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  1. People across the country are celebrating India's 71st Republic Day and so is Gaana in its own musical way. 'Vande Mataram' is not just a song, it's an emotion that binds millions of people together in a thread. So there can't be a better way to pay tribute to the country's musical roots and diversity, than by reimagining the song that holds a special place in our hearts. With their campaign, 'Discover India on Gaana', the music streaming app in its first-ever attempt, tries to bring every Indian closer to their roots and give them a chance to rediscover the country and the vibrant mix of musical ethnicities it offers. The app has curated 50+ playlists according to destinations so that the music lovers can enjoy popular native melodies from a particular region, along with rich media cards that feature trivia about the tune's origin, popular genres and artists. Gaana CEO, Prashan Agarwal said, "In a world more divided than ever, as the largest music app, we felt it is upon us to revive our collective sense of camaraderie. Music is one of the few strains of humanity that has the sublime power to cut across cultures, faiths, and borders to evoke our shared sense of culture, folklore, and music." He further said, "To that effect, we have curated playlists that bring out the flavor of our music and our people as we tip our hats to one of the greatest songs that celebrates our spirit of unity. This Republic Day, we invite every Indian to discover and celebrate the music of our nation - only on Gaana." For this campaign, they brought together 9 budding artists from across the states to reinvent 'Vande Mataram'. The artists are Amrita Nayak, Diya Ghosh, Subhechha Mohanty, Simran Sehgal, Aswin Ram, Jishan Ali Thobani, Ashish Patil, Sandesh Motwani, Antareep Hazarika and Illiyana Gogoi; who add their own cultural flavours to pay tribute to the country's diversity, and celebrate the nation's heterogeneity and classical essence. So, what are you waiting for when the chance of listening to culturally rich and indigenous music is just a tap away? View the full article
  2. Kabir Khan's brand new series on Prime Video, The Forgotten Army: Azaadi Ke Liye, features Sunny Kaushal and newcomer Sharvari Wagh as the leads in the series, which is based on true events from India's history. The show will take you back in time to India's battle for freedom and how the Azad Hind Fauj, led by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, played a crucial role in that. The series, which marks Kabir Khan's digital debut and is based on one of his documentaries also called The Forgotten Army, is now streaming on Prime Video and the audience verdict is finally here. Well, it seems like people have been giving a positive response to the series and are calling it one of the best shows about Netajiâs Azad Hind Fauj. The Forgotten Army Azadi ke lyea is best series. Salute to #azadhindfauz #IndianArmy #TheForgottenArmy @PrimeVideo @kabirkhankk â Ashish Ranjan (@Twistedme069) January 25, 2020I Cried a lot after watching #TheForgottenArmy , I read about them and netaji a lot from the books of @anujdhar nd @chandrachurg , specially #conundrum owns a spcl place in my heart! MY HEART BEATS FOR NETAJI. â Rahul Chatterjeeð®ð³ (@yourmanRahul) January 25, 2020@kabirkhankk one of the best series #TheForgottenArmy @ â Yashu Kumar Sharma (@YashuKumarShar3) January 25, 2020@sunnykaushal89 @kabirkhankk #sharvaWagh #Mkraina#TheForgottenArmy Loved it !! Super amazing work... Thanks for the lovely, great experience..... â Vaibhav (@vaibhav2421) January 25, 2020It's all about true patriotism, true sacrifice and true love for the motherland, "India". Salute from the bottom of my heart to all the soldiers of Azad Hind Fauj. I would request to Everyone to watch #TheForgottenArmy Jai Hind ð®ð³ â Ankit Sharmað®ð³ (@ankit2489786) January 25, 2020Watching #TheForgottenArmy . Thanks to #kabirkhan for this wonderful series. Best way to remember the sacrifices of Indian national army on this #RepublicDay â Tirumalarao S (@sravanamt) January 25, 2020Feel of pre-independence era is on point.This is a necessary tribute to important part of Indian History. #TheForgottenArmy #KabirKhan @PrimeVideoIN â Meghanaï¸ (@08meghana) January 25, 2020Sunnyâs brother Vicky Kaushal, who attended the screening of The Forgotten Army on Thursday night, took to Instagram to applaud Sunny's performance in the web series. "Till a few years back, we used to often record each otherâs audition tapes, jam on those scenes and be each otherâs critics. To see him flourishing into this confident, mature and honest actor, it just fills my heart with so much happiness and awe," the Uri actor wrote in his post. Plan on catching the series on Prime Video? If you do watch it, let us know your verdict in the comments below. View the full article
  3. We all know the ABC that rules the zeitgeist of Indiaâs pop-culture wherein A stands for Astrology, B for Bollywood and C for cricket. Just take a look at any entertainment daily and their page 3 and youâll get an idea of how ardently we look at celebrities from the film fraternity and their personal lives. © Instagram/virat.kohli Even with cricketers, most of us have a keen interest in their shenanigans (or lack thereof) off the field, over their stellar performances on it. Be it their lavish lifestyle, who theyâre dating and what their opinion is on serious political matters, we as a society look up to or towards them in one way or the other. © Instagram/hardikpandya93 Speaking about the lavish lifestyles that some of our cricketers lead, we couldnât help but notice how like most men, they too love to splurge their hard-earned cash on some common toys that men and boys envy - cars, watches and bikes, primarily. © MensXP Here are some of the most ridiculously expensive watches that we have seen some of our cricketers wear, when they were out and about in the public. 1. Krunal Pandya © Instagram/krunalpandya_official As much as a fashion icon his younger brother Hardik is, Krunal does not actually lag behind when it comes to style. Agreed that it isnât as egregiously good as Hardikâs, Krunal still has managed to turn our heads on more than one occasion. He has often been spotted donning a rather dope Rolex, particularly the Cosmograph Daytona Rainbow Yellow Gold Oyster. The price? Well, it reportedly retails for Rs. 89.90 lakh. 2. MS Dhoni © Twitter/panerai Being the brand ambassador of a major luxury watchmaker, is it a surprise that âCaptain Coolâ is on the list? A de facto horologist, even before he broke on to the cricketing scene, he has often been spotted wearing a rather suave Panerai Radiomir California worth Rs. 9.25 lakh. And just like the man himself, we have to say, the watch itself is rather cool. 3. Umesh Yadav © Instagram/umeshyaadav The right-arm fast bowler may not be a fashion icon as such, but he clearly knows his watches. Umesh Yadav is a fan of chunky big machined watches and is also known for his love of big chunky chronographs. Even while playing on the field, he has often been spotted wearing the Graham Silverstone Stowe 500 Blue Flyback, which retails for just over Rs. 11.00 lakh. 4. KL Rahul © Instagram/rahulkl Another fashion icon that is currently a part of the Indian cricketing pantheon, KL Rahul actually has a zany sense of style. Just take a look at our cover story with him, and youâll get an idea of what weâre on about. From some really dapper sneakers to a zany, Pokemon inspired Fendi fanny pack, he has done it all. From the rather impressive collection of watches that he has, we particularly are in awe of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 37 that we have seen him wear time and again. The retail price for the watch? Just under Rs. 13.25 lakh. 5. Jasprit Bumrah © Instagram/jaspritb1 One of those cricketers who arenât exactly known for his sartorial choices, Jasprit Bumrah actually has a sick collection of watches, one that would definitely pique the interest of your average horologist and watch enthusiasts. Here, he is seen wearing an all-time classic, and a rather coveted piece from Rolex, the Daytona Chrono, worth over Rs. 25.70 lakh. 6. Harbhajan Singh © Instagram/harbhajan3 Ever since his retirement from all forms of cricket, it seems Harbhajan is becoming a full-blown, bona fide fashion icon, all thanks to the countless gigs he has signed up for as a commentator. Just like the suave and understated manner in which he dresses himself, his watches too have a suave appeal. Here, he is wearing a rather sick Hublot, particularly, the Classic Fusion Orlinski Green which retails for Rs. 16.00 lakh. 7. Hardik Pandya © Instagram/hardikpandya93 Well, you saw this coming. There was no way that we would leave Hardik out of this list. Say what you will about Hardik, he surely knows how to pick his timepieces and boy, does he have an impressive collection. Of course, he has all the usual suspects that a horologist with a bucket ton of money would have - Rolexes, Hublots, Panerais, Rados, Omegas et al. But what has caught everyoneâs fancy is the rather simplistic, yet zany Patek Phillipe Nautilus 5980/1R that he wore when he was admitted in a hospital. Now, some people estimate that the watch is worth Rs. 80.00 lakh, but there have been instances, where they have actually been sold for as high as Rs. 1.25 crore. Now thatâs something, right? View the full article
  4. Well, you might be thinking that month after month you read about a small Italian town selling and listing houses in tiny villages for the price of peanuts. Trust me, I feel the same when I read and then write about it, but turns out not all things in life are complicated. At least not for the Italians, who have given us wonderful cuisine and picturesque holiday destinations. So in case you have always fancied about buying a âsapno ka gharâ for yourself, maybe this is your time to do some research and homework. Bisaccia, a small town in the Campania region, near the beautiful Naples has a cluster of houses waiting to be taken and given some major TLC. However for Rs. 78, they are not giving you Italian furniture and marbles but hereâs what the real deal is. The tightly-knit architecture of the villages there are apt for a big group of friends or families to move in together and buy land jointly. Mayor Francesco Tartaglia elaborated the situation and explained how it could work ideally. "We face a very particular situation here. The abandoned [area] spreads throughout the most ancient part of the village. Forsaken houses are clustered together, one next to the other along the same roads. Some even share a common entrance. That's why we welcome families, groups of friends, relatives, people who know each other or investors to join forces. We encourage them to buy more than just one house to actually have an impact and breathe new lifeâ, he said. Many towns in Italy have been happily disposing off unused, vacant village houses for sale and luring people with insane prices because the population there is next to nil. The good part is that you get to buy land from the government and no third party brokers are involved. View this post on Instagramð¸ Foto di @borgoreporter â Buongiorno a tutti voi amanti dei piccoli centri dâItalia! Iniziamo la giornata in Campania a Bisaccia! Siete mai stati qui? ð --- Foto selezionata da ð¨âð» @acareddu â Segui ð @borghi.italiani e scopri con noi i Borghi più belli d'Italia ð®ð¹ --- Tag ð #yallersitalia #borghiitaliani --- #bisaccia #avellino #campania #ilikeitaly #whatitalyisA post shared by (@borghi.italiani) The mayor also explained what awaits new residents in this beautiful town. âOur folklore and traditions are the product of a picturesque contamination between regions, we celebrate Carnival with local masks and have a variety of fairs and foods that embrace all regional traits. It's like getting the best of three regions in one single place,â he said. âBisaccia is dubbed the 'genteel town' because, despite the hardship, its people have always been respectable, welcoming, hard-working and resilient. Newcomers here are pampered and taken care of. We want this place to shine again," he added. If you ask me, Iâd love to move in right away if only I had a group of friends whoâd be willing to leave. Anyway, a human being can dream right? View the full article
  5. HP has been making some of the most incredible laptops lately and their new Spectre x360 is one of those notebooks that was designed to impress. The Spectre line up, for those of you who don't know, has a lot of premium notebooks and they're known for their performance and sleek design. HP recently updated its Spectre x360 for 2019 and it's arguably one of the best two-in-one notebooks we've used so far. Well, I've been using the new 2019 HP Spectre x360 for quite some time now, and here's my full review. 1. Design and Build Quality © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP When it comes to the design of the Spectre x360, there's hardly anything to complain about. It's by far the most beautiful laptop I've ever used and I am coming from the Alienware m15 R2, which I touted to be amongst the most beautiful gaming laptops. It has a top-notch build quality and it screams premium from any and all angles you look at it from. I specifically like how the top left and right corners of the notebook are diagonal. There's a power button on the side whereas there's an additional USB Type-C port on the other, which I mostly use for charging. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Since this is a two-in-one notebook, it's furnished with a 360-degree hinge. You can rotate the screen and transform it into a tablet-like device or set it up in tent mode, which is great for watching media. Quite frankly, I wasn't expecting to use the X360 in the tablet mode, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't. In fact, using the x360 in the tablet mode is what I found myself doing the most. The touchscreen experience was great, at least better than forcing myself to touch the screen while using it in the normal mode. And since it's so lightweight (under 1.5Kg), it was super easy for me to carry it around. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP If you are looking for a premium laptop with the exceptional build quality, then I'd say look no further. The HP Spectre x360 is one of the most attractive laptops out there and the fact that it's so portable, makes it an easy sell. It simply looks astounding. 2. Display The variant which I got to review came with a 13.3-inch 4K AMOLED panel. All the HP Spectre x360 panels measure 13.3-inch and they all support multi-touch in order to be used in the tablet mode. Though the touch screen works without any issues with fingers, HP is giving a stylus at no extra cost with every purchase of the Spectre x360. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP That's great because it comes in handy at times and buying one can usually be quite expensive. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla glass, so you don't have to worry about any scratches or damages even while using it in the tablet mode. Regardless of the mode that I was using it in, the display was fantastic. And it's an AMOLED panel, it had deep blacks and punchy colours, which is how I like the displays. Watching Netflix, or simply browsing through different web pages looked great on this notebook. And it's a 4k panel, so everything was nice and crispy too. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP It's also on-point when it comes to brightness and colour accuracy. The 4k model isn't available in all the market, but if it's available where you live and if your budget allows for it, then I'd say just go for this one. It's so worth the extra money. 3. Keyboard and Trackpad The HP Spectre has a chiclet-style keyboard with well-spaced keys and decent travel. As a writer, I completely enjoyed using the keyboard to churn out articles. I can always appreciate hefty clicks and satisfying responses, and that's exactly what I got from the Spectre. It's an attractive keyboard with a large and easy-to-read font. The keys also have two levels of backlighting, so you won't have any issues using it at night. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP As for the trackpad, well, I'd say it's pretty decent. I would've preferred a slightly larger trackpad, but given the fact that the Spectre x360 itself has a pretty small form factor, there's not much room to complain. But other than that, I think the trackpad is pretty solid. It has Windows Precision Drivers and it had absolutely no trouble keeping up with my rapid movements. Also, since the Spectre x360 has a touch panel, I found myself using it more often than using the trackpad itself for things like selecting an item, copy and paste, etc. There's also a fingerprint scanner on the keyboard deck to let you get in using Windows Hello. 4. Ports © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The HP Spectre x360 won't satisfy your hunger for ports, but I promise that it won't leave you hanging in search of a dongle. On the left side, you get a drop-down USB A port along with a headphone jack. On the right, you get two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a microSD card slot and a switch to kill the webcam. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Yeah, it doesn't have too many ports, but I think it's just enough to keep you going. I just wish one of the thunderbolt 3 ports was on the other side of the laptop, so I could charge it from either side. But that's just me and it's nothing to worry about. 5. Audio © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The Spectre x360's speakers are below the chassis, which is probably the worst place to put a speaker. There are no two ways about it. I mean, they're still good enough to fill a medium-sized room but imagine but there's still something missing. The speakers are tuned by Bang and Olufsen, but that doesn't really make up for the poor placement. It sounds nice and crispy, but don't expect anything that would make you want to get and dance. 6. Performance The variant which I reviewed was equipped with a 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. During my usage, I'd say the laptop managed to hold up pretty well for my everyday use. I didn't encounter any snags while using it, which is always a good sign. This isn't a gaming laptop, so I obviously didn't use it to check off a couple of Fortnite matches. But it managed to handle a stress test by loading about 15 odd Google Chrome tabs, out of which many of them were playing videos. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The new 10nm chipset gives the Spectre x360 upgraded Iris Plus graphics. It managed to score well over 18,000 on Geekbench test surpassing some other competing laptops in this space. Honestly, I won't be surprised if you managed to load Fortnite and get a couple of "Victory Royale" as long as you're not cranking up the graphics. Overall, I'd say the HP Spectre x360 is a powerful machine that can take care of all your day-to-day tasks without any issues. The added versatility of having a touch panel and stylus makes it very useful in many scenarios. This is the kind of laptop that I'd recommend to anyone looking for a portable and powerful notebook for college or work. 7. Battery Life I am usually very sceptical about the battery life when it comes to super portable machines like this, but the HP Spectre x360 was beyond surprising. I was constantly getting around 10 to 11 hours of battery life with my workload on a daily basis and that's quite impressive. In fact, I never bothered carrying the charger to work with me knowing that I have enough juice to push through a regular day. It's that good. Obviously, it'll depend on the kind of work you're doing too, but I'd say it'll still give impressive battery performance. 8. The Final Say © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP So, the HP Spectre x360 starts at Rs. 1,24,990 in India. The variant which I got to review will cost you Rs. 1,74,990, which is a lot of money. However, I think the HP Spectre x360 is definitely worth it. Yes, there are a lot of other 2-in-1's in the market, but I doubt if any of them are nearly as premium as the Spectre x360. And the fact that it's fitted with the latest and the greatest hardware, makes it a really compelling option. A beautiful design, compact form factor, slim bezels around the display, and stellar battery life. Honestly, if it wasn't for the poorly placed speakers on this laptop, I would've given it a perfect score. If you're looking for an ultraportable laptop for your day-to-day work with great build quality and impressive performance, then I'd say just get the HP Spectre x360. You won't be disappointed with your purchase. View the full article
  6. It's hard to remember the moment when the words following jana gana mana… became second nature to me. Was it the preparatory school teacher who worked her magic and helped me commit the entire composition to memory when I couldn't even remember all the letters in my full name? Or was it even earlier than that, when Ma would sing it aloud at home and urge me to repeat the song of the nation after her? © BBC For most of us, recollecting the exact moment when our mind gave way to the national anthem verbatim, is a rather difficult one. But you see, that's how it's been. It was the mind that caught onto the words, while the heart was kept out of the loop from the start. We know our rashtriya gaan by heart, but is our heart in it? © Twitter Today, nobody needs to be told twice that we ought to stand up for the national anthem, that there are proper times and places for one to play/sing it, that the national anthem demands a certain kind of respect and that most people expect fellow Indians to show that respect, especially when in public. The national anthem is a big deal and here's why. A national anthem is the song of the people. Often soaked in patriotic fervour, the anthem is representative of a country's history, culture, tradition, and beliefs. Therefore, it becomes an emblem of national identity and is held dear by citizens and the government alike. © Rediff The national anthem is so powerful that it can bring an entire nation together with one song, reminding them of their country's glory and heritage. The anthem is used to evoke pride and feelings of belongingness and unity when sung by one and all, regardless of their caste, creed or gender. But there is more. © YouTube What makes India and our national anthem all the more invaluable is the fact that the subcontinent is known for its diversity; be it ethnic, religious, linguistic or even cultural. For ages, India has shown the world how a hundred contradictions can exist peacefully together, living and building a greater nation in harmony. India's national anthem literally spells it all out. Here is what our national anthem means, literally. You are the ruler of the minds of all people, Dispenser of India's destiny. Your name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat and Maratha, Of the Dravida and Odisha and Bengal; It echoes in the hills of Vindhya and the Himalayas, Mingles in the music of Ganga and Yamuna and is chanted by The waves of the Indian sea. They pray for your blessings and sing your praise. The saving of all people waits in your hand, You are the dispenser of India's destiny. Victory, victory, victory to you. It's a hymn to India, the pride and joy of every individual who lives on its land, breathes its free air and collectively works to bring more glory to its name. There is no distinction between those who call India their motherland, their homeland, their home. © Twitter Perhaps understanding the true essence of our anthem will remind us to put all else beyond our limited scope of worldview and come together to celebrate our country's greatest strength - we are all for this country, this country is for us all. View the full article
  7. If there's anything Salman Khan is known for apart from acting, Bigg Boss and controversy, it is the fact that he is also very generous. And every other day, the actor gives us a proof of the same with his random 'acts of kindness' and spoiling his friends by showering expensive gifts on them. And the newest addition to his list of celebrities at the receiving end of expensive gifts, is his Dabangg 3 co-star Kichcha Sudeep. © SKF films Kannada superstar Kichcha Sudeep, who played the villain Bali Singh in Dabangg 3, was recently surprised by Salman Khan who gifted him a Rs 1.55 crore BMW M5 post the success of the movie. Sudeep shared the pictures on social media thanking Salman for his generosity, "Good always happens when u do good. @beingsalmankhan sir made me believe this line further when this surprise landed at home along with him. BMW M5... a sweetest gesture." View this post on Instagram Good always happens when u do good. @beingsalmankhan sir made me believe this line further when this surprise landed at home along with him. BMW M5.... ð¤ .. a sweetest gesture. Thank u for the luv u have showered on me n my family sir. It was an honour to have worked with u n to have had u vist us.ð¤ð¤ð¥ A post shared by kicchasudeep (@kichchasudeepa) on Jan 7, 2020 at 12:44am PST He further wrote, "Thank you for the love you have showered on me and my family sir. It was an honour to have worked with you and to have had you visit us." This is not the first time Sudeep recieved a gift from Salman. Earlier, he got Salman's favourite jacket and wrote on Instagram, "A line SK sir said when he put this jacket on to me. 'I never thought I would ever part with this jacket'. He got his fav pets pic painted on this jacket in its memory. I know what it means to part with something that's deeply connected. Thank you for this love sir." View this post on Instagram A line SK sir said when he put this jacket on to me. "I never thought I would ever part with this jacket" . He got his fav pets pic painted on this jacket in its memory. I know what it mens to part with something that's deeply connected. Thank u for this luv sir. A post shared by kicchasudeep (@kichchasudeepa) on Dec 23, 2019 at 11:33pm PST Seriously, where can we sign up to be friends with Bhai? View the full article
  8. If you live in Delhi, you must be experiencing the biting cold with temperatures dropping every other day. Delhi experienced its coldest winter in December 2019, in more than a hundred years and while we were all wrapped up in our blankets and heavy winter wear, animals on the road had to brave this rather unforgiving cold! © Instagram/themodernmowgli19 A lot of people around the city do take care of street dogs around. From feeding them to even keeping them warm, these Good Samaritans do a terrific job. But there are some unfortunate street dogs that have no option but to scrounge for warmer spaces in the city as the cold makes it quite unbearable for them too. But, recently, we saw something very endearing and warm. A viral picture of a street dog wrapped up in a blanket while taking a cycle rickshaw ride is actually winning the internet and how! The dog is seen closely tucked in, sitting behind the man who is riding the rickshaw around the capital and we can't stop gushing over this absolutely adorable picture! The picture was shared on Twitter, with the caption zoom in on the rickshaw and thank the heavens later. zoom in on the rickshaw and thank the heavens later pic.twitter.com/PFDvrlwxGw — hayat ⨠(@sevdazola) January 2, 2020 The picture was originally Tweeted by Twitter user @sevdazola, and she asks people to zoom into the picture to see the dog clearly sitting behind on the rickshaw, cosily tucked in! Delhi is bound to get colder in the coming days, before it starts getting warmer. Slight rain and hailstorm is also expected between the 1st and 3rd. View this post on Instagram CHESTER PART 1 (A bit of a long read, but worth it.) . I wonder what my purpose in life is. Sometimes, it isn't anything more than just connecting the dots. I don't know who is weaving the fabric of my life but some improbable threads are interconnected with each other, that I can't help but wonder is it mystical or just the mundane? Chester was rescued by the team of @mission_paws in Kota. He was hit so hard on the head multiple times as recounted by a guard posted there, that he was rendered paralyzed for months. The bystanders who watched him, be beaten to death, are just as big of a part of this heinous crime as the perpetrators. After countless trips to the vet, he made made a full recovery and was sent by the rescue team to Delhi to a home where they thought he would be loved forever. After days of keeping him, the family served the team an ultimatum that Chester would be thrown out overnight. He was so calm in disposition, even after going through so much travesty in his life. Little shoulders with heaviest burdens yet no complaints. A post shared by The Modern Mowgli (@themodernmowgli19) on Oct 13, 2019 at 5:13am PDT It's difficult for some street dogs to survive this winter. The puppies don't make it if they don't have their mother taking care of them. So, if you see a street dog shivering in this weather, maybe cover them with a blanket so they can survive the rest of the winter. Just like humans, animals need the basic necessities to survive too and while there are many helping hands aiding street animals in the city, you can do your bit too and keep them warm and safe. View the full article
  9. A heartwarming video of an elderly man rescuing a cat has surfaced on the internet and is winning hearts. In the video, we can see the cat has climbed on top of a tin roof over a shop, wherein it got stuck. One elderly man spotted the cat and decided to help. So, he took a chair and held it over his head so that the cat could jump on the chair and then could be freed. Soon, the cat jumped on the chair and ran away as soon as it was brought to the ground. The video has already been viewed around nine lakh times on Facebook and has also created a lot of buzz on Twitter. Watch the full video here Chachaji won the internet today ♥ï¸ pic.twitter.com/SoYW1xKLQI — Zulkarnain Bandayð (@ZulkarnainAli_) January 1, 2020 People on the internet have flooded the video with comments and are in praise of old man's compassion. Here's what they have to say Best cat video on the internet today. — Luka DonÄiÄ fan account (@Maq_one) January 1, 2020 Getting cats out of roofs, trees and sunshades since 90s myself. I feel you chachaji. More power to you! — Ashok (@AhamAshok) January 1, 2020 That was so incredibly nice! — Cicada2001 (@cicada2001) January 2, 2020 The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help other's regardless of human beings or animals.... ððððððððððððððððððððððððððððððððððððððððððððð good job sir ji.... — Being_Human (@Merajanas) January 1, 2020 That was so incredibly nice! — Cicada2001 (@cicada2001) January 2, 2020 We need more chachas like him ⤠— Amman Raichand (@SexyAmman) January 1, 2020 Isn't this the best cat video you have watched today? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  10. Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim Khan have lately become the most adorable celebrity sibling pair that people can't stop gushing over. From posing together for magazine covers to getting clicked having fun on festivals, this cute brother-sister jodi has been giving us some very cute goals. Recently, Sara posted pictures from their New Year vacation on her Instagram and as usual, they are 'killing it'! In Sara's recent Instagram post, both can be seen having fun by the pool-side and the pictures will make you want to chill with your sibling too. Here, have a look- View this post on Instagram When feeling blue isn't a bad thing ð³ð¬ð𧿠@luxnorthmale @ncstravels A post shared by Sara Ali Khan (@saraalikhan95) on Jan 1, 2020 at 6:45am PST Sara captioned the pictures, "When feeling blue isn't a bad thing.” Sara has been active on social media lately and has been posting a lot of pictures from her vacations that are a treat for her fans. View this post on Instagram ðâï¸ððð§¡ðð A post shared by Sara Ali Khan (@saraalikhan95) on Dec 26, 2019 at 5:25am PST Her pool pictures have been creating a storm on social media and why wouldn't they, as she looks stunning. View this post on Instagram âï¸ð¦ðð¶âµï¸ð¤ð A post shared by Sara Ali Khan (@saraalikhan95) on Dec 25, 2019 at 10:13pm PST On the work front, Sara will be next seen in Imtiaz Ali's Aaj Kal along with Kartik Aaryan and will also be seen in 1995 Coolie No. 1 remake directed by David Dhawan alongside Varun Dhawan. View the full article
  11. It is the first day of the year and while a lot of resolutions or things might be changing for you this time, but if there is one common thing we all are doing today, then that is either harbouring a hangover or maybe just cosying up in bed and surfing through multiple options to watch on TV. So, while you decide what you want to stream, here is your Prime calendar for January: 1. Angry Birds Movie 2 Red, Chuck, Bomb are surprised with the proposition of the green pig who suggests they become friends to fight a common enemy. Get set for another adventure with these feathered friends. Stream it starting January 14. 2. Star Trek: Picard A visual treat for all Star Trek fans out there, this series will focus on Jean-Luc Picard this time. All fans should be ready to stream this on January 24. 3. Russel Peters: Deported This is a part of his 'Deported' tour and after running over 300 shows across 30 countries in over 18 months, it is now available on Prime. Prepare to share a few laughs on your Prime on January 17. 4. Ted Bundy: Falling For A Killer You've probably watched a lot about this serial killer and if it intrigued you, then this docu series follows a female perspective on Ted Bundy, which might pique your interest further. It will be ready to stream on 31st January. 5. All Or Nothing: Brazil National Football Team (CBF) This docu-series will take you behind the scenes of what happens in one of the biggest football clubs in the world, Manchester City. This will give you a peak of what happens and how does the club prepare itself for the premier leagues. Prepare to dive in it on January 31. View the full article
  12. Remember watching Bollywood horror movies as a kid? Wasn't it more or less a movie that was filmed around a poorani haveli, had a scary Ramu kaka and creaking doors? These films were more funny than scary. But not all of them were funny, as some of the films that we watched as kids can still give us nightmares. So, here is a list of Bollywood horror films that you cannot watch alone but loved watching them as a kid. 1. Makdee This film was directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003. Shabana Azmi's scary costume actually made us believe in the presence of a character she was playing. The pit that was shown in her old mansion scared us kids to another level. The film was also promoted as The Web of The Witch in English. 2. Raaz This film has had its on-going sequels but the first one was the best of all. The film revolves around a story of a couple that is being haunted by a spirit of a woman. Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea who played the lead couple lived in an isolated huge house that had a forest nearby. This film till date can be watched again and again and will still give you goosebumps for sure. 3. Krishna Cottage If you don't remember this film, then we are judging you! A group of college kids is forced to stay at a deserted house called the Krishna Cottage at night and after that, unfortunate events start to happen. The cottage is haunted by a spirit which is now after Sohail Khan as the spirit was in love with him in her previous life. It sounds dramatic but it was really scary, try watching it tonight! 4. Vaastu Shastra It is a story of a family that moves into their new house with their son Rohan. Rohan befriends a kid who is actually a ghost and lives on a haunted tree that is located outside the house. Rohan keeps on talking to the kid and he is the only one who can see him. Sushmita sen plays the role of his mother in the film and thinks that he has an imaginary friend. Later, it turns out that the house is haunted by the dead. 5. Darna Mana Hai A group of six friends get stuck on a highway, and one by one tell each other scary stories. Each story continues to get scarier than the previous one and people start to go missing. © Ram Gopal Verma Productions Which one of these are you watching tonight? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  13. Besides Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2, if there's another thing that still makes us laugh out loud, it is Sunny Singh's dialogue “Chal Jhoothi”. Even though he is low-key with his appearances, the time when he does make one, we can't help but notice all his looks. © Viral Bhayani Another thing that strikes the most about him is the fact that he is a low-key sneakerhead too. While we have seen many elite B-town stars making a statement in chunky pair of sneakers, Sunny accentuates his outfit wearing a snazzy pair that's also affordable. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani Recently, he was spotted with his co-star Sonnalli Seygall, promoting his upcoming movie, Jai Mummy Di. He wore a black tracksuit that had the whole athleisure vibe to it. Even though the outfit had a street-style edge to it, did you see the way he took it a notch higher with his sneakers? We scoured and found that they are not just any pair but he legit wore 'alien' sneakers with bubble sole. If you are wondering what they are, take a look here! © Puma © Puma Sunny is wearing Puma's Cell Alien OG sneakers. The pair includes bubble heel that grants instant comfort to this pair. For running, this pair makes for the best choice. The mesh upper, rubber outsole, IMEVA midsole adds grip and traction. Furthermore, the pair has branding on the tongue. © Viral Bhayani The pair is designed in vibrant hues of blue, neon and white. The reason why its called alien sneakers is due to its edgy construction with a bubble sole that we have not seen on any other pair so far. It's a fantastic and an outlandish pair that easily passes off as one of the edgiest one of 2019. The maximum grip and durability make this one a must-have and why not? They are available just for Rs. 6,000 on Puma's website. It's a great investment and if you really wish to hoard a pair that's OTT, consider these sneakers. Well done, Sunny! View the full article
  14. The way Delhi's weather is treating us right now, with slaps of chilly winds in the bone-chilling winters; looks like 'Dilli Ki Sardi' is going to get far more worse than the song that came out in 2003. While as kids we took the winter vacations for granted, as adults we are paying for it by waking up at 8 to go to office. If waking up wasn't tough already, we also have to deal with the tantrums of cabs drivers who take advantage of the fact that winters and auto rickshaws don't really go hand in hand. © BCCL But, not anymore! Thanks to this autowala and his genius 'jugaad'. What he did is not rocket science, but a clever hack that we never thought of. Recently, a Twitter user shared a GIF of an autorickshaw with most part wrapped with bubble wrap to stop wind from entering the passengers seat at the back. The Twitter user wrote, "Autowala won my heart! Simple technique but really effective to save the passenger from Dilli ki sardi!" Autowala won my heart! Simple technique but really effective to save the passenger from Dilli ki sardi! #jugaadzindabad #dillikisardi pic.twitter.com/dpemE09f0x — Polychai (@Polychai1) December 23, 2019 Internet is impressed with this creative jugaad and can't help but salute him with their freezing hands. @anandmahindra, Indian jugaad against cold breeze in New Delhi. — Guruprasad (@kulkarnigs) December 28, 2019 Sardi se bachao + mini airbags ki safety.. — rahul tiwari (@rahultiwari254) December 29, 2019 When some people were laughing at those who were travelling to hill stations during winters, the temperature in Delhi dropped to less than 2 degrees, making it colder than some of those hill stations. In fact, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has reported that the temperature is expected to fall further in the following days. View the full article
  15. Sartorially speaking, if we leave it to B-town celebrities, we will learn a lesson or two on how to dress impeccably. However, there's one celebrity whose fashion sense is so relatable that we never forget to take notes. We are talking Kartik Aaryan. This impeccable star has proven his acting prowess but when it comes to dressing up, he instantly strikes a chord with his relatable AF style. View this post on Instagram ðµNever good at being holy Never good at being lonelyðµ Shirt and Jeans - @RepresentClo @UJ_NG Shoes - @LouboutinHomme Assisted by @shradhapamnani @priyanka2.0 Hair - @milankepchaki #KartikAaryan #Represent #ChristianLouboutin #Louboutin #SleazeGlam #NeonTrees #UsedToLike A post shared by Priyanka & Kazim (@the.vainglorious) on Dec 25, 2019 at 3:23am PST From making a head-turning statement in colourful sneakers to wearing a split shirt, he has stepped out wearing the zaniest of ensembles that we saw in 2019. All his promotion looks were eye-catching and even the fashion police couldn't stop gazing at his recent experiments. © Viral Bhayani That being said, this time Kartik was spotted in an edgy attire that made for a great casual statement. Instead of sticking to his fave black joggers, he upped his fashion game and legit wore light blue destroyed pants. And considering his beloved silver Royal Enfield Classic 350 that he is mostly seen with, we have to say the pants took away all the attention from his bike. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani There's no doubt that this recent look blended well with his 'biker' makeover. Kartik was spotted wearing his tattered jeans with an oversized hoodie. Speaking of his pants, they are not a regular pair of jeans that you see. Along with being minimally distressed, this pair also has a crushed appearance. It's a way to up your street-style creds and Kartik did a great job at it. The whole look is one of the best ways to dress down when you have a casual outing or have to run errands. © Viral Bhayani Lastly, a pair of white sneakers to this casual, laid-back outfit further establish our claim. Well done Kartik, your recent style experiment has inspired us yet again! View the full article
  16. One of India's most loved 'older' social media stars, multi-millionaire Anand Mahindra's active social media presence, and regular engagement with his followers has made him super popular with young and old alike. Mr. Mahindra always makes sure that he posts about things that are not just related to his work and industry, but also initiates interesting conversations on social media. © Reuters While many of us must have already noticed that Mr. Mahindra's Twitter account is sprinkled with numerous posts that are informative, entertaining and inspiring for his audience, he recently took to his Twitter account and shared a video of a man talking in sign language over a video call. © Twitter Sharing the video, Mr Mahindra underlined that everything has its pros and cons, and while today people are quick to condemn the growing and excessive use of technology, it is also helping millions to live a better life. This is what he had to say, "We often criticise the way in which mobile devices have taken over our world… It's good to remind ourselves that these devices have also OPENED up a whole new world of communication for many of us.” We often criticise the way in which mobile devices have taken over our world.. It's good to remind ourselves that these devices have also OPENED up a whole new world of communication for many of us... pic.twitter.com/kricI2dNeG — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) December 27, 2019 Of course, like all the other times, Mr. Mahindra succeeded in opening up a conversation over this video. Good & bad use of any tool depends on the the user and not the technology itself. We criticise because we don't like to blame ourselves or accept that we have lost control on our own senses. Efforts has to be taken to learn to control senses and not growth of technology.#yoga — Anu Kushwaha (@KushwahaAnu) December 27, 2019 Many agree with you Mr. Mahindra. Good & bad use of any tool depends on the the user and not the technology itself. We criticise because we don't like to blame ourselves or accept that we have lost control on our own senses. Efforts has to be taken to learn to control senses and not growth of technology.#yoga — Anu Kushwaha (@KushwahaAnu) December 27, 2019 People from the community appreciate the his words too. Thanks for this sharing @anandmahindra. I'm deaf as I have used communication with family and friends using mobile device through video call. It is not barriers. Thanks new world and new technology. Respect our humans relation which success possible — Gopu (@1986gopu) December 27, 2019 It's all about positive vibes, right? Person who spreads only positivity in @Twitter is only you sir @anandmahindra..!! Most of news now a days are either negative comments or cinematic advertisement or promotions or political fights etc..!! Thank you and keep doing the same and let's spread positivity ðð»ðð» — ashok (@ashvols) December 27, 2019 Technology isn't so bad afterall *winks* Sir because of mobile their life become much more informative , they chat like common person and now they are enjoying friendship and social life also. — gajanan (@gavhanegn) December 27, 2019 View the full article
  17. Varun Dhawan doesn't quite experiment a lot with his outfits, and mostly treads the sartorial safe zone. However, whenever he's not painting the town red in his gym outfits, he doesn't hesitate to put on clothes that are playful and fun. The latest example is his woolen 'Tiger' sweater that legit took us right back to our childhood. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani The blue sweater he's wearing has an extremely endearing old school vintage feel to it, just like the ones that were popular during the '90s, often hand-woven by our mothers and grandmothers. The colourful tiger face pattern is super playful, yet not overly conspicuous. The yellow, red, and black patchwork that brings the design together has that signature nostalgic appeal that can be the life of an outfit that gets talked about at events. Perfect for informal lunch and dinner parties during the holiday season! © Viral Bhayani Varun wore it for Street Dancer 3D promotions, and accessorized it with quirky masks during a fun gathering. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani Powerhouse dancers like Varun, Nora, and Prabhu Deva have finally come together, and we can't wait to see the magic unfold on screen. View the full article
  18. Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said on Thursday that the fears of the armed forces have "proven true" after the special court issued its detailed verdict on the high treason case against Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf. "The concerns expressed in response to the short verdict in the case against Musharraf have proven true today after the detailed verdict," Maj Gen Ghafoor said as he addressed the press at General Headquarters. READ MORE: Musharraf treason case: All evidence points to crime of high treason, court says The DG ISPR said that the words used in the verdict were "beyond humanity, religion and civilised behaviour". Responding to sections of the verdict criticising the army for political interference, he further said that Pakistan Army was "a responsible institution" and its soldiers "had taken an oath to protect the country". Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said that for the armed forces, "the country comes first and the institution [of the army] later". Speaking about the gains made by Pakistan Army, ostensibly in the war against terrorism, Maj Gen Ghafoor said a lot had been achieved over the last 20 years. "We will not let this stability be reversed under any circumstances," he said. "Pakistan Army will fail the attempts of external as well as internal enemies." The DG ISPR said that the armed forces knew how to defend the institution's integrity and "will give an effective response to internal and external enemies of the state". "We have been fighting conventional wars, then sub conventional wars and now, we are facing a hybrid war," he said. "We know the nature of this war and how to fight it," without specifying the connection of hybrid warfare with the issue at hand. Going off on a tangent, the DG ISPR said that efforts were being made to weaken Pakistan externally. He said that some elements were trying to destabilise the country by making people fight with one another. "Some people are dreaming that they can defeat Pakistan," he said. "This will not happen. If we know about the threat then our response is also in place." The DG ISPR continued, saying that Pakistan Army had successfully defended attacks from abroad and defeated insurgencies in the country. "InshAllah, we will also fight the current design being pushed by anti-state elements," he said. It was not immediately clear if he was talking about the judgement in question or some unrelated matter. He said that the prime minister and army chief had spoken in detail over the verdict. "The army chief met the prime minister and conveyed the sentiments of the armed forces to to him," he said. The DG ISPR said that the government will soon inform the nation about the decisions taken during the meeting between the army chief and the prime minister. He said that Pakistan Army and the government have been working for the past couple of years to take Pakistan into a direction where it is safe from prevalent dangers. "We are taking Pakistan in that direction and we will successfully do so," he said. High treason case A special court court had sentenced Musharraf to death on Tuesday for imposing a state of emergency on November 3, 2007, adding that it had found him guilty of high treason in accordance with Article 6 of the Constitution of Pakistan. The detailed verdict of the court was issued earlier today (Thursday). Dismissing criticism of a trial conducted 'in haste', the special court in its detailed verdict stated that Musharraf had “been afforded more than his due share of fair trial” and “given every opportunity to defend himself”. The court further said that “the facts of the case are well documented” and “clearly demonstrate guilt on part of the accused”. "The trial of high treason is the requirement of the Constitution against those individuals who undermine or attempt to undermine the Constitution by any means," the judgement stated. "This Court after the presentation of undeniable, irrefutable and unimpeachable evidence by the prosecution against the accused reaches to the conclusion that indeed accused [Musharraf] is guilty and deserves exemplary punishment.
  19. The capital is ready to host a marvellous weekend filled with all things geek and pop culture. Comic Con India, India's greatest pop culture experience, is back with its premier edition of the Delhi Comic Con convention. Biggest among all, the ninth edition of Delhi Comic Con will be held from December 20th to December 22nd 2019 between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm at NSIC Exhibition Ground, Okhla – powered by an awesome line-up of Indian & International creators, performances, meet & greet sessions, and gaming and experiential zones from the world's leading studios. © Comic Con Tickets for the ninth Maruti Suzuki Delhi Comic Con 2019 are available on the Delhi Comic Con Website and will be available on-ground at the venue as well. Here are the different types of passes you can grab: . The Single Day Pass: Priced at an online-only price of INR 599, this pass will come with a limited-edition Archie Comic, a Marvel Avengers Bag and an exclusive poster. . The SuperFan Three-Day Pass: At an online-only price of INR 1999, this pass will enable entry on both days and will have a specially crafted SuperFan Box, loaded with a Thanos Funko-Pop, Iron Man tee, Avengers bag, a Captain America badge, a limited-edition Archie Comic Book, and an exclusive poster. © Comic Con Not a bad set of goodies, huh? This year, the popular international artists marking their presence are America-based artist and storyteller of Archie Comics, Bill Golliher; Illustrator Chad Hardin who works for DC Comics and Harley Quinn series; and Asian American artist/designer Bernard Chang, who has illustrated books for Marvel and DC Comics © Comic Con/Luigi Novi Joining them at the show will be the leading Indian comic book publishers, illustrators and writers such as Abhijeet Kini (Abhijeet Kini Studios): View this post on Instagram Posing happily with my art on display and was even happier to see 2 of them being sold at the auction for charity :) Feels good to do good! At #bombayoldfashioned @sbowindia @palladiummumbai @lightoflifetrust_lolt #mumbai #bombay #rhymefighters #abhijeetkiniart #sketches #art #artistsoninstagram #artwork #instaart A post shared by Abhijeet Kini (@abhikini) on Apr 27, 2018 at 11:25am PDT Gaurav Basu (Acid Toad): View this post on Instagram Super stoked to see this print being featured. #art #illustrationnow #illustration #comicconindia #comiccon #comicart #comicconmumbai A post shared by Gaurav Basu (@acid_toad) on Dec 6, 2019 at 9:57pm PST They'll also be joined by newer webcomic sensations, Sailesh Gopalan (Brown Paperbag Comics): View this post on Instagram Cot in the act. A post shared by Saigo (@saileshgopalan) on Nov 27, 2018 at 6:13am PST As well as Bhagya Mathew (Awkwerrrd): View this post on Instagram *insert long sentimental caption about how much I appreciate you all which took me 20mins to type but ended up deleting cause too awkward to actual post about it* @comicconindia #comiccon A post shared by Awkwerrrd (@awkwerrrrrd) on Oct 16, 2019 at 1:58am PDT Along with several other artists, this year's event promises several live events, such as performances by Beatboxer Ish, dance performing crew MISBA, mentalist Karan Singh & comedians Abish Mathew, Rahul Dua and Sumiara Sheikh. “Organising Comic Con in Delhi will always be close to my heart as we did our inaugural show in the city nine years ago,” said Jatin Varma, Founder, Comic Con India. The city has the most enthusiastic comic book fans and cosplayers, who take this celebration of their beloved fandoms very seriously. This year we have some special guests, new launches, and experiential zones.” “This year,” continued Varma, ”we wanted to align our Cosplay competitions to international formats and we have introduced two new formats of cosplaying, which will certainly delight the city's fans.” The first category, Indian Championship of Cosplay 2019 Delhi Qualifier, will see participants compete online, thereafter, pre-selected participants will go through a stage display session and compete on 3 parameters – needlework, FX and Armor. © Comic Con The registrations for ICC 2019 Delhi Qualifier will be done online only. Each day, the winners of the Delhi qualifier round will not only win awards but also qualify to participate in the Indian Championship of Cosplay 2020. © Comic Con The second contest format, namely the Delhi Comic Con Cosplay Contest 2019 is a celebration of all pop culture. For which the participants can register on-ground at the venue each day, and then compete on the Arena stage to eventually, win the grand prize for the contest. © Comic Con The Delhi Comic Con will offer fans a chance to enjoy real-world exhibits of their favourite comics, TV shows, games, anime and movies. The New Delhi edition will be finally followed by the Ahmedabad city's debut edition of Comic Con at the Gujarat University Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 1st and 2nd 2020. View the full article
  20. Mobile apps have shaped the way we live our lives today. I've used that phrase far too many times in the last couple of years. People tell me I say that a lot because I am a tech geek and happen to use a lot more apps than others in my social circles. But that's not really the case. I say that because apps have truly changed the way we live our lives. And it's not an exaggeration. Just think about the speed at which we can get things done today. The reach of these apps extends far beyond just basic communication. When was the last time you called up a number to order food? The same goes for commutes and countless other aspects of our lives. Whether it's changed our lives for better or worse is beyond the scope of this piece, but I am going to try my best and list out the apps that have truly changed the way we live today - Note: The below list represents apps in no particular order. Facebook - An Eye-Opening Scandal © Reuters Facebook's image has been on the decline of late, especially after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. That is, however, one of the main reasons why it's here on this list. That incident, as unfortunate as it was, truly changed the way people started looking at privacy. How many of you even bothered looking at the apps and services using your Facebook login details prior to the Cambridge Analytica scandal? So, as weird as it may sound, I am glad that the incident ended up being an eye-opener for people, making them take control of their data beyond just Facebook. © Reuters By the way, Facebook also has over 2.45 billion monthly active users, which is a number that seems to remain unaffected come what may. And that's how Facebook changed the way we live our lives. Controversial? Yes. But the events that happened in the last couple of years have been nothing short of eye-opening. Google - "Just Google It!" © Reuters The immediate need for information is essential to keep up with our fast-paced life. Be it news, finding areas of interest around you, etc., everything is just a simple Google search away! "Just Google it" is a phrase that we all hear or use at least once every day, don't we? The constant sense of urgency to find information truly blew up Google and its other services in a way we wouldn't have imagined as we entered this decade. WhatsApp - Instant Communication Thanks to the power of the internet, it's easier to communicate with someone now than ever before. It's comforting to know that your loved ones are just a WhatsApp text away from you. Having instant communication at our fingertips has opened up so many avenues that we're not just limited to a text message now on WhatsApp. You can call someone, both video and audio calls, share your life moments as stories or broadcast an SOS message in an instant or even call an entire WhatsApp group. © Reuters If someone would have told me that I won't be topping up SMS packs on my number for texting someone, a decade ago, I would've laughed. And it's not just WhatsApp that's changing the game here. Other IM (Instant Messaging) apps like Facebook Messenger, Telegram, etc. have also made a mark. Uber - Marking the end of Taxis On Call since 2010 Uber is one of those apps, which I am sure a lot of you reading this piece use on a daily basis. It's either Uber or some other app of your choice, but let's face it, it was Uber that truly changed the game. Uber is such a simple app that it's almost easy to forget how useful it really is. © Reuters The fact that it's so easy to use is what makes it so great. Dial in the fact that it calculates the distance to your destination, charges you according to the trip, and even offers safety features while on a ride and you have a great app. Don't get me wrong, it's far from being perfect, but I truly believe that it's one of the well put-together apps out there. If you're not using it, then you must get on it right now! Zomato, Swiggy & Other Food Delivery Apps Different people use different apps to get their food delivered, which truly picked up within the last couple of years and how. Being able to rely on an app for our meals shows how technology has improved over the years. That's it, there's no other possible way to put it. Paytm - Indian Demonetization Debacle © Reuters In India, financial apps picked up in a big way after demonetization and Paytm stepped in to save the day. Using an app to pay for even basic things like a cup of tea, made more sense than standing in queue to withdraw money from an ATM. Paytm cashed in big time on demonetization, doubling the number of users. Tinder - Swipe, Swipe, Swipe! Tinder might not have been so popular back in 2012 when it came out, but it's probably one of those apps which people download first on a new smartphone. The way youngsters look at relationships and dating has truly changed in the last decade and Tinder has played a vital role in that. Millions of people are probably swiping right now as you read this and it goes on to show how Tinder has digitized dating. We're probably not far away from a How I Met Your Mother story that involves Tinder. There, I said it! Pokemon Go! © Reuters Yes, a lot of people hate playing video games on their phones, but I had to mention Pokemon Go! Pokemon Go is different. Back in 2016, Pokemon Go was a force to be reckoned with. It was the first time I saw hoards of people gathering at random spots to catch 'em all! Pokemon Go was the first to foray into many things, and not just augmented reality. After becoming the most downloaded app in 2016, it's still topping the charts as one of the most popular mobile games of all times. I am sure there are a lot of other apps that I may not have included. For instance, music streaming saw a significant surge this decade, and so did productivity apps that helped us organise our work better. But at the end of the day, looking back at all the apps that were released in the last 10 years isn't an easy task, so we'd like to hear from you. Make sure you comment with your favorite apps and tell us how it changed your life in a meaningful way this decade. View the full article
  21. I believe that the most difficult job on the field is that of the wicket-keeper. They need to stay dialed in for every delivery of the match including the extras. One error and the ball can go for a free boundary. A slow reaction-time, even of a millisecond and the opportunity to stump a batsman is gone. A wicket-keeper guides the bowler after reading the batsman's mind. He also becomes the second-in-command alongside his captain in deciding the field set-up of the players. Once he completes all of his duties as the man behind the stumps, he also needs to play the role of a good batsman for his team. Clearly in the modern era, the role of a stumper has become a lot more difficult than it used to be 15 to 20 years ago. © Twitter The problem for the Indian cricket team is that they are currently struggling to get someone good to fill that spot. Ever since the former captain of the Men in Blue, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has gone on a break over five months ago, the coaching staff has devoted their trust in Rishabh Pant as the next flag-bearer in limited-overs cricket but have not seen favourable outcomes from him even in a single series. After months and months of over-depending on a 22-year-old Pant, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has finally hinted at dropping him and allowing him to find his way back to excellence in domestic cricket for the next couple of months so that he's ready by the time ICC T20 World Cup begins in October 2020. © Twitter Having said that, Shastri and Co. might just be missing out on someone who'd be perfect for the 20-over World Cup tournament. Someone who has not only shown his capability to score big runs in fewer overs but also his skills behind the wicket in the past. That someone is KL Rahul. Sure, Rahul is not known for his skills behind the wicket in international cricket but he has proven to be one of the top five Indian wicket-keepers during his six-year journey in the Indian Premier League with an average of 0.69 dismissals per game. © Twitter The Mangalore-born also has the best batting average amongst all the other Indian wicket-keeper batsmen at 34.08 runs per innings while other players estimate around: Rishabh Pant (32.14) MS Dhoni (26.07), Robin Uthappa (25.94), Dinesh Karthik (22.41), and Sanju Samson (24.82). The fact that he is a regular wicket-keeper for his home-state of Karnataka in domestic cricket also adds to his case. “I can understand if Rahul was an absolute makeshift 'keeper But that's not the case as he keeps wickets for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL and for his state side as well. In fact, he was actually a wicketkeeper during his under-19 days,” former India wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta had told the Times of India. © Twitter Even Shastri has began to see the big picture here and is finally inclining towards Rahul as someone he could look at doing a good job behind the stumps; a backup if not main role-player. "It is an absolute option,” he said in an interview with India Today. “You got to see where your strength is. Tomorrow, there could be a couple of guys in the middle-order who are firing with unbelievable innings in the IPL. And then if you have a guy who can multi-task, who could be used at the top, because there's some firepower at the back who are doing extremely well, then why not," he added. View the full article
  22. Kartik Aaryan's fashion game has always been on point, and he has always known how to maintain a wardrobe that's sophisticated while being essentially eclectic. From expensive jackets that made headlines to quirky numbers, the lad never hesitates when it comes to experimenting with outfits. His latest involves wearing a torn hoodie that also has a massive hole in it (that we can see). Kartik stepped out wearing a pink distressed hoodie with thumb-holes, one that looks comfy af. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani Kartik paired it with a floral bomber jacket of the same shade, that put the whole look together. The bold statement put out by the graphic roses is in perfect contrast to the minimalism portrayed by the super functional and hassle-free blue jeans. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani Even though Kartik's distressed hoodie most certainly is a fashion statement and not a fashion gaffe, we certainly can take a page out of this book and start wearing (or recycling, whatever floats your boat) our old clothes. A cut or a tear can easily be salvaged, and that piece of clothing can be worn as a statement piece. After all, you know what they say: sustainability begins at home! View the full article
  23. Didier Drogba was seeking in all the glory at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris when he was given the envelope that carried the name of the 2019 Ballon d'Or winner on Tuesday. When he peeked inside, he knew that he would be creating history when he would announce who had won the prestigious title, it was Lionel Messi's name. The Argentine footballer won the Ballon d'Or for a record sixth time and has overtaken his long-time legacy rival Cristiano Ronaldo after a one-year stalemate when both Ronaldo and Messi had five and the award was given to Luka Modric in 2018. Not Messi or Ronaldo fan. Just a football fan. But this guy makes football looks like simple 1+1=2. Six ballon d'or is unreal!! pic.twitter.com/CLEAoX1Vcc — WAN-BEASTSAKA !ð. (@hussainimk) December 2, 2019 “I would like to thank the journalists, who voted me to have this prize. Of course, thank you so much to my colleagues both club and country, who have contributed to this amazing prize,” Messi said after receiving the award. “10 years ago I received my first Golden Ball in Paris. I remember that I came with my three brothers. I was 22 years old, it was unthinkable for me. Today, 10 years later, I receive the sixth, at a special time with my wife and three children," he said. Messi has had a spectacular 2019 which makes it very difficult to argue that the 32-year-old did not deserve the honour. 41 goals in 44 games to lead Barcelona to the La Liga title last season and a visit to the Champions League semis alongside a Copa del Rey finale make a solid case for the all-time great. Messi Stats with Barça in year 2019 ð´ðµ #6 41 goals 15 assists 44 games (37 starts) 207 dribbles completed 121 chances created 40 BIG big chances created 1866 accurate passes pic.twitter.com/EeCkVleLIT — MKð±ð§ (@BarcaStat) December 1, 2019 Having said that, many believe it was the year of Liverpool football, more specifically a certain Virgil van Dijk. The man who albeit doesn't have any individual statistics to be justifiably compared to Messi, was the major reason behind his club's illustrious season. With van Dijk leading the defense, the Reds only gave away 38 goals in 45 games in the year which is far better than the rest of the teams in the entire European continent. He has the best solo record than any other defender in the world and has to be credited with the major portion of Liverpool's defense despite having Joel Matip and Joe Gomez to support him. Virgil Van Dijk in 2019: ð Champions League ð UEFA Super Cup â UEFA Nations League finalist ð¥ PFA Players Player of the Year ð¥ Premier League Player of the Year ð¥ UEFA Men's Player of the Year â PFA Team of the Year â UEFA Defender of the Year Ballon d'Or â pic.twitter.com/zUNQnIm7I0 — Yaw Ampofo Jnr (@IamC_crazy) December 2, 2019 Despite knowing how much he'd contributed to the great season that Liverpool had and understanding that he was back by an enormous number of football-watching fanatics, the 29-year-old star showed great class and sportsmanship when he was placed second in a close race with Messi for the Ballon d'Or. "It was amazing. He (Lionel Messi) is pure natural. He is a six time winner so I need to respect that. I hope we can do again what we did with Liverpool and Netherlands last year," he said afterwards. While Juventus' No. 7 failed to show up at the event just like he did when Luka Modric was to be given the award last year, van Dijk was not only there to support Leo Messi but also had genuinely positive words to share about the Barcelona legend's monumental achievement. View the full article
  24. Pro Wrestling is much like theatre - albeit a lot more physical. Much of what fuels the high-octane action behind the matches weâve loved throughout the years are the winding, unpredictable and often ludicrous characters that weave together the wrestling world. Letâs take a look at some of their moments that have truly stood the test of time, and are a great riot to watch even today. The Brothers Of Destruction Backstory - 1997 Even if youâve never followed a WWF match in your entire life, chances are that youâve definitely heard of The Undertaker and his massive 7-foot tall behemoth of a half-brother, Kane. While both wrestlers have immense legacies of their own, a truly dark backstory binds the two of them together, which by itself, sounds like the premise to a horror movie. According to Paul Bearer, The Undertakerâs ex-manager, he had a secret affair with the wrestlerâs mother that resulted in the birth of Kane. Eventually, The Undertaker committed arson/murder by burning down the family funeral home - killing both his parents and horrifically scarring Kaneâs face. Bearer, who survived the fire, hid Kane in a mental asylum until adulthood - and meanwhile, backed The Undertaker for six years of his career - eventually betraying him at SummerSlam. Pretty intense. The Three Faces Of Foley - 1996 Known as The Hardcore Specialist for his propensity at making himself and his opponents bleed, all while slamming through tables, chairs and whatever else he could get his hands on, Mick Foley was another legend of the WWF era. Perhaps the most impressive part of his WWF career, however, was the multiple personalities he played in the ring - each with its own unique twist. via GIPHY Foleyâs first and oldest persona was that of âCactus Jackâ, a bloodthirsty brawler who often fought with sharp and dangerous objects, ranging from barbed wires to baseball bats and trash cans. His second, and perhaps most famous one was âMankindâ. A figurative portrait of the dark side of humanity itself, Mankind was a deranged, ruthless and rather lonely freak who spent a surprising amount of time hiding away in basements and boiler rooms. He gained massive notoriety for his insanely reckless stunts - jumping off Hell in a Cell cages and on one occasion, ripping his ear off in the middle of a stunt. Finally, thereâs Dude Love - a complete contrast to the other two. This time, Mick played a chilled-out hippie with a penchant for female company and funny wisecracks - a standout role that saw him earn a tag team championship belt alongside Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Boogeymanâs Worm Diet - 2005 The mid-2000s were a time of realism in the WWE - with new faces such as CM Punk and John Cena making a name for themselves. The Boogeyman, however, was a total blast from the past - with an old-school catchphrase, massive camp appeal and above all, a shocking trademark taunt. In several of his matches, The Boogeyman has chewed up and spat out live worms - and apparently even asked the WWE to include crickets, beetles and other sorts of bugs, which they refused to do. While most of these worms ended up on the ring floor, and occasionally on the faces of competitors, things took a seriously gross turn when the wrestler faced off against Sharmell, who is wrestler Booker Tâs wife. Unfortunately for her, The Boogeyman wasnât the only one with a mouth full of worms that day. If that ainât shock value, I donât know what is. The Undertakerâs Immortality - 1998 Across The Undertakerâs storied history was an old gimmick that several of us bought as kids - that the Phenom was in possession of seven lives, and was indeed being raised from the dead every other season. The most common way of taking the âTaker out usually involved coffins. While heâs been buried multiple times in one, perhaps the most epic, standout trick involved a match where Kane - backed by Paul Bearer, chokeslams his half-brother into a coffin, hacks into it with an axe and in a final flourish, douses the whole coffin in petrol and sets it on fire. They donât do wrestling like they used to, huh? Rikishiâs Stinkface Surprise - 2000 A second cousin to The Rock, Rikishiâs move saw the light of day in early 2000, when his rival The Big Bossman received the dishonour of having Rikishi lock him in a ring corner, and proceed to smother him with his buttocks. Ever since then, the wrestler has humiliated dozens of WWE stars - but Iâve gottaâ admit, the best one of all was a team effort with his cousin - with Vince McMahon playing the unfortunate victim, as usual. via GIPHY via GIPHY Now thatâs not a guy I want to piss off. Goldust Flirting With The Undertaker - 1996 Despite his immense fanbase, The Undertaker isnât exactly what you might call⦠attractive. Despite his dark exterior, it seems that romance can bloom pretty much everywhere - especially in the ring, and definitely when Goldust is performing. While the bit is funny enough for the time when it came out, what truly brings the icing on the cake here is Goldustâs bevy of pickup lines - so unbelievably cheesy, that I had a hard time believing that The Undertaker kept a straight face. Papa Shangoâs Voodoo Magic - 1992 Charles Wright has gone by many ring names in the wrestling world - Sir Charles, Kama Mustafa, The Godfather and perhaps the weirdest of them all, Papa Shango. Armed with a magic skull that billowed smoke, could âcontrolâ the stage lighting and even âcast spellsâ, fans were taken aback by his uncanny acting and stage presence. Things took an even weirder turn back in â92 when he faced off against the Ultimate Warrior - one of the most popular wrestlers of the 90s. During this match, Papa Shango casts a âcurseâ on his opponent, seemingly causing the Warrior immense pain. It all went a little too far, when the curse reached its icky climax - causing the convulsing wrestler to throw up his lunch on the emergency responders. Love it or hate it, the WWE has been a weird, wacky and often hilarious world through itâs near-40 years. Felt like we missed out on a moment? Share it in the comments! View the full article
  25. *** is great. Thatâs just a fact that no one can dispute. However, all the paraphernalia that goes alongside this great act of all humankind? Not so much. Take condoms for example. As a contraceptive option and a way to curtail STIs & STDs, they are great. Naturally, given our propensity to use them and actually enjoy the act, experimentations regarding their shape, form and secondary functions have been aplenty. But clearly, there have been instances where things went a little out of hand (bazinga!). Flavoured condoms, for instance, is something thatâs just beyond us. We get the appeal of stuff like chocolates, strawberries and bubblegum, but who came up with the bright idea of making a ginger-flavoured condom? Or for that matter, one that tastes like Chicken Tikka Masala? I mean, what were they even thinking? And then, there is the whole debate on whether flavoured condoms are safe or not. There have been numerous reports which state that flavoured condoms mess up the pH level of your partnerâs nether regions, which may cause all sorts of issues, starting from difficulty in getting wet, rashes, or even irritation. So, before you fancy getting a little playful and get a craving for involving some Hyderabadi Biryani in your bed tonight, consult your partner. In the meantime, have a look at how creative we, as a species, have been when it comes to contraception: 1. Ginger We honestly still havenât been able to figure out how is this even a thing. Who would even buy this, and more importantly, what are they craving? Kudos to the brand, however, advertising it in a cheeky way. 2.   Garlic Granted that this is not that commonly available, but again, why in the name of all things holy would you go for something like this? As a strategy to market their restaurant, the Stinking Rose did come up with a rather witty campaign. As a viable condom, though...Not so clever after all. And what happens if youâre dating a vampire? 3.   Hyderabadi Biryani We literally have no words for this. Just have a proper meal before getting amorous, guys, will you? Plus, weâre pretty sure that this was an April Foolâs Day prank, but what if it wasnât? 4. Sabudana *Rolls Eyes* Oh, here we go again. Yes, this exists. But who even likes sabudana? Is this some April Foolâs day prank that pharmaceutical companies pulled on us. Imagine going to the chemist and saying, âBhaiya, sabudana dena.â 5.  Eggplant How did we not see this coming⦠As phallic as eggplants are in their shape, and as much as we have used it in texting, we have to agree, this one is partially on us. As much as well all love baingan ka bharta, this is proof that certain crossovers are just going a bit too far. 6.   Bacon Dear pharma companies, we get the need to diversify your product portfolio, but can you please not make buying condoms even more difficult than it already is? On second thoughts, we would really like the hotline number where people leave these brilliant ideas. We have some of our own. 7.    Chicken Tikka Masala As much as we all love a really good chicken tikka masala, this is just one more reason for our partners to say no. Whoever thought that having your nether regions covered with actual spice is a good idea, needs to have a word with us. 8.    Weed If the phrase, 'getting high on love' had a physical embodiment, this had to be it. Plus, weâre not sure that its the best way to go about. 9.   Nutella Thanks for ruining this childhood favourite of ours, guys. Thanks a lot. Yes, we get how appealing the idea must have been on paper, but some things are best left on the drawing board. 10.    Scotch Whiskey Seriously, guys? Do we really need to get alcohol into the mix? Doesnât it, anyway, make things a lot difficult? Honourable Mentions: 11. Paan 12. Bubblegum 13. Pickles View the full article
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