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  1. Christopher Henry Gayle, a name which has already been engraved in the history of cricket as one of the most powerful hitters the game has ever seen. On one hand, where hitting a six is a very common sight in cricket, many believe that a six by Chris Gayle should at least be given a run count of eight, instead of just six. The power with which this man hits a ball is out of this world. There have been uncountable instances where a match has been stopped just because the ball was smacked outside the stadium by the 'Gayle-force'. Rumours surrounding Gayle's retirement were proven correct yesterday, as the Indies star announced his retirement from the ODI format post the ICC World Cup 2019. So, just before we get to see the final Gayle-storm in action, let's have a look at some of his finest innings witnessed by the world: 1. Gayle's Maiden Century (Kenya) © Reuters Soon after making an impact in Test cricket, Gayle slammed his maiden ODI century against Kenya on their home soil, in Nairobi. Despite being a little late to the party, he made his mark by touching the score of 152 in his first ever ODI ton. This humongous score consisted of 17 fours and a single six. With time, we saw the proportion of his runs shifting towards the big hits instead of fours and singles. 2. Gayle-Storm In Ahmedabad (India) © Reuters The year 2001, was just the beginning of the many earthquakes by the big man. A year after his thundering performance in Kenya, he started bashing any team which came in his way. He went on to score 3 consecutive tons against the Indians when the Windies toured India in 2002. Out of all those tons, the best one came in Ahmedabad where he shattered the bowling line up of India, consisting of Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra and Ajit Agarkar. Though the West Indies couldn't win that match, the splendid performance by the Chris Gayle helped them seal the series by 4-3 in their favour. 3. Gayle's Show In Johannesburg (South Africa) © Reuters Yet another showdown by the big guy came in 2004 against South Africa in Johannesburg, where he managed to put up the same score as of his first ODI ton, 152. But this time, there was an upgrade as he was unbeaten on that score. But just like before, his ton couldn't help the Indies line-up win the match. In response, the 139 by Jacque Kallis made it easier for South Africa to surpass the total of 304 with two balls still to go. 4. Gayle's Display Against The Kiwis © Reuters Another scorching century against New Zealand in 2012, took Gayle to his 20th One Day International tons. Here, being at home, he posted 125 runs of his own in the total of 315, hitting nine sixes and eight boundaries. After a long time, his century proved to be of worth to his team, as the West Indies resulted in winning the match by 55 runs. 5. Gayle-Storm In The World Cup 2015 (Australia-New Zealand) © Reuters In a World Cup match against Zimbabwe, it seemed like Christopher Henry Gayle held a placard, a cliche one but very true: 'Form is temporary, class is permanent.' The six-hitting machine manufactured in Jamaica went into overdrive, answering the critics who questioned its efficacy - in record-breaking style. Blasting a herculean score of 215 in mere 179 balls, Gayle took the team total up to 372 in 50 overs. His 215, was peppered with a whopping 16 sixes and 10 boundaries. With these being one of the best performances by the Caribbean 'Big-Dog', let's hope he ends his ODI career on a high by delivering yet another blistering knock in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
  2. Tom Holland has done it again! And, if your mind didn't automatically go to giving spoilers right now, I'm sorry but you're not a true Marvel fan. Tom, along with Mark Ruffalo, are truly the best and the worst because of their tendency to give out spoilers. It's hilarious and even they know how much they screw up. Mark has reached a point where he's the one joking about it and was even fake fired by the Russo Brothers. And well, Tom is just Tom. View this post on Instagram Lmao same. #CommentsByCelebs A post shared by Comments By Celebs (@commentsbycelebs) on Jan 18, 2019 at 6:43pm PST But unfortunately, this is not the kind of spoiler he's given this time. Apparently, an old interview of him promoting 'Avengers: Infinity War' with Benedict Cumberbatch has resurfaced for a very important reason, as it basically confirmed a theory everyone already knew about. We knew that quantum realm will play an important part in the upcoming final Avengers movie, what with Scott Lang stuck there alone at the end of 'Ant Man And The Wasp' and then somehow appearing in the first trailer of 'Endgame', but obviously, Marvel will never confirm it. But thankfully, Tom did, and he did it before even 'Infinity War' released. Coming back to the interview and the unassuming spoiler, when both the actors were asked that out of the two, who flubbed the most lines, Benedryl Cucumber named himself but was Tom was quick to defend him. Tom said, “He has the most difficult lines, though. He has to talk about so much Quantum Realm... stuff. I just have to talk about, 'Yeah man, that's awesome!' So mine's easy, but his is all so difficult.” Well, back then a lot of people might have thought that it was an 'Infinity War' spoiler, but now we know Doctor Strange didn't mention quantum realm even once in that movie. This can only mean one thing, Doctor Strange is obviously coming back and he could also be the one to save Ant Man. Moreover, it seems like the quantum realm is the answer to all of the OG Avengers' problems and it will help undo Thanos' snap, and all the destruction it caused, and bring back all the 'dusted' characters. I can't stress this enough, but honestly, April 27th cannot come soon enough.
  3. The price slab of Rs 15,000 to 20,000 is among the most competitive right now, and thanks to rapid advancements in technology, a lot of high-end features are now available at a cheaper price. This range also gives you a high value since it isn't very costly, but will give you an edge for at least a year. Thanks to increasing focus on software, these phones can even get you through two years of smooth usage in most cases. Here are our top recommendations in the sub-20,000 price segment! 1. Redmi Note 6 Pro (Rs 15,999) © YouTube The Redmi Note 6 Pro and its predecessor have been selling like hot cakes in the country and the Redmi Note 7 is just around the corner. This doesn't mean the phone has lost its charm though. It has a perfect balance in all segments and is pretty much a winner. Sporting a 6.26-inch display, it is powered by a Snapdragon 635 processor. For multitasking, the top variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage along with expandable option. The battery is rated at 4000mAh and is more than sufficient to get you through a couple of days on moderate usage. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel setup and can capture significantly good pictures in both, daytime as well as low-light conditions. It runs on MIUI and has tonnes of added features and customization options. 2. Nokia 7.1 (Rs 18,990) © YouTube The recently launched Nokia 7.1 is a solid offering if you're looking for stock Android experience. All Nokia branded phones are a part of Google's Android One initiative, ensuring software and security updates on time. The stock experience also ensures smooth performance over an extended period of time. The phone has a 5.84-inch display and is powered by a slightly underwhelming Snapdragon 636 processor. But, thanks to near-perfect optimization, you'll barely see any lags or stuttering. It comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage in the base variant and is backed by a modest 3060mAh battery. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter. 3. Honor 10 Lite (Rs 17,999) © Twitter / Sandeep Sharma This was the first phone to be launched in India this year and Honor is back with its premium glass design in the budget segment. The glass build also adds a slight colour gradient, which is unmatchable in this segment. The phone also has a smaller water-drop style notch for a better screen-to-body ratio. On the front is a 6.2-inch display and the phone is powered by a Kirin 710 chipset. It comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage in the top variant and has support for expandable storage. The rear has a 13+2-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter. These internals are backed by a 3400mAh battery that supports 10W fast charging. 4. Vivo V9 Pro (Rs 16,990) © YouTube The Vivo V9 Pro is a close sibling of the V11 series and in fact has a similar design. The front has a wide notch and the back sports a fingerprint scanner for quick authentication. Just like all other Vivo phones, it ships with Funtouch OS out of the box. It has a 6.3-inch display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor. The base variant gets 4GB RAM along with 64GB internal storage and expandable storage option. The rear has a 13+2-megapixel camera with support for portrait shots and AI beauty enhancements. The front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter and the phone is backed by a 3260mAh battery. 5. Honor Play (Rs 16,999) © YouTube The Honor Play is technically India's first gaming phone and is among the cheapest. It is powered by Huawei's high-end Kirin 970 processor, along with 4GB RAM in the base variant. The phone also gets Honor's GPU Turbo technology, that systematically overclocks the processor and optimizes performance for the best output. The design is basic and the brand has put in more efforts on the inside. The rear has a 16+2-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3750mAh battery that supports 18W quick charging.
  4. Vicky Kaushal is the starboy that Bollywood deserves right now and he is shining brightly following the phenomenal success of 'Uri', which has catapulted him to the league of A-listers in B-town. The actor has already proved his mettle and won the hearts of all the fans. View this post on Instagram ð¬+ð¤¦ð¼‍âï¸= âð½ A post shared by Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) on Feb 12, 2019 at 5:40am PST Vicky had to undergo his fair share of struggles before making it big in Bollywood. He started his journey by assisting Anurag Kashyap on 'Gangs Of Wasseypur' and worked his way up until people believed that the guy could really act. Not many are aware that Vicky is the son of one of the most famous stunt directors in Bollywood, Shyam Kaushal, but that did not necessarily spell out success for him. His journey has been his personal struggle. In a recent interview, Vicky was asked to read and comment on some of the remarks made by people on social media. While there were many compliments for him, some were plain harsh words. One comment read as follows “He doesn't have hero face...a common punjabi ladka yes but he has filmy background bas utna hi kaafi hai aaj bollywood me." Vicky had a very thoughtful reply to it and said “Okay, so apart from the last line, 'utna hi kaafi hai Bollywood mein,' I think there's nothing wrong in what he said. I don't have a filmy face or a hero face." However, Vicky was not okay with being accused of nepotism and was quick to react to that statement with a justified answer. "Sir, you are most welcome in Bollywood and try and survive a week and we will have a cup of coffee together and I will ask you the same question," he said. View this post on Instagram It's not just a line anymore... I get so many “How's the Josh?!” videos from you all everyday, each one made with so much love and passion, from schools, colleges, cafes, work places... from people fighting the cold in minus temperatures to people sweating it out in the gym... from conference meetings to marriage ceremonies... from a 92 years old grandmother to a 2 years old kid... from even our Jawaans in the armed forces. It's not just a line anymore, you all have turned it into an emotion... an emotion so strong and special, I'm going to cherish for life. Thank You everyone. à¤à¤¸ पà¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤° à¤à¤° समà¥à¤®à¤¾à¤¨ à¤à¥ लिठतहॠदिल सॠशà¥à¤à¥à¤°à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾à¥¤ â¤ï¸ð A post shared by Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) on Feb 1, 2019 at 8:15pm PST 'Uri' has already crossed the 200 crore mark and his previous outings, 'Raazi', 'Manmarziyaan' and even his role in 'Lust Stories' have been a major hit with the audience. While we get that the air of nepotism is very strong in Bollywood, maybe Vicky is not a by-product of that factory after all.
  5. Vicky Kaushal is the starboy that Bollywood deserves right now and he is shining brightly following the phenomenal success of 'Uri', which has catapulted him to the league of A-listers in B-town. The actor has already proved his mettle and won the hearts of all the fans. View this post on Instagram ð¬+ð¤¦ð¼‍âï¸= âð½ A post shared by Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) on Feb 12, 2019 at 5:40am PST Vicky had to undergo his fair share of struggles before making it big in Bollywood. He started his journey by assisting Anurag Kashyap on 'Gangs Of Wasseypur' and worked his way up until people believed that the guy could really act. Not many are aware that Vicky is the son of one of the most famous stunt directors in Bollywood, Shyam Kaushal, but that did not necessarily spell out success for him. His journey has been his personal struggle. In a recent interview, Vicky was asked to read and comment on some of the remarks made by people on social media. While there were many compliments for him, some were plain harsh words. One comment read as follows “He doesn't have hero face...a common punjabi ladka yes but he has filmy background bas utna hi kaafi hai aaj bollywood me." Vicky had a very thoughtful reply to it and said “Okay, so apart from the last line, 'utna hi kaafi hai Bollywood mein,' I think there's nothing wrong in what he said. I don't have a filmy face or a hero face." However, Vicky was not okay with being accused of nepotism and was quick to react to that statement with a justified answer. "Sir, you are most welcome in Bollywood and try and survive a week and we will have a cup of coffee together and I will ask you the same question," he said. View this post on Instagram It's not just a line anymore... I get so many “How's the Josh?!” videos from you all everyday, each one made with so much love and passion, from schools, colleges, cafes, work places... from people fighting the cold in minus temperatures to people sweating it out in the gym... from conference meetings to marriage ceremonies... from a 92 years old grandmother to a 2 years old kid... from even our Jawaans in the armed forces. It's not just a line anymore, you all have turned it into an emotion... an emotion so strong and special, I'm going to cherish for life. Thank You everyone. à¤à¤¸ पà¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤° à¤à¤° समà¥à¤®à¤¾à¤¨ à¤à¥ लिठतहॠदिल सॠशà¥à¤à¥à¤°à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾à¥¤ â¤ï¸ð A post shared by Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) on Feb 1, 2019 at 8:15pm PST 'Uri' has already crossed the 200 crore mark and his previous outings, 'Raazi', 'Manmarziyaan' and even his role in 'Lust Stories' have been a major hit with the audience. While we get that the air of nepotism is very strong in Bollywood, maybe Vicky is not a by-product of that factory after all.
  6. Valentine's Day is around the corner and so is the pressure of gifting your special someone the perfect gift. This Valentine's Day, go beyond the traditional chocolates and gift them something unique. Gadgets are not only unique but also very utilitarian. It's something we can use every day. We don't just mean gift a mobile phone, there's a wide array of options to choose from, and we've compiled a list to help you out. 1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9: © Fujifilm This camera is sure to bring a lot of nostalgia, thanks to its analogue-type printing capability. You'll get a high-quality credit-card size photo instantly after clicking and it's a handy gadget to have during parties. It's equipped with a selfie mirror and comes with a close-up lens to take better selfies on the go. Automatic exposure measurement for aperture settings and high-key mode let you click portrait pictures as well and the most important is the retro-Instax pictures. Sharing these physical copies with everyone instantly is fun and very simple to use. 2. HP Sprocket: © HP It is a printer measuring smaller than your average 5-inch smartphone and it can print photos wirelessly from your phone. All you need to do is connect your phone to the printer and select a picture from gallery. It'll print the photo on a "zink" 2x3-inch paper (zero-ink) in a few seconds. The HP Sprocket app also has some nifty photo editing tools that allow you to add frames, filters, text, scribble or pre-loaded stickers or graphics onto the photo. The orientation is automatically adjusted to utilise the full size of the print. 3. HyperX Cloud Earbuds: © HeadphoneReview "Gaming" and "earbuds" are two words you don't often expect to hear together, but with mobile gaming on the rise, HyperX is trying to bridge this gap. It has a 4-feet wire, well designed and comfortable earbuds, and clear output. Via a 3.5mm jack, these can be used with almost every gaming console out there. The mic is loud and crisp and the earbuds have clean, clear and balanced audio. In game audio and music is loud enough and they are extremely comfortable to wear over longer durations. The earbuds provide a good balance between sound effects, voice work, and music. 4. Apple Watch: © YouTube The Apple Watch Series 4 is undoubtedly the best smartwatch one can buy right now. WearOS doesn't even come close due to shortcomings in terms of features and OEM support. With a new processor, the Series 4 is able to constantly look out for sudden movement and can detect a fall. The heart rate scanner also supports ECG measurement in certain regions. It runs on watchOS 5 out of the box, this brings in a new modular face, three minimal faces, and watch faces based on fire, water, and vapour effects. The speaker has been redesigned and is now 50 per cent louder and the mic too has reduced echo. 5. PlayStation 4: © Digital Trends It continues to be one of the most capable gaming consoles out there thanks to top-notch performance and good third-party game support. There has been a significant performance difference between the PS4 and Xbox One and developers have often preferred to launch for PS4 first. The PlayStation 4 Pro is the second iteration of the original console and supports advanced imaging technology and 4K gaming. Coupling along a few games too won't be a bad idea! 6. AirPods: © YouTube Another best-selling accessory from Apple, the AirPods are the most commonly seen wireless earbuds now. Thanks to its close integration with iOS and ease of use, the pair has become a must-have for almost everyone. They instantly connect to your phone and automatically shut down when you stop wearing them. The case can be wirelessly charged and has a small battery backup of its own, to charge the buds on the go. In terms of sound quality, the AirPods are above average and the mic is very clear. Hence casual usage shall never be an issue. 7. iPad Pro: © 9to5Mac Apple has swiftly transformed the iPad from an entertainment machine to a full-fledged work machine. Along with the keyboard, and insanely fast A12X chip, the iPad Pro is capable of getting everything done. Right from simple work documents to video editing, the tablet is blazing fast. With the Pencil, it becomes even more convenient to take down notes. The tablet is now being targeted for college, work, as well as on the go entertainment. Thanks to iOS, there's never going to be a scarcity of apps or games. 8. Netflix Subscription: © Netflix Lastly, a Netflix subscription is a must-have. The platform is everyone's favourite spot to binge watch shows and movies on weekends and for Valentine's couples out there, nothing beats Netflix and chill. Grab a bowl of popcorn, and cuddle up!
  7. We're sure that so far you've got your grooming basics right and you're most probably washing your face at least once a day and using a moisturizer (if you're not, you should definitely read this). But apart from that, there is one essential grooming product that men fail to add to their grooming kit that can change their skins for good. A BB Cream. © Getty Images South Korean beauty and grooming secrets are a treasure and should be adapted because have you seen these guys age? They never do. A BB Cream, a South Korean discovery is that one product you should definitely have in your grooming kit. BB creams also known as blemish balms aim to blur out imperfections whilst also taking care of pigmentation, oil control and hydrating skin simultaneously. It also gives the benefit of sun protection, oil control and an anti-ageing in one cream. © Getty Images It's also an easy remedy to cover scars, blemishes and skin discolouration like an Instagram filter, except this work in IRL being a product squished inside a tube. © Getty Images They might look like it's a feminine product, but they also come in unisex packaging. Use a BB cream next time before a big date to hide the bugging pimples, scars and blemishes. It really makes a difference.
  8. It's just been a week since Respawn Entertainment launched 'Apex Legends' and the game has found success in just a matter of days. It's a free-to-play Battle Royale game that is giving games like PUBG and Fortnite a run for its money. Respawn has now revealed that the game has hit 25 million total players and had "well over" 2 million concurrent players during the weekend. © YouTube To put things into perspective, 'Fortnite' took four months to achieve these numbers after its launch. At the moment, 'Fortnite' has over 200 million players and 8.3 million concurrent players which is a huge number for any game. This is partly because of the game can also be played on iOS and Android devices. © YouTube The studio is now using this achievement as an opportunity to promote the game's roadmap including new goodies for players for Valentine's Day. The company is also going to launch a paid Battle Pass next month that will work similarly to Fortnite's subscription programme. © Respawn Entertainment 'Apex Legends' builds on the Titanfall series and lore; which has been generally well-received amongst players. It uses the same combat mechanics with Battle Royale essentials such as looting gear, weapons and ammo. However, the game sets itself apart from other games, thanks to different characters that have different abilities. The game's marketing has also helped the game gain success due to its surprise launch and support from streamers like Shroud and Dr DisRespect. The game also does not implement any play-to-win micro transactions which make the game accessible to everyone for free. Have you been playing 'Apex Legends'? Follow our tips and tricks for getting your first win in the game.
  9. There's a hot new Battle Royale game that has been the talk of the town and we've been playing the game ever since its release. It's called 'Apex Legends' and the game is free-to-play across all platforms. Just like the any other Battle Royale game, you need to know a few tips and tricks in order to win a match. 'Apex Legends' has nuances that make it different from any other Battle Royale game out there. You need to know your abilities and different types of guns for different situations. Here are a few tips and tricks you need to know to secure that win in Apex Legends. Loot Is Important © YouTube No matter what you do, loot is the most important thing in any Battle Royale game. Make sure you grab the Armour, Helmet, weapon and ammo. Do not pick unnecessary items that you don't need as inventory space is more important than anything in this game. Have Enough Ammo Ammo is scarce and your guns will burn through ammo faster than you would expect. Make sure you always have enough ammo for your primary weapon. Use Your Ability Whenever You Can © MensXP Abilities in Apex Legends recharge very quickly and you should use it whenever you need it. For example, if you play 'Lifeline', always call in the drop as it has upgraded armour pieces or shield cells. If you play Bloodhound, make sure you use your ability to scan the area whenever you are unsure of your surroundings. Abilities will give you an upper hand in the game and we cannot stress enough how important it is to use abilities at the right time. Replenish Your Shields First © YouTube If you get damaged, always replenish your shield first as it is your primary health. It only takes 3 seconds to fill up each bar whereas a sunrise takes five seconds. Enemy's Armour Are Undamaged After you kill someone, always check for new armour in the box/body. It is best to switch to a new armour as it is faster than restoring it with 'Shield Cells'. After a gunfight, just pick up an enemy's armour instead as it is undamaged in his box. The Ping System Is An Essential Tool © YouTube You can communicate with your teammate without uttering a single word. That's because the ping system in Apex Legends is one of the best we've ever seen. You can ping weapons, armour, enemies and point out loot without saying a word. This removes the language barrier amongst random players and is probably the most essential tool in the game. Don't Waste Ammo On Downed Players © Respawn Entertainment If you've downed an enemy, it's best not to waste your ammo on finishing the job. If the coast is clear, you can use a finisher to kill the enemy which essentially helps you save ammo. You can also use them as bait to help you finish remaining squad members. Slide When Going Downhill © YouTube The game has no fall damage which makes it easier for you to traverse the map. You can even slide down a slope which can be used to dodge enemy fire and to find cover. It's also faster than running down a slope.
  10. While mobile gaming has been on the rise and insanely trending right now, nothing can take away the experience a PC can deliver. Even laptops have made phenomenal improvements in the last few years and offer top of the line specifications. Instead of a full-fledged PC, a laptop also provides the comfort of portability. Brands have been working on integrating desktop grade GPU's in laptops, and they can now deliver on par performance. In fact, Nvidia has also released special GPUs for laptops and this, in turn, has not only brought down the price of owning a gaming laptop but also offers a complete package. Based on multiple metrics like display size and quality, processor, GPU, additional gaming-centric features, and battery life, we've compiled a list of the top gaming laptops one can buy in India (they're sorted according to price). 1. Acer Nitro Ryzen 5 (Rs 53,990) © YouTube Acer's launched multiple laptops last year and the Nitro series has been an instant success. While most other machines are powered by Intel's processor, this one is the only exception. It has a 15.6-inch display and is powered by a quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 chipset clocked at 2.0Ghz with 8GB RAM. The laptop has a dedicated Radeon RX 560X GPU with 4GB memory and ships with a 1TB hard drive for storage. It comes with Windows 10 Home pre-installed and weighs 2.7Kg. If you're looking for a budget gaming rig, this one should be your first consideration since it has all basic necessities and doubles up as a gaming machine. 2. HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop (Rs 68,000) © HP There are various configurations available in the series, but we recommend the BC406TX since it has a balanced spec-sheet and is much more portable than the Nitro 5. It has a 15.6-inch display that refreshed at 60Hz and distinct under keyboard lights make the design look very modern. HP claims the battery can charge from 0 to 90 per cent within 90 minutes. Powering the laptop is an Intel Core i5 8300H chipset, clocked at 2.3GHz along with 8GB RAM. The GPU consists of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB dedicated memory. This variant comes with a 1TB hard drive and Windows 10 pre-installed. It is significantly lighter and weighs 2.1Kg. 3. ASUS TUF FX505 (Rs 89,990) © YouTube The new TUF gaming laptops offer an ultra-slim profile and feature a NanoEdge display with a 144Hz refresh rate. The laptop can remain cool for an extended period of time thanks to Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system, fan overboost technology, and dual-fan cooling CPU and GPU. The laptop has a 15.6-inch display and is powered by Intel's Core i7-8750H processor with 8GB RAM. It has an Nvidia GeForce GTX1050 Ti GPU with 4GB dedicated memory. Storage options include a hybrid of 1TB hard-drive and 256GB SSD. 4. Lenovo Legion Y530 (Rs 91,990) © YouTube The Legion series offers a significantly better design with tiny bezels and thin body construction. Only one variant of the laptop is officially available in India and it has a 15.6-inch FHD display with a 144Hz refresh rate. Lenovo says it has a dual channel thermal system that offers best-in-class performance output and minimal noise. It is powered by an Intel Core i7-8750H processor that comes with up to six cores and 12 threads for high-end gaming. Alongside is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 4GB dedicated memory. Even though the laptop is fairly thin, the keyboard offers 1.7mm of travel and the speakers are powered by Harman. Lastly, it has a dual storage system consisting of a 1TB hard drive and 128GB SSD. 5. ASUS ROG Strix SCARII (Rs 139,990) © Trusted Reviews ASUS's ROG lineup has been immensely popular and the brand has been doubling down on its presence in India. The SCARII comes with a 15.6-inch 144Hz super-narrow-bezel display. It has a HyperStrike Pro gaming keyboard for better controls and HyperCool Pro technology for longer performance endurance. It is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor, coupled along with an Nvidia GeForce GTX1060 GPU and 16GB RAM. Additionally, with ROG Overstroke technology, it enables earlier key actuation and has a longer overstroke distance. 6. MSI RTX Series (Starts at 79,990) © YouTube MSI launched the new RTX offerings in India this week and multiple configurations are available. Ray Tracing technology is a major stand-out feature for the series and keep in mind, these machines are built for serious gamers only. The GL73 comes with a 15.6-inch display that refreshed at 144Hz and is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor. The laptop comes with 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD and 1TB SATA drive. For graphics, it has Nvidia's RTX 2060 GPU with 6GB dedicated memory. The GL75 comes in two display sizes, 17.3-inch and 15.6-inch.
  11. Ever since the revolution of computer games, it has been an expensive activity or hobby to maintain. Whether you play on the PC or consoles, buying a proper machine and then games have always been pretty expensive. Now, we're witnessing a major revolution in the world of gaming with the addition of mobile phones as a platform. Sure, mobile games have existed for almost decades, but the industry is progressing to a whole new level. Thanks to the improvement in mobile OS architecture and hardware, a tiny mobile phone is capable of playing a 2GB Battle Royale game. PUBG, Fortnite, Asphalt etc. are just starting points and we're already seeing massive new titles coming soon. If you're looking for a new phone for gaming, we've compiled a list of top phones for gaming, available in India: 1. OnePlus 6T © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla This is pretty much a perfect Android offering, thanks to best-in-class hardware and well-polished software experience. The phone comes shipped with OxygenOS and is among the most stable skins out there. You won't have to cut corners anywhere with this device, thanks to its well-balanced spec sheet. The phone has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint scanner for authentication. The body is built from premium metal and houses a Snapdragon 845 processor, along with 6GB RAM in the base variant. The rear has a 16+20-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 16-megapixel lens for selfies. It also comes with a Gaming Mode that basically mutes all notifications to provide a distraction-free experience. 2. POCO F1 © MensXP / Shivam Vahia It's a flagship-grade phone that comes with an extremely lower price tag. The POCO F1 was built for performance, and the brand has constantly focused on making it faster. Housing a Snapdragon 845 processor, it also comes with a liquid cooling chamber for enhanced performance over longer durations. The front has a 6.2-inch LCD display, with a wide notch on the top. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup and is capable of clicking surprisingly good low-light pictures. The front has a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery and the phone ships with POCO Launcher by default. 3. Honor View 20 © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla The phone was launched just a few weeks back in India and has managed to come with its own unique set of 2019ish features. The build quality is exceedingly premium and the front has a punch-hole camera, delivering better screen-to-body ratio. The phone comes with Honor's GPU Turbo mode that optimizes the phone's performance when gaming. Powering the View 20 is the latest Kirin 980 processor, coupled along with 6GB RAM in the base variant. The rear has a massive 48-megapixel sensor along with a Time of Flight sensor that helps in 3D modelling and interactive gameplay. The front has a 25-megapixel selfie shooter and these internals are backed by a 4000mAh battery. 4. Nokia 8.1 © BCCL This is the only phone on this list to ship with stock Android and is part of Google's Android One program, ensuring timely updates. It continues the legacy of Nokia branded phones and has a significantly premium design and strong build quality. The phone is powered by Qualcomm's latest midrange, yet highly capable Snapdragon 710 platform. The base variant comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The rear has a 12+13-megapixel dual camera setup and the front has a 20-megapixel lens for selfies. It comes with a modest 3500mAh battery but supports 18W fast charging. 5. Honor Play © BCCL It's been quite some time since the phone was launched, but it still manages to kick-ass thanks to a flagship processor. This was technically India's first gaming-centric phone and is equipped with Honor's GPU Turbo mode that intelligently optimizes processes to improve performance while gaming. The phone has a 6.3-inch display and is powered by a Kirin 970 processor. The base variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The rear has a mediocre 16+2-megapixel dual camera setup and the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3750mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. 6. iPhone XR © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla We've listed ultra-premium phones towards the end of this list and the iPhone is often regarded to be the best gaming phone one can buy. iOS has maintained an edge over Android for years in terms of game development, and thanks to Apple's insanely fast processor, the gap widens even further. The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch display and is powered by an A12 processor. The chipset has a hexa-core dedicated GPU and graphics have never been smoother. The rear has a single 12-megapixel sensor and the front has a 7-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these specs is a quite large 2942mAh battery. 7. ASUS ROG Phone © MensXP / Akshay Bhalla Arguably the only dedicated gaming phone in India, the ROG Phone is expensive, but won't disappoint in terms of performance. The design is very refreshing and has an RGB logo on the back, along with mappable air triggers for better FPS experience. The 6-inch AMOLED display has a 90Hz refresh rate and supports HDR. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 845 processor, coupled with an Aeroactive cooler accessory for long duration performance support. Even a Twinview dock is separately available and the phone has an internal 4000mAh battery.
  12. If the Indian Premier League (IPL) is considered to be one of the most lucrative T20 tournaments across the world, then Australia's very own Big Bash League (BBL), too, continues to entice cricket fans with entertaining and exciting clashes over the years. From some breathtaking bowling spells to batting masterclass of marauding batsmen, the BBL has given cricket fans some of the greatest moments in the sport. Staying true to its nature, the eighth edition of the BBL is proving to be one of the best since the league's inception. There have been crazy catches in the stands and on the field. The individual batting performances have also come to the fore. And, thrilling contests continue to set the tone of the ongoing BBL season. More recently, another incident rose to the spotlight during the clash between Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes. Australian fast bowler Riley Meredith became the talking point for reasons he wouldn't be able to forget for a while. The 22-year-old was looking to aid Hurricanes with a clinical bowling performance, but who would've thought the he would end up giving away 17 runs on a single delivery? Yep, you read that right. © Twitter/@BBL Riding on the heroics of skipper Matthew Wade (58), Hurricanes fancied their chances after posting a competitive total of 183 runs. In reply, Meredith was handed the responsibility of opening the attack as Renegades' openers came to the crease. But, what was arguably one of the worst overs bowled in T20 history, Meredith was seen conceding 23 runs in the first over of the innings. After conceding three runs off the first three deliveries, Meredith strayed off his line in epic fashion. The right-arm bowler overstepped on the fourth delivery, then bowled a wide that slipped past the wicket-keeper for a boundary, overstepped again and got whacked for a four, overstepped once again and got hammered for another four. The legal fourth delivery he eventually ended up bowling produced a single. 17 runs... FROM ONE BALL ð³ This Bucket Ball bonanza was the worst start to the innings the Hurricanes could imagine.@KFCAustralia | #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/FfS7svQXpm — KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) February 7, 2019 By the time, Meredith was finally done with his first over, his deliveries read: 0, 0, 1, 1nb, 5wd, 5nb, 5nb, 1, 4lb. The young Aussie paceman ended up conceding 23 runs in the first over of Renegades' innings - surely not the kind of start Hurricanes would've wanted. Thankfully, Meredith's horror over didn't have a major impact on Hurricanes' chances. With Jofra Archer, Qais Ahmad and D'Arcy Short bagging two wickets apiece, the hosts managed to restrict Renegades' chase to 167/8 in 20 overs, winning the contest by 16 runs. However, Meredith's error-ridden over became a major talking point as cricket fans across the globe expressed their views on social media. Riley Meredith has struggled since Warney said he should play for ð¦ðº #Kissofdeath #BBL08 #BBL pic.twitter.com/Iqc8T8jr0w — Justin Devine (@jdevine1974) February 7, 2019 I don't think Riley Meredith is a bad bowler I think it was just a terrible over, every bowler has a terrible over sometime in their season #foxcricket — Jake Glasson (@GlassonJake) February 7, 2019 Not sure which over was worse. Alex Keath's on debut in the BBL for the Melbourne Stars back in 2013, or that effort from Riley Meredith. #BBL08 — Matt Balmer (@MattBalmer7) February 7, 2019 Poor Riley Meredith has just bowled one of the worst overs in T20 history — Will Unwin (@Will_Unwin) February 7, 2019 #HHvMLR Riley Meredith topper of Dinda Academy ð — Aniket (@imAniketPshetty) February 7, 2019 Riley who . Is this a kids club — Looch (@spalliera) February 7, 2019 Never seen so rubbish bowler — gautam saharan (@SaharanGautam) February 7, 2019 Worst opening over EVERð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ — ð¦ðºâ¤ï¸MFCâ¤ï¸ð¦ðº (@dovdr763A) February 7, 2019 The fourth ball of Riley Meredith over need to be bowled 5 times!!! #BBL08 — Kausthub59 (@kauSTats) February 7, 2019
  13. We're all waiting for the release of 'Avengers: Endgame' and are also preparing for probably, permanently, losing a bunch of our favourite characters. But did you know there's another thing we need to prepare for? Our bladder-control, apparently. The runtime of the movie is 3 hours, which is not at all surprising considering that it's a culmination of 22 incredible movies and the final instalment of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So basically, the movie has to tackle a lot of things, take care of a lot of different characters and storylines, especially when we think about how they also have to somehow manage to bring back a lot of people (and then kill a lot of them again). But, don't worry, the movie is going to be so awesome that we will end up fighting a battle with our bladder, at least that's what the people who have already watched the movie experienced. Yes, some lucky bastards have already seen the movie while we have to wait till the end of April, but let's ignore that for now. While speaking to Collider about the test screenings, the Russo Brothers said, “I think the studio is down with what the best story is. Right now, we think the movie is playing well and we've had great responses from our test audiences and we're feeling very good about where it is. We're still doing work to it. We're not done with it. Again, this is a culmination film of 22 movies, it's a lot of storytelling to work into it. Emotion is an intrinsic part of that to us. When you have to tell a really complicated story and you want strong emotional moments with the characters, it just requires a certain amount of real estate. This one, in particular, feels like three hours worth of real estate.” Well, that sounds exciting, doesn't it? While talking about the audience's reactions and the possibility of an interval, they said, “We have screened the movie four times for audiences now. For the first three screenings, not a single person got up to go to the bathroom.” So, I just have to say one thing - Excitement? Check. Bladder? Double check. Come at me, Marvel!
  14. The past few weeks have been really joyous for the Indian cricket fans. While the men's team was seen romping their way to an emphatic ODI series win, the women's team, too, clinched a historic series triumph in the 50-over format against New Zealand. Both the Indian cricket teams were clinical in the ODIs, but the men's and women's brigade suffered defeats in the first T20I against the Kiwis. While the Rohit Sharma-led side lost the first match of the T20I series by 80 runs, Harmanpreet Kau & co were also seen going down against the Kiwis, losing the game by 23 runs. Trailing 0-1 in the three-match series, both the teams will be eager to shrug off their defeats and make a strong comeback in what has now become do-or-die encounters on 8th February. Twitter/@BCCI But, as the Indian fans await a strong return from the two Indian teams, they had something to cheer for and laugh at - thanks to 'Chahal TV'. The humorous show, hosted by Yuzvendra Chahal, has already struck a chord with fans for the candid interviews taken by the Indian spinner. But, on 7th February, the popularity of the show scaled new heights after Indian opener Smriti Mandhana became the first female cricketer to appear on 'Chahal TV'. World No 1 batter makes her debut on Chahal TV@mandhana_smriti has been taking her batting inspiration from this leg spinner ðð. Find out who it is in this fun segment of @yuzi_chahal TV - by @RajalArora Full video ð½ï¸ð½ï¸https://t.co/ND9xz7OUgR #ChahalTV pic.twitter.com/fLHBysiltm — BCCI (@BCCI) February 7, 2019 Chahal caught up with Mandhana and a hilarious conversation ensued. Joking about taking inspiration from Chahal's batting, the Indian batswoman said: “I was so inspired after looking at your batting in the 4th ODI that I told myself that I need to develop my game. You are my batting inspiration". To which, Chahal was quick to reply: "She has chosen the perfect batsman to improve her batting". Apart from that, Mandhana, who recently became the no. 1 batswoman in ODI cricket, also revealed why she chose the no. 18 jersey like Virat Kohli. “I initially wanted the number 7 because that was my roll number in school. But that was not available. Then I was recommended taking the 18 number because it is also my birthday (18th July). I didn't know then that Virat bhayya has the same number. I have known for last two years,” she said.
  15. If you're the kind of person who loves to pose and show off your #IWokeUpLikeThis face to the rest of the world, or the kind of person who just loves pouting #ForTheGram, you definitely need to hear this. Tyra Banks is all set to open Modelland, a 21,000-square-foot ticketed theme park at the Santa Monica shopping mall in 2019. The theme park comes straight out of her 2010 novel, 'Modelland' about her experiences in the modelling industry. Now she wants to share those experiences and make them accessible to everyone in a more tangible way. "Now with Modelland, I'm taking it 10 steps forward, giving people the opportunity to engage with the elusive world by opening it up to everyone, Men, women, families, all generations can come and enter this modelworld for a day, have a fun shopping experience, and an eventful meal. This will be the first of many.” Banks said in an interview with WWD. According to the WWD interview, this park is going to have: interactive entertainment around the modelling experience, curated retail which means a lot to shop, user-generated content that can be shared like new ways to pose, a place where visitors can “be the dream version of themselves” and clothing designed by Hollywood costume designers that you can wear. Sounds like a dream right?
  16. There have been numerous reports of PUBG addiction in the last few months and we've even seen people resorting to physical harm after getting addicted to the game. A recent report by the Quartz states that a PUBG fan spends more than 8 hours in a week on an average on the game. Institutions have sent out circulars asking for a complete ban on the game, and people have even sent requests to the government for initiation of a ban. While we'd laugh at a ban, the situation is actually getting serious. More than 120 cases of PUBG addiction were registered at Services for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic in National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS). © YouTube Games are supposed to be a source of entertainment, and getting hooked onto them at the cost of work or studies should never be a choice. The symptoms of addiction include deprivation of sleep, loss of real life interests, and subjectively lower attendance along with poor academic performance. If you're a victim of the game's addiction, here are a few steps you can take to ensure healthy usage of technology. © Razer Firstly, you need to start accepting responsibility and know that you are addicted to the game. We cannot solve an issue without acknowledging its existence. Secondly, you have to understand the impact it's having on your day to day life. Are your studies getting affected due to the game? If you're working, has your performance and focus at work changed? If the answer is yes, start thinking about your other hobbies and activities. PUBG was launched nearly a year back, what was your entertainment back then? How did you spend time refreshing yourself? Finding healthy alternatives to passing time can help in distancing yourself from the game. © YouTube You also need to stop blaming the game for captivating you. The phone, the game, the developer etc. aren't responsible for getting you hooked. And no, we don't mean to say abandon the game completely. Overconsumption of anything is hazardous, draw a line between entertainment and addiction. Set yourself time limits and follow them. A good way to understand how much time you've wasted is to keep a track and calculate how many hours you've lost in a week. © Pexels Also, don't be embarrassed to ask for help. Share the issue with your close friends and family and ask them to give a hand. PUBG could also be a distraction you've chosen because of other stressful situations in life. Lastly, even technology can help you out thanks to rising awareness of technology addiction. Both, Google and Apple have recognised that mobile phone addiction in the modern world is a serious problem and are trying to bring a viable solution. If you game on smartphones, you can easily follow the below steps to self reuglate your gaming addiction: For Android © YouTube Last year, Google launched the Digital Wellbeing program with Android Pie update and it aims to help you reduce your smartphone usage. All you need to do is download the app from Play Store, and head to the "Settings" menu. Scroll down and tap "Accessibility", you'll come across two splash pages. The hub has a circle at the top, and the number in the middle shows how long the screen has been turned on. With various colours, the circle shows the apps you spend the most time on. Using these analytics, the system knows which apps you use the most and it tracks your usage over a period of time. © Google Now, you can use the "App Timer" to restrict usage within a certain period of time. Let's say you mark PUBG for "30 minutes", after 30 minutes of gameplay, the app will minimize and a popup appears saying you've hit your allotted screen time. Even the app icon will turn grey indicating it's not available, and taping it would open a screen reminding you about App Limits. Lastly, you can set a "Wind Down" mode that basically makes your phone go grey-scale and the Do Not Disturb mode is automatically switch on. Even a blue light filter is switched on to help you actually wind down to sleep. All you need to do is set a time period, for example 10PM to 6AM. The phone knows that's your sleep cycle and winds down the phone to prevent you from using the phone. For iOS © YouTube Even iOS has a similar feature called Screen Time and it's natively supported on iOS 12. Just go to the "Settings" app and scroll down to "Screen Time". Switch on the feature and it'll start collecting usage logs in the background. You can see when you used your phone, on which apps, and how for long for. You can also see how the overall time you spent on your phone compares to the average. To set up "App Limits", just hit "Add Limit", choose a category, and set your timer. When you hit the wall, Screen Time will let you know with a full-screen notification. Assume this to be your warning message since the notification gives you a ignore option and 15-minute extension. © Apple Unlike Android's Digital Wellbeing, you can select a particular app and need to select a category like social media or gaming. It has a "Downtime" feature that will restrict usage of external apps within the set period and only a few stock apps will be accessible. These are just a few tools that'll help you remind yourself, "You're playing too much!"
  17. Lakme Fashion Week has been a great platform to showcase the best collections from all over the country. With an array of celebrities being their muse, the designers put their best work forward each year. Kicking the season off with their spring/summer 2019 collection in association with the mega textile brand 'Grado', Ashish Soni's work is an ode to the 'New Age' man. The use of colour is commendable and the perfect way to add some pizzaz to your wardrobe. The fabric and colour range from Grado is perfect for the look and feel of the collection. Spanning across a range of diverse occasions such as office wear, formals, resort, casuals, sporty and ethnic, this collection is all about utility with style. Here are 10 outfits from Ashish Soni's collection at LFW that would inspire you to experiment with colour in your wardrobe: © Viral Bhayani Different shades of blue are bound to beat the fashion blues. This two-piece suit decked in windowpane checks is edgy and classy. © Viral Bhayani Nothing like some colour block action to make a sure-shot style statement. The black and beige suit in cove check print acts as the perfect canvas for the asymmetrical neck shirt underneath. The pop of colour with the pink dress-shirt and the yellow bomber jacket looks like perfection. © Viral Bhayani A lounge suit in pin checks with a monotone colour scheme is giving us super chill vibes! Absolutely love the touch of mint colour with a the dress-shirt and the unique *****-bow collar. Multi-colour open toe sandals complete the look. © Viral Bhayani We love the play of colour here with red and pink dancing in merriment. The pink kurta with an asymmetric hemline gives a new spin to the urban-desi vibe! The use of a single-breasted coat to enhance the colour effect is a huge plus. © Viral Bhayani This olive number is a gem on its own. Paired well with an angrakha style striped shirt and camouflage slip-ons, this outfit is a big yay! The lapel detailing and the wide-legged trousers are comfort and style max. © Viral Bhayani Who would've thought a solid orange coloured suit with something as basic as a white kurta underneath would look so elegant and chic. Amplified Indian-wear for the modern man, indeed. © Viral Bhayani This blush pink number is perfect for a wedding by the beach which requires taking one's shirt off. Well, this outfit doesn't even require a shirt. Handy much? Gorgeous all check pattern in powder blue and pink, a three-piece with hot pink button details and a scarf around the neck makes the outfit stand out. Millennial pink done right, tropical style! © Viral Bhayani A bold choice of colour is all you need to make heads turn. A classic two-piece silhouette re-structured for the modern man. The intense raspberry colour adds the oomph quotient to the outfit. Addition of a basic longline kurta underneath is a great way to accentuate the bold outerwear and keep it desi-chic at the same time. © Viral Bhayani This two-piece suit with flared trousers is the way to go when you want to up your style quotient and stay comfy. The cornflower blue adds a great dash of colour. The black and white checkered kurta underneath acts as a great way to break the monotony. © Viral Bhayani When it comes to the art of making the perfect cocktail of Indian and western wear, Ashish Soni is unbeatable. This hazelnut beige bandhgala with flared ankle-length pants and a longline kurta with blue floral details is definitely one to make a statement. Paired with leather open toe sandals, this one is a game-changer. Targeted and dedicated to the likes and choices of the well-travelled, modern global man, Ashish Soni is serving class on a plate!
  18. All celebrity couples, of late, are a huge inspiration for the millennial generation who're trying to make their relationships work. Be it their fancy love affairs, or extravagant weddings, their public display of affection or their anniversary special wishes, celebs know exactly how to show off their love for one another, without a single iota of doubt. (c)Twitter We love reading about celebrity couples old and new and while we stumble upon some really adorable things that stay with us, we also take back some tips and tricks that can be applied in our own way. So, it's not just movies where we see them flashing their love, it's also though their Instagram handles and Twitter accounts and we came across the sweetest wish recently from a couple we've always been rooting for, and they're a great example of love, in today's day and age. (c)Instagram Genelia D'souza and Riteish Deshmukh are celebrating their 7th wedding anniversary on the 3rd of February. To honour the most important day of her life, Genelia shared a throwback picture of both Riteish and her from their wedding day, 7 years ago, with a heartfelt note. The essence of her beautiful thought was just so simple, it made me a bit teary eyed, upon reading it. She narrated how she never had a sense of the kind of man she would marry, but the man she ended up with was her 'bestest friend' who always stood by her through thick and thin. Here, check out Genelia's wish for Riteish: Every girl has a certain perception of how they would want their life partner to be... I Honestly Didn't.. I had this most amazing partner who was my bestest friend, who was the shoulder, I always found when I needed to cry and who made me believe that no matter how tough life is, with us being partners we would take it on,in any form, in any way... That's the man I eventually married and he never ever stopped being the reason for my smile... So I'm glad I never ever had a perception because the reality of living and breathing this wonderful man is all I ever needed to know.. I Love you @riteishd ..Here's to many more laughs together, to the zillion times we will wipe each other's tears and pick each other up when either/or feels weak or simply to life together forever and ever... Happy Anniversary â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ A post shared by Genelia Deshmukh (@geneliad) on Feb 2, 2019 at 9:25pm PST While Genelia wished her husband with full love and adoration and a beautiful throwback picture, Riteish too gave his wife some social media love on their big day and thanked her for saying 'yes' to him seven years ago! We're really gushing over here! God gives each of us a chance to find true love, but it's up to us to identify it. God graces each of us with an opportunity to be in love but it's upto us to preserve it. God blesses each of us to be loved but it's upto us to make sure we deserve it. @geneliad You are god's grace & blessing in my life... Thank You for saying 'Yes' to me 7 years ago - Happy 7th Anniversary Baiko A post shared by Riteish Deshmukh (@riteishd) on Feb 3, 2019 at 1:47am PST Isn't this wish mighty endearing? I mean, the best love to count on there is the love that comes from someone you can absolutely trust and lean on and if he or she is your best friend then there is certainly nothing like it. That was exactly the case with the two love-birds who got married back in 2012 and now they have beautifully nestled in to each other's life and are a constant inspiration for the millennial couples who're still seeking 'relationship goals'. (c)Instagram So, if you're contemplating a mate for life and think there is someone you share your ups and downs with and someone who understands you, maybe give them a thought and see what that's like. For all you know you might find the love of your life in them, just like how Genelia found hers in Riteish.
  19. The budget segment gets the maximum hits in India, and lately, brands have started focusing on it the most. But, the midrange segment still exists, and differentiates itself with premium offerings, at a not-flagship price. With the economy slowly picking up, the segment is bound to get even more popular. We've made a list of the top midrange phones you can buy right now. Considering multiple factors like performance, battery life, camera, and software, this list can cater to every type of user: 1. POCO F1: © MensXP / Shivam Vahia While all other midrange phones are marketed as "midrange", the F1 is actually a flagship. It has all the high-end feature one may ask for, at a significantly lower price. To start with, it is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor and comes with 6GB RAM in the base variant. The brand marketed the phone as the "master of speed", as it also includes liquid cooling. It runs on POCO launcher out of the box and has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera setup on the rear. The overall picture quality is insanely good and often on par with flagships like the Note 8. 2. Nokia 8.1: © Sree Hari Carrying forward the legacy of Nokia 7 Plus, the Nokia 8.1 is a finely crafted product with the best-in-class design. The aluminium unibody makes it extremely sturdy and ergonomic to hold. It runs on the recently announced Snapdragon 710 platform and comes with 4GB RAM in the base variant. Just like all other Nokia branded phones, it is a part of the Android One program and runs on stock Android. Nokia has a consistent reputation for delivering software updates. On the rear is a 12+13-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. It has a modest 3500mAh battery that supports fast charging. 3. Vivo V11 Pro: © MensXP / Shivam Vahia This is the cheapest phone to house an in-display fingerprint scanner right now and is a solid offering with balanced specifications in all departments. It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor, along with 6GB RAM. The back has a slightly reflective design that mimics a starry night. It runs on Funtouch OS and is heavily inspired by iOS. The back has a 12+5-megapixel dual camera, while the front has a 25-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3400mAh battery that supports fast charging. 4. Samsung Galaxy A9: © YouTube This phone is built for photography enthusiasts. The first thing you'll notice are the four lenses on the back. The four rear sensors are: a 24-megapixel lens, a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with a 2X optical zoom, an 8-megapixel 120-degree ultra wide lens, and finally a 5-megapixel depth sensor. To start with, it has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset along with 6GB RAM. Obviously, the phone ships with Samsung's own “Samsung Experience” UI running atop. It is backed by a 3800mAh battery and supports adaptive fast charging. 5. OPPO R17: © Hardware Zone The phone has a stunning gradient back and a water-drop notch on the front. It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 670 processor, along with 8GB RAM. It also sports an in-display fingerprint scanner for quick authentication. The back has a 16+5-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 25-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a modest 3500mAh battery that supports VOOC Flash charging. 6. Honor Play: © BCCL The Honor Play was technically India's first gaming phone and is among the cheapest. It is powered by Huawei's high-end Kirin 970 processor, along with 4GB RAM in the base variant. The phone also gets Honor's GPU Turbo technology, that systematically overclocks the processor and optimizes performance. The design is basic and the brand has put in more effort on the inside. The rear has a 16+2-megapixel dual camera setup, while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a 3750mAh battery that supports 18W quick charging.
  20. Smartphone companies have been trying to innovate ever since Apple changed the game with the iPhone X and XS notch. Companies have been trying to incorporate the same or a smaller notch into their smartphones to make the experience less intrusive. Some smartphones like the Vivo Nex have a pop-up selfie camera while the OnePlus 6T has a water drop notch. Samsung introduced a punch-hole selfie camera on one of its smartphones and Honor took the next step by placing it on the top-left corner. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla While the punch-hole screen may be the star attraction here, the smartphone also packs a punch when it comes to performance. Considering the price, the Honor View 20 has hit the ball out of the park with what all it can do. It's the first major smartphone launch of 2019 in India and what a start it has been. We've been using the Honor View 20 for almost three weeks as our daily device and here's what we think about the smartphone: Design and Display The Honor View 20 has a 6.4-inch punch-punch-hole Full HD+ LCD display and has a wider aspect ratio than other smartphones of the same size. The display has a resolution of (2,310 x 1,080 pixels) and has an aspect ratio of 19:25.9 © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The LCD screen is quite impressive given that it's the nearest competitor being the OnePlus 6T features an OLED panel. The only time we faced an issue with the display was when we tried to use it directly under the sun. That's an annoying problem with LCDs in general which is why some people prefer an OLED panel. Majority of the time, the display had great colour representation, viewing angels were strong and have a brightness level of 370 nits. The front-facing camera on the Honor View 20 is also not intrusive when it comes to the viewing experience. It took us a day or two to get used to the punch-hole camera as we often thought there was a smudge on the screen. This was simply because it was the first device we used with a camera setup like this. In time, we got used to the punch-hole camera display and made it harder to switch back to a smartphone with a notch. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla In terms of design, the Honor View 20 is by far our favourite device by the Chinese company. It has a bright blue glass back phone that also as the letter “V” etched in the design. In fact, the V-Shaped pattern at the rear can catch the light and give a unique look from different angles. We love the bold blue colour as it is eye-catching and looks distinct from other smartphones. Build quality of the smartphone is also quite good as it has an aluminium frame with a premium finish. It has a 3.5mm jack (yay!) And a super fast fingerprint scanner at the back. Performance and Specifications The Honor View 20 is packed with quite a few components that make it Huawei Mate 20 Pro's younger brother. It is powered by the same Kirin 980 chipset (octa-core: 2x 2.6GHz, 2x 1.92GHz, 4x 1.8GHz) and is coupled with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. We got the 6GB/128 GB variant for review and it still managed to perform like a beast. The Kirin 980 chipset has primary and secondary cores that perform different tasks. These cores are complemented by 'mid' cores that help in conserving battery life and balance the workload. During our tests, the Honor View 20 scored 9588 in the multi-core test and 3308 single-core score test, respectively. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla That's even faster than the McLaren edition of the OnePlus 6T that has 10GB of RAM. It proves that RAM is not the only factor that contributes towards the speed of a smartphone —a common misconception in India. In terms of security, the Honor View 20 has a fingerprint scanner at the back that works blazingly fast and also has facial recognition. It works in a very rudimentary manner as it uses a punch-hole camera for scanning. Since it does not use has IR tracing, the Facial recognition feature is not as accurate as the Mate 20 Pro. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla We used the Honor View 20 to play games like PUBG, Command & Conquer Rivals and Asphalt and faced no issues in regards to gaming performance. We didn't experience any frame rate drops, connectivity or over-heating issues. In fact, we prefer using the Honor View 20 for our gaming needs over any other smartphone right now. That's simply because the punch-hole display provides more immersive experience. As for battery life, the Honor View 20 has a 4,000 mAh battery that easily manages to last more than a full day on moderate use. While gaming, the battery life would drop down to 16 hours which is quite impressive in our opinion. It is bundled with a 5V fast-charger which is fast enough to phone going in under an hour. It's not as fast as OnePlus' warp charge, but it's still fast enough to get regular top-ups. Camera © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Honor View 20 turns it up a notch in the camera department as well since it has a 48-megapixel snapper paired with a large sensor and an extremely quick f/1.8 aperture. It also has a TOF 3D stereo camera. It's the only smartphone in India that has resolution of that scale and the second smartphone in the world to do so. Sony's new IMX586 sensor is truly a beast and it often takes detailed and sharp images. Honor has also included an AI feature called “AI Ultra Clarity” which we are yet to test when Honor releases the update for Indian handsets. If you want a reference point, the View 20 outmatches the OnePlus 6T by a mile. Even the 25-MP selfie camera does a good job; however, we found some images to be a bit over-exposed and inaccurate with the bokeh effect. Here are some camera samples for your reference: View this post on Instagram Images shot using the #HonorView20. #smartphones #technology #technews A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Jan 28, 2019 at 6:00am PST The Final Say The View 20 is by far the most powerful and beautiful smartphones ever made by Honor. It's the jack of all trades that can do everything a midrange flagship is supposed to do. It beats the OnePlus 6T in performance and photography and the punch-hole screen is a dream to use. It includes a headphone jack which is always a plus but lacks any form of water resistance. If you are looking for a smartphone that looks awesome but can also perform like a dream, the Honor View 20 is your purchase of the year.
  21. Sprinting is a powerful and fundamental movement. It allowed our ancestors to escape from predators and hunt when required. Beyond that sprinting is an amazing exercise for building more muscle, improving your heart health and stamina. In order to sprint better, people use various apps and follow different running programs such as interval training or the useless long-distance running. Some also spend a lot of money on fancy running shoes thinking that they will help us prevent joint injuries and sprint better. Although the above tools can be useful, we often divulge from fixing the basics for long-term progress and focus more on the quick fixes Often when we sprint, our patterns are suboptimal which is a major contributor to slow pace and injuries. Our GAIT or human locomotion patterns are altered depending on a wide variety of reasons such as weight transition, previous injuries, mobility issues and posture deformities. © Pixabay In order to fix the above GAIT cycle, we need to assess the same using manual methods (most feasible) which can be easily done at your nearest physiotherapist. Once we have assessed our GAIT and have got recurring issues fixed by a physiotherapist, we now need to analyze our running pattern for which you will have to record a video of yourself from the side. Check for below points after recording the video from the lateral or the side view: Foot contact: Foot contact should be at the forefoot to midfoot which will change depending on your running speed Torso lean: Torso should be leaning slightly forward with eyes gazing around the horizon Hand position: Hand should be placed at the side flexed at 90 degrees and should move in coordination with the opposite leg. Think of your arms moving in a pendulum fashion. Left, Right, Left is a useful clue. Hip extension: Hip extension strength has a direct correlation with running speed and helps you propel forward. Exercises like deadlifts are very useful to create powerful hip extensions. © Pixabay Use cues such as lean forward, push the ground, swing the arms Left, Right, Left to correct the errors you see in your running pattern. Once you have optimized your running form, you will need to focus on strengthening the muscles involved in sprinting. Mistake Of Following A Generic Strength Program Running requires you to increase both concentric and eccentric strength. Below are things you need to keep in mind when designing a strength and conditioning program Eccentrically Strong Muscles: Hamstring and quadriceps. Heavy assisted leg press with slow eccentrics, single-leg leg extensions. Concentrically Strong Muscles: Glutes and hip flexor muscle group mainly psoas major and rectus femoris. Romanian Deadlifts & Hip-Thrusts Perform some strength training with high velocity as well. High-velocity movements will increase stride frequency and thus reduce ground contact time to give better running speed. Exercises which target different muscle lengths such as hip thrust and quarter squats can be incorporated as strength gain is joint angle specific as well. A full body program thrice a week will suffice the majority of the requirements with running being in the morning and strength and conditioning in the evening time. Your program will have to be periodized especially if you are a competing runner/sprinter. Summarizing everything we talked above: Step 1: Fix your current injuries and get your GAIT checked under a specialist Step 2: Record your running form from the lateral(side) view and fix visible errors and send them to running experts Step 3: Assess your current levels of strength, power and design a strength & conditioning program or get an expert to do the same for you Step 4: Periodize your entire running plan to minimize injuries and maximize your performance at any given timeframe That's it, folks! Even though above is a complex topic and requires super detailed reasoning and planning, I tried my best to explain it briefly. And if you apply even 50% of this, it will make a significant impact on your running performance. Feel free to drop a comment below or mail me for further queries or doubts. Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  22. Xiaomi's new TV segment kicked off with a bang last year and it seems like the company isn't slowing down anytime soon. The Chinese company launched a new iteration of the already popular 4K TV called the “MI LED TV 4X Pro”. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla It follows the same philosophy as some of Xiaomi's other products i.e. high end specifications at an affordable price. In fact, the Mi LED TV 4X Pro 55-inch is the only 4k TV you should be investing in 2019 because of all it can offer. It costs only Rs 40,000 and is probably one of the most affordable 4K TVs out there. Here's our review of the Mi LED TV 4X Pro: Design In terms of design, the MI LED TV 4X Pro is thicker, heavier and has a larger footprint than the Mi LED Smart TV 4 which was launched last year. Due to the larger footprint, the TV now houses the 20W stereo speakers that offers better sound output than its predecessor. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The panel itself as a metallic grey finish and has noticeable bezels are in line with other 4K TVs out there. You might miss the bezel-less/frame-less design from the Mi LED Smart TV 4, however we prefer a better sound output than a kickass design. The enhanced sound output improves the viewing experience which was one of the caveats on the previous model. Display And Performance © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The display off the Mi LED TV 4X Pro is 55-inches in size and has a 10-bit panel which supports HDR 10 content. In fact, this may just be the cheapest 4K UHD TV in the market that has support for HDR 10 content. The new panel also has better colour representation and can produce 1,056,964,608 more colours than an 8-bit panel. The panel also as a refresh rate of 60Hz which is great for console gaming on the Xbox One X. However, the TV has a response time of 6.5ms which is not great for online gaming but is more than enough for playing single player titles. HDR 10 content looks absolutely mind-blowing when keeping the price tag in mind. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Viewing angles have also been improved than the previous model as we didn't see any black patches when viewing content from various angles. This was an issue with the Mi TV Smart TV 4 that has now been resolved with the Mi LED TV 4X Pro. Having said that, in order to watch 4K content, you will either need an Apple TV 4K, Chromecast Ultra or a 4k Fire Stick TV. The TV does not have native support for apps like Netflix/Amazon Prime who also happen to be the only 4K content providers in India. The new 20W speakers at the back also improved the sound quality when compared to the previous iteration. The sound is now louder, clearer and refined which was our only complaint from the Mi Smart TV 4. In case you want to have an even better experience, you can always pair it with the Mi Soundbar and you can read our review here. The Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4X Pro is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Amlogic Cortex A53 chipset, which is accompanied by 2GB of RAM and a Mali-450 GPU. There is also 8GB of internal storage for you to store files locally. The remote that comes with the TV is identical to the one you get with the Mi LED 4A Pro. It uses Bluetooth for transmitting signals and doesn't need to be used in the line of sight of the TV. However, we still wished it came with a mute button as it really needs that support in case you get many phone calls or are having a conversation in the same room as the TV. Software © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Xiaomi TV OS or better known as Patchwall is what powers all the smart features in the TV. It works the same way as it does on other Xiaomi TVs but it also has the additional interface of Android TV. The UI itself is very reminiscent of Apple TV with tiles that automatically fetches your favourite TV shows or sporting events from your DTH. It's easier to find content on Xiaomi's PatchWall OS rather than browsing TV channels from the set top box. Having said that, Netflix and Amazon Prime are not available on PatchWall at the moment so you will need a device such as an Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Chromecast or a gaming console that has support for native 4K content. There's also Chromecast built-in however it doesn't support Netflix either and Amazon has blocked Prime on any Google product altogether. If you want use a device, we recommend the Apple TV as it has every app you need to be a true cord-cutter. Ports In terms of ports, there are various choices you can use to power your home entertainment system. The Mi LED TV 4X Pro has 2 USB ports, 1 AV Input, 1 S/PDIF Out, 3 HDMI Portsï¼1 contains ARC), ethernet port and also has Wi-Fi support. The ports are on the left side at the back of the panel and can be easily accessed when not using the wall-mount brackets. You can use these ports to power a home theatre system using one of the output ports however we recommend using the S/PDIF Out for the best audio experience. The Final Say To be honest, the Mi LED 4X Pro offers more than it should for Rs 39,999. In fact, I personally own two Samsung 4K TVs that doesn't even have Bluetooth support. The Mi LED 4X Pro is only the 4K you should be buying if you want the best value for your money. It has multiple output ports, offers a 10-bit panel and a great OS experience. Yes, you will need to buy device like an Apple TV to watch 4K TV but even then it turns out to be a cheaper offering. Overall, we can confidently offer a 4X Pro to anyone who is looking to upgrade to a 4K TV and also wants to save money,
  23. The budget segment in India has been exceedingly crowded and with so many brands offering a multitude of options, choosing the right one for you can be a tough task. We've made a list of the top budget smartphones in India according to every user's requirements. Taking into consideration multiple factors like camera, performance, battery life, and user interface, this list is all you need to pick the right one. 1. Redmi Note 6 Pro © Awaqa The Redmi Note 6 Pro and its predecessor have been selling like hot cakes in the country. Xiaomi has finally managed to overcome the flash sales and they are abundantly available in stock now. The phone has a perfect balance in all segments and pretty much a winner. It has a 6.26-inch display and is powered by the Snapdragon 635 platform. For multitasking, it has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage in the base variant along with expandable storage. The battery is rated at 4000mAh and is more than sufficient to get you through a couple of days on moderate usage. The rear has a 12+5-megapixel setup and can capture significantly good pictures in both, daytime as well as low-light conditions. 2. Nokia 6.1 Plus © BCCL This phone runs on stock Android like every other Nokia branded phone and this is what gives it an edge. The brand has been consistent in pushing out timely updates and the UI is immensely smooth. The design gives a very premium feel in hand and the compact nature of the phone is confidence inspiring. It has a 5.8-inch display and is powered by the Snapdragon 636 platform. The base variant gets 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that is expandable via a microSD card. The rear has a 16+5-megapixel camera set up while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. A slightly smaller 3060mAh battery powers the phone and will get you through a day's usage. 3. Huawei Y9 © Huawei The recently launched Huawei Y9 is the first Y-series smartphone to launch in India. The main highlight of the phone is its design and the brand has brought down the P20 Pro's design language, and the Y9 has an eerily similar look. If you're looking for a premium design with flaunt-worthy elements, this one is built for you. It has a 6.5-inch display and is powered by Huawei's midrange Kirin 710 processor. The phone has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage that is expandable via a microSD card. On the rear is a 16+2-megapixel camera setup, while the front has a 13+2-megapixel setup for selfies. The phone runs on a 4000mAh battery that is equipped with fast charging. 4. Realme U1 © MensXP The Realme U1 is another phone with a good balance of specifications across all departments. It is built from composite plastic that does a significantly good job of imitating plastic. Realme has also added a waterdrop notch to further increase the screen-to-body ratio. It borrows ColorOS UI from OPPO, and it has been drastically improved. It has a 6.3-inch display and is powered by the latest MediaTek P70 processor. The base variant has 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which is expandable via a microSD card. The rear dual cameras capture sharp pictures in daytime and the front has a huge 25-megapixel shooter for selfies. It is back by a 3500mAh battery that is more than enough to get you through a day and a half. 5. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 © ASUS ASUS is another brand that provides a stock Android experience on its phones and the M2 kills it. Coupled with a midrange Snapdragon 660 processor, it is blazing fast and gets every task done smoothly. The design has been drastically improved and it looks distinctly premium now. The phone has a 6.26-inch display and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. In the base variant, you get 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that is expandable via a microSD card. The rear gets a 12+5-megapixel camera while the front has a 13-megapixel selfie shooter. Backing these internals is a huge 5000mAh battery that'll get you through days of usage on a single charge. 6. Honor 10 Lite © Honor For Honor, the gradient design has been loved by many and has become one major differentiating factor for consumers. It touts an attractive design with a glass-like 3D rear panel that sees dual cameras and a fingerprint sensor on the rear. The front has a small semi-circular notch along with a heavy front camera. On the front is a 6.2-inch display and the phone is powered by Huawei's midrange Kirin 710 chipset. The base variant comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The rear has a 13+2-megapixel camera set up while the front has a huge 24-megapixel selfie shooter. Powering these internals is a 3230mAh battery. 7. Motorola One Power © Motorola This phone is built with one purpose, to offer maximum battery life. Motorola has opted to give with a simple design, and thanks to the huge battery, the phone weighs a lot. It has a 6.2-inch display and is powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor. The base variant gets 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage that is expandable via a microSD card. The rear has a 16+5-megapixel camera setup, while the front has a 12-megapixel selfie shooter. Lastly, it has a 5000mAh battery with support for fast charging.
  24. The disappearing 3.5mm jack is the reason these headphones have come to represent the epitome of convenience. Not to mention, the aspect of their portability. While audiophiles continue to prefer a wired analogue connection, for a vast majority of users, it won't make a difference. With so many options available across all budgets, it often gets daunting to choose the right one. We've compiled a list of the top wireless headphones one can buy in India right now. 1. Sony WH1000XM3 © Sony Sony has built them from the scratch, adding more comfort and a better headband along with a larger driver. These are the only ones that can match the quality of wired headphones and also sport a new QN1 chip for noise cancellation. They can deliver 32-bit audio, matchable by none in this segment. In terms of sound quality, they can deliver very accurate lows and mids. The sound is crystal clear with balanced bass for the perfect listening experience. You can further customise the output via the mobile app's equaliser. You can also customise the noise cancellation according to your environment. It can deliver up to 30 hours of battery life on a single charge and support fast charging. 2. Bose QuietComfort 35 II © Pocket Lint If you're looking for best-in-class noise cancellation, these are for you. The new headphones have a dedicated button to activate Google Assistant and can read your smartphone's notifications. Connect them to the Bose app and they'll notify you with a chime. If you're into electronic or ambient music, these are a pleasure to use. The mid-range sound is great along with flawless bass output. For long flights, these are a must-have and can run on a single charge for more than 20 hours. The addition of assistant support is another perk. 3. Sennheiser PXC550 © Sennheiser Offering amazing sound quality in conjunction with the adaptive noise cancelling, the Sennheiser PXC550 Wireless Headphones propose exceptional performance. Being extremely lightweight, these comfy and feature packed earphones perform really well. It has ideally balanced lows and mids along with best-in-class treble. Their low-frequency extension is at 26Hz, which is very good. However, it's not as low as some other over-ears' like the QuietComfort 35 II. It has a battery rating of up to 30 hours. 4. 1MORE Triple Driver © 1More While all other selections are full-fledged headphones, these are among the best earphones you can buy right now. Two balanced armatures and a separate dynamic driver deliver a very balanced hearing experience. They have an extended frequency range up to 40,000 Hz to reproduce high-resolution audio and also come with an in-built DAC. The earpieces are made of aluminium and have a 5-in-1 controller for making calls, adjust volume, and easily change tracks. The armatures are uniquely inset with durable silicone covers for lasting performance and resilience. 5. Sony MDR-XB650BT © YouTube Significantly cheaper than the other selections, if you're looking for something that's light on the pocket and delivers top-notch music output, these are the ones you should grab. They have a good balance of lows and mids, while the bass is significantly high. If you like bass, these are definitely made for you. Though, they can be easily optimized using an equaliser. They are light in weight, extremely comfortable to wear, and have an umatchable battery life. On a single charge, they'll easily last you more than 20 hours. 6. Bowers and Wilkins P5 Wireless © CNET The amount of attention given to details while making them is unprecedented. The audio distribtuion is exciting and perfectly balanced for all types of genres. The design is trendy and they're sure to make you look unique as well as a little old school. Delivering a battery life of 17 hours of wireless playback between charges. P5 Wireless charges via USB and if you want to save your battery, it also comes supplied with a cable. The diaphragm is designed like a traditional speaker, providing more precise movement and amazing sound quality. 7. Jabra Move Wireless © Jabra If you want a pair of wireless headphones without breaking the bank, your next best bet is the Jabra Move Wireless. These headphones may look like a budget buy, but don't let that fool you: this set of on ear Bluetooth headphones is nothing but an all-around stellar product. Music from most genres retain a fair punch, and a clean, uncluttered design is sure to impress most. It is well-suited for listeners who are not too keen on overpowering lows, but want a balanced bass output. It has a battery output of up to 12 hours on a single charge.
  25. From her extroverted yet rebellious character in 'Tanu Weds Manu', to her bravely innocuous and underrated character in 'Queen', Kangana has come a long way to reach where all the A-list stars in Bollywood are at the moment. Her ability to direct her way towards more meaningful and wholesome roles is an added quality to her personality and she carries her strength as a woman, very comfortably, all around her. So much so, we really couldn't think of anyone else who would aptly fit the role of Manikarnika, from 'Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi'. (c)Zee Studios The role demanded someone who was very comfortable in their skin yet fierce and bold in their ideology, just like Jhansi ki Rani was. After the release of 'Queen', Kangana thought of pursuing a more technical side to films and hence thought of her stance as a director. After what seemed like a struggle of putting the beautiful film in front of a billion people, she proudly shares directorial credits with Krish Jagalamudi, for 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi'. (c)Twitter Rani Laxmibai was an epitome of survival of the fittest and gave gender roles another realm altogether when she contributed her half to fight for India's first war on independence. If anyone fits the bill to reincarnate her persona on screen, it's Kangana and here are some reasons why! (1) Her Determination To Achieve Anything While Kangana has come into the limelight for many controversies regarding her personal stance in life, her grit and determination to move forward and stand her ground has stood first and foremost. From her stand on the #MeToo movement to her fight to tell the truth about her past abusive relationships, she's managed to survive the fittest notions about being a strong powerful and determined woman and that clearly reflects in her character play as Manikarnika, in the movie. Manikarnika fought hard against the British rule to keep her kingdom intact and fought for her people rather than bowing down to the British. Her actual determination to achieve that dream and fight for it, is what makes Kangana more fitting to play the role. (c)Zee Studios (2) Her Tryst With Trying Tougher Roles If you remember her first movie, 'Gangster', you would know how complex that role was for a debutant and yet she bagged a Filmfare award for her performance for it. Kangana has always taken a variety of challenging roles, which make her characters stand out and you can never forget them. For instance, in 'Fashion', she played a model who was a drug addict, a role which is hard to fit into. Even though Priyanka stole the limelight for the film, Kangana's feature was well appreciated too. After taking numerous challenging roles to experiment and play with, she was truly deserving of one of the most challenging roles and she did fair justice to it as well. (c)Zee Studios (3) She's Fearless Kangana has always been known as someone who doesn't fear anyone. From calling Karan Johar the 'flag-bearer of nepotism' in the industry to speaking up against the Karni Sena threats, this woman fears nothing. She's always fighting her own battles fearlessly and has a strong belief system. So much so, people look up to her for the same. This is one of the main reasons why she fits the bill to play Manikarnika because her personality, as a whole, reflects her on-screen presence and makes the character more real and vivacious. (c)Zee Studios No, this isn't a paid article or a PR stunt to promote Kangana or her acting prowess. This is a critical review of someone who is a perfectionist in every right from someone who loved watching her on-screen and sharing a perspective or two. I really hope 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi' does phenomenally well, because it's not just about Kangana's prowess to nail the role but a story about a legend who should never be forgotten. Watch the trailer here
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