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  1. Following in the footsteps of Netflix, Hotstar released their first ever original feature film today - Yoodlee Films' Chappad Phaad Ke. Make no mistake - for a genre that's been riddled with cliches, unenthusiastic performances and dull characters for decades now, director Sameer Joshi's new film is a much-needed breath of fresh air, and definitely worth a watch - here's why. Common Man, Uncommon Circumstances The story revolves around the Gupshups - a family of four who live a definitively middle-class existence in suburban Pune. Set in the wake of Modi's 2016 demonetisation wave, the family comes across the film's major source of conflict - a corpse, and a bag containing Rs 5 crore of stolen cash. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films Actually, scratch that - the real source of conflict is that the Gupshups are a bunch of goddamn liars. Each member of the family has their own skeletons in the closet - from secret relationships to black money - and watching how the inevitable clash of greed and family bonds tests them, reveals a depth and relatability that's unusual in Indian comedy. Vinay Pathak As The Ultimate 'Whatsapp Uncle' The star of the show here is none other than Vinay Pathak, who plays the role of Sharad Gupshup. After a half-lifetime of honest work, Sharad is rewarded with little more than middle-aged, middle-class limbo, in a society that he feels has grown lazy and corrupt - a frustration that he constantly unloads onto his unemployed, freelance photographer son, Shubham. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films Along with the perfect comedic timing that he's shown in older films such as Bheja Fry and Mixed Doubles, Pathak meshes the character with the environment and especially its timing and as a result, plays one of the most convincing and relatable roles we've ever seen him in. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films He conjures up memories of self-righteous, easily irritable family men. Somewhere in the shadows of his constantly furrowed brow, you'll see hints of the 'Whatsapp Uncle' phenomenon, and the blind confidence that characterises so much of his generation. Taking On Demonetisation, Three Years On Early on in the film, Sharad visits the bank to invest in a fund. This is where one of the main premises of the film is revealed to us, as the teller is shown counting a relic of India's past - the long-gone Rs 1000 note. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films It does a fantastic job of picking apart many of the people who blindly put their faith in the system as Sharad's family descends into chaos. He even acts on political ambitions of his own, surrounded by old friends who refuse to doubt his morals, eager to be a part of something big. (Sounds familiar?) © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films There's a clear and powerful message here - the scourge of black money only seems terrible when you're not profiting off it. The Gupshup Family The rest of the family consists of Sharad's wife Vaishali (Ayesha Raza) and their children, aforementioned Shubham (Siddharth Menon) and Ketaki (Sheetal Thakur). A lot of what makes the film come alive is how immersive and real their interactions seem. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films A great part of this is down to the actors' close bond formed while shooting. “For the sake of this fictional story, we tried to become the family,” shares Pathak. “We would do family things together while shooting in Pune! We would go out, eat together, go shopping, watch movies together… not fight, but we'd argue with each other. It was great fun, great fun.” This genuine connection succeeds immensely when the conflict in the story begins to pick up. “The idea was for us all to be on the same page regarding this conflict,” elucidates Pathak. “All according to character. We were all helping each other strive for what we were looking at [in the performance].” © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films It all adds up quite nicely - the relationships between the characters feel relatable and extends into their dreams and personal values as well. The Little Details Another place where this film excels is including subtle, thoughtfully placed cues that add depth to almost all the characters, regardless of screen time. An early scene shows Ketaki dreamily watching celebrity weddings on TV, foreshadowing the secret she's hidden from her family. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films Another character's money troubles are revealed not through boring old dialogue, but by Vaishali noticing that the gold rings on his fingers are missing. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films Even the bank teller we mentioned earlier (who has just about ten seconds of screentime) is shown with a solitaire game on his desktop, hidden from his clients and employers. © Hotstar/Yoodlee Films As a whole though, the film does have a few flaws. Some scenes, especially montages, seem unnecessarily drawn out, while the background score isn't particularly strong. A tighter job on the editing would've helped out too. Fortunately, most of your time spent watching this film will be spent quite invested in the story of the Gupshups. Remember to hold onto your hats for the climax of this film - it's truly shocking and leaves you with a lot to consider. Unlike Andhadhun which aimed to reinvent the Indian dark comedy wheel, Chappad Phaad Ke simply omits stale ideas and injects much fresher ones. If you've got family with a penchant for idealistic politics and social change, consider watching this with them - there's bound to be some interesting conversation afterwards. Rating: 3.5/5
  2. Apple announced a bunch of new features that will be coming to iOS 13. However, not many were detailed at WWDC 2019. The next major update for iOS is expected to roll out when the new iPhone is announced and a public beta will roll out sometime in July. There will be many new features and performance upgrades that you should be taking advantage of. Here are some of the reasons why you should upgrade to iOS 13 when it is made available. It Will Make The iPhone Faster Apple Every year Apple wants to bring updates that are beneficial to iOS devices and the majority of it has to do with making iPhones faster. It was the first thing Apple mentioned at WWDC's presentation and the company is expected to make huge leaps. Apple claims that iOS 13 will make the Face ID unlock speed faster than ever before; in fact, it will be 30 percent faster. The company also mentioned that App launch speeds will also be boosted considerably. When it comes to App downloads, iOS 13 will reduce the size of the apps by half and updates will also be smaller by 60 percent. Streaming Music To Two AirPods Apple Ever wanted to share music with your friends but you couldn't since the iPhone no longer supports a headphone jack? With iOS 13 you will now be able to send music to two separate AirPods at the same time. This will enable users to enjoy music or a movie together without having the need of sharing AirPods. Bluetooth has traditionally only allowed a single connection to earphones or an audio device. However, this new feature will change the way we share music with friends. Privacy Above All Else Apple Apple has always been upholding Privacy as one of the most important features of any of their products. The company has consistently attacked Google, Facebook and other businesses that target users and track their activity. Apple has now introduced a “Sign In With Apple” feature that basically blocks apps from tracking sensitive information. It gives users the power to allow apps to access location data, information and other personal data. Apple has also taken necessary steps to inform users which apps are tracking them in the background without their permission or knowledge. “Sign In With Apple” will also substitute your email address with a random email forwarding address so that you are not bothered with marketing emails and spam. This will let users not reveal their true email addresses and can disable the random email address from receiving communication whenever they want to. Find Apple Devices Even When Offline We often forget our iPhone, MacBook, iPads and AirPods in cafes or other public spots on busy days. Earlier, we could use the Find My iPhone app to locate our devices; however, it had to be connected to a network. With iOS 13, the Find My app will now be able to locate a lost or stolen device even when it is not connected to an internet connection. Apple Basically, an Apple device that is lost will basically ping other nearby Apple devices to detect its location. The information will be relayed back to Apple's servers securely and then will be transmitted to your Find My app. It will basically use Bluetooth to communicate with other Apple devices and all the information from your lost device will remain private and secure. Better Battery Life Macrumours iOS 13 will also come with a new feature that will extend your iPhone's battery life and health. It's called the "Optimized Battery Charging" feature that will basically learn from your usage habits for more effective and balanced charging. For example, if you charge your smartphone at night while sleeping, this feature will charge your iPhone to 80% and then wait an hour or so before you wake up to charge it up to 100%. This basically keeps your iPhone charged at optimum capacity and then charge the remaining capacity when you actually need it. Dark Mode FTW Apple Apple finally heard the fans and is bringing a Dark Mode feature as a part of the iOS 13 update. Dark Mode has a few advantages such as putting less strain on your eyes, look pretty and also help in conserving battery life. However, the Dark Mode will be most effective on devices that use OLED displays i.e the iPhone XS, XS Max and X. OLED displays are the best for displaying deep black colours as there isn't much grey light leakage. Dark Mode will be applicable to everything from the lock screen, notifications and the overall UI. Users will be able to fire up the mode from the Control Center and even set it up according to the local sunrise and sunset schedule. Dark Mode will automatically activate when it is evening and revert to the brighter interface during the day.
  3. Shahid Kapoor possesses the rare ability to exude an impish, boyish charm, and also come off as a complete 'mard' when he wants to. He can easily pull off a college-going Rajiv in 'Ishq Vishk', a fierce emperor, Raja Ratan Rawal Singh, in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' and then channelling his inner insanity by playing a crazy drug addict in 'Udta Punjab'. Over the years, we have seen Shahid prove the fact that every role he takes up, he plays it convincingly on the big screen. Now, he is gearing up for his next release, 'Kabir Singh', which is an adaptation of Vijay Devarakonda and Shalini Pandey's blockbuster movie 'Arjun Reddy'. The trailer has already left everyone waiting with bated breath, as Shahid's character is seen struggling majorly with the consequences of a bad breakup and ends up choosing alcohol and drugs to overcome the pain he is going through. Cliched, I know, but Shahid adds a little something extra to this otherwise heard-so-much-about role. View this post on Instagram #Bekhayali out now! . . . Link in bio. @kiaraaliaadvani @sandeepreddy.vanga #BhushanKumar @muradkhetani #KrishanKumar @ashwinvarde @santha_dop @filmykothari @sachetparampara @sachettandon @thakurparampara @kamil_irshad_official @tseries.official @kabirsinghmovie @cine1studios A post shared by Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) on May 25, 2019 at 3:24am PDT Earlier, there were reports that Arjun Kapoor was first approached for the role but then director Sandeep Vanga was already in talks with Shahid for the role. “Shahid and I were already in talks, so I couldn't just jump to another actor It's not about whose acting calibre is greater but about the commitment,” said the director in an interview. 'Kabir Singh' is releasing this month and here's why we think Shahid Kapoor is an apt choice to play the fierce character: 1. Convincing As A Heartbroken Romantic View this post on Instagram Making everyone spell love all over again! #TujheKitnaChahneLage (Link In Bio) . . . . @kiaraaliaadvani @sandeepreddy.vanga #BhushanKumar @muradkhetani #KrishanKumar @ashwinvarde @santha_dop @filmykothari @arijitsingh @mithoon11 @tseries.official @kabirsinghmovie @cine1studios A post shared by Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) on Jun 1, 2019 at 10:16pm PDT If you have seen the trailer, Shahid does look convincing as a lovelorn man. You empathize with his character as breakups in our era are pretty much relatable. You can see his violent streak and how he has drenched himself in alcohol and drugs to get over the pain that comes with a tough breakup. 2. He Can Handle The Pressure Of A 'High-Risk' Role When the trailer was released, it was a sure shot thing that it would be compared to 'Arjun Reddy'. If you have watched 'Arjun Reddy', you can easily vouch for that fact that Shahid has gotten the body language and holistic characteristics just right. Despite having a bar set really high, even before the movie hits the screens, Shahid seems to have taken that fact into his stride, and pull off a rather convincing performance. 3. He's Got That 'Bad-Boy' Beard Nailed To A T View this post on Instagram #kabirsingh out in 2 months. 21st June. #waitforit @kiaraaliaadvani @sandeepreddy.vanga #BhushanKumar @muradkhetani #KrishanKumar @ashwinvarde @tseries.official @cine1studios @kabirsinghmovie A post shared by Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) on Apr 21, 2019 at 2:33am PDT Well, you can totally take inspiration from his bearded look and probably, you can also keep such a beard for your next date. Although, the beard in his situation is the result of a broken heart. Again, cliched, but Shahid pulls it off so well. 4. Stepping Out Of His Comfort Zone Shahid has always aced even those roles which don't seem to come naturally to him and goes beyond his limits, just to get it right on the big screen. We are sure that 'Kabir Singh' is going to be worth our while and can't wait for its release. Are you looking forward to the movie? Let us know in the comments section.
  4. Apple announced a brand new iPod touch yesterday with a familiar design targeting a familiar audience. Apple has always been deeply involved with music and if you love to listen to music on-the-go, the new iPod touch is for you. The iPod touch is probably the only comprehensive portable music device you can buy right now and Apple has updated it with some great features and hardware. Apple customers may already own an iPhone but not everyone has upgraded to the latest device and are taking advantage of some exclusive features such as Augmented Reality games and the ability to use AirPods without any hassle. The iPod touch is the perfect gadget for someone who doesn't really need a new phone but still wants access to his/her music. The iPhone SE is also a great option to look at; however, storage space can be an issue as it maxes out at 128GB. So here are some of the reasons why you should think about buying an iPod touch if love listening to music: Upgradeable Software The new iPod touch comes with A10 Fusion chip which means you can upgrade the firmware of your iPod touch to at least iOS 14 when it comes out. Apple does a great job at optimising iOS for devices with older chipsets and the iPod touch will be no exception. It's More Than Just Music The iPod touch comes with Apple's A10 Fusion chip which basically enables Augmented Reality (AR) features, Group FaceTime and iMessage communication. Since the iPod touch is not a full-blown smartphone, you can use the iPod touch for various purposes such as gaming, basic communication and internet browsing. Gaming © Apple Since the iPod touch has Apple's A10 Fusion chip, it can handle most graphics intensive games and will be an integral part of Apple's upcoming Apple Arcade subscription platform. Apple Arcade will have the ability to people play games offline, and if you love to game on-the-go, the iPod touch is perfect for you. Augmented Reality © YouTube If you are interested in Augmented Reality apps, websites and games, the iPod touch is capable of delivering the same experience as the iPhone. It is by far the cheapest product by Apple if you want to use it for playing AR games. Augmented reality is also being used as a great tool for educational applications it puts virtual items in the real world around you. Music © Apple The primary purpose of having the iPod touch is for having the ability to store music on your device for offline play. You can also take advantage of music streaming by using Apple Music or Spotify and keep your favourite music locally downloaded on your device. If you love streaming radio, you have access to countless apps from the App Store or you could always listen to my favourite Beats 1 channel on Apple Music. It Has A Headphone Jack The iPod touch is one of Apple's latest devices that has a headphone jack. If you have invested in a nice pair of cans or earphones, you finally have a small device that is deeply integrated with Apple's ecosystem and enjoy music the way you want to. Using wired headphones always deliver a better audio experience and you can read more about it here It Works With AirPods If you are one of those people that prefer convenience over sound quality, you can pair Apple's AirPods seamlessly with the new iPod touch. This is partly thanks to the A10 Fusion chip and it was the same chipset that enabled the feature on the iPhone 7.
  5. Back in time, taking a plunge into the cold water only meant complaining. But, in 2019, we are in favour of icy, cold water showers. So, why would anyone even consider getting into this dreadful process? It sounds crazy to put yourself through so much when you are only hoping to gently ease out of the bed in the morning. Well, the icy blast of cold showers will earn you benefits that you never knew before. Take a look! 1. Breathe easy Getty Images Sometimes when you get into the shower, you certainly feel breathless. But, cold showers let you relax and take long breaths, instead of the faster breathing technique you were used to. This gives a massive boost to your body to function the whole day. 2. Muscle Recovery Getty Images Taking cold showers is quite a famous technique in athletes. Blood circulation in the body improves, giving your muscles an opportunity to recover from the night soreness. 3. Improved metabolism Getty Images Another amazing benefit of taking cold showers is that it boosts your metabolism and ultimately helps you lose weight. The healthy fat inside your body works a great deal when given a chance to enter into cold showers, Now, who doesn't wish to have a hot, steamy body? 4. Staying alert Getty Images The shock of cold water instantly revives your body from the sleepy state. Cold water, alongside energising your body, also helps in higher state of alertness. This benefit is literally what we need in our daily lives. 5. Improved hair and skin condition Getty Images Research says that taking cold showers help control loss of natural oils. Cold showers are an anti-ageing process that don't make the natural oils disappear. In fact, they grant us with smoother skin and shinier hair! 6. Prevent Varicose Veins Getty Images Majorly noticed in elder citizens, Varicose Veins take place in our legs and they are quite a common sign of ageing. Cold water can reverse the whole process and stimulate the muscles. 7. Boost testosterone Getty Images Heat can damage the testosterone production, but switching to cold showers can alleviate stress and make sure that your body recovers from the damage caused. Taking cold showers leads to producing the right amount of testosterone. No more 'oops' situations for you!
  6. Driving in India is a tedious and nerve-wracking task. From shouting at pedestrians for jaywalking to being the only one who follows the traffic lights, it is stressful. And don't even get us started about the Indian roads. But, in spite of all the fuss about it, we Indians simply love the luxury of driving around and owning the best of the cars. And that gets us back to the big news – the entry of the Korean automobile brand Kia Motors in the Indian market. Anyone who is obsessed with cars would know what that means. Kia has announced their entry in India and is all set to roll out cars at the dealerships from August 2019. But here's our point – this should have happened way sooner, as Kia Motors makes the best of the cars and we've been missing out on them all. Here are 6 reasons why this brand should have come to India sooner: 1. We Need More Of Quirky And Compact We are a country of middle-class people who buy things that are paisa vasool – that means a car that looks great, is tech-savvy, practical and fuel-efficient, all at the same time. Keeping the demanding nature of this middle-class Gen Z in mind, Kia Motors offers a range of compact economy cars that are also performance-driven. 2. They Have Green Options Too Electric cars might have a niche market in India but thankfully, it is seeing a surge in popularity with more and more people looking for Green options. Kia Motors has the highly efficient Kia Soul & Niro Electric Vehicle. If introduced in India, this efficient and economic model is surely going to be a customer favourite. Kia 3. They Stand Out In A Crowd With Their Trippy Hues There is no dearth of options in India and that's why we need something that stands out from the rest – here's where Kia comes into the picture. With their sleek designs and trippy hues and unique shapes, they are everything that we've always wanted. Each of the Kia models has a different look completed with their signature Tiger grille. Their trippy colour palette includes hues like Mysterious Blue, Alien 2 Green, Caffeine Brown and Wild Orange. 4. It's Luxury With Quality Those of you who think that Asian cars are inferior in quality need to think again. Kia Motors has won multiple global quality awards like IQS for their fine quality, safety and designs that are an absolute value for money. Their interiors are just as polished and sleek as the exterior design of the car. With comfort the number one priority, the interiors give a more spacious and luxurious vibe to the car. 5. They Offer More For Less - The Power To Surprise Compared to other high-end brands, Kia Motors strive to offer the best and most up-to-date features in economy cars. In fact, Kia has been ranked in the list of Top 10 Best Midsize Cars for the Money. Kia 6. We've Been Settling With Our Safety Options While most of the cars rely heavily on airbags and camera-sensor rearview mirrors, the Kia Motors line up offers smart and advanced safety features that include Blind-Spot Detection, Lane-Change Assist, surround-view camera and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Now that's what our accident-prone Indian roads need. Well, in spite of all that we've missed, let's just give a warm welcome to Kia Motors and say it's better late than never!
  7. There was a time (not so long ago) when men could only choose between boxers or briefs while shopping for underwear. This decision is not as straightforward as it first appears, as each style comes with its own distinct set of pros and cons. However, times have changed, and the stylish gentleman can now enjoy the best features of both boxers and briefs in one style - the boxer brief! As such, if you're still set in your ways when it comes to the contents of your underwear drawer, here are five reasons why you should be making the switch to boxer briefs ASAP! Reason 1: To Get That Much-Needed Support © Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment The best briefs for men are popular for being supremely supportive, keeping everything in place without the hassle of excess fabric bunching up underneath your trousers. Boxer briefs match their snug fit, providing ample support and ensuring total comfort for your manhood even if you're on the move all day long. Additionally, they offer greater coverage, which makes them all the more suitable for the more modest gentleman. Reason 2: To Get Just The Right Amount Of Coverage © Shutterstock If you're someone who doesn't usually wear formal trousers of slim-fit jeans, boxers are probably your preferred choice. Not only do they offer breathability, they're also far less revealing than any other style. However, all that extra room comes at a price, because even the best boxers for men have a tendency to bunch up or ride up annoyingly. Boxer briefs, on the other hand, preserve your modesty in a more close-fitting manner, so there's no need to constantly adjust and align them! Reason 3: To Enjoy Unmatched Functionality © Pexels What do you look for when you are underwear shopping? Some tend to go for support, while others prioritise comfort and breathability. The best underwear for men offers all that and much more, shielding your privates from public view while keeping them comfortable all day long. As an added bonus, the extra fabric between your thighs also plays an important role in avoiding any unpleasant rubbing or chafing! Reason 4: To Appreciate Unparalleled Versatility © Pixabay You have different outfits that you wear for different occasions, which would look incredibly out of place if you mixed them up. For example, you wouldn't wear your finest sherwani to work, or wear a suit to the gym, right? However, their multiple virtues make boxer briefs the go-to underwear style for a variety of situations. From gym gear to formal clothes (and everything in between), you can't go wrong with boxer briefs! Reason 5: To Enhance Your Own Appeal © Wikimedia Commons Your body type plays a crucial role in deciding the best underwear style for you, which is why boxers briefs are such a smart fashion choice. The best boxer briefs for men are universally flattering, lending your appearance the modesty of boxers, and the snug fit of the briefs. They're a great choice for men who want to flaunt their well-toned legs, while those who want to hide their extra weight can also take advantage of the slimming effect provided by dark-hued boxer briefs.
  8. 'Game of Thrones' is finally over, and no one is happy with Season 8 (what else is new?). However, now that it's over, we thought that it's finally time to hand out a very important award - the award for 'The Goodest Boi Of Westeros'. There were many contenders in Season one, but by the end of Season eight, we saw a lot of eliminations. After a lot of deliberation, we have decided that it should go to our top two finalists - Drogon and Ghost. Even though Ghost was leading with major sympathy votes post Jon's unceremonious 'petless' goodbye to him, Drogon caught up in the final episode, and how. Here are 4 reasons why Drogon and Ghost both deserve the coveted award: 1. They are the only two animals to have fought multiple battles valiantly and survived. Ghost fought in the battle of Castle Black, and then against the Night King's army. He lost an ear, but that did not defeat his spirit. Drogon fought the Lannister army during the loot, the White Walker army beyond the wall, as well as the final battle against the Night King's army. He also was injured multiple times, but did not give up. (c) HBO (c) HBO 2. They always had their parents' back. Ghost always came to Jon's rescue whenever he needed him, and continued doing it till the end. Drogon did the same for Dany. Even though he deserted her to go away for a short adventure for some time, he was right there when his mother needed help inside the fighting pit. Both of them always shadowed their mom and dad, and never gave up, even in the face of grave danger. (c) HBO (c) HBO 3. Both are just very intelligent bois who did their best and refused to let go of their parents, even after their death. Ghost refused to leave Jon's corpse post his death and made sure he sat right next to him till he was revived by Melisandre. Drogon tried reviving his dead mother with his snout, before taking her with him as he flew away from King's Landing. When Jon abandoned Ghost without petting him, one could see the sadness in his blood-red eyes, as he stood far away with his head drooping. Drogon, on the other hand, clearly was a perceptive creature who did not harm Jon, despite knowing he killed his mother. Instead, he burned down the Iron Throne as a final goodbye to his dead mother. (c) HBO (c) HBO All we can say is, both of them deserve this, and so much more. You boys are the best, and we shall always love you.
  9. It has been over a decade since Kapil Sharma first set foot in our living rooms with the 'Great Indian Laughter Challenge'. All of a sudden, Kapil began changing how we viewed entertainment, one set at a time. The show might have given India its comedy king, but it was what Kapil did with his talent and popularity that deserves appreciation. After participating and winning multiple comedy shows, Kapil brought 'The Kapil Sharma Show' into existence in 2013. © Twitter People lapped up the content Kapil had to offer and kept coming back for more. The comedy star never failed to strike a chord with his audience and tickle their funny bones, and that earned him an insane fan following throughout the country. Recently, Sony channel took to their Twitter account to announce that Kapil Sharma has been named as one of the most viewed stand-up comedians in India, by World Book of Records London. He was also given this recognition for actively promoting animal rights in India, and fans cannot stop congratulating the man for it. It's a proud moment for all of us. We congratulate the King Of Comedy @kapilsharma for being recognised as one of the most viewed stand-up comedians in India and abroad and promoting animal rights by World Book Of Records. #TheKapilSharmaShow @001danishkhan @KapilSharmaK9 pic.twitter.com/shElmVvqih — Sony TV (@SonyTV) May 17, 2019 After a rough patch in his personal and professional life, that lasted over two years, Kapil Sharma finally made a comeback at the end of 2018 with 'The Kapil Sharma Show' on Sony. The show has been topping all the TRP charts on the channel and the reasons are pretty obvious: 1. India Loves Its Celebs & Masala Celebrity Insights © Twitter Apart from the kind of humour Kapil adds to the show, what makes this show all the more popular and interesting week after week, is the influx of big names from the entertainment industry. We Indians take our celebs very seriously and love anything and everything to do with them. And the good news is, Kapil brings out the best and worst scoop on celebs on his show, and people love that! 2. Senseless Humour © Twitter We say 'senseless' because that is what it is. No one is required to pick their brain cells to laugh at Kapil's jokes. Though it's true that most of the jokes ride on stereotypes and sexism has been a running trope on the show, guess what? When it comes to entertainment, people don't really give a shit. 3. The Concept Remains Golden © Twitter What caught people's attention and love in the very first go was the show's fresh mix of sketch comedy and celebrity talk show format, which then became India's own take on American late-night shows. To this day, it remains Kapil's biggest USP that he manages to pull it all off so well. 4. People Get (Un)Really-Real © Twitter However, the best reason why people have come to love the show and, in turn, Kapil, is because how (un)really-real people get on the show and yet, amidst all the fun and laughter, we end up enjoying that hour of entertainment at the end of a busy day.
  10. Please don't read further if you haven't yet watched season 8 episode 5 of 'Game Of Thrones', for we shall discuss it in detail here, which means spoilers. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let's look at what made this episode the most underwhelming episode 'Game of Thrones' has given us this far. 1. Frustrating Predictability © HBO The one thing that made 'Game of Thrones' one of the best things ever on television was its sheer unpredictability. 'No one saw it coming!' used to be the regular sentiment after every episode, especially the penultimate episode of every season. Right from Ned Stark's death to the Red Wedding to Battle of the Bastards, every single episode shook us up to the core, and naturally, one expected the same, if not more, from the final season. Instead, what we got was a mess. The entire storyline seems to be plummeting to an unfortunate, unplanned death. Where is the raw charm of GOT we love? Where are the plot twists? Where are the gut-wrenching emotions? 'The Bells' was so flat in terms of its storytelling, we couldn't empathise with any character whatsoever. Everything seemed to be disjointed, mechanical. 2. Things That Didn't Make Any Sense © HBO There are gaping plot holes. How come Drogon and Dany all of a sudden became such fierce aerial warriors, that not a single scorpion arrow could touch them, especially after the maddeningly clumsy death of Rhaegal in the last episode? After we were made to believe that one dragon doesn't stand a chance against Cersei's army, this episode made Drogon look like the ultimate avatar of destruction. But in that case, why wait till now? Dany could have just done it earlier without breaking a sweat. The iron fleet was mere ships that might as well be logs of wood waiting to be burnt, and the castle defence of King's Landing just vanished. Also, how exactly did Dany differentiate between her own people and her enemies while raining fire from the sky? What were the sudden bursts of green fire that looked like wildfire in isolation? Most importantly, overall, how did the power dynamic change so drastically overnight? 3. The Characters Did Not Get To Complete The Arc They Deserved © HBO Imagine Cersei Lannister dying in Jaime's arms, by a ceiling collapsing on her. Well you don't need to, because this is what has actually happened. What is the justification of this? After such a strong character build-up that is 7 seasons long, this is how she goes? Euron mortally injures Jaime, but he still goes all the way to Cersei, full-on Bollywood-style. Cleganebowl finally takes place, and they both perish by falling into the fire - wait, is this still 'Game of Thrones'? Varys dies because he betrays Dany, and his death was as plain as the storyline this season. Melissandre's prediction came true, but such an uneventful death for the Master of Whisperers? What was the point of the narrative of the Golden Company? How did they make any difference at all? We're just blank at this point. 4. The Inconsistencies When It Comes To Keeping The Most Important Events For The End © HBO The writers are making 'the final battle' look like a cakewalk. Hell, it was barely a battle. After the whole white walker episode that threatened every single mortal in existence, this is how the season ends? How is this episode the penultimate episode at all, again? After the northern threat, this storyline looks like a neighbourhood dispute gone wrong. A one line summary of the episode: Daenerys attacks King's Landing and burns everything down. A GOT episode cannot be summed up this easily, and if it can be, something is seriously wrong. © HBO All we can say is that we're disappointed, and we have no idea how on earth it can be salvaged with only one episode left. Fingers crossed!
  11. Google announced the Pixel 3a and 3a XL this week and if you are looking for an Android smartphone that delivers good performance, a phenomenal camera and not super expensive, it really ticks all the boxes right now. We've been using the phone for a while and simply fallen in love with the smartphone. Pixel smartphones tend to have exclusive features that give it a few advantages over its counterparts. The Pixel 3a delivers computational photography at an unmatched level and offers a pure Android experience just like the Pixel 3. Here are some of the reasons why we love the Pixel 3a: Great Cameras © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP The Pixel 3a, in our opinion, takes some of the most incredible shots with its single camera sensor. It still takes pictures today that can outmatch almost every smartphone available today, even flagship level smartphones. For the first time, Google has proved that great cameras are not exclusive to flagship smartphones. It comes with all the exclusive features you get on the Pixel 3 i.e. Night Sight, Super-Res Zoom, Top Shot, Photobooth, Playground and Google Lens built right into the camera app. Google also intruded a new time-lapse mode where you can set your frames to record at various intervals. This essentially will let you record a 20-minute video and condense the final video into 10 seconds. Here are a few camera samples from the Pixel 3a: The Best Android Experience © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP Pixel devices have the cleanest stock experience you can find on an Android smartphone and also gets more regular updates. It comes with exclusive features that are not available on other devices such as computational photography, unlimited picture storage and overall smoother experience. The operating system has been fine-tuned according to its specifications and delivers an experience that not many phones can match. Other useful features such as Digital Wellbeing, Night Light and constant updates make this the best Android experience you can have on an affordable smartphone. It Has A 3.55mm Headphone Jack © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP Flagship smartphones are now removing the headphone jack in favour of better water resistance however it does render your wired headphones useless. Many people; especially audiophiles still prefer to use wired headphones due to better audio quality. Pixel 3a comes with a headphone jack which makes me want to use my 1MORE Quad driver earphones even more. Overall, its a better experience when it comes to audio quality and Pixel 3a does a phenomenal job. Night Sight © Google Night Sight was one of our favourite features on the Pixel 3 and the same feature comes to Pixel 3a as well. If you love to go out at night like me, this will be the most important feature you want to be looking at. Basically, Google uses “computational photography” to enhance images taken in low-light environments. This will basically eliminate the need to use flash, as Google's algorithms spruce up the brightness, contrast and colour automatically. It takes multiple images and combines them together to give the best final picture that is social media ready.
  12. Are steroids always bad? I do not think so. After all, 'Steroid' is a medical term. There could be many reasons when steroid usage is justified. For example, when prescribed by a doctor for certain conditions like TRT, HIV, burns etc. Another being their usage by pro-bodybuilders and athletes who are competing nationally or internationally and their livelihood depends on their physique. © Getty Images However, there are a few reasons for which the usage of steroids is completely not required. If you are using or planning to use steroids for any of these reasons, it is literally very stupid indeed: 1. To Become A Trainer: Being a trainer myself, who has been lifting naturally since 2010, I`ve met tens of trainers at different gyms. Initially, I used to get shocked learning about their steroid usage without even having a training base. Most of the time they are caught in this delusion that they need to look like a bodybuilder to be a trainer, which is not true at all. This makes them take anabolic steroids to get quick results. The same results which they could`ve gotten easily by training for a few more months with apt diet and training and that too without the side-effect of steroids. To become a trainer you need to have few years of lifting experience under your belt and some education. Having a decent healthy-looking physique is a plus point to motivate your clients but going for anabolics, thinking you need to look like a bodybuilder/physique model is completely uncalled for. Remember, your knowledge helps your clients get results, not your monstrously big physique. 2. To Impress The Opposite ***: In today`s world of social media and tinder where shirtless pics get more likes, the sole aim of some youngsters for going to the gym is to get shredded/abs, post pics on social and get laid. This involves the usage of steroids and other drugs like clen and what not. The more desperate the guy is, the quicker he will get into shortcuts. © Getty Images Every second guy who is a gym-goer and is on Instagram has abs, but do they have girlfriends? Ask them and you will know. You may impress some juvenile teenage girls with your shredded physique but getting into a real relationship requires way more than just physique. It's you as a complete person that impresses the opposite ***, not your 3 hours everyday gym session. 3. On Trainers' Recommendations: If your trainer tries to brainwash you by saying “Every guy with a good physique is probably on steroids and you should take as well if you want those results”. He's either bullshitting you or probably has no idea himself. There are people with great physiques mostly due to two reasons- Great genes or years of training experience or a combination of both of these. These people with years of training experience will look better any day than your average guy/trainer who took steroids after just 6 months of training. Pro coaches make their pro-athletes use steroids for competition prep, that`s another story. But as an average gym-going guy who just wants to look good in clothes or naked, steroids are a big no due to their side-effects. 4. To Compete In Local Bodybuilding Competition: I don`t want to sound like I'm discouraging you to participate in local competitions but participating in such shows by using/abusing steroids is not worth it at all. © Getty Images Youngsters, usually with not much experience, try to compete in such shows and in order to win or secure good positions, go for steroids hoping to get massive or get a next-level shredded physique. Let me tell you, even after taking steroids they don`t get the desired results because steroids are not magic. They don`t have much training experience under their belt and have no idea about dieting and want steroids to do all the magic for them. Steroid usage could be justified in case you were preparing for a national or pro event after few years of dedicated training. But shutting your natural testosterone production for an event which gives you a tub of protein powder or gainer isn`t very smart. That`s all folks! Hope this helped. Share it if you can with a friend who goes to the gym and is in dire need of your help.
  13. It's 2019, a ballpark year where millennials are taking over new ways to think and act freely and as a rejoinder to that, a recently conducted survey on Tinder suggests that most millennials prefer being single than in relationships. It's apparently cooler flying solo than choosing a partner to spend time with and most young people agree. © Pinterest Back in the day, being single was looked down or lamented upon and everyone was trying to find the 'right partner' or get back in the game till they hit jackpot but now, it's out of choice, men especially, like to remain single and dabble in either light dating or just hooking up once in a while. The fair assumption of ending up with 15 cats or as a loner ceases to exist as people embrace singlehood more willingly. © Excel Entertainment Being single does have its perks though. You can roam about freely without having to check with your significant other if you can! You don't have to share your dessert and you don't have to try hard to look good for someone else. Maybe just do that for yourself instead. Men and women between the ages of 18-25 are selectively choosing to remain single and live life on their terms and it's certainly a good evolutionary curve and a step away from getting married at a particular age. The results from the survey are quite fascinating, to be honest. So much so, they inspired Tinder's new 'single is a terrible thing to waste' campaign, promoting the single life to be fun, fascinating and aspirational. © Eros International The survey was conducted by the consultancy firm Morar HPI and over 1000 young people from the age groups of 18-25 were asked about their attitude and ideas of singlehood and dating. About 72% of men and women claimed they had made a conscious decision to be single and not because they didn't have a choice and that's quite a high percentage for a survey like this! About 81% of them agreed to the fact that being single benefited them as they had more room for personal growth, platonic friendships, scope to find new people all the time and time and space to work on themselves. More than 17% of men felt the need to stay single and not give relationships a thought, in general. Most of them were a little apprehensive on commitment and getting hurt in the longer run of the relationship. © Eros International The fear of becoming 'boring' in a relationship made at least 39% of the population a little wary to get into one in the first place and about 55% thought being single opens up new and fresher experiences than being in a relationship! Apart from these reason, 66% didn't want to get into a relationship because of a cultivated fear of being with the wrong person. Of course, single friends have friends in relationships that could have gone absolutely south, making them believe it's better to be single than to end up with the wrong person. A lot of men believe that they don't want to compromise on their independence so they choose to be single instead of tied down to another person. © UTV Motion Pictures So, mostly the reasons the millennial generation prefer staying single in this day and age is to be more independent, make selective life choices without anyone else's intervention, the fear of heartbreaks and ending up with the wrong person and establishing an identity that's synonymous with being fun and exciting rather than boring. Well, in my opinion this is a progressive standpoint taken over by the younger generation today and unlike before, this view will help the generation understand how to make relationships work a lot better, whenever they do decide to get into them.
  14. This article contains major spoilers, proceed with caution! 'Game of Thrones' Season 8, episode 4 just aired and we're slightly disappointed with how the events unfolded. Primarily, because after burning the men and women from the last episode, who'd died in the Battle of Winterfell, there was still no clarity and focus on how everything unravelled. There were celebrations and people trying to figure out if Dany would make a befitting queen. © HBO Yes, that was another daunting and disappointing aspect of the show. Daenerys is obviously relentlessly pissed off at the fact that Jon Snow can take over the Iron Throne after the war is won and of course, that's not settling well with her. That's why she asks him not to disclose who he really is and that's the first trait of madness we witness in her. Sure, she may love him, but a woman known for burning her enemies, clearly consumed by rage and passion, isn't likely to make the wisest or most compassionate of judgments and is not really a queen fit enough for the throne and this episode is the first testimony to that statement. © HBO Here are 3 prominent reasons why Daenerys Targaryen is not a suitable queen for the Seven Kingdoms: (1) Her Interpretation Of Her Rule Is Not Through Kindness Yes, Dany can be kind and unruly but most times, she's been rather blunt with her choice of execution. Burning them to the ground is the only way Dany sees fair judgement and we've seen that in the past episodes. But the bad part is that her advisors and council act on those very instincts as well. For instance, when Missandei used the word 'Dracarys' towards the end, it's way too problematic. © HBO If you remember how Missandei was freed from slavery, you'll know why. Dracarys means dragon fire and it's a command Dany's dragons follow to burn cities or people. When she ordered the dragon to slay with fire, it's definitely a symbol of freedom but synonymous with death and destruction. When Missandei repeated it, it felt like the queen's mad intent to use her dragons to burn everything down was what Missandei picked up on and said fiercely on her death bed as well, as a watchword. Making it seem like neither the queen or her followers really cared for the people of the Seven Kingdoms. (2) She Never Listen To Her Advisors A good leadership skill to have is listening to the advice your advisors bestow upon you, because some may be more experienced in terms of knowledge to give adequate advice. Dany, if you notice, has stopped paying any heed to her hand or to her other advisors. Case in point, when Sansa advices her to give the army time to recuperate from the war, Dany puts her foot down claiming Cersei is waiting for her and her army grows while she waits. Again, when Varys suggests she acts a little more tactical, she practically shuts him down. Her want for the throne is greater than anyone's life and she's far from understanding that, especially through other people. © HBO (3) She's Impulsive As the seasons carry forth and Dany comes closer to the throne, her ways of dealing with things have become more impulsive. Right after Jon told her who he really was, she's been in a hurry to get to the throne somehow. She made no effort to think about what dangers may lie en route King's Landing and made a journey without a strategy or an alliance even and (assumably) lost her dragon in the bargain. During the end, when Missandei was beheaded, Dany didn't show resilience like any good ruler. She showed immense anger and what may seem like her heading towards Drogon, whom she may lose too. If she let's go of her recently acquired impulsive nature, maybe she can think with a bit of tact and apply strategy where it's required. © HBO We're not sure if she will turn out to be like her father after all and lose her life in the battle. The signs seem a little more clear when she unreasonably asks Jon to not reveal his true identity because then they can't be together. Well, maybe the real reason is that she seeks the throne and Jon is a threat, even though he doesn't wish it. What happens next is unforeseeable but let's hope it ends well for Dany. But for now, she's not fit to be the rightful ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.
  15. The curse is finally over, ladies and gentleman! Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have finally won their first IPL match of the twelfth season and looked really good while doing so, too. After Ravichandran Ashwin's King XI Punjab (KXIP) set a respectable total of 173 on their home ground at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, behind an excellent knock played by Chris 'Universe Boss' Gayle (99 not out), it was time for Kohli and gang to try and chase it down. RCB openers AB de Villiers and Kohli, himself, walked down to the pitch with an aggressive mindset from the beginning and managed to keep the assertion alive for the better half of the second innings, which helped the 'Play Bold' army seal the deal in the final overs. Forming yet another successful partnership, Kohli (67 off 53) and de Villiers (59 not out) were finally able to help the team “cross that line” as the skipper mentioned in an interview after the match. In a different feature video uploaded on the Indian Premier League's official website, it was the South African who held the microphone for the Indian captain for a brief Q&A during which de Villiers asked Kohli about the reasons behind the 30-year-old is. AB's kids knock Anushka and Virat's door at the hotel every morning to wake them up and wish them good morning. "The best thing that has happened to me is me getting married", Virat got me gushing over them again. 'Stability, balance & good wives' https://t.co/T03I8FnjT6 — m (@Manasa2922x) April 14, 2019 “I think over the last year or so, the best thing to have happened to me is me getting married. It has literally changed my whole world,” he said. “I have the most beautiful wife, the most beautiful person and that has been the strongest factor in my life.” “It has changed the way I was before, I was too intense in life but she always keeps me motivated and positive,” Kohli showed appreciation towards Anushka Sharma. “I could not have been luckier to have someone who understands my mindset being in that position herself.” “'Stability, balance and a good wife' is a good life,” said the former Proteas leader in the end.
  16. In the last couple of decades, fats have really got a bad reputation as a macronutrient. Even today, people think that the primary reason for their excess weight is the consumption of fat in their diet. Not only is this false, but it is important to know that fats are really essential for your body. Also, it's not just fat or any particular macronutrient which is responsible for weight gain and obesity. It is your total overall diet that has been messed up for a long time that has led to excessive fat accumulation in your body. Find out why fats are essential for your body and which type of fat should you consume in your diet. Here are the reasons why fats are important: 1. Fat Helps In Various Functions In Your Body Fat serves various important roles in our body that includes helping in the absorption of vitamins like A, D, E and K which are fat soluble vitamins. Apart from this, fat intake also helps us by filling up the adipose tissues in the body which provides insulation to the body by regulating the body temperature. Fats also play an important role in brain development and managing inflammation inside the body. 2. Fat Aids Deep Sleep Good sleep is the key to optimum health as well as muscle growth. When we say that obesity has increased due to poor lifestyle habits, it includes lack of sleep too. Low levels of fatty acids are associated with sleep obstructions. A lower level of DHA due to low intake of fatty acids is associated with lower production of a hormone called melatonin, which helps you fall asleep. With the increase in the consumption of fat, studies show that there is an increase in the quality of sleep. More sleep means better life quality and better muscle growth. 3. High Fat Diet Helps In Increasing Testosterone Levels Your Muscle growth is largely dependent on your testosterone levels. There have been various studies to establish the impact of high-fat diets on testosterone levels. These studies involved the consumption of saturated fat as well. The most relevant of them was where the subjects performed heavy weight training and complemented it with an increase of fat in their diet which showed a clear increase in their testosterone levels. It is important to note here that the testosterone levels increased when the high-fat diet was given to people who lifted weights. The results were different with the people who were just active and did not lift. For 'active' individuals, high fat diet did not have similar effects on their testosterone. 4. Fats Are Important For Your Skin's Health Fatty acids like EPA and DHA found in fatty foods perform important functions in maintaining excellent skin health. DHA is the structural component of the skin and is responsible for the good health of the cell membranes. Other ways in which fatty acids help your skin include; managing oil production in the skin, hydration of the skin, preventing premature ageing of the skin and preventing skin from sun damage. 5. Good Bone & Joint Health You're always at risk of injuring your bones and tendons if you lift heavy in the gym. Therefore it is important to keep a check on your bone health too. Studies show that an increase in fatty acids in the body can improve bone strength by increasing the amount of calcium on your bones. This may also help with reduced joint pains and increased grip strength. 6. Good Vs Bad Fat In general terms, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the ones that are referred to as 'good' or 'healthy fats'. However, in the most common scenarios of daily life, we generally consume the 'unhealthy fats' that come in the form of trans-fatty acids in processed foods and hydrogenated fats from various cooking Oils. Science is of the opinion that for optimum health, you need to balance the consumption of mono, poly, and saturated fats evenly in the ration of 1:1. However, the current ratio is somewhere around 20:1. Thus, there is a need to consume more fats in the form of unprocessed and whole food sources of healthy fats. 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/
  17. My colleague, on a dull and drab Monday afternoon, talked about a show that had just come out on Hotstar and how intrigued she was by it, after watching the first episode. And she was right. It, in fact, caught my attention within the first 5 minutes and I was hooked, mostly by the character build-up. 'Criminal Justice', is a crime thriller, court drama, jail debauchery and police procedures, all rolled into one show, with a stellar cast that really brings out their character in the most gripping way possible. It's an adaptation of a show which was aired on BBC back in 2008, with the same name, written by Peter Moffat. This one has been adapted by Sridhar Raghavan and directed by Tingmanshu Dhulia and Vishal Furia. © Hotstar The show unravels a narrative which has been played on many times in the past, but what's thrilling is the different nuances describing the functionality of a particular space or pattern. For instance, the series took a great interest in how Aditya, the protagonist's life churned out, while he was spending time in jail. The story is simple and earthy, yet leaves you feeling quite gutted by the end of it. I reckon it's the character building that impacts the audience, more than anything else. © Hotstar The show revolves around a young bloke who plays football for his college. Seems fairly real, by the low-middle class framework that comes into play, while describing Aditya's (Vikrant Masey's) life in the show. After winning a local football tournament, the team decides to throw a party, where Aditya's presence is most favourable as he scores the winning goal for his team. When he reaches home, he's coaxed by his sister (Rucha Inamdar) to help his father drive their cab at night, which is owned by his brother-in-law and registered with 'First Cabs'. Aditya's very encapsulating, naive and innocent portrayal of a young boy who can never say 'no' is quite interesting. That's what the basic fundamental structure of the entire narrative is based on. © Hotstar While driving his cab at night, he gets a passenger he really didn't want in the first place as he was getting late for his party. When she refuses to get off, he's nothing but obligated to drop her to her destination. After she gets off, he realises she left her phone in his car and when he goes to give it back to her, she asks him to come inside and party with her instead, since she made him miss his own party. The two drink, hold conversations, drink some more while she slips him a pill, and right after they have ***. This is when you think she's that warped twisted character who'd do something rather ghastly, you're actually shocked beyond belief. When Aditya wakes up to find her stabbed to death! © Hotstar While the initial bit is fairly interesting, I am not going to go deeper into the story-line because you need to do that yourself but when the actual thread begins, it seems like the story will catch on as it should, but there are parts and scenes that are stretched out of proportion and are unnecessary. By that I mean the storyline could have been made shorter and crisper and in a 45-minute episode, there are a lot of aspects that could have been done away with. Hence the episodes lack the severity of tightness and some parts became dreary due to that in the show. Even so, the series is well adapted and presented and the character sketches are next to flawless. Here are three main aspects that made 'Criminal Justice' rather interesting: (1) Powerful Character Sketches Each character has a unique sensibility in the film and they've very clearly differentiated. For instance, Pankaj Tripathi playing Madhav Mishra is a breath of fresh air and unlike any other character, he has donned. He plays a calculative, selfish and money-minded lawyer who sparingly proves his worth through his cases until he gets stuck fighting Aditya's case. While long-surpassing guilt is eating up his life while he battles with severe eczema, his character has that goofiness that makes the viewer's experience a bit more lighter and joyful. © Hotstar Jackie Shroff, on the other hand, has a more capturing presence and a robust takeover, through the series. Mustafa, as he's called in the series is a serious gang lord in jail who takes Aditya under his protection, when is trying to deal with murder and sexual assault from the other criminals. Jackie's character gives one the certainty of hope and dilemma all at once. Each character is flawlessly perceived in the series. While the series could have caricatured clichéd characters, the ones who usually befit a crime drama, this one was more careful of that. (2) Brimming Realities Since the inception of the series until the end, the show also focuses on what happens when you're convicted in a crime. It's not just a murder mystery but a 'what's next' for Aditya, while he's fighting his battle. There's courtroom proceedings, police proceedings, jail-time drama, the effect of the case on the family, the lawyer's struggle and how cases re-open for investigation. It's got everything that goes in to battling the perfect crime and coming out of it fast-tracked and alive! The directors have made sure to play every nuance, without overplaying it and connect each parallel situation to the other. © Hotstar (3) It's Not Too Ostentatious While criminal dramas tend to overstretch and go into flamboyancy of their own, 'Criminal Justice' is a simple take on a murder mystery. It's not too over-the-top like most murder mysteries are and the characters seem real, justified and in place. There is nothing 'extra' and everything is well thought out. So, for an adapted murder mystery, the series has fared pretty well. © Hotstar Even with the best things pointed out in the show, the series does lack a stronger impact and crispness in its execution. Like I mentioned before, some episodes stretch without reason and lose the impact then and there. If you're not too keen on waiting and seeing who the real murderer is, there is a chance you may get bored with the unnecessary stretches. But the courtroom drama and case-solving situations make up for it fairly. All in all, 'Criminal Justice' has worked well as a genre choice on a digital platform, with its gripping character building, it still lacks freshness in its treatment and storyline. It's a good watch for sure if you're a murder mystery fanatic, and have a weekend to yourself.
  18. Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra and American pop sensation Nick Jonas took the world by storm with their whirlwind romance in 2017 which then culminated into a beautiful fairytale wedding as the couple tied the knot on 1st December 2018. The power couple continues to make headlines even now for being super adorable and not holding back from showing the world how crazy they are about each other. Even though the couple did not date for that long and a lot of people felt they took the plunge rather too quickly, 'Nickyanka' have been proving to us every day that when you're in love all that doesn't matter. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Sep 16, 2018 at 4:53pm PDT PeeCee and Nick have been serving us couple goals right from day one and are continuing to do so even now as a married couple, and here are 5 reasons why we think every couple should take notes from their relationship: 1. Love Has No Age Bar Priyanka and Nick have never let the 11-year age gap between them become an obstacle in their relationship. Even though the gap is a big one and yes, it is a significant factor to be considered, these two have shown that it makes no difference whatsoever as long as you are committed to each other. They have proven that age just does not matter at the end of the day and when you know your partner has an abundance of other beautiful, admirable qualities which makes you fall for them, age becomes nothing but a number. View this post on Instagram One of the most special things that our relationship has given us is a merging of families who love and respect each other's faiths and cultures. And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so amazing. An important part for the girl in an Indian wedding is the Mehendi. Once again we made it our own and it was an afternoon that kicked off the celebrations in the way we both dreamed. A post shared by Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) on Dec 1, 2018 at 7:34am PST 2. Territorial Boundaries Do Not Exist When You're In Love No one in their wildest dreams could have imagined that the American pop star and our 'Desi Girl' would ever have such a strong connection, despite being from completely different worlds. Borders cannot decide who you will fall in love with and you can find 'the one' literally anywhere in the world. View this post on Instagram Future Mrs. Jonas. My heart. My love. A post shared by Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) on Aug 18, 2018 at 2:45am PDT 3. Doing What Your Heart Says The couple faced a lot of criticism and went through a journey filled with trolls and haters, who took every chance they got to point out why they don't belong together, but Priyanka and Nick took it all in their stride and did not let it get in their way of being with each other forever. View this post on Instagram Happiest day of my life. @priyankachopra A post shared by Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) on Dec 4, 2018 at 4:46am PST 4. Adapting To Each Other's Cultures Despite hailing from different cultures and religions, the couple continues to try their best to adapt to each other's worlds and customs as evidenced by their wedding where two different ceremonies were held, one Hindu and one a Christian wedding. They have proved that it's not a Herculean task to understand and accept different cultures when you are in an understanding long-term committed relationship. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) on Sep 7, 2018 at 6:24pm PDT 5. A Love That Stays Strong No Matter What One can't help but admire and gush at the same time over their online PDA, which only seems to be growing stronger by the day. Priyanka and Nick have left no stone unturned in showing the world how madly they are in love with each other, just like any other regular couple. Haters will continue to find nonsensical reasons as to why two people don't belong together, but Nick and Priyanka have set an example for the world to see on how to avoid the parade of stupid and do what your heart tells you to do.
  19. It's no shame that so many people see relationships as the best part of their lives. Finding a boo for yourself and swinging to the tunes of romance is magical and mesmerising. You must have friends who are obsessed with crawling bars and clubs in search of their significant other stating that everything will be alright when they have one. But certainly, being single has its own significant identity to treasure. MensXP brings to you five reasons to acknowledge singlehood and embrace it: © Pinterest 1. You Are 100% Yourself Being single provides you with a great opportunity to be and feel yourself as you are. You save yourself from an identity crisis, which is mostly seen in a relationship in order to make the other person happy or satisfied or modifying yourself so that your partner can easily accept you. You can expose your weaknesses, strengths, insecurities that help you to find who you really are. © Twitter 2. You Breathe Freedom Being single doesn't mean no one wants you; it's about loving and finding yourself enough for you. It can be a choice to give yourself time to decide who you really want to be with. Singlehood is about having the freedom to explore what you really want and expect from your life. In singlehood, you are accountable to just yourself and you need no permissions or think of the repercussions before leading the journey of self-discovery. © Twitter 3. You Are Your Own Master Your single years can be the most liberating and productive days of your life. You are the boss of your own life, the whole and sole commander of your own actions. You need not to answer anyone where you were, why you were late, not to worry about what the other person will think about you, your outfits, the mistakes you make, the food you eat, the way you sit, blah blah... You are your own boss! © Twitter 4. No Bars On Your Friendships To your significant other, your friends are mostly the 'snakes' and you are the ' innocent admirer'. According to them, they are behind all your fights, silly arguments, parallel decisions etc. to your girlfriend your female friends are the troublemakers and vice-versa. Hence, in singlehood, you can do what your heart desires and be friends with anyone whom you like without always being conscious about the boundaries drawn by your bae. © Pinterest 5. Less Of Silly Quarrels/ Disagreements While most people around the world feel that they are strong enough to take on anything, when it comes to conversations or the dreaded “we-need-to-talk”, they are the foremost customer of escapism. Those silly arguments presented in a PDF file by your partner, including facts and figures like the exact date, time and dialogues you spoke, are no less than mental torture, as half of the time it's illogical. Being single saves you from all those emotional traumas and additional baggage. Singlehood has perks exotic enough to applaud your decision or condition of not being in a relationship or be under any emotional commitments and attachments. Hope the above-mentioned list helps you to make better decisions in life and be happy with what you are surrounded with.
  20. Summer is almost here, and it is bringing with it a hoard of issues that we absolutely hate. Now, issues such as sweat are easily treatable, because they are right there, in your face - but what you need to be really careful about are issues that are not so apparent. For example, sun damage. We Indian men are not exactly careful in general about matters related to male beauty, but we should be when it comes to sun damage, because it's more to do with health. © Getty Images Sun damage can bring forth a lot of issues that don't end at simple tanning. But it can be controlled easily, if one remembers to apply sunscreen before stepping out, every time. The trouble is, most of us ignore it. Here are 5 solid reasons why you should never step out without applying sunscreen, especially in Summer. © Getty Images 1. Sunscreen can work wonders while keeping skin cancer at bay. Dermatologist Dr Ronald M. Shelton (MD) says, "Sunscreen application is important any day you'll be outside. Men and women should use sunscreen to help reduce the numbers of skin cancers that you might develop later in life. Most skin cancers develop 4 or more decades after the injury, but the additional function of sunscreen, for which it is important for you to use it even if you're 60+, is that it helps prevent the sunshine's damage to the skin's immune cells that help reverse the DNA damage of the sun from years ago. Therefore, the use of sunscreen today can lessen skin cancer that has been trying to form since youth." © Getty Images 2. According to most dermatologists, 60-90% effects of aging start showing on skin because of sun. Elastin and Collagen are the base behind youthful skin, and both are damaged because of sun exposure. Using a sunscreen regularly can help you protect them, in turn keeping your skin young. © Getty Images 3. Sunscreen can prevent hyper-pigmentation and acne. When the skin is exposed to sun rays for a long time, hyper-pigmentation takes place, and leaves your skin super tanned, and sometimes red and burnt. Also, UV rays help bacteria grow on skin, resulting in acne breakouts. Applying sunscreen before going out can minimize both, to a great extent. © Getty Images So homies, please do your skin a favour, and always remember to do the needful before you step out.
  21. If you're traveling with company, your journey could swing either way. For instance, your new camera. You're obsessed with your brand new purchase, but the only way to put your camera to test is to take it out for a spin. Now some cameras might leave you smitten during you short-interactions, like during indoor parties, etc. But traveling is another ball-game altogether. With a little research, we found the best travel buddy for you. It is none other than *drumroll* the Canon EOS RP. Here is why it is the best travel buddy for you: 1. You Get To Travel Light Unsplash If you are a photgraphy enthusiast, you know how heavy the camera gear can get. Not with the Canon EOS RP. The new full-frame mirrorless camera inherits the high-performance in a compact and lighter body that weighs only 485 g! So, pack light and travel tight! 2. Use Your Existing Canon Lenses Unsplash The EOS RP can be coupled with RF mount adapter, allowing users full access to Canon's existing range of more than 70 EF and EF-S lenses. So, if you want to save money, to extend your trip by a few days, you can actually do that! New lenses or old, the EOS RP won't disappoint. 3. Shoot Your Videos In 4K Canon Together with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the EOS RP shoots in 4K resolution at 24p/25p video footage allowing you to focus accurately and shoot smoothly. So whether you're making a video of a car on the highway or a Ferris wheel, it's all going to be an easy task! 4. Hassle-Free Sharing Canon You can share your memories with loves ones and family easily! The EOS RP is wifi-enabled, which means you can directly transfer images to your phone on the go with the Canon Connect Camera App! 5. No Need To Get Your Clothes Dirty Canon The vari-angle touchscreen of EOS RP can help you take shots from different angles where your eyes can't reach! This even helps if you want to take selfies with your mirrorless camera! 6. Easy To Capture In Low Light Canon Its native ISO range of 100-40,000, which can be expanded to ISO range of 50-102,400, produces low-noise images with rich details, even in low light conditions. So, no need to carry extra gear with you. Safe travels!
  22. Indian men face a lot of issues with their hair, because of the climactic inconsistency and pollution all around. However, more often than not, they don't pay heed to the urgency of the situation before it's too late, and as a result, end up with severe issues such as chronic hair fall, dandruff, itchy scalp, weak hair strands etc. There, however, exists an easy way out that can take care of your hair and scalp health, without much effort. The magic ingredient? Coconut oil. © Getty Images Coconut oil is a super underrated product that can transform your hair and scalp magically. Remember the good old champi from your childhood that your mother always insisted on doing every Sunday? There are several reasons behind it, and here are 5 of them. 1. Coconut oil is packed with Vitamins and micro-nutrients that can do wonders for your hair. You know how a good diet full of nutritious food items is good for your body? It works the same way with coconut oil for your hair. It is the best 'hair food'. © Getty Images 2. Coconut oil helps your hair to grow faster and thicker. The essential fatty acids and vitamins found in coconut oil help to remove sebum around hair roots, and subsequently help in faster, healthy hair growth. © Getty Images 3. Coconut oil can heal your scalp when you are suffering from dandruff. Apply warm coconut oil slowly on your scalp using your fingertips, and leave it on overnight. You should ideally wrap your head with a towel, or an old T-shirt. In the morning, wash it off with some Epsom salt solution to get rid of the excess skin bits. © Getty Images 4. Coconut oil, perhaps, is the best natural conditioner. If you want to 'deep condition' your hair, oil your hair with coconut oil, leave it on overnight, and wash it off with a mild shampoo the next day. © Getty Images 5. A head massage with coconut oil every week increases blood circulation and gets rid of headaches because of stress. Try it, and you will see the difference soon.
  23. Armpit hair can be an extremely controversial territory for men, because whether you keep it or get rid of it depends entirely on how you like it. While armpit hair is absolutely fine, given India's weather overall, it probably is advisable to not let them grow way too much to avoid excessive sweat and stench. A little bit of growth is absolutely fine, even when you're shirtless on the beach playing volleyball. © Pinterest However, how you decide to groom it is important. While most men turn to their local salons and ask for a quick swipe of the razor on their armpits as well, probably once in a month or a fortnight, it isn't the best way. No, doing it at home while using the best shaving cream with your own razor is also not a good idea at all. Here is why you should always trim your armpit hair, instead of shaving. 1. Your armpit does not have an even skin surface. It's extremely tricky to maneuvre a sharp razor on that uneven surface, and more often than not, you will end up with a cut or two. The skin there is also extremely sensitive apart from being uneven, so a bloody mess isn't a possibility you can rule out. Why take chances? Use a trimmer with '1' as the setting (setting it at zero probably isn't a good idea if you're clumsy) and zoom through without any cuts or scrapes. © Getty Images 2. When you shave, the hair seems to grow thicker and coarser, because it has been cut near the skin surface. The result? That itchy, prickly feeling on your skin within a couple of days. You know no feeling in the world is worse. It isn't as bad when you trim. © Instagram/Sonusood 3. Shaving is tough on your skin. When you shave a part of skin that is as soft and sensitive, the skin is always damaged. Also, razor burns and even the smallest of cut/nick with take way longer in this area to heal. You may end up with pimples, boils, and a number of other annoying skin issues. Why not use a trimmer and nip the whole situation at the bud? All we can say is, it's easier to trim your troubles away.
  24. A lot has been said about 'Captain Marvel' in the last few weeks. Would it have been received in a much more positive way if it was a part of the MCU plan from the start? Probably. Would it have been considered a breakout movie for female superheroes if 'Wonder Woman' hadn't come out 2 years ago? Probably. For some, 'Captain Marvel' was nothing more than filler content from the start and trying to convince them otherwise is futile. But, the fact remains, if you've invested in 20 MCU movies over the last 10 years or so, then why not invest in one more before watching, what will possibly be, the highest grossing movie of all time? So, if you haven't watched the movie yet and are willing to understand my reasoning with an open mind then read on. Even if you've watched the movie and just want a few reasons to justify why 'Captain Marvel' can't be missed, read on. But, if you've already made up your mind about 'Captain Marvel' not being worth it, then go watch 'Avengers: Endgame' when it's out. You'll feel like you've missed something in between. There's no coming back from that, though. You can only watch 'Endgame' for the first time once. © Disney Backstory The only reason you're invested in the Avengers as a team and the MCU as a franchise is because you've seen all your favourite characters develop on the big screen. Almost all of the superheroes (barring the Hulk) have received multiple solo movies where we get to learn more about them without having to worry about the collective. That's something 'Captain Marvel' lacks right now. No one knows who she is or what she can do. Yes, a two-hour movie is not going to allow for as much character development as a couple of films or a trilogy. But, it's way better than nothing. Can you imagine Captain Marvel just showing up and kicking ass in 'Avengers: Endgame?' Everyone would have been like, "who is she? If she's so powerful, why haven't we heard of her before?" And most importantly, "where has she been for the last 20 movies?" (If you want to know all the possible reasons Captain Marvel was missing from the last 20 movies, then let me know in the comments and I'll write a separate article on that.) To get answers to all of these questions you'll have to watch 'Captain Marvel.' There are no two ways about it. © Disney Being That Know-It-All Marvel Fan We all know that one person who claims to know everything about everything in the MCU. I'm talking to that person directly right now. Imagine not knowing how the Avengers Initiative got its name or how Nick Fury lost an eye. One of the most entertaining parts of any MCU movie are the easter eggs. There are so many of them. Yes, some of them are integral to the plot and can't be ignored but there are others that don't make much of a difference apart from getting a few oohs and aahs from the audience. Imagine watching 'Avengers: Endgame' and the guy beside you says, "I know how Captain Marvel got her powers" and you're just sitting there going, “whaaatttt…” Not going to be good for your reputation, right? There are quite a few questions answered in 'Captain Marvel' so you should give it a watch. You do want to retain the title of Mr Know-It-All when it comes to the MCU, right? © Disney Post-Credits Scene Marvel is the only production house who has figured out how to get the audience to stay glued to their seats until the very last credit has shown up on screen – post-credit scenes. Yes, we look forward to them almost as much as we do the movies themselves. There have been a few let downs in between with inconsequential post-credits scenes and it makes sense that the audience didn't expect much from 'Captain Marvel' as the credits rolled on to the screen. But, as usual, Marvel blew our socks off with just 5 seconds or so. Those 5 seconds are perhaps the reason 'Avengers: Endgame' will become the highest grossing movie of all time. Yes, those 5 seconds! You've probably watched the latest 'Endgame' trailer already. so you already have some more information on the movie but I'm not going to spoil anything for you if you haven't. Go watch the movie and then the trailer. It's absolutely worth it. © Disney It's A Great Nick Fury Origin Story Yeah, I couldn't resist saying it because it's the truth. We might not associate with Captain Marvel because she was just tossed into the mix recently but we know Fury. This is probably as close to a solo film the character will ever get. Do you see anyone complaining? I don't think so. Why? A young Nick Fury is a delight. So, even if you don't care about Carol Danvers, go watch the movie to learn more about Nick Fury. I know I've already said this a few times but, it's worth it. Considering the amount of money the movie is raking in, I don't think there are many who needed reasons to watch it. But, hopefully, for the few remaining 'rebels,' I hope I've been able to give you at least one reason to watch the movie.
  25. Remember those Sunday mornings from your childhood, when the ritual was to visit the salon with your father/uncle/big brother and get a haircut done? Perhaps, the first brush with the concept of 'male beauty' that every Indian middle-class man has had, in its rawest, most rustic form, owes its existence to those rather perfunctory visits to the neighbourhood 'Naai ki dukaan'. Our 'Bunty Bhaiyyas' and 'Rashid Chachas' have shaped the concept of grooming for most of us, and no matter how far we have travelled or how much we have upped our 'lifestyle' in general, that bit stays - secure, wrapped in a blanket of nostalgia, deep inside the gullies of our childhood memories. © Getty Images But has much changed over the years for the grown Indian man? Does he still find more comfort, ease, and familiarity in the often cushionless, rickety chairs of the neighbourhood salon as compared to the plush recliners of fancy spas? Does he still prefer the resounding laughter resulting due to the terrible '90s movies playing on the little TV up on a shelf, as compared to the carefully curated background music from the concealed surround sound speakers? The answer is a resounding 'YES', and you know it. © YouTube/OneIndia However, why is that? Here's our take on it. 1. Let's get done with the crude reality before wallowing in nostalgia. The first reason is the simplest one - we can't afford spa treatments. Most men can't. Now, what we can afford and what we can't, is also extremely subjective. For 2-5 thousand rupees, most men can get decent spa treatments. However, in a country where financial woes define the norm, for a middle-class man, that's a lot of money. Why will someone spend Rs 2000 when the end result can be similar, with an expenditure of a mere Rs 200? Most men visit the salon at least twice a month, so it can have a reasonable impact on finances overall. © Getty Images 2. However, not everything is about money. Even financially well off men prefer the local salon, and the reason is extremely relatable. Spas and fancy salon chains can be intimidating - with their trained, mechanical welcome speeches, costumes, and plush interiors. For the average Indian man, subconsciously, that almost counts as a visit to a corporate office, despite the initial fascination with the glam and glitz. Men go to the salon to let loose, not to feel pressurized to be well-composed while having to pay a bomb for that. © Getty Images 3. Local salons come with a lot of strange complimentary perks that spas will never offer you. Does your head massage in the spa come with a complimentary, rather vigorous body massage that makes you feel refreshed almost instantly? Does the spa include that vibrating generator like device that your local salon bhaiya wears on his sleeve before moving his hand up and down all over your head and upper body (and inserts a vibrating finger in your ear that feels like a Goa trip for your entire head)? Does the spa happily take instructions as per you make up your mind about what you want next right there on your seat? No. Only a local salon can, and does those things without ever making a fuss. © Getty Images Visiting the neighbourhood salon feels therapeutic to the average Indian man, not only because it's inexpensive and accessible, but also because it somehow brings him back closer to his roots - a place where he is constantly drifting away from. After all, in our heads, the rough, stinging touch of the Fitkari still somehow feels better than all the mildly fragrant, hydrating aftershaves of the world.
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