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  1. It is widely believed that art mirrors reality, but sometimes reality is fancier than fiction. Volodymyr Zelensky is a very famous businessman, producer and a stand-up comedian in Ukraine. In fact, he is known for playing the role of a president in a famous show there as well. It's called 'Servant Of The People'. © Twitter Now you'd wonder what is intriguing or interesting about playing a president on a show? Well, that's because Mr Volodymyr is now the President of Ukraine for real. He landed a straight landslide victory for himself after he ran for the post with, mind you, literally no prior political exposure. In March last year, he launched a party called 'Servant Of The People' and in December he filed and announced his candidacy for the 2019 elections. © Twitter His anti-corruption and anti-establishment philosophy resonates with the people of the country. Social media is abuzz with this bizarre yet wonderful coincidence. How appropriate that a comedian joins the world comedy show called POLITICS. A planet full of ill informed, self centred, egocentric leaders. We finally have someone that is an expert in their field that takes on the head job! #Ukraine #UkraineElections #politicsexplained https://t.co/geddnuDuiv — Ezel Hikmet (@EHikmet) April 22, 2019 What an interesting world we live in. Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy played the role on TV before taking the top job#geopolitics #UkraineElections https://t.co/pH2K4dYS3z via @abcnews — ð§ð²ð»ð°ðð´ no more Coalition ð¦ðº (@Absurd_Penguin) April 22, 2019 I have no problem with a comedian becoming a politician and world leader. Comedians on the whole are intelligent and are skilled at “thinking outside the box” #UkraineElections — Steve (@SteveSkipper) April 22, 2019 The world is sure evolving in terms of change in rational thinking, where traditional perceptions about electing leaders with a political history is being discarded to get new faces on board.
  2. 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.
  3. Summers are here and I am sure your 'desi' gym trainer is soon going to tell you that this is a season for dropping the pounds. The typical bodybuilding belief that's still prominent amongst 'desi' style training is that you go on bulk in winters and then during summers, you cut. The theory on which this model is based is that during summers, your body sweats a lot and thus it helps you to cut the layer of fat on your muscles. Some trainers will even go to the extent of making their clients train without a fan in the gym so that they sweat more and thus lose more fat. © Unsplash Read on to know why this theory is absolutely flawed and is complete bro-science. More Sweat In Summers Will Lead To More Fat Loss? Well, if this statement is accurate, then your body should burn zero fat in winters, as you do not sweat at all during the peak winter season. Also, what about people who live in hilly areas and where there is no summer at all? I believe people living in such areas should leave their dream of getting ripped as they will hardly sweat during a workout and thus won't burn any fat. Now let's talk about some science. If someone is on a calorie deficit diet, how will the body manage the deficit calories? Because as per science, when your body cannot meet its daily maintenance calories from outside, it uses the fat stores in your body which is stored in the form of adipose tissue, which is your fat cells. Thus, the so-called 'sweat theory' is just another gem from bro-science and nothing else. Your body will tap into the stored fat cells once you go on a deficit, whether you workout in summers or winters. Is It Fat That Melts In The Form Of Sweat? Absolutely not, sweat is just a medium for your body to maintain its temperature. Since the outside temperature is high during summers, your body sweats more irrespective of the fact that you workout or not. So, while working out, your body may sweat a little extra as it is trying to cool down from the inside by producing more sweat on your skin. In winters, your body is already cooled down so it does not produce that much sweat. It's as simple as that. If fat melted in the form of sweat, people would automatically become lean during summers with the kind of heat waves that we face in India. © Unsplash Can You Gain Weight In Winters? Yes, of course, you can. Gaining or losing has more to do with your dietary intake. If you follow a calorie surplus diet, you will gain while if you go on a deficit, you will lose. The only thing different in summers is that you might increase your water intake as your body tends to sweat a lot more than winters. It's very important to keep your body well hydrated if your workout sessions are frequent and aggressive. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  4. Two Khans of our Bollywood, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, never miss a chance to appreciate each other on social media platforms. The whole country is praising the trailer of Salman Khan's 'Bharat'. Just like Bhai fans are going gaga over the trailer, SRK too seemed to have loved the trailer. He took to Twitter to give a shout-out to the film and wrote, "Kya baat hai bhai!! Bahut Khoob." As soon as SRK tweeted, their fans got one more reason to celebrate their friendship. Here's the tweet: Kya baat hai bhai!! Bahut Khoob. https://t.co/0t8hQoUSbJ — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 22, 2019 The trailer shows Salman Khan in five avatars and it has left all the movie buffs waiting for more. The trailer tells the story of a middle-class old man Bharat, who takes us back to 1947 when India attained its independence. Salman and Katrina Kaif are a deadly combination and fans are happy to see this 'jodi' back on the silver screen. Apart from Salman and Katrina, the film also stars Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff and Sunil Grover in pivotal roles. Bharat is an official remake of the Korean film, 'An Ode To My Father'. It will be interesting to see how Ali Abbas Zafar has given it an Indian twist. © Salman Khan Films In an earlier interview, Ali had said that it's important to show Salman in a different light as the Indian cinema is now changing and doing something different with every film, and that will help them make a mark. Are you looking forward to watching the film? Let us know in the comments below. Meanwhile, check out the trailer here:
  5. You have to be the filthy kind of rich to be able to gift your buddy a customised 'Captain America' themed 1967 Camaro that would make your wallet slimmer by Rs. 2 crores and still not scratch the surface of your bank account. And if your name is Robert Downey Jr and you have the charisma to handsomely pull off a gold and iron red coloured suit made up of tin, then you most definitely will have no problems establishing such a bank account for yourself. As the first piece of the elaborate puzzle the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become in the current day, RDJ was given what can be considered a complex and complicated yet extremely difficult task as an actor and that was to make the audience like Iron Man enough to build a complete universe in the coming years and hopefully decades. And as they say, “with great responsibility comes a lot of money!” Well, not exactly. When Downey was first bolted into the Iron Man suit, his deal was worth $500,000, which even though was still a lot of money, especially for an experiment like Iron Man, was nowhere near the kind of dough the 54-year-old would make in the coming years. A new clause was then added to his contract stating that Downey's take-home will also include a 2.5% share of all profits made by the movies. Iron Man (2008): $500,000 = Rs. 3,50,00,000 (approx.) Iron Man 2 (2010): $10 million + $3 million (film profits) = $13 million = Rs. 90,53,00,000 (approx) Avengers (2012): $10 million + $29 million (film profits) = $39 million = Rs. 2,72,00,00,000 (approx) Iron Man 3 (2013): $10 million + $22 million (film profit) = $32 million = Rs. 2,23,00,00,000 (approx.) Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015): $10 million + $25 million (film profit) = $35 million = Rs. 2,44,00,00,000 (approx.) Captain America: Civil War (2016): $40 million + $18.75 million in film profit + $5 million for beating Winter Soldier = $63.75 million = Rs. 4,45,69,60,000 (approx.) Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017): $ 15 million = Rs. 1,04,00,00,000 (approx.) Avengers: Infinity War (2018): $10 million + $10.25 million from film profit = $20.25 million Rs. 1,39,00,00,000 (approx.) Adding everything together, Robert Downey Jr has earned a total of approximately $200 million in the eight movies he has appeared. With the kind of craziness we are getting to see as the tickets finally went open for booking, this has to be the greatest draw in RDJ's career with Marvel Studios. Source: Cheat Sheet, Wealthy Gorilla, Verdict
  6. Huawei launched a new smartphone that defies everything we've known so far about smartphone cameras. At first, we didn't believe in the hype ourselves until we got to use the smartphone for ourselves. The P30 Pro can take pictures in almost every environment and can even take detailed images of the moon. The P30 pro is not only about offering great cameras, but it also features great design, awesome performance and impressive battery life. The P30 Pro may just be the perfect smartphone every company has been trying to make in the past decade. So, let's find out why the Huawei P30 Pro is probably the only smartphone you want to look at this year: Design & Display When it comes to the design of the smartphone the first thing you will notice is the gradient colours. We have seen the Chinese company breathe new life to smartphones with their Honor branded smartphones and the Mate 20 Pro, and it seems like the company is looking to continue that tradition. We got to use both the Aurora Blue and Breathing Crystal variants and they both looked absolutely stunning. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When you look beyond the colours, the Huawei P30 Pro is not particularly a small device. It has a 6.47-inch display and has curved edges similar to the Mate 20 Pro. The edges on the back of the smartphone also have a curved profile giving it a much ergonomic feel that its predecessor. Overall, the design is impressive, however, the P30 Pro is quite prone to scratches on both sides. We would recommend you use the supplied cover to protect the phone from any damages you may incur overtime. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, the 6.47-inch FHD+ AMOLED display has a smaller notch than the Mate 20 Pro as it does not have the same sensors for facial recognition. Face unlock does work on the P30 Pro but it isn't as reliable as the Mate 20 Pro or the iPhone XS. The display is also used as a loudspeaker instead of having a traditional grille for audio output. You may find it weird at first, however, we got used to it in a matter of days. The AMOLED display quality is excellent where the colours are vibrant and have balanced contrasts. The sharpness is also quite impressive if you like to watch movies and play games. Having said that, we did find the hue on the display on the cooler side which could be annoying for some users. Software © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The smartphone is powered by Huawei's Kirin 980 chipset that is particularly fast and works in tandem with Huawei's EMUI. Having said that, EMUI is a quite bloaty skin that is particularly not clean. Even though we've not been fond of EMUI in the past, the P30 Pro comes with some cool AI features such as an AI video editor (similar to Google Photos), scene detection features for the camera app. It even comes with digital well-being features such as a downtime feature for applications. When you reach your limit for a particular app, the screen turns grey preventing you from doing what you were meant to stop. The P30 Pro also comes with another nifty feature i.e. a Digital Car Key. Basically, you can use the P30 Pro to use as a key for select Audi cars. You can even start the engine with your smartphone. Alas, we did not get to test this feature, however, you can read up more literature about this on Audi and Huawei's website Camera © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The star attraction of the Huawei P30 Pro is its impressive camera setup. It's touted to have incredible digital photography capabilities and for good reason. The array on the back has a 40MP 27mm f/1.6 wide-angle main sensor, a 20MP ultra wide-angle 16mm f/2.2 and an 8MP 5x optical periscope zoom lens, plus a ToF lens. The zoom lens on the P30 Pro is one of the most impressive sensors we've seen as it can do image stabilisation even when zoomed in well over 10x. The P30 Pro uses OIS + EIS at the same time to achieve this feat. Of course, the quality does drop down a bit when you exceed the zooming parameters, however, it is still the best we've ever seen on a smartphone. We could even capture some very accurate and detailed shots of the moon with 50x zoom. You can see the clarity in the photo samples below. Huawei has partnered with Leica to make some of the most impressive we've ever seen. The new sensors are called SuperSpectrum sensors that use RYYB instead of the traditional RGB. Yellow has been used in place of green as it can take in both red and green lights. The sensor is capable of capturing more information and clearer images. Having said that, not everything is peachy here as when you take images of flora, there is considerable saturation which is entirely accurate when it comes to real colours. The Huawei P30 Pro is also incredible at taking low-light images, especially in the night. The light sensitivity ISO goes up to 400,000 which is completely unheard of on a smartphone. You can take some incredible night shots using the Night Mode, which works similar to what you find on Google Pixel 3. It basically takes multiple frames at different levels of exposure and then combines them into a single image. The ToF sensor basically comes in handy when you want to capture the depth or take portrait images from your smartphone. It can read objects and gets a better idea of the subject in front of the camera. The ToF sensor records how long it takes for the light to hit the object in front of the smartphone. This resulted in some awesome portrait images, however, did not work as advertised in dark environments. P30 Pro Camera Samples Performance The Huawei P30 Pro is powered by the Kirin 980 chipset which is also the Chinese company's flagship processor. In terms of RAM, the smartphone comes with 8GB of RAM and a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU for gaming. We encountered no issues when it came to the smartphone's performance and gaming was a breeze as there were no noticeable frame rate drops. We managed to play PUBG in high settings but we enjoyed playing Fortnite more due to the smooth graphics. The P30 Pro also comes with a proprietary file transfer system which basically is faster in reading/write speeds than anything we've seen so far. In terms of benchmark tests, our review unit was able to achieve a score a respectable 3292 in the single-core test while it scored 9657 in the multi-core test. Battery Life © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The P30 Pro has a 4,200 mAh battery and we managed to get 8-9 hours of screen-on time. The smartphone supports 40W fast charging and 15W wireless charging. Much like the Mate 20 Pro, you can even turn on the reverse wireless charging feature to charge other devices such as the new AirPods or the Galaxy Buds. The battery life on the P30 Pro is probably one of the best we've seen on an Android smartphone. The P30 Pro easily lasted more than 17 hours on a single charge and our usage included heavy gaming, GPS navigation, texting, internet browsing and even reverse wireless charging at times. The Final Say As smartphones get increasingly saturated, there are only a few fields left where it can be improved upon. Companies keep trying to improve mobile photography or performance or battery life but often sacrifice at least one of these key features. Having said that, the P30 Pro offers all of these features and do them well. The Huawei P30 Pro does offer the best camera on a smartphone right now and is genuinely a jack of all trades. In some cases, it's even a master of one such as low-light photography. When it comes to competition, only the Pixel 3 comes into mind that can stand up to the P30 Pro when it comes it mobile photography. For Rs 71,9990; you get the latest tech with awesome performance and extraordinary cameras.
  7. It's that time of the year again. When you forget about everything else and spend all your time reading up on 'Avengers: Endgame.' This time is extra special since it's the last movie in the lineup (No, we're not forgetting 'Far From Home,' but that's more of an introduction to Phase IV than a culmination for Phase III). We've been waiting 10 years for this masterpiece and while it's already confirmed to have the largest number of superheroes in a single movie ever, the number might just be a little higher than you expect. Besides everyone who has been confirmed for 'Avengers: Endgame' here are a few names you may or may not have heard that may make an appearance in the movie: 1. Beta Ray Bill We already know that Beta Ray Bill exists in the MCU. For die-hard fans, they'll remember the large statue of his beside the Hulk on Sakaar in 'Thor: Ragnarok.' © Marvel Studios They've already laid the groundwork for this one and it's a possibility for sure. Think about it. Thor needs to get a new Mjolnir. Who's going to wield Stormbreaker when that happens? Who was Stormbreaker originally created for? You guessed it, Beta Ray Bill. 2. Black Knight There are a lot of theories about the Black Knight and how he is going to have an important role to play in the Quantum Realm journey of the Avengers. But, how much of this is fact is debatable? There are some action figures that were released too but knowing Marvel's propensity to mess with fans and theorists alike, it could end up meaning nothing. It's safe to say that the Black Knight would probably be the most underwhelming inclusion to the MCU if we do get to see him. A cursed sword, that's all he has… 3. Nova There was a lot of speculation about whether or not Nova would make an appearance in 'Avengers: Infinity War.' Unfortunately, that didn't happen. But, we have to admit, things have been set up quite well for an appearance by the last survivor of the Nova Corps. We all remember how Xandar was destroyed off-screen in 'Infinity War'. That's how Thanos got his first Infinity stone, the Power stone. As the story goes, this destruction of Xandar is what led to the creation of the superhero Nova. Unfortunately, with Captain Marvel filling in the role of the superpowered being, the chances of another one being introduced so soon are slim. 4. Adam Warlock Yes, he's probably going to get the main role in 'Guardians Of The Galaxy 3,' but there's no reason why we can't hope to see more of Adam Warlock in 'Avengers: Endgame.' © Marvel Warlock is supposed to be the original owner of the Soul stone but since the stone is already with Thanos, we could see him showing up in 'Avengers: Endgame' to reclaim what is rightfully his. He's also used the Infinity Gauntlet on one occasion. Who knows… 5. X-Men Okay, the last one may seem the most far-fetched theory of the lot. But, it's actually among the most probable. Yes, we have seen Quicksilver in the MCU and his sister, Scarlet Witch, is one of the strongest Avengers right now. But, they're miracles, not mutants. With Disney buying Fox though, chances of mutants appearing in the MCU are at their peak. The Mind stone is what gave the Maximoff twins their powers in the MCU. It might just be the MacGuffin that ends up waking up the latent mutant genes in humans around the world. Also, there are rumours of an end-credits scene with Charles Xavier. Think it could happen? One last thing, before you go ahead and start dissing me for listing spoiler after spoiler you need to understand that these are all theories. They are possibilities. I don't know if any of them are going to happen for sure. But, if one (or multiple) of these theories turns out to be true, don't call it a spoiler, instead, call it a prediction that came true.
  8. One of the world's most advanced metropolises, and one that enjoys a special soft spot with lakhs of Indians, Abu Dhabi is a hot travel destination with people from all around the world. However, with close to 33 lakh Indians calling Abu Dhabi their home, Indians do bear a special connection with the city. © Twitter So it was only a matter of time before the city also reciprocated the love Indians showered on it. True to the ideals of Pluralism that Abu Dhabi claims to uphold, the city recently left lakhs of Indians in Abu Dhabi overjoyed with the stone laying ceremony of the first-ever Hindu temple in the city. © Twitter The initial architectural layout for the temple which is being constructed by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar-Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), looks like an architectural marvel of modern times. Much like the Akshardham Temples in India, even this one boasts of a grandeur that is capable of invoking all the Indianness one can muster, even while being miles away from one's homeland. A beautiful glimpse of the upcoming #BAPSAbuDhabi #temple via @navdeepsuri pic.twitter.com/ldV2Rsuavd — حس٠سجÙاÙÙ ð¦ðª Hassan Sajwani (@HSajwanization) April 20, 2019 The temple is said to be symbolic of the shared friendship between Indian and UAE, and upholds the Vedic edict of 'Vasudeva Kutumbakam'. Indian Ambassador to UAE, Navdeep Suri was quoted as saying at the event, “When complete, this temple will symbolise the universal human values and spiritual ethos that form a shared heritage of both India and the UAE.” © Twitter As per initial reports, the temple will also serve as a cultural hub for the visitors, which will be equipped with an art gallery, halls, a library as well as a gymnasium! With its seven towers representing the seven emirates in the UAE, the temple will be spread across 14-acre of land and serve as a spiritual oasis set amidst the expansive desert.
  9. Bollywood has had a long-standing affair with Switzerland and somewhere we too fell in love with the country, vicariously through them. Ask anyone about Switzerland, and most of their conversation will revolve around Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol's budding romance on the streets of Switzerland, from 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'. Or those dance numbers where actresses wearing sarees are dancing on the snow-capped mountains. © MensXP I won't lie, somewhere my idea about Switzerland too was heavily influenced by Bollywood. But, all of it changed when I got a chance to visit the country a few weeks ago. I always wanted to go to Switzerland, but it was all a distant dream as I wasn't financially strong enough to fund my trip. But, thanks to Switzerland Tourism and their exceptional hospitality, the next thing I know I was sitting on a plane to Zurich and clicking and posting pictures with the locals and binging on chocolates and cheese. © MensXP Today, I want to share my story about how much Switzerland has impacted me. It also made me realise that the quaint country has so much more to offer than just be a place where Bollywood songs and movies were shot, with actors posing shirtless in snow and flaunting their six-pack abs. 1. Pack Comfortable Clothes Instead Of 'OOTD' To begin with, no you cannot stand shirtless or in a saree in the snow. Even dreaming about doing it can send shivers down your spine because of the temperature, which drops to as low as -15 degrees to -20, even in March. So, please don't dream of wearing normal boots or heels or try to act stylish to get OOTDs. Carry warm and comfortable clothes (without adding tons of layers), gloves, and lots and lots of sunscreen. © MensXP 2. Don't Take Euros Instead Of Swiss Franc Don't trade your cash for Euros, instead of Swiss Franc. Switzerland is an expensive country and if you end up paying extra in the currency conversion process, it will only burn more holes in your pockets. Also, be doubly sure about the multi-currency card you're carrying, else you will be stuck with a different country's currency, like me. So, no matter who says what, convert your money to Swiss Franc (CHF) only, for smooth hassle-free transactions. 3. Why Is The Swiss Franc Symbol Called CHF While most of us call it Swiss Franc and Swiss currency, most of us never bothered to notice or know why the symbol is CHF? Well, not many people know that the Latin name of Switzerland is 'Confoederatio Helvetica', which also means 'Swiss Confederation'. The symbol CH can be found on postal stamps, coins and even on the car stickers. © MensXP 4. There Are Four Official Languages In Switzerland This was my first trip to Switzerland, so I entertained and dug into all kinds of questions possible, which brought me to this - "What is the official language of the country?" Trust me, the number of people who asked this were more than the number of friends I have. So, let me clear that too for all you guys. It will come handy, in case you're planning a trip soon. Firstly, there is no such thing as 'Swiss language'. There are four official languages that people speak: German, French, Italian and Romansh. Reason? Switzerland comprises of 26 cantons and if we take a look at history, each of these cantons were fully sovereign states and had their own borders, armies, customs and languages. © MensXP Over the years, the government never forced any of the cantons to speak a uniform language, so they continue to retain and speak different languages, which also represents the geographical and cultural boundaries that Switzerland is surrounded by. But, don't be scared since these are not the only languages they can speak. Most people understand and speak in English too. 5. Switzerland Has A Kickass Transportation System Despite being an alpine country and surrounded by lakes and covered in snow for the most part of the year, Switzerland has a kickass transportation system, one of the world's finest actually. Let's be honest, living in Delhi has spoiled me beyond my expectations. I don't think I am the only one in thinking that cabs have made me lazy and privileged. People have stopped walking or taking buses or even metros for that matter. © MensXP Switzerland (even if it was for a week) changed my mindset. The transport is so freaking awesome, that you don't feel the need to take cabs. Also, did I tell you that cabs can be freakishly expensive? From trains, buses, cruise, bicycles to even walking; the systematic timetable connects people with any desired point. © MensXP 6. Swiss People Are VERY Punctual And Organised Swiss people are really punctual, unlike us. If the train or bus is scheduled to leave at 10: 30, it will LEAVE at 10:30 - neither 10:29 nor 10:31. Further, no person crosses roads if the signal is red, irrespective of whether there are any cars or not. Something we can never expect here. No wonder, Swiss people are so fit, despite consuming kilos of cheese and chocolates. 7. The Swiss Love Their Cheese And Chocolates Talking about cheese, can you guess how much cheese does a person in Switzerland consume in a year? 10, 20, or 50 kilos? Well, when I visited a cheese factory, I found there is more to cheese than just parmesan or cheddar and the correct number is 21.4 kilos. Oh, and they eat nearly 12 kilos of chocolate in a year. In fact, wherever I went and whatever I ordered (even if it was just a glass of water), I always got complementary chocolates. They serve chocolates everywhere, even the bed you sleep on will have chocolates kept on it. © MensXP 8. You Can Take Your Pets Literally Anywhere Also, here's something I didn't know about Switzerland but instantly fell in love with. This 'heaven on earth' is very dog-friendly (any pet in general actually). You can take your dog almost everywhere, outdoor cafes, buses, trains, cruise to even some hotels. But, there are some rules and taxes for animals, especially social pets like guinea pigs. © MensXP 9. Drinking Water Everywhere...Even In Your Bathroom Also, it is believed that water in Switzerland (Europe in general) is so clean that people drink water directly from the basin in their bathroom. Umm, coming from India I had a really difficult time adjusting to that fact and the reasons are known to all of us. We are so used to drinking water from water purifiers here, so we can't even imagine heading to the bathroom to take a drink of water. So, I took bottles instead, only to find that there are two types of water people drink there - sparkling and tap. So, when I said mineral water, I got a pack of sparkling water bottles (blame some of it to the language barrier) that has a distinct taste and not everyone likes it. And the water is super expensive there. So if you're fine drinking water from the bathroom, go for it; else make sure you get a bottle of tap water and not sparkling one. © MensXP 10. Switzerland Is Really Safe For Solo Female Travellers Lastly, being a solo woman traveller, safety is something that was a primary concern for me. Surprisingly, travelling alone in a foreign land turned out to be a safer experience for me than travelling within the country. The country is super safe, connectivity is strong and people are friendly, although they prefer that you respect their boundaries. After I came back, my perception of the beautiful country changed. I wasn't in love with Switzerland anymore because of the Bollywood songs or movies shot there. I feel in love with the incredible beauty of Mount Titlis, the picturesque renaissance architecture, the captivating snowfall, the local beverage 'Rivella', the various types of cheese and chocolates, the roads, the transport museum, the snow-capped mountains I saw from the train and everything in between. Thank you Switzerland for teaching and showing things to me I barely knew about, and I look forward to seeing you again.
  10. 'Game Of Thrones' always pays great emphasis to the soundtrack, the songs and the music that become a part of the show somewhere or the other. Usually, the themes and end credit songs are something to always look forward to as they tell us a lot abbot the standing structure and theme of the particular episode citing incidents of historical importance. Just like how Podrick's song did in episode 2 of season 8: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. © HBO The episode is all about bidding final goodbyes in Winterfell before the eventual fate is faced the next morning, or so the mighty men and women seem to believe. While Arya wants her last night in the arms of the man she fancies, Sansa warms up to Theon after he chooses to fight against the dead. Greyworm and Missandei are making grand future plans to visit Naath after the war is over and a bunch of people are sitting around the fire warming their emotions and indulging in some worthy banter and storytelling. Jaime knights Brienne of Tarth, while Tyrion fills everyone's cups with ale, requesting someone to sing a song. The quiet and unassuming Podrick Payne steps up to the occasion and belts out an old time classic called 'Jenny's Song'. © HBO The song is taken directly from George RR Martin's book: The Song of Ice and Fire and it connects to the larger scheme of things in the storyline. The song is primarily thought to be about 'Jenny of the Oldstones', a girl Duncan Targaryen was madly in love with. Duncan happens to be Daenerys's uncle and the Mad King's elder brother, making him the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Well, what does this piece of information have to do with what's going on right now? A lot apparently! The song directly relates to Duncan's love for Jenny, Rhaegar's love for Lyanna and Jon and Dany's love for each other. Just like how Duncan left his throne for Jenny, the assumption that Jon or Dany might do the same for one another, now that Jon is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne and Dany is well aware of that fact, bringing the Azor Ahai prophecy to light as well. The song plays on many levels, talking about making great sacrifices for the one true love, as it has always happened in history and might take shape in the present as well through the only two Targaryens left. © HBO So, if Duncan gave up his throne for love, will Dany do the same for Jon is the question, and that's what the song highlights. The song though has only presented the readers with one important line in the book: "High in the halls of kings who are gone, Jenny would dance with her ghosts". This reference goes back to 'Summerhall', a Targaryen castle, where a great fire broke out and killed Aegon Targaryen V and Duncan, Jenny's Prince. So, when the line reads "Jenny would dance with her ghosts", it means she'd be dancing with Duncan and Aegon V. © HBO But the version in the episode, the one that Pod sings to show off his vocal skills goes something like this: " The ones she had lost and the ones she had found, And the ones who had love her the most. The ones who'd been gone for so very long, She couldn't remember their names. They spun her around on the damp old stone, Spun away all her sorrow and pain. And she never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. While the last lines repeat, we see a montage of Sam, Gilly and little Sam, Greyworm and Missandei and Theon and Sansa, characters that may not survive the war between the living and the dead. © HBO Well, Jon has forfeited love for duty in the past, when he gave up his love for Ygritte and sided with the Night's Watch because that was the right thing to do according to him and here he is, once again put up to a test and we're wondering if he'll forfeit his love once again for Dany! Well, only time will tell, that's all I can say. For now, the assumption that the song has something very significant to do with what lies ahead is very overpowering, because it talks about love from a long time ago, weaving its way into a love that's very much a part of the present. While we're not sure who gives up on their destiny of love first, we do know that perhaps both won't make it alive to the throne and whoever does make it, the sacrifices they made to get to the throne will haunt them for life. © HBO For now, to digest this heavy piece of information, give Jenny's Song a hear. It's performed by Florence and the Machine and it goes by the name 'Jenny of Oldstones'.
  11. It doesn't matter how many times you fall until you have the courage to get up and going again, and the same formula applies to the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in this year's Indian Premier League. Despite losing six matches in a row, RCB is showing signs of improvement by winning three games out of the last four. With RCB having a one-in-a-million chance of qualifying for the playoffs, they have to make sure they win all of their remaining matches. King Kohli took a sigh of relief when they earned another two points by defeating the table-toppers Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by one run. Regardless of an outstanding knock of 84 by the 'Thallaiva' MS Dhoni himself, the wounded Challengers did manage to seize a win from CSK's mouth. View this post on Instagram Unreal stuff at the Chinnaswamy stadium as @royalchallengersbangalore keep the fight going ðª #RCBvCSK A post shared by IPL (@iplt20) on Apr 21, 2019 at 11:35am PDT Soon after the game, the game changer from RCB; Dale Steyn got into a fun chat with skipper Kohli about the evolution of their relationship over the years. From hugging each other in 2009 to the right arm pacer scooping Chiku after the celebration of Suresh Raina's wicket, the bromance between both still remains intact. Kohli showed a collage of his picture with the South-African pacer calling it a “ten-year challenge,” by adding that Steyn looks the same and that he has changed a lot over the years. They further went on to praise each other for all the achievements and accolades. View this post on Instagram Delighted to have Steyn back in the team - Virat Kohli . In their @royalchallengersbangalore reunion, watch what happens when @virat.kohli and @dalesteyn discover a 9 year old treasure! #RCBvCSK . Full video ð¹ on our IG story or click the link in the bio. A post shared by IPL (@iplt20) on Apr 21, 2019 at 5:30pm PDT With four games still to be played by RCB, they will surely aim for the impossible and make it to the playoffs. Let's wait and watch if they can get the momentum this late in the season.
  12. Virat Kohli is a name that doesn't really need an introduction, as he is the most popular cricketer that India has seen since the legend Sachin Tendulkar. Kohli is someone who is always seen leading the Indian team from the front, be it with the bat or on the field. But what really sets him apart is not just his cricketing skills, but his fitness too. © Reuters When it comes to fitness, the Indian captain just keeps on raising the bar and has become the fitness icon of India when it comes to sportsmen, as no other Indian athlete can match his fitness levels at present. In fact, I am also sure that his chiselled and amazing body is something that a lot of people are striving to get for themselves. In this article, I am going about how you can build a sportsman-like physique just like Virat Kohli: 1. Dietary Control In a recent interview, Virat himself said that he hasn't tasted 'butter naan' and 'butter chicken' in the last 5 years which used to be his favourite dish. This not only shows his immense discipline towards his diet but also tells you that he stays away from any kind of junk foods at all. You can't expect your body to look and respond like a sportsman if you're going to feed it junk food every now and then. Your diet should be as nutritious as possible. Avoid eating highly processed and less nutritious food all the time. 2. Increase Your Protein Intake The combination of the chiselled physique with explosive energy is impossible to achieve without a good amount of protein in your diet. Your body needs to have muscles to look muscular. Protein is the building block for muscles, thus it is very important that you include enough protein in your diet on a daily basis. Having 1.5 grams protein per Kg of body weight is a good place to start with and thereafter you can increase it according to your own individual needs. 3. Combination Of Resistance And Agility Training If you look at Virat's physique carefully, you will realize that he doesn't have too much of muscle mass. He is not bulky like a bodybuilder but yes, he has muscles. © Reuters To build muscles, you need to train with weights. When your muscles are subjected to resistance training regularly, your body tries to build new muscle fibres. Also, sport-specific performance like Kohli's will need regular agility training as well. You could choose from various forms of agility drills like ladder drills, cone drills or medicine balls. Working out at least 5 to 6 days in a week with a combination of resistance training and agility training will be best suited for a body like Virat's. 4. Consistency Virat didn't become Virat overnight. It took him years and years of hard work, dedication and discipline to become what he is today. You have to keep this in mind when you make a target to be like him. There will be temptation around you for skipping your workouts or to cheat on your meals, but you have you show your commitment towards your goals. This is what differentiates an achiever from a loser. Just do the hard work, be patient and you will see the results coming your way. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  13. How would you spend your final hours if death was imminent? Would you eat the finest of the meals or get drunk, spend time with your friends or have *** because who knows what tomorrow holds? Well, before you tread ahead, let us tell you this post is dark and full of spoilers. The second episode of 'Game Of Thrones' season 8 aired this morning and among the list of things that surprised us was Arya-Gendry's lovemaking scene. Right before the scene, she was sitting with The Hound and realized that she doesn't want to spend her final hours (if they are her final hours) contemplating things or getting drunk and miserable. And here's the thing: Arya has really evolved over the seasons and especially after her training with the faceless man, her onscreen presence tried to emulate the qualities of a calculative assassin. But we've seen baby Arya draw a better bow than Bran in the first episode, we've seen her grow and fight the lady stereotype thrusted upon her. So seeing her grow up and have human desires was a little surprising. Here's what Twitter had to say about it. Stuff we didn't know we needed! ARYA STARK GETTING DOWN IS THE MOMENT WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR AND DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/nsa78rw1yG — G (@GeeInSpace) April 22, 2019 Yeah, even we weren't, TBH! I wasn't ready for this #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/G6JdbSLCec — House Box Office (@HBO) April 22, 2019 At least she's done having what she wanted Arya having to get out of bed when the white walkers show up #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/ogzz3Pgd7b — Community Chapstick (@CChapstick69) April 22, 2019 Lol. Arya ain't playing this season #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/jtaWLZopLW — hehehe (@AndileXhoba) April 22, 2019 Tears of joy. #GameofThrones Watching Arya undress like pic.twitter.com/XaxCMpYbjC — Sadaf Ali (@notSadaf) April 22, 2019 But everyone knows the girl's name now. A girl has no virginity — Andretti (@HeFromLA) April 22, 2019 *Jaw drop* ARYA: take your own bloody pants off Me: IS THIS ALLOWED???? pic.twitter.com/EHSofsfbbF — #FREEJAGGINOW KINGOFTHEBLOODY7KINGDOMS (@sunveervirk) April 22, 2019 Yeah, but who cares? my brain calculating the seasons to figure out around how old Arya is this season pic.twitter.com/m8HqQoUIFs — SJ (@getvindictive) April 22, 2019 Were we ready for this? Were we??? Arya: Starts taking off clothes to lose her virginity Me:#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/U6tw3FaJkn — Mike.C⪠(@Official_MikeC) April 22, 2019
  14. As soon as Arya Stark asked Gendry to forge her a weapon, a number of conspiracy theories started mushrooming all around the web and the fandom. We all knew that it will have an important role to play, but we finally know exactly what it entails, now that Gendry is ready with the final product. Gendry fashioned her a wooden stick, with Valyrian Steel blades on both ends. © Hotstar Let's break it down. The weapon is a deadly combination of three other weapons, and three forms of combat training that Arya has mastered. Let's take a look at what they are. Weapon 1: A long staff/spear Arya, thanks to her completion of the assassin training with the Faceless man (with grade A, if we may say so), knows how to fight with a staff. Remember her combat with the waif with a long staff, when she was blind as a bat? Her survival instinct saved her life then, and it clearly will come in handy while taking on the army of the dead. © Hotstar Weapon 2: A small Valyrian Steel dagger, just like Catspaw Just like a stealthy ninja assassin, Arya knows how to fight with a small dagger. Hell, she could face a mighty warrior like Brienne, armed with that. She also used it to get rid of Littlefinger without so much as batting an eyelid. In the drawing of the weapon she handed Gendry, there was a detachable part made of dragonglass, Clearly, she wants a dagger handy during the war. © HBO Weapon 3: A wooden sword that's not too heavy, but super deadly Remember how Arya started off her combat training? Her first teacher was Syrio Forel from Braavos, and one of the first things Arya complained about during the training is that she found the sword too heavy. After that, Arya has been fighting with Needle, another nimble but deadly weapon. Clearly, she prefers a wooden weapon that is light to wield. The rest of the new weapon, without the attached dagger on one hand, is supposed to act just like that. Now, let's look at the three combat styles using the weapon will entail. Combat Style 1: Arya is adept at fighting with both her hands. While sparring with Brienne on the courtyard, she found out using just a sword will not cut it with bigger and more accomplished fighters. As a result, she took out Catspaw, and was at Brienne's throat within a surprisingly short time. The deatched dagger bit in the new weapon is perfect for that sort of maneuver. Combat Style 2: Arya has always been good at handling smaller weapons which are nimble but deadly - just like she herself is. A wooden sword with a Valyrian Steel end is the perfect weapon that she can have a one to one combat with, thanks to her agility and swiftness. This, in a way, is also an ode to her first teacher - Syrio Forel, who embraced death with a wooden sword in his hands. Combat Style 3: Arya knows how to fight in the darkness. That's how she killed the waif (remember her blowing the candle off before killing her in the darkness?) The new weapon seems to be a piece meant for manipulation. She can use it as a spear, a staff, a sword, and a dagger. When the light goes out, if it does, Arya needs all these weapons at her disposal, and there can't be a better choice. Let's just say as of now, it looks like Arya Stark will play a pivotal part in the great battle, with her latest weapon.
  15. Salman 'bhai' is back with his 'Eid' gift for fans all over the globe. The trailer of his much-awaited 'Bharat' finally dropped a few minutes ago and before we talk about it, let's have a look at it. Ali Abbas Zafar is back with Katrina and Salman as a team in a tried and tested formula which looks like it will be a super hit. The movie also stars Disha Patani and Sunil Grover in pivotal roles and is a remake of the Korean hit, 'An Ode To My Father'. The movie follows a chronology of India over six decades and Salman Khan will be donning five different looks in the movie. Salman's character is also named 'Bharat' which is like a metaphorical representation of the country itself. SKF The trailer stays true to a typical Salman 'bhai' movie. It has good background score, the enigma of Salman himself, lovely ladies to add more value to the script and a whole 'over the top' vibe. Fans are absolutely loving the trailer already. #BharatTrailer is out now Owesome trailer...it could be the biggest blockbuster of the year Please go and watch pic.twitter.com/3ClMkR2HHU — SalmanKhanfc (@itsSalmanKhanfc) April 22, 2019 Going by the merits of #BharatTrailer, BONAFIDE BLOCKBUSTER is a given. Seems @beingsalmankhan has delivered his most fervid performance till date. Trailer is Perfect blend of mass & class. Katrina nails it. @aliabbaszafar “does whatever it takes” https://t.co/QlsxPYJIpW — Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) April 22, 2019 Salman's last spell at the box-office was a dud in the form of 'Race 3' but knowing the actor, he always bounces back, thanks to the kind of movies he makes, which have many takers out there. The movie is releasing on 5th June this year, so we have something grand to look forward to this Eid, like every Eid. Get ready to witness the journey of a man and a nation together.
  16. Last evening's Indian Premier League match between Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings and Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore produced some really incredible moments of the 2019 season of the league. The thrilling last-minute drama with the brilliant direct hit by the RCB wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel allowed his side to win the third game of the season in a nail-biter. However, the innings played by the former Indian skipper has to be the talk of the town. While scoring his career best in the IPL (83 not out), Dhoni looked and played like his old self when he was challenging the age-old techniques of some of the greatest batsmen of the game with his unorthodox style and brute power. Mahi came to play and was focused from the first delivery, scoring a boundary at the deep point. We also got to see the finesse and creativity of the batter that he gathered and evolved through the years and years of playing international cricket as he smoothly directed a wide ball towards the deep fine leg. This career best performance consisted of five fours and a barrage of sixes, one of which was the longest any cricketer had hit this season at 111 metres, with the ball going out of the M. Chinnaswamy stadium onto the busy roads of Bangalore. Out of the Park SIX ðªðªðª Biggest Six(111m) of #IPL2019 #Dhoni the Powerhouse ð¥ð¥ð¥ pic.twitter.com/trRqoUc6kM — Serendipity ⤠(@PoornaPradeep4) April 21, 2019 The seven sixes that came off Dhoni's bat is the most number of sixes scored by anyone during the ongoing season and led him to score a total of 203 maximums in the 12 years since IPL began, making him the first Indian cricketer to hit 200+ sixes in IPL. What looked like an out-of-hand game for the 'Whistle Podu' franchise, came to the final delivery thanks to the superhuman game played by Dhoni. However, with a dot ball and a failed single, his efforts did not lead to a win. Nonetheless, Dhoni's efforts were recognised by the world: Dhoni for PM. Or have I said that before a dozen times ð — Prannoy Roy (@PrannoyRoyNDTV) April 21, 2019 Dhoni for PM. Or have I said that before a dozen times ð — Prannoy Roy (@PrannoyRoyNDTV) April 21, 2019 Is there anyone better than MS Dhoni in world cricket when it comes to being there & finish off games ? It's not just about striking, it's about backing himself & being calculative. Top innings from him. Unfortunate to have lost by 1 run but Bloody Brilliant @ChennaiIPL #RCBvCSK — Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 21, 2019 84* off 48, 5x4s, 7x6s. Are #Dhoni haters still alive or have they retired from planet earth? ð¥ð¦ #RCBvCSK #CSKvRCB pic.twitter.com/MRpCkuphCx — Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) April 21, 2019 I am not a fan of winning Dhoni, I am Proud fan of MS Dhoni ðªâ¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/IIegM1cAre — DHONIsm™ â¤ï¸ (@DHONIism) April 21, 2019
  17. As the date inches closer for the epic finale of the 'Avengers' series, I must confess that I am pretty close to losing my Goddamn mind! Also, it doesn't help that Marvel has decided to launch a flurry of TV spots every freaking day with second-long new footage from 'Endgame'. The latest TV spot finally gave us a taste of what all of us were desperately waiting for: Cap & Tony Vs Thanos. Yes, we also got the first look of Valkyrie, but let's be honest here, there was only one thing in this sport that left us salivating for more. We all know that this epic battle is going to leave some major casualties…okay, let's not go there now. But this one-second shot has already given us an idea of how epic, mind-blowing and incredible this the final battle is going to be, even though we may lose some of our beloved heroes forever. Here's hoping you guys have already booked your tickets (I have!), and if not…well, ab milne se raha!
  18. Realme is still a fairly new brand in the market that's yet to make a significant dent in the industry with its smartphone lineup. Of course, we've seen some really promising devices from Realme in the past like the Realme U1, the recently launched Realme 3, and more. But they come with their fair share of annoyances, often steering the consumers away to other established alternatives. Now yet again, Realme is trying to take a slice of the pie with its latest smartphone, the Realme 3 Pro. The Realme 3 Pro goes all out as an affordable mid-range smartphone with an edge-to-edge dewdrop design, a powerful Snapdragon 710 processor, up to 6GB RAM, and a lot more, all at a price starting at just Rs. 13,999 The Realme 3 Pro has a lot going for it, but does it pack enough goods to beat the like of Xiaomi at its own game of making a phone that ticks all the right boxes? Let's take a look. Design & Display © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Honestly, I haven't been a huge fan of Realme phones' design. It might be an unpopular opinion, but they all looked kind of dull and subdued to me at first glance. The Realme 3 Pro, on the other hand, looks really nice. If you look closely, you'll see a subtle pattern across the back, which reflects light in a unique way. Realme says the pattern is inspired by 'racecourse'. Their slogan for this phone is 'Speed Awakens', so it's the 'Pattern of Speed'. Geddit? I am not too sure about how the visual pattern would look on the other two colorways, but the Carbon Grey variant, which I've been using for the past few weeks, has a unique visual appeal to it. Other noteworthy design elements on the back of the Realme 3 Pro includes a vertical dual-camera setup with some yellow accents, and the 'Realme' branding which gives the phone a sporty look in my opinion. There's also a fingerprint scanner, but that's pretty much it for the back. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The front of the phone is mostly occupied by the 6.3-inch FHD+ display with minimal bezels on the sides. Also, thanks to the 'dewdrop' notch, the Realme 3 Pro boasts a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio, and the display looks gorgeous. The display is certainly one of the biggest plus points of the phone. It's sharp, gets adequately bright even under direct sunlight and is just beautiful to watch videos on or play games. It's a great IPS panel and it's protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, making it quote durable too. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer As an overall package, the Realme 3 Pro feels well built and snug in hand. All three buttons on the sides are well-placed and I personally had no issues reaching them. It still sports a micro USB port instead of USB Type C, but hey, that's not really a deal-breaker. Plus it makes up for it with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Performance & Software As for the performance, let me get it out of the by saying that performance on the Realme 3 Pro is absolutely a breeze. It's fast, snappy and very reliable when it comes opening and loading pretty much any app you throw at it. It's powered by the Snapdragon 710 AIE octa-cpre processor after all, so I wasn't expecting anything less of it in terms of the real-life usage. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The variant which I have for review packs 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, but you can also choose to go with 4GB + 64GB or 6GB + 64GB configurations. I am sure, the performance won't take a huge hit. Really, the Realme 3 Pro did well during my testing, and it was a delight to use. Running games like PUBG, Fortnite, and Asphalt 9 is smooth sailing, and you'll be able to play them without any noticeable stuttering. Yes, the phone gets a little warm to touch after extended hours of gaming, but it's nothing to worry about as it won't get uncomfortably hot. The Realme 3 Pro ships with Android 9 Pie with Oppo's ColorOS v6.0 on top. Again, I am not a huge fan of custom skins on Android, let alone Oppo's heavy ColorOS. However, I enjoy using some of the customization features like 'Swipe-Up Gestures', 'Smart Sidebar', 'Assistive Ball', etc. Although one of the things which I absolutely hate about ColorOS is that ships with a ton, and I mean a TON, of bloatware. Yes, you can get rid of most of them, but seriously, I hate looking at those many apps on a phone which I just pulled out of the box. I really hope Realme does something about it in the future. © MensXP Since we're talking performance, let me touch base on the phone's biometric features too. The fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone is at the right spot in my opinion, and it's super snappy and accurate. The Realme 3 Pro also offers Face Unlock, which is just as fast as the Fingerprint scanner, but I ended up using the physical scanner for, you know, some added security. The speakers, however, are something which I am not a huge fan of. Realme 3 Pro has a single bottom firing speaker, which is very easy to cover with your while using the phone in, say the landscape mode. The audio experience was decent with good audio output, but I found myself reaching out for a pair of headphones. I am glad that Realme didn't get rid of the phone 3.5mm headphone jack. Good job, Realme! © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Camera The Realme 3 Pro comes with two cameras at the back. One is a 16-megapixel IMX519 shooter whereas the one one is a 5-megapixel shooter with an f/2,4 aperture. And on the front, the Realme 3 Pro sports a 25-megapixel selfie camera. Before we jump into the camera samples, I'd like to point out that I really enjoyed shooting pictures with this phone. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer I was recently in Mumbai for a couple of days, and I carried the Realme 3 Pro along with some flagship phones like the iPhone XR and the Galaxy S10e. Well, I must say that I ended up pulling out the Realme 3 Pro more often than I thought I would, which definitely says something about the camera quality. The camera app is also fairly straightforward and easy to use. There are a bunch of modes to shoot like Nightscape, Portrait, Expert, etc. Realme has also introduced a new mode called 'Ultra HD', which essentially uses software to create a 64MP image with bigger size and, of course, more details. Overall, I'd say that Realme has a commendable job with both the camera hardware and the software. I did say that the Redmi Note 7 Pro's cameras impressed me, but I think this one's equally good, if not significantly better. Yes, the Realme 3 Pro struggles to keep up in low-light, but I guess you can't have it all at this price, really. I'll let you take a look at the images and decide for yourself - Battery Life The Realme 3 Pro packs a beefy 4,05 mAh battery inside which in my opinion is a pretty decent size. It's slight smaller than the 4,230 mAh battery found inside the Realme 3, but I have no complaints with the battery life here. The Realme 3 Pro can easily last a day wit heavy usage, which includes the basic day-to-day tasks like web browsing, social media, usage, etc. and some intensive tasks like media streaming and gaming. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer I've noticed good battery life on almost all the smartphones running on the Snapdragon 710 chip, and the Realme 3 Pro is no exception. If you're not a heavy-hitter like me, then you can push the phone and get through even two days without charging since the phone has really good standby time. The Realme 3 Pro also ships with VOOC 3.0 20V charger inside the box, which can charge the phone from 0% - 100% in about 80 minutes, which is not bad at all. So overall, I'd say the Realme 3 Pro scores good marks in the battery life department too. On an average, you can get about 5-6 hours of screen on time, and charge it fairly quickly thanks to VOOC 3.0. The Final Say © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer It appears to me as though Realme is gaining more confidence with each product it's bringing to the market, and the brand's effort is clearly reflecting on the Realme 3 Pro. No wonder, the brand is leaving no stones unturned while going after Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7 Pro. After using it for an extended period of time, I can confidently say that it ticks all the boxes to make up for a worthy competitor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro. Of course, the Realme 3 Pro is not the perfect mid-range phone, but it has a lot going for it for Rs. 13,999. You get a great FHD+ display, a powerful Snapdragon chipset, amazing battery life, and some capable cameras. The only area where I'd say it falls short is the software. And maybe some minor annoyances like the speaker position and a micro USB port. Well, if you are someone who can look past these qualms, then you'll be very happy with the Realme 3 Pro. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Realme 3 Pro, if you'll ask me, is a phone which I'll be happy to recommend to anyone who's looking for a phone under Rs. 15,000. It's a great Redmi Note 7 Pro alternative, and I think I'll start recommending the Realme 3 Pro more mainly because of how hard it is to get hands on a Xiaomi smartphone these days. So, if you are on a budget, and can't get your hands on a Redmi Note 7 Pro, go ahead and buy the Realme 3 Pro.
  19. Realme is continuing its efforts to establish a name for itself in the budget smartphone segment in India with the launch of the new Realme 3 Pro. It comes hot on the heels of the launch of Realme 3, which is also a great budget offering from the brand. The phone has been priced at Rs. 13,999 for the base variant, going head-to-head with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The Realme 3 Pro distinguishes itself from the other phones in this segment with the Snapdragon 710 chipset, which is known to have a few advantages of its own over chips like Snapdragon 675. Specifications As for the specs, the Realme 3 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ display on the front that's protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The display, as you can see, has a dewdrop design, giving it a screen-to-body ratio of 90.8%. Also, as mentioned earlier, the Realme 3 Pro is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 710 chip, and it comes in a few variants. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Realme 3 Pro comes in two variants, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. You can also expand the storage up to 256GB. As for the optics, the Realme 3 Pro sports a dual-camera setup at the back which houses a 16MP and a 5MP sensor. On the front, you get a 25MP selfie shooter. Realme is offering a bunch of shooting modes with the camera. You get modes like Nightscape, Portrait, Expert, Super slow-mo, and more. There's also a fingerprint scanner at the back, but you'll have to make do with a micro USB port. The innards of the phone will be kept powered by a 4,050 mAh battery, and you also get ColorOS 6.0 that's based on Android 9 Pie out of the box. Pricing & Availability © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The base variant of the Realme 3 Pro starts at Rs. 13,999. You can also pick up the variant with 6GB + 128GB storage for Rs. 16,999. The phone will go on sale starting on 29th April Flipkart. Realme C2 In addition to the Realme 3 Pro, the company also debuted the new Realme C2. It's powered by an Octa-core Helio P22 chip and comes in 2GB RAM + 16GB storage and 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variants. The device sports a 6.1-inch HD+ display with a 'dewdrop' notch. © MensXP Other noteworthy specs of the phone include a 4,000 mAh battery, 13MP + 2MP Dual Rear Camera, AI Facial Unlock and more. The phone also looks beautiful with its Diamond-Cut Design, which is similar to what we've seen in the past. As for the pricing, the Realme C2 starts at Rs. 5,999 for the base variant. The variant with 3GB RAM + 32GB storage is priced at Rs. 7,999. You'll be able to pick one up starting May 15.
  20. The latest episode of 'Game of Thrones'' was a mixed bag of predictable yet gorgeously shot scenes, and the prepping up for the battle towards the end of the episode kind of takes you on a journey filled with mixed emotions. Now, social media is a funny Pandora's Box of jokes and memes and these hilarious ones on today's episode, sum up how we feel. #GameofThrones Jaime when Bran said “the things we do for love” pic.twitter.com/TIxEp5A8Ds — Annalisa Nicole (@annalisa_nicole) April 22, 2019 My thoughts on tonight's Game of Thrones: - Good episode but next week is going to be CRAZY. - Arya a freak! She been reading 50 Faces of Grey. - Jon Snow picking literally the worst time to tell Daenerys that she's in love with her nephew. - Hot Pie gonna end up on the Throne. pic.twitter.com/PEenoTZQDW — Tyler (@TyIerJTY) April 22, 2019 Now, first things first, Arya and Gendry finally found some action and everyone went 'WHOAAAAA'. Arya Memory almost ruined #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/F07MIrv6N0 — hehehe (@AndileXhoba) April 22, 2019 They sure did #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/LTNq19UqYN — Susanela (@_Susanela) April 22, 2019 The Ghost of Ned Stark wanting a word with Gendry. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/23VuDAre8S — Jeffrey Walizer Jr (@JWalizerJr) April 22, 2019 Then lets talk about Bran and him being a steak offering for the Night King. Bran being dropped outside of Winterfell as a peace offering for the Night King #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/zMgRGVNNQE — anak mading (@dapihes) April 22, 2019 Jon: My name, My Real name is Aegon Targaryen Dany: Who told you? Jon: Bran *Next episode*#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/LTQzxi0hwM — Tony Stark ðº (@_Lone_Ranger21) April 22, 2019 That silent moment between the new lovers when Khaleesi finds out Jon Snow is her nephew in reality. AWKWARD. #gameofthrones Jon: *tells daenerys his true identity* Daenerys: pic.twitter.com/RfwfDiarf5 — sg (@SarahGawo) April 22, 2019 Jon tryna tell dany that he is aegon targaryen #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/eki8lpynSP — mels ðâ¨ðð° (@princessmelssss) April 22, 2019 And then that insanely proud moment of seeing Brienne being knighted? Priceless! Congratulations to Brienne of Tarth for breaking through the stone ceiling. #GamefThrones pic.twitter.com/XUydV5Z0cP — shauna (@goldengateblond) April 22, 2019 Me holding back my tears knowing this is gonna be last time everyone alive together but still looking forward to next ep #GamefThrones pic.twitter.com/zkam1p03oX — Sebastian (@SebJuodaky) April 22, 2019 However, we are aware of the gruesome fact that most people are going to start dying from the next episode onwards and we can't wait. Catharsis much? Sums up episode 2 #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/c8jL1lv9GS — Caligula (@NotEvilCaligula) April 22, 2019
  21. The IPL fever is on, and there is a lot of excitement in the air. From incessantly praying for your home team to buying exclusive IPL gears, that's the mood overall. But at work, it's a different situation. For me, I cannot even concentrate when the match is on, especially if it's my team that's playing. And I am sure you go through the same thing,when you're at work post 8.00 pm and all you can think of is IPL. So here are the 5 things that happen at office every year when the IPL is on. I bet you'll relate to this. 1. Constantly thinking of an excuse to leave early What do you do when it is a long, long day at work, and the match starts at 8.00 pm. How do you get out? Well, I suggest bring out the big guns - headaches, viral fever, flu, everything. Having said that, I sincerely hope my boss isn't reading this right now. 2. Taking innumerable washroom breaks to check the score on UC Browser IPL's on, your home team is playing, and you are still at work. One thing every cricket fan does at work is take millions of loo breaks just to check the live scores on UC Browser. One of the best things about UC Browser is that its in-app tool of cricket content aggregation offers all-in-one live cricket content, including live scores, news, videos, photos, live commentaries and more. Additionally, this time around UC Browser is going big with IPL 2019. They have launched the UC Miss Cricket Contest for the course of IPL. It's India's first ever cricket-themed online pagent. In fact, last year the contest received a tremendous response, including participation from Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela, Miss India Priyadarshini Chatterjee and TV actress Shirin Sewani. The contest is underway till May 1, and we hear the winner will win a huge prize, and will also be featured on a billboard at New York Times Square. Now that's big, ain't it? 3. Putting your money on your favourite team This happens everytime IPL is on. It's almost like an unofficial tradition at work. I am going big on Mumbai Indians, whom are you supporting? 4. Checking the WiFi 24x7 Here's a truth. You are never going to check the WiFi speed if it's a usual day at work. But when the IPL is on, WiFi is your top-most priority. I mean, how else will you livestream the match and check the scores all the time? 5. Getting into a heated conversation During IPL, a KKR fan will always get into a heated conversation with a Mumbai Indian fan. Or, a CSK follower will never miss an opportunity to pick on a RCB fan. When we talk about the IPL fever, this is exactly what we mean. Do you relate to this? If yes, let us know which team you are supporting this time.
  22. We are at a loss of words following the coordinated series of deadly terror attacks in Sri Lanka that ripped through some churches and hotels, killing and injuring hundreds of people. Well, you know what happens when a nation gets hit with terror attacks? Spread of misinformation, violence, and God knows what else. Well, it's not happening in this case, as the Sri Lankan officials blocked several social media networks, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Viber, YouTube, and more. It was done over concerns that the attacks would trigger waves of misinformation, violence and hate speech. © Reuters Presidential advisor Harindra Dassanayake told The New York Times that the decision to block access to social media sites was a “unilateral decision”. As of now, it's not entirely clear as to when this ban will be lifted, but it does make a lot of sense since most of the panicking often happens on or after reading dozens of articles spreading fake news on social media platforms. The move to ban social media, however, isn't unprecedented. Sri Lanka itself issued a temporary ban on social media sites after the riots fueled by Facebook misinformation spread. In fact, we've seen something similar in India too, and networks like Facebook and WhatsApp were blocked in the wake of riots. © Reuters But is the ban really helping? Well, there's no way to tell, but resorting to such measures does make sense since a lot of countries do struggle with viral and violent misinformation spread on social media during such events.
  23. Look, I don't care if the video footage from 'Avengers: Endgame' has been leaked by one of the inside men of the Marvel Studios (maybe, keep a closer look at your men, MARVEL!) and sure there's that theory released by infamous Redditor who'd successfully predicted every event of 'Avengers: Infinity War' that has made the people of internet gasping for air. But, the Marvel nerd in me has somehow kept me afloat in such testing times when everyone is looking to ruin the whole experience for me by “accidentally” tagging me on the Facebook posts about the leaked footage. FYI - There's a special place in 'Hel' for such people (get it?) Anyhow, as a lover of Stan Lee's vision and Kevin Feige's touch to make the Marvel Comics an even better visual delight and attention to detail, I am always on the lookout for the smallest of hints and easter eggs that the brilliant geeks at Marvel Studios slide into the movie footage. I caught one such hint in one of the latest Endgame “spots” released by the Studios titled “Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame | "Mission" Spot” In the footage, Captain America talks about dividing the Avengers into various teams with missions allotted to each of them. “No mistakes, no dovers. Look out for each other. This is the fight of our lives,” he says as the Avengers assemble and raise their fists together. © Marvel Studios And this is it. This is where the clue lies. In this scene there are nine people making the circle. According to the rest of the trailer we are certain that Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Natasha Romanoff, Rocket, Clint Barton, Scott Lang are seen wearing the quantum realm suit, standing in that very circle. Also, according to the previous trailers we know that Nebula and James Rhodes also have been seen walking through the Avengers' plane hanger wearing the suit. So, who is the ninth character? We can judge by the modifications made to the suits and the length and size of the hands, we can make some really well-educated guesses as to who is standing where: Let's start with the very obvious one going counter clockwise: We can see Rocket, Nebula, then we have Rhodes' customised Iron Patriot suit, followed by Scott, Natasha, Barton and finally Rogers and Stark. However, the last hand has to belong to a physically bigger being like Thor. © Marvel Studios But if my theory about Captain Marvel's fate in the first half of the movie is true, then Thor will not be available to go on this 'mission'. So if not Thor, then who? I guess you know where we are going with this. This has to be Hulk! Getting over his loss against Thanos at the Argardian ship at the beginning of Infinity War, Hulk might finally be back. But, wait! There's more! Notice how calm and relaxed that hand is? Almost as if the Hulk isn't angry anymore. As if, Bruce Banner has some kind of control over the green beast. And believe it or not but In the Marvel Comics, there also exists a character like who has the mind of Banner and strength of the Hulk and is known by the name of Professor Hulk. Could this be true?
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