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  1. Yesterday, on February 14, the nation was painted red with blood as more than 40 CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel were martyred in one of the worst terrorist attacks ever, in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The death toll is on a constant rise as the injured soldiers continue battling for life. © AP From Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood celebrities to commoners; the nation is mourning the death of these bravehearts. The families of martyrs have sunk in deep shock and no amount of words can ever console those hearts that are weeping for their loved ones, who were killed in Pulwama. Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 14, 2019 However, no matter how tough the times have been, people from across the country have always stood in solidarity with each other and this time too, they are paying their tributes to the martyrs by coming forward to provide financial help to the families of the soldiers who lost their lives. In 2017, actor Akshay Kumar along with the Central Government launched 'Bharat Ke Veer', an initiative to pay homage to the bravehearts who lost their lives in the line of duty. In this initiative, one can help the families financially, by donating either using the app or the website bharatkeveer.gov.in. © YouTube Apart from 'Bharat Ke Veer', the organisation 'Milaap' has also started a fundraiser to help the families affected by the terror attack. Actor Kunal Kapoor too posted on social media about his campaign 'Ketto', urging people to come forward and support the martyrs' kin. My heartfelt appeal to people, to come forward & support @ketto for their campaign to rehabilitate the families of @crpfindia martyrs. India, lets stand up for those who gave their lives for our safety. Jai Hind ð®ð³ — kunal kapoor (@kapoorkkunal) February 15, 2019 You too can contribute to these fundraisers and prove that nothing can break the nation's spirit in these dark times.
  2. When it comes to Twitter, sometimes people just can't seem to keep their hands off their phones (cough *Kapil Sharma*). And now, it seems like Riteish Deshmukh has caught the same virus. After a hilarious twitter banter with Ajay Devgn, Riteish has now diverted his attention towards Ranveer Singh and his quirky fashion sense, as the 'Total Dhamaal' actor took to Twitter to troll the 'Gully Boy' star. Ranveer's out of the box fashion sense has often proved to be a bait to lure memes, and Riteish didn't shy away from making one. He shared a picture from the sets of 'Dil Dhadakne Do' where Ranveer is dressed in subtle, neutral coloured shirt and pants. The image was captioned, “Ranveer Singh at a fancy dress competition. #ApnaTimeAyeega” .@RanveerOfficial at a Fancy Dress Competition #ApnaTimeAyeega pic.twitter.com/6MOgrDd3s0 — Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) February 13, 2019 We're happy that finally, someone from the industry gathered the courage to take a dig at Ranveer's dressing sense, although he's been a favourite fodder for memesters for a very long time. Of Course In formal pic.twitter.com/cp8Ya3M8Xl — Kavya (@Glaxy_Kavya) February 13, 2019 For Real, Though Riteish bhau you have become a super troll ðð पहलॠसिà¤à¤à¤® à¤à¤¬ सिमà¥à¤¬à¤¾ — Raju Chacha (@Raju_Chacha_4u) February 13, 2019 Same pic.twitter.com/of4naHcnbq — Rohan Benhal (@RBenhal) February 13, 2019
  3. After a long week at work, we want nothing more than to just go out for drinks with our friends at the local watering hole. With the dress code leaning more towards casual each day, there still remains a fine line between workwear and everyday clothing. With that said, who says you can't switch things up on the weekend? Your workwear can be styled up into kickass weekend looks that will take your dress sense to the next level. Any savvy dresser knows that utilizing every piece in your wardrobe is essential. Mixing things up by combining your office and casual wear can save you the cost of twice as many outfits that you might need. Here are 4 ways to rock work clothes on the weekend and save a few bucks and up the ante on your style game: 1. Shirt © Instagram @kartikaaryan Being off the clock doesn't apply to your clothes. Especially shirts. There's nothing like loosening the tie and rolling up your sleeves at the end of a long week. Save up some work for your shirts, though. Use a shirt as a layering piece with a jumper on top and roll the sleeves. Another way could be to wear your shirt over a graphic tee shirt or underneath a denim jacket for the ultimate boy next door look. A checkered shirt can also double up as an accessory as you can tie it on your waist to add some edge to certain looks. 2. Suit Jacket © Instagram @the.vainglorious While suits usually mean business, styling them right can make them date night ready too. Swap your formal shirt with a graphic tee and use your suit jacket as a day or night appropriate look. You can also go for a hoodie or a turtle neck underneath your jacket with ankle length pants or jeans for a smart-casual look. Opt for Chelsea boots or sneakers for a great impression. 3. Tie © Pinterest While loosening up your tie is synonymous with getting off work, there are a few ways you can use a tie to amplify your style game after hours too. First of all, just use solid coloured ties and nothing in silk or printed style. A well-knotted tie with a basic white shirt, charcoal jeans and a black leather jacket make for an edgy but understated look. If you're feeling adventurous, go for a pair of combat boots to complete your grunge-casual look. A tie is the one accessory that can instantly make you look sophisticated. 4. Trousers © Instagram @vickykaushal09 As soon as the clock hits 6 pm on a Friday evening, we're pretty sure your formal trousers don't see the light of day until Monday. This shouldn't be the case, as your formal trousers or chinos can double up as great statement makers for a night out as well. Just sport your trousers with a denim or a bomber jacket and a jumper or a tee underneath, slip on some sneakers and you're sorted for the night. These are just a few examples of how you can use your officewear for other occasions. Just keep in mind that if you're off the clock on the weekend, your clothing doesn't have to be.
  4. Suniel Shetty perhaps has the best 'redemption story' in Bollywood, when it comes to fashion and grooming. From being the ever-scruffy and sweaty distressed hero with anger issues wearing torn and tattered clothes to the suave, sophisticated aesthetic he now proudly flaunts, his has been a journey worth noticing. Of the many, many things that contributed to his swanky new avatar now, his beard probably is the most important entity. His thick, shapely salt-n-pepper face mane is as alluring as it is intimidating, and it just works for his classy-dad aesthetic in a way that's extremely impressive. Here are 10 pictures which prove that Suniel Shetty has the best beard in Bollywood right now. 1. 'Yoga se hi hoga' but that beard tho! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Suniel Shetty (@suniel.shetty) on Jun 21, 2017 at 4:33am PDT 2. Why won't he utilize the mirror? View this post on Instagram A post shared by Suniel Shetty (@suniel.shetty) on Jun 11, 2017 at 11:05pm PDT 3. Look at that definition! View this post on Instagram A post shared by Suniel Shetty (@suniel.shetty) on Apr 29, 2017 at 10:54pm PDT 4. And that angular perfection. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Suniel Shetty (@suniel.shetty) on Apr 20, 2017 at 9:33pm PDT 5. Mommy agrees as well. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Suniel Shetty (@suniel.shetty) on Jan 15, 2017 at 12:40am PST 6. This man is 57. Yes. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Suniel Shetty (@suniel.shetty) on Nov 18, 2018 at 9:05pm PST 7. Nothing like some athleisure to accompany a shapely beard. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Suniel Shetty (@suniel.shetty) on Jul 8, 2018 at 10:14pm PDT 8. Salt-n-pepper perfection. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Suniel Shetty (@suniel.shetty) on Feb 18, 2018 at 10:49pm PST 9. You don't even need accessories when your beard game is this strong. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Suniel Shetty (@suniel.shetty) on Aug 1, 2017 at 11:27pm PDT 10. And of course, it takes work to maintain that face-mane © Twitter/Suniel Shetty Take note, youngsters!
  5. 14/2/2019 will be marked as one of the darkest days in the history of our nation, as a fidayeen attack claimed the lives of over 40 CRPF jawans, who were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. A CRPF convoy of buses, trucks and SUVs containing over 2000 personnel, mostly who were returning to the base after their leaves, was rammed by a JeM terrorist driving a vehicle laden with almost 350 kgs of RDX, which caused the deadly explosion. With the entire county being thrown into a state of shock, anger and anguish, many of our nation's personalities have taken to social media to condemn the cowardly attack and have expressed their solidarity with the families of the martyrs. The nation's sports fraternity also joined hands to condemn the attack and express their condolences. “I'm shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans,” said Indian skipper Virat Kohli in a tweet. I'm shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawaans. — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 15, 2019 In another tweet, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who was visibly enraged post the attack, said, “this time conversation has to be in the battleground.” Yes, let's talk with the separatists. Yes, let's talk with Pakistan. But this time conversation can't be on the table, it has to be in a battle ground. Enough is enough. 18 CRPF personnel killed in IED blast on Srinagar-Jammu highway https://t.co/aa0t0idiHY via @economictimes — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) February 14, 2019 Several other sportspersons have also paid their tributes to the victims of the attack and have requested the government to give the necessary response to this deadly provocation. Shocked and saddened to hear the news of the #Pulwama attack on our jawans. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. @crpfindia #CRPF — Manika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) February 14, 2019 à¤à¤¬ तठà¤à¤¡à¤¼à¥ निà¤à¤¦à¤¾ हà¥à¤à¥ ? ð®ð³ðð½ #Pulwama — Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) February 14, 2019 A day of mourning for India, for humanity. Pained. Who wants this? Who endorses this! Let's ask the right questions & give answers that offer solutions not accusations to stop this mindless killing of people. Let us stop blaming. Let us live. In peace. Let's value life! #Pulwama https://t.co/h8u5W3vQQZ — Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) February 14, 2019 Terribly saddened to hear the news of the #Pulwama attack. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.ðð» — Sakshi Malik (@SakshiMalik) February 14, 2019 वॠà¤à¤ फिर शहà¥à¤¦ हॠà¤à¤...ताà¤à¥ हम à¤à¤¼à¤¿à¤à¤¦à¤¾ रहॠसà¤à¥....ð­ð­ð­ ð®ð³à¤­à¤à¤µà¤¾à¤¨ सभॠà¤à¥ परिवारà¥à¤ à¤à¥ हिमà¥à¤®à¤¤ दà¥...बहà¥à¤¤ हॠदà¥à¤à¤¦ð­ — praveen kumar (@praveenkumar) February 14, 2019 Really pained by the cowardly attack on our CRPF in J&K in which our brave men have been martyred . No words are enough to describe the pain. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured.#SudharJaaoWarnaSudhaarDenge — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 14, 2019
  6. Back in January 2016, a photo of young Murtaza Ahmadi took the social media by storm. The seven-year-old's love for football icon Lionel Messi was in full display in the picture where he was seen donning a makeshift football jersey - made from blue-and-white-striped plastic bag - of the Argentine. The young Afghan boy even had Messi's name and number etched in pen on the back. Such was the impact of Ahmadi's picture that it allowed him to realise his dream 11 months later when he finally managed to meet the Barcelona talisman during a club game in Qatar. It was a fairytale story that made headlines around the world, providing young Ahmadi global fame. For any youngster, meeting their respective idols generally transcends into the feelings of joy and sheer jubilation. And, while global fame is hard to handle for any seven-year-old, in Afghanistan, it can also be life-threatening. © Reuters In what was supposed to be the beginning of his salvation, tragically turned out to be the beginning of Ahmadi's nightmare. The youngster's troubles began after his meeting with Messi. His weren't the troubles caused by the constant spotlight or paparazzi that blight footballers' lives. It was the Taliban who embarked on the ghastly chase of the youngster. While his fairytale struck chord with global citizens, it, sadly, also made him a target for the Taliban who invaded his family's district of Jaghori in Ghazni province last year. Taking note of his stardom, the notorious group also demanded money from his family. Fearing for their lives, Ahmadi's family was forced to flee their home and leave for Kabul where they had to rent a small room with no heating to aid them in cold. "The Taliban were killing our relatives and they were searching houses. They would stop cars and kill their passengers, searching houses and killing people. We were not allowed to play football by the Taliban or even go out of the house," he said. "We used to hear the sound of heavy machine guns, and Kalashnikovs, and rockets at home. We also heard people screaming," Ahmadi told CNN. © Reuters Citing his fame, Ahmadi's mother claimed that her young son has now become a target for threats. "From the day Murtaza became famous, life became difficult for our family. Not only the Taliban, but some other groups also started thinking that Messi might have given him a lot of money. We stopped sending him to school, and we were being threatened all the time," Ahmadi's mother, Shafiqa, revealed. Realising the ever-growing threat to their lives, Ahmadi's father helped his son and wife escape to the nearby city of Bamyan. "Last time I saw my father was on the first day we came here. Then he went back, and I haven't seen him since then. I miss him very much. When he calls my mother I also talk to him," Ahmadi said. From Bamyan, Ahmadi and his mother traveled to Kabul where they now hide out among the many refugees who fear for their lives. But, still, his mother doesn't feel safe. Moreover, she rues the day her son met the millionaire footballer and gained global fame. For her, Ahmadi's popularity came at the cost of their lives. © Reuters "It would have been better if Murtaza hadn't gained fame. Now our lives are at risk both in our hometown and here in Kabul. He spends all of his time here inside the house," she said. To make matters worse, Ahmadi's family belongs to the Hazara minority which fears that a possible peace deal with the United States and the Taliban could further empower the notorious group and take the US troops out of the country. Last month, in a bid to end America's longest war, the US officials began unprecedented talks after meeting the leaders of Taliban who are responsible for engaging in cultural genocide, destroying numerous monuments and tarnishing the lives of millions of Aghans. They imposed bans on the use of internet, playing cards, computer disks, movies, satellite TV, musical instruments and chessboards, after declaring they were against Islamic law. © Reuters A study conducted by BBC in 2018 revealed that the notorious group now control or threaten much more territory than when foreign combat troops left in 2014. The Taliban fighters are now openly active in 70 per cent of Afghanistan. They are now in full control of 14 districts (that's 4 per cent of the country) and have an active and open physical presence in a further 263 (66 per cent), significantly higher than previous estimates of Taliban strength. To put things in perspective, about 15 million people - half the population - are living in areas that are either controlled by the Taliban or where the Taliban fighters are openly present and regularly mount attacks. And, that's what made Ahmadi's mother feel that her son will never be safe in Aghanistan. © Reuters In a heartfelt appeal to Messi, Ahmadi mother said: "I would like Messi to help Murtaza, help us to get out of Afghanistan so that Murtaza can have a better future". In the digital age, while the world continues to progress further, making use of technological advancements - amongst other means - to improve the standards of living, Afghanistan and its citizens continue to be pushed backwards into the old age by the notorious Taliban. Thus, for Ahmadi to realise his next dream: "to pursue football and play alongside Messi", the youngster needs to stay alive - something that currently seems very difficult in Taliban-ridden Afghanistan.
  7. We understand that a major reward for all those who lift is showing your hard work (muscle) to other people. And why not? Lifting is not an activity accomplished overnight. It takes years of training and altering your diet to reach the ripped goal posters stuck on the inside of your bathroom door. And when you finally start to begin to feel ripped after countless, endless and more importantly breathless workout sessions, you obviously want to...scream it out loud, lift your tshirt everywhere you go, and post #gains on Instagram. However, you may be in a position where all of this is not possible. For example if you're a part of a professional setting or say in college where stripping is not possible at all. Then, instead you could wear clothes that help you get the definition by following these tips: 1. Avoid Graphic Tees © kartikaaryan Graphic tees are designed to conceal any kind of bulges. They would work best for a guy who wants to hide them. You, on the other hand, want to flaunt your bulges which means graphic tees are your enemy. 2. Embrace Solid Snug Sweats © fktgram Make solid snug tees your best friend. These kind of silhouettes help make your abs become more pronounced, which always helps. You just have to wear a solid tee and watch eyes linger around as you walk through hallways. 3. Wear A Buttoned-Up Shirt © fktgram A counter-intuitive move but a buttoned up shirt will give you more definition than a buttoned down shirt. It always leave space for people to imagine your muscles which is a good thing. 4. Roll Up The Sleeves © johnabrahamfanaccount If you roll up your sleeves, it immediately adds more structure and definition to your outfit. Case in point: John Abraham with his sleeves rolled up. 5. Go For Snug Fitted Formals © vainglorious Snug fitted formals make a better case against baggy ill-fitted formals for obvious reasons. Make sure you buy the right sizes when you shop for formals. Muscles pop out with the right size. 6. Layering © hritikroshan Layering is a great way to define things underneath. Again, it's important to stick to the right size and not overdo it.
  8. They say love is one-dimensional. But when you look at it blossom, you will find dimensions you've never envisioned before in life. Love grows in spectacular ways and you can only experience it if you meet the right companion along the way. You may ask what a 'right companion' truly is. Well, in very simple terms, someone who is true to you and understands your needs and wants, most given times. © Instagram But according to Kristina and Eugene, companionship is a very different concept. It's to familiarise each other with what their respective needs and wants are and use that as an advantage to have an absolutely fun relationship. Yes, you read that right. When was the last time you met someone who piqued your interests and matched it with theirs? Some of you may have found some likeminded people, but have you ever unanimously decided to give up the regular life and travel the world instead? That's what Kristina and Eugene's story is all about and it doesn't end there! It ends with a happy family indeed. © Instagram The First Time They Met Both of them met while they were still in university in Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine. While figuring out their mutual interests on their check-list, the two bonded over common musical interests and hangout sessions post classes, following which they liked each other's company so much, they became best friends. Pretty soon their friendship transcended into a love interest and everything else made more sense than before. But the most astounding part was that their basics were not stamped on just romance, passion or love. The reason they were together was that they felt the most comfortable with each other, and we seldom forget that being yourself and comfortable around someone is the first rule of a good relationship. © Instagram "Our romance started from the point of perception that we don't irritate each other! Not a passion, desire or love! It doesn't sound very romantic, I know! But our affection increased each day and in 4 more years, we decided to become a family. 10 years have passed since we started our romantic relationship, but we are still the happiest couple and we are harmonious partners in all life spheres." - Kristina After all, love blossoms through an avalanche of comfort and familiarity, doesn't it! If you're in a state of absolute comfort with someone, wherein you don't have to pretend otherwise and you disseminate all your fears and tribulations equally among each other, real love truly sprouts from there. Couples today fret about long-lasting companionships or the lack of passion, but they forget that the ultimate companionship rule to live by comes from the premise of being yourself with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. © Instagram What Made Them Stay Together? Apart from the easier quirks between two people, there are other things that make a relationship really challenging and workable. And this is where sharing mutual interests comes handy. Couples who share mutuality in ways that make sense, last longer. And by mutuality, I mean sharing similar interests that can change lives. Both Kristina and Eugene love to travel and that's the one thing that has bound them together tightly ever since they met. In college, the only thing that decided their fate was a 4-day trip that they took together, following which realised they've evolved from being just friends to something more transcendental! Since then, they have been travelling across the globe for over 10 years. © Instagram About two years ago, the couple decided to take their travels a bit more seriously and decided on travelling across Asia. And that's when their real journey as a 'family' began! "All 10 years of being together we travel – at least once a year. But two years ago we decided to have even a bigger adventure. We were not quite happy with our professions and wanted to reload ourselves. A long-time journey through Asia seemed a good way to do that. We had to give our apartment for rent and sell some stuff in order to have enough money for that. So we quit our jobs and were ready for a journey. By now, as a couple, we've visited 24 countries." - Eugene. © Instagram That's the thing about taking risky decisions in a relationship. They always go through because the support for it to work is so strong, it overpowers any hardship they may face. Just like how Kristina and Eugene did when they both decided to quit their jobs and take a stand on what to do next. © Instagram The Chapati Sojourn "We had started this journey in January 2017 from Fort Kochi and planned to stay there for only a few days. However, destiny had other plans, and on the second night, we came across a tiny, dehydrated puppy in the darkness, all alone." - Kristina © Instagram Chapati came into their lives like a surge of happiness and positivity during grim times. They found her scattering away, unfed and unwell and took her in their care to nourish her and bring her to life. "We found that we want to name her like our favourite Indian bread because she had the same tan colour and was very thin." - Kristina © Instagram The minute they named the dog, there was no looking back. They found a home in her and she in them, and she became a part of their travels and their family from that very moment! "Chapati brought many changes to our lives. She influenced our travel-philosophy: now we don't chase visiting all sightseeing places or try to see as many countries as possible. We learned how to relax and easily take deviations to our plans. Her own attitude to life often teaches us to be more flexible, readily get acquainted with people and even to communicate with those, who speak languages we don't understand." - Eugene © Instagram Bringing an animal into your life changes you as a person. The change is noticeable slowly and steadily. They teach you resilience, certain ways of triumphs, patience and the most important one- unconditional love. That's what Chapati taught the two after she came into their lives. She taught them to slow things down and recognise things for what they are, to see the ethereal beauty in things, to savour moments that are important and precious. © Instagram Their travel philosophy also changed trajectory. They learnt how it's not always necessary to travel to every place, soak in every bit of space or scramble around in a hurry just sightseeing or divulge their energy in agreeing upon what to do, what to see or what to understand. Chapati made it easier for them to relax and absorb only as much as they could. © Instagram "Many people believe (and we did before) that saving one dog's life will not defeat the global problem and will not change the world. Our revelation is that it actually changes the world. At first, it changes the 'universe' of the one saved, and then it changes your own 'world'. Her own attitude to life often teaches us to be more flexible, readily get acquainted with people and even to communicate with those, who speak languages we don't understand."- Kristina © Instagram What Is It Like To Travel With A Dog? "Travelling with a dog is definitely not easy. Each country and city have their own rules and attitude to dogs, which sometimes is impossible to Google in advance. You need to make a lot of 'paper work', you are always limited in places for eating and staying, transportation could also be an issue. It is hard, it is a bit costly, but it worth that. As we have to spend money on Chapati we always try to save when it's possible. So we prefer cheap hotels, we use trains and buses as long as it is possible." - Eugene © Instagram The biggest challenge Kristina and Eugene faced was the 'paperwork' that most countries implement to transport dogs. Financially they were still figuring their way but more than anything else, it was the documentation and the fact that a dog can't be a part of their lives unless she's legally bound to them, that was becoming a challenge. That took time and apart from that, facing challenges in nooks and corners of every street and every city wasn't easy. Sometimes they'd be stranded because no public transport would want to carry a dog and sometimes, they'd come across places that weren't too pet-friendly, so they wouldn't have the option to spend a quiet peaceful night at a hotel. © Instagram But most places accepted Chapati and made her travels with the couple favourable. Since she is so well-mannered and intelligent, even most non-pet friendly places allowed her inside and turned their whole philosophy on animals around. © Instagram "Still, travelling with a dog is a big adventure. We had so many escapades, touchy moments and movie-worth adventures together, like falling in love with Chapati, overcoming barriers on the way to adopt her, finding ourselves in the middle of nowhere at night, getting stuck in a town because no public transport allowed dogs there and it was impossible to leave, saving other dogs and being stressed whether those will survive, sleeping with cockroaches or at freezing temperatures, and even some illegal border-crossings and transportations. All these now seems a thrilling dream, yet we miss those times." - Eugene © Instagram Their favourite memory so far is trekking over San Fruttuoso in Italy and walking the rocky terrain in unfavourable weather conditions as all modes of transport were cancelled due to heavy rains! The three of them walked determined all through the trip, thinking about their future together and eventually making it back home to live it. They had no raincoats or umbrellas and braved the harsh rains. Chapati, with her might to stay strong and grounded, didn't pose as any trouble at all and she was a super trooper! "Drenched, I and Eugene felt ourselves to be the luckiest people in the world to have such a smart and attached dog, who was also all wet. Nevertheless, love was soaring in that wet air and the whole way we spent dreaming about our future. It actually looked like a happy end of a very tense movie. However, it wasn't, and many more adventures are waiting for us." -Kristina © Instagram Bringing Chapati into their lives is like a dream come true and they're solemnly grateful for each day as it passes. The Biggest Lesson Ever Having a dog in your life is the biggest blessing in disguise, according to Kristina and Eugene. If Chapati has reaffirmed anything it's the fact that their faith in communication shouldn't deter, because that's what keeps them strong and grounded. And by them, I mean Chapati as well. Communicating with a dog makes you more susceptible to understanding all sorts of needs and emotions between people and animals and it makes any bond way stronger. Staying together for almost 2 years now, Chapati's presence has made sure that their relationship surrenders its premise on pure communication between a man woman and an animal. © Instagram "Communication is also a clue to the mutual understanding with a dog. Try to perceive what a dog wants to transmit to you, do your best to talk in its language (a language of intonations, eye-contact and gestures) and you will never face any problems!"- Kristina A dog is a man's best friend. Up until now at least, I believed that this was just an idiom that was trying to transforms our instinctive animal behaviour to a more refined human one. But the meaning is way more literal and deeper than that. A dog is in all actuality a man's best friend and we have Chapati as proof, who took her saviours for family and gave them a lot to accept and ruminate about. We think any relationship that needs nourishing and strengthening doesn't need as much counselling as it needs some 'fur intervention'! Here's to 'Travelling Chapati' and her beautiful family. © Instagram "In 2017, we spent the whole year being together 24 hours a day. During these time we didn't leave each other even for a moment, Chapati included. We faced many difficulties, including financial ones. We had lots of challenges on the way. But we remained a team, a loving team. And even now, after 10 years of being together as a couple, we still never irritate each other". - Eugene
  9. As WWE India's Twitter handle suggests, it has been 20 years of pure destruction as Paul 'Big Show' Wight made his first WWE appearance in a special Valentine's Day steel cage match between the Texas Rattlesnake 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and the company's owner, Vince McMahon. His first appearance on the show was one of the best debuts by any in-ring performer during the 'Attitude Era' as the 7 footer emerged from underneath the ring as McMahon's bodyguard and tossed Austin into the metal bars of the cage head-first. Having already wrestled in organisations like the World Wrestling Association for over a couple of years, Show had already made a name for himself. However, the fact that he had signed a deal with Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Entertainment (https://www.mensxp.com/search.html?q=WWE) was kept under the radar and nobody had a clue about the plans for the giant's huge debut. “It was such a cool impact because no one really saw it coming. No one knew that I was committed to WWE, no one expected me to show up at Valentine's Day Massacre and the way they introduced me was pretty cool,” Wight told WWE. Wrestlers tend to lose out on fan-following from time to time and need to work on their kayfabe characters regularly to be liked by the WWE Universe and stay relevant with the changing times and a regular influx of great, young talents to the main roster almost every year. But, there was something about Wight as a person that made him likable throughout. Being a heel or a babyface didn't matter to him as whatever character he used to bring to the audience, they used to welcome it with open arms. Big Show has had one of the most illustrious career with the WWE. He is a 2x WWE Champion, 1x ECW Champion, 2x World Heavyweight Champion, 3x Hardcore Champion, 1x United States Champion, 1x Intercontinental Champion, 3x WWE Tag Team Champion, and a 5x World Tag Team Champion. He also won the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy in 2015. Talking about what an amazing run he has had with the brand Show said: “I know a lot of people would think differently because I don't have enough 'wins'. It's never been about winning or losing for me, it's been about the show and the talent that I work with.”
  10. Apple is gearing up to launch its rumoured streaming service as soon as early April or May and is one of the many subscription services Tim Cook has already confirmed. The streaming service will feature shows Fromm HBO and other channels, however, will not feature existing services like Netflix. © YouTube The streaming service will essentially bundle different streaming platforms into one subscription that Apple customers can buy. Apple device owners will be able to buy and watch in a dedicated TV app on iOS. Apple already boasts more than 50 million subscribers for its music service and it is possible that we could see a similar number for the video service thanks to the sheer number of Apple devices out there. Apple is believed to be investing at least US$1 billion in content and has acquired the rights to a new series starring and co-produced by American actresses Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. © Apple Having said that, Apple's new video service will compete directly with Netflix for streaming eyeballs. When Netflix first started streaming its content, it already has a plethora of content lined up to keep everyone busy. Apple may struggle to achieve the same in the beginning as it would pack only a handful of shows at first. It would be interesting to see how Apple will populate its streaming service for users. Apple's new subscriptions service will be somewhat similar to Amazon Prime. The Cupertino giant is expected to offer a subscription plan that will include music, video and news. Whether it would be enough to sway customers towards the service; only time will tell.
  11. If you are looking to get on the ray tracing train and want to own the latest piece of hardware by Nvidia without spending a lot, the RTX 2060 is probably your only option. It's based on Nvidia's new Turing architecture and is the least expensive version from Nvidia's latest lineup. © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Founder's Edition of RTX 2060 retails in India for Rs 31,000 and is a worthy upgrade of its predecessor i.e. GTX 1060. Sure, it's a bit more expensive from the previous variant, however, you get to take advantage of the new Ray Tracing feature on a budget. It even has support for DLSS which lets the card render more realistic lighting in real-time. We used the card to test out two games that take advantage of this tech i.e. Metro Exodus and Battlefield V. In our test, the RTX 2060 easily matched the performance of equally priced GPUs with the added bonus of future-proof ray tracing support. It's the perfect choice for gamers who want to play games at 1080p resolution without shelling out a lot of money for an updated GPU. If you want to know our PC setup for the test, you can have a look at all the specs here. We substituted our RTX 2080 ti with the RTX 2060, while the rest of the setup remained the same. Specifications © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Founders Edition 2060 is basically based on the same TU106 processor that can be found on the RTX 2070. It has a single 8-pin power connector and two fans to keep it cooled. At the back, it has two DisplayPorts, a USB-C port and HDMI 2.0 input. In terms of CUDA core count, it has the same count as the GTX 1070 i.e. 1920 but has 5 Giga Rays/s. It also has 6GB GGDR6 of VRAM which basically increases performance and reduces power consumption at the same time. It's definitely an upgrade considering the previous iteration had the older GDDR5X configuration. The RTX 2060 also has a boost clock of 1680 MHz which is at par with the GTX 1070. CUDA cores are basically the workhorses of a GPU that is responsible for handling all the heavy computing. It works alongside the VRAM to offer clear differences in FPS counts with or without ray tracing. If you want to know more about ray-tracing and DLSS, you can read all about it here. Performance © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla At the moment, there are only two games out there that supports DLSS and ray tracing i.e. Battlefield V and Metro Exodus. Regardless of game support, the RTX 2060 is a solid card when it came to 1080 performance. We ran it through some benchmarks to see how it fared in certain games: 3D Mark First Strike Test We used 3DMark, as it can simulate different types of games and is one of the more demanding benchmark tests a GPU can be put through. It also tests out the GPUs power consumption and the average temperature in gaming conditions. The RTX 2060 scores a respectable score in each department. Here's what the RTX 2060 managed to score: It was efficient when it came to cooling and managed to run at a peak temperature of 64ºC. Power consumption, on the other hand, was a tad bit higher than the 1070 but shouldn't be a major concern. RTX 2060 Firestrike Extreme Score © MensXP RTX 2060 3DMark Heat © MensXP RTX 2060 3DMark Power Consumption © MensXP Ray Tracing and DLSS Ray tracing and DLSS is the one feature that is exclusive to RTX cards and it is also the primary reason for the increase in price. Sure, there aren't many games out there that support these two features but the future looks bright thanks to numerous developers have already announced support for future games. At the moment, we could only test Metro Exodus and Battlefield V that has support for both features. When both features are turned on, the difference in graphics and lighting fidelity is noticeable. It breathes new life in Battlefield V however we would only recommend running RTX with DLSS switched on. Here are the results for both games in terms for Frames Per Second in 1080p with RTX on and Off Battlefield V (Frames Per Second) © MensXP Metro Exodus (Frames Per Second) © MensXP It's clear that RTX 2060 is capable of handling good FPS in 1080p and we could push it even higher when would turn down the RTX settings. In fact, it would boost the frame rate past 60fps easily. With DLSS turned on, we achieved the frame rates mentioned above but it noticeably looked better. The lighting was much warmer and had a better representation of shadows with DLSS. The Final Say Not everyone can afford a top-of-the-line graphics card for 4K gaming. Especially when you live in India and gamers are looking for more affordable options. For someone who wants to game 1080p and doesn't want to spend a lot on a new GPU, the RTX 2060 is your best option right now. It supports ray train and DLSS and is also future proof for Full HD gaming. It takes advantage of Nvidia's new Turing tech and costs only Rs 31,000. This is the GPU for the masses and an affordable option in 2019.
  12. Every time the Indian borders or the safety of its citizens are threatened, it is the men in green who stand in the way of trouble. Holding the fort with all their might and even putting their lives on the line to get it done. Yet there's no denying that their bravado and selflessness also makes them easy targets and puts them in harm's way, every time our foes wish to make a point (however unnecessary and futile). Jammu & Kashmir: Mortal remains of CRPF personnel who lost their lives in #PulwamaAttack yesterday, at CRPF camp in Budgam. pic.twitter.com/h4XoD5tC7o — ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2019 Yesterday's terror attack in Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama, which is being called the biggest attack in the area since the Uri attack in 2016, is a proof of such a situation. Yesterday JeM terrorists targeted a CRPF procession in Jammu to Srinagar which comprised of over 70 vehicles and 2,547 personnel. The attack took away the life of 44 jawans and has left the country seething with anger and grief. © Twitter Targeting unsuspecting soldiers and attacking them when their defences are down is the biggest proof of cowardice that there is. Yet, even in death the jawans and their families continue to prove that they are the country's biggest pride. Even through their ultimate misery and loss, the families of the martyred jawans continue to take pride in the sacrifice their sons, husbands and brothers made for their motherland. However, it the need of the hour is to stand with the families of the martyred and share in the pain in grief. And since acknowledgement is the simplest way to start, let's begin with that. Martyred CRPF jawan Nasheer Ahmed's family in mourning: Rajouri: Family of CRPF personnel Nasheer Ahmed in mourning. The Jawan lost his life in #PulwamaTerrorAttack yesterday. #JammuAndKashmir pic.twitter.com/KxMRujDCPy — ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2019 Martyred CRPF jawan Jaimal Singh's family in mourning: Moga: Family of CRPF personnel Jaimal Singh in mourning. Singh lost his life in #PulwamaTerrorAttack yesterday. #Punjab pic.twitter.com/E8cYtx7s41 — ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2019 Martyred CRPF jawan Pankaj Tripathi's family in mourning: Maharajganj: Family of CRPF personnel Pankaj Tripathi who lost his life in #PulwamaTerrorAttack yesterday, in mourning. pic.twitter.com/Pw9cNLpRPw — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 15, 2019 Martyred CRPF jawan Maninder Singh's family in mourning: Gurdaspur: Family of CRPF personnel Maninder Singh who lost his life in #PulwamaTerrorAttack yesterday, mourns his death. #Punjab pic.twitter.com/Hhegt5Sanr — ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2019 Martyred CRPF jawan Ramesh Yadav's family in mourning: Varanasi: Family and relatives of CRPF personnel Ramesh Yadav who lost his life in #PulwamaTerrorAttack yesterday, mourns his death. pic.twitter.com/3qhjdX6bte — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 15, 2019 Then there are fathers and families like Martyred CRPF jawan Ratan Thakur's father who is willing to send his other son for the service of the nation, after losing his son on nation's duty. 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 salute our brave jawans and their even braver families. We are with them in this time of loss.
  13. 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
  14. Yesterday, on February 14, the nation was painted red, not in the colour of love but with blood as nearly 40 CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel were martyred in one of the worst terrorist attacks ever in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. AP When half the nation was celebrating the day of love with their partners, there were many families who were mourning the death of their loved ones. Cheers of laughter and joy soon turned into tears and cries of the families of jawans, who were mercilessly attacked when they were travelling in a CRPF bus that was blown up using explosives. Reportedly, a suicide bomber named Adil Ahmad Dar alias 'Waqas Commando' crashed his SUV, laden with more than 350kgs of explosives, into the bus that was part of a 70-vehicle convoy on its way to Pulwama. Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for this terror attack. AP The attack has left the families devastated and the nation in shock. From prominent personalities to commoners, everyone is filled with rage and are now voicing their anger on social media. From Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan, 'Uri' actor Vicky Kaushal to Taapsee Pannu, Alia Bhatt and more, celebrities are standing strong with the families of martyred jawans as this cowardly and despicable act can't be forgotten easily. Numb beyond belief at the dastardly terror attack on #CRPF soldiers in #Pulwama. May God give peace to their souls, and strength to their grieving families. Wishing the injured a speedy recovery. We can't let this be forgotten. — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 14, 2019 The Pulwama attack is despicable. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyrs. I pray for the recovery of the injured. — Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) February 14, 2019 Absolutely shocked by the attack in #Pulwama...Hate is NEVER the answer!!! Strength to the families of the martyred jawans and the CRPF soldiers injured in the attack. — PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 14, 2019 #Pulwama Who are these people who are celebrating a win after this dastardly and cowardly attack..is just condemning this enough..wipe out not just their smiles but their faces.. show us our revenge, instill dismay and dread with the retaliation.ð®ð³ — Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) February 14, 2019 My heart goes out for the Jawans of our beloved country and their families who lost their lives as martyrs to save our families... #YouStandForIndia — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) February 14, 2019 Such terrible news coming from #Pulwama. Today when people are celebrating love, hate raises it's ugly head too. My thoughts and prayers for the martyrs and their families. — Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) February 14, 2019 The #PulwamaTerrorAttack is a cowardly attack on our soldiers. Heart goes out to our heroes saving our country who have to face an enemy who will hide and attack. — Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) February 14, 2019 What a dark dark day.. Can't stop thinking of the mindless violence, evil hate & sinister politics that has killed 40 working class bravehearts today.. Thinking of their bereaved families. May they find the strength to deal with this cruel tragedy. Prayers. #PulawamaTerrorAttack https://t.co/CAvjFIL2jt — Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) February 14, 2019 Heartbreaking & devastatingly shocking. To resort to such measures & kill people. Praying for the families of our hero soldiers who lost their lives #PulwamaAttack — Shraddha (@ShraddhaKapoor) February 14, 2019 What a deeply sad and dark day... Shocked and pained by the dastardly attack on our CRPF convoy. My heart is with the families of our jawans... my deepest condolences ðð» #PulawamaTerrorAttack — Dia Mirza (@deespeak) February 14, 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi too condemned the attack and said that "the sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain." Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 14, 2019
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  16. Denim: every man's go-to piece of clothing which sticks with them season after season. We rely on our trusted denims far too much, thinking we can never go wrong with styling them. Even the most versatile piece of clothing can go wrong if you don't match the shades right. As denims come in various colors and washes, it is essential to know what textures and shades to sport with every kind. Fret not, for we have put together guidelines on what to wear with the 4 most common shades of jeans available. Take a look and thank us later. 1. Light Wash Jeans © vickykaushal09 Perfect for a day look, light washed denims are definitely a gamble when it comes to matching them right. For an appealing everyday look, go with a basic crew neck tee shirt or a hoodie with white sneakers. Since 90s trends are back, light washed denims are having a moment in the sun. Pair them with contrast coloured uppers such as green, pastels, navy or black. Frayed hem and ripped detailing look super stylish with light washed denims as well. 2. Dark Wash Jeans © ishabhansali For those wondering, this category is only for indigo and charcoal shade of dark denims. Any dark denim which is not black falls under this section. Mostly available in skinny fit and stiffer fabric due to it's nature, dark washed denims are most versatile than other shades in terms of wearability. Go for a blazer or a polo neck tee on top for a business-casual look or pair them up with a checkered shirt. Don't opt anything too form-fitting either. Dark denim is ideal for the much-hyped 'denim on denim' look for which you can opt for a lighter shade of denim on top. Pair these babies up with primary colors, neutrals and prints. 3. White Jeans © theanisha As much as it is really calculated, keeping white jeans clean can be an intimidating task. We can't stop the chutney bowl from spilling for you, but we can sure tell you how to rock white denims. First things first, you should go for an almost white denim, like a cream or stone washed shade instead of pure white as they are fairly easier to maintain laundry wise. White denims act as a great canvas for other colors, textures and even prints. Shades like khakhi, tan, sand and black go really well with the contrast that white bottoms add to the look. 4. Black Jeans © ishabhansali As far as denims go, dark shades go a long way. There's nothing like a black denim to add texture and edge to any casual look. As black is perceived as a going-out shade, black denims switch between casual and party-wear easily. An all-black look is an age old method of pulling this shade off. If you have a particularly fluorescent or primary hued shirt or sweatshirt, team it up with black denims for a fail-safe look. If you're looking to pull off a printed blazer, textured bomber or an tuxedo jacket for a party or business casual look, black denims are your best friend. Pair them up with shades like camel, grey, pastels, primary colors or white for a sure-shot way of looking super fly. Now that you have yourself a fail-safe guide to matching denims, you may thank us.
  17. Mohammad Babar Azam stormed his way into the Pakistani cricket team while quickly making his mark on an international level within fours years of his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2015. Having an all-star performance in South Africa, Azam proved his worth as a world class batsman as he was the leading scorer in the three-game T20I series while also making the second most runs during the Test series. Already breaking the Indian skipper's record for becoming the fastest player to reach 1,000 runs in the T20I format (26 innings to Kohli's 27) while also owning the wonderful title of becoming the only batsman to score five consecutive ODI tons in a single country, the opener is considered to be one of the finest batsmen to play for the Shaheens. Often compared to the Indian cricket captain for the strikingly similar charisma and the on-field presence the two command, the 24-year-old was once again put on a pedestal as that of Kohli after he put on a show against the Proteas. This time however, the young Pathan came out in public to give his opinion about the comparisons to an all-time great like Kohli. Babar Azam on people comparing him with Kohli. Very well said. pic.twitter.com/9yQJARcepn — Tuaha Sohail (@TuahaSohail) February 10, 2019 “People compare me to Virat Kohli all the time. According to me he is a great player and I am nowhere near him,” said the talented batsman. “My career has just begun.” “He's achieved a lot. I still have to do that. If my performances are up to that level then you can compare (our performances) but right now there's no comparison.” Everything was well and good. People were happy with the manner in which the young cricketer handled the situation while showing his respect towards Virat Kohli. But then came a troll who, basically edited Azam's voice over a Virat Kohli interview which has led to the internet short circuiting. Virat Kohli opens up about his comparison with Babar Azam pic.twitter.com/H0rusATPIT — PSL Memes (@PSLMemesWalay) February 10, 2019 This is how the internet is reacting: C'mon stop trolling others that's what i said before. Meanwhile how can you compare one with 64 centuries and 9 centuries?? — Vinay Mirchandani (@MirchandaniVinu) February 10, 2019 What was that ðððððð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ — Syeda Ayesha (@sayesha_noor) February 11, 2019 pic.twitter.com/kzhsXRq8Wz — عتÛÙÙÙÙÙÙÙÙÙ (@TeeqWrites) February 10, 2019 @PSLMemesWalay Keha se laate hon idea's ðð — Umair ðµð° | Kings ð (@UmairPTI4) February 10, 2019
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  19. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been adversely affected by the 14th February 2019 terror attack on the CRPF bus in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The loss of over 40 of India's finest and bravest soldiers in what is considered to be the biggest terror attack since Uri has left the Indian public in sorrow, sympathetic and irate. Amidst such times of chaos and upheavals, one must show as much support to the victims as they can. The idea of promoting yourself or your team should probably be the last thought in your head right now and the people seemed to feel the same way when they set the Indian cricket captain, Virat Kohli, straight. While the world was mourning on the huge tragedy that took place on Valentine's Day, Virat Kohli decided to put out a couple of tweets asking his fans (essentially the entire nation), to vote for the Indian sports honours for the best cricket club and the best fan club of the year. While celebrities from all over the country including Priyanka Chopra came out to empathise with the families of the martyred jawans and the CRPF soldiers that were injured in the blast, Kohli's tweet felt ignorant, unsympathetic and really just out of place. Absolutely shocked by the attack in #Pulwama...Hate is NEVER the answer!!! Strength to the families of the martyred jawans and the CRPF soldiers injured in the attack. — PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 14, 2019 My deepest thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the Pulwama attacks and their families. — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) February 14, 2019 There's no doubt that if the situation was even remotely different from what it is right now, Kohli's Twitter fans, all of 28.2 million, would have hopped onto the bandwagon to vote for their favourite cricket club and fan club in a instant as their leader had asked of them. But in the wake of something as devastating as the Jaish-e-Mohammed attack on J&K, the followers had to hold the torch for the Indian skipper to see things clearly, as they let Kohli know all about their displeasure with his tweets: This is what the cricketer had uploaded but later removed after getting a lot of flak: And here's how his agitated fans responded: Virat aapke team sea jo bhi aapka Social Media Account handle karta hai Wo Bahut Bada Pagal hai — Raja â¤ï¸ (@RaghurajPrSingh) February 14, 2019 Promotional tweet regarding sports honor awards voting. Wrong timing. Andharu dobbaru. Tweet delete cheaadu. — Spidey (@MrStarksPeter) February 14, 2019 please dont post such message till whole country shocked by pulwama attack — shailaishgarg (@shailaishgarg) February 14, 2019 Look at the mood of the nation. Don't you have brains#Pulwama — Shekhar Bhatt (@iShekharBhatt) February 14, 2019 Any word for sacrifice of soldiers in #Kashmir ? U don't deserve Indian Cap...#PulwamaTerrorAttack #Pulwama — SilenceSpeaks (@JayShreeRadhey) February 14, 2019 Such insensitivity in the captain of Indian Cricket Team Whole country is tweeting about #Pulwama and he is busy in his business — Shivam Agrahari DSPð®ð³ (@DSP_Shivam) February 14, 2019 Virat Kohli has been a phenomenal cricketer, his clean sweep at the ICC awards this year dictates this narrative of his loud and clear. He has done some exceptional work to bring the Men in Blue to the stage where they are right now. However, these tweets are just the best examples of 'wrong time, wrong place'.
  20. Love may be the most powerful feeling known to mankind, but more than anything else, love is a celebration. A celebration of the life we love and are grateful for. A celebration of loving ourselves for who we are, and how far we have come when it comes to living our dreams. And if we are lucky enough, a celebration of finding the person who seems to make life so much more better by simply being in it. So, to love is to basically celebrate the joy and happiness we find with someone else that we didn't even know existed! They just happen to walk into our life one fine day, and bam, nothing remains the same anymore. © Keshav Suri Love is like that added sprinkle of pepper and oregano on the pizza, it is so extra but makes the experience all the more enjoyable. Much like the added sprinkle of squabbles, random fits of laughter and dizzying rush of affection, being in love brings into our life. Keshav and Cyril's heady relationship has been nothing less than a similar celebration. It's full of spice and sprinkled with moments of unceasing fun and laughter, which makes Keshav extremely grateful for the best ten years of his life that he got to share with his French husband Cyril Feuillebois. © Keshav Suri And since love follows no single language or religion, learning about this union between Keshav and Cyril has been a wonderful experience. Lalit Hotels scion Keshav Suri is more than just that, he is a son, a brother and a loving husband apart from being a champion for the LGBTQ community, since his writ in the Supreme Court against Section 377 changed the future for an entire community. This is his story and we are more than proud to share it with you. Chance may have led them to their first meeting, but Keshav remembers it like it was yesterday. Keshav recalls the first time he met Cyril and says, “I distinctly remember it was the summer of 2008 – June, when Cyril and I met for the first time at a party at the 24/7 Bar at The Lalit New Delhi, and both of us felt a connect.” © Keshav Suri Though Keshav and Cyril instantly hit it off at the party, they couldn't spend more time with each other since immediately after their first meeting, Cyril went to Goa. Reminiscing about that time, Keshav says, “though it was June, I followed him. One day, Cyril hired a Vespa and asked me to join him for a ride. I was apprehensive but, our eyes met and I could easily trust him. It was there, in Goa, where we realised, this was meant to be, that we shared something special.” Yet, of the many memories that the couple has made together, for Keshav, the day he and Cyril exchanged their vows and promised to be with each other, surrounded by their family and friends, remains his most precious and favourite memory. © Keshav Suri In Keshav's own words, here's how the day looked like, “one of the most memorable experiences of my life was walking down the aisle during our recent Goa celebrations. My Sister Shradha played dhol, while other sisters – Divya and Deeksha and Cyril's sister-in-law, Jennifer walked us to the aisle.” He also points out that the women in the couple's life have come as angels in disguise. “The women in our family are amazing! Both nature and professionals were in sync to make it picture perfect. Our mothers officiated the ceremony. At sunset, we exchanged vows and garlands in front of a transgender high priestess. The exchange of rings and sunset were perfectly timed. Everyone was teary-eyed during our vows, even we were very emotional”, shares Keshav. © Keshav Suri In the years that Keshav and Cyril have been together, there have been many moments which stood out, many landmark moments they achieved as a couple. Yet, when asked about their biggest milestone, Keshav would give you this heartfelt response, “my writ in the Supreme Court of India to revoke Section 377 and the journey of it reading down has been a huge milestone for us and the country. It would not have happened without my partner and my family's support. And our marriage recently in Paris and celebrations in Goa, which I am sure is a milestone in every relation. I truly value what we share and am glad to have taken the plunge.” © Keshav Suri That almost sounds as much as an ardent love confession, as it was a highlight the couple had the joy of sharing together. But obviously, there is a lot more than just memories that Keshav and Cyril have shared together in the time they have been together. And trust us when we say it, it has been the perfect blend of love and spice. Keshav admits the same himself, “Life together has been a rollercoaster ride, with much fun, laughter and some lifetime experiences. We've travelled around the world together and ticked off life goals. I've always felt at home with him. We have 3 children together – our dogs – Pacco Westwood, Edith Jagger, Maggie Dench and working hard to see them through college.” © Keshav Suri And regardless of the rollercoaster ride that life has been ever since the couple got together, Keshav cannot stop gushing about the love of his love for the kind of person he is, and what Cyril adds to his life. Talking about how proud he is of his husband, Keshav tells us, “Cyril is an extremely private and a creative person. Despite that, he stood by my decision to file a writ, which meant our lives will be in the public eye. The fact that he just lets me be, and is not at all judgmental and nothing anyone says or does shocks him. I am proud of his courage and his love for our country – India. © Keshav Suri But, of course, we also had to be cliched and ask Keshav what love and his relationship with Cyril has taught him, on the occasion of Valentine's Day, and Keshav, being a sport said, “this relation has filled my life with laughter. Even after ten years of being together, we have the ability to make each laugh. It has taught me to be happy and spread love, warmth, positivity and happiness.” © Keshav Suri Valentine's Day may or may not mean something to you personally, but it becomes especially hard to be immune to all the love and warmth that's in the air and in people's hearts today. We hope that whether you're single or in love, the stories in '14 Days of Love' inspire you to love and spread the love all through the year.
  21. For time immemorial, popcorn has been mostly (and strictly) associated with visits to the cinema halls around town. Eventually, it somehow morphed into an unspoken agreement between the parties heading out to the theatres, that intervals call for a bucket or two of salted popcorns and one of the many fizzy drinks to go with it, at the least. Times changed, PVRs came into existence and the menus at the movie theatres also went on to become more extensive. But the good ol' popcorn remained a hot favourite with the movie-goers, with its sprinkling of salt and nostalgia to keep us company through the many hours we spent laughing and crying at the silver screen. (c) MensXP So when the time came for Chirag Gupta to give wings to his entrepreneurial dreams, he decided to reintroduce how Indians enjoyed their most trusted movie companion - popcorn. Chirag, along with his friend and co-founder Ankur Gupta came up with the plan to bring gourmet popcorns to Indians, and that's how premium popcorn brand 4700 BC came into being in 2013. Ever since, the duo has changed how Indians have interacted with popcorn. The gourmet makeover that 4700 BC gave the humble popcorn became an instant hit, and there was no looking back after that. The Backstory Back in 2012 when Chirag had been already working with Deloitte Consulting in the US for five years, he decided that it was time to go back home and start something of his own, because working for someone else was not an option he was ready to consider. Chirag shares that, “at that point, my thought was that now I have enough money, so let's go back to India and try something of our own.” (c) MensXP Once he got back to the country, Chirag got in touch with his childhood friend Ankur and shared his plans with him. Fortunately for both of them, they were equally thrilled by the prospect of building something of their own and taking it to new heights. The Initiation Once the discussions reached fruition, they decided to explore the growing food industry in India. Soon plans were laid out for gourmet popcorn (and a few other ideas), and “the next thing we knew, we hired a chef who started developing out recipes. (c) MensXP Soon the duo learnt about the intricacies of the business, which was already popular in the US, and realised that they would have to import everything from machinery to raw materials from the US. Once the setup bit was sorted, things began to fall in place for their company. But Chirag tells us that the major high came from “getting a store in DLF Saket, which was a premium location in Delhi. We got the first store running there and the response was superb.” The Next Step The first year went well for the company, but soon they realised that they need to get better at their own game to retain their consumers. That's the only challenge they faced since no one else in India was doing something similar, so no one was really aware of the nuances of this line of business. (c) MensXP Talking about challenges Chirag says that, “it is important in every entrepreneur's life because until you see the pain and challenges, you don't think about taking the business to its next level.” 4700 BC Today Today, 4700 BC popcorns are available in 18 different flavours as opposed to the three basics flavours they offered in the beginning. What's more, 4700 BC is available across all PVR cinemas and the company sells approximately 12 lakh units every month! The company's turnover was at Rs. 10 crores in 2017-18 and it only continues to get better and bigger with every passing day. Learn more about 4700 BC from its co-founder as he shares industry insights and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs to make it big in their venture.
  22. No matter how many promises people make on a daily basis, we still have trust issues. Why? Because not everyone is as dedicated and committed as the Zomato's customer care team is, when it comes to building trust. Every foodie will relate to me when I say that we take our food delivery orders very seriously, more than anything else in life. So, it definitely is a huge deal if something goes wrong with it, especially when our money is hanging in the middle of the process. Recently, something similar happened to this guy who ordered food online and something went wrong with it. So, as expected, he contacted the customer care team and the conversation he had with one of the executives, is now making the internet laugh their hearts out. This picture was shared on Reddit. Reddit In order to ensure that he will get his money back, he asked the Zomato guy to swear on his mother's life, which we desi kids remember as 'Maa Kasam'. He said, "Maa kasam khao" and the guy happily obliged. Seriously, we don't know when was the last time we used 'Maa Kasam' to believe someone's words. Honestly, this is the level of commitment that we need in our lives.
  23. No matter how many promises people make on a daily basis, we still have trust issues. Why? Because not everyone is as dedicated and committed as the Zomato's customer care team is, when it comes to building trust. Every foodie will relate to me when I say that we take our food delivery orders very seriously, more than anything else in life. So, it definitely is a huge deal if something goes wrong with it, especially when our money is hanging in the middle of the process. Recently, something similar happened to this guy who ordered food online and something went wrong with it. So, as expected, he contacted the customer care team and the conversation he had with one of the executives, is now making the internet laugh their hearts out. This picture was shared on Reddit. Reddit In order to ensure that he will get his money back, he asked the Zomato guy to swear on his mother's life, which we desi kids remember as 'Maa Kasam'. He said, "Maa kasam khao" and the guy happily obliged. Seriously, we don't know when was the last time we used 'Maa Kasam' to believe someone's words. Honestly, this is the level of commitment that we need in our lives.
  24. Most of our politicians from all major parties are on Twitter now, and honestly, social media has become such a big platform for campaigns with parties directly trolling each other, and it has personally given me a lot of second-hand embarrassment. And since Twitter has become the biggest way for the government to spread their agenda, someone figured out a way to literally control the tweets on Union Ministers' account, and it doesn't even look that hard, tbh. Pratik Sinha, the co-founder of Alt News, made a Twitter thread about how a Google Doc circulated by the BJP's IT cell which contained all the quotes and tweets which are then posted by all the ministers was somehow changed. Basically, someone hacked in and messed with the text which resulted in a bunch of tweets criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the tweets came from BJP itself. Yep, it's one of the greatest pranks of all time. How do you get a Union Minister to tweet what you want? Well, you go and edit the trending document made by BJP IT cell, and then you control what they tweet. Thread. Here's the video of this morning when their trending document got automagically updated :-) 1/n pic.twitter.com/6DLwDPg2CV — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Ooh, that's brutal. And then you can get a Union Minister to tweet that "working for the middle class is low on the agenda of Modi Govt" CC @PonnaarrBJP 2/n pic.twitter.com/79WH2r73C5 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 This seems too easy to be true, tbh. You can get a BJP state unit and a Union Minister to tweet that "Modi govt has not made inclusive development as the focal point" cc @PonnaarrBJP @BJP4Assam 3/n pic.twitter.com/1k1FgMiYoo — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Seriously though, does no one read before tweeting? Even if they are just copy pasting? You can get all IT cell coolies to tweet that Modi govt has destroyed all villages in India. Or that Modi Govt has made women a slave of "धà¥à¤à¤"/cooking" cc @BJP4Assam 4/n pic.twitter.com/uk3xVWtNCP — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 And, it's not just funny, but also very important. For eg, in the past, @PonnaarrBJP tweeted that bringing 'down' approval time "600 to 1800" is an improvement. No one noticed this. Because they didn't know that they were tweeting from an edited document even back then. 6/n pic.twitter.com/lnSFv3RjX6 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Always keep the receipts. Union Minister @PonnaarrBJP is now busy deleting tweets, but we got screenshots :-) And archives :-) https://t.co/MDcg8CrMq5 pic.twitter.com/Ze6ud2ho89 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Wow, just wow. Yes, this also happened ;-) "Dishonesty and lack of transparency is..." pic.twitter.com/FlJaDBVEVJ — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 The best kind of promotion? Once, we also made them recommend that people should start reading Alt News. pic.twitter.com/JnXqB1Z1sF — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 I honestly just have one word for this - brilliant. But, it's also kind of scary how easily misinformation can be spread, how easy it is to hack and control an entire Twitter campaign. Hope this serves as a wake-up call for better security around these Google Docs, though I really doubt it's going to make any difference.
  25. Most of our politicians from all major parties are on Twitter now, and honestly, social media has become such a big platform for campaigns with parties directly trolling each other, and it has personally given me a lot of second-hand embarrassment. And since Twitter has become the biggest way for the government to spread their agenda, someone figured out a way to literally control the tweets on Union Ministers' account, and it doesn't even look that hard, tbh. Pratik Sinha, the co-founder of Alt News, made a Twitter thread about how a Google Doc circulated by the BJP's IT cell which contained all the quotes and tweets which are then posted by all the ministers was somehow changed. Basically, someone hacked in and messed with the text which resulted in a bunch of tweets criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the tweets came from BJP itself. Yep, it's one of the greatest pranks of all time. How do you get a Union Minister to tweet what you want? Well, you go and edit the trending document made by BJP IT cell, and then you control what they tweet. Thread. Here's the video of this morning when their trending document got automagically updated :-) 1/n pic.twitter.com/6DLwDPg2CV — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Ooh, that's brutal. And then you can get a Union Minister to tweet that "working for the middle class is low on the agenda of Modi Govt" CC @PonnaarrBJP 2/n pic.twitter.com/79WH2r73C5 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 This seems too easy to be true, tbh. You can get a BJP state unit and a Union Minister to tweet that "Modi govt has not made inclusive development as the focal point" cc @PonnaarrBJP @BJP4Assam 3/n pic.twitter.com/1k1FgMiYoo — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Seriously though, does no one read before tweeting? Even if they are just copy pasting? You can get all IT cell coolies to tweet that Modi govt has destroyed all villages in India. Or that Modi Govt has made women a slave of "धà¥à¤à¤"/cooking" cc @BJP4Assam 4/n pic.twitter.com/uk3xVWtNCP — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 And, it's not just funny, but also very important. For eg, in the past, @PonnaarrBJP tweeted that bringing 'down' approval time "600 to 1800" is an improvement. No one noticed this. Because they didn't know that they were tweeting from an edited document even back then. 6/n pic.twitter.com/lnSFv3RjX6 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Always keep the receipts. Union Minister @PonnaarrBJP is now busy deleting tweets, but we got screenshots :-) And archives :-) https://t.co/MDcg8CrMq5 pic.twitter.com/Ze6ud2ho89 — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 Wow, just wow. Yes, this also happened ;-) "Dishonesty and lack of transparency is..." pic.twitter.com/FlJaDBVEVJ — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 The best kind of promotion? Once, we also made them recommend that people should start reading Alt News. pic.twitter.com/JnXqB1Z1sF — Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 13, 2019 I honestly just have one word for this - brilliant. But, it's also kind of scary how easily misinformation can be spread, how easy it is to hack and control an entire Twitter campaign. Hope this serves as a wake-up call for better security around these Google Docs, though I really doubt it's going to make any difference.
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