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  1. There's always room for true love. It doesn't matter where it's from, who brings it to you or how many times your heart's been broken. When love comes knocking, you've ought to open the door and welcome it with nothing but warmth. And while you do that for yourself, make room for happiness for others around you too by acknowledging their preferences and choices that they've made. © Instagram When Colin met the love of his life on a dating app, he had no idea what lay before him. When he came across Andrew, while swiping, he could barely make him out from his pictures. It's the conversations he had when they matched that led him to believe Andrew was someone he could look forward to meeting. Andrew's added interest in Indian culture was something that highly impressed Colin. They both live in Chicago and the freedom to express one's sexual preferences or/and sexuality is immense. Even though Colin is Indian, he understood the prejudices and the not-so-alarming discontent that stems from intense conditioning, towards homosexuals men, from where he is. But he knew, if his family accepted him and his partner, he wouldn't have to worry about anyone else. © Instagram Andrew's openness in admitting he really loved the Indian culture and his want to express the fact that he deeply cared for his partner, by making him adrak -wali- chai, made Colin fall more in love with him. They decided to tie the knot, in July last year, at Colin's family home in South India. © Instagram The celebrations were huge and of course very welcoming for Andrew and his family. They had a temple wedding and a church wedding, and Andrew dressed in traditional south Indian wedding attire. Love knows no bounds and has no boundaries, religion, or even sexual preferences. Love is freedom. It's an entity so free, that if it's ever bound, it'll cease to exist. And Andrew and Colin's love is the truest testimony to that! © Instagram They both don't know what the future holds but they know for a fact that love like theirs is unreal, rare and possibly ever-lasting. Here's their story (narrated by Colin) on the Officials Humans Of Bombay's Instagram page: “I was swiping away on a dating app when I came across Andrew. I couldn't figure out anything from his photo. But when we matched, conversation came easily–he loved Indian culture. I was living in Chicago & I missed home, so I could share my excitement for spicy food. But he sounded too good to be true! © Instagram 2 months of texting later, our first date was over a bowl of Ramen! When he invited me over for tea, I was expecting American 'tea', but when I walked into his home, I was hit with the smell of ginger-garlic! He had a steel spice box & when he made me tea, it was adrak chai! I felt comfortable with him–we were so similar in our beliefs. In 9 months, the universe played its role–our rents were coming to an end so we moved in together! I'd even make us dabbas with dal & chawal for lunch! © Instagram The decision to get married was simple–we'd found our soulmates in each other! We flew out to India to tell my parents & they organized a south Indian banana leaf meal to celebrate us. We got married in June 2019 & had a huge celebration–we had a Haldi, Sangeet & a black tie party! After all, you only get married to the love of your life once! Our family & friends helped us organize it all–we were surrounded by so much love. One of the best moments was when my dad raised a toast & said, 'If you have a child love & understand them, if you don't understand them, then love them more.' Our wedding was perfect! But getting to where we are today wasn't easy–I've been sent to therapy to 'get better' & I've had priests pray for my soul. But all of it has led me to him, so it was worth it. © Instagram The first time we went to India after our marriage was so lovely. There was an Indian swagat & we were showered with so much love. Our families accepted us beautifully–my mom always asks about him when I talk to her & the same goes for his family. © Instagram I don't know what the future holds, but that doesn't frighten me–because a love like ours was meant to be. We're going to continue making Bollywood playlists, we'll always come home to adrak-wali-chai… & we'll always fall asleep knowing that when we wake up, 'we' will still be there tomorrow & every single day for the rest of our lives.” © Instagram If I had a penny for negating the fact that true love exists, I'd fill an entire jar, but every time I am cynical about the fact that love indeed does exist, I go back to what Andrew and Colin share and reaffirm my faith in love, and more! View the full article
  2. It was nothing short of a fairytale coming true when Meghan Markle got married to Prince Harry. Almost everyone across the globe seemed to be talking only about them. Fast forward to the present time and people are still talking about them. The world went into a mini shock when the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle announced that they are stepping down from their roles as "senior royals". Their long note on social media, Prince Harry's friends sharing "anecdotes" about what could have possibly led to the exit and Madame Tussauds London moving their wax figures away from the royal family further fuelled the fire around what people are calling "Megxit". View this post on Instagram “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) on Jan 8, 2020 at 10:33am PST How often do you see a man going against his family and leaving them behind to be with and protect his true love? The last time we saw it was in 2001 when Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was released starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. And that's exactly what people on social media were reminded of. Same energy: guy leaves his wealthy family and his inheritance cuz of love #Megxit #K3G pic.twitter.com/3rQxKSiPsD — Salokya Sarira (@SalazarSalokya) January 9, 2020 While the royal family is busy figuring out how to bring this crisis situation under control, desi people on social media can't help but think of Prince Harry and Meghan as the royal Rahul and Anjali. Now that we think about it, the energy is same though. People comparing Meghan-Harry to Rahul-Anjali's plot in K3G. Yup, can totally imagining Will going to Canada to get back his brother, dancing with Kate to You are my Soniya. Charles and Camilla joining in for Bole Chudiyaan and oh, and the Queen dies. Plausible — FiFi ð (@Alfifius) January 10, 2020 The queen must be singing Aaaaaaaa aaaaaaa aaaa Kabhi khushi kabhi gham..... https://t.co/MxygaLbrDp — Dr. Bewda Rick (@SavageRaptor7) January 9, 2020 This is full blown kabhi khushi kabhi gham. 10 years later, William's going to be flying to America saying 'chandu ki chachi' to Meghan https://t.co/q4p7a7ylEP — Raz (@raztweets) January 9, 2020 This family needs to watch Bollywood movie #K3G. This is a desi drama where the son and his wife wants to move out and the buddhi old lady is adament on parampara, onushrrashtan and other old nonsense. #Megxit #MeghanAndHarry #meganandharry #queen pic.twitter.com/8exClBavme — A Bengali In Toronto (@a_bong) January 10, 2020 So True I think everyone need to watch Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham #K3G best & my favourite Bollywood film. LOOOL so true tho super rich Indian son marries poor girl get cut off from money and moves from Delhi to London and then becomes rich in London ððð. #megexit #HarryandMeghan https://t.co/KCPoO9uMS8 — Suraj Dey (@SurajDe37951816) January 10, 2020 We can already imagine Queen Elizabeth as Yashvardhan Raichand (Amitabh Bachchan) saying "Keh Diya Na...Bas Keh Diya". View the full article
  3. If you're looking to buy a pair of Bluetooth earphones today, then there's nothing to worry about, really. The options are aplenty and I am sure you'll find something that fits your budget. And because there are so many options out there, we sadly don't get to see something that is very unique. However I recently came across this pair of earphones called the Sound One DC-111, which is essentially detachable. Yeah, it's one of the more unique pieces of earphones I've used to date, and here's a quick review to give you an idea of the product. 1. Design And Build Quality © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The marquee feature of these earphones is that it can either be used as a pair of Bluetooth earphones or wired earphones. All you have to do is just detach the earbuds from the cable that it's connected to and use the one that you feel like using. The earbuds, as you can see, are connected to the cable via a proprietary port, and are easily detachable. You can't use the buds as a pair of truly wireless earbuds, which means, it always has to be connected to a cable. That's because there's no battery in the buds themselves. I must point out that the cable looks quite flimsy and it appears as though the connecting pins will break very easily. But I guess that's just a risk that you'll have to take. Inside the box, you'll get a carrying case, a MicroUSB cable for charging the batteries, extra ear tips and the necessary cable for using it in both the modes. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP It's also worth pointing out that the earbuds are very small, so it's very easy to lose them when they're not connected to a particular cable of choice. So, just make sure they're always connected to some cable or be sure to throw them in the carrying case. I really like the idea of having both modes at hand since I always find myself left with discharged earphones. It's just hard to charge all the devices and I happen to carry a lot of them at any given time. So I thoroughly enjoyed using the Sound One DC-111. There's just something very satisfying about switching modes on-the-go and not have to worry about battery life. 2. Sound Quality © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP There's no point about design and functionality if it doesn't sound good, right? Well, I was quite surprised by the audio quality of the Sound One DC-111. Sound One, for those of you who don't know, is a Hong-Kong based audio solutions company. So, let's just say that they know their products. If you're someone who cares the most about the bass, which is most people, you'd absolutely love these. It's more obvious when you're listening to, say, electronic music or pop music. The 10 mm drivers really give out deep bass with good sound output. Obviously, it's not as good as something like the Skullcandy Crusher or 1MORE Quad-driver earphones. Those are premium products, but Sound One does a really good job for the price. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP I just got back Sunburn music festival, so I am still pretty hooked to EDM and dance music. So let's just say that I spent most of my time listening to popular tracks by DJ Snake, Flume among others while testing these out and it was really good. Set the volume to 75% and you'll be good to go. 3. Battery Life The Sound One DC-111 is one of those Bluetooth earphones with which you don't really have to worry about the battery life because you can simply swap the cables and use it in the wired mode. But even in Bluetooth, I was able to listen to music for about 4-5 hours on a single charge, which is not too bad. It packs a 90mAh battery inside, which is more or less similar to most other Bluetooth earphones on the market. © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP I only found myself using it in the Bluetooth mode when I am out for a quick run in the morning. The earphones also come with an IPX5 rating, which means it's waterproof and perfect for workouts. Overall, good battery life when you're using the earphones in Bluetooth mode. But like I said, you really won't have to worry about the battery life all the time because of the wired mode. 4. The Final Say So, should you buy the Sound One DC-111? Well, for Rs. 1,600 I'd say these are really good. At that price, you're getting a pair of earbuds that sound good, fits well in your ears, and have no connectivity issues as well. These are also good for workouts, so you can just use them as your second pair of earphones for working out if you want. And the fact that you're getting an option to switch to wired or Bluetooth mode whenever you want, is also a really good reason to buy these. If you're looking to buy a pair of earphones under Rs. 2,000, then I'd say these are definitely worth considering. View the full article
  4. In yet another case of animal brutality in the capital, a street dog was tied up and beaten to death by some people from a popular locality. This isn't an isolated incident of street dog torture and murder and while we condemn any form of brutality, why do we fall short of doing the same for an animal? Especially for street dogs in India. © Instagram While Australia is battling with saving their own animal species in wildfires, India is a notch ahead, killing animals without much remorse. A street dog (female), whose legs were tied together, was found badly injured, with a cracked skull, after she was beaten up by the locals of Masigarh, Sukhdev Vihar - a posh locality in South Delhi. Although no one has been identified behind the crime committed, it is believed a group of people were behind this and the only reason they beat her to death was because she was biting a few residents there. The dog, left to die, was then spotted by an animal lover, who called others from the fraternity for help. While she was taken to Friendicoes, the capital's leading dog shelter, another volunteer stayed back to round up some formalities with the police. While at Friendicoes, the dog was diagnosed with a broken skull and multiple fractures on her snout. Unfortunately, she didn't survive and passed away a few days ago. This incident alone is very unfortunate and we definitely believe the perpetrators need to be punished. But what is the punishment for animal abuse, torture and murder? Because we don't have stricter laws for animal abuse, most of us are unaware of a fulfilling and rightful punishment for the accused. © Instagram Currently a complaint under Section 11(1) of the PCA and Sections 428 and 429 of IPC against unknown accused persons who beat the dog, has been filed. The section states that anyone who tortures an animal in any way or kills them shall be liable to imprisonment and fined as well. "We took the dog to tis hazari hospital where the doctor Rekha Kumari, informed us that she had no jurisdiction and was the duty doctor for that day. After speaking with several authorities and waiting for 3 hours with the body of the dog, the doctor informed the IO that there were no instruments to do the post mortem and it's the IOs responsibility to get the instruments to cut the dog's body" said Gauri Puri, a lawyer by profession and an animal rights activist, in an interview with MensXP As it is, Delhi Police has been facing a lot of wrath from the capital for their inactions towards particular incidents that occurred around the city, and in this case too, they failed to mitigate the dire situation. View this post on Instagram A dog was tied and beaten nearly to death in the morning at Masihgarh, Sukhdev Vihar. The dogs leg was tied and repeated beaten by an iron rod till her skull cracked. She was spotted by an animal lover who immediately called me and Gauri. I took her to Friendicoes whereas Gauri stayed back to do the necessary formalities with the cops. The poor dog has a broken skull, multiple fractures on her snout and her prognosis is poor. We have shifted her to Earthlings for personalized care. All the necessary steps for identifying the culprit and filing a FIR are being taken. In case you wish to sponsor this dog treatment please send your contributions to - Karan Puri Foundation account number 603820110000838 IFSC Code - BKID0006038 Bank of India New Friends Colony Branch Paytm/Gpay - +91-9810577560 A post shared by Karan Puri Foundation (@karan_puri_foundation) on Jan 3, 2020 at 9:21am PST "As a Lawyer, I have faced several procedural difficulties not only with the police, but the govt vetenary hospitals too. While there is hope with the FIR, in the absence of any efforts to investigate the culprits or inquire who the accused were, the police has been taking statements of people allegedly bitten by the dog. This cruel act was admittedly done by the local residents of Masigarh, all of whom are known to be goons. Each one claims to have knowledge of how the incident happened , but with the lack of action of police, no name has been forthcoming" - Gauri added. There are a lot of incidents pertaining to animal torture that go by without the perpetrators paying for their heinous crimes. Remember Lucky? the Worli based street dog, who was beaten to death when he came to a gated colony to take refuge from rain? He died, and with him died the struggle to nab the culprits and put them behind bars. #SaveLucky We spoke with #IramRizvi who along with her friends is trying to #SaveLucky the #WorliDog Let's pray to #SaveLucky Let's have your suggestions also. .@MumbaiDog .@MumbaiMirror .@MirrorNow .@DeShobhaa .@Sonam_Kapoor .@AnushkaSharma .@TheJohnAbraham @fayedsouza pic.twitter.com/WZXjDxJwQV — jeeturaaj rj (@MirchiJeeturaaj) July 30, 2019 So, at any given point in time, if you see animal torture in any form around you, this is what you can do! (1) If you see someone hurt/torture/abuse an animal, the first thing you should do is confront them an ask them to stop. If you think that's not a safe option, try and gather a crowd and humiliate them for doing what they are. (2) Write to an active animal welfare group on social media, with adequate evidence of the abuse in the form of pictures and videos. Do this to garner as much support as you can. (3) Call the police and make sure the complaint is under Section 11 of the Prevention to cruelty to animals and section 428 and 429 of the Indian Penal code. Read up on these sections and do your research beforehand. Make sure your complaint is registered under all three sections. Many times complaint is only under Section 11 of the PCA, where the punishment is nothing. © Instagram (4) Legally file a complaint and take a DD No. Make sure to take a copy of it. It's the complainant's right (5) Follow up with the Investigating Officer. Give a letter for reservations of CCTVs, as that can at as a vital proof of the incident. (6) Give the animal first aid ASAP. MLC (medico legal complaint) of the dog can be done afterward also (7) If the animal dies, and there is a complaint, it's the IOs responsibility to preserve the body, get the PM and dispose the body. While you follow these legalities, make sure to reach out to prominent people who can help you with such cases, legally an otherwise. While the investigations are still ongoing for this dog who succumbed to her injuries, we only hope we can prevent animal torture of this degree in the future and make a safe haven for all living creatures, around us. With inputs from Gauri Puri, Advocate (Delhi High Court) & Animal Rights Activist. View the full article
  5. It's only been a few hours since the trailer of Malang was released, but it's become internet's favourite meme already. As if people were eagerly waiting for the trailer to drop only to make memes out of them. In case you haven't seen the trailer yet, it's a revenge drama that goes like this - Aditya Roy Kapur, guns, fighting, Disha Patani, dancing, dancing, romance, guns, fighting, Anil Kapoor, guns, guns, Aditya Roy Kapur, fighting, fighting, shirtless pictures, kunal kemmu, tattoos, fighting, fighting, guns. Like people say "Aap chronology samjhiye!" © T-Series The trailer is good, but super confusing. No one knows what's happening and why is it happening. But, at least people on social media were clear about one thing - Malang is going to give them sufficient fodder to churn out memes and that's exactly what happened. From mocking Tiger Shroff for Aditya and Disha's crackling chemistry to taking digs at their bosses for making them work till late, no one was spared by the meme makers on social media. When you are partying till 2 am and see twenty missed calls of your dad #MalangTrailer pic.twitter.com/7zPckGikeG — Sushil K Kashyap (@SushilKashyap01) January 6, 2020 #MalangTrailer Trump officials : Should we end the conflict with Iran now? Trump: pic.twitter.com/ucmBPFY2IP — Prince Pandeyðð¦ (@princepandey_) January 6, 2020 Bestfriend: Main Relationship mein aane ka soch raha hoon Me: #MalangTrailer pic.twitter.com/Gr8Ss9SAZt — Nasticissist (@nasticissist) January 6, 2020 Me trying to leave from office at 9 PM Boss:#MalangTrailer pic.twitter.com/XpUNOHYVcR — Nikhil ð (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 6, 2020 Disha Patani Kissed Aditya Roy Kapoor..ðð Tiger Shroff Be Like - ðð»ðð»ðð»#Malang #MalangTrailer #DishaPatani #AdityaRoyKapur #TigerShroff @djaywalebabu pic.twitter.com/lqxFLLllcv — Fun2shh_Manish (@DhengaleManish) January 6, 2020 When you go to a relative's place for dinner and they start discussing your future#Malangtrailer pic.twitter.com/KhG1wxtj6x — lovelyðð (@loveli143) January 6, 2020 " Ater passing 12th with good marks" Me : Ab life set hai Le lIfe :#Malang #MalangFirstLook pic.twitter.com/yEhYldbCaJ — Depressed Ladka (@Palpendikular) January 6, 2020 When your bestfriend eats the last slice of pizza#MalangTrailer #Malang pic.twitter.com/pnuB6Hl7Bl — The Humour Dead (@_Shakti_maan) January 6, 2020 Directed by Mohit Suri, Malang is releasing on February 7, 2020. View the full article
  6. 2019's been a year of truly stellar performances, both homegrown and international for Indian stages across the subcontinent. World-class venues and massive-scale festivals have worked across the last decade or so to make India a serious pitstop for music enthusiasts - and there's nothing quite like the end-of-year (and this time, decade) spectacle of the Magnetic Fields festival. Held in mid-December, Fields is perhaps the closest thing to a 'Burning Man' that India has - infused with heady doses of Rajasthani culture and the most eclectic lineup of artists you can expect to find in one place. We caught up with three of them during this fateful weekend at Budweiser's BudX Stage, each with their own unique stories to tell. Ross From Friends/Felix Weatherall - Colchester, United Kingdom © Abhishek Shukla; The 25 year old has a fistful of releases under his belt, the distillation of myriad influences from hip-hop cut 'n' paste culture, 80s Eurobeat, Hi-NRG and Italo into lithe, irresistible, raw dance floor trax. It's been around a year-and-half since Brainfeeder got you on-board and Family Portrait came out. What's different for you, comparing then and now? How have you changed? I feel like now I'm probably more willing and able to try new things with my music. I think there's a tendency for artists that once they get known for one type of sound, they stick to it because they know it works and it's comfortable. Since releasing on Brainfeeder, I'm not saying I've started making mad left-field jungle stuff, but I've got the confidence now to know that if I ever do want to go in that sort of direction, and I do it with integrity, that it'll work. Magnetic Fields is a pretty unique festival in a wildly different venue for most Indian artists - let alone European acts. What's going through your mind as the festival draws near? What are you looking forward to the most? It's really exciting to have been invited to play here. It's such a unique festival. I'm really looking forward to catching some of the other acts, especially some of the Indian artists that I'm not so familiar with. As for what's going through my mind, I'm just prepping for this gig as I do for any gig, hoping we can rise to the occasion! © Avirat Sundra One of my favourite parts of your music are your awesome choices when it comes to sampling. How does the process go, and where do you think your taste comes from? The sampling is a really important part of it for me, actually. It's not something I can rush. I try to build up a really bulky sample library before I even think about making proper music with it, so in that sense I don't go looking for samples to fit a beat I've made or anything like that. I spend hours trawling through the dark corners of YouTube trying to find a good little snippet of dialogue, or a cool instrumental. For that, my taste is really wide-ranging, it can come from anywhere, to be honest. I'll then build a track around what I've managed to find. There are multiple stories I've heard behind your stage name. Do you think 'Ross From Friends' would be friends with Ross Geller himself? No probably not. Everyone knows Ross is the worst. Of anyone, I'd probably be more mates with Chandler. We share more of the same humour I think. Ross is too straight-laced for me! Fieldlines/Andi Teichmann - Regensburg, Germany © RC Photography; Bridging the gap between eastern and western, this week-long project brought together Berlin's and Rajasthan's musical talents - a unique fusion of old and new, analogue and digital. Naturally, the Fieldlines project is, in many ways, representative of MagFields as a whole. What's been the biggest challenge in combining traditional folk music through modern production techniques? We see ourselves more as electronic musicians than as producers, in the sense that we want to perform music together in real time. We've been working on various interdisciplinary projects, from contemporary music to traditional music from Nigeria or central Asia. The task is to open and create common grounds and spaces to interact in a musical way. The local folk music is rooted in a traditional context with complex rules and social meanings. The challenge is to include both traditions, from the electronic contemporary music and the local folk music, on an equal level in that musical space. The aim is to create a musical language that goes beyond companying or illustrating each other's music. I'm sure that the entire process has been a cultural education of sorts for both sides. What's something that you've imbibed from the experience? For us it is fascinating to see how music works as a communication tool. For a verbal dialogue we need two translators: from the local dialect to Hindi, from Hindi to English and the other way round. The musical dialogue works directly in real time. Once we reached a point where we understood each other's expressions and techniques better, we could just go together on a musical journey and explore unknown territories. It's also amazing to see how music and musicians play an important and respected role in society and how knowledge has been transferred through generations. Ustad Hakim Khan - the kamaicha player, plays an instrument that has been handed from father to son for over 300 years. © Avirat Sundra As the festival takes place, I'm excited to take a look at the interactive sessions planned ahead. Could you shed some light as to what the experience promises? The first few days were spent trying to find common grounds, it was a lot about rhythms and techniques, the various types of Indian folk and classical music, the context of the ragas. On the third day we had an intimate performance, in front of a small audience at our studio. At that point a 'switch' turned on, everyone left the songs and ideas, we've been practicing, behind and entered a total free and improvised space. After we finished, there was a big smile on everyone's face. That is the journey we want to present and share with the audience. It's not just a fusion of styles, but a fusion of ages as well - with legendary artists such as septuagenarian Ustad Hakeem Khan playing alongside musicians in their teens. Could you share some thoughts on this? To play together with diverse generations and without gender boundaries is a very normal and important approach in our collaborative practice. Nevertheless, we've been told that in the local context, it is a quite revolutionary breaking with traditions to have this mixed group: Having Sumitra Devi a female singer and harmonium player, Firoz Khan, who is 16-years-old and Ustad Hakim Khan, who is almost 80 years. Three Oscillators/Brij Dalvi - Mumbai, India © Ayush Jajoria; Formed in 2015, Three Oscillators is a project consisting of Brij Dalvi and Avit Rane. Their sound falls under the realm of glitch, sci-fi influences and futurism - all while seamlessly blending various shades of emotion and electronica. It's your first time performing at a festival of this scale - what do you feel about the audience at Magnetic Fields? The crowd here is intense, man. I've only ever heard stories - for three years, MagFields was just an enigma for me. I never thought I'd come here and check all of this out. Everyone here is very receptive and just really into it. This sort of intimacy hasn't happened yet - in Bombay, most people just stand by the bar, it's really different here. It's been a transformative journey over the last few years - do you think often about the old days, before you decided to go serious with producing music? Yeah, I mean… honestly, there was no specific point from where I wanted to commit to making music. It was a gradual process. Things just kept happening, and I kept listening to more music. I don't look back, honestly - things happened, and now I'm here. *laughs* What are you looking to catch while at MagFields? Ross From Friends. That's the only act I'm familiar with *laughs*, but honestly, this festival is all about discovery. There's a lot of stuff out here to see and hear - a lot of DJ sets, a lot of selectors… it's crazy. Now I know why people rave about this festival so much, it really is that good. View the full article
  7. 2020 is probably going to be the biggest year for blockbuster games, as many awaited titles are going to release for the current generation while we will also see new console launch towards the end of the year. This means many games will launch for both consoles and even work via backwards compatibility. However, just because a new generation of consoles is around the corner, it doesn't mean we won't be getting new games this year. In fact, 2020 is packed with games that may just define the current generation of gaming. 1. Final Fantasy VII Remake © Square Enix Platform(s): PS4 (Timed exclusive) Release date: March 3, 2020 It has been a long time since the fans of the series have been wanting to get a remake of the seminal RPG Final Fantasy 7. The game is being remade with modern graphics, updates mechanics and real-time combat. The game will also be split up as full-game-sized episodes. 2. Doom Eternal © Bethesda Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch Release date: March 20, 2020 The game was delayed for unknown specific reasons but the sequel to the 2016 reboot game is coming in March 2020. Developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks, Doom Eternal will bring familiar gameplay, epic battles and new demons to fight in the upcoming sequel. 3. Resident Evil 3 Remake © Capcom Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One Release date: April 3, 2020 Capcom is finally remaking the highly requested Resident Evil 3 where we will encounter the iconic villain Nemesis from the series. If the game is going to be anything like the remake of Resident Evil 2, we can expect this classic to be awesome as well. The game originally released in 1999 and it will be interesting to see Capcom's modern version of the game. 4. Cyberpunk 2077 © CD Projekt Red Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One Release date: April 16, 2020 We've already seen what the game looks like and the game is being made by none other than renowned developers CD Projekt Red. It is based in a futuristic city where you get to play as your custom character and explore the dense city from a first-person perspective. The game features high-tech weapons, a day and night cycle, and our favourite Keanu Reeves as a character. 5. The Last of Us Part 2 © Naughty Dog Platform(s): PS4 Release date: May 29, 2020 The first part is unequivocally considered as one of the games of this decade and the sequel of this franchise has been awaited ever since the original released for the PlayStation 3. From what we have seen, survival in the post-apocalyptic world is still the main themes of the game but the franchise shines in telling stories that are emotionally impactful. We can't wait to see what the game hold for us when it eventually launches in May this year. 6. Halo Infinite © 343 Industries Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X Release date: Holiday 2020 While the Halo franchise has been away from almost four years, Halo Infinite is going to be the next game in the franchise. It isn't really a direct sequel to Halo 5 but the game is expected to have MMO gameplay mechanics and more of a sandbox theme. The game is not exactly a linear story like previous installments which makes this game a bit more exciting than expected. 7. Watch Dogs: Legion Platform(s): Xbox One, PS4, PC, Release date: TBC 2020 © Ubisoft The game was revealed last year where it is set in the post-Brexit city of London. The game has been delayed due to a change in Ubisoft's strategy for future games, but we will see it launch sometime in 2020. The game comes with a unique mechanic where you can play as any NPC in the game. You can play as a teenager, or even as a grandmother. The possibilities are unlimited and each NPC comes with unique abilities you can use to your advantage. View the full article
  8. The past decade has been instrumental in changing how we play games today as developers pushed gaming consoles and PCs to the limit. While pushing technical specifications to the limit is impressive, some games changed the way we play games altogether. Some delivered narratives that are at par and even beyond cinema while others became live services for gamers. © MensXP While many notable games were released in the past decade, choosing our top 20 was a Herculean task. We had to consider many games that truly pushed the envelope and changed the industry forever while leaving out games that only built on their past successes. So here's our list of the top 20 games of the decade in no particular order: The Last of Us © naugghty dog No list would be complete without having The Last of Us as it redefined storytelling in games forever. The game is known for delivering a compelling, emotional and thought-provoking narrative that can even give some of the best movies a run for their money. This game was responsible for making millions cry within the first few minutes of the game and had tension-filled gameplay that made everything come together beautifully. The game originally launched for the PlayStation 3 in 2013 and is still one of the most beloved games of the decade. Dark Souls & Bloodborne It's hard not to mention Dark Souls while talking about the best games of the decade. An RPG that overturned the world's idea of challenge and myth-making. We could talk about this game for hours and still won't be able to cover everything. And that level of complexity is what makes it special. © From Software It's also quite fascinating how Dark Souls' formula has changed over the years with every new game. Bloodborne, for instance, is yet another punishing RPG, but we're yet to have seen such an epic video game to date. And then there's Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which is similar in many ways but separates itself as a ninja fantasy. You simply can't afford to miss these titles. Celeste © Matt Makes Games While Indie games had a resurgence this decade, nothing came close to Celeste's success. Apart from being a punishing platformer, the game also offered awesome pixel art, mesmerising music and a story that has been applauded for being bold. The game brought a refreshing take on how platforming games can evolve and pose a challenge at the same time. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate © Nintendo This game showed the world what a fighting game can become and is by far the best game in the series yet. With constant addition of new characters and an addictive gameplay, it is perfect for both competitive and casual players. It is the ideal party game that encourages couch gameplay and comes with imaginative stages that enhance the fighting game to the next level. It has already been awarded the best fighting game of all time by various outlets and in our books, it is the best fighting game you can play across all platforms. Overwatch © Blizzard Overwatch redefined the esports scene while standing out from every other game by offering heroes that have specific abilities to make for the most strategic multiplayer game of this decade. Choosing the right hero can make or break your team and co-ordination is key to winning matches in this highly competitive online multiplayer game. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order © Electronic Arts Star Wars games have had a hard time stealing the attention of gamers. Even die-hard fans of the popular franchise swayed themselves away from these games until EA's new Star Wars title dropped earlier this year. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the first great Star Wars game in a decade. We couldn't have asked for a better protagonist than Cal, the youngling Padawan, who tries to rebuild the Jedi order. His journey through the game will give you a sense of satisfaction that not many games have managed to offer this decade. PUBG & Fortnite PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, popularly known as PUBG, may not have been the first Battle Royale game to hit the stores, but it was undoubtedly the first one to make huge waves around the gaming industry. It quickly became every PC gamers' and streamers' favourite game, and the rest, as they say, is history. © Pubg Corp PUBG is certainly not the most popular video game out there right now. In fact, it doesn't have nearly as many players as it once used to have. That's in part due to other BR games, especially Fortnite, that came up with a battle royale mode and simply took over the world by storm. By allowing players to buy cosmetic upgrades and collaborating with popular brands, Fortnite has now become a money minting machine for Epic Games, that went on to release its own marketplace, snatching developers and users from Steam. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt © CD Projekt Red You aren't really surprised to see The Witcher 3 on the list, are you? Well, we had to add this to the list because it's not only the best RPG of this decade, but probably the best one ever made. Outstanding writing, great side-quests, well-defined characters, and a rich combat system make this 80-hour or so long RPG a surprisingly enjoyable experience. If you've not played this game yet, then grab a copy right now and play it. You're missing out if you don't. Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild © Nintendo Breath of the Wild is the game-changing iteration in the series that is all about playing an open-world RPG filled with adventure and secrets. It is also the first time in the series Zelda fans could explore their environment with full freedom while following a compelling story. Grand Theft Auto 5 © Rockstar Games When Rockstar Games announced the arrival of Grand Theft Auto 5 eight years ago, it was literally everywhere. It was said to be one of the biggest GTA games ever made and we're glad that Rockstar Games delivered on that promise and how. It's hardly a surprise that this game is still making money for Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive. I mean, it has millions of players who still wait for the new content to arrive on its online multiplayer world, GTA Online. I certainly have some huge expectations from the next GTA title, but I doubt if it'll be anything like the GTA V. Don't get me wrong, I think GTA 6, or whatever they decide to call it, will be equally enjoyable. But let's just say that they don't make 'em like GTA V anymore. They simply can't! Nier Automata © Platinum Games The slasher role-playing game redefined the genre with addictive gameplay and an unusual style of storytelling. One has to play this game five times to experience the entire story as each time the story changes to a very different perspective. Nier Automata is a love letter to gaming history that embraces all the different styles you can imagine in a very innovative way. The South Park series © Ubisoft A lot of South Park games have come and gone, but The Stick Of Truth and The Fractured But Whole are the best ones. Both games are really good, although we'd have to admit that The Stick Of Truth is better overall. However, we suggest you play both of them to experience different elements of each game and get one heck of a South Park experience. These are the best TV Show-based video games that should be in your library. Mario Kart 8 © Nintendo Entertainment A fantastic game on the Wii U, but an even better one when played on Switch. The Switch port comes with better visuals, new in-game characters, and a whole bunch of new unshockable content to make you grind. It just makes up for an overall better experience and it's a must-play game from this decade. In fact, it's a must-own for Switch users. God Of War © Sony Computer Entertainment God of War released for the PlayStation 4 in a new format that redefined the series in scope and storytelling. The series was more like a joke on the PlayStation 3 that was later transformed into a narrative-driven game with unique gameplay mechanics. The game has gorgeous environments and each character has been developed with the utmost care and given real depth when comparing the game to previous iterations. Pokemon Go © Niantic We have already featured Pokemon Go in our list of apps and games that defined this decade, and that's the exact same reason why it's on this list too. Pokemon Go is one of those games that truly changed the way we play games on mobile phones. It's probably the first AR game to explode in a way that no other title ever has. And the fact that you'll have to step outside to play and enjoy it with others makes it the only game with a strong sense of community engagement. No wonder this game is still hitting the top download charts after becoming the most downloaded game when it came out. Minecraft © Mojang How can we forget Minecraft? Did you really think we'd leave this game out of the list? This has got to be the most influential game on this list and it's simply impossible to ignore the sizable portion of its player base. Minecraft is one of those sandbox games that let you build your own world and literally do anything inside it. It's like a blank canvas where you sketch whatever you want. No matter what games come after Minecraft's position in the gaming world, it'll always retain the crown of being the most influential game. Marvel's Spider-Man © Insomniac Games It was the first time gamers were able to play as the friendly neighbourhood superhero in a fully populated city of New York. The game is true to the series and also comes with an emotionally impactful story. Environments are rich and filled with details you would not see in any other Spider-Man game till date. It has addictive combat systems and even more addictive slinging mechanism that enables players to explore NYC for hours without getting bored. Destiny © Bungie Speaking of games that are serving a strong community, we simply can't forget Destiny. Explaining Destiny in a few words is just impossible. There's so much to do in the game, and there's no proper way to do it. In fact, we doubt people even play this game the way Bungie intended at first. But that's what makes it so special and managed to get an audience like none other. Destiny 2, which is now taking the legacy forward is also equally enjoyable, so be sure to try them out. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim © Bethesda Bethesda's Skyrim has been lauded for its highly open-world environments and expansive side quests that made this game a success on every platform imaginable. The game offers high-fantasy lore that is easy for anyone to get into and also offers a great main story for fantasy genre fans. Skyrim is also the most modded game on the planet where players can curate their own stories and quests, making this game one of the most replayable games of the decade. Red Dead Redemption Series © Rockstar Games The Red Dead Redemption series is the only game set in the Wild West that not only meets expectations, but surpasses them. The game has an invigorating story, lush open-world environments and colour characters, making this game a precious entry in this list. RDR2 takes these concepts to the next level with up-to-date graphics that have set the bar high for future games in this category. View the full article
  9. People on social media, irrespective of what they do in their 'non-virtual' lives, are great at one thing in their virtual lives - turning everything into a meme. On most days they make a meme out of anything and everything under the sun. Today, they turned the sun into a meme and how. Since morning, people have been talking about two things - the solar eclipse and a picture of PM Modi trying to watch it. While the latter is going viral on social media as a meme, people didn't leave the former either, the main reason why PM Modi is a meme. Most welcome....enjoy :) https://t.co/uSFlDp0Ogm — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 26, 2019 After all, it's the last solar eclipse of this year and the decade too, so it's only fair that we celebrate this 'auspicious' day through these memes. This year's solar eclipse was hyped a lot with people calling it 'Ring of Fire' and what not, but what most of us saw was either the sky covered with clouds or a crescent shaped sun which was barely visible. So all the butthurt people, like me, who couldn't see the solar eclipse today, let's settle for these funny memes instead, because they're really hard to miss. When you watch #SolarEclipse with bare eyes pic.twitter.com/OXLV4xBhgi — Savage_नारà¥ð¼ (@atram_shatram) December 26, 2019 Truuuuee#memesdaily@allindiamemers #solareclipse2019 pic.twitter.com/IZtiNDVt1F — Sojwal Patil (@DDnlakade) December 26, 2019 #SolarEclipse explained ð#solareclipse2019 #Eclipse2019 pic.twitter.com/Jc9RQtzJV9 — Zahran Careem (@zahranc) December 26, 2019 Solar Panels on terrace during #SolarEclipse pic.twitter.com/MpzrhG0IjX — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) December 26, 2019 That myth about people getting blinded by the sun during the Solar Eclipse today is absolute bonkers. The ones in India are blinded by everything happening anyway.#SolarEclipse — Suhas R Vaidya (@punchatantra_) December 26, 2019 #solareclipse2019 Pic 1 : Sun on any other day Pic 2 : Sun on solar eclipse pic.twitter.com/wBx2LF1W59 — Rahul (@iamRahul66) December 26, 2019 #solareclipse2019 Pic 1: What we Pakistanis Expected Pic 2: What we Saw ! ðð pic.twitter.com/DGrNQtxj6V — AÙi Shah (@__GeminiMan) December 26, 2019 #solareclipse2019 people since 8am me at 12pm pic.twitter.com/j0qKHyGEAN — ð¼ââ¯áµâ°â° (@perferror) December 26, 2019 me wanting to witness the the clouds#solareclipse2019 pic.twitter.com/1GfMBEVcX3 — madeleine. (@purpleyue_) December 26, 2019 Solar Eclipseð of 2019 begins, will turn Sunâï¸ into Ring of Fire ð¥#solareclipse2019 pic.twitter.com/B4fmcFBYip — KarthickPrabhakaran (@KarthiPrabha23) December 26, 2019 #solareclipse2019 exist. Memers ready to make memes Meanwhile sun:- pic.twitter.com/IVBiexnE1B — The Skinny Hulk (@Abhijee22691599) December 26, 2019 And the award goes to...#Solareclipse2019 pic.twitter.com/KVs4pCC1x5 — Kiran Kumar S (@KiranKS) December 26, 2019 For those who didn't pay attention in their science class, a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. Reportedly, the solar eclipse began at around 8:15 am and continued till 11 am. View the full article
  10. From a World Cup final ending in the most flawed and controversial manner possible to an all-time great rising from the ashes to find his way to the top, from a city getting the sweet taste a championship for the first time, to female athletes demanding their right on the greatest stage of football, 2019 has been a one-of-its-kind year for the sporting world. And here are the top five most iconic sporting moments of 2019: Tiger Woods Returns To Win The Masters In 2019 Date: April 19, 2019 Two years before the aforementioned date, Wood had confessed to his friends that he was “done” and to be fair, with the way things were going on with his infamous arrest in 2017, everyone thought that he sure was. But Tiger being Tiger not only returned to the grass but also won the Masters, 11 years after he had won his previous major. Toronto Raptors Win Their First Ever NBA Championship Date: June 13, 2019 Considered to be a team which was “almost good enough” to win the NBA Championship for the better half of the decade, Kawhi Leonard-led Toronto Raptors were finally able to win their first title in the team's 24-year-old history after defeating the Golden State Warriors in six games. Even though some of the most important players of the Warriors like Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were out of action for the last couple of games, the fact that they came on top despite facing serious competition from squads like Philadelphia 76ers during the Playoffs and the Warriors in the first couple of games of the Finals, makes it one of the most memorable moments in the history of NBA. New Zealand Lose ICC World Cup 2019 By 0 Runs Date: June 14, 2019 Kane Williamson's New Zealand cricket team ended their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign in possibly the most disappointing way when they lost the trophy to Eoin Morgan's England after scoring fewer boundaries of the two teams! Cricket fans in New Zealand were heartbroken on Monday after their team came excruciatingly close to a maiden cricket World Cup victory, only to lose to England on total boundaries scored. “End of the World! Black Caps lose by zero runs,” screamed a headline in the New Zealand pic.twitter.com/OvkrgJxQmz — Fatema (@FatemaZahrabd) July 16, 2019 There could have been so many different ways in which the game could have ended but the fact that the World Champions were decided on the basis of a faulty rule makes it iconic and clearly not in a good way! Read more about the whole fiasco here. US Women's Football Team Hosts A 'Tea Party': Date: July 3, 2019 When US co-captain Alex Morgan brought the 'Tea Sipping' celebration after scoring a 31st minute goal against England in the World Cup semi-finals, people interpreted various meanings behind it. Was she mocking the Brits? Was she making a statement against their President Donald Trump? Was she talking about the fact that the German women's team was given a tea set for winning their first European title? In an interview with Time Magazine, Morgan clarified that she wanted to protest the thought of 'women needing to be humble in their successes while men can celebrate in the wildest ways possible.' Lionel Messi Wins Sixth Ballon d'Or: Date: December 2, 2019 When Didier Drogba read Lionel Messi's name as the winner of the 2019 Ballon d'Or, history was made in the world of football. Not only because the Argentine became the only footballer in the world to win six of these, but also because with it he edged ahead of his legacy-rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. Even though many expected Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk to win the Golden Ball, but 41 goals in 44 games to lead Barcelona to the La Liga title last season and to the Champions League semis alongside a Copa del Rey finale made a solid case for the all-time great. View the full article
  11. When it comes to PUBG Mobile's eSports scene in India, "Team SouL" is probably the only name that comes to your mind. But recently, some of the old and popular names in the team left the group and joined a new eSports name. Three of Team SouL's old members Scout, Ronak and Owais left the old group to join one of the most popular names in the esports scene, Team Fnatic. Team Fnatic just entered the PUBG Mobile scene after the growing popularity of the title. Team Fnatic, for those of you who don't know, is an esports giant who already has some world renowned players across different games. Their PUBG Mobile Indian team includes five players - Tanmay "Scout" Singh, Paritosh Sharma, Harpreeth Singh "Ronak" Janjuha, and Mohammed Owais "Owais" Lakhani. View this post on InstagramWE DID IT! Our first championship in PUBG, in India, and we couldnt be prouder of the team. We are you Indian PUBG Mobile All Star Champions 2020. Incredible work by @ig_ronakop @paritosh_plays @scout_pubg @owais_op @ash__pubg @pratik_mehra28 @sangwan_pubg 2020 is our year, so much more to come from Fnatic in india! #ALWAYSFNATICA post shared by (@fnatic) The Indian Fnatic team recently took part in its first tournament in Hyderabad for a cash prize of Rs 20 Lakh. Called the PUBG Mobile All Stars 2019, the tournament witnessed 16 PUBG Mobile teams battle against each other. Team Fnatic had the top spot from the beginning, so it's safe to say that we're not surprised by the result. Overall, they managed to get two "Chicken Dinners" out of the 9 matches they played. They managed to get 46 kills in total and put up a score of 138 on the board. In the end, they walked home with Rs 20 lakh cash prize. The two runner up teams also won Rs 8 lakh and 5 lakh respectively. © Fnatic Instagram Team SouL's main man Naman Mathur aka MortaL isn't actively participating in esports games anymore. He announced that he's staying away from the esports scene to focus on streaming on YouTube and simply enjoying the game for what it is. We wish the new members of Fnatic all the best for all the future games coming their way. View the full article
  12. This 31st December not only marks the end of 2019, but also this decade. And what better time to look back and remember some of the ways in which mobile devices have changed our lives in the last 10 years. Mobile apps played a vital role in changing our lives in a way we couldn't have possibly imagined. If we talk about mobile games, you can say we were lucky enough to witness a revolution. Yes, I said revolution because mobile gaming didn't really pick up until this decade, when some powerful smartphones showed up. Mobile gaming is still very underrated, but there's no denying that this decade marked a major turning point. So yes, it's indeed the right time to look back at the games that truly redefined gaming and set a pace for what's to come in the future that'll put mobile devices at the forefront of gaming. Offline Games Online gaming on phones didn't really pick up until early 2018. Before that, we were all glued to our phones playing titles like Candy Crush Saga, Temple Run, and Subway Surfers. Yes, remember Subway Surfers? © App Annie Here's a fun fact about Subway Surfers - It's the most downloaded game of this decade. Yes, the folks at App Annie just confirmed it, and it's not all that surprising, to be honest. I remember playing Subway Surfers on my phone all the time and having a friendly banter with my friends about the high score. It was huge at one point and the same goes with Temple Run too. We're talking about games that made people step away from handheld consoles of the time and switch to smartphones to fill that gaming void. Gaming on-the-go was only a thing among people who could afford handheld consoles at that time. © Kiloo If devices like GameBoy and Nintendo 3DS defined mobile gaming last decade, then it's safe to say that they were replaced by smartphones. Candy Crush Saga released in 2012 and sent huge waves around the industry. It's still one of the most popular mobile games, even after eight years. That's definitely something for the makers to be proud of. It's also hard to not mention classic titles like Hill Climb Racing, My Talking Tom, and Fruit Ninja. If your phone was able to run these games without any issues, then you were the real MVP. Online Games © Supercell When you think about online gaming on mobile phones, the first few titles that come to mind include PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, etc. But that's not what truly defined online gaming on phones. It's games like Clash of Clans, Clash Royale and 8 Ball Pool that sparked the fire. Can you think of someone who's not played these games? Probably not. Then Pokemon Go entered the scene mid-way through the decade and disrupted the whole industry. I've said this in the past and I'll say it again, but Pokemon Go wasn't the first in just the AR space, but also the first one to make people obsess over a game in a way only a handful of titles in the past have been able to do. © Niantic Pokemon Go literally made people step out of their homes, meet new people in real life and have a healthy competition. The community was so strong and committed that it was simply hard to ignore it. I am very positive that you'll still find people who're very committed to catching new Pokemons every day. Battle Royale Yes, PUBG Mobile is the first name that comes to mind when you hear the word Battle Royale. Well, that's because it was the first to popularize the genre on not just mobile phones, but also on PC. The popularity just happened to skyrocket on phones because it was a free-to-play game. © Tencent PUBG Mobile is probably the only game of the decade that raised gaming addiction concerns. There were numerous reports of people losing lives because of the game, which is quite insane if you think about it. But at the same time, the game also made people aware about gaming addiction, which is a glaring issue today. PUBG Mobile is also one of the first mobile games that made Indians take esports seriously, in a way which not many games have managed to do. One of the world's most popular PUBG Mobile players/streamers spoke to us in detail about his journey and you can read all about it right here Well, those are the games that we think truly defined mobile gaming this decade. As far as the future is concerned, we're super excited to see where cloud gaming takes us because we believe it'll truly propel mobile phones to the forefront. Cloud gaming is particularly exciting because you'll be able to play even the most demanding AAA titles on your phone, which is simply mind blowing. View the full article
  13. As kids, our imagination was out of this world and inexplicable. There was nothing that our young minds couldn't dream of and there was nothing we couldn't achieve. As kids we've almost experienced being everything. Pilot? Sure, that cardbaord lying around was our plane. Astronaut? Why not. You just need a dark room and those neon stickers for stars. Doctor? Hell yeah, all you need is a stethoscope and a friend who's willing to be your patient. As we grew up, reality started hitting us and our childhood got buried under the burden of adulthood and bills. But, thanks to these kids, who took us on a nostalgic trip with their innocent yet crazy concert that is now melting hearts of people on social media. Where will this Rock Band playing on Saturday Nightð¤ð ?? We want to join them ðºð#SaturdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/3YMlvTJuP3 — Fit Bharat (@FitBharat) December 21, 2019 While we have our own biases when it comes to music bands, I am sure there's no one as cool as these kids who are jamming and flaunting their guitar playing skills without actually holding one. This rock band is actually imitating holding a guitar, with the kid in the middle holding a stick and the other two just moving their hands to pretend they have a guitar. While we can't understand what exactly they're singing; people are loving them anyway and are willing to spend all their money to attend their concert. Samjh m nhi aaya pr achha laga ð¤ð¤ð¤ð¤ð¤ð¤ð¤ð¤ð¤ð¤ð¤ — ððð But Karoð (@ButKaro) December 21, 2019 Level of joy and happiness are extremely high. Made my day! God bless you kids ð — Subo (@mintu_solanki) December 21, 2019 Paul McCartney,John Lennon and Ringo Star!!ðWhere is George Harrisonð — . (@konsinha37) December 21, 2019 THIS ROCKBAND JUST ROCKS! AND WITHOUT A STAGE, WITHOUT ANY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS...मà¥à¤ तॠफà¥à¤¨ हॠà¤à¤ https://t.co/lJV8oxq4Ec — Ujala Dwivedi (@UjalaDwivedi2) December 21, 2019 Couldn't get what they are singing ð¶ but luvly to see. Aawaz main dham hai. ðð https://t.co/2Xw5KJZiBW — Surin (@surink7) December 21, 2019 This middle guy is far better singer and actor than @FarOutAkhtar . — Secularism Bhootiya (@SecularismB) December 21, 2019 Love their passion and team work...ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ðð¼ — Rahul Srivastava ð®ð³ à¤à¤¯ शà¥à¤°à¥ राम (@rahul12july) December 21, 2019 I lowkey hope they were singing, "Rock on, Yeh hai waqt ka ishaara." View the full article
  14. Just like every year, The Game Awards for 2019 took place earlier this week in Los Angeles, where the year's biggest games were celebrated. A ton of great video games across all platforms were nominated this year, which also included some of our favourite titles. This year's nominees included Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Control, Death Stranding, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Resident Evil 2, and The Outer Worlds. Here's a list of all winners at this year's Game Awards. 1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Award: Game Of The Year This one from the developer of Bloodborne is one of the most difficult video games we've played last year. It's truly an effort to progress through the game, right from the start. This game came out in the month of March and it quickly became one of the most popular titles of the year. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is now available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. 2. Death Stranding Awards: Best Game Direction, Best Music/ Score Kojima Production's Death Stranding came out only recently and it took the spotlight for being one of the most sophisticated games of the year. Death Stranding was celebrated with rave reviews, and it's said to be one of the best games ever made by Hideo Kojima. The game also won an award for Best Music. Death Stranding is now available on the PS4 and it's coming to PC next year. 3. Disco Elysium Awards: Best Narrative, Best Independent Game, Best RPG, and Fresh Indie Game Disco Elysium is an acclaimed PC RGB title, and it emerged as one of the biggest winners of The Game Awards 2019. It was nominated for four awards and it won all four of them, which is simply amazing. We think this is one of those games which must be in your library. Disco Elysium is now available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. 4. Control Awards: Best Art Direction Control is one of the best-looking video games we played this year, so we're not really surprised that it won an award for best art direction. You must check out our full review of the game to see how beautiful this game looks when played on a PC at max settings. Control is now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC, so be sure to play it. 5. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Award: Best Audio Design Call of Duty is back in a big way this year and it has won an award for the best audio design. Do make a note that this isn't for the music or the score, but it's for the in-game audio and FX. If you've played the game, then you'd know that they have truly nailed it. It's a must-play title this year, so don't miss this one. There are a ton of other categories to cover, here's a quick list of video games that made it big this year at The Game Awards 2019. Best Performance: Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff, Death Stranding Games for Impact: Gris (Nomada Studio/Devolver) Best Ongoing Game: Fortnite (Epic Games) Best Mobile Game: Call of Duty: Mobile Best Community Support: Destiny 2 (Bungie) Best VR/AR Game: Beat Saber (Beat Games) Best Action Game: Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom/Capcom) Best Fighting Game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo) Best Family Game: Luigi's Mansion 3 Best Strategy Game: Fire Emblem: Three Houses Best Sports/Racing Game: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Best Multiplayer Game: Apex Legends Fresh Indie Game: ZA/UM for Disco Elysium Content Creator of the Year: Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek Best Esports Game: League of Legends Best Esports Player: Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf Best Esports Team: G2 Esports Best Esports Event: League of Legends World Championship 2019 Best Esports Coach: Danny 'Zonic' Sørensen Best Esports Host: Eefje "Sjokz" Depoortere View the full article
  15. 2019 has been a great year for smartphones in general. From budget phones to high-end flagships, we got a ton of new phones this year. And if there's one thing that has improved a lot this year, then it's the smartphone cameras. This has been the case across different price ranges, which is simply amazing. Today, we'll be taking a look at some of the best smartphone cameras according to DxOMark. DxOMark, for those of you who don't know, is an independent benchmarking website that scientifically accesses smartphones and its lenses. They do a pretty job of testing out the cameras and coming up with a comprehensive review of the same. So, let's take a look at DxOMark's picks for the best smartphone cameras. © YouTube/ TheVerge Firstly, we have the all-rounder category, which basically means these phones are good for both photography and videography. According to the website, it's the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition. Both of them are kickass devices and they pack some really good cameras. The Mate 30 Pro sports a quad-camera setup, whereas the Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition sports a Penta-camera setup with a 108MP sensor. The Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition isn't available in India right now, but we think Xiaomi is already gearing up to launch it, or at least a version of it, in India as the Mi Note 10. So, keep your eyes peeled. © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee As for videography, well, this one must've been very easy to pick. It's the iPhone 11 Pro Max. One of the reasons we think it's best for videos because it has the ability to shoot HDR videos without losing any details. That makes a whole lot of difference. Heck, Selena Gomez even shot a music video with the phone. Yes, it's that good. Next up, we have the best smartphone with ultra-wide cameras. According to DxOMark, the Galaxy Note 10+ has the best ultra-wide lens. iPhone 11 Pro Max is also equally good, but it looks like Samsung's your best bet. And when it comes to optical zoom, DxOMark says the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is the winner. Well, that's not really surprising considering the fact that you can use the phone to take some stunning shots of the moon, just like you would on the P30 Pro. Lastly, we have the low-light photography, and the website says the Mate 30 Pro is the winner here too. Sadly, the iPhone didn't make the cut here, and neither did the Pixel 4. © YouTube/ GSMArena DxOMark hardly has budget phones on the list, so we decided to add our picks. If your budget is under Rs. 15,000, then we think the Redmi Note 8 Pro is a great option for you. It has a 64MP sensor, which means you can get some stunning-looking images with crisp details. However, if you're on a tight budget, then we think you should check out the Redmi Note 8 or the Realme 5s. Both of them have 48MP sensors and have a ton of different lenses for a versatile setup. View the full article
  16. When a bride in Pakistan wore tomatoes instead of jewellery at her wedding, desi people were having a field day cracking jokes and laughing on them. Today, all those people are crying in the middle of a vegetable market, after hearing the price of onions. The recent hike in the price of onions is making people cry more than peeling or chopping them ever did. There was a time when people joked about selling their kidneys for an iPhone, now they are willing to sell it to buy 1 kg of onions. © Reuters In case you didn't know, the price of onions have already crossed the century mark in some states and we don't think the prices are going to drop any time soon. Onions are one of the staple vegetables, which we can't really imagine our lives without. In fact, this price hike has hit people so hard, that recently in Gujarat a thief stole onions worth Rs 25,000 and left everything else untouched. But, we're living in the era of social media. With great sadness comes greater memes that further pinch us right where it hurts the most. Since the prices aren't going down soon, people decided to vent out their frustration on social media through these memes and it actually comes as a respite to know that y'all are not crying alone. #Onion120 time to convert to jainism — Vishambhar Kaushal (@VishKaushal22) November 27, 2019 Exchange Offer !!!#iPhone #OnionCrisis ð¾ðð pic.twitter.com/HmFHPd3Ffr — Engineer'sðChoice ð (@sumansekhar1) November 29, 2019 #Onion120 #OnionPrice @sambitswaraj pic.twitter.com/sc3bHGCSuL — vikash anand urf Vicky (@vikasha83933090) November 27, 2019 Looking at Onion Price: pic.twitter.com/z9QhdbEPrW — رÙÙاÙا (@RomanaRaza) November 29, 2019 Keep the bag of onion locked because the price high in Assam.per kg 80 rupees. pic.twitter.com/Qwdq5irLim — rupnath sarma (@Rupnaths) November 28, 2019 Scientists and farmers use chemicals in onions so that it doesn't make people cry. Government hikes the price of onions making people cry. Scientists & Farmers: pic.twitter.com/ZKzUaoG7fN — Kishan Jhunjhunwala (@Jhunjhunastic) November 30, 2019 ð¥ºð¥ºð¥º #OnionPrice pic.twitter.com/AX9hHO9ySF — à®à®°à®à¯à®à¯ à®à¯à®°à®à¯à®à¯ð§ (@Orange_Monkeyy) November 30, 2019 No one: Onion price: pic.twitter.com/4R8CUVxxUf — gyan_ki_duukan (@wikisharma5) November 28, 2019 When you ask piyaaj for salad. Your mom: #OnionPrice pic.twitter.com/1sxWEbRN4I — Marwadi (@gaitonde07) November 28, 2019 #OnionPrices pic.twitter.com/Uf4sDVrPMz — Mohd Gufran Shaikh (@gufranshaikh91) November 30, 2019 View the full article
  17. If you are someone who already owns a Nintendo Switch and always plays on the go, you may want to buy a power bank for the console. Sure you can get any power bank that can get the job done but not all power banks charge the Nintendo Switch at the same rate and sometimes different users have different needs. The right power bank depends on what kind of gaming you do, how long are your travel plans and your budget. When buying a power bank for any specific need, you need to look at charging speeds, capacity and other benefits you may have not considered before. Certain games drain more power than other casual games and when other variables such as Wi-Fi and max screen brightness are being used, some power banks will not charge the Nintendo Switch while playing. When all of these conditions are in place, the Nintendo Switch has a maximum energy draw of ~8.75-8.9W. You will need a power bank that can surpass that draw level while charging. So to make things easier, weâve handpicked some of the best power banks you can buy for the Nintendo Switch in India: 1. Anker PowerCore Speed 20,000 PD (20,000mAh) Anker is one of the best accessory manufacturing companies from the US that offers quality power banks, brick chargers and other accessories for your devices. This power bank can deliver full power delivery support at 22.5W and is even capable of charging the MacBook Pro. The Anker PowerCore Speed 20,000 PD's output via the type-c port are 5V=3A, 9V=2.6A, 15V=1.6A which is more than enough for your Nintendo Switch charging needs. This power bank is perfect if you are travelling for long periods and it can charge the console while playing any heavy-duty game. It can charge the Nintendo Switch in 3.5 hours while playing or 2.5-3 hours when in sleep mode. 2. Stuffcool Type C 18W Power Delivery Power Bank (10,000 mAh) If you are on a budget and donât necessarily want a big capacity power bank, you can always consider the Stuffcool Type C 18W Power Delivery Power Bank (10,000 mAh). It is compatible with QC3.0 and also offers 18W power delivery charging speeds from its type-c port. It is sturdy and small enough to fit in your pocket during your travels. It has an output power of 5V/3Amp, 9V/2Amp & 12V/1.5Amp and can charge the Nintendo Switch in 4 hours while playing or 3 hours when in sleep mode. 3. Realme Power bank (10,000 mAh) The Realme Power bank is great for charging smartphones, but it also great for charging the Nintendo Switch, thanks to its 18W PD charging support. It supports Apple 2.4A, DCP, QC 2.0, QC 3.0, AFC, FCP, as well as USB PD 3.0 charging protocols. From the Type-A port, the charging outputs include 5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12V/1.5A (Max) when using a single port. It can charge the Nintendo Switch in 4 hours while playing or 3 hours when in sleep mode. 4. Ambrane Stylo 10F 10000 mAh This power bank is by far the cheapest weâve found that offers PD fast charging speeds for the Nintendo Switch. The Type-c port has an output at 5V/3A which means it can charge the Nintendo Switch in 3-3.5 hours (sleeping) and 4+ hours (playing). It isnât the fastest way to charge the Nintendo Switch but it is certainly the cheapest way to get it done. It comes with a capacitive button which can get damaged if you donât take care of the power bank. What about other power banks One thing you may have noticed that weâve only included power banks with a type-c port that support PD charging. Thatâs because it is by far the best solution as not all power banks are made the same and do not have the same output levels. This doesnât mean other power banks with a USB-A port cannot charge the Nintendo Switch. These power banks need to have an output of 5V/1.5A in order to charge the Nintendo Switch. However, you can only charge the Switch in sleeping mode and it will take 4+ hours to get fully charged. You will need a USB-A to USB-C cable in order to use the power bank. There is a chance that you can charge the Switch while playing using the USB-A port however it will only work for certain gaming conditions. Plugging it in while the Switch is at 100% gives the best result as it can extend the Switchâs battery life by 4.5 hours when using a 10,000 mAh power bank. View the full article
  18. Wireless earphones have suddenly become one of the fastest-growing segments in gadgets and it seems like serious audiophile brand HiFiMAN doesn't want to be left behind. The company is known for making high-grade wired audio products that are good for various purposes such as studio monitoring, DJing and casual listening. HiFiMAN recently launched the TWS 600 in India and we've been using it for a few weeks to find out if it is actually any good. Sure, it's no AirPods killer but it can be a good option for people looking for an alternative. Design and Comfort © HiFiMan TWS 600 When it comes to truly wireless earphones, there are three factors that matter the most - design, comfort and sound quality. The HiFiMAN TWS 600 does not have a conventional earbud design that you may have seen before. It is unusual, bulky and a little weird looking. Both earbuds have a physical button that also houses LED lights that work as status indicators. It has a very uneven surface full of cracks and dips that may not be everyone's cup of tea. The design choice is certainly bold, but it is not for everyone. © MensXP The one thing we absolutely did not like was the charging case of the wireless earbuds. It is jarring and quite ugly to look at due to the colour scheme being used. The logo placement also feels very gaudy and has not been placed symmetrically. Every time we looked at the charging case, we felt like moving the asymmetrical logo to the left and shrink it in size. The charging case has a USB-C, while the closing mechanism has two magnetic flaps. These flaps make it extremely hard to open the case and cannot be opened using just one hand. In terms of comfort, the HiFiMAN TWS 600 comes with numerous ear tips of different sizes and designs. You will need to pick out the best fit according to your ear canal. We usually use the biggest tip there is as it helps in isolating ambient sound. The HiFiMAN TWS 600 is also IPX4 certified which means you can use them at the gym or when out for a run. They are water and sweat resistant and will not falter with minor water damage. The weird design choice on the HiFiMAN TWS 600 also works in its favour as it has no sharp edges to cause discomfort. You can wear these for hours without feeling any fatigue. Having said that, they are quite bulky when compared to the 1MORE Stylish True Wireless earbuds. Sound Quality Before we get into the sound quality of the HiFiMAN TWS 600, it is worth mentioning that these earbuds do not offer support for aptX or LDC codecs. It is only limited to SBC which can be a turn off for some users. © MensXP Having said that, the sound quality is still not as bad as we expected it to be on paper. The Soundstage makes you feel closer to the music and you can clearly hear the instruments as if you were next to them. Having said that, we did feel that the HiFiMAN TWS 600 tuning was a bit off as the highs and mids were all over the place. Sometimes it would sound great with vocal tracks as there is more emphasis on the higher mid-range frequency. However, if you prefer to listen to electronica or instrumental music, the experience can be inconsistent. The lower frequencies are better to listen to if you know what you are doing. We suggest using a custom music player on your device that lets you adjust the frequencies. You will need to equalise the upper midrange and highs to get the ideal bass performance. Don't expect the lower frequencies to hit the lowest notes as the signal is not coming from a wire. For a Bluetooth earbud, the HiFiMAN TWS 600 does more than fair in the lower frequencies. The highs or treble in layman terms is not as sharp as it can get on Bluetooth earphones. However, you will still need to adjust it according to your own liking, depending on the genre you like listening to. The highs do have good detail and are good enough for a Bluetooth earphone. We did not expect to hear every single detail in a song, however it suffices the need of a casual listener. Battery Life On a single charge, the HiFiMAN TWS 600 can last up to 5.5 hours. However, at higher volumes, you can expect it to dip down to 4.5 hours. That's quite impressive, considering how other TWS earphones perform in this category. The charging case, on the other hand, can bring up the total battery life up to 38.5 hours with a total charge cycle of seven times. The Final Say For Rs 12,999 the HiFiMAN TWS 600 becomes an extremely recommendable pair of wireless earbuds, thanks to its competition. If you are looking for Bluetooth earphones that can last up to 30+ hours, the HiFiMAN TWS 600 makes sense for you. However, if you are looking for something that offers better sound; you can also consider the 1MORE Stylish True Wireless earbuds. View the full article
  19. When most people were busy waiting for and analysing the results in Maharashtra, some people on social media were busy churning out memes out of a situation, which was in no way supposed to be funny, especially when an entire state's fate depended on it. But, that's the charm of social media, particularly Twitter and they haven't disappointed us this time either. In an epic political drama, on a Friday night it was decided that Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray will assume his responsibilities as the next CM. However, that news was shortlived as on Saturday, people woke up to the news that BJP's Devender Fadnavis has been confirmed as the next CM for the second time in a row and Ajit Pawar will be the state's Deputy Chief Minister. BCCL The President's rule that was imposed on the state since November 12 was also lifted by President Ram Nath Kovind before Fadnavis took oath. Reportedly, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered the oath to Fadnavis and Pawat at Raj Bhawan. This overnight development created quite a stir not just in the world of politics, but also on social media where people went berserk giving their 'esteemed' opinion on whatever happened. Not that anyone asked for it, but their hilarious opinion and take on this entire issue is definitely hard to miss. In fact, many people compared it to 'Game of Thrones' and wrote how Amit Shah should have written the script of season 8. Fans: the Red Wedding was the best twist I've ever seen. Meanwhile Amit Shah: #MaharashtraPolitics #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/CJKS7epY3s — Rahul Soni (@rahul_23993) November 23, 2019 Gonna tell my kids that he is the Director of Game of Thrones #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/zxRl5Pk1Ro — meme_menaria (@MemeMenaria) November 23, 2019 Gonna tell my kids this was the best season of Game of thrones I had witnessed...ð#MaharashtraPolitics @AmitShah pic.twitter.com/QPznfUuOVg — Gaurav Singh (@I_GauravBaghel) November 23, 2019 Sanjay Raut and Uddhav Thackeray right now... #MaharashtraPolitics pic.twitter.com/8r0NRbx1mH — Indrajit Kar (@TheIndrajitKar) November 23, 2019 best suspense thrillers of all time #MaharashtraPolitics pic.twitter.com/TgBQzB8hSE — Optimus Prem d J (@djaywalebabu) November 23, 2019 Amit Shah describing how he formed government in Maharashtra.#MaharashtraPolitics pic.twitter.com/xx7VC7IM5m — Sagar (@sagarcasm) November 23, 2019 #MaharashtraPolitics Sanjay Raut#surgicalstrike Amit Shah#Motabhai pic.twitter.com/kzhtu8SJWO — Rudra ð®ð³ (@Rudraa_V) November 23, 2019 #MaharashtraPolitics #UddhavThackeray Uddhav Thackeray's least favourite film - WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING — Anand Sivakumaran (@Anandloki) November 23, 2019 View the full article
  20. Apple has revolutionised wireless audio ever since the company removed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and instead started offering AirPods. The most common issue with wireless Bluetooth earphones is that they are unreliable and pairing can be a tedious process. Apple made it easier for iPhone, iPad and MacBook users as we can connect AirPods seamlessly with Apple products. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla However, it was launched in December 2016 and needed a much-required redesign for users who wanted more from their wireless audio devices. Apple recently launched the AirPods Pro that comes with active noise cancellation (ANC); a feature that has been a staple on headphones but only a handful offer them on earbuds. Even though Apple introduced a newer version of the classic AirPods, the new AirPods Pro is the real upgrade everyone has been wanting. I've been using the AirPods Pro in various scenarios to test its sound quality and noise cancellation abilities. Here's what we think about the new AirPods Pro and why I can't go anywhere without them for a single day. Design The biggest difference one will notice is the major difference in design when compared to the AirPods. It now comes with a silicon tip that makes the fit in the ear canal much more tighter and gives a better seal than the regular AirPods. The overall shape of the earbud is now more oval than before and the stem is now shorter as well. The stem of the earbuds now also comes with a sensor that is also flat and can be used to control playback, switch between ANC, transparency and ANC off modes. The new AirPods Pro's design is a bit more subtle than the regular AirPods but is still quite distinctive. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla For people who didn't know, the regular AirPods aren't meant for use while working out, will love the fact that the AirPods Pro is sweat and water-resistant and make a great gym accessory. It comes with an IPX4 rating which means you can use them without worrying about damaging them in the gym. The AirPods Pro are also perfect for runners who want the better sound quality and want a tighter seal so that it doesn't fall off while running. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The AirPods Pro also come with a different charging case; i.e. larger, wider and shorter than the AirPods' charging case. Like the newer version of the AirPods, the Pro variant also supports wireless charging. The case itself may be bigger than the original AirPods, it is still small enough to fit in your pocket. I personally own the new Sony WF-1000XM3 and in comparison, it is much smaller in size. When comparing the two earbuds sizes, the AirPods Pro are less bulkier than its Sony counterpart. How It Works Like the AirPods, the Pro variant also connects and pairs with your phone as soon as you open the lid of the charging case. As soon as you are paired and connected, you can find additional features in the Bluetooth settings of the iPhone. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The AirPods Pro comes with three different silicone tip sizes and in order to find the right size for your ear canal, you need to do an ear tip test. The AirPods Pro has two microphones to adjust the ANC level for the earbuds. It uses the one microphone on the outside to detect ambient noise and the other microphone detects any other remaining noise to calibrate the optimum noise cancellation level using the on-board software. This way, the AirPods Pro can always monitor your environment and adapt the noise-cancellation level. Apple says that the AirPods pro scans and adapts the ANC level 200 times per second. The AirPods Pro also comes with the H1 Chip that uses 10 audio cores to make the adjustment in real time. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Using these techniques, the ear tip test scans and tells you if your seal is good enough to use ANC on the AirPods Pro. If the seal isn't good enough, the test will ask you to adjust the earbuds or change the tip altogether. The test is carried out by playing a small portion of Tycho's “Awake" track. However, what we would have liked to see is a prompt of this test as soon as you connect the AirPods Pro to your iPhone for the first time. If you don't know what you are doing, you may completely miss the ear-fit test if you don't go digging into the Bluetooth settings. Performance and Sound Quality © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla I used the AirPods Pro in various scenarios to test the noise-cancellation ability. I tested them in our office where it can get very loud especially during heated debates. I tested the AirPods Pro in one of the busiest markets in Delhi, India surrounded by traffic, street vendors and loud music blasting from speakers in stores. I even tested the AirPods Pro at a busy Delhi Metro station to test out the noise cancellation features. In all scenarios, we can confidently say that the AirPods Pro can block out most of the sound in each of these scenarios. The AirPods Pro cannot block everything and I think that is by design so that you have at least some sense of your surroundings. Having the ANC work like advertised and also helped us in keeping the volume lower. This is, in turn, reduces the risk of ear damage in the long run and you can still enjoy your music by blocking out nearby noise. What we found impressive about the ANC feature was that it was also effective for Podcasts. While music can generally block out a lot of sounds, when listening to the spoken word, the AirPods Pro did a really good job in blocking out the ambient noise as well. You can still hear some ambient noise, but we were quite surprised to see them perform well even when hearing radio shows. I mentioned earlier, one of the modes that can be controlled by the Force sensor on the AirPods Pro is the Transparency Mode. This mode basically lets you switch off the ANC mode and let the ambient noise come through the earbuds. It is a very handy feature to have if you want to talk to someone face-to-face or just want to get a sense of your surroundings. I would recommend people to use this feature when running on the street so that you are aware of oncoming traffic. This mode can be activated by simply holding the force sensor on the stem to switch between the different modes. When it comes to sound quality, you will instantly notice the difference from the regular AirPods the moment you hear the first track. The vocals sound punchier while the sound stage makes you feel closer to the music than ever before. The AirPods Pro mid-range frequency is probably the star here as the lower frequencies (bass) also sound a lot clearer and more impactful. This is partly because Apple employs Adaptive EQ which tunes these frequencies according to your ear. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla While sound quality preference can be subjective, the AirPod Pro probably offer the most balanced sound you can get from wireless earbuds. The kick drums on any Hip-Hop track sound much more defined and you can even visualise it if you've ever seen a music producer's arrangement window or a mastering mixer. For electronica, the synths, panning automation and different filter effects feel very much lively. To test the AirPods Pro, I listened to Synkro's “Images” and “Realize” tracks that have all the elements an electronica track needs. The soundscape is way more layered when listening to a proper mastered track. Most new-age Hip-Hop tracks are shabbily mastered due to which the sound experience can differ on differ headphones. However, Synkro is known for making tracks that are generally better mastered and have enough room in the layers for you to notice every instrument and effects. After listening to the two Synkro tracks, I can confidently say that the AirPods Pro is the current king of mid- and low-range frequencies in the wireless earbud segment. The last thing we need to mention is the average battery life on the AirPods Pro. With ANC turned on, you can expect it to last around 4 to 4.5 hours, however, when turned off it can last up to 5 hours. When using the AirPods Pro for making calls, you can expect the battery to dip down to 3.5 hours. With a fully charged case, you can use the AirPods Pro for up to 24 hours in total listening time. The Final Say If you are looking for wireless earbuds that can block out outside noise, deliver great sound quality and aren't very bulky, the AirPods Pro is the best ANC device you can get right now. It may not be perfect but it sure comes close. If you are an iPhone user, this is a must-have accessory that will probably come in handy more than you can imagine. After using the AirPods Pro, I can confidently say I cannot go a day without using these wireless earbuds no matter where I am. View the full article
  21. Smartphones that are priced under Rs. 30,000 are extremely popular in India. People prefer these phones over the flagship devices mainly because of all the value it offers for the money. You'll probably end up spending way less money and get some really powerful specs, great cameras, etc. Well, if you are planning to buy a new smartphone under Rs. 30,000, then these are the ones which we think are worth buying. 1. OnePlus 7 © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Yes, OnePlus has already launched the OnePlus 7T but doesn't make the OnePlus 7 a bad phone by any means. In fact, it received a price cut after the launch of OnePlus 7T, making it an even better offering. You can now pick up the OnePlus 7 for less than Rs 30,000, which is awesome. You'll get a 6.4-inch FHD+ panel, Snapdragon 855 SoC, a 48MP camera sensor and more. If you're interested, then you can read our full review of the OnePlus 7 right here. 2. Redmi K20 Pro © YouTube/ Marques Brownlee Redmi K20 Pro is another great phone that's worth checking out in this price range. The phone looks stunning, sports an AMOLED panel, is powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC and has a triple camera setup with a 48MP sensor. It also has a great battery life. You can check out our review of the Redmi K20 Pro right here. 3. ASUS 6Z © YouTube/ GSMArena The ASUS 6Z has now received a significant price cut in India and is now available for just Rs. 25,999. At that price, it's a great device and is absolutely worth checking out. It's powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC and comes with a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel and a massive 5,000 mAh battery. The highlight of the phone, however, is the rotating camera module, which includes a 48MP sensor. 4. Google Pixel 3a © YouTube/ Android Police Lastly, we have the Google Pixel 3a. Yes, Google has already launched Pixel 4, but it's not coming to India. So your best bet to get Google's camera under Rs. 30,000 is by buying the Pixel 3a. We use the Google Pixel 3a to shoot most of the pictures for our reviews and features, so we can confirm that it's a great phone and totally worth buying. View the full article
  22. Are you looking to buy a new smartphone under Rs 20,000? Well, 2019 has been a spectacular year for mobile phones with a ton of great devices coming out across different price brackets including the budget segment. We recently covered the list of phones priced under Rs 15,000. But if you can stretch your budget a bit, then you can get a lot more devices to pick and choose from. Let's check them out. 1. Redmi K20 © Xiaomi The Redmi K20 is one of the best Xiaomi phones of 2019 and it's a flagship-grade device that's powered by Snapdragon 730 SoC inside. It's also one of the best-looking phones that Xiaomi has ever released, as it comes with a flaming gradient finish and a bezel-less edge-to-edge display. It also sports a pop-up selfie camera and the triple camera setup at the back can take some stunning shots. 2. Realme XT © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Realme XT is the first smartphone to ship with a 64MP camera sensor in India. It shares the same design as the Realme 5 Pro and the Realme X, but this one has a glass body, which makes it look much more premium. It's powered by Snapdragon 710 SoC and comes in three RAM and storage variants. It's also capable of taking some stunning photos and has a 4,000 mAh battery. You can read our full review of the phone right here. 3. Vivo Z1x © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP The Vivo Z1x is a slightly upgraded version of the Vivo Z1 Pro as the new phone comes with more or less the same specs with just the addition of a 48MP sensor. That said, it's still a great phone. It's a solid device with a good display, great cameras, and some powerful internals. You can read our first impressions of the phone right here. 4. Poco F1 © Akshay Bhalla/ MensXP Poco F1 is one of those devices that managed to remain in the spotlight for an entire year and still going strong. We don't know if Xiaomi is planning to release Poco F2, but the first-generation device is still a great option if you're on a tight budget. For Rs 15,999, you can get the 128GB version of Poco F1, which is quite awesome if you think about it. It's got great specs, good cameras and a whole lot more. Read our review here to find out more. View the full article
  23. Smartphones that are priced under Rs 15,000 are probably the ones that sell the most in India mainly because they're very accessible. And over the years, budget phones have gotten a lot better and things are looking very good when it comes to some of the upcoming phones too. Well, if you are in the market to buy a new smartphone under Rs 15,000 right now, then we think these are the ones worth considering- Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro © Xiaomi Xiaomi recently launched the new Redmi Note 8 Pro in India and it starts at just Rs 14,999, making it one of the best phones to buy in this list. It packs a lot of power and features that are usually not found in other phones in this price bracket. The Redmi Note 8 Pro looks good, has a quad-camera setup with a 64MP sensor, a large battery and more. It also sports a good display and packs powerful internals. We think this is one of the best phones you can buy at this price point and you can read our impressions of the phone right here. Realme 5 Pro © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Realme also has a huge lineup of phones that are priced well under Rs 20,000. But if you can only spend Rs 15,000, then we think the Realme 5 Pro is the one to get. It packs a powerful Snapdragon 712 processor and a quad-camera setup with a 48MP sensor. It also has a beautiful design and comes with a 4,035 mAh battery. You can read our full review of the Realme 5 Pro right here. Xiaomi Mi A3 © Karthik Iyer/ MensXP Xiaomi's Mi A3 is the only good phone you can buy under Rs 15,000 which comes with stock Android. It has a beautiful design and packs a good set of internals, making it a complete package in this price range. It also sports a 48MP sensor at the back and comes with a 4,030 mAh battery with support for fast charging. You can check out our full review of the phone here. Samsung Galaxy A50 © YouTube/ Hardwarecannucks The Samsung Galaxy A50 is also a really good option when it comes to phones under Rs 15,000. It offers some premium features in this price range like a really good 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel, an in-display fingerprint scanner, a triple-camera setup, etc. The Exynos 9610 processor powering the phone is also powerful enough to push through even the most resource-intensive tasks. Overall, it's a great phone and totally worth buying in this price range. View the full article
  24. Let's be honest - Bollywood just isn't the same without over-the-top action sequences. Even during the old dishoom-dishoom era of action movies, Bollywood's stunt performers have retained a long legacy full of breathtaking action cinema moments, and more than a few broken bones. Some stars, however, have made it a point to go the extra mile and perform stunts themselves. Here's a few of the most iconic Bollywood daredevils you'll find in the industry: Akshay Kumar No surprise here - the Khiladi star earned his famous nickname for a reason, and we're sure it has something to do with his entire acting career featuring incredible stunts of all kinds. He's put a taekwondo black-belt to use in fight scenes, skydived, swam with sharks and suffered burns, slipped discs and several more injuries - no wonder he's the host of Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi. Ajay Devgn Perhaps the only actor on this list to have a 'signature move' when it comes to stunts, Devgn was well-steeped in Bollywood's stunt industry being the son of legendary stuntman and action director, Veeru Devgan. The aforementioned move was in the opening shots of his very first film - Phool Aur Kaante, where Devgn performed a perfect split - between two moving motorcycles. In subsequent years, he went on to cement a reputation in the industry for recreating this stunt - in between two cars in Rohit Shetty's Golmaal series, as well as 2019's De De Pyaar De. Vidyut Jamwal Ever since his debut alongside John Abraham in 2014's Force, Vidyut Jamwal has proven some pretty serious expertise in two things. He has consistently performed some of the best parkour work in Bollywood - performing somersaults over moving vehicles, vaulting through windows and using stuntmen's bodies as setups to moves you'd expect to see in WWE. Perhaps the origin of this talent comes from his training in the world's oldest martial art, Kalaripattayu. He has been involved with the technique ever since the age of three, at his mother's ashram. Priyanka Chopra While Priyanka Chopra gained a lot of worldwide acclaim for performing her own stunts in Quantico, she alludes her comfort with working on stunts to her experiences in Bollywood. While her repertoire of stunt work was most-highlighted in Mary Kom, Quantico seriously upped the ante with its fight scenes, guns and vehicle stunts - Chopra was even rushed to the ER back in 2017 for a concussion she suffered on set during one of these shoots. Hrithik Roshan Back in his early 20s, Hrithik Roshan was diagnosed with scoliosis - a spine disorder that doctors told him would prevent him from dancing or performing stunts in films. Despite this, not only is he one of the industry's most lauded dancers - he's also performed some truly incredible stunts throughout the last two decades. With some of his best work featured in his recent action thriller, War, at the age of 45, he's still at the top of his game with 4 stunt directors and everything from high-speed chases to fight scenes. Despite this intense dedication, Roshan has also paid a serious price to do his own stunts - back in 2013, the actor suffered a serious injury while filming in Thailand - resulting in him needing brain surgery, much like Jackie Chan during his earlier career. View this post on Instagram Meeting Jackie Chan was a revelation at so many levels. Incredible experience. Inspired. #kaabilinchina #ilovechina #china @jackiechan A post shared by Hrithik Roshan (@hrithikroshan) on May 31, 2019 at 8:57pm PDT Both actors are still alive and very much kicking. View the full article
  25. 2019 has been a good year for smartwatches. While the Apple Watch continued to dominate the market, we also got to see a lot of offerings from other manufacturers. In fact, some of the smartwatches are so good that buying them is totally a no-brainer. So if you're looking for the best smartwatch of 2019, then these are the ones which we think are worth considering. Apple Watch Series 5 © YouTube/ Karl Conrad The Apple Watch Series 5 brings minor changes, but the Apple Watch Series 4 itself was so good that the new variant just makes it an even better watch to buy right now. The Apple Watch Series 5 now has an always-on display and comes with compass support. And on top of that, it brings all the great features that make the Apple Watch world's best smartwatch. This one gets an easy recommendation from us if you own an iPhone. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 © Samsung Samsung's new Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch has quickly become very popular not only among the Galaxy phone users but others as well. Both the Galaxy Watch Active and the Galaxy Watch Active 2 are quite different from Samsung's usual Galaxy Watch and the Gear smartwatch options. These are more fitness-centric watches that are sleek and look really nice. They also have all the smart features that you may have come to expect from a smartwatch, so be sure to check them out. Amazfit GTS © Amazfit A lot of people are buying the new Amazfit GTS mainly because it looks like an Apple Watch. It's not a blatant copy like the new Mi Watch, but the Amazfit GTS does look a lot like the Apple Watch. Even the watch faces on the Amazfit GTS are similar to the ones on the Apple Watch. But even if you ignore that, the Amazfit GTS is a great smartwatch. It has a slim metal body that looks premium and has all the smart features and fitness-centric features. Also, this works with both Android as well as iOS, so you can actually buy this if you don't want to spend too much money on an Apple Watch. Fitbit Versa 2 © Fitbit Fitbit's new Versa 2 is also a great option if you want to buy a smartwatch. It comes with Amazon Alexa built-in and has 6+ days of battery life. Since this is a Fitbit device, it's primarily a fitness-centric device that happens to come with smart features of a smartwatch. You can check your notifications and even reply to messages, set reminders, etc. It also looks like a smartwatch rather than a Fitbit activity band, so that's great too. Well, those are our picks for the best smartwatches of 2019. If you're not willing to spend a lot of money and would rather buy a fitness band instead, then be sure to check out picks of the best fitness bands of 2019. View the full article
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