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  1. What can you do, it’s the age of rap and remix. Most people pick sunglasses purely for aesthetic reasons. Now, no one is denying the contribution of a perfect pair to your style and confidence but are you sure, you’re investing in the right one? An ideal pair of sunglasses should accentuate the good and camouflage the not-so-perfect details of the face. It should shield your eyes and the skin around it completely. And its lens colour should be aligned with the weather and your lifestyle. So let’s find out which pair is designed for you. __ECOMLOOKS__1906__ __ECOMLOOKS__1907__ __ECOMLOOKS__1908__ __ECOMLOOKS__1909__ __ECOMLOOKS__1910__ The BottomlineAs long as you keep these basic factors in mind while investing in sunglasses, you will get the most bang for your buck. Let us know if you finally found that trendy pair you were looking for. Explore More View the full article
  2. The past couple of months have been overwhelming in terms of smartphone launches as none of the OEMs wanted to miss out on the festive shopping spree. With an influx of devices, it often gets difficult to pick and choose the ones that offer the most value for money. For Samsung, we think it was the newest entry into the M-Series, the Galaxy M51. Honestly, we didn't expect this gem of a phone to come knocking at our doors. This is one of those phones that has managed to stay with us ever since it came out. There are quite a few things we like about the Galaxy M51 but we'll be talking just the three of them here. Battery Life © MensXP/Karthik Iyer The Samsung Galaxy M51 is good at many things but the battery is where it brilliantly dominates the competition. The phone packs a generous 7,000 mAh battery. It is by far the largest battery we've seen on any mainstream smartphone. Regardless of how busy the day has been for the phone, there's a good chance that you'll still end your day with enough charge left to play a few games or watch a movie or a TV show. We tried really hard to kill the battery in one day but we gave up before the phone did. The charging speed is also not too shabby considering the battery size. You get a 25W charger inside the box and it takes about 2 hours to top it up. We'd love to see a faster-charging solution for the successor more than anything else. Display © MensXP/Karthik Iyer The Galaxy M51 also sports a beautiful 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O panel. It's got a tall 20:9 aspect ratio with support for FullHD+ resolution. It's a typical Samsung AMOLED panel that we've come to cherish over the years. It's a joy to look at and we certain that you'll have a great time using it, be it for gaming, watching videos, etc. It also has widevine L1 support to stream HD content on OTT platforms. There's also support for HDR, so those HDR-supported YouTube videos will look really good. It's a best in class Super AMOLED panel with great color reproduction. Performance © MensXP/Karthik Iyer The Galaxy M51 is powered by the Snapdragon 730G this time instead of going for its in-house Exynos chipsets. It is backed by up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The performance of the phone is super smooth across all the day-to-day tasks. You won't encounter any lags while using the phone. Samsung's OneUI has also gotten better now and it's far from the sluggish UI were used to on older Samsung phones. You'll also have a great time gaming on this phone. The performance is solid and you won't have to worry about the battery too. The Final SayBesides the points we've mentioned above, there are plenty of other things we like about the Galaxy M51 and that's exactly why we keep coming back to it even after using so many devices that are coming out. It's a great phone and we think it's perfect for those who are looking to buy a phone under Rs 25,000. View the full article
  3. The Fast And The Furious franchise began with a basic concept of drag racing combined with highway heists and an undercover cop joining their gang as a street racer. The first couple of films were decent, if not great. Tokyo Drift was refreshing and managed to be the best film of the franchise (in my opinion) without the help of a massive actor roster but subsequently, things came crashing down to the point at which cars are parachuting on a highway and planes are running on endless runways. This list isn’t about the such stupid incidents that the scripwriters included in the film in the name of creativity. This list is about the stupid things they showed in the fancy cars that made every race fan want to bleach their eyes and stratch their brains out. The Extra Gear Shift So, can we already talk about how, no matter how fast the car is going, Vin Diesel is always able to shift one gear up when it matters the most? Is he necessarily driving on one gear lower throughout the race, in which case completely messing up his fuel consumption and risking his engine to overheat too quickly? I get that it could be the case in a quarter-mile race but not when drifting through a glacier, being chased by a freaking submarine, right? NOS Leading To Time Warp If you watch the first two films of the franchise, as soon as the racer pushes ‘the red button’ to initiate a Nitrous oxide boost, they’d show it as if the car is ready to travel faster than the speed of light and convert into a time travelling machine. Sure, the boost can make the car go faster but not in a way that’d give Marty McFly and Doc from Back To The Future a run for their money. How Long A ‘Quarter-Mile’ Race Lasts A quarter-mile is just a little more than 400 metres. With supercars that go from 0-100mph in a couple of seconds that are loaded with ‘time-traveling’ NOS, how does it take them 30 seconds or more to complete a short race on a straight road? Considering the average time for a real drag race is somewhere between 4-9 seconds, the races in the Fast & Furious franchise are hilariously long. The Glamourous Pre-Race Atmosphere The first movie of the series came in 2001 and the “street-car racing” environment showed women in ultra small skirts talking around expensive rides and “bending down” to check the fancy engines for some reason. Now this could be the avid YouTube viewer in me speaking but none of the legitimate street-racing videos that I have seen online have such overglamourised people next to the cars. Normally, there are two cars positioned side-by-side, they bet a certain amount on the race and then… race! Of course there are a bunch of enthusiasts crowding the starting line but that’s about it. The Physics This doesn’t just upset the race fans but humanity in general. Fast and the Furious cars do not obey the laws of physics one bit. Be it jumping from a platform and onto a yacht or five cars trying to hold down one car and eventually flipping high in the air and crashing into one another just because Vin Diesel’s car had more horsepower than that rest of them combined. Science? What science, eh? View the full article
  4. The internet has been abuzz since yesterday after the news of PM Modi’s net worth going up over the span of one year hit the internet. The details were accessed after the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) received the latest asset declarations from high profile government officials including PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and others. As per the declaration, it was reported that PM Modi’s net worth saw a rise as compared to last year, while Home Minister Amit Shah’s net worth experienced a dip. Of course, that was enough fodder for the tabloids to churn out hot pieces speculating how the rise and fall in their respective fortunes came into play. © Twitter/indiaandnamo Now while we are yet to get our hands on the finer details related to the hit Amit Shah’s net worth suffered, we’ve been able to identify seven things that added to PM Modi’s net worth this year. Just to give you an overview, PM Modi’s net worth as of 30th June 2020 was Rs 2.85 crore as compared to Rs 2.49 crore in 2019, which is a hike of approximately Rs 36 lakh. So here are the seven major things that have reportedly added to PM Modi’s net worth in the past year. 1. As per reports, PM Modi’s bank account reflected deposits worth Rs 4,143 on 31st March 2019, as opposed to Rs 3.38 lakh on 30th June 2020. The primary increase in PM Modi’s assets are said to have come from bank deposits of around Rs 3.3 lakh. © Twitter/no1_times 2. The declaration also states that safe investment returns worth Rs 33 lakh over the span of one year have also been taken into account for calculation. 3. By June 2020, PM Modi reportedly had Rs 31,450 as cash in hand, a bank balance of Rs 3,38,173 at SBI Gandhinagar branch, as well as a Bank FDR and MOD balance of Rs 1,60,28,939 at the same branch. 4. While last year TOI had reported that PM Modi’s movable assets were estimated at Rs 1.4 crore, this year it has reportedly seen an increase of almost 26 percent and is now expected to be worth Rs 1.7 crore. © Twitter/ANI 5. India Today has also reported that PM Modi also has National Savings Certificates worth Rs 8,43,124, life insurance policies worth Rs 1,50,957 as well as Infra bonds worth Rs 20,000. 6. According to Livemint, PM Modi is also said to be the owner of a 3,531 square feet plot in Gandhinagar Sector 1, while he is the joint owner of 25 percent share-holding of a Gandhinagar house which is valued at Rs 1.1 crore. So PM Modi’s immovable assets may be worth Rs 1.10 crore in the market today. 7. PM Modi is also said to possess four gold rings weighing 45 gram and worth Rs 1.5 lakh. View the full article
  5. Growing a beard for the first time? Stop asking yourself #BeardKyunHoWeird and learn more about beard styling at https://www.mensxp.com/vickypedia.html, Vicky Kaushal's very own #vickypedia View the full article
  6. Jasmin Bhasin, one of the popular contestants in Bigg Boss 14, rose to fame with TV shows like Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji, and Dil Se Dil Tak. View this post on InstagramThe #MorningDanceParty in #BBHouse has got to be Jas’ favourite 💃🏻 #GrooveItLikeJas #JBinBB14 #TeamJasmin Watch the #BB14 episodes on @colorstv every day and before TV on @vootselect 📺 #BB14 #JBinBB #AbScenePaltega #BiggBoss14 #BiggBoss #BiggBoss2020 #Colors #JasminBhasin #BBlikeABoss @beingsalmankhanA post shared by (@jasminbhasin2806) 1. For the uninitiated, Jasmin is an Indian actor and model. She was born in Kota, Rajasthan on June 28. Jasmin did her graduation from a hospitality college in Jaipur. View this post on InstagramIt’s a new day & a new task up Jasmin’s sleeve 🌞 Double tap if you’re rooting for her ♥️ #TeamJasmin Photography: @aashkapatelphotographyy Hair and Makeup: @symone.neilson_mua_hair Concept and Styling: @simrat_bohra Outfit: @zara #BB14 #JBinBB14 #TeamJasmin #JBinBB #AbScenePaltega #BiggBoss14 #BiggBoss #BiggBoss2020 #Colors #JasminBhasinA post shared by (@jasminbhasin2806) View this post on InstagramAre your eyes blushing? ☺️ . . Concept and styling: @simrat_bohra Outfit: @zara @zaraindiaofficial Bracelet: @anaqajewels Photography: @aashkapatelphotographyy Hair and makeup: @symone.neilson_mua_hairA post shared by (@jasminbhasin2806) 2. Not many of you would know that Jasmin forayed into the acting world with a Tamil movie called Vaanam (2011). She then worked in other South Indian films like Karodpathi, Veta, and Ladies & Gentlemen, among others. View this post on InstagramMy cooking skills are limited to looking like fire on the kitchen counter 😉 - Photographer: @aashkapatelphotographyy Makeup & Hair: @symone.neilson_mua_hair Concept & Styling: @simrat_bohra Outfit: @zara @zaraindiaofficialA post shared by (@jasminbhasin2806) View this post on InstagramIn a city where anything and everything can change... the sea is constant 🌊 #Mumbai♥️A post shared by (@jasminbhasin2806) 3. Later in 2015, she got the opportunity to star in Tashan-e-Ishq, and then her journey took off from there starting from Dil Se Dil Tak, Dil To Happy Hai Ji and Naagin: Bhagya Ka Zehreela Khel being the latest one. © Dil Se DIl Tak 4. Besides, she has also been a part of the hit stunt-based reality TV show Khatron Ke Khiladi not once but twice. However, later, her stint with Naagin did not last very long as she was replaced by Rashami Desai. © Colors 5. What’s more interesting to know is that, apart from Hindi TV shows, Jasmin has also featured in numerous regional movies like, Beware of Dogs (Malayalam), Ladies & Gentlemen (Telugu), Jil Jung Juk (Tamil) and so on. Recently, there were rumours that Jasmin is dating fellow actor Aly Goni. But both Jasmin and Aly have denied such rumours claiming they are just best friends and nothing more than that. The duo had participated together in Khatron Ke Khiladi, and it is since then that the two are rumoured to be in a relationship. View this post on InstagramMy BFF and I will be besties forever because we are both too lazy to find new friends👫 #struckwithmeA post shared by (@jasminbhasin2806) Before entering the Bigg Boss 14 house, Jasmin was asked about her strategy to win and how she plans to portray her personality. To which she told ETimes TV that she doesn't want to "fall in love on the reality show as it will make her emotionally weak". Besides, she also admitted that she is "not comfortable doing household chores and that cleaning toilet pots is her biggest nightmare". View the full article
  7. Apple has finally made its iPhone 12 series official and we know exactly what we'll get for our money instead of eye-balling things based on the leaks and rumours. We got four new iPhones this year, two of them being the standard iPhone 12 models whereas the remaining two models come under Apple's 'Pro' line up. The iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max both come with a dizzying amount of camera tech. In fact, more than anything, we think the cameras are what truly make them 'Pro' variants. So we decided to take a look at the camera tech that's baked into the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Three CamerasSo the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, both come with three cameras at the back along with a LiDAR sensor. You get a 12MP primary lens with a 7 element lens and an f/1.6 aperture. You also get a 12MP f/2.4 ultrawide camera with a 120-degree field of view, a 5-element lens, and a 13mm-equivalent focal length. Lastly, you also get a telephoto camera which is the same as the one found on the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. © Apple Apple is also betting big on the various photography modes that are meant to take advantage of the hardware power and give you better user experience. For instance, Apple's Deep Fusion computational photography system can now be used on either camera. Apple also noted that it runs faster on the iPhone 12. Night Mode can also be used on the iPhone 12 regardless of the camera you're using. Additionally, Apple's Smart HDR 3 system will automatically adjust things like white balance and contrast in photos to make them look more natural. And lastly, there's the ability to shoot HDR video with Dolby Vision at 30 fps. iPhone 12 Pro Max Camera View the full article
  8. It isn’t news that human society survives on language as a mode of interaction and expression. But we often forget how vital language is not only for our existence but also its growth. This forms the basis of why we must create, build and utilise niche terminologies appropriately in our interactions. This becomes all the more significant when we use these terminologies to talk, share and opine about things related to mental health. But alas, most of us are too ignorant about how detrimental misusing terms like ‘OCD’, ‘depression’,‘bipolar’ et cetera casually can be to someone or the movement that’s trying to raise awareness around mental health issues and normalise it. © iStock “Words carry a lot of power to their listeners and we all have made many mistakes (regarding its usage) and continue to learn. Our word choices contribute to social stigmas that can further marginalize individuals of all backgrounds living with a variety of conditions, illnesses and disabilities,” says Dr Hiba Siddiqui, a Senior Psycho-Oncologist at Max Healthcare. “It’s important to learn the perils of problematic language when we casually overuse words like ‘retarded’, ‘psycho’, ‘crazy or nuts’, ‘insane or mental’, and so on. There is a conscious need to opt or adapt to language that centres an individual, rather than their symptoms. For instance, someone isn’t ‘depressed’ or ‘anxious’, they are a person living with depression or anxiety. We need to avoid casually using a serious mental illness to describe our passing mood or habit. Casual references like this to mental illnesses undermine severity and contribute to greater shame and stigma around seeking help for the same,” Dr Siddiqui adds. © iStock Speaking about misusing mental health-related words in daily conversation and some common misconceptions related to the field, Dr Siddiqui pointed out these five factors to keep in mind. 1. Mental illness is associated with a significant burden of morbidity and disability. Despite being so common, it is often not identified, under-diagnosed, and under reported by many. It is important to note that mental illnesses can affect individuals across age, gender, race, socio-economic status and educational backgrounds, without discrimination. It is important to note that while gender differences often play a role and gender is a critical determinant of mental health and well-being, the adversity of impact receives more attention than gender-specific determinants in the long-run. © iStock 2. Gender stereotypes regarding proneness to emotional problems in women and alcohol and violence-based problems in men, appear to reinforce social stigma and constrain help seeking. They are a barrier to the accurate identification and treatment of psychological disorders or psychosocial stressors. Women are more likely to seek help and disclose mental health problems to their support systems and doctors, while men are more likely to not do the same. This is a result of toxic masculinity patterns surrounding men, which are entrenched as part of their socialization. 3. A common myth we all have heard is that anyone can snap out of a mental illness if they tried hard enough. It’s important to factually understand that mental health difficulties or emotional distress has nothing to do with being lazy or weak. © iStock Many factors contribute to mental illnesses such as: • Biological factors, such as genetics, physical illness, or chemical changes in the brain • Life experiences and psychosocial stressors, such as trauma, abuse or neglect • Family history of mental health problems People with mental illnesses can get better with the right psychological and pharmacological intervention as required. 4. When more men speak about their struggles and experience with emotional stressors and reduced mental well-being at a public level, other men can see that the struggle is real and relatable. They feel less alone. It is therefore important to spread awareness and normalize mental illnesses and the difficulty they pose on one’s functionality and everyday demands, irrespective of gender. Be open to express, share and seek help when needed. © iStock We all need to advocate messages of hope and inform people living with mental health issues, that effective psychotherapeutic and pharmacological interventions exist and can help with managing their on-going symptoms and problems. This has to be a collective responsibility for all individuals living in a common society. 5. Another common myth is that, ‘I can’t do anything to support someone with mental illness or emotional distress’. The fact is that we all at our individual levels can do a lot to make a difference in their lives: • We can regularly check-in • We can listen without judgement • Treat them in the same way we treat others • Be empathetic • Be patient View the full article
  9. Ready Player One, the 2018 Sci-Fi action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg with a gritty screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, is based on Cline's 2011 novel of the same name. It starred Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. © Warner Bros. Now, in an exciting new development, the plot details of Ready Player One's sequel Ready Player Two have been released. We're certain that the drop is going is happening soon. Here are some of the things that we know about the sequel: © Warner Bros. 1. The sequel to the extremely popular film and the book is due to release by the end of this year. In fact, the pre-orders are open now. This is the first time the author of the book, Ernest Cline has opened up about the plot. © Warner Bros. 2. At this week's virtual Comic-Con, Wil Wheaton, who played the role of Wesley Crusher on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, also did a reading for the Ready Player One audiobook, and will be doing another round for the sequel of the book. © Warner Bros. 3. The synopsis of the sequel reads, "An unexpected quest. Two worlds at stake. Are you ready?'. It goes on to describe the following events."Days after OASIS founder James Halliday's contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday's vaults, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS more wondrous - and addictive - then even Wade dreamed possible." Then it describes the subsequent events, "With it comes to a new riddle and a new quest, the last Easter egg from Holiday, hinting at a mysterious prize, and an unexpected, impossibly powerful, new and dangerous rival awaits, one who will kill millions to get what he wants. Wade's life and the future of the OASIS are again at stake, but this time, the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance." © Warner Bros. 4. After confirming a second book was on the way, Cline said: "It is true. I can't talk about it too much, but I can tell you there's no better inspiration for a writer returning to a world they've already worked on when they're seeing Steven Spielberg bringing that world to life. He then goes on to say, "Wade carries a grail diary through the whole story to collect his clues about the Easter Egg hunt, and that's because of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. © Warner Bros. It would have been a different story if I had not grown up watching Steven's movies. So to get to not only collaborate with him to bring the first story to life but to bounce ideas off of him for the sequel is the most gratifying thing that's ever happened to me in my life." © Warner Bros And lastly, we have a date for the release of Ready Player Two, it's going to be available on 24 November this year. View the full article
  10. One of the most sensitive aspects of interacting with a friend or loved one who is troubled by mental health problems is the ‘help’ we try to offer. For most of us, who aren’t trained in the mental health department, this help comes in the form of conversations and what we say to comfort the person and make them feel better. Now, while our intention in trying to bring them comfort may be good, most of us are unable to convey it or extend the right kind of support, by failing to choose our words wisely. So instead of helping out, we often end up doing unintentional damage. So we got in touch with counselling psychologist Tanvii Bhandari who is also associated with Untangle as a therapist, to help us understand and navigate through such situations better. © Pexels “When someone shares anything they’re going through in the mental health space, they are in a very vulnerable space and they’re being extremely brave by sharing it with you. It’s basically like exposing a wound. It’s not fun for them, it's scary and they really don't want you poking the wound. But a lot of us end up doing just that by not being good listeners and by not being respectful of the person who is sharing their troubles with us,” Tanvii tells MensXP. That’s when people end up saying all the wrong things. Tanvii helps us out by sharing some examples of such statements which should be avoided at all costs. 1. “Oh my god, I went through the same thing!” 2. “Oh you know, this happens to everybody, so many people feel like this.” 3. “This is how XYZ got out of it.” 4. “You just do this and you’ll be out of this.” 5. “Have you tried this...that...and this…” © Pexels Tanvii tells us that when we give these aforementioned ‘helpful’ suggestions and try to be supportive while attempting to convey the message that ‘you’re not alone’, that isn’t what we end up communicating. Instead, we end up making them feel more isolated as if to imply that they are at fault for feeling the way they are feeling. Elucidating on what the other person might be seeking from us instead, Tanvii adds, “What they really want from us is to listen to them and say ‘I’m here for you’, ‘What can i do for you’. If the person asks, ‘Am I the only one going through this’, that’s when you bring out your stories and say ‘No you’re not the only one going through this, there are others.’” © Pexels When it comes to giving any sort of advice, Tanvii iterates that unless the friend or loved one directly asks for it, we shouldn’t impose our suggestions on them. But, “If they ask for suggestions, you can say something like, ‘You know this worked for me when I went through this, maybe you can give it a try too.’ This is a very respectful way of putting this across. Instead we end up dismissing, isolating and making them feel shitty about what they’re going through by not being mindful of our words.” Tanvii further shares that accountability forms a very important part of therapy. As a therapist she always makes her clients become accountable for what they feel. However, she cautions that as a friend, if we make them feel bad by holding them responsible for their ‘sorry state of mind’ we will only be sending them down a darker hole. On the other hand, “In therapy I’m not just making them confront what they can do differently, I’m also making them understand the things that were out of their control and came in the way,” Tanvii adds. © Pexels Providing us with a very poignant explanation, Tanvii says, “A great analogy I like to use for mental health is physical fitness. So suppose I’m putting on weight, it could be for a myriad reasons that are very different from why you are putting on weight. So perhaps a heavy breakfast works for me, but you put on weight because of it. Or curd really suits me, but creates acidity in your body. We need to take these differences into account.” “So imagine I tell a friend how unhappy I am with my body or the way I look. My friend then tells me about something she tried which helped her lose weight in three months. But when I try it and don’t see the same results, think about how I will feel, I’ll feel like shit. But instead when I choose to go to a nutritionist, an expert or a fitness trainer and they give me advice, that is usable advice, which will work and help me get where I want to go. But my friend’s personal experience wouldn’t make a similar difference.” © Pexels “Similarly when it comes to mental health and sharing personal experiences we need to put out that disclaimer - ‘This worked for me. You can try it if it resonates with you.’ We usually don't put out that disclaimer and end up dismissing people instead.” Elaborating further on other statements which can be detrimental to people suffering from mental illnesses, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, Tanvii says we must never say things like - 1. “You have too much free time on your hands, that’s why you’re depressed.” 2. “You are so indecisive, that is why you’re so anxious.” 3. “You don’t look at the positive things in life, that is why you’re sad.” 4. “You just need to look at the positive side of things.” 5. “You need to have a busy day.” 6. “Try a new hobby.” © Pexels “All of this is very easy for us to do, that’s why we recommend those things so confidently to others. Whereas for the other person it may not be easy at all and often we forget that. We forget that every person is unique. So it’s very important to validate their feelings - whether those feelings may be - sad, depressed or whatever word they use to describe it, we need to validate it. Very often we invalidate another person’s feelings by saying things such as - 1. “Arey tumhein kya tension hai.” 2. “You have so much money in your account, why are you worried about this?” 3. “You have such a good job, why are you stressed out?” 4. “You have such a great spouse, you have nothing to be sad about.” 5. “You’re doing just fine” 6. “ You just need to think positive.” “These are positive but unhelpful things to say to someone.” That's the only parting advice Tanvii leaves us with. To be more aware and considerate of our words when trying to help a person who may be under a lot of mental pressure. View the full article
  11. Thirty four year-old Nikhil Kamath & his elder brother Nithin (39) are the latest entrants to Forbes’ list of the 100 richest Indians. They are the founders of Zerodha & True Beacon, two of India’s most rapidly growing trading and instrument firms. © Nikhil Kamath Nikhil is also a well-known venture capitalist and one of the co-founders of RainMatter, a venture capital firm that focuses on the fintech space. While Nikhil’s business acumen and his accomplishments as an analyst are pretty well known among the people who follow business news, people don’t really know a lot about his journey, what made him the successful entrepreneur that he is. © Nikhil Kamath Here are 7 things that you probably didn’t know about India’s youngest billionaire. 1. He’s worth 11.3 Thousand Crore © Nikhil Kamath Nikhil Kamath and his brother are worth over $1.5 Billion. That makes them the 90th richest people in India. And do keep in mind, that Nikhil is just 34 whereas his brother is 39. This means that they still have a long time ahead of them to crack the top 10. And given just how quickly and rapidly they have expanded, it seems possible that they might be able to do just that, someday. 2. He Played Chess For India © Nikhil Kamath Nikhil is not just an avid chess player, he has, in fact, played the sport at a professional level, and even represented India in a number of tournaments. He believes that trading and analytics drew him because of his proficiency in chess. The skills he developed while playing chess, mainly a thorough analysis of deviations in strategies, are what helped him in his business. 3. He’s A Bookworm Who Dropped Out Of School © Nikhil Kamath At the age of 15, he dropped out of school to concentrate on chess, much to the chagrin of his father. This is also the reason why he is an avid reader because according to him, that was the only way he could educate himself, through books. Some of his favourite authors include Nicholas Taleb, Peter Thiel & Ram Dass. 4. He Started Trading At The Age Of 17 © Nikhil Kamath Yup, he started trading at the age of 17, two years after he dropped out of school. He spent the next 2 decades in understanding the dynamics of the market. Success may not depend on someone’s age, but it surely depends on how much of an effort one is willing to make. 5. He Started Out In A Call Centre © Nikhil Kamath Nikhil actually started his ‘career’ by working in a call centre. He did this while he was trading. Nikhil would work as a trade analyst by the day and would work the night shift at a call centre. This just goes on to show that no matter how you begin, you can reach unimaginable heights through your dedication and hard work. 6. He Is An Adrenaline Junkie © Nikhil Kamath Nikhil is a proper adrenaline junkie, and by that, we don’t mean he just loves to travel. Go through his Instagram photos and you’ll see a ton of pictures of him climbing rocks, jumping out of aeroplanes, and spelunking through caves. © Nikhil Kamath 7. He Is A Self Confessed ‘Horophile’ © Nikhil Kamath Apart from collecting pieces of art and bikes, Nikhil is a self-confessed horophile or someone who loves watches. He says that although he is not an expert on watches like a horologist, he is obsessed with timekeeping and collects vintage watches. View the full article
  12. Helping our audience deal with mental health issues has always been one of the top priorities for MensXP ever since its inception. Destigmatising issues related to the mind among men and challenging traditional notions around masculinity are some factors we have always taken a lot of pride in. Therefore, on the occasion of World Mental Health Day 2020, we got in touch with Akanksha Chandele, a counselling psychologist and an Untangle therapist with over 8 years of experience in working with survivors of abuse and trauma to shed light on some of the things men hear on a daily basis that are detrimental to their mental health. So here are six things that men hear on a daily basis that are detrimental to their mental health: 1. “Who Will Support The Family?” © iStock The burden of finding a job and supporting the family with which an average Indian middle class boy grows up into a man is simply enormous. The expectations that are attached to us as soon as we are born, the assumption that we’ll start earning lakhs as soon as we get out of college are simply unrealistic and often get unbearable. “The expectation of earning well enough in mid/late 20s adds tremendous stress in men, incapacitating them to function properly,” Akanksha says. 2. “Why So Chikna, Bro?” © iStock The fact that not every man has the genes to be able to grow a beard seems to tick certain members of the society a little too much. Other terms like ‘man boobs’ and ‘chikna’ have become so common these days that people often tend to forget what kind of negative impact it can have on a man for being told the same thing again and again, especially when he can’t do anything about it naturally. Akanksha believes that such comments don’t allow men to be comfortable in their own skin and forces them to follow norms of building a 'manly' body. 3. “Men Don’t Cry” © iStock Despite numerous campaigns being run all over the world about letting men express their sadness and despair through tears, the unexplainable social stigma towards crying men continues to remain prevalent even today. “Ladki hai kya?” has to be one of the most common lines almost every Indian man has heard at some point in life. Friends and family members might use it as sarcasm but it ends up subduing and invalidating the emotional expression of men. 4. “Fattu Hai Kya?” © iStock Ah ‘fattu’, the magical word that could have a guy do anything, regardless of how irrational the task was. The fear of being called a sissy has been embedded in our minds, arguably because of the three points mentioned above. “Such terms have made the smartest of men give into the expectations of the society, get provoked and even indulge in fights even if they didn’t wish to,” says Akanksha. 5. “Be A Man, Yaar” © iStock The emotional pressure of being a man and putting a blanket on our insecurities is real. From breaking a leg to getting dumped after years of being in a serious relationship, no matter how difficult the situation gets, the most common reaction we get from our close ones is to “man up”. It has to be realised by the society that the right to mourn is not exclusive to women and children. Grieving has a process and it takes time. By constantly pushing a man to “be a man”, you’re simply interrupting the process and it takes a toll on his mental health. 6. “Abhi Bhi Virgin Hai?” © Star India Boys in high school and college often end up lying about their sexual life. Making up fake stories about the first time they had *** in the car, or in the girlfriend’s room when her parents were away, simply to “fit in”. “The assumption that all men are highly sexual beings and hearing 'how are you still a virgin' intertwines with their sense of self and intimacy,” Akanksha says. With the world becoming a highly competitive battleground where people are more in tune with their sadistic nature to make others feel inferior, staying mentally healthy is almost next to impossible. Social media, peer pressure, personal relationships and work-related stress have engulfed us so much that we have simply forgotten how it used to feel when we were happy. This is why talking about mental health issues is important, and that is why seeking therapy needs to be normalised. View the full article
  13. After following all possible home remedies and suggested hair solutions, you have contemplated enough and finally, have decided to go for a hair transplant surgery. While that's a great alternative to finally not have a noggin with visible patches, it's also worth taking into consideration the nuances of getting a transplant. Here are some things you should know before you take the plunge: 1. Surgery Should Be Your Last Resort © iStock For some men, getting a hair transplant is possibly the only solution since it's permanent and does the job of adding hair on the head for good. Instead, with the help of your doctor, you can ask for FDA approved treatments like Minoxidil that helps in getting great results. Men with a receding hairline can try this before finally heading for a transplant. 2. Hair Transplants Are Not Cheap © iStock You will be tempted by the ads that say 'free consultation' or 'limited offer' or some more click-worthy lines. But remember, this is about your health and hair transplant is a huge investment. If you are considering a low-cost hair transplant, ask yourself if you can run the risk of the surgery and compromise your safety. Instead, do your research diligently or ask your friends for references as it's about your hair at the end of the day, and you don't want to end up losing all of it. 3. Hair Transplant Banks On Your Natural Hair © iStock Your surgeon will harvest the hair from the back and sides of your head and transplant it on the thinning areas. These strands are extracted and implanted on the head. It helps keep the natural growth of your hair, without showing any visible signs of the surgery. But, in case you are completely bald, this method might not work for you. 4. You'll Need To Take Time Off Work © iStock Just like any surgery requires recovery time, even a hair transplant procedure needs healing. You have to treat it as solid gold and follow things like staying out of the sun, staying hydrated etc. There may also be swelling but that usually happens due to the procedure. So, do yourself a favour and spend some time away from these hazards. 5. It Is Not For Everyone © iStock Male hair transplant is considered to be the ultimate solution but before you undergo this procedure, you need to know that it is not for everyone. For you to be an ideal candidate, you need to have a sufficient amount of hair to be your own donor. It works best for men with male pattern baldness or androgenetic hair loss. Contrary to the belief, hair transplant doesn't give instant results. Rather, you have to wait for at least six months to notice a good amount of hair growth. View the full article
  14. The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League has had a bitter-sweet inception in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month. Even though for the third time in its history the league is taking place outside India, fans are happy to see their favorite cricketers in action once again. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and under the given circumstances, there is no doubt that the BCCI and the league’s managerial body are doing their best to provide us with the most entertaining month and a half of fast paced cricket. However, after watching the perennially loud, action-packed and colourful league for the last 12 years, a few things have made the IPL viewing experience this season rather uncanny: 1. No Fans And CheerleadersNo Cheerleaders ..what IPL?? — Mahua (@mahuadey20) September 19, 2020 Even when the league went to UAE the first time or when they were in South Africa, no match went by with empty seats. Fans with face paint on, massive banners and cardboard signs, and just the overall ambience of the crowd added life to the matches. To not be able to see more than a handful of people in the stands and cheerleaders helping their fans celebrate better is disheartening and definitely leaves a sour taste in the mouth. 2. Annoying RecordingsPre recorded fans voice should be removed it's annoying and feels so fake as that we see the empty stadium but this voice feels so annoying .@IPL @ChennaiIPL @mipaltan https://t.co/pTrvm7Lo9m — Divya_Dharshini15 (@DDharshini15) September 19, 2020 While other leagues have also added recordings from previous matches, the fake-fan noises IPL uses already become a little annoying. One of the reasons is the lack of genuine sound effects. Even if the batsman sends the ball to a fielder standing inside the circle and takes a single, the background noise is magnified to such an extent as if the player has hit a massive six. At first it used to be funny but now it just feels silly. 3. No-Ball Siren@IPL @Dream11IPLT20 @StarSportsIndia can you fix this? Watching IPL this year is more like watching video game on TV. No player noise, no bat/ball noise. Too much cheers music !! — Navjot Singh (@navi4143) September 20, 2020 When the no-ball siren buzzed for the first time, it even startled the batsmen and the on-field umpire. The siren is awfully loud and if you are watching the match with your headphones on, you can definitely go deaf. On the other hand, while the no-ball siren is supposed to be there to make the lives of the umpires more easy and help them focus better on the other aspects of the game, they have failed to become any more efficient. So, what’s the point of the siren, anyway? 4. Post Match PresentationMS Dhoni had some nice words to say in the post-match presentation #IPL2020#MIvCSKpic.twitter.com/Dt2mA15hOs — CricXtasy (@CricXtasy) September 19, 2020 To see the ‘Man of the Match’ pick up his own trophy and cheque and stand awkwardly in front of cameras for pictures is disappointingly weird. Then there is the interview in which the player and the interviewer need to stand so far away that they need two separate cameras to cover both of them. It almost feels as if they are talking to walls. To have someone like Harsha Bhogle personally interview the skippers and the Man of the Match, ask them about their on-field experience, and have a heart-to-heart conversation with them is hugely missed. 5. Quarantine Taking A Toll On Players#KKRvMI | @DineshKarthik defends @patcummins30 after the bowler leaks runs in the team’s first match of #IPL2020. Catch more: https://t.co/cgYJiRRLtl pic.twitter.com/FxkyIyEwK6 — The Quint (@TheQuint) September 24, 2020 During other seasons, players from all over the world fly down to India well ahead of the opening match day and spend a lot of time getting used to the climate, the fields and playing with their teammates. This year, however, due to the quarantine period, the players haven’t had the chance to familiarise themselves with the UAE stadiums and it has had a negative impact on many of them, including Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kolkata Knight Riders’ most expensive buy this season, Pat Cummins. View the full article
  15. Now as a movie buff, I have to say that romantic movies have been overhated for far too long. Most guys’ false bravado hidden behind disliking love stories has become a cliche in itself. Having said that, Bollywood has left no stones unturned for us to call absolute BS on some of the things that happen in our so called ‘chick flicks’ and have given some very valid reasons to not be fond of the genre. Here are 5 extremely stupid things Bollywood love stories show that make no sense in reality: Actress Doesn’t Feel Cold © YRF Since a major part of our films has to do with songs, I am going to go ahead and give our movies a discount for showing the on-screen couple singing and dancing in exhautic locations. What I am not fine with is the sudden immunity the heroine develops against spine-chilling cold. While our dudes can be seen completely insulated in winter wear, absolutely covered from head to toe, the dudettes are wearing a thin saree and… that’s it, because the power of love is warmer than a double coated woolen jacket. Rain © YRF Are you supposed to fall in love when it rains or it’s supposed to rain when you fall in love, which one is it?! How it is that whenever two people are about to realise how much they love each other it starts thundering mildly (but not loudly because that’s for when somebody dies. Glad I could clear things up).Also, no matter how remote the location our couple is stuck at, there is always a shed where they can sit and our guy can start staring creepily at the actress who is trying to dry her hair. Entanglement Equals Love © Red Chillies How often does it happen that a guy’s kurta’s tassel gets entangled with a girl’s chunni and how does that mean that you are supposed to fall in love with each other? I have had my pant’s belt loop get ravelled by the door knob a couple of times when I am in a hurry. Does that mean I am supposed to fall in love with the door, ready to spend the rest of my life with it? Unreal Dialogues © YRF You know how once you lose a fight, you start thinking about all the things you could have said to win the argument? Same goes for when you are in a “love story” situation. You can never come up with a dialogue that will instantly impress them. Bollywood movies don’t have that problem. “Mujhe chahiye ek aisi ladki , jisse dekhte hi dil ki har aarzoo, saare khwaab , saare rang zinda ho jaaye, abhi aisa hua nahi, lekin ab lagta hai jaise koi andekha anjaana chehra baadalon mein se pukaar raha hain (DDLJ)”... who talks like this in real life? Freaking SRK, Man © Red Chillies Everything mentioned in the list above and all the cinematic love story cliches we have in Bollywood, they all have one thing in common, Shah Rukh Khan. He has either been the origin of unrealistic romantic ideas or has been the inspiration for them. Also, if you tried standing with your legs spread wide and your arms in the air, hoping that someone will hug you from behind lovingly, I’ve got news for you… you’re never finding love. View the full article
  16. Earlier this month there was a lot of buzz around a small-budget movie that made a great impression on its viewers. The lockdown seems to have gotten one thing right, and that is to push you and I to give a chance to catch more off-beat projects, without ensemble casts and big banners to do all the talking on its behalf. That amazing piece of work many have found super entertaining is Arati Kadav’s sci-fi film Cargo starring Vikrant Massey and Shweta Tripathi. If you also liked this dark comedy about afterlife and reincarnation, check out these six web shows which are equally rewarding as Cargo. 1. JL50 © Sony Liv Another recent release that has gotten rave reviews for the performances in the show as well as the concept, execution and cinematography which makes this mini web series a refreshingly good watch that’s worth binging on. 2. Black Mirror © Netflix Those who have watched it will tell you that this futuristic British series is worth every brain cell you possess purely for the sake of the content every episode has to offer. Right from the amazing themes to the casting, use of technology to impressive screenplay, there won’t be any coming back from this. 3. V Wars © Netflix A beautifully crafted piece of work, this one is not only worth watching for its fresh take on vampires, but also for making it seem a hell lot more believable than Twilight. The casting is great, the performances are fine and it overall makes for a fairly interesting watch. 4. Another Life © Netflix If you’ve been interested in astronomy even in the slightest, this one's for you. The tone of mystery in the series is set to perfection, and although the space adventure might seem a tad bit unrealistic at certain points, the plot and action of the series makes up for it. 5. Colony © Carlton Cuse Productions Right from the plot, to the screenplay, this one nailed almost everything. The suspense build-up at the end of every episode is enough to keep you hooked. This one is perhaps one of the most realistic and believable productions on alien invasion on earth. Watch it! 6. Into The Night © Netflix An edge-of-the-seat, cosmic apocalyptic series, this Belgian production is great for its storyline, characterisations and just how well the narrative plays out on-screen. The best part? The unbelievable twists and turns this one throws your way. Watched any of these already? What do you plan to watch next? View the full article
  17. There are numerous ways in which Indian parents wish to nurture their children. Some want to make them absolutely spoilt brats, others believe in using a stricter approach and help them become independent and finally, there are those who have practiced throwing chappals at their kids so many times, they might as well join the Indian archery team. Having said that, there is a list of very specific things that every parent, regardless of which category they belong to, has told his kid at least once in his lifetime. Here are 5 things every Indian kid has heard their parents say at least once: 1. We Used To ‘Walk 1200 KM’ To School © iStock “Beta, teri umar mein main do nadiya, chaar pahad aur chhe jungle paar karke school jata tha.” How is it that none of the parents of our generation of people ever managed to live around a school? Why would their schools always have to be on another continent altogether? 2. Eating Seeds Will Grow A Tree In Your Stomach © iStock “Beta tarbooz mein se beej nikal kar khana warna paet mein paudha ugg jaega.” Evil fruits are just waiting for us to consume their seeds so that they can finally get the proper nutrition to grow into a plant inside our body, even if it is our stomach that literally has acid in it because…. Desi parent logic! 3. Struggle Now, Enjoy Later © iStock “Beta abhi puri jee-jaan se padhai karle. Aage jaake maze hi maze hein.” So you topped your class, graduated from the university as the most promising prospect, even landed a job, great! Ab toh maze hi maze hein, right? What’s that? You’re underpaid? Your work hours are messed? No have no social life left? But yeh toh kisi ne bataya hi nahi! 4. Eating Non-Veg On Tuesday Is Bad, Eat Tomorrow © iStock “Beta, Mangalwar ko non-veg nahi khana. Kal kha lena!” Clearly the idea behind refusing non vegetarian food on Tuesday isn’t to save all the chickens because eating it on Mondays and Wednesdays are completely fine. And even if it is considered a sin to eat it on one day, why is it not a sin the next day? 5. Cutting Nails At Night With Give You Nightmares/Brings Bad Luck © iStock According to Hindu mythology, you shouldn’t cut nails at night because evenings are when Goddess Laxmi enters our home and blesses us. There is another reason why people refrained from cutting nails at night back in the day and it was because they didn’t have light in their homes. Why can’t we do it now? View the full article
  18. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all set to entertain his fans on-screen once again. The much-awaited teaser of his upcoming Netflix original movie, Serious Men was released on Wednesday and the 30-second video promises an interesting and intriguing watch. © Netflix Here we have listed out the five most interesting things about Serious Men: 1. Book Adaptation Serious Men is an adaptation of Manu Joseph’s book of the same name. The Nawazuddin starrer is all about an underachiever who tries to make it big in Mumbai after discovering that his son is a boy-genius. Interesting right? 2. The Cast Apart from Nawazuddin, Serious Men also features Aakshath Das, Shweta Basu Prasad, Nassar and Indira Tiwari among others in significant roles. 3. The Direction The Netflix original is helmed by Sudhir Mishra and produced by Bombay Fables and Cineraas Entertainment. What’s worth pointing out is that this is the first time ever that Nawaz and Sudhir are working together for a film. © Netflix 4. The Storyline The interesting storyline of this film revolves around a wily slum dweller, who cons the country into believing his dim-witted 10-year-old son is a genius, only to realise that the victim of his dangerous game is his own son. If you haven’t watched the teaser video yet, watch it here: Siddiqui had previously shared his first look from the film. Sharing a sneak-peek of his character, he wrote, “Finding fame was easy. But staying famous?" Finding fame was easy. But staying famous? That's where things get tricky. Watch a slum dweller's rags to riches story while he lays what's most important on the line. #SeriousMen Coming soon on @netflix_in @sejtherage @bhaveshmandalia @BombayFables pic.twitter.com/IS4BscmAbM — Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) July 16, 2020 The highly-anticipated film will premiere on Netflix on October 2 this year. View the full article
  19. The very idea of manscaping or taking care of body hair below the belt maybe a little petrifying for some men. This does not have to be that way though. By keeping just a few simple things in mind, and preparing everything that you’ll need in advance, can make this a very easy and fulfilling process. © Instagram/hrithikroshan Here are a few basic things that you should keep in mind when you’re about to groom the area around your junk. Trust us, these will make a ton of difference. 1. Before Getting Started © iStock First of all, wash your hand thoroughly, and get something to sit on. A bathing stool is just perfect for something like this. You will need to hold things and tauten up the skin at places, so make sure you’re comfortable. 2. Get The Right Tools © iStock Although you shouldn’t shave your crotch, but in case you’re going to shave it anyway, get a fresh double or triple-bladed razor, and discard it immediately afterwards. The best tool would be a body groomer if you’re looking to trim, because unlike regular trimmers, they are more handy and ergonomic to use. Also, a small, handheld mirror may seem ridiculous, but it actually helps a lot. 3. Don’t Contaminate © iStock If you’re going to trim, use a different trimmer for your groin. You don’t want to use the same tools for your pelvic region and then use it on the rest of your body. The same goes for razors. You dont need super expensive razors or blades. Simple, disposable razors work just fine. 4. Oil Things Up © iStock If you have bristly hair down there, and it has been quite some time since you groomed yourself, we suggest you oil things up. Regular coconut oil will work just fine. Massage yourself at least an hour before you begin. Before you begin, wsah yourself with regular water to clear off any debris or dirt. 5. Use A Shaving Foam Or Gel If You’re Going To Shave © iStock If you’re going to shave everything off completely, we suggest you lather up the area, and keep a mug of warm water nearby. Use a shaving foam or a shaving gel, and use your hands to lather up the area properly. Use short strokes with the razor, and after every second or third stroke, wash the blade using the warm water. 6. Take A Bath Immediately Afterwards © iStock Once you’re done dealing with the hair, take a hot shower. This will not only help you clean up thoroughly, but also let you know if there are minor knicks and cuts anywhere, that you may need to take care of. 7. Moisturise © iStock Once you’re done bathing, moisturise your groin thoroughly. Not only will this keep the skin around your groin moisturised, it will also restore the natural pH balance, which might have been disturbed upon using shaving foam. If you have trimmed, the skin might have gotten a little irritated. Moisturising will help with that as well. 8. Use An Aftershave © iStock Finally, use a nice smelling aftershave down there. Now, don’t put the aftershave directly on your junk, as that will certainly make you uncomfortable. Instead, apply it on your inner thighs. In case you have accidentally cut yourself, an aftershave will work really well as an antiseptic. View the full article
  20. Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut has been making headlines almost every other day for several reasons including pointing fingers at the apparent consumption of drugs in the Bollywood industry, nepotism, bullying of newcomers and rivalries in Bollywood- which she believes had a role in Sushant Singh Rajput's death. © Kangana Ranaut/Twitter Her latest headline-making news came after she called Mumbai “Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir” which didn’t go down well with many people on social media including her colleagues from the industry. And now, the Queen actress has been granted Y-plus category security by the Union Home Ministry ahead of her Mumbai visit on September 9 amid an escalating war of words between the actor and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut. Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut given Y+ category security by central agencies: officials — Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) September 7, 2020 Here are 5 things to know about this latest development: 1. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been asked to take over Kangana Ranaut’s security. Officials said the decision was taken after a threat perception was carried out, and the Himachal Pradesh government also approached the ministry, reports state. 2. Under the Y-plus category, the 33-year-old actor will have 10 to 11 armed commandos guarding her in three shifts, with two or three Personnel Security Officers (PSOs) accompanying her round the clock and one security personnel deployed at her residence. 3. The verbal feud between the actor and Shiv Sena leader started after her “Mumbai feeling like Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir” comment last Thursday, which didn’t go down well with many people on social media as well as her industry colleagues. In fact, Kangana had also said that she feared the Mumbai Police more than what she has dubbed as “movie mafia”. © Kangana Ranaut/Twitter 4. In the wake of this ongoing feud, Raut had hit back in Sena’s mouthpiece Saamana, asking Kangana not to return to Mumbai for criticising Mumbai Police. He had written in his editorial, “This issue concerns the pride of Maharashtra and there will be no compromise on this front. Ranaut needs to apologise for her PoK remarks or she will face the music from our women’s wing.” 5. However, refusing to back down, Kangana said she will return to Mumbai on September 9 and further said that Raut is “not Maharashtra”. “Your people are threatening me, still, I’ll come to Mumbai on September 9,” she said in a video message on Sunday. © Instagram/ Kangana Ranaut “Mr Sanjay Raut, you called me ‘haramkhor ladki’. You know how many girls are raped every day in the country, how many of them are tortured and killed - sometimes by their own husbands. And you know who is responsible for all this? It is this mindset which you very shamelessly displayed in front of the entire country. The daughters of this country will never forgive you,” the actor had said. People on social media had mixed reactions to this: Bravo India, taking good care of the girl child. An RS seat is forthcoming I guess. — Subbarao Chavali (@CSRao73) September 7, 2020 Dolly bindra, Rakhi Sawant, and others to stage a protest against this decision. They think they deserve it more than kangana. They were the original drama queen long before kangana stoop to that level. ~From pliable sources — Mr.Fixit (@yippeekiyay_dk) September 7, 2020 Dar Amir ko lag raha hai Security Kangana ko de rahe hai. Fascist Modi. — Karan Singh (@singhkaran29) September 7, 2020 Congratulations all taxpayers . This is how your hard earned money is wasted. But Govt doesn’t have money for building education and healthcare infra in India. — #Economist (@_AamEconomist) September 7, 2020 What a good use of the taxpayer’s money! — mac@roon (@dr_madras) September 7, 2020 She compared Mumbai with POK...ab kyu aa rahi hai POK me — Parag_013 (@parag_sugaonkar) September 7, 2020 Shame on Maharashtra — k_s_umesh (@ksumesh954) September 7, 2020 Meanwhile, the actress has thanked Home Minister Amit Shah for the security being provided to her. ये प्रमाण है की अब किसी देशभक्त आवाज़ को कोई फ़ासीवादी नहीं कुचल सकेगा,मैं @AmitShah जी की आभारी हूँ वो चाहते तो हालातों के चलते मुझे कुछ दिन बाद मुंबई जाने की सलाह देते मगर उन्होंने भारत की एक बेटी के वचनों का मान रखा, हमारे स्वाभिमान और आत्मसम्मान की लाज रखी, जय हिंद https://t.co/VSbZMG66LT — Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 7, 2020 Currently, Kangana is at her family home in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. On Sunday, the actor’s father had written to the Himachal Pradesh government, requesting security for her owing to the current tense scenario. "Kangana Ranaut's father has given in writing asking for police protection. I also spoke to her sister yesterday. The Director-General of Police has been directed in this regard and she will be provided security here. We are discussing what can be done to provide security to her outside the state as she is leaving for Mumbai on September 9," Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had said. (with inputs from PTI) View the full article
  21. It’s almost been half-a-year since the outside world felt like the real deal, you know how it was until the day before the Janata Curfew hit the country on 22nd March and then nothing was ever the same again? We’d thought and wished and hoped for the claps and bartan-banging to do the trick and get rid of coronavirus before it tramped in like an unwelcome guest. Hell, we even agreed to sacrifice a Sunday for the good cause, but what happened? Right after, we were put on an unofficial house arrest for the longest time, and it was only with Unlock 1.0 in June that things began to look up once again. We could finally step out, go out for walks in the park and even head to work in certain cases - we finally had our reasons (read: excuses) to reclaim the old life or whatever of it the Unlock(s) allowed us to take back. © BCCL But didn’t Unlock-ing(s) mean that things were finally under control and the pandemic situation was improving? Why then is the media claiming that India is becoming the newest COVID epicentre? Well, welcome to the real world where fantasies of “normal”, pre-COVID life are costing real people their lives because a few of us vehemently deny to see that the worst is not yet over for India when it comes to the pandemic. For instance, thousands of people are knowingly doing these dangerous things which are quickly turning our country into a coronavirus epicentre. 1. People Have Broken Up With Face Masks © TOI This was perhaps the most initial and basic word of caution that the government had underlined when coronavirus had just broken out. Masks were made mandatory for a reason and fines, punishments were put in place for violation because wearing masks is one of the most effective ways to contain this virus from spreading. But now, we have gone from using it as our mouth and chin-covers to completely ditching the masks on certain occasions. Strong and detailed research has established that wearing masks not only protect a healthy person from getting infected but also prevents an infected (and asymptomatic) person from transmitting it to someone else. But now with Unlock-ing(s) in place and with so many people ‘chilling’ and roaming about with no mask or half-mask on, the spread has only gotten worse. 2. Tales Of Precautions Have Been Long Forgotten © Pexels Remember when the pandemic had just broken out, people went into a frenzy stocking up on hand sanitizers, disinfectants and hand-wash. Maybe it was the fear of the unknown, but the initial panic did make people take safety precautions to heart. Maintaining hand hygiene became second nature, while we thought twice before touching anything and everything, literally. This was (and still is) our first layer of defence against COVID-19 and its spread. But now with people gradually ‘learning to live with the virus’, complacency has seeped in through the cracks in people’s resolve. With the dissipation of fear and in a way making peace with the world where a pandemic is at large, many people also seem to have shed their inhibitions and can now be seen in public armed without their PPE gear. 3. Physical Distancing Is For Strangers © Instagram/Karishma Kapoor As stupid as it sounds, you will be amazed to find how many people around you actually believe and follow it or just don’t at all. The next best thing after masks and hygiene is to stay away from sources of potential virus transmission - that is, maining the two-meter physical distance between people and avoid crowded places. However, the rules of physical distancing have since changed with people not only reserving it for “strangers”, but what’s worse, people have started to hang out and even party together in clusters now. Since partying out isn’t an option yet, house parties are quickly becoming a thing and with restaurants opening up for dine-ins, people have begun to meetup for their weekly lunches together. This, while totally ignoring the fact that contaminated surfaces and public places can be quick sources of transmission. Not only is physical distancing and mask protocol being rejected for a hearty meal shared with friends, but groupfies are also back with a passion after these long overdue reunions which come at a cost of safety to people’s lives and stem largely from social media peer pressure. 4. Staying At Home Is For The Faint-Hearted © Instagram/Sonam Kapoor Ahuja While it needs to be understood why it became essential for the government to begin unlocking, it appears that most people fail to realise the unlock(s) are happening for the sake of a dwindling economy and not because the virus situation is improving in our country. Just because free movement is opening up, it doesn’t mean we have to step out of our homes when we can easily avoid it. What’s with hanging out at malls and visiting friends and family as if you’re on a state-sponsored holiday? How is the visit to that food joint not avoidable when you can easily order food home? Why is that football match in the neighborhood suddenly the most crucial event of your life? Staying at home isn’t only for our personal safety, but also for those who didn’t act as recklessly as others since the unlock and don’t deserve to get infected on their account and might I add, selfishness. 5. Laughing Off The Seriousness Of The Pandemic © Pexels While optimism is surely a virtue, its charms pale when combined with ignorance. Simply put, more and more people seem to think that the coronavirus is no big deal because only 2 out of 10 people have a serious case of COVID-19 infection, while all the others get mildly sick. But what also needs to be realised is that a vast majority of the population doesn’t quite get sick at all and remain asymptomatic. That’s a dangerous lot to place against older folks, sick people or those with other health issues and comorbidities which make them more susceptible to catching the virus than so many others you know. By laughing off the gravity of the situation, not only are people jeopardising their own safety but also exposing others to senseless suffering or worse an untimely death. The COVID-19 situation shall continue to be serious so long as there is even a single active coronavirus case and India’s lack of health infrastructure and medical aid is only going to make things worse. So you do not want to add to that woe by turning yourself into a super-spreader without even knowing it. Do your bit to help defeat this virus, don’t become one! Stay home and stay safe. View the full article
  22. The royalty sure know how to live a luxe life. Not only their lifestyle, but every other component of their life, including their royal abode calls for a second look. The same could be said for the mansion which belonged to the son of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire in the 19th century. © Rediff-Beauchamp Estates Such is the charm of this mansion located in the heart of London, that it has been put up for sale for a whopping 15.5 million pounds or Rs 151 crore! What makes this mansion historically and culturally invaluable? Let’s find out. © Rediff-Beauchamp Estates 1. This mansion served as the former family home of Maharaja Duleep Singh's son Prince Victor Albert Jay Duleep Singh, which was presented to him as a marital home. 2. Maharaja Ranjeet Singh’s youngest son Duleep Singh was the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire but was exiled to England after the British took it over from him. © TOI 3. Maharaja Duleep Singh’s eldest son, Prince Victor, was born in 1866 in London where Queen Victoria was his godmother. Years later, he had a mixed-race marriage to Lady Anne Coventry, the daughter of the 9th Earl of Coventry. 4. Reportedly, the mansion was purchased by the East India Company once construction was completed in 1868. It was then registered as an investment property which was to be leased for rental income. The East India Company had leased the property to the Duleep Singh family for a token peppercorn rent. © Rediff-Beauchamp Estates 5. The mansion is located in The Little Boltons which is considered to be one of the most sought-after residential areas in south-west Kensington. 6. It is a 5,613-square-feet Italianate-style villa, with two large roof terraces, two formal reception rooms, an informal family room, a family kitchen and breakfast room, five bedrooms, including a "sumptuous" principal bedroom suite, a gymnasium and two staff bedrooms. © Rediff-Beauchamp Estates 7. The mansion is said to have been designed keeping in mind great proportions and benefits which include features such as high ceilings, large living spaces and a 52 ft rear garden, amongst other things. 8. Upon Prince Victor’s death 1918 in Monaco, his widow Anne continued to live in The Little Boltons mansion until her death in 1956. 9. After it went into private ownership, the semi-detached villa was refurbished and modernised in 2010. View the full article
  23. The world is no longer one’s oyster. Your smartphone, though, is one. Thanks to the continued nuisance that the endless lockdowns have become, keeping yourself from banging your head against the wall out of boredom and mundane lives, is becoming a challenge. Online courses and stuff like that are fine, but seriously, does anyone really feel like going back to school? No. © iStock This is where we step in, with an awesome new concept called Online Experiences. We figured, why not pick a few skill that you’ll actually use, hang out with some really cool and fun people while you do it, and have a great time? © iStock We’ve got a bunch of your favourite digital creators and influencers for some seriously epic stuff. Wanted to start your own podcast, but never knew where to begin? No problem. Wanted to amp up your Instagram game, just using your phone? No worries! Wanted to seriously get in to beatboxing, but have absolutely no clue how you’re supposed to start? We’ve got you covered! © Kunal Malhotra We have a series of some really epic experiences lined up, using which, you can actually pick up a skill, with no hassle whatsoever. The best bit? We have some really cool mentors/instructors for you guys. 1. Shoot It Like A Pro, With Kunal Malhotra © Kunal Malhotra Kunal Malhotra aka @the.photography.blogger is one of the best pros you can learn from. He’s going to teach you guys 10 dope photography tricks that’ll make you a master shutterbug. And the best bit of it? You don’t even need to have a bulky camera, just your smartphone will do. 2. How To Doodle On Photographs, With Samar Khan © Samar Khan Ever wondered how to amp up your photographs with that little extra oomph, so that your Insta feed stands out? Well, who better than Samar Khan, aka @metrodoodle to teach you how to turn your boring, mundane photos, into DaVinci like a masterpieces? Again, all you need is a smartphone to start illustrating, no fancy tablets, or specialised programs. 3. Start Your Own Podcast Ft. Sukriti Chaturvedi © Sukriti Chaturvedi Some people love to talk, while others love to listen. For both of these people, there are podcasts. For people who love to have conversations and are actually planning on making a profession out of it, Sukriti, aka @hisukriti is the person to go to. For her Online Experience, she will be talking about how one actually starts out with a podcast, and even help you figure out the subject of your podcast. 4. Beatboxing 101 With Aaron Koul © Aaron Koul Admit it, every time you’ve heard a bass-heavy EDM track, you have tried to mimic the track by making sounds from your mouth or basically, beatbox. What if we told you that you can actually make it a legit skill, or at the very least be the voice of a party? Aaron, aka @aaronkoul, is a properly self-taught beatboxer, apart from being a dope content creator. Prepare yourself to be the one-man orchestra at a party, that everyone raves about. Plus, there are tons of other funfilled Experiences one can try out. Do check out MensXP Experiences for all the details, and how to join in. View the full article
  24. There has been a lot of buzz about Jio's new teleconferencing app. But it's official now and it's available to download from both the Google Play Store as well as the App Store. It's indeed called JioMeet and it's here to compete with the likes of Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, and more. Anyway, to help you understand how the app works, we've compiled a short list of things to know about the app: 1. Up To 100 Participants © JioMeet JioMeet supports direct calls as well as group meetings with up to 100 participants in a call. It's super easy to either create a new meeting or just join an existing one with an invite code. It's very similar to how you'd join a meeting on, say, Zoom or Google Meet. 2. Free To Use JioMeet is completely free to use. The app is available to download for free from the Google Play Store as well as the App Store. Once you download that, you can create an unlimited number of meetings per day. These meetings can also be password protected and there are waiting rooms in the meeting too. 3. Easy To Use Interface © JioMeet JioMeet has an easy-to-use interface and we don't think you'll have any difficulty navigating around the app and using it. There are different tabs at the bottom of the app for each setting and the app isn't overly cluttered with options. You'll easily be able to find what you need. 4. Multi-Device Support JioMeet supports multi-device support, which means you can log in on up to 5 devices at the same time and switch between them seamlessly. You can even switch between the device while being on a call. © MensXP/Karthik Iyer 5. Safe Driving Mode & Other Features JioMeet also has a feature called Safe Driving Mode, which is pretty much self-explanatory. You also get other standard features like screen-sharing. If you want to use JioMeet on Windows and Mac, then you can simply use the web browser. View the full article
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