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  1. What happens when a father abandons his children, his 102 million children? Well, that's what people feel like is happening since PewDiePie has decided to take a break from YouTube. The most subscribed person on the site is going away for who knows how long, but he, of course, couldn't leave without one last goodbye and he did it in the most PewDiePie way possible. He shared his 'final video' and it's an LWIAY, or last week I asked you. Oh, here's one last brofist! © YouTube He does say that he'll be back, but even he doesn't know when that will be. Well, it is a well-deserved break, you can't become the most subscribed person - and beat out an entire music company - if you don't work hard. People understand why he needs to take a break, but everyone still has a lot of feelings. They're already missing him, and are wondering what to do with their lives now. This is so sad. But thanks for awesome year, pewds. Hope we'll see you very soon#pewdiepie pic.twitter.com/VhxmuOviU1 — 6ix9ine (@4206ix9ine) January 15, 2020 He will, probably. Been watching #pewdiepie almost everyday since 2014. Not gonna lie, it's really going to feel different without his daily uploads. 100% gonna miss this crazy dude. Hope you have a wonderful break, Felix. Just come back one day for your 9-year-olds ðð #pewdiepiebreak pic.twitter.com/BYqcRsLkjr — ROdeliNA â (@RhonaBelleDoll) January 15, 2020 Yep. Goodbye, See you soon. #pewdiepie pic.twitter.com/wekDtHRREM — Rick Sanchez (@airexpired) January 16, 2020 Hmm. "If it seems like I'm away, I'm not really away. You know what I mean? I'm always there." (Pewdiepie, 2020) NO, I'M NOT CRYING. BUT I CAN'T!!! ð­ð­ð­ pic.twitter.com/JnY6CQeTuH — cutiepie (@treshaannxx) January 16, 2020 Oh no. me is happy that pewdiepie is taking a break :))) he deserves that shit but I'm—-ð­ð­ð­ð­ pic.twitter.com/Wd27tBcVdT — á´á´á´á´á´x (@kristinekaeee) January 16, 2020 Wow. Thank you pewdiepie for everything! <3 pic.twitter.com/QJO1Mfq3Xa — ΛLIRΞZΛ (@AlirezaYaBoi) January 16, 2020 What else is there? PewDiePie is officially taking break from YouTube#pewdiepie pic.twitter.com/xGfX6ROVpY — Maria (@Mary__Alpha) January 15, 2020 You'll figure it out. just realized Pewdiepie just posted his last video 20hrs ago about taking a break from youtube. me after this: what do i do now pic.twitter.com/xapxIi5CcH — RachelAmoore (@TgNurathifi_) January 16, 2020 The sad realization. we really not getting a pewdiepie video today pic.twitter.com/HD3jPG3h8A — babi (@pewdspotato) January 16, 2020 People are just very thankful. Started watching PewdiePie's vids since 2014. And now that he's finally taking a break after 10 FUCKING YEARS OF FUN, I don't think my YouTube routine is going to be the same without his daily vids. ð­ Marzia, out. Felix, out. TNX FOR AN AWESOME 10 YEARS. BROFIST ðð»â¹ï¸â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/Ylf6TLhq6U — ð± ð ð ð ð (@pitlorelay) January 16, 2020 There are memes as well. Sad 19 year old noises ð­ð­#pewdiepie pic.twitter.com/lzIJ3HQipf — Karl (@K_aPN39) January 16, 2020 True. I wish I cared about anything as much as pewdiepie's fans care about pewdiepie — The Humble Libertarian (@thehuli) January 16, 2020 Oh, for sure. me watching PewDiePie's final video you will be missed :') pic.twitter.com/zOR7owQivT — hamid yaakub (@IanIsmawi) January 16, 2020 A brofist for everyone. Thanks for my morning daily memes PewDiePie, now take your break. pic.twitter.com/yVpFQGdY3h — ð¥ ð² ð® ðµ (@ughhviel_) January 16, 2020 People really are crying. Pewdiepie:*taking a youtube break* Me: pic.twitter.com/mVnmNrYiZm — hellohiyes (@No2Yesbut) January 15, 2020 View the full article
  2. There was finally some respite amidst the deadly bushfires in Australia when it rained after months of just hellish fires that took the lives of more than five million animals and a lot of people, especially fire fighters. The meteorology bureau reported that, “The hit & miss nature of thunderstorms means it's difficult to forecast exactly where the heaviest rain will be—some parts of bushfire & drought-affected eastern Australia could see 50–100 mm over the next few days; while others may see very little.” Even though some parts of Australia received little rain, it's actually better than no rain at all and we're glad the bushfires will cease, once with the abrupt weather change. © Twitter But that's not all, here's something endearing to take home for the day. A little boy, who has never seen rain ever in his life, spent his morning dancing in the heavy downpour on his family farm in New South Wales. The 18-month-old Sunni Mckenzie ran out when it started pouring trying to figure what was happening outside. His mom caught him on video, running around their property, in Scone, exclaiming "wow", as he was trying his best to understand what rain actually is. You can actually see the toddler splashing in the puddles, dirtying his feet in the mud and running around in sheer excitement for the very first time! Oh and while you're at it, don't forget to look at his smile, when he's playing about in the rain. Here, take a look at this adorable video Heavy rain in Australia is bringing joy to the drought stricken continent. This 18 month old boy, is thrilled seeing it for the 1st time. Yes. Rains after 18 months is paradise ðð» pic.twitter.com/4TRY1vgkrp — Susanta Nanda IFS (@susantananda3) January 16, 2020 "When the rain came we raced outside to move the plants out and he just kept walking out to the rain and just stood in it," Sunni's mother told a popular Australian publication. "He hasn't had the chance to do this before. Needless to say, he enjoyed it," she added. We seriously can't get over this baby's excitement. Luckily for everyone down under, the rain is a blessing in disguise and people are truly revelling in the long awaited rain. But even with all the happiness and excitement for the rain, this baby has certainly 'stolen the thunder' and how! © Twitter It's finally raining in Australia ð­â¤ðð½ "Downpours have already helped to extinguish 32 bushfires..number of blazes fell from 120 to 88..It means the end may be in sight for exhausted firefighters who have battled deadly fires for more than 3 months." pic.twitter.com/vLdJAwIuPv — StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) January 15, 2020 Our Country now Rejoice ðð» It's pouring down ð§ï¸ðð#AustraliaRain #Australia pic.twitter.com/2LNnljWN6L — Jacey Hammond (Hammy) (@jacehammy2) January 16, 2020 So wonderful to see rain today. Lots of rain. So different from 2 weeks ago when driving this route. #gratitude #rain #regionalnsw #australia #weather pic.twitter.com/WrFRFEMjrK — DrCarolineHong FAICD (@CarolineHong) January 16, 2020 We're certainly happy Australia has received some love from up above but clearly we can't match the happiness and excitement this little boy has shown for the rains! View the full article
  3. Imagine you are getting married to the love of your life and on your wedding day, you find out that she cheated on you with your best friend. Or that your husband ran away with your girl friend. While even the mere thought of it will pain a lot, nothing can come even remotely close to the pain that imam from Uganda is going through. Two weeks into his marriage, this imam found out that his wife was actually a...man. Honestly, we don't even know whether it counts as cheating or not, but it's outright bizarre that it took him two weeks to figure that out. We have so many questions right now, but more than that we feel so bad for this guy who not only lost a wife but also got suspended from his duties for absolutely no fault of his. © Twitter 27-year-old Sheikh Mohammed Mutumba, who was a cleric at the Kyampisi Masjid Noor mosque, got married to a woman called Swabullah Nabukeera in a traditional Islamic ceremony, in December. All was going well, until two weeks later his wife was caught stealing their neighbour's TV and clothes. When the cops were called and a female officer started searching her, that's when he got caught and the guy confessed that his real name is Richard Tumushabe. Reportedly, he married the imam to steal his money. Now I am sure you're wondering how did the imam never find out about his wife's 'obvious' secret? Well, according to him, he and his wife never had any sexual relationship because his wife said she was menstruating. What's more, his wife also "refused to undress while they slept". The guy even fooled the imam's friends and relatives since she usually wore a hijab, and "had a sweet soft voice and walked like a woman". Poor Mutumba never realised he got married to a man, he is now traumatised and needs counselling and he also got suspended till the matter is getting investigated. The world truly is unfair. View the full article
  4. Beards are amazing, when you know what to do with them. Styled and maintained right, a beard will reward you in ways you probably would have never imagined. One of them is, it makes you more desirable (at least in the popular narrative). However, there are some terrible style mistakes that do the exact opposite, and then your beard goes against you. The result? Your selfie game goes for a toss, and getting right swipes on Tinder becomes a nightmare. © Instagram/Ranveer Singh Here are seven beard style mistakes you need to stop making ASAP! 1. Let it grow into whatever shape it wants to Yes, we have always reiterated that one should be patient while growing a beard and not trim it all the time for optimum growth, but finding that balance is crucial. Not giving a shape to your beard from time to time makes it look scraggly, malnourished, and overall just ugly. Trim it and comb it into submission. 2. Weird trimming angles Sometimes, we ask our salon wale bhaiya to embrace his inner artist, and go ham with his creativity when it comes to trimming the beard line near our cheeks. Please avoid zig zag lines and weird angular aesthetics. Just don't. © Twitter/TimesOfIndia 3. Ditch the French beard and the Goatee They have had their run, and it's time to say goodbye. Really, they just make you look unnecessarily ominous, and sometimes creepy. © Twitter/TimesOfIndia 4. Don't dye your beard Please don't. No one can carry it off. If it's greying, just go with it. Natural salt-n-pepper is classy, and it's in. 5. Don't shave your cheeks too deep down This just makes your face look weird, and doesn't do justice to your beard. Who wants a beard that barely is the extension of a chinstrap? © Twitter/TimesOfIndia 6. Beard without a moustache If Hugh Jackman couldn't carry it off without looking like a werewolf, neither can you. © Twitter/TimesOfIndia 7. Beard accessories Are you a hip Santa in a holiday calendar? No? Then don't even think about it. View the full article
  5. Let's be honest - for many of us into fast rides and motorsports, part of the thrill comes from witnessing something truly dangerous and yet being in control. Today's F1 cars, for example, regularly scream down the straights at speeds inching ever-closer to a staggering 400kmph - with little more than a helmet to keep a driver safe in the event of a crash. Along with tales of racing heritage on these tracks, comes a dark history of riders and drivers who strayed too far off the edge - and paid for it with their lives. These are the world's most dangerous motorsports tracks - ranked for their sheer lethality. 6. Daytona International Speedway © Reuters; Spectators catch a front-row view of a high-speed, 9-man crash that took place at Daytona in early 2019. 40 deaths mark the history pages of Daytona International Speedway - one of North America's greatest racetracks, particularly for NASCAR racing. Across the last 60 years, everything from botched speed records to tyre failures have resulted in violent crashes - the most famous of which involved 7-time NASCAR champ Dale Earnhardt Sr. crashing head-on into the racetrack walls. It also has the unusual distinction of being the only racetrack to have a death occur by boat, as the powerboat race course is within the Speedway boundaries. 5. Indianapolis Motor Speedway © Reuters; Chris Windon and David Malukas crash into the Speedway walls during an Indy Freedom 100 race. Commonly known as 'The Brickyard', this racetrack has the names of 73 unfortunate individuals (including 42 drivers) who were killed as a result of the races - going as far back as the very first race that inaugurated the Speedway back in 1909, when a driver named Wilfred Bourque and his mechanic were killed. It also happens to be the site of one of racing's most unusual and bizarre spectator fatalities - death by tyre. During a 1984 Indy 500 race, a tyre wobbled loose from Tony Bettenhausen's No. 56 machine and smacked into Roberto Gurrero's No. 4 car - flying skywards at up to 350 kmph, and directly into the face of 41-year old fan, Lyle Kurtenbach, who was soon pronounced dead at a local hospital. 4. Le Mans Circuit De La Sarthe © Reuters; Safety crew work to rescue British racer Allan McNish after a devastating crash with his Audi R18 TDI. Possibly one of the most prestigious, gruelling and infamous racetracks in the world - the French Circuit de la Sarthe is home to the 24 Hours of Le Mans race - a continuous endurance racing event that forms the pinnacle of the sport for many fans. It's also incredibly dangerous - having claimed the lives of 27 racers over the years. While some of these boiled down to the nature of the track and the lack of necessary safety rules, many can be attributed to incorrectly engineered cars - a phenomenon for which Mercedes-Benz became notorious for in the 90s with their 'backflipping' CLK GTR. Although current regulations have worked to improve safety for fans, the track is also home to the most devastating spectator disaster in the history of motorsports - the 1955 tragedy that claimed the lives of 83 spectators and Mercedes driver Pierre Boullin. 3. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza © Reuters; Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg finds himself in the middle of a massive pileup - right on the first corner. Monza, one of the three oldest permanent race tracks in the world, opened in 1922 and is also one of the most dangerous. The circuit, which has been on the calendar of the Formula One Championship since its inaugural season in 1950, took lives of many F1 greats among others. The two-time F1 champion Alberto Ascari was killed at Monza in 1955, Wolfgang von Trips and 14 spectators died in 1961, Jochen Rindt was killed in 1970, Ronnie Peterson died in a hospital after he crashed at Monza. In total, the lost lives of 52 drivers and 35 spectators are written on the walls of Monza, which is the highest of all current F1 tracks - a number that's risen so high due to the parameters of the track falling short of the insane speeds today's racing teams can achieve. 2. Nürburgring Nordschleife © Reuters; Ralf Schumacher crashes into his elder brother, Michael Schumacher on the course back in 2004. Nicknamed 'The Green Hell', this infamous track is known as the ultimate test of skill, dexterity and sheer will - the lengthy 20.8km circuit has over 150 turns, complete with several steep inclines and bumps that result in airborne vehicles and perhaps most deadly of all for racers, unpredictable weather conditions such as rain and fog. While several of those 150 turns have tamed the ego of hundreds of drivers (and the lives of over 80), perhaps the most famous crash to have occurred at the Nordschleife happened during the 1976 German Grand Prix. After failing to convince authorities and other drivers to boycott the extremely dangerous race, a reluctant Niki Lauda strapped in - only to have this horrific crash occur during the second lap. Lauda was trapped in the seat as a fire broke out and his helmet had slipped off - leading him to suffer serious burns on his face and inhale toxic gases from the inferno. Luckily, in one of F1's most heroic moments, he was saved by Italian racer Arturo Merzario, who jumped into the fire to save him. 1. Isle of Man Mountain Course © Reuters; Chris Palmer and John McGuiness practice around a bend before the 2009 Trophy race. There's absolutely no questioning it - this is the most hardcore, death trap of a race in the history of motorsports. Extremely tight and narrow lanes, several jumps, sheer cliffs and the pressure of hundreds of death-defying spectators right along the route… did I mention that the motorcycles here go upwards of 200kmph on average? F1 really is a cakewalk compared to this. Ever since the track opened over a hundred years ago, it has claimed the lives of over 250 riders and even more fans - several have crashed into buildings, trees, zoomed off cliffs and in the worst circumstances, crashed head-on into spectators. The Cup record holder is the late Joey Dunlop, whose grit and solid-titanium balls led him to 26 wins at the course. He died - you guessed it - riding a motorcycle. View the full article
  6. Siddharth Malhotra is one of the few celebrities who never shy away from dipping their toes in exciting style trends. After delivering films like Marjaavan and Jabariya Jodi last year, Siddharth is set to experiment with a fresh role in the upcoming film Shershaah. On his birthday, he even shared a sneak peek of his look for the film, take a look here: An absolute honor to be able to paint the big screen with the shades of bravery & sacrifice. Paying an ode to the journey of Captain Vikram Batra (PVC) and bringing the UNTOLD TRUE STORY with #Shershaah. Releasing 3rd July, 2020.@Advani_Kiara @vishnu_dir @karanjohar pic.twitter.com/RJ4qj0sNPQ â Sidharth Malhotra (@SidMalhotra) January 16, 2020Shershaah is set to release on 3 July 2020. But, besides the announcement, Siddharth also hosted a quiet party at his place to celebrate his birthday. Now, this brings us to his birthday outfit. Siddharth may have accidentally kick-started a fashion trend with this killer outfit. Take a look here: © viralbhayani He wore a checkered sweater in red and black colourways. Along with this, he wore crumpled pants and black sneakers to complete the look. It looks like the crumpled pants were definitely an intentional style move on Siddharth's part. © viralbhayani There is no way that you can overlook this level of creasing on a pair of pants like these and especially when the pants in question are a part of your birthday outfit. © viralbhayani This is probably why we think that maybe he chose to wear these pants. This is not the first time a celebrity has walked out in crumpled clothing. Ayushmann Khurrana has also worn crumpled pants for his film's promotions. Maybe, ironing pants is overrated now or maybe his steam iron wasn't working or maybe this is how they were designed. What do you guys think? View the full article
  7. We've seen all sorts of strange videos doing the rounds on the internet ever so often that we're almost immune to them now. Some of them make sense even while they're strange and some of them are utterly senseless, with no real context. But the strange ones that make sense are another league apart altogether and are the ones with the maximum recall value. We have one such example amidst us. A video on Facebook has recently gone viral and everyone's either talking about it or sharing it on social media, only because it's that fantastic. A group of college boys from Khalsa College, Amritsar perform Bhangra in the middle of snow covered Solang Valley in Himachal Pradesh, and we think this is a bit strange and phenomenal all at once. The viral clip of men doing Bhangra on the Punjabi song Sahiba by SimranKaur Dadhli during heavy snowfall is quite daring to be honest. Braving the cold for a dance, that too Bhangra is definitely a daring act and we can't stop watching this video already! Check out the video here In the video the group can be seen dancing even while it's snowing and the enthusiasm they exude while doing the steps is why this video is definitely worth the watch. It also looks quite scenic and aesthetic, with Solang's picturesque view. The video was posted by the Bhangra and Jhumar group of the Amritsar Khalsa college on their page on Facebook and it managed to garner over 255k views, 2.9k likes and 260 comments so far. Their performance has garnered a lot of positive comments on social media about their 'josh' and overall enthusiasm. Well, this is the spirit young students should have nowadays along with the enthusiasm to discover and try new things. Well, in this case, they've definitely discovered how to dance in snow, after trying it out and succeeding in it so smoothly. View the full article
  8. Not all movies that are deep in nature need to end on a sad note. Catharsis is sure a brilliant literary device which many movies use brilliantly as they make the audience cry and feel bad for the protagonist, but some sad movies do have a happy ending. Here are 5 movies which have a sob story but do end on a happy note. 1. Room A heartbreaking, life-affirming movie which follows the story of a mother and her young kid who, after years of confinement in a small room, manage to taste freedom. The movie makes you feel claustrophobic, sad and just uneasy at the same time but the ending gives you hope. 2. Masoom If this movie has not given you âthem feelsâ and made you drop a tear or two, then I donât know what else can or will. A small boy looking for his father and wanting to be accepted in a family he loves is what this movie is about. The movie will make you question how life can sometimes be cruel but the ending reminds you that eventually good things happen to good people. 3. Shawshank Redemption It is one of the best movies of all time and once you watch it, you will understand why. The story is based on a banker who is sentenced to life imprisonmetnt after being accused of murdering his wife and her lover. The ending with Red and Andy being together explains that when we think life has nothing to offer, it often surprises us with something much bigger. 4. Kabir Singh One of the most controversial movies of 2019 but also a sad one if one may call it. A bright doctor takes the help of alcoholism as a coping mechanism for his lost love. While the character is problematic in parts, one does feel sorry for his sad and traumatic state. When the two unite in the end, one does feel happy for them. True love does exist. 5. Tamasha Trust Imtiaz Ali to express emotions and show anyoneâs sentiments like no one else can make that happen. Two people trying to make a relationship work with different views in life. You feel sad for Ved but also relate to him on an intimate level. Eventually, when the two unite as his struggle to find his âtrue selfâ ends on a happy note, all is well in the end. View the full article
  9. Every fashion label longs for that one genius that would set the tone that their legacy takes. For Chanel and Fendi, it was the legendary mastermind, Karl Lagerfield. For Dolce & Gabbana, it was Stefano Gabbana. For YSL, it was Tom Ford. And it seems for the upcoming decade at least, it will be Alessandro Michele for Gucci. © Reuters Having spent a better part of the decade with Gucci in some role or the other, Alessandro's vision to take Gucci towards an environment that is even more inclusive of diversity and varying creativity, has resulted in some rather spectacular moments, with the gender-fluid or gender-neutral path that they have elected to go for, being one of them. However, it hasn't been a completely smooth sailing for them. © Reuters It's been five years since Alessandro took the helm of the Italian luxury brand. Yes, a few guffaws and quite a few faux pas were made. Remember, the controversial sweater, the one with a literal monkey face, that Gucci put up? Or the fact that some of their pieces were inspired by straight jackets, in 2019, a year that saw a very fervourous conversation around mental health, especially considering how Todd Phillips' Joker, released just a month after their guffaw, dealt with? © Reuters All said and done, if there has been one thing that the Florentine ateliers of Gucci have pushed out time and again, it is perspective. Gender fluid or androgynous fashion has been a theme that many fashion houses have dabbled with. In fact, ever since Alessandro took over Gucci, back in 2015, Gucci has often showcased most of their collections in fashion shows, by using cross-dressing as a statement-making tool. Case in point would be their Fall-Winter collection back in 2015. The collection, even though it dealt with a subject that was considered much more tabooed, was well thought out and indeed tastefully done. The pieces that were shown, were indeed androgynous and seemed to push the proverbial envelope. © Reuters Cut to 2020, and we see a remarked difference in the approach. Individually, the pieces that were showcased were spectacular and indeed statement pieces unto themselves, something that people expect from Gucci and Alessandro at this point. What did come across as a little jarring would be the manner in which they were showcased. What was disconcerting was the fact that there were instances where some of the ensembles seemed as if they had nothing to do with androgynous fashion, or gender-fluid fashion for that matter, but were an attempt to create a spectacle. © Gucci © Gucci © Gucci © Gucci No wonder post the Milan Show, people were genuinely left wondering if 'androgynous fashion' and 'gender-fluid' fashion have been reduced to fancy labels to stay woke? © Gucci The sad truth is, toxic masculinity, and the perception of emasculation that all things feminine represent, is a problem, and nowhere else it is as clearly put on display as it has been in clothes and fashion, even though this dichotomy at times falls flat on its face in this sphere? As sad as it may be, there still is a long way to go for this duality to be put to rest, and this binary that we have in fashion will become redundant. Is it a surprise then, that almost all major fashion houses, be it Prada, Dior, and Burberry have massively amped up their product range, as well as the production of luxury menswear items? Luxury Menswear, after all, is an exponentially growing segment of the market. © Gucci With that said, whether Gucci is indeed being esoteric or is it just another example of a fashion label that is using these terms for coming across as woke, for the sake of being woke; Gucci's endeavours in the past have pushed the envelope continuously and tried to be the harbingers of a society that is androgynous. © Gucci Just take a look at the Lyst Index, a quarterly ranking of the 'It' brands and products in fashion, and you'll see that in the last eight quarters, Gucci has always been in the top three spots, and held the lead for a considerably long time. Since 2018, specifically, Gucci has been the hottest brand in fashion and was only deposed of its thrown by Off White & Balenciaga in the 3rd quarter of 2019. © Gucci We're sure that with this collection, Gucci surely is going to jump to the top yet again. Because whatever they seem to be doing, it seems they know what works for them. All said and done, the pieces they make, like we said, are indeed statement worthy. © Gucci So come what may, people, men and women alike, are still going to flock to Gucci stores all around the world, for their washed-out baggy denim jeans, and boxy wool suits, and their murses. People who can afford them, that is. Or at the very least, they will crop up in some form or the other in fast fashion outlets like Zara, or H&M, where they will be flying off of the shelves. © Gucci The question remains though, where does that leave Gucci in this scenario, where there is a clear distinction between the runway and the racks? Is it going to cater to the esoteric runway, the similar and familiarity that people expect from the rack, or does the answer lie somewhere in between? That remains to be seen. View the full article
  10. Getting robbed would probably be one of the most terrifying experiences ever, that is if you're not a Punjabi. No offence. But, I'm not making this up, there's proper proof to back this up and the video of the entire thing is hilarious, and probably the most Punjabi thing anyone will ever see. Basically, a guy tried to rob a convenience store but got chased away with a metal rod by the Sikh shopkeeper while he abused him in Punjabi. Great tactic. Should work every time. In the video, the shopkeeper got up to greet the 'customer' and then remained completely calm when the man was trying to rob him. The best part, though, is him saying 'anything else?' when the robber demanded all the money in the cash register. But, of course, he reached for a metal rod instead of the money and chased the guy away while yelling 'teri pehn di'! Look at how calm he was. My cousins get mugged and he's the calmest guy in the world ð¤£ð¤£just listen to him #teripehndi pic.twitter.com/Fua1mLTMcP — Harmit Arora (@harmit360) January 14, 2020 Same energy. Lol this reminded me of when a couple of guys with machetes came to rob my father's warehouse. He was sweeping the floor at the time. He snapped the broom in half & chased them down the road, roaring at them to stand & fight. He used to keep nun-chuks behind the counter too. https://t.co/h91Mg0ooTZ — Kashaan کاشا٠(@RealKWB) January 15, 2020 So polite, what a guy! He goes “anything else” like he was talking a subway order — Pastor Fred (@kiiranjjeet99) January 15, 2020 For sure. A king. https://t.co/e5gQMgeCta — Jassið (@jassi908) January 15, 2020 Good resolution. How I'm entering 2020 if anyone tries some bullshit https://t.co/MrONkrB7bc — Deepak Dhindsa (@ddeepu97) January 15, 2020 So funny. My mans said “anything else ?” https://t.co/C7h4lNLzhE — Bryan (@chinoo3890) January 16, 2020 Aww. Oi dil kush kardeta Punjab de sheera# — Owais Ul nissar (@OwaisNissar) January 16, 2020 One can hope. Just clocked that the robber will see this and think what a fool he's made of himself ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ — Harmit Arora (@harmit360) January 15, 2020 He should've. Shame he didn't whack him over the head. Calm as a cucumber though. — Ayaz (@Ayaz_Nazir) January 15, 2020 Great video. Lool same thing happened with my Dad https://t.co/wZb3f0ccQN pic.twitter.com/xAWqdCy4Q5 — Fëm (@femdazed) January 15, 2020 Probably both. Not sure what I like more. The punjabi gala at the end, or the "anything else" like he's completing a regular transaction https://t.co/yV0vAeh4R0 — Narinder Singh (@NSP55) January 15, 2020 Yep. He really said “anything else” knowing he was about to go in on his ass KING https://t.co/Nh13QUlwyF — Mino (@PunjabiKhaleesi) January 15, 2020 I know, right? PUNJABIS ARE A DIFFERENT BREED IM PISSING MYSLF https://t.co/6f1gBt3PqR — nishathée chalamet (@ohnosisters) January 15, 2020 View the full article
  11. One thing that sets Kartik Aaryan apart from other B-town celebrities is his relatable fashion sense. The latest instance where he wore a pair of sneakers worth Rs. 5,000 proves that he likes to hoard brands that are not just affordable but also easy for all of us to cop. © Viral Bhayani Another thing that's absolutely fascinating about Kartik is the fact that he can pull off anything. Be it a pair of hi-top sneakers with straps and pins or his casual ensembles, he knows how to keep up his fashion game. Take a look at his recent fashion experiment where he was spotted with Sara Ali Khan in a zany pair of sneakers that look nothing like the usual ones he wears. Check it out here © Viral Bhayani © Jimmy Choo Kartik stepped out wearing Jimmy Choo's Diamond Trail Sneakers. Speaking of its construction, this pair looks aesthetically quite pleasing with its edgy toggle fastening and holographic inserts. Furthermore, these sneakers have a chunky rubber sole. These fashion-forward sneakers revved up Kartik's repertoire to new heights. © Jimmy Choo These Diamond sneakers are worth Rs. 64,000. Mind you, this excludes customs and import duties as this pair isn't available in India. Now, when you compare the overall price of these sneakers to diamonds, they are definitely not inexpensive. The diamond's rate varies as per the carat, cut, colour and clarity. The more flawless it is, the higher the prices are. These sneakers with their unique construction absolutely justify the pricing. © Viral Bhayani Speaking of Kartik's outfit, it has a hipster vibe to it and the way he has paired his oversized hoodie with acid wash jeans makes it even more statement-worthy. Clearly, Kartik has topped the fashion game and we cannot wait for more such looks. Hats off! View the full article
  12. Post the phenomenal success of Uri, Vicky Kaushal was on a short break in 2019 before he resumed filming again for various projects. The actor is now prepping for Karan Johar's Takht where he will be seen starring alongside Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar, Alia Bhatt and Janhvi Kapoor. So, now that he's back at the game again, Vicky Kaushal is making sure that he's also armed in the best way whenever he steps out. This also translates into his outfits. Kaushal's signature style can be easily described as accessible aesthetic, courtesy his stylist Amandeep Kaur. © Viral Bhayani Recently, he was spotted wearing a light blue coloured sweatshirt, grey track pants with a pair of really edgy yet vibrant sneakers. Take a look here: © Viral Bhayani Vicky is wearing the green colourway sneakers from the Sacai x Nike LDWaffle Collection. © Viral Bhayani In collaboration with Japanese high-fashion label Sacai, the silhouette is a hybrid in a double-themed design. This special-edition sneaker combines the elements: Waffle Daybreak and LDV. The sneaker also features double tongues, shoelaces, and swooshes on the side and a co-branded insignia of Nike x Sacai on the heel tab. The silhouette retails at 13,995 Rupees. © Viral Bhayani The interesting element of these sneakers is that they have an added wedge, so wearing them will definitely add a couple of inches to your height. Not that Vicky needs it. We wonder if he has to bend a little to enter through doors while he's wearing these sneakers. View the full article
  13. Quirky, eccentric and yet subtle - perhaps this is the most appropriate way to describe the style statements that we have seen Aparshakti Khurana make. Now, even though he, like most of our Bollywood celebrities, are born with an innate sense of style, he is rarely the one who comes up with the ensembles that we have seen him wear. © Jay Samuel The stylist who is responsible for the drool-worthy sartorial sensibility that we have come to associate with Aparshakti, is Jay Samuel, a London-based stylist, who, apart from Aparshakti has closely worked with a number of style icons from across the Indian subcontinent. © Jay Samuel Here's what Jay had to say, when we sat down for a candid conversation over men's fashion in India, the icons of style in Bollywood, and all things fashion. Tell us about your journey, how did you start out? I've always had an eye for detail and a passion for fashion from a young age. Over the years, this passion grew even more, since I was styling family friends for various events. I also understood how to shop cleverly and work around things that I have. Gradually this habit led to a sense of recognition, which I pursued further. What is your creative process when you are working with Aparshakti Khurana? Being a stylist entails coming up with ideas for someone else to pursue. Aparshakti and I have worked together for many years now. We share the same energy when it comes to fashion. He is open to ideas and not afraid of setting trends, trying out new stuff, so that definitely helps. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio We have seen this new trend of celebs getting a shoot done before going out for public appearances, be it a red carpet event or for promotions. Why has this practice developed as the norm? We are living in a social media frenzy where everything is constantly being snapped - whether it is your gym outfit, or an airport look. Sometimes, the images are flattering. However, sometimes they are far from it. Therefore this new trends gives celebrities the opportunity to have those perfect images ready for posting online. Furthermore, it's a great way to credit to the designer and stylist. However, as a photographer, I don't always agree with this habit, as this diminishes the need for a proper and creative photoshoot. Does being a photographer allow you to visualise your styling projects in a better way? How does it work? Definitely yes. As a photographer, you envision the end result in your mind, way before the day arrives and you clicking the image. From a stylist's point of view, I will prepare everything else, keeping that image in mind. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio Virgil Abloh in a recent interview said that streetwear will be dead in the coming decade. Do you agree? Why or why not? Streetwear has stepped up, it's not just about being comfortable anymore. It's adding that quirkiness to give ensembles a certain look and feel. In my opinion, streetwear will always be there. We have seen a rise in multiple bags which started from the ramp and quickly could be seen on the streets. What is that one fashion trend that you don't like, or don't agree with? I didn't particularly like the trend of getting over the top, big hairstyles. I think they overpower the entire look. What are some must-have staples that men should hoard in their closets? A properly tailored white shirt, a smart jacket, a pair of brogues, a well fitted pair of jeans. Also, invest well in accessories, such as belts, watches and sunglasses. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio What are some basic and often repeated mistakes that people make when putting together a look? I've always noticed that people often dress ignoring the kind of occasion they are heading to. For example, you often see men wearing the wrong shirt collar, for the tie they have chosen. If you opt for a bow tie then go for the right collar. Also the trend of wearing oversized garments. Although this may seem cool and look super comfortable, it can be overbearing for some people. How would you describe the last decade in terms of fashion? What trends, according to you, were huge? It was the decade of the smart suits paired with sneakers - sophisticated and yet comfortable. Also the whole neon effect for both women and men worked well. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio And what trends do you see going big in 2020? Trench coats for both men and women will be a big thing. I do see people rocking more colours with spring emerging, particularly shades of yellow and orange. I also feel a comeback of the '80s trend of tailored blazer jackets with enunciated shoulder pads. What advice would you give to a budding stylist? The main thing is having that inner passion for fashion and style. Be creative and believe in your craft. Take inspiration from others but find your own style. Always work hard and remember to have fun. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio How would you define your signature style? Quirky. Your favourite place to shop or look for new pieces to work with. I love shopping and I'm a creative but selective shopper, so the place doesn't matter. Just show me the stuff! © Jay Samuel One historical era that you find extremely fashionable? I loved the '70s in terms of fashion, with their fitted shirts and well-tailored trousers. One celebrity who can teach everyone else a lesson or two on how to pull off the Indian aesthetic elegantly, when it comes to menswear. It's between the godfather of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachan and Shahid Kapoor. They both have everything on point, every time. © Jay Samuel One thing men should never do while dressing up in traditional Indian wear. Get the shoes wrong, for some reason the outfits whether its grand sherwanis or just a plain kurta are always paired with the wrong kind of shoes…. Please can we show the footwear the same kind of love! One traditional Indian menswear item you believe every Indian man should have in his wardrobe, and why. A white or black kurta. It oozes comfort, but also looks very stylish, whether you are pairing it with a traditional churidar or some trendy chinos. © Jay Samuel 3 International Celebrities that you would love to style. David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and David Gandy 3 Indian celebrities who have a natural flair for style. Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Ayushman Khurrana Ethereal, elysian, and sublime - these words can often be used to describe the ensembles and outfits that we have seen Bollywood celebrities wear. However, more often than not, there is an entire team of people, working behind the scenes to bring us some iconic and memorable statement ensembles. As a series, Style Pundits looks at the eccentric people behind these ensembles and celebrates the ever-changing notions that have come to define India's sartorial sensibilities and the fluidity of our style. View the full article
  14. Tasked with the responsibility of leading a fairly inexperienced side early in his career, Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn't just repay the faith of the selectors and the team management, but allowed India to etch its name in the history books with the maiden ICC World T20 title in its inaugural edition in 2007. His capabilities in limited-overs cricket had already turned heads when he played blistering innings of 148 and 183 within a year of his debut, but the World T20 triumph in South Africa was indeed the platform that gave everyone a glimpse of the noticeable leadership skills of a long-haired and fearless Dhoni. And, since then, there has been no turning back for MSD. © Reuters Bringing a thick skin and relative indifference to the results, two key things that had earlier set the norm for an Indian captain to keep his job, Dhoni thrived in his natural progression as India's leader on the field. His partnership with Gary Kirsten in 2011 saw the Indian team ending the country's wait for 28 years to get their hands on the coveted ICC World Cup trophy. It was undoubtedly an achievement that no other Indian captain, barring, of course, Kapil Dev, has achieved. But, Dhoni wasn't done just yet. Two years later, Dhoni helped India clinch yet another ICC trophy, this time the Champions Trophy which was held in England and Wales. In the process, Dhoni became the only captain to have won all three major ICC trophies - a feat that is yet to be matched by his counterparts. © Reuters But, just like how all good things must come to an end, Dhoni, too, has reached the twilight of his career. Ever since, India's ouster from the 2019 World Cup, speculations have been rife that 'Captain Cool' might call time on his illustrious career. He missed key series for India last year and the selectors have made it pretty clear that the Jharkhand cricketer is no longer in their scheme of things for the future as they continue to groom and nurture young Rishabh Pant as his potential successor. While fans are still getting used to the absence of Dhoni on the cricket field as Virat Kohli continues to marshall his troops, the 38-year-old was handed a critical blow after being overlooked for the central contracts by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) - a move that has pretty much summed up the fate of the former Indian captain. Skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah receive BCCI's grade A+ central contract for 2019-20. MS Dhoni has been left out of the annual contract list. pic.twitter.com/VFBjIuVYac — ICC (@ICC) January 16, 2020 On 16th January, the Indian cricket board announced the list of central contracts for its players for 2019-20. While the likes of Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah saw their Grade A+ contract (Rs 7 cr) being renewed, Dhoni's name was missing from Grade A (Rs 5 cr), B (Rs 3 cr) and C (Rs 1 cr) list of central contracts for the players. The BCCI announces the Annual Player Contracts for Team India (Senior Men) for the period from October 2019 to September 2020. Saini, Mayank, Shreyas, Washington and Deepak Chahar get annual player contracts. More details here - https://t.co/84iIn1vs9B #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/S6ZPq7FBt1 — BCCI (@BCCI) January 16, 2020 For someone who was part of BCCI's Grade A list of central contracts last year, Dhoni, who has made himself unavailable since the World Cup in England & Wales, was left out of the 27-member list for the period from October 2019 to September 2020. Apart from Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed and Ambati Rayudu were also left of BCCI's list of central contracts for players. But, it was Dhoni's notable omission that took social media by storm. Dhoni deserves a great Farewell. BCCI should not be so selfish. Love and Respect from ðµð° — Hamza Butt (@hamzabutt61) January 16, 2020 Without MsD No cricket.... — Udhay Jackson ð (@UdhayJackson) January 16, 2020 JO KHELNA SIKHAYA USEEY HI NIKAAL DIYA WAAH RE BCCI #BanBiasedContract — Genuinely (@Genuinelysaying) January 16, 2020 This is bad news for all indian & a wrong decision has been taken by BCCI — Sattu (@Sattu48172790) January 16, 2020 Can't comprehend why Dhoni not in this list. You haven't given him chance since last year world cup. He has one year of cricket left in him. Atleast for god sake give him a farewell at least. — Yajuvinder Singh (@YajuvinderSing8) January 16, 2020 Where is MS Dhoni? You guys don't even give a statement explaining whether he is a part of scheme of things or not,instead you are totally shutting him down. — Rajdeep Singh (@rajdeep189) January 16, 2020 #MSDhoni Ye galat hai aapko #MSDhoni ko team mai khelana chahiye tha.... Kam se kam ek series mai to moka Dena chaiye ...#Shameonbcci — Daanish (@Daanish69505808) January 16, 2020 Why ms dhoni not involved this list I am very shoked this news — Ahatesam Khan (@AhatesamKhan2) January 16, 2020 #BCCI #Dhoni Shame on #bcci not include dhoni and Why is pant in A grade shame on #bcci Always politics on — Raj Mrityunjay (@Rajromantic1) January 16, 2020 End of an era ððð­ pic.twitter.com/xSfqUbUHU5 — Hamza Butt (@hamzabutt61) January 16, 2020 @msdhoni is above all those cricketers you mentioned it 'he shoud have A+++ Contract — woheed Mogadid (@Mogadidwoheed) January 16, 2020 Match dekhna band Dhoni chahiye team me — Mukesh Kumar pareek (@Pareek197) January 16, 2020 View the full article
  15. For the viewers who have been waiting with bated breath to see Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan romance together in Love Aaj Kal, the wait is finally over. The makers have finally released the first poster of the much awaited movie and it has garnered mixed responses on social media. Helmed by Imtiaz Ali, the film bears the same title as 2009 hit film Love Aaj Kal that featured Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in titular roles. Also, adding to the excitement of the fans, they announced that the trailer is scheduled to be released tomorrow. Sara recently took to her social media account to share the poster and introduce Kartik and her characters. The caption read, âMeet Veer and Zoe. Come get wound up in our whirlwind wonderland.â It looks like the people are totally loving this new onscreen couple. View this post on Instagramवहाठहà¥à¤ नहà¥à¤ à¤à¤¹à¤¾à¤ लà¥à¤à¥ हà¥à¤ ....... à¤à¤¹à¥à¤ à¤à¥ रहॠहà¥à¤ Veer à¤à¤° Zoe⤠#LoveAajKal Trailer out tomorrow !! @saraalikhan95 @imtiazaliofficial #DineshVijan @wearewsf @maddockfilms @officialjiostudios @officialjiocinema @reliance.entertainment @sarkarshibasish @randeephooda @ipritamofficial @_arushisharmaA post shared by (@kartikaaryan) Besides, Kartik also shared the poster and wrote, âवहाठहà¥à¤ नहà¥à¤ à¤à¤¹à¤¾à¤ लà¥à¤à¥ हà¥à¤ ....... à¤à¤¹à¥à¤ à¤à¤¡à¤¼ रहॠहà¥à¤ Veer à¤à¤° Zoe." Both the actors exude effortless chemistry in the poster which showcases Sara lying on top of Kartik as she holds his hand. Director Imtiaz also wrote on his social media handle, âMeet Veer & Zoe, captured in their element. It's in these simple, candid moments that love plays peekaboo, right?â Interestingly, the dreamy poster also mentions a timeframe of 1990 to 2020. This is maybe to hint that the filmâs story will span across 30 years. Check out the poster here The Imitiaz Ali directorial is a romantic drama film and the plot of the movie is currently unknown leaving fans curious to find out more about the movie. In addition to that, fans have named the most loved duo as #Sartik and are looking forward to watching them on the big screens on February 14 this year. Here are some of the reactions © Instagram/Sara Ali Khan © Instagram/Sara Ali Khan The sequel has been shot in various places including Himachal Pradesh, Mumbai, and Rajasthan. Kartik and Sara's offscreen chemistry has already been a hit and we canât wait for them to create magic onscreen. Excited for this one? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  16. On Army Day this year, Captain Tania Shergill won hearts by breaking stereotypes and becoming the first woman in the country to lead an all-men contingent on 72nd Army Day Parade. The nation completely fell in love with her confidence. Also, business tycoon Anand Mahindra was left absolutely impressed by her and took to his Twitter handle to share the goosebump-worthy video of her leading the contingent. His caption read, âNow this gives me goosebumps. So incredibly inspirational. Tanya Shergill is what Iâd call a true celebrity. THIS video should be trending...not just the Tik Tok variety.â Check out the video here Now this gives me goosebumps. So incredibly inspirational. Tanya Shergill is what Iâd call a true celebrity. THIS video should be trending...not just the Tik Tok variety... https://t.co/YkimZKpxLR â anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) January 16, 2020 The video was first shared by Supriya Sahu IAS on her Twitter handle with the caption that read, âShattering the glass ceiling and breaking all stereotypes Capt Tanya Shergill becomes the first woman to command the all men contingent on the 72nd #ArmyDay Parade.With loads of confidence, poise & her head held high she makes India proud.â The tweet has already garnered around 9.1K likes and more than 2.1K retweets. Hereâs what people on the internet have to say about the video Congratulations. Proud of our officer ðð â Sameer Deshmukh (@1409_sameer) January 16, 2020 I just got goosebumps, hats-off â Renuka Bapat (@Renuka840800427) January 16, 2020 I just got goosebumps, hats-off â Renuka Bapat (@Renuka840800427) January 16, 2020 I believe itâs unfair to celebrate tanyaâs achievement just so as sheâs a woman. Arenât we ignoring the fact that sheâs the best to lead & thatâs why leading rather than gender / any other reason? â Kalki (@skipdskill) January 16, 2020 Absolutely inspirational and patriotic... â vyomika jadav (@drvyomika) January 16, 2020 Inspiring, more power to women Power!ð â Dr Renu Sharma (@renujaiho) January 16, 2020 This is called true "women empowerment"... I can see goddess kali in that war cry... Enemies of India don't mess with us...Glad that this happened in our life time. â Naveen Kumar N ð®ð³ (@naraharinaveen) January 16, 2020 View the full article
  17. Sonam Kapoor, who is in London right now to shoot for an ad, took to her Twitter account to share a scary experience of taking an Uber in the city. She tweeted, "Hey guys Iâve had the scariest experience with @Uber London. Please please be careful. The best and safest is just to use local public transportation or cabs. Iâm super shaken." Hey guys Iâve had the scariest experience with @Uber london. Please please be careful. The best and safest is just to use the local public transportation or cabs. Iâm super shaken. â Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) January 15, 2020 A user asked her to share the details of what exactly happened with her, to which she replied, âThe driver was unstable and was yelling and shouting. I was shaking by the end of it.â After she raised a complaint on Twitter, the cab vendor apologized as she had such an unfortunate experience. The driver was unstable and was yelling and shouting. I was shaking by the end of it. â Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) January 15, 2020 After her tweet started to gain attention, her fans bashed the cab vendor and asked for immediate action against the driver responsible. Hope you are okay...@Uber_Support please take strict action against the driver... â Punit (SidHeart) (@Punit03147132) January 15, 2020 @Uber_Support Can you please look Into it. This is serious. ðð¼ â mahi (@mahi_lahsgdidj) January 15, 2020 Some users expressed being puzzled as to why would she would need a cab to travel around the city when she could easily get a car of her own. Something is cooking !! She has many luxury cars yet she is going in uber ?? Somehow this will be connected to RW later !! â Srikanth (@srikanthbjp_) January 16, 2020 I agree ... She can afford the best of cars, whether in India or even in the UK.. why did she opt for Uber ð¤ð¤ð¤ guess she wants free/cheap publicity... May be some picture of hers may be due to be released anytime soon... â Punit Jani (@_punit_jani) January 16, 2020 Of course, some people were sympathetic with Sonam, as they shared similar experiences of having a tough time with their cab drivers as well. Actually uber drivers are not tested for drugs and we have had a similar experience in Delhi where the driver kept braking all the time and driving zig zag for no reason. Uber trains drivers for just half a day where they are only taught how to use the GPS. â chandnimathur (@chandnimathur5) January 16, 2020 Sorry to hear that. I always considered uber to be as good as personal vehicle. Off late, even I have faced few issues with Uber in London... â Nooruzzaman Mohammed ÙÙراÙزÙاں ÙØ­ÙÙد (@rahbarnoor) January 16, 2020 Today in delhi my dad faced similar issue where #Uber driver stopped his app and ended trip minutes after leaving IGI T3! â Divakar Sinha (@dsinha29) January 16, 2020 Uber is horrible. Be it London, Delhi or Mumbai. Customer is their last priority. Have been victimised several times.... @Uber_India â Karan Bhardwaj (@Karan_Bow) January 16, 2020 There were a few users who then informed that the particular cab vendor in question has apparently already lost its license and has been banned in London. Oh dear hope your ok...Iâm pretty sure Uber lost their licence for London in November last year be careful dodgy people out there â Kiran khan (@Kirankhan79) January 15, 2020 Uber banned in London but how come u got it.. Publicity?? â Bheeresh Kalasad |ಭà³à²°à³à²¶à³ à²à²³à²¸à²¦| (@ModifiedBK) January 16, 2020 I thought you were scared in India only. And by the way, how did you manage to board Uber when they aren't operational in London. Something's brewing up. Food for thought ð¤ â Pooja ð®ð³ (@beyoond_starz) January 16, 2020 Pretty sure a lot of people, particularly office-goers can relate to this. You have our sympathies, Sonam. On the work front, Sonam was last seen in The Zoya Factor, View the full article
  18. Going past one opponent after another in what has turned out to be a dominant home season in recent months, the high-flying Indian cricket team was shot down to the ground by a clinical Australian brigade that romped to a commanding 10-wicket win in the 1st ODI at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The prolific form of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in recent matches had the Indian team management and selectors convinced that they should play all their opening batsmen, including Rohit Sharma, in the ODI series opener. The move saw Rohit and Dhawan, quite understandably, opening the innings and Rahul occupying Virat Kohli's preferred No. 3 slot, pushing the Indian captain further down to No. 4. While the move would have surely looked like a masterstroke on the drawing board, it had quite an opposite effect on the kind of result Team India and their fans would have hoped for. Rohit's dismissal at the score of 10 runs had India on the back foot early on, but a brilliant 121-run stand for the second wicket between Dhawan and Rahul probably had Kohli & Co believing that tinkering with their usual line-up was still going to pay off. But, it didn't. © Twitter/@BCCI Rahul and Dhawan, the biggest accumulators for India in the match, were sent back into the hut in a space of two overs. With a decent score on the board and still more than 30 overs left to play, India needed a partnership and the onus was on captain Kohli. But, a lack of respect to Adam Zampa saw Kohli joining Dhawan and Rahul in the pavilion sooner than the Wankhede crowd would have expected. Then, it was Shreyas Iyer's turn to take the long walk back into the Indian dressing room as the hosts found themselves reeling at 164/5 in 33 overs. Luckily, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja steadied the ship for the home side with a crucial 49-run partnership to keep India in the hunt for a decent total. And, a 26-run stand between Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav later in the innings saw India posting 255 runs on board. For a team that boasts of one of the strong batting line-ups in the sport, India could only manage a below-par total. But, with Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav bolstering their bowling attack, many believed that it was probably enough to contain the touring Aussies. However, contrary to popular perception, the Indian attack conceded the biggest ODI stand against them ever - courtesy centurions Aaron Finch and David Warner. © Reuters Playing his first ODI in over six months, Bumrah, and even Shami, struggled to hit the right lengths and barely troubled the Australian opening duo. The Indian seamers were initially too full and then overcompensated by going too short. And, the familiarity with the conditions due to the IPL experience saw Warner and Finch making merry as batting became easier under lights. On the other hand, the spin bowling duo of Kuldeep and Ravindra Jadeja, too, looked ordinary while conceding over five runs an over. But, the weakest link in the Indian bowling attack turned out to be Shardul Thakur who bowled just five overs and was plundered for 43 runs, conceding almost nine runs an over. In the eight matches he has played so far, this was his 3rd ODI wherein he went wicketless. To make matters worse, Shardul, who bagged the 'Man of the Match' award in the last T20I against Sri Lanka, has struggled for success since 2019 and remains one of the most expensive bowlers in the 50-over format among those who have bowled a minimum of 20 overs. His economy rate of 6.49 in ODIs is the second-highest among all Indian bowlers who have bowled a minimum of 50 overs bowled in the 50-over format. © Twitter/@BCCI âTotally outplayed in all three departments. Itâs a very strong Australian team, and if you donât play well enough, they will hurt you. In phases, we were too respectful against their bowlers and didnât take the game by the scruff of the neck. Itâs another challenge to bounce back from here,â Kohli had said after their tame loss. But, a closer look at India's tactics in the 1st ODI reveals that their decision to play all three openers disrupted the flow in their line-up. Playing Rohit, Dhawan and Rahul meant that India had to make do without a middle-order specialist - something that they dearly missed in the middle-overs as wickets kept tumbling. © Reuters Furthermore, accommodating the prominent trio made India rely on Shardul's batting lower down the order which also didn't pay off as he could only score 13 runs. And, the key impact came on the bowling line-up that India had to persist with five bowlers and rued the absence of a sixth bowler, even a part-timer who could give the hosts some respite when their bowlers were getting clobbered all over the park. Finding themselves in a must-win situation, the Kohli-led India need to stick to the basics and bring normalcy back to their line-up, especially in the upcoming clashes in Rajkot and Bengaluru, where the pitches are expected to be flatter and the boundaries relatively shorter. The time for tinkering with the playing XI is over and the hosts need to get it right in the 2nd ODI, else it will be their second straight ODI series loss to Australia at home. View the full article
  19. While the Indian cricket team were in the middle of a great run during World Cup 2019 before the disappointing loss to Kane Williamson and the New Zealand side, one of their biggest and most heart-warming highlight came during Indiaâs match against Bangladesh at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. The cameraman caught one of the most excited fans at the venue, a 87-year-old Charulata Patel, who was seen cheering for the Men in Blue whenever Rohit Sharma walked down the pitch to slam a six or one of Jasprit Bumrahâs yorkers gave the Bangladeshis a tough time at the crease. Well done camera man you have captured the amazing spirit this videos shows that age is just a number and She proves it with her enthusiasmð#INDvBAN #hitman pic.twitter.com/2FhCXFQydk â Shubham Prajapati (@Shubham_RSS_) July 2, 2019 "I love this Indian team and all the players are like my kids," she said after the match. Came to be known as âCricket Grandma,â her energy and the passion for the game and that for Virat Kohliâs team was so pure that both the skipper and deputy in-charge, Rohit Sharma had to come out of the dressing room and spend some quality time with her after winning the ODI clash. Kohli even put out a tweet sharing how incredible it was to meet the superfan: Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She's 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I've ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one. ðð¼ð pic.twitter.com/XHII8zw1F2 â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 2, 2019 âAlso would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She's 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I've ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one,â wrote the cricketer. But earlier this week, her grandchildren shared the heartbreaking news that their grandmother was no more. â"It is with a heavy heart that I inform you, our beautiful grandmother took her final breath on 13/01 at 5.30pm. She was such a sweet little lady, it's true 'small things come in small packages' our Dadi was a delight, she was/is truly extraordinary. She was our world. I want to thank you all for making her feel special last year, she loved the attention,â they wrote on an Instagram post. âA big thank you to @virat.kohli you made her feel extra special, meeting you and @rohitsharma45 was the best day of her life (she told us this on multiple occasions). May Lord Shiva bless her atman always, please all say a prayer.â The official BCCI Twitter handle extended the teamâs condolences towards the familyâs loss. #TeamIndia's Superfan Charulata Patel ji will always remain in our hearts and her passion for the game will keep motivating us. May her soul rest in peace pic.twitter.com/WUTQPWCpJR â BCCI (@BCCI) January 16, 2020 The fans of the Indian cricket team also offered their best wishes. MUST WATCH | What happened when 87-year old Mrs. #CharulataPatel met @ImRo45 & @imVkohli? ðððð(BCCI) #RIPCharulataPatel (Source: BCCI)pic.twitter.com/1WuaEBadxr â ð®ð³Gurkanwal Singhð®ð³ (@RealGurkanwal) January 16, 2020 The day she won billion of hearts..RIP pic.twitter.com/vOCqz2nc29 â Satyam Singh (@MyFreakyTweets) January 16, 2020 We have not won world cup in England but we found super fan in 2019 which all indians fulfilled more than world cup by seeing her love on https://t.co/OZsTWLWYbG in peace bamma ððððð â SaiSachin Baddela (@SaisachinB) January 16, 2020 Rest In Peace Matajiâ you inspired a billion hearts through your love for your mother land and game of cricket. @imVkohli â Suresh (@Suresh76945364) January 16, 2020 View the full article
  20. Companies are now innovating or re-inventing the design of smartphones to pave way for the future. Weâve seen brands make full-display smartphones to devices that fold. However, Xiaomi made a smartphone straight out of a science fiction movie that is wrapped with a display from all sides. The smartphone was first shown off last year and we got to see the smartphone for ourselves this week. © MENSXP/Akshay Bhalla While it may look like a concept device, the smartphone is actually going on sale in China soon and if converted to Indian Rupees, it can cost up to Rs 2.5 lakh. It uses flexible OLED panels just like folding phones, but instead of being a foldable device, it has screens all around it. At first glance, you might think the Mi Mix Alpha is some high-tech device from the movie Minority Report but it actually works as advertised. The #MiMixAlpha is action. Resisted really hard to not pick it up and play around with it. pic.twitter.com/vTpLaZzjEh â Akshay Bhalla (@Bhallanator) January 16, 2020 Xiaomi has termed this technology as âSurround Displayâ and it has a 189.6% screen-to-body ratio. It has almost no bezels at both the top and bottom of the device and has a vertical stripe at the back that houses the primary camera and all the necessary sensors and antennas. Notably, the smartphone does not have a selfie camera as one can simply flip the phone and use the primary camera for taking selfies. The second screen at the back is used as the viewfinder for selfies and will automatically launch once you flip the smartphone. © MENSXP/Akshay Bhalla When it comes to availability, only around 500 of them exist as of now which is why it also comes with a hefty price tag. Xiaomi is currently evaluating whether the smartphone should be available for Indian customers but we will only know for sure in some time. When it comes to the durability of the smartphone, Xiaomi says it has used a titanium alloy frame for the chassis while the strip at the back has been made with ceramic. Naturally, being an all-screen display, one has to be careful while using it, but Xiaomi has provided a special case for the smartphone to protect it from fall damage. Since the smartphone is all screen, there are no speakers or physical buttons to adjust the settings of the phone. Instead, Xiaomi uses capacitive buttons on the stem of the smartphone to control functions such as increasing/decreasing volume, control other features such as WiFi and other shortcuts that you may want to use on the fly. Since there are no speakers, Xiaomi has embedded an earpiece into the display that also functions as a proximity sensor. In fact, this technology was developed by Sony and the Japanese company calls it âAcoustic Surfaceâ. It is the same technology Sony is currently using for some of their high-end televisions. © Xiaomi When it comes to the specifications, the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha comes with a Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 12GB RAM, 512GB of internal storage (UFS 3.0) and a 108MP primary camera. The smartphone also Haas 5G connectivity capabilities and supports power delivery fast charging. Interestingly, when charging the smartphone, the Mi Mix Alpha has a unique animation that converts the entire display to a battery status indicator. It starts with a red-orange hue when it has low charge and goes all the way up to bright green when it reaches full charge. The Mi Mix Alpha is definitely not a smartphone that everyone can afford and is reserved for the affluent. Which is why Xiaomi is considering whether it makes sense to sell the smartphone in India. However, if the brand eventually brings the smartphone to India, expect it to come in very limited quantities and with a hefty price tag. Nonetheless, a beautiful smartphone that is also one out of five hundred is probably worth more than the monetary value to some people. View the full article
  21. After playing professional football for some major football clubs such as Inter Milan and Galatasaray between 1990s and the 2000s, Hakan Sukur decided to hang up his boots and try his hand at politics in Turkey, his homeland. Little did he know that that decision would change his family's and his lives forever and not for the better. © Reuters The former Blackburn Rovers striker became a part of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in 2011 but had to leave in 2015 due to allegations of attempting to overturn the government by force. According to a German outlet Welt am Sonntag, the footballer was forced to leave the country after he was allegedly found to be a part of a coup. "I have nothing left, Erdogan took everything: my right to liberty, freedom of expression and right to work," he said in the interview, explaining how Turkish President Erdogan ousted him from the nation after issuing an arrest warrant against his name for the alleged coup. "Nobody seems able to explain what my role in this coup was supposed to be. I never did anything illegal, I am not a traitor or a terrorist. I might be an enemy [of] this government, but not the state or the Turkish nation. I love my country. After the split with Erdogan, I started to receive threats. My wife's shop was attacked, my children were harassed, my father put in prison and all my assets confiscated. So I moved to the United States, initially running a cafe in California, but strange people kept coming into the bar. Now I drive for Uber and I sell books," he said. "I have nothing left, Erdogan took everything: my right to liberty, freedom of expression and right to work"@hakansukur is Turkey's greatest ever goalscorer and once one of Europe's most prolific strikers. A legend. He is an Uber driver now because he chose to live with dignity pic.twitter.com/5M2X3Xarz6 — Barbarossa (@BarbarossaKaya) January 15, 2020 Not too long ago, Sukur also made headlines for calling out the state-controlled media in an interview with The New York Times: “It's my country; I love my people, even though their ideas about me are distorted by controlled media,” Sukur said. “Maybe in the future we will go there and visit.” “I would have lived a very good life and become a minister if I had played the game accordingly, if I did what they say,” Sukur said. “But now I am selling coffee.” “There is not always darkness,” Sukur said. “I believe one day the light will return. Darkness doesn't last forever,” he said in 2018. Two years later, Sukur is far from making it back home and continues to drive a taxi in Palo Alto, California. View the full article
  22. Up until a few days ago, we were hearing a lot of rumors about Apple's iPhone SE 2. But the last couple of rumors have suggested that the iPhone SE 2 that we were hearing about would actually be called iPhone 9. Either way, it's a new iPhone, so it's definitely something to get excited about. The new iPhone 9 is said to be an iPhone 8 successor, which is why it'll apparently look similar to that. According to a new report by a Japanese publication, the iPhone 9's design will closely resemble the iPhone 8, which means it'll use the same chassis. © YouTube/ MKBHD However, the new iPhone 9 is said to feature a bigger display, so let's just say that we're essentially looking at a phone that looks like the iPhone 8, but with a bigger display. While the iPhone 8 featured a 4.7-inch LCD panel, the new one is said to come with a 5.4-inch display. A bigger display in the same body of the iPhone 8 also means that there won't be any room for TouchID or the button at the bottom. So, the iPhone 9 will have a TrueDepth camera for FaceID tech. As for the internals, it looks like the iPhone 9 will be powered by the new A13 Bionic chip, which is the same one that's powering the current-gen iPhones. That's great because it's one of the most powerful chips in the market right now. © YouTube/ MKBHD We don't know much about the optics, but if the rumors are something to go by, then we can expect to see an improved camera over the one found on the iPhone 8. Let's just wait for more info to roll out on that. But overall, the iPhone 9 is shaping up to be a really good device. The fact that it'll be smaller like the iPhone 8 and will pack all the latest and the greatest internals and features like FaceID will probably make it a lucrative option for people looking to upgrade from an older iPhone. And since we're not looking at an OLED panel with a notch or anything, it could also be priced relatively low, making it an absolute no-brainer. We're really excited to check out this new phone, so stay tuned for more info on the same. Source: Macotakara View the full article
  23. After watching videos of journalists reporting from knee-deep water, fighting on national television, sitting on a donkey while reporting about animal trade, confusing Apple company for the fruit, and giving retakes live just to get everything right, I think it's safe to say that Pakistani media is a global treasure. You can love them, hate them, even laugh at them, but you can never ignore them - that's Pakistani media for you. And journalists like Chand Nawab are 'gems' of reporting who are teaching us something new every single day. While Chand Nawab is still an all-time-favourite for people on both sides of the border, there is another journalist who is now catching up with Nawab's hilarious dedication - Amin Hafeez. Amin Hafeez is the same guy who earlier went viral for interviewing the cattle and then sitting on a donkey while reporting about animal trade. This time around, he took his dedication a notch higher by dressing up as an emperor and giving PTC (Piece To Camera) for Geo News, Lahore. #Pakistan Famous reporter amin hafeez in action #PTC pic.twitter.com/VJe7VQPJWA — Ghulam Abbas Shah (@ghulamabbasshah) January 14, 2020 If you thought this video was funny, here's the final cut and please keep your water or tea/coffee aside because chances are you'll spit it out while watching this. He wasn't just dressed as an emperor, but he even spoke like a king (or so he thought) to make the reporting look more genuine. Here is the final cut... as received from my friend Amin Hafeez himself. This is Cool ð https://t.co/WmNQItByQS pic.twitter.com/DAepMjiS0U — Umashankar Singh à¤à¤®à¤¾à¤¶à¤à¤à¤° सिà¤à¤¹ (@umashankarsingh) January 15, 2020 As expected, people can't stop laughing over this video. In fact, there are a few tweets from Indian journalists who were contemplating about doing something like this. Yes, please! We need such enthusiasm and passion on Indian television. This is going to happen on Indian tv news soon. I can't believe we haven't done it yet https://t.co/M3FWAIKw2h — Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) January 14, 2020 Such innovative & brilliant news TV. Shape of things to come for us too, I suppose. On news TV nuttiness, what Pakistan thinks today India thinks tomorrow. https://t.co/IX7Z9e38xt — Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) January 15, 2020 Our Sudarshan News has already played out a similar script. India is clearly ahead here too!;) https://t.co/a75R6ybRtK — Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) January 14, 2020 Reminding me of Indian journalists in space suits, police and army uniforms. A neck to neck race in the news world of the bizarre. https://t.co/XKVUndc1e5 — Storywallah (@neeleshmisra) January 15, 2020 Arrey bhai..how can the Pakistanis beat us at this.. and our anchors have only put on army lookalike clothes.. It's a matter of national honour ...pls go for this... https://t.co/MVi8tMuLzi — Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) January 15, 2020 pic.twitter.com/7iKsdKb8e2 — Adwait Kulkarni (@ErAdwait) January 15, 2020 This is how...Media Industry is going to beat Film Industry (Amin hafeez is India's deepak chaurasiya) https://t.co/HToES1Ajhb — Mukesh Bora (@mukeshbora4) January 15, 2020 View the full article
  24. Varun Dhawan's stylists Priyanka and Kazim also known as 'the.vainglorious' on Instagram make it a point that Varun is always putting his best foot forward whenever he steps out. So while Varun would never choose to wear something bizarre, his outfits still manage to stand out from the crowd in the most unique ways. Especially, now that he's promoting his soon-to-be releasing film Street Dancer 3D, and on top of that his upcoming project Mr. Lele has also been announced. So, recently, while promoting the film, Varun was seen wearing synthetic pants with glossy detailing on them that looked like they were made from plastic from a distance. Take a look here: © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani Both Shraddha Kapoor and Varun Dhawan are seen in an all-black outfit with coordinated Street Dancer custom t-shirts. But besides that, Varun is seen wearing a leather jacket from D Gnak, his boots are from Asos and those pants then become the star of the outfit. It can easily be assumed that they're plastic. But the question here is if he's comfortable in them. © Viral Bhayani Varun Dhawan is also set to feature in another major film, Coolie No.1 and we wonder if the promotion strategy for the film will entail Varun Dhawan to dress like his character in the film. View the full article
  25. In a case that has recently sent shockwaves through the country, anti-terror cop Davinder Singh was arrested on January 11, along with two terrorists - that he was allegedly accompanying out of Kashmir for a possible terror strike. While the arrest implies a broader picture of shady, illicit networks of power particularly in the Indian Army - it also demands revisiting Singh's storied and very publicised career as a police officer, and particularly his involvement with 2001's Afzal Guru incident. Here's a quick lowdown on Singh's career across the last twenty-odd years. 1. The Early Years - 1962 to 1994 © Wikimedia/Gowar Wani Born in 1962, Davinder Singh has had a long and complex history with Kashmir. He comes from Tral - a small town in Kashmir's Pulwama district that coincidentally happens to be where Hizbul Mujahideen ex-Commander, Burhan Wani is from. It was, and currently is one of the region's major hotbeds for militancy. © Reuters Singh spent his college years at Amar Singh College - one of the state's oldest institutes - after which he joined the police force as a sub-inspector back in 1994. 2. Singh's Rise And Fall - 1995 to 2000 © Reuters During this period, Kashmir suffered from serious insurgency threats, primarily from organisations such as the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. Throughout the mid-late 90s, Singh rose through the ranks of J&K's counterinsurgency wing, and operated out of Srinagar, eventually joining the Special Operations Group, or SOG. It's said that early on, Singh displayed a great deal of distinction and valour in his work. A CRPF officer recalls how DSP Davinder Singh had bravely fought in an encounter in North Kashmir's Sopore area in the late 1990s - even taking a hit to his leg during an operation in Budgam, just 11 km away from Srinagar. Appreciated by his superiors, he was promoted to the position of Inspector during the late 90s. The red flags began to show up, eventually. One of Singh's earliest efforts at playing the system involved a drug-peddler smuggling charas out of the region. After nabbing him, Singh then went on to sell the contraband instead of turning it over to the authorities. There were also stories of extortion, and a bizarre case where Singh carjacked a truck containing timber, which belonged to a relative of former CM, Ghulam Mohideen Shah, as per the reports. While these reports made their way around the J&K Police, little action was taken against Singh. Officials were quoted saying, "It is Davinder Singh's track record in counter-terror operation, which got him immunity. Several inquiries followed no action." It was only a matter of time before Singh eventually got involved with terror groups. 3. The Afzal Guru Case - 2000-2001 © Reuters After his experiences as a key inspector in the SOG, Singh developed a reputation for what he described as "torture, interrogation and breaking suspects". In 2000, he managed to get his hands on Afzal Guru, a former militant who was tortured and interrogated at Singh's camp for several days. Singh himself admitted in a 2006 interview that he “poured petrol in his arse and gave him electric shocks,” but Guru did not end up revealing any information. In a letter published several years later, Guru claimed that he was only let go after his family paid the cop a sum of Rs. 80,000. The following year, Singh was demoted and transferred to state intelligence from the SOG - a move that happened in the wake of custodial deaths under his command, and a track record of torturing civilians. Within a year, the infamous Parliament terror attack took place. © Reuters; Indian Army soldiers patrol around the capital's Parliament House, days after a suicide attack by terrorists claimed the lives of 11 guardsmen on 13th December, 2001.] Afzal Guru explained how in 2001, he was contacted by Singh to carry out a "job" - which involved ferrying a man named Mohammed into Delhi and providing him with rented accomodation. It so turned out that this Mohammed was, in fact, one of the terrorists taking part in the attack. Eventually, Guru was tracked down and arrested in Srinagar, sentenced to death and was hanged in secret in 2013 - a move that drew massive controversy from human rights groups across the world. Guru's claims against Singh were ignored by the authorities, and Singh continued to roam freely despite an incredibly serious accusation - even if it came from a terror accused. Despite his record, he was selected for a UN Peacekeeping effort in Kosovo, and was eventually promoted to Deputy Superintendent of Police by 2006. 4. The Pulwama Connection - 2017-2019 © Reuters One of the major probes currently involving Singh is his connection with militants in Pulwama. Back in August 2017, the cop was involved in an encounter where three terrorists engaged in a 19-hour skirmish with a joint force of CRPF and Kashmir Police units. A total of eight men were killed, and for his voluntary participation in squad, Singh was awarded the Sher-E-Kashmir medal - the state police's highest gallantry award. India Today has claimed their sources suggested that Singh was aware of the attacks beforehand and there was definite cause for suspicion. Recently, the INC had suggested that Singh might have had something to do with the suicide-bomb that killed 40 CRPF troops in early 2019. While Singh was removed from his post in the region earlier in 2018, we're yet to see what Singh's investigation will reveal. All of which brings us up to speed on Singh's public record - until he ran out of luck this January. Kashmir's Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar has slammed Singh for “heinous crimes” and has suggested that Singh will be subjected to the same fate he dealt out to suspected militants back when he worked as a counterinsurgency cop. “He is being treated on par with the militants and has been properly arrested, (and) has been brought under remand and his interrogation is on,” explained the IGP. View the full article
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