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  1. Condoms while the most popular and justifiably reliable contraceptive method doesn't work for everyone. From latex allergies to excessive friction to just the curiosity of exploring a new method of contraception are all justified reasons to look for alternatives. Here is a curated list of possible alternatives that you could explore with your partner. 1. Combined Oral Contraceptive © Getty Images The pills primarily made for women are a combination of two hormones: estrogen and progesterone. These are taken for three weeks out of every four either as a daily tablet or less frequently in the form of a patch every week or vaginal ring every three weeks. This method is over 99% effective (less than 1 woman out of every 100 will get pregnant each year when using it correctly). It works by preventing the release of an egg, thickening the cervical mucus to stop sperm getting through and thinning the lining of the womb to prevent an egg implanting and growing. However, it's important to note that there is a very small risk of developing a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis), having a stroke or a heart attack, getting breast or cervical cancer while on the pill. For most women, the risks are far outweighed by the benefits of being on the pill but it is strongly advised to get on the pill after consulting a gynaecologist 2. Progesterone Only Pill (The Mini-Pill) © Getty Images Again for women, the pill contains only one hormone, progesterone (no oestrogen), and is taken every day without break and has to be taken within same 3-hour window each day without a break. Women may experience their periods to be irregular and unpredictable or they may even stop entirely. The pill is 99% effective, if used correctly however, even with lesser health risks there are chances of developing ovarian cysts. 3. Caps/ Diaphragms © Getty Images A flexible latex/ silicone device used with a spermicide gel to cover the cervix and prevent sperm from entering. One of the advantages include that It's a chemical-free alternative to hormone-based contraceptive methods, so there are no side effects or health risks at all. However, It can be messy and needs to be left in place for at least six hours for it to be 92 - 96% effective. 4. Fertility Awareness Apps And Devices © Getty Images Fertility awareness apps are based on modern algorithms and your smartphone to predict the woman's vaginal temperature, period and ovulation to work out when she's fertile but it's like one of the earliest forms of birth control - fertility awareness and 'natural' planning. It's a tiny window of a few days, but if you get the estimates wrong it can result in pregnancy. However, if used entirely correctly, the app can be as effective as the pill. However, it's advisable to combine it with protection to be on the safer side. 5. Female Condoms © Getty Images If you can get the instructions right, and use this preventive well, it can have 79-95% effectiveness. It's a pretty unpopular method because of less demand which is mostly because people don't know about them. However, there is no reason why it wouldn't work just as effectively. ' 6. Depo Shots © Getty Images A dose of progesterone given by injection to women every 12 weeks. A great contraceptive, however, the side effects include weight gain for women and also it takes about a year to be fertile again for the woman after ceasing to continue this method. It is extremely effective and less than four women per thousand will become pregnant every two years when using this method. However, It's not ideal for long term use as can have a thinning effect on the bones. 7. Nexplanon Implant © Getty Images This contraceptive is a matchstick-sized flexible rod placed under the skin of a woman's arm which releases progesterone. This works for 3 years straight by preventing ovulation, thickening cervical mucus and thinning the womb lining. Periods may stop altogether for women or may become less frequent and lighter. Sometimes the pill is given (if suitable) in the first few months in addition to the implant to settle down bleeding. Common side effects may include headaches, mood swings, spots and breast tenderness but often improve after the first few months. However, with minimal side-effects, this is the most effective method available for women with less than 1 per thousand will become pregnant in a 3 year period and the best part is that the changes are reversible immediately on removal of the implant. 8. Copper IUD / Coil © Getty Images This is a small plastic T-shaped copper device which is placed inside the womb. Copper has properties that kill the sperm hence preventing fertilisation and implantation of eggs. This has no effect on ovulation so should not change the natural hormonal cycle. It's popular with women who need effective contraceptive, but do not want or cannot have hormones. However, it will usually make mensuration bleeding heavier, more painful and often prolonged. It is over 99% effective if placed properly and can also last for up to 10 years depending on the exact device used. 9. Mirena IUS © Getty Images Again, a small plastic T-shaped device which is placed inside the womb and releases progesterone over a period of 5 years. Although this contains a hormone, It has a suppressive effect on the womb lining and thereby reduces or even stops periods, making it a good choice for those with heavy painful periods and is actually used for that reason even in women who do not need contraception. Over 99% effective and fertility returns immediately on removal of the IUS. 10. Jaydess © Getty Images A relatively new contraceptive, the smaller 'hormone coil' contains only about a quarter of the hormone dose of the Mirena and lasts for 3 years. It is even easier to fit into smaller wombs and may be more suitable for younger women who have not had children or for those who want an even lesser amount of hormone in their bodies. 9/10 women will continue to have their periods with this method although they are likely to be lighter and again, there may be initial spotting or irregular bleeding. It is more than 99% effective. 11. Sponges © Getty Images The sponge comes with added spermicide that helps prevent pregnancy. They're a single use option, and cannot be worn for more than 30 hours at a time just like a condom however obviously they last for longer. The spermicide slows down the sperm and stops them from heading towards the egg, and the sponge itself covers your cervix, to block them if they do get there. They are easy to use: you just have to wet the sponge to activate the spermicide, and then the woman can insert it, as far up as you find comfortable. These also need to be left in your vagina for at least six hours after having ***, so you have to remember to include this in your 30-hour calculation. However, there's no STI protection, and it can't be used while the woman is on her period. 12. The Patch © Getty Images With effectiveness over 91-99%, the patch is very similar to an implant, it works effectively because it can be stuck on the arm of the woman and forgotten about. It contains small amounts of hormones that get into the system. But if it falls off, its effectiveness is reduced. 13. Male Sterilisation Or Vasectomy © Getty Images Vasectomy is a surgical procedure for male sterilization and permanent contraception. During this procedure, the male vas deferens are cut and tied or sealed so as to prevent sperm from entering into the urethra and thereby prevent fertilization of a female through sexual intercourse. it can be considered a permanent procedure. PSA: It is important to keep in mind that unlike condoms a lot of these won't save you from sexually transmitted diseases.
  2. "Cum stains." Does even reading this phrase make you feel a little uncomfortable? Well, it shouldn't, because it's a completely natural thing, but it still does because of our societal conditioning. Imagine, if you're getting embarrassed just reading about it, how embarrassing it must be to talk about it openly. No wonder, we were never taught how to get rid of them. But don't worry, because post reading this article, you'll be ready to fight those pesky little white stains. Here is a 5-step guide that will help you get rid of semen stains from your clothes and sheets: © Getty Images 1. Step one is to not let it set. Use your finger to remove the semen from the fabric. Use it from the side as a scraper, and not on it. Rubbing it will just make it worse. Use some water to wash off the remaining stain quickly, before it sets. 2. Use some detergent to rub the remaining stain, and wash it off with water. In most cases, this should be enough. © Getty Images 3. If the stain is still visible, try using a little bit of dishwasher soap/liquid, with a cleaning sponge. Rub it firmly but gently till it's not visible anymore. © Getty Images 4. If the stain is still there, take a little bit of baking soda and rub on it for about 30 seconds or so, and wash it off with water. © Getty Images 5. Now ideally, it should be gone by this point, but if it turns out to be a little white devil that just won't let go, you need to use some spot cleaning techniques or enzyme cleaners that are available in the market. However, be careful while using them on coloured clothes, because excessive exposure may result in colour bleeding. Pro-tip: Never use hot/warm water to wash semen stains. Semen will get coagulated and stick even more to the fabric fibre under hot water. Always use cold water for the best results.
  3. Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar are two of the most coveted superstars in the Indian film industry and while we'd love to see them work together on a project, seems like it is not possible, at least according to the King Khan himself. View this post on Instagram Launda na samajhna, beta baap hain tumhare! #1WeekToZero @anushkasharma @KatrinaKaif @aanandlrai @mohdzeeshanayyub #tigmanshudhulia @RedChilliesEnt @cypplOfficial A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Dec 14, 2018 at 2:35am PST Recently during an interview, SRK was asked about his future plans and one of the questions was about him working with Khiladi Kumar. Now he'd love to work with him but his reason for not being able to do so is kind of very hilarious. “What do I say to this? I don't wake up as early as him. I go to sleep when Akshay is waking up. His day starts early. By the time I start working, he is packing up and going home. So he can put in more hours of work. I'm a nocturnal person. Not many people are fond of shooting at night like me. It will be fun to act with Akshay. Dono set pe hi nahin milenge. Woh jaa raha hoga aur main aa raha hounga (He'll be leaving the set and I'll be coming in). I would like to work like Akshay and with him, but our timings won't match.” View this post on Instagram ð A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Jan 14, 2019 at 10:57pm PST Besides being a funny reason, it is also a very logical, and a relatable one for all of us struggling to make it to work on time every day. Now if you think about it, the duo was last seen together on the screen when they worked in 'Dil Toh Pagal Hai 'in 1997. We'd love to see the two men come together for a movie, but seems like the genres and the timings they both choose are poles apart. SRK was last seen in Anand L Rai's 'Zero' which didn't perform well at the box office and Akshay was seen with Rajinikanth in '2.0' and is now working on 'Sooryavanshi' with Rohit Shetty.
  4. We have often said that Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma absolutely rock as a couple, and honestly speaking, we couldn't go back on our words even if we tried. Because obviously, these guys know how to take care of the intricacies of a blooming relationship, even with their demanding work commitments to take into consideration. Keeping with the spirit of their budding relationship as a much-in-love couple, we have seen Anushka do her bit as a supportive and doting wife as she travels around the world with her husband and Indian skipper Virat Kohli, in-between the free time she gets between shoots, to cheer for him and the Indian cricket team. View this post on Instagram Follow ð@viratkohli__cricket Follow ð@viratkohli__cricket Follow ð@viratkohli__cricket Follow ð@viratkohli__cricket . . . . . #viratkohli #indiancricket #bcci #cricket #cricketindia #ipl #rcb #indiancaptain #captain #india #indvssa #captainkohli #bollywood #vk #testcricket #kingkohli #runmachine #viratianforever #viratkohlifans #viratian #dhawan #pandya #dhoni #sachin #mahirat #yuvrajsingh #raina #msdhoni #proudviratian #one8crew A post shared by Virat Kohli (@viratkohli__cricket) on Jan 7, 2019 at 10:05pm PST This holds true even now as Virat is touring New Zealand with the Indian team to play against the host country in the ongoing ODI and T20 series, because Anushka has joined Virat on this tour and their recent pictures tell us that having a supportive partner can really work well when you want to mix work and pleasure, besides the mental support you get from your SO being with you. View this post on Instagram No filters needed #NewZealand 𥰠A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) on Jan 20, 2019 at 11:22pm PST Given team India's performance in the test series so far, the couple obviously was in the mood to celebrate and let go, and what better way to do it than spending some quality time together? Virat and Anushka seemed to have done just that, and their Instagram posts will show you as much. The two can be seen enjoying the picturesque landscape of New Zealand and each other's company. View this post on Instagram Away we go â¤ï¸ð#travelswithher A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Jan 28, 2019 at 2:19pm PST This only confirms that all of us should have the good luck to mix work and pleasure sometimes, because going by their pictures, surely it would only do us some good.
  5. The wave of nepotism in Bollywood is so strong right now that we often oversee the insane pool of talent that has been going strong based on their sheer dedication and sheer hard work. Actor Manoj Bajpayee is a man par excellence who has proved time and again that any role is tailor-made for him once he decides to essay it his way. View this post on Instagram A picture in a picture.#blueumbrella #bluesuit #hotsun A post shared by Manoj Bajpayee (@bajpayee.manoj) on Nov 6, 2018 at 7:42am PST After being in the industry for over 25 years, the actor has been lauded with the fourth highest civilian honour in the country, the Padma Shri. The actor who entered the showbiz with 'Bandit Queen' back in 1994 has come a long way since then, getting better with every role that he took up, be it the man who danced his heart out in 'Sapne Mein Milti Hai' or the rustic guy who literally made 'Gangs Of Wasseypur' what it became a critical hit. In an interview post this honour, the actor shared his feelings about this latest development in his life. "It's a huge honour for any professional because it's not an honour for just one particular film or performance. It's an honour for your journey, for your conviction and belief that you had. Also, for the government it's a way of recognising contribution that one has made to cinema. So yes, I am feeling very happy about it. My family, friends and fans have been sending messages to me. I am feeling ecstatic that my work has been recognised by the highest office”. His fans have been flooding social media with congratulatory notes. Well known Bollywood actor Mr. Manoj Bajpayee is awarded "Padmshri" ; But, glad to inform you that he belongs to Bihar; not to Maharashtra.@PIBHindi@PIB_India @PMOIndia — Niranjan Sinha (@sinha_nir67) January 27, 2019 Congratulations #ManojBajpayee ji on having been conferred with #Padmashri . Great achievement earned by virtue of outstanding meritorious work. — dhirendra mishra (@dhirendra0612) January 27, 2019 It's a well-deserved win and for once, we are elated that no nepotism was involved.
  6. There is a well-known adage common to most Indian households, that is an unrivalled favourite amongst 98% of Indian parents, and it goes something like “hard work is the only key to success”. You might have been personally subjected to some similar version of this, such as, “there is no secret to success (only hard work)” or “there is no shortcut to success (just keep working hard)” yada yada. Do these ring a bell? We are sure it does, because most of us have lived through at least one such lecture which involved the use of one of these adages, either after we messed up an important exam or performance. We all know what a hard time our parents can give us over lost opportunities and our inability to match up to the ideal that is “pados wale Sharmaji ka beta”. Yet, no matter how badly we crib about it amongst ourselves, truth be told, our parents were seldom wrong when they pointed out the obvious (which we were too stubborn to accept) to us, because young Shubham Chaurasia from Bihar, who is the son of a paanwala Shiv Kumar Prasad Chaurasia is a living proof that all of those aforementioned adages might sound frivolous, or parent-talk, but are true indeed. © Hindustan Times-Anil Kumar Ojha Why we are saying so is because when the JEE Main 2019 results was announced recently, Shubham happened to be amongst the handful of people who managed to score 99.56 percentile in the exam! Talking about his son's achievements, Shubham's father told HT that, “My son would not have achieved success without help of former DGP Abhayanand, who runs Magadh Super 30 coaching centre, and its coordinator Pankaj Kumar, who mentored Shubham.” These are people who guided and mentored Shubham, and pumped enough confidence in him to set out on this endeavour. However, it was Shubham's constant efforts and dedication that came to fruition with this stellar score. Even a thrilled Shubham was eager to share his personal life-goals and said that “If I achieve something in life, I will first stop my father from selling betel. I will support education of my sister and I will also work for betterment of society that ensured my education. My all earnings will go for charity, particularly for education of the girls of the families having little resources.” This young boy has seen up close what a life filled with struggle and limited means and opportunities looks like. This gives him the motivation to continuously work hard so that not only can he improve his own personal prospects, but create a better future for his loved ones too. And isn't that something all of us want from life at the end of the day? A better and improved future, not only for ourselves but our dear ones as well. But perhaps the only difference between the ones who come to turn their wish into reality, is their willingness and dedication to work hard and achieve every goal, in order to live that dream outside of their minds. Indeed, it only makes sense then that there would be no shortcut to how we succeed in our endeavours, expect by working hard to seize it by the collar and claim it. No earn it. Some adages, well most of them do hold true, but it is always humbling to get reminded that these saying are not merely words thrown around to make a point or boost our confidence, through living proofs which only helps to firm our belief that “good things come to those who try”.
  7. Maintaining facial hair on a regular basis is super important if you want to grow a glorious beard. An essential component of growing your beard is maintaining the length of the crop and not have it look dishevelled. Men can either choose a razor or a trimmer to keep the crop in place. You need to anyway clear growth on your cheeks, the neck hair and the frivolous hair growth. However, using a razor means encountering a ton of cuts that tend to stick around for a week or two and make you look like a battle victim. Using a razor is too much of a hassle. Instead, try these razor sharp trimmers that will do the job for you. 1. Philips Beard Trimmer Cordless for Men QT4001/15 This trimmer has long lasting durapower technology that charges up to 45 minutes. Its smooth tips are skin-friendly with 10 lock-in length settings, 1-10mm with 1mm precision. © Amazon Price: 1,249 Buy it here 2. Nova NHT-1045 Rechargeable Cordless Beard Trimmer for Men Its high grade stainless steel blades cut close to the skin and give a good finish. The trimmer comes with removable and rechargeable battery. © Amazon Price: 349 Buy it here 3. Panasonic ER-207-WK-44B Men's Beard and Hair Trimmer With Japanese blade technology, the trimmer is rechargeable and washable. © Amazon Price:1,299 Buy it here 4. Syska HT3052K Grooming Kit The high quality trimming blades make for a safe, easy and hygienic trimming experience. This trimmer promises to tackle imperfect lines and untidy beards with a grooming kit that takes care of every need. © Amazon Price: 1,899 Buy it here 5. HTC AT 210 Professional Cordless Trimmer for Men The HTC trimmer will give you a hassle-free grooming experience at home. It is extremely easy to use because of its ergonomic design. © Amazon Price: 444 Buy it here 6. Braun MGK3080-9-in-One Multi Grooming and Trimmer Kit With a varied range of blades from 0.5-10 mm for ultimate customized precision, this is a must have for every man. It has a fully washable head and comb for easy cleaning under running water. © Amazon Price: 3,919 Buy it here
  8. iMessage is Apple's proprietary instant messaging service that comes embedded in the "Messages" app. If you are sending an SMS to someone, and the recipient has an iPhone, you can send the same message over Apple's iMessage service instead of carrier-based SMS. This way, you do not incur carrier charges and the overall capabilities increase widely. To use iMessage, you need to have the recipients Apple ID -- it can be your mobile number or email. iMessage is for Apple devices only and a core part of the ecosystem. While the service isn't widely used in countries like India, it has been a massive success in the U.S.A because of the high availability of iPhone users. © Mashable On the other hand, Google is also working on a similar solution called Rich Communication Services, or RCS. It is a new protocol that lets you send a lot more than just 160 characters of text. We've already explained the new protocol in depth here. Basically, RCS is capable of being a full-fledged WhatsApp like IM, that can universally send across messages to other phones and app clients. In other words, if you have an RCS supported handset, you can get WhatsApp and iMessage-like features without having to install any app or going through any sort of setup. The new protocol is being backed by a number of carriers globally, Microsoft, and Google. © Skype This protocol is being governed by GSMA, an industry trade association that represents mobile-network operators around the world. It's also the body that would help to get RCS off the ground and make the new standard a more powerful force in messaging. According to a new leaked slide on Reddit, Apple has shown interest in RCS. The slide alleges the company wants to improve the experience of sending text messages to non-Apple devices. It also wants to stay updated to meet network operator requirements in countries like U.S.A and Canada. © Reddit / Flicter22 Again, it's unclear whether or not Apple's discussions with the GSMA have led to anything of magnitude. While the event took place on October 24th, the contents of the slide haven't been widely reported on thus far. Honestly, I'd love to see iMessage support RCS. We have a number of universally adopted protocols for day-to-day usage on the internet, a similar set of process for instant messaging is a need of the hour. Especially when even giants like Google are so confused about their chat apps. Source: Reddit
  9. A letter issued by CEO Tim Cook addressed to investors said that Apple is expecting a $9 billion loss in revenue due to weak iPhone sales. Cook goes on to explain that this was partly because of people replacing their batteries on older iPhones. © BCCL Apple admitted to throttling older iPhones which let to the company offering cheaper battery replacements as compensation to users. The battery replacing fee was cut down by $50 which encouraged users to simply replace older batteries because their iPhones still worked like a charm. © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP Instead of upgrading their iPhones to the latest model, users preferred to replace the batteries instead of spending $1000 on a new iPhone. User's also learned how to turn off the throttling feature which resulted in better performance for older iPhones. The new iOS 12 update also improved performance on older iPhones which discouraged a lot of users from upgrading to the latest model. "Some customers taking advantage of significantly reduced pricing for iPhone battery replacement," he noted. © Pexels Cook also addressed facing growth difficulties in emerging markets such as India and Cina due to the strength of the dollar. In order to counter this issue, Apple may start manufacturing their flagship devices in India to curb the excessive tariffs imposed by the Indian Government on imported smartphones. Having said that, Cook's letter is only indicative of the difficulties faced by the company and should not be referenced for concrete sales numbers. As Bloomberg points out “this isn't to say that Apple's business is falling apart. It is still generating levels of revenue and cash flow that are the envy of the corporate world.” Source: Bloomberg
  10. There are literally hundreds of diets and diet books in the world today. Most of these diet books have their roots in the American or the Industrial way of eating, and are heavily influenced by the rising obesity in the West. Every diet promises you something special. While one diet is low-carb, the other is low-fat; one diet book promises you a loss of a kilo a day, while the other teaches you how to eat as per your blood type. There are some which detox you to weight loss and some which tell you to stay hungry for an extended period of time in the name of intermittent fasting. There are literally so many diets out there, that if you follow a diet pattern for a few weeks you will have a new one to follow for the rest of your life. © YouTube But there is an issue here, as there is nothing called dieting. The word dieting has somehow been associated with starvation. Whenever we hear the word 'diet', what a layman interprets it is as another low-calorie diet in which he/she would have to give away all their favourite foods and will be constantly bothered by rising hunger and cravings. But that is far from the truth as you can enjoy all your favourite foods and still reach your goal weight. Of course, some amount of moderation and control will be required in the way you eat, but that, by no way, means starvation and deprivation. Every individual is different in a number of ways. The same program may work for someone and may not have any effect on the other person. However, most diets don't work at all and even if they do, there are certain common reasons which ensure that the results are equal for almost everyone: 1. Complete Elimination Of Junk Food Whenever people go on any type of diet, irrespective of its specificities, they at the same time eliminate most of junk food from their diet. Almost all the diets will tell you to avoid certain foods and these foods are not common to any diet pattern as such, but are common to avoid in general for a better living. These include excess sugar, trans fats, refined carbohydrates, too much preservative and artificial sweeteners etc. If you analyze these foods, you will see that the reasons to avoid these foods have been taught to us since our childhood and there is nothing special you are learning from a diet book. At the same time, most diets promote the addition of healthy foods to your regular eating like different coloured fruits and vegetables, complex carbs, omega-3 rich fats, lean meats etc. But do we really need a diet book to understand this? So in the actual case, most diet books are reminding you of healthy eating and nothing else. © Thinkstock Images 2. Drastic Reduction In Caloric Intake Another common reason why most people lose weight on a diet is that every diet pattern, whether low-fat, low-carb, low-protein, low-calorie or low in everything will somehow reduce your overall calorie intake, or in simple terms, at the end of the day it's just a low-calorie diet. If you closely monitor a particular diet pattern it would amount to lesser number of calories you consume in a day. Some reduce the calories drastically while others reduce it gradually, but somehow, calories are reduced in one way or the other. And the simple equation of less calorie intake vs total calorie expenditure in a day will make you lose weight. Though there are a number of permutations and combinations to this equation, in general, this equation works for most people. 3. Placebo Effect Whenever a person starts following any diet book or a diet by a dietician, they are psychologically geared to lose weight. Their entire effort is directed towards achieving a healthy weight and shedding those unwanted kilos. Say, you are having a fever and the doctor gives you two tablets to consume on every alternate day. One day the doctor gives you the conventional medicine for fever and on the other day, you are prescribed nothing more than a salt or a sugar tablet. Most people will get an equally powerful effect from both, because their attitude is directed towards getting well. Your brain is ultra powerful and has the ability to ensure you achieve what you want. This is exactly the principle used for the placebo effect. After understanding the logic behind why someone will lose weight by following any kind of diet, you need to understand the facts behind healthy and clean eating and the reasons to consume adequate calories, not only to maintain healthy bodily functions but also to reduce cravings and rule out any nutritional deficiencies in the body. Remember, A DIET IS FOR LIFE. Anything for short-term purposes is just an adventure.
  11. Waist belts or 'Compression Belts', as they are commercially known as, are latest to join the list of products that can accelerate your fat loss process. I am sure you must have seen someone around you wearing a tight dark color belt on their tummy while working out or during any time of the day. Let's find out whether this belt actually lives up to the expectations of helping you with fat loss or is just another fad. What Are Waist Belts? © Amazon I am sure you must have seen those advertisements on your television sets where they show you the before and after pictures of a model who achieved drastic results after using just a simple belt on their waistline. These are long commercials which are often aired during night and are totally scripted. They use various models and their photo shopped images to verify their claims to boost their sales. They will tell you that all you have to do is wear the belt and your fat loss will be automatically be taken care of. People who watch these commercials are fooled as they start believing that all they have to do is to wear a simple belt on their waste and their problem of being overweight will be automatically resolved. How Do They Work? So do these waist belts really work? Well, at least to give you a superficial and temporary effect. When you wear a thick waist belt that covers your waist entirely you are bound to sweat more from your abdomen while working out or otherwise. This will help you to temporarily hold less water in your abdomen area because you are retaining less water in you waistline area. So it's not actually the fat that you are losing but just the water retention from your abdomen that's getting reduced. As soon as you rehydrate yourself, you will feel that your abdomen looks exactly the same as before and you wouldn't have even lost an inch. The Spot Reduction Myth © Amazon People start believing that they are losing fat from their abdomen when they see their abdomen region sweat after wearing the belt. They think it is fat that's being melted by the belt exclusively from their waistline area. However, there is no scientific evidence to support the claim of spot reduction. Your body will burn the stored fat in an overall proportion and not just from the abdomen region where you are wearing the belt. The Final Verdict These so called 'slimming belts' are just another scams of the big billion Fitness Industry. If it was that easy then we wouldn't see people working their ass off in the gym daily to achieve that toned look. There are no shortcuts for a good and lean physique except hard work in the gym and discipline towards your diet. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  12. There is no greater thrill or sense of achievement than being able to successfully launch one's dream company. What starts out as a mere idea, suddenly takes over our every single thought, and soon turns into an obsession fuelled by a passion that is unparalleled to all else. While there are a some who continue to dream and plan till the end of time, there are others who simply take that leap of faith and launch into their dreams without waiting for the right moment. Some of these see the light of the day, while the others fade away. But today we bring you the names of 10 such startups that not only succeeded in their endeavours, but went on to establish themselves as young India's most popular places to work at. LinkedIn recently shared all the inside deets on the startup scene in our country with its 'The 2018 LinkedIn Top Startups List for India' which listed out the most popular startups in India, as per people's choice. Take a look at these top 10 startups where young India wants to be, and thrive. 1. OYO © Business Today With its HQ located in Gurgaon, Haryana and a global headcount of 4,700, OYO booked the top spot on the list. The 5-year-old hospitality startup is India's largest hotel network with a user base that spreads across 230 cities around the country. This year OYO also ventured into Malaysian, Chinese and British hospitality market, but it is India which is most proud to be a part of it! 2. Cure.Fit A health and wellness startup based out of Bengaluru, there are four major verticals that the startup functions across - no-equipment gyms, health food, yoga and meditation centres, and primary care. For the uninitiated, Cure.Fit happens to be the company which recently acquired premium gym chain Fitness First, and recently acquired $120 millions from its existing investors. 3. Dunzo.in © Youtube Claiming the third spot on the list is Bengaluru-based Dunzo, Google's very first direct startup investment in India. With a global headcount of 160, the company offers numerous services ranging across grocery shopping, laundry pick-ups to last-minute gifting options. 4. Rivigo © Rivigo Rivigo scaled up vigorously recently when it raised $50 million at a valuation of $945 millions! Investors have seen a lot of potential in the firm, that boasts of 3,700 headcount globally. The company works on a unique driver relay model that reduces turnaround time, and has big names such as Maruti Suzuki, ITC, Marks & Spencer and the likes as its clients. 5. Digit Insurance An online general insurance provider, this Bengaluru-based startup claims to get 87 percent of its applications approved within 24 hours. With a global headcount of 630, Digit ensures a breezy customer experience with a 2-page document that explains it all. The firm also raised $44 million from Fairfax Holdings. 6. Little Black Book © BCCL The very popular online recommendation portal LBB has taken the 6th position on the list. With a global headcount of 80, the company was kickstarted with an initial investment of Rs. 80,000. The recommendations range across the board from food and fashion to culture, travel and much more. 7. Republic World © Republic Does this surprise you? Because we weren't surprised when we saw this name on the list. Ever since its launch in 2017 Arnab Goswami's personal media venture has enjoyed great viewership ratings! The company has been able to clock Rs 155 crore in revenue for FY18 and has been very successful in monetising. 8. The Minimalist Starting out as a design agency, The Minimalist gained prominence through its Facebook presence, by producing witty content. With a global headcount of 60, the startup has big names such as Saint-Gobain, Bharti Airtel, Berkshire Hathaway, Coca-Cola and Abbott under its belt. The last fiscal year was a watershed moment for the company, when its revenue and headcount doubled. 9. Razorpay © razorpay An online payment solution provider, the company now works with clients and services more than 100,000 businesses, including names such as Bharti Airtel, IRCTC and Goibibo. With a global headcount of 230, the company has seen a monthly growth of 35% and also bagged $20 million in a Series B funding. 10. Nineleaps Taking the 10th position, Bengaluru-based Nineleaps induces product development for other startups by providing web and mobile application services. With a global headcount of 200, they are already expanding to markets abroad, such as Indonesia and Singapore.
  13. Microsoft announced on Saturday at its XO18 event that the console will now officially get mouse and keyboard support from November 14. The company is partnering with Razer to offer an exclusive “Designed for Xbox” mouse and keyboard that will be unveiled at the CES in January. © YouTube A total of eight games will be getting support on November 14th including ultra-popular battle royale game 'Fortnite'. The announcement was made along with several other announcements. Microsoft also said that the company is planned to acquire two new game studios i.e. Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment. © Pexels “These two creative teams will continue to operate autonomously and bring their unique talents, IP and expertise to Microsoft Studios as they build new RPG experiences for our players and fans,” Microsoft said. Developers can choose to require controllers in multiplayer games, or they could choose to pair mouse-and-keyboard gamers with PC gamers online thanks to the Xbox One's support for crossplay. Having said that, players will not be able to use a mouse and keyboard for every game on the Xbox One. Microsoft detailed that “With this new input support at the platform level, developers can now build mouse and keyboard support in their games if and how they choose. It's important to note that mouse and keyboard support for games is added on a title-by-title basis, entirely at developers' discretion. For all other titles, nothing changes. Mouse and keyboard input is not enabled by default for games. Each development team knows their titles best and we support them in creating the right experience for their games as they see fit, to ensure an optimal and fair gaming experience.” Here's a list of games that will offer support for keyboard and mouse in November along with many other developers adding support for their games in the near future: “Fortnite” “Warframe” “Bomber Crew” “Deep Rock Galactic” “Strange Brigade” “Vermintide 2” “War Thunder” “X-Morph Defence”
  14. Being the CEO of Google might sound fancy and all, but if you look beyond the glamour and fame, you see that everyone who is in a position of power has endured their share of struggles and tribulations. Sundar Pichai is no different. He might be the driving force behind one of the biggest tech firms of the world, but he didn't bag the position in a day. In fact, people with power often start small and know what it takes to work their way up. © Twitter In a recent interview with The New York Times, Sundar Pichai threw light on his humble beginnings and the simple life that he led in Chennai. “There was simplicity to my life, which was very nice compared with today's world. We lived in a kind of modest house, shared with tenants. We would sleep on the living room floor. There was a drought when I was growing up, and we had anxiety. Even now, I can never sleep without a bottle of water beside my bed. Other houses had refrigerators, and then we finally got one. It was a big deal. I read whatever I could get my hands on. I read Dickens. Friends, playing street cricket, reading books - that was kind of the totality of life. But you never felt lacking for anything. I was so wrapped up in that, that to some extent I didn't understand there was a much bigger shift happening with the internet.” Sundar studied at IIT Kharagpur before leaving for the US where he studied at the Stanford University and even pursued management at the prestigious Wharton Business School. © Twitter He eventually made his way to Google in 2004 and played a pivotal role in shaping the Chrome browser. The company was under fire recently after many employees protested against the sexual harassment scenario at the company.
  15. The original 'Dilbar' girl Sushmita Sen has long been dropping subtle hints about having been bitten by the love bug. The latest posts on her Instagram handle only make things a lot more suggestive with her beau making lot more appearances on her feed lately. One of Sushmita's recent post has got the gossip mills churning once more and if grapevine is to be believed Sushmita is finally letting the world sneak a peek into her love life. First came the touristy pictures from their visit to Agra: View this post on Instagram #clickclick #friends #team & the #love of life!!!ððð»ð#memorable #cherished #tajmahal â¤ï¸ I love you guys!!!!ð A post shared by Sushmita Sen (@sushmitasen47) on Oct 25, 2018 at 5:15am PDT Then came the two joint 'riyaz' videos that featured her elder daughter Renee and rumoured boyfriend crooning together to a Bollywood love song, while the second captured her own rendition of the classic “aaj jaane ki zidd na karo” - which we think is pretty suggestive again: View this post on Instagram “Music is a #vibration of happiness”â¤ï¸ðð»ðTo witness Renee & her #Guruji do their #riyaz is just magical!!ððâ¤ï¸ And Guruji on his part, makes sure EVERYONE singsðð So, @rohmanshawl (who already sings beautifully â¤ï¸) & yours truly also share in the happiness!!! ððð»ðµ Alisah decided to be incharge of #applause ðâ¤ï¸ proud of you Renee Shona, May you always have a #song in your heart, with the courage to sing it!!ððð#sharing #happiness #music #feeling #bliss ðI love you guys!!!ðð A post shared by Sushmita Sen (@sushmitasen47) on Oct 28, 2018 at 11:01am PDT However, it's the most recent picture of Sush and her rumoured boyfriend Rohman Shawl, working out together that's sent the tabloids into a frenzy. Not only is the picture giving netizens all the #CoupleFitnessGoals, but the caption also hints at all the possibilities of where the relationship could be headed. Take a look at it here: View this post on Instagram “He's younger & taller, I am wiser & tougher” ðððâ¤ï¸ perrrrrfect!!! “Love too is a discipline” hands on #handstand ðð #sharing #strength #love #stillness â¤ï¸ I love you guys!!!ð A post shared by Sushmita Sen (@sushmitasen47) on Oct 31, 2018 at 11:18am PDT The handstand looks more than perfect on them, but it's Rohman's response on this post that's sealed the deal for us. Here's what he said - What do you have to say about that? Guess Miss Chandni has finally found love in real life, and they look fit AF together, beside all the other good things. Now if that isn't confirmation enough, then what is?
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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
  25. 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