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  1. Walking in line with other industry outsiders like Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar, Taapsee Pannu has become something of an unconventional hit amongst Bollywood fans. Paradoxically loved for her girl-next-door charm and offbeat roles, in a recent interview with iDiva, the actor spilled the beans on a few romantic topics, adding in her non-traditionalist views of them. View this post on Instagram Ban tthan chali dekho yeh jaati yeh jaati reh ... A post shared by Taapsee Pannu (@taapsee) on Aug 11, 2019 at 10:32pm PDT Taapsee recently revealed that she is indeed in a relationship, giving the media a clear answer as to why Mr. Right remains anonymous. “The person in my life is not of interest to the media because I don't think he belongs to the category of being a big businessman here, or a cricketer, or a movie star,” she said. She also added that she's definitely a realist when it comes to relationships. “This concept of do jism, ek jaan is totally filmy and impractical. We should lead our own different lives but like each other's company, and should want to spend our lives as partners, not as one soul--that concept is something that I don't really buy.” View this post on Instagram Looking back at life be like... Viscose and wool blazer, wool pants, both @driesvannoten. Gold-plated brass earrings, @studio.metallurgy Editor-in-chief: @supriya.dravid Photographer: @thebadlydrawnboy / @feat.cast Stylist: @rahulvijay1988 Writer: @rajeevmasand Hair: @amitthakur_hair Makeup: @akgunmanisali / @inega.in Assisted By: @saaniya07 (STYLING), @ananya_panigrahi (INTERN) Hospitality Courtesy: @sofitelmauritiuslimperial Special thanks to Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority @mtpaindia A post shared by Taapsee Pannu (@taapsee) on Aug 7, 2019 at 11:28pm PDT She also happens to co-run The Wedding Factory, a wedding decor company based out of Mumbai. As a result, you might expect her to want a wedding that gives the Ambanis competition, the truth isn't anywhere close. “I think with my kind of profession, I've experienced these big fat gatherings, I've worked with hundreds of people, and every day of my life is this big fat drama, always surrounded by so many people, she shares. “So, when I actually get married, I think I'll have a very limited number of people, a very basic kind of celebration.” View this post on Instagram When you meet your hair texture after a long time ! I missed you curls !!! â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ #TheCurlGirl #HappyHair #HappyMe A post shared by Taapsee Pannu (@taapsee) on Oct 16, 2019 at 10:44am PDT Taapsee's next film, Saand Ki Aankh, takes her into her most challenging role yet - one of the oldest sharpshooters in the world, Prakashi 'Revolver Dadi' Tomar. Saand Ki Aankh is set for a release on October 25.
  2. Blue is a colour we love. Calming, serene, profound, and masculine, the shades of blue can transform your wardrobe into a domain that is superbly fashionable, as well as supremely soulful. Right from the workwear you don every day to the occasional fancy fare, blue suits every mood. If you love blue as much as we do, these super fashionable pieces are perfect for you: 1. This Blue/White Hand-Blocked Printed Beauty There is something about intricate hand-blocked patterns that effortlessly spell 'high-fashion'. __ECOMPRODUCT__29__ 2. Relaxed Ajrak Printed Khadi Shirts Khadi is appealing not only because of the 'organic' factor, but it is hands down one of the most comfortable fabrics around. __ECOMPRODUCT__28__ __ECOMPRODUCT__16__ 3. An Indo-Japanese Styled Hand-Woven Cotton Kurta If you want to steal the limelight without having to work for it, this is what you wear. __ECOMPRODUCT__30__ 4. A Supima Cotton Polo T-Shirt This has to be, hands down, one of the most comfortable T-Shirts you'd have ever laid your hands on, thanks to the Supima cotton. __ECOMPRODUCT__31__ 5. Formal Shirts With Minimalistic Patterns Want something sophisticated and elegant for your next boardroom meeting? Look no further. __ECOMPRODUCT__1__ __ECOMPRODUCT__2__ 6. Super Edgy Jodhpuri Joggers Want to add an inimitable edge to your street style? This should help. __ECOMPRODUCT__14__ 7. A Comfortable 'Desk To Dinner' Shirt Half-sleeved shirts are perfect for attending parties post work without having to change. __ECOMPRODUCT__4__ With these must-haves in your arsenal, 'beating the sartorial blues' will be a cakewalk.
  3. Yesterday's India versus Pakistan World Cup match at Old Trafford in Manchester came with its own shades of hope, expectations, disappointments and cheers. Fans thronged the stadium in huge numbers, and the stands came alive in shades of blue and green. Chants for India and Pakistan erupted sporadically every now and then, and the buzz was almost palpable on our side of the screen. © Twitter But amidst the height of all that craziness and raging levels of adrenaline owning to the India-Pakistan cricket rivalry, a couple's thoughtful yet meaningful jersey is going viral on Twitter for the heartwarming social message it delivers. © Twitter The couple in question wore a customised jersey that has been put together by combining half of the Indian jersey along with half of the Pakistani jersey. The end result is quite eye-catching, honestly. Spotted this couple at the #IndiaVsPakistan @cricketworldcup game and was intrigued by their jerseys! Husband is from Pakistan, wife from India so both stitched up India-Pak jerseys & wore them! Both are Canadians, watching the game in England, rooting for peace #SpiritofCricket pic.twitter.com/KrUjtkjFMn — Lakshmi Kaul (@KaulLakshmi) June 16, 2019 Posted by another cricket fan named Lakshmi Kaul, she tweeted this along with the picture, “Husband is from Pakistan, wife from India so both stitched up India-Pak jerseys & wore them! Both are Canadians, watching the game in England, rooting for peace #SpiritofCricket.” The tweet has since caused a buzz online with as many as 18K+ likes! Cricket fans from both the nations came together to praise this thoughtful move. That's exemplary stuff — Nida Khan Yousufzai (@NidaYousufzai) June 16, 2019 Awwwww... ð®ð³ððµð°... in the end, Love wins..#SpiritOfCricket — Tomy Pereira (@tomygilbert2000) June 16, 2019 Very kind gesture, We must never allow politics in the sport of cricket — Mustafa Mahmood (@MeMustefa) June 17, 2019 Just brilliant to see. I want peace too. ð®ð³â¤ï¸ðµð° — Jay Deshpande (@JayDeshpande8) June 17, 2019 At the end of the day, it is just a game and must not come in the way of the peace that both nations are striving to achieve.
  4. We all know of the lavish lifestyle lived by one of the most famed boxers ever, Mike Tyson. It's definitely a lot different than what it used to be in his boxing heydays. In 2016, Tyson set up his own company called Tyson Holistic Holdings, which sells all types of cannabis-based products and merchandise. But now, the retired heavyweight champion is focusing all his efforts on a new project, which is a 407-acre marijuana holiday resort in Southern California. © Pintrest The resort will definitely be home to a lot of attractions like a huge lazy river, and the 'Kind Music Festival', which Tyson and his partner Rob Hickman describe as 'the Lollapalooza Cannabis'. Although Tyson's ranch isn't completely built yet, the festival took place on February 2019 and did magnificently well. The festival gave people a chance to listen to some good live music, smoke some marijuana and learn about the health benefits of cannabis. The ranch, whose construction is underway, aims at accommodating the growing cannabis tourism industry with a hotel and 200 'glamping' units. © Tyson Ranch "I thought about how much good I could do by helping people with cannabis. It was a no-brainer. I've been fighting for over 20 years, and my body has a lot of wear and tear. I had two surgeries and I used marijuana to calm my nerves, and it would take the pain away... But before, they had me on those opiates, and those opiates had me all screwed up." said Tyson in an interview with an international publication. Apart from the festival and hosting cannabis tourism, the resort will also focus on imparting knowledge on the health benefits of the drug and how it can be used for health purposes, to cure many ailments and diseases. "He's building a holistic centre for health and wellness. There will be testing in the university. It's going to be about educating people on the healing benefits, how to grow, and how to be in proper business." said Tyson's business partner, Rob Hickman in an interview with an international publication. © Kind Music Festival While marijuana or pot is used a lot recreationally, it has a lot of health benefits which we aren't aware of. Mostly, people, and by people I mean authorities, think it's used to get 'high' but medical marijuana has been used a lot in the past to cure a lot of physiological issues, sometimes even cancer. Hemp oils are extensively used in cancer research. But unfortunately, in India, which is one of the biggest exporters of Hashish, the use of this drug is banned all over, even medically. What Mike Tyson has established is a clean and healthy way to promote something that can be used recreationally and as a health benefit, without causing any harm to the user and we hope we can legalize the drug here, at least medically, so people can benefit from it from time to time.
  5. Shorts are one piece of clothing that men of all ages must have in their closets. No matter what the occasion, they can be a part of the ultimate outfit, no matter what sort of a fashion statement you are trying to make. And, if like Varun Dhawan, you have the physique and the legs to rock them, even better. Take notes, guys... 1. Dress According To Your Strengths © Instagram/varundvn Just look at him and tell us you don't envy that. You can't, can you? Varun, in these white ripped denims and white and blue trainers, goes on to show how you can flaunt your legs, as well as your washboard abs by dressing right. On a side note, who would've thought wearing denims to a gym would actually work? Kudos Varun, way to go! 2. Loose Fits Are Dope © Instagram/varundvn A loose-fitting pair is the key to a super hip look. Pair it with an oversized jersey, and matching trainers, and you have the ultimate athleisure trifecta. And if you can add on a sports cap or a beanie, well, that's the cherry on top of an ultra-hip athleisure sundae. Just make sure that the pieces you pair are loose-fitting, not overtly oversized. That just does not look good. 3. Consider Your Colours © Instagram/varundvn As awesome as Varun looks with his pet, his outfit simply takes the cake here. Pairing a denim jacket and pair of coloured shorts worked wonders for him. Add to that, the fact that his sneakers happen to match the primary colours of his outfit. That was just a masterstroke. We seriously suggest that you go for something like this for your next casual outing with your gang of bros. 4. Khaki Shorts Can be Funky © Viral Bhayani Earthy tones and hues do not necessarily have to be all sober and uncool. Case in point would be this distressed khaki shorts, that Dhawan pairs with a black suede jacket and flip flops. Looks perfect for a lazy evening spent around, or a casual dinner with your gang. What's more, because this look is rather simple and subtle, you can always add an element or two to funk things up a bit. Like Dhawan's flip flops. 5. Prints Are Fun © Viral Bhayani The pair of shorts that Varun wore to Sonam Kapoor Ahuja's birthday bash was a class apart, along with the way that he combined his outfit. A maroon shirt with embroidered and printed flowers, with a white denim shorts, with abstract print stains? Count us in. A rather cool and artsy look, the sombreness of the outfit gets offset thanks to the ragged edge of the short and the blue NHL cap.
  6. Apple announced a brand new iPod touch yesterday with a familiar design targeting a familiar audience. Apple has always been deeply involved with music and if you love to listen to music on-the-go, the new iPod touch is for you. The iPod touch is probably the only comprehensive portable music device you can buy right now and Apple has updated it with some great features and hardware. Apple customers may already own an iPhone but not everyone has upgraded to the latest device and are taking advantage of some exclusive features such as Augmented Reality games and the ability to use AirPods without any hassle. The iPod touch is the perfect gadget for someone who doesn't really need a new phone but still wants access to his/her music. The iPhone SE is also a great option to look at; however, storage space can be an issue as it maxes out at 128GB. So here are some of the reasons why you should think about buying an iPod touch if love listening to music: Upgradeable Software The new iPod touch comes with A10 Fusion chip which means you can upgrade the firmware of your iPod touch to at least iOS 14 when it comes out. Apple does a great job at optimising iOS for devices with older chipsets and the iPod touch will be no exception. It's More Than Just Music The iPod touch comes with Apple's A10 Fusion chip which basically enables Augmented Reality (AR) features, Group FaceTime and iMessage communication. Since the iPod touch is not a full-blown smartphone, you can use the iPod touch for various purposes such as gaming, basic communication and internet browsing. Gaming © Apple Since the iPod touch has Apple's A10 Fusion chip, it can handle most graphics intensive games and will be an integral part of Apple's upcoming Apple Arcade subscription platform. Apple Arcade will have the ability to people play games offline, and if you love to game on-the-go, the iPod touch is perfect for you. Augmented Reality © YouTube If you are interested in Augmented Reality apps, websites and games, the iPod touch is capable of delivering the same experience as the iPhone. It is by far the cheapest product by Apple if you want to use it for playing AR games. Augmented reality is also being used as a great tool for educational applications it puts virtual items in the real world around you. Music © Apple The primary purpose of having the iPod touch is for having the ability to store music on your device for offline play. You can also take advantage of music streaming by using Apple Music or Spotify and keep your favourite music locally downloaded on your device. If you love streaming radio, you have access to countless apps from the App Store or you could always listen to my favourite Beats 1 channel on Apple Music. It Has A Headphone Jack The iPod touch is one of Apple's latest devices that has a headphone jack. If you have invested in a nice pair of cans or earphones, you finally have a small device that is deeply integrated with Apple's ecosystem and enjoy music the way you want to. Using wired headphones always deliver a better audio experience and you can read more about it here It Works With AirPods If you are one of those people that prefer convenience over sound quality, you can pair Apple's AirPods seamlessly with the new iPod touch. This is partly thanks to the A10 Fusion chip and it was the same chipset that enabled the feature on the iPhone 7.
  7. The guru of romance and relationships, Karan Johar aka KJo is coming out with a brand new show, which will be all about love, on Netflix, and we can't wait to check it out. Known for his charm, wit, and for creating larger-than-life cinematic experiences, Karan Johar is back with something exciting for his fans and friends. Everyone's BFF, Karan is setting the stage to give love a new perspective and this time, it's without conjecture. 'What The Love? With Karan Johar', a one-of-a-kind dating reality show will be hosted by the man himself. Known for telling great love stories, Karan will be sharing his thoughts on love and relationships, but with an unexpected twist. Netflix Remember a time when dating shows were a thing in India? It was what drove huge amount of numbers towards actual reality TV and to recreate something similar right now is the need of the hour. Why, you ask? Well, because, dating and relationships have become so frivolous and rushed in the general, everyone wants to flee to see 'what's next', through a dating app. But maybe we all need a little 'old-school' 101 on romance and we can't think of anyone better than KJo himself, who, will in all probability, help couples figure out how to hold on to love rather than holding on to an escape plan instead! This is probably not how presents work but on the occasion of his birthday we've decided to gift ourselves a dating show hosted by @karanjohar. What The Love? With Karan Johar, coming to Netflix!@BBCStudiosIndia pic.twitter.com/edK73FeDrU — Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) 25 May 2019 Where there's chemistry, there's always a way! Can't wait to join the Netflix India family and spread a whole lotta love! @BBCStudiosIndia #BBCStudiosIndia #BBCProduction https://t.co/5wjAyHdP5N — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) 25 May 2019 Sharing Netflix's post, Johar wrote, “Where there's chemistry, there's always a way! Can't wait to join the Netflix India family and spread a whole lotta love! @BBCStudiosIndia #BBCStudiosIndia #BBCProduction.” Stay tuned to Netflix for more on 'What The Love? With Karan Johar'. The show is produced by BBC Studios India and promises to embrace love like never before.
  8. The ICC World Cup 2019 begins in less than a week and fans from all over the world have begun to touch base on the English soil to watch some of their favourite cricketers take on each other in the quest for the greatest honour in the world of the sport, the World Cup trophy, which currently rests with Aaron Finch's Team Australia. In what has come to become more of a ritual than a rivalry between the neighbouring cricketing giants in India and Pakistan, the sledging between the fans from either countries has already begun. Chants of “Mauka Mauka” for example are on the rise yet again. Eagerly awaiting #MaukaMauka series during the #ICCWorldCup2019 @StarSportsIndia @cricketworldcup — Aditya Dharmadhikari (@AddyDharma) May 23, 2019 Having said that, there also exists a feeling of mutual respect and love amongst the people from both the countries for the players who albeit wear different jerseys, are considered the best in the business due to their superhuman efforts in the field through the years. One such fan from Pakistan, namely Shehzad Ul-Hassan, decided to show his affection for the former Indian skipper and veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni by engraving the athlete's name on a green Pakistani jersey. Thankyou @TPLUS for making my day... ðð@msdhoni pic.twitter.com/nsscagDLWw — Shehzad-Ul-Hassan (@shehzad441) May 23, 2019 Such gestures only suggest that regardless of whatever turmoils the two nations share on the political front, there is good in the common people like you and I, who rise above hate to appreciate greatness in the game that we love, regardless of the colours that the athletes wear on their uniform. As soon as Ul-Hassan uploaded this image online, MS Dhoni fans from both the countries took to Twitter to show their appreciation towards his stance: COUNTRY CHANGES BUT THE LOVE OF THALA DOESN'T CHANGE I LOVE YOU SO MUCH THALA — MOHAMMED IBRAHIM (@MOHAMME92244625) May 24, 2019 Cricket Has been beyond boundaries !!! MSD & Virat have a Huge Fans base in Pakistan !!! Great Sportsmans to grace the game of cricket !!! Peace N love always first !!! — à¤à¤¤à¤¿à¤« Aatif عاط٠(@meaatee) May 24, 2019 Countries knew no boundaries to love #MSD! #ForeverMSDian — B.Sharon (@BSharan1) May 24, 2019 MSD is a very unique person who rose up the ranks. That's the reason why we from CSK shower him so much of love to this cricketing living legend. Hats off to you bro for sporting dhoni jersey. — C R SHANKAR (@CRSHANKAR3) May 25, 2019 Bhai un logo kya pta hum pakistani Ms dhoni ko kitne chahte hain. #LovesFromPakistan ðµð° — Msd/Arijit/Muntashirâ (@itx_thakursahab) May 24, 2019 Although, the Men in Blue have had the upper hand against Team Pakistan when it comes to World Cup duels, as they have one every single game, the level of excitement throughout the stadium never seems to dim even a little whenever these titans clash. India and Pakistan are scheduled to lock horns on 16th June 2019.
  9. A couple of days ago, Indian sprinter and Olympian, Dutee Chand came out to talk about being in a same-*** relationship with a 19-year-old girl from her hometown of Chaka Gopalpur in Odisha for the past five years. "I have found someone who is my soulmate. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. I have always supported the rights of those who want to be in a same-*** relationship. It is an individual person's choice," she had told The Indian Express while becoming the very first Indian athlete to go public about her homosexuality. "She is from my town and a sports fan herself. She read about the struggles that I have gone through to make a career in sports and told me that she was inspired by my story. That is how we came in touch with each other," she had added in the interview. © Reuters Chand also spoke about how her eldest sister was completely against this and threatened Dutee of imprisonment. She also spoke about how in the past five years, her parents were not against her sexual preference. However, a day since Chand made her sexuality public, her mother Akhoji Chand told ANI, that it is impossible for her to accept this relationship of hers due to reasons other than homophobia, incest. "Dutee wants to marry a girl, who is the daughter of my niece, so she is my grand-daughter. In this relation, Dutee will be like a mother of that girl. Then how will it be possible in our society in Odisha," Akhoji told ANI. "I told her (Dutee) that I cannot accept this. She told me that the court has given the order. When I asked which court has given you such order, she told me that High court. I told her that I'm alive here and you are bringing orders from the court. She told me that yes court has given order and all the mentors are supporting me. (She asked) whether you will support me or not. I asked which Sir, Shiv Sir, Gagan Sir or Samanta sir, Achyut Samant of KIIT college," she said. "She told that I'll do everything by the help of them. I told her that I'll like to talk to them, but she avoided it. So day before yesterday, I told my elder daughter Saraswati that I don't know where they are staying, you take me to them. Saraswati took me to them but he (Achyut Samant of KIIT) had already left for Delhi and yesterday when all these things were happening." "I want that she (Dutee) should focus on her sports as the government wants. Government has given a lot of money to her for the sake of the country. Dutee may not keep father and mother's name but she should keep the prestige of the nation through her sports," Akhoji added. © Reuters In 2018, the Indian Supreme Court did decriminalise same-*** relationships (although gay marriages are still illegal), the laws about incest are still in the grey. While being in a sexual relationship with a family member in India is not illegal or a punishable crime, the Hindu Marriage Act says that two people cannot marry if they are within the “prohibited degree of relationship”.
  10. Never in a million years, I would've expected someone to compare 'Avengers: Endgame' - and Marvel Cinematic Universe - to a movie like 'Student of the Year 2' but these are strange times. 'Endgame' is literally the biggest movie right now and is all set to become the highest grossing movie ever soon, and I don't think I need to say anything about 'SOTY 2' that hasn't already been said. But, Aditya Seal, who stars in 'SOTY 2', apparently has a problem because while people love an 'unrealistic' movie like 'Avengers', they're hating on his movie for being unrealistic. He talked about the criticism 'SOTY 2' is facing for showing a very unrealistic school and college life. He said, “That is exactly the section of society who will watch 'Avengers' and love it and believe that superheroes exist, but they will give us flak for it.” I really don't see any correlation, truly. It doesn't end there, he further tried to explain that 'SOTY 2' is also like a fantasy world that people would want to be a part of. He said, “This is a fantasy. Who wouldn't want to be a part of a school like this, where you have such amazing-looking people and the school is this good? We are just trying to create a world for people where they can just watch it and be like, 'Oh, I wish I was a part of this!' When I watch 'Avengers', I want to be a part of it. I want to be Tony Stark/Iron Man. The same way, we are trying to create a world for them.” I really don't want to be mean to him, but does this dude even know the meaning of fantasy? I have a lot of counterpoints for this. One, no one is believing superheroes exist, everyone knows that it's a fictional universe, hence we have MCU. Two, supersoldiers and just basically superheroes don't exist for real, everyone knows that, but schools and colleges do and that's why it's so hard to see such an unrealistic portrayal. Third, who would want to go to a school where everyone is 'so amazing looking'? I don't want to see thirty-year-olds pretending to be teenagers. And no, a lot of people wouldn't want to be a part of the Avengers universe. I would surely be a bystander that gets killed first there. All I would like to request is that please never even compare 'Avengers: Endgame' to SOTY 2, please.
  11. History is never a person's first choice for TV viewing unless you genuinely love history. The problem lies in the initiation: learning history. All those dates and years. The lineage and progeny of a thousand different kings, their affairs, the way they held court. And the wars! The wars! History is interesting; what is faulty is the way it has been taught to us: mugging up dates, names and facts with tedious prose instead of getting to know the story behind the events. A round of applause for our superb education system! History is an extremely important part of our culture; it teaches us not to repeat the mistakes of our predecessors. It is imperative to understand history in order to know ourselves better and learn from it. History can be fascinating, and it sure is. But history is made of facts, which can get boring easily. And those huge hardbound books make the task even more daunting. Visual representation has often proved superior to textual description. We understand better when we see. That is where TV comes in. In today's age of streaming, easily accessible internet, and exceptional talent, the entertainment industry churns out numerous historical or historically influenced series catering to everyone's palate: gory, romantic, gothic, amorous, dramatic or good old factual. Even if these series may be historically inaccurate (because what fun is plain fact-telling?), they present the story which we had once read in an intriguing manner (Hello, Drama! Adds panache, doesn't it?). And who doesn't enjoy a good visual tale? Here are 5 such historical fiction shows which portray history in a new light: 1. The Borgias: (2011-2013) No. of Seasons: 3 © Myriad Pictures/ Bell Media/ Showtime Networks Beautiful sets, fantastic locales and exquisite medieval era costumes come together to make this magnificent historical saga. Backed by a powerful narrative and commendable performances, follow the rise and fall of Pope Alexander VI and his children, as they navigate the complexities of living as the first family of the Roman Catholic Church. Previously known as Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons), the new Pope 's climb to the papacy is a fascinating one, bringing to fore the rampant bribery and intrigues of the Catholic Church. But does his privileged position safeguard him from troubles? No. Because every other failed papal candidate is out to tarnish his image and see him fail as Pope. Adding drama to the story is the forbidden romance between Lucrezia and Cesare, the elder son and daughter of Rodrigo. (Did someone say Cersei and Jaime? :P ) As the series moves forward, the true nature of the characters is revealed which propels the narrative forward. Pope Alexander doesn't shy away from using every weapon in his arsenal: whether it is sending his sons off to wars to keep his position safe or using his daughter as a sacrificial lamb for political alliances by marrying her off to unworthy suitors. Laced with lies, deceit, conspiracies, and wars, the story is a captivating look into the manoeuvrings of religious faith by people for personal gain. Will the Borgias reign supreme? 2. Vikings (2013-): No. of Seasons: 6 (6th to be released) © Shaw Media/ Chorus Entertainment/ MGM Television/ History If you are fascinated by 'GoT', you will be absolutely hooked to 'Vikings'. Based on Scandinavian folklore and Norse mythology, it focusses on the Viking Age: the period of terror when Northern Europe was raided by Scandinavian forces in order to impose their stronghold on the mainland through wars and conquests. In the limelight is Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), one of the most famous of Norse heroes. The series charts his journey of becoming King and focuses on the raids he carried in England and France, which earned him the notorious title of “The Scourge of the North”. The series focuses on his family, eventually shifting the attention to his sons, and on Lothbrok's friends and fellow warriors who play an important role in enforcing his power. Though the plot isn't an extremely convoluted one, the character development and the easy flow of the show is bound to keep you interested. The characters are well-written, the war scenes are superbly executed, which make the story compelling without becoming tiresome. 3. Rome (2005-2007): No. of Seasons: 2 © HBO Another show with a high production value, an intriguing plot and stunning backdrops, Rome is one of the best historical shows out there. Giving competition to its sister show, Game of Thrones, in terms of story and complexity, it is quite a fantastic show. Focusing on the Roman Empire, the show chronicles the lives and times of history's most prominent figures of Rome: Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Octavian, Cleopatra among others. At the heart of the series are two soldiers of Caesar's army: Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson) and Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd), through whose eyes the series is perceived. Titus and Lucius, with their unique personalities and dispositions, propel the story of Rome as it transitions from a Republic into an Empire. As a new era dawns upon Rome, changes are made, loyalties are tested, rules are broken and the legendary Roman Empire comes into existence. The series interlaces key events of Roman history; the overthrow of the Optimates, Julius Caesar's dictatorial rule, the Gallic war, Caesar's assassination, Octavian's rise and his feud with Mark Antony resulting in the Battle of Actium, with the lives of the two warriors, who sometimes are shown as the harbinger of change: they seem to influence some important events in history Though not historically accurate, the series doesn't completely obliterate the facts. Its lucid storyline and the powerful portrayals are what you make look forward to the tale on screen. 4. Medici: Masters of Florence / The Magnificent (2016-): No. of Seasons: 2 © Lux Vide/ Rai Fiction/ Netflix/ Big Light Productions Based on the powerful political dynasty, the House of Medici, who were also a famous banking family of Florence, the series follows Cosimo (the Elder), played by Richard Madden, as he tries to unearth the secret behind his father's mysterious death. Set in the 15th century, responsibility is thrust on Cosimo as he inherits the Bank of Florence. As he reminisces about the time of his father, Giovanni de' Medici (Dustin Hoffman), the mystical veil on the Masters of Florence is lifted, and the audience is treated to the drama that the family is famous for: the exile of Cosimo, his various extramarital affairs, the Medici influence on culture, the family's patronage of the Italian Renaissance and (also due to) their endless wealth. With themes of suspense/thriller, this historical drama delves into the enigmatic family's past. Though the premise of Giovanni's death by poisoning is added for theatrical flair, the series stays true to historical accounts for the most part. Season 2 (Medici: The Magnificient) is set 20 years after Cosimo's time, and centres on his grandson, Lorenzo (Daniel Sherman), who now has the keys to the Medici fortune. © Lux Vide/ Rai Fiction/ Netflix/ Big Light Productions But will he succeed in keeping his family's name untarnished while other powerful enemies try to drag it through the mud? As Lorenzo (the Magnificient) tries to keep up with the increasing pressure, especially on the banking front, Jacopo Pazzi (Sean Bean (Yes, Ned Stark!)), the head of a rival bank, leaves no stone unturned to make Lorenzo more miserable. Does this spell doom for the legacy of the Medici? 5. The White Queen (2013): No. of Seasons: 1 (10 Episodes) © Company Pictures/ Czar Television/ BBC One As the War of the Roses rages on, three women take on the task of changing history forever. One of England's most infamous of wars between its two great houses: The House of York and The House of Lancaster, both contesting for the throne and wishing to gain the upper hand. (Based on Philippa Gregory's historical novel set in 15th century England) When Yorkist King, Edward IV, secretly marries Lancaster House's beautiful Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Fergusson), the English court is struck dumb with disgust. The decision is most forcefully resisted by the Earl of Warwick, Richard Neville, aka the Kingmaker. But Elizabeth Woodville is no fool; she has her own plans for the throne, guided by her resourceful mother, Jacquetta. On the other side, we have Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale), the influential Tudor matriarch, who wants the throne for her son, Henry, and uses her power to restore the glory of her house. The Kingmaker's naïve daughter, Anne Neville (Faye Marsay), is another player in the game, whom her father uses to safeguard his position in court. As the series progresses, Anne's true nature shines. The three women, seemingly sheltered and innocent but actually behind-the-screen heroines are the real influencers and form the crux of the story, setting into motion a string of events that change the course of the war. Manipulation, seduction, sexual intrigue, and betrayal run rampant in this drama-filled story as the struggle to seek power intensifies. Disclaimer: Watching these shows do not guarantee good marks in your history paper! :P
  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. The OnePlus 7 Pro already sounds like the perfect smartphone ever by the Chinese company as its launch is scheduled for next week. OnePlus has now confirmed that the OnePlus 7 Pro will have an HDR10+ display in addition to the 90Hz refresh rate on the panel. The display on the OnePlus 7 Pro has already been awarded an A+ grade by DisplayMate however, the inclusion of HDR10 takes the smartphone even further. © Twitter Currently, only the Galaxy S10/S10 Plus supports HDR10+ on its screens and the OnePlus 7 Pro will be the second smartphone in India to have support. It is the perfect display for users who love to watch video content on the go. Currently, platforms like Amazon Prime, Netflix and even YouTube have HDR compatible shows which should be supported by the OnePlus 7 Pro. OnePlus clarified that it's not ready to share OTT partnerships as of now. HDR10+ is known to adjust the contrast and the dynamic range on HDR content. OnePlus says, since “it is an open format, it's license and royalty free and therefore easily adoptable by manufacturers and content producers with quality maintained through an HDR10+ certification and logo program.” © Twitter “HDR10+ is the future of not just television displays, but also smartphone displays as well. We hope that our newest device will set a new benchmark for the smartphone industry and open up a new world of visual fluidity for users. We're glad we are leading the ranks in sharing quality technology with the world.” says OnePlus CEO Pete Lau. © Twitter The launch event for the OnePlus 7 series is scheduled to take place on 14th May and will be held in three cities i.e. New York, London and Bangalore and will start at 8:15 PM IST. According to rumours, the OnePlus 7 Pro is going to have a QHD+ 90 Hz AMOLED display and will be relatively cheaper than flagship devices. The OnePlus 7 Pro is rumoured to have a starting price of Rs 49,999 for 6GB + 128GB model. You can read more about pricing leaks here.
  14. 'Game of Thrones' has everything- wars, deceit, conspicuous plot line, twisted relationships and the Stockholm syndrome! How, you ask? Well, the two most 'uninitiated' characters when it comes to love are secretly falling for each other and it all happened when one of them was captive! I am talking about Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth and just how obvious their equation seems to us now. If you look at their character build up though, both are similar in many ways. They both are quite practical when it comes to war and strategies, both are extremely emotionally unavailable and detest confronting their feelings, both have egos mightier than their own sword, both do have a soft spot for each other and they both share a sword each, yielded out of a common sword! And yet, their story is remarkable the most unanswered, yet anticipated yet. © HBO Yes, Jon and Dany were already decided as the star romance when the show even began. It just took Jon to come to Dragonstone where they fell in love almost immediately and their story unfolded in a rush. But Jaime and Brienne's underrated romance began a lot before that, with a subtle yet beautiful built up in their narrative together as two highly unlikely souls, who'd feel a certain way about each other. © HBO But their romance is not just a declaration of two characters feeling a certain way for each other to build a story in GoT, it actually teaches us a lot about resilience and respect. Right from when Brienne met Jaime till the day he knighted her, both felt an unnerving need to protect and respect each other. GoT has taught us a lot but this one equation is something that has evolved over time, beautifully and unexpectedly. © HBO (1) The Sense Of Protection Jaime initially met Brienne when Brienne took him as her prisoner to take him back to King's Landing on Catelyn Stark's orders. Jaime then was a pompous egoistic knight, who'd barely think of anyone but himself and that didn't make the journey easy for Brienne. Along the way, they were kidnapped by House Bolton loyalists and on an account of saving Brienne being raped, Jaime ended up losing his right hand, while trying to save her, in his first act of kindness for anyone else, other than his sister. In another situation, Jaime's rode back to Harenhal to save Brienne from the bear pit, where she was left to fight a bear alone and not allowed to go back to King's Landing with Jaime. Jaime came back for her, rescued her and took her back. This need to protect someone so fiercely is only palpable when there is a certain amount of love present for the person. Even Brienne spoke up for Jaime when he was questioned by Daenerys in season 8 episode 2. She spoke up to protect his honour and tell the queen that she can trust him. © HBO (2) The Endless Respect The character build-up for the two of them together started on the fundamentals of respect. Both gave each other enough space to grow and cherish the other. If you remember in season 4, before Brienne was leaving King's Landing, Jaime gifted her a suit of armour from the mix he made from remembering her measurements! It goes on to say, both were playing on each other's vulnerabilities beautifully. If you remember their bath scene from Harrenhal, Brienne let him be at his vulnerable best while he opened up to her. And since she was naked with him there, he remembered her measurements to make her the perfect armour! This aspect of respect and honour is very rare and Martin tried his best to cultivate it from these two characters on the show. © HBO (3) The Beautiful Vulnerability & Honour Of that famed Harrehal bath scene, Jaime confesses the truth behind killing the Mad King, something he's never done before with anyone. He's sad and he's lonely and she literally holds him in her arms at his vulnerable best. That binds the simplicity of their relationship in a way, that's comforting and warm. The act of love is the strongest when you open up to someone and they embrace you right after you finish talking about it and that's what Jaime did when Brienne held him at the bath. Not just that, in season 8, episode 2, Jaime calls Brienne out to knight her. She's sceptical about it because in season 5 she tells Pod “I don't want anyone following me. I'm not a leader. All I ever wanted was to fight for a lord I believed in.” But here when Jaime asks her to come forth and become a knight, Brienne in her vulnerable moment looks at Pod, who nods in assurance of her becoming a knight. It's a beautiful scene, where someone Brienne looks up to thinks she's worthy of an honour this high. © HBO We're not sure what's next for Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister. Both are warriors who will do their duty wilfully. Jaime is thankful towards Brienne for changing the way he sees things and Brienne is thankful to him for always protecting her. It seems unlikely both with survive the Night King's army but if they do, we know what true love will really look and feels like. But let's face it, nothing lasts forever in GoT and all we can do is reminisce some good times both Ser Jaime and Ser Brienne shared together.
  15. Socks are a strange fashion accessory - the best ones are those which you put on and forget about completely. On the other hand, a bad pair renders you incapable of thinking about anything else - whether they're super itchy, too loose, or harbour a pattern you don't like. Most men view them as a throwaway accessory, but the reality is that investing in a variety of stylish socks means less time wasted fussing and dithering, and more time spent confidently putting together a stylish ensemble. That's why building up a collection of the best socks for men is such a fundamental part of building a stylish wardrobe, which is where we at MensXP can help. Check out our list of the best options out there, and give your sock drawer the overhaul it deserves.Socks are a strange fashion accessory - the best ones are those which you put on and forget about completely. On the other hand, a bad pair renders you incapable of thinking about anything else - whether they're super itchy, too loose, or harbour a pattern you don't like. Most men view them as a throwaway accessory, but the reality is that investing in a variety of stylish socks means less time wasted fussing and dithering, and more time spent confidently putting together a stylish ensemble. That's why building up a collection of the best socks for men is such a fundamental part of building a stylish wardrobe, which is where we at MensXP can help. Check out our list of the best options out there, and give your sock drawer the overhaul it deserves. These Socks Will Make A Great Addition To Any Man's Sock Drawer 1. Saucony Men's Performance No-Show Socks (6-Pack) © Amazon Even though this is an article about men's socks, going sockless is the hot fashion trend, which is why no-show socks should be a part of your wardrobe. This is why this 6-pack of versatile no-show socks from Saucony is a smart investment, because they're as stylish as they are comfortable. Saucony's RunDry Moisture Management keeps your feet dry and fresh at all times thanks to ultra-wicking fibers and Airmesh venting. Additionally, the cushioned sole and targeted arch compression keeps your arch stable and cushions impact, all the while keeping your socks from slipping off or bunching up. They're a great choice to wear at the gym, on your runs, and even if you're just on the move all day! Fabric Composition: 95% Polyester, 3% Rubber, 2% Spandex MRP: Rs. 3,740 (including delivery charges) Buy It Here 2. Bombas Colorblock Ankle Socks © Nordstrom Ankle socks are vital to any man's sock wardrobe, and the quality of their products makes Bombas an all-time favourite when it comes to the best socks for men. Not only will they add a dash of colour to any casual outfits, they're also a highly practical addition to your wardrobe. Arch-hugging support means a snug yet comfortable fit, while the band around the middle works in tandem with strategically-placed padding to keep the sock in place. They're available in a variety of softly-marled colours, which means that you're sure to find something that catches your eye. Fabric Composition: 69% Cotton, 27% Polyester, 3% Rubber, 1 % Spandex MRP: Rs. 2,884 (including shipping) Buy It Here 3. Smartwool Men's PhD Run Ultra Light Micro Socks © Amazon A quality pair of running socks is something that no man should ever skimp on, and this pair from Smartwool demonstrates the multiple advantages of making such an investment. Whether you're an experienced runner or a beginner in the field, they can make quite a difference to your performance. Not only can they absorb a third of their weight in moisture, they dry quicker and don't get as smelly as their regular cotton counterparts, which makes them an ideal option in the oppressive Indian heat. Fabric Composition: 48% Merino Wool, 48% Nylon, 4% Elastane MRP: Rs. 2,452 Buy It Here 4. Pantherella Men's Dress Socks © Nordstrom Taking a break from workout gear and performance socks, and looking on the suave and sophisticated side of things, we have these elegant dress socks from Pantherella. An eye-catching blend of comfort and sophistication, they feature hand-linked toes and fine ribbing at the top to ensure that they stay well-fitted at all times. The wide ribbing means that they can do away with the tight elastic band that is found at the top of most socks, ensuring that they stay up without cutting off circulation to your legs. Available in a variety of colours ranging from muted to bright, without going too out-there with their designs, Pantherella offers a range of solid socks for men that will serve you well in any situation, whether it's in the boardroom or at an after-work party. Fabric Composition: 65% Cotton, 35% Nylon MRP: Rs. 5,481 (including shipping) Buy It Here 5. Stance Classic Crew Sliced Socks © Stance The vibrant striped design of these socks has the same visual effect as a bowl of freshly sliced fruit in the summer, which is what they're named after. With a classic crew fit ending seven inches above the ankle, they're made from a soft, silky smooth, anti-microbial fabric as part of the exclusive Butter Blend collection from Stance. Besides the soft fabric, additional cushioning throughout the sock along with arch support and the reinforced heel and toe ensures superior comfort along with greater impact protection. Fabric Composition: 58% Combed Cotton, 38% Nylon, 4% Elastane MRP: Rs. 3,462 (including shipping) Buy It Here 6. Gold Toe Men's Tech Quarter Socks (6-Pack) © Amazon Although the name suggests a purely athletic pair of socks, this offering from Gold Toe is suitable for a varied range of activities. Specially flattened seams offer reinforcement in the toe area, while the rounded heel also contributes to the added support and comfortable fit. Moisture-wicking AquaFX technology keeps your feet dry and cosy. Elastic around the ankles ensures a secure fit, and the extremely affordable price makes these some of the best men's socks for comfort you could lay your hands (or should we say feet?) on. Fabric Composition: 59% Polyester, 26% Cotton, 13% Nylon, 2% Spandex MRP: Rs. 5,230 Buy It Here 7. Richer Poorer Men's Camino Everyday Socks © Nordstrom Richer Poorer offers a range of printed socks for men who are not quite ready to let go of their 'fun' sock phase. They accomplish this by producing subtle and stylish socks that still retain an element of whimsy. Their motto is that there's no reason to sacrifice style for function, which is why their products reflect both. The classic tube sock styling is visually pleasing, while the extra arch support keeps the sock in place while giving it added protection. A non-binding bib welt and the strong low profile seams enhance durability and reduce irritation, which means that they will be part of your wardrobe for a long time to come! Fabric Composition: Cotton, Polyester, Nylon, Spandex MRP: Rs. 4,011 (including shipping) Buy It Here 8. Darn Tough Coolmax Micro Crew Men's Cushion Socks © Amazon As the name suggests, this is a pair of heavy-duty performance socks that even the most enthusiastic hikers and trail runners would be glad to own. Their Coolmax Polyester yarns are engineered to draw moisture away from your skin, while the cushioned foot base ensures that they stay in place all day. The seamless undetectable seam fusion offers a smooth feel, making them extremely comfortable as well. What's even more impressive is the fact that they come with an unconditional guarantee for life, which even makes them the best socks for men who abhor shopping for new clothes and accessories! Fabric Composition: 37% Nylon, 34% Coolmax Polyester, 26% Acrylic, 2% Lycra Spandex, 1% Other fiber MRP: Rs. 4,864 (including delivery charges) Buy It Here 9. Champion Men's No-Show Socks (6-Pack) © Amazon Champion's already excellent reputation for designing and creating quality activewear is only enhanced by these soft and comfortable no-show socks. With built-in moisture management, they will keep your feet cool and dry during the most strenuous of workouts, while also providing additional comfort and flexibility thanks to extra padding. Not only that, they're also resistant to damage, sweat, and odour, making them extremely durable and long-lasting as well. Fabric Composition: 68% Cotton, 26% Polytester, 4% Natural Latex Rubber, 1% Nylon, 1% Other Fibers MRP: Rs. 3,873 (including delivery charges) Buy It Here 10. James Fiallo Men's Sports Socks (12-pack) © Amazon If you just don't have the time to devote to shopping for different types of socks, but don't want to compromise on style or function, then this 12-pack from James Fiallo is the ideal purchase for you. Available in an assortment of eye-catching colours, styles, and patterns, you'll find something to pair with any outfit, ranging from formal to casual, and everything in between. Fabric Composition: 95% Polyester, 5% Spandex MRP: Rs. 4,579 (including delivery charges) Buy It Here 11. Feetures High Performance Ultra Light No Show Athletic Running Socks © Amazon A common complaint among runners is painful blisters caused by the friction between the socks and their feet, which is something Feetures aims to address. Their specialty socks combine the rugged performance of athletic socks with the smooth feel of dress socks, resulting in supremely soft, supportive variants. Lycra power bands hug your entire foot, eliminating blisters thanks to the snug fit, while the Y-heel construction keeps them from sliding off. iWick fibres keep your feet cool and dry by ensuring breathability even in the most intense conditions. What's more? Every pair comes with a lifetime guarantee, which means you can return any of their products for a refund or replacement if you're not satisfied with your purchase. Fabric Composition: 79% Polyester, 18% Nylon, 3% Spandex MRP: Rs. 3,430 (including delivery charges) Buy It Here 12. Happy Socks Men's Lumberjack Sock © Nordstrom The name says it all - a pair of brightly coloured or patterned socks can do wonders for an otherwise bland and boring outfit, and Happy Socks can be the key to achieving that effect! Their range of quirky and funny socks for men encompasses a wide variety of attractive colours and patterns, including this classic checkered variant. Formal enough to be worn to work and yet fun enough to rock at a party, and yet supremely affordable, they would make a versatile and fashionable upgrade to your wardrobe. Fabric Composition: 80% Combed Cotton, 17% Polymide and 3% Elastane MRP: Rs. 444 (including delivery charges) Buy It Here
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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.
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