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  1. Yesterday was a huge day for people who celebrate science. It'll go down in history as a day when the first ever real image of black hole was revealed. But you know what? It's an even bigger day for female scientists across the globe because our first direct look at a black hole, though a bit blurry, is courtesy of a young lady named Katie Bouman. That's right, we earthlings got to see an image of the black hole as seen through the eyes of the Event Horizon Telescope, which is essentially an array of eight radio telescopes around the world working together. Left: MIT computer scientist Katie Bouman w/stacks of hard drives of black hole image data. Right: MIT computer scientist Margaret Hamilton w/the code she wrote that helped put a man on the moon. (image credit @floragraham)#EHTblackhole #BlackHoleDay #BlackHole pic.twitter.com/Iv5PIc8IYd — MIT CSAIL (@MIT_CSAIL) April 10, 2019 The MIT Grad, Katie, was still in school when she helped develop a computer program that created the image of the black hole. She was also the one who led testing to verify the images, which by itself is a huge task. The data from eight of those telescopes were collected on hundreds of hard drives and flown in to a central processing center. It was apparently set across manually because there was too much of it to send over the internet. It was in June last year, when all the data had arrived at the center. While speaking to Time, Katie said, “We all watched as the images appeared on our computers“. The ring came so easily. It was unbelievable.” © Event Horizon Telescope Six years ago when Katie had joined the team, she apparently didn't know a thing about black holes. After all, her background was from computer science and electrical engineering. That, however, didn't keep her away from “coming up with ways to see or measure things that are invisible,” she said. As soon as the first image of black hole was revealed, an image showing Katie next to a stack of hard drives went viral, and rightfully so. This woman deserves all the recognition. Bouman hasn't spoken to anyone else, but she CNN that “No one of us could've done it alone. It came together because of lots of different people from many backgrounds.” Congratulations to Katie Bouman to whom we owe the first photograph of a black hole ever. Not seeing her name circulate nearly enough in the press. Amazing work. And here's to more women in science (getting their credit and being remembered in history) ð¥ð¥âï¸ pic.twitter.com/wcPhB6E5qK — Tamy Emma Pepin (@TamyEmmaPepin) April 10, 2019 Interestingly, Bouman delivered a TED Talk back in 2016 called “How to take a picture of a black hole”, where she noted that the first ever picture of a black hole will come down to an international team of scientists, an Earth-sized telescope and an algorithm to put all the data together and reveal the final image.
  2. Zoya Akhtar's 'Gully Boy' is undoubtedly one of the biggest hits of 2019, which turned everyone into a rapper, a skill people didn't know they had until they saw the movie. This movie also marked Ranveer Singh's debut as an epic rapper, who introduced the world to 'Asli Hip Hop'. While people can't stop praising Ranveer Singh's flawless performance in the movie, there's another guy whose inspiring story deserves to be heard and must hog the limelight. The story of Naezy aka Naved Shaikh, the real-life 'Gully Boy' on whose life Ranveer's character was supposedly based on. Instagram From being an underdog rapper on the streets of Mumbai to making it big and finding success in the world of hip hop, Naezy bares it all about his life in a 'Humans of Bombay' post and how different it was from the movie. "I was born & brought up in Kurla, an infamous area. My family was full of academics, but I was different. I had an 'adventurous' childhood–I'd spend all day with my friends doing the craziest things! I'd hustle hard to get money from anywhere possible–I'd search & sell unused things for cash! I never let my family see this side of me, but they realised what I was up to." Instagram Naezy loved writing and once he got introduced to the 'rap culture', there were fireworks. "I had to study BSc, but I used that time to focus on Hip-Hop–I had so much to say; my songs were unsaid words from dusty street corners," he said. When he recorded his first song 'Aafat', it went viral. The song was loved by people, but his family was furous as they never wanted him to pursue rapping as a career. "Eventually, I got more offers, but kept missing out because of family restrictions. Just when I thought all was lost, I recorded 'Mere Gully Mein' & everything changed. That song was what made Zoya Akhtar approach Divine & I for Gully Boy," he further added. Instagram When someone says, this movie is based on someone's life we instantly assume that everything shown in the movie is factually accurate. We fail to realise that some things are fictional, like it was in 'Gully Boy'. "But not everything in it is true–there's no 'Saifeena' & my dad doesn't have 2 wives! But it showed the audience my roots; the reality of every street rat out there. Looking back, I can't believe I'm here!" View this post on Instagram “I was born & brought up in Kurla, an infamous area. My family was full of academics, but I was different. I had an 'adventurous' childhood–I'd spend all day with my friends doing the craziest things! I'd hustle hard to get money from anywhere possible–I'd search & sell unused things for cash! I never let my family see this side of me, but they realised what I was up to. My mom took care of us because my dad was in Dubai. She said the only way I'd improve was if I stayed away from my friends. I changed schools & houses, but the streets never left me. I found my way back, through Hip-Hop. I loved writing, but hadn't been introduced to 'rap culture' before, so I began researching. It was like a fire burned within me! I had to study BSc, but I used that time to focus on Hip-Hop–I had so much to say; my songs were unsaid words from dusty street corners. But who'd give a 'gully boy' a break? I decided to wait for nobody & record my first song, 'Aafat' on an iPad–it went viral! People loved me! But when my family saw the video–they were furious. They'd never let me pursue rapping as a career–I recieved love & support from everyone except them. It was heartbreaking. Eventually, I got more offers, but kept missing out because of family restrictions. Just when I thought all was lost, I recorded 'Mere Gully Mein' & everything changed. That song was what made Zoya Akhtar approach Divine & I for Gully Boy. But not everything in it is true–there's no 'Saifeena' & my dad doesn't have 2 wives! But it showed the audience my roots; the reality of every street rat out there. Looking back, I can't believe I'm here! There was a time when my friends & I'd bunk school to come to the Queen's necklace & look for coins on the street to have kulfi. Today, I've performed at Wankhede & was given a hotel room overlooking the necklace! I was on top of the world! Still, in that moment of joy, I felt heartbreak like never before because I couldn't share it with my parents. All of this success is stale without their acceptance...without their love. I wish they could see how far I've come, but I won't let this break me. I'll keep trying...Apna Time Kabhi Toh Aayega!” A post shared by Humans of Bombay (@officialhumansofbombay) on Apr 1, 2019 at 6:11am PDT Although he is experiencing fame and joy, it's heartbreaking for him because he couldn't share it with his parents. "All of this success is stale without their acceptance...without their love. I wish they could see how far I've come, but I won't let this break me. I'll keep trying...Apna Time Kabhi Toh Aayega!"
  3. We have officially entered April, and with it into the crucial two months which will eventually decide the nation's fate for the next five years. The Lok Sabha Elections are set to begin from 11th April and shall be carried out in seven phases across the country, finally ending on 19th May. Political parties are going all out with their candidature announcements, detailed pitches and promises for the future of the people, while rallies addressing thousands of people at a time are being conducted all around the country by every big and small party in sight. © Reuters While ministers get ready to go 'door-to-door' convincing people to vote for them and choose them as their future leader, riding on cars and buses, with ten other people taking care of their most needs and requirements throughout the campaign, there is this one particular candidate from Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar who is doing things a lot differently. Touted to be the “poorest” candidate in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, 51-year-old Mange Ram Kashyap is giving a new spin to election campaigning with zero bank balance to fund his campaigns and literally walking up to people's doors to talk to the constituents to get the job done in order to win from his constituency. © TOI The middle-aged Mange Ram is an advocate by profession and clad in his advocate's robes, anybody in the Muzaffarnagar court will tell you that Kashyap has been fighting all the General Elections since 2000. If you are wondering which party he belongs to, well, Kashyap contests elections from Mazdoor Kisan Union Party which was founded by Kashyap himself in the year 2000. The party has 1000-odd members, most of them being labourers. © Reuters However, according to a TOI report, the election affidavit which he submitted states that Kashyap has no cash, jewellery or bank balance. Even his wife Babita Chauhan is said to be in no possession of cash or jewellery. However, he does own a 100 sq yard plot valued at rupees 5 lakh, a house estimated at rupees 15 lakh, and a bike worth rupees 36,000 among other assets. The affidavit states that the house was a gift from Kashyap's in-laws. © YouTube Kashyap walks from door-to-door talking to people in his constituency, understanding their concerns and promising to fight for the right causes if given a chance. Even though Kashyap has not had the good luck of winning any election yet, he continues to keep moving forward. He decided to campaign on foot instead of riding on his bike because he cannot afford the money to purchase petrol for it very regularly. “I have a bike but I cannot afford petrol for it every day. My wife is a homemaker and we have two kids to take care of. I have tried to find other jobs but there are hardly any,” he told TOI. © Reuters However, Kashyap does not mind campaigning on foot because it allows him to really connect with people. He did the same during the last election season as well. Talking about the amount of precious money that can be saved in this process, he said, “I wonder why big politicians spend so much on campaigning when that money could be used for the welfare of people.” His approach is fresh, and the man does not seem to be deterred by setbacks, with his eyes set only on the quest to win and work for the poor and needy. He is optimistic that things will change for him this year, and he will finally get a chance to serve people. © Reuters He is unfazed by the competition from the top parties around town and as for why he thinks he deserves this chance, it's because “voters know that politicians have not looked out for them. I will help the poor. I will propose a voter pension scheme so that no man is in want of money,” he said. We wonder what is in store for Kashyap this time around. Only time will tell.
  4. When Forbes released this year's '30 under 30' list, there was only one actor in it, and no, he wasn't from Bollywood. Vijay Deverakonda, the latest heartthrob of Telugu cinema, won the prestigious accolade, and it definitely is a reminder of the fact that regional cinema is as impactful as Bollywood (if not more), and it's time we start bringing them to the forefront. The handsome actor, best known for his breakthrough movie 'Arjun Reddy', is as brilliant in terms of his style game, as he is when it comes to acting. Here are 10 images that establish our claim. 1. The moustache is bringing oodles of that glamorous old world charm, and so much more. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Feb 4, 2019 at 6:17am PST 2. If this right here is not layering goals, we don't know what is. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Nov 11, 2018 at 9:05pm PST 3. Who'd have thought of pairing a headband with a semi-formal jacket, unapologetically so? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Oct 19, 2018 at 12:38am PDT 4. Bold patterns on a pink shirt? Yes, please! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on May 25, 2018 at 7:56am PDT 5. A double breasted suit will always remain 'the boss outfit'. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on May 1, 2018 at 11:14pm PDT 6. Summer is here and all shades of pink are welcome. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Mar 7, 2018 at 4:57am PST 7. A textured jacket along with woolen scarves will always have you back for winter meetings. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Mar 13, 2018 at 8:40am PDT 8. White is always appropriate. View this post on Instagram The art of living. A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Sep 24, 2018 at 9:09am PDT 9. Patterned co-ord suits FTW! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Jul 3, 2018 at 7:32am PDT 10. Those glasses though. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Nov 23, 2018 at 9:23pm PST
  5. Nyle DiMarco is the sort of person who has never let his disability hamper his life journey. The biggest proof of that? When the producers of 'America's Next Top Model' approached him, they had no idea that he is deaf. Nyle ended up being the only deaf person ever to have won the coveted contest in 2015, which is one of the toughest modelling contests in the world. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nyle DiMarco (@nyledimarco) on Apr 11, 2018 at 9:47am PDT Not only is he super accomplished as a model, but he is also a gifted dancer - the kind who went on to win 'Dancing With The Stars' the very next year, despite not being able to hear music, the mainstream way. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nyle DiMarco (@nyledimarco) on May 24, 2016 at 9:21pm PDT Nyle has a degree in Mathematics as well. Though he uses sign language to communicate, he is fluent in written English. He also uses lip reading and non-verbal communication in his daily life. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nyle DiMarco (@nyledimarco) on May 24, 2018 at 8:26am PDT In June 2016, he walked for Giorgio Armani at the Milan Fashion Week (Spring/Summer) 2017. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nyle DiMarco (@nyledimarco) on Feb 12, 2016 at 8:35am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nyle DiMarco (@nyledimarco) on Oct 4, 2015 at 12:42pm PDT DiMarco was featured on DIVERSEability Magazine's 2017 Summer issue. He was also honoured as DEAF LIFE Magazine's "Deaf Person of the Year" (January 2017 issue). View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nyle DiMarco (@nyledimarco) on Dec 24, 2015 at 2:26pm PST View this post on Instagram BLUE A post shared by Nyle DiMarco (@nyledimarco) on May 10, 2017 at 8:12am PDT DiMarco started The Nyle DiMarco Foundation, a non-profit organization providing access to resources for deaf children and their families, in 2016. He maintains that he does not consider himself disabled by deafness and sees his media profile as an opportunity to bring awareness to Deaf culture. He views deafness as an advantage in modelling because he is accustomed to communicating without speaking. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nyle DiMarco (@nyledimarco) on Jul 1, 2018 at 11:18am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nyle DiMarco (@nyledimarco) on Oct 18, 2017 at 12:36pm PDT Here's to the creation of a better world where people are breaking barriers just like him, and doing their best. Kudos, Nyle!
  6. There are three types of 'gym bros': 1. Who never work on their legs 2. Who workout their legs but have questionable form. 3. Who just squat and call those who use the smith machine 'idiots'. First things first, the legs are very important if your goal is strength and looking good. Legs essentially carry your body weight and are very functional. It is as important to work on them as your biceps. Now, many bros think the smith machine is a waste of time because it removes the need for muscles that stabilize the body. Well, that's not true. The Smith machine can easily cover your entire lower body i.e. quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves. If you do not work on your legs and do not enjoy free weight exercises, do this workout pattern for a minimum of 12 weeks. It will increase your lower body strength if you be consistent. 1) Smith Machine Close Stance Squats You often don't perform a full range of motion when doing the traditional back squats, so this a great tool for you to do deep squats with proper complete reps. Set your feet inwards to your shoulder level and squat. 2) Smith Machine Romanian Deadlift Simply do this exercise, hip hinge and stretch your hamstrings. One of the ideal movements to grow your hamstring strength. Start with a light to moderate weight. 3) Smith Machine Hip Thrusts A strong butt can help you to squat more weights and can you give you an aesthetic look if your goal is to improve your body composition. In scientific studies, the hip thrusts have been shown the ideal exercise to grow your glute strength and force, when compared squats. Here is a tip: Don't arch your back when thrusting, keep your back neutral and don't hyperextend. 4) Smith Machine Standing Calf Raise The smith machine can be a helpful tool for your calves as it is easy to apply progressive overload here which over time can grow your calves. Here is a sample workout plan: Smith Machine Squats - 3 sets of 6-8 reps Smith Machine Romanian Deadlifts - 3 sets of 8-12 reps Smith Machine Hip Thrusts- 3 sets of 8-12 reps Smith Machine Calf Raises- 3 sets of 12-15+ reps I am pretty sure you will enjoy this workout and do it every time you have a lower body session. Author bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness
  7. Love is supposed to empower us and make us a better version of ourselves. However, love turning into an obsession can turn one of life's most beautiful dreams into an everlasting nightmare. There are many faces of one-sided love, and we might have been witness to some ourselves. Be it Rahul from 'Darr' or Sunder from 'Raanjhanaa' obsessive lovers have existed both in real as well as reel-life. © Facebook But while the reel-life obsessive lovers make for strong topics of critique or discourse, experiencing this sort of insane obsession in real-life can make the very feeling of affection spread like acid within a person's heart, destroying every good feeling in its way, and make living life a thousand times more difficult. Such is the story of Laxmi Agarwal, who is one of India's most prominent faces of acid attack survivors, who was caught between the love and obsession of a young man, who lost sight of all reason and logic once he laid eyes on her. © Facebook Laxmi was just 15-years-old when her stalker Naeem Khan changed her life forever. Laxmi belonged to a middle-class family in Delhi and dreamt of making it big as a singer one day. But little did she know that Khan was getting obsessed with her with every passing day, and would soon propose marriage. But that is exactly how things unravelled, and Naeem confessed his love to Laxmi and asked her to marry him. Since Laxmi didn't feel the same way she rejected the proposal without realising the repercussions of being honest about her feelings. © Facebook Naeem continued to pursue Laxmi, and she kept turning down his advances. So in 2005, one day while Laxmi was headed to a bookshop in South Delhi, Naeem accompanied by two of his friends attacked Laxmi and poured acid over her face and body on Tughlaq Road. The next few months and years melted away in pain and suffering. While Laxmi lay on the road after getting attacked, nobody came forward to help here initially. It was only later when a taxi driver came forward and took her to Safdarjung Hospital. © Facebook For the next three months immediately after the attack, Laxmi underwent multiple surgeries. And over the years, Laxmi has reclaimed not only her life, but also made a difference in how our society sees and treats acid attack survivors. In 2006 she filed a PIL in the Supreme Court, seeking a complete ban on acid sale. In 2013, the court order implementation of restrictions on the sale of acid. She also became an active campaigner in the Stop Acid Attack movement. Moreover, Laxmi founded Stop Sale Acid, which is a campaign against acid violence and the sale of acid. She was recently awarded the International Women Empowerment Award 2019 for this campaign. In 2014 she was awarded the International Women of Courage award by US First Lady Michelle Obama. © Wikipedia She even fell in love with Stop Acid Attack co-founder Alok Dixit and gave birth to their daughter Pihu. However, they parted ways in the following years due to personal differences and today Laxmi is bringing up her daughter as a strong, single mother. Earlier today Deepika Padukone shared the first look of her upcoming film 'Chhapaak' which is based on Laxmi's real-life story. Deepika's character will be known as Malti in the film which is being directed by Meghna Gulzar. 'Chhapaak' goes on the floors today in New Delhi, and is set to release on 10th January 2020. © Facebook Laxmi's life may have been riddled with pain and struggles, but with every passing day, she is pushing through and giving hope to every other acid attack survivor in the country. She is an inspiration that faith and grit can help us overcome everything.
  8. The moment someone mentions Bollywood, the first thought that comes to our mind is the luxurious lifestyle of our beloved celebrities lead, the crazy fame and fan-following they enjoy and of course, the insane amount of money they earn per film. But, it's very rare when someone shows us the other side of the coin. A side which is dark and filled with thorns, miseries and struggles. Meet Savi Sidhu, whose story is a reflection of how unpredictable an actor's life can be. A man who was once an actor is now working as a security guard. © YouTube For most of us, Savi Sidhu might be a name we are hearing for the first time, but this man had once shared the screen with Akshay Kumar, Dimple Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor in 'Patiala House'. He has also worked in movies like 'Gulaal', 'Black Friday' and 'Bevakoofiyan'. He played Commissioner Samra in 'Black Friday'. But, today the man does not even have money to buy movie tickets. Now, Savi Sidhu is working as a security guard and a video featuring his life story was recently shared on YouTube. © YouTube The video begins with him talking about how Bollywood happened to him. "Anurag Kashyap mile, struggle karte karte toh mujhe Paanch mei liya, unki jo pehli film thi release nahi hui. Uske baad unhone mujhe 'Black Friday' mei liya, one of the main characters that is Commissioner Samra ka role kiya maine then unke sath maine 'Gulaal' bhi kari. Maine Yash Raj, Subhash ji ke sath, Nikhil Advani ke sath 'Patiala House' kari." While talking about his toughest phase, Sidhu who does a 12-hour shift as a security guard in a housing society said, "Sabse tough phase wo tha when I lost my wife". After that, he lost his father, mother and in-laws too. Eventually, he became alone, "akela hote hote alone". © YouTube Today he does not even have the money for bus tickets and watching a movie has become a distant dream for him. "Bohot filme miss kar raha hoon... dekhne ka mann karta hai par meri financial position aisi hai", he further added. Sidhu does not blame Bollywood for his struggle, "Kaam ki kabhi problem nahi hui. Mujhe hi chhodna pada ki mai nahi kar pa raha hoon. You know... it was like kya mere liye wait kar raha hai... yaha jaise logo ko kaam milta nahi aur mere pas itna kaam hai ki mai kaam nahi kar pa raha. Meri financial problems bhi badh gayi, health problems bhi badh gayi toh kaam khatam ho gaya." Although Sidhu might be going through one of the toughest times of his life, he is still hopeful that one day he is going to come back to Bollywood with a bang, and we hope that we get to see him on the big screen once more.
  9. When I think of a conscious lifestyle, I think of homegrown brands that give back to the environment and the society through their organic and natural products. Honestly, in a world where everything is mass-produced, these brands are a rarity, and a necessity. One such natural lifestyle brand that I recently came across on Qtrove.com was Urvija - a Kolkata-based label conceived out of the lush forests of Bengal, that stands for sustainable lifestyle while rebelling against excessive deforestation, adulterated food and chemical-infused beauty products. Brainchild of Sreela Pillai Roy, Urvija's journey from a handful of stores in 2016 to 40 stores across Kolkata in 2018 has been phenomenal. But what's even more phenomenal is the story behind the brand that started very casually over a cup of coffee and a YouTube channel which showed indiscriminate use of palm oil and how it was responsible for killing animals and deforestation of rainforests. The owners (Baibhab and Sreela) were determined to start a brand which does not use palm oil, forest timber or any other non-sustainable materials. So what goes into Urvija's handcrafted products? "Local resources coupled with premium range of herbal and floral extracts, imported from different regions. For instance, we get lavender essential oil from Kashmir valley and source berries from Leh. We also integrate non-forest timber products like madhuca, karaunj, forest flame flowers and sal seeds," says Sreela. Qtrove.com But that's not all what Urvija stands for. Over and above environmental preservation, the brand works extensively towards women empowerment in rural Bengal. "The manufacturing unit consists of all female workers from humble background. At Urvija unit, we trained them from scratch, turned them into skilled labourers, and now they are earning to support their families," adds Sreela. Qtrove.com For me, Urvija is one of the brands that has guided me towards sustainable living. Some of the natural products that stand out for me are the black grapes and honey face wash (that cleanses my skin without stripping it off its natural moisture. BUY HERE.), the rose-and-saffron beauty serum (that reduces my wrinkles, fine lines and improves my complexion. BUY HERE.) and of course, the mango lip balm with no artificial colour or flavour. Enriched with Vitamin E, this balm provides hydration to my otherwise chapped lips, around the year. BUY HERE. Qtrove.com Every Urvija product is painstakingly handmade to perfection. No automated or heavy machinery is used to manufacture the products. "We make the base of the soaps and creams and then gradually add the essential oils and various herbs. We do not add any artificial fragrance or harmful chemical like SLES, parabens and silicone oil to our products," explains Sreela. Qtrove.com Now that everything is said, you must be wondering how to get your hands on the amazing Urvija products. The answer is Qtrove.com, a website that understands the vision of organic and natural brands like Urvija and promotes sustainable lifestyle. Apart from beauty products, you can check out Qtrove.com for other categories like home decor, healthy beverages, eco-friendly fashion and a lot more.
  10. After the demise of fashion giant Karl Lagerfeld, all eyes are on his cat. The cat, a red-point Birman named 'Choupette', is all set to inherit a part of the designer's multi-million dollar fortune, that will probably make her the richest cat in the world. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Choupette Lagerfeld (@choupettesdiary) on Jul 11, 2018 at 5:41pm PDT Karl Lagerfeld, fashion visionary and the Creative Director of Chanel, passed away on 19th February, and his feline companion Choupette, whom he referred to as the heiress of his fortune, will inherit a part of it. Lagerfeld's net worth is an estimated 195 million dollars. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Choupette Lagerfeld (@choupettesdiary) on Jun 18, 2017 at 10:10am PDT Not that Choupette needs the money, because she already lives an extremely lavish life and also is sort of a social media celebrity herself, with thousands of followers on Instagram and Twitter. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Choupette Lagerfeld (@choupettesdiary) on Mar 1, 2017 at 9:11am PST Choupette already has earned more than 3 million dollars herself, by doing high end modelling gigs. Depending on how much more money she inherits, she might overtake 'Blackie' as the richest pussycat in the world. (The record for being the richest cat in the world is currently held by a cat named Blackie, who inherited 7 million pounds from his British owner in 1988.) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Choupette Lagerfeld (@choupettesdiary) on Jan 1, 2017 at 10:21am PST Guess you want to trade lives with her now? We do, too.
  11. What usually comes to your mind when you hear the word 'Doctor'? An elderly, pleasant looking gentleman with probably a paunch and kind eyes who either comforts you with his kind eyes or creeps the living daylights out of you with his evil grin (but that's the stuff from horror movies). Anyway, when that imagery is challenged by someone who even remotely falls outside of that category, they tend to leave a lasting impression. Especially, if they go right ahead and look like they stepped out of a model catalogue or the cast of Grey's Anatomy, they deserve to be applauded because hey, it takes a lot of effort to establish oneself as a doctor. Clearly, Dr Rodrigo Sapo has what it takes, and more. He looks like a muscled, bearded model who spends his waking hours in the gym instead of a hospital, and that doesn't even begin to describe what he looks like. Here are 10 pictures that shows why patients line up to get check-ups by him, even when they are not ill. 1. To begin with, a doctor who looks like that clearly has figured out how to live a healthy life. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𧿠Rodrigo Sapo â¡ï¸ð°ï¸ð¿ï¸ð (@rodsapo) on Apr 13, 2018 at 10:05am PDT 2. Polka dots and stethoscope. Say what? View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𧿠Rodrigo Sapo â¡ï¸ð°ï¸ð¿ï¸ð (@rodsapo) on Dec 5, 2017 at 10:11am PST 3. Just sprinkle some salt and we've got Suniel Shetty's beard. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𧿠Rodrigo Sapo â¡ï¸ð°ï¸ð¿ï¸ð (@rodsapo) on Jan 12, 2019 at 1:28pm PST 4. A doctor with that physique must be good for your health. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𧿠Rodrigo Sapo â¡ï¸ð°ï¸ð¿ï¸ð (@rodsapo) on Feb 28, 2018 at 8:49pm PST 5. He doesn't shy away from wearing pink even at work. That a healthy mindset to have right there. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𧿠Rodrigo Sapo â¡ï¸ð°ï¸ð¿ï¸ð (@rodsapo) on Jul 7, 2017 at 3:10pm PDT 6. Selfies are healthy for your self-image, especially when you're looking at a long day of 'werk'. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𧿠Rodrigo Sapo â¡ï¸ð°ï¸ð¿ï¸ð (@rodsapo) on Apr 25, 2017 at 10:28am PDT 7. No matter how busy you are, gotta lift 'em weights! View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𧿠Rodrigo Sapo â¡ï¸ð°ï¸ð¿ï¸ð (@rodsapo) on Jun 6, 2017 at 4:17am PDT 8. Who said you can't be dressed formally and still look like you belong on a calendar? View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𧿠Rodrigo Sapo â¡ï¸ð°ï¸ð¿ï¸ð (@rodsapo) on May 4, 2018 at 8:25pm PDT 9. Summers need to be celebrated with the brightest colours and the biggest smiles. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𧿠Rodrigo Sapo â¡ï¸ð°ï¸ð¿ï¸ð (@rodsapo) on May 24, 2018 at 3:59pm PDT 10. Impeccable grooming will always have your back, irrespective of what you do. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𧿠Rodrigo Sapo â¡ï¸ð°ï¸ð¿ï¸ð (@rodsapo) on Nov 28, 2017 at 10:10am PST No wonder most of his patients suffer from weak knees.
  12. Owing his valuable contribution to Indian cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has established a fanbase that is hard to beat for any other cricketer in the country. From fans invading the pitch to shake his hand to the crowd giving him a standing ovation every time he comes out to bat, there is no bigger crowd-puller than the former Indian captain. Thus, it's quite a no-brainer to anticipate the reactions of fans when it comes to meeting or getting some personal space with the Jharkhand cricketer. But, while the world continues to celebrate his genius and fans shadow his every move, a kid refused the opportunity to get up close and personal with Dhoni. During a charity match in Mumbai recently, the 37-year-old was spotted flaunting his football skills on the field. Following the match, Dhoni - staying true to his nature - took the time to greet the large crowd that had gathered at the venue to catch a glimpse of one of India's biggest sports icons. View this post on Instagram Lil kid says no to #msdhoni ð as is not in the mood. A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Feb 19, 2019 at 3:17am PST As he made his way through the crowd, he stopped by for a kid and offered to pick him up in his arms. In a video that has since gone viral, Dhoni can be heard saying, "Aaogey?" before being turned down by the kid who began crying. While he couldn't do much with the kid, Dhoni will be looking to continue his fine form when Australia lock horns with India in two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and five One-Day Internationals (ODIs), slated to begin from 24th February. Considering the upcoming series will be India's last international assignment before the ICC World Cup in England and Wales, Dhoni will be eager to make the opportunity count and anchor the middle-order in the build up to the ICC spectacle beginning in May.
  13. We do not live in the same city and yet manage to spend more time together than couples living in the same zip code. We end up flying almost every weekend to see each other, either in Mumbai or Delhi. All other times, we meet directly at the holiday destination (not in the same city to travel together for a holiday, we just land up there separately). In our two-and-a-half-year-old relationship, we would have taken a combined total of at least 150 flights, visited 8 countries and many cities in India just to spend time with each other- Gaurang (c)Instagram While every couple strives the hardest to make a relationship work, there are a few who go an extra mile to make sure their relationship is nothing short of extraordinary. And the couples who usually do that have a tough situation at hand and they certainly work towards the odds, to perceive it as nothing less than spectacular. For us, every relationship does circumvent its way around to make it spectacular. If you've made it long enough and are true to each other, then why shouldn't you brag about it? I mean that, in the most non-cynical banter ever. Today, relationships are moulded out of uncertainty, where a 'right swipe' takes you far away from basic reality of a relationship which should ideally be working on strong will and a lot of determination. And if there are couples making it work through the thick and thin of everything, without using distractions as a tool to temporarily sabotage an equation, then they're definitely worth a mention. (c)Instagram Meet one such couple, who has realised the importance of sticking together, even though they have miles between them, in a generation that thinks working extra-hard on a dynamic is rather redundant and superfluous, with frivolity ruling the roost, of every heart, today. Here's introducing Gaurang and Saachi, who defy that theory fairly often. The two met through a common friend, back in 2011, when they were still in college and when Blackberry phones were the endgame for a lot of couples back then. The first interaction was, of course, exchanging BBM pins. We actually lived through the "BBM age" in 2011. We used to chat for 7-8 hours every day till it got to a point where we risked finger tendonitis. - Gaurang (c)Instagram Favourite Memory So Far Both of them have been bitten by the travel bug and have made their favourite memories together from their indulgences in different places. The first time Saachi proclaimed her feelings for Gaurang was in Goa and when they were spending time together. Right when the sun came out, she looked at Gaurang and asked him if he wanted to go out. Little did Gaurang realise she's asking him out and in his innocent spree, he agreed to go outside to soak up some sun and enjoy some breakfast. (c)Instagram From thereon, their memories were filtered to either ticket cancellations and re-bookings or checking out a new place together or even making travel plans for their next birthdays, Valentine's Day and various relationships milestones. Took me to Prague for my birthday. Flew in to Mumbai to surprise me on Valentine's day, Jodhpur for our 2 years and now we're planning to bring in our birthdays at Scotland and USA respectively, this year, because we need new memories!- Saachi (c)Instagram This Is How You Tackle Distance Both the 'wanderers' have been together for a long while now and have opted through various things in life to stay together. By that I mean, Saachi and Gaurang realised that being physically together in one place, even though their relationship doesn't allow it, is a bare essential and they've done everything in their power to overcome the distance they go through, everyday. Couples living away from each other, making each day count, and not letting suppositions rule their relationship with the obscure distance they have to deal with, are an inspiration in today's day and age and we're glad we can count on them flawlessly to teach us how to strive towards keeping something so fragile, alive. (c)Instagram Gaurang and Saachi going through months of not seeing each other is not just commendable, it's the strongest aspect that builds the fundamentals of their relationship. From dealing with insecurities to earning each other's trust over time, while away from each other, is the strongest reinforcement of belief and love. And believe it or not, their long-distance relationship works from one suitcase to another. They both love travelling and have made that an eventuality in keeping their love alive. (c)Instagram When they decided to date, it was on a trip to Goa they'd taken with a few friends and now, every time they establish a new milestone in their relationship, it's overlooking a new city skyline, amidst local food and an adequate yet brand new start to a very old equation. We decided to date each other on a trip with friends to Goa. Our first date was on the beach drinking wine - Saachi Since then, instead of visiting each other in the city they both reside, they book tickets and explore new cities and spend time together. It helps them regain the moments they've lost in time and travel through different places, making indispensible memories their unbreakable timeline for the future. It was Gaurang's idea initially to make their life a lot more convenient since Saachi had a job that made her shift her base from time to time. The couple first travelled to Jodhpur to spend some quality time together and then made it mandatory to pick a city of their choice to meet at, whenever time allowed them to. Honestly, if long distance relationships worked this way, distance would just be a meagre resolve, as couples would pay more heed to planning the next trip and figuring out an active itinerary rather than brood over how far they are from one another. (c)Instagram She's a consultant and travels every week, so I end up living that lifestyle vicariously. We've met each other at Prague, Portugal, Budapest, Finland, Thailand, Vietnam, USA and Dubai , as far as I can remember - Gaurang Long distance relationships should be listed under survivor tools, because you're diligently doing anything to keep them intact, in order to survive a relationship crash. It's tough for sure but there are many things you learn with this association such as patience, faith, and trust. Gaurang and Saachi have been stuck with a conundrum of following through with long distance and they've been doing a mighty good job of it so far, by travelling away their woes. (c)Instagram There is never a decree of 'heartbreak' between these two, when they leave each other's company to pursue their lives in different cities. Because they know they've tackled the severest relationship downfall and have made it alive, with a lot of sparkle and fun, intact. They have mastered the art of making holiday plans, seeing each other whenever the need arises and saving money diligently to do so successfully, until the day they're married! Honestly, I have been blessed with more than I deserve. - Gaurang (c)Instagram At the end of the day, relationships that are fundamentally stable, can withstand any test they're put through, even the test of time. To end this beautiful story, I can't stress enough on how some couples have to part temporarily on a good note and carry forth their association in different places. I personally admire couples who have immense faith in each other to work through the distance and make every day a reason to point at the map and say 'Let's make this work and have fun while doing so'.
  14. When Odisha based tea-seller Devarapalli Prakash Rao took it upon himself to change the lives of young kids by providing for the education of children of daily wage workers and rickshaw pullers besides many other slum children, by setting aside half of his monthly earnings for the purpose, never once did he imagine to find himself in the company of our Prime Minister, who would be all praise for the man, owing to his distinguished efforts in the field of affordable education in the country. So, when the Ministry of Home Affairs announced the list of Padma Awards for 2019, Devarapalli was in for a sweet surprise, since his name was listed amongst the 94 names that had been shortlisted for the Padma Shri award this year. © Twitter 59-year-old Devarapalli Prakash Rao has been spending a substantial part of his life and earnings for the betterment of a section of our society, which is unfortunately ignored otherwise. For the last 18 years, Rao has been educating slum children by paying for their education from his own pockets. But before setting this aside as “nothing too special”, we would like you to recall that Cuttack-based Rao, is a roadside tea-seller, who survives on a humble, daily earning. So, on Sunday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi couldn't stop gushing about all the wonderful things Rao has done, in his 44th edition of 'Mann Ki Baat', Devarapalli's life kind of came a full circle. Hailing Rao as the “guardian angel” of underprivileged kids, PM Modi shared how delighted he had been to meet Rao, who has been donating half of his daily earnings for the education and food for over 70 kids, over a span of 18 years, and changing the lives of innumerable children. © Twitter However, Rao's journey hasn't been an easy one. A school drop out himself, he set up 'Asha O Ashwasana' school in 2000. His motivation came from the discord he felt when he saw young kids in his neighbourhood giving in to the temptations of petty crimes and intoxication that alcohol promised. So, while Rao's father never bothered to take care of his education, Rao decided to do the needful for these young kids. After a lot of struggle, he managed to convince parents to send their children to his school, since most of these families couldn't afford to part with a working member, thereby giving up on a pair of hands that could earn. Today, with classes up to 3rd standard, Rao takes care of these kids' uniforms and books, besides a small midday meal that comprises of milk and biscuits. © Twitter Rao's story is one that tugs at our dormant conscience, reminding us that every small act of thoughtfulness counts, that every little effort could touch hundreds of lives and make them better if only we can spare the thought, time and resources to look beyond our personal challenges. Why? Because like D. Prakash Rao, happiness and contentment can be found in furthering and building others dreams and lives when our own becomes too much of a work to carry on with. Because didn't Albert Einstein once say that, “a life lived for others, is a life worthwhile” and Rao seems to have proved it true, through and through. Kudos to the man! © Twitter
  15. Mikhail "Mike" Varshavski, commonly known as Doctor Mike is a Russian-American celebrity doctor in Osteopathic medicine who works in New Jersey, just like any other regular doctor. Except he is not a regular doctor. His Instagram went viral in mid-2015 when a publication discovered him and praised him for his exceptionally good looks. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Dec 26, 2016 at 5:40pm PST Dr Mike reviews TV shows on medicine on his YouTube channel and busts all the bloopers and myths created by these shows. We're talking major shows like 'Grey's Anatomy', 'House', 'The Good Doctor' and 'Scrubs' to name a few. He's even been compared to the onscreen McDreamy and he broke that down in his video. Take a look. But apart from being great at his job, and making super informative videos, he also cleans up well. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Oct 9, 2018 at 1:52pm PDT The tiny details matter. Look the tie is neatle pinned and how well the shoes go with the outfit. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Jun 13, 2018 at 3:10pm PDT He can also get casuals right. The brown jacket works really well with the jeans. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Apr 19, 2018 at 7:22am PDT Yet another picture of him carrying formals really well. Dr Mike sure knows how to experiment with versatile fabrics and tones. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Feb 12, 2018 at 2:52pm PST A turtle neck with a black long coat is the best pair to fight brutal Winters. Trust us. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Dec 3, 2018 at 6:47am PST He also takes a keen interest in fashion. Who knew? View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Jul 2, 2017 at 8:08am PDT A man who knows how to accessorize is a man who wins in life. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Jun 26, 2017 at 9:41am PDT At the end of the day, he looks incredible in his scrubs as much as outside of them in his snazzy outfits. No wonder the ladies are lining up with all sorts of illness and injuries just to fix an appointment with him.
  16. If an elderly gentleman with kind eyes and white hair comes to your mind every time you hear the word 'vet', you're about to be pleasantly surprised. Dr Evan Antin is a vet who is fashionable, fit (well, ripped), and looks exactly like Superman. He is the definitive doppelganger of the one and only Henry Cavill. Don't believe us? Here are 15 pictures and videos that will leave you speechless: 1. What is Superman doing in a doctor's coat, holding a puppy? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Evan Antin ðð£ðð±ðºð¢ðððð¿ð (@dr.evanantin) on Dec 31, 2018 at 5:52pm PST 2. He has to wear scrubs most of the time, but he knows how to make them work. Blue on white checks FTW! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Evan Antin ðð£ðð±ðºð¢ðððð¿ð (@dr.evanantin) on Dec 30, 2018 at 4:16pm PST 3. What can be more functional than the classic white T-shirt, blue jeans, and boots? (Accessorize with a puppy for best results.(Accessorize with a puppy for best results.) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Evan Antin ðð£ðð±ðºð¢ðððð¿ð (@dr.evanantin) on Dec 18, 2018 at 4:03pm PST 4. Sometimes, he takes a break from work, and switches on his 'supermodel' mode. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Evan Antin ðð£ðð±ðºð¢ðððð¿ð (@dr.evanantin) on Nov 21, 2018 at 11:05am PST 5. A black Henley is the best thing to wear for times you want to look classy as well as be cosy. (Even if you end up spending a fortune on dry-cleaning with all the furbabies around.) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Evan Antin ðð£ðð±ðºð¢ðððð¿ð (@dr.evanantin) on Nov 14, 2018 at 5:16pm PST 6. You need a stylish yet super comfortable outfit when you plan on going for a jungle safari where you'll be tossed around by rhinos. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Evan Antin ðð£ðð±ðºð¢ðððð¿ð (@dr.evanantin) on Dec 2, 2018 at 8:27pm PST 7. A brown T-shirt works the best with deep blue jeans and brown Chelsea boots. View this post on Instagram Made it! #córdoba #Spain A post shared by Evan Antin ðð£ðð±ðºð¢ðððð¿ð (@dr.evanantin) on Nov 16, 2018 at 12:31pm PST 8. Have you ever seen anyone make plain blue hospital scrubs look this good? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Evan Antin ðð£ðð±ðºð¢ðððð¿ð (@dr.evanantin) on Aug 28, 2018 at 8:56pm PDT 9. Did someone say Khaki is boring? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Evan Antin ðð£ðð±ðºð¢ðððð¿ð (@dr.evanantin) on Aug 13, 2018 at 7:18pm PDT 10. Feline awesomeness? Checked! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Evan Antin ðð£ðð±ðºð¢ðððð¿ð (@dr.evanantin) on Jul 6, 2018 at 7:38pm PDT 11. Why did everyone stop wearing sleeveless sweaters with ties? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Evan Antin ðð£ðð±ðºð¢ðððð¿ð (@dr.evanantin) on Jun 15, 2018 at 3:33pm PDT 12. Tone on tone never fails to impress. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Evan Antin ðð£ðð±ðºð¢ðððð¿ð (@dr.evanantin) on May 14, 2018 at 9:07pm PDT 13. No words here. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Evan Antin ðð£ðð±ðºð¢ðððð¿ð (@dr.evanantin) on Apr 4, 2018 at 6:24pm PDT 14. As he puts it forward so eloquently, this look is soPIGsticated. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Evan Antin ðð£ðð±ðºð¢ðððð¿ð (@dr.evanantin) on Mar 25, 2018 at 8:42pm PDT 15. Finally, the best suit is your birthday suit if you take care of it. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Evan Antin ðð£ðð±ðºð¢ðððð¿ð (@dr.evanantin) on Apr 3, 2018 at 9:01pm PDT
  17. When it comes to ageing gracefully, we often shower praises on our Bollywood superstars who we think look great for their age. However, Chuando Tan, a photographer from Singapore, can give all of them a run for their money. He is 52, but does not look a day over 22! Here are 10 pictures of him - killing it with his fashion as well as his fitness game: 1. He can make a plain white T-shirt look like a runway-ready piece. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Sep 25, 2018 at 4:17am PDT 2. We have no idea what on earth he's eating to maintain that skin, but well-plaid! View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Apr 18, 2018 at 5:09am PDT 3. The over-the-shoulder jacket style should be a staple for everyone. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Jan 24, 2018 at 4:26am PST 4. A fitted, barely-buttoned denim shirt. Fashion, he wrote. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Nov 7, 2017 at 4:08am PST 5. Silk pants? Bring 'em on. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Sep 22, 2018 at 5:07am PDT 6. Beach outfit is 'abs'olutely on point. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Aug 6, 2018 at 5:08am PDT 7. The casual game is strong here. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on May 21, 2018 at 5:52am PDT 8. To whoever said formals and casuals can't co-exist. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Oct 30, 2017 at 3:39am PDT 9. Pink is, and shall always be 'in'. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Jan 4, 2017 at 6:13am PST 10. And, with those abs, his birthday suit is his most valuable suit. View this post on Instagram A post shared by C H U A N D O éä¼ å¤ (@chuando_chuandoandfrey) on Oct 31, 2017 at 3:38am PDT We're just jealous. Very jealous.
  18. The Indian cricket team, recently, has been churning out some really fresh talent. It all started with selecting Prithvi Shaw for the England tour, and then Mayank Agarwal was called up in the middle of the Australian tour. And now, here comes another young prodigy, Shubman Gill, who will join the Men in Blue for the New Zealand tour. It all came as a surprise to the 19-year-old youngster, who got the news late at night and straight away rushed to his father, Lakhwinder Singh, to share the same. Going for a practice session the next day, it was totally a different ball game for the rookie, as he couldn't believe that he would be sharing the dressing room with the likes of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. © Instagram Both Vijay Shankar and Shubman Gill have been added to the squad as replacements for the suspended Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. While Vijay was expected to earn his maiden ODI call-up sooner than later, Gill's came as a surprise. He surely has proven his worth by scoring for India A on numerous occasions in 2018/19 but still, making it to the Indian National Team, and that too this soon, was something even he wouldn't have expected. From Kolkata Knight Riders to India A, to Ranji Trophy, this young star has grabbed every single opportunity on his way to glory. Scoring an impressive 1,089 runs in just 9 Ranji matches this year, he has given the critics a run for their money. And as destiny serves its best, there could be no better place for him to make his debut than in New Zealand. Performing well in the Under 19 World Cup, followed by the India A tour, both of which were in New Zealand, he has had a cumulative total of 434 runs (including a century against Pakistan in the Semi-Final) in mere eight matches with an average of 54.25, which proves that this lion can surely roar in the Kiwis' paradise. © Instagram “It is a big advantage (to be picked for the New Zealand tour). I played well there in the U-19 World Cup and now again I have got the opportunity. As I have done well there, I can say that there isn't much adjustment needed in the technique. If I get an opportunity, I will have just need to handle the pressure that comes with playing for India. Mentally, it will be different for sure but I am ready,” Gill told PTI on Sunday after getting the news of his life, late last night. Now, with the opportunity being provided to him on a silver platter, let's hope that the young Shubman Gill capitalizes on this chance of a lifetime.
  19. The 44-year-old record for taking the most number of wickets during a single Ranji Trophy season, which resided in the name of former Delhi captain and Indian cricketer, Bishan Singh Bedi, was broken by Bihar's Ashutosh Aman when he sent Manipur's Sagatpam Singh packing to the locker room with an lbw. This wicket was Aman's 65th, which was one more than Bedi's record of 64 outs that he had achieved during the 1974-74 season after moving to Delhi in 1968. Bihar's left arm spinner Ashutosh Aman now has 65 wickets this #RanjiTrophy season. This is now the most by any bowler in a season surpassing the previous record of 64 wickets of Bishan Singh Bedi in 1974-75. — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 9, 2019 But, who is Ashutosh Aman? Born in 1986, Aman is an Air Force employee hailing from the holy city of Gaya, Bihar. The 32-year-old made a bold decision to begin playing domestic cricket for his home state before the 2018-19 season. After making his List A debut in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2018, Aman made his first first-class cricket appearance in 2018-19 Ranji Trophy season against Uttarakhand in Dehradun on 1st November 2018 with a brilliant 4-wicket performance and being the most economical bowler for Bihar with a 1.62 average. While tallying impressive 5-wicket hauls in both the innings against Sikkim in only his third Ranji match, he put the critics on notice with yet another quality performance against Nagaland with seven and five scalps in the first and second innings respectively. Aman eventually became one of the fastest bowlers to bag 50 wickets in the history of domestic cricket. "When I had around 50 wickets, that's when my teammates told me that there's a record that's there to be broken," Aman told ESPNcricinfo. "That's when I pushed myself. I told myself that since I've come so close, then if I put some extra effort, then I could perhaps break the record." Playing since he was a teenager, Aman had been struggling to get opportunities to participate in first-class cricket which was something he dreamt since forever. After a very successful Vijay Hazare Trophy run, Aman finally got a call to play for Bihar in Ranji under the captaincy of Pragyan Ojha, who just like Aman, is a left-arm spinner and guided the debutant throughout the season. "Pragyan Ojha bhaiya is a simple and reachable man," Aman expressed to ESPNcricinfo. "He's an India player, such a big name, so we remained slightly shy. But he's a professional, talks to everyone daily, and now we've come together very well. Despite Bihar not making it to the quarter-finals, Ashutosh Aman's record of 68 wickets is one of the greatest individual achievements anyone could attain in domestic cricket and will be a highlight for the state's 2018-19 journey.
  20. The trailer of Sonam Kapoor's upcoming movie, 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' dropped yesterday and so did our jaws when we found out about the major plot twist in the second half of the trailer. In case, you missed out on the trailer, you can watch it here. If you're done rewatching the trailer, then let's talk about Sonam Kapoor, who is being lauded for playing a lesbian in a mainstream Bollywood movie. Also, let's take a moment to appreciate the person who came up with the title of the film. View this post on Instagram Dimaag or Dil mein, Dil ki suno. Watch #EkLadkiKoDekhaTohAisaLaga - the most unexpected love story of 2019. Trailer releases tomorrow. #LetLoveBe @anilskapoor @iamjuhichawla @rajkummar_rao @vinodchoprafilms @foxstarhindi @saregama_official A post shared by SonamKAhuja (@sonamkapoor) on Dec 25, 2018 at 9:32pm PST For most part of the trailer, people think that Sonam Kapoor is secretly dating Rajkummar Rao in the movie, but turns out she is actually in love with a woman named Kuku. Fox Star Studios But, do you know who the woman is who stole Sonam's heart in the movie? According to reports, Regina Cassandra might play Sonam's on-screen girlfriend in the movie. View this post on Instagram #tbt ð¸: @balakumaran_me A post shared by Regina Cassandra (@reginaacassandraa) on Oct 27, 2018 at 8:44am PDT So, let's meet Regina Cassandra, Sonam's Kuku and a popular face in the South Indian film industry. View this post on Instagram Kick started (a lil too literally?! ð) promotions for #MrChandramouli... oh boy! you are gonna see a loooot of us on the very many #Tamil channels. ð #MrChandramouliJuly6th Jumpsuit - @ShahinMannan at @TypeChennai Photography - @kiransaphotography Styling - @DivyaNiranjan_ & @NavyaNiranjan_NN A post shared by Regina Cassandra (@reginaacassandraa) on Jun 26, 2018 at 6:56am PDT Regina has a blink-and-miss appearance in the movie's trailer, but the two are seen dancing and sitting together and enjoying music. But, since then, Regina sure has become the talk of the town. View this post on Instagram Caught between a walk and dance... a “dalk” or “wance”? ðð Every year my fave #mrskchaitanya and his team, @teach_for_change , host a fundraiser at the @tajfalaknuma. The work they put in is commendable. ♥ï¸ Saree: @gubbarajyalakshmi Hair and makeup: @sachindakoji and Team Manea Jewellery: @ckcsons Styled by @officialanahita Photo: @eshaangirri #PegaTeachForChange #TeachForChange A post shared by Regina Cassandra (@reginaacassandraa) on Apr 12, 2018 at 9:13am PDT This is said to be Regina's Bollywood debut. However, this is not her first film that deals with homosexuality. In 2018, she was a part of a Telugu movie called 'Awe', which dealt with homosexual relationship and *** reassignment. View this post on Instagram #Awe @prasanthvarma2.0 @nameisnani @krishnasanthim @thetattoovillage @chinnahairstylist @makeupby_bobbykasara @alexander_salons @ivreddy @priyankatumpala A post shared by Regina Cassandra (@reginaacassandraa) on Dec 15, 2017 at 5:37am PST We are already in love with Regina and can't wait to see more of her in future, particularly in Bollywood. View this post on Instagram The first of many........ To the awesome ppl who helped pull this off.. ðð #Repost @swapnilextkumar (@get_repost) ã»ã»ã» Sensuality. ~•~ So finally, after a lot of planning and trying to manage time, me and Miss-Looking-like-a-million-bucks got together to shoot some magic. Muse : The beautiful @reginaacassandraa Styled by @akhilalingam Assisted by my man @akbar_abu Special shout out to @allenjz #lilgreenmandesigns #humanedge #jj_allportraits #lensofourlives #bravogreatphoto #lostfog #endlessfaces #kdphotostudio #kdpeoplegallery #portraitvision #earth_portraits #vscomag #instagramskilla #f_diamondgirl #pursuitofportraits #ig_respect #featurecollective #bleachmyfilm #artsofvisuals #majestic_people #ig_color #ftmedd #discoverportrait #AGameofTones #ig_muse #retouchingacademy #gramkillas #huntingportraits A post shared by Regina Cassandra (@reginaacassandraa) on Nov 6, 2017 at 10:20pm PST Talking about 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga', the movie also stars Rajkummar Rao, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Abhishek Duhan, Seema Pahwa, Madhumalti and Brijendra Kala in prominent roles and is releasing on February 1, 2019.
  21. Dinner table conversations are often dominated by how urban millennial women have to go through a harrowing time trying to find a suitable groom for them. Their angst resonates around stereotypical questions about family, career and good looks and how they are regularly grilled on by a prospective groom's family. While this may be true, it has to be added that being an urban millennial man is not easy either, especially when you have to converse with the dad of the woman you are planning to 'settle down with'. This article looks at the various types of dads most urban millennial men have to interact with: 1. “Mirror Mirror On The Wall, How Much Gold Do You Have After All?” The benefit of having a conversation with a 'Gold Digger' dad is fairly straightforward. He will ask you pointed questions around your fixed pay, your variable pay, your company stock options, your savings, your family inheritance and your expected salary hike. Once he has put all of this in a neat excel sheet, he will ask you about your siblings to understand how the family wealth will be split up and the details of your real estate! Instead of talking to your family financial advisor, it is advisable to talk to a 'Gold Digger' dad as they are incredibly accurate at judging your financial net worth. And the best part is they can give you your net worth on the first phone call itself! 2. “Does Your Venus Match My Daughter's Jupiter?” It is a pleasant surprise to have a conversation with a 'horoscope obsessed' dad. While they might or might not be interested in your net worth, they will be hugely interested in what the planetary stars have to say about your marital prospects. It is a strict no-no if your Venus at birth seems to wink like a Romeo at his daughter's Jupiter! 3. “Is Spirituality Your Calling In Life?” The 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna' dad seems to be an extension from the 'horoscope obsessed' dad. While he may not be concerned about your planetary configuration, he will be deeply interested in if you can get up at 4 am and find your inner calling every day. A recommended course of action to handle this species is to politely reply, “Sir, I am looking to marry your daughter, not to go for a permanent pilgrimage to the Himalayas!” 4. “Do You Promise Me An Onion & Garlic Mukht Bharat?” The 'dietary obsessed' father is deeply concerned about this daughter's well being. Hence, he will fight to his last breath to ensure your life is free of all worms and pesticides viz onion, garlic, potato and radish. There is another breed which tries to ensure that their delicate, petite daughters are being fed adequate protein every day. You can expect an order along the lines of, “my daughter likes to eat 700 grams of mutton every day”. 5. “Hello! Hello! Can You Hear Me?” This breed of species is by far the peskiest to have a conversation with. Once a conversation is on and if they like you, they will go to any extent to 'close the deal'. They will call you five times a day after you have said no. After the advent of Jio, they will call you from a different SIM card every day. They will reach out to you on Facebook and LinkedIn. They are even capable of opening an Instagram page to break into your page. If everything else fails, they will call up your office boardline number and ask to speak to your boss! Stalker dad alert! 6. 'Gothra' Is The New Sexy A few years back, the coolest conversation surrounded around majestic movie makers like Christopher Nolan or Martin Scorsese. However, such a movement didn't last long as Rahul Gandhi disrupted this entire chain of conversation by unleashing his 'gothra' on India. As a result, gone are the days when yoga, 8 pack abs or kickboxing resonated with a healthy lifestyle; to impress the uber-cool dad, you have to be on top of your game and sell your 'gothra'! 7. “Do You Want Another Credit Card / Insurance Scheme / SIM Connection?” There are some men who are born to be businessmen. Especially the ones in the 'agency line'. The aspect I admire about them is their ability to never give up. They keep trying and trying and trying to sell whatever they can even after a conversation about their daughter hasn't gone through. “Do you want another credit card? My agency does it! Why don't you take life insurance? My agency does it! Do you want a broadband connection? My agency does it! At least buy another Jio SIM?” 8. “My Daughter Is Purer Than Kent RO Water Purifier!” By far, this type of dad is the most difficult dad to converse with. You will be barraged with anecdotes praising his daughter's purity, chastity, character, innocence, values, dressing sense and non-sluttiness! The conversation heads in a difficult direction when you get quizzed, “my daughter has never held a guy's hand. I can guarantee and vouch to you that she is 100% virgin. Not 99% but 100%! What about you?” In conclusion, managing the to-be-dad of your princess is an enviable task. Hopefully, this article has given you a sound glimpse on what to expect on the other side of the table! About The Author: The author, Sandeep Das, is an MBA from IIM Bangalore, a management consultant, author of 'Yours Sarcastically' & 'Satan's Angels' and a columnist.
  22. If you have seen 'Jurassic World', then you will remember this scene, where a bunch of people are running to save their lives from dinosaurs. via GIPHY Now, imagine yourself at the NH7 Weekender, Pune and this was the exact situation when a certain song started playing. People were not running away to save their lives or ears. They were, in fact, running towards the stage where the song was playing. People screaming the lyrics and the whole stadium echoing with 'Hum Toh Udd Gaye', was mind-blowing, to say the least. You guessed it right! We're talking about the latest musical prodigy, Ritviz. The man who dared to break free from the shackles of conventional music and is now taking the world by storm, one song at a time. We caught up with this uber talented 22-year-old budding superstar, who bared it all exclusively on MensXP and spoke about his journey so far and his future plans. © Fleck Media At the age of 10, when most of us were busy stressing over homework, Ritviz was taking his first steps towards his musical dream, "I started making music when I was 10 and it's been a really long time for me, although I am only 22. It has been an unbelievable journey and I have everybody (around me) to thank here, whom I couldn't thank enough." Ritviz has given us tracks like 'Beatific', 'YUV' and 'Jeet', but 'Udd Gaye' happens to be one of the most successful songs. It was not one of the regular tracks, yet it managed to captivate the masses and how. Blending melancholic lyrics with a peppy soundtrack, was one trippy and tricky kind of music that we didn't know we needed in our lives, until it happened. © Fleck Media "If you just listen to the A cappella, it's very sad and you can hear the sadness in the melody. But, the instrumental is very uplifting. So when we put them together, it formed a very weird combination, which I won't call something very happy. It's a nice mix that brings a different feel and I think that's what is catching people's attention," he says. Ritviz further adds, "All I do is wait for a melody to hit me and take the lead." In case you missed out on the song, here is the masterpiece everyone is talking about. This is Ritviz's third weekender and definitely one that is closest to his heart since it was in Pune, "With Pune being my hometown and my folks being here, this has by default become one of the best shows I have ever played. It was unbelievable and mind blowing and way too big. In 2015, I started doing shows. There were a few festivals where there were 3:30 or 4:30 slots, last year it was a 6:30 slot and this year I am headlining, so it's unbelievable and I hope this stays consistent." EDM has a lot of scope in India and Ritviz too thinks on similar lines, "At one point I think people just started rebelling and were like 'Oh no, this is not something that I want to follow, because the West is so much more exciting'. My whole idea was that if I want to reclaim this in a way where I feel that the classical music, our Indian roots and everything is intact, that's where it all starts." He adds, "We can be inspired by the West, but can also create our own identity and I feel people should focus on that more. That's how you can find your own way. That will make you feel that 'Yeah this is my song'. I feel like people are scared to experiment." © Fleck Media So where exactly does Ritviz derive his unusual musical influences from? "In my initial years, I used to wake up to my mom singing bandhish and stuff, those were my early influences. Then, came the VH1 era and my teen years were spent listening to pop music. But, post 2011-12, when I started producing music, electronic music was what really drew me closer to production and that's when I created 'Mukti' and 'Beatific' and started my entire journey. First, it was classical music, then VH1 top 40 and then BOOM Ritviz music (laughs)." The moment we hear EDM, Nucleya aka Udyan Sagar comes to our minds. For those who don't know, Ritviz was mentored by Nucleya and despite being a competition, he gets major inspiration from him, "He is an inspiration, he is the reason why I am here today. He's opened doors for so many people and I love that man so much." © Fleck Media Ritviz credits his success to his parents, "They are the reason why I am here. I brought them on stage today, that has been my dream for the longest time and I am happy that it came true today. Without their support, I don't think i would have been able to do anything that I am doing today because you need to let the child explore. They let me do what I wanted to and I am very grateful to them and I hope that I continue to make them proud." He has a lot of interesting stuff in the pipeline for his fans, "One that is confirmed and which I can talk about is the one with Divine that's come up recently. It's the title track of album 'Ved'. The song has a nice hook to it. Last year i was trying to figure out the vocals on top of this and I was humming and I came about saying 'Ritveda' and its also a word play around rigveda. Then we thought about getting someone on board and that's how we ended up hitting it off with Divine." © Fleck Media In every group, there is this one friend who knows you and your talents. That friend will make you do what you're good at and then boast about your talent in front of others. For Ritviz, Sahith Sethuraman and the Bacardi House Party Sessions was that friend. Bacardi House Party Sessions is a platform that gives budding artists an opportunity to showcase their talent. Apart from Ritviz, they also have artists like GURBAXX, MOJOJOJO, BABU HAABI, and MALFNKTION under their umbrella. Sahith who is the Senior Manager, Rum Brands, India & South East Asia, said "Bacardi has always had a very close association with music. We're not here to make money out of music or artists. What these guys create is pure brilliance." © Fleck Media "When we look at aspiring musicians, we realise that there is a wealth of talent in India and there are very few avenues for them to go out and explore themselves. We genuinely encourage the artists and allow them to have a platform to showcase what moves them, the talent that they have within them and the happiness that they can bring to people's faces. That's what Bacardi house party sessions sets out to do," he further added. Sahith discovered Ritviz's talents after listening to 'Mukti', "I listened to it the first time and within the first 10 seconds I realised that there is gold in this boy. This boy oozes talent. His journey started 4 years ago with his first single 'Beatific', we came along and we helped him along in this journey. He would have got there anyway, we're just trying to make this journey faster and little bit smoother for him." © Fleck Media Sahith, like a proud father, further added, "Being there on stage and watching him drop 'Udd Gaye' last year and this year, and hearing the crowd sing along gives you goosebumps, especially knowing that you had a little role to play in that journey." While most of us have incomplete assignments saved in our laptops, this guy has as many as 700 semi-finished tracks saved on his system (enough to blow our minds away). So what's left right now, is to just sit back and watch this guy wave his magic wand over his fans as we go back to humming 'Hum To Udd Gaye' at the top of our voices.
  23. What do you do when you realise your four-years worth of engineering degree isn't quite living up to your expectations, and the sound of your career path ascending towards global partnerships isn't something you are looking forward to anymore? Well, we are not sure about what anyone else would do in such a situation, but here is what Shantanu did - he bid adieu to his engineering degree from NIT Nagpur and quit his fancy job at McKinsey, to give men the best shaves of their lives. No, really. We are not kidding. © MensXP Shantanu Deshpande, a computer science engineer by degree and working with a globally recognised management consulting company McKinsey, ditched the “good life” in the blink of an eye, to give the smoothest shaving experience to the urban male population in India. It was a conversation with his US-based childhood friend Manu that really triggered the idea of setting up one of India's best selling men's grooming brand, Bombay Shaving Company, in October 2015. The conversation that revolved around the boom in men's grooming startups in the United States, and how these new and quirky newbies were taking on FMCG giants like Gillette, sent Shantanu into a tizzy, with the need to explore similar opportunities closer to home. After much research and deliberation, as well as detailed discussions with industry veterans, Shantanu realised that it was the right move to shake up the underserved and monopolised market - and there lay his chance! © MensXP Shantanu along with his Raunak Munot, Deepu Panicker and Rohit Jaiswal took the big plunge and co-founded the company playing on each one of their strengths, that seemed to completely fit with the company's core needs. What started out as 500 annual shipments in 2016, has scaled up to 10,000 shipments a month today. What's even better news for Shantanu is that the official website sees 300,000 average visitors every month! Today, Bombay Shaving Company functions on both online and offline routes of business, and their products are spread across four categories, namely shaving, bath, beard and skin. With a team of 60 young professionals, Bombay Shaving Company is trying to create a product range that distinctly stands out for its credible product quality. © MensXP Along with product innovations that the brand is trying to bring to their individual products, they are also trying to incorporate consumer feedbacks in their newest productions. Be it their single blade neo-retro razor or the beard care starter kit, each of their creation reflects the amount of research and passionate involvement that the final product has gone through. It is Shantanu's vision and desire to see his team grow to its fullest potential, all with risks, mistakes and failures, that makes this brand so different from others. With these guys being so invested in grooming the urban men to perfection, the future for Bombay Shaving Company only seems more bright. © MensXP Learn about the many challenges and successes that Shantanu's decision reaped in the longer run, and how Bombay Shaving Company went on to fulfill Shantanu's larger dream of seeing well-groomed men walking the face of this earth, in this exclusive conversation with MensXP.
  24. Have you ever heard about an ailment called APS? Don't think you have? Well, chances are that whether you are acquainted with it or not, you must have suffered through it, at some point in time in your life. Or at least that is what Dr. Ritesh Malik's diagnosis of an average Indian says. Not sure about what APS is and where you stand on this diagnosis? Fret not, allow us to elucidate. According to Dr. Malik, APS stands for “Asian Parents Syndrome”. That is, the common ailment that plagues our nation as a collective, wherein parents decide what their children are going to be in life and do to earn a livelihood. © MensXP Now, as per this APS diagnosis, perhaps it is safe to say that at least 80 percent of young adults in every generation have suffered from it. So did Dr. Malik, who ended up taking his medical degree from Dr. M.G.R Medical University in Tamil Nadu because his parents wanted him to be one. As simple as that. However, Ritesh's true calling lay in entrepreneurship and that is why even though Ritesh got his medical degree in 2013, he spent most of those semesters studying not medicine, but rather Marketing Science 101 at London School of Economics! It was in 2012, during his final year when Ritesh fathered his first startup called Adstuck and went to sell its flagship product ALIVE to Bennett and Coleman. Post this came another high, when Ritesh was granted admission in Harvard University to pursue their 'Management of Innovation & Technology' course. © MensXP Not only this, the same year Ritesh also founded 'Guerilla Ventures' - an angel fund that focused on hardware companies. Though a certified doctor by this point, Ritesh did not give up on his heart's truest desire - to innovate and create for the larger good. The list is long, and there have been lot more projects that he has looked into, and even more lives that he has touched since. An active collaborator with the Indian government's 'Startup India, Standup India' initiative, Ritesh has been contributing to build college entrepreneurship ecosystem across the country. Come November 2015 when Ritesh decided to take yet another plunge, and went on to launch one of India's coolest coworking space 'Innov8' in the heart of New Delhi - Connaught Place. Innov8 was launched with an aim to encourage product-based startups to be a part of the ecosystem and encourage indigenous productions in the country. © MensXP As Ritesh likes to calls it, Innov8 is a business networking platform that connects people to build a community, and helps them to create the best quality products while outsourcing all other nitty-gritties to be taken care of by the Innov8 team. Today, Ritesh's vision and belief has led to massive expansions that is going to give flight to thousands of dreams by providing other future talents to interact, learn and collaborate, in order to produce the greatest products. However, when it to investing, Hitesh follows the mantra that one must always invest in the people. But when choosing his investment options, he turned to Kochi's startup village which has 10 funded startups, out of which nine are belongs to Ritesh and his team. © MensXP That's how multifaceted the growth has been under Ritesh's aegis, who has a simple yet effective advice for all budding entrepreneurs - celebrating failures because only that helps to create valuable products, that not only last but also fetch the results one is eyeing. Learn more about Forbes '30 Under 30' 2016 Dr. Ritesh Malik's rollercoaster journey, as the polymath walks from being a doctor to a full-time entrepreneur and investor, who is launching a thousand possibilities to realise our dreams through his fine moves.
  25. Rajinikanth's '2.0' might be getting a lukewarm response at the box-office and from the critics, but Akshay Kumar's performance and his portrayal of Pakshi Rajan continues to be lauded and appreciated by everyone. While Akshay has left his fans impressed with his performance, not many people know that his character is actually based on a real-life bird lover. We're talking about the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan awardee Salim Ali, an ornithologist who was also known as the Birdman of India. View this post on Instagram Because this world is not only for humans! #2Point0FromToday...Catch it IN CINEMAS NOW! @2Point0Movie @DharmaMovies @lyca_productions A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Nov 29, 2018 at 4:02am PST Salim Ali, who was born and brought up in Mumbai, was credited for conducting systematic bird surveys across the country and is the author of books like 'The Book of Indian Birds' and 'Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan'. Salim passed away in 1987 at the age of 91 due to prostate cancer. In the movie, Akshay plays a passionate ornithologist and professor, who is against the telecom industry and transforms into a giant monster bird to take on the authority. The movie tries to convey a social message and create awareness about the harmful side effects of cellular radiation and how it is fatally affecting birds. Twitter Directed by S Shankar, '2.0' stars Rajinikanth as scientist Vasigaran and also the robot Chitti. Amy Jackson, and Adil Hussain also make appearances among others. Interestingly, '2.0' had already recovered most of its budget, even before its release.
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