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  1. Mary Meeker delivered a rapid-fire review at the 2019 Code Conference of her latest Internet Trends Report, widely considered to be one of the most influential and comprehensive reports on Internet trends. The report covers 11 broad areas from ecommerce to education, data growth to usage, work to immigration, and China. The report's foreword includes the following statement: This is an especially appropriate message for Invision Community admins and managers, who must not only ingest the data firehose but turn it into actionable feedback. This report is presented to Invision Community clients as a way of understanding the broader trends that shape and influence the digital world around us, and to hopefully spur thoughtful conversation on how to thrive as an online community through 2019 and beyond. Here are highlights from the report, especially selected for clients of Invision Community. More International - Global internet penetration surpassed 51% in 2018, which means more than half of the world's population are Internet users. Certain regions have very different growth patterns. Asia Pacific already contains more Internet users than the rest of the world combined, yet less than half of its users are on the Internet. In contrast, North America is virtually saturated. Growth of new users is getting harder, except for China, India, and Indonesia which show the most promise of new users. More Ecommerce - Ecommerce is a rapidly rising a major portion of retail sales. Ecommerce growth is a strong 12% year over year. Physical retail growth is 2% year over year. More Online Advertising on Mobile - Internet advertising is continuing to increase overall at 22% year over year, with all of the new growth dedicated to mobile advertising spending. Spending on desktop advertising is flatlining. More Hours Online - Online media usage increased by 7% year over year in the USA, with all of the growth on mobile. Desktop usage flatlined in 2013 and even decreased in the past three years. Out of online time, Facebook, Youtube, WhatsApp, and WeChat dominate the global time spent online. Mobile use also surpassed time spent on TV for the first time in 2018. More Short-form Video - Short videos like Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, and WhatsApp Status are one of the newest trends to explosively grow in the past 3 years. More Opportunity for the Underserved - Square is a popular credit card processor and merchant services provider. The fastest area of growth comes from new users in the lowest-income metropolitans in the USA versus the highest-income metropolitan areas in the USA, with 58% of its businesses from females and 35% from minority-owned businesses. More Images - For two decades, users on the Internet have been dramatically ramping up image creation and image sharing. Image sharing has also evolved, with leading platforms like Instagram adding new features like video stories and collaborative story-telling. More Interactive Gaming - Interactive gaming continues to be a dominant Internet trend with 2.4 Billion users, an increase of 6% year over year. Interactive gaming is social in nearly all ways, with real-time play + talk, shared environments, collective goals, and in-game social networks. One of the leading gaming-related platforms is Discord. More Digital Payments - Digital payments continue to be more efficient, now driving 59% of all global payments. More Data Personalization - The amount of data being collected has exploded in the past decade. Successful companies now deploy data as a core part of their workflow to improve customer satisfaction. Retail customers like sharing data if it gives them a better experience. More Negativity and Polarization - With more people than ever coming online, there continues to be usage concern over problematic content and activity. We will continue to see a world that gets more polarized and divisive due to less filtering, more amplification of extreme content, more vivid live images and videos. More Internet Censorship - The early days of a free Internet are over. We are living in a 'splinternet,' where your online experiences are increasingly determined by local regulation. Truly free Internet decreased with governments increasing surveillance and censorship. More Trust in an Open Internet - On the other hand, an open Internet and online consumer reviews boost multi-sided accountability that ensure safety of products and services, make companies accountable to consumers, and make consumers feel confident on their purchases. On AirBNB, a popular online booking platform for short-term rentals, 70% of guests leave a review. The reviews are fundamental to building trust on AirBNB. More China Internet - China continues to be the world's success story, with global growth that underscore its superpower status. It is a rapidly rising country with room to grow for most macroeconomic and technical trends including urbanization, disposable income per capita, share of world exports, mobile internet users, and cellular internet growth. Some of the notable Chinese apps include WeChat, Meituan, and Alipay. CONCLUSION Online communities have been a part of the online experience from the beginning through email listservs, chat rooms, bulletin boards, Usenet groups, multiplayer dungeons, and more. We will always be a part of humanity's need to connect, to share, and to relate with similar people but our methods and technology will evolve. The world is more mobile, more pictures and videos, more international, more polarized and open to abuse, and also more connected than ever before. As more people come online, as more methods to communicate flourish, as the technology and infrastructure around the Internet continue to mature, I hope you find inspiration in the 2019 Internet Trends Report to grasp upon these macro trends and find new opportunities to connect and serve your communities better. Download the full deck here: https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/6/11/18651010/mary-meeker-internet-trends-report-slides-2019
  2. Blue is a colour we love. Calming, serene, profound, and masculine, the shades of blue can transform your wardrobe into a domain that is superbly fashionable, as well as supremely soulful. Right from the workwear you don every day to the occasional fancy fare, blue suits every mood. If you love blue as much as we do, these super fashionable pieces are perfect for you: 1. This Blue/White Hand-Blocked Printed Beauty There is something about intricate hand-blocked patterns that effortlessly spell 'high-fashion'. __ECOMPRODUCT__29__ 2. Relaxed Ajrak Printed Khadi Shirts Khadi is appealing not only because of the 'organic' factor, but it is hands down one of the most comfortable fabrics around. __ECOMPRODUCT__28__ __ECOMPRODUCT__16__ 3. An Indo-Japanese Styled Hand-Woven Cotton Kurta If you want to steal the limelight without having to work for it, this is what you wear. __ECOMPRODUCT__30__ 4. A Supima Cotton Polo T-Shirt This has to be, hands down, one of the most comfortable T-Shirts you'd have ever laid your hands on, thanks to the Supima cotton. __ECOMPRODUCT__31__ 5. Formal Shirts With Minimalistic Patterns Want something sophisticated and elegant for your next boardroom meeting? Look no further. __ECOMPRODUCT__1__ __ECOMPRODUCT__2__ 6. Super Edgy Jodhpuri Joggers Want to add an inimitable edge to your street style? This should help. __ECOMPRODUCT__14__ 7. A Comfortable 'Desk To Dinner' Shirt Half-sleeved shirts are perfect for attending parties post work without having to change. __ECOMPRODUCT__4__ With these must-haves in your arsenal, 'beating the sartorial blues' will be a cakewalk.
  3. Since Sunday, there are primarily two things that Indians are talking about - first, how India defeated Pakistan by 89 runs, in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup, and second, Ranveer Singh. From giving major fashion goals, trying his hands at commentary to clicking pictures with Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Hardik Pandya, K L Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, Ranveer made sure that he makes the most out of his England trip. View this post on Instagram COME ON INDIA, COME ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ @starsportsindia @icc @cricketworldcup A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jun 17, 2019 at 2:39pm PDT But, apart from encouraging and cheering for the team, Ranveer also displayed great sportsmanship when he consoled an upset Pakistani fan. While both Indian and Pakistani cricket fans were busy trolling the Pakistan Cricket team for their disappointing performance in England, there was one fan who was left disheartened by this loss. Ranveer consoled him and that video is now going viral on social media. Ranveer, in the video, hugs the fan and tells him, "There is always a next time. Don't be disheartened, they played well, they are committed, dedicated professionals and they will be back." View this post on Instagram #ranveersingh with a Pakistani fan. He is so sweet ð⤠A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Jun 17, 2019 at 10:00pm PDT On the work front, Ranveer is currently busy with '83, where he will play the role of Kapil Dev and Deepika Padukone will be playing Kapil Dev's wife Romi in the film. Directed by Kabir Khan, the movie is expected to release in 2020.
  4. The Indian cricket team might have lost the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final, but their record against Pakistan at the World Cup remains formidable. In a bid to change their fortunes, the Pakistani cricket team took the field against Team India at the ongoing ICC World Cup. But, what eventually unfolded at a packed Old Trafford stadium is bound to haunt Sarfaraz Ahmed's men for a while. In what turned out to be a one-sided contest, Virat Kohli-led India overshadowed Pakistan in almost all facets of the game to record an emphatic 89-run triumph (D/L) in Manchester. Thanks to their latest triumph, India have now extended their unbeaten run against Pakistan to seven games at the World Cup. Given their clinical performance, the Indian cricket fans were on cloud nine as memes, videos and celebratory messages thronged social media. While a Pakistani fan's rant questioning the fitness of Sarfaraz & Co went viral, Harbhajan Singh revelled in a spoof video that showed the likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma dancing after beating Pakistan. Hahaha this is amazing.. super funny ðð have a look @imVkohli @ImRo45 @msdhoni @imjadeja team india https://t.co/9NcNEwqtcz — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 17, 2019 Retweeting the spoof video, Bhajji wrote: Hahaha this is amazing.. super funny ðð have a look @imVkohli @ImRo45 @msdhoni @imjadeja team india". As soon as Harbhajan recommended the video to Indian cricketers and fans, everyone on Twitter expressed their views on the hilarious spoof. Awesome absolutely awesome pic.twitter.com/RLCjf4M5JQ — Taya Amritsaria (@TayaAmritsaria3) June 17, 2019 pic.twitter.com/SfzwvgUgaU — Aalokð (@Alok_HINDUstani) June 17, 2019 #Breaking Ab pata chala ...#ViratKohli ne Wicket kyu Di A true Dad ~Son thing But @imVkohli bhai #PKMKB @desimojito pic.twitter.com/VTkF9tchoI — MEGHDOOT âð®ð³ 2.0 (@meslight) June 18, 2019 Dhoni Amazing look — RÌ´aÌ´hÌ´uÌ´lÌ´ AÌ´rÌ´yÌ´aÌ´ (@ImRahul_arya7) June 18, 2019 While walking wid smiling face @imVkohli luks amazing nd rahul bro reaction also matched well. ððð — Sathish (@sathish0909) June 17, 2019 Expressions damn apt ð — Power â (@amnaresh_ht) June 18, 2019
  5. Anything and everything that can be said about 'Game of Thrones' Season eight has been said. Yes, it sucked but everyone has to agree that the scene with Arya Stark killing the Night King was so badass and iconic. It was one of the best scenes of the show, actually even the entire season. Now, we know that great things always act as a source of inspiration but this time, it may have gone too far. Turns out that an Indian show - 'Aladdin - Naam Toh Suna Hoga' - has the same exact scene, literally down to every single detail. This scene looks familiar doesn't it? But the scene from the Indian series Aladdin was aired last year. https://t.co/NgsVEwjRde#GameOfThrones copied this. That's how lazy it was pic.twitter.com/wtvdaumOwH — Radhakrishna Sharma (@MatKarma) June 15, 2019 Imitation may not be the best form of flattery after all. While this narrative - Indian show blatantly copying the biggest show in the entire world - might be expected, turns out that there's a possibility of the exact opposite thing being true. Basically, there's a chance that 'GoT' copied 'Aladdin'. Yep, these are some strange times. Some people are saying the episode aired last year, and some are saying that it aired after the GoT episode, the rest are just laughing at the hilariously weird - and low quality - recreation of the 'GoT' scene. India did it before it was cool. from r/india The Reddit user that brought the scene to light captioned it saying, 'India did it before it was cool', but did India do it first? And even if it did, I'm pretty sure the makers of 'GoT' are not looking for inspiration from an Indian TV show that even we didn't know about until now. Oh, we're also not done with the whole copycat game. Here's a scene from the movie 'Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter'. The movie came out in 2012, just btw. The title tho. Gareebo ka Arya Stark, Copied Scene from Game of Thrones... https://t.co/xtjnSefY4g — Gaurav Mukherjee (@garvsays) June 17, 2019 The best part is instead of arguing about who copied whom, people on Reddit have just come together to find the logic behind how someone can kill a skeleton by stabbing it. What overthinking looks like.
  6. Ayushmann Khurrana, the finest new-age actor in the industry, has got an eye for fashion like none other. His choices are splendid and his OTT outfits are always on point. You must have noticed how pastels raided the runways for Spring/Summer 2019. The subtle, light hues are a safe bet to add to your wardrobe and Ayushmann, with his fashion-forward looks, makes even the wackiest piece a clothing item that will work for you as well. If you don't believe us, let his sartorial style speak for itself. Ayushmann recently stepped out wearing a snakeskin printed biker jacket with powder pink, relaxed pants, and Fila white sneakers. This recent number donned by Ayushmann is from the homegrown label, Sahil Aneja. As for accessories, he chose to up his debonair with a black watch. His head-to-toe look in pastel hues makes a dramatic statement for summers. © Instagram/Isha Bhansali © Instagram/Isha Bhansali Ayushmann chose to pair a super quirky tee underneath the exuberant jacket. His eclectic preference is damn easy to cop and don for a desk-to-dinner date. In case, you don't wish to appear too flamboyant, you can tame down the look by rocking a basic white tee with a printed bomber jacket and baggy pants. Bonus: If this mix and match idea seems too much, add a spin with either pastels or a printed number. © Instagram/Isha Bhansali All we have to say is that his fashion sense holds an energetic vibe and we can't stop ourselves from taking notes to elevate our own style statement. Kudos to Isha Bhansali, Ayushmann's stylist for that!
  7. I know the first thing that pops into your head is “I can make a decent gaming PC build for cheaper, why would I buy this?" Well, to be honest, that is a very valid and warranted question considering you can build your own PC for cheaper. Having said that, the Aurora R8 is not only a powerhouse but also comes with benefits that you may not get while building your own PC. The version we tested comes with an RTX 2080, 32GB RAM, NVMe SK Hynix 256 GB SSD and an Intel Core i9-9900K processor. However, the Aurora R8 also comes for a cheaper configuration that comes with Intel Core i5 9600K processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX1060 (6GB graphics), 8GB RAM and a 2TB hard drive which costs Rs 1,40,880 in India. Our review units cost Rs Rs 2,80,120 which is not far from what we managed to build last year. The only difference being here is that we built it from scratch with a different processor and an RTX 2080 ti. Design The new Aurora R8 doesn't look any different from its previous models as it has the same UFO-inspired chassis. It has the same aggressive angles and minimal RGB lighting. The Alienware logo on the front lights up and can be in sync with the other RGB lighting on the cabinet. These lighting colours can be controlled from the Alienware Command Center application. In terms of ventilation, both the front and left side of the cabinet has holes. The cabinet also has ventilation holes at the top, which is quite a staple in any PC cabinet today. Having said that, for something that costs almost Rs 3 Lakhs, we would have preferred to see a premium finish on the cabinet. It feels very plasticky, which is never a good feeling, even though it has been reinforced with metal. It would have been awesome to see a more premium finish rather than having it mostly made out of plastic. © BCCL The case remains the same with the supplied keyboard and mouse that comes with the Aurora R8. We would recommend you use your own keyboard and mouse, as neither were fit for long periods of gaming. The mouse was not ergonomic enough for a firm grip while the keyboard felt very flimsy. © Dell When it comes to ports and connectivity options, the Aurora R8 has three USB ports, a headphone jack, one USB Type-C port just at the front of the cabinet. At the back, there are 8 USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, an Ethernet port, an SPIDF port if you want to connect a home theatre, and a display port. The number of ports available on the Aurora R8 is enough for any PC gamer but is also handy if you want to stream or become a content creator. With so many additional ports, you can plug-in many types of accessories such as a USB Microphone, a Webcam and other peripherals such as an Elgato Stream Deck. © Dell One of the most essential features of a desktop gaming PC is to have the ability to upgrade your components. The Aurora R8 is fairly easy to get into, however, you will need a Phillips head screwdriver to get going. Cable management looks neat and in order to get access to the rest of your components, you need to unlock two additional switches. You can then access your GPU, PSU, RAM, CPU and cooling components. What's cool is that you can upgrade any of the components without having a fear of voiding the warranty. Performance Our review unit came with an RTX 2080 which we reviewed last year when it launched in India. It is a powerful GPU that can deliver impressive FPS at 1080p and 2K resolution. We tested the Aurora R8 with Battlefield 5 and Metro Exodus. With ray tracing on the game ran between 45 - 50 FPS at 4K with ultra settings, however, the FPS would average about 112 - 125 FPS on 1080p (FHD) resolution with the same settings. On Metro Exodus, the Aurora R8 was able to achieve 87 FPS in FHD and around 53 FPS in 4K resolution. Please note both games were running with high ray tracing settings and on the latest Nvidia drivers. © MensXP According to our Afterburner data, the CPU reached an average clock speed of 4.2 GHz and had an average temperature of 52 degree Celsius. The RTX 2080 would hit around 75 degree Celsius which is similar to what we experience with the FE RTX 2080 earlier in the year. If you are looking to use the Aurora R8 as a content creator, you will be happy to hear that this machine can render videos with impressive performance. In our handbrake tests, we could transcode a 4K video to 1080p in less than 8 minutes. The read and write speeds are also one of the fastest we've experienced as the machine was capable of copying 5GB of data in precisely 7.8 seconds. The Final Say While it is cheaper to build your own desktop with similar specifications, you do, however, lose out on Dell's customer service and guaranteed warranty. The Aurora R8 may cost a bomb for most users, this gaming desktop PC is for people who do not want to build their own PC and want added benefits such as good customer service. Personally, the fun lies in building your own PC, but the Aurora R8 is for someone who does not want to take the extra headache and want something personalised out of the box.
  8. Before you remind me, I know that we are already halfway through 2019. But that doesn't mean you can't give your wardrobe a little upgrade mid-year to make an impression. The dreadful summer doesn't seem to end and now, more than ever, is the perfect time to bring out to the smart casuals and formals to put together the power look for the year. Meetings, romantic rendezvous, weddings or a party, every event needs a power look that'll get all the eyes on you. And lucky for you, we've got the ultimate power dressing guide – Raymond's 'A Gentleman's Rendezvous' – that's not just easy to put together but also smooth to pull off. To sail through the rest of 2019 without any hiccups, these terrific looks by Raymond need to make it to your wardrobe. Dress For The Journey Raymond Everyone wants to dress down for a holiday, but who said that dressing down has to mean shabby? You can look dapper even while sipping a beer at the beach. All you need to know are the essentials of pulling off a power look on a holiday. The keywords that'll guide your dressing style on a trip are – casual jackets, shorts and casual shirts. Sounds simple enough doesn't it? You can go for a simple tee with shorts and team it up with a bright casual jacket to complete the look. Try and add in some funky prints too. There's nothing like a holiday to experiment with bright summer colours. Conversations & More At Tea Raymond One thing that most Indians have in common is our love for a good cup of tea. Whether we are pitching a business idea, unwinding with friends or spending a romantic evening with a loved one, it all happens over tea. And to dress for the setting, you need to embrace more of pastel shades and go subtle with your style. Pair your crisp white shirts with light-weight casual pastel jackets and you are ready to go. Single Origin Evenings Raymond Power dressing is all about making the right statement and a boardroom setting is just the place where you want to do it. You need that edge over others and it's easy to achieve with Raymond's collection of checkered and printed three-piece suits complete with pocket squares. These formal looks are also apt for an evening at a gentleman's club or a weddings reception that you might have to attend. For a more evening wedding look, you can try their floral printed Nehru jackets. Raymond Ready to revamp your wardrobe? [sc:shop id=29|block_name=Raymond Power Dressing Guide]
  9. When it comes to Bollywood's 'Sultan' Salman Khan, everything needs to be larger than life, and away from the mainstream. But when you begin to wonder how that can be incorporated in every aspect of his life, Sallu Bhai will show you just how that can be done. Let's take for instance that one constant that has been a part of Salman's life throughout these years. That has to be his love for fitness and bodybuilding, right? And as if that's not all, every now and then Salman keeps giving us a glimpse of his fitness regimen which is nothing less than motivating. © Twitter Hours ago, Salman shared another such video which is motivating us to get onto the path of fitness. Donning his fitness gear and recorded in his gym, the video takes “leg day” to new heights. Check out this super cool video that Salman shared on his official Instagram feed and you will know what we mean. View this post on Instagram After experiencing the highs and lows my security has finally realised how secure they are wid me .. ha ha A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on Jun 17, 2019 at 10:33am PDT As you can see, for his leg workout, Salman can be seen lifting two of his heavyweight bodyguards instead of regular weights. If that isn't turning the beast mode on, we wonder what is! Salman captioned the video saying, “After experiencing the highs and lows my security has finally realised how secure they are wid me .. ha ha” © Facebook Not sure about his security personnel, but we are sure as hell impressed with Salman's strength. Let's take this video as all the inspiration we need to get on with our new year's resolution and get fit and ripped at the gym.
  10. As the ICC World Cup 2019 continues to progress despite the ruthless rains of England taking away half the fun from the quadrennial tournament this year, the Australian cricket team must find solace in the fact that they are currently atop the points table of the Cricket World Cup. The reigning world champions have won all but one of the five matches that they have played during the ongoing round-robin contest and surprisingly be lucky when it comes to no downpours during their time on the field. Their one loss in the initial five games came at the hands of the World Cup favourites, the Indian cricket team, which thanks to a brilliant ton by Shikhar Dhawan, were off to a great start and ended up tallying a massive 352, a total that turned out to be too much for the cricketers from Down Under to keep up with. ð¯ for Shikhar Dhawan! ð What a knock this has been for India! #INDvAUS LIVE ð https://t.co/tdWyb7lIw6 pic.twitter.com/BBVFxYcKH5 — ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2019 The match however was not talked about because of Gabbar's masterful 117-run innings. It rather became the talk of the town because of the audience calling out the former Australian skipper, Steve Smith for what he did one year ago. That's right, the crowd which was extremely hostile towards Team India's southernmost rivals, tried to rile up Smith with the chants of “cheater, cheater”, referring to the infamous sandpaper-gate during a Test series against South Africa in March 2018. Smith, who was captaining the Australian side back then alongside David Warner as his vice-captain, was suspended from international cricket for one whole year as punishment. I would give anything to have this behind me and be back representing my country. But I meant what I said about taking full responsibility as Captain of the team. I won't be challenging the sanctions. They've been imposed by CA to send a strong message and I have accepted them. — Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) April 4, 2018 Caring for his opponent, Kohli, who was on strike when the chants began, decided to reach out to the crowd, stopped them from defaming the talented Australian cricketer and instead asked them to cheer for him. With India fans giving Steve Smith a tough time fielding in the deep, @imVkohli suggested they applaud the Australian instead. Absolute class ð #SpiritOfCricket #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/mmkLoedxjr — ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2019 “If I was in a position where something had happened with me, and I'd apologised and accepted it, and came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn't like it either,” the Indian skipper said in the post-match press conference. Steve Smith's comments about Virat Kohli's wonderful gesture towards him recently came to the fore when his side defeated Dimuth Karunaratne's Sri Lankan team by a huge 87-run margin on Saturday. During the post-match conference Smith said: “It was a lovely gesture by Virat." "It doesn't really bother me what the crowds do to be perfectly honest. I am just blocking it all out but it was a lovely gesture from him," he added. © Twitter Stepping into the field with one of the most competitive minds in all of sports, Virat Kohli understands where Smith was coming from. What he had done one year ago, he regrets truly. His deeds had brought his country shame and he realises that. Even though the 30-year-old claims that he shuts his mind off to the crowds, not getting bothered by something toxic feels highly unlikely. What is great to see is that Smith seems to be finding his form back. The Oval saw the cricketer score big (73 off 59 balls) alongside skipper Aaron Finch's game-winning 153-run stint on the pitch. It is always great to see a brilliant player make a comeback, especially when he has paid for his sins in full and has an entire nation and a couple of friends backing him up.
  11. It's a known fact that stress rules our lives. We're always stressed because of work, family issues, relationships not working out or anything else minor or major under the sun. It's like stress has become an inherent part of our lifestyle and there is no way to do away with it, unless, of course, there is a proper outlet to release it. © Pintrest More often than not, physical exercise is the best way to release any latent stress that's inbuilt. It's a tried and tested way to take out one's aggression, sadness or even anxiety and most youth, on a daily basis, are more oriented towards a healthy lifestyle with adequate physical work. Sometimes though, our work hours don't permit us to engage in physical exercises, by heading to the gym or joining any other activity and we learn to cut our losses and figure out another way to release stress. © BoxFit But New York City believes that you don't really need to join a gym or a boxing class to release your stress and they've got you covered to release every ounce of aggression you may have garnered through the day. How, you ask? Well, Manhattan district of New York have installed punching bags on the road for frustrated, stressed out commuters and it's certainly doing them a world of good. dtttww public punching bag at NYCxDESIGN from designboom on Vimeo. Many times, the city noises, pollution, traffic and crowd add to our stress and make us frustrated with the slow progression of city life. If you don't have an outlet to release it, New York has given you a fair chance to do so, without feeling guilty for anything! It's a perfect venting space, and you can punch that yellow bag, without being judged, as many times as you wish! This quirky initiative was launched by the Savannah, Georgia based studio called 'donttakethisthewrongway', and it was a part of the NYCxDESIGN or the New York Design Week 2019 and it was launched as a public initiative as catharsis, to release any pent up frustration and stress. © Pintrest View this post on Instagram A design concept for the public that explores designing common spaces for the frustrations we all face. Frustrations that go beyond designed systems and happen, well, because we are human. The public punching bag offers an outlet for these emotions as a means to maybe develop a healthier way to address personal and collective issues in a public setting. (may 15 -21, 2019) #nycdesignweek A post shared by donttakethisthewrongway (@studio_dtttww) on May 16, 2019 at 12:54pm PDT Now, you may wonder why am I talking about something that's happening halfway across the world. Well, maybe because we can, through this article, ask some likeminded people to initiate this form of catharsis for us, here! With the terrible pollution and the crowd, work stress and, of course, traffic, all over our cities, we need these punching bags to make our lives and lifestyles a bit more bearable. Of course, they should be installed in places where they can't be tampered with, like near office buildings. Since not everyone can afford a gym membership or boxing classes, these yellow boxing boards can come in handy quite majorly in the metropolitan cities of India and become a haven for a healthy outlet! Worth a thought, don't you think? © Pintrest For now, I am sure most New Yorkers are practising safe stress-release, by boxing their frustrations away!
  12. Yesterday's India versus Pakistan World Cup match at Old Trafford in Manchester came with its own shades of hope, expectations, disappointments and cheers. Fans thronged the stadium in huge numbers, and the stands came alive in shades of blue and green. Chants for India and Pakistan erupted sporadically every now and then, and the buzz was almost palpable on our side of the screen. © Twitter But amidst the height of all that craziness and raging levels of adrenaline owning to the India-Pakistan cricket rivalry, a couple's thoughtful yet meaningful jersey is going viral on Twitter for the heartwarming social message it delivers. © Twitter The couple in question wore a customised jersey that has been put together by combining half of the Indian jersey along with half of the Pakistani jersey. The end result is quite eye-catching, honestly. Spotted this couple at the #IndiaVsPakistan @cricketworldcup game and was intrigued by their jerseys! Husband is from Pakistan, wife from India so both stitched up India-Pak jerseys & wore them! Both are Canadians, watching the game in England, rooting for peace #SpiritofCricket pic.twitter.com/KrUjtkjFMn — Lakshmi Kaul (@KaulLakshmi) June 16, 2019 Posted by another cricket fan named Lakshmi Kaul, she tweeted this along with the picture, “Husband is from Pakistan, wife from India so both stitched up India-Pak jerseys & wore them! Both are Canadians, watching the game in England, rooting for peace #SpiritofCricket.” The tweet has since caused a buzz online with as many as 18K+ likes! Cricket fans from both the nations came together to praise this thoughtful move. That's exemplary stuff — Nida Khan Yousufzai (@NidaYousufzai) June 16, 2019 Awwwww... ð®ð³ððµð°... in the end, Love wins..#SpiritOfCricket — Tomy Pereira (@tomygilbert2000) June 16, 2019 Very kind gesture, We must never allow politics in the sport of cricket — Mustafa Mahmood (@MeMustefa) June 17, 2019 Just brilliant to see. I want peace too. ð®ð³â¤ï¸ðµð° — Jay Deshpande (@JayDeshpande8) June 17, 2019 At the end of the day, it is just a game and must not come in the way of the peace that both nations are striving to achieve.
  13. Ayushmann Khurrana has sure come a long way and has made a name for himself in the industry. Being an outsider, it's not easy to make a mark, but with his versatile choices and acting skills, Ayushmann has managed to attract a massive following of movie buffs, who just wait to see him in all his glory on the big screen. Now, he is all set to show his acting prowess in his upcoming film, 'Article 15'. The trailer has already piqued the interest of the viewers and they are waiting with bated breath to see Ayushmann nail his character, like all his other roles. The plot of 'Article 15' bears a resemblance to the 2014 Badaun gangrape and murder case, and it will surely be a mirror to the society and its brutal practices. While a majority of people were all praises for the trailer, some users on social media found it a bit 'offensive' and Ayushmann somewhere knows that it has affected a certain section of the society. Well, according to Ayushmann, there is nothing 'offensive' as such when you will see the film. At an event, when he was asked about the criticism, he said, “But after they watch the film, (they'll realize) there's nothing offensive or maybe we have offended everyone because we haven't targeted any community.” The movie is all set to hit the screens on June 28 and the trailer has given us an insight into what the film has to offer. The film also stars Isha Talwar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, M Naser, Ashish Verma, Sushil Pandey, Subrajyoti Bharat, and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub. The film talks about Article 15 of the Indian Constitution, which prohibits discrimination by the state against any citizen on the basis of religion, race, caste, ***, and place of birth. Talking about the idea behind the movie, the actor said, “Our country is a unique one because we have all kinds of people and we are very sensitive towards ourselves. We are proud of ourselves, of our communities. We are so depressed in our real lives that we need something to feel proud about. The appeal of this film is we should be proud of our country, but we can't be blindly proud of it. We need to better our nation.” We do agree with his thoughts. What about you?
  14. Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the greatest men to have ever kicked a football. With 5 Champions League trophies and 5 Ballon D'Or wins, he has established himself as one of the most decorated and successful players of his generation. However, an aspect of his journey that people tend to take for granted, is the incredible amount of work he puts in to keep himself fit and at the top of his game. This was highlighted particularly when Ronaldo, who has time-off in between his triumph with Portugal in the UEFA Nations League 2019 and the 2019-20 campaign with Juventus where they seek to win their 9th league title in a row, shared images of himself sweating it out in the gym. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Jun 16, 2019 at 1:58am PDT While other players are photographed on holiday and taking genuine time off from the game, Ronaldo continues his quest for greatness and puts the work in to constantly improve himself. Even at 34 years of age, Ronaldo's work ethic continues to be inspirational for young footballers all over the world as he is essaying the drive and hunger that is required from a champion athlete, to achieve even half of what he has achieved in the game. After Euro 2016 triumph and the recent Nations League win with Portugal, three back-to-back champions league titles with Real Madrid and a league title with Juventus in his first season, Ronaldo continues to maintain an elite level and continues to be one of the best (if not the best) players in the world. After all that he has achieved in the game, to continue to have the hunger to achieve more, win more and improve as a footballer shows the winning mentality of Ronaldo that is often on display even on the biggest stage. He will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest footballers of all time and he continues to show why.
  15. After a fortnight of conjecture, Chelsea Football Club announced the exit of Maurizio Sarri as their manager through their website. The Italian will now join Serie A giants Juventus, penning a three-year long contract with the Bioncaneri. Unlike predecessors Jose Mourinho and Anotnio Conte, Sarri was never a popular figure at Chelsea. Despite a winning start and going unbeaten for the first 12 league games of the campaign, becoming the first manager in the history of the Premier League to do so, and a home win against champions Manchester City in December; a poor run of form and dip in results in the beginning of 2019 led to discontent among fans and higher level management alike. © Reuters In a club that is used to watching adaptive and reactive football, Sarri's stubborn and tactical approach did not sit well with fans. The Jorginho-Kante situation is a perfect example of this. The brilliant Frenchman was made to play away from his usual defensive midfield position to accommodate Sarri's system that needed Jorginho in the center of midfield to bridge the gap between defense and attack. This did not go down well with the fans. Even after securing Champions League football with a third place finish in the Premier League and the Europa League title, Sarri will not be the manager of Chelsea next year. It has since been debated whether the Italian was forced out of the club or he opted to seek greener pastures at Juventus. But it highlights a major problem for the West London club- the owner and board of the club never bought into Maurizio's philosophy and hiring a manger like him without believing in him is a poor decision, given Chelsea's previous track record with managers. Sarri joins Juventus as part of a clear project, to win the coveted UEFA Champions League trophy and to implement an attacking and possession based style of football while doing so. For Chelsea, however, uncertainty rings throughout Stamford Bridge regarding who will take up the role. Thank you and good luck for the future, Maurizio. ð pic.twitter.com/dGHzekBNPT — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 16, 2019 Former Stamford Bridge hero Frank Lampard is the bookmaker's favourite with former players Jody Morris and Petr Cech set to take up roles as Assistant Manager and Technical Director respectively. It seems likely that Chelsea will be bringing the old guard back but they will be in charge of the backroom operations rather than taking the field. The appointments might excite fans of the club but it also highlights two major concerns, a major change of approach from owner Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea board; and the lack of options at Chelsea's disposal to replace Sarri. Only one year into his management career with tier-two side Derby County, Frank Lampard may be a Chelsea hero, but he's a very inexperienced appointment which is uncharacteristic of Abramovich and Chelsea. Petr Cech, having just retired from football, filling the role of Technical Director is another massive risk. © Reuters With a particularly hard dressing room to manage that has gone through 4 managers in 6 seasons, the transfer of star talisman Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and a potential two-window transfer ban from FIFA due to the breaches concerning the transfer of players who are under 18, the problems are piling up for the Blues. Other managerial options such as former blues boss Jose Mourinho and ex-Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri are unlikely to take charge of such a problematic dressing room. Lampard and the old guard look like Chelsea's best option. After a successful campaign with Derby County, very nearly clinching promotion to the Premier League, Lampard has shown a Mourinho-esque swagger in his time at Derby and his promotion of youth and positive tactics are big reasons why Chelsea would consider the Englishman for the job. However, overwhelming questions still remain unanswered for Chelsea. Can Lampard do the job for them? If not him, then whom? How will they cope with the potential transfer ban? How will they balance a problematic dressing room with an up-and-coming academy? All things said and done, however, the appointment comes at a time when a legend like Lampard's appointment could be the bounce that Chelsea fans need to reignite their passion for the club as they will kick-off their Premier League campaign at Old Trafford on 11th August.
  16. Even though Father's Day is a self-made fraction of recognising the true essence of fatherhood, it's still a day to celebrate the most fundamental relationship people share. Father's Day is a day where you remember the one person in your life who changed your world around just by their endurance towards giving you the best life. But Father's Day isn't just about biological 'fathers', to be fair. It's solemnly about a father-figure, who gives you determination and courage to face life's worst challenges and come out as a winner. Men who take a stand to become a guiding light for someone and be their voice of reason also deserve a fair chance of being acknowledged this Father's Day. (c)Facebook We have someone amidst us, who gave up so-called an idealistic career like being a doctor, engineer or even a businessman, in life to become a father-figure to hundreds of slum kids who needed direction and inherent care. Murphy Raphael John nurtures and takes care of children from the slum, through his trust 'Reach Out and Pass It On' and this Father's Day, let's celebrate the work he has put in to raising numerous kids, with proper education and much-needed life skills and making them stand tall and proud on their own two feet. (c)Facebook 'Reach It Out and Pass It On' believes in empowering people just so they can empower others in the future. Murphy had never planned on doing this as a profession or even recreationally, but according to him, some things choose you and you have to go along with them. When he was in college he was actively involved in activities concerning Church Youth, a service orientated wing of the church and he used to spend a lot of time actively volunteering for various social causes. Amongst various efforts that were being made by young people, interacting with a bunch of kids, from the nearest slums was one of them. "I always wanted to start this as a project with members from the Church Youth, but no one seemed interested. One day someone told me to stop waiting for people to come and do something on my own instead. And whoever has to come, will follow. At first it was scary, but I had a bunch of friends helping me out and we decided to do this once a week. We spent a lot of time with these kids in Central Delhi, who would sit next to the Gurudwara and the Church, and from there on everything has been very evolutionary in nature. A situation came in front, and a solution to it was our next step. We started playing, teaching and spending quality time with these kids, everyday" - said Murphy, over a conversation with him. (c)Facebook From thereon, after recognising what these kids really needed, things began to spiral and become bigger. At that point Murphy or his friends hadn't thought about bringing this initiative under an umbrella or a name. They would all go spend time with them, whenever they found time and have conversations with them, like they were family. Even though Murphy's friends would visit the children sporadically, Murphy made it a point to spend a few hours with them, every day. The kids in turn loved their mentors and would come every day to meet Murphy and his friends. They would indulge in conversations about life and the universe, mental math, logical reasoning, life skills and eating healthy food. After realising the seriousness of how Murphy is impacting lives, he began to think of this project more seriously. During the monsoons, Murphy approached a school nearby to give these kids shelter while they would spend time with their mentors and when the school agreed, on an autopilot, the kids started attaining proper education, as they all got enrolled in to the school. (c)Facebook "We had a classroom in the school nearby and studies for these kids started. But obviously the kids never looked forward to studying, so they started running away. Which made me realise over time that street kids came to us because they got something from us, which they hadn't ever received from anyone else. They got human companionship, they got friendship, they got someone to play with them and of course their need was survival and because I was 20-years-old at the time, I could not give them that. So, I did what I thought was best. I approached the nearest slum, where these kids belonged and that's when our next phase started, where we started working with the slums." (c)Facebook Over time, Murphy and his team shifted to the slums and started working with the kids there. There were kids from the ages of 5 till 20, who were deeply engrossed in Murphy's teaching mechanism. Towards the end of 2010, the slum Murphy was working with got demolished without a notice that was given to the slum dwellers, so a lot of families were displaced and hadn't been rehabilitated. In such a dire time, Murphy would assemble as many children from the slums as he could and take them to a night shelter, and spend nights with them there, in harsh winters. "Whatever money we had collected we would buy food at night and feed them, while take the children to night shelters, after seeking permission from their parents. I definitely did not give up on the slum that was demolished as I had formed a bond with the families there. As a youth, one is more fiery and driven and I kept thinking we need to do something more for these kids. And that's where the idea of starting a centre came to me. We got a place on rent, after much difficulty. We managed to find a room and in a very small space, 25 kids and I shifted in." (c)Facebook Even though Murphy found a temporary set-up for the kids, he used the opportunity to help them, to the hilt and made sure, he helped them with their upcoming examinations. Apart from mentoring them for their exams, Murphy also taught them other life skills like cooking, cleaning, washing utensils and clothes, etc. Murphy realised that if he had to sustain this arrangement, to help these children out, he would need some form of funding and that's where, permanency started making sense to him. He realised in order to get donations and funding, he would need to register this ensemble as a trust, and that's when 'Reach Out and Pass It On' was born. "The set up was temporary, but the kids and I were so attached, we didn't want to give up on it. They decided that a bigger place would make sense and with the help of few donations, we shifted to a bigger centre in Patel Nagar, and we stayed put there for the next two-and-a-half-years. The kids would go to school, we would have lunch, they would study and then I would give them money to go back home. But the kids would tell me 'Bhaiya we travel so much, we don't have time to do homework and we can't study at home', so they started staying back with me twice a week, sometimes three times a week and eventually they started staying with me every day and I was like listen your parents will kill me. So then they started going back home once a week." (c)Facebook Everything was just a beautiful evolution for these kids and for Murphy as well. In 2013, the centre was shifted from Patel Nagar to Ramesh Nagar and they have been there for the past 7 years now. When the centre shifted, they approached another slum nearby and kids started coming from there to be a part of this beautiful journey. Today, the centre hosts about 100 children from two different slums, who come and imbibe some life skill training and learn to be better human beings. Reach out and Pass it On's main focus is overall development. They provide means for opportunity and whatever opportunity that can help a child with development and growth. They had a need for education, so they provided education through people who would volunteer to come and teach at the centre. They needed space to learn and grow, so a space was taken up, to accommodate everyone. A lot of kids have talent, so the centre found ways to befit that by enrolling kids in crafts, music, dance, sports, cooking and baking, etc. Workshops are conducted on health and hygiene, personality development and values. "We don't want to just create educated people. We want to create good people. We don't want just literacy, but people who have a sane head on their shoulders. and that's what the name 'Reach Out and Pass it On' means. Whatever you learn you need to pass it on. You can't just hoard it for yourself. So, if you built people to be capable and confident, then they will find their way in life." (c)Facebook The children come to the centre at the age of 10-11 and they are there till they go to college. When they reach grade 12th, they're given the option of either leaving the centre or staying. The ones who stay are the ones who volunteer and pass on their leanings to younger children in the centre. They're also involved with the running of the centre, by helping with daily accounts and the upkeep of the centre, which is a beautiful practice to actually pay it forward. We seldom indulge in paying back what we've truly learnt from the world and that's what Reach Out and Pass It On emphasises on. ''My first batch of kids, one girl did her English honours and now is a choreographer at Danceworx. I had two boys who completed their sociology honours. One gave a bank exam for Axis and got a placement there. The other one did his masters in social design and he will soon be graduating and getting a job in the social development sector. One of the students did economic honours and is now preparing for government exams." (c)Facebook The organisation does a lot of fundraising and purely sustains itself through donations and charitable events. They have been receiving funds through these means since the longest time and they've done well for themselves so far. So, in case you're looking for a good charity or a trust to donate to, Reach Out and Pass it On is an ideal choice. Murphy has formed an incredible and inevitable circuit of 'doers', who pass on the good in them, to help other people perceive it and on Father's Day, all we can learn from this is the true meaning of gratitude and solidarity, along with a lot of trust and fun. Murphy has been a guiding light for several kids on the streets and it's time to learn something from his experience and impart it to people who really need to be shown and given a direction. (c)Facebook ''Parenting is a full time job. I've put the wheel in motion. Children come, they're with us. They learn various things and then they choose a path. I try my level best to find a path best suited to these kids and give them an option of what they like to do. Eventually I want them to grow up to be good people, be a part of the world and make friends. This is my sole aim for these children," Murphy signed off.
  17. Indian opener Rohit Sharma has now scored at least 50 runs in every match he has played in during the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. In the match against Sarfaraz Ahmed's Team Pakistan, Sharma did it in only 34 deliveries while giving the Men in Blue the ideal start to one of the most important games marked on their calendar. What a start from Rohit Sharma! He's raced to his fifty! â¡ #CWC19 | #INDvPAK | #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/Vy7r6cABaV — ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019 During this feat, Sharma surpassed former Indian skipper and wicket keeping legend, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's record for smashing the most number of sixes in international cricket. While Dhoni has smashed the ball for a total of 355 maximums combining all formats of international cricket, Sharma's first six of the match against Pakistan got him to surpass this achievement of Dhoni's. After forming a brilliant 100-plus run partnership with KL Rahul, the 'Hitman' was able to score his second ton of the ICC World Cup 2019 in less than 90 balls, making this his fastest century among the 24 he has scored in ODIs till date. WHAT AN INNINGS! India opener Rohit Sharma brings up his century off just 85 balls. How many more can he add to his tally from here? #TeamIndia | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/j1z8OSoCf4 — ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019 What an innings!
  18. We know them as fathers, but they go by a gazillion other names. Some of us call them 'dad', while others refer to them as 'papa', 'baba', 'pops', and 'daddy', besides myriad other endearments. But no matter which name we use and how we choose to call out to them, our fathers continue to be our greatest heroes - one of our greatest joys and pride. What is it about them though, which makes us feel a thousand times better the instant we know they are looking out for us and have our back? Why is it that a mere question from them regarding our well-being eases any discomfort in our lives and their words do wonders to boost our confidence and outlook towards life? (c) Getty Images Is it the backhanded compliments they pass on from time to time, or the fact that they never seem to think twice before making us - their stubborn, sassy kids - the centre of their world? The unsaid sacrifices our parents happily make for us, and all the forgiveness that comes so easily to them (no matter how many times we mess things up or how badly), and the way they are always so quick to love us, pick us up when we fall, and thrash our ass red when we are out of line. Yet, it is somehow always their silent support, selfless affection and care that helps us stay afloat through a ton of shit life throws our way. That's how it is for most of us out there. Surely, not always one of the most simple, but surely one of the strongest bonds we share is between a father and his child. (c) Getty Images However, did you imagine what it would feel like to have all that taken away from you because the society cannot understand who you are and sympathise with your reality? When a father is cornered by unknown faces of judgements and social castration which provokes him to question his own child and the bond they share? That is exactly what happened when Dr. Meera Parida and Meghna Sahoo's family found out they were transgenders. Suddenly their loving fathers would not look at them in the same light and the affection receded to pure detestation. Not being able to live with such a tremendous change in their relationship, Meera left her home and Meghna was asked to leave by her father. (c) Meghna Sahoo Losing their fathers bothered Meera and Meghna to no end, they simply couldn't get over the fact that they no longer had a father to call their own. Meera shared with MensXP that though it started out on a sour note, her experiences and explorations over the following years made it clear to Meera that it was the society and its diktats that were to blame, and not her father. Even Meghna seconds this as she told us that it was indeed the societal pressure that pushed her father to take such a drastic measure. But eventually he did come around. Meera & Her Father Yet, Meera is quick to admit that regardless of it all, it was her father who saved her from choosing the wrong path when the going got tough. She said, “there once came such a low point when I had almost gotten into working as a *** worker. Transgenders are infamous for the job, and perhaps that is why even my father loathed our kind. But I remembered by father's words that we must never do something that would break a family or stop us from holding our head high. That's when I decided to turn my life around.” Meghna & Her Father She adds that, “when my father read about my work and the movement I had launched for the transgender community, he made my brother call me. But when my brother began threatening me on the phone I heard my father slap him, and the next moment he told go ahead and do what you want, live how you want to.” Meghna also has a similar story of reconciliation that is equally heartwarming. Fours years after she was thrown out of the house, Meghna received a call from her father. She says, “my father told me that they have built a new house and I should be there with the entire family for the housewarming. He added that the celebrations would be incomplete without my presence.” (c) Meghna Sahoo A lot has changed in Meera and Meghna's life since those fateful days of reconciliation with their fathers. Meera holds a doctorate, is a transgender rights champion and an active face in Odisha's political scene. As for Meghna, she is a well-known Transgender activist from Odisha with a MBA degree and an NGO that she runs, apart from being the first transgender driver with OLA. (c) Meghna Sahoo But if there is one thing both of them earnestly believe, it is that no matter what happens, nothing can alter the bond a father shares with his child.
  19. A little over two weeks into the tournament, the ongoing ICC World Cup is quickly turning into one of the most annoying editions in its rich history. Not that the quality of competition in the tournament has been bad, we've already seen some exciting encounters. The ICC mega event is currently bearing the brunt of unseasonal rainfall in England which has kept cricketing action at bay and fans frustrated. In the nineteen matches so far at the event, as many as five games have been affected by incessant rain. Three matches were abandoned without a single delivery being bowled, while one resulted in no result and another was decided through Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method. To sum it up, in the last five matches, three were affected by rain which is rapidly growing its reputation as a spoilsport in the ongoing edition. Keeping the rain factor in mind, cricket fans across the globe are keeping their fingers crossed for arguably the biggest clash of the tournament - India vs Pakistan at Old Trafford on 16th June. The contest between the two sides has a tendency of garnering public interest like no other and the rivalry these two cricketing giants share further makes theirs the mother of all battles. Reuters While the fans remain optimistic, the weather forecast for 16th June in Manchester doesn't paint an ideal picture. There are chances of clouds with spot showers during the much-anticipated match and it seems that wet conditions would persist for most period of the game. But, cricket fans aren't the only ones who're keeping close tabs on the weather, a lot is also riding on Sunday's clash for the broadcasters and insurance companies. The three washed-out games till date have dealt a severe blow of Rs 180 crore, which the insurance companies had to pay to various stakeholders in terms of compensation. Reports also suggest that broadcaster Star Sports reportedly had to incur the maximum amount of losses. According to Insidesport, Star Sports' claims for advertisement revenues and allied opportunities loss would amount to Rs 140 crore. The insurance premium has shot up to 300 per cent and the companies are reluctant to take the risk. But, that's just the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to the mega battle between India and Pakistan whose tickets were sold out within minutes, the stakes are much higher, not just for the two teams, but also for the broadcaster and insurance firms. Reuters Believe it or not, insurance companies are following the weather updates for Sunday's clash with bated breath as the cancellation of the Indo-Pak World Cup fixture can result in a blow of a staggering Rs 137.5 crore that will have staggering impact on Star Sports and big advertisers such as Coca-Cola, Uber, OnePlus and MRF Tyres. For a fixture that is known to rake in massive viewership, the Ind-Pak tie is reportedly expected to help Star Sports earn a whopping Rs 137.5 crore through advertisements. The advertisement slots for the Sunday's match are being sold at a 50 per cent premium - a lot more than the other World Cup ties. The channel has about 5,500 seconds of total inventory, which is the time slot they can sell to the advertisers. Now, the rates for these slots are usually in the range of Rs 1.6-1.8 lakh per second. However, for India vs Pakistan match, the cost has shot up to Rs 2.5 lakh per second and there's actually a rush among the advertisers for the slots. Reuters Star Sports had sold off most of the inventory much in advance, which meant that last-minute booking had to be done with even higher prices. So, if Sunday's tie gets cancelled due to rain, depending upon the package the advertisers have purchased, companies will bear the losses. The advertisers who are supposed to play their ads on the live programme and not the analysis and highlights suffer the most. Though the number of washouts this World Cup have been far more than the previous washouts of two matches each in 1992 and 2003 editions, let's just hope that rain gods, after having their fun, will allow us to witness scintillating cricketing between India and Pakistan on Sunday.
  20. If you would ask me what I would like to do for the rest of my life, I would always answer with one word: Eat! via GIPHY If there is anything in the world that I love unconditionally, it is food. Is there anything better than eating your favourite food? Digging into that freshly prepared chicken curry, finished with some chopped coriander, or having your fingers turn yellow after eating that delightful fish curry? via GIPHY Or having a heavenly helping of dal with steamed rice? Or biting into the piece of that decadently gorgeous chocolate cake? via GIPHY Or a spoonful of that Biryani? via GIPHY Who can resist the smell of freshly fried garlic or not get enchanted by the sound of sizzling onions? (The answer is always a resounding “NO”) I mean, can there be any love more sincere than the love for food? If there has to be a unanimous entity for bringing people together, I don't think that can be accomplished by anything other than food. Food has an intrinsic quality, an all-pervasive nature: it serves as a mirror to culture, a part of the tradition, a bond for communities, an allegory for desires, an expression of love. I have hardly come across another entity as ubiquitous as food, its inherent diversity; how its excess can cause you discomfort and so can its dearth. How it trickles down to the most downtrodden parts of society but is also adulated in haute living. How it can be sensual, ignite passions, add spice to your life, and in turn, can also be a proponent of disgust or the start of a grotesque fiasco. Another facet which accompanies food and is crucial is its presentation, its ocular appeal. And as humans, who are visual by nature, our gastronomical desires are magnified tenfold when we see food on the big screen. via GIPHY Remember that Chocolate Cake from the movie “Matilda”? via GIPHY Film and food share a relationship of yore; movies celebrating food are shot gorgeously, are aesthetically pleasing while they tell stories of people like us, and how food influences us all. In these films, food drives the story forward, changes the protagonist's life. Movies also incorporate sound, which is an important aspect of food: be it cutting into it or its preparation, the clanging of utensils, the sizzle of a pan. Essentially, these movies provide the union of two of the senses: visual and aural, which is always an amazing combination. So, here are 16 delectably scrumptious movies that quite literally serve a piece of life (and make you raid your fridge in the middle of the night): 1. Julie and Julia (2009): Stuck in the rut of her bureaucratic dead-end job (Hello there!), Julie Powell decides (Amy Adams) to take on a project to relieve herself from the boredom of her uneventful life. The project: Cooking her way through Julia Child's enormous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in 365 days and blogging about it. Little does she know that this little venture of hers will change her life forever. Two stories, two women, bound by their mutual love for food. © Columbia Pictures Starring Amy Adams as Julie Powell and Meryl Streep as the famous, celebrated cook, Julia Child, the movie explores the lives of the two women parallelly in two different eras: Julie, in 2002, as she starts her blog and cooks up all the 524 recipes, and Julia, in 1949, as she moves to Paris and finds her calling as a chef and collaborates on the now-famous cookbook which made her into a culinary icon. © Columbia Pictures Julie and Julia, directed by Nora Ephron, is one of the most heartwarming movies which celebrate food and its importance in life. It drives home the fact that inspiration can come in any form, you just need to believe in yourself. (If you wish, you can read my review on the movie here: USP: The food! The gorgeous, divine, decadent food! Especially the “Butter Monologue” and the “Boeuf Bourguignon”. via GIPHY via GIPHY Meryl Streep as Julia Child is a phenomenon; not only is the resemblance uncanny, she impersonates Julia Child's idiosyncrasies to the T, be it the trademark, out-of-breath, slightly tipsy voice or the quirky mannerisms. via GIPHY via GIPHY “Bon Appetit!” via GIPHY 2. Chef (2014): When Carl (Jon Favreau), a renowned chef of a famous restaurant in California decides to be more creative with his recipes, he is met with resistance from the restaurant owner, Riva (Dustin Hoffman). To make matters worse, he gets into a public altercation with a prestigious food critic, Ramsey Michel, after the latter writes a distasteful review of his food. © Aldamisa Entertainment Heartbroken, he quits the job and embarks on a journey of self-discovery through food; food that he actually loves and that fulfils his creative aspirations. Eventually, he opens a food truck while trying to mend his frail relationship with his estranged son, Percy (Emjay Anthony). Will he be successful? USP: The food scenes are aesthetically attractive, kudos to cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau. via GIPHY Jon Favreau's directorial prowess and love for food is apparent in the movie. via GIPHY 3. The Lunchbox (2012): In an attempt to add some zing into her unromantic marriage, Ila (Nimrit Kaur) turns to the most trusted entity of all: food. And in her quest to quite literally spice up her love life, she decides to send her inattentive husband, Rajiv, a lunch every day with the help of ever-dependable dabbawallas in Mumbai. But by a curious twist of fate, the dabba prepared for her husband lands on the table of Saajan Fernandes (Irfan Khan), an aged, lonely widower who works as an accountant. © UTV Motion Pictures Upon realizing her mistake, she sends in a letter with her next lunchbox elaborating on the predicament, which starts a correspondence that soon turns into a beautiful friendship, guided by letters and an erroneously delivered lunchbox containing delicious food. © UTV Motion Pictures USP: The movie encapsulates the beauty of human relations: how we can forge connections with people we have never met yet can completely relate to and understand. And it helps even more when food is involved in the equation! via GIPHY Again, the food! Especially, the Paneer Kofta which Ila makes as a thank you gesture. :D via GIPHY The superb performances by Irfan and Nimrit tug at your heart. And not to forget, Deshpande Auntie (who is not seen but only heard)! 4. Chocolat (2000): When free-spirited, single mother Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) arrives in a quaint, quiet village in France with her daughter Anouk, her unconventional ways earn her the ire of the village folk, especially the staunchly conservative mayor, Comte de Reynaud. © Miramax Films Vianne, an expert chocolatier, opens up a small chocolate shop in the village, much to the displeasure of Reynaud who vehemently opposes her, publicly accusing her of bringing temptation into the lives of the people, especially during Lent. via GIPHY As the story progresses, Vianne's eponymous temptation, the aforementioned chocolate, brings about a change in the village and its inhabitants in varied ways. The plot thickens when Vianne's own desire comes in the form of Roux, a gypsy who wants more than her chocolate. via GIPHY USP: The chocolate! Duh! :P via GIPHY 5. Like Water for Chocolate (1992): A passionate Mexican movie, directed by Alfonso Arau and based on Laura Esquivel's novel, showcasing how food affects life, and how our emotions influence not only the food we cook but also the people we serve it to. With themes of magic realism, the movie focuses on the illicit relationship between Tita (Lumi Cavazos) and Pedro (Marco Leonardi). © Miramax Why illicit? Because as per family tradition, Tita, being the youngest of three daughters cannot marry and needs to live her life as a help to the other members, especially her mother, Mama Elena (Regina Torné). Resigned to her fate, Tita learns cooking under the tutelage of the chef, Nacha (Ada Carrasco), who teaches her the relationship between food and life. © Miramax Heartbreakingly, when Pedro comes to express his love for Tita, he is betrothed to her sister, Rosaura (Yareli Arizmendi), in exchange as the tradition still stands. As her affair with Pedro intensifies, her feelings start to seep into the food she cooks, eventually becoming an outlet for her emotions, but also inadvertently manifesting itself the behaviour of the people around her. via GIPHY USP: There are two scenes: As she prepares the cake for Pedro's wedding, Tita weeps, and her tears fall into the batter which leads to an eventful dinner reception. When she uses roses gifted by Pedro to make a quail dinner with rose petal sauce, it leads to her family feeling inexorable carnal desire. via GIPHY 6. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989): Michael Gambon (Yes, Dumbledore!) stars in this vogueish black comedy/ crime drama as Alberta Spica (The Thief), an uncouth and repulsive gangster who, along with his band of thugs, has taken over the French restaurant “Le Hollandais” but calls himself an urbane gourmet. © Palace Pictures He terrorizes everyone in the restaurant, but the brunt of the terror is unleashed most on his sophisticated wife, Georgina (Helen Mirren/The Wife) and the head chef, Richard Borst (Richard Bohringer/The Cook) who despises Alberta but is unable to do anything about it. Drama ensues when Georgina finds herself lusting for a regular customer, Michael (The Lover/Alan Howard), who is a bookshop owner and reads while he eats. As her affair progresses, Alberta finds out and then makes life hell for the staff which helps Georgina with her lover. USP: The performances by the lead cast. The film uses food as an allegory for the voyeuristic attitude of Alberta and his pretentiousness. His supposed gourmet personality is a far cry from his real one, which he tries to hide like spices are used to mask uncooked food. Warning: You need a strong stomach for this! :P 7. I Am Love (2009): In this Italian film, Tilda Swinton stars as Emma, the Russian-born daughter-in-law of a wealthy, Milanese family, the Recchi's, who is trying to find herself, away from the glittery, Haute living her family expects her to lead. © Mikado Film As she ruminates over her predicament during a lavish family dinner, help comes in the form of young Antonio Bisceglia (Edoardo Gabbriellini), a celebrated chef who incites her dormant passion with the aid of food. Matters worsen when her son Edoardo Jr. clashes with the family regarding the set path for him as Emma finds herself drawn to Antonio. © Mikado Film USP: Tilda Swinton and the prawns. via GIPHY 8. Ratatouille (2007): What can I say about this delightful movie? Not only is it one of the best animated movies to have ever been made, but it also features delicious food! The wonderful comedy revolves around a rat, with a highly developed sense of smell and taste named Remy (Patton Oswalt) who aspires to become a chef. As luck would have it, he ends up in the kitchen of the restaurant of his recently deceased idol, chef Auguste Gusteau's (Brad Garett). © Walt Disney Pictures Once there, he manages to strike up a friendship with the garbage boy, Alfredo Linguini (Lou Romano), helping him and guiding him in creating dishes and earn the appreciation of the new owner, Chef Skinner (Ian Holm). via GIPHY But soon, a secret is revealed that changes the course of the movie. Friendship, love, and food in one neat package! USP: The entire Anton Ego (the irascible food critic portrayed by Brad Bird) sequence and the ratatouille dish, confit byaldi! via GIPHY Never have I seen such a beautiful rendition of food in mainstream animated movies! (Not counting the stunning food shown in Anime :P) via GIPHY 9. Burnt (2015): Starring Bradley Cooper as a drug-addled former executive chef Adam Jones, the story revolves around his quest to put his life back on track and earn a third Michelin Star. © Shiny Penny Productions Adam is a brilliant but mercurial chef whose creativity is marred by his drug habit and unstable temper, which destroys his mentor's restaurant in Paris along with Adam's credibility. Adam realizes his self-destructive streak and goes on a self-imposed exile to New Orleans to gain perspective. He travels to London to pursue his dream of the Michelin Star, under the banner of his restaurateur friend, who grudgingly allows him to become a chef in his hotel. © Shiny Penny Productions His luck seemingly changes until ghosts from his past and his own mental stability conspire to take him down. USP: The food porn! via GIPHY 10. Big Night (1996): In this dramedy, two Italian brothers, Primo and Secondo, put out all strings for the 'Big Night' that will catapult their sinking authentic Italian restaurant, Paradise, to dizzying heights. © Timpano Production Primo, the perfectionist of the two, is annoyed and frustrated by the Americanized version of authentic Italian dishes, which he refuses to serve to customers, insisting on cooking only the true version, leading to him losing customers by the score. Secondo, the businessman of the duo, is more concerned with the running of the place and keeping it afloat than to retain cultural heritage. © Timpano Production With nowhere else to go, they try to strike out a deal with their nemesis, Pascal who owns a successful restaurant, who refuses to give them a loan. But, in an unlikely liberal gesture offers them to treat Louis Prima, a renowned American-Italian singer, to a meal at their restaurant who can change their fortune. Will they be successful? USP: The crowning glory has to be the timpano! via GIPHY Tony Shalhoub as Primo and Stanley Tucci as Secondo are delightful in their roles; the best part of the movie is any scene they are together! 11. 'The Trip' Trilogy (2010/2014/2017-): This BBC series which was made into a feature film stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as themselves on a gastronomical journey through Northern England (in the first movie/series) commissioned by the Observer; their job is to visit different restaurants, try their food and review it. © BBC Worldwide When Steve's girlfriend refuses to go with him on the trip, he invites his frenemy, fellow actor/comedian Rob Brydon to accompany him on the journey. As they travel through England, locking horns with each other on everything. Guided by their egos, trying to outwit each other, while being clueless about fine dining, their animosity dissolves into a camaraderie which is fun to watch. © BBC Worldwide Be it their fight over who can do a better Michael Caine impression or which syllable should be pronounced first in kumquat, Rob and Steve meander across beautiful locales, eating decadent, delicious food. via GIPHY And it isn't over in England! They return to wander across Italy in the sequel with renewed vows to upstage each other. And if that wasn't enough, they are back to eat more and traipse around in broken Spanish in the next sequel, The Trip to Spain! © BBC Worldwide One of the best road trip movies ever! via GIPHY USP: The nearly pornographic shots of the food: The buttery scallops frying in the pan! Absolute bliss! The cheesy pasta in “The Trip to Italy”; divine! Not to forget, the Michael Caine impersonation by Rob Brydon is spot on! Rob and Steve' bromance, their will-they won't-they chemistry, their asinine fights, has to be one of the most hilarious parts of the movie, cementing them into iconic duo status. 12. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971): One of the most adored children's books of all time, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', was adapted to screen in 1973 in a movie written by Roald Dahl (who later disowned it), with Gene Wilder playing Willy Wonka in a now-iconic role. © Paramount Pictures © Paramount Pictures And who can forget the Oompa Loompas? via GIPHY The story focuses on Charlie Bucket, a poor boy who finds himself the winner of a Golden Ticket giving him access to Willy Wonka's bizarre and unconventional Chocolate Factory along with four other children (and his whiner of a grandfather). via GIPHY The children, each with their unique personalities, are promised a lifetime supply of chocolate at the end of the trip. via GIPHY But will it be as easy as it looks? via GIPHY USP: Willy Wonka's legendary forward roll! via GIPHY The Chocolate Room: All you can eat candy! :D via GIPHY via GIPHY Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka is perfect, and no one has come close to his sweetly comical yet maniacal (and terrifying) portrayal of one of Roald Dahl's most notorious characters. © Paramount Pictures 13. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005): While both iterations of this children's book capture the quirky Willy Wonka and Charlie's adventures inside the Chocolate factory superbly, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is truer to the novel than its predecessor. © Warner Bros. Pictures Starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, this movie has superior special/visual effects and a more whimsical setting, typical of Tim Burton's movies. © Warner Bros. Pictures The movie stands out in terms of character development, giving a backstory to Willy Wonka which serves a reason for his eccentric personality, something which wasn't quite clear in the 1971 movie. via GIPHY USP: The chocolate river! It truly looks edible (also because it is faux melted chocolate) and is much better than the 1971's dull version. It is visually more appealing. via GIPHY The squirrels breaking the nuts always cracks me up! Johnny Depp's portrayal of Willy Wonka is superb; wacky and quirky (but still not close to Gene Wilder), with just a touch of authenticity. via GIPHY 14. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009): Eccentric wannabe scientist Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) is always working on a new project: spray-on shoes, hair un-balding serum, a monkey thought translator. But unfortunately for him, all his endeavours result in failure. via GIPHY When his new project, a machine that converts water into food, the FLDSMDFR, fails and inadvertently gets launched into space while wreaking havoc on the town, Flint decides to hang up his shoes. © Sony Pictures Animation As he miserably walks around as the social pariah, his machine makes a comeback in style: it starts raining cheeseburgers all over town. via GIPHY Flint then uses a communicator to let the machine cater to the epicurean needs of the residents of Chewandswallow. Overjoyed, the town people keep making requests until their greed and gluttony sets in. via GIPHY As a catastrophe seems to be imminent, Clint sets off with his new friends, Sam Sparks (Anna Farris), Officer Devereaux (Mr. T), Brent (Andy Samberg), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), and his BFF Steve the Monkey (Neil Patrick Harris), to end it. USP: The food storm! All the spaghetti and the meatballs, and the ICECREAM! Flint's father, Tim (James Caan), is the absolute best! via GIPHY 15. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994): In this Taiwanese comedy-drama, Mr Chu (Sihung Lung) is a widowed Chinese master chef with three unmarried daughters, who cooks up a dinner feast every Sunday for his daughters as a tradition. © The Samuel Goldwyn Company His independent daughters, with their ideas of the modern world and diverse dispositions, clash with their traditionalist father over the dinner table. © The Samuel Goldwyn Company As the struggle over the superiority of values continues, with generation gap running rampant, the daughters and Mr Chu realize that perhaps traditions and new ideas can mix well, just like food with unconventional ingredients. via GIPHY Directed by Ang Lee, the movie has a quiet grace about itself, its wisdom percolating in the viewer's mind through the brilliant story. USP: The food throughout the movie, especially the opening sequence. Mr Chu's passion for food and his dexterity in his craft is apparent in the scenes. via GIPHY The beautiful, intricate dumplings! via GIPHY 16. Waitress (2007): Keri Russell stars as Jenna, a down-on-her-luck waitress who creates ingenious pies with uncommon names. Stuck in an unhappy marriage, Jenna's world is further complicated when she finds out that she is pregnant with her abusive husband's child. © Fox Searchlight Pictures As Jenna struggles with the new revelation, her only comfort being the therapeutic pie making she indulges in, respite comes in the form of a pie baking contest with a $25,000 prize which can be the key to her happiness and freedom. © Fox Searchlight Pictures As she gears up for the competition, luck seems to have a different plan for her. via GIPHY USP: The pies and their creative names: The Strawberry Chocolate Oasis Pie, Baby Screaming Its Head Off In The Middle Of The Night And Ruining My Life Pie, Kick In The Pants Pie. via GIPHY As decadent as they sound! :P via GIPHY So, what are you waiting for? Watch these now! Let the foodie in you reign supreme! via GIPHY P.S.: Don't watch these on an empty stomach. :P
  21. Sudan has seen a lot of turmoil and instability since June 2019, when the military first ousted the long-term ruling president Omar-Al-Bashir. It all started way back in December 2018, when the ruling president's government imposed emergency austerity methods in order to do away with an inevitable economic collapse. © BBC This led to a severe political crisis, which in turn made the security forces open fire on pro-democracy protestors in Khartoum. While the protest was peacefully handled, according to the New York Times, as many as 100 people have been killed and about 326 injured. At least 100 peaceful protesters were killed during a military crackdown in Sudan — now the country is at a standstill pic.twitter.com/AK0mPNkG8U — NowThis (@nowthisnews) 12 June 2019 The protestors are demanding a civilian-led interim government and since then, representatives of the protests have been in talks with the military, determining who takes control of authority. But the situation has bled for way too long now and according to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors, at least 40 bodies were recovered from the river Nile. But How Did It All Begin? Well, the protests started in December 2018 to overthrow the President. Cuts were made to bread and fuel subsidies which sparked protests in the east over the standard of living and ultimately, they reached to the capital Khartoum. The protestors obviously demanded Bashir's government to be thrown out, who had been in power for 30 years. The protests finally reached a conclusion on April 6, when people occupied the square in front of the military headquarters and demanded that the army fight the president out of his rule. Almost 5 days later, the military announced the president was no longer in power. © BBC Women played a main role in the protests, with 22-year-old Alaa Saleh leading the group. Even though a woman was the face of the protestors, as many as 70 women were raped by the police and the paramilitary forces during an attack at the protest camp, while some protestors were shot at, on June 3rd. #SudanMassacre What is happening in Sudan? This is so bad. pic.twitter.com/fMvdiKlUB3 — jafar badi (@BadiJafar) 13 June 2019 So, Now Who Is In Charge? A council of generals took over on April 11 but there was a lot of struggle for the country to regain normalcy, in every sense of the word. The seven-member Transitional Military Council is led by Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan and they insist they need to be in charge to bring everything back to normalcy again. But unfortunately, the army is not a unified force in the country and a lot of paramilitary organisations and Islamic militia have also taken up authority there. For now, the streets of Sudan are deserted with a complete Internet blackout in the country. The United Nations has condemned the attacks and The Human Rights Council has been called about to probe an inquiry into the Human Rights violations committed by the military in Sudan. Schools, hospitals and health centres in #Sudan have been targeted, looted and destroyed. Health workers have been attacked simply for doing their job. To save children's lives, the violence must stop. #ChildrenUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/A6VbGI6aGo — UNICEF (@UNICEF) 13 June 2019 Who Exactly Is The Opposition? Even though the economic collapse brought the Sudanese from all walks of life to the streets, the demonstration organisation was taken over by The Sudanese Professionals Association, a collaboration of doctors, lawyers and health workers. The protestors are local people across all age groups but most of them are young people, fighting for their rights. When the military finally took power in April, the protestors stood outside Military Headquarters demanding the authority to be given to a civilian administration. The civilian group of protestors and the ruling generals, who come under the umbrella group 'Alliance For Freedom and Change', eventually came to an agreement. © Twitter What Did They Agree On? Both the Civilian Administration and the Military decided on a three-year-transition period to civilian rule. An agreement was reached on May 15, 2019. The protestors claim that Bashir's regime is so deeply planted and implemented that a long transition is needed to completely uproot his political network and allow fair democratic elections again. The two sides also agreed on a new government, including a sovereign council, a cabinet and a legislative body. © Twitter But unfortunately, the military leaders didn't stick to their decisions and scrapped the agreements reached to set up a fresh elections mandate within nine months. The TMC head decided to stop negotiating with the Alliance For Freedom and Change and cancel whatever had been agreed on. In the wake of this fresh agreement, the pro-democracy leaders said they were cutting all contacts with the TMC and called for a 'total civil disobedience' and a general strike. While the strikes were called off on June 11, which almost brought Khartoum to a standstill, most African and Western countries have backed the protestors. Saudi Arabia has urged discussion on both sides but not condemned the military. © Twitter After the strikes have been pulled away, protest leaders are willing to resume power-sharing talks with the ruling military council. “The Alliance for Freedom and Change agreed to end the civil disobedience from today. Both sides have also agreed to resume talks soon." Mahmoud Drir, the official mediator made a statement about the situation. We just hope both the parties reach a common consensus and peace is restored in Sudan, especially in Khartoum, really soon.
  22. E3 gaming expo got over this week and many new upcoming games were announced for consoles and PC. Some of the biggest conferences included games that piqued everyone's interest and we got to see some gameplay or teaser from publishers and studios. Some of these games won't be out until next year while some are about to launch in a few months. We are not going to include annual titles like FIFA and Madden because these games tend to remain the same with minor updates. Here are the best coolest games that were announced or showed off at E3 this year: 1. Cyberpunk 2077 (PS4,Xbox One, PC) - April 2020 Last year, we got to check out some exclusive gameplay behind closed doors and this year, we got to see some more footage of the upcoming gaming by CD Project Red. What was cool about this revelation was that we got to see a character being played by Keanu Reeves. The game is set in a dystopian future where humans can upgrade their bodies with augmentations. Being a CD Projekt Red game, we can expect some killer plots and RPG mechanics that we've been familiar with from the Witcher series. The expectation for this game is very high and we hope the developers can deliver. 2. Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order' (PS4, Xbox One, PC) - November 2019 EA has not come out with a single-player story-driven game every since the company switched its strategy to live service titles. However, this we got to see Respawn Entertainment's “Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order” gameplay that blew us away from the start. You will play as one of the last remaining Jedis after the Empire has taken over the galaxy. The gameplay footage showed us what we can do in the game i.e. weird lightsabers, use force powers to defeat enemies and interact with the environment, and go on an adventure with your own cute little droid. 3. 'Watch Dogs: Legion' (PS4, Xbox One, PC, Google Stadia) - March 2020 Watch Dogs is coming back in the form of 'Watch Dogs: Legion' that will be set in post-Brexit London. The city is under a paramilitary organisation called 'Albion' after the fall of the Government and it is up to you to take on the authority. As a part of a rebellious group called DedSec, you will be playing as multiple characters to take on Albion with gadgets, hacking and good old shooting. The coolest part about this game is that you can play as any character you want in the city. You can play as a master assassin, a gifted hacker or even as an old lady. Ubisoft says that you will be able to recruit anyone and the cutscenes in the game will adjust according to who you are playing as. We highly recommend you check out the gameplay footage above to know more about this game. 4. 'Ghostwire: Tokyo' The game was showcased at Bethesda's E3 conference and was met with good reception at the expo and on Twitter. The game is basically a scary, action-adventure game where citizens of Tokyo are disappearing for some odd reason. Your job is to find out why and that's all we got to see from this teaser trailer. From the makers of “The Evil Within,” you really should check out what they have in store for us. 5. Doom Eternal (PS4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia - November 2020 A brand new Doom game is coming for fans next year where the forces of Hell have begun to invade Earth, and the Doom Slayer arrives to repel the demons. It is the fifth main title in the Doom series and put heavy emphasis on "push-forward" combat. Creative director Hugo Martin has stated there will be twice as many demon types in this game and we can't wait to get our hands on it. Check out the gameplay footage above if you can handle it.
  23. When it comes to sartorial finesse, there is something inherently magical about the quintessential Indian aesthetic. Be it the relaxed yet conspicuously elaborate detailing, the innovative cuts, or the comfortable fit, Indian-wear always scores high when it comes to clothes that make you feel good and look fancy. 1. Mix It Up With Relaxed Jodhpuri Joggers You can never go wrong with Athleisure, and adding a bit of rustic yet edgy Indian touch to it will only make your style game stronger. Wear Jodhpuri joggers with graphic or plain T-shirts, and get ready to serve class, with comfort. __ECOMPRODUCT__14__ 2. Go minimal with Indian prints on relaxed shirts Nothing spells effortless style like wearing a relaxed shirt with a comfortable pair of linen pants and open toed sandals to go with it. Go for rich hues painted with charming local Indian prints like 'Ajrak' for a superbly fashionable aesthetic that is unparalleled. __ECOMPRODUCT__16__ 3. Experiment with edgy silhouettes Gone are the days when menswear meant only 'shirts and pants'. Be fearless with cuts and designs, as there is nothing more appealing than a confident man who is not afraid to go beyond his comfort zone and try out innovative silhouettes - just like they used to, back in the days. __ECOMPRODUCT__18__ __ECOMPRODUCT__20__ __ECOMPRODUCT__22__ Try these hacks and get ready to turn heads.
  24. Jofra Archer was one of the mainstays in the Rajasthan Royals team that took the field in IPL 2019. Economical and dangerous, he was one of the best young bowlers in the competition and vital to the bowling lineup of the Royals and he has now rapidly become one of the most sought-after all-rounders in white-ball cricket. Born in Barbados to an English father, he knew very early that England was the nation he wanted to represent in international cricket. Taking advantage of his British passport, he had a successful spell at Sussex as well as T20 leagues all over the world, before getting the call-up to the Royals team in 2018. Archer has made giant strides and has become one of the most sought-after all-rounders in English county cricket, where he represents Sussex. He has made 1003 runs in 28 first-class matches at an average of 31.34 and strike rate of 71.33. He is a dangerous lower-order batsman capable of hitting the long ball as his LIST-A and T20 strike rates of 121.51 and 140.74 suggest. His wicket-taking prowess is further highlighted by his strike rate in LIST-A cricket (35.9) and T20 cricket (17.3). © Reuters His effectiveness was on display in his first ODI series against Pakistan as well as Ireland, in the run-up to the World Cup, as he showed he had what it takes to perform at the international stage. His callup to the England squad for the World Cup became a huge talking point among English cricket fans in the runup to the tournament, and it happened at the very last minute, in circumstances that seemed tailored just for him. Not long after he had been a British citizen for just three years, the English Cricket Board announced a dramatic change in the qualification criteria for selection to the national squad in March 2019. The previous requirement asked for seven-year citizenship to be available for selection but Archer's three years are now adequate for qualification. @cricketworldcup TWO IN TWO! Archer is on a hat-trick, as Cottrell walks back. pic.twitter.com/Gyvjq4mhP1 — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 14, 2019 In England's match against the West Indies, his native land, Archer was part of the opening spell and was instrumental in bowling the Windies out for a measly total of 212 through a spell of 3 wickets for 30 runs in 9 overs. England are ranked no1 in ODIs as per ICC Rankings and as hosts they, along with Team India, are the hot favourites to lift the ICC World Cup 2019 Trophy. As they prepare their bid to lift the trophy, Archer has established himself as a mainstay in the team, and his journey has been no less than a fairytale.
  25. On Sunday, when the Indian cricket team faced off against Aaron Finch's Team Australia at The Oval in London, Virat Kohli's batting order showed its true potential with three batsmen scoring half-tons and Indian opener, Shikhar Dhawan leading the charge from the front, scoring 117 in just 109 balls. After getting his thumb broken, thanks to a scary bouncer in the middle of his innings, Dhawan played through the excruciating pain of a broken bone to accomplish his third World Cup century that helped the Men in Blue establish a grand total of 352 runs in 50 overs. Once Dhawan was dismissed at the hands of Mitchell Starc in the 37th over, he rushed to the medical room where he was diagnosed with a fractured thumb and was asked to rest for the next two games. Eventually, the severity of the injury came to the fore which benched the athlete for at least two weeks. But the fighter in Shikhar Dhawan did not allow him to sit back and compromise on his fitness for long. Five days since the lefty broke his thumb, Dhawan was back in the gym, working on himself, making sure that he will be ready to serve his country in the blue uniform whenever the time comes. You can make these situations your nightmare or use it an opportunity to bounce back. ð Thank you for all the recovery messages from everyone. ðpic.twitter.com/mo86BMQdDA — Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 14, 2019 “You can make these situations your nightmare or use it (as) an opportunity to bounce back. Thank you for all the recovery messages from everyone,” Dhawan wrote in the video caption on Twitter. That's what Shikhar Dhawan is all about. Bouncing back from an injury or bad form and returning to the pitch with a bang. That's what he has been doing for years and that's why we love the guy. Hoping for a speedy recovery for Team India's Gabbar.
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