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  1. We would expect maybe Joe Jonas to be Sophie Turner's weak spot, but no, she loves something much more than him and can't ever stay away from it. The most importamt thing in Sophie's life is her tiny little Juul and honestly, we can never see her without one. There's literally articles about Sophie and her Juul, I even read an investigation of what flavour Juul pods she uses, and I mean, she really can't live without it. She apparently even starts crying when she's away from her one true love. View this post on Instagram The pack survived A post shared by Sophie Turner (@sophiet) on May 21, 2019 at 1:34am PDT Sophie may be the queen of the north, but even queens have to work. In case you didn't know, her new movie 'Dark Phoenix' is out and there's an emotional scene where she's crying. While actors can fake cry, turns out Sophie's tears in that scene were real. According to J-Law, Sophie started crying for real in that scene just because they took away her Juul. During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Jennifer Lawrence said, “I teared up a little bit watching Sophie in that scene. It was so honest and real, and it's because she really was crying because her dialect coach, right before the take, took her Juul away…She started genuinely tearing up. It was like the performance of the year. It was amazing.” Sophie added, “It is. It's how to act. You take it away, and then you give it back, and that's happy and sad.” Wow, that's a neat little trick for anyone working with Sophie Turner in the future. Now, since we're talking about Sophie and Juuls, enjoy. Really starting to think Joe Jonas is a third wheel to Sophie Turner and her juul pic.twitter.com/TN86Ff9fTG — Zac Pacleb (@ZacPacleb) May 3, 2019 Joe looks so proud. I wish someone loved me as much as Sophie Turner loves her Juul pic.twitter.com/WPcUnmbS5s — Caz. (@cazmadge) May 21, 2019 Please. someone love me like sophie turner loves her juul pic.twitter.com/ZQy7c68EKJ — cassiana (@iIlumnte) May 21, 2019 Hers too. sophie turner and her juul is my new favorite thing pic.twitter.com/TIUlDtL7uP — tori ð¤ (@t0rzo) May 11, 2019 I know, right? @SophieT chuggin wine with a juul in her hand at a rangers game is my permanent mood until death pic.twitter.com/CN1DdMUoMe — Grecco_Tho (@GreccoTho) March 20, 2019
  2. A few years ago, if we'd have told you that circus animals would be replaced with holograms, you'd have laughed at our faces. But what if we told you that now it's a reality and the Circus Roncalli in Germany actually replaced real animals with holograms to entertain people? Yes, it's just as awesome as it sounds. Here, check it out - Replacing real animals with holograms is a great idea because it's important that we treat animals fairly and fight against animal cruelty. The Circus Roncalli in Germany was set up in 1976 and it's quite awesome to see such an old circus trying to be a pioneer in the fight against animal abuse. So, the circus uses holograms to add animals to their performances with the help of eleven projectors set up across the venue. They have performing animals such as elephants, horses, monkeys, and even fish. They do look very realistic, don't they? © YouTube It's also worth pointing out that the circus made history by becoming the first to replace real animals with holograms. Not only are they putting across a great message to stop animals cruelty, but the circus authorities are also saving a lot of money in the process, since they don't really have animals to feed or transport. Obviously, not everyone will enjoy this, but it's indeed a creative way to showcase what technology can achieve and how it can benefit mankind. Now, let's hope this act will serve as an inspiration to others and we get to see more creative ways of delivering good entertainment.
  3. The Champions League final between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur was a rather uneventful one. An extremely gutsy 'handball' call by the referees in the first minute of the game, gave the 2019 Premier League Golden Boot winner Mohamed Salah the opportunity to score from the penalty spot in the first two minutes of kick-off, and probably made the entire Spurs roster a bit hesitant for the rest of the final, which was evident as the ball barely made it past the Liverpool defence. Credit: Reuters To add insult to injury, substitute Divock Origi sent a brilliant ripper to the bottom right corner of the Hotspur goal that went past keeper Hugo Lloris and into the net in the 87th minute to help the Reds win the 2019 Champions League Trophy. But guess who was the real winner as the two teams went head on to win one of the greatest leagues in the football world? This pitch invader, who leapt across the on-field security and onto the ground, and was finally caught hold of right at the heart of the stadium with thousands of fans cheering for her. This courageous lady, Kinsey Wolanski, jumped over the lines, went past Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker, towards the centre, cheering with both hands up before being pinned down by the stadium security right next to Harry Winks, who looked visibly uncomfortable. View this post on Instagram Did I distract #8 a little too much? A post shared by Kinsey Wolanski (@kinsey_sue) on Jun 1, 2019 at 4:51pm PDT She was obviously escorted out of the field with two security guards by her side, stopping her from celebrating and greeting the audience and was eventually escorted out of the stadium with her hands tied behind her back. She certainly did not mind. View this post on Instagram STREAKING THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE! Life is for living, do crazy things that you will remember forever ð A post shared by Kinsey Wolanski (@kinsey_sue) on Jun 1, 2019 at 4:43pm PDT “STREAKING THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE! Life is for living, do crazy things that you will remember forever,” she wrote in her caption. What is crazier is the fact that before Wolanski made the life-altering decision of invading the Champions League final, her following on Instagram was somewhere in the 2,00,000s but in less than a few hours of the incident, her following skyrocketed to 1.4 million and continues to grow. Also, Twitter seems to like her: Yes, Salah has scored but the real star in this UCL final has been that pitch invader ððpic.twitter.com/ebBT07iTHc — Anthony (@_Ambitiousguy) June 1, 2019 The best pitch invader ever ðð#UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/Ss36dOzIdP — UCL FINAL ð(@TheSporTalk) June 1, 2019 A pitch invader worthy of a UCL final ð#UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/8bySrj6zQl — Obote (@obote_jonathan) June 1, 2019 Best part of the game was the pitch invader #UCLfinal #UCL #UCLFinal19 #TOTLIV #ChampionsLeagueFinal pic.twitter.com/98C5N3B1nu — Michael Toal (@MPT_Enzo) June 1, 2019
  4. In what has proved to be one of the most exciting and competitive seasons, the 2018-19 edition of the UEFA Champions League is now poised for a scintillating finale as rampant Liverpool lock horns with spirited Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on 1st June. Both Liverpool and Spurs turned around their deficits from the first-leg against Barcelona and Ajax to script memorable comebacks in the second-leg ties. While a Lucas Moura hat-trick proved to be Spurs saviour, braces by Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum got the Reds over the line. Going purely by form, Liverpool undoubtedly have an upper hand over Spurs and are rightly labelled as favourites to break their Champions League jinx this year. From boasting one of the best defenders in the world to deploying one of the most lethal attacking trio in Europe, Liverpool surely have it all. But, the most important ingredient in their title charge has been their pragmatic manager Jurgen Klopp. © Reuters Roped in after the sacking of Brendan Rodgers in 2015, Klopp has undeniably taken Liverpool to new heights in club football. From reaching the Champions League final last season to almost pipping Manchester City to the Premier League trophy this year, the impact and philosophy of the German tactician has been nothing short of sensational for the Reds. But, as the Anfield loyalists chase the dreams of European domination, Klopp's harrowing record in major finals poses a major cause of worry for Liverpool's title dreams. The last time Klopp won a major final as manager was with Borussia Dortmund in the 2012 German Cup final. But, since then, it has been downslide for the German. Going into this year's final, the Liverpool boss will be eager to end a six-match losing run in finals of major tournaments. Champions League Final (2013) After getting the better of Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid in the last four, Klopp powered Borussia Dortmund to the Champions League final as they aimed to become champions of Europe for a second time. But, their Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich had different plans for their old foes at Wembley. Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring in the 60th minute to put Bayern ahead. But Bayern's lead was nullified by Ilkay Gundogan who levelled the scoring for Dortmund with a clean penalty eight minutes later. The game went right down to the wire and it was Arjen Robben whose finish in 89th minute sealed a 2-1 win for Bayern and broke the hearts of Dortmund fans. German Cup Final (2014) Another season and another final for Klopp and Dortmund. But, just like last season, Dortmund and their manager were in for another heartbreak at the hands of Bayern, only this time it was Pep Guardiola in place of Jupp Heynckes. In a tight game that saw Bayern and Dortmund failing to break the deadlock in regulation time, the 2014 DFB-Pokal final reached extra time. With fatigue taking a toll on players from both sides, it all boiled down to will and hunger - something that tilted the tide in Bayern's favour. Arjen Robben got Bayern in front in 107th minute and it was Thomas Muller's finish (120+3') that sealed a 2-0 win for Guardiola's side. German Cup Final (2015) After seven years in charge, Klopp's tenure at Dortmund was finally coming to an end, but not before one last hurdle - the 2015 German Cup final. With Wolfsburg making their way into the 2015 DFB-Pokal final, Klopp must have been hoping for one last hurrah before travelling all the way to England to join Liverpool. But, contrary to popular perception, Klopp's misery at major finals continued as Wolfsburg stunned Dortmund with a 3-1 win to clinch the title. Dortmund got off to a roaring start as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got them in front in the fifth minute, but the likes of Luiz Gustavo (22'), Kevin De Bruyne (33') and Bas Dost (38') ran riot and washed away the hopes of Klopp whose farewell was marred with a major defeat. League Cup Final (2016) Four months into his stint at Anfield, Klopp would've been eager to make amends for his 2013 Champions League final defeat at Wembley when Liverpool reached the League Cup final in 2016. But, another heartbreak awaited Klopp as the Reds geared up for a record 12th League Cup final. Taking on Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City, Liverpool found themselves trailing early in the second half. Fernandinho opened the scoring for City with a low shot from a tight angle on the right side of the box, beating Simon Mignolet in the 49th minute. Raheem Sterling had a crucial chance to double the lead for City but his shot it wide. The 83rd minute brought the much-needed goal for Liverpool as Philippe Coutinho scored from 12 yards out. As the match finished 1-1, it all boiled down to the penalty shootout where City held their nerves to seal a 3-1 win. Europa League Final (2016) The same year presented an opportunity to Klopp to salvage some silverware when Liverpool reached the Europa League final. Three months after finishing runners-up in the League Cup, the Reds were hoping to get their hands around the Europa League trophy when they locked horns with Sevilla at St-Jakob Park in Basel. For a team that had brushed past Klopp's former team Borussia Dortmund with a 5-4 (on aggregate) win in the quarterfinals, Liverpool fans were confident that they will finally have something to cheer for. But, going by Klopp's record at major finals, there could've only been one outcome: another heartbreak. Despite taking the lead through Daniel Sturridge (35'), the Reds were outplayed by Sevilla - courtesy Kevin Gameiro (46') and Coke (64', 70') - in a 3-1 defeat. Champions League Final (2018) While Manchester City won the Premier League title with a record 100 points, Liverpool could only manage a fourth-place finish with 75 points for their showing in 2018. But, their fans weren't really concerned, after all, their team was vying for a bigger prize: Champions League trophy. On the back of consistent performances, Liverpool did reach the Champions League final but beating European giants of the might of Real Madrid was going to take some doing. In what began as a disastrous final, Liverpool lost star-striker Mohamed Salah to a nasty injury in the first-half. But, that was least of their worries. A massive blunder by goalkeeper Loris Karius saw Karim Benzema opening the scoring for Madrid in the 51st minute. While Sadio Mane found the equaliser in the 55th minute, twin strikes from Gareth Bale sealed the fate of Liverpool as Madrid romped to a 3-1 win.
  5. One of the world's most popular superhero franchises that's known for its more-than-awesome bunch of heroes, Marvel Cinematic Universe's 'Avengers' will continue to hold its top spot in the heart of every ardent MCU fan out there, for years to come. Now, though the current series may have come to an end, that does not mean our allegiances would shift any time soon. We have had our hearts, as well as our eyes set on our favourite Avenger for the longest time, so it seems only natural that today we have set out to find which one do we most accurately resemble, spiritually. Let's check it out: 1. Iron Man © MCU Are you a haughty know-it-all, who loves to brag and show-off? Do you always smooth over these character flaws with your charming ways and enjoy having an upper hand in most scenarios? And though you often tend to be annoying, do you always remember your roots, while trying to evolve and improve yourself as the situation demands? You are hard-working, laidback and don't like owning up to the mess you may have created. 2. Black Widow © MCU Ice-cold, strong, and well-trained, she is crafty unlike most of her teammates. She is intelligent and willful to pursue her targets at all times. If you are like her, you usually invest yourself completely to every task you take up, without considering the consequences. Also, you easily get irritated by people's stupidity and lack of smartness and skills. 3. Captain America © MCU Steve Rogers is fearless and selfless to a fault. He taught us to live and fight for the welfare of others, become worthy of following our judgement. He also taught us that being a sceptic isn't as bad as it seems and that we must choose good over evil at all times. If you think you are like him, then perhaps you lack the art of being diplomatic, though your courage, and selflessness completely make up for it. 4. Hulk © MCU A heated brain with some solid bubbling ideas, Bruce showed us how to best rein our temper. Bruce used his anger to achieve bigger and better goals in life. If you're like him, you must be quick to give in to temper but perhaps like him, you too should seek out help and control it. Because of your volatile nature, you like to stay away from those you love from the fear of hurting them. 5. Hawkeye © MCU With nothing but his determination and training to aid him, he became a prominent part of the group. If you're like him, you must be loyal and care a lot about other's well-being. You often also act as a peace-bearer between two parties and come around as everybody's friend. 6. Thor © MCU Tough and good-natured, he is too sure of his strength to be bothered about anything else. He turns out to be this individual who leaves behind his pride for others. If you're like him, you might possess a wild nature and a proud heart, which is filled with lots of goodness. So, who do you resemble the most?
  6. Of late, India has been shrouded in the grey clouds of 'intolerance' on multiple occasions. However, almost every single time, Indians have stepped forward to quash these allegations and have stood up in a show of communal harmony and brotherhood. Regardless of their religious beliefs and choice of food, people have always come forward to help each other by going out of their way, saving each other's lives, putting themselves in danger and have been one another's strength. © Twitter After Ayodhya's Sita Ram temple recently hosted an Iftar feast for their Muslim brothers and sisters, now a mosque in UP's Meerut district has opened its gates for the preparation of a Shiv Bhandara in its premises on behalf of a local temple. On the occasion of the foundation day of Somnath Shiv Mandir, the Jama Masjid in the Kotwali area took this beautiful step. Even the Muslim residents of the area helped in the preparation and distribution of the Bhandara among people. © Twitter As per an HT report, the Jama Masjid opened early and all the required apparatus like stoves, vegetables et cetera was brought into the premises. Furthermore, the water used for Muslim devotees was also put to use for the Bhandara and was also served to people for drinking. While the entire world tries to paint a different picture, people like these reaffirm our faith in humanity and our people. What a lovely message this sends to everyone, especially to those who try to divide our society.
  7. If I was asked to explain the phrase, "actions speak louder than words", I would probably give the example of the heartwarming gesture of Manjula, an air hostess with Air India Alliance, towards Rifat Jawaid, a passenger in her flight. © flickr Rifat, a journalist by profession, was travelling from Gorakhpur to Delhi and was observing his Ramzan fast. The Iftar time was nearing while he was on-board. Since he was starving and fasting, he walked up to the cabin crew and asked for a bottle of water. We all know how small the water bottles on a flight are, and since he was starving and thirsty given that he had consumed nothing all through the day, he asked for another bottle saying, "can I please have one more bottle since I am fasting?" On my way back to Delhi in @airindiain Alliance from Gorakhpur: Iftar time was nearing so I walked up to cabin crew member Manjula, asked for some water. She gave me a small bottle. I asked, “can I pls have 1 more bottle since I'm fasting?” Manjula replied, “why did you... pic.twitter.com/QaMoAR5CqC — Rifat Jawaid (@RifatJawaid) May 18, 2019 The air hostess immediately replied, "Why did you leave your seat? You please return to your seat." A few minutes later, she returned with a tray full of Iftar food and said, "please don't hesitate to ask for more." Rifat mentioned in his tweets that although the food was more than sufficient for him, what was more satisfying was her heartwarming gesture. ..leave your seat?You pls return to your seat.” Minutes later she arrived with two sandwiches and said, “please don't hesitate to ask for more.” Of course I didn't need more. They were more than adequate for me. What was the most satisfying was Manjula's heartwarming gesture. pic.twitter.com/DeXhvMnxwJ — Rifat Jawaid (@RifatJawaid) May 18, 2019 Manjula didn't move mountains, she didn't do something unimaginable, some might even say that she did her job. But, what she did is truly commendable and her kind gesture touched Rifat's heart and that of all those who read his post on Twitter. India Ka Soul Yahi Hai :) Hum Sab Ek Hai Bas Kuch Log Humko Baantke Rakhna Chahte but India Lives On Bcoz We Are One Dil Se !!! — Mohammed Azeem Uddin (@princeeazeem) May 19, 2019 May Allah keep this sprit intact in my India. — M Perwez Ahmad (@MPerwezAhmad2) May 18, 2019 That's has nothing to do with airline that was has to do with Indian culture which is still in our blood very much worrying some time with the idea of new India ð®ð³ GOD protect this nation from new India evil ð¦¹‍âï¸ — kmuazer (@shahidmuaz55) May 19, 2019 Air India has always been like that. It's staffed by common folks who have a immense sense of warmth and hospitality. Most important they have always been the airline with empathy. Way to go @airindian — Tandav (@pushkarbhat) May 19, 2019 There are plenty of good people still exist in the world — Apolitical_Mango (ð¯ % Followð) (@somebodys_meh) May 18, 2019 this is real indiaï¸ð®ð³ — osama ahmed (@i_m_osama) May 18, 2019 This is India, I know! What we see now everywhere is fabricated ! God bless India! — Sriram Krishnaswamy (@cheeku75) May 19, 2019
  8. In what has arguably been a spectacular year, the football season - comprised of prominent leagues and tournament - is nearing its fitting end. We've seen the likes of Barcelona lifting the La Liga trophy for the 26th time, Juventus clinching their eight successive Serie A title and Kylian Mbappe's hat-trick powering Paris Saint-Germain to Ligue 1 triumph this season. Also, the football fans were recently treated with Manchester City's thrilling Premier League title triumph that was decided on the final matchday of the season. Following the EPL suit, this year's Bundesliga title is also set to go down to the wire as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund (two-points adrift at the top) seek one final win to lift the trophy in the last round of matches on 18th May. And then, there is that big UEFA Champions League final in Madrid that will see English giants Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur locking horns for Europe's biggest trophy on 2nd June. But, while the highly-anticipated clash is still a few weeks away, the fans would be happy to update themselves on the latest list of most valuable and strongest football clubs in the world. © Reuters Putting some of the world's biggest football brands to test, Brand Finance has come up with this year's 'Football 50' - list of top football club brands. Taking into account a number of metrics (both financial and non-financial), the world's leading independent brand valuation consultancy firm has revealed the list of Top 50 most valuable and strongest football brands. Real Madrid might have crashed out of the Champions League and lost the La Liga trophy to arch-rivals Barcelona, but they have the title as the world's strongest football brand in 2019. With a brand value of 1.646 billion euro, the club is ahead of a peer group of a billion-euro-plus brands that includes Manchester United (€1.472bn), Barcelona (€1.393bn), Bayern Munich (€1.314bn), Manchester City (€1.255bn), and Liverpool (€1.191bn). The six clubs account for over 40 per cent of the overall brand value in the Brand Finance 'Football 50' ranking of the sport's most valuable brands, underlining the concentration of wealth and the creation of a set of 'super clubs'. They are followed by Chelsea (€968mn), Paris Saint-Germain (€914mn), Arsenal (€885mn) and Tottenham Hotspur (€758mn) to complete the top 10 spots on the coveted list. Los Blancos Reign Supreme © Reuters Real Madrid have shown this year who truly reigns supreme in the world of football. They triumph not only as the most valuable and strongest brand but their enterprise value and stadium are also ranked second to none. The club returned to the top of Brand Finance's ranking after almost a decade since it last held the title in 2010. The club's brand value has grown 27 per cent since last year, an increase partly attributable to the club winning a fourth UEFA Champions League in five years in 2018. The club had become the first in the world to break the €750 million barrier in revenues in 2017-18. Their commercial monies totalled €356 million, close to 50 per cent of overall revenues, making them the highest generator of cash from this income stream. Real Madrid also possesses the strongest football club brand, with a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score of 95.5 out of 100, marginally ahead of their fierce rivals Barcelona (BSI 95.4). Malaise In Manchester © Reuters Real Madrid's return to the top has pushed Manchester United into second place, as the Red Devils' brand value declined for the first time since 2016, from €1.562 billion last year to €1.472 billion (a 6 per cent drop) in 2019. Manchester United have disappointed in recent years on the playing field both in the Premier League and in the Champions League. Public perceptions of the brand have deteriorated as United ranks only 18th among the sample of the world's top clubs with regards to “playing exciting football”, as revealed by Brand Finance's original fan research. In the 2018-19 season, the club reached the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League but were easily beaten by Barcelona. Moreover, they failed to qualify for the 2019-20 competition for the third time in seven years. Such underperformance for a club accustomed to perpetual success in the Sir Alex Ferguson years is reflected in its revenue generation. Although total revenues remain among the highest, income from commercial and matchday activities has slowed up and TV income declined in 2017-18. To a certain degree, Manchester United have been cast into the shadows in their domestic market by neighbours Manchester City, who won the Premier League in 2018 and 2019. Spurs Race Ahead © Reuters Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are flying the flag for English football this year having reached the final of the UEFA Champions League. Both clubs improved their brand value by 20% to €1.191 billion and €758 million respectively, the highest growth rates in the top 10 after Real Madrid's 27 per cent and Paris Saint-Germain's 21 per cent. Tottenham in particular continue to win plaudits for their commitment to a progressive style of football and youth development. While their new 62,000-capacity home ground was being built, Tottenham were playing at Wembley, which provided the opportunity to grow matchday revenues. Their new stadium should enable them to maintain momentum in this income stream as well as monetise new state-of-the-art facilities through other non-football events. Their financial position was highlighted by record post-tax profits of €131 million in 2017-18, but their success in Europe in 2018-19 should allow the club to further invest in its playing resources and strengthen their ability to compete at the highest level. Wolves Wander Up The Ranks © Reuters While the ranking of the top clubs shows little change to 2018, one of the rising stars are Wolverhampton Wanderers, who returned to the Premier League in 2018 after an absence of six seasons. Wolves, a club with a rich heritage, ranks 28th in the table with a brand valuation of €187 million, and their impressive performance in 2018-19 and the benefits of Premier League membership should create a positive growth trajectory. This season, the club enjoyed their highest attendances at their Molineux ground for almost 50 years. Wolves are owned by Fosun International, which has close links with high-profile agent Jorge Mendes. They have leveraged these relationships to build a strong, attack-minded team of talented players as well as broaden the club's franchise in China and develop an innovative focus on eSports. The Premier Appeal © Reuters The ascendancy of Wolves and the strong presence of English clubs in the Brand Finance 'Football 50' (17 clubs in total) highlights the enduring financial power of the Premier League. The Premier's TV broadcasting revenues outstrip all the other major European leagues - €2.9 billion versus LaLiga's €1.2 billion in 2017, while commercial revenues are more than double the income of Serie A or Ligue 1. The Premier League is also the most widely followed league across Europe's main football markets, according to Brand Finance's original fan research. The Premier League is deemed to have a “superior atmosphere” and a “greater level of competitiveness” than other national competitions. However, the Premier League did not score highest on all metrics as La Liga is thought to have more “star players” and “world class clubs” than the Premier League. Brand Value By Leagues © Reuters Apart from the football clubs, Brand Finance also projected astonishing numbers in relation to the brand value in terms of competitive football leagues. There was no surprise to see Premier League right at the top of the list with a brand value of €8,683 million (a 6.9 per cent jump from last year's figures of €8,120 million). It wasn't really surprising considering the fact that it has provided all four finalists across the Champions League and UEFA Europa League this year - a feat achieved by a country for the very first time. Premier League is followed by La Liga whose brand value has been estimated at €3,998 million (a massive 23 per cent rise from last year's figures of €3,242 million) in the esteemed list. Germany's Bundesliga is at the third spot with a brand value of €3,815 million, followed by Serie A (€2,001mn) and Ligue 1 (€1,242mn).
  9. Back in the 90s, India got its first taste of the wonder called the internet. In 1995, India saw Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) launch the country's first public internet service on 14th August, and soon, emails and digital cameras followed. One fine day, they completely took over the reins from telegrams, letters and monochrome cameras, quickly becoming an integral part of our lives over the next few years. © Twitter So, quite naturally when PM Modi recently said in an interview that, "Around 1987-88 I used a digital camera for the first time. Very few had email at the time,” people went a little berserk over the details. The public was quick to step in and call out PM Modi on his “raw wisdom” pertaining to the correct dates and events in the country's 'digital history'. Economist Miss Subramanya tweeted about the incident thus, In 1988, even in the developed west, email was available to a few academics and scientists but Modi somehow used it in 1988 in India before it was officially introduced to the rest of us in 1995. ð³https://t.co/cq3nhRLEQJ — Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) May 12, 2019 Others like user Nehr_who, went ahead and elaborately laid out the timeline of how things unfolded back in the day. Mr Modi is the 1st PM to have 1. used E-mail service 7 years before it was launched 2. used Digital camera 8 years before it was introduced 3. Did the Air strike himself despite heavy CLOUD 4. Ate mango and kept wallet — PUNtweet Nehr_who (@Nehr_who) May 13, 2019 Now while the debates and discussions are still on, here are the basic facts related to the history of Email in India. PM Modi's History With Email Vs History Of Email In India The first ever recorded email exchange between two independent computer systems happened in 1971 when US programmer Ray Tomlinson sent a message from one computer to another. Indians studying and researching in the States at the time appreciated the ease of work and the future possibilities the ARPANET or the BITNET based emailing system brought into existence. © Twitter Rajiv Gavai, who was in the US as a postdoctoral fellow at New York's Brookhaven National Laboratory in the 80s, was so impressed with the process that allowed him to seamless work and share ideas with fellow researchers, that he wished to introduce emails to some of the leading academic institutes in the country. © Twitter Fast forward to 1986, a dial-up link for email exchanges was set up between NCST and IIT Bombay, and soon, all other ERNET partners, which included IIT Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Madras, IISc Bangalore, National Center for Software Technology (NCST) Bombay and DoE, were on dial-up ERNET email service. © Twitter However, According to PTI reports, it was only in 1991 that the ERNET community in India crossed over 1000 subscriptions and multitudes of people began to use emails actively. Today, close to 627 million Indians are using the internet. No wonder people are having a field day at the Prime Minister's expense, and we feel a clarification is in need.
  10. One of the worst kept secrets in the history of modern cricket has to be the real age of the former Pakistan cricket team captain, Shahid Afridi. The man, who is considered to be 44 years old right now, based on various public records, has finally revealed in his autobiography titled 'Game Changer', that at the time of registering his name for an Under-14 cricket tournament during his childhood, he had no idea how old he was and filled in whatever age the people around him told him to. That age got recorded into the Pakistan Cricket Board's files and went on to become Afridi's official birth year. Amused by the fact that Shahid Afridi has revealed the worst kept secret in international cricket. But I have always believed that unless you are playing an U19 World Cup, your age doesn't matter. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 3, 2019 The record for the fastest hundred in the ODI format of the game was under the name of Afridi who, while batting in international cricket for the very first time hit a ton in just 37 balls, which is 11 fewer than the previous record set by Sri Lanka's Jayasuriya against Pakistan in Singapore six months earlier. At the time, it was officially declared that the Afridi was in fact a 16-year-old, which made the record that much more impressive. Now, the former skipper has come out in the open saying that his actual age at the time was 19 (21 according to the autobiography) and the gravity of that record just crumbles down. A byproduct of the revelation of the whole facade is that cricket fans have now brought back Afghanistan's extremely talented cricketer, Rashid Khan into the spotlight, trying to figure out his “real age”. According to his ICC profile, Rashid Khan was born on 20th September 1998, which makes the ICC World Rank 1 (T20I, Bowling), all of 20 years of age right now. Clearly, after the Shahid Afridi episode, people online are not buying Khan's story: Shahid Afridi : I was born in 1975 and not 1980 Cricket fans to Rashid Khan : pic.twitter.com/d1HCXXgAE0 — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) May 3, 2019 Shahid Afridi today, Rashid Khan tomorrow ðð — ACS ð¹ð¹ð¦ð¬ (@AdamSamuel__) May 3, 2019 Is Shahid Afridi younger than Rashid Khan? — Keyur (@_bollywoodlover) May 11, 2019 Rashid Khan koi angle se 20 21 ka nhi lagta ...his actual age is above 25 ....just like Afridi.. — Abhishek Pandey (@paandey1993) May 9, 2019 After the successful release of Shahid Afridi's game changer Rashid Khan has started working on his autobiography as well. The name of the book will be The Age Changer Will have at least 1 chapter dedicated to Afridi in that too.#GameChanger — Azlan Mahmood (@azlanmahmood1) May 4, 2019
  11. One cannot imagine or fathom anybody other than the mighty Robert Downey Jr. playing the crazy Tony Stark aka Iron Man. Gadgets, gizmos, technologically advanced and making a reality out of dreams is what defines Tony for us in the movie. Turns out, Robert is no different in real life as well. One look inside his crazy 19th century windmill home (yes, the dude did it) and you're convinced why he was meant to be the super cool Iron Man. The simple abode yet futuristic-in-nature house is unlike any celebrity home videos we have watched. The couple have their office on top of the windmill, the house has artefacts which are personal in nature and represent the family itself. © AD The interiors are posh and classic white in colour, including the gorgeous drawing room and the insanely wonderful bedroom. © AD © AD Once we were done watching the house tour, we were also convinced that maybe this was Tony Stark just acting like Robert Downey Jr maybe?
  12. Was 'PM Narendra Modi' a film made for serving any sort of propaganda? Or was it just a subject that filmmaker Omung Kumar felt was necessary to be told to the audience? Well, Vivek Oberoi's upcoming film, 'PM Narendra Modi', was surrounded by such questions and many pointed fingers at the whole idea of releasing the film just before the elections. The trumpet was blown, the trailer was out and the big launch was done. The trailer was taken off from YouTube after the screening of the film was stalled by the Election Commission. The movie was initially scheduled to release on April 11. The cast and crew were all devastated after the order was passed that the film will NOT release on the day it was supposed to be. On Friday, there came a sigh of relief for the producers and the whole team. It was announced that it is finally set to release on May 24, a day after the counting of votes of Lok Sabha polls. MensXP got in touch with Vivek Oberoi's father and one of the producers of the movie 'PM Narendra Modi', Suresh Oberoi, to know his reaction on this happy news and if they are planning to show the movie to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the movie is about his life and struggles - from a 'chaiwala' to India's PM. When we asked Suresh Oberoi about his reaction to the happy announcement, he said, "I am happy that the film is releasing. Yes, we were upset that the film had been banned but we have no complaints at all from the Election Commission. I am just glad that everything is sorted and there are no hassles. We have made this film with full dedication and I would say that my son Vivek has done a great job in it. When we were shooting for the film, Vivek made sure that he took care of his crew members in all the difficult conditions." © Viral Bhayani Adding to it, the father said that he is extremely proud that his son has done a great job and is confident that the movie would work at the box office."I am very proud of him and I am sure the movie would do well at the box office because it has been made with all the right intentions. Vivek has worked hard for it and I believe people would appreciate the efforts that have gone into the making of the film," said Sr. Oberoi. Wondering if Modi himself has watched the movie or not? Well, we couldn't stop ourselves from asking that question. So we ended up asking Suresh Oberoi - Has PM Narendra Modi himself watched the film or are the producers planning for a special screening for him? © Viral Bhayani Answering our query, he said, "The film was banned, how could we show it to Modi ji? He is also busy with his work. Right now, we haven't given any thought to it as we are busy with locking down the screens with the distributors. I would be happy if there is a reaction from his end but as of now, there is no plan as we are busy with the technicalities." Well, this only the time will tell if Modi tweets about it. Suresh Oberoi has been a part of the industry for decades now and we wanted to talk about a few other things too. He was welcoming enough to talk about the serious topics that we divulged into. Many have raised issues over the years about CBFC not being liberal and that it doesn't let the filmmaker use freedom of expression in his craft. Sr. Oberoi is of a view that things are much better now compared to earlier when it wasn't that easy. "Let me tell you that CBFC is much liberal now. Earlier, actresses were not even allowed to take off their 'dupatta' or else CBFC would cut those scenes. Things are much better now in all the capacities. We have seen some other era altogether and now, the industry has evolved in a way where you have freedom of expression," said Oberoi. © Viral Bhayani Before ending the conversation, we asked him a very direct question - Many actors have complained that they should get more benefits of having the star status. On this, he gave us a very honest answer - "Why do people complain? I don't really understand. Back then, when we used to shoot for 15 to 16 hours, we had no vanity vans and we used to shoot under the scorching sun. I remember only Amitabh Bachchan, Poonam Dhillon, and a few others bought vanity vans. Now, everyone has vanity vans. Life has become less complicated and simpler. I recently did an ad shoot and there were vanity vans for every artist just outside the shooting venue. Everything, nowadays, is much better than the old days. For film-making, we have better equipment and cameras." He bid us goodbye promising that he will keep us posted about any sort of further developments.
  13. Was 'PM Narendra Modi' a film made for serving any sort of propaganda? Or was it just a subject that filmmaker Omung Kumar felt was necessary to be told to the audience? Well, Vivek Oberoi's upcoming film, 'PM Narendra Modi', was surrounded by such questions and many pointed fingers at the whole idea of releasing the film just before the elections. The trumpet was blown, the trailer was out and the big launch was done. The trailer was taken off from YouTube after the screening of the film was stalled by the Election Commission. The movie was initially scheduled to release on April 11. The cast and crew were all devastated after the order was passed that the film will NOT release on the day it was supposed to be. On Friday, there came a sigh of relief for the producers and the whole team. It was announced that it is finally set to release on May 24, a day after the counting of votes of Lok Sabha polls. MensXP got in touch with Vivek Oberoi's father and one of the producers of the movie 'PM Narendra Modi', Suresh Oberoi, to know his reaction on this happy news and if they are planning to show the movie to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the movie is about his life and struggles - from a 'chaiwala' to India's PM. When we asked Suresh Oberoi about his reaction to the happy announcement, he said, "I am happy that the film is releasing. Yes, we were upset that the film had been banned but we have no complaints at all from the Election Commission. I am just glad that everything is sorted and there are no hassles. We have made this film with full dedication and I would say that my son Vivek has done a great job in it. When we were shooting for the film, Vivek made sure that he took care of his crew members in all the difficult conditions." © Viral Bhayani Adding to it, the father said that he is extremely proud that his son has done a great job and is confident that the movie would work at the box office."I am very proud of him and I am sure the movie would do well at the box office because it has been made with all the right intentions. Vivek has worked hard for it and I believe people would appreciate the efforts that have gone into the making of the film," said Sr. Oberoi. Wondering if Modi himself has watched the movie or not? Well, we couldn't stop ourselves from asking that question. So we ended up asking Suresh Oberoi - Has PM Narendra Modi himself watched the film or are the producers planning for a special screening for him? © Viral Bhayani Answering our query, he said, "The film was banned, how could we show it to Modi ji? He is also busy with his work. Right now, we haven't given any thought to it as we are busy with locking down the screens with the distributors. I would be happy if there is a reaction from his end but as of now, there is no plan as we are busy with the technicalities." Well, this only the time will tell if Modi tweets about it. Suresh Oberoi has been a part of the industry for decades now and we wanted to talk about a few other things too. He was welcoming enough to talk about the serious topics that we divulged into. Many have raised issues over the years about CBFC not being liberal and that it doesn't let the filmmaker use freedom of expression in his craft. Sr. Oberoi is of a view that things are much better now compared to earlier when it wasn't that easy. "Let me tell you that CBFC is much liberal now. Earlier, actresses were not even allowed to take off their 'dupatta' or else CBFC would cut those scenes. Things are much better now in all the capacities. We have seen some other era altogether and now, the industry has evolved in a way where you have freedom of expression," said Oberoi. © Viral Bhayani Before ending the conversation, we asked him a very direct question - Many actors have complained that they should get more benefits of having the star status. On this, he gave us a very honest answer - "Why do people complain? I don't really understand. Back then, when we used to shoot for 15 to 16 hours, we had no vanity vans and we used to shoot under the scorching sun. I remember only Amitabh Bachchan, Poonam Dhillon, and a few others bought vanity vans. Now, everyone has vanity vans. Life has become less complicated and simpler. I recently did an ad shoot and there were vanity vans for every artist just outside the shooting venue. Everything, nowadays, is much better than the old days. For film-making, we have better equipment and cameras." He bid us goodbye promising that he will keep us posted about any sort of further developments.
  14. If you're an ardent 'Game of Thrones' viewer, you'd be amassed with a number of theories doing the rounds already. Well, that's a fact because everyone has a prediction to make for the show, especially since it all got over so quickly. And by all, I mean the Night King and his army. But a new theory about the Night King and the Three-Eyed-Raven has surfaced on Reddit and it makes quite a bit of sense. (c)HBO According to Redditor u/idols2effigies, the Three-Eyed-Raven is the real villain of the show and the Night King is just a pawn in the entire story. He goes on to say that in episode 3 of season 1, the Old Nan, right before she tells Bran the story of the White Walkers and the Long Night, an old crow appears on the window. When Bran turns his head to look at it, she says "Don't listen to it. Crows are all liars". Right after she says this line, she brings up the White Walkers and the Long Night and hints at the true nature of the Three-Eyed-Raven, the supposed good guy. Here take a look: The Redditor then goes on to say that the Three-Eyed Raven had planned to get rid of the Night King and all of mankind from the very beginning. But for him to do that he needed to bring the Night King closer to the South of the Wall. But since he was stuck in the tree, he used Bran to do that instead. If you remember season 6 episode 5, Bran meets the Night King in one of his visions. This is basically the Three-Eyed-Raven's ploy to force Bran's consciousness in to a situation which allowed the Night King to take over. Since he meets Bran, he knows exactly where to come find him. What am I trying to get at? Well, the Redditer states that maybe the Night King doesn't want to exist in the first place and wants to destroy himself and his army, by killing his creator, the Three-Eyed-Raven. (c)HBO Well, if you remember the Death Swirl or the spiral created by the Night King and his army. According to the Redditer, "A spiral is a symbol that shows that from one spot, everything is connected and "spirals" outward, that what has happened will continue to happen again." In simple terms, if you remove whatever's there in the middle of the spiral, the effects of the spiral will cease to exist. pic.twitter.com/nV003g82s6 — Game of Thrones Season 8 theories (@GOTS8theories) 17 April 2019 Now you may wonder how is the Three Eyed-Raven the Night King's creator? Yes, in season 6 episode 5, we do see the Children Of The Forest create the Night King, but who is to say, they were only following the Three -Eyed-Raven's orders? If you notice the scene carefully again, it's his face we see carved on the Weirdwood tree where the night king was created. pic.twitter.com/bKMu2nhGge — Game of Thrones Season 8 theories (@GOTS8theories) 3 May 2019 Now why does the Redditer believe the Three-Eyed-Raven is the real enemy? According to him the Three-Eyed-Raven and the Children Of The Forest are portrayed as these humble, nice magical beings who want good things to happen in the foreseeable future and want the White Walkers out, even though they were the ones who created them. But according to the theory, destruction of mankind is all they ever wanted. According to the Reditter, the entire threat of the dead army was orchestrated by the Three-Eyed Raven, to get exactly what he wants, which is get rid of the threat towards him and rejoin the waking world, all at once. So all in all, the Three-Eyed Raven only helped in the Battle of Winterfell, through Bran because he wanted to protect himself against the Night King, who was his own creation. (c)HBO Well, this theory may just sum up the entire series for us. Since we're still struggling for closure from the last episode, hopefully this Redditer is right and we get to see a major twist towards the end!
  15. The third episode of the final season of 'Game Of Thrones' was full of surprises. The abrupt death of the Night King and his army of the undead, who have been hyped for so long, is still hard to process. © HBO While the Night King and the White Walkers have been the greatest threat inside the 'Game Of Thrones' world, the conflict central to the storyline is, however, the politics over the Iron Throne, and as it turns out, the Night King doesn't prove to be the prime enemy in this narrative. © HBO However, look at it this way. Cersei Lannister is sitting on the Iron Throne right now. She's had to manipulate, betray and even sacrifice her way to the top. But is she a fitting Queen for the Westerosi? She's already put the throne in debt by getting the Golden Company's army. In all these seasons, she's given little to no importance to the people around her, including her own brother Jaime. And if you look at the death count, you'll realize that the lives of all the major characters are still intact. Theon and Ser Jorah, Beric and Edd were the main characters that died. The people that survived included Brienne, Podrick, Tormund, and Grey Worm, who all seemed truly doomed at various moments. All named characters hiding in the crypts appeared to survive, as did both dragons and Jon's direwolf, Ghost. It was much less death than expected, in terms of the major characters. The only war that matters now, lies South, where Cersei is definitely in no mood to give her throne up. The Mad Queen is a more appropriate villain, a kind whose ulterior motives can at least be attempted to understand by the audience. Her surprising twists in the past have never failed to surprise us. She clearly has something up her sleeve that could shock us along with her enemies.
  16. One of the most celebrated cricket leagues around the world, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has covered almost half of its journey so far. With all teams fighting hard for a spot in the top four, the real game is yet to unfold. Currently, all the teams are playing with their full bench strength, but what if we remove most of the foreign players from the equation? Yes, as the ICC World Cup 2019 approaches, most of the big names such as David Warner, Chris Gayle, Johnny Bairstow will leave to play for their country. More or less, all the big teams except India and Australia are playing one or more bilateral ODI series before the World Cup. The main reason behind this is to bring the teams back into the groove ahead of the main tournament. While West Indies will be playing Ireland and Bangladesh from 5th May, England, on the other hand, will be hosting Pakistan from 5th May itself. All this comes down to many players including Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer who are currently playing in the IPL, leaving right away in the second half of the tournament. Here is how the teams could potentially stack up following the departure of their foreign players- 1. Kolkata Knight Riders View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kolkata Knight Riders (@kkriders) on Apr 19, 2019 at 9:32pm PDT Kolkata Knight Riders will be one of the most worst-affected teams in the final stages of the tournaments. They will have to depend solely on their local strength as players like Sunil Narine, Carlos Braithwaite, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson and many more will be leaving for national duty. The only ones that haven't been selected in the World Cup squad or the teams for upcoming tournaments will play in the IPL. Chris Lynn, Harry Gurney and Matt Kelly will be amongst the foreign players left with KKR. 2. Sunrisers Hyderabad View this post on Instagram A post shared by SunRisers Hyderabad (@sunrisershyd) on Apr 23, 2019 at 1:01am PDT Another team which will be bear the brunt of the World Cup preparation will be the SunRisers Hyderabad as their entire top order will collapse with the departure of Warner, Bairstow, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson. Not only this, even their spin department will take a major blow when their Afghani duo of Mohammed Nabi and Rashid Khan along with Shakib-Al-Hasan will leave in the middle of the tournament. 3. Delhi Capitals View this post on Instagram A post shared by Delhi Capitals (@delhicapitals) on Apr 17, 2019 at 10:04pm PDT The table toppers at the moment, Delhi Capitals, could have been one of the least affected teams after the departure of its foreign players but unfortunately, their key bowler, Kagiso Rabada will also join the list. Playing for South Africa, Rabada will leave as soon as the national camp begins. Along with him, Colin Munro and Trent Boult will also be expected to leave in the middle of the season itself for the same reason. 4. Chennai Super Kings View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chennai Super Kings (@chennaiipl) on Apr 20, 2019 at 7:07am PDT The defending champions might not face that big a problem because most of the foreign players they own are not included in their national squad except for the South African duo of Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir along with Mitchell Santer and David Willey. Tahir would be their only worry as he is their leading wicket-taker and both main spinners leaving at the same time might cause some problems, but even for that, they do have Harbhajan Singh and Ravinder Jadeja as backups. 5. Rajasthan Royals View this post on Instagram A post shared by Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) on Apr 23, 2019 at 4:30am PDT Rajasthan Royals should be expecting a lot of trouble comings its way, as a majority of foreign players are performing in their team and soon, even they would leave. While the new skipper, Steve Smith will leave for Australia, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler will depart to play against Pakistan at the beginning of May. In the end, they would be only left with Liam Livingstone, who has just played one game till now and Ashton Turner, who is currently going through a nightmare of a season. 6. Mumbai Indians View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mumbai Indians (@mumbaiindians) on Apr 20, 2019 at 7:16am PDT The three-time champions, Mumbai Indians will have to face the drums as most of their star-performing players would leave the MI camp as the World Cup comes closer. The first name will be Quinton de Kock, followed by Alzarri Joseph, Lasith Malinga, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell McClenaghan. The one player that is doubtful is Kieron Pollard who also might leave if selected in the West Indies World Cup Squad. It will be a real test for Rohit Sharma and his men to perform in the conditions in which they have never played before. 7. Royal Challengers Bangalore View this post on Instagram A post shared by Royal Challengers Bangalore (@royalchallengersbangalore) on Apr 19, 2019 at 9:00pm PDT The Virat Kohli-led RCB currently has a lot on stake, and with the WC approaching, things might get out of hand for them, as a few of their key players might leave early for national duty. The earliest one to leave will be Moeen Ali as England is playing Pakistan before the main tournament. The next in line would be Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Dale Steyn, Colin de Grandhome and Tim Southee. Already being on the 8th spot, it will become even more difficult for Kohli and AB de Villiers to help their team do any good. 8. Kings XI Punjab View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kings XI Punjab (@kxipofficial) on Apr 22, 2019 at 3:12am PDT The lions of Punjab are among the lucky few teams that might not be adversely affected by this exit as most of their home players are doing well. The only sad news for Punjab fans would be the desertion of Chris Gayle and David Miller for their respective nationals teams. Apart from that, KXIP contains an awesome pool of young local talent including Mayank Agarwal and Sarfaraz Khan who will surely help the team in making it to the playoffs.
  17. It is widely believed that art mirrors reality, but sometimes reality is fancier than fiction. Volodymyr Zelensky is a very famous businessman, producer and a stand-up comedian in Ukraine. In fact, he is known for playing the role of a president in a famous show there as well. It's called 'Servant Of The People'. © Twitter Now you'd wonder what is intriguing or interesting about playing a president on a show? Well, that's because Mr Volodymyr is now the President of Ukraine for real. He landed a straight landslide victory for himself after he ran for the post with, mind you, literally no prior political exposure. In March last year, he launched a party called 'Servant Of The People' and in December he filed and announced his candidacy for the 2019 elections. © Twitter His anti-corruption and anti-establishment philosophy resonates with the people of the country. Social media is abuzz with this bizarre yet wonderful coincidence. How appropriate that a comedian joins the world comedy show called POLITICS. A planet full of ill informed, self centred, egocentric leaders. We finally have someone that is an expert in their field that takes on the head job! #Ukraine #UkraineElections #politicsexplained https://t.co/geddnuDuiv — Ezel Hikmet (@EHikmet) April 22, 2019 What an interesting world we live in. Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy played the role on TV before taking the top job#geopolitics #UkraineElections https://t.co/pH2K4dYS3z via @abcnews — ð§ð²ð»ð°ðð´ no more Coalition ð¦ðº (@Absurd_Penguin) April 22, 2019 I have no problem with a comedian becoming a politician and world leader. Comedians on the whole are intelligent and are skilled at “thinking outside the box” #UkraineElections — Steve (@SteveSkipper) April 22, 2019 The world is sure evolving in terms of change in rational thinking, where traditional perceptions about electing leaders with a political history is being discarded to get new faces on board.
  18. While we're going to witness the end of an era soon, we're actually waiting with bated breath for the Game Of Thrones finale to hit our screens on the 14th of April 2019. It's true we've formed our true and personal association with every character and sometimes in our head, we think "what would Jon Snow do if he was in my place?" Well, maybe it's not that intense but it's true the characters have grown on us in some way or the other. © HBO While we take away the betrayals, the plot line, the relationships, the wars and what not, let's also soak in some girl power from the show. What I mean is, some fantastic women actors have played very relatable and beautiful roles in the series and if we don't mention them, then there's really no point in watching GoT at all. They're brave, independent, storytellers, who have their own reasons to pull off each and every action, through the dilemma they face. Does it ever make you wonder though, what if they were someone you'd want to date? © HBO The character sketches of the women in GoT all have powerful elements hidden away and I bet sometimes, apart from the physicality, you wish you had someone who could maybe cast spells or be an absolute kink in bed, or always aim big in life! So, here are 7 women from GoT every man wants to find in the real world because they're absolutely fascinating: (1) Daenerys Targaryen aka Khaleesi © HBO "When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me" Dany, as she's popularly called by her family is an actually a storm born, whose stubborn nature gets her what she wills, most times. She's ruthless with her goals but gentle in her approach and shows empathy at the right places. She's the kinda queen who'd rule your heart while ruling the world, and you'd never tire from the adventures she takes you on. Besides, she'd have great control over dragons and she can save you in case your house catches fire. (2) Cersei Lannister © HBO "Tears aren't a woman's only weapon. The best one is between her legs" She's conniving and sharp and no one can challenge her scheme of things or even her brain for that matter. She's sharp and sometimes that gets the better of her, but if you do end up with someone like Cersei, know for sure she's born to be a mother and will protect your kids from any sort of evil that looms around them. Just don't egg her on to give you tears of Lys and end your life. Other than that, she'll definitely find a way to make anything you wish for, possible, as she's one of the strongest women in GoT. We all love strong women, don't we? (3) Melisandre © HBO "The night is dark and full of terrors, old man, but the fire burns them all away." The 'Red Priestess' is quite fascinating to be with. She has this deep seeded darkness that you have to dissect for your own good and trust me, once you do, she'll always resurrect you from the dead! The woman can cast spells, bring back someone from the dead and perform some highly kinky and dark magic voodoo in bed! Apart from that, she does have a brighter side to her once she realises the mistakes she has made and she'll go through any length to try and rectify those mistakes. So, if you do happen to meet someone dark and enchanting, keep her happy is all. (4) Yara Greyjoy © HBO "Anything with a c**k is easy to fool" Tough, righteous and an iron-willed woman, Yara isn't easily fooled and she'll probably need a man who can match up to her innate strength as a leader. Although she prefers the same ***, she's not at all averse to men who recognise women for who they really are. So, if you're looking for a strong independent woman who actually has a mind of her own and can single headedly direct the iron fleet, she's your woman! (5) Ellaria Sand © HBO "It's always changing, who we're supposed to love and who we're not. The only thing that stays the same is that we want who we want". This woman is full of raw passion and does what her heart desires. She loves passionately and will go to any lengths to protect her lover. Clever and tranquil, Ellaria is your favourite fantasy girl, you've always wished you had but couldn't find. She's not opposed to threesomes, open relationships or even orgies for that matter and she will never let go of you, once she's absolutely yours. Ugh, the world isn't full of Ellaria's anymore! (6) Missandei © HBO "All men fear death" Missandei is the prudish beauty you can easily get mesmerised by. You'll fall in love with her instantly because she's beautiful and she's very loyal. If a woman is loyal and wise, there is really nothing else you need now, do you? Hard working, dedicated and a loyalist, this woman will surely understand all your needs and wants and love you for whoever you are (like she loved the unsullied!) So, here are the 6 most eligible women in 'Game of Thrones who'd best suit your preference'. If you go about looking for these characteristics in women in your city, you may just find a mix and match of everything, as everyone has one unique character you can absolutely relate to. So, what're you waiting for? Go get her!
  19. The fitness industry has always been dominated by fads and myths. Whenever people hear something new, they themselves start adding their own beliefs to it and which ultimately becomes a trend. The latest to join this trend is a Gluten-free diet. I am sure 5 years back hardly anyone of us had even heard this name, 'gluten sensitivity'. However, today you will find people discussing that they have eliminated all the gluten from their diet. They would argue that gluten is bad for their body and they have seen drastic results since they left consuming gluten foods. However, the only gain that I can see is for the people who manufacture the gluten-free products. Read on to know more. However, the aggressive marketing campaign of companies that produce gluten-free products and the general misconception amongst people has led to a time that even a healthy and fit person is choosing a gluten-free product to stay on the safer side. Suddenly, gluten is being portrayed as some kind of an enemy and that you need to stay away from gluten in general. Gluten & Gluten Intolerance Gluten is nothing but a naturally occurring protein found in wheat and wheat products. It is also used in baking as it helps the dough to rise and adds to the viscosity. If you look at the above statement, you must be wondering that "it doesn't sound like something bad to me then why people are afraid of it?" Well, in general, you don't have to be. Not more than one per cent of the world's population suffers from Gluten intolerance or celiac disease. © Getty Images People who suffer from gluten sensitivity cannot digest gluten and can get symptoms like diarrhoea, skin rashes, fatigue, headache etc. Now before you diagnose yourself of having a celiac disease by yourself, let me inform you that there is a test available in the labs and you can get yourself tested before you claim to be gluten sensitive. It is not a mosquito bite that you can diagnose on your own by looking at it. I've seen people diagnosing themselves of having gluten sensitivity because they suffer from poor digestion and constipation. Though the reason could be lack of enough fibre in their diet they still leave gluten. Not because they are gluten sensitive but more because its in trend and sounds cool to be on a gluten-free diet. The Gluten-Free Campaign If you notice, there hasn't been any significant rise in the population that suffers from gluten sensitivity statistically. The only significant rise I can see is in the profit margins of the companies that produce these gluten-free products. Since people are demanding more gluten-free products, these manufacturers are offering various varieties to meet the demand. Well, at least the genuine one per cent who actually suffer from celiac disease have surely benefitted from this as they now have more choices available to them when they visit a grocery store. All thanks to the people who are self-diagnosing their gluten sensitivity. © Getty Images Gluten-Free Products Majority of the gluten-free products contain some form of additives to have the same level of viscosity and taste. They are loaded with synthetic sugars or fats making them a bag full of extra calories. You just buy a product when you see the words 'Gluten-Free' in the bold. However, what you don't see is the extra additives that these products contain. For example, when you choose a gluten-free biscuit from a store, it might contain more number of calories than a regular biscuit that has gluten. Now if you aren't really a gluten sensitive person, it doesn't make any sense to spend more for a product that has unnecessary loaded calories with no extra benefit to your health. Be Smart Don't just follow the fads and trends blindly, that's all I am asking you to do. If someone says that he has given up gluten and seen drastic changes, he might be genuinely suffering from celiac disease. It doesn't mean that you too have to give up gluten to experience the same changes in your body. Every individual is different and so is the solution for the individual problem. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  20. 2018 was a great year for influencer marketing. A lot of accounts across different platforms like YouTube, Instagram saw exponential growth. Heck, even the Undertaker is an influencer now. Naturally, a lot of millennial decided to cash in on the growth and make money from modelling, blogging, and vlogging. But have you ever imagined what would happen if these platforms seize to exist or your account gets randomly shut down someday? Well, you can ask the influencer 'Jessy Taylor'. Or just watch her YouTube video in which she's pouring out about getting her account mysteriously deleted from Instagram. The young star, who managed to rack up an impressive 113,000 followers by the time her account got deleted, starts off her video in tears. She's explaining that her old Instagram account got mysteriously deleted. “I'm in the middle of editing and my Instagram account got deleted. I've tried to get it back, I'm calling everyone I can,” she said. It appears as though her account was taken down after people reported her on the platform. “I'm nothing without my following,” says Jessy, who moved to LA to become famous on the platform. View this post on Instagram My old acct was deleted A post shared by Jessy taylor (@duhitsjessy) on Apr 5, 2019 at 3:16pm PDT She went on to rant about the fact that she now has to get a regular nine-to-five job, which is not something that she's planning on doing. She said, “I want to say to everybody that's reporting me: Think twice because you're ruining my life, because I make all of my money online, all of it and I don't want to lose that. I know people like to see me be down and be like them and the ninety percenters - the people who work nine-to-five - that is not me. I am in LA to not be like that.“ Jessy's video went somewhat viral on the internet racking up over 455,000 views. The video, however, has just over 700 likes against 10,000 dislikes. So it's safe to say that people aren't particularly happy with the outburst. BTW, Jessy is back on Instagram now, she now has just over 7,000 followers.
  21. Who says karma doesn't strike back? When it has to, it comes back full circle making sure we're aware and wary of its existence. This is exactly what happened at South Africa's Kruger National Park a few days ago, when a poacher was poached by the animals of the wildlife reserve. A suspected Rhino poacher was believed to have been 'suddenly' attacked by elephants where he died and later his remains were eaten by lions. As tragic and astounding as it sounds, it was certainly a relief to know the animals were safe and sound and that they've finally learnt to take care of themselves amidst poachers. #sapsMP Komatipoort: A human skull found in the Kruger National Park (KNP) is believed to be that of a man reportedly killed by an elephant while poaching with his accomplices on 01/04; duo arrested, rifles & ammo seized. MEhttps://t.co/XXsXpJqTjA pic.twitter.com/4Oye38Eddh — SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) 6 April 2019 © Twitter The man entered the park with four other men, carrying arms and ammunition, in all probability to hunt and poach Rhinos, one of the most endangered species in existence today. The police said the man was suddenly attacked by an elephant, after which his accomplices claimed to have left his body on the road so that passers-by could find it, while they ran away from the park. When his family found out about his death, they urged the park to carry forth a search for him. While they'd been searching a few days, they didn't find his body but with the help of some additional field rangers, they discovered what was left of the man. By the looks of it, a pride of lions had devoured the man and left just his skull and his trousers as evidence. "Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured the remains leaving only a human skull and a pair of pants," the police told a popular international publication. © Twitter Even though the man was out on an illegal hunt, this has to be one of the most tragic ways to die. With absolutely no trace whatsoever. But then again, that's how animals die too. Except their traces are sold in the market at a high price. This incident can be looked at with utmost grief, or with profound satisfaction about the fact that nature does answer back, if its peace is trespassed upon. Especially when you have to be that foolish to trespass barefoot inside a jungle. © Twitter "Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise, it holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that. It is very sad to see the daughters of the deceased mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains." Said Glenn Philips, the managing executive of Kruger National Park, while he extended his condolences towards the trespasser's family. © Twitter The rest of the individuals who'd escaped the park were arrested shortly after the man died in the park. There have been many instances of Rhino poaching before. Rhinos are poached for their horns as it's believed the horns have medicinal properties and they act as an aphrodisiac, making it more valuable than cocaine in the world. All we can hope is that this is a strong message for all the poachers who infringe upon personal boundaries and poach animals with little or no remorse. Next time, maybe they'll think thrice?
  22. The countdown for 'Avengers: Endgame' has already begun and Joe Russo's recent India visit has been quite eventful and only added to the insane buzz that is surrounding the finale that everyone is dying to watch. During his interaction with the media and fans, Joe Russo revealed many unknown facts and information around the movie franchise. Interestingly, he revealed that 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' had a connection with our beloved Rajinikanth. Apparently, he was inspired by Rajnikanth's 'Robot' for a sequence in the Avengers movie. “Robot almost influenced the climatic moments in Avengers: Age of Ultron [which was directed by Joss Whedon]. In one of the final scenes, all the Ultrons were supposed to form a large Ultron and Avengers were set to fight that but the sequence got cut for time. It was this close. It was inspired directly by Robot." He also revealed that he is aware of the 'Dabangg' franchise and if he had to choose Bollywood actors for acting in his superhero movies, he'd pick Salman Khan and Rajinikanth any day. Well, there is a reason why we call him the 'Thalaiva' and the fact that even Joe Russo is inspired by the legend, it's proof enough that he is a real life super hero for everyone . 'Avengers: Endgame' is releasing on 26th April so get ready for the madness to unleash.
  23. The past year for the Real Madrid F.C. has been a real struggle. Starting with Cristiano Ronaldo's exit from the roster for Juventus back in July 2018 for a massive €100 million contract, Los Blancos found themselves in one of the biggest slumps of their entire history as they lost rather badly to Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (AFC Ajax) in the Round of 16 matchup of the Champions League in a 1-4 (3-5 on aggregate) goals defeat. After the massive upset, the team's management has decided to start afresh after firing Santiago Solari, the pride of Argentine football under whose interim reign, Real Madrid saw very little to no improvement. Bringing back Zinedine Zidane to head the city to the glory it had seen during the three seasons he was the manager there, team president Florentino Pérez Rodríguez is now aiming to upgrade Los Blancos' home-ground. For days now, Real Madrid F.C. have been boasting about their plans to give Santiago Bernabéu, a giant and high-tech facelift. ðð Take a look at the plans for the new Santiago Bernabéu! #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/ntXWHidlaa — Real Madrid C.F. ð¬ð§ðºð¸ (@realmadriden) April 2, 2019 According to TOI, the ameliorating will take about four years to complete with the stadium being fully functional by 2023. The new features will include a retractable roof, a titanium outside wall, along with a 360-degree scoreboard. In order to increase revenue generation out of the new customisations, the pedestrian areas will be installed with a huge megastore, multiple restaurants and bars, and also a museum dedicated to the stars and moments of the club. "We want this to be a great digital stadium of the future, and it will be paid for by the income its renovation will provide," said Perez. "And it will make Real Madrid more competitive at a time when the footballing landscape is becoming ever less certain." What is rather odd about the plans, however, is that the project which is going to set Perez's bank account back by € 525 million approximately, does not include any ideas of increasing the seating capacity of Bernabéu by a single chair. Real's rivals, Barcelona F.C., on the other hand, are amidst an upgradation of Camp Nou's capacity from 99,000 to 105,000 and will be good to go by 2023 as well.
  24. 1st April a.k.a April Fool's Day has always been the day on which all brands try to put their best foot forward and lie to us for the sake of, well, comedy. You definitely shouldn't be believing what you see or hear on April Fool's day, but it's also the day that brings out the best in the tech space. Well, 2019 was no exception, and we got to see a lot of interesting stuff from big name companies. But here are the best April Fool's Day pranks, which we wish actually real: 1. Notifications That Literally Follow! Duolingo's pesky notifications bugging you every day to take your language test can get super annoying, which is why we're sure you end up ignoring them. But this April fool's day, the company took a step further by introducing the idea of having a large green owl appear in real life and follow you around to remind you to practice your language lessons. Heck, they even come in three modes - encouraging, disappointed, or passive aggressive - and it's downright hilarious. Check it out - 2. A Smart Assistant For Gaming? Sure. Nvidia also took it a step further by announcing a GeForce RTX smart assistant called R.O.N. The company claims it can give you cool tips when you play games like Apex Legends, telling you to hide, etc. R.O.N. can also use its brains to leave comments on sites like Reddit and Twitch for you. But be careful, R.O.N. can become a serious troll. The best part, however, has got to be the device itself, which throws a really cool holograph. Check it out - 3. RGB CPU, Anyone? Newegg's new CPU for April Fool's day makes us wonder - “How much RGB is too much RGB?” Seriously, the company showcased an RGB CPU for people who just can't have enough RGB in their life. It costs a hefty $4,999.99, and it comes with a whopping 100 cores and 200 threads. Its base clock is a supposed 1.4 Petahertz and overclock, well, if you overclock it, Newegg says you “might create a small black hole inside your CPU.” It's not something that we want, because the CPU will anyway be tucked inside a cooler, but it's a hilarious idea. Check it out here - 4. Do You Like Cup Noodles? Yes, that's what HyperX and Nissin came up with. Needs no explanation we suppose? They even claim that you can detach the fork and slurp some noodles while gaming. Sounds just about right. © HyperX - Noodles 5. Like Sharing Your Music? If you don't like HyperX's idea, then how about something more practical? Like this Jabra Earbud(dy) headphones, with which you can share the music that you're listening to. It apparently comes with an ultra-light headband that can be extended “seamlessly to accommodate the perfect fit for every pair of buddies.” © Jabra 6. An App Find Your Lost LEGO Bricks? LEGO's “Find My Brick”, as the name suggests, is a parody of Apple's Find My iPhone app. It will help you find your bricks for you in a pile of miscellaneous blocks. Image how simple your life would be with such an app, and that's exactly why we think this should actually be real. The long search is finally over... ð± #FindMyBrick pic.twitter.com/3yBIPJ2OPk — LEGO (@LEGO_Group) April 1, 2019 Well, that wraps our list of April Fool's pranks. Of course, there were countless other pranks by the likes of OnePlus, Razer, Tinder, etc., but these are the ones which we truly wished existed in real life, especially the Nvidia R.O.N. and LEGO app.
  25. "He is legend", "Sadi ka Mahanayak", "Star of the Millenium"...by now we're sure you know who we are talking about. If you still didn't get it, then ladies and gentlemen, that's Amitabh Bachchan for you. In case you're thinking why are we suddenly fanboying over Mr. Bachchan, then well, these are not our words. This is what actor Tyrese Gibson said in his huge AF fan post on Big B. View this post on Instagram â ::..... When God is about to bless you he will stress you, beat you down publicly and privately and force to submit and surrender your heart to him... God is a jealous God.. If he finds that YOU are giving YOURSELF ( self consumed EGO ) or everyone or everything the love and respect that ONLY HE DESERVES he will strip it all away and FORCE you to focus on HIM...... That's what happened to me... I believe it.... Those friends I talked to 10 times a day instead of HIM..??? Gone.... That money that I got caught up in...... Faded.... I dropped to my knees with tears in my eyes and asked why so many back to back to back heartaches?..... Please make it stop raining, please restore my heart, my mind, my marriage, my finances, my vision......... I surrendered and like that pow!!!!!! Everything changed........ I repeat EVERYTHING CHANGED...... Wrapped my first movie of the year #BlackAndBlue directed by @DeonTaylor w/ Oscar Nominee @naomieharris - The life story of Teddy Pendergrass Warner Bros, #Morbius 3 picture deal at Marvel Studios/Sony - Celebrity Grand Prix #MGM w/ legend Mark Burnett and #Fast9 shooting in June! More deals to be announced soon enough..... Believe me when I says.... People and opportunities are resources ONLY GOD is your #SOURCE....... My #TEST is and had became my #TESTIMONY........ From a state of confusion to now uploading Instagram post from Mumbai India where I'm here for business no play play........ To GOD BE ALL THE GLORY............ I thank God everyday for my wife and Perdue men and women of GOD that prayer for covering in his blood cause our marriage came under attack before we even had a chance to get out of our honeymoon phase and she stood by my side and loved me through it all.... And gave me a beautiful daughter......: Where ever you are and whatever you are going through stay encouraged I hope at least one person out there will read this and decided to NOT give up...... If you agree say AMEN!!! It's 10:30pm here in Mumbai India... It's my winning season!!!!! #VoltronEnterprisesLLC ... Gn A post shared by TYRESE (@tyrese) on Mar 25, 2019 at 9:39am PDT The 'Fast and Furious' and 'Transformers' actor was recently in India, travelling around the streets of Mumbai and among the various posts from his trip, there was this 'Big B appreciation post' that caught everyone's attention. Gibson is a huge fan of Amitabh Bachchan as we already know it by now, and he even wanted to meet him and shake his hand. View this post on Instagram à¤à¤ªà¤à¥ à¤à¤¹à¤¨à¥ पॠ, दिल à¤à¥ à¤à¤¼à¤°à¥à¤¬ à¤à¤ªà¤à¤¾ तà¥à¤¹à¤«à¤¼à¤¾ पहन लिया नाम पता à¤à¥à¤¹à¤°à¤¾ न दिà¤à¤¾, न सहॠ; à¤à¤¸ लाल रà¤à¤ à¤à¥ दमठनॠतॠà¤à¥à¤à¤ लिया मà¥à¤°à¤¾ हिया ! A post shared by Amitabh Bachchan (@amitabhbachchan) on Jan 9, 2019 at 9:14am PST Calling him a legend, he wrote "I hope and pray that I get to meet and greet and shake his hand before I leave INDIA!!!! Yes ladies and gentlemen he is legend!!! Over 190 BOLLYWOOD movies.... He is @AmitabhBachchan for my followers you ask who is he?" He further wrote, "He first gained popularity in the early 1970s for films such as Zanjeer, Deewaar and Sholay, and was dubbed India's "angry young man" for his on-screen roles in Bollywood. Referred to as the Shahenshah of Bollywood, Sadi ka Mahanayak (Hindi for, "Greatest actor of the century"), Star of the Millennium, or Big B he has since appeared in over 190 Indian films in a career spanning almost five decades." View this post on Instagram I hope and pray that I get to meet and greet and shake his hand before I leave INDIA!!!! Yes ladies and gentlemen he is legend!!! Over 190 BOLLYWOOD movies.... He is @AmitabhBachchan for my followers you ask who is he? He first gained popularity in the early 1970s for films such as Zanjeer, Deewaar and Sholay, and was dubbed India's "angry young man" for his on-screen roles in Bollywood. Referred to as the Shahenshah of Bollywood, Sadi ka Mahanayak (Hindi for, "Greatest actor of the century"), Star of the Millennium, or Big B he has since appeared in over 190 Indian films in a career spanning almost five decades. Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema as well as world cinema. So total was his dominance on the Indian movie scene in the 1970s and 1980s that the French director François Truffaut called him a "one-man industry.... I would be honored to meet you sir I'm here for a few more days.....: Text him, call him, I'm here let's do this!!! ( what other Bollywood actors should I meet while I'm here please tag them below!!! Good vibes and energy!!! A post shared by TYRESE (@tyrese) on Mar 24, 2019 at 7:04pm PDT "Amitabh Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema as well as world cinema. So total was his dominance on the Indian movie scene in the 1970s and 1980s that the French director Francois Truffaut called him a one-man industry. I would be honoured to meet you Sir," he added. We wonder what Amitabh Bachchan has to say about this post and Gibson's love for him. On the work front, he was last seen in 'Badla' and is now gearing up for his upcoming movie 'Brahmastra' that also stars Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor.
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