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  1. Pre-workout supplements are always a hot topic to discuss. Supplement manufacturers know this quite well and are thus quite responsive towards the surge in the demand that has recently caught up. You can find a new pre-workout supplement on the shelves of the supplement stores, whenever you visit the market. However, not all of them work and are as effective as they claim to be. Here is the list of pre-workout supplements that are really effective and are backed up by solid research: 1. Creatine Monohydrate © Getty Images One of the most researched supplements out there, Creatine Monohydrate has been tested for long term safety as well. If you train for mass and strength, Creatine Monohydrate is the supplement that you should be consuming. Research over the decades has shown its efficiency in increasing lean muscle mass and strength without any major side effects. Creatine serves the crucial role in your energy system by increasing your ATP production. Consequently, you will be able to lift more weight and build more muscles. Though the timing is not that relevant when it comes to consumption of creatine monohydrate, yet it's a good option to have it as your pre-workout.' 2. Caffeine © Getty Images Caffeine is a natural stimulant which is also found in coffee. It is extensively used in almost all the blend pre-workout supplements available in the market. Caffeine intake before a workout can improve your exercise performance by increasing your mental alertness and increase in power output. Since it is a stimulant, it works quickly once it enters your bloodstream. In less than 30 minutes of consuming caffeine, you will start feeling more energetic. It helps you to set yourself in that workout mode even if you were earlier feeling tired. If you work out in the morning and find it difficult to push yourself to the gym, caffeine has to be your supplement. Though stimulants work differently on different individuals, generally a preferred dose would be around 3-6mg per kg of body weight. 3. Beta Alanine © Getty Images Beta-Alanine is an amino acid. It is also one of the most researched and effective sports supplement which is easily available these days. Once taken in the correct dosage, its positive effects on human exercise performance has been documented in various studies. Beta Alanine is especially helpful in exercises that last from one minute to four minutes. An example of such exercise would be hypertrophy training where you perform 8 to 12 repetitions in a set. With the increased concentration of beta-alanine over a certain period, you may be able to pull in more reps than before. The recommended dosage is around 4-6 grams daily. You may feel a slight tingling sensation with its use which is harmless and will go away in approximately 30 minutes. 4. Citrulline/ Citrulline Malate Citrulline or Citrulline malate is also an option to be used as a pre-workout supplement. Though your body produces this amino acid by itself, increasing its concentration with the help of supplementation may help you to increase your exercise performance. Citrulline helps in increasing blood flow which, in turn, may help you in increasing oxygen supply to your muscles. Most studies on endurance exercises have been done on citrulline and effective dosage of 6 gm is recommended to boost exercise performance. Studies on weight training used Citrulline Malate as the supplement and found an effective dosage of 8 gm to reduce soreness by 40% after the workout. However, there have been recent studies that disputed this claim. Though one thing that the studies still agree upon is that citrulline helps you with more blood flow and thus can help with better vascularity as well. 5. Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) Though I am not a big fan of this supplement, yes, there are places where you can fit in EAAs. Before I tell you how exactly to do that, let me be clear that you really don't need to supplement EAAs separately if your total protein intake for the day is enough according to your goals. Now supplementing EAAs in pre workout may be helpful where you are on an extreme calorie deficit and perform empty stomach workouts in the morning. Doing this may help you to reduce muscle catabolism if you train fasted or prefer to workout on an empty stomach. Anuj Tyagi, author of this article, is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Now an Online Health Coach, he is also a Chartered Accountant by education. You can connect with him through Instagram on:- https://www.instagram.com/sixpacktummy_anuj/
  2. Have you ever found yourself muttering "there has to be an easier way" when managing your community? If you have, it's likely that you are not the first person to think that. Invision Community has been refined over nearly two decades, and in that time we've received a lot of feedback from clients running very large and busy sites. We love a short cut, especially when it makes our clients lives easier. There's plenty of time-saving features throughout Invision Community, and here are five of the best. Saved Actions If you routinely perform the same actions to a topic, such as replying before closing it or moving the topic to a different forum, then saved actions will save you a lot of time. Let's look at a practical example. You have a forum where your members can suggest new features for your product. You might choose to move some of these suggestions to another forum to shortlist them for inclusion in a future version, or to discuss further. You also may like to reply thanking the member for their idea, but it's not feasible at this time. Here you would set up two saved actions, one that replies and moves the topic to a specific forum, and one that replies to the topic and closes it for further commenting. Your saved actions are accessible via the moderation menu You and your moderating team can select these saved actions quickly when reading a topic to perform multiple moderation steps in one go. RSS Feeds If your community regularly discusses topics that feature in the latest news, then you can quickly seed these discussions using the RSS feed import tool. Not only can you import almost any public RSS feed into your community, but you also have control over how these topics are displayed, to whom they are attributed to and how the link back to the source article looks. RSS feed import is an often overlooked but handy tool at starting productive discussions without the need to source and post them manually. iCal Feeds The iCal feed can be considered as the sister feature to the RSS Feed Import tool. It works in a very similar way in that it can accept almost any public iCal feed and import events into your community's calendar. This is especially useful if you maintain an event stream outside of the community, but wish to share those events with your members in a native way, or perhaps you already have a calendar product used by your organisation. Using the iCal feed tool to populate your community calendar with key dates relevant to your community can be achieved very quickly. Auto-moderation Moderating a busy community can be a time-consuming task. Trying to review new posts and topics to ensure they meet your community standards as they come in can be daunting. Fortunately, Invision Community has an ace up its sleeve. Auto-moderation allows you to use the power of your community to identify and remove content that does not meet your community standards. The administrator sets up a threshold so that when a specific number of reports for that content item is crossed, the content is hidden. Auto-moderation has a lot of options to configure which we covered in this blog article recently. Group promotion Ensuring your members feel valued and rewarded for their contributions is key to member retention and keeping engagement high. A simple way to reward long term regular contributors is to elevate their permissions. This can mean that they have access to otherwise hidden areas, or they get more allowances in terms of upload space and fewer restrictions. To do this manually would take a significant amount of time. Thankfully, Invision Community has a feature called Group Promotion. This tool allows the administrator to set up specific thresholds such as post count, or time since joining which then move the member into a new group when triggered. This all happens automatically. Just set it up and let it run! We spoke about Group Promotion recently, take a look here to learn more about this feature. How many of you are already using these features, and which ones did we miss off our list? I'd love to know.
  3. Deepika Padukone and Salman Khan in a movie together? It's surely a hard pill to digest but reports floating around suggest that the dimpled beauty has finally given a nod to sharing screen space with Khan in 'Kick 2'. Their pairing has been on the cards for a long time, but nothing really materialized. If a report in Bollywood Hungama is to be believed, the two will be seen in one frame now. For all their fans, it will surely be a visual delight. A source told the entertainment website that Deepika was the first choice for 'Kick' but things back then didn't really pan out. Jacqueline Fernandez stepped into the role and it was a turning point in her career. The source added that Deepika's role has been given full attention. "Deepika can't play just a typical Salman heroine. Her role has to be as powerful as Salman's. Sajid is working on it, injecting heft into the female lead," said the source. © Instagram/Colors Wondering why the two superstars possibly coming together for 'Kick 2' is a massive development? It's because the two have a history and not a particularly pleasant one. By history, we mean their statements about each other in the public domain weren't too pleasing. Salman, in a statement, had called depression a luxury and said that he can't afford to be depressed as it will work against him. This didn't go down pretty well with the 'Piku' actor and she gave it back saying, "Depression is sometimes perceived as a luxury... (But) It is important to break that myth." Deepika has rejected not one but six big movies with Salman Khan. But now, if this development turns out to be true, it seems like the two have let bygones be bygones. Are you excited to see Deepika and Salman in one frame? Let us know in the comments section below.
  4. While we've been waiting for winter in 'Game of Thrones', summer has pretty much reached a melting point at home. It's at a stage where we only step out in the sweltering heat for emergencies. And unfortunately, one of those emergencies includes going to work and being able to pay our bills. Stepping out in the sun, especially in your formal attire, is not an easy task. You don't want sweat patches on your shirt before you reach work or the cheap material of your shirt to create a stench no amount of deodorant would be able to help. That's where you need to play smart and create a new summer wardrobe of breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. To help you do just that, we've picked the must-haves from this year's Summer Collection at Arvind Stores. Add These Ready To Wear Light-Weight Shirts To Your Closet Made of cotton-viscose, these shirts are essential to your summer survival kit. Not only are the fabrics breathable, they also give you the confidence you need to make an impression at work. Available in radiant hues and textures, there are plenty of options to choose from. Arvind Stores Ditch The Denim For Chinos Don't even think about stepping out in your denim. Trust me, you'd want to go for the light-weight and super comfortable chinos instead. Not only are these dapper pants perfect for a brunch setting, but they also look good as formal wear. If you want to take it a notch higher, you can add their structured blazer (meant for the summer) to the look. Suit Up Without A Sweat If you want to make a solid impression this appraisal season or have to attend a wedding, there are plenty of summer suit options to choose from. You can either go for the Urban Solace suit that features a range of suits created from a blend of cotton and Tencel or opt for their Suit with Stretch options. Arvind's Suit with Stretch allows maximum motion and flexibility with breathable fabrics and minimal discomfort. Another option is their Dobby Suit collection. Made up of summer pastel shades and geometric patterns and texture, the Dobby Suit is something that can never go wrong. The Arvind Stores SS 19' collection is as versatile as it is comfortable. For those you who haven't checked it out yet, let me warn you that you'll never go back to your basics. They not only have summer ready-to-wear looks in every print and pattern, but also offer made-to-measure outfits. With their soft and skin-friendly fabrics, you can finally #LiveFree this summer.
  5. Salman Khan is gearing up for the Eid release of his much-awaited, blockbuster in the making, 'Bharat' and is currently busy shooting for his 'Dabangg 3'. However with everyone experimenting with the web-series genre, one wonders if 'Bhai' would ever consider this medium as his preferred choice of making content. Unlike Saif Ali Khan, who is doing a fantastic job with 'Sacred Games', Salman holds a very different perspective towards making and acting in a web series. In one of his recent interviews, he shared his views on why he doesn't want to work in one. “I don't like it. I mean, it's a damn good space but I don't like all that is being shown on the digital platforms.” Talking about censorship being a problem with the digital medium, he added, “In films, if there are three-four extra punches, it gets censored and we get an A certificate. We get a U/A certificate only when we cut some scenes but on the web, they show anything and everything. There is no censorship. There should be an appointed body that takes that call. My problem is that young kids are also watching it because everyone has access to a phone. So, that's not cool with me.” Salman is very happy with his choice of films and wants it to remain that way. Even though it's his personal choice, we kind of feel his reasoning is a bit absurd, as with the world switching to a 'Netflix and chill' mode, many major superstars are foraying into this world. But then again, he is 'Bhai' and can still pull a sizeable number of fans to the theatres, we guess.
  6. Every morning with the rising sun, households come to life all across the world. There is an unsaid routine we all follow during those early hours of the day, and somewhere hidden amongst the folds of those auto-pilot motions of the morning lies a quick, often unacknowledged and seemingly insignificant interaction with the kudawalla. © Reuters Kudawallas are prime examples of people who toil hard every day, mind their own business and yet live humbly without ever seeking the recognition for the great work they do on a daily basis. They are almost guilty of leading a dual life. Much like undercover agents who get real shit done, yet never claim their dues. But let us ask you. Even if they did claim their dues, what are the chances that we would give them their due credit, or hail them as the messiah(s) of change and clean environment that they are? © Reuters Yes, all that pondering and the silence that follows it, speaks for itself. How long has your kudawalla been working for you? And in that period of time how many times have you acknowledged the world of difference that their (hand-y)work makes to our lives day after day? Well, you might not be aware that close to 4 million kudawallas or waste-pickers are engaged in this line of work in India. These waste-pickers dispose around 80 per cent of the 750,000 tons waste Indians generate every single week! © Reuters Not only do these rag-pickers collect garbage from people's houses, but additionally they also pick up waste, clean, sort and segregate it. The process ends with them separating recyclable waste from the rest, which they sell to scrap dealers to earn a regular living. They continue to do their job regardless of the apathy they are met with. With close to 62 million tonnes of annual waste to manage, and given the failing state of the municipality in most parts of the country, it is due to these 'anonymous environmentalists' that India enjoys the highest recycling rates. © Reuters India is ahead of even the USA in this matter, we recycle only 31 per cent of PET bottles as opposed to India's 70 per cent. This is made possible only by the informal recycling chain that operates in the country. Starting with the rag-pickers, who sell the waste to scrap dealers, the chain helps this waste to reach the aggregators, from where the waste eventually goes to recyclers. This informal recycling sector contributes to 100 per cent of all recycling in our country. Now, can you imagine the impact each of these 4 million rag-pickers are making to our environment year-on-year? © Reuters We agree that they are doing this for the money, but tell us, would you consider doing this “dirty work” for a living if someone paid you truck-loads of money for it every month? Then let's take a moment to appreciate and acknowledge the utmost importance of their work for our society and the environment at large. Even with their significant contribution to society, these unsung heroes remain unrecognised and undervalued. What's worse, they also face harassment from Savarna society for what they do. From physical abuse to threats and being called thieves, they have seen it all. Even official documents do not recognise their work towards solid waste management © Reuters With serious health hazards in this occupation, such as contact with hazardous medical waste, soiled sanitary pad and the lines, there is still no stopping these warriors of change, who continue to put their personal health in the line. They deserve so much more than just a passing glance from us every morning, when they stop by, almost religiously, every single day to collect our waste and make our lives cleaner and our environment more livable.
  7. The IPL fever is on, and there is a lot of excitement in the air. From incessantly praying for your home team to buying exclusive IPL gears, that's the mood overall. But at work, it's a different situation. For me, I cannot even concentrate when the match is on, especially if it's my team that's playing. And I am sure you go through the same thing,when you're at work post 8.00 pm and all you can think of is IPL. So here are the 5 things that happen at office every year when the IPL is on. I bet you'll relate to this. 1. Constantly thinking of an excuse to leave early What do you do when it is a long, long day at work, and the match starts at 8.00 pm. How do you get out? Well, I suggest bring out the big guns - headaches, viral fever, flu, everything. Having said that, I sincerely hope my boss isn't reading this right now. 2. Taking innumerable washroom breaks to check the score on UC Browser IPL's on, your home team is playing, and you are still at work. One thing every cricket fan does at work is take millions of loo breaks just to check the live scores on UC Browser. One of the best things about UC Browser is that its in-app tool of cricket content aggregation offers all-in-one live cricket content, including live scores, news, videos, photos, live commentaries and more. Additionally, this time around UC Browser is going big with IPL 2019. They have launched the UC Miss Cricket Contest for the course of IPL. It's India's first ever cricket-themed online pagent. In fact, last year the contest received a tremendous response, including participation from Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela, Miss India Priyadarshini Chatterjee and TV actress Shirin Sewani. The contest is underway till May 1, and we hear the winner will win a huge prize, and will also be featured on a billboard at New York Times Square. Now that's big, ain't it? 3. Putting your money on your favourite team This happens everytime IPL is on. It's almost like an unofficial tradition at work. I am going big on Mumbai Indians, whom are you supporting? 4. Checking the WiFi 24x7 Here's a truth. You are never going to check the WiFi speed if it's a usual day at work. But when the IPL is on, WiFi is your top-most priority. I mean, how else will you livestream the match and check the scores all the time? 5. Getting into a heated conversation During IPL, a KKR fan will always get into a heated conversation with a Mumbai Indian fan. Or, a CSK follower will never miss an opportunity to pick on a RCB fan. When we talk about the IPL fever, this is exactly what we mean. Do you relate to this? If yes, let us know which team you are supporting this time.
  8. If you think this is another post that is going to give you a 'not-my-fault' card and blame carbs, hormones, sugar, junk, insulin, etc. for you being overweight, pay twice the amount of attention. Let me first put out the most important fact on the table. Who do you think is responsible for you being fat? YOU. Nothing and no one else. So firstly, stop with the blame game. You may still be thinking that "no, it is the hormones. I eat healthy all the time. How can it be?" Read through and you will realize how it is still you. The very basic of weight loss or weight gain is calorie balance. Eat more and expend less, you gain weight. Eat less and expend more, you lose weight. As simple as that. So the ONLY rule to lose weight is to burn more calories and eat fewer calories. Simply put, 'Eat less move more.' So, how do you figure that you are getting fat even if though you are eating healthy? 1. You Indulge In Mindless Eating Humans have evolved with survival instincts and this survival has one main food instinct which says 'see food, eat food.' I am not lying. You can try this experiment yourself. In your working space, fill a bowl up with chocolates and keep it someplace where people often visit, ideally by the printer or the water dispenser. © Unsplash Now check the same bowl towards the end of the day. There is a good chance that there would be little to no chocolates in there. Then, ask your co-workers casually what have they eaten all day. Almost nobody will mention chocolates on that list. Not that they want to lie to you, their brain simply does not register the food they eat subconsciously. The same translates to portion sizes and eating while not paying attention. Look at the computer screen or TV while eating and you might as well finish off an entire pizza, as your brain does not respond to the fullness signal as your attention is elsewhere. 2. Under-Reporting & Over-Estimation There is research which shows that people who keep food journals are terrible at reporting their food intakes and even worse at estimating their energy expenditure. © Unsplash A 1992 study showed that people under-reported food intake by 47% and over-reported energy expenditure by 51%. Considering that you eat as per the normal food guidelines and do around an hour of activity per day, your intake would come to around 2200 kcals and expenditure would be 400 kcals. But as per the study, the same example above meant people reported that they ate around 1200 kcals and had an expenditure of around 800 kcals. That is a huge margin of error and now you can see where you might be going wrong too. 3. Cheat Days Do Not Count This is usually the norm that even though you may be eating well or mindfully during the week, every weekend ends up being a deserved cheat day. © Unsplash Firstly, if you are dieting in the first place and you are above the normal range of body fat%, i.e. 10 to 15%, nothing about your cheat day is 'deserved'. And more often than not, these unaccounted cheat days are a shit ton of calories down your throat that needs to be stored somewhere. They are not going to magically disappear into thin air. So, the next time you think that it is the hormones making you fat, always remember this: It is ALWAYS you! Author Bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you with the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.
  9. Despite the changing landscape of torrents, it's not really all that difficult to access torrent websites. One can easily access any of these sites by following a couple of simple steps. However, it's worth pointing out that not all of your old favourite sites are still working. Don't worry, though. We scavenged the internet to find out the best torrent sites you can access today to download whatever it is that you want--be it movies, TV Shows, software, and more. So let's check them out. The Pirate Bay © MensXP “Once a classic, always a classic”. Yes, that's exactly what The Pirate Bay is all about. This particular website has been in existence for as long as torrents have existed, and it's still one of the most popular and reliable sites around. The Pirate Bay has a huge selection of torrents ranging from movies, tv shows, apps, and more. It also has a fairly simple user interface, which hasn't really changed in years. Notably, the Pirate Bay also has the most popular torrent tracker in the world, which by itself a huge reason behind the success of this site. Visit The Pirate Bay RARBG © MensXP This one's for movie enthusiasts out there who are on the lookout for all the latest movies. It also has other content like TV shows, but RARBG is one site which you can always rely on for movies. Much like the other torrent sites, RARBG comes with a simple and easy-to-use interface with relevant info on the main page. The download page for each file also comes with all the useful bit of information like the number of seeders, leechers, etc., making it easier to find the right info and do exactly what you need. RARBG is constantly updated with new additions, and is known to be quite a popular destination for people wanting to download the new episodes of Game of Thrones. Visit RARBG 1337X © MensXP 1377X is yet another torrent site that's been around for a long time. But it wasn't until the demise of KAT and ExtraTorrent that this website gained some spotlight. The content on 1337X gets updated frequently, and all the info is displayed on a clean-looking interface. That's part of the reason why 1337X gained a lot of traction over the years. It's also one of the very few sites with obscure torrents, so there are more chances of finding the torrents that you're after without the hassle of going through a lot of searching. 1337X is an excellent choice for downloading content like movies, TV shows, games, etc. Also, the additional helpful browsing features like Oscar nominations, new episodes, and more are just an added advantage. Visit 1337X. YTS © MensXP YTS is one site that focuses exclusively on movies. It's also one of the cleanest-looking torrent site that you'll find on the internet. Seriously, it's almost comparable to the streaming sites out there. It looks that good. Besides the advantage of its visual appearance, one of the biggest advantages of using YTS is that it goes easy on the bandwidth. The movies are offered in the smallest size possible, which means it's perfect for users in countries like, say, India, where bandwidth is often a pain point. Visit YTS NYAA © MensXP NYAA.si is your one-stop destination for anime. It's essentially a resurrection of the popular anime site NYSAA, and it has a very similar interface. The site lists out all the available anime episodes that are available to download right in the homepage, along with some other useful information like the number of seeders and leechers. Visit NYAA
  10. Actor Pankaj Tripathi has come a long way, in terms of the work he has done and the struggle he has endured with his hard work. The man is now kind of omnipresent in good cinema and was recently seen doing a brilliant job in 'Criminal Justice'. © Instagram The man was recently in news when he shared the news of buying his 'dream home' in Madh Island. He spoke about how he has obviously come a long way but he has still not forgotten his long journey from living in a tin-roof shed in Patna, to now owning an expensive, sea-facing property in Mumbai. Pankaj and his wife recently performed the 'Pooja' ceremony with their family and close friends. © Facebook © Facebook Pankaj is a simple man who believes in chasing his dreams with hard work and determination. In an interview where he was talking about his new abode, he mentioned that he wishes to inspire people with his journey and not by chasing materialistic assets. Hard work surely has many faces and the actor's wonderful home is a great example of it.
  11. Arguably two of the greatest footballers of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi share a rivalry like no other in international football. The sport has seen many superstars over the ages, but the decade-long reign of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is arguably something that's going to last in our memories for a really long time. The two footballing greats have made the sport their own playing arena and the fact that they have won a record five Ballon d'Ors, goes on to show how dominant they have been in the last decade. The duel for football's top individual award began in 2008 when Ronaldo pipped Messi to bag his first Ballon d'Or. However, Messi staged a spectacular comeback a year later and went on to bag the coveted award for four successive years. Then, Ronaldo bounced back to clinch the prestigious award in 2013 and 2014 before Messi took his tally to a record five Ballon d'Or wins in 2015. While many ruled the Portuguese out of the race, Ronaldo stunned everyone by bagging the award in 2016 and 2017, once again proving he's second to none. © Reuters While Luka Modric ended their dominance after winning the Ballon d'Or last year, the Ronaldo vs Messi debate continues to capture the imagination of football pundits and fans alike. The latest individual to give his verdict on who's the best amongst the two superstars was none other than Indian football team talisman Sunil Chhetri. Giving his opinion on the subject while picking one as his favourite player and the other as his role model, Chhetri, during a live interaction on Instagram, said: “Who is better? I think both Messi and Ronaldo are amazing but if you ask who is my favourite, it will be Messi for me. But if you need a role model, I would say Cristiano Ronaldo would be a better pick". There was no surprise to see Chhetri admiring Messi's talent, but it was Ronaldo's work ethics that made him select the Portuguese over the Argentine as a better role model. "Messi is more like a god gift. Some of the things he (Messi) does, it is so difficult to learn. He does them so effortlessly. With Cristiano, there's so much of hard work and if you see his graph every year, there's so much to learn," the Indian football team captain said. © Reuters “For example, when he (Ronaldo) was younger, you would see him on the left doing those step-overs but now he takes less touches at the ball, he would pass the ball on the wing and then run into the box. And his running is so good, it's so tough to mark him. His header, his finishing from both left and right – it's just brilliant. He takes less time on ball now but he is as good as ever and so devastating,” Chhetri added further in the video. Apart from Ronaldo and Messi, Chhetri also weighed in on another battle - Mohamed Salah vs Neymar - that continues to throng the social media. "Salah or Neymar? Salah's form has been so good for the past two-three years. But, if I have to pick, I'll pick Neymar, yes," Chhetri claimed. Barring Neymar, who wasn't part of the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) squad which was eliminated in the Round of 16 tie at the hands of Manchester United, the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and Salah are all active in the ongoing edition of the UEFA Champions League. While Messi and Salah went goalless in the first leg of their respective quarterfinals, Ronaldo's goal saved Juventus the blushes during the 1-1 draw against a spirited Ajax side.
  12. Striking the perfect balance of casual and formal at work especially in the Summer can be difficult. Besides, at work, you don't want to make blunders especially when it comes to what you wear. So, here are some fashion mistakes that you might be making at work and probably should avoid: 1. Too Many Accessories © Getty Images Bold accessories and accent pieces are important to give an added flair to the outfit, but remember to not go overboard with trinkets. We recommend counting up all your accessories — patterned shirt, colourful tie, pocket square, cuff links, bracelets, rings, funky socks, etc. Too many accessories look rather too funky, especially in a professional setting. Limiting your ensemble to 3 or 4. The more restrained you are, the more your bolder accessories will shine. 2. Oversized Clothes © Getty Images Baggy clothes don't hide fat contrary to popular belief. Baggy clothes basically do nothing good for you. It's better to get rid of them. They look out of place in a professional setting. And baggy clothes will make you feel super hot in the Summer and you'll be sweating in no time. 3. A Visible Undershirt © Twitter Just like your boxers, the undershirt should never be visible. If you like leaving a couple of buttons undone, opt for a v-neck undershirt so that it stays hidden from sight. 4. Baggy Trousers © Getty Images Baggy trousers do two things well: they make you look shorter and they make you look sloppy. Also, they get ripped from the bottom easily. Try for trousers with a break at the ankle. 5. Undone Shirt Buttons © Getty Images Wearing a shirt buttoned up all the way can look odd without a tie, however, an unbuttoned shirt with more than buttons looks sleazy and unprofessional. 6. Satin Shirt © Getty Images Wearing satin shirts is like inviting a fashion disaster in the Summer. Not only are you going to sweat profusely but you'll also stink and the worst part is that it'll all be visible, because satin shows.
  13. Hailed as Bollywood's most prolific underdog-turned-mega-star, critically acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan has overpowered the tumour that was threatening his life, and won his battle against cancer. © RSVP Movies Last seen in the movie 'Karwaan' which was released in August last year, Irrfan had since been in London for his treatment. In March last year, Irrfan had announced that he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour. Soon after, he left for London to undergo treatment for his condition. The past year has been a struggle for Irrfan and his family, however, the actor recently returned home after successfully beating cancer. pic.twitter.com/d4Osol3NvP — Irrfan (@irrfank) April 3, 2019 But that's not it. Today, Irrfan took to Twitter to officially announce his Bollywood comeback post-cancer, with the first look of 'Angrezi Medium'. GMB serving since 1900s It's going to be fun to tell another story #AngreziMedium. Coming soon, with Mr Champakji... Aa Raha Hu phir entertain Karne Sabko #ItsTimeToKnowChampakJi #AngreziMediumð¸ ðºð» pic.twitter.com/mC3IL2UMpf — Irrfan (@irrfank) April 8, 2019 The actor wrote, “Aa raha hu phir entertain karne sabko” and posted the first look of his upcoming film which shows Irrfan as a simple, sweet shop owner in a simple shirt and pants combo, posing outside his sweet shop. We absolutely love Irrfan's attitude towards life and his commitment towards his work. His undying spirit is an inspiration for us all. Here is everything else that we know about the film so far. 1. 'Angrezi Medium' is a sequel to 2017's blockbuster hit 'Hindi Medium' which starred Irrfan Khan and Pakistani actress Saba Qamar. 2. As per reports, currently, the film is being shot in parts of Udaipur in Rajasthan. Parts of the film will also be shot in London. © Maddock Films 3. The film will star Radhika Madan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in lead roles opposite Irrfan. 4. Reportedly, Radhika will be seen essaying the role of Irrfan's daughter, while Kareena will be seen portraying the role of a cop. 5. Irrfan's character in the film is called Champak ji, who owns a sweet shop called Ghasiteram Mishthan Bhandar that been in business since the 1900s. We already have very high hopes from the film and cannot wait to lay our eyes on the trailer ASAP.
  14. You have to admit, the most exciting part about having a crush on someone is not knowing whether or not they like you back! The 'what ifs' usually rule your mind more often than not and you can't help but process a lot of assumptions at one go. The most blatant one though is figuring out how to get closer to the one you're crushing on. Not in a creepy way of course, but closer maybe emotionally, physically and proximity-wise. © Fox Star Studios We believe the only way to get definitive answers is not to sit there and assume what she's thinking but to be pro-active and act on what you already know or want to know! You should also give them subtle hints about that the fact that you're crushing on them and if feelings are mutual, you've already laid the groundwork for yourself! Hence, here are 5 ways that work like a charm in helping you get closer to your crush! (1) Follow Them On Social Media But Don't Be A Creep If you've met them once or twice, sending them a friend or follow request shouldn't be a problem. They'll surely accept it if you they know you. Once they have accepted your request, don't go nuts stalking them! I mean yes you can take a look at their profile etc. but make sure you don't 'like' anything accidentally. Also, stay away from creepy messages through DMs. That's just a straight up no! What you can do in fact is figure out what their interests and hobbies are through their profiles and use them to find a common connect. © Pinterest (2) Use Things In Common To Connect It's easier to start a conversation with someone you have something in common with than to aim in the dark. By that I mean if you find out she loves dogs and you do too, maybe strike up a conversation on love for animals or dogs. But if you don't like dogs, don't pretend you do or you'll be 'catfishing' her instead. Find what she loves doing, and if it's common with your interest and then strike up a conversation. © AA Films (3) Strike Up A Conversation Now, that you've made sufficient contact over social media with her, it's time to strike up a conversation on anything you may feel can connect you two. Don't push it though. Start the conversation slowly and steadily and build it up as you go forward. Figure out what's on her mind, try and be mildly sensitive and humorous about general stuff and try getting to know her better, once you establish a solid base. © Pinterest (4) Have A 'Memeship' Maybe your conversations don't last too long or happen as often as you want them to. That doesn't mean you go absolutely lull and silent. You can still continue to drop by her DMs with funny meme's that can make her laugh, or start a short conversation either on the meme or on the day in general. Having a memeship with someone you like is healthy and sometimes necessary. Although, be careful of the kind of content you send her through those memes. It shouldn't be something that offends her. © Twitter (5) Ask Them Out On A Date Once you've established a basic flow of communication through conversations, social media poking and memes, you can definitely move forward and ask her out on a date. Either you can ask her out for a coffee because that's a safer option than asking her out for drinks. If you do ask her out for drinks, it'll in all probability fall under the assumption of you wanting to have *** with her later. Well, most times it does. But she's your crush, so I am sure you'd like to take her out and get to know her for real before any other need for intimacy arises. So, ask her out for a nice cup of coffee, lunch or even dinner and I am sure she'll say yes! © Instagram Social media has become a necessary tool to establish any kind of communication and you need to know how to use it well if you want to get to know someone better. Don't over-indulge through it, or harass someone from it but try and follow these steps above to decently introduce yourself and your intentions, to your crush.
  15. Even though Apple announced an updated version of the AirPods, the company accidentally revealed a brand new true wireless earphone that is expected to launch soon. According to a report by 9to5Mac, the company is expected to launch its second true wireless earphones. Apple mistakenly left animations and images inside the iOS 12.2. update which shows off the new Powerbeats wireless earphones. © 9to5Mac The new earphones will be called 'Powerbeats Pro' and will replace the Powerbeats 3 which has better sound quality than the AirPods. It will have a tight seal which is a major missing feature of the AirPods and also has swappable tips. These tips will add better water and sweat resistance for the earphones and keep them in place. The new AirPods come with Apple's H1 chip which could also be included in the Powerbeats Pro. The new chip enables the new AirPods to have an always-listening feature which simply allows users to activate Siri by saying “Hey Siri” © 9to5Mac The Powerbeats 3 offered 12 hours of battery and we could only guess what the Powerbeats Pro is expected to offer. The pricing of the unexpected wireless earphones is also unknown but could be a bit more expensive than the AirPods. The Powerbeats are also expected to launch in two colours i.e. white and black which should be a saving grace for many users. Black AirPods have been one of the most requested product by Apple Fans, and we may just see it on a different set of wireless earbuds for now. We can only be sure of the price and battery life once Apple announces the Powerbeats Pro officially. Source: 9to5Mac
  16. The Indian gaming industry is seeing a rapid growth, thanks to behemoths like Tencent, who're actively making an active investment. If everything goes well, digital gaming in India is expected to grow into a billion-dollar market. But it's not all roses here when it comes to gaming. According to a report by a US-based cloud services provider Limelight Networks, it looks like Indian gamers are seriously addicted to gaming. An alarming rate of Indians are even compromising on basic things like meals, sleep, and even work for playing online games. © Pexels Apparently, close to 50-per cent gamers in the country are considering quitting their jobs to take up gaming as a profession. I mean, I like the enthusiasm, but I am not sure if they all realize the risks involved. The report highlights that Indian gamers are spending nearly seven hours each week playing online games. Close to 24 per cent of players are admitting to playing for more than seven hours a week, whereas over 11 per cent of them say they indulge for more than 12 hours in a given week. To shed some more light on the matter, the report further notes that 45 per cent of Indian gamers accepted that they have missed sleep to play games. It doesn't stop there, as 35 per cent of gamers say they've missed out on spending time with their friends or going out on a date. And surprisingly, the report says that close to 24 per cent of gamers have skipped work just to play games. If not, it looks like nearly 20 per cent of gamers play at work on a daily basis. © Unsplash As I said, I like the optimism, but it's important that they need to understand the risks involved too. Professional gamers, spend more 10-15 hours a day grinding to perfect their gameplay. Twitch streamers & professional gamers like Shroud, DrDisrespect, etc., spend way too much time playing games. Some of them have even talked about the mental and physical health issues which they have to go through to put so much work. As much as I am excited about Indian gamers coming out of the closet, I am equally concerned about the addiction and other factors that are involved. Well, let's just hope that people understand what they're getting into, and it's not just because of the on-going 'PUBG' fad. I say that because a lot of Indian gamers and streamers are doing extremely well playing these new titles. Naturally, the people enjoying their streams and gameplay are bound to get attracted. However, it's important to see the full picture and balance everything before being able to support oneself as a professional gamer. If not, then this needs to stop before it's too late.
  17. Ray Tracing has been only possible on Nvidia's latest GPUs that boasts the Turing architecture — until today. The company announced that Nvidia will support a wide range of GPUs with ray tracing technology on older GPUs, right up to the GTX 1060. Nvidia will offer racing on various GPUs as you can see from the list below: · GTX 1060 6GB · GTX 1070 · GTX 1070 Ti · GTX 1080 · GTX 1080 Ti · Titan X · Titan XP · GTX 1660 · GTX 1660 Ti · Titan V Even though Ray Tracing was only possible on the 20's series but this is now possible on older GPUs only if games are built using Microsoft's Direct X12 and DirectX Ray Tracing (or DXR). If a game is built using DXR, older GPUs will be able to support ray tracing. © Nvidia “When programmable shaders were introduced more than 15 years ago, they changed gaming forever. Today, real-time ray tracing is set to do the same thing — it represents the next landmark shift in game development,” said Matt Wuebbling, head of GeForce marketing at NVIDIA. “The breadth of industry adoption is remarkable —standard APIs, integration in major game engines, multiple AAA titles and support enabled in millions of hardware products. It all points to an exciting future for gamers.” © BCCL The performance on older GPUs remains to be seen as Ray Tracing works in different ways for different games. Tracing of light does not take too much GPU power, however, creating shadows and reflections can be GPU intensive. For example, ray tracing performance on a game like Battlefield V maybe better than Metro Exodus as it depends on different types of lighting being used in a game. Nvidia claims that the 1080Ti at 1,440p resolution supported ray tracing with 50fps. The new driver that will enable support for RTX on older GPUs will bring ray tracing to millions of users. This, in turn, will result in more games in the future implementing DXR and Microsoft's Direct X12. At the moment, there are a handful of games that support ray-tracing and this new update will make Nvidia's new features accessible to millions of gamers.
  18. 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.
  19. "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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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”.
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  25. 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
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