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  1. Summers are here and I am sure your 'desi' gym trainer is soon going to tell you that this is a season for dropping the pounds. The typical bodybuilding belief that's still prominent amongst 'desi' style training is that you go on bulk in winters and then during summers, you cut. The theory on which this model is based is that during summers, your body sweats a lot and thus it helps you to cut the layer of fat on your muscles. Some trainers will even go to the extent of making their clients train without a fan in the gym so that they sweat more and thus lose more fat. © Unsplash Read on to know why this theory is absolutely flawed and is complete bro-science. More Sweat In Summers Will Lead To More Fat Loss? Well, if this statement is accurate, then your body should burn zero fat in winters, as you do not sweat at all during the peak winter season. Also, what about people who live in hilly areas and where there is no summer at all? I believe people living in such areas should leave their dream of getting ripped as they will hardly sweat during a workout and thus won't burn any fat. Now let's talk about some science. If someone is on a calorie deficit diet, how will the body manage the deficit calories? Because as per science, when your body cannot meet its daily maintenance calories from outside, it uses the fat stores in your body which is stored in the form of adipose tissue, which is your fat cells. Thus, the so-called 'sweat theory' is just another gem from bro-science and nothing else. Your body will tap into the stored fat cells once you go on a deficit, whether you workout in summers or winters. Is It Fat That Melts In The Form Of Sweat? Absolutely not, sweat is just a medium for your body to maintain its temperature. Since the outside temperature is high during summers, your body sweats more irrespective of the fact that you workout or not. So, while working out, your body may sweat a little extra as it is trying to cool down from the inside by producing more sweat on your skin. In winters, your body is already cooled down so it does not produce that much sweat. It's as simple as that. If fat melted in the form of sweat, people would automatically become lean during summers with the kind of heat waves that we face in India. © Unsplash Can You Gain Weight In Winters? Yes, of course, you can. Gaining or losing has more to do with your dietary intake. If you follow a calorie surplus diet, you will gain while if you go on a deficit, you will lose. The only thing different in summers is that you might increase your water intake as your body tends to sweat a lot more than winters. It's very important to keep your body well hydrated if your workout sessions are frequent and aggressive. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  2. Two Khans of our Bollywood, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, never miss a chance to appreciate each other on social media platforms. The whole country is praising the trailer of Salman Khan's 'Bharat'. Just like Bhai fans are going gaga over the trailer, SRK too seemed to have loved the trailer. He took to Twitter to give a shout-out to the film and wrote, "Kya baat hai bhai!! Bahut Khoob." As soon as SRK tweeted, their fans got one more reason to celebrate their friendship. Here's the tweet: Kya baat hai bhai!! Bahut Khoob. https://t.co/0t8hQoUSbJ — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 22, 2019 The trailer shows Salman Khan in five avatars and it has left all the movie buffs waiting for more. The trailer tells the story of a middle-class old man Bharat, who takes us back to 1947 when India attained its independence. Salman and Katrina Kaif are a deadly combination and fans are happy to see this 'jodi' back on the silver screen. Apart from Salman and Katrina, the film also stars Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff and Sunil Grover in pivotal roles. Bharat is an official remake of the Korean film, 'An Ode To My Father'. It will be interesting to see how Ali Abbas Zafar has given it an Indian twist. © Salman Khan Films In an earlier interview, Ali had said that it's important to show Salman in a different light as the Indian cinema is now changing and doing something different with every film, and that will help them make a mark. Are you looking forward to watching the film? Let us know in the comments below. Meanwhile, check out the trailer here:
  3. Huawei launched a new smartphone that defies everything we've known so far about smartphone cameras. At first, we didn't believe in the hype ourselves until we got to use the smartphone for ourselves. The P30 Pro can take pictures in almost every environment and can even take detailed images of the moon. The P30 pro is not only about offering great cameras, but it also features great design, awesome performance and impressive battery life. The P30 Pro may just be the perfect smartphone every company has been trying to make in the past decade. So, let's find out why the Huawei P30 Pro is probably the only smartphone you want to look at this year: Design & Display When it comes to the design of the smartphone the first thing you will notice is the gradient colours. We have seen the Chinese company breathe new life to smartphones with their Honor branded smartphones and the Mate 20 Pro, and it seems like the company is looking to continue that tradition. We got to use both the Aurora Blue and Breathing Crystal variants and they both looked absolutely stunning. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When you look beyond the colours, the Huawei P30 Pro is not particularly a small device. It has a 6.47-inch display and has curved edges similar to the Mate 20 Pro. The edges on the back of the smartphone also have a curved profile giving it a much ergonomic feel that its predecessor. Overall, the design is impressive, however, the P30 Pro is quite prone to scratches on both sides. We would recommend you use the supplied cover to protect the phone from any damages you may incur overtime. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to the display, the 6.47-inch FHD+ AMOLED display has a smaller notch than the Mate 20 Pro as it does not have the same sensors for facial recognition. Face unlock does work on the P30 Pro but it isn't as reliable as the Mate 20 Pro or the iPhone XS. The display is also used as a loudspeaker instead of having a traditional grille for audio output. You may find it weird at first, however, we got used to it in a matter of days. The AMOLED display quality is excellent where the colours are vibrant and have balanced contrasts. The sharpness is also quite impressive if you like to watch movies and play games. Having said that, we did find the hue on the display on the cooler side which could be annoying for some users. Software © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The smartphone is powered by Huawei's Kirin 980 chipset that is particularly fast and works in tandem with Huawei's EMUI. Having said that, EMUI is a quite bloaty skin that is particularly not clean. Even though we've not been fond of EMUI in the past, the P30 Pro comes with some cool AI features such as an AI video editor (similar to Google Photos), scene detection features for the camera app. It even comes with digital well-being features such as a downtime feature for applications. When you reach your limit for a particular app, the screen turns grey preventing you from doing what you were meant to stop. The P30 Pro also comes with another nifty feature i.e. a Digital Car Key. Basically, you can use the P30 Pro to use as a key for select Audi cars. You can even start the engine with your smartphone. Alas, we did not get to test this feature, however, you can read up more literature about this on Audi and Huawei's website Camera © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The star attraction of the Huawei P30 Pro is its impressive camera setup. It's touted to have incredible digital photography capabilities and for good reason. The array on the back has a 40MP 27mm f/1.6 wide-angle main sensor, a 20MP ultra wide-angle 16mm f/2.2 and an 8MP 5x optical periscope zoom lens, plus a ToF lens. The zoom lens on the P30 Pro is one of the most impressive sensors we've seen as it can do image stabilisation even when zoomed in well over 10x. The P30 Pro uses OIS + EIS at the same time to achieve this feat. Of course, the quality does drop down a bit when you exceed the zooming parameters, however, it is still the best we've ever seen on a smartphone. We could even capture some very accurate and detailed shots of the moon with 50x zoom. You can see the clarity in the photo samples below. Huawei has partnered with Leica to make some of the most impressive we've ever seen. The new sensors are called SuperSpectrum sensors that use RYYB instead of the traditional RGB. Yellow has been used in place of green as it can take in both red and green lights. The sensor is capable of capturing more information and clearer images. Having said that, not everything is peachy here as when you take images of flora, there is considerable saturation which is entirely accurate when it comes to real colours. The Huawei P30 Pro is also incredible at taking low-light images, especially in the night. The light sensitivity ISO goes up to 400,000 which is completely unheard of on a smartphone. You can take some incredible night shots using the Night Mode, which works similar to what you find on Google Pixel 3. It basically takes multiple frames at different levels of exposure and then combines them into a single image. The ToF sensor basically comes in handy when you want to capture the depth or take portrait images from your smartphone. It can read objects and gets a better idea of the subject in front of the camera. The ToF sensor records how long it takes for the light to hit the object in front of the smartphone. This resulted in some awesome portrait images, however, did not work as advertised in dark environments. P30 Pro Camera Samples Performance The Huawei P30 Pro is powered by the Kirin 980 chipset which is also the Chinese company's flagship processor. In terms of RAM, the smartphone comes with 8GB of RAM and a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU for gaming. We encountered no issues when it came to the smartphone's performance and gaming was a breeze as there were no noticeable frame rate drops. We managed to play PUBG in high settings but we enjoyed playing Fortnite more due to the smooth graphics. The P30 Pro also comes with a proprietary file transfer system which basically is faster in reading/write speeds than anything we've seen so far. In terms of benchmark tests, our review unit was able to achieve a score a respectable 3292 in the single-core test while it scored 9657 in the multi-core test. Battery Life © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The P30 Pro has a 4,200 mAh battery and we managed to get 8-9 hours of screen-on time. The smartphone supports 40W fast charging and 15W wireless charging. Much like the Mate 20 Pro, you can even turn on the reverse wireless charging feature to charge other devices such as the new AirPods or the Galaxy Buds. The battery life on the P30 Pro is probably one of the best we've seen on an Android smartphone. The P30 Pro easily lasted more than 17 hours on a single charge and our usage included heavy gaming, GPS navigation, texting, internet browsing and even reverse wireless charging at times. The Final Say As smartphones get increasingly saturated, there are only a few fields left where it can be improved upon. Companies keep trying to improve mobile photography or performance or battery life but often sacrifice at least one of these key features. Having said that, the P30 Pro offers all of these features and do them well. The Huawei P30 Pro does offer the best camera on a smartphone right now and is genuinely a jack of all trades. In some cases, it's even a master of one such as low-light photography. When it comes to competition, only the Pixel 3 comes into mind that can stand up to the P30 Pro when it comes it mobile photography. For Rs 71,9990; you get the latest tech with awesome performance and extraordinary cameras.
  4. 'Game Of Thrones' always pays great emphasis to the soundtrack, the songs and the music that become a part of the show somewhere or the other. Usually, the themes and end credit songs are something to always look forward to as they tell us a lot abbot the standing structure and theme of the particular episode citing incidents of historical importance. Just like how Podrick's song did in episode 2 of season 8: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. © HBO The episode is all about bidding final goodbyes in Winterfell before the eventual fate is faced the next morning, or so the mighty men and women seem to believe. While Arya wants her last night in the arms of the man she fancies, Sansa warms up to Theon after he chooses to fight against the dead. Greyworm and Missandei are making grand future plans to visit Naath after the war is over and a bunch of people are sitting around the fire warming their emotions and indulging in some worthy banter and storytelling. Jaime knights Brienne of Tarth, while Tyrion fills everyone's cups with ale, requesting someone to sing a song. The quiet and unassuming Podrick Payne steps up to the occasion and belts out an old time classic called 'Jenny's Song'. © HBO The song is taken directly from George RR Martin's book: The Song of Ice and Fire and it connects to the larger scheme of things in the storyline. The song is primarily thought to be about 'Jenny of the Oldstones', a girl Duncan Targaryen was madly in love with. Duncan happens to be Daenerys's uncle and the Mad King's elder brother, making him the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Well, what does this piece of information have to do with what's going on right now? A lot apparently! The song directly relates to Duncan's love for Jenny, Rhaegar's love for Lyanna and Jon and Dany's love for each other. Just like how Duncan left his throne for Jenny, the assumption that Jon or Dany might do the same for one another, now that Jon is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne and Dany is well aware of that fact, bringing the Azor Ahai prophecy to light as well. The song plays on many levels, talking about making great sacrifices for the one true love, as it has always happened in history and might take shape in the present as well through the only two Targaryens left. © HBO So, if Duncan gave up his throne for love, will Dany do the same for Jon is the question, and that's what the song highlights. The song though has only presented the readers with one important line in the book: "High in the halls of kings who are gone, Jenny would dance with her ghosts". This reference goes back to 'Summerhall', a Targaryen castle, where a great fire broke out and killed Aegon Targaryen V and Duncan, Jenny's Prince. So, when the line reads "Jenny would dance with her ghosts", it means she'd be dancing with Duncan and Aegon V. © HBO But the version in the episode, the one that Pod sings to show off his vocal skills goes something like this: " The ones she had lost and the ones she had found, And the ones who had love her the most. The ones who'd been gone for so very long, She couldn't remember their names. They spun her around on the damp old stone, Spun away all her sorrow and pain. And she never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. While the last lines repeat, we see a montage of Sam, Gilly and little Sam, Greyworm and Missandei and Theon and Sansa, characters that may not survive the war between the living and the dead. © HBO Well, Jon has forfeited love for duty in the past, when he gave up his love for Ygritte and sided with the Night's Watch because that was the right thing to do according to him and here he is, once again put up to a test and we're wondering if he'll forfeit his love once again for Dany! Well, only time will tell, that's all I can say. For now, the assumption that the song has something very significant to do with what lies ahead is very overpowering, because it talks about love from a long time ago, weaving its way into a love that's very much a part of the present. While we're not sure who gives up on their destiny of love first, we do know that perhaps both won't make it alive to the throne and whoever does make it, the sacrifices they made to get to the throne will haunt them for life. © HBO For now, to digest this heavy piece of information, give Jenny's Song a hear. It's performed by Florence and the Machine and it goes by the name 'Jenny of Oldstones'.
  5. How would you spend your final hours if death was imminent? Would you eat the finest of the meals or get drunk, spend time with your friends or have *** because who knows what tomorrow holds? Well, before you tread ahead, let us tell you this post is dark and full of spoilers. The second episode of 'Game Of Thrones' season 8 aired this morning and among the list of things that surprised us was Arya-Gendry's lovemaking scene. Right before the scene, she was sitting with The Hound and realized that she doesn't want to spend her final hours (if they are her final hours) contemplating things or getting drunk and miserable. And here's the thing: Arya has really evolved over the seasons and especially after her training with the faceless man, her onscreen presence tried to emulate the qualities of a calculative assassin. But we've seen baby Arya draw a better bow than Bran in the first episode, we've seen her grow and fight the lady stereotype thrusted upon her. So seeing her grow up and have human desires was a little surprising. Here's what Twitter had to say about it. Stuff we didn't know we needed! ARYA STARK GETTING DOWN IS THE MOMENT WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR AND DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/nsa78rw1yG — G (@GeeInSpace) April 22, 2019 Yeah, even we weren't, TBH! I wasn't ready for this #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/G6JdbSLCec — House Box Office (@HBO) April 22, 2019 At least she's done having what she wanted Arya having to get out of bed when the white walkers show up #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/ogzz3Pgd7b — Community Chapstick (@CChapstick69) April 22, 2019 Lol. Arya ain't playing this season #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/jtaWLZopLW — hehehe (@AndileXhoba) April 22, 2019 Tears of joy. #GameofThrones Watching Arya undress like pic.twitter.com/XaxCMpYbjC — Sadaf Ali (@notSadaf) April 22, 2019 But everyone knows the girl's name now. A girl has no virginity — Andretti (@HeFromLA) April 22, 2019 *Jaw drop* ARYA: take your own bloody pants off Me: IS THIS ALLOWED???? pic.twitter.com/EHSofsfbbF — #FREEJAGGINOW KINGOFTHEBLOODY7KINGDOMS (@sunveervirk) April 22, 2019 Yeah, but who cares? my brain calculating the seasons to figure out around how old Arya is this season pic.twitter.com/m8HqQoUIFs — SJ (@getvindictive) April 22, 2019 Were we ready for this? Were we??? Arya: Starts taking off clothes to lose her virginity Me:#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/U6tw3FaJkn — Mike.C⪠(@Official_MikeC) April 22, 2019
  6. Salman 'bhai' is back with his 'Eid' gift for fans all over the globe. The trailer of his much-awaited 'Bharat' finally dropped a few minutes ago and before we talk about it, let's have a look at it. Ali Abbas Zafar is back with Katrina and Salman as a team in a tried and tested formula which looks like it will be a super hit. The movie also stars Disha Patani and Sunil Grover in pivotal roles and is a remake of the Korean hit, 'An Ode To My Father'. The movie follows a chronology of India over six decades and Salman Khan will be donning five different looks in the movie. Salman's character is also named 'Bharat' which is like a metaphorical representation of the country itself. SKF The trailer stays true to a typical Salman 'bhai' movie. It has good background score, the enigma of Salman himself, lovely ladies to add more value to the script and a whole 'over the top' vibe. Fans are absolutely loving the trailer already. #BharatTrailer is out now Owesome trailer...it could be the biggest blockbuster of the year Please go and watch pic.twitter.com/3ClMkR2HHU — SalmanKhanfc (@itsSalmanKhanfc) April 22, 2019 Going by the merits of #BharatTrailer, BONAFIDE BLOCKBUSTER is a given. Seems @beingsalmankhan has delivered his most fervid performance till date. Trailer is Perfect blend of mass & class. Katrina nails it. @aliabbaszafar “does whatever it takes” https://t.co/QlsxPYJIpW — Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) April 22, 2019 Salman's last spell at the box-office was a dud in the form of 'Race 3' but knowing the actor, he always bounces back, thanks to the kind of movies he makes, which have many takers out there. The movie is releasing on 5th June this year, so we have something grand to look forward to this Eid, like every Eid. Get ready to witness the journey of a man and a nation together.
  7. Last evening's Indian Premier League match between Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings and Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore produced some really incredible moments of the 2019 season of the league. The thrilling last-minute drama with the brilliant direct hit by the RCB wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel allowed his side to win the third game of the season in a nail-biter. However, the innings played by the former Indian skipper has to be the talk of the town. While scoring his career best in the IPL (83 not out), Dhoni looked and played like his old self when he was challenging the age-old techniques of some of the greatest batsmen of the game with his unorthodox style and brute power. Mahi came to play and was focused from the first delivery, scoring a boundary at the deep point. We also got to see the finesse and creativity of the batter that he gathered and evolved through the years and years of playing international cricket as he smoothly directed a wide ball towards the deep fine leg. This career best performance consisted of five fours and a barrage of sixes, one of which was the longest any cricketer had hit this season at 111 metres, with the ball going out of the M. Chinnaswamy stadium onto the busy roads of Bangalore. Out of the Park SIX ðªðªðª Biggest Six(111m) of #IPL2019 #Dhoni the Powerhouse ð¥ð¥ð¥ pic.twitter.com/trRqoUc6kM — Serendipity ⤠(@PoornaPradeep4) April 21, 2019 The seven sixes that came off Dhoni's bat is the most number of sixes scored by anyone during the ongoing season and led him to score a total of 203 maximums in the 12 years since IPL began, making him the first Indian cricketer to hit 200+ sixes in IPL. What looked like an out-of-hand game for the 'Whistle Podu' franchise, came to the final delivery thanks to the superhuman game played by Dhoni. However, with a dot ball and a failed single, his efforts did not lead to a win. Nonetheless, Dhoni's efforts were recognised by the world: Dhoni for PM. Or have I said that before a dozen times ð — Prannoy Roy (@PrannoyRoyNDTV) April 21, 2019 Dhoni for PM. Or have I said that before a dozen times ð — Prannoy Roy (@PrannoyRoyNDTV) April 21, 2019 Is there anyone better than MS Dhoni in world cricket when it comes to being there & finish off games ? It's not just about striking, it's about backing himself & being calculative. Top innings from him. Unfortunate to have lost by 1 run but Bloody Brilliant @ChennaiIPL #RCBvCSK — Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 21, 2019 84* off 48, 5x4s, 7x6s. Are #Dhoni haters still alive or have they retired from planet earth? ð¥ð¦ #RCBvCSK #CSKvRCB pic.twitter.com/MRpCkuphCx — Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) April 21, 2019 I am not a fan of winning Dhoni, I am Proud fan of MS Dhoni ðªâ¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/IIegM1cAre — DHONIsm™ â¤ï¸ (@DHONIism) April 21, 2019
  8. Realme is still a fairly new brand in the market that's yet to make a significant dent in the industry with its smartphone lineup. Of course, we've seen some really promising devices from Realme in the past like the Realme U1, the recently launched Realme 3, and more. But they come with their fair share of annoyances, often steering the consumers away to other established alternatives. Now yet again, Realme is trying to take a slice of the pie with its latest smartphone, the Realme 3 Pro. The Realme 3 Pro goes all out as an affordable mid-range smartphone with an edge-to-edge dewdrop design, a powerful Snapdragon 710 processor, up to 6GB RAM, and a lot more, all at a price starting at just Rs. 13,999 The Realme 3 Pro has a lot going for it, but does it pack enough goods to beat the like of Xiaomi at its own game of making a phone that ticks all the right boxes? Let's take a look. Design & Display © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Honestly, I haven't been a huge fan of Realme phones' design. It might be an unpopular opinion, but they all looked kind of dull and subdued to me at first glance. The Realme 3 Pro, on the other hand, looks really nice. If you look closely, you'll see a subtle pattern across the back, which reflects light in a unique way. Realme says the pattern is inspired by 'racecourse'. Their slogan for this phone is 'Speed Awakens', so it's the 'Pattern of Speed'. Geddit? I am not too sure about how the visual pattern would look on the other two colorways, but the Carbon Grey variant, which I've been using for the past few weeks, has a unique visual appeal to it. Other noteworthy design elements on the back of the Realme 3 Pro includes a vertical dual-camera setup with some yellow accents, and the 'Realme' branding which gives the phone a sporty look in my opinion. There's also a fingerprint scanner, but that's pretty much it for the back. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The front of the phone is mostly occupied by the 6.3-inch FHD+ display with minimal bezels on the sides. Also, thanks to the 'dewdrop' notch, the Realme 3 Pro boasts a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio, and the display looks gorgeous. The display is certainly one of the biggest plus points of the phone. It's sharp, gets adequately bright even under direct sunlight and is just beautiful to watch videos on or play games. It's a great IPS panel and it's protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, making it quote durable too. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer As an overall package, the Realme 3 Pro feels well built and snug in hand. All three buttons on the sides are well-placed and I personally had no issues reaching them. It still sports a micro USB port instead of USB Type C, but hey, that's not really a deal-breaker. Plus it makes up for it with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Performance & Software As for the performance, let me get it out of the by saying that performance on the Realme 3 Pro is absolutely a breeze. It's fast, snappy and very reliable when it comes opening and loading pretty much any app you throw at it. It's powered by the Snapdragon 710 AIE octa-cpre processor after all, so I wasn't expecting anything less of it in terms of the real-life usage. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The variant which I have for review packs 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, but you can also choose to go with 4GB + 64GB or 6GB + 64GB configurations. I am sure, the performance won't take a huge hit. Really, the Realme 3 Pro did well during my testing, and it was a delight to use. Running games like PUBG, Fortnite, and Asphalt 9 is smooth sailing, and you'll be able to play them without any noticeable stuttering. Yes, the phone gets a little warm to touch after extended hours of gaming, but it's nothing to worry about as it won't get uncomfortably hot. The Realme 3 Pro ships with Android 9 Pie with Oppo's ColorOS v6.0 on top. Again, I am not a huge fan of custom skins on Android, let alone Oppo's heavy ColorOS. However, I enjoy using some of the customization features like 'Swipe-Up Gestures', 'Smart Sidebar', 'Assistive Ball', etc. Although one of the things which I absolutely hate about ColorOS is that ships with a ton, and I mean a TON, of bloatware. Yes, you can get rid of most of them, but seriously, I hate looking at those many apps on a phone which I just pulled out of the box. I really hope Realme does something about it in the future. © MensXP Since we're talking performance, let me touch base on the phone's biometric features too. The fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone is at the right spot in my opinion, and it's super snappy and accurate. The Realme 3 Pro also offers Face Unlock, which is just as fast as the Fingerprint scanner, but I ended up using the physical scanner for, you know, some added security. The speakers, however, are something which I am not a huge fan of. Realme 3 Pro has a single bottom firing speaker, which is very easy to cover with your while using the phone in, say the landscape mode. The audio experience was decent with good audio output, but I found myself reaching out for a pair of headphones. I am glad that Realme didn't get rid of the phone 3.5mm headphone jack. Good job, Realme! © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer Camera The Realme 3 Pro comes with two cameras at the back. One is a 16-megapixel IMX519 shooter whereas the one one is a 5-megapixel shooter with an f/2,4 aperture. And on the front, the Realme 3 Pro sports a 25-megapixel selfie camera. Before we jump into the camera samples, I'd like to point out that I really enjoyed shooting pictures with this phone. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer I was recently in Mumbai for a couple of days, and I carried the Realme 3 Pro along with some flagship phones like the iPhone XR and the Galaxy S10e. Well, I must say that I ended up pulling out the Realme 3 Pro more often than I thought I would, which definitely says something about the camera quality. The camera app is also fairly straightforward and easy to use. There are a bunch of modes to shoot like Nightscape, Portrait, Expert, etc. Realme has also introduced a new mode called 'Ultra HD', which essentially uses software to create a 64MP image with bigger size and, of course, more details. Overall, I'd say that Realme has a commendable job with both the camera hardware and the software. I did say that the Redmi Note 7 Pro's cameras impressed me, but I think this one's equally good, if not significantly better. Yes, the Realme 3 Pro struggles to keep up in low-light, but I guess you can't have it all at this price, really. I'll let you take a look at the images and decide for yourself - Battery Life The Realme 3 Pro packs a beefy 4,05 mAh battery inside which in my opinion is a pretty decent size. It's slight smaller than the 4,230 mAh battery found inside the Realme 3, but I have no complaints with the battery life here. The Realme 3 Pro can easily last a day wit heavy usage, which includes the basic day-to-day tasks like web browsing, social media, usage, etc. and some intensive tasks like media streaming and gaming. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer I've noticed good battery life on almost all the smartphones running on the Snapdragon 710 chip, and the Realme 3 Pro is no exception. If you're not a heavy-hitter like me, then you can push the phone and get through even two days without charging since the phone has really good standby time. The Realme 3 Pro also ships with VOOC 3.0 20V charger inside the box, which can charge the phone from 0% - 100% in about 80 minutes, which is not bad at all. So overall, I'd say the Realme 3 Pro scores good marks in the battery life department too. On an average, you can get about 5-6 hours of screen on time, and charge it fairly quickly thanks to VOOC 3.0. The Final Say © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer It appears to me as though Realme is gaining more confidence with each product it's bringing to the market, and the brand's effort is clearly reflecting on the Realme 3 Pro. No wonder, the brand is leaving no stones unturned while going after Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7 Pro. After using it for an extended period of time, I can confidently say that it ticks all the boxes to make up for a worthy competitor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro. Of course, the Realme 3 Pro is not the perfect mid-range phone, but it has a lot going for it for Rs. 13,999. You get a great FHD+ display, a powerful Snapdragon chipset, amazing battery life, and some capable cameras. The only area where I'd say it falls short is the software. And maybe some minor annoyances like the speaker position and a micro USB port. Well, if you are someone who can look past these qualms, then you'll be very happy with the Realme 3 Pro. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Realme 3 Pro, if you'll ask me, is a phone which I'll be happy to recommend to anyone who's looking for a phone under Rs. 15,000. It's a great Redmi Note 7 Pro alternative, and I think I'll start recommending the Realme 3 Pro more mainly because of how hard it is to get hands on a Xiaomi smartphone these days. So, if you are on a budget, and can't get your hands on a Redmi Note 7 Pro, go ahead and buy the Realme 3 Pro.
  9. The latest episode of 'Game of Thrones'' was a mixed bag of predictable yet gorgeously shot scenes, and the prepping up for the battle towards the end of the episode kind of takes you on a journey filled with mixed emotions. Now, social media is a funny Pandora's Box of jokes and memes and these hilarious ones on today's episode, sum up how we feel. #GameofThrones Jaime when Bran said “the things we do for love” pic.twitter.com/TIxEp5A8Ds — Annalisa Nicole (@annalisa_nicole) April 22, 2019 My thoughts on tonight's Game of Thrones: - Good episode but next week is going to be CRAZY. - Arya a freak! She been reading 50 Faces of Grey. - Jon Snow picking literally the worst time to tell Daenerys that she's in love with her nephew. - Hot Pie gonna end up on the Throne. pic.twitter.com/PEenoTZQDW — Tyler (@TyIerJTY) April 22, 2019 Now, first things first, Arya and Gendry finally found some action and everyone went 'WHOAAAAA'. Arya Memory almost ruined #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/F07MIrv6N0 — hehehe (@AndileXhoba) April 22, 2019 They sure did #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/LTNq19UqYN — Susanela (@_Susanela) April 22, 2019 The Ghost of Ned Stark wanting a word with Gendry. #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/23VuDAre8S — Jeffrey Walizer Jr (@JWalizerJr) April 22, 2019 Then lets talk about Bran and him being a steak offering for the Night King. Bran being dropped outside of Winterfell as a peace offering for the Night King #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/zMgRGVNNQE — anak mading (@dapihes) April 22, 2019 Jon: My name, My Real name is Aegon Targaryen Dany: Who told you? Jon: Bran *Next episode*#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/LTQzxi0hwM — Tony Stark ðº (@_Lone_Ranger21) April 22, 2019 That silent moment between the new lovers when Khaleesi finds out Jon Snow is her nephew in reality. AWKWARD. #gameofthrones Jon: *tells daenerys his true identity* Daenerys: pic.twitter.com/RfwfDiarf5 — sg (@SarahGawo) April 22, 2019 Jon tryna tell dany that he is aegon targaryen #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/eki8lpynSP — mels ðâ¨ðð° (@princessmelssss) April 22, 2019 And then that insanely proud moment of seeing Brienne being knighted? Priceless! Congratulations to Brienne of Tarth for breaking through the stone ceiling. #GamefThrones pic.twitter.com/XUydV5Z0cP — shauna (@goldengateblond) April 22, 2019 Me holding back my tears knowing this is gonna be last time everyone alive together but still looking forward to next ep #GamefThrones pic.twitter.com/zkam1p03oX — Sebastian (@SebJuodaky) April 22, 2019 However, we are aware of the gruesome fact that most people are going to start dying from the next episode onwards and we can't wait. Catharsis much? Sums up episode 2 #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/c8jL1lv9GS — Caligula (@NotEvilCaligula) April 22, 2019
  10. The IPL fever is on, and there is a lot of excitement in the air. From incessantly praying for your home team to buying exclusive IPL gears, that's the mood overall. But at work, it's a different situation. For me, I cannot even concentrate when the match is on, especially if it's my team that's playing. And I am sure you go through the same thing,when you're at work post 8.00 pm and all you can think of is IPL. So here are the 5 things that happen at office every year when the IPL is on. I bet you'll relate to this. 1. Constantly thinking of an excuse to leave early What do you do when it is a long, long day at work, and the match starts at 8.00 pm. How do you get out? Well, I suggest bring out the big guns - headaches, viral fever, flu, everything. Having said that, I sincerely hope my boss isn't reading this right now. 2. Taking innumerable washroom breaks to check the score on UC Browser IPL's on, your home team is playing, and you are still at work. One thing every cricket fan does at work is take millions of loo breaks just to check the live scores on UC Browser. One of the best things about UC Browser is that its in-app tool of cricket content aggregation offers all-in-one live cricket content, including live scores, news, videos, photos, live commentaries and more. Additionally, this time around UC Browser is going big with IPL 2019. They have launched the UC Miss Cricket Contest for the course of IPL. It's India's first ever cricket-themed online pagent. In fact, last year the contest received a tremendous response, including participation from Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela, Miss India Priyadarshini Chatterjee and TV actress Shirin Sewani. The contest is underway till May 1, and we hear the winner will win a huge prize, and will also be featured on a billboard at New York Times Square. Now that's big, ain't it? 3. Putting your money on your favourite team This happens everytime IPL is on. It's almost like an unofficial tradition at work. I am going big on Mumbai Indians, whom are you supporting? 4. Checking the WiFi 24x7 Here's a truth. You are never going to check the WiFi speed if it's a usual day at work. But when the IPL is on, WiFi is your top-most priority. I mean, how else will you livestream the match and check the scores all the time? 5. Getting into a heated conversation During IPL, a KKR fan will always get into a heated conversation with a Mumbai Indian fan. Or, a CSK follower will never miss an opportunity to pick on a RCB fan. When we talk about the IPL fever, this is exactly what we mean. Do you relate to this? If yes, let us know which team you are supporting this time.
  11. Look, I don't care if the video footage from 'Avengers: Endgame' has been leaked by one of the inside men of the Marvel Studios (maybe, keep a closer look at your men, MARVEL!) and sure there's that theory released by infamous Redditor who'd successfully predicted every event of 'Avengers: Infinity War' that has made the people of internet gasping for air. But, the Marvel nerd in me has somehow kept me afloat in such testing times when everyone is looking to ruin the whole experience for me by “accidentally” tagging me on the Facebook posts about the leaked footage. FYI - There's a special place in 'Hel' for such people (get it?) Anyhow, as a lover of Stan Lee's vision and Kevin Feige's touch to make the Marvel Comics an even better visual delight and attention to detail, I am always on the lookout for the smallest of hints and easter eggs that the brilliant geeks at Marvel Studios slide into the movie footage. I caught one such hint in one of the latest Endgame “spots” released by the Studios titled “Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame | "Mission" Spot” In the footage, Captain America talks about dividing the Avengers into various teams with missions allotted to each of them. “No mistakes, no dovers. Look out for each other. This is the fight of our lives,” he says as the Avengers assemble and raise their fists together. © Marvel Studios And this is it. This is where the clue lies. In this scene there are nine people making the circle. According to the rest of the trailer we are certain that Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Natasha Romanoff, Rocket, Clint Barton, Scott Lang are seen wearing the quantum realm suit, standing in that very circle. Also, according to the previous trailers we know that Nebula and James Rhodes also have been seen walking through the Avengers' plane hanger wearing the suit. So, who is the ninth character? We can judge by the modifications made to the suits and the length and size of the hands, we can make some really well-educated guesses as to who is standing where: Let's start with the very obvious one going counter clockwise: We can see Rocket, Nebula, then we have Rhodes' customised Iron Patriot suit, followed by Scott, Natasha, Barton and finally Rogers and Stark. However, the last hand has to belong to a physically bigger being like Thor. © Marvel Studios But if my theory about Captain Marvel's fate in the first half of the movie is true, then Thor will not be available to go on this 'mission'. So if not Thor, then who? I guess you know where we are going with this. This has to be Hulk! Getting over his loss against Thanos at the Argardian ship at the beginning of Infinity War, Hulk might finally be back. But, wait! There's more! Notice how calm and relaxed that hand is? Almost as if the Hulk isn't angry anymore. As if, Bruce Banner has some kind of control over the green beast. And believe it or not but In the Marvel Comics, there also exists a character like who has the mind of Banner and strength of the Hulk and is known by the name of Professor Hulk. Could this be true?
  12. No one would have imagined that their Easter celebrations would turn into days of mourning, as the Christian community in Sri Lanka set out to ring in the festivities of the Lord's mythical resurrection yesterday. © AP Early morning yesterday, the entire Sri Lankan nation was rocked by eight consecutive bombings in different parts of Colombo. The major targets were churches where Easter services were underway, luxury hotels occupied by tourists, and a housing complex. © AP The death count has reached 290 so far, with over 500 being declared injured. Six Indians were amongst the 290 people who lost their lives in the serial blasts yesterday. They have been identified as P.S. Raseena, Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar, Ramesh, K G Hanumantharayappa, and M Rangappa. Indian High Commission in Colombo has conveyed that National Hospital has informed them about the death of three Indian nationals. Their names are Lokashini, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh. We are ascertaining further details. /3 — Chowkidar Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 21, 2019 @SushmaSwaraj We sadly confirm the deaths of the following two individuals in the blasts yesterday: - K G Hanumantharayappa -M Rangappa. — India in Sri Lanka (@IndiainSL) April 22, 2019 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been actively monitoring the situation and coordinating with the Indian High Commission in the country for all sorts of assistance the Sri Lankan government might require at this hour of need. I conveyed to the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka that India is ready to provide all humanitarian assistance. In case required, we are ready to despatch our medical teams as well. — Chowkidar Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 21, 2019 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind have both condemned the blasts in Sri Lanka, and sent across their condolences to suffering families. Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured. — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 21, 2019 India condemns the terror attacks in Sri Lanka and offers its condolences to the people and government of the country. Such senseless violence, aimed at innocent people, has no place in civilised society. We stand in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka #PresidentKovind — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) April 21, 2019 One of the victims, P.S. Raseena, who was from Mogral Puthur in Kerala was killed just when she was checking out of Shangri-La hotel. According to her relatives, Raseena was in Sri Lanka on a vacation with her husband Khader Kukadi, who works as an engineer working in Dubai. After Kukadi left for Dubai earlier on Sunday, Raseena was to leave the hotel and visit her brother Bahseer, who lives in Colombo. Basheer was supposed to pick Raseena from the hotel, but ended up identifying his sister's body at a city hospital. Our condolences and prayers with all those who are suffering.
  13. The reactions to the first two episodes of the epic final season of 'Game Of Thrones' have been quite mixed in terms of some predictable moments and some 'OMG' moments. Now the preview of the next episode in line shows a glimpse of what will be a crazy 1 hour 22 minute ride. After Khaleesi finding out that Jon Snow is actually her nephew, what do you think will be the consequences of this new found information for her? © HBO Now it's that vs the dead queuing up to kill and take whatever is theirs (at least according to the Night King). The preview of the next episode shows a glimpse of the beginning of the war in the North. The battle took insane efforts to be shot in real life and the cast and crew have been very vocal about this emotionally drenching experience. That moment when you hear the fear in Jon Snow's voice when he exclaims that 'the Night King is coming', we wonder if he spots him flying the now-dead dragon and processing the sight. The insanity is driving us crazy, to be honest.
  14. We certainly live in scary times and the fear doesn't let us hope for a time when everything will finally be at peace. The recent bomb blasts in Sri Lanka are a prime example of what I am talking about and it reeks of ineffable and unthinkable hate and radicalism. (c)Reuters On Easter Sunday, 8 violent bomb blasts at 3 churches and 3 luxury hotels killed and injured numerous people in the capital, Colombo. The death toll is still rising, currently at 160, while over 400 people have been injured. This attack has broken the lull after the civil war ended in 2009, in Sri Lanka. The three hotels that were bombed were Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel Colombo and the Cinnamon Grand Colombo. More than 50 were killed in the St. Sebastian Gothic-style Catholic Church in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, and 25 or more people were also killed in an attack in an evangelical church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province. 24 killed 200 injured in multiple blasts in churches and hotels in #SriLanka pic.twitter.com/2dcsDTkOE8 — Faizan ÙÛضا٠फà¥à¤à¤¾à¤¨ (@faizan_ul_haq) 21 April 2019 No immediate claims have been made or speculated yet regarding who led the attack. In a country which was at war internally, for two decades with Tamil separatists, till 2009 has seen a lot of bomb blasts in the past, and to be reminded of the same horror once again is nothing short of earth shattering and traumatic. (c)Reuters “I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong,” he said in a Tweet. “Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.” the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe released a statement earlier today. Indian politicians along with our President and Prime Minister also shared their thoughts on the attack on Twitter. Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured. — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 21 April 2019 People in Sri Lanka have come out in solidarity to help the victims in any way they can. Currently there are massive queues at the blood donation camp there and it's nothing short of overwhelming. Time to unite #SriLanka. Blood requested at the Colombo National Hospital and Batticaloa Hospital where several injured are being treated following the multiple blasts which shook #lka today. — Jamila (@Jamz5251) 21 April 2019 A resident by the name of Usman Ali told an international publication that everyone's intention is to help the victims right now. Overwhelming response at National Blood Centre. It's so overcrowded they cannot control the crowd. Currently they are sending back people who have come after taking down name, contact and blood group. Don't rush there now go leisurely as the crowd subsides #LKA pic.twitter.com/EAvYyr73kH — Usman Ali ð±ð° (@usmanali_la) 21 April 2019 Five #explosions reported in #SriLanka. Two explosions in St. Anthony's #Church in Kochchikade and #Negombo Katuwapitiya Church. Another explosion in Kingsbury Hotel and 3rd floor Shangri-La in Colombo. Another explosion reported in #Batticaloa. #lka @ShangriLaHotels pic.twitter.com/7jyOzlv8DH — Ashwin Hemmathagama (@AHemmathagama) 21 April 2019 Sushma Swaraj, the external affairs minister said India is keeping a close watch on the situation in Sri Lanka. Colombo - I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close watch on the situation. @IndiainSL — Chowkidar Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) 21 April 2019 Extremely sad news from Sri Lanka on Easter. Enemies of humanity cannot be allowed to succeed in any part of the world and acts of terror should be condemned in strongest terms — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 21 April 2019 India condemns the terror attacks in Sri Lanka and offers its condolences to the people and government of the country. Such senseless violence, aimed at innocent people, has no place in civilised society. We stand in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka #PresidentKovind — President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) 21 April 2019 Strongly condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday resulting in precious lives lost & hundreds injured. My profound condolences go to our Sri Lankan brethren. Pakistan stands in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka in their hour of grief. — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) 21 April 2019 Saddened and shocked at the disturbing news coming in from Sri Lanka. All forms of violence are unacceptable. Easter is a Festival of Peace. My thoughts and prayers with the grieving families — Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) 21 April 2019 Easter Sunday bomb blasts in churches & hotels, killing many innocent people seems to be a well coordinated attempt to create murder,mayhem & anarchy.All those who cherish democracy,freedom & economic prosperity must unite now with nerves of steel to defeat this heinous attempt. — Mangala Samaraweera (@MangalaLK) 21 April 2019 The Indian High Commission Tweeted helpline numbers, in case a friend or a family member is in Colombo currently. Explosions have been reported in Colombo and Batticaloa today. We are closely monitoring the situation. Indian citizens in need of assistance or help and for seeking clarification may call the following numbers : +94777903082 +94112422788 +94112422789 — India in Sri Lanka (@IndiainSL) 21 April 2019 In addition to the numbers given below, Indian citizens in need of assistance or help and for seeking clarification may also call the following numbers +94777902082 +94772234176 — India in Sri Lanka (@IndiainSL) 21 April 2019 The live feed of @NewsfirstSL now reporting that 24 confirmed dead from the attacks this morning at the General Hospital. #lka #srilanka — Sanjana Hattotuwa (@sanjanah) 21 April 2019 We just wish and pray for the welfare of the people who went through such an atrocious time, seeping this trauma in every living second. It's hard to imagine what they'd be going through right now. All we hope for is the terrorist group behind this attack is caught and dealt with adequately and the country experiences peace in all its glory, soon.
  15. It seems as if the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper Ravichandran Ashwin is on his own quest to make the idea of 'mankading' an officially accepted phenomenon in the world of cricket. Well, the consistency and dedication with which he often tries to cheekily dismiss the batsman on the non-striker's end, most definitely hints at that. It is because of Ashwin's repeated attempts to do so and back his actions out in public every single time by saying that 'mankading' isn't against the rules of international cricket that he has created a sense of horror in the hearts of the runners who used to try and get a small advantage by stepping out of the crease while the bowler was mid-way into his bowling action. Having said that, one has got to agree that constantly keeping a check on something like this and that too on the non-striker's end, has to adversely affect the batsmen's concentration and in turn lead to bad performance with the bat. It is safe to say that one of these days, a player would kick back to Ashwin's actions and let him know how the rest of the batsmen actually feel. The day was finally here when in an Indian Premier League match between KXIP and Shreyas Iyer's Delhi Capitals were going head to head in the famed Feroz Shah Kotla stadium of the national capital. It was in the 13th over of Kings XI's bowling when the captain decided to go back to his tricks to dismiss the Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan when the batsman was completely out of the crease but his bat wasn't. In the middle of his bowling action, Ashwin stopped, taking a glimpse where Dhawan was standing and turned around to knock the bails off the stumps. However, after realising that Gabbar's bat was inside the crease, he decided to continue to walk away to bowl the delivery. Dhawan, as we know him, did not want to let this opportunity escape to show some dance moves to his home crowd and mock the Chennai-born athlete with whom he once shared the Indian dressing room. WATCH: Shikhar's dance moves on the crease ð½ï¸ð½ï¸https://t.co/KtJkaIpubw — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019 This was also for the second time in two overs that Ashwin had stopped halfway through his bowling routine to keep a check on the rival batter on the bowler's end and even the commentators acknowledged the fact. Overjoyed by watching Dhawan bringing social justice to Ashwin in the form of a comfortable stretch followed by what was a “twist from the '60s” according to the announcers, cricket fans expressed their amuse on social media: Did Ashwin really try to runout the non striker again? 𤠗 Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) April 20, 2019 Nice one from Gabbar 𤣠trolling Ashwin — DivyaSree Padupalli (@DP_DivyaSree) April 20, 2019 Mastermind, King and Gabber **The presence of mind** This is the reason they are in wc squad. @msdhoni @imVkohli @SDhawan25 — Pavithra (@Pavithr89452187) April 20, 2019 .@SDhawan25 you beauty! That dance on the non-striker end was funny!#DCvKXIP #IPL2019 — Garg Ankit (@graciousgarg) April 20, 2019 That @SDhawan25 jig at the non-striker's crease was better than all his wicket celebration jigs combined 𤣠#DCvKXIP — na:Deem (@absolutLALA) April 20, 2019 It's fun to watch @SDhawan25 teasing Ashwin... #GABBAR #DCvKXIP #IPL2019 — Multazim Khan (@iam_Multazim) April 20, 2019
  16. Resident fashion expert. Mother hen. Best babysitter in town! The guy with insane nail-studded baseball bat-handling skills. Who am I talking about? Steve Harrington, of course. © Netflix But this wasn't always the case, was it? The first time I saw Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) on 'Stranger Things', I hated him with the intensity of a thousand exploding suns. Let me elaborate. I filed him in the category of those abominably rude and annoying people who push others around in order to get their way, and they bully others to establish their “coolness”. He was that entitled jock in high school; with tall hair (thanks to the Farrah Fawcett hairspray) and money to throw around, who thought that the school was his playground. Narcissistic with a touch of dumbness; the quintessential heartbreaker. And he had all the attributes of the classic bully/fuckboy: being mean to others for no apparent reason, overly obsessed with his hair, a couple of hangers-on, pothead friends (Tommy and Carol) who do more harm than good and who egg him to be meaner. via GIPHY Not to mention his abominable treatment of Nancy (Natalia Dyer), who he thought should thank her lucky stars to be dating him. (He was quite the annoying boyfriend.) He wanted to coerce her into saying “Yes” for things she didn't want to do. via GIPHY He was mean to Nancy's best friend, Barb, (who in hindsight wasn't very nice to Steve) because she wasn't the epitome of cool, something he thought himself to be. © Netflix In short, he was the typical 80s guy from any John Hughes movie; who was not the hero. © Netflix Steve's redemption arc is one of the most entertaining parts of 'Stranger Things'. Also, it is dealt with such poignancy that you are bound to love him even if you didn't think much of him first. In the initial episodes of Season 1, I had dismissed him as one of those secondary characters who gets eaten up first when the monsters strike. via GIPHY Come Season 2, I was in for a pleasant shock. I couldn't have imagined that this guy who seemed good-for-nothing would become one of my favourite characters in the series. Yes, one of his redeeming qualities in Season 1 was his love for Nancy, but his behaviour told another story. via GIPHY Initially, he starts the relationship just to get in her pants; a feat he had accomplished earlier with a number of girls. But to be fair to him, when Nancy says “no”, he respects her decision and doesn't start wallowing or attempt to manipulate her. © Netflix When Barb goes missing, he tries to cheer her up, but mostly for his own sake. Then, he is quite flippant about it which leads to his breakup with Nancy (Bullshit, Bullshit, Bullshit). But by this time, Steve has already made a soft spot in our hearts. What Makes His Redemption So Appealing? Steve mirrors our innermost human qualities. He jumps to conclusions at the slightest provocation and is a dick to Jonathan (whose creepy nature cannot be condoned). Who of us can say that they never, ever acted on an impulse and found out they were wrong? He tries to salvage Nancy's honour but his way of doing that is extremely wrong, he ends up looking like a douche. © Netflix From Steve' s perspective, it seems like he is the one doing all the work: coaxing Nancy to loosen up, trying to cheer her up when she's down. He seems to want to do everything right, but it ends up becoming a mess, like the dinner with Barb's parents. via GIPHY One of his most relatable qualities is the way he deals with conflicting choices: He keeps teetering between good and bad; a dilemma we are faced with every now and then. He slut-shames Nancy when he thinks that she is hooking up with Jonathan (infamously putting graffiti on the theatre: “Nancy the Slut Wheeler”) but when he realizes his folly, he makes amends for it. The dejection and realization is apparent in his eyes when he takes the scrubber from the theatre worker and starts rubbing the words off. Steve's redemption is likeable because he makes a choice, willingly. He chooses to do the right thing, when he necessarily does not have to. He could have easily left Nancy and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) to their fates in Season 1, but he comes back to fight with them. © Netflix Moreover, he repents for his sins and asks for clemency without anything in return. In Season 2, this fact is even more established when he makes it a point to protect the “shitheads” when he can just go the other way and be safe. © Netflix Though the Duffer Brothers had been leading us to like Steve more and more with each passing episode, it was done in such a brilliant and surreptitious way that it caught us off-guard when the full force was felt in Season 2. Be it his somewhat goofy ways, which become clearer in Season 2 or his hair which started off as a sign of his narcissism and then morphed into a symbol for his friendship with Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Steve became an endearing character. © Netflix And we could do nothing but feel terrible when he got beaten up season after season; by Jonathan, by Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and who knows next. (Judging by the Season 3 trailer, it'll happen in July as well). What started off as a seemingly unkind and depraved character turned out to be the anti-hero of the series. Not only that, this role reversal places him in the august company: Loki, Jaime Lannister, Han Solo to name a few. A major chunk of Season 2 goes into redefining Steve's character (and all for the better); he seems to be the only other character to be going through hell excluding Will (Noah Schnapp) and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). And the selection is diverse: from being dumped by the love of his life for a “nerd”, to getting beaten up by the new guy, to being manipulated into putting his life in danger by a bunch of teens, and the final nail in the coffin: giving out his beauty secrets (which hurts the most :P ). © Pinterest For the audience, this saga leads to acknowledging that he has other roles than just being the douchebag. He rises above his one-dimensional role; we see him as a brother figure to Dustin, giving out girl advice and genuinely caring for him. via GIPHY We get to see the parallels in the two characters; unrequited love for the person they can't have. What also accelerates their bond is that they are the outcasts of the group; everyone else seems to be carrying on with their lives while these two are left out. And that is what makes their relationship ever more beautiful and wholesome. They both make such a great team! So pure! © Netflix He is a father figure to Dustin (and the group) and sticks up for him, because he now knows how it feels to be ostracized. When he fights (abysmally) with Billy, even though knowing he is no match to him (I mean the guy nonchalantly smokes while lifting dumbbells), it makes him more adorable. His apparent kookiness serves as comedic relief; his abominable essay-writing skills, he becomes the butt of jokes (like the children admonishing his lack of fighting skills) or his limited knowledge of history, especially Germans. His reaction is hilarious when he wakes up to find himself in a car which has been hijacked by the kids. Even in his nearly indisposed state, he astonishes us by being the first one to enter the subterranean hellhole, because he has been tasked to “keep them safe”. Billy acts as a wake-up call to Steve. © Netflix In the start, Steve is quite narrow-minded and overly engrossed in himself, hardly caring for anyone. When Billy comes into the picture and gives him a taste of his own medicine, he gets to see himself in the “other guy”. via GIPHY The bully gets bullied. Billy is a reflection of Steve; be it the hair, the 80s mullet, the cavalier attitude or his penchant for sports and girls. via GIPHY He comes after for everything what Steve holds dear: his jock status, his captaincy, his ego, and his masculinity. (Side note: Billy seems to be quite attracted to Steve. Why do I think there's a love story a-brewing there? :P ) © Pinterest Sometimes, we do not see ourselves clearly and thus, are unaware of our own faults. Until someone else points it out to us, we remain ignorant. Steve Harrington holds a mirror to us; to the inner demons we face and the ones we run away from. And the ones we hide. Steve Harrington shows us that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover. He is a cautionary tale; a personification of the fact that we shouldn't bind people into stereotypes. Everyone is capable of change. No one is black or white, we are all shades of grey. And remember, that while using the Farah Fawcett Hair Spray, always apply it on damp hair. Not wet. Damp! (Till then, let's hope Steve survives Season 3) via GIPHY
  17. Apple has updated its line of smart battery cases for the current generation on iPhones and the Cupertino giant has not only refined them but made them work in the favour of iPhones. The iPhone XR already has an impressive battery life and with the addition of the new Smart Battery Case, we were astonished as to how many hours our iPhones lasted. We got the smart battery case for the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR and couldn't be happier with its performance. The new iPhone Smart Battery Case costs Rs 11,900 in India and here's our detailed analysis to let you know why it's worth it. How Does It Look? © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Apple follows a similar design ethos as the original Smart Battery Case. However, there are a few design features that have changed from before. It has the same soft silicone material as the normal covers but has changed ergonomically. It has micro-fibre in the inside so that it keeps your iPhone clean and now has a light that lights up when you charge the case separately. The hump at the back is now evenly distributed and extends to the bottom of the case. At the front, Apple has also removed the chin so that you can now use gestures easily to navigate on your iPhone. The top end of the Smart Battery Case is bendable which you use to slip in your iPhone. Do make sure that you slide in the phone rather than popping it in as you can damage the lightning port inside the cover. Having said that the Smart Battery Case is refined ergonomically, the case does make your phone heavier. It's also quite thick which can be an issue for people who like to wear tight fitted jeans/bottoms. How Does It Work © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Smart Battery Case is integrated with iOS and you can see the status of your battery on the lock screen or on the battery widget. The Smart Battery Case has a dedicated Lightning port which means you can charge the case and iPhone at the same time. The case offers Lightning Passthrough which makes it easier to charge both devices at the same time. You should note that it will charge the iPhone first and then the Smart Battery Case. You can even fast charge both devices as the Smart Battery Case also supports USB-PD (power delivery). You will need Apple's fast charger and USB-C to lightning cable in order for this to work. © Apple You can even charge both the case and the iPhone wirelessly as it works almost the same as it does via the wall charger. The iPhone will get the priority and then it will charge the Smart Battery Case. How's The Battery Life? When it comes to battery discharge, the Smart Battery Case keeps the iPhone charged to 100% for almost an entire day. The iPhone first consumes juice from the smart case and then starts to use its own battery when the juice on the case is depleted. This effectively made the iPhone XR last up to almost two full days (42 hours) on a single charge and the iPhone XS Max for around 38 hours. Do note that we used both the smartphones as our daily drivers that included hours of browsing, GPS navigation, a little bit of gaming and a lot of emails. If you are the kind of iPhone user who spends most of the day on your phone and your life depends on it, this accessory is a no brainer. Sure, it's expensive but it is probably the most comprehensive and reliable battery case you can get. It's integrated with iOS and has smart charging features that you won't find in any third party smart battery cases. It works wirelessly and can also be charged rapidly with Apple's fast charger. iPhone cases are our favourite accessories for the phones, and if you are planning to buy one soon; why not extend your battery life while you're at it?
  18. If you think this is another post that is going to give you a 'not-my-fault' card and blame carbs, hormones, sugar, junk, insulin, etc. for you being overweight, pay twice the amount of attention. Let me first put out the most important fact on the table. Who do you think is responsible for you being fat? YOU. Nothing and no one else. So firstly, stop with the blame game. You may still be thinking that "no, it is the hormones. I eat healthy all the time. How can it be?" Read through and you will realize how it is still you. The very basic of weight loss or weight gain is calorie balance. Eat more and expend less, you gain weight. Eat less and expend more, you lose weight. As simple as that. So the ONLY rule to lose weight is to burn more calories and eat fewer calories. Simply put, 'Eat less move more.' So, how do you figure that you are getting fat even if though you are eating healthy? 1. You Indulge In Mindless Eating Humans have evolved with survival instincts and this survival has one main food instinct which says 'see food, eat food.' I am not lying. You can try this experiment yourself. In your working space, fill a bowl up with chocolates and keep it someplace where people often visit, ideally by the printer or the water dispenser. © Unsplash Now check the same bowl towards the end of the day. There is a good chance that there would be little to no chocolates in there. Then, ask your co-workers casually what have they eaten all day. Almost nobody will mention chocolates on that list. Not that they want to lie to you, their brain simply does not register the food they eat subconsciously. The same translates to portion sizes and eating while not paying attention. Look at the computer screen or TV while eating and you might as well finish off an entire pizza, as your brain does not respond to the fullness signal as your attention is elsewhere. 2. Under-Reporting & Over-Estimation There is research which shows that people who keep food journals are terrible at reporting their food intakes and even worse at estimating their energy expenditure. © Unsplash A 1992 study showed that people under-reported food intake by 47% and over-reported energy expenditure by 51%. Considering that you eat as per the normal food guidelines and do around an hour of activity per day, your intake would come to around 2200 kcals and expenditure would be 400 kcals. But as per the study, the same example above meant people reported that they ate around 1200 kcals and had an expenditure of around 800 kcals. That is a huge margin of error and now you can see where you might be going wrong too. 3. Cheat Days Do Not Count This is usually the norm that even though you may be eating well or mindfully during the week, every weekend ends up being a deserved cheat day. © Unsplash Firstly, if you are dieting in the first place and you are above the normal range of body fat%, i.e. 10 to 15%, nothing about your cheat day is 'deserved'. And more often than not, these unaccounted cheat days are a shit ton of calories down your throat that needs to be stored somewhere. They are not going to magically disappear into thin air. So, the next time you think that it is the hormones making you fat, always remember this: It is ALWAYS you! Author Bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  19. Death penalty -- that is what a government-sanctioned killing of a person is known as. And the grievous process of taking a person's life is known as execution. This isn't a topic most of us would want to read about on any given day. We're sure you have much better things to do than dwell on this, much like the rest of us. © Getty Images Yet, here we are writing about it, and if you're still here, hang on for a little longer because things are about to get interesting now. Recently, we came across a report on world's top executioners and the data literally forced us to pen this piece. For the longest time Saudi Arabia has been the most infamous for its executions that doesn't spare any human life guilty in the eyes of the law in the state. Turns out we were mistaken big time. Not only does Saudi Arabia doesn't conduct most number of executions, but it also doesn't stand at number 2 one the list. © Getty Images According to an Amnesty International report, revealed that China is after all the world's top executioner by far! Over thousands of people were put to death last year in the country even when the accurate figures are still not known and remain a state secret. Saudi Arabia on the other hand holds the third spot on the list after Iran, which is second in line with its number of execution lying at over 253 executions in 2018. Saudi Arabia on the other hand conducted 149 executions last year. © Statista Who would have thought one of Asia's fastest growing economies is also a leading country in carrying out the most number of executions! FYI, executions in China are mostly enforced for murder and drug trafficking, and are carried out by lethal injection or gun shot. *Jitters*
  20. The internet is truly a bizarre place and we say that because threes a race to one-up that bizarreness, everyday with new and upcoming trends on social media. The new trends that follow are weird and strange challenges, which take over the social domain like a hot piece of chocolate. Some are rather dangerous and the rest just strange. We've been on the receiving end of a lot of challenges that have come and gone. From the Kiki challenge to the tide-pod challenge, everything has been tried and tested, even in India and now we have a new challenge doing the rounds, which can be dangerous but it's a quite senseless TBH. (c)Twitter The 'Shell On Challenge' is going viral right now and taking the internet by storm as we speak. It basically involves teenagers challenging each other to eat the food along with its packaging, whether it's natural food or processed. Sounds strange right? Well, it really is! (c)Reddit Videos have emerged on the Internet where kids have taken the challenge a bit too seriously and have eaten banana's with their peels intact, lemon zest, egg shells, candy wrappers and plastic packaging on food for fun. I mean it may seem fun to these kids but it can be quite dangerous if what they're consuming is plain plastic! y'all eat banana with the shell on or off?? pic.twitter.com/y2X6uTWwEF — emily jane (@emilyjanefrank) 14 April 2019 A kid in the US, who is a student in high school tried to follow up with this challenge by biting off a packet containing carrots, in order to ingest the 'shell' or the plastic it was wrapped in. The video of him doing the same caught on and has now gone viral. 'Shell on' challenge is the latest dangerous Snapchat trend among teens https://t.co/MtNA8NhLCT pic.twitter.com/9vmQMcnI85 — New York Post (@nypost) 17 April 2019 He also made a statement saying “It just looks funny, because it's not really a shell but people are calling things shells. I guess that is what's funny about it,” People from all over the world have reacted to the challenge and most of them aren't really amused by it as it's clearly the worst possible way to have fun! I think eating food with “the shell on” could be the next big college sport. Gonna start scouting for talent. — Jon Berger (@bergerbomb44) 17 April 2019 I wondered why Boomers judged GenZ until I saw a thread about the “shell on challenge” After 12 videos of high schoolers eating bananas with the peel on... I can finally say I relate to the Boomers. — Devin Spinks (@devin1096) 13 April 2019 If they are that stupid then perhaps they deserve it. — Ester Evans (@EsterEvansie) 17 April 2019 Lack of parenting and needing attention is turning our country into fucking morons! Social media and the hope for instant fame doesn't help either! — Mike (@mikelawrence813) 17 April 2019 Kids are so fucking stupid nowadays. — ro-co (@roco4033) 17 April 2019 So the next time you see a kid around you eating a banana or a pineapple with its 'shell' intact, don't freak out. Just maybe tell them there are far better ways to have fun than slip in to and be part of stranger things.
  21. It's that time of the year again when I go through my ritual of sending out PSAs to my non-Christian brethren to not go around wishing people a 'Happy Good Friday' and give high-fives saying “Yeah! Good Friday wala long weekend! Whooo!” The sad part is that despite my numerous attempts, through the years, there are always those select handful of morons who manage to fill my Whatsapp chats and social media feeds with a “Hey Marina, Happy Good Friday. Have a good one.” I can't even… via GIPHY Honestly, the mind just reels at the stupidity! What does it take for these people to get it? So, this year, I am taking my PSA responsibilities to the next level and am writing this article, to inform all you wonderful people, that walking around wishing Christians a 'Happy Good Friday' is probably the rudest and most disrespectful thing you could ever do. Now, I firmly believe that no one is doing this intentionally. Because if you ARE doing that, then my friend, the Lord save you. But I do believe that's it's clearly a simple matter of lack of information, which is making people say so. I mean, I get it. It has the word 'good' in it, so naturally, it's something to be celebrated, right? Sorry guys, but no. It, in fact, is one of the most solemn and sorrowful days for the Christian community across the globe. © Icon Productions Good Friday commemorates the day Jesus Christ was crucified to death in the most brutal way imaginable. The Bible says that Jesus was mercilessly beaten up, tortured and then made to carry his own cross on which he was crucified. Watch 'The Passion of Christ' to get a better idea. Yes, what's so 'good' about this entire thing, right? Clearly 'Sad Friday' would have been more apt. But there is a reason for Christ's suffering being labelled as 'good'. Now, I don't want to go into the whole logistics where the Oxford English Dictionary states that 'good' in this particular context, refers to “a day or season observed as Holy by the Church.” Instead, I want to show you the bigger picture and the deeper meaning behind Good Friday. We Christians firmly believe that Christ sacrificed himself to show his love for mankind. On Good Friday, we remember, according to 1 John 1:10, the day Jesus willingly died as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. His suffering and inhuman death, as extremely terrible as it was, was God's incredible plan to save all mankind, even though he had to sacrifice his one and only son. © Icon Productions I imagine if I was there that day Jesus died, I would have probably agreed with most of you lot and questioned what was so good about that day. All hope was lost, Satan was clearly having a party and evil had triumphed. But a few days later, something happened that turned the tables around. Good Friday is followed by Easter, the glorious day Jesus rose from the dead, marking his victory over sin and showing a future full of promise and forgiveness, for all those who believed in him. As terrible as the day was, Good Friday paved the way for mankind's salvation, which is marked as 'good' by us Christians. We humans are not capable of erasing all our sins and guilt, but Christ did the unimaginable and died for us. © Reuters Most Christians around the world spend the day in prayer and fasting and confessing their sins, as they prepare for the Easter celebrations. So there you go, I really, really, really hope I have successfully made you guys understand the meaning and the significance of this day. And here's hoping I don't see any 'Happy Good Friday' messages on my feed anymore!
  22. Ever since 'Captain Marvel' was announced and Brie Larson took on the role of the strongest Avenger, she's received way too much hate. If hardcore Marvel fans actually don't prefer her in the role of the superhero, that is still understandable, but most of the trolling she faced was mainly from sexist dudebros who personally had a vendetta against Brie or were just too intimidated by a badass female superhero. Whatever that case may be, I feel like she has been judged very unfairly by a lot of people. But, guess what? That doesn't matter that much because the entire Marvel cast has welcomed her into the Avengers family with open arms and couldn't be more happy with her or the character of Captain Marvel. This press tour has already given us so many iconic moments of everyone together, probably for the last time, joking around and having the time of their lives. It also gave us so many great moments of Brie with all her costars. RDJ loves her. robert downey jr being the biggest brie larson's supporter out there pic.twitter.com/V6UwvAgs1V — baru âï¸ (@ironjarvs) April 15, 2019 RDJ is a Captain Marvel stan, pass it on. Sir Robert Downey Jr adopted Brie Larson the moment he kissed her in the foreheadpic.twitter.com/l9gO6SztpE — Becky || ︽âµï¸½ Spoiler free! (@xBreeTanner) April 15, 2019 Just look at that! Robert Downey jr and Brie Larson, that's it, that's the tweet. Thank you for coming to my pep talk. Bonus: BRIE LARSON'S BACK MUSCLES.#AvengersEndgame pic.twitter.com/VFN4FrrMJS — Captain Steven Grant Rogers ︽âµï¸½ (@LisaRogers90) April 15, 2019 What a friendship. let us all appreciate the superior friendship in the history#caroltony #avengersendgame@brielarson @RobertDowneyJr pic.twitter.com/YHMK29rnDO — rose | spoiler free (@Iyncholy) April 16, 2019 Jeremy stole this one. If you guys could do your signature Avengers pose... #RobertDowneyJrâð¥, #BrieLarson ð, #JeremyRennerð¹ pic.twitter.com/cYR60z5n8J — Say The Magic Word... #Shazam!â¡ (@Joshbryan321) April 16, 2019 This is so cute. Brie Larson: “i didn't steal anything from set” Chris Hemsworth: “you stole our hearts” pic.twitter.com/Vh6G1Swsc9 — michael (@thorsbrvce) April 16, 2019 They've known each other for years. friendly reminder that this photo of chris evans and brie larson exists pic.twitter.com/IilleZuVnl — ð§ð¢ðð¡ð¢ • [ð ð¨ð­ ð¬ð©ð¨ð¢ð¥ðð«ð¬] (@bvckitasha) April 17, 2019 Oh Captain, my Captain. Captains @brielarson @ChrisEvans â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/yIh0C3KtvC — ÙشاعÙð¥ð¬ (@MashaelF94) April 11, 2019 Look at Mark Ruffalo clicking pictures of everyone. View this post on Instagram #AvengersEndgame press day 2ï¸â£! Love being with these incredible people ð A post shared by Mark Ruffalo (@markruffalo) on Apr 7, 2019 at 2:49pm PDT Obviously the ongoing flirting with Tessa Thompson cannot be left out. WHAT. we so cute @brielarson https://t.co/LGVXRoQbMy — Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) March 18, 2019
  23. Due to the popularization of the fitness industry, thousands of fitness coaches are available right now and their demand is on the peak. Right from the 'not to be taken seriously' ones who teach you hacks to lose face fat and belly fat in 7 days to those who speak actual facts and back their practice with the latest evidence, you will find every type of trainer out there. © Unsplash The problem is that a lot of people fall easily for the quick hacks and sorcery-promising ones and do not really pay attention to the latter. That is unless they screw their happiness and waste their money on the quick fix ones and then go to the evidence-based practitioners. If you are looking to work with a professional for your fitness goals, here are a few qualities they should have: 1. Professionalism © Unsplash Like I mentioned, if you are looking to work with a professional, that is what they have to be. A professional. That means they should clearly communicate with the client what can be expected in the coaching, their timelines, what do they expect from the client, their coaching style, their communication channels and turnaround times. Along with that, what results the client can expect from the program and what are the things they would be required to do. 2. Ethical A coach who is trying to sell you a particular supplement or a fishy product under their sponsorship agenda or asks you to take certain drugs saying that you absolutely need it to get good results, are NOT the best lot to help you out. A coach should only 'suggest' supplements as it is not their role to make recommendations or ask you to buy things. They should suggest stating the benefits only and keep the decision-making power totally in your hands. Drugs, should not even come up in a conversation with your trainer. 3. Should Walk The Talk If your coach is obese, does not train regularly, does not eat well, seems like they themselves need a coach and are not the best person to be a coach to someone. By walk the talk, it does not mean they should be ripped and flash abs year round but should be what is considered fit and have a supporting lifestyle. If they don't, you will never be inspired to go an extra mile forward for them to get better or take them seriously in the first place. 4. Creates Plans Individualized For You © Unsplash If someone takes your money under the premise of coaching and ends up sending you some template files or cookie cutter programs, they are selling you templates and not coaching. Coaching, on the other hand, means that the coach in question takes information from you regarding your goals, your lifestyle, your current nutrition, training, sleep habits and then creates a plan suited for your lifestyle and goals. It is YOUR plan. Not the one that is a one-size-fits-all plan. 5. Transparency & Education A coach should not just tell you what to do and ask you to follow him blindly. A coach should be able to give you a satisfactory explanation as to 'why' a particular thing or a plan has been set for you and how it would benefit you. Along with that, the coach should equip you with the necessary information and education so that you can be independent after a few months to take charge of your own fitness. © Unsplash Yes, there still might be situations where you would still be with them. Be it a contest prep or a powerlifting meet or a sports event. But those are special instances or situations where someone keeping an eye on your progress and planning does help. But, if just staying in shape means you being with a coach and taking his coaching for a lifetime, that coach is making you a handicap and not helping you out in reality. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
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