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  1. Rajkummar Rao has, time and again, proven his mettle through his stellar acting skills and with his dedication in every role he plays. The actor has given us several reasons to praise him through his portrayal of different characters with such excellence. From Trapped to playing the role of an evil genius in Judgementall Hai Kya, Rajkummar has majorly evolved in terms of his career. © Viacom Motion Pictures However, success did not come to him overnight, as it wasn't that easy for the actor to make it big in the industry. In an interview with Pinkvilla, the actor revealed that there were times when he would have only Rs 18 in his account. “It used to be tough times for me. I come from a very humble middle-class background and there was a time in school when I didn't have money and my teachers paid my school fees for two years,” he said. © Balaji Motion Pictures “When I came to the city, we were living in a really small house. I was paying Rs 7000 of my share which I thought was too much. I needed around 15-20000 every month to survive and there were times I would get a notification that I have only 18 rupees left in my account. My friend would have 23 rupees,” Rao added. View this post on Instagram Dazzling away for #GarbaNight in Ahmedabad wore @mmalhotraworld and @dune_london tassel loafers! Styled by @thetyagiakshay Assisted by @mayuri_1192 @arpitajoshii #rajkummarrao #festive #MIC #stylefile #akshaytyagiforstylecell #dazzletassel #MadeInChina A post shared by Raj Kummar Rao (@rajkummar_rao) on Oct 6, 2019 at 5:35am PDT Those who have stayed in Mumbai would totally relate to what Rajkummar went through in the initial days of his struggle period. He also shared, “There's a friend of mine - Vinod - who's also an actor and we used to travel for auditions on our bikes. I knew nothing about the presentation - of how to look, what to wear. With the pollution around, we would just get down and clean other's faces with rose water and think that it's the best version of ourselves.” On the work front, Rajkummar is all set to entice his fans with his upcoming movie, Made In China. Are you excited to see the movie? Tell us in the comments below.
  2. Arguably one of the biggest names in the world of football, Lionel Messi has won pretty much everything a player can dream of in the sport. From goal-scoring records to winning coveted trophies, Messi's brilliance on the pitch often leaves other footballers looking mediocre. Over the years, the Argentine has dominated football on the back of his unbelievable skills. And, he is showing no signs of slowing down. At the age of 32, while many footballers begin contemplating their retirement, Messi seems to be aging like fine wine, raking in one award after another. More recently, the Barcelona talisman won the 2018/19 Golden Shoe in a star-studded ceremony at the Antiga Fabrica Estrella Damm, Spain. A staggering 36 goals last season saw Messi claiming his sixth overall and third consecutive Golden Shoe award. In the process, he became the first ever footballer to win the coveted award a record six times. Adding yet another piece of silverware to his envious trophy cabinet, Messi went on to take a dig at his arch-nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who don't shy away from boasting about their personal feats. © Reuters "I'd rather people talk about me. I know what I am, what I did and what I can give, but I keep it to myself. People can have their say. I don't like to talk about myself, I like to talk about the collective," Messi, who rarely talks about his achievements, was quoted as saying by Marca. Asked if he sees himself evolving over time into a midfielder, Messi said: "I don't know, it depends on how it goes. Now I usually drop myself deeper (on the pitch) to receive and be in contact with the ball and the midfield. I don't know what will happen in the future". "You realise yourself how long you can continue (playing). I'll find out over time. I'll be the first to say, 'I've come this far and I can't do it anymore,' or that I feel good to carry on. Over the years I will find that out," the Argentine responded on how long he can or will continue playing. © Reuters The Barcelona forward was also all praise for Virgil van Dijk and revealed what makes the Liverpool defender difficult to beat. "He is a defender who knows how to judge his timing and wait for the right moment to challenge or jockey [the attacker]. He is very fast and big, but he has a lot of agility for his height. He is fast because of its great stride, and he is impressive both in defence and attack because he scores lots of goals," Messi said. Unlike his rival Ronaldo who has played in the Premier League, La Liga and now Serie A, Messi has spent the entirety of his career to date at Barcelona where he has won numerous trophies and shattered multiple records. Despite having many chances to move elsewhere, Messi has often stressed that he never had any intentions of moving away from Camp Nou. "Everyone looks for their targets and their experiences. I never had the need to leave the best club in the world, that Barcelona are, and where I enjoy training, games and the city. (The city to club dynamic) is very complete and I was always sure about the targets at this club (rather than going to) look for it elsewhere," Messi, showcasing his loyalty to the Spanish giants, said.
  3. Ahead of this year's World Boxing Championships, when Manju Rani was leaving for Ulan-Ude in Russia, the 19-year-old promised her mother Ishwant Devi that she will return home with a medal - a promise she fulfilled in style. Making her debut at the coveted World Championships, the young Indian boxer ended her campaign with a silver medal after losing the light flyweight (48kg) final to Russia's Ekaterina Paltceva. Having missed out on the gold medal, Manju was a bit disappointed when she made a video call to her mother and said: "Maa...mai gold nahi jeet pai (I couldn't win a gold medal)". But, despite her loss in the all-important final, she was nothing short of impressive on her World Championships debut. © Twitter/@BFI_official She was the lone Indian boxer to enter the finals of the tournament after experienced campaigners like MC Mary Kom (51kg), Jamuna Boro (54kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) lost their respective semifinals bouts and settled for bronze medals. She also matched the heroics of her idol Mary, who had also reached the World Championships final on debut back in 2001. But, Manju's journey to the World Championships silver has been nothing short of a miracle. Just two years ago, Manju was nowhere in the national reckoning, let alone being a medal hope at the coveted tournament in Russia. A loss in the 2017 Rohtak district championships made everyone believe that she was not even good enough at the state or district level. It was the time when her mother recalled the inhibitions of her late father, who served as a Havaldar in the Border Security Force (BSF) before his untimely demise because of liver cancer in 2010, about Manju's career choice as a professional boxer. With no means of income other than a small pension, Manju's mother was already facing an uphill battle in putting food on the table while raising five children of her own and another two of a relative in the Rithal village of Haryana's Rohtak district. © Twitter/@BFI_official And, with Manju's unfavourable results in boxing, her mother thought it would probably be wise to pull her daughter away from the sport. But, just like every hero has a supporting pillar, Manju found hers in Saheb Singh Narwal - the only person who trusted the young Indian boxer to come good one day. Narwal had been a hockey and kabaddi player himself and coached the young kids of his village in the latter sport. And, boxing happened only by chance. When the Haryana government issued the SPAT (Sports and Physical Aptitude Test) scholarship program, Narwal's coaching helped 22 youngsters in securing the scholarship. As per the state government policy, a professional coach was sent to their village to train the youngsters. As it turns out, the coach allotted to Rithal - Sube Singh Beniwal - was a boxing instructor who insisted that the children learn to box. Despite his initial concerns about boxing, Narwal embraced the sport and offered up a piece of his own land to set up a small training centre. As the allotted coach Beniwal imparted boxing lessons to the children, Narwal, too, learned the sport. From observing Beniwal in the training sessions, visiting boxing academies in Bhiwani to watching boxing videos, Narwal taught himself the art of boxing. © Twitter/@BFI_official Irrespective of a rudimentary setup and coach who was learning the sport simultaneously, there was no shortage of results for the trainees at the academy. Even after Beniwal got promoted to a job away from Rithal, Narwal began coaching on his own and the medals continued to flow. And, as the skills of the young boxers improved, Narwal continued to do what he could to help them grow. He took a house adjacent to the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Rohtak where he felt the girls could benefit from better facilities and competition. Next to his house, on a neem tree, he hangs a heavy bag which the children use to practice. And, none of this was cheap. "He doesn't charge a single rupee for any of the training he provides. He pays for their kit and gloves on his own. The car in which he took all the girls for the local competition is now completely broken down," Sunil Kumar, whose daughter trains with Narwal told ESPN. But, Narwal isn't worried about the expense. © Twitter/@BFI_official "Money is always an issue. I've sold off two plots of my family's farmland to pay for the coaching and travel and rent. There are times when I've had no money to pay for my next month's expenses but I've never worried too much about these things. If you worry about how you are going to do things, you won't ever do anything," he was quoted as saying by ESPN. For someone who values the future of his trainees, Narwal gets help from unexpected sources. A religious charitable trust near Rithal provides 30 litres of milk each day. A wealthy relative provided vehicles that allowed the children to travel to competitions across the state. A neighbour in Rohtak, who was a Railways coach, provided the equipment. And, all of those things combined to help Narwal nurture the talents of young children including Manju who remains one of his most prized pupils. She was among the first to join Narwal's SPAT training program and later showed great determination to make a name for herself as a boxer. And, Manju wouldn't be in the place she is, if it wasn't for Narwal. © Twitter/@BFI_official It was Narwal who took Manju along when he moved to Rohtak city. It was Narwal who pleaded with the coaches at the National Boxing Academy in Rohtak to enrol her as a day scholar. He was even urged them to take Manju ahead of his own daughter. It was Narwal who convinced her to continue her dreams as a boxer when she was gutted by her shortcomings in competitions. At a time, when no one believed in Manju, Narwal did. And, his faith seems to be paying off brilliantly. On the podium, when Manju was honoured with the silver medal around the neck, the whole country felt proud. So, as we celebrate Manju's exploits in the ring, Narwal, too, with his sacrifices and support behind the scenes in nurturing and grooming young talents like her, deserves the credit for the rise of his pupil on the international stage. For every Manju India seeks in future, there is an imminent need for a Narwal.
  4. Despite participating in the tournament since its advent in 1975, New Zealand are yet to lift the coveted trophy. But, under the leadership of Brendon McCullum, the Kiwis came mighty close to clinching the World Cup title in 2015, but a seven-wicket loss at the hands of Australia left them heartbroken. Irrespective of their previous failings, Kane Williamson-led New Zealand has been in good form and are still one of the top contenders for the World Cup title this year. Their 15-man squad is comprised of proven match-winners who are more than capable of powering them to the all-important final of the ICC spectacle. In Williamson and Ross Taylor, the Kiwis have enough experience which adds stability to their batting order. And, the likes of Tim Southee and Trent Boult are more than capable of running through the opposition's batting line-up. May the wicket provide some turn, their spin duo of Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi can also come in handy. On paper, New Zealand undoubtedly look solid and fit the profile of a top contender. But, if the Kiwis intend to script a successful campaign, the following five players must come to the party: Trent Boult © Reuters Owing to his ability to move the ball both ways even in unresponsive conditions, Trent Boult, over the years, has established his reputation as one of the most feared fast bowlers in international cricket. The left-arm seamer has been a force to be reckoned with in limited-overs cricket for New Zealand and going into the World Cup, he'll undoubtedly carry the baton for his side. His lightening quick speed and swing abilities given him an unpredictable nature with the new ball which he can execute to perfection in English conditions - something that was in full display during New Zealand's warm-up tie against India recently. Making full use of the conditions, Boult was at his menacing best as he claimed impressive figures of 4-33 to script a comprehensive six-wicket win for his side. Kane Williamson © Reuters Arguably one the of the best batsmen in the world, Kane Williamson has been carrying New Zealand, at times single-handedly, to victories over the years. A true leader and great batsman, Williamson has proved to be the decisive factor for his side in crunch matches. The top-order batsman exudes calm at the crease and frequently puts together stubborn knocks before meticulously organising his field and arranging his bowling attacks to successfully defend low totals. Going into the ICC spectacle, New Zealand will once again look up to their pragmatic captain for inspiration as they aim to clinch their maiden World Cup trophy this year. Ross Taylor © Reuters An aggressive top-order batsman who's capable of taking up the challenge to any bowling attack, Ross Taylor has been living up to the reputation of one of New Zealand's batting mainstays over the years. The right-handed batsman boasts of a vast experience and enough know-how of the game, making him a vital cog in New Zealand's batting line-up. For someone who can adapt to any situation, Taylor's temperament and skills were in full display during New Zealand's six-wicket win over tournament hot-shots India in the warm-up tie recently. With his methodical knock of 71 runs, Taylor anchored the chase for the Kiwis with captain Williamson who smashed 67 runs. His ability to stitch partnerships down in the middle is something that his team will rely upon should they find themselves in a crunch situation at the World Cup. Martin Guptill © Reuters Owing to his explosive batting at the top, Martin Guptill has established himself as one of the most efficient openers in limited-overs cricket. Capable of playing all the shots in the books, Guptill's short-arm pull on one leg is arguably the one that stands out. When it comes to the big events, Guptill thrives on challenges which makes him key to New Zealand's success in England & Wales this year. The 32-year-old finished as tournament's leading run-scorer in the 2015 edition where he scored 547 runs including the blistering double-hundred against West Indies that powered New Zealand into the semifinals. In the upcoming mega event, Guptill will once again be expected to put his best foot forward as the Kiwis aim to avenge their 2015 heartbreak. Mitchell Santner © Reuters An efficient spinner and a capable batsman, Mitchell Santner was labelled as New Zealand's next Daniel Vettori when he first surfaced on international circuit in 2015. Though he might have struggled to keep his place in the side, but there is little doubt over the left-arm spinner's capabilities. In 90 limited-overs matches, Santner has done his bit with a tally of 97 wickets to his name. His bowling expertise was in full display during his last match for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL where he registered impressive figures of 2-13 earlier this year. Apart from spin bowling, Santner is more than handy with the bat. In pressure situations, the 27-year-old can hold fort at one end and, if need be, can go hammer and tongs at the opposition bowlers.
  5. Mumbai Indians, which is owned by Mukesh Ambani and Reliance Industries Limited, has become the most successful Indian Premier League franchise in the history of the league after winning their fourth title, one more than the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team, Chennai Super Kings, whom, they incidentally beat in the final last night. While the game swung in favour of both sides during the two innings and was up for grabs until the final delivery of the match, the way in which the MIPaltan nabbed this victory, one can't help but wonder if there was a supernatural entity favouring Rohit Sharma's squad at the time of the need. So, we decided to have a word with the man who is the spiritual backbone of both the team and the team owners, Pandit Chandra Shekar Sharma, who specialises in 'personal coaching and lifestyle-motivational strategies and sharing deeper spiritual insights with the world' according to his Facebook Page. “It was a perfect stage for an IPL final with an intense feeling about the fate of the game, but I knew that Mumbai (Indians) had the potential to handle such a situation,” he said about yesterday's game. “They have a combination of everything. They have Jasprit Bumrah, who can do wonders during the death overs and they have a game-changer in (Lasith) Malinga and then they have the Pandya Brothers who can change the direction of the match in an instance.” When asked about Malinga's final delivery of the match which was much slower than anyone (even the batsman) would have expected, Pandit Sharma said: “After his first over, everyone was worried but Malinga has been in such a situation before as well. He is a renowned international cricketer and he knows how to play under pressure and that's what he did.” Unprecedented scenes from Hyderabad as @mipaltan became #VIVOIPL champs for the 4â£th time! Lasith Malinga showing his true class in the last over ð#MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/ZzVK0KHx5O — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 2019 We also asked if the team believed in following any specific ritual before the matches and here's what he said: “We do the 'Chandi paath' ahead of every match and yesterday, we performed it during the entire match, until Malinga's final ball. It is lord Durga's 'paath' and is performed in order to enhance one's luck. It gives you the power and the energy to do something in the way that it was meant to.” We even asked him about the famous chants that Nita Ambami chants whenever the team finds itself in some kind of trouble. Hello Nita Ambani can you please accompany India on the world cup tour!!! Just to do that!! #IPLFinal pic.twitter.com/yDmWU3FdRW — shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari) May 12, 2019 “That is her secret!” *laugh* “That is her belief. When you believe in something wholeheartedly, it does happen and that's exactly what she does whenever she is a bit nervous, that's it.” So, if you believe in what team owner, Nita Ambani puts her faith in or not, the fact of the matter is that it is working for Mumbai Indians, who now have another championship that they can place in their trophy room and can boast about. And hey, “if it ain't broke…”
  6. 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.
  7. No matter what part of the world we are in, education is always given a ton of importance. In a way, it is projected as the only key to attaining wisdom, that would ultimately allow us to lead a life we are not only proud of, but one that also takes care of all our material needs throughout our lives. (c) Vinod Chopra Films Yet, what most people, especially in our society choose to overlook, is the fact that an education isn't the only “key” to getting there. A sharp mind, crafty skills and an inherent talent can also bring all that, and much more, to a person's life. Recently, during an appearance on 'The Kapil Sharma Show', 'Student of The Year 2' actor Tiger Shroff was asked by host Kapil Sharma what was the difference between a real and reel college, to which Tiger said that he was not aware of the difference since he never attended college, to begin with. He added that immediately after school he joined the sets of his first film 'Heropanti'. (c) Twitter Yet, if we look at Tiger's career graph, we can easily say that not going to college, and not completing his studies hasn't made him any less successful in the line of work, he chose for himself. Why? Because he had other skills, and a passion for his craft to make up for the lack of higher education on his resume. Just like Tiger Shroff, these following 5 actors also never attended college. Read about them here: 1. Aamir Khan (c) Twitter Aamir Khan was only 16-years-old when he acted in a silent film titled 'Paranoia'. His performance fetched him so much appreciation that he decided to ditch the idea of studying further and got into theatre instead. There was no looking back post that, and soon he became a full-time actor. 2. Alia Bhatt (c) Twitter Alia had just graduated from Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai, when she had to start shooting for her debut film with Karan Johar in 2012. Alia has often expressed that she was never into academics and enjoyed extra-curricular more than studying. We suppose acting was her best bet after all. Look at all the performances she 'dhoptoed' the audience with recently! 3. Salman Khan (c) Twitter Bollywood's big brother went to school at St Stanislaus High School in Bandra, Mumbai. It is reported that he got himself enrolled in St Xavier's College but never attended because he wished to kick start his film career. Clearly, that was the best decision he made. Right? 4. Deepika Padukone (c) Twitter Deepika went to Sophia High School in Bangalore but could not complete her education because of the constant demands of her modelling career. She did get herself enrolled for a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from IGNOU, but quit eventually to focus on her modelling career full-time. 5. Arjun Kapoor (c) Twitter Arjun Kapoor's tryst with education hasn't been a very memorable one. Arjun attended Arya Vidya Mandir school in Mumbai, where he studied till 12th grade. However, he failed to clear his class 12th exams, and he quit his studies altogether. These Bollywood A-listers with just their school education to back them, besides truck-loads of talent, prove that success does not restrict itself to people with good degrees on their resumes. It'll come to those who follow their passion, work hard to live their dreams and know how to utilise their skills and talents to make a name for themselves and live life king size.
  8. The wheels of fortune have turned for Pankaj Tripathi and how! He is the face of rising stars in the field of acting, someone who has given his life a complete makeover purely based on his hard work and talent. The 'Mirzapur' actor recently shifted to a new home in Mumbai's Madh Island locality, but this hasn't erased the memories of his days of struggle. "It was our dream home, a love nest at the seaside. Now I've finally bought our dream house in Madh Island. My wife got very emotional after we moved into our new home." © Amazon Prime The actor's powerful performances have been turning every film and show he touches into a goldmine. However, he believes that his power and strength lies in being rooted to his identity and struggles that have helped him on this journey. "Today, my wife Mridula and I own our dream house. But I haven't forgotten my one-room shed with its tin roof in Patna. One night, the rain and wind were so intense that one of the tin sheets blew away and I was left looking at the naked sky," he recounted. © YouTube Currently, Tripathi is being lauded for his impeccable performance in 'Criminal Justice'. From tiniest roles and little screen time, to delivering memorable performances in 'Masaan', 'Newton', 'Mirzapur' and 'Criminal Justice', Panjak has come a long way. He told the media, "The praise for 'Criminal Justice' is pouring in. People who are knowledgeable about acting are praising me. Manoj Bajpayee called to say, 'Yeh tu kya kar raha hai? Kaise kar raha hai?' Manoj bhai is my role model and inspiration as he also came from rural Bihar and I felt that if he could become an actor, why can't I? It's a good feeling.” © Twitter Talking about his long, adventurous journey, Tripathi said, "Until a year back, I accepted any role that was offered to me. Now I'm in a position to pick and choose." Even then, Pankaj only takes strength from his years of struggle and looks at his journey so far in the industry, "With amazement and gratitude. Every experience has shaped the actor and human being that I am." Kudos to this talented man and his spirit. He indeed is a noble actor and a great human being.
  9. The curse is finally over, ladies and gentleman! Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have finally won their first IPL match of the twelfth season and looked really good while doing so, too. After Ravichandran Ashwin's King XI Punjab (KXIP) set a respectable total of 173 on their home ground at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, behind an excellent knock played by Chris 'Universe Boss' Gayle (99 not out), it was time for Kohli and gang to try and chase it down. RCB openers AB de Villiers and Kohli, himself, walked down to the pitch with an aggressive mindset from the beginning and managed to keep the assertion alive for the better half of the second innings, which helped the 'Play Bold' army seal the deal in the final overs. Forming yet another successful partnership, Kohli (67 off 53) and de Villiers (59 not out) were finally able to help the team “cross that line” as the skipper mentioned in an interview after the match. In a different feature video uploaded on the Indian Premier League's official website, it was the South African who held the microphone for the Indian captain for a brief Q&A during which de Villiers asked Kohli about the reasons behind the 30-year-old is. AB's kids knock Anushka and Virat's door at the hotel every morning to wake them up and wish them good morning. "The best thing that has happened to me is me getting married", Virat got me gushing over them again. 'Stability, balance & good wives' https://t.co/T03I8FnjT6 — m (@Manasa2922x) April 14, 2019 “I think over the last year or so, the best thing to have happened to me is me getting married. It has literally changed my whole world,” he said. “I have the most beautiful wife, the most beautiful person and that has been the strongest factor in my life.” “It has changed the way I was before, I was too intense in life but she always keeps me motivated and positive,” Kohli showed appreciation towards Anushka Sharma. “I could not have been luckier to have someone who understands my mindset being in that position herself.” “'Stability, balance and a good wife' is a good life,” said the former Proteas leader in the end.
  10. The UPSC results were announced yesterday and like every year, some super talented people have made it to the top and are gearing up to serve the nation in the near future. This year's UPSC topper Kanishak Kataria, surprised everyone when he wonderfully credited his girlfriend along with his family for his success. Kanishak Kataria, AIR 1 in #UPSC final exam: It's a very surprising moment. I never expected to get the 1st rank. I thank my parents, sister & my girlfriend for the help & moral support. People will expect me to be a good administrator & that's exactly my intention. #Rajasthan pic.twitter.com/IBwhW8TJUs — ANI (@ANI) April 5, 2019 Kanishak is an engineer from the reputed IIT Bombay and hails from Rajasthan originally. Srushti Jayant Deshmukh has topped amongst all women candidates and has secured an overall fifth rank in the civil services examination. Kanishak's vote of thanks has won so many hearts on the internet today since it's a common perception that students are often expected to focus on studies and leave any other relationship behind, but Kanishak is making everyone happy right now for various reasons. Congratulations Kanishak Kataria !! All the best ! Only boys can give credits to Girlfriends for their success. Another feminist in making ... https://t.co/NMF2lP3B1R — Barkha Trehan (@trehan_barkha) April 5, 2019 While i have always seen friends breaking up with their partners with the prospect of a good dowry, IAS partner, minister ki beti , this is new for me. How lovely #KanishakKataria Rare to find men giving credit to the women, especially gf for their success. Be the same#UPSC pic.twitter.com/bjyFa6k2WT — Dr Pooja Tripathi (@drpoojaa) April 6, 2019 https://t.co/9hgWD41wJI Giving credit to his/her girlfriend is very rare....first time India's UPSC topper Kanishak Kataria gives credit for his success to his family members, friends and girlfriend too..now that's called rare...@IndiaToday — Akansha Rawal (@Akansha_rawal) April 6, 2019 Here's to more men acknowledging the support of some wonderful women in their lives. We wish Kanishak all the best in his future endeavours.
  11. One of the greatest batsmen to have ever represented the Men in Blue, Rahul Dravid has fulfilled his duties as the coach of the junior Indian cricket team and helped them experience the level of success that not even the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would have seen coming their way. It was under the leadership of Mr Dependable himself, that Team India A was able to completely dismantle the visiting England Lions for a five-match one-day series and not to forget the 2018 World Cup victory by the Under-19 squad captained by Shubhman Gill along with the 2018 Asia cup championship. It was therefore rather obvious to have Dravid become a major part of the revamping of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), a Bengaluru-based facility that will ensure state of the art technology and other provisions to contribute even more towards the betterment of the future of cricket in India. "Rahul has been handling junior cricket for a while now and the results have been phenomenal. It's only natural that he had to get involved with affairs at the NCA (in the present position). Now, he's determined to bring about a complete turnaround at the academy. With the kind of vision he has, it's already a given now that this is his role until he decides to stay,” Times of India quoted an informed official. Dravid will be entrusted with the role of building the entire academy from scratch while hiring the entire coaching team from all around the country. “For all practical purposes, NCA will now be Rahul's baby,” said another official. His vision has already started to make some significant changes to the pre-established rules. For instance, back in the day, 15 out of 20 people were selected to go further for the training camp, the other five would have been asked to go home, leaving behind their dreams. Dravid, however, has made it clear that all 20 athletes will remain with the academy throughout the camp. While a lot of people had hoped that the BCCI would have selected 'The Wall' as the leader of the main Indian cricket roster instead of Ravi Shastri, this may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the future Indian athletes, having being taught under the wings of the very best at an early stage. With a rock solid base to build their cricketing career upon, Dravid's NCA might as well be the place where dreams are transformed into reality.
  12. Unless you are living under a rock, you have to have an idea about who Michael Phelps is. Bringing about a revolution in the sport of swimming with more than a decade worth of non-stop dedication to his craft, multiple sessions of 2-3 hours of extreme exertion inside the pool and unbelievably strong self-discipline. Participating in four summer Olympics (2004-2016) during his time as a professional swimmer, the 33-year-old athlete has had two bronze medals, three silver medals and 23 gold medals placed around his neck. This astonishing feat of 28 medals in totality makes him the most successful Olympian in the history of mankind and the competition is not even close. It was, therefore, a moment of honour the sporting fraternity of India to host such a remarkable athlete who visited our land for the very first time. As a brand ambassador of Under Armour, a 23-year-old company that manufactures footwear, sports, and casual apparel, Phelps is here to inaugurate their very first commercial outlet that has opened up in DLF Promenade Mall in New Delhi. View this post on Instagram Level of excitement can't be contained just like the will of 1.3 billion Indians. Catch Michael Phelps at the official store launch of UnderArmour. #IndiaWill A post shared by Under Armour India (@underarmourind) on Mar 22, 2019 at 5:16am PDT During the press gathering of the inauguration, Phelps spoke about the kind of work ethic he used to follow when he was an active swimmer. “In the sport of swimming… if you miss one day, it takes you two days to get back. So, when I spent six years without missing a single day of training, I was getting so much more benefit than the other athletes,” said the 23-time Olympic gold medalist. “They (other swimmers) used to swim for six days. If you take an off on Sunday, you are not back by Tuesday and that's exactly where I was getting so much of extra benefit. Phelps also made it absolutely certain that he will not be returning to the pool after retiring from the game in 2016. “Now if I enter the pool, I don't have the same feel...” “I don't swim anymore. I have lost it,” he jokes. View this post on Instagram ðððððððð 10 years ago today i had the chance to share the pool with these guys once again. I couldn't have asked for better teammates to share this amazing moment with!! #aaronpeirsol @brendanhansen12 and @jason_lezak . I know as being a part of team USA how important the TEAM is! Thank you boys and I can't tell you how much of an honor it was!!! These guys and others helped me make history and do something that so many ppl thought was impossible! A post shared by Michael Phelps (@m_phelps00) on Aug 17, 2018 at 10:14pm PDT Another interesting question was raised by Under Armour CEO, Kevin Plank, who seemed to be equally fascinated by the swimmer as the rest of the reporters at the venue. Plank asked: “Do you love winning or hate losing?” Without hesitating for even a single second, Phelps reverted: “I hate losing. Yes, I do not like to lose. People ask me what goes on inside my mind when I am standing on the swimming block and I say 'nothing does', and that's how it should be. If a race is about to start, I am focused on winning it, and that's just it.” Phelps is the epitome of dedication and yet one of the most humble human beings to have graced the biggest stage of sports ever, and his regimen plays a huge role in building up such a character out of him.
  13. Almost six years since 'Aashiqui 2' set screens on fire in 2013 and the Hindi film industry beheld its newest entrant in the 'promising male lead' category, Aditya Roy Kapur is now, once again, all set to join hands with the very man who made it all possible the first time. Aditya has time and again proved that he is an actor with reliable calibre, whether he essayed the role of a supporting actor or a lead star in a film. Be it Avinash in 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' or Aditya in 'Ok Jaanu', he has impressed us with all his performances. Mohit Suri too has given us some good movies like 'Ek Villian' and 'Humari Adhuri Kahani' besides others. Aaj Se Malang! ð¬@mohit11481 @AnilKapoor #AdityaRoyKapur @DishPatani @kunalkemmu @itsBhushanKumar @luv_ranjan @gargankur @jayshewakramani @TSeries @LuvFilms pic.twitter.com/YzmRVzisxh — MALANG (@MalangFilm) March 16, 2019 Now the 'Aashiqui 2' director and Aditya have come together once again for their second collaboration called 'Malang'. The makers of the film announced today that the film will soon hit the floor. Their last venture together in 'Aashiqui 2' had been a mega success at the box office, and we can only hope for great things even this time around, given their history. While the tabloids have already started digging for more details around the film, here is everything that we know so far: 1. Besides Aditya Roy Kapoor and Anil Kapoor, Disha Patani and Kunal Kemmu will also be seen in the film in important roles. View this post on Instagram Let's get CRAZY,INTENSE and #MALANG @anilskapoor Sir @adityaroykapur @dishapatani @khemster2 @malangfilm @aseemarora @tseries.official @luv_films #BhushanKumar #LuvRanjan @gargankur82 @jayshewakramani A post shared by mohitsuri (@mohitsuri) on Mar 3, 2019 at 8:12pm PST 2. As per latest reports, 'Malang' will be a romantic horror film, and in a media statement, Mohit said, “With Malang, I am essentially returning to the genre I enjoy the most. It will be intense, edgy and mad. I hope Malang is as thrilling and exciting an experience for the audience to see as much as it has already been for me.” 3. 'Malang' is being co-produced by Luv Films and T-Series, and both of these production houses have some great titles under their belt, which have done well at the box office. View this post on Instagram On a new journey with the man that changed it all for me. A post shared by @ adityaroykapur on Mar 15, 2019 at 8:41pm PDT 4. This will be Aditya Roy Kapur and Disha Patani's first on-screen pairing and we are excited to see how it turns out. Aditya will next be seen in 'Kalank', while Disha's upcoming release is Salman-Katrina starrer 'Bharat'. 5. 'Malang' is expected to release around Valentine's Day next year in 2020.
  14. Following the ODI series against the visiting Australian cricket team comes as a wake-up call for the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI). It gives a hint of how dire a situation they are in right now and what kind of competition they are looking at in the ICC World Cup 2019 come June. It was also a reminder of how badly do they still need Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be included in the final roster. Virat Kohli's Commander In Chief © Reuters Yes, Virat Kohli has proven his worth maybe a million times both as a batsman and a leader and his efforts were even recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) when they honoured the 30-year-old with three of the most prestigious awards in the game - Men's Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and ODI Cricketer of the Year while also naming him the captain of the Test and ODI Teams of the Year. However, the man himself has agreed to the fact that he can afford the luxury of fielding at the boundary whenever Dhoni plays from his team. A big fan of the former skipper's ability to lead, Kohli trusts Dhoni's decision-making, especially in crunch time, when the match is on the line. Kohli's frustration and anger in the final overs of Indian bowling in the fifth ODI were enough to understand how gravely he missed having 'Mahi Bhai' by his side. Skills Behind The Stumps © Reuters Rishabh Pant may turn out to be a great substitute for MSD in due course of time and as his childhood coach Tarak Sinha very rightly said that it is unfair to compare a seasoned veteran like Dhoni to a fresher like Pant. Having said that, Pant will get a lot of chances to brush up his skills behind the wicket. For now, at least till the World Cup is over, India can't afford to have the kind of slip-ups the 21-year-old did in the last two ODIs. "Yeh aank band karke rokega. Dusra waala daal sakta hai isko." MS Dhoni from behind the stumps reads Boult, suggests Kuldeep to bowl a googly. Kuldeep obliges and Rohit takes a simple catch at first slip. NZ have been bowled out for 157. #CricketMeriJaan #NZvIND — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 23, 2019 India also missed how Dhoni reads the game and the batsman's mind and instructs the bowlers accordingly. Success of Indian spinners in the recent past has a lot to do with Dhoni's observations from behind the stumps. On the contrary, his absence from the roster has led to bowlers like Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav being thrashed by the batsmen from Down Under. Dependable On The Crease © Reuters His capabilities as a batsman also needs to be taken into account. Albeit his consistency to score big runs and hit long shots has gone down drastically in recent days, but one can still bet on Dhoni's ability to stay on the crease. During the T20I and ODI series in New Zealand and the partnership between him and Jadhav, Dhoni made sure that his side doesn't lose any more wickets while enabling his partner to score big runs on strike. His Locker-Room Aura © Reuters Finally, just the mere presence of a personality like Dhoni in the locker room brings a sense of stability to the team. After the win in the first ODI, Jadhav openly advocated that notion: “Every time I see 'Mahi bhai', it instills confidence in me. That sort of aura is like, that you see him and feel that 'I will deliver today'. He has the knack of getting the best out of every player and that's what everybody loves about him.”
  15. Priyanka Chopra has been having the time of her life ever since she tied the knot with American singer Nick Jonas late last year. The couple has constantly been in the public eye ever since, making public appearances to parties and award shows both at home in India and America. View this post on Instagram Funniest guy I know. â¤ï¸ð A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Feb 25, 2019 at 2:40pm PST Priyanka was recently in India to shoot for her upcoming Bollywood film, Shonali Bose's 'The Sky Is Pink' which also stars Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim. Apart from work, she also attended Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta's wedding celebrations, before heading back to America. View this post on Instagram Family.. @siddharthchopra89 @madhumalati â¤ï¸ A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Mar 9, 2019 at 4:23am PST However, what waited for her back home was a sleek and spiffy Mercedes S650 Maybach! Nick Jonas was clearly in a mood to pamper his wife owing to the success of the Jonas Brothers' recent single 'Sucker' that featured Priyanka, besides his brothers Kevin, Joe and their SOs. In the post she shared, Priyanka captioned the image as “When the hubby goes number one.. the wifey gets a @maybach !! Introducing.. Extra Chopra Jonas.. haha .. I love you baby!! Yaaay! Best husband ever.. @nickjonas” © Instagram The Jonas Brothers recently made a stellar comeback with their single 'Sucker' which made it to Billboard No 1 spot on the list of Billboard Hot 100, which also marks the debut for the brothers on the coveted list. No wonder this called for major celebrations and Nick made sure he got it right with this awesome move! View this post on Instagram So good to come home to this! I'm so proud of u baby.. â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ @nickjonas @joejonas @kevinjonas @jonasbrothers A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Mar 12, 2019 at 3:39pm PDT Here they are, all hearts and kisses, showing off their stunning ride while we have to make do with kaju katli after every good news that comes our way. You should see how green we have turned with envy RN. View this post on Instagram Glam baths...yes pls...the #jonasbrothers are back! #sucker Before and after. 𥶠Best hubby ever. @nickjonas â¤ï¸ A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Mar 1, 2019 at 5:26pm PST The Jonas Brothers reunited after six years with their single 'Sucker' and their fans ensured that they remind the brothers of their loyalty and love, making it a hit at the top spot! As for Priyanka, she had been constantly cheering for her hubby Nick and her brothers-in-law Joe and Kevin all along the way! The Jonas Brothers debut at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100!! OMGeeeeeee!! I Could not be more proud of you guys (screaming inside)♥ï¸ @nickjonas @kevinjonas @joejonas https://t.co/MqjT5Kkv7G — PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) March 11, 2019 View this post on Instagram And yes they're back…and may I say… hotter than ever. So proud of the family #Sucker #JonasBrothers #MidnightET A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Feb 28, 2019 at 7:00am PST Good to see it's turned out so well for the talented fam!
  16. When the 'Gully Boy' trailer dropped, no one had a doubt about the fate of the movie because when you combine the vision of Zoya Akhtar and the brilliance of Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, you get nothing short of perfection from it. The movie opened at the ongoing Berlin Film Festival and in a record time of just 4 minutes, all the tickets for the premiere were sold out. Needless to say, the audience cannot stop raving about this masterpiece, calling it Ranveer's finest work till date. #GullyBoy is an excellent, excellent film! There is no better director than #ZoyaAkhtar at the moment. An absolute must watch. @RanveerOfficial @aliaa08 #Berlinale2019 — Aryaman Bhatnagar (@aryaman89) February 9, 2019 About #GullyBoy I'm gonna say something. There are yearly 400 movies at the Berlinale. I choose every edition to see 30-35. I chose Gully Boy because it was from India ð®ð³ and they are making great movies in the last years. I had no clue what the movie was about. What a present ⤠— Carlos Grau (@cineypoesia) February 10, 2019 Ranveer and Alia ka 'time aa gaya hai' and everyone is convinced it's the best movie of the year. #ApnaTimeAayega starts on screen and the audience matches the beats with their rhythmic applause #GullyBoyInBerlin #gullyboy - that says what this movie means to today's generation — Samir Bhamra (@phizzical) February 9, 2019 Watched the world premier of #GullyBoy @berlinale . Intense movie, strong characters, emotional , focused direction, different narrative, superb direction, @RanveerOfficial intense role, gripping performance, @aliaa08 show stopper, #ZoyaAkhtar, brilliant, @ritesh_sid innovator, — Chaitanya Prasad (@Chatty111Prasad) February 10, 2019 Gully Boy is going to be one cult classic, let alone the best film this year, and it's just February. Trust me, it's just sick. ♥ï¸ð #GullyBoy #Berlinale #RanveerSingh #AliaBhatt — Ranjeet Devckar (@devckar) February 10, 2019 The movie releases this Friday, so make sure that your Valentine's Day plans are set in stone about this movie date that needs to be on your calendar for sure.
  17. There is a well-known adage common to most Indian households, that is an unrivalled favourite amongst 98% of Indian parents, and it goes something like “hard work is the only key to success”. You might have been personally subjected to some similar version of this, such as, “there is no secret to success (only hard work)” or “there is no shortcut to success (just keep working hard)” yada yada. Do these ring a bell? We are sure it does, because most of us have lived through at least one such lecture which involved the use of one of these adages, either after we messed up an important exam or performance. We all know what a hard time our parents can give us over lost opportunities and our inability to match up to the ideal that is “pados wale Sharmaji ka beta”. Yet, no matter how badly we crib about it amongst ourselves, truth be told, our parents were seldom wrong when they pointed out the obvious (which we were too stubborn to accept) to us, because young Shubham Chaurasia from Bihar, who is the son of a paanwala Shiv Kumar Prasad Chaurasia is a living proof that all of those aforementioned adages might sound frivolous, or parent-talk, but are true indeed. © Hindustan Times-Anil Kumar Ojha Why we are saying so is because when the JEE Main 2019 results was announced recently, Shubham happened to be amongst the handful of people who managed to score 99.56 percentile in the exam! Talking about his son's achievements, Shubham's father told HT that, “My son would not have achieved success without help of former DGP Abhayanand, who runs Magadh Super 30 coaching centre, and its coordinator Pankaj Kumar, who mentored Shubham.” These are people who guided and mentored Shubham, and pumped enough confidence in him to set out on this endeavour. However, it was Shubham's constant efforts and dedication that came to fruition with this stellar score. Even a thrilled Shubham was eager to share his personal life-goals and said that “If I achieve something in life, I will first stop my father from selling betel. I will support education of my sister and I will also work for betterment of society that ensured my education. My all earnings will go for charity, particularly for education of the girls of the families having little resources.” This young boy has seen up close what a life filled with struggle and limited means and opportunities looks like. This gives him the motivation to continuously work hard so that not only can he improve his own personal prospects, but create a better future for his loved ones too. And isn't that something all of us want from life at the end of the day? A better and improved future, not only for ourselves but our dear ones as well. But perhaps the only difference between the ones who come to turn their wish into reality, is their willingness and dedication to work hard and achieve every goal, in order to live that dream outside of their minds. Indeed, it only makes sense then that there would be no shortcut to how we succeed in our endeavours, expect by working hard to seize it by the collar and claim it. No earn it. Some adages, well most of them do hold true, but it is always humbling to get reminded that these saying are not merely words thrown around to make a point or boost our confidence, through living proofs which only helps to firm our belief that “good things come to those who try”.
  18. Last year ended on a great note for Ranveer Singh and Rohit Shetty, with the grand success of their film 'Simmba' at the box office. In order to celebrate the mega feat, director Rohit Shetty, producer Karan Johar and actor Ranveer Singh got together to throw a success party for the team and fellow friends in the industry. View this post on Instagram I think i know what you're talking about @itsrohitshetty ððððð A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Jan 7, 2019 at 10:24am PST However, amongst all the gazillion photos from the party that surfaced on social media, one particular snap, in particular, went viral on social media. The picture was first shared by producer Karan Johar on his Instagram stories with a caption that read, “Good luck blessings”. In it, we can see Deepika Padukone holding out her hand over their bowed heads in the gesture of blessing the trio, which included husband Ranveer, 'Simmba' director Rohit Shetty and producer Karan Johar. View this post on Instagram She blessed us down and she blessed them up too ððð#deepikapadukone A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Jan 7, 2019 at 11:58am PST Netizens took a great interest in the picture which soon went viral, and speculations over the intention of the act began surfacing on social media. However, when Ranveer himself was asked to comment on the real reason behind the picture during the trailer launch interview of Ranveer's upcoming film with Alia Bhatt, 'Gully Boy', he explained that the trio was seeking the blessings of Ranveer's “lady luck” who is also the “Lakshmi who has come home”. Ranveer also told Pinkvilla, that right before the said picture was taken, his friends were talking about Ranveer's “lady luck”, and how “Lakshmi (as in the Goddess of wealth) has come home”. So, the trio felt that they should take Lakshmi's blessings. He also added that, “So, she blessed us and we did that and it was a cute moment.”
  19. Bollywood likes to party, and when the excuse is as legit as a movie being as well-received as 'Simmba' at the Box-Office, that turns into a 'bash'. It happened, and all our favourite action stars got together to celebrate it. (When was the last time you saw Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn in the same frame?) © Manav Manglani Now, when Ranveer Singh and Karan Johar are present at an event together, naturally, one would assume that no one else has a chance in terms of outfit and footwear. This time though, our very own Mr Khiladi played the game better than them. While Karan's Gucci platform sneakers and Ranveer's playful orange shoes (Yeezys? They're partially hidden) tried their best, they couldn't match up to Akki's black and white statement boots. © Manav Manglani Akshay has always been extremely minimal in terms of his style statement, but clearly knows how to once in a while throw in statement pieces and make it work like a charm. His outfit is extremely demure, but those high boots add the much needed dimension that spells 'functional fashion'. © Manav Manglani We're in love with the faux leather finish, plus that white toe cap and sole. All we can say is, simplicity never fails to make a statement and Akki plays that game better than anyone else
  20. Apple's new smartphone i.e. the iPhone XR is now the company's best-selling smartphone since it went on sale last month. The news comes from a company executive who told Reuters about the smartphone's success. In fact, it was our favourite smartphone from the lineup and you can read our full review here. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The iPhone XR is Apple's cheaper smartphone from 2018's lineup and costs Rs 52,000. It was launched after Apple released the iPhone XS and XS Max, which start at Rs 70,000. It was a no-brainer that the iPhone XR will be Apple's most successful device this year as it has almost all the key features as its expensive counterparts but costs significantly less. It has Apple's Face unlocking feature i.e. Face ID and even has Apple's A12 Bionic chip under the hood. Apple has not detailed any numbers as to how many iPhones have sold so far which makes it harder to get the whole picture. For now, we can only assume that it is selling better than the iPhone Xs and Xs Max as both smartphones are relatively very expensive. Apple has reportedly cut both iPhone XS and iPhone XR orders following lower-than-expected demand. Apple is said to have slashed iPhone XR production by up to a third. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Apple's stock has taken a 20 percent slump since the company announced its quarterly earnings. The decline resulted in Apple losing its Trillion dollar value which the company had achieved before announcing the new iPhones. Microsoft has now taken over Apple to be the most valued company in the world recently thanks to its booming cloud business. We can only assume that the iPhone XR has been performing well due to the cheaper price tag. It would be interesting to see actual sales figures to get a better idea at Apple's performance, however, we will only know for sure when a third party analyst gives us the full picture. Source: Cnet
  21. Ever since its launch on Amazon Prime Video on November 16, 'Mirzapur' has been the talk of the town for reasons even we cannot deny. From a stellar cast to sharp dialogues and a thrilling story line, this web series has our stamp of approval for a binge-worthy watch during a lazy weekend. While the web series revolve around Pankaj Tripathi, Divyenndu Sharma, Vikrant Massey and Ali Fazal's characters, we couldn't help but notice other characters that a massive contribution in shaping the plot of the show. 1. Kulbhushan Kharbanda As Bauji Okay, we got to be honest here! We have been eagerly waiting to see Kulbhushan Kharbanda on our screens for quite sometime and this comeback of his was long due. His role as bauji in 'Mirzapur' may be short albeit his performance is beyond perfection. The veteran actor plays Akhandanand's father in the show. Bauji is an ex-con and despite being wheelchair-bound plots a series of underhand dealings and plans to tackle various problems. Besides, Kharbanda's one-liners are a treat to listen if you are into dark, dry humour. 2. Amit Sial As Ram Sharan Maurya Amit Sial plays IPS RS Maurya in Mirzapur; a character that will bring you some hope amidst all that bloodthirsty power struggle and violence. Maurya saab is bold, valiant, righteous and unapologetic. Portrayed as one of the few good guys in the series, he is determined to put an end to the crimes that happen in Mirzapur. 3. Sheeba Chaddha As Vasudha Pandit Sheeba Chaddha is a terrific actor and her role in 'Mirzapur' adds yet another feather in her hat. She plays Vasudha Pandit, wife of Ramkant Pandit played by Rajesh Tailang. She is a strong woman and a stronger woman who takes pride in her sons' newfound money and status and she doesn't shy away from flaunting it. 4. Subhrajyoti Barat As Rati Shankar Shukla Subrajyoti Barat's character as Rati Shankar Shukla in 'Mirzapur' is a small one yet it sets the tone for the overall story line. Rati Shankar is the crime lord of Jaunpur and a flashback towards the start of the series reveals a deadly rivalry between Kaleen Bhaiya (played by Pankaj Tripathi) and him that marks the trigger point for the endless murders, betrayals and illegal weapon trade in Mirzapur. 5. Harshita Gaur As Dimpy Pandit The internet can't seem to get enough of Harshita Gaur's character Dimpy Pandit in Mirzapur and we get it why. She is Guddu's (played by Ali Fazal) and Bablu's (played by Vikrant Massey) sister and at first shown as extremely docile. But as the story progresses, she grows into a stronger character who fights for her own individuality. Directed by Karan Anshuman and Puneet Krishna, the series is a gangster drama set in the little-known lawless town of Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. The town is functions around the whims and fancies of underworld boss Akhandanand Tripathi aka Kaleen Bhaiya. He is feared and respected by his people but despite his reputation, he has his own vulnerable point - his son, Munna who cannot wait to inherit his father's legacy. Sounds interesting, right? Go ahead and watch 'Mirzapur' on Amazon Prime Video. Trust us, you'll get hooked!
  22. 'PUBG', the battle royale game that has become a huge mobile game in India has now seen more downloads than any other game on iOS and Android. The game's popularity led to Playtopia to conduct a tournament for college students in Bangalore. The tournament was organised in partnership with the creators of the mobile version of PUBG i.e. Tencent games. The tournament saw 2.5 lakh participants from over 1,000 colleges across 30 cities. © Playtonia The winning prize pool for the tournament was Rs 50 Lakh while the winning team i.e. 'The Terrifying Nightmares' from Mumbai got a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh. There was also at least 3,00 people in attendance at the tournament. Playtonia involved over 200 students through its Playtonia Ambassador Program for promoting the championships across 1000 colleges across India. This resulted in extensive response and within a span of 2 weeks. © Playtonia 'PUBG' has become one of the ultra-popular games in India that have been a part of the mobile gaming boom in India. eSports analytics provider Newzoo reports that 89% of all mobile game revenues come from India. India is currently the fastest-growing mobile games market in the world and is set to grow from a revenue of $1.1 billion in 2018 to $2.4 billion in 2020.
  23. Social media is where the current generation of tech-savvy and information-hungry junkies live. We breathe in the latest updates in the form of push notifications and tend to our serious cases of FOMO with the help of social networking websites. Not just that, the social media has also helped us in sorting out our need for instant gratification, by the means of bringing our every need within the reach of our palm. Whether it is food or entertainment we seek, it's all available at the click of a button. With as many as 3.196 billion global social media users, and almost 42% penetration in 2018, as per a 'We Are Social' special report, this power has also helped to change the lives of many commoners like ourselves. These people have explored the potential of social media to the fullest and emerged as the greatest social media celebs our generation has ever seen. For some, life has changed overnight, while for others it took a little longer. But they are here now, and they are causing quite a stir online. Here are the success stories of 5 young social media celebs of recent times. 1. Ashish Chanchlani © Instagram YouTuber and Viner, Ashish needs no introduction. It was a short video by David Lopez that changed the life of this engineering graduate. He initially started out as a motivational speaker of sorts, but it was his comic vines that earned him crazy popularity. With close to 8 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, his videos are hilarious with a lot of cuss words that make up his earnest expressions on the camera. He hails Akshay Kumar as his role model and is said to have started his YouTube channel as a means to accomplish his desire to act. Youngsters across the country love his work, and his online presence keeps on growing bigger and bigger. 2. Srishti Dixit © Instagram It was probably her take on the iconic character of Poo from K3G, played by Kareena Kapoor, that changed the Kanpur girl's life forever. In the video shared by BuzzFeed India, not only do we come across Srishti's acting skills, but also come to love her comic timing. And just like that, Srishti became internet's new celeb overnight. Her wit, brutal honesty and authenticity make her a relatable personality that her audience can instantly connect to. What's more, she has gone on to appear on various shows and shared the stage with prominent personalities like Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. More recently, she also graced the pages of Verve magazine with Cyrus Broacha, his dog and her cat Patches. 3. Amit Bhadana © Instagram With over 11 million subscribers, Bhadana is one of India's most popular YouTubers, perhaps second to only Bhuvan Bam. The 24-year-old Gurjar boy from Delhi is popular for his honest and uber hilarious takes on relationships and intricacies of people's personality. With a bachelor's degree in Law, Amit had a hard time convincing his parents that YouTube is what he wanted to do full time. What's more, his parents were clueless about his endeavours when he started out. In an interview with HT, he said that it was his online popularity that finally gave him away. An absolute hit with young Indians, people cannot seem to get enough of his funny bones. 4. Tushar Lall © Instagram The mastermind behind one of the greatest musical revolutions to have gripped India in recent years, Lall is the man behind 'The Indian Jam Project'. The idea was to bring Indian classical musicians onto one platform and recreate popular movie and TV scores. A Music Production student from Dubspot, New York, Lall always wanted to bring together Indian classical music into the contemporary music scene. When BuzzFeed and MTV Indies picked up his first raw take on the musical fusion with 'Game of Thrones' opening theme song cover, he became an internet sensation overnight. The Indian Jam Project's work has caught the attention of prominent personalities such as Emmy award-winning composer Michael Price, actor and novelist Mark Gatiss, and Hollywood film score composer Clint Mansell, among others. Some of his covers of cult scores, such as the theme music of 'Harry Potter' and 'Star Wars' have gotten them a lot of eyeballs (and ears). 5. Kenneth 'Kenny' Sebastian © Instagram One of India's most beloved comic stars, Kenny's USP lies in his ability to satirise the trivialities of the Indian middle class, thrive on the idiosyncrasies of the underdog and bring out the relatable side of the most mundane aspects of human existence. His rendezvous with stand-up comedy happened by chance. It was during his days in college that he decided to participate in a stand-up competition being held by IIT-Mumbai during its Mood Indigo Festival. Guess what? Not only did he win the competition and the cash money, but also got his first break to perform at the prestigious 'The Comedy Store'. With close to 2 million subscribers on YouTube and a huge fan following outside of the virtual space. He's a super talented musician besides being a filmmaker and stand-up comedian. The guy holds a bachelor's degree in Visual Arts and is a trained painter too. How talented! Inspiring people, aren't they?
  24. In a country where cricket reigns supreme like no other sport, it's quite understandable to see the Indian youth opting for the willow, instead of, say, football, badminton racket or a hockey stick. Now, the popularity of cricket in the country might have left other sports lurking in its shadow, but at the same time, it has played a significant role in providing mercurial talents to Indian cricket. The abundance of cricket players is a problem every nation would love to have, but it also means that a cricketer needs to slug it out to rise through the ranks before eventually realising the dream of playing for the national team. While many chase the elusive dream throughout their respective careers, only a handful manage to don the iconic blue jersey. But, it doesn't end there. Playing for the country is undeniably a matter of great pride for any sportsperson, but donning national colours and then delivering the goods on the international circuit are two different things. Thanks to the plethora of talent around, Indian cricketers cannot take their place for granted (ask Rohit Sharma). Every opportunity accounts for a pivotal step in their respective cricketing careers. Thus, it is almost imminent for an Indian cricketer to make those opportunities count - a quality that has consistently reflected throughout the budding career of young Prithvi Shaw. © BCCL Aged 14, Shaw stole the limelight after smashing a 330-ball 546 - an innings that included 85 fours and five sixes - for Rizvi Springfield school in Mumbai's famed Harris Shield tournament. Plying his trade as an opener, his strokeplay and footwork had many calling him a prodigy and then his mammoth innings in 2013 - highest score in school cricket back then - proved that there was something special about this kid. His rapid strides in the sport saw him earning a spot in India's U-19 side. And, in November 2016, Shaw had his first taste of glory in Indian colours as part of the India U-19 team that won the youth Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. But, despite some impressive performances, not many were convinced about the youngster owing to his inexperience and tender age. And, that's exactly why Mumbai chief selector Milind Rege consulted Rahul Dravid - the India U-19 and India A coach - before drafting Shaw into the Mumbai squad for the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy semifinal against Tamil Nadu. Handed a debut in Ranji Trophy, Shaw, playing as an opener, repaid the faith of Rege and Dravid by slamming a second-innings that paved way for Mumbai's emphatic victory in the crucial tie. If his Ranji performance established him in the domestic circuit, Shaw's sensational debut in the 2017-18 Duleep Trophy earned him comparisons with great Sachin Tendulkar. Playing in his maiden Duleep Trophy game, the right-hander, at the age of 17, smashed a brilliant hundred for 'India Red' in the final to become the youngest player to score a debut ton in the tournament. © BCCL His majestic performances then earned him the India U-19 captaincy for the 2018 World Cup. And, once again, the right-hander didn't disappoint. While his artistry with the willow saw him amassing 261 runs in the tournament (most by an Indian captain in U-19 World Cup), Shaw's impeccable leadership skills eventually led India to their fourth title. His U-19 success was followed by an impressive Indian Premier League (IPL) stint with Delhi Daredevils (DD) earlier this year. In the nine IPL games he played, the right-hander scored 245 runs at an average of 27.22 and an impressive strike-rate of 153.12 to live up to his price tag of Rs 1.2 crore. The next opportunity for Shaw came in the form of India A call-up for the much-anticipated tour of England in July. This was the same time when Virat Kohli-led India were fighting it out against the Englishmen in the five-match Test series. With India's proven openers - Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul - struggling to get going for their side, Shaw was expected to make his international debut in England. But, that didn't happen. © BCCL Shaw must have felt a bit disappointed, but the youngster knew he was closer to realising his dream of playing with the big boys. After patiently waiting for a while, Shaw was eventually handed his Test cap when he was included in India's playing XI against West Indies for the Rajkot Test. And, just like in the past, the 18-year-old grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Opening the innings for Team India, Shaw clobbered 134 off 154 balls in a strokeful innings that included 19 fours. The right-hander looked eager to make a mark from the word go. It was a crisp back-foot punch through the covers that saw him getting off the mark, while a cracking cut shot past point earned him his first boundary. The young prodigy notched up his fifty in 56 deliveries to become the youngest Indian to score a half-century on debut. But, he wasn't done. Shaw's hunger to make the day his own saw him reaching the three-figure mark in the 33rd over. In the process, the Mumbai lad etched his name in the history books as the youngest Indian to score a Test ton on debut. © BCCL His majestic innings eventually came to an end in the 51st over after a caught and bowled dismissal inflicted by Devendra Bishoo. But, by then, Shaw had wowed all with his wide array of strokes, thoroughly complimented by great temperament - the makings of a valuable Test batsman. On Thursday, the whole country knew that Shaw was going to make his international debut in Rajkot. The stage was set and the cameras were rolling as everyone anxiously waited to see India's most exciting young prospect in action. And, knowing Shaw, it was quite obvious to see the young gun up to the task. While his masterful innings established his reputation in international cricket, it also gave Team India and the selectors an extra option at the top of the order. But, most importantly, Shaw's knock - derived on the back of hard work and perseverance - served as a great precedent for all the budding cricketers who must learn the importance of making the limited opportunities count.
  25. Arguably one of the most popular cricketers and one of the successful Indian captains, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his ever-growing stature needs no introduction to cricket. While his leadership skills allowed the Indian cricket team to scale new heights, his batting prowess saw him being hailed as one of the best finishers of the game. He might have renounced his captaincy to pave way for Virat Kohli, but there is little doubt over his popularity amongst cricket fans. For a man who has aided Indian cricket for a really long time now, Dhoni often attracts criticism which is generally focussed on his batting slump and age. His inconsistency with the willow has given the critics enough arsenal to fire verbal volleys at him. The most recent being his low strike-rate during the second ODI against England where India failed to chase down the target of 323 runs. Coming in to bat at a time when India had lost skipper Kohli and the asking rate consistently rising, Dhoni could only manage to score 59-ball 37 which included just two boundaries. He was eventually dismissed in the 47th over by Liam Plunkett as India succumbed to a 86-run defeat. © Reuters The third ODI, eventually a series decider, once again saw Dhoni failing to hit the ground running with the willow. The Jharkhand cricketer scored 42 runs off 66 deliveries as India could only amass 256 runs in 50 overs. In reply, England chased down the target with eight wickets and 33 deliveries to spare, eventually clinching the series 2-1. Dhoni's mediocre performance attracted heavy criticism from fans and pundits alike. Many even went on to speculate that Dhoni's illustrious career was probably coming to an end. For someone who has been closely watched throughout his career, criticism was nothing new for Dhoni but his batting slump in England was probably not his doing. Before going to England, Dhoni had enjoyed a good run in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he led the returning Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their third title triumph. He scored 455 runs in 18 matches at an average of 40.16 and a strike-rate of over 130. There was no shortage of big hits either as Dhoni smashed 24 fours and 30 sixes in the tournament. So what really went wrong for the CSK captain in England, you'd ask? Well, it's his batting position. © Reuters Playing for CSK in IPL 2018, Dhoni ripped the opposition bowlers apart and got his team over the line consistently by batting at the No. 4 position. It allowed him the time to settle in and build the innings before going hammer and tongs at the opposition bowlers in the death overs. But, during the limited-overs series against England, the hard-hitting Dhoni we all saw in the iconic yellow CSK jersey was nowhere to be found. With the Indian middle-order packed with specialist batsmen carrying out their respective roles, Dhoni came to bat down the order and had comparatively lesser balls to face. He might have enthralled us all by going big right from the word go in the past, but if we're being practical, Dhoni is neither the same finisher, nor he is young. From being an aggressor, Dhoni has transformed into an accumulator for Team India. And, that's exactly why the 2018 Asia Cup is a perfect opportunity for this old warhorse to win over the fans and critics. Ahead of this year's Asia Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had decided to rest skipper Kohli for the tournament. While Kohli's absence didn't really go down well with host broadcaster Star, it seems to be a blessing in disguise for Dhoni. With Kohli unavailable for the No. 3 slot, Dhoni now has a chance to come up the order - probably at No. 4 - to anchor the innings for his side before accelerating in the final overs. © Reuters A vital cog in Team India's batting line-up, Dhoni will be crucial for keeping the middle-order intact at the Asia Cup. With India's most consistent batsman Kohli missing out, India's opponents will fancy their chances and could potentially target the team's shaky middle-order in a bid to produce an upset. And, this is where Dhoni's experience will come in handy for Rohit Sharma-led India. Going into the tournament, Dhoni has another confidence booster in the form of his Bradman-esque average in Asia Cup. The right-hander has been unbeaten in his last 7 innings in the tournament, scoring 113 runs at a strike-rate of 213.21. Among the batsmen who have scored more than 500 runs in the competition, Dhoni has the highest average of 95.16 in the history of Asia Cup. Apart from silencing his critics, the Asia Cup can also prove to be a platform for Dhoni to cement his position in the side for the coveted 2019 ICC World Cup in England. As India gear up to defend their Asia Cup title this year, Dhoni will be eager to make the opportunity count on the back of a prolific showing with the willow.
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