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  1. In a society where people don't want to 'meddle' or interfere in others' affairs, even if that 'affair' means someone dying on the road, can we imagine people going out of their way to help someone who is a complete stranger? Can we imagine someone coming forward to actually help instead of clicking pictures and recording videos? Ask yourself guys, How often have you gone beyond your way to help a stranger? But, Babu Muddrappa is different and probably that's the reason he deserves all our respect. © BCCL Babu Muddrappa, just like any other day, was driving his auto in Bengaluru. On April 15, while looking for passengers, his life changed in a way even he didn't expect. Babu saw a pregnant woman lying on the road, screaming in pain. Although there were a lot of people standing around the woman, nobody came forward to help. So without thinking twice, Muddrappa rushed the pregnant woman to a nearby hospital, but due to lack of facilities she was referred to CV Raman Hospital. Since the woman could barely speak and refused to give details about her family, Babu admitted her with whatever money he had at the moment. © Pexels Thanks to Babu's selflessness, the woman reached the hospital in time and gave birth to a baby girl. However, what happened next broke our heart, but also raised our respect for Babu. The baby was facing trouble breathing and the mother had abandoned the baby and fled the hospital. Babu wrapped the baby in a cloth and drove his auto as fast as he could, to take her to another hospital in Shivajinagar for better treatment. He used all his savings to admit the baby and took care of her like his own child, while praying to God for her health. From getting milk for the baby every day, taking care of all the hospital bills to going to police stations in search of the missing mother, Babu did everything he could in his capacity. © Pexels However, after a few days, the baby's condition deteriorated and she passed away. He told The Logical Indian, "My heart broke. I decided to bury the baby myself, along with some police officers. In those few days, I had developed love and fondness for the baby." He further said, "I do not know if the woman who fled will ever be found, or what will follow. While I feel sad every time I think of the little girl who died, I am also aware that I did everything in my power to help both the mother and the child." People like Babu Muddrappa make this world a better place to live in.
  2. Honoured with the name, 'Hitman', Indian cricket team's opener, Rohit Gurunath Sharma is on top of the cricketing world for all the right reasons. Currently donned with the duty to lead the Men in Blue into international series in the absence of Virat Kohli, Sharma is also one of the most decorated batsmen of our nation. But things were not always so rosy and exciting for the now 32-year-old athlete. Coming from humble beginnings, 'Shaana', as Yuvraj Singh likes to call him, was just a kid with a dream a couple of decades ago. His family did not have the silver to make life easier for the righty but the will to see him make it big internationally, could be found in abundance. © Rohit Sharma Hailing from Nagpur, Rohit's father, Gurunath Sharma, used to work as a caretaker of a transport firm storehouse in Mumbai and could only manage to afford a one-room apartment for the entire family to reside in. However, the worst was yet to come. After losing his job at the storehouse, his father found it extremely difficult to provide food and shelter to the little boy and decided to send him away to his grandparents and uncles' place in Borivali at the tender age of 10. Even though they were unable to see their child daily, they made it a point to visit him at least once every week. Appreciating his unshaken passion for the game of cricket, his parents decided to help him make a career in the sport and wanted to get him in a cricket academy by all means necessary. Pooling in Rs. 50 his parents, uncles and their friends collected enough funds to help him get through the academy in 1999. At the time, Sharma used to be a bowling all-rounder with expertise in off-spin but his coach, Dinesh Lad, at the academy advised him to focus more on his talents with the bat. He even managed to provide Rohit with a four-year scholarship at Swami Vivekananda International School, an institution ten-times better than where he used to go before. Switching schools also allowed the young and talented cricketer work harder to reach his goals. © Rohit Sharma As for someone who used to approach the crease as an 8th or 9th down to opening for Lad's team at the Inter-School tournament and scoring a total of 120 runs on his debut had to be special and the rest, as they say, is history. Having his fair share of dips in form, Sharma has had a rollercoaster career before he showed his ability to shine on the brightest of stages in the past few years and it seems as if the 32-year-oldie has built enough faith amongst the BCCI selection committee to make him a “sure thing” for the upcoming ICC World Cup. Sharma, who belongs to the A+ category of pay grade for Team India, was also blessed with a daughter earlier this year and this was probably the best present he could have asked for.
  3. Realme is still a fairly new brand in the market that's yet to make a significant dent in the industry with its smartphone lineup. Of course, we've seen some really promising devices from Realme in the past like the Realme U1, the recently launched Realme 3, and more. But they come with their fair share of annoyances, often steering the consumers away to other established alternatives. Now yet again, Realme is trying to take a slice of the pie with its latest smartphone, the Realme 3 Pro. The Realme 3 Pro goes all out as an affordable mid-range smartphone with an edge-to-edge dewdrop design, a powerful Snapdragon 710 processor, up to 6GB RAM, and a lot more, all at a price starting at just Rs. 13,999 The Realme 3 Pro has a lot going for it, but does it pack enough goods to beat the like of Xiaomi at its own game of making a phone that ticks all the right boxes? Let's take a look. Design & Display © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Honestly, I haven't been a huge fan of Realme phones' design. It might be an unpopular opinion, but they all looked kind of dull and subdued to me at first glance. The Realme 3 Pro, on the other hand, looks really nice. If you look closely, you'll see a subtle pattern across the back, which reflects light in a unique way. Realme says the pattern is inspired by 'racecourse'. Their slogan for this phone is 'Speed Awakens', so it's the 'Pattern of Speed'. Geddit? I am not too sure about how the visual pattern would look on the other two colorways, but the Carbon Grey variant, which I've been using for the past few weeks, has a unique visual appeal to it. Other noteworthy design elements on the back of the Realme 3 Pro includes a vertical dual-camera setup with some yellow accents, and the 'Realme' branding which gives the phone a sporty look in my opinion. There's also a fingerprint scanner, but that's pretty much it for the back. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The front of the phone is mostly occupied by the 6.3-inch FHD+ display with minimal bezels on the sides. Also, thanks to the 'dewdrop' notch, the Realme 3 Pro boasts a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio, and the display looks gorgeous. The display is certainly one of the biggest plus points of the phone. It's sharp, gets adequately bright even under direct sunlight and is just beautiful to watch videos on or play games. It's a great IPS panel and it's protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, making it quote durable too. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer As an overall package, the Realme 3 Pro feels well built and snug in hand. All three buttons on the sides are well-placed and I personally had no issues reaching them. It still sports a micro USB port instead of USB Type C, but hey, that's not really a deal-breaker. Plus it makes up for it with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Performance & Software As for the performance, let me get it out of the by saying that performance on the Realme 3 Pro is absolutely a breeze. It's fast, snappy and very reliable when it comes opening and loading pretty much any app you throw at it. It's powered by the Snapdragon 710 AIE octa-cpre processor after all, so I wasn't expecting anything less of it in terms of the real-life usage. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The variant which I have for review packs 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, but you can also choose to go with 4GB + 64GB or 6GB + 64GB configurations. I am sure, the performance won't take a huge hit. Really, the Realme 3 Pro did well during my testing, and it was a delight to use. Running games like PUBG, Fortnite, and Asphalt 9 is smooth sailing, and you'll be able to play them without any noticeable stuttering. Yes, the phone gets a little warm to touch after extended hours of gaming, but it's nothing to worry about as it won't get uncomfortably hot. The Realme 3 Pro ships with Android 9 Pie with Oppo's ColorOS v6.0 on top. Again, I am not a huge fan of custom skins on Android, let alone Oppo's heavy ColorOS. However, I enjoy using some of the customization features like 'Swipe-Up Gestures', 'Smart Sidebar', 'Assistive Ball', etc. Although one of the things which I absolutely hate about ColorOS is that ships with a ton, and I mean a TON, of bloatware. Yes, you can get rid of most of them, but seriously, I hate looking at those many apps on a phone which I just pulled out of the box. I really hope Realme does something about it in the future. © MensXP Since we're talking performance, let me touch base on the phone's biometric features too. The fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone is at the right spot in my opinion, and it's super snappy and accurate. The Realme 3 Pro also offers Face Unlock, which is just as fast as the Fingerprint scanner, but I ended up using the physical scanner for, you know, some added security. The speakers, however, are something which I am not a huge fan of. Realme 3 Pro has a single bottom firing speaker, which is very easy to cover with your while using the phone in, say the landscape mode. The audio experience was decent with good audio output, but I found myself reaching out for a pair of headphones. I am glad that Realme didn't get rid of the phone 3.5mm headphone jack. Good job, Realme! © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Camera The Realme 3 Pro comes with two cameras at the back. One is a 16-megapixel IMX519 shooter whereas the one one is a 5-megapixel shooter with an f/2,4 aperture. And on the front, the Realme 3 Pro sports a 25-megapixel selfie camera. Before we jump into the camera samples, I'd like to point out that I really enjoyed shooting pictures with this phone. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer I was recently in Mumbai for a couple of days, and I carried the Realme 3 Pro along with some flagship phones like the iPhone XR and the Galaxy S10e. Well, I must say that I ended up pulling out the Realme 3 Pro more often than I thought I would, which definitely says something about the camera quality. The camera app is also fairly straightforward and easy to use. There are a bunch of modes to shoot like Nightscape, Portrait, Expert, etc. Realme has also introduced a new mode called 'Ultra HD', which essentially uses software to create a 64MP image with bigger size and, of course, more details. Overall, I'd say that Realme has a commendable job with both the camera hardware and the software. I did say that the Redmi Note 7 Pro's cameras impressed me, but I think this one's equally good, if not significantly better. Yes, the Realme 3 Pro struggles to keep up in low-light, but I guess you can't have it all at this price, really. I'll let you take a look at the images and decide for yourself - Battery Life The Realme 3 Pro packs a beefy 4,05 mAh battery inside which in my opinion is a pretty decent size. It's slight smaller than the 4,230 mAh battery found inside the Realme 3, but I have no complaints with the battery life here. The Realme 3 Pro can easily last a day wit heavy usage, which includes the basic day-to-day tasks like web browsing, social media, usage, etc. and some intensive tasks like media streaming and gaming. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer I've noticed good battery life on almost all the smartphones running on the Snapdragon 710 chip, and the Realme 3 Pro is no exception. If you're not a heavy-hitter like me, then you can push the phone and get through even two days without charging since the phone has really good standby time. The Realme 3 Pro also ships with VOOC 3.0 20V charger inside the box, which can charge the phone from 0% - 100% in about 80 minutes, which is not bad at all. So overall, I'd say the Realme 3 Pro scores good marks in the battery life department too. On an average, you can get about 5-6 hours of screen on time, and charge it fairly quickly thanks to VOOC 3.0. The Final Say © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer It appears to me as though Realme is gaining more confidence with each product it's bringing to the market, and the brand's effort is clearly reflecting on the Realme 3 Pro. No wonder, the brand is leaving no stones unturned while going after Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7 Pro. After using it for an extended period of time, I can confidently say that it ticks all the boxes to make up for a worthy competitor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro. Of course, the Realme 3 Pro is not the perfect mid-range phone, but it has a lot going for it for Rs. 13,999. You get a great FHD+ display, a powerful Snapdragon chipset, amazing battery life, and some capable cameras. The only area where I'd say it falls short is the software. And maybe some minor annoyances like the speaker position and a micro USB port. Well, if you are someone who can look past these qualms, then you'll be very happy with the Realme 3 Pro. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Realme 3 Pro, if you'll ask me, is a phone which I'll be happy to recommend to anyone who's looking for a phone under Rs. 15,000. It's a great Redmi Note 7 Pro alternative, and I think I'll start recommending the Realme 3 Pro more mainly because of how hard it is to get hands on a Xiaomi smartphone these days. So, if you are on a budget, and can't get your hands on a Redmi Note 7 Pro, go ahead and buy the Realme 3 Pro.
  4. They say that God often heeds the prayers of young kids. The reason cited is pretty simple and straightforward. Children are innocent and their hearts are pure, uncorrupted by the world's twisted ways of existence. Their earnest wishes, and innocence make them God's most favourite subjects. Not sure about the bit involving God, but everything that has been said about young kids being truthful and full of innocence and goodness is absolutely true. © Pixabay They will share their chocolate with you without a second thought, throw a fit of terror and shed a tear for the deer that lost its life to the leopard on National Geographic and hoot every time the hero wins over the evil monster and save the day! Above all else, kids are honest about their thoughts and selfless with the love and kindness that they have to share. A rather strange incident from Northeast is proof of all this that we just pointed out. © Flickr A little boy accidentally ran over his neighbour's chicken while cycling. Heartbroken and sad, the boy rushed the chicken to the nearest hospital along with all the money he had. A picture showing the boy carrying the chick has since gone viral on social media. The silent plea for help on the kid's face is heartwarming. We hope this boy and many others grow up feeling for every living being around them, and grow up to be young men and women who respect and care for every life on earth. The comments section of the post is filled with praises for the boy's kind gesture. A user wrote, “this kind of humanity, innocent and pure”, while another blessed the young boy in the comments. Many others have praised the little boy's parents for raising a child who knows how to care, while another user suggested that adults take a lesson from the kid. How a thoughtful act has brought so many people together.
  5. We always just look at the bad things about being broke all the time, but here's a story about the pros of constantly not having money in your bank account. This incident about a robbery in China has the thief coming off as the good guy. What a rare moment! The entire thing was captured on the CCTV footage from ICBC Bank in city of Heyuan. In the video, a woman is withdrawing cash at an ATM when a man wielding a knife walks up to her and demands that she hand over the money. Naturally, she did because she was terrified and gives the robber 2500 yuan, which is approximately Rs 26,000. Then, the robber demands to see her bank balance but after seeing that her account is empty and the 2500 yuan were the last of her money, he has a change of heart. After handing back the money to her, he's seen walking away smiling. A robber with a conscience? Who would've thought! Even though he turned out to be a good person for a second there, he was still arrested, and actually rightly so. The video went viral on Chinese social media with a lot of people surprised at this act of kindness. It was shared on Twitter as well, and people came up with a lot of jokes. Well, technically speaking, he is. I'm amazed! robbers are humans!ððð — Sahil Rahman (@SahilRa92056158) March 11, 2019 Shots fired. This robber has more decency than the average Politician! — Golf*Oscar*Delta*Delta*Yankee (@big_goddy) March 11, 2019 Well, not exactly. Wow!!! thats GREAT. But i think this robber is related to #Robin Hood. — Eben - Ezer (@Eze_065) March 11, 2019 Have you ever been this broke? If i were the victim the robber might actually return the money.., with interest. https://t.co/UuttRkZAGU — BENROSLAN (@M_HarithRoslan) March 13, 2019
  6. Known for their drum-like drinking capacity, binge-watching superpowers and the ability to make a lot out of a little, millennials are dominating the Indian, retail, restaurant and travel market. Considering the potential of their consumers while also staying true to its spending capabilities, companies like Swiggy, Uber and The Body Shop have come up with loyalty programmes, in order to woo the savvy urban professionals. However, as a sensible and sticking-to-budget kind of shopper, you must approach these schemes with a 'what's in this for me?' kind of attitude. because let's just face it, we endear our pocket money and salaries more than anything else. Here is a list of all the 'salary friendly' reward programs you can use in India: 1) Times Points TimesPoints is one of the most unique reward programs in the country - it rewards you for staying abreast with happenings around the country & the world. You earn 'points' in your wallet for every moment that you spend on its partner platforms like the Times of India, Navbharat Times, Maharashtra Times and NewsPoint among others. You can then redeem these points across 200+ brands including Amazon, Shoppers Stop, Myntra, Paytm and more. 2) Zomato Gold This masterstroke by Zomato changed India's dine-out culture and that too for good. Initially one of its kind, Zomato Gold offers one-plus-one on food and two-plus-two on drinks at famous restaurants, giving us the unmatched joy of complimentary food. Present across major cities of India, Zomato Gold's Starter Pack costs a meagre Rs. 300 and offers three unlocks with no expiry date. The Medium Pack costs Rs. 700 along with ten unlocks and the Unlimited Pack costs Rs. 1500 with limitless unlocks for a year. Going on a date never felt so pocket-friendly. 3) Times Card In case you're wondering about getting yourself a credit card, its got to be this one. A Times Card will get you more for less and add a dose of excitement to your life with exclusive benefits to your expenditure on lifestyle activities such as shopping, movies & dining. Thanks to Times Card, your dad will not now shed tears at the end of the month. 4) Gourmet Passport If you like going on gastronomical journeys with friends and family, Gourmet Passport is the membership program for you. It offers you Buy-One-Get-One-Free on buffets, food & drinks at over 800 fine dining restaurants and bars across 5-star hotels and standalone chains. As a member you can save over Rs. 50,000 on the dining out expenses annually! 5) Amazon Prime If you don't know what Amazon Prime is, it's time for you to get out from under that rock. If there is one brand that has recognised the ambitious yet cost-effective nature of Indian consumers perfectly, it has to be Amazon. A membership which costs just 129 bucks and provides you with the ultimate movie and music experience. Along with that, the ever special one-day delivery scheme to go with Amazon's 'Apni Dukan' campaign, makes it a loyalty program surely worth taking. 6) Flipkart Plus With its ever decreasing popularity, Flipkart needed something big to shake up consumers and tell them about their existence. And we're quite sure that Flipkart has done just that with its Flipkart Plus loyalty program. Customers can subscribe to this without paying an extra penny. Yes, you read it right. The Plus program will offer you a host of benefits like free delivery on certain products, faster delivery time, early access to big sales and other discounts. A user would earn 1 coin for every Rs 250 spent, but on one transaction, you can only get a maximum of 10 coins. This amounts to spending Rs 2,500 in one transaction, and making five such purchases (Rs 12,500) would get you the 50 coins you need to become an annual member. Not only this, if you have accumulated over 50 coins and become a member of Flipkart Plus, then these are the other rewards you will get: 1. A â¹1,000 voucher on Flipkart 2. A â¹1,200 voucher on BookMyShow 3. An annual subscription to Hotstar Premium 4. An annual subscription to Zomato Gold 5. A â¹1,100 gift card for MakeMyTrip
  7. Well, you can hate them or love them, but you know you've never been able to ignore them because we've had no option but to keep up with all the Kardashians and the Jenners. The women from these two powerful clans have carved an iconic name for themselves in the world and Kylie Jenner has done much more than that, as she has basically created history. View this post on Instagram @PAPERMAGAZINE A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Feb 19, 2019 at 12:49pm PST According to Forbes and the latest news report, Kylie Jenner has dethroned Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and is now the youngest billionaire in the world. Also, she is the youngest self-made billionaire of all time as well. Her venture, Kylie Cosmetics ended up raking close to $360 million and is the wealthiest sister now with a net worth of over 1 billion dollars. View this post on Instagram i can't wait to launch a new product for @kyliecosmetics ð can you guess what it is? ⨠A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Feb 16, 2019 at 8:27am PST Now, 'self-made' is quite a debatable term in the millennial world and people on the internet are divided on what 'self made' means for Kylie Jenner. Kylie Jenner becomes the first youngest billionaire I respect that she aint sit around and try to come up off her sisters she started her own now they look up to her âð½ #KylieJenner pic.twitter.com/IMUMVPkMaP — BIG HOMIE TREð¤´ð½ (@Trashunn) March 6, 2019 I don't know @KylieJenner personally but I am so proud of her, self made or not. She took those millions and turned them into a billion. Pat yourself on the back on your way to the bank while we are out here debating whether you are self made or not. #KylieJenner — Millionaire.Co.Za (@ntsepym) March 6, 2019 If you're seriously hung up on the “self-made” title when it comes to #kyliejenner you're pathetically jealous. You could be surrounded by millions & still not make a billion. She didn't take anyone's ideas. She built her empire with a vision & hard work. Let her shine... â¨â¨â¨ pic.twitter.com/q5gfDaJYWn — BOSSHARD™ (@TLOC__) March 6, 2019 While some are applauding the beauty with brains and her sheer talent of converting her inheritance into something big, for many on social media, all of this is just a joke. The same people who think Kylie Jenner is self-made are the same people who think she's all natural ð¤¦ð½‍âï¸ #KylieJenner pic.twitter.com/j4r8vbVSZF — Nicole Perez (@nicole_perez1) March 6, 2019 About ten percent of Kylie Jenner's body parts aren't even “self-made,” much less her fortune. ð #ForbesBillionaires pic.twitter.com/alv3psDUwa — James Vakacabeqoli (@jvakacabeqoli) March 5, 2019 Kylie has taken over Mark Zuckerberg's spot, who became a young billionaire courtesy Facebook. Well, all things said and done, she is a woman in power and say all that you want, we were still asking for pocket money at 21 bro.
  8. For every man there comes a time in his life when he makes lifestyle choices based on the quality of the products. Be it gadgets, footwear or clothing, choosing quality over quantity is their mantra for life. Now that labels and brands matter while every man buys clothing, it also matters what the brands actually make your clothing out of. © Getty Images Wouldn't you be disappointed if a sweater that promises it's cashmere is actually 90% polyester and 10% cashmere wool? And you're kidding if you say you wouldn't genuinely appreciate a piece of clothing more if you spot 'made in Italy' text on the tag and look down upon something that says 'made in China'. The question remains, how would you tell if the quality of your clothes is genuinely investment worthy? Well, all you need to do is follow these guidelines and you would be able to assess the quality of your garments properly: 1. Where Is It Made? © Getty Images Some countries have the advantage of being known to produce good quality garments. You'd rejoice if you spot a garment that says 'made in Italy' or 'made in France'. These countries act as brands on their own. But, does it matter? The answer is no. Most countries like China, India and Turkey have the technology to create quality garments as any other would. The only difference would be that the work-force in these countries comes much cheaper, resulting in heavier quantities of garments made at cheaper rates. Which is why only fast fashion brands like Zara and H&M consider them and the 'designer' labels stick to others. 2. Quality Lies In The Details © Getty Images Now that shopping for quality seems to be a policy that everyone adapts, the only difference is the details. An average user would opt for neat stitch, properly finished hem and quality that doesn't shrink or fade. We suggest you pay attention to details and finish of the overall garment and make your choice accordingly. 3. 'Branded' Doesn't Always Mean Quality © Getty Images If certain brands have allured you into the vortex of their shiny advertising but the product doesn't live up to it, it's time you learnt a lesson from it. While some brands have a reputation to make genuinely good quality garments, others are just famous for their advertising. Learning the difference between actual quality and endorsed quality is the key to getting a good product. Just because a certain brand is 'trending' and makes you feel updated with the upcoming fashion pieces, it doesn't promise quality. Only commit to brands after testing their product out. 4. Fabric Matters The Most © Getty Images Natural fabrics like cotton and wool tend to be more investment-worthy especially because of their qualities. Being superior to synthetics, these fabrics tend to be associated with being quality driven. The reasons why affordable brands have cheaper rates is because they compromise on fabric quality and use cotton blends that consist part rayon or polyester. Also, man-made fibres are harder to recycle. A quality cloth should ideally feel good, wash and wear well. But also, certain clothing like hoodies or sweatshirts are made from fabrics that remain of the same quality whether you spend Rs. 1500 at a reasonable brand or Rs. 30,000 at a high-end brand. Now that you've been educated well on how to figure out the quality of the clothes you invest in, make correct choices.
  9. Academy Awards 2019 saw Billy Porter, the 'Pose' actor (previously a Tony winner), as one of the first to arrive on the red carpet in a glorious gown by Christian Siriano paired with jewellery by Oscar Heyman and Bros. © Getty Images A few details of his outfit included: the velvety silk lapels, the Victorian white ruffled sleeves, a black bow tie, and a voluminous ball skirt. © Getty Images Adam Smith, Billy Porter's husband cleaned up sharp in a suit and white bow tie by his side. Take a look. © Getty Images And if this is too much to handle, he even made a change later in the evening, into another look for his hosting duties (with Elaine Welteroth, Ashley Graham, and Maria Menounos). Ensemble number two was tux-inspired, but featured wide leg pants and an embellished skinny tie. © Getty Images © Getty Images In the last month, he's even worn an embellished suit with a fuchsia-lined cape at the Golden Globes. © Getty Images Back home, Ranveer Singh has never shied away from wearing ghaghras or lehengas. We think 2019 is going to be the year of gender fluid fashion and we support it completely. © Getty Images
  10. Ever since the Board of Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the schedule for the first phase of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), cricket fans across the globe have begun placing bets on their favourite teams. The opening match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has already raised the excitement as it pits two of the biggest cricketers Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni against each other. But, amid all the hullabaloo, IPL's upcoming season has been denied the star-studded opening ceremony that was earlier being used to kickstart India's cash-rich T20 tournament. The Committee of Administrators (CoA), headed by Vinod Rai, has decided to call off the opening ceremony in a bid to pay homage to the slain CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the dastardly Pulwama terror attack on 14th February. © AP In a touching gesture, the CoA has also announced that the budget allocated for the glitzy opening ceremony will now be donated to the families of the Pulwama attack martyrs. "We will not have any inaugural function for the IPL and the money budgeted for that goes to the martyrs' families," CoA chairman said. Amid a huge backlash following the ghastly terror strike, the CoA took the decision during a meetting on 22nd February. The committee was also expected to take a call on India's proposed boycott of Pakistan at the ICC World Cup in England & Wales. However, with the Indo-Pak scheduled for 16th June, the CoA deliberated on the matter but did not take any position for now. "The 16th of June is very far away. We will take a call on that much later and in consultation with the government,' Rai said after the meeting. BCCI writes to ICC regarding its concerns & commitments ahead of ICC events including World Cup. Concerns include security of Indian players, officials, fans. BCCI in its letter urges the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from where terror emanates. #PulwamaAttack pic.twitter.com/Wg2hepTrsk — ANI (@ANI) February 22, 2019 "In an e-mail to the ICC, we have expressed our concerns about the terrorist attack that has taken place. We are telling them that security of players and match officials should be appropriately taken care of. And number two, we must sever ties with nations from which such terrorism emanates. We will express our concern on an appropriate forum," Raid said.
  11. In the last five years of his tenure, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known to have gone out of his way when it comes to holding bilateral talks with India's neighbouring states and their state heads. Be it smoothening out ruffled feathers or boosting the affairs of trade and defence cooperation, PM Modi has tried to work out a lot of matters of national importance with our international brethren. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in Seoul, earlier today. pic.twitter.com/bGWPQyfeq0 — ANI (@ANI) February 22, 2019 So today when PM Modi was welcomed by the South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul, the Indian Prime Minister took this moment to express his gratitude towards Koreans, who have always been invested in maintaining a healthy relationship with the Indian subcontinent. PM Modi is in South Korea on a two-day visit to strengthen strategic ties between the two countries, and upon his arrival he also unveiled the bust of Mahatma Gandhi at Seoul's Yonsei University, along with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Seoul Peace Prize being bestowed upon PM @narendramodi is a matter of great pride for 130 crore Indians. It not only acknowledges the success of PM Modi's progressive policies and reforms but also signals the rise of India on the world stage. pic.twitter.com/fCKB1WjR5O — Amit Shah (@AmitShah) February 22, 2019 However, it is the Seoul Peace Prize that PM Modi was honoured with by the South Korean President that has got the international media talking. PM Modi accepted the honour and the prize, which he dedicated to the countrymen back home. "I believe that this award belongs not to me personally, but to the people of India. The success that India has achieved in the last 5 years is due to aspirations, inspiration & efforts of the people of India. On their behalf, I accept the Award and express my gratitude", said PM Modi after receiving the award. He further added that he wished to donate the prize money to Namami Gange project. The Seoul Peace Prize is dedicated to the people of India & our country's culture of peace and harmony. https://t.co/ymUdug3JYp — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 22, 2019 Namani Gange is a 'Clean Ganga' initiative taken up by the Union Government for the “abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of National River Ganga.” At the same event, PM Modi also touched upon the issue of climate change and terrorism at the event, and urged all the country to come together and fight off terrorism in the light of the recent Pulwama attack. We hope the funds are put to good use, and river Ganga is revived to its full glory at the earliest.
  12. The world could be a cruel, cruel place for those who are not fated to be born in a socially or financially stable family. Everything they want or need, comes with a lot of difficulty and hardship. While a lot of them get lost in the mundaneness of an average Indian to make a decent living and hustle to provide food on the table for the family, there are some who strive to achieve something a lot more greater. When her father decided to get her elder sister married, Poonam Sonune, a 19-year-old Pune girl knew that her family lacked the funds to carry out a decent wedding. So, she took it upon herself to make it happen. Having run in the 2018 South Asian Junior Athletics and winning the gold medal in the 3000m race, Poonam and her loved ones had complete faith in her abilities as an elite athlete. Her school sent her to Nasik to train under veteran athlete Vijendrasingh. Initially her father, who is an agricultural farmer by profession, bore all her expenses but failed to keep up with time. Her coach, Vijendrasingh then took the responsibility of raising money for her training and nutritional requirements through the corporate-social responsibility (CSR). After countless hours of training, Sonune decided to compete in the Pune Half-Marathon in order to get enough money to help her father organise a wedding for her sister. Surprisingly, the young runner not only participated in the event but also aced it. Giving every penny of the Rs 1.25 Lakh price money to her father, Poonam was able to realise her sister's dream of getting married. In the irony of things, Poonam could not be a part of her sister's celebration as she got selected for India's national roster for the upcoming South Asian Games, to be held in Nepal in March.
  13. Tennis, a perfect combination of violent action, takes place in an atmosphere of total tranquility. Arguably the most strenuous game of all has its own rulers, who keep on changing with time. Power definitely accompanies monetary benefits and tennis' biggest names are no different. 'The big three' in tennis - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - are the usual suspects when you think of any tennis-related list. But the clear off-court winner here is the Swiss Maestro who has in fact been the numero uno on this list for almost a decade and a half. Then there's also the most successful singles player in history Serena Williams. Her financial records are the envy of the town as well. But who are the others on this list? Here's a look at the wealthiest (from the past 5 years) active tennis players on the circuit: 1. Roger Federer (Rs 197 crore) © Reuters Topping the list as always, comes the GOAT, who has earned a total sum of $41 million in the last five years as prize money. Club that with endorsements and he becomes unparalleled. From Wilson to Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Lindt and the most recent one, Uniqlo - an estimated deal of almost $300 million for 10 years - FedEx keep cruising on. According to Forbes, Federer earned almost $77 million in 2018, with $65 million of the tally from endorsements and appearance fees. Unsurprisingly, his off-court earnings from marketers are higher than any other athlete. 2. Kei Nishikori (Rs 127 crore) © Reuters Surprise Surprise..!! We are sure no one expected Kei Nishikori to take the number two spot in this list. But despite on not winning too many tournaments, his endorsements get him here. With only earning $1.6 million as tournament money, Nishikori renewed deals with Asahi, NTT, Japan Airlines, Lixil and Nissin over the last 12 months. All of which are sponsors for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Sponsors would surely look forward to position Nishikori as the face of the Tokyo Games. Other sponsors such as Uniqlo, Wilson, Nike, Procter & Gamble, Jaguar and Tag Heuer are just a few of the brands that have helped him take his endorsement earnings to $178 million in the past 5 years. 3. Novak Djokovic (Rs 126 crore) © Reuters The world no.1, Novak Djokovic has earned almost $67.6 million dollars in the past five years as tournament prize money (which doesn't include this year's AO sum). Other than this, Novak swapped Uniqlo for Lacoste as his apparel brand last year, which almost earned him a kitty of $110 million dollars. On top of this, his commercial deals also include brands like Seiko, Asics, which take his earnings to a sum of $177.6 million. 4. Rafael Nadal (Rs 118 crore) © Reuters The current World no. 2, Rafael Nadal, again made a great comeback at the Oz Open this year, winning the runner-up shield. Despite being injured for more than four months last year, he managed to earn good $14.4 million of prize money, and with endorsements for Nike, Babolat, Richard Mille, Kia Motors, Telefonica, Banco Sabadell and Emporio Armani. That takes his earning to a high of $165.6 million in the past 5 years. 5. Serena Williams (Rs 88 crore) © Reuters Serena Williams, despite going on a 14-month break for her first pregnancy, is still the highest paid female athlete. Because of commercial deals with Nike, Intel, Audemars Piguet, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln, Gatorade and Beats, the highest paid female athlete has earned around $90 million in endorsements over the last 5 years. Regardless of earning just $62,000 dollars as prize money in 2018, the leading Grand Slam winner stands tall with a total earning of $123.4 million.
  14. Those of you who love Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's soulful tunes are in for a bit of a surprise. And not a good one at that. The Pakistani singer has been accused of smuggling illegal foreign currency out of India, earning the amount out of illegal means, for over two years. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's nephew and the trendy folk singer has been issued a notice by the Enforcement Directorate for violating foreign exchange rules. He allegedly smuggled some American Dollars out of the country and there's a case pertaining to the seizure of undeclared US Dollars from him at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, in 2011. © Twitter While Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was busy swindling money, he wasn't really earning the big bucks through his music. One would think that would be the case but if you're smuggling cash out of the country, then you're definitely earning it through some corrupt means TBH. He smuggled Dollars over Rs 2 crore, over a period of three years and it wasn't through the music industry. © Pinterest Well, now as we're confused about what Khan may do about this situation, the agency wants a response out of the singer for the notice they've issued to him and if they aren't convinced with his response, he'll be charged 300% of the amount he smuggled (do the math!) and if he refuses to pay the following fine, the Enforcement Directorate can issue a lookout notice to him and stop him from performing in India once and for all. © Facebook Earlier in 2011, Khan was charged by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, for carrying a lump sum of money at the Delhi airport and not being accountable for it. When he was straight up asked why he was carrying the amount which was around $1,15,000 (81.99 lakh), he could not reveal the details. © Facebook His popularity hit a phenomenal high after his song 'Jiya Dhadak Dhadak' in 2005 but now it's unfortunate Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is in the limelight for such a scandal. We were actually looking forward to some more soulful music from him but I guess his intentions are 'jag ghoomeya' at the moment.
  15. The Lakmé Fashion Week 2019 opened with Gaurav Gupta's show titled "(Un)folding" on Tuesday, at the Royal Opera House. It was an interesting comeback for Gaurav to the Mumbai runway after four long years. © MensXP/Sowrav Bhowmik Gaurav's signature gowns, that are magnificent yet defining power in the truest sense, sparkled the runway. © MensXP/Sowrav Bhowmik © MensXP/Sowrav Bhowmik There was also an interesting collaboration with poetess Navkirat Sodhi, who recited her original poetry suspended in the air, while dressed in a (traditionally) long floor-sweeping gown while models strutted on the ramp. With Tabu and Karan Johar as showstoppers, the show really did reach its peak in the end. Tabu wore a powder blue sparkly chikankari-worked gown, © MensXP/Sowrav Bhowmik while Johar wore a red blazer with silver and black embellishments on the shoulder. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Jan 29, 2019 at 9:33am PST The curated range, which took three months to master, was vibrant with shades of ivory, powder blue, beige, rose, black, red, yellow and golden, and Gaurav used chikankari and brocade for the very first time and combined it with his signature origami-esque patterns.
  16. Akshay Kumar is ageing tastefully. From being one of the fittest father's in the industry to acting in raging action films and socially conscious-driven films, he never fails to surprise us. via GIPHY He's one of the few actors in Bollywood who's always been relevant. He keeps transforming himself and constantly surprises us with easily-relatable characters and that's what we like about him the most. via GIPHY And if something's coming straight from the mouth of this action-God, we're obviously following it. via GIPHY He was recently spotted wearing a Dolce & Gabbana yellow T-shirt coordinated well with a pair of yellow trainers. © Viral Bhayani Great combination, right? We agree. Except there's a secret message that comes along with it. via GIPHY Still don't get it? Look closely. © Viral Bhayani He's obviously asking us to save money. Learning to save money is an important life skill to have and if Akshay Kumar wants us to save money, we'll obviously get to it. *Getting a savings account made asap* via GIPHY
  17. Xiaomi's new TV segment kicked off with a bang last year and it seems like the company isn't slowing down anytime soon. The Chinese company launched a new iteration of the already popular 4K TV called the “MI LED TV 4X Pro”. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla It follows the same philosophy as some of Xiaomi's other products i.e. high end specifications at an affordable price. In fact, the Mi LED TV 4X Pro 55-inch is the only 4k TV you should be investing in 2019 because of all it can offer. It costs only Rs 40,000 and is probably one of the most affordable 4K TVs out there. Here's our review of the Mi LED TV 4X Pro: Design In terms of design, the MI LED TV 4X Pro is thicker, heavier and has a larger footprint than the Mi LED Smart TV 4 which was launched last year. Due to the larger footprint, the TV now houses the 20W stereo speakers that offers better sound output than its predecessor. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The panel itself as a metallic grey finish and has noticeable bezels are in line with other 4K TVs out there. You might miss the bezel-less/frame-less design from the Mi LED Smart TV 4, however we prefer a better sound output than a kickass design. The enhanced sound output improves the viewing experience which was one of the caveats on the previous model. Display And Performance © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The display off the Mi LED TV 4X Pro is 55-inches in size and has a 10-bit panel which supports HDR 10 content. In fact, this may just be the cheapest 4K UHD TV in the market that has support for HDR 10 content. The new panel also has better colour representation and can produce 1,056,964,608 more colours than an 8-bit panel. The panel also as a refresh rate of 60Hz which is great for console gaming on the Xbox One X. However, the TV has a response time of 6.5ms which is not great for online gaming but is more than enough for playing single player titles. HDR 10 content looks absolutely mind-blowing when keeping the price tag in mind. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Viewing angles have also been improved than the previous model as we didn't see any black patches when viewing content from various angles. This was an issue with the Mi TV Smart TV 4 that has now been resolved with the Mi LED TV 4X Pro. Having said that, in order to watch 4K content, you will either need an Apple TV 4K, Chromecast Ultra or a 4k Fire Stick TV. The TV does not have native support for apps like Netflix/Amazon Prime who also happen to be the only 4K content providers in India. The new 20W speakers at the back also improved the sound quality when compared to the previous iteration. The sound is now louder, clearer and refined which was our only complaint from the Mi Smart TV 4. In case you want to have an even better experience, you can always pair it with the Mi Soundbar and you can read our review here. The Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4X Pro is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Amlogic Cortex A53 chipset, which is accompanied by 2GB of RAM and a Mali-450 GPU. There is also 8GB of internal storage for you to store files locally. The remote that comes with the TV is identical to the one you get with the Mi LED 4A Pro. It uses Bluetooth for transmitting signals and doesn't need to be used in the line of sight of the TV. However, we still wished it came with a mute button as it really needs that support in case you get many phone calls or are having a conversation in the same room as the TV. Software © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Xiaomi TV OS or better known as Patchwall is what powers all the smart features in the TV. It works the same way as it does on other Xiaomi TVs but it also has the additional interface of Android TV. The UI itself is very reminiscent of Apple TV with tiles that automatically fetches your favourite TV shows or sporting events from your DTH. It's easier to find content on Xiaomi's PatchWall OS rather than browsing TV channels from the set top box. Having said that, Netflix and Amazon Prime are not available on PatchWall at the moment so you will need a device such as an Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Chromecast or a gaming console that has support for native 4K content. There's also Chromecast built-in however it doesn't support Netflix either and Amazon has blocked Prime on any Google product altogether. If you want use a device, we recommend the Apple TV as it has every app you need to be a true cord-cutter. Ports In terms of ports, there are various choices you can use to power your home entertainment system. The Mi LED TV 4X Pro has 2 USB ports, 1 AV Input, 1 S/PDIF Out, 3 HDMI Portsï¼1 contains ARC), ethernet port and also has Wi-Fi support. The ports are on the left side at the back of the panel and can be easily accessed when not using the wall-mount brackets. You can use these ports to power a home theatre system using one of the output ports however we recommend using the S/PDIF Out for the best audio experience. The Final Say To be honest, the Mi LED 4X Pro offers more than it should for Rs 39,999. In fact, I personally own two Samsung 4K TVs that doesn't even have Bluetooth support. The Mi LED 4X Pro is only the 4K you should be buying if you want the best value for your money. It has multiple output ports, offers a 10-bit panel and a great OS experience. Yes, you will need to buy device like an Apple TV to watch 4K TV but even then it turns out to be a cheaper offering. Overall, we can confidently offer a 4X Pro to anyone who is looking to upgrade to a 4K TV and also wants to save money,
  18. Video game revenue has been on the rise for the past few years and it reached a new peak of $43.8 billion. That's 18% up from previous year and has surpassed the projected total global box office number for movies. The numbers were released by the reliable NDP group and Entertainment Software Association. In fact, we predicted this over two years ago as games like GTA V, Fortnite, Fifa 19, PUBG and others are literally taking over the world. The increase in Video Games revenue could be attributed to a variety of factors. Free-to-play games such as Fortnite, PUBG Mobile and even AAA games have implemented micro-transactions in their games that may have resulted in an 18% revenue increase. In fact, Fortnite made almost $3 billion in profit last year. The same could be said about PUBG as the game also managed to rake in a $1 billion in revenue in 2018. Last year, it was projected that global box office revenue from around the world would hit $41.7 billion, according to comScore data. In fact, Video game revenues also surpass streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime where it is estimated to rake in $28.8 billion. Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix said in a shareholder letter “We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO,” the company's shareholder letter stated. “When YouTube went down globally for a few minutes in October, our viewing and signups spiked for that time…There are thousands of competitors in this highly fragmented market vying to entertain consumers and low barriers to entry for those with great experiences.” According to te NPD group analyst Mat Piscatella, revenue in video games comes from a variety of sources i.e. hardware sales, micro-transactions, digital and physical game sales and mobile gaming. With keeping trends in mind, the video game revenue will steadily increase in 2019 and 2020 thanks to new consoles launching soon and blockbuster games like Anthem, The Division 2, and Death Stranding are on the horizon. Source: TechCrunch, NPD Group,
  19. 'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' or PUBG will hold a PUBG Mobile tournament called 'PUBG Mobile India Series 2019' with a total prize pool of Rs 1 crore for the Indian gamers. It is the first official open-to-all PUBG Mobile tournament hosted in India and the 1 crore prize pool will consist of cash prizes and phones sponsored by OPPO. © Nodwin (for representational purposes only) After registrations, players will have to compete against other squads and there are no limits on the number of teams participating. The qualifier rounds begin from 21st January followed by an online play-off of more than 2000 teams. The grand finale will be held on 10th March with a final of 20 teams. © Twitter There are multiple awards up for grabs, including an MVP Award, The Exterminators, The Healers, and a lot more. While the winning team will go home with the 1 crore rupee prize, this will be India's first ever gaming competition at such a large scale. Amid the ongoing excitement about the competition, NewsByte has compiled a list of top ranking PUBG players from India who have an edge at winning the tournament. 1. MADDOG: Currently leading the ETG Clan, this player is known to be fierce. With a solid fanbase and dedicated PUBG forums, he has led his team to win multiple tournaments in the past. He is currently a favourite of many, and with the upcoming tournament, all eyes are on him. 2. 8bit-Thuglife: Animesh Agarwal is the real name behind the username and he's from Guwahati. He established the 8-bit clan and they've gone on to make a name for themselves in the PUBG eSports community. Thanks to thousands of hours of training, he has mastered the Third Person and First Person perspective genres. © YouTube 3. iMaZik: A member of the GodL clan, he is actually an emulator player. Even though he has made a name for himself via an emulator, he is equally on mobile as well. His most recent achievement includes having the most kills at India Crew League PUBG tournament. 4. Experiment: A part of the SOUL clan, one of India's best PUBG eSports clan. He has mastered the First Person Perspective mode and his achievements include 100 Royal points. Not only does he belong to Ace tier, but also boats an impressive kill to death ratio. 5. MORTAL: Even he is a part of the SOUL Clan, and this makes the clan even more lethal. Naman Mathur is the real name behind the username and he's from Mumbai. The 23-year old is also known for his deadly encounters on Mini Militia. He has accurate headshots leading to over 10 kill-to-death ratio in PUBG Mobile.
  20. When it comes to entertainment, the year gone by has, by far, been one of the most memorable years of recent times. 2018 saw the rise of the underdogs, getting their due recognition and appreciation, besides witnessing a fresh outpouring of newer themes and scripts that had us queueing up outside movie halls, with just as much gusto as with exclusive web releases. That said, we must guide your attention to the alternate universe of indie films that saw a significant rise in popularity in 2018 with numerous titles successfully making their way to the screens and our hearts. From Nandita Das' critically acclaimed 'Manto' to Vasan Bala's 'Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota' and Netflix's most memorable 'Lust Stories', there is an endless number of other films that have graced the screens in 2018 and literally blew our minds with their content and talent. This year holds a lot more promise in the indie film genre with themes ranging from action dramas to biopics and much more. Here below we list down 11 indie films that should be on your must-watch list this year: 1. Bombairiya © TriStar Pictures Directed by Pia Sukanya, and starring noted actors like Radhika Apte, Siddhanth Kapoor, Akshay Oberoi, Adil Hussain, Ravi Kishan, Amit Sial, Ajinkya Deo and Shilpa Shukla, 'Bombairiya' is a black comedy-drama. The story follows the life of a woman who finds herself in a series of events after her phone gets stolen. 2. Hamid © Yoodlee Films Set against the backdrop of unrest in the valleys of Kashmir, 'Hamid' narrates the story of a widowed mother and her son who has lost his father to the many battles in the Valley. 8-year-old Hamid finds out that 786 is God's number and tries to reach out to him through this number. The film stars Rasika Dugal, Vikas Kumar and Talha Arshad Reshi, and has been directed by Aijaz Khan. 3. No Fathers In Kashmir © Alipur Films 'No Fathers In Kashmir' has been directed by Oscar-nominee and National Award winner, Ashvin Kumar. This film revolves around the love story of two innocent 16-year-olds, whose fathers seem to have disappeared in Kashmir. In their search, the teenagers uncover the hidden secrets of the lost fathers. The film stars Zara Webb, Shivam Rana with prominent names such as Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Soni Razdan and Anshuman Jha. 4. Kaamyaab © Eros International A film starring Sanjay Mishra who plays the role of a retired character actor, and decides to come out of retirement in order to play the one role that he missed out on during his career. 'Kaamyaab' also stars Deepak Dobriyal and Isha Talwar in pivotal roles and has been directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Hardik Mehta. 5. Pind Daan © Poetic License Production This film is set to be the directorial debut of Seema Pahwa who has been seen in films like 'Shubh Mangal Savdhan' and 'Bareilly Ki Barfi'. The cast of this family-drama includes popular faces such as Vikrant Massey, Naseeruddin Shah, Vinay Pathak, Manoj Pahwa, Konkana Sen, Deepika Amin and Ninad Kamat. 6. Tryst With Destiny © Youtube, Twitter, BCCL A compilation of four-part stories, the title is a reference to former PM Jawaharlal Nehru's speech on August 14, 1947. The stories in this flick revolve around social issues that have existed in India since our Independence. The cast comprises of Vineet Kumar Singh, Geetanjali Thapa, Amit Sial, Prakash Raj and Suhasini Maniratnam, while the film is being directed by Prashant Nair. 7. Pashmina © Renzu Films Narrated through the point of view of a young Kashmiri girl, 'Pashmina' is a tale of four different individuals whose lives get intertwined with one another's. Starring Aditi Rao Hydari, Shweta Tripathi, Dulquer Salmaan, Zaira Wasim, Ronit Roy, Soni Razdan, and Farida Jalal, the film has been directed by Danish Renzu. 8. The Storyteller © Youtube, Twitter, BCCL Satyajit Ray's 'The Storyteller' will be retold in Hindi under the direction of Ananth Mahadevan. The cast features Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, Revathi and Tannishtha Chatterjee as its main actors. It is a story of an uncle who turns into a storyteller after he retires from his full-time job. 9. Yours Truly © Platoon One Films 'Yours Truly' is a romantic drama which has been directed by National Award winner Sanjoy Nag. With a noted star cast that includes Soni Razdan, Pankaj Tripathi, Aahana Kumra and Mahesh Bhatt in a special appearance, it is being called the official film adaptation of one of the stories from the book 'Love Stories #1 To 14' by Annie Zaidi. 10. Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai © No Guts No Glory Films 'Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai' is a modern take on Saeed Akhtar Mirza's 1980 classic starring Naseeruddin Shah and Smita Patil by the same name. Soumitra Ranade's retelling of the story with Manav Kaul in the lead, who attempts to avenge his father's death. The film also stars Nandita Das, Saurabh Shukla and Kishor Kadam. It is being reported that Nandita Das will be seen playing seven characters in the film. 11. Photograph © Poetic License Production After his successful debut with 'The Lunchbox' producer and director Ritesh Batra is all set to bring another masterpiece with this one. The film traces the life of struggling street photographer played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who persuades, a reclusive stranger played by Sanya Malhotra, to pose as his fiancée to escape the pressures of marriage from family.
  21. At the end of every year, the world gets divided into certain categories - 'The New Year, New Me' group, 'I will make new resolutions and follow them religiously' group, 'I will make resolutions but will never follow them' group, 'I will get in shape this year and stop eating junk' group, 'I will not be single this year' group and 'let's finally go to Goa in 2019 group admin' group. Pexels While we are guilty of being a part of at least one of these categories, there is something common amongst all of us - the urge to know what the new year has to offer. So, as we have officially entered 2019, here's a look at what this year has in store for each and every Zodiac sign. ARIES - March 21 - April 20 Nothing will hold you back from making even your wildest dreams come true this year. You will get multiple opportunities to show how talented and capable you are. You will be at your competitive best this year. Love might be on the cards for some, but your mood swings can create hurdles in your romantic goals. September might be a good time for people in love and your confidence and flirting skills will make your crush believe that you're the one. In terms of career, this might be a fruitful year for you. Rewards and opportunities await those who are ready to accept all kinds of challenges. You are bold, spontaneous and always follow your heart; all you need is to put those blinders on and not get distracted by anything. Getty Images TAURUS - April 21 - May 20 With Venus being your ruler, the various transits the planet makes will bring ups and downs in your life. Although it might not be a smooth sail for you throughout the year, you can expect some big surprises in the matters of love and money. Love is in the air and marriage is on the cards for some this year. Your sincerity and persistence towards work and popularity might make people jealous, but you must put your best foot forward in whatever you do. Perseverance is the key to success for you this year. Getty Images GEMINI - May 21 - June 21 No matter how calculative you are, if you're confused or unsure about something, it will benefit you if you trust your gut instincts. Stepping out of your comfort zone and depending on your inner voice can reap better results. Be it your career, love, family, health or money; all your hard work will begin to pay off this year. Spending time talking with strangers for hours about life, switching jobs or your personal style, or maybe breaking out of a relationship; this year has all sorts of unexpected things waiting to happen with you. For all the students, this year is quite crucial and you will have to work really hard to achieve your goals. Things might appear difficult, but nothing is impossible for you. Getty Images CANCER - June 22 - July 22 Cancerians can confidently say, "2019 is my year" as you will take full control of your own destiny and manage to make things work in your favor. The bad experiences from your past may have been stopping you from expressing yourself and showing to the world who you really are. But, this year things might change. You will feel more confident and chances of romantic developments for you are more likely than ever. This year will be a memorable one for you as you will be blessed with all the luxuries the world has to offer. If you are planning to change your job, you will get better career options this year. It's important for you to always think positive and look at the bright side of things. Getty Images LEO - July 23 - August 23 The new year will be the time for you to shine and excel in your career. This is the best time to make crucial movements, which you have been considering for the longest time. Like a true Leo, put your bold, fiery and confident side forward at the workplace. You will be at your creative best throughout the year and your social life too will turn for good as you continue to remain the star of your friend group. But, don't neglect your health this year. Always remind yourself that nothing is impossible for you if you set your mind to it. Getty Images VIRGO - August 24 - September 23 The year 2019 will come with its fair share of challenges for you, but so will many opportunities for you to prove your mettle to the world. Things won't be easy at all and you will have to work harder to make your dreams come true. But, all these challenges and hardships will eventually make you stronger and tougher. Your analytical approach towards life will give you an upperhand over your competitor at the work front. Getty Images LIBRA - September 24 - October 23 The new year is going to be a fabulous one for you Librans and brings with it gifts of technology and comfort for you. Your lifestyle is expected to undergo a major upgrade and you will find yourself surrounded by luxury and splendour throughout the year. Your charm, positive vibe and talent will take you places. You will not only manage to socialize better, but also have an upperhand over your competitors. However, your habit of trying to please everyone might put you in a difficult spot and you will realise that in your attempt to put others first, you end up neglecting yourself. So, try to break free from the habit of taking care of others and instead pamper yourself. At the end of it all, you will manage to strike a balance in life, just the way you like it. Getty Images SCORPIO - October 24 - November 22 The new year is going to be filled with excitement and things you have never tried before. You will manage to strike better relations with your friends and family. Listen to other people's opinion and try to adapt those changes in your life if you think it's necessary. You will be in better shape and health if you follow a proper health regime. This year will bring you opportunities to control your emotions and bring out the best in you. Try to stay positive and don't let your emotions take the steering wheel when you are making important decisions. Getty Images SAGITTARIUS - November 23 - December 21 The new year will bring you opportunities to make good investments and prosper financially from them. Your close ones will look up to you for advice and help, and you will be able to help them out. You will manage to inspire people around you and become quite popular this year. You will get support from your family and friends in the new endeavours you take up. Your optimism will come to your rescue in the new year. If you are single then this year might bring some romantic developments for you. Getty Images CAPRICORN - December 22 - January 21 The new year will come in like Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball', where multiple opportunities will be thrown your way but they will all come at a price. On the work front, you will face tough competition; but your sincerity, hard work and willpower will pave way for your success. The new year brings chances of new relationships for you and mid-year seems to be a favourable time. Your love life will reward you this year. Travel is on the cards for some. Getty Images AQUARIUS - January 22 - February 19 Aquarius is considered to be the most independent signs of all and a true leader who doesn't follow the herd. For you this year will be full of ups and downs and you will face many tough challenges. Your determination will be tested this year, but don't let any negative thought bug you. You need to relax and push yourself and you will surely overcome all the hardships with flying colours. Your talents and innovative ideas will impress the people around you at work. Try to prioritize your health this year. Getty Images PISCES - February 20 - March 20 Pisces, you have this amazing talent of reading people and this year brings with it ample opportunities to reap benefits from it. The year is going to be great for you, but there are chances of having some conflicts at home. You will be able to portray your artistic side in 2019 and your intuition will help you strike better deals in terms of business and relationship. You will be sought by your friends and family members for advice in crucial matters. Hard work is the key to your success this year and you will manage to achieve it all with your genuine efforts. Getty Images
  22. We've been testing Apple's new iPad Pro for a few weeks and it was time to let our audience know why we've fallen in love with this tablet. We've tested the tablet in numerous scenarios such as meetings, press conferences and even used it for editing images. The 2018 iPad Pro is the all-in-one device for creativity, gaming, business owners and even journalists like me. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla After using the tablet for a few weeks, I've been wondering the same question as every tablet owner- do I really need a laptop for my daily work? Whether you are a college student or a graphic designer, the new iPad Pro fits everybody's needs. Here's our review of the new iPad Pro, where we tell you how it performed and what tasks it could perform: Design Right off the bat, you will notice the beautiful design of the 2018 iPad Pro. In fact, it's the prettiest tablet we've ever seen. The iPad has seen the biggest design change in years where Apple has removed the home button, gotten a full-screen design and beautifully curved corners that you are accustomed to seeing on newer iPhones. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla We've been using the 12.9-inch model where the size is now dramatically smaller than its predecessor, thanks to the new design. The bezels are gone and now it feels good to hold it in the hand. It's also lighter than its predecessor and weighs only 631g, making it easier to carry it in your backpack. The new Apple Pencil is now magnetically attached to one of the sides of the iPad Pro and charges wirelessly. Apple has now made the change that everyone wanted, as you no longer have to stick the Apple Pencil into the charging port of the new iPad. The magnets are strong enough to hold the Apple Pencil in place and you won't have to ever worry about it falling off. This also means that you do not need to store the Apple Pencil separately- making it more accessible for users. Naturally, this resulted in us using the Apple Pencil more often than usual, especially when we needed to edit images or write down notes. You can even use the Pencil to unlock the iPad straight into the notes app if you want to jot down some of your thoughts. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Speaking of the new Apple Pencil, it's more ergonomic to hold as the design mimics the design of a traditional pencil. It works pretty much the same, with pressure and tilt sensing. The flat edge on the Apple Pencil makes it easier to place it on a table as it doesn't roll down like the previous Apple Pencil. You will need to buy the Apple Pencil separately and it costs Rs. 10,900 in India, which is probably a necessary purchase if you intend to use the iPad Pro for creative purposes. Display, Speakers & Face ID © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, Apple has provided one the prettiest and most vivid screens on an iPad ever. It has a refresh rate of up to 120 fps and can adjust it automatically depending on the work you're doing. For example, if you are gaming on the iPad Pro, it will automatically push the refresh rate to the max for optimum performance while reducing it to 24fps if you're reading an ebook or comics. Apple calls this technology the ProMotion screen and is probably the most useful feature of the display. It has a resolution of 2732x2048 and with accurate colour representation and P3 wide colour display, it makes it addictive to consume video content on Netflix and other streaming platforms. The True Tone display technology also helps the user in better readability, just like you would experience it on an iPhone. It basically matched the listing temperature of your environment to reduce the strain on your eyes. The new iPad Pro also uses the same technology as the iPhone X to unlock the screen. Now that the home button has been removed, the iPad Pro will scan your face to unlock the device. There's only one face-scanning camera, however, it works very effective unless the camera is covered. What's cool is that the unlocking feature works both in landscape and portrait mode without you ever having to adjust the orientation of the display. To complement the excellent display, Apple has outfitted four hidden speakers on the iPad Pro with a woofer and tweeter in every corner. This results in a very impressive and loud sound that delivers stereo audio no matter how you hold it. This accentuates the experience when consuming content on the iPad. The only disappointment you will face is the removal of the 3.5mm jack. Apple has now opted to provide a USB-C port and you will need to use a Lightning for USB-C dongle in order to use your own headphones. Performance & Usability Now that the iPad Pro has a USB-C port, you can use SD card readers for transferring images and videos. You can even use the port to output videos to 4K displays. It was a much-wanted feature by designers that would enable them to see their work on the bigger screen. The iPad Pro now also supports Hubs which can be used by musicians to plug in their MIDI instruments for DAWs like Logic Pro and Abelton. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The new iPad Pro is powered by Apple's latest processor i.e. the A12X processor. It basically outperforms Intel's six-core processors you see on many laptops. The iPad Pro was able to perform exceptionally well when it came to editing images and videos. In fact, we didn't see the iPad Pro slow down even for a second, a feat even most laptops can't boast about. In the benchmark tests, the iPad Pro scored 4,965 in single-core and 18,092 in multi-core on Geekbench 4, a score that leaves even the Microsoft Surface behind. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In terms of usability, we used the iPad Pro in numerous scenarios. We used it to type this review, edit the images and even edit a basic 4K video. From our experience, the iPad Pro can easily replace your laptop for daily work however there's a catch. The last statement is only true if you're already deeply embedded in the Apple ecosystem. This means you already own a MacBook with your files shared on the iCloud drive. It's the only way to access files across systems in case you need to pull up an old document or image from your laptop. iOS has not developed a way to access storage to transfer, back up, or find existing files which can be a drawback for non-Mac users. The Files app is not comprehensive enough to replace the flexibility and workability of a laptop. This will probably affect only 1% percent of iPad users, however, for the sake of this review it had to be mentioned. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In order to use the iPad Pro as an office or college laptop, you will face no issues as you can use the Smart Keyboard cover to type notes and carry out daily mundane tasks. We used it to type this review and faced no issues whatsoever. Keyboard shortcuts are also growing in various apps such as Affinity, Pages and others which makes it useful for people who are still used to using a keyboard. The smart keyboard cover only needs a trackpad so that we could move the text cursor with much more accuracy and finesse. The Final Say The 2018 iPad Pro is a brilliant device and is probably our favourite gadget from Apple's 2018 portfolio. It is the best tablet in the world as it leads in performance, design and usability. Having said that, it cannot replace the laptop for everyone unless you're already on the Apple ecosystem. It's more powerful than the MacBook Air or even some Intel-powered laptops, however, it still needs a comprehensive file management system to become the ultimate tablet. But if the iPad Pro fulfils your need at work or college, it is the device to own in 2018/2019.
  23. Ranveer Singh And Deepika Padukone's wedding has been pretty much the only topic that has been trending in Bollywood of late, till of course Nick-Yanka also joined the bandwagon. The last leg of the celebrations were held yesterday in Mumbai, where pretty much everyone was invited. While everyone looked like a million bucks, we couldn't help but notice one young lad, who fit right in, yet stood apart. We are talking about Arjun Tendulkar, the designated Prince of Indian cricket (Is Sachin the King or the God? Anyway, you get the drift). (c) Viral Bhayani Arjun looked like someone whom KJo will just swoop right in and sign a bunch of films with. His blingy yet sophisticated blue kurta, paired with the black Patiala trousers were understated, yet statement. (c) Viral Bhayani (c) Viral Bhayani What was striking about his appearance was how tall he looked. Well, he was standing next to his father, who's not so tall himself, so that helped a bit, but the outfit gave him a lot of height. The pairing of blue black in the ratio he wore them in had a lot to do in that area. (c) Viral Bhayani We also liked the fact that he chose to be basic, yet dignified. The choice of plain black Oxfords tell us that he's a no-nonsense kind of dresser who sticks to the tasteful basics. (c) Viral Bhayani All we can say is that, if he someday decides not to play cricket anymore, Bollywood will knock on his door right away. All the best, Arjun!
  24. The star couple of the year, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, have already tied the knot in marital bliss but the hangover of partying is still on. Last night Ritika Bhavnani, the sister of the groom threw an epic gothic-themed (or that's what it looks like) bash for the couple and everyone let their hair down. Ranveer and Deepika looked amazing in their gothic attires, something only they can carry with élan. View this post on Instagram A match made in Paradise! @ranveersingh @deepikapadukone A post shared by DiwaaahBhaiWaah! (@shanoosharmarahihai) on Nov 24, 2018 at 9:53pm PST View this post on Instagram Ranveer and Deepika at their wedding party! ð #deepikapadukone @deepikapadukone #gainfollowers #bollywood #ranveersingh @ranveersingh #DeepVeer #deepveerkishaadi A post shared by #deepveerwale ð¥ð (@deepikapadukone.closet) on Nov 24, 2018 at 7:33pm PST Everyone was in a party mode, but nobody could keep up with the energy of the Bhavnanis of course! View this post on Instagram Every girl needs a #hairstylist & this #gorgeous girl has two of us!! @georgiougabriel are we the lucky ones or is she ?? ð thank you @deepikapadukone for calling us your lifelines ð I knew a naughty boy since he was 4 yrs old!! watched you boys @natebydesign @ranveersingh @rohanshreshtha @cyrusappoo get into & out of trouble together! Here's to a start of a beautiful phase in your life. Congratulations to you both #deepveer love you both. @anjubhavnani how time flies !! Congratulations to the family too on #deepveerkishaadi !!! #hair #celebrityhairstylist #highlights #beforeandafterhair #haircut #highlights #adfilms #glamorous #stunning #beautiful #caramelhighlights #goldhighlights #shootdairies #bollywood #hairgoals #beauty #hairbyclarabelle #clarabelle #glam A post shared by Clarabelle Saldanha (@clarabellesaldanha) on Nov 24, 2018 at 8:35pm PST View this post on Instagram When my friend and one of the best actors in India asks me to make clothes for his wedding party this is what is the result @ranveersingh my love congratulations it's been crazy fun to dress you up yet again and it's just the beginning ! Next should be burning man?;-) ððð #manisharorafashion #manisharora #lifeisbeautiful #ididitmyway #ranveersingh @amrapalijewels @akanksharora @tarang_arora A post shared by manish arora (@manisharorafashion) on Nov 24, 2018 at 7:58am PST View this post on Instagram Wooow our groom #deepveer #DeepVeerParty #deepikapadukone #ranveersingh #deepveernews اÙÙعرس ÙÙÙعÙا رÙص A post shared by DeepVeer Wale ððªð°ð (@deepveer.news) on Nov 24, 2018 at 12:58pm PST View this post on Instagram #DeepVeer have their first dance together at a wedding party hosted by #RanveerSingh's sister. ðð¹ (ð·: @pinkvilla) A post shared by Niche Lifestyle® (@nichelifestyle) on Nov 24, 2018 at 11:20pm PST However, the show stealer was the speech Ranveer gave for his lady-love when he claimed that he married the most beautiful girl in the world. 'I am married to the most beautiful girl in the world' ð­ð Ranveer hyping his wife is everything! ðð«#MrAndMrsDeepVeer #DeepVeer pic.twitter.com/HeYCrOa5rz — Jeny. | #DeepVeerWale ðð (@J3ny__) November 25, 2018 Okay, Baba, we agree. You both are what couple goals are made of!
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