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  1. The National Basketball Association (NBA) have a norm of starting out every game with the national anthem of the United States of America (the Canadian national anthem is also sung when a game takes place in Toronto). As a member of an American basketball franchise, every teammate must stand in the line as the anthem plays in the background, even if you are not an American. You aren't forced to sing the anthem along, you aren't forced to stand still, you aren't forced to not look anywhere you want. This makes sense. What doesn't make sense is the way the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) is trying to shove Chinese patriotism down the throats of those who do not even belong to that country. Recently, a former NBA player and one of the top French athletes to make it to the top of the game, Guerschon Yabusele, was fined by the CBA for not looking at the Chinese flag during the national anthem ahead of the game. View this post on Instagram Crazy game last night #BuzzerBeater #2020 ð A post shared by Yabusele 𧸠(@guerschony) on Dec 7, 2019 at 5:52am PST The Nanjing Tongxi Monkey King Power Forward has been given a “serious warning” and fined 10,000-yuan (Rs. 1 Lakh approx) for what they felt was a disrespect to their national pride. It wasn't even as if Yabusele was challenging the Chinese sovereignty or protesting the norm. Television footage shows that the athlete was standing in line with the rest of his teammates and it was just that he had kept his head down, which by the way, all NBA players (American or not) do all the time. A game is about to start, players have tons of things going on inside their brain. Even if they knew that they weren't supposed to hang their head, it is okay to forget about it sometimes. This act of enforcing patriotism by making foreigners “respect” your nationality is simply shameful. And while Yabusele has made no comments about the whole situation, it is rather disappointing to see the French government not stepping up and dealing with the injustice that they saw happening to one of their own. View the full article
  2. A video of a little boy comforting his crying friend in a classroom has gone viral on the internet, and for all the good reasons. The heartwarming video shows a child with Down Syndrome comforting his classmate who is autistic. According to Indian Express, the video was shot by a teacher in Mexico and went viral on social media platforms within minutes. The video shows, a crying child sitting in the classroom and his friend affectionately tries to comfort him by patting his back. The kid is also seen wiping off his friend's tears and this is the best thing that you'll watch today. The video was captioned as, “#VIRAL A Down boy with a huge heart, comforting in his own way his teammate, autistic child. Let's share it.” The video already has around 478K shares on Facebook. Watch the full video here: The video later surfaced on other social media platforms as well and here's what people have to say about the touching video: This young man with Down syndrome is comforting his distressed classmate who is autistic. This is the Twitter content I'm here for...ðªððð¥ð¥ pic.twitter.com/ekh4e7tvun — Rex Chapmanðð¼ (@RexChapman) December 3, 2019 . one thought clear.True love alway care each other. No need a perfect body,only need believe himself confidence and a soulful humanity mind,then nature say you are touch my heart because your thoughts inspire everyone pic.twitter.com/ZAvzcrWxsk — Chetan agarwal (@Chetanniketa) December 4, 2019 Poor kid was having a rough day but his friend was there to help. I wish we could remain compassionate once we enter adulthood. — CondomsandMoreforLessðððð (@CondomsandMore) December 3, 2019 I use to work with two guys with Down Syndrome years ago. If one of them was upset the other would always try to comfort the other by patting the other on the back and holding the others hand. I have a lot of great memories of those guys. — Rick Pruess (@RickPruess) December 4, 2019 Pure love, comfort and understanding. We can learn a lot from their compassion for and acceptance of one another. I'm not crying, you're crying https://t.co/FB81IpgdmE — K. (@KauakahiK) December 4, 2019 There is hope for the human race⤠https://t.co/gayqKQAoRT — Michael Owuor (@Myqall) December 4, 2019 My nephew has "Down" Syndrome. I put that in quotation marks because there is nothing downs about it. I've never seen anybody w/ the ability to empathize like he does. These kids truly have the most biggest hearts. They are so pure ð­â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/mkMaKl0zsK — StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) December 3, 2019 This makes us realize that maybe we can't solve other people's problem but we can comfort them and hug their sorrows away. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  3. If you're in your twenties and constantly feel lost or confused and think your life is weirder than a bizarre Bollywood love story, we're here to tell you that you're not alone. It's going to be okay, my friend as you're just undergoing a 'quarter-life crisis.' Most people in their twenties are often confused about their careers, love life and life, in general. Maybe, your life is falling apart in front of your eyes but trust me, it will get better. Before you start overthinking, here are a few signs that'll tell you if you're undergoing a quarter-life crisis and how to fix it: 1. You're Feeling Trapped © Unsplash This happens to everyone who is stuck between freedom and early adulthood as you're transitioning from practising independence to commitment. If you've committed to something at an early age, be it your work or a relationship, feeling trapped is 'okay'. How to fix it? Rather than quitting your job or giving up on your relationship, the best way is to identify the problem and work on a solution. It might sound like a lot of work but trust us, there is no shortcut. 2. You're Constantly Worrying That You're Not Earning Enough © Unsplash The chances are that you're not earning enough. But remember, you are just in your twenties but are stressing like you're in your forties. It is paramount to earn enough and fulfill your dreams but it is also important to work at your own pace and not be part of the rat race. Your achievements and your learning curve isn't the only thing that makes your identity. There is so much more. How to fix it: Rather than focusing on how much you earn, focus on developing and evolving your work skills. Working on self-development will automatically enable you to reach where you've always wanted to reach. Quit procrastinating and jump onto the right track. 3. You're Perpetually Bored © Unsplash If you feel bored all the time, chances are that you're looking for a change and you're just not enjoying your regular schedule anymore. You can also feel bored or worked up in your relationship and it is normal to feel this way. How to fix it: The brainchild is to start doing what you actually like doing. If you don't know what you want to do, it's about time you make a list of things that you've always wanted to do. You can always start doing new things with your significant other to make things more romantic and interesting. Take that cooking lesson you've always wanted to take, join that dance class, hit the gym or take those acting classes that have been on your bucket list ever since. 4. You Dream About Plans That You'll Never Execute © Unsplash This happens with every one and this shouldn't be a big deal, honestly. The problem arises when you're only dreaming and not working on anything and that is called 'procrastinating' and you need to stop doing that. There is no better way but to just do the things that you plan to do unless you're planning on murdering someone. (Okay, please don't ever execute that plan!) How to fix it: Just execute them or don't make grand plans in the first place. It's like writing a to-do list and then not doing it. So, don't make a to-do list in the first place if you are not going to do it at all. 5. You're Unsure About Your Purpose In Life © Unsplash It used to be so simple in school. All we had to do was complete our homework and show up in class. Now, suddenly, we have to unleash a purpose that we are born for, why? How to fix it: It is rather difficult to find just one purpose in life. With the advent of learning to multitask, there is a chance that we've multiple purposes and as far as you are happy, you don't really have to have the ultimate and single purpose in life. View the full article
  4. You maintain your beard, your skin and your overall health but have you ever wondered that in spite of doing everything there are chances that your appearance is getting compromised? There are things like sun exposure, poor diet and pollution that can undoubtedly affect your skin but there are certain grooming habits as well that you need to put an end to. Wondering what they are? Take a good look here! 1. Taking A Shower © istock We are not stating that you should head out without a shower but what we are saying is that you need to be cautious about the water temperature. Not just that, the other issue is with the usage of soap and shower gels especially when your skin is dry in winters. Go for a medicated soap that helps you steer clear of chapped skin whilst also lets you keep up your appearance. 2. Man Bun Hairstyle © istock Man buns make for a cool statement and can look extremely stylish when you step out. But keeping your locks locked for 365 days isn't good. It eventually leads to hair thinning and can result in male pattern baldness. Stick to styling it in a man bun for occasions and during other times, try out different hairstyles. 3. Using Random Drugstore Products © istock As tempting as the packaging looks, there are times when you can easily get deviated from the actual motive of buying grooming products. Washing your face or using a moisturiser cannot be by a random drugstore product. A dedicated skincare routine with items that are well suited for your skin type will delay the ageing process. Try it out. 4. Washing Your Hair © istock Basic hygiene is a big part of our everyday lives. That said, what about your hair texture? Choose your hair care products wisely and make sure they are free from paraben and sulfate. Washing your hair on a daily basis can lead to hair loss. Stick to a set routine and do it thrice a week with cold or lukewarm water. View the full article
  5. Invision Community has come a long way over the past five years. We've added many new features and invigorated the front-end user experience to keep it current and in-line with modern interfaces. One area that has remained largely the same is the Admin Control Panel. When we released Invision Community 4.0 back in 2014, the Admin Control Panel was updated but has stayed relatively dormant since. But that's all about to change with the upcoming release of Invision Community 4.5! The Admin Control Panel in 4.5 has received a substantial update, resulting in a modern color scheme and a clean, minimalistic design. We felt that a lighter, more open design allowed the content more space and to feel less crowded. The dark grays have been replaced with shades of blue and aqua which closely reflects Invision Community's new branding, while other colors have been lightened and saturated. Along with the new color scheme, the overall layout of the ACP has intentionally been kept similar to the existing version, resulting in a design that feels surprisingly familiar yet refreshingly new at the same time. We hope you've enjoyed this small sneak peek into Invision Community 4.5 and we look forward to introducing you to some more new features in the upcoming weeks!
  6. Travelling for work is often exhausting. And when the constant travelling and business meetings start killing the wanderlust in you, you know it's time to pack up the mental bagagge and think out of the box. Turn these mundane business trips into leisure stays to relax your body, mind and soul. And how do you do that? It's simple. Start with the basics. Book The Best Property Hyatt Stay at Hyatt's upscale hotel brand, Hyatt Place, in Pune, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Hampi and Rameswaram. They offer 24/7 conveniences, thoughtful service, and flexible spaces to seamlessly take you from work to play, from frenzied to relaxed. And that's not all, the open spaces and well-organized interiors boost your productivity and help you relax on the go. Work With A View Hyatt While booking your room at Hyatt Place, make sure you go for a room with a scenic city view or pool view. A picturesque view outside your room window can instantly pump up your mood and energize you. The comfy Cozy Corner sectional sofa is the perfect relaxing spot for you. If you don't want to step out for a work meeting, set it up at the restaurant where you can sip on your daily dose of caffeine over some breakfast and take those head-strong business decisions. Enjoy The Perks Hyatt Work whenever and wherever you want with workspaces designed around you. Go from your room's spacious desk to the Business Centre to the inspiring lobby. Add to that there's free Wi-Fi, a Fitness Centre, and an outdoor pool. If you want a break from the long work hours, go for a quick dive in the pool and come out relaxed and energized. 24/7 Dining Hyatt Business trips can really ruin your appetite with all the constant moving around. If you are staying at Hyatt Place, don't think twice and indulge in some scrumptious meals at any time of the day. The restaurant at Hyatt Place is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. No matter the time of day, the Bar serves your a.m. caffeine fix and p.m. craft cocktails. If you are on the go? Head to the Market for pre-packaged salads, snacks, and desserts. To turn your next business trip into a staycation, head here to make your bookings at Hyatt Place. View the full article
  7. Acne-prone skin is always tricky to deal with, especially when you don't know what the trigger is. Taking into account the pollution, products, and chemicals our skin is exposed to on a daily basis, breakouts are inevitable more or less. However, one of the major factors for acne, that isn't given much thought about, is the fabric that you might be wearing. The composition of the fabric that you wear can also potentially irritate your skin or worse can be the reason behind your body acne. So, what's the best fabric for all skin types? Dermatologists have suggested that natural fibres are the best for your skin, think organic cotton, wool, cashmere, hemp, silk, alpaca, and linen. Properties of organic fabrics, like the fact that they are soft, moisture-wicking, and hypoallergenic always work best for the skin. Besides, they're better for the environment. So, likewise, if you discover that you do in fact have sensitive skin that gets irritated by fabrics, then probably, it's best to avoid synthetic fibres, like polyester that, on a microscopic level, can act like barbed wire and disrupt function. The reason behind this could be a result of the formaldehyde finishing resins, dyes, glues, chemical additives, and tanning agents used in processing the fabric or clothing. In fact, post every season when you pull out clothes for the next season, that are probably dust-ridden by now, could also be the reason behind the acne. Even polyamides, or nylon, are fabrics that have synthetic sources that can be potentially irritating for your skin. Then, how do you prevent the irritation? Here are some points to keep in mind: 1. Stick To Organic Fabrics © MENSXP Replace synthetic fabrics in your closet with organic ones. This might take a while but making a conscious effort in avoiding synthetic fabrics might significantly reduce your body acne. 2. Use Moisturiser As Barrier © Gettyimages A regular moisturiser can act as a great barrier between your skin and the fabric which makes sure that your skin is guarded at all times. 3. Make Sure Your Intimates Don't Have A Synthetic Composition © Gettyimages The composition of intimate garments can make a huge difference. Synthetic intimates can easily cause discomfort, rubbing, or irritation. The right fabric of undergarments can prevent rashes, fungal, and even bacterial infections. 4. Choose The Right Detergent Choose a detergent that's fragrance-free and dye-free to wash your clothing. However, do not use excess detergent as it can cling on to your clothes even after the wash and can potentially irritate your skin. View the full article
  8. The one corner of a house that we can really call our own is our bathrooms and showers. Trust us, some of our most profound and existentially relevant thoughts come to us when we are shaving, brushing our teeth, attending nature's call, or showering. © iStock Heck, we enjoy the last bit so much, that most of us turn into Kishore Kumars and Eminems once a day, and for good reason. Imagine having a hot shower after the end of a really exhausting day! However, some of our guilty pleasures and habits are actually quite detrimental to us, particularly, our hair. Our showers are anyway a very humid place. The humidity and the moisture not only messes up our hair, and makes it really frizzy. Apart from that, there are some things that can cause irreversible damage to our hair © iStock Using The Wrong Products © iStock Ideally, your hair products should be free of sulfates, parabens, and alcohol. This becomes even more important if you have a skin condition, or are prone to dandruff and brittle hair. Select your products very carefully. Try to go for products that use a naturally occurring ingredient, such as clay as the cleansing agent. As for conditioners, try to go for ones that are organic, and suit your hair's concern. Not Keeping An Eye On The Temperature © iStock Yes, some of us do enjoy a warm shower before we start with our day, and one after we are done dealing with it. However often when we are singing ballads and sonnets to the invisible gods of music, we tend to forget just how hot the water gets. The best way to go about it is to take a shower using a bucket and a mug. Or else, get a geyser, that allows you to set a very specific temperature, and set it around 55-60 degrees, or whatever you are comfortable with. You can also upgrade your geyser to one that has a digital display for even more control. Leaving Your Shampoo Or Conditioner In Your Hair For Long © iStock If you are anything like us, and fastidiously read the labels and instructions that come on the label of your bottle of shampoo and conditioner, you'll know that you are supposed to leave the product in your hair for 20-30 odd seconds, before you wash it off. Chances are, inadvertently, you will leave it for a longer period of time. This is a more commonly made mistake if you are in the tendency of multitasking during your showers and brush your teeth simultaneously. Just keeping a little mental note and counting down is one of the easiest things you can do. Not Drying Your Hair Properly © iStock Make it a habit of pat drying your hair with a soft towel, instead of vigorously rubbing the towel on your head. Also, air drying your hair is a terrible idea as it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus, which leads to dandruff. Also, if you are blow drying your hair, keep it at the lowest level and keep a good distance between the dryer and your hair. Skipping Shampooing & Champis © iStock Although we all lead super lifestyles and rarely find the time to take care of ourselves, shampooing and massaging your hair oil every now and then is imperative. Shampoos, conditioners and hair oil massages provide some really beneficial nutrition to the hair. Instead of skipping it every day, include a hair oil massage in your weekly grooming routine. Another option is to get one of those shampoos that have the benefits of oiling your hair. Using A Body Wash Or A Bar Soap Instead Of A Shampoo © iStock Another habit that makes most of us have is using a bar of shampoo, or as is more the case, our body wash to wash our hair. The skin on our body is radically different from that on our scalp, so the product, too, needs to be different. Unless your body wash specifically says that it is suited for hair, keep it away from your mane. And no matter what, never ever use a body soap for your hair, unless you are looking for ways to go bald quickly. View the full article
  9. If you grew up in a small town during the '90s, chances are you will be familiar with the good old 'fitkari'. Most people raise an eyebrow and ask 'the what?' as soon as fitkari is mentioned around them, for no fault of their own, as it has pretty much been ignored and forgotten, thanks to new age grooming products. Fitkari or Alum (also called potassium alum, potash alum, or potassium aluminium sulfate) is a colourless compound which is a hydrated double sulphate of aluminium and potassium. Though it almost has become obsolete when it comes to our modern grooming arsenals, having some handy in your bathroom cabinet can prove to be extremely beneficial for your morning grooming routine. In fact, it can cut down your grooming products by half, because of its multifaceted uses. Here are 7 ways in which fitkari can simplify your daily grooming routine: 1. As an aftershave © iStock Rub a piece of alum all over your face and neck post shave. It is one of the best natural aftershaves out there. 2. As an anti-spot and anti-wrinkle solution © iStock Rubbing alum on your face gently for a while, and then washing it off with normal water will help decrease wrinkles and spots from pimples etc. 3. As a mouthwash Using a solution of alum powder and warm water makes for a great mouthwash, that will keep bad breath away for a long time. It also helps in case of bleeding gums. 4. To keep body odour away © Instagram/tigerjackieshroff Using some fitkari powder in your bathwater will get rid of body odour effortlessly. It can be an effective measure for people who don't want to use/are allergic to deodorants. 5. For relief from mouth ulcers and canker sores Put some fitkari powder on top of the sore/ulcer, and wash off after about 40 seconds. You will see a difference soon. 6. As a hair cleanser and anti-lice treatment © iStock Soak alum in a bucket of water overnight, and use it to wash your head. It's great as a hair/scalp cleanser, and will also get rid of lice if you're suffering from that. 7. As an effective astringent Using fitkari along with rose water on your face will help in skin tightening, thereby making it as amazing natural astringent. Start using fitkari/alum, and watch your grooming routine go through an amazing transformation. View the full article
  10. Warning: Spoilers Ahead. The Star Wars universe is mind-bogglingly massive. According to Swiss data scientists, there are a whopping 21, 647 named characters across 36,000 years of storyline. If you want to exclude minor characters, you're still left with a whopping 7,563 - a number that's steadily rising as the Disney-owned franchise releases more films, TV and video games than ever before. This means that with every new iteration, there's an even greater wealth of references and carefully hidden surprises for fans with a keen eye for detail and droid-like memory for dialogue, and The Mandalorian is no exception. Just barely out the gate with two episodes, fans have exploded into a frenzy of speculation, theories and wishlists for the show. Just like them, I bought into the hype - and found myself standing at the precipice of a deep rabbit-hole full of callbacks to the Star Wars legacy. Here's my top picks: Baby Yoda & ET In a twist that several fellow fans and I couldn't possibly see coming, the big cliffhanger/setpiece moment of Episode 1 wasn't some thrilling backstory or face-reveal for The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), but a literal baby Yoda. via GIPHY At least that's what fans have taken to naming this cute ball of green fuzziness. While we're certain that Disney executives are rubbing their palms in glee at projected merchandise sales figures, many of us sci-fi fans were pleasantly surprised with a reference to E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. One of Steven Spielberg's most personal, emotional and yet pathbreaking films, the creators of The Mandalorian paid homage to the classic in this shot. © Disney/Lucasfilm © Amblin Entertainment/Universal Pictures Celebrating 'Life Day' The Mandalorian's first bounty is an unassuming blue… person by the name of Mythrol. While in the process of being whisked away by the bounty hunter, he mentions wanting to be free for 'Life Day'. While in most stories you can fairly confidently chalk this off as lazy worldbuilding, this actually happens to be a reference - one that's nearly 40 years old. 'Life Day' is basically Wookie Christmas. A cringe-inducing 90-minute long holiday special was released in 1978 - while it hasn't aged well, it's nice to know that the series writers have a firm grasp on obscure memories such as these. The Mandalorian's Rifle Whoever wrote this script really remembers 1978 well - 'Life Day' isn't the only holiday special reference in the pilot episode. In a segment from the special, an animated Boba Fett wanders around while the animators really went to town on colouring both him and his gear - just look at that rifle! © Lucasfilm What's really cool, though, is that the design has been toned down somewhat, and provided to the Mandalorian to wield. via GIPHY Not too shabby, writers. Beskar Metal Also known as 'Mandalorian Iron', this fictional metal draws many parallels to GoT's 'Valyrian Steel' and the MCU's 'Vibranium'. © Disney/Lucasfilm While being incredibly stronger than regular metal and being the armour of choice for Mandalonian warriors, one interesting aspect of this metal is that it provides protection even against lightsaber blows. Does this mean that The Mandalorian will come across a lightsaber user? We'll just have to wait and see. Dr. Pershing's Emblem In the first episode, our antihero finds himself assigned to an off-the-books bounty, which turns out to be baby Yoda. During this briefing, he comes across a timid-looking scientist, which some eagle-eyed fans have been paying close attention to. Partial credit to @bhower1138 for noticing the symbol on his sleeve. pic.twitter.com/Im2wjSY94y — MarvelSW (@NumidianPrime) November 13, 2019 The emblem fans have noticed belongs to Kamino, the planet where the cloning facility was featured in Attack of the Clones. This provides us with a useful clue as to why baby Yoda is the target of the bounty - Dr. Pershing seems to want baby Yoda back alive. Could this mean that the child is a clone of Yoda himself, who dies around 5 years before The Mandalorian's events? So many theories, so little time. Stay tuned for more updates as we ride the hype train, all the way to the December release of Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker. View the full article
  11. Even though the likes of Jason Momoa and Ranveer Singh continue to set high-standards for the kind of beards men can flaunt, the actual task of growing (and maintaining!) a well-shaped beard hasn't become any less challenging. In fact, given the level of air pollution that most Indian cities have become synonymous with, maintaining your beard's health should be a greater priority than ever before. Fortunately, when it comes to men's grooming, Ustraa is one brand that needs no introduction. After all, their range of products helps take care of most of your grooming needs, be it their beard growth oil, moustache wax, face scrub, or hair gel. If we were to talk about beard care specifically, joining that impressive list of products is Ustraa's new range of trimmers which will help shape your beard to perfection 1. Ustraa Black Makes For A Powerful Addition To Your Grooming Kit © Ustraa This powerful trimmer is for those who take their beard seriously. Equipped with titanium coated T-shaped self-sharpening blades, as well as a comb-locking mechanism, trimming your beard has never been this easy or effortless. Thanks to its lithium-ion battery, you also get up to 2 hours of wireless usage after 60 minutes of charging. And after registering on Ustraa's website, you even get two years of warranty on purchase. MRP: Rs. 1,899 Buy it here 2. Give Your Beard Care A Futuristic Upgrade With Ustraa's Chrome Trimmer © Ustraa Thanks to the LCD panel that it comes equipped with (one that displays the battery level), the Ustraa Chrome trimmer immediately grabs your attention. However, that's not the only reason why you should be adding it to your grooming kit. After all, it also has quite the powerful specs to boast of, including sturdy ABS combs, a quick charging Li-ion battery, precision length settings that range from 0 mm to 4 mm, and an efficient low-noise monitor. Also, just like the Ustraa Black trimmer, this also comes with two years of warranty. MRP: Rs. 2,499 Buy it here So what are you waiting for? Get your hands on these power-packet trimmers from Ustraa and let your beard do all the talking! View the full article
  12. Environmentally speaking, fashion has consistently been considered to be one of the most polluting and ecologically devastating industries. This may come as a surprise to many, considering we still have internal combustion engines and cars, but when you break down the numbers, it becomes clear why. © iStock In a recent article, Aditya Singhal, founder and CEO of IML Jeans Company, a Gurugram-based bespoke denimwear maker wrote that it takes about 10-50 litres of water, just to get the wash of a denim. And the lighter the wash, the more water the pair uses. However, if we were to consider the process in its entirety, right from the irrigation of cotton, each pair of jeans that you own took about 5000 litres of water to make. That's the cost we have to pay when we invest in fast fashion. Although sustainability is turning out to be a fad more than anything else, there are a few ways to mitigate the cost. Atiya Rakyan of Raw Pressery, a beverage company that started a sustainable campaign titled RawCycled, wherein they take plastic PET bottles, and recycle them into t-shirts, says, “You'll find that most manufacturers have some sort of recycling programmes, and most major fast-fashion chains, like Zara plan to use 100 per cent sustainable fabrics by 2025.” © Reuters However, that is not nearly enough. Atiya continues, “It takes us about 7 bottles of good plastic, to make one of our shirts. That still is a drop in the ocean, when it comes to what all needs to be done. But we believe that it is a drop in the right step." © iStock That makes us wonder, what, as consumers, can we do? How do we as end-users ensure that sustainable clothing is not just a fancy term that is thrown around as jargon by marketers and advertisers? Aditya, it seems, has the answer. Wear More/Different Invest in a decent number of clothes, especially jeans. Instead of just rotating that three or four pairs throughout the year, get like 8-9. That way, not only will you be able to make all of them last longer, but can also spread out the washes. Also, try and aim to double the number of times you wear a particular piece. Wash less © iStock This, again is especially true for denim. You can actually go 9-10 weeks without washing your jeans. Just make sure that you put them out in the sun and stick them in the refrigerator every now and then to keep the odour at bay. Get Them Repaired Properly One reason why denims don't last long is because people don't bother to get them repaired. And even if they do, they get it done in a very frugal manner. Try getting your denims to one of those boutique stores that stitch denim garments and ask them to help you out. You'll be surprised at the difference when you get your pieces repaired professionally Other than these three steps, you could also: Avoid Dirt Cheap Clothes © iStock There's a reason why dirt-cheap clothes are dirt cheap. Their makers certainly do not have quality in mind, and neither are they concerned if a pair of denim jacket or jeans last you through a year. Avoid buying such clothes. You may not realise it, but you are annually sending a good number of pieces to the landfill. Not to mention the underpaid labour that made it. Look out for labels that actually practise sustainability Here's where you need to be a little vigilant. Opt for manufacturers that actually have sustainability practices. See how they are with their repair services, if at all they have one in place. Also, lookout for labels that buy back not just old pieces, but any, generic pieces, and recycle them or donate them after refurbishing them. There really isn't any concrete reason as to why we cannot switch to sustainable fabrics. Take plastic for example. “The process of converting them into fabric is actually not that complicated,” says Atiya. “The used plastic bottles are first washed and chopped into flakes, which are then melted and formed into chips. They are then extruded into yarn. The yarn is woven into fabric and then dyed using eco-friendly processes to make the final fabric." Maybe the day isn't that far away when all of us will be wearing some or the other piece that is made of plastic. View the full article
  13. In winters, your boots are bound to face issues like salt stains or dark scruffs that makes it difficult for you to keep them clean. If this has been your constant worry, no need to fret anymore. Thankfully, there are some quick remedies that will ensure you have your winters boots looking stylish all season long. We have rounded up six super easy hacks that will keep them squeaky clean in winters. 1. Getting Rid Of Salt Stains Do you see those white ring-like mark on your boots? Yes, it's the inevitable sign of winter. To remove them completely from your winter boots, all you need to do it mix water with three drops of vinegar. Rub the mixture on the exterior part till the stain vanishes. Pat the boots with a soft cloth and let them dry. In the case of suede boots, start with a brush and then lightly dab the mixture on it for effective results. © IStock 2. Use A Leather Conditioner Once you have used vinegar on your boots, it's time to store them as you apply leather conditioner on it. This will help get back the shine of the boots by reviving the cracked leather and you are all set to make a stylish statement. © iStock 3. Use A Filer For Suede Boots Suede boots are a bigger problem than leather boots since the material is quite sensitive. Begin by dusting off the dirt with a brush. Once you have scruffed it off, use an eraser or a nail filer on marks that are stubborn. Spray suede protector on it to prevent it from more stains. © iStock 4. Bid Goodbye To Odor With Essential Oils It's no secret that your feet can get really sweaty when you wear boots and further lead to bad smell. But thanks to essential oils, you can easily get rid of them. To neutralise it, all you need to it is mix baking soda with adding a few drops of essential oil to it. Spray this mixture and get fresh smelling boots yet again. © iStock 5. What To Do If Your Suede Boots Get Wet Wet suede boots are a nightmare but there's a trick to make then look as good as new again. Use a microfiber towel and then blot your boots. This will help remove moisture. The material will stiffen up as it dries and then you can use a soft bristle brush. If you see white salt stains, use the vinegar technique here. You can also stuff newspaper or tissue paper inside your boots. Add a few drops of tea tree oil as it will act as an anti-fungal while your boots dry. © iStock 6. Preventing Wrinkles Remember, wet leather shoes tend to shrink. Prevent your shoes to retain their shape by investing in shoe trees. This method helps in getting rid of moisture and shoe trees maintain the original shape of the boots. Try out this method. © iStock View the full article
  14. Ria can't fathom that Raghav has no answer to the one question she always asks of him "What's on your mind?" View the full article
  15. While a lot of people are okay with a sloppy or unkempt look, there are times when the occasion does demand a debonair that's classy and sharp and that's exactly when you need to up your game. In such cases, learning the art of tucking your shirt the right way will play a bigger role. The visual difference never goes unnoticed. With minimal wardrobe changes and a few tasteful tricks, you can easily ace the tuck-in game. Here are four fail-proof ways to do it right while you look your best! 1. The Basic Tuck © Istock The first technique is the basic tuck that almost all of us are taught ever since the beginning. Wear your pants and pull down your shirt as much as you can. Then, simply tuck it in. Close the zipper of your pants and then wear a belt and tighten it. This method is quite basic and super effective. Remember, you can't ace this method without a belt. 2. Military Tuck © Istock An advanced version of the basic tuck is a military version. It's an efficient method and once you have learnt it, your shirt would just stay in the right place. Start with your pants and keep them unbuttoned. Tuck in your shirt and then shut the zipper. In the meantime, you need to pinch the excess fabric of the shirt from the side seams. Take help your thumb and index finger and make sure you are pinching it right. You will end this step with a neatly folded pleat on the side. Once done, close the button and then wear a belt (if you want) for an additional grip. 3. The Underpants Tuck © Istock The name of this tuck might sound very unflattering but in a real sense, it can actually do wonders and keep your shirt tucked in for hours. All you need to do is wear your undershirt with your underpants, and your shirt with pants, basically, in layers, one after the other. Wear a belt to hold the friction better! 4. Shirttail Garters © Istock A technique that men have been using since the 19th century to keep their shirts tucked in well has to be shirttail garters. There's no hassle of pulling or pushing down your shirt. This item uses the downward pressure and then locks the shirttail at the right place so that your shirt stays right there. Wear your pants and voila, you are done! View the full article
  16. Having acne-prone skin that gets triggered without notice can be really intimidating to deal with. Especially, if you don't know what's causing the acne. From dirty sheets to what you're eating, there could be multiple reasons behind the stubborn zits on your face. But here's the thing. If you know what these factors are, you can take proactive measures to actively avoid them as well. 1. Smoking Can Cause Pimples © Getty Images Besides cancer, smoking can also cause the breakdown of collagen and elastin that leads to wrinkles and a substantial increase in pore size that leads to pimples. The carcinogens in the smoke also irritate your skin and dry it out, triggering it to produce more oil and, possibly, more breakouts. A very simple answer to this is to quit smoking. 2. Your Urge To Touch Your Face Might Trigger Breakouts It's never a great idea to touch your face without reason during the day for example when you rest your hand on the chin, your hand is transferring bacteria from your hand onto your face simultaneously. Now, if that pimple is itching, picking it could make it red leaving a scar behind. Also, remember to never pop that pimple because this could possibly run the risk of pushing the bacteria deeper and making the problem worse 3. Watch What You're Eating Foods like tomatoes and peppers both have acidic lycopene in them. This irritant can trigger breakouts. Though, it's not just spicy food that can trouble your skin. Certain people have a strong reaction to dairy, gluten, or even oily food. It comes down to what suits you and what doesn't. 4. Avoid Stress © Getty Images Stressful situations make your skin produce stress hormone cortisol that in turn, stimulates oil glands to make testosterone which in return increases oil production and clogs your pores that translate to more breakouts. 5. Not Showering Regularly © Getty Images Skipping shower on a daily basis or even after working out is not good for you. This makes it easier for the dirt, bacteria, oil, and sweat to seep into your pores and cause breakouts. So make sure that you have stocked effective anti-acne products and that you're not missing out on your daily shower for acne-free skin. View the full article
  17. Thanks to global warming, the weather has become so unpredictable, that it's warm one day, and freezing the next. We say it's best to stay a step ahead and stock up on jackets that will help you transition from 'just-a-tee-is-enough' weather to 'where-on-earth-is-my-jacket?' We've found you 9 super-stylish ones that will help you face the weather, come wind or smog. __ECOMLOOKS__67__ __ECOMLOOKS__68__ __ECOMLOOKS__69__ So, what are you waiting for? Go grab yours before you get caught out in the cold when you least expect it. EXPLORE MORE View the full article
  18. Gigi Hadid claps back at haters: 'It's called stepping out to do errands, not dressing for your approval'. Photo: Page SixAs the winter spell takes over New York, supermodel Gigi Hadid appears to be cozying up, getting into her comfort clothing....
  19. If you recently got a WiFi connection or have been facing issues with dropped Wi-Fi signals, it can be more frustrating than expected. It results in the inability to stream, cancelled downloads and failed voice calls. If you feel that your WiFi is being a bit slow or sluggish and wondering what you can do to improve the coverage or the speed, you can follow some of these steps to optimise your network: 1. Update Your WiFi's Firmware © ASUS Sometimes the most common problem has to do with pending software updates. Router companies update their routers' software just like phone companies update their phones. Sometimes routers also get new firmware for battery or security reasons. If you have one of the newer routers, the software can be updated right from the backend settings. However, if you own an old router, you may have to download the update manually and install it on your own. 2. Select The Right Frequency © TPLink It really depends on your needs and the placement of the router. Modern routers now come with two different bands. 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequencies serve entirely different purposes which also depends on where the router is being placed. For example, if speed is not your priority and portability matters more, make sure you stay connected to the 2.4GHz frequency. This band can cover a larger distance but at the cost of giving you slow speeds. On the other hand, if you want fast internet speeds, utilise the 5GHz band as it is capable of delivering incredible speeds depending on the router. Not only does 5GHz offer faster speeds, you'll likely encounter less interference from other wireless networks and devices. However, the 5Ghz frequency does not have enough range and you will be confined to an area. If you plan to stream movies and TV shows and need fast speeds wirelessly, we suggest you keep the router near the streaming device or move your streaming device nearer to the router. 3. WiFi Repeaters Are Obsolete © TPLink After considering all the options, a WiFi repeater is probably the worst solution to signal problems. We recommend you do not waste money on a repeater as it only re-broadcasts your router's signal. It is possible that you have a big house or thick walls due to which you do not get enough WiFi signal. The range extender works just like any other device with an IP address. You can do the same thing with your laptop or your phone if it supports WiFi passthrough. Instead, if you want to solve your signal range issues once and for all, we recommend you get a mesh WiFi network. You can set up another router, connect it via a very long ethernet cable and improve your situation. However, you will have to worry about concealing a really long ethernet cable, and tinkering with the DHCP and IP settings to make it work. 4. Change The Channel © MensXP Interference from other electronic devices is one of the major causes for slow speeds, weak signals and overall quality of the signal. Signals from your smartphones, smart TVs, Laptops, PCs, IoT devices or any other device that can communicate via WiFi is bound to interfere with your network. There is also interference from other appliances such as microwaves and traditional cordless phones. In order to combat this issue, you need to switch the channel where the wireless network is being broadcasted. From the settings of your router, you can change the channel according to the network type and congestion in various channels. You can track the signal congestion via numerous apps on your smartphone or on a Windows-powered PC. Just search for a WiFi Channel scanner app and you will be able to see the congestion visually. For a 2.4 GHz signal, we recommend you stick to channels 1, 6, and 11 since they're the only ones that don't overlap with other channels. The 5GHz frequency generally uses channels that are not commonly used. However, if you still prefer to change it, you can do so after checking the signal congestion around your router. 5. Install a Mesh Networking System © Unsplash/Andres Urena A mesh router system is the answer to every problem you may face at your home. Range extenders are a good temporary solution but you will still encounter dead zones and slow speeds. In order to have seamless connectivity at home, we recommend getting a mesh Wi-Fi system instead. There are plenty of options available right now, however they come at a premium price. Personally, I use Google's WiFi's Mesh system at home and it works flawlessly. Netgear, Linksys and other companies all have their WiFi mesh systems that can be installed in your home in minutes. Most mesh WiFi systems can be managed with a native application and you can even manage speeds for specific devices. I have a 1GBPS connection at home and from 20 feet away, I was able to get 500Mbps on my device while connected to my Google WiFi. I am able to stream 4K movies on Netflix in three separate rooms at the same time without facing any buffer period, thanks to this setup. If you want to know more about how Google's Mesh Wi-Fi system works, you can read more about it here. Mesh Wireless systems are capable of switching automatically from 2.4 GHz to 5GHz depending on your device's proximity to a satellite and it is also capable of automatically selecting channels that have the least interference. It is currently the best and complete solution for any WiFi issues you may face at home. View the full article
  20. When it comes to style, it's what you make it. And the new rules are pretty much, that there are none. While winter colours have traditionally always been earthier, toned-down hues, of late they have been veering towards a more colourful palette. And, thank God! We went through the list of the most trending hues, and found the 10 that we could see ourselves flaunting this winter. Earthy, with pops of colour, electric blue, baby pink, and more, fashion in winter 2019/2020 promises to be anything but boring. Off-white White with a hint of beige, off-white anything is versatile enough to be worn with just about everything, and is a welcome change from boring pristine whites. Wear an off-white shirt with matching pants, and a slightly beige-r blazer, and add a pop of colour with a bright pocket square. __ECOMPRODUCT__257__ Hazel A more seasoned, softer offshoot of brown, hazel or tan to simplify it, will be the go-to colour for many a stylish men this winter. Mix 'n match with darker tones, or just go for it head-to-toe. __ECOMPRODUCT__258__ Avocado Green It was only a matter of time before the ever-popular Avocado would inspire its own trend, and the surging popularity of Avocado green this winter is a clear nod to the same. We can see ourselves wearing this green shirt with a printed blazer and linen pants. __ECOMPRODUCT__259__ Deep Purple This regal tone is a cross between a deep brown and burgundy, and one of the hippest colours fashion has thrown our way this year. A velvet deep purple blazer worn with a white shirt and jeans will floor everyone. __ECOMPRODUCT__260__ Orange-ish Red A brighter, lighter shade of red in a sea of deep reds, this orange-ish red hue is perfect for every fancy shindig you're headed to this winter. So be it an orange-ish red silk kurta with matching churidars or an orange-ish red crewneck worn under a blazer, or even a silk shirt, reinvent and wear this however you please. __ECOMPRODUCT__261__ Baby Pink This soft, feminine colour is the perfect way to add a touch of softness to your look. A well-tailored baby pink shirt tucked into grey pants, and a blazer in either grey, blue or white is how we'd do it. __ECOMPRODUCT__262__ Powder Blue We can't quite put our finger on it, but this colour takes us back to the 60s for some reason. A washed out hue of blue, but still dapper, we could see ourselves wearing everything from shirts to turtlenecks and blazers in this tone during the day. __ECOMPRODUCT__263__ Bright Yellow Eye-popping bright yellow is just what we needed to combat the dark, gloomy days that winter so often brings. Wear a printed bright yellow shirt with pants, or go for a v-neck sweater worn over a polo tee and light grey jeans. __ECOMPRODUCT__264__ Electric Blue Electric Blue took centre stage at all the biggest fashion weeks across the globe this year, and we were in love. Not for those who don't like their clothes flashy, we'd sport this colour as a rich silk shirt, tucked into matching long shorts, but in tweed. __ECOMPRODUCT__265__ Royal Purple Royal purple is another of Autumn/Winter 2019's more regal shades. More night than day, wear royal purple shirts in silk, and also get matching pocket squares to go. __ECOMPRODUCT__266__ We hope this was helpful if you were looking to inject a bit of whimsy and fun into your wardrobe this winter. Here's hoping your winter is as colourful as our guide! EXPLORE MORE View the full article
  21. Yes, we know what you're thinking - Espadrilles, they are more spring than winter, but they are just so light, versatile, fun and easy to wear, we know we are going to be wearing a lot more of them even through the cooler months. Yes, we know what you're thinking. AGAIN. Your feet are going to be freezing. No, they will not. We've found you 4 occasions you can easily wear them to, and still be warm and snug. __ECOMLOOKS__56__ __ECOMLOOKS__57__ __ECOMLOOKS__58__ __ECOMLOOKS__59__ See, you can totally wear espadrilles all-year-long. What are you waiting for? Go on then, pick your favourite, or just buy one in every colour. We know we would. EXPLORE MORE View the full article
  22. Covered feet in winter can lead to one of the major issues - smelly feet. This problem is an invitation to the stench that sure takes a while to leave and is definitely not recommendable, even for the environment. Isn't it time to be a tad bit serious about this? To truly eliminate that stench once and for all, you need to follow these five basic and easy steps that will help you stat, this winter season. 1. Wash Your Feet Correctly © istock You might be thinking that washing your feet is something you do on a daily basis but in reality, your techniques could be wrong. A pleasantly scented soap may not prove fruitful and hence, you need a medicated soap. Pay special attention in between your toes as most of the moisture gets collected here. Furthermore, spray your feet with some foot spray powder to be at ease all day long. 2. The Vinegar Bath © istock Certain home remedies can do wonders for your smelly feet. One such remedy is vinegar bath wherein you need to fill the tub with warm water and vinegar and mix it well. Soak your feet in it and continue the same for 30 minutes. The acidic content in it can curb the bacteria and stop the stink. Try it out. 3. Maintain Hygiene © istock Start taking small measures which will surely have a larger effect. Use cotton socks in winter and make it a point to change them daily, keeping breathability and cleanliness factor in mind. And most importantly, before you glide your feet in it, dust talcum and cornstarch to maintain the moisture to a lower level. 4. Get A Pedicure © istock Let's make one thing clear that even men can get pedicures and feel pampered every once in a while. Pedicures make sure your feet are not smelly and taking help of the expert will tackle the issue. You can save yourself from the dead skin that gets accumulated between your toes in winter. Scrubbing and exfoliating during this process can do wonders while you sit back and enjoy the technique, which BTW also includes a bonus foot massage. Total bliss, right? View the full article
  23. People living in the Delhi NCR region are waking up to a horrific sight with most of the city's landscape covered in smog. If you don't live in Delhi, then you may have seen the pictures online. It's exactly how it looks online and it seems pretty dangerous to step outside. If you still don't understand how severe the situation is, then there's an app that might explain things in simple terms. "Sh**t! I Smoke" is a free app that analyses the live pollution data from hundreds of air quality stations in cities and tells you the equivalent daily number of cigarettes you smoke by breathing the polluted air. © Reuters Yeah, it's a pretty accurate name for an app that paints an alarming picture of the air quality in the area that you live in. It was created by a Brazilian designer Marcelo Coelho and French developer Amaury Martiny after they read a study that compared cigarette smoking with living in smog-infested cities. According to the study, one cigarette per day is roughly equivalent PM2.5 level of 22 μg/m3. But unlike smoking, air pollution is affected people of every age group. The app simply finds the location that you live in to pull the live data from your nearest air quality station and produce the results. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer It's a quirky app with a great UI. It also tells you how many cigarettes the air pollution is equivalent to over a week's or even a month's time. As someone who is currently surviving the air pollution in Delhi, I was curious to find out exactly how many cigarettes am I smoking with all the smog that's surrounding me. So I downloaded the app on my iPhone, gave it permission to use my location and boom! Here's what I saw: © MensXP So as you can see, my office is located in a pretty polluted location. If I was to sit here and breathe this air, then it's like smoking close to 26 cigarettes. Well, I don't know about you, but that sounds very scary. I mean, being addicted and voluntarily smoking 26 cigarettes a day is one thing, but taking in all the toxic air just by breathing polluted air is completely another. Obviously, each one of us is responsible for the current air emergency situation in Delhi in some or the other way, but I hope this comes to an end. We can't be living in a toxic gas chamber and risk our lives. In the meantime, I highly suggest you buy yourself a good quality anti-air pollution mask and an air purifier for your home. We've listed a few good ones right here, so be sure to check them out. View the full article
  24. With a slight tilt of his head, tousled hair and charming dimples that surfaced every time he smiled - the little Shah Rukh Khan admirer within me did a few lazy somersaults every time the man glanced square at the camera and tossed that trademark smirk. (c) Dharma Productions Yet, I can't recall my first SRK movie - you know 'the one' that grants you an initiation into the cult of King Khan admirers. I feel it ought to have been either DDLJ or Kuch Kuch Hota Hai at most. But, my earliest memories from the time would have me believe that it began with a strong liking for Raj, though I eventually ended up falling for Rahul. By the time I moved on from Rahul, I came to understand the true depth of feelings that was his fandom and why it wasn't just him but Shah Rukh - the actor, who was a bigger deal in this country of mad movie lovers. (c) Dharma Productions The man has been synonymous to romance in India. Presenting the picture-perfect version of the “ideal” lover who is a tempting mix of passion, warmth, friendship and possessiveness (at times bordering on obsession). People loved this blend of rugged handsomeness marrying tough romance, and almost got hooked to it. That's how India found it's King of Romance, and Karan Johar found his forever muse in Shah Rukh Khan. (c) Dharma Productions Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Darr, Yes Boss, Pardes, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein, Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham, Devdas, Kal Ho Na Ho, Veer Zaara, Om Shanti Om, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Chennai Express, Happy New Year are just some of the major hit titles that SRK gave over the last few decades, thus reaffirming year after year that nobody does romance better than this man. (c) Red Chillies But here's the thing. Time moves on, people grow and change to meet the demands of this transient life, but then why is it that we make the people we love so insecure about adopting change? Why is it that while we all preach “change is the only constant”, we fail to appreciate it when our “heroes” attempt to walk the talk? That's perhaps what's eating at SRK's tremendous calibre as an artist right at this moment. The inability of his “fans” to welcome and accept him as anything that's remotely disconnected to romance. (c) Red Chillies Even though that's probably the only saving grace SRK needs right now. A change of pace, a change of narrative, and hell, perhaps even a change of heart to push through this clutter that decides the worth on an actor solely on the basis of Twitter reviews and box office collections. Are you feeling attacked? Why else are you putting up those defences then? (c) Yash Raj Films Where were you when Shah Rukh tried to present the other side of the story in Dil Se? When he tried his hands at a period drama with Asoka? Where was your camaraderie when he played a street gang leader in Josh? What happened to your righteousness when you let a story like Swades go unnoticed? What were your concerns with Fan and even Zero for that matter? (c) Red Chillies Why weren't these films good enough for you to appreciate even the art of an artist? Weren't the roles challenging enough for you, or would you say they were too experimental? Whether he played a nemesis or a dwarf, a king or a journalist, your limited scope of acceptance slowly and thoroughly stripped SRK of the joy and excitement to bring something new to the table. (c) Madras Talkies And that's where my complaint against him lies. Dear King Khan, there is a world beyond the romantic hero that lays unexplored for you. The times of the 'lover boy' is long gone, so perhaps it's time we said our goodbyes to the Raj(s) and Rahul(s) and made way for more Mohan(s), Kabir(s) and Jug(s) instead. (c) Dharma Productions We need more of Mohan's calm aggression, we crave for Kabir's junoon and the easy companionship that came with Dr Jehangir 'Jug' Khan, where the characters shouldered the narratives, and not the other way round. (c) Yash Raj Films There are people who are watching, who still come to witness that star who made romance come to life onscreen, and not so much the romance that made you a star. They come for the artist who excelled in his craft, the actor whose performance made a film, and a performer whose only joy came from performing, and not from the critics or the 300-Cr club memberships. Here's hoping to see more of you SRK, better of you. Love, A forever admirer. View the full article
  25. You know those days between the summers and the winters when it is kind of cold, but it's not? You walk into work in a sweatshirt because there was a nip in the air when you left home, but walk in to work sweating buckets because guess what - they have turned up the heat. Yup, we've all been there no? For days like these, we are all about shackets - shirts that are halfway between a shirt and a jacket. If you have no clue what a shacket is, might we suggest you read on. __ECOMLOOKS__53__ __ECOMLOOKS__54__ __ECOMLOOKS__55__ See, we told you the shacket will become your new best friend, especially when it comes to transitioning from balmy end-of-summer days to the cooler months, and back. View the full article
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