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  1. Irrfan Khanâs impact on Indian filmmaking cannot be understated, no doubt. Across two decades of initial struggle and eventual worldwide success and fame, the actor has lent his talent to everything from some of Bollywoodâs most timeless films, to high-profile Hollywood castings and perhaps on a more day-to-day basis, several memorable advertisements throughout the years. While most recently remembered for his quick quips as a brand ambassador for LED manufacturers Syska - for whom the actor shot his last ad for in the midst of his gruelling battle with cancer. © SYSKA Irrfan lent his calm, collected persona to several major brands from all over the world - appearing in spots for everything from Vodafone to Mastercard. Rajiv Rao, former National Creative Director, Ogilvy India, worked with Khan on the Vodafone ads since the beginning. âWe were supposed to shoot in the night in Delhi for the Hutch ad,â he recalls. âBut he couldnât make it to the shoot for some reason and came the very next day. The shoot happened in Connaught Place in Delhi in a tiny tea shop. We shot the ad in the middle of the day in the Delhi heat, where he was supposed to have a âcutting chaiâ. I remember he had worked all night. He still came and made our shoot happen without complaining. He was excellent at the shoot.â Just one in a series of stories recalling the starâs humility and patience towards his work. Here are a few of his very best brand partnerships over the years: 1.Vodafone/Hutch Lena hai toh leh lo - the actorâs nonchalant attitude was a perfect fit for many brands on this list, but itâs fair to say that his delivery was perfected in this series of ads shot in 2009 for the telecom giant in partnership with Ogilvy & Mather. 2. Candid Dusting Powder Only Irrfan could make a medical powder brand cool - itâs also fun to see him cast alongside badminton champion Saina Nehwal in this quick TV spot from 2016. 3. LU Bakeri Nankhatai A really good example of Irrfanâs vocal range as a voiceover artist, this simple yet sweet ad crossed borders and gave us an unusual example of an Indian artist taking on a Pakistani brand - and speaking in Urdu to boot. 4. Mastercard One of the longer and more high-profile ads on this list, this showed Irrfan playing the role of a reserved pencil pusher opening up while travelling to attend a friendâs wedding in Jaipur. Shot by McCann, this also had a special connection to the actor, as many of his earliest efforts in the theatre took place during his youth spent in the Pink City. 5. Aegon Religare While most of Irrfanâs ad appearances show him as a slick, modern individual, this one flipped the script by casting him as a hilarious old man in disguise - taking note of the various expenses pensioners would have to face in old age. Itâs touching to notice that other than fans and movie personalities, several ad directors also wrote personal messages of support praising the actorâs professionalism and warmth - just take a look at this heartfelt letter written by Piyush Pandey, one of Indiaâs most well-respected and influential copywriters. Piyush Pandey is not on social media, so he asked me to post this message about Irfan Khan. pic.twitter.com/kvkRTe2TtA â Anant Rangaswami (@AnantRangaswami) April 29, 2020 I guess the next time we see those Syska ads, theyâll hit pretty differently. View the full article
  2. Politics across the world in 2020 is, to put it mildly, a mess. With individuals across the length and breadth of the political spectrum arguing over everything from rights to representatives, thereâs one common sentiment youâll find everywhere from Mumbai to Mexico - that absolutely no one wants to live in North Korea. No one, except for dictator Kim Jong Un, of course - whoâs now in his 9th year at the helm of one of the modern worldâs most horrific and brutal regimes - and who has recently made headlines for his reported hospitalisation. As Kim Jong-un's whereabouts remain unknown, world leaders say their thoughts are with the members of his family who haven't been fed to dogs or blown up with anti-tank missiles. â Have I Got News For You (@haveigotnews) April 28, 2020 Good riddance, says the world. Before we potentially say goodbye to the infamous dictator, itâs well worth reminding ourselves of the barbaric and often violent punishments heâs inflicted on others - usually for things weâd never expect to be reprimanded for in most countries. Here are 5 of the cruellest and most unusual of them all: 1. Incarcerated For Failing To Save Regime Leadersâ Portraits © Reuters Earlier this January, social media went in uproar against the NK regime, when stories surfaced of a mother who saved her children from a house fire in Onsong County, North Hamgyong Province. The woman was jailed and placed under investigation by the Ministry of State Security (MSS) for failing to save portraits of Kim Jong Unâs ancestors, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong-Il. Tragically, she failed to save them because of having to choose between irking the government and her childrenâs lives. 2. Starved & Kept In Poor Homes For Failing To Bring Back Olympic Glory © Reuters Back during the 2016 Rio Olympics, the North Korean contingent bagged a total of seven medals at the event in Brazil, but this wasnât enough to impress the eccentric dictator. Reports from North Korea suggest that this performance may have led to athletes facing the wrath of the dictator, who wanted them to return with at least five gold medals and 12 other medals. The athletes were reportedly punished by being forced into smaller, poor quality homes, slashed food rations and in some cases, being sent into coal mines as forced labourers. 3. Bombarded By Mortars For Partying At The Wrong Time © Reuters When Kim Jong Un ascended to the leadership of North Korea in 2011, he wasted no time in eliminating political opponents - beginning with his uncle and his supporters. In order to make this easier, he enforced a âperiod of mourningâ after his fatherâs death - where any form of celebration was outlawed. When non-supportive Army Vice-Minister Kim Chol was discovered âpartying and carousing with alcoholâ during the mourning period, Jong Un had a simple order for the execution squad - âleave no trace of him behind, down to his hair.â The squad then proceeded to literally blow the man apart using explosive mortar shells. 4. Executed With Anti-Aircraft Guns For Making A Porn Video © Reuters Back in 2017, a NK defector came out in international media with horrific stories of civilians being forced to watch brutal public executions to keep them in line. She said she was among 10,000 people once forced to watch the execution of musicians accused of making a pornographic video, at Pyongyangâs military academy. She told the Daily Mirror, âThey were lashed to the end of anti-aircraft guns. Their bodies were blown to bits, totally destroyed, blood and bits flying everywhere. And then after that military tanks moved in and they ran over the bits on the ground where the remains lay.â Grisly stuff. 5. Jailed And, Presumably, Put In A Coma For âStealingâ A Propaganda Poster © Reuters American student Otto Warmbier entered North Korea as part of a guided tour group on December 29, 2015. On January 2, 2016, he was arrested at Pyongyang International Airport while awaiting departure from the country and convicted of attempting to steal a propaganda poster from his hotel, for which he was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment with hard labour. When Warmbier was finally released 17 months later, he was found to be in a vegetative state - which NK authorities attributed to sleeping pills and botulism. Downright chilling. Sure not going to miss this guy if and when he goes, thatâs for sure. View the full article
  3. Ruthless leaders have always existed in History books, but the brutality inflicted by these leaders on humanity has led to insurmountable losses. However, it can't be denied that despite wreaking havoc of biblical proportions, they still had followers who supported them through their tyrannical reign. Here are the 6 most brutal leaders in modern history. 1. Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) © Wikimedia Hitler was the chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer of the Nazi Party. He was possibly the most creative and brutal dictator at the same time. He was responsible for the holocaust and the Second World War. He believed that Jews were the root cause of all evil in society and needed to be eliminated. Under his rule, almost 50 million people died. His reign ended when he committed suicide in his bunker on 30th April 1945. 2. Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) © Wikimedia Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin was the dictator of the Soviet Union from 1922 till his death in 1953. Young Stalin was a robber and an assassin before he became a leader. When he came to power, his reign of terror and violence in the Soviet Union lasted almost 30 years. His ruthless decisions led to a famine that killed millions. For bizarre reasons, he even killed families of people who were fond of him. Under his rule, more than 1.5 million German women were raped and it is believed, that he killed over 20 million people. Ironically, he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 & 1948. He died of a stroke in 1953. 3. Pol Pot (1925-1998) © Wikimedia Pol Pot was the leader of the Cambodian revolutionary group the Khmer Rogue, which had orchestrated the Cambodian genocide. Pol Pot wanted to destroy the Cambodian civilisation in order to start a new regime. He is probably the only man in history who carried out a mass genocide in his own country. During his reign as Prime Minister from 1976 to 1979, his policies led to the death of approximately 2 million people which was 25% of the entire population. He liked to keep the skulls of people he had killed and he went as far as ordering babies to be torn limb by limb. He died of natural causes. 4. Heinrich Himmler (1900-1945) © Wikimedia He was the leader of the Nazi Party in Germany was behind the Final Solution and extermination of all Jews in Europe. Himmler had ordered the killing of about 6 million Jews, 2 to 5 lakh Russians and many other groups that the Nazis believed were unworthy of living. It is believed, not verified, that he had furniture made from the bones and skins of Jewish victims. He committed suicide in the end and is buried at an undisclosed location. 5. Saddam Hussein (1937-2006) © Wikimedia Saddam Hussein was the dictator of Iraq from 1979 to 2003. During his reign, he authorised countless attacks on people. His policies led to the death of not less than 2 million people. He ordered chemical attacks, eye-gougings, beatings, and severe brutal attacks on people. He also recorded several tortures and deaths to watch later for sadistic pleasure. Saddam was found guilty of crimes against humanity and hanged in 2006. His hanging was broadly telecasted as well. 6. Idi Amin (1952-2003) © Wikimedia Idi Amin was a self-declared President of Uganda. As dictator, he came to be known as the 'Butcher of Uganda'. He killed people by feeding them to crocodiles, claimed he was a cannibal, mutilated one of his wives, and rearranged her limbs. He killed and tortured about half a million Ugandans between 1971 to 1979. He died of natural causes. View the full article
  4. The lockdown period amid the coronavirus crisis gives us time to binge on shows that we always wanted to but never got the time. While some iconic shows have been popular for remarkable narrative set-up, here's the thing, no show can be truly perfect and goof-ups are inevitable. So here are 10 mistakes in iconic shows that you might've missed while watching the show the first time. 1. Made In Heaven © IMDB/ goof-ups page In the second episode of the show, Shibani mentions that Jazz (Jaspreet) lives in Dwarka, but in the following episodes, her brother is seen wasted in Hauz Rani Park because of drugs, and the apartments near Shek Sarai is made to look like her house, which is at least more than an hour away from Dwarka. 2. Game of Thrones © IMDB/ goof-ups page In season 6, it is revealed that Melisandre has a life-altering choker necklace that gives youth to her otherwise aged body. So whenever she removes it, she turns into an old woman. But, in season 4, episode 7 when Melisandre takes a bath, she's not wearing the necklace, and yet her youthfulness is still intact. 3. Sacred Games © IMDB/ goof-ups page With parallel timelines that were years apart from each other in Gaitonde's universe, Jameela and Jojo did not seem to age at all as compared to the RAW agent and Gaitonde himself. 4. Friends © IMDB/ goof-ups page It's been more than ten years since Friends ended. But, here's a goof-up that you may not have noticed. In the episode, The One With Rachel's Date, Phoebe and Monica are sitting in Central Perk drinking coffee. However, when the scene cuts to Phoebe, there's an unidentified woman sitting next to her as Monica, who visibly looks nothing like Courtney Cox. 5. Mahabharata © IMDB/ goof-ups page In episode 49 of Mahabharata, Bhishmapitama is spotted with an electric cooler in the background. An electric invention that could not have been there in his time, certainly. However, a different narrative says that it was actually the design of the pillars in the background. Probably we should watch it again, just to investigate. 6. Friends © IMDB/ goof-ups page In an episode, Phoebe was present in two different places at the same time. In the pilot episode where Monica introduces everyone to Paul the Wine Guy, Phoebe is in the kitchen when she realises, she pulled out four eyelashes. The scene immediately cuts to Paul sitting in the living room and Phoebe is sitting right behind him. 7. Downton Abbey © IMDB/ goof-ups page Downton Abby is set in 1912. The storyline depicts the lives of an aristocratic family living in a fictional Yorkshire country estate in Downton Abbey. The drama usually gets attention to get the details from the time correct in portraying the 19th century England, Then, we came across this picture of the show wherein, a clear plastic water bottle water is visible in the background. Looks like someone was thirsty on the set. 8. The Simpsons © IMDB/ goof-ups page In the episode, And Maggie Makes Three, Marge tells Homer that she's pregnant with Maggie, but it's funny because baby Maggie is already there in a picture hanging on the wall behind Marge when she breaks the news to Homer. 9. How I Met Your Mother In season 2 of How I Met Your Mother, Ted's date brutally smashes the car windshield, but in the next shot, the glass seems to be intact and spotless. In season 1, when Marshal runs through the cloud of smoke towards the Limo, the audience gets a glimpse of the fog machine the makers didn't bother to remove from the screen which is just awkward. 10. Game Of Thrones © IMDB/ goof-ups page For a show set in a timeline with no electricity, electric chargers sure do seem out of place. In the episode where Stannis Baratheon was defeated, there's a charger kept under his leg. It could also be his mic when the scene was being shot. View the full article
  5. When the world is hit by an apocalypse, the chances of survival are near to zero. But, for the rich, this has never been the case. The days of hiding out in a shelter dug by hand are gone and the rich are now moving into underground doomsday bunkers, that are as luxurious as their houses. Now that we are hit by a pandemic and with the virus leading to social anxiety, these safe mansions are becoming a rage now. Gary Lynch, general manager of Texas-based Rising S Bunkers, said that their phone has been ringing non-stop for enquiries about the bunkers. The bunkers are architecturally quite pleasing to the eyes and make up a whole underground world, with an entertainment centre, even if the world is ending. Let us give you an insiders' glance into what these bunkers look like and how expensive they are. 1. The Oppidum © Oppidum Oppidum is the 'largest billionaire bunker' in the world. Located in the Czech Republic, this one is in the middle of the mountains. The construction of this particular bunker began back in 1984, at the time of Cold war and is now ready to offer protection, for any sort of apocalypse. The bunker includes a gym, spa, cinema, library and other luxurious facilities. The bunker is actually so gorgeous, that you wouldn't want to leave this heavenly place. This one was constructed by Jakub Zamrazil, a successful real estate businessman. The price will set you back around $8 Million. 2. Vivos Europa One © YouTube Made under a mountain, Vivos Europa One has the ultimate experience of a luxury house. The bunker has five-star facilities that even private apartments cannot give you. This one costs a whopping $2.3 million. It is also one of the fanciest bunkers and was built to save people from nuclear blasts. 3. The Safe House © Business Insider The name says it all! The modern aesthetics of this bunker is literally to save one from blasts or if a zombie apocalypse broke out The walls are like that of a transformer, that convert into comfortable, safe rooms. Every area of this bunker is well protected and is surrounded by lush green gardens and a swimming pool, if you want to take a dip in the pool, even during apocalypse. 4. Survival Condo Penthouse © Survival Condo A customisable doomsday house, worth almost $4.5 million, this one is like any other luxury house you would locate in a city. The condo includes a gym, rock climbing facility, library, movie theatre and also a dog park. This is literally a condo, to keep yourself safe and have fun too! 5. The Aristocrat © Youtube The luxury shelter named the Aristrocrat charges a bomb, which is worth more than $8.3 million to get your own customised bunker. The lavish aesthetics with modern built, this spacious underground bunker will fit in your cars too. Add to that, you can get a sauna room, greenhouse, and much more. The bunker has enough space and if you need some sun, just go above to the safe house! 6. Trident Lakes © Trident Lakes If you need a place to survive an apocalypse, be ready to dish out around $449,00 to $1,949,000 on Trident Lakes bunker. Located in Texas, this one can survive any sort of calamity, while letting you have fun inside. With room for more than 3,000 people, this bunker has the best of facilities along with an adventure course, to keep yourself entertained. View the full article
  6. There is no dearth of high-profile love stories out there. We see enough of them from time to time. With their share of mushiness and PDA added to the mix, these often sell like hot cakes. Fans lap up every bit of these publicly-private moments with much enthusiasm, and never seem to get tired. But there is one power-couple thatâs been in a league of its own. Touted to be the âClassiest Hollywood Coupleâ, David and Victoria Beckhamâs love story is one for the books. The two started going out as Beck and Posh back in 1997, and have continued to stay in vogue throughout their 23 years together. © Twitter Today, the world swears by âbrandâ Beckham and hails the family of six as one perfect picture of love and togetherness. But âbrandâ Beckham had to survive its own share of rough waters before finding their calm, and both Victoria and David Beckham played their part to keep the ship afloat. Ever since they started dating, Victoria and David did some very ordinary things which turned them into a strong unit. Here are the 5 such filmy things Victoria and David Beckham did while dating that Indian couples will also relate to: 1. Posh & Beckham Kept Their Affair A Secret © Twitter Victoria Adams and David Beckham first met in 1997 at a charity football match. When sparks flew at âfirst sightâ, they exchanged numbers and secretly began dating each other. The world didnât find out about their relationship for months. Talking about that phase, David Beckham once told Hello magazine, "For the first three months it was amazing because no one found out about us being together.â 2. Victoria & Davidâs Very Own âDhadakâ Moment © Twitter When Victoria, then better known as Posh Spice, and Beckham first interacted at the Manchester United playersâ lounge bar during a charity football match, Beckham was not even a part of the first team yet. But Posh was famous. However, that didnât stop Beckham from seeking Posh Spice out and take her number. © Twitter Describing the events of that memorable evening, Victoria wrote a letter to herself in 2016 and said, âWhile the other football players stand at the bar drinking with their mates, you will see David standing aside with his family. (Heâs not even in the first team at this stageâyou are the famous one). Heâs going to ask for your number. (He still has the London-to-Manchester plane ticket on which you wrote it). And yes, love, at first sight does exist.â Now isnât that so much like Madhu and Parvathiâs love-story from Dhadak? 3. Beck & Posh Snuck Out For Dates © Twitter Keeping their relationship hush-hush wasnât the only desi thing David and Victoria did while dating. They also snuck out for dates, away from the mediaâs prying eyes, and spent much quiet time exclusively with each other. Calling it one of the best times of their relationship, Beckham said, "We loved that because we could sneak around. Our first kiss was in the car park of a restaurant. We used to drive to places and just spend as much time together as possible. That was an amazing time in our relationship." 4. David & Victoria Matched Their Outfits & More © Twitter This trend of matching outfits with our partner that many desi couples are known to be fans of, is a trademark of Victoria and David Beckham. David and Victoria would often be seen sporting similar designs and colours for public events, whether big or small. Whatâs more, the couple once also went for identical bleach-blond hair colour during the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain in 2007. 5. David & Victoria Always âAppreciatedâ Each Other © Twitter Public boyfriend/girlfriend âappreciation postsâ on social media account in a very 2019 trend for couples, but Victoria and David Beckham were one of the very first ones to make it popular way back when social media didnât even exist. They did it by supporting each other in their respective careers and new endeavours, staying above rumours and openly expressing their love and gratitude towards one another on record. For instance when on the Today Show, Victoria said, âHe's my soulmate. He's the most incredible husband. We complement each other. He inspires me every day, with the children, with the way he treats me; it just works. We are lucky to have each other." © Twitter Or today when hours ago, David Beckham took to his Instagram account to wish Victoria Beckham a happy 46th birthday and said, âHappy birthday mama we love you so much and hope you have the most amazing day.â View this post on InstagramHappy birthday mama we love you so much and hope you have the most amazing day â¥ï¸â¥ï¸â¥ï¸â¥ï¸â¥ï¸ @brooklynbeckham @romeobeckham @cruzbeckham #HarperSeven ðA post shared by (@davidbeckham) Yes, they are a power couple, indeed. But at the end of the day, they are just two people in love surrounded by the family. View the full article
  7. 2020 truly marks the end of an era. Among other things, this is the year when we see two of the most iconic car manufacturers shut their operations in India. Both Mitsubishi and Fiat are bowing out of the fiercely competitive automotive market that India is. Even though both of these car manufacturers are engineering and commercial powerhouses when it comes to cars, the uncertainty and paradoxical nature of the Indian automotive market has dealt the final blow to these manufacturers. © Fiat This is the year when all new cars that will start plying on Indian roads have to comply with BS-VI. Both, Fiat's as well as Mitsubishi's automotive departments had been ailing with slipping sales and the churn that the Indian automobile industry was going through. © iStock Both of these manufacturers have given us some of the most iconic, and aspirational cars for the petrolheads of this generation. The Premier Padmini, or Fiat Premiere as it was also known, taught us how great and cool cars could be, in the 1960s. The Mitsubishi Pajero was instrumental in developing the notion that off-roading cars could be luxurious and fairly affordable. © Wiki Commons Here are five cars, from both of these manufacturers that proved to be iconic for the Indian petrolhead. Mitsubishi Lancer © Wiki Commons We have to start with the Mitsubishi Lancer, simply because of how iconic the car was. In India, you could only get your hands on the top variant, which came with that iconic spoiler. Furthermore, you could only get your hands on one if you were really well off, and had some really good connections. Depending on the year you bought the car, you would get a slightly different front grill; although we loved how understated the car was, some of the styling aspects were ahead of its time. As for the performance, it does look dated today, but for the early 2000s, this was a rocket ship on wheels. Fiat Punto Evo © Fiat There were a number of variants of the Punto that we got to see over the years. Be it the first, original, unadulterated one, or the most recent one, the Avventura, all of them were actually good cars. However, the Evo was a little bit special. It had marginally better handling than the closest competitor, it certainly was a thing to behold. For city roads, it was the perfect car - light, nimble and quick to accelerate. On the highways, it was stable at high speeds and powerful enough for some spirited driving. The only reason it did not sell that well, because of its pricing, and the fact that by the time it was launched, Fiat was already in a downward economic spiral. Mitsubishi Pajero © Mitsubishi There was no way this one did not make it to the list. Simply put, this was the most iconic car from the bunch. There was no mountain high enough, neither a valley deep enough that the Pajero couldn't drive over if it was paired with a skilful driver. Although the refreshed version did not impress even the most ardent fans of the Pajero, people will still recall this one, when asked about the most iconic SUV that was seen on Indian roads. Fiat Abarth 595 © Fiat The Abarth 595 was limited to a very few numbers in India and for good reasons. At almost Rs 30 Lakhs a piece, this was by no means a car that made fiscal sense. However, from purely a driver's and an enthusiast's perspective, this was a bargain. You would get a sportscar like performance and handling, in the size of a small hatchback and the price of a luxury sedan. The Abarth 595 was powerful, nimble, and could accelerate like a stabbed rabbit. This was a car that India was simply not ready for. Fiat Linea © Fiat The Linea was an unlucky car in a number of ways. It was sporty enough, handled well, was spacious and well equipped, and in its segment, was one of the most luxurious offerings. However, it was way more expensive than it should have been, and because of Fiat's issues with after-sales services, the car never really got the chance it deserved. Although Mitsubishi is completely out of the automotive market in India for now, Fiat's parent company, FCA, or Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India will continue to operate and will continue with the Jeep brand of cars. View the full article
  8. Who likes wearing pants? No one, of course, and with the entire world in a lockdown and people being forced to work from home during this pandemic, pants were the first thing to get abandoned. In an office, it's important to be appropriate and look presentable, but at home, we can all look however we please to look like and I think that's beautiful. The no-pants trend has caught up with everyone and I'm sure people's knees and legs are grateful to be finally free. Even TV anchors and hosts have fully embraced this lifestyle and it's good since who knows how long we'll be working from home and going pantless will remain the norm. People have actually given up on the formalities and are even going on-air without pants and one of the most relatable things I've seen recently is John Oliverâs Last Week Tonight contains dozens of clips of local news anchors across the country asking colleagues and guests on-air, âAre you wearing pants?â The juxtaposition of a seemingly presentable person with a proper tie and blazer on top with a pair of PJs as bottoms is just hilarious. Apparently, even John Oliver, after concluding his show that he filmed at home, stood up from behind a table to reveal shorts covered in a pattern of Grovers from âSesame Street.â Even John Krasinki has hopped on the trend and took it to another level. Towards the end of his YouTube show, Some Good News, he got up from behind a desk to reveal a red tutu on his lower half. He's rocking it, though. image2 (John Krasinski/Youtube) Even Stephen Colbert and John Oliver are having fun discussing the new office attire for everyone. Well, here's hoping we're all able to adjust back to a world where pants are required after all this is over. View the full article
  9. Some major financial scams in India have quite literally stirred-up the country in the past. These scams have consisted of fraudulent practices, corruption, and other malpractices. Here's a list of some of the biggest scams in India that lead to huge losses in the country: 1. Commonwealth Games Scam © BCCL The memory of the Commonwealth Games being held in India is still fresh for most of us. However, it also came along with eye-brow raising headlines for the controversies and corruption surrounding the organisation. With accusations of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery emerging every day back them, even the Chairman of Common Wealth Games 2010, Suresh Kalmadi, was accused of corruption and malpractices. It was estimated that the scam was for over Rs 70,000 crore. Gory details came out later of how Indian athletes were forced to stay in terrible conditions instead of the accommodation allotted to them by the authorities. 2. Nirav Modi PNB Bank fraud © BCCL In recent times, Nirav Modi PNB Bank fraud is easily one of the most controversial scams. Through Punjab National bankâs Brady house brand, Nirav Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi and two senior PNB officials were also found to be guilty in the fraud of over Rs 11,400 Crore. In 2018, PNB filed a case with CBI accusing Nirav Modi and the companies he was associated with for obtaining Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) from PNB without paying up. This meant that all those companies failed to pay the loan. 3. Kingfisher Scam © BCCL From being Kingfisher's âKing of good timesâ to making it to the most-wanted list, liquor giant Kingfisher's Vijay Mallya, who absconded the country in 2016, continues to be in hot soup.) After being heavily accused of fraud and money laundering in the country. He allegedly took loans for over Rs 9000 crore to keep his now-defunct Kingfisher airlines afloat. His Wikipedia page describes him as a fugitive businessman in the most wanted category. 4. Coalgate ScamThe âCoalgateâ scam refers to the infamous political scandal that came to light back in 2012 when the UPA government was in power. The scam was essentially brought to light by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) when they alleged that the government had been illegally allocating 194 coal blocks between the years 2004 and 2009. Of what was initially expected to be Rs 10 lakh crore came down to Rs 1.86 lakh crore in the end. 5. 2G Spectrum Scam © Twitter The 2G spectrum came to light back in 2008, and the government came under fire after being accused of undercharging mobile telephone companies for frequency allocation licenses that had to be used to create 2G spectrum subscriptions. Former Telecom Minister A. Raja was at the helm of this scam. The CAG had stated that the difference between the money collected and that was mandated to be collected was about Rs. 1.76 trillion which comes down to Rs. 1,76,000 crore. In 2012, the spectrum was thankfully declared âunconstitutional and arbitraryâ by the Supreme Court and led to the cancellation of over 120 licenses. 6. BOFORS Scandal © Twitter A relatively old scam as compared to others, during the 1980s and 1990s a major weapons-contract was signed between India and Sweden. In 1986, India reportedly signed a deal worth approximately Rs 1437 crore with Swedish manufacturer Bofors AB, to supply their 155mm field howitzer to the Indian Army. Reportedly, politicians like then-Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi were also accused of taking bribes worth over Rs 64 crore for the deal. View the full article
  10. The tales of Indian soldiers and the brave souls who have served the country echo throughout the pages of our history. One of the most valiant, celebrated and decorated army officers this country saw was Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw aka Sam Manekshaw, who had a spectacular four-decade-long career in the Indian Army and his tales of valour and bravery gave him the name âSam Bahadurâ. He was born into a Parsi family and served as Indiaâs first Field Marshal. Known for his exceptional courage and wit, he fought five major wars. In fact, he is especially known for his heroics during the 1971 Indo-Pak War when he was the Chief of Army Staff. On his birth anniversary today, here are some lesser-known facts about the most badass Army General ever: 1. He was one of the âPioneersâIn October 1932, Sam became a part of the first batch of cadets for a military academy in India which was then recommended by Field Marshal Sir Philip Chetwood in a bid to train Indians for officer commissions in the army. Since it was the first batch, it was called âthe Pioneersâ. © Instagram/ Reclaiming Bharat 2. His role in winning the 1971 WarIn an exceptional career spanning across four decades, Manekshaw fought five major wars including World War II in 1942, the Indo-Pak partition war in 1947, Sino-Indian War in 1962, Indo-Pak War in 1965 and the 1971 war of Bangladesh Liberation. After becoming the Chief of Staff, Manekshaw motivated the Indian forces and devised a war strategy that forced Pakistan to surrender in 1971 to give birth to Bangladesh. © Instagram/Indian Defence Club 3. His role in making Of 90000 Pakistani Soldiers surrenderThe Indo-Pak 1971 war lasted less than a fortnight and saw more than 90000 Pakistani soldiers surrendering and becoming prisoners. It ended with the unconditional surrender of Pakistan's eastern half and resulted in the birth of Bangladesh as a new nation. After the war, Sam came to be known for his compassion towards the POWs and would have private conversations with them over a cup of tea. He also ensured that they were treated well and would arrange for their parcels from their families and a copy of the Quran. © facebook/indian army 4. He was known for his exceptional wit and sense of humourDuring World War II, while fighting around the Pagoda Hill, Manekshaw was hit by a burst of light machine gun fire and he was severely wounded in the stomach. He was rescued and taken to an Australian surgeon who operated upon him and took out a total of seven bullets from his lungs, liver and kidneys. Along with that, a big part of his intestines also had to be removed. However, initially the surgeon was not ready to treat him as the chances of survival were really low. When the surgeon asked him how he got injured, he said he was âkicked by a muleâ. The surgeon was really impressed by his wit and thereby agreed to operate upon him. âNothing happened, I was kicked by a donkey,â Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw said after being shot 9 times in the stomach during WW-2.He was brain behind Indiaâs victory over Pak in the 71 War.We remember one of Indiaâs greatest soldier on his birth anniversary. Tribute pic.twitter.com/dMRRG7DZYM â Soldierathon (@Soldierathon) April 3, 2020 5. He outsmarted Indira GandhiWhen he was questioned by Indira Gandhi about rumours of a planned coup by the army chief, Manekshaw replied in his sassy style, âYou mind your own business, Iâll mind mine. You kiss your own sweetheart, Iâll kiss mine. I donât interfere politically, as long as nobody interferes with me in the Army.â © rediff 6. He was Indiaâs first Field MarshalHe was Indiaâs first army officer who was promoted to being first Field marshal, which is the highest attainable rank in the Indian army. Even though he was set to retire in June 1972, his term was extended by six months to facilitate him with a promotion to the rank of a Field Marshal. Therefore, in recognition of his outstanding services to the Armed Forces and the nation, on January 1, 1973, he was promoted to a Field Marshal. © Facebook/AGDP 7. He humiliated Pakistani General Yahya KhanDuring Indiaâs independence in 1947, Sam Manekshaw and Yahya Khan, the future president of Pakistan served together in the British Army. At that time Manekshaw owned a red James motorcycle which Yahya Khan fancied. Yahya bought the motorcycle from Sam for Rs 1,000 and promised to send the amount from Pakistan. But the money was never returned. After 24 years in 1971, when India won the war against Pakistan, Manekshaw was heard saying, âYahya never paid me the Rs. 1000 for my motorbike, but now he has paid with half his country.â © Facebook The legends that surround him and the stories from his life continue to leave people in awe of his bravery and valour. Actor Vicky Kaushal is going to play the titular role in a movie which is being made on him. View the full article
  11. Every year, a ton of new games make it to the market and though not all of them are worth your time and money, it becomes very difficult to find out the ones that are worth picking up. Of course, we review a lot of them to tell you whether or not it's worth buying but we also come across a lot of disappointing titles almost every now and then. Well, I decided to list these games out because I seem to have too much time to think about these games during the lockdown. Before I begin, I'd like to point out that none of these games are bad by any means. I mean, it's a huge task to make a game and release it to the public, so if anything, we should appreciate their efforts. So I am simply pointing out the ones which I found to be very disappointing. Essentially, we're looking at an "overhyped and underdeliver" kind of situation here with these games. Let's check it out - Watch Dogs Watch Dogs is one of those games that literally made me go "Wowza" when I first saw it at an E3 keynote 6 years ago. Seriously, it was one of the best looking video game demos that I had ever seen. But the final retail version that shipped to the players? Well, it was nothing like what we were promised. Anyway, it's currently available for free from the Epic Games Store, so you can check it out if you want to. Fable 3 If you've played Fable 3, then you're probably wondering why is this game in the list of most disappointing games? Well, as I mentioned earlier, we're talking about the games that couldn't really deliver on the promises made before their release. Fable 3's designer Peter Molyneux is the one considered to be guilty of this. Game Of Thrones RPG The only good thing about the Game Of Thrones RPG was the story. I mean, you just can't go wrong with a GoT plot, right? Oh wait, I forgot about season 8. Anyway. The GoT RPG game was disappointing in almost every way. The game mechanics were bad and even the graphics were simply not that great. Simply put, it wasn't on par with the RPGs that were ruling at that time. Duke Nukem Forever This is a game that was sitting in development for 15 years. The devs started working on it back in 1997 and it came out 2011. The game legit feels veery old due to that. Everything from dialogue, gameplay mechanics and even graphics, feels like it was made for a 90s game. However, there was way too much hype surrounding this game, and it simply couldn't deliver it. View the full article
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  13. A perfume that lasts long can be really tricky to buy. With thousands of fragrances being available, choosing the wrong one from the lot is actually something that could happen to anyone. There isn't just the fragrance that you are buying that could lead to the foul-smelling misstep but there are more things associated with it like, its cost, scent, people and your patience level. If you want to avoid these common mistakes, you will finally be able to get the right perfume for your arsenal. Here's a list of the common mistakes that men make while buying a perfume: 1. Not Taking Enough Time © iStock You decided to lay your hands on perfume but after you tried it, the smell faded in the middle. Usually, you are given the strips to check the fragrance which you should avoid. Instead, spray it on your wrists. Then, take some time, probably move around for a while and then see how the notes unfold. It should meld with your skin's chemistry. This way, it will be easier for you to pick the right fragrance. 2. Limiting Samples Mistakes Men Make While Buying A Perfume When you test these scents, there are two key things to know. Come prepared with a note that you are looking at, for example, woody, musky etc. You should be able to recognise and tell the salesperson exactly what you need, in order to reduce the guessing time. Secondly, test them in a proper manner. Your nose will tire after smelling so many of them. Take intervals and then test it again. It will help determine if the perfume sticks well with you or not. 3. Neglecting Other Grooming Products © iStock You cannot just work with your perfume as other products in your regime also matter. Considering products that have fragrance add to your perfume as well. Every day, be it your grooming product or your moisturiser, the fragrance interferes with your cologne. The way to make this work is by applying all these products, for example, your hair wax or body lotion before you spray your perfume. Also, never use it immediately after your hot shower. Your scent's fragrance will sustain longer when you follow these steps. 4. Buying Perfume That Smells Good On Others © iStock Your friend bought a perfume and you instantly wanted the same one in your stash but there is a chance, that this perfume might not smell good on your skin. Therefore, it is important to research and check if the perfume that you have liked, is actually melding with your pheromones or not. A true scent will be on your skin no matter what. Hence learning about the notes stands important. 5. Finally, Storing It In The Bathroom © iStock Now that you have finally got hands on the perfume you love, don't just go and store it in your bathroom. This plays up with its longevity and sillage. We find it convenient to use the perfume but since the temperature inside changes, it can actually kill the notes of your perfume. It starts decomposing, changing colour and smells weird if stored at the wrong place. Avoid that and rather store it in cool, dark places. View the full article
  14. Xiaomi has been upping its game for their number 1 selling smartphone the Redmi Note series. Nobody expected the company to launch a new Redmi Note phone, seven months after the launch of the Redmi Note 8 series. With the Redmi Note 9 Pro, Xiaomi is attempting to redefine what budget smartphones can do and we've been testing the smartphone to find out if the company has managed to achieve it. Design and Display © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Note 9 Pro looks nothing like its predecessor and its nice to see Xiaomi experimenting with the design of the phone. The smartphone has a glass black with the signature aurora blue colour that is a bit shiny for our personal taste but isn't too gaudy. This time around the smartphone feels more premium than ever before and can easily be mistaken for a mid-budget smartphone. At the back, there is also a protruding square-shaped camera module that houses all the sensors. We weren't particularly big fans of the protruding camera module and advise using the supplied case to offset the massive bump. Overall, the design of the smartphone is quite appealing and is quite minimal when it comes to any sort of branding. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The one thing missing from the back that has been a regular feature on Redmi Note phones is the fingerprint sensor. This time, Xiaomi has embedded the fingerprint sensor on the power button to maintain a uniform look at the back. We loved this idea and want other smartphone companies to use the same method. An in-display fingerprint sensor is not entirely accurate and fast enough to unlock smartphone when you need them to and this solution works perfectly. We've seen it before on the POCO X2 and love the fact it made a return on the Redmi Note 9 Pro. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In the display department, the Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch IPS LCD display that feels way bigger than we thought. The larger screen makes it a bit difficult to use the phone with one hand. To put things into perspective, I can grip and hold a basketball with one hand. In reality, the large display isn't really a big deal if you like to watch movies and play games on your phone. The larger display is great for immersing yourself into content but you will have to sacrifice a bit of usability for the larger screen. The display has a resolution of 2,400x1080p and has great viewing angles for an IPS unit. For a budget-friendly phone, we really like the quality of the display and the colour representation. Of course, it isn't as good as a Super AMOLED or AMOLED displays but they do tend to be much more expensive as well. It runs at 60Hz which was expected as the processor isn't really powerful enough to sustain higher refresh rates. It puts unnecessary stress on the CPU and the battery and to be honest, not many games out there support higher refresh rates. Performance The Redmi Note 9 Pro is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 720G chipsets that also has support for NavIC GPS system. The processor is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. We've been using the 6GB RAM model during the course of our review and did not come across any major issues. At first, the Play Store did keep crashing on us but that was later fixed after an OTA update. While the Snapdragon 720G chipset is more than enough to carry out daily tasks, you will have to run your games on lower settings for optimum performance. We could easily run PUBG mobile on medium settings but would notice some frame rate drops when switching to higher settings. While the chipset does offer good gaming performance, it does not match up the Redmi K200 series. For a budget smartphone, this level of performance was expected but it is still impressive for a phone that costs almost half of mid-tier phones. When it comes to benchmark scores, the Redmi Note 9 Pro scored 568 (single-core) and 1625 (multi-core) on Geekbench 5. In comparison, it is faster than the OnePlus 6T and Poco F1. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla In terms of battery life, the Note 9 Pro comes with a 5,020mAh unit which lasts for about 1.5 days even with moderate and heavy usage. We used the smartphone for navigation, gaming, video consumption and web browsing and still couldn't manage to kill the battery entirely. Xiaomi also enabled 18W PD fast charging on the smartphone and it comes with a fast charger out of the box. Cameras © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Like the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the new iteration also comes with multiple lenses, including a 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 5MP macro camera and 2MP depth camera for Bokeh shots. The camera delivered some great shots, given the price of the smartphone. It was able to capture some spectacular 64MP shots while portrait images have noticeably improved from before. The macro-lens, on the other hand, had a spotty performance where it could not capture details at times and sometimes could not focus on the subject. However, when it works, you can capture shots of subjects really close up but do not expect it to be as good as flagship phones. When using in low-light, the Redmi Note 9 Pro does not fare well as pictures lose most of their details. You can get it to work better if there is a source of light. Night mode on the Note 9 Pro also needs a bit of improvement as we found it to work better on the Redmi Note 8 Pro. It just needs a bit more tweaking and can hopefully be improved with an update in the near future. The Final Say When considering everything that is on the table, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is a perfect budget-friendly smartphone that will perform well for most people. It doesn't do a good job at delivering competent pictures in daylight and could be better in low-light conditions too. However, if you are looking for a phone that isn't too heavy on the pocket but does everything you expect from a smartphone, the Redmi Note 9 is a solid choice to consider for Rs 12,999. View the full article
  15. As Coronavirus takes the centre stage in our lives, we have been legit forced to stay indoors and master the art of social distancing. Needless to say, it can be really stressful for people who are workaholics, extroverts and even those who love being outdoors or on the field. But, on the flipside, this time can be used to introspect, and indulge in some culinary activities or even spending time with your partners in isolation - isolation being the keyword. Bollywood has also taken a hit due to this global pandemic, with shoots being halted and release dates of films being pushed. But, Bollywood celebs have found a way to make use of this time and some are even focusing on their culinary skills. Let us take you through how these Bollywood celebs are making use of the self-quarantine period, and who knows, it might give you some handy tips too to divert your mind and focus on something productive. Salman Khan Salman Khan has discontinued working on his big Eid release Radhe, owing to Coronavirus but has started to practice his hobby in this self-isolation period. As we all know that Salman loves to paint, he took to Instagram to share a video of himself sketching. Salman has made a picture of a man and a woman in black clothes. While the man has his head covered, the woman has her face partially covered in the portrait. In the video, he says, âThe way we dress -- this is perhaps the best thing our culture has ever done.â He is clearly pointing out the fact that how people covering their faces with masks nowadays takes us back to how people in India have been dressing up since ages. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@beingsalmankhan) Vicky Kaushal Vicky Kaushal has a lot in his kitty as he had to shoot for Takht and The Immortal Ashwatthama. For both the movies, he had to focus on building muscles and now that the gym is shut, the actor is not losing hope or giving up on it. He has started working out at home and is making sure that he achieves the desired results. View this post on InstagramWork(out) from Home! #QuarantineStacking ðªð½A post shared by (@vickykaushal09) Katrina Kaif So, this Bollywood diva has also found ways to spend her time the right way. Considering that the release date of her upcoming film, Sooryvanshi has been pushed back, the actor has decided to improve her immunity by working out at home and interestingly, the gym freaks can surely take some tips on what exercises can be done at home. View this post on Instagram#WorkoutFromHome Can't go to the gym so sharing the workout that Yas and I did at home. Stay safe and be active if u can ð 1⣠Squat & Side Leg Lifts - 3 sets x 20 reps 2⣠Reverse Lunge - 3 sets x 15 reps 3⣠Situp - 3 sets x 20 reps 4⣠Pushup - 3 sets x 15 reps (you can substitute with incline pushups or knee pushups) 5⣠Plank to 'T' - 3 sets x 15 reps 6⣠Mountain Climbers - 4 slow and 15 tempo x 3 sets @reebokindia #reebokA post shared by (@katrinakaif) Katrina is also trying to learn guitar and had shared a video of herself in which she can be seen learning to play the guitar. However, the video has no sound. Kat captioned the post as, "Work in progress sound coming soon in a few days hopefully canât let down @ankurtewari #staysafe.â View this post on InstagramWork in progress ð¸ sound coming soon in a few days ð hopefully ð¤¦ð»ââï¸ð¤canât let down @ankurtewari ð#staysafeA post shared by (@katrinakaif) Alia Bhatt and Shraddha Kapoor A book is a man's best friend after all and these two have decided to rely on books during their time in. What better way to spend time in self-isolation than brushing up your knowledge. View this post on Instagramstay home & .... finish a book ððA post shared by (@aliaabhatt) Well, this is one of the most obvious ways to kill time for people who love to read books. But in case you have been trying it hard to finish that one book because of your work hours, you can do so easily now. View this post on InstagramBeing homeð¡ðâ¨ð #TheMinistryOfUtmostHappiness #ArundhatiRoyA post shared by (@shraddhakapoor) Akshay Kumar We all know Akshay hardly takes time off from his busy shooting schedules. Fortunately or unfortunately, Coronavirus has surely given the actor some much-needed break and he has chosen to spend time chilling with his wife. View this post on InstagramBRB, gotta chill like @akshaykumar and @twinklerkhanna! ð #chill #AkshayKumar #TwinkleKhanna #bollywood #bollywoodactor #bollywoodactress #bollywoodceleb #bollywoodcelebrity #bollywoodnews #bollywoodmovie #etimes #entertainmenttimesA post shared by (@etimes) Deepika Padukone Deepika has not only taken the opportunity to spread awareness about washing hands regularly, but is also indulging in some self-care during this time. For those who believe in relaxation through self-care and self-pampering, this is the time you can try all your âGhar ka nuskhasâ. View this post on InstagramSeason 1:Episode 2 Productivity in the time of COVID-19!ð· #selflove #selfcareA post shared by (@deepikapadukone) Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan Well, the couple is quite opposite to each other. While Saif is using his time to read books, Kareena is enjoying Instagram as she has recently joined the social media platform. And taking some inspiration from her, social media bloggers can actually use this time to create some interesting content sitting at home and not get bored. View this post on InstagramLooks like he is 'booked' for the week... While I Instagram ð¤·ð»ââï¸A post shared by (@kareenakapoorkhan) Arjun Kapoor Arjun suggests everyone to take some time to soak in all of it and breathe before we all get back to work. He is also working out at home and to add, he is also using this time to catching up on movies while lazing on his bed. People who love to binge-watch, this is surely the time to see all the shows that we had put on hold, thanks to our taxing jobs. View this post on InstagramQuarantine Day 3. Canât deal, Feels surreal The paranoia is real, maybe its her way of putting us back on an even keel. #hiddentalents #rhymeslayer #selfiekingA post shared by (@arjunkapoor) Priyanka Chopra Priyanka Chopra is having the best time staying indoors, spending some quality time with her pet pooch Gino. The actress took to her Instagram handle to share pictures of herself cuddling with her dog saying, "Staying home during this time is the safest thing to do. @ginothegerman giving mommy hugs makes it so much better." View this post on InstagramStaying home during this time is the safest thing to do. @ginothegerman giving mommy hugs makes it so much better.. ð¸ @CavanaughjamesA post shared by (@priyankachopra) Well, you can, without any doubt, spend time with your dogs because they cannot get infected by Coronavirus. For those of you who have dogs at home, spend some time with those fur-balls unlike those work days where you come home to your pets all tired. Aparshakti Khurrana Ayushmannâs brother Aparshakti has also started to work on his poetry during this self-isolation and in fact, his recent piece tells you to introspect on when was the last time that you had the time to connect with your own self. He shared his poem with a post that reads, âDo you remember the last time your life was as slow as it is today? Weâve been part of the rat race since so long that we barely got time to connect even with ourselves." View this post on Instagramà¤à¤°à¤¾à¤® फ़रमाठà¤à¤°à¤¸à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤¯à¤¾ वà¤à¥à¤¤ à¤à¤µà¤¾à¤ à¤à¤°à¤¸à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤¯à¤¾ . . यà¥à¤ लà¥à¤¤à¥à¤«à¤¼ लिठà¤à¤°à¤¸à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤¯à¤¾ नà¥à¤à¤¦ मà¥à¤«à¤¼à¥à¤¤ लिठà¤à¤°à¤¸à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤¯à¤¾ . . à¤à¤¤à¥à¤®à¤¿à¤¨à¤¾à¤¨ सॠसà¥à¤à¥ à¤à¤°à¤¸à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤¯à¤¾ तà¤à¤¿à¤ à¤à¥ दबà¥à¤à¥ à¤à¤°à¤¸à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤¯à¤¾ . . पà¥à¤¡à¤¼ à¤à¥ à¤à¤¾à¤à¤µ मà¥à¤ बà¥à¤ ॠà¤à¤°à¤¸à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤¯à¤¾ à¤à¥à¤¦ सॠà¤à¥à¤¦ à¤à¥ à¤à¥à¤ à¤à¤¹à¤¤à¥ à¤à¤°à¤¸à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤¯à¤¾ . . माठसॠबात à¤à¤¿à¤ à¤à¤°à¤¸à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤¯à¤¾ पड़à¥à¤¸à¥ सॠमà¥à¤²à¤¾à¤à¤¼à¤¾à¤¤ à¤à¤¿à¤ à¤à¤°à¤¸à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤¯à¤¾ . . à¤à¤¿à¤à¤¾à¤° बà¤à¤¾à¤ à¤à¤°à¤¸à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤¯à¤¾ à¤à¤¿à¤¶à¥à¤° दा à¤à¥ à¤à¤¾à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤¾à¤ à¤à¤°à¤¸à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤¯à¤¾ सठपà¥à¤à¥ तॠà¤à¤à¥à¤à¥ सॠमन हॠमन मà¥à¤¸à¥à¤à¥à¤°à¤¾à¤ à¤à¤°à¤¸à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤¯à¤¾à¥¤ . . - à¤à¤ªà¤¾à¤°à¤¶à¤à¥à¤¤à¤¿ à¤à¥à¤°à¤¾à¤¨à¤¾ð . . Do you remember the last time your life was as slow as it is today? Weâve been part of the rat race since so long that we barely got time to connect even with ourselves. Today, I canât help but see a bright side of this pandemic. A side which is telling us to slow down, to reflect, to introspect, to connect with others while connecting with our own selves. Also, let's try not to panic. As the most intelligent species on earth, we definitely will find ways to tackle it, cure it and come out of it stronger, as we always have. Till then, let's remember - we are all in this together â¤A post shared by (@aparshakti_khurana) Aparshakti added, "Today, I canât help but see a bright side of this pandemic. A side which is telling us to slow down, to reflect, to introspect, to connect with others while connecting with our own selves." He ended his post by asking his followers not to panic, âAlso, let's try not to panic. As the most intelligent species on earth, we definitely will find ways to tackle it, cure it and come out of it stronger, as we always have. Till then, let's remember - we are all in this together.â We know itâs hard to stay indoors for days at a stretch but you can surely take tips from these celebs on how to make use of it in the best way possible. View the full article
  16. Airlines across the world have announced drastic reduction in their operations in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak
  17. Refreshing your look is as good as upgrading your wardrobe. For men who like to experiment but don't know where to get started, especially when it comes to getting their hair cut, there's actually an easy way that can clear all the conundrums. So, if you are wondering how to do that so that you don't end up getting the usual hair cut from your barber, here's a round-up for some of the most raved haircuts that are popular in 2020. Check it out. 1. The Textured Crop © Getty Images The bowl cut is actually a risk but when it comes to adding a better texture, this year's big hit is the textured crop haircut, that looks flattering on most face shapes. In a nutshell, this one is kept short at the back and has volume on top. It lends a bold look and if you are fortunate and have thick hair, this one lets you create a perfect look, with minimal fuss. 2. The Tapered High And Tight © Getty Images For someone who likes to keep his hair short, this hair cut is certainly good news. The tapered high and tight is short and a low maintenance style that takes inspiration from the buzz cut with a bit of experimental touch to it. This hair cut is rather sharp and can up your street cred with its impeccable styling. Again, even this one is a good call for most face shapes. To make this one look suave at all hours, take a dab of your hair gel and work it throughout your follicles. 3. The Messy Look © Viral Bhayani Long locks have an insouciant appeal to them. The messier, the better, they say. With just a little TLC and a good wooden comb, your locks can shine. The current trend speaks about maintaining mid-shoulder hair length, that's a bit messy. For example, Timothee Chalamet or Naveen Kumar Gowda (South Actor) are the ones you can look up to, to get inspired. The key to make this one work is to tell your barber, to give you an outer layered hair cut as that creates a proper drop of hair, ensuring it doesn't fall flat and is balanced all across. You can use a salt spray with matte effect as it adds better texture to your hair cut. 4. Side Part © Instagram/Shahid Kapoor There are many versions to side haircut types, and it continues to be one of the most popular hair cuts till date. It is simple, smart and instantly grants a sleeker look. This one is for men with voluminous hair. While getting your hair cut, you need to ask your barber for a side parting. Keep it on a shorter side. If you wish to make it look even voluminous, you can use dry shampoo, to create more depth for your look. 5. Pompadour © Instagram/Ranveer Singh Pompadour is one hairstyle that has been on the radar for a while now. To achieve this super quirky style, ask your stylist to leave the volume on top. The hairstyle has tapered sides with a classic pompadour. It has a short length above the ears and creates a good illusion of volume. Since this hair cut has a neat appearance, it blends well with all the occasions. View the full article
  18. Humanity is a pretty narcissistic species - from inventing self-portraits to front-facing cameras, weâve been obsessed with capturing our own faces with âselfiesâ for a long time now. Every now and then however, you come across a selfie thatâs incredible - usually depending on its context and when it was taken. Here are a few of the very best. The First Selfie Ever Taken © Wikimedia The selfie as we know it today began to take shape in the mid-2000s, and peaked after the iPhone 4âs front camera shook up the industry in 2010. Youâd be mistaken in thinking this trend was a new invention by any means though - the first actual selfie dates back. Way back, to 1839. The image above is a self-taken âdaguerreotypeâ photo taken by Robert Cornelius, an American lamp manufacturer by day, but photography pioneer by night. At the age of 30, he set up a camera in the back of his familyâs store, ran in front of the lens and crossed his arms - beating all of us by just over 180 years. The Ellen Selfie © Reuters After sortaâ breaking the internet in 2014, this Oscar selfie became a huge deal - inspiring at least a yearâs worth of memes and parodies. Interestingly, if you did the math at the time, itâs not so surprising to see why it became so viral - not only does it feature some very popular A-listers, but their combined worth in 2014 skyrocketed past one billion dollars. Sure, thatâs laughable in front of a single selfie of Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos, but still, one hell of a photograph. Too bad Jared Leto didnât quite make it in. Ex-World Leader Selfie © Twitter It happened at a rather unlikely place. Five days after Nelson Mandelaâs death in December 2013, the world gathered to mourn his death at Johannesburgâs FNB Stadium. It was here that then-US President Barack Obama would bump into then-UK Prime Minister David Cameron, with Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Danish PM, sandwiched in between. The three then began to take selfies together in a moment as iconic as it was controversial. Some werenât pleased that the trio thought taking selfies was appropriate for Mandelaâs memorial. The First Selfie⦠In Space © Twitter/Reddit NASAâs Gemini-12 mission from 1966 had a pretty difficult goal ahead of itself - proving that human beings were capable of functionally surviving outside of a spacecraft. Before he became famous for walking on the moon, Edwin âBuzzâ Aldrinâs previous mission saw him break a different kind of record, as he took the worldâs first selfie from space while holding onto the NASAâs Agena spacecraft. In 2015, a vintage print of the selfie sold for around $9,200 at an auction in London. George Harrison At The Taj Mahal © Twitter Seems like 1966 really was an iconic year for selfies. After turning 23, legendary Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison decided to spend some time in India, visiting the Taj Mahal and taking this iconic photograph. Not only did he have a classic piece of music history in his hands, this very same visit saw him pick up the sitar, learning under the tutelage of Pandit Ravi Shankar. Tottiâs Selfie Celebration For A.S. Roma © Twitter While Italian football has certainly seen better days, back in the 2015 season, Francesco Totti blew back Lazioâs two-nil lead with two goals of his own, celebrating by taking footballâs most famous selfie - but did you know it was all planned? © A.S.Roma According to the team website; âI gave my phone to [goalkeeping coach] Guido Nanni,â explained Totti. âI asked him to take it with him when he went out to the pitch.â Twenty minutes later, Totti performed his miracle, breaking Lazio hearts and taking the selfie. And the actual photo? Totti handed his phone to one of the journalists on the club website and told him to do what he wanted with it. It went viral, obviously. Modiâs Bollywood Selfie © Twitter This one blew up across Indian news back in January 2019 - the Prime Minister attended a meeting organised by filmmaking mogul Karan Johar and producer Mahaveer Jain. The delegates also included celebrities like filmmaker Rohit Shetty, actors Bhumi Pednekar, Ashwini Iyer, Sidharth Malhotra, Ekta Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Vicky Kaushal and Varun Dhawan. Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana were also there, and the former snapped this selfie which lead to not just excited Bollywood fans, but a good deal of political debate around the ties between film and government. View the full article
  19. Residing in the heart of the beautiful state of Madhya Pradesh, the lovely city of Gwalior is known for its palaces and temples and offers a history-rich aesthetic as well. One of the biggest palaces in the country is the Jai Vilas Mahal, situated in Gwalior, which attracts tourists from across the globe. Here are few interesting facts we found about the palace built by Maharaja Srimanta Madhavrao Scindia and what make it unique: 1. Built in 1874 by Maharajadhiraj Shrimant Jayajirao Scindia Alijah Bahadur and costing a whopping Rs. 1 crore back then, the beautiful palace is worth over Rs. 4000 crore today. It has a huge court hall and houses over 5000 books. The palace was designed by architect Sir Michael Filose who drew inspiration from Italian,Tuscan and Corinthian style of architecture. View this post on Instagram#jaivilaspalace #incredible_india #nature #natureza #naturelove #travel #sunsetsniper #mypixeldiary #travelrealindia #backpacking #pixelpanda_india #sunset_ig #phonephotography #naturephotography #skyporn #cloudporn #awesomeearth #nakedplanet #featuremeinstagood #iiframe #explore #desi_diariesA post shared by (@iaayushis) 2. There are over 400 rooms in the palace, a part of which is used as a museum to treasure history. Spread over 1,240,771 square feet, a major part of the palace has been preserved the way it was built. One of the biggest attractions of this palace include a 3500 kg chandelier. The roof is adorned in gold and legend has it that around 8 elephants were suspended from the roof to check if the roof could bear the weight of the chandelier before its installation! View this post on Instagram#sparklesandblossoms #jvp#jaivilaspalace #gwaliorpalace #durbarhallA post shared by (@gwaliorpalace) 3. The majestic palace was built as a gesture of grand welcome for the Prince of Wales, King Edward VI and was also the residence of the Scindia dynasty and was made open to the general public in 1964. Freshly minted BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia is the current legal owner of this magnanimous palace, and his property inheritance is known to be close to USD 2 billion. In case you ever visit Gwalior, make sure you pay a visit to this culturally rich and historically royal palace. View the full article
  20. While Holi is one of the most celebrated festivals in India, it brings with it a lot of the do's and don'ts especially contextually of what's relevant today. Holi is all about colours and fun as a festival but we should also be more conscious about a few things that come along with it, especially in the current climate. © Twitter Here are a few don'ts for Holi you should keep in mind, for health and safety of you and others around you and of course for some major environmental concerns as well. (1) Avoid Crowded AreasThe coronavirus scare is becoming more real than ever and it's best to avoid crowded areas as much as you possibly can. We're not saying it's openly prevalent yet but it's better to be safe than sorry! Maybe meet a few close friends and do a Holi celebration at home or someone's terrace but going to a big festival with a lot of people around could be a little doubtful right now. © Twitter (2) Avoid Putting Colours On PetsStreet dogs or pet dogs should not be exposed to colour at all, especially to colour that stays longer, or even wet colours for that matter. The colours contain chemicals that can harm their coat and skin, or even blind them temporarily. It's best to keep distance from any animal, pet or otherwise before deciding to play Holi. © Twitter (3) Avoid Forcefully Putting Colour On SomeoneConsent is important even here. Just because someone has joined in on the celebration does not mean they want to be forced to play Holi or have colour out on them. Respect their wishes and if they say no, adhere to their consent. © Eros International (4) Avoid Wasting WaterAccording to a NITI Aayog report, Delhi is among 21 major cities that will run out of groundwater by 2020. Another study by the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) from earlier this year found out that groundwater levels in the city are depleting at an astonishing rate of 10 cm per year. Which also means we do not have spare water to waste while playing Holi and if we can consciously remember that, it's going to be good for us. © TOI (5) Avoid Playing With FilthWhile most of us love splashing water balloons and water at each other, many also love muck, kerosene oil and eggs. Why don't we keep Holi simple, for what it actually stands for and how it's played? Ideally Gulal should be our favoured choice but a lot of people indulge in water colours and balloons too. Avoiding any sort of filth keeps the sanctity of the festival intact. © TOI These are some don'ts that should be applicable for the festival today. It's best to adhere to these to avoid health and environmental hazards! Happy Holi folks! View the full article
  21. If you werenât aware of a gaming console called the âNintendo PlayStationâ then you arenât entirely wrong as it never officially launched. It is perhaps the rarest gaming console on earth. It was a prototype developed by Nintendo and Sony but never saw the light of the day as Nintendo betrayed the Japanese company and opted to use a Phillips CD Drive on the base for the Super Nintendo. It was quite a fiasco as Sony announced their partnership, Nintendo announced plans to bring a CD Drive with Phillips the very next day. © Nintendo/Sony There arenât many prototypes of the Nintendo Playstation out there and this particular one sold for $360,000 (INR 2,66,38,920.00) at auction. Thereâs a good chance that this is the only unit in existence as only 20 were made. It attracted around 57 bids that ranged from $15,000 to $45,000 before reaching the magic number of $360,000. Amongst the people who placed a bid on the console was Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey, who sold Oculus to Facebook for $2.3 billion. âI am currently the highest bidder on this,â he tweeted on Feb. 13. âWho are the other nutters who keep bidding against me?â © Twitter We donât know who won the auction as the bidder has asked to remain anonymous. However, the person now owns one of the rarest gaming consoles on earth from the early 1990s. The console is rumoured to play both SNES cartridges and CD-ROM games, however no games were launched that worked on the console. Having said that, the console does work as it was tested by the auctioneers with a SNES Mortal Kombat cartridge and the disc drive can also play audio CDs. The Nintendo PlayStation was announced in 1991 at CES, however the partnership fell through as Nintendo was concerned that Sony had been given too much control over the systemâs software licensing. View the full article
  22. Shahid Kapoor does not like labels, whether it concerns his acting or his style preferences. Among his contemporaries, he is one of the few celebrities whose personal aesthetic is so versatile that it keeps changing from time to time. He's also a passionate collector of rare and eccentric pairs of sneakers. This observation has been made after spotting some of the zaniest pairs on him at the airport. © Viral Bhayani He wore a loose jacket with dark grey cargo pants. His sneakers were the black & white, geo basket high top sneakers by Rick Owens. The silhouette has high-top panels with buffed-up calfskin. Further, the lace-up detailing complements the frontal perforations. The sneaker comes for the price of 1370 dollars which come down to 1,01,500 approximately. Here, take a look at the silhouette. View the full article
  23. When it comes to power banks, you need to get the right one that fits your needs and doesnât take enough time to charge your gadgets. Weâve seen power banks that offer some form of fast-charging but normally come at premium prices. Some offer fast-charging equivalent to QC 2.0 and some can go up to offering 18W Power Delivery fast charging for smartphones and other gadgets. Xiaomiâs subbrand Redmi has launched both but for now, we will be talking about the Redmi 10,000 mAh model. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The power bank offers more or less the same charging speed as a QC 2.0 wall charger i.e. it can fast charge your smartphone for 10W. If you are looking for faster charging speeds, Redmi offers a 20,000 mAh variant that supports 18W PD charging. It kind of makes sense that Redmi opted to not support PD fast charging on the 10,000 mAh model, as it would reduce the capacity of the power bank to 7,200 mAh when using 18W fast charging and the kind of connection you have with a particular gadget. Most power banks list their capacity (milliamp hours or mAh) as a sum of the lithium-ion cells inside. This is based on their nominal voltage: 3.6-3.7V. But that does not show how much energy a gadget would actually get out of the power bank. For that, we have to find âactual capacity.â For example, a 10000mAh power bank that has to boost to 5V for fast charging will result in 10000mAh * 3.7V / 5V = 7200mAh USB capacity. In order to avoid a lower capacity on the power bank, Redmi did a smart thing by not supported PD charging on this particular model. It ensures that you have enough juice left on the power bank to charge your smartphone more times by using a lower voltage. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The power bank has 2 x USB Type-A Output (5.1V-2.4A / 5.1V-2.6A), USB Type-C / Micro-USB Input (5V-2.1A). Having two input ports ensures that you can charge the power bank with both Micro-USB and Type-C port, however, we recommend using the Type-C port if you want the power bank to get charged quickly. The Redmi 10,000 mAh power bank also supports pass-through charging, which means you can charge your device and the power bank at the same time. It also comes with protection from overcurrent, over-power, short circuit, and two-way fast charging. The power bank also supports low power mode charging for devices like smart bands, LED lights and USB Fans. You can simply tap the power button twice to enter this mode. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the design, the power bank has a dimension of 150.5 x 73.6 x 15.1mm making it easy to slip into any backpack or back pocket. It isnât as slim as Realmeâs power bank but it isnât too big for people to use on a daily basis on the go. Having said that, there are skins available online for the power bank and we opted to use a skin that imitated leather. There are various other options like wood, camp and other designs to make your power bank look more unique than everything else out there. When it comes to charging smartphones, the 10,000 mAh model can charge the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi K20 (4,000 mAh) almost two times. Both these smartphones have massive battery capacity and its impressive to see it charge the smartphone almost twice given the output connections you get from the ports. You can expect the smartphones to charge at 10W however if you require faster-charging speeds, we recommend you get the 20,000 mAh model. The Redmi 10,000 mAh power bank costs only Rs 799 which is far less than the competition out there. It offers more value for money thanks to all the features and protective precautions that you may not find on other power banks. It has multiple input ports giving you the freedom to use a USB-C or micro USB charger to juice up the power bank. View the full article
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