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  1. Here's some mid-week news that'll probably kill that dullness you all have been spiralling down into, voluntarily. Especially for those humans who can thrive on mainstream cinema like their life depends on it, because this news is like cold drinking water in the middle of a vast desert for them. The fourth instalment of Matrix is officially happening, with some old and new actors in the loop and we can't keep our cool any longer. We've all grown up watching the trilogy and if there is something to take away from the series, it's the thought-provoking pieces of sci-fi it has given us, over the last decade. © shortlist So, let's list down everything we know so far, everything we've recently found out and everything else that's left in the realms of speculation, about Matrix 4: (1) Who Is Coming Back Keanu Reeves will reprise his role as the hacker Neo, in the fourth instalment, alongside another cast member, Carrie-Ann Moss, and we can't wait to watch what they have in store for us in the fourth edition. The movie will be directed by co-creator Lana Wachowski who will also write and produce the film. Given Trinity and Neo's fates at the end of the original Matrix trilogy, the sequel will need to find an intelligent way to incorporate their roles into the new story. But I guess that shouldn't be too difficult for a series that's all about virtual reality, mysticism and, of course, some massive plot twists! © Warner Bros Apart from Keanu and Carrie, we have someone else amidst us who was announced to be part of the franchise this month. TBH, he's quite legen...wait for it...dary! Yup, How I Met Your Mother and Gone Girl actor, Neil Patrick Harris has also joined the cast in an unidentified role. We're not sure what role he's been offered but it's definitely Harris's first big film. © Movieweb Apart from Harris, the film also stars Aquaman's Black Manta, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, in a significant lead role. We believe he plays the younger version of Morpheus, the role that was originally played by Lawrence Fishburne in the Matrix series. We also recently found out that Jada Pinkett Smith is in current negotiations to return to the franchise. She played the role of Niobe in parts 2 and 3, The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions and from what we've heard, she's not done with the role. For now, we're still waiting for confirmation on this but it'll be a happy little reunion to have her back in the cast. © deadlien (2) Who Isn't Coming Back Sadly enough the OG Morpheus, aka Lawrence Fishburne, has decided he does not need more Matrix in his life and wants to sit this one out. Which also means the pivotal role of Morpheus will be recast. Wanna take any wild guesses on who, in all probability, will take up the character? Also, the original producer, Joel Silver will not be working on the new Matrix movie. We're really bummed about Fishburne's absence though. © Warner Bros (3) What's The Plot? “Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I'm very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Lana Wachowski said in the official announcement at a press conference. © Warner Bros Well, to make the theme more relevant for Matrix 4, whatever has happened in the past twenty years is under consideration or at least there is a slight flashback mention of the events that occurred in the earlier series. So far, we know that the main Matrix theme is definitely back and in some way, it paraphrases the other revolutionary franchise, John Wick, with changing political landscapes and digital existences. Also, Reddit has come with a rather interesting theory and you should give it a read. (4) When Is It Releasing? The release date hasn't been announced for the next Matrix instalment but it's definitely not too far off since the production of the film will begin somewhere early 2020. So far, we're not sure if the other Wachowski sibling be involved in Matrix 4, although Warner Brothers seem to think the franchise is safe in Lana's hands. © NBCNews “We could not be more excited to be reentering The Matrix with Lana. She is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing, and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.” - said Warner Bros Picture Group Chairman, Toby Emmerich in an interview. © Warner Bros While we thought the curtains had closed on the entire Matrix franchise, we're so glad we get to see a lot more from the same universe, something every virtual geek will be really looking forward to! Here's waiting with bated breath for one of the best sci-fi movies out there.
  2. The beard trend is a phenomenon that's not going to die anytime soon. More and more men are starting to take care of their facial hair, be it through products and styling or by routinely following a step-by-step guide to a healthy beard game. With this shift from the rugged unkempt beard to a neatly styled one, there has also been a need for platforms that provide tips and tricks to help educate the masses. With everyone trying to pass around information on the best #BeardGoals, there is one platform that is making sure that you get everything you need without having to visit multiple sites. This one-stop destination is a cumulation of beard care tips, styling videos and has a range of trimmers for you to buy in order to be able to follow those tricks with ease. Havells and MensXP collaborated to launch Vickypedia- your go-to place that will not only help you become a beard connoisseur but will also be the only place you'll ever need to visit for your beard grooming needs. Havells recently launched a line of trimmers for their men's grooming section and made Vicky Kaushal the face of the launch. MensXP and Havells both believe that as similar or varied beard styles may be, courtesy the eclectic style evolution across the nation, every man has his own beard story and a signature aesthetic in which he carries his beard. This is why Vickypedia is hosting '31 Days Of Beard', which is a celebration of men from all walks of life, and their beards, in all shapes and forms. Vickypedia currently has tutorial videos from designers like Gaurav Khanijo and Mayank Sehgal who also talk about their beard journey through the year. Along with interviews with people from different walks of life that you will relate to on a day to day basis. You can also use the same site to buy Havells products without having to look for them in the market or other shopping platfoms. This site will keep growing with content that every beard lover needs in his life for the rest of the month which is why Vickypedia is where you need to be for all your beard grooming needs.
  3. Going into the ICC World Cup, the Indian cricket team was tipped as one of the favourites to lift the coveted trophy in England & Wales this year. Staying true to their reputation, Team India made their intentions pretty clear by defeating the likes of South Africa and Australia to post consecutive wins in the ongoing tournament. Apart from their victories, it's the domination of the Indian team in almost all facets of the game that has allowed them to establish themselves as serious contenders this year - something that was validated by Michael Vaughan after their triumph over Australia. But, just when you thought all was going well, the 'Men in Blue' were dealt a major blow after the disclosure of Shikhar Dhawan's injury. The Indian opener, who rediscovered his form with a brilliant knock of 117 runs against Australia, has been ruled out for about two to three weeks owing to an alleged hairline fracture on his left thumb. The left-hander was struck on his left thumb by a Nathan Coulter-Nile's bouncer during India's 36-run win over Australia on 9th June. © Reuters The news has surely got the Indian team in a spot of bother. For a team that relies heavily on their top three, India will undeniably miss Dhawan at the top especially after his return to form following some nervy starts earlier. But, that's not the only thing that has got the Indian team management and selectors in a fix. Dhawan's absence is bound to disrupt Team India's batting line-up and team balance. His injury means that India will now have to find someone to replace him at the top while ensuring the middle-order stays intact. And, as the Indian selectors and team management consider viable options, the chorus on social media seems to be in support of Rishabh Pant. The Delhi batsman has been one of the finds for India in the past few months. His breathtaking strokeplay and aggressive batting style is not only capable of taking on the best bowling attacks, but also looks pleasing to the eye - something that has made him a fan-favourite in a short period of time. © Reuters But, despite his heroics on overseas tours and the IPL earlier this year, Pant was overlooked for Team India's 15-man squad for the ICC World Cup - something that caused quite an uproar on the social media. Two matches into the World Cup, Dhawan's injury has got the Indian selectors facing a similar situation where the fans are gearing up to slam them if they overlook Pant again. But, is he worth it? Going by his form and ability with the willow, any team would be lucky to have a batsman as capable as Pant in their batting line-up. But, the current situation is not about Pant or his batting capabilities, it's about Team India and maintaining its balance. Don't agree? Allow us to help you understand. With Dhawan leaving a void at the top, the Indian team management is likely to push KL Rahul to the opening slot alongside Rohit Sharma - an obvious choice considering he's well acclimatised to the conditions. Now, Rahul's ascension in the line-up leaves the no. 4 slot vacant which holds key to Indian batting order's stability. © Reuters Now, Pant cannot just walk into the Indian team and open the innings. That's just too big a risk in a tournament of World Cup's stature. He can surely be vital for the middle-order, but being one-dimensional is not going to help his cause. With MS Dhoni being an immovable object in the wicket-keeping role, Pant cannot be included just for his batting skills. If you take a look at India's middle-order, the likes of Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya are capable of contributing with both bat and ball. Thus, when it comes to finding a potential replacement following Dhawan's injury, Vijay Shankar, and not Pant, appears to be the perfect fit in relation to the team balance. Shankar is a versatile batsman who is capable of batting anywhere in the middle. He is more than capable of holding the fort at one end in case of a collapse, and his wide array of strokes adequately allows him to accelerate the innings at the death overs. And, that's not all. Shankar's inclusion in the Indian team will not only bolster their batting, but will also add teeth to their bowling line-up - something that has left Pant in the shadows lately. In case of a bad day for frontline bowlers, Shankar can ease the pressure off by bowling in some of his medium-paced deliveries and giving his captain an extra option with the ball. In all fairness, Pant is a cricketer Team India can surely use, but cannot afford owing to the team balance. And, right now, given the situation, India needs Shankar who doesn't just fit the bill, but can prove to be crucial in India's dreams of clinching their third World Cup title this year.
  4. When it comes to footwear, there's always a question that lingers around- "How many shoes do I need?" From the boardroom to the bar and from the beach hours to date night, there's no chance that a rack filled with sandals or formal shoes will do the needful. Well, you can relax now because we've done the legwork and whittled down to 5 essential shoes that you need right away: 1. Suede Loafers © Getty Images Suede loafers have been counted as synonymous with casual dressing. The sleek and smart design, available in darker tones can go a long way. Don't miss out on the ubiquity offered by the tasselled version as they are a godsend to take your date look a notch higher. 2. White Low Top Sneakers © Getty Images White sneakers have already earned their place in the shoe closet, but the latest version of low top sneakers can take your look from sporty to minimal to edgy. The best part? They pair well with everything and yes, with sharp silhouettes too! 3. The Black Oxford © Getty Images The snug fit and clean finish, make the black oxford the most formal pair. Often viewed as a type for professionals, these shoes are a safe bet to wear at weddings, funerals and job interviews. Dress them up or down, they never disappoint. 4. Running Sneakers © Getty Images For a statement street style appearance, a pair of running sneakers crack the fashion code like none other. Choose a style that has minimal branding. Consider bright coloured sneakers, just in case you wish to score extra attention on your shoes than your outfit. 5. Chelsea Boots © Getty Images Be it a lace-up or a desert or Chelsea, boots are a shoe staple for every man. When the mercury levels drop, these shoes, with their edgier aesthetic will be a fashionable choice to own. Invest in a good quality pair, preferably in tan or brown shade. Pull the trousers over the boots for another dollop for fresh style tip.
  5. Whether it's a 10-km ride to your office or a 1000-km ride to Ladakh, if you have a high-end good looking bike, it doesn't hurt to match by cleaning up well. Now, here's the thing: buying the right accessories not only makes you look the part of a pro-rider but also equips you with the comfort to battle the slowest of jams, the roughest of terrains, and the harshest of weathers. Here's your definitive guide to buying accessories that will make heads turn on the highway 1. Helmets © Getty Images At the cost of sounding like your friendly local traffic cop, wearing a helmet while riding is not an option. What is an option, however, is looking good in that protective gear you need. Choosing the right helmet can help you not only make your ride safe and comfortable but can turn heads and in a good way! The trick is to get the colour right; instead of a flashy yellow helmet, go for sturdy earth tones with your Royal Enfield. It helps to get the style right too. Usually heavy bikes are to be accompanied by open face helmets while street-style helmets go better with sport-bikes. It is always advisable to buy from official retailers that guarantee the right style, comfort, and quality. 2. Jackets © Getty Images Bike jackets can be either leather or fabric-based. While leather helps you look the way you'd expect a classic “biker” to look, high-quality fabrics are able to resist abrasion as strongly as leather, and new materials are equipped with Gore-Tex or other water-resistant membranes capable of keeping you dry in bad weather. Fabric-based jackets are affordable as well. Again, it is essential to get the right colour. The idea is to keep it classy, and not flashy at the same time. 3. Pants © Getty Images Contrary to popular belief, regular jeans will not protect you in an accident. It is always advisable to buy proper riding pants that offer the right comfort and protection. Much like jackets, pants can be either leather or fabric based. They should fit like a glove, but at the same time should be comfortable as well. Always test your pants out on a bike, what might work well standing, might not work great on a 7-hour road trip. 4. Gloves © Getty Images Bike gloves should fully cover your fingers, palm, and your wrists. Gloves should reach over or under your jacket leaving no skin exposed. Black is the safe colour here, but textured highlights can provide the right amount of flash in your otherwise overall classy look. What is most important is that the gloves fit well and provide you with enough strength to not only handle well but survive the unfortunate fall with zero scratches.
  6. You must have heard so many times from gym trainers and fitness enthusiasts that you need to ignore all your favourite foods, especially carbs if you want to put on muscle. Unfortunately, this is nothing but proof of the growing misinformation in the industry. All the macronutrients, i.e. protein, fats, and carbs are important for you. Here's the role of every macronutrient and why you should consume them in order to build muscle: 1. Eat Your Protein To Build Muscle & Lose Fat © Getty Images Protein is your best friend when it comes to building muscle. Protein is so important during a cutting phase, that its consumption actually needs to go up as calories go down. So, as you decrease your intake of carbs and fat in an attempt to lose body fat, protein intake becomes more important because it'll help you to prevent muscle loss when dieting. Not only does dietary protein helps preserve lean muscle when your calorie deficit is high, but it also helps you feel more satiated, which helps you stick to your diet. Additionally, because of the thermic effect of food (TEF), protein consumption also speeds up your metabolism by about 25%. Remember, the thermic effect of food is the energy you expend digesting and absorbing what you eat. What To Eat: Lean meats like chicken breast, turkey breast, and lean fish certainly fit the bill. There are also some types and cuts of red meat that are 90% lean or more. Egg whites, greek yoghurt, and whey protein. For vegetarians- whey protein, greek yoghurt, etc. When To Consume: The two most important times to have protein are before and after resistance training workouts. This is especially important when your goal is to keep all your muscle. Then just disburse your protein fairly evenly throughout the day. How Much Should You Have? If your goal is to build muscle then 1.6-2.0g/kg/day If your goal is to lose fat then 2.0-2.5/kg/day 2. Eat Your Veggies © Getty Images The vast majority of vegetables have very few calories, yet contain an order of micronutrients that enable your body to perform optimally. Veggies are usually fibrous carbs. This means it's a vegetable that's high in fibre (and water) yet low in calorie. So they'll help fill you up and keep you full longer, improve your health and performance while having negligible calories. Not prioritizing vegetable intake is probably the main defect I see among athletes and lifters. It's a mistake I've made too. I've since realized micronutrient intake from a variety of vegetables is a critical component of any good diet. What, When, And How Much: Most vegetables qualify as fibrous carbs, but not all. Like- spinach, broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, fenugreek, cauliflower, etc. Now, when should you eat veggies? Every meal, except pre and post meal to digest protein and carbs as soon as possible How Much: 2-4 servings per day. An added advantage is that proper fibre intake can help you to look hard and shredded, as fibre decreases bloating effect. 3. Eat Your Fats For Your Hormones © Getty Images Some of you must have heard that dietary fat doesn't automatically turn into body fat, and some of you must have heard that it does. Dietary fat is a great source of steady energy, partly because it doesn't lead to blood sugar spikes and the highs and lows in energy that comes with that. Dietary fat also has positive effects on your brain and the rest of your nervous system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, and more. For example, maximizing testosterone levels and insulin sensitivity are just two ways of eating the right types of fat can help you. What To Eat: Think avocados, olives, fatty fish, oils, butter, fatty meats, etc. When To Eat: With the possible exception of pre and/or post-workout, which are your carb-heavy meals, you should have a plentiful dose of healthy fat with every meal. How Much: A good range of intake is around 20-35% of your total calories per day. 4. Eat Your Carbs To Aid Performance © Getty Images Carbs provide energy. More correctly, carbs provide a faster-burning source of energy. This makes carbs the optimal source of fuel for high-intensity exercise, like weight training. You really don't need carbs to fuel low-intensity activities, which is almost everything most of us do on a daily basis. Dietary fat (and your own body fat) serve as perfect roots of energy for these low-intensity activities including walking. What To Eat: Any carb source which you like can be counted in your carb intake. Like rice, pasta, fruits, veggies, bread, ice cream, etc. Yes, you can eat ice cream and lose fat. Because it's all about net energy balance in the end. When To Eat: When you're trying to lose fat quickly, the only reason to have a decent-sized portion of carbs is to fuel and refuel from a high-intensity activity in which you need to perform well. For the vast majority, eat your carbs before and after a workout. Don't eat carbs just to eat carbs; work for them! If you like more carbs than fats then make sure you utilize them during your training and activities outside the gym. How Much To Eat: An ideal intake is to consume 3-5g/kg/day. Minimum 1g/kg/day. Author bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness.
  7. A successful community only needs three core elements to flourish and begin producing results. Your community will require some care and effort to flourish, but with the right strategies in place, you'll ensure that the value your community produces continues to increase as time goes by. Let's take a look at the three elements that make for a successful community. Content Content is the life-blood of any community. Content is what is posted by your members, and by your team. In the early days, you'll need to seed discussions and respond to customers posts regularly. It's important to demonstrate that you're actively involved with the community and encouraging others to post and extend discussions. Over time, user-generated content will begin to propel your community forwards. A great way to bring in new users is to write valuable articles using Pages, or the Blog apps. Writing about issues relevant to your community can help position you as an expert and will be shared widely by your community. You don't have to be an expert writer to create articles. There are free apps such as Grammarly to help polish your prose. A great way to quickly generate new content is to quote other news sources and offer your own commentary. For example, if your community is based around TV shows, right now you could easily create a new article for your site based on Game of Thrones by quoting a small part of two or three existing articles denouncing how the quality of writing on Game of Thrones has slipped and offer your contrasting thoughts. Just remember to link back to the original article and check the source site to make sure they are happy for this to happen. HubSpot has a great article on how to quote without stealing. Traffic To really start building your community, you need a steady flow of visitors from outside sources. The content you create will drive traffic into your community, but it sometimes needs a helping hand. Content from inside established communities can drive millions of impressions a month from search engines. It's worth making sure you're making good use of the built-in SEO tools. We recently performed a thorough review of how Invision Community optimises for SEO including adding features such as lazy loading. It is also a good idea to put your community link in your email signature, and share it widely via social media. A good number of our successful community owners have created a Facebook page, and a Twitter account for their community and share their best content over those social channels. Email is still a very powerful tool for creating an audience. We send out a monthly newsletter here at Invision Community, and articles we share with it are viewed at least four times as much as other articles. Engagement Once you have a steady stream of visitors consuming content on your site, you need to engage them to convert them from a casual visitor to a registered member, and then beyond. The first step is to get your visitor to register. While we recommend you make many forums open for guest viewing, we do recommend that you ask for guests to register before posting. We recently added a new feature called 'Post Before Registering' that allows guests to reply and sign-up in one simple activation flow. Most members initially join for selfish reasons. Perhaps they have a broken iPhone and want to ask for help. Or perhaps they came to ask how to fix a code problem. Generally speaking, they do not join out of altruism and a strong desire to help others. To convert a one-time poster to a regular contributor can take some work. Ensuring the default notifications include email when a new post is made will help encourage the poster to return. You can also tag the member in other discussions you feel may be interesting to them. We recently added a few new engagement features that also showcases other interesting content in notification based emails. Taking the time to welcome the member, and showing them how to access the best from your community can go a long way to making your site stand out. Taking the time to focus on these three core elements will help your community grow and prosper. You may not see overnight results, but over time you will start to see a huge difference in visitors, registrations and returning members. That wraps it up for this article. We'd love to know your thoughts on our suggestions and any strategies that you've used in the past that have worked well.
  8. Over the years, the world of cricket has enthralled fans with numerous competitions. From day-night Tests to the advent of T20 cricket, the sport continues to thrive with its continuous evolution to cater to the ever-increasing fan-following. But, amongst the multiple events that cricket has to offer, nothing comes close to the fanfare or popularity of the ICC World Cup. One of the highly-anticipated sporting events in the world, the quadrennial cricket event garners public interest and captures the imagination of enthusiasts like no other. Four years after the first-ever ODI match was played, the organisers blessed the cricket fans with the maiden World Cup that was held in England in 1975. Since then, there has been no turning back for this mega event. And, this year's tourney promises to be no different. © Reuters Slated to begin from 30th May, the twelfth edition of the ICC spectacle promises to be an exciting affair with the participating nations vying for cricket's biggest honour. The mother of all tournaments (as one might call it), this year's World Cup will witness 10 teams competing in a single group. Each team will play with the other nine sides once, and the top four at the end of the group stage will progress to the semifinals. With the World Cup just 10 days away, cricket fans have already begun pledging their allegiances to their favourite teams. From casual banter in the office to heated dinners at home, the World Cup is undoubtedly the hottest topic at the moment. But, as we count down the days for this year's ICC spectacle, here's a look at some crazy records that stand tall at the World Cup: Most Individual Runs © Reuters No player has scored more runs at the Cricket World Cup than Sachin Tendulkar; or even come close for that matter. He scored 2,278 runs at the tournament – more than 500 more than his nearest rival – at an average of 56.95. His highest score at the World Cup came against Namibia in 2003 when he hit 152, but it was his runs in the 2011 World Cup which inspired India to glory. India will be hoping the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli can emulate the Little Master in England & Wales this year. Most Wickets © Reuters Glenn McGrath lifted the coveted trophy three times and took more wickets than anyone else in the history of the tournament; it's fair to say that the Aussie great had a huge impact at the ICC World Cup. Between his debut at the tournament in 1996 and his final appearance in 2007, McGrath claimed 71 wickets in 39 games. He may have been nearing the end of his career, but his most prolific World Cup came in 2007 where he took 26 wickets - a tournament-best tally for most wickets at a single edition of the World Cup. Most Sixes © Reuters There is no surprise to see the record for the most sixes slammed at a World Cup being shared by swashbuckling AB de Villiers and marauding Chris Gayle. Gayle hit 26 of these sixes in the last World Cup in 2015, most of which were scored in his record-breaking innings against Zimbabwe. With AB de Villiers announcing his retirement in 2018, it has provided Gayle with the opportunity to go past his South African counterpart in this year's World Cup. Most Wickets In Consecutive Balls © Reuters Lasith Malinga could very well be playing his last World Cup this year, but, when he retires, the Sri Lankan great would surely be proud of his legacy at the mega event. Amongst his numerous records in international cricket, Malinga's devastating spell against South Africa at the 2007 World Cup remains one of our fondest memories of the right-arm seamer. One of the all-time classic World Cup matches, the clash between Sri Lanka and South Africa saw Malinga running through the Proteas batting order. Cruising to victory, the Proteas were just four runs away from beating the Lankans when Malinga set a new World Cup record with 4 wickets in 4 balls. While South Africa managed to hold their nerve and won the match, Malinga's fiery spell undoubtedly won hearts across the globe. Fastest Double Hundred © Reuters West Indies opener Chris Gayle hit the fastest double century in World Cup history in their victory over Zimbabwe in 2015. Gayle went on to hit a total of 16 sixes in 147 balls before he was out for 215 off the last delivery of his side's innings. The stand of 372 with Marlon Samuels was also a record partnership for any ODI wicket. West Indies amassed 372-2 from their 50 overs, and went on to beat Zimbabwe by 73 runs (D/L). Highest Team Score © Reuters At the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Australia produced a stunning performance to thrash Afghanistan in a record-breaking game. Glenn Maxwell smashed 88 from 45 balls to propel Australia to 417/6 - the highest team score at a World Cup. Other records tumbled, as Australia then went on to bowl Afghanistan out for just 142 in reply. The margin of victory was 275 runs – the highest ever recorded at a World Cup. Highest Successful Run-Chase © Reuters Another classic World Cup encounter came to the fore when England locked horns with minnows Ireland at the 2011 World Cup. Kevin O'Brien hit the fastest century in Cricket World Cup history as Ireland pulled off an astonishing victory over England in Bangalore. His 113 off 63 balls helped Ireland recover from 111-5 to overhaul the target of 328 runs with five balls to spare, making this the highest successful run-chase ever at a World Cup. Most Title Wins © Reuters Last, but surely not the least. Australia doesn't have a challenger when it comes to their rich history at the World Cup. In the 11 World Cups held so far, they have won the tournament on 5 occasions – including three consecutive wins between 1999-2007. They also hold the World Cup record for most match wins (62) and the highest win percentage of 75 per cent. Despite the recent controversy surrounding the reigning champions, they will go into this year's tournament with confidence in the knowledge that history is on their side.
  9. For most men, the contents of their underwear drawer don't hold as much importance as the clothes occupying the rest of their wardrobe. In reality, your innerwear is the unsung hero of every stylish outfit you've ever worn, and we're here to tell you that it deserves a lot more care and attention! After all, it acts as a crucial layer under your clothing, preventing your fancy clothes from being ruined by sweat, all the while keeping your nether regions cool. With that in mind, we've compiled the following list of innerwear for men who value their comfort as much as they prioritise their style. Here's Why Investing In Quality Men's Innerwear Is A Fashion No-Brainer 1. Saxx Men's Ultra Boxer Briefs © Amazon Combining the best features of boxers and briefs, boxer briefs are a recent but well-received addition to the world of innerwear for men, and this stylish multicoloured variant from Saxx showcases exactly why that's the case. Its ergonomic design, patented front support pouch, and internal mesh panels offer unmatched comfort and breathability. Flatlock seaming ensures that they feel smooth against your skin, preventing irritation and chafing, while moisture-wicking technology keeps you dry and comfortable all day long. Fabric Composition: 95% Viscose, 5% Spandex MRP: Rs. 7,728 Buy It Here 2. US Polo Association Men's Printed Boxers © Amazon Boxers are the clothing of choice when you plan to laze around at home, and this pair lets you do just that in grand style! While the rich red colour and the subtle checkered print elevate your style game, the pockets (located conveniently at the sides) offer some much-needed storage space. The pure cotton fabric lends it an extremely soft texture, which enhances your comfort as well. Fabric Composition: Pure combed cotton MRP: Rs. 649 Buy It Here 3. Van Heusen Men's Stretch Muscle Tee © Amazon So you've put in the hard yards at the gym, achieved the physique of your dreams, and want to show it off? This stretch muscle tee, part of the Van Heusen innerwear range, is the ideal garment to help you do that. Its soft, quick drying fabric offers great comfort, also drawing perspiration away from the skin to keep you cool and dry. Its shape retention feature increases its longevity, which also makes it a stylish part of your workout attire for a long time to come. Fabric Composition: Cotton & Elastane MRP: Rs. 439 Buy It Here 4. Under Armour Men's Charged Cotton Stretch 6” Boxerjock (3-Pack) © Amazon The wide variety of quality products has helped Under Armour become one of the premier innerwear brands in India (as well as across the world) when it comes to workout gear. As such, this 3-pack would make for an indispensable part of your gym attire. Why, you ask? Well, the lightweight HeatGear® fabric offers superb performance besides quickly wicking moisture away. Its 4-way stretch construction helps it move better in every direction, making your stretches effortless. When you're done working out, its anti-odour technology prevents the growth of odour-causing microbes, so you don't have to worry about smelling bad either! Fabric Composition: 90% Polyester, 10% Elastane MRP: Rs. 7,365 Buy It Here 5. Tommy John Second Skin Stay-Tucked Undershirt © Tommy John When it comes to innerwear for men, an undershirt is one of the most useful garments you can own. This variant from Tommy John lives up to its name by conforming to your body like a second skin, without being restrictive. The highlight is its patented Stay-Tucked design that stays tucked, dry, and hidden all day long. The long, tapered design eliminates excess material hanging loose underneath your shirt, while the enhanced stretch and recovery ensures that it never loses its shape. Fabric Composition: 90% Non-Pilling Micro Modal, 10% Spandex MRP: Rs. 3,022 (excluding shipping) Buy It Here 6. Gildan Platinum Men's Briefs (6-Pack) © Amazon Briefs are the underwear style that most men start out with, and this six pack from Gildan makes for a great choice. Available in classic shades of grey and black, they feature pull-on closure and leg bands that stay securely in place all day long. Having eliminated the annoying bunching up around the legs that is unfortunately prevalent in so many pieces of men's innerwear even today, they also feature Cool Spire moisture wicking technology, which keeps you comfortable all day long. Fabric Composition: Pure cotton MRP: Rs. 4,571 Buy It Here 7. Jockey Men's Vest (3-Pack) © Amazon There's more to the catalogue of Jockey innerwear for men than those iconic boxers and briefs that we're used to, as this three-pack of vests stylishly demonstrates. Part of the 'Modern Classic' collection, the contoured armhole and deep round neck styling ensures a comfortable fit. The double-reinforced shoulder strap seams enhance their longevity, while the extended length make them suitable for tucking in. Another handy feature is the fact that these are label free, which means no more scratching behind your neck all day! Fabric Composition: Pure Cotton MRP: Rs. 477 Buy It Here
  10. You can trust Akshay Kumar to take up interesting projects and add versatility to his already super versatile career path. The man knows exactly what kind of movies he needs to pick, which serve a bigger purpose than merely entertaining the audience. Last seen as a Sikh warrior in 'Kesari', Khiladi Kumar is all set for his next movie 'Laxmmi Bomb' and his first look has got everyone screaming. View this post on Instagram âªBringing you one bomb of a story,#LaxmmiBomb starring @kiaraaliaadvani & yours truly!Bursting in cinemas on 5th June,2020ð¥ Fox Star Studios Presents A Cape of Good Films Production in association with Shabinaa Entertainment & Tusshar Entertainment House Written by Farhad Samji Directed by Raghava Lawrence Produced by Aruna Bhatia, Cape of Good films Produced by Shabinaa Khan and Tusshar Produced by Fox Star Studios @foxstarhindi @shabskofficial @tusshark89 #CapeOfGoodFilms A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on May 17, 2019 at 10:43pm PDT Now, you must be wondering what this kohl-rimmed-eyes look is all about. The movie is a remake of Southern hit film 'Kanchana' which was the second part of a two-part movie franchise directed by Raghava Lawrence. The movie follows the story of a man who gets possessed by the ghost of a transgender woman, who is looking for vendetta against the people who ruined her life. This looks like a very interesting role for Akshay and social media is abuzz with raving reviews of his first look. A completely Different role of @akshaykumar sir, Never fear to take risk in his career. Akki is truly KHATRON KE KHILADI. Kalwon ise kahte Risk lena, Rom-com ko Risky Gener Bana Diya tha salon ne.ð#LaxmmiBomb pic.twitter.com/ujZ8XtTbMp — Ankit (@iAnkitbdj) May 18, 2019 I've watched #Kanchana and have thoroughly enjoyed that movie. I genuinely wish that #LaxmmiBomb starring @akshaykumar & @Advani_Kiara do live upto the expectations set. And I must say, Akki's first look has already impressed me! ð®ð¹ð® pic.twitter.com/dg06a2OIQp — Samina Shaikh (@saminaUFshaikh) May 18, 2019 #LaxmmiBomb : F A B U L O U S & O U T S T A N D I N @akshaykumar bringing sum new concept That is y he is very versatile actor ð #AkshayKumar more power to you B O O M ð¥ð¥. ð¥ð¥ð¥ð¥ ab BO pe patakhe phutege pic.twitter.com/9zcQH2hOFg — Bollywood Crazy (@BollywoodCrazy_) May 18, 2019 The movie is already a big hit down South and with a very intriguing story line, looks like it will work well in Bollywood as well. 'Laxmmi Bomb' is all set to release next June in 2020.
  11. Vijay Deverakonda is one name that needs no introduction. At least not anymore. He made his film debut in Telugu cinema in 2011 and in a span of 8 years, Vijay has become the nation's heartthrob. This heartthrob turned 30 today, and so, on his birthday, let's take a look at 10 photos of him which scream that Bollywood should cast him as a lead actor already: View this post on Instagram Kerala ⤠Sugamaano? :) Photographer - Comrade @rashmika_mandanna A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Apr 14, 2019 at 5:33am PDT If the name doesn't ring a bell, he is best known for his films 'Arjun Reddy' and 'Dear Comrade'. View this post on Instagram I'll takeover from here. Also, @therowdyclub Fashion takeover is on :) 1M downloads, international shipping (USA) Suit: @dhruvvaish / Rowdy collaboration Shoes: @louboutinworld Stylist: @shravyavarma Stand: Lamborghini Gallardo A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Apr 3, 2019 at 7:49am PDT Vijay is the only Indian actor to feature in the Forbes' '30 under 30' list. View this post on Instagram Today we set the screens on ð¥ Lots of laughter ð and screams ð± forecasted! A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Nov 16, 2018 at 11:12pm PST Vijay is also probably the only 'Taxiwala' who is so hot that people will never argue with him. Nor will they mind paying extra for their journey. View this post on Instagram Yes. You. Yes I am looking at you. Styled by @shravyavarma in an @sshomme outfit. A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Jul 3, 2018 at 7:32am PDT Born in Warangal, this handsome hunk has a massive fan following. I mean, getting 3.3 million people to follow you without following anyone back? It's not a small deal. View this post on Instagram Thinking about Teleportation. A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Jun 8, 2018 at 12:39am PDT One look at his Instagram and you know this guy is what fashion goals are made of. View this post on Instagram Busy Year ahead ð Starting Last night at #Mahanati! A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on May 1, 2018 at 11:14pm PDT While everyone in the country is going gaga over Janhvi Kapoor, she has a crush on Vijay Deverakonda. She revealed the same on 'Koffee With Karan 6' where she appeared with her brother Arjun Kapoor. View this post on Instagram Tea stall, cigarette break. Will quit this shit as soon as I find a T-Shirt I like. I am you. I am the Rowdy you. www.rowdyclub.in A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Jul 13, 2018 at 6:51am PDT Jahnvi even jokingly said that if she woke up as Vijay Deverakonda, she would sign up a movie with her soon. View this post on Instagram Stare. A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Oct 19, 2018 at 12:38am PDT It won't be wrong to say that this powerhouse of talent is the most eligible bachelor right now, not just in Telugu film industry, but in the whole country. View this post on Instagram The art of living. A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Sep 24, 2018 at 9:09am PDT Vijay's brilliant performance in 'Arjun Reddy' won him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu. The movie is now being remade in Hindi with Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani and is called 'Kabir Singh'. View this post on Instagram 1 year! Until next time me and sandeep meet, you'll have to make do with this. #ArjunReddy P.S. This was the first picture we took. A post shared by Vijay Deverakonda (@thedeverakonda) on Aug 25, 2018 at 2:15am PDT
  12. Today's episode of 'Game Of Thrones' was a mental preparation for fans to be ready for the major 'Dracarys' heatwave that is going to come in the next two episodes. Queen Khaleesi is mad for the Iron Throne right now, but giving her tough competition is the self-proclaimed heir, Cersei Lannister. Everyone knows the evil queen is a master of manipulation and has a lot of tricks up her sleeve. © HBO Now, there's a new theory that has emerged after today's episode, about Sansa having an epic face-off with Cersei. She is the unofficial queen of Winterfell and people believe that the 'queen' being talked about in Cersei's prophecy is Sansa and not the Dragon Queen. According to the prophecy, Cersei will lose her children and will rule until “another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.” Also, Sansa has not killed anyone, yet, so there is a chance that she will get a strong storyline and maybe, the throne as well. If you think about it, she has learnt her art of manipulation and diplomacy from the cruellest minds around her, including Cersei herself. © HBO Jon has cheated death way too many times to remain lucky until the end, Dany is going crazy and will be a very predictable heir and Arya, well, she has no interest in getting the throne. While all these major characters have been sharpening their physical and fighting skills all this while, Sansa, on the other hand, has been acing a mental war and gaining popularity for her way of handling situations. Now, it will be very interesting to see if goes head to head with Cersei.
  13. Despite what the internet might have you believe, being stylish doesn't require you to stay abreast of all the latest fashion trends, or break the bank to keep up with them. The simple truth is that if you're looking to up your style quotient, there are several quicker, easier, and more affordable ways to go about it. Rather than hopping from one trend to another, upgrading what's already in your wardrobe can make quite the difference. Often overlooked in favour of some of the more recognised staples of the male wardrobe, we've put together a list of some underrated fashion upgrades you can make to instantly look more stylish. Whether it's the best underwear for men , the finest men's socks, or other fashionable accessories to embellish your overall appearance, here's what you need to invest in. Upgrade 1: Pull Up Your Socks © Pexels Although this article is all about pulling up your metaphorical socks in terms of your style quotient, we're going to start off by encouraging you to do so quite literally as well! While putting together a stylish outfit, a lot of men commit the fashion faux pas of not paying enough attention to their socks. You can pick out the perfect clothes and the finest shoes, but you'll never feel completely at ease if your socks are too itchy, too loose, or simply too garish (which often ends up being the case). Save yourself the trouble by building up a collection of the best socks for men , allowing you to finish off any ensemble with a final flourish of footwear. The wide range of colours, patterns, and prints out there even affords you the opportunity to move away from your plain old black or white cotton variants, and put your best foot forward! Upgrade 2: Indulge In Some 'Waist' Management © Pexels Even though most men wear one quite often, a belt also happens to be one of the most criminally underused fashion accessories in any man's wardrobe. In fact, most men tend to have just one in their wardrobe at any given time, wearing it everywhere and only bothering to replace it when it's almost falling apart. In reality, a well-chosen belt can even be the literal centerpiece of your outfit. And while owning black and brown leather variants is just the bare minimum, an additional colourful option (preferably in a woven fabric) will offer a more laid-back option, especially if you're going for a relaxed summer vibe. Upgrade 3: Take A 'Brief' Pause To Up Your Innerwear Game © Wikimedia Commons Even though they're meant to be hidden from public viewing, that doesn't give you a free pass to persist with the same old underwear style that you've owned for years. There will always be a more snug fit, a more flattering cut, or a more comfortable fabric that you're missing out on if you don't overhaul your underwear drawer from time to time. That's why investing in some of the newer styles, such as the best boxer briefs for men is a smart fashion upgrade. Even if you want to stay true to the classics, the best briefs for men have moved on from what you're used to, and the newer variants can undoubtedly help up your innerwear game. Upgrade 4: Jazz Up Your Suits © Pixabay Whether you wear it to an important meeting or a wedding (or the same one to both), almost every man's wardrobe includes a smart suit. With every other man wearing the same thing, how can you stand out from the rest? As it happens, it's the small details that make all the difference. Investing in quality accessories like cufflinks, pocket squares, lapel pins, and tie bars can set you apart from the Barney Stinsons of the world. Not only do they speak volumes about your superior sense of style, they even allow you the opportunity to give your suit a personal touch and make it unique.
  14. Earphones come at various prices but often sacrifice something in order to keep the cost down. In fact, accurate sound reproduction needs multiple drivers to work in tandem to reproduce sound in a specific frequency range. Most speakers do this as it has a woofer driver for bass and tweeters for higher frequencies. Good speakers or earphones also have a mid-range driver to handle frequencies that come in between. 1More has managed to fit four drivers in earphones which is something very rare. Fitting multiple drivers in earphones is a huge challenge simply because there isn't much space. Most earphones just use one driver to handle all of these frequencies which often ruins the sound experience. That's why you can buy earphones for a few hundred rupees. Which is fine for casual listening but utter garbage for audiophiles. © 1More 1More Quad Driver earphones are probably my favourite pair of earphones right now. I thought the triple driver variant was quite impressive but the Quad driver version takes the cake. These earphones have four small drivers in each of the earbuds. Two armature drivers, a single driver for ultra-high frequencies and a dynamic driver that take cares of bass and mid-range frequencies. This results in crystal clear sound with much details and with a frequency response of 20 - 40,000Hz. That beats most headphones you can buy in the market right now. It's Not Only About the Sound © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Today, premium earphones don't only need to sound amazing, they also need to look the part. 1More earbuds are built with premium material that also gives flexing rights to the owner. The earbuds are made of aluminium and are as durable it could be. It has red trims with tungsten accents and are very comfortable to wear. The cable is also built with Kevlar, which is tangle-free and reduces noise (when obstructed with objects or clothing) when being used for making phone calls. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to fit, 1More has given 8 extra pair of tips that will ensure you a perfect fit for your type of ear. The included tips come with a selection of silicon or foam which is always neat to have. The packing also comes with a travel adapter which you can use on planes and a 1/4" male plug. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla You can store all these accessories with the supplied premium leather case which is most useful when you are always on the move. Overall, the earphones come in ultra-luxurious packaging which you can't find anywhere else. Listening Experience The listening experience on the 1More Quad Driver earphones was nothing short of impressive. We listened to different genres and even used it to play games on our PC. The bast was solid and not overwhelming and the highs were on point. The sound had incredible detail and crystal clear. It proved that having multiple drivers significantly improved the listening experience. To notice details, our go-to test track is Michale Jackson's “Thriller” as it has the balance required in a song. The kicks sounded crystal clear while the bassline was not too overwhelming. The main pads and chords sound spectacular as we could pick out each instrument individually. We noticed a real difference when we plugged in our earphones to our Dolby 7.1 amp on our gaming PC. With surround sound enabled, the 1More Quad Driver could handle sound with great detail. While reviewing Mortal Kombat 11, we could hear sounds in the background and sounds that would fly right over the head. We could also notice birds chirping at the back of the head which is unheard of on earphones. It's probably because these earphones are also THX certified which means watching movies with these earphones is a dream. The Final Say The earphones cost Rs 13,499 in India but should be priced at least double for everything it has on offer. It's got great sound, luxurious packaging and great accessories. It can even handle AAA games like 'Mortal Kombat' to deliver the required surround sound experience. If you are looking for premium earphones, the buck stops here.
  15. On Monday, a couple of hours before the final list of India's top 15 cricketers who will be representing the nation in the greatest contest of the cricketing world, was declared, former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh shared his thoughts on the decision to select one of two players in particular. In an interview with India Today, Bhajji spoke about the lack of need of a secondary or backup wicket-keeper to the current man behind the stumps, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Showing his utmost faith in the former skipper, he believes that the Indian squad are more than good enough to be successful at the 2019 ICC World Cup with just a single wicket-keeping maestro, thereby also announced his apprehensions about both Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant being selected. “It's not that Dhoni does not have niggles. Playing cricket with him I know he has some back issues but with his experience, he knows how to play with all that,” Singh told India Today. © Reuters Not to let his devotion toward Dhoni get the better of him, Harbhajan also spoke of how KL Rahul is well qualified and experienced to fill in Mahi's shoes if the 37-year-old suffered a serious injury. “I don't think you need any backup for Dhoni unless he suffers from any major injury during the World Cup. In case of any minor niggle, you do have KL Rahul in the squad who can keep.” Singh also showed some love for the Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer, Navdeep Saini, who's fresh bowling style and raw pace has not only impressed cricketers like Sourav Ganguly and himself during 2019 season of the Indian Premier League but also in the domestic circuit. “You need a fourth specialist seamer in England too and Navdeep Saini would be my pick. Not just because he has bowled well in IPL which in itself is credible in Bangalore's batting friendly wickets but also because he has won Ranji matches in the past, so he comes with domestic experience,” he said.
  16. Your underwear forms the foundation of your outfit, and how comfortable you feel in your clothes has a LOT to do with making the right choice of underwear. However, with the wide variety of styles, cuts, fabrics, colours, and prints out there, making that choice is not the straightforward decision it once used to be. Apart from the obvious question of whether they look good or not, you also have to factor in long-term comfort, support for your privates, the right range of movement and concealment, as well as keeping sweat and body odour at bay. Faced with all these decisions, knowing what will not only fit your body type, but also fit seamlessly into your personal style is half the battle won. There are several styles for you to choose from, which is where we, at MensXP, can be of assistance. Our guide to underwear styles can help narrow down your options, taking your underwear game to the next level by helping you make all the right choices. Style 1: Briefs © Pexels This classic, standard style that we all know from our childhood is made for comfort and support. The best briefs for men are defined by their distinctive Y-shaped front, elastic waistband, and just enough fabric to cover the essentials (namely your package and backside!) while leaving your upper thighs exposed. Pros: Thanks to their excellent support and minimal coverage, they're the underwear of choice if you're wearing slim-fit jeans or fitted trousers. They're much less likely to ride up as compared to other styles, so you won't have to keep adjusting them either. Cons: Although available in a variety of cuts and colours, they're not the most visually appealing garment to own, and can also accentuate stocky figures. Style 2: Boxers © Shutterstock Boxers are shorts that are designed to be loose-fitting, airy, and roomy, with an elastic waistband, and straight leg openings that extend down the legs to varying degrees. They usually have an open fly, to offer the wearer an exit route with maximum ease. Pros: If you're chilling at home on your day off, nothing feels more comfortable than a pair of boxers. Breathable and roomy, the best boxers for men offer a freedom of movement that is simply unmatched. They're also perfect for men who don't like revealing underwear thanks to the increased coverage they provide. Cons: Due to their baggy nature, they tend to bunch up uncomfortably underneath your trousers. Another problem that arises due to them being loose and free is sweat, which falls off your body and gathers in the most uncomfortable places. Style 3: Boxer Briefs © Pixabay If you combine the best features of boxers and briefs, you get the best boxer briefs for men , a hybrid style that retains the longer leg of the boxer as well as the snug fit of the brief. Pros: Highly versatile and universally flattering, they're the reigning champions of the underwear game. They offer tons of support downstairs, and can be worn as part of any outfit without fear of unwanted sweat, body odour, or bunching up. Cons: Although they're less prone to riding up than most styles, you might experience it if you sit for an extended period of time. This happens because they extend further down your legs than briefs, which end in the natural crease between your legs and torso. Style 4: Trunks © Pexels This style sits somewhere between briefs and boxer briefs, perfect for those who can't bring themselves to choose between the two. Trunks are a newer style of underwear, but one that's quickly gaining popularity. The best trunks for men have the skin-hugging fit of briefs with legs shorter than boxer briefs, creating a simple square-cut silhouette. Pros: The body-hugging fit means that they can be worn comfortably with slim-fit trousers and denims while still offering enough room for gents who hate constriction. The close fit has the added bonus of preventing sweat from soaking through, enhancing your comfort. Cons: Finding the right cut and size of trunks is the key to ensuring your comfort, because a low-cut variant leaves you open to the risk of public embarrassment every time you bend down (unless you wear your shirts tucked in for the rest of your life). Style 5: And, The Rest! © Pexels Although the underwear styles mentioned above are what you usually find on store shelves or online, that's not where your options end. There are a whole host of styles that aren't as common, but can still be valuable additions to you underwear drawer based on personal preference. After all, the key to selecting the best underwear for men is to find options for every possible scenario! For men who like the freedom that going commando affords them but are not quite ready to take the plunge, options like the thong, bikini brief, and g-string are worth looking into. These styles also work best for men with well-sculpted bodies who like to show off the results of their hard work, as they provide maximum exposure while still protecting your modesty. Whether you want to flaunt your stuff or just enjoy freedom when you walk around, this is the way to go.
  17. If you ever wished for Monday to be eliminated from the calendar altogether, trust me you're not alone. There's some air around this day that makes everyone hate it. I mean, there has to be something seriously wrong with this day if people look for motivation to survive through the day. So much so that they make '#MondayMotivation' trend every week, every month and every year. Talking about the hashtag 'Monday Motivation', one honorary contribution was made today by Abhishek Bachchan. The actor took to social media to share this inspiring quote with Floyd Mayweather's picture in the background. The quote read, "To be the best you have to work overtime." #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/omFsCjfGfY — Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) April 8, 2019 If only reading these inspiring quotes made us half as productive as our bosses expect us to be, things will be so much more convenient and better for us. And looks like we are not alone in thinking this way. Bollywood's King Khan aka Shah Rukh Khan too feels the same way, at least his tweet does. Shah Rukh Khan was quick to reply to Bachchan's tweet and wrote, "Thanks baby. Got this. Now please motivate me to Work On Time too!!" We feel you SRK, the struggle is way too real. Thanks baby. Got this. Now please motivate me to Work On Time too!! https://t.co/9qejCH9tIx — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 8, 2019 Everytime we find something interesting on the internet, the first thing you do is tag our work BFF and then wait for them to comment and react to it. Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan's twitter interaction too looks like what we have with our work BFFs everyday.
  18. Hardik Pandya might have courted controversy on his last TV show appearance. He may have deservedly attracted flak and, later, suspension from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his comments. And, more recently, he might have been summoned by Indian cricket board's Ombudsman, Justice DK Jain, to be present for the hearings in relation to his controversial remarks about women. But, despite all that, hand this young lad a cricket bat and he'll show you what an absolute nightmare he can be for the opposition bowlers - something that's becoming more of a trend in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season. The 25-year-old began this season with a forgettable duck against Delhi Capitals (DC) who eventually shocked the three-time IPL champions with a 37-run triumph. But, since then, there's been no looking back for Pandya. Twitter/@IPL He smashed a 14-ball 32 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and, then, a 19-ball 31 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). But, he saved his best for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) who bore the brunt of Pandya's willow at the Wankhede stadium on 3rd April. Against RCB, Pandya's blitzkrieg allowed Mumbai to accelerate from an average-looking 145 after 16 overs to a competitive 187 after 20. And, at home against CSK, the swashbuckling right-hander, once again, got a meandering Mumbai innings out of a ditch with an absolute carnage of an innings. Coming out to bat in the 17th over, Hardik swapped places with elder brother Krunal and was looking to give more strike to settled Suryakumar Yadav. He couldn't score a run on his first delivery and then a single on the second got him off strike in the 18th over. But, after Yadav got dismissed on the last delivery of the over, the right-handed batsman knew it was time to unleash the beast. Twitter/@IPL He smashed Shardul Thakur for a towering six over square leg on the first delivery of the penultimate over and followed it up with a single. With Hardik off strike, Kieron Pollard could only manage seven runs off four deliveries including a six on the fifth ball. At 141/5, with just six deliveries to go, both Hardik and Pollard knew they needed to up the ante to help Mumbai post a competitive total. M15: MI vs CSK – Hardik Pandya Six https://t.co/GjfmMNB7va via @ipl — Dixit Bhargav (@dixitbhargav09) April 3, 2019 While Pollard smashed a six on the third delivery (a no-ball) and ran three runs on the legitimate ball (a free-hit), Hardik went hammer and tongs at Dwayne Bravo on the last three balls of the final over. He helicoptered Bravo's yorker into the top tier - something MS Dhoni would have also enjoyed - on the fourth delivery. Then, he punched a drive through extra cover for a boundary. And, finally, slashing a fuller delivery over third man to finish with a six. MUST WATCH: The Pollard-Pandya last over carnage ð®ð® Full video here â¶ï¸https://t.co/7kgiaB3Nsc #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/pLdU2pyRID — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 3, 2019 A staggering 29 runs came off Bravo's final over wherein Hardik was responsible for 17, Pollard scored 10 and two came as extras. From reeling at 119/4 in 17 overs, Mumbai romped their way to 170/5 - thanks to a slambang 8-ball 25 from Hardik and 7-ball 17 from Pollard. In 37 innings since the 2017 edition of the IPL, Hardik has come in to bat with roughly 26 balls remaining in the innings, which is extremely low for a hitter of his ability in a T20 game. While that may raise questions on Mumbai's decision to keep him much down the batting order, it undoubtedly highlights what kind of an influence, in just a few deliveries, this young bloke can have on a game - something Team India would need in the all-important ICC World Cup, slated to begin from 30th May.
  19. The Indian gaming industry is seeing a rapid growth, thanks to behemoths like Tencent, who're actively making an active investment. If everything goes well, digital gaming in India is expected to grow into a billion-dollar market. But it's not all roses here when it comes to gaming. According to a report by a US-based cloud services provider Limelight Networks, it looks like Indian gamers are seriously addicted to gaming. An alarming rate of Indians are even compromising on basic things like meals, sleep, and even work for playing online games. © Pexels Apparently, close to 50-per cent gamers in the country are considering quitting their jobs to take up gaming as a profession. I mean, I like the enthusiasm, but I am not sure if they all realize the risks involved. The report highlights that Indian gamers are spending nearly seven hours each week playing online games. Close to 24 per cent of players are admitting to playing for more than seven hours a week, whereas over 11 per cent of them say they indulge for more than 12 hours in a given week. To shed some more light on the matter, the report further notes that 45 per cent of Indian gamers accepted that they have missed sleep to play games. It doesn't stop there, as 35 per cent of gamers say they've missed out on spending time with their friends or going out on a date. And surprisingly, the report says that close to 24 per cent of gamers have skipped work just to play games. If not, it looks like nearly 20 per cent of gamers play at work on a daily basis. © Unsplash As I said, I like the optimism, but it's important that they need to understand the risks involved too. Professional gamers, spend more 10-15 hours a day grinding to perfect their gameplay. Twitch streamers & professional gamers like Shroud, DrDisrespect, etc., spend way too much time playing games. Some of them have even talked about the mental and physical health issues which they have to go through to put so much work. As much as I am excited about Indian gamers coming out of the closet, I am equally concerned about the addiction and other factors that are involved. Well, let's just hope that people understand what they're getting into, and it's not just because of the on-going 'PUBG' fad. I say that because a lot of Indian gamers and streamers are doing extremely well playing these new titles. Naturally, the people enjoying their streams and gameplay are bound to get attracted. However, it's important to see the full picture and balance everything before being able to support oneself as a professional gamer. If not, then this needs to stop before it's too late.
  20. It's Game Developer's Week and Google just stole the show with a game streaming service called 'Stadia' that challenges the current status quo of the gaming industry. The service will let users stream AAA demanding games to PC, Mobiles, Tablets, Chromecast and Laptops from the cloud and is expected to launch sometime in 2019. Having said that, the streaming service is not scheduled to launch in India anytime soon. There are many contributing factors such as low internet speeds and general infrastructure that is currently not up to the mark when compared to the US, Canada, UK, and Europe. If you want to know how Stadia works and what all it can do, you can read all about it here. © YouTube However, India is one of the fastest growing markets for internet services where the country is the second largest market for smartphones. India also has the cheapest internet plans across all service providers which has increased the number of internet users in India tenfold. For Google, this is potentially the biggest untapped market as mobile gaming in India has become the preferred choice of platform for Indian gamers. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla With the sudden success of PUBG Mobile, demand for gaming smartphones has increased ever since the phenomenon took over the country. It proves that India has a huge pool of gamers on smartphones that have made games like PUBG a huge success. Smartphone gaming is extremely important for Indian customers and Google's new service can potentially provide AAA gaming to an audience that can't afford to build their own PCs or buy new consoles. For many, it will be a first-time experience that will no longer be exclusive to the affluent or passionate gamer. Gaming Is Expensive In India © MensXP Gaming is an expensive affair in India and if you want to get a real feel of India's gaming scene, Akhil Arora from NDTV paints the true picture in his piece here. Games are generally sold in India for $60 ( a direct conversion) for an audience that does not earn in the same currency. The story gets worse for hardware because of India's harsh import duties and taxes on gaming consoles. As NDTV points out “A salaried middle-class Indian has to work 9-14 times more to afford a PS4.” It's a real problem here that can be resolved by Google's Stadia platform. Not only does the streaming service makes games accessible and cheaper, but it also lets users play games on devices they already own. For the first time in India's gaming industry history, AAA gaming can be mainstream and affordable thanks to services like Stadia. What Are The Barriers? © Youtube Let's face it, India does not have the required infrastructure to support game streaming at the moment, at least on a large scale. Even though ISPs now offer Gigabit connections, it's still not as widespread as it should be. Having said that, India is on the path of rapid Digital development with companies like Jio making fibernet accessible and affordable for the average Indian. Latency is the obvious issue here that needs to address which we can only know when Google Stadia launches. © Reuters Coming back to smartphone gaming, 5G is said to support smooth game streaming, however, we won't see 5G services launch in India before 2021. In fact, we don't even know how well game streaming will run as it has not been tested in the real world yet. Having said that, the future does look bright for Google Stadia in India, as the country's infrastructure is growing at a rapid pace and doesn't look like it will slow down anytime soon. Sure, it may be a few years away but sooner or later, Google Stadia will change the game for an average Indian gamer. Are you interested in Google's Stadia platform? Would you like to play AAA games on your smartphone or tablet? Let us know in the comments what you think about Stadia.ee
  21. When it comes to redemption in the domain of style, no one in Bollywood quite had it as successfully as a certain Mr Suniel Shetty. From shabby, ill-fitting clothes during the '90s to being the picture of suavity currently, at the age of 57 (what?), his style game has only improved with age - just like fine wine. What sets him apart from the crowd is his versatility, especially his comfort with pulling off traditional Indian wear as nonchalantly as athleisure. The way he pulls off a dhoti like it's no big deal, is one for the books, and here are 8 times he wore it, rocked it, and showed it why it needs to come back to our wardrobes immediately. 1. When he wore it with a smart black sherwani and paired it with a pocket square and black leather jootis. © Viral Bhayani 2. When he went for the most basic but most sophisticated outfit ever - the white dhoti with a white kurta. © Viral Bhayani 3. When he added a classy twist to the all-white dhoti kurta combo with a blue bandhgala waistcoat. © Instagram 4. A grey dhoti with a black border? Yes, please! © Twitter/SunielShetty_FC 5. Chillin' in the sun in a dhoti > Chillin' by the pool. © Instagram 6. When was the last time you saw someone casually taking a stroll by the mall in a dhoti? © Twitter/SunielShetty_FC 7. A black kurta on a white dhoti can look fierce. © Instagram 8. To being truly Indian - spiritually and sartorially. © Instagram Applause, Anna.
  22. Following the ODI series against the visiting Australian cricket team comes as a wake-up call for the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI). It gives a hint of how dire a situation they are in right now and what kind of competition they are looking at in the ICC World Cup 2019 come June. It was also a reminder of how badly do they still need Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be included in the final roster. Virat Kohli's Commander In Chief © Reuters Yes, Virat Kohli has proven his worth maybe a million times both as a batsman and a leader and his efforts were even recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) when they honoured the 30-year-old with three of the most prestigious awards in the game - Men's Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and ODI Cricketer of the Year while also naming him the captain of the Test and ODI Teams of the Year. However, the man himself has agreed to the fact that he can afford the luxury of fielding at the boundary whenever Dhoni plays from his team. A big fan of the former skipper's ability to lead, Kohli trusts Dhoni's decision-making, especially in crunch time, when the match is on the line. Kohli's frustration and anger in the final overs of Indian bowling in the fifth ODI were enough to understand how gravely he missed having 'Mahi Bhai' by his side. Skills Behind The Stumps © Reuters Rishabh Pant may turn out to be a great substitute for MSD in due course of time and as his childhood coach Tarak Sinha very rightly said that it is unfair to compare a seasoned veteran like Dhoni to a fresher like Pant. Having said that, Pant will get a lot of chances to brush up his skills behind the wicket. For now, at least till the World Cup is over, India can't afford to have the kind of slip-ups the 21-year-old did in the last two ODIs. "Yeh aank band karke rokega. Dusra waala daal sakta hai isko." MS Dhoni from behind the stumps reads Boult, suggests Kuldeep to bowl a googly. Kuldeep obliges and Rohit takes a simple catch at first slip. NZ have been bowled out for 157. #CricketMeriJaan #NZvIND — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 23, 2019 India also missed how Dhoni reads the game and the batsman's mind and instructs the bowlers accordingly. Success of Indian spinners in the recent past has a lot to do with Dhoni's observations from behind the stumps. On the contrary, his absence from the roster has led to bowlers like Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav being thrashed by the batsmen from Down Under. Dependable On The Crease © Reuters His capabilities as a batsman also needs to be taken into account. Albeit his consistency to score big runs and hit long shots has gone down drastically in recent days, but one can still bet on Dhoni's ability to stay on the crease. During the T20I and ODI series in New Zealand and the partnership between him and Jadhav, Dhoni made sure that his side doesn't lose any more wickets while enabling his partner to score big runs on strike. His Locker-Room Aura © Reuters Finally, just the mere presence of a personality like Dhoni in the locker room brings a sense of stability to the team. After the win in the first ODI, Jadhav openly advocated that notion: “Every time I see 'Mahi bhai', it instills confidence in me. That sort of aura is like, that you see him and feel that 'I will deliver today'. He has the knack of getting the best out of every player and that's what everybody loves about him.”
  23. When it comes to budget smartphones and the Indian market, Xiaomi has managed to build a brand name that delivers smartphones with aggressive pricing. It's not only the pricing that matters, but smartphones also need to work and need to work well. Redmi, now a sub-brand of Xiaomi has managed to do just that, deliver great smartphones with an attractive price. However, Xiaomi steps up the game with the Redmi Note 7 Pro with upgraded specifications and a camera that can challenge even some of the top-tier smartphones. Xiaomi has also upgraded the design with captivating colours for users who prefer to be trendy and fashionable. It retails in India for Rs 13,990 and comes in different configurations. It has a 48-megapixel primary camera paired with a 5-megapixel sensor for portrait shots at the rear and a 13-megapixel sensor selfie shooter. We've been using the smartphone for a while to find out whether it's still the king of budget smartphones. Here's our review of the Redmi Note 7 Pro: Design And Display Xiaomi has completely overhauled the Redmi Note series with a beautiful gradient design that catches the light. It's something similar to what we've seen on other smartphones. However, the Redmi Note 7 Pro stands out from the crowd thanks to its bold colours. What's cool about the design is that the smartphone has an all-glass design both at the front and the back with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. This makes the smartphone a tad bit heavier than the previous iterations; however, we like the solid feel to the smartphone. We particularly like the Nebula Red colour which we got to see at the launch event. At the front, Xiaomi as a dewdrop notch display that removes the additional bezels you may have seen in previous models. The design of the smartphone feels very premium and very similar to what you would find on the iPhone XR. It feels solid and does not feel like a budget smartphone from any angle. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Xiaomi also retains the headphone jack which is always a plus in our books and has now added Type-C support. We can finally transfer files faster and charge a Redmi smartphone quicker than ever before. In addition, the Redmi Note 7 Pro also has a p2i nano-coating which protects the smartphone from accidental spills. It's not water-resistant, but it will protect your smartphone from water spills in your bathroom. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS LCD display with a resolution 1080x2340 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. For a smartphone that costs less than Rs 15,000, the display is quite sharp and accurate for an LCD. Sure, it's not the best you find as compared to flagship level smartphones but it does a fair job at colour reproduction and brightness. The colours on the display do not look oversaturated and look close to real-life. The brightness is also solid as it comes in handy when viewing it directly under sunlight. It has a brightness level of 477 nits which is quite impressive for an LCD panel. Camera © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Redmi Note 7 Pro's star attraction is its 48 MP rear Sony IMX 586 sensor that delivers some of the most amazing pictures we've seen on a budget smartphone. We've seen this sensor on the Honor View 20 before and it manages to deliver some great details and clarity in images. It captures the right colours and delivers some of the most beautiful pictures in HDR mode. In fact, sometimes we couldn't believe we shot these images with a budget smartphone. Most of these pictures were shown in 21MP however you can always take the full 48MP images by toggling the feature in the settings. Budget smartphones tend to struggle in low-light photography however Xiaomi has introduced its new Night Mode in MIUI 10. The new model does manage to take brighter images in low light which the budget smartphone was unable to do previously. The dynamic range also plays a crucial role in delivering these shots. It works very similar to Google's Night Shot as it combines different a series of images taken in different contrast levels to give you a better low-light image. Overall, we were quite pleased with the camera performance and even raises the question for the need of flagship level smartphones. Sure, flagship smartphones have great cameras but the gap is being closed quite rapidly thanks to smartphones like Redmi Note 7 Pro. Gallery View this post on Instagram Pictures shot using the #redminote7pro. Loving the night mode and it's quite decent from a phone that doesn't break the bank. #xiaomi #smartphones #gadgets #techie #technology #tech A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Mar 10, 2019 at 11:44pm PDT Software Performance The Redmi Note 7 Pro ships with MIUI 10 and we would like to address the elephant in the room. MIUI 10 does have advertisements and if you wish to disable them you can do it by following these steps. Having said that, these advertisements are a bit annoying especially when you install a new application. Xiaomi has a security app that scans newly installed applications that have advertisements embedded within it. You can easily turn off the feature however it is a bit jarring when you kept getting bombarded with advertisements. If you want a seamless, experience, we suggested you follow the steps above. If you look beyond the ads, MIUI 10 looks quite clean and visually appealing with satisfying animations and overall stability. You have usual functions like dual apps and a new gesture navigation system that is easy to use. It's quite similar to what we've seen on the new iPhones but with slightly different animation and multi-tasking layout. Performance Equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 675 chipset, the Redmi Note 7 Pro delivers a great overall experience when it comes to performing tasks daily usage. While it works great with less CPU intensive apps, it lacks in processing graphics for fluid gaming. On PUBG mobile, the smartphone would often have massive frame rate drops in high settings and has the rubber-banding effect too. We would recommend you play GPU intensive games with lower settings. Furthermore, the Redmi Note 7 Pro does heat up a bit when playing games which were expected as it does not have a dedicated cooling system like the POCO F1. Regardless, the smartphone is good enough for casual games like Temple Run and can handle games like Asphalt 9 in medium setting. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of Geekbench scores, the Redmi Note 7 Pro scored 6520 in the multi-core test while it scored 2380 in the single core test. In our opinion, that's quite a respectable score for a smartphone that costs only Rs 13,990. The Redmi Note 4 Pro comes with 4,000 mAh battery which has remained unchanged from previous models. Battery life on the Redmi Note 7 Pro is exceptional with moderate usage as we had almost 6.5 hours of screen-on-time. We tested the smartphone with navigation, gaming and communication. In addition, it also supports QC4 however you need to buy a compatible charger separately. The Redmi Note 7 Pro was able to last almost two days on a single charge which is quite impressive for any smartphone. The Final Say If you are looking for a smartphone that can take awesome pictures, last 2 days on a single charge and can delivery awesome battery life, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is your best bet. The new smartphone has stepped up its game in the photography department and can perform well with moderate usage. Starting at Rs 13,9990 the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the king of budget smartphones right now.
  24. Ever since MS Dhoni called time on his Test career, the Indian selectors have been busy trying to fill in the void. They've tried Wriddhiman Saha who did quite an impressive job in the longest format. Then, we saw the ascension of Dinesh Karthik to the Indian team. And now, young Rishabh Pant is being looked upon as Dhoni's worthy successor behind the stumps. Amongst the available options, Dhoni, himself, had backed Pant as his potential successor when he dropped himself from the Indian squad for the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Australia last November. For a man who considers Dhoni his idol, Pant appeared to have thrived in the limited opportunities he has got in the Indian team so far. His batting prowess surely makes him a valuable addition to the Indian team down the order. But, sadly, the same can't be said about his wicket-keeping skills. At the age of just 21, Pant is still young and continues to learn the art of wicket-keeping. However, with the ICC World Cup around the corner, the margin for error is very low for the youngster. © AP While many have advocated Pant's case in the recent past, the 4th One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia gave a stark reminder why he is still a work in progress as far as wicket-keeping is concerned. The clash in Mohali saw India losing, what is being deemed as an unlosable game, as Australia chased down the fifth-highest target (359 runs) in ODI cricket. From misreading the conditions to missing key chances, there were a flurry of mistakes Indian cricket team find themselves pondering over as Aussies fought back from being 0-2 to 2-2 in the five-match series. While Kedar Jadhav missed a tough chance at deep midwicket in the 47th over, Shikhar Dhawan put down an absolute dolly at mid-off in the same over. However, amongst the lost opportunities, Pant's blunders were arguably the ones that ended up hurting India's chances the most at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium. In the 39th over, Peter Handscomb had already notched up his maiden ODI hundred and was eager to take the momentum away from India when he decided to step out of the crease, looking for a big shot. Realising Handscomb's intentions, Kuldeep Yadav shortened his length and ensured the batsman missed the ball. But, it was Pant's inability to collect the ball cleanly to effect the stumping that gave a crucial lifeline to Handscomb as Kuldeep and a packed Mohali stadium watched in disbelief. Pant's mistakes...!! pic.twitter.com/qyo9Kpkdox — Vidshots (@Vidshots1) March 10, 2019 But, it was the 44th over that left the Indian team, owing to Pant's blunders, completely red-faced. The first delivery of Yuzvendra Chahal's over saw Pant fluffing another stumping opportunity that could've surely sent dangerous-looking Turner back into the hut. Disheartened by the lost chance, Chahal bowled the third delivery right into the blockhole as Alex Carey just about managed to squeeze it away from the stumps. But, Pant's effort to pull-off Dhoni's 'No Look' throw converted a dot ball into a single. Watch the Mahi magic on loop #INDvNZ https://t.co/btMoJF0xC3 — BCCI (@BCCI) October 26, 2016 The fourth delivery of the same over saw Turner charging down the track only to get beaten wide outside the off-stump. Making amends for his mistake, Pant successfully managed to grab the ball this time around and jumped in appeal for a potential caught behind dismissal. Pant's confidence that the Aussie had edged the ball convinced Virat Kohli to review and even as the replays showed a noticeable spike on 'Ultra-Edge', the third umpire deemed it not out and called for a wide. While Pant should hardly be blamed for the last opportunity as there was actually a spike in replays, the other three blunders undoubtedly proved costly for his team's chances to win the game and seal the series. Though Pant is still young and needs time to establish himself as India's go-to wicket-keeper, the left-hander must learn to work on his strengths rather than copying Dhoni's artistry with the gloves. © AP In the two stumping opportunities he missed, Pant was so eager to whip the bails off that he almost forgot to collect it in the first place. Dhoni's lightening quick glovework is a technique derived through impeccable hand-eye coordination, developed over years of hard work. Similarly, when Pant tried to pull off Dhoni's 'No Look' throw, he looked very casual - something that further evoked a strong reaction from his captain on the field. It's one thing to idolise someone, but, to become like them, is an uphill battle that takes time. Pant might have pulled off Dhoni's unorthodox style of wicket-keeping a million times in the practice sessions. But if you can't do it correctly in crunch situations during a key clash, then, the wise thing would be to stick to the basics, rather than being flamboyant - a lesson Pant must learn to live up to his billing as Dhoni's successor behind the stumps.
  25. They say that shoes speak louder than words. But when it comes to buying a new pair of leather shoes, we all know that it's an investment. Every man knows better than most that a quality pair of leather shoes does cost a little more than the average amount one spends on clothing or accessories. If you're smart enough to break in and care for fine footwear from the first day, they go a long way. Shoe care is essential, especially for a new pair. Guidelines on polishing, storage and wear and tear are what makes your shoe last for years. Here's everything you would need to know about taking care of new shoes: 1. Breaking-In The Right Way © Gettyimages A new shoe can be a mine-field with blisters and shoe-bites at every nook, just waiting to happen. It's best to break into your new shoes for a few weeks till you start wearing them on a regular basis. The tip here would be to break into them by wearing the shoes for a few hours at a time on the first few outings. As gradually wearing them over a period of a few weeks helps you mould into them slowly, it also increases the longevity of you shoe. 2. Regular Care © Gettyimages After a long day of wearability, kicking your shoes on the floor and forgetting about them is unacceptable. A sensitive but sturdy material like leather needs regular care. Invest in a leather shoe cleaning wipes and remove stains and mud off them. You could also use a shoe brush to clean any dirt that's can be easily dusted off. These minor steps can increase the life of your shoes by many years. 3. Rest Them Well © Gettyimages As much as you're tempted to wear your new kicks everyday, it's advisable to rest them. Avoid extreme wear for the first few weeks at least. This process helps the leather open up and adjust to your foot. We would recommend wearing the shoe a maximum of 2-3 times a week and resting for a day in between each wear. 4. Polish Them The Right Way © Gettyimages As leather has the tendency to dry up, you wouldn't want your beloved (not to mention, expensive) shoes to end up in flakes. Add moisture to your shoe by polishing them once every fortnight to avoid cracking. Pro tip: Most men make the mistake of polishing their shoes moments before they step out of the house. Instead, apply the polish to let it really seep into the leather for couple hours, then brush it off and shine the shoes. 5. Storage Tips © Gettyimages Don'ts: Avoid storing leather shoes in plastic bags, as that can lead to mould. Dos: Store your leather shoes in either shoe bags or shoe boxes. Throwing them in a shoe rack without any covering is not a boss move. Always remember, a little goes a long way. These tips can help increase your leather shoe's lifespan by years. Thank us later, fellas!
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