہ نے اپنے سب سے قابل وزیر بیربل کو کہا کہ اسکی مملکت میں سے پانچ احمق ترین لوگوں کو ایک مہینے میں تلاش کرکے اس کے حضور پیش کیا جائے‘ایک مہینے کی جدوجہد کے بعد بیربل نے صرف دو احمقوں کو پیش کیا‘اکبر نے ناراضگی کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ میں نے تو پانچ احمقوں کو پیش کرنے کا کہا تھا‘بیربل نے کہا مہاراج، مجھے ایک ایک کرکے احمقوں کو پیش کرنے کی اجازت دی جائے۔بیربل نے پہلا احمق پیش کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ یہ بڑا احمق اس لیے ہے کہ بیل گاڑی میں سوار ہونے کے باوجود اس نے سامان اپنے سر اٹھایا ہوا تھا‘دوسرے احمق کو پیش کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ اس شخص کے گھر کی چھت پر بیج پڑے تھے‘ ان بیجوں کی وجہ سے چھت پر گھاس اگ آئی‘ یہ شخص اپنے بیل کو لکڑی کی سیڑھی سے چھت پر لے جانے کی کوشش کر رہا تھا کہ بیل چھت پر چڑھ کر گھاس چر لے۔ بیربل نے کہا مہاراج، بطور وزیر مجھے اہم امور سلطنت چلانے تھے مگر میں نے ایک مہینہ احمقوں کی تلاش میں ضائع کیا اور صرف دو احمق تلاش کئے‘اسلئے تیسرا احمق میں خود ہوا۔۔ بیربل نے ذرا سا توقف کیا تو اکبر چلایا کہ چوتھا احمق کون ہے۔۔؟؟بیربل نے عرض کیا کہ مہاراج جان کی امان پاؤں تو عرض کروں‘ اکبر بادشاہ نے کہا کہ کہو‘ تمہیں کچھ نہیں کہا جائے گا۔ اس نے کہا کہ مہاراج، آپ بادشاہ وقت ہیں اور تمام رعایا اور سلطنت کے امور چلانے کے ذمہ دار ہیں مگر قابل ترین اور اہل افراد کو تلاش کرنے کی بجائے آپ نے احمق ترین لوگوں کو تلاش کرنے میں نہ صرف اپنا وقت برباد کیا بلکہ ایک اہم وزیر کا وقت برباد کیا لہٰذا چوتھے احمق آپ ہیں۔ اکبربادشاہ نے تلملاتے ہوئے سوال کیا ”اب بتا بھی دو پانچواں احمق کون ہے؟بیربل نے عرض کیا‘ مہاراج! پانچواں احمق یہ شخص ہے جو فیس بک سے چمٹا ہوا ہے‘ اپنے دفتری اور کاروباری فرائض اور خاندانی امور سے لاپرواہی برت رہا ہے اور اپنا قیمتی وقت ضائع ہونے کا احساس تک نہیں کر رہا ہے اور حد تو یہ ہے کہ ابھی تک ڈھیٹ بن کر یہ سٹیٹس پڑھتا چلا جا رہا ہے۔
  21. Cricket needs no introduction to a country like India. In this part of the world, the gentleman's game is cherished as a religion and cricketers are worshipped as demigods. It further explains why Indian cricketers end up garnering such popularity and limelight when compared with foreign players. Another valid example is the Indian Premier League (IPL) whose immense success highlights the country's obsession with cricket. While cricket continues to bring India together, it also offers lucrative business prospects to those interested. The star-status of the cricketers also make them a marketer's dream, paving way for endorsement deals and brand associations. In fact, the coexistence of endorsements and cricket has reached such a level that the smart cricketers, using their popularity, have started promoting their own brands. There are a billion eyeballs constantly chasing every move that the cricketers make, on and off the field. They are idolised by their fellow countrymen and cherished as role models for the youth. And, this is what makes them the perfect mechanism to bolster the sales of a product or service. A smile is the best way to unwind. ð pic.twitter.com/w8RoT6udd3 — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 21, 2019 The likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are a prime example. Arguably amongst the most popular sportspersons in the country, the duo enjoys the unmatched spotlight and rank high up in terms of brand value. There is so much, and more when it comes to the commercial interests of the cricketers. And, there is nothing wrong with it, albeit their on-field performances aren't getting affected. But, while it might seem like an incentive of being a cricketer in the modern era of the sport, there exists a rare breed that still values the unadulterated side of cricket. Imagine, playing far away from the spotlight for a major part of the year, in domestic competitions that no one really cares about. And then, you're recalled into national team to play in hostile conditions where, in those limited games, you have to prove your mettle, else you find yourself facing immense criticism. That's the cricketing life of Cheteshwar Pujara. The batting of this Saurashtra cricketer is a throwback to eras gone by. The man doesn't tire of scoring runs, no matter the opposition or venue. And, his fitness is more about what is required for batting for long periods as opposed to bulging biceps with tattoos on them. For a man who pays his bills through Test cricket, Pujara is undeniably the perfect face of the longest format that is striving for the limelight in the age of T20s. © Reuters Pujara's perseverance and resilience were in full display during India's historic Test series triumph in Australia. The middle-order batsman smashed three hundreds and a fifty, emerging as India's leading run-scorer - with 521 runs to his name - in the five-match series. But, as always, Pujara's efforts often get overshadowed by more glamorous teammates like captain Kohli. While his teammates travelled to New Zealand for their next big challenge, Pujara quietly returned to the playing domestic cricket for Saurashtra. But, more importantly, the fact that he only features in the longer version of the game further translates into less or no endorsement deals. In a list of India's top 20 valuable celebrity brands published by advisory firm Duff & Phelps earlier this month, it wasn't surprising to see Kohli topping the list but Pujara not featuring anywhere highlighted the cruel side of cricket. But, the 30-year-old is unfazed by the lack of endorsement deals. “Being a (specialist) Test cricketer, I accept that there haven't been many endorsements. I am someone who doesn't go after endorsements. For me, the true thing is the love of this game. My father has taught me that I don't just play for myself but for the entire country,” he was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. © Reuters In the world where a sportsperson is measured by his brand value, Pujara is just happy to contribute to his team in the predefined role by the management. For him, endorsement deals aren't really important, what he truly cherishes and strives for is the appreciation for his hard work. “In my life, I am a simple man…if it (endorsements) comes, I will take it; if it doesn't, I am not bothered about it. If I keep playing well and performing for the Indian cricket team, what I like is the appreciation from this country and from (the) cricketing fraternity, which is more than any endorsement I might get in my life,” Pujara added. For someone who notched up the 'Man of the Series' award for his exploits Down Under after keeping the opposition bowlers at bay with his stubborn batting - facing 1,258 deliveries (more than any other Indian in a Test series), Pujara, just like his artistry with the willow, has made a valid point - something young and budding cricketers can learn from. Endorsements are a byproduct of cricket and shouldn't overshadow a cricketer's performance on the field. If it wasn't for cricket or a player's performance, nothing would come by, let alone endorsement.
  22. What's the best thing about moving on from a relationship? It's when you and your ex are in a damn good space and only give each other good vibes. Well, it's 2019 and exes are either up in arms about how it all ended or they move away too quickly from each other, not wanting to face any circumstantial dilemma that may come along. © Getty images But, not all exes are the same, are they? Some move away knowing things didn't work out for them even though they spent significant time together and they bow down in grace and wish each other well. Nope, I am not living in a utopic town, I am actually stating facts. © Getty Images As we all know, Jurassic World and Guardians Of The Galaxy superstar Chris Pratt has just asked Katherine Schwarzenegger to marry him and we're damn happy for them. But what makes us happier is the fact that Chris Pratt's ex-wife Anna Faris has wished them well, upon hearing the news about their engagement! This is the truest relationship evolution curve we know! © Getty Images Recently Chris posted a picture of Katherine and him together embracing, with the following caption '"Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I'm thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to go boldly in faith with you. Here we go!" Here, take a look Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I'm thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go! ðð♥ï¸ A post shared by chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) on Jan 13, 2019 at 11:12pm PST And that wasn't all. Obviously Chris got almost 50k+ comments on this picture congratulating him but the one that stood out was from Anna Faris, wishing him happiness! She literally sounded way too happy for the forthcoming nuptials! Love to see it. #CommentsByCelebs A post shared by Comments By Celebs (@commentsbycelebs) on Jan 14, 2019 at 8:40am PST Now, I am not saying we're all monsters and we don't finish things and we walk away from associations. All I am saying is, we just like to move at the speed of light, even in our relationships and forget about them like they never happened.
  23. In the ever-competitive world of cricket, winning has now become the most important thing, nullifying all the other elements that once made us believe it was indeed a gentleman's game. It doesn't matter how you win or what you do to come out on top, all that we, sadly, care for today is trophies, rankings and records galore. Similarly, Indian cricket, too, has witnessed a major overhaul over the years. The technical perfection and humility of Rahul Dravid or the sheer politeness of Sachin Tendulkar are now a thing of the past as the MS Dhoni era focused on athleticism, run-making and electric fielding displays. But, while all those things seemed like the need of the hour in the ever-changing arena of international cricket, what followed later has surely washed away everything we once knew about the game. Under the tutelage of Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team might have scaled new heights across formats, but there has been a terrifying change in their approach towards the game. From flipping a bird to the crowd in stands, engaging in verbal volleys to even allegedly getting rid of their coach, Kohli has shown a whole new side of the sport that earlier took a backseat, at least in Indian cricket. While some had their concerns with the new culture in Team India, not many cared owing to the massive success of Kohli and his team. © Instagram/@hardikpandya93 Unfortunately, the patience of Indian cricket fans reached its saturation point when Hardik Pandya, a youngster who's still looking to make his mark, resonated the questionable devil-may-care attitude - incorporated by Team India - in his tone-deaf remarks about women on a popular chat show. From branding women like trophies to shamefully boasting of his 'conquests', Pandya was blatantly misogynistic and sexist, needless to say irresponsible, in his remarks about the other *** on national television. But, he wasn't done yet. If his boorish behaviour on the chat show left the viewers shell-shocked, Pandya's mockery of an apology which lacked remorse and ownership of his actions further infuriated the cricket fans. The 25-year-old claimed: "I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show". Like, seriously, Mr Hard (as he likes to call himself)? If the nature of a show can allow sportspersons or celebrities - looked upon as a source of inspiration and motivation by many - to get carried away to an extent where they lose their grip on the sense of responsibility, the wiser call would be, to opt out of such shows. But, even if the chat show had such a nature (as claimed by Pandya), the Baroda cricketer could or should have stayed true to the ethics and conduct of everything that Indian cricket represents and stands for. Rahul Dravid - The Bakra "harassment" episode. No stains on The Wall.ð pic.twitter.com/qKFHpf2aA2 — Vinay (@SemperFiUtd) October 14, 2018 The biggest example is Dravid who once appeared on a popular prank show and still came out as the gentleman we have come to cherish over the years. Appearing on MTV Bakra, the age when the channel had one too many Cyrus', Dravid was tested to his limits amid an annoying environment, aimed at extracting a fiery response from a generally calm and composed cricketer. But, 'The Wall' showcased immense patience that was often reflected in his tireless innings for India. Now, when you compare Dravid's situation with Pandya's, anyone with a sane mind would agree that the former, in accordance to the format of the show, was forced to endure a more severe and testing environment than the latter. But, unlike Pandya, Dravid neither got carried away, nor he lost his sense of responsibility. The former Indian cricketer could have easily blasted the woman (in the video) with expletives or harsh words, but he handled it like a true gentleman. Pandya was sitting comfortably, with all his bling, on a couch with his teammate. Even if the host was provoking him with controversial questions, the Indian cricketer could have, a choice he clearly had at that time, dodged it or answered differently. But, objectifying women and, boasting of 'conquests' and possessions like a Desperado on national TV was definitely not how we expect our sportspersons to act. © BCCL Back in 2016, during India A's tour of Australia, Pandya was all praise for Dravid, claiming: "For me, everything changed after my tour of Australia with the India A team. It is a tour that transformed me as a cricketer. I can't but thank Rahul Dravid enough for his contribution. I understood that there is a mental aspect about the game that needs to be worked upon. He (Dravid) made me mentally stronger”. For a man who once claimed that he learned the mental aspect of the game from one of the greats, Pandya, now, needs to learn and instil the mentality of a sportsperson from Dravid. It's one thing to mould yourself with time to continuously grow and compete at the highest level, but, if not anything else, Pandya and the current crop of Indian cricketers can surely learn how to behave and act responsibly from the former greats like Dravid.
  24. "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela's famous quote is probably the best way to describe Virat Kohli's love affair with cricket. His passion for cricket has made him one of the best batsmen in the world across formats and further nurtured him into a ruthless captain. It's also the very passion that defines Kohli's emotional, effervescent and, at times, explosive character. For him, the world is for the taking and his hunger to succeed has propelled him to the pinnacle of the sport. At the age of 30, he is arguably the most relentless and popular performer in the sport. He is already a World Cup winner (2011), the Player of the tournament at a World T20 (2014) and has led India to a record eight consecutive Test series wins. In December 2018, he became the first Asian captain to win a Test in England, Australia and South Africa. © Reuters If his cricketing skills have allowed him to scale new heights in international cricket, his winning mentality and positive mindset is also something that sets him apart from other cricketers of his generation. Despite the hardships and personal setbacks in his life, the Delhi cricketer has gone from strength to strength to carve his own niche in the sport - something that was in full display during his recent interview in Australia. This reply of Virat Kohli when asked how he feels when opposition team wins despite him trying his best, is a learning lesson in itself. MUST WATCH. pic.twitter.com/ryYijA4KsZ — Chandramukhið¥Stark (@FlawedSenorita) December 13, 2018 Talking to Fox Sports, Kohli revealed how he managed to overcome his problems to become the legend he is today. He also gave an insight into how he tries to get over a loss in cricket. “When you lose, eventually you feel so bad that you reach a point where you think there is nothing more than you can feel about this so you got to get over it,” Kohli said. "But now what happens is, even after we lose an important game to someone else, you actually feel bad about your own loss but at the same time, you look at it as the other team has come to play as well. These guys have the similar kind of emotion and passion that we have. There is no good reason why we should win every game. So, I naturally started feeling happy for the other team as well if they really outplay us, because you understand that they are playing the same sport and they might have the same emotion that I do,” he added. © AP Stressing on the importance of not overthinking, Kohli said: So you take it as a part of the game as you can't be so obsessive about it where you cannot put your mind to anything else, because you have to move on and focus on the next game as well. That thing has especially helped me in Test cricket also because you have to come back for 5 days and have that mindset otherwise you will struggle to forget it and refresh yourself to focus on the next game”. While Kohli was majorly talking about cricket, his words of wisdom serve as a great reminder to all those who have struggled or are still finding it hard to overcome their personal problems.
  25. Being the CEO of Google might sound fancy and all, but if you look beyond the glamour and fame, you see that everyone who is in a position of power has endured their share of struggles and tribulations. Sundar Pichai is no different. He might be the driving force behind one of the biggest tech firms of the world, but he didn't bag the position in a day. In fact, people with power often start small and know what it takes to work their way up. © Twitter In a recent interview with The New York Times, Sundar Pichai threw light on his humble beginnings and the simple life that he led in Chennai. “There was simplicity to my life, which was very nice compared with today's world. We lived in a kind of modest house, shared with tenants. We would sleep on the living room floor. There was a drought when I was growing up, and we had anxiety. Even now, I can never sleep without a bottle of water beside my bed. Other houses had refrigerators, and then we finally got one. It was a big deal. I read whatever I could get my hands on. I read Dickens. Friends, playing street cricket, reading books - that was kind of the totality of life. But you never felt lacking for anything. I was so wrapped up in that, that to some extent I didn't understand there was a much bigger shift happening with the internet.” Sundar studied at IIT Kharagpur before leaving for the US where he studied at the Stanford University and even pursued management at the prestigious Wharton Business School. © Twitter He eventually made his way to Google in 2004 and played a pivotal role in shaping the Chrome browser. The company was under fire recently after many employees protested against the sexual harassment scenario at the company.
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