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  1. Virender Sehwag was one of the most destructive batsmen in the world at one point, and he put fear into the hearts of opening bowlers as he took his stance. Meanwhile, unknown to us all, he has also been a rabid Manchester United fan. It surfaced recently that while Sehwag was part of the broadcast team that was covering the India vs Pakistan match at Old Trafford in Manchester, he also visited the historic stadium of one of the most famous clubs in the world. View this post on Instagram Had a great tour of @manchesterunited ! Thank you for the gesture A post shared by Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) on Jun 18, 2019 at 1:16am PDT Manchester United also welcomed a host of Indian players Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar and Yuzvendra Chahal to their esteemed grounds before congratulating them for their 89-run (DLS) victory over famous rivals Pakistan. ð®ð³ @BCCI players @DineshKarthik, @VijayShankar260 and @Yuzi_Chahal visited Old Trafford last week ð¸ Congrats on your #CWC19 win over Pakistan on Sunday ðª pic.twitter.com/eaS66J54R2 — Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 17, 2019 Sehwag has amassed over 8,000 runs in Test and ODI Cricket and still boasts the highest score by an Indian in International Test Cricket, 319, which was also the number which he was presented by authorities at the club. Through their website Manchester United quoted Sehwag in the buildup to the blockbuster match on Sunday, “Wherever the India or Pakistan fans are living, they're coming from there to Manchester to watch this game. It's a very big game. But if you look at the history, the record the Indian team has against Pakistan in World Cups, they've never lost. It's 6-0. So hopefully we can play well tomorrow and beat them again and make it 7-0. Maybe Cristiano will be happy, because that's his number!” Given that Sehwag was particularly good in England with two Test centuries on the island, the gesture from the footballing giants and the collaboration between the two powerhouses of the sport was genuinely good to see.
  2. Often labelled as the mother of all battles, the Indian cricket team's much-anticipated clash against Pakistan at the ongoing ICC World Cup on 16th June failed to live up to the billing. The contest, that pitted arch-rivals India and Pakistan against each other, turned out to be a one-sided affair as Virat Kohli-led brigade proved too good for their opponents at Old Trafford. While Rohit Sharma's blistering knock of 140 runs set the tone for India's mammoth total of 336 runs, a collective effort by their bowling unit, thoroughly complimented by some mediocre batting from Pakistani batsmen, powered Kohli & co to a 89-run triumph via Duckworth-Lewis method (D/L). A splendid 140 from Rohit Sharma, which came off just 113 balls, guided India to their seventh straight victory over Pakistan in World Cup cricket ð¥ The Hit-Man is our @Oppo Shotmaker for India v Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/CIDOxS7bo3 — ICC (@ICC) June 17, 2019 On one hand, where the Pakistani fans were left red-faced in the wake of their team's dismal show, the mood on the other side of the border was celebratory. From Bollywood celebrities, prominent politicians to crazed fans, everyone lauded the clinical show produced by the Indian cricket team which has now extended their unbeaten run to four games in the ongoing World Cup. Amongst the innumerable messages and celebratory videos, there's one that clearly stands out and sums up the mood of Indian fans. While Kohli & Co were busy cutting Pakistan a sorry figure on the field, Rishabh Pant and Ziva Dhoni were having a gala time in the stands. View this post on Instagram Partners in crime ð @ziva_singh_dhoni A post shared by Rishabh Pant (@rishabpant) on Jun 16, 2019 at 11:42am PDT Pant, who recently reached England as a backup following Shikhar Dhawan thumb injury, shared a video on Instagram where he was seen rooting for Team India alongside MS Dhoni's adorable daughter. Their cute video was liked and cherished by Indian cricket fans who also expressed their desire to see Pant donning Indian colours at the World Cup soon.
  3. June 16th 2019 is the day when we will all lose our peace and voice box collectively, cheering on India and Pakistan, who're playing against each other in the ICC World Cup 2019. Although, an India-Pakistan match fervour isn't old news, it's still celebrated and watched by everyone due to the history we've shared with Pakistan all along. During the 2015 ICC World Cup, Star Sports came up with a campaign or theme for the promo of the Indo-Pak match and although it flew well with us Indians, the Pakistanis weren't too pleased with it. The 'Mauka Mauka' ads gained immense popularity amongst the masses and the theme caught on like common cold, all over the country. (c)Star Sports This year, Mauka Mauka is back with a bang, and this time it's promoting the Indo-Pak match on the 16th of June 2019, the same day Father's day is celebrated all across the world and the advertisement has a 'slight' mention of that. As expected, the ad is humouring Pakistan's dismissal record against India in ICC events and it seems it's making the Pakistanis a tad angry, but really, no one cares because it's all in light humour. (c)Star Sports Here, take a look at some savagery! The video shows actor Vikas Malhotra who plays the Pakistan son remembering his father's words on how one should keep trying and never give up, and the Indian fan in the ad shows some savagery by taking the 'baap' dig on the Pakistani player. Obviously the Pakistanis showed a bit of resentment over the ad and aren't happy with the Mauka Mauka campaign, promoting the match between the two countries. This #FathersDay, watch an ICC #CWC19 match jo dekh ke bas bol sakte hain, “baap re baap!” ð Catch #INDvPAK in the race for the #CricketKaCrown, LIVE on June 16th, only on Star Sports! pic.twitter.com/Apo3R8QrbO — Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) 9 June 2019 I think you guy's have forgotten last father's day your father beated you in Champions trophy Final. #CWC19 #INDvAUS — Fareed Ahmad ðµð° (@fareed_official) 9 June 2019 BC, itni ð Kuttay wali hone k baad bhi ð pic.twitter.com/ZliJP8VEGx — Ø¢Ù¾Û ÚÙÛØ¯Ø±Û ð (@ChaudhriUmar) 9 June 2019 Star Sports and all those liking this add really need to work on their humor. This add is terrible, unfunny and in a very poor taste. — N.J. (@ndotyot) 9 June 2019 This is not creativity, this is badtameezi .. Yehi badtameezi inko lay bethi thi CT17 final main .. Ooper waalay ko gharoor pasand nahi .. Take it as a sport .. NAFRAT KA FAIDA KISI KO NAHI HOTA#CWC19 — Yasir Ali Hashmi (@YasirAliHashmi1) 9 June 2019 Father's Day 2017 pic.twitter.com/aZSnuBWeVZ — ðð¥ðªð­ ð¥ (@punjabified) 9 June 2019 This is so low from Star Sports, even lower than Kohli, Dhawan and Sharma's total score combined in 2017 CT final. — Muhammad Usman (@usmankhatana_) 9 June 2019 We just hope the match is as interesting as the tweets here!
  4. Shopping for a great gift for a loved one is hard, and it's no different when it comes to buying a Father's Day gift for your dad. After all, he's the man whose dressing sense you copied as a kid, the man who taught you how to ride a bike and how to shave. More importantly, he's the man whose dad jokes you've appropriated into your own repertoire! As you try to convey your appreciation for all that he's done for you this Father's Day, we're sure you'd agree that a run-of-the-mill gift will not do. Your dad deserves the best, and we have the perfect gift for him! Presenting the Man Box: The Daily Fix, which contains eight carefully curated grooming essentials for the modern man. Let's open it up and take a closer look at the goodies inside. Gift 1: Swiss Tempelle Men Total Care Face Wash, Scrub & Mask © MensXP Your father might not have the time (or even the desire) to put together a dedicated grooming routine, given the sheer number of products floating around on the market. However, he might make an exception once he has the Swiss Tempelle Men Total Care Face Wash, Scrub & Mask, which, as the name suggests, works as a face wash, scrub, and face mask all in one. It takes care of 12 of the most common skin issues that a man faces, making this a product he's sure to appreciate. To find out more about this product, click here Gift 2: Bioayurveda Deep Detox Body Scrub © MensXP He definitely deserves to be pampered, but booking a long and luxurious spa session for your dad (or your parents) every so often is probably not the most feasible option. Instead, why not bring the spa home to him, with the Bioayurveda Deep Detox Body Scrub? Its unique blend of organic herbs and natural oils will give his skin an organic cleanse, simultaneously conditioning, exfoliating, and firming it up. To find out more about this product, click here Gift 3: SYSKA HT200 Trimmer © MensXP Even though your dad has probably got the science of shaving down to a T, there's no man who wouldn't appreciate a gadget that makes shaving easier for him. That's where the SYSKA HT200 Trimmer comes into play, as it's capable of taming even the most rugged facial hair, giving a clean and precise trim. Whether he maintains some form of facial hair or prefers to go clean-shaven, his grooming kit will definitely benefit with the arrival of this trimmer! To find out more about this product, click here Gift 4: Bombay Shaving Company Beard Shampoo & Conditioner © MensXP If your old man has a beard, it's probably his pride and joy (after you and the rest of the family, of course!) With a gentle formula that makes it eminently suitable for daily use, the Bombay Shaving Company Beard Shampoo & Conditioner will keep his beard clean, soft, healthy, and well-nourished. It even conditions and moisturises it, making it a must-add to his shaving kit. To find out more about this product, click here Gift 5. Arata Hair Gel © MensXP If your dad (like most dads across the country) is fastidious about his appearance, he'd love to use this Arata Hair Gel to ensure that he never has a hair out of place. We know you're concerned about the chemicals that hair products like gels usually have, but there's no need to worry with this one - it's chemical-free formula reduces the risk of hair damage, and offers a strong hold that will last all day long! To find out more about this product, click here Gift 6: Saint Beard Irish Cream Lip Balm © MensXP Lip care is an often neglected part of any man's daily grooming routine. Before your dad has to experience the discomfort of cracked or discoloured lips, introduce him to the Saint Beard Irish Cream Lip Balm, a fragrant and long-lasting product that will keep his lips smooth and supple. Not just that, it also offers protection against the elements, and also helps retain their natural colour, making sure that he'll retain his dashing good looks! To find out more about this product, click here Gift 7: Bioayurveda Anti-Ageing Sun Protective Face Crème © MensXP Your dad may be the strongest man in the world for you, but there's no man stronger than the sun! That's why he'd be well served by the Bioayurveda Anti-Ageing Sun Protective Face Crème with SPF 30, which offers protection against sun damage, tanning, and premature ageing. A light layer every time he steps out in the heat, and he'll be able to keep harmful UV rays at bay with ease! To find out more about this product, click here Gift 8: Wildstone Code Steel Body Perfume © MensXP As children, we all tried our best to copy our fathers, which includes using his perfume or aftershave to smell more like him. So, what could be a more thoughtful gift than a well-chosen fragrance, something like the long-lasting, bold, yet refreshing notes of the Wildstone Code Steel Body Perfume? To find out more about this product, click here The Final Word Every product in the Man Box: The Daily Fix is tailor-made for the man of exquisite taste and superior sensibilities, so click here to gift your dad the great grooming gear he deserves. As a special offer for Father's Day, use the coupon code 'MB2700' at checkout for a whopping 78% off on your purchase, valid for a limited time only!
  5. If you haven't grown up watching the mystical city of Agrabah and imagining what would it feel like to have a flying carpet as your ride and a genie as your best friend, then you have clearly been living on another planet. Guy Ritchie's much-hyped millennial adaptation of 'Aladdin' finally released today and the reviews and reactions are pouring in. Fans were obviously concerned if their favourite childhood tale will be over-glorified or if it would survive the hype, but looks like everyone is pretty elated with what they watched. #Aladdin !!!!!!!! 10/10 I can't say enough good things about it. Literally my favorite childhood movie recreated thus far!!! ðð — brea varnell (@breauhhh_8) May 24, 2019 I was so worried that they were going to ruin my favorite childhood movie but the live-action version was EVERYTHING!ðð #Aladdin — its24karat (@its24karat) May 24, 2019 I've never smiled as much in a movie in my life until I watched #Aladdin. It met my expectations and passed them. This is the best Disney live action they've done hands down. ð — Alan (@GustheBuz23) May 24, 2019 From Will Smith's acting to Naomi Campbells' screen presence and even the background score, fans are thrilled to re-live their childhood on the big screen. The Aladdin remake had effects from out of this world, the soundtrack was incredible, Naomi Scott's Speechless gave me goosebumps. Definitely a masterpiece of a remake, the best remake Disney has done thus far. Let's see if The Lion King can top this. #aladdin — Bader (@26bloushi04) May 24, 2019 Leaving #Aladdin and: • Will Smith makes a FANTASTIC Genie. • Naomi Scott is our new supreme. • Mena Massoud's million dollar smile can power all of Agrabah. — Julius (@jbridge4th) May 24, 2019 They actually find a way to shoehorn some white people into #Aladdin. I'm honestly kind of impressed. — Unnamed Prince of Dorne (@thelindsayellis) May 23, 2019 In case you still don't know if you should book your tickets or not, here's something that will convince you. Loved, loved #Aladdin #WillSmith is absolutely delicious and does honour Robin Williams legacy ð§‍âï¸ð — Cremildaâ° (@cremildatwit) May 24, 2019 Do yourself a favour and watch this over the weekend.
  6. MS Dhoni is too old to still be playing for Team India. He can no longer hit the ball at will. The finisher that once enthralled fans is finished now. Just look at the number of deliveries he eats up in his innings. He's surely a liability for the Indian team. Dhoni is just occupying a Team India spot which can very well be used to accommodate a player that actually deserves it. Surely, we can't win the ICC World Cup with Dhoni in the side. All these comments haunted the former Indian captain in 2018, making it almost imperative for Dhoni to call it quits. But, there is a reason why this man is called 'Captain Cool'. The Jharkhand cricketer is one of those rare breeds of cricketers who thrive under pressure. You knock them down, they get right back up. You push them back, they come forward with rediscovered strength. For someone who remains India's most popular and definitely the most scrutinised cricketer (barring Sachin Tendulkar), Dhoni was out of form and sorts before he travelled to Australia for the three-match ODI series earlier this January. With the critics watching his every move, waiting for him to fall, right before embarking on 'we hate Dhoni' bandwagon; the 37-year-old had everything to lose - his career, place in the side and, more importantly, a chance to play the 2019 ICC World Cup. © Reuters But, in the past four months, Dhoni has not only managed to silence his critics with a brilliant showing, but has rightly made the World Cup spot his own. More recently, his exploits in the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) almost powered Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their fourth title, if it wasn't for a rampaging Mumbai Indians (MI) brigade. Apart from a rediscovered form in his batting, Dhoni has so many other roles in the team which makes him a vital cog in India's dreams of capturing their third World Cup title. Here's a look at what makes Dhoni a key ingredient in India's title aspirations at this year's World Cup: Middle-Order Stability © Reuters Unlike the T20 version, the ODI format is an extension that cannot be dictated just by hammering the ball out of the park. It demands the batsmen to rotate the strike and stitch crucial partnerships in the middle overs before launching the all mighty attack on the opposition bowlers in the final stages of the game. While India might boast of a strong batting line-up, no one is best suited to stabilise the innings than Dhoni. The Jharkhand cricketer might not be the finisher we once knew, but, as India's batting line-up evolved over the years, so did Dhoni's role. From being the most consistent finishers in the sport, Dhoni has now adapted to his new role of being a sheet anchor for the team. The new-age MSD allows the batting to revolve around him as he holds the fort at the other end. And, once the game nears its end, Dhoni swaps his role and the finisher takes over. Going into the World Cup, India have thrived on the form of their top three, with the middle-order yet to be tested, which makes Dhoni's presence furthermore crucial for Kohli's men in England & Wales. Lightning Quick Glovework © Reuters Cricket, like other sports, is a game dictated by rules and there are numerous ways in which the coaches emphasise on its importance across the globe. Technique does not end with batting alone, as noticed with wicket-keepers who are equally expected to follow certain guidelines to reap better returns. Amongst others, one major rule related to wicket-keeping or fielding, in general, is inertia. With the ball travelling to the fielder's hands at a rapid pace, a cricketer is expected to catch the ball and let it slide with the momentum for some time before resisting the motion. The idea is to absorb the momentum of the ball slowly in a bid to avoid chances of it popping out of their hands. While most wicket-keepers follow this tactic against seamers and spinners, Dhoni follows a completely different ideology. He believes in attacking the ball and throwing his hands at the stumps as quickly as possible. When he keeps to the spinners, Dhoni moves his hands towards the ball and - without moving his hand back for even a second - guides it to the stumps. So what does he achieve by doing that? As noted on one of his stumpings, a reaction time of a staggering 0.38 seconds. When it comes to run-outs, Dhoni has evolved from traditional techniques even more. While the age-old wicket-keeping technique would state that a keeper needs to be behind the stumps to collect a throw, the Jharkhand cricketer feels otherwise. Rather than standing behind, Dhoni stands right in front and flicks the ball onto the stumps using the momentum of the throw. That technique might not be listed in any rule book, but the Indian wicket-keeper has made it work over the years. Setting Up The Field © Reuters A wicket-keeper enjoys the luxury of having one of the best views on the field. And, Dhoni makes the most of it with his shrewd awareness behind the stumps. Keeping a close watch on the contest between the bowler and the batsman, Dhoni is often seen setting up the field according to the situation. Such has been his know-how of the game that Dhoni, almost like a seer, ends up predicting the shots which are yet to be played by the opposition batsmen. There have been numerous instances where, after anticipating the batsmen's shot selection, the former Indian captain's field settings have led to a breakthrough. And, that added skill-set is likely to come in handy for India in England & Wales. Guiding The Bowlers © Reuters The close proximity of a wicket-keeper with the bowlers allows them to pass on vital information about the batsman's play. If the batsman falters in footwork, the wicket-keeper is probably the first one to notice and advise the bowler to use it to his own good. And, Dhoni is no different. The Indian wicket-keeper has been the guiding force behind the rapid rise of Indian spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and YuzvendraChahal in limited-overs cricket. The stump-mic chatter from numerous ODI games India has played in the past has been a testimony to how Dhoni has helped the Indian spinners to get the better of the Proteas. "From behind the stumps, Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) always keeps advising you. He knows what the batsman is going to try. It makes it easier for us," Chahal has been quoted as saying in the past. India's Go-To-Man For DRS © Reuters With the advent of the Decision Review System (DRS), the cricket teams have an option to challenge on-field decisions. While most teams have struggled to properly use the review, India seems to be doing pretty damn well - thanks to MSD. Such has been his awareness behind the stumps that he has developed a knack for getting the review right, almost every time. His impeccable judgement on the DRS has aided Team India on multiple occasions in the past. While many of his teammates, including captain Virat Kohli, have struggled to identify a potential opportunity, Dhoni has made DRS his own forte. In the modern era of cricket, where every opportunity is crucial in the bigger scheme of things, that is one additional skill a keeper needs and Dhoni leads the way, yet again.
  7. Malai is a cooking ingredient that you all must be familiar with. It's the creamy substance that's produced after heating non-homogenized whole milk to boiling point for about one hour and then allowing it to cool. The thick yellowish layer of fat that rises to the surface, which is skimmed off and use for other dairy food is your basic malai. However, instead of eating it and using it in other dishes, you can also apply it on your face because there are tonnes of benefits of this dairy product for your skin: 1. Malai Softens The Skin © Thinkstock/Getty Images Malai's smooth texture softens dried skin by rejuvenating the skin cells. Wear malai on the face as a mask or mix the malai with milk and turmeric for a compact mask. 2. Malai Tightens Pores © Thinkstock/Getty Images Besides removing dirt from skin, malai can also tighten the pores, so if you have troubles like acne caused by loose pores, applying malai for about 15 minutes tightens the pores. 3. Malai Brightens The Skin © Thinkstock/Getty Images Malai can brighten the skin upon regular application. For a weekly mask: mix malai with a few drops of lemon juice and apply it on the skin for about 15 minutes. 4. Malai Removes Tan © Thinkstock/Getty Images To get rid of the tan, apply malai on your face and allow it to stay for a while. Rinse it with water. A thick paste of malai and besan will give you better results.
  8. John Abraham's second innings as an on-screen spy is just about to begin with his upcoming spy thriller 'Romeo Akbar Walter' ready to hit the theatres this Friday. However, unlike last time in 'Madras Cafe', John will be seen in eight different looks in 'RAW'. Now since that seems like quite a task to pull off in a single film, all with prosthetics, heavy makeup and costumes in place, the makers of the film did not leave any stone unturned to do justice to the character's many requirements. © Viacom 18 Consequently, the makers of the film brought National Award-winning makeup and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh onboard to work his magic on John and create his looks in 'RAW'. Recently, John took to his Instagram to share the journey of his transformation with his fans. The video shows John getting ready for one of the most difficult looks in the film, that of a bushy old man. View this post on Instagram I would like to thank my team who made this happen! Watch my transformation to a SPY for #RAW here: (Link in bio) Romeo. Akbar. Walter, based on true events, in cinemas this FRIDAY. @imouniroy @apnabhidu @sikandarkher @RomeoAkbarWalter @viacom18motionpictures @kytaproductions @vafilmcompany @redice_films #AjitAndhare @vanessabwalia @ajay_kapoor_ #DheerajWadhwan @timesmusichub @gaana.official A post shared by John Abraham (@thejohnabraham) on Apr 1, 2019 at 4:58am PDT The transformation is indeed praise-worthy because there is no way one can identify that old man to be John Abraham without context. Preetisheel has done a commendable job on John with this one. 'RAW' is set against the backdrop of the Indo-Pak war of 1971, and traces the journey of a bank employee trained as an Indian spy. He is sent to Pakistan to gather intel for the Indian forces, when the two countries are on the verge of war. The trailer of 'RAW' created quite a buzz with its intense and riveting cinematography. Also starring Jackie Shroff as a RAW Chief, Sikander Kher as John's nemesis, Mouni Roy as the female lead, there are a lot of intriguing aspects which will come unravelled in 'RAW - Romeo, Akbar, Walter'. The film is set to hit the theatres on 5th April, 2019.
  9. Football is not just a sport but an emotion which flows throughout the veins of its fans. No matter if a player has retired, he continues to be in the hearts of his fans. Moreover, a legend returning to his home club is a different feeling altogether. May 26th 2019, will mark the comeback of two legends of the footballing world. One being the best football manager the world has ever seen, in Sir Alex Ferguson, and the other being the best number seven Manchester United has ever had, David Beckham. David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Jesper Blomqvist join our Treble Reunion squad! See them at Old Trafford on 26 May: https://t.co/hlG9ZC18ol#Treble99 midfield: â ð¯ pic.twitter.com/YrklMdsdxn — Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 14, 2019 The two will reunite maybe for a final game at Old Trafford as Manchester United legends team up to face Bayern Munich legends in a charity event. Beckham, in a recent interview with the club website, expressed his excitement for making a return at Old Trafford and playing under Sir Alex Ferguson in the Treble Reunion game. 'I'm so excited to be going back to Old Trafford in May. 1999 was such a massive year for us so recreating that moment is going to be really special. To be back together as a squad and to be managed by the boss again is huge. Huge for us and for the fans; I can't wait.” Becks is ð Reunited with Sir Alex and the lads to help raise money for @MU_Foundation! #Treble99 pic.twitter.com/VWbHRkzUDM — Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 14, 2019 We fans count ourselves to be extremely lucky that we will get to witness the game-play of Sir Ferguson once again. His tactical prowess will be on full display when they take on the Bayern Veterans. Sources reveal that the former England captain will be accompanied by his Class of '92 colleagues Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt for this game. Other than this, Phil and Gary Neville will also join forces with Denis Irwin and Jaap Stam at the back, while the goal would be guarded by their iconic goalie, Peter Schmeichel. This match would be taking place on May 26th, exactly 20 years after United won the Champions League final against Bayern at Camp Nou in 1998/99 season, followed by Premier League and FA Cup titles, marking their best season of all time. © Reuters The proceedings collected would be donated as charity to Manchester United Foundation to 'improve confidence, life skills and employability' of the people in Greater Manchester. Though the match is around two weeks from now, the fans of the Red Devils are already buzzing over the return of DB7 and the rest of the iconic players of the past era. I would love to be part of this historic even that reminds us of the good olden days at Old Tramford. Great MUFC, salute — Eyamanzi (@Eyamanzi1) March 14, 2019 Welcome ðððâ¤â¤ pic.twitter.com/98c457xH94 — M7md (@MuFc_86) March 14, 2019 Home sweet home. Welcome back Legend!#Treble99 pic.twitter.com/HVVfTU7IDS — Mary (@Mahbeck) March 14, 2019 Welcome back legend ð — Ø³Ø¹Ø¯ اÙØ´Ùر٠âªï¸ (@mnmnf16) March 14, 2019
  10. Back in 2009, BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) was the most trending tool for instant messaging. But, it was restricted to BlackBerry phones and relied on a PIN system to communicate with others. SMS (Short Messaging Service) was still actively used by most, and till date, a character limit drastically reduces the amount of data we can send in one go. For multimedia files, MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) or email were the only options. Sure, web messengers like Yahoo and Facebook Chat were incredibly popular, but you had to rely on a PC or laptop to use them. Instant messaging wasn't new, but "mobile" instant messaging was. And don't forget, every SMS or MMS incurred a charge. © The Global Mail Then came WhatsApp, an instant messaging application that realized the potential of Apple's App Store and leveraged it to the fullest. Within a short span of time, the service was a hit. The ability to immediately send messages over the internet meant no more additional SMS charges, and your data pack had you covered. In fact, WhatsApp was a paid service for a brief period due to the massive growth. The app's growth has been unmatchable, and it's no surprise Facebook acquired it for an unimaginable US$ 19 billion. Let that sink in, an app-based instant messenger was sold for $19 BILLION. How Did It Revolutionize Instant Messaging? © iSource 1. It focused on simplicity: BBM had a PIN system and worked only with BlackBerry phones. Hence, if you wanted to ping someone, you'd first need their PIN (which just wasn't easy to remember). Also, being restricted to one mobile platform meant you'd still have to rely on other services. Lastly, it needed a separate BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) connection from your telecom operator. All these hurdles were instantly removed by WhatsApp since it relied on your mobile number as a unique ID. Hence, anyone with your contact details could also reach out on WhatsApp. The app also operated over a normal internet connection and required no additional offerings. © MensXP 2. Focus on messaging: A lot of competing apps over the last decade have started out as messengers, but lost focus when they tried to do multiple things at once. WhatsApp always stuck to their core product - messaging. Hence, the UI remained simple and straightforward. A whole generation that skipped usage of computers were able to adapt and learn the simple app. © WhatsApp 3. Reliability: WhatsApp has suffered multiple outages, but none of them has been over an extended duration of time. The users know the app may get slow during peak hours of the new year, but it'll still work in a few minutes. This trust was a huge offering back in the day and the service has built a reputation for itself. The app also has a remarkably well-built network in the back, and its lightweight protocol means messages get transferred with the slowest of data speeds. © MensXP 4. Send anything hassle free: Want to share your birthday celebration pictures? Done. Too tired to type and want to send a voice note quickly? Done. Want to send a PDF ticket instantly? Done. There's almost nothing that WhatsApp can't transfer. And, its compression helps in reducing storage requirements as well. Emails often don't sync easily with a low network or slow data speeds, but WhatsApp will come through. © WhatsApp 5. Don't type, just speak: In 2015, WhatsApp rolled out voice calling as an in-built feature, followed by video calls. This meant you could not only send texts but also talk in real-time without incurring additional charges from the telecom operator. © WhatsApp 6. Going cross-platform: Last, but the most important factor. WhatsApp started out with iOS, but was quick to adapt to upcoming Android OS. Then, it gave a shot to Symbian, BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone, and more. This ensured that a maximum number of users were covered. By the time BBM opened up, WhatsApp had already snatched the throne. Even today, Apple's own iMessage is used regularly in selective markets only. And a closed-door policy never works for anyone. Let's hope upcoming RCS standards are able to bridge this gap and offer an option by-default to all users. © WhatsApp Critics would argue that WhatsApp has always been comparatively slow in rolling out new features, and they are right. But when you have a user base of a billion people, sudden additions are a risky move. And WhatsApp has always played safe. Like I said, the service has a sharp focus on "messaging", and doesn't wander off. BBM had encryption years before WhatsApp did, Telegram and Skype offered video calls much earlier than WhatsApp did, and even stickers took an extremely long time to come. But, consider WhatsApp to be a government policy. With so many different clients involved, the company needs to think about everyone, right from a budget phone user to a flagship user. That too across multiple platforms. © TIME While WhatsApp has made communication quick and simple, it has been mired in controversy recently. The ease of use also meant the uncontrolled spread of fake news and unverified messages. These "forwards" have already costed many their lives due to mob justice, and the service has done little to curb this epidemic. On one side, its encryption ensures that everyone's messages stay private. But it also means monitoring or moderation is impossible. And the platform has been under immense pressure from government bodies lately. The service has tried to bring in a few countermeasures like limiting forwards, but it's like using a bucket of water to douse a forest fire.
  11. Tennis, as a sport, has seen many legends ruling the charts over the years. And, in the modern age, the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have undoubtedly emerged as a cut above the rest. But, as all good things come to an end, the trio of these superstars, too, have faced hardships in recent times. From injury concerns to slump in form, the likes of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are still the players to beat. But, it's safe to say, they are no longer 'the invincibles' they once were. The ongoing Australian Open has once again sparked the great debate whether ageing Federer can still continue to prove his mettle following his Round of 16 loss to a 20-year-old. It also turned our focus on the next generation superstars who can very well go on to replace the old guard in the sport. Here's a look at four upcoming talents who can enthrall tennis fans as new-age superstars: Stefanos Tsitsipas © AP Back in 2001, when a young Federer defeated Sampras in Wimbledon, it was termed as the change of guard. And now, another change of guard is in the offing as the young Stefanos Tsitsipas stunned Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open 4th yesterday. The Greek had become the talk of the town after he defeated four players amongst the Top 10 in Rogers Cup last summer. He began his charge by beating No. 8 Dominic Thiem in the second round. Then, it was No. 10 Novak Djokovic, No. 3 Alexander Zverev and sixth seed Kevin Anderson who all ran into a resilient Tsitsipas. His commendable run finally came to an end in the summit clash where he was defeated by king of clay Rafael Nadal. But, despite his defeat, the youngster undoubtedly made a mark with a fine showing. Now, in the Australian Open, the 21-year-old is looking to repeat his heroics as he reached the Quarter-finals. His triumph over the 'Swiss ace' highlighted his capabilities on the court. And, for the sake of tennis, let's hope he continues to perform with same enthusiasm in times ahead and keeps surprising us with his talent. Frances Tiafoe © AP Frances Tiafoe, definitely the most unpredictable entry to the list, sent shockwaves across the tennis fraternity after he got the better of proven stars such as Juan Martin Del Potro and Alexander Zverev in recent past. Recently turned 21, Tiafoe, continued his fine form in the Australian Open as he recorded a stunning win over fifth seed Kevin Anderson in the first round, earning the ticket to the Quarter-finals on his 21st birthday by defeating Grigor Dimitrov in the 4th round. Recent burst of the young American with an arsenal of screaming forehands and blistering serves, surely puts him into consideration for the next big thing in tennis. Denis Shapovalov © AP A possible Next Gen star, Denis Shapovalov has enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2017. From making his mark at the age of 16, by winning biggest prestige in tennis, The Wimbledon (Junior's), to later defeating stars like Rafael Nadal and Del Potro, the 19-year-old lad has achieved a hell lot at his age. His win over Nadal came in Rogers Cup in front of his home crowd, where he became the youngest player to reach a Masters semi-final; later delighting the New York crowd when he reached The US Open fourth round. The tennis pundits even declared him the third favourite to win at the Flushing Meadows after he entered the last 16. Despite having a bad form over the past 6 months, he still has achieved a lot at his age and is expected to be in the big four of the Next Gen. Alexander Zverev © AP Alexander Zverev had a dream end to the year 2018, defeating Novak Djokovic to win his first World Tour Finals. Being World No. 4 at the age of 21 is surely not a fluke, rather it's pure determination and hard work which has brought him to this point this soon. Winning 10 ATP titles and reaching a career-high ranking of World No. 3, he has surely been after the big four ever since he entered the tour. Despite being the newbie, he has been singled out by many players and commentators, as one of the apparent heirs to the Big 4 and a future World No. 1. Although he has proven his mettle a lot of times, the department he still lacks in is performing in Grand Slams. Being the World No. 4, his highest achievement in Grand Slams is being the Quarter-final finish at the Roland Garros in 2018. Even this time in Australian Open, he lost to Milos Raonic in the 4th round itself. Keeping all that aside, Zverev has been a hard-hitting baseline player and is equally good at the net as well. Defeating players like Djokovic and Federer numerous times, one thing can be assured off, that this player is surely the next big thing in tennis world.
  12. MS Dhoni is a man blended with perfection. Captain cool, best husband, a doting father and a great human being are just some basic adjectives and personality attributes that one can use to describe this humble man. View this post on Instagram Thanks everyone for the support and Mumbai for turning yellow.Shane 'shocking' Watson played a shocking innings to get us through.end of a good season.Ziva doesn't care about the trophy, wants to run on the lawn according to her wordings. A post shared by M S Dhoni (@mahi7781) on May 27, 2018 at 1:03pm PDT The team is currently in Australia and during one such practice session when Dhoni found out that an 87-year-old woman named Edith is a huge fan of his and had specially come to meet him, he not only obliged the charming woman with pictures, but ensured that he spends some quality time with her as well. Craze Level: MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI ! ð¦â¤ð#MSDhoni #Dhoni #Fans #Craze #Demigod #Legend #AUSvIND #India #Australia @msdhoni @seemantlohani @mihir_diwakar pic.twitter.com/SxrYQPxLDR — Aabhas Raj (@msdhoniaddicted) January 9, 2019 Edith Norman, 87 Year old Women who's Big fan of MSDhoni Came to SCG along with his Son to watch Dhoni practicing ð ð pic.twitter.com/iW3OIMtHVM — DHONIsm™ ð (@DHONIism) January 9, 2019 Edith came with her son to the practice session when Dhoni spotted her. The woman is obviously elated to meet him and her son couldn't stop gushing about how warm our beloved Dhoni is. It's gestures like these which instill faith in your fandom that the man you admire is not just a great player, but a wonderful human being above all.
  13. Ranveer Singh is an incredible actor, no arguing there, but that doesn't make up for the fact that his words and actions have come across as creepy on more than one occasion. Less than a month ago, Deepika Padukone revealed how her first meeting with her now husband was and it was not at all romantic, just creepy as hell. He was flirting with her even when he was dating someone else at that time. Umm, creep alert. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Nov 28, 2018 at 6:59am PST Now, comes another revelation about Ranveer that almost everyone had forgotten about, all thanks to Hardik Pandya and his 'Koffee With Karan' controversy. The entire internet came together to call out Hardik and his straight up misogynistic comments on the show, that has now escalated to finding more creepy behaviour by others. Is this like the starting point of all the creeps getting exposed? I sure hope so. Some of Ranveer's comments from the season 3 episode of the talk show, where he appeared alongside Anushka Sharma, are coming under fire because of how inappropriate they were. What did Ranveer mean by "I went from child to boy while watching Kareena swim?" ð¦ pic.twitter.com/muAx3jZujF — babu bisleri (@PUNchayatiii) January 9, 2019 It's getting worse and worse. "You want your ass pinched? I'm right here" IS THIS YOUR HERO? Also look at how Kjo is laughing. BOLLYWOOD IS FULL OF SCUMS pic.twitter.com/nZbEWiTlp8 — babu bisleri (@PUNchayatiii) January 10, 2019 Just see how taken aback Anushka is with that comment and had to shrug it off as playful banter. No Ranveer, you can't say that shit but I guess you don't care about how you should behave, that too on national television. Ranveer didn't even need Hirani to whitewash his image. Bas thoda PDA with deepika and boooom suddenly he become every girls crush. — babu bisleri (@PUNchayatiii) January 10, 2019 Honestly, that's all it took, but it needs to change now. He was a grown ass adult when he made those comments, and they should be unpardonable, but like they were for Hardik Pandya. Umm, I can't believe it got even worse. Usne iss episode mein ye bhi bola tha ki he used to watch anushka sharma dance and comment among friends "ye pakka power yoga karti hogi" — aditi (@aaditrix) January 9, 2019 Education is important, people. @RanveerOfficial is another example of #WhyEducationIsImportant just like #HardikPandya. How can you pass such sexist comment and get away ? A human being is known by his morale and values but not by his work or talent. But still people will glorify them. SAD ! — Subhradeep Hazra (@HazraSubhradeep) January 10, 2019 No, he desreves to get dragged. Pandya gora hota achi English bolta Aur high society hota then all cool. Hypocrisy max. — ARYAN (@unitedaryan) January 10, 2019 She should've. That look on anushka's face though. If she could she would have killed him right there. — Bhagmati (@paharganj2paris) January 10, 2019 Wow. It's funny cause I remember watching this episode and the scripted dynamic between Anushka and Ranveer was him being the playful asshole and her detesting him. He said something like "at least I got to kiss her (Anushka)". Cancel culture is so convenient in Bollywood lol. https://t.co/bmJ6F2C5tp — Arjun Chopra (@ArjunChopra_8) January 10, 2019 Yep, it does. Old Ranveer videos resurfacing. Will explain a lot why Anushka fans were really happy when Anushka and Virat started dating ð — S (@brandonfIynn) January 10, 2019 Sure. Ranveer when they showed him that KWK episode with Anushka pic.twitter.com/L3eDtoyumZ — Thankyou Deepika ð (@SarcasticCrazen) January 10, 2019
  14. Super-Dad Rohit Sharma was on a flight back home as soon as the news of his wife Ritika Sajdeh being blessed with a baby daughter reached his ears. The news broke out within hours of Team India registering the second win of the four-match series in Melbourne on Sunday. The batsman seemed overjoyed about becoming a father in an interview with retired Australian cricketer, Michael Clarke, before the 3rd Test. "I cannot wait to be a father; it is going to be a game-changing moment in our lives,” Sharma told Clarke. “I am eagerly awaiting the moment of becoming a father. It will be a moment to change our life.” https://t.co/EsLEjyDuI0 We are so happy for you guys @ImRo45 @ritssajdeh â¤ï¸ — Rohit Sharma FanClub (@ImRo45_FC) December 20, 2018 Sharma played a crucial role in the first innings of the 3rd Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as he scored 63 runs off 114 balls and remained unbeaten till the end. The Men in Blue look to seal their series victory by winning the 4th Test starting 3rd January 2019, however, looks like they will not have the talents of the middle-order batsman to back them up in Sydney. The team is looking at Hardik Pandya, who recently recovered from a severe lower-back injury he suffered in September this year, as a suitable replacement for Sharma. “It would've been great to have him (Rohit) around,” a source told The Times of India. “Tactically, he brings so much to the side and then his batting provides the right kind of balance to the side. But what awaits him is far bigger and more important.” Rohit Sharma will be back in Australia after spending a week with the family to join the ODI squad for a three-match series starting 12th January 2019.
  15. As we near the end of the year, we're beginning to analyse how 2018 was for relationships. While some of them lasted longer than they should have, some saw a sad demise while the others made it to the apparent end goal- marriage. I would say 2018 was a mixed bag for relationships, where couple goals made an entry into the graph as non-reluctantly as possible. Although I'd also like to believe 2018 was the year for single people, who merely put themselves out there and probably faced the onslaught of a singleton as and when they had to. Maybe 'onslaught' is too harsh a word since single people have really lived up to their vices this year. © Thinkstock Interestingly, a popular online dating portal called OkCupid released some statistics and data on relationship movement and behaviour in 2018 and some of it was quite accurate from what I know. They definitely dismiss the theory of '2018 is the year for single people' and use data that are relevant for couples who love to spend time together. For those couples who met on the dating app, it was a thrilling year, to say the least. There were recounts of what they love doing together, where they like holidaying or have been throughout the year and what they individually like about each other. © Pintrest One thing that really caught our attention though, was something really specific the millennials like to indulge in, as a romantic gesture. The findings narrate that couples today like to indulge in an immense amount of PDA (public display of affection) and aren't shy or ashamed to proclaim their love for one another, in front of an audience. Of course, they don't want to see someone indulging in PDA, but when it comes to them, they're really big on PDA nowadays. According to the given data, 31% of men and women alike are big on PDA and aren't afraid or shy at showing off their physical affection in public one for each other. Another major indulgence we found through their data was men and women who like to pamper their respective GFs and BFs are more successful in their relationships. I guess PDA is a prominent part of that. According to OkCupid, 79% of men and women love to pamper their SOs silly. Which leads to healthier relationships with adequate attention given to both the individuals in the relationship. © Pintrest The new millennial dating structure is trying to ape the quintessential old-school methods of being around a partner and making relationships last. Earlier on, when dating techniques were relatively new, everything was a swipe away and fastidious. Millennials, this year, are learning to slow down with their respective relationships and care for the smaller things in life like pampering each other or showing an immense amount of physical love, publicly. Another aspect that came about on dating in 2018 was the couple's therapeutic release-travelling together. According to the given data, a lot of couples take travelling together as an undisputed way to spend time with each other. Goa happens to be the chosen destination of the year by most couples and a lot of them prefer stay-cations, where they can spend quality time together, just staying put in one place-like the couch and having a good time. © Pintrest Real-time relationships did see a bit of dynamic change in 2018, wherein men and women both mustered the will to do things a little more old-school than what we've been seeing as relationship trends. So, if you ever want to indulge in a long-term relationship and keep your partner happy, maybe spend a lot more time vacationing with them or travelling as a whole, pampering them and, of course, not limiting your sense of PDA, every once a while, whenever you get a chance to!
  16. If anyone asks me to list out the top three things a fitness influencer does these days, I would say: 1. Fake natty claims 2. Sells stupid supplements 3. Makes you believe in unicorns Point number one, I believe, is the most disastrous of the three. That is because these influencers, who have massive followings and impact on the behaviour of teenagers, need to tell them the truth. © Instagram These influencers portray impressive physiques and strength standards on their social media channels. When their young and gullible audience, who follow them, ask how can they attain the same, they get the same old repetitive overused shit in response: 1. Consistency 2. Hard work 3. These magic supplements And no, it is none of the three in 99 per cent of the cases. In that 99 per cent of the cases, it is anabolic steroids or performance-enhancing drugs. When the smarter audiences call these so-called idols out for it, they outright ignore the voices and keep selling their stuff to their followers. The Case Of Ryan Casey Very recently, a similar thing happened with a young 18-year-old fitness influencer called Ryan Casey. View this post on Instagram Right now my diet consists of like 2 chocolate muffins a day lmao. Not super concerned about my diet right now but when I get back into training I'll start eating more. I want to get shredded again. - - - - - #instafit #motivation #zyzz #aesthetics #fitness #shredded #calvinklein #fit #muscle #gym #GymShark #bodybuilding #jeffseid #flex #ripped #teenbodybuilding #bodybuilder #jenselterchallenge #Alphalete #lifestyle #mensphysique #physique #instafit #gainz #gains #fitfam #cardio #lifting #workout A post shared by Ryan Casey (@rc_aesthetics) on Dec 10, 2018 at 12:35pm PST If you do not know Ryan Casey, he was one of the youngest guys to have been sponsored by Gym Shark. He is just 18-years-old and runs a popular YouTube Channel and has a massive Instagram following. He also runs a digital media agency and has been very successful in doing so. In recent times, Ryan had been accused of using anabolic drugs, as people saw his social media posts where he has shown massive improvement in his physique and strength. Instead of flatly ignoring it, as most of these social media stars do, he actually came out and did a video on his YouTube channel where he admitted to the usage of SARMs. You can watch the video here SARMs are not anabolic steroids but they are PEDs aka performance-enhancing drugs and are banned substances under the laws of the anti-doping agencies and sports. By speaking out, I believe Ryan has done a massive service to the fitness industry. I think other fitness influencers should also come out and say the untold truth. Most importantly because young impressionable minds are getting into body image and strength issues due to the constant comparison and fake benchmarks being set out. The other side of the story, though, is that there is a strong reason for these influencers to lie to you. Because speaking the truth will cost them dearly! How So? The companies that sponsor these athletes know that they are on the gear and they know that they are enhanced. The sponsors are okay with this fact till the time it helps them push more sales. But... When the athletes speak out the truth, they cannot have that, as it damages the reputation of the company and can impact the sales. A pretty solid double standard there! Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  17. Remember waking up on a Saturday morning, loving that you didn't have to go to school, heading straight to the TV, putting on your console and playing your favourite game? Yeah, that's what the weekends looked like when we were kids. Wasn't it fun? Way better than the present day when all we have to look forward to on the weekend is paying electricity bills and getting the flush repaired. Yes, we're all at an age where nostalgia is hitting us hard at every single turn, so today, let's look back at 5 video games we never got enough of as kids: Contra There's no way we're ever forgetting this game. From the cool music to the endless action, it was pretty much the best shooting game of its generation. I'm yet to meet anyone, gamer or non-gamer, who hasn't heard of Contra. As a kid, it was the ultimate video game for me. Shooting games couldn't possibly get any better, right? Boy, was I wrong! Still, you know how they say you never forget your first. Yeah, that! Super Mario Bros. There have been tons of different versions of Mario but the original will always be one of our favourites. No, we're talking about Mario's first appearance (Donkey Kong), we're talking about the game the entire family can enjoy. I remember my brother and my cousins patiently waiting for their turn to play. Spare a thought for Luigi though, the poor guy never stood a chance back then. Road Rash This list wouldn't be complete without paying homage to the first co-op video game in Indian history. No, Road Rash wasn't actually a co-op game, but all of us remember controlling the bike while our younger siblings got to kick anyone who came close to us. If that's not teamwork I don't know what is. I have some fond memories of this one. Midtown Madness Road Rash was our first tryst with racing games, but Midtown Madness was a cut above in more ways than one. We had so many vehicles to choose from, so many different maps. It was a dream to play. It was also my first introduction to the roadster. Boy that car could move. Pac-Man We end this list with possibly one of the most iconic games of the millennium, Pac-Man. The concept was simple, fun and the music just made it so much more enjoyable. It also taught us that eating fruit would scare ghosts away. Now that's top-notch life advice, right? We will never forget any of these video games no matter how many years go by. But, if you're looking for a, sort of, mini-jolt of nostalgia, check out 'Ralph Breaks The Internet.' It is a more than apt successor to the first movie and nostalgia is just one of the reasons why you should check it out.
  18. Who doesn't like a 'champi'? For the uninitiated, 'champi' is the other name given to an Indian head massage that all of us grew up with. Is there anything in the world that feels more satisfying? Isn't it just like a party on your head? If that wasn't enough, it turns out there are a lot of surprising benefits associated with it. Here are 5 of them: 1. The Indian head massage improves lymphatic drainage and improves blood circulation through the neck, thereby detoxifying the body. © Cavanreflexology 2. A champi increases the flow of oxygen to the brain, and helps one reduce anxiety, and is also helpful in dealing with depression in the long run. © Zelcamassage 3. Apart from moisturizing and conditioning the scalp, it also helps in strengthening the hair shaft - ultimately reducing dandruff, split ends, and hair breakage. © Feelgoodlearnandmassage 4. Stimulating the pressure points in the neck, upper back, and shoulders can lead to the loosening of knots, and better blood circulation in the muscles - thereby giving one instant relief in case of a stiff neck and back. © Glasgowmessage 5. An Indian head massage is an intrinsic part of Ayurvedic healing therapies. It is believed that applying pressure on the correct points can renew your energy levels and help you become incredibly aware of your surroundings. © Varbergs Stadshotell Time for a champi, we bet!
  19. Back in August 2003, Sir Alex Ferguson and his star-studded Manchester United side were invited to Lisbon to play against Sporting Clube de Portugal, as part of the inauguration of the Estadio Jose Alvalade. For a team of United's stature, their clash against Sporting CP was not really going to be a problem. But, what was supposed to be just another exhibition game, eventually turned out to be the launch pad of one football's greatest ever player. After four successive victories in America, Man United's roadshow came grinding to a halt after they ran into an 18-year-old skinny winger who was hell-bent on cutting a sorry figure for the visitors' defence. That day, Sporting CP secured a 3-1 win over United. And, despite not getting his name on the scoresheet, Cristiano Ronaldo had impressed everyone. Such was his artistry on the pitch that United's players literally begged Ferguson to sign the young winger. Since that day, there has been no turning back for Ronaldo. Signed for 12.24 million pounds, the Portuguese, at the time, became the most expensive teenager in English football history. Donning the iconic No. 7 jersey, Ronaldo's six-year stint with the Red Devils saw him shattering one record after another. Nurtured in the company of father-figure Ferguson, Ronaldo also forged a special bond with Old Trafford and Man Utd fans. © Reuters Thus, when the UEFA Champions League fixtures pitted Juventus against Manchester United in the group stage, all eyes were on Ronaldo and his return to the very ground that played a pivotal role in the rise of one of the modern-day's footballing greats. Manchester United's prodigal son was returning home and you bet, there were moments of nostalgia at Old Trafford. It all began when a pitch invader sprinted on to the turf four minutes into the match. Dressed in jeans and a hoodie, the skinny man charged for the East Stand where players from both teams were congregated. The stewards tried to bring his dream run to an end, but the man wasn't going let anything or anyone come in his way. Possessed with the idea of meeting his idol, the pitch invader dodged two tackles before being brought down by the stewards on the third attempt. While some in the crowd watched in silence, others couldn't help but feel sorry for him. But, Ronaldo knew what was going on. And, without further ado, Ronaldo walked over to the intruder and touched his outstretched hand. And, just like that, the pitch invader's struggle had come to an end; he had got what he wanted. It was a moment that reminded those asking: who was the biggest star of these two European clubs? © Reuters In the sixth minute, Ronaldo turned the clock back with his smart footwork as he turned away from Ashley Young, drawing the first of many fouls in the match. Soon after that, he provided a glimpse of his old pace as he beat the same man to a loose ball. And, then came the moment of brilliance when he set up Paulo Dybala with a brilliant cross - something that Ronaldo is not usually credited for. Starting the game from the left, Ronaldo was given the licence to swap positions with Juan Cuadrado and Dybala. And, it was from the right, that he set up the lone goal of the match in the 17th minute. Though his cross for Dybala's decisive goal was not an assist (that accolade probably goes to Smalling who got some part of his boot on the ball in a bid to deflect it), it was sumptuous all the same - whipped with the pace at neck height, posing uncertainty and delivered to cause maximum damage. He came close to scoring himself through a free-kick late in the first half, forcing David de Gea into an uncertain punched save. But his best strike at goal came in the second half when he drew the very best out of the United goalkeeper with a piledriver of a shot from 18 yards out. © Reuters While many would have felt a bit disappointed with Ronaldo not bagging a goal, it's needless to say that the Portuguese had a great homecoming. He might not have looked like the leader he once was at the same ground, but his performance was just as effective. In his very action, Ronaldo did the right thing, the intelligent thing - often making Smalling look foolish. If Ronaldo's mature performance wasn't enough, the turn of events after the final whistle further highlighted what Man Utd fans mean to the 33-year-old. Having secured a comfortable 1-0 win, Juventus stars were walking into the dressing room. But, not Ronaldo. The Portuguese was the last man to head into the tunnel, not before the Old Trafford crowd witnessed his humility. Right after the game, two more pitch invaders stormed to the playing field. Unlike the first invader, these two were more interested in selfies. Once again, the stewards interceded and again Ronaldo intervened. Taking a phone from one of the young men, Ronaldo struck a pose with them to make sure their wild sprint on the pitch was worth it. © Reuters Taking notice of his humility, the stadium erupted in joy as Ronaldo was cheered off by all sides of Old Trafford. Touched by the reception, Ronaldo, too, obliged, clapping and touching his chest to show what their applause meant to him. For a man who returned to his old home with a rape allegation, Ronaldo barely seemed like he cared what people thought of him. His performance was more of a story of maturity and, believe it or not, teamwork. He misplaced only three of his 35 passes in the game, helped retain possession with the ball and ran the channels willingly without it. So, rather than blaming Ronaldo for shooting blanks at Old Trafford on his return, let's laud this Phenom for the magic he recreated at his old home.
  20. The world of cricket has witnessed some exceptional batting talents over the years. From Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar to now Virat Kohli; the gentleman's game has seen some brilliant batsmen rising through the ranks and dominating the sport like no other. While some showcased impeccable batting techniques, others caught everyone's eyes with their unorthodox approach with the willow. We saw Shivnarine Chanderpaul taking guard at a 90-degree-angle to the normal batting position. Then, there was Lance Klusener who became famous for his 'baseball-like' batting stance. More recently, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed captured the imagination of cricket fans with his weird batting stance- one that has not been put to use by the right-hander ever. After missing out on a potential victory against Australia in the first Test, the Pakistani side was eager to put their best foot forward in the second match at Abu Dhabi. However, Nathan Lyon's spin wizardry proved a tad too much for the Pakistani middle-order. Reeling at 57/5, Pakistan were rescued by their captain who worked in tandem with Fakhar Zaman to stabilise the innings. Interesting batting stance from Sarfaraz Ahmed #PAKvAUS #Cricket pic.twitter.com/GK9vtG3quE — #PAKvAUS (@QHACricket) October 16, 2018 Leading from the front, Sarfraz played a valuable knock of 94 runs to aid Pakistan in testing times. But, despite his gritty knock, it was Sarfraz's unique batting stance that became the talking point on the social media. The right-hander, who was earlier seen batting with a normal stance, took wide of the crease, showing all of the three stumps visible to the bowler. @micheal_fergie @Mick_511 me at indoor — Stuart Mcdonald (@stewiemac21) October 16, 2018 Shows how confident he was today!!! Too bad that he and fakhar both fell in their 90's — Syed Naeem (@mrprince6969) October 16, 2018 Stance like this keeps the bowler guessing what to bowl to the batsma n. Reminds me of Abdul Razzaq as well #PakvAus #AusvPak — SirDonBradman (@BradmanSir) October 16, 2018 Sarfaraz looks really confident today and I don't know really how ! Guy has been under the pump for his batting and captaincy, Pakistan lose 4 quick wickets and he comes and bats like this Cut drive sweep flick everything Superb counterattack — Mav Sidharth (@SidharthMav) October 16, 2018 Playing with bowlers mind — Faisal rauf kasuri (@kasuri_faisal) October 17, 2018
  21. After beginning the season with two losses in their first three English Premier League (EPL) games, Manchester United turned their campaign around and repaid the faith of their fans with a much-improved showing against Burnley and Watford in their next games. But, on 22nd September, the EPL giants once again stuttered and ended up losing points against Wolverhampton Wanderers at home. Going into the game having won three successive away games, the Red devils took the lead against the EPL newcomers Wolves through Fred who made full use of Paul Pogba's assist. However, spirited Wolves somehow managed to earn a point when Joao Moutinho equalised after Pogba lost possession. © Reuters The result was definitely not what Jose Mourinho's men and their fans expected as the 13-time champions (in Premier League era) slumped to the seventh spot - eight points behind leaders Liverpool - in the points table this season. If losing points wasn't enough, the fact that Mourinho slammed his players by saying they weren't "motivated" as their opponents further left their fans feeling low. But, amidst all that, there was one silver lining for Man Utd and their fans. The 1-1 draw between United and Wolves saw Sir Alex Ferguson in attendance at the Old Trafford after his tense brain surgery. Arguably one of the greatest football managers of all time, Sir Alex was given a standing ovation and a rousing welcome on his return to the hallowed stands. A special moment at Old Trafford. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/vU8YWstnk1 — Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 22, 2018 The Scot waved at the fans and smiled amid a roaring Old Trafford crowd which stood in applause as he arrived to take his seat in the Director's box. Earlier this year, Sir Alex underwent a surgery for brain haemorrhage and was later spent several days in the intensive care unit. The news of his emergency operation had sent shockwaves across the footballing world with both players and fans wishing him a speedy recovery. Despite a mediocre show from Man Utd, the football fans across the globe expressed their excitement after watching the 76-year-old enjoy football again. Apart from a deserving welcome at Old Trafford, Sir Alex also got heartfelt messages on the social media. Welcome back boss ðð» https://t.co/VGMLO39Fw7 — Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) September 22, 2018 From a @ManCity fan, welcome back to football Sir Alex — Mick Wildman (@mickey_blue_66) September 22, 2018 Rivalry put to one side for the return of a legend and a true champion! ðð¼ — Mick Wildman (@mickey_blue_66) September 22, 2018 I'm a rugby fan but even this made me well up! No matter your team or sport... respect is respect and a legend is always a legend — Bumbling&Bemused (@RaufR) September 23, 2018 Doesn't matter what team you support, you've gotta appreciate this manðð» — Sam Hadwen (@sam_hadwen) September 22, 2018 I was gonna say I'm not crying but i would be lying. Welcome Back Sir Alex â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ — Taylor W. (@_TaylorMonet) September 22, 2018 As a lifetime Gooner I must admit it's great to c the great man back and looking well — gooner topcat (@topcatgooner) September 22, 2018
  22. 12 Years ago, Google bought a little known operating system still in development by Android Inc which was later transformed into the leading OS in the world. Android was first unveiled in 2007 and launched officially in partnership with HTC on 23rd September 2008. Since 2011, Android has been the best-selling OS in the world and has over two billion active users today. It has the largest installed base of any operating system and today the Google Play store features over 3 million applications. The first smartphone that was available over the counter featuring Android was the HTC Dream, also known as the T-Mobile G1. In celebration of Android's 10th anniversary, here are 5 ways it changed our lives. Android Made Smartphones Affordable © MensXP Android as a platform is now offered by almost every technology company on the planet. Android launched as an alternative to Apple's iPhone which was priced exorbitantly even a decade ago. Android enabled companies like Xiaomi, Oppo, OnePlus, Samsung and many others to develop smartphones that could be sold at a much cheaper price. Being an open-source operating system, it let companies take advantage of Google's offering and deliver products that are now loved by consumers all over the world. Android Re-defined Customisation © Wikipedia Commons When Android first launched, it let users customise their home screen on the HTC Dream, a feature that was absent on the newly launched iPhone. It was a way for users to customise their home screen to their own liking, which was not a feature that Apple offered on the first iPhone. Apple later caught up with Android and today lets their users change the home and lock screen wallpaper. Android was also the first operating system to allow users to manage apps into folders which was later introduced by Apple to iOS. The open-source nature of the platform, also let developers and smartphone makers customise launchers, themes and tweak certain features that we still cannot do on iOS today. We Got Bigger Screens © BCCL Android-based devices started the trend of offering big screens even before it became the norm today. Android made it easier for smartphone makers to introduce larger screens at an early stage and today we cannot imagine smartphones having a 3-inch display. Larger screens meant a better internet browsing experience, better video content consumption and more real estate for managing apps and functions. Thanks to Android smartphones, Apple was forced to rethink their design ethos and started offering large-screen smartphones. Android Made Navigation Easy © Pexels Android introduced a dedicated Google Maps application to all devices which changed the way we navigate today. Google Maps on Android made it convenient and accessible to every user regardless of what device they were using. You no longer needed a fancy device for your car in order to use GPS to get around. Google Maps today can also be used to estimate your travel time enabling users to plan their journeys well in advance. It paved the way for companies like Uber and Ola and today we can't imagine travelling on the road or the streets without Google Maps if we don't know where we are. The App Factor © Reuters Even though Apple announced plans of launching the iTunes App Store for the iPhone, the HTC Dream already had a marketplace installed in the smartphone out of the box. It paved the way for the Android Market which was later renamed to Google Play. The rudimentary app store on the HTC Dream already let users download some games and applications. Today, the Play Store features over 3 millions applications that serve a variety of purposes. It may not be as good as Apple's App Store, however, it has come a long way ever since it was first introduced.
  23. Every year the same joke comes back, with a few modifications of course, when Apple releases any new product and this time obviously wasn't any different. In case you have been living under a rock, Apple has released three new iPhones – iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone Xr. From so much confusion about the pronunciation of the names to making our favourite kidney jokes, people on Twitter did not disappoint. Since almost all of us can't afford to upgrade every time there's a new model, we can just upgrade our jokes and make everyone laugh and all of us can unite in being poor by Apple's standards. Coming back to the pronunciation, honestly is it “excess” or “tennis”? I don't think any of the options is the better one, tbh. So much confusion. Customer: I would like to buy an iPhone tens max. Max: How many iPhones tens do you want? C: No, I want a ten s max. Max: We don't sell tennis equipment here, you'll need to go to the Sports Authority. C: No, I don't want tennis I want a TEN S MAX! Max: Third base. — Michael Moore (@Kiey) September 12, 2018 It's a match to see who can actually afford it. The new iPhone tennis match — jennananahhh (@thebadjenn) September 12, 2018 It is, tho. this iPhone Tennis thing sounds like a racket — Sebastiaan de With (@sdw) September 12, 2018 That's a good joke. Forget about iPhone Tennis - if the new iPhone came with a stylus it would have been called iPhone PenS.#AppleEvent — Ivica MilariÄ (@filmzadanas) September 12, 2018 All of our feelings about the price. Fixed it. #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/6Y1cHkcrzY — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) September 12, 2018 Kidney jokes are back! A dual sim iPhone wohaaaaa!!!! I do have a spare sim but I don't have a spare kidney ð #AppleEvent — Prerna (@miss_cherished) September 13, 2018 They should've used this graph only. Haters will say iPhone is getting costly. pic.twitter.com/oCibXVPWVw — Ivan Mehta (@IndianIdle) September 12, 2018 Bohot slow hai. Tim cook: iPhone now has dual sim feature Samsung: Tim tera sabun slow hai kya? #AppleEvent — Akshay (@AkshayKatariyaa) September 12, 2018 This iconic scene tho, I mean iConic. Android be like : Launch wo kar rahein hain par features humaare hain.#AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/v24iRk4tst — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) September 12, 2018 All Apple fanboys right now. IPhone fans right now #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/nuQgOyaMWt — Mask ishan (@Mr_LoLwa) September 12, 2018 Not the same, tho. Reality check. #AppleEvent #iphoneXs pic.twitter.com/tC6wBYFqAc — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) September 12, 2018 Gaffar is always first. Tim cook when he came to know that new iPhone is already launched in Gaffar Market, Karol bagh #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/N0cep3l6KF — Faad Dunga BC (@naalaYUCK) September 12, 2018 SOMEONE FIX THE DAMN CABLE. Me: Please make durable charging cables Apple: Here take a phone similar to the last one Me: But cable Apple: Okay take a new watch too Me: what about the cable tho Apple: #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/GxZk0rYdLA — ⪠Veer ⪠(@ClawedHumor) September 13, 2018 They're using Internet Explorer. We're all living in 2018 while Apple is living in 2012 #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/hJnyfbGgbK — 9GAG (@9GAG) September 13, 2018 The only constant feature. iPhone's best feature is that I still cannot afford it. #AppleEvent — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) September 12, 2018 Apple just released the dual sim to stop all the jokes. Samsung fans watching #AppleEvent and realising they can't even taunt you about dual sim anymore. pic.twitter.com/Ka2nksuv15 — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) September 12, 2018 It's honestly like never before View this post on Instagram "Never like before" - Every year A post shared by All India Bakchod (@allindiabakchod) on Sep 12, 2018 at 11:44am PDT Again, FIX THE DAMN CABLE. Presenter: “New iPhone has a strong glass that doesn't break easily” Charging cable: “ROFL”#AppleEvent — GRV (@MildlyClassic) September 12, 2018 ] This is meme is so versatile. Me after every #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/IE3oW5k3sL — Rahul Sharma (@badmanrahul) September 13, 2018 Apple, please listen to us. The only upgrade I care about. #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/lqOOlNnanF — ternak oppa (@desnoviaasr) September 12, 2018 Just Indian things. #AppleEvent foreigners : what's the price of bew iPhone? indians : purane iphone ke rate gire kya? — Dr. Gill (@ikpsgill1) September 12, 2018 Stay hydrated, fam. Remind a friend to drink water. #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/oYZDYoNrXq — East India Comedy (@EastIndiaComedy) September 13, 2018 Nahi dekha jaa raha. Me and my broke friends checking the price of the new iPhone. #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/88a1yUyeDm — Bade Chote (@badechote) September 12, 2018 Oops. Me : #iPhoneXs chahiye bday pe. Dad : theek hai *After seeing Price* Dad : pic.twitter.com/PKnyLzn8Dw — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) September 12, 2018 Quick, do it! Apple watch Series 4 can detect a fall? ð± Someone make the rupee wear it! #AppleEvent — ð¨ (@pranavsapra) September 12, 2018 Exactly how it happened. Apple user learning to manage dual sim from samsung users. #AppleEvents pic.twitter.com/Tg6J7AntAa — Shash (@pokershash) September 13, 2018
  24. James Gunn, the celebrated director of the super hit 'Guardian Of The Galaxy' franchise, is facing severe backlash and heat at the moment for something that happened almost a decade ago. The Walt Disney Studio has taken the decision to fire Gunn from the franchise, after some of his old tweets from 2008 and 2009 have resurfaced and sent shockwaves across the globe. © Disney The director apparently had tweeted offensive jokes earlier about rape, pedophilia, the 9/11 attacks and even the Holocaust, which have left everyone disgusted on the social media. #WalkAway pic.twitter.com/cI8BdWxedu — Jack Posobiecðºð¸ (@JackPosobiec) July 20, 2018 Gunn has officially released a statement accepting the decision and has offered an explanation, as well as an apology for the same. The statement reads as follows: “My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don't reflect the person I am today or have been for some time. Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies.”. The social media is abuzz with a lot of mixed opinions over this shocking development. While some feel the decision was obvious because of the nature of the tweets, some are calling it simply 'hypocritical'. James Gunn made awful "jokes" years ago, and eventually grew up & apologised for it. Disney knew this, didn't care & happily hired him Someone starts screaming about it, so Disney happily fired him, not because of his "jokes", but because people were talking about them — Brett Tear (@TearofGrace) July 21, 2018 The problem I have with Disney firing James Gunn is not the reasonn because what he did tweet 10 yrs ago was disgusting. But the fact that they keep Johnny Depp and John Lasseter in their business is hypocritical. Be consistent. At least Gunn didn't beat up or rape anyone. — wth?! (@just_a_walk) July 21, 2018 Meanwhile, Dave Bautista, who plays the character of Drax in the GOTG franchise, has lashed out against this decision and has come out in strong support of Gunn. I will have more to say but for right now all I will say is this..@JamesGunn is one of the most loving,caring,good natured people I have ever met. He's gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He's made mistakes. We all have. Im NOT ok with what's happening to him — Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 21, 2018 For now, the fate of the next installment of the movie is on hold, while the whole world is still coming to terms with this piece of new information.
  25. Today, we have a lot of choice in terms of sports to watch on TV. But, go back a decade or two and the choices were pretty limited. Of course, there was cricket and hockey. But, if you were interested in any other sport, the chances of finding Live programming on TV were slim. But, there were some other sports that were on the fringe, threatening to steal eyeballs every now and then. The NBA basketball games were among the prominent ones. The audiences for such sports were of two types, hardcore fans of the sport and hardcore fans of the personalities who played the sport. We're going to be focusing on the latter here. © Getty Images Even though you'd have to be up really early in the morning to catch an NBA game live, there are many who do it. They may say it's because their favourite teams are playing but, the truth is, the only reason anyone wakes up at 5 am, is to watch their favourite player. Watching their superstars tear through oppositions is well worth the effort. And just like that, these players become something much more than stars. They become household names. Names that we can't forget. Even if you've never watched these players play a single minute of basketball you'll recognize their faces and certainly recognize their names instantly. That's the kind of status they managed to achieve in India. So, without further ado, here's a look at some of the iconic NBA stars anyone will recognize no matter how young or old they are: 1. Michael Jordan Is there any other player we could start a list of iconic NBA stars with? The man has done it all. He is the first ever sports personality to become a billionaire. Makes sense that any and everybody would recognise his name. © Getty Images If not for his time on the court (and his forgettable time in baseball) people would certainly recognise him as the man behind “Air Jordans.” “His Airness,” is one of the best basketball players of all time and we can say with reasonable certainty, that there's not a single person on the planet who hasn't heard of him. 2. Yao Ming At 7'6” Yao Ming would stand out in just about any crowd. But, while this star's height made him a formidable force in the NBA, it's not the reason for his immense popularity. Tall guy in the NBA, not a game changer is it? Nah. © Getty Images Memes, on the other hand, is a universal language that every 20-something understands. So, when your face becomes a meme, you're certainly going to become one of the most recognised faces in the world. The meme originated from a 2009 press conference. We don't know whether Yao approved of his becoming a meme or not, but what we do know, is that now no one would fail to recognise him on the street. 3. LeBron James One of the most bankable stars in basketball today, LeBron is the perfect example of what Michael Jordan would have been, if he played in the modern day. From sneaker sponsorships to epic dunks, the man does it all. © Getty Images While some may say that LeBron is more infamous than famous, our point of contention here is, he's a major crowd puller for the NBA today, whatever be the reason. If 3 NBA titles, 2 Olympic Golds, 4 NBA Season MVP's and over 31,000 weren't enough, LeBron just moved to one of the most popular NBA teams ever, the LA Lakers. We bet everyone will recognise him now. 4. Kobe Bryant Since we're on the topic of the Lakers, let's move on to one of the biggest stars to ever play for them, Kobe Bryant. 5 NBA championships, 2 Olympic Golds and over 33,000 points at an average of 25 ppg (points per game) made Kobe a menace for his opponents. © Getty Images But, it's the amount of time he spent in front of the camera that made him one of the most recognisable basketball players in the world. Throw in a fiery rivalry with his teammate Shaq and you already know that Kobe was destined for great things. Many consider him to be the Jordan of his time. Yeah, there are a lot of comparisons to Jordan in the NBA. Deal with it. 5. Dennis Rodman When we talk of NBA stars who were in the news for all the wrong reasons, we can't help but mention Dennis Rodman. While some might consider Rodman to be nothing but a poor reflection of what a professional athlete must be, we can't deny the fact that he's won 5 NBA championships. He was such a popular player for the Pistons that they even retired his number in 2011. © Getty Images While he certainly was one of the most eccentric players to ever play basketball, we'd like to believe that he is remembered for his skills on the court rather than his antics off it. Either way, Rodman is not a name we will easily forget. 6. Shaquille O'Neal Big Shaq, one of the few NBA stars who managed to get into Hollywood. Whether Hollywood helped him increase his popularity or not, will never be known, but no one can deny the effect his incredible run, as a Center for the LA Lakers, had on his popularity. © Getty Images With a towering 7'1” presence, Shaq would be just as hard to miss in a crowd as Yao Ming. He even has NBA championship rings to show off. But besides all of this, Shaq's claim to fame for the average Indian citizen would be the time, when was a part of Wrestlemania. Not many could stand toe-to-toe with the Big Show. Big Shaq could. That adds to his iconic status in India for sure.
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