Jump to content

Welcome to Fundayforum. Please register your ID or get login for more access and fun.

Signup  Or  Login

house fdf.png

ADMIN ADMIN

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'story'.



More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


Forums

  • Help Support
    • Announcement And Help
    • Funday Chatroom
  • Poetry
    • Shair o Shairy
    • Famous Poet
  • Islam - اسلام
    • QURAN O TARJUMA قرآن و ترجمہ
    • AHADEES MUBARIK آحدیث مبارک
    • Ramazan ul Mubarik - رمضان المبارک
    • Deen O Duniya - دین و دنیا
  • Other Forums
    • Quizzes
    • Movies and Stars
    • Chit chat And Greetings
    • Urdu Adab
    • Entertainment
    • Common Rooms
  • Science, Arts & Culture
    • Education, Science & Technology
  • IPS Community Suite
    • IPS Community Suite 4.1
    • IPS Download
    • IPS Community Help/Support And Tutorials

Blogs

There are no results to display.

There are no results to display.

Categories

  • IPS Community Suite 4.4
    • Applications 4.4
    • Plugin 4.4
    • Themes/Ranks
    • IPS Languages 4.4
  • IPS Community Suite 4.3
    • Applications 4.3
    • Plugins 4.3
    • Themes 4.3
    • Language Packs 4.3
    • IPS Extras 4.3
  • IPS Community Suite 4
    • Applications
    • Plugins
    • Themes
    • Language Packs
    • IPS Extras
  • Books
    • Urdu Novels
    • Islamic
    • General Books
  • XenForo
    • Add-ons
    • Styles
    • Language Packs
    • Miscellaneous XML Files
  • Web Scripts
  • PC Softwares
  • Extras

Find results in...

Find results that contain...


Date Created

  • Start

    End


Last Updated

  • Start

    End


Filter by number of...

Joined

  • Start

    End


Group


Facebook ID


FB Page/Group URL


Bigo Live


Website URL


Instagram


Skype


Interests


Location


ZODIAC

Found 69 results

  1. The election results are out and the Modi wave is taking the nation and the world by storm. Narendra Modi has come back as India's PM yet again. Before the elections, Modi Ji's biopic which stars Vivek Anand Oberoi in the titular role was swimming in controversy and was banned for a brief period of time. The movie finally saw the light of the day and was released today amidst the celebration of Modi Ji's win. The film is getting a good response mostly as many feel the storyline is inspiring. Strong. Simple. Unapologetic. #PMNarendraModi by @vivekoberoi is robust, undeterred yet restrainedðªð»ð¥ @OmungKumar excels in bringing out a story of common man who is loved by all across the nationðð»ð @narendramodi ji fans ðwill swell with pride & 56inch ka seena ! #ModiAaGaya — Girish Johar (@girishjohar) May 24, 2019 If u r a traditional modi hater, go n watch movie #PMNarendraModi ... It's almost sure ur perception ll change... Give it a try.... Great work by @vivekoberoi ... Congrats team ðððð — Prateek (@Prateek28971684) May 24, 2019 Delhi ki audience ka verdict: A motivational movie! Get your tickets in advance and watch #PMNarendraModi in cinemas from tomorrow: https://t.co/Nqry1zx58B#PMNarendraModiOn24thMay #DekhengeModiBiopic pic.twitter.com/uUPnZNyeaH — PM Narendra Modi (@ModiTheFilm2019) May 23, 2019 While a lot of people are still not convinced to see Vivek as Modi Ji, others feel he has done a great job in the film. #VivekOberoi you done great job in movie #PMnarendramodi you justified the charecter — Priyank Pandya (@PriyankPandya10) May 24, 2019 Watched Pm narendra modi movie first day first show. Was waiting for it for long. Beautifully picturized journey of our most loved PM . Fantabulous job by Vivek Oberoi. Guys go and watch movie it's worth watching.#VivekOberoi #NarendraModi — Nishtha Saraswat (@nishtha80) May 24, 2019 Vivek Oberoi should retire. Nobody wants to see this overconfident loudmouth talentless 'press conference' boy on screen#PMNarendraModi #ModiBiopic https://t.co/EsNVJGY2vw — K.....! (@Being_Khaled) May 24, 2019 However, some people were not convinced which is obvious since one story cannot inspire literally everyone out there. PM Narendra Modi movie is a 135 minutes long WhatsApp forward #PMNarendraModi — Ashish Bagchi (@BagchiAsh) May 24, 2019 REVIEW SARKAR'S REVIEW#PMNarendraModi One word review: adjustable Rating:â­â­ð Outstanding act by lead, not so bad direction by omung Kumar, back ground music sticks to the film, songs are well, seems some how fake.#VivekOberoi Box office prediction: 7-10cr @vivekoberoi — Bollywood Review sarkar (@reviewsarkar) May 24, 2019 The movie looks like a decent watch, so you may as well book your tickets if you want to.
  2. In 1988, a 6-year-old boy went for his first live concert with his parents in New York. At the legendary Madison Square Garden, the kid, who was possibly one of Mithun Chakraborty's biggest fans, saw his idol perform live in front of 20,000 screaming fans. Fast forward to the present, and that 6-year-old fanboy found himself sharing screen space with his idol, Mithun Da as a co-actor, in 'The Tashkent Files'. © Prashantt Guptha The little boy we're talking about is actor Prashantt Guptha, who in an exclusive interview with MensXP, spoke about how his journey and how it is nothing less than a 'divine miracle' for him to do a film with Mithun Chakraborty. BTW, did we tell you, 'The Tashkent Files' has been critically acclaimed and is doing incredibly well at the box office? Taking cue from 'Gully Boy', Prashantt said, "the milestone success of 'THE TASHKENT FILES' gives me that apna time aayega kind of feeling." © Prashantt Guptha "From 'Issaq' to 'Neerja' to 'The Tashkent Files', I came here to stay and my time has come," - Prashantt Guptha. Being a fan is one thing, but working with your idol as a co-star is a surreal experience. When we spoke to Prashantt and the excitement in his tone said it all, "the joy of going from a fanboy to co-star is no less than a divine miracle. How can I ever forget the vivid memory of him dancing to 'Krishna, dharti pe aaja tu' in front of 20,000 screaming fans. Never did I imagine that 30 years later I would work with him in a film and be on the same poster." © Prashantt Guptha When asked about his experience, he said, "Had Dada not made me comfortable from day one, I would have been nervous throughout the whole film. That was one memorable moment, where you are sitting with him and cracking jokes, eating together and even get a compliment from him. When he heard this (New York concert) story, his eyes were glittering like there were stars in his eyes." Success stories don't happen in a day, as everyone goes throuh his or her fair share of struggle. For Prashantt too, it wasn't a cakewalk or luck that worked in his favour. From facing multiple rejections, humiliation at the hands of some people to battling depression; Prashantt's struggle not only made him stronger and wiser but also gave everyone around him hope that if you have willpower, then nothing can stop you. © Prashantt Guptha Everyone comes to Mumbai with dreams to make it big in Bollywood and so did Prashantt. But, when the harsh reality dawned on him, his perception of the industry changed, "I have never appreciated how some people have treated me. I hate how people ignore you. I hate that until you haven't made it big, there's absolutely no talk about your craft, your attitude or your decency as a human being. People look through your face, look through your eyes and they ignore you. That really hurts and belittles you." However, the treatment of some people never deterred him from doing what he wanted to do, "Indeed it is traumatic to remember the ways I was treated, but the learnings have healed me too. Looking back, I have nothing but gratitude for how these experiences with people, situations, and this industry overall have shaped my being and strengthened my soul." © Prashantt Guptha He further revealed, "Here in India, we have a saying, 'chai se zyaada ketli garam'. You'll be surprised to know the biggest people I've worked with, be it the Rajshris, Vivek Agnihotri or stalwarts like Naseer (Naseeruddin Shah) saab and Mithun Da, have been the nicest. Yet with the 'gatekeepers' of the offices, the secretaries and at times assistants, I've been subjugated to so much belittling and mental torture. It was simply power-play. They didn't care where I came from, what I have done, how nice I am, whom I came through, or how talented I was." © Prashantt Guptha Things were never rosy for him. Multiple rejections and most importantly, the way people treated him, slowly slipped him into depression. "When you go through all of it, you become very bitter, you become very resentful, you hurt yourself and go through mental torture." When asked about the lowest point in his career, he said "There wasn't just one low point in my career. The accrued low points led to clinical, psychological and emotional issues and that was the worst of what I've been through. Even worse was the pain my journey put my family through." © Prashantt Guptha But Prashantt never gave up nor did he let depression or the clinical issues he was going through pull him down. He not only overcame depression, but also proved his mettle to the world like a true boss. In fact, he is grateful for having gone through depression, "because that shaped me as an artist in multiple ways. You learn so much about life, learn to help others and going through a very bad patch in life shapes you for the rest of your time." Having battled and overcome depression himself, Prashantt has an important message for his fans and all those people who are reading this right now, "Depression is a very bad thing and I would say it to anybody who is going through it, the best thing you can possibly do is talk to a friend or a relative. Talking to people will really heal you through this phase. I went through it and I have no regrets anymore. That time I did, but not anymore." © Prashantt Guptha Currently, Prashantt is working on a film with veteran actress Revathi. On talking about his co-actor and the chemistry he shares with her, he said "I am currently doing a film with Revathi, where I play her son and that has been my toughest and most enjoyable role. Revati ji, who is a three-time national award winner, is by far one of the finest human beings." He is also doing another short film with actress Bidita Bag and a feature film with Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee. What's more, it is his hardwork and talent that has made him the only Indian actor ever to get cast as a lead in a Hollywood Christmas movie. The movie, 'A New Christmas' is the story of an Indian boy and an African girl, who meet in New York during Christmas and fall in love. © Prashantt Guptha From being a little boy in New York who moved to Mumbai and struggled to become an actor, Prashantt has come a long way, "My journey has made me a better actor, has made me a tougher human being, has taught me how to meditate and it humanises me in every way. But, I have no regrets. I have got from some fine examples to learn from. I learn from Irrfan Khan, Pankaj Tripathy and Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Manoj Bajpai. These are the actors I look up to and actors I want to become like. And they all took a very long time." We all love reading and talking about success stories, but how many of us get that 'one in a million' chance to live one? Prashantt Guptha got it and he grabbed the opportunity with both his hands. Today, his inspiring success story has become a valuable lesson we all can learn from.
  3. Starting up a business in a field that is already dominated by big shots is not an easy task. You need to have a unique strategy and products in order to stand out from the crowd. Big companies generally tend to be the number one barrier for new entrants but a wristwatch company from India is giving competition to big shots like Titan, Citizen and even international brands like Casio. © Tsar Watches Ever since e-commerce websites emerged in India, it has opened up doors for other small companies like Tsar Watches to get noticed. You could have a unique product but you still need to compete, especially since everything is now online. You sometimes have to resort to tactics that your competition may not be using, and that's exactly what Tsar Watches had in mind. © Tsar Watches Abdul Kadir Bhandari and friends Haider Ali Lashkar and Abbas Akbari founded Tsar Watches in September 2015. Being ardent watch collectors, they came up with the idea and concept of wooden watches, which nobody else was doing at the time in India. Your first thought would be that wooden watches are detrimental to the environment, however, the founders wanted to serve fashion and luxury with a sustainable and an eco-friendly product. Since the watches are made out of wood, the founders already made a conscious effort to contribute towards the environment. For each watch the company sells, the founders plant a tree. So far, the company has been responsible for planting 1500 trees and plan to keep contributing. If you want to know more about their initiative, you can read more about it here. So What's The Secret to Tsar Watches' Success? In order to stand out from the crowd, Tsar Watches had to implement a strategy that would get the company the eyeballs it needed. Being an online-only company, Tsar Watches had to break through the crowded space with smart online marketing strategy. Tsar Watches today sell their products to a worldwide audience, which did not happen by accident. Speaking to Abdul about it he said, “We extensively used Google Primer to get noticed by customers in India and all over the world and create the demand we needed” © Google Google Primer is a tool by the search engine giant that enables businesses to digitise and grow without being location agnostic. The company was also able to expose their online ads for the intended target audience. Being a Google tool, the tool used by Tsar Watches didn't only work exclusively on Google platforms, the exposure of the brand extended to social media platforms and e-commerce websites as well. Abdul spends at least an hour every day to learn something new and enhance his marketing approach to get the desired outcome. The beauty of Google Primer is that it is absolutely free. You can find it on Google Play Store and it even works offline. The app offers lessons on business planning, sales, digital advertising, social media marketing, SEO tactics, branding and analytics. The app also enables its users to learn and apply strategies for online businesses in under five minutes, but one can always spend more time to learn new tactics. Google Primer is available in Hindi, Telugu, English, Bahasa and other languages. It's probably one of the most essential apps any new business owner needs to create brand awareness and learn new strategies to make a mark in a crowded market.
  4. Rockstar Games' 'GTA VI' isn't arriving anytime soon. But that's not keeping us from being excited about its release. In fact, we've started seeing an increasing number of leaks over the past few weeks. Recently we learned that the game will be set in two cities. Now, a new leak suggests that the game will be set in multiple fan-favorite cities. Yes, the GTA VI (or whatever it will be called) will be set in multiple locations which players can travel to and from. © Rockstar Games We're not entirely sure what these cities will be and what they'll be called in-game. However, the leak says that the protagonist will start off in Liberty City as a drug lord and eventually make his way to joining famous gangs in Vice City. And if the leak is something to go by, then it appears these cities will have a vast stretch of highway connecting them and there will also be some smaller counties and countrysides between them. That ring any bells? Yes, it sounds a lot like GTA San Andreas' setup, and we're totally pumped to hear that. Lastly, GTA VI is also said to borrow Red Dead Redemption 2's stranger dialogue mechanic. © Rockstar Games Since there's so much happening in the game, it's said that GTA VI will not release on the current-gen consoles i.e. the PS4 and the Xbox One. Apparently, the current gen consoles will be incapable of running the title. As always, we suggest you take all this info with a grain of salt because it's still too early to predict anything about this title. Also, all this info, which was shared on Pastebin, has been removed, so ya, that's there.
  5. 'Game of Thrones' has everything- wars, deceit, conspicuous plot line, twisted relationships and the Stockholm syndrome! How, you ask? Well, the two most 'uninitiated' characters when it comes to love are secretly falling for each other and it all happened when one of them was captive! I am talking about Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth and just how obvious their equation seems to us now. If you look at their character build up though, both are similar in many ways. They both are quite practical when it comes to war and strategies, both are extremely emotionally unavailable and detest confronting their feelings, both have egos mightier than their own sword, both do have a soft spot for each other and they both share a sword each, yielded out of a common sword! And yet, their story is remarkable the most unanswered, yet anticipated yet. © HBO Yes, Jon and Dany were already decided as the star romance when the show even began. It just took Jon to come to Dragonstone where they fell in love almost immediately and their story unfolded in a rush. But Jaime and Brienne's underrated romance began a lot before that, with a subtle yet beautiful built up in their narrative together as two highly unlikely souls, who'd feel a certain way about each other. © HBO But their romance is not just a declaration of two characters feeling a certain way for each other to build a story in GoT, it actually teaches us a lot about resilience and respect. Right from when Brienne met Jaime till the day he knighted her, both felt an unnerving need to protect and respect each other. GoT has taught us a lot but this one equation is something that has evolved over time, beautifully and unexpectedly. © HBO (1) The Sense Of Protection Jaime initially met Brienne when Brienne took him as her prisoner to take him back to King's Landing on Catelyn Stark's orders. Jaime then was a pompous egoistic knight, who'd barely think of anyone but himself and that didn't make the journey easy for Brienne. Along the way, they were kidnapped by House Bolton loyalists and on an account of saving Brienne being raped, Jaime ended up losing his right hand, while trying to save her, in his first act of kindness for anyone else, other than his sister. In another situation, Jaime's rode back to Harenhal to save Brienne from the bear pit, where she was left to fight a bear alone and not allowed to go back to King's Landing with Jaime. Jaime came back for her, rescued her and took her back. This need to protect someone so fiercely is only palpable when there is a certain amount of love present for the person. Even Brienne spoke up for Jaime when he was questioned by Daenerys in season 8 episode 2. She spoke up to protect his honour and tell the queen that she can trust him. © HBO (2) The Endless Respect The character build-up for the two of them together started on the fundamentals of respect. Both gave each other enough space to grow and cherish the other. If you remember in season 4, before Brienne was leaving King's Landing, Jaime gifted her a suit of armour from the mix he made from remembering her measurements! It goes on to say, both were playing on each other's vulnerabilities beautifully. If you remember their bath scene from Harrenhal, Brienne let him be at his vulnerable best while he opened up to her. And since she was naked with him there, he remembered her measurements to make her the perfect armour! This aspect of respect and honour is very rare and Martin tried his best to cultivate it from these two characters on the show. © HBO (3) The Beautiful Vulnerability & Honour Of that famed Harrehal bath scene, Jaime confesses the truth behind killing the Mad King, something he's never done before with anyone. He's sad and he's lonely and she literally holds him in her arms at his vulnerable best. That binds the simplicity of their relationship in a way, that's comforting and warm. The act of love is the strongest when you open up to someone and they embrace you right after you finish talking about it and that's what Jaime did when Brienne held him at the bath. Not just that, in season 8, episode 2, Jaime calls Brienne out to knight her. She's sceptical about it because in season 5 she tells Pod “I don't want anyone following me. I'm not a leader. All I ever wanted was to fight for a lord I believed in.” But here when Jaime asks her to come forth and become a knight, Brienne in her vulnerable moment looks at Pod, who nods in assurance of her becoming a knight. It's a beautiful scene, where someone Brienne looks up to thinks she's worthy of an honour this high. © HBO We're not sure what's next for Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister. Both are warriors who will do their duty wilfully. Jaime is thankful towards Brienne for changing the way he sees things and Brienne is thankful to him for always protecting her. It seems unlikely both with survive the Night King's army but if they do, we know what true love will really look and feels like. But let's face it, nothing lasts forever in GoT and all we can do is reminisce some good times both Ser Jaime and Ser Brienne shared together.
  6. Muhammad Rehman SAbir

    Write A Fake Story

    Is Thread Main Koi B Kahani Koi B Qisa Apne Lafzoun Main Sacha Jhota Ghap Bara Likhna Hy Jo B Dill Kary Likh Dein Chahy Alif Bay Hi
  7. Bollywood has been churning out some quality biopics and historical drama films. Be it Vicky Kaushal's 'Uri' or more recently, Akshay Kumar's 'Kesari', these kind of films based on true events and facts are a hit amongst Indian audience for obvious reasons. © Hounourpoint Not only do such films make us more aware, but they also instill a sense of patriotism and belongingness from time-to-time. It seems like another such biopic is in the pipeline and this one shall be based on the life of a 21-year-old Indian Army daredevil who single-handedly destroyed seven Pakistani tanks during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. © Alchetron The brave martyr's name is 2nd Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, and he is the reason why India won the war against Pakistan in 1971. However, before we tell you more about the biopic on Arun Khetarpal, let us tell you who he was and what he did for India's victory. The Crowning Glory Of Battle of Basantar Daredevil in the truest sense of the word, 2nd Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, was part of the Poona Horse regiment, and was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his unrivalled bravery and sacrifice for the nation in the Battle of Basantar which was during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. © Hounourpoint A courageous youngman of 21-years-old, Khetarpal had just joined the Indian Army as a 2nd Lieutenant when he was called on duty to the war front in 1971. Born in Pune on 14th October 1950, he came from an army background. His grandfather had served in the British Indian army during World War I while Arun's father, Brigadier M.L. Khetarpal, served in Indian Army's Engineering Corps until his retirement. 1971 Indo-Pak War When war was finally declared between India and Pakistan in 1971, Arun's regiment was given the task to set up a bridgehead across the Basantar river. Close to Sialkot, the territory was of strategic importance for both sides. During the course of the war Indian troops reported alarming artillery onslaught from the Pakistani side and requested for tank support. Thus on December 16th, two Poona Horse tank troops (of which, one was under the command of 2nd Lt Arun Khetarpal) were moved towards Jarpal in Pakistan. © Lazydesiauthor Enroute the Basantar river crossing, they were attacked by Pakistani tanks. The Indian side retaliated effectively. However, during the battle, the other Poona Horse tank came under attack and the commander was killed. That left Khetarpal alone to fight off the Pakistani tanks. 2nd Lt Khetarpal Changes The Course Of History Undeterred, Khetarpal led a strong counter-attack, that would eventually lead to his martyrdom and also give India the final push towards victory. Aboard a Famagusta JX 202, Khetarpal single-handedly destroyed five enemy tanks before getting hit by a shell. © Wikipedia A gravely injured Khetarpal was asked to withdraw at this point, but the 2nd Lieutenant refused to give up. He had told his commanding officer “No Sir, I will not abandon my tank. My gun is still working and I will get these bastards!” Until his dying breath, Khetarpal managed to destroy a total of seven Pakistani tanks. This gave the Indian troops a much needed upper hand that not only led to an eventual victory for the Indian side, but was also the beginning of the end of war. Biopic On Param Vir Chakra Khetarpal © India today/Wikipedia As per latest reports, it is being said that filmmaker Sriram Raghavan shall be directing the biopic on Khetarpal, which has been titled 'Ekkis'. It is also being said that the makers have approached Varun Dhawan to play the role of Khetarpal in the movie.
  8. Zoya Akhtar's 'Gully Boy' is undoubtedly one of the biggest hits of 2019, which turned everyone into a rapper, a skill people didn't know they had until they saw the movie. This movie also marked Ranveer Singh's debut as an epic rapper, who introduced the world to 'Asli Hip Hop'. While people can't stop praising Ranveer Singh's flawless performance in the movie, there's another guy whose inspiring story deserves to be heard and must hog the limelight. The story of Naezy aka Naved Shaikh, the real-life 'Gully Boy' on whose life Ranveer's character was supposedly based on. Instagram From being an underdog rapper on the streets of Mumbai to making it big and finding success in the world of hip hop, Naezy bares it all about his life in a 'Humans of Bombay' post and how different it was from the movie. "I was born & brought up in Kurla, an infamous area. My family was full of academics, but I was different. I had an 'adventurous' childhood–I'd spend all day with my friends doing the craziest things! I'd hustle hard to get money from anywhere possible–I'd search & sell unused things for cash! I never let my family see this side of me, but they realised what I was up to." Instagram Naezy loved writing and once he got introduced to the 'rap culture', there were fireworks. "I had to study BSc, but I used that time to focus on Hip-Hop–I had so much to say; my songs were unsaid words from dusty street corners," he said. When he recorded his first song 'Aafat', it went viral. The song was loved by people, but his family was furous as they never wanted him to pursue rapping as a career. "Eventually, I got more offers, but kept missing out because of family restrictions. Just when I thought all was lost, I recorded 'Mere Gully Mein' & everything changed. That song was what made Zoya Akhtar approach Divine & I for Gully Boy," he further added. Instagram When someone says, this movie is based on someone's life we instantly assume that everything shown in the movie is factually accurate. We fail to realise that some things are fictional, like it was in 'Gully Boy'. "But not everything in it is true–there's no 'Saifeena' & my dad doesn't have 2 wives! But it showed the audience my roots; the reality of every street rat out there. Looking back, I can't believe I'm here!" View this post on Instagram “I was born & brought up in Kurla, an infamous area. My family was full of academics, but I was different. I had an 'adventurous' childhood–I'd spend all day with my friends doing the craziest things! I'd hustle hard to get money from anywhere possible–I'd search & sell unused things for cash! I never let my family see this side of me, but they realised what I was up to. My mom took care of us because my dad was in Dubai. She said the only way I'd improve was if I stayed away from my friends. I changed schools & houses, but the streets never left me. I found my way back, through Hip-Hop. I loved writing, but hadn't been introduced to 'rap culture' before, so I began researching. It was like a fire burned within me! I had to study BSc, but I used that time to focus on Hip-Hop–I had so much to say; my songs were unsaid words from dusty street corners. But who'd give a 'gully boy' a break? I decided to wait for nobody & record my first song, 'Aafat' on an iPad–it went viral! People loved me! But when my family saw the video–they were furious. They'd never let me pursue rapping as a career–I recieved love & support from everyone except them. It was heartbreaking. Eventually, I got more offers, but kept missing out because of family restrictions. Just when I thought all was lost, I recorded 'Mere Gully Mein' & everything changed. That song was what made Zoya Akhtar approach Divine & I for Gully Boy. But not everything in it is true–there's no 'Saifeena' & my dad doesn't have 2 wives! But it showed the audience my roots; the reality of every street rat out there. Looking back, I can't believe I'm here! There was a time when my friends & I'd bunk school to come to the Queen's necklace & look for coins on the street to have kulfi. Today, I've performed at Wankhede & was given a hotel room overlooking the necklace! I was on top of the world! Still, in that moment of joy, I felt heartbreak like never before because I couldn't share it with my parents. All of this success is stale without their acceptance...without their love. I wish they could see how far I've come, but I won't let this break me. I'll keep trying...Apna Time Kabhi Toh Aayega!” A post shared by Humans of Bombay (@officialhumansofbombay) on Apr 1, 2019 at 6:11am PDT Although he is experiencing fame and joy, it's heartbreaking for him because he couldn't share it with his parents. "All of this success is stale without their acceptance...without their love. I wish they could see how far I've come, but I won't let this break me. I'll keep trying...Apna Time Kabhi Toh Aayega!"
  9. For more than 3 decades, pieces of a novelty Garfield phone have been steadily washing up on the beaches of northwestern France. Believe it or not, this has been happening for a long time, and locals have apparently picked up hundreds of pieces of the grumpy cartoon cat. However, nobody knew where they came from, until last week. According to BBC, the volunteers cleaning the beaches solved the puzzle, and found that the source of the Garfield phones was a long-lost shipping container. The cleaners ended up finding the container filled with Garfield phones in a secluded sea cave that's accessible only during a low tide. An anti-litter group called Ar Vilantsou declared the phones as a symbol of plastic pollution on the beach. They also launched a campaign with these Garfield phones as the face. The campaign caught the attention of a local farmer and he ended up escorting some journalists and the Ar Vilantsou activists to the spot, where they found out about the container. Sadly, the destroyed container remains buried underneath the rocks. It's hard to access and recover the phones, so these phones with the smug-cat's face will continue to wash up on shore. If you haven't the Garfield phone yet, then here's a quick look - Vous vous souvenez des téléphones #Garfield ? Après le premier article de @CaBelingard pour #AlertePollution, les langues se sont déliées et un agriculteur a permis de retrouver le conteneur échoué https://t.co/ru7MDssTCY (avec le bon @ cette fois-ci ð) pic.twitter.com/q2wtgyXQKX — Thomas Baïetto (@ThomasBaietto) March 26, 2019 The novelty phones appears to have been made by Tyco. As you can see, the Garfield's eyelids slide half-open when the user picks up the handset.
  10. Over the last few days, Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora have been in the news A LOT, and with good reason too. The duo has been spotted in public on several occasions now, plus there is a rumour floating about that they will tie the knot on April 2019. However, there has been no official confirmation from either of them. © Twitter But how did this quiet love story start? While we often see the alleged couple together, many onlookers have confirmed that the duo is becoming closer over time. This was also allegedly linked to one of the reasons for the separation of Malaika with husband Arbaaz Khan. They have often been spotted together at the same parties but they make it a point to be careful in front of the media. © Twitter It all started just a couple of days after Malaika moved out. Arjun was seen visiting her home late at night, and that just fuelled the fire. Then everything else followed suit. Their appearance at the Lakme Fashion Week 2018 re-ignited the rumours. Also, the bonding was evident on the sets of 'India's Got Talent', indicating that something is cooking between them. © Pintrest In October last year, the two were spotted flying off to Italy together for Malaika's birthday, and were also photographed walking hand-in-hand at the Milan airport. The two stars posted photos on their Instagram accounts with very convincing captions. View this post on Instagram We found LOVE in a hopeless place...He looks at me like nobody does with...♥ï¸ #Milano #withlove A post shared by Malaika Arora (@malaikaaroraofficial) on Oct 21, 2018 at 12:05am PDT View this post on Instagram U Gotta pose on ur holiday to make sure u got enough instagram ready pictures when ur back !!! ððð #milan #letsgoback #throwbackthursday #poserforlifeâï¸ A post shared by Arjun Kapoor (@arjunkapoor) on Jan 17, 2019 at 4:08am PST Not just that, they are also spotted at a family get-together, and Arjun could be seen bonding with Malaika's son Arhaan. Then, of course, there was the Koffee confession on Sunday's episode of 'Koffee With Karan', where Malaika made a special appearance and Karan said “We are walking down the aisle.. that will also happen in your life soon enough,” and Malaika's response was “Stop it now… stop now…” Later the diva said that she 'likes' the actor! © Facebook A few weeks ago, Arjun confirmed his relationship on the same show, and a couple of episodes later, Karan himself confirmed that the two were dating each other! © Pintrest Amid all these rumours and daily developments, we wish a happy ending to both of them. Here is hoping for another Bollywood wedding. (That is yet to be confirmed :P)
  11. Love is supposed to empower us and make us a better version of ourselves. However, love turning into an obsession can turn one of life's most beautiful dreams into an everlasting nightmare. There are many faces of one-sided love, and we might have been witness to some ourselves. Be it Rahul from 'Darr' or Sunder from 'Raanjhanaa' obsessive lovers have existed both in real as well as reel-life. © Facebook But while the reel-life obsessive lovers make for strong topics of critique or discourse, experiencing this sort of insane obsession in real-life can make the very feeling of affection spread like acid within a person's heart, destroying every good feeling in its way, and make living life a thousand times more difficult. Such is the story of Laxmi Agarwal, who is one of India's most prominent faces of acid attack survivors, who was caught between the love and obsession of a young man, who lost sight of all reason and logic once he laid eyes on her. © Facebook Laxmi was just 15-years-old when her stalker Naeem Khan changed her life forever. Laxmi belonged to a middle-class family in Delhi and dreamt of making it big as a singer one day. But little did she know that Khan was getting obsessed with her with every passing day, and would soon propose marriage. But that is exactly how things unravelled, and Naeem confessed his love to Laxmi and asked her to marry him. Since Laxmi didn't feel the same way she rejected the proposal without realising the repercussions of being honest about her feelings. © Facebook Naeem continued to pursue Laxmi, and she kept turning down his advances. So in 2005, one day while Laxmi was headed to a bookshop in South Delhi, Naeem accompanied by two of his friends attacked Laxmi and poured acid over her face and body on Tughlaq Road. The next few months and years melted away in pain and suffering. While Laxmi lay on the road after getting attacked, nobody came forward to help here initially. It was only later when a taxi driver came forward and took her to Safdarjung Hospital. © Facebook For the next three months immediately after the attack, Laxmi underwent multiple surgeries. And over the years, Laxmi has reclaimed not only her life, but also made a difference in how our society sees and treats acid attack survivors. In 2006 she filed a PIL in the Supreme Court, seeking a complete ban on acid sale. In 2013, the court order implementation of restrictions on the sale of acid. She also became an active campaigner in the Stop Acid Attack movement. Moreover, Laxmi founded Stop Sale Acid, which is a campaign against acid violence and the sale of acid. She was recently awarded the International Women Empowerment Award 2019 for this campaign. In 2014 she was awarded the International Women of Courage award by US First Lady Michelle Obama. © Wikipedia She even fell in love with Stop Acid Attack co-founder Alok Dixit and gave birth to their daughter Pihu. However, they parted ways in the following years due to personal differences and today Laxmi is bringing up her daughter as a strong, single mother. Earlier today Deepika Padukone shared the first look of her upcoming film 'Chhapaak' which is based on Laxmi's real-life story. Deepika's character will be known as Malti in the film which is being directed by Meghna Gulzar. 'Chhapaak' goes on the floors today in New Delhi, and is set to release on 10th January 2020. © Facebook Laxmi's life may have been riddled with pain and struggles, but with every passing day, she is pushing through and giving hope to every other acid attack survivor in the country. She is an inspiration that faith and grit can help us overcome everything.
  12. This is the tale of a young Nigerian refugee boy who escaped his homeland along with his mother as the fear of the inhuman terrorist organisation, Boko Haram continued to grow amidst the streets of Nigeria. Getting inside the borders of the United States of America a year ago, the family found solace, no matter how temporary it may be, in a tiny homeless shelter of Manhattan, New York. The eight-year-old boy, who has come to be known as Tani to his American friends, was guaranteed education in a local elementary school called P.S. 116 wherein, a chess coach, Russell Makofsky, took him under his wing. While Tani showed a lot of interest in the sport, his mother was afraid that she won't be able to afford his dreams as they family was living in a shelter and affording two meals a day was a struggle in itself. Tani's coach Makofsky therefore decided to teach him the sport without taking a single penny from the family. “talent is universal but opportunity is not.” Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a homeless 8-year-old refugee, who won the New York State Chess Championship. Tani, you make all of us proud. Keep smiling and keep winning ps guys let's spread the word and help him out https://t.co/16VdapSimb pic.twitter.com/bXybqSBRle — camila (@Camila_Cabello) March 19, 2019 This is what makes Tani's achievements more impressive. The third-grader, who started playing the game almost a year ago, won the New York State chess championship in his category whilst defeating the kids that belonged to the richest families of the state, who could afford private chess sessions from the best coaches at their disposal, giving them a huge advantage over them. Life for the young genius has not been easier despite being thousands of miles away from the terror of Boko Haram. Kids from his school often teased him for being homeless and there have been numerous evenings when he has returned to his shelter with teary eyes because of it. During a pep rally held by his school, his principal Jane Hsu said: “It's an inspiring example of how life's challenges do not define a person.” Hsu also commends Tani's family for their limitless support and love for their child who has been destined to do great things. Tani wishes to become the youngest grandmaster of all time and at the rate at which he has been improving his game month after month, the time is not far when he finally realises this dream of his.
  13. When Bollywood and your friends' social media accounts are constantly trying to feed you cliched version of love and relationships in modern times, there comes another side to the emotion presented to us in the coming together of two very unusual lovers in the movie 'Photograph'. View this post on Instagram It's a very special feeling for me and team #Photograph & @amazonstudios as our film is been officially selected to be screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, 2019 Thank You @riteshbatra for making this possible and congratulations @sanyamalhotra_ A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Nov 30, 2018 at 2:21am PST Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra as the leading 'jodi' in this film, 'Photograph' hit the theatres earlier today amidst a lack of fervour and hype that generally follows the release of a Bollywood romantic film. The reason might lay in the atypicality of the love story that 'Photograph' stands for. The film traces the journey of two strangers - Mumbai-based street photographer Rafiq (Nawazuddin) and accountancy student Miloni (Sanya) - and how they come together to smoothen out the ruffled feathers in each other's lives, forming a special bond along the way. View this post on Instagram Repost from @photographamzn- It all started with a ð¸ Take a look at the official U.S. poster for #PhotographMovie, directed by #RiteshBatra starring @nawazuddin._siddiqui and @sanyamalhotra_ Coming to U.S. theaters soon. A post shared by Sanya Malhotrað¥ (@sanyamalhotra_) on Jan 25, 2019 at 9:06am PST Now, even though Twitter has shown close to no interest in the film whatsoever, some earnest movie-goers have given this movie a chance, and from what we have gathered from the Twitter reviews so far, it seems that while the audience has loved the director's vision, the execution hasn't been followed through. Moreover, people aren't convinced about the leading pair's chemistry and seem disappointed with the half-baked character sketches that surface in the film. View this post on Instagram Super Excited to inform you all that after being officially selected at the prestigious #SundanceFilmFestival2019 my film #photograph will also be screened at the #berlinale2019 Thank You @riteshbatra for doing this wonder & @sanyamalhotra_ for being a wonderful part of this. A post shared by Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@nawazuddin._siddiqui) on Jan 17, 2019 at 11:13pm PST While we are all for unusual love stories and happy endings, there is something to be said about poor delivery and going by the audience's words, 'Photograph' doesn't seem to be making the cut this time. Here is what Twitter is saying about the film: #Photograph is an amazing experience. I felt it, can't really explain. It lingers when it's done. @riteshbatra certainly knows to hit the right cord. @Nawazuddin_S is phenomenal as always. But I could actually feel @sanyamalhotra07's character, very relatable. #PhotographReview. — Anwesh Panda (@anwesh_panda) March 15, 2019 Photograph (U/A) Runtime - 110 Minutes Rating - ð ð ð ð 1/2 Review - A very well crafted film. Acting - Nawaz is fantastic What's good - Screenplay,Direction What's bad - No chemistry between the leads — Cinema200 (@cinema200) March 15, 2019 Ritesh Batra has a knack for making his actors forget about the camera. Nothing ever seems filmed. Or designed. My #Photograph Review: A delicate little gem https://t.co/v0SK78gI6n pic.twitter.com/70gFbRf4yO — Sukanya Verma (@SukanyaVerma) March 15, 2019 Watched #Photograph, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra. Longing, nostalgia and a rather unique take on love, this film speaks most in its silences. But it's not everyone's cup of tea. Here's my review.https://t.co/nktV200UjD pic.twitter.com/ddZMos3Hbm — Lakshana Palat (@lakshanapalat) March 15, 2019 Photograph Review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra starrer is slow paced, ambiguous and melancholic — Bizma Gul (@BismaaGul) March 14, 2019
  14. Vicky Kaushal's upcoming movie directed by Shoojit Sircar is suddenly doing rounds amidst all digital and electronic news portals, as he's set to play the daring martyr Sardar Udham Singh. While we can't wait to see how Vicky manages to portray the freedom fighter, we thought it would be best to throw some light on Udham Singh's life, for people who're unaware of his life and struggles, while he avenged the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. © Twitter The Jallianwala Bagh massacre which took place on April 13, 1919, was one of the most brutal attacks to have taken place on Indian soil. About 1,500 unarmed people lost their lives and many were gravely injured. Amongst the people present there, a young orphan by the name of Udham Singh was also present, who managed to escape the massacre alive. The 20-year-old was scarred for life, enough to remember the atrocities caused and to avenge the death of thousands of people present there on that ill-fated day. This is the story of Udham Singh, a brave martyr, we all need in today's day and age. © Twitter Udham Singh was born on 26th of December 1899 and was orphaned at birth. He was brought to the Khalsa orphanage in Amritsar when he was 5 and was given values any self-sustaining boy learns at that age. Along with a certain set of value systems that was bestowed upon him from the orphanage, Singh was also growing up at a time when Punjab was in deep political turmoil as he grew, observing the changes that were taking place around him. The Uproar In the year 1919, a popular resentment was making its way through against the British in Punjab, due to the way they used to recruit soldiers and make them a part of the British army. There was also resentment on how the British forced contributions of funds towards World War I. In addition to these two issues, the British government passed the 'Rowlatt Act', which solely came into power to extend and strengthen the repressive wartime measures. Because of such a stringent and a counterproductive act, Mahatma Gandhi called for a country-wide 'hartal' (protest)and he received a positive response from Punjab for the same. This left the then British administration in Punjab, namely Lt. Governor Michael O'Dwyer absolutely panic-stricken. © Pinterest Due to the hartal, a number of local leaders supporting it were arrested by the Britishers under the Rowlatt Act and were imprisoned. This was obviously not taken too well in Punjab, the population which was supporting Gandhi's protest to the hilt. Revolts broke out in the state as anger and discontent were looming the territory like any distraught soul. Riots broke out between the British troops and civilians. To restore order in the state, the Governor handed charge of the situation to Brigadier-General Reginald Edward Harry Dyer. The first step Dyer took to uproot tensions, was ban public gatherings, since they accumulated mass protests and riots, according to him. Jallianwala Bagh Massacre On April 13, 1919, of about 20,000 unarmed men, women and children gathered at Amritsar's Jallianwala Bagh, on the day of the Baisakhi festival (festival of harvest), to celebrate it in an open space. Many of them had come from out of towns unaware of the ban on public gatherings. Udham Singh and his friends were present at Jallianwala on the same day to serve the turn-out with water and other services. While the crowd gathered to celebrate the festival, General Dyer arrived with his troops, sealed the only exit to the park and opened fire without any warning on the unarmed crowd. The crowd ran helter-skelter for their lives, but in reality, the park didn't have any place to shelter anyone from the firing. Except there was a well, right in the middle of it, where several women and children jumped in to seek protection. Many people lost their lives in the horrific blood bath, but according to the official tally, there were 400 killed and 1200 injured, however, unofficial records state the count was a lot higher. © Columbia Pictures Udham was just 20 when he experienced such brutality. This experience made him a part of the armed resistance that was unfolding in and outside of India and soon he made his way to the United States of America. His Fight Began While in San Francisco, Singh came across some members of the Ghadar party, a revolutionary movement organised by immigrant Punjabi-Sikhs to secure India's independence. The diaspora operated from the USA and aided India with funds that would help make progress with the fight for Independence back in India. He got involved in the movement to a point where he would travel across the USA, using several aliases such as Ude Singh, Sher Singh and Frank Brazil, just to help out with the movement. In 1927, Bhagat Singh asked Udham Singh to head back to India to help out with the revolution back in the country. The year he came back, he got arrested for running the Ghadr party's radical publication 'Ghadr Di Gunj'. He was jailed for four years and was released in 1931. © Twitter Even though Singh was released in 1931, he was under constant surveillance of the police because of Bhagat Singh's circle of influence back then. He eventually escaped the surveillance and made his way to Germany to plan the events for the for independence without any intervention. Singh eventually wanted to make his way to England with an aim to execute Michael O'Dwyer, since he was the governor then who was responsible for the brutal Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Singh finally reached England in 1933 and fell in the socialist groups while working as a mechanic, carpenter and doing other odd jobs. His Fight Came At A Cost Even though he was involved in odd jobs and a fair bit of acting (playing extras) in two Alexander Korda movies, he never forgot his eventual goal- the execution of Dwyer and upon hearing Dwyer was going to make a speech at a conference in London's Caxton Hall, in March 1940, Singh made it a point to sneak in to the hall, while the conference was going on. He had hidden a revolver in his coat when he entered the hall and shot twice at Dwyer after he was done making his speech and moved away from the platform. Singh didn't try and run away or resist the arrest that was made right after. Dwyer died on the spot and Singh was arrested right after, completing his life's mission to avenge the death of thousands of innocent people. © Twitter, Udham Singh, Second from the left arested. Udham Singh was hanged on July 31, 1940, and during the time of his trial, he'd given his name as Mohammad Singh Azad, just to conclude that India was still a secular country and all religions would fight together to do away with the British rule for good. He'd even tattooed the name on his arm to prove the same. He died in London at the Pentonville prison and was buried within prison grounds. In 1974, Singh's last remains were exhumed and brought to India, before he was cremated in Punjab where he was born and his ashes were scattered in the Satluj river, where Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru's ashes were scattered post their death. © Twitter With much valour, patriotism and bravery, Udham Singh finally avenged the death of thousands of innocent lives, by giving up his own, in order to honour his motherland and teach the Britishers that no matter what they do or how they rule the nation, India will never be divided and always be one. The Shaheed left a legacy that was eventually responsible for our independence. People still narrate his stories through movies and plays and recently the Indian band-Sca Vengers released a song dedicated just to him, with a very interesting animated video called 'Frank Brazil', which was one of Udham Singh's alias. The legend of Udham Singh will forever live on and anytime we face discrimination, oppression, injustice or inequality, we must remember we always have the will and the might to fight against it, just like Udham Singh did for the country.
  15. 'Gully Boy'opened to rave reviews and immense appreciation, both at the box office and by the audience. While it was already expected that Zoya Akhtar'storytellingng will kill it with the brilliance of Alia and Ranveer mixed together, what really stood out as a brilliant surprise was the character of MC Sher, played by actor Siddhant Chaturvedi. View this post on Instagram Polished over time, some words. Rusted over dreams, some feelings. . #SundaySymphony . Picture by @abheetgidwani Styled by @mrsheetalsharma Hair by @shifstershetty @bbluntindia Makeup by @mehakoberoi A post shared by Siddhant Chaturvedi (@siddhantchaturvedi) on Mar 2, 2019 at 11:56pm PST The actor bowled everyone over with his strong performance and people are already betting their hearts on him. However, like most successful stories, Siddhant had his own share of blows and lows to reach where he is right now. He shared his story of how acting happened and what all he traded on his way up to reach this juncture with 'Humans Of Bombay'. View this post on Instagram “My father has always been fond of Cinema, so he'd take me to watch movies every Friday & my love affair with Cinema began. My dad would play Salman songs on tape & I'd dance! I even had Shahrukh's 'COOL' necklace! I was always inclined towards art-the first poem I wrote was for a girl in 9th grade. She turned me down, but I continued writing, not knowing where it'd lead. Still, my primary career option was to become a CA, like my father! So I studied, never once thinking about acting. That seed was planted when in college, I got into the drama team. I realised I loved it! But I had to leave it to focus on my CA exams. Between college & my classes–I barely slept! But I knew I had to finish my education– I was doing it for the heck of it, but once I started, I needed to reach that finish line. So I cleared my exams, just 15 marks away from the rank! If you ask me, what my biggest achievement is–it's not acting. I knew I'd achieve that, but it's passing my exams, because that's something I never wanted to do. Later, before my finals, I asked my dad for time to focus on acting. I'd go with my friends to auditions. In my first audition, they told me to 'learn how to look at the camera first & then come back.' But through it all, my dad was my true MC Sher. He said, 'be patient & don't undersell yourself ever, to always chase my dreams & he'll give me food & a roof so that I could do what I wanted. He gave me the freedom to decide & dream. So after 4 years of struggle, with more auditions & more rejections, Inside Edge happened. Because the makers had a vision which my talent fit into! After which– I met Zoya Akhtar at the success party & danced with her on Gallan Goodiyan. As fate would have it, she asked me to audition for Gully Boy, for the role that changed my life. After the release, I received a letter from Mr. Amitabh Bachchan himself & when I handed that over to my father, the biggest Bachchan fan, it was the best moment of my life. His face said it all. Plus I can never get tired of already being remembered for Sher–I can now truly roar, 'भाठभाठभाठà¤à¤¯à¤¾ शà¥à¤° à¤à¤¯à¤¾ शà¥à¤°'!” A post shared by Humans of Bombay (@officialhumansofbombay) on Mar 2, 2019 at 5:12am PST The post reads as follows: “My father has always been fond of Cinema, so he'd take me to watch movies every Friday & my love affair with Cinema began. My dad would play Salman songs on tape & I'd dance! I even had Shahrukh's 'COOL' necklace! I was always inclined towards art-the first poem I wrote was for a girl in 9th grade. She turned me down, but I continued writing, not knowing where it'd lead. Still, my primary career option was to become a CA, like my father! So I studied, never once thinking about acting. That seed was planted when in college, I got into the drama team. I realised I loved it! But I had to leave it to focus on my CA exams. Between college & my classes–I barely slept! But I knew I had to finish my education– I was doing it for the heck of it, but once I started, I needed to reach that finish line. So I cleared my exams, just 15 marks away from the rank! If you ask me, what my biggest achievement is–it's not acting. I knew I'd achieve that, but it's passing my exams, because that's something I never wanted to do. Later, before my finals, I asked my dad for time to focus on acting. I'd go with my friends to auditions. In my first audition, they told me to 'learn how to look at the camera first & then come back.' But through it all, my dad was my true MC Sher. He said, 'be patient & don't undersell yourself ever, to always chase my dreams & he'll give me food & a roof so that I could do what I wanted. He gave me the freedom to decide & dream. So after 4 years of struggle, with more auditions & more rejections, Inside Edge happened. Because the makers had a vision which my talent fit into! After which– I met Zoya Akhtar at the success party & danced with her on Gallan Goodiyan. As fate would have it, she asked me to audition for Gully Boy, for the role that changed my life. After the release, I received a letter from Mr. Amitabh Bachchan himself & when I handed that over to my father, the biggest Bachchan fan, it was the best moment of my life. His face said it all. Plus I can never get tired of already being remembered for Sher–I can now truly roar, 'भाठभाठभाठà¤à¤¯à¤¾ शà¥à¤° à¤à¤¯à¤¾ शà¥à¤°'!” View this post on Instagram @amitabhbachchan सादर पà¥à¤°à¤£à¤¾à¤®, à¤à¤ªà¤à¤¾ à¤à¤ªà¤¹à¤¾à¤° à¤à¤° à¤à¤¶à¥à¤°à¥à¤µà¤¾à¤¦ मिला à¤à¥ मà¥à¤°à¥ लिठà¤à¤à¤²à¥à¤ªà¤¨à¥à¤¯ हà¥à¥¤ à¤à¤¸ à¤à¤¼à¥à¤¶à¥ à¤à¥ वà¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾ मà¥à¤ शबà¥à¤¦à¥à¤ मà¥à¤ नहà¥à¤ à¤à¤° सà¤à¤¤à¤¾à¥¤ यॠमà¥à¤°à¥ लिठसà¥à¤­à¤¾à¤à¥à¤¯ à¤à¤° à¤à¤°à¥à¤µ à¤à¤¾ पल हà¥, à¤à¤° à¤à¤¬ बस à¤à¤ªà¤à¥ à¤à¤°à¤£ सà¥à¤ªà¤°à¥à¤¶ à¤à¥ à¤à¤¾à¤®à¤¨à¤¾ à¤à¤°à¤¤à¤¾ हà¥à¤à¥¤ A post shared by Siddhant Chaturvedi (@siddhantchaturvedi) on Feb 22, 2019 at 9:36pm PST From his first poem, to being inspired from the real MC Sher of his life, his father, to finally getting the due recognition and validation from none other than Big B himself, Siddhant is truly the roaring 'sher' of Bollywood right now!
  16. Indians are not new to the coffee experience, even when a steaming pan of chai remains a common sight at the tea stalls we spot in every nukkad in town. Yet, the narrative around coffee has undergone major developments in the last few years, as a result of which the appreciation for this darkened gold has made its way beyond the southern borders of the country, where it has been ruling over the hearts of people for the longest time. One of the key game changers in bringing about this notable change in how Indians enjoy their coffee is courtesy to to the makers of 'Sleepy Owl', a specially brewed, gourmet coffee brand that was co-founded by Arman Sood, Ashwajeet Singh, and Ajai Thandi in 2016. © Facebook Before the trio introduced Indian coffee drinkers to the rich and novel taste of cold brew coffee, co-founder Arman by his own admission said that, “up until law school he didn't even know coffee was a bean, that had to be roasted, then ground and brewed.” So we wonder how these three young men came across the gold mine of taste and the high of caffeine discreetly guarded by a select few who had discovered this beauty. Ajai's stint at JP Morgan in New York, stirred his love for coffee for the first time, and in the time he ended up spending there, the love turned into a solid affair. So of course he was more than interested when Ashwadeep show the slightest interest in introducing cold-brewed coffee to people back home. Soon Arman joined the dua, and together the kick started 'Sleepy Owl'. © MensXP So from the very beginning the trio had a very simple agenda, “we wanted Indians to have a fantastic coffee experience, but we wanted to bring it to them in a convenient way for them to enjoy it. So that's what Sleepy Owl does - we make very convenient coffee products,” Arman tells MensXP. 'Sleepy Owl' became a 'corporate-household name' when it came to great tasting coffee which could be freshly delivered to their work desks. The bag-in-box format of 'Sleepy Owl' played a huge part in this, its convenience and quirky packing only adding to the brand's offerings. © Facebook But thankfully, even with his academic backgrounds in law, Arman's family was more than supportive of his decision to transition from law to entrepreneurship. But there is one element that makes the co-founders' and Sleepy Owl's journey all the more special, and it's the fact that Sleepy Owl sources its coffee from within the Indian subcontinent. Proud of this fact, Arman tells MensXP that, “being a startup in India, we wanted to be rooted in the spirit of make in India. With India being the 4th largest coffee exporter in the world, we had to go with its fantastic Arabica coffee. We consistently source 100% of our Arabica coffee from Indian farms. © MensXP The makers of Sleepy Owl work with an aim to create delightful customer experience, yet the initial challenge of getting into retail stores did pose a hurdle. The brand decided to make use of social media popularity and built the hype around the brand online first, and followed it up with customer feedback. So once they had taken care of that along with the daily struggle of roasting, grinding and brewing coffee for that perfect blend, they launched on 16th June, 2016. What started in Ashwajeet's home kitchen in Dwarka, soon moved out to a larger facility in South Delhi, and today they are available in 120 stores in Delhi NCR. But that is just not where they want to draw the line. With the projection that coffee industry will be a 5 billion dollar industry by 2020, Sleepy Owl wants to have a very big portion of that pie. © MensXP So for Arman, every budding entrepreneur must keep this in mind that, “entrepreneurship is like jumping off the cliff without a parachute and building it along the way.” But he also adds that don't listen to the naysayers no matter what they say.
  17. For a man who was busy honing his skills as a chess player before representing India at junior levels, Yuzvendra Chahal has undoubtedly come a long way to become one of the country's preferred spinners in limited-overs cricket. Making his debut in 2016, the leggie has managed to rise through the ranks in Indian cricket and forged a vital partnership with fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav for his side. Continuing his fine form, the 23-year-old played a pivotal role in India's historic 4-1 win the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series in New Zealand. In the five games he played, Chahal bagged nine wickets - emerging as the joint leading wicket-taker alongside Mohammed Shami in the ODI series. But, apart from bamboozling the opposition batsmen, Chahal has carved his own niche with wit and pun. He has struck a chord with cricket fans through his very own 'Chahal TV' - a show that has now become a one-stop shop for fans to watch their favourite cricketers talk about the game. Instagram/@rohitsharma45 Though he has been seen poking fun at other cricketers on his chat show, Chahal was given a taste of his own medicine by none other than 'Hitman' Rohit Sharma. In one of his Instagram stories, the Indian opener shared a picture of the banner of Oriental Bank of Commerce that had Chahal on it. Taking a dig at his teammate, Rohit added the text 'GOAT' on the picture as a laugh riot ensued amongst cricket fans on Instagram. Meanwhile, both Rohit and Chahal will play a pivotal role in the upcoming T20I and ODI series against Australia at home. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also announced a 15-member squad for the two T20Is which will be followed by five ODIs. Here's a look at India's squad: For T20I series: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande. For 1st and 2nd ODI: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohamed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, Siddharth Kaul, KL Rahul. For remaining 3 ODIs: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant.
  18. 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.
  19. While most of you are busy celebrating Valentine's Day today with your SO, we at MensXP are celebrating some of the most beautiful love stories. Love stories that are far greater than any shackles of stereotypes, discrimination against homosexuality, barriers of caste, religion and everything in between. Stories of people who dared to bare their hearts in front of each other, overcame their ups and downs in life together with a big smile on their faces. Amidst the daily battles between old school romance vs millennial love, reel-life romance vs real-life love stories; there is one couple who is living their love one moment at a time and redefining the term 'relationship goals' for all of us every day. We're talking about Rajkummar Rao and Patralekha, whose 8-year-old relationship has not only stood the test of time but also proved to be an inspiration for those around them. © Instagram Rajkummar is undoubtedly one of the finest and the most versatile actors in the current crop of Bollywood. We have seen many facets of Rajkummar Rao on-screen, but how is the actor in real life, especially when it comes to love? Patralekha gave us exclusive insights into their relationship, their favourite memories and their idea of Valentine's Day. Their First Date & Favourite Memory "I was totally amazed and blown away by his dedication and hard work. He was focussed and would only concentrate on his next scene. I started admiring him and then we became friends", said Patralekha, who met him in FTII where the two had gone to do a student project. When asked about her favourite memory, she said, "I was back home in Shillong and Raj just turned up outside my home to surprise me." © Instagram The 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' actor too has a special memory of how the two met and who played the cupid for him. Turns out it was a commercial he saw her in, "We never went on an official date. It's surprising but it's true. I had noticed her in a commercial before we got a chance to work with each other but somewhere deep down, I always knew that she is the one." Millennial Love vs Old School Romance "My idea of love is old school if you ask. I would love to receive a hand-written note from Patra or I love it when she asks me 'how your day' after a day's hard work. So, you can call me traditional that way, but I believe in keeping promises."- Rajkummar. "My idea of love is all about trust. You invest so much in a relationship emotionally that it can totally drain you if your trust or love is broken. So, both of us trust each other immensely and ensure we don't break it or take each other for granted." - Patralekha. © Instagram How Do The Two 'Share The Load' And Responsibilities Recently, Rajkummar and Patralekha appeared together in the campaign organised by Ariel. The campaign talks about gender equality and urges the sons to '#ShareTheLoad'. The core triggering question of this powerful movement is – 'Are we teaching our sons what we are teaching our daughters?' Bollywood's latest 'IT' couple too participated in the campaign and spoke to lengths about their idea of equality. Rajkummar said, "Today's sons will be tomorrow's husbands and thus, they should be equipped to demonstrate equality within the household. They can start this with simple chore like laundry and start sharing responsibilities with their mothers and sisters so that they grow up to be equal partners when they get married." © Instagram Patralekha too feels that since women today are excelling in all fields, they expect to get support from their partners so that they don't feel overburdened with responsibilities. "It's only fair that their partners share the load. But if sons of today are not equipped to contribute to household work, they will never be able to do it in future. Thus, conflict is natural to occur. I am thankful to have Raj as a partner. He believes, says, and demonstrates that we are truly equal partners. But, partners like Raj shouldn't be exceptions, they should be the norm," said Patralekha. Reel-Life Vs Real-Life Jealousy and possessiveness can sometimes break even the strongest of relationships. With billions of people watching you and keeping a track of your personal life, things only get tough for Bollywood actors. "I am quite secure that way. It's because of the confidence, comfort and trust that Raj gives me. We share everything so there is no doubt and if there is, I openly ask him, and he explains. Being from the same industry, I understand the limitations and compulsions that actors must go through. So, it works out fine." - Patralekha. Just like all of us, Raj and Patra too have their own plans and ideas about Valentine's Day and they are genuinely better than all of ours. © Instagram "Every day is a Valentine's Day with Patra. She is a great partner and a great friend; she is the person I want to come back to after a long day. I can be myself with her without being judged. I think love is about all this, about the comfort, compassion, fun that you share with the partner." - Rajkummar. View this post on Instagram #JummaChumma with @patralekhaa #Bangkok video credit by my dear friend @vivek_daschaudhary A post shared by Raj Kummar Rao (@rajkummar_rao) on Dec 30, 2017 at 9:52am PST "We celebrate love every day…that's the best part of being us. No special plans, being together and taking time out for each other is the best thing to do." - Patralekha. We guess we all can learn a lesson or two from Raj and Patra, as the two lovingly call each other, when it comes to treating our partners as equals.
  20. Seeing the world through the eyes of an explorer soothes more than just our senses, it feeds our soul. There is a renewed sense of vitality that comes from seeking the world with an avid lust of a traveller, who wishes to discover new places and gather experiences that turn out to be nothing less than Aladdin's treasure. This becomes all the more poignant when people say that the world is an oyster for those who know where to look. Tryst with the travel bug is made memorable every time we witness the lush hill stations, or snow-capped mountains and pristine islands sitting in the lap of nature, that are scattered around the world. © Instagram Yet, such amazing experiences would get heightened manifold if one could witness the teeming beauty of this world in the company of someone they love and wish to share their life with. It is a life that most couples would kill for, and there is no guessing why. The possibility of discovering the captivating beauty of the earth with the person who makes your world go round, would pretty much be like living the dream life. And let us tell you that Vidit and Savi are living this exact life. They are lovers as well as travellers in love, and this is exactly how their story unfolded. For Vidit and Savi, their love for travelling and discovering the world together first began from the backseat of their school bus rides at DPS R. K. Puram. Talking about that time of their life Savi says, “we met in high school in New Delhi – we were friends for years, dated for ages, and then got married!” © Instagram Even their first date involved the outdoors, and even though it was a long time ago, Savi remembers it like it was yesterday, “we went for a long drive and coffee at a newly-opened coffee shop in the city! I'd happily do that on a date even today!” Even after having seen most of the world with Vidit, Savi is more than happy to take him up on a similar date even today - who said little things don't count? From that first date to a gazillion one-of-a-kind dates later, Savi and Vidit have come a long way. However, it was back in 2008 when the couple took the biggest leap of their lives. From travelling as a couple to scaling thousands of miles to get married and travel to a new place every month and amping that up to travelling to a new destination every few days and leaving their jobs to make it possible, Savi and Vidit's journey has been nothing short of an adventure. © Instagram The couple decided to document it all on their blog 'Bruised Passports', which today has a great following online. So, when Jaime Lynn Beatty once said that, “jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul,” we suppose nobody could live up to this saying better than the makers of 'Bruised Passports'. As of today, the couple has travelled to 90 countries around the world, with many more to go as per their itinerary. However, their journey as travellers in love began when they were teenagers. Recalling their journey as a couple, this is what Savi had to say, “we travelled a fair bit in South East Asia as teenagers when we had just started dating because Vid went to university in Singapore. That's when both of us fell in love with travelling together!” © Instagram Soon, life caught up with the young couple and “as we grew up, we moved to London and got married. At this stage of our lives, we would save our salaries to travel together each month. We spent almost 8 years in London and would try to travel to a new place every month! This is how we ended up exploring Europe, the US, and parts of Africa.” However, the thrill of exploration and discovery rubbed off on the couple and they began to seek much more of what they had already tasted of life as travellers. Savi shares more and says, “sometime along the way we fell in love with travelling and savouring new experiences. Eventually, we ended up working towards travelling full time. Experiencing remote corners and busy cities of the world together has brought us a lot closer. It's like being partners-in-crime at a whole new level.” © Instagram Yet, when we asked them of their most cherished memory, this is what they had to say, “Finnish Lapland - the feeling of lying in a transparent glass igloo and looking out at the Northern Lights is incomparable. A trip to Lapland offers so many bucket list items - riding a reindeer, sledging with husky dogs, seeing the Northern Lights, cruising through a frozen sea, swimming with icebergs - and for that reason, it is second to none!” Just reading about it is making us daydream about all the glory they might have witnessed, and that sure as hell would be one of the most romantic ways of spending a date night with our significant other, don't you agree? © Instagram But this journey that Savi and Vidit set out on over a decade ago has taught them as much about each other as individuals, as it has taught them about relationships and life at large. Vidit shares how he learns something new from Savi every single day, “I have learnt to be a fighter when it comes to achieving goals. Savi has a meticulous rhythm of working and because of that, I learn something new from her every day. She juggles so many different roles and does it all with perfection.” As for Savi, she claims that “I've learnt the art of prioritising from Vid and never settling for anything less than 100%. He strives for complete happiness, in work and life, and isn't afraid of spending hours, days, or even years to achieve something. But it has to look exactly like what he had in mind! I'm also really proud of the fact that he's passionate about gender equality and is always talking about how important it is to fight stereotypes and respect women.” © Instagram And when you ask the couple what their relationship has taught them over the years, they say, “loads. But mostly that a long term relationship isn't always about flowers and candles. It's about adventure, experiences, mind-numbing compatibility, and consciously CHOOSING to be with someone every single day. And marriage isn't about duties, being 'tied down' (the one stereotype we hate the most!) or becoming one soul!” For them, love and marriage mean nothing else than saying that, “it's actually about celebrating your individualities, being two financially independent people supporting each other's dreams, giving each other strength when all hope is lost, and most importantly having fun!” © Instagram Savi and Vidit may have travelled far and wide on the face of this earth, but they have also managed to discover themselves in the process, and grow as individuals as well as a couple by coming in touch with myriad people, places and cultures which only helped them to appreciate life and each other a lot better. Why? Because this world can be the greatest teacher, and when you know where to look, it can surprise you with some of life's most splendid experiences.
  21. The quotations for this story was taken from an interview originally conducted by Ravi Gupta for MensXP Hindi. Love is said to be the biggest blessing of life, but when it happens to be one-sided, the same can turn into someone's biggest nightmare. On one hand, where love is supposed to make us feel like a million bucks, a love gone wrong can make someone lose faith in life altogether. While love makes someone feel confident and alive, it can turn someone's life into a curse for not feeling the same way. People have a gazillion ways of showing someone that they love them, but when that love changes into an obsession, the very feeling of affection begins to spread like acid within a person's heart, turning everything in its way into a living nightmare. Crazed by the thought of attaining the beloved, people begin to lose sight of all reason and logic, and give into their inner demons. (c) Caters News Agency Such is the story of Pramodini, who was caught between the love and obsession of an army officer. Odisha's Pramodini Roul 'Rani' was 16-years-old when an Army man changed her life forever. This man wasn't her prince charming by any right, but had come as the devil in disguise. The paramilitary soldier attacked Rani by throwing acid all over her face and body because she had rejected his marriage proposal. In a matter of seconds, everything faded into nothingness - right from her skin to her confidence, everything melted away. The beauty that brought young men to their knees and numerous suitors to her doors, was replaced by scars and painful tears. 2009 turned into the year that not only saw “friends” and “well wishers” turn their backs on her, she lost her eyesight in the attack and was left bedridden for years to come. What was left of that fateful incident was a shadowy life and her widowed mother. (c) Pramodini & Saroj Rani had been in 12th standard, and an army camp had been set up close to her college. That's how the paramilitary soldier first saw Rani. He fell for her in no time, and went to her house with a marriage proposal. Since Rani was merely sixteen years old and underage, her family declined the proposal. Rani was unaware of this entire development all along, and was caught unaware when her life went for a toss within moments! One day while Rani was cycling back home from college along with her cousin brother, the soldier came riding on a bike with his friend and poured acid on Rani's head. Rani recalls that day and says, “the pain that I experienced then is inexplicable. We had registered an FIR after the attack and the police took my statement. But that soldier began to threaten us, and we had to withdraw the case eventually.” Remembering those dreadful years of her life after the attack, Rani says, “one-sided love and obsession took away everything from me. Beauty, dance, happiness and even eyesight, that demon didn't leave me with a reason to live. My relatives spoke of feeding me poison, and even I used to wonder what was the point in living. Thinking about love was equally impossible. But Saroj has given me second lease of life filled with happiness. Now I don't hate Valentine's Day, or men, instead I love it all more than ever.” (c) Facebook Between her surgeries and stay in the hospital, Pramodini never imagined there could come a time when she would find love standing at her door. Rani and Pramod Kumar Sahoo first saw each other during one of Rani's many visits to the hospital. Pramod was working as a medical representative at the time, and was a friend of one of the nurses who was treating Rani at a private hospital. She introduced them, and soon every time Saroj visited the hospital, he would check on Rani. Over time as their funds got exhausted, the hospital began to push for Rani's discharge, stating that she was not showing any improvements and her chances of getting better were low. When Saroj heard about this update, he took it as a personal challenge to help Rani get better. He began to care for her like an earnest friend, and even had to give up his job in the process. Saroj shares, “I decided to help Rani get better for the sake of humanity. I began to give her more time than I gave myself. I helped her walk around and kept instilling confidence in her every time she gave up. At that time she needed the support of a good friend, as much as the medicines - something she wasn't getting at the hospital or from her family.” (c) Pramodini & Saroj After spending a couple of years with Rani, Saroj slowly began to fall for her and wanted to confess his love. All the while his friends discouraged him to make the move and said things like, “you'll get such pretty girls, and you're falling for her. You've lost your mind.” But Saroj knew what he wanted and he decided to follow his heart. He proposed to Rani on 14th February 2016, and decided to share their lives with each other, and move beyond what friends, family and society had to say. Talking about her life with Saroj, Rani says that, “love is very powerful. Nothing can stand in its way. Saroj's love helped to heal me from within, something that had become necessary. Life would have been no fun with 80% burns and 20% eyesight, if not for Saroj's company. I feel alive once more because of him.” Today that couple is in a live-in relationship, and share a rented apartment together. Getting married isn't Saroj's priority now, since he wants to save and gather money for a few more immediate surgeries that Rani needs. Once that is taken care of, they plan to get married and settle down sometime in the next two years. (c) Pramodini & Saroj However, this togetherness has come at a cost for Saroj. Since his family didn't approve of his relationship with Rani, Saroj has had to settle for a life with the love of his life without his family's blessings. “As of now my mother and a few other family members haven't been able to accept Rani completely. So it wouldn't be right to take her home right now. My mother keeps suggesting that I stay away from her, reminds me about the society's empty talks, but I keep such useless talks away from my life.” Together, the couple today runs the #StopAcidAttacks campaign that raises awareness and raises funds for acid attack survivors. Rani and Saroj only have one message for the society, “we need to stop blaming and ostracising the victims instead of holding the perpetrators accountable for their actions. (c) Pramodini & Saroj Saroj's love and constant support has given Rani a second chance at life, one that is full of possibilities and a better future together. At a time when Rani had almost given up, Saroj's love brought her back and gave her the strength to fight back and seize life by the collar. What an inspiration the couple has been!
  22. One Love. Who would have thought a simple phrase such as this one could hold such depth of meaning? Yet, it also finds resonance in the iconic Bob Marley song by the same name. If you don't happen to remember the lyrics to that song, you might want to go through it to understand how this universal emotion is our only hope when it comes to guiding the mankind to a better place where “one love” suffices for all. A love without judgements and reservations. One love that's selfless and where acceptance comes easy, just how it is meant to be - something Marley manages to convey so easily in not so many words. Love does not differentiate between the hearts that wants to love, and who it wants to shower that love on. Love is just the same for all of us who are willing to feel it, and give it a chance regardless of what comes in the way. (c) Meghna Sahoo Such is the story of Meghna Sahoo, a transgender woman, and her husband Basudeba Nayak who went against societal diktats and reservations, to give their love the chance it deserved. When Meghna married Basudeba in 2017, she became Odisha's first transgender woman to tie the knot. It turned into a moment of celebration for the transgender community in the state, and have them the power to hope for their own share of love in life. Meghna and Basudeba's love story began through a chance interaction on Facebook. Basudeba happened to be one of Meghna's followers of Facebook, and had found out about Meghna because of her involvement in social activism. But the possibility that she should chance upon his private messages to her, from amongst the hundreds she received regularly, is a play of fate. Recalling her first interaction with Basudeba, Meghna says that, “We had never met each other before the first time we spoke to each other of Facebook. One day when I turned on my Facebook chat after a long time, I noticed that someone named Basudeba had been messaging me everyday on Facebook. At that time he had been going through some personal issues and he was reaching out to me to seek help.” (c) BCCL This forms the premise of Meghna and Basudeba's first virtual association. She also noticed that all this time when she failed to respond to him, he would regularly drop her good morning or good night messages. For the next two years, Basudeba continued trying to speak to her at various points, but couldn't get through. Finally, when Basudeba's messages caught Meghna's attention, she responded. The messages ranged from normal greetings to even marriage proposals. At that point Meghna was already in a relationship with another guy, who said he loved her, but wouldn't make their relationship public or go out with her like regular couples do. He even had concerns that transgender women cannot become mothers and that the society wouldn't accept them. This sour experience cautioned Meghna to not take Basudeba's proposals too seriously either. However, after they began to interact more and more, she came to know about Basudeba's story. “He told me that back in 2011 his wife had eloped with her lover, leaving behind their 10-month old boy. Even after that point we would talk every now and then.” (c) Meghna Sahoo This went on for some time and then suddenly Basudeba proposed to Meghna once again for marriage. But this time Meghna didn't want to get fooled and wanted to see if Basedeba meant what said. She says, “when he proposed this time, I asked him to get his family to bring the marriage proposal to my family. But since his parents had passed away by then, he spoke to his elder brother and sister-in-law. Initially his family was against it and didn't approve of their brother getting married to a kinnar.” However, his family's concern about “log kya kahenge” didn't stop Basudeb from declaring that if he has to marry it will have to be to Meghna and no one else. “He told his family that he really liked me and wished to get married. His other concern was that another woman might mistreat his son, and he didn't want that. His other motivation was that since Meghna couldn't bear children she would be able to give his son her undivided love.” (c) OdishaTV Meghna admits that this last reason didn't hurt her as much as it should because she thought, “at least I would become a mother to a child who needs a mother's affection. Besides, this could also set an example for others to follow. Two lives got better due to this marriage - a child got a mother and a transgender woman got a loving family. Such a possibility for others could better so many lives. That is why I agreed to accept his proposal.” Even until the last moment Basudeba's family didn't give their consent to the wedding. But eventually they gave up and Basudeba and Meghna finally got married on 26th January 2017 with the blessing of both the families. Talking about her wedding day, Meghna shared that “more than ten thousand people came to attend the wedding. Many politicians, social activists and advocates came to attend the wedding even without invitation and gave us their blessings.” (c) Incredibleorissa Meghna and Basudeba just completed two years as a married couple and Meghna is living a happy married life with her husband, son and in-laws. She admits that arguments do crop up every now and then, but she and Basudeba always reach a middle ground, and work things out. However, she admits that her bond with her son is much stronger than that with her own husband. “I have bonded very well with my son and we love each other dearly. I feel I am more closer to him than my husband.” Basudeba for his part has stood by Meghna through it all and has never paid heed to society's judgements. Currently, Meghna is working with an NGO and also became first transgender woman to work with Ola as a driver. Meghna also holds an MBA in HR and Management. Meghna's lone motivation is to change the society's mindset regarding transgender community and inspire other transgenders to live their dream and build a better future for themselves without any inhibitions. Meghna's journey and story has inspired many other transgenders to turn their lives around and hope for the first time, to live their dreams and find the love of their life who would be willing to accept them for who they are and love them.
  23. ADMIN

    Another Love Story

    Love transcends religion. Nothing proves this more than this short film based on the book Write India Shorts titled Another Love Story.
  24. The world could be a cruel, cruel place for those who are not fated to be born in a socially or financially stable family. Everything they want or need, comes with a lot of difficulty and hardship. While a lot of them get lost in the mundaneness of an average Indian to make a decent living and hustle to provide food on the table for the family, there are some who strive to achieve something a lot more greater. When her father decided to get her elder sister married, Poonam Sonune, a 19-year-old Pune girl knew that her family lacked the funds to carry out a decent wedding. So, she took it upon herself to make it happen. Having run in the 2018 South Asian Junior Athletics and winning the gold medal in the 3000m race, Poonam and her loved ones had complete faith in her abilities as an elite athlete. Her school sent her to Nasik to train under veteran athlete Vijendrasingh. Initially her father, who is an agricultural farmer by profession, bore all her expenses but failed to keep up with time. Her coach, Vijendrasingh then took the responsibility of raising money for her training and nutritional requirements through the corporate-social responsibility (CSR). After countless hours of training, Sonune decided to compete in the Pune Half-Marathon in order to get enough money to help her father organise a wedding for her sister. Surprisingly, the young runner not only participated in the event but also aced it. Giving every penny of the Rs 1.25 Lakh price money to her father, Poonam was able to realise her sister's dream of getting married. In the irony of things, Poonam could not be a part of her sister's celebration as she got selected for India's national roster for the upcoming South Asian Games, to be held in Nepal in March.
  25. They say falling in love with someone, at first sight, is something you only watch in the movies. It never comes to life anymore. I agree it's hard to compare falling in love with someone at first sight to knowing someone for years and then falling in love with them. But love, at first sight, does exist and in reality, it's one of the strongest bonds that barely deters in spirit. (c)Instagram Today's generation is a little sticky with this phenomena though. That's also because a lot of people don't know that the real concept of 'love at first sight' came from our forefathers and ancestors when love was a lot simpler and malleable. Relationships survived without the advent of the 'next right swipe'. (c)Instagram But nowadays, men and women alike, need the clarity to adopt love as a feature in their lives, to pursue one another to look for happiness. No one trusts love anymore, everyone is either rooting for 'the perfect match, after 20 swipes' or looking for 'the one'. Gone are the days, when you'd just meet someone and you know, they're the one for you. Well, not entirely gone though. Meet Ankita and Amish, the only real-time couple we've come across in a long time who've survived beautifully for six years after they fell in love with each other at first sight! I fell in love with her in one night flat- Amish (c)Instagram And that was that we're guessing. All it took for Amish was to spend a few hours with Ankita and be absolutely head over heels in love with her. And she with him. Amish and Ankita first met at a karaoke bar, where Ankita, much to her dislike, was setting her friend up with Amish, but little did she know, Amish already had his eyes set upon her and the rest of the night was just the two of them getting along like a house on fire. Although after her friend's insistence, Ankita decided to approach Amish to pursue him for her friend, instead she found what she was looking for, all along, right at that moment, right there and then. (c)Instagram We found love in a hopeless place, where the world was a drunken mess and looking to have a good time. It was almost like a weekly Wednesday meet up for subscribers of hedonism where winning mating game and detachment ruled the roost. And there he stood with his thick black glasses bobbing his head to a song. That night I realised I had found my co-conspirator, the worshipper of mush and cheese, the love for greasy food, wanderlust, believing the world was made of marsh-mellows and buttercream. He was my kind of boy - Ankita (c)Instagram That's how love swings, or is supposed to, isn't it? It doesn't wait, it never recedes at the perfect moment and it lets you know you can't control it. Falling in love, at first sight, is actually a long lost scientific battle. There is a science involved in every realm of it and while the chemicals balance in your brain, you keep falling deeper in that feeling. It's true, while you are falling in love, your brain is creating dopamine and serotonin, and the composition is a real rush. (c)Instagram But inadequately so, most young people today have learnt to consciously alter that immediate response by judging their own reaction while rejecting the other person's. It tough to let your feelings flow, when you're constantly rushed by numerous 'options' at hand, not giving yourself a chance to experience the purity of that rush. There's Incredible Strength In Just Getting To Know Someone From Scratch We sat across the table, ordered for wontons and beers. Dipped one in the hot sauce, took a bite like it meant life, made disgusting sounds, panted with a chilly breath and washed it down with pints of beers. It was almost like Wonton chomp, chilly pant, glug, hysterical laughter, awkward silence, butterflies and then repeat. I even chose a yellow muffler over a purple jacket for my date, not the quintessential LBD. I was my messy best but Amish always felt like home to me, so it was very real there was no need to pretend - Ankita (c)Instagram Their first date was somewhat like that. Their dynamic was built on the nuance of barely knowing each other. They'd just happen to meet at a bar and they started talking, so there was a lot to find out. But that's the best part about falling in love with someone instantaneously, isn't it? You want to know every little aspect of their existence till it fills your subconscious to the brim. Post their little encounter at the bar, the two spent a good amount of time together to find out who they really were and what made them fall in love, in the first place. (c)Instagram She's incredible. The human being she is, the power to give, the power to love beyond self-love, the power to stand against the tide or a cyclone or both, the warrior she is- Wonder Woman's got nothing on her, her innocence, her morality, her feminism. I am proud that a being like this exists in this humanity-is-secondary world - Amish Amish and Ankita finally tied the knot 3 years ago and because both met as total strangers in love, they started imbibing the best qualities from one another, just to be comfortable around each other. The likes of respect, equality, understanding, faith and trust was an autopilot derivative of that. Amish graceful took her last name after marriage because he realised love shouldn't succumb to your identity as unequal's, rather it should stand out in true equality and unity of one's mind, body and soul. (c)Instagram Amish believes in equality, I dig that about him. It's a simple virtue but easier said than done. When we got married he decided to take my sir name and said- 'why should you have all the fun and celebrate me, I want to celebrate you too - Ankita Relationships based on 'Love at first sight' are long-lasting. That's because they create an illusion of positivity in your head about accepting each other, through a myriad of reasons and making it works against all odds while starting from scratch. And every time Amish and Ankita talk about how they first met and fell in love instantly, their connection certainly deepens in time. (c)Instagram So, if you're looking for a love that's fulfilling and deep, keep your mind and soul open, you never know who you might meet and spend the rest of your life with, at that very moment! I have learnt to be a more aware and honest human being, who can accept his weaknesses, weigh his insecurities and be proud of his strengths. But the most important thing it has taught me that the fairy-tale ideal kinda love does exist but for it to prosper, you work on it selflessly every day - Amish
×