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  1. One of this year's greatest hits, 'Gully Boy' was more than just an entertainment flick. Starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt as the lead pair, the film touched a million hearts through its narration of the journey and struggles of street rappers in Mumbai. But, if there was another thing that caught people's attention in the film, it was Ranveer's sensational performance as a rapper. The track 'Apna Time Aayega' from the film became an anthem of sorts, that not only united underground rappers from across the country, but even those who enjoy and appreciate the art. © Excel Entertainment Given the popularity and the reach of the song, multiple organisations have given the song their own spin in order to send out a number of messages to the public. Most recently, a Delhi traffic cop adapted the famous rap to deliver a message about respecting traffic rules. Check out the awesomeness here: Such a cool cop ..@Nitisha_Kashyap pic.twitter.com/L70pfPHGGP — pallavi ghosh (@_pallavighosh) June 18, 2019 But that isn't even the best part. What's insanely awesome is the way the cop has scripted the lyrics and delivered the rap at a single go with so much finesse, and we can't help but admire this talented man! What a creative way of sending the message across, when you can't help but hear it all out.
  2. One of this year's greatest hits, 'Gully Boy' was more than just an entertainment flick. Starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt as the lead pair, the film touched a million hearts through its narration of the journey and struggles of street rappers in Mumbai. But, if there was another thing that caught people's attention in the film, it was Ranveer's sensational performance as a rapper. The track 'Apna Time Aayega' from the film became an anthem of sorts, that not only united underground rappers from across the country, but even those who enjoy and appreciate the art. © Excel Entertainment Given the popularity and the reach of the song, multiple organisations have given the song their own spin in order to send out a number of messages to the public. Most recently, a Delhi traffic cop adapted the famous rap to deliver a message about respecting traffic rules. Check out the awesomeness here: Such a cool cop ..@Nitisha_Kashyap pic.twitter.com/L70pfPHGGP — pallavi ghosh (@_pallavighosh) June 18, 2019 But that isn't even the best part. What's insanely awesome is the way the cop has scripted the lyrics and delivered the rap at a single go with so much finesse, and we can't help but admire this talented man! What a creative way of sending the message across, when you can't help but hear it all out.
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the greatest men to have ever kicked a football. With 5 Champions League trophies and 5 Ballon D'Or wins, he has established himself as one of the most decorated and successful players of his generation. However, an aspect of his journey that people tend to take for granted, is the incredible amount of work he puts in to keep himself fit and at the top of his game. This was highlighted particularly when Ronaldo, who has time-off in between his triumph with Portugal in the UEFA Nations League 2019 and the 2019-20 campaign with Juventus where they seek to win their 9th league title in a row, shared images of himself sweating it out in the gym. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Jun 16, 2019 at 1:58am PDT While other players are photographed on holiday and taking genuine time off from the game, Ronaldo continues his quest for greatness and puts the work in to constantly improve himself. Even at 34 years of age, Ronaldo's work ethic continues to be inspirational for young footballers all over the world as he is essaying the drive and hunger that is required from a champion athlete, to achieve even half of what he has achieved in the game. After Euro 2016 triumph and the recent Nations League win with Portugal, three back-to-back champions league titles with Real Madrid and a league title with Juventus in his first season, Ronaldo continues to maintain an elite level and continues to be one of the best (if not the best) players in the world. After all that he has achieved in the game, to continue to have the hunger to achieve more, win more and improve as a footballer shows the winning mentality of Ronaldo that is often on display even on the biggest stage. He will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest footballers of all time and he continues to show why.
  4. The year was 2006. As I sat writing my final exams for Class VI, the following question appeared on the paper: “Music is a language that transcends all boundaries.” Elaborate. Already prepared for a question like this (having our ears drilled by our teacher to the same effect), I started scribbling out the well-worded answer I had slogged over during the last few days. At age 11, one can hardly fathom the depth of William Wordsworth's eloquent words to define a song he heard a maiden sing in a mellifluous voice in a language he didn't understand. Perhaps like Mr Wordsworth who couldn't decipher the song in 'The Solitary Reaper'', my 2006 version was also unable to grasp the complexity of music. Thirteen years later, I can say that I have understood the true meaning of the question. Music is everywhere, you just need to the heart to perceive it: Birds chirping, the din of the market, TV Shows, movies, the clanging of vessels, the rhythmic clinking of the clock, the soft thumping of one's heart. I found out that my favourite kind of music was the one you could forget yourself into, like the score of a movie; the ethereal orchestral symphony which transcends you to a place where you can start envisioning the music. You and music become one, the notes seem to materialize in front of you, heal you. The cacophony of the world is forgotten. There is a fascinating charm to these scores; they are not mere theme setters for the movie. Movie scores exemplify and elevate important moments of the protagonist's life; be it Batman putting on his suit for the first time, or Nina finally turning into the Black Swan, or Rose finding love with Jack, or Frodo defeating Gollum once and for all. So, especially for you, here is a list of 21 best movie scores of all time: 1. The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012): The fact that Hans Zimmer is a musical prodigy par excellence is no secret. And that his musical score for movies is heavenly is as trivial a detail as say: the Sun rises in the East. With Goth undertones, Mr Zimmer, along with James Newton Howard, makes Batman come alive in our minds with the intense score of the three movies, in this re-imagining of Batman as an anti-hero by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale. (The Holy Trinity of Films: Nolan, Bale, and Zimmer). © Syncopy/Legendary Pictures/ Patalex III Productions/Warner Bros. Pictures The music has been composed in such a way that it connects you to Batman like never before; music which embodies the conflict Bruce faces, the dilemma of Batman, and the choices he has to make. Listening to it echoes a tremendously powerful emotion within. © Syncopy/Legendary Pictures/ Patalex III Productions/Warner Bros. Pictures Be it “A Storm is Coming”, with its menacing, ominous tone. Or the eerie “Why So Serious?”. The powerful “Rise” which awakens a part of your soul. Not to forget “Bane's Chant”. Goosebumps! A score that will haunt you even after you have finished watching the movies. And that is the brilliance of Hans Zimmer. 2. Sense and Sensibility (1995): Other than being a marvellous movie in itself, this Emma Thompson-written masterpiece of Jane Austen's novel, directed by Ang Lee, boasting of an extremely talented ensemble cast has one of the most soulful scores of all time. Patrick Doyle's genius shines through the melodic symphony of the entire soundtrack, engaging the viewer (and listener) to relate to the struggles of the characters, be it Marianne's lost love (Miss Grey) or her coming of age (Weep You No More Sad/The Dreame ), or the anticipation of meeting her suitor (Mr Willoughby) or Elinor's strolls through the gardens with Edward (My Father's Favorite). © Columbia Pictures/ Mirage Enterprises Nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score, there's no doubt that it deserves the praise it has got; the way it changes from a dreamy fancy to a mellow elegy, to a more serious rendition as the movie progresses is beautifully indescribable. With a classical base, the music transports you to the countryside of England, as Elinor and Marianne navigate the atrocities of the elite English social life. 3. Beetlejuice (1988): Weird, eerie and perfect for a goofy movie with eccentric characters. With Tim Burton as director, you know it is going to be a crazy joyride. Add to it the musical mastermind of Danny Elfman, and it is the best of both worlds. © The Geffen Company/ Warner Bros. Pictures Quirky, with a calypso vibe, which perfectly replicates the madness on screen, it will make you dance to its whimsical tune! 4. Titanic (1997): Because our 'hearts will go on' till eternity! Romance personified, James Cameron's magnum opus' score by legendary composer James Horner is the reason why 'Titanic' makes you believe in love. Based on soft strings, violins, and the piano, the score has an ethereal beauty. © Paramount Pictures/ 20th Century Fox/ Lightstorm Entertainment A beatific score which makes you feel that you are in heaven; be it the romantic “Rose” which plays when Jack sees Rose for the first time (and leitmotifs all throughout), the travel vibes from “Never An Absolution”, or the uplifting notes of “Southampton”. As the story moves forward, the score's feeling of astonishment and joy is punctuated by the dark “Death of the Titanic”, a sad dirge when the ship meets its perilous fate. My heart always breaks when the orchestra plays “Nearer My God to Thee” while the bandleader, Wallace Hartley, bravely keeps playing, all the while knowing what lies ahead. Not to mention “My Heart Will Go On” by Céline Dion which has been a love anthem since the movie released. 5. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003): Just one word: Marvelous! A truly fabulous score by music composer par brilliance, Howard Shore, who created a score so ingenious for all the three movies that it can hardly be compared to another. The music is fantasy personified; there are about about100 specially crafted leitmotifs which keep on changing in intonation and tempo. What is even more fascinating is that each theme corresponds to a particular culture of Middle-earth, just think about it! © New Line Cinema/ WingNut Films With over four years of conducting, writing, composing and orchestrating, this intricate, sweeping score is a labour of love; Shore's love child with music. Moreover, it is one of the greatest scores of all times with respect to its length, soloists, instrumentation, among other attributes. With its operatic sound and antiquated feeling, listening to the score is an indulgence in itself. Another enthralling thing about the score is its nuance: it doesn't just reflect the scene or doesn't only suggest the mood, it tells a story, narrates the drama underlying in the scene. If that isn't creative brilliance, I don't what is! 6. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961): If it wasn't famous enough for its iconic fashion, courtesy of Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly, the music is another feather in the cap of this beautiful, beautiful movie. © Jurow-Shepherd/ Paramount Pictures Henry Mancini's melodious score is a romantic extravagance which makes you fall in love with it the minute you hear it. My personal favourite has to be “Moon River” (with lyrics by Johnny Mercer), especially the one Audrey Hepburn croons while sitting on the balcony. The opening scene where an instrumental “Moon River” plays, makes you feel a strange mix of emotions as Holly steps out of a cab, with a coffee and a Danish. (All hail Blake Edwards!) Longingly looking at the necklace showcased on Tiffany's store window, lazily munching on the Danish, Holly Golightly signifies all of us contemplating over our desires. © Jurow-Shepherd/ Paramount Pictures 7. Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope (1977): Iconic! Who hasn't heard to this legendary score? A score which literally gives “a new hope”. © Lucasfilm/ 20th Century Fox George Lucas' masterpiece, scored by composer John Williams, is a movie which is synonymous with the sci-fi revolution in cinema. But its musical theme is just as fabulous as the movie; a sound which makes you fill with nostalgia and hope. 8. Gladiator (2000): Ridley Scott's classic movie has an extremely powerful score which makes you feel as though you have stepped into the action of the Colosseum in Rome. © Scott Free Productions/ Red Wagon Entertainment/ Universal Pictures/ DreamWorks Pictures Another one of Hans Zimmer's creations, with vocals by Lisa Gerrard, the music encapsulates Maximus' struggles. The music is laced with heroism, with the score expositing the valiant efforts of Maximus as he fights his way as a Gladiator in Ancient Rome. “Elysium” has a penetrating feeling; it touches your heart in an intensely personal way. 9. Lawrence of Arabia (1962): An epic movie starring Peter O'Toole, directed by David Lean, based on one of history's game-changers, T.E. Lawrence. The main theme has a mystical quality about it; a mixture of Arabian Night-esque music, Western vibes, and military music. Maurice Jarre's musical genius shines throughout the score. It makes you feel you have travelled into the sandy deserts of the Middle East; you can envision the dunes, the camels, the caravans. Essentially, it mirrors the plot of the movie: the conflict between the Ottoman Turks and nomadic Arabian tribes (guided by T.E. Lawrence) resulting in a guerilla war during World War I. © Horizon Pictures/ Columbia Pictures Not only is the music great to hear, with its loud booming quality, but it is also visually appealing, and falls perfectly in line with the scene on screen: the rolling motion of caravans at a leisurely pace, pulled by camels, along the desert. The underlying bass line only intensifies the effect. The tambourine music in parts of the repetitions of the score adds to the exotic Middle Eastern charm. 10. Back to the Future (1985): One of the most iconic time-travel centric sci-fi movies of all time, 'Back to the Future's' main theme echoes an adventurous, futuristic vibe. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, 'Back to the Future' is one of the most famous movies of the 80s, marking the second of multiple collaborations between Robert Zemeckis and Alan Silvestri (who would go on to become one of the most illustrious composers of the era). © Amblin Entertainment/ Universal Pictures The fanfare is perhaps the most recognized of movie themes; just the right amount of heroic and quirky! Also, the soundtrack has gems like “The Power of Love” (by Huey Lewis and the News) and “Johnny B. Goode” (by Chuck Berry), which are trendsetting songs in their own right! All aboard The DeLorean! 11. The Godfather (1972): Everything about 'The Godfather' is epic: the novel, the movies, and the music. Francis Ford Coppola's crowning glory was scored by Italian composer Nino Rota who is responsible for the legendary 'The Godfather Waltz'. © Alfran Productions/ Paramount Pictures Borrowing from his previously scored movie, 'Fortunella', Nino elevated the Italian feel of the music in 'The Godfather', capturing the misfortune of the characters thus invoking a tragic vibe in the score. 'The Godfather Waltz' and 'Love Theme from The Godfather' are a testament to the previous fact and to the ingenuity of Nino Rota's musical dexterity. 'The Pickup' captures the gangster theme of the movie with its bouncy, ominous feel. 12. Harry Potter (The First Three Movies) (2001-2004): Magical, mysterious and haunting. A trip down memory lane with this gem of a score, composed by John Williams. © Warner Bros. Pictures/ Heyday Films 'Hedwig's Theme' is always a tearjerker, with its plaintive notes emoting Harry's loneliness which slowly turns into a merry, elevating melody echoing Harry's entrée into the wizarding world. Will I cry when I hear it? Always. 13. Avengers: Endgame (2019): A fairly new movie on the list but kudos to Alan Silvestri's prowess as a composer who can wield magic with the conductor's baton (his personal Mjölnir, if you will), this movie's soundtrack has surpassed its predecessors while keeping the nostalgia intact. Sweeping, powerful and intense, the music sets the perfect tone for the finale of the Avengers franchise. Be it the war sequence, Captain America finally lifting the Mjölnir, the appearance of the heroes left behind (Portals), or the final Snap (The Real Hero), the score effortlessly manages to pull you in. © Marvel Studios/ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 'Whatever it Takes' touches you in ways you couldn't imagine, making you nostalgic about the sacrifices all the Avengers have made to reach here. My personal favourite is the jazzy 'It's Been A Long, Long Time' by Harry James (sung by Kitty Kallen) which plays as the movie comes to an end. Such a beautiful way to say goodbye! And such a satisfying visual to accompany it! 14. Requiem for a Dream (2000): A trippy movie with a hauntingly eerie soundtrack which makes you lose your mind (in a good way!). Darren Aronofsky's unconventional film about unfulfilled human desires is made more compelling by its theme, scored by Clint Mansell, ostentatiously using György Ligeti's “Lux Aeterna” in most parts. © Thousand Words/ Protozoa Pictures/ Artisan Entertainment The score is ominous, a bit tenebrous (a quality of Aronofsky's movies) and intentionally raw. The music plays an important role in the life of the characters, mirroring their cravings and addictions, and the extent they'll go for it. 15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): Another groundbreaking sci-fi movie, directed by eccentric genius Stanley Kubrick who (in)famously scrapped all the music created by Alex North for the movie (without informing him), was scored entirely by classical music. © Stanley Kubrick Productions/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Stanley Kubrick decided to go with legendary classical pieces: Richard Strauss' poem 'Also Sprach Zarathustra', the waltz “The Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss II, and “Lux Aeterna” by György Ligeti, which have since become synonymous with the movie in such a way that it is impossible to think about 2001 without “The Blue Danube” playing in your mind. His reason was that he wanted his movie to be more of an aural sensory experience, not reliant on dialogue or verbal cues, thus using grand, majestic, soulful compositions from the classical past of music. Needless to say, the peculiar decision did turn out well for the movie. 16. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982): John Williams scores (no pun intended) again with the music of this adorable movie directed by Steven Spielberg. It captures the essence of childhood: the innocence, the sense of wonder, the inquisitiveness in all of us at that age. It has an emotional feel to it which strikes a chord with the old and young alike, igniting long-forgotten memories. © Amblin Entertainment/ Universal Pictures The best part of the score has to be the flying bicycle(“Flying”)! Joy, amazement, and fun all rolled into the music. And the music for the farewell brings out tears. Every. Single. Time. “E. T. Phone Home!” More like, “E.T. Don't Phone Home!” 17. Gone With The Wind (1939): Scarlett O'Hara's trials and tribulations find their expression in the music of the movie. Scored by Max Steiner, one of the greatest of composers in the Golden Age of Cinema, the score is sufficiently heartbreaking while being majestic in its own right. © Loew's Inc./ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/ Selznick International Pictures The score is instrumental in charting out the character development; a distinguishing quality of Mr Steiner's work. They don't make them like that anymore! Because “frankly, my dear, they don't give a damn!” about music anymore. 18. Schindler's List (1993): Composed and conducted by John Williams (such a gifted treasure of a man), marking another collaboration with Steven Spielberg, Schindler List's score is a poignant experience. © Amblin Entertainment/ Universal Pictures Sad and melancholy, it voices the underlying distress and the terrible misfortune of Krakow. 19. Jurassic Park (1993): A score which has become tantamount to peak 90s and dinosaurs, composed by John Williams (again!), is a treat for the ears. © Amblin Entertainment/ Universal Pictures The score encapsulates the miracle of seeing something so unusual that you can't comprehend it through the main theme, then going to amazement and surprise in “Journey to the Island” and capturing the menace when the park turns rogue, with the rest of the score. 20. The Pink Panther (1963): Henry Mancini unleashes his musical genius in a funny way through “The Pink Panther” (another Blake Edwards masterpiece). © Mirisch Company/ United Artists The dubious, cartoony theme from the movie is perhaps as famous as the Taj Mahal and the most overused in movies which want to portray a comical investigation. The theme comprises a saxophone tenor which has over time become its most discerning quality. The score is funny, wacky and as quirky as the lead character, Jacques Clouseau (superbly played by Peter Sellers). The slapstick feel of the movie, the spry tone is effectively embodied by the score. 21. Goldfinger (1964): Do we really need an explanation for this? :P One of the most famous and iconic themes of all time. Shirley Bassey's vocals add to the drama to the music which has become synonymous with the spy thriller series, giving a nod to its sister theme. © Eon Productions/ United Artists 'Goldfinger', with its brassy, jazzy vibe, is one of the best pieces of music in the entire soundtrack of the James Bond movies. Mr Bond's suave sexiness is personified by the legendary theme. Thank you, John Barry! So, which is your favourite? Tell us in the comments!
  5. With the General Elections ending in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party with a landslide margin in votes, it was time for the former Gujarat Chief Minister to retake his oath as the Prime Minister of the largest democracy in the world for his second consecutive term. On Thursday, Modi along with his Union Ministers were present within the premises of Rashtrapati Bhavan to swear-in their roles at the national leaders which was officiated by the Indian President, Ram Nath Kovind. Get more details about the ceremony, here. Surely, this was a great moment for the spirit of democracy that India follows and has been following ever since its Independence, the same however, cannot be said about the ruling party's official website for their Delhi wing, delhi.bjp.org. © delhi.bjp.org © delhi.bjp.org With a common message which read: 'Hacked by 'Shadow_V1P3R', various pages of the website were replaced with beef cuisines and recipes to make them. The home page, which consisted of some navigation tools to help the user look around the website was also replaced with categories like 'Beef Items', 'Beef Leadership' and 'About Beef'. © delhi.bjp.org As soon as the news of the BJP website getting hacked broke out, people got on Twitter to let the party members know about it: Dear @BJP4India, Your website has been hacked. How long will you take to restore the site this time? Yours faithfully ð pic.twitter.com/xDSwIwWL39 — Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) May 30, 2019 While they were cavorting in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan, someone hacked the BJP website with beef recipes... ð pic.twitter.com/GYySqDQasK — Priya Nashmikar (@PriyaNashmikar) May 31, 2019 Delhi BJP Website hacked. BEEF JANATA PARTY pic.twitter.com/gEUjAe8CEF — Adil Aman (@Adilaman2007) May 30, 2019 BJP Delhi website hacked with Beef recipes! #ShadowViper pic.twitter.com/wmTxxSfen1 — Shafa Chikodi (@ChikodiShafa) May 30, 2019 Delhi BJP website hacked during swearing-in. Beef replaces BJP. pic.twitter.com/ApAgFzKWgR — NissimMannathukkaren (@nmannathukkaren) May 30, 2019 Even though the website was put under maintenance in a couple of hours since the discovery was made and fixed to go back live after being restored, the fact that their websites can be hacked so easily, without a single trace of who 'Shadow V1P3R' really is, calls for some really loud alarming bells, both for the party and their cyber cell.
  6. The entire country was just catching up to why the hell JCB excavators are everywhere right now, but desi Twitter has already come up with a new meme and I have to say, it's way better than the #JCBKiKhudai memes. The new money meme (What is the official meme name?) is here and it's the most relatable meme I've seen, to be honest. Desi meme-makers have taken something simple and turned it into quite a hilarious thing. The meme basically consists of two pictures - one of a stack of â¹500 notes, and the other is a single, lonely old â¹100 note - and people are giving it the context in the sense of expensive and cheap things. Okay, that doesn't sound that funny but it's a little difficult to sum it up, so I'll just show how brilliant it is and why literally every single person could see that meme and say 'I feel that, bro'. See? Education loan vs Campus Placement pic.twitter.com/A7dpY8pgAI — Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) May 29, 2019 This is a cute one. Parents spending on me and my brother Vs Parents spending on themselves pic.twitter.com/9xeoUjy2tf — Divya ð (@ambertonic_) May 28, 2019 Since there are so many engineers, this has a big audience. Engineers Chai sutta expenses vs other expenses pic.twitter.com/lYqBWUqydF — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) May 29, 2019 Ever desi wedding ever. * In Joota churaayi rasam at indian wedding * Pic1- Actual Price of shoes Pic2- What your sister in law demands pic.twitter.com/tJLZ3AQHyP — Hunà¤à¤°à¤° â (@nickhunterr) May 28, 2019 Follow up tweet hits a little too close to home. Pic 3 - What they actually receive pic.twitter.com/Ulira7Y9VR — भारतà¥à¤¯ शायर (@quotewrk) May 28, 2019 Surviving on 10% of salary for 20 days is an adventure sport. Salary day vs last day of the month https://t.co/4Eo5n8rBMI — Zaid (@ziddilaunda) May 28, 2019 Tag your boss here. CTC vs The actual salary pic.twitter.com/MHEvWRnLA3 — Abhinav Rai (@abhinavrai327) May 29, 2019 The same, but reversed. Engineers In hand salary vs CTC pic.twitter.com/yATz2KazoI — Sonu (@Bat_da_Phak) May 29, 2019 We all have that friend. Me to friend vs Friend to me pic.twitter.com/2qbQwRydkX — Rakesh Vishwakarma (@therkrd) May 29, 2019 Every freaking time. 1. Money gave to mom given by relatives 2. Money that mom return me ð¢ pic.twitter.com/Q5qWnHWxTc — sachinðð (@imsachin100) May 28, 2019 And the street food is always better. for the same dish: Restaurant vs Street Food pic.twitter.com/dXF04PQDRk — Nilotpal (@BhartiNilotpal) May 29, 2019 From 100 to 500 real quick. Cab fare (At booking time vs After complete ride ) pic.twitter.com/UVuydzHMBz — Flying Arrow (@itsDipuva) May 29, 2019 Old Monk, ftw. Johnny Walker blue label vs Desi Tharra ð¹ð¹ pic.twitter.com/wd1AjdvVwW — JCB wala Junglee (@Junglee0007) May 29, 2019 Oops. Saturday night party contribution - Frnds vs me https://t.co/XARI0fFYHw — Deepak Pawar (@dsp1808) May 29, 2019 Always. Bank to me vs me to bank pic.twitter.com/JvbgAZhb8o — Chowkidar Nirav Modi (@niiravmodi) May 29, 2019 8th November, 2016. Kala dhan in real estate/gold vs kaala dhan in cash pic.twitter.com/oB82m5jEBk — Knight Watchman (@knightwatchman_) May 29, 2019
  7. Apple today finally introduced the new iPod touch with subtle enhancements such as the inclusion of Apple's A10 Fusion chip. The chip will bring improved performance in games, and for the first time augmented reality (AR) features and Group FaceTime. © Apple “We're making the most affordable iOS device even better with performance that is twice as fast as before, Group FaceTime and augmented reality starting at just $199,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of Product Marketing. “The ultra-thin and lightweight design of iPod touch has always made it ideal for enjoying games, music and so much more wherever you go.” © Apple The iPod touch will come in different storage options i.e. 32GB, 128GB and 256GB options. Users will be able to listen to music both offline and online via Apple Music and iTunes Store, including radio shows like Beats 1 Radio. © Apple The iPod touch will also be able to take advantage of ARkit enabled games and apps for gaming, education and web browsing purposes. The iPod touch will also be able to pair up with AirPods just like it can with other iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. The new iPod touch starts at Rs 18,900 for the 32GB model, Rs 28,900 for the 128GB model and Rs 38,900 for the 256GB model and is available through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers. India availability dates are yet to confirmed but we expect them to hit store shelves soon.
  8. The most commonly requested feature by Apple users, is the ability to share music with their friends. In fact, since Apple removed the headphone jack, it has become harder to listen to music along with your friends. Wired earphones let users share music with each other by sharing each earbud. However, sharing AirPods or any wireless Bluetooth device is a big pain but it seems like Apple has already found a fix. © Apple Currently, iPhone and iPad support multiform audio via AirPlay 2 and it works on speakers that support the feature. I use the multi-room system on my Sonos setup using Apple's AirPlay feature. However, a new report by Macotakara spotted by 9to5Mac says that Apple will be adding dual Bluetooth audio support for the iPhone 11 or whatever it will be called. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Dual Bluetooth output has been a long requested feature which essentially means that two people can listen to the same audio content from one iPhone. For example, if you and your friend both have AirPods, you will be able to listen to the same music simultaneously from an iPhone on your own set of AirPods. Currently, the iPhone only supports connecting one audio device at a time which makes it harder to share Bluetooth devices to listen to music at the same time. © Apple The iPhone, however, does support multiple Bluetooth connections already as the iPhone can communicate with the Apple Watch and transmit music to the AirPods simultaneously. Dual Bluetooth audio output is not a new concept as some Android devices already support this feature and it would be great to see this on the iPhone as well. Having said that, using dual Bluetooth audio output has its own drawbacks as it often leads to unstable connections and synchronisation. It would be interesting to see how Apple would tackle this issue. There's a good chance that Apple may refresh its W1 chip for this feature to work. Of course, this is a rumoured feature that we may or may not see on the next iPhone and needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Having said that, the AirPods are one of Apple's most successful products since the iPhone and are more of a social phenomenon today. It would be logical for the Cupertino giant to make this feature available on the iPhone for AirPods users to enjoy music together. Source: Macotakara
  9. Entertainment, Entertainment, and Entertainment - these are the three qualities that are needed to attract a viewer to come to the theatres. So far, 2019 has been pretty fruitful for Bollywood. We have had films like 'Gully Boy', 'Uri: The Surgical Strike', 'Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi', 'Kesari', and 'Luka Chuppi' which were intensely appreciated by the audience. Interestingly, the masses have gotten a flavour blend of both intense and light-hearted movies. May was a blend of romantic and political movies. This month, we've had PM Narendra Modi's biopic, which was released post the elections to much fanfare. We also got to see stories that throw light on incidents that are not known to us in detail, like Arjun Kapoor's 'India's Most Wanted', which is inspired by the true events of the capture of terrorist Yaseen Bhatkal. After such an intense end to May, it's time to start the next month with a bang, as viewers are waiting with bated breath to see Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif's 'Bharat'. June 2019 doesn't have a big line up, but we can assure you that the movies in the pipeline have something interesting to offer if you are a movie enthusiast. Let's look at the movies which should be on your must-watch list: 1. Bharat Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif are back and viewers are in awe of their chemistry ever since they were first seen together in 'Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya'. 'Bharat' is an upcoming drama film which is about a journey of a man and the nation together. Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Tabu and Jackie Shroff will be seen sharing the screen in this film. For a Salman Khan fan, the movie is bound to be a visual delight as it will show the actor in different avatars. We are not really sure about the content but we can blindly make a bet that it will fare well at the box office. Are you all set for a roller-coaster ride on June 5th? 2. Kabir Singh Shahid Kapoor is back in the game and how! Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani starrer, 'Kabir Singh', is a remake of the Telugu film 'Arjun Reddy'. The trailer has already generated a lot of anticipation for the film and the viewers have appreciated Shahid for his intense acting. We are sure that comparisons will be drawn but it will be worth the watch. 3. Article 15 © Ayushmann Khurrana/Twitter A movie featuring Ayushmann Khurrana can't be taken for granted as the actor never goes wrong in taking up his scripts. It will be interesting to see what the actor has to offer this time. 'Article 15' is scheduled to release on 28 June, this year and the icing on the cake is Anubhav Sinha taking the director's seat. Ayushmann will be seen essaying the role of a police officer for the first time in this film. A stellar cast that includes Isha Talwar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, M Naser, Ashish Verma, Sushil Pandey, Subrajyoti Bharat, and Zeeshan Ayub will also add to the film. Which film are you vouching for? Let us know in the comments below!
  10. The Indian cricket team, led by Virat Kohli left for England in pursuit of their third World Cup title a couple of days ago from the Mumbai International Airport. With a balanced blend of a talented batting order and a fierce bowling attack, the Men in Blue are going into the ICC World Cup 2019 as one of the favourites. The 25-year-old Hardik Pandya comes in as an important part of the roster with his abilities to bowl in the death overs and bat in the middle to lower order for Team India, a segment of the game, they usually suffer in. Ever since making his ODI debut against New Zealand in October 2016, Pandya has quickly climbed the success ladder with the national cricket squad and has seen successful in all formats of the game. So when Pandya shared this picture of his from 2011, it made us realise that time flies and how: From cheering and celebrating India's World Cup triumph in 2011 to representing #TeamIndia in World Cup 2019, it has been a dream come true ðð®ð³ #cwc19 pic.twitter.com/6fDyB29y5r — hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) May 24, 2019 “From cheering and celebrating India's World Cup triumph in 2011 to representing #TeamIndia in World Cup 2019, it has been a dream come true #cwc19,” tweeted the Indian all-rounder. Honestly, it took us a moment to figure out who amongst the lot Hardik Pandya really was. Eight years ago, the Surat-born would have been 17 years old, cheering with his friends as the MS Dhoni-led Team India lifted that trophy at Wankhede Stadium, the home stadium to the winning side and to the aspiring cricketer. Twitter reacted in disbelief when they saw the younger avatar of Pandya and wished him and the rest of the Indian cricket team good luck for their 2019 World Cup journey: Its all due to your hardwork and struggle ! Success isn't an overnight achievement, it's a result of all the hard work , late nights , early morning and practice sessions , broken hands and injured legs ! Very well deserved. Can't wait for you to be the best. All the very best.â¤ï¸ — Mahima Parmar ð»ð» (@sarcasticmaniac) May 24, 2019 All the best, Pandya!!! Bring that trophy back to Indiaðð — Mohammed Ibrahim Farooqui (@iBM1105) May 24, 2019 I see u in this World Cup As next generation Kapil Dev ur going to get us that cup — Vinð³ðª (@vinodnair68) May 24, 2019 Best 8 yr challenge. — arun (@balu9932) May 24, 2019 Comeback with glory and cupððð — Suganthibala (@Suganthibala4) May 24, 2019 Hardik broo play well and keep rocking. World Cup and other records will come to our own way..... So leave all unwanted tensions and pressure... Just play the cricket — ANAND NAIR (@ANANDNA88924229) May 24, 2019 Pandya has played in a total of 45 ODIs in his career during which he has made 731 runs with a superb strike rate of 116.59. 2019 began roughly for the young cricketer due to a recurring lower back injury and a controversial episode of a talk show due to which he was banned from playing the sport for a month. As soon as Pandya returned to the field, he skills and talent took him to the top of his career and an extremely successful season of the Indian Premier League which ended with his team, Mumbai Indians winning their record fourth title, brought back the lost confidence. Here's hoping that Hardik Pandya and the Men in Blue bring home the trophy.
  11. Driving in India is a tedious and nerve-wracking task. From shouting at pedestrians for jaywalking to being the only one who follows the traffic lights, it is stressful. And don't even get us started about the Indian roads. But, in spite of all the fuss about it, we Indians simply love the luxury of driving around and owning the best of the cars. And that gets us back to the big news – the entry of the Korean automobile brand Kia Motors in the Indian market. Anyone who is obsessed with cars would know what that means. Kia has announced their entry in India and is all set to roll out cars at the dealerships from August 2019. But here's our point – this should have happened way sooner, as Kia Motors makes the best of the cars and we've been missing out on them all. Here are 6 reasons why this brand should have come to India sooner: 1. We Need More Of Quirky And Compact We are a country of middle-class people who buy things that are paisa vasool – that means a car that looks great, is tech-savvy, practical and fuel-efficient, all at the same time. Keeping the demanding nature of this middle-class Gen Z in mind, Kia Motors offers a range of compact economy cars that are also performance-driven. 2. They Have Green Options Too Electric cars might have a niche market in India but thankfully, it is seeing a surge in popularity with more and more people looking for Green options. Kia Motors has the highly efficient Kia Soul & Niro Electric Vehicle. If introduced in India, this efficient and economic model is surely going to be a customer favourite. Kia 3. They Stand Out In A Crowd With Their Trippy Hues There is no dearth of options in India and that's why we need something that stands out from the rest – here's where Kia comes into the picture. With their sleek designs and trippy hues and unique shapes, they are everything that we've always wanted. Each of the Kia models has a different look completed with their signature Tiger grille. Their trippy colour palette includes hues like Mysterious Blue, Alien 2 Green, Caffeine Brown and Wild Orange. 4. It's Luxury With Quality Those of you who think that Asian cars are inferior in quality need to think again. Kia Motors has won multiple global quality awards like IQS for their fine quality, safety and designs that are an absolute value for money. Their interiors are just as polished and sleek as the exterior design of the car. With comfort the number one priority, the interiors give a more spacious and luxurious vibe to the car. 5. They Offer More For Less - The Power To Surprise Compared to other high-end brands, Kia Motors strive to offer the best and most up-to-date features in economy cars. In fact, Kia has been ranked in the list of Top 10 Best Midsize Cars for the Money. Kia 6. We've Been Settling With Our Safety Options While most of the cars rely heavily on airbags and camera-sensor rearview mirrors, the Kia Motors line up offers smart and advanced safety features that include Blind-Spot Detection, Lane-Change Assist, surround-view camera and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Now that's what our accident-prone Indian roads need. Well, in spite of all that we've missed, let's just give a warm welcome to Kia Motors and say it's better late than never!
  12. If you put three people like Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt together, you know you're going to get a damn good movie that will make everyone excited. And that was exactly the case since the time 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' was announced, and the first look of the upcoming movie was out. View this post on Instagram First look. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood A post shared by Leonardo DiCaprio (@leonardodicaprio) on Jun 27, 2018 at 6:00am PDT I remember how everyone went crazy over this picture a few months ago, and then the trailers just built up the anticipation even more. Quentin Tarantino's ninth film was recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival and has left all the lucky people who watched it, quite impressed. Some are even putting it up there with the classic 'Pulp Fiction'. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD: Tarantino wasn't joking when he said this was the closest to PULP FICTION that he has come. He juggles a mosaic of characters and story-lines in this one, eventually stringing them together for a relentlessly playful and touching finale. #Cannes2019 — Jordan Ruimy @ Cannes (@mrRuimy) May 21, 2019 Who would've thunk? #OnceUponATimeInHollywood turns out to be Tarantino's most tender film. Who'd have thunk. #cannes2019 — Magdalena Miedl reicht's. (@mmiedl) May 21, 2019 Then, that's a good thing. I'm thinking #OnceUponATimeinHollywood is going to divide critics. Heck, I'm divided, and I'm just one critic. But I think the side of me that enjoyed it is going to win out. #Cannes2019 — Chris Knight (@ChrisKnightfilm) May 21, 2019 Sounds great. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood is a beautiful, brash rumination on the grime and beauty of Hollywood. It is a dirty, sensually realized feat, with many, many shots of dirty, sensualized feet.#QuentinTarantino #Cannes2019 — Jason Gorber - at #Cannes2019 (@filmfest_ca) May 21, 2019 It'll be interesting to watch. DiCaprio is pretty great, but Pitt is amazing. Not sure about the 'message' - if there is one - and definitely not the most quotable Tarantino. — Steven Tuffin (@Waanzinema) May 21, 2019 That sucks. It's a lot to get into but Tarantino has made his most specific, realistic and gentle film in #OnceUponATimeInHollywood. Really liked it, though there's a lot to get into with regard to its lack of female characters, Robbie has a surprisingly small role. #Cannes2019 — Andy Hazel (@AndyRickie) May 21, 2019 He looks so good here! #OnceUponATimeInHollywood: Quentin Tarantino wants to tell us a story about Hollywood life at the time of the Manson Family slayings of '69, and man, does he ever, going from awestruck to WTF. Brad Pitt the standout, his coolest role yet. #Cannes2019 pic.twitter.com/WgJywDPW9i — Peter Howell (@peterhowellfilm) May 21, 2019 Can't wait to watch, tbh. I laughed. I gasped. I wondered: What would Roman Polanski think? I begrudgingly agreed not to tweet out spoilers. Tarantino delivers an ode to Hollywood's lost innocence, while cheekily suggesting it never had any to begin with. #OnceUponATimeinHollywood #Cannes2019 pic.twitter.com/DBgriD2Ihb — Chris Knight (@ChrisKnightfilm) May 21, 2019 Brad Pitt is getting a lot of love. ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD is more languorous and luminous than anything Tarantino has done before. Radiant w/ affection for Los Angeles and the movies. Ambles and drags but pleasantly so. Pitt & DiCaprio are fabulous, Pitt especially. I could watch them drive around LA a lot. — Jake Coyle (@jakecoyleAP) May 21, 2019 And, so is Leo. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood is an odd one for Tarantino, but in a very good way. A pure love letter to cinema and the 1960s, with a career-best DiCaprio performance. #Cannes2019 — Max Borg (@IMDBorg) May 21, 2019
  13. PM Modi is back from his meditation trip in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand and so is reel-life PM Modi aka Vivek Oberoi, with the biggest and the most controversial movie of his career. In case you were too busy partying over the weekend and failed to check your social media feed, PM Modi was recently clicked meditating in a cave (Rudra Meditation Cave to be specific) in Kedarnath. © Twitter While PM Modi was relaxing in a meditational retreat, away from the political husle-bustle, actor Vivek Oberoi was gearing up for the comeback of 'PM Narendra Modi' biopic and today he unveiled a new poster of the film that will finally see the light of the day on May 24th, a day after the elections results are out. According to reports, Vivek launched the poster along with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and producer Sandip Ssingh, in Nagpur, Maharashtra. भारत मà¥à¤ हर बड़ॠà¤à¤¾à¤® à¤à¤¿ शà¥à¤°à¥à¤µà¤¾à¤¤ शà¤à¤ बà¤à¤¾ à¤à¤° à¤à¥ à¤à¤¾à¤¤à¥ हà¥... Here's presenting the new poster of #PMNarendraModi#DekhengeModiBiopic#PMNarendraModiOn24thMay@vivekoberoi @OmungKumar @sandip_Ssingh @sureshoberoi @anandpandit63 @AcharyaManish7 @LegendStudios1 @itsBhushanKumar @TSeries pic.twitter.com/sTXQ5cnB2m — PM Narendra Modi (@ModiTheFilm2019) May 20, 2019 The makers shared the poster on their Twitter page. However, more than the poster, it was the taglines that caught people's attention. The poster reads, "Aa rahe hai dobara...PM Narendra Modi...Ab koi rok nahi sakta." We don't know if they meant it for the biopic or otherwise. What do you think? © Legend Global Studios As the film's release date nears, we guess Vivek Oberoi's fans and all those eagerly waiting for Vivek Oberoi to make a comeback, can now finally rejoice. But, after Vivek Oberoi's distasteful (meme) post against Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, we wonder how many people will continue to be his fans. That post was really uncalled for and so not cool, Vivek. Haha! ð creative! No politics here....just life ðð Credits : @pavansingh1985 pic.twitter.com/1rPbbXZU8T — Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) May 20, 2019 Earlier, the movie's release was put on hold citing the Lok Sabha elections. The filmmakers later got another major blow when they found out that the trailer, which had over a million views on YouTube, had been mysteriously taken down from YouTube and other social media platforms. Directed by Omung Kumar, 'PM Narendra Modi' also stars Boman Irani, Manoj Joshi, Prashant Narayanan, Zarina Wahab, Barkha Sengupta and Darshan Kumaar, among others.
  14. Those of you who have been on the extremely popular (and super addictive) video-sharing platform YouTube, will agree that the time has come to officially declare 'Power of YouTube' as a legit phenomenon. I mean, who are we even kidding by second-guessing this completely obvious move, especially with regard to the Indian subcontinent? Wasn't it only last year when India overtook the United States of America to become the top country with the most number of YouTube audience in the world? For the uninitiated, yes it was. With over 265 million active monthly users, India broke all records to claim the top spot in 2018. © Instagram So, it is only natural that one of our country's top YouTubers, Ajey Nagar aka 'CarryMinati' would prove it to the entire world that the 'Power of YouTube' can bring people from around the world to converge at a single point on-screen to laugh together. Ajey was just 10-years-old when he put out his first YouTube video, and nine years down the line and aged 19, he has been named amongst the '10 Next Generation Leaders 2019' by famed US publication TIME magazine. © Instagram How this glorious moment came to pass, is a tale that is nothing less than inspiring. Once you get to know about Ajey's journey, you will believe that anything is possible, as long as you keep dreaming and follow your passion. The Backstory Just like any of us, Faridabad resident Ajey was an avid YouTube video consumer and it is during one such viewing that Ajey decided he wants to be on the other side of the screen too. Following the lives of successful YouTubers and partaking the awesome content they put out on the platform, inspired Ajey to create a similar life for himself. © Instagram With a wish to create quality content for his audience, that would entertain and educate people all at once, Ajey started churning out roasts and sketches on his YouTube channel 'CarryMinati', which enjoys close to 7 million subscribers today. The Beginning It was back in 2016 that Ajey finally found his niche in creating “diss tracks” on “weird and cringey” user-generated videos on Facebook and TikTok. Ajey cashed-in on his desi swag and started producing content in Hindi, which reached thousands of viewers who enjoyed the videos so much, that soon 'CarryMinati' became one of India's most followed YouTube channels. The Ultimate Breakthrough © Instagram However, it was in January this year when things changed completely for Ajey. One of Ajey's diss tracks against infamous YouTuber PewDiePie went viral. The video titled 'Bye PewDiePie' where Ajey addresses PewDiePie and tells him that one day India will rule the world, came as a response to one of PewDiePie's videos mocking the broken English of an Indian man, which had offended Ajey. The video garnered a million likes in a jiffy and there was no looking back for Ajey after that. The Bigger Picture © Instagram In his interview with TIME, Ajey shared that his ultimate goal is to inspire people, help them take pride in their culture and embrace their identity, no matter where they are. That's the reason why Ajey chose to create videos in Hindi instead of English. He is reaching out to those who dare to be different and still manage to create a dent with their quality work. © Instagram Ajey takes pride in his roots and wishes to make the best of the desi swag we Indians are known for. 'Be yourself' is Ajey Nagar aka 'CarryMinati's ultimate success mantra. What a proud moment for the young man and our country to have such gems amidst us, who are constantly making India proud globally.
  15. Have you ever found yourself muttering "there has to be an easier way" when managing your community? If you have, it's likely that you are not the first person to think that. Invision Community has been refined over nearly two decades, and in that time we've received a lot of feedback from clients running very large and busy sites. We love a short cut, especially when it makes our clients lives easier. There's plenty of time-saving features throughout Invision Community, and here are five of the best. Saved Actions If you routinely perform the same actions to a topic, such as replying before closing it or moving the topic to a different forum, then saved actions will save you a lot of time. Let's look at a practical example. You have a forum where your members can suggest new features for your product. You might choose to move some of these suggestions to another forum to shortlist them for inclusion in a future version, or to discuss further. You also may like to reply thanking the member for their idea, but it's not feasible at this time. Here you would set up two saved actions, one that replies and moves the topic to a specific forum, and one that replies to the topic and closes it for further commenting. Your saved actions are accessible via the moderation menu You and your moderating team can select these saved actions quickly when reading a topic to perform multiple moderation steps in one go. RSS Feeds If your community regularly discusses topics that feature in the latest news, then you can quickly seed these discussions using the RSS feed import tool. Not only can you import almost any public RSS feed into your community, but you also have control over how these topics are displayed, to whom they are attributed to and how the link back to the source article looks. RSS feed import is an often overlooked but handy tool at starting productive discussions without the need to source and post them manually. iCal Feeds The iCal feed can be considered as the sister feature to the RSS Feed Import tool. It works in a very similar way in that it can accept almost any public iCal feed and import events into your community's calendar. This is especially useful if you maintain an event stream outside of the community, but wish to share those events with your members in a native way, or perhaps you already have a calendar product used by your organisation. Using the iCal feed tool to populate your community calendar with key dates relevant to your community can be achieved very quickly. Auto-moderation Moderating a busy community can be a time-consuming task. Trying to review new posts and topics to ensure they meet your community standards as they come in can be daunting. Fortunately, Invision Community has an ace up its sleeve. Auto-moderation allows you to use the power of your community to identify and remove content that does not meet your community standards. The administrator sets up a threshold so that when a specific number of reports for that content item is crossed, the content is hidden. Auto-moderation has a lot of options to configure which we covered in this blog article recently. Group promotion Ensuring your members feel valued and rewarded for their contributions is key to member retention and keeping engagement high. A simple way to reward long term regular contributors is to elevate their permissions. This can mean that they have access to otherwise hidden areas, or they get more allowances in terms of upload space and fewer restrictions. To do this manually would take a significant amount of time. Thankfully, Invision Community has a feature called Group Promotion. This tool allows the administrator to set up specific thresholds such as post count, or time since joining which then move the member into a new group when triggered. This all happens automatically. Just set it up and let it run! We spoke about Group Promotion recently, take a look here to learn more about this feature. How many of you are already using these features, and which ones did we miss off our list? I'd love to know.
  16. Sweden's football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made a name for himself as a notorious athlete, who looks for opportunities to get involved in scuffles and fights on the field only to boast his imposing frame. Throughout his professional football career in Europe, during which Ibrahimovic played with some of the best clubs in the world including Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona, despite his brilliance as a player, he was more famous for his cheeky elbows to the face, flying kicks to the face and headbutts to the face. When the Swede finally decided to take his talents to the States and joined the Major League Soccer franchise LA Galaxy in 2018, he was considered to be the biggest name in the league as he was. However, Ibrahimovic did not get rid of his habit of looking for a fight and began to mess with the players there as well. Just a couple of days ago, in a match against NYC FC, Zlatan bumped into the rival goalkeeper, Sean Johnson while trying to score a goal. Soon after, the 6-foot-5 footballer got his hand around Johnson's neck following which the two players fell, with the American crying out in pain almost as if Zlatan had choked him severely. A bizarre incident in MLS involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sean Johnson. The result? A yellow card each. pic.twitter.com/sPoIeGfSG9 — ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 12, 2019 These days, athletes are known to exaggerate the contact and 'flop' in order to make the referee take notice of the foul and none of the cameras picked up on whatever Ibrahimovic did with the hand, the fact that the Swede had the audacity to do something like that, must be taken into account and the league must take an action against him to make a statement, that no matter who you are, you are not above the league. Secondly, and probably a lot more important than Zlatan's actions from the day before yesterday, the need to punish him is crucial, because the rest of the players have begun to believe that Ibrahimovic has been receiving special treatment from the organisation. And even when Zlatan approached Real Salt Lake defender, Nedum Onuoha inside his locker room, after trash talking with him on the field moments ago, the league decided to remain silent on the whole thing. In the post-game conference, Onuoha went on to call him a thug and expressed that he felt as if the MLS was providing Zlatan with preferential treatment.
  17. Vicky Kaushal needs no introduction. His brilliant performance and choice of films work as his business card for him. After proving his mettle to the world, the actor is now all set to take up another challenging role. Kaushal will play legendary freedom fighter and martyr, Sardar Udham Singh in his upcoming biopic. The movie will narrate the story of the revolutionary who assassinated Michael O'Dwyer, who was the Lt. Governor of Punjab when the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place. Instagram Today, the actor shared his first look from the movie where he is seen standing on the streets of St. Petersburg, with a fierce gaze (that can scare the wits out of you) and a scar on his face. Directed by Shoojit Sircar, the biopic is expected to release in 2020. As Vicky Kaushal gears up to stun his fans with another stellar performance, here's a look at some of his best movies so far that made us shout 'How's the Josh?' each time we watched him on screen: 1. Uri: The Surgical Strikes The amount of love this movie has received speaks volumes about the brilliant acting of Vicky Kaushal and that of every other actor who was a part of it. After all, there is a reason why 'How's The Josh?' became such a huge thing and almost everyone was using the dialogue. Directed by Aditya Dhar, the film was based on the Indian Army's surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC), as a retaliation to the 2016 Uri attack. RSVP Movies 2. Manmarziyaan Kaushal played the role of a guy named Vicky, a handsome part-time DJ who loses his girlfriend to another guy because of his commitment issues. This movie explained the dynamics of a relationship and love like nothing else. Phantom Films 3. Sanju Vicky Kaushal's character Kamlesh, aka Kamli, wasn't just a supporting character. He was one of the strongest characters in the film and in Sanjay Dutt's life. He stayed with Sanjay Dutt through thick and thin and continued to support him even when the world turned against him. Vicky's flawless performance made all of us feel that both Kamli and Vicky are the kind of friends that every person deserves in their lives. Fox Star Studios 4. Raazi 'Raazi' was owned by Alia Bhatt, but Vicky Kaushal too caught our attention with his portrayal of Iqbal Syed, a commander in the Pakistan army. His struggle of choosing between his feelings for his wife (who was an Indian spy) and his duties towards his country touched all our hearts. Dharma Productions 5. Masaan Vicky made his Bollywood debut with 'Masaan' in 2015 and his performance left even the stalwarts awestruck. Vicky played a boy from the Dom community, whose family works at the cremation ghats. His transition from a young passionate guy in love to someone in immense grief over losing someone was flawless. Phantom Films
  18. I love to travel, and thanks to my job, I am on the go for the most part of the year. It's fun mostly, albeit there are times it can get quite hectic, especially if it's a last minute plan. Now I have been doing this for a while. When I had started out, I had made quite a lot of mistakes each time I travelled. But you know how they always say - practice makes one perfect. In my case, I can safely say I have perfected the art of planning a last-moment trip without losing my calm. Here's what I do. 1. Keep A Travel Bag Ready With All The Basics One thing that I learnt from my round-the-clock, sudden work trips is to always keep a travel bag ready with bare minimum necessities - toiletries, laptop, pair of socks, trousers, sunglasses, and two ironed shirts. If you are on the go, it's better you find a way to save as much time as you can. And take it from a person with experience, you don't want to waste 30 minutes on packing when you have an urgent flight to catch. 2. Buy A Travel Insurance Under 60 Seconds About 20% of frequent flyers buy their travel insurance last minute, and there is a lot of hassle in getting one. I am one of those people. And if you relate to this too, there is a news for you that will come to you as a huge relief. Reliance General Insurance has made it possible for customers to buy travel insurance under 60 seconds. How you ask? Say hello to an NFC-enabled digital innovation way where you simply tap your smartphone on the NFC tags. This 'Tap and Buy' innovation has been introduced in Delhi International Airport, and about 46 screens are available to use the facility. Trust me, it has made my life so much easier, and my trips less hectic. Let me explain how you can make the most of this facility. All you have to do is tap your NFC-enabled smartphone on one NFC tags placed at one of the 46 kiosks at Delhi Airport. The moment you do that, your phone will be prompted to open WhatsApp and you can buy your travel insurance in less than a minute. Isn't that cool? And hey, I am not the only one who is vouching for this innovation. Turns out, Bollywood singer, Sukhbir Singh too is a big fan. See what he has to say about this. View this post on Instagram It's definitely a relief to know great things happen when technology meets insurance. Kudos to Reliance Travel Insurance for doing this man! Thank you guys! To all my friends, I definitely recommend you try these Tap & Buy NFC Portals where I bought my Travel Insurance last minute. I found these portals at T3 Delhi International Airport for anyone who's travelling & has forgotten Travel Insurance just like me! #RelianceGeneralInsurance #LiveSmart #RelianceTravelInsurance #TravelGram #TravelHolic #TravelSafe #GigLife #Exciting #Different #NFC #Kudos #TechnologyOfIndia #InstaTech #SmartTechnology #NewYorkCity #Tap #Buy #Insurance #Security #DigitalInnovation A post shared by Sukhbir (@sukhbir_singer) on Apr 20, 2019 at 11:13am PDT 3. Have A Reliable Travel Agent Picture this. You have your business meeting in 24 hours. You have to fly out in the next eight hours. There is a time crunch. And of course, an immense amount of stress. What I do in such scenarios is I make a travel agent work for me and help me ease the burden. Travel agents are great when it comes to accountability, and getting amazing deals at the last moment. Just give your preferences, and they will do your bookings, get your meals in place, and get you your preferred seat. Besides, you get to save a lot of time. Right? 4. Contact Hotels Directly A lot of people book hotels online. Of course, it does help in saving a lot of time but it really doesn't help when it comes to saving money. The smart way, according to me, is to contact the hotel directly, and BARGAIN till you get a deal which works for you. 5. Make Use Of Discounts, Offers & Miles When I am running out of time, I usually forget about the discounts and coupons I have earned from my past travels. I mean, it does slip your mind, doesn't it? But now, I am a little wise, and a little careful. If you have coupons lying idle, use it judiciously. And lastly, no matter where you travel, whether for work or leisure, remember to enjoy your fullest.
  19. For the first time in the history of the Indian Army, women will now be welcomed in an absolutely new role. The Indian Army recently issued an advertisement in the newspaper for recruiting women soldiers in the military police and this is a big step ahead for womankind in India. Three months ago, the government announced that women will be inducted in the force in the 'Personnel Below Officer Rank' (PBOR) category. The registrations online have already begun for inducted women as jawans in the corps of military police. This is certainly being seen as a breakthrough in the force as in simple terms, women were earlier only inducted as officers and now they'll be inducted as soldiers! © ANI According to the given advertisement, the application window for recruitment for soldier general duty will close on June 8th and we hope a number of applicants apply in the next one month. For the first time, Indian Army to start online registration of women for recruitment as soldiers into the military police, today. The project was mooted by General Bipin Rawat soon after taking over as Army Chief and given final approval by the Defence Ministry recently. pic.twitter.com/nIssIN62zX — ANI (@ANI) 25 April 2019 The project was first mooted by Bipin Rawat, the Army Chief General as soon as he took charge of the force. While the process follows a stringent protocol, the decks for induction were cleared in January 2019 after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharam announced that the government has taken a historic decision to induct women in the military police and their roles would include investigating crime cases of rape and molestation and assisting the Army in field operations whenever required. Last year, Rawat had said that the process to allow women in combat was moving steadfastly and accordingly the Army chalked out induction of approximately 800 women in the military police. © ANI Currently, women in the Army are allowed in areas such as medical, educational, legal and engineering wings. The main role of women in military police will be to take charge of logistics during peace and war, handling prisoners of war and maintaining movements of soldiers. The Corps of Military Police is responsible for preserving "good order and discipline and to prevent breaches of the same by persons serving in or attached to the regular Army", the Army says on its website. © Better India This is a really empowering step for womankind in the country, as it works on the fabric of equality between the sexes and we're nothing short of grateful it has finally been incorporated!
  20. Samsung had already launched a 4K movie theatre last year but the company has now taken it up a notch by launching the world's biggest LED cinema in India. It's Samsung's Onyx Cinema LED screen format and has opened in Bengaluru today. The screen is said to offer larger-than-life visuals and is launching just in time for the 'Avengers: Endgame' release. © Samsung The theatre is called Swagath Onyx Theatre and is equipped with JBL Professional cinema loudspeakers from HARMAN. It has a capacity of 618 seats and is now the world's biggest LED theatre. The theatre is outfitted with a 14-metre screen and there are only two others in the world, China and Malaysia. The screen has HDR support is probably the only way to watch your favourite movies if you prefer great picture quality, vivid colours and accuracy. © Marvel Studios “Samsung is the only brand offering an end-to-end movie experience, from stunning visuals through Onyx Cinema LED Screens to phenomenal sound from JBL Professional by HARMAN. Onyx Cinema LED at Swagath Onyx Theatre in Bengaluru will revolutionize the cinema viewing experience for film lovers in the city and across India. This is a remarkable milestone for Indian cinema and a testament to our consumer-centric approach,” said Puneet Sethi, Vice President, Consumer Electronics Enterprise Business, Samsung India. “The current wave of cinema is replete with great visuals, rich soundtracks and background score. The new Onyx Cinema LED powered by JBL's iconic sound will transform the cinematic experience for moviegoers. This mighty combination of a revolutionary screen and legendary sound will truly elevate the content and we are excited for Indian cinephiles to experience this epic offering,” said Prashant Govindan, Head – Professional Solutions, HARMAN India & SAARC. © Samsung This Onyx Cinema LED screen also supports 3D visuals and comes with other proprietary solutions such as Onyx View and Onyx Sound. The theatre is open from today and tickets for movies will be available soon on your favourite ticketing platforms. *main image for representation purposes only.
  21. 'Avengers: Endgame' has now sold 2.5 million advance tickets before the final chapter in the Marvel Studios' Super Hero franchise Avengers hits the theatres tomorrow. According to BookMyShow: “This marks the highest ever advance ticket sale for a Hollywood film on the platform. 'Avengers: Endgame' is also the fastest film to have surpassed the 2 million advance ticket sales mark on BookMyShow.” Seems like nothing is going to slow down the ticket sales of the highest anticipated movies of this year. Even though the movie was leaked in full yesterday, it is not deterring fans from watching the movie in a proper theatre. Indians already broke the record earlier this week by pre-booking tickets for 'Avengers: Endgame'. In fact, over 1 million tickets were sold in 24 hours. © Marvel Studios Speaking about the audience reception, Ashish Saksena, COO - Cinemas, BookMyShow, said, “With just a few hours left for 'Avengers: Endgame' to hit the screens, the frenzy around the film is unprecedented. The cinemas are doing everything possible to match fans' demand for the film, including round-the-clock screenings as also opening up advance bookings for the entire week ahead. This has enabled BookMyShow to offer several more options to Marvel-lovers and cater to their excitement. As the craze around the film continues to intensify, we expect a mighty opening on Friday and a record-breaking first week.” © Marvel Studios It would be interesting to see how many more tickets will be booked once the movie has been released and more shows get added. It seems like ticket sales for Endgame won't slow down anytime soon. In fact, you're one of the people who doesn't have a ticket and want to avoid spoilers, you can follow our how-to guide here. For the first time ever in India, 'Avengers: Endgame' will be screened 24X7 in select theatres across India.
  22. Cricket is not just a sport in India, it's almost like a religion. Right from Kapil Dev to Sachin Tendulkar, or MS Dhoni to Virat Kohli, the men in cricket have been recognized and cheered all along. But what about the women? Of course, the conscious efforts by cricket authorities have brought many women cricketers in the limelight, but there is still room for reforms and improvement. In fact, Royal Challenge Sports Drink's newest campaign is challenging the status quo in cricket with India's first mixed-gender T20 match. But before we dig deeper into this campaign, here is a list of 5 inspiring women cricketers who changed the name of the game. 1. Diana Edulji A recipient of the Arjuna Award in 1983 and the Padma Shri in 2002, Diana Fram Edulji is a former women's Test cricketer. During her career, she took 63 wickets in 20 Test matches and 46 wickets in 34 ODIs. In Tests, she is third on the all-time list across all countries. But there is more to Edulji. She's fearless and has been an active advocate for the empowerment of women's cricket in India over the years. In fact, when she was refused entry to the Lord's Pavillion, she commented that the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) should change its name to MCP (male chauvinist pig). 2. Mithali Raj Mithali Dorai Raj is the captain of the Indian Women's National Cricket Team. She is currently the all-time leading run-scorer for India in all formats - Tests, ODIs and T20Is.When she made her ODI debut at the age of 16, she scored 114, and became the youngest cricketer to score a hundred in women's ODIs. Additionally, she was the first cricketer to cross the 6,000-run threshold in Women's ODIs. What's more? In 2002, she broke Karen Rolton's record for the highest individual score in Test cricket. She shattered a record of 209 runs by scoring 214 against England at County Ground. Raj's record was broken by Pakistani cricketer, Kiran Baluch in 2004 although it still remains one of the great knocks in women's Tests. 3. Jhulan Goswami One of the most celebrated former captains of the Indian Women's Cricket Team, Jhulan Nishit Goswami is an all-round cricketer who has excelled with both bat and ball. She is also the highest wicket-taker in the history of women's ODI, and one of the top five fastest female bowlers in the world. Along with @RCGameforLife, it's time to challenge the status quo that exists in cricket. Let us show our support for the first-ever T20 mixed-gender match in India, by saying #ChallengeAccepted and voting here: https://t.co/BLgTOa4ZZR pic.twitter.com/9zzXgO899N — Jhulan Goswami (@JhulanG10) April 15, 2019 An Arjuna Award and Padma Shri recipient, Goswami played a key role in taking the Indian team to their first victory against England in the 2006-07 Test series, with impressive figures of 13-4-33-5 and 36.2-21-45-5. Post this, she became the ODI captain from 2008 to 2011. 4. Shikha Pandey Inspirational, confident and a go-getter, Shikha Pandey, who is a right-arm pacer for India's National Women's Cricket Team, is also an IAF officer. Most of us dream of being able to do just one of these, but she has managed both. An incredible feat! Pandey's cricketing career started at the age of 17, when she was selected to play for Goa's Women Senior State Side. Post that, there was no looking back for Pandey. She is the first cricketer affiliated with the Goa Cricket Association who has represented the country in an international level. In fact, she played a vital role in India's win against South Africa in 2014, where she scored 59 runs and took three wickets. 5. Ravi Kalpana 22-year-old Ravi Venkateswarlu Kalpana is a right-handed batswoman in the Indian women's national cricket team. Hailing from Andhra Pradesh, Kalpana's journey as a promising cricketer hasn't been the easiest. From financial constraints to fighting against an early marriage, she has seen and battled it all. In 2015, she was selected for the Indian Women's Cricket Team and made her international debut where she played against New Zealand. While we celebrate Indian cricketers, it's also time to take Indian cricket to the next level. With #ChallengeAccepted, Royal Challenge Sports Drink aims to break the many stereotypes that exist. It's also a step towards equality in cricket and sports, and India's first mixed gender T20 match is a step towards that. We are all supportive of this, and look forward to watching men and women play on the same team and on the same field. Like us, if you too believe in this movement, vote here now.
  23. The Madras High Court today lifted the ban on TikTok, a video-streaming app which was blocked by Google and Apple on their app stores more than a week ago. Yes, it means the app will now soon be available for download again in the country. Following yesterday's Supreme Court order directing the High Court to decide on the question of the interim relief of the app, the matter was taken up today and the Bench of justice N Kirubakaran and SS Sundar lifted the ban after hearing TikTok's submissions. © Tik Tok Senior Advocate Isaac Mohanlal appeared in court for TikTok and noted that there is a technology in place to ensure that no nude/ obscene content is uploaded through the app. Additionally, TikTok also made submissions on the steps taken to counter the issues raised by the court following the ban. It is, however, worth pointing out that the app is not yet available for download. But it's only a matter of time until we start seeing the app on both the Google Play Store and App Store. So, brace yourself, the crying TikTok boys are going to be back again.
  24. It seems as if the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper Ravichandran Ashwin is on his own quest to make the idea of 'mankading' an officially accepted phenomenon in the world of cricket. Well, the consistency and dedication with which he often tries to cheekily dismiss the batsman on the non-striker's end, most definitely hints at that. It is because of Ashwin's repeated attempts to do so and back his actions out in public every single time by saying that 'mankading' isn't against the rules of international cricket that he has created a sense of horror in the hearts of the runners who used to try and get a small advantage by stepping out of the crease while the bowler was mid-way into his bowling action. Having said that, one has got to agree that constantly keeping a check on something like this and that too on the non-striker's end, has to adversely affect the batsmen's concentration and in turn lead to bad performance with the bat. It is safe to say that one of these days, a player would kick back to Ashwin's actions and let him know how the rest of the batsmen actually feel. The day was finally here when in an Indian Premier League match between KXIP and Shreyas Iyer's Delhi Capitals were going head to head in the famed Feroz Shah Kotla stadium of the national capital. It was in the 13th over of Kings XI's bowling when the captain decided to go back to his tricks to dismiss the Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan when the batsman was completely out of the crease but his bat wasn't. In the middle of his bowling action, Ashwin stopped, taking a glimpse where Dhawan was standing and turned around to knock the bails off the stumps. However, after realising that Gabbar's bat was inside the crease, he decided to continue to walk away to bowl the delivery. Dhawan, as we know him, did not want to let this opportunity escape to show some dance moves to his home crowd and mock the Chennai-born athlete with whom he once shared the Indian dressing room. WATCH: Shikhar's dance moves on the crease ð½ï¸ð½ï¸https://t.co/KtJkaIpubw — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019 This was also for the second time in two overs that Ashwin had stopped halfway through his bowling routine to keep a check on the rival batter on the bowler's end and even the commentators acknowledged the fact. Overjoyed by watching Dhawan bringing social justice to Ashwin in the form of a comfortable stretch followed by what was a “twist from the '60s” according to the announcers, cricket fans expressed their amuse on social media: Did Ashwin really try to runout the non striker again? 𤠗 Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) April 20, 2019 Nice one from Gabbar 𤣠trolling Ashwin — DivyaSree Padupalli (@DP_DivyaSree) April 20, 2019 Mastermind, King and Gabber **The presence of mind** This is the reason they are in wc squad. @msdhoni @imVkohli @SDhawan25 — Pavithra (@Pavithr89452187) April 20, 2019 .@SDhawan25 you beauty! That dance on the non-striker end was funny!#DCvKXIP #IPL2019 — Garg Ankit (@graciousgarg) April 20, 2019 That @SDhawan25 jig at the non-striker's crease was better than all his wicket celebration jigs combined 𤣠#DCvKXIP — na:Deem (@absolutLALA) April 20, 2019 It's fun to watch @SDhawan25 teasing Ashwin... #GABBAR #DCvKXIP #IPL2019 — Multazim Khan (@iam_Multazim) April 20, 2019
  25. As smartphones and mobile data have become both cheaper and faster, Indians have started chugging data like never before. From watching Netflix in public to churning out TikTok videos, there's an influx in internet usage in the past few years. Now according to McKinsey's latest report on Indian online trends, Indians are spending the highest amount of time on social media in the world. Yes, in the WORLD! © McKinsey The report noted that Indians spend more time on social media than online users in China or the US. Apparently, Indians are spending about 17 hours per week on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others. It's a world record, which we think, has been set due to access to affordable smartphones and cheap cellular data (read: Jio) . India is also just behind China when it comes to app downloads. As you can see in the report, over 12.3 billion smartphone apps have been downloaded by Indians in 2018. © Pexels After Indonesia, India is said to be digitizing faster than every other mature and emerging economy across 30 dimensions of digital adoption since 2014. McKinsey's report is extremely detailed, and it talks about a lot of other accomplishments of India in the digital space. Check out McKinsey's report right here.
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