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  1. Following the ODI series against the visiting Australian cricket team comes as a wake-up call for the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI). It gives a hint of how dire a situation they are in right now and what kind of competition they are looking at in the ICC World Cup 2019 come June. It was also a reminder of how badly do they still need Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be included in the final roster. Virat Kohli's Commander In Chief © Reuters Yes, Virat Kohli has proven his worth maybe a million times both as a batsman and a leader and his efforts were even recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) when they honoured the 30-year-old with three of the most prestigious awards in the game - Men's Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and ODI Cricketer of the Year while also naming him the captain of the Test and ODI Teams of the Year. However, the man himself has agreed to the fact that he can afford the luxury of fielding at the boundary whenever Dhoni plays from his team. A big fan of the former skipper's ability to lead, Kohli trusts Dhoni's decision-making, especially in crunch time, when the match is on the line. Kohli's frustration and anger in the final overs of Indian bowling in the fifth ODI were enough to understand how gravely he missed having 'Mahi Bhai' by his side. Skills Behind The Stumps © Reuters Rishabh Pant may turn out to be a great substitute for MSD in due course of time and as his childhood coach Tarak Sinha very rightly said that it is unfair to compare a seasoned veteran like Dhoni to a fresher like Pant. Having said that, Pant will get a lot of chances to brush up his skills behind the wicket. For now, at least till the World Cup is over, India can't afford to have the kind of slip-ups the 21-year-old did in the last two ODIs. "Yeh aank band karke rokega. Dusra waala daal sakta hai isko." MS Dhoni from behind the stumps reads Boult, suggests Kuldeep to bowl a googly. Kuldeep obliges and Rohit takes a simple catch at first slip. NZ have been bowled out for 157. #CricketMeriJaan #NZvIND — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 23, 2019 India also missed how Dhoni reads the game and the batsman's mind and instructs the bowlers accordingly. Success of Indian spinners in the recent past has a lot to do with Dhoni's observations from behind the stumps. On the contrary, his absence from the roster has led to bowlers like Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav being thrashed by the batsmen from Down Under. Dependable On The Crease © Reuters His capabilities as a batsman also needs to be taken into account. Albeit his consistency to score big runs and hit long shots has gone down drastically in recent days, but one can still bet on Dhoni's ability to stay on the crease. During the T20I and ODI series in New Zealand and the partnership between him and Jadhav, Dhoni made sure that his side doesn't lose any more wickets while enabling his partner to score big runs on strike. His Locker-Room Aura © Reuters Finally, just the mere presence of a personality like Dhoni in the locker room brings a sense of stability to the team. After the win in the first ODI, Jadhav openly advocated that notion: “Every time I see 'Mahi bhai', it instills confidence in me. That sort of aura is like, that you see him and feel that 'I will deliver today'. He has the knack of getting the best out of every player and that's what everybody loves about him.”
  2. The World Wide Web is a fascinating place to step into. There are a gazillion “addresses” you can visit and explore, and yet it holds no physical dimensions around it to vouch for its existence outside the pixelated and LED lit screens of the myriad gizmos that allow access to it. WWW, as it is most popularly known, was brought into existence 30 years ago today, by British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989. Today there are close to 2 billion websites connected to the World Wide Web online, and life without the web seems almost impossible. (c) Thinkstock Given the raging wave of digitization that has engulfed our world far and wide, the web today has become almost as vital for our survival in the urbanscape that is constantly changing and evolving all the time, as is food or shelter. So, on the WWW's 30th anniversary we decided to go around asking young millennials what are they most grateful to the internet for, and how the web may have changed their life beyond repair. (c)Thinkstock The answers, as you shall be witnessing, range from poignant to funny depending on what these young men and women think is the biggest boon of the internet's existence in 2019. With a majority of the young (and old) around the world heavily depending on the web and its services to get sh** done on a day to day basis (basically exist), the 30th anniversary of the WWW sure holds a lot of importance for all those who make use of it, and rely on its magic as if lives depended on it. Here is what these 7 millennials have to say: (c) MensXP We have all been there and I suppose all of us are forever indebted to the web for the depth of information it has in store, and the umpteen times it has saved our a** when it comes to last minute “research” and assignment submission throughout school, college and even at work! (c) MensXP Online dating and socialisation have seen the biggest boom in the recent years, and with all the thrill that it brings into our life, there is no denying the dangers and misadventures one might come across in the virtual world. But the internet really does help us to get a heads up, and often saves us from nuisances and dangers. (c) MensXP How can we say anything else after this? This is so relevant to all regardless of whether we are millennials or not. The web has really changed our lives by exposing us to some of the greatest melodies and artists from around the world, which would have otherwise been lost to us. (c) MensXP Again, Facebook and Google have been complete game changers when it comes to the existence of the internet. What would we do without Google and all its “relevant” answers, and Facebook - that allows us to do a lot more than “stay connected”. (c) MensXP Touché. Not just Harshleen, but there must be a million other people whose lives changed forever thanks to the magic that is YouTube. So many of us have been able to get done so many things all because of this blessing. (c) MensXP Exchange of ideas and connecting with like-minded individuals from around the world, who share the same dreams, hopes and aspirations could only be made possible due to the existence of the web. The number of ideas, people and innovations that the internet furthers in beyond our imagination. (c) MensXP We have already been told about what a blessing Facebook is for millennials, but Netflix? We have no intention of adding anything to what Shwetabh has spoken of. Netflix is a true friend indeed.
  3. Abhay Deol has been MIA for a while. However, that is what sets him apart from everyone else in Bollywood, we think. There's this inexplicably charming nonchalance about everything he does - right from not making an effort to get along with the maddening B'town crowd, to not being hesitant in the least while speaking up about important issues like the obsession with fair skin. © © Instagram/Abhaydeol He is never in the limelight but sneakily went through an amazing transformation that should most certainly bring him under it. © Instagram/Abhaydeol © Instagram/Abhaydeol He has been hitting the gym a lot, and it clearly is working wonders. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Abhay Deol (@abhaydeol) on Aug 3, 2018 at 7:17am PDT Those traps speak for themselves. © Instagram/Abhaydeol Of course, the fashion bit is on point as well. © Instagram/Abhaydeol © Instagram/Abhaydeol Also, look at that beard game. View this post on Instagram Something about the cold weather that is both, exhilarating and off-putting at the same time! Hello U.K! A post shared by Abhay Deol (@abhaydeol) on Nov 20, 2018 at 1:49am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Abhay Deol (@abhaydeol) on Jan 24, 2019 at 7:55pm PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Abhay Deol (@abhaydeol) on Sep 4, 2018 at 6:00am PDT Good going, Abhay! We can't wait to see you on the big screen again.
  4. You may have come across bodybuilding coaches who promote training styles to adjust one's hormones and propagate the concept that you have to train in a certain way to increase certain hormones. According to these coaches, if you increase these hormones, you will become the natural Ronnie Coleman or Phil Heath of the fitness industry. The most popular hormones discussed in this context are: 1. Testosterone 2. Human Growth Hormone 3. Cortisol © Unsplash Testosterone and Human Growth Hormone are desirable as they are anabolic aka they build your body, whereas Cortisol is bad and is something you should stay from as much as possible from. This belief has led to coaches developing shitty training plans and draw pathetic conclusions from it. To promote Human Growth Hormone, coaches or trainers tell their clients that they need to workout using heavy loads in a state of steady fasting. To increase testosterone, you need to work out in a particular rep range and you need to take very little rest between sets. Why is this idea stupid? From what you have yourself read, you may be wondering that if Testosterone and Human Growth Hormone are good, why not train for them? But the main point you need to understand is that there is a physiological range of hormones and then there is a supraphysiological or the enhanced range of hormones. The physiological range is the one you have naturally. When you train for certain hormones, two things will happen: 1. The hormone spike occurs for a short duration of time. 2. The hormone spike is in the physiological range. Whether the hormone levels are on the lower end or the upper end, as long as they are in the physiological or natural range, it won't make much difference. Talking about Human Growth Hormone, misinformed coaches suggest you should train in a state of fasting. The downsides of training while fasting are: 1. Increased muscle protein breakdown. 2. Poor strength levels. 3. Poor recovery. 4. Poor quality training sessions. You will lift lesser weights and suffer from fatigue. For Testosterone, rest very little between sets. © Unsplash The downsides of that are: 1. Poor recovery. 2. A lighter load lifted. 3. Reduced work capacity. 4. Increased risk of injury. Now let's discuss Cortisol or the stress hormone. Cortisol is the stress hormone and catabolic. Anabolic = good and Catabolic = bad. Here is where the knowledge of most of these coaches or trainers is limited. When you exercise, you are causing wear and tear in your muscle. That is catabolic too. And the funny part is, you are doing it consciously. Training is catabolic. So yeah, catabolic does not mean bad. Surprisingly, in a study done on athletes and cortisol levels with long-term training, the athletes who had more cortisol elevations over time were muscular and stronger than those who did not. Athletes with higher cortisol levels had a higher work capacity. That means, more volume and more loads lifted over time. To conclude, if you are planning your training to influence certain hormones, you are just wasting time. Instead, you should dedicate this time to build muscle productively. 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.
  5. A British man who was HIV-Positive has become the second adult in the world to be cleared of the AIDS virus. Christened as “the London patient”, he got a second chance at a healthy life after receiving a bone marrow transplant from an HIV resistant donor. If you are wondering how that might be possible, then listen up. The donor, who is not related to the patient has a genetic mutation that is known as “CCR5 delta 32” which grants resistance to HIV virus! Imagine the possibilities this mutation has given rise to. © Twitter The London patient contracted HIV in 2003 and it was because of Ravindra Gupta, a professor and an HIV biologist, who was then working at University College London, and was co-leading a team of doctors treating the man, that this discovery could be made. It has almost been three years since the London patient received the bone marrow transplant and over 18 months since he has come off antiretroviral drugs, and recent, highly sensitive tests have still not shown any trace of an HIV infection relapse. However, though Professor Gupta told the media that, "There is no virus there that we can measure. We can't detect anything", he also added that his patient was "functionally cured" and "in remission", but reminded everyone that "it's too early to say he's cured." © theconversation However, scientists are taking this case as proof that they will be able to end AIDS one day. The world met its first functionally cured HIV patient in 2007, named Timothy Brown. Brown had received a similar treatment in Germany and came to be known as the Berlin patient. Brown has since moved to the US and according to experts, is still HIV-free. These discoveries are making us more hopeful of a future where fatal diseases such as AIDS and cancer will finally get cured.
  6. Ever since the deadly Pulwama terror attack by JeM that took the lives of over 40 CRPF soldiers on Valentine's Day last month, the cricketing fraternity in India has had varying opinions about the Board of Cricket Control in India's (BCCI) decision to plea to the other member nations of the International Cricket Council or the ICC to “sever ties with the nation from which terrorism emanates”. In other words, the BCCI wanted to boycott the Pakistan cricket team during the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in London and Wales as a means to show their protest against terrorism. I'm boycotting today's #IndvAus ODI to protest the BCCI pestering the ICC to ban Pakistan from the World Cup — Dennis Universe Boss (@DennisCricket_) March 2, 2019 A number of cricketing legends such as Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh were openly advocating this move while there were others such as Sunil Gavaskar and Indian master blaster Sachin Tendulkar who instead thought that competing and beating Pakistan on the biggest platform of the game would be the most impactful response. However, during the quarterly ICC meet in Dubai, when BCCI CEO Rahul Johri raised the issue to be discussed formally, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar refused to pay heed to the topic saying that the council did not enjoy the authority to 'isolate' Pakistan because it continues to be one of the permanent members of the Council. Amid India-Pak World Cup clash uncertainty, BCCI to discuss ICC's stand on terrorism pic.twitter.com/Gex2n2PS0v — Mukesh Rajpoot (@MukeshR43127690) March 4, 2019 So, the most pertinent question here is, now what?. The decision of forfeiting from the contest against Pakistan now rests completely in the hands of the BCCI. The two cricketing titans are scheduled to go head to head during the point round on 16th June 2019 and even if India decides to not show up for the match and Pakistan wins by default, it will have little to no harm on India's chances at qualifying for the knockout rounds. However, the real issue arises if and when the two rivals meet again during the semis or worse yet, the World Cup final. Is India ready to give up on all those players who only want to lift the trophy and have been dreaming about this day ever since they were kids? Alternatively, will they just look over the agenda and face them? The kind of heat the BCCI will face from those who share Ganguly and Singh's vision, will then be extremely difficult to deal with the Indian Cricket Board. Yes, India has been wronged, time and again, as terrorism has been inflicted on our sovereign land and the perpetrators are all around us, but when politics get involved with sports, the outcome, more often than not, is ugly.
  7. It was a chilly Sunday afternoon in Bengaluru, the roads were empty and the offices closed. If you were new in the area, you'd ask out loud: “What has happened to one of the busiest and happening cities this nation?” The answer: India Vs England. People found themselves stuck in front of their televisions, unable to blink amid one of the most anticipated matchups of the 2011 ICC World Cup, the host, Team India was to go head-to-head against a dominating force in England. Paul Collingwood, skipper Andrew Strauss and the notorious Kevin Peterson had taken the Englishmen to heights never seen before. On the other hand, the Men in Blue looked rock solid with Sachin Tendulkar getting over his woes and thoughts of retiring from the sport, Virender Sehwag finding his mojo and MS Dhoni's outstanding winning streak, while a young Virat Kohli was on the rise. After winning the toss, in a not-so-popular decision, Dhoni decided to bat first. Unable to stick to the crease for long, opener Virender Sehwag was dismissed by Matt Prior off Tim Bresnan. However, it was the second opener and the 'god of cricket' Sachin Tendulkar who showed his true form to us mortals as he took the English bowlers to task. Be it pacer James Anderson or orthodox spinner James Yardy, the master blaster spared no one. In a beautiful innings, Tendulkar scored a toasty 120 to record his 47th ODI ton and the fifth World Cup century - more than any other player in the history of the game. Check out "WC 2011: Sachin Smashes 120 vs Eng" on Hotstar!https://t.co/aU9p38gFoz — Aditya Pandey (@adityapandey148) February 27, 2019 Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh were excellent sidekicks to Tendulkar's heroic performance as they scored 51 and 58 runs respectively. Team India built a mammoth total of 338 for England to chase. People expected England to swing for the fences from the first ball, but nobody expected captain Andrew Strauss to explode like that. Watching him destroy the spinners made people want to shoot themselves in the foot. Both Piyush Chawla and Harbhajan Singh were visibly frustrated as Strauss sent deliveries to every corner of the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. After scoring an incredible 158 off 145 balls, the English batsman was finally sent away on an LBW appeal by bowler Zaheer Khan. Despite Strauss' sendoff, England managed to hang on to the ropes as future skipper Ian Bell shouldered the batting order, scoring 69 in 71. Even though the English tailenders were on the crease, the Indian fans were holding their breath as the fate of the match was to be decided on the very last ball. On a perfect delivery by Munaf Patel, Graeme Swann tried to go for the big one, but the ball went straight to the mid-off fielder Yusuf Pathan, who made no mistake in getting hold of it and the batsmen were pinned to taking a single. After 100 overs of action-pact innings spearheaded by Sachin Tendulkar and Andrew Strauss, one of the greatest encounters in the history of ICC World Cup ended on a tie as commentator Ravi Shastri very rightly said: “No team deserved to lose.”. One of the most exciting @cricketworldcup encounters ever? We think so!#OnThisDay in 2011, India and England tied a thriller in Bengaluru! ð®ð³ ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ pic.twitter.com/p1ndpaS6el — ICC (@ICC) February 27, 2019
  8. Australian wizard and bowler Glenn McGrath is not too famous for his sledging skills unlike his fellow teammates Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds, but he is known for the presence he commanded with his extremely nerve-wracking deliveries that more often than not used to stun the poor batsmen of his time. Having put up some of the most impressive numbers throughout his well-documented career, McGrath boasts of a brilliant 24/8 bowling innings in the first Test match between Australia and the visiting Pakistani team. Although not having enjoyed much success in the Twenty20 International format of the game, 'Nobby' McGrath did have a brilliant 29/4 spell with Delhi Daredevils during the opening season of the Indian Premier League against Rahul Dravid's Royal Challengers Bangalore at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla cricket stadium in 2008. However, McGrath's greatest bowling figures were recorded on this very day, exactly 16 years ago in a World Cup group stage match against the Namibian cricket team that had qualified for the World Cup for the very first time and hasn't qualified ever since. 7 overs. 4 maidens. 7 wickets for just 15 runs! ðª#OnThisDay in 2003, @glennmcgrath11 took a stunning 7/15 against Namibia in Potchefstroom - the best bowling figures in @cricketworldcup history! ð pic.twitter.com/U9DtBeThuE — ICC (@ICC) February 27, 2019 In the 2003 match, having won the toss, Australia decided to bat first. With the help of their big hitters like Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds, the Aussies were able to build a huge total of 301 runs for the newcomers. When the innings switched, it was showtime for McGrath, the pacer. Striking early in the first over itself, Mcgrath was able to dismiss the Namibian opener AJ Burger and it was a cakewalk for Team Australia ever since as the opposing batting-order spiralled around his bowling. In just seven overs, McGrath was able to bag a total of seven wickets giving out just 15 runs. These stats have been recorded as the best bowling figures in the history of ICC World Cups. Australia went on to win the 2003 World Cup after defeating an All-Star Indian cricket team with players like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag building the core of the roster. McGrath dismissed three of India's batsmen in the final.
  9. Did the US Navy manage to teleport a massive warship in what's known as the 'Philadelphia Experiment'? This is one of the most intriguing conspiracy theories around - a close runner-up to the Roswell incident. Fans of the theory stick to their guns, while others say it's just the World War 2 era's equivalent of 'fake news' © Pinterest The Philadelphia Experiment Here's what's supposed to have happened: Back in 1943, the US Navy, apparently working closely with scientists like Albert Einstein, are believed to have been working on invisibility cloak - one that could make their ships invisible to radar and even the naked eye. via GIPHY The experiment is said to have taken on board the USS Eldridge just off the coastal city of Philadelphia. However, things went wrong, horribly so, and while the ship disappeared as it was hoped, when it came back all wasn't well. Apparently, the dematerialisation-materialisation had horrifying consequences, with sailors 'embedded' in the steel of the ship - one sailor was even cut in half. The legend goes that a second experiment, repeated a few weeks later, saw the Eldridge not just become invisible, but that the ship was teleported to the US Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia, returning a few moments later. Again, the crew is said to have suffered, with many deaths, and some sailors reportedly going insane. © Imgur Eyewitnesses Or Weirdos? One account of this was given by a certain Carl Allende, who claimed to be an eyewitness on board another ship nearby. Allende was dismissed as a crank, but around 40 years later, another 'eyewitness' turned up - a man known as Al Biebek claimed he'd been on the Eldridge and was even brainwashed by US intelligence so he'd have no memory of the Philadelphia Experiment. Sorry, Folks, It's Probably (Definitely?) Not True The US Navy has always denied that the Philadelphia Experiment took place, while other naysayers have pointed out that the USS Eldridge had left Philadelphia well before all the mysterious happenings. © YouTube Even the 'eyewitness' accounts were debunked by scientists - a 'green glow' that is said to have surrounded the ship was probably nothing more than a natural phenomenon caused by an electrical storm, while the cables wrapped around some ships were just a way to demagnetise them so they wouldn't set off magnetic mines. There's Even A Movie About It Drop in on a few conspiracy theory forums and you'll find loads of stuff on this rather intriguing story, but we'd also recommend you watch the 1984 film based on this – 'The Philadelphia Experiment' strays a bit from original story but it's worth a watch - it follows two sailors who're on board the Eldridge - they find themselves transported to Nevada. Oh, and it's now 1984. Our time travelling sailors realise that the Navy's picked up the experiment, and it's putting the universe at risk by damaging the fabric of space and time!
  10. Ever since the infamous Pulwama terror attack, former Indian cricketers and other sports officials have been talking about boycotting the Pakistan cricket team during the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 to be held in England and Wales in June. With Punjab Cricket Association removing the photos of iconic Pakistani cricketers from the Mohali stadium and now BCCI doing the same from the head office, the rage in the cricket fraternity is burning deep against our neighbours. A couple of days ago, former Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh voiced his displeasure against Pakistan. "Don't play the World Cup match with Pakistan on June 16 — country comes first for all of us and we are all standing with our forces,” said the cricketer. “Pakistan has been promoting cross-border terrorism and this attack was unbelievably shocking.” On Wednesday, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly echoed his ex-teammate's opinion when he basically said that Team India is strong enough to be a success at the World Cup even if they do not play against the match Sarfraz Ahmed and his men. But amidst all the chaos there are all but four decisions that the Board of Cricket Control in India can choose to take and all of them are bound to cause multi-fold consequences: Decision 1: Complete Boycott Of Pakistan During The World Cup © Reuters A complete boycott would involve forfeiting every game against Pakistan during the World Cup. In a relatively shorter tournament of the top 10 teams in the world, every side is going to play at least one game against the nine others during the points round. Without a doubt, India is more than capable to making it to the semis even if they give up some points but what if the two teams meet in the knockout rounds or worse yet, in the final? Will BCCI be willing to up give the chance of winning the World Cup? Decision 2: Forfeiting Just The Points Round Match © Reuters If India decides to boycott the Men in Green during the points round, they still have eight matches to cover up. Sure, the burden on Virat Kohli and team's shoulders would be a tad bit more than the others but it's nothing they can't handle. Say, the Men in Blue do meet them in the semis of the final and decide to play them, then does that not defeat the whole purpose of the protest? Doesn't it feel like a facade, an act to show revolt against Pakistan? Decision 3: Campaign To Ban Pakistan From The World Cup © Reuters According to a report by News 18, the Committee of Administration (CoA) has ordered BCCI to push the International Cricket Council (ICC) into banning the Pakistani cricket team from participating in the 2019 World Cup altogether. There is no denying the fact that India is the major revenue source for ICC and if BCCI puts them in a situation to choose between the two teams, the council is likely to tilt in favour of India. However, if things were to go south and ICC rejects BCCI's 'Ban-Pakistan' campaign, not only will it play against the public image of the Board but it will also lead to people questioning India's ability to host the 2021 Champions Trophy and the 2023 World Cup. Decision 4: Play Pakistan Regardless © Reuters This may turn out to be upsetting to a lot of us but this is the most likely decision BCCI is going to take. The attack has left a deep impact in the heart of every Indian citizen but all the hard work put in by Team India must be rewarded. The revolt against terrorism is not disregarded but the World Cup is important too. It is easy for people to suggest the boycott but even if there is a slight chance of this measure leading to a sad end to India's world cup journey, BCCI will act against it. In such times of distress the need for rational decision-making is of utmost importance. Loud noises and anger looks dramatic, sure, but what impacts would take leave on BCCI and the Indian cricket team in the long run must be taken into consideration. The ultimate authority lies in the hands of the Indian board.
  11. Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team have been on a roll ever since the beginning of 2019. Having won the Test and ODI series in Australia and the ODI series in New Zealand has not only led to a number of individual awards for the Men in Blue but also gave a confidence boost to the team. Kohli himself has been on a tear with 2018 being his year without doubt. For his brilliance as the captain of a very capable Indian side and his exceptional skills with the bat, the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to honour the athlete with three of the most prestigious awards during the ICC Awards last month. ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year â ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year â Captain of ICC Test Team of the Year â Captain of ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year â Let's hear from the man himself, @imvKohli! #ICCAwards ð pic.twitter.com/3M2pxyC44n — ICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019 Currently ranked number 2 in the ICC Ranking for ODI teams, India consists of some very talented batsmen in Virat Kohli (World Rank 1), Rohit Sharma (World Rank 2) and Shikhar Dhawan (World Rank 10) and bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah (World Rank 1), Kuldeep Yadav (World Rank 4) and Yuzvendra Chahal (World Rank 5) who have helped immensely in restricting the opponents to lower totals. There is no doubting that the Indian cricket team is one of the greatest sides in today's era and is considered to be one of the favourites for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. However, there is another team that has been having one of the most iconic runs in the modern age. The England cricket team has literally been on top of their game throughout 2018. Ranked number 1 on ICC ODI team rankings, Eoin Morgan's team might as well be the greatest team England has ever cheered for. While hitter Joe Root (World Rank 4) and one of the finest English all-rounders in Moeen Ali (World Rank 5) have contributed heavily towards keeping their side on top, players like Adil Rashid (World Rank 8) and Chris Woakes (World Rank 12) have been a terror for the rival batsmen. In the latest display of their brilliance, during the first of five ODI games to take place against the Windies, England chased down a massive score of 360 runs with extremely ease nullifying Chris Gayle's heroic comeback innings in which he scored his 24th ODI century while hitting 12 long sixes. What an incredible victory for England! They've chased down 361 – it's England's highest successful run-chase in ODI cricket! Jason Roy and Joe Root have led the way with centuries to help England go 1-0 up in the series. #WIvENG | SCORECARD â¬ï¸ https://t.co/pQbWOWuEQM pic.twitter.com/xnc1hAiLlA — ICC (@ICC) February 20, 2019 Opener Jason Roy and middle-order powerhouse Joe Root, both scored centuries at supernatural strike rates while skipper Eoin Morgan also contributed to the win with 65 runs. Winning with an over and a half and 6 wickets in hand, England get the world know that they are already world cup-ready. While teams like New Zealand and South Africa along with a replenished Australian side (with in return of Steve Smith and David Warner) will make for some tough competition, it will be Morgan's men who will surely pose the greatest threat to Virat Kohli's dream of lifting the world cup as the captain of the Indian cricket team.
  12. 14th February 2019 marked one of the darkest days in India's rich history. A cowardly terror strike in the Pulwama district of Awantipora robbed India of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on the spot, while injuring several others. The tragic incident has since become the topic of great discussion, further fuelling backlash for Pakistan over their alleged role in the deadly strike. In protest against the Pulwama attack, the Indian government withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status awarded to Pakistan. Upon withdrawal, basic customs duty on all goods exported from Pakistan to India has been raised to 200 per cent with immediate effect. More recently, IMG Reliance, too, pulled out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as their main broadcaster, as a mark of respect for the CRPF martyrs. © AP The Cricket Club of India (CCI) also removed the portrait of Pakistan PM Imran Khan from their restaurant wall. While the world was condemning the horrendous act, the Pakistan PM didn't even bother to comment on it which led to the CCI's move. "We condemn the terror activities carried out against our army and CRPF personnel. Though CCI is a sporting association but nation comes first even before sports," CCI Secretary Suresh Bafna had told ANI, while also suggesting to skip the Pakistan clash in the ICC World Cup in June. Amid growing calls for revenge, Indian cricket fans, too, have asked skipper Virat Kohli and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to boycott Pakistan at the World Cup in England and Wales. Expel the country Pakistan from every global arena, at first, expel them from ICC World cup 2019. It's mandatory. Separate them is every stage.ð ð¡ Jai Hind. #ICC we don't want to see Ind vs Pak match WC #ExposeDeshDrohis #PulwamaTerrorAttacks #ICC #BCCI pic.twitter.com/udBFAbUvpc — Shomedeep Mondal (@MondalShomedeep) February 17, 2019 @BCCI @imVkohli @RaviShastriOfc The general emotion of the Indian public is don't play Pakistan in world cup as well, let ICC award the 2 points to Pakistan. I am sure you all can do ur bit for our Marty's wth this Gesture!! Jai Ho!!! — Amit Manohar Narang (@amit0283) February 17, 2019 Let's boycott Pakistan in @ICC Cricket World Cup! Let's stand together against the terrorism they are sponsoring. @BCCI @CricketAus @OfficialCSA @OfficialSLC @cricketworldcup #BoycottPakistan — Ishaan Datta (@datta_ishaan) February 16, 2019 As a mark of respect for our armed forces Indian cricket team should not play cricket with Pakistan in June world cup match — Vinod Punwani (@vpunwani56) February 17, 2019 If you have the spine @BCCI then give a strong message to @ICC Either India will be part of World Cup 2019 or Pakistan. You have enough funds to pull this off Will you do it @msdhoni @imVkohli — #RenukaJain, FCA ð®ð³ (@RenukaJain6) February 15, 2019 #boycottindvspakworldcupmatch @BCCI & @imVkohli please boycott Ind Vs Pak match in world cup 2019. @imVkohli 2 point bhikh me de do pak walo ko. We do not want to see Indian team with Atankistan on the same field. Proud to be an indian. #PulwamaAttack — Keshav Pandey (@Pandey_k100) February 17, 2019 ICC gets most profit from IND vs PAK matches. Boycott this event they will sure show Pakistan its place — Sumit gupta (@Virus0uploading) February 18, 2019 Dear @BCCI there is a IND vs PAK WC fixture on 16/6/19 so please make sure this match is cancelled otherwise we will have to boycott the @cricketworldcup #Pulwama #PulwamaAttack #PulwamaTerrorAttack — Dr. Hanni Billu (@SavageRaptor7) February 15, 2019
  13. Christopher Henry Gayle, a name which has already been engraved in the history of cricket as one of the most powerful hitters the game has ever seen. On one hand, where hitting a six is a very common sight in cricket, many believe that a six by Chris Gayle should at least be given a run count of eight, instead of just six. The power with which this man hits a ball is out of this world. There have been uncountable instances where a match has been stopped just because the ball was smacked outside the stadium by the 'Gayle-force'. Rumours surrounding Gayle's retirement were proven correct yesterday, as the Indies star announced his retirement from the ODI format post the ICC World Cup 2019. So, just before we get to see the final Gayle-storm in action, let's have a look at some of his finest innings witnessed by the world: 1. Gayle's Maiden Century (Kenya) © Reuters Soon after making an impact in Test cricket, Gayle slammed his maiden ODI century against Kenya on their home soil, in Nairobi. Despite being a little late to the party, he made his mark by touching the score of 152 in his first ever ODI ton. This humongous score consisted of 17 fours and a single six. With time, we saw the proportion of his runs shifting towards the big hits instead of fours and singles. 2. Gayle-Storm In Ahmedabad (India) © Reuters The year 2001, was just the beginning of the many earthquakes by the big man. A year after his thundering performance in Kenya, he started bashing any team which came in his way. He went on to score 3 consecutive tons against the Indians when the Windies toured India in 2002. Out of all those tons, the best one came in Ahmedabad where he shattered the bowling line up of India, consisting of Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra and Ajit Agarkar. Though the West Indies couldn't win that match, the splendid performance by the Chris Gayle helped them seal the series by 4-3 in their favour. 3. Gayle's Show In Johannesburg (South Africa) © Reuters Yet another showdown by the big guy came in 2004 against South Africa in Johannesburg, where he managed to put up the same score as of his first ODI ton, 152. But this time, there was an upgrade as he was unbeaten on that score. But just like before, his ton couldn't help the Indies line-up win the match. In response, the 139 by Jacque Kallis made it easier for South Africa to surpass the total of 304 with two balls still to go. 4. Gayle's Display Against The Kiwis © Reuters Another scorching century against New Zealand in 2012, took Gayle to his 20th One Day International tons. Here, being at home, he posted 125 runs of his own in the total of 315, hitting nine sixes and eight boundaries. After a long time, his century proved to be of worth to his team, as the West Indies resulted in winning the match by 55 runs. 5. Gayle-Storm In The World Cup 2015 (Australia-New Zealand) © Reuters In a World Cup match against Zimbabwe, it seemed like Christopher Henry Gayle held a placard, a cliche one but very true: 'Form is temporary, class is permanent.' The six-hitting machine manufactured in Jamaica went into overdrive, answering the critics who questioned its efficacy - in record-breaking style. Blasting a herculean score of 215 in mere 179 balls, Gayle took the team total up to 372 in 50 overs. His 215, was peppered with a whopping 16 sixes and 10 boundaries. With these being one of the best performances by the Caribbean 'Big-Dog', let's hope he ends his ODI career on a high by delivering yet another blistering knock in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
  14. They say love is one-dimensional. But when you look at it blossom, you will find dimensions you've never envisioned before in life. Love grows in spectacular ways and you can only experience it if you meet the right companion along the way. You may ask what a 'right companion' truly is. Well, in very simple terms, someone who is true to you and understands your needs and wants, most given times. © Instagram But according to Kristina and Eugene, companionship is a very different concept. It's to familiarise each other with what their respective needs and wants are and use that as an advantage to have an absolutely fun relationship. Yes, you read that right. When was the last time you met someone who piqued your interests and matched it with theirs? Some of you may have found some likeminded people, but have you ever unanimously decided to give up the regular life and travel the world instead? That's what Kristina and Eugene's story is all about and it doesn't end there! It ends with a happy family indeed. © Instagram The First Time They Met Both of them met while they were still in university in Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine. While figuring out their mutual interests on their check-list, the two bonded over common musical interests and hangout sessions post classes, following which they liked each other's company so much, they became best friends. Pretty soon their friendship transcended into a love interest and everything else made more sense than before. But the most astounding part was that their basics were not stamped on just romance, passion or love. The reason they were together was that they felt the most comfortable with each other, and we seldom forget that being yourself and comfortable around someone is the first rule of a good relationship. © Instagram "Our romance started from the point of perception that we don't irritate each other! Not a passion, desire or love! It doesn't sound very romantic, I know! But our affection increased each day and in 4 more years, we decided to become a family. 10 years have passed since we started our romantic relationship, but we are still the happiest couple and we are harmonious partners in all life spheres." - Kristina After all, love blossoms through an avalanche of comfort and familiarity, doesn't it! If you're in a state of absolute comfort with someone, wherein you don't have to pretend otherwise and you disseminate all your fears and tribulations equally among each other, real love truly sprouts from there. Couples today fret about long-lasting companionships or the lack of passion, but they forget that the ultimate companionship rule to live by comes from the premise of being yourself with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. © Instagram What Made Them Stay Together? Apart from the easier quirks between two people, there are other things that make a relationship really challenging and workable. And this is where sharing mutual interests comes handy. Couples who share mutuality in ways that make sense, last longer. And by mutuality, I mean sharing similar interests that can change lives. Both Kristina and Eugene love to travel and that's the one thing that has bound them together tightly ever since they met. In college, the only thing that decided their fate was a 4-day trip that they took together, following which realised they've evolved from being just friends to something more transcendental! Since then, they have been travelling across the globe for over 10 years. © Instagram About two years ago, the couple decided to take their travels a bit more seriously and decided on travelling across Asia. And that's when their real journey as a 'family' began! "All 10 years of being together we travel – at least once a year. But two years ago we decided to have even a bigger adventure. We were not quite happy with our professions and wanted to reload ourselves. A long-time journey through Asia seemed a good way to do that. We had to give our apartment for rent and sell some stuff in order to have enough money for that. So we quit our jobs and were ready for a journey. By now, as a couple, we've visited 24 countries." - Eugene. © Instagram That's the thing about taking risky decisions in a relationship. They always go through because the support for it to work is so strong, it overpowers any hardship they may face. Just like how Kristina and Eugene did when they both decided to quit their jobs and take a stand on what to do next. © Instagram The Chapati Sojourn "We had started this journey in January 2017 from Fort Kochi and planned to stay there for only a few days. However, destiny had other plans, and on the second night, we came across a tiny, dehydrated puppy in the darkness, all alone." - Kristina © Instagram Chapati came into their lives like a surge of happiness and positivity during grim times. They found her scattering away, unfed and unwell and took her in their care to nourish her and bring her to life. "We found that we want to name her like our favourite Indian bread because she had the same tan colour and was very thin." - Kristina © Instagram The minute they named the dog, there was no looking back. They found a home in her and she in them, and she became a part of their travels and their family from that very moment! "Chapati brought many changes to our lives. She influenced our travel-philosophy: now we don't chase visiting all sightseeing places or try to see as many countries as possible. We learned how to relax and easily take deviations to our plans. Her own attitude to life often teaches us to be more flexible, readily get acquainted with people and even to communicate with those, who speak languages we don't understand." - Eugene © Instagram Bringing an animal into your life changes you as a person. The change is noticeable slowly and steadily. They teach you resilience, certain ways of triumphs, patience and the most important one- unconditional love. That's what Chapati taught the two after she came into their lives. She taught them to slow things down and recognise things for what they are, to see the ethereal beauty in things, to savour moments that are important and precious. © Instagram Their travel philosophy also changed trajectory. They learnt how it's not always necessary to travel to every place, soak in every bit of space or scramble around in a hurry just sightseeing or divulge their energy in agreeing upon what to do, what to see or what to understand. Chapati made it easier for them to relax and absorb only as much as they could. © Instagram "Many people believe (and we did before) that saving one dog's life will not defeat the global problem and will not change the world. Our revelation is that it actually changes the world. At first, it changes the 'universe' of the one saved, and then it changes your own 'world'. Her own attitude to life often teaches us to be more flexible, readily get acquainted with people and even to communicate with those, who speak languages we don't understand."- Kristina © Instagram What Is It Like To Travel With A Dog? "Travelling with a dog is definitely not easy. Each country and city have their own rules and attitude to dogs, which sometimes is impossible to Google in advance. You need to make a lot of 'paper work', you are always limited in places for eating and staying, transportation could also be an issue. It is hard, it is a bit costly, but it worth that. As we have to spend money on Chapati we always try to save when it's possible. So we prefer cheap hotels, we use trains and buses as long as it is possible." - Eugene © Instagram The biggest challenge Kristina and Eugene faced was the 'paperwork' that most countries implement to transport dogs. Financially they were still figuring their way but more than anything else, it was the documentation and the fact that a dog can't be a part of their lives unless she's legally bound to them, that was becoming a challenge. That took time and apart from that, facing challenges in nooks and corners of every street and every city wasn't easy. Sometimes they'd be stranded because no public transport would want to carry a dog and sometimes, they'd come across places that weren't too pet-friendly, so they wouldn't have the option to spend a quiet peaceful night at a hotel. © Instagram But most places accepted Chapati and made her travels with the couple favourable. Since she is so well-mannered and intelligent, even most non-pet friendly places allowed her inside and turned their whole philosophy on animals around. © Instagram "Still, travelling with a dog is a big adventure. We had so many escapades, touchy moments and movie-worth adventures together, like falling in love with Chapati, overcoming barriers on the way to adopt her, finding ourselves in the middle of nowhere at night, getting stuck in a town because no public transport allowed dogs there and it was impossible to leave, saving other dogs and being stressed whether those will survive, sleeping with cockroaches or at freezing temperatures, and even some illegal border-crossings and transportations. All these now seems a thrilling dream, yet we miss those times." - Eugene © Instagram Their favourite memory so far is trekking over San Fruttuoso in Italy and walking the rocky terrain in unfavourable weather conditions as all modes of transport were cancelled due to heavy rains! The three of them walked determined all through the trip, thinking about their future together and eventually making it back home to live it. They had no raincoats or umbrellas and braved the harsh rains. Chapati, with her might to stay strong and grounded, didn't pose as any trouble at all and she was a super trooper! "Drenched, I and Eugene felt ourselves to be the luckiest people in the world to have such a smart and attached dog, who was also all wet. Nevertheless, love was soaring in that wet air and the whole way we spent dreaming about our future. It actually looked like a happy end of a very tense movie. However, it wasn't, and many more adventures are waiting for us." -Kristina © Instagram Bringing Chapati into their lives is like a dream come true and they're solemnly grateful for each day as it passes. The Biggest Lesson Ever Having a dog in your life is the biggest blessing in disguise, according to Kristina and Eugene. If Chapati has reaffirmed anything it's the fact that their faith in communication shouldn't deter, because that's what keeps them strong and grounded. And by them, I mean Chapati as well. Communicating with a dog makes you more susceptible to understanding all sorts of needs and emotions between people and animals and it makes any bond way stronger. Staying together for almost 2 years now, Chapati's presence has made sure that their relationship surrenders its premise on pure communication between a man woman and an animal. © Instagram "Communication is also a clue to the mutual understanding with a dog. Try to perceive what a dog wants to transmit to you, do your best to talk in its language (a language of intonations, eye-contact and gestures) and you will never face any problems!"- Kristina A dog is a man's best friend. Up until now at least, I believed that this was just an idiom that was trying to transforms our instinctive animal behaviour to a more refined human one. But the meaning is way more literal and deeper than that. A dog is in all actuality a man's best friend and we have Chapati as proof, who took her saviours for family and gave them a lot to accept and ruminate about. We think any relationship that needs nourishing and strengthening doesn't need as much counselling as it needs some 'fur intervention'! Here's to 'Travelling Chapati' and her beautiful family. © Instagram "In 2017, we spent the whole year being together 24 hours a day. During these time we didn't leave each other even for a moment, Chapati included. We faced many difficulties, including financial ones. We had lots of challenges on the way. But we remained a team, a loving team. And even now, after 10 years of being together as a couple, we still never irritate each other". - Eugene
  15. We all still listen to and love The Beatles, but their legendary songs could easily become a thing of 'yesterday' and be gone forever. Yep, that's the world of the movie 'Yesterday' where only one single person remembers iconic songs like 'Hey Jude' (and not dude, please) and 'Let It Be'. It's honestly hard to 'Imagine' (ha!) a world where John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr never came together to become The Beatles, but it does make for a unique and interesting movie idea. Basically, the movie is about Jack Malik, a struggling musician who realizes his accident was actually a miracle in disguise. He starts singing the song Yesterday and surprises everyone with his songwriting talent. After realizing he woke up in a world where The Beatles never existed after his accident, he sees a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and obviously takes it. Claiming all the Beatles songs as his own, he becomes the greatest songwriter in the entire world. I've seen the trailer so many times and I will continue watching it because it's that good! And, the best part is that in the trailer, at one point they show two men walking in who claim they have written the songs. Notice something? And notice something here? © Twitter Although it's not directly stated that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will also be in the movie, who else could it be in the gif above? One of the guys (Paul) is barefoot for crying out loud, it's a dead giveaway! I'm so here for Paul and Ringo coming to fight, honestly so ready for this movie. It will be a hit, for sure. Danny Boyle's 'YESTERDAY' looks absolutely brilliant. This premise is so extremely clever, and goes to show how influential the Beatles were & STILL ARE in the 21st Century. Newcomer Himesh Patel looks phenomenal! Add on Boyle's directing talents & we may have a surprise hit! pic.twitter.com/t9ROUwFCl8 — DR Movie News (@DRMovieNews) February 12, 2019 A very good point! Oh my god this looks amazing and they cast a South Asian as the LEAD, in a movie not about being South Asian, who all the girls are in love with. This. Is. Goddam. Progress. â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ Oi Oi @HimeshJPatel â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ https://t.co/c7MKjxbNSh — Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) February 13, 2019 The coolest concept. I don't know if I have ever been this excited for a movie like: #Yesterday about IF #TheBeatles never happened and this guy was the only one to know & make himself famous, my gosh what a cool concept &... THE #BEATLES #Music so ðð»ðð»ðð»ðð» @MsIndiaSummer you see this babe? #FuckYeah https://t.co/WcJmjvnMi9 — Jack Lawrence XXX (@JackLawrenceXXX) February 13, 2019 Yes, please. Wait so if the Beatles weren't a thing in the world of Yesterday does that mean John Lennon is still alive there? pic.twitter.com/oWfXpX3V4t — ð¤ (@anotherdownpour) February 13, 2019 That's a good point. Not sure how I feel about "Yesterday" The entire premise is interesting, but I'd find it hard to believe that without the Beatles that the entire pop culture landscape would be exactly the same. — Michael J. Gleason (@MichaelJGleason) February 13, 2019 So many new original songs, can't wait. These songs are pretty catchy. Can't wait for the soundtrack. — mcbc (@mcbc) February 13, 2019 So happy. that new Yesterday trailer (which I loved) made me listen to The Beatles on my amazon echo and now I am so happy we live in a world where they exist pic.twitter.com/MTZa8neyhA — john b (film critic wannabe) (@johnbizub) February 13, 2019 What a great line. This looks perfect. A seemingly diverse film using the Beatles art for what it is – a once-in-forever collection of absolute genius. And mocking how dreadful ears and the “industry” currently are. “It's not Coldplay, is it? It's not “Fix You.” I lost my shit on that line. ð — Stewart Blake (@stewblake) February 13, 2019 Good tweet. I think a better title would be Yesterday: The Noel Gallagher Story #YesterdayMovie — Bradlei (@BradleiGriffin) February 12, 2019
  16. Seeing the world through the eyes of an explorer soothes more than just our senses, it feeds our soul. There is a renewed sense of vitality that comes from seeking the world with an avid lust of a traveller, who wishes to discover new places and gather experiences that turn out to be nothing less than Aladdin's treasure. This becomes all the more poignant when people say that the world is an oyster for those who know where to look. Tryst with the travel bug is made memorable every time we witness the lush hill stations, or snow-capped mountains and pristine islands sitting in the lap of nature, that are scattered around the world. © Instagram Yet, such amazing experiences would get heightened manifold if one could witness the teeming beauty of this world in the company of someone they love and wish to share their life with. It is a life that most couples would kill for, and there is no guessing why. The possibility of discovering the captivating beauty of the earth with the person who makes your world go round, would pretty much be like living the dream life. And let us tell you that Vidit and Savi are living this exact life. They are lovers as well as travellers in love, and this is exactly how their story unfolded. For Vidit and Savi, their love for travelling and discovering the world together first began from the backseat of their school bus rides at DPS R. K. Puram. Talking about that time of their life Savi says, “we met in high school in New Delhi – we were friends for years, dated for ages, and then got married!” © Instagram Even their first date involved the outdoors, and even though it was a long time ago, Savi remembers it like it was yesterday, “we went for a long drive and coffee at a newly-opened coffee shop in the city! I'd happily do that on a date even today!” Even after having seen most of the world with Vidit, Savi is more than happy to take him up on a similar date even today - who said little things don't count? From that first date to a gazillion one-of-a-kind dates later, Savi and Vidit have come a long way. However, it was back in 2008 when the couple took the biggest leap of their lives. From travelling as a couple to scaling thousands of miles to get married and travel to a new place every month and amping that up to travelling to a new destination every few days and leaving their jobs to make it possible, Savi and Vidit's journey has been nothing short of an adventure. © Instagram The couple decided to document it all on their blog 'Bruised Passports', which today has a great following online. So, when Jaime Lynn Beatty once said that, “jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul,” we suppose nobody could live up to this saying better than the makers of 'Bruised Passports'. As of today, the couple has travelled to 90 countries around the world, with many more to go as per their itinerary. However, their journey as travellers in love began when they were teenagers. Recalling their journey as a couple, this is what Savi had to say, “we travelled a fair bit in South East Asia as teenagers when we had just started dating because Vid went to university in Singapore. That's when both of us fell in love with travelling together!” © Instagram Soon, life caught up with the young couple and “as we grew up, we moved to London and got married. At this stage of our lives, we would save our salaries to travel together each month. We spent almost 8 years in London and would try to travel to a new place every month! This is how we ended up exploring Europe, the US, and parts of Africa.” However, the thrill of exploration and discovery rubbed off on the couple and they began to seek much more of what they had already tasted of life as travellers. Savi shares more and says, “sometime along the way we fell in love with travelling and savouring new experiences. Eventually, we ended up working towards travelling full time. Experiencing remote corners and busy cities of the world together has brought us a lot closer. It's like being partners-in-crime at a whole new level.” © Instagram Yet, when we asked them of their most cherished memory, this is what they had to say, “Finnish Lapland - the feeling of lying in a transparent glass igloo and looking out at the Northern Lights is incomparable. A trip to Lapland offers so many bucket list items - riding a reindeer, sledging with husky dogs, seeing the Northern Lights, cruising through a frozen sea, swimming with icebergs - and for that reason, it is second to none!” Just reading about it is making us daydream about all the glory they might have witnessed, and that sure as hell would be one of the most romantic ways of spending a date night with our significant other, don't you agree? © Instagram But this journey that Savi and Vidit set out on over a decade ago has taught them as much about each other as individuals, as it has taught them about relationships and life at large. Vidit shares how he learns something new from Savi every single day, “I have learnt to be a fighter when it comes to achieving goals. Savi has a meticulous rhythm of working and because of that, I learn something new from her every day. She juggles so many different roles and does it all with perfection.” As for Savi, she claims that “I've learnt the art of prioritising from Vid and never settling for anything less than 100%. He strives for complete happiness, in work and life, and isn't afraid of spending hours, days, or even years to achieve something. But it has to look exactly like what he had in mind! I'm also really proud of the fact that he's passionate about gender equality and is always talking about how important it is to fight stereotypes and respect women.” © Instagram And when you ask the couple what their relationship has taught them over the years, they say, “loads. But mostly that a long term relationship isn't always about flowers and candles. It's about adventure, experiences, mind-numbing compatibility, and consciously CHOOSING to be with someone every single day. And marriage isn't about duties, being 'tied down' (the one stereotype we hate the most!) or becoming one soul!” For them, love and marriage mean nothing else than saying that, “it's actually about celebrating your individualities, being two financially independent people supporting each other's dreams, giving each other strength when all hope is lost, and most importantly having fun!” © Instagram Savi and Vidit may have travelled far and wide on the face of this earth, but they have also managed to discover themselves in the process, and grow as individuals as well as a couple by coming in touch with myriad people, places and cultures which only helped them to appreciate life and each other a lot better. Why? Because this world can be the greatest teacher, and when you know where to look, it can surprise you with some of life's most splendid experiences.
  17. The worst nightmares have come to reality for Horacio Sala, the father of the 28-year-old footballer, Emiliano Sala after the Cardiff City striker's body was finally identified by the Dorset police. Shortly after the body was brought to the Portland Port, HM Coroner for Dorset declared to the public that it was recovered from amidst the plane's wreckage and was in fact that of Emiliano Sala, whose jet mysteriously vanished from the air traffic control's radar on 22nd January 2019. In what can only be considered as the final moments of Sala, the footballer got in touch with his father with a WhatsApp voicemail in which he sounded nervous and scared for his life. "If in an hour and a half you have no news from me, I don't know if they are going to send someone to look for me because they cannot find me. But you know… Dad, I am so scared," he had said. Horacio Sala had opened up to the press a couple of days after the voicemail came out when he said: “He (Emiliano) was so happy that he was going there (Cardiff), to an even bigger club… He was doing too well, he was playing so well, and then this news… There are no words to describe the feeling.” Sala was a talented young star was had just signed a major deal with an English Premier League team, Cardiff City FC and was supposed to join his new team for a practice session a day after his unfortunate disappearance took place. He was loved by fans from both his previous team, Nantes, a French Ligue 1 team and Cardiff, equally, who came out in huge numbers to show their condolences with candles, jerseys and big colourful banners. In one of the most heartbreaking moments ever since, Emiliano's sister Romina Sala shared a picture on Facebook of his dog, Nala calmly waiting by the door, for the footballer to come back home. Fans from all over the world came together to mourn over the untimely demise of the Argentinian: Emiliano Sala's last ever goal ð¼ðð¾ #RIPSala pic.twitter.com/XIL2wkprzy — SAMUEL (@SamOgun_) February 7, 2019 This very emotional video tribute to Emiliano Sala will hit you hard. You'll always be remembered by every football fan around the world. ðð» pic.twitter.com/9ynlasTY9i — Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) February 8, 2019 This very emotional video tribute to Emiliano Sala will hit you hard. You'll always be remembered by every football fan around the world. ðð» pic.twitter.com/9ynlasTY9i — Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) February 8, 2019 Gone but never forgotten RIP Emiliano Sala #MUFC @CardiffCityFC @FCNantes pic.twitter.com/kmFmXqSYDF — Haruto Itsuki ð¯ðµð³ð¬ (@godwin_ogabo) February 8, 2019 to the talent that would terrify the premier league RIP #emilianosala pic.twitter.com/ecp02J9R1M — Aristide Ntaganira (@AristideNtagan1) February 7, 2019 RIP Emiliano Sala. You'll always be remembered â¤â½ï¸ pic.twitter.com/uV21H3P0lr — Filipe Orlando ð (@MrFilipeOrlando) February 7, 2019 R.I.P Emiliano Sala(1990-2019) You're at a better place nowð#PrayForSala pic.twitter.com/8nIe4TE6Yr — Jovan (@jovangolubovic5) February 8, 2019 Rest in Peace, Emiliano Sala ðð­ð Life can sometimes be so cruel and depressing. My thoughts are with the family, friends and both FC Nantes and Cardiff City FC. Reminder for us all that death can come at any time.#EmilianoSala ðð­ð pic.twitter.com/QSZc23COLs — Vincent Atta Mensah (@VincentLucho) February 8, 2019 Heartbreaking to hear the news about Emiliano Sala. Rest in peace! ð Thoughts go out to the family and friends of Emiliano and the pilot. ðð¾ pic.twitter.com/7P07jFmcQR — Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) February 8, 2019 No father should suffer the pain of attending his own child's funeral but here, the silver lining is that at least his family can have a proper farewell now that the body was recovered. Cardiff City FC said in a statement: “We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano. He and David will forever remain in our thoughts.”
  18. With the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup, here is a look at what the members of the 2011 World Cup winning Indian cricket team are up to these days. Virender Sehwag © Reuters Although Sehwag did not have the perfect World Cup final as he was dismissed on the second delivery for a duck against Sri Lanka, he did have a great run during the 2011 World Cup tournament itself, which began with a massive 175-run innings against Bangladesh in the first match. After officially retiring from all formats of the game in 2015, Viru provides his expertise on various pre and post match analytical shows. Sehwag is a proud owner of Sehwag International School that has been producing some of the most talented players from the younger lot. He can also be seen on social media every now and then, roasting others and sometimes, even himself. Sachin Tendulkar © Reuters In his final days as one of the Men in Blue, the 2011 World Cup can probably be considered as the endgame for the master blaster. Having an above average run, Tendulkar was more or less consistent during the Group matches and also the Knockout rounds. Scoring 120 against England in the second match and 53 against Australia in the quarter finals, Tendulkar made it clear to the world that he's still got it. After lifting the cup during the victory round with the Wankhede Stadium chanting his name, Tendulkar retired from ODIs in 2012 after a disappointing series against England. What is remarkable about Tendulkar's post-retirement life is how much he has done to promote sports other than cricket. Owner of the Indian Super League franchise Kerala Blasters and Premier Badminton League franchise Bengaluru Blasters, Tendulkar is also the UNICEF ambassador for Hygiene and Sanitation and also launched a sports management company called STD in 2016. Gautam Gambhir © Reuters Probably the most consistent batsman throughout the 2011 World Cup, Gautam Gambhir played a crucial role in India successfully chasing Sri Lanka's respectable score of 274 in the final. Although Gambhir got bowled off Thisara Perera's delivery with 50 odd runs still left to be made, his heroic innings helped MS Dhoni reach the target a lot more easily. After winning the 2011 World Cup, Gambhir struggled to find his form and went off the radar for quite some time. He began to play domestic cricket and was even called to play a Test series against New Zealand in 2016. However, Gambhir announced his retirement ahead of his final match for team Delhi in the 2018 Ranji Trophy season, in which he also scored a century on 6th December 2018. Virat Kohli © Reuters Scoring a decent 35 in the final against Sri Lanka, Kohli was just 22 years old when India lifted the Cup. Although he became a familiar face for the Indian audience, not a lot was expected out of the future captain as players like Sehwag and Tendulkar were there. Kohli himself has expressed a lack of emotions after the win because he didn't feel like he earned it. A lot has changed in eight years. Not only has the 22-year-old outspoken boy evolved into a wise and calm (relatively) captain, he has also spearheaded the team to great heights, winning a Test series in Australia, for instance, which none of his predecessors were able to achieve. With the 2019 World Cup approaching, Kohli looks focused and will surely have strong emotions towards whatever the Indian Cricket Team has in store for themselves in the future. MS Dhoni © Reuters A captain, a wicketkeeper and a batsman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni aced in every category during the 2011 World Cup. A massive but more importantly, clutch innings put out by the middle-order hitter was a great testament of exactly how much we will miss Mahi when he finally decides to retire (hopefully after another World Cup). Named the Man of the Match in the final, Dhoni won the Cup for Team India in wonderful fashion with a six. Eight years later, despite many stints of bad form, Dhoni continues to be the 'finisher of games' for the Indian side. After winning the ODI series in Australia while acting as the backbone of the squad, Dhoni has proved his critics wrong once again and is making a great case for another hand at the upcoming World Cup. Yuvraj Singh © Reuters Other than getting out on the first ball against Pakistan in the semi final, Yuvraj Singh was steady as a rock for the Men in Blue for the entire tournament. His back-to-back 50s against England and Ireland in the initial rounds and a masterful 113 against the Windies in the 42nd Match were some of the best innings played during that year's World Cup. Soon after winning the World Cup, Singh was diagnosed with a rare cancer which spread into his lungs but after months of therapy and diet-control, Yuvi was able to make a comeback to cricket. Although, he has not yet announced his retirement, his absence from the roster is a clear indication of the inevitable. His Yuvraj Singh Foundation and cancer organisation, YouWeCan is focused on helping diagnosed patients get treatment and create awareness against the stigma attached to cancer. Suresh Raina © Reuters To be completely honest, Suresh Raina did not contribute a lot towards India's rise throughout the tournament and thanks to Dhoni's game-winning innings, did not get to bat in the final too. His best innings came in the semi final during which the batsman scored 36 runs. After being an integral part of Team India for years to come after the 2011 victory, Raina hit a slump in 2016 and has been on and off the team ever since. Having played his last ODI and T20I match for the national team back in July'18 against England, Raina is trying to make a comeback but it may be too late for the senior middle-order batsman to return. Zaheer Khan © Reuters In a time when Indian bowling was considered to be subpar, it was Zaheer Khan who led the attack when his side was fielding. Albeit, Khan proved to be expensive in the final three overs against the Lankans in the final, his consistency and deliverance throughout the tournament can not be questioned. Case in point, Khan's three-wicket attack against England in what was considered to be the toughest match throughout the tournament for India. After retiring from international and domestic cricket in 2015, 'Zak' has entered the fitness industry with his brainchild venture ProSport Fitness. Khan now has two fitness centres in Mumbai and is looking to expand to other cities as well. He also has a couple of restaurants and a sports lounge in Pune. S Sreesanth © Reuters 27 years old at the time, S Sreesanth was fierce with the ball. However, the World Cup proved to be a disappointment for the pacer who gave up 52 runs in just 8 overs in the final match against Sri Lanka. Sreesanth was a surprise pick for the playing 11 after Ashish Nehra was out due to an injury. His journey after winning the Cup was full of unfortunate milestones as two years later, the Kerala-born was caught in the infamous spot-fixing scandal during the 2013 IPL scandal and was sentenced a lifetime ban from playing cricket. Recently, Sreesanth became the 2018 season's runners-up of the reality show, Bigg Boss. Sreesanth has appealed to the judiciary, time and again to lift the ban on his cricketing career but it hasn't led to anything fruitful. Harbhajan Singh © Reuters Cricket is not all about aggressive bowling and trying to take wickets, it is also about preventing to concede runs and work towards forcing the opponent to put up the smallest total that they can. During the 2011 World Cup, Bhajji, who not only was the second highest wicket taker for the Indian side, he also had one of the best economy rate amongst the Men in Blue. Not having officially retired from the international scenario, Singh has no plans of playing international or first class cricket anymore. Having said that, he continues to play for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Munaf Patel © Reuters Munaf Patel's impressive performance in the ODI series in Sri Lanka in 2010 got him a spot in the 2011 World Cup squad as Parveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra were out due to injury. While a lot of people belief Patel's role in the victory wasn't very eventful, the more technically sound fans call him the unsung hero. The then-bowling coach, Eric Simmons commends Patel's high degree of skills which covered up the lack of pace. Unfortunately for Patel, once the World Cup was over, his days with the Indian national team were numbered. Playing his last ODI against England in September 2011, Patel was last seen on the field, playing in the 2017 IPL for the Gujarat Lions. He has also expressed the desire to begin a career as a coach.
  19. On 1st February 1981, the world was caught by surprise by Australian captain Greg Chappell's evil but ingenious idea to win an ODI match against New Zealand at the legendary Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) during the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup when he plotted the scheme of bowling an 'underarm' ball in his brother Trevor Chappell's head against Kiwi Brian McKechnie. At a crucial juncture of the match, New Zealand was trailing the Aussies by 6 runs with only one ball left. This naturally meant that the Kiwis needed to go for a maximum or else they would lose the match. Chappell quickly asked his brother to bowl an underarm delivery which would drag along the pitch without any bounce. No bounce meant no space for the batsman to get under the ball to attempt a long shot, which in turn meant that there was no way that McKechnie could have hit a six. The plan was executed brilliantly: In the video, the two notorious brothers can be seen discussing something post which Greg gestures for an underarm bowl. Soon after, Trevor took a small run-up (a sucker for treatricals, maybe?) and slide the ball towards the dazed batsman. After defending the ball, McKechnie instantly figured out what was going on and threw his bat in the air in frustration before picking it up and pacing for the stands. At the time, there was no specific rule deeming it illegal to bowl like that, but it was considered to be an act of 'cowardice', literally a low-blow and after the incident was labeled “disgraceful” by the former Australian Test captain Richie Benaud. Remembering the incident more than three decades later, Brian McKechnie who defended Trevor's ball, said: “I would have loved to just have the chance to try and hit a six… that's the last ball I faced,” in an interview with The Project NZ. Apparently, McKechnie isn't the only one who is still upset over the blunder: On wishing the 1981 underarm bowl had never happened: “I would've loved to just have the chance to try and hit a six… that's the last ball I faced” #TheProjectNZ pic.twitter.com/Nc8ULVZZ7f — The Project NZ (@TheProject_NZ) January 31, 2019 February 1st: A date that will live in INFAMY. Damn you Australia, damn you to HELL. #Underarm pic.twitter.com/w4FCWusqil — Jamie Wall (@JamieWall2) January 31, 2019 "The most significant event that ever happened in the history of New Zealand cricket." #PrimePresents: #Underarm - The Ball That Changed Cricket. Coming soon. pic.twitter.com/LJL0oHpn1F — Prime TV New Zealand (@Primetv_NZ) January 22, 2019 #OnThisDay 1981 Most controversial incident in One Day cricket history. pic.twitter.com/6hPTRR9Ryq — World Series Cup ðð¦ðº (@WSCupCricket) February 1, 2019 One of the worst thing I've ever seen on a cricket field: Richie Benaud#OnThisDay in 1981, Greg Chappell asked his brother Trevor Chappell to bowl an underarm ball when New Zealand reqd six off the last ball just to tie. Brian McKechnie (striker) in ODIs: 54 runs in 14 matches pic.twitter.com/EHFO81Cair — Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) February 1, 2019
  20. On 7th October 2018, when Khabib Nurmagomedov forced Conor McGregor, the biggest name in the UFC business, to tap out with the good old rear naked choke, the T-Mobile arena, Las Vegas Valley erupted in surprise more than anything else. Last year, the MMA world witnessed Grade-A bullying at the hands of the Irish UFC megastar who had been verbally abusing and physically assaulting the Russian for the past nine months. McGregor, infamously known as the 'notorious one' had attacked Nurmagomedov's bus, injuring two fighters from his team, called his father “a quivering coward” and labelled his manager Ali Abdelaziz, a “terrorist.” To commend McGregor's audacity (not really), he also offered Khabib, a devout Muslim who has refused to drink time and again, a shot of his Proper No. 12 Irish whisky at a press conference just days before the record-smashing bout took place in LA. So, when the UFC referee lifted Khabib's hand after he squeezed the breath out of McGregor's lungs, forcing him into submission, it was the ideal response anyone in the world could have thought of. However, as fate had it, the Russian MMA fighter's five-minute glory was overshadowed by dark clouds as the Lightweight champion leapt over the octagonal fence and started throwing punches at McGregor's entourage, while two of his teammates began assaulting the Irishman inside the ring. After the Nevada police force escorted the two out-of-control maniacs to restore decorum in the stadium, UFC President Dana White expressed: “These guys are in big trouble,” and that it was going to be a bumpy ride for both the fighters in the coming days (focus on 'both'). But this is not a fair world we live in and it works according to those who make big bucks. Just after the whole incident took place, Nurmagomedov's contending fee worth $US 2 Million was withheld by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) while McGregor's money was untouched, as the authorities saw no fault of McGregor's during the UFC 229 debacle. Three months later, a five-member committee under NAC has come to a decision regarding Nurmagomedov's final punishment, in the form of a nine-month suspension from the octagon and a super-hefty fine worth half a million USD. What's a lot more amusing, rather humorous, is the irony highlighting the verdict according to which Nurmagomedov's ban could be reduced by three months, if the Russian decides to attend an anti-bullying public service announcement, approved by the committee. Khabib, who has found his cool in the months since the incident responded to the verdict with a simple yet effective tweet: politics forever — khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 29, 2019 On the other hand, UFC's golden boy and perpetually arrogant, Conor McGregor, who not only instigated the whole blunder but also made it worse by involving Nurmagomedov's father and manager into the mix, continues to travel in private jets, wear expensive and colourful suits, and promote his whisky, with not even the remotest of regret or remorse showing on his face.
  21. Our life is so full of paradoxes, we often feel that having our cake and eating it too is exactly how our life stories could be summarised. We feel a job that gives satisfaction and a good package can only be a reality in our dreams. Or that having the time of our life in college and scoring marks is a similarly impossible task, and so is getting a girlfriend/boyfriend who is fun but doesn't drive you crazy every other day. But regardless of whether you relate to any of these or not, there is one such scenario which most of us will agree to. Do you think it is very rare to come across a nurse who doesn't look like a stern hostel warden, but instead, is not only pleasing to look at, but has a lovely personality that puts you at ease, and almost makes you believe that your every other check-up would go as smoothly as that one? View this post on Instagram ëì´í¸ ì¸ì ì«ìëë° ìì ëì´í¸íµíê³ ì¶ë¤.. #nurse #ëì¤íê·¸ë¨ #ëì´í¸ #ë´ê³¼ë³ëê°í¸ì¬ A post shared by Choiyouna (@imchoiyouna) on Sep 5, 2018 at 3:58pm PDT Well, it really might be rare to find nurses who understand our fears and inhibitions and ditch their zipped up aura to welcome us in a more comforting way, but guess what, we found a few nurses on Instagram who seem to fit the bill. So what if they are located saat samundar paar? We can always hope for things to get better back at home, but until that happens we have these bright, talented and super caring and (seemingly) approachable nurses who are setting the bar really high. Go through their Instagram profiles, and you will realise that not only are they dedicated to the #NurseLife and good at their jobs, but each one of them is exploring other aspects of their lives that make them all the more interesting. Read on to find out about them: View this post on Instagram The last thing you see before you go to sleep ð¤ð·ðDon't be scared ;-) . . . . . #womenempowerment #getit #nurselife A post shared by Erin Nelson (@erinnelsonnn) on Jan 24, 2019 at 4:25pm PST Nurse and fitness buff Erin seems to love her job, just as much as she likes to keep fit and healthy. Yet, she knows how to enjoy her life to, and seems to love the company of friends and family. View this post on Instagram DON'T CARE. #curlyhair #curlygirl #colocha #wildcurls #naturalhair #latina #nurse #embracingmycurls A post shared by RACHEL (@lovelynerd) on Jan 24, 2019 at 8:32pm PST Rachel seems like the fun nurse we'd usually meet in the pediatric department, doesn't she? But whether that's where she works or not, we know that Rachel champions the cause of mental health awareness, and we already like her better for that. View this post on Instagram This is my face whenever I show up to campus at @nationaluniversity! I promised myself I would enjoy every moment of nursing school. I also promised myself that I would not complain about school work or the long hours! • • Sometimes, ill be sitting in class and giggle to myself, because believe it or not! I still can't believe I'm a nursing student! Somebody pinch me already! ð• • Because, when it has taken you 10 years to finally reach your goal, I feel that you appreciate every moment of it! Don't get me wrong I'm sure if you fresh out of school and in the nursing program it also feels good. • • But, when you have failed and attempted on several and I mean several occasions, you learn to really appreciate school! Am I right? ð¤Or am I the only one in the 30 and above age bracket ðthat's in school?! Let me know what makes you happy about your nursing school? Or any career in general? A post shared by ð¯ð½ð ð¿ð¶ðð¾ðð¶ ð©ðððð (@the_latina_nurse) on Nov 15, 2018 at 6:28pm PST The Latina nurse is very passionate about her work and duty, apart from being very positive about life and all that it has to offer. She regularly shares her journey to become an able nurse on her Instagram account. View this post on Instagram ëª¨ë¥´ê² ëì¼ #nurse #20181231night A post shared by Choiyouna (@imchoiyouna) on Jan 24, 2019 at 7:56pm PST We can't stop ourselves from saying that she almost looks like an Anime character in this picture, and that's her nurse uniform! So cool eh? View this post on Instagram Ask me how my day wasðð ððð#cardiacnurse #stroke #mi #doctor #nursepractitioner #med #medschool #pa #hospital #nurse #tired #coffee #sendhelp #call911 #medicalassistant #nike #asics #athleisure #momdaughter #singlemom #girlswholift #gymrat #gymfam #fitnessmotivation #fitnessmotivation #nike #soccermom #soccer #cheerleading #gymnastics #handstand #crossfit #nike A post shared by Carisa D (@carisa_d) on Jan 24, 2019 at 7:46pm PST Cardiology nurse Carisa is not just a nurse but also an anatomy and physiology tutor. She is equally into fitness and is basically an all-rounder in her life!
  22. Mikhail "Mike" Varshavski, commonly known as Doctor Mike is a Russian-American celebrity doctor in Osteopathic medicine who works in New Jersey, just like any other regular doctor. Except he is not a regular doctor. His Instagram went viral in mid-2015 when a publication discovered him and praised him for his exceptionally good looks. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Dec 26, 2016 at 5:40pm PST Dr Mike reviews TV shows on medicine on his YouTube channel and busts all the bloopers and myths created by these shows. We're talking major shows like 'Grey's Anatomy', 'House', 'The Good Doctor' and 'Scrubs' to name a few. He's even been compared to the onscreen McDreamy and he broke that down in his video. Take a look. But apart from being great at his job, and making super informative videos, he also cleans up well. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Oct 9, 2018 at 1:52pm PDT The tiny details matter. Look the tie is neatle pinned and how well the shoes go with the outfit. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Jun 13, 2018 at 3:10pm PDT He can also get casuals right. The brown jacket works really well with the jeans. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Apr 19, 2018 at 7:22am PDT Yet another picture of him carrying formals really well. Dr Mike sure knows how to experiment with versatile fabrics and tones. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Feb 12, 2018 at 2:52pm PST A turtle neck with a black long coat is the best pair to fight brutal Winters. Trust us. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Dec 3, 2018 at 6:47am PST He also takes a keen interest in fashion. Who knew? View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Jul 2, 2017 at 8:08am PDT A man who knows how to accessorize is a man who wins in life. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ðð«. ðð¢ð¤ð ððð«ð¬ð¡ðð¯ð¬ð¤ð¢ (@doctor.mike) on Jun 26, 2017 at 9:41am PDT At the end of the day, he looks incredible in his scrubs as much as outside of them in his snazzy outfits. No wonder the ladies are lining up with all sorts of illness and injuries just to fix an appointment with him.
  23. We attach a significant amount of personally identifiable data to our social media profiles daily. I regularly use social media to share photos of my kids and holidays. I post my personal thoughts on products I've used and TV shows I've watched. I'm even tagged in location-based check-ins. It's all there in my news feed for anyone to see. I'm not alone. More and more of us live our lives through the prism of social media. We share things we love, things we loathe and things that make us laugh. With just a few clicks, you can discover a lot of information about a person. More often than not, you can see where they work, where they live and what school they went to. Scrolling through their timeline often reveals their stance on hot topics such as gun control, the current President and other recent headline news items. This information follows you when you join a Facebook Group. Your past Tweets are always available to trawl through. Indeed, there may be some groups that you decide you cannot post in as people would be able to identify you. This is particularly true for stigmatised conditions, such as financial help, illness and mental health. After all, if you were seeking help with a large amount of debt or managing an embarrassing medical condition, you wouldn't feel comfortable knowing that work colleagues, friends and family could read your posts. The benefit of anonymity for stigmatised topics "Forums can all offer some initial anonymity, a community, and information that geographically proximate others may not have. What stigma-related forums uniquely offer is that the anonymity protects those who are not ready to be publicly associated with sensitive topics; the community helps to neutralise the “spoilage” of identity that accompanies stigma." (1) Unlike social media where reams of personal data is willingly added, and which can identify you to other online users, forums allow you to add as much information as you are comfortable with. Support communities for mental health and illness flourish using forums for this reason. An individual may feel devalued in society and unwilling to share their condition over social media. "Nowadays people can both avoid and proactively cope with this devaluation by turning to online forums populated by others who share the same devalued group membership." (1) Forums offer a safe space for these individuals to seek and receive support from others without disclosing large amounts of identifiable data. Allowing a level of anonymity encourages more people to register and over time, they will develop ties with other users. For an individual with a stigmatized condition, a forum may be a real life-line in coping with the condition as face-to-face support is often limited. Adrial Dale, who owns Herpes Opportunity agrees. "In order for us to truly be able to work through the shame that stigma can trigger, it's absolutely vital for us to feel safe to open up and tell all. Through opening up, we not only get to share with an understanding and compassionate community (which normalizes our shared experiences), but we're also able to begin to release what has felt like our own solitary burden to bear. Then a magical thing can happen ... an alchemical process that transforms shame into an opportunity for connection. An opportunity for us to be accepted for who we are *behind* the thick wall of shame. And ultimately, an opportunity to accept ourselves. Especially in these days of the internet not feeling so private (even in places where it absolutely should be), having true privacy and anonymity is paramount for communities like Herpes Opportunity. Anything other than that is grounds for paranoia and holding back from sharing ourselves. (In fact, just the other day someone messaged me asking "Are private messages really private?") Fear can lead to closing ourselves off, which can lead to isolation and paranoia, which can lead to a downward spiral of self-loathing and depression. On the other hand, safety, connection and compassion creates an an okayness with the nitty-grittiness of what it means to be human." The benefit of expressing a new identity "People may strategically express identities when they think they will not be punished, and/or connect them to an audience that is valued." (1) It is arguably true that not so many years ago, tech-related communities were very much male-dominated, with female contributions valued less. Forums allow a way to create a new identity that is either gender-neutral thus allowing the male users to assume a gender, or overtly male to ensure their contributions are evaluated on merit, and not with any gender bias. Christopher Marks who owns Nano-Reef has seen this first hand. "During a discussion with a women’s group in our generally male dominant hobby, a number of women had expressed the benefit of having an anonymous username and profile when asking for help and advice on forums, they receive equal help without the unfortunate gender bias or belittling that can sometimes happen in real life when seeking the same help in person." Invision Community's Jennifer has also experience of this on her own community; RPG Initiative. "RPG Initiative is a community for all roleplayers. We focus on all text-based roleplaying forms that are hosted on the internet. We encourage roleplayers to find each other, discuss roleplay and grow as collaborative writers here at the Initiative in a safe environment." Jennifer relies on, and encourages anonymity. She knows that because her site is predominately female, some female users identify as male to increase the chances of getting others to collaborate with them. "Male players are rare, in fact, I recently ran a poll on my site and of those that responded to it less than 15% of them are male (or identify as such). So this gets them more attention and in turn, more people that want to write with them." Jennifer explains how anonymity is critical to her site's growth. "Anonymity is a difficult thing to accomplish in a small niche like mine, but it's sort of like a small town where everyone knows everyone, and they likely know all of your secrets. So enforcing rules to preserve anonymity is really important to my community and me. This includes prohibiting the "naming of names" or the "site" that the drama is coming from when seeking for advice or help. This doesn't negate that people may know the existing situation or people involved because they are also involved or know some of the people involved, but it helps cut down on the drama and the spread of negativity and false information about people." With a forum community, you can truly be who you want to be. This is not so with social media where others can create bias based on your gender, looks or topical preferences. Together, together "In her early work, Turkle argued that the internet provided myriad positive opportunities for self-transformation, but more recently, she argues that the explosion in social media options has led us to develop superficial, emotionally lazy but instantly available virtual relationships." (1) It's hard to argue against this statement when you consider the content that predominates social media. And often an endless stream of self-focused content. "Indeed, we provide clear evidence that online forums afford users a way of being genuinely “together, together”, as opposed to what Turkle calls “alone together.”(1) The bottom line is that it has been proven that allowing a degree on anonymity increases engagement across all niches, but especially those that are built to support those with stigmatised conditions. These forums have a greater sense of community and depth than those built on social media. When you allow your members to take back control of their privacy, you are empowering them to make decisions about what to share. Given how eroded our privacy is in our modern always-connected world, this is a precious gift. If you are looking to create a new community then consider this before choosing your community platform. References: 1: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S074756321500268X 2: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10410236.2017.1339370
  24. Vicky Kaushal is already an established actor, right? I mean, he was one of the biggest names in Bollywood last year, he had built his reputation as one of the best actors way before 'Uri: The Surgical Strike', so it would be a little weird if someone called him a newcomer. Well, that's what Anupam Kher did, kinda. He tweeted a nice message for Vicky Kaushal praising him for 'Uri', and also took the opportunity to welcome him to the 'actors world'. The intentions were probably great, but a lot of people felt Vicky had proved his worth as an actor way before 'Uri'. Or, maybe we're reading way too much into it. Dear @vickykaushal09 ! Welcome to the 'actors' world. You are FANTASTIC in #UriTheSurgicalStrike. Real, gutsy and a performer. Remember!! You are your own competition. The more difficult you make your jo, the more you will explore it. Love and best wishes always.ðð pic.twitter.com/grlvt3QxSn — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) January 21, 2019 It was obviously a great gesture, something even Vicky himself acknowledged and appreciated. Thank You so much Sir. Words of appreciation and encouragement from you mean a lot to me. Thank You! ðð https://t.co/qwisOkdihB — Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) January 21, 2019 But, it's Twitter we're talking about and Anupam Kher still got trolled in the replies with people trying to remind the actor about Vicky's much-appreciated performances in so many of his previous movies. Vicky Kaushal has always been an amazing actor. Since the 1st act. — Moujhuri Guha (@Megha25) January 21, 2019 Agree. #UriTheSurgicalStrike has given @vickykaushal09 stardom but he is class apart in all the movies he has done so far .. watch #Sanju, #raazi, #lovepersquarefeet and #Masan.. he is like a breath of fresh air, as non challant as @ajaydevgn — shalini gupta (@gshaloo) January 21, 2019 Okay, going right in. Dear @vickykaushal09 ! Welcome to the 'BHAKT' world. You are FANTASTIC in #UriTheSurgicalStrike. Real, gutsy and a performer. Remember!! You are your own competition. The more difficult you make your jo, the more you will explore it. PEDDLE HATE AND DIVISION ALWAYS ðð — Raghu. (@BolRaghu) January 21, 2019 Apparently not. Welcome?? Have you watched or heard of Masaan, Raman Raghav, Raazi, Sanju? — A Thousand Thoughts (@1000_Thoughts) January 21, 2019 Umm. Vicky is way better than you, considering his choice of films n their message. Atleast he signed a film with some educational value, unlike ua misleading # the accidental prime minister... a propaganda. — Rayees S (@rayeesray) January 21, 2019 Yep. hasn't Vicky been in the actors' world long enough already? been consistently good, film after film. — y v o n n e âï¸ (@Justa_Sojourner) January 21, 2019 Shots fired. "Welcome to the 'actors' world" is amusing. We have already seen @vickykaushal09 delivering high class performaces. I am afraid I can't say the same about @AnupamPKher who does try hard though. There is that fine line between great and good. — Vallabh Kargathra (@Kargathra_V) January 21, 2019 Isn't this a bit too harsh? Oh yeah, before #Uri , Vicky did not exist and welcome him to the world of spineless bhakts ! His half a dozen films with some excellent mind blowing performances doesn't count who has shown more talented than you have in last 20 years ! Vicky know your friends well ! — yaseengani (@YasPhysio) January 21, 2019 This too. "Actors" world??? Make it make sense...I believe masaan itself was amazing beginning for him as an actor, p.s. After your accidentally horrible mimickery you should take sabbatical from "actor" world. — Ishani Mishraâ¡ï¸ (@IshaniMishra18) January 21, 2019 He really was great in that movie. No appreciation of Vicky acting after sanju. It shows what mr Kher is stands for. — Ali MG (@aliasgarmg) January 21, 2019
  25. MS Dhoni's recent success has been nothing short of an inspirational narrative which spoke of the return of the one who's been called a 'has been' for a really long time now. His ability to be at an elite level both behind and in front of the stumps as a wicketkeeper and a batsman is worth all the compliments that the former Indian captain is getting right now. While Dhoni made headlines after a consistent and grand performance during the ODI series in Australia which eventually won him the Man of the Series award for two game-winning innings in the second and third games in Adelaide and Melbourne respectively, he also caught the attention of probably the last person you could think about in the sports and entertainment industry. After the ODI series win against Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup's official twitter handle paid their respects to the Indian veteran by tweeting this out: Eat. Sleep. Finish games. Repeat. Life as @msdhoni. ð pic.twitter.com/5GXrzH0dtR — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 18, 2019 The tweet read: “Eat, Sleep, Finish games, Repeat. Life as @msdhoni.” referring to Dhoni's iconic ability to finish games for the Indian cricket team by hitting the ball for a six of a four. Having said that, there is someone else who has the similar ability to end matches with literally a huge blow to their opponents, WWE superstar Brock Lesnar. Also known as 'The Beast Incarnate', Lesnar is famous for some of the greatest bouts in the WWE like the Wrestlemania XXX match against The Undertaker, in which he finally broke The Deadman's streak. As one of the most dominating forces of wrestling, Lesnar lives by a single rule: “Eat, Sleep, Conquer, Repeat”. This phrase was the brainchild of Lesnar's manager and spokesperson, Paul Heyman, who does his job exceptionally well in keeping Lesnar relevant even when he is not competing. EAT SLEEP CONQUER REPEAT! @BrockLesnar @WWE @WWEUniverse No apologies offered! pic.twitter.com/59WzNL59DB — Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) January 11, 2014 So, when the Cricket World Cup posted the tweet about Dhoni, Heyman was quick to respond with this cheeky message of his own: My most (in)sincere compliments to @cricketworldcup for promoting the amazing @msdhoni by paraphrasing my mantra for @WWE #UniversalChampion @BrockLesnar #EatSleepConquerRepeat. Our royalties may be paid in cash, check, stock or cryptocurrency. https://t.co/sGtIALzso1 — Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) January 18, 2019 While paying his respects to the Indian batsman, Heyman threw a jab at the Twitter account of Cricket World Cup saying that the they paraphrased his 'mantra' to promote Dhoni, while jokingly mentioning that he would take royalty in cash, cheque, stock or even cryptocurrency. Obviously a light-hearted prank, Heyman's tweet is just an example of his ability to create buzz of out thin air. He has been one of the most entertaining performers of the WWE without even being a wrestler and has gained a fan-following from all over the world, even Indians who seemed to be pleasantly stung by Heyman's reply: Please become MSD's advocate — Shreyas Gurudatt (@SpyderSG209) January 18, 2019 Since u have used d word" amazing" for Dhoni...We can shower only "love" for u. No cash,cheque or crypto. — sanjay kis prasad (@theskpd) January 19, 2019 @KarthikRaju4 look at this ! Imagine msd being introduced by Heyman ! ðâ¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ — lalit_pnl (@lalitp_3) January 19, 2019 Wow. Here is a mashup I never thought would happen @Rama21989 — Rakshit Chopra (@rakshit_chopra) January 18, 2019 Thank you paul heyman for applausing indias greatest finisher ever. Dhoni the GOD OF FINISHER. — chandra sekhar (@chandra53646645) January 20, 2019
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