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  1. Javed Jaffrey not only was an entertainer par excellence, but also used to rule the hearts of '90s kids. 'Boogie Woogie' used to be the rage back then, and his playful charisma struck a chord with everyone watching him on TV. Looks like he has passed that charisma on to his son - Meezaan - who is about to be launched in B-Town, by none other than Mr Sanjay Leela Bhansali himself. He is playing the lead along with Bhansali's niece, Sharmin Segal, in 'Malaal'. Apart from his father's screen presence, he also seems to have nailed the 'fashionably woke' role, judging by his pictures. Take a look here. He clearly knows how to use the appeal of distressed denim to his advantage. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Meezaan (@meezaanj) on May 30, 2019 at 7:03am PDT We have always maintained that the dhoti-kurta needs to make a comeback, and he reiterates it. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Meezaan (@meezaanj) on Jun 1, 2019 at 1:27am PDT And again. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Meezaan (@meezaanj) on May 21, 2019 at 7:36pm PDT You can never go wrong with a relaxed black layered ensemble. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Meezaan (@meezaanj) on May 19, 2019 at 6:39am PDT A tux will always have your back (especially when you have a father who's a style guru himself). View this post on Instagram A post shared by Meezaan (@meezaanj) on May 21, 2019 at 12:10am PDT Manbuns are not over, and they are not going anywhere anytime soon. Here's proof. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Meezaan (@meezaanj) on May 30, 2019 at 8:29pm PDT We wish you all the luck, Meezaan!
  2. One of the most decorated and cherished footballers in the world, Lionel Messi has endured some tough times and painful memories in recent weeks. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner was left heartbroken after a painful second-leg defeat at the hands of Liverpool in the recently-concluded UEFA Champions League. The Barcelona talisman turned out to be the star of the day in the first-leg clash where he scored two goals, including a venomous free-kick, to hand the Spanish giants a 3-0 win. But, the second-leg fixture saw Barcelona bottling their 3-0 lead and succumbing to a 4-3 defeat (on aggregate) as the Jurgen Klopp side scripted one of the most memorable comebacks in the history of the competition. If their Champions League exit had fans up in arms, Barcelona's misery was further exploited by Valencia who shocked Ernesto Valverde's men with a 2-1 victory in the Copa del Rey final. On the other hand, Messi claimed an unwanted record of not winning a final after finding the back of the net. © Reuters Messi has previously made no secret of how painful the recent turn of events has been, but it appears that the 31-year-old gets little sympathy at home. In a recent interview, Messi revealed how his son Mateo (born in 2015) uses Liverpool's astounding comeback against Barcelona to taunt his father at home. “We played at home, and last time we kicked it about, he would tell me, 'I'm Liverpool, who beat you'. 'You are Barca, and I'm Liverpool'," Messi was quoted as saying by TyCSports. View this post on Instagram FELIZ DÍA MI VIDA !!!! ððð A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on May 5, 2019 at 8:03am PDT Ever since making his team debut with Barcelona in 2004, Messi has managed to carve his own niche on the back of consistent performances that allowed him to become one of the club legends. In 687 appearances for Barcelona, Messi has scored 603 goals and won a plethora of trophies including six Copa del Reys and four Champions League crowns. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on Apr 8, 2019 at 12:37am PDT But, despite all his might and glory, Messi appears to be struggling to impress his son Mateo who is also known to cheer for Barcelona's arch-rivals Real Madrid. “He's watching TV and he screams goal for Real Madrid. He does it on purpose against his brother. Everyone watching Madrid, they score, Thiago gets angry, and Mateo goes 'goaaaal for Madrid!'," the Argentina captain revealed.
  3. It was a bitter-sweet day for Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan yesterday when the batsman played the best T20 innings of his career, scoring 97 runs off just 63 balls but could not achieve his maiden century in this particular format of the game in a Delhi Capitals win against the Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders, as his teammate and South African cricketer Colin Ingram decided to steal the show on the final moments of the matchup. Deciding to go for a maximum instead of letting his partner take the strike and try for his first T20, Ingram scored a total of 14 runs in just 6 balls sealing a seven-wicket victory for the Capitals. However, yet another highlight of the evening came after the match ended in favour of Delhi when the team's wicket-keeper and the official babysitting mascot of the name, Rishabh Pant was found chasing Shikhar's son Zoravar all around the green field of Kolkata's legendary Eden Gardens Stadium. The five-year-old seemed to be having the time of his life as Pant put a towel around him and began swinging him in a circular motion right next to the pitch. Dear @tdpaine36, Pls be careful next time you ask Rishabh Pant to babysit. ðð#KKRvDC pic.twitter.com/EQMIFgCwxo — Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) April 12, 2019 Known for being absolutely fantastic around kids, the wicker-keeper-batsman has made a name for himself as a great babysitter ever since India's five-match Test series in Australia back in the final days of 2018, thanks to the extremely entertaining banter with the then Aussie skipper, Tim Paine. Adding to his narrative, Pant even posed with Paine's wife, Bonnie Paine and kids for a picture which would go viral for all the right reasons in the coming days. Tim Paine to @RishabPant777 at Boxing Day Test: "You babysit? I'll take the wife to the movies one night, you'll look after the kids?" *Challenge accepted!* ð¶ (ð¸ Mrs Bonnie Paine) pic.twitter.com/QkMg4DCyDT — ICC (@ICC) January 1, 2019 Watching the cricketer get along with Dhawan's son so well, the Indian fans of the game reacted with extreme joy: ððððððð perfect babysitter — Geetika ðð(@Geetikatuli) April 12, 2019 Abbe bs kr bhai. Gabbar k bete k sath pange mt le 𤣠— Aadi Sharma ð®ð³ (@aadisharma1900) April 12, 2019 Aur bulawo best babysitter. — chiku (@sjchiku) April 12, 2019 The best babysitter in the world isn't for everyone ðð — Dhananjay Saxena (@DhananjaySaxena) April 13, 2019
  4. Nothing is too difficult or unachievable when you set your heart to it and every other day, someone or the other proves this right with their inspiring stories. In today's edition, we'll talk about the inspiring story of Brijmohan Meena, a gardener's son from Jaipur who cracked this year's UPSC exam. Before the UPSC results were out, people would rarely notice Murlidhar Meena. For most people, he was a man quietly watering plants at the BJP headquarters in Jaipur. But today, people know him as Brijmohan's father and are congratulating him for his younger son's achievement. Pexels This was Brijmohan's second attempt wherein he got the 713 rank, but he says that he will appear for the exam next year again and try to improve his rank. Brijmohan said, "I wanted to become an engineer but my father and brother coaxed me to sit for the UPSC exam. I am grateful to my family for their support." He added, "My parents have made a lot of sacrifices for us. Though we were not rich, my father never denied us anything. He struggled to give us the best he could. I want to make my father and my family proud and happy." According to a report in Hindustan Times, 57-year-old Meena who studied up to class 5, is employed as a gardener in the PWD department and says that it was a dream to watch his kids become IAS or IPS officers. He said, "I was posted at the secretariat, the state legislative assembly and other government offices during my tenure. I used to see all the officers and I realised that if I could give a good education to my sons, they too could become officers." Twitter Brijmohan has cleared UPSC and his elder brother is a senior auditor in the Accountant General's office in Goa. Meena takes immense pride in his job as a gardener and says that he will continue doing his job, "I will continue to work. One should not give up working. I don't want to be a burden on my sons. Gardening is my passion. Even after I retire, I will continue to do something." When I call Brijmohan a gardener's son, I am in no way trying to demean him or his father. But, the point I am trying to make here is that when most of us are busy looking for an excuse for not being able to achieve our dreams, there's someone somewhere achieving their dreams despite having limited resources. Brijmohan and his father are two such inspiring people.
  5. One of the country's most coveted examinations to make it as a civil servant, the Civil Services Examination (CSE), which is conducted by UPSC every year, announced the CSE 2018 results recently on 5th April. While we all know about the exam topper Kanishak Kataria, who had thanked his girlfriend for his success besides his family, there is another candidate from Assam who has achieved nothing less © ANI Hailing from Assam's Sivasagar, Rahul Kumar Gupta is one of the thirteen candidates from the state who cracked the prestigious exam this year. With AIR-286 in the competitive exam, Rahul, who is the son of a small paan shop owner, has shown the world that nothing can stand between one's hard work and ambition. © T8N Rahul has become an inspiration for hundreds of young boys and girls who are preparing to crack the exam. Rahul thanked his family, teachers and other well-wishers for their support and encouragement. He told the media, “I thank all those who have supported me, this would not have been possible without their support." © Flickr Rahul's father is on cloud nine after his son's achievements. Mr Omprakash Gupta runs a small paan shop and admitted that it's been difficult to maintain a family of eight with his meagre income. Mr Gupta shared that, "I really had to work hard to run the family with this small paan shop, Janata Paan Bhandar. I open the shop at six in the morning and continue till 9 pm." However, today he feels nothing but immense pride and joy, and all his struggles are long forgotten. He said, “It was really hard because I had six students in my family. However, today, my son's result has waived of all my hard work over the years.” © Representative Image-Wikipedia Even Rahul's mother cried tears of joy upon hearing the news and shared that Rahul had always been a sincere and bright student. Even Rahul's siblings cannot contain their joy and are flooded with congratulatory wishes. Rahul's younger brother Abhishek was quoted as saying by Time8, “We are proud of bhaiya. He has been a Civil Service aspirant ever since he passed his Higher Secondary examination. This was his third attempt." It has also been reported that Rahul is currently pursuing his PG from JNU, after completing his graduation from DU. Rahul has had an incredible journey and strove hard to fulfil all his ambitions. He is indeed an inspiration for all of us!
  6. Salman Khan is something like a Godfather to not so starry star-kids and aspiring actors in Bollywood. Over the years Salman has presented the Hindi film industry with numerous newbies by launching them, and by his own admission, he has no plans of stopping anytime soon. As 'Notebook' hits the theatres today, it also marks the debut film of yesteryear actress Nutan's granddaughter and actor Mohnish Bahl's daughter Pranutan, as well as Salman's friend Iqbal's son, Zaheer. View this post on Instagram Bina mile kabhi pyaar ho sakta hai? Introducing @pranutan & @iamzahero in this unique love story directed by @nitinrkakkar. #Notebook, releasing 29th March 2019, trailer out on 17th Feb. @SKFilmsOfficial @cine1studios @muradkhetani @ashwinvarde @tseries.official A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on Feb 13, 2019 at 10:29pm PST Now as per latest reports, Salman is all set to launch yet another face and that is Salman's bodyguard Shera's son, Tiger. Talking about launching fresh faces in the industry, Salman told Bombay Times, “Shera's son Tiger is being groomed right now and he's already being considered by so many producers and directors. Shera feels I will be the best judge of a script for his son, so I am now sifting through scripts. I am yet to find something worthy.” View this post on Instagram I am there waiting, watching and keeping to the shadows. But when he needs me, I will step out of shadows and protect my Maalik @beingsalmankhan #Salmankhan #Shera #Beingshera A post shared by Being Shera (@beingshera) on Mar 3, 2019 at 1:02am PST Reportedly, Tiger has previously worked as an assistant director on Salman's film 'Sultan' in 2016. He admits that he will continue to launch newcomers in the industry for as long as he can because, “I was also launched at some point and I think the industry can do with some more fresh talent,” he said. © Pintrest Well, we can see where that motivation is coming from, and sure enough if these aspiring actors get the boost they need, and prove their mettle, they might actually add great flavour to the industry's growing young brigade. However, only their talent will prove their worth in the longer run. Let's see what is in store for Tiger.
  7. This article is in memory of Late Major Dhruv Yadav and every father who has lost his brave son to Mother India. © Namrata Yadav In the dark recesses of the night, I look at my son who wriggles in his sleep - partially hungry, partially in discomfort as he has started teething and wonder what it is like to lose a child. I knew the pain of having lost someone but the pain of losing a child is perhaps unimaginable. It is nature's way and God's plan to take away people to make space for a new life on earth; a loss of life only makes way for new life and that is the absolute cycle of life. But knowing that and acknowledging God's plan I still wonder how you say goodbye to your own child. I look at my son only to realize, my precious gain could be someone's devastating loss. Thus, in a way, as life continues, I often wonder of nature's harshness and kindness in the same stroke. Loss can never be compared, but I have often wondered does the honourable death of a young soldier make the pain any less for a uniformed father, after all, wasn't it nature's plan for a son to immerse the ashes of his father and not the other way round? Does watching his body wrapped in the tricolour, while listening to a thousand boots march to show respect to this brave son of India, make the pain any less for an absolutely heartbroken mother? © Reuters Is the sound of the bugles intended to be the last lullaby this brave son hears, as his parents lay him to rest? Amid all this pride and honour that this brave son of India bestows on his parents, there is immense pain. I once saw an old soldier march behind the casket of his young brave son of India and as he lit his pyre - bugles were sounded, a gun salute given to this fallen comrade, the father transformed into a true soldier and saluted his young soldier goodbye. At that moment, it was not a father saying goodbye to his son, it was the soldier within the father saying goodbye to a young fallen comrade, who happened to be his blood. In death and loss, he was no longer his, he was yet again his country's first – the loss compounded once again. This memory was only to be etched deeper within me, when a few days later on this very father's birthday, he immersed his son's ashes on the banks of the river Ganga. In that final goodbye, before Ma Ganga took this young boy away on his final journey having defied the circle of life as nature intended, the flowers among his ashes touched his father's feet as if to take his blessings one last time, draw strength from his father as he took those very last steps and made his final journey into the afterlife. At that moment, I saw what nature intended - a relationship in its purest form of a 'father and son'. I sit at the edge of my son's cot looking at him, imagining the joy I may feel when he takes his first steps, only to think of this father who helped his son take his last... Author Bio: Namrata Yadav graduated with a joint Masters degree in Law and Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, UK and currently works as a freelance consultant in New Delhi. She is the sister of Late Major Dhruv Yadav's who was killed in the line of duty in September 2015.
  8. Arnold Schwarzenegger needs no introduction. If not for him, you and I would be in some lame aerobics class somewhere sweating like cows and screaming 'cardio is life'! Thank God that's not the scenario, as Arnold paved the way for a global multi-billion dollar weight training scene, showing us the beauty and goodness of weights. The legend is now in his 70s and guess what? He's busy making millions and training his younger son for professional bodybuilding. This is Arnold's son Joseph Baena. View this post on Instagram Had to take advantage of the lighting ð #classic #sidechest #trainheavy A post shared by Joseph Baena (@projoe2) on Jan 30, 2019 at 5:47pm PST Here's Arnold discreetly coaching his son Joseph Baena. View this post on Instagram Had to take advantage of the lighting ð #classic #sidechest #trainheavy A post shared by Joseph Baena (@projoe2) on Jan 30, 2019 at 5:47pm PST I'm sure you won't have to wait to see next Arnold on stage if Joseph plans to compete in bodybuilding in the upcoming years. View this post on Instagram In this pic, a year ago, I was just under 185lbs (83kg). This is the moment I decided I wanted to pursue bodybuilding #Swimmerbod #Steadygrowth #RoadTo215 A post shared by Joseph Baena (@projoe2) on Jan 24, 2019 at 12:44pm PST Joseph has been secretly working hard with his dad and following his footsteps. He has transformed his physique tremendously in a very short time. View this post on Instagram Just a lil thicc A post shared by Joseph Baena (@projoe2) on Jan 13, 2019 at 2:23pm PST The appeal, fire, genetics and symmetry are already there. With those genes, Baena is already attracting his fans and growing his Instagram with his increasingly ripped physique. View this post on Instagram It's only the beginning ðð¼ #progress #classicphysique @seancaseyfitness A post shared by Joseph Baena (@projoe2) on Nov 27, 2018 at 4:27pm PST It's not official that Arnold is coaching him but it's highly possible he is following his dad's footsteps. Having transformed himself into a beast in 2018, Joseph could be nailing his physique in 2019. View this post on Instagram Happy Birthday to the man that's always pumped! Love you dad ð A post shared by Joseph Baena (@projoe2) on Jul 30, 2018 at 7:59am PDT Besides bodybuilding, Joseph likes to act and maybe making his way into Hollywood movies in upcoming years. Check out this video where he is deadlifting 315lbs for 17 reps straight. View this post on Instagram Won a bet after this workout ð 315 lbs for 17 reps=New PR!!! A post shared by Joseph Baena (@projoe2) on Feb 12, 2019 at 7:06pm PST By his pictures and videos, we can say genetics plays an important role in bodybuilding. If one has good genetics and determination then there is no stopping. 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.
  9. Indian parents are a different league altogether and I bet you'd agree with me. If you haven't had a 'chappal' swung at you, have you even had a memorable childhood? From being savage to making sure you're the laughing stock of the family, Indian parents are a league apart and this Indian guy's tweet is stated testimony. via GIPHY Siddhu, a Twitter user (@cheekyponnama), talked about how his mother liked keeping his picture in her wallet, all the time. The lad got mighty emotional when he saw his picture in her wallet and went on to Tweet about it. But what he didn't expect was the answer that came as a surprise to him and really put him in his place with his mother's savage comeback. My mum has a photo of me in her wallet and not of my siblings. She said whenever she faces an obstacle, she looks at my photo and the problem disappears. I felt really touched till she said, she also tells herself, “what other problem can be bigger than this one?” ð¥ð¥ð¥ — Siddhu (@cheekyponnama) 17 February 2019 He realised what she was trying to say only when she finished her sentence. Ouch! 'She said whenever she faces an obstacle, she looks at my photo and the problem disappears,' he wrote. 'I felt really touched till she said, she also tells herself, “what other problem can be bigger than this one?' Now do you have a clearer understanding of what Indian mothers, if not parents, are like? They definitely love adding more fuel to fire, just so they can have some fun at your expense. Siddhu's Tweet went viral and people on the internet reacted to it. Savagery of savageries! I stan for your mom! pic.twitter.com/0nx18iAuLr — Duchess King Goshen ð DKG™ï¸ (@arrahdasoul) 19 February 2019 Reminds me of this pic.twitter.com/9smJNqL2jr — ðð¤ (@christinamagma) 20 February 2019 Damn, mama pic.twitter.com/yOiHUjmoxf — Vanyeetus Deletus (@VanthePapaya) 18 February 2019 Damn, Exactly what my mom did. Thanks for remind me hahaha — Arief Rahman (@AriefRptm) 19 February 2019 Siddhu, so far those who agrees with you are First born, those were d days but not in this generation even if you contribute to the family the most. All parents in their hearts, love their children all the same. This is facts. — Diamond Wong (@diamondwong) 18 February 2019 So, the next time you get excited about something good your parents have done for you, make sure you hear out the entire story first!
  10. Yesterday, India was hit by one of the worst terrorist attacks with over 40 brave Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans losing their lives in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. The attack that happened by Jaish terrorists targeted a convoy with a car bomb. The country is mourning the loss of all the martyred jawans and is praying for the speedy recovery of those injured. It's terrible how something like this is what it takes to unite the country but at least everyone is in this together. Just a few hours after the attack, father of martyred CRPF Personnel Ratan Thakur talked to ANI and in a heart-wrenching message said that he is willing to send his other son to fight as well for Mother India. CRPF Personnel Ratan Thakur's (who lost his life in #PulwamaTerrorAttack ) father in Bhagalpur: I have sacrificed a son in Mother India's service, I will send my other son as well to fight, ready to give him up for Mother India, but Pakistan must be given a befitting reply.#Bihar pic.twitter.com/rI6cM38Agh — ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2019 We can't even imagine how he must be feeling losing his son in such a heart-breaking cowardly attack but we know that he deserves all our respect. Even while going through such a tough time, he put on a brave face to tell everyone the most important thing right now, “I have sacrificed a son in Mother India's service, I will send my other son as well to fight, ready to give him up for Mother India, but Pakistan must be given a befitting reply.” People have nothing but respect for him and all the families mourning such a huge loss right now. Respect ðð Jab tak inke jaise pita iss desh mein hai, hamara ð®ð³ lahrata rahega. Salute ð®ð³ — Irony Man (@karanku100) February 15, 2019 Very important. This is a parallel India. Away from all the glamour, hi tech, modernisation, these people and their families silently protect us, without regrets, giving much more to the nation than most of us. Are we doing enough for them? No. But they don't complain either. — THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) February 15, 2019 It shouldn't, it can't. My eyes are filled with tears today. i bow to you sir. I hope our government will not let the lose of our soldier's blood go in vain — ð®ð³Divya Mandalamð®ð³ (@DMandalam) February 15, 2019 Salute, indeed. Real gems of India.Salute you sir! — Abhinav srivastava (@AbhinavGolgappa) February 15, 2019 What a brave man. Like father, like son. Grand Salute to more brave father of martyred Brave Heart CRPF Soldier who want to sacrifice his other son on Bharat Mata This is the power & strength of भारतवरà¥à¤· Nation's Full support to @narendramodi to give Pakistan & it's Proxies The Befitting Replyhttps://t.co/A9HnEe5pfb — Mahika Infratech(भारतवरà¥à¤·'s InfrastructurePartner) (@MahikaInfra) February 15, 2019 We can't even imagine. We can Never Feel the Pain they are going through. — विशाल वà¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤¸ (@vyasji1990) February 15, 2019 Yes. Shaheed honge apna sab kuch desh ko samarpan karenge par tirangaa jhuk ne nahi denge — rahul thakur (@eazyfinance) February 15, 2019 Yes, please don't. I will send another son to fight for Mother India, but Pakistan must be given a befitting reply". The courage & character to say these words in face of worst tragedy of his life is unbelievable@narendramodi Sir, pls don't let down this grieving father.#pulwamaterrorattack — Vinayak Anawalikar (@V_Anawalikar) February 15, 2019
  11. Whenever we think about star kids, we think about the privileges and luxuries they get in life. "Oh, they have everything sorted for them, they have it so easy," is something we often hear people say. But, in all honesty, being born to a famous parent does not mean that the star kids are some mythical characters, who live in a parallel dimension or universe. They pretty much live a normal life, eat regular food and take the public transport, just like everyone else. Sounds impossible? Well, then maybe it's just Karan Deol, Sunny Deol's son who is living a regular life. View this post on Instagram #sunnydeol son #karandeol snapped at andheri- ghatkoapar metro ride. A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Feb 4, 2019 at 8:20pm PST Karan Deol, who is making his Bollywood debut with 'Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas', was recently spotted travelling in the metro in Mumbai to reach the film's set. He was travelling on the Andheri-Ghatkopar route. His photos have since gone viral and people on social media have lost their calm. View this post on Instagram My eco friendly #hero @imkarandeol #teamppdkp #Repost @indotcom with @get_repost ã»ã»ã» A rather grounded @imkarandeol spotted in metro as headed off to the sets of his debut film - Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas! . . . . #Bollywood #indotcom #sunnydeol #karandeol #spotted #btown #actor A post shared by Nishant Mahendru (@nishmahendru) on Feb 5, 2019 at 11:41am PST From calling him the most handsome Deol in the family to praising him for his humility and for being grounded, people can't stop talking about the latest Deol on the block. View this post on Instagram Started #palpaldilkepaas on May 18, 2017 .. Karan's first day at shoot.. can't get enough.. my boy has grown big #love #blessings #actor #life #my #son #launched #gratitude #family #happiness #karandeol #ppdkp A post shared by Sunny Deol (@iamsunnydeol) on May 21, 2017 at 8:36pm PDT Karan's debut movie is being directed by none other than his father, Sunny Deol and the father-son duo has been reportedly shooting in and around Mumbai for quite some time. In 2017, Sunny announced the beginning of the film's shoot.
  12. Seventeen years ago, a 19-year-old girl broke into the Indian women's Test side and a few months after her debut in the longest format, she gave everyone a glimpse of her capabilities with a staggering knock of 214 runs against England in Taunton. A lot of time has passed by since then, but the legend of Mithali Raj continues to grow. Ever since making her international debut in 1999, Mithali has established herself as India's most dependable batswoman, scoring runs in crunch situations and shattering one record after another. Apart from amassing runs for her side, Mithali is also bestowed with the responsibility of grooming young and upcoming members of Indian women's team. © Reuters One of the most diligent servants of Indian cricket, Mithali has played a pivotal role in the rise of the women's game in a country that has, for long, obsessed over their male counterparts. From shutting down sexist reporters to disapproving comparisons between male and female cricketers, the Indian captain (in Tests & ODIs) has helped her teammates in carving their own niche in a sport dominated by men. And, the fact that she recently became the first female cricketer to play 200 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in the history of the sport, further decorated her illustrious career. For a cricketer of her repute, it's not really surprising to see Mithali enjoy unmatched popularity and fan-following. But, the Indian star looked elated after winning the heart of a youngster who became the latest addition to her long list of fans. View this post on Instagram @mithaliraj has a little fan #zoraverdhawan! One of my favourite pics and we always supporting the Women's Indian Cricket Team!!!!! #lovethispic #womenscricket #fan A post shared by Aesha Dhawan (@aesha.dhawan5) on Jan 30, 2019 at 4:27pm PST The 36-year-old, who is currently in New Zealand for their limited-overs series, seems to have found a fan in Shikhar Dhawan's son Zoravar. The experienced campaigner was snapped alongside her latest fan who was equally happy to meet his idol. Dhawan's wife Ayesha shared their photograph on Instagram with a caption that read: "@mithaliraj has a little fan #zoraverdhawan! One of my favourite pics and we always supporting the Women's Indian Cricket Team!!!!! #lovethispic#womenscricket #fan". After playing her part in India's 2-1 triumph in the recently-concluded ODI series, Mithali will now be eager to cater to her team's needs when they take on New Zealand in the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series, slated to begin from 6th February in Wellington.
  13. This father has become quite popular on social media in the last week. If you haven't already seen, this father danced to the 'Frozen' soundtrack with his son in a gown and see how adorable they look. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ørjan Burøe (@orjanburoe) on Jan 20, 2019 at 3:19am PST A man who is comfortable with his masculinity even while wearing a gown is a man we adore and respect because this man wouldn't let society dictate how he should father his son. However, some people have negative reactions to it as well. For example, Piers Morgan would refuse to give him the tag 'Best Dad Ever' and why should a dad only be called great if he dances to Frozen, good point. However, you have to see the father's comeback to that. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ørjan Burøe (@orjanburoe) on Jan 24, 2019 at 9:18am PST This proves that he in fact is a great dad who doesn't believe in toxic gender norms. This is indeed something that we should all learn from him.
  14. The love for football is only second to the pure, unconditional, and strong bond between a mother and her child. But what happens when these two come together? It's something that we recently found out in Brazil. The video of a mother narrating the story of a local football match to her visually-impaired son, from September last year, is doing the rounds of the internet right now. Silvia Grecco and her son Nickollas, 12, have become minor celebrities in the Sao Paulo team Palmeiras after the mother was spotted on TV narrating one of their matches from the stands. Sempre muita emoção. ðð·ð pic.twitter.com/Nzl0qAcpLK — silvia grecco (@pringrecco) September 10, 2018 During a recent game between Palmeiras and Botafogo Futebol Clube, Grecco explained to AFP, “I describe details: this player is wearing short sleeves, the color of their football boots, hair color.” The most heartwarming sight was to see the young Nickollas, jumping up and down with his friends at the right moments during the match, and surprisingly in unison with the thousands of other fans, who were wearing the club's dark green jersey. ðððððððð — Danilo Charlds (@CharldsDanilo) September 11, 2018 Salute to the mother ððð — ManishSingh72 (@Singh72Manish) January 29, 2019 Tmj Nicolasðð — Temisâðð 1ï¸â£7ï¸â£ð§ð· (@TemisSSilva) September 10, 2018 Silvia further added that this activity is more about the emotions than the technicalities of football. Despite not being a professional, she gives her own spin to the events on the field, sometimes even including the curses sent down the referee's way. This is surely not the first time a disabled fan has become a social media sensation by following the sports they love, but this duo of mother and son would certainly be remembered for a long, long time to come.
  15. Bobby Deol celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday and like a tradition now, if it's your birthday and you do not post on social media about the gratitude and the love that you are enduring then basically it is considered to be pure sacrilege. View this post on Instagram Bob's 50th.. ð Happy Happy ⤠A post shared by Bobby Deol (@bobby_deol_official_fanpage) on Jan 27, 2019 at 4:11am PST View this post on Instagram #repost ð Bob's BIRTHDAY ð A post shared by Bobby Deol (@bobby_deol_official_fanpage) on Jan 27, 2019 at 5:54am PST So even though it was the handsome actor's 50th birthday, he ended up gifting something to the internet instead, i.e- a picture with his handsome, extra good looking son, Aryaman Deol. View this post on Instagram If that's how it feels!! Being 49 was amazing .. 50 is going to be even better ... I reminiscence the life experiences I have been through and how they have made me grow as an individual. I take the same opportunity to remember the amount of love that all of you dear to me have given me. It is this love that is my strength which keeps me going. My son is symbolic to this change. Finding a friend in his young father. I hope to continue living my life happily with all of you loved ones. I have turned 50 but I'm still always going to be the twenty something young adult all set to win the world. - Love Love Love to all ð¤ð A post shared by Bobby Deol (@iambobbydeol) on Jan 28, 2019 at 5:43am PST This picture is a simple proof that starting from his grandfather Dharmendra to Aryaman himself, the Deol 'parivaar' has good looks running in the genes and their DNA. Netizens are thanking Bobby for this gift and cannot stop claiming just how handsome his son is! No Bollywood plans have been announced for Aryaman yet but in the meanwhile, Sunny's son Karan Deol is already gearing up for his big debut. Aryaman has already impressed paps with his airport looks and personal fashion statement and let's just say having good looking parents have really done him wonders. View this post on Instagram 3 cute and dashing personalities in 1 frame. Aren't they looking lovely? ðððððð A post shared by Bobby Deol (@bobby_deol_official_fanpage) on Nov 6, 2018 at 8:15am PST View this post on Instagram ððððððâ¤â¤â¤â¤â¤â¤ðððððð A post shared by Bobby Deol (@bobby_deol_official_fanpage) on Jan 27, 2019 at 2:37am PST View this post on Instagram â¤ï¸ A post shared by Bobby Deol (@iambobbydeol) on Nov 1, 2018 at 9:46am PDT Bobby Deol is in the best shape of his life right now and maybe asking his son to debut with the father himself is not a lot to ask for, right?
  16. There is a well-known adage common to most Indian households, that is an unrivalled favourite amongst 98% of Indian parents, and it goes something like “hard work is the only key to success”. You might have been personally subjected to some similar version of this, such as, “there is no secret to success (only hard work)” or “there is no shortcut to success (just keep working hard)” yada yada. Do these ring a bell? We are sure it does, because most of us have lived through at least one such lecture which involved the use of one of these adages, either after we messed up an important exam or performance. We all know what a hard time our parents can give us over lost opportunities and our inability to match up to the ideal that is “pados wale Sharmaji ka beta”. Yet, no matter how badly we crib about it amongst ourselves, truth be told, our parents were seldom wrong when they pointed out the obvious (which we were too stubborn to accept) to us, because young Shubham Chaurasia from Bihar, who is the son of a paanwala Shiv Kumar Prasad Chaurasia is a living proof that all of those aforementioned adages might sound frivolous, or parent-talk, but are true indeed. © Hindustan Times-Anil Kumar Ojha Why we are saying so is because when the JEE Main 2019 results was announced recently, Shubham happened to be amongst the handful of people who managed to score 99.56 percentile in the exam! Talking about his son's achievements, Shubham's father told HT that, “My son would not have achieved success without help of former DGP Abhayanand, who runs Magadh Super 30 coaching centre, and its coordinator Pankaj Kumar, who mentored Shubham.” These are people who guided and mentored Shubham, and pumped enough confidence in him to set out on this endeavour. However, it was Shubham's constant efforts and dedication that came to fruition with this stellar score. Even a thrilled Shubham was eager to share his personal life-goals and said that “If I achieve something in life, I will first stop my father from selling betel. I will support education of my sister and I will also work for betterment of society that ensured my education. My all earnings will go for charity, particularly for education of the girls of the families having little resources.” This young boy has seen up close what a life filled with struggle and limited means and opportunities looks like. This gives him the motivation to continuously work hard so that not only can he improve his own personal prospects, but create a better future for his loved ones too. And isn't that something all of us want from life at the end of the day? A better and improved future, not only for ourselves but our dear ones as well. But perhaps the only difference between the ones who come to turn their wish into reality, is their willingness and dedication to work hard and achieve every goal, in order to live that dream outside of their minds. Indeed, it only makes sense then that there would be no shortcut to how we succeed in our endeavours, expect by working hard to seize it by the collar and claim it. No earn it. Some adages, well most of them do hold true, but it is always humbling to get reminded that these saying are not merely words thrown around to make a point or boost our confidence, through living proofs which only helps to firm our belief that “good things come to those who try”.
  17. When most people were busy making plans for the weekend, looks like Bollywood's Badshah, Shah Rukh Khan had 'Zero' plans and spent the weekend lazying around at home. Posting this photo on social media, Shah Rukh Khan wrote, "Weekend Research: "A survey has found One in Three men are just as lazy as the other Two". We r the other two and we don't agree mom!(sic)" View this post on Instagram Weekend Research: “ A survey has found One in Three men are just as lazy as the other Two”. We r the other two and we don't agree mom! A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Jan 13, 2019 at 4:04am PST The other man in question is his 5-year-old son AbRam, who is not only one of the coolest kids in Bollywood but can easily give any of us adults a run for their money, when it comes to popularity. Their Sunday plan looks pretty much sorted as the two men were busy working on a weekend research on lazy men, while lazying around themselves and posing for pictures. View this post on Instagram Love is always only in the eyes….here's all of ours to u on Eid. Eid Mubarak to everyone & may ur families be happy & healthy. A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Jun 15, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT Clearly his millions of fans couldn't get enough of this lazy picture and flooded social media with their comments for the father-son duo. While one wrote, "The king and his little prince", others wrote that they missed SRK and the fact that he hadn't posted anything on social media in a long time. On the work front, SRK's 'Zero' failed to match up to the expectations of his fans, but we guess he will come back with a bang in his next project, the biopic on Rakesh Sharma. However, there are rumours that he may have opted out of the film, 'Saare Jahaan Se Achha', but nothing is confirmed so far.
  18. If you grew up in the 80s and the 90s, there's no chance you don't know about Danny Denzongpa. He was just as renowned a villain as Amitabh Bachhan was a hero. Even back then, Danny was known to keep fit and was in top shape. Now guess what? Danny's genetics have very well carried over onto his son, Rinzing. Soon after the news about his upcoming Bollywood debut broke, I looked up his Instagram and was surprised. The dude's simply HUGE! It's very clear that Rinzing is a religious lifter and moves serious weight in the gym. Easily standing 6 feet or above, he is muscle bound. His love for weight training pours out on his Instagram feed and here's the best of it. Arms nearing 18 inches? View this post on Instagram #LetsGetIt #Pump #Gym #Grr #Flex #Love #InspireToBeBetter #BlackOnBlack #iThinkFitness #Focus A post shared by Rinzing D (@rinzingd) on Nov 10, 2018 at 12:53am PST Dude's got wheels to go with that Hulking upper body! View this post on Instagram ðLeg Pieceð #Haha #Monkey #Me #Leg #Quad #DoITrainLegs? #Be #Happy #Love #Smile #GoodVibesOnly #Blue #Training #Oak #Gorilla #Flex #LetsGo #Muscle #TBTFW A post shared by Rinzing D (@rinzingd) on Jun 4, 2018 at 1:51am PDT Making Tiger look small! View this post on Instagram Suns out Guns out hahah #SunsOutGunsOut #Bro #Love #Happy #Smile #Always #Home #regiT #SOTY2 #GoodVibesOnly #Chill #Saturday #Chalo A post shared by Rinzing D (@rinzingd) on Apr 14, 2018 at 2:55am PDT Murdering arms, one rep at a time! View this post on Instagram Ain't nothin but a peanut ð¥ #Gym #Love #Happy #Smile #Focus #Flex #GoodVibesOnly #SuPu #PapaPancho #ArmDay #LetsGetIt #Boom #LightWeightBaby #Haha #CameraMan @soorajpancholi 𤪠A post shared by Rinzing D (@rinzingd) on Apr 25, 2018 at 3:07am PDT Muscle finds muscle! View this post on Instagram Happy Birthday to the one and only ðð½â¤ï¸ #HappyBirthday #Love #Smile #Happy #Always #TheOneAndOnly #BeingHuman #Legend A post shared by Rinzing D (@rinzingd) on Dec 26, 2017 at 7:55pm PST Trap attack! View this post on Instagram ðªð¾ï¿½ï¿½ðð¾ #Flex #Sunday #TB #Love #Training #MostMuscular #Pose #NotFlexFriday #Gym #BackToIt #LetsGo #ShaBoom #FlexFace #Hahah #TheSpace #GoodVibes A post shared by Rinzing D (@rinzingd) on Nov 5, 2017 at 12:36am PDT Here's him hitting 315 pounds or 8 straight reps on the flat bench. View this post on Instagram 315 ð #Bench #Gym #315 #Lbs #Reps #ChestDay #Train #NeedToHit10 #Grr #405 #SomeDay #Soon #StillAFatBoy #TryingToGetSlim #Haha #iThinkFitness A post shared by Rinzing D (@rinzingd) on Apr 19, 2016 at 5:28am PDT One word, jacked! View this post on Instagram Lil Pump #BackDay #LetsGetIt #Pump #Gym #iThinkFitness #FeedMeProtein #NoCarbs #Depleted #Fun #Love #Workout #ComingSoon #InspireToBeBetter A post shared by Rinzing D (@rinzingd) on Sep 11, 2018 at 9:57pm PDT Once a lifter, always a lifter!
  19. No one in their right mind would turn down some extra money, isn't it? Not even if you're a big movie star who also happens to be a 'Nawab'. Now we'll just have to wait and see how long it will take Taimur to make his debut. Ever since he was born, he has been in news probably more than both his famous parents and I'm sure everyone remembers the 'Taimur- apocalypse' where no one could stop talking about how adorable he is. Yeah, that was only a little creepy. But, the main question is why didn't Saif Ali Khan use his son's star power to promote his own movies? Even Saif knows it's not that bad an idea. View this post on Instagram A post shared by kareena k khan officalðµ (@kareenakapoorkhanoffi) on Oct 16, 2018 at 12:23am PDT During a recent interview, Saif talked about this while promoting his movie 'Bazaar'. He said, “Every producer I am working with has half-jokingly said, 'Haha can we put him with white in his hair?' (Saif sports salt and pepper hair in Baazaar). With Kaalakaandi, they wanted to put rubber bands. In Hunter, they want to put that Naga Sadhu wig on this poor guy,” But nope, someone is not on board. Kareena is not open to putting her son in the showbiz already, even telling Saif to not be 'cheap'. Saif went on, “My wife says, 'Don't be so cheap. You can't sell your son (Taimur)'. I am like, 'Why not? Let's sell him'. Seriously yaar, he is anyway there on the internet.” View this post on Instagram There is so much of love for Taimur ðª #20122017ð #taimursfirstbirthdayððð A post shared by Kareena Kapoor Khan (@therealkareenakapoor) on Dec 20, 2017 at 11:20am PST Totally agree, man! He's already out there and is loved by all. Saif also jokingly said that he's open to any nappy ads or something like that for his son. He said, “I am just using this platform to say if anybody has any good nappy ads or anything... at a very reasonable price...it's not reasonable, it's quite expensive actually. And, I won't give him the money also. I'll give him some cash for his education, I am already giving it to him. And I'll spend the rest!” When asked what plans he has for the obviously huge amount of money Taimur will receive, he only had one answer – “On holidays in Switzerland yaar!” Here's the interview, if you're interested – He also addressed the most important question and it was really about time – how he feels about everyone, especially media's obsession with Taimur? He said, “Media's constant attention to him does not really bother me, but it would be better if it was not there. If the media likes it, people like it, I am okay with it; but I won't be interested in someone else's kids so much.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kareena Kapoor Khan (@therealkareenakapoor) on Oct 12, 2018 at 6:04am PDT On the same topic, he said, “On one level, it is nice that he makes people laugh and smile; but on another level, why is so much attention given to a kid? Why are we so interested in a little kid so much? I don't understand it. Our job is to keep him balanced. I think Indian parents like us, like my parents, have a slightly tough time trying to put good moral values and basic family values into kids who grow up with too much attention. And it is possible. So, we hope that he is going to grow up fine and we're very conscious of it.” While we know Saif Ali Khan was clearly joking about putting his son in nappy ads, we know for sure that it will probably break the internet if it actually happens.
  20. After a hiatus of two long years, Conor McGregor is set to mark his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the upcoming UFC 229 event, scheduled to take place in Nevada on 7th October. To the sheer delight of McGregor's fans, the Irishman will be seen returning to the octagon where he will lock horns with Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title in the main event. With all eyes on UFC's posterboy, the former featherweight and lightweight champion will need to be at his prolific best, if he intends to get the better of his Russian counterpart and re-establish his reputation in the cash-rich UFC. However, much before his bout with Khabib, McGregor has already been upstaged. While the two-time UFC champion was busy giving an interview on 4th October, his eighteen-month-old son stole his thunder in typical McGregor style. His son, Conor Jack McGregor Jr, was seen waddling across the workout mat to the sheer delight of the hundreds of fans, who couldn't stop themselves from rooting for the toddler. Conor McGregor Jr. is just a year old, but already has his dad's swagger. pic.twitter.com/GlESE3Oc2V — ESPN (@espn) October 4, 2018 After noticing his son replicating his dad's swagger, 'The Notorious' went on to join him amidst great applause from those in attendance. McGregor was stripped of his featherweight and lightweight belts after he took the ring against Floyd Mayweather in the mega-bucks boxing fight in August last year. The 30-year-old was beaten through a Technical Knockout (TKO) in the 10th Round by the American boxer, who came out of retirement for a potential $300m payday. Since then, McGregor has neither entered the octagon nor the boxing ring. But, back in front of his fans, McGregor promised a return to form against the current 155lb champion. "It's good to be back doing what I love to do in front of my fans. On Saturday night, you're in for a show, trust me on that. I'm going to take his head off," he said during a press interaction. "He may have wrestled Dagestani bears, but he has never wrestled an Irish gorilla, Conan."@TheNotoriousMMA talks with @TeamCoco tonight on @TBSNetwork! #UFC229 pic.twitter.com/TufF5MNKg7 — UFC (@ufc) October 4, 2018 "It will be a devastating KO, he's too easily hit, too flat-footed, too predictable, I'm going to knock him clean out. It's good to be back. Let's go do it, a proper fight, a proper, proper fight. I'm going to come out of the gate fast, I don't give a f*** about anything; any wrestling, any technique, any engine, any anything. I'm coming for that man's head from the f****** bell. Trust me on that," the Irishman added. While it's quite hard to predict the winner for Sunday's main event, as the bout between McGregor and Khabib undeniably makes for an exciting clash for MMA fanatics.
  21. In 2015, when Son Heung-min signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur for 22 million pounds, the South Korean footballer etched his name in the history books as the most expensive Asian player in history. For someone who honed his skills at Germany's Hamburger SV and then played for Bayer Leverkusen, Son eventually found his calling at the North London club, where he also became the top Asian goalscorer in Premier League history. If his club career scaled new heights, Son also proved his mettle on the international stage, representing South Korea. He was a vital cog of the South Korean football team at the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups. And, more recently, he became the joint top-scorer for his country alongside Park Ji-sung and Ahn Jung-hwan at the World Cup. At the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, Son proved crucial for his side as South Korea finished the tournament as runners-up. © Reuters But, all of his records and achievements would mean nothing if Son loses the men's football final at the 2018 Asian Games on 1st September. South Korea will be looking to clinch the gold medal when they lock horns with Japan in the coveted final, but for Son, the match will probably be the last opportunity for him to save what has been a prolific football career. According to the South Korean government's policy, all able-bodied males in the country are subjected to complete at least 21 months of military service before turning 28. However, there is an exception to it. Those who have secured gold medals at the Olympics or Asian Games are automatically exempted from completing the mandatory military service for the said duration. © Reuters With Son now 26, the ongoing Games in Indonesia is probably his last chance to get out of military duty and fulfil his new five-year contract at Tottenham. But, it definitely is not going to be easy for Son and his teammates to contain fierce rivals Japan in the final. South Korea lost to Malaysia in the group stage and needed extra-time to battle past Uzbekistan in the quarterfinal. The South Koreans, then, defeated Vietnam 3-1 to storm into the final. On Saturday, when Son takes the field with his teammates against Japan in the final, apart from the South Koreans, the Tottenham team and their fans, too, will keep close tabs on the fixture in a desperate hope that their star goes on to secure the all-important gold medal.
  22. On a day when India's hopes of adding a gold to its medal tally were quashed away following PV Sindhu's loss in the women's singles badminton final, the country found a new hero in Manjit Singh. Rising to glory out of nowhere, Manjit arguably pulled off one of the biggest upsets at the Asian Games this year. Quietly going about his business in the men's 800 metres race, Manjit ended India's 36-year wait for an Asian Games gold medal in the event. Back in 1982, it was Charles Borromeo who bagged the top-prize for India in the same event, and this time it was Manjit who etched his name in the elite list of Indian sprinters - including legendary Sriram Singh - to have achieved the feat. But, this was not supposed to happen and Manjit was not supposed to win gold. He hadn't won a single domestic event all year. At best, he was expected to play the second fiddle to his fellow countryman Jinson Johnson - a more celebrated and popular Indian athlete who competed in the same category and finished second. Why, you'd ask? Well, you don't expect an athlete - who was just a pacesetter in someone else's race, a footnote in someone else's record - to dethrone that very guy on the international stage. © AP Two months ago, the state of affairs at the interstate championship in Guwahati was chaotic. The race had come to an end and the press was now desperate to get a piece of Johnson who broke a 42-year-old national record in the 800m race. With a brilliant finishing time of 1:46.65s, Johnson had also secured his qualification for the 2018 Asian Games. While everyone was busy celebrating the genius of the new national record holder, no one cared about Manjit who came second and within the qualification mark for the Games. Thus, when Manjit took his mark on the track at the Asian Games, all eyes were on Johnson and few would've expected anything from him. Once again destined for ignominy, Manjit didn't do his reputation any good after barely qualifying for the finals of men's 800m race. But, running his guts out in arguably the biggest race of his life, Manjit didn't just leave his opponents behind, but also left the naysayers hiding in shame. The 28-year-old trailed the likes of Johnson and Qatar's fancied Abdalla Abubaker for almost three fourths of the race. With Johnson and Abubaker sorting out their own tussle at the head of the pack, Manjit came to the fore with all the energy he had been saving for that very moment. Taking the track by storm, Manjit edged past the leaders and eventually ran across the finish line to realise he had achieved the impossible - a Asian Games gold. © AP Standing atop the podium with the national anthem running the background, Manjit was the perfect embodiment of a winner who had overcome almost everything life threw at him to rightfully secure his piece of glory. Ignominy wasn't the only thing Manjit fought. He was fighting his own demons - the ones that almost convinced him to quit the sport. Born into a family of farmers, Manjit was exposed to athletics by his father Randhir Singh Chahal - a former state-level shot putter who now sells milk to sustain the family. "He used to accompany me to different state-level athletics tournaments and saw me win several medals. That's how he got inspired to take up sports. As a child, he used to run with freedom on our farm land. He used to climb hillocks, run to Jind town and bring groceries," Manjit's father told TOI. Beginning his career in 2008, Manjit represented India as a 20-year-old at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. The youngster did qualify from his heats, but eventually failed to progress from the semifinals. In 2013, he went on to secure the fourth position at the Asian Athletics Championships in Pune. While Manjit was still finding it hard to improve his performance, the worst was yet to come. © AP A hamstring injury kept Manjit away from the track for almost a year and a half. It also meant that his job - offered by Public Sector Unit ONGC - will also be in jeopardy. In 2016, ONGC decided against renewing Manjit's contract which ran its course of two years. If his injuries weren't enough to bog him down, ONGC's decision meant that Manjit will continue remain unemployed since 2016. As the frustration reached its tipping point, Manjit was hell bent on calling time on his career as a runner. The same year, he told his coach Amrish Kumar that he wanted to quit the sport. But, his coach motivated him and urged him to use all the frustration for his own good. Thus, began the journey of one of the most inspiring comebacks in Indian sports. Surrendering himself to his coach Kumar, Manjit forgot life as it was. He left his family in Jind and found a new home in his training camp. Such was his commitment to the sport and will to turn things around that Manjit visited his home in Jind only once a year. His busy schedule also meant that Manjit would have to stay away from his five-month old son Abir who is yet to see the face of his father. © Twitter He might have sustained injuries, struggled to get a job, stayed away from family and then trained like a warhorse, but when Manjit stood tall at the podium with the ever-shining gold medal across the neck, all his hardships would have surely smiled back at him (as if insinuating "we told you so"). An athlete going through tough times and then managing to overcome all the hurdles on his way to glory is nothing new in the ever-competitive era of modern-day sports. But Manjit's is a journey that surely doesn't end at the Asian Games gold, rather it begins with a promise of much bigger and greater things to come in future.
  23. Irrespective of the sport, the journey of an athlete is usually governed by hard work, dedication and the sheer will to succeed. But, while many helplessly chase success, only a handful manage to reach their true potential and make a mark in their respective fields. So, what really separates the ones trying to be successful than those who actually are? The answer is pretty simple: they dream. Big, boisterous dreams. No matter how ludicrous they may seem at first, having dreams is an irreplaceable gift and a rare luxury every human being is born with, but not many are able to make full use of it. It doesn't matter how small or big they are, dreams can act as sheer motivation to push one to their limits. And, they are addictive too. Once you've realised a dream, you just can't stop yourself from being obsessed with another. It's a chain reaction you see, one feeds the other. And, the cycle never stops. It shouldn't stop. You will get frustrated, lose hope and even contemplate the idea of making amends with what you have, but such is the addiction of dreaming that, no matter how hard you run away from it, once you've dreamt of attaining something or reaching somewhere in life, it will keep running at the back of your mind till it's taken care of. The story of India's rising shooting star - Saurabh Chaudhary - is quite similar. Hailing from the unheard village of Kalina where farming is the main occupation on the banks of the Hindon river in UP's Meerut tehsil, Saurabh never really dreamt of making a career in professional shooting, let alone win a gold medal for India at the 2018 Asian Games in the 10m air pistol category. GOLD!!! 16 year old Saurabh Chaudhary in men's 10m AP. He is not even an adult and beat a pool of olympic and world championship medal winners. So proud to support u for well over a year now young man ?@OGQ_India? congrats ?@OfficialNRAI? ?@Media_SAI? pic.twitter.com/bRSjXOrFqM — Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 21, 2018 From a young age, he began helping his father in the farming chores on their ancestral land. It didn't matter whether he liked it or not, farming was the reason his family could afford the basic amenities. But, deep down, Saurabh knew that farming - which allowed his family to sustain themselves all this while - was not something he wanted to do for life. And, he found his calling in professional shooting. At the age of 13, Saurabh began honing his skills in shooting after embracing it as a hobby. But he knew, if his dreams of making it big in the sport were to come true, he had to seek professional help. This was the time when he turned to Amit Sheoran's famed academy at Benoli near Baghpat, 53 km away from Meerut. It's one heck of an achievement to compete at the Asian Games when you are a teenager.But to win a Gold @asiangames2018 is what dreams are made of .. congratulations to Saurabh Chaudhary .. Proud!! ?????? — Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) August 21, 2018 Hard training and practise for countless hours forced him to stay away from his home and family, but whenever he got some spare time, Saurabh would rush back to his residence and help his father in the daily chores on their farmlands. "I like farming. We don't get much time off from training but whenever I do, I go back to my village and help my father," the youngster told PTI. Despite picking the sport just three years back, Saurabh's shooting skills, including his consistency to hit the mark, soon saw him representing India at the world stage. And, Saurabh didn't disappoint there either. In December 2017, the youngster stunned everyone with a brilliant showing at the Asian Youth Olympics Games qualification. He notched up a sensational shooting total of 243.1 - a then-junior world record - and secured a gold medal finish at the tournament. Thanks to his prolific performance, Saurabh also secured qualification for the 2018 Youth Olympics, slated to be held in Buenos Aires in October this year. 16-year old Saurabh Chaudhary illustrates the potential and prowess our youth is blessed with. This exceptional youngster brings home a Gold in the Men's 10m Air Pistol event at the @asiangames2018. Congratulations to him! #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/FHmF6TM8tK — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 21, 2018 The year 2017 saw him being a part of the Indian shooting team that grabbed the bronze at the 2017 World Juniors, where he finished fourth in the individual event. It was also the same year where a 15-year-old Saurabh was seen beating the celebrated Jitu Rai in the 10m air pistol, after bagging silver medals in both the Junior and Youth events on that very day. A year later, Saurabh set the hearts of Indian fans racing with another record-breaking performance at the world stage. The Indian wunderkind set a new junior world record on the way to winning a gold medal at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany earlier in June. He shot a total of 243.7 in the eight-man final of the 10m air pistol event. His consistent performances were the prime reason why he was considered a big medal prospect for India at the 2018 Asian Games by his coaching staff, if not by fans. Ahead of the Games, no one had any doubt over Saurabh's capabilities, but there were some questions over his temperament since he was making his debut on the senior shooting circuit. A great achievement by Saurabh Chaudhary to win the Gold medal at the Asian Games at just 16 years of age. Wishing all the athletes competing at thd games a very fruitful games #AsianGame2018 — VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 21, 2018 But, when the competition began, the 16-year-old turned into a man and delivered arguably the best performance of his short, yet already illustrious, career. Unfazed by the star status or experience of his opponents, Saurabh remained amongst the top two from almost the beginning of his event till it finished. The youngster made his intentions pretty clear in the qualification round where, in six sets, he shot 99 thrice and 98 twice to ensure his total of 586 propelled him to the top spot ahead of seasoned campaigners like 38-year-old Jin Jong-oh (famed South Korean who has won three gold medals at the Asian Games) and 42-year-old Tomoyuki Matsuda (Japanese sharp-shooter decorated with two World Championships gold). In Stage I of the finals, Matsuda managed to assert a two-shot lead over Saurabh as eight finalists finished the round after taking 10 shots apiece. The Stage II, elimination round of the final, proved to be a nail-biter where Saurabh - despite trailing Matsuda for the most part - did exceptionally well to emerge as the winner. 16 years. Very first Asian Games. AND A ?? MEDAL. The INCREDIBLY talented #SaurabhChaudhary has truly arrived! WELL DONE, young man! Proud of you! #AsianGames2018 #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/JTyBz1QgiG — Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 21, 2018 The final set, where the two remaining shooters were subjected to take two shots, saw Saurabh shooting a 10.2 against Matsuda's mediocre 8.9 - his worst shot of the day. The rare error allowed the Indian to take lead for the first time in the final round. Showing no signs of nerves and maintaining perfect composure, Saurabh scored a brilliant 10.4 in his final shot to edge past Matsuda (who scored 10.3) to run away with the Asian Games gold on debut. Young Saurabh ended the final round with a total score of 240.7 - a new Asian Games record, while Matsuda had to make merry with the silver with the second-best score of 239.7. If his shooting prowess elated the Indian fans, Saurabh's comments after his gold-medal finish earned him the respect of the shooting fraternity. "I did not feel any pressure. I just came to compete and do my best. I have been in good form and given good results and trained hard," the 16-year-old said. For a young boy who took the sport just three years ago, Saurabh - standing tall at the podium with a gold medal around his neck - didn't just emulate the golden feat achieved by the likes of famed Jaspal Rana, Randhir Singh, Jitu Rai and Ronjan Sodhi, he appeared as the perfect embodiment of a sportsperson who dreamt big and won bigger.
  24. We all would consider most of our current politicians and ministers, umm let's just say, as not the smartest of the lot. Honestly, we don't even expect them to know everything and actually think before talking, but people in power in our country still manage to disappoint us somehow. That's hilarious and all for sure, but it doesn't seem that funny when you realize how influential these people can be for a lot of people in our country, and how gullible some people are. The tendency of so many people to just blindly believe and follow their 'leaders' is nothing short of dangerous. But, the huge and hilarious f**k-up recently by Rajasthan's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Madan Lal Saini will not – and should not – die down peacefully. His recent statement was further proof of how severely clueless these people in power actually are and well, who doesn't like to make fun of people doing and saying stupid things? Everyone is aware of the alarming rise in cases of lynching recently, all on the account of suspicion over cow smuggling. Talking about that at a recent press conference, the state BJP Chief totally derailed his entire argument, all thanks to one, hilarious factual error. Are you ready for the best thing to come out of a clueless politician's mouth? Here it is: “When Humayun was dying, he called Babur and told him, 'If you want to rule Hindustan, you must keep three things in mind- respect cows, brahmins & women.'” When Humayun was dying, he called Babur and told him, "if you want to rule Hindustan, you must keep three things in mind- respect cows, brahmins & women": Rajasthan BJP President Madan Lal Saini. (24.07.18) pic.twitter.com/ADIscc64vH — ANI (@ANI) July 25, 2018 There's so much to unpack here, so let's take a detour and go on a mini history lesson. First of all, Humayun was Babur's son and Babur actually died 25 years before Humayun. So, yes this conversation is literally not possible. And, second of all, how does he know of any conversation like this? It was never recorded, so yeah, it's even faker than all those 'motivational quotes' that Mahatma Gandhi apparently said. The replies and reactions to this one statement are out of this world, as people couldn't believe that something like this actually happened. Here's a better history lesson, because I'm also as inefficient as our Rajasthan BJP President here. Look at this intellectual!!! Babar died in 1531 itself & Humayun died in 1556. humayun was a babar's son So how come both of them got together? This person must have graduated in entire political science from jio university.#bhaktlogic — The south Indian (@TheSouthIndian_) July 25, 2018 A blockbuster right here. Correct..while kauravs were waiting outside the tent, khiljee was planning to attack Delhi, lord Mountbatten was signing the independence documents. Also, Sikandar Kher was launched in movies. That's called shakha education. — AC (@ACinindia) July 25, 2018 Don't believe everything on the internet, folks! Meanwhile, in a parallel universe powered by WhatsApp University... https://t.co/rQxKK6IW8x — Meghnad (@Memeghnad) July 26, 2018 Did he slide into the DMs? I can vouch for this. Humayun sent a DM to Babur, which was later hacked and leaked to the wikileaks. #ð¯original ð¤¦ð https://t.co/qf4RtojeQT — Bhuvan Bagga (@Bhuvanbagga) July 25, 2018 Totally! When Lal Bahadur Shastri was dying, he called Ravi Shastri and told him " If you want to remain the coach of team India, you would need to do laundry for Kohli" https://t.co/Z1f6JU46SV — Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) July 26, 2018 Yes, exactly. And he was only able to do it because Vedic phones had still not been banned by the Mughals. https://t.co/YF7kmQ0o9I — Aunindyo Chakravarty (@AunindyoC) July 26, 2018 The only explanation. Humayun ne isake kaan me bola tha.https://t.co/sPDuSnXObY — Rahul Gandhi (@RahullGandhii) July 25, 2018 Secret CCTV footage. No. He's right. He has CCTV footage of that day https://t.co/9xH01Qj2Tz — रणà¤à¥à¤¤ वà¥à¤¡à¥à¤¸ राबिया (@life_hacker23) July 26, 2018 Yep. Humayun originally called Alexander but his ISD was deactivated owing to excess love jihad. Then they formed a whatsapp group called destroy Hindus with the Pope as admin. Then they caused a drought that created #Rajesthan out of the Indian Ocean. Stop lynching #IndianHistory https://t.co/UWfYKT1iAe — Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) July 25, 2018 So typical! Summoned him using an Ouija board. And instead of asking him questions, gave him advice. Typical Humayun. — Vinay Aravind ð· (@vinayaravind) July 25, 2018 Bas mazak hi hai. pic.twitter.com/TTXt1XdA0X — Arun Arora #RYP (@Arun2981) July 25, 2018 Kahaan se aate hai, seriously? Kaun hai ye log, aur kaha se ate hai... pic.twitter.com/zKnMQ53Hk7 — Farhan Honnala ð®ð³ (@smfarhan11) July 25, 2018 He was smoking some good stuff. Was humayun smoking weed and was that how he was able to speak to his father babur who died years ago? https://t.co/H70OGOU4j5 — Wanderlust (@whimsydaisy) July 25, 2018 A Mughal remake is needed now. Apparently the mughals had some seriously interstellar moves going on ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ https://t.co/OW5RQh02ks — Girija Panigrahi (@PanigrahiGirija) July 26, 2018 Loving the use of the word 'ghanchakkar'. Iss ganchakkar ko koi batao humayun ka baap babur he... Jo Humayun ke marne ke 25 saal pehle marchuka tha.... — Dr Y Ashok Babu (@DrYAshokBabu) July 25, 2018
  25. Arjun Tendulkar is not the only son of a legendary cricketer out there, all prepared to match up to his father's legacy. The Junior 'Wall' is just 12-years-old right now, but he's already telling the world that he's going to be a force to be reckoned with in the cricketing arena. Samit Dravid is the eldest son of Indian icon Rahul Dravid, someone who honestly doesn't need any introduction. Dravid Jr. is playing for his school team at the moment (obviously, since he's 12) and has been giving one impressive performance after another. Twitter In this particular match, along with an unbeaten 51 knock, he also bagged 3 wickets while only giving 9 runs. Of course, this led to his school, Mallya Aditi International School, to a nine-wicket victory against the Cambridge Public School. I'll admit that I don't know much about cricket, but even I can understand that this is quite impressive. This isn't even the first time Samit has made people sit up and take notice of his performance; back in January, he scored a match-winning century in the BTW Cup Under-14 Tournament. He also received a 'Best Batsman' award back in 2015 in the Under-12 Gopalan Cricket Challenge. Twitter Going by his current performances, it's safe to say that this young cricketer will have a long career filled with even more incredible performances, just like his father.
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