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  1. HP has been making some of the most incredible laptops lately and their new Spectre x360 is one of those notebooks that was designed to impress. The Spectre line up, for those of you who don't know, has a lot of premium notebooks and they're known for their performance and sleek design. HP recently updated its Spectre x360 for 2019 and it's arguably one of the best two-in-one notebooks we've used so far. Well, I've been using the new 2019 HP Spectre x360 for quite some time now, and here's my full review. 1. Design and Build Quality © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP When it comes to the design of the Spectre x360, there's hardly anything to complain about. It's by far the most beautiful laptop I've ever used and I am coming from the Alienware m15 R2, which I touted to be amongst the most beautiful gaming laptops. It has a top-notch build quality and it screams premium from any and all angles you look at it from. I specifically like how the top left and right corners of the notebook are diagonal. There's a power button on the side whereas there's an additional USB Type-C port on the other, which I mostly use for charging. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Since this is a two-in-one notebook, it's furnished with a 360-degree hinge. You can rotate the screen and transform it into a tablet-like device or set it up in tent mode, which is great for watching media. Quite frankly, I wasn't expecting to use the X360 in the tablet mode, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't. In fact, using the x360 in the tablet mode is what I found myself doing the most. The touchscreen experience was great, at least better than forcing myself to touch the screen while using it in the normal mode. And since it's so lightweight (under 1.5Kg), it was super easy for me to carry it around. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP If you are looking for a premium laptop with the exceptional build quality, then I'd say look no further. The HP Spectre x360 is one of the most attractive laptops out there and the fact that it's so portable, makes it an easy sell. It simply looks astounding. 2. Display The variant which I got to review came with a 13.3-inch 4K AMOLED panel. All the HP Spectre x360 panels measure 13.3-inch and they all support multi-touch in order to be used in the tablet mode. Though the touch screen works without any issues with fingers, HP is giving a stylus at no extra cost with every purchase of the Spectre x360. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP That's great because it comes in handy at times and buying one can usually be quite expensive. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla glass, so you don't have to worry about any scratches or damages even while using it in the tablet mode. Regardless of the mode that I was using it in, the display was fantastic. And it's an AMOLED panel, it had deep blacks and punchy colours, which is how I like the displays. Watching Netflix, or simply browsing through different web pages looked great on this notebook. And it's a 4k panel, so everything was nice and crispy too. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP It's also on-point when it comes to brightness and colour accuracy. The 4k model isn't available in all the market, but if it's available where you live and if your budget allows for it, then I'd say just go for this one. It's so worth the extra money. 3. Keyboard and Trackpad The HP Spectre has a chiclet-style keyboard with well-spaced keys and decent travel. As a writer, I completely enjoyed using the keyboard to churn out articles. I can always appreciate hefty clicks and satisfying responses, and that's exactly what I got from the Spectre. It's an attractive keyboard with a large and easy-to-read font. The keys also have two levels of backlighting, so you won't have any issues using it at night. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP As for the trackpad, well, I'd say it's pretty decent. I would've preferred a slightly larger trackpad, but given the fact that the Spectre x360 itself has a pretty small form factor, there's not much room to complain. But other than that, I think the trackpad is pretty solid. It has Windows Precision Drivers and it had absolutely no trouble keeping up with my rapid movements. Also, since the Spectre x360 has a touch panel, I found myself using it more often than using the trackpad itself for things like selecting an item, copy and paste, etc. There's also a fingerprint scanner on the keyboard deck to let you get in using Windows Hello. 4. Ports © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The HP Spectre x360 won't satisfy your hunger for ports, but I promise that it won't leave you hanging in search of a dongle. On the left side, you get a drop-down USB A port along with a headphone jack. On the right, you get two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a microSD card slot and a switch to kill the webcam. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Yeah, it doesn't have too many ports, but I think it's just enough to keep you going. I just wish one of the thunderbolt 3 ports was on the other side of the laptop, so I could charge it from either side. But that's just me and it's nothing to worry about. 5. Audio © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The Spectre x360's speakers are below the chassis, which is probably the worst place to put a speaker. There are no two ways about it. I mean, they're still good enough to fill a medium-sized room but imagine but there's still something missing. The speakers are tuned by Bang and Olufsen, but that doesn't really make up for the poor placement. It sounds nice and crispy, but don't expect anything that would make you want to get and dance. 6. Performance The variant which I reviewed was equipped with a 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. During my usage, I'd say the laptop managed to hold up pretty well for my everyday use. I didn't encounter any snags while using it, which is always a good sign. This isn't a gaming laptop, so I obviously didn't use it to check off a couple of Fortnite matches. But it managed to handle a stress test by loading about 15 odd Google Chrome tabs, out of which many of them were playing videos. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The new 10nm chipset gives the Spectre x360 upgraded Iris Plus graphics. It managed to score well over 18,000 on Geekbench test surpassing some other competing laptops in this space. Honestly, I won't be surprised if you managed to load Fortnite and get a couple of "Victory Royale" as long as you're not cranking up the graphics. Overall, I'd say the HP Spectre x360 is a powerful machine that can take care of all your day-to-day tasks without any issues. The added versatility of having a touch panel and stylus makes it very useful in many scenarios. This is the kind of laptop that I'd recommend to anyone looking for a portable and powerful notebook for college or work. 7. Battery Life I am usually very sceptical about the battery life when it comes to super portable machines like this, but the HP Spectre x360 was beyond surprising. I was constantly getting around 10 to 11 hours of battery life with my workload on a daily basis and that's quite impressive. In fact, I never bothered carrying the charger to work with me knowing that I have enough juice to push through a regular day. It's that good. Obviously, it'll depend on the kind of work you're doing too, but I'd say it'll still give impressive battery performance. 8. The Final Say © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP So, the HP Spectre x360 starts at Rs. 1,24,990 in India. The variant which I got to review will cost you Rs. 1,74,990, which is a lot of money. However, I think the HP Spectre x360 is definitely worth it. Yes, there are a lot of other 2-in-1's in the market, but I doubt if any of them are nearly as premium as the Spectre x360. And the fact that it's fitted with the latest and the greatest hardware, makes it a really compelling option. A beautiful design, compact form factor, slim bezels around the display, and stellar battery life. Honestly, if it wasn't for the poorly placed speakers on this laptop, I would've given it a perfect score. If you're looking for an ultraportable laptop for your day-to-day work with great build quality and impressive performance, then I'd say just get the HP Spectre x360. You won't be disappointed with your purchase. View the full article
  2. Sometimes in order to look for some real-life inspiration and motivation to do big in life, one needs to look away from the Bollywood crowd of star kids or big names in the world who are an heir to an ocean of wealth awaiting their reign. Not everyone is born with a silver spoon and therefore, there is a strong magnetic force in the stories of some real life self-made people who fight all odds to make it big in life. Here are 7 self-made Indian billionaires under the age of 40 who are a source of inspiration to every millennial out there: 1. Ritesh AgarwalRitesh is only 25 years of age but is already a prime example of a successful, self-made millennial. Oyo Hotels is worldâs third largest growing chain of hotels and is showing no sign of stopping. His net worth is around Rs 7,500 crore. © Twitter 2. Nikhil & Nitin KamathThese two brothers aged 33 and 39, respectively are the brains behind Zerodha, an Indian financial service company which offers trading and financial services. Thein combined net worth is over Rs 11,000 crore. © Twitter © Twitter 3. Bhavish Agarwal34-year-old Bhavish is someone the country can thank for introducing Ola in India, a direct competition to Uber. The brilliant idea of Ola cabs came to the founder on a journey from Bangalore to Bandipur when he rented a taxi and had the terrible experience at the hand of the driver. He eventually decided to make use of this problem and find a feasible solution for it. His net worth is around Rs 3,100 crore. © BCCL 4. Sachin And Binny BansalWhen the country was still trying to understand the nuances of internet, these two geniuses decided to launch Flipkart and change the way people shopped in the country. With a combined net worth of over Rs 17,100 crore, these guys are a major source of inspiration. © Twitter 5. Riju RavindranHe is the brain behind Byjuâs, a learning app for students, which is already a big hit in the country. He is valued at over Rs 3,600 crore. © yourstory The figures of their net worth are in tow with the IIFL WEALTH/HURUN rich list. So in case you feel like the job you are stuck with is not enough for you or your dreams are bigger than the salary you draw, then let these people inspire you to think of a few ideas today. View the full article
  3. More than five crore people of Bihar came out together on Sunday to form a human chain of around 18000 kilometers in support of environmental conservation and eradication of social evils. The âmaanav shrinkhlaâ or the human chain was formed in response to the call of the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as part of the âJal-Jeevan-Haryaliâ campaign that focuses on protecting the flora and fauna with its main emphasis on preservation of natural resources and forests. According to Indiatimes, the efforts surpassed the previous records of 2017, wherein people came together to impose a ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol. And also in 2018 when the human chain for formed and the exercise was repeated to support the campaign against dowry and child marriage. Chief Secretary, Deepak Kumar told PTI, "Altogether 5.17 crore people took part in the human chain which was 18,034 kilometers long. The length this year was much longer than 14,000 kilometers of 2018 and 11,000 kilometers of the year before when Bihar first entered record books beating Bangladesh.â "A total of seven helicopters had been pressed into service for capturing aerial images of the event that was bound to go down in the annals of history as a record. Besides, more than 100 drone cameras have clicked photographs which showed the enthusiasm of the state's people, for which we are thankful,â he added. The exercise began at 11:30 am and the people stood around thirty minutes holding hands and CM himself was seen leading the chain at the Gandhi Maidan, Bihar. Hereâs how the event looked- A glimpse of Manav Shrinkhla inside the Main Secretariat campus, Patna. https://t.co/04veD5ks3K pic.twitter.com/B7Ibt4yTG3 â Uday Bhan Singh (@usudaybhan) January 19, 2020 Manav shrinkhla special 𥰠pic.twitter.com/nfnXBySAto â Aniket Kumar (@AniketK31285111) January 19, 2020 #ManavShrinkhala2020 I have also participated in Manav Shrinkhla. Well done Nitish Kumar. Well done Bihar. Once again you created a world record. Very nice campaign by Bihar government. Such programs should be promoted. pic.twitter.com/eeyZZtyEnC â SATYAM SAURABH (@MSDhoni_Club) January 19, 2020 Manav shrinkhla 2020 on jal jeevan hariyali.thanks for support jeevika didi and all participants in manav shrinkhla. pic.twitter.com/mvQDMDvY3G â Shashi ranjan (@Shashir72539978) January 19, 2020 This is one of the biggest examples of public participation. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  4. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston snagged the spotlight away from all of Hollywood after they had a mini reunion at the SAG Awards on Sunday. But it now looks like the former flames may be toying with our feelings and tucking at our heartstrings by teasing their fans with a bit of what they have been desperately pleading for without any intention of an actual reunion. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the 50-year-old Friends actor was asked about the world’s obsession with her and Brad Pitt and their continuous prayers of seeing them back together. "It's hysterical,” said Jen, adding: “But what else are they going to talk about?" Earlier at the Golden Globes, Pitt too had addressed the same when he told Entertainment Tonight: "I'll run into Jen, she's a good friend. The second most important reunion of her year? I understand. That was a play on Friends. They were saying that.” The two stirred up a storm on Sunday after the SAG Awards as they gave the audience what they wanted by having a chirpy reunion backstage where they hugged it out and congratulated each other. Read More: Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt hug it out at the SAG Awards as they finally reunite Pitt also left us gushing when he dropped everything backstage to intently watch his ex-wife accept the award for her performance in The Morning Show.
  5. Kangana Ranaut on marriage: 'I don't have the energy to invest in another family'Kangana Ranaut after earlier hinting that she wishes to get hitched, has now expressed that marriage is not in the pipeline for her at this point. Upon being asked about her marriage plans, during the promotions of her film the 33-year-old actor told Mumbai Mirror how she feels about it at this stage of her life. “I’m at a phase when I’m just beginning to enjoy my life. If someone can add to it, I’m fine, but if, as a woman, I am expected to ensure he’s emotionally stable, enhance his spiritual growth, be lucky and bring him financial windfalls and take on the responsibility of a home, children and family, then, I’m not up for that,” she said. “At the moment, I have no time for people who come with any kind of baggage,” she added. Kangana also shared that a thriving career and her family are all that she has ever set her heart on. She also said that she has recently smoothed out her relationship with her family and is willing to invest her time in only making the ties stronger. She added: “The world is respectful; there’s a lot to do and give. And for the first time, I can think about myself. Let me be a little self-centered and enjoy what I have earned. I don’t have the time and energy to invest in another family. That can come later.” She further added that her career has played a massive role in pacifying the sour connection she had with her family as she left her house to be an actor when she was only 15. “Today, fortunately for me, I’ve got my family back. But I know that somewhere success had a huge role to play in the reconciliation. Had I not made it in films, I might have lost out on both my family and my dream, and that would have been devastating.” The Queen actor is fully engrossed in her promotions for her upcoming film Panga which is all set to hit the silver screens on January 24, 2020.
  6. On December 27, when over 1700 tourists got stranded between the 13th Mile and Nathu La Pass due to heavy snowfall, the Indian Army came to their rescue and took all the stranded tourists to a safe place. But,what happens when a jawan gets stuck in heavy snowfall? He ends up missing his own wedding. Suneel is a soldier who belongs to Himachal Pradesh's Mandi. He was posted in Kashmir Valley. Suneel was going back home to get married, however, after reaching Bandipora, unfortunately he had to miss his own wedding due to heavy snowfall as all routes were blocked and flights were not operational. © Pexels The official Twitter account of Chinar Corps - Indian Army shared his story along with a picture of a news article, and wrote, "#LifeWillWaitThatsAPromise #IndianArmy Jawan misses wedding after #Kashmir Valley gets snowed in. Don't worry life will wait. #NationFirstAlways The bride's family agrees to a new date. Just another day in the life of a soldier." #LifeWillWaitThatsAPromise #IndianArmy Jawan misses wedding after #Kashmir Valley gets snowed in. Don't worry life will wait. #NationFirstAlways The bride's family agrees to a new date. Just another day in the life of a soldier.@adgpi @NorthernComd_IA @easterncomd pic.twitter.com/G1b1u5bCi6 â Chinar Corps - Indian Army (@ChinarcorpsIA) January 18, 2020 According to news reports, both the families had already started the wedding ceremonies. However, they were left disappointed when he couldn't make it to the wedding. But, on a brighter side, the bride's family understood the situation and have decided on a new date for the wedding. I have probably said it a hundred times, and I am willing to say it a thousand times more - no amount of words will ever be enough to express our gratitude towards our brave jawans, who put their lives on the line to protect us. They brave the toughest of weather conditions and situations to ensure our safety. They often give up on their happiness and personal time with their family, for us. Salute to them! View the full article
  7. 2434.52 metres, that is how much Virat Kohli ran between the wickets during the three-match ODI series against the visiting Australian team. The first match in Mumbai turned out to be an unlikely outing for the Indian skipper, who gave away his wicket to Adam Zampa in a caught and bowled, early in his innings. While smashing a solitary six, the batsman could only manage to put up 16 runs in Indiaâs below average total of 255. Even then, 10 of his runs came from singles. Kohli falls to Zampa once again...for the 4th time in the ODIs. No spinner has dismissed Kohli more than 4 times in the ODIs. The best ball ever bowled to Kohli in the ODIs is also from a leggie. When Adil Rashid cleaned up Kohli. #INDvAUS â slowyorker (@slowyorker1) January 14, 2020 The other two matches were a completely different story altogether. In the second ODI in Rajkot, 78 runs came off Kohliâs bat in 76 deliveries as he helped opener Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul build a mammoth total of 340 after being asked to bat first by Aaron Finch. Out of Kohliâs 78-run stint, he scored 54 of them by taking singles and changing strikes with his partner. Yesterday Shikhar Dhawan Was Disappointed He Missed His 100. But Virat Kohli Was Even More Disappointed.! That's Virat Kohli For You Perfect Team Man.!#ViratKohli #KingKohli #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/2U8icUILA3 â Tamil Viratians ð¥ (@Tamil_Viratians) January 18, 2020 And in the third ODI in Bengaluru, 57 runs of his 89-run innings came the same way as well. Even though the top-order batsman is known for a variety of qualities such as his textbook cover drive and the well-documented capacity to chase big total, Kohliâs ability to take singles often goes unnoticed. The biggest, most recent example comes from Indiaâs win over the Aussies at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday when the Men in Blue were to chase down 286 runs in 50 overs. Rohit Sharma was having his typical high-scoring game amidst which Kohli stepped onto the pitch after KL Rahul got trapped with an Ashton Agar LBW. Understanding that his deputy-in-chief was in the zone, Kohli tried to give Sharma more and more opportunities to reduce the gap as much as he could. The duo maintained a run-rate closer to what was required throughout the middle overs and prevented any massive gaps in scoring which would have returned later to haunt them. Best thing about kohli is no ego. He is happy to be silent when Rohit is playing. He is just taking singles and hitting odd boundaries. Making this partnership as big as it can. #INDvsAUS â Nishant Singh Parihar (@nsp2607) January 19, 2020 Once the opener gave up his wicket on a Zampa leggie after a masterful 119-run knock, the skip decided to take it upon himself to carry his team all the way to victory. With Shreyas Iyer on the other end, Kohli pushed for quick singles amidst a boundary every now and then. The strategy was simple. Choose the bowlers youâd like to score against and those you would just want to end their spells. For Kohli, it was Zampa, who had dismissed him five times in the last eight innings. Even then, Kohli managed to sneak four or five runs during his overs as well. It was because of Kohliâs activity between the wickets that the target felt more like cakewalk for Team India. Even though he got bowled out at the hands of Josh Hazlewood after being found to be a bit greedy for his century, it didnât affect the final result of the match. India now needed fewer runs than balls left to win, the damage was already done. Champions ð®ð³#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/168H5qeSSa â BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2020 A couple of boundaries by Manish Pandey and a surprisingly good innings by Iyer and India finally won the match and the series to carry along the glory of beating one of the better Australian sides in the recent past. Kohliâs singles made it happen. They not only kept his side closer to the required run rate but also created a sense of frustration amongst the Australian fielders who couldnât stop these pesky singles from taking place. ð®ð³ð®ð³#TeamIndia ð pic.twitter.com/IQmm5Vrf8I â BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2020 These are the kind of things that Virat Kohli brings to the team. Things like the willingness to share the crease with his partner, watching him score big runs while standing on the other side of the pitch, and motivating younger cricketers amidst immense pressure. These qualities not only make him a great batter but also a phenomenal captain. View the full article
  8. Silhouettes of mobile phone and laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of WhatsApp logo, March 18, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Files1 Advanced issue found▲
  9. Silhouettes of mobile phone and laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of WhatsApp logo, March 18, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Files1 Advanced issue found▲ WhatsApp, the cross-platform messaging application, experienced a major outage around the world on Sunday evening, leaving people frustrated on alternative social media platforms. Many people around the world reported having problems with the Facebook-owned messaging app earlier on Sunday; however, the company has issued a statement addressing the issue as of reporting time. Down Detector/Screenshot via Geo.tvAccording to Down Detector, nearly 800 people reported facing problems in the messaging app, as of 6PM. Down Detector/Screenshot via Geo.tvMost of the users who reported problems in WhatsApp were from Europe, while those in South Asia and South America were also hit with the outage. Down Detector/Screenshot via Geo.tvOf the total issues, 75 percent pertained to connection whereas 22 percent was related to receiving messages. This is the latest of the many outrages, with one incident in March that left users cut off for almost a whole day.
  10. If your New Year resolution is to look for a girlfriend this year, then you're in luck because this is what you should be reading! Now, before choosing just about anyone, remember to pick someone out who suit you the best. Someone you get along with on a fundamental level, and someone who has a basic level of empathy too. Only then you'll be able to have a wholesome relationship, if that's what you're looking for this year. © AA films So, here is some inside scoop if you're looking for a girlfriend for a meaningful relationship in 2020. (1) Make Sure She's Kind While most people, especially women are kind, there are a few who show apathy in the wrong places. Now she may not feel for a certain cause, so there's no point judging her on that. But if her overall kindness quotient is low, then trust me you can do without her. By kindness I mean, see how she talks to the support staff around her or how she treats animals in general. If you sense some bad news there, move on! © Pen Marudhar Entertainment (2) Make Sure She's Emotionally Intelligent Women intuitively have higher EQs than men, but there are times when they fail there too. Why do you need a woman with a higher EQ? Well, according to studies, men reach their level of emotional intelligence at a later stage in life, before women do. It's what helps balance a relationship in the first place. With both of your EQs being low, the relationship can go through some major issues and eventually end too. A woman who recognises her emotional capacity and challenges it, for it to grow every day, is someone with a higher EQ and that's always a good thing. © RSVP (3) Make Sure She's Worldly No, we don't really mean well travelled as such, but someone who is open to opportunities and different perspectives. Someone who enjoys adventure and the thirst to explore the unknown. The only reason this kind of a girl is in our recommendation is because she'll be knowledgeable since she loves doing her research, she'll be fun and will be open to just about anything. © UTV motion Pictures (4) Make Sure She's Passionate About At Least One Thing The sub-heading definitely gives away what I am trying to say. Girls who're hardly passionate about anything usually tend to get boring and don't have a drive. Eventually your dreams will become her dreams because she lacks passion and the ability to dream big. She doesn't have to be passionate about everything, but any one thing is good. It could be her love for something, or something she is currently pursuing. And once you meet her, you'll find out in a jiffy what she's passionate about, if at all. © Fox Star Studios (5) Make Sure She Loves Her Friends This could go either way, both for men and for women. Someone who loves their friends and is loved by their friends, is generally a grounded person. If she talks about her friends often or likes hanging out with them a lot, then she is someone who is a nurturer and will do anything to keep them happy. This also reflects on how she handles and manages her relationships. If she never gives up on friendships, then she will never give up on relationships either. An added advantage is knowing for a fact her friends love and dote on her. If that's the case, you have yourself one of the nicest girls around. © Fox Star Studios So, don't sweat it. Finding the right person takes some time but when you do find them, all the waiting and searching is really worth it. So let 2020 be your year and look for someone who has at least 3 characteristics listed above! View the full article
  11. Looks like, the people of the current generation either do not take their lives seriously or consider themselves the OG 'Khatron Ke Khiladi' who can survive literally anything. Which they do actually, in most cases. Anyway, I don't see any other way to justify the viral challenges like the Tide Pod challenge, Kiki challenge or the Ice Bucket challenge that took the world by storm in the last few months. But, just when we thought that people will stop doing crazy things in the name of a challenge, the 'Cereal Challenge' came around and proved us wrong. What is the first thought that came to your mind when you heard of this challenge? Eating as much cereal as possible? Or eating cereal with hands? Whatever it is, this is none of that. This cereal challenge is basically people eating cereal out of each others' mouths. Yes, you read it right and there's nothing NSFW about it. It's actually gross and disgusting. So, in this challenge, one person is the bowl whose mouth is filled with cereal and milk (in whichever order you want) and then the other person takes a spoon and scoops the cereal out from the mouth of that person. WHY? Seriously, WHY will anyone do that? x1 cannot disband they still havent done the cereal challenge. we need to see seungyul do this pic.twitter.com/PqZ1hsPuVc — ð¨ð§ð ð¢ð­ ðð¢ on vacay (@2seungyul) January 15, 2020 As expected, there are more fails in the challenge as people hold it in for a long time and end up choking on it and spitting it out. I am sure these are the same people who like kiwis or bananas on their pizzas. @joshgancas xvibeats #pov you have no bowls at your house so you use your friend as oneð±ð±ð! That laugh at the end ð¥´#tiktok ⬠No Idea - Don Toliver @mommac_ Ran out of bowls, so I did what any wife would do. ð¥´â ï¸ð¤£ #cerealchallenge #mouthbowl #fyp ⬠original sound - brentrivera The #cerealchallenge is harder then you think bitch. I love this video. pic.twitter.com/vWCrhcvvrz — Patty (@EncycloPattyia) January 16, 2020 @user171772282 make this go viral he yakked in the bathroom after thisð¤¢ð¤¢ #cerealchallenge #TalkToAnimals #fyp #foryou ⬠Yummy - Justin Bieber @kim_benshimon BREAKFAST TIME 𥣠kevinrubin1 #cerealchallenge #foryou #foryoupage ⬠Yummy - Justin Bieber Although, after watching all these attempts at cereal challenge, you're not up for a joke, but is this how it feels when our moms hide all the expensive plates and bowls for the guests, so we don't have anything to eat in? View the full article
  12. What can you possibly do in 40 seconds? Watch snippets and trailers of your favourite TV series or movies on YouTube. Save 35 seconds by skipping an ad after 5 seconds. Make coffee or cocktail or anything. © Reuters Honestly, whatever your answer is, it clearly doesn't matter anymore; because it can come nowhere close to what Conor McGregor did in 40 seconds. On Saturday night, Conor McGregor came back with a bang and knocked out Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone in the first-round TKO in the welterweight main event at UFC 246 held in Las Vegas. Just in case you missed it, here's Conor McGregor with his 'shoulder-in-chief' going all out against Cowboy Cerrone who clearly did not take McGregor or his shoulder too seriously. HE. IS. BACK. @TheNotoriousMMA CLOSES THE SHOW EARLY! WOW! #UFC246 pic.twitter.com/0B0NXbi6pY — UFC (@ufc) January 19, 2020 If you think what happened with Cowboy inside the ring is brutal, wait till you hear what happened to Dan Bilzerian. It's worse than getting hit by McGregor's shoulder. While McGregor may have earned millions by winning the first round, Dan Bilzerian on the other hand lost approximately a million in those 40 seconds, because he placed a bet against McGregor. Before the match, Bilzerian proudly posted a picture with his 'pocket change' on social media and wrote "Putting some pocket change on @Cowboycerrone who y'all got?" Puttin some pocket change on @Cowboycerrone who y'all got? pic.twitter.com/xHsjTIeSkl — Dan Bilzerian (@DanBilzerian) January 19, 2020 He even posted videos on his Instagram stories of the huge pile of cash stacked up in line, with him asking Cowboy to take no pressure. Now, we don't know how much cash does Bilzerian mean by 'some pocket change', but the eagle-eyed people on social media were quick to do their maths and according to their estimate, it's close to $1million. Wow, now that's a brutal episode of 'How To Lose Your Money In 40 Seconds'. We wonder on whom the pressure is now. Anyone want to check on Dan Bilzerian? He lost all of this in 40 seconds tonight pic.twitter.com/5w7Sik0QGS — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 19, 2020 Okay the total for the money is: 6 layers, $2000 each set. Approx 20 sets down the line. times 4 rows. Plus adding the extra random stacks with the two random 5k stacks and 10k stack totals to be $1,024,000. — Sweaney (@Sweanison) January 19, 2020 Me trying to figure out what he put on it pic.twitter.com/POeBqVEfwk — moose (@Brandnjones) January 19, 2020 You think he ACTUALLY put the $1m on Cerrone? Or just the $4.87.... — Paul Smith (@dubber31) January 19, 2020 DEVASTATED ARENT YI EHHHHH — Scott Burgess (@scottburgess28) January 19, 2020 Dan Blizerian bet the whole house on Cowboy tonight. pic.twitter.com/AJw1LvLK7Z — Fried Will Da Thrill (@FriedWillBarton) January 19, 2020 Bilzerian, however, isn't the only one who lost his money. McGregor fans and MMA fans are also pissed that they spent $65 on a fight that didn't even last a minute and are venting out their frustration in the most hilarious way possible. Was Sooooo hype to see the fight between @TheNotoriousMMA vs @Cowboycerrone in #UFC246 to only know it lasted 40 secondsð¤ð¤ð¤ð­ð­ð­ð­ — HateFate (@HateFate6) January 19, 2020 People who paid to see the Conor McGregor fight ð¬ #UFC246 pic.twitter.com/QNg4ZV0OSb — aman â (@amanmurdhani) January 19, 2020 Conor McGregor and his shoulder after #UFC246 pic.twitter.com/VsHqcTwc3x — LockerRoom (@lockerroom_in) January 19, 2020 A pay per view purchaser looking back at the money he spent on #UFC246 to watch Conor McGregor fight pic.twitter.com/d9sO4fNP20 — NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) January 19, 2020 The real winners are the one who didn't pay for that fight lol — anti nuñyisme| setien szn (@BartomeuDimisi5) January 19, 2020 Me paying $65 dollars to watch Conor McGregor for 40 seconds. #UFC246 pic.twitter.com/Bg9LqlPRyH — Dylan (@DylansRawTake) January 19, 2020 View the full article
  13. Every year, we see some sort of advancement in the display tech. From smartphones to TVs, there's a lot happening in the display space and we can't wait to see what comes our way in the future. In the meantime, there's a company called Mojo Vision, that's showcasing what it believes in the future of display tech. A smart contact lens that acts as a display. Yes, you read that right. So, Mojo Vision showcased a single lens that's embedded with some circuits with a tiny dot in the center. © Mojo Vision Mojo Vision is essentially making a smart contact lens that'll act as a display. Obviously, the tech is nowhere close to being ready, which is why we said it's the "future of display". At CES (Consumer Electronics Show) this year, Mojo Vision was showing lens with some sort of text displayed in a loop. The company says there is a ton of text info that can be displayed. You can see things like time, date, health data, heart rate, and more. You can also read messages from your friends. It sounds very similar to the smart glasses, but except in this case, it's a lens. Besides, it also says they're still working to make smart contact lens a true solution. They want the product to be so good that it's ready to enter the market as something that people can buy and wear it on a daily basis. That makes sense, but we're not entirely sure if/ when that'll happen. © Mojo Vision However, imagine a world in which you're wearing just a contact lens to consume the media. No additional devices required whatsoever. Heck, you don't even need a smartphone or a pocket device. It could be as simple as talking to a digital assistant and getting things projected on the lens. It's certainly the kind of cyberpunk world we want to live in, but it could be many years away from now. Source: WIRED View the full article
  14. LAHORE: A train driver's skillful handling of the situation saved the day as the Shalimar Express averted a major accident Saturday when a railway line broke. A railway line between Sharshameer Station and Pakka Anna Station broke, putting the train in danger of getting derailed. Railway authorities confirmed that the passenger train driver used his skills to save the vehicle from an accident.
  15. There was finally some respite amidst the deadly bushfires in Australia when it rained after months of just hellish fires that took the lives of more than five million animals and a lot of people, especially fire fighters. The meteorology bureau reported that, “The hit & miss nature of thunderstorms means it's difficult to forecast exactly where the heaviest rain will be—some parts of bushfire & drought-affected eastern Australia could see 50–100 mm over the next few days; while others may see very little.” Even though some parts of Australia received little rain, it's actually better than no rain at all and we're glad the bushfires will cease, once with the abrupt weather change. © Twitter But that's not all, here's something endearing to take home for the day. A little boy, who has never seen rain ever in his life, spent his morning dancing in the heavy downpour on his family farm in New South Wales. The 18-month-old Sunni Mckenzie ran out when it started pouring trying to figure what was happening outside. His mom caught him on video, running around their property, in Scone, exclaiming "wow", as he was trying his best to understand what rain actually is. You can actually see the toddler splashing in the puddles, dirtying his feet in the mud and running around in sheer excitement for the very first time! Oh and while you're at it, don't forget to look at his smile, when he's playing about in the rain. Here, take a look at this adorable video Heavy rain in Australia is bringing joy to the drought stricken continent. This 18 month old boy, is thrilled seeing it for the 1st time. Yes. Rains after 18 months is paradise ðð» pic.twitter.com/4TRY1vgkrp — Susanta Nanda IFS (@susantananda3) January 16, 2020 "When the rain came we raced outside to move the plants out and he just kept walking out to the rain and just stood in it," Sunni's mother told a popular Australian publication. "He hasn't had the chance to do this before. Needless to say, he enjoyed it," she added. We seriously can't get over this baby's excitement. Luckily for everyone down under, the rain is a blessing in disguise and people are truly revelling in the long awaited rain. But even with all the happiness and excitement for the rain, this baby has certainly 'stolen the thunder' and how! © Twitter It's finally raining in Australia ð­â¤ðð½ "Downpours have already helped to extinguish 32 bushfires..number of blazes fell from 120 to 88..It means the end may be in sight for exhausted firefighters who have battled deadly fires for more than 3 months." pic.twitter.com/vLdJAwIuPv — StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) January 15, 2020 Our Country now Rejoice ðð» It's pouring down ð§ï¸ðð#AustraliaRain #Australia pic.twitter.com/2LNnljWN6L — Jacey Hammond (Hammy) (@jacehammy2) January 16, 2020 So wonderful to see rain today. Lots of rain. So different from 2 weeks ago when driving this route. #gratitude #rain #regionalnsw #australia #weather pic.twitter.com/WrFRFEMjrK — DrCarolineHong FAICD (@CarolineHong) January 16, 2020 We're certainly happy Australia has received some love from up above but clearly we can't match the happiness and excitement this little boy has shown for the rains! View the full article
  16. Let's be honest - for many of us into fast rides and motorsports, part of the thrill comes from witnessing something truly dangerous and yet being in control. Today's F1 cars, for example, regularly scream down the straights at speeds inching ever-closer to a staggering 400kmph - with little more than a helmet to keep a driver safe in the event of a crash. Along with tales of racing heritage on these tracks, comes a dark history of riders and drivers who strayed too far off the edge - and paid for it with their lives. These are the world's most dangerous motorsports tracks - ranked for their sheer lethality. 6. Daytona International Speedway © Reuters; Spectators catch a front-row view of a high-speed, 9-man crash that took place at Daytona in early 2019. 40 deaths mark the history pages of Daytona International Speedway - one of North America's greatest racetracks, particularly for NASCAR racing. Across the last 60 years, everything from botched speed records to tyre failures have resulted in violent crashes - the most famous of which involved 7-time NASCAR champ Dale Earnhardt Sr. crashing head-on into the racetrack walls. It also has the unusual distinction of being the only racetrack to have a death occur by boat, as the powerboat race course is within the Speedway boundaries. 5. Indianapolis Motor Speedway © Reuters; Chris Windon and David Malukas crash into the Speedway walls during an Indy Freedom 100 race. Commonly known as 'The Brickyard', this racetrack has the names of 73 unfortunate individuals (including 42 drivers) who were killed as a result of the races - going as far back as the very first race that inaugurated the Speedway back in 1909, when a driver named Wilfred Bourque and his mechanic were killed. It also happens to be the site of one of racing's most unusual and bizarre spectator fatalities - death by tyre. During a 1984 Indy 500 race, a tyre wobbled loose from Tony Bettenhausen's No. 56 machine and smacked into Roberto Gurrero's No. 4 car - flying skywards at up to 350 kmph, and directly into the face of 41-year old fan, Lyle Kurtenbach, who was soon pronounced dead at a local hospital. 4. Le Mans Circuit De La Sarthe © Reuters; Safety crew work to rescue British racer Allan McNish after a devastating crash with his Audi R18 TDI. Possibly one of the most prestigious, gruelling and infamous racetracks in the world - the French Circuit de la Sarthe is home to the 24 Hours of Le Mans race - a continuous endurance racing event that forms the pinnacle of the sport for many fans. It's also incredibly dangerous - having claimed the lives of 27 racers over the years. While some of these boiled down to the nature of the track and the lack of necessary safety rules, many can be attributed to incorrectly engineered cars - a phenomenon for which Mercedes-Benz became notorious for in the 90s with their 'backflipping' CLK GTR. Although current regulations have worked to improve safety for fans, the track is also home to the most devastating spectator disaster in the history of motorsports - the 1955 tragedy that claimed the lives of 83 spectators and Mercedes driver Pierre Boullin. 3. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza © Reuters; Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg finds himself in the middle of a massive pileup - right on the first corner. Monza, one of the three oldest permanent race tracks in the world, opened in 1922 and is also one of the most dangerous. The circuit, which has been on the calendar of the Formula One Championship since its inaugural season in 1950, took lives of many F1 greats among others. The two-time F1 champion Alberto Ascari was killed at Monza in 1955, Wolfgang von Trips and 14 spectators died in 1961, Jochen Rindt was killed in 1970, Ronnie Peterson died in a hospital after he crashed at Monza. In total, the lost lives of 52 drivers and 35 spectators are written on the walls of Monza, which is the highest of all current F1 tracks - a number that's risen so high due to the parameters of the track falling short of the insane speeds today's racing teams can achieve. 2. Nürburgring Nordschleife © Reuters; Ralf Schumacher crashes into his elder brother, Michael Schumacher on the course back in 2004. Nicknamed 'The Green Hell', this infamous track is known as the ultimate test of skill, dexterity and sheer will - the lengthy 20.8km circuit has over 150 turns, complete with several steep inclines and bumps that result in airborne vehicles and perhaps most deadly of all for racers, unpredictable weather conditions such as rain and fog. While several of those 150 turns have tamed the ego of hundreds of drivers (and the lives of over 80), perhaps the most famous crash to have occurred at the Nordschleife happened during the 1976 German Grand Prix. After failing to convince authorities and other drivers to boycott the extremely dangerous race, a reluctant Niki Lauda strapped in - only to have this horrific crash occur during the second lap. Lauda was trapped in the seat as a fire broke out and his helmet had slipped off - leading him to suffer serious burns on his face and inhale toxic gases from the inferno. Luckily, in one of F1's most heroic moments, he was saved by Italian racer Arturo Merzario, who jumped into the fire to save him. 1. Isle of Man Mountain Course © Reuters; Chris Palmer and John McGuiness practice around a bend before the 2009 Trophy race. There's absolutely no questioning it - this is the most hardcore, death trap of a race in the history of motorsports. Extremely tight and narrow lanes, several jumps, sheer cliffs and the pressure of hundreds of death-defying spectators right along the route… did I mention that the motorcycles here go upwards of 200kmph on average? F1 really is a cakewalk compared to this. Ever since the track opened over a hundred years ago, it has claimed the lives of over 250 riders and even more fans - several have crashed into buildings, trees, zoomed off cliffs and in the worst circumstances, crashed head-on into spectators. The Cup record holder is the late Joey Dunlop, whose grit and solid-titanium balls led him to 26 wins at the course. He died - you guessed it - riding a motorcycle. View the full article
  17. Every fashion label longs for that one genius that would set the tone that their legacy takes. For Chanel and Fendi, it was the legendary mastermind, Karl Lagerfield. For Dolce & Gabbana, it was Stefano Gabbana. For YSL, it was Tom Ford. And it seems for the upcoming decade at least, it will be Alessandro Michele for Gucci. © Reuters Having spent a better part of the decade with Gucci in some role or the other, Alessandro's vision to take Gucci towards an environment that is even more inclusive of diversity and varying creativity, has resulted in some rather spectacular moments, with the gender-fluid or gender-neutral path that they have elected to go for, being one of them. However, it hasn't been a completely smooth sailing for them. © Reuters It's been five years since Alessandro took the helm of the Italian luxury brand. Yes, a few guffaws and quite a few faux pas were made. Remember, the controversial sweater, the one with a literal monkey face, that Gucci put up? Or the fact that some of their pieces were inspired by straight jackets, in 2019, a year that saw a very fervourous conversation around mental health, especially considering how Todd Phillips' Joker, released just a month after their guffaw, dealt with? © Reuters All said and done, if there has been one thing that the Florentine ateliers of Gucci have pushed out time and again, it is perspective. Gender fluid or androgynous fashion has been a theme that many fashion houses have dabbled with. In fact, ever since Alessandro took over Gucci, back in 2015, Gucci has often showcased most of their collections in fashion shows, by using cross-dressing as a statement-making tool. Case in point would be their Fall-Winter collection back in 2015. The collection, even though it dealt with a subject that was considered much more tabooed, was well thought out and indeed tastefully done. The pieces that were shown, were indeed androgynous and seemed to push the proverbial envelope. © Reuters Cut to 2020, and we see a remarked difference in the approach. Individually, the pieces that were showcased were spectacular and indeed statement pieces unto themselves, something that people expect from Gucci and Alessandro at this point. What did come across as a little jarring would be the manner in which they were showcased. What was disconcerting was the fact that there were instances where some of the ensembles seemed as if they had nothing to do with androgynous fashion, or gender-fluid fashion for that matter, but were an attempt to create a spectacle. © Gucci © Gucci © Gucci © Gucci No wonder post the Milan Show, people were genuinely left wondering if 'androgynous fashion' and 'gender-fluid' fashion have been reduced to fancy labels to stay woke? © Gucci The sad truth is, toxic masculinity, and the perception of emasculation that all things feminine represent, is a problem, and nowhere else it is as clearly put on display as it has been in clothes and fashion, even though this dichotomy at times falls flat on its face in this sphere? As sad as it may be, there still is a long way to go for this duality to be put to rest, and this binary that we have in fashion will become redundant. Is it a surprise then, that almost all major fashion houses, be it Prada, Dior, and Burberry have massively amped up their product range, as well as the production of luxury menswear items? Luxury Menswear, after all, is an exponentially growing segment of the market. © Gucci With that said, whether Gucci is indeed being esoteric or is it just another example of a fashion label that is using these terms for coming across as woke, for the sake of being woke; Gucci's endeavours in the past have pushed the envelope continuously and tried to be the harbingers of a society that is androgynous. © Gucci Just take a look at the Lyst Index, a quarterly ranking of the 'It' brands and products in fashion, and you'll see that in the last eight quarters, Gucci has always been in the top three spots, and held the lead for a considerably long time. Since 2018, specifically, Gucci has been the hottest brand in fashion and was only deposed of its thrown by Off White & Balenciaga in the 3rd quarter of 2019. © Gucci We're sure that with this collection, Gucci surely is going to jump to the top yet again. Because whatever they seem to be doing, it seems they know what works for them. All said and done, the pieces they make, like we said, are indeed statement worthy. © Gucci So come what may, people, men and women alike, are still going to flock to Gucci stores all around the world, for their washed-out baggy denim jeans, and boxy wool suits, and their murses. People who can afford them, that is. Or at the very least, they will crop up in some form or the other in fast fashion outlets like Zara, or H&M, where they will be flying off of the shelves. © Gucci The question remains though, where does that leave Gucci in this scenario, where there is a clear distinction between the runway and the racks? Is it going to cater to the esoteric runway, the similar and familiarity that people expect from the rack, or does the answer lie somewhere in between? That remains to be seen. View the full article
  18. Getting robbed would probably be one of the most terrifying experiences ever, that is if you're not a Punjabi. No offence. But, I'm not making this up, there's proper proof to back this up and the video of the entire thing is hilarious, and probably the most Punjabi thing anyone will ever see. Basically, a guy tried to rob a convenience store but got chased away with a metal rod by the Sikh shopkeeper while he abused him in Punjabi. Great tactic. Should work every time. In the video, the shopkeeper got up to greet the 'customer' and then remained completely calm when the man was trying to rob him. The best part, though, is him saying 'anything else?' when the robber demanded all the money in the cash register. But, of course, he reached for a metal rod instead of the money and chased the guy away while yelling 'teri pehn di'! Look at how calm he was. My cousins get mugged and he's the calmest guy in the world ð¤£ð¤£just listen to him #teripehndi pic.twitter.com/Fua1mLTMcP — Harmit Arora (@harmit360) January 14, 2020 Same energy. Lol this reminded me of when a couple of guys with machetes came to rob my father's warehouse. He was sweeping the floor at the time. He snapped the broom in half & chased them down the road, roaring at them to stand & fight. He used to keep nun-chuks behind the counter too. https://t.co/h91Mg0ooTZ — Kashaan کاشا٠(@RealKWB) January 15, 2020 So polite, what a guy! He goes “anything else” like he was talking a subway order — Pastor Fred (@kiiranjjeet99) January 15, 2020 For sure. A king. https://t.co/e5gQMgeCta — Jassið (@jassi908) January 15, 2020 Good resolution. How I'm entering 2020 if anyone tries some bullshit https://t.co/MrONkrB7bc — Deepak Dhindsa (@ddeepu97) January 15, 2020 So funny. My mans said “anything else ?” https://t.co/C7h4lNLzhE — Bryan (@chinoo3890) January 16, 2020 Aww. Oi dil kush kardeta Punjab de sheera# — Owais Ul nissar (@OwaisNissar) January 16, 2020 One can hope. Just clocked that the robber will see this and think what a fool he's made of himself ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ — Harmit Arora (@harmit360) January 15, 2020 He should've. Shame he didn't whack him over the head. Calm as a cucumber though. — Ayaz (@Ayaz_Nazir) January 15, 2020 Great video. Lool same thing happened with my Dad https://t.co/wZb3f0ccQN pic.twitter.com/xAWqdCy4Q5 — Fëm (@femdazed) January 15, 2020 Probably both. Not sure what I like more. The punjabi gala at the end, or the "anything else" like he's completing a regular transaction https://t.co/yV0vAeh4R0 — Narinder Singh (@NSP55) January 15, 2020 Yep. He really said “anything else” knowing he was about to go in on his ass KING https://t.co/Nh13QUlwyF — Mino (@PunjabiKhaleesi) January 15, 2020 I know, right? PUNJABIS ARE A DIFFERENT BREED IM PISSING MYSLF https://t.co/6f1gBt3PqR — nishathée chalamet (@ohnosisters) January 15, 2020 View the full article
  19. Quirky, eccentric and yet subtle - perhaps this is the most appropriate way to describe the style statements that we have seen Aparshakti Khurana make. Now, even though he, like most of our Bollywood celebrities, are born with an innate sense of style, he is rarely the one who comes up with the ensembles that we have seen him wear. © Jay Samuel The stylist who is responsible for the drool-worthy sartorial sensibility that we have come to associate with Aparshakti, is Jay Samuel, a London-based stylist, who, apart from Aparshakti has closely worked with a number of style icons from across the Indian subcontinent. © Jay Samuel Here's what Jay had to say, when we sat down for a candid conversation over men's fashion in India, the icons of style in Bollywood, and all things fashion. Tell us about your journey, how did you start out? I've always had an eye for detail and a passion for fashion from a young age. Over the years, this passion grew even more, since I was styling family friends for various events. I also understood how to shop cleverly and work around things that I have. Gradually this habit led to a sense of recognition, which I pursued further. What is your creative process when you are working with Aparshakti Khurana? Being a stylist entails coming up with ideas for someone else to pursue. Aparshakti and I have worked together for many years now. We share the same energy when it comes to fashion. He is open to ideas and not afraid of setting trends, trying out new stuff, so that definitely helps. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio We have seen this new trend of celebs getting a shoot done before going out for public appearances, be it a red carpet event or for promotions. Why has this practice developed as the norm? We are living in a social media frenzy where everything is constantly being snapped - whether it is your gym outfit, or an airport look. Sometimes, the images are flattering. However, sometimes they are far from it. Therefore this new trends gives celebrities the opportunity to have those perfect images ready for posting online. Furthermore, it's a great way to credit to the designer and stylist. However, as a photographer, I don't always agree with this habit, as this diminishes the need for a proper and creative photoshoot. Does being a photographer allow you to visualise your styling projects in a better way? How does it work? Definitely yes. As a photographer, you envision the end result in your mind, way before the day arrives and you clicking the image. From a stylist's point of view, I will prepare everything else, keeping that image in mind. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio Virgil Abloh in a recent interview said that streetwear will be dead in the coming decade. Do you agree? Why or why not? Streetwear has stepped up, it's not just about being comfortable anymore. It's adding that quirkiness to give ensembles a certain look and feel. In my opinion, streetwear will always be there. We have seen a rise in multiple bags which started from the ramp and quickly could be seen on the streets. What is that one fashion trend that you don't like, or don't agree with? I didn't particularly like the trend of getting over the top, big hairstyles. I think they overpower the entire look. What are some must-have staples that men should hoard in their closets? A properly tailored white shirt, a smart jacket, a pair of brogues, a well fitted pair of jeans. Also, invest well in accessories, such as belts, watches and sunglasses. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio What are some basic and often repeated mistakes that people make when putting together a look? I've always noticed that people often dress ignoring the kind of occasion they are heading to. For example, you often see men wearing the wrong shirt collar, for the tie they have chosen. If you opt for a bow tie then go for the right collar. Also the trend of wearing oversized garments. Although this may seem cool and look super comfortable, it can be overbearing for some people. How would you describe the last decade in terms of fashion? What trends, according to you, were huge? It was the decade of the smart suits paired with sneakers - sophisticated and yet comfortable. Also the whole neon effect for both women and men worked well. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio And what trends do you see going big in 2020? Trench coats for both men and women will be a big thing. I do see people rocking more colours with spring emerging, particularly shades of yellow and orange. I also feel a comeback of the '80s trend of tailored blazer jackets with enunciated shoulder pads. What advice would you give to a budding stylist? The main thing is having that inner passion for fashion and style. Be creative and believe in your craft. Take inspiration from others but find your own style. Always work hard and remember to have fun. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio How would you define your signature style? Quirky. Your favourite place to shop or look for new pieces to work with. I love shopping and I'm a creative but selective shopper, so the place doesn't matter. Just show me the stuff! © Jay Samuel One historical era that you find extremely fashionable? I loved the '70s in terms of fashion, with their fitted shirts and well-tailored trousers. One celebrity who can teach everyone else a lesson or two on how to pull off the Indian aesthetic elegantly, when it comes to menswear. It's between the godfather of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachan and Shahid Kapoor. They both have everything on point, every time. © Jay Samuel One thing men should never do while dressing up in traditional Indian wear. Get the shoes wrong, for some reason the outfits whether its grand sherwanis or just a plain kurta are always paired with the wrong kind of shoes…. Please can we show the footwear the same kind of love! One traditional Indian menswear item you believe every Indian man should have in his wardrobe, and why. A white or black kurta. It oozes comfort, but also looks very stylish, whether you are pairing it with a traditional churidar or some trendy chinos. © Jay Samuel 3 International Celebrities that you would love to style. David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and David Gandy 3 Indian celebrities who have a natural flair for style. Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Ayushman Khurrana Ethereal, elysian, and sublime - these words can often be used to describe the ensembles and outfits that we have seen Bollywood celebrities wear. However, more often than not, there is an entire team of people, working behind the scenes to bring us some iconic and memorable statement ensembles. As a series, Style Pundits looks at the eccentric people behind these ensembles and celebrates the ever-changing notions that have come to define India's sartorial sensibilities and the fluidity of our style. View the full article
  20. Going past one opponent after another in what has turned out to be a dominant home season in recent months, the high-flying Indian cricket team was shot down to the ground by a clinical Australian brigade that romped to a commanding 10-wicket win in the 1st ODI at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The prolific form of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in recent matches had the Indian team management and selectors convinced that they should play all their opening batsmen, including Rohit Sharma, in the ODI series opener. The move saw Rohit and Dhawan, quite understandably, opening the innings and Rahul occupying Virat Kohli's preferred No. 3 slot, pushing the Indian captain further down to No. 4. While the move would have surely looked like a masterstroke on the drawing board, it had quite an opposite effect on the kind of result Team India and their fans would have hoped for. Rohit's dismissal at the score of 10 runs had India on the back foot early on, but a brilliant 121-run stand for the second wicket between Dhawan and Rahul probably had Kohli & Co believing that tinkering with their usual line-up was still going to pay off. But, it didn't. © Twitter/@BCCI Rahul and Dhawan, the biggest accumulators for India in the match, were sent back into the hut in a space of two overs. With a decent score on the board and still more than 30 overs left to play, India needed a partnership and the onus was on captain Kohli. But, a lack of respect to Adam Zampa saw Kohli joining Dhawan and Rahul in the pavilion sooner than the Wankhede crowd would have expected. Then, it was Shreyas Iyer's turn to take the long walk back into the Indian dressing room as the hosts found themselves reeling at 164/5 in 33 overs. Luckily, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja steadied the ship for the home side with a crucial 49-run partnership to keep India in the hunt for a decent total. And, a 26-run stand between Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav later in the innings saw India posting 255 runs on board. For a team that boasts of one of the strong batting line-ups in the sport, India could only manage a below-par total. But, with Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav bolstering their bowling attack, many believed that it was probably enough to contain the touring Aussies. However, contrary to popular perception, the Indian attack conceded the biggest ODI stand against them ever - courtesy centurions Aaron Finch and David Warner. © Reuters Playing his first ODI in over six months, Bumrah, and even Shami, struggled to hit the right lengths and barely troubled the Australian opening duo. The Indian seamers were initially too full and then overcompensated by going too short. And, the familiarity with the conditions due to the IPL experience saw Warner and Finch making merry as batting became easier under lights. On the other hand, the spin bowling duo of Kuldeep and Ravindra Jadeja, too, looked ordinary while conceding over five runs an over. But, the weakest link in the Indian bowling attack turned out to be Shardul Thakur who bowled just five overs and was plundered for 43 runs, conceding almost nine runs an over. In the eight matches he has played so far, this was his 3rd ODI wherein he went wicketless. To make matters worse, Shardul, who bagged the 'Man of the Match' award in the last T20I against Sri Lanka, has struggled for success since 2019 and remains one of the most expensive bowlers in the 50-over format among those who have bowled a minimum of 20 overs. His economy rate of 6.49 in ODIs is the second-highest among all Indian bowlers who have bowled a minimum of 50 overs bowled in the 50-over format. © Twitter/@BCCI âTotally outplayed in all three departments. Itâs a very strong Australian team, and if you donât play well enough, they will hurt you. In phases, we were too respectful against their bowlers and didnât take the game by the scruff of the neck. Itâs another challenge to bounce back from here,â Kohli had said after their tame loss. But, a closer look at India's tactics in the 1st ODI reveals that their decision to play all three openers disrupted the flow in their line-up. Playing Rohit, Dhawan and Rahul meant that India had to make do without a middle-order specialist - something that they dearly missed in the middle-overs as wickets kept tumbling. © Reuters Furthermore, accommodating the prominent trio made India rely on Shardul's batting lower down the order which also didn't pay off as he could only score 13 runs. And, the key impact came on the bowling line-up that India had to persist with five bowlers and rued the absence of a sixth bowler, even a part-timer who could give the hosts some respite when their bowlers were getting clobbered all over the park. Finding themselves in a must-win situation, the Kohli-led India need to stick to the basics and bring normalcy back to their line-up, especially in the upcoming clashes in Rajkot and Bengaluru, where the pitches are expected to be flatter and the boundaries relatively shorter. The time for tinkering with the playing XI is over and the hosts need to get it right in the 2nd ODI, else it will be their second straight ODI series loss to Australia at home. View the full article
  21. While the Indian cricket team were in the middle of a great run during World Cup 2019 before the disappointing loss to Kane Williamson and the New Zealand side, one of their biggest and most heart-warming highlight came during Indiaâs match against Bangladesh at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. The cameraman caught one of the most excited fans at the venue, a 87-year-old Charulata Patel, who was seen cheering for the Men in Blue whenever Rohit Sharma walked down the pitch to slam a six or one of Jasprit Bumrahâs yorkers gave the Bangladeshis a tough time at the crease. Well done camera man you have captured the amazing spirit this videos shows that age is just a number and She proves it with her enthusiasmð#INDvBAN #hitman pic.twitter.com/2FhCXFQydk â Shubham Prajapati (@Shubham_RSS_) July 2, 2019 "I love this Indian team and all the players are like my kids," she said after the match. Came to be known as âCricket Grandma,â her energy and the passion for the game and that for Virat Kohliâs team was so pure that both the skipper and deputy in-charge, Rohit Sharma had to come out of the dressing room and spend some quality time with her after winning the ODI clash. Kohli even put out a tweet sharing how incredible it was to meet the superfan: Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She's 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I've ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one. ðð¼ð pic.twitter.com/XHII8zw1F2 â Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 2, 2019 âAlso would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She's 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I've ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one,â wrote the cricketer. But earlier this week, her grandchildren shared the heartbreaking news that their grandmother was no more. â"It is with a heavy heart that I inform you, our beautiful grandmother took her final breath on 13/01 at 5.30pm. She was such a sweet little lady, it's true 'small things come in small packages' our Dadi was a delight, she was/is truly extraordinary. She was our world. I want to thank you all for making her feel special last year, she loved the attention,â they wrote on an Instagram post. âA big thank you to @virat.kohli you made her feel extra special, meeting you and @rohitsharma45 was the best day of her life (she told us this on multiple occasions). May Lord Shiva bless her atman always, please all say a prayer.â The official BCCI Twitter handle extended the teamâs condolences towards the familyâs loss. #TeamIndia's Superfan Charulata Patel ji will always remain in our hearts and her passion for the game will keep motivating us. May her soul rest in peace pic.twitter.com/WUTQPWCpJR â BCCI (@BCCI) January 16, 2020 The fans of the Indian cricket team also offered their best wishes. MUST WATCH | What happened when 87-year old Mrs. #CharulataPatel met @ImRo45 & @imVkohli? ðððð(BCCI) #RIPCharulataPatel (Source: BCCI)pic.twitter.com/1WuaEBadxr â ð®ð³Gurkanwal Singhð®ð³ (@RealGurkanwal) January 16, 2020 The day she won billion of hearts..RIP pic.twitter.com/vOCqz2nc29 â Satyam Singh (@MyFreakyTweets) January 16, 2020 We have not won world cup in England but we found super fan in 2019 which all indians fulfilled more than world cup by seeing her love on https://t.co/OZsTWLWYbG in peace bamma ððððð â SaiSachin Baddela (@SaisachinB) January 16, 2020 Rest In Peace Matajiâ you inspired a billion hearts through your love for your mother land and game of cricket. @imVkohli â Suresh (@Suresh76945364) January 16, 2020 View the full article
  22. When I was younger, I would love to spend time with my grandfather, while he would regale me with his "war tales". I would be absolutely mesmerised to say the least, and imagine him bravely fight our enemies, in wars that are only studied in history books now. The brave sons of our soils have fought horrifying wars and when we hear their tragic yet heroic stories, we can't help but have immense pride for our soldiers who risk their lives everyday just so we can sleep soundly. © Twitter On Army Day today, I would love to pay an ode to all the martyred, brave soldiers who have led some daring missions to protect Indian borders, rescue people and fight terrorists and keep us all safe. Here are some outstanding military operations carried out by the Indian Army in the past decade. (1) Operation Surya Hope (2013) Operation Surya Hope was the Indian Army's Central Command response to the June 2013, North Indian floods in Uttrakhand. If you remember the floods that happened in Uttrakhand in 2013, they were devastating, and affected millions. The floods left over 100,000 pilgrims and tourists stranded and killed thousands of people. The operation was commanded by Lieutenant General Anil Chait, the General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC in C) of Central Command. He was succeeded by General Rajan Bakshi, on July 1, 2013, who said the army would continue with the relief operations. The Indian Army managed to rescue a number of civilians caught in the dreaded floods. © Twitter (2) Operation Maitri (2015) Operation Maitri was a rescue and relief operation in Nepal by the Indian armed forces and the Government of India, in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake. India responded to disaster relief within 15 minutes of the earthquake occurring. The armed forces helped rescue a number of people stuck under debris and also assisted them with medical aid. Over 43,000 Indians and 785 foreigners were successfully evacuated. © Twitter (3) India Counter-Insurgency Operation In Myanmar (2015) In June 2015, India announced that it had conducted a cross-border operation against insurgents belonging to the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCS-K). The operation took place in Myanmar and it took place in response to the ambush of the Indian Army convoy of 6 Dogra regiment in Manipur. India destroyed insurgent camps and a large number of insurgents were killed during the cross border operation in Myanmar, according to India. © Twitter (4) Indian Line Of Control Strike (2016) In September 2016, India announced that it conducted 'surgical strikes' against Pakistan-based militants, across the Line of Control in Pakistan administered Kashmir. The surgical strike was successful as the terrorist bases were neutralised. A documented partial footage of the strike was released for the Indian media, in June 2018, as proof for the strike conducted. © Twitter (5) Operation Calm Down (2016) Operation Calm down was started by the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir, in the wake of the death of Burhan Wani in July 2016, which led to unrest in Kashnir because of which more than 90 civilians and two security personnel were killed and many got injured. The operation was started in September 2016 and it was initiated to bring the region back in order, while using minimal force. Connectivity was lost over some regions and schools and shops were shut down for three months and the Army aimed to undo the unrest and try and bring back normalcy in the region. © Twitter (6) Operation Sahyog (2018) Indian Army launched operation Sahyog to rescue people in flood-hit Kerala in 2018. The Army deployed its men and machinery into disaster relief and rescue operations at Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Idduki after incessant rain and landslides hit various northern districts of the state. The Army was deployed to rescue people stranded in heavy rain and water. They constructed temporary bridges for the evacuation of the stranded people from the isolated villages. © Twitter Mostly this decade, the Indian Army has focused on a lot of rescue and relief operations in flood hit areas in India and Nepal and maintaining peace in certain areas experiencing unrest in the country. Our Army has shown absolute determination and extreme dedication towards serving the country with their bravery and tenacity, so we can get a good night's rest. These stories and missions mentioned above should be written, spoken and regaled as often as possible to uphold the honour these soldiers truly deserve. View the full article
  23. Varun Dhawan comes to the rescue of an old woman on a wheelchairVarun Dhawan is one of the luminaries in Bollywood, who cannot go anywhere without gathering up a large crowd of hyped up and crazed fans, owing to which the actor can hardly go anywhere without his bodyguards. However, instead of worrying about his own protection, the 32-year-old Student of the Year actor seems to still be keeping an eye out for his surroundings making sure the mob he attracts wherever he goes, does not in any way harm passersby. Such was an incident that recently came to light when the actor jumped forward to help a lady in a wheelchair making sure his bodyguards do not trample her. An eyewitness speaking to an Indian news agency narrated the incident when Varun spotted an old woman in a wheelchair with her family and upon the realization of her possibly getting hurt by one of his bodyguards, “Varun halted and put an arm up to stop his bodyguard from walking over the woman. Had Varun not put his arm out, the lady would have surely been hurt.” The actor had earlier made headlines for the same reason as well when he was at the Mount Mary Church along with his Street Dancer 3D costar Nora Fatehi when a mob had surrounded them with one of the fans getting close to touching the starlet inappropriately. “They were walking back from the church when a fan touched Nora and was about to touch her inappropriately, when Varun again put out his hand and stopped the perverted fan from accomplishing what he wanted to do. Varun is always very alert as to what is happening around him,” a Deccan Chronicle reporter cited the incident.
  24. England cricketer Ben Stokes. Photo: AFPDUBAI: Ben Stokes was Wednesday named the International Cricket Council player of the year, capping an unforgettable 2019 for the swashbuckling England all-rounder that included a match-winning knock at the World Cup. Stokes was the unanimous choice for the coveted Sir Garfield Sobers trophy - thanks to his unbeaten 84 in a dramatic final against New Zealand in July followed by a brilliant 135 not out to win the third Ashes Test against Australia six weeks later in Leeds. Also read: England star Stokes happy to swap 2019 success for father´s good health Stokes, 28, said it was a huge honour for any cricketer to receive such an award. "To be recognised and be the person to win that (award) it´s pretty amazing," he said in a video statement. During the voting period, Stokes aggregated 719 runs and bagged 12 wickets in 20 ODIs. He also scored 821 runs and took 22 wickets in 11 Tests. Also read: Stokes makes case for Test cricket as debate rages over 5-day format Indian opener Rohit Sharma was named the ODI cricketer of the year while captain Virat Kohli bagged the Spirit of Cricket award for his gesture to stop fans from booing Australia´s Steve Smith during a World Cup match. Smith was returning to international cricket from a one-year suspension for changing the condition of the ball. Also read: Stokes calls allegations of physical quarrel with wife ´irresponsible´ "I´m surprised that I have got it, after many years of being under the scanner for the wrong things," Kohli said in a statement put out by ICC. "That moment was purely understanding an individual´s situation. I don´t think a guy who is coming out of a situation like that needs to be taken advantage of." Also read: Ben Stokes is the 'Special One' for England cricket, says Botham Kohli was also named captain of both the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year. In other major awards, Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins was named the Test player of the year and teammate Marnus Labuschagne was declared emerging cricketer of the year.
  25. Amazon pulls in 'Game of Thrones' stars into 'Lord of the Rings' seriesAmazon unveiled the first cast of actors for its highly anticipated The Lord of the Rings streaming television series on Tuesday, including two Game of Thrones veterans, and said production would begin in New Zealand next month. Among the 15 cast members are the British actors Robert Aramayo, who portrayed a young Ned Stark, and Joseph Mawle, who played Benjen Stark on HBO’s medieval fantasy hit Game of Thrones. Others coming to Lord of the Rings include British theater actor Owain Arthur, British-Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi, Australian actor Tom Budge, British actress Morfydd Clark, and Slovak-American actress Ema Horvath, the company said. “After undertaking an extensive global search, we are delighted finally to reveal the first group of brilliant performers who will take part in Amazon’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series,” showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay said in a statement. “These exceptionally talented women and men are more than just our actors, they are the newest members of an ever-expanding creative family that is now working tirelessly to bring Middle-earth to life anew for fans and audiences worldwide,” they added. The TV adaptation will explore new storylines preceding author J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment in the famed fantasy trilogy set in the fictional land of Middle-earth. Amazon announced the cast at a Television Critics Association event where TV networks preview upcoming shows. The series still has a “few key roles left to cast,” said Vernon Sanders, Amazon’s co-head of television. The company did not reveal details about the roles the actors would play or the storyline.
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