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  1. The wonderful and magical power that parents possess, lies in their selfless love and their acceptance of us, the way we are. A good parent is not someone who just splurges on you, but is someone who lets you believe that they are not judgemental of the primitive choices you make in your life. Howie Dittman, a 44-year-old man living in Pittsburgh is also a parent, but last week, he ended up being the internet's favourite dad. When Howie found out about a pride parade in Pittsburgh and saw his friend volunteering to give 'mom hugs', he decided to do something similar and participated in the parade, offering 'dad hugs' to the kids who were rejected by their own families. He shared his experience and how impactful a small gesture can be. "Imagine that, parents. Imagine that your child feels SO LOST FROM YOU that they sink into the arms of a complete stranger and sob endlessly just because that stranger is wearing a shirt offering hugs from a dad," he wrote. These pictures of Mr Dittman went viral and its been touching and melting very heart on the internet since then. would be remiss if i did not give a shout out to the huge pflag dad marching in the denver pride parade wearing a FREE DAD HUGS shirt, who joyfully gave me my first big, encompassing, father's day dad hug in five entire years — casey mcquiston â¤ï¸ð ON TOUR! (@casey_mcquiston) June 17, 2019 Howie Dittman. Everyday hero. â¤https://t.co/lV8hZA9lqk — rebecca (@mamabexx) June 13, 2019 So many people reached out to Howie, thanking him and expressing their love and gratitude, as these pictures spark pure joy! Kindness and love cost you nothing because the best things in the world are not actually bought! Love comes in every shade and as humans, judging anyone, especially the people we love, for who they decide to love is unfair. This dad is 'dad goals' in the truest sense.
  2. Often labelled as the mother of all battles, the Indian cricket team's much-anticipated clash against Pakistan at the ongoing ICC World Cup on 16th June failed to live up to the billing. The contest, that pitted arch-rivals India and Pakistan against each other, turned out to be a one-sided affair as Virat Kohli-led brigade proved too good for their opponents at Old Trafford. While Rohit Sharma's blistering knock of 140 runs set the tone for India's mammoth total of 336 runs, a collective effort by their bowling unit, thoroughly complimented by some mediocre batting from Pakistani batsmen, powered Kohli & co to a 89-run triumph via Duckworth-Lewis method (D/L). A splendid 140 from Rohit Sharma, which came off just 113 balls, guided India to their seventh straight victory over Pakistan in World Cup cricket ð¥ The Hit-Man is our @Oppo Shotmaker for India v Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/CIDOxS7bo3 — ICC (@ICC) June 17, 2019 On one hand, where the Pakistani fans were left red-faced in the wake of their team's dismal show, the mood on the other side of the border was celebratory. From Bollywood celebrities, prominent politicians to crazed fans, everyone lauded the clinical show produced by the Indian cricket team which has now extended their unbeaten run to four games in the ongoing World Cup. Amongst the innumerable messages and celebratory videos, there's one that clearly stands out and sums up the mood of Indian fans. While Kohli & Co were busy cutting Pakistan a sorry figure on the field, Rishabh Pant and Ziva Dhoni were having a gala time in the stands. View this post on Instagram Partners in crime ð @ziva_singh_dhoni A post shared by Rishabh Pant (@rishabpant) on Jun 16, 2019 at 11:42am PDT Pant, who recently reached England as a backup following Shikhar Dhawan thumb injury, shared a video on Instagram where he was seen rooting for Team India alongside MS Dhoni's adorable daughter. Their cute video was liked and cherished by Indian cricket fans who also expressed their desire to see Pant donning Indian colours at the World Cup soon.
  3. There is something special about our men in green, won't you agree? Dressed in their crisp camo-green uniforms, with stand-out medals and stripes pinned over their proud, selfless heart evokes a kind of respect and admiration that is exclusively reserved for our greatest warriors who make up our motherland's most formidable protectors. However, given the sort of picture our mind paints when we say “army dad”, it wouldn't be wrong to state that somehow, certain aspects from their field of work often tends to rub onto the image of “army dads”. For years now, Indian television has fed its audience with a certain image of an army dad - someone who is strong yet stern, doesn't give in to strong emotions easily, is a man of few words, lives by the book and treats the world as his oyster. (c) Getty Images But, surely you don't believe all of that to be true, right? There's got to be an affectionate father's heart thrumming quietly but firmly, under that tough shell of a persona they put on everytime they don their uniforms. Like any other father on this planet, their hearts brim with love, pride, hopes and dreams for their children. Like most father's, army dads are quick to make sacrifices too but theirs always weighs heavier because it comes easily not only for their kids but also for their motherland. (c) Getty Images Army dads don't get to be around their family and children as often as they'd like, or for as long as they'd want. Duty beckons them and somehow their country always 'seems' to surpass the children to grab the top spot. Still, that never stops them from going all out looking out for them as fiercely as their motherland. There is a lot we are unaware of when it comes to a father's love towards his child, and an army dad is somehow a step ahead even here because there is so little we get to know about their personal lives. (c) Getty Images This Father's Day, we caught up with army dads and asked them to tell us their side of the story, and throw some light on the kind of relationship they share with their children given their demanding job and busy schedules. When we asked Colonel Khan Mahmood how being in the Army impacted his relationship with his kids, he told us that, “With great pride, I state that I am a third generation Army Officer. My father Late Col SA Khan has tutored me to spend quality time whenever possible. With my wife's support the impact on the relationship with both my sons has been excellent!” (c) Twitter Yet, Col Khan didn't shy away from admitting that he did miss out on some significant milestones in his sons' lives that he wishes he could make up for. Talking about it he said, “Life is certainly not a bed of roses.Who knows it better than a man proudly donning the Olive Green. I have missed out on various precious moments. Won't say 'regret' but yes I would have loved to see both my sons taking their 'first step' towards progress.” However, regardless of it all, when Col Khan shared his favourite Father's Day memory it left us beaming, just like him. He said, “For our generation 'Father's Day' is everyday. The day my 3-year-old elder son gave me a Father's Day card and wished me in the most adorable style, made me promise to try to be the best father to my sons, and best son to my father.” That isn't all, here is what other Army Dads told us about their special bonds with their children. (c) MensXP (c) MensXP (c) MensXP
  4. We know them as fathers, but they go by a gazillion other names. Some of us call them 'dad', while others refer to them as 'papa', 'baba', 'pops', and 'daddy', besides myriad other endearments. But no matter which name we use and how we choose to call out to them, our fathers continue to be our greatest heroes - one of our greatest joys and pride. What is it about them though, which makes us feel a thousand times better the instant we know they are looking out for us and have our back? Why is it that a mere question from them regarding our well-being eases any discomfort in our lives and their words do wonders to boost our confidence and outlook towards life? (c) Getty Images Is it the backhanded compliments they pass on from time to time, or the fact that they never seem to think twice before making us - their stubborn, sassy kids - the centre of their world? The unsaid sacrifices our parents happily make for us, and all the forgiveness that comes so easily to them (no matter how many times we mess things up or how badly), and the way they are always so quick to love us, pick us up when we fall, and thrash our ass red when we are out of line. Yet, it is somehow always their silent support, selfless affection and care that helps us stay afloat through a ton of shit life throws our way. That's how it is for most of us out there. Surely, not always one of the most simple, but surely one of the strongest bonds we share is between a father and his child. (c) Getty Images However, did you imagine what it would feel like to have all that taken away from you because the society cannot understand who you are and sympathise with your reality? When a father is cornered by unknown faces of judgements and social castration which provokes him to question his own child and the bond they share? That is exactly what happened when Dr. Meera Parida and Meghna Sahoo's family found out they were transgenders. Suddenly their loving fathers would not look at them in the same light and the affection receded to pure detestation. Not being able to live with such a tremendous change in their relationship, Meera left her home and Meghna was asked to leave by her father. (c) Meghna Sahoo Losing their fathers bothered Meera and Meghna to no end, they simply couldn't get over the fact that they no longer had a father to call their own. Meera shared with MensXP that though it started out on a sour note, her experiences and explorations over the following years made it clear to Meera that it was the society and its diktats that were to blame, and not her father. Even Meghna seconds this as she told us that it was indeed the societal pressure that pushed her father to take such a drastic measure. But eventually he did come around. Meera & Her Father Yet, Meera is quick to admit that regardless of it all, it was her father who saved her from choosing the wrong path when the going got tough. She said, “there once came such a low point when I had almost gotten into working as a *** worker. Transgenders are infamous for the job, and perhaps that is why even my father loathed our kind. But I remembered by father's words that we must never do something that would break a family or stop us from holding our head high. That's when I decided to turn my life around.” Meghna & Her Father She adds that, “when my father read about my work and the movement I had launched for the transgender community, he made my brother call me. But when my brother began threatening me on the phone I heard my father slap him, and the next moment he told go ahead and do what you want, live how you want to.” Meghna also has a similar story of reconciliation that is equally heartwarming. Fours years after she was thrown out of the house, Meghna received a call from her father. She says, “my father told me that they have built a new house and I should be there with the entire family for the housewarming. He added that the celebrations would be incomplete without my presence.” (c) Meghna Sahoo A lot has changed in Meera and Meghna's life since those fateful days of reconciliation with their fathers. Meera holds a doctorate, is a transgender rights champion and an active face in Odisha's political scene. As for Meghna, she is a well-known Transgender activist from Odisha with a MBA degree and an NGO that she runs, apart from being the first transgender driver with OLA. (c) Meghna Sahoo But if there is one thing both of them earnestly believe, it is that no matter what happens, nothing can alter the bond a father shares with his child.
  5. Think 'Sacred Games', 'Ghoul', 'Lust Stories' or 'Mirzapur', 'The Test Case' and 'Breathe', the one common thread they share amongst themselves is their screening platform and the popularity they have come to enjoy despite it. © Netflix With tremendous boom in the digital space, more and more prominent faces from the Hindi film industry are making their way to the smaller and glass-covered screens (as opposed to the silver screen(s) they are more used to gracing). © Amazon Prime While actors like Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi, Nimrat Kaur, Radhika Apte, Kiara Advani, R. Madhavan and the likes, received both critical acclaim and tremendous popularity through their web appearances last year, 2019 also holds a lot of promise for a bunch of Bollywood actors who have or will make their digital debuts this year. © Netflix Check out these 5 notable Bollywood actors who are making their digital debuts in 2019. 1. Akshay Kumar © Twitter Akshay was literally on fire when he announced that he will be venturing into the digital space with Vikram Malhotra's action thriller 'The End'. 2. Emraan Hashmi © Twitter The man knows how to work the camera and work up movie goers *winks*, but his digital debut with Netflix's 'Bard of Blood' is expected to take this up a notch for the actor. An espionage thriller, it's based on a Bilal Siddiqi novel by the same name. 3. Abhishek Bachchan © Twitter R. Madhavan's 'Breathe' is getting an installment with 'Breathe 2' and it will feature Abhishek Bachchan in the lead. His will reportedly essay the role of a psychiatrist on the show. 4. Dia Mirza © Twitter Dia Mirza hasn't been an active part of mainstream Bollywood films of late. The former Miss India is now making her digital debut with Sonam Nair's 'Kaafir', as a Kashmiri woman trapped between the politics of India and Pakistan. 5. Huma Qureshi © Twitter Huma Qureshi's digital debut with Netflix's 'Leila' premiered yesterday amidst a lot of excitement, following the crushing response the show's trailer received online.
  6. After being the dominating force of the National Basketball League (NBA) for more than four years, it seems as if the reign of the Golden State Warriors has finally come to an end at the hands of one of the best two-way players of the league in Kawhi Leonard and a feisty Toronto Raptors team who not only made their first appearance in the NBA Finals this season but also won their maiden title along with it. YOUR 2019 @NBA CHAMPS! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/3mNvchZqzT — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 14, 2019 Albeit the Warriors were cursed with extremely unfortunate injuries, taking out some of their best players in Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson at the worst moments possible but this should not take away from the fact that a team like the Raptors who were always considered to be 'good but not good enough', defeated some of the most talented rosters in the league such as the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwuakke Bucks during the playoffs series and the Warriors in the NBA Finals. While role-players like Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam showed up big time, especially in crunch time, when they were needed the most, the contributions of Kawhi Leonard demand a special mention. Board man gets champagne! pic.twitter.com/YvlnleQOW9 — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 14, 2019 Traded to the Canadian squad less than a year ago, that too during the time he was down and away with a severe ankle injury, Leonard was not only able to understand how the team functioned but also became their beacon of hope, the leader they desperately needed to make it to the Finals and win it all. After facing toxic levels of criticism from the San Antonio Spurs fans for not representing the city on the court for an entire year, 'The Klaw' winning the title and the 2019 'NBA Finals Most Valuable Player' award was probably the best way for him to redeem himself and consolidate his name as one of the best athletes the league and the basketball world has ever seen. KAWHI LEONARD 2X FINALS MVP! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/dabEfjSRsb — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 14, 2019 This is also not for the first time Leonard has stopped a dynasty from winning three consecutive championship titles or as they say a 3peat. Winning his very first NBA title in 2014 against the powerful Miami Heat which consisted of star players like Dwyane Wade, Chrish Bosh and Lebron James, all in their prime, Leonard won his first NBA Finals MVP back then. Now again, heading into the 2019 Finals Leonard shocked the Warriors and the world when he led his side to winning all three games in the Warriors' homecourt and sealing the deal with a couple of free throws in the final moments of Game 6 in Oakland. Nobody could have written the narrative of the Toronto Raptors' first title any better than this.
  7. Parenting ain't no easy job, especially when you have to raise an extremely demanding tech-savvy generation like today. Father's Day is tomorrow and a pat on the back or a phone call can go a long way. Meaning, if you haven't already thought of a few gifts for your dad, it's probably about time. Luckily, we're here to help you out. There are a ton of things you could get your tech-savvy dad, and we've compiled a list of latest options for you. These gadgets are among our favourites and very utilitarian: 1. Google Home Mini: © Google The Google Home Mini has a lot of uses, but it's also one of our favourite white noise machines. Just have him say "Hey Google, play rain sounds" or "white noise" or "fan sounds." There's a whole list of relaxing sounds any Google Assistant speaker can make. Digital assistants have gotten extremely smart and with a habit, you can tune them exactly as you want. In the long run, they indeed help you organise daily tasks and voice commands eliminate quite a few manual interactions. Lastly, the Mini is a classic speaker. Feeling even more generous? Bundle along a yearly YouTube Music subscription for him! From Flipkart 2. Fitbit Versa Lite: © YouTube If you thought a weighing machine was a good idea for your dad, then perhaps a fitness tracker makes even more sense. Don't just taunt him about gaining weight, help him burn the extra fat! The Fitbit Versa Lite is a perfect combination of a tracker and smartwatch. It has up to five days of battery life, elegant design, punchy display, and an accurate Fitbit OS tracking system. With the heart rate scanner, ensure you stay healthy every step of the day. Lastly, it can run some nifty apps that are helpful on the go and it doesn't cost as much as an Apple Watch. From Amazon.in 3. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: © YouTube The design has remained unchanged for years and that's because it's perfect as it is. Rather than a trendy glass built delicate gadget, the Kindle is an evergreen option for those who love to read. With month-long battery life, there's no stopping. The new Kindle Paperwhite offers something crucial in this day and age: a break from our smartphones, laptops, and TVs. After a hectic day of work, you want to be away from a screen. And, thanks to the e-ink technology, the Kindle never strains your eyes. What's more? Bundle along a Kindle Unlimited membership! From Amazon.in 4. Sony WH-1000XM3: © Sony The Sony WH1000XM3 headphones have been hailed over the past few months as having the best noise-cancellation out there. But the headphones don't stop at offering great noise cancellation -- they also sound absolutely awesome, offering great low-end, well-tuned mids, and a ton of detail in the high-end. The Bluetooth enabled earphones supports LDAC that allows one to enjoy high-resolution audio than conventional earphones. If you're in the middle of an intense music session when you suddenly you need to talk to someone around you, placing your hand on the housing will turn down the volume automatically! Oh, and it has 30 hours of battery life. From Amazon.in 5. Mi Air Purifier 2S: © Xiaomi The Air Purifier 2S packs a dose of smarts you don't see in most competitors, such as Wi-fi connectivity and remote management from the Mi Home app. The fan never stops spinning unless you power the device down and Xiaomi says, the custom-made motor draws a mere 4.8 watts in normal operation. The addition of a small OLED display makes operations very convenient. Air pollution in India is here to stay for a long time, about time we start considering its long term effects and prepare accordingly. From Amazon.in 6. Fossil Sport Smartwatch: © YouTube The Fitbit is built with health and fitness as its primary selling point, the Fossil, on the other hand, is a fashion accessory. Sure, it has all the required health features like heart rate scanning, Google Fit, and even untethered GPS. But, it goes a step forward with its design and customizability options. It's compatible with Android and iOS as well as fit all 22mm straps. You can also customize the dial to match your mood or personalize select watch faces with your favourite Facebook or Instagram photos. From Amazon.in
  8. It is a universally established fact that even men who commit the worst fashion faux-passe can't go wrong with a pair of denim jeans. As such, the importance of a pair of denims in a man's wardrobe cannot be stressed enough. Though it may be tempting to go for just any pair of jeans because “they all look the same”, we would recommend investing in a reliable brand, especially if you prioritise versatility, durability, and comfort. Fortunately for you, there is one brand that checks off all those boxes, especially in the domain of jeans. After all, Levi's gives you a whole variety to choose from, and since we simply aren't going to lie about loving all our children equally, scroll down to discover the best Levi's jeans for men. Best Jeans For Men From Levi's You Should Add To Your Wardrobe 1. 511 Redloop Slim Fit Jeans © Amazon This is one of the best slim fit Levi's jeans for men. This pair has been given elevated details that help elevate your look up a notch! It rests below the waist and has a zip fly with a button closure. It is highly comfortable and also gives you room to move, unlike your clingy ex. You can pull this pair out for your office ensembles, or make heads turn at a party after pairing it up with a printed shirt. Fabric Composition: 94% cotton, 4% elastomultiester, and 2% elastane MRP: â¹ 1,499 Buy It Here 2. 512 Slim Tapered Fit Jeans © Amazon If you want to look casual and effortless, this is just the right 'fit' for you! These jeans are narrow and can be pulled below the waist. They may stretch only a little, but do not compromise your comfort as their slim fit and tapered leg takes the challenge of keeping up with your every move. They have a zip fly coupled with a classic button closure, and can be paired with pretty much any shirt or t-shirt in your wardrobe. Fabric Composition: 97% cotton and 3% elastane MRP: â¹ 1,924 Buy It Here 3. 512 Performance Styled Denim Slim Fit (Advanced Stretch) © Amazon Your legs thank you every time they hear the words 'advanced stretch'. As such, investing in this Advance Stretch variant from Levi's makes a lot of sense. It is flexible, and provides you with maximum mobility and ultimate comfort. A sleek wardrobe essential that every man must own, they are that supportive friend of yours who fades to the background to let you take the spotlight, despite contributing a lot to your success. Fabric Composition: 99% cotton and 1% elastane MRP: â¹ 1,949 Buy It Here 4. 502 Engineered Tapered Jeans © Amazon You can replace your mundane straight jeans with this refined, modern alternative without compromising your ease of motion and comfort. One of the best Levi's jeans for men out there, this highly loved regular fit Levi's jeans for men is carefully tailored to give you a regular seat, roomier thigh, and slightly tapered legs. Its material gives it a highly distressed texture, while the ripped knee perfects its casual look. It can be clubbed with even a plain coloured tee, to make you look effortlessly fashion-forward! Fabric Composition: 97% cotton and 3% elastane MRP: â¹ 1,500 Buy It Here 5. 519 Performance Extreme Skinny Fit © Amazon This is your classic skinny made even skinnier, and hugs you tighter than you could ever hug your celebrity crush. Its advanced stretch technology makes sure that you feel comfortable and free to move, while it also promises to keep up with every step of yours, even on your busiest days! Fabric Composition: 82% Polyamide, 15% elastane and 3% polyester MRP: â¹ 4,199 Buy It Here 6. Levi's X Justin Timberlake 502 Tapered Jeans © Levi's Levi's and Justin Timberlake in one sentence? Are our eyes deceiving us? Fortunately not, as one of the most versatile artists and popular denim brands have come together to give you a taste of what's crisp and new! Brought to you straight from the Fresh Leaves Collection, this pair draws inspiration from JT's hometown of Tennessee. This one has more self-expression than fabric, while exuding an aura of humble, nostalgic locales, and some musical history. Fabric Composition: 99% cotton and 1% elastane MRP: â¹5,999 Buy It Here 7. 541 Engineered Athletic Tapered Jeans © Levi's If you are a man with an athletic build, this pair is calling out to you! If you are not that man, buy it anyway for a relaxed feel with a slightly tailored finish! This pair of denims sits at your waist to give you a contemporary look without compromising on your comfort. Imagine getting the stylish look of a pair of jeans with the comfort of your favourite PJs. Could there be a greater blessing you could count on a scorching summer day? Fabric Composition: 97% cotton and 3% elastane MRP: â¹5,999 Buy It Here 8. Made And Crafted Double Face Straight Jeans © Levi's This unique pair will definitely make heads turn to look at you twice (or thrice!) because we, ourselves, spent an hour figuring them out before recommending them to you. The timeless straight pants style has been revolutionized by Levi's, with pleats in the front and premium denim at the back. One of the best Levi's jeans for men out there, this truly makes for a trendy and fashion-forward investment that you won't regret making. Fabric Composition: 100% polyamide MRP: â¹7,000 Buy It Here 9. 501 Made And Crafted Original Fit Selvedge Jeans © Levi's This special pair is made of premium Japanese Selvedge fabric picked straight from the renowned Kaihara Mill, giving it a heavily distressed look. Why don't you discard your boring straight fit already because this pair is crafted with a variety of patchy designs that just can't be explored at one look! While they are a bit on the pricier side, their novelty makes them a worthy purchase. Fabric Composition: 100% other fibers MRP: â¹11,000 Buy It Here 10. 502 Made In Japan Regular Tapered Fit Jeans © Levi's Levi's openly claim this pair to be “the most versatile” of their tapered fits. Hand dyed and worked upon by some of Japan's most admired artists, these are not just your ordinary ripped jeans. This particular pair actually rips itself out especially for you to form designs that make it look truly unique. Caution: wear these only if you enjoy special attention! Fabric Composition: Pure cotton MRP: â¹4,799 Buy It Here
  9. The Indian cricket team began their ICC World Cup 2019 journey on a high with a brilliant and a tactically sound victory against Faf du Plessis' South African team, handing them their third straight loss of the tournament and spoiling it for them even further. Led by an extremely lucky Rohit Sharma who managed to score his 23rd ODI ton while being dropped by the Proteas fielders on numerous occasions, Team India was able to get this victory with extreme ease and comfort. However, ahead of the match, while the Men in Blue were getting a lot of messages of good luck and positivity, there was one message in particular that caught our attention: YOU CAN DO IT! #WWEChampion @TrueKofi wishes @imVkohli, @msdhoni and the entire #TeamIndia all the luck and positivity! @ICC #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/ASGVgGYsqF — WWE (@WWEIndia) June 5, 2019 Well, it seems as if the WWE superstar and champion Kofi Kingston is a fan of Indian cricket and is rooting for Virat Kohli's Team India during the Cricket World Cup 2019 in England. “What's going on y'all, it is your WWE champion Kofi Kingston here with a very important message for the 'boy in blues',” said the athlete. “Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni and the rest of Team India, I want to wish you guys the utmost luck in the ICC cricket cup...” Kingston knows a thing or two about positivity. As a member of one of the most successful trios in WWE history, The New Day member put his body on the line every week in order to entertain his fans without complaining about the lack of opportunity for the greatest title in wrestling entertainment, he had experienced for more than five years. And then finally, when the opportunity presented itself to the in-ring performer, Kingston capitalised on it and became the WWE Champion by defeating Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania 35 to fulfil his dream. Kingston's narrative resembles that of the Bleed Blue team who, with all their potential and qualities were waiting for the opportunity to win the cricket world championship for their nation for the third time and now that they have the opportunity to do so, are ready to capitalise. Indian fans of wrestling and cricket got to Twitter to reply to the 37-year-old high-flyer: Thank you ð𤠗 Shena brar (@imshena_) June 6, 2019 We did it in the first game..ðð®ð³ð®ð³ð — Abhishek (@abhi3627) June 5, 2019 We did it. — Vivek singh (@Singh_viveksi) June 5, 2019 We did it. — Vivek singh (@Singh_viveksi) June 5, 2019
  10. There are a number of reasons why man boobs occur and no matter the cause, the effect of this one is quite dreadful. We get it and we are with you! So, why does this happen? Due to multiple factors like obesity and hormone imbalance known as Gynecomastia, man boobs draw unwanted attention. With certain changes made to your wardrobe, from sturdy woven fabrics to wearing darker colours, our clever fashion hacks pave the path for sartorial style: 1. Look For What Fits You The Best © Getty Images When I say fit, I am trying to convey that avoid choosing extremes sides. Anything which is either too fitted or too loose will draw in attention. Aim at getting the right type of fabric. If need be, get a style that's a size up and customise the shoulders and waist as per your specifications. This fashion hack is your best bet. Try it out! 2. Choosing The Right Style © Getty Images Shirts are a better choice, as they have an undeniable structure that's ideal to conceal man boobs. A denser fabric shirt in twill, oxford and flannelette shirts will add up to your style suaveness. Opt for dark coloured shirts in black, grey or charcoal shade as they eliminate the tell-tale lines. We aren't saying your wardrobe should be filled with darker hues, as you can also experiment with pastel colours as well. 3. White Is A No No © Getty Images White shirts are more likely to draw unnecessary attention than shirts in darker tones. Avoid wearing low necklines, accessories like chains to steer clear of inadvertent looks. Choosing the right fabric and colours in your style statement will do the trick and add a perfect spin to your outfit. 4. It's All In The Details © Getty Images Pockets can either work wonders or fail your look completely. Whatever style you choose, make sure the pockets are not too detailed. We suggest you opt for smaller patterns like darker plaids or black checks instead. Believe us, this could be your new signature look! 5. Pin The Pinstripes © Getty Images Most suits have the charm to lend you a streamlined profile automatically with their sharp silhouette. They create a vertical line which is exactly what you need to deftly distract the attention. To give a new edge to your look, choose narrow pinstripes. Ditch large patterns for a good, fashion etiquette. 6. Accessorising © Getty Images Deck yourself with accent pieces as they can instantly divert the eyes. Put briefcases, stylish eyewear or two-toned shoes to your advantage as they are a great way to spiff up your look.
  11. While the Indian cricket team is set to finally make their ICC World Cup 2019 debut against Faf du Plessis' Team South Africa at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Hampshire the news of an alternate jersey for Virat Kohli's boys is making rounds in the cricketing world. "For televised ICC events all participating teams will be required to provide for two different coloured kits, except for the host country who has a preference in the choice of colour and may, if it chooses to do so, provide only one coloured kit to be worn in all matches throughout the event. In advance of the event the teams will be notified which coloured kit will be worn in each match," the ICC had said in a release. In essence, during the Cricket World Cup 2019, the hosts ie; Eoin Morgan's Team England have the luxury to play in their traditional 1992 World Cup throwback jersey which is light blue in colour. The Men in Blue, ironically enough, will be wearing their alternate jersey which is being speculated to be orange with dark blue designs all over. Abiding by this new rule made by the ICC, countries such as Bangladesh and South Africa have already released their second kit: Who else is excited about the World Cup ? :) pic.twitter.com/PyiBKPHRud — Tamim Iqbal Khan (@TamimOfficial28) May 25, 2019 Team India however have managed to maintain a sense of suspense about their new look. "The BCCI marketing team is still working on the design and the jersey will be unveiled very soon," a BCCI source told PTI. Having said that, IANS has released a tentative design for the new look that India might wear against their match against the World Cup hosts on 30th June 2019. Credit: IANS And while people are presuming this orange jersey to be Team India's 'away kit', IANS quoted a source saying: "There has been a lot of talks and speculation and people have been calling it an away jersey. But it isn't. It is an alternate jersey that the team will wear when they play England on June 30. As per the new rules, the hosts get to retain their jersey colour when they play an ICC event. Since India also have a blue jersey like England, there is a slight change in colour.” Ever since 1992, Team India has been known to don blue jerseys in the shorter formats of the game with slight modifications being made to the uniform every year ever since. Sure, blue is one of the more popular colours in the sporting fraternity but the Bleed Blue squad has established a sense of ownership to the colour with their brilliance on a cricketing field. Watching them play in a different shade will surely be an uncanny experience but hey, change is always good, right?
  12. I may not know much about cricket, but even I know that scoring just 105 runs is not great. But, Pakistan had a very disappointing run in their first match during the ICC World Cup 2019 against West Indies. Yep, it was one of the worst performances in Pakistan's cricketing history after scoring a total of 105 runs before getting all out in the 22nd over. That also meant that West Indies team was able to quickly wrap up the match, after winning obviously. But, while the Pakistani team didn't apparently work that hard yesterday, the meme-makers of Twitter surely did. Something like scoring just 105 runs would inspire so many memes, of course. The main point that kept coming up was how Paksitan's PM Imran Khan advised the team to give their 100%. Well, the number is same. 100 Percent bola tha, galti se percentage ko runs samaj liye𤣠https://t.co/tWBMKQbv7M — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) May 31, 2019 Maths is still screwing up everyone. When you don't know maths. #WIvPak pic.twitter.com/GufsCuqka3 — Angoor Stark ðð®ð³ (@ladywithflaws) May 31, 2019 The first tweet did not age well. #PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/R4cPdtFfbU — Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) May 31, 2019 Pretty close. Close enough ? ð¤ð¤£ pic.twitter.com/ZPFH296aYU — Maithun HMP (@Being_Humor) May 31, 2019 Yep. When Wahab Riaz hit those sixes #PAKvWI Whole Pakistan: pic.twitter.com/KrxY6D3dGm — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) May 31, 2019 Existential crisis. Shoaib Akhtar watching Pakistan's innings. #PakvWI pic.twitter.com/iEdt26uI12 — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) May 31, 2019 Apparently. Admit it , RCB is far better than Pak team ð¤£ð¤£.#PAKvWI — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) May 31, 2019 Ho gaya? pic.twitter.com/qcFIu8aE1o — Moeen Ali fan account (@Kattehaiklu) May 31, 2019 That picture, tho. Sarfaraz: Haan toh #cwc19 ke real match kab start ho rahe hai, practice match mein ab maza nahi aa raha hai. #PAKvWI Rest of Pakistan Team: pic.twitter.com/hYSfmP0uhI — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) May 31, 2019 Valid reason. Interviewer : itna jaldi match kyun kahtam kardia? Pak palyers : oh iftari ka time tha hame roza kholna tha.#ICCWorldCup2019 #PAKvWI — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) May 31, 2019 Okay. Thr is no much difference between "E sala Cup namde" & Pak's tag line " we have we will".#PAKvWI#ICCWorldCup2019 — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) May 31, 2019 Wow, a meme compilation within a meme compilation. I really wish that Pakistan bounce back in the tournament, and after such a one sided match usually memes help cheering mood up (well if u like creativity) I came across a few and found these funny, if u find one funny add under this tweet #PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/18DYDukkkB — Rizwan Haider (@razi_haider) June 1, 2019 Uhh. Pakistan cricket team right now ðð#PAKvWI #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/nsBy66jHyO — Saurav Agarwalla (@follow_saurav) May 31, 2019 Wow. Pakistani batsman after 5 min on pitch#PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/cKe3JnjRFn — Shahzain Khan (@Shahzai62203638) May 31, 2019 Brutal. #PAKvWI Meanwhile me... pic.twitter.com/4qYLYONF9N — Mubashir abbasi pmln (@Mubashi23274565) May 31, 2019 Yep. Me after watching #PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/8sZ8opckCx — sunny(hina or fatima ki bday â¤ï¸) (@sunny_tweetss) May 31, 2019 Remember. Dear Pakistan, it was a ODI and not a T20 ð#PAKvWI — The Viral Fever (@TheViralFever) May 31, 2019 Okay then. Match Summary. #PAKvWI pic.twitter.com/Gl4b08uq0z — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) May 31, 2019
  13. The Pakistan cricket team is probably the most unpredictable thing about the ICC World Cup 2019, which begins in a couple of days in England & Wales. While their loss to a team like Afghanistan in their warm-up games shows just how bad the team can be, they consist of a few extremely talented players who can take Pakistan cricket to a new high, maybe even get their first ever World Cup victory against the Indian cricket team. Here are the five key players of the team who can win it all for the cricket-crazy nation: 1. Babar Azam © Reuters Referred to as the “Virat Kohli of Pakistan”, Babar Azam plays like the Indian skipper too. At the age of 24, Azam easily dominated some of the deadliest of bowlers on the current time in Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier at the Proteas' home ground in South Africa a couple of months ago and seems to never lose his form with the bat. In his career in adolescence, Azam has scored 2544 runs in just 62 ODIs which includes 8 tons and 11 half-centuries. In 2019, Azam has batted in 10 innings for his team and scored 472 runs with an average of 52.4 runs per innings. 2. Imam-ul-Haq © Reuters Being the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imam faced a lot of pressure during his introduction to international cricket during the U-19 Asia Cup in 2012. A fighter that he is, Imam has brought his flamboyant stroke-play to every match that he has played ever since. His debut for the national team of Pakistan occurred in 2017 against Sri Lanka, in which he not only chased the total and won the match but also struck his first ODI hundred. Imam's ODI journey has seen him play in 27 games while scoring a total of 1381 runs including his career's best single-inning performance, a 151 against the World Cup 2019 hosts a couple of weeks ago. 3. Fakhar Zaman © Reuters Probably as unpredictable as the Pakistan team, Fakhar Zaman is the opening batsman who will either bring you runs in big bundles or will not bring them at all. The series against England was the perfect example of his uncertainty as a batsman. Having said that, when he does stick to the crease, there is no force in the cricketing world that could stop him from getting a half-ton for his side. In his career, Zaman has featured in 34 ODIs, putting up 1585 runs on the board with a decent strike rate of 97.83 through his career. He has batted in 10 ODI innings this year and scored 367 runs. 4. Hasan Ali © Reuters While the team, which was once feared for their bowling attack, is now in search for some good bowlers themselves, 24-year-old Hasan Ali is probably the best they have heading into the World Cup, who's reverse swing with a slightly-used ball has got him some important wickets throughout his career. Ever since his 2016 debut in the ODI format of the game, Ali has scalped 78 wickets in just 47 matches with an economy rate of 5.56. 2019 has been a little expensive for the bowler as he has given an average of six runs per over in the past five months while collecting only five wickets. 5. Asif Ali © Reuters Pakistan's bravest athlete, Asif Ali faced a tragic loss in his personal life when cancer took away his two-year-old daughter from him a week ago. Aware of his duties towards the team and his fans, Asif returned to England to join the squad yet again before they take on West Indies on 31st May 2019. Stepping onto the crease at the number seven spot, Ali is known for hitting it strong and long on command. Ali has mustered 342 runs in the 16 games that he has played in the ODI format with a fierce strike rate of 131.03. In 2019, two of the four ODIs that he was a part of saw him raising his bat in the air for half-tons scoring 142 in total this year.
  14. The Indian cricket team is surely one of the leading contenders for the ICC World Cup 2019 with a great roster, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had a tough time limiting to a 15-man squad just because of the kind of talent that was available at their disposal. While the selectors had to drop great players like Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu, who, any other team would give anything to have, here's a list of five key players who would lead to the success of the Men in Blue this World Cup: 1. Virat Kohli © Reuters Even if Virat Kohli was not the leader of the squad, he would have been India's most valuable asset. After having the greatest year cricket in 2018, the batsman in Kohli continues to stay atop ICC World rankings in Test and ODI formats of the game. Having featured in 227 ODIs in the Indian kit, the skipper has already scored 10,843 runs and has a batting average of 54 in England, where the World Cup will take place. 2019 has been kind to the cricketer who notched 3 centuries in 11 matches this year. 2. MS Dhoni © Reuters Considered as the incognito captain of the team, Dhoni's skills as a middle-order batsman and still, a top-notch wicket-keeper give Team India the edge they need to become the world champs. Having played under pressure in and World Cup final and winning the trophy with a bang only adds to his already impressive resume. In 341 ODI matches throughout his career, Dhoni has scored 10,500 runs till date. Despite a nagging back injury, Dhoni took his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings to the final while scoring 314 runs in 10 matches. In 2019, Dhoni has played 8 innings in which he has put up a total of 327 runs. 3. Jasprit Bumrah © Reuters The bowling attack of Team India will be spearheaded by 25-year-old Jasprit Bumrah who has been in tremendous form for the whole of 2018 and 2019 which not only helped his side restrict their opponents to small totals but also provided the pacer with the top rank in ICC World rankings in ODIs. Bumrah has played in 49 ODI games in his professional cricketing career and collated 85 wickets, 28 of which came in 2018 alone, with an impressive economy rate of 4.51. 4. Hardik Pandya © Reuters Hardik Pandya is a classic example of hard work paying off. Ever since making his ODI debut against New Zealand in 2016, he has quickly become an integral part of the national cricket squad as a talented all-rounder and is extremely useful as a death over bowler and a middle order batsman. In 45 one-dayers played by the all-rounder in the Bleed Blue jersey, Pandya has scored 731 runs with a scary strike rate of 116.59 while also scalping 44 wickets at a 5.54 rate of economy. 5. Kuldeep Yadav © Reuters Kuldeep Yadav just had an abysmal season of the Indian Premier League with Kolkata Knight Riders and was benched midway through the month and a half long event for the same. Nonetheless, the Chinaman has enough tricks up his sleeves to stun opponents with the ball and might as well be that x-factor of the team. In 44 ODIs, Yadav has already dismissed 87 batsmen off the crease at the economy rate of 4.94, which is extraordinary for a spinner. In 2019, while the lefty has been a little more expensive than his career average, he has taken 20 wickets ahead of the World Cup.
  15. The 'TsuNaMo' that struck India yesterday, may have come as a surprise to many, but from what we can tell, the majority of Indian citizens not only expected it to happen, but also ensured that their expectations come to pass by voting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power for a second term. We have seen some big wins this election season, and some even bigger winning margins that politicians have secured against their competitors. Here are the 12 biggest wins of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and the highest winning margins secured by the candidates: 1. Amit Shah (BJP) - 5.57 Lakh © Twitter BJP President Amit Shah won by a margin of over 5.57 lakh votes from the Gandhinagar constituency in Gujarat, against Congress' C. J. Chavda. 2. Narendra Modi (BJP) - 4.5 Lakh © Twitter Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a sweeping win in the Varanasi constituency by a margin of more than 4.5 lakh votes against the Samajwadi Party (SP)'s Shalini Yadav. 3. Rahul Gandhi (Congress) - 4.31 Lakh © Twitter Congress President Rahul Gandhi won from the Wayanad constituency in Kerala by a margin of 4.31 lakh votes against Communist Party of India (CPI)'s P. P. Suneer. 4. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (BJP) - 3.93 Lakh © Twitter BJP's Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore from the Jaipur Rural constituency won by a margin of 3.93 lakh votes against Congress' Krishna Poonia. 5. Sadhvi Pragya Thakur (BJP) - 3.64 Lakh © Twitter BJP's Sadhvi Pragya Thakur defeated Congress leader Digvijay Singh in the Bhopal constituency by a margin of 3.64 lakh votes. 6. Rajnath Singh (BJP) - 3.47 Lakh © Twitter Home Minister Rajnath Singh won the Lucknow seat against SP candidate Poonam Sinha by a margin of 3.47 lakh votes. 7. Kanimozhi (DMK) - 3.47 Lakh © Twitter Kanimozhi of DMK won by a 3.47 lakh vote margin against BJP's Tamilisai Soundararajan from the Thoothukkudi constituency in Tamil Nadu. 8. Karti Chidambaram (Congress) - 3.32 Lakh © Twitter Karti Chidambaram of Congress won from the Sivaganga constituency against BJP's H. Raja by a margin of 3.32 lakh votes. 9. Tejasvi Surya (BJP) - 3.31 Lakh © Twitter BJP's Tejasvi Surya from the Bagalur constituency in Karnataka won by a margin of 3.31 lakh votes against Congress' B. K. Hariprasad. 10. Gautam Gambhir (BJP) - 3.04 Lakh © Twitter BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir won by a margin of 3.04 lakh votes from the East Delhi constituency against Congress' Arvinder Singh Lovely. 11. Dayanidhi Maran (DMK) - 3.01 Lakh © Twitter DMK's Dayanidhi Maran from Chennai Central constituency defeated PMK's Sam Paul S. R. by a margin of 3.01 lakh votes. 12. Ravi Kishan (BJP) - 3.01 Lakh © Twitter Ravi Kishan of BJP defeated SP's Rambhual Nishad by a margin of 3.01 lakh votes from the Gorakhpur constituency.
  16. With the ICC World Cup 2019 less than 10 days, Virat Kohli and the rest of the Men in Blue have finally left for England, where they will be participating in a couple of warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh on 25th and 28th May, before officially beginning their World Cup 2019 journey with their first game against South Africa on 5th June 2019. The team was, however, spotted at the Mumbai airport lounge hours before boarding their flight. A couple of photos of the members of Team India in the BCCI uniform made their way to the internet and instantly went viral for all the right reasons. Jet set to go ââ#CWC19 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/k4V9UC0Zao — BCCI (@BCCI) May 21, 2019 In the images uploaded by the official Twitter account of the Board of Control for Cricket in Indian (BCCI), some of the most talented athletes of the roster can be seen putting their time to good use and indulging in a couple of games of PUBG Mobile, the hit Battle Royale game that has taken the Indian market by storm ever since it was launched a year and a half ago. Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and even the team veteran, Mahendra Singh Dhoni were caught squading up against the rest of the world in the streets of Erangel. Twitter went crazy when they spotted their favourite sportsmen playing their favourite mobile game: Good Luck Team India ð®ð³ Play quality cricket & make us proud.#WorldCup2019 & once you are back, why not go for PUBG Championship. I mean we have a squad in our cricket team. Mr MS Dhoni, Shami, Bhuvi and Chahal. That is a great squad already. What say? @BCCI @PUBGMOBILE pic.twitter.com/klmHtrfIea — Saleem Rehan (@rehanode) May 22, 2019 Before # WORLD CUP, Another world cup (PUBG) is going on . #BEST OF LUCK TEAM INDIA pic.twitter.com/5QPkFqm4uu — VIJAY KATARIA (@vijayjssate111) May 22, 2019 All The Best Team Indiað®ð³!! Btw @yuzi_chahal and Mahi can you tell us your PUBG acc nameðð?! pic.twitter.com/kBwwXOfHin — ajinkya ambatwar (@AmbatwarAjinkya) May 22, 2019 Yeh sab PUBG wale h kya??? Chak de India!!! Hope the team gets the cup back.#CWC19 #TeamIndia https://t.co/2JDGPvDUq0 — Ashutosh Kumar (@ashuak1225) May 22, 2019 Looks like PubG fever has caught up with Team India ðall the best for #CWC19 https://t.co/fhYcrrCICi — Tejus S (@tejussgame) May 22, 2019 Caption cool pubg khel rhe hai All the best Team India Is bar ka WC caption cool ke nam — Darshan Lad (@DarshanLad2) May 22, 2019 Other than the Battle Royale fanatics, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan were also spotted in the images. The Vice-captain of the roster, Rohit Sharma also uploaded a shot with Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Kadhav: Jet set World Cup âï¸ ððpic.twitter.com/K6FNvxxmbs — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) May 21, 2019
  17. Apple has refreshed its MacBook Pro laptops with new and powerful Intel core processors, which means you'll now get better performance out of these MacBooks. In fact, Apple says these are the fastest MacBook Pro laptops it has ever made. That's cool, but the most important change here is the new keyboard. Apple has been receiving a lot of flak for making poor keyboards for a long time now, so we hope these new ones are better. The company didn't provide any details, but we do know that they've changed the material used in its butterfly switch keyboards to avoid the problem of producing double keystrokes. © Apple As for the spec bump, here's how powerful the new MacBook Pro models are: The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bat now comes with faster 8th gen processors. The base model packs a 2.4GHz quad-core Core i5 CPU with Turbo Boost speed up to 4.1GHz, and you can configure the notebook with a beefier 2.8GHz quad-core Core i7 CPU if you're willing to shell out more cash. The non-Touch Bar model sadly hasn't received a spec bump, so the new base 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is now 2.3x faster than the fastest dual-core non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro that's available. As for the 15-inch MacBook Pros, well these are show stoppers. Apple has updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro models with 9th gen Intel core processors. The base model here comes with a 2.6GHz six-core Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speed up to 4.5GHz. Meanwhile, the top end variant comes fitted with a 2.3GHz eight-core Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz. © Apple There's also a variant with a 2.4GHz eight-core Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 5GHz. That, of course, will cost you a lot of money, but it's the fastest MacBook Pro laptop that Apple has ever made to date. All the 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Radeon Pro 555x and 560x discrete graphics, depending on the model you're picking. Let's hope these new ones won't have any heating issues. Pricing & Availability The new MacBook Pro lineup starts at Rs. 1,59,900 for the 13-inch with Touch Bar model, whereas the 15-inch model will come at a starting price of Rs 1,99,900. These updated MacBook Pro laptops will be available in India starting this week and you'll be able to pick one up from Apple Authorised resellers across the country.
  18. Despite the decriminalisation of Article 377, LGBTQIA+ individuals struggle every single day to 'be themselves' out in the open and own their sexuality; unfortunately, just like the society struggles to let go of its judgements and biases. In spite of the law being on their side, at least partially now, they still have to face a lot of stigma, just because the society assumes every individual is heterosexual. To counter this, The Times Of India has launched a campaign called 'Times Out & Proud', through which the paper will offer the LGBTQIA+ community free space in its classifieds for three months. © TOI The campaign started on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and it aims at making daily life easier for the LGBTQIA+ community. The campaign is based on the rightful belief that sexual orientation and gender identities should not decide the stature of a person in society. © TOI Since newspaper is one of the most basic and primary public spaces which is shared by every section of the society equally, the Times Of India decided that it's time to aggressively take progressive steps towards inclusion. As part of the campaign, the Times of India is offering the LGBTQIA+ community a free space in the classifieds section for three months. This is a safe space for the members of the LGBTQIA+ community to not just look for a house, a job or a partner, but a medium through which they can share their stories publicly. The classifieds are simply a platform that the campaign provides to the LGBTQIA+ community to voice their stories. © TOI The campaign has been launched through a film featuring the lives and struggles of different people from the LGBTQIA+ community. One can visit the campaign page to watch the film and join the campaign as well. Hopefully, this step will prove to be a path-changer, when it comes to creating awareness and bringing in non-judgemental attitudes. © TOI If you are a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or want to support a LGBTQIA+ friend or relative, share your stories in 50 words to outandproud@timesgroup.com, and it will be printed free of cost for the first three months. To join the movement and to share your thoughts and views, use the hashtag #TimesOutAndProud Watch the campaign video here:
  19. While it is the general belief that being a celebrity who enjoys considerable fame, means you eat, breathe, roll around and even poop cash, the same might not be true at all times. People's celebrity status often makes them seem almost 'invincible', but what we tend to forget most often is that at the end of the day, even our most favourite and top celebrity is human, and that means they are not above the diktats of fate. The wheels of fortune can turn for anyone, no matter how successful and famous you are at any given time, and these five popular Bollywood celebrities are proof that when it comes to money, you can never be too confident. One wrong investment, one callous move and your entire bank balance can go for a complete toss. These 5 Bollywood actors lived to tell the tales of their bankruptcy and here is everything you should know. 1. Amitabh Bachchan © Instagram One of Bollywood's all-time biggest stars, Amitabh Bachchan had once shared with the media how he went bankrupt in 2000 with Rs 90 crore as debt. Reportedly, 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' became his only saving grace. He had said, “In the year 2000, when the entire world was celebrating the new century, I was celebrating my disastrous fortune. There were no films, no money, no company, a million legal cases against the company and the tax authorities had put notice of recovery on my home.” 2. Preity Zinta © Instagram Preity too didn't seem to have great luck donning the producer's hat. Reportedly, after her production 'Ishkq in Paris' crashed at the box office, the film's writer-director Abbas Tyrewala filed a case against Preity for non-payment of dues. Apparently, Preity had to put her apartment on rent to clear the dues, and along with a little help from good friend Salman Khan she got out of the soup. 3. Govinda © Instagram Govinda's bad luck with finances came into light when he confessed about being broke at his daughter's film premiere. An emotional Govinda shared how he barely managed to get by for days and struggled to even hire a taxi or rickshaw. 4. Abhay Deol © Instagram Reportedly, Abhay Deol too paid a heavy price (literally) for turning producer. His home production 'One By Two' was a major failure at the box office and made the actor suffer a huge financial loss. Things apparently got so bad that he had to sell his homes to repay all the loans. 5. Shah Rukh Khan © Instagram Megastar and Bollywood 'Badshah' Shah Rukh Khan was also on the verge of going completely broke after his home production 'Ra.One' and its disastrous innings at the box office almost sent him packing. King Khan confessed that the production of the film cost him a fortune and the film's crashing almost crushed his bank balance.
  20. Having won two successive World Cups in 1975 and 1979, West Indies almost came close to securing their third, only to lose the final to India in 1983. Since that fateful day, the Windies have managed to enter the playoff stage only on three occasions - a semifinal entry in 1996 and a last-eight place in 2011 and 2015. Needless to mention, their ODI record, over the last five years, has been abysmal by any standards. Placed at a lowly eighth spot in the ICC ODI Rankings, the Windies might have struggled to match the heroics of their predecessors in the past, but, going into the World Cup, they are as a big a threat as there can be for their rivals, following the script of Kapil Dev-led India's triumph in 1983. Back in the 1983 World Cup, Kapil's Devils were ranked as outsiders who weren't expected to stand a chance against the proven opponents in the tournament, let alone run away with the title. They were consistently underestimated by stronger opponents like England, Australia and West Indies throughout the event - a mistake that eventually cost them all a shot at the World title. © Reuters In 2019, the Windies find themselves in a similar situation. Owing to their dismal form in recent years, no one is expecting them to go the distance. And, quite expectedly, top contenders like India, England and Australia are likely to underrate the Caribbean giants in the upcoming event. But, can the Windies be underestimated? Not a good idea, to say the least. The 15-member squad announced by Cricket West Indies (CWI) for the World Cup is not the one we can underestimate. The power-packed entertainers like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell are more than capable of winning the matches for their side single-handedly. The two superstars will also have adequate backing from swashbuckling Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope and Darren Bravo. © Reuters The Windies also have the luxurious services of Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse and Carlos Brathwaite at their disposal. These men will not only provide depth to their batting but are more than capable of giving the ball a fair tonk. The pace attack, that has been their weapon of mass destruction in the early years, looks intimidating and dangerous with the availability of Shannon Gabriel, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach and Sheldon Cottrell. On paper at least, the Windies do look like a side that can not only cause problems to the tournament favourites, but can also potentially reach the final. But, for that to happen, the men from the Caribbean need to perform in their respective roles, and, more importantly, click as a unit. So, can West Indies finally claim their place back at the top of the heap? We'll find out when they begin their campaign on 31st May against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Squad: Jason Holder(c), Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Fabien Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Ashley Nurse.
  21. Being a parent, who brings about gender-neutrality when their child is growing up, is a very essential part of their upbringing. What is gender-neutrality when it comes to raising kids today? It's when parents raise their kids in an environment which does not force any preconceived gender norms upon them to adhere to. While you may think gender norms are subjective and some are more stereotyped than the others, the ardent belief that men should be raised a particular way, which distinguishes them for being men in the first place, is what's problematic in society. (c)Pintrest Today, there is a need for mothers and fathers to raise their children in a gender-neutral environment where discouraging them to pick up a few activities just because it doesn't fit a particular gender role should be overlooked and processed differently. It's problematic to feed men with the notion that it's not okay to be emotional or too sensitive or tell women their place is in the kitchen or as homemakers. It's a choice that both the parents have to give their children to make and follow, respectively. (c)Pintrest Most men today are raised by their mothers because it's a basic bond and any mother who's raising a child knows how to do it best. Mothers are leaning towards gender-neutral parenting and this Mother's Day, we gathered 5 men who spoke about gender-neutral things their mothers taught them, while they were growing up: (1) It's Absolutely Okay To Show Emotions! "I was always raised believing if you have a feeling or an emotion, it's absolutely okay to share it and show it. Hiding behind a garb of manliness and denying your own emotion can be quite toxic and dissatisfying. My mother, in fact, always encouraged me to emote when I was going through a tough time rather than walking out of a room because it was difficult to process a particular emotion. I am very thankful for that because I recognise emotions very easily, not just in me and I help people open up and process them. Especially for my son, who is 10." Akshay Luthra, 38, Marketing Consultant. (c)Pintrest (2) Stay-At-Home Dads Shouldn't Be Looked Down Upon "I am stay-at-home father, which means my wife got promoted last year and couldn't find the time to look after the kids round the clock. I have two children and their upbringing is very important to me. So, I work from home and take care of them, while my wife goes to the office. She and I both implement the fact that its absolutely normal to be a stay-at-home dad and it's not a gender-specific role, just for the mother to stay home and take care of the house and children'' - Rohit Nanda, 39, Freelance Writer (c)Pintrest (3) Cooking Doesn't Challenge Masculinity "My mother always loved cooking and she was of the opinion anyone can cook. She never saw it as an activity for just women, where they cook and serve at all times. In fact, my sister was never encouraged to enter the kitchen. If her interest lay there, she definitely would have. But I loved to cook since a child and my mother always encouraged it. Today I have my own restaurants and I still love to cook. It was because of my mother I changed my hobby, to my work now" - Pritiyush Kalra, 35, Chef (4) A Choice Is A Choice "I was always fascinated by wearing non-boyish clothes as a kid. I mean, I liked all these colourful dresses and my mom's make-up. I would just stare at her getting ready and always go for her make-up when she wasn't around. I remember the day she caught me, I thought I would -be in big trouble. But she asked me what I liked about make-up and I said I liked the colours. She then told me it was my choice as to what I liked wearing and how I liked dressing and she would never make that for me. I am very grateful to her for making it easy to identify and accept my choices and my sexuality, when society refused to" - Ankit Moghe, 28, Make-Up Artist. (5) It's About Knowing What're You're Good At "I have been fond of classical dance since I was a child. I used to watch it on television and always start dancing at home. My mother saw that time and again and enrolled me in Bharatanatyam classes. My father was very against this decision and said it's only something girls should do. But my mother stuck her ground and today I am a professional dancer, running my own school. It has also taught me that gender-neutral parenting is very important. It doesn't confuse who you are, it enhances your belief in equal opportunity between the two genders and this is what I will impart to my children as well." - Romith Iyer, 29, Danseur (c)Pintrest Gender-neutral kids are more creative as they're given an opportunity to explore their own wants and needs without facing a bias or a discouragement in their expression of choice. It is fairly important to reduce gender importance and norms that classify as a staunchly patriarchal society. In fact, it's time to do away with the basics of patriarchy and equalise and normalise the effect both genders have, in society. This Mother's Day, these 5 men wish to thank their mother for giving them the ultimate lesson in life- embracing who and what you really are!
  22. Phase 6 of General Elections 2019 is about to see the light of the day this Sunday on 12th May 2019 with 7 states going to polls. While all is well when it comes to putting our democratic rights to use by choosing to vote, we need to bear in mind some finer details before casting our votes this election season. © Getty Images Whether you are a first-time voter or happen to be an old goose, being aware of some aspects of electing our representatives is always a good idea. Right from the very basic, yet crucial requirement of knowing the candidates from your constituency to finding resonance with their respective ideologies and manifestos, it is important to keep in mind that we make an aware decision that would not only impact our society but the future of our country too. © Getty Images Here are the 5 things Indian youth need to keep in mind before casting their vote this election: 1. Employment The biggest deciding factor for every youngster who is heading out vote, should be this. As of 2018, 18.9 million Indians were unemployed in the country which is by far the highest over the last few decades. Make your decision on the basis of which party you believe is most invested in the matter and would walk the talk when it comes to providing jobs to millions of jobless Indians. © Getty Images 2. Freedom & Security Freedom to exist however we want, love whoever we want, eat whatever we want, wear whatever we want, study what we want, challenge the wrong when we see it, and much more. Look for Lok Sabha representatives who would ensure that we don't feel threatened for enjoying and employing our fundamental rights or live in fear because we know our rights. © Getty Images 3. Secularism Perhaps one of the biggest needs of the hour. Let's take into consideration the candidates who encourage pluralism and secularism in our society. Let's do away with extremities of any kind and people who propagate such ideologies within our society. India draws its strength from diversity and its willingness to welcome one and all to its golden soil. © Twitter 4. Education Education and a strong, fair opinionated disposition should be the right of every Indian citizen. Privatisation and the constant need to manipulate our education system is not to be tolerated under any circumstances. No matter which party comes into power, we must look for such candidates who would continue to keep education away from all political propaganda. © Getty Images 5. Start-Up Economy Given the kind of boom the Indian start-up ecosystem has seen in recent times, and all the promising opportunities it holds for our country and its future, we as young adults should choose someone who is willing to work on the start-up scenario, improve it and help in the growth of a start-up economy which would allow thousands to build their dreams and see them succeed. An aware decision will be the best decision you make this election.
  23. So, Game of Thrones season 8's episode 4 aired earlier this week, and it quickly went viral because of the Starbucks goof-up. In case you've been living under a rock, this week's GoT episode had a coffee cup in one of the scenes. Yes, there was a coffee cup in front of Daenerys Targaryen during the post-battle celebrations. It's hilarious. While the HBO folks updated the episode by removing the coffee cup, it looks like the coffee chain made $2.3 billion worth of free advertising. © Reuters According to CNBC, Starbucks received an estimated $2.3 billion in free advertising in the days before it was updated. That's a lot of money for a production goof-up, isn't it? Stacy Jones, CEO of marketing company Hollywood Branded, told CNBC that Starbucks got 10,627 mentions online, on TV and on the radio. But do you know what's the most hilarious part? Well, it wasn't even a Starbucks coffee cup. Yes, it's not the brand's iconic green siren on the cup. It was a coffee cup from the production's craft services. What? This coffee cup goof-up, by the way, isn't the only mistake we've spotted on the GoT episode over the years. You can check out the list of all the mistakes on GoT episodes here.
  24. General Elections in India is probably just one of those few things that don't undergo any drastic changes whatsoever even after a span of five years. It's the same old story every lustrum, pretty much the same faces - some known and newer ones vying for our attention, the same mud-slinging sessions “left, right and centre”, promising manifestos and half-kept promises. © Getty Images Yet, every election season brings with itself a handful of candidates who leave a mark in our minds with their manifestos, and give the citizens hope for a better future when such people stand up to take the lead. Their manifestos have a real connect, they are one of our own and somehow they make us believe that unlike the majority, at least they seem to have their hearts in the right place. Especially when it comes to Lok Sabha elections, we as Indian citizens wish to make a representative out of someone who knows the ground realities, and wishes to genuinely work for a better tomorrow in his constituency. © Getty Images Two of Punjab's constituencies got lucky to find themselves amidst two such individuals who have shown genuine concern and interest to serve the people and the society they live in. And what's special about them is that, while one of them dishes out delectable burgers for his customers, the other is a Maggi masterchef of his locality. Meet Rajvinder Pal Singh AKA 'Baba Ji Burger Wale' and Jasbir Singh AKA 'Chacha Maggi Wala' who are among the 278 candidates who are contesting in Punjab's Lok Sabha elections to be held on May 19th, 2019. © Twitter 30-year-old Ravinder Pal Singh is a Lok Sabha contender from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat, while 55-year-old Jasbir Singh is a contender from the Patiala parliamentary constituency. Though it is true that both of them are winners in their respective professions, it is really the manifestos of these two independent candidates that deserve all the limelight. And trust us, we weren't kidding when we said that their manifestos are “mouth-watering”. They are mouth-watering metaphorically, because the issues they are fighting for are so on-point, they would make any aware citizen rush to the polling booth, and cast their votes in favour of these two. © Getty Images In an interview with PTI, Ravinder shared his reasons for contesting elections this year and said, “I decided to contest in order to raise awareness about the serious issue of growing cancer cases because of discharge of industrial effluents and chemicals into the 'Buddha nullah'." Not just that, Ravinder, who runs a burger joint at Model Town extension in Ludhiana, also wants to improve the state of government schools and hospitals in town. “I also want the condition of government hospitals and schools to be improved so that the common man has access to better education and healthcare facilities at lesser cost," he said. © Getty Images On the other hand, Jasbir Singh has raised another poignant issue in his personal agenda. He told the news agency that he wants to fight against the "corruption" in the state and raise his voice against the "injustice" meted out to the downtrodden. "I want to fight against corruption which you will find in every department. The officials just want to extract money from you by hook or by crook.” Having lost the election last time, he hopes to win this season. © Getty Images Both Ravinder and Jasbir give us hope that genuine politics does exist, and some individuals really do care about the society and wish to make a difference.
  25. Starting up a business in a field that is already dominated by big shots is not an easy task. You need to have a unique strategy and products in order to stand out from the crowd. Big companies generally tend to be the number one barrier for new entrants but a wristwatch company from India is giving competition to big shots like Titan, Citizen and even international brands like Casio. © Tsar Watches Ever since e-commerce websites emerged in India, it has opened up doors for other small companies like Tsar Watches to get noticed. You could have a unique product but you still need to compete, especially since everything is now online. You sometimes have to resort to tactics that your competition may not be using, and that's exactly what Tsar Watches had in mind. © Tsar Watches Abdul Kadir Bhandari and friends Haider Ali Lashkar and Abbas Akbari founded Tsar Watches in September 2015. Being ardent watch collectors, they came up with the idea and concept of wooden watches, which nobody else was doing at the time in India. Your first thought would be that wooden watches are detrimental to the environment, however, the founders wanted to serve fashion and luxury with a sustainable and an eco-friendly product. Since the watches are made out of wood, the founders already made a conscious effort to contribute towards the environment. For each watch the company sells, the founders plant a tree. So far, the company has been responsible for planting 1500 trees and plan to keep contributing. If you want to know more about their initiative, you can read more about it here. So What's The Secret to Tsar Watches' Success? In order to stand out from the crowd, Tsar Watches had to implement a strategy that would get the company the eyeballs it needed. Being an online-only company, Tsar Watches had to break through the crowded space with smart online marketing strategy. Tsar Watches today sell their products to a worldwide audience, which did not happen by accident. Speaking to Abdul about it he said, “We extensively used Google Primer to get noticed by customers in India and all over the world and create the demand we needed” © Google Google Primer is a tool by the search engine giant that enables businesses to digitise and grow without being location agnostic. The company was also able to expose their online ads for the intended target audience. Being a Google tool, the tool used by Tsar Watches didn't only work exclusively on Google platforms, the exposure of the brand extended to social media platforms and e-commerce websites as well. Abdul spends at least an hour every day to learn something new and enhance his marketing approach to get the desired outcome. The beauty of Google Primer is that it is absolutely free. You can find it on Google Play Store and it even works offline. The app offers lessons on business planning, sales, digital advertising, social media marketing, SEO tactics, branding and analytics. The app also enables its users to learn and apply strategies for online businesses in under five minutes, but one can always spend more time to learn new tactics. Google Primer is available in Hindi, Telugu, English, Bahasa and other languages. It's probably one of the most essential apps any new business owner needs to create brand awareness and learn new strategies to make a mark in a crowded market.
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