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  1. You probably already know that aloe vera gel is a great remedy but did you know that this water-rich plant is what you can infuse in your skincare routine as well? Aloe vera gel is an easy hack that takes care of many skin problems, right from acne to over-heated skin. This natural ingredient has a lot to offer and you can easily reap all its benefits to have an improved skin condition within a week. Check it out: 1. A Perfect After Shave Remedy © Istock There's no respite to the irritated skin that you get post-shaving. And if you have sensitive skin, there are more chances of dry skin, scars as well as nicks and cuts. Applying a dab of aloe vera gel on your skin can instantly help repair and soothe the damage. It calms down the redness and rehydrates your skin. For a perfect shave, don't forget to add a soothing gel to your arsenal next time. 2. Aloe Vera Brings Down The Effect Of Ageing © Instagram/Shahid Kapoor Aloe vera is not just great for acne but it also slows down the ageing process if you use it regularly. It improves elasticity and encourages collagen repair. Since it contains antioxidants like Vitamin A and C along with Beta Carotene, this gel can improve your skin's texture. The anti-oxidants present in it can protect your skin from developing fine lines as well. 3. It Clears Up Acne © Istock It's unbelievable but aloe vera gel is a gentle cleanser that helps acne-prone skin. The antiseptic compounds can shield your skin from inflammation. Applying aloe vera gel with tea tree oil in it can prove to be effective in reducing breakouts. Use this solution at least once a day and rinse it off after 10 minutes. Acne-free skin is just a step away. 4. It Moisturises Your Skin © Instagram/Kartik Aaryan It doesn't matter if you have oily or dry skin. When you exfoliate too much, it can only worsen the condition. Choosing products as per your skin type is a rule to stick by, but if you use aloe vera gel, it can show its magic on all sorts of skin types. Massaging your face with aloe vera gel can instantly hydrate your skin and result in undeniable skin texture. Try it out. View the full article
  2. Most men overlook the fact that the hair defines the way they look. So, even if you're well-groomed, are wearing the best of the clothes from your closet but your hair is frizzy, it'll definitely ruin everything. Often, we tend to not take care of our hair and that reflects in the bad hair quality in terms of dry, brittle hair. This is more often than not because we're not taking care of our hair, so here's why you should oil your hair, not just to improve your hair quality but also for other crucial benefits. 1. Nix The Frizz © Getty Images Hair oil is probably the best natural conditioner. In order to 'deep condition' your hair, oil your hair with coconut oil, then leave it on overnight, and wash it off with a mild shampoo the next day. 2. Hair Oil Can Also Be Soothing © Instagram/Ranveer Singh Slowly massaging hair oil helps in the better absorption of oil in the scalp. It also enables blood circulation which in turn is soothing. Oiling your hair also strengthens roots. 3. Fights Off Fungal And Bacterial Infections © Getty Images If you don't take care of your hair, your scalp especially becomes more prone to bacterial and fungal infections which reflects if you spot lice or dandruff among other visible signs. Regularly oiling your hair helps fight bacterial infections and goodness of the oil keeps the scalp hydrated. 4. Gives Hair a Natural Sheen © Getty Images Regular oiling nourishes your hair root deep. Oiling your hair, even post-wash leaves a natural sheen to your hair. So you can say goodbye to the frizz because with regular oiling, you won't be facing that anymore. 5. Nix The Dandruff Too © Getty Images One of the major reasons behind dandruff is a dry scalp. The dry scalp stretches and breaks, causing scabs and flakes that form dandruff. Dandruff cause itching on the scalp and at hair roots, inevitably resulting in hair breakage and hair fall. Massaging helps to keep the scalp nourished and to nix dandruff as well. So, this will definitely slow down the hair fall process. View the full article
  3. If in the New Year, you're looking to get a new look, you should definitely consider dipping your toes in the 'porn-star moustache' style. Firstly, it's much easier to grow a moustache than a full-fledged beard and secondly, it's one of the changes that'll bring a visible change to your face and besides, might just be your signature look. But, before we explore why you should have a porn star moustache, here's what it looks like. © Getty Images Celebrities like Ayushmann Khurrana, Kartik Aaryan, Arjun Kapoor and even Ranveer Singh, for that matter, have flaunted this stache. Although the pornstar moustache has different variations, the most popular one can be defined as a thick, heavy moustache with slightly elongated ends and no accompanying facial hair. So why should you try one, you ask. 1. In the '80s, male pornstars used to keep moustaches like these, and it quickly became a rage among the ladies. This subsequently meant that more men started getting a similar style. And while the trend was then taken over by clean shaved men and then fuller beards in later years, it's the 'porn star moustache' that keeps coming back every few years which means now is a good time to get one. © Getty Images 2. Most men try to find a signature style for their facial hair that suits them the best. This style then becomes their go-to for a couple of years because it suits them the best. One of the major reasons why some men aren't able to find their signature style is that they just don't experiment enough. If you think that you're one of them, this is the sign you were looking for. © Getty Images 3. With most actors ditching the stache for a beard, we think that people have just gotten used to seeing the latter all around. And with that, getting a stache means you can stand out in the crowd effortlessly with your rad new stache. © Getty Images 4. Lastly, a pornstache, especially does not require all that effort as one may think. In fact, it is rather easy to grow and maintain. Besides, while most men may choose a handlebar, you can express your personality through this style. And the best part is that if you don't like the way it looks on your face, you can always shave it off. View the full article
  4. Irrfan Khan - what is it about this ruggedly handsome man with his sheepish smile, that draws us in with ineloquently uttered dialogues, unsuitably professed love confessions and even the most awkwardly unheroic action punches that he successfully delivers? © Instagram Over a span of more than 30 long years that Irrfan has been in the industry, he has had a psychedelic journey sprinkled with riveting performances ranging from that of a letter writer in his debut film, to his outstanding performance in Puzzle and Karwaan before he bounced back after a tryst with cancer and promised to treat movie-lovers with yet another memorable journey, Angrezi Medium. © Instagram However, despite the dedicated fan base Irrfan enjoys, it needs to be reiterated why even the most gifted crop of Bollywood actors are no match to this dark horse who is in a league of his own. All we need is 5 points to prove it, so here goes: 1. He Is The Underdog Who Dared To Reach For The Stars © UTV spotboy It takes a lot to move out of your own shadow in a place that loves to typecast artists. For the longest time, Irrfan played his part with utmost honesty even when he was roped in for meagre roles with not more than a few seconds of screentime, Irrfan stretched his wings and landed in Hollywood after having proved his mettle in B-town. Today, Hollywood swears by his merit (or should we say magic) and Bollywood celebrates the gift of an unparalleled performer. 2. He Is Bollywood's Most Successful Atypical Hero © Yash Raj Films He's nothing like the 'typical' Bollywood hero you come across on the silver screen. His aren't the looks that sell tickets, you wouldn't have seen the man do a proper Bollywood dance number on too many occasions and he definitely does not subscribe to the 'ideal' romantic hero that Bollywood feeds us and makes for the most eligible anti-hero out there, who made it big despite being removed for Bollywood's trusted checklist of a hit-maker. 3. Irrfan Doesn't Just Act Or Perform, He Teaches © Instagram There's a craft in Irrfan's acting. He is a craftsman, a weaver of stories but most importantly, he is a teacher who turns his work into a classroom. And while he successfully entertains, he makes sure his audience learns a thing or two, either about the craft or the message he is trying to deliver with his performance. Regardless of how he does it, it's a lesson people love going back to. 4. Irrfan Isn't Just An International Celebrity, He Is A Million Dreams Personified © BCCL No star kid or Bollywood's overnight celebrity matched up to what Irrfan stands for. His journey makes him unconquerable. His struggles fuel millions of dreams and his success gives aspiring actors hope to not give up and continue to chase after their dreams. Irrfan makes people believe that dreams only come true when we dare not to give up. 5. Irrfan Is What Happens When Failure, Dedication And Undiluted Honesty Come Together © Sony-Pictures-Class As more and more new talent continues to surface in the mainstream acting scene, it takes a keen eye to identify that it takes more than mere looks, passion and lineage to make a mark for yourself in the industry. Irrfan isn't made up of solely the success that he enjoys, but instead, he is a product of his failures, and days of oblivion which were chased away by his utter honesty and dedication towards the one thing that rules his life - his craft, acting. View the full article
  5. A good murder-mystery is kind of rare and that's why when we get one, we should immediately get our butts to the theatres to watch it. That's why, at least according to me, Knives Out is a movie that honestly everyone should watch. Disclaimer - first of all, there are no spoilers for the movie, obviously, and second of all, no I'm not getting paid to get people to watch this movie. I just really loved it so much that I needed to share it. So, moving on, we have a great 'whodunnit' starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas, among other great actors. The movie has a lot of great moments, from serious to just funny, and even though it can get annoying to watch a movie like this in theatres since some people don't know how to put their phone on silence and some people don't know how to keep their mouths shut during movies, but if you look past that, it makes for a great movie-watching experience. Here are some of the reasons that would convince anyone to watch Knives Out: 1. It actually is a 'whodunnit like no one has ever dunnit' The movie did deliver what the trailer promised. A great, unexpected murder mystery even if it follows all the cliches in the book - a very old rich guy gets murdered, his family is full of a*sholes who have everything to gain from his death, literally every character is a suspect, and the police get some help from a mysterious detective. Even after taking in all the plot points of every murder-mystery novel out there, the movie still surprises you with every twist and turn, and even makes you laugh at a lot of points. 2. A rich, as&hole-ish, very unlike Captain America, Chris Evans Who would've thought that just after seeing Steve Rogers prove how worthy he is by wielding the Mjolnir, the next role he would be playing will be of a rich a*shole-ish trust-fund brat? Yeah, Hugh Ransom Drysdale is as big a douchebag as the trailer portrayed and Chris Evans really deserves a lot of credit for going from Captain America to this. Special shoutout to his acting skills in the scene with the dogs, because Chris Evans would never. 3. The perfect 'eat the rich' movie As I mentioned, almost every character in the movie is part of this one family - the Thrombeys - and everything falls apart for everyone when their patriarch, Harlan Thrombey, is found dead right after his 85th birthday. They're all rich, they're all millionaires, they're all privileged, they're all entitled, they're all a*sholes. All of them are dependent on Harlan for money, one way or another, and now that their source of income is dead, they're all suspects. It's very interesting to see the family fall apart when money is in question and to see how fake their concern is for Harlan when it comes to them losing their wealth. 4. Daniel Craig's accent The James Bond from the south! Even though you can hear Daniel Craig's accent in the trailer as well, it really was something else to hear him speak in theatres. Moreover, there's a very important speech - not giving any spoilers - that is one of the best parts of the movies, and his accent just makes it a hundred times better. Special mention - Chris Evans' dig at him, which was so lame that it made it hilarious. 5. A great star-studded cast that works well off of each other I debated actually putting the names of the entire cast here, but everyone can see that in the trailer itself so there's no point. But, there are some incredible actors in the movie and all of them work so well together, it's hard to imagine that they're actually not a dysfunctional family. They have a useless son, ambitious daughter, a freeloader daughter-in-law, a rich trust-fund brat, a liberal left-wing activist granddaughter, a Nazi right-wing troll, it's the perfect mix of an interesting family to watch who would stab anyone in the back to get what they want. Bonus - Katherine Langford's lack of acting skills don't ruin the movie. A very, very important point, especially after seeing that deleted Avengers: Endgame scene where she plays a grown-up Morgan talking to Tony Stark after he snaps his fingers. View the full article
  6. Yes, we know what you're thinking - Espadrilles, they are more spring than winter, but they are just so light, versatile, fun and easy to wear, we know we are going to be wearing a lot more of them even through the cooler months. Yes, we know what you're thinking. AGAIN. Your feet are going to be freezing. No, they will not. We've found you 4 occasions you can easily wear them to, and still be warm and snug. __ECOMLOOKS__56__ __ECOMLOOKS__57__ __ECOMLOOKS__58__ __ECOMLOOKS__59__ See, you can totally wear espadrilles all-year-long. What are you waiting for? Go on then, pick your favourite, or just buy one in every colour. We know we would. EXPLORE MORE View the full article
  7. "It pains me to not be a part of the most exciting new event on the calendar," Federer said. Photo: AFPRoger Federer has withdrawn from the ATP Cup, a new team competition to be held in Australia in January, citing "family reasons"."It is with...
  8. One of them is the most impactful cricketer on the planet right now, and the other one is a stalwart in her own right, making some of the most impactful and commercially successful movies that we have seen this decade. © Instagram/virat.kohli Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are the definitive Power Couple that we have in India as of now. Not only do they set some major relationship goals for us (ask your girlfriend and you'll get a clue what we are on about), from time to time, they also set some really cool and doable style goals that should be on your shared bucket lists. Desi Outfits With A Modern Twist © Instagram/virat.kohli On its own, Virat's asymmetrical kurta is one hell of a piece that warrants a lot of praise. However, with Anushka in the simplistic but elegant sari next to him, the outfit takes on a whole new meaning. This just goes on to show that desi outfits, with liberal and contemporary touches, is bound to work, always. Striding In Stripes © Instagram/anushkasharma It seems that Virat & Anushka had meticulously planned this outfit. The combination of each element works really well. This is actually a nice way of striking a chord with your partner, without those cringy 'his and hers' t-shirts and sweatshirts that people normally go for. Once again, the individuality of these outfits isn't lost, and yet, they seem to complement each other really well. Moral of the story? One of the two should wear something with a little colour if the other one is planning to keep things all plain and simple. The Perfect Outfit For The Perfect Evening © Instagram/virat.kohli There's a lot going on here that ideally shouldn't work, but at the end of the day, they actually do. First, even though it's a cocktail dress, things with too much glitter can be an eyesore. Plus, Virat's outfit doesn't really work well, considering that its a monochrome ensemble, barring the jacket. It probably has to do something with the fit, it just does not sit well. However, when we consider the ensembles as a pair, things fall perfectly into place. The glitter and shine of the cocktail dress sit in perfect harmony with the simple, and apparently “insipid”, outfit. They work really well in tandem. Yin & Yang © Instagram/anushkasharma This sort of continues on the previous theme, albeit with some minor differences. Virat in his all-white ensemble actually looks quite good. Anushka, on the other hand, seems to one-up him, with the playful set of ghagra-choli. Plus, the fact that the playfulness carries over to the tone of the photograph, actually makes this quite Insta-worthy. Even other than these four, there have been a number of occasions when the power couple coordinated their outfits for the maximum impact. Like this one, when they went shopping for their pet dog. © Instagram/anushkasharma Or, for instance, this one. © Instagram/anushkasharma We finally get the appeal of couples making joint Instagram accounts. Not that we are saying you should too. View the full article
  9. While many people like being in a relationship, many people choose to be single. People might like cuddling after a long day at work but some of us just don't need any complications and would prefer leading our lives without a partner. Now, this might sound confusing to some people but for others, this is how they would want to go about in life. Such people just choose to work on themselves rather than working on a relationship. Society seems to push this idea on us that it is paramount to have a relationship to feel content in life but people prove this theory dead wrong. Here's why people choose to stay single. 1. Unhealthy Attractions We tend to choose relationship partners that aren't ideal for us. It's a loop wherein we over and over again find a person who isn't emotionally available and it becomes a sick pattern. Also, we forget how these distractions affect our mental health and how we are unable to focus on our career because of that. We tend to blame our failed relationships on our partners and feel devastated by each failed relationship. So, we choose to stay single instead. 2. Fear Of Intimacy © T-Series Real love often disrupts our fantasies and throws harsh realities on us. This manifests the fear that evolves once we start liking someone or fall in love. So we often try to distance ourselves as soon as we find someone worthy of love. And we also punish the other person by being critical about them. 3. Isolation And routine Some of us just don't have the time and energy to fall in love or get into a relationship because we are busy and stuck in the daily schedule cycle. All we want is to sleep early at night and stay at home during the weekends. We just don't invest our time into socialising and this often leads to isolation. To be honest, people like us don't mind chilling alone. In fact, we like it! 4. Bad Experiences © T-Series Some of us have been heartbroken so many times that we have clearly lost all hope that we'd ever find love and such people are the ones who've give up in love. They don't mind staying alone as they are just trying to protect themselves from unnecessary heartbreaks. 5. Low Self Esteem Your relationships have failed so many times that you've started thinking that the problem is in you and you've given up on finding a person who'd understand you. Also, another reason for low self esteem can be rejections but it's time to put your grooming cap on and show the world how you can shine. 6. Just Focusing On Fun © T-Series You are just not in a place wherein you'd want to commit to someone and all you want to have is just some fun and no tension. You just want to have flings and one night stands and it's totally fine as long as you are transparent with the other person. We all carry flaws and vulnerabilities and it shows when we start to get close to each other. Achieving intimacy is a brave battle but it's on us whether or not we want to go through it.
  10. After seeing Bareilly, Allahabad and several other towns get their own filmi adaptations, Kanpur finally gets its own story told through Kanpuriye. Starring Aparshakti Khurrana, Divyendu Sharma, Harshita Gaur and Vijay Raaz, the film takes on a city full of dreamers, and how those dreams aren't always destined to become reality. We spoke to lead actor Aparshakti Khurrana to learn more about this new take on coming-of-age in small-town India, and why it's worth a watch. Uncharted Territory View this post on Instagram When the whole universe conspires to make a beautiful dream come true. Thanku team #Kanpurmovie â¤ï¸ #films #movies #kanpur #stories #cinema #shootdiaries PC: @nitishiii_pictures @ankitsoni793 A post shared by Bohemian (@ashish_aryan) on May 2, 2019 at 11:14am PDT Bollywood hasn't been too shy about shooting on-location at small towns - Bareilly, Jhansi, Haridwar and Lucknow have all made it to the big screen, but Kanpur hasn't really had an honest portrayal other than a few scenes in the Tanu Weds Manu series. “People had not really visited Kanpur [in films], and it's a really quirky city,” shares Khurrana. “People have a lot of confidence, matlab, the characters here are genuinely worth filming.” Written By A Kanpuriya Himself View this post on Instagram You know friends r real n forever when they bring delicious Aaloo ka parathas from home ð ♥ï¸#dubbing #session #kanpur #films #movies #realfriends A post shared by Bohemian (@ashish_aryan) on Sep 9, 2019 at 1:38am PDT It also helps that director-scriptwriter Ashish Aryan happens to be born and brought up in Kanpur. “When he narrated the script to me,” continues Khurrana, “I thought it had a very realistic approach. Our films normally have a very happy ending, so to say. This is a film where dreams are not achieved, which is the reality of life. More often than not, 99% of the population have dreams, but they never come true. It's important for someone to come out and say 'bas filmon mein hota hai'. Truly Kanpuriye Characters View this post on Instagram One happy family â¤ï¸ A post shared by Bohemian (@ashish_aryan) on Jul 6, 2019 at 11:12am PDT While Khurrana's acting helps bring the town to life, he also admits that Kanpur had a lot of unexpected surprises and lessons in store for him. “I was just crossing one of the streets with my director, and there was a street-food vendor next to us," he recollects. "His stall had a graphic on it that said 'yahan milti hain muskurate hue tikkiyan aur uchalte hue burgerein'. I had never heard that! I never thought that people would have the creative agency to do that!” A lot of the location's uniqueness seeps into the characters, and plays out in the funny yet unfortunate situations they find themselves in. Jaitun, played by Khurrana, has a bright career waiting ahead of him in Mumbai, but is held back by his feelings for Bulbul (Harshita Gaur), much to the displeasure of his family. Gaur also reunites with Divyendu Sharma after they were cast in 2018's Mirzapur. This time, Sharma plays Vijay, an aspiring lawyer at loggerheads with his father, who would rather see his son become a delivery boy. Finally, there's the dynamic father-son duo of Lampat and Jugnu, played by Vijay Raaz and Harsh Mayar. Yet again, the theme of generations at conflict arises - instead of dealing with careers and love, Lampat tries to convince his son to start reading erotic magazines. It's a riot to watch the veteran actor at his best - despite him being a bit typecast. A Personal Connection To Small Town Dreams View this post on Instagram Watch us take you through the IIFA Awards night on 20th October, 8 PM only on Colors TV & IIFA Facebook page #IIFA2019 #IIFAAwards @iifa @ayushmannk A post shared by Aparshakti Khurana (@aparshakti_khurana) on Oct 19, 2019 at 11:55am PDT All this talk about small-town dreamers is especially personal for Aparshakti, who also brings up the story of his wildly successful elder brother, Ayushmann Khurrana, whose own stardom came from small-town origins in Chandigarh. “Let me take Ayush bhai's example,” explains Khurrana. "There's so many people in Mumbai who want to be actors. They're well-exposed, have seen the world of filmmaking, but aren't quite able to crack it. Then, a small-town guy from Chandigarh comes in, and is able to do it. It's only his wisdom of life - most good actors are relatively equally talented in the performing arts, but that core wisdom is what creates success.” Kanpuriye is now streaming on Hotstar and you can catch it here.
  11. One of the oldest and most common skin concerns for men that still is a pain to deal with has to be acne. As a skin concern, acne is very common among men of all ages. © iStock As natural as the phenomenon may be, people often tend to make fun of those suffering from it. For preteen and adolescent boys, acne may stem from changing hormones after a certain age. However, for men beyond a certain age, acne can be caused by some seriously flawed habits. And yes, smoking is just one of them. © iStock Your Skincare Products Or Not Using Them © iStock One major cause of untimely acne is the fact that most men don't buy skincare products based on the type of skin they have. That is assuming they use basic skincare products at all. Not only is using the wrong kind pointless, it can also be downright detrimental for your skin. Pro Tip: Get your skin tested if you have severe acne or regular breakouts and use skin products that suit your skin. Avoid using products that have a high concentration of sulphates and parabens. Your Diet © iStock No thanks to our hectic schedules and overworked lifestyles, most of us rely on food that can be downed in a jiffy, and needs little to no effort from us to consume. Not only are these foods high on oil content, they are also laced with preservatives and taste enhancers which wreak havoc on your skin. There are a lot of us who ignore minor allergic reactions to certain kinds of foods and simply gorge on them. A medical study released in 2013 stated that almost 60% of Indians don't realise that they suffer from a mild case of lactose intolerance. Pro Tip: Get yourself tested if you see that your skin misbehaves when you have certain kinds of food. Also, try to avoid oily and precooked food as much as you can, as they tend to have the most devastating effects on your gut, overall health and skin. Your Hygiene © iStock As obvious as this may seem, you need to stay hygienic. Take bathing for instance. You need to take a proper shower every day, no matter what the weather. So think twice before avoiding that bath this winter. Also, consider switching to a shower gel or something like that. A bar of soap just does not cut it anymore. There are other things to consider as well. How often you cut your nails, whether or not you get your nails cleaned, the products you use for your clothes. Take note of the way your skin reacts whenever you change something in your routine. Pro Tip: As we said, take note of how your skin responds to changes. Also, don't skip basic routines and don't shy away from changing products if you need to. Your Supplements © iStock This holds true especially if you are a muscle buff, work out at the gym and consume supplements. Most supplements are harmless, but there are a few that do not suit everybody. Try switching off of your supplements if you have persistent acne. If it starts disappearing, you have your culprit. Pro Tip: If it is indeed your supplements that are causing the issue, switch to something that suits you. Have a word with your trainer or dietician, and consult them for a substitute. Your Hair Products © iStock This may come across as a surprise, but your hair products do affect your skin, especially around your face. If you use a strong anti-dandruff shampoo, or a specific oil or mousse, and find yourself have breakouts often, it's time to switch. Pro Tip: Try going for products that are chemical-free, and have a natural cleansing agent, in case it is your shampoo. For other hair products, try to go for organic and vegan ones as they are the least likely to have adverse effects. Also, take note if your hair product has paraben, or sulfate. If it does, it's out.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. '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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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