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  1. The entire world celebrated Father's Day yesterday, and so did our beloved Bollywood actors. And among the millions of people who made father's day trend on social media, there was one name or should I say two names who broke the internet – Tiger Shroff and his dad Jackie Shroff. Was it an emotional post? No. Did Tiger share a throwback picture where he's having the time of his life with Jackie? Not really. Tiger shared a blurred picture with a caption, “Hope I look like my hero when I'm 60+. Happy father's day to my first and only hero! #dalchaawaldiet #realbaaghi” Instagram We completely agree with your words Tiger. Not only because we believe that fathers are our heroes; but also because getting a body like that at the age of 61 is truly one of the hardest things in the world. Instagram If you too looked at the picture again because you originally liked it thinking it is Tiger Shroff, trust me you're not alone. Jackie's ripped body, washboard abs and youthful face (although it's blurred) made a lot of people confuse him with his son Tiger. Here's the post. Hope i look like my hero when i'm 60+ â¡ï¸â¤ @apnabhidu happy father's day to my first and only hero! #dalchaawaldiet #realbaaghi A post shared by Tiger Shroff (@tigerjackieshroff) on Jun 17, 2018 at 5:45am PDT Jackie Shroff is one of the few actors about whom we can confidently say that he'll look the same or younger even after 20 years. And we're assuming his secret is the dal chaawal diet he follows (taking a cue from Tiger's hashtag). We're sure that even today Jackie Shroff has the potential to give actors half his age a run for their money and the list includes his son too, just like he swept his competition back in the day with his debut as a lead in 'Hero'.
  2. Representational image. Photo: FileMany parents will have thought it for a long time, but they now have a new argument to limit their children's 'screen time' ? addiction to video games has been recognised by World Health Organisation (WHO) as a...
  3. As of today, the World Health Organisation is declaring gaming addiction as a form of a mental health condition. This was included in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Basically, if you are addicted to playing games on your console, smartphone or PC, you could have a disease according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). However, this does not apply to casual gamers who enjoy a game or two of FIFA, as the WHO has set specific guidelines in order for a person to be categorised as someone who has a 'gaming disorder'. According to the ICD, you must experience significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of function' and if you've faced impairment for at least one year. If you want to know the details, here's how the ICD defines it: “Gaming disorder is characterised by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour ('digital gaming' or 'video-gaming'), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline, manifested by 1. impaired control over gaming (e.g., onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context); 2. increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities; and 3. continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.” © Comedy Central If one pays close attention to all the characteristics, it is very similar to what one would use for substance users. Of course, it is possible that some gamers who experience this characteristic may, in fact, be addicted, however, the ICD's classification is a bit too broad. In fact, the very foundation of the characteristics is subjective and may differ from person to person. © Minecraft For example, games have different genres just like movies and some fill a different purpose. For example, someone who plays 'Minecraft', a game often used for educational purposes is vastly different from 'Fortnite'. Every game attracts a different kind of gamer who interact with games in a different way. The fact that the ICD does not know which gamer gravitates towards what kind of games and why, shows that this classification is a bit too premature.
  4. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are all over the internet right now. If you are not living under a rock, then you know that Nick recently took our very own Desi Girl to his cousin's firangi wedding. Well, for one, this isn't PeeCee's first foreign wedding (she has had royal encounters lately), but what got us talking are the rumours that the couple may be tying the knot soon. Well that's another celebrity wedding this year. Gotta clear our calendar so that we can catch it all on Instagram! While we are still shaken by the wedding rumours, we sifted through each look that Nick wore around Priyanka and bring you a list of 6 'Nick-inspired' outfits that you need, if you want to date your own Priyanka. As for finding your Priyanka, now at least do that yourself! © Instagram/Nick Jonas This oh-so-THOT-y white T-shirt that highlights all your best features (hello, pecks!). And, the minimal text and the fit makes it super Hypebeast-approved and guarantees bragging rights with the boys. Win win! © Instagram?Nick Jonas Love is a Ludo game (sorry!). But a dice game print Louis Vuitton T-shirt is bound to make an impression with the ladies. Make sure to open an extra button. © Instagram/Nick Jonas A millennial-only ensemble made exclusively to increase estrogen levels in women. Like this vest paired with formal pants, an awesome watch and a couple of rings just for effect. Bonus points for the almost-pout-meet-frown expression. © Instagram/Nick Jonas An outfit that only Drake can pull off! © Instagram/Nick Jonas A full-frontal-formal look that looks like it's been blessed by the Pope himself. © Instagram/Nick Jonas Nothing. Because nothing beats a shirtless selfie. Duh!
  5. Keshav Suri inherited a well established empire from his late father and Indian F&B stalwart Lalit Suri, but Kitty Su was not a part of it. The youngest executive director of Lalit Group of Hotels has carved a niche for himself and his creative, futuristic style has earned him great rewards and yet, Suri is not content with what he has achieved. © Twitter But this wasn't the case when his father passed away. “It was difficult to come to terms with reality. The best way was to immerse myself in my studies and learn the ropes of the trade, so I could help mom. My parents made sure that my siblings and I had a great education and were exposed to different cultures. So when the need came, after my father's demise, we were able to take charge as a family. It was daunting to step into my father's shoes. My mother is my pillar of support. I hope I am the one to realise my father's dreams,” said Keshav in a recent interview. The young Suri has been instrumental in driving a lot of unique initiatives at the Lalit group. He started Kitty Su in 2011 with the intent of delivering a unique experience to the millennials and it worked. Kitty Su has made big strides in the F&B business and it is the only nightclub from India to be featured in DJ Mag for three years consecutively. It has also been awarded as Best Night Club in Delhi by Times Food and Nightlife Awards. © sloshout It didn't stop with Kittu Su though. Keshav Suri's dynamic and creative approach helped in conceptualising 'The Lalit Food Truck Company', a one of a kind outdoor catering business. With Mexican food and pizza trucks the luxury chain forayed into an unknown territory, something that Lalit Suri was famous for in the era bygone. Similarly, the Lalit property in London is quietly establishing itself as a luxury boutique hotel with a unique touch and good food. Apart from being a new-age businessman, Kesav Suri is a cultural icon for the LGBTQ community in India. Recently, he filed a petition with the Supreme Court on challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that criminalises a consensual relationship between consenting adults of the same ***. Since he took over the hotel business, he has made the properties more inclusive and hopes that in time he will be able to help the community that he's a part of, the much needed basic human rights that they deserve. © TOI At heart, though, Keshav remains that inventive kid his father was proud of. “I do have his genes as far as living the high life is concerned. That's why I started the pop up party. I created the brand out of my own selfish interests. It is the kind of place I would like to party at. As a city, Paris continues to remain my favourite destination. We successfully launched the concept in Mumbai and Chandigarh. Soon after that we started monthly pop ups in Bengaluru, Kolkata and Jaipur that have been immensely popular,” said Keshav recently. And even though Suri might have just started in his quest of making Lalit a global brand, the kind of work that he's doing surely paves a way for young Indian entrepreneurs to follow in years to come.
  6. It is often said that vodka is a woman's drink. But the reality is not that. If you visit a pub or drop by at a friend's house party, you will come across many men who enjoy sipping vodka pegs. Moreover it is also used to make some great cocktails. Vodka is one such alcohol that can be easily mixed to make various tasty drinks that you can enjoy at your home. Many flavoured vodkas are available these days. Flavours like potato, grapes, citrus, mint are among the most popular one. So, here are the best vodkas that have a great texture along with some uniqueness: Ketel one If you are looking for the smoothest vodka then this one will be the best for you. You will be delighted to just enjoy one peg of this vodka with only 3-4 ice cubes. You will feel the freshness of citrus along with honey when you will drink it. Grey Goose This vodka will hardly leave you disappointed. So if you are confused about which one to order, Grey Goose is the ultimate answer. Other than its clear vodka, one can try the pear flavoured one. Absolut Get hold of an excellent vodka with the help of Absolut. It is a clean tasting one. Their flavoured vodkas are preferred by many people because there is some uniqueness. Van Gogh It is one of the most popular premium vodkas. It is one of the best because it is not only smooth and clean but also very refreshing. Flavours like citrus, orange as well as mango along with caramel and espresso makes it a well known vodka. Belvedere If you want to enjoy a taste of vanilla and soft cream with spice, white pepper or almond and nuts in vodka then go for Belvedere Vodkas. It is very smooth and clean. It sets the best example for the excellent flavoured vodkas. Beluga Noble Want to taste some vodka that has no harsh smell and has a rich taste along with soft flavour? This vodka will help you relish a refined and rich taste. Chase This vodka contains the taste of white pepper and potato that is freshly sliced. It is very clean. Sometime you can also taste a hint of black pepper and nuts. Ogilvy It is a clean and balanced vodka with a rich taste of citrus, black pepper and toffee. You will also enjoy the wonderful smell of citrus fruit, walnuts and apricots while having a sip. Holy Grass If you love vodkas that come with a smooth and creamy finish, then Holy Grass will satisfy your thirst. It is fresh as well as delicate. The spirit will give you a taste of apple juice. It will complement the sweet taste. Reyka It is made from barley and wheat. It tastes very sweet. When you mix it you will enjoy having it more. So adding some lemon, mint and blackberries will make this vodka taste perfect. Thus you can pamper yourself by selecting one from this wide range of quality vodkas or even get some for your best friend's bachelor party.
  7. After a heavy dosage of T20 cricket through the IPL, the Indian sports enthusiasts now gear up for some scintillating football action on arguably the biggest stage - FIFA World Cup - which is slated to begin from 14th June. With 32 nations vying for the top prize, the month-long tournament has plenty in store to satiate the large appetite of football fanatics. While the quadrennial event is looked upon as a great opportunity for participating nations to build on their rich footbaling history, it also acts as a pivotal platform for the young and rising stars to make a mark on one of the biggest sporting extravaganza. Whether it's a goalkeeper, defender or a midfield maestro, every player will be eager to step up for their respective sides on the world stage. Though every player - in their own respective roles - will be key to their success in the upcoming tournament, it's needless to say that it will once again be the forwards - including the strikers and wingers - who might end up deciding the fate of their teams. Arguably the most important players in a football team, forwards can single-handedly turn the tide in their favour during a game. A good goalkeeper and robust defence can surely make an impact for their team, but for that moment of magic to change the outcome of a match, it's the ferociously attacking forwards a coach will look to for inspiration and a potential result. And, the coveted tournament in Russia this month could very well witness the same. With some of the biggest strikers in attendance, the upcoming tournament is surely going to see a tough battle for the Golden Boot honour. From Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo, here's a look at the top 15 forwards who are expected to shine at the mega stage: Timo Werner (Germany) Reuters From being one of the breakthrough stars in the 2016/17 Bundesliga to becoming Germany's first-choice striker for the upcoming World Cup, Tim Werner has undoubtedly come a long way to prove his mettle in the No 9 position for his respective clubs and country. The 22-year-old began his professional journey with VFB Stuttgart at the age of just six. By the time he was 17, Werner had already become the youngest ever UEFA Europa League debutant in 2013. A few months later, he went on to become the youngest Stuttgart player ever to score in the Bundesliga and the youngest ever to net a brace in the history of the German league. After Stuttgart's relegation, Werner moved to RB Leipzig where he developed into a more rounded striker and established himself one of their driving forces in the league. A strong finisher who can move pretty fast on the counter attacks, Werner also has a knack for getting in behind defences and creating spaces in deep-lying positions which has allowed him to become Germany's first-choice striker ahead of the likes of Mario Gomez and Sandro Wagner. And, the fact that Werner walked away with the Golden Boot honour in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, highlights his ability to deliver on the big stage. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Reuters Given his astronomical feats and envious exploits, Cristiano Ronaldo clearly needs no introduction in the footballing world. Labelled as one of the greatest players to have ever graced the game, Ronaldo boasts of the 2016 Euro trophy, five Champions League titles and a record-tying five Ballon d'Ors. Today, aged 33, the mercurial forward might not be the goal-scoring machine he once was, but his presence on the field is still good enough for his side to turn the tide in their favour during crunch matches. For a man who began his career as a trickster, Ronaldo, over his career, has become a menacing force for his opponents. A versatile attacker, Ronaldo was ostensibly right-footed, but, with training and hardwork, he has managed to become very strong with both feet. Whether with or without the ball, Ronaldo ranks amongst the world's fastest footballers. Harry Kane (England) Reuters With mercurial Gareth Southgate as their coach, England will be desperately looking to make amends for their poor showing in Brazil where they couldn't even get out of the group stages four years ago. And, if there's anyone who can make it happen for them, it's got to be their captain Harry Kane. A leader, key player and England's undoubted talisman; Kane has been on a rampage this year scoring goals at will in both Premier League and the Champions League. He's good with both his feet, absolutely menacing in the air and not afraid to fire a long-range shot to find the back of the net. His consistency to score also earned him the Golden Boot in both 2015-16 and 2016-17 Premier League seasons. It's needless to say that England's success in Russia will heavily rely on Kane. The Tottenham Hotspur star was pivotal in his side's road to Russia. He scored winning goals against Slovenia and Lithuania before securing a late equaliser against Scotland - all those goals alone accounting for seven qualifying points for the Poms. After impressing at the club level, Kane now finds himself staring at a much-needed opportunity to make a mark on the biggest stage. Thomas Muller (Germany) Reuters For a man who has 90 international caps and 38 goals for Germany, Thomas Muller clearly needs no introduction to football. Aged 28, Muller has already played in two World Cups (2010 & 2014) where he scored a total of 10 goals (combined). And, that probably explains why he is guaranteed a spot in the ever-competitive German team when they begin their title defence in Russia. Irrespective of his unconventional brand of football, Muller presents a potent goalscoring threat, especially at major tournaments. While he may lack physical strength for a forward, Muller adequately makes up for it with his pace, technique, awareness, tactical intelligence and positioning. Majority of Muller's goals have been attained through his ability to find gaps in the opposition defence. Given the fact that he clinched Golden Boot (2010) and Silver Boot (2014) awards in the last editions, Germany will hope that Muller's knack for making the big tournaments his own by consistently scoring goals continues in Russia. For someone who describes his own role as Raumdeuter (an interpreter of space), Muller will surely not surprise anyone if he walks away with the Golden Boot award, yet again. Lionel Messi (Argentina) Reuters After losing a third final in three years with his national team, Lionel Messi sent shockwaves across the footballing world by announcing his retirement in 2016. Ofcourse, being an emotional decision, Messi's retirement didn't last long and he returned to play for Argentina to the sheer joy of his fans. Two years later, everyone's asking the same question: "Can Messi win the elusive World Cup trophy this time?" Whether Argentina comes out on top or not in Russia, Messi doesn't really need to win a World Cup (though it'll be great if he does) to prove how great a player he is. Despite his short stature, Messi's lower centre of gravity has given him greater agility to move quickly and evade opposing tackles. His dribbling skills are phenomenal and when he's not busy finding the back of the net, Messi can be found setting up his teammates for crucial goals. The road to glory in Russia will require something similar or maybe more from Messi. But, for all his might, Messi is undoubedly one of those star players whose presence on the pitch alone is capable of aiding any team. "This is Messi's Argentina, not mine," coach Jorge Sampaoli's comments further highlight just how important he is for his team. Sergio Aguero (Argentina) Reuters On the back of great passing ability, tactical intelligence and vision, Sergio Aguero has undoubtedly established himself as one of the best strikers in the world. Though he's naturally a right-footed player, Aguero is more than capable of striking with his left foot. He can finish well both inside and outside the area with enough power and accuracy in his shots. However, the last year hasn't been too exciting for someone as talented as Aguero. His troublesome knee injury denied him enough game time at Manchester City, further denting his form during the World Cup qualifiers. Struggling to nail down a starting place, Aguero failed to improve Argentina's wayward finishing in the qualifiers, scoring just one goal in eight appearances. But, despite all that, Aguero will still be pivotal in Jorge Sampaoli's tactics in Russia. And, the fact that the 30-year-old is still chasing his maiden world finals goal in his third consecutive appearance in the tourney, might just fuel his hunger to make an impact this year. That also explains why Sampaoli still sees Aguero as Lionel Messi's ideal strike partner, just as he was at the U-20 World Cup, thirteen years ago. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) Reuters For someone who is often regarded as one of the best centre forwards in the world, it's not hard to guess that Poland's play will pretty much revolve around Robert Lewandowski. The undisputed superstar of the Polish team and arguably one of the highly-anticipated players in the upcoming tournament, Lewy will be seen carrying the hopes of his nation when they travel to Russia. An outright attacker, Lewandowski is a clever dribbler, great in the air, capable of scoring with either foot and very difficult to shrug off the ball. Making full use of those traits, the 29-year-old etched his name in the history books when he went past Wlodzimierz Lubanski's 48-goal mark to become Poland's all-time leading scorer after a hat-trick over Armenia in 2017. Given his exploits, it's not really surprising to see Lewandowski being hailed as his country's biggest sporting idol. And, going into the mega event, Poland's number nine will be expected to rise to the occasion and drive his team to great heights in his maiden appearance at the FIFA World Cup. Neymar (Brazil) Reuters Back in 2014, a young Neymar carried the burden of Brazil on his shoulders as his nation played host to the FIFA World Cup. While his performance was still better than his compatriots, Brazil's dismal show including the shambolic drubbing against Geermany, was an outing the Selecao would surely want to forget. Four years on, Brazil is completely a different team and Neymar is full of experience which puts them in contention for the coveted World title. It's needless to say that going into this year's World Cup, Neymar will once again be the main man for Brazil. And, the fact that their coach Tite has managed to provide Neymar the star status and a position of responsibility withhin the team, promises a better showing this time around. He might have failed to score in the qualifiers prior to Tite's arrival in the dugout, but Neymar seems to have made amends with six goals and eight assists to his name under their new coach. For a man who is capable of playing as a central striker, second striker and even a winger; Neymar has rightly earned the label of a 'true phenomenon'. Playing as a left-sided forward, Neymar offers pace and energy, while his playmaking skills are second to none. In Russia, Brazil will expect their star man to lead from the front, and we won't be surprised to see this man deliver on the biggest stage. Mohamed Salah (Egypt) Reuters Whether you've followed football lately or not, the name Mohamed Salah would really have been hard to miss this season. Arguably the most globally-acclaimed player in the Egypt squad, Salah has won over Europe with his goal-scoring ability lately. For a man who began playing with Arab Contractors, Salah has undoubtedly come a long way to become a key figure at Liverpool on the back of a prolific 2017/18 season. A quick, hard-working and tactical player, Salah has a good technique and great eye for goal. He is predominantly known for his speed, dribbling skills and ball control. A versatile forward, Salah primarily plays as a winger on the right flank - a position that allows hum to cut into the centre onto his stronger left foot and either shoot for goal, or initiate quick exchanges with other players to create a scoring opportunity. All of those attributes were in full display during Egypt's qualifying games for the World Cup. The 25-year-old scored five goals for his national team in six games during the final round of qualifiers. Two of those goals came in the crucial meeting with Congo which sealed Egypt's qualification. As the tournament begins, Salah will once again be expected to lead from the front and help the Pharaohs secure their first-ever berth in the knockout stage. Eden Hazard (Belgium) Reuters Finishing fifth in the Premier League, Chelsea might have been forced to endure a forgetful outing in 2017/18 season, but there's no denying to the plethora of talent Eden Hazard brings to the table. A natural-born footballer, Hazard is a player whose impeccable football skills are capable of filling stadiums and inspiring youngsters to take up the game. For a man who is capable of playing either as an attacking midfielder or a winger, Hazard looks comfortable on the ball and has established himself as an elusive dribbler. Seemingly immune to pressure, the 27-year-old offers dazzling skills and can play the game with remarkable calm and ease. After a bit of an underwhelming FIFA World Cup debut in 2014, Hazard will be eager to make the most of his second chance to shine at the biggest stage the sport has to offer. And, despite the presence of big stars in his team, expect Hazard to make a mark in Russia.
  8. Being a midfielder is perhaps the toughest position in football. Yes, people might argue that each position comes with its own list of difficulties, but everyone should agree that the midfield is where the game is won or lost… most of the time. With teams like Italy, Chile and the Netherlands missing out on this years edition, we're not going to see players like Thiago Motta, Arturo Vidal or Arjen Robben. But, that in no way means there's a lack of talent on offer. This is the biggest football event in the world, after all. So, let's take a look at 11 midfield maestros who will be vying for top honours at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia: 1. Andres Iniesta (Spain) © Reuters Spain has the kind of line-up which could win the World Cup. This is their chance to pick up a second World Cup this decade and Andres Iniesta is going to be at the center of this for sure. He's been one of the country's key players for a while now and has also been called 'the most talented player in the history of Spain by his international teammate Xavi. 2. Angel Di Maria (Argentina) © Reuters It's tough to shine when you're in the same team as Lionel Messi. But, it seems Angel has put his Manchester United days behind him and found his form at Paris Saint-Germain. The World Cup is the perfect opportunity for Angel to show he still has some football left in him at 30, as he looks to move to an Atletico Madrid side that's reinventing itself under Diego Simeone. 3. Dele Alli (England) © Reuters Will he be another Steven Gerrard or will he end up like Jack Wilshere? That's the big question when it comes to Dele Alli. So far, he's proved the critics wrong at every turn. But, will he be good enough to carry England to their second World Cup trophy? It's a tall ask, even for this 22-year-old footballer from Milton Keynes. 4. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland) © Reuters One of the most popular Icelandic footballers ever, Gylfi has made quite a name for himself in the English Premier League over the years. He was instrumental in Iceland's success at Euro 2016 and he's going to be the focal point of their attack this year round as well. But, if there's one thing we learned about Iceland at Euro 2016 though, it's that they don't rely on just one player. 5. James Rodriguez (Colombia) © Reuters The Colombian football team that's going to feature at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, is arguably one of the strongest teams they've ever fielded. At the last World Cup, James was the top goal scorer with 6 in 5 games. He'll be looking to better that performance this time around for sure. 6. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) © Reuters One of the strongest sides at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Belgium have a number of midfielders that have the potential to be match winners. Right at the top of that list is Premier League title winner, Kevin De Bruyne. This is going to be De Bruyne's first major test in what is, the biggest football contest in the world. He's come a long way from Gent, that's for sure. 7. Luka Modric (Croatia) © Reuters Croatia are the proud owners of a 3-0 win over Germany at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Modric was just 12 at the time. But, ever since he made it into the squad for the 2006 World Cup, there's been no doubt about his place. He is the centerpiece around which the team operates. It's not a long shot to say the team's success will depend on Modric's form at the event. 8. Mesut Ozil (Germany) © Reuters When you're a part of the number one team in football going into the World Cup, there is already too much expected from you as a player. But, pressure isn't something new for Mesut Ozil. A lot of fans aren't happy with the player right now for getting a photo clicked with Turkish President Erdogan and it's pretty obvious he's going to face some heat heading into the tournament. A couple of good performances and he should be well on his way to redeeming himself. 9. Paul Pogba (France) © Reuters The second most expensive player in the world, Pogba has a lot riding on him at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. France have the kind of squad which could win the World Cup and if that happens, Pogba is undoubtedly going to have a major role to play. He's no Zinedine Zidane and is nowhere near the best player at the World Cup, but if he gets going, he'll certainly prove why he deserves that £89,000,000 price tag. 10. Philippe Coutinho (Brazil) © Reuters Philippe's name is in the list of players that could be vying for the Golden Boot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. While Coutinho debuted for Brazil back in 2010, this is the first time he's going to be playing at the World Cup. A lot of eyes are going to be on the prolific attacking midfielder and with Neymar's fitness in question, he may just end up being the talisman for Brazil if they are to win a 6th title. 11. Toni Kroos (Germany) © Reuters Toni Kroos is the kind of player who's easy to miss. He doesn't stand out, he doesn't score a ton of goals, he doesn't create a lot of chances, but he's one of the best midfielders in the business right now. Why? When he is on the pitch, he is the one controlling the game. There's no two ways about it. But you'll never notice it. That's what makes Toni Kroos so special.
  9. Being an influencer comes with a certain sense of responsibility and whatever you claim or say, can have repercussions which can sometimes be out of your control. Former RSS activist and the head of Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan, Sambhaji Bhide's recent claims have come under fire for being pretty bizarre in nature. In one of his recorded speeches where he is addressing the public, he claimed that childless couples who ate mangoes from his courtyard, later managed to conceive and women who ate those mangoes, apparently gave birth to sons eventually! Bizarre claims by #Bhimakoregaon accusd #sambhajibhide.claims tht childless couples who eat Mangoes frm hs farms, r blessd wid childrn -till now 180 couples ate hs #mangoes ,n 150 hv had children.Hmm! #Mangoman #Aamaadmi @rahulkanwal @sardesairajdeep @sahiljoshii @journovidya pic.twitter.com/tXEPjYUPzY — Kamlesh Sutar (@kamleshsutar) June 11, 2018 People on the internet have a lot of thoughts about this. Great script for Vicky Donor Part 2.https://t.co/F3Up14Mt7E — Saniya Sayed (@Ssaniya25) June 11, 2018 Haapus for a good boy. Lagda for a birth defect child. Alphonso for Christian child. Kesar for girl child. Totapuri for a parrot instead of a child. — your worst nightmare (@kalpesh_78) June 12, 2018 So all IVF clinics and doctors can take a break now since it's the season for mangoes? Childless couples have babies after eating mangoes from my farm: Sambhaji Bhide.. Fertility clinics must shut down their stutters.. Why waste money when mangoes can help ðð pic.twitter.com/A8MnvAeNZA — Poly Sarkar (@polysmind) June 12, 2018 Mango is seasonal!!! Birth dates of new borned babies will be 3 months before mango season.!!!!! — Ashok (@Ashudarling73) June 12, 2018 Also, is this the real meaning of aam aadmi now? Childless couples who eat mangoes from my farm will be blessed with male babies: Sambhaji Bhide. They will be called Aam Aadmi! — Suresh Dharur (@sureshdharur) June 13, 2018 While the learned and famous politician enjoys a huge fan following in Maharashtra, this statement is not beings digested well. Perhaps a glass of 'aam panna' will help?
  10. On the hit sitcom "The Good Place," Bambadjan Bamba plays an eternal being in the afterlife. In reality, the Ivorian actor is living in limbo in the United States as an undocumented immigrant. Photo: file LOS ANGELES: On the hit sitcom "The Good...
  11. As the world gears up for one of the biggest football tournaments this year--FIFA World Cup 2018, all teams are heading to Russia and so is the Portugal team aka Cristiano Ronaldo's team. Until now people knew Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best footballers in the world, but after watching this video, people will love him for his sweet gestures towards his fans. © Twitter While Portugal was departing for airport and Ronaldo was already seated in the bus, a young kid came to meet Ronaldo. The young fan barely dodged the security and came close to the bus in hopes of meeting his star. Fearing that he won't be able to meet Ronaldo, he started crying, but a celebrity can't wait for his fan, right? That's where we all got wrong. Ronaldo saw the kid and immediately got down the bus and hugged the kid. © Twitter The five-time Ballon d'Or holder not only wiped the kid's tears, he also hugged and kissed him, posed for a photo and signed his jersey. The kid's day was made and so was that of every other person watching the video online. A young fan thought he'd missed the chance to meet his hero as Portugal departed for the World Cup. Cristiano stepped off the bus and made sure his dream came true. pic.twitter.com/r3qERFy8Vz — ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) 11 June 2018 This is not the first time that Ronaldo has greeted his fans with such warmth. Earlier also, there have been instances where he went an extra mile to make his fans' day. Just like his fans, we too are in love Ronaldo's gesture and can't wait for him and his team to compete with Spain, in its opening match this Friday.
  12. The reign of the solo moustache might seemingly be over, but not quite. It ruled throughout the '70s, '80s, and '90s, but still periodically casts its regal shadow over all the new beardstyles. After all, what compares to a good ol' handlebar moustache or a solid pornstache when it comes to establishing a manly aesthetic? When it comes to inspiration, the first (or rather, only) place one looks at is Bollywood, and for good reason. Here, we have compiled a list of 10 Bollywood actors who give us solid moustache goals. 1. Ranveer Singh Baba has always been out there, without any hesitation or reservation whatsoever when it comes to style moves. Naturally, he is the forerunner in this race. © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter 2. Aamir Khan Aptly known as 'Mr Perfectionist', Aamir has always made sure to turn heads whenever he decided to sport a moustache. © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter 3. Saif Ali Khan Who can carry off a moustache better than a real 'Nawab'? No one quite has the sophisticated, gentlemanly charm like Saif when it comes to sporting a moustache. © Twitter © Twitter 4. Shahid Kapoor Even though Shahid pretty much is the flagbearer of the awesome stubble, he proved that he can don that mantle for the solo moustache as well when he wants to, effortlessly so. © Twitter © Twitter 5. John Abraham When John decided to sport the pornstache, let's just say it was a hazard for the knees of the women in the country, collectively. (Because they all got weak in the knees, lest you think of something more twisted). © Twitter © Twitter 6. Ajay Devgn Ajay 'Singham' Devgn finally found his true aesthetic with a badass cop moustache. He honestly has never looked better. © Twitter © Twitter 7. Akshay Kumar Even though Mr. Khiladi usually prefers a clean shaven aesthetic, he can totally pull off a mean 'stache. © Twitter © Twitter 8. Salman Khan Salman Khan's moustache in 'Dabangg' confused and impressed us at the same time. We were used to seeing bhai in his regular 'too cool to bother about facial hair' avatar, and then 'bam!' © Twitter © Twitter 9. Varun Dhawan An unlikely contender for a 'moustache-bearing hero', Varun totally surprised us with the impressive retro vibe he brought along with his 'stache. © Twitter © Twitter 10. Anil Kapoor We have saved the best for last. When you say 'Bollywood' and 'moustache' in the same sentence, this man has to be the vision in your head. The fact that he has always maintained it and ensured it only got better with time, crowns him as the ultimate 'stache king' of Bollywood. © Twitter © Twitter
  13. There is something about a friendship between boys, that's so nonchalantly vulnerable yet malleable. I believe once you befriend someone, you truly become bros for life and the only thing that can ever come in between male bonding is maybe a female presence. But even so, male friendships are a lot easier to understand than female friendships and they go way deeper than any other relationship in this world. Bollywood thrives on male friendships and has made some excellent movies like 'Dil Chahata Hai', 'Kai Po Che' and of course the most recent 'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety'. All these movies really teach us the true meaning of friendship between bros and how they'd actually go the mile extra each time when one needs the other. While Bollywood has made a comfortable place for male friendships to come alive on screen, Hollywood movies are not far off too. Hollywood has a different way to derive friendship out of their movies and somehow they're overwhelming to watch too, and they do teach us a lot. So the next time you're having one of those bros night out, with your buddy(s), maybe cue in a good movie about the mighty brethren and watch till you learn a lot more about friendships and fun adventures with your best bros, than you already know! Here are some fabulous movies made in Hollywood that define brotherhood awesomely well: 1. The Hangover (Part 1, 2 & 3) © Warner Bros. Pictures 'The Hangover' is a classic tale of having your bro's back when he needs you the most. It really teaches one on how to bond with a bro over a night of poor decisions and be by his side and make things right, till everything is a-okay again! It also tells us the one cardinal rule to follow before your bro takes the leap of faith and gets married- a mandatory bachelor party, even if the wedding is called off the next day! Of course, boys want to give their best mate the time of his life, before he's sucked into the misery of marriage! Watch Alan, Phil, Stu and Doug live up to their everlasting friendship in this 3-part franchise! Watch the trailer here 2. Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle (Part 1 & 2) © New Line Cinema Whom do you turn to when you're off for the mission of a lifetime? Your best bro of course, and that's exactly what Kumar does when he needs a bud to accompany him to find out what he's really looking for in life-the White Castle burger joint! The story is about them having all sorts of adventures as they go along the way and realising how to be there when your best bud really needs you! I suggest you watch 'Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay', after you're done with this one! Watch the trailer here 3. Euro Trip © DreamWorks Pictures Ever had your friend help you mend a broken heart? Well, that's what true bro's do, don't they? And that's what happens when Scotty falls in love with a girl in Germany and his friends Jamie, Cooper, and Jenny help him get to her. More than mending a broken heart, this movie is also about that once-in-a-lifetime super trip you need to take with your friends! Watch the trailer here 4. Grown Ups (Part 1 & 2) © Columbia Pictures 'Grown Ups' is a must watch for male friendships who're doing the best they can to keep the bromance going even after marriage. The truest test of friendship between men is being the best bro, even after you're married and this movie tells us exactly that. Lenny, Eric, Kurt, Rob, and Marcus reunite for their high school coach's funeral, with their families and have the time of their lives! Watch the trailer here 5. Good Will Hunting © Miramax Films The deep friendship between real-life friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck is so awesomely reflected in this beautiful classic. Will and Chuckie are best pals in this drama and it's the kinda movie you need to watch to really know how to support a friend and tap into his full potential, to let them know how good they are. Well, that's what Chuckie does, when Will the genius, is wasting his life away. Watch the trailer here 6. The Other Guys © Columbia Pictures There's no better friend than a work buddy, with whom you have a love-hate relationship and it doesn't matter how mismatched you two might be. If you're working together and having fun, that's the best kinda friendship there could be. Don't believe me? Ask Allen and Terry, who're the perfectly mismatched cops in the hilarious 'The Other Guys'. Definitely catch this one. Watch the trailer here 7. Dumb And Dumber (Part 1, 2 & 3) © New Line Cinema If you are two friends who love to go on adventures and act incredibly stupid (or are incredibly stupid) then there isn't a better movie for you! Lloyd and Harry demonstrate the perfect way to act stupid while being on the best adventure of their life! Watch the trailer here So, there we have it. 7 excellent Hollywood movies that define bromance like it truly exists! The next time you're out with your bro's, you know how to make the most of your time together!
  14. With the highly-anticipated FIFA World Cup just around the corner, the excitement of the football fans is understandably at an all-time high. While the players will undeniably be the talk of the town in Russia, it is their respective 'wives and girlfriends' (WAGs) who are sure to make their presence felt, when they support their partners from the stands. But who are the top WAGS at the World Cup this summer, you'd ask? Here's a low-down for you: 1. Bruna Marquezine © Instagram/@brumarquezine The Brazilian actress/model and girlfriend of superstar Neymar is guaranteed to draw plenty of attention. Neymar and Bruna met at the Rio Carnival around six years ago and since have had a mixed bag relationship. They are said to be Brazil's response to England's star couple of David and Victoria Beckham, with the added spice of the Brazilian Samba. 2. Shakira © Instagram/@shakira From singing the now infamous 'Waka-Waka' song at the 2010 World Cup to being Barcelona and Spain superstar, Gerard Pique's wife, Shakira has come on her own into the world of football. She will be raising pulses with her presence in the stands cheering for her partner, Pique as well as for her home nation of Colombia 3. Anastasia Kudryashova © Instagram/@nastya.kudryashova While the Russian's might not be the favourites to win the World Cup, but if there was a contest to win the WAGS' Title, Anastasia might be the top contender. Married to Russian defender Fyodor Kudryashova, Anastasia will be ready to cheer on her husband and Russia during their matches at the World Cup, supported by her millions of followers. 4. Anna Lewandowska © Instagram/@annalewandowskahpba Partner to Poland's star striker Robert Lewandowski, Anna, will be one of the top attractions at the World Cup when Poland take the field. This beauty, has also represented Poland in Traditional Karate events, winning nearly 30-medals during her career. Now, she is a practising nutritionist and boasts her ideas to her 1.7 million Instagram followers. 5. Ruby Mae © Instagram/@rubymae3223 While England might have many players who'll be competing among themselves to be the best, Three Lions' star, Dele Alli's stunning girlfriend, Ruby Mae has sure won the battle among the WAGS' of England. The supermodel will be at her best in Russia to cheer on Alli, and his troops on the field, as England try to win the World Cup. 6. Edurne Garcia © Instagram/@edurnity While Gerrard Pique has a pop-star partner, the Spanish Goalkeeper will have his say at the World Cup as he will be cheered on by his partner and Madrid-Born Pop Star, Edurne Garcia. Despite being five-years elder to De Gea, they sure make the perfect couple with their respective personalities. 7. Georgina Rodriguez © Instagram/@georginagio Cristiano Ronaldo's affairs and relationships have been in plenty and well documented for the world to see. When the Portuguese star takes the field in Russia, this time around, he will be cheered on by someone he has genuinely fallen for. Georgina Rodriguez, the stunning beauty is also the mother of the Real Madrid stars' children, meaning this time in Russia, it is going to be family time for Ronaldo from the stands. 8. Lisa Muller © Instagram/@lisa.mueller.official As Thomas Muller attempts to break the all-time goal scorers record in Russia by trying to score for Germany, his wife, Lisa Muller has already scored plenty of fans all around. Lisa is a professional horse rider and will do her best to rally her husband, Thomas on the field, as Germany try to retain their World title. 9. Amine Gulse © Instagram/@gulseamine The former Miss Turkey World, Amine Gulse is dating Arsenal and Germany superstar Mesut Ozil. While her home nation might have missed out on playing at the World Cup, she sure will be in high spirits supporting Ozil and other stars which are of Turkish descent. Will she assist Ozil with her support at the World Cup? 10. Antonella Roccuzzo © Instagram/@antoroccuzzo88 Antonella Roccuzzo, is the stunning wife of Barcelona and Argentina's global superstar Lionel Messi. Messi and Antonela married in 2017 in a lavish ceremony, and she will be a strong contender to boost Messi's hopes of winning the World Cup in Russia. 11. Sofia Balbi © Instagram/@sofibalbi Luis Suarez will be leading Uruguay from the front at the World Cup, but to watch his back he has Sofia Balbi. The Barcelona star striker's wife will be present along with their kids in Russia to cheer on Suarez & Co, as they try to beat the favourites to advance at the World Cup. 12. Sara Salamo © Instagram/@sarasalamo The stunning beauty and 25-year-old Spanish actress, Sara Salamo is dating Spain and Real Madrid star midfielder, Isco. The pair have been in a relationship since 2017, and this would be her first World Cup and she sure will be supporting her nation and boyfriend to bring glory back to Spain.
  15. A health worker at an Ebola quarantine unit on June 13, 2017, in Muma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, during the country?s last outbreak. The DRC has experienced nine known Ebola outbreaks. Photo: AFP/Getty ImagesKINSHASA: The director general...
  16. Don't you sometimes wish that you could be a character in a novel? There would be no work, just larger-than-life adventures, and a love interest who has a genuine interest in you (:P). Oh, to live in a fictional world would be a dream come true. Novels and television series are the mirrors to our souls, as what we think and feel is portrayed through the language of words and visuals. Ever been so encumbered with the trials and tribulations of your favorite characters that it starts to affect you physically? Or shedding copious amounts of tears over the fate of your beloved character's death? The agony is not lost on anyone who loves fictional characters. After reading the fate of the star-crossed protagonists in a novel, we start trying to fathom how could one possibly love someone so much, that they could die for them or even face their worst fears. We all have seen the agony of watching Ted Mosby trying to woo the lady of his dreams and fail (until he succeeded) or screamed at our screens, watching Hodor dying to save Bran. So, what sage advice would these characters give to men when it comes to relationships. Let's find out. 1. Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen): Easily one of the most beloved characters to have been ever written, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, is every woman's dream date. Handsome. rich and just mysterious enough to pique one's interest, he is the quintessential hero. And to top it off, he is British. Snarky and proud, he parades throughout the novel, haughtily, redeeming himself at the very end. Darcy's constant struggle for Elizabeth's attention without letting her know of his true intentions is something one should probably take from him. © Focus Features Darcy's Probable Advice: “If you wish to secure a fair maiden's heart, you shall start by being a man with contempt for it is befitting to a man of stature, unless, the lady is haughtier than yourself. Try to woo her through your mysterious charm and show disdain on her opinions so that you may rankle her and eventually make her fall for you. Contrary to belief, nothing thrills a woman more than having an interesting verbal altercation with a man who is opposed to her perspective. It shall be fortuitous for you if you can help her in a quest of finding her lost relatives. Also, it remains essential that you don't reveal your true feelings and have a rather inconspicuous regard for her. Do not forget to thank me for the generous advice if you succeed.” 2. Harry Potter (Harry Potter Series- J.K. Rowling) 'The Boy Who Lived', 'The Chosen One', et al. Other than being that, Harry always had a gaggle of girls mooning over him. Though portrayed to be shy and reluctant, he starts a relationship with Cho Chang after a lot of difficulties (typical lost guy when it comes to women), however, it crashes and burns. Eventually, he ends up falling for Ginny Weasley, the classic archetype of the best friend's sister. Harry is a rather moody and unsure person when it comes to love and ends up being too good for the people he loves. Harry is clueless about love and suffers from the same predicament as we do: confessing our attraction to our crush. © Warner Bros. Pictures Harry's Probable Advice: “I wouldn't know what to say, except that I do not understand girls very much. Hermione says I should be more attentive and try to read signals when girls speak to me. So, I guess, that would also be my advice to you. What I can say is, don't forget to tell the person how you feel with a grand gesture and after suitable contemplation (read agonizing over telling your crush for months together). It helps if the person you like also likes you back, but I wouldn't be able to tell for sure.” 3. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter Series- J.K. Rowling): One of the most badass characters in literature and on screen, not only is she intellectually gifted but has the best dating history as well. Despite being admired by international Quidditch players and being pursued by irritating Gryffindors, and Draco Malfoy, Hermione seems to have eyes for just one thing: her books! And Ron of course (but he is a sort of a second love :P). © Warner Bros. Pictures Hermione's Probable Advice: “The best relationship advice I could give is from a book I read, titled 'I Wand You: Dating in the Magical World'. It says that when thinking of starting a relationship, use your heart and not magic. The magic must come from the love you feel. Also, I would say that chivalry is a great quality in anyone. It is imperative to find someone who does not have the emotional range of a teaspoon and lets you read your books in peace.” 4. Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte): The most terrifying and weirdest characters to ever grace a novel, this protagonist, Heathcliff, is more of an anti-hero than a romantic lead. Pining, solitary, unwelcome and distraught, he is by far the most unlucky of characters. © United Artists Heathcliff's Probable Advice: “After years and years of pining for my love, Catherine, I have come to realize that, in conclusion, if you love someone, you ought to tell them and beseech them to see you for who you are. If you want someone's love, you need to be vulnerable. The person will like you for what you are, and if they truly love you back, it won't matter even if you are a monster.” 5. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory): How can someone not love Sheldon? With his eccentric quirks and cluelessness about sarcasm, he is one of the most adorable TV show characters. Though he is the most practical person you can ever see, eventually he also falls in love, or in his words, conforms to the social protocol. © Warner Bros. Television Distribution Sheldon's Probable Advice: “I assure you that coming to me for relationship advice would be an exercise in futility. Even though I have an extremely brilliant mind, the idea of how humans love eludes me. Though, if you must ask for help, here is the greatest advice I could give you: Relationship Agreement. It will save you much heartbreak. Bazinga! If you really want to find someone, find a person who is just like you. If you really like them, you will feel a heightened sense of ecstasy and would like to share your time with them (due to the release of the happy hormone serotonin). You can thank me after you have successfully completed the task. A thank you note will suffice, along with the new edition of Flash.” 6. Jonathan Byers (Stranger Things): The weird guy-next-door, older brother to perpetually unfortunate Will Byers, Jonathan is the epitome of the '80s strange boy aesthetic. He is not outspoken and is kind of a loner, but on the inside, he is a protective brother with a heart of gold. © Netflix Jonathan's Probable Advice: “Tell the other person that you like them, before someone else does. Being the nice guy- friend doesn't work all the time.” 7. Marianne Dashwood (Sense and Sensibilty- Jane Austen) The middle Miss Dashwood with a spitfire of a personality and a cavalier disregard for rules, is the perfect heroine, who is just ready to fall in love with the next comely, romantic gentleman who can match her step for step. Though, not a good judge of character, she comes to her senses eventually. © Columbia Pictures Marianne's Probable Advice: “A perfect partner for you to engage with and to court, would be a person who has passion and charm. If there is no fire between the two of you, there isn't any point in pursuing the relationship, although, only the fire is not enough to salvage a companionship. Yes, do not fall prey to only the good looks of the other side; look at their heart as well. Sometimes, a person may love you, but it might not be enough. It will be extremely delightful if they can quote Shakespeare at the drop of a hat.” 8. Ser Jorah Mormont (ASOIAF/Game of Thrones- George R.R Martin) Unlucky in love, Ser Jorah is the classic example of the poor friend-zoned guy. Even though he does everything for the person he loves, she prefers to look the other way. I'm sure we relate to his plight at some level. © HBO Ser Jorah's Probable Advice: “Never lose heart even if the object of your desire can't see you the way you want them to. If it is meant to happen, it will surely happen. If you love someone, be ready to do anything for them. Carry on with all your heart, you never know; persistence may one day pay off.” 9. Gogol Ganguli (The Namesake- Jhumpa Lahiri): Easily the most lost character there is, trying to find his identity while struggling with his own demons, Gogol is a superlatively written character and will stay on with you even after you finish the novel. © Fox Searchlight Pictures Gogol's Probable Advice: “There is no point of going from one relationship to another if you can't find solace in yourself. First, work upon yourself and sort out your issues and then only think of starting a relationship. Casual flings will give you a moment's satisfaction, but in the long run, it won't make you happy. You may find the wrong person in your journey, but treat it as a minor obstacle; learn from it and move on.” 10. Daenerys Targaryen (ASOIAF/Game of Thrones- George R.R. Martin): The Mother of Dragons is not just an expert in the 'Game of Thrones' but also in the game of love. She is a passionate woman with a guarded heart which only a few have been able to penetrate, barring her dragons, of course. She is a lover in the truest sense and once she gives her heart to someone, she makes it a point to honor it until the very end. Also, she is the queen of friend-zoning unsuitable candidates (poor Ser Jorah Mormont). © HBO Danny's Probable Advice: “Love is sacrifice. If you are not willing to give yourself up for the other person, you are not really in love. Also, when the time comes, you must be ready to sacrifice more than just your heart. Guard your heart with a lock which only a worthy companion has the key to. Find someone who unleashes the dragon within you. ” Hope the enlightenment from these fictional characters is helpful to you. :D Were you trying to find Jon Snow here? Well, sorry to disappoint you, but we all know that: he knows nothing! :P DISCLAIMER: Take these pieces of advice at your own risk! :P
  17. “Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” That's how I'll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly about its ability to bring people together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We'll miss him.” This was the tribute that former President Barack Obama — a man everyone likes — tweeted yesterday on learning about celebrity chef, author, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain's death. As it turns out, Obama really liked Bourdain. The duo had sat down for a meal in Vietnam at an unassuming noodle shop for one of the most popular episodes of the latter's show 'Parts Unknown'. One look at the episode and you know that it's definitely the most fun Obama has had in a long time. He wasn't alone. Obama's affection for “Tony” was matched by countless people across the world — some friends and most strangers — who poured their heart out in condolences on social media. All of them had one thing in common: They thought the world of Anthony Bourdain. It's not difficult to see why. After all, most of us have at some point or the other, aspired to be him or at least inherit his curious adventurer self so devoid of cynicism. I know, I did. Who wouldn't want to say a giant screw you to responsibilities, travel to every corner of the world, and taste the delicacies they had to offer? All of us. Yet, Bourdain was the one who got to do that, day in and out. By now, a simple Google search must have filled you on the details: The 61-year-old Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, where he was shooting the next episode of his Emmy-Winning show 'Parts Unknown'. Believe it or not, the cause of death was suicide. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978, Bourdain spent time at numerous kitchens in different roles before working his way up as Executive Chef at Brasserie Las Halles (where his fans are now paying their respects by leaving heartfelt notes). An impromptu essay in the New Yorker called “Don't Eat Before Reading This” catapulted him into the limelight and led to his bestselling book “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly”. Even though he wrote a sequel to the book, Bourdain swiftly moved on to the lucrative world of TV, hosting three different variation of the same show on three different channels, before ending up at CNN with 'Parts Unknown'. Besides how unexpected it was, the news of his death managed to send consistent shockwaves around the world only because of how familiar Bourdain felt. He felt like the cool dad we always wanted to have, the fun uncle who taught us how to live, but most importantly for all of his fans (and I'm sure there are innumerable of them) he felt like a long-lost friend, who really liked cold beer and absolutely hated brunch. Come to think of it, much of his TV persona was based on how accessible he was. Unlike other “celebrity” chefs, he would never put himself in the centre. It didn't matter which country his show took him to, Bourdain would always ensure that his presence was merely incidental. He would promptly assume the role of a speaker and let the culture and inhabitants of the country speak about themselves and their food. In doing so, he opened up unbelievable parts of the world to us, and dared us to explore it, without appropriating. It's the simple stuff, really, but also the ones most chefs nowadays seem to forget. But not Bourdain. For he, knew how to separate the travel with tourism. Nearly all of Bourdain's travel writing too depended on this unique ability of his to just live in the moment and make the most of it. Take for instance, his recommendation on what to do in Paris: “Most of us are lucky to see Paris once in a lifetime. Please, make the most of it by doing as little as possible. Eat. Catch a breakfast buzz. Have a nap. Try and have *** if you can, just not with a mime. Eat again. Lounge around drinking coffee. Mabe read a book. Drink some wine. Eat. Repeat. See? It's easy.” That was what Bourdain's personality was all about: easy. As an interviewer profiling him once observed, it was just impossible to not like him. Whoever met him has admitted about feeling “alive” after a conversation with him. Heck, even journalists have gone on the record marveling at how he would always remember their names and ensure he gave them good quotes. Then there was the heartwarming story of how he published the book of the 86-year-old critic who wrote an upbeat review about a new opening of an Olive Garden but was mocked by people on the internet, who have become blind to niceness. Bourdain, on the other hand, thought her writings had a “valuable POV of small-town American dining” and even wrote the foreword for the book. But, the one incident that will forever hold Bourdain's memory in unfailing good light is his unflinching support for girlfriend Asia Argento after she accused Harvey Weinstein of rape and made a powerful statement against him at Cannes. In his own words, “He was a fucking feminist.” And, yet the man who was everyone's role-model and would probably be described as being “full of life” ended up being the one who would take his own life. It's a sad irony to contend with, but even sadder is acknowledging the fact that Bourdain was suffering from acute depression. To the world, who thought the world of him, he channeled the persona of the man who's got it all. And, I suspect it is this expectation that forced him to look at his “personal unhappiness as his own failing”. After all, what can you be depressed about when you're Anthony fucking Bourdain? Turns out, a lot. To be fair, the signs were always there. Bourdain spent most of his early life struggling with drug abuse, self-destructive behaviour, and his own anger. His parents' divorce certainly added to the scar; which was further wounded by two failed marriages of his own. In fact, in one of the episodes of 'Parts Unknown', he went as far as admitting that he was depressed. Talking about a harmless hamburger, he said, “It's an insignificant thing, it's a small thing, it's a hamburger, but it's not a good one. Suddenly, I look at the hamburger and I find myself in a spiral of depression that can last for days.” If there's one thing we should take back from Bourdain's untimely fact, it's the unpleasant truth that depression wins over the best of us. That, even the ones who have it all are people wrestling with their inner demons. That it is unfair of us to expect people like Bourdain to feel guilty about their sadness. That we can't expect strong and people like Bourdain to be strong at all times. But most importantly, that we can't — and shouldn't — accuse him of “throwing away his life”. He didn't owe us his life. Instead, we must realise how difficult his inner demons made living for him. Afterall, depression doesn't discriminate; it makes prisoners out of the most creative of us. To borrow Obama's words, “We'll miss him”.
  18. If you ever believed in that age old legend that how all of us have around seven doppelgangers in the world, then maybe you should continue believing in it, or at least Peter Dinklage aka Tyrion Lannister should definitely believe in it. Although the character claims to drink a lot and know a lot of things, this is one piece of information that will leave him shook. He has a Kashmiri doppelganger named Tariq Mir who was spotted by Imtiaz Ali and it's insane how similar the two actors look! © freepresskashmir Tariq was spotted by Imitiaz while he was shooting for a project in the Valley and became instantly viral after the director shared a picture with him. © Instagram However, acting was more of serendipity for Tariq and not a conscious choice which he made. Turns out that Imtiaz's distant relative and a line producer in his team spotted him while he was auditioning to be a clown for a children's event. It was after this meeting that Tariq realised that someone called Peter Dinklage existed in Hollywood and they were basically twins! © Twitter Tariq is only 30 years old as compared to Peter who is now 48 years. Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, he shared how life had suddenly changed after this new found fame. “Now, I have become famous. It has given me and other actors in the Valley hope that we can accomplish big things. I recently played Tyrion in a short film and now it is my dream to meet him, I imitate his walk, his style... even his clothes. I feel proud every time I see him on Game Of Thrones. Tyrion Lannister is an inspiration for every dwarf.” © Mumbai Mirror It's amazing how resembling a celebrity can completely change the life of an ordinary person.
  19. PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif has reiterated his party?s commitment to continue efforts for improved child healthcare. Photo:fileLAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif has reiterated his party?s commitment to...
  20. For a company that began its journey in 1899, Keventers has really come of age only recently. Keventers, now headed by Sohrab Sitaram, has been incredibly successful after a branding overhaul just 3 years back. But it wasn't the case just a few years ago. It had always been considered a small family business even as its humble beginnings gave way to the millennial generation's expansionist plans. © yourstory Edward Keventers, a Swedish entrepreneur set up the Aligarh Dairy Farm in 1900s and the brand Keventers was set up in 1925. By 1940, the brand passed over to Krishna Dalmia and with 48 distribution outlets in Delhi, it continued to grow organically. From providing milk powder to the Indian Army in the 1960s to facing complete closure back in 1970s after a forced shut down of the main factory, Keventers kept afloat without making a serious dent in the Indian F&B industry. Even as the revered Keventers Milkshake brand started to lose its appeal at the turn of the century, Agastya Dalmia (Krishna Dalmia's great-grandson) along with his friend tried resuscitating the dying brand. Classic recipes with a tinge of nostalgia could only do so much for the reinvented Keventers back in 2014. The older generation was the only target market that Keventers reached out to and it wasn't a success. Even as Agastya Dalmia and Aman Arora closed the outlet in Pitampura within a year, they knew they had to turn to someone who belonged to this business. Enter, Sohrab Sitaram. © franchiseindia The son of a Fauji with an incredible store of knowledge of the India F&B industry, Sohrab Sitaram was cut out for this job. He introduced the Indian audiences to House music for the first time in the early 2000s and with experience in opening restaurants and creating brands such as Laid Back Waters, Tabula Rasa, Chi Asian Cookhouse and Chatter House, Sohrab was the guy Agastya and Aman were looking for. When they first approached Sohrab to come on as a consultant, he wasn't really game. He told them that he would put them in touch with people who could help them with their venture and that he hadn't really even heard of the brand they were talking about. Agastya and Aman though were persistent in their vision for the brand. In 2015, they approached Sohrab again, this time with a business plan and with an offer to head the company as the CEO. Sohrab agreed and this was the start of a partnership that would reap huge dividends in the years to come. © yourstory Sohrab came out all guns blazing to pull Keventers out of the rut. Replacing plastic glasses and straws with glass bottles and paper straws helped improve the image of the brand and brought in more millennial customers. A refreshing palette of new flavours and a huge re-branding effort saw Keventers establish itself as an aspirational brand that appealed to the younger generation. With a good go-to market strategy in place, the first outlet opened in Select Citywalk in Saket and it was runaway hit. Sohrab and his team haven't looked back since. Today, Keventers is growing at a neck-breaking pace. With over 287 outlets globally, Keventers—the brand once on the heels of shutting shop—is looking at Switzerland and London as a location for its next outlet. Their franchise model helps them to open 20 outlets a month and by this year-end Keventers is expected to be a 100 crore brand. By 2019, Sohrab expects to add about a 100 more outlets including spaces in Nepal and West Asia. © animal This inspirational success story of a home grown brand shows the potential of the Indian market even in a niche business like milkshakes and young businessmen like Sohrab who are driving indigenous businesses in international markets deserve all the applause. Watch Sohrab's journey to make Keventers into a 100 Crore brand here:
  21. We've seen a few 'gaming smartphones' pop-ups in the last one year, starting with the Razer Phone and even Xiaomi came onboard with the Blackshark. Now, ASUS, under its Republic of Gamers lineup, has launched the ROG Phone at Computex 2018. Keep in mind, this phone isn't just a regular device running Android, it has been specially designed for gaming only. The newly released ASUS ROG gaming phone uses a combination of glass and metal materials on the back: most of the back cover is made of glass while the heat dissipation area is made of metal. The ROG logo on the back is backlit which comes to life when the gaming mode is enabled. © YouTube ASUS has used a 6-inch 2160x1080 AMOLED display that supports high dynamic range and a 90Hz refresh rate for smooth and vibrant mobile gaming. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that has been overclocked to 2.96GHz. In normal conditions, the same chipset is clocked at 2.8Ghz. This processor is backed by Adreno 630 GPU, the best there is today. To cool down the device when it's working at its peak, the device has a copper heat chamber and a 3D vapour chamber. For extra cooling, a fan accessory called AeroActive Cooler can be attached to the ROG Phone. There's also a gaming-focused feature dubbed AirTriggers, which leverages the ultrasonic sensors present on either edge of the right side of the phone and allows them to be configured for in-game actions. © AeroActive Cooler / ASUS The AeroActive Cooler accessory that connects to the phone using customized 48-pin connector blows air over the back to accelerate heat dissipation into the environment to improve sustained performance for extremely strenuous gaming sessions. Another accessory, TwinView Dock adds a secondary 6-inch FHD+ AMOLED display giving game developers more real estate to show maps, inventory, and other important information. © TwinView Dock / ASUS In terms of RAM and storage, there are two variants available, 8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 512GB. Obviously, the RAM is based on LPDDR4X format, the latest and fastest you can get today for mobiles. ASUS has packed a massive 4,000 mAh battery into this device. For charging, ASUS is using their own proprietary charging method, dubbed “ASUS HyperCharge.” Obviously, the phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C for charging. ASUS has installed a dual rear camera configuration consisting of 12 + 8-megapixel sensors. These are the same sensors that are also found onboard the Zenfone 5Z. © ASUS ASUS hasn't announced the price and the release date of the phone yet.
  22. The recently concluded IPL 2018 has primarily given us two things – a) Kings XI Punjab's Sher Chris Gayle and b) dancing Chris Gayle. Be in on-field or off-field, you can trust 'Gaylestorm' to be savage at any given time and place. Honestly, had he not been a phenomenal cricketer, I would have started a petition on change.org by now, to cast him in a Bollywood movie for his crazy dance skills. © BCCI When the West Indies batsman is in the picture, everyone else can just go home because we all know who's going to steal the spotlight. And this is exactly what happened a few weeks back when a certain video of him dancing on Sapna Chaudhary's song surfaced online. Gayle was dancing to the popular Haryanvi number 'Kajal' and I know that we all have heard this song and secretly danced to it. But, it was only when we looked closely we realized that it wasn't the original video. It was actually from last year when he danced on 'Laila Main Laila' where he also challenged his fans to dance on this song. © Twitter Just when we thought we are done with this dance challenge that was given last year, a fan responded to it only now, but on the 'Kajal' version. He posted his video on Twitter and wrote, “Trying to match you strong man.” @henrygayle Trying to match you strong man :) pic.twitter.com/wgrSzIjtNU — A VICKY KUMAR (@ImVickyKumar) June 2, 2018 In all honesty, this man did manage to copy his dance style with perfection, and all we were waiting for now, was Chris Gayle's response. And the 'Universe Boss' replied to the video in the most epic way possible. He said, “You killed it. When is the funeral?” You killed it! When is the funeral? ðð¿ https://t.co/DtX5z5oDgN — Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) June 3, 2018 But, Gayle's fans love him anyway and this one too took this opportunity to praise his batting skills. Not sure when the Funeral is but sincere thanks for retweeting it :) However, each time you come out and bat I feel like I'm attending the Funeral of a 'LEATHER BALL' You literally kill it with those bang bang sixes out of the park Love and regards from India :) — A VICKY KUMAR (@ImVickyKumar) June 3, 2018 Seriously guys, can someone give Chris Gayle an award for being this savage?
  23. India's start-up culture is praised all over the world for being inclusive, innovative and inventive. The early success stories of India's own entrepreneurs sowed the seeds of a highly competitive Indian marketplace and it has really set up the pace for the next generation of Indian start-ups. Here we take a look at journey of five inspirational Indian men and entrepreneurs who redefined how traditional Indian businesses are run and found ways to innovate and set up new ventures. 1. Sohrab Sitaram, Keventers © YouTube How do you reinvent a brand that is stuck in an endless time-loop? Back in 2014, Keventers was in doldrums. The millennials were not taking up to the re-branding well and the older generation wasn't enough of a market space to play around and make big bucks. Enter, Sohrab Sitaram. The new age CEO of a freshly re-minted milkshake brand turned the tables to reinvent the decades old business. Taking over from Agastya Dalmia and Aman Arora, Sitaram made sure that the brand appealed to the younger generation and helped transform it into an aspirational brand. The fact that Keventers now has almost 200 outlets all over the country and is growing by 20 outlets a month is a testament to Sohrab Sitaram's incredible journey as a new age entrepreneur. 2. Zorawar Kalra, Massive Restaurants © Twitter Zorawar Kalra is popularly identified by the masses as a Masterchef judge and the owner of popular restaurant brands like Farzi café and Punjab Grill, but not many know of his humble roots and how he became a culinary maestro. Kalra came back from the US in 2006 after completing his MBA from Boston's Bentley University. After dabbling in the F&B industry for almost six years, he sold off Wrapster Foods and set up Massive Restaurants in order to serve innovative food to the burgeoning Indian middle class. Today that same venture generates a revenue of Rs 200 crores and Zorawar Kalra is single-handedly responsible for introducing Indians to molecular gastronomy in everyday foods. 3. Munbir Chawla, Magnetic Fields © festival sherpa Munbir Chawla brought live electronic music to India through the Magnetic Fields Festival which is one of the most sought-after music festivals in India right now. After studying in London, Munbir along with his wife set up an online music magazine called, 'Wild City'. It tuned into a gateway for something much bigger and as a music and events company, Wild City's success story shows how these concepts have an incredible space to grow in India. 4. Deep Kalra, Make My Trip © livemint A St Stephens graduate and an IIM-A alumni, Deep Kalra was set for life after he started working with a bank at a good yearly package. All of just 23 at the time, life couldn't have been better. Deep Kalra, though, took a break for a year in order to figure out what he actually wanted to accomplish in life. After experimenting in multiple businesses, the travel industry caught Kalra's eye. He saved a good amount on his online bookings to Thailand, and thus Kalra made a well thought out decision to enter the ecommerce space. Since it was just the beginning of the internet boom, MakeMyTrip was born in 2000. The same enterprise now posts annual revenues of $152 million. 5. Siddhartha Lal, Royal Enfield © Twitter Siddhartha Lal is fondly referred to as the bullet man who saved Royal Enfield. Back in 2000, Enfield's sales were not flattering and it was almost on the brink of shutting shop. Siddhartha, however, decided to close 14 other businesses instead and decided to focus just on the automobile sector. Over the next five years, Royal Enfield re-established itself as an aspirational brand and its rugged cool bike appeal helped improve the sales. From selling just 25,000 bikes in the year 2005, the Royal Enfield sold 67,000 units in November of 2017.
  24. Men look their best in suits. Not that this statement requires any backing, but just in case, ask any woman. Anyway, 7 men in Bollywood proved this statement right by suiting up real nice last week. Here is the list. 1. Ranbir Kapoor: RK has a thing for suits and we all know it. But strangely, despite that, he always manages to surprise us nonetheless. He dressed up in this three piece suit by Boss this week, and continued that streak of awesomeness. © Instagram 2. Kartik Aaryan: Even though Kartik is known more for his amazing casual outfits that are super playful, he just proved that he can clean up real nice if he wants to. This Corneliani suit right here is proof. © Instagram 3. Abhishek Bachchan: AB Junior stepped out in this silver grey three piece suit. The outfit stands out despite its simplicity, and the width of the trouser hems remind us of the bell-bottoms that Mr Bachchan used to wear all the time, ever so gracefully. © © Viral Bhayani 4. Saqib Saleem: This linen grey-white suit is super simple, yet classy. Linen anyway is the best fabric to be worn during Summer, and the matching shirt in grey is just giving it that extra edge. © Viral Bhayani 5. Anand Ahuja: Anand stepped out in a super sharp suit that stands out because of its unique colour. The super rare burgundy brown suit with cropped trousers and a plain white T-shirt inside, proves that Anand does know how to give Sonam a proper fashion complex. © Viral Bhayani 6. Ali Fazal: Ali Fazal's black suit stands out in its own right because of the unusual fastenings that gives it a super edgy vibe. That large bowtie seals it all together. © Instagram 7. Ayushmann Khurrana: Ayushmann is wearing a classic silhouette here, unlike his regular go-to pieces, but just look at it! That rose-mauve shade is perhaps the rarest shade we have ever seen a suit in till now. © Instagram
  25. Peter Pan, the boy who won't grow up, is now 65 -- the character has sparked books, movies and musicals including this adaptation in Spanish in 2008 featuring Spanish actor Miguel Antelo in London's West End. Photo: AFPLOS ANGELES: Most of us need...