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  1. Thanks to 'Game Of Thrones', Fantasy TV shows have proven to be a massive success. Now that the show has seen massive success, we've seen other studios also invest in future fantasy tv shows that will hit their respective distribution platforms. It will be a sad moment when 'Game Of Thrones' ends; it will be the end of a franchise that has been the most successful TV show in history. Even though HBO is working on a prequel series of GOT, it still won't be able to garner as much excitement as the current season. © New Line Cinema Having said that, we do have a bunch of new fantasy TV series that are in the works as we speak. One of them being a Lord Of The Rings (LOTR) TV series that will release on Amazon Prime. It's said to take place in the mid to late second age when the ring of power is first forged. It is the period when we see Sauron rise to power and may end where Peter Jackson movies start off. 'The Lord Of The Rings' by J.R.R Tolkien is often considered to be the father of modern epic fantasy books and it will be exciting to see Sauron's origins on our TV screens. The movie adaptations by Peter Jackson were a huge success and ushered in an era where fantasy movies and TV shows became a part of pop culture. The Amazon LOTR tv series is said to begin shooting in August and way get to see the first season on Amazon Prime in early 2020. © CD Projekt Red The second fantasy TV series we're most excited about is Netflix's 'The Witcher' adaptation. The show will be a drama series based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's 'The Witcher', a collection of eight novels. Henry Cavill will play the iconic character 'Geralt of Rivia' while Freya Allan will play the character of Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, and Anna Shaffer as Triss Marigold. © Netflix The novels have already been adapted into a series of video games by CD Projekt Red and have now garnered a cult-like following for the franchise. Andrzej Sapkowski has obviously created a very rich and memorable world that has dark undertones, drama and action. If the upcoming TV series is anything like the game, expect ***, battles, betrayal, prophecies, romance and magic as the primary theme of the series similar to GOT. 'The Witcher' TV series is expected to release later this year and we couldn't be more excited for this show. It's a great time to be a fantasy fan as our favourite franchises are being brought to life in the form of TV series or movies. Being a fantasy series, we can't expect any of the shows to be completely faithful; however, it's still exciting to see these two amazing worlds brought back to life.
  2. Protein is known as the king of macronutrients. You will see people ranging from the least informed to the most informed sections of the fitness community stressing on the importance of protein intake. Your gym guru will tell you to eat protein all day and consume boiled chicken and steamed fish for the thin skin whereas an informed coach will give you a particular intake to hit for the day. © Getty Images And there will be some misinformed sections still suggesting that it will make your liver and kidney health go bad. In this piece, I am going to cover some pointers established by the researches and findings by studies done on protein intake in strength athletes, bodybuilders, and healthy population: 1. You need to consume 1.2 to 1.6 grams of protein per kilo of your body weight to retain lean body mass in a normal healthy population and avoid the risk of sarcopenia due to old age. 2. To maximize adaptations to resistance training aka lifting weights, individuals need to consume protein in the range of 1.6 to 2.2 grams per kilo of body weight when not dieting, i.e. eating in a caloric deficit. 3. There is no anabolic window that requires you to run to the locker room and gulp down a protein shake right after your last set. As long as you are eating adequate protein for the day and evenly distributing it in meals, you need not worry about the anabolic window. © Getty Images 4. If your goal is maximal muscle gain, it is a good idea to split your protein intake into meals containing 0.4 to 0.55 grams of protein per kilo of body weight into 4 to 5 meals per day. That means, a daily protein intake of 1.6 to 2.2 grams per kilo of body weight. 5. When eating in a caloric deficit aka dieting, a higher protein intake of 2.3 to 3.1 grams per kilo of Fat-Free Mass (FFM) is suggested to retain maximal lean body tissue or muscle mass. Note that this is fat-free mass and not total body weight. 6. There is no maximum protein your body can digest in a meal. It is always better to split the protein intake into 4 to 5 meals for the day but this frequency can be lower or higher depending on other lifestyle factors. In the end, it comes down to what suits you better. © Getty Images 7. Long-term high-protein diets in the range of 2.4 to 3.3 grams per kilogram of body weight do not have detrimental effects on blood lipids, liver or kidney function in the healthy resistance training population. 8. Athletes on high-protein diets reported more dietary satisfaction, better mood, adherence, and higher muscle retention during a fat loss phase when compared to those on lower protein diets. To Sum It Up: - Protein is not harmful to your kidneys and liver if you are otherwise healthy. - It is better to split your protein intake throughout the day for maximum muscle building. - During a muscle building phase, protein intake of 1.6 to 2.2 grams per kilo of body weight is sufficient. - During a fat loss phase, higher protein intakes in the range of 1.8 to 2.4 grams per kilo of body weight is beneficial. - A higher protein diet is absolutely safe and may have certain benefits in certain situations. References: 1. Phillips SM, et al. Protein "requirements" beyond the RDA: implications for optimizing health. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2016 May;41(5):565-72. 2. Morton RW, et al. A systematic review, meta-analysis and meta-regression of the effect of protein supplementation on resistance-training-induced gains in muscle mass and strength in healthy adults. Br J Sports Med. 2018 Mar;52(6):376-384. 3. Schoenfeld BJ, Aragon AA. How much protein can the body use in a single meal for muscle-building? Implications for daily protein distribution. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2018 Feb 27;15:10. 4. Helms E, et al. A systematic review of dietary protein during caloric restriction in resistance trained lean athletes: a case for higher intakes. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2014 Apr;24(2):127-38. 5. Aragon AA, et al. International society of sports nutrition position stand: diets and body composition. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2017 Jun 14;14:16. 6. Antonio J, et al. A High Protein Diet Has No Harmful Effects: A One-Year Crossover Study in Resistance-Trained Males. J Nutr Metabolism. 2016 Sep 20; 9104792. Author Bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  3. Running a marathon isn't easy. Unlike your regular morning runs or evening sprints, running (and finishing!) a marathon requires an enhanced level of stamina, endurance, and commitment. Of course it also requires you to harbour the knowledge of which marathons you ought to be running in to begin with. After all, you can't just expect to leave your house and randomly chance upon a marathon you'd want to take part in! Well fortunately for all you avid runners out there, we at MensXP have done the required research for you, and as such, have come up with a list of the best marathons in India. So whether you're a beginner or expert at running, here are the top marathons in India that you need to check out. 1) The Hell Ultra Race © Official Instagram / @thehellrace Now here is a marathon that should pretty much be on every runner's bucket list. The Hell Ultra race is a truly unique sprint that will challenge your skills and endurance levels like never before. As you run through five mountain passes, reach an elevated height of 9350 meters, and encounter Himalayan rivers and streams on your way, you are guaranteed to indulge in an experience that you won't be able to forget anytime soon. Besides making you run a truly one-of-a-kind marathon on the Manali - Leh Highway, the Hell Ultra is also going to take your fitness game to new heights, making it one of the most exciting upcoming marathons in India that you ought to know about. When: 15th - 23rd June, 2019 Where: Manali - Leh Total length: 480 kilometers 2) The Solang Sky Ultra Race © Official Facebook / @thellrace Fair warning, this race is not for the feign hearted. After all, the Solang Sky Ultra race is considered to be India's only mountain running event. Don't let the total length of this marathon - approximately 60 kilometers - fool you into believing that it's going to be a cakewalk. In reality, you'll have to be properly prepared, both physically AND mentally, before you run this marathon. The run will take you to an altitude of 3,650 meters, and will be the ultimate test of your strength and endurance. Before you decide to run this extreme race, make sure you are carrying the proper equipment and gear. This includes two pairs of trail running shoes, a wind proof jacket, sunglasses, hydration pack, headlamp (with battery cells), reflective vest, and a whistle. When: 6th October 2019 Where: Solang Valley Total length: 60 kilometers 3) Uttarkashi 2019 © Shutterstock If you wanted to run a marathon that also brought you just a little bit closer to your spiritual side, then this is the perfect race for you. Making you run along River Ganga, peaceful villages, and lush hills, with the Himalayan mountains giving you company, running this marathon will also require you to climb a total of 34,000 feet! While the main marathon will let you run for up to 220 kilometers, those wanting to opt for a less exhausting run can opt for the 160 kilometers or 100 kilometers variants instead. When: 6th - 8th September, 2019 Where: Rishikesh - Dehradun Total length: 220 kilometers 4) The Kaveri Trail Marathon © www.myracephotos.in If you wanted to run a marathon and get close to Mother Nature at the same time, then you'd be pleased to know about the Kaveri Trail Marathon. As the name suggests itself, running this marathon will get you close to River Kaveri, but that's not all as you will also get to run past the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, and even natural waterfalls! There are three different versions of this race that you could opt for, including the 10 kilometers, 21.1 kilometers, and 42.2 kilometers variants. The best part about this marathon, however, is all the wildlife you'll get to encounter along the way - including wild ducks, wooley cranes, and even otters!! This is, undoubtedly, one of the best marathons in India that you could take part in. When: TBA Where: River Kaveri, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Total length: 11.5 kilometers 5) The Delhi Half Marathon © Official Facebook / @runadhm The Delhi Half Marathon is probably the most popular marathons in the country. In fact, if there is one marathon that most runners (even beginners) would have participated in, it's this one. As such, it makes for the perfect option for all those who are either looking to run their first marathon, or just want to take part in a run that won't be too challenging. Having first begun in 2005, taking part in it has become no less than a ritual, one which not just Delhitites, but people from around the country excitedly indulge in. When: 20th October, 2019 Where: New Delhi Total length: 21 kilometers 6) The Mumbai Half Marathon © Official Facebook / @MumbaiHM Just like its Delhi counterpart, the Mumbai Half Marathon too is incredibly popular and attracts a large number of participants every year. The 2019 edition will be its fourth iteration, and is almost certain to be bigger and better than ever before. And just like the Delhi Half Marathon, the best part about this run is how almost anyone (above the age of 18 that is!) can participate in it. So the next time you want to do something to increase your stamina and endurance, or just want to adopt a healthier and fitter lifestyle, you should get yourself registered for the Mumbai Half Marathon. When: 25th August, 2019 Where: Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai Total length: 21.09 kilometers 7) Pune International Marathon © Shutterstock The Pune International Marathon has been taking place since 1983, and in the process has helped raise funds for many good causes, such as HIV/AIDS research. In 2006, the marathon attracted a whopping 50,000 runners! It also attracts a lot of international participants, and was even the host for the Asian Marathon Championship race in 2010. The route winds around Pune's historic and scenic locations, while spectators line up to cheer participants on. For those who might not want to do the full marathon because it might be too challenging for them, this event also offers half marathon,10 kilometers, and 5 kilometers variants as well. Moreover, wheelchair-bound individuals can take part in the Wheelchair Run as well. When: December, 2019 Where: Pune Total length: 42.195 kilometers 8) The Nilgiris Ultra 2019 © Shutterstock All aboard the fitness train! Hosted by Globeraces, and organised by Townscript, the Nilgiris Ultra 2019 is an intense and incredibly challenging marathon that will be in its seventh iteration this year. What sets this race apart from other marathons is the fact that you'll be running in the Nilgiris, which happens to be one of the most scenic places in India. While the main marathon will take you on a sprint of up to 100 kilometers (a treat for every fitness freak), you can also opt for its three other variants - the 75 kilometers, 50 kilometers, and 25 kilometers races. As it's scheduled to occur towards the end of the year, you have ample of time to start training and preparing yourself for it. When: 16th November, 2019 Where: Ooty Total length: 100 kilometers 9) Ironman 70.3 Marathon © Official Facebook Page / @IRONMANAsia Yoska, a Bengaluru based fitness-technology company, is all set to bring Ironman 70.3 triathlon to India, that too for the first time! The iconic IRONMAN series of events is considered to be the largest participation sports platform in the world with more than 230 events across 53 countries.The IRONMAN 70.3 race (also known as 'Half-Ironman') which involves 1.9 kilometers of swimming, 90 kilometers of cycling, and 21.1 kilometers of running is the ultimate test of endurance and stamina. The race will be flagged off from Miramar Beach, with a two loop swimming course in the Arabian Sea. The cycling race will pass through the city, for three laps of 30 kilometers each. Finally, the race course will begin and end near Miramar beach. Ironman 70.3 series and race is a trademark asset of the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and popularly described as “the Oscars of endurance sport.” As such, it won't be wrong to state that it's one of the most exciting upcoming marathons in India. When: 20th October, 2019 Where: Panaji, Goa Total length: 113 kilometeres 10) The Hell Race Budha Trail © Official Facebook / @thellrace Nothing is more scenic and zen for a runner than sprinting through mountain forests, while soaking in the exquisite views of the Himalayas. The Hell Race Series is committed to taking runners through different terrains, with the 3rd race in its trail series, The Buddha Trail, taking them to the forests of the Sandakphu region near Darjeeling, which stands at a whopping elevation of 3,636 metres! The race, which is set amidst these forests, is scheduled during the month of May, and will take you through the Singalila Ridge, which actually crosses into Nepal! You will get to catch a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Kanchenjunga, making this not only one of the best marathons in India, but also an experience you cannot afford to miss out on. When: 11th May, 2019 Where: Sandakphu, Darjeeling Total distance: 60 kilometers
  4. 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/
  5. Last week saw history's most expensive divorce settlement making headlines all around the world as Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie Bezos went their separate ways after years of being married. Post her divorce, MacKenzie now owns company shares that are cumulatively worth over 35 billion dollars, or over Rs 3500 crore. But if you are wondering which are the other most expensive divorce settlements in history here is the list. 1. Jeff Bezos - MacKenzie Bezos © Twitter Amazon founder and world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, has finally settled the long-talked-about divorce with wife MacKenzie Bezos, making it the world's most expensive divorce ever. Earlier this year, on 9th January Jeff Bezos, took to his Twitter account to announce the couple's impending divorce, after 26 years of marriage. 2. Alec Wildenstein - Jocelyn Wildenstein © BCCL After 24 years of marriage, French billionaire businessman and art dealer divorced his wife Swiss socialite Jocelyn after a lengthy court battle. Alec ended up shelling out 3.8 billion dollars as a divorce settlement. Reportedly she said she needed 1 million dollars to simply run her household, besides other expenses. 3. Rupert Murdoch - Anna Torv © BCCL Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Scottish journalist Anna had been married for 31 years, with three kids when the couple went their separate ways and filed a divorce. The divorce was settled at 1.7 billion dollars back in 1999. 4. Bernie Ecclestone - Slavica Radic © Networthhq Hailed as one of the richest men in the UK, Bernie Ecclestone was a highly popular Formula One executive. Married to Croatian model Slavica Radic in 1885 and after almost 24 years of marriage, the couple got divorced in 2009. The settlement cost Radic 1.2 billion dollars! Yes, the wife paid the ex-husband. 5. Steve - Elaine Wynn © BCCL Touted to be one of the biggest casino hotshots in Las Vegas, Steve and Elaine Wynn had gotten married twice. In 1963 and again in 1991, yet the marriage failed both times. However, the second time around the settlement was reached at 1 billion dollars, which was very high for the time. 6. Harold Hamm - Sue Ann Arnall © CNBC The couple is infamously known for a very public, ugly divorce proceedings. Oil baron Harold ended up cashing out 975 million dollars for his wife upon their divorce. However, it was only recently in 2015 that Arnall finally encashed the amount after a lengthy court battle for a bigger amount. 7. Adnan Khashoggi - Soraya Khashoggi © Dailysportx Known Saudi Arabian businessman and arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi married British national Sandra Daly in 1961, who changed her name to Soraya upon converting to Islam. After 23 years of marriage, the couple called it quits and went their separate ways in 1974. Adnan settled the divorce at 874 million dollars. 8. Dmitry Rybolovlev - Elena Rybolovleva © BCCL Owing to his “multiple infidelities” Elena filed for divorce in 2014 after being married to Russian businessman and investor Dmitry for 27 years. After an ugly court battle, Elena left her marriage with 604 million dollars. 9. Craig McCaw - Wendy McCaw © Divorstatistics Cell phone industry pioneer and a known American entrepreneur Craig McCaw was married to newspaper publisher Wendy McCaw for 23 years. However, in 1997 the couple amicably parted ways with a monetary settlement of 460 million dollars. 10. Mel Gibson - Robyn Moore © Wireimage One of Hollywood's biggest divorce settlements till date, Mel ended up paying Robyn half the amount of his net worth at the time, which is said to be 425 million dollars.
  6. 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.
  7. In this article, I'm not going to tell you about the basic stuff which everyone carries to the gym like perfume, towel, shaker, etc. © Dsptch Gym It's not about carrying a supplement shop and carrying things like: 1) BCAAs 2) fat burner pills 3) glutamine The below 5 essentials will help you in getting the best out of your training and will help you face your most challenging exercises with confidence. These 5 gym essentials can take your training to the next level if used properly. 1) Flat Shoes: Flat shoes are one of the best shoes for weight lifting. They have a solid grip over the gym mats and provide safety when lifting a heavy load. Flat sole shoes like converse, vans, etc. A huge benefit is the ability to activate more muscle and recruit more fibres. These shoes enable you to push through the floor much easier, which will allow you to produce more force during a lift. When you work out, especially during leg exercises you have to be driving through the heels. It is very hard to drive force through the heel in running shoes. The sole does not support that. Lifting shoes can help you to feel sturdier during heavy squats, deadlifts and any other free compound lift. 2) Knee Sleeves Or Wraps Knee sleeves or wraps protect your knees and give you the confidence to lift heavy loads on squats, leg press, etc. It also provides joint warmth. Don't wrap your knees with knee wraps too tightly it might block your blood flow. Keep the tightness from 7-8/10. For knee sleeves, go for neoprene material 7mm-10mm. 3) Weight Training Belt: A belt can be a useful piece for supportive strength equipment in your training, but it shouldn't be relied on. © Getty Images It's always a better idea to build a solid foundation of muscle and strong lifting mechanics before reaching for & possibly overusing a belt. Weight lifting belt keeps your lower back safe. It supports the torso during big lifts like squats, deadlifts, bench press, overhead press, etc. It also provides you with confidence when loading weights on the bar. 4) Lifting Straps: Wrist straps can be beneficial when performing any pulling movements or holding any heavy load. It prevents you from grip failure. Grip failure is one of the main reason where you shift back from lifting a heavy load. You can use lifting straps on any back movements, deadlifts and shrugs. How to put the straps? Setting on your wrist straps and attaching them to the bar can be critical. Wrapping technique will change based on the length of the strap and where the loop is stitched. Everyone has their favourite method, but here's mine: I find it comfortable to wrap one hand exactly where I want it, then wrap the other hand closer to the already-wrapped hand (so I can use it for help with the wrapping method), then push the second hand into position. 5) Training Logbook: A training log book can be helpful to note down how much work you put every session. You can track your sets, reps, load, etc. Training without a plan not knowing how much weight to lift, the number of reps you should be doing and what you're trying to improve is like taking a road trip without a map. Your main goal is to improve on what you did in your last training session, that's called progression. Any workout without progression means you're not developing, which means you didn't have a productive workout. Author bio: Yashovardhan Singh is an online fitness coach with www.getsetgo.fitness, an online fitness platform. Along with lifting weights and building his physique, he is also a motorbike enthusiast, an animal lover. You can connect with him on Instagram or drop him an email on yashovardhan@getsetgo.fitness.
  8. Rich Piana, the famous bodybuilding figure, who admittedly took a lot of steroids during and after his career was one of the most influential figures in modern-day bodybuilding. via GIPHY His quote and the tagline of his nutritional supplement company 5% Nutrition, 'Whatever it takes' still has a massive following and is still worn as a badge by many aspirational young bodybuilders today. Rich Piana was very open about his drug usage and even used to openly speak about his steroid cycles and astronomical dosages on his YouTube videos. He passed away on August 2017 due to an alleged overdose of steroids and other drugs and his autopsy reports also indicated some severe health markers like enlarged heart, oedema in the brain, etc. The cause of death was undetermined and even though it may not be steroids directly, injecting those in high doses do come with side-effects which may play a role as compounding factors in other health risks for sure. The one thing for which I respected Rich Piana was his open admission of drugs and he did not pretend to be one of those fake natties who would lie and try to sell you their shit by claiming you can become like them without steroid usage. Rich also made very open and valid pointers about steroid usage which everyone considering going the dark way: 1. He Was Not For Or Against Steroids One noteworthy thing about Rich was that he was very open about his usage and he was a very famous guy. He knew his stance would be taken seriously and even followed by aspiring bodybuilders who looked up to him. He still never promoted or told people that they should use steroids. If they wanted to take them and compete in shows that did not discourage steroid usage, then it was up to the person to make that decision. It was at the end a person's own responsibility if they decided to take them. 2. He Hated The Way Bodybuilding Was Evolving Rich told in an interview that one thing that did not go down well with him was the rampant usage of steroids and the slow death of the spirit of bodybuilding. Bodybuilding was a sport or a lifestyle that was more about pumping iron and lifting weights. But he did not like the way how it was turning out to be more about injecting steroids over pumping iron. 3. He Was Against Teens & Young Guys Taking Steroids via GIPHY Rich used to openly highlight the ugly side of taking steroids as well and used to educate as to how taking testosterone led to crash in the normal hormone production or atrophy of testes. Or how taking growth hormone led to the growth of your internal organs. He went on to even say that how GH as a peptide leads to a bodybuilders gut as the intestines push out to unnatural levels and push your abs inches apart. 4. Rich Warned The Side-Effects Will Come Back To Bite You Another major claim or opinion that Rich held was how even though in the short term it may mean more test levels, more strength, more muscle building and the other benefits that come with it, it is never that pleasant in the long-term and how do the side effects of steroid use always come to bite you back later on. 5. He Admitted To The Sides-Effects He Faced Rich also opened up about his problem with steroids and how he faced certain side effects like roid rage and how it used to affect his relationship with his girlfriend back in the day. Overall, if you critically assess it, Rich never was a flag-bearer for usage or discouraged usage. He always showed the true picture and admitted that there are both pros and cons of taking steroids. At the end of the day, it is for you to weigh both the sides and see which side seems more lucrative to you before you make the leap. Author Bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  9. In an industry which should thrive on gender fluidity because of equal opportunities, there is still gender disparity that's visible from every archaic lens. Recently, after the success of her film 'Luka Chuppi', Kriti Sanon, the lead actress, spoke about how the entire credit for the film went to the lead male actor Kartik Aaryan and it seemed absolutely unfair. According to her Kartik was lauded for bringing the audience to the theatre to watch the film and she said this is always the case where the male actor steals the show mostly, when the female has an equal part to play for the success of the film. © Pintrest "This business of overlooking the leading lady has been going on for a while and it's so unfair. I am glad this conversation is finally happening." she told a leading entertainment publication in an interview. "It's logical to talk about only the male protagonist when the leading lady doesn't have a lot to do, but when they are both carrying a film on their shoulders, the credit should be equally shared. Everybody deserves a mention," she added. © AA Films The actress had fair points to address because they've been visible since the genesis of the industry. For the success of every movie, the male actor is always brought forward for his commendable work, while the actress is criticised for what she was wearing or how she carried herself out in the movie, completely objectifying her, istead of paying heed to her acting prowess. It's time we change the dialogue of how we perceive our films and make them more gender equal when we talk about them, especially if the actor and actress both have an equal role in the movie. Kriti also spoke about gender pay disparity in Bollywood and said it needs to be equal to set a good example to the country. “Actors are also paid more than their female counterparts in Bollywood. Remuneration should be in sync with two things — your role in the film and your capacity to pull in the audience. There have been instances in the past when actresses have been paid more than their hero,” She opened about disparities in gender pay in Bollywood with a popular entertainment publication. © AA Films I think Kriti is certainly moving talks towards a more progressive standpoint. Equal pay has been a fight in our country since long and if an industry like Bollywood demonstrates it within their own realm, it will set a good example for other industries to make equal pay more sustainable and possible. While we're grateful to Kriti for bringing up such pertinent points and addressing them, we hope more actresses come forward and talk about things that really matter. Kriti is currently working alongside Arjun Kapoor on Ashutosh Gowarikar's 'Panipat', which is about the third battle of Panipat.
  10. 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.
  11. The Green Revolution, so to speak, has reached the most vernacular level in the country and that's a mighty good sign. How do we say that with so much conviction? Meet Bijay Pal, an auto driver from Kolkata, who is growing a garden atop his auto! The garden looks quite complete with grass and saplings growing on top and along with that, his auto gives a sweet message in Bangla, that says 'save trees, save lives', and that's the sweetest thing we've seen all day. © Indiatimes Upset with the mindless cutting of trees, the man wants to work towards environmental conservation in his own way and there can't be anything better than starting a green initiative on your own. Apart from that, his auto also serves as a fantastic tourist attraction across the city! "For 3-4 years I'd been trying to figure out how to grow plants in my auto. I asked everyone but no one gave me a satisfactory answer. Then found one plant-seller and I asked him to plant some grass on my auto's rooftop. Since then people are very happy (by looking at it) and I too feel very pleased", said Bijay Pal in an interview with a popular publication. Although the tough part is maintaining the garden as the money he earns through auto-rides goes into the upkeep of the garden, he does take care of it well and spends time watering his plants every evening. The garden looks fresh and very lively, just like a tiny little meadow! © Pinterest Bijay has also taken this step to have greenery atop to cool the interiors of his auto! That's quite a genius idea and with Kolkata's over-the-top humidity levels, God knows you need it! Everyone is trying to take a step in the right direction after the blaring levels of pollution killing our flora and fauna, and this is the smallest yet most impactful contribution from someone who knows and understands how much the environment is getting affected negatively because of us. For now, we're glad this good Samaritan is doing great deeds to save the environment in his own precious way. Maybe it's time we learn a thing or two from him?
  12. I recently read an interesting comment on a Facebook post saying that every second person on the street is a fitness expert today. As absurd and ridiculous as it may sound, it is unfortunately true. Today, every person who hits the gym and manages to lose some fat or gain some muscle becomes a guru instantly. Add to that the influence some people may have due to the nature of their work, and you got a boiling hot disaster recipe. Here are some examples of these common disasters you may be following as a fitness enthusiast: 1. Actors As much as they would be in shape or transition with drastic transformations between movies, you've got to understand that they get paid to look a certain way and present a peculiar physique for a film. They might not always do it the right way or the safe way. 2. Fashion Models These are again that lot who get paid to look a certain way. And they take it to such an unhealthy extent that they sometimes starve, forcibly puke out food from their bodies or do hours and hours of cardio at a stretch to look skinny. Most of them even end up with eating disorders and looking like a hanger with clothes on the ramp. Fitness advise from them? No, thank you. 3. Bloggers These are the kind of people that companies, who want to push out useless products, reach out to. They will write a post or shoot a video or put an amazingly awesome visual and then insert a 'promo code' towards the end. You fall for it and pay for the product. The company pays these bloggers. And the vicious cycle continues. Most of the time these products are useless supplements like fat burners, herbal teas, meal replacement shakes. Read: The 'ONLY' supplements you will ever need. 4. The Bro At The Gym Signs to identify this bro: a. Sips on BCAAs at the gym b. Constantly talks about bodybuilders and compares his physique to their c. Carries five different recovery and intra-workout supplements with him (do not worry, he will show it to you) d. Preaches you should only eat clean and eat boiled chicken e. Wears a tank top all the time f. Wears a back supporting belt for doing bicep curls with 10-kilo dumbbells See this guy? Stay away from him. 5. Your Neighbor Your neighbour pretty much has an opinion and expertise on all the topics in the world, and fitness is at the very top of it. They claim that they have the knowledge of what to eat, how to control blood sugar, how you should go for a walk early in the morning for fat loss, and many more ignorant claims like these. Exchange a hello once in a while but never discuss your fitness regime with them. Unless they are a practitioner in the industry. Author Bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  13. Delhi Police is assumed to be the most ostentatious, callous police force in the world, especially by the women who reside in the city. According to most people, they're always late, never follow proceedings as they're supposed to and always hamper vital evidence, with more and more cold cases piling up within their files. That's an assumption. I don't know if it's a fair or a just one, but it's an experiential assumption. I am not trying to bring the force into a bad light but everything that falls under the purview of the police should be scrutinised till its eventual end and to ward off these assumptions, we have the perfect case from their files, which completely changed the way Delhi Police represented itself in the city. © Twitter December 16th, 2012 was a normal day in the capital. It was exceptionally chilly and the city was donned in winter silence. The police, I am sure was set out doing their daily duties, filling the FIR logbook, while trying to rectify nuances which were at play negatively all around. They barely knew their lives were going to change forever after sunset. On one of their regular patrolling rounds, Delhi Police found a couple, naked on the side of the road. When they were brought to the hospital, wrapped in bed sheets, the boy was still conscious with bruises all over his body, while the girl was in agonising pain, whispering she'd been raped and violated with a rod, which was put in to her vagina and taken out, repeatedly. She whispered to the doctor that someone had pulled out flesh from inside her stomach. The statement made by this girl was the beginning of the end of Delhi Police's callous misconduct towards heinous crimes throughout the city. Nirbhaya sent shockwaves that were so riveting, no one could fathom how brutal this crime was. © Twitter Yes, it was the most brutal crime that had taken place in the capital where a young girl was badly beaten and bruised, raped and devoured antagonistically, her case had to be put on fast track. This is where Delhi Police showed the world their real face, their real mettle, as a valuable police force. They caught the perpetrators within 5 working days and gave Nirbhaya and the country what they needed- the perfect resolve, that it always sought. Almost 6 years after this crime was given due justice, Netflix released a series called 'Delhi Crime', which highlighted not the crime, but how it was dealt with, with every moment in dire speculation. Honestly, I couldn't sit through the series at first. Yes, it was intense but in more ways than one, it was a triggering point for someone who had no idea about the gravity of how and why it took place. 'Delhi Crime' effortlessly and carefully peeled layers of successful tribulation of the victim, her family, her friend and what the police went through on that ill-fated night. © Netflix "I have a family friend in the Delhi Police and he retired six years back. He'd seen my previous work and kind of knew me and my style, so he suggested we do a film on this six years back. I told him that I don't think it's a good idea at all. He asked to read the first verdict that had come out in the sessions court, back in 2013. He offered that he'll introduce me to some more officers involved if I was interested, and if you feel there's a story there, then go for it" Richie Mehta, the director told us in an interview, while revealing the truest sculpture of the series. The series is divided in to seven parts and it's a clear focus on the dedication Delhi Police has shown towards solving the crime in a short duration. It's an apt reconstruction of the case which was handled very professionally and aesthetically by the cast and the crew. Usually, cinematic reconstructions of crimes such as rape and sexual abuse are callously handled by filmmakers in the country. There is little or no research that goes into reconstructing a crime and even if there is, most of it is secondary. 'Delhi Crime', on the other hand, took care of every intricate nuance featured in the series. For instance, even though the film was about the heinous crime that took place, it deliberately focused more on how the perpetrators were brought to justice and not so much on how the victim went through the darkest hour of her life. The series made unsubtle references to the recreation of the crime that took place in the bus, when the victim narrated it out loud, the injuries she succumbed to and the way she dealt with it all. Everything was created in complete discretion, keeping the societal triggers in mind. But even so, every bit of it was nerve-gripping. © Netflix "There were certain basic things that were non-negotiable to me. Like, no way will I show the crime and there was no chance of that. You wouldn't even sounds of the crime, that is off limits. This was about people perpetrating the crime and other people dealing with it. One big mandate was based visually. The style of shooting would be as a by-standard. If we can remove as much judgement as possible from my standpoint. If you're doing a scene and you're in a car, the camera is behind you, as if you're just sitting in the car. We don't do the front shots. You're looking at everyone else, as if you're sitting there. And if you're in the police station, the movie camera is on the cinematographer's shoulder , they get up and go in to the hallway and we go with them. So, that mandate was reflective of taking a non-judgmental approach." said Richie. © Twitter The opening credits of the series tell us that they were directly inspired from the original case files. While I am off the notion that additional fiction was added to the series to create that extra 'thrill', I wasn't sensitised to the fact that the light the police were presented in would steal focus from the rest of the characters and the facts that were shown very limitedly. It came as a slow realisation that other things actively happening around the time Nirbhaya was in the hospital and when her perpetrators were roaming free, were not given much screen time. There were protests that broke out, civil society and women welfare NGOs that demanded justice, student bodies, politicians and her family reacting to the situation was put at bay to valorise the police. While it's fair this content might have been created to redeem the functioning of Delhi Police and spill their truth, it certainly sidelined a lot of important aspects, especially the burste of identity Delhi was gathering through its people at the time. © Netflix The constant reminder of how the police is understaffed and not paid enough and how ill-equipped they are financially and otherwise in comparison to other countries like America, came up again and again in the show. This was one thing that didn't settle in too well for me, but then everyone loves a good cop story and this was mostly about that. "There was a turning point for me when one sub-inspector I was speaking told me about a heinous crime he was investigating. And after he told me that, I asked him if he still believed in people and he said 'ya ya for sure'. And I asked him why does he believe in people if he deals in this evil every day. He then told me there are 17 million people in Delhi at night and 40,000 officers. 70% are used for VIP and traffic, so do the math on how many officers are keeping the peace. They can't prevent a crime from happening before, statistically. Which means the only thing keeping the peace 24 hours a day are the people and they're doing it" said Richie. © Netflix Even though it seems like the story is one-sided, the character sketches are very strongly put forth in the show. Every character seems almost real, like we're reliving the exact same crime through them. That's also because the actors chose to play the part put their heart in soul to showcase an extremely sensitive issue. For instance, the DCP's character carried out by Shefali Shah was ruthless yet comforting. Her character was drawn from the real life DCP Chhayya Sharma, who handled Nirbhaya's case back in 2012. Shefali's character made a rogue statement which was much needed at the time. Not just for the fallen faith in the police force but for the a heinous crime like this in the city and she absolutely carved her way through a beautiful character sketch. Shefali feels if there wasn't a woman handling the case, it would probably not be done with so much focus and precision. Not because of anything else, but because the angst the DCP has experienced back then was more empathetic towards the victim, because she was a woman. "She really wanted to get them and the fact that she was a woman, it probably got cracked so fast and she took it personally" Shefali opened up about her role. © Twitter While talking about whether or not this incident or even this show has changed the defination of safety in India, she went on to say: ''I stopped travelling by public transport a long time ago and I am really not in a space to sit and say I feel safer. After this what I know, the way this was investigated, we're not completely thrown to the winds. There are people who care, there are people who work really hard to keep us safe. There is always a balance of good or bad and if there wasn't can you imagine what would happen to this country?" Although the show wasn't uncomfortable or traumatic for her to do, it was emotionally exhausting but empowering to step in to the shoes of someone who actually burnt the midnight oil and found the ones responsible for the crime. © Facebook 'Delhi Crime', although has its triggers and biases every now and then, it still showcases the vast mentality that exists in our country and the level some men can stoop down to teach women a 'lesson' they rather learn and/or be raped. It's an eye-opener definitely and for those of you who didn't know or understand the brutality the crime exposed, can really take a peek inside and feel the anguish everyone including the cast members went through when they had to enact it out. It's definitely a must watch and if at any point you do get triggered while watching it, you can always remember Nirbahaya aka Jyoti Singh who tried her best to face her fears till the end, till she gave up her life for a million women residing in this country. Watch the trailer here
  14. Adapting a novel for the screen is a risky business; it either creates history or is panned by book-lovers for eternity. Go overboard with characters and the literary fandom will shed you to pieces and if you don't show enough character development, the audience will lose interest. Not every movie can match the excellence of the novels which they are adapted from, the adaptations have to play on just the right chord or else the entire movie falls apart. via GIPHY Sometimes the actors don't work or if they work the script fails to live up to the novel's intensity. Even more challenging is changing the plot; some directors twist the ending or alter plot points to make it more desirable and intriguing, case in point, 'The Lord of The Rings', which worked phenomenally for the movie, but other adaptations aren't that lucky, looking at the 'Divergent' series. via GIPHY With a throng of books being turned into movies, 2019 seems to be the “Year of Novel-to-Movie Adaptation”. Here are six of the most anticipated adaptations to grace the screen this year: 1. Little Women: © Columbia Pictures Set in Massachusetts, with the Civil War as the backdrop, the story focusses on the four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as they come of age in a new America. Vividly different than the other, each with their own personalities and ambitions, the girls learn something new about life and themselves, guided by their mother, lovingly called “Marmee”. Starring Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep among others, this adaptation of the famous novel by Louisa May Alcott is one of the most anticipated movies of 2019. Emma Watson is taking on the role of the eldest daughter, dreamy and soft-spoken Meg, (after Emma Stone dropped out of the project) which should be a cakewalk for her given her previous roles as Hermione and Belle; strong, resilient characters with a soft but solid disposition. (Though, I would have preferred her to be Jo!) In a Ladybird reunion of sorts, accent-queen Saoirse will star as the second daughter, headstrong and quick-witted Jo, the creative genius in the family, alongside Timothée Chalamet who will play Laurie (and looks a lot like him), the handsome neighbour who strikes up a friendship with the four girls. Given that the 1994 version starring Susan Sarandon (Marmee March), Winona Ryder (Jo) and Christian Bale (Laurie), has been the undisputed king of all the adaptations till date, the movie will have to live up to its name; Saoirse and Timothée have some very big shoes to fill! The casting is the best part of the movie: Laura Dern as Marmee and Meryl Streep as the cantankerous Aunt March are well-suited to their roles. So are the March sisters; we couldn't have asked for better actors. The person to look out for would be Eliza Scanlan who plays Beth March, the sweet-natured and innocent March sibling whom everyone loves; a dynamically different role than her manipulative Amma Crelin in Sharp Objects. Directed by Greta Gerwig of Ladybird fame and its Oscar-nominated cast, it sure is to make its own mark in adaptation history. Also, an element to look forward to is the plot changes which Greta seems to have made to make the story more relevant. Date of Release: December 25, 2019 2. The Woman in the Window: © 20th Century Fox Anna Fox is a recluse; a formerly celebrated child psychologist who spends her time drinking wine, watching movies and spying on her neighbours through her window. Then one night, everything changes when on her spying spree, she witnesses something she wasn't supposed to in the home of her new neighbours, the seemingly-perfect Russells. Is what she saw true or was she still under the influence of her nectar: the alcohol? Will she be able to prove it? Dealing with themes of suspense, intrigue and agoraphobia, this A.J Finn thriller novel is set to release Featuring Amy Adams as the aforementioned woman, and directed by Joe Wright, the psychological thriller movie also stars Gary Oldman and Julianne Moore as the Russells. The role seems to be right up Amy Adams' alley, since we have seen her play intense, dramatic characters with scarred pasts and secrets, most recently as Camille Preaker in Gillian Flynn's novel's adaptation 'Sharp Objects'. She is sure to bring Dr Anna's anguish to life with her stellar portrayal. Date of Release: October 4, 2019 3. The Rhythm Section: © Paramount Pictures When Stephanie Patrick's life is upended after an airplane crash that kills all her loved ones, she turns to drugs and prostitution for solace and as a coping mechanism to stop the unravelling of her life. Vexed on finding out that the crash wasn't an accident but the work of a terrorist organization, she vows to take revenge. In order to do that she enlists into a dubious intelligence organization which promises to lead her to the terrorists, if she completes their questionable assignments. Mark Burnell's novel's lead, Stephanie, is a gritty, no-nonsense, fascinating woman who can go to any lengths to achieve her goal and bring the preparators to justice. Starring Blake Lively (as Stephanie), Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown among others, and directed by Reed Morano, it's to be seen whether the movie can match the pace of the book. Date of Release: November 22, 2019 4. Artemis Fowl: © Walt Disney Pictures Teenage genius Artemis Fowl is on a mission to rescue his father from the Russian Mafia and restore his family's fortunes. The catch? His father is a known criminal. Starting off as an anti-hero, he captures Holly Short, the head fairy of the LEPrecon (the fairy police), hoping to extort gold from them and becoming rich; as a first step in his quest to his free his father. He is helped all the way by his trusted bodyguard, Butler, as they embark on more adventures. Based on Eoin Colfer's novels of the same name, the movie is to adapt the first two novels for the movie version. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Ferdia Shaw, Judi Dench, Lara McDonell, Nonso Anozie and Josh Gad in main roles, this Disney film is bound to be full of spectacular special and visual effects. A visual delight for sure! Date of Release: August 9, 2019 5. The Goldfinch: © Warner Bros Pictures Donna Tartt's eponymous novel is set to feature on screen in a movie directed by John Crowley. Theo Decker is a teenager who has known tragedy very early on in his life. He is a survivor of a terrorist bombing at a museum which sadly claimed his mother. His only solace is the painting his mother loved at the museum, The Goldfinch, which he had secretly taken from the museum after the bombing. But as he grows up, it is this innocent act of taking the painting that propels his life into a series of adventures which eventually lead him to the underground world of art forgeries and crime. Along with his friend Boris, he embarks on new experiences which don't turn out to be exactly what he had imagined. Starring Ansel Elgort as the adult Theo and Aneurin Barnard as Boris, the movie is sure to be a good adaptation, given the actors chosen to portray the characters. Nicole Kidman and Luke Wilson also star in supporting roles as socialite Mrs Barbour and Larry Decker (Theo's idler father) respectively. Date of Release: October 11. 2019 6. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? © Annapurna Pictures Based on the novel by Maria Semple, Bernadette is an agoraphobic mother of a 15-year old daughter, Bee Branch, who hates everybody around her, especially her neighbour, Audrey. Though Bernadette wasn't always like this, she has now become a housebound recluse, a far departure from her once successful career as a feted architect. One fine day, a few days before a planned Antarctica tour which was to be Bee's gift, Bernadette goes missing and now Bee must take on the difficult task of finding her mother before it's too late. Cate Blanchett will star as Bernadette Fox, with Emma Nelson as Bee, along with Judy Greer as Dr Kurtz and Kristen Wiig as the annoying neighbour, Audrey. Given the comedic elements of the book, Cate is Blanchett is sure to nail the character's idiosyncrasies and with Kristen Wiig as Audrey, it is bound to be a laugh riot. Judy Greer as Dr Kurtz is the perfect choice for the role and so is Billy Crudup as Bee's genius father, Elgin Branch. Let's hope the mystery behind Bernadette's disappearance is as intriguing as it is in the novel. Date of Release: August 9, 2019 Which one are you most excited for?
  15. Reddit, as we all know, is known to be the “front page of the internet”. There are all kinds of goodies in there… too many, in fact. But don't worry. We're here to help. If you're someone who likes to geek on 'techy' stuff, then here are some awesome “tech” subreddits you can follow. Gadgets © Unsplash Gadgets, as the name suggests, is a community that's devoted to all kinds of gadgets related to news and talk. Be it about an old Nintendo gaming console or about the latest iPhones, this is the place to be. No kidding, this community is filled with some talented and helpful minds who're always ready to help you queries. Robotics © Unsplash Robotics is a subreddit that's centered around the topics of professional robotics. It's not only a place where you can get your robotics fix, it's also a growing community filled with people who're interested to have discussions around the topic and share their work. Trust me, you'll find some interesting content here even if you're not into robotics. AskTechnology © Unsplash This one's an ask-based subreddit, where you can ask any, and I mean any, tech-related question. To my surprise, I found the community to be very active, which is one of the reasons why I see myself going back here all the time. So if you have tech-related question, which you're hesitant to ask someone in real life, then hit this subreddit right now. Futurology © Unsplash Need a hand getting acquainted with futurology? This subreddit is the place to be. This subreddit will expose you to the world of technology and beyond. It's mostly all speculation, but hey, it's all really fun to read and it's only a matter of time till you start dabbling with “evidence-based speculation.”
  16. Nutrition is a complex topic and everywhere you go, you will see experts or gurus preaching that one way of eating or dieting is better than the other. One says to cut your carbs out of your diet and the other one asks you to eat more of carbs and very less fat. One says eat before evening and the other says do not eat in the morning. via GIPHY It is very confusing and often misleading with that black and white categorization. Here are a few basics of nutrition that everyone who goes to the gym should know: 1. Calories Are The King via GIPHY A calorie is a unit of energy and in terms of your bodyweight regulation, it is the intake vs. the output that makes all the difference. a. Eat less, expend more -> you lose weight. b. Eat more, expend less -> you lose weight. c. Eat and expend the same -> you maintain weight. That's it. It is all about energy balance. You can eat all of the trash foods (not that I recommend it) and still lose weight if you eat lesser calories. You can eat all of the clean food and still gain weight if you eat more calories. Find your maintenance calorie using an online calculator and then start eating more or fewer calories based on your goals. 2. Faster Is Not Always Better via GIPHY Now based on point #1, you may start thinking that if I want to build muscle, I will eat a lot of calories. Or you think that if you are to lose fat, the fewer calories you eat, the faster you will lose fat. You will gain weight faster if you eat more, yes. But going very fast, you will gain a lot of fat. If you are to lose fat and you eat very little calories, the weight loss will be a bit faster, yes and you will lose a lot of muscle. For muscle gain, eat around 10% more calories over maintenance calories and for fat loss, eat 15-25% lesser calories than maintenance. 3. Protein Is Your Best Friend via GIPHY During a fat loss phase, your need for protein is higher as your body breaks it down for energy. If you do not eat adequate protein, there is a higher chance of your body breaking down lean tissue for the energy needs. In a muscle gain phase, you need protein as you are trying to build more muscle protein. Diets lower in protein always perform badly when pitted against diets higher in protein. Try to get at least 0.8 to 1 gram of protein per pound of your body weight. 4. Embrace Flexible Dieting via GIPHY Flexible dieting means that you see food for the nutrition it provides and you eat a variety of options to meet your daily nutrition requirements. You evolve from the good food vs. bad food mentality and see food for the nutrition it provides. This way, dieting won't stay boring for you and the focus is still on nutrition-rich foods for a majority of the times with little treat food every now and then. The 80:20 rule. With this, you do not even fall into that cheat food mentality by going on all-out binges and wrecking your progress. 5. Carbs Are Not Bad via GIPHY A lot of undue demonization of carbohydrates has happened with zealots giving it a bad rep. There are studies which have shown that diets, when matched in calories and protein, have the same fat loss results, irrespective of it being low in carbs or high in carbs. Carbs are the primary source of fuel and if you are hitting the gym, performance should be one of your goals than being a zombie trying to just finish a session off. 6. You Do Not Have To Eat Carbs Only Certain Times Of The Day via GIPHY At the end of the day, it still comes down to calories consumed vs. calories expended so the carb timing does not really make sense at all. If you are struggling with your diet and the main reason for it is consuming no carbs after 6 pm, go ahead and eat the carbs you want. Just watch your calories and you will be just fine. 7. You Do Not Have To Eat Frequent Meals To Boost Metabolism via GIPHY The calories in part are the foods that you eat and the calories out part has four components. One of them is called the 'Thermic Effect of Food or feeding (TEF)' which accounts for 10% of the calories you eat via food. So say you eat 6 meals of 300 kcals each, it will be 30 kcals burned per meal via TEF. This will total to 180 kcals burned in the day. The same food, if you eat in 3 meals of 600 kcals each, it will be 60 kcals burned per meal accounting to 180 kcals. So 3 meals or 6 meals or 10 meals, that is totally up to your personal preferences. As long as your calories for the day are accounted for, the number of meals will not matter. 8. Your Body Can Digest More Than 30 Grams Of Protein Per Meal via GIPHY There is a notion or a wrong conception promoted in the industry that you cannot digest more than 30 grams of protein per day. There is no scientific literature that suggests or supports this idea. If you eat more protein per meal, your body will take a longer time to digest and absorb it. Protein, like carbohydrates, when consumed in excess can be converted to fat but it almost never happens as the pathways to do the same are very inefficient. Your body will rather store it as amino acids or burn it for energy. For those wondering if they can eat 200 grams of protein in one go? The answer will be yes. Will it be utilized optimally? No, it won't. Rather it is a better idea to split your protein intake into 4-5 servings for the day. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  17. If you believe in taking care of yourself but don't know how, now is the time to start. You need to have a proper skincare routine in place if you've realized how important male beauty is. You also need products that'll help you look presentable for your dates after a long working day. Here are some products that every man should have in their stash. They make a huge difference in the way you look, trust us. 1. BB Cream © Nykaa We all know how important sunscreen is in saving our faces from the harmful rays of the sun. A BB cream has a good SPF along with a pigmented cream that covers uneven skin tone and scars. You get the benefits of two products in one. 2. Lip Balm © Nykaa The lip balm has no gender. Also, it is a universally acknowledged fact that no one wants to kiss a pair of chapped lips. I'm sure you secretly agree with this too. Which leaves us to this conclusion: your lips need a balm to moisturize. 3. Dry Shampoo © Nykaa A dry shampoo, contrary to a leave-in conditioner, is for those days when your hair is too oily to style. Dry shampoo absorbs the excess oil and leaves hair with much-needed volume. 4. Concealer © Nykaa A concealer is instrumental in saving you in times of crises. Whether it's a hickey on your neck that needs to hide before an official meeting or a pimple on the face right before date night or even dark circles for that matter! This product upon generous use, conceals it all. 5. Hand Cream © Nykaa No-one wants to hold hands that are scaly and unpleasant to touch. Have you wondered, why your girl's hands are so soft to touch? Hand lotion is crucial in keeping the softness intact since the skin on your hands is devoid from the production of sebum oil (a natural skin moisturizer). This is where a hand lotion comes into the picture.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Men's grooming is ever-evolving, and new products are always entering the market. However, a smooth, clean shave is hard to achieve, especially for those prone to razor burns and irritation. To combat this issue, we would like to introduce you to pre-shave oils. They smoothen your facial hair, and help repel the not-so-clean side effects of shaving. But before you invest in a pre shave oil for yourself, there are a few factors that you should be keeping in mind. For instance, you need to be paying attention to your skin type, the type of beard you are harbouring at the time (whether it's a stubble or a mane), and the ingredients that are infused in the pre shave oil you are planning on purchasing (and if you are allergic to them or not). So keeping all the above factors in mind, and to help you get the perfect shave, we at MensXP have put together this list of the best pre shave oils in India. These are cost-friendly and promise a better shaving experience, making them a worthy addition to your grooming kit. Check Out The Best Pre Shave Oils For Men 1. The Man Company - Argan and Jojoba Pre Shave Oil © The Man Company This particular offering from The Man Company contains the seven essential oils, which aid in smoothening and healing your skin after a shave. It's advisable to apply the oil for at least five to ten minutes to ensure a smooth shave. SLS and paraben free, investing in this argan and jojoba infused pre shave oil will help you avoid skin irritation and razor cuts. MRP: Rs. 499 Buy it here 2. Spruce Shave Club Pre Shave Oil © Amazon Apart from combating skin irritation, this oil from Spruce Shave Club also helps reduce acne-breakouts. This is definitely one of the best pre shave oils for men, as it comes infused with the richness of cedar wood, argan oil (rich in antioxidants and reduces inflammation), and mandarin essential oil (equipped with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties). That's not all, as it also has almond oil, which greatly helps protect your skin against the harmful UV rays of the sun. And in case impatience was your vice, then you'd be pleased to know that you can actually get this through Prime's next day delivery. MRP: Rs. 399 Buy it here 3. Pink Woolf Pre Shave Oil © Amazon This is a highly rated pre shave oil on Amazon, and is useful for men with coarse or dry beards, as well as those who harbour razor burn prone skin. This pre shave oil is enriched with hemp seed oil which helps soften your skin, sunflower oil which protects against UV radiation, olive oil which helps refresh your skin, and caffeine which has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. This product was specifically formulated for the Indian market, keeping in mind problems that Indian men typically face. As such, it makes for a good investment on your end, especially at its affordable price. MRP: Rs. 399 Buy it here 4. ProMen Pre Shave Serum © Flipkart This pre shave serum by ProMen is made from a blend of sunflower, castor, almond, olive, tea tree, and mustard oils. If you aren't allergic to any of those ingredients, then there is no reason for you to be missing out on this supremely effective grooming product, one which offers a super smooth shave (with a flagrant scent!) Those searching for products according to their specific skin type can rest assured that this pre shave serum is actually suitable for all skin types. MRP: Rs. 399 Buy it here 5. Man Arden Pre Shave Oil - The Legend © Nykaa Enriched with Vitamin E, this pre shave oil from Man Arden's catalogue is essential for men with ingrown hair and sensitive skin. It is made from a blend of almond, olive, macadamia, grape seed, and castor oil, which helps initiate a smooth shave by softening your facial hair, and provides relief from any post-shave redness or irritation. As the name suggests itself, this is truly a 'legend'-ary product to your grooming kit. MRP: Rs. 399 Buy it here 6. Forest Essentials Pre Shave Oil © Forest Essentials If you are really in the mood to indulge, then this pre shave oil from Forest Essentials should be your numero uno choice. It has a blend of natural ingredients, including sandalwood, orange peel, pomegranate seed oil, and sunflower oil. These are powerful ingredients that don't just contain nourishing properties, but also help ensure a smooth razor glide. Additionally, this oil contains Neem and Turmeric extracts ,which have powerful antiseptic properties. MRP: Rs. 1,275 Buy it here 7. Neemli Naturals Pre Shave Oil © Flipkart Made from a blend of natural ingredients, this pre shave oil from Neemli Naturals is cruelty-free, paraben-free, and vegan. It contains frankincense which is a natural antiseptic that helps in healing razor cuts. This product is also infused with lemon, macadamia, jojoba and castor oils, all of which help in hydrating, softening and disinfecting your beard. This particular grooming product also helps in nourishing your skin and preventing any possible post-shave irritation, making it worth its slightly hefty price tag. MRP: Rs. 849 Buy it here 8. Healthbuddy Zerotox Pre Shave Oil © Flipkart Healthbuddy offers a budget-friendly option in the pre shave oil category, perfect for those looking for a quality product but not looking to splurge a lot on it. This oil is vegan and paraben-free, ensuring that it won't harm your skin. It also soothes razor burns, cuts, and bumps caused due to ingrown hairs. This is definitely one of the best pre shave oils in India as it comes infused with the richness of almond, jojoba, eucalyptus, and rosemary extracts, all of which help balance your skin's oil production and prevent acne breakouts. MRP: Rs. 229 Buy it here 9. The Art Of Shaving Pre Shave Oil © Amazon If looking at the price of this pre shave oil is giving you cause of concern, we are here to assure you that this variant makes for a great investment that you won't regret making. This is one of the best pre shave oils for electric shavers, and you will notice immediate and beneficial effects once you begin using it. Since many are unable to achieve a close shave because of irritation and unwanted cuts, you'd be pleased to know that this Art Of Shaving pre shave oil helps prevent that. The oil is a little thick in consistency, however, so use it sparingly. MRP: Rs. 3,754 Buy it here 10. Tom Ford Shave Oil © Strawberry Net For the high-street aficionados out there, Tom Ford has the perfect product to add to your grooming kit. The Tome Ford pre shave oil comes in a sleek black packaging, with the brand's iconic logo displayed front and centre. This is a lightweight shaving oil, so your pores won't get clogged up when you apply it on your skin. It helps tame coarse hair to ensure a close shave, and helps protect against any skin irritation as well. It is a versatile product, as it can be used on its own, or under a layer of shaving cream. MRP: Rs. 4,739 Buy it here 11. Mario Badescu Pre Shave Conditioner © Strawberry Net Mario Badescu is one of the leading skincare brands out there, and their pre shave conditioner only adds to their legacy. This is great for men with untameable beard hair, as it helps soften the hair and enable a close, clean shave. To ensure optimum usage, massage the pre shave conditioner and let it sink in for a few minutes. MRP: Rs. 743 Buy it here 12. Shaving Station Pre Shave Oil © Amazon This pre shave oil provides aromatherapy benefits through its Himalyan lavender and tea tree essential oils. This product is also vegan, as it is paraben and sulphate free, which ensures that your skin won't be affected by harmful chemicals. While it is on the pricier side, the reviews attest to its quality. And just in case you aren't happy with the product, there is also a 30-day money back guarantee to ensure customer satisfaction. MRP: Rs. 2,698 Buy it here
  21. 2019 has been particularly good for the gaming community, with new titles launching back and forth. The year started off strong with the survival-horror game 'Resident Evil 2' remake, following which we saw some other titles like 'Metro: Exodus', 'Kingdom Hearts III', and more. March, on the same lines, is also looking just as exciting. We don't have too many game launches lined up for this month, but I've managed to compile a list of games that you should be playing this month. Let's take a look - 1. Devil May Cry 5 © CAPCOM If you fancy flashy combos and some crazy, over-the-top Japanese action, then you've got to play 'Devil May Cry 5'. DMC 5 is the next title in the action combat series, in which you'll get to play as three characters - Dante, Nero and a newcomer named V. This new character can summon demons to assist you in combat. 'Devil May Cry 5' also has an online component dubbed Cameo system, which will allow you to fight with others during the different points in the campaign. Much like every other new DMC title, DMC 5 also introduces new weapons, enemies, and new abilities. So expect to find yourself in an action-packed title. You can read our review of the game here. 2. Dead or Alive 6 © Koei Tecmo 'Dead or Alive 6' is the latest entry into the long-running 'Dead or Alive' fighting game series. This entry, in particular, puts more emphasis on realism and graphic detail during combat. If you've played the previous title, then you'll also see some gameplay changes. 'Dead or Alive 6' also introduces a new auto-combo system, as well as new counter and rush attack movements. Currently, the game has over 26 characters, and it looks like a few more will be added with the DLCs. 'Dead or Alive 6' is available for PC, Xbox One and PS4. 3. Tom Clancy's The Division 2 © Ubisoft 'The Division 2' is probably one of the most anticipated titles to come out this year. The game will continue the story of the original, however, this title is taking place in Washington DC. Much like the original title, 'The Division 2' is also a third-person online shooter, in which you'll play along with other players taking on missions to save people. We're not going to give out much about the game itself, but you can wait for our full review of the game which is dropping very soon. The game is available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. 4. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice © Sekiro 'Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice' is the new game from the director of Dark Souls series, Hidetaka Miyazaki. In this new title, you'll play as a one-armed shinobi put up in Japan. It's a third-person action game that'll require you to pay good attention and react to your enemy's attack patterns. Your objective in the game is to rescue your kidnapped lord and avenge the clan that's responsible for the events in the game. If you're into games like 'Bloodborne', then I am sure you'll have a great time playing this game. Sekiro is also available for PC, Xbox One and PS4.
  22. 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.
  23. Recently, the Greenpeace and AirVisua analysis of air pollution readings from 3000 cities around the world made a shocking and alarming discovery. 22 of the 30 most polluted cities in the world are in India. Not just that, Gurugram holds the unique honour (or rather dishonour!) of being the most polluted city in the world. When you take into account how Ghaziabad, Faridabad, and Noida hold the 2nd, 4th, and 6th ranks respectfully, it becomes clear that, now more than ever, Indians need to start making some serious and necessary lifestyle changes. Fortunately for all us, it isn't all that challenging to 'go green', especially when you can just practise some simple eco-friendly hacks that will go a long way in reducing your carbon footprint. And so to help reverse the alarming trend of Indian cities dominating the list of the most polluted cities in the world, and to do our bit to combat global warming by large, here are five eco friendly hacks that all Indian men should practice, for their own sake if not ours. These Green Tips Are Easy AND Effective HACK 1: Carpooling Is Mandatory © Pexels There are multiple benefits of carpooling that aren't just limited to reducing your carbon footprint and doing your bit to save the planet. After all, not only do you get to actively help reduce the massive traffic jams all of us are constantly stuck in, but you also end up saving a decent amount of money (whether you are carpooling in your own car, or using Uber pool). In other words, it becomes a win-win situation for all us, which is precisely why carpooling makes for such an amazing eco-friendly hack. HACK 2: Invest In Organic Clothes © Pexels Most of us don't pay much attention to the fabric composition of the clothes we wear. While we are more concerned with the fit, the styling, and even the brand of our clothes, the fabric composition, arguably the most important aspect of the clothes we wear, is rarely a priority. This is where investing in organic clothes makes for such an amazing eco friendly hack to practice. First of all, clothes made out of organic cotton are a result of organic farming practices which happen to be immensely eco-friendly. So you are immensely reducing your carbon footprint by just replacing your clothes with organic alternatives. That's not all though, as organic cotton clothes also endure better colour and sweat absorption (primarily because they are equipped with natural wicking properties), and prevent any potential skin allergies. They are also not that expensive to purchase. In fact, some of the best organic cotton t shirts for men out there are actually incredibly affordable, thereby giving you yet another reason to invest in organic clothes. HACK 3: Go Paperless © Unsplash This is perhaps the easiest eco-friendly hack to practise. After all, thanks to the rapid advancements in technology that have taken place, going paperless has become easier than ever before. With smartphones and tablets becoming more and more efficient, there is simply no excuse for you to be carrying around a notebook. In fact, nowadays you can find an app for pretty much anything. And while nothing can beat the old world charm of flipping through the pages of a book, switching to a Kindle is both practical (you can store thousands of books in one small device), and helps you do your bit to save the environment. HACK 4: Get A Reusable Tote Bag © Pexels Believe it or not, but plastic (especially plastic bags) is a leading cause of environmental pollution and degradation. And since most Indian shopkeepers, particularly department store owners, aren't necessarily shying away from using plastic bags, the onus lies on us to do something about this damaging trend. As such, investing in a tote bag becomes a no-brainer. Not only will this help you avoid getting your groceries in a plastic bag, but you can also use it again and again (one tote bag should ideally last you at least a year). HACK 5: Rent Things, Don't Buy Them © Shutterstock This is one hack that can be applied to a vast majority of things that you own (or want to own!). While we all need our own smartphones and grooming essentials (razors, moisturisers,etc.), there are other things that we don't necessarily have to buy. Whether it's the latest PS4 games or a suit you want to rock for your friend's wedding, there is nothing wrong in renting them instead of purchasing them out right. Apart from reducing your carbon footprint, you will also save lots of money, and when can that ever be a bad thing?
  24. If you're already sealing your future right now, I am sure you've decided what you really want. It's rather simple to foresee something but a tad difficult to live by the facts of it. What I mean is, if you're building your future, you obviously want financial security, a family, a good house and everything else that adult life needs for you to sustain and be happy all at once. But apart from all that, there are a few things that need vital attention more than anything else. There are certain parameters you should cross while deciding a future and it's okay to delve into them from time to time. © Twitter If having kids is on your agenda, then you already know how many you'd like to have and what kind of value system you'd instil within them. But the most crucial thing to think about is what kind of a father will you be. Being a father is the most important role you can ever don and if you're certain of being a father and raising good kids, then you have to be sure about the qualities you possess to make you someone your kids look up to. Here are 3 main qualities every man should have to be a good father: (1) He Is Protective While the sense of protection for the next of kin is innate, it's a quality not all men possess. Being protective is, of course, inherited with the association you have with people. Most men are very protective of their friends, especially women friends. Not because they like them but because they treat them as someone they need to protect. It's not just women but he takes care of everyone he is close to and that is one quality that transcends and reflects in his association with his kids. He will always set boundaries for them and protect them from anything and everything. © Pintrest (2) He Is Trustworthy That may sound ambiguous but most men, you can trust with your eyes closed, make for good fathers. That's because he will never turn his back on anyone, especially family, when in time of need. If you're the kind of guy who has stuck through the toughest times and been there for your friends and family, then be assured you'll do the same with your future family too. © Pintrest (3) He Is Patient & Encouraging If you've always been a source of encouragement for your friends and family, at any given point in time, you're definitely going to do the same for your kids too. Be it a football match or a test of some form, you'll always be there encouraging them and that's what children need the most. Apart from encouragement, children also need a lot of patience. There are very few men who're good listeners and are patient at the same time. If you spend time listening to someone's problems and give them advice patiently, you're already on your way to becoming a good dad. © Pintrest Apart from these three qualities, of course, men have to be sensitive enough to perceive a child's mind and also take steps to become an affluent teacher in their lives. So, if you're looking to become a good father, start fostering these qualities and try them out on your friends and family, because only if you have them now, you'll be able to impart them to your children in the future.
  25. Have you ever felt frustrated when your girlfriend, during an argument, tells you that you are not a good boyfriend? Have you ever felt intense jealousy when she compares you to a fictional character and sighs, ruing the fact that why can't you be as romantic as them? If your answer to the above questions is “Yes”, then this post is just the one for you. Often, while rolling your eyes when something romantic happens on screen (with your girlfriend slyly pointing out how great a boyfriend the character is), you contemplate whether the term “good boyfriend” is a myth. © Pinterest The truth is that you can hardly compare to a fictional boyfriend; the charm, the intensity, the articulation, the good looks, everyone is not blessed with all of these. And even though your girlfriend is well aware of this fact, people can hope, can't they? (Don't act like you have never compared her to Hermione or RobinScherbatsky :P) © 21 Laps Entertainment/Netflix Oft-misunderstood and perpetually trying to achieve the perfection required by the girlfriend, being a boyfriend seems like quite a job, eh? :P But that doesn't mean that every character in fiction, or to be precise, every fictional boyfriend is the stuff of dreams and are faultless. They, like real people, make wrong choices, have fights, do the wrong thing. © Warner Bros. Television/Alloy Entertainment/ The CW In fact, all these years, through various series, novels and movies, we have seen a parade of superficially great fictional boyfriends who get the girl. And the girl seems happy with him. © NBC/ Warner Bros. Television/ Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions After multiple viewings and thorough character analysis, this is the truth we arrive at: All this while, they have been masquerading as perfect boyfriends who can do no wrong while in reality, they are terrible human beings. © Elizabeth Meriwether Pictures/20th Century Fox Teevision So, the next time your girlfriend accuses you of being a bad boyfriend, you can tell her that there are still worse ones out there, and you have fictional characters to back you up. Here are 12 of the worst boyfriends in fiction: 1. Ted Mosby (How I Met Your Mother): © CBS/Bays and Thomas Productions/20th Century Fox Television Intense, dedicated, romantic. He is the most relatable guy on TV. Could there be anything wrong with Ted Mosby? Unfortunately, yes. Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) is one of those people who keep whining because they are not in a relationship and when they are in a relationship, they whine about how it was better being single. He is that proverbial nice guy who makes you feel bad about yourself. Ted is the textbook definition of obsequious; he lets people walk all over him in a relationship just so they continue to be in one with him. No doubt that Ted loves with passion and no one else can love as Ted does, but he lets his emotions get the better of him. His ambition to be perfect always comes in the way of his love. Moreover, he tries to manipulate the person he is dating in his own way and throws a tantrum every time they don't concede. He is sweet, but he tries too hard to prove that he is good and better than the rest of the men on the planet. He is narcissistic in the worst possible way, which overshadow his good qualities. In his quest of becoming the “Best Boyfriend Ever,” he hardly thinks about others, in fact about the girl he is dating. His over the top gestures might seem romantic but he but it just comes across as annoying. The biggest problem is he knows what's wrong with him but conveniently chooses to ignore it. 2. Mr Big (*** and the City): © HBO Oh, where can I start on Mr Big (Chris Noth)? He is perhaps the modern equivalent of Mr Darcy, but a very abominable one. He is handsome, smart, rich and articulate. But all these have no value when you are a douchebag. After proclaiming to Carrie that he is no ready for a serious relationship, he ends up getting married to the next woman he runs into. He is commitment-phobic; he finds relationships stifling and he has no qualms in starting an affair with Carrie when he is married. He is unsure of his own feelings and never says what he means, tries to hide the fact that he is dating from other people because others may judge him for the person he's dating. He never seems to care for Carrie or any of his wives. He loves Carrie but is never sure about it and brings out the worst in her (leaving aside the fact that Carrie is terrible herself) and even after a long, long, long courtship leaves her at the altar. 3. Joe Goldberg (You): © Netflix/Berlanti Productions/Alloy Entertainment/Warner Bros. Television The personification of the “Nice Guy Syndrome”. The more you say about Joe (Penn Badgley, who seems to be cursed to play bad boyfriends, but he does it so well), the less it is. He may be the guy next door, but he is the type who doubles up as a murderer/stalker (talk about multi-tasking :P). He seems to take the notion of loving someone to death quite literally, that“someone” usually turning up dead. Yes, all of it is not his fault, Beck isn't completely innocent, but killing another person isn't justifiable. Doesn't really qualify him to be “Boyfriend of the Year”. Worse is he thinks himself to be the victim and justifies his murdering people with being a “protector”. He is a sociopath: he schemes all his movements to the tee and tries to show himself in the best light possible and can lie with élan. He sweet-talks, fakes the good boy act and gaslights with alarming ease. He is delusional; after only a chance meeting and superficial flirtation, he believes that Beck is meant for him and they met because of some plan, that she belongs to him, then tries to manipulate everything in order to achieve that, eventually even choosing violence on the way to get her. 4. Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries): © Outerbanks Entertainment/ CBS/ Warner Bros. Television Sexy vampires cannot hold a candle to the suave and debonair Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder). He is a different kind of bad boy: the supernatural bad boy; not only is he wicked but he also is a vampire (what more can you ask for, right? :P) This does not change the fact that Damon is not the perfect boyfriend material. He is selfish, possessive and fights dirty, is abusive (*drinks blood*) and has the worst possible track record in dating. To his credit, he is not afraid to declare it and that is where the problem is; he is too invested in his interests to care about his partner or anyone for that matter. He loves Elena with a fierce intensity which quickly transforms from compelling to dangerous. His desire for Elena stems from the fact that his brother also wants her; he fights for her, not because he loves her but because he hates to lose. To him, Elena is a prize to be won over, not an equal partner. That is hardly the foundation of a good relationship. 5. Don Draper (Mad Men): © Weiner Bros./Silvercup Studios/Lionsgate Television Don (Jon Hamm) is possibly the king of bad boyfriends, a poster child of what a fuckboy should be. He continually cheats on his wife (because why not, it's the '50s, right?), lies to her and treats her with as much respect as people give to a doormat. A true womanizer, one who would put Casanova to shame, he has a string of girlfriends whom he does not care about and are mostly for his sexual gratification. He tries to run away from responsibilities and can hardly be true to someone. He thinks that money solves all his problems and just spending it or throwing it around on people makes up for all his mistakes. To be true, he is a *** addict and a psychopath, with little regard for the feelings of the person he is involved with. Moreover, he is dominating (again the '50s) and can never let the woman have the upper hand or her opinion for that matter. His dangerous charm, good looks and devil-may-care attitude seem good on paper, but does it hold up in real life? He might be the best advertising mind out there (his only redeeming quality), but an advertisement about his skills as a boyfriend won't take off in the market anytime soon. 6. Jess Mariano (Gilmore Girls): © Warner Bros. Television/Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions Ah, the messiah of bad boys! Brooding, hot and a lover of books makes Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) the perfect fictional boyfriend, but nothing can be further from the truth. Of all of Rory's boyfriends, he is the brashest and most uncouth. He is rude to everyone; his teen angst is misplaced, and his self-assuredness is annoying. His rebel without a cause attitude seems appealing only to Rory, who is blind to his emotional manipulation. He is perhaps the worst “bad boy” trope out there: exasperating the girl he is interested in until she gives in. He makes Rory break up with Dean, with his apparently nonchalant run-ins and woos her by showing how much they have in common, but once he makes her his girlfriend, he takes her for granted and starts ignoring her, doesn't call her back and becomes increasingly rude. To top it off, he tries to force her to have *** with him and gets angry when she declines and runs off to California. Though he seems to have finally turned a new leaf in the reboot, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. 7. Rhett Butler (Gone With The Wind): © Pinterest Well, we all know that Rhett (Clark Gable)“frankly doesn't give a damn”. And he means it. A roving eye, a cavalier attitude and a megalomaniacal nature hardly come together to make a good boyfriend. But he is glib, a smooth talker and says what he means and yes, that is very sexy. That's what makes him so desirable to Scarlett O'Hara. Then again, talking is so much easier than doing, isn't it? He is prejudiced, he belittles Scarlett throughout the novel/movie, demeans her (Scarlett isn't exactly the faultless heroine either) and worries only about himself. Just like his slippery talk, his qualities and personality are also “gone with the wind”. 8. Nate (The Devil Wears Prada): © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Selznick International Pictures The most annoying character in “The Devil Wears Prada” has to be Nate (Adrian Grenier), Andy's seemingly perfect (with a slight clothing fetish), saintly (*ahem*) boyfriend. He sulks around the screen like a petulant 5-year-old whose candy has been snatched away. His tantrums are worse than Miranda Priestly, he can easily give her a run for her money in that department. He ridicules Andy every chance he gets; about her job, demeans her job, never supports her and masks it with a veil of fake concern for her. He keeps telling her that she has changed, like that is a bad thing, because she doesn't cater to his every need like she used to. He tries to make her feel bad for choosing her career over him though he has no problem in doing the same and is angry with her when she stands up for herself. He seems very sweet and encouraging but that's a façade for his insecure personality. 9. SteveHarrington (Stranger Things): © 20th Century Fox/Fox 2000 Pictures/Dune Entertainment Steve Harrington (Joe Kerry) is the best babysitter in all of Hawkins. Fashion expert par excellence. Dedicated mother hen to the Stranger Squad.Awesome big bro to Dustin. But as a boyfriend, he is a jerk. Though he does realize his mistake later on (sadly after Nancy has moved on), his abysmal treatment of Nancy (and Jonathan) in the first season makes one's blood boil. He is one of those entitled jocks who run around making others miserable. Also, when Barb dies, he is flippant about it and his lack of emotion is appalling. The indifference about it plays a major role in Steve and Nancy's break-up. He loves Nancy but he has an odd way of showing it; he pushes her to be cool and let down her inhibitions, but he also wants to control her. He wants Nancy to be more free about herself, loosen up, but forgets that she is a reserved person and they need time to open up. As of Season 2, he has redeemed himself as a person, but not as a boyfriend. Ah well, there's still the next season. 10. Ross (Friends): © Netflix/21 Laps Entertainment Ross “We were on a break!” Geller (David Schwimmer) is the epitome of the “Nice Guy Syndrome” (A well-natured cousin of Joe Goldberg in that way). He suffers from intense jealousy, can't seem to comprehend that his girlfriend can have a life which does not revolve around him. He hangs on for Rachel for 10 years, until she gives in. People might call it persuasive and romantic, I say it is borderline stalkerish and psychopathic. He tries to justify his atrocious behaviour by blaming the people around him and tries to prove himself right on a technicality. He does not trust his girlfriends, even though he is hardly perfect. He is extremely conflicted about the possibility of being wrong and thinks himself to be blameless. Touchy about his masculinity is just another feather in his boyfriend's cap. His goofy ways are supposed to be endearing but they don't come across as extremely childish and irksome (at least to me :P). Even when he is not in a relationship with Rachel, he keeps sabotaging her relationships and behaves abominably when he finds out that she is dating Joey. 11. John Willoughby (Sense and Sensibility): © NBC/ Warner Bros. Television/ Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions John Willoughby (Greg Wise) is handsome, chivalrous, classy, eloquent and can make girls go weak in the knees. He can read poetry with dramatic intensity and gusto, he can be effectively charming and speaks with unnatural grace and economy. Granted everything, that doesn't change the truth that he is a flake; a spineless gold-digger who would rather be married to an heiress than to the supposed love of his life who is penniless. He leads Marianne on, takes her on wild horse-rides, is extremely romantic with her, makes her feel that he loves her but does not tell her the truth about himself. Instead, he breaks her heart and goes off to London and ceases communication. When they meet in London again, after Marianne's unsuccessful but relentless attempts to communicate with him, he is cold and acts aloof. The reason? He has been engaged to Miss Grey, who has a formidable fortune and tells her that there was nothing between them. Classic case of “literary fuckboy”: leading on for personal gain. Not only that, he impregnates Eliza, Colonel Brandon's adopted daughter, and runs off leaving her pregnant and helpless. Not so gallant after all! 12. Lucas Scott (One Tree Hill): © Warner Bros. Television/Tollin/Robbins Productions One word: Indecisive. A total and complete jerk! No doubts on this one, please. Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) is like a child with a shiny, new toy: He knows what he wants but doesn't want to work for it. Once he gets what he wants, he doesn't want it. He cheats on his girlfriend repeatedly; does so just before proposing to Lindsay and pulls the quintessential “sleeping with the best friend” when he is with Brooke. He knows that he wants Peyton, but when he finally ends up with her, he behaves in a weird way with her. He has no remorse and is selfish, he just needs what's good for him and does not care what happens to others. Moreover, he thinks that making a grandiose speech about how he loves someone is enough to make the other person forgive him. So, there you have it. Who's the worst according to you? Tell us in the comments!