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  1. The 90s and early 2000s in India was an era apart. New things were coming our way and the world was opening up, to us Indians. Influence of western culture was becoming a bit more obvious and we could see it trickle through popular culture every now and then. Our most favourable pastime though was music and since English music was pouring in immensely, India decided to dive into absolute music diversity and produce some excellent music. That's when the entire era of popular Indian music arose and we couldn't get enough of it! Remember Luky Ali's 'O Sanam'? © Sony Well, looking back at that time is just another way to welcome nostalgia back into our lives. The songs were superb and catchy, the videos spoke about heartache, young people in love, daring women or happy times and the people in the video were memorable to say the least. Both men and women alike pursuing a career in acting or modelling would be a part of these videos, and of course we would all crush on them mighty hard! Some of them stayed on to become popular actors, actresses or models while the rest remained a one-hit wonder. Here's reminiscing back in time when life was simpler, and just watching that one woman in that one video made our day! Here are six women from popular videos back in the 90s and early 2000s we wish we had amidst us, even today! (1) Nauheed Cyrusi © Sony Music Entertainment Recently I was going through my Instagram account and suddenly I saw this profile that looked so familiar. When I opened it, there was a sunken feeling of nostalgia within! It was the 'piya basanti' girl. Remember her? Well, I am sure the kids from the 90s will definitely remember her. Also, looks like, she was stuck in a time capsule because she hasn't aged a bit! © Instagram (2) Shyla Lopez © Vevo The surreal beauty, Shyla Lopez was a rage in the 90s when we first saw her in Shaan's song 'Meri Soni, Meri Tamanna'. After that, she went onto feature in many more videos, the most popular one being 'Baho mein chalein aayo', where she played a Rajasthani tribal woman. She was seriously the one and only fantasy for the 90s boys! We found her on the internet again and she looks as hot as ever. © Facebook (3) Sushma Reddy © Femina She was mostly made popular in Sonu Nigam videos back in the 90s. Girl with the beautiful smile, Sushma is Sameera and Meghna Reddy's sister, who first appeared in TV commercials before getting a gig in the pop video world. She also went on to become a VJ with Channel V when it was launched and also hosted a show on Discovery Travel and Living. She's done a bunch of movies and now she produces her own projects. © Facebook (4) Michelle Innes © Spny Music Ent This marvellous striking Anglo-Indian beauty from Allahabad was breathtaking when we first saw her in Sonu Nigam's 'Is Kadar Pyaar hai' and then again in Euphoria's 'Dhoom Picchuk Dhoom'. She appeared on the Vogue India's cover in 2007 when her modelling career was at its peak but apart from that, our only memory of her was from 'Dhoom Picchuk Dhoom' and we absolutely fell in love with her then! © BCCL (5) Meghna Naidu © Sony Actress Meghna Naidu became an overnight sensation in her hit video 'Kaliyon Ka Chaman', where she was seen in a backless almost see through sequential top, most women wouldn't dare to wear in the early 2000s! A game changing baller, she made the 2000s more daring for women and we love her for that. Currently she acts, travels and also teaches dance! © Instagram (6) Shefali Jariwala © YouTube If you don't know her then your early 2000's were an absolute waste! The 90s hangover lasted till about mid 2000s where pop culture was becoming more radical and thought-provoking with the changing narratives. Shefali was definitely one of the main protagonists for this change with her 'Kanta Laga' video which became so popular, people almost forgot the original song! Her outfit was her showing off her thong, while wearing a pair of denims but in reality, the thongs were a part of the denim! She became popular as the 'thong girl' right after she was featured in the video. © Instagram So, there you go. Six charming beautiful girls from the 90s and early 2000s we can never forget even though they're a one-hit wonders and here's hoping these songs remain on a loop in our head, for the rest of our lives!
  2. Although Vijay Varma has been acting in films for quite a while, with some stellar performances under his belt like Jhunku in Bedabrata Pain's Chittagong or as Ankit in Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury's Pink, people started noticing him after his deeply-layered portrayal of Moeen in Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy. © MensXP Many people do not realise this, but Vijay is a bonafide fashionista. Read his interview with MensXP, and you'll see why. © MensXP The recent statement that he made at the red carpet for a film festival should not come as a surprise for those who know Vijay and his deep-seated love for all things retro. © MensXP The FTII alumn was spotted in a statement outfit that was very relatable for those of us who have to commute over a long distance to work, every day. © Viral Bhayani Vijay was seen in an oversized, three-button jacket, with a very basic striped shirt, and a broad tie that was knotted in a very whimsical manner. That, and the brown pants and the glittered slip-ons completed an ensemble, which can easily be considered one great recreation of the '50s American office worker aesthetic (fans of Mad Men, anyone?) albeit with a few fairly modern and contemporary touches. © Viral Bhayani Thanks to his stylist Vrinda Narang, Vijay knows what style suits him, and his strengths are, and can often be seen dressed in a manner that makes him look stellar. Here are a few photos that just goes on to prove this. View this post on Instagram #GQawards @gqindia Photo @sancha_sancha Styled by @vrindaanarang HMU @jeanclaudebiguineindia A post shared by Vijay Varma (@itsvijayvarma) on Sep 29, 2019 at 12:04am PDT View this post on Instagram Enjoyed sashaying for @tisastudio at @lakmefashionwk ð¶ð»‍âï¸ Big cheer for Designer duo @samiralavekar And @timir0108 for their debut showâð»âð»â¤ï¸ Hair @bbluntindia Mu @fatmupromakeup #tisa #tisastudio #tisamumbai #lakmefashionweek A post shared by Vijay Varma (@itsvijayvarma) on Aug 26, 2019 at 4:39am PDT View this post on Instagram Swagged up for last nights @gqindia partyðª Styled by Hard Ladki @vrindaanarang @sshomme jacket @jackjonesindia Tee @suketdhir pants @dmodotofficial sneakers #woolmark #merinowool @thewoolmarkcompany #dressedinwool #sshomme #gqbestdressed #gq100bestdressed A post shared by Vijay Varma (@itsvijayvarma) on Jun 2, 2019 at 9:13am PDT View this post on Instagram Boy next door- with issues. Styled by @vrindaanarang Wearing @calvinklein #andywarhol and ð @tommyhilfiger A post shared by Vijay Varma (@itsvijayvarma) on Apr 3, 2019 at 12:42am PDT Coming back to what the dishevelled outfit that Vijay is seen wearing here, there are many many sartorial rules being broken here. The oversized jacket, for starters, has a far shorter sleeve than what should have been ideal. © Instagram/itsvijayvarma The quirky print on the tie is something that we bet none of us would ever dare to wear to the office. All in all, Vijay took a lot of risks with the outfit. © Viral Bhayani And that's exactly why this ensemble works. Rules are meant to be broken(https://www.mensxp.com/fashion/style-guide/7671-how-to-break-fashion-rules-and-still-look-stylish.html), right? And if they are blown to smithereens in a manner such as this, then we really can't complain. © Viral Bhayani A great way to make a statement, Vijay. A big thumbs up from us.
  3. We see celebrities leading a luxurious life surrounded by all the things money can buy. The splendid properties, swanky rides and simply their posh lifestyles intrigues the common man like you and me to no end. However, while their individual choice of career is enough to make the big bucks which would help sustain their lavish lifestyles, most leading celebs in the country believe in expanding their horizons and step into the world of business and entrepreneurship. Here are 10 leading Indian celebrities who also happen to own successful businesses. 1. Hrithik Roshan © Instagram/HRX Back in 2013, Hrithik launched his own activewear label named HRX. The brand was very well received by consumers, and today he plans to expand its offerings by investing in education, health and lifestyle-based startups under the brand's name. 2. Deepika Padukone © Instagram/Deepika Padukone While most of us already know that Deepika founded her own non-profit NGO called 'The Live Love Laugh Foundation' in 2015, many are unaware that Deepika also owns a clothing brand called 'All About You'. Her clothing line offers a mix of western, Indian and Indo-western outfits for women. 3. Farhan Akhtar © Excel Entertainment Farhan is the co-owner of a very successful production company named Excel Entertainment. which he founded back in 1999 along with Ritesh Sidhwani. Farhan's production house has produced some great films such as Dil Chahta Hai, Don, Rock On!!, Fukrey, KGF and most recently Gully Boy. 4. Sonam Kapoor © Instagram/Rheson Known to be one of Bollywood's top fashionista, it isn't surprising to know that Sonam's first business fashion is related to the world of fashion. Sonam along with her sister Rhea, launched a fashion label called RHESON, which offers chic clothes for modern women. 5. Ranveer Singh © Instagram/Ranveer Singh After his stellar performance as Murad in Gully Boy, Ranveer went ahead and launched his own independent music record label named IncInk earlier this year. The first three talents being launched under the label are Kaam Bhaari, SlowCheeta and Spitfire, while its first single 'Zeher' was launched in March earlier this year. 6. Anushka Sharma © Instagram/Anushka It was in 2017 when Anushka launched her own clothing line and called it Nush. In keeping with her personal fuss-free sense of style, Nush offers a good range of street-style options for desi girls. 7. Tiger Shroff © Instagram/PROWLactive Action star Tiger Shroff also joined the entrepreneurial bandwagon when he launched his own active lifestyle brand PROWL last year. Targeting the young fitness enthusiasts in the country, PROWL offers accessories and clothing for those who are constantly on the move. 8. Priyanka Chopra © Purple Pebble Pictures Now an international celebrity, Priyanka also owns her own production called Purple Pebble Pictures, which aims to produce small budget films and launch new faces in the industry. Two of the production house's films have also won National Awards in 2016 and 2019. 9. MS Dhoni © Pinterest Former Indian skipper and captain cool MS Dhoni launched his own lifestyle brand SEVEN in 2016. The brand offers casual and sportswear clothing and footwear, and Dhoni not only happens to be its brand ambassador but also owns the footwear section of the business. 10. Virat Kohli © Twitter/Virat Kohli The current Captain of the national cricket team, Virat Kohli has turned out to be a true businessman with multiple ventures working well for him. From food to fashion, Kohli has his hands full with a multicuisine restaurant Nueva, and a men's fashion brand Wrogn.
  4. At a tender age of 19, Mithali Raj had emerged as India's one of the most capable batswomen with a staggering 214 against England in the final Test at Taunton back in 2002. Since that day, the right-hander, over the years, has not only become a vital cog for the Indian batting line-up, but is also one of the biggest names in international cricket. But, for someone whose artistry with the willow saw her shatter one record after another, Mithali's exploits aren't just restricted to the field. One of the most diligent servants of Indian cricket, Mithali has played a pivotal role in the rise of the women's game in a country that has, for long, obsessed over their male counterparts. © Reuters From shutting down sexist reporters to disapproving comparisons between male and female cricketers, the Indian Captain (in Tests & ODIs) has helped her teammates in carving their own niche in a sport dominated by men. And, her unique personality off the field is what makes her a fan-favourite. After her leadership skills saw India registering a 3-0 whitewash of the touring South African brigade in the three-match ODI series earlier this week, Mithali's capabilities of shutting social media trolls like a boss, once again, came to the fore. It feels nice to be acknowledged by a person who I have looked up to all my life .. thank you champion ð. https://t.co/8BNwW2xf6j — Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) October 15, 2019 Becoming the first ever woman to complete 20 years in international cricket recently, Mithali attracted plaudits from every corner of the globe. Amongst the praise, Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar, too, congratulated the Indian Captain for her unique feat. In response, the 36-year-old wrote, "It feels nice to be acknowledged by a person who I have looked up to all my life..thank you champion". தமிழ௠à®à®©à¯ தாய௠மà¯à®´à®¿.. நான௠தமிழ௠நனà¯à®±à®¾à® பà¯à®à¯à®µà¯à®©à¯.. தமிழனாய௠வாழà¯à®µà®¤à¯ à®à®©à®à¯à®à¯ பà¯à®°à¯à®®à¯.. but above it all I am very proud indian ! Also my dear sugu ,you constant criticism on each and every post of mine ,you day to day advice on how and what should I do is exactly what keeps me going https://t.co/udOqOO2ejx — Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) October 15, 2019 But, while everyone was cherishing the exchange between two batting greats, a troll questioned her language preference by tweeting, "She doesn't know Tamil. She will speak in eng, Telugu, Hindi". To which, Mithali responded with a tweet partially written in Tamil. "but above it all I am very proud indian ! Also my dear sugu ,you constant criticism on each and every post of mine ,you day to day advice on how and what should I do is exactly what keeps me going," she tweeted. Also, I would like to dedicate @vasugi29 a very famous song by a strong independent woman I admire a lot . Enjoy :) https://t.co/o34CtfCZCB — Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) October 15, 2019 Her response would've probably made the poor troll question his tweet, but Mithali didn't stop there. In fact, taking the troll to the task and shutting him up for good, the Indian batswoman dedicated Taylor Swift's popular song, 'You Need To Calm Down', to him. We aren't sure how the troll must have felt, but Mithali's fans surely loved her epic response. ðð»ðð» pic.twitter.com/51bVuLnIfy — Vivid ðï¸ðï¸ Eyed (@G_____Ram_____G) October 15, 2019 We are proud of you. Keep going.ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ — SKTweet (@SKTweet10) October 16, 2019 Well said Mithali. You are a pride of the nation. — garima srivastav (@gsgarima36) October 15, 2019 Now that's a fitting reply Dear!!⤠A Bossð both on n off the field. More power to you my idol @M_Raj03 ma'am!!ð pic.twitter.com/JRQ9CTwHOf — Ritwika Dhar (@RituD307) October 15, 2019 I didn't understand a single word written in tamil but i understand your game..your captaincy. I feel the words whatever it may say. We all love you. ð — Kp sinha #happybdayVK (@kpsinha7) October 15, 2019 This will shut many talkings... Be like you legend. We're proud of you and the way you respond criticism ð Indian ð¥ and தமிழன௠𪠗 Sudeswaran Gandhi (@sudeshsudhi) October 15, 2019
  5. 30-year-old Tejinder Singh is a man of ample motivation. There is a sense of confidence in his voice and faith upon himself that he can change the world for the better without a lot of external help. A pharmacist by education and an assistant professor in the Adesh University in Bathinda, Singh took up marathon running after getting inspired by the Bollywood portrayal of Milkha Singh's life in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and started participating in races since October 2015. Having taken part in marathons all over the country, Tejinder considers completing the 200km run between Amritsar and Chandigarh as his greatest achievement till date. What is rather unique about this athlete is that every marathon that has he run in, he has done so while carrying the Indian flag in his hand. Tired on the toxic drug situation of Punjab, Tejinder decided to bring half-marathon to his hometown of Bathinda. He encouraged the youth from not only his town but the entire state to come and become a part of this cause. Now, four years later, around 1,500 people register for run annually. "Our theme is 'run to fight against cancer and drug abuse' and we like to keep it completely away from politics and politicians,” Tejinder tells MensXP. “The only thing we seek help from the government is with the permission to run on the roads, and traffic control from the commissioner,” he adds. “You know when politicians are involved, the marathon becomes more of a political campaign. MPs and MLAs come to the flagoff and then you have to take care of them, they climb on the stage and start giving long speeches and ask for votes from the people present there,” he further adds. A strong believer in maintaining the pristine essence behind Bathinda's half marathon, Singh hopes to keep the purity of the cause intact. Tejinder Singh will be in New Delhi as one of the participants of the 2019 edition of the Airtel Half Marathon and you can watch him run with the Indian tricolour in his hands.
  6. When your father is someone as accomplished as Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, it can be quite challenging to start building an independent identity at a young age. However, that doesn't seem to be an issue at all, when it comes to Manavaditya Singh Rathore. He has already established himself as a superbly talented shooter, who has already won multiple shooting competitions on a national level. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Manavaditya Rathore (@manavrathore_) on Aug 19, 2019 at 7:12am PDT Clearly, Manav is all ready to follow his father's footsteps, and not just on the professional front. He, too, is just as charming, and way more fashionable. In fact, he just made his ramp debut at the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, as one of the showstoppers for designer Pawan Sachdeva. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Manavaditya Rathore (@manavrathore_) on Oct 13, 2019 at 7:28am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Manavaditya Rathore (@manavrathore_) on Oct 14, 2019 at 7:28am PDT A natural on the ramp, Manav is extremely fashionable otherwise as well. His fashion game is understated, modern, yet functional. "To me, style is as important as comfort. Since I need to keep fit, sportswear is my go-to aesthetic." On being asked about who his favourite style icon is, Manav said it has to be Ranveer Singh, hands down. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Manavaditya Rathore (@manavrathore_) on Oct 5, 2019 at 7:24am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Manavaditya Rathore (@manavrathore_) on May 14, 2019 at 8:32am PDT He can pull off dull-white without making it look monotonous. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Manavaditya Rathore (@manavrathore_) on May 3, 2019 at 7:20am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Manavaditya Rathore (@manavrathore_) on May 7, 2019 at 8:07am PDT His favourite colour, though, like most blue-blooded fashionistas, seems to be black. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Manavaditya Rathore (@manavrathore_) on Apr 9, 2019 at 7:59am PDT View this post on Instagram A post shared by Manavaditya Rathore (@manavrathore_) on Feb 5, 2019 at 5:33am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Manavaditya Rathore (@manavrathore_) on Jul 23, 2018 at 3:25am PDT However, he knows how to play around with colours equally well. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Manavaditya Rathore (@manavrathore_) on Jan 3, 2019 at 6:06am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Manavaditya Rathore (@manavrathore_) on May 24, 2019 at 7:25am PDT All we can say is, all the very best for the future, Manav!
  7. The loss of vision as a child didn't dissuade this woman from Maharashtra to follow her dream to become an IAS officer. Pranjal Patil became the country's first visually challenged woman to become an IAS officer and took over as Sub-Collector in Thiruvananthapuram, on Monday. She told The Hindu in an interview, “We should never be defeated, and never give up, I feel extremely glad and proud to be in Thiruvananthapuram.'' Pranjal Patil, India's first visually challenged woman IAS officer, takes charge as Sub-Collector of Thiruvananthapuram. pic.twitter.com/BVspcRzkX2 — Vijay Lokapally (@vijaylokapally) October 15, 2019 Pranjal Patil secured the 124th rank in the 2017 Civil Services Exams and she was posted as Assistant Collector in Ernakulam, Kerala, in 2018. She lost her vision at the age of six but didn't let that get in the way of her dreams. She said, “We should never be defeated and we should never give up because with our efforts all of us will get that one breakthrough which we want.” Vision is more important than eyesight! Pranjal Patil, Sub Collector, Thiruvananthapuram is India's first visually impaired WOMAN #IAS officer. Where there is a will, there is a way, #Inspiration #success@narendramodi @PMOIndia @hvgoenka @hcmariwala @SrBachchan pic.twitter.com/b0wp0gDD75 — Dr. Ajit Varwandkar (@Varwandkar) October 14, 2019 “I have just been transferred to Thiruvananthapuram. I will take time to understand the district, look into the various departments and then chalk out a plan of action,” she added. Goes without saying that the entire nation is proud of her and her incredible achievement and here is what they want to say: I'm sure that she'll emerge as a very sincere, result oriented and, most importantly, empathetic IAS officer. Let people not give her any differential treatment except ensuring effective communication. @IASassociation@DCsofIndia @TheBureaucracy_#IAShttps://t.co/PAKNc4ln1y — Sanjeev Gupta (@sanjg2k1) October 15, 2019 A journey that will inspire millions to aspire high in life & work towards achieving it without bothering the obstacles. Indias first visually-impaired woman IAS officer Pranjal Patil takes charge as sub-collector in Kerala.#NaariShaktihttps://t.co/9u6prAVFT0 — Shobha Karandlaje (@ShobhaBJP) October 15, 2019 You know you're a #bosslady when you don't need eyesight to have foresight https://t.co/3azbop5OdN — Desi Boss Lady (@DesiBossLady) October 15, 2019 #PranjalPatil you are unstoppable. Your spirit is unbeatable! Take the world by its tusk. Wish you a successful career!@ForbesWomen, @forbes_india take note of this powerful woman!https://t.co/3SghnFrRdX — ç³è¾¾·é¿èå | *No DMs* ð®ð³ (@thebluelimit) October 15, 2019 https://t.co/4JRsyNDH6K Very proud of Pranjal, a fellow Xavierite. I remember being her writer for a few exams when she was in Senior College. An exceptionally bright student then, and I am sure she will be great in her position in TVM. — Caron Natasha Tauro (@CaronTauro) October 15, 2019 Congratulations to Pranjal Patil for inspiring the nation and setting an example for everyone. All we can learn from her is to never give up on our dreams, and not let any hurdle that life throws at us, get in our way.
  8. Last year, Lalitha Prasad Polipalli was sweating it hard in gruelling training sessions in a bid to prove his mettle in the much-anticipated boxing Nationals - a pivotal platform for boxers to make the Team India cut. But, 15 days before the all-important tournament, Polipalli was dealt with a heavy blow. The boxer from Visakhapatnam was informed that his brother had tried to hang himself back home. Stunned by the tragic news, Polipalli didn't know what to do. It was his coaches and friends who handed him Rs 15,000 and booked his flights so he could rush back home. "The Nationals were 15 days away. I had practiced so hard but then I got the news that my brother had tried to hang himself. I am so fortunate that I have such coaches and friends who put Rs 15,000 in my hand, booked my flights,” Polipalli told the Indian Express. His coach, with Services, Narendra Rana broke into tears while recalling the incident. "He came back to us, but he left his heart at home. He would have this blank look on his face, and we were worried because you don't want to send an unprepared boxer in the ring. He said he wanted to box because otherwise his mind wouldn't stay still. For the team, it's one gold medal among several. But we all know the significance of his performance," Rana revealed. © Twitter The Vizag boxer recalled how coach Rana helped him in using his sadness for his own good. “Rana sir came to me and told me, 'You're a sentimental boxer. You use this sadness in the ring',” Prasad claimed. And, that's what he did. Channelling his grief inside the ring, Polipalli went one opponent past another to clinch the Nationals gold that year. After he got better, I flew back to compete at nationals and won gold,” he said. “By god's grace my brother was saved. I don't know what I would've done otherwise. He saw it in some movie, and decided to try it. I was very shocked because he is very close to me. I felt disappointed that he thought he couldn't share his problems with me. Eventually we realised that he was missing our father,” he added. Polipalli's father, who earned his bread and butter by driving taxi, supported his three sons and wife. In 2012, he passed away after a prolonged illness. “We aren't well off. But having papa around meant less pressure on anyone. Most days we would have a bowl of ganji rice (porridge). If it was a good day for him, we would cook chicken. Mutton we couldn't afford. But we were a close, happy family. Me and my elder brother weren't good at studies, but papa wanted our little brother to go to a private school,” Polipalli said. Following the demise of his father, Polipalli's elder brother took up driving. However, their loss pushed them into depression and financial difficulties. It also forced the family to transfer the youngster to a government school. “He also had to take a break for a while, and because of that his life got disturbed. Last year was especially tough for us. So he decided to take that step,” said Prasad. “He is doing better now. I called him after my final bout and he was very happy,” Polipalli revealed. © Twitter Almost a year later, the Vizag boxer found himself in a similar situation as he geared up to defend his 52kg national title in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh. If the painful memories of the dreadful night around the same time last year clouded his judgement, a viral fever and subsequent chronic back pain added to his woes. But, just like last year, Polipalli remembered the advice of coach Rana and used all his problems to drive him in the ring. Competing with his back taped and feeling extreme pain in bending down, Polipalli got the better of his opponents reach the final where he once again reigned supreme, successfully defending his national title and clinching another Nationals gold. The world of sports is not new to the tales of hardships and sacrifices athletes go through before claiming the ultimate glory, but, Polipalli's journey to the top is probably the one that not only defines his supreme character as a boxer, but also serves as a great inspiration for those struggling to deal with personal loss.
  9. It isn't every day you find out that your name will go down in history for all the invaluable contributions you have made to society. When an individual decides to give back to society, the motivation lies purely in the desire to help those who have helped us to reach our true potential. © Twitter/NISAU_UK Things had been no different for Indian-origin Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee who was one of the winners for 2019 Nobel Economics Prize. Abhijit won the Prize for his “experimental approach to alleviating poverty,” and the world can't help but take note of this 58-year-old development economist, who has been a trailblazer when it comes to meeting poverty head-on, and helping the needy rise above it. © Twitter/CPKolkata But there is a lot to this man you may not have discovered yet, so, here are all the reasons that make this man worthy of the great honour that is a Nobel Prize. Down To The Roots Abhijit was born on 21st February 1961 in Mumbai to Dipak Banerjee, an Economics professor at the Presidency College and Nirmala Banerjee, who also happens to be an economist. Abhijit holds extensive bragging rights to his more than impressive academic background. © Twitter/MIT A 1981 science graduate from Calcutta University, Abhijit acquired his MA in 1983 from JNU, and eventually made it through to Harvard University from where he completed his PhD in 1988. His doctoral thesis was titled 'Essays in Information Economics'. Fun Fact: Abhijit spent 10 days in Tihar Jail in 1983 while he was studying at JNU following his participation in student protests against the then JNU Vice-Chancellor, who had expelled their student union president. Abhijit went on to become Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he teaches with his wife and fellow Economics Nobel Prize winner Esther Duflo. Endless Achievements © Twitter/KupadhyayINC Back in 2003, Abhijit, along with fellow economists Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a global research centre that works tirelessly to reduce poverty. Abhijit, along with fellow MIT professor and wife Esther, spearheaded the monumental study on remedial tutoring that changed the lives of millions of Indian kids. An Award-Winning Author, Director & Self-Taught Cook © Twitter/Akhalid_Khan Abhijit has co-authored close to seven books on various aspects of economics, out of which two have been with Esther. One of their books titled Poor Economics that came out in 2011 was extremely well received and even went on to win the 'Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year'. That is not all, Abhijit has also donned the director's hat twice when he co-directed two documentaries titled The Magnificent Journey: Times and Tales of Democracy and The Name of the Disease, both films explored themes that impact the life of a common man. © Twitter/ MIT Additionally, Abhijit also loves to don a chef's hat, and cooks almost every day. In an interview with Telegraph India, Abhijit had confessed that he had been interested in cooking ever since he was a child, and his love for the craft has lived on overtime. Honours Galore Abhijit was named as one of the top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine in 2011. He also served on the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Abhijit was also a part of the expert panel of the UN which worked on updating the Millennium Development Goals in 2013. © Twitter/PandaJay A man of many talents, Abhijit Banerjee has been working tirelessly to fight poverty at a grassroot level, and this Nobel Prize is just the kind of recognition and honour the man deserved.
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  11. Ayushmann Khurrana has sure come a long way and has made a name for himself in the industry. Being an outsider, it's not easy to make a mark, but with his versatile choices and acting skills, Ayushmann has managed to attract a massive following of movie buffs, who just wait to see him in all his glory on the big screen. Now, he is all set to show his acting prowess in his upcoming film, 'Article 15'. The trailer has already piqued the interest of the viewers and they are waiting with bated breath to see Ayushmann nail his character, like all his other roles. The plot of 'Article 15' bears a resemblance to the 2014 Badaun gangrape and murder case, and it will surely be a mirror to the society and its brutal practices. While a majority of people were all praises for the trailer, some users on social media found it a bit 'offensive' and Ayushmann somewhere knows that it has affected a certain section of the society. Well, according to Ayushmann, there is nothing 'offensive' as such when you will see the film. At an event, when he was asked about the criticism, he said, “But after they watch the film, (they'll realize) there's nothing offensive or maybe we have offended everyone because we haven't targeted any community.” The movie is all set to hit the screens on June 28 and the trailer has given us an insight into what the film has to offer. The film also stars Isha Talwar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, M Naser, Ashish Verma, Sushil Pandey, Subrajyoti Bharat, and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub. The film talks about Article 15 of the Indian Constitution, which prohibits discrimination by the state against any citizen on the basis of religion, race, caste, ***, and place of birth. Talking about the idea behind the movie, the actor said, “Our country is a unique one because we have all kinds of people and we are very sensitive towards ourselves. We are proud of ourselves, of our communities. We are so depressed in our real lives that we need something to feel proud about. The appeal of this film is we should be proud of our country, but we can't be blindly proud of it. We need to better our nation.” We do agree with his thoughts. What about you?
  12. Even though Father's Day is a self-made fraction of recognising the true essence of fatherhood, it's still a day to celebrate the most fundamental relationship people share. Father's Day is a day where you remember the one person in your life who changed your world around just by their endurance towards giving you the best life. But Father's Day isn't just about biological 'fathers', to be fair. It's solemnly about a father-figure, who gives you determination and courage to face life's worst challenges and come out as a winner. Men who take a stand to become a guiding light for someone and be their voice of reason also deserve a fair chance of being acknowledged this Father's Day. (c)Facebook We have someone amidst us, who gave up so-called an idealistic career like being a doctor, engineer or even a businessman, in life to become a father-figure to hundreds of slum kids who needed direction and inherent care. Murphy Raphael John nurtures and takes care of children from the slum, through his trust 'Reach Out and Pass It On' and this Father's Day, let's celebrate the work he has put in to raising numerous kids, with proper education and much-needed life skills and making them stand tall and proud on their own two feet. (c)Facebook 'Reach It Out and Pass It On' believes in empowering people just so they can empower others in the future. Murphy had never planned on doing this as a profession or even recreationally, but according to him, some things choose you and you have to go along with them. When he was in college he was actively involved in activities concerning Church Youth, a service orientated wing of the church and he used to spend a lot of time actively volunteering for various social causes. Amongst various efforts that were being made by young people, interacting with a bunch of kids, from the nearest slums was one of them. "I always wanted to start this as a project with members from the Church Youth, but no one seemed interested. One day someone told me to stop waiting for people to come and do something on my own instead. And whoever has to come, will follow. At first it was scary, but I had a bunch of friends helping me out and we decided to do this once a week. We spent a lot of time with these kids in Central Delhi, who would sit next to the Gurudwara and the Church, and from there on everything has been very evolutionary in nature. A situation came in front, and a solution to it was our next step. We started playing, teaching and spending quality time with these kids, everyday" - said Murphy, over a conversation with him. (c)Facebook From thereon, after recognising what these kids really needed, things began to spiral and become bigger. At that point Murphy or his friends hadn't thought about bringing this initiative under an umbrella or a name. They would all go spend time with them, whenever they found time and have conversations with them, like they were family. Even though Murphy's friends would visit the children sporadically, Murphy made it a point to spend a few hours with them, every day. The kids in turn loved their mentors and would come every day to meet Murphy and his friends. They would indulge in conversations about life and the universe, mental math, logical reasoning, life skills and eating healthy food. After realising the seriousness of how Murphy is impacting lives, he began to think of this project more seriously. During the monsoons, Murphy approached a school nearby to give these kids shelter while they would spend time with their mentors and when the school agreed, on an autopilot, the kids started attaining proper education, as they all got enrolled in to the school. (c)Facebook "We had a classroom in the school nearby and studies for these kids started. But obviously the kids never looked forward to studying, so they started running away. Which made me realise over time that street kids came to us because they got something from us, which they hadn't ever received from anyone else. They got human companionship, they got friendship, they got someone to play with them and of course their need was survival and because I was 20-years-old at the time, I could not give them that. So, I did what I thought was best. I approached the nearest slum, where these kids belonged and that's when our next phase started, where we started working with the slums." (c)Facebook Over time, Murphy and his team shifted to the slums and started working with the kids there. There were kids from the ages of 5 till 20, who were deeply engrossed in Murphy's teaching mechanism. Towards the end of 2010, the slum Murphy was working with got demolished without a notice that was given to the slum dwellers, so a lot of families were displaced and hadn't been rehabilitated. In such a dire time, Murphy would assemble as many children from the slums as he could and take them to a night shelter, and spend nights with them there, in harsh winters. "Whatever money we had collected we would buy food at night and feed them, while take the children to night shelters, after seeking permission from their parents. I definitely did not give up on the slum that was demolished as I had formed a bond with the families there. As a youth, one is more fiery and driven and I kept thinking we need to do something more for these kids. And that's where the idea of starting a centre came to me. We got a place on rent, after much difficulty. We managed to find a room and in a very small space, 25 kids and I shifted in." (c)Facebook Even though Murphy found a temporary set-up for the kids, he used the opportunity to help them, to the hilt and made sure, he helped them with their upcoming examinations. Apart from mentoring them for their exams, Murphy also taught them other life skills like cooking, cleaning, washing utensils and clothes, etc. Murphy realised that if he had to sustain this arrangement, to help these children out, he would need some form of funding and that's where, permanency started making sense to him. He realised in order to get donations and funding, he would need to register this ensemble as a trust, and that's when 'Reach Out and Pass It On' was born. "The set up was temporary, but the kids and I were so attached, we didn't want to give up on it. They decided that a bigger place would make sense and with the help of few donations, we shifted to a bigger centre in Patel Nagar, and we stayed put there for the next two-and-a-half-years. The kids would go to school, we would have lunch, they would study and then I would give them money to go back home. But the kids would tell me 'Bhaiya we travel so much, we don't have time to do homework and we can't study at home', so they started staying back with me twice a week, sometimes three times a week and eventually they started staying with me every day and I was like listen your parents will kill me. So then they started going back home once a week." (c)Facebook Everything was just a beautiful evolution for these kids and for Murphy as well. In 2013, the centre was shifted from Patel Nagar to Ramesh Nagar and they have been there for the past 7 years now. When the centre shifted, they approached another slum nearby and kids started coming from there to be a part of this beautiful journey. Today, the centre hosts about 100 children from two different slums, who come and imbibe some life skill training and learn to be better human beings. Reach out and Pass it On's main focus is overall development. They provide means for opportunity and whatever opportunity that can help a child with development and growth. They had a need for education, so they provided education through people who would volunteer to come and teach at the centre. They needed space to learn and grow, so a space was taken up, to accommodate everyone. A lot of kids have talent, so the centre found ways to befit that by enrolling kids in crafts, music, dance, sports, cooking and baking, etc. Workshops are conducted on health and hygiene, personality development and values. "We don't want to just create educated people. We want to create good people. We don't want just literacy, but people who have a sane head on their shoulders. and that's what the name 'Reach Out and Pass it On' means. Whatever you learn you need to pass it on. You can't just hoard it for yourself. So, if you built people to be capable and confident, then they will find their way in life." (c)Facebook The children come to the centre at the age of 10-11 and they are there till they go to college. When they reach grade 12th, they're given the option of either leaving the centre or staying. The ones who stay are the ones who volunteer and pass on their leanings to younger children in the centre. They're also involved with the running of the centre, by helping with daily accounts and the upkeep of the centre, which is a beautiful practice to actually pay it forward. We seldom indulge in paying back what we've truly learnt from the world and that's what Reach Out and Pass It On emphasises on. ''My first batch of kids, one girl did her English honours and now is a choreographer at Danceworx. I had two boys who completed their sociology honours. One gave a bank exam for Axis and got a placement there. The other one did his masters in social design and he will soon be graduating and getting a job in the social development sector. One of the students did economic honours and is now preparing for government exams." (c)Facebook The organisation does a lot of fundraising and purely sustains itself through donations and charitable events. They have been receiving funds through these means since the longest time and they've done well for themselves so far. So, in case you're looking for a good charity or a trust to donate to, Reach Out and Pass it On is an ideal choice. Murphy has formed an incredible and inevitable circuit of 'doers', who pass on the good in them, to help other people perceive it and on Father's Day, all we can learn from this is the true meaning of gratitude and solidarity, along with a lot of trust and fun. Murphy has been a guiding light for several kids on the streets and it's time to learn something from his experience and impart it to people who really need to be shown and given a direction. (c)Facebook ''Parenting is a full time job. I've put the wheel in motion. Children come, they're with us. They learn various things and then they choose a path. I try my level best to find a path best suited to these kids and give them an option of what they like to do. Eventually I want them to grow up to be good people, be a part of the world and make friends. This is my sole aim for these children," Murphy signed off.
  13. It's Father's Day tomorrow and while a social media post doesn't quite suffice for thanking the most important man in our life, it won't hurt to let him know that you love him. Since fathers are the source of our inspiration and the light of guidance for all of us, here are 5 TV characters who played the role of absolute badass fathers and nailed it: 1. Walter White in 'Breaking Bad' A chemistry teacher going through a mid-life crisis and fighting deadly cancer turns into a complete badass when he realises that selling drugs is his only escape to make ends meet for his family to survive. 2. Brad Wolgast in 'The Passage' Brad Wolgast is a federal agent who, even though is not the biological father of Amy, loves and protects her like his own. He saves her from being a pawn in a medical experiment, which is being conducted in a medical facility aided by the government. 3. Logan Roy in 'Succession' He gives his kids a hard time but that is because he believes they need to go through it, as the world is unfair and you have to be strong. Logan makes sure his kids know the value of what they inherit. 4.David Budd in 'Bodyguard' A war veteran suffering from PTSD works in the police protection force as a bodyguard, and he knows how to protect his kin, fiercely. His kind yet strong personality makes him a great onscreen dad. 5.John Winchester in 'Supernatural' John was blinded by revenge and spent most of his time hunting and drinking. He sometimes looks like he's a callous dad but he is very protective of Sam and Dean and even gives up his life for his sons. It's that very tough upbringing that made Sam and Dean one of the finest hunters in the world.
  14. If you would ask me what I would like to do for the rest of my life, I would always answer with one word: Eat! via GIPHY If there is anything in the world that I love unconditionally, it is food. Is there anything better than eating your favourite food? Digging into that freshly prepared chicken curry, finished with some chopped coriander, or having your fingers turn yellow after eating that delightful fish curry? via GIPHY Or having a heavenly helping of dal with steamed rice? Or biting into the piece of that decadently gorgeous chocolate cake? via GIPHY Or a spoonful of that Biryani? via GIPHY Who can resist the smell of freshly fried garlic or not get enchanted by the sound of sizzling onions? (The answer is always a resounding “NO”) I mean, can there be any love more sincere than the love for food? If there has to be a unanimous entity for bringing people together, I don't think that can be accomplished by anything other than food. Food has an intrinsic quality, an all-pervasive nature: it serves as a mirror to culture, a part of the tradition, a bond for communities, an allegory for desires, an expression of love. I have hardly come across another entity as ubiquitous as food, its inherent diversity; how its excess can cause you discomfort and so can its dearth. How it trickles down to the most downtrodden parts of society but is also adulated in haute living. How it can be sensual, ignite passions, add spice to your life, and in turn, can also be a proponent of disgust or the start of a grotesque fiasco. Another facet which accompanies food and is crucial is its presentation, its ocular appeal. And as humans, who are visual by nature, our gastronomical desires are magnified tenfold when we see food on the big screen. via GIPHY Remember that Chocolate Cake from the movie “Matilda”? via GIPHY Film and food share a relationship of yore; movies celebrating food are shot gorgeously, are aesthetically pleasing while they tell stories of people like us, and how food influences us all. In these films, food drives the story forward, changes the protagonist's life. Movies also incorporate sound, which is an important aspect of food: be it cutting into it or its preparation, the clanging of utensils, the sizzle of a pan. Essentially, these movies provide the union of two of the senses: visual and aural, which is always an amazing combination. So, here are 16 delectably scrumptious movies that quite literally serve a piece of life (and make you raid your fridge in the middle of the night): 1. Julie and Julia (2009): Stuck in the rut of her bureaucratic dead-end job (Hello there!), Julie Powell decides (Amy Adams) to take on a project to relieve herself from the boredom of her uneventful life. The project: Cooking her way through Julia Child's enormous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in 365 days and blogging about it. Little does she know that this little venture of hers will change her life forever. Two stories, two women, bound by their mutual love for food. © Columbia Pictures Starring Amy Adams as Julie Powell and Meryl Streep as the famous, celebrated cook, Julia Child, the movie explores the lives of the two women parallelly in two different eras: Julie, in 2002, as she starts her blog and cooks up all the 524 recipes, and Julia, in 1949, as she moves to Paris and finds her calling as a chef and collaborates on the now-famous cookbook which made her into a culinary icon. © Columbia Pictures Julie and Julia, directed by Nora Ephron, is one of the most heartwarming movies which celebrate food and its importance in life. It drives home the fact that inspiration can come in any form, you just need to believe in yourself. (If you wish, you can read my review on the movie here: USP: The food! The gorgeous, divine, decadent food! Especially the “Butter Monologue” and the “Boeuf Bourguignon”. via GIPHY via GIPHY Meryl Streep as Julia Child is a phenomenon; not only is the resemblance uncanny, she impersonates Julia Child's idiosyncrasies to the T, be it the trademark, out-of-breath, slightly tipsy voice or the quirky mannerisms. via GIPHY via GIPHY “Bon Appetit!” via GIPHY 2. Chef (2014): When Carl (Jon Favreau), a renowned chef of a famous restaurant in California decides to be more creative with his recipes, he is met with resistance from the restaurant owner, Riva (Dustin Hoffman). To make matters worse, he gets into a public altercation with a prestigious food critic, Ramsey Michel, after the latter writes a distasteful review of his food. © Aldamisa Entertainment Heartbroken, he quits the job and embarks on a journey of self-discovery through food; food that he actually loves and that fulfils his creative aspirations. Eventually, he opens a food truck while trying to mend his frail relationship with his estranged son, Percy (Emjay Anthony). Will he be successful? USP: The food scenes are aesthetically attractive, kudos to cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau. via GIPHY Jon Favreau's directorial prowess and love for food is apparent in the movie. via GIPHY 3. The Lunchbox (2012): In an attempt to add some zing into her unromantic marriage, Ila (Nimrit Kaur) turns to the most trusted entity of all: food. And in her quest to quite literally spice up her love life, she decides to send her inattentive husband, Rajiv, a lunch every day with the help of ever-dependable dabbawallas in Mumbai. But by a curious twist of fate, the dabba prepared for her husband lands on the table of Saajan Fernandes (Irfan Khan), an aged, lonely widower who works as an accountant. © UTV Motion Pictures Upon realizing her mistake, she sends in a letter with her next lunchbox elaborating on the predicament, which starts a correspondence that soon turns into a beautiful friendship, guided by letters and an erroneously delivered lunchbox containing delicious food. © UTV Motion Pictures USP: The movie encapsulates the beauty of human relations: how we can forge connections with people we have never met yet can completely relate to and understand. And it helps even more when food is involved in the equation! via GIPHY Again, the food! Especially, the Paneer Kofta which Ila makes as a thank you gesture. :D via GIPHY The superb performances by Irfan and Nimrit tug at your heart. And not to forget, Deshpande Auntie (who is not seen but only heard)! 4. Chocolat (2000): When free-spirited, single mother Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) arrives in a quaint, quiet village in France with her daughter Anouk, her unconventional ways earn her the ire of the village folk, especially the staunchly conservative mayor, Comte de Reynaud. © Miramax Films Vianne, an expert chocolatier, opens up a small chocolate shop in the village, much to the displeasure of Reynaud who vehemently opposes her, publicly accusing her of bringing temptation into the lives of the people, especially during Lent. via GIPHY As the story progresses, Vianne's eponymous temptation, the aforementioned chocolate, brings about a change in the village and its inhabitants in varied ways. The plot thickens when Vianne's own desire comes in the form of Roux, a gypsy who wants more than her chocolate. via GIPHY USP: The chocolate! Duh! :P via GIPHY 5. Like Water for Chocolate (1992): A passionate Mexican movie, directed by Alfonso Arau and based on Laura Esquivel's novel, showcasing how food affects life, and how our emotions influence not only the food we cook but also the people we serve it to. With themes of magic realism, the movie focuses on the illicit relationship between Tita (Lumi Cavazos) and Pedro (Marco Leonardi). © Miramax Why illicit? Because as per family tradition, Tita, being the youngest of three daughters cannot marry and needs to live her life as a help to the other members, especially her mother, Mama Elena (Regina Torné). Resigned to her fate, Tita learns cooking under the tutelage of the chef, Nacha (Ada Carrasco), who teaches her the relationship between food and life. © Miramax Heartbreakingly, when Pedro comes to express his love for Tita, he is betrothed to her sister, Rosaura (Yareli Arizmendi), in exchange as the tradition still stands. As her affair with Pedro intensifies, her feelings start to seep into the food she cooks, eventually becoming an outlet for her emotions, but also inadvertently manifesting itself the behaviour of the people around her. via GIPHY USP: There are two scenes: As she prepares the cake for Pedro's wedding, Tita weeps, and her tears fall into the batter which leads to an eventful dinner reception. When she uses roses gifted by Pedro to make a quail dinner with rose petal sauce, it leads to her family feeling inexorable carnal desire. via GIPHY 6. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989): Michael Gambon (Yes, Dumbledore!) stars in this vogueish black comedy/ crime drama as Alberta Spica (The Thief), an uncouth and repulsive gangster who, along with his band of thugs, has taken over the French restaurant “Le Hollandais” but calls himself an urbane gourmet. © Palace Pictures He terrorizes everyone in the restaurant, but the brunt of the terror is unleashed most on his sophisticated wife, Georgina (Helen Mirren/The Wife) and the head chef, Richard Borst (Richard Bohringer/The Cook) who despises Alberta but is unable to do anything about it. Drama ensues when Georgina finds herself lusting for a regular customer, Michael (The Lover/Alan Howard), who is a bookshop owner and reads while he eats. As her affair progresses, Alberta finds out and then makes life hell for the staff which helps Georgina with her lover. USP: The performances by the lead cast. The film uses food as an allegory for the voyeuristic attitude of Alberta and his pretentiousness. His supposed gourmet personality is a far cry from his real one, which he tries to hide like spices are used to mask uncooked food. Warning: You need a strong stomach for this! :P 7. I Am Love (2009): In this Italian film, Tilda Swinton stars as Emma, the Russian-born daughter-in-law of a wealthy, Milanese family, the Recchi's, who is trying to find herself, away from the glittery, Haute living her family expects her to lead. © Mikado Film As she ruminates over her predicament during a lavish family dinner, help comes in the form of young Antonio Bisceglia (Edoardo Gabbriellini), a celebrated chef who incites her dormant passion with the aid of food. Matters worsen when her son Edoardo Jr. clashes with the family regarding the set path for him as Emma finds herself drawn to Antonio. © Mikado Film USP: Tilda Swinton and the prawns. via GIPHY 8. Ratatouille (2007): What can I say about this delightful movie? Not only is it one of the best animated movies to have ever been made, but it also features delicious food! The wonderful comedy revolves around a rat, with a highly developed sense of smell and taste named Remy (Patton Oswalt) who aspires to become a chef. As luck would have it, he ends up in the kitchen of the restaurant of his recently deceased idol, chef Auguste Gusteau's (Brad Garett). © Walt Disney Pictures Once there, he manages to strike up a friendship with the garbage boy, Alfredo Linguini (Lou Romano), helping him and guiding him in creating dishes and earn the appreciation of the new owner, Chef Skinner (Ian Holm). via GIPHY But soon, a secret is revealed that changes the course of the movie. Friendship, love, and food in one neat package! USP: The entire Anton Ego (the irascible food critic portrayed by Brad Bird) sequence and the ratatouille dish, confit byaldi! via GIPHY Never have I seen such a beautiful rendition of food in mainstream animated movies! (Not counting the stunning food shown in Anime :P) via GIPHY 9. Burnt (2015): Starring Bradley Cooper as a drug-addled former executive chef Adam Jones, the story revolves around his quest to put his life back on track and earn a third Michelin Star. © Shiny Penny Productions Adam is a brilliant but mercurial chef whose creativity is marred by his drug habit and unstable temper, which destroys his mentor's restaurant in Paris along with Adam's credibility. Adam realizes his self-destructive streak and goes on a self-imposed exile to New Orleans to gain perspective. He travels to London to pursue his dream of the Michelin Star, under the banner of his restaurateur friend, who grudgingly allows him to become a chef in his hotel. © Shiny Penny Productions His luck seemingly changes until ghosts from his past and his own mental stability conspire to take him down. USP: The food porn! via GIPHY 10. Big Night (1996): In this dramedy, two Italian brothers, Primo and Secondo, put out all strings for the 'Big Night' that will catapult their sinking authentic Italian restaurant, Paradise, to dizzying heights. © Timpano Production Primo, the perfectionist of the two, is annoyed and frustrated by the Americanized version of authentic Italian dishes, which he refuses to serve to customers, insisting on cooking only the true version, leading to him losing customers by the score. Secondo, the businessman of the duo, is more concerned with the running of the place and keeping it afloat than to retain cultural heritage. © Timpano Production With nowhere else to go, they try to strike out a deal with their nemesis, Pascal who owns a successful restaurant, who refuses to give them a loan. But, in an unlikely liberal gesture offers them to treat Louis Prima, a renowned American-Italian singer, to a meal at their restaurant who can change their fortune. Will they be successful? USP: The crowning glory has to be the timpano! via GIPHY Tony Shalhoub as Primo and Stanley Tucci as Secondo are delightful in their roles; the best part of the movie is any scene they are together! 11. 'The Trip' Trilogy (2010/2014/2017-): This BBC series which was made into a feature film stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as themselves on a gastronomical journey through Northern England (in the first movie/series) commissioned by the Observer; their job is to visit different restaurants, try their food and review it. © BBC Worldwide When Steve's girlfriend refuses to go with him on the trip, he invites his frenemy, fellow actor/comedian Rob Brydon to accompany him on the journey. As they travel through England, locking horns with each other on everything. Guided by their egos, trying to outwit each other, while being clueless about fine dining, their animosity dissolves into a camaraderie which is fun to watch. © BBC Worldwide Be it their fight over who can do a better Michael Caine impression or which syllable should be pronounced first in kumquat, Rob and Steve meander across beautiful locales, eating decadent, delicious food. via GIPHY And it isn't over in England! They return to wander across Italy in the sequel with renewed vows to upstage each other. And if that wasn't enough, they are back to eat more and traipse around in broken Spanish in the next sequel, The Trip to Spain! © BBC Worldwide One of the best road trip movies ever! via GIPHY USP: The nearly pornographic shots of the food: The buttery scallops frying in the pan! Absolute bliss! The cheesy pasta in “The Trip to Italy”; divine! Not to forget, the Michael Caine impersonation by Rob Brydon is spot on! Rob and Steve' bromance, their will-they won't-they chemistry, their asinine fights, has to be one of the most hilarious parts of the movie, cementing them into iconic duo status. 12. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971): One of the most adored children's books of all time, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', was adapted to screen in 1973 in a movie written by Roald Dahl (who later disowned it), with Gene Wilder playing Willy Wonka in a now-iconic role. © Paramount Pictures © Paramount Pictures And who can forget the Oompa Loompas? via GIPHY The story focuses on Charlie Bucket, a poor boy who finds himself the winner of a Golden Ticket giving him access to Willy Wonka's bizarre and unconventional Chocolate Factory along with four other children (and his whiner of a grandfather). via GIPHY The children, each with their unique personalities, are promised a lifetime supply of chocolate at the end of the trip. via GIPHY But will it be as easy as it looks? via GIPHY USP: Willy Wonka's legendary forward roll! via GIPHY The Chocolate Room: All you can eat candy! :D via GIPHY via GIPHY Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka is perfect, and no one has come close to his sweetly comical yet maniacal (and terrifying) portrayal of one of Roald Dahl's most notorious characters. © Paramount Pictures 13. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005): While both iterations of this children's book capture the quirky Willy Wonka and Charlie's adventures inside the Chocolate factory superbly, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is truer to the novel than its predecessor. © Warner Bros. Pictures Starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, this movie has superior special/visual effects and a more whimsical setting, typical of Tim Burton's movies. © Warner Bros. Pictures The movie stands out in terms of character development, giving a backstory to Willy Wonka which serves a reason for his eccentric personality, something which wasn't quite clear in the 1971 movie. via GIPHY USP: The chocolate river! It truly looks edible (also because it is faux melted chocolate) and is much better than the 1971's dull version. It is visually more appealing. via GIPHY The squirrels breaking the nuts always cracks me up! Johnny Depp's portrayal of Willy Wonka is superb; wacky and quirky (but still not close to Gene Wilder), with just a touch of authenticity. via GIPHY 14. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009): Eccentric wannabe scientist Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) is always working on a new project: spray-on shoes, hair un-balding serum, a monkey thought translator. But unfortunately for him, all his endeavours result in failure. via GIPHY When his new project, a machine that converts water into food, the FLDSMDFR, fails and inadvertently gets launched into space while wreaking havoc on the town, Flint decides to hang up his shoes. © Sony Pictures Animation As he miserably walks around as the social pariah, his machine makes a comeback in style: it starts raining cheeseburgers all over town. via GIPHY Flint then uses a communicator to let the machine cater to the epicurean needs of the residents of Chewandswallow. Overjoyed, the town people keep making requests until their greed and gluttony sets in. via GIPHY As a catastrophe seems to be imminent, Clint sets off with his new friends, Sam Sparks (Anna Farris), Officer Devereaux (Mr. T), Brent (Andy Samberg), Manny (Benjamin Bratt), and his BFF Steve the Monkey (Neil Patrick Harris), to end it. USP: The food storm! All the spaghetti and the meatballs, and the ICECREAM! Flint's father, Tim (James Caan), is the absolute best! via GIPHY 15. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994): In this Taiwanese comedy-drama, Mr Chu (Sihung Lung) is a widowed Chinese master chef with three unmarried daughters, who cooks up a dinner feast every Sunday for his daughters as a tradition. © The Samuel Goldwyn Company His independent daughters, with their ideas of the modern world and diverse dispositions, clash with their traditionalist father over the dinner table. © The Samuel Goldwyn Company As the struggle over the superiority of values continues, with generation gap running rampant, the daughters and Mr Chu realize that perhaps traditions and new ideas can mix well, just like food with unconventional ingredients. via GIPHY Directed by Ang Lee, the movie has a quiet grace about itself, its wisdom percolating in the viewer's mind through the brilliant story. USP: The food throughout the movie, especially the opening sequence. Mr Chu's passion for food and his dexterity in his craft is apparent in the scenes. via GIPHY The beautiful, intricate dumplings! via GIPHY 16. Waitress (2007): Keri Russell stars as Jenna, a down-on-her-luck waitress who creates ingenious pies with uncommon names. Stuck in an unhappy marriage, Jenna's world is further complicated when she finds out that she is pregnant with her abusive husband's child. © Fox Searchlight Pictures As Jenna struggles with the new revelation, her only comfort being the therapeutic pie making she indulges in, respite comes in the form of a pie baking contest with a $25,000 prize which can be the key to her happiness and freedom. © Fox Searchlight Pictures As she gears up for the competition, luck seems to have a different plan for her. via GIPHY USP: The pies and their creative names: The Strawberry Chocolate Oasis Pie, Baby Screaming Its Head Off In The Middle Of The Night And Ruining My Life Pie, Kick In The Pants Pie. via GIPHY As decadent as they sound! :P via GIPHY So, what are you waiting for? Watch these now! Let the foodie in you reign supreme! via GIPHY P.S.: Don't watch these on an empty stomach. :P
  15. Ranveer Singh has always been humble when it comes to his ardent fans and has never shied away from expressing his gratitude for their love and admiration. Always obliging his fans with selfies and even hugs, Ranveer has garnered a huge fan base across the country. In a saddening development, an ardent fan of the 'Padmaavat' star, Jatin Dulera, breathed his last yesterday, as he reportedly collapsed in his bathroom and stopped breathing. The news of Jatin's death started making rounds on social media, as a post on Instagram said, “Gone too soon, bro. An ardent #ranveersingh fan #JatinDulera died today out of a sudden accident. He was just getting ready to go to the office and collapsed in his bathroom as his breathing stopped." Jatin's funeral was held at Shivaji Park in Mumbai and around 700 of his friends came to pay their last respects. View this post on Instagram Gone too soon bro ð. An ardent #ranveersingh fan #JatinDulera died today out of a sudden accident. He was just getting ready to go to office and collapsed in his bathroom as his breathing stopped. Jatin was happy teen who was not into any bad habbits whatsoever. He had lost his father at a very early age and has two younger siblings. His mom works in a government firm and he worked in the building where #farhanakhtar has his office in bandra. One of my followers, he often tipped me about celebs whereabouts and sometimes even contributed videos to me but never wanted me to credit him. He also had asked me if he could join me. His funeral took place at Shivaji Park where around 700 friends of his turned up. Keep smiling Jatin like you always did, we will miss you #rip @iamjatin_753 A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Jun 10, 2019 at 10:34am PDT As soon as Ranveer got to know of Jatin's sudden demise, he took to Instagram to share a collage of photos with his fan and captioned it, "RIP li'l homie". Pictures of Jatin and Ranveer have been going viral on social media. Not just Ranveer, Jatin's photos with Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra have also surfaced online, as he was a big fan of theirs as well. Check out the collage of photos shared by Ranveer: © Ranveer Singh Instagram On the professional front, Ranveer is currently focusing on his upcoming film, '83. The film is scheduled to hit the theatres on 10 April 2020. Ranveer is leaving no stone unturned to get into the shoes of Kapil Dev. The film revolves around India's historic victory at 1983 World Cup against West Indies.
  16. The words adventure and adrenaline rush mean different things for different people. For some, it could equal climbing the Everest, for others, it could mean drinking the night away before an important exam. However, the ultimate adventure, travelling to space, a dream filled with fear and inhibition for everyone might become a reality soon, only for the super-rich of course. Starting next year, NASA plans on beginning space tourism which will allow private astronauts, i.e guests to travel to outer space. Today starts a new day in low-Earth orbit as we unlock the @Space_Station's potential as a platform for companies to engage in commercial profit-making activities and we welcome private astronauts to visit on U.S. vehicles. Get more details: https://t.co/lJnIlxaii7 pic.twitter.com/8sbi1lEzIn — NASA (@NASA) June 7, 2019 To begin with, this travel is not going to take one to the Moon, but to NASA's international space station.NASA will tie up with private companies which will operate this orbit tour of 30 days. The guests will have to shell out close to 24 lakhs INR per night for this luxury. But no, that's not it folks. It has also tied up with Elon Musk's SpaceX, which will use its Dragon capsule, and Boeing, which is currently building a spacecraft called the Starliner. The taxi fare for this will be close to $ 60 million per flight! Crazy right? Well, the price is as crazy as the idea of vacationing in outer space.
  17. The world of entertainment and sports have found their way to each other far too often to ignore. From Bollywood beauties getting married to sportsmen or wards of sportsmen getting into the entertainment industry, their fates have been intertwined since time immemorial. But, did you know that there are a few celebs who could have been professional cricket players but chose to be a part of Bollywood instead? Read about 5 such Bollywood stars here: 1. Suniel Shetty © Instagram A self-confessed sports lover, Suniel Shetty actively played cricket before switching gears to acting. Suniel Shetty has even teamed up with Zaheer Khan to launch India's first nationwide cricket league for amateur cricketers named Ferit Cricket Bash (FCB). 2. Angad Bedi © Instagram Son of renowned cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi, Angad has played for Delhi in Under-16 and Under-19 level. However, Angad was always more interested in acting. 3. Saqib Saleem © Instagram Saqib was an ardent follower of cricket and even represented his state Jammu and Kashmir while he played! The actor even shared that he used to play cricket with Virat Kohli during his childhood. 4. Aparshakti Khurrana © Instagram We have heard Aparshakti confess that he wanted to be a cricketer for the longest time, and what's more, the actor even captained the Haryana Under-19 cricket team at one point in time. 5. Harrdy Sandhu © Instagram Punjabi rockstar Harddy Sandhu began his career as a cricketer but an elbow injury broke his cricket dreams. The singer-cum-actor has played with the top cricketers of India, including Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara.
  18. One of the most decorated and cherished footballers in the world, Lionel Messi has endured some tough times and painful memories in recent weeks. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner was left heartbroken after a painful second-leg defeat at the hands of Liverpool in the recently-concluded UEFA Champions League. The Barcelona talisman turned out to be the star of the day in the first-leg clash where he scored two goals, including a venomous free-kick, to hand the Spanish giants a 3-0 win. But, the second-leg fixture saw Barcelona bottling their 3-0 lead and succumbing to a 4-3 defeat (on aggregate) as the Jurgen Klopp side scripted one of the most memorable comebacks in the history of the competition. If their Champions League exit had fans up in arms, Barcelona's misery was further exploited by Valencia who shocked Ernesto Valverde's men with a 2-1 victory in the Copa del Rey final. On the other hand, Messi claimed an unwanted record of not winning a final after finding the back of the net. © Reuters Messi has previously made no secret of how painful the recent turn of events has been, but it appears that the 31-year-old gets little sympathy at home. In a recent interview, Messi revealed how his son Mateo (born in 2015) uses Liverpool's astounding comeback against Barcelona to taunt his father at home. “We played at home, and last time we kicked it about, he would tell me, 'I'm Liverpool, who beat you'. 'You are Barca, and I'm Liverpool'," Messi was quoted as saying by TyCSports. View this post on Instagram FELIZ DÍA MI VIDA !!!! ððð A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on May 5, 2019 at 8:03am PDT Ever since making his team debut with Barcelona in 2004, Messi has managed to carve his own niche on the back of consistent performances that allowed him to become one of the club legends. In 687 appearances for Barcelona, Messi has scored 603 goals and won a plethora of trophies including six Copa del Reys and four Champions League crowns. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on Apr 8, 2019 at 12:37am PDT But, despite all his might and glory, Messi appears to be struggling to impress his son Mateo who is also known to cheer for Barcelona's arch-rivals Real Madrid. “He's watching TV and he screams goal for Real Madrid. He does it on purpose against his brother. Everyone watching Madrid, they score, Thiago gets angry, and Mateo goes 'goaaaal for Madrid!'," the Argentina captain revealed.
  19. Haven't we always heard some wise man or go-getter say “follow your passion”? Throwing away those three words as easily as a pie. As if most of us haven't thought about ditching this sad-ass 9-5 cycle that our life is, or as if we don't want to go back to those easy days of long and liberating jam sessions we enjoyed so much with the band or simply never having to quit the thrill of preparing and participating in street plays. © Twitter But alas, here we are. Still stuck to our swivel chairs, constantly punching those damned keys on the keyboard or attending yet another useless meeting just for the sake of it. Somewhere amidst all this senselessness and need to “get on with life”, our passion ends up taking a backseat, or goes out of the window, to be honest. © Twitter However, while this might be true for most of us, there also exist some highly-motivated individuals out there who take their “passion” seriously and back it up with concrete actions too. UP cadre IAS officer Ravindra Kumar happens to be one such person. © Twitter Ravindra recently conquered Mount Everest for the second time, after scaling the mountain peak for the first time in 2013. However, Ravindra told the media that his conquest this time around bears special importance because he dedicated it to the cause of 'Swaccha Ganga Swaccha Bharat Everest Abhiyaan 2019'. © Twitter Ravindra admitted that his motivation behind the adventure this time lies in raising awareness amongst people regarding the quickly deteriorating state of water bodies in the country, and what it means for our country and the world at large. © Twitter Ravindra has even claimed to be the first and only IAS officer to climb Mt Everest. He also shared that through this 2019 Everest expedition he wants to urge people from the highest point of Himalayas, the source of major rivers of India, to save water at their personal level.
  20. Last year, the 'Hum Fit Toh India Fit' campaign took the internet by storm. The 68-year-old PM Modi participated in the challenge and proved that age is just a number for him, as he shared videos of him working out and performing yoga asanas, while lying on top of a rock. © Twitter In fact, time and again PM Narendra Modi has urged his followers (on social media) to include yoga as an integral part of their lives. In case you didn't know, all the Yoga lovers and the world in general actually will celebrate International Yoga Day on June 21, this year. On 21st June, we will mark #YogaDay2019. I urge you all to make Yoga an integral part of your life and also inspire others to do the same. The benefits of Yoga are tremendous. Here is a video on Trikonasana. pic.twitter.com/YDB6T3rw1d — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 5, 2019 So, being an ardent fan of yoga, PM Modi has been sharing a series of videos on social media of asanas like Trikonasana, Tadasana and Vrikshasana. But, what's so special about these videos? The videos feature an animated PM Modi performing those asanas and listing benefits of those asanas, so that more and more people can incorporate yoga in their lives. Doing Tadasana properly would enable you to practice many other Asanas with ease. Know more about this Asana and its benefits. #YogaDay2019 pic.twitter.com/YlhNhcRas8 — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 6, 2019 "On 21st June, we will mark #YogaDay2019. I urge you all to make Yoga an integral part of your life and also inspire others to do the same," he wrote on Twitter. वà¥à¤à¥à¤·à¤¾à¤¸à¤¨ हमारॠशरà¥à¤° à¤à¤° मसà¥à¤¤à¤¿à¤·à¥à¤ à¤à¥ लिठà¤à¤¿à¤¤à¤¨à¤¾ फायदà¥à¤®à¤à¤¦ हà¥? à¤à¤à¤ दà¥à¤à¤¤à¥ हà¥à¤ à¤à¤¸ वà¥à¤¡à¤¿à¤¯à¥ मà¥à¤... #YogaDay2019 pic.twitter.com/QmDlf97JVc — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 7, 2019 Most of the time, whenever PM Modi posts something, the immediate reaction is a flurry of memes. But, this time looks like people are loving this initiative (so far) and have come forward to show their support for International Yoga Day. Do you have Video if you doing this ji. Will be even more inspiring — Contractor AniRam (@Anirudhmech) June 5, 2019 Yes. Will actively participate and promote #YogaDay2019 among family, friends and with all ! — Kailash Wagh ð®ð³ (@kailashwg) June 5, 2019 à¤à¤°à¥à¤à¤à¥ यà¥à¤ रहà¥à¤à¥ निरà¥à¤ — Kiran Singhð®ð³ (@SinghkiranKiran) June 7, 2019 Wow, I am sure it will inspire people of all walks of life. Jai Hind — Rajmohan Panadiwal,Ph.D. (@RajmohanPanadi1) June 6, 2019 Thank you Sir for motivating so many people around the world to include yoga in daily routine. Looking forward to 21St June as we planning to organise Yoga fest to celebrate Yoga day #YogaDay2019 — swapan dhar (@swapandhar) June 6, 2019 Is it just me, or does the animated PM Modi look a lot like Vivek Oberoi, who played PM Modi in his biopic? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
  21. Ayushmann Khurrana has had quite a run in the Hindi film industry so far. With some real big hits last year to his name, and as many as five films lined up over the next couple of months, it seems 2019 and 2020 will be equally promising for the 'Andhadhun' actor whose latest release 'Article 15' has received a lot of critical acclaim. © Viacom 18 However, talking about the upcoming movies featuring Ayushmann, we have some latest developments to share with you guys on the sequel of Ayushmann Khurrana-Bhumi Pednekar starrer 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan'. © Eros International Set to be helmed by Hitesh Kewalya under the aegis of producer Aanand L Rai, the film is all set to be called 'Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan' and will be no where close to the previous film which dealt with the issue of erectile dysfunction and how relationships revolve around it. On the other hand, 'Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan' is going to be a coming-of-age gay love story that would trace the journey of a conservative family that tries to come to terms with the fact that their son is gay. View this post on Instagram #Article15 in theatres on 28th June 2019 A post shared by Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) on Apr 30, 2019 at 8:34am PDT While we already knew Ayushmann will be seen in the lead role, tabloids couldn't sit still until they found out about Ayushmann's love interest in the film. And because we do not like to keep you in the dark about anything, here's what we know about it. View this post on Instagram Standing in the corner..studying the lights..ð Styled by @smitikaur_ Shirt @forever21_in Trousers @marksandspencer #gonekesh #silverscreen #debut #intheatres #29thmarch A post shared by Jitendra kumar (@jitendrak1) on Mar 23, 2019 at 9:41pm PDT As per an exclusive BollywoodLife report, actor Jitendra Kumar, who has often been a constant in web series like 'Permanent Roommates', 'TVF Pitchers', 'Kota Factory' and the likes, has been reportedly roped in to play Ayushmann's gay partner in the movie. View this post on Instagram à¤à¤­à¥ à¤à¤¼à¤¿à¤¨à¥à¤¦à¤à¥ सॠमाà¤à¤à¤¾, पिà¤à¤à¤°à¥ मà¥à¤ à¤à¥à¤¦ ला दà¥.. à¤à¤­à¥ लालà¤à¥à¤¨ दà¥à¤à¥, à¤à¤¹à¤¾ à¤à¤¸à¤®à¥ पॠà¤à¤¾à¤à¤à¥ .. मà¥à¤°à¥ à¤à¤°à¤à¤¼à¥ à¤à¤®à¥à¤¨à¥ .. मà¥à¤°à¥ à¤à¤¼à¥à¤µà¤¾à¤¬ भॠà¤à¤®à¥à¤¨à¥ ।। - à¤à¥à¤²à¤à¤¾à¤¼à¤° ð¸ @piamonyphotography #gulzarmood #yellow #sneak #kaminey A post shared by Jitendra kumar (@jitendrak1) on Mar 12, 2019 at 11:30pm PDT "The character is of a small-town boy and the makers wanted to take an actor who can pull off the character with ease. The makers wanted a relatively fresh face and after doing the rounds of auditions, Jitendra fitted all the bills. Although he has not signed on the dotted line yet, he is the one," a source close to BollywoodLife shared.
  22. If excessive sweating is what you face every day, we have your back. Anyone who sweats excessively tends to fret over sweat stains. We get it that it's a struggle, especially in this scorching heat. Not only does it affect your look, but also hampers your confidence level. Don't let it affect you in any way. Check out these fashion hacks for your wardrobe to keep the stench away, forever: © Facebook 1. Choose The Right Colours It seems like an excellent idea to wear light colours in this hot weather, but tbh, they don't do a great job at hiding those sweat stains. Light colours like white, grey or beige grab all the attention, but dark navy blue, black or brown will work out for you. © Getty Images 2. Opt For An Absorbent T-Shirt Worried about sweating through your entire look? Absorbent t-shirts are the exact summer saviours you were looking for. Yes, they can be worn underneath and are a sure shot way to keep the stains miles away! 3. Use Natural Fibers For Summers Instead of opting for nylon or polyester shirts, splurge on cotton or linen. They are a safe haven for men who sweat a lot. Natural fibers go a long way and are bound to make you feel less sweaty. Keep this suggestion in mind so you never mess up in an interview or on a date night! © Getty Images 4. Sweat Pads For The Win In case, you sweat a lot from your armpits, sweat pads are the fix you need. You can either stick them on your shirts or wear them directly with clean-shaven armpits. © Getty Images 5. Fix The Stains We all are aware of the disastrous stink of armpits. The sweaty patches tend to stick by for a longer period of time. Next time, before you throw your t-shirt to wash, apply a dab of lemon juice on the stain to eliminate the marks completely and stay fresh all summer long. © Getty Images 6. Opt For A Good Pair Of Shoes Sweaty feet invite trouble, not just for yourself, but also for the people around you. Let your feet breathe in this weather. Steer clear of canvas or plastic shoes and keep your feet rejuvenated at all hours. Wear cotton socks with lightweight formal shoes, sneakers. © Getty Images 7. Ditch Your Backpack Backpacks are your enemy as the sweat gates open up. They also weigh you down due to the whole world stowed in it. Keep yourself cool with messenger bags to lower down the burden on your back, thus lessening the chances of sweat stains. © Getty Images
  23. The gruesome details of the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl last year in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, still haunts us and sends shivers down our spine. However, the heartless perpetrators still continue committing heinous crimes against children, the intensity of which boils our blood. In a gut-wrenching incident from Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, a three-year-old girl was allegedly strangled to death and her eyes were gouged out. Thinkstock Photos Reports state that this happened over a loan of Rs. 10,000, which her parents allegedly failed to pay. The girl had gone missing on May 31, and her body was recovered from a dumping ground near her house on June 2. According to reports, the girl's mutilated body was found after a pack of dogs was spotted carrying what appeared to be human body parts. Aligarh: Body of 2.5-year-old girl was found in Tappal area on May2. SSP Aligarh says,'Case of kidnapping was registered with police on May 31. Post-mortem report has revealed death by strangulation, no signs of rape, a case of personal enmity; 2 men arrested. Probe on' (05/06) pic.twitter.com/DP0HaUzHsI — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 6, 2019 The cops have arrested two accused, who also happen to be the girl's neighbours. Even since this inhumane act came into the limelight, the entire nation has come forward in expressing their outrage on social media, and offer their support and condolences to the child's grieving family. Pexels From Abhishek Bachchan to Sunny Leone, Bollywood celebrities have also come forward to condemn the brutal incident and express their anger towards the society, where even kids aren't safe to live in. Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Although certain reports and tweets state that the child was raped, according to initial investigations and the post-mortem reports, no signs of rape have been found on the child's body so far. We'll update you once we get more details on the progress of the investigation in this matter.
  24. If there's anything that Bollywood is known for, apart from acting, controversies and gym pictures, it's the larger-than-life weddings of our beloved celebrities. 'Sonam Ki Shadi' (Sonam-Anand), 'Nickyanka' or 'Prick' (Nick-Priyanka) wedding, 'DeepVeer ki Shadi' (Deepika-Ranveer) or Virushka (Virat-Anushka) wedding; are a few prominent examples we've seen recently. Instagram From their glittering wedding ceremonies and honeymoon destinations, their wedding date, designer outfits to even their wedding cakes; their fans want to know every little detail and the celebrities happily oblige by sharing them. However, there are some celebrities who chose to go low-key and got secretly married to their respective partners, away from media glare and glamour: 1. Neha Dhupia - Angad Bedi When everyone was busy talking about Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja's wedding, Neha Dhupia secretly got married to her best friend and actor Angad Bedi. The couple got married according to Sikh traditions at a gurudwara in New Delhi. People found out only after she posted pictures from her wedding on social media. Instagram 2. Himesh Reshammiya - Sonia Kapoor Taking the legacy of secret weddings ahead, singer Himesh Reshammiya got married to his long-time girlfriend Sonia Kapoor. Reshammiya shared the news and the first images from the wedding, with his fans on Instagram, with the caption “Togetherness is bliss!” Instagram Reportedly the wedding took place at his home, in a traditional Hindu ceremony and was attended by his friends and family. 3. Rochelle Rao - Keith Sequeira 'Bigg Boss 9' sweethearts Rochelle and Keith, surprised their fans when they secretly got married in a hush-hush beach-style wedding in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu. Keith and Rochelle are proof that emotions, feelings and love can never be scripted, even if it's a reality show. Instagram 4. Ishita Dutta - Vatsal Seth The moment Ishita and Vatsal's wedding pictures started surfacing, most of their fans thought they are shooting for a new TV show. Honestly, if you too thought the same, trust me you're not alone. The couple got married at ISKON Temple in Juhu, Mumbai. While Vatsal is best known as Ajay Devgn's son in 'Tarzan', Ishita, who is Tanushree Dutta's younger sister, made her Bollywood debut with 'Drishyam'. Instagram 5. Lisa Haydon - Dino Lalwani Lisa Haydon broke millions of hearts when she secretly got married to her boyfriend Dino Lalvani. They got married in 2016 in a beach-style wedding, that was attended only by close family and friends. Instagram
  25. While the Civil Services are the most honorary posts to hold in the country, a lot of people miss their chance to be a part of the services because the examinations held by the UPSC aren't easy at all. And even though we have 4 attempts to pass these exams, sometimes, making it through those 4 times is improbable. Lakhs of people apply every year for the civil service examination and only about 1% of them get through. But for some people, cracking these exams and becoming an IPS officer at the age of 20 was a piece of cake. How, you ask? One would imagine he's a child prodigy to sit for the exam once and come out with flying colours and become an officer of the law, but little do we know, it was all a big farce and he actually wasn't a qualified IPS officer. © Facebook Meet the 20-year-old Abhay Meena, who posed as a high ranking IPS officer with a fake ID and credentials, a social media personality and a motivational speaker, all rolled in to one. He was recently arrested by Special Operations Group, Delhi and we're sad he misused a prestigious position to actually con the nation. Meena, who has indeed failed class 12th, claimed to have cracked the IIT and the UPSC examination in the first try itself, becoming an PS officer at a really young age. Because of this, he was often invited to institutions, fashion shows and parties to give motivational speeches as a chief guest, where he would wine and dine and con people in to believing in his hard work. So much so, he would meet police officers at these events and laud them for their great work, ironically. I mean you really have to have some cheek to pull off such an intrinsic lie, and fool people. © Facebook He was finally caught when someone noticed his police card, in which the word branch was spelled as 'branche' and capital as 'capitol'. After investigating his records further, he was finally arrested by the SOG from his apartment in Jagatpura. Meena tried intimidating the officers by boasting about his influences but clearly, that didn't work as he's under arrest currently. Apparently, Meena used to drive around in a car which has a 3-star police plate affixed on the bumper and a 3-star credential is only reserved for a DG or an Additional DG (ADG) rank. So, clearly he was misusing that too. © Times of India After wining and dining at expensive hotels, without paying the bills and showing off his ID wherever he would go, Meena is currently at the Pratap Nagar Police Station eating only 'jail ka khaana'. We feel this is grave disrespect for officers who've actually worked hard to crack civil service exams and have come all the way, with their hard work to stand where they do. It's also grave disrespect towards all the people who spend days, weeks and months preparing for these examinations and burning the midnight oil to serve the country. And here we have a man, who'd been conning his way through, making people believe he did what he did through his hard work. Up until recently, I thought these things could only happen in movies like 'Catch Me If You Can' or 'Bunty Aur Bubli', but people actually grow up in reality to become con artists and we hope he's the only one, who has pulled off such a stunt.
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