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'Coronavirus' Is Affecting The Tech Industry & It's Proof How Much We Rely On Chinese Products

Before I even start talking about the impact of China's Coronavirus outbreak on the tech industry or other businesses, I'd like to point out that the current situation in China's Hubei province is getting worse by the day. The province has seen 97-percent of deaths from the virus and ongoing quarantine lockdown has delayed supplies from getting in.
As much as we discuss the impact of Coronavirus on businesses that are relevant to us, it's equally important to understand that there are people who are suffering and going through a lot to prevent the virus from getting out of the province. Let's not get caught up in the moment and forget that all that. © Reuters If there's one sector that's experiencing a severe impact because of Coronavirus, then it's got to be technology. From closing down offices and manufacturing hubs to pulling out of tech events, we've been seeing a lot of repercussions.
It's obviously not possible to put it in words about what people are going through in China right now and how it's affecting everything. But if there's one thing which is clear now, then it's the fact that we rely a lot on China and the products coming out of their country.
Since the companies are shut for in the country, including some offices in Hong Kong, it also severely affecting the production in the facilities. As many of the products that we use on a daily basis are produced in China, experts are warning the consumers to expect shortages when it comes to smartphones, accessories, cars and other tech products. © Reuters Both Foxconn and Pegatron sites in China are closed so you can expect delays in the production of iPhones and AirPods. For those of you who don't know, these two manufacturing plants are the ones that are responsible for nearly all of the world's iPhones.
Similarly, Facebook has also stopped taking orders for its new Quest VR headset and cited the outbreak for the delay. The ASUS ROG Phone 2 is also one of the products affected due to the outbreak. ASUS has warned that the device won't be available at all until further notice. Here, check it out - An open letter to our fans whoâve been waiting to buy the #ROGPhoneII. Thank you for your patience. #WorshippedByGamers #LovedByTechGurus pic.twitter.com/PgtjaojHOa â ASUS India (@ASUSIndia) February 1, 2020
And if the word from the folks over at the South China Morning Post is something to go by, then we can also expect to see production delays of devices from brands like Oppo, Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei. The situation is not as severe for brands that don't rely on components from Hubei.
Even a lot of new products that were expected to ship in early February have now been delayed, even indefinitely in some cases. It includes the Nintendo Switch console, games, accessories including the Animal Crossing edition. The MWC & Other Event EscapeIt's been very shocking to see one of the biggest conferences in the world has been seeing withdrawal from a lot of companies. Yes, the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona will be seeing a lot less attendance this year. Companies like LG Electronics, ZTE, and Ericsson have all pulled out this year citing the Coronavirus outbreak.
There's no denying that places of interest like these events are the breeding ground for such viruses. There's definitely a potential risk of a further disease outbreak. © Reuters That being said, the WHO hasn't directed to cancel global conferences like MWC. And on top of that, the GSMA is also taking all the necessary measures that it can to keep the show floor safe and sanitized for the attendees.
In addition to MWC, Huawei has also postponed its developersâ conference. It was scheduled to happen now, but it's now been postponed until the end of March. And when it comes to gaming, week 2 of the major League of Legends tournament has also been indefinitely delayed. The same is the case with Overwatch League matches.  © Reuters Both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X might also get delayed due to Coronavirus. So, yes, it's safe to say that a lot of things are affected due to the outbreak. And it only goes to show how much we rely on China for our needs, at least when it comes to tech. So far, more than 800 people across multiple nations have lost their lives due to the virus outbreak. We really hope the situation goes back to being normal in China and the infected people safely recover.
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Kartik Says His Films Are About Defective Women & Ayushmann�s Are For Defective Men & Upsets Fans

The thing about some of the millennial actors today is the relatibility factor for their fans which makes them love their work and appreciate what they do. Actors like Ayushmann Khurrana, Kartik Aaryan, and Taapsee Pannu enjoy a big fan following because somewhere they are a reflection of what and how this generation feels. Kartik Aaryan, who is most loved for his outings in the Luv Ranjan movies heâs done in the past and the relationship monologue heâs delivered is currently enjoying a wonderful place in terms of the projects heâs taking up and the list of fans heâs making. View this post on Instagramð·ð¶A post shared by (@kartikaaryan) Often times than not, heâs compared to his contemporary Ayushmann Khurrana who is a wonderful actor and a talent house in himself. So as Kartik has been touring the country for the publicity of his upcoming movie Love Aaj Kal, it was only natural for the media to ask him what he feels about this healthy competition and the similarity (if any) they both share. Kartik explained that their choices of movies are slightly different from each other. âIt often happens that Ayushmann does films about men with defects while I do films about women with defects.â While people were curious as to what was he implying, his co-star Sara Ali Khan asked him what was wrong with the character of Zoe in the movie and he just sang the song âHaan Main Galatâ in response. People on social media are kind of furious with this comment and want Kartik to take a lesson in what is actually âdefectiveâ. All this time @ayushmannk did such movies to remove the stereotypes. #KartikAaryan in one go calls those characters "men with defects". But that wasn't enough, misogynist that he is, says his movies are about "women with defects". National crush, this guy, women, wake up! https://t.co/uboxKeiq54 â Vipra Dubey (@VipraDubey) February 8, 2020I dont mean to b rude but what did Ariyan do to get this much attention?! A series of misogynistic films. Bas... Media does too much. â Saeed Neerob (@SaeedNeerob) June 23, 2018While we love Kartikâs work as well, calling Ayushmannâs movies as being a representation of âdefects in menâ is in bad taste and above all if he thinks that heâs a balm for the men as he has previously projected their plight in movies like Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and Pyaar Ka Punchnaama, then he needs a reality check that such statements just look poor on a good looking actor. In another news, the actor has now signed a big budget 3D action film with T-series. Hereâs hoping he continues entertaining us with more good work and better interviews. 
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Watching Sachin Tendulkar & Brian Lara Bat Again Brings Back A Lot Of Fond Memories

Since June last year, Australia has been engulfed by large bushfires, causing severe damage Down Under with approximately 46 million acres of land burnt, over 5,900 buildings destroyed, 30 people dead and over one billion animals killed including the possible extinction of many endangered species. And while big names and organisations from all over the world, including Hockey India did their bit to help the victims of the devastation, Cricket Australia took the latest and probably the biggest step in which they invited some of the biggest names of the previous generation of cricketing legends to play an exhibition match and collect funds.  61840 runs
171 centuries
4 World Cups trophies
And Billion Memories

... in one frame ð¤¯
Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky ponting @sachin_rt#BigAppeal | #BushfireCricketBashpic.twitter.com/8zlPPDTgzD â Sachinð®ð³ Tendulkar FC CrickeTendulkar (@CrickeTendulkar) February 9, 2020
Being played at the Junction Oval, Melbourne, the Bushfire Cricket Bash also led to some of the finest gentlemen of the game in Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara to come out of retirement, pad up and play some knocks. While Tendulkar was supposed to be the coach of the Ponting XI team led by former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting, it was 2019 Women's Cricketer of the Year, Ellyse Perry who challenged the Master Blaster to bat for one over to her deliveries. Not our day today, but we're gearing up for a huge day tomorrow with the Bushfire Cricket Bash straight after our must-win match against England!@sachin_rt, keen for a hit in the middle to rustle up a few more $ for bushfire affected communities? https://t.co/aKGDE5AH4f pic.twitter.com/RtAxyot7ow â Australian Women's Cricket Team (@AusWomenCricket) February 8, 2020
"Hey Sachin, it's awesome to have you out here in Australia supporting the Bushfire match," she had said. "We'd love to have a bowl to you and obviously fetch a few balls from over the boundary that you've hit. "We thought it would be an awesome way to raise a bit more money for the Bushfire Appeal, which I know you're already doing so much for,â she added. Tendulkar, who is a natural competitor and is willing to go that extra mile to collect enough funds for a good cause, had to say yes. Sounds great Ellyse. I would love to go out there & bat an over (much against the advice of my doctor due to my shoulder injury).
Hope we can generate enough money for this cause, & to get me out there in the middle.

You can get involved & donate now on https://t.co/IObcYarxKr https://t.co/gl3IVirCBY â Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 8, 2020
"Sounds great Ellyse," said the 46-year-old. "I would love to go out there and bat an over (much against the advice of my doctor due to my shoulder injury),â he tweeted. "Hope we can generate enough money for this cause, and to get me out there in the middle." And surely enough, we saw Tendulkar walk to the pitch, padded up in an unprecedented green and gold jersey and face Perry for six deliveries. Ellyse Perry bowls Sachin Tendulkar bats

This is what dreams are made of ð¤©pic.twitter.com/WksKd50ks1 â ICC (@ICC) February 9, 2020
And even though it has been a while since Tendulkar did it, as soon as he saw the ball pacing towards him, his natural instincts took over and he edged the ball for four. On the other hand, a 50-year-old Brian Lara, who was suppose to bat for Pontingâs team ended up with the shot of the evening:  50 is just an age number, the class of Brian Lara is permanent. #BushfireCricketBash pic.twitter.com/5dpGbgrWQ7 â FuuuuCk Sazz (@Sazzz0007) February 9, 2020
That exaggerated backlift. That brilliant footwork. That lovely bat swing. That ball in the air and across the boundary and that smile on the face. The adults wonât forget and the kids wonât understand. Hereâs how Twitter reacted on this rare occasion:  Didn't imagine that @sachin_rt...will bat with @KookaburraCkt...and that too in @CricketAus...Jersey...#SachinTendulkar...#Sachin... pic.twitter.com/4hihMdFmyK â Josh Akhil (@I_JoshAkhil) February 9, 2020Dreams of Australians and Indians fulfilled within those 6 balls. Who would have thought we will see @sachin_rt play in an Aussie jersey in Australia again #BigAppeal #BushfireCricketBash #bushfirebash â Umair (@imumair10) February 9, 2020Thank you Australia cricket.. After 5 half years Sachin action in Field. â satz (@sathishklove007) February 9, 2020The greatest player ever to wear a Green & Gold !!! #BushfireCricketBash â M!ts (@Mitsuperstar) February 9, 2020Just watch carefully , The batting stance of @sachin_rt is same when he scored hundreds as teenager (younger tendulkar) unlike a still (more matured) and high backlift... @Fancricket12 @ManiTweets14 @Vivek7968 â Vishi... (@IamShailabh) February 9, 2020Most stylish batsman I've ever seen.. what flair.. beautiful! â Deb (@DebVaani) February 9, 2020Is there anything else more beautiful than this??? â ج٠بات ÛÛ (@Atif_baig47) February 9, 2020Windies need Lara back in the team. URGENT ! â Charlie Joe (@CharlieJoe4) February 9, 2020
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Ayushmann Khurrana's Jacket & Joggers Have A Message & It Comes With A Twist

Ayushmann Khurrana is on a roll with his upcoming movie Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. The film is based on homosexuality and it shows how a gay couple is trying to convince their family and society to accept their relationship. View this post on InstagramWICKED GAMES. . . @ayushmannk spells dope like no other. Promoting his next film at Big Boss, wearing: Jacket: @anujmadaanofficial Trousers: @gstarraw @gstarraw_india Boots: @celine . . Styling @ishabhansali Photos @kunalgupta91 Assisted by @nishthaparwani @_samidha_ . . #futuristic #checks #boots #celine #mensfashion #ayushmannkhurranaA post shared by (@ishabhansali)   
This is not the only time Ayushmann has picked an unconventional subject but take his debut movie, for example, Vicky Donor that openly spoke about sperm donation which, in usual a scenario, would be frowned upon.
While Ayushmann's movie choices have been so eccentric, even his fashion game hasn't taken a backseat. He is edgy, cool and super versatile when it comes to his ensembles, courtesy his stylist, Isha Bhansali who has time and again put together some zany looks for him.
View this post on InstagramWave Maker. ð . . @ayushmannk promotes his film at the Kapil Sharma show. Wearing: . . Riveted Track Suit: @kanikagoyallabel Pride Slogan Tee: @saisonclothing High-tops: @cl.india @louboutinworld Socks @balenziasocks . . Styling @ishabhansali Photos @kunalgupta91 Assisted by @nishthaparwani @_samidha_ . . Ayushmann managed by @disasterdsouza @yashrajfilmstalent Hair @mohdjaved7639 Makeup @hinaldattani #pride #tracksuit #christianlouboutin #blue #mensfashion #ayushmannkhurranaA post shared by (@ishabhansali) Recently, for the promotions of his movie, the actor effortlessly made a statement in a quirky jacket and oversized joggers. When you look at this ensemble, it looks quite subtle, but deep delve into it, and you would see the style speaks louder than just the aesthetics.
Take a look here:
View this post on InstagramGRACE ANATOMY. . . @ayushmannk promotes his film in this relaxed look. Wearing: Outfit: @six5sixstreet Shoes: @gucci . . Styling @ishabhansali Photos @kunalgupta91 Assisted by @nishthaparwani . . Ayushmann managed by @disasterdsouza @yashrajfilmstalent Hair @mohdjaved7639 Beauty @hinaldattani . . #grey #colourblock #streetwear #streetfashion #mensfashion #ayushmannkhurranaA post shared by (@ishabhansali)  
Ayushmann is wearing an oversized fit jacket by Six 5 Six Street. The slogan at the back says 'Send money, not Nudes.' It also has a toll-free number. The brand has a collection named Trap Money which includes some zany styles with quirky slogans. View this post on InstagramGRACE ANATOMY. . . @ayushmannk promotes his film in this relaxed look. Wearing: Outfit: @six5sixstreet Shoes: @gucci . . Styling @ishabhansali Photos @kunalgupta91 Assisted by @nishthaparwani . . Ayushmann managed by @disasterdsouza @yashrajfilmstalent Hair @mohdjaved7639 Beauty @hinaldattani . . #grey #colourblock #streetwear #streetfashion #mensfashion #ayushmannkhurranaA post shared by (@ishabhansali) Even his joggers, for example, speaks volumes about the whole concept of Trap Money! Isha Bhansali, Ayushmann's Stylist says "Letâs face it. Nudes are overrated and thereâs no such thing as too much money." View this post on InstagramGRACE ANATOMY. . . @ayushmannk promotes his film in this relaxed look. Wearing: Outfit: @six5sixstreet Shoes: @gucci . . Styling @ishabhansali Photos @kunalgupta91 Assisted by @nishthaparwani . . . #grey #colourblock #streetwear #streetfashion #mensfashion #ayushmannkhurranaA post shared by (@ishabhansali) Besides his ensemble, even his super chunky sneakers deserve a double dekko. He is wearing overly chunky sneakers by Gucci. These sneakers have ridged rubber sole, lace-up front and silver-tone hardware. Unlike other chunky sneakers, this one is super edgy and the rugged effect adds more to its construction.
Be it Ayushmann's script or sartorial choices, we know one thing for sure that he isn't a big fan of the mainstream. Whatever the message is, only he can knock it out of the park. Hats off!
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On-Screen Cops Akshay Kumar & Ajay Devgn Run The Mumbai Streets With Real Life Cops In A Marathon

While most of us are still rolling around in our beds, since it's a Sunday and "ek hi to din milta hai chutti ka so sone do", some people are not only up but also running a marathon. They are the same people, who don't have a concept on holidays. They work day and night, for us and our safety. They are our police force.
In case you just woke up and haven't gone through your Instagram feed, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty are spending their weekend running around the city with the cops. It's not a shoot and they definitely didn't get motivated to catch some criminals in real life. The trio is running the Maharashtra Police International Marathon.
Mumbai: Maharashtra Police International Marathon, from BandraâWorli Sea Link to Gateway of India, was flagged off this morning. Actors Farhan Akhtar, Suniel Shetty, and Minister Anil Deshmukh also flagged off the marathon. pic.twitter.com/FRZFtVpoom â ANI (@ANI) February 9, 2020
Akshay Kumar took to social media to post the picture of them wearing a T-shirt that reads 'Aa rahi hai police' and wrote, "Team #Sooryavanshi at the Maharashtra Police International Marathon on this beautiful Sunday morning, a great initiative where the police doesnât run after you but with you."
According to officials, the international marathon, from Bandra-Worli Sea Link to Gateway of India, has been organised by Maharashtra Police and around 17,000 runners took part in it. Farhan Akhtar, Suniel Shetty, and Minister Anil Deshmukh also flagged off the marathon.
View this post on InstagramTeam #Sooryavanshi at the Maharashtra Police International Marathon on this beautiful Sunday morning, a great initiative where the police doesnât run after you but with you ð #AaRahiHaiPolice #MarathonMovement @itsrohitshetty @ajaydevgnA post shared by (@akshaykumar) Why Ajay Devgn in the frame though? Well, Sooryavanshi is the fourth instalment in Rohit Shetty's cop universe, so running with Singham who started it all only makes sense.
Sooryavanshi stars Katrina Kaif opposite Akshay Kumar and while we're still unsure about her character in the film, we already know what Akshay and Rohit Shetty are making her do on the sets of the movie - sweeping floors. Akshay shared the funny video on Instagram, calling her the newest 'Swachh Bharat' brand ambassador.
The film is expected to release on March 27, 2020 and also stars Jackie Shroff.
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Meeting Deceased Loved Ones In VR Sounds Like A 'Black Mirror' Episode, But It's Happening

Death is inevitable. But it's also very weird and unsettling at the same time because the grief never really quits. We all have different ways of coping with pain and grief at such difficult times. Turns out, some people are using technology to make something magical happen.
A South Korean TV documentary that aired earlier this week showed a heart-wrenching, yet an eye-opening story. It was about Jang Ji-sung, mother of four who's seen wearing a headset and a set of haptic gloves. She's basically ready to enter a virtual world. © YouTube/ MBCdocumentary Jang Ji-sung isn't entering the virtual world to play a video game. She's there to meet a virtual recreation of her daughter Nayeon, who died in 2016 from an incurable disease when she was only seven years old. The documentary itself is very emotional for obvious reasons. It's about a mother who's meeting her late daughter after years. It's just as heart-wrenching and uncanny as it sounds.
According to the source who first reported this story, the production team behind this project spent over 8 months to put together an elaborate park scene for Jang where she'd meet her daughter. They put in a lot of effort to recreate Nayeon, including her actual voice. The two met and celebrated Nayeon's birthday. It's not a particularly easy video to sit through, but it opens doors to a new completely new and unexplored world of virtual reality. Virtual reality has been a tough nut to crack. It is still something that various developers are working on. While VR games never really took off the way we expected them, other VR applications have been quite promising, to say the least.
This documentary itself, for instance, is a great example of how virtual reality can be used to create such a magical experience. As a third-person watching the documentary, it's kind of strange and frightening. But that's just how it must feel to be back with someone who was once very close to you.  © YouTube/ MBCdocumentary Even if it's just talking and playing with a strange computerized reflection, it's something that'll bring you to tears.
It may have taken the production team about 8 months to recreate Nayeon for Jang. But exactly how far are we from reaching a point where this becomes a norm? That day when anyone and everyone can upload footages of deceased loved ones on, say, some online platform that will recreate a digital effigy of them? Is it years away?
Again, it sounds very creepy but just imagine the kind of impact that it will have on the grieving process? It's certainly not that easy as it sounds. And even if there are people and companies doing that now, it's still not something that'll go mainstream.
This reminds me of the Black Mirror episode called "Be Right Back" where the protagonists' loved one comes back as an android designed to mimic her boyfriend. It's that sort of them which can be addictive and turn you into something else instead of helping you grieve. But that's not stopping the countless number of startups to dropping money on the idea. There are firms out there using a combination of audio-video recordings, speech recognition software, and machine learning to talk to a deceased family member and get a response. There are a ton of VR projects like "Project Elysium" that are setting the groundwork for it.
As rightly pointed out by the folks over at Futurism, interacting with your deceased loved ones in VR is like a modern-day equivalent of flipping through a photo album. You know that they're not there anymore, but any kind of their presence is comforting. The whole idea of bringing some back in a virtual world sounds like a completely safe thing to do. There's definitely nothing unethical about it as long as it's not affecting anybody around the people using it in a negative way. But as is the case with most technological advancements, we'd love to see some sort of regulation here and limit the number of people who have access to this, at least for now. We don't know the psychological impact of this on people, so it's probably not a good idea to have easily accessible.
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Here's Why Brad Pitt Has Never Won An Acting Oscar In The Last 24 Years But Deserves It This Year

It is a well-acknowledged fact that Brad Pitt is the frontrunner this award season, courtesy his role as Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Timeâ¦in Hollywood. This marks Brad's seventh Oscar nomination. And while recently he won the Best Picture for 12 Years Of Slave, he's never actually won an individual acting Oscar.
It's strange he wasn't even nominated for iconic roles in films like Fight Club or Se7en! One can draw parallels to Leonardo DiCaprioâs Oscarless-phase which was filled with memes on the internet before his triumphant win for The Revenant in 2016. It is funny how films like The Curious Case Of The Benjamin Button too weren't enough to get him an Academy nod. So here's a list of Pitt's nominations over the years that could've won him an Oscar but didn't and also the only time he won an Oscar for the team effort. Nomination 1: Best Supporting Actor (1996), 12 MonkeysBrad Pitt scored his very first nomination for 12 Monkeys for playing Jeffrey Goines in Terry Gilliamâs sci-fi thriller. At the time he was already popular and a household name, courtesy iconic films like Se7en, Legends of the Fall and lastly Thelma and Louise. He lost the award to Kevin Spacey, who worked on The Usual Suspects that year.  © Getty Images Nomination 2: Best Actor (2009), The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonThe second nomination for Pitt came after a considerable time gap. Benjamin Button (an Oscar nomination after a 13-year gap for Pitt), his character ages in reverse, from a shrivelled, seemingly aged baby to an adorable infant by the end of the film as he ages in reverse. He lost to Sean Penn, who starred in Milk that year. © Getty Images Nominations 3 and 4: Best Actor and Best Picture (2012), MoneyballBrad Pitt's next nomination at the Oscars was in the film, Moneyball (as Oakland Aâs manager Billy Beane) based on the book by Michael Lewis. Unfortunately, he lost to Jean Dujardin for The Artist and the same film took Best Picture as well.  © Getty Images Nomination 5: Best Picture (2014), 12 Years a SlaveFinally, 2014 was a lucky year for Brad. He was able to hold his very own (yet shared) gold statuette for 12 Years a Slave (a period drama in which he has only a small part as a Canadian laborer who is anti-slavery), a film he also produced, had won Best Picture that year.   © Getty Images Nomination 6: Best Picture (2016), The Big ShortIn The Big Short, Brad Pitt plays the character of Ben Rickert, a retired securities trader, and a sage crash predictor. The film is a deep dive into the 2008 housing bubble that led to the terrible global recession the same year. Unfortunately, he couldn't win the Acadamy Award a 6th time in a row despite his brilliant performance in the film.  The film lost to Spotlight that year.   © Getty Images Nomination 7: Best Supporting Actor (2020), Once Upon a Time...in HollywoodAt 56, Brad Pitt may have given his best performance yet in the film, Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood. This role deserves an Oscar, but he's also up against a list of talented and deserving actors likeâTom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. While we're rooting for Pitt and hope he finally makes it to the other side and he probably will, at the end of the day it's great to see how the statuette acknowledgment has never deterred his impeccable performances over the years. 
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After A Great Batting Innings, Navdeep Saini Wins Hearts By Answering Questions In Punjabi

If there was a precious hidden gem that the Indian cricket team discovered by getting into the highly controversial and questionable âexperimental modeâ ahead of the ICC Menâs T20 World Cup 2020, Navdeep Saini has to be it. Not only has the cricketer established himself as a formidable pacer worthy of playing for the senior national team but has successfully made it to the regular roster rotation as a replacement for any of the top fast bowlers the nation has produced. He has the pace and can swing the ball in both directions. And just when we thought we had seen everything the 27-year-old had to offer, Saini comes to the crease, slams five fours and two sixes on his way to a 45-run knock just when India required one of the players from the end of the batting lineup to step up.  Navdeep Saini has just been dismissed for 45, his highest score in all top-level cricket

Have India unearthed another allrounder? https://t.co/Aq4LC8OkYa | #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/KAxIKHqrjI â ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 8, 2020
And even though he got dismissed in a rather juvenile fashion after hitting Kiwi giant Kyle Jamieson for a maximum on the previous delivery, which potentially was the last nail in the coffin and the series loss for the Men in Blue, he showed that he could provide some valuable shots for the team late in the game. After the impressive sting with the bat and having himself one of the most economical 10 overs during the first half of the match, it was his turn to face the camera and answer the reportersâ questions at the post-match conference and guess what, he smashed that out of the park as well. âNavdeep Saini is here to address the press conference. He will be speaking in hindi,â the host was informing the reporters ahead of the question-answer session when Saini interrupted him and said â... and Punjabi,â signifying that he was going to speak in his mother tongue that evening. And thatâs exactly what he did: Language is no barrier for India's Navdeep Saini #NZvIND

https://t.co/J5g8jSE0mg pic.twitter.com/Lw867GvMiD â ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 8, 2020
While surprising a good lot of people, Sainiâs innocence surely earned him some fans from within the country and the punjabis from all over the world:  Well done on the field and in the press conference, Navdeep! :) â North Stand Gang - Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) February 8, 2020And It Should'nt be, IF You Can Speak then Its OK, but There's no Shame In that at all ! People Should take this Positively â Mani ðµð° (@ManiTweets14) February 8, 2020Hahahahaha I like his innocence. Delhi wale bahut se logo ka hindi mein hath tang hai. Thank god Kohli is punjabi too otherwise can be hard discussing plans on the field. 𤣠â Ravi (@rajinder_ravi) February 8, 2020Language should never be . Yeah if you can speak english its ok if not its also ok . I have never heard Messi speaking English .
Players should be proud of speaking their mother tongue â Aakash Koirala (@akoirala17) February 8, 2020Brilliant to see him speaking in Punjabi. Wadya â Waseem Warraich (@Waseem432000) February 8, 2020mother tongue has its own taste love to talk in urdu and well done navdeep saini â EJAZ BUTT (@_soch_ejaz) February 8, 2020Confidence
This is how you build confidence by sending new oneâs to attend conferences â saurabh patidar (@crazy_mufc) February 8, 2020
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Someone Made Chyawanprash Smoothie & We Hope Our Desi Moms Don't Try This At Home

A few days ago, Vir Das cracked a joke on Chyawanprash, a horror that almost every Indian kid lived through in their growing years. Call it developing a taste for what looks like shit or a desi mom's fear, some of us are eating it even today.
While everyone went home after having a good laugh and Vir Das got what looks like a lifelong subscription of Chyawanprash; his joke gave birth to a disgusting recipe that he has to take responsibility for - a Chyawanprash smoothie.
In what can be aptly called a crime, a woman posted this picture of a Chyawanprash smoothie, along with the recipe. In fact, she even dedicated that smoothie to Vir Das. She wrote, "Dedicated to @thevirdas the Chyawanprash smoothie. It won't make you go." Dedicated to @thevirdas the Chyawanprash smoothie. It wonât make you go pic.twitter.com/KD4Ab6lIGn â Tarika Singh (@tarikasingh) February 8, 2020
Seriously, it's high time people should know when and where to stop. We agree cooking is all about experimenting with ingredients and turn it into a finger-licking recipe. Adding an extra pack of masala in Maggi is fine. Putting peanut butter or nutella on apples or bananas is fine. But, adding oranges in Maggi or kiwi on pizza is NOT fine. It's a food crime. So is making a Chyawanprash smoothie.
200 ml milk of choice, half an apple, 1 tbs peanut butter, 2 tsp flax seeds, 1 tsp Chyawanprash + lil bit honey! â Tarika Singh (@tarikasingh) February 8, 2020
Vir Das too was dumbfounded by this smoothie. When someone responded to Vir Das saying, "Nobody needs a Chyawanprash smoothie what have you done Vir Das", he reacted to it saying, "yo...I just do the jokes...I ain't in charge of the aftermath."
Yo...i just do the jokes....i ain't in charge of the aftermath. https://t.co/LUUqtVers9 â Vir Das (@thevirdas) February 8, 2020
People are not at all excited about this new invention that should not exist.
Where is a gun when you need it 𤯠â Ankit Desai (@ankitrajdesai) February 8, 2020NOBODY NEEDS A CHAWANPRASH SMOOTHIE WHAT HAVE YOU DONE @thevirdas https://t.co/PSiSiwcAsn â Dead Ant (@DeadAntCo) February 8, 2020We hope Desi moms don't get inspired by this recipe because if that happens, then god bless those kids who will have to drink this horror.  
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Katrina Kaif To Star As A Superhero In Ali Abbas Zafar�s Upcoming Action Franchise & We Can�t Wait

Years after making his directorial debut with Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, director Ali Abbas Zafar found himself working alongside Katrina Kaif for the Salman Khan starrers, Tiger Zinda Hai and Bharat.  Itâs a professional relationship thatâs been quite successful at the box office and now, promises a pretty unusual and exciting prospect for Bollywood - reports now suggest that Katrina and Ali will be working together for a superhero film, with the former headlining the cast. © YouTube/Baba Siddique âAli will be directing this film and is currently finalising the script. They have been planning this project for a while now. Itâs an exciting project for both as it will showcase never-seen-before-stunts in Bollywood. Katrina is currently at her fittest and regular workouts will come in handy. The idea is to spin a franchise,â said a source to Mumbai Mirror.
âOnce Ali has completed the script, he will go on a recce to scout for locations,â added the source. The film is also expected to go up later this year, with Ronnie Screwvala revealed as a potential producer.  Ali meanwhile has previously spoken to the Mirror about Katrina quite highly. âWe discuss everything. On the work front, weâre very transparent with each other. If she doesnât like something Iâm doing, she lets me know and vice versa. In an industry where friendships donât last even for months, ours has continued for over a decade.â Friendships aside, thereâs serious box office power behind the duo as well. Looking at the films theyâve made together, Ali and Katrina have pulled in around 975 crores at the box office in total - not something to take lightly during production meetings. Given the unbelievable success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe across the last decade, we may just be on the cusp of something similar in Bollywood, if Ali plays his cards right.  Further deepening the plot are the events of January 16th - Aliâs 38th birthday. The filmmaker hosted a party at a suburban resto-bar in Mumbai, with Katrina and Shah Rukh Khan being among the last to leave the party at around 3:30 A.M., sparking rumours of a movie plan being discussed.
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Plan That Goa Trip ASAP - Alcohol Rates In The State To be Hiked By April 1st

Letâs get real, if youâre a Goa frequenter, thereâs a good chance that itâs been your getaway of choice for one of many good reasons - that booze in the state is wonderfully cheap, leading to year after year of holidays spent by the seaside, 30-Rupee beers glued to our fingers.
© Unsplash Unfortunately, troubleâs brewing in paradise. After decades of being the countryâs top party-vacation destination, Goaâs crown is about to be knocked off - and at the hands of none other than the newly announced state budget.
The budget, which happens to be the first announced by new BJP CM Pramod Sawant, was announced earlier this week on the 6th of February. A ârise in excise duties and fees paid by alcohol sellersâ was the reason behind the governmentâs decision. Fortunately, reports claim that the prices will continue to remain below national averages - so not all is lost. âWe have increased the tax rate very slightly to make sure the burden on the common man does not increase. Excise duties, fees, stamp duty, court fees â all have been increased slightly in this Budget. Land rates have been revised too,â the Chief Minister was quoted as saying in his press release. © Unsplash Part of the hikes also affect property rates - a change that the government hopes will inject Rs 250-300 crore of revenue, which is planned to be spent on infrastructure projects according to The Times of India. Goa has faced flak from tourists and locals alike for stalling infrastructure projects such as road rebuilding and bridges - so itâs good to hear that the state aims to focus on getting these plans through the door.
Still, weâve got a good 2 months left before the prices rise, and with off-season rates on their way post-February, thereâs a good chance that March will be the perfect time to plan the most inebriated vacation of your life.  So, hit your gang up and remember to keep your bottle openers with you - theyâll be well-used by the time youâre back.
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6 Actors Who Beefed Up Real Hard For Tough-Guy Roles And Here's How They Did It

Itâs nothing new, but itâs always fascinating - some of our favourite action stars have really pushed the bar in recent years with body transformations that seem to defy the laws of biology.  From inspiring fans with straight-up gym-dedication to bringing unconventional workouts in vogue, here are 6 Bollywood actors that packed on some serious muscle - and the secret behind their beefed-up onscreen looks: 1. Hrithik Roshan - War © Instagram After going a bit soft for Super 30, Hrithik followed up with an incredible, well-documented body transformation for his role as rogue ex-RAW agent, Major Kabir, for War. 
Given just two months to pull it off, the actor went through an extreme zero momentum reps (ZMR) regime, supplemented by band work - all through his mid-forties while nursing his ankle and spine injuries. His secret? âThe most important being writing down each dayâs progress,â revealed Hrithik in an Instagram post. âIâd aim to do one more than yesterday - there is magic in consistency.â
2.   Aamir Khan - Dangal © Instagram Similar to Hrithik, Aamirâs amazing fat-to-fit body transformation occurred under less than half a year and saw the actor go from 38% body fat (which he required for 80% of the role), to a hulked out 9.67% and a physique weâd usually expect from WWE superstars. 
Aamir attributes the success of his workout to his expertly crafted diet - designed by Nikhil Dhurandhar, a professor in nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University in the US. The diet was tailored to take advantage of Aamirâs workout schedule - he would eat a lean 1800 calorie meal plan during days focused on cutting out fat, and pack on the protein with a 2500 calorie plan during days when building muscle was the primary focus.  âNo matter how hard you exercise,â says Aamir, âif your diet isnât right, you wonât get the desired results.â 3.   Vicky Kaushal - The Immortal Ashwatthama © Instagram Unlike Aamir and Hrithik, however, Uri star Vicky Kaushal is going the path less travelled for his upcoming film, The Immortal Ashwatthama. Playing the son of Dronacharya, a legendary figure from the Mahabharat epic, Kaushal aims to get pretty big for this role. While he weighed around 90 kilograms in Uri, his trainers are helping him get to around 115 kilos for the upcoming role. 
Whatâs interesting is that Kushalâs route to buffdom isnât just dependant on pumping iron at the gym - in order to keep up with the filmâs action scenes, heâs relying on MMA training, with a focus on Israeli martial art Krav Maga and the Japanese techniques of Jiu-Jitsu. 4.   Aditya Roy Kapur - Malang © Instagram Similar to Kaushal, Aditya Roy Kapurâs latest Bollywood outing saw him taking on his most physically demanding role yet in Malang - through an unusual workout routine that saw him dive into yoga, 20-minute runs and even the ancient martial art form from Kerala, Kalaripayattu for his transformation. 
This was all supplemented by a razor-sharp focus on his diet - which was pushed even further to the limit for key scenes. According to nutrition expert Anmol Singhal, âjust before the body shots (that you see in the trailer), we cut down salt from all his mealsâ7 days prior to the shoot so that there is no water retention in the body (allowing Kapur's muscles and veins to pop on camera).â 5.   Tiger Shroff - Baaghi 3 © Instagram True - Iâd much rather see Tiger Shroff work on better scripts than he currently has, but thereâs no denying that the man is in absolute control of his body ever since he burst onto the industry with Heropanti in 2014. 
This time, heâs preparing for the third film in his Baaghi series - and the routine involves an interesting combination of cardio, weights, bodyweight exercises and to break the monotony - MMA combined with dancing. âWhen you are dancing you are listening to music you like or you are enjoying the choreography,â shared the actor with GQ India. âYou don't come to know how much you have burnt until you are done with your session. I think I lose up to around 1 to 1.5 kg of water weight after dancing.â 6.    Vidyut Jamwal - Junglee © Instagram Probably the most popular stunt-focused action star in India right now, Jamwalâs physique isnât just for show - carrying out his stunt choreography and parkour techniques require impeccable coordination, discipline and strength to pull off. While his diet and food habits are as youâd expect, itâs his psychology and single-minded focus in the gym that gets him his results. 
âFirst they call me obsessed, or obsessive,â he tells Hindustan Times in an interview, âand then the same people will call me for training or diet advice. So this obsession is normally a compliment.â
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Sachin Tendulkar Obliges Ellyse Perry's Wish, To Come Out Of Retirement For Bushfire Relief Tie

The most complete batsman of his time. The most prolific run-scorer of all time. The biggest cricket icon the gentleman's game has ever known. A living God amongst ordinary men with the unique ability to evoke passion amongst cricket fans. Sachin Tendulkar needs no introduction when it comes to cricket.
Boasting a full range of rage of orthodox shots, Tendulkar's batting was based on the purest principles - perfect balance, economy of movement, precision in stroke-making and, above all, anticipation (an intangible quality, possessed by few greats, which continues to elude some of the best in the business even now).
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6 Of The Fittest Indian Celebrities Who Are Vegan & Make �Ghaas-Phoos� Look Real Good

While the culinary experience continues to evolve and grow, a major chunk of the country is slowly embracing alternate dietary options for various reasons ranging from philosophical to health-related. And one of the most popular options that seem to have become a recent rage is- Veganism.
© Instagram What started as a celebrity-first dietary shift in the West, has quickly made its way into the Indian lifestyle and a huge number of personalities are known to follow and endorse this brand of vegetarian diet.
What is Veganism
© Pexels Veganism essentially calls for a complete rejection of animal products especially when it comes to food intake. While there exist further categories under Veganism, vegans are primarily known to consume plant-based food, nuts, legumes and fruits, while they categorically reject any product or food ingredient of animal origin, such as dairy products, eggs, etc.
Why Veganism
© Pexels While health continues to be one of the biggest catalysts in making this shift, people have also been making the leap due to ethical and environmental reasons such as rejecting the commodity status of animals, exploitation and right to life.
No matter the reason why one chooses to make the shift, here are 6 of the fittest Indian celebrities who have turned vegan:
1. Akshay Kumar
© Viral Bhayani The most recent addition to the list, itâs only been a month or two since Akshay shifted to a vegan diet. Also otherwise known to eat clean and less spicy food, we canât wait to see how he takes to it.
2. Aamir Khan
© Star World It has been over 3 years since Aamir turned vegan following an episode with his already vegan wife Kiran. It was a 1-hour video by a doctor talking about 15 most-common, life-threatening diseases which can be avoided by making dietary changes which pushed Aamir to make the shift.
3. Virat Kohli
© Instagram Back in 2018, Virat finally adopted Veganism and joined his wife Anushka who already followed a vegan diet. He has since undergone a serious physical transformation and admitted that it has improved his fitness and game.
4. Shahid Kapoor
© Instagram Even though Shahid swore off non-veg while dating Kareena, it was a book by Brian Hines called Life is Fair that finally inspired Shahid to switch to Veganism a few years ago.
5. R. Madhavan
© Instagram One of the most dedicated, oldest practising vegan in B-town, Maddy has been very vocal about his support towards animal rights and even received a PETA Person of the Year in 2012.
6. Vidyut Jammwal
© Twitter One of the fittest and most active actors in the industry, Vidyut has often credited his vegan lifestyle for his ripped body. He has even publicly spoken about going vegan and said, âBeing vegan helps me keep fit. I love the way I feel.â
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Danielle Wyatt Continues To Give 'Love Struck' Yuzvendra Chahal A Run Around On Instagram

Ever since making her international debut in 2010, Danielle Wyatt has been a vital cog in England's set-up for the women's cricket team. A prolific all-rounder, Wyatt boasts of over 2500 runs with the willow and 73 wickets across formats for the 'Three Lions'. But, at the very first mention of her in India, Wyatt reminds everyone of the women's cricketer who jokingly proposed to Virat Kohli on Twitter. 
While the England batswoman continues to share her admiration for the Indian captain, Wyatt appears to have found a new cricketer who is keeping her occupied on social media. For anyone who follows cricket, the love-hate relationship between Wyatt and Yuzvendra Chahal on social media platforms would have pretty hard to overlook. View this post on InstagramGreat to be back in Melbourne again ð ðA post shared by (@danniwyatt28)  The two cricketers have been busy commenting on each other's post. While Chahal, owing to his jovial nature, couldn't seem to stop himself from impressing the England star, Wyatt's antics suggest that she's probably playing 'hard to get'. In a more recent case on Instagram, Wyatt shared a series of pictures where she was seen batting during the net sessions. © Instagram/@danniwyatt28 It was quite obvious to see Chahal's reply but it wasn't sure if he was complimenting or trolling her. Responding to Wyatt's post, Chahal commented: "666666". The Indian spinner was suggesting that the England cricketer had struck six successive sixes in a bid to probably win her over. But, sadly for Chahal, Wyatt had the last laugh with a reply: "if you were bowling".
© Instagram/@yuzi_chahal23 Earlier, Chahal had shared a Team India photo-op with his spin-bowling partner Kuldeep Yadav on social media. "Making headshots look fun here in Chennai," he captioned the Instagram post. While everyone was elated to see the Indian spin-bowling pair together after a long time, Wyatt trolled Chahal by commenting: "I think you're smaller than me".
© Instagram/@yuzi_chahal23 Prior to that, the right-handed batswoman had also made Chahal the butt of all jokes after he shared a photo of himself batting in Team India's net session. Amongst the responses on the post, Wyatt, referring to the stumps in Chahal's picture that didn't have bails on them, took a dig at Chahal with her comment: "Bowled".
Well, we don't really know what the duo has been up to off social media, but, on Instagram, it's needless to say that there's something brewing between the two. Even if they aren't dating or thinking about being together, we are just delighted to witness their hilarious banters on social media.
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4 Simple & Effective Hacks To Cover Male Pattern Baldness That Can Save Men From Embarrassment

God hasnât exactly been kind to Indian men, especially when we speak of body types and body chemistry. It is very easy for us to just grow out like ginger, even if we have a solid and balanced diet, it is extremely difficult for us to metabolise alcohol, and worst of all, for a vast majority of us, going bald is almost guaranteed.  Male pattern baldness is a sad reality of like for most of us. © iStock Now, there are a number of ways using which we can actually put off going bald for a long time- again, eating right, using hair products that are simply the best and that suits us, or getting some expensive treatment done that replenishes your hair. 
With that being said, as a proverb in Hindi conveys rather succinctly, has anyone ever been able to stall the inevitable? What do we do when the gods of good genes and good hair havenât exactly been to us? © Panorama Studios Well, it turns out, even though you may be losing hair strands in hundreds by the day, there are a few simple styling hacks that you should consider if youâre going bald. Just ensure that you have a word with your hairstylist or barber in the right way, and you should be golden.
© iStock 1. Pick The Right Style
© Instagram/kartikaaryan Hairstyles that have you keep the hair a little upright and not fall flat is something that you should be aiming for. Also, it helps if the hairstyle that you and your hairstylist pick work well with somewhat of a long hair. A quiff or a pompadour are great options, which, because of varieties and tons of personalisations that they can be combined with, would suit anybody.
2. Decide On The Length © Instagram/arjunkapoor Now, this is a little tricky. Ideally, your hair should be long enough for a dapper hairstyle, but not too long that you need a ton of products to keep it in place. Also, it should be short enough that you donât get it tangled, and messed up, because messy and tangled hair, causes a lot of breakages, thus increasing your chances of hair fall.
3. Ask For Good Hair Products That Suit You © iStock Instead of going for regular shampoos and conditioners, try going for the ones that make your hair more voluminous. Also, pick a product that actually works for you instead of just borrowing stuff from your siblings or partners. If you tend to shed a lot of hair, go for an anti-hair fall shampoo and conditioner, preferably from someone who have no chemicals such as alcohol or sulfates in their products. Ask your barber for a few recommendations or if your problem is severe, ask a dermatologist.
4. Accessories As A Last Resort © Instagram/varundvn This is a bit of a last resort. If your situation turns out to be like that of Ayushmann Khurrana in Bala. No, we arenât asking you to put on some vomit-inducing concoction on your head on a Tuesday and sleep facing the north-west or some idiotic thing that he does. Neither are we suggesting that you go for a wig or those spray-on hair solutions. Instead, go for some really fun and dapper accessories - a fedora, a newsboy cap, or a beanie - stuff thatâs really in vogue. 

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13 Accessories To Add A Last-Minute Touch Of Style To Your Valentine's Day Outfit

Getting ready for Valentine's Day can be a nerve-wracking process especially if you haven't given much thought to it the week before the big day. However, it's not always possible to plan out everything in advance especially if you have a taxing day job. So, if you have a big date on Valentine's Day and you don't know how to make your outfit stand out from the crowd, here are some exciting accessories that will instantly lift your outfit and make sure that your date gives you a compliment or two.  __ECOMLOOKS__126__ __ECOMLOOKS__127__ __ECOMLOOKS__128__ __ECOMLOOKS__129__ __ECOMLOOKS__130__ Explore More  
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Rana Daggubati�s Paramilitary Inspired Sneakers Is A Street Style Goal Worth Copping

Much like his acting chops, Rana Daggubatiâs sense of style is very nuanced - unlike most of his brethren from the Indian film industries, be it Bollywood or Tollywood, he does not dress overtly flamboyantly, and yet manages to turn heads wherever he goes. 
© Instagram/ranadaggubati An immaculate grooming routine for an extensive and a really impressive beard style, a tall and lean built, all of this contribute immensely to any ensemble that he picks.
© Instagram/ranadaggubati Time and again, he has been spotted in one classy outfit the other, which, to be honest, is something that every guy should cop or at least try once. From a very basic ensemble comprising of a white full-sleeved t-shirt with dark wash denim, to an elegant, white shirt with a white sarong, the guy knows what works for him and what doesnât, that is, if any such thing actually exists.
© Viral Bhayani Naturally then, when it comes to streetwear, he has worn some of the best outfits and ensembles we have seen. With that being said, his most recent, casual and laidback ensemble is what caught our eye. It was actually his sneakers that we couldnât take our eyes off of.
© Viral Bhayani But first, letâs get to his outfit.
Rana here is wearing very basic grey joggers with a black, v-neck tee and a cargo shirt in sage green. The outfit, as expected, isnât that flamboyant, and can be easily missed, sort of like white noise. However, Rana looks extremely dapper in the outfit, thanks to his lean built, that godly beard and some very dope accessories, namely the shades and the watch.
© Viral Bhayani As basic the outfit is, it is really uplifted by the generous manner in which he has accessorised himself. 
And then there are the sneakers themselves. They look like they are a part of the uniform of some paramilitary force. The sneakers that Rana is wearing are the LeBron Soldier 13 SFG from Nike. Now, normally, they look like clown shoes thanks to their zany and insane colours. Imagine the most outlandish neon colours that there are - you can find a pair that has one of those colours.
© Viral Bhayani A pair in all black, like the one that Ranaâs wearing does bring out the silhouette of the sneakers and give it a very menacing appeal. We also like the super aggressive looking straps and buckles that the sneakers are adorned with.
© Viral Bhayani Considering how technical they look, the Lebron 13s arenât actually that expensive. These have been listed just shy of Rs 12,000 on Nike, so you can easily pick them up for much less if you play your cards right. A bargain if you ask us, considering how often we have seen celebs go bonkers with their sneakers.
© Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani All in all, a really good, achievable and practical lesson in street style. Take a bow Rana...

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2020 Oscars Goodie Bag Worth Rs 1.5Cr Is So Extravagantly Grand, We Can Only Afford To Look At It

Like it or not, the Academy Awards are always a big deal. For the makers, for the actors, for the crew and all those who work behind the scenes to create some of the most meaningful, memorable, hard-hitting and precious audio-visual masterpieces, year after year moving beyond the limits of medium, language, geography and reception, it's the highest accolade. © Twitter For this reason, the Oscars holds a special place in the hearts of every individual connected to the creatively-charged entertainment industry. While it is a coveted dream for many to take the golden boy home, what people didnât know about was the extravagantly grand goodie bag that comes with it.
© Twitter Apparently, Oscar winners get a goodie bag which is sent to their residences after the Awards ceremony comes to an end, and unlike other goodie âbags,â this one is usually a suitcase instead. And, if reports are to be believed, the Oscars 2020 goodie bag is worth around $215,000 or a whopping Rs 1,53,58, 202!
© Twitter This is what the Oscars 2020 goodie bag allegedly contains:
1. 5-nights stay at the Waikiki Beachcomber hotel 2. 12-day cruise from Scenic Eclipse 3. Millianna crystal earrings 4. A 24-karat gold vape pen 5. A Royal Chakra bath bomb 6. A meditation headband from Muse 7. A 1-year membership to LiveItUp, in which celebrities will receive free life skills text messages from financial, health and wellness experts 8. Reportedly, winners also get to choose from a selection of high-end treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing, Botox and chemical peels I mean, this is so extra, we are sure Ranveer Singh is feeling threatened right now.
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Marnus Labuschagne Gets The 'Biggest Compliment Of His Career' From Great Sachin Tendulkar

Last August, Jofra Archer's bouncer brought Steve Smith tumbling down to the ground during the 2nd Ashes Test at Lord's. Smith's injury scare meant that Marnus Labuschagne would become the first-ever concussion substitute in Test cricket history. It was an opportunity that Labuschagne grabbed with both hands. An opportunity that eventually saw him cementing his position, first, in Tests and, then, in ODI cricket for Australia. 
What came as an unexpected prospect, quickly became a blessing in disguise for Australia as Labuschagne embarked on a brilliant journey, proving his cricketing abilities to full effect. A prolific home season saw him slamming as many as four hundreds in five matches, apart from a double ton at the SCG, against Pakistan and New Zealand - something that further allowed him to eclipse his teammate Smith as the leading run-scorer in Tests by the end of 2019.  © Reuters Since then, there has been no turning back for the 25-year-old. An orthodox batsman who backs his talent with great maturity and temperament, Labuschagne's brilliant run in Tests eventually saw him breaking into the Australian ODI side where he seems to have done as good as in the longest format. 
In the modern era of the sport, where a lot of cricketers focus on T20 cricket and develop innovative shots to score quickly, Labuschagne is amongst those rare breed of cricketers who continue to trust their orthodox batting and textbook strokes to make a mark in the gentleman's game.  For a batsman who has already become a vital cog in Australia's batting line-up in both Tests and ODIs, Labuschagne appears to have drawn the biggest compliment of his career from none other than great Sachin Tendulkar. "Marnus Labuschagne's footwork was incredible, so he would be the one (resembling me) I would say. There is something about him," Tendulkar said on the sidelines of Bushfire Cricket Bash charity game.  A compliment to top all compliments for Australia's Marnus Labuschagne! pic.twitter.com/Rcw9QwW9zW â ICC (@ICC) February 7, 2020  The Indian batting legend praised the Australian's composure after he was floored by a bouncer from Archer at Lord's last year and, then, went on to score a match-saving 59 off 100 balls. It was the few moments after Labuschagne was struck by Archer that convinced Tendulkar that he was a player who would succeed in cricket.  "I was watching the second Test at Lord's and when Steve Smith got injured I saw Labuschagne's second innings. I was sitting with my father-in-law and I saw Marnus getting hit by the second ball off Jofra Archer and post that, the 15 minutes he batted, I said 'this player looks special' there was something about him. His footwork was precise; footwork is not physical, it's mental, if you aren't thinking positively then your feet don't move. So that clearly indicated to me that this guy is mentally strong. If you are not your feet would not move," he added.  This was my favourite corner in the SCG dressing room.
Memories came flooding back today.
??: @YUVSTRONG12 pic.twitter.com/AWsgfNQjV8 â Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 7, 2020 The 'Master Blaster' arrived in Sydney for the Bushfire Cricket Bash charity game that is scheduled to take place in Melbourne on 9th February. The 10-over-a-side match at the Junction Oval will feature a host of big cricket names including Matthew Hayden, Brian Lara, Brett Lee, Wasim Akram, Courtney Walsh and Justin Langer amongst others. 
While Ricky Ponting will be seen leading one team, his former teammate Adam Gilchrist will be seen marshalling the troops for the other side. Tendulkar will be donning the coach's hat for 'Ponting XI' and the 'Gilchrist XI' is coached by Tim Paine. All profits from the charity game will go towards the Red Cross appeal.
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Vicky Kaushal To Weigh Over 100 Kgs For �The Immortal Ashwatthama� & We Await The Transformation

From being a name in the sidelines to having a legion of fans and admirers, Vicky Kaushal has carved a niche for himself in Bollywood as one of those few actors who keep challenging themselves to try something new every time with every script. 
The actor is now all set to begin preparing for Aditya Dharâs upcoming project, titles The ImmortalâAshwatthama. According to a report in Bollywood Hungama, the actor will train in mixed martial arts, Israeli martial art Krav Maga and Japanese martial art, Jujutsu for the same, and will also learn archery, sword fighting and spear fighting for his role in the film. View this post on InstagramA post shared by (@vickykaushal09) Interestingly, the actor will also undergo a massive physical transformation as he has to beef up majorly for the role. For the role of Ashwatthama, he is likely to weigh around 110 to 115 kgs. 
Well, it would be a sheer delight to see Vicky take this challenge head-on and nail the character, as he always does. A spokesperson of the director had earlier shared details of The Immortal Ashwatthama saying, "It is not a period film, it's a superhero action film set in modern times." For uninitiated, Ahswatthama is a character from the Indian epic Mahabharata. He is the son of Guru Dronacharya, who fought in the battle of Kurukshetra, for the Kauravas and against the Pandavas. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala, it will be extensively shot across global locations such as New Zealand, Namibia, Tokyo and Greenland. In an earlier conversation with Hindustan Times, Aditya Dhar had said that he narrated the film to Vicky and Ronnie a day before Uri released, and both immediately gave a go-ahead and he began working on the script.  View this post on InstagramâThe ACâs on Sir... हाठतॠà¤à¤§à¤° à¤à¥à¤®à¤¾ ना!â . . @khamkhaphotoartist x @amandeepkaur87A post shared by (@vickykaushal09) âAshwatthama is one of the most powerful and mysterious characters from the Mahabharata. Being Dronaâs son, he is a brilliant warrior but also arrogant and egoistic because he is immortal. In comparison to other warriors like Arjuna and Karna, not much is written about him in various versions of the Mahabharata. He is not perfect but then none of us are, which is what I love the most about him,â Aditya said.
It will be interesting to see Vicky play the role of Ashwatthama.
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Video Of Differently-Abled Athlete Doing A Front-Flip High-Jump Has Left Our Jaws On The Floor

Everyone only ever talks about Monday motivation, but here's some Friday motivation for you guys. A differently-abled athlete is going viral for the best reason and the video is inspiring everyone right now. He incredibly manages to do a front-flip high-jump and it's nothing short of impressive, and well, everyone agrees.
Every great story happened when someone decided not to give upð¼ pic.twitter.com/VLVGDlAbyl â Susanta Nanda IFS (@susantananda3) February 6, 2020The video was shared by Indian Forest Service officer Susanta Nanda with the perfect, inspiring caption. 'Something great always happens when someone decided to never give up.' This applies to every person, motivating them to never give up, keep pushing and assuring that something great will surely come out of it. Sorry for the cliche preaching but, honestly, it's true. People had nothing but praises for the guy and can't help but feel inspired after watching the video.
Always.
Its amazing what we can achieve if we put our mind and heart to it!! â Azim Sayyad (@AzeemSayyad13) February 6, 2020Of course.
incredible https://t.co/EvrLggKZA2 â Tarbundiya Mehul (@MehulTarbundiya) February 7, 2020Yep.
Every legendary tale starts with a #NeverGiveUp attitude..!!pic.twitter.com/mh4SeJHhBY â Sabby (@musedcynosure) February 7, 2020Hmm.
This morning I got up counting on my problems in life. After watching this video, I am filled with a lot of courage to face all my problems.
Thank you for posting https://t.co/dOq6S7oqsf â KASHIF AHMED (@kashifahm7) February 7, 2020Never.
This should be the spirit.
Never give up.
Never Say Die. https://t.co/oV98tLzsFt â Amit Mitra (@AmitMitraBJP) February 6, 2020Definitely.
You said it so right... â Basant Patel (@BasantPatel56) February 6, 2020More power to him.
Lovely and so inspiring...May god give him more power https://t.co/IyVwsedlXG â à¤à¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤¦à¤¾ हॠà¤à¤¾à¤à¤°à¥à¤ मतदाता Vishwajeet Singh (@vickyisbond1981) February 7, 2020Yes, for sure.
In seeming for the possible you sometimes do the impossible! Belief in your self can make you cross the bar https://t.co/0veXI3d8dD â gyanpvarma (@gyanpvarma1) February 7, 2020
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This Film Festival Promises 6 Unmissable Screenings & Kicks Off This Weekend In Delhi

If youâre in Delhi and looking to have an unforgettable weekend, thereâs a film festival brewing - with a rich and diverse selection of films from around the world.
Now in season two of its fourth edition, the Navrasa Duende World Movie Festival has focused on revisiting world cinema classics. Several timeless films have been honoured at their screenings, where film-lovers and newcomers have been treated to the very best of cinema alike, in a variety of languages and genres - with more than a few hidden gems to add to your watched-list.
Hereâs what the festival will screen this weekend, at the Siri Fort auditorium.
Day One: 8th February 2020 (Saturday)10:30 A.M. - Lawrence of Arabia (English) The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. 03:30 P.M. - A Separation (Persian) A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
06:45 P.M. - The Conformist (Italian)  A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. Day Two: 9th February 2020 (Sunday)10:30 A.M. - 2001: A Space Odyssey (English)  After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000. 03:00 P.M. - In The Mood For Love (Cantonese)  Set in 1960âs Hong Kong, two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. 06:00 - Le Mepris (French) Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue.
The films are broadly selected through a surprisingly meticulous process. Divided into three ranges, Navrasa Duende chooses its films based on a scale weighing the artistic commitment of a film alongside its popular appeal - and the balance it strikes between those extremes. 
âThe festival is a moment to celebrate art and global community,â shares festival founder Dinesh Singh with The Indian Express. âMore than ever, we need to talk to each other and understand how we see the world, and cinema is the best medium to engage without prejudice.â You can purchase your tickets for the festival here. 
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