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  1. Getting robbed would probably be one of the most terrifying experiences ever, that is if you're not a Punjabi. No offence. But, I'm not making this up, there's proper proof to back this up and the video of the entire thing is hilarious, and probably the most Punjabi thing anyone will ever see. Basically, a guy tried to rob a convenience store but got chased away with a metal rod by the Sikh shopkeeper while he abused him in Punjabi. Great tactic. Should work every time. In the video, the shopkeeper got up to greet the 'customer' and then remained completely calm when the man was trying to rob him. The best part, though, is him saying 'anything else?' when the robber demanded all the money in the cash register. But, of course, he reached for a metal rod instead of the money and chased the guy away while yelling 'teri pehn di'! Look at how calm he was. My cousins get mugged and he's the calmest guy in the world ð¤£ð¤£just listen to him #teripehndi pic.twitter.com/Fua1mLTMcP — Harmit Arora (@harmit360) January 14, 2020 Same energy. Lol this reminded me of when a couple of guys with machetes came to rob my father's warehouse. He was sweeping the floor at the time. He snapped the broom in half & chased them down the road, roaring at them to stand & fight. He used to keep nun-chuks behind the counter too. https://t.co/h91Mg0ooTZ — Kashaan کاشا٠(@RealKWB) January 15, 2020 So polite, what a guy! He goes “anything else” like he was talking a subway order — Pastor Fred (@kiiranjjeet99) January 15, 2020 For sure. A king. https://t.co/e5gQMgeCta — Jassið (@jassi908) January 15, 2020 Good resolution. How I'm entering 2020 if anyone tries some bullshit https://t.co/MrONkrB7bc — Deepak Dhindsa (@ddeepu97) January 15, 2020 So funny. My mans said “anything else ?” https://t.co/C7h4lNLzhE — Bryan (@chinoo3890) January 16, 2020 Aww. Oi dil kush kardeta Punjab de sheera# — Owais Ul nissar (@OwaisNissar) January 16, 2020 One can hope. Just clocked that the robber will see this and think what a fool he's made of himself ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ — Harmit Arora (@harmit360) January 15, 2020 He should've. Shame he didn't whack him over the head. Calm as a cucumber though. — Ayaz (@Ayaz_Nazir) January 15, 2020 Great video. Lool same thing happened with my Dad https://t.co/wZb3f0ccQN pic.twitter.com/xAWqdCy4Q5 — Fëm (@femdazed) January 15, 2020 Probably both. Not sure what I like more. The punjabi gala at the end, or the "anything else" like he's completing a regular transaction https://t.co/yV0vAeh4R0 — Narinder Singh (@NSP55) January 15, 2020 Yep. He really said “anything else” knowing he was about to go in on his ass KING https://t.co/Nh13QUlwyF — Mino (@PunjabiKhaleesi) January 15, 2020 I know, right? PUNJABIS ARE A DIFFERENT BREED IM PISSING MYSLF https://t.co/6f1gBt3PqR — nishathée chalamet (@ohnosisters) January 15, 2020 View the full article
  2. WASHINGTON: Recovery in a handful of countries will boost global growth slightly this year but the outlook is riddled with potential pitfalls that could derail this tepid upswing, the World Bank cautioned Wednesday. A renewal of trade tensions, which eased recently with announcement of an initial agreement between the United States and China, would erode the modest progress and could spread quickly beyond the two economic powers. In its latest Global Economic Prospects report, the World Bank projects the global economy will grow by 2.4 percent this year, just one tenth more than 2019 but slower than the 2020 forecast released in June. Despite the positive spin, the report -- titled "Fragile, Handle With Care" -- cuts the forecasts for nearly every country except the United States compared to the last edition in June. And growth is still not fast enough to meet targets for pulling more people out of poverty. Most major economies are poised to see sluggish growth in 2020. The tenuous global rebound relies almost entirely on a few large emerging market economies that are expected to accelerate after a disappointing 2019, or in the case of Argentina, contract at a slower rate. - Major economies - The United States and China together account for nearly 40 percent of global GDP and nearly a quarter of global trade. But with an improvement in their nearly two-year old trade dispute, they will be less of a drag on growth even as both economies slow. The US economy is projected to grow just 1.8 percent after 2.3 percent growth in 2019, the World Bank said. China´s GDP will expand by less than six percent for the first time since 1990, with an expected 5.9 percent growth rate. "Growth has decelerated more than previously expected amid cooling domestic demand and heightened trade tensions," the report said. The Euro Area, hit by a slowdown in Germany and the threat of Brexit, "has deteriorated significantly," with several economies "on the verge of recession at some point last year." The expansion is set to slow further to just 1.0 percent this year before picking up in 2021. Japan also is "suffering from acute weakness in manufacturing and exports" and the economy will continue to slow with growth of just 0.7 percent expected. - Emerging markets - Emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) have been the boost to the global economy through the sluggish times but most face their own rocky road with a third are projected to decelerate this year. As a result the global uptick is not broad-based and "is largely predicated on a rebound in a small group of large EMDEs, most of which are emerging from deep recessions or sharp slowdowns," the report said. "Indeed, about 90 percent of the pickup in EMDE growth in 2020 is accounted for by just eight countries -- Argentina, Brazil, India, Iran, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey," it said. "Excluding these eight countries, aggregate EMDE growth would experience almost no acceleration." Argentina, which contracted 3.1 percent in 2019, is projected to slow by 1.9 percent this year while Brazil and Mexico should expand by 2.0 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively, far faster than last year. India too is expected to gain traction, with growth of 5.8 percent, while Turkey´s 3.0 percent expansion will come after no growth in 2019, the report said. In sub-Saharan Africa, the news is looking up, with a solid increase in GDP growth expected this year. But the World Bank cautions that, even with the improvement, "per capita growth will remain well below long-term averages and far from sufficient to meet poverty alleviation goals." The Middle East is expected to see growth jump to 2.4 percent this year after virtually no growth in 2019. - Downside risks predominate - The World Bank warns that "downside risks predominate" but since the cutoff for the forecasts was December 20, prior to the recent outbreak of hostilities between Iran and the United States. So it is too soon to tell what influence that might have. The major concern is the potential for a resurgence of trade tensions between the United States and China. A "renewed disruption to US-China economic ties could result in damage not only to these two economies but to the rest of the world," the report warned. In addition, "record-high debt levels and fragile public finance positions" leave many countries vulnerable to shocks or a sudden increase in interest rates.
  3. 2019 was the year of Team India in the world of cricket with the Men in Blue performing on a different level altogether, both on foreign and home grounds. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took some major steps for the betterment of the game within the country and many players on their own created a lot of buzz throughout the year. A report carried out by Wizikey talks about five top international cricket newsmakers of the world. Indian skipper, Virat Kohli led the list as the most talked-about cricketer in 2019. And even though the 31-year-old has been in top form since the past two years and achieved great feats such as defeating Australia in Test and ODI series on their own soil for the first time in the history of Indian cricket and becoming the fastest in the world to reach 11,000 runs, his most talked-about moment of the year is rather unpleasant. © Reuters Regardless of India's brilliance led by Kohli in all formats of the game, the biggest news connected to the captain came in the form of a great disappointment when his side was knocked out of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the hands of Kane Williamson and the New Zealand cricket team. Obviously the World Cup exit was not well received by the fans and the batsman's captaincy was questioned by the masses. According to the report, from amongst the top five cricketers who created most news last year, 38% of it was related to Kohli. With 22%, former Indian captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni came ranked second on the list. The most number of media mentions the wicket-keeper batsman got last year was when he was dismissed during the World Cup semi-final match between India and New Zealand as rumours of him tearing up while walking back to the dressing room broke out overnight. Have never seen this man crying. ð­ We can't see dhoni cry like this.. It's breaking our heartsâ¤ð@msdhoni @ICC #CaptainCool #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/oWGnzeKBgN — UMANG TANK (@UmangTank3) July 11, 2019 Ever since, Dhoni's name has been constantly making headlines as speculations of his retirement from the game are being made all over the world. Rohit Sharma, India's powerful opening batsman and deputy in-charge made for 20% of the top five newsmaking cricketers. 2019 saw an already great hitter achieve that legendary status when he became the highest run-getter of the world in the 50-over format of the game in a calendar year. His media mentions skyrocketed in November when the cricketer led the team from the front as Kohli was away from duty. Most ODI Runs in 2019!#Cricket #RohitSharma pic.twitter.com/amnE8dDz97 — Cricjunction (@cricjunction1) January 1, 2020 Australia's Steve Smith and the current BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly come in at the fourth and fifth spots respectively with 9% of the share a piece. View the full article
  4. With talks of implementation of the CAA and the NRC in the country, the government has been trying to 'educate' people about it by organising pro CAA/NRC rally marches. But they aren't just educating ordinary people but have taken the onus upon themselves to educate B-town folks as well. © Twitter The government planned to organise an 'interactive meeting' with the members of the Hindi film industry on Sunday, 5th January, 2020, to discuss the Citizenship Amendment Act. Some very prominent celebrities such as Karan Johar, Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Kabir Khan, Farhan Akhtar etc. were extended an invite by the Minister of Railway and Commerce, Piyush Goyal and the National Vice-President of BJP, Baijayant Jay Panda. Here's the invite: © Twitter Unfortunately for the government's extensive dinner plans, barely any big celebrity showed up to attend this 'fabulous' dinner discussion. Now we're not sure if they didn't turn up to make a point and oppose the idea of CAA and the NRC altogether or because their schedules were packed to attend the meeting. The dinner did host a few celebrities who actually made it and attended the meeting and dinner. Here are those who made it: Prasoon Joshi (Lyricist, Writer, Chairperson CBFC), Kailash Kher (singr), Kunal Kohli (filmmaker), Abhishek Kapoor (filmmaker), Urvashi Rautela (Actor), Bhushan Kumar (producer), Anil Sharma (filmmaker), Shaan (singer), Prahlad Kakkar (Ad filmmaker), Ritesh Sidhwani (producer), Ranvir Shorey (actor), Rahul Rawail (filmmaker). Who all from #Bollywood will attend the 'interactive meeting' called by #piyushgoyal & #jaypanda today in Mumbai? Lot of names floating around with the #hashtag #BollywoodWakeUp. Few hours to go so let's not speculate. I'll get you each & every name with a pic as they walk in ð — Rohit Khilnani (@rohitkhilnani) January 5, 2020 Even though none of the big players from Bollywood really showed up for the dinner, people like Bhushan Kumar, head of T-series and Ritesh Sidhawani of Excel Entertainment were there to fill in for the bigger guns. So, all in all, garnering strength from Bollywood for supporting the CAA and the NRC was a big flop-show and it mostly seemed like the celebrities mutually decided not to show up for this dinner altogether. While there are no pictures that have surfaced from “discussion on myths and realities pertaining to the CAA” dinner yet, we're just really keen to know how this discussion was carried out for the rest of the folks who did attend the event. View the full article
  5. Instagram: Pakistani celebs who were followed the most in 2019 Celebrities from the showbiz industry use social media sites to inform their fans about their daily lives, upcoming projects, and what not. The popularity of showbiz stars can be gauged from their social media handles, which have been garnering a huge fan following with each passing day. Here’s a list of the most followed Pakistan celebrities on Instagram from 2019: 1. Mahira Khan Leading artist Mahira Khan is Pakistan’s most followed Instagram personality with over 5.3 million followers on Instagram. The actress wasn’t active on Instagram for a long time until now, and achieved this milestone in a short span of time. 2. Aiman Khan Among the most followed celebrities, Aiman Khan comes on the second spot. The Ishq Tamasha actress has garnered more than 5.1 million followers on Instagram. The actress has claimed herself that her social handle has helped her a lot in her professional career. 3. Mawra Hocane Mawra is on third in the list of most followed Instagram personalities from Pakistan. The Sanam Teri Kasam actress has more than 4.9 million people followinng her Insta handle. The actress has used her social media to publicize her brand 'UrwaXMawra.' 4. Atif Aslam Pakistan’s leading singer Atif Aslam bags fourth rank in the list of most followed Pakistani celebrities. The musician is not as active as his peers on his Instagram handle, but uses it for important announcements. A number of his posts are related to expressing love to his wife, Sara Bharwana. 5. Ayeza Khan Ayeza Khan, who rose to new heights of fame with her drama serial Meray Paas Tum Ho, is getting her followers increased day by day. The actress has currently a following of more than 4.6 million followers. Ayezah makes sure to keep her fans posted about her latest as well as upcoming projects through her social media. 6. Sajal Ali It can be safely said that Sajal Ali and Ahad Raza Mir’s couple is the most loved duo of industry. The actress also enjoys a huge following on Instagram with a whooping 4.5 million netizens following her.
  6. Remember the frenzy that Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone's wedding had caused? Or how the Internet went berserk over Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma's wedding? All the fanfare of their fairytale-like wedding aside, the four of them showed what exactly happens when style icons come together in wedded bliss. © Instagram/virat.kohli & Instagram/ranveersingh Even though Hardik Pandya and Natasa Stankovic haven't set the date for their wedding yet, they have managed to break the internet, thanks to the photos from their extremely private engagement in Dubai. © Instagram/natasastankovic__ That Hardik is a bona fide fashion icon is no surprise. The man clearly knows how to dress up, or even dress down for an occasion with flair and panache. And given her modelling career, Natasa too knows what dressing up impeccably entails. © Instagram/natasastankovic__ If their engagement photos are anything to go by, the two are certainly the new “It” couple of B-Town, at least as far as style and fashion are concerned. © Instagram/hardikpandya93 Since the ceremony was a private affair in a small boat off the coast of Dubai, with only close family and friends in attendance, in their engagement pictures, they are rather simplistically dressed. While Hardik is seen in a rather simplistic, but a zany brown monogrammed shirt, and a pair of joggers that look like a hybrid between a skirt and a pant, Natasa was dressed in a classic combination of blue denim and a white and blue striped blazer. © Instagram/hardikpandya93 That being said, their ensembles were not that simplistic. The round-rimmed sunglasses that Hardik is wearing are actually quite zany, and complement the shirt rather well. That, and his Patek Phillipe Nautilus, worth Rs. 80,00,000 (yes, that's Rupees Eighty Lakh, for those of us who did not pay attention in our maths classes) really go well considering the chic Bohemian aesthetic that he is going for. © Instagram/hardikpandya93 Natasa as well is wearing an equally zany pair of cat-eyed sunglasses. And of course, how can anyone miss the engagement ring. As for the both of them dressing up with style, well, this picture does all the talking. © Instagram/hardikpandya93 Whereas Natasa looks rather swell in the sequined dress, all eyes end up on Hardik, with that single buttoned brown jacket, and the all-black attire that he paired the blazer with. The patent leather slip-ons are a nice touch, and so is the silver or platinum chain that he is wearing. All we'll say is, if their 'low-key' engagement turned out to be like this, we can only imagine what style statements will the two of them make for their wedding. View the full article
  7. Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan attends a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/FilesKARACHI/MOSCOW: Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan has been named the Arab world's most influential leader of 2019 by Russia Today TV (RT), Middle Eastern media reported. Prince Zayed, who is also the deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Armed Forces, was noted for his advocacy of tolerance, peace-making, and human fraternity. Of the total 14 million votes, he bagged 9.74 million (68.6 percent). Also on the list were Jordan's King Abdullah II, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Algeria's newly-elected president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, and Tunisia's new president, Kais Saied. Also read: PM Imran speaks to UAE Crown Prince over IoK situation Prince Zayed is known for his contribution to peace and tolerance as well as mediating a number of crises, as per Gulf News. The publication added that he personally attempted to ease tensions between Pakistan and India last year. "Among these initiatives is his patronage of the Human Fraternity Document that was signed on February 4, 2019 in Abu Dhabi," it said. Crown Prince to visit PakistanSeparately, Abu Dhabi's crown prince is expected to arrive in Pakistan on Thursday for a day-long visit and is scheduled to hold meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan and other senior government officials. The trip will focus on strengthening "the bonds of friendship between the two brotherly countries", according to a statement from a UAE envoy. This is the second visit to the country by an Arab leader in two weeks, as Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud visited Pakistan for a day-long trip last month. Read more: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince to visit Pakistan tomorrow Prince Zayed's visit comes shortly after he met Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on December 14, when the two discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries. Last year, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan had visited Pakistan for one-on-one meetings with PM Imran, followed by delegation-level talks. Related:UAE gives Modi its top civilian award amid Kashmir crisis PM calls Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, talks regional developments PM calls Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed
  8. Avengers: Endgame was literally the end of an era, as the name suggests, so it's kind of fitting how it was released the year that would also be the end of a decade. When it comes to Hollywood, it's safe to say the entire decade belonged to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Except for Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, every Marvel movie was released in these ten years and honestly, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that they changed the game for superhero movies. So many incredible movies, so many 'marvel'-ous moments, so many exciting things have happened this decade so why not look back at the best scenes and moments we got these past few years, as it's the perfect way to kick-start 2020. Here are some of the best MCU moments that made all of us into Marvel stans. 1. Cap Wields Mjolnir Hands down the best moment from any movie ever, not just Marvel. It's okay if you disagree since everyone is entitled to their wrong opinions. It was so unexpected, yet expected, and I can still hear the cheers in the theatre whenever watched this for the first time. Actually, I can watch it a hundred times and still be as excited as the first time. Such a crucial moment, Thanos is overpowering Thor and will probably kill him, but wait, in comes Cap to show he's worthy. Nothing can top this. 2. Tony Stark Snapping His Fingers (And Dying) Another crucial moment of the decade, the real end of an era. Tony Stark launched the MCU and made it what it is today and even though it sucks that RDJ won't be a part of the movies anymore, it was such a great heroic ending for him and that's what he deserves. 3. AVENGERS....assemble Yes, I'm still stuck on Endgame in this list till now, but come on, this also deserves a place here. For the first time ever, so many superheroes, so many characters came together to fight one evil villain, the giant purple grape. Captain America saying "Avengers Assemble" for the last time ever was one of the most powerful moments of the entire movie. 4. Ragnarok Final Fight With Immigrant Song Playing TAIKA.DID.THAT. The song, the fight, the lightning, Thor realising just how powerful he is - everything about this entire scene is perfect. And, obviously this also played a part in saving Thor's character in the MCU after the disaster that was Thor: The Dark World. 5. Cap's Transformation After The Serum The best before and after in the history of before and afters. Just kidding. But, the reveal was nothing short of incredible. Just seeing a scrawny little kid who likes to fight everyone turn into a "good man, not a perfect soldier". Fun fact, Peggy touching Steve's chest right after he takes the serum was not in the script, she was just amazed by how great Chris Evans looks shirtless, just like all of us. 6. When Avengers Assembled For The First Time Well, it was the most ambitious crossover at the time, before we knew what was there in store for us in the near future. All of them obviously have very different but strong personalities and it was great seeing everyone disagree and then eventually working together to save the world. 7. The Elevator Scene "Before I start, does anyone wants to get out?" This scene has honestly become iconic, just one Cap beating up dozens of people, what a sight. Moreover, the callback to this scene in Endgame was a nice touch, especially the "Hail Hydra" part. 8. The Antman And The Wasp Mid Credit Scene What a jaw-dropping, unexpected scene. It was the first movie to be released after Avengers: Infinity War and they obviously had to tie in Antman somehow since he would play a huge part in Endgame, but no one ever saw this coming. Poor Scott is stuck in the Quantum Realm while Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym, and Janet van Dyne get dusted. 9. Age Of Ultron Final Battle Yes, Age of Ultron is the worst Avengers movie, I know, but no one can deny that this scene was great. All of them in the circle formation fighting off the killer bots made for a great end fight scene. 10. Spidey's Entry In MCU A lot of the things in Civil War, actually everything in Civil War could've been avoided, but at least it gave us a great entry point for Spidey and his introduction in the MCU was one of the highlights of the movie. 11. "Dormammu, I've Come To Bargain" I know you read that in Doctor Strange's voice, I know it. You know, how in every movie there's a final battle scene with the hero heroicly defeating his enemy? Well, Doctor Strange literally annoyed the hell out of the villain and got his victory. How 'strange' and awesome was this ending? 12. Thor's Entrance In Wakanda Thor's entry in Wakanda has to be hands down the best entrance by any character in any movie ever. I mean, you can just tell that by how loudly everyone cheered in the theatre when the God of thunder made the epic descent to earth with his shiny new axe, that too at the most crucial moment. The guy lost everything and almost died because of Thanos, obviously he's here for revenge(r) and the first thing he says is "Bring me Thanos". 13. How Nick Fury Lost His Eye Well, the reveal might've been a little underwhelming, but honestly that's what made it even better. No, he didn't lose it in an epic battle or anything, he was just defeated by an alien cat. It gets even better when you remember Nick Fury saying, "The last time I trusted someone I lost an eye," to Cap. 14. Cap And His Nomad Beard's Entry In Infinity War While Thor's entry in Wakanda was the superior entry in the movie, Cap is also almost up there because of his nomad beard. Steve Rogers in that stealth suit would've been enough but no, they made it even better by adding the beard. Good one, Russo brothers. 15. Women Of Marvel Assembling In Endgame Yes, it was a great moment, for sure, but honestly, Nat's presence there was missing and it would've been great to see the first female Avenger to be up there with everyone fighting. I have said it before and I will say it again, Hawkeye should've been sacrificed for the soul stone instead. 16. Pepper Killing Killian Pepper for the win! Remember there was a post going around how Pepper had killed more villains than literally anyone else in the MCU, including all the Avengers? Yes, she's a badass for sure. 17. House Party Protocol So many suits, so many freaking Iron Man suits. It's like the destruction of another level but it was just great to see. 18. Cap Passing On The Shield To Sam Even though I will forever be mad about how Steve's story arc ended, it did give way for the new Captain America aka Sam Wilson. It's such a crucial moment and passing on the shield to someone like Sam ensures that the world's safety is in good hands even with Cap and Tony gone. 19. Hulk..Smash A simple order from Cap, but what a great moment nonetheless. The fact that the Hulk listens so carefully and then does exactly that makes for a hilarious moment. 20. Fat Thor We were not ready for this, no one expected this, but it worked so well. While I agree Thor being fat shouldn't have been used for a punchline, I still believe it showed the reality of depression he went through after everyone got dusted in Infinity War. The best part was that even though he was emotionally very vulnerable, he was still worthy and was still one of the strongest Avengers. 21. The World Finding Out Who Spider-Man Is The last moment of the decade from Marvel, and the last important moment for this list. Both of the Spider-Man movies ended with the same dialogue - someone going "What the f.." but the difference is in the first one, only Aunt May finds out, but in the second they kicked it up a notch and literally the entire world found out. I'm glad that Sony and Disney worked out their fight over Spidey's custody because I really need to know what would happen next now that Peter Parker's cover is blown. View the full article
  9. If there's one industry that has seen tremendous growth and significant changes in the last 10 years, then it has to be smartphones. Looking back at the best of such an industry before bidding your final goodbyes to the decade is not only a strenuous task, we think it's also a little unfair. So, instead of checking back the best phones from the last ten years, we decided to celebrate the most influential phones. We're talking about the ones that dared to be different and helped push major developments across both hardware and software. So here's our list of the most influential phones or, perhaps, the ones that truly made a difference and left their mark on the industry forever - iPhone 7 © YouTube/ BubVisuals Apple's iPhones have always left a long-lasting mark in the industry, but what the iPhone 7 brought to the table completely supplanted the wired audio media in the audio industry. Yes, the removal of the headphone jack was baffling at first, but it also changed the way we look at wireless audio products. Soon after Apple's announcement, a range of the other OEMs started removing the headphone jack. Some were doing it to make room for other things like batteries, haptic motor, etc. but others were just "copying" Apple. Apple also announced AirPods the same year after removing the headphone jack and now everybody owns a pair. There are clones too, but you get the point. So Apple launching the iPhone 7 without a headphone jack is a much bigger deal than it looks. You can make fun of it all you want, but what Apple did back then was truly courageous. Vivo NEX © MensXP Vivo has launched some really amazing phones this year. But what helped them grab the attention is the pop-up selfie camera module, which they first introduced with a smartphone called NEX. This phone came out in 2018, which is a year when Chinese phone makers really started making a difference in the industry, in both, the premium segment or otherwise. The Vivo NEX is the world's first smartphone to come with a pop-up selfie camera, a popular trend that we're seeing in phones today. It gave us a glimpse into the future of smartphones. Samsung Galaxy Note Series While talking about Samsung's Note series, we can't help but add the entire series because it has a cult following of its own. The Note series has always remained more of an excuse for Samsung to flex its engineering muscles, as they tend to pack as many features as possible in one of those phones. © MensXP The Galaxy Note Edge was the first product with a flexible OLED panel. A lot of phones have curved OLED today and the Note Edge is what kicked off the trend. Similarly, there's a lot to talk about other Note phones in the series as well. They're the only phones that ship with a stylus that's evolving every year. It has become an annual tradition to see what Samsung has cooked for us every year with the Note series. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 How can one possibly forget the crisis of the Galaxy Note 7 that shook the world? Soon after it's worldwide release, a bunch of them started exploding around the world. And we're not talking about just one or two faulty units. A lot of them across various parts of the world started reporting the issue, following which Samsung confirmed that there's some sort of a manufacturing issue that's causing the phone to overheat and react in a way that it's not supposed to. © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee Well, Samsung did the right thing and decided to recall the product and put it to rest once and for all. The cataclysmic scenario wasn't only just a PR nightmare, but it also cost them a lot of money. The mishap itself made people more aware of their purchase decision. Fast-charging Phones It's safe to say that fast-charging on phones is something that was popularized by OnePlus. OnePlus' "Dash Charge" technology, which is now called "WARP charge", was more than just a marketing term. We now have phones that can give you enough charge to last for a day in just about 15 minutes. That's quite crazy if you think about it. There are still phones that don't ship with a fast charger but we really hope that changes this year. Foldable Phones 2019 was the year of foldable phones, which automatically makes this the decade the one that changed the future of mobile computing. This decade will be remembered some years down the line as the one that kick-started the foldable phone wave. © YouTube/ Tim Schofield It's safe to say that not all foldable phones are worth a mention because some of them are just bad devices. But as is the case with any other first-generation product, we're sure foldable smartphones will also pick up soon. We really enjoyed using the Galaxy Fold this year, so we can't wait to see what Samsung does with the next foldable phone. Bezel-Less Smartphones © Getty Images This decade has been about delivering a seamless experience on smartphones by removing bezels that would interfere with the overall viewing experience. Many smartphone companies had solutions to this problem by either using pop-up selfie cameras or punch-hole displays. However, the first company to achieve this feat was Xiaomi with the Mi Mix phone. It sported a 6.4-inch 2040x1080 display and had moved the selfie camera to the bottom bezel. It was the first time we got a smartphone that looked like an all-screen unit. The rest is history as companies have now come up with innovative solutions for removing bezels on smartphones. Smartphones With Awesome Cameras © MensXP At the start of the decade, smartphones weren't really used primarily for taking pictures. However, everything changed with the iPhone 6 and Pixel smartphones that made photography their marquee feature. It paved the way for companies to experiment with smartphone camera sensors and today we have budget smartphones that can deliver great pictures thanks to the advancement in hardware and software manipulation. Google introduced computational photography to Pixel smartphones that completely changed smartphone photography forever. Similarly, Huawei's P30 Pro also managed to change the industry with multiple camera sensors for different purposes combined with AI to deliver great images. Thanks to the camera smartphone revolution, point and shoot cameras are now a thing of the past and today we judge smartphones based on their camera performance more than ever. The Notch and Facial Recognition © Unsplash/Melvin Thambi Nobody expected smartphones to evolve this fast in the past decade that we would be using our faces to unlock our smartphones. It seems like something out of a sci-fi movie, however the iPhone X changed the industry forever with its infamous notch and Face ID feature. Apple had already revolutionised the smartphone industry with the fingerprint scanner on iPhones, however thanks to Apple's implementation of facial recognition on the iPhone X, we can unlock our smartphones without even touching them now. Budget Smartphones © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla If it weren't for companies like Xiaomi, Realme, Motorola and Samsung, the smartphone revolution would have been far slower than what we experienced this decade. Budget smartphones are now the most important category in India and China due to which new technologies get cheaper to implement and easier to democratise. Due to budget smartphones, India now has over 600 million smartphone users and that number is expected to grow even more in the near future. However, budget smartphones just can't be affordable for the average user, it needs to deliver the right balance of performance, photography capabilities and overall experience in order to survive. This has been the mantra for companies like Xiaomi, Realme and others due to which we can expect budget smartphones to get as good as flagship phones in the next decade. Affordable Flagships © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Thanks to budget smartphones, we also got to see smartphones such as OnePlus 5, Realme X2 Pro and Poco F1 dominate a new segment of affordable flagship smartphones. We got to see smartphones offer flagship-level specifications for a fraction of the price of an iPhone. These affordable flagship smartphones kickstarted other phenomenons such as mobile gaming, great photography and watching video content on your smartphone. Thanks to powerful processors that power these smartphones, it has made it easier for the masses to get a flagship-level experience on smartphones without breaking their bank. Gaming Smartphones © MensXP With the rise of affordable flagship smartphones, we saw a rise in mobile gaming, thanks to games like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty. For some users, a normal smartphone simply wasn't enough and it led to the birth of gaming smartphones like ASUS ROG, Nubia Red Magic and the Razer Phone. These smartphones come with powerful processors, dedicated gaming accessories, aggressive designs and new leaps in smartphone technology. Gaming smartphones are the reason why we are seeing a higher refresh rate on smartphone displays and a new rise in retro gaming, thanks to emulators available on the Android ecosystem. Gaming smartphones might be great for competitive online play but these smartphones truly shine at emulating SNES, NES, PS1, PSP, Sega Genesis and countless other retro gaming platforms. View the full article
  10. Instagram: The most trending posts of 2019 With 2020 drawing in close, the digital ‘photo store’, Instagram will be 10 years old. A decade well spent we must say! Launching on October 6, 2010, the app has traveled its way from being just a photo-sharing application to transforming into a premier social networking platform. With more than 1 billion people using the app every month, we have got the top 8 posts that remained in limelight for quite a considerable time in no order. 1. Cardi B sleeping with her daughter on private jet Captioned "What a great weekend/holiday we had. There’s nothing more valuable then family time, " the rapper posted an adorable photo cuddling with her daughter, Kulture. 2. Thor but without Mjolnir; with a quokka instead? Chris Hemsworth posted a selfie overloaded with cuteness with a smiling quokka, an Australian nocturnal mini-kangaroo, also known as ‘the happiest animal on Earth’. 3. Harry Styles or Harrina? Harry Styles dressed as a ballerina would be something you must have seen if you are on Instagram! The singer posted a photo of himself dressed as a ballerina for his SNL photoshoot, making netizens forever thankful. 4. Tiniest purse maybe? Back in November, Truth Hurts singer Lizzo made a highlighted entrance in American Music Awards with her tiny little purse; perhaps the tiniest one you have ever seen? Captioned "bag big enough for my f**** to give," this surely is hilarious. 5. One-year old and already on snowboard? Woah! What were you doing when you were one-year-old? You don’t even remember! But not with Stormi Webster. Kylie Jenner videoed her daughter on a snowboard this month and internet can't hold the overloaded cuteness. 6. Baby Yoda’s concept art. Netizens fell in love for the very first time Baby Yoda was shown in The Mandalorian. The show’s creator, Jon Favreau shared the concept art of the cutie and we are grateful for this! 7. Harry, Meghan, and Archie. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared their first public moment as a family on Instagram on May 8, after their son, Archie was born on May 6. Adorable, isn’t it? 8. Swollen foot? Post on Instagram! Not our suggestion, but that’s what Jessica Simpson did after her foot was bulging red with swelling during her pregnancy. The singer gave birth to her third child, named Birdie in March.
  11. From a World Cup final ending in the most flawed and controversial manner possible to an all-time great rising from the ashes to find his way to the top, from a city getting the sweet taste a championship for the first time, to female athletes demanding their right on the greatest stage of football, 2019 has been a one-of-its-kind year for the sporting world. And here are the top five most iconic sporting moments of 2019: Tiger Woods Returns To Win The Masters In 2019 Date: April 19, 2019 Two years before the aforementioned date, Wood had confessed to his friends that he was “done” and to be fair, with the way things were going on with his infamous arrest in 2017, everyone thought that he sure was. But Tiger being Tiger not only returned to the grass but also won the Masters, 11 years after he had won his previous major. Toronto Raptors Win Their First Ever NBA Championship Date: June 13, 2019 Considered to be a team which was “almost good enough” to win the NBA Championship for the better half of the decade, Kawhi Leonard-led Toronto Raptors were finally able to win their first title in the team's 24-year-old history after defeating the Golden State Warriors in six games. Even though some of the most important players of the Warriors like Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were out of action for the last couple of games, the fact that they came on top despite facing serious competition from squads like Philadelphia 76ers during the Playoffs and the Warriors in the first couple of games of the Finals, makes it one of the most memorable moments in the history of NBA. New Zealand Lose ICC World Cup 2019 By 0 Runs Date: June 14, 2019 Kane Williamson's New Zealand cricket team ended their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign in possibly the most disappointing way when they lost the trophy to Eoin Morgan's England after scoring fewer boundaries of the two teams! Cricket fans in New Zealand were heartbroken on Monday after their team came excruciatingly close to a maiden cricket World Cup victory, only to lose to England on total boundaries scored. “End of the World! Black Caps lose by zero runs,” screamed a headline in the New Zealand pic.twitter.com/OvkrgJxQmz — Fatema (@FatemaZahrabd) July 16, 2019 There could have been so many different ways in which the game could have ended but the fact that the World Champions were decided on the basis of a faulty rule makes it iconic and clearly not in a good way! Read more about the whole fiasco here. US Women's Football Team Hosts A 'Tea Party': Date: July 3, 2019 When US co-captain Alex Morgan brought the 'Tea Sipping' celebration after scoring a 31st minute goal against England in the World Cup semi-finals, people interpreted various meanings behind it. Was she mocking the Brits? Was she making a statement against their President Donald Trump? Was she talking about the fact that the German women's team was given a tea set for winning their first European title? In an interview with Time Magazine, Morgan clarified that she wanted to protest the thought of 'women needing to be humble in their successes while men can celebrate in the wildest ways possible.' Lionel Messi Wins Sixth Ballon d'Or: Date: December 2, 2019 When Didier Drogba read Lionel Messi's name as the winner of the 2019 Ballon d'Or, history was made in the world of football. Not only because the Argentine became the only footballer in the world to win six of these, but also because with it he edged ahead of his legacy-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. Even though many expected Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk to win the Golden Ball, but 41 goals in 44 games to lead Barcelona to the La Liga title last season and to the Champions League semis alongside a Copa del Rey finale made a solid case for the all-time great. View the full article
  12. Let's face it: when we look at celebrities, if there's one thing that instantly strikes a chord with us, then it is their fashion sense. While some like to show up in OTT outfits, there are others who never forget to make a casual statement, giving us enough inspiration to cop the same. View this post on InstagramLast yr i asked Santa for the Sexiest person ever for Christmas ðð»ð Today morning I woke up in a box ð¶ð» ðA post shared by (@kartikaaryan)One such star is Kartik Aaryan. We have learnt some impeccable ways to sport casual styles and taken serious style lessons from him. Be it his boots or overly colourful sneakers, the Pyaar Ka Punchnama actor has only raised the stakes higher. Recently, he was spotted at a Christmas party where he made a stylish move as he was spiffed up wearing a two-in-one shirt. This shirt legit has two different prints and yet it's a fashionable piece of clothing that we have seen in 2019. View this post on InstagramðµNever good at being holy Never good at being lonelyðµ Shirt and Jeans - @RepresentClo @UJ_NG Assisted by @shradhapamnani @priyanka2.0 Hair - @milankepchaki #KartikAaryan #Represent #SleazeGlam #NeonTrees #UsedToLikeA post shared by (@the.vainglorious) © Represent Clo Kartik here is seen wearing a split shirt by Represent Clo. It's actually a dinner shirt which has a matte finish and is made in viscose fabric. There's white piping in the centre and it features front seam with an edgy collar and cuffs. © Represent Clo © Viral Bhayani The way this shirt has been amped up with wild florals makes it a versatile addition than the usual trends we have seen. It's an Autumn/Winter 2019 trend and the groundbreaking florals are rising through the ranks. Kartik's two-in-one has unique aesthetics that we cannot stop digging. The dinner shirt is available on Represent Clo website for Rs 14,000. This piece is sure to turn heads and add an uber-cool factor in your attire. © Viral Bhayani Kartik definitely looked dandy and managed to garner all the attention. As for his outfit, he coupled this quirky shirt with faded jeans and black boots, courtesy his styling team, the vainglorious. Clearly, Kartik showed that he is at the top of his game and we couldn't agree more! View the full article
  13. More often than not, politicians end up making some really weird claims, with no scientific reasoning behind it whatsoever, and we laugh at them until we realise these people are actually running the country in a way. Yep, that realisation brings us back to reality about how screwed up the country actually is because people like these are in power. But, unless and until there is an IQ cutoff implemented to becoming a politician, all we can do is laugh at them and hope that they think not twice but at least thrice before opening their mouths. With the year ending, here is a list of all the outrageous claims made by some politicians. 1. Speaking Sanskrit prevents Cholesterol and Diabetes © Reuters Starting with the latest one, just a few days ago BJP MP Ganesh Singh had the best idea to prevent cholesterol and diabetes. According to him, people just need to speak in Sanskrit to fight those serious diseases. Wow, the solution was always right there, I feel bad for doctors right now, looks like they're out of a job now. 2. Every desi cow's milk contains gold © Reuters Another 'golden' comment, literally. Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh loves desi cows so much he honestly believes they contain gold. His entire quote is a wild ride, tbh - "Our desi cows have a special characteristic. There is gold mixed in their milk and that is why their milk is golden. There is a blood vessel that helps produce gold with the help of sunlight. So, we have to keep those cows. If we drink desi cow milk, we will become healthy and can prevent diseases." John Mayer may have said 'your body is a wonderland', but Dilip Ghosh is saying 'our stomachs are a goldmine'. 3. Cows exhale oxygen © Reuters Now, I'm convinced that these people really consider cows are like some super beings. What else would explain so many hilariously bizarre claims relating to cows? Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat really thought - probably still thinks - that cows exhale oxygen. We've learned so many new things this year, the things we never even learned in school. 4. Wanting to make roads in Bhopal 'chakachak, just like Hema Malini's cheeks' © Twitter Well, this one is not a 'scientific claim', but it's still so outrageous that it deserved a place on this list. Madhya Pradesh minister PC Sharma the roads in Bhopal would soon be 'chakachak, just like Hema Malini's cheeks' Kailash Vijayvargiya's cheeks'. Even though the comment is about cheeks, it's not cheeky at all, it's just straight-up creepy. 5. PM Modi brought 'bad luck' to Chandrayan-2 © Reuters Remember Chadrayaan-2 and how things went wrong when contact was lost with just 2kms to go for the touchdown? Well, ex-Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy decided to put the blame on one person - PM Narendra Modi.He said, "He came here (Bengaluru) to advertise that he is responsible for the success of Chandrayaan. Once he set foot in ISRO centre, I don't know if it turned into bad luck for scientists. Scientists have toiled for 10-12 years. It (the moon mission) was approved by the cabinet in 2008-09 and funds were released the same year. Modi came here to claim that he was behind the launch of Chandrayaan-2." Bonus point 1 - Kauravas were test tube babies © Twitter This one is not said by a politician but it needed to be here, because someone literally claimed Kauravas were test-tube babies. Doesn't get any more worse. Basically, G Nageshwar Rao, the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University, claimed, "We had hundreds of Kauravas from one mother because of stem cell research and test tube baby technology. It happened a few thousand years ago. This was science in this country...Mahabharat says, 100 eggs were fertilised and put into 100 earthen pots. Are they not test-tube babies? Stem cell research in this country was present thousands of years ago." I have no words. Bonus point 2 - PM Modi's tweet I want this Government to be criticised. Criticism makes democracy strong: PM @narendramodi — PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 18, 2018 Leaving it here without any comment. View the full article
  14. Ayushmann Khurrana has never hesitated from playing unconventional characters. From Bala to Dreamgirl, he goes all out when it comes to experimenting with exciting concepts. This willingness coincidentally applies to his personal style too. When it comes to his outfits that he puts together with the help of his stylist, Isha Bhansali on the regular, from putting together a zany outfit for an airport look to wearing gold-embroidered jogger pants, he's done it all it seems. © Viral Bhayani After winning the National Award for Best Actor, Ayushmann was spotted at the airport along with his family in the most quirky yet vibrant sneakers that we've seen in a while. © Viral Bhayani He was seen wearing a pair of sneakers that, in fact, looked like an actual Rubik's cube. These kicks look vibrant from a distance, but when you look at them closely, they're an intriguing puzzle in the form of a sneaker silhouette waiting to be solved. These sneakers are, in fact, the Puma X Rubik's RS-X Cubes. A pair of these sneakers retail for Rs 9,999 at Puma stores. KL Rahul too was spotted wearing these sneakers recently. © Puma Ayushmann Khurrana has taken a well-deserved break from films for a while, so one can expect to spot such rad kicks on him. View the full article
  15. 'Tis the season to be merry and Virat Kohli is doing his part in spreading the Christmas cheer. Recently, he dressed up as Santa Clause and surprised children at a shelter home in Kolkata. The incredible gesture was organised by Star Sports and its video is the most heartwarming thing ever. The smiles on every kid's faces after receiving the gifts they wanted is such a precious thing. Moreover, the big reveal of all of them meeting Virat Kohli was so wholesome. Watch @imVKohli dress up as ð and bring a little Christmas cheer to the kids who cheer our sportspersons on, all year long! This joyful season, let's remember to spread the love. pic.twitter.com/VF8ltmDZPm — Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) December 20, 2019 Christmas really came early for the children there and Virat Kohli deserves all the praise for making it happen. In the video, he says, "These moments are very special for me. All these kids cheer for us throughout the year. And I had a great time bringing joy to all these kids. Merry Christmas and a happy new year." Great job, indeed. This is a really sweet gesture. Great job @StarSportsIndia team. — Aditya Saha (@adityakumar480) December 20, 2019 Perfect comparison. Virat On Field. Virat Off Field https://t.co/tcoOCPzq8c pic.twitter.com/FyJHIAxWtT — HariHaraN (@harihar2408) December 20, 2019 There's a reason. This brings me tears to my eyes for no reason..! :'-) https://t.co/3BZh282bux — à·´ L15H4N à·´ (@lishwebber) December 21, 2019 Yes. 100 % Aggressive on field ð¡ 200% Childish off field ðð¤ The name is @imVkohli #ViratKohli#KingKohli https://t.co/J85KoWTKdZ pic.twitter.com/Ja1swhotO6 — AJITHism™â¤ï¸ (@imThala__Kohli) December 20, 2019 Nothing better than making kids happy. A gr8 gift... Just watching it gives us joy and pleasure, surely virat must have enjoyed it a lottt — NITIN MAHINDRAKAR (@74Nitinmp) December 20, 2019 What a man! Virat Kohli, what a man!â¤ï¸ https://t.co/ZaAIPfiA7a — Bhawana (@bhawnakohli5) December 21, 2019 Hmm. Much needed heart warming stuff! â¤ï¸ https://t.co/M7iiAdQAd3 — GOAT ð (@cric_buff) December 20, 2019 I think they meant unparalleled, but we get the point. Such a kind hearted person he is ð His Love for little fans are always parallel.. Merry Christmas to you too Virat .. @imVkohli #ViratKohli https://t.co/GHWlCb8QLB — ||Kasturi Chakravartyð®ð³|| (@Kasturi_FanGirl) December 21, 2019 Yep. What a human ððððððð https://t.co/EtIr0XzBX1 — Manikandan (@sachinmani07) December 20, 2019 View the full article
  16. Whether you have read the books or played the games before, you will absolutely fall in love with the new The Witcher TV series on Netflix. However, if you have never come across The Witcher series before, you don't need to worry as the show teachers you the basics of the world the moment you hit the play button. The show is about Geralt, played by Henry Cavill; a monster hunter for hire who travels across “The Continent” to solve people's issues. In the opening scene, you will see Geralt battle a massive spider that he eventually kills and goes on to collect his bounty. © Netflix He then goes on to the local pub to pick up a new job, similar to what you have done while playing the games. However, Witchers are not accepted by everyone and are often ridiculed for what they do. You get to know this instantly in the first few minutes of the first episode. The show does a great job in setting up characters, plots and the lore in the first fifteen minutes of the show. Viewers get acquainted with the fundamental concepts and story arcs of The Witcher world. © Netflix If you haven't played the games or read the books, it is worthy to point out that this series is not an epic high fantasy tale. Comparisons with Game of Thrones or Lord Of The Rings are pointless as The Witcher deals more with personal stories involving the people of the continent and their problems. You will follow Geralt go from village to village to do dirty jobs and in the process help the people for a price. Having said that, Geralt does have a moral compass and is not some mercenary for hire. The show conveys Geralt's considerate nature beautifully in the very first episode when he rejects a contract for hunting a human as he only hunts monsters. © Netflix Having said that, the show isn't only about Geralt as the world he lives in is a complicated yet robust environment that has a brutal history. The continent has seen countless wars in the past and not everyone who lives in this land is treated equally. Elfs are despised while mages have to harness the power of chaos to carve their own place in society. We get to see Yennefer's origin story where we get to see her transformation from a hunchback to the iconic beauty look we're all familiar with. Her origin story is not easy to watch as it has intense scenes that we did not get to see before in the games. This new original adaptation was an eye-opener and adds more lore to the franchise that we hadn't seen before. © Netflix Ciri plays a crucial role in the series and the show does not shy away from making that clear in the very first episode. While in the books, Ciri's journey does not kick off after the two collections of short stories, we were glad the show did not wait that long to show that on the screen. Freya Allen does an incredible job portraying the character as she learns her own secrets due to unforeseen circumstances. While we are being introduced to the main characters, the war finally explodes between the nations of Nilfgaard and Cintra, forcing Ciri to run away from the purge and seek out Geralt for help. The men of the continent are always at war and in this chaotic world, The Witcher series offers complex heroes, villains and many blurred lines that makes it hard for Geralt and the audience to separate the two. © Netflix Overall, the casting, plot, sets, costumes and great performances by every actor makes this show a great adaptation of the series. The overall look of the show borrows heavily from the video games and for once, we are glad the show went down that route. The scale is massive and it shows Netflix has funded the show well with impressive CGI production and the representation of the world. Every setting, village, cavern and key locations are extensively detailed just like The Witcher games. Battle scenes are large in scale with hundreds of extras while taking place in believable environments. Netflix gets full marks for making the world, lore and characters believable. © CdProjektRed If you have played the games you will notice Henry Cavill does a great job of emulating Geralt's nuances from the games. Witchers don't really feel anything and even though they sound morbid, Cavill managed to add his own character to Geralt's usual bleak way of talking. Cavill uses facial expressions and great body language even when using the iconic “hmm” phrase in between conversations. While watching the show, one thing was clear, Cavill researched the hell out of his character and managed to deliver great performance even when Geralt is under-utilised in some episodes. The only problem you might face while watching the show is that the plot and some concepts can get confusing. There are subtle references that you may not be familiar with unless you've been a fan of the series. You will find some relationships and the politics of the land a bit confusing as the show doesn't elaborate much in the first few episodes of the show. However, the show eventually sets up all the stakes, characters, and their motivations in the third episode. Even though The Witcher is large in scale, it shines the most in dealing with personal stories of the three main characters. At its core, The Witcher is a high fantasy story that is easy to get into and learn about its world. Unlike Game of Thrones, it has its silly moments that have been perfectly adapted from the book and the games. Netflix has already sanctioned a second season of the show and based on what we have seen so far, The Witcher will be the next fantasy show that may change the genre forever. View the full article
  17. Ayushmann Khurrana has had one heck of a year. Workwise, his films have been all over the spectrum of what people and critics consider “good cinema”. From a riveting performance of this year's most thought-provoking film, Article 15, to some of the best family entertainers in Dream Girl & Bala, Ayushmann is, without a doubt, Bollywood's “It” guy. © Instagram/ishabhansali Sartorially speaking, his outfits, again, have been nothing short of mesmerising and awe-inducing. From some of the best streetwear ensembles to the most elegant of suits and tuxedos, the man has time and again given us some seriously cool style goals, and has compelled us to rethink our own sartorial choices. All of this comes courtesy his stylist, the immensely talented Isha Bhansali. © Instagram/ishabhansali At a recent style awards function, Ayushmann Khurrana proved again, why we simply can't get enough of the dapper sartorial bombs that he has been dropping one after the other. © Viral Bhayani His ensemble was yet another masterclass on how guys ought to dress up. Only this time, it was done with a flair and panache that only Ayushmann could have pulled off. © Viral Bhayani Ayushmann is wearing a rather sombre, but elegant black suit from the house of Sarah & Sandeep. He has paired the suit with a simplistic thin necktie, again in black. This is a rather sombre and understated pairing, and in itself, looks great. © Viral Bhayani However, to add some zing to the outfit, he has paired the suit with a rather flamboyant and feisty trench coat. The golden trench coat, which is a piece designed by Siddhart Tytler, is rather zany, thanks in part to the golden, metal-like material that it is coated with, and in part to the texture and silhouette that the fabric makes. © Instagram/ishabhansali As for the pair of boots that he is wearing, they come from the ateliers of Celine, a Parisian ready-to-wear and leather luxury goods maker. The boots, called the Celine Academy Boot In Polished Calf Skin is truly exquisite and has a very subtle, but astounding finesse to it. © Celine The boots ooze luxury. For the insole, we have Nappa lambskin, whereas, for the outsole, we have hand-painted leather. Even the laces are made of leather and have been waxed to make it last and strengthen them. And the price of the boots, reflect that. They retail for €790 or just over Rs 62,000. © Instagram/ishabhansali The reason why we love the outfit so much is because it strikes a perfect balance between maximalism and minimalism. It has a majorly simplistic appeal, and yet, it is fanciful. © Instagram/ishabhansali Honestly, we can't wait to see what he wears to the upcoming awards season. But we reckon, all his outfits will score perfect 10s, and set the tone for dressing up in 2020. Well done, Ayushmann and Isha. Take a bow, you two! View the full article
  18. With the wedding season, Christmas and New Year around, everyone seems to be on a high. Even onions. While we're high on life and partying, onions are high on price and don't seem to sober down anytime soon. As onions continue to make people cry at the mere thought of buying them, people have found some strange and bizarrely-innovative ways to deal with the price hike. Remember, how recently a couple in Tamil Nadu got a bouquet of onions as a wedding gift? While it was a joke until a few days ago, people have now seriously started considering using onions at weddings and not just in salads. © Reuters Thanks to the skyrocketing prices of onions, a couple in Varanasi ditched flowers and exchanged garlands made of onions and garlic at their wedding. According to news reports, during jaimala, the couple chose to go for garlands made of onions and garlic and apparently wanted to make a symbolic statement and highlight the rising prices of vegetables. This sure is the most expensive wedding of this year. Truly! Kamal Patel of Samajwadi Party told ANI, "Prices of onions are touching the sky from last one month so now people have started considering onion as precious as gold. In this wedding, the bride and groom used the garland of onions and garlic. The prices of onion have risen to Rs 120 per kg." UP: Bride and groom exchange garlands of onion, garlic Read @ANI story | https://t.co/6uQiIbQIe2 pic.twitter.com/9Y5d5Xcmgo — ANI Digital (@ani_digital) December 13, 2019 In fact, that's not it. The guests at the wedding too gifted baskets of onions to the newlyweds. Given that the prices of onions are touching over Rs.120 per kg in some places in India, onions are not any less valuable than gold or diamonds. Let us know your thoughts in this in the comments section below. View the full article
  19. In a world filled with 7.7 billion unique individuals, it is a feat to be named amongst the most powerful people around. But it becomes all the more precious when we get to behold women who are making it to the top because we honestly don't see that as often as we'd like. They deserve the recognition, they deserve the praise and appreciation that comes with being named among the world's most powerful women because of what they have done and achieved in their respective fields, by their own merit! Forbes just announced The World's 100 Most Powerful Women list 2019, and besides all other 96 marvellous and talented women, four Indian women have made it to the list. Here is everything you ought to know about these 4 'Boss Women' who are making India proud across the globe. 1. Nirmala Sitharaman © Twitter/AIRNews The newest entrant in the Forbes' 2019 list, Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman ranks at #34 on the list. However, what's most interesting about her debut is that she is ranked ahead of the Queen of the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen ranks #40 on the list, and that makes Nirmala Tai's entrance all the more impressive. 2. Roshni Nadar Malhotra © ForbesWomen Ranked #54 on the list, the CEO of HCL Corporation is the second Indian on the list. That's not all, according to an IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List (2019), Roshni Nadar also happens to be the richest woman in India. A known philanthropist, Roshni makes all the strategic decisions for the $8.9 billion Indian tech giant. 3. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw © Twitter/DatelineGujarat Known as India's richest self-made woman, Kiran is the Founder and MD of Biocon, India's largest bio-pharmaceutical company and ranks #65 on the list. Biocon became the first company to gain USFDA approvals for two biosimilars of drugs used in cancer treatments. Her philanthropic initiative, The Mazumdar Shaw Medical Centre, works to create affordable cancer care model. 4. Renuka Jagtiani © Twitter/RetailWeek Ranked #96 on the list, Renuka is the CEO and Chairperson of Landmark Group which is based in Dubai. She has over fifty thousand employees working under her, and has been handling the company's strategy and expansion initiatives for the past 20 years. Renuka also established LIFE (Landmark International Foundation of Empowerment) that supports underprivileged children in India. All of them are an absolute inspiration for us, aren't they? View the full article
  20. Remember Apple's new Mac Pro machine? Yeah, the one which people started calling a "cheese grater". Well, in case you remember, it was estimated that a fully decked out version of the Mac Pro with all the bells and whistles will cost around $45,000, which is roughly around Rs 35 Lakh. Guess what? Apple started accepting pre-orders for the Mac Pro yesterday in the US and we finally know how much it'll cost to buy the most powerful Mac Pro. Turns out, it's more expensive than what was estimated earlier. © Apple If you head over to Apple's website and configure one with the most powerful pieces of hardware, then it'll add up $52,599. Yes, the most powerful Mac Pro costs over $50,000. That's just insane because it roughly translates to about Rs 38 lakh. The price tag makes it most expensive Mac ever. The base price of the Mac Pro starts at $5,999. That'll get you an entry-level machine with an octa-core Intel Xeon CPU, 32GB of RAM, a Radeon Pro 580X graphics, and 256GB of SSD. But if you keep adding on better components, like a 28-core 2.5GHz (turbo boost up to 4.4Ghz) Intel Xeon W that costs $7,000, the price naturally goes up. Top of the line GPU add-on, for instance, will add another $10,000 and so on. So you add all of that and the fully decked out Mac Pro will cost you $52,599. It's worth pointing out that the new Pro Display XDR isn't included in this price. That'll be an additional $5,999. © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee Well, you can't pre-order one in India just yet. Apple's website clearly tells you to check back later for availability details. But looking at the pricing in the US, we won't be surprised to see a super-premium price tag here too. We'll be back with India-specific details very soon, so stay tuned. Source: TheVerge View the full article
  21. Ranveer Singh's mega-hit Gully Boy's famed song Apna Time Ayega is 2019's most searched song on iTunes India. The song, written by Divine and Ankur Tivari while sung by Ranveer Singh, peaked the 'Top 100 Songs of 2019' in India and it is surely...
  22. When it comes to style, it's what you make it. And the new rules are pretty much that there are none. While winter colours have traditionally always been earthier, toned-down hues, the last few seasons have seen the world veering towards a more colourful palette. And, thank God! We went through the list of the most trending hues this winter, and found you matching ones of celebrities donning the same. Earthy, with pops of colour, electric blue, baby pink, and more, playing dress up this winter promises to be anything but boring, much like this crazy, but oh-so-fun bunch of actors. __ECOMLOOKS__79__ __ECOMLOOKS__80__ __ECOMLOOKS__81__ __ECOMLOOKS__82__ __ECOMLOOKS__83__ __ECOMLOOKS__84__ __ECOMLOOKS__85__ __ECOMLOOKS__86__ __ECOMLOOKS__87__ __ECOMLOOKS__88__ View the full article
  23. Shahid Kapoor is not only reigning in B-town with his acting skills but one look at his fashion game and you would learn a thing or two on how to look zany at all hours. Be it at the airport or making a statement outside his gym, this actors throws an impact with his maximalist approach. © Viral Bhayani Recently, Shahid was spotted at the airport with his wife Mira Kapoor in an edgy outfit. But, for someone, who likes to add an outlandish pair of sneakers to his ensemble and wants to turn heads, Shahid's sneakers are all you need. Instead of taking the usual route of wearing chunky shoes, he legit made a statement in the most confusing pair we have seen on him. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani The trend of sock boots has been around for a while and we have seen many b-town celebrities rock this head-turning trend. The comfort factor of these sneakers is unmatched. That's not the only reason why these sneakers are an absolute must-have. They are flashy and make for an edgiest looking pair that is sure to set it apart from the chunky or mismatched sneakers we have been noticing for a while. We guess Shahid wanted to steer clear of his oversized sneakers and make a statement in shoes that will keep us puzzled. © Viral Bhayani They may not be an eccentric or a vibrant pair but they are definitely worth taking notice at. At a time, where strange looking sneakers are totally in vogue, this particular pair strikes a chord with us. © Viral Bhayani As for his outfit, he paired a long hoodie with dhoti like jogger pants. He was at his spiffiest best with his airport ensemble and sneakers. Currently, he is working on his upcoming movie Jersey, a remake that talks about the life and struggles faced by a cricketer. The film is set to release on August 28, 2020. Must say, Shahid, your sartorial choices are inspiring and are a fashion crash course for us. Keep it up! View the full article
  24. With celebrity outfits becoming quirkier by the day, Kartik Aaryan is someone who doesn't shy away from dipping his toes in bizarre trends. Recently, for the promotional event for his film, Kartik was seen at the airport in an impromptu dance-off with Deepika Padukone. And while at it, he was seen in the strangest cargo pants we've seen in a long time. Here, take a look: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Nov 30, 2019 at 8:42pm PST If you take a close look at these joggers, you'll notice that they are full of zip-up pockets. We think this is partly the reason why they're rather quirky. © Viral Bhayani Here's the thing. Cargos do not have that many enclosed pockets usually. Also looks like, these cargos are spacious enough to store all the things possibly you'll need for a night's sleepover. © Viral Bhayani One could easily fit in the basics like a brush, fresh undies and other knick-knacks that you'll need and you're good to go without actually feeling the need to carry a bag around. This is extremely convenient as it turns out, Kartik's decision to wear bizarre cargo pants is not just style-centric but also practical. It is rather a comfortable attire with multiple pockets, which is why you don't see him carrying a bag around. Let us know what you think about his quirky look in the comments section below. View the full article
  25. *** is great. Thatâs just a fact that no one can dispute. However, all the paraphernalia that goes alongside this great act of all humankind? Not so much. Take condoms for example. As a contraceptive option and a way to curtail STIs & STDs, they are great. Naturally, given our propensity to use them and actually enjoy the act, experimentations regarding their shape, form and secondary functions have been aplenty. But clearly, there have been instances where things went a little out of hand (bazinga!). Flavoured condoms, for instance, is something thatâs just beyond us. We get the appeal of stuff like chocolates, strawberries and bubblegum, but who came up with the bright idea of making a ginger-flavoured condom? Or for that matter, one that tastes like Chicken Tikka Masala? I mean, what were they even thinking? And then, there is the whole debate on whether flavoured condoms are safe or not. There have been numerous reports which state that flavoured condoms mess up the pH level of your partnerâs nether regions, which may cause all sorts of issues, starting from difficulty in getting wet, rashes, or even irritation. So, before you fancy getting a little playful and get a craving for involving some Hyderabadi Biryani in your bed tonight, consult your partner. In the meantime, have a look at how creative we, as a species, have been when it comes to contraception: 1. Ginger We honestly still havenât been able to figure out how is this even a thing. Who would even buy this, and more importantly, what are they craving? Kudos to the brand, however, advertising it in a cheeky way. 2.   Garlic Granted that this is not that commonly available, but again, why in the name of all things holy would you go for something like this? As a strategy to market their restaurant, the Stinking Rose did come up with a rather witty campaign. As a viable condom, though...Not so clever after all. And what happens if youâre dating a vampire? 3.   Hyderabadi Biryani We literally have no words for this. Just have a proper meal before getting amorous, guys, will you? Plus, weâre pretty sure that this was an April Foolâs Day prank, but what if it wasnât? 4. Sabudana *Rolls Eyes* Oh, here we go again. Yes, this exists. But who even likes sabudana? Is this some April Foolâs day prank that pharmaceutical companies pulled on us. Imagine going to the chemist and saying, âBhaiya, sabudana dena.â 5.  Eggplant How did we not see this coming⦠As phallic as eggplants are in their shape, and as much as we have used it in texting, we have to agree, this one is partially on us. As much as well all love baingan ka bharta, this is proof that certain crossovers are just going a bit too far. 6.   Bacon Dear pharma companies, we get the need to diversify your product portfolio, but can you please not make buying condoms even more difficult than it already is? On second thoughts, we would really like the hotline number where people leave these brilliant ideas. We have some of our own. 7.    Chicken Tikka Masala As much as we all love a really good chicken tikka masala, this is just one more reason for our partners to say no. Whoever thought that having your nether regions covered with actual spice is a good idea, needs to have a word with us. 8.    Weed If the phrase, 'getting high on love' had a physical embodiment, this had to be it. Plus, weâre not sure that its the best way to go about. 9.   Nutella Thanks for ruining this childhood favourite of ours, guys. Thanks a lot. Yes, we get how appealing the idea must have been on paper, but some things are best left on the drawing board. 10.    Scotch Whiskey Seriously, guys? Do we really need to get alcohol into the mix? Doesnât it, anyway, make things a lot difficult? Honourable Mentions: 11. Paan 12. Bubblegum 13. Pickles View the full article
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