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  1. Diljit Dosanjh is the golden boy right now enjoying the love and fame for literally everything he does. From songs to movies to world tours, he's acing it all and giving us more reasons to love him. The self-proclaimed Kylie Jenner fanboy is coming back with a Punjabi movie titled 'Shadaa' which is a laugh riot. The trailer gives you some vibes of 'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety' but nevertheless, it's completely entertaining. The story follows an eternal bachelor which translates to 'Shadaa' in Punjabi played by Diljit, who dreams of getting married but later realises that bachelorhood is better. For a brief moment, he falls in love with Neeru Bajwa but later realises that his happiness lies in staying single. © brat films Eventually, after succumbing to the pressure of getting married, this 'Shadaa' decides to get married to a doll named Kylie and asks his parents to give their blessings. © brat films In case you are not well versed with the Punjabi language, the subtitles should help, but this movie surely proves that this dude here can sing, dress sharp, act in movies with a star cast like 'Udta Punjab' and then also blow us away with his great comic timing, all in one go!
  2. Huawei's budget sub-brand Honor has been launching some amazing phones lately. Honor's phones usually go easy on your pockets, but offer great value for money. On the same lines, the company has now launched three new phones under the new 'Honor 20 Series'. Let's check them out: Honor 20 & Honor 20 Pro Both the Honor 20 and the Honor 20 Pro are more or less the same phones. They both look stunning and offer some really powerful internal specs. You're looking at a 6.26-inch IPS hole-punch display just like the Honor View 20. It comes with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 on both devices. They both have the same screen-to-body ratio i.e. about 91.6 per cent, and they simply look stunning from the front. © Twitter In terms of the specs, the Honor 20 and the Honor 20 Pro are powered by Huawei's flagship Kirin 980 chipset with oodles of RAM and storage to go along with it. While the Honor 20 tops out at 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage, the Pro variant has 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. Besides the RAM and storage, both the devices also have a slightly different camera setup. Both devices have a 48MP f/1.4 main camera, a 16MP f/2.2 wide-angle camera, a 2MP f/2.4 macro and a 32MP f/2.0 selfie camera with a punch hole on the front. The only difference is that the Honor 20 Pro comes with an additional 8MP f/2.4 telephoto camera, whereas the Honor 20 comes with a 2MP depth sensor. With 30x digital zoom and a large 1/2-inch Sony sensor, the telephoto camera's Handheld Moon Shot allows you to capture the moon's beauty with no extra equipment. #HONOR20Series #CaptureWonder pic.twitter.com/Dd60ZWnRgO — HONOR (@Honorglobal) May 21, 2019 The Pro variant of the phone also has a slightly bigger battery with 4,000 mAh capacity, while the regular variant has a 3,750 mAh battery. Rest of the stuff is the same. You get a side mounted fingerprint scanner, fast-charging support, etc. The Honor 20 Pro will be available in Phantom Black and Phantom Blue colour variants, whereas the regular variant comes in Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue shades. Honor 20 Lite © Twitter Next up, we have the Honor 20 Lite, which is more of a budget option for people who are not looking to splurge a lot of cash. The first and the most obvious difference here is the waterdrop notch on the front, instead of a punch hole display. It's a 6.21-inch FHD+ screen with a 32MP selfie shooter tucked inside. The Honor 20 Lite also packs a triple camera setup on the back, which includes a 24MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra wide-angle sensor with a 120-degree FOV, and a third depth sensor. In terms of the specs, the Honor 20 Lite is powered by the Kirin 710 chipset, coupled with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It's got a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and the phone will be available in Phantom Blue, Phantom Red, and the classic Midnight Black shades. Pricing & Availability The Honor 20 has been priced at 499 Euros for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, whereas the Honor 20 Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage will cost you 599 Euros. The Honor 20 Lite, which is a budget option, will set you back 299 euros.
  3. If Hollywood has Marvel Cinematic Universe, then here in Bollywood we have Rohit Shetty and his 'Singham Cinematic Universe', where cops are greater and powerful than any superhero out there. Honestly, cop movies in Bollywood weren't as big a thing until the release of 'Singham'. Post the 100-crore (each) success of 'Singham', 'Singham Returns' and 'Simmba', Rohit Shetty is now coming up with another cop movie 'Sooryavanshi' starring Akshay Kumar. And Ajay Devgn feels that the 'Singham' franchise can be Bollywood's 'Avengers'. In a recent interview to PTI, Ajay said "Universes have a massive scope in Bollywood. 'Singham' is a strong franchise and then 'Simmba' has become another important series, and now if 'Sooryavanshi' goes on to become something like that, which I'm sure it will, it's the same thing as 'Avengers'." He further said that while MCU picked up superheroes, in India cops like "Singham and Simmba" are the superheroes, "So we're trying to make our world. We are taking it into a more realistic zone." © Instagram In fact, Ajay believes that all those people who like the Marvel Cinematic Universe will lap up Rohit Shetty's cop universe in no time. "Either you are an Iron Man fan or any other Avengers', now that all of them came together for a film, one will definitely go. Every superhero's fan would go, it's as simple as that. If these characters also go on to become that strong, then people would wait for something like this." © Instagram Praising 'Avengers: Endgame', Ajay said Bollywood should learn a lesson from the box office performance of the film and also spoke about how competing with Hollywood is not possible due to financial constraints. (Folks, let's not count the number of cars blown up in the entire franchise.) Apart from 'Sooryavanshi', Rohit Shetty is also planning to make a movie on female cops to complete his cop-universe. Can I say Russo Brothers have got nothing on Rohit Shetty and Singham? Of course, I can.
  4. 1More is one of the pioneers when it comes to audio equipment, and they've made some stunning pairs of headphones and earphones over the years. Now, the company has launched its first pair of truly wireless earbuds called 1More 'Stylish True Wireless Earbuds'. These new pair of earbuds have a sleek water-drop design, and they come in four different colours. Much like their other headphones, even the Stylish True Wireless Earbuds are tuned by Grammy-award winning sound engineer, Luca Bignardi. So, you can expect the audio quality to be on par with other 1More earphones, if not better. © 1More The 1More Stylish True Wireless Earbuds comes with a charging case, just like every other truly wireless earbuds on the market. This particular charging case can also keep your earbuds charged, thanks to the built-in 410 mAh battery. According to 1More, the earbuds can last for up to 6 hours on a single charge, which is not bad at all. As for the earbuds themselves, they're packed with a 7mm dynamic driver with a titanium composite diaphragm that balances powerful bass with exquisite detail. The result is crisp audio in an ultra-compact form factor. Additionally, the earbuds also cancel out environmental noise, which is always a good thing. The 1More Stylish True Wireless Earbuds supports Bluetooth v 5.0 technology featuring aptX and AAC transmission compatible with Android and iOS. © 1More The new 1More True Wireless Earbuds are priced at Rs. 5,499 in India and you can pre-order them from 1More's official website or from a bunch of other online stores starting next month. On the other hand, if you're not particularly looking for a pair of truly wireless earbuds, then be sure to check out 1More's other offerings such as the 1More Quad Driver Earphones or the 1More Stylish Dual Dynamic Driver BT.
  5. The OnePlus 7 Pro was launched in India today and we've been using the smartphone for a while to let you know how the smartphone fares in 2019. OnePlus is one of those unique brands that have been able to dethrone giants like Apple and Samsung in India by offering flagship-level smartphones for a considerably less price. OnePlus makes smartphones using top of the line components and offer a seamless OS experience that can only be matched by Google's Pixel smartphones. The OnePlus 7 Pro has a complete design overhaul when compared to the OnePlus 6/6T with some new features, a brand new display and Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 processor. Here's what we think about the OnePlus 7 Pro and everything it has to offer: Design And Display © MensXP The OnePlus 7 Pro is beautifully designed and comes with no notches, almost zero bezels and a very vivid screen. At the back, there's a slight curve for better ergonomics and has a reflective glass that catches light from different angles. The colours are not over the top as other smartphones keeping it interesting and alluring at the same time. The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a triple camera setup and has the same branding placement as the OnePlus 6T. The OnePlus 7 Pro comes in three colours: Nebula Blue, Almond and Mirror Gray. At the bottom, the smartphone has the USB-C port, a speaker grille and a SIM card slot. OnePlus has removed the headphone jack as well in favour for better water resistance as it was quite expected since it was removed from the OnePlus 6T as well. At the front, the notch has been completely removed and now has QHD+6.67-inch AMOLED display. The display itself is one of the most beautiful panels we've ever seen on a smartphone. This is also the first time OnePlus has included a 90Hz refresh rate panel which results in a smoother experience and better performance on games. Having said that, the battery life of the smartphone does drop considerably when used in the 90Hz mode. Thankfully, OnePlus has given you the option to switch to 60Hz refresh rate in the display settings. © MensXP The display itself is very bright and has a pixel density of 556 ppi. The colour reproduction on the display has been outstanding and gave the Samsung Galaxy S10+ a run for its money. It was a delight to watch TV shows on Netflix that has HDR support as the OnePlus 7 Pro's display is also HDR10+ certified. The blacks look deep and dark, the contrast ratio is on point and has high saturation levels. In order to complement your viewing experience, the OnePlus 7 Pro also comes with dual stereo speakers that were previously missing in the OnePlus 6T. Since there is no fingerprint sensor, the OnePlus 7 Pro also has an in-display fingerprint sensor just like the OnePlus 6T, albeit it works far faster and smoother than before. Since the notch has also been removed, OnePlus 7 Pro now comes with a pop-up selfie camera just like some VIVO and OPPO smartphones. Having said that, it is worthy to point out that the OnePlus 7 Pro is a very heavy phone and cause fatigue if you are used to the company's previous lighter smartphones. There were times when our fingers and palm would simply tire out when using the smartphone due to its weight. If you plan on using a cover, then it is even heavier. However, once you start using the smartphone, your palm and fingers will get used to it over time. Performance OnePlus smartphones are known to have great components under the hood and the OnePlus 7 Pro is no exception. The OnePlus 7 Pro is blazingly fast and it's all thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor. The flagship level processor is coupled with 6/8 or 12 GB of RAM and comes with different storage options. We tested the 12GB RAM variant and it exceeded our expectations way too much. We ran a simple Geekbench 4 test and our review unit scored 3509 in the single-core test while it scored a very impressive 11130 score in the multi-core test. That's the fastest Android smartphone we've tested this year and is probably the only device that comes close to the iPhone XS Max's performance. © MensXP While gaming, you can run games like PUBG Mobile on the highest settings and there is no frame rate drop according to our Gamebench test. The smartphone also comes with new Haptic Vibration that amplifies your experience while playing games. The heat management is also up to the mark as the OnePlus 7 Pro now comes with a 10-layer Liquid Cooling system. The OnePlus 7 Pro also has a RAM boost mode which basically means that it will allocate remaining RAM to memory intensive applications such as First Person Shooter games. This means you will be able to load games faster thanks to the new mode in combination with the new UFS 3.0 type of storage. UFS 3.0 is probably the fastest form of storage that basically means it can read and write files at a much faster pace than any other smartphone out there. Overall, the performance of the smartphone was outstanding and it is by far the smoothest Android smartphone we've used till date. This is also partly because of OnePlus' Oxygen OS skin that is bloat-free and comes with new features. Cameras © MensXP In terms of photography, the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a triple camera setup at the back where the primary sensor is a Sony IMX586 48-MP sensor that has an aperture of f/1.6 and pixel size of up to 1.6 μm. The sensor has both OIS and EIS. The second sensor is an ultra-wide 16 MP, f/2.2, with a 117° field of view. The third is an 8 MP, f/2.4, a telephoto sensor with 3x zoom. Now that you know the camera specifications, we were left quite disappointed with the camera performance on the OnePlus 7 Pro. Don't get us wrong, it can do a fair job of taking pictures but overall the quality of images felt underwhelming. The portrait images were not accurate at blurring the edges of our subject while there was no noticeable difference taking images with NightScape. The smartphone does a decent job of taking good images in good lighting conditions but did not perform as expected in the darker environments. Images would turn out to be very warm and sometimes lack the detail that one looks for in pictures. Some images were also overly saturated even when we tried our best to turn the levels down. Overall, the imaging on the OnePlus 7 Pro needs a lot of work and tweaking at the moment as most images simply look too soft. We hope a future update could fix these issues in the near future. © MensXP The biggest change on the OnePlus 7 Pro is the placement of the selfie camera. Since it is a pop-up selfie camera, it comes out from the top of the smartphone each time you switch modes or when you need to unlock using facial recognition. While testing, the pop-up selfie camera would take less than a second to arise and around the same time to go back down. The selfie camera has a 16 MP, f/2.0 sensor that is more than enough for taking simple selfies. The pop-up camera works just like it does on the Vivo V15 Pro and other smartphones that have a similar feature. Here are some camera samples for your reference: Battery Life The OnePlus 7 Pro comes with a 4,000 mAh battery that performs well if you know what you are doing. For example, if you are using your display with 90Hz refresh rate and at QHD+ resolution, your battery life will fall considerably. You can turn down the refresh rate or the resolution in order to conserve battery life. Having said that, when you have turned down either one of the options, you can expect an average of 5 hours and 30 minutes of screen-on-time with around 20 percent left. If you tweak either the refresh rate or the resolution, expect the screen on time to fall considerably faster. Having said that, we used the OnePlus 7 Pro extensively for navigation, playing memory and GPU intensive games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt and a lot of internet browsing. The OnePlus 7 Pro also comes with the company's new Warp Charge 30 adapter with basically is the same charger that came with the McLaren edition of the OnePlus 6T. It increases your charging speed by 38% and we saw our smartphone go from 10% to 69% in less than 20 minutes. Software © MensXP When it comes to the software, I would buy a OnePlus smartphone just for Oxygen OS. It is by far the cleanest and most stable skin you find on a smartphone apart from Pixel smartphones. It offers almost a pure Android experience without any bloat or add-ons. This time around OnePlus has added new features such as Zen Mode. It basically lets users turn off almost all features of the smartphone apart from receiving phone calls. It is the company's effort for better smartphone management and digital wellbeing. The feature cuts access to the smartphone for a period of 20 minutes so that you can tackle smartphone addiction in a better manner. It cannot be cancelled once you start Zen Mode and lock all the apps until 20 minutes elapses. You can also use Google's native Digital Wellbeing feature to track your habits and the amount of time you spend on certain applications. The OnePlus 7 Pro also comes with a gaming mode where it mutes notifications and let you toggle custom settings such as disabling automatic brightness. Within the gaming mode, you also get a new Fnatic mode which basically takes these settings to the next level. It basically blocks all notifications apart from low battery notification, alarm and timer. It also fine tunes the processor to give gaming priority and disable the secondary SIM to give priority to the Primary SIM card for better signal strength. You will need to enable the gaming mode first in order to switch on the Fnatic mode. The Final Say There's no other smartphone that can perform as well as this beast, has a crisp display that offers vivid colours and gives great battery performance if you know what you are doing. Having said that, if you love to take pictures, the OnePlus 7 Pro still needs to improve a lot, especially because of the price tag. When you charge almost flagship level prices, the camera performance has to be up there as well in order to justify a recommendation. Having said that, the performance outweighs the camera performance for us as there's no other Android smartphone that can match up to the OnePlus 7 Pro at the moment. If you want a premium smartphone that can last long, perform well while gaming and take decent pictures, the OnePlus 7 pro is for you.
  6. University level athlete Infinite Tucker not only has the most heroic name in the global sports fraternity, but also has the superpowers to back it up. Participating in the 400m hurdles final at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Track and Field Championships in the United States of America, Tucker instantly became a social media hit when he channelled his inner Superman just inches away from the finish line. Finding himself to be neck to neck with a fellow athlete while the finish line approached, dedicated to win the race, Tucker launched himself into the air, clearing the line in the most uncanny yet badass manner. When Miller-Uibo “dove” (fell) to beat Felix a couple years back, I was on the radio for an hour or so explaining to people why diving is likely not a good finishing tactic. Thankfully Infinite Tucker wasn't listening. #bestnameever pic.twitter.com/JR0VhZyBq3 — Jason Kerr (@kerrjason) May 12, 2019 Once the race was over and people lauded Tucker's dramatic finish, the athlete let out the secret as to why he decided to jump over the finish line this way: Comments from Infinite Tucker on his diving victory in the SEC 400m hurdles. pic.twitter.com/PhCOb2ozzO — Texas A&M Track and Field (@aggietrk) May 12, 2019 The athlete who saw Tucker take the leap while running besides him, Robert Grant, on the contrary, was not at all pleased with the way the race came to an end, yet managed to show his displeasure while not gathering too much attention: "If I say what I thought on this camera, microphone right now, Coach (Pat) Henry would kick me off the team." he said after the race. The jumping clip quickly became a social media meme source and Twitter of course had things to say: He went full Superman! @aggietrk's Infinite Tucker goes ALL OUT for the gold. #SCtop10 pic.twitter.com/gEr05kdPd9 — SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 12, 2019 I wish I was as dedicated to anything as Infinite Tucker is to crossing the finish line first. pic.twitter.com/DgEoPvJwHZ — Clara Goodwin (@5NEWSClara) May 12, 2019 This is how you finish a race! Check out Infinite Tucker from Texas A&M winning the 400 hurdles at the 2019 SEC Championship this weekend. The video is pretty impressive if you look it up. Never give up or jog across the finish line in a race. ð pic.twitter.com/KzAEdq9o2M — C-C Cross Country (@CCCSDxc) May 12, 2019
  7. Have you ever wondered how sparkling wine is brewed? Or how Rosé could be different from Red Wine? Ever thought about what it's like to go to wine tastings and experience different wines, fresh from the barrels? How long do you reckon would it take to get drunk on these little sips of wine that you keep taking every 5 minutes? I got to experience exactly that last week. © MensXP/Simran Arora Grover Zampa Vineyards unveiled a new centre for wine tastings and sales at their winery in Bangalore last week, and I got to visit them and experience wine tasting for the first time. © MensXP/Simran Arora From my experience, the tour was very different from how I had imagined it. I mean, I had pictured the tasting bit right, but not the endless but breathtaking vineyards or the ginormous stainless steel barrels that take up most of the space, of what would normally be an average seating hall with the height of two floors. © MensXP/Simran Arora And barrels that give the aesthetics of vintage films I'd seen growing up. © MensXP/Simran Arora There were also enormous sorting machines and crushing machines imported from countries like Germany, promising maximum efficiency in the initial stages of berry sorting and crushing, all the factors that are necessary for the production of good wine. © MensXP/Simran Arora The tour guide informed us that the harvesting time is crucial in determining the kind of wine it'll produce. For example, berries picked from old vines that aren't ripe yet, make for the most premium of vines if aged properly, while the ripest of berries make for a good dessert wine batch. © MensXP/Simran Arora A dessert wine is a kind of sweet wine usually paired with desserts, but a good sommelier ( a wine waiter/steward) will tell you that the high sugar content in a dessert wine comes from the ripe berries and can sometimes go up to 133 grams per litre, which as a number can be intimidating and I agree. However, at the right temperature in Summer evenings, it could be a refreshing sip and also a wonderful choice to get initiated with, if you want to start exploring wines because it's easy to get adjusted to it and even enjoy the drink. © MensXP/Simran Arora In a masterclass with Sonal Holland, she pressed on the importance of pairing dessert wines with anything and everything that isn't sweet because the dessert wine, in all its glory, has been quite underestimated. The Vendanges Tardives (my favourite amongst the lot) a new launch of Grover Zampa Vineyards, is a sweet wine. There is a long-standing analogy of the similar taste notes of dessert wines and gulab jamun, but unlike gulab jamun, the Vendanges Tardives doesn't stay put on the palate and it clears itself, as Sonal Holland notably pointed out. The dry wines take an experienced palate to appreciate, and while you may brush this off quickly, because I too consume wine occasionally and feel I know it all, a brand of wine like La Reserve Royale Brut, which is fermented in barrels and aged for more than 30 months at a go and has intricate notes of lemon zest, flowers, fresh hazelnuts and brioche, can only be dissected to the T by an experienced connoisseur. On the palate, the wine is elegant and you can see tiny persistent bubbles when you swirl it in your glass, something that Sonal Holland made us notice. In all honesty, after learning the minute details, I started to put more emphasis on my sips. But here's how I learned to sniff wine: you near the cup to your nose and sniff with the utmost concentration and then finally take a tiny sip that has to be gargled and taken in. The interesting part is that you can even sniff wine through its cork. Checking things like acidity also has a similar process of swirling it around the glass and gargling but also has the addition of leaning forward and checking for a tingling sensation at the back of your throat which signifies acidity. And here's an interesting thing I learnt from Sonal Holland's masterclass: acidity to white wine is like cheese to pizza. A fellow Sommelier, Kriti Malhotra talked about how in the workshops that she conducts, she likes to take her attendees to a world of familiarity to explore the unfamiliar notes of the wine. For example, she said, "a wine high on MLF, also known as a malolactic conversion, would have an aroma akin to your mother boiling milk in the kitchen". It would also have a "buttery taste" which on careful observation of more than three sips, I could sense and very excitedly confirmed that it did, in fact, have a milky tinge to it. Similarly, notes of citrus are sometimes mingled with vanilla and the barrel of wine it is aged in, in this wine's case, it was Oakwood. Finally, we were made to taste the Grover Zampa's most premium label 'Insignia', which is fermented in French oak barrels for 24 months which is equivalent to the ageing of average champagne production, this intensifies the richness of Shiraz grapes from a single vineyard. Insignia is a dry wine that leaves a trail of fruit-berries, coffee and chocolate, with a hint of black pepper that blends into a smooth finish. A wine like that is made to be aged even after being bought and needs someone well-initiated to appreciate its nuances, which is probably why I think if I would've had a developed palate like the connoisseurs around me, I would've learned to appreciate it better. And that's the thing about wine in general, while it's not everyone's cup of tea, I've learned that in order to enjoy a good glass of wine, you need it to be at the right temperature, you need an experienced palate and a couple of swirls before taking a sip. And those are exactly all the things I'm beginning to enjoy after this illuminating experience.
  8. Amazon has now made a device that lets you use any speaker and add Alexa services without compromising on your setup. Instead of using Amazon's own speaker, you can now add Alexa to any speaker that you use in your home. This can be a home theatre, a bookshelf speaker setup or in my case Sonos. © Amazon Amazon's new Echo Link Amp basically replaces the need of an amplifier or a receiver that is basically used to power speakers. Amazon Link and Link Amp are the perfect devices if you want to convert your home system smart. Having said that, neither of the two comes with in-built microphones which are essential for a standalone smart speaker. You will need to use an existing Amazon Echo device or the Alexa application on your smartphone in order to take advantage of these devices. © Amazon What's cool is that you can use an Echo dot and power a set of speakers with Amazon's new offering. I hooked up my Sonos Play 5 to test the Echo Link Amp and it was fairly easy to set up. However, the Amazon Link and Link Amp require a physical internet connection via an ethernet cable. It would have been awesome if it had some sort of wireless support but for now you will need to have your router nearby in order for the Link and Link amp to work. Performance In order to test the two devices, the best testing ground is at a house party. I hosted one a few days ago for my birthday and used the two devices to see how it fared in the real world. I connected the devices with my Sonos setup and an Echo dot to see if there was any noticeable difference in sound quality. © Amazon While using the Echo Link and Link amp, it was easy to switch audio sources with a simple press of a button. We played typical house party music i.e. some Hip-Hop, chill out and electronica. To be honest, there wasn't any noticeable difference between the Echo Link and the Echo Link amp even though the larger brother is supposed to be more powerful. We connected the speakers directly into the amp and the sound quality remained the same. The highs were the same as it would be without the amp variant and the story remained the same for the lows and mids. The main difference between the Echo Link and Link Amp is quite obvious, the larger brother has an in-built amp while the smaller Echo Link needs to be connected to an external amplifier. The Echo Link is probably my preferable choice simply because it is easy to set up with any speaker you own and is small enough to be discrete. Overall, it improves the audio quality of generic speakers. © Amazon The Echo Link Amp, on the other hand, does the job but we found it a bit disappointing simply because it did not affect the sound quality much. Even though it has an in-built amp, the output remained the same with no major noticeable improvements. The cool thing is that you can use the Echo Link amp for various purposes thanks to the available connections at the back. There's a dedicated connection for a sub-woofer or you can always use a generic aux connection to relay sound. If you want a more reliable and warm sound, you can hook up bookshelf speakers with an RCA wire. You can add additional speakers to the amp as you would on a home theatre with pan control. You even have the option to hook up the Echo link amp with an optical cable, a feature that many devices seem to ignore these days. Overall, the Echo Link amp is quite versatile even though you will get the same audio output as your speakers without an amp connection. The Final Say The Echo Link and Echo Link Amp are probably meant for audiophiles who want the added benefit of Alexa. It's an easy way to add core Alexa functionalities to any speaker without compromising your existing setup. Though both products don't offer much difference in sound quality when hooked up, it still is a great way to incorporate smart features. Alexa as a platform can be used for various purposes and it's great to see Amazon marry the two technologies together. The Echo Link retails in India for Rs Rs. 19,999 while the Echo Link Amp retails in India for Rs 29,999.
  9. I am pretty sure the fanboy in you hits 'boht hard' when you see actors like Ranveer Singh transform dramatically for a movie. via GIPHY In literally no time, Ranveer drastically transforms from lean to shredded and your inspiration breaks the roof and hits the stars. To find out more about his transformation and methods, you check his interviews on every platform and set yourself up. via GIPHY Your Goa trip is also approaching in 12 weeks, so the decision to transform yourself in line with Ranveer's methods seems possible for you now. On top of that, you've seen your favourite actors achieving that look endless number of times. But, are you aware of the dark secrets behind those drastic transformations? Here they are: 1. It's Not Realistic For You: Most of us work in a stressful job which takes a lot of our time, efforts and mental space. Sometimes, while attempting these transformations, we forget that we have a full-time job and other life stresses to handle too. However, it's our favourite superstar's job to look good. They don't have any other major thing to take care of apart from this. They will also go to any length to achieve the transformation. Also, they might adopt any and every serious measure to achieve that look. Be it training for endless hours, survive on little food and take anabolic steroids. 2. It's Not Healthy: To transform yourself from a pot belly to a shredded core, you need to consume a caloric restricted diet. Now, the severity of caloric restriction depends on the time you need to be ready in. And for drastic transformations like those, you will need to get under a caloric restriction of at least 1000-1500 calories per day. This simply means: 1. Eating salads and chicken throughout the day. Because these are the best foods which will keep you slightly full in those minuscule calories. 2. No participation in any kind of social outings. You can't afford eating out in that caloric budget. 3. Your mental health takes a severe toll. This can invite anxiety & depression to rule your mind. 4. Your *** drive might take a hit and you might lose interest in any activity. This is your body's smart mechanism of saving energy. 3. Anabolic Steroids: Apologies for saying this, but your favourite actors might be using anabolic steroids. In all probability, these drastic transformations require steroids. We all know that help from Performance Enhancement Drugs fastens the process 10x. This sets false expectations in recreational lifters like us. In summary, drastic transformations like these are not just hard to achieve but can take a big toll on our life, health and responsibilities. Instead of comparing yourself with these actors, set realistic timelines for your bodies. This will prevent you from regretting later. © Getty Images It makes sense to get inspired by their transformations and take it as a source of motivation. However, as wise men, we should filter out information which is not practical for us. Instead, we should set realistic goals according to our lifestyle and adopt measures according to that. Even if it takes more time than their transformations, we should embrace it. About the Author: Strong believer of No-Nonsense Approach when it comes to Fitness, he has been fortunate enough to learn from the brightest minds in the industry. Supporter of KAIZEN - Continuous Improvement, he's on a mission to bust and improve the scammed Indian Fitness Industry. For fitness queries contact – www.instagram.com/birafit
  10. Superhero movies can be inspiring. Characters like Captain America and Iron Man can motivate people to never give up, stay focused on their goals, try harder when things don't seem to go the way they'd imagined, and everything else in between. However, the beautiful thing about such movies is that they are open to interpretation. People are free to fall in love with whichever character they relate mostly to and aspire to become like them. Sometimes a little too much, but that's okay. Take this man, Henry Damon, for example. Currently 41-years-old, the Venezuelan comic book fan got up one morning and decided that he wanted to look like Red Skull from Marvel's 'Captain America: The First Avenger', a fictional (keyword) character played by the ever so talented Hugo Weaving. © Instagram/Henry Damon While the movie was released in 2011, Damon's resolution to look like the Hydra villain came around somewhere in 2012 when he tattooed his eyes black and realised for the first time that he was going to go the distance and modify his face completely to look like Red Skull. “He has loved comic books since he was a kid and always dreamed of being Red Skull, but never got round to doing it,” friend Pablo Hernandez said. © Instagram/Henry Damon After going through a series of operations to get subdermal implants to his forehead, Damon underwent surgery to chop off half of his nose to get the iconic nasal appearance the Nazi villain boasted so much in both the comics and the movie. © Instagram/Henry Damon “Henry aka Red Skull is a physically and intellectually healthy person,” said Emilio Gonzalez, a med-school drop-out with expertise in tattoo-making and extreme body surgeries. “He's an excellent son, husband and father, who has an extreme taste for body modification. Most of my customers know that body modification is the last step of body art, everyone knows very well what they want and as well as Henry, many of them are waiting for me for many years to make their dreams a reality.” After the nose surgery, Damon went on to put silicone implants on his cheekbones and covered his face with red and black tattoos to complete the look. Final result? View this post on Instagram Henry Damon's new look, achieved through heavy tattooing and various modification surgeries. #demon #henrydamon #tattoo #extreme #real #fun #virat #msdhoni #messi #ronaldinho A post shared by DREAMGURU11 (@11dreamguru) on Dec 31, 2018 at 8:21am PST
  11. It's 2019, a ballpark year where millennials are taking over new ways to think and act freely and as a rejoinder to that, a recently conducted survey on Tinder suggests that most millennials prefer being single than in relationships. It's apparently cooler flying solo than choosing a partner to spend time with and most young people agree. © Pinterest Back in the day, being single was looked down or lamented upon and everyone was trying to find the 'right partner' or get back in the game till they hit jackpot but now, it's out of choice, men especially, like to remain single and dabble in either light dating or just hooking up once in a while. The fair assumption of ending up with 15 cats or as a loner ceases to exist as people embrace singlehood more willingly. © Excel Entertainment Being single does have its perks though. You can roam about freely without having to check with your significant other if you can! You don't have to share your dessert and you don't have to try hard to look good for someone else. Maybe just do that for yourself instead. Men and women between the ages of 18-25 are selectively choosing to remain single and live life on their terms and it's certainly a good evolutionary curve and a step away from getting married at a particular age. The results from the survey are quite fascinating, to be honest. So much so, they inspired Tinder's new 'single is a terrible thing to waste' campaign, promoting the single life to be fun, fascinating and aspirational. © Eros International The survey was conducted by the consultancy firm Morar HPI and over 1000 young people from the age groups of 18-25 were asked about their attitude and ideas of singlehood and dating. About 72% of men and women claimed they had made a conscious decision to be single and not because they didn't have a choice and that's quite a high percentage for a survey like this! About 81% of them agreed to the fact that being single benefited them as they had more room for personal growth, platonic friendships, scope to find new people all the time and time and space to work on themselves. More than 17% of men felt the need to stay single and not give relationships a thought, in general. Most of them were a little apprehensive on commitment and getting hurt in the longer run of the relationship. © Eros International The fear of becoming 'boring' in a relationship made at least 39% of the population a little wary to get into one in the first place and about 55% thought being single opens up new and fresher experiences than being in a relationship! Apart from these reason, 66% didn't want to get into a relationship because of a cultivated fear of being with the wrong person. Of course, single friends have friends in relationships that could have gone absolutely south, making them believe it's better to be single than to end up with the wrong person. A lot of men believe that they don't want to compromise on their independence so they choose to be single instead of tied down to another person. © UTV Motion Pictures So, mostly the reasons the millennial generation prefer staying single in this day and age is to be more independent, make selective life choices without anyone else's intervention, the fear of heartbreaks and ending up with the wrong person and establishing an identity that's synonymous with being fun and exciting rather than boring. Well, in my opinion this is a progressive standpoint taken over by the younger generation today and unlike before, this view will help the generation understand how to make relationships work a lot better, whenever they do decide to get into them.
  12. Diljit Dosanjh has made a statement through his Instagram post. While the world was busy refreshing their IG feeds to see the craziest lewks at the Met Gala, Diljit Dosanjh too posted how he reimagined the theme 'Camp'. Being invited to the Met Gala means you've arrived and the list is meticulously curated by Anne Wintour and her team. However, Diljit proved that he doesn't need Anne Wintour's approval to dress up for the Met Gala. He posted a short clip as a post wherein he's seen walking hand-in-hand with actor Neeru Bajwa. He's also seen wearing a bedazzled pink shiny two-piece, a blue turban and a peach shirt with a distinctive bow at the centre, while Bajwa was wearing a matching pink dress. They both posed for the paparazzi as they walked off. Take a look: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Diljit Dosanjh (@diljitdosanjh) on May 7, 2019 at 2:57am PDT And we approve of his very 'campy' look. What do you think? Diljit Dosanjh and Neeru Bajwa's “Shadaa” is slated to release on June 21, 2019.
  13. HBO and 'Game of Thrones' actually made everyone's day yesterday when a single Starbucks cup appeared out of nowhere in a scene and became the most-talked-about cameo of the year. © HBO But, obviously that's not the first mistake the show has made and it probably won't be the last (yes, I know only two episodes are left but I think HBO is capable of pulling that off). Yes, it's a huge show with more people working on it than you can count, little mistakes are bound to happen. But then again, we can look at it in a different way as well - so many people are working on this show, there should be an equal amount of people to just pay great attention to all the minute details. Whatever the case may be, it's still funny to see stuff like this, so here's a bunch of hilarious accidents like the coffee cup or just straight up continuity errors: 1. Queen Of Wigs © HBO How many different wigs does a Khaleesi need? At least two, apparently, in just one scene. Yes, a lot of elaborate braided hairstyles will probably be hard to keep constant, but it does kinda affect the continuity, especially to people who pay attention to everything. 2. Sansa Is A Targaryen For A Hot Second © HBO Back in the first season, the opening credits did show the Targaryen sigil right next to Sophie Turner's name. Well, Sansa was a Lannister at one point, and now she's also a Targaryen. 3. Daenaerys Was Also A Lannister And Not A Targaryen At One Point © HBO Well, similar mistake, again. This time, it was the Lannister sigil that showed up next to Emilia Clarke's name. Well, looks like she should add another thing to her already essay-length name. 4. That One E-Mail Notification Apparently, you can hear someone receiving an e-mail in the scene where Margaery Tyrell visits the orphanage back in Season three. I honestly couldn't hear anything even after putting my ear literally on my laptop's speaker. But, enough people have heard it so, it is a legit thing. 5. Where Is Catelyn Stark's Hand? Kinda a minor little problem, but hey, it's still a mistake. 6. Melisandre's Necklace © HBO In season six, it's revealed that Melisandre's necklace is this magical thing that works as an anti-ageing serum for her. As soon as the red woman removes it, she turns wrinkly and old. But, a lot of people recalled that the continuity error with it since she was seen at least once without her necklace while taking a bath. 7. Stannis' Charger © HBO Yes, even though they live in a world with no electricity, they still need to charge stuff. 8. Jon Snow's Rubber Sword © HBO Okay fine, I agree it would be hard to carry around a large metal sword while shooting for long periods but someone should've made sure there wasn't a flaccid sword flopping around in the real scene. 9. Shireen Baratheon's Hair © HBO Back in season one when Ned Stark's head was still attached to his body, he found out about Cersei and Jamie's incestuous relationship basically because of the colour of the hair of all the Baratheon and Lannister children. Apparently, all real Baratheon children had black hair but Shireen is obviously a Baratheon with almost Lannister-like blonde hair. 10. Where Is Grenn's Sword? Bro, are you picking up the sword or not? Or did you just throw it a second after picking it up? 11. Dead Bodies Disappearing Yes, we've seen dead people walking around on this show but this obviously wasn't the case in this scene. 12. A Poor Knight Not Being Able To Handle The Sword So sad, everyone's doing it so swiftly and flawlessly while you're just struggling and hoping no one notices.
  14. With the release of 'Logan' in 2017, we probably saw the end of one of the most iconic characters in the last decade and a half. Played by none other than Hugh Jackman, the character Wolverine was brought to life in a way no other man could have. So much so, that it is now very hard to imagine someone else playing the character. © Marvel One thing, in particular, that was very commendable about it was the way Hugh developed his physique over the years. From the first 'X-Men' movie to the last one, you could see a noticeable improvement in his physique as he got more and more ripped as time went by. He recently mentioned in an interview that he has been following Intermittent Fasting (IF) protocol to get in shape. This generated bucket loads of interest in IF and it made IF one of the trending topics on both Twitter and Google. As it is with everything else, people have started talking and wondering if IF is the ultimate secret to getting fit and ripped? Is Intermittent Fasting The Secret We've Been Looking For Since Ages? Before I answer this question, let's first look at what Intermittent Fasting is and how it works? Intermittent Fasting is simply the time between eating and non-eating. It is a dietary-pattern rather than a diet which most people mistake it for and start thinking that IF is what makes them lose fat/get ripped. It is just a conscious decision to fast and then eat. This means you consume your calories within an eating window which in turn makes it harder to overeat for some people. © Getty Images The most popular way of doing IF is setting fasting and an eating window, for example fasting for 16 hours and then eating within the remaining 8 hours of the day. Although there are other protocols that people follow such as the alternate day fasting method where you eat normally for 24 hours and then fast for the next 24 hours. Another method is eating normally for 5 days a week and fast for 2 days. You might have noticed by now, all that these patterns do is that they stop you from eating for a certain period of time. Now, if you think about how you lose weight, the simple answer would be to eat less than what your body needs to maintain its weight. Any rational person here would understand that any dietary pattern that helps you eat less would help you lose weight, it's not magic, just good old science. In the case of Hugh Jackman, you have to remember that he is a genetically lean guy and he finds it hard to put on weight rather than losing it. © Twitter/realhughjackman Any person who finds it hard to put on weight will always get lean putting in a lot less effort than some who is on the heavier side genetically. So much so, he was put on a diet of around 4,500 calories when he was bulking up and around 3000 calories when he was cutting down (yes, a dream for most of us). Will It Work For You? If you are someone who likes to consume larger, less frequent meals, then IF can help you stick to your diet better which can, in turn, help you lose weight faster. But if you are thinking that just following the Intermittent Fasting protocol will help you get ripped, you have a very big misconception. As mentioned above, you'll only lose weight if you eat less food than what your body needs to achieve its weight i.e in a caloric deficit, not eating at certain times and not eating at others. Is It Safe? Studies have shown that almost all the patterns of Intermittent Fasting are harmless and can help people who like to eat that way stick to their diet better, resulting in better weight loss. However, there has been no evidence whatsoever which shows that Intermittent Fasting will help you lose weight faster or improve your health markers when compared to a linear caloric deficit. Author Bio: Nav Dhillon is an online coach with GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company that helps people with fitness goals right from losing weight to competing in bodybuilding shows. He has coached individuals from all forms of life, right from people looking to get in shape in general to national level bodybuilding and physique athletes. You can reach Nav on nav.dhillon@getsetgo.fitness or his Instagram handle if you are looking for professional help with your fitness goals.
  15. Conor Mcgregor is a renowned personality in the MMA arena. His much-hyped fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2017 earned him respect all around the world. Though he is a UFC fighter and boxing isn't his major fighting style, he still took on Mayweather and the fight was one of the most awaited and one of the most-watched fights of the decade. © Reuters Conor's physique was also a talking point at the time of that event. In fact, Conor is always in the headlines for his physique before every UFC tournament. He fights in different weight categories and still manages to look lean in every season. Today, we're going to discuss how you can also build an MMA physique like Conor Mcgregor's: Conor Is Not Bulky Like A Bodybuilder You can't call Conor's physique as a bodybuilding marvel. He doesn't have bulky chest or arms like a competitive bodybuilder. Being a martial artist and a UFC fighter, Conor has to be agile, fast and flexible throughout the year to be ready for fights. Thus, he is lean and has decent muscle mass which looks good on him and at his body weight. If your target is to achieve a physique like him, it can be achieved with a disciplined diet and training regime over time. Focus On Building Lean Muscle Mass If you look at Conor's physique carefully, he is not skinny. He is lean and has muscle mass. So, the first thing that you need to do to look at him is to build lean muscle mass. If you're a guy who is skinny, first you'll have to gain muscles. To gain muscles, you will have to go on a calory surplus diet and focus on resistance training at least 4-5 times in the week. Diet should be a little high on carbs and protein with moderate fats. Carbs will help in your training and high protein in your diet will help you recover from your workouts and build muscle mass. On the other hand, if you're a guy who already has decent muscle mass but is bulky, you will have to get lean to look anything like Conor. Conor's body looks chiselled and ripped as his body fat percentage is really low. So, even if you have decent muscle mass but your body fat percentage is high, you will not look lean and ripped. To get ripped, you will have to follow a calorie deficit diet and increase your calorie expenditure over time. This will help you to get lean and your muscles will look more defined like Conor's. © Reuters Include HIIT & MMA Training Conor's workout routine includes HIIT and MMA workouts on a regular basis. This is how he performs explosive moves during his fights. If your target is not just to look like him but also to perform like him, you need to include martial arts as well as HIIT training in your training regime. If you are going to add weight training, schedule your training in such a way that on the days you are training heavy you're not practising MMA. MMA training in itself is demanding and even a few rounds of sparring can drain you out. A good option would be to take martial arts and weight training on alternate days. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  16. This is Megan Fox. © Twitter This is also Megan Fox. © Twitter But, what if I told you this woman is not actually Megan Fox? © Instagram/@Irigas Meet 21-year-old Irina, who I honestly think looks more like Megan Fox than the actress herself. I mean, there's not a single difference that I can notice. View this post on Instagram omg queen of bad photoshop ððð liquid lipstick in clay by @lemonade.road â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by Irina (@irigas) on Apr 13, 2019 at 5:04pm PDT Once upon a time, Megan Fox was literally every single person's crush and even though she hasn't been in the media for some time, finding her doppelganger was a good way to basically remember her again. She was and always will be one of the hottest, most beautiful women ever and well, now there's two of them. View this post on Instagram incase y'all forgot what a clown looks like :) A post shared by Irina (@irigas) on Apr 21, 2019 at 11:53am PDT I totally feel the comment on this picture that I just saw - 'Omg, Megan Fox is that you?' View this post on Instagram the right side of my face???! don't know her // btw not to promote myself again but if you haven't watched my video yet the link is in my bio ily <5 A post shared by Irina (@irigas) on Mar 7, 2019 at 11:16am PST From what I can gather from her profile, Irina is from Germany and has over 200k followers, so yes, I can call her an Instagram 'Influenza'. View this post on Instagram due to personal reasons I need to get punched in the face A post shared by Irina (@irigas) on Feb 22, 2019 at 12:25pm PST Is her looking like Megan Fox the reason for the huge following? Could be, but she's still a beautiful girl, so who knows? View this post on Instagram hey ladies this winks for u (also I thought this pic was cute but I stared at it for too long now it just looks like somethings wrong with my eyeð) A post shared by Irina (@irigas) on Feb 6, 2019 at 12:04pm PST Last picture, okay thanks. View this post on Instagram all the girls want her, all the boys want to be like her (edit: for all the idiots who don't get it: the caption is reversed on purpose good bye) A post shared by Irina (@irigas) on Feb 13, 2017 at 10:11am PST
  17. Everyone has an idol that they look up to. We all have that one personality that we absolutely want to look like, be it a sports personality or someone from the fitness industry itself. With the growth of the internet and social media, in particular, we have motivation and inspiration available to us 24-hours a day at just a click of a button, but the fact remains that 99.9 per cent of the population is not able to emulate the physique of the personality that they look up to. Why? Because you only want to look like them without putting in the effort that is required to look the way they look or be as fit, strong or agile as they are. The ideal physique that you are aspiring to achieve come with a certain level of investment in terms of hard work, dedication and time. © YouTube Let's look at what an athlete or a fitness personality does which a normal person does not. 1. No Quick Fixes The people with the best physiques have been putting in their blood and sweat to achieve the physique for a long, long time. We are talking about years and in some cases, even decades. Compare that to people who want to quit working out because they cannot see their abs popping out in a month or give up because they could not outsize John Abraham after a month of weight training. It is unrealistic and outright stupid, if I am being honest, to think that it will happen in a matter of weeks what took the best athletes out there years to achieve. You need to be in it for the long haul. 2. Plans Ahead & Is Realistic How would you plan on reaching somewhere if you don't know how to get there? You would also have no idea about the time it would take to get there, which again would have you set up unrealistic goals and timeframe. People with best physiques, on the other hand, know where they are, where they want to go, and how to get there. They set up goals and move from goal to goal. Even if they are not looking to compete, they train with a plan rather than just going with the flow. © YouTube 3. Not Have Washboard Abs Year Round People who have achieved drool-worthy physiques know that it is impossible to be shredded 12 months a year and putting on muscle mass is as important as being leaner no matter what your goal is. If you are interested in performance and not the looks side of things, muscle mass becomes much more important for you, as muscular endurance and strength are what's going to help you perform better at your respective sport/activity. Look at it this way, if you want to look athletic, you have to be athletic. Start focusing on performance and body composition will take care of itself. 4. They Do Not Starve Themselves For Years On At A Stretch What most people do not understand is that it is easy to lose fat but hard to gain muscle mass. A major chunk of time goes into doing the latter when we talk about athletes who have achieved something in their respective careers. Losing fat makes you eat less which creates a shortage of energy in the body, which in turn, stops you from training and recovering optimally and any person with half a brain cell should be able to guess that training optimally and recovering from that training, is what is needed to attain the goals that you are trying to achieve. Conclusion: We all want to be the best versions of ourselves like the people we look up to but are we doing what they are doing to get where they are? Remember, no athlete in this world turned out world class in a day, you HAVE to put in the time and effort needed to get there, otherwise, you are just wasting your time. At the end of the day, it is largely mental, it's about setting a goal and starting on the path to achieving it without ever looking back. When you do that, you strive for constant improvement, nourish and take care of your body and be in control of yourself. Once you do that consistently, you'll come to a realization that how much can you achieve, how there is always a scope for improvement and how much it sucks to live any other way. Nav Dhillon is an online coach with GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company that helps people with fitness goals right from losing weight to competing in bodybuilding shows. He has coached individuals from all forms of life, right from people looking to get in shape in general to national level bodybuilding and physique athletes. You can reach Nav on nav.dhillon@getsetgo.fitness or his Instagram handle if you are looking for professional help with your fitness goals.
  18. Salman Khan is known for his mega-blockbuster films that vary across the board when it comes to storylines or character sketches. However, there are a few striking elements in every 'Bhai' movie that are recurrent and feature in almost all of his films. (c) T-Series The trailer for Salman's upcoming film 'Bharat' was released yesterday and amidst all the speculation about the plot and rising action of the film, we noticed that it basically seemed like a mix of Salman Khan's top 5 movies in recent times, and et voila, you have 'Bharat' served with a garnishing of patriotism to cash-in on the dominant sentiment of the audience at this point of time. Listed below are a few tropes that we can expect to see in 'Bharat' which are just like 5 of Salman's top movies: 1. A Series Of Action-Packed Sequences (c) T-Series Take any of his top films in recent years, lots of senseless action that often forgoes all understanding of science and physics, is vital to every Bhai movie. Be it all the action-packed sequences in 'Tiger Zinda Hai' or 'Kick' there's no denying that action sells it big for Salman movies. We saw similar glimpses in the trailer of 'Bharat' when Salman is seen ploughing the 'bad boys'. 2. Glitzy Item Song (c) T-Series Think of Fevicol Se in 'Dabangg 2' or Swag Se Swagat in 'Tiger Zinda Hai', 99 per cent of Bhai movies will feature an item number one way or another. Somehow, people have come to associate them to every Salman Khan movie and 'Bharat' seems to promise something along the same lines with the passing glimpse of Disha Patani and Nora Fatehi's moves in the trailer. 3. Hero Who Saves The Day (c) T-Series It's exactly how every Bhai movie unravels. Regardless of all the struggles and setbacks along the way, Salman's character always manages to save the day and comes out a hero. The very beginning of the 'Bharat' trailer hints at this very possibility. Bharat will save the day and uphold the meaning of his name. 4. Larger Than Life Portrayals (c) T-Series We don't think anyone can cross-question us on this one. Be it 'Race 3' or 'Kick' or 'Dabangg', every character Salman portrays bears an air of being larger than life. A sort of grandeur comes with Bhai's characters and they make him seem almost aspirational, and Bharat seems no different. 5. The Love-Hate Relationships (c) T-Series Another recurring trope in Bhai movies is love-hate relationships that add the right amount of spice required to lure the audience. The hits and misses with the love interest, the wooing and anguish, Bhai's films have got it all. Salman and Katrina's journey in 'Bharat' seems to have the same elements in all probability. 6. The Emotional Baggage (c) T-Series Be it in 'Dabangg' or 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', most of Salman's characters have a tragic backstory and their emotional baggage helps to add fuel to the fire that burns in their hearts. 'Bharat' which is set against the backdrop of partition is giving us a similar feeling. 7. The Underdog's Uprising (c) T-Series But of course, with all that emotional baggage, you might expect someone to buckle and give up. But not Bhai. He (or rather his characters) are simply not wired that way. They will always rise from the ashes, just like Bharat does and come to fulfil every dream they hold in their hearts. 8. The Hook Step (c) T-Series Fans still haven't gotten over Salman's towel hook step in the song Jawani Phir Na Aaye from 'Mujhse Shaadi Karogi', while Hud Hud Dabangg and Swag Se Swagat are the more recent ones to stick. We are sure fans can expect to have one such hook step from 'Bharat' took. 9. A Hero-Worthy Dialogue (c) T-Series Remember “Mujhpe ek ehsaan karna ke mujhse koi ehsaan matt karna” from 'Bodyguard', or “Ek baar jo maine commitment ka di, uske baad tho main khud ki bhi nahin sunta” from 'Wanted'? These dialogues became almost as famous as these films themselves! Even the trailer for 'Bharat' opens with such dialogues - “Jitne safed baal mere sir or daadi mein hain, usse kayi zyada rangeen meri zindagi rahi hai” or “Jawani humari ekdum jaaneman thi”.
  19. Virat Kohli is a name that doesn't really need an introduction, as he is the most popular cricketer that India has seen since the legend Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli is someone who is always seen leading the Indian team from the front, be it with the bat or on the field. But what really sets him apart is not just his cricketing skills, but his fitness too. © Reuters When it comes to fitness, the Indian captain just keeps on raising the bar and has become the fitness icon of India when it comes to sportsmen, as no other Indian athlete can match his fitness levels at present. In fact, I am also sure that his chiselled and amazing body is something that a lot of people are striving to get for themselves. In this article, I am going about how you can build a sportsman-like physique just like Virat Kohli: 1. Dietary Control In a recent interview, Virat himself said that he hasn't tasted 'butter naan' and 'butter chicken' in the last 5 years which used to be his favourite dish. This not only shows his immense discipline towards his diet but also tells you that he stays away from any kind of junk foods at all. You can't expect your body to look and respond like a sportsman if you're going to feed it junk food every now and then. Your diet should be as nutritious as possible. Avoid eating highly processed and less nutritious food all the time. 2. Increase Your Protein Intake The combination of the chiselled physique with explosive energy is impossible to achieve without a good amount of protein in your diet. Your body needs to have muscles to look muscular. Protein is the building block for muscles, thus it is very important that you include enough protein in your diet on a daily basis. Having 1.5 grams protein per Kg of body weight is a good place to start with and thereafter you can increase it according to your own individual needs. 3. Combination Of Resistance And Agility Training If you look at Virat's physique carefully, you will realize that he doesn't have too much of muscle mass. He is not bulky like a bodybuilder but yes, he has muscles. © Reuters To build muscles, you need to train with weights. When your muscles are subjected to resistance training regularly, your body tries to build new muscle fibres. Also, sport-specific performance like Kohli's will need regular agility training as well. You could choose from various forms of agility drills like ladder drills, cone drills or medicine balls. Working out at least 5 to 6 days in a week with a combination of resistance training and agility training will be best suited for a body like Virat's. 4. Consistency Virat didn't become Virat overnight. It took him years and years of hard work, dedication and discipline to become what he is today. You have to keep this in mind when you make a target to be like him. There will be temptation around you for skipping your workouts or to cheat on your meals, but you have you show your commitment towards your goals. This is what differentiates an achiever from a loser. Just do the hard work, be patient and you will see the results coming your way. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  20. Realme is continuing its efforts to establish a name for itself in the budget smartphone segment in India with the launch of the new Realme 3 Pro. It comes hot on the heels of the launch of Realme 3, which is also a great budget offering from the brand. The phone has been priced at Rs. 13,999 for the base variant, going head-to-head with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The Realme 3 Pro distinguishes itself from the other phones in this segment with the Snapdragon 710 chipset, which is known to have a few advantages of its own over chips like Snapdragon 675. Specifications As for the specs, the Realme 3 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ display on the front that's protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The display, as you can see, has a dewdrop design, giving it a screen-to-body ratio of 90.8%. Also, as mentioned earlier, the Realme 3 Pro is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 710 chip, and it comes in a few variants. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Realme 3 Pro comes in two variants, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. You can also expand the storage up to 256GB. As for the optics, the Realme 3 Pro sports a dual-camera setup at the back which houses a 16MP and a 5MP sensor. On the front, you get a 25MP selfie shooter. Realme is offering a bunch of shooting modes with the camera. You get modes like Nightscape, Portrait, Expert, Super slow-mo, and more. There's also a fingerprint scanner at the back, but you'll have to make do with a micro USB port. The innards of the phone will be kept powered by a 4,050 mAh battery, and you also get ColorOS 6.0 that's based on Android 9 Pie out of the box. Pricing & Availability © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The base variant of the Realme 3 Pro starts at Rs. 13,999. You can also pick up the variant with 6GB + 128GB storage for Rs. 16,999. The phone will go on sale starting on 29th April Flipkart. Realme C2 In addition to the Realme 3 Pro, the company also debuted the new Realme C2. It's powered by an Octa-core Helio P22 chip and comes in 2GB RAM + 16GB storage and 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variants. The device sports a 6.1-inch HD+ display with a 'dewdrop' notch. © MensXP Other noteworthy specs of the phone include a 4,000 mAh battery, 13MP + 2MP Dual Rear Camera, AI Facial Unlock and more. The phone also looks beautiful with its Diamond-Cut Design, which is similar to what we've seen in the past. As for the pricing, the Realme C2 starts at Rs. 5,999 for the base variant. The variant with 3GB RAM + 32GB storage is priced at Rs. 7,999. You'll be able to pick one up starting May 15.
  21. Ronaldo has the best physique among his counterparts in the sport and is one of the best athletes in the world. His day begins with a team practice session that lasts for about 3-4 hours, which includes football drills, HIIT drills, sprinting and weight training exercises. Ronaldo trains in the gym for 4 days/week. His lifting routine primarily focuses on enhancing strength, speed and a little bit of hypertrophy. This type of training is extremely beneficial for athletes. © Reuters Here are six tips that can help you in getting a body similar to that of the Juventus star: 1) Focus On Nutrition: For your body to look jacked, you need to get rid of excess body fat. To get rid of it, get into a state of calorie deficit. A calorie deficit is when you consume fewer calories than is required to maintain your current body weight. Lower body fat is required to showcase your muscles. For most guys, this is 7 to 10% body fat. © Unsplash 2) Pick A Sport: Sports can really help you to in staying active. Pick any sport whichever you like and enjoy it 2-3 times per week. 3) Lift Weights: Weight training is the base to look jacked like Ronaldo. Weight training has various benefits like improving your concentration, building muscle, burning fat, improved *** life, less risk of injury, etc. Hit the gym 3-4 days in a week and be consistent with it. Incorporate compound movements and isolation movements. Learn the motor-skill pattern to build your core strength. © Unsplash Full body movements like the squat, the bench press, the deadlift or the overhead press engage and train your core. Implement big movements properly in your training plan so that you can lift heavy overtime and gain a good amount of muscle. 4) Cardio- Doing some cardio will not hurt your gains if you take care of your nutrition. Cardio can help you to condition your physique, however, cardio can also be a problem if you do too much of it. You can do any form of cardio like HIIT (high-intensity interval training) or LISS (low-intensity steady state). 5) Sleep- Your body will never show signs of improvement if your sleep pattern is not on point. What do I mean by this? You need to get at least 6-7 hours of deep sleep. A good range is 7-8+ hrs for better recovery outcomes. Some might require more than 8 due to their genetics and stress. If you are not able to get at least 6 hours then you might face sleep deprival effects. 6) Supplements- Supplements can really help you fill the gaps. You don't have to take a ton of it and especially not bullshit ones like BCAAs, fat burners, testosterone booster, etc. In fact, I would suggest you take the effective ones like: 1) Whey Protein- Whey protein is more of a convenience food which can help you to fulfil your protein gap. Mostly required by vegetarians and vegans who find difficult to complete their protein intake per day. © Reuters 2) Creatine- Creatine can help you to look fuller overall. It also helps you to increase strength and lean body mass. 3-5g/day intake is sufficient. 3) Caffeine- Caffeine is a stimulant which can help you boost your mood before any intensive work. It boosts your performance in the gym and helps you do more work in a short time. A couple of shots of black coffee will do the magic. To achieve Ronaldo's physique you have to be consistent, disciplined and dedicated. Author Bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness.
  22. Theories may come and theories may go, but this one goes on forever. Ever since 'Avengers: Infinity War' came out last year, all Marvel fans have spent all their time watching and rewatching everything from Marvel, trying to find out clues and form theories for 'Avengers: Endgame'. Some seem spot on, some are too big to reach, and then some theories are so ridiculous, they become so iconic they even reach back to the cast and the directors. If 'Ant-Man going up Thanos' ass and expanding' didn't immediately come to your mind, I'm sorry but you're not a true Marvel fan. This is the theory that has formed a life of its own and has probably haunted Paul Rudd, and Josh Brolin, of course, for months. The theory is so simple yet so complicated, so ridiculous but ridiculous enough to actually work. And, we're not the only ones advocating for Ant-Man to go inside Thanos; turns out, even Robert Downey Jr is a fan. While doing press for the biggest Marvel movie yet, two of the OG Avengers - Jeremy Renner and RDJ - talked about all the crazy fan theories. Jeremy kept it professional and said, “I just love the creativity that comes from theories. They're hilarious, they're pretty crazy… but it means people are invested in the stories.” RDJ, on the other hand, was just being, well, RDJ. He would obviously bring up the viral theory. He said, “My favorite [fan theory] is Ant-Man goes up Thanos' butt and then makes himself big. And that's exactly what happens.” Robert Downey Jr talks about his favorite #AvengersEndgame theories... ð ð pic.twitter.com/BExlNXFUjM — EB Games Australia (@EBGamesAus) April 15, 2019 Well, the Russo Brothers were already on board with this theory and now that they have RDJ's support, it can only mean one thing - Thanos better watch his back...and his butt. I wish I could say this was photoshopped but the Russo brothers really did that pic.twitter.com/U7zW1fYznN — mila â¡ (@voiidmarvel) March 29, 2019 Paul Rudd right now, probably!
  23. If you go to a gym and decide to get your exercise plan from a beefy-looking bodybuilder, there is a good chance your training split looks like this: Monday – Chest Tuesday – Back Wednesday – Off Thursday – Legs Friday – Shoulders & Abs Saturday – Biceps & Triceps Sunday – Off On the surface, nothing looks wrong here and it looks balanced as well. Because you are hitting every body part once per week. There is no overlap between muscle groups and you won't be fatigued. Also, there is no fear of 'over-training' as well. © Unsplash In fact, it looks like the perfect training programs that are given in bodybuilding magazines by your favourite bodybuilders like Phil Heath, Jeremy Buendia, or Kai Greene. If it is something that pros follow and it works for them, it will work for me too. Right? Umm... WRONG! The athletes that you see on stage are on bodybuilding drugs or anabolic steroids. On those drugs, you build muscle better, recover faster and get a great physique even with a shitty training split. © Unsplash Their muscle protein synthesis aka MPS, the mechanism through which your body builds muscle, stays elevated for days after training. But that's not you. If you are a natural lifter, the one-body-part-once-a-week means missed opportunities for gains. A study by Dr Stu Phillips found that after resistance training, MPS spiked to 65% above baseline after 24 hours, was elevated to 34% above baseline at 48 hours and then came back to normal. If you want to gain maximal muscle, your MPS levels need to be elevated as much as possible. If you hit one body part once a week, it will have the growth stimulus for 2-3 days and then nothing will happen. Another study from JSCR concluded that when the same weekly sets were matched, the group that trained the muscle 1x a week only gained 62% of the strength to those who trained the muscle 3x a week. © Unsplash To simplify it, if you do 12 sets of a muscle in one session, you will compromise your strength gains compared to doing 4 sets in 3 sessions. So, as a natural lifter, a frequency of 2-3x per week is a much better option for you if you want to get jacked. And for those bodybuilders you follow, you know what makes them grow muscle. So, Where To Start? If you want to graduate from the bro-split, a good start would be a basic Upper-Lower split. It would look something like this: Monday – Upper body (strength focused) Tuesday – Lower body (strength focused) Wednesday – Off Thursday – Upper body (hypertrophy focused) Friday – Off Saturday – Lower body (hypertrophy focused) Sunday – Off Start doing this and stop training like a bro and compromising your results. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  24. Gone are the days when fitness was restricted to just bodybuilding and weight training. Today, the definition of a fit body is the one that not only looks good but is able to perform well too. Actors like Tiger Shroff and Vidyut Jamwal have changed the outlook on how people perceive fitness in their minds. © Instagram/tigerjackieshroff Not only do they have a chiselled body, but they also carry unique skills of being agile and athletic at the same time. They defy the age-old myth that weight training makes you slow and stiff. Its all about how you manage your training and incorporate various aspects of fitness together. I am not saying that you need to forget about weight training if you want to be fast and agile, but yes, agility exercises should be an important part of your workout routine if your aim is to be like them. © YouTube Agility in simple terms means the ability to move quickly and change direction with ease. This describes both physical and mental agility. As we age, or just become complacent in our daily routines, both our mental and physical agility suffers. Here are a few exercises that you can do to be quick on your toes and be sharp as a tack. 1. Ladder Drills The agility ladder is a common instrument which can be found in any average gym these days. It looks almost like a regular ladder. To use an agility ladder for training you need to select a method of moving through the ladder. For example, you might start with a high-knee march forward through each box, and then progress to a lateral scissor if you're more advanced. To target your upper body, move through the ladder with your hands while maintaining a push-up position. Working out on an agility ladder might seem simple, but it will get your heart rate up and your brain working in just no time. There are lots of similar ways to work out on an agility ladder to improve your agility skills. 2. Hurdle Drills Hurdle drills can be performed by using dedicated hurdles or dumbbells if the hurdles are not available in your gym. You can keep dumbbells in place of hurdle sets and use them as hurdles while performing agility drills. For example, you can set 5 to 10 hurdles in a straight row, parallel to each other. Moving laterally, start by going over the first hurdle with a high step and pausing in a stork stance before moving back to the starting position. Then move over the first two hurdles, pause and go back to the start. Continue this until all five to 10 hurdles have been travelled. When you become more advanced, speed up the hurdle steps and take out the pause. 3. Cone Drills Cone drills help you to get faster with your mind as well. You need small cones to make this drill. Take 5 or 7 small cones and name them with numbers or alphabet or colours. The identity has to be given to each cone which needs to be unique. Now ask someone to call out the name of a particular cone at random and try to touch the called out cone as fast as possible. Do this for a couple of minutes and see how your reaction time increases when you perform this more often. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  25. Actor Pankaj Tripathi has come a long way, in terms of the work he has done and the struggle he has endured with his hard work. The man is now kind of omnipresent in good cinema and was recently seen doing a brilliant job in 'Criminal Justice'. © Instagram The man was recently in news when he shared the news of buying his 'dream home' in Madh Island. He spoke about how he has obviously come a long way but he has still not forgotten his long journey from living in a tin-roof shed in Patna, to now owning an expensive, sea-facing property in Mumbai. Pankaj and his wife recently performed the 'Pooja' ceremony with their family and close friends. © Facebook © Facebook Pankaj is a simple man who believes in chasing his dreams with hard work and determination. In an interview where he was talking about his new abode, he mentioned that he wishes to inspire people with his journey and not by chasing materialistic assets. Hard work surely has many faces and the actor's wonderful home is a great example of it.
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