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  1. Ever since the infamous Pulwama terror attack, former Indian cricketers and other sports officials have been talking about boycotting the Pakistan cricket team during the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 to be held in England and Wales in June. With Punjab Cricket Association removing the photos of iconic Pakistani cricketers from the Mohali stadium and now BCCI doing the same from the head office, the rage in the cricket fraternity is burning deep against our neighbours. A couple of days ago, former Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh voiced his displeasure against Pakistan. "Don't play the World Cup match with Pakistan on June 16 — country comes first for all of us and we are all standing with our forces,” said the cricketer. “Pakistan has been promoting cross-border terrorism and this attack was unbelievably shocking.” On Wednesday, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly echoed his ex-teammate's opinion when he basically said that Team India is strong enough to be a success at the World Cup even if they do not play against the match Sarfraz Ahmed and his men. But amidst all the chaos there are all but four decisions that the Board of Cricket Control in India can choose to take and all of them are bound to cause multi-fold consequences: Decision 1: Complete Boycott Of Pakistan During The World Cup © Reuters A complete boycott would involve forfeiting every game against Pakistan during the World Cup. In a relatively shorter tournament of the top 10 teams in the world, every side is going to play at least one game against the nine others during the points round. Without a doubt, India is more than capable to making it to the semis even if they give up some points but what if the two teams meet in the knockout rounds or worse yet, in the final? Will BCCI be willing to up give the chance of winning the World Cup? Decision 2: Forfeiting Just The Points Round Match © Reuters If India decides to boycott the Men in Green during the points round, they still have eight matches to cover up. Sure, the burden on Virat Kohli and team's shoulders would be a tad bit more than the others but it's nothing they can't handle. Say, the Men in Blue do meet them in the semis of the final and decide to play them, then does that not defeat the whole purpose of the protest? Doesn't it feel like a facade, an act to show revolt against Pakistan? Decision 3: Campaign To Ban Pakistan From The World Cup © Reuters According to a report by News 18, the Committee of Administration (CoA) has ordered BCCI to push the International Cricket Council (ICC) into banning the Pakistani cricket team from participating in the 2019 World Cup altogether. There is no denying the fact that India is the major revenue source for ICC and if BCCI puts them in a situation to choose between the two teams, the council is likely to tilt in favour of India. However, if things were to go south and ICC rejects BCCI's 'Ban-Pakistan' campaign, not only will it play against the public image of the Board but it will also lead to people questioning India's ability to host the 2021 Champions Trophy and the 2023 World Cup. Decision 4: Play Pakistan Regardless © Reuters This may turn out to be upsetting to a lot of us but this is the most likely decision BCCI is going to take. The attack has left a deep impact in the heart of every Indian citizen but all the hard work put in by Team India must be rewarded. The revolt against terrorism is not disregarded but the World Cup is important too. It is easy for people to suggest the boycott but even if there is a slight chance of this measure leading to a sad end to India's world cup journey, BCCI will act against it. In such times of distress the need for rational decision-making is of utmost importance. Loud noises and anger looks dramatic, sure, but what impacts would take leave on BCCI and the Indian cricket team in the long run must be taken into consideration. The ultimate authority lies in the hands of the Indian board.
  2. 'Gully Boy' may have taken the box office by storm, but actually, it's the hearts of the audience that the movie seems to have captured. Given that it was one of 2019's most anticipated movies, Bollywood fans couldn't contain their excitement, and all the hype around the film ensured that fans were kept primed for the 'real deal' from the very beginning of the year. Now, with the film's release on Valentine's Day last week, the Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt starrer has been topping every chart that there is, including its box office collection, which has already crossed the 70 crore mark with four days, and the audience cannot seem to get enough of its songs, characters, plot and what not. (c) Excel Entertainment However, if there is one thing in particular that people cannot stop gushing about after a viewing of 'Gully Boy', it is the tremendous effect the supporting cast of the film has on the entire experience. Movie-goers simply cannot stop praising the impact and dimension the supporting actors have lent to the film, heightening the movie-watching experience even further. Viewers have even picked their favourites amongst the leading supporting actors and have gone on to add how each of them carries the film forward on their shoulders, supported by their talent and stellar acting. 1. Siddhant Chaturvedi (c) Excel Entertainment MC Sher is so realistic a character on-screen, and the man behind the character is an equal marvel. Talented and a natural in front of the camera, Siddhant performs the role of the guru and confidante perfectly in the film. He inspires trust and admiration with his character and we love that he stands beside Ranveer like a pillar of strength, all the way. Um, Gully Boy, scratch that, Bollywood needs more of Siddhant Chaturvedi — Chavvi (@chavvim) February 18, 2019 Siddhant Chaturvedi is the next big thing in Bollywood! Stole every scene he was a part of! #gullyboy — Abhijeet Dash (@AbhijeetDash9) February 17, 2019 2. Vijay Raaz (c) Excel Entertainment The man needs no introduction, yet Raaz's new avatar in the film had us sitting on the edge of our seats the whole time. Gone was the funnyman, and here was a violent and abusive husband and father, and his constant fight against defiance almost makes you hate him, until you behold the man suppressed within the layers of a human who has long lived a handed-down life. Also worth mentioning the terrific acting skills of Vijay Raaz. Have always been a fan. Such an understated yet powerful performer. Zoya Akhtar and whoever did the casting deserves as much applause as any other department. The casting for most parts is spot on. #GullyBoy — Ranjit Nair (@ranzzit) February 18, 2019 How good was Vijay Raaz in #GullyBoy?! Absolutely loved it. From 'Kawwa biryani' to this, man has come a long way. — HK. (@HammaadKhaann) February 18, 2019 3. Amruta Subhash (c) Excel Entertainment A regular face in the Marathi film industry, Amruta nails it as Murad's mother with her feisty and loud comebacks. Initially a pawn at the hands of fate and her husband, she decides to get her own back when things get out of hand. She can be gentle and a tigress all at once and we loved how authentic she made it look on-screen. Vijay Raaz as Ranveer's father is excellent n drives the story forward.Vijay Maurya is a Fab actor n his dialogues are seamlessly stiched in the bylanes of Dharavi.Sheeba Chadha as Alia's mom is v good n Amruta Subhash as Ranveer's mom wins u over completely. #GullyBoy — Faridoon Shahryar (@iFaridoon) February 17, 2019 The supporting cast! Amruta Subhash and Vijay Raaz. Both freakishly good actors! Zoya did that! #GullyBoy — . (@grizzlyknope) January 9, 2019 4. Vijay Varma (c) Excel Entertainment What can we say about Moeen? He is probably one of those people in the film you feel hot and cold about. You can't hate him, and yet you can't love him either, but you do appreciate him for who he is and what he represents and stands for in the film. How he selflessly stands beside Murad, despite having ideological differences, is a testimony to true friendship. On second watch of #GullyBoy can I just say Vijay Varma is absolutely incredibleð¥ the jail scene was everything — N (@pakidillastani) February 16, 2019 The performances in gully boy were so good it is difficult to decide who was the best among the others. The winner was not so obviously, Vijay Varma. Insane performance. — Orgyinho (@Siddiotic) February 17, 2019 5. Srishti Shrivastava (c) Instagram Albina Albina Albina. She is the one who was dhoptoed by Sakeena in the film due to her overtures towards Murad. Her dialogues take you for a spin and you cannot help but notice the girl taking the role and making it her own in such a short period of time. OMG !!! Srishti Shrivastava is doing the character of Albina ð³ð I didn't knew it before ð She is my fav𧡠Well you deserve it girl, you are a very good performer & Proud of you ð Keep shining ð«ð«#GullyBoy — ð§Å³mi|♥ï¸| (@SumiD_tweets) February 14, 2019
  3. In what turned out to be one of the deadliest terror strikes in recent times, a 20-year-old suicide bomber from Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) sent India and a billion citizens into a state of mourning after carrying out a ghastly strike that led to the demise of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans in the Awantipora town of the Pulwama district, on 14th February 2019. While the horrendous attack has disrupted peace in the country, at the same time, it has united India against the common evil of terrorism. Amid the ever-growing calls for revenge, there has been continuous support for the grieving families who lost their loved ones in Pulwama. While Amitabh Bachchan has announced a donation of Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the slain CRPF jawans, Virender Sehwag offered educational support to their children. Joining the burgeoning list of benefactors, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan also came forward to aid the troubled families as a mark of respect for the Indian soldiers. Taking to Facebook, Dhawan shared an emotional video where he was seen praising the CRPF martyrs for laying down their lives for the country. He also vowed to make a donation for the victims and their families while urging others to join the humanitarian cause. Apart from Dhawan, Faiz Fazal-led Vidarbha also made a heartfelt gesture towards the families of the martyrs by donating their prize money after winning the Irani Cup following their triumph over Rest of India.
  4. Every time the Indian borders or the safety of its citizens are threatened, it is the men in green who stand in the way of trouble. Holding the fort with all their might and even putting their lives on the line to get it done. Yet there's no denying that their bravado and selflessness also makes them easy targets and puts them in harm's way, every time our foes wish to make a point (however unnecessary and futile). Jammu & Kashmir: Mortal remains of CRPF personnel who lost their lives in #PulwamaAttack yesterday, at CRPF camp in Budgam. pic.twitter.com/h4XoD5tC7o — ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2019 Yesterday's terror attack in Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama, which is being called the biggest attack in the area since the Uri attack in 2016, is a proof of such a situation. Yesterday JeM terrorists targeted a CRPF procession in Jammu to Srinagar which comprised of over 70 vehicles and 2,547 personnel. The attack took away the life of 44 jawans and has left the country seething with anger and grief. © Twitter Targeting unsuspecting soldiers and attacking them when their defences are down is the biggest proof of cowardice that there is. Yet, even in death the jawans and their families continue to prove that they are the country's biggest pride. Even through their ultimate misery and loss, the families of the martyred jawans continue to take pride in the sacrifice their sons, husbands and brothers made for their motherland. However, it the need of the hour is to stand with the families of the martyred and share in the pain in grief. And since acknowledgement is the simplest way to start, let's begin with that. Martyred CRPF jawan Nasheer Ahmed's family in mourning: Rajouri: Family of CRPF personnel Nasheer Ahmed in mourning. The Jawan lost his life in #PulwamaTerrorAttack yesterday. #JammuAndKashmir pic.twitter.com/KxMRujDCPy — ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2019 Martyred CRPF jawan Jaimal Singh's family in mourning: Moga: Family of CRPF personnel Jaimal Singh in mourning. Singh lost his life in #PulwamaTerrorAttack yesterday. #Punjab pic.twitter.com/E8cYtx7s41 — ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2019 Martyred CRPF jawan Pankaj Tripathi's family in mourning: Maharajganj: Family of CRPF personnel Pankaj Tripathi who lost his life in #PulwamaTerrorAttack yesterday, in mourning. pic.twitter.com/Pw9cNLpRPw — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 15, 2019 Martyred CRPF jawan Maninder Singh's family in mourning: Gurdaspur: Family of CRPF personnel Maninder Singh who lost his life in #PulwamaTerrorAttack yesterday, mourns his death. #Punjab pic.twitter.com/Hhegt5Sanr — ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2019 Martyred CRPF jawan Ramesh Yadav's family in mourning: Varanasi: Family and relatives of CRPF personnel Ramesh Yadav who lost his life in #PulwamaTerrorAttack yesterday, mourns his death. pic.twitter.com/3qhjdX6bte — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 15, 2019 Then there are fathers and families like Martyred CRPF jawan Ratan Thakur's father who is willing to send his other son for the service of the nation, after losing his son on nation's duty. CRPF Personnel Ratan Thakur's (who lost his life in #PulwamaTerrorAttack ) father in Bhagalpur: I have sacrificed a son in Mother India's service, I will send my other son as well to fight, ready to give him up for Mother India, but Pakistan must be given a befitting reply.#Bihar pic.twitter.com/rI6cM38Agh — ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2019 We salute our brave jawans and their even braver families. We are with them in this time of loss.
  5. Last November, the Indian cricket team embarked on a long journey away from home that included gruelling tours of Australia and New Zealand. During that time, India drew the Twenty20 International (T20I) series before winning the Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against Australia. And then, they travelled to New Zealand where they demolished the hosts in ODIs before stuttering in the T20Is. While their overseas tour has come to an end, India, now, await their next challenge which, once again, involves the Australian brigade. With revenge on their mind, the Aussie team will travel to India for two T20Is and five ODIs, slated to begin from 24th February. But, after spending three months on the road, the Indian cricketers finally had a breather as the T20I series against Australia is still more than a week away. Several Indian cricketers were seen making the most of their time at home after they shared pictures and videos on the social media. From Rohit Sharma to Virat Kohli, here's how Indian cricketers are unwinding following their long overseas tour: Rohit Sharma How happily he is playing with his daughterâ¤ð­! Rohit Sharma and his daughter Samairað!@ImRo45 @ritssajdeh pic.twitter.com/wpyDBDwvv9 — Niyati (@niyati_45) February 12, 2019 The Indian opener didn't really have a great time as stand-in captain in the T20Is against New Zealand, losing the series 2-1. But, the 'Hitman' did find a reason to cheer for as he became the leading run-getter in the shortest format following a brilliant fifty in the second T20I in Auckland. Upon his return to India, Rohit was elated to spend time with his daughter 'Samaira'. A video of Rohit playing with his daughter was also shared on the social media. Kuldeep Yadav After a long and gruelling tour, time to head back home with loads of happy memories to cherishð®ð³ðð»âð» pic.twitter.com/tvMUL1hZfO — Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) February 11, 2019 One of India's premier spinners, Kuldeep had a decent outing in both, Australia and New Zealand. Thanks to his exploits, the wrist-spinner recently notched up a career-best second position in the ICC's T20I rankings for bowlers. Clearly, the young spinner was happy to be home as he shared a photograph of himself in the company of his Team India mates Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Yuzvendra Chahal. Shikhar Dhawan It is time to knuckle up! #knuckleup #workout #hardwork #life #tuesdaythoughts #keepgoingðª pic.twitter.com/CSeSbaur3L — Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 12, 2019 The marauding Indian opener had a mixed outing in Australia and New Zealand. While he did get a lot of starts, Dhawan just couldn't capitalise and convert them into big individual scores. With the Aussies coming to India this month, Dhawan will be eager to make his presence felt in a bid to win over the fans. And, that's exactly what might have been on his mind when he shared a brief video where the left-hander can be seen doing push-up on his knuckles. Virat Kohli Instagram After helping his side in gaining an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series, Kohli was rested from the last two 50-over contests and the three T20Is against New Zealand. While his team stuttered to a narrow 2-1 loss in the T20Is, Kohli was seen exploring the scenic beauty of New Zealand with wife Anushka Sharma. Early on Tuesday, the couple returned home and as soon as they landed at the Mumbai airport, the Indian captain shared a selfie of their arrival with the cricket fans on the social media. Dinesh Karthik Instagram The Indian middle-order batsman was recently slammed for his antics during India's four-run loss against New Zealand in the deciding T20I. His decision to deny Krunal Pandya a crucial single in the final over didn't go down well with the fans. Karthik did manage to hit a six off the last ball, but it wasn't good enough to take India home. But, that is now a thing of the past. The T20I series is done and dusted. And, Karthik is just happy to be back home and dig in to south Indian delicacies. MS Dhoni .@msdhoni back in bay after New Zealand & Australia tour!ð®ð³ð@seemantlohani @mihir_diwakar #Dhoni #MSDhoni #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/vOiDlbdMrP — MS Dhoni Fans Official (@msdfansofficial) February 12, 2019 For someone who desperately needed to prove his mettle, MS Dhoni made the most of time during India's tour of Australia and New Zealand. The former Indian captain shut his critics with his 'Player of the Series' performance in the ODIs against Australia and then continued to play a crucial role in the middle-order against the Kiwis. On the back of some sublime performances, Dhoni has not only won over fans, but has also impressed the selectors who'll surely take note of his exploits before announcing the Indian squad for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales. But, for now, Dhoni seemed really happy to return home.
  6. 'Eating clean and eating lean' is a way of life that has been made all the more popular in the recent times, courtesy the long ongoing cultural awakening with regards to food consumption. Veganism, Pescetarianism and all the other -isms making their way to mainstream diet categories every other day is proof that the world is only catching up to something that Indians have been privy to for the longest time. How, you ask? Well, the ancient Ayurvedic philosophy of 'sattvic aahaar' has been preached and followed in the Indian subcontinent for the longest time. Sattvic foods are fresh, juicy, light, nourishing, as well as tasty, which give necessary energy to our body without taxing it. Thus, when it comes to “eating clean and eating lean' we have had the secret within our reach all along. © MensXP But the issue is, with commercialisation ruling over our lives, we haven't been able to stick to the philosophy the way we should. So, two friends decided to take matters into their own hands and change things for good. But how could they compete with the roaring popularity of packaged food that was such a hit with one and all, and also happened to be the main culprit behind why we moved away from the sattvic way of life in the first place. That is exactly what that led to the inception of Sattviko, which aims to present traditional Indian recipes with a modern twist. Sure enough, no sooner had they launched that their products took the entire 'packaged food' market by storm, making them the largest global Indian brand which takes Indianness to every household. © MensXP Today, Sattviko's flavoured makhana, gud chana, khakra chips, and minute namkeen are some of their most sought after products. But this success didn't come easy to Prasoon and Ankush, who are the masterminds behind 'Sattviko'. Before they got their hands on the winning formula, the duo had to face their own share of setbacks. There were two major learning curves they had to work through before they struck gold. Prasoon and Ankush had launched their first startup Tech Buddies with a few of their friends during their final year at IIT Roorkee. After graduation they shifted base to Delhi and within a year managed to achieve a turnover of 1 crore. But soon one of their key partners Suren, quit the venture, followed by two others. © MensXP At this point Prasoon and Ankush decided to move to Jaipur to the explore the opportunity their. But even with large expansion, they did not get the desired returns and had to sell of their company by the end of 2013. This bugged Prasoon to no end, he couldn't keep still until he discovered what was the reason behind the company's unsuccessful trajectory. By the end of that year, after much self-reflection and groundwork, Prasoon and Ankush decided to launch a chain of restaurants that served traditional Indian sattvic food. While at it, they also introduced sattvic food in packaged form and that became a huge hits with consumers. That is how they decided to shut their restaurants and focus entirely on packaged traditional Indian food items instead. © MensXP Talking about this huge leap, Prasoon told MensXP that, “we didn't know ABC of packaged food business when we started out,” and yet within a short span of 4 years Sattviko has managed to reintroduce sattvic food to 10 million Indians. For them, “entrepreneurship is just like a regular profession, but with extra challenges. However, the long term satisfaction is much bigger.” Sattiko as a team has grown manifolds since its creation, and people who are connected to the brand live by the philosophy of seva or service. Prasoon and Ankush plan to take Sattviko to the global platform, and have no plans of stopping any time soon. Catch Prasoon and Ankush share more insights into entrepreneurship, its challenges and quirks, as they spill the beans on their success mantra to MensXP.
  7. Let's talk about sports and grooming going hand in hand for a second. Sports is an intense field and if you engage with it, it leaves you all sweaty and messed up. However, some men know how to clean up well even on the field and even after a long and tiresome match they still look on point. So here is list of Indian sports men that really know their grooming men. 1. Ishant Sharma © Getty Images While Ishant Sharma might have been punished for having long hair in school, he's really turned it around as an adult. His shoulder length mane adds a certain character to his personality. Imagine Ishant Sharma without this hair! Well, we can't either. 2. Virat Kohli © Getty Images Not that Virat Kohli didn't look great before his days with Anushka Sharma, but we feel since she has stepped into his life, he's really understood the importance of grooming, maintaining the perfect hairstyle and a beard style that looks like a million bucks on him. 3. Hardik Pandya © Getty Images Now, we know that he's received a lot of flak recently for his controversial 'Koffee With Karan' comments, however the guy does clean up well. We can't really question that, can we? 4. Sunil Chhetri © Getty Images Apart from being the striker/winger and captains for both the Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC and the Indian national football team, Sunil Chhetri also sports a stunning haircut. 5. Sandesh Jhingan © Getty Images Sandesh Jhingan is the defender for Kerala Blasters FC of the Indian Super League and the Indian football team. He is a good example of showing that even messy hair can look really good if you're comfortable in your skin. 6. K.L.Rahul © MensXP K.L Rahul is another cricketer we wish we got grooming lessons from. His look is very cleverly put together, so it looks effortless and clean.
  8. A couple of days ago, in what can be considered as one of the most heartbreaking stories of 2019, Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala's body was recovered from a plane wreckage after over a month since his flight went off radar somewhere over the English channel. While the striker was suspected to be dead already for a couple of months, a private rescue party was still out there looking for him relentlessly until they finally spotted the debris from the crashed plane. In the first home game ever since Sala's body was given back to his parents for a proper funeral, his previous team, Nantes FC, a French Ligue 1 team, decided to carry out one final goodbye in the biggest and the most impactful way they could. 9ï¸â£.#PlayForSala | #FCNNO pic.twitter.com/13uReHJiL0 — FC Nantes (@FCNantes) February 10, 2019 The 28-year-old's former teammates came out of the locker room wearing all black with a sticker that read 'Sala' on their backs as the crowd chanted “La la la la…, Em-il-ia-no” before a loud roar of applause rose from the benches. Members from both the teams formed a circle along with their coaching staff to mourn together at the loss of a fine footballer. Just before the match began, a large screen showed all 48 goals he scored in 133 appearances during his four-year career with the French club. Nantes also retired Sala's jersey number 9, which is the first jersey ever to be retired in the 76-year-old history of the club. The visiting team, Nîmes Olympique too showed their respect for the dead footballer by wearing a black armband around their biceps. Les joueurs de Nîmes ont déposé un bouquet de jonquilles devant La Tribune Loire en la mémoire d'Emiliano Sala pic.twitter.com/R5WbDJNFfe — jean-marcel boudard (@JMBoudard) February 10, 2019 Nantes' head coach Vahid Halilhodzic was unable to hold back his tears after the news of Sala's death was made public on Friday. “He is someone who will leave an eternal memory in this club through his behaviour and his modesty,” said a very emotional Halilhodzic in a press conference.
  9. One Love. Who would have thought a simple phrase such as this one could hold such depth of meaning? Yet, it also finds resonance in the iconic Bob Marley song by the same name. If you don't happen to remember the lyrics to that song, you might want to go through it to understand how this universal emotion is our only hope when it comes to guiding the mankind to a better place where “one love” suffices for all. A love without judgements and reservations. One love that's selfless and where acceptance comes easy, just how it is meant to be - something Marley manages to convey so easily in not so many words. Love does not differentiate between the hearts that wants to love, and who it wants to shower that love on. Love is just the same for all of us who are willing to feel it, and give it a chance regardless of what comes in the way. (c) Meghna Sahoo Such is the story of Meghna Sahoo, a transgender woman, and her husband Basudeba Nayak who went against societal diktats and reservations, to give their love the chance it deserved. When Meghna married Basudeba in 2017, she became Odisha's first transgender woman to tie the knot. It turned into a moment of celebration for the transgender community in the state, and have them the power to hope for their own share of love in life. Meghna and Basudeba's love story began through a chance interaction on Facebook. Basudeba happened to be one of Meghna's followers of Facebook, and had found out about Meghna because of her involvement in social activism. But the possibility that she should chance upon his private messages to her, from amongst the hundreds she received regularly, is a play of fate. Recalling her first interaction with Basudeba, Meghna says that, “We had never met each other before the first time we spoke to each other of Facebook. One day when I turned on my Facebook chat after a long time, I noticed that someone named Basudeba had been messaging me everyday on Facebook. At that time he had been going through some personal issues and he was reaching out to me to seek help.” (c) BCCL This forms the premise of Meghna and Basudeba's first virtual association. She also noticed that all this time when she failed to respond to him, he would regularly drop her good morning or good night messages. For the next two years, Basudeba continued trying to speak to her at various points, but couldn't get through. Finally, when Basudeba's messages caught Meghna's attention, she responded. The messages ranged from normal greetings to even marriage proposals. At that point Meghna was already in a relationship with another guy, who said he loved her, but wouldn't make their relationship public or go out with her like regular couples do. He even had concerns that transgender women cannot become mothers and that the society wouldn't accept them. This sour experience cautioned Meghna to not take Basudeba's proposals too seriously either. However, after they began to interact more and more, she came to know about Basudeba's story. “He told me that back in 2011 his wife had eloped with her lover, leaving behind their 10-month old boy. Even after that point we would talk every now and then.” (c) Meghna Sahoo This went on for some time and then suddenly Basudeba proposed to Meghna once again for marriage. But this time Meghna didn't want to get fooled and wanted to see if Basedeba meant what said. She says, “when he proposed this time, I asked him to get his family to bring the marriage proposal to my family. But since his parents had passed away by then, he spoke to his elder brother and sister-in-law. Initially his family was against it and didn't approve of their brother getting married to a kinnar.” However, his family's concern about “log kya kahenge” didn't stop Basudeb from declaring that if he has to marry it will have to be to Meghna and no one else. “He told his family that he really liked me and wished to get married. His other concern was that another woman might mistreat his son, and he didn't want that. His other motivation was that since Meghna couldn't bear children she would be able to give his son her undivided love.” (c) OdishaTV Meghna admits that this last reason didn't hurt her as much as it should because she thought, “at least I would become a mother to a child who needs a mother's affection. Besides, this could also set an example for others to follow. Two lives got better due to this marriage - a child got a mother and a transgender woman got a loving family. Such a possibility for others could better so many lives. That is why I agreed to accept his proposal.” Even until the last moment Basudeba's family didn't give their consent to the wedding. But eventually they gave up and Basudeba and Meghna finally got married on 26th January 2017 with the blessing of both the families. Talking about her wedding day, Meghna shared that “more than ten thousand people came to attend the wedding. Many politicians, social activists and advocates came to attend the wedding even without invitation and gave us their blessings.” (c) Incredibleorissa Meghna and Basudeba just completed two years as a married couple and Meghna is living a happy married life with her husband, son and in-laws. She admits that arguments do crop up every now and then, but she and Basudeba always reach a middle ground, and work things out. However, she admits that her bond with her son is much stronger than that with her own husband. “I have bonded very well with my son and we love each other dearly. I feel I am more closer to him than my husband.” Basudeba for his part has stood by Meghna through it all and has never paid heed to society's judgements. Currently, Meghna is working with an NGO and also became first transgender woman to work with Ola as a driver. Meghna also holds an MBA in HR and Management. Meghna's lone motivation is to change the society's mindset regarding transgender community and inspire other transgenders to live their dream and build a better future for themselves without any inhibitions. Meghna's journey and story has inspired many other transgenders to turn their lives around and hope for the first time, to live their dreams and find the love of their life who would be willing to accept them for who they are and love them.
  10. Winning a title is not easy. It surely takes a lot to outwit the rivals and eventually rise to the top before claiming the top honours. But, then comes the hard part - defending the title. The history of successful title defences in the Premier League highlights how tough it is for a club to defend their crown. But, every now and then, there comes a bunch of spirited players who combine to aid their team in the elusive title defence, making them a cut above the rest. That was the story of Vidarbha cricket team in the Ranji Trophy this season. Having won their first-ever Ranji Trophy title in the 2017-18 season, Vidarbha, unlike some of the best sides in the tournament, embarked on what turned out to be a commendable campaign this season. The Faiz Fazal-led side faced a stern test when they booked a date with Saurashtra in the tournament's final. But, staying true to their character, the defending champions edged-past Saurashtra to secure a 78-run win and, in the process, claimed their second Ranji Trophy title. © Twitter Every title defence needs heroes, and the man who stepped up for Vidarbha was undoubtedly Aditya Sarwate whose sensational figures of 11-157 and a 49-run knock in the second innings ensured Saurashtra suffered their third heartbreak in the final in the last seven Ranji Trophy seasons. Bowled out for 312 runs in the first innings, Vidarbha were aided by their spin-bowling duo of Sarwate and Akshay Wakhare. While Sarwate clinched a five-for at the expense of 98 runs, Wakhare, too, contributed towards his team's cause with figures of 4-80. As the two spinners spun a web around the opposition batsmen, Saurashtra were eventually bundled out for 307 runs in the first innings. Taking a slender five-run lead, Vidarbha ran into all sorts of trouble in the second innings. Riding on the heroics of Dharmendrasinh Jadeja (6-96), the Saurashtra bowling unit did their side a huge favour by bowling their opponents out for just 200 runs. Saurashtra would've fancied their chances after being given a 206-run target, but Sarwate had other plans. Congrats Vidarbha on retaining the Ranji Trophy. One win may be construed an aberration, two in a row is sign of prowess ðð — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 7, 2019 Vidarbha's left-arm spinner struck early on and sent Snell Patel packing at just 12 runs. Then, Sarwate dismissed Harvik Desai (8) before trapping big fish Cheteshwar Pujara (0) in front of the stumps to claim two scalps in one over. Later, the likes of Kamlesh Makvana, Vishvaraj Jadeja and Jaydev Unadkat also became the victims of Sarwate's spin wizardry. As Sarwate claimed six wickets in the second innings, Saurashtra were capitulated for a mere 127 runs, losing the contest and a chance to improve on their history in the finals. For a man who had never claimed a 10-wicket haul, Sarwate couldn't have claimed the feat on a better day or occasion than the Ranji Trophy final. © Twitter Apart from putting his best foot forward in the all-important final, Sarwate has been a vital cog for Vidarbha throughout their commendable season. The 29-year-old finished the tournament with a staggering 55 wickets in 11 matches, including best figures of 11-157 that came in the final. He also boasts of six fifers and a 10-wicket haul, alongside an impressive economy rate of under three runs. Well done Vidarbha! What a success story this has been...Vidarbha cricket. ðððððð#RanjiTrophy — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 7, 2019 If anyone saw the final, they'd agree that the contest was pretty close with both the teams fighting their way back at several points in the match. But, in the end, it was Sarwate - the 'Player of the Match' - who spun a web around Saurashtra's batting line-up to make Vidarbha only the sixth team in history to successfully defend a Ranji Trophy title.
  11. If you ask any NBA star how important a role do the fans inside the stadium play in impacting their performance, they would probably rank audience engagement right at the top. In an uncanny relationship, we have often seen a team make exponential comebacks when their fans are energised and constantly cheering them up. In such a scenario, when the cheers or boos of the people can cause the team a game, the role of the mascots to keep everyone on their feet especially when the game is on the line, becomes significantly crucial. Throughout the history of the NBA, we have seen a number of extremely talented mascots who have not only amused the fans with their dance moves and innovative segments but have also received a lot of love in return. 1. Benny, The Bull - Chicago Bulls Arguably the most iconic mascot of them all, Benny is known for his notorious pranks on the on-court security guards, videobombing reporters and reverse one-arm half-court shots during the half-time break. However, the moment which would go down as the greatest 'Benny, The Bull instant' would be him celebrating his birthday with the extremely loyal Chicago Bulls fans with a popcorn party. 2. The Coyote - San Antonio Spurs From the time when the Texan coyote lost his eyes to getting snubbed by the legendary dimer, Jason Kidd while looking for a hug, the San Antonio mascot is thoroughly entertaining to the core. Following the footsteps of his idol, Manu Ginobili, the coyote booked himself a Hall of Fame berth when he single-handedly saved the day by capturing the evil bat who was terrifying the AT&T Center, the home of the Spurs, before a game. 3. Burnie - Miami Heat The one to give you a run for your money in a dance-off, Burnie, with his red and orange fur, is a perfect fit for Dwyane Wade's Miami Heat. While often considered to be ill-mannered and rude to his fellow mascots, he was finally humbled by the love of his life, Burnice. © Getty Images Burnie has always been the one to try and reach for the stars. On his birthday in 2016, the basketball-nosed mascot tried to make a world record for the longest front flipped by a mascot but botched it at the end. Turned out to be a lot more entertaining this way, if you ask us! 4. Harry The Hawk - Atlanta Hawks Often found in a bad mood (probably because of the Hawks' Eastern conference record), Harry looks ferocious and ready to fight anyone who gets in his way. You need to watch out for that pointy, yellow beak. However, the angry hawk can be a little sentimental at times. Case in point, when rapper Gucci Mane decided to proposed to model Keyshia Ka'oir, Harry came out as Mane's wingman, with a giant bouquet for the bride to be.
  12. The Kerala floods last year were one of the most tragic natural calamities experienced in the world. People died, families were dislocated and homes were buried down the water. Even though civilisation has begun its course in the distraught state, normalcy is a far cry for people who endured all that loss. © Twitter Numerous safety missions were launched and thousands of people extended their help in every way they could. However, there were a few unsung heroes who forgot about themselves in order to serve the people of their state. The fishermen and folks of Kerala gave their all in rescuing people and ensuring lives were saved, even if their own life was in danger. For their selfless service and as a token of gratitude, Thiruvanthapurum MP Dr. Shashi Tharoor has written to the Nobel Prize committee and nominated the Kerala fishermen for the same. My letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee nominating the fishermen of Kerala for this year's Peace Prize in recognition of their courageous service & sacrifice during the #KeralaFloods of 2018: pic.twitter.com/xtPLrTnQBT — Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) February 6, 2019 “I would like to nominate the fishermen of Kerala for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. They represent an outstanding and wholly deserving candidacy, one that would be a worthy addition to the champions of humanity that the award has recognised over the years,” his letter reads. © Twitter The entire nation is in chorus with his thought and we all believe that this is a well deserved nomination. This is such a heartwarming gesture and deserves a huge appreciation. Thank you on behalf of World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers, India chapter ð — Jaini /à¦à¦à§à¦à§à¦¿à¦¨à§/ اجÛÙÛ (@IchbinUjjaini) February 7, 2019 That's highly commendable of you to write for such a deserving set of people who without any kind of expectations undauntingly swung into the perilous rescue act and saved hundreds of precious lives. These fishermen highly deserve it and I am sure they would win this time. — Binu (@Binuiv) February 6, 2019 The gesture is heart warming in itself, and leaving any political agendas aside, the brave men do deserve this. Whether the fishermen will receive the Nobel or not the thought and cause is Noble and laudable. Thank you — dominic savio (@dominickerala) February 6, 2019 An award has no effect or does no justice to the heroic deeds but recognition and acknowledgement for the same might go a long way.
  13. Valentine's Day is probably the most hated day for all the single people out there and I think a lot of people generally just ignore the day altogether. But, a zoo in Sydney is making everyone a particularly awesome Valentine's Day offer, that is very hard to refuse. The Wild Life Sydney Zoo shared a post unveiling their hilarious and unique contest - get a chance to name one of the most venomous snakes after your ex. Yep, if you think your ex is a snake, make that official and have the best Valentine's Day ever. View this post on Instagram Name a snake after your ex this Valentine's Day! ðIs your ex a snake? If so, now is your opportunity to cement their 'snaky status' by naming a brown snake (one of the world's most venomous snakes) after them at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo! To enter, simply head to the link in our bio and tell us why your ex deserves to have a snake named after them along with a $1 donation to the @wildlifeconservationfund ðððððCompetition entries close 13 Feb 2019 #wildlifesydneyzoo #snake #valentinesday #vday #snakystatus #competition #seeaustralia #darlingharbour A post shared by WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo (@wildlifesydneyzoo) on Feb 3, 2019 at 1:13pm PST The General Manager, of the zoo Mark Connolly, says, “We hope that by providing someone unlucky in love the opportunity to name WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo's very own brown snake after their ex, we can give them something else to celebrate on Valentine's Day this year. We're also throwing in an annual pass to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo so that you can also visit the snake in Darling Harbour as many times as you want during the next year!” It's pretty easy and doesn't even cost much. Anyone who's interested in being petty just has to tell them why their ex deserves to have a snake named after them along with a $1 donation to the Wildlife Conservation Fund. If anyone will actually go to such lengths to get a snake named after their ex, a dollar is honestly a small price to pay. The winner will be announced on 14th Feb and no one can give a better Valentine's Day gift than this.
  14. After a clinical performance in the ODI Series against New Zealand recently, the Indian team stumbled to a heavy defeat in the first T20 against the Kiwis. A Kohli-less Indian side managed to score just 139 runs in response to New Zealand's 219 and eventually lost the match by 80 runs, registering their biggest defeat in T20I in terms of margin of loss. The Men in Blue came into the match with a changed lineup from the ODI series, playing all three wicket-keepers, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, and MS Dhoni together. Both the Pandya brothers were also included in the squad, but the biggest shocker was the choice of plaVijayvIjay Shankar at one-down. Lower down the order, the in-form duo of Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav was overlooked as well. © Twitter@blackcaps Rohit Sharma's choice of opting to field first clearly didn't pan out well for the visitors. The bowlers were the first ones to confront their worst nightmare by conceding 219 runs. Hardik Pandya was taken for 51 in his quota of four overs, a personal record. It was then the batsmen who were bundled out well short. Dhoni high-scored with 39, but it was far from enough. All in all, Team India was completed dominated by the hosts in all departments, who were the better team on the day by a big margin. After the disappointing result, Indian fans, as expected, went all out on Twitter to express their dismay: #NZvInd Women Indian team all out in 19.1 overs, lost by 23 runs Men Indian team all out in 19.2 overs, lost by 81 runs Ravi Shastri: Hamare chore choriyo se km hai ke? — DR. GILL (@ikpsgill1) February 6, 2019 Permanent Captaincy to @ImRo45 ð pic.twitter.com/2Y2isge25Z — à¤à¤ªà¤¨à¤¾pun (@onlyforpun) February 6, 2019 Why is Vijay Shankar playing today, and why is he batting at no.3? ðð #NZvIND #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/OTa05HAqWz — Come On Dhoni ðð®ð³ (@madam_jadeja) February 6, 2019 India played 8 batsmen, 3 wicketkeepers, 6 bowlers and still they lost. And (better than kohli ð)captain chose to bowl first. — Adnan Aadil (@thefirst_alpha) February 6, 2019 Hindi Commentary : Why Rohit sharma sending Vijay Shankar to up in the order, This is a bad decision few minutes back When vijay shankar hits 4s and 6s Hindi Commentary : Wah Maja aa gaya, ise kehte hai player #NZvIND — Jagrati Yadav (@JagratiYadav3) February 6, 2019
  15. Guys, open your wardrobe at any given time and you'll probably find it overflowing with t-shirts. In fact, if there ever was an item of clothing to which the term 'wardrobe staple' can truly be applied, it would no doubt be the humble t-shirt. With good reason too - over the years, it has evolved from an unseen undergarment, hidden below an overshirt or a jacket to a bona fide statement piece that can elevate just about any outfit. Such is the versatility of a t-shirt that it's probably the only piece of clothing you can confidently wear for any occasion, whether you're at work, in the gym, at the beach, at a party, or even going to bed. The ability to wear them on their own or sport them as part of a layered outfit means that no matter what the weather, there's no time of the year when you won't be needing a t-shirt. However, with the wide variety of colours and style available to you these days, choosing the right one (or two, or three) can be a daunting task. While plain tees are an all-time fashion classic and go well with pretty much anything, printed t-shirts offer you the chance to express yourself a little bit better through your fashion choices. Whether they're worn on their own or under another layer, you can be sure that they'll help you make an instant impact! So if you're ready to make a style statement, here's our guide to the best printed t-shirts for men. Upgrade Your Wardrobe With The Best Printed T-Shirts For Men 1. Aeropostale Men's Printed T-Shirt © Amazon We all know that a white t-shirt works well with pretty much everything, so why not take things up a notch by adding a pop of colour? This regular fit short-sleeved t-shirt from well-known clothing brand Aeropostale, which is made from pure cotton, has a trendy graphic print on the front in the form of the brand's logo. The red lettering stands out against the white background, so while the t-shirt can be paired up nicely with a pair of jeans or chinos, it will also give your outfit a stylish edge. MRP: Rs. 779 Fabric Composition: Pure cotton Buy It Here 2. Tommy Hilfiger Men's Printed T-Shirt © Amazon Keeping with the casual theme, this stylish variant from Tommy Hilfiger once again reinforces the versatility of the t-shirt. Featuring asymmetrical patches of racing red, white, and navy blue, the name of the brand is written boldly across the front of it. It's casual enough to be worn at home or even to the gym, thanks to its comfortable regular fit. However, the design also makes it trendy enough to be worn to an informal party or a fun night out with friends as well. MRP: Rs. 1,559 Fabric Composition: Pure cotton Buy It Here 3. Gucci Iridescent Logo T-Shirt © Nordstrom Going from casual straight into the world of luxury fashion, and it's impossible not to talk about Gucci. If you're in the market for the most fashionable printed t-shirts and money is no object, then your search has to come to an end right here. This inky black cotton t-shirt is slightly oversized, keeping in tune with the latest fashion trends. However, the real highlight is emblazoned right across the chest, in the form of the iridescent colours used to print the logo. The complete package makes for a wonderful rainbow-coloured spectacle that is sure to make heads turn for all the right reasons at any party you choose to attend wearing this tee, which makes it totally worth the splurge! MRP: Rs. 54,036 (including shipping) Fabric Composition: Pure cotton Buy It Here 4. United Colours Of Benetton Men's Printed T-Shirt © Amazon Talking about using colour to make an impact, and we have this incredibly stylish yet pocket-friendly version from Benetton. The fiery red is impossible to miss, and is well set off by the yellow piping around the collar. Two white hoops adorn one sleeve, making for a nice abstract design. In sharp contrast to the bright colours, the printed element on this tee is a black and white photo of the countryside, which also adds a rugged element to the overall effect. MRP: Rs. 467 Fabric Composition: Pure cotton Buy It Here 5. French Connection Men's Printed T-Shirt © Amazon Here's another classic variant that can be worn while lounging at home, pumping iron in the gym or hanging out with friends. Available in a variety of attractive colours such as auburn, jester red and military orange, this stylish yet functional tee has a motorcycle printed across it along with the name of the brand. Given the colour options, it can be paired up admirably with a pair of cargo pants or chinos and stylish sneakers, and the slim fit means that you have yourself a great urban casual outfit. MRP: Rs. 349 Fabric Composition: Pure cotton Buy It Here 6. ALLSAINTS Thorn Men's Printed T-Shirt © Nordstrom When it comes to the best printed t-shirts for men, it's impossible not to include one with an all-over printed pattern. Floral prints are all the rage right now, and this t-shirt offers a twist on the floral print we're all used to. Available in two striking colour options, one that's vintage black and red and the other chalk and washed black, it's covered in a pattern of falling flowers in a way that makes this t-shirt incredibly trendy and contemporary. MRP: Rs. 9,371 (including shipping) Fabric Composition: Pure cotton Buy It Here 7. US Polo Association Men's Printed T-Shirt © Amazon We're more used to their classy polo neck t-shirts, but US Polo Association also has extremely classy and casual printed t-shirts as well. Paying homage to the brand's long standing ties with the sport of polo, this tee bears a dynamic print of polo players in action in the rugged outdoors. It's ideal for a casual gathering or beach party, and the green colour is stylish and simultaneously uncommon which is sure to attract attention from all quarters. MRP: Rs. 359 Fabric Composition: Pure cotton Buy It Here 8. Kenzo Dragon Tiger Men's Printed T-Shirt © Nordstrom Founded by Japanese designer Kenzo Takada in Paris, Kenzo is a luxury fashion brand that produces articles of clothing with the sophistication of European high fashion that are influenced by the vibrant nature of Asian influences. Kenzo's Tiger collection is already iconic in fashion circles, and its latest offering features colourful dragon scales around the famous Tiger logo on a grey backdrop to create one of the best printed t-shirts for men in terms of pure, fierce style. MRP: Rs. 20,708 (including shipping) Fabric Composition: Pure cotton Buy It Here 9. VERSUS Versace Reflector Men's Printed T-Shirt © Nordstrom Any list of the best t-shirts is incomplete without a sleek and stylish all black option, so why not go for the best in high fashion? This variant from Versace features the brand's signature lion head logo branded on the front of a black pure cotton t-shirt. If you're planning to hit up an exclusive party or strut your stuff at the hottest clubs wearing a casual ensemble, this is an ideal pick because it goes well with anything. If you want to rock urban streetwear, pair it up with ripped jeans and sneakers, and if you're going for a more sophisticated look then trousers and loafers is the way to go. MRP: Rs. 31,581 (including shipping) Fabric Composition: Pure cotton Buy It Here 10. Levi's Men's Printed T-Shirt © Amazon A classic black t-shirt with white print exudes a natural elegance and style that customised printed t-shirts struggle to match, a point that this tee from Levi's proves. We're more used to their quality denims, but their t-shirts compliment them perfectly to create great casual outfits. This particular variant features a distinctive white graphic that depicts the world famous Levi's logo on a black background, and is an understated fashion accessory that should be a part of every wardrobe. MRP: Rs. 399 Fabric Composition: Pure cotton Buy It Here
  16. There is something about the friendships that are forged in the Bollywood industry. Like it is the case with any workplace friendship, these stars also end up establishing bonds that help them enjoy the entire process of filmmaking, be it as an actor, director or another cast member. While we can give you innumerable examples of great friendships that have bloomed in the industry courtesy all the kickass films that the Hindi film industry churns out year after year, we want to talk about a very interesting turn that Riteish Deshmukh and Ajay Devgn's friendship has taken on Twitter of late. © YouTube It all started when Ajay recently took to Twitter to share a photograph of himself and director Indra Kumar, while Riteish could be seen in the background, having gotten caught in the shot unaware. However, it was Ajay's caption on the post saying, “piche yeh daadi wala baba kaun hai?”, which started a hilarious banter between the two. पà¥à¤à¥ यॠदाढ़ॠवाला बाबा à¤à¥à¤¨ हà¥? ð¤pic.twitter.com/3VsCmeIXxO — Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) January 30, 2019 Riteish decided to get back at Ajay with a tweet and the allusion will make you LOL. Taking inspiration from Devgn's trademark stunt, wherein he is seen riding on two vehicles at once, as made iconic by his pose in 'Phool Aur Kaante' and recreated in the 'Golmaal' series, Riteish posted a video of a dog riding atop a auto and wrote, “@ajaydevgn just saw your dog....” © Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd .@ajaydevgn just saw your dog.... pic.twitter.com/EMOBnwRykB — Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) February 5, 2019 Ajay's reply to this dig has left us in splits. Ajay replied on the tweet with a picture of a sparrow perched on a fence in Ajay's iconic pose and said, “Ya just like how this bird is mine”. Ya just like how this bird is mine pic.twitter.com/SZRE4Cxzko — Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) February 5, 2019 We are loving this playful banter between the two actors, who shall be seen together in 'Total Dhamaal' which is scheduled to release on 22nd February.
  17. Lakme Fashion Week has been a great platform to showcase the best collections from all over the country. With an array of celebrities being their muse, the designers put their best work forward each year. Kicking the season off with their spring/summer 2019 collection in association with the mega textile brand 'Grado', Ashish Soni's work is an ode to the 'New Age' man. The use of colour is commendable and the perfect way to add some pizzaz to your wardrobe. The fabric and colour range from Grado is perfect for the look and feel of the collection. Spanning across a range of diverse occasions such as office wear, formals, resort, casuals, sporty and ethnic, this collection is all about utility with style. Here are 10 outfits from Ashish Soni's collection at LFW that would inspire you to experiment with colour in your wardrobe: © Viral Bhayani Different shades of blue are bound to beat the fashion blues. This two-piece suit decked in windowpane checks is edgy and classy. © Viral Bhayani Nothing like some colour block action to make a sure-shot style statement. The black and beige suit in cove check print acts as the perfect canvas for the asymmetrical neck shirt underneath. The pop of colour with the pink dress-shirt and the yellow bomber jacket looks like perfection. © Viral Bhayani A lounge suit in pin checks with a monotone colour scheme is giving us super chill vibes! Absolutely love the touch of mint colour with a the dress-shirt and the unique *****-bow collar. Multi-colour open toe sandals complete the look. © Viral Bhayani We love the play of colour here with red and pink dancing in merriment. The pink kurta with an asymmetric hemline gives a new spin to the urban-desi vibe! The use of a single-breasted coat to enhance the colour effect is a huge plus. © Viral Bhayani This olive number is a gem on its own. Paired well with an angrakha style striped shirt and camouflage slip-ons, this outfit is a big yay! The lapel detailing and the wide-legged trousers are comfort and style max. © Viral Bhayani Who would've thought a solid orange coloured suit with something as basic as a white kurta underneath would look so elegant and chic. Amplified Indian-wear for the modern man, indeed. © Viral Bhayani This blush pink number is perfect for a wedding by the beach which requires taking one's shirt off. Well, this outfit doesn't even require a shirt. Handy much? Gorgeous all check pattern in powder blue and pink, a three-piece with hot pink button details and a scarf around the neck makes the outfit stand out. Millennial pink done right, tropical style! © Viral Bhayani A bold choice of colour is all you need to make heads turn. A classic two-piece silhouette re-structured for the modern man. The intense raspberry colour adds the oomph quotient to the outfit. Addition of a basic longline kurta underneath is a great way to accentuate the bold outerwear and keep it desi-chic at the same time. © Viral Bhayani This two-piece suit with flared trousers is the way to go when you want to up your style quotient and stay comfy. The cornflower blue adds a great dash of colour. The black and white checkered kurta underneath acts as a great way to break the monotony. © Viral Bhayani When it comes to the art of making the perfect cocktail of Indian and western wear, Ashish Soni is unbeatable. This hazelnut beige bandhgala with flared ankle-length pants and a longline kurta with blue floral details is definitely one to make a statement. Paired with leather open toe sandals, this one is a game-changer. Targeted and dedicated to the likes and choices of the well-travelled, modern global man, Ashish Soni is serving class on a plate!
  18. We do not live in the same city and yet manage to spend more time together than couples living in the same zip code. We end up flying almost every weekend to see each other, either in Mumbai or Delhi. All other times, we meet directly at the holiday destination (not in the same city to travel together for a holiday, we just land up there separately). In our two-and-a-half-year-old relationship, we would have taken a combined total of at least 150 flights, visited 8 countries and many cities in India just to spend time with each other- Gaurang (c)Instagram While every couple strives the hardest to make a relationship work, there are a few who go an extra mile to make sure their relationship is nothing short of extraordinary. And the couples who usually do that have a tough situation at hand and they certainly work towards the odds, to perceive it as nothing less than spectacular. For us, every relationship does circumvent its way around to make it spectacular. If you've made it long enough and are true to each other, then why shouldn't you brag about it? I mean that, in the most non-cynical banter ever. Today, relationships are moulded out of uncertainty, where a 'right swipe' takes you far away from basic reality of a relationship which should ideally be working on strong will and a lot of determination. And if there are couples making it work through the thick and thin of everything, without using distractions as a tool to temporarily sabotage an equation, then they're definitely worth a mention. (c)Instagram Meet one such couple, who has realised the importance of sticking together, even though they have miles between them, in a generation that thinks working extra-hard on a dynamic is rather redundant and superfluous, with frivolity ruling the roost, of every heart, today. Here's introducing Gaurang and Saachi, who defy that theory fairly often. The two met through a common friend, back in 2011, when they were still in college and when Blackberry phones were the endgame for a lot of couples back then. The first interaction was, of course, exchanging BBM pins. We actually lived through the "BBM age" in 2011. We used to chat for 7-8 hours every day till it got to a point where we risked finger tendonitis. - Gaurang (c)Instagram Favourite Memory So Far Both of them have been bitten by the travel bug and have made their favourite memories together from their indulgences in different places. The first time Saachi proclaimed her feelings for Gaurang was in Goa and when they were spending time together. Right when the sun came out, she looked at Gaurang and asked him if he wanted to go out. Little did Gaurang realise she's asking him out and in his innocent spree, he agreed to go outside to soak up some sun and enjoy some breakfast. (c)Instagram From thereon, their memories were filtered to either ticket cancellations and re-bookings or checking out a new place together or even making travel plans for their next birthdays, Valentine's Day and various relationships milestones. Took me to Prague for my birthday. Flew in to Mumbai to surprise me on Valentine's day, Jodhpur for our 2 years and now we're planning to bring in our birthdays at Scotland and USA respectively, this year, because we need new memories!- Saachi (c)Instagram This Is How You Tackle Distance Both the 'wanderers' have been together for a long while now and have opted through various things in life to stay together. By that I mean, Saachi and Gaurang realised that being physically together in one place, even though their relationship doesn't allow it, is a bare essential and they've done everything in their power to overcome the distance they go through, everyday. Couples living away from each other, making each day count, and not letting suppositions rule their relationship with the obscure distance they have to deal with, are an inspiration in today's day and age and we're glad we can count on them flawlessly to teach us how to strive towards keeping something so fragile, alive. (c)Instagram Gaurang and Saachi going through months of not seeing each other is not just commendable, it's the strongest aspect that builds the fundamentals of their relationship. From dealing with insecurities to earning each other's trust over time, while away from each other, is the strongest reinforcement of belief and love. And believe it or not, their long-distance relationship works from one suitcase to another. They both love travelling and have made that an eventuality in keeping their love alive. (c)Instagram When they decided to date, it was on a trip to Goa they'd taken with a few friends and now, every time they establish a new milestone in their relationship, it's overlooking a new city skyline, amidst local food and an adequate yet brand new start to a very old equation. We decided to date each other on a trip with friends to Goa. Our first date was on the beach drinking wine - Saachi Since then, instead of visiting each other in the city they both reside, they book tickets and explore new cities and spend time together. It helps them regain the moments they've lost in time and travel through different places, making indispensible memories their unbreakable timeline for the future. It was Gaurang's idea initially to make their life a lot more convenient since Saachi had a job that made her shift her base from time to time. The couple first travelled to Jodhpur to spend some quality time together and then made it mandatory to pick a city of their choice to meet at, whenever time allowed them to. Honestly, if long distance relationships worked this way, distance would just be a meagre resolve, as couples would pay more heed to planning the next trip and figuring out an active itinerary rather than brood over how far they are from one another. (c)Instagram She's a consultant and travels every week, so I end up living that lifestyle vicariously. We've met each other at Prague, Portugal, Budapest, Finland, Thailand, Vietnam, USA and Dubai , as far as I can remember - Gaurang Long distance relationships should be listed under survivor tools, because you're diligently doing anything to keep them intact, in order to survive a relationship crash. It's tough for sure but there are many things you learn with this association such as patience, faith, and trust. Gaurang and Saachi have been stuck with a conundrum of following through with long distance and they've been doing a mighty good job of it so far, by travelling away their woes. (c)Instagram There is never a decree of 'heartbreak' between these two, when they leave each other's company to pursue their lives in different cities. Because they know they've tackled the severest relationship downfall and have made it alive, with a lot of sparkle and fun, intact. They have mastered the art of making holiday plans, seeing each other whenever the need arises and saving money diligently to do so successfully, until the day they're married! Honestly, I have been blessed with more than I deserve. - Gaurang (c)Instagram At the end of the day, relationships that are fundamentally stable, can withstand any test they're put through, even the test of time. To end this beautiful story, I can't stress enough on how some couples have to part temporarily on a good note and carry forth their association in different places. I personally admire couples who have immense faith in each other to work through the distance and make every day a reason to point at the map and say 'Let's make this work and have fun while doing so'.
  19. For years, movies have shown men rolling up their sleeves right before having a fist fight or when they are about to do something super serious. In reality, that might not be the case. Men often do this without any specific intention and for the purpose of practicality or simply to display a casual attitude. Don't get us wrong, we're not saying there is one 'right' way of rolling up your shirt sleeves. We're just saying there is more than one way to do so. This is to help you understand the art of sleeve rolling and why it's necessary. When done properly, this could make or break your entire look. So, here are 3 ways to roll up your shirt sleeves: 1. The Quick Roll © instagram/ishabhansali This method is for the lads under a time crunch. It is for a quick restroom trip to wash your hands or if you're worried about hitting your sleeve into some sauce while having lunch at work or elsewhere. To do this, undo all the buttons on your sleeve and turn the cuff up just under your elbow. Fold the edge of the cuff by flipping it down into the cuff so it's tucked in and lastly, roll the sleeve up by folding it over itself. This should save your sleeve from stains and act as the perfect quick-fix. 2. The Basic Roll © instagram/shahidkapoor Some call it the 'Beginner Roll', this method is the intuitive way to roll up one's sleeves. This is a particularly good style to use when multiple layers are involved, such as a light sweater underneath. Unbutton the cuff and any buttons further up the sleeve and flip the cuff back and inside out. Fold the fabric over once, hiding the cuff behind the band of the sleeve. Tuck the corners of the cuff properly. You can easily do it with a dress shirt, a kurta or a denim jacket and it would do you justice. 3. The High Roll © vickykaushal09 This sleeve roll is the way to go when you want to switch your look from office to casual real quick. This also comes in handy while doing some heavy duty lifting or manual work. The basic way is to roll your sleeves above the elbow. The best way to go about it is to roll your sleeves before putting the shirt on. Unbutton the shirt cuff and any buttons and flip the cuff back inside out. Fold back and use the cuff to set the width. Until the band of rolled cloth is just below your elbow, keep folding till you should get your desired look. Such a minute little detail can affect your look majorly. Now use this knowledge and put your best self forward!
  20. First, in Australia, and now, in New Zealand. The Indian cricket team has been busy creating history on their journey away from home. On the back of three consecutive wins, the Indian cricket team had already recorded their first ODI series win in New Zealand in 10 years. And, on 3rd February, the 'Men in Blue' capped off the five-match ODI series with a 4-1 win. Having suffered a rare flop-show in the 4th ODI that resulted in a massive loss, the Rohit Sharma-led brigade ticked all the boxes in the fifth and final game to end the series on a high. Riding on the back of a responsible middle-order batting performance which was backed by their impressive bowling unit, the visitors romped their way to a 35-run win at the Westpac stadium. In a bid to test their batting on a moist Wellington track, India elected to bat first and quickly found themselves in trouble. The visitors lost four wickets for just 18 runs as the hosts fancied another opportunity to bowl India out for a mediocre total, like the last game. Twitter/@BCCI But, an impressive middle-order performance in testing conditions revived India's innings from 18/4 to eventually reach a competitive total of 252 runs. Ambati Rayudu (90) led India's revival, while the likes of Vijay Shankar (45) and Hardik Pandya (45), too, played their part. In reply, James Neesham (44), Kane Williamson (39) and Tom Latham (37) tried to keep the hosts in contention of finishing strong, but it eventually proved to be a tough ask for the Kiwis. In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal (3) bagged the most wickets, followed by Mohammed Shami and Pandya who bagged two wickets apiece. Following their series win, the Indian team was presented with the trophy at the post-match presentation ceremony where Kedar Jdhav was heard shouting, "How's the josh?" before his teammates responded, "High sir". Jadhav was reciting the, now, popular dialogue of Vicky Kaushal-starrer Bollywood flick 'Uri'. Looks like the "JOSH" in the squad is "HIGH SIR" ð£ï¸ ð¢ 'HOWS THE JOSH' - @vickykaushal09 ðð#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/bzsB5EelBd — BCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019 The video of their celebrations was also shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Twitter. "Looks like the "JOSH" in the squad is "HIGH SIR". 'HOWS THE JOSH'," read the caption of the tweet.
  21. Going into the 2019 Asian Cup, the Japanese football team was looked upon as one of the top contenders for the coveted title. They began their campaign with convincing wins over Turkmenistan, Oman and Uzbekistan in the Group Stage before overcoming a resilient Saudi Arabia side in the Round of 16. A 1-0 victory over Vietnam in the quarters saw them setting a date a semifinals date with Iran who were eventually steamrolled 0-3 by the 'Samurai Blue'. A prolific run in the tournament finally placed them in the all-important final where they found dark horse Qatar standing in their way of the Asian Cup title. AP But, it was Qatar whose spirited run found a fairy-tale ending. Thanks to goals from Almoez Ali, Abdulaziz Hatem and Akram Afif, Qatar lifted their maiden Asian Cup trophy and made their intentions clear ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup which will be hosted by them. Japan's Takumi Minamino scored a goal for his side, but couldn't save the four-time Asian Cup champions from defeat in the final. For a team that had come agonisingly close to winning the title, Japanese football team and their fans surely suffered a heartbreak following their loss. Japan leave the #AsianCup2019 dressing room spotless with thank you message in English, Arabic and Japanese! ð pic.twitter.com/RfiVyoMumd — #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) February 2, 2019 While they endured defeat on the football field, the Japanese football team was surely a winner for their heartfelt gesture off it. After their loss, the Japanese squad showed their class by cleaning up their dressing room. The 2019 Asian Cup runners-up left the floor spotless and wrote a 'Thank You' note in English, Arabic and Japanese language as they expressed their gratitude to the organisers of the tournament. Japan left their changing room spotless after they lost 3-2 to Belgium last night. They then left a note in Russian saying 'Thank you' Pure class. pic.twitter.com/7baTFgDfRO — FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) July 3, 2018 This isn't the first time when Japan has floored everyone with their touching gesture. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Japanese brigade had also cleaned up their dressing room and left a 'Thank You' note following their Round of 16 exit at the hands of Belgium - proving why they are football's classiest nation. Owing to their latest antics, there was no surprise to see football fans across the globe showering praise on the Maya Yoshida-led side for setting an example in the sport. I love these Japanese players! ðð¼ Even the u16 players when they played here in Malaysia , they applaud us Malaysian fans and bow at us after the match. Top class manners. Respect ð¯ð¯ — Abu Colgate (@Harizzu) February 2, 2019 Japanese players and fans are well behaved and respected all around the world for their good gesture — rakeshrussell (@rakeshrussell52) February 2, 2019 That is very nice of Japanð They have really shown they are a great nation ðâ½ð Better luck next time in their tournamentð#AsianCup2019 — Jafarnumbers (@jafarnumbers) February 2, 2019 Respect and love Japanese Players so muchðð¯ðµð¯ðµð¯ðµ — Jolie Nguyen (@JolieNg10519393) February 2, 2019 Great sportsmanship, class and respect. Japan leading by example despite losing the final. ðð¼ — TheUnitedPage (@TheUnitedPage) February 2, 2019 Every country needs to learn from them. Similar gesture during WC tooððð¤ð¤ — sudha HJ (@shjug) February 2, 2019 Thank you, Japan, for your respectful attitude and good manners! You are also winners in that respect. — Magda (@almarzoukstore) February 2, 2019 #Japan is one of the few countries who always inspire me with their tidiness and punctuality — Ù. Ø­ÙÙد حس٠اÙشح٠(@HumaidHasan) February 2, 2019
  22. Bollywood, as an industry, is dominated by powerful filmi families who have been a part of Bollywood for a long time, including those who have been around since the time of its inception in 1899. So, no matter which side we are on when it comes to nepotism, there is no denying that most star kids do possess the skills and have proved themselves time and again, regardless of the killer start they got to their careers when they started out. However, this got us thinking about these star kids making their on-screen debuts when it comes to sharing the screen-space with either or both of their parents. With the release of 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' last Friday, we saw Sonam and Anil Kapoor share the screen together, and we must say that despite Sonam's acting skills, it was rather refreshing to watch the father-daughter duo in action on the big screen. The kind of dynamics they share off-screen found its way in front of the camera, and we have to admit we liked what we saw. © Vinod Chopra Films And surely this isn't the first time when Bollywood actors have shared screen space with their parents and rocked the screen together. We bring you 5 other Bollywood A-listers who have acted with their parents, and given us an entertaining joyride: 1. Amitabh Bachchan & Abhishek Bachchan © Mad Entertainment Their journey together as AB Sr. and AB Jr. started with 'Bunty Aur Babli' in 2005, which was followed by 'Sarkar', 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna' and then 'Paa' in 2009, with a special appearance in 'Shootout At Lokhandwala' as well. 2. Rishi, Neetu & Ranbir Kapoor © Movie Temple Productions When 'Besharam' released in 2013, its USP was that the Kapoors were all going to share the screen together as a family on-screen too. Though the film didn't do that well commercially, it was great to see the family together on-screen. 3. Soni Razdan & Alia Bhatt © Junglee Pictures 'Raazi' saw the mother and daughter come together in front of the camera, and we loved to see them bring their relationship on-screen as much as we love them off it. 4. Pankaj Kapoor & Shahid Kapoor © Junglee Pictures 'Shaandaar' was almost a family reunion on-screen for the Kapoors with Pankaj, Shahid and Sanah Kapoor coming together for this movie. 5. Dharmendra, Sunny & Bobby Deol © Phantom Films This father-and-son Jodi has entertained us one too many times, and we loved watching them make us laugh and cry with their antics in 'Yamla Pagla Deewana', 'Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se' and 'Apne'.
  23. When it comes to dating, most men need all the help they can get. From getting the advice of a female friend on their dating profile to asking them to pick the best shirt for the date, men do whatever they can to impress the woman they really like. But sometimes, that's not enough. Sometimes, we need a little bit more, maybe some help on understanding the other person's likes, dislikes, and nature. Having that insight helps us not only in making our mind about them but also helps in making a lasting impression. Following are 3 such traits of each zodiac sign that would help you understand your date better: 1. Aries 1. Aries women are fierce, creative, intelligent, and independent. 2. They love spontaneity, pace, and are always in search for fun. They do stuff before they think. 3. They're easily bored and seek adventure. If you're faint hearted, stay away! 2. Taurus 1. Taurus women are practical, grounded, and realistic. 2. They're highly patient but won't compromise or settle for less. 3. They are conservative at first, seek stability, and not a fling sort of a person. 3. Gemini 1. Gemini women are smart, charming, and a good communicator. 2. They hate mundanity, are always up for fun, and have two extreme personalities. 3. Freedom and personal space are extremely important to them. It won't work if you're possessive and jealous kind. 4. Cancer 1. Cancer women are highly intuitive, emotional, and usually, have their guards up. 2. They're moody, private, and impatient. 3. They usually come out as needy and seek co-dependent relationships. 5. Leo 1. Leo women are the most self-centred of the lot! The world must revolve around them. 2. They're bold, aggressive, strong, and confident. 3. Good at making friends, their party never ends, and seek someone adventurous and energetic. Praise them right and they're all yours. 5. Virgo 1. Virgo women are loyal, kind, and practical. 2. They have to have a plan for everything and hate leaving things on chance. 3. They seek stability in life, and won't be up for wham-bam-thank-you-sam! 6. Libra 1. Libra women are quiet, independent, diplomatic, seek balance, and can carry a grudge. 2. They are in constant search of harmony. Charm and intelligence attract them the most. 3. They're always searching for deep and meaningful relationships. 7. Scorpio 1. Scorpio women are passionate but stubborn. They're quite a mystery to solve. 2. They are great friends, and you might get friend zoned as they take hell lot of a time to decide whether the guy is perfect for them. 3. They seek depth, respect, honesty. 8. Sagittarius 1. Sagittarius women are friendly, easy going, and have a very positive approach towards life. 2. They're hard to ignore, brutally honest, and don't like to get tied down. Freedom, travel, and philosophy is their thing. 3. They seek constant adventure and you better be full of energy if you want to keep up with them. 9. Capricorn 1. Capricorn women are responsible, disciplined, and refined. 2. They're a know-it-all, self-controlled, and distant women. 3. They seek loyalty, won't go for a fling. 10. Aquarius 1. Aquarius women are progressive, independent, and humanitarian. 2. They're great listeners and seek intellectual conversations. 3. They are shy, aloof, but you would have to be fun if you want to win their heart. 11. Pisces 1. Pisces women have a lot of friends, are selfless, and expressive. 2. They're emotional, empathic, and highly emotional. 3. They're as romantic as a fairy tale and you better be up for a Bollywood romance to woo them. Go, get her!
  24. There exists a specific set of skills which is required to be mastered by one to actually qualify as a true basketball enthusiast. You need to know the game in and out, be it Russell Westbrook's extremely jazzy jackets or Gerald Green's new 'Spiderman' hairdo. You've got to get in sync with the league's culture. Next, you must practice the essentials of playing the game. In order to shoot that hoop like 'Black Mamba', Kobe Bryant or move around the court like 'The Flash', Dwyane Wade, you must work on your craft. And finally, and probably the most important criterion of the all (are you ready for this?)... Have fun and enjoy the sport while doing all of the above! Basketball is all about fast-paced action which is a unique blend of brute force and finesse, at the epitome of which, is the National Basketball Association or the NBA. The NBA has never been more popular in India, expanding exponentially through cities and towns alike. The league has led to making LeBron James, Stephen Curry and James Harden some of the biggest household names in recent times. Indian fans are not only getting up early in the morning, sometimes, even before the sun is out, to watch their idols compete against each other, but also seem be to extremely interested in getting to know more about them, their lifestyle on and off the court, their history with the league and even their nicknames! But the guys at NBA India expect more from the Indian loyalists and see a lot of potential here. They believe that all the knowledge the league fans have garnered through days and months, should not go to waste. As a means to provide an opportunity to the basketball fans from all over the country to prove their loyalty to the game, a new all-NBA show, Jabong Hoop Wars, is coming to India. Hosted by the absolutely stunning Benafsha Soonawalla, Jabong Hoop Wars will see some of the most influential online celebrities like Nidhi Singh, Shantanu Maheshwari, Priyank Sharma, Aly Goni, Karishma Sharma and Prince Narula make special appearances in every episode. The show is all about churning out the best fans from the lot that the Indian audience has grown to become. If you have what it takes to be called a true basketball enthusiast who has the skills and the knowledge about the league and the sporting culture that revolves around it, Jabong Hoops Wars is meant for you. Great athletes like Lebron James and Kevin Durant had to go through so much of grit and grind and all the challenges put in front of them before actually being worthy of achieving the greatest glory of them all, the NBA championship. Likewise, the show puts forward some of the most creatively thought-out challenges that bring out the best in the contestants by testing their knowledge and skills related to the game and all the fun that happens throughout the year around the NBA, and believe us when we say that the rewards are worth it. The NBA fans in India are no less dedicated to the sport than those anywhere else in the world. All they need is a platform to show their love, support and respect for the game and it seems that their search is finally over.
  25. Electricity in the air. You. Your date. Stellar ambience. You look deep into each other's eyes. Ah, the magic of the first date! First dates are all about shy glances, getting to know each other, thinking about how to broach a topic and constantly trying to gauge what's going on in the other person's mind. But are first dates really all that about beauty, naivety and nervous charm? First dates are strenuous. The anticipation, the nervousness, the struggle to put your best foot forward. No one wants to make a bad impression on the first date. Like the cliché goes, the first impression is the last impression. But sometimes, no matter how hard you try, things do not work out in the way you want them to. Blame it on yourself, or the other person, the universe or just plain dumb luck, the fact that the date is ruined won't change. A first date does have a lot of potential, though we give too much importance to it, sometimes more than necessary, it is the first initiation in the world of dating. Don't worry. If it's meant to be, it'll happen even if it got ruined once. No one forgets their first date, especially if it was a bad one. We asked six men their worst first date experience and we were mighty surprised and quite amused by what we found: 1. The Blind Date: “It was a blind date. Though we had decided not to look at each other's pictures before the date, I ended up checking her profile on Facebook. Cut to the day of the date, I was running a bit late. I saw her seated at one of the booths of the café. As I approached her, she mistook me for the waiter and asked for a glass of water. Taken aback, I meekly poured the water in her glass and quietly walked away. “Bhaiya, paani yaha lago do please” still rings in my ears. Needless to say, we never dated again.” - Chinmay, 24 2. The Unknown Occurrence: “I met this girl at a friend's birthday party. We hit it off instantly. I was attracted to her and I could tell that she was too. After a few days of talking on WhatsApp, I finally plucked the courage to ask her out. She said yes and we decided to go for lunch. Lunch progressed smoothly and we made plans for a movie. I was very happy with the way things had turned out. After the movie, as I walked her back to her place, she launched into a tête-à-tête about her current boyfriend of three years. I was completely shocked because I had assumed her to be single. I dropped her home and couldn't believe what had happened. No brainer, never went out with her again.” -Krishna, 24 3. Sweet Nothingness: “I met her through mutual friends, and I was blown away by her personality. I asked her out. On the date, I was at my charming best: witty jokes, quick banter, making her laugh. All the works. During dessert, as I was doing my impression of Marlon Brando from “The Godfather” which she was immensely enjoying, I gestured a bit too excitedly and upset the entire hot chocolate sauce which the waiter had just arrived with onto my lap and my shirt. With an incredulous look as I glanced at her, while thoroughly embarrassed and valiantly trying to not scream as the warm liquid trickled down me, I found her laughing her head off. Till today, I can't see chocolate sauce the same way again.” -Shyam, 23 4. The Inception: “We met online. After chatting for a few months, we thought that going on a date was the inevitable next step. We started off quite good as the months of talking had helped us break the initial hesitation of being awkward. As we talked, the talk turned to sci-fi movies. We started debating on the possible end of “Inception”. We both had different views on the matter and we both thought we were correct. Matters started worsening as our theories didn't match. No one was backing down. We started arguing vehemently resulting in both of us leaving the restaurant in a huff. We haven't spoken since. Leonardo DiCaprio owes me an explanation.” -Sayantan, 25 5. Best Friend Forever: “I met this girl in the first year of college. She was cute and I liked her a lot. After much speculation, I finally asked her out. She seemed to be thrilled by the prospect. So was I. The date started normally, we were both extremely nervous and making small talk. Everyone around us could make out that the date wasn't going well. Still, we were trying to act casual. Suddenly, her best friend magically turns up at the same restaurant. I did not think much about it. The friend then proceeded to sit down with us (insert awkward look) and started interrogating me about myself. It was awkward. Then, my date abruptly started crying. The friend then looked at me as if I had done something terrible. They left without a word. I do not know what the matter was till today. Now, when we pass each other in the corridors we just pretend that the other doesn't exist.” -Adwait, 20 6. Beauty And The Beast: “There was this extremely beautiful colleague of mine. Exceptionally beautiful. We were both freshers in the company. Every time I saw her, I would become utterly self-conscious and act stupid. One fine day, she asked me out. I was over the moon. How could I be so lucky? Ridiculously happy, I prepared for the date. On the fateful day, I was a nervous wreck trying to do all the things right. She seemed genuinely interested in me. I was sweating profusely and thus, I politely excused myself to go to the washroom. When I came back, I was surprised to see that she was going through my phone, which I had left on the table. She had managed to unlock it and was viewing my photo gallery in a very nonchalant way. To top it off, she had also eaten more than half of my fries. I was stunned. She looked up and with a smile on her face said “Oh! You are back!”, gave me my phone back as if nothing had happened. My crush on her evaporated as quickly as it had come. Sometimes, appearances can be deceptive. And they can eat your fries too” -Alex, 27 What was your first date disaster? Let us know!
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