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  1. Since Sunday, there are primarily two things that Indians are talking about - first, how India defeated Pakistan by 89 runs, in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup, and second, Ranveer Singh. From giving major fashion goals, trying his hands at commentary to clicking pictures with Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Hardik Pandya, K L Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, Ranveer made sure that he makes the most out of his England trip. View this post on Instagram COME ON INDIA, COME ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ @starsportsindia @icc @cricketworldcup A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jun 17, 2019 at 2:39pm PDT But, apart from encouraging and cheering for the team, Ranveer also displayed great sportsmanship when he consoled an upset Pakistani fan. While both Indian and Pakistani cricket fans were busy trolling the Pakistan Cricket team for their disappointing performance in England, there was one fan who was left disheartened by this loss. Ranveer consoled him and that video is now going viral on social media. Ranveer, in the video, hugs the fan and tells him, "There is always a next time. Don't be disheartened, they played well, they are committed, dedicated professionals and they will be back." View this post on Instagram #ranveersingh with a Pakistani fan. He is so sweet ð⤠A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Jun 17, 2019 at 10:00pm PDT On the work front, Ranveer is currently busy with '83, where he will play the role of Kapil Dev and Deepika Padukone will be playing Kapil Dev's wife Romi in the film. Directed by Kabir Khan, the movie is expected to release in 2020.
  2. It's Father's Day tomorrow and while a social media post doesn't quite suffice for thanking the most important man in our life, it won't hurt to let him know that you love him. Since fathers are the source of our inspiration and the light of guidance for all of us, here are 5 TV characters who played the role of absolute badass fathers and nailed it: 1. Walter White in 'Breaking Bad' A chemistry teacher going through a mid-life crisis and fighting deadly cancer turns into a complete badass when he realises that selling drugs is his only escape to make ends meet for his family to survive. 2. Brad Wolgast in 'The Passage' Brad Wolgast is a federal agent who, even though is not the biological father of Amy, loves and protects her like his own. He saves her from being a pawn in a medical experiment, which is being conducted in a medical facility aided by the government. 3. Logan Roy in 'Succession' He gives his kids a hard time but that is because he believes they need to go through it, as the world is unfair and you have to be strong. Logan makes sure his kids know the value of what they inherit. 4.David Budd in 'Bodyguard' A war veteran suffering from PTSD works in the police protection force as a bodyguard, and he knows how to protect his kin, fiercely. His kind yet strong personality makes him a great onscreen dad. 5.John Winchester in 'Supernatural' John was blinded by revenge and spent most of his time hunting and drinking. He sometimes looks like he's a callous dad but he is very protective of Sam and Dean and even gives up his life for his sons. It's that very tough upbringing that made Sam and Dean one of the finest hunters in the world.
  3. We all know of the lavish lifestyle lived by one of the most famed boxers ever, Mike Tyson. It's definitely a lot different than what it used to be in his boxing heydays. In 2016, Tyson set up his own company called Tyson Holistic Holdings, which sells all types of cannabis-based products and merchandise. But now, the retired heavyweight champion is focusing all his efforts on a new project, which is a 407-acre marijuana holiday resort in Southern California. © Pintrest The resort will definitely be home to a lot of attractions like a huge lazy river, and the 'Kind Music Festival', which Tyson and his partner Rob Hickman describe as 'the Lollapalooza Cannabis'. Although Tyson's ranch isn't completely built yet, the festival took place on February 2019 and did magnificently well. The festival gave people a chance to listen to some good live music, smoke some marijuana and learn about the health benefits of cannabis. The ranch, whose construction is underway, aims at accommodating the growing cannabis tourism industry with a hotel and 200 'glamping' units. © Tyson Ranch "I thought about how much good I could do by helping people with cannabis. It was a no-brainer. I've been fighting for over 20 years, and my body has a lot of wear and tear. I had two surgeries and I used marijuana to calm my nerves, and it would take the pain away... But before, they had me on those opiates, and those opiates had me all screwed up." said Tyson in an interview with an international publication. Apart from the festival and hosting cannabis tourism, the resort will also focus on imparting knowledge on the health benefits of the drug and how it can be used for health purposes, to cure many ailments and diseases. "He's building a holistic centre for health and wellness. There will be testing in the university. It's going to be about educating people on the healing benefits, how to grow, and how to be in proper business." said Tyson's business partner, Rob Hickman in an interview with an international publication. © Kind Music Festival While marijuana or pot is used a lot recreationally, it has a lot of health benefits which we aren't aware of. Mostly, people, and by people I mean authorities, think it's used to get 'high' but medical marijuana has been used a lot in the past to cure a lot of physiological issues, sometimes even cancer. Hemp oils are extensively used in cancer research. But unfortunately, in India, which is one of the biggest exporters of Hashish, the use of this drug is banned all over, even medically. What Mike Tyson has established is a clean and healthy way to promote something that can be used recreationally and as a health benefit, without causing any harm to the user and we hope we can legalize the drug here, at least medically, so people can benefit from it from time to time.
  4. There exists a universal human tendency wherein any individual who can name their favourite celebrities, usually turn out to be the ones who are equally eager to lap up every bit of scoop available on them. Chris 'Thor' Hemsworth happens to be one such popular celebrity who enjoys crazy fan following all across the globe. With a diverse range of age groups that comprise his fandom, many young fans know Chris Hemsworth only as Thor from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. View this post on Instagram #FBF shooting MIB with my partner in galaxy protection @tessamaethompson when we were ripping aliens a new one. From memory, this shot was taken in between set ups when Tessa and I noticed some criminal activity on the streets in London. We immediately drew our laser guns and took down one of the largest crime syndicates in the city. Happy to say the streets of London are now safe again. You're welcome world. #MIBInternational ð¶ï¸ @meninblack A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Dec 7, 2018 at 6:29am PST However, if there is something that gets all his fans interested all times, it's the other side of his life that is often kept away from public view. So while he was out promoting his upcoming release 'Men in Black: International', he told IANS about his “India” connect. View this post on Instagram The passing of the torch #thorragnarok A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Nov 7, 2017 at 12:01pm PST We all know that Chris Hemsworth's firstborn is named India Rose, and that has often intrigued his followers, just as much as it allows Indians to take pride in it. So when asked about the reason behind this choice of name, Chris revealed that, “My wife spent a lot of time in India and that was where the name originally came from.” View this post on Instagram Cada día, cientos de niñas sufren violencia extrema, como la mutilación genital femenina o los matrimonios forzosos. Súmate. La solución está en tu mano. #diainternacionaldelaniña #serniñaesunderecho #PulseraMasai #MundoCooperante/ Every day, hundreds of girls suffer extreme violence such as genital mutilation or forced marriages. Join us. The solution is in our hands #internationalgirlsday #mundocooperante #dayofthegirl A post shared by Elsa Pataky (@elsapatakyconfidential) on Oct 11, 2018 at 4:37am PDT Moreover, we also know that Chris visited India last year to shoot for another project titled 'Dhaka' and as expected, the 'Avengers: Endgame' actor found the experience to be "intimidating and exciting" all at once. View this post on Instagram Beyond thankful for the kindness and generosity that the people of India have extended to us while making our little film here ðððð@thesamhargrave #netflix A post shared by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on Nov 5, 2018 at 12:18am PST As an Indian it feels great to know that Thor and his family share such a sweet Indian connection, and have had enough memorable experiences related to our country to name their first child after our motherland.
  5. They say ideas come to life if there is team work involved and sometimes they become successful when work is done in tandem in order to build an idea that can change lives. We came across a couple, who've really challenged their intellect and established something wonderful, that can probably change the landscape of lateral thinking in India. © Akshar Forum Parmita Sarma and her husband Mazin Mukhtar in 2016 established Askhar Forum, a school in Assam run to serve the needs of children in poverty. The solemn goal of the school is to provide education that encourages children to take higher moralistic social stance and combat poverty and the effects it has in their own communities. The education here is very lateral and unconventional. The school focuses on the children enhancing their own creativity and learning things of social significance, to better the society at large. Apart from basic education, the school teaches children how to make a living, start a business, initiate development work in their own communities and work for the welfare of the environment. © Akshar Forum The school is certainly very different from any other government school, in its beliefs, applications and implications. Firstly, they fight child labour by using child labour. Which means, their older students, who've been with the school since a while teach and tutor the young ones and are there for them for any help that's required. The kids are also employed as social workers, and are paid based on their skills and knowledge. Their wages increase with teaching skill and empathy for younger students. Students are strongly incentivised to be caring and to behave like model students. "By teaching others, they learn how to teach themselves, and they can subsequently accelerate through their own self-paced curriculum. Also, by employing teens as teaching assistants, we can ensure young children receive daily one-on-one attention, the kind of attention privileged children get from their educated parents, private tutors, and private school teachers." - Mazin Mukhtar, founder. © Akshar Forum Although the school is entirely free and has been since they first started in 2016, they have developed a rather interesting campaign, for and with the kids. "We started our campus recycling centre last year, designed to employ at-risk teens so they can earn enough to not be compelled by their families to drop out, and serve their community at the same time. The kids did well, making "Eco-bricks" out of mostly non-recyclable plastic, but parents were not cooperating. They were not sending plastic, and they continued to burn plastic at home, for warmth, but mostly for convenience." © Akshar Forum So, instead these guys did something fun and tactical. They told the parents that the school is not free anymore and their fees is all the dry plastic waste from home! And guess what, plastic started coming in to school. The kids usually use the non-recyclable plastic from their homes to build 'eco-bricks'. The kids actually have to bring about 25 packets of waste per week. "The accounting is not very strict, and now families are in the habit of segregating plastic waste and sending it to school every couple of days. We figured, the school bus is already making rounds, might as well carry clean recyclables. Now we collect about 10,000 plastic packets per month. The teens make Eco-bricks which we use for small construction projects, like this small tree planter below, which uses about 200 bottles and 4,000 plastic packets." © Akshar Forum This is such a fantastic way to reduce waste and make good use of it through recyclable means. If our schools emphasised on these activities a bit more aggressively, city waste wouldn't be cluttering our landfills today. © Akshar Forum Although it's difficult to get kids to join the Askhar Forum, because most parents emphasise on earning a living than education and start forcing their kids aged 12-13 to find jobs. Akshar's model does help kids make a living. Kids earn INR 50 per day for teaching and another INR 50, after school for working in the recycling centre but that's not enough compared to what the kids make working at the stone quarry, which is easily around INR 200-300 per day. But even so, they convince the parents that their kids will be in good hands and learn a skill that can help them make a living in the future. "We tell them(parents)- Send your kids to our school, and yes, they will earn less -- for now. But their earnings will keep increasing month after month, year after year, as they learn more. But if you send them to the quarry, they will earn 200 rupees per day for the rest of their lives." © Akshar Forum For most parents this works, as parents think of the future, but some of them are happy sending their kids to the quarry to work and Akshar really can't do anything about that. But even so, Askhar Forum has always been different. It doesn't restrict students to follow a similar pattern of curriculum and helps guide them towards vocational skills, saving the environment and teaching techniques that help them become better human beings. © Akshar Forum Establishing such schools within our own cities should be the practical manifesto because most people take the environment for granted around where they live. Here the children are taught from scratch to be independent and self-sufficient and of course aware of how to be sustainably efficient. This small school in a village in Assam is bringing about heaps of change and it's definitely making a difference!
  6. Ayushmann Khurrana came, he saw and he conquered. He is one of those actors who has managed to achieve the status of a star despite being an outsider. His unconventional choices have always set him apart from all the others. He has had a track record of picking up subjects which somewhere show the mirror of the society that we are living in. Ayushmann's upcoming film, 'Article 15', is loosely based on the Badaun rape case where two girls were raped and hanged. © Zee Music Company The storyline is another proof of how our Indian cinema is changing for good. Ayushmann is seen as a police cop who has taken the charge of investigating the case and you would see the harsh reality through the trailer. Kya aap tayar hai farq laane ke liye?#Article15Trailer out at 4 PM@anubhavsinha @ZeeStudios_ @ZeeMusicCompany #ManojPahwa #IshaTalwar @sayanigupta @Mdzeeshanayyub #KumudMishra @Ashishsverma @sirfgaurav #RonjiniChakraborty #SushilPandey #Shubrojyoti #AakashDhabade pic.twitter.com/ulAZCfsuyI — Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) May 30, 2019 'Farq bahut kar liya, ab farq layenge' - The trailer does complete justice to the movie and we can't wait to see it on the big screen. The movie is all set to hit the screens on June 28 and the trailer has given us an insight into what the film has to offer. The film also stars Isha Talwar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, M Naser, Ashish Verma, Sushil Pandey, Subrajyoti Bharat and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub. © Zee Music Company The film talks about Article 15 of the Indian Constitution that prohibits discrimination by the state against any citizen on the basis of religion, race, caste, ***, and place of birth. Here, take a look at the trailer: We are wondering if the trailer is this impactful, how hard-hitting will the movie be? Here are 5 things we really liked about the trailer: 1. Ayushmann Khurrana has never disappointed us with his acting skills and we can say the same for this movie as well. He is seen in a completely different avatar. He has done many films that addressed social issues in a very light-hearted way. This time he has gone all out to address an issue which has been affecting our society in a serious way. He has surely raised the bar quite high. Iss Trailer Aur Baaki Trailers Mein 'Farq' Hai! Kya Aap Taiyaar Hain, Farq Ki Shuruwat Ke Liye?#Article15Trailer OUT NOW!#Article15 In Cinemas June 28 https://t.co/K6aHLTl92v@anubhavsinha #ManojPahwa #IshaTalwar @sayanigupta @Mdzeeshanayyub @ZeeStudios_ @ZeeMusicCompany pic.twitter.com/9e43EJ6jR3 — Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) May 30, 2019 2. The trailer shows the film has an engaging storyline and you would empathise with the pain of the victims and their families. We are way too curious to know how the case is solved by Ayushmann in the movie. 3. Not just Ayushmann Khurrana, but all other actors have kept their best foot forward, going by what we see in the trailer. The trailer shows us glimpses of all the great things that is in store for us. © Zee Music Company 4. There is a way that Anubhav Sinha tells his stories. If you have seen 'Mulk', you would surely have an idea. The reality is NOT moulded but presented in its naked state. 'Article 15' is of a similar nature and well, if you have liked movies like 'Gangaajal', then we can tell you this one is surely apt for you. धरà¥à¤® , नसà¥à¤² ,à¤à¤¾à¤¤à¤¿, लिà¤à¤ ,à¤à¤¨à¥à¤®à¤¸à¥à¤¥à¤¾à¤¨ à¤à¤ à¤à¤¸à¤¾ मà¥à¤²à¥à¤ à¤à¤¹à¤¾à¤ à¤à¥à¤ भà¥à¤¦à¤­à¤¾à¤µ नहà¥à¤ हà¥à¤à¤¾ à¤à¤¬ फ़रà¥à¤à¤¼ लाà¤à¤à¤à¥#Article15. Trailer - 30 Mayhttps://t.co/RFatJF63Mr@anubhavsinha @ZeeStudios_ @ZeeMusicCompany #ManojPahwa #IshaTalwar @sayanigupta @Mdzeeshanayyub #KumudMishra @Ashishsverma @sirfgaurav pic.twitter.com/sgY5hx7Tv1 — Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) May 27, 2019 5. The way the dialogues have been written will surely leave an indelible mark on you as a viewer. They are simple yet hard-hitting. Are you ready to face the harsh reality? Watch the trailer and let us know in your comments below.
  7. The election results are out and the Modi wave is taking the nation and the world by storm. Narendra Modi has come back as India's PM yet again. Before the elections, Modi Ji's biopic which stars Vivek Anand Oberoi in the titular role was swimming in controversy and was banned for a brief period of time. The movie finally saw the light of the day and was released today amidst the celebration of Modi Ji's win. The film is getting a good response mostly as many feel the storyline is inspiring. Strong. Simple. Unapologetic. #PMNarendraModi by @vivekoberoi is robust, undeterred yet restrainedðªð»ð¥ @OmungKumar excels in bringing out a story of common man who is loved by all across the nationðð»ð @narendramodi ji fans ðwill swell with pride & 56inch ka seena ! #ModiAaGaya — Girish Johar (@girishjohar) May 24, 2019 If u r a traditional modi hater, go n watch movie #PMNarendraModi ... It's almost sure ur perception ll change... Give it a try.... Great work by @vivekoberoi ... Congrats team ðððð — Prateek (@Prateek28971684) May 24, 2019 Delhi ki audience ka verdict: A motivational movie! Get your tickets in advance and watch #PMNarendraModi in cinemas from tomorrow: https://t.co/Nqry1zx58B#PMNarendraModiOn24thMay #DekhengeModiBiopic pic.twitter.com/uUPnZNyeaH — PM Narendra Modi (@ModiTheFilm2019) May 23, 2019 While a lot of people are still not convinced to see Vivek as Modi Ji, others feel he has done a great job in the film. #VivekOberoi you done great job in movie #PMnarendramodi you justified the charecter — Priyank Pandya (@PriyankPandya10) May 24, 2019 Watched Pm narendra modi movie first day first show. Was waiting for it for long. Beautifully picturized journey of our most loved PM . Fantabulous job by Vivek Oberoi. Guys go and watch movie it's worth watching.#VivekOberoi #NarendraModi — Nishtha Saraswat (@nishtha80) May 24, 2019 Vivek Oberoi should retire. Nobody wants to see this overconfident loudmouth talentless 'press conference' boy on screen#PMNarendraModi #ModiBiopic https://t.co/EsNVJGY2vw — K.....! (@Being_Khaled) May 24, 2019 However, some people were not convinced which is obvious since one story cannot inspire literally everyone out there. PM Narendra Modi movie is a 135 minutes long WhatsApp forward #PMNarendraModi — Ashish Bagchi (@BagchiAsh) May 24, 2019 REVIEW SARKAR'S REVIEW#PMNarendraModi One word review: adjustable Rating:â­â­ð Outstanding act by lead, not so bad direction by omung Kumar, back ground music sticks to the film, songs are well, seems some how fake.#VivekOberoi Box office prediction: 7-10cr @vivekoberoi — Bollywood Review sarkar (@reviewsarkar) May 24, 2019 The movie looks like a decent watch, so you may as well book your tickets if you want to.
  8. You can call me lazy or even a home bird but hey, I am just a girl who loves watching some great content in the comfort of her home, especially now with some path-breaking shows we get to stream online! I mean hello, what is the point of troubling your body when you can get access to 24/7 good quality entertainment at home, right? Well, for couples, date nights are slowly turning into binge-watching nights, all thanks to the amazing content that we get to see online nowadays. There is no denying that these online web series are introducing the masses to some quality content - realistic plots, empowering cast and stellar production design. From production quality, acting to the real hero of the story, the script, Indian web series are a force to reckon with. And one such show we simply cannot wait to start binge-watching is MX Original Series 'Thinkistan'. Based on advertising agencies, Thinkistan is directed by veteran ad filmmaker N. Padmakumar where he brings his real-life experiences to reel life. The show is set in the 1990s, and features powerful performers like Mandira Bedi, Satyadeep Misra and Vasuki in pivotal roles. It is a true depiction of the fast-paced lives people lead in the world of advertising, and showcases harsh realities of everything you thought you knew about the domain. The premise of the show follows the graphs of two contrasting characters slugging it out in the seductive, mad world of advertising. Amit (essayed by Naveen Kasturia) is a Hindi speaking junior copy writer who comes from Bhopal while English trainee copywriter Hema (Played by Shravan Reddy) is a suave, well-read metropolitan. Amit and Hema represent a divide caused by language and social class that is seen in India, till date. The plot is dynamic and compelling, and the characters are convincing. This is one show that will make you think, question, relate, and most importantly, have a great time! From corporate politics, catfights, unrealistic deadlines, to out-of-turn promotions and more, this is one show that is uber relatable and we cannot wait to start streaming it. To watch the first episode of this exciting series, click here.
  9. Rajkumar Gupta has a rather unique way of projecting real stories on the big screen. This time, he chose to dig out the arrest of India's Osama Bin Laden, Yasin Bhatkal or as he is called in the movie, Yusuf. Despite its flaws, 'India's Most Wanted' does make it a point to keep you hooked and engaged in how a small group of officers from the Intelligence Bureau, carried out India's most covert mission. In bits and pieces, Rajkumar Gupta has given us crucial information about the serial blasts that ripped across the country over these years and the mastermind behind it all. © Fox Star Studios The movie has shunned the entire idea of how one thinks an IB officer should be. Instead of going all guns ablaze with James Bond-esque fight scenes and lines dripping with vengeance, 'India's Most Wanted' has completely normalized the scenario, giving it a very raw and realistic aesthetic and you have five very normal-looking people who have normal lives, taking up the almost impossible mission of finding Yusuf. Let me tell you the movie is most definitely worth the watch, despite falling short in a few areas. The first half sets the base for the plot to develop and can get a little dragged-out at some points. But it's the second half of the movie that is more interesting as we get to see the real meat of the story. Of course, the movie could have been better, considering Rajkumar Gupta was the captain of the ship. But, let's take a moment to applaud the director's attempt at something different. Arjun Kapoor has also tried something that's way too different from his regular roles and has surely tried to break out of his shell. He has a certain calmness in his attitude as the man leading the manhunt for the wanted terrorist, but at times, you feel he is a little disinterested and some scenes have come out in a very linear way. If you are wondering the supporting cast has nothing to add to, then you are probably wrong. They have done a brilliant job. The script has been written in such a way that every character has its own space and is justified. Arjun's character Prabhat has got the perfect shield from the supporting cast. The entire mission is carried out in Nepal and somewhere, the movie also goes into details about the relationship between India and the neighbouring nation. Cinematography is one of the major highlights of the movie, as it has beautifully captured the scenic beauty of Nepal. I feel that Sudev Nair, who played the role of India's Most Wanted, Yusuf, could have been a bit more believable. The introduction set for him is pretty strong in the movie, but when you see him at the end, you feel as if all efforts have gone down the drain, as he isn't that convincing as India's Osama. Obviously, I won't give away the climax but I feel that somewhere there the storyline took a fall and failed in packing the perfect punch. Arjun has delivered a very different sort of character, but in the climax, I feel he failed a bit in coming through. Dialogues in the movie follow a pattern. Sometimes, you would feel they are on point and give you goosebumps and sometimes, they seem rather off the mark. But, the idea is not to show jingoism on the screen. Despite all its shortcomings, the movie still managed to instil faith and hope in our Nation and its forces, who may not always get the credit for serving the country. In conclusion, the movie is worth the watch and is a fitting tribute to India's unsung heroes.
  10. 'Game Of Thrones' just got over. Let that sink in. As we waddle through the bittersweet waves of emotion, trying to make peace with the fact that perhaps never again, shall we be as excited as we have been throughout the show - be it waking up at 6.30 in the morning, or shielding ourselves from spoilers, or getting into animated discussions with strangers in the middle of nowhere. That, precisely, is the power of a good story, almost like Tyrion pointed out, poetically, before electing Bran The Broken as the new king. © HBO However, the last season had the fans divided, about how good of a story it actually has been. After the peak it reached with the end of season 6 with a fierce storyline unlike anything else we had witnessed before, it seemed to just go downhill. Season 8 had the least rated episodes, with what seemed to be a superbly accelerated pace - a pace the story could not cope up with. The character arcs seemed to have fallen flat, and 7 seasons' worth of build up came crashing down, unable to shoulder the sky-high expectations of viewers (or as some would like to call it - shoddy, lazy writing). However, the finale had a few moments that did try to salvage the wreckage that was season 8. Here are 5 of them. 1. Jon reuniting with Ghost © HBO This has to be the highlight of the episode. After Jon left Ghost with Tormund, and didn't even pet him goodbye, the whole internet went into a crisis so deep, that the dankest memes weren't able to mend. When he finally petted him, we couldn't control our tears. And the smiles that followed. He, after all, has been a 'good boi'. 2. Brienne completing Jaime's story © HBO Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's incomplete love story perhaps is one of the greatest things this show has given us. Their chemistry, love, and respect for each other knew no bounds, and it stayed on, even in death. Jaime abandoned Brienne to return to Cersei - the love of his life, and instead of carrying the bitterness around, Brienne chose to write a respectful end for Jaime in the pages of history, announcing to the entire world that he died while protecting his queen. 3. Bronn becoming Master of Coin © HBO Everyone is aware of Bronn and his castle dream. Not just he got to be the Lord of Highgarden, he also became the Master of Coins - which means he gets to control all the money. From a sellsword to this - Bronn's character arc shows nothing is impossible when you persevere and play smart. 4. The Stark children all growing up and going their independent ways © HBO The portrayal of the Stark children showed us what family is all about. They had each other to lean on till the very end, but it did not mean that they had to lead lives that were chained to each other. While Jon went back to the Night's Watch, Sansa became Queen of the North, Arya chose to go on another expedition to a place no one knows about, and Bran became the new King - but they still stayed a happy family, till the very end. 5. Monarchy was abolished in Westeros © HBO The Iron Throne was destroyed, and along with that, monarchy came to an end in Westeros. There can't possibly be a better ending (while ignoring the weird events of Season 8 leading to that, of course) for the people of a country. The fact that rulers won't be born anymore, but chosen, even if by a select few, is an upgrade from what it was. Yes, they laughed at the prospect of democracy, but perhaps Oligarchy is still preferable to Monarchy, any day. Well, we didn't want it to end, but like they say, all good things must.
  11. For all you Iron Man fans out there, we know how the ending of 'Avengers: Endgame' must have left you an emotional wreck. There were tears, heartbreak and a sense of sheer disbelief. I have been there, and yes, moving on has been difficult. But today, I will not venture into the movie and re-live the sadness. Instead, I have some great news that might just help you cope with the 'Endgame' shock. The buzz around town is that the man who brought Iron Man to life on-screen, Robert Downey Jr, has joined hands with the premium smartphone brand, OnePlus, to represent the latest flagship from the company - OnePlus7 Pro, that was launched last Tuesday, May 14. With the OnePlus 7 Pro, the brand finally breaks its traditional OnePlus look and opts for seamless glass curves, immersive 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display, a sleek and chic exterior, and three colours including Mirror Grey, Almond, and Nebula Blue. The camera, on the other hand, is a different ball game altogether. First of all, the pop-up front-facing camera is no gimmick. It is crafted to deliver spectacular selfies without getting in the way of your immersion. Additionally, the 48MP f/1.6 rear camera is equipped with 17 mm 117° ultra wide angle lens which is perfect for capturing sweeping landscapes with incredible clarity. And thanks to the 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens with 3X optical zoom that lets you shoot high-quality, detailed images even at a distance. Apart from all that, the OnePlus 7 Pro features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (octa-core, 2.84GHz) processor with Adreno 640 GPU, one of the best chips available on a phone currently. The device is supported with dual nano-SIM capability, a massive 4000mAh battery, and Warp Charge technology that can get your OnePlus 7 Pro up and running in just 20 minutes. How cool is that? And while all this is happening, the association with Robert Downey Jr is yet another milestone for OnePlus. "It's cool to see a young brand disrupting the tech landscape. I was challenged to help them create an authentic campaign based on the tenets of quality and craftsmanship, and it's already proving to be a great fit creatively," says Downey. As far as we are concerned, we think Downey is the perfect fit for the brand and is someone who is an embodiment of the 'Never Settle' spirit at OnePlus. Can't wait to see more from this exciting collaboration!
  12. Have you ever found yourself muttering "there has to be an easier way" when managing your community? If you have, it's likely that you are not the first person to think that. Invision Community has been refined over nearly two decades, and in that time we've received a lot of feedback from clients running very large and busy sites. We love a short cut, especially when it makes our clients lives easier. There's plenty of time-saving features throughout Invision Community, and here are five of the best. Saved Actions If you routinely perform the same actions to a topic, such as replying before closing it or moving the topic to a different forum, then saved actions will save you a lot of time. Let's look at a practical example. You have a forum where your members can suggest new features for your product. You might choose to move some of these suggestions to another forum to shortlist them for inclusion in a future version, or to discuss further. You also may like to reply thanking the member for their idea, but it's not feasible at this time. Here you would set up two saved actions, one that replies and moves the topic to a specific forum, and one that replies to the topic and closes it for further commenting. Your saved actions are accessible via the moderation menu You and your moderating team can select these saved actions quickly when reading a topic to perform multiple moderation steps in one go. RSS Feeds If your community regularly discusses topics that feature in the latest news, then you can quickly seed these discussions using the RSS feed import tool. Not only can you import almost any public RSS feed into your community, but you also have control over how these topics are displayed, to whom they are attributed to and how the link back to the source article looks. RSS feed import is an often overlooked but handy tool at starting productive discussions without the need to source and post them manually. iCal Feeds The iCal feed can be considered as the sister feature to the RSS Feed Import tool. It works in a very similar way in that it can accept almost any public iCal feed and import events into your community's calendar. This is especially useful if you maintain an event stream outside of the community, but wish to share those events with your members in a native way, or perhaps you already have a calendar product used by your organisation. Using the iCal feed tool to populate your community calendar with key dates relevant to your community can be achieved very quickly. Auto-moderation Moderating a busy community can be a time-consuming task. Trying to review new posts and topics to ensure they meet your community standards as they come in can be daunting. Fortunately, Invision Community has an ace up its sleeve. Auto-moderation allows you to use the power of your community to identify and remove content that does not meet your community standards. The administrator sets up a threshold so that when a specific number of reports for that content item is crossed, the content is hidden. Auto-moderation has a lot of options to configure which we covered in this blog article recently. Group promotion Ensuring your members feel valued and rewarded for their contributions is key to member retention and keeping engagement high. A simple way to reward long term regular contributors is to elevate their permissions. This can mean that they have access to otherwise hidden areas, or they get more allowances in terms of upload space and fewer restrictions. To do this manually would take a significant amount of time. Thankfully, Invision Community has a feature called Group Promotion. This tool allows the administrator to set up specific thresholds such as post count, or time since joining which then move the member into a new group when triggered. This all happens automatically. Just set it up and let it run! We spoke about Group Promotion recently, take a look here to learn more about this feature. How many of you are already using these features, and which ones did we miss off our list? I'd love to know.
  13. Before you make a face at “yet another Mother's Day article”, let us tell you that this piece will tell you why we need to celebrate our mothers every day because of all these selfless and amazing things they do for us every single day. Yet, most often than not, we take everything that she does for granted and let alone saying 'Thank You', we don't even acknowledge it. We've listed down such 10 priceless and utterly selfless things our mothers do for us all the time that we don't thank her for: 1. For Being Our Biggest Cheerleader © Sharma Productions No matter what sort of a 'low' we are going through, be it personal or professional, our mothers always come through as our biggest cheerleaders. They make us see the silver lining, lift our spirit and fill our very being with hope and positivity just with their words. 2. For Always Knowing When We Need Our Favourite Food One look at us and mothers know when it is time to whip up our favourite dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Be it squabbles at the playground, or struggles with homework and tests, our moms always know how to make our mood better. 3. For Magically Retrieving Our Misplaced Goods © Hope Productions We would like to challenge all of you reading this, if your mother was ever unable to find a lost pair of socks, your favourite t-shirt or your misplaced assignment. It can't be. She magically finds them all! 4. For Erasing Every Nightmare With Her Soothing Touch As kids, it was her we rushed to every time a nightmare threatened our peaceful slumber. As grown-ups, our mothers still shoo away our monsters for us with her soothing caresses and kind words. 5. For Always Lending Their Ears & Laps To Us In Time Of Need © Dharma Productions If there is one person in this whole wide world who would listen to all our crap and never judge us on whatever comes out of our mouth, it is our mother. She is the best listener and guide, and always lends her ears and lap when we most need to find some solace in this maddening world. 6. For Always Keeping Us Well-Fed & Sparkling Clean Can we argue with this one? We always seem under-nourished to our mothers, who seem to find immense joy in (over)feeding us to their heart's content. What's more, we owe all our sparkling and well-done laundry to her. 7. For Convincing Our Dad On Multiple Occasions © Rajkumar Hirani Films Well, we have all been there and didn't have enough hugs to make up for all the times she faced the heat of convincing our dads to get us something or allow us to be somewhere. She has done this so many times over the years, it seems like the most normal thing now. 8. For Staying Up Late Just To Check On Us No matter how many times we told them to go to bed, our moms wait on us when we are out working late or partying with our friends. She wouldn't retire to bed until she made sure her kid is back home safe and sound. 9. For Sticking Up For Us At All Times © Dharma Productions No matter the innumerable times we have had to live through the chappal-belan beatings from our mothers, they will turn into our most fierce protectors and advocates in times of need. 10. For Believing In Us & Our Dreams Whenever we stopped believing in ourselves or gave up on our dreams, our moms helped us rebuild that faith in ourselves and our dreams. We might stop believing, but they would never do that. For all this and much more, thank you, Ma.
  14. We all grew up on gully cricket. No summer vacation went by without unlimited sessions of outdoor cricket and when that seemed impossible, we took the game indoors. There were days when our books turned into bats and the crumpled paper was the 'jugaadu' ball. And that, in a nutshell, sums up India's love for cricket. So, it really comes as no surprise that our celebrities share the same passion. And mixing two of our favorite things - entertainment and cricket - is a sure shot win. For all those of you, who haven't discovered the joy of Box Cricket League, let me introduce you to the spectacular idea that takes gully cricket indoors but on a larger scale. Conceptualized by Marinating films, this indoor sports reality show proves to be a high-octane drama where the biggest names of Indian TV stars compete against each other. Whilst our favorite TV personalities are in action, one also gets to see the perfect dose of cricket, spice and masala as a part of the unseen footage exclusively on the ALTBalaji app. Here are 5 photos that prove how our Indian TV celebrities are complete suckers for cricket: Pearl V Puri Box Cricket League Pearl V Puri popularly known as Maahir from Naagin 3 has already won a lot of hearts for the character that he has played in the TV soap! He is part of BCL (Box Cricket League) for the first time and is setting the score high! But we aren't sure if he will help the team win the trophy this year or not! Pearls, who plays for Bangalore Warriors seems to be in his perfect striking form and many feel he has now got actual superpowers from the show Naagin 3. Dipika Singh straight to cricket after her pregnancy Box Cricket League Dipika Singh who was on a maternity break has joined the popular Box Cricket League as a part of the team Chennai Swaggers. She was last seen in Diya aur Baati Hum and has not done anything since one year. Watch her get back to action on the cricket field. Filled with drama and craziness, let's see what Dipika has in store for us! Karan Wahi Box Cricket League Karan Wahi, who has always been very open about his love for cricket, is also someone who has been marred by controversies on the box cricket league. From being accused of ball tampering, to getting into ugly fights on the pitch, this lad has seen it all. How well do you think he will perform this season? 'Ye Hai Mohabbatein' in Box Cricket League Box Cricket League The popular Telly Drama Yeh hai Mohabatein has been in the top 10 TRP charts since long! The lead Karan Patel, who is loved by all as Raman might be a reason for the female fans to watch BCL this year. But looks like he isn't in his best dhape on the field and we wonder if that just might be the reason for AZAMGARH ROYALS to lose the match this time. On the other hand Aditi and Krishna are in KOLKATA BAABU MOSHAYES, while their pals Aly Goni and Abhishek Verma are in AZAMGARH ROYALS. Will they take this game in a competitive spirit? Parth Samthaan & Erica Fernandes – Reel to Real love story? Box Cricket League Sparks seem to be flying between rumoured couple Parth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes despite being in different teams. Rumours are rife, as Erica is seen cheering her opponent teams player Parth whenever he hits a six or takes a wicket. So to catch all of your favourite TV stars live in action on the pitch, don't forget to watch Box Cricket League (BCL) where over 150 television celebrities are seen competing with each other in an indoor cricket game format. witness some dhamakedar matches filled with drama like you've never seen before. Giving you the thrill of cricket, along with the plots of daily soaps all packed in one show, the Box Cricket League is sure to leave everyone entertained! Catch all the action on the ALTBalaji app every Monday- Friday at 8 PM. The BCL was inspired by the popularity of the Celebrity Cricket League, a T10 tournament with franchises in major Indian cities. The series is a unique collaboration of sports, celebrities and entertainment which gets you hooked, trust us. So tune in to your favourite indoor cricket league here
  15. Before I get to the main point of this story, I would like to congratulate all those kids who scored more than 99 per cent in boards. Not just your family or friends, but the entire nation is proud of your achievements. Scoring 99 per cent is not a cakewalk. When I was in school (almost 9 years ago), scoring more than 90 per cent in boards was like a distant dream for me. In fact, kids who got 92 per cent or 93 per cent, were like celebrities in their households. But, today, looks like even 95 per cent isn't enough. I got 65 per cent in my class 12 board exams and honestly, I wasn't too happy with my results, however, I was content with whatever I got. For me, ensuring that I don't fail in boards was more important than scoring 90 per cent. Twitter I am sure everyone knows that feeling, when the nosy relatives who didn't give two hoots about you the entire year, would suddenly call you just to know how much you scored in boards. Although I hated them, I became that relative a few days ago and called my cousin, to know how much she scored in boards (I agree I am guilty, but I was just being curious). Despite scoring great marks (over 90 per cent), she seemed unhappy. She was upset and worried about her college admissions. Honestly, I can somewhere understand where her fears came from. While some students are getting 100 per cent (which is next to impossible), others who didn't score that much will naturally get worried about their future. But kids, don't feel disheartened because of your grades, be proud of your achievements. Twitter I won't lie, every time I saw people judging me for scoring 65 per cent, it made me feel miserable for letting my parents down. Thankfully, my parents have always been supportive. So, they just told me one thing - "marks are important, but they don't decide your fate." This mother's emotional post once again reminded me of the same. Vandana Sufia Katoch's son, Aamer, scored 60 per cent in Class 10 board exams. It's not 90 or 95, but she is still extremely proud of her son. Because she knows how much her son has struggled and worked hard for the board exams. And she wanted to let the world know about her son's achievements and that of everyone else, who was being judged solely on the basis of their 10th and 12th marks. That's exactly the kind of attitude the society needs to help shape a child's future. Remember kids, marks are undoubtedly important, but they don't define who you are. Getting afraid is normal, but don't be too afraid of your failures or curse yourself for not scoring in the 80s or 90s. I got 65 per cent and felt bad about my grades too, but when I look at myself today, I feel that if you know what you want to do in life, nothing (not even your grades) can stop you from achieving it. From being an average student to a successful writer, who has the power to reach millions of people with my words, I feel proud of the person I have become. Especially when I see my parents beaming with pride, each time they talk about me in front of our friends and family.
  16. It's almost time for one of the biggest launches of the year and there's now a new leak which has nothing to do with the phone. Instead, we get to see everything that will be launching alongside the new OnePlus smartphones. The leaked images look more like the reviewer's box which includes everything from the smartphone to the accessories. © Twitter_Ishan Agarwal The leaked image gives us a glimpse of everything else OnePlus is planning to launch. At first glance, you see the OnePlus Wireless Bullets 2 which is rumoured to be a triple-driver Bluetooth earphone similar to what 1MORE makes. Apart from the wireless OnePlus bullets, the Chinese company is also looking to launch a Warp Charge 30 car charger. © Twitter_Linus Tech Tips The OnePlus 7 Pro also reveals that the in-car charger will be based on the Warp Charge 30 charger that was introduced with the McLaren edition of the OnePlus 6T. This also kind of confirms that the wall charger will be the same as the McLaren edition as well. © Twitter_Ishan Agarwal The leak of the images came from an accidental tweet by Linus Tech Tips and more were shared by Ishan Agarwal on Twitter. The images shared by Mr Agarwal show more details about the packaging; however, the actual device has not been pictured yet. The packaging has the 'Go Beyond Speed' tagline we've seen in previous rumours. However, the accessories in the box are what impressed us the most and we can't wait to check them out ourselves.
  17. Millennials can attest to the fact that the good ol' idiot box has played a vital role in developing and exposing us to the world. Well, the times have changed now, and Samsung thinks it's time the TVs around us change too. The company has made a vertical TV in an effort to woo social media-addicted millennials. That's right. It's a real thing and it's called the Sero. © Samsung Sero is Samsung's new 43-inch vertical TV that ships with Bixby assistant built-in. According to Samsung, it made this vertical TV to appeal to younger buyers who want to watch vertical videos. Don't worry though. Sero is not just a vertical TV. It's possible to flip the screen and watch horizontal content too. The TV comes with a built-in screen mirroring functionality, so you can also beam videos from, say, your phone or tablet to the TV. There's also a 60-watt speaker for music streaming. © Samsung Sero, in case you're wondering, will be available in South Korea by the end of May, and it will carry a price tag of about $1,600. Should you buy it? Well, if you're into TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and other vertical videos on YouTube, then by all means yes. There's no info about its availability outside Korea, but it'll be interesting to see how it's received in other markets.
  18. Voting is our fundamental right and like I said earlier, the entire nation's fate depends on the tiny mark of blue ink on your fingers. Be it commoners or actors, cricketers and politicians; everyone is busy exercising their right and urging other people to do the same. So is cricketer Virat Kohli. Instagram Virat Kohli, one of the finest batsmen in the world and RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) captain, is all set to cast his vote in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections 2019 and he announced the same on his Instagram on Sunday. Sharing his voter ID on Instagram story, Kohli wrote, "Ready to vote in Gurugram on the 12th May. Are you?" Instagram However, he deleted the stories, probably because his personal information was revealed in public. He later posted only the front side of his voter ID and blurred out the details. Voting in Delhi and Gurugram will be held on May 12. But, do you know what else is on May 12? The final match of IPL 2019 is in Hyderabad. Although, Virat Kohli's RCB is at the bottom in the point table, if they miraculously manage to enter the finals then Kohli will have a tough time travelling between the two cities. Instagram In other news, at least Kohli's goofy expression on his Voter ID card is making us feel less miserable about our Aadhar card pictures.
  19. We're in the 'Endgame' now, and Marvel is hellbent on making this experience a bigger, better and more wholesome experience. Marvel x Adidas Basketball 'Heroes Among Us' collection is coming out today. Clearly, they've carefully planned this so that both the movie and the collection release at the same time. The collection contains five specially-curated shoes that are both akin to the character that they're based on with cutting edge detailing second to none: 1. Marvel's Black Panther | Dame 5 Shoes © Adidas With core colours of black, active purple and silver metallic, the shoe is crafted in Damian Lillard's signature style. These sneakers are built with a flexible cushioning and foam pads that enhance comfort. 2. Marvel's Iron Man | Harden vol 3 Shoes © Adidas With core colours of scarlet, collegiate burgundy, gold metallic, these basketball shoes are inspired by James Harden's signature playing style with a special Iron Man themed exterior. 3. Marvel's Captain America | N3XT L3V3L Shoes © Adidas Using core colours of collegiate navy, cloud white, and scarlet, these kicks feature a sock-like construction with a laceless knit upper for a premium locked-down feel. It fits so well with the Captain America theme that you'll feel like you're wearing a part of his uniform. 4. Marvel's Thor | Marquee Boost Shoes © Adidas A classic look gets upgraded with modern details. These basketball shoes are built for quickness and agility on the hardwood. They have a molded ankle collar with a cushioned heel for support and comfort. 5. Marvel's Nick Fury | T-MAC 1 Shoes © Adidas With the colour interplay of core black, silver metallic and light metallic, These sneakers are designed to the likes of Tracy McGrady's signature style: smooth, unstoppable scoring game, these kicks have a retro aesthetic to them. 6. Marvel's Captain Marvel | Pro Vision Shoes © Adidas A bright interplay of blue, red and yellow, this is the new pair of kicks that combines a streetball-inspired look with modern detailing. The rubber outsole provides extra grips.
  20. If watching half the galaxy's population dissolve into dust with Thanos' snap in 2018's 'Avengers: Infinity War' was too much for you to handle, then you might want to stay away from Google's 'Avengers: Endgame' Easter egg. Users looking up “Thanos” on either the desktop or mobile web version of Google will be met with Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet in the top right corner of the information box. No, it's not there for representational purposes. You can literally click/ tap it and see, well, half of the search results dissolve into dust. Drop whatever it is that you're doing and check it out. Heck, Google will even give you an updated count on the search results. The count declines from about 90 million to measly 45 million. It's really cool. BTW, 'Avengers: Endgame' is out now in theatres across the country. If you couldn't get a hold on the tickets, then check out how you can stay away from the spoilers here.
  21. One of the most difficult things I remember while growing up in the 2000 is carrying an 8-kg laptop to college every day, over and above those big, fat engineering books. Now you would say it's not really a big deal, but trust me, when your back has to carry heavy equipment day in and day out, it is a big deal. But things have changed now. For better! Recently, I got my hands on the brand new Asus ZenBook, which is, wait for it.... Is smaller than an A4 size paper! 1. Ultralight & Ultrathin Asus I have the ZenBook 13 UX33 that weighs a feather-light 1.19kg. And as I have already mentioned, it is as small (or smaller) than an A4 size paper, about 279x210 mm. Additionally, it is only 13.9mm thin, and thanks to magnesium-aluminum alloy, this laptop is about 33% lighter than the standard alloy used in laptops. This always let you travel in ease without putting any pressure on your back. 2. Smart And Comfortable ErgoLift Design For Better Typing Asus The ZenBook series comes with a full-size backlit keyboard that gives a seamless typing experience in any lighting condition. Crafted for optimum comfort, this laptop is equipped with 1.4mm key travel distance, and a glass covering for smooth control. It also features palm-rejection technology and supports multi-finger gestures and handwriting. 3. NumberPad Touchpad Asus ZenBook 13 introduces the exclusive new NumberPad - a touchpad with a switchable numeric keypad for enhanced data entry. What's more? The touchpad retains its cursor function, even when the NumberPad is activated. 4. All-Day Battery To The Rescue ZenBook 13 features a 50Wh lithium-polymer battery with a battery life of up to 14 hours, that is a saviour for on-the-go lifestyle. Besides, lithium-polymer batteries have a lifespan that's up to 3x longer than standard batteries. This takes away a lot of worries about deteriorating battery performance. 5. Military-Grade Durability Asus ZenBook is ultra-tough, and it goes through an extreme test regime that includes extended tests for operation in harsh environments including extreme altitudes, temperatures and humidity. 6. Extraordinary Elegance Asus The ZenBook series is available in Royal Blue and Icicle Silver enhanced with a contrasting Rose Gold trim panel above the keyboard for an extra touch of luxury. I think Asus ZenBook series has it all covered in terms of high-end design, durability, super-fast performance and comfort. While I have the UX333, the other two variants include UX433 and UX533. For more details on the features, click here.
  22. Yes I am a straight female, but you can't blame me for being blown away everytime by the superior, fierce beauty of the one and only Khaleesi. Man! Daenerys Targaryen has a similar effect on both men and women, and I totally get it. However, she is a fictional character, and we all know how the wonderful Emilia Clarke does a brilliant job of portraying the iconic character of the Mother of Dragons. But, what if I were to tell you that Khaleesi exists in real life too? Oh yes, she is most certainly real, my friends. View this post on Instagram Bend the knee e scusate se vi sto bombardando. Un grazie a @giammarcobuccellato_1173 che mi ha istruita a dovere. #daeneryscosplay #cosplay #daenerys #targaryen #emiliaclarke #gameothronescosplay #gameofthrones #daenerystargaryencosplay #daenerystargaryen #cosplay #characterperformer #got #cosplaygirl #torinocomics2019 #torinocomics A post shared by Roberta Rory Pattaro ð (@rorytheweirdo) on Apr 17, 2019 at 3:03am PDT Meet Roberta 'Rory' Pattaro, a student from Italy, who sometimes seeks an escape from her regular life by transforming herself into the iconic silver-haired queen from 'Game of Thrones'. View this post on Instagram ð¥ð¥ð¥ #daeneryscosplay #daenerys #cosplay #daenerystargaryencosplay #daenerystargaryen #dany #gameothronescosplay #gameofthrones #got8 #got #imstylewig #iltronodispade #emiliaclarke #dracarys #motherofdragons #stormborn #rorypattaro A post shared by Roberta Rory Pattaro ð (@rorytheweirdo) on Apr 21, 2019 at 6:06am PDT How did Rory tap into her inner Khaleesi? Well, it all began with a dude who was possibly trying to hit on her with a cheesy pick-up line. “I've always been a passionate fan of movies and TV series and I've always dreamed about becoming one of the protagonists of my favourite movies. I discovered this world in 2016 when a boy who followed me on Facebook told me that I'd make a perfect Daenerys. The problem was I'd not even started to watch Game of Thrones,” Rory told LADbible. Well, I'll be damned! The resemblance is so eerie and uncanny that I had to go back and look at Emilia and then Rory to spot the difference. View this post on Instagram Nobody: Me: GOT GOT GOT GOT VISTO CHE TUTTI ME LO STATE CHIEDENDO (LOL STA VOLTA È VERO) LA WIG È DI @imstylewigs #daenerystargaryen #daeneryscosplay #daenerystargaryencosplay #gameofthrones #got #cosplay #daenerys #motherofdragons #khaleesi #emiliaclarke #gameofthronescosplay #imstylewigs A post shared by Roberta Rory Pattaro ð (@rorytheweirdo) on Mar 5, 2019 at 10:52am PST “Because I had blonde hair, people would write 'mother of dragons' underneath my pictures. Eventually, I decided to watch the TV series. Now it is my favourite show and I decided to create my cosplay,” Rory added. View this post on Instagram @camihawke io sono già sul pezzo eh #cosplay #daeneryscosplay #daenerys #daenerystargaryencosplay #daenerystargaryen #motherofdragons #targaryen #got #gameothronescosplay #gameofthrones #emiliaclarke #emilia #torinocomics #torinocomics2019 #bendtheknee #cosplaygirl #stormborn #hbo A post shared by Roberta Rory Pattaro ð (@rorytheweirdo) on Apr 14, 2019 at 1:03pm PDT Interestingly, all her costumes are hand-made and she now has a string of supportive followers who wait with bated breath to see her incredible transformations. However, things can get pretty weird sometimes for Rory. “I have received a few strange requests though. Just a few days ago a man asked me if he could have my face put onto a t-shirt. Also, recently I was on the way back from Torino Comics [a local convention] and a boy asked me for a picture in the subway elevator. I'd used the subway to get there and really enjoyed seeing everyone's reactions to the 'mother of dragons' just sitting on the underground," Rory said. Well, Rory, prepare yourself to have a tidal wave of followers from India now.
  23. Every morning with the rising sun, households come to life all across the world. There is an unsaid routine we all follow during those early hours of the day, and somewhere hidden amongst the folds of those auto-pilot motions of the morning lies a quick, often unacknowledged and seemingly insignificant interaction with the kudawalla. © Reuters Kudawallas are prime examples of people who toil hard every day, mind their own business and yet live humbly without ever seeking the recognition for the great work they do on a daily basis. They are almost guilty of leading a dual life. Much like undercover agents who get real shit done, yet never claim their dues. But let us ask you. Even if they did claim their dues, what are the chances that we would give them their due credit, or hail them as the messiah(s) of change and clean environment that they are? © Reuters Yes, all that pondering and the silence that follows it, speaks for itself. How long has your kudawalla been working for you? And in that period of time how many times have you acknowledged the world of difference that their (hand-y)work makes to our lives day after day? Well, you might not be aware that close to 4 million kudawallas or waste-pickers are engaged in this line of work in India. These waste-pickers dispose around 80 per cent of the 750,000 tons waste Indians generate every single week! © Reuters Not only do these rag-pickers collect garbage from people's houses, but additionally they also pick up waste, clean, sort and segregate it. The process ends with them separating recyclable waste from the rest, which they sell to scrap dealers to earn a regular living. They continue to do their job regardless of the apathy they are met with. With close to 62 million tonnes of annual waste to manage, and given the failing state of the municipality in most parts of the country, it is due to these 'anonymous environmentalists' that India enjoys the highest recycling rates. © Reuters India is ahead of even the USA in this matter, we recycle only 31 per cent of PET bottles as opposed to India's 70 per cent. This is made possible only by the informal recycling chain that operates in the country. Starting with the rag-pickers, who sell the waste to scrap dealers, the chain helps this waste to reach the aggregators, from where the waste eventually goes to recyclers. This informal recycling sector contributes to 100 per cent of all recycling in our country. Now, can you imagine the impact each of these 4 million rag-pickers are making to our environment year-on-year? © Reuters We agree that they are doing this for the money, but tell us, would you consider doing this “dirty work” for a living if someone paid you truck-loads of money for it every month? Then let's take a moment to appreciate and acknowledge the utmost importance of their work for our society and the environment at large. Even with their significant contribution to society, these unsung heroes remain unrecognised and undervalued. What's worse, they also face harassment from Savarna society for what they do. From physical abuse to threats and being called thieves, they have seen it all. Even official documents do not recognise their work towards solid waste management © Reuters With serious health hazards in this occupation, such as contact with hazardous medical waste, soiled sanitary pad and the lines, there is still no stopping these warriors of change, who continue to put their personal health in the line. They deserve so much more than just a passing glance from us every morning, when they stop by, almost religiously, every single day to collect our waste and make our lives cleaner and our environment more livable.
  24. There is still some amount of compassion and empathy left in this world, where war and hate co-exist. People recognise the dire need for compassion that can change the basic ethos of the current negative situation everywhere and bring about balance in a much needed way. Just recently we saw a prime example of the kind of empathy we're talking about when oil-rig workers rescued an exhausted dog off the coast of Thailand, giving him an absolutely new life. The tan-coloured dog who was later named Boonrod by his rescuers, which means 'survivor from karma' in Thai, was saved amidst heavy waves, in the middle of the sea in the Gulf of Thailand. The oil-rig workers saw the dogs head bobbing up and down, while they were busy at work and they brought him up on the platform. © CNN Boonrod was about 220KMS away from the shore when he was spotted by Vitisak Payalaw, who went on Facebook to talk about the rescue. Vitisak works with Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production and he said if there were high waves while the dog was in water, they probably wouldn't even have seen him. He put up a video of the dog when he was found, on Facebook. © CNN According to Vitisak, the dog made it to the platform, clinging on to the support structure, without barking, whimpering or showing any resistance to water. The crew then lowered a rope and tied it to his neck to haul him up. The oil-rig workers suspect the dog may have fallen off a fishing trawler and couldn't find his way back to the shore hence. Boonrod has luckily found a home as well and guess where it's going to be? Vitisak has decided to adopt the dog and take him to his home in Northeast Thailand.
  25. 'Game Of Thrones' first premiered on 17 April 2011. The season 8 (beginning of the end) of the show is premiering on 15 April which is right here. But looking back to the first season, we realise that all these actors were babies when they started out. Jon Snow, or Kit Harington, has now taken major spotlight in Hollywood. We will see the last few episodes of 'Game Of Thrones' in just a few days. We don't know if he'll survive or not, but we hope he does. But before that, let's step back and appreciate Kit for all these years of hard work. Clearly, his style has evolved, and how! Here's Kit through the years parallel to the production of GOT. 1. 2011 In 2011, we saw a young Kit sans beard. He's clearly become a mature version of himself now. © Reuters © Reuters 2. 2012 Jon Snow had only started to become popular and teens would use pictures like these for posters in their room. © Reuters 3. 2013 Balancing a fine stubble is tough. Here is Jon Snow pulling it off casually. © Reuters 4. 2014 A scarf with a coat is an underappreciated Winter style that men should wear more often. © Reuters 5. 2015 A classic two-piece with a black tie can never go wrong, courtesy Kit. © Reuters 6. 2016 Using black on black to his advantage again, here is Kit with a black bow tie that complements his outfit seamlessly. © Reuters 7. 2017 Here's the thing: a blazer can be worn casually without it looking extra, and here's proof. © Reuters 8. 2018 While we think that this is a stellar outfit, we hope to see Kit try and embrace other colors like yellow. What do you think? © Reuters 9. 2019 Kit Harington at the premiere of 'GOT' in 2019. He is going to move on from his Jon Snow appeal and we'll miss this aesthetic. © Reuters
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