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  1. In a country where cricket reigns supreme like no other sport, it's quite understandable to see the Indian youth opting for the willow, instead of, say, football, badminton racket or a hockey stick. Now, the popularity of cricket in the country might have left other sports lurking in its shadow, but at the same time, it has played a significant role in providing mercurial talents to Indian cricket. The abundance of cricket players is a problem every nation would love to have, but it also means that a cricketer needs to slug it out to rise through the ranks before eventually realising the dream of playing for the national team. While many chase the elusive dream throughout their respective careers, only a handful manage to don the iconic blue jersey. But, it doesn't end there. Playing for the country is undeniably a matter of great pride for any sportsperson, but donning national colours and then delivering the goods on the international circuit are two different things. Thanks to the plethora of talent around, Indian cricketers cannot take their place for granted (ask Rohit Sharma). Every opportunity accounts for a pivotal step in their respective cricketing careers. Thus, it is almost imminent for an Indian cricketer to make those opportunities count - a quality that has consistently reflected throughout the budding career of young Prithvi Shaw. © BCCL Aged 14, Shaw stole the limelight after smashing a 330-ball 546 - an innings that included 85 fours and five sixes - for Rizvi Springfield school in Mumbai's famed Harris Shield tournament. Plying his trade as an opener, his strokeplay and footwork had many calling him a prodigy and then his mammoth innings in 2013 - highest score in school cricket back then - proved that there was something special about this kid. His rapid strides in the sport saw him earning a spot in India's U-19 side. And, in November 2016, Shaw had his first taste of glory in Indian colours as part of the India U-19 team that won the youth Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. But, despite some impressive performances, not many were convinced about the youngster owing to his inexperience and tender age. And, that's exactly why Mumbai chief selector Milind Rege consulted Rahul Dravid - the India U-19 and India A coach - before drafting Shaw into the Mumbai squad for the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy semifinal against Tamil Nadu. Handed a debut in Ranji Trophy, Shaw, playing as an opener, repaid the faith of Rege and Dravid by slamming a second-innings that paved way for Mumbai's emphatic victory in the crucial tie. If his Ranji performance established him in the domestic circuit, Shaw's sensational debut in the 2017-18 Duleep Trophy earned him comparisons with great Sachin Tendulkar. Playing in his maiden Duleep Trophy game, the right-hander, at the age of 17, smashed a brilliant hundred for 'India Red' in the final to become the youngest player to score a debut ton in the tournament. © BCCL His majestic performances then earned him the India U-19 captaincy for the 2018 World Cup. And, once again, the right-hander didn't disappoint. While his artistry with the willow saw him amassing 261 runs in the tournament (most by an Indian captain in U-19 World Cup), Shaw's impeccable leadership skills eventually led India to their fourth title. His U-19 success was followed by an impressive Indian Premier League (IPL) stint with Delhi Daredevils (DD) earlier this year. In the nine IPL games he played, the right-hander scored 245 runs at an average of 27.22 and an impressive strike-rate of 153.12 to live up to his price tag of Rs 1.2 crore. The next opportunity for Shaw came in the form of India A call-up for the much-anticipated tour of England in July. This was the same time when Virat Kohli-led India were fighting it out against the Englishmen in the five-match Test series. With India's proven openers - Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul - struggling to get going for their side, Shaw was expected to make his international debut in England. But, that didn't happen. © BCCL Shaw must have felt a bit disappointed, but the youngster knew he was closer to realising his dream of playing with the big boys. After patiently waiting for a while, Shaw was eventually handed his Test cap when he was included in India's playing XI against West Indies for the Rajkot Test. And, just like in the past, the 18-year-old grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Opening the innings for Team India, Shaw clobbered 134 off 154 balls in a strokeful innings that included 19 fours. The right-hander looked eager to make a mark from the word go. It was a crisp back-foot punch through the covers that saw him getting off the mark, while a cracking cut shot past point earned him his first boundary. The young prodigy notched up his fifty in 56 deliveries to become the youngest Indian to score a half-century on debut. But, he wasn't done. Shaw's hunger to make the day his own saw him reaching the three-figure mark in the 33rd over. In the process, the Mumbai lad etched his name in the history books as the youngest Indian to score a Test ton on debut. © BCCL His majestic innings eventually came to an end in the 51st over after a caught and bowled dismissal inflicted by Devendra Bishoo. But, by then, Shaw had wowed all with his wide array of strokes, thoroughly complimented by great temperament - the makings of a valuable Test batsman. On Thursday, the whole country knew that Shaw was going to make his international debut in Rajkot. The stage was set and the cameras were rolling as everyone anxiously waited to see India's most exciting young prospect in action. And, knowing Shaw, it was quite obvious to see the young gun up to the task. While his masterful innings established his reputation in international cricket, it also gave Team India and the selectors an extra option at the top of the order. But, most importantly, Shaw's knock - derived on the back of hard work and perseverance - served as a great precedent for all the budding cricketers who must learn the importance of making the limited opportunities count.
  2. Everyone might have seen the internet famous picture of The Rock's cheat meal after five to six months of strict dieting where he ate 12 pancakes, 4 double dough pizzas, an entire tray of brownies, and a jug of milk. Basically, all the junk food a mountain can stomach in a sitting. Just reduce the amount of food being eaten and insert every weekend instead of the five to six months and that is you. Every week, a majority of people on a diet do the deluded 'deserved cheat day' and wreck their progress and have average physiques all their life. Either they are constantly deviating between diet days and cheat days or they have totally given up on their physique goals. © YouTube Truth be told, the concept of cheat days is pretty shitty and it does not help anyone! Reason #1: You Start Labeling Food Items As 'Clean' Or 'Dirty' The concept of cheat days means you label certain foods as 'good' or 'clean' and certain foods as 'bad' or 'dirty' and this misses the entire picture. Any food in isolation does not have beneficial or harmful effects on your body composition. It will always come down to calories and macronutrients. Yes, some foods are less nutritious and some are more nutritious but by themselves alone, they do not mean anything. It is the entirety of your diet. You can still have an average physique or stay fat by just eating those 'clean' or 'good' foods if you are eating a lot of calories via them. And by this labeling of 'good' and 'bad', you can invite the creation of a terrible relationship with food in the long term. Reason #2: Cheat Days Make You Fat (Mostly) By having these so-called deserved cheat days every weekend, you are eating a shit load of calories and undoing your progress. Let's assume that your maintenance is close to 2200 kcals and to lose weight, you are eating 1700 kcals per day. You follow that strictly from Monday to Friday and then Saturday and Sunday are 4000 kcals each. By doing this, you are effectively eating calories over and above your maintenance calories for the entire week and those extra calories are going to be stored somewhere. In short, you are going to gain fat. Reason #3: You Can Incorporate These Treats Or Foods Into Your Routine If you get your basics about dieting right, i.e. understand calories and macronutrients at a basic level, this will change the entire dieting situation for you. Every food has a certain amount of calories coming from the grams of protein, fats and carbohydrates in it. Yes, it holds true for both of your 'clean' and 'dirty' foods. You can moderate the food that you like and tend to binge on into your routine regularly. Having majority (70 to 80%) of calories and macronutrients for the day from the more nutritious food items and the remaining calories (20 to 30%) coming from these less nutritious foods that you like binging on. © YouTube This way, you can have a better food relationship and enjoy the dieting process more instead of doing these shitty cheat days and staying average. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  3. Corporate fashion is an ironic and amazing thing, isn't it? After all, it gives you the opportunity to express yourself with style EVEN in workplace settings that enforce strict dress code policies. But it's also true that, in the hustle and bustle of our hectic daily lives, we may not have the time (or the inclination) to actively look for clothes that'll help us achieve that rare feat. We at MensXP understand this, and so we did the work for you and found the best Arrow formal shirts for men that will perfectly complement your corporate style. Check Out The Best Arrow Formal Shirts To Ace Your Corporate Style 1. Arrow Men's Blue & White Checked Formal Shirt © Amazon If you're looking for a shirt that makes you look neat and clean, then this blue yarn-dyed checked shirt is perfect for you. Available in an urban slim fit, put this on to feel your comfortable AND stylish best at work. Looks best with a pair of navy blue, black or white trousers, especially if you also end up wearing a brown or black pair of penny loafers with it. Fabric Composition: Pure cotton MRP: Rs. 719 Buy it here 2. Arrow Men's Pink Solid Formal Shirt © Amazon Contrary to popular belief, men wearing pink makes for quite the fashion statement these days - and especially vis-a-vis formal attires. So if you're ready to look your stylish best at work, put this solid pink shirt on with a pair of black trousers and you'll be good to go! In fact, you can even wear this shirt for a party or social event, giving it a greater utility that isn't just confined to corporate wear. Fabric Composition: Pure Cotton MRP: Rs. 809 Buy it here 3. Arrow Men's White & Blue Printed Formal Shirt © Amazon Break the monotony of solid and checked shirts with this blue and white printed formal variant from Arrow. Minimalist prints, when worn correctly, can be perfect for formal occasions, and this one here is a perfect amalgamation of subtle and unique. Put this on and stand out from the rest of your colleagues, and for all the right reasons! Fabric Composition: Pure Cotton MRP: Rs. 1019 Buy it here 4. Arrow Men's Olive Green Self-Design Formal Shirt © Amazon When it comes to stylish yet non-overpowering colours, olive green has been trending for a while now. So why not adopt this trendy shade by sporting this self-design olive green shirt? Just team it up with a pair of dark coloured trousers and you'll be all set. Alternatively, it will also look good with white and beige trousers, making it one of those staple shirts you should absolutely have in your wardrobe. Fabric Composition: Pure cotton MRP: Rs. 719 Buy it here 5. Arrow Men's Off-White Striped Business Shirt © Amazon If you're someone who harbours a soft spot for the classics, then you absolutely must have this off-white striped shirt in your closet. This piece from Arrow's slim fit collection is comfortable, adaptable, and oh so easy to handle. Made of Giza cotton, you can pretty much team this up with literally any pair of formal trousers to create a simple yet stylish ensemble. Fabric Composition: Giza Cotton MRP: Rs. 839 Buy it here 6. Arrow Men's Lavender Formal Shirt © Amazon Here comes a different colour that is rarely seen being worn by anyone, yet has such calming hues that it has the ability to make you more focused and determined with its comfort - lavender. Go with a pair of beige trousers and a brown belt, and pair it with this shirt to keep yourself look and feel comfortable, smart, and stylish. Fabric Composition: Pure cotton MRP: Rs. 1679 Buy it here 7. Arrow Men's Coral Pink Formal Shirt © Amazon So full-sleeve shirts have occupied most of your closet, and you want to opt for something different this time? Well, why not go for this regular-fit, half-sleeve shirt with a cutaway collar and some charming prints? When paired with a dark blue or black trousers, it'll make for the perfect formal attire. Fabric Composition: Pure Cotton Price: Rs. 799 Buy it here
  4. If you happen to travel a lot to work every day, I feel you. I am also in the same league as yours. I spend almost 4 plus hours in traffic every day. It gets frustrating when you want to stick to a regular workout and dieting schedule. It seems that all the valuable time was spent stuck in the traffic. Well, it is what it is. The job puts the food on the table and you have to show up. No way around that. Now what you can do are these following things that I have devised over the past 3 years of struggling with travelling for long hours and still getting in the best shape of my life. 1) Always Cook In Advance. Always! Cook all your meals a night before. I do that and it works like a breeze. Wake up, freshen up, pack your meals and you are good to go. No cooking hassles in the morning. If not at night, do it whenever you find the time to do so. But do it a day in advance. This will save you time, energy and mental peace. 2) Leave Home And Work On Time Now this is one of the most crucial aspects. Give your best while you are at work but don't overstay unnecessarily. If the day's work strictly demands your presence, do it. If it doesn't, don't stick around and waste your time small talking to your colleagues. Pointless smoke and coffee breaks won't get you fit. Same applies for showing up at work on time. Try this and you will see an ocean of change in your daily life. © YouTube 3) Stick To Your Diet Like Glue. Office Snacking Can Quickly Add Up Calories Without You Even Realizing Dieting will make or break your health goals. It all boils down to how strictly you diet, even in tough circumstances. Office snacking, a couple of pizza slices, a can of coke, all this will only add up to extra calories. At work, temptations are many but you have got to stay strong. Stick to your daily caloric limit with bare minimum cheats. This will keep you on track and guilt away. 4) Sleep On Time, Almost Every Day I won't stress on how important sleep is, you already know that. Sleeping on time will save time in the morning, kill the feeling of sluggishness at work and make you very, very productive. © YouTube 5) Have A Workout Plan To Follow. Don't Waste Your Time At The Gym Probably the most overlooked thing. Walking around staring at the mirror, small talking with gym monkeys and walking on the treadmill isn't time invested, it's time wasted. Get yourself a training log with all your workouts listed down. Walk in with an aim and walk out satisfied.
  5. Work days can be painful, especially when it's the same old cycle that keeps on repeating itself. Sadly, that's the reality for most people, unless you're an 'Insta-model' who keeps on going to vacations all year round while conjuring money out of thin air. Add to that the monotonous dress code for most jobs, that doesn't even allow you comfort and style (ugh). So you do what you can to make yourself feel better. Idea for this week: Wearing Varun Dhawan's formal-wear with a twist for your next big meeting. © Viral Bhayani Sometimes, changing one single element from your outfit can make all the difference. Varun has ditched the quintessential belt, and has embraced the good old suspenders instead. However, support isn't what the pair of suspenders is helping with in this particular case. Like a true blue style enthusiast, Varun decided to just let them hang, and that is doing all the work. There is just something inexplicably charming about a pair of suspenders, exhibit A, if we may. © Viral Bhayani What you should keep in mind before going ahead with this outfit is that your shirt and trousers should be extremely well-fitted. By that, we don't mean tight, never tight. A relaxed fit can also be 'well-fitted'. Just make sure your shirt is not abnormally large (neither a size too small), and your trousers end just above the ankle, while fitting you snug - but also providing you ample space for movement. © Viral Bhayani Accessorize with a statement watch, and wear a pair of glasses. Even if you don't wear prescription glasses, a pair of smart clear glasses will do wonders for your overall aesthetic. Change it to sunnies when you step out. © Viral Bhayani Try it out, and it doesn't essentially have to be for a meeting. Have a great week ahead!
  6. While some people have the freedom to wear ALMOST anything at work, the vast majority actually works at organisations that have a strict dress code in place. This makes things a bit complicated for those who want to look their fashionable best in office as the options tend to be limited to just formal wear. But wanting to look your stylish and modish best is something you should never compromise on, and as it turns out, there are things you could do that will help you achieve that without having you flout your company's rules. So on that note, here are five ways you can look fashion-forward at your workplace WITHOUT breaking your organisation's dress code: 1) Get Creative With Your Choice Of Formal Shirts © Instagram/Vicky Kaushal A formal shirt is basically the go-to staple for all men who have to comply with a dress code policy at work. So when you can't get away from them, why not embrace them in a creative way? While you have to wear formal shirts to work, there are no restrictions at being a bit creative with your choices. So opting for unique colours, micro ditsy prints and checks and unique patterns, as long as they aren't completely overpowering, is highly advisable. Pro tip: If you wanted to invest in new formal shirts, but happen to be on a budget, then here are some of the best formal shirts for men under Rs 1,499. 2) Go For Unique And Complementary Colour Combinations © Instagram/ Vidyut Jamwal As there are countless ways in which you can team up a formal shirt with a pair of formal trousers, going for unique but complementary colour combinations can never hurt you. So opting for combinations like navy blue and white, beige and sky blue, brown and pink (yes pink!) will surely make you stand out from the clutter of basic whites and blacks. 3) Get The Right Pair Of Formal Shoes © Pexels In many ways, having to wear formal shoes to comply with a dress code can actually be a blessing in disguise. After all, if worn in the right way, formal shoes can help you adorn an incredibly stylish and fashion-forward ensemble. As such investing in brown brogues, black derby shoes and even navy blue oxfords will give you the right footing (pun intended!) to look good. Pro tip: You can never go wrong with brown shoes, so get as many brown shoes as you can and you'll be good to go. 4) Upgrade Your Beard Game © Instagram/ Ranveer Singh Unlike their female counterparts, men have the advantage of investing in their beard and mooch game to look good at their workplace without breaking or flouting the dress code. So get your hands on the best beard oils, the best beard trimmers and the best moustahce waxes out there to upgrade your beard game and become super desirable. 5) Minimalistic Accessorising Can Be A Boon © Instagram/ Ranveer Singh Understandably, you cannot over-accessorise at your workplace without flouting its dress policy. But minimalistic accessorising can actually be a major boon, especially if you're creative enough to do it the right way. So wearing a wrist watch that matches your shoes, a tie that compliments your shirt and trousers, and even the type of glasses you wear to work can make a huge difference in making you appear modish and super desirable.
  7. Google has announced it will donate US$ 1 million (Rs 7 crores) to the relief and restoration efforts in Kerala. The state is battling one of the worst natural calamities it has ever faced. Nearly 500 people have been killed, over 800,000 people have been displaced, and nearly 8,000 houses have been washed away in the floods in the state so far. Help is pouring in the state from all parts of the globe, people have open-heartedly contributed to the CM's Distress Relief Fund and everyone is trying to help in the best way possible. © Reuters "Google.org and Googlers will contribute $1 million to the relief work in Kerala," Rajan Anandan, Vice President, Southeast Asia, and India, said at the Google for India event. The search giant had launched a special 'Person Finder' page specifically for Kerala. It's a tool that tracks all missing persons in a tragedy and helps reunite them with loved ones. The tool was first launched during Japan's massive earthquake in 2011. According to Anandan, the tool has helped fetch 22,000 records. © Twitter/NidhiSingal Google reached out and asked users to generate and share the plus code of their exact location, which can pinpoint their location and make it easier for rescue workers to reach them. A plus code includes 6 or 7 letters and numbers, and a town or city. Users can share their plus codes over a voice call or an SMS. Plus codes work just like street addresses. Google's Geo platform also used a mix of news and crowdsourced data, and Google Developers Experts issued warnings of closed roads across the most affected districts. © Twitter/Tech2eets Last week even Apple announced it till we contributing US$ 1 million via Mercy Corps India and the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund. Apple has also added a banner on the App Store and iTunes Store, urging users to donate as much as they can. Tech companies, whether local or global, have come together in the time of crisis and reaching out to their users and employees to contribute towards the relief efforts. Amazon is supporting non-profits Habitat for Humanity India, World Vision India, and Goonj, and encouraging customers to donate relief goods to them through its platform.
  8. Disclaimer: No employee was hurt while writing this story. But this thread did hit us right in the feels. Did you know that in Austria, many companies have an 8 to 5 shift and people are encouraged to leave at 3 PM on Fridays? No? Did you know that the German government has certain regulations in place to ensure its citizens don't overwork themselves, such as not working more than 48 hours a week and no work on Sundays and national holidays? © Pexels Did you know that Amazon's India chief urged his colleagues and employees to stop responding to work mails or calls after 6 PM? No! Ok, do you know your boss might have bombarded your inbox with multiple messages and work mails as you read this story? Sadly, the latter happens to be the work-culture more of us are a part of. In this dynamic and fast-paced world with cut-throat competition, maintaining work-life balance is harder than that summer body you worked for. No matter how efficient you are in your job, there will always be something or someone because of which your boss will judge you and look down on you. This Twitter thread brilliantly documents the struggles of every Indian employee and the unrealistic expectations our bosses have from us. I absolutely despise how Indian companies and founders, with no concept of life-work balance, shame employees for taking leaves and having a life outside work. Calls on weekends, guilting a person during and post leave, infinite power games. Shameful. — Sukhada (@appadappajappa) August 26, 2018 It all started when a Twitter user named Sukhada, tweeted about how Indian companies have no work-life balance and shame the employees for taking leaves and having a life outside work, a scenario that most of us have experienced in our jobs. And of course, there are jerks who proudly claim that when they got married, they were at work THE VERY NEXT DAY. The day we stop having founders and bosses like this, we can perhaps *start* to talk about mental health at workplaces. — Sukhada (@appadappajappa) August 26, 2018 Her tweet opened a barrage of frustration of employees, which they had bottled up until now. I felt like I was back in a school atmosphere in my first job. Project heads the teachers and we the students. Also you either join in the company retreat or come to a empty office to feed biometrics 9 to 5. Also the brown-nosing𤦠— sakkir (@_whosane_) August 26, 2018 This is not just start-ups either. Established cos do the same - of course no one explicitly says 'come on weekends' but when the employees who take 1000 breaks & stay late to show off gets a promotion over those who work efficiently & leave on time, the msg is crystal clear. Sad — Maya Mahadevan (@mayamahadevan) August 26, 2018 I've had to report into extremely sadistic people. So this post is very triggering for me — Protima Rodrigues (@PEyogagirl) August 26, 2018 I guess 90% of professionals face this issue. When we work for them & sacrifice our woffs at times then it's OK with them. Few days of leave as if we asked for share in their shitty property. — NI3 (@NI3INDIAN) August 26, 2018 Do you guys love your job or do these stories sound similar to yours?
  9. Some people wait for movies or series to release, people like me wait for food to be delivered, some have been waiting for 'achhe din', and then there are iPhone lovers whose sole purpose in life is to wait for the next iPhone model to drop in the market. There has always been some kind of infectious air around iPhones that draws people towards it. Seriously, who doesn't dream of taking out an iPhone to click selfies or just casually check the time? Despite getting a tough competition from companies that are offering more features at a considerably lower price, Apple continues to rule the market and every buyer's heart irrespective of its cost. Pexels Talking about its price, affordability has always been a matter of concern and funny memes. In India, the basic model of iPhone X is priced between Rs 89,000 and Rs 1,02,000 and unless you earn so and so lakhs per month, you will have to work for a couple of months to purchase one. But, thanks to a Swiss financial company named UBS and their interesting research, we now know that we need to move to Zurich or New York soon because it takes less than a week to own an iPhone there. UBS This research was to find out the cost of living and average salaries of people, and that's how we came to know how many days one has to work to own an iPhone, across the world. Here's the complete list - Zurich (4.7 working days), New York (6.7 Working Days), Auckland (8.6), Hong Kong (9.4), Munich (10.1) London (11.3), Helsinki (11.8), Tel Aviv (12.7), Dubai (13.4), Panama City (18.7), Johannesburg (36.4 Working Days), Moscow (37.3 Working Days), Beijing (39.3), Lima (48.2), Nairobi (72.2), Lagos (133.3). While Zurich tops the list with 4.7 working days, India is nowhere to be seen. So folks, let's go back to laughing at the "iPhone = cost of a kidney" jokes while calculating how many decades it will take us to own one. Source: Times Now
  10. Thanks to social media today, anyone, I repeat anyone, can become a celebrity. Remember Priya Prakash Varrier, the girl who became a viral sensation for her wink? Or the viral 'chai peelo aunty' whom most of us, almost voted for to be the next PM (not really)? Of course, you do! I mean you might not know the capital of Uganda, but you will surely know about them. But, I could have never, even in my wildest dreams, imagined that someone can become famous for farting at work. Yes, you read it right! via GIPHY FYI, it's Kampala! The capital of Uganda and not the guy's name. Meet The Fart Authority aka Paul Flart, a security guard by profession who earned over 63k followers on Instagram just by posting videos of him farting at work. He's not an overnight sensation, he's been recording and posting videos of his farts for the past six months. Instagram Reportedly, Paul's real name is Doug and he worked as a security guard in a hospital in Florida. During one of his shifts he realised that the lobby has great acoustics, so he decided to make some good use of it. And that's how he started climbing the stairs towards fame and The Fart Authority came into being. Paul Flart is born. A post shared by Paul Flart (@paulflart) on Mar 25, 2018 at 4:08pm PDT Unfortunately, his popularity came at a cost as the man is now left jobless. In an Instagram live video he recorded himself getting fired. More than his farts, it was the fact that he recorded these videos while at work, is what made him lose his job. And we are off! A post shared by Paul Flart (@paulflart) on Mar 25, 2018 at 5:17pm PDT Honestly, we are confused if it's a good thing or a bad thing. Although he lost his job, looks like Doug is farting his way to success and I am sure his followers are eagerly waiting for him to 'blow' their minds away with another quirky video. Source: VICE
  11. Amazon India's Senior Vice President Amit Agarwal wants his colleagues to maintain "work-life harmony" and stop responding to work emails between 6 pm and 8 am. He also talked about the importance of work discipline and how to strike a balance between work and life. According to a report by Bloomberg, Agarwal sent out an email memo internally to his team, talking about the importance of maintaining work-life balance. Previously we've seen Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos talk about the same issue and coin the term "work-life harmony". © Amit Agarwal / Livemint According to Bezos, it isn't about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it's about the energy you bring to both parts of your life. This is a fundamental principle in Bezos's theory of dividing one's time between work and life. The internal memo puts light on India's current state of the IT industry where one is expected to slog the whole day and then complete the remaining work from home. Work-life balance is a considerably new concept in the country where the masses have been used to working more than 60 hours per week. © Reuters Indeed, five of India's biggest cities —Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi—rank extremely low when it comes to work-life balance, according to a recent study of 100 cities around the world by the Amsterdam-based consultancy Arcadis. Indians work around 2,195 hours on an average every year, far above the 1,473 hours a year in Hamburg, the city that ranked among the top three for work-life balance. © Reuters Work no longer happens between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM, Monday to Friday. Work happens Saturday mornings and late Friday nights. It happens on vacation, and during graduations. The idea of work-life balance suggests that there should be an even split between working and non-working hours. India's IT industry majorly consists of outsourcing, and work needs to be collaborating with the foreign counterparts, ranging from American to European clients. Hence, midnight meetings or off-hour working isn't a rare sight, and the highly competitive environment means it's a do-or-die situation. © Pexels If the employees cannot keep up with the pressure, they are easily replaced. It's good to see Amazon stand along with their employees and understand the situation from a different perspective. However, it still needs to be seen how the company adapts to the new directive because it will mean a radical change for the company, which seems to pride itself on its frugality and how hard it pushes its employees. Source: Bloomberg
  12. Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari remarked on Saturday that the party?s work has just begun. Photo: Geo News screen grabTHARPARKAR: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari remarked on Saturday that the...
  13. I read somewhere that determination takes you places, excuses don't and I guess it's absolutely right. The world is primarily divided into two parts – one, that is great in getting things done and the other, that is brilliant in coming up with excuses. While most of us proudly move to the latter part of the world, there are some who stick with the former and turn out to be an inspiration for everyone. © Pexels If this wasn't true, then we wouldn't be talking about Walter Carr right now, whose dedication towards his work has left us speechless and has filled our hearts with respect for him. His efforts might mean nothing to some people, but what he did is not something everyone can do. In fact, if we find ever find ourselves in Walter's situation, most of us will probably not do what he did. © Twitter Walter recently joined a company that assists people in moving into their houses. On his first day at work, he was supposed to help his clients Jenny Lamey and her husband Chris, who stayed nearly 20 miles away from his house (FYI that's 32 km). Jenny lives in Homewood and Walter lives in Pelham, Alabama. But, a night before his first day at work, Walter's car broke down and he didn't know how he was going to get to work. But, Walter did not lose hope. He started walking around midnight and walked 32 km to reach the house on time on his first day at work. Moved by Walter's dedication, Jenny took to social media to share this inspiring story. This deserves 1000 retweets! Read this amazing story about Walter, a new bellhop in Birmingham. Major shoutout to the @PelhamPoliceAL officer who lended a helping hand. pic.twitter.com/eLgbAxg4uv — Bellhops (@BellhopsMoving) 15 July 2018 She wrote, “Walter said that he was supposed to help us with our move today. The officer proceeded to tell us that the previous evening, Walter's car broke down and he didn't know how he was going to get to work. So he left Homewood at MIDNIGHT and started WALKING to Pelham on 280. He WALKED ALL NIGHT.” The cops picked him up in the morning and took him to get breakfast and after knowing his story, brought him to Jenny's house. The couple asked if he wanted to take some rest, but he declined the offer and started working. Reportedly, when the company's CEO heard this news about his new employee, he was extremely proud of him and drove to Walter and gifted him a 2014 Ford Escape as a reward. We guess, hard work does pay off and the reward sure is great. Source: Inquirer
  14. Android phones often start off running smoothly and responding instantly to every tap, but over time, even the fastest phone will start to show its age. As time goes by, particularly if you upgrade the operating system or add a lot of apps, a lot of cached data, as well as garbage data, is collected that clogs up the performance of your phone. We've listed down a few ways to easily speed up your Android phone! 1. Tidy Up Your Storage: © Google There are a lot of apps out there for clearing up your storage in a systematic manner, Google's Files Go is the one we recommend. It is the company's storage management and offline file transfer service, and it leverages Google's machine learning smarts to declutter your phone. It is designed to get rid of files that are taking up too much space on your phone and even provides recommendations for the course of action after scanning your phone. In fact, the app is specially made for India under Google's "Next Billion" initiative. Have a lot of good morning images? This app can even detect them and delete them in a single tap. Download Files Go 2. Keep A Simple Home Screen Or Try Another Launcher: © AnandTech The home screen takes up a lot of precious RAM when multiple widgets are used, even live wallpapers are very resource hungry. If you notice the home screen is getting laggy or taking a lot of time to load when you quit apps, it means the device isn't actually able to manage the number of resources the process is requesting for. Secondly, try installing another launcher. A vast majority of the phones out there come with an OEM install skin that is not always well optimised. If you notice Samsung's TouchWiz is slowing down your phone, install a lighter launcher. We highly recommend Nova Launcher, it is basic yet has all the advanced customisation one would require and is known to be extremely stable. Download Nova Launcher 3. Force GPU Rendering: © Google A lot of 2D elements in the phone's UI are software rendered, if even normal tasks like opening an app or the app drawer aren't smooth, switch to GPU Rendering. On enabling the option, these tasks will be handled by the device GPU which is a lot more capable. Keep in mind, GPUs are known to consume more power than CPUs hence you might notice slightly higher battery consumption. To switch on GPU Rendering, go to Settings and then tap on Developer Options. Toggle the "Force GPU Rendering" option and you are good to go! 4. Remove / Disable Bloatware: © YouTube A lot of Android phones ship with a number of apps pre-installed by the OEM. There is a high possibility you may have never actually used them, if that's the case, it's always better to remove them. A lot of these installations are sealed by the OEM hence you may not be able to remove them, then disable these apps. Once you disable an app, it will no longer continue running processes in the background and is as good as an uninstalled one, all it does is consume some internal storage. To disable the app, go to settings, tap on Apps and then select the one you wish to disable. You'll see an option to uninstall/disable the app. 5. Install The Latest Software: © Essential A lot of people have a misconception that installing software updates only takes up more storage and further slows down the system. While it has been noticed that a lot of OEMs push out unpolished updates, though, at the same time, a majority chunk of these updates bring in bug fixes and system improvements. You will notice a huge difference in the user experience when a major OS update is released, everything tends to get a lot smoother and efficient. Thanks to Project Treble, it is now, even more, easier for OEMs to push out regular updates. Read Also: How to install Android P
  15. Group Formatting is a great way to apply flare and personality to a usergroup, by making their names so fancy they become the envy of anyone who see's them, and there is quite a lot you can do with it. A little understanding in CSS/HTML goes a long way with these. You can really get creative and tinker away like crazy with these once you get into it (I personally find it fun, xD). Before getting into it (for the benefit for anyone literally just stepping into this the makeup for your usergroup is configured in the form of prefix code and suffix code. Prefix code controls what comes before the code, and how the group name is formatted, and the suffix code closes off the prefix code and if you want anything like an image to appear after the username, then it's added into the suffix code. For IPB when you go to the edit screen for a group the group formatting part is just: Group Formatting [ ] Group Name [ ] FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style=''> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> So! The above code is where it all starts! Just drop the prefix part into the first box, and the suffix part into the second box. All the code you add to fab-up your usergroup will go between the apostrophes ( ' ' ) and if you are using multiple elements in your formatting you must make sure to put a space after the semicolon ( ; ). If you are unsure, don't worry I show examples of how to do this later on down the guide. FORMAT When we think of text format we mainly think of it's use in posts and comments. It comes in many flavours bold, italic, underline and strikethrough but all of these can be applied to group formatting too. An example of this is where staff groups have their names in bold to make them standout more, or someone who is banned has a line through their name, and I suppose some people can be weird and find uses for italic and underline in group formatting, that's cool too! FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='font-weight:bold;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='font-style:italic;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='text-decoration:underline;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='text-decoration:line-through;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Buuuut... There is a simpler way of doing text style, of which I'll show below... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <b><span style=''> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span></b> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <i><span style=''> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span></i> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <u><span style=''> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span></u> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <strike><span style=''> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span></strike> COLOUR More than often people first think of colour when it comes to customizing the makeup of a group, and I'm not joking, an almost infinite well of possibility is with colour! You can use the HEX code of any colour you want and if you aren't into that there is still a lot of options for people that wish to specify their colour by name. Just remember if you're using HEX to include the hashtag ( # ), and if you put in a colours name and it doesn't work, then use it's HEX instead. If you wish to browse the infinate well of colours I will leave two sources for your viewing pleasure. Colour Names: http://www.html-color-names.com/ or http://www.computerhope.com/htmcolor.htm FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='color:red;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='color:#ff0000;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> FONT In terms of adding uniqueness to your group name, giving it it's own font is really up there! It's not that common seen either (in my experience anyway) which is a darn shame because in my opinion it's the top way to add personality to your group, and allows you to really create a unique style look between your groups. A list of fonts below! Arial Comic Sans MS Courier New Georgia Lucida Sans Unicode Tahoma Times New Roman Trebuchet MS Verdana Now for how we actually use 'em! FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='font-family:arial;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='font-family:comic sans ms;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='font-family:courier new;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='font-family:lucida sans unicode;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='font-family:tahoma;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='font-family:times new roman;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='font-family:trebuchet ms;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='font-family:verdana;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> SHADOW One thing I see being askws commonly in communities like this is "How do I add shadows to usernames?" and in honesty it's easy, buuut... If you are wanting to tinker with the shadow you can change the colour and pixel ( px ) values until you get a result you are happy with. Oh! I almost forget! With the right amount of tinkering you can also make the shadow act like an outline.. Which is also! VERY COOL! So! The shadow! Though a quick heads up, text shadow often looks like a glowing effect, but trust me.. It's still awesome! FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='text-shadow: 2px 2px 5px black;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Now for code for making your text shadow act like an outline! I've used this quite a bit myself, and do think it looks really good! FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='text-shadow: -1px 0 black, 0 1px black, 1px 0 black, 0 -1px black;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> COMBINING ELEMENTS Now you've got all these elements to choose from, it's time to start combining what we wanna use and create something awesome and unique! ...And good news! It's easy! At the start of the guide that I'd provide examples of combining the elements, so! Let's go! Verdana Blue FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='font-family:verdana; color:blue;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Red Italic Shadow (Glow) FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='color: red; font-style:italic; text-shadow: 2px 2px 5px black;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <i><span style='color: red; text-shadow: 2px 2px 5px black;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span></i> Underline Indigo Comic Sans MS Shadow (Outline) FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='test-decoration:underline; color:indigo; font-family:comic sans ms; text-shadow: -1px 0 black, 0 1px black, 1px 0 black, 0 -1px black;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <u><span style='color:indigo; font-family:comic sans ms; text-shadow: -1px 0 black, 0 1px black, 1px 0 black, 0 -1px black;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span></u> ADDING IMAGE TO THE FORMATTING Another great way to really make your groups look unique is to put little images before or after the names them. Remember if you want the image to be before the username then you put the code in the prefix box, and if you want it to come after the username then you put the code in the suffix box. just take extra care to remember that the code either goes before your code in the prefix box, or after your code in the suffix box! FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <img src="" width="" height=""><span style=''> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style=''> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span><img src="" width="" height=""> Not in order to get the image to show you'll need a direct link to the image so it can be grabbed, if you are worried about your image being taken down or anything you can host it in your own webspace, or through a imaging website like imgur ( www.imgur.com ). As long as you are using the direct link to the image, it'll work. Oh! Also, don't forget to fill in the width and height numbers so the code knows what dimensions you want the image to be. Example for reference... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <img src="http://i.imgur.com/QeM3VxE.png" width="20" height="20"><span style=''> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Or... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style=''> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span><img src="http://i.imgur.com/QeM3VxE.png" width="20" height="20"> FUN EXTRAS Now! While we've explored many ways to make your group unique and fancy through formatting, there is plenty otherwise to go about it too! Here are just a few more bits of code to tinker with your group formatting! FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='font-variant:small-caps;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> And... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='text-decoration:overline;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> And... FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <span style='background-color:black;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> Have fun with it! Tinker around and see what dastardly level of cool, super and awesome you can come up with! Here is one you can try if you want! FIRST BOX (PREFIX): <img src="http://i.imgur.com/QeM3VxE.png" width="20" height="20"><span style='font-weight:bold; font-family:lucida sans unicode; color:red; background-color:black; text-decoration:overline;'> SECOND BOX (SUFFIX): </span> THANKS FOR READING!!! Annnnnd... There we go! I sincerely hope from the bottom of my lil; tinkers heart that you enjoyed this guide and I do hope it's helped you out, even if just a little! I welcome feedback, and if you require assistance or support don't hesitate to drop it in a comment and we'll see what we can do to help! Oh! ...And if you want to learn more about this stuff for yourself I recommend going to http://www.w3schools.com and exploring, there is a lot of goodies there to make the heart of any tinker flutter and explode! BEST OF LUCK!!! & HAVE OODLES OF FUN TINKERIN'!!! ( P.S: Special thanks to the songs for keeping me sane during the time I was writing this! xD : Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love, Flogging Molly - Seven Deadly Sins, Ram Jam - Black Betty, Muse - Panic Station, Shinedown - Sound Of Madness, Hollywood Undead - Bullet and Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure )
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