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  1. DISCLAIMER: Don't get fooled by the headline. We are in no way endorsing smoking to our valuable readers. That said, how can you deny the easy connection you tapped on every time you got the chance to share a smoke with your manager? Can you recall the easy flow of conversation the two of you unlocked, the way your responses became unguarded and you ended up discovering so much about your manager - the person, and not the boss? © Hotstar The realisation is almost unsettling. It reminds us there is so much that people don't let on in a professional setting and all it takes, is moving away from the walls that bind you, and tag you by your title and job profile. No matter how rare the occasion may have been, you really cannot negate the fact that (in most cases) the personal side of your boss isn't as detestable as the boss you report to at work. Hain na? Well, we hope so. But even if you haven't been blessed with such good luck in your current organisation, you might still want to sneak up on your boss to squeeze in a sutta break with him every chance you get and here's why. © Yash Raj Films According to the findings of a research conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, men have a greater chance than women of getting a raise and promotion when they share a smoke with their male managers. Though the same may not work in your favour if your manager happens to be a woman. Sucks, we know. Given how the infamous concept of 'Old Boys' Club' functions, most men tend to cash-in on it by sharing a smoke (or rather a light, informal interaction that follows those few drags) with their boss. The underlying logic at work here is that managers tend to favour fellow male proteges who are similar to them. © Hotstar If smoking a cigarette (or rather going on a smoke break) with your boss can change your life to that extent and offer you better prospects at work in terms of making that big jump with ease, then, of course, we will share those insights with you. However, let's be clear that we are in no way recommending you start smoking just to go on smoke-breaks with your boss and get that next promotion quickly. Of course, a lot depends on your personal calibre and achievements, and many of us really do depend on just that to help us climb up the ladder. © Yash Raj Films Besides, it is also most definitely true that this 'hack' wouldn't work on many managers who only promote people who deserve it, with or without the smoke breaks. But then again, this is just that - a hack to get that promotion faster. And just like it is the case with every 'hack' out there, it may or may not work for you. But if there is a chance that it might work in your favour, it is definitely worth a try, isn't it? We thought this was worth sharing with you guys, but feel free to let us know your thoughts on this. View the full article
  2. An age-old precursor for women across the board before sexual intercourse is obviously to get on the 'pill'. Contraceptives are essential in every way for women who do not wish to procreate by having unprotected ***. Of course, it's on the woman to have better sense and either get on a hormonally induced birth-control pill, or probably wear a diaphragm, cervical cap or even insert an intrauterine device, to prevent pregnancy. (c)Firstcry Parenting While it's become a default setting with most women, the side effects, pain thresholds and somewhat rogue(ish) mood swings at times are mere suggestions of how 'this is what life's really about'. Well, maybe it's time to change that thought process and include men into the picture a little less sporadically. Yes, condoms are obviously there and apart from acting like a contraceptive, they prevent both men and women from contracting various sexually transmitted infections and diseases but do all men really wear a condom during intercourse? Let's focus on a rural setting. The man of the house comes home after a debaucherous night with alcohol and wants to have *** with his wife. They have four children already, who're helping them make ends meet. He doesn't request but demands that she adheres to his basic carnal needs and yes, she does. They have ***, without protection and a few weeks later, she finds out she is pregnant again because he refused to wear a condom. (c)Twitter Now, let's focus on something similar kids do in college. While going out, drinking together is the best way to break the ice, getting drunk and having *** without a condom, out of an uncontrollable frenzy has become a dramatic piece of happenstance. No, I am not comparing a rural lifestyle to that of an urban one. I am comparing the basic flaw these two analogies have in common. The dismay in using the simplest form of birth control which is easily available. Procreation has become the woman's responsibility and the only option men have as a 'forever' mechanism to birth control is a very painful vasectomy. Well, that's about to change very soon. In our journey to achieve the most intense orgasms, we often bring along consent but condoms don't really feature as much as they need to and hence the women end up popping birth control pills, if they have the right means and access to them and if they don't, well, we're a billion plus people, for a reason. But hold on, there might be an apt solution to this 'problem'. The 'Male Contraceptive Injection', which has been in the works for a while now has just come to India, and unlike most of its target audience, it's safe to use. The Indian Council of Medical research (ICMR) successfully completed the medical trials of the world's first injectable male contraceptive drug and it's ready to barge in to the Indian market, so that men can use it as an alternative to the painful procedure of vasectomy, which is currently the only form of male sterilisation available in the world. (c)Twitter The injection does promise no side-effects except being injected on the sperm-containing tube near the testicles (vas deferens), a procedure that will be proceeded by anaesthesia of course. The process is called Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance (RISUG) and it injects polymers into the *****'s vas deferens, that have the capability to hold back your sperm, when you fail to do so yourself! The promised shelf life of the injection is 13 years, which means you may need maybe 4 of these in your entire lifetime. Other options like pills and gels are also going under testing but ICMR has certified this as a foolproof method to literally hold your horses, while having ***. ICMR is currently awaiting approval from the Drug Controller General of India. But we didn't want to wait before asking the men around us how they feel about this specific medical breakthrough. of going through years in college and later, scrounging for rubber or just 'winging' it when it was too much of an effort to procure. This is what they had to say: (1) "I'm okay with anything that involves not having to wear condoms, plus it's about time that we took the pressure of having to take morning after pills or the constant anxiety of getting pregnant off women and put some of that pressure on men" Siddhant Rai, 27, Special Project, ILN (2) "Well it's better than vasectomy that's for sure. 13 years is not bad if you want to **** around with minimal consequences. It might appeal to people in their 20s. Actually, it can appeal to any age. Personally, I think I'm too old for this. Probably I would probably like to procreate some day." Deepro Banerjee, 35, Freelance Video Producer (3) "Even though I haven't used contraceptive injections yet I feel it's a great product (provided its success percentage is better or equal to the other options available in the market). Assuming it is a long lasting solution over condoms I feel it is a better and safer option. Also given that the experience of safe *** without a use of latex would be far superior to existing options available, I feel it is a step in the right direction keeping intact the importance of safety and also without the intimacy being compromised." - Amman, 37, Head-IPs and Experiences, ILN (4) "I don't think there is a lack of intent in me or many other men around me. I would've liked the product even more if it could do more about STDs rather than just pregnancy prevention. Because I would still end up using other contraceptives like condoms for that. Also, I hope there are products which gives men an option for a shorter shelf life. I may not want kids now. But maybe 6 years down the line I would. Although, I don't mind injecting my ***** with a clinically tested and tried product as long as it gives both me and my partner a piece of mind after every intercourse." - Porus Kumar Singh, 28, Chief Program Manager (5) "Honestly, I'm totally okay with the 'contraceptive' bit... It's the 'injection' that throws up many questions. Where will I be injected? How often will I have to inject myself? Is this a one-time thing or do I have to be ON it? And yes, I'd consider using it if these parameters don't freak me out :) and of course, I'd like to talk to my partner and see how she feels about the entire thing as well." - Shomi Gupta, 37, Filmmaker, Writer (6) "I welcome contraceptives for men. Considering condoms aren't a hundred percent effective, and how adverse the side-effects of contraceptives for women are, this is pretty cool. The only reason I'd be hesitant to take them is that I'm afraid of needles haha." - Lakshman Parsuram, 30, Audio Engineer (7) "Till date, women have had to deal with the consequences of unprotected ***. The contraceptive injection levels the playing field and provides an opportunity for men take up the responsibility of birth control. I always practice safe *** using protection but would open to a safe contraceptive option if my partner was uncomfortable taking a contraceptive pill." - Angad Khanna, 30, Head of Communications Well, while expecting an absolute dismissal of the idea of contraceptive injections for men, the men I spoke to had balanced, well-rounded and positive views in favour of the contraceptive. It makes procreation bit more planned and not archaically non-negotiable and of course keeps the needs of the women right on top. Especially when men are being sensitive towards women popping a morning after pill, which is not the best alternative for her in the long run. (c)Thinkstock/Getty Images Well, we hope a significant breakthrough is made in this field and the government ideates programmes to initiate this procedure in most rural spaces in India. For now, we're waiting for the final approval and slowly and steadily accepting the whole and idea and thrill behind the new male contraceptive injection. View the full article
  3. With winter almost here, we think it is time to tweak your skincare routine a little. As great and comprehensive your skincare regime may be, it cannot be the same throughout the weather. © iStock With a shift in the season, the surrounding air, water and the humidity levels, everything undergoes a massive change. And like most of us, if you too reside in a city that has to deal with absurd levels of pollution, you need to factor that in as well, when you come up with a skincare regime. © iStock Considering all these things, here are a few skincare products that you should consider, if a flawless, ever-glowing skin is something that you are looking for. MensXP Mud Begin Natural Face Wash __ECOMPRODUCT__41__ Formulated especially for men with oily and combination skin, the MensXP Mud Begin Natural face wash is THE face wash for men. Loaded with the goodness that comes from using Amazonian clay as a cleansing agent, this face wash not only cleans your skin from deep within, but also goes a long way in nourishing and keeping it hydrated. Why we recommend Paraben and sulfate free All-natural ingredients Clay-based cleansing agent works deep inside the skin, without any damages O3+ Men Ice Cool Acne/Blemish Control Cleanser © O3+ No matter how hard you try, you simply cannot beat the effects that your lifestyle has on your skin, without changing them. What you can do is mitigate some of the effects that the elements of the environment have on you. This acne and blemish control cleanser from O3+ works as a gentle and yet powerful cleanser. It is enriched with tea tree oil & aloe vera extracts which remove most impurities, all the while revitalising and brightening dull & oily skin. Why we recommend Tea Tree Oil & Aloe Vera Extracts work from deep within the skin A great way to deal with the impact of pollution on the skin Revitalises dull complexion Phy Shield Pollution Protect Face + Beard Wash © Phy Rarely do we advocate using your face wash for your beard, but Phy's Shield Pollution Protect has been formulated to work really well on your face's skin, as well as your beard. The best thing about Phy's products, other than the fact that they are bereft of all harmful chemicals, is the fact they are certified by PETA for being completely vegan, and cruelty-free. Moreover, thanks to the ingredients such as olive and quinoa, the face + beard wash keeps your skin and mane all hydrated and nourished. Why we recommend Paraben and sulfate free Cruelty-free and vegan All-natural ingredients Does away with the need for a separate beard wash Beardo De-Tan Caffeine Face Scrub © Beardo Because the skin on your face is way more thin and sensitive as compared to the rest of your body, you need a good scrubber. It should be something which is not too abrasive on the skin and does the job really well. Beardo's De-Tan Caffeine Face Scrub comes loaded with the goodness of ground coffee, coffee oil, and almond oil to give your skin all-rounded protection. Plus, this is a great way to give your skin a quick boost in case you're heading out for an all-nighter. Why we recommend Made using natural ingredients Exfoliates and moisturises the skin, thus brightening dull complexion Highly beneficial to protect your skin against pollution Innisfree Forest For Men No Sebum Sunblock SPF 50+ © Innisfree Most sunscreens do not sit well on the skin, and act really weird, leaving blotches and streaks that make our faces look weird. That is mainly because of an ingredient called sebum, which works really well to protect against the sun. Innisfree's Forest For Men No Sebum Sunblock regulates sebum secretion that makes it work better as a sunblock, all the while protecting the skin and keeping it healthy and nourished. Why we recommend Antisebum sunblock suitable for oily skin SPF 50+ protects the skin from harmful UV rays Does not leave any residue View the full article
  4. Open pores and saggy-looking skin are the first signs of ageing that only go on to become more visible if left untreated. Other than ageing, exposure to the sun, atmospheric pollutants, chemicals in skincare products, and an unhealthy diet can directly affect the health of your skin. You'll also notice dryness, sagging, wrinkles and fine lines and they are usually accompanied by dullness. If you start to notice them, you should actively work on fixing the problem from the root. 1. A Good Moisturising Cream © Getty Images Open pores signal that your skin is dry. This means that you've to moisturise it regularly. This not only makes your skin visibly better looking but also works towards reducing your pores. So get a good moisturiser that suits your skin type. Set a routine to apply the emollient regularly. 2. A Skin Tightening Mask © Getty Images Weekly, one should make it a point to wear a skin tightening mask. The key to skin tightening masks is that you've to let them be on for at least fifteen minutes and not talk or eat while you have the mask on because that can be counterintuitive. A skin-tightening mask is going to work on reducing the visibly loose pores as well. A good ingredient that you should look out for when you scout for products is sandalwood which has soothing properties that work wonders in skin-tightening. 3. Look For Retinol In Your Face Creams © Getty Images You need to moisturise more than once a day if you're focused on getting rid of saggy skin and open pores. Retinol is an ingredient that can really turn around your skin on regular application. 4. Primers © Getty Images If you want to take care of the open pores temporarily for say a dinner night or date night, a primer is great at concealing pores making them less visible. Just use a blender for better application. View the full article
  5. Dressing up the right way may not be your strongest point but fashion blunders are a thing and if you have been committing any of them, believe us, you are constantly being looked at. Unlike socks with sandals or semi-formal outfit mistakes, there are others that are less obvious and yet they get noticed. It's time you stop making fashion crimes. Check out this list that will give you clarity on rookie mistakes and help you dress better for all the upcoming occasions. 1. White Athletic Socks © istock If you have been wearing your athletic socks, well and good. But the plan to wear them with your classic Derby or dress shoes? That's exactly where you lost your brownie point. Keep athletic socks aside for gym hours and pick up classic black or brown socks that dovetail well with all your shoes. If you have a knack for OTT, go for quirky socks. 2. Fake Branding © istock Sorry to say this but if high-end brands are not affordable, don't buy it from any random brand. You are genuinely wasting your precious money. Buy it on the basis of how it looks and feels instead of the brand name emblazoned on it. 3. Baggy Dress Shirt © istock The ultimate mistake that men hardly care about has been wearing an ill-fitted dress shirt. But, let us tell you that a baggy shirt can make you look stumpier and definitely not good. You need to make sure that the collar is stiff and the shoulder seams sum exactly at the end of the shoulder. Take this trick into consideration so you never get raised eyebrows by your boss at work. 4. Visible Undershirt © istock The undershirt is called undershirt for a reason. It shouldn't be visible once you have your shirt on it. If you wish to leave a few buttons undone, go for a V neck undershirt. No peek-a-boo in such cases is acceptable! 5. Buying Clothes For Future Purposes © istock The biggest mistake of all times is assuming to buy clothes based on what you will wear next year. Staying motivated to gain/lose weight is a good thing but buying clothes that you don't even know would fit or not is sheer mental torture. Reward yourself when you have ticked off your goals and not right now. 6. Wearing Large Pocket Jeans © istock Firstly, this trend is not meant for men to wear. The big size pockets were made for a reason to fit the criteria of blue-collared workers. Wearing pants with large pockets can make you look sloppy and you don't want to garner unnecessary attention. Stick to chinos or straight jeans. They are your best bet to look fashionable. 7. Jewellery For Men © istock The ideal way to pull together a perfect look is that you stick to two items maximum in your clothing. Going OTT with accessories can end up in a disaster. Avoid that and stick to minimal aesthetics. View the full article
  6. A 30-something man pampering himself with a pedicure, another one all tarted up in facial foam, and then one who just arrived for a hair spa – these are some of the most common sights every time I visit any salon. Clearly, “grooming is for girls” is a myth that has long been put to bed. View this post on Instagram Let your skin rest for a minute before splashing ice cold water on your face. The ice cold water will close your pores and tighten up the skin stopping dirt and pollution from entering your pores, causing acne. Remember that pimples are usually caused when we forget to close our pores. Also remember to pat dry with a clean and soft towel, do not wipe and scrape the towel against your face to dry, this could seriously irritate the skin and cause inflammation. . . . . #MensXPMUD #SkinCare #MaleBeauty #Products #Cleanse #Beauty #Men #GetFresh #Mud #SkinCareRoutine #GlowingSkin #ThatGlow #BeautifulSkin #BBCream #Products #FollowUs #StayFresh #Glow #MenForBeauty #MakeUpForMen #MaleMakeUp #Facewash A post shared by MensXP Mud (@mensxpmud) on Jul 1, 2019 at 6:29am PDT Gone are the days when men scrubbing their faces or using a concealer would result in a major meltdown. The beauty industry is breaking new grounds, with evolved products focussed especially on men. In fact, according to a recent Forbes report, skincare sales are growing the fastest among men's grooming products. Now that speaks volumes about how men are willing to dip their toes in the ongoing beauty revolution, and make it their own. While big developments are taking place at the global level, the Indian market is warming up to the idea of “beauty for men” as well. From celebrities like Aditya Roy Kapoor treading the extra mile to de-stigmatise male beauty to the beauty market booming with men's grooming products, we have made some serious progress. MensXP Mud Forays Into The Beauty Industry MensXP has been an ardent believer of how beauty products don't endanger masculinity, but redefine it. Bringing this belief to life, the brand forayed into the men's grooming sector with “MensXP Mud”. View this post on Instagram Don't we love the feeling after we've just moisturized. Fresh max! . . Tap the link in bio to shop. . . #menforbeauty #mensbeauty #beautyformen #skincare #skincareformen #malebeauty #indianmen A post shared by MensXP Mud (@mensxpmud) on Nov 2, 2019 at 9:01am PDT This rising male-beauty powerhouse caters to the Indian man's skin – be it the texture, tone or the problems it is prone to. Men's Beauty Is Here To Slay Here's what every man would've realised by now - a mere shower, shave or comb just won't make the cut anymore. The new breed of men is striving to become their best versions – ditching the mucky face, shabby hair and an ignored skincare regime. View this post on Instagram Our boys serving serious looks, looking super duper clean in our BB Cream. It's hard to not want to be in front of the camera once you've put it on. Don't believe us? See for yourself by clicking the link in our bio right now! #MUDShotOnRealPeople . . . . . #MensXPMUD #SkinCare #MaleBeauty #Products #Cleanse #Beauty #Men #GetFresh #Mud #SkinCareRoutine #GlowingSkin #ThatGlow #SuperFoods #BeautifulSkin #BBCream #Products #FollowUs #StayFresh #Glow #MenForBeauty #MakeUpForMen #MaleMakeUp A post shared by MensXP Mud (@mensxpmud) on Jun 25, 2019 at 5:35am PDT The only catch here is that a lot of youngsters are hesitant when experimenting with beauty products. They are often bogged down by societal baggage – “log kya kahenge”, “only gay men wear make-up”, “men shouldn't care about how they look”, among other crass remarks. But hold on, afraid of being judged by who? People who exhaust hair dyes to hide their greys? The society is filled to the brim with such hypocrites, ones that should be the least of our concerns. The ideology of MensXP Mud is born out of such real-world conversations and needs of the people. It aims to explore the codes of masculinity and empower progressive men who want to become their best selves. Exciting Products On The Block MensXP Mud packs a range of grooming essentials for any man who's building his skincare from the ground-up. Be it a heavy-duty SPF lotion, non-greasy face wash or a range of BB creams for the flawless skin every man deserves, this premium brand has got it all covered. View this post on Instagram Is it really a Sunday if you didn't indulge in some self care? . . Tap the link in bio to shop. . . #menforbeauty #mensbeauty #beautyformen #skincare #skincareformen #malebeauty #indianmen #facewash #bodylotion #showergel A post shared by MensXP Mud (@mensxpmud) on Sep 15, 2019 at 5:59am PDT At MensXP, we believe that beauty products don't fall under any gender. A man needs a sun-block or a face wash just as much as a woman does. No better time than now to join the #MenForBeauty revolution, and what better way to do it than with MensXP Mud. View the full article
  7. Celebrities do enjoy a status of wealth, good health and an enormous amount of love that comes their way, courtesy their fans, but they also have the moral responsibility of doing their bit by giving back to the society. Not every celebrity uses their moral compass for the good bit but on 'International Men's Day', here are 5 men who use their celebrity status to stand up for a good cause and are actually the real influencers. 1. Akshay Kumar The 'Khiladi' of Bollywood is not just a superstar, courtesy his movies which give out great messages, but in real life as well, Akshay Kumar always does his bit to make sure he uses his status in a positive way. He made notable donations towards the survivors of Pulwama attack, he's constantly contributed for the jawans, he spoke and ensured action was taken for providing insurance for the stuntmen of the Bollywood industry, he also launched the 'Bharat Ke Veer' app to bridge the gap and raise funds for soldiers and their families amongst many more initiatives that he takes. © Twitter 2. Leonardo DiCaprio The Hollywood star is not only a great actor who is loved for his stellar acting, but also for the amount of work he's been doing for this planet. The actor is an environmentalist who also has a dedicated non-profit organisation which works for causes relevant to the planet. He supports various charities and donates continuously for all the causes he believes in. He even posted about the rising level of Delhi pollution levels and urged people to do their bit. View this post on Instagram #Regram #RG @extinctionrebellion: Over 1500 citizens gathered in at India Gate, in New Dehli, to demand immediate action on the cities hazardous pollution levels.⣠⣠According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution in India is estimated to kill about 1.5 million people every year; these statistics make air pollution the fifth-largest killer in India. ⣠⣠People of all ages joined the demonstration, which succeeded to directly trigger action for Indian citizens:⣠1. The Indian Prime Ministers office set up a special panel to address the issue, within a few hours of the protest. The panel is due to report on the issue within 2 weeks.⣠2. The Supreme Court of India asked the Central Government and respective state governments to fix the crop and waste burning issue of Dehli within a week. ⣠3. The Center accepted that Green Fund will be used to combat toxic air pollution. ⣠4. The Indian Prime Minister asked the Agriculture Ministry to distribute equipment urgently so that crop burning is no longer necessary. ⣠⣠Despite these promises, the air is still unsafe and activists will keep the pressure on until the air pollution reaches safe levels. ⣠⣠The protest was organised by a collaboration of movements; @xrebellionind @LetMeBreathe_In @FridaysForFutureIndia_ along with other activists. ⣠⣠Photography by Arjun Mahatta and co, via @FridaysForFuture ⣠⣠#RightToBreathe #ExtinctionRebellion #IndiaGate #SolutionNotPollution #ActNow #RebelForLife A post shared by Leonardo DiCaprio (@leonardodicaprio) on Nov 18, 2019 at 7:24am PST 3. John Abraham John has been associated with PETA for a long time and is a vegetarian himself. He's always advocated causes related to animal welfare and even has a brigade called 'Habitat For Humanity'. He is often seen running marathons, spreading awareness and doing his bit as a celebrity. Even though he usually stays away from the public eye, John has always used his image for creating a positive impact. © Twitter 4. Shah Rukh Khan The King of Bollywood is also the king of hearts with a heart full of compassion. SRK's 'Meer Foundation' supports acid attack survivors and helps them lead a life of normalcy. Back in IPL season 7 when his team KKR won the cup, SRK generously donated the prize money towards cancer patients in Mumbai and Kolkata. He has donated generously towards the flood victims in Chennai and Odisha as well, amongst many other things that he continues to do. © Instagram 5. Randeep Hooda Randeep never shies away from supporting a cause and speaking up for something where his voice is needed. The actor has been associated with Khalsa Aid and has been a part of many beach cleaning drives. He went with the Khalsa Aid to provide food and water to the Kerala flood victims and is a man with a strong sense of responsibility. He's also been vocal about other initiatives as well. He's an example of how the physical presence of a celebrity can draw attention to a cause which needs the attention of the entire humankind. View this post on Instagram Thank you @afrozshh_ fr showing us the way to actually be able to do something for our planet,our country,our future #VersovaBeach #Respect @khalsa_aid A post shared by Randeep Hooda (@randeephooda) on Sep 6, 2017 at 1:56am PDT View the full article
  8. We have plenty of reasons to celebrate International Men's Day. Apart from talking about gender equality, both manhood and boyhood need to be talked about in equal spaces too. For the uninitiated, International Men's Day is celebrated on November 19, every year and the focus is mostly on health, highlighting discrimination against men and promoting gender equality. But in today's day and age, Men's Day is a lot more about picking and choosing the right role models who become timely inspirational stories for other men to follow suit. © The Independent Agreed, both men and women don't need a dedicated day to glorify their kind. We don't need to take a day out of our schedules to go on writing about why there is a day dedicated to a particular gender nor do we need to get out on the streets and tell the world about it. It's just a keen reminder of how times have changed, where we, as a society, have accepted, normalised and internalised a lot of changing aspects that gender roles have brought in to our lives. A lot of men, fortunately, have stood the test of time to talk about normalising stereotypes in society and have been there to support and inspire numerous others through their chosen fields and it's time to talk about them today. Here are 6 men from different fields and walks of life who continue to break stereotypes in society, so that young people have a chance to look up to someone as inspirational as them: 1. Health & Fitness: Milind Soman View this post on Instagram 15k today takes this weeks distance to 60k! ð need to have an average of 60-70km per week to maintain the level of fitness that I am accustomed to ð cant run every day as I would like, but have got to make the time. . . . The goal is not a marathon, or Ironman. Out of 24hrs×7days which is 168hrs I need to find 8hrs for myself. That's the goal. . . . #keepmoving #keeplearning #Live2Inspire #fitnessaddict #nevergiveup #findtime #maketime #fitterin2019 #neverstop #runner #runnersofinstagram #runningman ð· @ankita_earthy the cutie ⤠A post shared by Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) on Nov 15, 2019 at 11:55pm PST One of the greatest names in the fitness and health industry in India, the 53-year-old has broken every age and fitness related stereotype there is. He's in great shape and has been giving major fitness goals to people since a while now. The man ran a 72 Km marathon in Delhi last year to mark 72 years of Independence for the country and that's not all. He's been organising marathons since years now and urges the young population of India to always stay fit and healthy. The man also married someone a lot younger than him and re-defined the age-gap parameter between a couple. For him, age is just a number, in every sense of the way and we always look forward to his posts and videos on fitness and health. © Asmen India © Instagram 2. Entertainment/Bollywood: Aamir Khan © MensXP Only a few celebrities have managed to stand out with their ubiquitous panache and acting prowess over the years, while delivering some excellent quality content on-screen. One of the fewer actors who comes to mind when I put these words together, is Aamir Khan and at 54, he's made a huge mark on the entire cinematic experience in India. Aamir takes story-telling as an art that can also change someone's life along with changing the trajectory of cinema in India. Through his stories on real-time issues that plague society, he connects with a larger audience who appreciate his work and acknowledge the sentiments behind it. © UTV Motion Pictures Apart from creating a stern chance for philanthropic work on grave social issues in society, through his films, Aamir believes in his art so much that he never attends a single award function. His vision and ideologies go hand in hand with his dedication towards cinema and we're glad we have someone amidst us who understands the importance of some great cinematic experience. His films have talked about subjects that resonate with breaking societal stereotypes very gravely. Films like PK, 3 Idiots, Taare Zameen Par and even Dhobi Ghat, talk about the damaging effects of flawed notions in society, which have left a rather big impact on the newer, evolving generation today. 3. Sports: Mahendra Singh Dhoni © BCCI MS Dhoni has broken all stereotypes of leadership and every young sportsman or woman can aspire to be just like him. While there are other sportsmen in the country who've been quite an inspiration as well, but along with raging adrenaline to play a sport, you have to have a calming effect on yourself and people around you to carry forth a label of good sportsmanship and Dhoni has done just that quite flawlessly. During his captaincy, and even after, Dhoni always motivated his team in a manner that was energising and yet calm. He never exerted any pressure and was the least aggressive of all the leaders who've been a part of the Indian cricket team. © BCCI "Dhoni, as a captain, completely demolished any form of hierarchy in the team and created a platform for players to interact with each other, suggest and chalk out strategies" - said Pavan Choudary, an Indian writer and a TV show host, in an interview with TOI. 4. Fashion: Ujjawal Dubey © Ujjawal Dubey Breaking stereotypes in fashion is a bigger deal than its made to be. It's an integral part of every man's wish list to look and feel the finest and that's where our designers and stylists come in to make a difference in every sense of the word. While there are many inspirational designers out there, the one name that stood out to us was that of Ujjawal Dubey, who has pushed the envelope on developing ethnic menswear through his label, Antar-Agni. His label produces sartorial masterpieces that have redefined Indian fashion on a global scale. The sense of style he creates around ethnic wear clearly resonates with a lot of Indian men who just don't want to go to another wedding honouring the black-tie affair! "Antar - Agni means 'the fire within'. It's all about the human self and the expression of emotions, psyche, behaviour and experience. I chose this name as an ode to the years of complexities and ordeals I went through before I found myself and the drive I had", Ujjawal says in an interview with MensXP. © Antar-Agni 5. Hospitality: Keshav Suri © Twitter Keshav Suri inherited a well-established empire from his late father and Indian F&B stalwart Lalit Suri, but Kitty Su was not a part of it. The youngest executive director of the Lalit Group of Hotels has carved a niche for himself and his creative, futuristic style has earned him great rewards. Kesav Suri is a cultural icon for the LGBTQ community in India. Recently, he filed a petition with the Supreme Court on challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that criminalises a consensual relationship between consenting adults of the same ***. © BCCI The young Suri has been instrumental in driving a lot of unique initiatives at the Lalit group. He started Kitty Su in 2011 with the intent of delivering a unique experience to the millennials and it worked. Kitty Su has made big strides in the F&B business and it is the only nightclub from India to be featured in DJ Mag for three years consecutively. It has also been awarded as Best Night Club in Delhi by Times Food and Nightlife Awards. 6. Politics: Dr Shashi Tharoor © Amazon Prime Video With his impeccable vocabulary, Tharoor is certainly a people's politician. Recently, he was seen as a stand-up comedian, on the show One Mic Stand, which was well received by the viewers. The 10-minute stand-up act in the last episode made Twitter go absolutely gaga over the Congress MP trying his luck at humour, under the guidance of comic Kunal Kamra. Together, Kamra and Tharoor made hysterical statements and jokes about the present government and certain journalists 'who must not be named', or else they might file a defamation case! But needless to say, Twitter was quite amazed by Tharoor's stand-up act as he did something no politician has done before- "made people laugh intentionally", through his clever jokes and not through his misguided actions! While there are several other men in the country who've truly been an inspiration while breaking stereotypes, we certainly can't name them all. But for International Men's Day this year, let's follow the lead of these 6 men who've motivated an entire nation to think laterally, out of the box! View the full article
  9. Bollywood and manhood have lived a complicated life together. We live in a country where over 250 crore people scramble to watch films every year - over twice the number of moviegoers in China or the United States. This means that our society, more than perhaps any other in the world, culturally depends on what we see onscreen, and who we see doing it. Despite facing criticism for its less-than-stellar treatment of women through the years, Bollywood has placed immense emphasis on the leading men, often captured in heroic postures on bright, nostalgia-inducing film posters. Everyone from thugs to tycoons, soldiers to scholars have been framed on film for everyone to see - and over time, helped define, mature and even reinvent the idea of masculinity. This International Men's Day, we'd like to take a look at these cultural icons and how they defined the cinema of their times. The 1940s - Ashok Kumar Perhaps Kumar's greatest contribution to playing men onscreen was his breakthrough hit - 1943's Kismet. Playing a remorseless pickpocket with a compassionate side, he introduced us to the anti-hero - a complex, pivotal aspect that provided men with a truly relatable onscreen presence. The film's subject matter was also quite radical for the time. Kumar's choices in film would also reflect the shifting tides for newly independent India. Mahal (1949) saw Kumar take the lead for India's first film featuring a 'reincarnation story', in a mix of horror and romance that influences popular cinema even today. Kumar was also unafraid to play negative roles even during his time as one of the most successful heroes in Bollywood - the intelligent, bold and noir-inspired Sangram (1950) sees Kumar play a spoilt brat turn into a ruthless criminal. The 1950s - Guru Dutt Through the 50s, Guru Dutt released films that took away much of the grandeur and 'macho' ideas associated with heroes. His characters were flawed, often destitute and fighting against themselves as in Mr. & Mrs. 55 (1955) & Pyaasa (1957) - or falling from grace as in Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959). Much of this reflected the filmmaker's own pain and frustration with life - a theme that continues through all his films and is perhaps why, even half a century later, they still stir deep emotions and relatability. The 1960s - Dharmendra The 60s were a time where western pop culture finally began to reach Indian masses. Gradually, studios began to look at concepts such as female-led romance films and even the James Bond craze. Dharmendra would take on both of these challenges back in the 60s. Known as Garam Dharam at the time, he began his career alongside Meena Kumari, taking on early feminist cinema such as Anpadh (1962), playing a gentle, slow-burner romantic in films such as Dulhan Ek Raat Ki (1967) and even Aakhen (1968) - one of India's earliest spy themed romantic-thrillers. This soft spoken yet suave roster of roles was just the thing that a new, younger and better-read Indian man wanted to see. The 1970s - Amitabh Bachchan One of the most interesting things about this legendary figure of Indian cinema is that he very accurately represented a symbol for young men during the seventies. Underemployed, barred by discrimination - these were challenges the young actor faced in his early days, being told by filmmakers that he was too dark, too tall and too intense to play the likeable, fair-skinned funnyman that past heroes tended towards. Soon enough, films themselves became darker, more imposing and intense themselves - giving the frustration of the youth a cinematic avatar through 'The Angry Young Man'. Eventually, even Dharmendra and Bachhan came together in Sholay (1975) - a film that came to define the decade itself. The 1980s - Naseeruddin Shah Subtle, sensitive and full of charm - Naseeruddin Shah's career in the eighties was a series of timeless movies that aged very well - his interesting, challenging roles rode the crest of new-age cinema during his time at the top. Known for taking on films with deep socio-political themes, he's tackled everything from a social comedy in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983) and a complicated romance as a blind man in Sparsh (1980), showing his versatility at two different ends of the spectrum. It's also interesting to note that he's played a man in uniform several times - everything from lawyers to policemen and army chiefs, usually with sharp wit and complete authority. The 1990s - Shah Rukh Khan Seriously, could it be anyone else? SRK's journey as an actor through the 90s reflected much of the two-sided life men have had to lead - first struggling as a ruthless anti-hero in Baazigar (1993) and playing other darker roles. Soon though, the lighter side of life came through when he absolutely nailed his role as Raj in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995). His lighthearted, charismatic and yet romantically intense roles have cemented his reputation as Bollywood's undisputed 'King of Romance' - with a signature pose that's been copied by Indian men for the last twenty years. The 2000s - Hrithik Roshan Along with all the comparisons to 'Greek gods' and the likes, there's no denying it - Hrithik has been a titanic presence in some of the decade's biggest films. While often typecast as the 'perfect hero', due to his looks and general screen presence, his roles matured immensely through the decade, reflecting the interests of his male audience and his own journey. Beginning with Kaho Na Pyaar Hai in 2000, he played an interesting spin on the classic coming-of-age, boy-to-man story in Lakshya 4 years later - finally ending the decade in the incredibly touching Guzarish. This push for more, despite stunt injuries, personal traumas and even spinal conditions that threatened his career, inspired millions of fans to adopt his brand of masculinity. The 2010s - Ayushmann Khurrana Khurrana's star is still rising - it's been around seven years since his debut in Vicky Donor, and the resulting legacy of films tackling social problems, unique scripts such as Andhadhun's and a commonly recurring theme in his films - male insecurities - have helped immensely in raising awareness and broadening conversations amongst both men and women today. This year, his upcoming film Bala aims to tackle the stigma surrounding male pattern baldness- a major source of anxiety for several men, both young and old. View the full article
  10. We have come a long way since the time when the ancient ways of the world dictated our lives. While this 'way of life' was, obviously, laid out for women, men have also shouldered the burden of the unsaid expectations and taboos for a long time. However, now, as the world has learnt to respect the concept of 'live and let live', things are slowly beginning to change. © Red Chillies Entertainment With such a welcome change, men can now truly get over the insecurities that have weighed on their mind all this while. As the world and people around us change with time, they have proved that it's time men completed accepted themselves for who they are, and that would pretty much be the same as celebrating themselves and fellow-men every day! Here are 5 such insecurities among men that have become a thing of the past for good: 1. Balding © Maddock Films Most men wouldn't want to shave off their heads for no good reason, though personal and religious reasons cannot be discounted. Yet, somehow, natural causes related to sparse hair coverage brings in 'shame' as opposed to men choosing to shed their tresses. However, people have now begun to look beyond bald patches and receding hairline. The success of Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Bala and the popularity enjoyed by the likes of Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel only reiterates the fact that people have come a long way since the time when lack of hair on one's head would turn most men into a laughing stock. 2. Height © HBO And again, since we are leading with examples, in any case, it's about time we acknowledge that height-related insecurities can happily take a backseat now. The world has finally come to measure people's worth based on their skills and talent, and not how closer to the clouds they are. Before turning into the superstar that he is today, even SRK started out as a regular guy with an average height. It was his skills as an actor that eventually got him such immense success. Ayushmann Khurrana, for that matter too, does not come in the category of taller men in the industry, but his back-to-back hits are proof that your 'height' and your 'talent' have absolutely no connection whatsoever. 3. Weight © Twitter - Shannon Werle With “dad bod” really trending this year, it can be said that the fixtures around the idea of 'ideal male body' has gradually loosened enough to allow men to enjoy breathing space that lets them be and not chase after runway-inspired 'mod(el) bod'. Take Jason Mamoa, Chris Hemsworth and Leonardo di Caprio for instance. Wrinkles, grey hair or a couple of extra pounds doesn't make them any less desirable. 4. Di*k Size © Wikipedia Now, as debatable a topic as this might be, research has shown that the entire tussle related to 'size' mostly rests in a guy's head. Women are more taken by the appearance of the ***** than its size, because while the length of the ***** was rated sixth on the list of importance, women rated the girth third. 5. Skin Colour © Mensxp Now, we understand how obsessed the Indian society can be with skin colour, but let us assure you that your skin colour has got nothing on the kind of person you are and what your achievements are. Vicky Kaushal and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are two of Bollywood's most popular actors currently, and their skin colour never got in the way of them facing the camera or making it big. View the full article
  11. Irrespective of whether you stay in Delhi or not, most people across the country have heard the story of Sarvjeet Singh Bedi by now. The story of injustice, online abuse, defamation and innumerable court hearings that went on for at least four years. Sarvjeet's story also taught the society one of the biggest lessons - don't jump to any conclusion or start judging someone if you don't know the whole story (irrespective of gender). But, in case the message wasn't clear enough, someone made a song called 'Fake Case Song | Men too Anthemm' featuring Sarvjeet Singh Bedi to create awareness on how a man was "treated as guilty until proven innocent". From getting arrested, rushing to the court to even thinking of committing suicide in his quest to prove his innocence, this video tries to convey the message of 'Men Too'. To refresh your memories, in 2015 a woman named Jasleen Kaur posted a picture of Sarvjeet on social media, accusing him of harassing and threatening her. Within minutes, the post went viral, and people on social media tagged Sarvjeet as 'Dilli Ka Darinda', 'rapist', 'monster' and what not. The whole nation including Delhi CM Arvind Kerjiwal and people on social media supported and stood next to Jasleen and against Sarvjeet, without listening to his side of story. © YouTube Sarvjeet lost his job, was held in police custody unjustly, had to rush to the court each time he was summoned, and Jasleen was missing all this while. Finally, Sarvjeet was acquitted after four long traumatic years of struggle after the court found him innocent. We don't say or mean that every case where a woman accuses a man of harassing her is fake, but there are still certain cases where men were wrongly accused by women which is horrible and unjustified. However, it's a humble request for men and women across the country to not trivialise the movement when more and more women are mustering courage and coming forward to share their stories. View the full article
  12. Shaleena Nathani is one of the leading celebrity stylists in the country right now. The ace stylist has put together Deepika Padukone's Cannes look to even her one-year anniversary outfit up until recently. Even for celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani, Radhika Apte, Shraddha Kapoor, and Bhumi Pednekar Nathani has styled them all. So we caught up with her to understand the nuances of men's fashion and what it takes to style a Bollywood celebrity round the clock. Q. How do you come up or think of aesthetics when you are creating a celebrity look? An actor always has a mood in mind with regards to the event they're going for, the theme, and their personality also plays a major role. So as a stylist, I always try to push boundaries for an actor, but the styling process begins with taking into account the likes of an actor, their personality, the kind of event they'll be going to, post which we shortlist the trends and colours that we can work with to create multiple looks. However, it also depends on what the actors are comfortable with. For example, Deepika (Padukone) has become more experimental over time and even Shahrukh has, but I feel Shahrukh's airport looks are the best when his style is rather effortless. © Instagram/Deepika Padukone Q. Can you take us through the process of styling men and how it's different from styling women? I don't feel the process is different as such, but I feel that there is slightly less to work with in terms of men. The process of curating the looks is the same more or less. Although, I feel like there are a lot more restrictions personally in terms of what men want to wear and what they don't want to wear. But nothing that can't be worked with. © Instagram/Kartik Aaryan Q. What is that one fashion trend that you don't like, or you don't agree with? The one fashion trend that I don't like is kitten heels, for me, it's either a high heel or a no heel in a look. I don't think kitten heels work for anyone. Q. How is the process of curating the airport looks different from curating red carpet looks? For the airport, the comfort factor has to be taken into account. But we don't usually call in for looks from designers for the airport unlike the red carpet, we usually work with what the celebrity has in their closet. Q. How do you think we are dealing with this issue of sustainable and “eco-friendly” fashion? How often do you get requests, asking you to source from sustainable brands? As an industry, I think, we've come a really long way in terms of acknowledging the need for eco-friendly fashion. For example, at times, celebrities don't mind repeating what they've worn before, but that's a really small example. We've all started talking about it more and more. I feel we'll have to take drastic steps in order to change the wastes that our industry generates on a yearly basis. Q. What is your take on androgynous and gender-fluid fashion? See, androgynous fashion is a very vast term. Even what Lady Gaga wears on the regular can be categorised as androgynous fashion. But for me, I style androgynous fashion within limitations of my style. So, even if it's experimental, I'll take into account how well a person can pull it off. © Instagram/Ranveer Singh Q. Can you tell us the common mistakes that men make for the following? The first date: A black t-shirt, sunglasses work just fine. I don't like it personally when too much is happening on a man's outfit. Keeping it clean and sharp always works. Wedding: I think a well-fitted suit and the right pair of shoes work well. People tend to not pay attention to their shoes. Pointed shoes are again something that won't work. Q. One historical era that you find extremely fashionable? I think the early 20th century, the Gatsby era wherein you would see men in suits and tuxedos holding onto their cigars. View the full article
  13. Dear men, let's get one thing straight. Unfortunately, the world has come to think that your 'male ego' is way too fragile, though it might be scaling new heights every day, given how much the Indian society loves to pump up on the patriarchal way of life. But guess what, you might be one of the rare ones who still believe in living by the outdated patriarchal diktats or you might belong to the group of real men who genuinely feel that the fragility of the 'male ego' is a societal construct, that's used as an excuse for men and their inexcusable behaviour. © i-Virgin And if you happen to fall on the right side of the story, you ought to know and identify your enemy, who's trying hard to malign and destroy all that you stand for. A brand named i-Virgin happens to be the said enemy, and here's why. This brand is selling a monstrosity called a 'virginity pill' for women that would enable them to satisfy the Indian society's need to draw blood from a woman (literally) on the “first night”. Now, in an ideal situation, this entire setup should scream blasphemy to any sane man because what this is indirectly trying to do, is save your ego from getting hurt, should you happen to fail in bagging a wife who 'bleeds' on her first night. Do you really want to be a company that allows the sale of these products? This is demeaning to say the least @amazonIN https://t.co/fy30Z1GTp7 — Arko Datta (@durbudhijibi) November 12, 2019 What does that say about you? Is your ego really so flimsy that it would shatter into a thousand pieces because your newlywed wife present you with a post-coital bloody gift? If we go by the pill's product description, it says that the pill needs to be inserted into the vagina a few hours before the 'planned night' which then does the trick in the right moment. It sells for Rs 3,100 on a leading e-commerce website in India and before you disregard the validity or usefulness of the product, let us tell you women have actually used it, and apparently love it enough to leave feedback for other interested women. Amazon says screw gender equality. Women still have to prove their virginity with these "powerful" fake blood capsules. #WTF pic.twitter.com/4Nd4JipvQc — Priya Pathak (@Priyapathakview) November 14, 2019 We wonder why in this day and age should people be concerned about a woman's virginity to even come up with such a product? Secondly, what's wrong with these women who feel the need to resort to such measures and destroy every step that has been taken by women in the fight for equality between the genders? But most of all, what's up with you guys? Did you miss you Biology classes in school or overlook the fact that a woman might not bleed during intercourse for a number of reasons that are not related to her being a virgin? Besides, so what if she isn't a virgin at all, did you marry her for her 'virgin' vagina or the woman that she is? Why do you think that she should be okay with it if you're not a virgin, but you can't live with that thought? She didn't ask you to prove it yet, did she? Then why do you want her to prove herself? Are we still in 2019? This is what we have to do to have basic dignity? Who the **** invented this??? #womenshealth #Virginity #ridiculous https://t.co/1oOcKq0JbG — Vinay Rathod (@rthdvinay) November 14, 2019 Now, if you happen to be a man who feels outraged by these implications a pill is drawing up against you, it's time to stand up and voice yourself, as well as call this pharma company out on their bullshit. View the full article
  14. If your grooming kit includes a trimmer, beard oil and wax, believe us, it's not enough and you definitely need to take it a notch higher with certain grooming essentials that you have been missing out on. It's not important that you end up buying a plethora of products but definitely have a good look at the ones that are going to offer benefits and help you look your best without having to spend a lot of time on it. Here are five grooming essentials that you have missed out on but should get your hands on, asap! 1. Use An SPF Moisturiser Yes, you have been using a moisturiser for your skin and that's a no brainer but slapping on an SPF one is going to shield you from the heavy UV rays. If you don't apply it, it will accelerate the ageing process and cause brown spots, plus wrinkles on your skin. Usage of a good moisturiser instead will help your skin stay hydrated at all hours. © Istock 2. Body Scrub The easiest way to exfoliate not just your face but also your body is a body scrub. It is that one grooming product that will lather up and scrub away all the dead skin cells. Use a product made with natural ingredients, that does not include microbeads as this will help your skin feel nourished for long. © Istock 3. Hand Cream Winter is here and so is the time for you to stock up on hand creams because believe us, your hands will be extremely dry in this season. Being concerned about your grooming regime is good but you can't neglect your hands, especially if your job is manual. Just take a small amount and massage your hands so it blends well into your skin. © Istock 4. Cuticle Cutter Taking care of your nails just with a nail cutter is never enough. It means that you need to care for your cuticles as well. The dead tissues tend to get accumulated in the bottom and it tends to peel off. You need to keep a check on it and simply nip the cuticles. Apply some hand cream post this method so your hands feel softer than ever before. © Istock 5. Nose Hair Trimmer Dressing up and shaping your beard can make you look sharp but neglecting your nose or ear hair will instantly dissolve the whole purpose. Use a dedicated trimmer that's designed to clear the unsightly growth. It's an absolute must for your grooming kit! © Istock View the full article
  15. Not that long ago, men would grow a beard, well, because they couldn't shave. Or rather thought that not shaving was vogue. Although for many, that still is the case, if one is to believe their social media feeds, there are a few men, who have found out that their beards can be the perfect canvas to express themselves, and their individuality. © MensXP Amidst the booming grooming revolution that Indian men are witnessing, brands and companies dealing in personal grooming and male beauty products are having a gala time. As per a study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India ASSOCHAM, the Indian male grooming industry is estimated to be worth Rs 16,800 crore, and by 2021, it is all set to cross the Rs 35,000 crore threshold. © iStock Statistics such as these only go on to show that Indian men take their beards seriously, in a manner that pertains to staying fashionable, as well as a way to express their masculinity in a healthy manner. © MensXP We spoke to five men, all of whom have glorious beards. Using their facial manes as canvases, these 5 men have made rather endearing statements with their beards. Nitin Mehta © MensXP Nitin Mehta was formerly a high ranking officer in the Indian Army, who has now taken up modelling as a full-time profession. Here's what he had to say - © MensXP "In the army, you are not allowed to keep a beard, unless you are a Sikh. Once I retired, for some reason, I just wanted to grow my beard out. It allowed me to relax a little bit, and do away with the mundane routine of waking up every day and getting a shave. I believe when you are growing your beard, the best thing that you can do is just let it be, and let it grow out as it wants to. Just take care of it, and groom it regularly. What you'll end up with, is something really glorious, something that makes you stand head and shoulders apart from the rest of the crowd." Saud Hasan Khan © MensXP As a model, Saud has really moved up in the industry, all thanks to his beard. As someone who believes that beards, no matter what the shape or form, has the innate ability to add a regal appeal to a face, Saud surely knows how to walk the talk. Here's what he said about his beard - © MensXP "I was working in a corporate set up where I had to keep a clean-shaven face. I met a well-known designer, who advised that I grow a beard for his couture week, as it would go well with his pieces. I took his advice seriously and decided to go for it. In two months, I had a thick beard. When that show happened, one other designer saw me with this look and wanted me to be a part of her show as well. Next day, it came in the newspaper, on the front page of Delhi Times, and the headline was 'Beards Take The Ramp.' So I stuck with the idea." Umesh Gulia © MensXP As a beard model, Umesh needs to keep his beard game strong at all hours. Maintaining and styling a long beard is no cakewalk but fortunately for Umesh, all the efforts have been hugely beneficial. Here's how his beard, helped him get spotted for a major men's grooming brand - © MensXP "I was travelling in the metro and saw a guy constantly stare at me. Eventually, he approached and just started complimenting my beard. One thing lead to another, and out of nowhere, he asked if I would like to model for a new startup that was coming out with a range of men's grooming products. Grooming my beard and modelling based on it hasn't been easy. It may seem tedious at first, and there may be instances when people, especially the ones close to you will start making fun of it. Just wait it out. Once you have grown a beard, they will really appreciate how you look. Men almost always look really great when they grow a beard. I have had random strangers come up to me at cafes and restaurants, and just compliment my beard, and ask me tips and tricks on how to grow one, how to style theirs. Trust me, it is a surreal feeling." Mayank Sehgal © MensXP As a bespoke menswear designer, perhaps no one is better equipped to help us understand what individuality actually means, and how beards are more that one element in a man's appearance that has the ability to add tons of character and panache. Here's what he had to say - © MensXP "It took me about two years to get the beard that I was aiming for. But was the time worth it? Absolutely. I like everything about it, the length, the style, the texture - everything. My beard taught me a very important aspect of life - patience and perseverance. It took me over one and a half years to grow it to this length. It may not take you that long, but it will take time. Also, you have to take care of it, you need to groom and trim it from time to time." Abhinav Mathur © MensXP Abhinav Mathur is a social media influencer who has an impeccable taste in men's fashion and the finer things that life has to offer. For him, his beard came along almost as an afterthought, when he started growing it out initially. Here's what he said about his beard - © MensXP "I have seen my beard all unkempt and patchy, and I have seen it grow into a well-grown, thick, and sharp beard. People think that growing a beard is just about letting it grow out. However, that's just step one. You really need to invest time and effort into it. © MensXP Why? Because what you get at the end of the day is something really special. It cannot be a coincidence that almost half of all men on the earth, grow some form of facial hair. Beards and moustaches unite us in a very unique way. It's almost as if all of us are standing in solidarity with one another." As far as an expression for individuality goes, this is as diverse as things get. So the next time you pick up that razor, thinking of getting rid of that beard, just because there are some issues with it, think what you will be missing out on. As a celebration of this diverse solidarity that unites all men, the annual Beard and Moustache Championship is back yet again this year, with six different facial hair competitions, which will allow men from all walks of life come together and celebrate the glorious things that their beards are. Click here to register. View the full article
  16. Aussie openers go on the offensive against Pakistan. ? Photo courtesy: cricket.com.auAustralia defeated Pakistan by 10 wickets in the third and final T20I at Perth Stadium, and clinched the three-match series 2-0.Australia innings live...
  17. NoFap, like the name suggests, involves abstaining from habits such as porn and masturbation for extended periods of time, and if the reports are anything to judge by, it's been changing several lives for the better. Men have been reporting everything from better sleep patterns to healthier *** lives and even recovery from depression. Even actor and bodybuilder Terry Crews, who you may recognise from Brooklyn 99, has publicly shared his own struggle with this recovery, in a video that took over the internet back in 2016. NoFap practitioners, who commonly call each other 'Fapstronauts', eventually began the #NoNutNovember trend - and over the last few years, this challenge has picked up immensely. Let's take a closer look at how guys have been dealing with it. There's several men who picked up the challenge for the first time, and shared their thoughts across the first week of the month. FIRST WEEK OF #nonutnovemeber PASSED!! YES!!! #nofapnovember — Moathon (@moathon) November 7, 2019 I guess most of the people who follow #NoShaveNovember is just an excuse to leave their beard long and it doesn't help for a good cause. Why not try #NoFapNovember and focus and accomplish on your personal growth goals and see the difference? Just a thought. — Manju VK (@quality_richest) November 3, 2019 Started #NoFapNovember 3 days early. Day six for me. I took a shower for the first time in 3 weeks and cleaned my room today. Have a strange feeling in the middle of my forehead. Had a dream about God and the 5th dimension. I think i'm gonna make it. pic.twitter.com/0M6Xab8XNV — Lyr â­ (@Fatlittelman) November 4, 2019 As with everything on the internet, there's always another side. Several users feel that #NoFap is excessive, and took to trolling. The sh*tposts came in hard. #NoFapNovember costs jews millions in lost revenue and decades in cultural subversion progress — justshitpoasts (@justshitpoasts) November 3, 2019 Jack off or you're a Nazi #NoFapNovember pic.twitter.com/diOxJDriK5 — Greg (@HarmfulSpeech) November 2, 2019 #NoNutNovember @ #nofapnovember pic.twitter.com/os3hRzH8It — Ð¥ÑмÑÑина Hemyrina (@hmpolymath) November 7, 2019 Several men also shared their frustration - after years of porn addiction, withdrawal symptoms are bound to show up. Nearing the end of day 1 of #NoFapNovember and you look at the ceiling and see dis. #nonutsnovember pic.twitter.com/6mYSCfVcNx — Bröther Pig (@OatsPls) November 2, 2019 When she sends nude But it's November#nofapnovember pic.twitter.com/C2qNdzm9Nd — á´sÊɪsÊ ð®ð³ (@Lone_wolf__18) November 6, 2019 Day 3 of #NoFapNovember everything starts looking like... https://t.co/JV1eR73Bby — Aye Skee! (@SkeezyDoesIt) November 3, 2019 Fortunately, some longtime abstainers stepped in to provide encouragement and information. #PornHub awards are shaped like a molecule of seretonin - the hormone that is released when you ejaculate. They know porn is a psy-op. They know porn is addictive and destructive. And they're laughing at you.#NoNutNovember#NoFapNovember https://t.co/QeQqZAMJ6L pic.twitter.com/mk1idUmUFu — Lenny Henry Rollins ð¬ð§ (@rollins_hank) November 3, 2019 #NoFapNovember this is Day 7. Typically during days 7-14 there is an increase in the temptation to relapse. First, this is normal so do not FREAK out. Second, it is time to Double Down. Third, be honest and accountable. — Aaron Walter (@AaronWalter80) November 7, 2019 Will you be taking the challenge up this month? View the full article
  18. Ethnic menswear in India has evolved enormously and if there is one person who has pushed the envelope endlessly, it is Ujjawal Dubey, and his label, Antar-Agni. With creations that best exemplifies the copacetic co-existence of the traditional and the modern in this day and age, Antar-Agni has produced sartorial masterpieces that have been redefining Indian fashion on a global scale. © Ujjawal Dubey And yet, Ujjawal Dubey believes that the Indian fashion scene is still awaiting a major disruption. “We are evolving at a great pace,” says Ujjawal. “We have been trying our best to bring about that disruption, but we haven't had it yet. That being said, we will be pushing forward until we finally get it." © Ujjawal Dubey For someone who never wanted to be a fashion designer, and who for a better part of his career was uneasy with the idea of working with fabrics and textiles, Ujjawal has not just come a long way - he has made an indelible mark on the Indian fashion scene, and Indian menswear in particular, for epochs to come. © Antar - Agni Ujjawal sat down with MensXP for a chat and opened up about all things fashion, how his creations have found loyal customers in the likes of Ayushmann Khurrana, Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, among others, and how, Indian men, in general, are becoming more fashionable without them realising it. © Antar - Agni â As a fairly young member of the Indian Fashion industry, how would you say has the industry grown over the years? Fashion has definitely grown as an industry. Now we are getting more eyes, more attention and more acceptance than ever before. â From not wanting to be a designer to being one of the most established faces of the industry, how has your journey been thus far? The journey so far has been completely unexpected and very intriguing. The way our alternative aesthetic has been received is simply overwhelming. © Antar - Agni â Tell us something about Antar-Agni. How did you come up with the name? Antar - Agni means 'the fire within'. Its all about the human self and the expression of emotions, psyche, behaviour and experience. I chose this name as an ode to the years of complexities and ordeals I went through before I found myself and the drive I had. â What creative and commercial directions do you envision to take? We are trying to evolve at every moment. We have had our good and bad times but have managed to stick to the idea of re-inventing ourselves in a way where we can include more human interactions and loads of self-involvement through collaborations in art and commerce. © Antar - Agni â Your creations tend to be very fluid and an amalgamation of classic silhouettes with contemporary and modern aesthetics. Where do you draw your inspiration from? Throughout the years, I have made it a point to follow whatever my state of mind is. I'm a moody person. The fabric has been and remains to be our hero. Layers and drapes along with the graphic compositions that form a colour block while making the garments, helps us get closer to our mood. The key remains to connect with our audience as much as it possible to do so, from the tiniest detail of skin exposure to the neckline and to the way the layers fall on the body. We have always focused on making clothes that enhances one's personality. Wearability has been our rule and we have always worked around that and tried to interpret it in our clothing. © Antar - Agni â How do you think the industry as a whole is dealing with this issue of sustainable and “eco-friendly” fashion? Sustainability has become a fashionable word that is being overused without delving into its meaning. I feel sustainability is not a choice and definitely not something to brag about, it has to be innate. We as a brand would rather use 'conscious' as a part of our effort. We need to be conscious about everything that involves us, be it at the grassroots level at which we deal, to the amount of consumption, the use of resources, the treatment we have towards the people we are involved with, and to the little things around us at home our at work which makes our DNA. The fashion industry is the second most polluting industries in the world and it is important for us to analyse the reasons why. The number of products that go to the dump through big retail chains needs to be questioned. Terminologies like eco-fashion, green clothing, etc don't always mean what they say. The idea of producing large quantities in third world countries and then shipped across the globe increases the carbon footprint of a product manyfold. Most importantly, customer education is important. People should know what they are wearing and how that affects them and their surroundings. They need to be made aware of how to reuse and reengage their garments. © Ujjawal Dubey All of this being said, I do believe we have come too far, in today's economic and political situation. No product can be produced in a purely sustainable manner. â What are your views on the debate around Maximalism vis-a-vis Minimalism? Some times most maximalist things can have a minimalist appeal and aesthetic, and vice versa. Both have their own beauty and impact on art and fashion. Both of them can co-exist together and leave a similar impact. © Ujjawal Dubey â Where do you think men's fashion in India is heading? Men's fashion has been on the move and is constantly changing. The acceptance has gone up and the belief in sensible and smart clothing has made more impact than before. Androgyny and gender-fluid fashion are seen now more than ever before. This has been one of the major shifts in the menswear fashion in today's times. Also, we can see men coming out of the basic T-shirts and shirts pattern and moving more towards experimenting in terms of silhouettes and drapes, be it formal or casual wear. â Three words you'd use to describe your signature style. Non-conforming, maximalist yet minimalist, disruptive â One thing men should never do while dressing up in traditional Indian wear. There's no restriction as such because we don't see it this way of wrong or right. If the person can pull it off and is confident and comfortable then nothing else matters © Ujjawal Dubey â One traditional Indian menswear item you believe every Indian man should have in his wardrobe, and why. An unstitched dhoti, the one you can drape yourself because it's simply beautiful and never loses the charm. Men's fashion in India slipped through the cracks of the mainstream fashion scene and has stayed under the radar for far too long. Take a look at any fashion event - fashion weeks, fashion shows et all, and you'll see how in most of them, menswear seems to be an afterthought. Furthermore, shows focussing exclusively on menswear are a rarity. As a series, Draping Indian Men is an earnest attempt to celebrate the changing phase of men's fashion in India, and those pioneering geniuses who have come to define our sartorial sensibilities. View the full article
  19. Body hair has often been associated with masculinity. Remember the 90s? All of your superstars back then flaunted their chest hair with pride. Cut to the millennium – gone are those chest hair! From Anil Kapoor to Kartik Aaryan, a lot has changed in between. Most of the current millenial brigade of superstars have gone bare body to flaunt their abs, but there are still a few who flaunt their chest hair and still look sexy! So, what's the popular opinion? That's exactly what Kartik Aaryan wants to know. Addressing these changing trends, Kartik Aaryan took the internet by storm and asked men to clear his confusion once and for all. What looks sexier on men- #BodyHairOrBodyBare? He got the debate going on social media with this video. View this post on Instagram Aapko kya SEXYYY lagta hai?? Tell me using this hashtag #BodyHairOrBodyBare ð¤ A post shared by KARTIK AARYAN (@kartikaaryan) on Nov 2, 2019 at 1:44am PDT His genuine question has divided the internet into two. Here are some of the wild reactions Kartik has been receiving from men on social media. Of course body bare, and I have naturally clean shaved chest ð #BodyHairOrBodyBare — Shahansaa Arshad (@ShahansaaA) November 2, 2019 One summer, I got rid of my chest hair. And it's been 5 summers and counting. My vote for body bare always. #BodyHairOrBodyBare pic.twitter.com/RduNo2r8hG — Sushil K Kashyap (@SushilKashyap01) November 2, 2019 Tbh, body bare.. not only just bcoz it looks sexy, but it also looks neat... just my opinion.. #BodyHairOrBodyBare — Mo (@GirlwithRules) November 2, 2019 “Body hair definitely, because natural hai.” #BodyHairOrBodyBare pic.twitter.com/b2r7GBUhSG — THAT RANDOM Guy (@Soundhumor) November 2, 2019 Not just the aam junta, but celebrities and influencers are also chiming in their opinion. View this post on Instagram This one was a no brainer for me! Always body bare over body hair! Keeping it neat makes me look better! Are you team #BodyHairorBodyBare @kartikaaryan A post shared by Aparshakti Khurana (@aparshakti_khurana) on Nov 2, 2019 at 6:00am PDT View this post on Instagram Kartik ke sawal ka koi definite answer toh main nahi de paaya! But maybe you can help me think straight? Toh aap hi bataon, #BodyHairorBodyBare? Comment below with your replies. . . @kartikaaryan A post shared by ali fazal (@alifazal9) on Nov 2, 2019 at 5:08am PDT View this post on Instagram Kartik has put me in quite a tricky spot! But here's my preference, now it's time for you to tell me yours! Comment below what way you'd prefer to go! @kartikaaryan #bodyhairorbodybare A post shared by â¡Lady RocknRolla ♥ (@banij) on Nov 2, 2019 at 5:38am PDT You know my choice now @TheAaryanKartik But let's hear what my followers have to say about it! So, guys! What's your choice? #BodyHairorBodyBare pic.twitter.com/Acc5Qz4KOs — Rannvijay Singha (@rannvijaysingha) November 2, 2019 View this post on Instagram Keeping it natural is my way to go...in life and in my preference of #bodyhairorbodybare! What's yours? Comment below! @kartikaaryan #yobetayo A post shared by Dhruv Sehgal (@sehgaldhruv90) on Nov 2, 2019 at 4:44am PDT My choice is clear-just like my preference! Aap bhi Team Body bare ke saath ho, na? Chalo, no pressure! I am keeping the thinking to you…Comment below with your preference! #BodyHairorBodyBare @TheAaryanKartik pic.twitter.com/UuxQMm2FC0 — Karan Tacker (@karantacker) November 2, 2019 Well, we feel millennial men should totally rock the bare chest - it's clean, classy and oh-so-captivating. What do you think? Leave in your opinion in the comments below! View the full article
  20. Ayushmann Khurrana and Tahira Kashyap have been with each other through thick and thin for 11 years now. Today, the two are celebrating their 11th wedding anniversary and took to social media to express their love for each other. The romance between the two has only grown stronger in these passing years. Ayushmann took to Instagram to share a throwback picture of Tahira and wrote a sweet note for his wife. He wrote, "Eleven years with this beautiful girl. Got butterflies of all kinds while posting this picture. Umm Happy anniversary @tahirakashyap." Check out the Instagram post: View this post on Instagram Eleven years with this beautiful girl. Got butterflies of all kinds while posting this picture. Umm â¤ï¸Happy anniversary @tahirakashyap. â¤ï¸ A post shared by Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) on Oct 31, 2019 at 11:32pm PDT He also shared the same picture on his Instagram story and put a kaala tikka on it, saying, "Kaala teekka bhi laga dia maine." © Instagram/Ayushmann Khurrana Ayushmann is surely a man any and every woman would want. In the 21st century where people's relationships are only restricted to social media, Ayushmann and Tahira have redefined the notions, prioritizing each other over everything else. Tahira also shared a beautiful post for Ayushmann which read, “11 years back we had each other's asses and still do! Happy anniversary @ayushmannk (This one's from our sangeet and marriage. And I remember my heart was pounding, beating, bouncing 10 times faster and still does though the reasons might have changed! Kidding, you still get to me just like before.” Check out the post here: View this post on Instagram 11 years back we had each other's asses and still do! Happy anniversaryð @ayushmannk (This one's from our sangeet and marriage. And I remember my heart was pounding, beating, bouncing 10 times faster and still does though the reasons might have changed! Kidding you still get to me just like beforeðð) A post shared by tahirakashyapkhurrana (@tahirakashyap) on Oct 31, 2019 at 10:35pm PDT MensXP wishes the couple a happy anniversary. And we would love to know what you think of the couple too. Do let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  21. If you are concerned about your protruding ears, I would say there's nothing to fret about. Take inspiration from Aamir Khan, who has never failed to surprise his audience with his performance on-screen. He goes to great lengths to get an apt look and his movie PK is one of the best examples to put our case forward. Sure, there are men who tend to have protruding ears but believe us, it's no big deal and just like Aamir, even you can ace your look with different hair cuts and style tips. Here, take a look: 1. Grow The Sides © Instagram, Aamir Khan You can grow the sides of your hair to a medium length as this will keep the look clean. Be careful and don't let the sides appear unkempt. Trim it well and keep it maintained so that it blends well with your ears. 2. You Can Add Volume To Your hair © Instagram, Bradley Cooper If you add volume to your hair, you will take away all the attention away from your ears. You can go for a medium length for your hair and depending on how your hairdresser cuts it, the final hairstyle basically needs to give an illusion of a perfect balance between the style and your ears. 3. You Can Keep Short Hair Too © Instagram, Channing Tatum There's another way you can have a flattering style that syncs well with your ears. You can do it by just trimming the arches lower than the usual size and keep the sides elongated. 4. Quiff It © Instagram, Arjun Kapoor There are a lot of hairstyles that can easily take the attention away from your ears. You can do it right with a quiff hairstyle that will let you have a stylish scoop for your hair. Try it out. 5. The Man Bun © Instagram, Ranveer singh You should embrace your ears and an ideal way to do so is by growing your mane so long that you can finally tie a man bun. There's a trick to make it look funky. Pull the tendrils loose around your ears. This adds a messy headed aesthetic to your look, emphasising your ears in a stylish way. View the full article
  22. One of the oldest and most common skin concerns for men that still is a pain to deal with has to be acne. As a skin concern, acne is very common among men of all ages. © iStock As natural as the phenomenon may be, people often tend to make fun of those suffering from it. For preteen and adolescent boys, acne may stem from changing hormones after a certain age. However, for men beyond a certain age, acne can be caused by some seriously flawed habits. And yes, smoking is just one of them. © iStock Your Skincare Products Or Not Using Them © iStock One major cause of untimely acne is the fact that most men don't buy skincare products based on the type of skin they have. That is assuming they use basic skincare products at all. Not only is using the wrong kind pointless, it can also be downright detrimental for your skin. Pro Tip: Get your skin tested if you have severe acne or regular breakouts and use skin products that suit your skin. Avoid using products that have a high concentration of sulphates and parabens. Your Diet © iStock No thanks to our hectic schedules and overworked lifestyles, most of us rely on food that can be downed in a jiffy, and needs little to no effort from us to consume. Not only are these foods high on oil content, they are also laced with preservatives and taste enhancers which wreak havoc on your skin. There are a lot of us who ignore minor allergic reactions to certain kinds of foods and simply gorge on them. A medical study released in 2013 stated that almost 60% of Indians don't realise that they suffer from a mild case of lactose intolerance. Pro Tip: Get yourself tested if you see that your skin misbehaves when you have certain kinds of food. Also, try to avoid oily and precooked food as much as you can, as they tend to have the most devastating effects on your gut, overall health and skin. Your Hygiene © iStock As obvious as this may seem, you need to stay hygienic. Take bathing for instance. You need to take a proper shower every day, no matter what the weather. So think twice before avoiding that bath this winter. Also, consider switching to a shower gel or something like that. A bar of soap just does not cut it anymore. There are other things to consider as well. How often you cut your nails, whether or not you get your nails cleaned, the products you use for your clothes. Take note of the way your skin reacts whenever you change something in your routine. Pro Tip: As we said, take note of how your skin responds to changes. Also, don't skip basic routines and don't shy away from changing products if you need to. Your Supplements © iStock This holds true especially if you are a muscle buff, work out at the gym and consume supplements. Most supplements are harmless, but there are a few that do not suit everybody. Try switching off of your supplements if you have persistent acne. If it starts disappearing, you have your culprit. Pro Tip: If it is indeed your supplements that are causing the issue, switch to something that suits you. Have a word with your trainer or dietician, and consult them for a substitute. Your Hair Products © iStock This may come across as a surprise, but your hair products do affect your skin, especially around your face. If you use a strong anti-dandruff shampoo, or a specific oil or mousse, and find yourself have breakouts often, it's time to switch. Pro Tip: Try going for products that are chemical-free, and have a natural cleansing agent, in case it is your shampoo. For other hair products, try to go for organic and vegan ones as they are the least likely to have adverse effects. Also, take note if your hair product has paraben, or sulfate. If it does, it's out.
  23. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” - Lao Tzu There is something especially invigorating and enthralling about hiking. After all, it's that one adventure sport that - apart from keeping you fit, increasing your stamina and helping you adopt a healthier lifestyle - also makes you feel one with Mother Nature herself. Now when it comes to hiking, there are a lot of essential things that you require so as to make sure your experience is one without any hindrances. These include - but aren't limited to - rain gear, extra water, a hydration pouch, sunscreen, sunglasses and even extra food. But perhaps the one thing that you require the most - a hiking essential you simply cannot do without - is the right pair of hiking/trekking shoes. After all, if you're planning on scaling a mountain, hill or a steep trail, you need to ensure that you're wearing the appropriate footwear. But before investing in a pair of trekking shoes for yourself, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Think of these less as limitations, and more as basic ground rules to follow so as to make sure you make an informed choice: 1. The type of trek you're planning on doing: Depending on the type of trek you're planning on doing - and the type of terrain you choose to trek on - certain shoes will prove to be more durable, adaptable and useful than others. As such, when searching for trekking shoes, you should make sure that you are fully aware of the trek you'll be doing and just how difficult, steep, rugged and long it's going to be. 2. The specific features of the shoes: All shoes come with different types of midsoles, outsoles and uppers. They also come with different types of fastenings. So needless to say, you should be absolutely clear about the specific features of the shoes you're planning on buying. This is important because a rubber outsole will be more durable than a synthetic one, an EVA padded insole will always provide more cushioning than others, and a textile upper will be less durable than a synthetic one. 3. The brand you're opting to go for: While it's never wise to be a brand brat, the hiking shoes you're opting for need to be of OPTIMUM quality. After all, trekking can be a dangerous adventure sport if you don't have the right equipment with you. So ensuring you opt for reputable brands, or opt for brands that are known for curing hiking shoes, becomes of paramount importance. So with those three factors in mind, let us go through a collection of the 12 best trekking shoes for men that will elevate your hiking experience to new heights (pun intended!) Check Out The Best Hiking Shoes For Men In India 1. Adidas Men's Ax2 Trekking Shoes © Amazon India We already know how reputable and sought after a brand like Adidas is, especially vis-a-vis footwear. But what you might not have known is just how durable and adaptable their trekking shoes tend to be, especially these Ax2 variants. Coming with three months of warranty, the best part about these shoes is just how fast and lightweight they can be, with an EVA midsole that provides enhanced cushioning and a high traction rubber outsole that provides optimal grip on wet surfaces. In short, these shoes are comfortable, durable and will make sure that you don't slip or skid on any wet surfaces - saving you from lots of pain (and money!) that you'll have to deal with in case of any accidental injuries. MRP: Rs 5,679 Buy it here 2. Wildcraft Men's Trekking Shoes © Amazon India Just one look at these trekking shoes from Wildcraft is enough to make you want to own them for you next trek. After all, they are ergonomically designed, perfectly applicable for any type of terrain, incredibly durable, and supremely comfortable as well. Add to this their affordable price tag, and you've got a pair of trekking shoes that pretty much does it all. MRP: Rs 3,890 Buy it here 3. Puma Men's Leather Hiking Shoes © Amazon India Perhaps the most fancy and modish looking hiking shoes you'll ever get to use, these leather variants from Puma are as good to look at, as they are useful to put on for a rugged and lengthy hike. Coming with three months of warranty, they feature a durable rubber outsole that will perfectly adapt to even the most treacherous of trails. The perfect amalgamation of style and durability, these hiking shoes are an absolute steal at their super-affordable price of Rs. 3499. MRP: Rs 3,499 Buy it here 4. Lee Cooper Men's Leather Trekking Shoes © Amazon India And you thought Lee Cooper was a brand that was just good for buying a pair of blue jeans from! Well with these modish and durable trekking shoes from their catalogue - ones that are made of premium leather - Lee Cooper has come up with one of the most stylish, affordable and long-lasting pair of trekking shoes that are perfect for beginners and experts alike! In fact, considering what you'll be getting at its price, you've probably got a pair of trekking shoes that'll give you the best value for money of any mentioned on our list. MRP: Rs 2,550 Buy it here 5. Woodland Men's Leather Trekking Shoes © Amazon India Woodland happens to be one of those underrated brands that, while has enough name-recognition to be considered a mainstream footwear brand, is still not counted among the likes of Nike, Puma and Adidas. As such, people often tend to bypass their shoes - even though they always deliver on quality despite being more affordable. So opting for these brown leather trekking shoes from Woodland, ones that happen be durable and modish, will make for a great buy that will prove to be a worthy and long-term investment as well. MRP: Rs 3,236 Buy it here 6. Salomon X Ultra 2 Hiking Shoes © Amazon India When it comes to hiking shoes, Salomon is perhaps the best brand to opt for - after all, they are known for curating some of the best hiking shoes out there, ones that excel in all integral factors - durability, utility and comfort. As such, these X Ultra 2 hiking shoes are no different, what with their low-cut profile that gives your foot optimum freedom of movement, their Sensifit that seamlessly cradles your foot from the midsole, and their lace pocket that provides easy storage for their quick fit lacing system. Add to this the protective heel cap that gives more stability to your rearfoot, as well as an upper that comes equipped with an abrasion resistant lining, and you've got an all-round powerhouse at your disposal that is perfect for any hike you choose to undertake. MRP: Rs 7,874 Buy it here 7. Quechua Forclaz WTP Trekking Shoes © Amazon India The best part about these Forclaz WTP trekking shoes from Quechua are the traction crosscontact soles that pretty much make them perfect for both flat terrains, as well as those rugged and treacherous mountain terrains that can be challenging to scale. They also happen to be incredibly comfortable, aided in no small part by the full-shock absorption enhanced cushioning provided by the EVA midsole. But the icing on the cake, without question, has to be breathable and waterproof membrane that makes these the perfect shoes for even the dampest of terrains. MRP: Rs 4,999 Buy it here 8. Adidas Men's Terrex Swift R GTX Hiking Shoes © Amazon India While these Terrex Swift R GTX hiking shoes from Adidas are made of mesh, don't let that make you underestimate just how appropriate (and durable!) they are going to be for your next trek. In fact, the mesh upper actually ends up being a boon as it provides your feet with more breathability and comfort. Add to this the durable and cleated rubber outsole and the padded insole, and you've got a great pair of trekking shoes at your disposal. Fair warning though, these shoes don't come with any warranty! MRP: Rs 8,821 Buy it here 9. Wildcraft Men's Trekking Shoes © Amazon India A trek can oftentimes be more challenging that it initially seems, especially if you end up underestimating just how daunting the trail could be. So owning shoes that will, at the very least, not make you compromise on comfort becomes essential. That is where these trekking shoes from Wildcraft end up being a godsend. They make your feet feel lighter and more at ease while you trek up to extreme heights. They also happen to be the most affordable shoes mentioned on our list, making them perfect for those who may be on a tight budget. MRP: Rs 1,695 Buy it here 10. Salomon Outpath Hiking Shoes © Amazon India As we've already stated above, Salomon is one brand that is widely known for producing the best hiking shoes out there. As such, these synthetic Outpath variants are no different as well! They come equipped with a outsole that is perfect for damp terrains, a seamless Sensifit that gives your feet just the right grip and a durable upper that will be resistant to wear and tear. MRP: Rs 7,499 Buy it here 11. Reebok Men's Freedom EX Trekking Shoes © Amazon India There is so much going for these Freedom EX trekking shoes from Reebok that make them a great option to opt for. Be it the incredibly durable materials that are used to create them, the built-in boot fit that makes sure your feet don't start paining after a single trek, a rubber outsole that provides enhanced stability and structure, and a lightweight EVA midsole for more comfort, these shoes are simply in a league of their own. Add to this Reebok's signature Flex Grooves and Dual Decoupling technologies and you understand just why they are worth their hefty price tag. MRP: Rs 14,370 Buy it here 12. Nike Air Zoom Tallac Lite Hiking Shoes © Amazon India Yes, we understand that the price may be a tad bit too high, and we also understand that not everyone out there would be willing to splurge so much on a pair of hiking shoes. But ones who consider themselves to be absolute experts at hiking, and those who harbour an irrational and unwavering love for the adventure sport, NEED to own these kickass Air Zoom hiking shoes from Nike. Made of 100% synthetic, these durable and resilient shoes also happen to be incredibly stylish, and are guaranteed to give you bragging rights for owning them for a long time. MRP: Rs 31,197 Buy it here
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  25. It is a universally established fact that even men who commit the worst fashion faux-passe can't go wrong with a pair of denim jeans. As such, the importance of a pair of denims in a man's wardrobe cannot be stressed enough. Though it may be tempting to go for just any pair of jeans because “they all look the same”, we would recommend investing in a reliable brand, especially if you prioritise versatility, durability, and comfort. Fortunately for you, there is one brand that checks off all those boxes, especially in the domain of jeans. After all, Levi's gives you a whole variety to choose from, and since we simply aren't going to lie about loving all our children equally, scroll down to discover the best Levi's jeans for men. Best Jeans For Men From Levi's You Should Add To Your Wardrobe 1. 511 Redloop Slim Fit Jeans © Amazon This is one of the best slim fit Levi's jeans for men. This pair has been given elevated details that help elevate your look up a notch! It rests below the waist and has a zip fly with a button closure. It is highly comfortable and also gives you room to move, unlike your clingy ex. You can pull this pair out for your office ensembles, or make heads turn at a party after pairing it up with a printed shirt. Fabric Composition: 94% cotton, 4% elastomultiester, and 2% elastane MRP: â¹ 1,499 Buy It Here 2. 512 Slim Tapered Fit Jeans © Amazon If you want to look casual and effortless, this is just the right 'fit' for you! These jeans are narrow and can be pulled below the waist. They may stretch only a little, but do not compromise your comfort as their slim fit and tapered leg takes the challenge of keeping up with your every move. They have a zip fly coupled with a classic button closure, and can be paired with pretty much any shirt or t-shirt in your wardrobe. Fabric Composition: 97% cotton and 3% elastane MRP: â¹ 1,924 Buy It Here 3. 512 Performance Styled Denim Slim Fit (Advanced Stretch) © Amazon Your legs thank you every time they hear the words 'advanced stretch'. As such, investing in this Advance Stretch variant from Levi's makes a lot of sense. It is flexible, and provides you with maximum mobility and ultimate comfort. A sleek wardrobe essential that every man must own, they are that supportive friend of yours who fades to the background to let you take the spotlight, despite contributing a lot to your success. Fabric Composition: 99% cotton and 1% elastane MRP: â¹ 1,949 Buy It Here 4. 502 Engineered Tapered Jeans © Amazon You can replace your mundane straight jeans with this refined, modern alternative without compromising your ease of motion and comfort. One of the best Levi's jeans for men out there, this highly loved regular fit Levi's jeans for men is carefully tailored to give you a regular seat, roomier thigh, and slightly tapered legs. Its material gives it a highly distressed texture, while the ripped knee perfects its casual look. It can be clubbed with even a plain coloured tee, to make you look effortlessly fashion-forward! Fabric Composition: 97% cotton and 3% elastane MRP: â¹ 1,500 Buy It Here 5. 519 Performance Extreme Skinny Fit © Amazon This is your classic skinny made even skinnier, and hugs you tighter than you could ever hug your celebrity crush. Its advanced stretch technology makes sure that you feel comfortable and free to move, while it also promises to keep up with every step of yours, even on your busiest days! Fabric Composition: 82% Polyamide, 15% elastane and 3% polyester MRP: â¹ 4,199 Buy It Here 6. Levi's X Justin Timberlake 502 Tapered Jeans © Levi's Levi's and Justin Timberlake in one sentence? Are our eyes deceiving us? Fortunately not, as one of the most versatile artists and popular denim brands have come together to give you a taste of what's crisp and new! Brought to you straight from the Fresh Leaves Collection, this pair draws inspiration from JT's hometown of Tennessee. This one has more self-expression than fabric, while exuding an aura of humble, nostalgic locales, and some musical history. Fabric Composition: 99% cotton and 1% elastane MRP: â¹5,999 Buy It Here 7. 541 Engineered Athletic Tapered Jeans © Levi's If you are a man with an athletic build, this pair is calling out to you! If you are not that man, buy it anyway for a relaxed feel with a slightly tailored finish! This pair of denims sits at your waist to give you a contemporary look without compromising on your comfort. Imagine getting the stylish look of a pair of jeans with the comfort of your favourite PJs. Could there be a greater blessing you could count on a scorching summer day? Fabric Composition: 97% cotton and 3% elastane MRP: â¹5,999 Buy It Here 8. Made And Crafted Double Face Straight Jeans © Levi's This unique pair will definitely make heads turn to look at you twice (or thrice!) because we, ourselves, spent an hour figuring them out before recommending them to you. The timeless straight pants style has been revolutionized by Levi's, with pleats in the front and premium denim at the back. One of the best Levi's jeans for men out there, this truly makes for a trendy and fashion-forward investment that you won't regret making. Fabric Composition: 100% polyamide MRP: â¹7,000 Buy It Here 9. 501 Made And Crafted Original Fit Selvedge Jeans © Levi's This special pair is made of premium Japanese Selvedge fabric picked straight from the renowned Kaihara Mill, giving it a heavily distressed look. Why don't you discard your boring straight fit already because this pair is crafted with a variety of patchy designs that just can't be explored at one look! While they are a bit on the pricier side, their novelty makes them a worthy purchase. Fabric Composition: 100% other fibers MRP: â¹11,000 Buy It Here 10. 502 Made In Japan Regular Tapered Fit Jeans © Levi's Levi's openly claim this pair to be “the most versatile” of their tapered fits. Hand dyed and worked upon by some of Japan's most admired artists, these are not just your ordinary ripped jeans. This particular pair actually rips itself out especially for you to form designs that make it look truly unique. Caution: wear these only if you enjoy special attention! Fabric Composition: Pure cotton MRP: â¹4,799 Buy It Here
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