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  1. The lockdown in the country has got people trying different things at home, especially experimenting with their looks. From haircuts to a trimming their beard, men and women are trying everything they can. Rajkummar Rao has taken it to some other level as he gave a haircut to his girlfriend Patralekhaa. Patralekhaa took to Instagram to share the video of Rajkummar using a trimmer to give her a perfect haircut and guess what, the result has been impressive. Trust me, I would have loved it if I was stuck with my boyfriend during the lockdown. Well, getting pampered by your man does please a woman. So, I am guessing men can take some lessons from the actor on how to keep pampering their girlfriends or wives. View this post on Instagramà¤à¤¹à¤¾à¤ à¤à¤¾à¤¹ वहाठराह ðð½ @rajkummar_rao â¤ï¸â­ï¸A post shared by (@patralekhaa) Rajkummar has turned into the perfect barber for his ladylove and the actor has always been doing things to make her feel special. This is not the first time that Rajkummar has done something to pamper Patralekhaa. In an interview with Humans Of Bombay, Patralekhaa had shared the little things Rajkummar does for her and that makes her fall in love with him all over again. View this post on InstagramHappy new year to you all. Hope this year is filled with love joy and peaceâ¨ð¸A post shared by (@patralekhaa) She had said, âOnce he was late to see me, so he ran all the way from the airport to Juhu! Not only that, but when we werenât earning much, he gifted me my favourite bagâit was so expensive! Years later, someone stole it in London! I called him sobbingâfor me, it was about the memories. Heâd bought it for me when he didnât have much. Later, at our hotel, the exact same bag was waiting for me. These little things make me realize how lucky I am for him. And the best part is, he always says heâs the lucky one. Isnât that what a relationship needs? To remind each other how grateful we are?â Rajkummar is truly an ideal partner and never fails to set relationship goals. Men can take a cue on how to make their âbaeâ feel loved as you guys stay locked in quarantine. View the full article
  2. Now that we all are stuck in a lockdown and are looking forward to the salons opening again, this is the perfect time to take notes on how to look our best once they do. Or, for those of us who can manage beard-shaping or even haircuts (guts!) at home, now is the time to look up perfect styles that we can take pointers from. Keeping that in mind, we have compiled a list of 6 handsome Indian supermodels who are giving us the perfect grooming inspo we need. Right from beard to physique to hairstyles, these men know how to be on top of their game. Why not take a few style pointers from them that we can use on ourselves? 1. Nitin Chauhan View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@nitinchauhanofficial) View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@nitinchauhanofficial)A combination of thick beard and smouldering hot bod, this is Nitin Chauhan, who will instantly make you scroll for more sexy pictures of his. Besides this thick, glorious beard, what you can't miss is his unkempt man bun that adds more oomph to his beard. He is a perfect mix of good looks and an ace sense of style, tbh! 2. Arya Bhat View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@bhatarya) View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@bhatarya) Health is as important as good looks and Arya Bhat, a yoga teacher and a fitness model outshines in every manner. This supermodel literally knows how to create that thunder while we are indoors. Also, that curly mane and well-groomed short beard have totally it knocked it out of the park. You donât always need a long beard to steal the limelight and Bhatâs beard is a perfect example of that! 3. Gaurav Rana View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@gauravraana) View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@gauravraana)Purely drool-worthy, Gaurav Raana has made men and women go equally weak in the knees. His handlebar moustache with a short beard is the benchmark if you wish to add a knack to your style. Add to that, his ripped physique has compelled us to stalk him literally every day. 5. Prathamesh Maulingkar View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@prathamesh_maulingkar) View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@prathamesh_maulingkar)Indian footballer turned supermodel, exactly knows how to strike a chord with us with his impeccable grooming and fitness game. For a beard that's classy and intimidating, Prathmesh has left no stone unturned and is the reason why our quarantine period is so lit at the moment. What an eye-candy! 6. Prateek Jain View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@prateekjain_lovemachine) View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@prateekjain_lovemachine) Prateek Jain clearly knows how to steal hearts with his hot bod and suave grooming game. The world seems limitless for him as he hasn't only sported a full-fledged beard but has gone way out and experimented with versatile styles. Right from fade to unkempt beard, he knows how to raise the temperature stat. View the full article
  3. As much as we hate to admit it, as cinephiles and fans of Bollywood, we often forget that there are other film industries, with some really talented actors. Whether it is someone like Ram Pothineni or Allu Arjun, or Vijay Deverakonda for that matter, they were stars down South, long before they came into the limelight in Hindi speaking regions. © Instagram/thenameisyash One thing that is common across these stars that donât pop up on our radar, is that all of them have some serious style game, and can often teach a lesson or two to some of Bollywoodâs best-dressed men. Sure, B-Towners are more prone to experiment; however, they also have the tendency to go haywire when it comes to basics. © Instagram/ranveersingh A neon green-coloured tank top with baby pink shorts? No thanks, Bollywood. Donât even get us started with grade A celebs wearing Hawai chappals, not even flip flops, but those blue and white Hawai chappals to promotional events. Seriously, whatâs up with that? © Viral Bhayani Clearly, when it comes to functional or just regular, normcore dressing, our Southern stars are the place where you should be looking. Take Yash, as a solid example. © Instagram/thenameisyash The Kannadiga actor, who, for some bizarre reason, has been off of our radar, is a bonafide fashionista. Not only does he have one of the most glorious beards in Indian cinema today, but he also has a very simple, crisp and refreshing sense of style. © Viral Bhayani In one of his recent set of airport pictures, he can be seen in a rather simple, but casually chilled out ensemble, that honestly, is something that most of us can easily emulate on any given day. © Viral Bhayani Yash is seen here wearing a very basic, black, v-neck t-shirt with black denim jeans, and a white jacket, which has some exaggerated technical pockets and a militaristic appeal to it. © Viral Bhayani The sneakers that Yash has paired with the outfit are also very simplistic and basic high top sneakers in white. © Viral Bhayani Given the rather simplistic and understated nature of the outfit, it is actually a very great way to go incognito when youâre at the airport, all the while looking super dapper. The silhouette and the fit of the jacket look rather comfortable and relaxed, which is exactly how you should be dressed when youâre travelling, an aspect that most people forget about, when theyâre trying to dress up for the airport (we are looking at you Bollywood). © Viral Bhayani All in all, thatâs actually a great way to step out, while being totally comfortable. Understated, and yet dapper to its core thatâs the way to roll. Hats off, Yash, seriously, that ensemble is the airport look done right. View the full article
  4. Jacqueline Fernandez spoke about her youth and what she wishes to pass down onto to her younger self
  5. Pioneering off-road setups, absolute indestructibility and the ability to never stall, ever - thereâs a lot of reasons to pick a Land Rover - especially if you happen to be a movie chase-scene villain. This year marks the release of No Time To Die in April - Daniel Craigâs last romp as the besuited, suave and very, very secret⦠agent, James Bond. The filmâs trailer puts a firm emphasis on high-stakes chase scenes - opening up with some sick shots of Bond behind the wheel of the classic Aston Martin DB5. Neat, huh? Things were taken up a notch when we got a peek at this incredible stunt showcase from Land Rover - highlighting the best of the new Defender 110 X platformâs ruggedness, stability and performance. They really should start testing vehicles on action film sets. The Defender 110 is a mid-wheelbase sized model that clearly seems capable of going through anything thrown at it - from swampland to rivers, hill climbs and pretty insane jumps - weâre seriously left wondering what wonder-stuff the suspension is made of. The chase sequence, which should be one of the highlights in the movie was led by stunt coordinator, Lee Morrison working alongside Oscar winner and special effects, action vehicles supervisor Chris Corbould. A total of 10 Defenders were used in the making of the movie, including the seventh Defender built carrying the '007' VIN number. Also featured in the video are some Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC motorcycles - another british motoring icon thatâs been ripping up off-road tracks the world over. © Triumph/Land Rover The Defender 110 was spotted in India as well, early this January, in the form of a camouflaged test mule. © Motorbeam Under the hood, Land Rover will be offering the car with a variety of engines with two power ranges; a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 300PS of power and a 3.0-litre in-line six with a supercharger and 48V mild-hybrid tech that puts out 404PS of max power - nothing to laugh at. Meanwhile, the diesel variant Ingenium D200 2.0-litre diesel engine makes 200PS, while the D240 is tuned to produce 240 PS of peak power. All of this comes mated to LRâs timeless 4x4 system, complete with one of the most sophisticated off road terrain-management systems you can buy. Speaking of buying, the Defender 110 is expected to cost somewhere between 80-95 lakh (ex-showroom). View the full article
  6. Ayushmann Khurrana and his fashion choices have been on a roll. His style used to be underrated but ever since 2018, this man has been unstoppable and without a shadow of a doubt, he never fails to strike a chord with us. © Instagram/Isha Bhansali Let's take a few examples where he stunned us with his choices. The recent look that we took notes from was when he took the chunky sneaker trend to a whole new level with his 'crocodile's sneakers. His outfit, on the other hand, was a palette of subtle hues that instantly dovetailed well with his overall demeanour.Ayushmann has been prepping for his upcoming movie Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. The promotions are in full swing and it looks like he is truly invested in his style and we cannot stop diggin' his looks. Isha Bhansali, Ayushmann's stylist definitely deserves an award for creating some statement-worthy, edgy outfits, no matter what the event is. Even the recent instance totally steers clear of the basics and is something that most of us can legit learn a lesson or two from. If you are willing to recreate this outfit in simple steps, here's a quick way to turn heads with these impeccable style lessons. Instagram/Isha Bhansali 1. Let's start with Ayusmann's jacket. Parka jackets are a thing now and if the boredom of wearing denim numbers has hit you hard, this is the new way to go. When you top it over a slogan tee, this style can add a modern twist to your debonair with its unexpected fabric and quirky colour. 2. Coming to his pants, they are yet again an unusual pair of jeans. They are not too tapered nor too baggy. The overall effect? Well, it's surprisingly quite pleasing. This type of jeans are a mainstay in menswear and to make it double-dekko worthy, add a finishing touch with a stylish buckle belt. © Instagram/Isha Bhansali 3. If you are a big fan of chunky sneakers, like Ayushmann, just show off! The best way to add a bit of elegance is to roll up your jeans so that your shoes are able to channel uber-cool, effortless vibes. Add to that, quirky socks can make you stand out for all the right reasons. 4. The final touch up is accessories that should never ever be missed. Sartorially speaking, a watch and sunglasses are the key here that revolutionise the whole look, giving it more of a street-style and contemporary appeal. This is the best way to master the art of street fashion and we believe, only Ayushmann can do it right. Hats off for that! View the full article
  7. When Vietjet Air first invited me to Vietnam in December last year, aboard their first flight from Delhi, two very distinct images flashed across my mind. One was of course from Diane Nguyenâs amusing homecoming trip to Hanoi in Season 5 of Bojack Horseman, and second, much more contrastingly, was the gruesome 1972 âNapalm Girlâ from the Vietnam War. Voted as one of the most influential photos of all time, the latter, an iconic war image, shows a nine-year-old girl running unclothed towards the camera, as a bomb burned down her village, then her clothes and then almost half of her skin. View this post on Instagram#Vietjet is the first airline to bring you direct flights from New Delhi to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In just 4 hours, you can start exploring the fine concoction that is Vietnam! Log on to www.vietjetair.com to book your flights today. . . . . #vietjet #vietjetair #vietnam #vietnamtourism #flights #bestdeals #travel #travelphotography #travelgram #instatravel #travelogue #travelling #instatravelling #vacay #vacation #vacationmode #explore #tourism #travelphotography #welltravelled #flight #flightcrew #friendlystaff #directflight #vietnamese #vietnamesefood #hanoi #hanoivietnam #hochiminhcity #hochiminhA post shared by (@vietjetindia) And despite a preset itinerary, I set out to trace their footsteps in my rather bastardly, touristy ways, only to discover something completely unexpected ultimately. FYI neither was I going through a divorce like Diane, nor was my country burning like the Napalm Girlâs (or at least thatâs what I thought while taking off on December 12, 2019). Before we begin, a few quick pointers for the curious: You need a passport with minimum six months validity, with at least two blank pagesEasiest way to get a visa and avoid queues is to apply for visa on arrival online. Upload documents and get the visa within 3-5 working daysIdeal way to travel from Delhi is via a Vietjet flight (https://www.vietjetair.com/Sites/Web/en-US/NewsDetail/news/4109/vietjet-is-a-pioneer-in-launching-2-direct-flights-from-vietnam-to-new-delhi-india) to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh. We all know how insane the sale prices were, but otherwise also you can get tickets for under Rs 12,000-15,000 if you plan well(The process isnât too tedious; mine was completed by the organisers, so jokeâs on you, JK) Part 1Coming back to the trip, it kicked off from an airport lounge at Delhiâs Terminal 3 (again arranged by the organisers) with a bunch of fellow journalists and bloggers. The flight to Hanoi took off on time and upon landing early morning, the immigration process was hassle-free as well. We set off on a local sightseeing tour immediately after breakfast, most amazingly in our own bus. We even got our personal tour guide, a 50-something gentleman who was extremely fatherly to say the least. Quick Vietnam socio-geography lesson before we begin: The country is made of three parts primarily â north, central and south. After many years of conflict, the communists finally seemed to rule the entire state before a proxy war started between Russian (pro-communist) and American (pro-capitalist) allied forces, who supported North and South respectively. And although the war ended with a communist victory in 1975, cultural and political differences still exist between the people from both sides. We are in the North right now. First stop: the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Itâs literally got the embalmed body of Ho Chi. Who is Ho Chi? Popularly referred to as Uncle Ho, heâs the Mahatma Gandhi equivalent of Vietnam. He led the independence movement from 1941 onward, defeating the French Union at the Battle of Äiá»n Biên Phủ in 1954, and ending the First Indochina War. Wish we could preserve Gandhiâs body, but we also wish that he was not murdered like he was. (Note: Donât wear short shorts, tank tops or anything non-sanskari) Next stop: The Temple of Literature.Essentially, this near 1000-year old edifice was once a college for the royals and other members of the imperial society. Fun fact: The temples of this variety that are dedicated to Confucius, the Chinese philosopher who advocated personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity, are called Confucian temples. © MensXP/Alshaar From my little understanding of Vietnam till this point (mostly from conversations with the tour guide and locals), it sure appears that a part of Confucius has stayed with them. It remains a communist regime, one of the handful that have survived in the 21st Century. Yet, it is one of the leading economies in South East Asia. Its infrastructure is at least a decade ahead of India and even its manufacturing sector is set to hit targets better. As a society, there is more gender equality in Vietnam and compulsory education policy is quantitatively eight years ahead of India. Moreover, English is their first foreign language and Mandarin is also fashionable. All in all, you would have a better standard of living doing what youâre doing in India right now. Some might struggle with the food though. We had a big lunch at a famous chicken restaurant downtown following the temple visit. And of course, mister tour guide ensured all local culinary delights are spread out on the table. This included heaps of chicken, prawns, shrimps and boiled fish. Vietnamese sauces are not as spicy as their Thai rivals, but youâll love the cuisine if youâre fond of seafood. © MensXP/Alshaar But the coffee is universally loved. Weâre talking about OG Vietnamese coffee; not the coffee + condensed milk pudding that you get in India in the name of Vietnamese coffee. My coffee baptising happened at Café Giang (the founders of egg coffee in 1946), post an hour-long cycle ride around Hoan Kiem Lake & The Old Quarter, where I shared a cigarette with my driver. In sign language, he told me that you can find the stronger stuff in the market too. Not that I necessarily indulged. The coffee, just like all traditional coffee shops in Vietnam, is made with egg. Yes, egg. The main ingredients of the egg coffee are espresso, condensed milk, a little sugar, butter, cheese and egg yolk, resembling a tiramisu in taste. Everything but the coffee is whisked into a creamy foam in a beater (originally in a small cup and by a bamboo whisk), before being poured over the coffee. You get two versions â the hot and the cold â and of course I tried both. After all, how much coffee is too much coffee? Donât listen to me, these two cups were enough. It was a stupid idea, but there was a seat reserved for me at the world-famous Lang Toi human circus in the cityâs opera house. And despite my coffee rush, I was obliged to attend. © MensXP/Alshaar Blame it on the caffeine, but the acrobatics and gymnastics, the stories of the village, the portrayal of innocent love, of seasons, of women, of men, of children, are scintillating, often leaving the jaw dropped, more often the heart stopped . After the 70-minute show, the group of 20-odd even escorts you out of the auditorium with music originating from the clapping of bamboo sticks. The night ended with another wholesome local meal, at Grandma Restaurant, before we ventured out to explore the nightlife at the Hanoi Night Market, very close to the Old Quarter. The streets are lined with tiny bars and pubs. A beer can costs around Rs 60-70 and Hanoi is a must-try. There are local breweries in other parts of the city too, but I was at my touristy max and wonât have much to offer to the discerning taste buds. © MensXP/Alshaar Back at the hotel though, my not-so-touristy instincts took me back to the Diane place. I somewhat managed to relive her experience, squeezing so much into one day, and still felt the same kind of cultural emptiness that she experiences, despite being here for some kind of enlightenment or higher gain. Part 2But the trip would then take me to exactly where she went next: Ha Long Bay, and marked a completely new dawn. © MensXP/Alshaar Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, around 180km east of Hanoi. The bus took around four hours to reach the boarding point of the ferry, which then carried us inside the waters of this astounding archipelago of around 2,000 limestone karsts and isles that come in various shapes and sizes. The limestone in this bay has undergone 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. And in the land where even prehistoric humans might have existed, we paid them a fitting tribute by getting drunk. The ferry had a variety of wonderful prawns and fishes on offer as we drank the afternoon away. © MensXP/Alshaar At the farthest end of the waters, marked by the Luon Cave, was a dock that hosted activities like kayaking and snorkelling. Iâm not a swimmer but the beer helped conquer the nerves and we saw the sun go down from kayaking in this gorgeously vestigial part of the South China Sea. Part 3Following another big local meal and a late night of beer drinking, we flew Vietjet to Ho Chi Minh (formerly known as Saigon) the next afternoon (of course, we got another tour bus and a rather puffed-up tour guide). This now is South Vietnam, where a large chunk of action happened during the Vietnam War. But again, the packed itinerary meant our tired souls needed a quieter evening, in order to resume the hardcore sightseeing on the final day in the city. But a dramatic turn of events later I was hooked to my Twitter feed, reading up on the police brutalities that took place in the Jamia Millia Islamia campus that day. The conversation about selective targeting of Muslims was now peaking, days after the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed in the Parliament as an Act. As most people know by now, it allows all non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to seek citizenship in India, and when clubbed with the National Register of Citizens (NRC), has invoked fears of Muslims being put in detention camps, like it happened in Assam in 2019. Night transitioned to day, and I was now in the Vietnam War Museum. The news from India kept developing. Protests were aplenty and the âapoliticalâ on my feed had also begun participating. The right-wing of course had hardened further. © MensXP/Alshaar Inside the four-storey museum was an account of the gruesome consequences of the Vietnam War. It told tales of the generations of people affected by bio-chemical weapons, the massacres committed by the American army on innocent Vietnamese villagers, and most remarkably, in the middle of a series of tear jerking pictures was the Napalm Girl. It represents the lowest of human actions and the most inhuman nature of their ramifications. And as details of police brutalities emerged from the Jamia violence, the metaphor could not be clearer. Our last and final stop on the trip was at the Cu Chi tunnels. The now restored forests spurted out thousands of arms and artillery at the time of being vetted post war. Another metaphor? The tunnels, used by anti-America soldiers as hiding spots during combat, emerged as symbols of resistance and the battle for liberation. They also served as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the fighters in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing American military effort, according to my tour guide. With this as the last conversation and a heavy heart from all the violence in India, we headed back to the airport and landed in India via the second direct Vietjet flight route. I was supposed to write this travelogue immediately after, but the protests kept me occupied, psychologically, when not physically. Despite being there, I couldnât help being apologetic about my privilege. Just like Cu Chi though, Shaheen Bagh emerged as Indiaâs biggest hotspot of resistance. And just like the strong women soldiers of Cu Chi, whose videos are proudly screened for visitors, the women of Delhi have spearheaded Indiaâs battle for true democracy. At the end of the dimly lit tunnel that India traversing right now, the protestors represent a rare glimmer. Of the many lessons that can be learnt from Vietnam, one is that there is no winner in a war. And the second, in very Bojack Horseman-esque manner is: âIt gets easier. Every day, it gets a little easier. But you gotta do it every day â thatâs the hard part.â The fight to regain Indiaâs original fabric is going to be long, and more strength to the ones showing up every day. View the full article
  8. While we do love our sneakers, and could wear them with practically everything, there are certain occasions that just call for one to adhere to certain social diktats, including what you wear on your feet. We've rounded you up nine of the best kinds, done in true celebrity style that will help you charm just about anyone at job interviews, investor meetings, weddings, that date, your grandparents' 60th, and so on and so forth. __ECOMLOOKS__60__ __ECOMLOOKS__61__ __ECOMLOOKS__62__ If Shahid hasn't set serious shoe goals for you, we don't know what will. Go on then, explore to find one more in line with your personality, and your clothes. EXPLORE MORE View the full article
  9. In course of the fun-filled ride that is childhood, our fathers quietly taught us a lot of lessons that will stay with us forever. Right from staying calm in the face of adversity, dealing with that bully in school to getting a hang of online banking, dads sure deserve more credit than we give them. Here are 5 things that will take every man down the memory lane, reminiscent of the priceless lessons their fathers taught them: 1. Work-Life Balance MX Player Ever seen your father losing his cool at the end of a long working day? Nope. No matter how stressful the day at work was, our dads struck the right balance between their professional and personal lives. 2. Never Think Twice Before Saying Sorry To The People You Love MX Player This is among the most valuable life-lessons our fathers taught us. Never hesitate in apologising to the ones you love. In that moment your ego may say otherwise, but absolutely nothing is worth jeopardising your relationship with someone you love. 3. How To Fix A Flat Tyre MX Player This brings back memories of a lot of road-trips with the family. Regardless of a flat tyre or puncture, our fathers were pros at jacking up the vehicle, using the spare tools and ensuring the family is good to go. 4. Treating Your Woman Right MX Player The way a man treats his wife goes a long way in teaching his kids about how to treat women, what's acceptable and what is not. Chivalry and courtesy aren't taught, they're passed on through actions. 5. Hard Work Conquers All MX Player A man who dwells in his past robs his future. Our fathers taught us to work hard and earnestly in the present, and let our actions do the talking. Hard work goes a long way in building a confidence mechanism that gives a tough fight to all insecurities. Aren't we all feeling a tad-bit nostalgic now? Treading on the same lines, MX Player rolled out Fathers Vol. 2. It's a story of 3 adventurous middle-aged fathers who are in pursuit of living life millennial style. Take a look at the trailer: Be it the 'relationship talk' with the kids or going on a solo trip, this show has it all. Directed by Prem Mistry, all the episodes of Fathers Vol. 2 are now available on MX Player for free. View the full article
  10. If you boil down a film to its fundamental parts, it's really a marriage between two things - sound and visuals, both of which happen to be seeing dialogue and plot on the side. It's no secret that David Fincher happens to be a proud master of them all - a title well-earned after his commercial failure and utter cult success as the director of Chuck Palhanuik's Fight Club. That's right. We're going to be diving into that thing we're not supposed to be talking about. Through its commentary on everything from emasculated 21st century men to the modern trap of consumerist culture, this film managed to capture the ethos and very spirit of pre-9/11, urban rat-race America. 20 years on however, we're provided with an interesting viewpoint to revisit some of Fincher's best scenes, especially considering how the subject matter has evolved over time - so here's four of the film's most iconic themes, and how we ought to look at them today. Insomnia & Consumerism (We don't order furniture from catalogues anymore, for a start.) The most overt and obvious theme in Fight Club is, well, overt consumerism and capitalism. The Narrator (Edward Norton), finds himself a prisoner of his own life - blankly staring into nothingness no matter where he is and what he is doing. At one point, The Narrator tells us 'when you have insomnia, you're never really asleep, and you're never really awake,' mirroring a very common sense of half-consciousness experienced by average people today. As he says this, the camera pans to reveal him mindlessly gazing at an infomercial for balding men which is unusual, considering 30-year-old Edward Norton's pretty full head of hair. The fact that he's so paralysed by this suggests that he's not just half-conscious due to lack of sleep, but that consumerist culture is also eating away at him. via GIPHY It's even more prevalent when you consider just how far he's distanced himself from the world and his dreary life - the very space required for Tyler Durden to sneak into existence. The lack of sleep, and said sleep replaced by an endless parade of advertising - you'll even find it right here while reading this article. There is no escape. When Life Gets Predictable While you may assume that the term 'Rationalism' is simply reliance on logic and reason, it also refers to a sociological concept - the replacement of traditions, values and emotions as social motivators with concepts grounded in logic, such as efficiency and productivity. It's pretty much impossible to avoid noticing this today - corporate email jargon and modern advertising have bleached the colours out of life for pretty much everybody. In the narrator's story, everything in his life is mass-produced and exceedingly predictable - right down to the colour of his boss' tie. It's after the narrator blows up his own apartment (while repressing the memory) and grabs a drink with Tyler, that he comes face to face with this problem. Tyler's answer? “The things you own, end up owning you.” Mind you, Palhanuik wrote this shit down ages before the first iPhones - although Fincher did pull a fast one on Starbucks. If you're rewatching this film, try and spot all the Starbucks cups he's included in this film - there's almost one for every single scene. How Toxic Masculinity Is Born Tyler Durden's purpose, statement and general idea is made pretty clear to the audience once the Fight Club itself is established - he wants to frame consumerism as the downfall of masculinity. Some of this is made clear from the very beginning, where The Narrator is portrayed as a perfect example of the emasculated male. He feels degraded by his job, he's psychologically weak and goes to support groups to hug strangers and cry - not exactly an example of peak masculinity, according to Tyler. As the group shares stories of being cuckolded and thrown aside, we meet Bob, introduced to us in the famous 'bitch tits' scene. Bob, once a bodybuilder, literally and figuratively loses his balls to testicular cancer, along with developing pseudo-breasts due to his hormone therapy. Along with his manhood, he ends up losing his family, his career and as a result, his sense of humanity. These men seek their answer by resorting to something they can never do in their dissatisfying everyday lives - reaching for one extreme of masculinity by being really, really violent. While Tyler ridicules the world of mass-produced masculinity, he sells them another, more visceral kind of manliness - one that changes them almost instantly. This isn't where the echo of emasculation ends, however. As the film goes on, Tyler reveals Project Mayhem - a scheme cooked up to demolish the consumerist nature of modern society. It's here that we see things coming full circle - as the men found meaning in Fight Club, Project Mayhem simply takes it away from them - this time turning them into identical, nameless soldiers willing to listen not to their bosses, but to Tyler Durden. (Note: The above clip contains a narration directly from the novel.) The emasculation is even more obvious when you take a look at Project Mayhem's punishment for interfering with the plan - straight up castration. In retrospect, this was a film destined to remain forever stuck in the 90s. It was a straight-up commercial failure during its release, and treads dangerous ground when we speak about modern portrayals of men and violence in cinema. Things don't attain cult status for nothing though, and despite every rewatch and reread of this story… there's something about blood, sweat and a penchant for chaos that resonates with every man who's sat in a cubicle, and thought about these words: via GIPHY
  11. George RR Martin's acclaimed novel titled 'The Song Of Ice & Fire' when adapted into a show, almost ten years ago by HBO, left an overpowering impact on the viewers. Within the first two seasons, everyone was discussing the show, it's intriguing characters, the complicated relationships, deceit, wars, a very compelling plot and everything else the show brought to the table. The thing is, 'GoT' is not just your run of the mill epic-fantasy show but a lot more. It dissects the very fabric of society we live in, the people we interact with, the relationships we harbour and the battles we fight. If you look into it with more depth, you'll know how it seeps into a trajectory which is very familiar with today's modern world. Of course, there are no brothers having *** with their sisters (we hope not) and you may not see dragons flying about, but there are some firm life lessons you can take back from the show and apply them to your own life. © HBO One of the most stringent and important lessons the show gives us on a platter is the skill to be a good leader. If you see how the show is streamlined, it isn't much without apt leadership skills at display. Be it through a demonstration of power, strength, wisdom or union, leadership is the essence of 'Game Of Thrones' and through this article, I will point out 5 fantastic leadership lessons you can learn from the show, to apply in your personal life. (1) Always Listen To Advisors Well, of course, you probably won't have advisors because you're not the Protector Of The Realm TBH but it's always wise to seek counsel from someone who is more experienced and wiser. Whether it's the work front or personal life, if you're leading something fiercely, don't act upon your ego and heed advice when you need it best. When Tywin Lannister became the hand of the king to Tommen Baratheon, he asked him what makes a good king. After certain answers that Tywin wasn't happy with, Tywin told him a good king is someone who listens to his advisors and heeds their advice until he comes of age. Of course, he was saying that to manipulate him but there is a very deep lesson in there somewhere. So, if you're in a momentary fix with work, and if that's acting up on your leadership qualities, don't shy away from seeking help when required. © HBO (2) Always Know Your Weaknesses "A wise king knows what he knows and what he doesn't." These words were said by Tywin Lannister to his daughter Cersei, who'd come to him to ask him to bestow more responsibilities upon her as she had more to contribute than her brothers. Her father certainly thought otherwise, only because she was not smart enough to recognise her weakness. If you've noticed Cercei's rule, she's instilled more fear in people than respect for her and that's only because she's refused to realise her weaknesses over time. As a good leader, you must have enough faith in yourself to acknowledge what you're good at and what you're willing to improve, in order to bring clarity to your own thought process. If you do recognise something you're weak at, you're going to be more empathetic towards it, in order to understand graver problems that may lie ahead. A good leader who knows his weaknesses can turn them into strengths by acknowledging and addressing them. © HBO (3) Knowledge Is True Power Yes, strength does conjure power but when you have the knowledge, it lets you use your strength wisely and in a timely manner. Have you ever heard of the saying 'strike when the iron is hot?'. Well, it's something like that. I don't mean become an opportunist but gathering knowledge and using it when you really should, is a good aspect of leadership. If you see how Tyrion Lannister, or Varys or even Littlefinger displayed their leadership skills in the show, you'll know exactly what I mean. Both Littefinger and Varys rose from modest origins and made their way into the small council by displaying a sheer thirst for understanding everything and using it at the right time. They're not perfect examples of great leaders but they used one of the skills fairly well. Tyrion, on the other hand, always was the smart witty one, who used knowledge to the greatest advantage and became the hand of the queen, eventually. Another good example from the show is Samwell Tarly, who was forced to become a part of the Night's Watch, but his interest lay in reading books and applying that knowledge in resolving conflicts, and he did so fairly well in the show. You might be street smart, which is also an essential skill to lead but if you gather enough knowledge over time, it makes you wiser, resilient and unlike Jon Snow, you know things! © HBO (4) Always Plan Ahead By planning ahead I don't mean foresee an undeniable future, by planning ahead I mean always look at the many possibilities and go through them until you trust your instincts and chose the right one to follow. One always needs good leadership skills to study the situation thoroughly and take appropriate action, which can also help in the future too. That's what makes Jon Snow an excellent leader. He always led by example and examples told him about the foreseeable future, and he would apply those learnings to his present. For instance, when he witnessed the Night King's army, he immediately took action because he knew what was coming for the world. He went beyond the wall to persuade the wildlings to join him in the fight, even though he lost his life for it. He went to the south and bend the knee, just so Daenerys Targaryen could help him fight. He initiated a meeting between all the leaders to warn them against the dead and persuade them to fight together, even though a few backed out. He planned ahead because he saw some important shortcomings he obviously couldn't overcome alone. Always be wary of every situation, while you lead! © HBO (5) Be Fair In Your Judgements Fairness is an important quality every leader should practice. Having just democratic leadership skills can take you where you really want to be. If you think about the welfare of everyone you're working with or for those who work under you, you're already a good leader. Daenerys inspires both loyalty and respect from those who follow her. And why shouldn't she? She is a fair leader after all. She gives everyone free-will to follow her and never demands people to accept her as a leader. When she freed slaves from the 3 cities of Slaver's Bay, now known as the Bay of Dragons, she never forced anyone to follow her lead. She gave them a just and fair choice and they all decided to make her their queen, only because she acted fair, unlike their previous 'masters'. Her use of power and her dragons was minimal when it came to earning the respect of her people. If you're leading a team, always be fair in judging their demeanour, behaviour, practices and their work and then make a fair assessment out of that. If you're a fair leader, you'll earn more respect than someone who uses power to lead. © HBO There are many more leadership skills we can all learn from 'Game Of Thrones'. Hopefully, your accent to leadership isn't as cut-throat as the show, but whatever it is you're leading, if you apply the above-mentioned skills, you're sure to ace your endeavour in every way possible!
  12. With the biggest revelation that just came out, something that binds the show's fundamental plot line, just blew our mind. Aegon Targaryen, the sixth of his name, King of the Andals and the first men, Lord of seven kingdoms and protector of the realm, risen from the dead to proclaim his throne just officially set foot on the show, and we've got major goosebumps. But what the heck, we're still gonna call him Jon Snow. © HBO Jon's a dedicated man, who lists his priorities firmly and never lets anything get in the way of them. Well, almost. He still has a heart that loves fiercely and even with the daunting choices he has to make, his love for Dany is pure and real. Dany and Jon officially met in season 7 of 'Game of Thrones', where Jon made his journey to the south to meet the Dragon lady. Things unfolded quite quickly and before you knew it, they were making sweet love on their way to Winterfell. Daenerys is as smitten with Jon as he is with her. In fact, in the latest episode Dany tells Sansa how all she wanted was to take back the throne all her life, but now she's fighting Jon's war instead because she loves him dearly. © HBO Their love is pure, clean and strong and we truly hope the recent developments don't deter the compassion and respect the two hold for each other. If anything, Jon and Dany's story is the strongest in the series and we might have learnt a thing or two from their meaningful relationship and that's what this article is about. © HBO Here are 3 main learnings from Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen and Daenerys Targaryen's relationship in 'Game of Thrones'. Maybe you can use them to strengthen your bond with your loved one. (1) Effective Communication Is Important One thing that stands out between both Jon and Dany is their love to communicate everything effectively. Whether they're discussing strategies or a thing or two about love, they're straight up about how they feel and always counter each other's decision healthily. If you've noticed, Dany always seeks Jon's councils in pertinent matters, especially when it comes to making important decisions. He's always sought her advice on matters he might be a little confused about. The best way to build or re-build an association is to communicate effectively and build a narrative suited for your purpose. For example, Jon didn't take long to tell Dany the truth about who he was even though he knew it could potentially destroy his dynamic with her, on a permanent basis. Maybe they'll find a way around this, maybe they won't, but they're sure of how they feel for each other which might act as a saving grace, thanks to their excellent communication skills. © HBO (2) Sometimes Sacrifice Is Inevitable If you've truly been in love and have struggled to keep it alive you'll know what I mean by sacrifices then. Let's face it, sometimes love isn't easy, especially if you've fought for it in the past and failed miserably. That's what Dany and Jon did earlier. They met people they fell in love with and couldn't be with them in the longer run, so they decided to strive harder. While Dany joined the Dothraki to be with Khal Drogo, Jon couldn't give up his Night's Watch responsibility to be with Ygritte. But when the two come together, they both realise how important sacrifices are in love, in order to keep it alive. While Jon gives up his title as the King of the North, when he bends the knee for Dany, Dany too gives up her lifelong dream of marching to King's Landing and taking over the throne. Instead, she's in the North helping Jon prepare for a bigger war. That's what sacrifices enable you to do. Show empathy where it's required most and give up on something for a greater good. © HBO (3) The Ability To Keep Calm During Conflict This isn't just pertinent for people in power but for every relationship. The only helpful resolve comes through calmness and nothing more. If Jon and Dany were disagreeing on matters that affect the Seven Kingdoms then they'd be on loggerheads most times, instead of leading a war. While both have had a different approach to conflicts, there are times when they've intervened in the other's working and told them what they're doing is wrong. Especially Jon, who has always openly told Dany what he feels, when she asks him for his council. When Dany wanted Jaime executed, while he was in Winterfell, Jon didn't agree with her and she ultimately took his advice on the matter. Even after disclosing who he really is to Dany, we didn't see them get in to a brawl, knowing fully well that he's the true and rightful heir to the throne. To make love a stronger bond, you need to have adequate tools for it to work and avoiding conflict with a sense of calm is one of them, which these two display with ease. © HBO Jon and Dany display other learnings throughout their time together. For instance, sometimes you need to keep your ego aside to balance an equation, or how it's important to maintain balance between family and love. Though GoT happened a million years ago, there are some important lessons primarily from relationships in the show you can take back home with you and Jon and Daenerys' equation is probably one of them.
  13. Two headlines caught my eye today as they appeared side by side in my newsfeed. On first glance, they seemed contradictory. The first was that the UK lost nearly 2,500 shops and stores last year and the second is that discount fashion retailer Primark has just invested £70m in a new store in Birmingham. This new store covers 161,000 sq ft over five floors and features a Disney-themed cafe, a beauty studio, a gents hairdresser and a Harry Potter themed section. If the UK is closed thousands of stores, and a recent department store has just fallen into administration why would a brand invest £70m in a new store? The answer is that they are not building a store, they are building an experience. It's clearly not enough to just stack products and open the doors anymore. You have to offer more to entice people in through the doors. This is why Toys R Us failed in the end. I maintain that if they had reduced shelf space and installed soft play, cafes and product demonstration areas, they would have had a chance at turning around their failing business. Primark has learned from other's mistakes. With themed "shops in shops" and child-friendly cafes, they are offering more than discount clothes. It is exactly the same as your community. Offering a space to facilitate conversation is often not enough unless you dominate your niche. Are you known for well thought out reviews? Perhaps you write valuable articles that get people to your site. Or you might be focusing on building an audience with a photo competition as Helen from The Dogly Mail has. What are you doing to encourage more people through your doors?
  14. People say there's something good in everything. I guess the writers of the show 'Californication' had this in mind when they wrote its script. We have a male protagonist who drinks like there's no tomorrow, smokes like a chimney, occasionally does drugs, sleeps with random women, pisses people off, and can never get his shit together. via GIPHY But, no matter how much you try, you just can't hate his guts. In fact, you would find his antics charming. He's a fucked up guy who lands himself in fucked up situations but somehow manages to come out of it using his charm. We're talking about Hank Moody, the writer who can't write. His cheeky smile, dry sense of humour, and the will to enjoy life just won't let you hate him. via GIPHY Let's see what we can learn from his fucked up yet adventurous life that can benefit us in the real world: 1. Never Say Never Karen, the love of his life, was no longer with him. But he didn't give up and always tried to make himself a better person so that he could deserve her. via GIPHY That's what dreams are for. Don't stop chasing them and always make yourself better each and every day to achieve them. It could be applicable to anything; career, love, passion, or hobby. Don't give up just because there are hurdles on the road. Get yourself up, dust off, and keep going until you achieve them. 2. Never Stop Living For Yourself The man did whatever he wanted to do, whatever he thought would give him just a glimpse of happiness. He slept with random women, drank his guts out, and never gave a **** about what people thought of him. He was simply looking for happiness in his own ways. He didn't participate in any rat race and didn't live life by society's rules. via GIPHY Whatever you do in life, keep your happiness a priority. You don't owe anything to anyone, so work towards being happy. Live for yourself and you might just enjoy life. 3. Don't Let The Child Within You Die Behind Hank's occasional portrayal of a matured persona, there was a child who came out every now and then. And that was the child which made him fun. via GIPHY Never become too serious in life. Plan your tomorrow like a matured man but live your today like a child in Disney land. It's your innocence and the eagerness to have fun that should never die. 4. Be Calm On most situations, you wouldn't see Hank agitated or anxious, no matter how bad it was. He was (almost) always calm, composed, and believed in thinking of a solution instead of worrying about the situation. That's what you need to be if you want to have a smooth life. Worrying doesn't solve anything and being anxious doesn't make the situation any easier. Be calm, MADAFAKAAAA. 5. Love Like Your Life Depends On It No matter how much of a p***y eater Hank was, he never cheated on Karen. He never stopped loving her. He never thought of loving someone else. If you're going to love someone, give it all. via GIPHY Feel the pain, the pleasure, and the journey of this shitty thing called love. It's always worth it, irrespective of how it ends. Never be afraid to love, find someone who makes you happy, and love her like she's the happy ending of your life! Hank is the guy who would live for himself but would die for his loved ones if needed. Be that guy!
  15. Arguably one of the greatest athlete of his generation, Michael Phelps dominated competitive swimming every time he entered the pool. From creating records to bagging Olympic golds, matching Phelps' astronomical achievements will surely be an uphill battle for the next generation swimmers in years to come. The American legend might have called time on his career, but such has been his success in competitive swimming that he continues to garner public affection and enjoys popularity across the globe. So, when he set foot in India for the very first time, the excitement amongst people was quite understandably at an all-time high. Arriving in India in collaboration with a sports and fitness brand, Phelps was seen enjoying interactive fun sessions in the national capital. But, the moment that surely stands out on his recent trip was his exchange with Delhi Capitals (DC) destructive batsman Rishabh Pant in nets. View this post on Instagram Michael Phelps takes batting lessons from Rishabh Pant! A post shared by Delhi Capitals (@delhicapitals) on Mar 27, 2019 at 4:28am PDT The 23-time Olympic gold medallist was seen taking batting lessons from Pant as he tried his hand at cricket in the nets. In a video shared by Delhi Capitals on Instagram, Pant can be seen helping him with his stance while imparting batting tips to the swimming great. After sharing a light moment with the legendary swimmer, Pant was asked how would he convince Phelps to play cricket. In reply, the left-hander told IANS: "I would just tell him that he is most welcome to stay at my place for as long as he wants, where I can teach him how to play the sport". View this post on Instagram Just a causal chat before we got together for the group picture! ð¸ A post shared by Delhi Capitals (@delhicapitals) on Mar 27, 2019 at 3:13am PDT Apart from Pant, Phelps was also seen interacting with Capitals' other players including captain Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris and Ishant Sharma. "The man is an absolute legend. He is the all-time leading gold medal winner at the Olympics. It is quite an honour to interact with him. I was excited to see him today. Phelps is a name that is synonymous with Olympics. Two Olympians -- Phelps and Usain Bolt -- have become household names, and I'm really buzzing," Morris told IANS. "It was a great opportunity for all of us to have met him. You know he's a world champion and we shared a few moments with him as well. He has been a huge motivation to athletes around the world over the years, and it was the same for all of us at the Delhi Capitals," Delhi's bowling spearhead Ishant said. View this post on Instagram ICYMI: We hosted the most decorated Olympian, @M_Phelps00 at #QilaKotla for our first home game! Here's what happened when we had the man with many strokes on the front foot ;) @StarSportsIndia @UnderArmourind #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals A post shared by Delhi Capitals (@delhicapitals) on Mar 27, 2019 at 3:58am PDT After spending some time with the cricketers, Phelps was also seen attending Delhi's clash against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. While Delhi couldn't match Chennai's might, losing the contest by six wickets, Phelps was just happy to watch a live cricket match. "I don't think cricket is my next sport, but I loved seeing the match with the Delhi Capitals. It was nice to see how excited the crowd was, and to see how the players shift when there is a change of ends, or a dismissal. I loved watching the sixes. Definitely, today has been about getting a couple of tips from the boys, starting with how to hold a bat. I'm sure I will be better prepared to play cricket when I visit India next," Phelps said.
  16. The Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week just took off, and the first day saw a plethora of interesting street style moments. From innovative fabric patterns to elaborate layering, we saw it all, and here are 10 style lessons we learned. 1. A well-fitting black turtleneck with a pair of high-waisted pants will give you an effortlessly chic, runway-ready vibe. © Studiopicsing 2. A well-tailored black suit will never be out of fashion. © MensXP 3. It's time to embrace our long lost legacy of patchwork and 'Katha' stitch designs. FDCI Chairman Mr Sunil Sethi is rocking this jacket made of it, and how! © Studiopicsing 4. Super relaxed silhouettes will make you look dapper, and you get extra comfort! © MensXP 5. Print-on-print can make for an extremely interesting statement when paired right. © MensXP 6. A cool bag, shades, and bright sneakers can transform the most basic outfits. © MensXP 7. Designer Suket Dhir shows us how a bright bomber jacket can be super fashionable while being functional. © Studiopicsing 8. An Ikat patterned kurta pyjama can be converted to a snazzy street outfit by throwing on a leather jacket and a scarf. © Studiopicsing 9. Solid brown/chrome is one of the best colours when it comes to casual but sophisticated outerwear, and using a backpack as an accessory will always make you score brownie points. © © MensXP 10. A pair of well-fitted jeans and ankle boots will always make you look dapper AF. © MensXP
  17. Sledging - the art of getting under your competition's skin by throwing shade at them via verbal intimidation. The idea is to shake your opponent's concentration thereby putting them in a situation in which they are likely to make mistakes and give you the opportunity to exploit their distraction. Having said that, there exists a very fine line between competitively mocking someone and actually offending them on levels that are not only socially unacceptable but can also mentally scar them, and sledging works along that thin line. Understandably, the process could get a bit tricky especially in today's era of the internet in which information travels faster than light and nothing ever is truly forgotten. In the first month of 2019, the cricketing world has seen two examples of sledging that were triggered for similar reasons but turned out to be poles apart in terms of their respective outcomes. While on one hand, we got to witness the great competitive spirit between the Indian wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant and the Aussie Test captain, Tim Paine, during the Test series between India and Australia, on the other, was what we can only call a complete disaster at the hands of the Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed against South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo. During India's tour Down Under, there were various instances in which Pant and Paine exchanged some cheeky comments. While Paine called him a 'babysitter', the 21-year-old returned the favour by asking him how his 'temporary' captaincy was going. The fact that Tim's wife Bonnie Paine joined the ongoing sketch with the classic photo with Pant and even the Australian Prime Minister appreciating the competition, made the rivalry a lot more exciting and fun to watch. Tim Paine doing some recruiting for the @HurricanesBBL out in the middle of the 'G... ð#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/6btRZA3KI7 — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 28, 2018 Despite the comical banter, the two wicketkeepers and batsmen kept it classy while respecting the competing nature of one another. No badmouthing or display of passive aggression was reported during the series or even after it. It was good entertainment for the players, the commentators and the millions of Indian and Australian fans of the game who tuned in daily to watch the two historically great teams go head-to-head. It was Rishabh Pant's turn for some fun on the stump mic today... #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/RS8I6kI55f — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 29, 2018 And then there is Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed's absolute blunder which came up during the second ODI against South Africa. In a desperate attempt to break a completely dialled-in Andile Phehlukwayo's focus, the wicketkeeper yelled out: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya padhwa ke aaye hai aaj? (Hey black guy, where's your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?).” Not so subtle, is it? Sarfaraz Ahmed to Andile Phehlukwayo: "abbay kaale teri Ami kahan bethi hoyi hain aaj, kya parhwa kay aya hai aaj" "black man wheres your mother sat? What have you asked your mother to pray for you today?"#SAvPAK pic.twitter.com/vw6yuE73OE — Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) January 22, 2019 The comment was so offensive that even the legendary Ramiz Raja, the on-air commentator during the match, seemed uncomfortable even speaking about it and when asked by fellow commentator Mike Haysman to translate it for the rest of the English speaking audience, he bailed out by saying that it was a “big long sentence” and was therefore “difficult really to translate.” Racism, in any form, is unacceptable and when you are visiting a country like South Africa, that has a history so tainted by sacrifice and blood lost over colour based discrimination for decades, the visitors must be extra sensitive about such issues. For Ahmed, who happens to be the captain of a national team and therefore the most influential representative of his country, to say something so appalling, is a testament to his lack of sportsmanship and insensitivity towards the others. Pakistan not only lost the match at the hands of Phehlukwayo, who went on to become the Man of the Match but now, Ahmed is also looking at some very serious sanctions that the ICC is mulling over his violation of the ICC Anti-Racism Policy for International Cricket.
  18. Getting swipe rights is certainly not that easy, and it's no child's play either to get matches on any dating app. While men have bugged their female best friends for advice, it's important to follow styling tips as well, that make your picture stand out from the crowd. It's actually not that hard. Look at Vicky Kaushal or Kartik Aaryan, their fan following will tell you that if they were on a dating app, they would definitely get the most right swipes. But here's the thing, these actors don't magically look that great. A lot of handwork goes into planning their looks and pictures. But if you can take away some tips simply by observing, that also helps a lot. Firstly, before we start, please don't be naked in your profile picture. We mean, we're obviously assuming you're sensible enough to not upload your junk which will definitely get you reported, but pictures in your boxers/underwear, pictures, where the zip of your jeans is open, pictures with hand on your junk, pictures of you in a vest or without a vest are a big no. I'm sure you're proud of these pictures and you should be. We're all for body positivity. Think of it this way: your first impression on the dating app simply can't be your naked self. We're sure you can do better than that. We believe in you. Instead, put your best foot forward with photos where you look so attractive that girls can't resist swiping right. Learn from these hot men. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Arjun Kapoor (@arjunkapoor) on Dec 27, 2018 at 4:09am PST 1. There is so much happening in this picture. We love the whole intense-but-casual look on Arjun Kapoor's face. The beanie gets the extra points. The picture has a mysterious vibe to it. It's the kind of picture girls would swipe right to discover what the mystery guy is like in person. View this post on Instagram A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Nov 9, 2018 at 11:53pm PST 2. This picture carries a secret message. If you still don't get it, look at Kartik Aaryan's t-shirt. Women love guys who respect women for obvious reasons. A guy who knows respecting a woman does not harm him in any way, checks the box instantly. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Aditya roy kapur (@adityaroykapur__) on Oct 8, 2018 at 8:45am PDT 3. Here's an adorable shot of Aditya Roy Kapur that is simply a no-brainer swipe right picture. You don't necessarily have to look straight at the camera to look desirable. A side shot or a candid sometimes trumps generic profile pictures. These shots give a glimpse to girls the kind of person you might be when they meet you in person, which is more than what they see in other profiles. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) on Nov 10, 2018 at 11:56pm PST 4. If you know how to style your clothes right and if you're good at it, you should definitely display those skills in your profile pictures. Let the women know that you can give them competition when it comes to style. Women always appreciate that. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Feb 24, 2018 at 5:21am PST 5. If you feel strongly about a certain movie and have props that express your love for it, it's time to get creative with your pictures. Find ways to include your passion in your profile pictures, let the picture speak for itself instead of words. A woman who feels the same way about the movie will make it a point to message you first! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Feb 24, 2018 at 5:21am PST 6. If you have glasses that suit you really well and you look nerdy in them, but in a good way, don't hide them! Click photos with your glasses on that stand out from the crowd and instantly grab the attention of women who are swiping right. They won't miss you, we promise. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Harshvardhan Kapoor (@harshvardhankapoor) on Dec 8, 2018 at 4:50am PST 7. Everyone appreciates men who can clean up well. A picture in formals done right is like a unicorn in the crowd. Trust us when we say that. So, if you're a person who knows how to keep your corporate game on point, don't let this tiny detail amiss from your profile picture. In the end you'll be grateful you followed these, because I'm sure you'll be saying:
  19. We adore Anand S. Ahuja's style. The Delhi boy, now married to Sonam K. Ahuja hasn't let the glamour affect his sense of style. A true sneakerhead, comfort obviously is his first priority. But that, obviously, doesn't mean that he would stray away from keeping it suave. After all, marrying Sonam means keeping up with her style and that's not a very easy task. But boy, Anand never fails to keep up. Here are a few ways he curates his everyday looks that seem like hard work but at second glance, aren't very hard to cop. 1. Mr Ahuja knows his style game very well. White sneakers, groovy patterns and a well-fitted blazer, who knew this would make for a charming look? Look for blazers that hug your body perfectly without looking too tight. Experiment with funky patterns in t-shirts that would make your layer underneath the blazer. You could even try cool graphics. Pro tip: match a colour from the pattern of your t-shirt with the colour of the blazer. This will make your outfit look well put together. View this post on Instagram A post shared by anand s ahuja (@anandahuja) on Sep 23, 2018 at 1:13pm PDT 2. Sonam's style choices are fabulous. However, Anand is giving her some serious competition with a well-tailored suit that not only fits his frame flawlessly but complements Sonam's look. Now, that makes for a power couple look. © Instagram Accessorizing a suit makes all the difference. Add a nice tie and a pocket square, finish up by wearing a watch that works well with the suit. 3. A perfect example of how layering works really well for guys too. Blues and whites work well together: a breezy Summer outfit you don't want to miss for the next summer. Remember: Layering in Summer does not have to be tedious and tiresome. If you choose your fabrics right, you won't feel hot even with the added layers. Pro tip: Go for light cotton fabrics in cooler shades like white and pastels that don't let you feel hot and sweaty. Use a shirt to finish your outfit and voila! A finished look without doing too much. View this post on Instagram A post shared by anand s ahuja (@anandahuja) on Jul 30, 2018 at 3:25am PDT 4. Choice of footwear always matters. You can't step out in sliders if you're wearing a jacket or a blazer. An important detail that men tend to forget. Loafers don't work either. Choose comfortable sneakers that work well with chinos for a look like Anand's. Aside from Anand's sense of style, his brand Bhaane also has really cool pieces. Exhibit A: Look at him casually looking so fetching with a cool white t-shirt, a beige jacket and sneakers. Obviously. View this post on Instagram A post shared by anand s ahuja (@anandahuja) on May 26, 2018 at 6:59pm PDT 5. Jerseys are a great way to express your love for a team in a loud way. If that's your jam, you should also know that it can easily go wrong. For all the jersey lovers out there, here's a super cute way of pulling off a jersey without looking drab. Remember, you can't wear a jersey with formals, bad idea. So that rules out formal shoes and pants. Keep it casual and real with fitted track pants and shoes that stand out, and your look is made for the day. View this post on Instagram A post shared by anand s ahuja (@anandahuja) on Jul 23, 2017 at 11:40am PDT
  20. The sport of bodybuilding is an extreme one. Competitors often go to extreme lengths to get on the stage which can leave a physical, mental or a social scar on them on the road to get there. This extremity also makes it one of the most loved and supported sport out there. Though bodybuilding is not a sport meant for everyone, it does not take away anything from the fact that bodybuilders at the professional level are few of the most dedicated lot out there. Here are some valuable lessons that everyone can learn from the sport of bodybuilding and incorporate into their lives: Lesson1- Failure Is Not Exactly A Failure There are times in our lives where we feel like we have lost it all. That the thing ends there and there is no point chasing it as it is just fulfilling self-prophecy. But, is it? It is very common among bodybuilders and people who lift weights in general that they miss a lift and fail at a particular exercise or a particular rep. But do they ever just call it quits and never do that exercise again? Not really. They get back to the exercise in the next session with double the intensity and double the dedication. Translate this into your real life and you will not feel let down by failure. © Pixabay Lesson 2- Patience Always Pays Off It is rightly said that 'Good things come to those who wait.' I feel the correct extension of it would be 'Good things come to those who wait and work towards it.' When was the last time you heard of a guy who signed for a gym membership one day and won a pro bodybuilding show the very next day? That does not happen. Same goes for anything worth achieving in life. It does not come to you and sit on your lap. You have to be patient and work towards it. Nothing teaches you that like bodybuilding does. Lesson 3- You Will Start Appreciating The Small Gains Humans are a selfish species and this selfishness has made us a bunch of very unhappy people. We are never satisfied with what we have, and we constantly want more and more. And not a little more, A LOT MORE! In bodybuilding, after the newbie phase is over, your muscle building rates drop drastically. Even the top pros step on stage every year at the same bodyweight or with a gain of a couple pounds of muscle at most. A year worth of work for 1-2 lbs. of muscle. Funny, right? But they are the happiest people on the planet when they gain these 1-2 lbs. Because they know how tough it is to get that. Bodybuilding teaches you to appreciate the small gains and value it as they are rather than making it a comparison game. © Pixabay Lesson 4- Transformation Never Stops There has been no recorded history of a bodybuilder saying that they are happy with the progress they have made and would stop working altogether on improving their physique. The transformation never stops. It is ever moving forward. The same goes for your goals, ambitions, and milestones in life. It should never stop at a point. Reached a point? Good. There is always a step forward and you should be ever motivated to take that step forward and work hard towards it. Bodybuilding, thus, truly teaches you the reality of life. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  21. This is the age of selfies, so no matter which way you lay your eyes, you're bound to come across a zillion people clicking away at their own “godly” faces for no particular reason at all. It's no news that we've been witness to numerous unfortunate selfies doing the rounds on the world wide web either because they went viral or perhaps because they were turned into memes. But no matter the reason behind the #selfiefails, what we cannot deny is that there is no room for such mishaps when you're trying to share a snap with a girl, more so if she's potentially your future girlfriend too. Fear not, for we've got you covered and taken the help of one of India's most eligible bachelors, Rahul Khanna, to help you decode the Dos of taking a selfie for every occasion and ace at flat-out impressing that girl. The “Woke Up Like This” Selfie If you ever get too tempted to send her a 'good morning' selfie that's just you with a mussed head and puffy eyes, we'd say you refrain from the idea and instead choose the tactic of peek-a-boo that Mr. Khanna resorts to in this selfie. A little 'hiding' from the camera can lead to a lot more 'seeking' off it. (Did you get the pun, eh?) © Instagram The “Hot & Sweaty Workout” Selfie Another selfie inclination most guys harbour in their hearts is of conveying to the girl that they're into fitness which leads to them sending a selfie in which they appear to have been sloshed with a fresh drizzling of sweat. No. That's not how you do it. A workout selfie needs to be aesthetically appealing, where the sweat does only as much to add sheen to your body. © Instagram The “Freshly Served” Selfie If you feel there's nothing like a good selfie right outta shower, wait a second before you go all out with a mirror selfie in a towel. Instead of that, try this. Take care of your dishevelled hair, look a little prim and perhaps also try to keep the focus above the waist to add a bit of tease. © Instagram The “Lazy Afternoon” Selfie On days you're staying in and got a good enough lazy vibe going on for you, take this selfie as your inspiration to send that “lazing around” selfie that's evident yet gives the viewer something to behold and admire all at once. Don't forget to add a hint of that lazy grin into the selfie, okay? © Instagram The “Traveller” Selfie That's another one to pop-up quite often as pictures you'd wanna share with a girl, right? But be smart and avoid sending her a selfie of you stuck between an endless stream of traffic to make the point. Restrict these selfies to those where you add a bit of the vista you're enjoying so that it appeals to both the travel bug in her as well as gives her a happy traveller's face to behold. © Instagram The “For Your Eyes Only” Selfie Let's keep this as a special one, or perhaps even a bonus you'd wanna throw in when you want her to think of you a little longer than she'd like. How you ask? Just bring in your pets into the frame and you have a selfie that's sure to strike a few chords of her heart and make her go “aww”. © Instagram The “Work Mode On” Selfie The work attire selfie is for those days when you're dressed for the job and feel capable of taking on anything life throws at you while at work. Happens not so often but there are always those days you feel and look good in dashing workwear. Well, just steal a selfie on such days! © Instagram The “Dapper In Tux” Selfie There mustn't be a need for an excuse to click and send a selfie when you're dressed in a tux. Period. Whether you're out for a office dinner with the hotshots of your company or it's a wedding you're dressed to kill for, be sure to send a selfie of yourself when you're looking like a business mogul. © Instagram The “Dream Of Me” Selfie This one has a LOT of potential. When you're done for the day, and ready to unwind, send your girl a quick selfie reminding her of the good, hard work you've gotten done that day while she can take in tousled hair look of you and hold her breath in awe. © Instagram Take inspiration from these selfies and go at it 'cause this is gonna work, we tell you.
  22. Just last week I read an article on how women are living in 'scary' times and the city has lost its safety net, where women are concerned. The news did unsettle me. Not that I didn't know we as women are always compromising on our safety, but those written words ascertaining our fears of dwelling in a city we grew up in, were becoming more transparent every day. The fear is real, I am not denying that but experiencing it is another level of existence altogether. © AA Films Just recently I happen to catch this movie called 'Stree', starring Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor and it baffled me relentlessly, thinking about the message it left me with. The movie is a dynamical mirror representation of our society and what it means to live under constant fear. The movie revolves around a small town in Madhya Pradesh which is haunted by the ghost of a young woman called 'Stree' (woman). She haunts the town once a year for four days, during a religious ceremony and picks up only men, who are not constrained behind their four walls and takes them away. What's bizarre is, she leaves their clothes behind, while she picks them up. The only way they can save themselves from Stree is by writing 'Stree Kal Aana' (Oh woman, come tomorrow), on the walls of their house, as a protective mantra. © AA Films The story is a representation of an age-old urban legend where men folks believed Stree to be an embodiment of a woman who was killed by village folks because she was in love with a man they didn't approve of. So she came back to find her lost lover and seek revenge from the men who unjustly killed her in a cruel way. The town lives in constant fear of this seductress spirit and cannot find a solution for her to stop taking the men away. The director, making his point out rightly has blended humour with horror quiet well and while you're getting spooked watching the movie, you're laughing at Rajkummar Rao's impeccable comic timing as well. The movie spun well in my mind. I thought it to be beautifully eerie, with an element of mystery and funny at the same time but then, when I digested the eventual takeaway, it actually got me thinking. Our society is quite like what it is in 'Stree', if the dynamics are completely changed and there is an apt role reversal. The director has very intelligently, might I add, made his point and driven it home. © AA Films Women live in constant fear in our society. Fear of walking the streets at night, fear of being picked up by fearless men, fear of grappling with living a comfortable life every day. In the movie, the men were on the edge for four days, every year because they feared their own fate. So they remained beneath closed doors, prayed to the Gods, asked their wives to protect them and even donned womanly attire to save themselves from Stree. Have you not realised, that's exactly how women live today? So, here I am, writing an article to urge every man to take away the best he can from the movie, which is a very subtle representation of the man-woman dynamic in our society. Here are some important life lessons 'Stree' is trying to teach every man. (1) It's Imperative To Slip Into Someone Else's Shoes In this case the director has taken this point out of the box and pinned it up really well. He tried to figuratively imbibe Atticus Finch's words into motion (the endearing character from 'To Kill A Mockingbird')- "climbing into someone else's skin and walking around in it", wherein, the director shows the men in town living under a strict curfew after hours, when there is danger lurking in the form of a woman. He made the men slip into women's characters and showed the fear of surviving in a space with predators roaming about. And that's the only way one can understand what a woman truly goes through, in a similar setting. To understand that, you truly have to understand the fear. © AA Films (2) You Face The Consequence For Everything We live in a world where everything is consequential and that's exactly what the director is trying to say as well. That no matter how hard hitting or subtle your wrong doing is, you have to eventually face the consequence, like the entire town did, trying their best to escape Stree after bestowing cruelty upon her. It's the Yin to every Yang and it completes the karmic circle. So before you take any step, always think about the consequences in hand. Either that, or constantly run away from your fears for the rest of your lives. © AA Films (3) Respect Can Go A Long Way How do you think Stree's painful journey ended towards the end, where she found peace eventually? It was a realisation that struck the protagonist (Rajkummar Rao), who faced his fears and came forward to acknowledge the wrongdoings of the men in town and took espinsibility for their consequences by showing her the respect she was looking for in the first place. And that's what the women in a society truly want and deserve from the men today. And that's why the movie's focus was more pronounced towards the end, when the men folk realised what they'd done was wrong and took steps to rectify it. How did they do it? By sculpting a statue of 'Stree' right at the brink of the town with the words 'Oh Stree Raksha Kar' (oh woman, protect us), etched on it, giving her (Stree) the respect she always wanted. © AA Films This article is not a feminist propaganda but an insight into a progressive cinema's metaphorical depiction of society, which some of you might have missed, within the realms of humour and horror the movie displays. The ardent lessons men can learn from this movie are plenty and I have just thrown light on the three main ones, leaving the rest for you to figure further. So, if you haven't watched the movie yet, I urge you to do so, to understand the society we live in today.
  23. Dear Dad, I know letters aren't our thing. We are not really good at expressing ourselves. But here's a thought - let's work on that like we've worked on every other thing together. You are my rock and as rocks go, you are the strongest of them all. Over the years, I've learned a lot from you (not sure if you were going for that or I just picked on them). Those life lessons have shaped me to be the man I am today. Just to give you a big SHOUTOUT and thank you for everything, here's my list of Life Lessons that I'll treasure forever. 1. Family First! Unsplash When it comes to a family, there is no you and me - it's only 'US'. And that's the biggest and most important lessons I'd like to take with me wherever I go. Dad, just want you to know that no matter where life takes me, my priority will always be my Family because our life is clearly incomplete without our everyday tussles and infinite love. 2. Equality & Respect Unsplash I'm proud to say that I'm a Feminist and it's all thanks to you. I know you don't believe in tags and nor do you understand Feminism but it's something you have done every single day. You never differentiated between me and Di. Our curfew timings were the same, the housework we shared never defined our genders and that right there was you and mom, raising a Feminist son. 3. You Showed Us That Men Can Be Emotional Unsplash You taught us that being emotional doesn't undermine our masculinity, unlike what the society perceives. You showed us how to be vulnerable around the ones we love and make this vulnerability our strength. 4. You Taught Us It's Okay To Make Mistakes Unsplash No one is perfect and even superheroes like you can make mistakes. But the way you embraced them and turned them into a learning curve showed me how to be a better person. You told me you are allowed to fail without being a failure. 5. Your Lectures Taught Me About Second Chances Pexels Every single time I goofed up I'd be stuck at the receiving end of your boring old lectures (or at least, that's what I thought of them). Today, I realize that each of those lectures, were you giving me another chance to better myself. 6. You Taught Me About Sharing The Little Moments In Life Pexels Be it a promotion, a heartbreak or another important milestone in my life - sharing it with your loved ones is just a great reminder that no matter what, there are people to whom you matter the most. And the countless bits of advice that come along my way are of great help too. Remember that time you and Di couldn't stop going on about my finances and saving after my promotion? Well, let's just say I've finally given into your advice and bought my first LIC. I have had the pleasure of learning 'how-to' everything by you, papa. Thank you.
  24. Dear Dad, I know letters aren't our thing. We are not really good at expressing ourselves. But here's a thought - let's work on that like we've worked on every other thing together. You are my rock and as rocks go, you are the strongest of them all. Over the years, I've learned a lot from you (not sure if you were going for that or I just picked on them). Those life lessons have shaped me to be the man I am today. Just to give you a big SHOUTOUT and thank you for everything, here's my list of Life Lessons that I'll treasure forever. 1. Family First! Unsplash When it comes to a family, there is no you and me - it's only 'US'. And that's the biggest and most important lessons I'd like to take with me wherever I go. Dad, just want you to know that no matter where life takes me, my priority will always be my Family because our life is clearly incomplete without our everyday tussles and infinite love. 2. Equality & Respect Unsplash I'm proud to say that I'm a Feminist and it's all thanks to you. I know you don't believe in tags and nor do you understand Feminism but it's something you have done every single day. You never differentiated between me and Di. Our curfew timings were the same, the housework we shared never defined our genders and that right there was you and mom, raising a Feminist son. 3. You Showed Us That Men Can Be Emotional Unsplash You taught us that being emotional doesn't undermine our masculinity, unlike what the society perceives. You showed us how to be vulnerable around the ones we love and make this vulnerability our strength. 4. You Taught Us It's Okay To Make Mistakes Unsplash No one is perfect and even superheroes like you can make mistakes. But the way you embraced them and turned them into a learning curve showed me how to be a better person. You told me you are allowed to fail without being a failure. 5. Your Lectures Taught Me About Second Chances Pexels Every single time I goofed up I'd be stuck at the receiving end of your boring old lectures (or at least, that's what I thought of them). Today, I realize that each of those lectures, were you giving me another chance to better myself. 6. You Taught Me About Sharing The Little Moments In Life Pexels Be it a promotion, a heartbreak or another important milestone in my life - sharing it with your loved ones is just a great reminder that no matter what, there are people to whom you matter the most. And the countless bits of advice that come along my way are of great help too. Remember that time you and Di couldn't stop going on about my finances and saving after my promotion? Well, let's just say I've finally given into your advice and bought my first LIC. I have had the pleasure of learning 'how-to' everything by you, papa. Thank you.
  25. It was almost a decade ago that the world of avid sitcom hoggers was gifted by the marvel that came to be known as 'The Big Bang Theory' which is much more than just a sci-fi based sitcom. Now with the twelfth, and reportedly also the final season all set to hit the screens in another 28 days, 677 hours, 40620 minutes and 2437200 seconds, we can't seem to come to terms with the impending 'black hole' that would leave on our list of 'beloved series that shouldn't ever come to an end'. © Facebook The show has gifted its audience with a lot besides the obvious dibs at geekiness and a healthy scoop of nerd references we all love to pull off during our times of need. The show has turned into a life-coach of sorts over the years and there is just so much one could take away from it. © Facebook The news has pushed us to reminisce about all the golden decrees that the show has gifted the mankind with and here are 5 of the best ones that are fit to be accepted and applied by anybody, in any given situation. 1. Choose Friends Who See The Crazy In You & Still Decide to Stick Around via GIPHY The show is an epitome of how a true friend chooses to stay beside you even when he/she sees how messed up you can be in the head. Despite the disagreements you have, the “quirks” that come along with your OCD and even the most bizarre agreements and arguments you come up with to have things your way, a true friend would always choose to stick by your side. 2. It's Okay To Flaunt The Geek In You & To Top That Off With Introversion via GIPHY If we had to choose that one trope that proudly shoulders the X-factor of this show, it has to be its way of showing how the nerd culture can be cool as well. The show marvellously utilizes the academic jargon and geek humour to dismantle popular beliefs around geeks and introverts which makes them seem like social misfits when in reality their world is too fun with new theories to discover and greater inventions to be made. 3. There Is Always Some Room For Love & You Must Trust To Find It In The Most Awkward Places via GIPHY Another aspect of the show that's highly relatable is the possibility of finding love in our lives. The lead characters in the sitcom comprises of two physicists, an aerospace engineer and an astrophysicist along with an actress-cum-waitress, so it's only expected that love and relationships wouldn't top their priority list but their heart begs to differ. Though for them, love comes as an alien concept requiring different commitments and emotional explorations, we have seen the men face their demons and (struggle to) find love. 4. Honesty Is The Best Policy & You Mustn't Shy Away From Being Blunt With It via GIPHY With the kind of personalities each characters possesses it is only expected to witness a clash of beliefs that spur exceedingly mind-blowing, well backed up yet daft arguments on anything and everything. Sheldon is known to have a knack for the spoken word and he can be exceptionally brutal with his honesty during arguments and discussions that often leads to cathartic interludes for the audience. 5. It's Okay To Not Win At Everything Or Live Up To Popular Demands/Expectations Every character in the story comes with its sets of shortcomings that are seen as “flaws” by an ever judgemental society but thankfully none of the characters in the show are sorry about it. via GIPHY Be it Sheldon with his orderliness and OCD, Leonard with agitations and eccentricities, Raj with his social anxiety and selective muteness, Howard with his creepy overtures or Penny with her academic and professional lacking, every character displays the ideal mix of Yin and Yang in the plot. Every character brings to the fore the many, unexplored layers of an individual which can be best explained by the fact that while all the guys in the story maybe be great academically, yet Penny manages to teach them a lot about life that they are unaware of. via GIPHY It would be such a low to not have the guys back on the screens for a new season after this, but here's hoping for all the closures and a series of memorable anecdotes to take away from the final run of the upcoming 24 episodes in the final season.
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