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  1. 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.
  2. One of the leading ladies of international cricket and Kiwi superstar Hayley Jensen and her fellow athlete from Down Under, Nicola Hancock decided to make their cricketing partnership last a lifetime, as the couple tie the knot last weekend. Having been teammates for two straight seasons for Australia's Big Bash League franchise, Melbourne Stars, the couple saw a lot of individual success in the T20 league. While Jensen, an all-rounder, won the prestigious Una Paisley medal for being Victoria Women's Premier Cricket league's best player of the 2017-18 season, Hancock finished the latest season of the BBL as her squad's second-highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps in 14 games with an average of 19.92. The official news of the wedding was broken online by Hancock's team last evening: From #TeamGreen, congratulations to Stars bowler Nicola Hancock who married her partner Hayley Jensen last weekend! ðpic.twitter.com/QvWb7Ue0Qx — Melbourne Stars (@StarsBBL) April 18, 2019 "From #TeamGreen, congratulations to Stars bowler Nicola Hancock who married her partner Hayley Jensen last weekend!" the picture was captioned. Australia legalised same-*** marriage in December 2017 while New Zealand granted it the royal assent way back in 2013. However, as soon as the wedding pictures were available online, homophobia took over with the blink of an eye and flooded the team's twitter handle with slurs demeaning same-*** marriage: It isn't ryt — NITESH KUMAR (@nkojha9060) April 19, 2019 Challenge to Natural law — Kapil Kumar (@KapilKu03594795) April 19, 2019 Oh no It is unnatural marrige I think human is very beg animals — बà¥à¤°à¥à¤à¤à¤¾à¤° मà¥à¥à¤®à¥à¤®à¤¿à¤² फारà¥à¤à¥ (@MuzzammilFar) April 19, 2019 What a great indecent choice this sodomy women make to defile themselves — Joshua (@Joshua3059) April 18, 2019 If all girls will marry to each other then what will happen with boys or u can say who will marry with boys. I think this is unnatural. — kmljee (@kmljee) April 18, 2019 Pls stop these kind of activities this is uncertain and not good for the society — JSP Tarak (@TDPTARAK) April 19, 2019 Cricket is meant to be a gentleman's game,, what happened to the world??????? — Samiullah Saifi (@Samiull91563821) April 18, 2019 One common response to such homophobia is that it is the part of the society and that homosexual people have to be mentally strong enough to make such a decision and face the society with their heads held high, but why? Maybe that is the question that needs to be answered now. With the LGBTQ community being welcomed into society with open arms, why is it that marriage, a gesture to celebrate love, needs for the people involved to “prepare themselves”? Do straight couples need to worry about the kind of criticism that they might face from society after they get married? Sure, homosexuality has become a part of the world that we live in and sure people now have the right to identify themselves as “gay”, but normalising it, in our mundane lives, is something that continues to be our "to-do” list
  3. It's that time of the year again when I go through my ritual of sending out PSAs to my non-Christian brethren to not go around wishing people a 'Happy Good Friday' and give high-fives saying “Yeah! Good Friday wala long weekend! Whooo!” The sad part is that despite my numerous attempts, through the years, there are always those select handful of morons who manage to fill my Whatsapp chats and social media feeds with a “Hey Marina, Happy Good Friday. Have a good one.” I can't even… via GIPHY Honestly, the mind just reels at the stupidity! What does it take for these people to get it? So, this year, I am taking my PSA responsibilities to the next level and am writing this article, to inform all you wonderful people, that walking around wishing Christians a 'Happy Good Friday' is probably the rudest and most disrespectful thing you could ever do. Now, I firmly believe that no one is doing this intentionally. Because if you ARE doing that, then my friend, the Lord save you. But I do believe that's it's clearly a simple matter of lack of information, which is making people say so. I mean, I get it. It has the word 'good' in it, so naturally, it's something to be celebrated, right? Sorry guys, but no. It, in fact, is one of the most solemn and sorrowful days for the Christian community across the globe. © Icon Productions Good Friday commemorates the day Jesus Christ was crucified to death in the most brutal way imaginable. The Bible says that Jesus was mercilessly beaten up, tortured and then made to carry his own cross on which he was crucified. Watch 'The Passion of Christ' to get a better idea. Yes, what's so 'good' about this entire thing, right? Clearly 'Sad Friday' would have been more apt. But there is a reason for Christ's suffering being labelled as 'good'. Now, I don't want to go into the whole logistics where the Oxford English Dictionary states that 'good' in this particular context, refers to “a day or season observed as Holy by the Church.” Instead, I want to show you the bigger picture and the deeper meaning behind Good Friday. We Christians firmly believe that Christ sacrificed himself to show his love for mankind. On Good Friday, we remember, according to 1 John 1:10, the day Jesus willingly died as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. His suffering and inhuman death, as extremely terrible as it was, was God's incredible plan to save all mankind, even though he had to sacrifice his one and only son. © Icon Productions I imagine if I was there that day Jesus died, I would have probably agreed with most of you lot and questioned what was so good about that day. All hope was lost, Satan was clearly having a party and evil had triumphed. But a few days later, something happened that turned the tables around. Good Friday is followed by Easter, the glorious day Jesus rose from the dead, marking his victory over sin and showing a future full of promise and forgiveness, for all those who believed in him. As terrible as the day was, Good Friday paved the way for mankind's salvation, which is marked as 'good' by us Christians. We humans are not capable of erasing all our sins and guilt, but Christ did the unimaginable and died for us. © Reuters Most Christians around the world spend the day in prayer and fasting and confessing their sins, as they prepare for the Easter celebrations. So there you go, I really, really, really hope I have successfully made you guys understand the meaning and the significance of this day. And here's hoping I don't see any 'Happy Good Friday' messages on my feed anymore!
  4. It's been 4 years since I cut the cord and if you're looking to switch from traditional TV to streaming content, you will probably need a streaming device for your TV. Yes, you can watch content on your smartphone but nothing really beats the big screen. I personally own almost every possible streaming device that you can buy in India, in every room. If you are looking for a streaming device for your room, look no further than this list: 1. Apple TV © BCCL It's probably our go-to streaming box that supports every App out there. As a part of the Apple ecosystem, you get access to thousands of applications on Apple's App Store. Apart from applications, Apple TV can also support casual gaming and with Apple Arcade on its way, you will be able to play console-level games on this device. The Apple TV plays host to every essential app such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and Hotstar. Apple is also launching its own video streaming service which you can read more about here. You can even get the 4K version if you own a 4K television. 2. Google Chromecast/Ultra © BCCL Chromecast is by far our favourite casting device that can take care of every streaming need. You can even mirror your Google Chrome tabs if you want to stream content from third-party sources. In fact, some of the video players on websites have direct native support for Chromecast. Applications such as Netflix, YouTube, and Hotstar can also stream content directly to Chromecast via your smart device or the Chrome browser. It even supports Google Assistant which is a nifty feature to have if you want to stream content effortlessly. Even though Google doesn't sell Chromecast Ultra officially in India, you can still get your hands on one through unofficial channels. It supports 4K streaming across all applications. 3. Amazon Fire TV © Amazon It's probably our least favourite streaming device on our list as we find the operating system clunky and slow. It does not have native support for YouTube, which is a big negative point for us. The original FireStick TV's remote is also notorious for draining out batteries extremely quickly. Make sure you always have spare batteries or rechargeable batteries handy. In terms of content, FireStick TV does have native support for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Hotstar. You can even use Kodi to manage your own library if you know what you're doing. There's also a 4K version available to buy which takes the viewing experience up by a notch. 4. Nvidia Shield TV © Nvidia Nvidia Shield is a device that is focused on streaming video but also appeals to gamers who own an Nvidia GPU. Nvidia Shield TV supports 4K resolution and HDR streaming based on the Android TV platform. You can play games from Android's app store or stream your PC games over WiFi. For 4K streaming, it supports all the major OTT services besides Hotstar.
  5. If you love to run on the streets or on the road and can do that only in the evenings due to our shitty weather or hectic work schedules, there's a sneaker especially for you. Often when running in the night, you're concerned about safety or enough lighting to get noticed by oncoming traffic. The answer to these concerns came to us way back in the 1980s and Adidas is bringing back the retro-styled sneaker to India. © Adidas The sneakers are ideal for runners who prefer a soft mesh knot and a lightweight ripstop that is essential in a running sneaker. These sneakers are specifically designed for night running as it has a hi0vis reflective body much you get to see on safety jackets on construction workers. It automatically catches the light from oncoming traffic's headlights or streetlights keeping the runner safe from accidents. You can find this reflective detailing on the laces, stripes, and other key strategic points. When it comes to the kicks, it's a hybrid of modern sneaker design with 80s aesthetics that make the sneakers perfect for running. It has a cushioned sole that keeps the overall experience comfortable and follows a chassis similar to the Ultra Boosts. It's got the right amount of width and roundness that may have been a borrowed design from Yeezys. © Adidas When it comes to breathability, the mesh and nylon ripstop makes it one of the more ultra lightweight sneakers you can find out there. The Adidas Nite Jogger will available to buy for Indian customers from 11th April 2019 with a price tag of Rs 12,999. These kicks will be available across all Adidas Original retail stores and the official website.
  6. People didn't wait for their exam results as desperately as they are waiting for the final season of 'Game Of Thrones' to drop. And with each passing day, the wait is only getting harder. © HBO While season 8 is still a few days away, the GOT fever arrived early for Mumbaikars all thanks to the Aarambha Dhol Tasha Pathak. On Saturday, people in Maharashtra and most parts of the country were submerged in the celebrations of Gudi Padwa. So was the Aarambha Dhol Tasha Pathak but in their own way. How? By making everyone groove to the beats of dhol-tasha with 'Game Of Thrones' music in the background. © YouTube Who could have thought of playing dhol to the intro track of GoT, on Gudi Padwa? Well, this group did and their performance gave goosebumps to everyone, including the people who watched it on the internet later. © YouTube The band is famous for their energetic performances during Ganesh Utsav, Makarsankranti, Navratri and more. And this time, they chose to surprise everyone with their GoT performance and we're glad they did. The video's description reads, "Aarambha dhol tasha pathak performing on (Game of Thrones) in Dombivli Gudhipadwa shobhayatra with fusion of traditional instruments #Bulbul (Benjo) and Dhol Tasha." Desi fans are so impressed with this cover that some even joked that they want Daenerys to do Lavni while fighting the White Walkers.
  7. Hailed as Bollywood's most prolific underdog-turned-mega-star, critically acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan has overpowered the tumour that was threatening his life, and won his battle against cancer. © RSVP Movies Last seen in the movie 'Karwaan' which was released in August last year, Irrfan had since been in London for his treatment. In March last year, Irrfan had announced that he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour. Soon after, he left for London to undergo treatment for his condition. The past year has been a struggle for Irrfan and his family, however, the actor recently returned home after successfully beating cancer. pic.twitter.com/d4Osol3NvP — Irrfan (@irrfank) April 3, 2019 But that's not it. Today, Irrfan took to Twitter to officially announce his Bollywood comeback post-cancer, with the first look of 'Angrezi Medium'. GMB serving since 1900s It's going to be fun to tell another story #AngreziMedium. Coming soon, with Mr Champakji... Aa Raha Hu phir entertain Karne Sabko #ItsTimeToKnowChampakJi #AngreziMediumð¸ ðºð» pic.twitter.com/mC3IL2UMpf — Irrfan (@irrfank) April 8, 2019 The actor wrote, “Aa raha hu phir entertain karne sabko” and posted the first look of his upcoming film which shows Irrfan as a simple, sweet shop owner in a simple shirt and pants combo, posing outside his sweet shop. We absolutely love Irrfan's attitude towards life and his commitment towards his work. His undying spirit is an inspiration for us all. Here is everything else that we know about the film so far. 1. 'Angrezi Medium' is a sequel to 2017's blockbuster hit 'Hindi Medium' which starred Irrfan Khan and Pakistani actress Saba Qamar. 2. As per reports, currently, the film is being shot in parts of Udaipur in Rajasthan. Parts of the film will also be shot in London. © Maddock Films 3. The film will star Radhika Madan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in lead roles opposite Irrfan. 4. Reportedly, Radhika will be seen essaying the role of Irrfan's daughter, while Kareena will be seen portraying the role of a cop. 5. Irrfan's character in the film is called Champak ji, who owns a sweet shop called Ghasiteram Mishthan Bhandar that been in business since the 1900s. We already have very high hopes from the film and cannot wait to lay our eyes on the trailer ASAP.
  8. While relationships are taking a progressive turn every passing day, there are still people pointing fingers at some couples who've found their comfortable footing in one another. Not only is this hypocrisy but it's also an amalgamation of a complete violation of the right to privacy. What am I talking about? Well, Bollywood is setting their fair share of examples by dating people who're way younger or older and while that's endearing and very acceptable in society, many people criticise age difference like it's something illegal. © Instagram But to be fair, dating older women or younger men is a definite progression towards stable relationships as they're emotionally more grounded and binding and there's a maturity to them which makes them whole. So, in lieu of that, I am going to list 6 Bollywood relationships which have been mighty successful, even with a vast age difference lurking in between: (1) Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas © Instagram The desi-videshi pair met through common friends some time back and they just tied the knot 3 months ago. While Priyanka is 35 and Nick 25, they cherish and celebrate the 10-year age gap between them, even though they've been trolled for it tremendously in the past. But that hasn't deterred the couple's love or social media appreciation for one another in any way and we love to see them together, every now and then! (2) Sushmita Sen & Rohman Shawl © Instagram It feels like Rohman was a breath of fresh air in Sush's life. The actress seems very happy and content with her life right now and she has someone super supportive to share it with her. Rohman and Shushmita share a 16-year age gap, but they definitely do complete each other, in every way. From him getting along well with her daughters, to her supporting him at his fashion shows, to them making work-out home videos together, it really seems like bringing up the age gap they share is absolutely redundant! (3) Soha Ali Khan & Kunal Kemmu © Instagram The starlit princess and the boy-next-door fell in love with each other on the sets of 'Dhoondte Reh Jaoge' and the rest is, of course, history! After a long live-in relationship, the couple tied the knot in 2015, despite the fact that Kunal is 5 years younger than Soha. They have a beautiful daughter named Inaaya Naumi Kemmu and they really couldn't be happier. (4) Preity Zinta & Gene Goodenough © Instagram Although the age gap isn't much between the two, it is still frowned upon by many people who love to criticise relentlessly. But that doesn't bother Preity, who tied the knot with Gene in LA and they've been living happily since. I guess he's 'Goodenough' for her! (5) Bipasha Basu & Karan Singh Grover © Instagram The two had issues getting married as Bips' mom was against her marrying someone who is 4 years younger than her. But that didn't stop the happy couple from tying the knot and living happily since. They believe in unhampered PDA and never shy away from a lot of social media love! (6) Neha Dhupia & Angad Bedi © Instagram When Neha married Angad, she was trolled on social media for marrying someone two years younger than her but they also took many by surprise when they decided to announce their wedding on Instagram, and they looked mighty happy together. Best friends before, married now, the couple has had quite an astounding journey and their age gap definitely has nothing to do with it! So, if Bollywood can set a keen example of older women dating younger men, it's time you stop frowning upon it too and look for someone who truly makes you happy; older or younger, who cares, right?
  9. Falling in love is the only feeling which has so many connotations attached to it. Sometimes it's beautiful, sometimes there's a lot of remorse and sometimes there is fear and anguish which is ineffable but within all these connotations, love is eternally beautiful because it works on a very personal level, for everyone on this planet. It's the basic texture that binds anything together and definitely the most inexplicable emotion to encounter. © Eros International The most garnered emotion through love in today's day and age though is the amount of hurt it can cause someone who's experienced it. That's what love is defined as now and it's quite sad, to be honest. Hurt has sadly become a by-product of love, leaving many individuals scarred for life, to even want to experience it again. But like they say, you can't help when you fall in love with someone and if that's the case with you, you have to let all the fears and inhibitions seep through to start fresh with someone new. So, in case you're wondering how to do that, here are 3 most obvious questions to ask yourself if you're scared of falling in love with someone, again. Do You See Yourself All Alone In The Future? If you've been hurt so bad that you can't conjure the courage to love again, then maybe you feel you're not in the right mind frame to find love again in anyone ever. But you need to ask yourself if you think you want that as a permanent fixture in your life. Everyone longs for companionship at some point in time in their lives. Are you willing to see yourself without company for good? If you think the answer is yes, then that's alright. If the answer is no, here's a chance to open up a bit more for some brighter and more positive prospects, where love is concerned while giving yourself time to heal. © Pintrest Have You Given It Enough Time? Maybe you're scared because you haven't given your hurt much time. Your last relationship was so tedious, it broke you and now you've met someone who's giving you the comfort you deserve but it's all too soon and you're scared they might hurt you too. Well, the key here is to give it enough time for you to heal from the hurt. It's like a wound that keeps getting scratched instead of healing and disappearing. If you don't give yourself enough time to heal and move on, you'll hold on to your past and wreck your present. © Eros International Have You Learnt From Your Hurt? No matter how badly you're hurt and scared of love again, there are some remarkable lessons you can learn from your experience. Only these lessons will push you forward to change and undergo a certain type of metamorphosis. For instance, if you were hurt in the past, you slowly realise that you probably let yourself be that naive or that sensitive to accumulate that hurt within you. You'll be better prepared if you go through something similar if at all, again. Every hurt teaches you something and lets your fear dissipate, slowly. © Eros International These three questions are very pertinent to decide if you're ready to take the leap again. If you have even an iota of fear residing within you, concerning love, then ask yourself these questions again.
  10. Period dramas are one of the most fascinating things on Earth. Period. I have always been intrigued by these dramas set in a time which we don't know very well. A better time in a sense, a simpler time for sure. Ever felt like it would have been such a better life had you been born in a different era? Ruminating about how things would have been had you lived in another period, another era. No school, no need to slog for hours on at an end on a computer for peanuts, idyllic hours where you can sit and relax and think about the complexities of life and ponder nature's mysteries. Glitzy parties with good-looking men and women, kings, queens, a lot of dancing, balls, huge mansions, pristine cottages, women in intricate gowns (wearing body-numbing corsets), men in suave suits. Articulate speeches (which rival your limited vocabulary), romances which knock you off your feet and make you feel whole, clandestine affairs which shouldn't be known to a soul. Oh, the beauty of it all! So, if you are a period drama enthusiast (read fanatic who tries to appear normal by using the term “enthusiast”), here are six shows which right up your alley: 1. Downton Abbey (2010-2015): © ITV Studios/ITV/Carnival Films Set in 1912, tragedy strikes the affluent Crawley family of Downton Abbey when their only heir drowns while aboard the Titanic. With no heir apparent to bequeath the title and the fortune to, except his daughter Mary (Michelle Dockery) who can't inherit as per law, the Earl of Grantham, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville), has no other choice but to find the next heir. As a shock to the family, the heir happens to be a middle-class solicitor, Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), Robert's third cousin (once removed), which doesn't go down well with the patrician family. Meanwhile, Robert's wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), and Robert's mother, Dowager Countess Violet (Maggie Smith), unable to witness the years of Robert's meticulous work for Downton go down the drain, hatch a plan to challenge the rules of the will so that Mary may inherit the fortune as well as the estate. Parallelly, the series also focuses on the help, the servants of Downton Abbey, headed by the butler, Mr Carson and the housekeeper, Mrs Hughes and how they make the mansion a home for the people upstairs while dealing with their own problems. Spread over six seasons, the series intelligently includes momentous events from the early 20th century: the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the First World War, the Spanish Influenza, the Marconi Scandal, et al and how these events change the lives of the characters; rich and poor alike. An exquisite drama centring on the beauty of human relationships; because at the end of the day, everyone is human, social stature notwithstanding. USP: The exceptional cinematography is sure to take you back to the turn of the century. Splendid performances by the ensemble cast; everyone is perfect in their role! Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess, Violet Crawley; with her acid tongue, cutting remarks and sarcastic wit encased in one-liners is a treat to watch. Penelope Wilton as Mrs Crawley and Maggie Smith make an iconic duo which only a few fictional pairs can match! No. of Seasons: 6 2. Mad Men (2007-2015): © Weiner Bros./Silvercup Studios/Lionsgate Television/AMC Centring on the mercurial rise of advertising in the early 1960s in America, this series focuses on the Madison Avenue firm “Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency” in New York. Enter the swinging sixties with glittering parties, scandalous affairs, fabulous fashion and excessive smoking as Don Draper makes his way in the bad, bad business of advertising. Featuring an ensemble cast, the series focuses on the lives of the characters, both personal and professional, mainly on Don Draper, as they traverse New York's bundling love for advertising. As we witness Don Draper's rise to becoming one of the best advertising minds of the era, his crumbling personal life with numerous affairs, punctuated with chain-smoking, adds to the drama. A case study in how the business world works, the series presents a new perspective on the era gone by, cleverly depicting the politics in the workplace and how people stop at nothing to achieve success. The 1960s also changed the perspective of the world regarding working women; they were no longer just the secretaries but moved on to better roles as managers and copywriters, as showcased by Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) and Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks). An epic drama which lays bare the real nature of humans: selfishness. The man-eat-man world is wonderfully portrayed through Don, who can go to any level to secure his position in the company and is unafraid to use his charm and aura for getting his way and things done. His need to succeed eventually leads him to a path of self-destruction and later, redemption. USP: The opening credits is a marvellous depiction of life; the rise and fall of humans. Jon Hamm as Don Draper makes a convincing 1950s man, the quintessential megalomaniac who can't let anyone get ahead of him in any aspect of his life. No. of Seasons: 7 3. The Tudors (2007-2010): © Reveille Eire/ Sony Pictures Television/ Showtime Networks A charming history lesson; written and produced by Michael Hirst, based on King Henry VIII and his unconventional lifestyle, The Tudors is a fictionalized version of the Tudor family's most notorious member, most importantly remembered for his multiple (six!) marriages and the changes he brought about in the manoeuvrings of the English Throne. Coursing through the life and times of Henry VIII, set in the 16th century, we follow him as he sets on the quest to make divorce legal in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church, after falling in love with Anne Boleyn while being married to Katherine of Aragon. The series then focuses on the English Reformation; the separation of the Church of England from the papal authority and the eventual annulment of his marriage to Katherine. His relationship and treaties with the French kingdom and the intrigues of his court also form the crux of the series. The series also focuses on his term as king, the problems he had to face in order to retain his title and prove his effectiveness as king As we witness the various marriages and the aftermath of them, we get to see the human side of the oft-mentioned, infamous ruler. USP: The sensual tone of the show and the beatific locations will leave you spellbound; who could think that history could be so enticing? :P Jonathan Rhys Meyer's portrayal of King Henry VIII is commendable. Don't miss Natalie Dormer as Anne Boleyn, before she captivated our hearts as Queen Margery in 'Game of Thrones'! No. of Seasons: 4 4. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017-): © Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions/Amazon Studios/Amazon Video Comedy works because of two things: it's funny because it's true and it's funny until it happens to you. Midge Maisel's (Rachel Brosnahan) life is the perfect American Dream in the 1950s. Her slightly eccentric and funny disposition only adds to her charm. But her seemingly perfect life goes for a toss when her husband, Joel, leaves her for his secretary. Bewildered, confused and drunk, she ends up in a downtown café, The Gaslight, and does her first impromptu stand-up while being completely unaware of it and on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Midge wakes up to a talent she had been sleeping on for so many years. Guided by Susie (Alex Borstein), the perpetually angry bartender of The Gaslight, and armed with her exceptional humor and wit, she starts her new secret (from her strict Jewish family) life as a comedienne in the male-dominated stand-up scene of 1950s New York. Will she succeed? Only time will tell! USP: A beautiful, melodious soundtrack heavily influenced by Jazz, which will transport you back to 1950s New York. Rachel Brosnahan as “Miriam 'Midge' Maisel” is phenomenal, you need to see her to believe it. The way she owns the character is admirable and she makes you relate to Midge at the most primal level. The series drives home the fact that we always don't know what we are capable of until we are tested. The humour in the show is top-notch, the jokes are funny and organic, and the comedy timing of the characters is impeccable; a testament to Amy Sherman-Palladino's iconic style. No. of Seasons: 2 (Season 3 to be released in late 2019) 5. Anne with an E (2017-): © Netflix/CBC/Northwood Entertainment Based on the “Anne of Green Gables” books by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and produced by Moira Walley-Beckett, this drama is an updated and darker take on Anne Shirley Cuthbert. Anne (Amybeth McNulty) is over the moon when she finds out that she has been adopted by a family in Avonlea. But her happiness is short-lived as her adoptive guardians, brother-sister duo Matthew (R.H. Thomson) and Marilla (Geraldine James), refuse to take her in because they had asked for a boy from the adoption agency. Heartbroken, she pleads with them to keep her on because she doesn't want to return to the horror-filled memories of her past. Charmed by her loquacious nature, Matthew Cuthbert decides to add her to their family but is initially opposed by his sister who doesn't bode well with the creative pursuits of Anne. Eventually, Marilla gives in and they start their life as a family. The series then follows the adventures of Anne, as she moves on from her orphaned/social pariah status to becoming the darling of the village, courtesy of her creativity and presence of mind (things which had once made her ostracized). The series beautifully depicts the struggles of starting life anew, especially for a person who has never known love and how delightful human relationships can become over time with trust and love. USP: The series is not heavily dependent on the novels, deviating from the books to shed light on many relevant issues like racism (by introducing a black character who isn't part of the books), discrimination, sexual understanding, LGBTQ+ representation among others which are important in today's era. The performances by the lead cast, especially by Amybeth McNulty who plays Anne, are wonderful. The homely feel of the series is just one of its charming qualities. No. of Seasons: 2 (Season 3 to be released in mid2019) 6. Pride and Prejudice (1995): © BBC1 Based on the eternal love story by Jane Austen featuring the perfect dreamboat for women since 1813, Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy and the opinionated and intelligent Miss Elizabeth Bennet, the series is perhaps the best adaptation of the novel till date (Sorry Keira Knightley!). Mrs Bennet's sole ambition in life is to see her five daughters happily married into rich households. And she won't stop until she achieves that! When Mr Bingley, the new bachelor in town sets up home in the Netherfield estate near the Bennet's neighbourhood, Mrs Bennet pushes her eldest daughter Jane towards the gentleman who is smitten by her. Mr Bingley's friend, the mysterious and arrogant Mr Darcy (Colin Firth) takes an interest in the second daughter Elizabeth (Jennifer Ehle), but both seem to clash with respect to their ideals and their thinking, leading to verbal arguments and an intense dislike for each other. She thinks him to be too proud, he decrees her to be prejudiced. An ongoing battle of wits, peppered with dislike masking their true feelings, this period drama is what a typical romance ought to be. USP: Andrew Davies' stellar screenplay (especially the iconic lake scene :P). Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. The series propelled Colin Firth to superstardom and a yardstick with which future portrayals of Mr. Darcy(s) would be judged. No one has even come close to Colin's portrayal, making him the living embodiment of Mr. Darcy. The intricately written episodes, with graceful and eloquent dramatization make the series a comforting safe haven in this ruthless world. :P No. of Seasons: 1 (Six Episodes) So, which one are you planning to watch?
  11. Over the last few days, Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora have been in the news A LOT, and with good reason too. The duo has been spotted in public on several occasions now, plus there is a rumour floating about that they will tie the knot on April 2019. However, there has been no official confirmation from either of them. © Twitter But how did this quiet love story start? While we often see the alleged couple together, many onlookers have confirmed that the duo is becoming closer over time. This was also allegedly linked to one of the reasons for the separation of Malaika with husband Arbaaz Khan. They have often been spotted together at the same parties but they make it a point to be careful in front of the media. © Twitter It all started just a couple of days after Malaika moved out. Arjun was seen visiting her home late at night, and that just fuelled the fire. Then everything else followed suit. Their appearance at the Lakme Fashion Week 2018 re-ignited the rumours. Also, the bonding was evident on the sets of 'India's Got Talent', indicating that something is cooking between them. © Pintrest In October last year, the two were spotted flying off to Italy together for Malaika's birthday, and were also photographed walking hand-in-hand at the Milan airport. The two stars posted photos on their Instagram accounts with very convincing captions. View this post on Instagram We found LOVE in a hopeless place...He looks at me like nobody does with...♥ï¸ #Milano #withlove A post shared by Malaika Arora (@malaikaaroraofficial) on Oct 21, 2018 at 12:05am PDT View this post on Instagram U Gotta pose on ur holiday to make sure u got enough instagram ready pictures when ur back !!! ððð #milan #letsgoback #throwbackthursday #poserforlifeâï¸ A post shared by Arjun Kapoor (@arjunkapoor) on Jan 17, 2019 at 4:08am PST Not just that, they are also spotted at a family get-together, and Arjun could be seen bonding with Malaika's son Arhaan. Then, of course, there was the Koffee confession on Sunday's episode of 'Koffee With Karan', where Malaika made a special appearance and Karan said “We are walking down the aisle.. that will also happen in your life soon enough,” and Malaika's response was “Stop it now… stop now…” Later the diva said that she 'likes' the actor! © Facebook A few weeks ago, Arjun confirmed his relationship on the same show, and a couple of episodes later, Karan himself confirmed that the two were dating each other! © Pintrest Amid all these rumours and daily developments, we wish a happy ending to both of them. Here is hoping for another Bollywood wedding. (That is yet to be confirmed :P)
  12. Every season of 'Koffee With Karan' unearths multiple secrets from the celebrities who grace the Kouch on Karan Johar's popular show on Star World. One of the most popular pieces of gossip that was shared on the show back in 2016 was when Katrina Kaif revealed the news that Varun Dhawan and Arjun Kapoor had once formed a club called 'I Hate Katrina', and the actress was clueless why that was. © Star World However, season 6 of 'Koffee With Karan' finally revealed the details related to the formation of the club. While most of us thought it might have been formed due to Katrina's lack of attention towards Varun and Arjun, it was later revealed by Varun that the club was formed to get Salman Khan's attention, which got divided when he was shooting with Katrina for 'Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya'. .@Varun_dvn spills the beans on why he started 'Hate Katrina' club and it's a plot twist! #KoffeeWithKaran #KoffeeWithKatrina #KoffeeWithVarun pic.twitter.com/5ExkjObgAg — Star World (@StarWorldIndia) November 4, 2018 Salman, Arjun and Varun used to be good chums and Bhai would mentor them with their workouts, but all that changed once Katrina came into the picture. Yet, Katrina went on to admit in the episode that she still didn't have a clue why Arjun was a part of the club, since the two never shared any differences. Well, it seems like Arjun has taken Katrina's comments to heart because the 'Panipat' actor posted a picture on his Instagram account announcing that Varun and Arjun are now a part of 'We Love KK' group. View this post on Instagram So @varundvn & I are starting a new fan club #WeLoveKK aka @katrinakaif !!! Here we are seen awarding her, for absolutely no reason whatsoever... PS - the Dalmatian trophy Katrina's holding represents our faithful friendship kyunki yeh dosti #firstclass hai !!! ððð A post shared by Arjun Kapoor (@arjunkapoor) on Mar 27, 2019 at 5:32am PDT The photo shows Varun and Arjun presenting Katrina with a Dalmatian trophy, which apparently represents their “faithful friendship” which is “first class”. We think this marks the beginning of a new friendship and we have only our good wishes to send across to them on this new journey. Well, honestly we also wonder how Salman is going to take the news given that Arjun Kapoor is reportedly set to tie the knot with his former sister-in-law Malaika Arora on 19th April, and also given that Katrina surely holds a special place in Bhai's life.
  13. "A character that will stay with me forever...#Malti", wrote Deepika Padukone while sharing the first look from her upcoming movie 'Chhapaak'. Looks like, not just her, but this character and her first look will stay forever with everyone, given how amazing she looks as Malti. In fact, the credit goes to Deepika, the make-up artists who worked on the prosthetics and the entire crew of the movie. View this post on Instagram All things are ready, if our mind be so-William Shakespeare #Chhapaak @meghnagulzar @foxstarhindi @vikrantmassey87 A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Mar 20, 2019 at 1:51am PDT In case you missed it, this is Deepika's first look from the movie, where she plays the role of an acid attack survivor. View this post on Instagram A character that will stay with me forever...#Malti Shoot begins today!#Chhapaak Releasing-10th January, 2020. @meghnagulzar @foxstarhindi @vikrantmassey87 A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Mar 24, 2019 at 8:30pm PDT The film is based on the story of acid attack survivor and activist Laxmi Agarwal. Laxmi was attacked when she was all of 15 by a man, after she refused to marry him. Ever since Deepika shared the picture on social media, people can't stop raving about her look, which has since gone viral on the internet. Be it a celebrity or a common man, people can't take their eyes off her and her uncanny resemblance to Laxmi. ðððð https://t.co/LLXCWig7ip — Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) March 25, 2019 How amazing is this! Can't wait already. Best wishes to Team #Chhapaak ...@meghnagulzar @deepikapadukone @masseysahib ð¤â¤ï¸ https://t.co/JD1prHEuMa — Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) March 25, 2019 Now THATSSS an important film!!!! Amazeeee @deepikapadukone https://t.co/HI18suUiMv — Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) March 25, 2019 Beautiful. @deepikapadukone @meghnagulzar & the entire team deserve to be given credit for this remarkably accurate visual portrayal. https://t.co/LCUg6SfU9m — Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) March 25, 2019 This is brilliant. Can't wait to see you as #Malti. It's path breaking. More power to you Deepika. â¤ï¸ð¤ https://t.co/Shu5QqoVSP — Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) March 25, 2019 All the best to the entire team ! I'm sure this is gonna be a landmark story ð𤠗 siddharth malhotra (@sidpmalhotra) March 25, 2019 Wow !! This is going to be epic @deepikapadukone @meghnagulzar https://t.co/yDnmSOE4zc — Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) March 25, 2019 Kangana Ranaut's sister Rangoli Chandel said that being an acid attack survivor herself, she pledges to be the biggest cheerleader for 'Chhapaak'. No matter how unfair and unjust the world is we musn't reflect what we hate, this is commendable on @deepikapadukone and @meghnagulzar part, being an acid attack survivor I pledge to be their biggest cheerleader #Chhapaak ðð»ðð»ðð»ðð» https://t.co/TdY5WpZjtE — Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) March 25, 2019 Directed by Meghna Gulzar, 'Chhapaak' is releasing on January 10, 2020.
  14. Filmfare just held its 64th award ceremony and many deserving candidates took home the special lady with them. One of them was of course the talented Alia Bhatt, who deservingly won the best actress award for her role in the 2018 crime-drama, 'Raazi'. (c)Twitter Obviously Alia had a 'thank you' speech prepared just like all winners usually do, but her speech was a tad different and beautiful all at once, compared to other celebrities in Bollywood who shy away mentioning, well, love. In her speech Alia thanked her team behind 'Raazi', but a special mention was particularly saved for her now boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor and the girl wasn't afraid to let her feelings out for him in front of the entire fraternity. Eye Candies!! ð»ð»ð» #Filmfare2019 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #ranbir #ranbirkapoor #RanbirKapoor #ranbirian #ranbirians #rkholics #rkholic #rk #rkian #rkf #rkfan #alia #aliabhatt #ranbiralia #BrahmÄstra #filmfare #filmfareawards A post shared by The Ranbir Kapoor Addiction (@ranbirkapooraddiction) on Mar 23, 2019 at 10:05am PDT She went on to say: “Meghna for me Raazi is you, your blood and sweat. You are my main chick. Vicky without you, the film wouldn't be complete. Thank you my mentor Karan for being my mentor, father and my fashion police. Tonight's all about love there my special one, I love you (Ranbir Kapoor).” Upon hearing her speech Ranbir did turn red in the face with absolute bashfulness but we're sure he appreciated her gratitude and words of endearment towards him. Alia Bhatt- I love you (from stage) after winning award, while Ranbir Kapoor is all smilesâ¤ð #FilmfareAwards2019 #RanbirKapoor #Ranbir #AliaBhatt #Bollywood A post shared by Ranbir Kapoor Universe (@ranbirkapooruniverse) on Mar 23, 2019 at 2:53pm PDT Both Alia and Ranbir won best actress and actor respectively, at the award ceremony and we're sure both have a lot to celebrate and look forward to right now. Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt post #FilmfareAwards2019 leaving the venue. #RanbirKapoor #Ranbir #AliaBhatt #Bollywood A post shared by Ranbir Kapoor Universe (@ranbirkapooruniverse) on Mar 23, 2019 at 1:12pm PDT Both will be seen first time together in 'Brahmastra' which is due for release in December 2019. Here's wishing the two the best journey together as a couple.
  15. The festival of colours is upon us. According to Hindu mythology, Holi symbolizes the victory of good and the end of evil. Celebrated with 'rang and bhang', there is a hint of craziness in the air around which all is forgiven and new friends are made. We love to keep our smartphones at home for once, get out into the streets with packs of colourful power (herbal, hopefully) in our pockets, and paint each others' faces with different shades. It seems as if the fondness for the festival has grown beyond Indian borders as international cricketers have been found to be enjoying looking like a rainbow, plastered with vibrant Holi colours. In 2017, former Australian cricketers-turned-commentators Brett Lee and Mathew Hayden were visiting India for a Test series between the two top teams of the game at that time when Hayden tweeted this photo of him and his former teammate, completely drenched and dipped in colours. Messed up and loving it!!! #HappyHoli @BrettLee_58 pic.twitter.com/N4pEtyIDl2 — Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) March 13, 2017 Righty batsman, Michael Clarke too was in the country back then and had decided to spend the day with some of the local families. Dressed in the perfect costume for the occasion, Clarke posed for this shot in a white kurta. Happy holi!! Enjoying celebrating with some local families. ðð»ð pic.twitter.com/qlYS83pnb9 — Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) March 13, 2017 Windies wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin also seems to be a big fan of the festival. He decided to show his affection for the tradition in a mild manner with his family. Playing holi today with the family pic.twitter.com/H6GPAa6cah — Denesh Ramdin (@shotta8080) March 13, 2017 Aussie allrounder Glenn Maxwell was also unable to control his temptation and joined in on the celebration with his Kings XI Punjab teammates during the 2016 Holi at his hotel. Turns out Maxwell is also a seasoned 'Bhangra' dancer. Happy #Holi! A special edition of Maxi's Blog coming soon! pic.twitter.com/K6xgRhQkS0 — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) March 24, 2016 Holi seemed to be really popular amongst the Kiwis as well, all the way back in 2011 when the entire New Zealand roster threw the festive colours at each other in the stands during a practice session.
  16. For the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week 2019, Pawan Sachdeva's collection 'DECODE' was an attempt to decipher the way fine tailored clothes fit men. This collection moves towards a place where it breaks down into a whole range of styles. So we're talking: fusions of asymmetrical cuts, cinched long lines and structured fits in different prints and colour play. © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing You have to notice the stripe and Colorado play combination that has made this collection a strong competitor among other labels at the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week to reckon with. © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing © Studio picsing Expect neon hues like orange, green and yellow. The colour story includes a palette ranging from rust and brown to neons and blacks. The colours are inspired from everyday life and from palletes we see around on any given day. The collection starts with athleisure and ends with formal structured garments that are both comfortable and represent the modern Indian man.
  17. Earlier this week, Facebook and Instagram were out of commission for several hours. Facebook said the outage was a result of a server configuration change, which has now been taken care of. But for those several hours, most of the internet freaked out staring at their blank screens. A lot of people, who genuinely wanted to communicate with others, switched to alternate services like Telegram. But the rest of the people, who didn't really have any alternate medium to waste their time, headed to, wait for it, Pornhub. © Pornhub Yes, that's right. Pornhub seems to have received a lot of traffic during the Facebook and Instagram outage. The porn site reported that its traffic immediately spiked by 11 per cent and kept increasing until it hit 19-percent above the average. Additionally, Pornhub also noted that the users specifically searched for 'Instagram' and 'Facebook'. Apparently, the website registered a 323-percent spike in searches for 'Instagram' and a 221-per cent spike in searches for 'Facebook'. Looks like social media addiction is a real thing. © Twitter On a totally unrelated note (or maybe not), people were also searching for terms like 'tentacle porn' among other terms like WWE, Marvel, and Fortnite. Why would there be a spike in search for these terms when Facebook and Instagram went down? Well, that's not on us to figure out.
  18. When Bollywood and your friends' social media accounts are constantly trying to feed you cliched version of love and relationships in modern times, there comes another side to the emotion presented to us in the coming together of two very unusual lovers in the movie 'Photograph'. View this post on Instagram It's a very special feeling for me and team #Photograph & @amazonstudios as our film is been officially selected to be screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, 2019 Thank You @riteshbatra for making this possible and congratulations @sanyamalhotra_ A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Nov 30, 2018 at 2:21am PST Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra as the leading 'jodi' in this film, 'Photograph' hit the theatres earlier today amidst a lack of fervour and hype that generally follows the release of a Bollywood romantic film. The reason might lay in the atypicality of the love story that 'Photograph' stands for. The film traces the journey of two strangers - Mumbai-based street photographer Rafiq (Nawazuddin) and accountancy student Miloni (Sanya) - and how they come together to smoothen out the ruffled feathers in each other's lives, forming a special bond along the way. View this post on Instagram Repost from @photographamzn- It all started with a ð¸ Take a look at the official U.S. poster for #PhotographMovie, directed by #RiteshBatra starring @nawazuddin._siddiqui and @sanyamalhotra_ Coming to U.S. theaters soon. A post shared by Sanya Malhotrað¥ (@sanyamalhotra_) on Jan 25, 2019 at 9:06am PST Now, even though Twitter has shown close to no interest in the film whatsoever, some earnest movie-goers have given this movie a chance, and from what we have gathered from the Twitter reviews so far, it seems that while the audience has loved the director's vision, the execution hasn't been followed through. Moreover, people aren't convinced about the leading pair's chemistry and seem disappointed with the half-baked character sketches that surface in the film. View this post on Instagram Super Excited to inform you all that after being officially selected at the prestigious #SundanceFilmFestival2019 my film #photograph will also be screened at the #berlinale2019 Thank You @riteshbatra for doing this wonder & @sanyamalhotra_ for being a wonderful part of this. A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Jan 17, 2019 at 11:13pm PST While we are all for unusual love stories and happy endings, there is something to be said about poor delivery and going by the audience's words, 'Photograph' doesn't seem to be making the cut this time. Here is what Twitter is saying about the film: #Photograph is an amazing experience. I felt it, can't really explain. It lingers when it's done. @riteshbatra certainly knows to hit the right cord. @Nawazuddin_S is phenomenal as always. But I could actually feel @sanyamalhotra07's character, very relatable. #PhotographReview. — Anwesh Panda (@anwesh_panda) March 15, 2019 Photograph (U/A) Runtime - 110 Minutes Rating - ð ð ð ð 1/2 Review - A very well crafted film. Acting - Nawaz is fantastic What's good - Screenplay,Direction What's bad - No chemistry between the leads — Cinema200 (@cinema200) March 15, 2019 Ritesh Batra has a knack for making his actors forget about the camera. Nothing ever seems filmed. Or designed. My #Photograph Review: A delicate little gem https://t.co/v0SK78gI6n pic.twitter.com/70gFbRf4yO — Sukanya Verma (@SukanyaVerma) March 15, 2019 Watched #Photograph, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra. Longing, nostalgia and a rather unique take on love, this film speaks most in its silences. But it's not everyone's cup of tea. Here's my review.https://t.co/nktV200UjD pic.twitter.com/ddZMos3Hbm — Lakshana Palat (@lakshanapalat) March 15, 2019 Photograph Review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra starrer is slow paced, ambiguous and melancholic — Bizma Gul (@BismaaGul) March 14, 2019
  19. Bollywood is no more a door which opens only for Indians and 'desis' residing outside thriving on K3G and Rajshri Productions movies. Bollywood has crossed borders and broken cultural barriers for India in many countries and lately, China's intriguing affair with Hindi movies has only grown with time, and here are 5 movies which have helped in the process : 1. Dangal Aamir Khan enjoys a special place in the hearts of the Chinese audience and is already a household name in the country. China's first introduction with Khan's talent was back in 2001 when 'Lagan' was released there. The appetite wasn't much back then but now, he is clearly a famous name. His portrayal of a determined father giving it his all to train his daughters for wrestling is something that the audience loved. 2. Padman Akshay Kumar is another actor who enjoys great popularity in China. The audience there fell in love with the entrepreneur's dedication to his wife in the movie, which led to a life-altering moment for women in rural sectors. 3. Secret Superstar Aamir is clearly like royalty in China and all his movies end up on the 'must-watch' list eventually. This was one which also touched the hearts of the Chinese audience with a simple story of a girl harbouring big dreams. 4. Bajrangi Bhaijaan Let's just say even China couldn't resist the magic of Salman Khan ( that's not us but the data that claims how his movies are blockbusters). This movie ended up making over 238 million Yuan in China. 5. Hindi Medium You might wonder why a story of an urban couple running around the circles of society to get their son admitted in a desirable school struck a chord with the Chinese audience. The thing is that the dilemma of parents trapped in an urban set up with limited resources had a universal appeal. So the subject was what made the movie work well in China. Following suit is Ayushmann Khurrana's 'Andhadhun' which is now all set to release in China as 'Piano Man'.
  20. While you may assume 'Game of Thrones' is only about death and war, you're definitely forgetting the most basic nuance that binds the show together- love. Subtle and fierce underlines of transparent and opaque love have been ruling the premise of the series since season 1 and many of us, if not connected or related to it have definitely been drawn towards the enigmatic relationships the characters have shared amongst them. (HBO) For instance GoT has gone crucially transparent in displaying Ygritte's love for Jon with her popular dialogue "I am yours and you are mine. If we die, we die but first let's live", telling us that love still strives within uncertainties and the harshest of situations. In the same breath, the subtle dynamic between Grey Worm and Missandei has an involuntary opposed view, as none of them really come forward with what they feel for the other, even though they do indulge in intimacy. (c)HBO 'Game of Thrones', besides war and triumph, has given us immense lessons in love, which some of us may have overlooked in time. But if you really think about it, these lessons are lifelong and altering enough to pay some amount of heed towards them. Here are 5 crucial yet controversial things about love Game of Thrones taught us. (1) You Can't Help Who You Fall In Love With That's the beastly truth about life and it's all over the GoT narrative too. For instance, Cersei and Jaime's intense love affair is an indignant proposition for others who know of it, because the two are siblings. But Jaime's heart bleeds for Cersie, even though he knows her actions aren't just. In the same lieu, Tyrion's love for the brothel worker Shae, who betrayed him even though he wanted to protect her. (c)HBO We really can't help who we fall in love with because love is the most definite and uncontrollable emotion we have amidst us. We can reap from the consequences or we can regret everything we've felt but controlling it is not in our hands and that is something GoT stresses on time and again, with multiple equations indulging in daring love. (c)HBO (2) Unrequited Love Is Painful Yes, we all know one-sided or unrequited love is very painful. It's worse when it doesn't just go away and becomes a lifelong baggage to deal with. Most of us have been there but maybe because we're so blinded with the theory of love, we seldom forget what it does to us. GoT has officially made us realise the repercussions of unrequited love and they aren't very pleasant. (c)HBO Don't get me wrong, most of it is beautiful. To be in love with just one person and feel so strongly for someone is beautiful at its own cost. Like how Jorah Mormont was in love with his Khaleesi for eternity. But sometimes obsessive and tainted love breeds toxicity, just like how Littlefinger's love did for Catelyn Stark. He may have loved her all his life but because he couldn't have her he ruined families and destroyed lives, as subtly as he could. But unrequited love is a powerful thing and GoT certainly teaches us that. (c)HBO (3) True Love Does Exist If you've turned cynical about love from one bad relationship, then you weren't really in love. Because true love, even if it doesn't work out, remains as the most special endeavour you've been through because it's a journey no one else can experience for you. So, if you're heartbroken and have turned against love, maybe true love is yet to hit you. That's the relationship that Ned Stark shared with his wife Catelyn Stark tells us, to a great extent. They loved each other immensely, respected each other's wishes and desires and honoured each other tremendously. If that isn't true love, we're not sure what is. (c)HBO (4) You Don't Fall In Love Just Once While love is a unique feeling, it doesn't occur just once. If you've been in love with one person and are spending your life with them, then that's a different thing altogether. But if you've been in love before and have drastically come out of it, there are chances of falling back in to it, with someone else and there isn't a hard and fast rule about it. (c)HBO (c)HBO It's true when we think of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. Both were in love with different people and both lost them in some form of battle, and yet, they came together and fell in love with each other, years later. So, if you're going through a heartbreak and think you'll never fall in love again, think again! (c)HBO (5) *** Doesn't Govern Love While *** is important in a relationship or in true sanctimonious love, 'Game of Thrones' teaches us that it's not the most important factor ruling how you feel for someone. It shouldn't be positioned that way, to say the least. *** might be enjoyable and something to look forward to but when an unsullied man and a woman of importance fall in love, *** has nothing to do with it. (c)HBO When Missandei decided to give Grey Worm English speaking lessons, she had no idea what was in store for them. Her assumption of the fact that he's an unsullied soldier without a ***** will never let him see her in the way she probably wants to be seen. But even so, Grey Worm stares at her naked body when she's taking a bath and eventually they get intimately attached, even though they can't have ***. This tells us that all relationships start with a purity that can't be defined or be adulterated by assumptions and expectations and even with the lack of ***, it's still mighty beautiful and meaningful. 'Game of Thrones', even though set a million years ago, has definitely thought us a lot about modern day love. A will to stay and make a relationship work, the will to deal with one-sided love and the will to stay strong with the wrong kind of love and every time we delve deeper in to the projection of each relation, we realise it truly reflects what society has become today. So, take a minute and think about these 5 essential things, that will help you when you do decide to understand what love really is.
  21. Samsung recently announced its new true wireless earbuds with the Galaxy S10 and is a competitor with the AirPods. We've been using the Galaxy Buds for a week and it's been a good experience so far. At the same time, we've been using the AirPods ever since it was launched and you can read our full review here. We pit the two wireless earbuds against each other to find out which one is best for music lovers. Sound Quality Regardless of the features, earbuds need to sound good and if it doesn't fit the bill, it completely defeats the purpose. The AirPods generally sound awesome especially for something with small drivers. It delivers clean vocals, has balanced lows and great highs. The overall sound is quite impressive —until I heard the Galaxy Buds. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Galaxy Buds sound a tad bit better than the AirPods simply because it is clearer and louder. Sound quality is almost at par; however, the lows were a bit muffled. You can adjust it from the gear app; however, it still isn't as good as the AirPods. Winner: Galaxy Buds for delivering cleaner and louder sounds. Design © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of design, Apple has made the true wireless earbuds iconic which has resulted in companies copying the design. It has a glossy white finish on the case and has that distinctive design on the actual earbuds. Having said that, the AirPods are not sweat resistant and can slip out with ease. The Galaxy Buds, on the other hand, follows a refined design from the Gear Icon X and is also sweat resistant. It isn't as slippery as the AirPods and will not fall out as easily. The charging case is a bit bigger than its competitor but also supports wireless charging. If you a smartphone that supports reverse wireless charging, you can keep it charged on the go or use a Qi-certified wireless mat. AirPods, on the other hand, does not support wireless charging and needs to be charged using the lightning cable. Winner: Galaxy Buds for having sweat resistance and a wireless charging case. Connectivity © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Galaxy Buds supports Bluetooth 5 connectivity whereas the AirPods use Apple's W1 chip. Both devices connect to an iPhone/Galaxy S10 seamless the moment you open the charging case. Having said that, the story is a bit different when it comes to connectivity and range. The Galaxy Buds have a very poor range even when the Galaxy S10 would be in our pocket. It would often disconnect or is unable to transfer enough data for seamless music experience. AirPods, on the other hand, can play music up to 5 feet without any loss of data or music. Winner: AirPods for better connectivity. Control and Call Quality © MensXP The Galaxy Buds have a touchpad in the triangular shell and can be used to control music and make or answer calls. You can tap once to play/pause music, double tap to skip to the next track or tap thrice to go to the previous song. The touch on the Galaxy Buds is a bit sensitive however it was not that hard to operate. AirPods, on the other hand, have similar controls but are divided amongst the two earbuds. You can map it according to your own liking and even summon Siri by double tapping on the earbuds. It works perfectly with Apple Music and Spotify. Having said that, call quality is better on the AirPods as audio on the Galaxy Buds were a bit muddy. AirPods has clearer sound and mic quality which gives it the extra edge over the Galaxy Buds. Winner: AirPods for better call quality and better integration with Apple Music. Battery Life © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Galaxy Buds can last up to 6 hours on a single charge whereas the average battery life on the AirPods is 4.5 hours. The Galaxy Buds come with 68-mAh battery and can even be charged on the go via wireless charging (provided you have the Galaxy S10 or the Huawei Mate 20 Pro). Winner: Galaxy Buds for longer battery life and wireless charging Overall Winner Even though it's a close fight, the Galaxy Buds deliver a better experience and offers more features than the AirPods. It sounds better and is more comfortable to use. It fits snug as a bug and won't fall out as easily as Apple's AirPods. The Galaxy Buds are also cheaper than Apple's AirPods which makes it even more superior than the AirPods.
  22. Diljit Dosanjh is probably the only other fashionista in the country who can give Ranveer Singh and Karan Johar a solid run for their money when it comes to maximalism. His raw, rustic appeal is a perfect contrast against the hypebeast appeal his clothes exude. His wardrobe can legit be used as a fashion masterclass when it comes to brand-spotting, and some of them are super expensive (duh). Here are 5 pieces that we love, and probably can never afford. 1. The Dapper Dan Necklace From Gucci © Instagram/Diljitdosanjh This one, without a doubt, is Diljit's favourite accessory. He has worn it with almost every statement outfit of his and rocked it every single time. It costs a whopping Rs 2.4 Lakhs. 2. The Oversized Purple Teddy Bear Sweater From Amiri © Instagram/Diljitdosanjh The super playful oversized purple sweater from Amiri with a teddy bear patch costs 1190 Dollars, which when converted to INR, is around Rs 83,500. In its defence, it's really cute. 3. The 'Blame It On My Youth' Leather Jacket By Misbhv © Instagram/Diljitdosanjh Who won't want to own this classic piece with the super funky slogan? They can, of course, if they can spare Rs. 82.500. 4. Balenciaga Oversized Padded Logo-Print Cotton-Poplin Shirt © Instagram/Diljitdosanjh This cotton-poplin shirt with extra-big sleeves from Balenciaga costs INR 1,22,520. 5. Jeans From Gosha Rubchinskiy © Viral Bhayani It's 'not much', but will you be willing to pay INR 36,270 for a pair of jeans? Probably, if you're Diljit! Some day, Paaji, some day.
  23. Unrequited love can be daunting. Essentially because it's a lonesome feeling and is never or partially returned. When you experience love that has become corrosive or toxic or is one sided, it's very unpleasant to deal with these feelings and more often than not you want to wish them away. Sometimes you'd desperately want to wish to not be in love with that particular person but you can't help feeling a certain way. Feelings have a direct link to the mind and more often than not, if your mind is strong you can control how you feel towards something. If you let your mind take over your conscious or sub conscious self, you give it absolute control, becoming a slave to your thoughts and feelings. So, in order to control the way you feel, you need to strengthen the mind. Falling out of love with someone works on the same principle. I know you may feel why should anyone fall out of such a beautiful, cathartic feeling. But love isn't always beautiful. Once scathed, it takes a long while for it to become whole again. © Fos Star Studio So, in case you really want to fall out of love with someone, I definitely can't do some voodoo magic but I can give you some helpful tips in order to successfully let go and feel complete again and to fall out of a strong emotion. Here are 5 ways you can tune your mind in to falling out of love with someone. (1) Do Some Exercises To Strengthen Your Mind When your mind is strong, you'll be able to overcome any feeling that makes you remarkably uncomfortable. It will be a lot easier to let go of how you feel towards something or balance it in your head. Learning a skill is a good way to stay focused and improve mind strength. It also serves as a good distraction! You can learn how to repair a car or cook. Each skill occupies the mind in such a way, it makes it more efficient with time, making it easy to let go of an unsuitable emotion. Mind exercises are fun and let's face it, some of us really need them! © Pintrest (2) Write Them A Letter But Don't Send It Sometimes things become way messy if you keep spilling your anger towards someone who does not reciprocate the same feelings. In such a case, what I'd suggest is for you to write down everything you're feeling in the form of a letter for the other person but don't send it to them. At least not yet. © Pintrest You can detach yourself from all the negative emotions and anger by spilling them in a letter, where you say anything and everything that comes to mind. This helps as the best release mechanism and lets you vent out every possible painful emotion you hold towards them. Maybe when you're over this feeling you can send them the letter, but by then you'd be over them and there wouldn't really be a need. (3) Pay Them No More Attention This is the best and the toughest way to fall out of love with someone. Just pay them no more attention and your mind on an autopilot will follow suit. You have to consciously decide to not give them anymore attention and that's tough because you are so used to focusing on their needs and wants. It's time to focus on yours and stop paying any heed to them. You need to stop ruminating on the past and think about how great or nice this person was. This is the past and it's never coming back, so it's best to focus on yourself and your future. © Pintrest (4) Discuss The Situation With An Unbiased Outsider It's always best to talk about how you feel with a third person so they can give you an absolute unbiased opinion. Make sure though you don't talk to someone who knows the two of you or is a friend of hers. It's best to talk to a therapist as they provide the best analogies and perspectives but in case you don't want to go to one, find a friend who barely knows the situation, a family member or someone you trust and get an opinion from them about how you should let go or fall out of love. © AA films (5) Remember that 'Nothing Good Gets Away' In a letter to his son, John Steinbeck once said 'nothing good gets away' and that's the best rationale you can find when you're falling out of love with someone. What it means is, if you were meant to be in love with someone and the person was meant to reciprocate your feelings, then it wouldn't go away no matter what. But the reason that it's fizzled out is because the person is probably not right for you and if she was, it wouldn't get away. © Pintrest In simpler terms, everything good or bad, happens for a reason and if it's meant to be , it will definitely fall in to place. So, if you're falling out of love with someone, you may fall in love with someone else, which will probably be good for you too! Yes, I agree falling out of love with someone is difficult. I only say this because I have gone through it and it's taken a lot of effort, emotional to and fro and certain realisations to reach that point of no return. But once you reach it, it's liberating like no other and it makes you feel like you've shed the old skin and you're never going to do it again!
  24. Once upon a time, a few centuries ago around 1631 AD, a man decided to make the memory of his wife immortal, and thus the Taj Mahal was created. The monument became emblematic of the love and devotion Shah Jahan felt for his deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal, and over the years the monument turned into the epitome of undying love. But even though things are a lot different today in the 21st century, and especially the way we love and express it has undergone some major transformations since the 17th century of Shah Jahan, some essence has remained the same. © MensXP People continue to fall in love, and though they have even found some of the strangest ways of expressing it, some things, such as a husband's love for his wife and concern about her well being continues to remain a constant through the years. Vikas Bagaria's love for his wife Srijana is proof of one such modern act of love, which may not involve erecting a marble monument for the beloved, but involves launching an entire movement to improve the personal hygiene situation for not only his wife but lakhs of others women too. Who Is Vikas Bagaria © MensXP Born into a family of businessmen, Vikas Bagaria is an entrepreneur and angel investor, who holds a MCA in Electronics from Jadhavpur University, Kolkata. He started his first venture right out of college in 1997, but is better known today as the founder of female personal hygiene spray 'PeeSafe'. However, Vikas has also been an angel investor in over 15 startups so far. The Backstory Vikas often finds himself in the company of men and women who are curious as to why Vikas takes such personal interest in the area of female personal hygiene, and Vikas is quick to establish the moment that gave birth to this venture. “My wife Srijana and I were on a road trip from Gurgaon to Gujarat. But when be reached Ahmedabad, she fell sick and had to be admitted into a hospital. She was diagnosed with acute Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)." © MensXP This diagnosis made the couple look at their entire journey more closely. They had stayed in the best hotels and eaten in the best restaurants, and yet Srijana contracted UTI. This made Vikas realise that clean doesn't mean sanitised, and became a cause of personal concern for him. “This gave us the idea of making a product that could be sprayed on a toilet seat, would kill germs and reduce the chances of UTI all at once for women. That is how PeeSafe came into being when I was looking for new ventures to soothe my investor's impulse.” PeeSafe Then & Now © MensXP There once came a point in Vikas' journey with PeeSafe, when he wanted to go back to his older projects, which were doing well and were professionally managed at the time. He was almost about to sell PeeSafe when his friend Dheeraj Jain came on-board as the co-founder of a new company called Redcliffe Hygiene which now owns PeeSafe. But the biggest challenge were people's mindset. Vikas' friends and relatives simply couldn't wrap their heads around why a man would want to create something related to women's hygiene. But Vikas only had a plain and simple response to that, “why can't men make a product for women? Why can't he for she?” © MensXP Past this initial challenge, PeeSafe is today available at across 3000 stores around India, and the brand has also launched internationally in countries like Nigeria, Singapore, Kenya but now they are planning to go all out and launch production in first world countries too. What's Next The expansion plans are in top gear, and with their hygiene partnership with 'Toilet Ek Prem Katha' and with famous faces like Akshay Kumar and ace shooter Manu Bhaker as their ambassadors, the brand plans to achieve a lot more in the times to come. © MensXP With close to 65 people on and off the ground associated with the brand directly, PeeSafe wants to become “a generic term for female hygiene”. And if there was one piece of advice Vikas could lend to budding entrepreneurs, it's that “keep doing what you are doing, be honest to yourself, be a job provider, that is the biggest satisfaction. And when it comes to funding, don't celebrate funding, celebrate exit because that's where all the money is.” Learn more about the trade secrets and valuable lessons, from the man himself in this video.
  25. The iPhone XR is the new smartphone by Apple that costs relatively less than its flagship counterparts. Having said that, the iPhone XR can hold its own when it comes to performance and features without compromising the price. The XR is a hybrid between the iPhone 8 design and the iPhone X and has features that make it one of those smartphones that you just cannot ignore. Here are our favourite features on the iPhone XR that makes it one of our favourite smartphones launched by Apple last year. 1. The Most Powerful Processor © Apple What makes iPhones a beast in performance is its software that works in tandem with what's under the hood. The A12 Bionic chip is the same processor that powers the iPhone XS/XS Max. It's the first chip that uses the 7nm architecture and has three important components. It has the CPU, GPU and Apple's own Neural Engine. Apple uses all six cores (2 high-performance and 4 high-efficiency) at the same time and offers more power efficiency. The iPhone XR is also the 50% faster than the previous generation which means it can play games with less computing power and can launch apps faster. 2. It Can Take Awesome Pictures © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Even the iPhone XR has a single lens 12-MP camera and it can still take portrait image just like Google's Pixel smartphones. Thanks to the neural engine, the iPhone XR is capable of taking portrait shots via the software. It can detect a person's face and apply a bokeh effect. It can even take some awesome HDR images that we managed to click from our recent trip to the Maldives. Check out a few samples below: View this post on Instagram Pictures shot using the #iPhoneXR #shotoniphone #technology #smartphone #tech A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Oct 23, 2018 at 10:58am PDT 3. It Has Facial Recognition © Apple Earlier, FaceID and the true-depth camera system was exclusive to the iPhone X and were not available to iPhone 8/8Plus users. However, with the introduction of the iPhone XR, it has the same facial recognition features as its flagship counterparts and is faster than the iPhone X. You can even use the True Depth camera system to use Animoji and Memoji. The new True-Depth camera system also lets users take portrait selfies as well. 4. More Battery Life The iPhone XR has a bigger screen and is slightly larger in size than the iPhone XS. Due to the larger footprint, the iPhone XR also has a larger battery which results in longer battery life. The iPhone XR can last 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 8 and can play videos for up to 15 hours. 5. It Comes In Different Colours © Apple If you loved the different colour options on the iPhone 5c, you will see a similar trend with the iPhone XR as it comes with various options. Even though it has a glass back and a metal frame, it comes white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and (Product)Red.
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