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  1. In the ever-changing age of the digital world, social media, from being a simple platform that initially came to fore with the promise of helping people to keep in touch and keep up with one another, has, now, gone on to become 'the thing' for people. No relationship is considered real unless it's posted on the likes of Facebook and Instagram. Happiness is now measured by the number of vacation photos you share on your social media profile. There is so much and, still, much more. Then, there are those social media trends that get the users spell-bound, making it almost imperative for others to participate while inflicting FOMO (another irritating new-age lingo) if they don't. Staying true to its nature, social media has a new trend for everyone to follow - '10 Year Challenge'. A harmless fad, right? Or, is it (that's questionable). (Plus,minus)- 10 Year Challenge ðð @rogerfederer #10yearchallenge pic.twitter.com/2lAvyKMNj6 — Belinda Bencic (@BelindaBencic) January 17, 2019 The rules are pretty simple: you simply upload two photographs of yourself - usually side by side - which were taken at least ten years apart. What's the overall message here, you'd ask? It's again simple: self-love and showing the world how you've 'glowed up' (in other words, showing how you haven't aged a day). The '10 Year Challenge' is already a rage on the social media platforms. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; you name it. The collage of photos would have thronged your feed on social media. From cricketers to footballers and politicians to actors, everyone has been happily riding the bandwagon. And, why not, in the age where information is second-handed (read digital) and real life is secondary, social media trends is the oxygen you cannot do without. But, amid all the crazy collages of people we've seen, there came one from Rohit Sharma that stands apart from the rest. The only #10YearChallenge we should be worried about pic.twitter.com/Tph0EZUbsR — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 17, 2019 Using the '10 Year Challenge' fad as an opportunity, the Indian opener highlighted one of the long-standing problems that might soon spell doom for the mankind. Taking to Twitter, the Mumbai batsman shared a collage of photos of the marine life where the one from 2009 was colourful and lively, while the one from 2019 was dull and dusty. He captioned the post with a valid point: "The only #10YearChallenge we should be worried about". In the year, where we all were going gaga about the stock image of an egg beating Kylie Jenner's record of the most-liked photo on Instagram, before Netflix's 'Bird Box' had people running around blindfolded, Rohit has set a much-needed precedent for celebrities and fans alike, showing that such social media trends can actually be used responsibly, and for something good. And, while there are already rife allegations that the collages of the photos that we all have been happily sharing on the social media could very well be used as data to test the facial recognition algorithms, people must proceed with due diligence. After all, humans are the connective link between physical and digital worlds. It's human interactions that make the 'Internet of Things' interesting. And, sadly, our data is the fuel that makes businesses smarter and more profitable.
  2. Things are not looking too good for 21-year-old Rishabh Pant when it comes to getting selected for the Indian cricket squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup. Especially now that both MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik seem to have found their form during the three-game ODI series between India and Australia. Pant, who has been dropped for the ODI and Twenty20 series against Australia and New Zealand, is nonetheless selected to be a part of Team India A for a five-game series against the England Lions starting January 23 in Thiruvananthapuram. Post the new found success behind Dhoni and Karthik's exceptional performance during the second ODI victory at the Adelaide Oval, both the wicket-keepers are getting a lot of support from cricket pundits from all over the world. Conversely, India's legendary batsman, Sachin Tendulkar has finally joined the discussion about Pant's chances of being selected for the World Cup team. Tendulkar has hinted that including the youngster in the team would be extremely difficult, given the fact that there are already two other keeper-batsmen in the team who have a lot more experience than the Delhiite. "It's a nice thought (to have Pant in) but we have already got Dhoni and Karthik playing as a batter, we have two wicket-keepers... They have had a crucial partnership which won us the match (2nd ODI vs Australia)," Tendulkar said on his mobile app 100MB. "So if you are looking to have Pant in the team that means you have to remove a proper batter or one bowler, and I don't think we can afford to remove a bowler,” he added. Having said that, Tendulkar also said that if the selectors do find a way to bring in Pant as a replacement for a pure batsman who doesn't bowl, then there should not be a problem. Although Indian Head coach Ravi Shastri and chief selector MSK Prasad have ensured that Pant will be seriously considered for a spot in the 2019 World Cup roster, it seems that Dhoni and Karthik will take this one away from him.
  3. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World 2019 Unlock the secrets of the Dragon Eye and come face to face with more dragonsthan anyone has ever imagined as Hiccup, Toothless and the Dragon Riders soar to the edge of adventure. Hiccup and the gang join Gobber on a quest to find alegendary boneclad Dragon.
  4. There used to be a time when Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte was a completely unknown name. Back in the day, with zero videos of her bouts online and not even a single news channel covering her progress, if you'd told her that one day, she is going to be ranked number 1 in the whole world by the International Boxing Federation (AIBA), she would have knocked you out cold with an uppercut for mocking her. #WWCHs2018 Finals - Light Fly (48kg)@MangteC (IND) defeats Mi Hyang Kim (PRK) and becomes 2018 AIBA World Champion!! Congratulations Mary ð¥ð¥ðª#AIBAFamily #ChampsBornHere @BFI_official pic.twitter.com/wlSLmbJHvB — AIBA (@AIBA_Boxing) November 24, 2018 When she was only 13, Mary knew that she wanted to become a professional boxer. Despite her soon-to-be coach Leishangthem Ibomcha Singh, who was responsible for bringing up around 50 international medal winners from within the state of Manipur, constantly challenging her, and her aspirations of becoming a pugilist, Mary, like any stubborn teenager, stuck to what she wanted. Living in an insurgency-bound Imphal, Mary's journey to success was full of constant terror and adversities. With endless reports of kidnappings, shootings and bombings ever since Manipur's merging with India, the idea of 'do whatever your heart says' wasn't exactly a number one priority for the people living there. In fact, the situation was so bad up there, that even Mary Kom's own father-in-law was murdered by the insurgents soon after she got married to Onler Kom in 2005. While there's no denying Mary Kom's hard work and raw passion for the sport that has taken her this far in life, it is Onler Kom, Mary's husband who has been her anchor during the experience. Full of compassion and regard for her wife, Onler has never backed out of supporting her dreams. “I knew her dreams and was ready to help her in every way," Onler told The Times of India. “I had my own dreams, but when I came to know her it changed… I married her for her simplicity and her willingness to become a successful sportswoman.” View this post on Instagram “A man's success is measured by what his wife and children say about him. Money and accomplishments mean nothing if you let your home fail.” With my hubby @onler_kom #travelling @selfclicked #blessings A post shared by Mary Kom (@mcmary.kom) on Dec 5, 2018 at 3:37am PST Despite the support, what a lot of people do not realise is how much being a mother of three can take a toll on your professional career. With a lot of extra responsibilities on her shoulders as compared to any of her opponents along with the growing age, the 35-year-old, somehow, manages not only to take out time to train herself but also to train nearly 130 young and aspiring students at the Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation, an academy initiated by the boxer and her husband to inspire, motivate and train India's finest pugilists of all time. “This Boxing Academy is a reality of my dream of creating a Centre of excellence to produce the best boxing champions for India,” Mary Kom conveys her message on the website. Mary once said that there lies a story of struggle behind every medal that she's ever won. In her long, successful and inspirational career, the Arjuna and Padma Shri awardee has made and broken various records whilst becoming the most successful boxer in the history of Women's World Championships by winning a record 6th gold medal last year. Recently ranked Number One in the world, Mary Kom has no intentions of throwing in the towel just yet as she has already begun preparing for Tokyo Olympics 2020.
  5. Indian wicket-keeper and batsman, Rishabh Pant was one of the star performers for the Indian side during the 4-game Test series against Australia. With a big-time performance in the first innings of the Sydney Test, Pant, with his 159* runs, has put the Indian cricket team selectors in bewilderment in deciding the final roster for the 2019 ICC World Cup tournament, that is to be held in England and Wales between 30th May and 14th July. 150 runs for @RishabPant777 ððð#TeamIndia 616/6#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/vZFY9hunBL — BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2019 On Wednesday, the Cricket Club of India was buzzing with celebratory cheers on the occasion of Indian legend Kapil Dev's 60th Birthday when former Team India player Farokh Engineer bounced, what is probably the most important question of the hour, at the team selectors: “Would you pick Dhoni for the World Cup? How can you drop Pant? He has done so well,” bombarded Engineer. When it comes to ODIs, Pant's opportunity to play for the team has been taken away either by MS Dhoni or Dinesh Kartik on multiple occasions. Even when the 21-year-old did get a chance to play against the Windies in a three-game series last year, Pant didn't face a lot of balls to prove his worth as a batsman and got out early. In an odd complexity of misfortune, Pant is stuck in a unique juxtaposition between “not experienced enough” and “not given enough time to gain experience.” Ironically, the thing that makes Pant so impressive in the eyes of the Indian cricket fans may also be the bane of his World Cup chances, and that's his age. With Dhoni and Kartik, both healthy and ready to get in action, probably the most common argument Pant would hear would be how young he is and how he will have many more World Cups to take part in, as he grows older and wiser. India have MS Dhoni ahead of Pant for the ODI series. pic.twitter.com/XvGwLSg5zM — Dennis Pucovski (@DennisCricket_) January 4, 2019 Despite chief selector MSK Prasad ensuring that Pant was one of the key contenders for a spot in the 2019 World Cup roster, he was not selected for the three-game ODI series against Australia or the five-game series against New Zealand which follows. Having said that, Pant has been selected to be a part of India A for the five-game series against the England Lions. If things are considered on a priority basis, Pant's very little experience in the 50-over format of the game, no matter how hapless, makes for a solid case for him to miss out on this year's World Cup.
  6. India won the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a 2-1 lead which makes this series victory the first by any Asian country on Australian soil. After Day 5 of the fourth and final Test match saw no gameplay due to rain and bad light at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Men in Blue were presented with the trophy at the award ceremony and one could see how much the victory meant to the squad. Loud roars and hugs surrounded the team as Virat Kohli lifted the cup in front of a rather supportive Australian crowd. Jai Hind #TeamIndia ð®ð³ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/meUaiPq2YJ — BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2019 “By far, this is my biggest achievement. Has to be on the top of the pile. When we won the World Cup (in 2011), I was a young player. I saw the others get emotional. This series has given us a different identity as a team. What we've been able to achieve is something really to be proud of,” Kohli expressed to the media in the post-match session. Understandably, when you are not one of the key players of a roster, you do not appreciate enough, the gravity of winning a tournament, let alone a World Cup. Kohli's comments can therefore be overlooked. What cannot be overlooked is the Indian cricket coach Ravi Shastri comparing this victory to the 1983 World Cup victory in England which was the first time ever India as a team lifted the World Cup ever since it came into existence. 'This is bigger than World Cup 1983 win,' an ecstatic Ravi Shastri reacts to India's maiden Test series win in Australia - https://t.co/2IYMtYadxq #AUSvsIND #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/feuii9v3jb — DNA (@dna) January 7, 2019 So, was Team India's recent success in Australia bigger than the 1983 win? Here are some facts that will help you figure it out yourself: As mentioned above, it was for the very first time that Team India lifted a World Cup trophy since its inception. It was a win at the biggest stage of them all against the reigning two-time World Cup champions, the Windies which included some of the biggest, most worrisome names of the time like Sir Viv Richards and Andy Roberts. Team India's journey to the final was not exactly made up of cotton candy as they faced elimination just before the semi finals began and had lost two straight games to Australia and the West Indies. The tournament completely transformed Kapil Dev into a legend, whose 175-run innings against Zimbabwe, to prevent India's exit from the tournament, is considered to be one of the performances by any Indian till date. #OnThisDay in 1983, India won the @cricketworldcup! ð®ð³ð pic.twitter.com/sksXdNeghT — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 25, 2018 On the other hand, Virat Kohli's team went against what is considered to be one of the weakest Australian sides without the like of Steve Smith and David Warner (banned for ball-tampering) included in the roster. That is not to say that Team India didn't deserve the Test series victory. With Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant coming up big during the series and Jasprit Bumrah's heroics completely justifying the accolades, Team India must relish this historical win. However, when compared to the 1983, this win is nowhere as big as the World Cup.
  7. Just in case you thought our government was pulling a fast one on us about the 'world's largest stadium in India', it's really not doing so and it's certainly not a myth! Yes, there wasn't much news from the site but we've just managed to get hold of some pictures from the stadium construction site and we're literally awe-struck! © Twitter The 700 crore ($100 million) stadium was given a green signal at the beginning of 2017, when a few prominent officials were called upon in Motera Ahmedabad, on January 16, 2017, to take part in the foundation-stone-laying ceremony of the new stadium. Now, two years later, we're getting a glimpse into some solid construction work that's gone into the stadium. © Twitter The Gujarat Cricket Association Vice-President, Parimal Nathwani tweeted out pictures of the construction in which he clearly stated that this is the dream project of the state cricket board and after it's completion, it will become a symbol of pride for India. Take a look: World's Largest Cricket Stadium, larger than #Melbourne, is under construction at #Motera in #Ahmedabad,#Gujarat. Once completed the dream project of #GujaratCricketAssociation will become pride of entire India. Sharing glimpses of construction work under way. @BCCI @ICC #cricket pic.twitter.com/WbeoCXNqRJ — Parimal Nathwani (@mpparimal) 6 January 2019 The stadium will be built across 63 acres of land, with a final budget cost of INR 700 crores, with the help of L&T and Populous, who have been given the construction tender and the opportunity to design it, respectively. The infrastructure, so far, includes three practice grounds and an indoor cricket academy, inside the stadium. As further told to a popular publication, the parking area will accommodate about 3,000 cars and 10,000 two-wheelers! The stadium also boasts of having 76 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a club-house and an Olympic -size swimming pool! Talk about having it all, eh? © Twitter The stadium vouches to take over from the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Eden Gardens in Kolkata, in every sphere. Especially in terms of capacity, seating (it can seat over 1 lakh people) and other spatial parameters, once it's fully constructed. Well, here's hoping the stadium is absolutely up and ready and in full swing by 2023, while India hosts both the Cricket World Cup and the largest cricket ground in the world!
  8. Arjuna Awardee and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Kapil Dev has been one of the finest that Indian cricket has ever produced. The former captain has a number of records under his name, some of which includes becoming the youngest Test cricketer to take 100 (21 years, 25 days), 200 (24 years, days) and 300 wickets (27 years, 2 days) and being the only player to have achieved the all-rounder's double of 4,000 Test runs and 400 Test wickets. Indians inducted in ICC Hall of Fame ! Bishan Bedi i in 2009 Sunil Gavaskar in 2009 Kapil Dev in 2009 Anil Kumble in 2015 Rahul Dravid in 2018 pic.twitter.com/vNHV4zheTU — Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) July 2, 2018 In spite of all the remarkable achievements, Kapil Dev immortalised his identity as the first Indian captain to lift the World Cup trophy, after a remarkable overall performance during the tournament in England. Kapil Dev's World Cup experience can be compared to Steve Rogers' transformation into Captain America from the Marvel Comics. Starting his 1983 World Cup journey, Dev's stats were rather below average as he'd put a total of 608 runs averaging 21 runs per game and 34 wickets in 32 matches. Cut to his extraordinary performance against Australia where he removed half the team from the batting pitch to acquire his then-career best 5 wickets while giving away 42 runs. Albeit, India lost the game, the world had its first encounter with the legend that Kapil Dev was destined to become eventually. After losing to Australia and then to the Windies, Team India found themselves in a must-win situation against Zimbabwe. Deciding to bat first, they instantly began to second-guess their decision as the score read 17/5. A loss here would have prevented India from reaching the semi-final. Dev, who was a lower order batsman, decided that this match was not going to be the end of his World Cup journey. Storming the Nevill Ground, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Dev scored his century in just a hundred balls. He went on to score 175 runs in 138 balls, which was a record for the highest runs scored for the 9th wicket and which remained unbroken for the next 27 years. India won the game by 31 runs. While Dev took three wickets in an easy win against England in the semis, it was a single moment in the final against the two-time World Cup winners, the West Indies, which made Dev an icon almost instantly. When Viv Richards pulled to go for a six, Dev ran for over 20 yards towards the boundary to catch the ball backwards, it was widely considered to be the turning point of the 1983 final. As if the conclusion could have been anymore poetic, it was Dev himself who took the tenth and final West Indies wicket to win India's maiden World Cup. Dev led his squad with 303 runs, 12 wickets and 7 catches in 8 matches during the tournament. Even in the age of talented stars like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, Kapil Dev will always be regarded as one of the best captains of the Indian Cricket Team.
  9. Indian Women's National Cricket T20I team captain, Harmanpreet Kaur was named the captain of the ICC World T20 Team of the year. Fellow Women in Blue, Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Yadav were also voted to be in the ICC World T20 and ODI squads. As an annual honorary ritual, the International Cricket Council (ICC) votes upon some of the best performers of the year, from all around the world, to form titular teams to acknowledge their outstanding achievements. Last year, making the cut were Indian ODI captain Mithali Raj (ODI), Ekta Bist (ODI and T20) and Harmanpreet Kaur (T20). This year, however, things have been a lot better for the Indian T20I skipper as Kaur has improved on an already impressive career, especially during the ICC Women's World T20 2018 when she led her team to the semifinals. "In that tournament, (Harmanpreet) Kaur scored 183 runs at a strike-rate of 160.5, while in the 25 matches in the calendar year, she accumulated 663 runs at a strike-rate of 126.2. Kaur is ranked third in the MRF Tyres ICC Women's Player Rankings for T20I Batters," read a statement issued by the ICC. India's star batter Smriti Mandhana bags Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award and Women's ODI Player of Year 2018! ð READ ðhttps://t.co/7TLSe2pblG pic.twitter.com/h0GtsKKsYG — ICC (@ICC) December 31, 2018 ICC Women Cricketer of the Year and Women's ODI Player of the Year, Smriti Mandhana was also voted as one to make the ICC World ODI and T20 teams, as she had the most successful year of her career, scoring a total of 669 runs averaging 67 runs in 12 ODIs. With a strike-rate of 130.67, the left-handed batswoman also scored 622 runs in 25 T20I matches in 2018. “When you get acknowledged for your performances through these awards, it motivates you to work harder and do well for your team,” Mandhana expressed to The Times of India. ICC Women's ODI Team of the Year (in batting order): Smriti Mandhana (India), Tammy Beaumont (England), Suzie Bates (New Zealand) (captain), Dane van Niekerk (South Africa), Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Alyssa Healy (Australia) (wicketkeeper), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Deandra Dottin (Windies), Sana Mir (Pakistan), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Poonam Yadav (India) ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year (in batting order): Smriti Mandhana (India), Alyssa Healy (Australia) (wicketkeeper), Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Harmanpreet Kaur (India) (captain), Natalie Sciver (England), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Ashleigh Gardner (Australia), Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand), Megan Schutt (Australia), Rumana Ahmed (Bangladesh), Poonam Yadav (India)
  10. Whether it was the Asian Games, Women's World T20 or the recently-concluded Hockey World Cup for men, the year 2018 has been full of sporting events. While the various tournaments this year produced numerous moments of brilliance, there were also some controversies that rocked the sporting world. If success is measured by wins and losses, stats and superlatives; then, understandably, no possible point of contention goes unnoticed - which, in turn, paves way for controversy in sports. Just like politics and cafeteria lunch specials, everything has two 'sides' in sports. The ongoing year, too, witnessed it's fair share of controversies and scandals in sports where some of the biggest sportspersons on the planet found themselves in a peculiar position. Here's a look at some of the major controversies that rocked the sporting world in 2018: 'BCCI Broke Rules For Virat Kohli' © BCCL Virat Kohli's popularity took a major hit when his untenable differences with Anil Kumble led to the former resigning from the position of Team India's head coach in June, 2017. If that wasn't enough, the allegations over Kohli about playing a key role in Kumble's ouster further dented his reputation in international cricket. While the conflict dates back to last year, it was once again brought to the limelight by Diana Edulji - a key member of BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA) earlier this month when she revealed how the Indian skipper arm-twisted the Indian cricket board into firing Kumble and hiring Kohli's preferred man Ravi Shastri for the top job. "Mr Kumble a legend in his own right was subjected to loss of face and made to look like a villain. He was gracious enough to move on for which I respect him. There also, rules were broken and I had raised objections back then," Edulji, a senior administrator, claimed. 'Coach Ramesh Powar Humiliated & Embarrassed Me' © BCCL In what arguably turned out to be one of the biggest controversies in Indian women's cricket, senior player Mithali Raj opened the can of worms by accusing their then coach Ramesh Powar of humiliating and discriminating her during the women's World T20 in the Caribbean last month. Mithali, one of the most respected cricketers in India, claimed: "My issues with the coach started immediately as we landed in the West Indies. At first there were small signs that his behaviour towards me was unfair and discriminatory but I did not bother much about it". She further alleged that Powar, in a bid to insult Mithali, barred her from being a part of the team huddle before the second innings of their semifinal against England. In response to Mithali's allegations, Powar submitted a 10-page tour report to the BCCI, including nearly a five-page assessment of India's Test and ODI captain. "I was saddened by her attitude and it gave me an impression that Mithali Raj comes first and then India. She threw a lot of tantrums and created a lot of chaos," Powar stated in his report. “I hope Mithali Raj stops blackmailing, pressurising coaches and also stops putting her interest first than team's. I hope she will look at the bigger picture & work towards betterment of the Indian women's cricket,” he added further. 'Those Admiring Foreign Cricketers Should Leave India' © BCCL Virat Kohli became the subject of immense criticism after he opined that those who admire overseas cricketers should leave India. The incident came to the fore last month when the Indian captain had a run-in with a cricket fan on the social media. Launching his mobile app on his 30th birthday, Kohli read out social media messages and seemed to have lost his cool after reading a particular tweet. "Over-rated batsman and personally I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more than these Indians," Kohli read out the tweet from a fan during his app launch. "Okay, I don't think you should live in India then...you should go and live somewhere else, no? Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don't mind you not liking me but I don't think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right," Kohli replied. Kohli's retort evoked a strong response from cricket fans and sports personalities alike. After witnessing a major backlash, he tweeted: "I guess trolling isn't for me guys, I'll stick to getting trolled! I spoke about how "these Indians" was mentioned in the comment and that's all. I'm all for freedom of choice. Keep it light guys and enjoy the festive season. Love and peace to all". Sergio Ramos 'Deliberately' Injuring Mohamed Salah Earlier in May, Real Madrid romped their way to the UEFA Champions League for the 13th time in the history of the competition. The Madrid side managed to overcome the in-form Jurgen Klopp side to seal a thrilling 3-1 win in Kiev. While Karim Benzema and Gareth bale scored the goals for Madrid, it was captain Sergio Ramos who grabbed all limelight for all the wrong reasons. The Madrid captain faced the wrath of football fans across the globe after his challenge on Mohamed Salah, Liverpool's best player that season, in the 26th minute of the game. Many believed that Ramos purposely locked arms with Salah who eventually dislocated his shoulder before being ruled out of the key clash. But if that wasn't enough to frustrate Liverpool supporters, then the sight of Ramos laughing and joking with the assistant referee as Salah walked off the pitch in tears certainly did. While Ramos rendered an apology and wished Salah a speedy recovery post his team's triumph, football pundits and fans called it a sham before slamming the Spaniard. Rohit Sharma Likes Tweet Questioning BCCI's Dual Standards © BCCL Back in August, the Indian cricket team was busy negating the England bowlers in their much-anticipated tour. They had defeated the hosts 2-1 in T20Is and lost the ODI series 1-2 ahead of a sterner test in the five Test matches. Before the first Test, the Indian High Commission in London hosted Virat Kohli & Co for a special gathering. Later, the BCCI shared a photograph of the Indian cricket team and their coaching staff with the High Commission officials. But, amongst those in the picture, there was one particular individual - Anushka Sharma - whose presence attracted a lot of criticism. Many fans questioned Anushka's presence in the company of Indian cricketers, especially when there was no other WAG (wives and girlfriends) present there. @ImRo45 void is filled up by @AnushkaSharma ð I believe WAG's are not allowed till 3rd test. Different rules for different players! — Kevin Mario (@imkevmar) August 8, 2018 Amid all the backlash, Rohit Sharma, who was overlooked for the first three Tests despite back-to-back hundreds (in the last T20I and first ODI), stirred up a storm after liking a fan's tweet that had questioned BCCI's dual-standards for cricketers. "@ImRo45 void is filled up by @AnushkaSharma I believe WAG's are not allowed till 3rd test. Different rules for different players!" the tweet read. Interestingly, Rohit's next like is a tweet calling for his inclusion in the Test squad. "Rohit Sharma averages 58.19, batting at no 6 in tests. That is more than any batsman playing currently in the world," read the tweet which had a thumbs-up from Rohit.
  11. Can you believe that a guy, who was diagnosed with Leukemia and then later Hepatitis, is the tallest professional bodybuilder in the world? Aaron Reed from Tampa, Florida is known to be the tallest guy who competed and won a Men's Physique competition. There are guys taller than him, who are into muscle building but do not compete, for example the Dutch giant Oliver Richters. View this post on Instagram Never say never. #gmtgs #bodybuilding #photooftheday #supernaturallifestyle #gottamakethemgainsson #better #tall #npc #strongaf #legs #wheels #competition #powerhousegym #tampa A post shared by Aaron W. Reed Super League PRO (@aaronw.reed) on Nov 19, 2018 at 10:35am PST Aaron Reed is a massive bodybuilder both in terms of his height and weight. He is 6 foot and 7 inches tall and his competition weight is between 295 to 310 pounds. Just like millions of people on earth, he was inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger to become a bodybuilder. But he has seen some major ups and downs in his life and that is why we consider his story worth sharing. View this post on Instagram #throwback to my @powerhousegymathleticclub downtown tampa days. This photo put me on the map in social media. It's been reposted dozens of times and will continue to. When i first started posing in this spot i heard of complaints, a year later there was a line of competitors waiting for their turn. It's been quite the journey on this bodybuilding path. It comes down to one thing. i Gotta make them GAINS son!! #gottamakethemgainsson #gmtgs #epic #muscle #tall #supernaturallifestyle #gymlife #photooftheday #best #strongaf #fitchic #aaronreed #tampa #la #lasvegas #bodybuilding A post shared by Aaron W. Reed Super League PRO (@aaronw.reed) on Nov 17, 2018 at 1:17pm PST Aaron was born and raised in a small city known as Minco, Oklahoma. Born into a family with an athletic background, Aaron was always trying different sports and activities. His first major setback came in the form of Leukemia. Aaron had to go through months of chemotherapy, but this did not break him and he successfully beat it. He started hitting the iron at the tender age of 12 under the guidance of his coach and mentor Gus Handke. After a mere two weeks of training, Aaron was already benching 115 lbs and deadlifting 300lbs. Not an average 12-year-old, right? Aaron was hooked to working out and there was no looking back. He started reading about nutrition and training regimes which built a strong foundational structure for his current ventures. His passion for bodybuilding, his athletic genetics, and hard work started to pay off with him winning local and national competitions. He made his debut in the NPC Mr. Teen Colorado where he dominated and won the show. View this post on Instagram When i use to train arms... Gotta make them GAINS son!! #armday #guns #GMTGS GottamakethemGAINSson #everyMFday #eatlikeaaron #supernaturallifestyle #onemealatatime #superleague #trainlikeaaron #reedthis #worldstallestbb #tall A post shared by Aaron W. Reed Super League PRO (@aaronw.reed) on Oct 27, 2018 at 10:14am PDT After that, he won the 2002 NPC Rocky Mountain competition in the super heavyweight category and then he took a break of two years. He came back as a mass monster weighing 310 pounds and completely annihilated and won the competition at the 2005 NPC Steele City Show. Later on, he was signed by WWE as a professional wrestler. But it did not last long, as he got injured in a match and then came another major setback – Hepatitis. View this post on Instagram If you haven't met Brian @metalgear_legacy you need to. Great guy, amazing athlete and very helpful. Always a pleasure to see you brother. Gotta make them GAINS son!! #goldsgym #venice #GMTGS GottamakethemGAINSson #everyMFday #eatlikeaaron #supernaturallifestyle #onemealatatime #superleague #trainlikeaaron #reedthis #worldstallestbb #tall A post shared by Aaron W. Reed Super League PRO (@aaronw.reed) on Oct 23, 2018 at 3:37pm PDT But this was not going to break the giant. He came back stronger and bigger than ever and won the 2010 NPC Greater Gainesville, the 2011 NPC Orlando Metropolitan Championship in the Men's Physique category. He also stood a runner-up in the Muscle Mania Universe in both 2012 and 2013 post which he retired from bodybuilding. Anabolics or not, Aaron proves that a great physique requires a greater amount of commitment and perseverance. Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  12. If you have seen 'Jurassic World', then you will remember this scene, where a bunch of people are running to save their lives from dinosaurs. via GIPHY Now, imagine yourself at the NH7 Weekender, Pune and this was the exact situation when a certain song started playing. People were not running away to save their lives or ears. They were, in fact, running towards the stage where the song was playing. People screaming the lyrics and the whole stadium echoing with 'Hum Toh Udd Gaye', was mind-blowing, to say the least. You guessed it right! We're talking about the latest musical prodigy, Ritviz. The man who dared to break free from the shackles of conventional music and is now taking the world by storm, one song at a time. We caught up with this uber talented 22-year-old budding superstar, who bared it all exclusively on MensXP and spoke about his journey so far and his future plans. © Fleck Media At the age of 10, when most of us were busy stressing over homework, Ritviz was taking his first steps towards his musical dream, "I started making music when I was 10 and it's been a really long time for me, although I am only 22. It has been an unbelievable journey and I have everybody (around me) to thank here, whom I couldn't thank enough." Ritviz has given us tracks like 'Beatific', 'YUV' and 'Jeet', but 'Udd Gaye' happens to be one of the most successful songs. It was not one of the regular tracks, yet it managed to captivate the masses and how. Blending melancholic lyrics with a peppy soundtrack, was one trippy and tricky kind of music that we didn't know we needed in our lives, until it happened. © Fleck Media "If you just listen to the A cappella, it's very sad and you can hear the sadness in the melody. But, the instrumental is very uplifting. So when we put them together, it formed a very weird combination, which I won't call something very happy. It's a nice mix that brings a different feel and I think that's what is catching people's attention," he says. Ritviz further adds, "All I do is wait for a melody to hit me and take the lead." In case you missed out on the song, here is the masterpiece everyone is talking about. This is Ritviz's third weekender and definitely one that is closest to his heart since it was in Pune, "With Pune being my hometown and my folks being here, this has by default become one of the best shows I have ever played. It was unbelievable and mind blowing and way too big. In 2015, I started doing shows. There were a few festivals where there were 3:30 or 4:30 slots, last year it was a 6:30 slot and this year I am headlining, so it's unbelievable and I hope this stays consistent." EDM has a lot of scope in India and Ritviz too thinks on similar lines, "At one point I think people just started rebelling and were like 'Oh no, this is not something that I want to follow, because the West is so much more exciting'. My whole idea was that if I want to reclaim this in a way where I feel that the classical music, our Indian roots and everything is intact, that's where it all starts." He adds, "We can be inspired by the West, but can also create our own identity and I feel people should focus on that more. That's how you can find your own way. That will make you feel that 'Yeah this is my song'. I feel like people are scared to experiment." © Fleck Media So where exactly does Ritviz derive his unusual musical influences from? "In my initial years, I used to wake up to my mom singing bandhish and stuff, those were my early influences. Then, came the VH1 era and my teen years were spent listening to pop music. But, post 2011-12, when I started producing music, electronic music was what really drew me closer to production and that's when I created 'Mukti' and 'Beatific' and started my entire journey. First, it was classical music, then VH1 top 40 and then BOOM Ritviz music (laughs)." The moment we hear EDM, Nucleya aka Udyan Sagar comes to our minds. For those who don't know, Ritviz was mentored by Nucleya and despite being a competition, he gets major inspiration from him, "He is an inspiration, he is the reason why I am here today. He's opened doors for so many people and I love that man so much." © Fleck Media Ritviz credits his success to his parents, "They are the reason why I am here. I brought them on stage today, that has been my dream for the longest time and I am happy that it came true today. Without their support, I don't think i would have been able to do anything that I am doing today because you need to let the child explore. They let me do what I wanted to and I am very grateful to them and I hope that I continue to make them proud." He has a lot of interesting stuff in the pipeline for his fans, "One that is confirmed and which I can talk about is the one with Divine that's come up recently. It's the title track of album 'Ved'. The song has a nice hook to it. Last year i was trying to figure out the vocals on top of this and I was humming and I came about saying 'Ritveda' and its also a word play around rigveda. Then we thought about getting someone on board and that's how we ended up hitting it off with Divine." © Fleck Media In every group, there is this one friend who knows you and your talents. That friend will make you do what you're good at and then boast about your talent in front of others. For Ritviz, Sahith Sethuraman and the Bacardi House Party Sessions was that friend. Bacardi House Party Sessions is a platform that gives budding artists an opportunity to showcase their talent. Apart from Ritviz, they also have artists like GURBAXX, MOJOJOJO, BABU HAABI, and MALFNKTION under their umbrella. Sahith who is the Senior Manager, Rum Brands, India & South East Asia, said "Bacardi has always had a very close association with music. We're not here to make money out of music or artists. What these guys create is pure brilliance." © Fleck Media "When we look at aspiring musicians, we realise that there is a wealth of talent in India and there are very few avenues for them to go out and explore themselves. We genuinely encourage the artists and allow them to have a platform to showcase what moves them, the talent that they have within them and the happiness that they can bring to people's faces. That's what Bacardi house party sessions sets out to do," he further added. Sahith discovered Ritviz's talents after listening to 'Mukti', "I listened to it the first time and within the first 10 seconds I realised that there is gold in this boy. This boy oozes talent. His journey started 4 years ago with his first single 'Beatific', we came along and we helped him along in this journey. He would have got there anyway, we're just trying to make this journey faster and little bit smoother for him." © Fleck Media Sahith, like a proud father, further added, "Being there on stage and watching him drop 'Udd Gaye' last year and this year, and hearing the crowd sing along gives you goosebumps, especially knowing that you had a little role to play in that journey." While most of us have incomplete assignments saved in our laptops, this guy has as many as 700 semi-finished tracks saved on his system (enough to blow our minds away). So what's left right now, is to just sit back and watch this guy wave his magic wand over his fans as we go back to humming 'Hum To Udd Gaye' at the top of our voices.
  13. For a girl who often found herself lurking in the shadows of the more-popular SainaNehwal, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, over the past few years, has not only carved her own niche in the competitive sport, but has now established herself as the poster girl of Indian badminton. The pupil of decorated Pullela Gopichand has made the nation proud on the back of sublime performances, most notably her silver-medal finish at the Rio Olympics. But, despite her ever-improving form and hardwork in training, Sindhu, and for that matter even Nehwal, found it impossible to get past Tai Tzu Ying - the 24-year-old Taiwanese who has taken the sport by storm in recent times. Ying had consistently troubled the two Indian shuttlers across tournaments, with Sindhu losing all of her six games since their meeting at Rio Olympics. For a really long time, Indian badminton fans wondered if Sindhu can someday solve the 'Ying' puzzle. And, on 13th December, to the sheer delight of Sindhu's fans, the 23-year-old recorded her first win over the Taiwanese shuttler in past seven meetings. The Hyderabad-born shuttler stunned the World No. 1 14-21, 21-16, 21-18 in a scintillating Group A match that lasted a little over an hour. © Reuters Sindhu, who had finished runners-up in the last edition of the BWF World Tour Finals, gave ample display of her grit as she bounced back from a game down and nullified a 6-11 deficit in the final game to record an emphatic win over her arch-rival. She clinched seven consecutive points to lead her opponent 18-13 and, despite Ying's resistance, the Indian shuttler held her nerve to take the third game 21-18. Sindhu's triumph was proof of the time and hardwork that her coach Gopichand and the Indian shuttler had invested to break her jinx against Ying. Thus, there was no surprise to see Indian badminton fans hailing her win on the social media. Great victory. Tai was a bugbear for both Sindhu and Saina since the last 18 months or so. Suggest Sindhu share her experience of beating Tai with Saina too.. — Anand Broto Bose (@andyboser) December 13, 2018 Go Girl. Incredible you are. — dr.m.govardhan (@drmg12) December 13, 2018 Proud Moments for ALL. Congrats and Best Wishes for Title..ðð — Vastu-Utsav (@grg1202) December 13, 2018 Finally a win over No.1 — Shadab (@lubdubshadub) December 13, 2018 Atlast! — adialb (@aditya5495) December 13, 2018 Waiting since long for this news...finally Tai Tzu Ying defeated by an Indian...PV Sindhu more power & Strength to you...U beauty..â¤https://t.co/Yyqt3dOiyz — Bin (@BinKumar92) December 13, 2018 After 6 straight defeats , PV Sindhu gets the win over World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying 14-21, 21-16, 21-18 in 61 minutes. 2 wins in 2 matches at #WorldTourFinals. Beiwen Zhang (USA) next. Well Done @Pvsindhu1#ShineOn — Anand Narasimhan (@AnchorAnandN) December 13, 2018 Good going, we need the cup this time — Sachin pant (@Sachinpant13) December 13, 2018 Wow Sindhu what a revenge! Tai decoded! Kudos!! — SCUBEK (@SCUBEK) December 13, 2018
  14. Last month, when the selectors announced the Indian squad for the T20I series against West Indies and Australia, there was a lot of hue and cry over the exclusion of Mahendra Singh Dhoni - one of the most iconic cricketers in the country. While the fans slammed the Indian team management, Dhoni clarified that he ruled himself out of the two series before throwing his weight behind young Rishabh Pant as his successor behind the stumps. Not many were convinced with Dhoni's prediction about Pant, especially amid the availability of senior wicket-keepers Wriddhiman Saha (currently injured) and Dinesh Karthik still in the fold. However, contrary to popular perception, the team management and captain Virat Kohli placed their faith in fairly inexperienced Pant to come good and the youngster didn't disappoint. Repaying the faith of the selectors and Kohli, Pant, given the ever-changing match situations, added valuable runs (25 & 28) to the Indian total across the two innings at the Adelaide Oval. But, his biggest contribution in India's 31-run triumph in the first Test came from behind the stumps. © AP Proving his predecessor Dhoni right, Pant equalled the world record of most catches taken by a wicket-keeper in a single Test match. The Delhi cricketer took 11 catches against Australia in Adelaide and matched the heroics of Jack Russell and AB de Villiers - both of whom were earlier standing tall with the unique feat. The 21-year-old caught six batsmen - Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood - in the first innings and then took five more catches in the second. Pant equalled the world record for most catches in a single Test in the 101th over when Mohammed Shami got Starc to edge one through to the Indian wicket-keeper. © AP Russell, De Villiers and Pant are now followed by Bob Taylor, Adam Gilchrist and Saha who have taken 10 catches apiece in a single Test match. Pant is now the only Indian at the top of the list, overtaking Saha at the Adelaide Oval. Overall, Pant has already taken 31 catches in six Tests and, should he improve his wicket-keeping skills, the youngster can surely give Saha a run for his money as India's first-choice keeper in the longest version of the game.
  15. When I got the W-1000XM3 headphones for review, I didn't expect the headphones to be impressive in any way. Being an Audiophile and a DJ, I've always been a fan of analogue headphones and have generally disregarded Bluetooth headphones. After listening to the Sony WH-1000XM3, my opinion about wireless headphones truly changed. Sony's new headphones compete directly with Bose's top headphones and to be honest, they have beaten them in delivering the best Bluetooth headphone on the planet. These are the ideal pair of cans for wireless noise-cancellation and here's what we think about the product: Even though its predecessor had a few caveats, Sony built the 1000XM3 from scratch adding more comfort, a better headband and a larger driver for people with bigger ears. The headphones can be folded up so that you can carry it with you everywhere and it even has a flight case if you travel a lot. I used these headphones for my trip to San Francisco, a 22-hour flight where I used these cans for watching Netflix, music and listening to audio books. © Sony The WH-1000XM3 has a new chip that helps in better noise-cancelling. The QN1 chip is integrated with the headphones' DAC and works independently to give you a better experience. This enables the headphones to deliver 32-bit audio processing, higher than any wireless headphone out there. If you use an Android device, the headphones also support LDAC codec which has more bandwidth than Bluetooth. In terms of sound quality, the Sony WH-1000XM3 is capable of delivering warm sounds with very accurate lows and mids. It offers crystal clear sound and enough bass to make the music come alive in your ear. You can even adjust the levels to your own liking through Sony's native headphones app. I particularly liked this feature as not many Bluetooth headphones give you the freedom to adjust the sound to your own liking. When I found the bass to a bit overbearing, I could easily turn down the lows through the app and fine-tune my listening experience. © MensXP During the course of our test, we tested these headphones with Phaeleh's 'Afterglow', a track known for having over the top bass. We also tested the headphones with the Weeknd's 'Discography' and AC/DC's 'Back in Black' album. The headphones performed exceptionally well no matter what we threw at it and sometimes, we could even hear elements that were barely noticeable and can only be heard if you use studio monitors. © Sony What makes the 1000XM3 special is not only the sound but its exceptional noise cancellation capability. As mentioned before, we used these headphones on a 22-hour flight and it was able to block out almost every sound imaginable. The annoying loud jet engine turned into a faint hum that was bearable and enough to make the long flight bearable. The Sony 1000XM3 also comes with an adapter that you can use to watch in-flight entertainment. These headphones came in handy in every situation possible; it particularly performed well when there was a crying baby next to me on the flight. The noise just vanished. You can even customise the noise cancellation according to your environment. The Sony App will tweak the noise-cancellation by playing a series of tones while you have the headphones on. The headphones automatically adjust the noise-cancellation according to your ear profile and surrounding sounds. © MensXP In terms of battery life, the Sony 1000XM3 is expected to have 30 hours of battery life and it truly lived up to the company's claim. Since we had a total travel time of 40 hours (return to India), we only had to charge the headphones once. The headphones have a USB-C port for charging and with a 10-minute charge, the headphones could last for 4 hours more. The Final Say The WH-1000XM3 is one of the best pair of headphones we've ever used, this includes wired headphones as well. These headphones are a must-have gadget if you love music and also like to travel. It is by far my favourite gadget in 2018 and it costs Rs 28,990. In fact, I'm buying a pair for myself this very week and you should get it too if you are serious about music and wireless headphones.
  16. One thing that the golden era of bodybuilding had nailed down was the aesthetics. The bodybuilders, though huge, were visually pleasing. They had that crazy V-taper, a particularly sought after trait, where they would have an amazing ratio of their shoulders to the waist. If you too admire the V-taper, ensure you add this exercise to your routine. However, that slowly started disappearing in the modern day bodybuilding, when it suddenly became all about size and mass monsters, who would have significantly more muscle, but that came at the cost of aesthetics. Their huge protruding bellies even became a subject of criticism of modern day bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger. But Hurray! The classic physique is back and has started gaining prominence, while also bringing back the Golden Era of bodybuilding. The V-taper is back in fashion and athletes are building their physiques to get the classic look. And there is a new Polish IFBB pro who may just have the tiniest waist in modern-day bodybuilding. Meet Dmitrii Vorotyncev He recently won his IFBB pro card and will soon hit the bigger stages and gain prominence. His physique is nothing but body V-taper goals for everyone. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dmitrii Vorotynsev IFBB PRO (@DmitriiVorotyncev) on Nov 3, 2018 at 4:27am PDT View this post on Instagram ÐкÑÑалÑÐ½Ð°Ñ ÑоÑма!)) ÐÐµÑ ÑÐµÐ³Ð¾Ð´Ð½Ñ 98,5 СÑаÑÑ 3 ноÑбÑÑ, вÑе идÑÑ Ð¿Ð¾ планÑðªðªðª #Dmitriivorotyncev #bodybuilding #bodybuilder #bodybuildingmotivation #fitnessmotivation #fitnessmodel #gym #npc #npcclassicphysique #classicphysique #дмиÑÑийвоÑоÑÑнÑев #бодибилдинг #aesthetics #dedication #awesome #sport #classicphysique #fitnessmodel #vacuum #вакÑÑм #champion #realsteel #phl #pharmacomlabs #PowerfulHeroesLegion #живаÑÑÑÐ°Ð»Ñ #ÑаÑÐ¼Ð°ÐºÐ¾Ð¼Ð»Ð°Ð±Ñ #ÑÑÑеÑика #shredded #shreded #shreddedunion @npcnewsonlineofficialpage @shredded.union @simplyshredded @shredded.legends @all_fitness_tips @fitness.union @fitnesslovrs @official_rxmuscle @flex_magazine @guess @generationironofficial @generationironru @musculardevelopment @muscleandfitness @luimarco @teamandrocom @instagrambodybuilding @bodybuildingnation A post shared by Dmitrii Vorotynsev IFBB PRO (@DmitriiVorotyncev) on Oct 22, 2018 at 5:58am PDT And his photos are definitely not photoshopped as you can see for yourself on his Instagram account, which are full of posts of his posing routines and competition videos. View this post on Instagram ÐÑ ÑÑо, ÑеÑез 2,5 ÑаÑа ÑамолÑÑ ÐÐµÑ 93,4 оÑÑалоÑÑ Ð½ÐµÐ¼Ð½Ð¾Ð³Ð¾ дожаÑÑ!) #Dmitriivorotyncev #bodybuilding #bodybuilder #bodybuildingmotivation #fitnessmotivation #fitnessmodel #gym #npc #npcclassicphysique #classicphysique #дмиÑÑийвоÑоÑÑнÑев #бодибилдинг #aesthetics #dedication #awesome #sport #classicphysique #fitnessmodel #vacuum #вакÑÑм #champion #realsteel #phl #pharmacomlabs #PowerfulHeroesLegion #живаÑÑÑÐ°Ð»Ñ #ÑаÑÐ¼Ð°ÐºÐ¾Ð¼Ð»Ð°Ð±Ñ #ÑÑÑеÑика #shredded #shreded #shreddedunion A post shared by Dmitrii Vorotynsev IFBB PRO (@DmitriiVorotyncev) on Oct 31, 2018 at 11:57pm PDT View this post on Instagram СпаÑибо болÑÑое за божеÑÑвенно вкÑÑнÑÑ ÑÑÐ±Ñ @kurilskiy_bereg_spb @_aleksei.rudko_ ð¥ð¥ð¥ð¥ð¥ð¥ðªðªðª A post shared by Dmitrii Vorotynsev IFBB PRO (@DmitriiVorotyncev) on Oct 16, 2018 at 1:25am PDT I can definitely see him go head to head with the new age bodybuilding pros on the big stage soon, and bring a new level of competition and in-turn entertainment for the classic bodybuilding fans. Author bio: Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company. He is regarded as someone who will make it easy for you to understand the process by putting things in the right context and providing science-based recommendations for natural bodybuilding. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
  17. Whether you are scrolling through your social media news feed or passing through an outdoor billboard, one often comes across brand logos and names with the trademark symbol. One look and we instantly recognise the brand associated with it. But for those of you who think this trademark business is limited to just logos and names, you are about to get schooled! There a numerous sounds across the world that have been trademarked. While they vary from a range of different things, some are definitely high on nostalgia trigging your favourite memory. The latest sound to get its own trademark is the Zippo lighter click sound. The unique sound of the click of the Zippo lighter is something that people anywhere across the globe would instantly recognize. And that's exactly why we are kick-starting our list of trademark sounds with this one of a kind addition. On a side note, you can celebrate the sonic signature sound of Zippo windproof lighters with this special ASMR lighter collection. But before that, check this list out: 1. The Zippo Click Sound 2. Mockingjay Whistle From 'The Hunger Games' 3. Pillsbury Doughboy Giggle 4. 90's AOL Dial-Up Internet Connection Sound 5. The MGM Lion Roar 6. The 20th Century Fox Introduction 7. The Robotic Breathing Sound Of Darth Vader From Star Wars How many of these did you recognise?
  18. There's binge watching, and then there's binge watching with a deadline because the show is so good that everyone is watching and you need to finish it as soon as possible because you know everyone will start talking about it immediately. Even with so much content on Netflix, some shows still manage to stand out because of how almost the entire world watches and finishes it in just a couple of days and then talks about it for weeks to come. So, here's the list of some shows from 2018 that literally broke the internet and had people talking about it and desperately waiting for the next season like two days after the release. 1. Sacred Games Do I even need to say anything about 'Sacred Games'? The first Indian Netflix original killed it, and not just in our country. It had an international audience with so many great reviews. Just to sum up the storyline in one sentence - the series chronicles all the events that follow after Sartaj Singh, a police officer in Mumbai, receives a phone call from gangster Ganesh Gaitonde who tells him to save the city within 25 days. 2. Haunting Of The Hill House The horror show took over the internet and people literally couldn't stop watching it, trust me I've seen the tweets about it. The show scared the crap out of everyone but still had people binge watching the entire show in just a few days because everyone loves to be scared apparently. One line sum up - the show follows two timelines showing five siblings and how their paranormal experiences from when they were kids growing up in the Hill House are still haunting them to present day. 3. The End Of The Fucking World It's not exactly a Netflix original, but the British show did get the world talking after its premier on the streaming website in the beginning of this year. The aesthetics, the bizarre plot, the series literally captured everyone's attention with just a few minutes in the first episode. One line sum up - 17-year-old James considers himself a psychopath and targets Alyssa as the first human he wanted to kill but she in turn falls in love with him and they both have the trip of their lives after running away from home. 4. Stranger Things 2 There's honestly nothing strange about the 'Stranger Things' obsession and people finally got the second season they were so desperately looking forward to for almost a year. One line sum up - set one year later, the second season basically deals with the character's attempt to return to normality and consequences that linger from the first season. 5. Ghoul Netflix Seems like people really liked the horror genre this year and obviously a Netflix list won't be complete without a Radhika Apte series. We are yet to see some groundbreaking, actually scary shows and movies come out of India but people seemed to like 'Ghoul' a lot. One line sum up - set in India in a dystopian future where fascism is at its top, the series follows the interrogation of a dreaded terrorist Ali Saeed in a secret government internment camp that ignites a series of horrifying and supernatural events in the aftermath.
  19. Law and order are there to keep us in check, to make sure that we live in a civilised way without harming others. However, at times, there are certain rules which the government implement on us which can't be explained rationally. You are just supposed to keep your head down and follow it without raising a question. Following are 5 such things which are banned in one part of the world or the other and we can't figure out why: 1. Wikipedia © Wikipedia Yep! You read it right. Turkey banned the website which is (or at least used to be) a go-to place for students when it comes to assignments. The government decided to block the access to Wikipedia in 2017 citing the reason that it is for the protection of the public. Who knew Wikipedia is harmful to human beings? Although people are smart. They have created a website which is an identical copy of Wikipedia (with a different name, of course) and use it for information sharing purpose. Where there is a will…you know the rest! 2. Taxi © Zimbabwe Taxi Directory The second 'Yep! You read it right' of the list. Zimbabwe once banned people from working as taxi drivers and commute servicers. I'm sure there's no logical way this can be explained but the government thought of doing it anyhow. But again, you can't ban the will. After the ban, the people there started to drive each other for a fixed sum without making their cars a taxi. It reminds me of a quote by Harvey Spector, “When you're backed against the wall, break the goddam thing down.” 3. Human Rights Watch Website Dear Egypt, not cool! Egypt banned the Human Rights Watch website in 2017, a day after an organisation released a report on the issue of torture and national security in Egypt. Earlier they had started banning independent news website. And people think India is intolerant. 4. Facebook © Pexels Imagine not able to check-in at airports! On second thoughts, it would be a better world if that happens. Imagine not able to stalk your crush. That would be a bummer. That would happen if you're in Iran and China. Both the countries, for reasons known best to them, have banned Facebook. People there use fake private network just to connect to the internet and use Facebook. Apparently, the government didn't do a thorough job. 5. Telegram © Reuters We don't use it anyhow but still an option to use it would always be great. But you won't get one if you're in Russia. It was believed that the ban happened when Telegram declined the government to provide personal data of users. Talk about independence! These are the 5 bizarre things which are banned across the world but shouldn't be. If you know more such things, comment below.
  20. We live in an unpredictable world where anything can happen or go wrong at any point in time and that's a fact we all unfortunately know too well. In the late 70s and the 80s we saw this fact very much come alive and take over the world reminding people yet again of the unpredictability that life is. Yes, I am talking about the HIV Virus that plagued the world then and the brutal repercussions it had and how it still continuous to do so. Only today, the prevention and precaution methods are best understood by everyone to slow down the rate of people contracting AIDS but there still isn't an accurate cure for it. There are many ways to raise awareness about this deadly disease. We have campaigns, public service messages, education in schools or at your local doctors but the most affluent form of knowing what the HIV Virus and AIDS is all about is through a more visual medium- the movies. © Twitter This World AIDS Day, on December 1, let's try and spread as much awareness as we can about taking the right measures and precautions from it. Bollywood and Hollywood have tried their best to talk about AIDS through stories that inspire us and give us a peek into an AIDS survivors life. If you do happen to come across these movies, do watch them. Today, we'll just commemorate the day by acknowledging the effort made by the Indian cinema and the western cinema towards spreading the right kind of knowledge about AIDS. Here are 6 movies that talk about or are based loosely or otherwise on AIDS awareness. (1) AIDS Jaago (2007) © Twitter 'AIDS Jaago' is a project based on four short films that aimed to spread awareness about misconceptions and myths about AIDS. The short stories are directed by Mira Nair, Vishal Bhardwaj, Farhan Akhtar and Santosh. Definitely a much watch if you really want to know whatever there is to know about the disease. (2) Philadelphia (1993) © TriStar Pictures 'Philadelphia' is a first commercial/mainstream film to talk about AIDS, homosexuality and homophobia openly and acknowledge it. It's a drama based on a man (Tom Hanks) who is fired from his job because he's suffering from AIDS and the entire movie revolves around him trying to get justice for being fired in the first place. It's an intense story about an AIDS survivor who went through hoops to get what he truly deserved. (3) Phir Milenge (2004) © Percept Picture Company The movie is inspired by 'Philadelphia' and is directed by Revathi. It stars Shilpa Shetty who plays Tom Hanks's role and loses her job because she contracts AIDS. The movie was a stark eye opener for the Indian audience for sure but didn't perform too well at the box office. (4) Dallas Buyers Club (2013) © Focus Features The film is rather fascinating really. It's again an intense saga revolving around a man who is fighting AIDS in the 80s when it was still under-researched as a disease. As part of the Experimental AIDS Treatment Movement, he smuggled some unapproved drugs to treat his symptoms to Texas and also started distributing them to the other folks going through the same ordeal, by establishing the 'Dallas Byers Club'. He faces a lot of opposition from the Food and Drug administration for this but he fights it anyway. (5) My Brother Nikhil © Onir Directed by Onir, the film starts Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Suri in lead roles and talks about AIDS and homosexuality. The movie is based on true events and portrays how Nikhil, the main protagonist's life changes after he's diagnosed HIV positive. His parents don't accept him because of his sexual orientation and throw him out of the house. His friends leave him and he has no one to fight for him but his sister, played by Juhi Chawla. The movie is quite a stunning eye opener both about how HIV is looked at in our country and how homosexuality is recognised as well. (6) Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) © 20th Century Fox Although the movie doesn't talk about AIDS as much as it talks about Freddie Mercury's life but it does devote a few scenes to how Freddie contracted it and how it was very prevalent in the 80s-90s, the same time Queen was active as a band. It also talks about how Freddie was seeking radiation at wee hours in the morning, so that no one could find out he was battling the disease. Eventually upon his death, very few people knew he was fighting AIDS. His band mates started a foundation to help other HIV victims. There are numerous other movies made on making people more aware about AIDS. We've lost a lot of people due to this deadly disease and even though there has been a fair amount of progression in AIDS research today, we can only depend on various precautions we should be taking to avoid any contact with the HIV virus. Let's spread a little more awareness about this disease so more people take precautions and evolve genealogically to fight this virus once and for all!
  21. Sun kissed beaches or snowscapes? Bustling cities or quiet villages? The question we posted this month was: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? In theory we could work from anywhere in the world that has a decent internet connection, but where would we choose to live? Mark Wade It was only a few months ago that I was asking myself this exact question! I've always enjoyed telling people that of the great things about working on the Internet is that I can work anywhere in the world, all I have to do is bring a laptop - and yet, despite saying that, I was still living in the little English town that I was born in. At the end of last year I decided it was time to actually take advantage of that so I moved Sydney, Australia. Sydney has everything you could ever want. First, obviously it's a major city with all the conveniences and excitement of that, and even moreso than a lot of places it always has stuff going on (the first time I was strolling past Darling Harbour on a Saturday evening and had this conversation: "oh wow a fireworks display, what's the occasion?" / "...it's saturday?" - I knew I was in a good place). But for when you want some quiet time, there's some of the world's most gorgeous beaches on one side of the city, and mountain forests on the other. It's perfect. Australian ambassadors in the late 1980s Jim Morrissey So recently (last 2 years) have been doing some traveling during winter months and I've seriously underestimated previously how much living in Florida for the past 20 years has ruined me. This has led me to where I can't live anywhere else but a tropical climate with 100% humidity now. As well, the thought of driving my cars in the snow/salt is even more unappealing than the cold/dryness. In short, I've come to realize, I'm quite happy in Florida. Florida is nice, but it's no Skegness Brandon I would move to Costa Rica. Not because it's exotic, and beautiful, and has tons of fun things to do and see. But because I could have health care without having to pull out a second mortgage. Forget Costa Rica, the UK has Costa Coffee Matt I'm rather fond of the UK but I do love America, so I think I'd split my time three ways. Spend the UK in the summer (that may be about 3 weeks based on an average year), spend the winter somewhere warm, perhaps on the south coast of America with the exception of a few weeks around Christmas where I'd take the kids somewhere filled with snow. Mark H If I could live anywhere I wanted to (and financing was not an obstacle), that would be Hawaii. First because its average temperature doesn’t change much over the year and is nearly tropical year-round, but also because it’s the only State in the U.S. that I have not yet visited. Having lived in Minnesota nearly all my life, as I get older the less I can tolerate Winter each year. Jennifer So I love where I live currently. Arizona (particularly in the valley) is amazing. It's mostly hot but absolutely no snow (albeit sometimes it gets cold enough that there is frost on cars). I think out of the 20 years I've lived here I've only truly seen snow in the valley 1 time and it didn't last long. My secondary location would be Australia. It has a similar climate, some really awesome people and Amanda Palmer visits their regularly so I'd finally be able to see one of her shows. Overall, as long as it doesn't snow you can basically consider it an ideal location for me. That awkward moment when Arizona buys the wrong bridge Andy I’ve always had a strong attraction to Scandinavia and particularly Norway. There’s something quite appealing about the remoteness, nature and freedom to make your own life choices. Unfortunately I’m not at all tolerant of the cold so I don’t think I could live there permanently. Am I allowed to split my time between Norway and Italy? Remoteness? Can I interest you in Wales? Marc S I think if I could live anywhere in the world, I would probably live in Australia. Simply because I hate winter. I don't like the cold, and prefer 30c+ every day if I had the option. In fact if I went back in time, I would certainly have done that knowing what I know now. Having children and family around, it's not something I would likely do at this stage in my life. Where would you like to live? Let us know in the comments below.
  22. Back in 2010, when the coveted Hockey World Cup came to India for the first time, the hosts didn't have much to cheer for after the men's team finished eighth in the national capital. Eight years on, a lot has changed in Indian hockey. The men's team have a pragmatic coach in Harendra Singh and there are as many as seven players from the triumphant 2016 Junior World Cup campaign in a perfect blend of youth and experience. And, most importantly, the coveted tournament has returned to India where Odisha's capital, for just under three weeks, will be the cynosure of the hockey world. For a side that's hosting the mega event, India couldn't have begun their World Cup campaign any better. Making their intentions pretty clear early in the tournament, the Indian men's hockey team blanked a hapless South African side 5-0 in their opening encounter at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar. © Twitter/@TheHockeyIndia With goals raining in from Simranjeet Singh (43rd and 46th minute), Lalit Upadhyay (45th minute), Akashdeep Singh (12th minute) and Mandeep Singh (10th minute), the World No. 5 side registered a comfortable win over the Proteas in their first pool game. India's fantastic start in the showpiece event drew plaudits from every corner of the country including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A fantastic start for the Indian Hockey team! Congratulations to our team for an impressive win against South Africa in their opening match at the World Cup in Odisha. Best wishes for the upcoming games. @TheHockeyIndia #HWC2018 — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 29, 2018 "A fantastic start for the Indian Hockey team! Congratulations to our team for an impressive win against South Africa in their opening match at the World Cup in Odisha. Best wishes for the upcoming games," the Indian PM tweeted. When the architect of modern hockey Dhanraj Pillay comes out himself to cheer the men in blue in their opening campaign of the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 against South Africa on 28th November.#IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/dQ2cHcTPnB — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 28, 2018 However, Modi wasn't the only one rooting and cheering for India. In fact, Indian hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay was also seen rallying behind Manpreet Singh-led brigade from the stands as he witnessed his country's emphatic win in the opening encounter. WHAT. A. MOMENT. Relive this epic moment from yesterday, when the legends of our 1975 World Cup winning team came forward to congratulate the team after the win! ð®ð³â¤ï¸#HWC2018 #LoveHockey #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/3y3An1nJUb — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 29, 2018 And, then, arguably the best moment of the tournament so far, came a heartfelt gesture from the legends of country's 1975 World Cup winning team towards the current crop of Indian hockey. Right after their triumph over the Proteas, the Indian hockey veterans - who were part of the side that defeated Pakistan in the final to win the third edition of the Hockey World Cup in Malaysia - were seen congratulating Harendra Singh's men as they made their way to the locker room. Following their triumph over South Africa, India will now face a sterner test as they gear to take on World No. 3, Belgium, in their second pool match on 2nd December.
  23. The opening ceremony of the Hockey World Cup was thrilling and ecstatic, thanks to King Khan. Shah Rukh Khan recreated his iconic '70 minute' speech from 'Chak De India' where he essayed the role of a hockey coach named Kabir Khan. Sattar Minute, Sattar Minute hai tumhare paas ð¥ Aag hi laga diya Jaan ne toh aaj, Hath mein Hockey Stick lekar uss mahol mein yeh Iconic lines bole, dialogue ke jaise nahi waise jaise apne Bacchon ko advice karte huye kehte, Dil se unhe motivate kiyeðð pic.twitter.com/xc33Op1g2H — â¿ Sнαн Kι Bιωι ⿠ᶻáµÊ³áµ (@JacyKhan) November 27, 2018 Now we know he is no real life coach, but that authoritative voice and the nostalgia that filled the air was enough for all SRK fans to go crazy. SRK holding that hockey stick and delivering the 'Sattar minute hai tumhare paas' brings back the memories of this fantastic movie ð­ð­ #OdishaHockeyWCInauguration pic.twitter.com/FEkwQR28KQ — à¤à¤¾à¤¶... IF (@KashifSRKian) November 27, 2018 " 70 minute hai tumhare paas " this one line by SRK shaked the entire stadium and made people shout their hearts out. What a stunning appearance. The most humble and loved superstar in India ♥ï¸ India's SRK & Hockey's Kabir Khan.#OdishaHockeyWCInauguration pic.twitter.com/sBHHyPEXeS — Roshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) November 27, 2018 The first thought was obviously when would he play a role similar to that again. #HockeyWorldCup2018 ð@iamsrk hockey coach ⤠Chak de India ð pic.twitter.com/tOJQRCTFs8 — SRK's Namra ð (@SRKsNamra) November 27, 2018 He also spoke about the importance of hockey for our nation and how we all need to be proud of it. “This is the most important tournament of the world. Because it is our sport, it is our hockey and there is no more special game than field hockey. And what sets it apart is that it is an amalgamation of a lot of emotions, thoughts and lots and lots of action. It involves guile, strength and stamina. It is a sport that involves artistry. Players are not mere players, they are artists”, he said. Besides SRK, Madhuri Dixit and music legend AR Rahman also performed at the ceremony.
  24. Guru Randhawa is going places, literally! The Punjabi singer has won hearts with his handsome looks and peppy Punjabi tracks which are now omnipresent in every wedding. The 'Lahore' singer has even forayed into Bollywood music big time. View this post on Instagram Happy Diwali â¤ï¸ Outfit by @sshomme Styled by @darshitaapatel A post shared by Guru Randhawa (@gururandhawa) on Nov 7, 2018 at 1:55am PST However, the journey to the top comes with the hard work and determination, which of course Guru has in abundance. However, the exciting piece of information that has hyped every fan across the globe is his upcoming collaboration with none other than Mr. Worldwide, Pitbull! The song is being helmed by T-Series and will be releasing in 2019. View this post on Instagram My first international collaboration with Mr.Worldwide sir @pitbull will be out in 2019. I thank you everyone for believing in me. Bhushan sir and our team are proud to do this great collaboration and we thank @pitbull sir and his whole team for making this happen. ðððð God is kind â¤ï¸ A post shared by Guru Randhawa (@gururandhawa) on Nov 23, 2018 at 4:23am PST Naturally, his fans are elated. Oh!! My gudnessð¤©ðâ¤ð¥ Wht a news u did give!!⤠For u only @TSeries hs achieved dis goalâ¤ð¥ð¥ð¥ U r da real pride of Indiað¤â Ur dream of collaborating with Bruno Mars will als0 come trueð The day is not so far ⤠— Guruian Tiasha⤠(@Tiasha87512018) November 23, 2018 Wooooooo ..â¨ð«ðcheers n braaavoooooo @GuruOfficial the man always working..So proud of you n ur team..ðð¤ð¤ð@pitbull welcome to Bollywood pit. @pitbull cheers to u all n lots of love n luck to u all.@itsBhushanKumar @GuruOfficial ððð«â¨ð冗 Ssamara Sshahbuddin (@nasha6666) November 23, 2018 Before Guru Randhawa, Priyanka Chopra had paved way for Pitbull and Indian collaborations when her 'Exotic' track took the nation by storm. Pitbull in a Punjabi number is something we can just not wait to see!
  25. When was the last time you went on a nice relaxing vacation? For me, it's been well over two years since I even left my city, so yeah, you can call me vacation deprived and i'm sure I'm not in this alone. Everyone is working so hard, just hustling their way through life that no one even has the time to go on a holiday anymore, and that's not me saying, it's kind of a fact now - India is the most vacation-deprived country in the world. Seriously, when will our country stop topping all the wrong lists? Coming back to being vacation-deprivation, a survey conducted by Expedia, a US based travel agency, found that 75 per cent of Indians don't travel enough and the number has gone up from 60 per cent last year. It also reported that even though nearly 41 per cent of Indians wished to go on a vacation, they couldn't and haven't been on a holiday in last six months all because of the workload. Only 3 per cent took a vacation every month while over one-third said they go without a vacation for six months to a year. Seriously!! Almost 30 of my leaves get lapsed per year without any remuneration.. just wasted.. unable to claim. https://t.co/IphPykRUio — Ish (@Phrustated) November 23, 2018 A disclaimer - yes, any survey like this won't be accurate, obviously, but it still shows a little bit of reality and yes, Indians are vacation-deprived and I'm the living proof of it. The survey was conducted across 19 countries among over 11,000 employed adults above 18 years of age. After India, came South Korea and Hong Kong taking the second and third place with 72 per cent and 69 per cent respectively. Coming back to India, there are more reasons for people not going on a vacation. Around 41% people reported that they couldn't afford a holiday. About 18% of Indians have the idea that professionally successful people don't take vacations, while 25% of employed adults feel they might miss out on an important work decision if they avail their full vacation. Furthermore, workers in the food & beverages, heath, and retail industries were found to be most vacation-deprived, while those employed in the real estate sector were least deprived. Well this one doesn't sound surprising at all! And now I know its not just me whose plans keep getting cancelled.... https://t.co/Sc9WvNREJP — sayak sinha (@saykonic) November 23, 2018 So yes, everyone, go rewatch 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' and take inspiration from Hrithik Roshan's character and just go on that much deserved vacation. Look at him, he went from a workaholic to having peace of mind, everyone should aim for that.