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Dino Morea is turning 43, and he still continues to be the reason for the collective weak knees for a large number of women in the country (let's just say worldwide, tbh). When it comes to good looking men, he has always been the forerunner - right from the '90s, and nothing has changed even after decades. He is still as fit, as fashionable, and as charming, and here are 10 pictures that prove that.

1. His outfit at DeepVeer's reception was one for the books, in terms of how to wear a basic suit that looks like a million bucks.

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2. Bandana for a tie? Bring it on.

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3. The blues that no one minds.

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4. Talking about red hot, what else would you rather refer to?

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5. Green AND checks? No one else can pull it off.

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6. Dressing down? Do it with checks and denim.

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7. A floral shirt will always have your back.

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8. Gentlemen can be lethal.

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9. You need guts to experiment.

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10. A blue suit for the days you want to conquer the world.

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This season of 'Koffee With Karan' has already witnessed some interesting pairings like Saif and daughter Sara, and Arjun and his sister Janhvi Kapoor. Tonight's episode is yet to appear but we can safely assume that it is going to be one of the best so far! Diljit and Badshah are going to bring to us some crazy, fun scoop with Karan and the premiere has already hooked us to it. Here are a few things that the duo will be revealing for their fans:

1. Badshah's Motive Behind Changing His Name

Badshah's real name is Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia and he took the stage name after being inspired by none other than King Khan himself. Also, there was a question about his name on KBC for INR 3,20,000 as well!

2. The Science Behind Karan's Airport Looks

KJo will reveal that he takes his airport looks very seriously and if he is not caught on the camera, he genuinely gets upset about it. In fact, he does a proper dress rehearsal with his stylist before leaving for the airport and how he will pose. His PR crew informs the paparazzi well in advance to ensure no one misses KJo in action.

The Fun-jabi boys are here to stir up a storm on the next episode of #KoffeeWithKaran! #KoffeeWithDiljit #KoffeeWithBadshah pic.twitter.com/OYjflcfK5h

— Star World (@StarWorldIndia) December 2, 2018

3. Diljit's First Public Appearance

The Punjabi rockstar will reveal that long  before he became famous, he was asked to fill in for a singer back in his village where he took to stage in his vest and knickers and forgot the lyrics to the song. He'll also talk about how he always prayed that everyone should know who he was and he didn't care if he knew anyone. 

Rockstar Rapsters in the house! Watch @Diljitdosanjh and @Its_Badshah on the Koffee couch next Sunday on #KoffeeWithKaran. #KoffeeWithDiljit #KoffeeWithBadshah pic.twitter.com/9rBeGaGp3C

— Star World (@StarWorldIndia) December 2, 2018

4. Badshah's Career Switch

The rap god will talk about his journey from engineering to moving to make music as a career and following his passion.

5. Badshah's Love For SRK And Salman Khan

When he will be asked to choose his favourite Khan, the rapper will quip that he is a huge 'Salarukh' fan, which is an amalgamation of SRK and Salman's name. He will also talk about how humble King Khan is and will recount a past experience where how there was a party going on near the vanity van where they had both invited him and added how he was surprised that the two personalities who were so famous were also extremely humble in their demeanour and SRK even served him biryani with his own hands. You don't want to miss out on tonight's episode of 'Koffee With Karan' for anything in the world!

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# Koffee with the RAPSTAR and the ROCKSTAR! @badboyshah and @diljitdosanjh #koffeewithkaran @starworldindia @hotstar

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After remaining unbeaten in the tournament, the Indian women's cricket team suffered a massive heartbreak after a poor batting display saw them losing the ICC Women's World T20 semifinal against England in the Caribbean last month. Since then, the Indian women's cricket team has been subject to immense criticism.

If that wasn't enough senior cricketer Mithali Raj's allegations against their coach Ramesh Powar further dented their reputation. But, while the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to take any action in the case, the home fans finally have something cheer for.

Despite all the negativity and controversy surrounding their team, India's T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and opening Smriti Mandhana are taking positive strides to make the nation proud. With the Women's Big Bash League (BBL) currently underway, Harmanpreet is plying her trade with Sydney Thunder and Mandhana is playing for Hobart Hurricanes.

And, on 9th December, the two marauding Indian batswomen set the BBL on fire with some slambang batting displays, paving way for comfortable wins for their respective teams. First, it was Mandhana's blistering 41-ball 69 that propelled Hurricanes to a 72-run win and then, came the Harmanpreet show that was comprised of a 26-ball 56 which saw Thunder romping their way to a 28-run triumph.

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During Hurricanes' clash against Melbourne Stars, Mandhana opened the innings for her side with Erin Fazackerley. And, despite the early loss of her opening partner, the Indian left-hander went hammer and tongs at the opposition bowlers in a strokeful innings that was decorated with 13 fours. Showcasing wide array of strokes, the 22-year-old brought up her fifty in a mere 24 deliveries.

What a knock it was from @HurricanesWBBL gun Smriti Mandhana! #WBBL04 #WATCHME pic.twitter.com/Ou7hfM2u9L

— Rebel Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) December 9, 2018


Mandhana's innings finally came to an end when off-spinner Erin Osborne sent her back into the pavilion in the 14th over. However, her quickfire knock allowed Hurricanes to post a formidable total of 196 runs. In reply, Stars never really got going in their run-chase as Heather Knight's three-wicket haul ensured they got bowled out for just 124 runs.

If Mandhana impressed everyone with the willow, her national teammate Harmanpreet reminded everyone why she's considered one of the most feared batswoman in limited-overs cricket. Locking horns with Brisbane Heat, the Thunder brigade got a flying start with Rachel Priest (49) and Rachael Haynes (36) adding 89 runs for the first wicket. But, Haynes dismissal halted Thunder's onslaught, only momentarily.

Harmanpreet KaurTwitter/@WBBL

Coming out to bat at No. 3, Harmanpreet smashed six fours and three sixes during her knock which was played at a strike-rate of over 200. The 29-year-old raced to her fifty in a mere 23 balls as her side raced to a competitive total of 192 runs. In response, Brisbane Heat found some refuge in Grace Harris (54) and Delissa Kimmince (38) but the target proved a tad too much for Kirby Short's side which eventually bundled out for 164 runs.

 

Not sure what's better...the shot or the kid's reaction! ðð¤·‍â#WBBL04 #WATCHME pic.twitter.com/X7vcGt9itN

— Rebel Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) December 9, 2018


While Mandhana was adjudged Player of the Match for her match-winning knock for Hurricanes, Harmanpreet claimed the same honour for her pivotal innings for Thunder. It was quite a day for the Indian cricket fans to see two of the most destructive batswomen in women's cricket producing gem of an innings in different games.

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The Indian cricket team has been blessed with a variety of spinners across all formats. With the Virat Kohli-led side currently battling the Australians in the first Test, Ravichandran Ashwin - who has become a Test specialist for his country - was seen bamboozling the hosts at the Adelaide Oval.

The Indian offie picked three crucial wickets in the first innings and then claimed two more scalps in the second innings to ensure the visitors are just six wickets away, with one day still left to play, from clinching an emphatic win and taking a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

But, while Ashwin has spun a web around the Aussies to aid his team, a young spinner from Kashmir has taken the social media by storm with his bowling skills. Believe it, or not, a seven-year-old kid from Kashmir boasts of impeccable spin bowling skills that has even impressed Shane Warne.

Easily ball of the century. A googly that turns a metre and a half. @ShaneWarne take a look. You have some competition. pic.twitter.com/GEanTVuVME

— Mufti Islah (@islahmufti) 23 July 2018


In a video shared by a Jammu & Kashmir-based journalist on the social media, the young boy Ahmad, who hails from Ganderbal district of Kashmir, was seen bowling a googly that initially pitched way outside the line of the wickets before taking a sharp turn of more than a metre and clipped the stumps. “Easily ball of the century. A googly that turns a metre and a half. @ShaneWarne take a look. You have some competition,” the tweet read.

This is outstanding ! Well bowled young man ð https://t.co/NfADPHXj4F

— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) 5 December 2018


Taking note of the talented young boy, the former Australian cricketer hailed praise at his bowling skills and tweeted: "This is outstanding! Well bowled young man”.

Apart from Warne, the video of the young boy also impressed cricket fans across the globe. The video has already garnered nearly 90k views, while it has been retweeted over 500 times on Twitter.

Wow masha allah , what a talent , Chinaman  in kashmir .

— eyelone (@aashirlone) 24 July 2018


What a talent , god bless this champion .

— eyelone (@aashirlone) 5 December 2018


Was shown during extraa innings at ESPN as well ... MashAllaha great one from our land

— Gowhar Bhat (@GowharBhat10) 8 December 2018


What a ball and above all look at the happiness on his face.. Great talent, India must nurture...

— Pankaj Sharma (@journopankaj) 23 July 2018


Magician

— Sofi Muddasir (@SofiMuddasir2) 23 July 2018


Well done kid. Keep spinning

— Prasant Samal (@SamalPrasant123) 9 December 2018


recruit them young, get Kumble to work with him?

— Giri Iyer (@GiriIyer1) 8 December 2018


The caption of the video 'ball of the century' originally refers to Warne's magical delivery that got rid of England's Mike Gatting during the second day's play of the first Test at Old Trafford in 1993. Warne's delivery had pitched outside the leg stump before turning sharply and clipping the top of off-stump. Hailed as the revival point of spin bowling in Test cricket, the delivery was later termed as 'ball of the century' by the cricketing fraternity.

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This year has been the year of big fat weddings and the 'baap' of all grand weddings, the Ambani wedding, has begun with great fervour. Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal are tying the knot in a day's time and last night the family hosted a lavish 'sangeet' ceremony for their guests. The couple matched beats to SRK's 'Mitwa' as the audience cheered on.

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Isha ambani and anand piramal dance at their pre wedding function . . . . . #anantambani #nitaambani #mukeshambani #akashambani #ishaambani #anantambani #shlokamehta #radhikamerchant #kokilabenambani #neetaambani #ambani #reliance #reliancejio #jio #reliancefoundation #dhirubhaiambani #antilia #akustoletheshlo #ambaniwedding #mumbai #bollwood #jaipurcityblog #jaipur #jhodpur #_wowindia #maharashtradesha #maharashtratourism #incredibleindia #love #peace â

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Nita Ambani and Mukesh Ambani danced to some beautiful numbers for the kids and were joined by their son and his fiancée. 

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Looking resplendent and dancing even more beautifully, here's a small snippet of the mother of the bride #NitaAmbani dancing on #IshaAmbani's Sangeet! #AmbaniWedding #AnandPiramal #IshaAnand #IshaAnandWedding #WeddingOfTheYear #Udaipur #IshaKiShaadi #BigFatIndianWedding #IshaAmbaniWedding #MukeshAmbani #Bollywood #India

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#NeetaAmbani & #MukeshAmbani kickstart the Sangeet Ceremony with a stunning performance! #ambanifamily #ambaniwedding #ishaambani #anandpiramal #bollywoodnews #wedding #weddingsutra #sangeet #sangeetnight #udaipur #udaivilas #bollywood #celebritynews #bollywoodwedding #bigfatindianwedding #ishaambani #mumbai #StreetsOfMaharashtra #sadakchap #nustaharamkhor #streetsofmumbai #peace â

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Nita Ambani took centre stage with her sons as they swayed to 'Mahi Ve'.

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#NitaAmbani perform with sons at daughter #ishaambani's pre wedding celebrations. . . . #AmbaniWedding #IshaAmbani #AnandPiramal #WeddingOfTheYear #Ambani #Udaipur #IshaKiShaadi #BigFatIndianWedding #IshaAmbaniWedding #NitaAmbani #MukeshAmbani

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Karan Johar hosted the evening and questioned Mukesh Ambani about his son-in-law as well.

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Lovely answer by #MukeshAmbani when asked about secret of #AnandPiramal by #karanjohar #Udaipur #udaipurblogz #ambani #ambaniwedding #wedding #bollywood #udaipur #rajasthan #jaipur #jhodpur #ambani #ishaambani #aamchimumbaiblog #mumbai #mumbai_uncensored #maharashtratourism #maharashtra_ig #maharashtradesha #indianphotography #traveldiaries #_wowindia @udaipurblogz Video via @kirtirajdadohojo

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The guest list obviously has the who's who of Bollywood and everyone was spotted having fun.

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And the couple arrives#ishaambani #anandpiramal #bigfatindianwedding #desiwedding #udaipur #ambaniwedding #ishakishaadi #nitaambani â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ @viralbhayani

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#rheakapoor #karismakapoor #janhvikapoor #kushikapoor #ishaambani #anandpiramal #bigfatindianwedding #desiwedding #udaipur #ambaniwedding #ishakishaadi #nitaambani â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ @viralbhayani

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The newly-wed Jonas couple was also spotted there.

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#priyankachopra #nickjonas #ishaambani #anandpiramal #bigfatindianwedding #desiwedding #udaipur #ambaniwedding #ishakishaadi #nitaambani â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ @viralbhayani

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The guest list also includes Aamir Khan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and SRK.

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She looks breathtakingly stunning ð·ð¸â¨ð #katrinakaif at #ishaambani's wedding! - Follow â¡ @katrinakaifplanet For More Updates! - @katrinakaif #katrinakaiffans #katrinakaif #katrina #kaif #katrinakaifplanet #bollywood #bollywoodsongs #fashion #barbiedoll #bollywoodmovies #salmankhan #shahrukhkhan #varundhawan #sidharthmalhotra #ranveersingh #kritisanon #priyankachopra #aliabhatt #ranbirkapoor #adityaroykapoor #parineetichopra #dishapatani #bollywoodactress #katholic

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@_iiishmagish Wedding at Udaipur ⤠PC - @yogenshah_s ⤠Throwback Memories â¤â¤ #aaradhyabachchan #aishwaryaraibachchan #ishaambani #anushkasharma #viratkohli #priyankachopra #nickjonas #priyankakishaadi #sonamkapoor #saraalikhan #khushikapoor #janhvikapoor #ananyapanday #shanayakapoor #deepikapadukone #zainkapoor #taimuralikhan #jacquelinefernandez #aliabhatt #suhanakhan #shahrukhkhan #kareenakapoorkhan #mishakapoor #shahidKapoor #ranveersingh #salmankhan #kareenakapoor

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The festivities have just begun and the functions are only going to get prettier with time.

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This year has been significant for so many different reasons, but more than anything else it was the year of men who made a whole lot of difference to this world and its people. Men, both young and old, who stood up for causes, lent a hand to people in need or took some personal steps to bring about a positive change in the society and people's lives. 

But more than anything else, they have inspired us beyond all else and given us hope for a better future. One, where people still stand up for others without any selfish motivations and care for others much like their own families.

Let's take a look at these 7 men, who made a huge difference to this year, and inspired the young and old of our country.

1. Sudhanshu Biswas

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99-year-old Sudhanshu Biswas from West Bengal is a former freedom fighter who selflessly serves the poor, by running schools and orphanages, that allow poor children to get an education and shelter for free.

2. Ashok Rane

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Having grown up in rural Maharashtra in a household of limited means, Ashok decided to write his own destiny. The man toiled day and night, to work during the day and take classes for his electrical engineering diploma by night.

In a quest to help others like him, Ashok founded the Aikya Foundation in 2006 that trains youngsters from poor households to become electricians, free of cost! The outreach program has since touched hundreds of lives.

3. Rajagopalan Vasudevan

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Known as the plastic road-maker of India, Vasudevan from Tamil Nadu has developed a patented and path-breaking method to reuse plastic waste to construct roads. He has also been awarded the Padma Shri for his contributions.

4. Prakash Bilhore

Dadarao Bilhore' son Prakash died on July 28, 2015, after his bike fell into a deep pothole on a rainwater clogged Mumbai road. Now, Dadarao has been filling up potholes in Mumbai to avert such accidents.

Already 550+ filled! Hopefully govt wakes up and takes up his job. pic.twitter.com/ghmHIdLtbJ

— Kiran Kumar S (@KiranKS) July 31, 2018

Known as Mumbai's “Pothole Dada”, Prakash Bilhore lost his son to killer potholes that come to life post every Mumbai rainfall, in a freak accident. He decided to stop moping and took matters in his own hands. Shovel and rocks in hand, Bilhore began filling up every pothole he came across in the city. He has filled 500+ potholes so far.

5. Arvind Gupta

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An IIT Kanpur alumnus and Padma Shri winner, Arvind Gupta is the same man who hosted the popular TV show Tarang in the 80s. The man has inspired an entire generation of kids to learn science! He has visited 3000 schools, and made 6200 short films on toy-making in 18 languages so far!

6. M R Rajagopal

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Known as the “father of palliative care” in India, this Kerala physician who specialises in palliative care, helps relieve pain for people suffering from terminal illnesses. Rajagopal has also set up India's first palliative care unit at Kozhikode. Ranked among the top 30 anesthesiologists globally, he is recognised for his safe anesthesiology procedures.

7. Bhajju Shyam

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Hailing from a poor, tribal family in Madhya Pradesh, Shyam is an internationally-renowned Gond artist. He is famous for depicting Europe through Gond paintings, he worked as a night guard and electrician before becoming a professional artist. His 'The London Jungle Book' sold 30,000 copies and it was published in five foreign languages.

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The Prestigious Indian Army has a simple motto for training its cadets: 'we first break you, then make you'. 

Boys go through gruelling weeks of physical hardship and come out as men fit enough to serve the nation at times of war. Once soldiers are inducted, the Army ensures they are prepared (mentally & physically) to perform at their absolute best, even in extreme circumstances. 

However, the Army demands certain prerequisites before you can join. 

The First Physical Test You Need To Clear Is The 1600 M Run.

Note: This test is conducted for non-commission entries for the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and equivalent ranks in Police & Paramilitary forces.

The Ultimate Guide On How To Clear The Indian Army's 1600 Meter Running Test© Quora

You will get 5 minutes and 45 seconds to cover 1600 M, one second more and you fail. Boys completing the run in 5 minutes 30-45 seconds are taken in Group 2 and allotted 48 marks. For those who complete it in 5 minutes and 30 seconds or less, are taken in Group 1 and allotted 60 marks.

The Biggest Mistake

Aspirants preparing for this test run for hours trying to increase their stamina. This is an absolute waste of time. There is a simple principle called 'specificity' in exercise science- if you want to get good at 'something' like long jump, do that 'thing' instead of ballet dancing.  

Passing a 1600 meter run in minimum time is not merely about stamina, it also requires speed and strength. Thus, you need to train accordingly and enhance all those three capabilities. 

The following training plan will help you to cover 1600M in minimum time and secure you in Group 1 with 60 marks:  

Workout 1: Run 1600 M In Minimum Time 

Measure 400M distance and cover its 4 rounds with minimum time. If on the first day it takes you 7 minutes to cover this distance, aim for 6 minutes and 45 seconds the next day and gradually, come down to 5 minutes and 30 seconds and under.

Workout 2: 100 M Sprints Maximum Laps 

Measure 100M distance and sprint as fast as possible. Then walk back slowly, settling your breath and sprint again. Repeat this continuously for 10 minutes. Your goal should be to cover maximum laps in 10 minutes. If on the first day you could do 5 laps in 10 minutes, aim for 6 the next time. Try beating your previous best with each training session.

The Ultimate Guide On How To Clear The Indian Army's 1600 Meter Running Test© Quora

Workout 3: Full Body High-Intensity Training

This workout is for strengthening your muscles to run 1600 M as fast as possible.

Start with 10 Burpees, followed by 10 Jump Squats, followed by 10 Box Jumps and at last, 10 Body Weight Lunges (each leg). Rest 5 minutes after this and repeat this cycles four more times.

Needless to say, you are not supposed to perform all these workouts in one day itself, as it will simply burn you out. Here is how you have to arrange your training.

Day 1 Run 1600 M in minimum time

Day 2 Run 100 M sprints maximum laps

Day 3 Rest

Day 4 Run 1600 M in minimum time

Day 5 Full body high-intensity training

Day 6 Rest

Day 7 Repeat Cycle

Important: Rest is a crucial part of this training for boosting recovery. Perform all workouts only once per day for the initial four weeks. From the fifth week onwards, perform all workouts twice per day (morning & evening).

Best of luck! 

Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder.  He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily.  Connect with him on YouTubeYashSharmaFitness@gmail.comFacebook and Instagram.

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The wearables space, which started out as humble pedometers for step counting, has developed into activity trackers which are incredibly powerful when it comes to keeping track of your movements and health. Now, while fitness bands are increasingly gaining popularity, smartwatches to have started getting mainstream. 

A smartwatch is defined as a wearable that can run third-party apps. Usually, they are connected to your mobile phone for data access and many even come with onboard LTE support. With so many options available, it gets difficult to choose one, we've made a list of top wearables of 2018 that will come handy to every type of user. 

1. Apple Watch

The Best Wearables That'll Ensure You Remain Fit And Stylish© Apple

Apple Watch is the most popular wearable device today, thanks to its near-perfect capabilities. While all other smartwatches belong to a niche, the Apple Watch stands right in the middle. In terms of design, it is a fashion accessory, while performance wise it's capable of making calls independent of your phone. 

The Series 4 comes in two new sizes-- 40mm and 44mm; the latter is available as an LTE (cellular) variant as well. It is powered by a new S4 chipset that Apple claims is two times faster. What's even more exciting is the watch has an improved gyroscope and accelerometer that can now predict if the person wearing it is falling. In case a fall is detected and no movement is recorded on the watch for one minute, it will automatically send out an SOS message. 

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2. Samsung Galaxy Gear Sport

The Best Wearables That'll Ensure You Remain Fit And Stylish© ZDNET

The Gear Sport is focused on one thing: intensive tracking. It comes with a varied selection of activity modes that will guide you through the motions as it measures your heart rate. It has a water-resistant rating of 5ATM or 50 meters and can be used while swimming along with tracking apps like Speedo. 

On the front is a 1.2-inch AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass protection and the battery is capable of getting you through two days on moderate usage. You can also add a host of third-party apps to further improve the experience. Samsung Pay is also supported on the watch but requires you to have a Samsung phone as well. 

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3. Amazfit Stratos

The Best Wearables That'll Ensure You Remain Fit And Stylish© Amazon

It is an affordable offering from Huami wherein Xiaomi is a leading investor. The watch tracks walking, running, cycling, triathlon, swimming, elliptical, mountaineering, trail running, tennis, soccer, and skiing. It comes with built-in GPS and GLONASS support. 

It sports a 1.34-inch always-on circular LCD panel display with 320×300 pixels of resolution and 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla protection. Under the hood, the smartwatch is powered by 1.2GHz dual-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal storage. It gives an average battery life of 5 days and up to 20 hours in GPS mode. 

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4. Fitbit Versa

The Best Wearables That'll Ensure You Remain Fit And Stylish© ARS Technica

The Versa is among the first few smartwatches from Fitbit and carries the legacy of crowdfunded project Pebble. While Fitbit usually focuses on fitness, the Versa takes it a step further with support for extensive third-party apps and watch faces. The design is simple and elegant while practical usability is top-notch. 

It sports a 1.34-inch OLED display and comes with a 5-day battery life. In fact, the Versa is the first Fitbit product to have special "Female health tracking". Users can log their menstrual cycle start and end dates, as well as symptoms like headaches, acne, and cramps.

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5. Mi Band 3

The Best Wearables That'll Ensure You Remain Fit And Stylish© WikiMedia

While all other selections so far have been smartwatches, the only fitness band to make the cut is the Mi Band 3. Xiaomi's fitness bands have been top-selling since their debut thanks to an inexpensive price and value-added features. 

The Mi Band 3 has a 0.78-inch display that is easily visible in direct sunlight. It can track your steps, distance, and also includes a heart rate sensor. Due to its small display size and limited capabilities, it can last more than 15 days on a single charge. It can also notify you about oncoming notifications from your phone. 

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6. GOQii Vital 

The Best Wearables That'll Ensure You Remain Fit And Stylish© Digit

GOQii has a more inclusive ecosystem for fitness enthusiasts that includes a health locker, health store, as well as direct consultation with a coach. Purchasing the band gives you 3 months of personal coaching via the platform. 

It has a colour OLED display and 5 days of active battery life. The GOQii platform features are additional, the band is still capable of usual activity tracking, exercise mode, notification support, and heart rate sensor. 

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It seems as if Virat Kohli is still hungover from his big fat Punjabi wedding or maybe he's gearing up for the wedding season back home, but he's definitely not shy to show us his dance moves, a fact proven on day 3 of the opening test at the Adelaide Oval. 

India bowled Australia out for 235 runs, which clearly, in turn, put Kohli in a severely good move. 

He was seen doing a little 'jig', while fielding, as India was on a 15-run lead in the first innings, before the rain affected the match throughout the day.

Ind vs Aus Test: Indian Captain Virat Kohli Shows Off His Dance Moves While Fielding At Adelaide(c)Twitter

Earlier on day 2, the Indian skipper was all geared up after the Aussie batting line-up came under attack by India, but the third day beat the second as he showed off his excellent dance moves out of sheer excitement!

 

Virat's loving it... #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/JV0lxo4Aen

— cricket.com.au(@cricketcomau) 8 December 2018

 

The unpredictability of the weather delayed the game by 45 minutes in the morning but that didn't deter the spirit of the Indian team, especially that of Kohli's!

Ind vs Aus Test: Indian Captain Virat Kohli Shows Off His Dance Moves While Fielding At Adelaide(c)Twitter

The innings have been quite satisfactory for the Indian team so far, after setting a score of 250, Indian pacer Ishant Sharma dismissed opener, Aaron Finch, for a duck, followed by spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picking up 3 important wickets, dismissing Marcus Harris, Usman Khwaja and Shaun Marsh. 

But Kohli still stole the show for us with his epic on-field dance moves. No wonder Anushka seems happier by day, as it looks like he is clearly keeping her entertained!

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Here's something equally hilarious and sad for all the Avengers fans out there. The Avengers have a new enemy and this time it's not Thanos, it's Deadpool! 

Yes, you read that right. In what seems to be a disappointing yet funny account of hacking done right, the 'Avengers: Endgame' URL redirects the users to the 20th Century Fox's website for 'Once Upon A Deadpool', the upcoming re-release of 'Deadpool 2'.

'Avengers: Endgame' URL Redirects Fans To 'Once Upon A Deadpool' Page & We're So Lost & Confused(c)Twitter

Just hours after Marvel announced the first trailer of 'Avengers: Endgame', fans rushed to the website to check out more information on the movie, only be taken to Fox's 'Once Upon A Deadpool' website.

The entire development is clearly a daredevil prank played by someone to mess around with the fans who were waiting for months in anticipation for the trailer of Endgame to come out.

'Avengers: Endgame' URL Redirects Fans To 'Once Upon A Deadpool' Page & We're So Lost & Confused(c)Walt Disney Studios

Needless to say, fans are still going helter-skelter trying to make the best of a bad situation by watching the newly released trailer a gazillion times just to figure out what is the most probable thing to happen in the movie. 

Currently, though it's unclear who is behind the URL redirect but shortly after the trailer came out, a Twitter account with the handle @AGuyintChair tweeted that he owned the domain and he was asking for a pair of tickets in exchange for giving up on the prank! Talk about a fair barter, eh?

 

I own https://t.co/sQcc4R3sCq and https://t.co/spo7Bift9L. But I don't want them. I want to trade them for tickets to the #AvengersEndgame premiere in LA. A guy can dream, can't he?

— Guy Inchair (@AGuyInChair) 7 December 2018

 

According to the records, the domain name was registered on Aril 27, the same day 'Avengers: Infinity War' released in theatres. Seems like this man has really thought this through to mess with the promotion of the film and earn himself some fame instead. 

We're still sceptical about why this URL was created in the first place since the Avengers and Deadpool belong to two separate entities. One is part of the MCU while the other is from Fox's X: Men Universe. So, is there really a connection for the prankster to try and connect the dots on purpose here? Or is he just baiting for free tickets? Maybe the two studios are trying to enhance some sort of cross-promotion for both the releases and they really don't want to say it out loud. Who knows, right?

'Avengers: Endgame' URL Redirects Fans To 'Once Upon A Deadpool' Page & We're So Lost & Confused(c)Walt Disney Studios

We all know that Disney is in the process of acquiring 21st Century Fox, which obviously has the rights to Deadpool and other X-Men characters. To probably make the transition smoother, it looks like the promotion for Deadpool has started out with a bang and how. 

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds made a bunch of jokes on the same and said "Time to uncork that explosive sexual tension between Deadpool and Mickey Mouse."  to a popular publication.

'Avengers: Endgame' URL Redirects Fans To 'Once Upon A Deadpool' Page & We're So Lost & Confused(c)20th Century Fox

Who is to know why this redirection came through. For now, we can just try and connect the dots and find different variables describing the so-called 'prank' better. 

All we know is 'Once Upon A Deadpool' releases on December 12, 2018, while 'Avengers: Endgame' releases April 26, 2019.

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You go to the gym and tell the trainer that you want to get in shape. Maybe even get lean or ripped.  They will say that you need to go on a diet. This part is correct. But the misery they put you through is one of the worst things that can happen to anyone.

These things are: 

1. A boiled food diet. Your taste buds will die a slow death. All you get to eat are foods like boiled chicken, steamed fish, oats, etc. You justify it by saying you eat food for function and not for taste. You also find stupid fitness quotes like 'No pain, No gain' motivating and relatable to your situation. 

2. A ketogenic diet. The new blue-eyed baby of schmucks who say deluded stuff like 'I train your trainer.' Essentially, carbs are the reason two world wars happened, cancer happened, and the reason humans cannot fly. Carbs are the reason for all things wrong with the world. You must avoid it.

Basically, these schools of thought are plain idiotic. You do not need to swing to any extremes if you want to get lean or shredded.

Here are five things you should do instead:

1. Count Your Calories

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The laws of thermodynamics dictate a change in your body weight. You eat more calories than you expend, you gain weight. You eat fewer calories than you expend and you lose weight.

It all comes down to this.

Any dietary pattern that you follow, any macro ratio you eat, whether you eat high carbs or high fat, in the end, it doesn't even matter if it does not put you in a caloric deficit.

2. Eat More Protein

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Protein or amino acids are the building blocks of your muscle tissue. If you want more muscle, you need higher rates of muscle protein synthesis.

Muscle protein synthesis is the process through which your body synthesizes more muscle tissue.

Target anywhere between 1.8 to 2.2 grams of protein per kilo of your body weight.

3. Eat Your Fruits And Vegetables

Your mom used to tell you this as a kid. Eat your greens and fruits. You did not back then. You don't even now.

Fruits and veggies will ensure you are eating enough fiber for the day. It will keep you full, help you have good gut health, and provide you with micronutrients like vitamins and minerals.

There is no downside to it.

4. Embrace Flexible Dieting

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Flexible dieting, simply put, is a mindset.

A mindset that helps you see food as it is, nutritious and helps you towards your goals or non-nutritious and takes you further away from your goal. You stop seeing food as good or bad. You do not swing into diet days and cheat days which is more harmful. Read this piece. You eat highly nutritious food most of the time with a little less nutritious food sometimes that helps you stay on track.

5. Stop Believing That You Need A Lot Of Supplements

If you go to buy a supplement for a particular goal today, the industry has developed so much stupid stuff that they can sell you one for anything.

A majority of these supplements are often useless.

Supplements that can be beneficial for everyone are whey protein, caffeine, and creatine monohydrate.

That's it.

No BCAAs, no fat burners, etc.

Read this for more info on this.

Start doing these things in 2019 and get in shape. Not waste another year spinning your wheels.

Author bio:

Pratik Thakkar is the co-founder and director of GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness company and the founder of Mars Nutrition, a nutrition supplement company. Both his companies are geared towards providing you the right information and products without any false or fake claims. You can reach out to him at pratik@getsetgo.fitness and follow him on Instagram.

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We are at the end of 2018, where all laptop manufacturers put their best foot forward to give us a complete portable experience and try to become as our only workstations. We saw classics like the MacBook Air make a return, and others make gaming laptops with no holds barred. Here are the best laptops of 2018, which deserve your attention.

1. Apple MacBook Pro

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No laptop roundup would be complete without a MacBook. You get a very well optimized software to take advantage of the equally capable hardware inside. You also get a touchbar above the keyboard for additional functionality at all times. Professionals will love the fact that the Macbook has 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, so you can add a bunch of extra accessories, external displays and charge via each of them.

The 2018 MacBook Pro 15 is powered by the Intel Core i7-8750H processor, with 16GB of RAM and Radeon Pro 555X graphics with 4GB of RAM. You get a 15.4-inch display in a package that weighs 1.8 kgs.

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2. Dell XPS 13

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The XPS 13 and 15 were the first laptops to sport a bezel-less display, like what we see on smartphones. The 2018 upgrade continues the beautiful compact design, with an upgraded processor, faster PCIe storage, yet weighs just 1.2 kgs. One of the most compact laptops around, with those specs, and a must have for professionals who need to carry their computer around.

It is powered by a dual-core Intel Core i7, up to 16GB of RAM, integrated graphics and a screen of 13.3-inches in the footprint of a smaller laptop.

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3. HP Spectre x360

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If any of these laptops didn't pique your interest yet design-wise, then the HP Spectre x360 might just do. A part of HP's new professional series of thin and light laptops, the x360 has a classy black and gold metal design, and a 360-degree hinge and support for the HP Active Pen. You get a couple of USB Type-C ports with another full-sized USB port, with a quoted battery life of over 10 hours.

The HP Spectre x360 is powered by an 8th gen i5 processor, 8GB RAM and Intel UHD 660 graphics.The display is a 13.3-inch touchscreen.

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4. Huawei Matebook X Pro

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The Huawei Matebook X Pro has a staggering 91% screen-to-body ratio, in an all metal construction and yet houses powerful components and dedicated graphics to keep you going. The display is a touchscreen panel with a 3K resolution. the webcam is hidden under the keyboard, for added privacy. You are paying for the design here, and the Matebook X Pro is definitely an eye-catcher.

You get an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, paired with 16 gigs of RAM and Nvidia MX150 graphics. The display is a sharp 13.9-inch panel, and the chassis also houses 2 USB Type-C ports, with a full sized USB port. A dongle is included in the package for additional display ports.

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5. ASUS Zenbook Pro 17

ASUS Zenbook Pro 17© ASUS

For those who need raw performance, without looking too good, this one is for you. The ASUS Vivobook Pro has a big Full HD screen, a ton of ports and dedicated graphics. A well rounded device for those who are looking for a desktop replacement. 

You get an Intel i7-8550U chipset with 16 gigs of Memory, Nvidia GeForce GTX1050 graphics and 1TB HDD with a 256GB SSD for optimum speed. It is a little heavy, at 2 kgs, but should serve the purpose for someone ;looking for a big display.

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6. ROG Zephyrus M

ROG Zephyrus M© CNET

ROG is ASUS's gaming sub-brand, and the Zephyrus M is one of their best laptops this year. It looks like a gaming laptop through and through, with red and black accents, RGB logo and a unique air ventilation system under the keyboard which also raises the keyboard for a better typing experience. The battery life is a little worse than expected, and the complete laptop is definitely bulky, but so are most other gaming laptops.

The ROG Zephyrus M is powered by an 8th generation Intel Core i7 with 16GB of RAM, and a powerful Nvidia GTX1060 graphics card. The display is a 15.6-inch panel with a refresh rate of 144Hz.

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7. Acer Aspire V15 Nitro

Acer Aspire V15 Nitro© Acer

If you are looking for a gaming laptop without breaking the bank, the Acer Nitro is what you need. It is not the prettiest design, but the performance capabilities will leave you amazed. It is also fairly bulky at 2.7kgs.

This is one of the cheaper laptops with an i7 processor, with 8 gigs of RAM, an Nvidia GTX 1050Ti graphic card and 1TB of storage. 

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8. Lenovo Ideapad 330S

Lenovo Ideapad 330S© CNET

Lastly, the Lenovo Ideapad 330S is for those who do not need the most powerful specs, but something that still looks well designed. It has a bezel-less display, a thin and light construction and a good port selection with USB Type A, type C and an SD card reader.

Internally, this laptop is powered by the AMD A9 processor, with 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive for storage. With a 14-inch display, it tips the scale a comfortable 1.4kgs.

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The YouTube spiral is a very real thing. The search for that one idiotic video that made you laugh 6 years ago can suddenly turn into an 8-hour spiral into the endless void of every celebrity conspiracy video the world has to offer.

“I came here to watch a Photoshop tutorial, how the f**k did I end up on a 12 min video of '5 Reasons Avril Lavigne is actually a clone' and also why is it 4 am?!” - you may think to yourself.

It's a slippery slope and the human brain has pretty much no limit when it comes to how much information (useless or otherwise) it can be subjected to.

However, in the interest of public service, we would like to share with you some YouTube channels that aren't a waste of time and at the very least, could help you sound super smart at the next social gathering you happen to be attending. From science to film to music to pop culture, we've got you covered.

Here's hoping that your next spiral is a beneficial one.

Pop Culture:

1.  WiseCrack - You may have already heard of this one, but it's a great place to start. With some of the best hosts, editing and perspectives available on the web, WiseCrack has the ability to take even the most accessible and widely loved shows, movies etc and break them down and talk about them like a research paper. From 'The Philosophy of..' to 'Thug Notes' and my personal favourite 'Earthling Cinema', WiseCrack has something for everybody and it's no wonder they're approaching 3 million subscribers.

2.  NerdWriter - Nerdwriter is the brainchild of (in my opinion) super genius Evan Puschak. As 'The Nerdwriter' Evan crafts beautiful, informative and eye-opening video essays, where he dissects and explores the deeper philosophical, conceptual and historical significance of everything from TV Shows, Stand Up Comedy, Painting, Poetry, Pop Music, Fidget Spinners and everything in between. 

Each episode is made with care and the utmost respect for the subject matter being talked about, and the editing is seriously out of the world. Check this one out and get enlightened. 

Science & History:  

1. Vsauce - Founded by ex-Googler Michael Stevens in 2007, Vsauce is your one-stop shop to 1. Learn something new and impressively scientific 2. Listen to great background music and 3. Get your f**king mind blown. Vsauce and its impressive hosts create mind-bending content that begins with a basic almost rhetorical questions and then leads you down a rabbit hole of quantum physics, human psychology, fantastical history lessons and super well-made graphics to completely disrupt everything you thought you knew about science you took for granted. 

2. Crash Course World History - Now, Crash Course is basically a university and you can pick and choose the courses you want, but Crash Course World History is especially essential; one, because it is hosted by John Green ( I mean, come on) and two, it is easy to understand, well paced and the animations are like a world within themselves ( I wish I dreamt in Thought Bubble™ ). Over the course of 42 episodes, John Green traces humanity from the Stone Age to the iPhone and doesn't miss a single step. It is unbiased, untarnished and thoroughly entertaining.

Film & Music:

1. Every Frame a Painting - You may not have heard of this channel as they officially called it quits late last year. However, I would highly recommend going through their back catalogue of beautifully put-together and artistically rich video essays, where they talk about film language, director styles, film history and pretty much everything related to the art of cinema. From the mainstream to the art house, EFaP provides a highly informed perspective that will at the very least help you appear more informed at the next “artsy” house party you attend. 

2. The Needle Drop - Last but not the least, I would not be able to finish this list without talking about one of my personal favourite YouTube channels - The Needle Drop. As a music nerd (read: snob) I have to give props to the “Internet's Busiest Music Nerd” Mr. Anthony Fantano. 

Not only does he shed light on lesser-known albums and artists through his album reviews, but also offers a super unique yet highly relatable perspective. Besides reviews, Fantano also covers the bigger questions and talks about issues in the music industry via his channel - Fantano (which I also highly recommend). 

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Classics are fabulous—be it novels, movies, music, food or any other entity. Who doesn't like the classic “Rajma Chawal” or “Maacher Jhol-Bhaat” or a rendition of Mohammad Rafi songs? The nostalgia and charm attached to them give a warmth to the soul. Their timeless appeal is inescapable and the simplicity with which they come is heart-warming.

In the library (read the heart) of a book lover (or a hoarder for that matter), classic novels hold a special place, they take you back to a time (mostly the turn of the century) when matters were uncomplicated and manners were important; a simpler time. Gallant gentlemen, beautiful damsels and all the charm in the world. Oh, nothing can compare to joy of reading and getting lost in the wonderful world created.

Like Caroline Bingley (Pride and Prejudice) says:

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

Here are the top ten English Classics which every book lover must possess:

1. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen):

“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.”

English Classics That Should Be In Every Book Lover's Library© Amazon

A staple in every novel connoisseur's library, Jane Austen's famed novel is an epic masterclass in love and the struggle one must endure in order to find a worthy partner. The novel that makes even the best of men to pale in comparison to Mr. Darcy, in the eyes of any woman/man.

Focusing on the five Bennet sisters, whose mother is hell bent on marrying them off to wealthy gentlemen (because what else is there to life, right?); her plan is set into motion when Mr. Bingley moves into the neighborhood. What follows is a cornucopia of verbal altercations, fancy balls, affairs, elopement and finally love.

The threshold for a romance hero, the handsome and mysterious Mr. Darcy and the feisty firebrand, Elizabeth Bennet star in this epic novel laced with emotions. The novel questions the archaic social constructs and your thoughts: is love more important than your pride and prejudice?

One of Jane's first feminist heroines, Elizabeth Bennet doesn't believe that marriage is essential for the sustenance of a woman's life (and rightly so) and has high ideals for a perfect mate. 

Mr. Darcy on the other hand, is a man of the old world, and doesn't believe in the foolish notions of love leading to a continuous struggle between their ideas and fascination with each other.

An eternal story of love, romance and the adage of “opposites attract”, this novel is a must-have and must-read for every romantic ever.

P.S.: Whoever tells you that men shouldn't read Jane Austen, please hit them with the same novel.

USP: Elizabeth Bennet is one of the most entertaining characters to have been ever written. Mr. Darcy is the epitome of the perfect guy (and most probably your girlfriend's idea of the ideal boyfriend).

2. Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë):

“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”

English Classics That Should Be In Every Book Lover's Library© Pinterest

The doomed romance of a man who becomes a (metaphorical) monster, pining for the love of the woman he can't have, Wuthering Heights is a delight to read.

With its supernatural, goth themes and forbidden romance, this story will make your heart weep for the two leads; surly Heathcliff and the sultry Catherine Earnshaw. Emily Brontë's celebrated novel follows the story of two star-crossed lovers, who grow up together but can't marry because the society wouldn't approve.

Emily Brontë brings to life the emotions of a wronged man, his agony and despair over his life and the choices he makes, is a case study in the human psyche and morality. The heroine, unlike other heroines of other novels, is not a goody-two shoes and is a manipulative woman who doesn't care about what stands in her way and stands up to the social injustice meted out because of her gender yet is unsure about her choices.

Charting the lives of the leads from their childhood to their eventual doom, and the effect it has on their posterity, the novel touches upon the dark side of love.

The novel features an anti-hero and anti-heroine, they are not your quintessential characters; they are flawed and make mistakes, wherein lies the beauty of the novel. Inspired by Emily's own personal struggles, this novel is one of the best romantic novels of all time, a departure from archaic Victorian novels of that age.

USP: The thrilling and ominous tone of the novel will make you feel that you are reading a suspense. Heathcliff is the most relatable character, you need to read it to know it.

3. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy):

“If you look for perfection, you'll never be content.”

English Classics That Should Be In Every Book Lover's Library© Penguin Classics

Don't we all just want to be loved?

Leo Tolstoy's epic drama about a woman in 19th century Russia, we follow Anna in her struggle to fit into society, trying to maintain her stature and achieve her dream of a perfect life. The realist fiction novel has all the classic elements: affairs, societal pressure, infidelity, social classism, grand balls, family and religion.

Spread over eight parts, segregated into two volumes, it focuses on Countess Anna whose scandalous affair with a cavalry officer, Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky, has made her the stock for gossip around Saint Petersburg.

After a socially unsuccessful flee to Italy with her lover, to get away from her tarnished reputation and have her only hope for happiness, but returns with Vronsky to Saint Petersburg, only to be shunned by society and becoming increasingly jealous and paranoid about her lover. Eventually, she sets out on a path of self-destruction to find what she what thought was once love.

A parallel story runs with Konstantin "Kostya" Dmitrievich Lëvin, fashioned on Leo Tolstoy himself, who shares the same social circles as Anna and is struggling with his own love life and religious sentiments. Shunned by his object of desire, Kitty, in favor of Vronsky, Levin further falls into the cynical trap of helplessness.

Tolstoy's heroine is beautiful and smart, but her greatest quality is that she is human, like any of us. Without falling into a troupe of larger-than-life heroines, she manages to engage the reader throughout. The same can be said about Vronsky, but his nonchalance can become irritating after a time.

USP: Trains seems to be a recurring theme in the novel, most of the important scenes happen on the trains or on the platforms; an allegory to the strength of communication but also the depth of the distance between lovers.

4. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë):

“If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.”

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The Bronte Sisters changed English literature with their novels forever; it is a shame that they never got to live enough to see their work being appreciated.

Jane Eyre is a beloved classic centering on an orphan girl, Jane who is unloved and uncared for all her life and her journey to finding herself and the strength within.

Narrated by Jane, the novel charts her journey starting at age ten, left in the care of her unfeeling aunt who prefers her to be gone and demeans her every chance she gets. Friendless but strong, Jane is sent away to a boarding school, Lowood which changes her outlook towards life and finally finds a purpose. She befriends Helen Burns who awakens her philosophical side.

Thereupon, the novel shifts to an older Jane, who becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall and eventually falls in love with Mr. Rochester, her employer who seems perfect. The rest of the novel deals with the aftermath of her love and the trials and tribulations has has to face in lieu of the things she deserves.

Jane Eyre is a strong female character, used as a question by Charlotte on the archaic principles set by society. She is shown as a woman with a personality; though she might look frail, her mind is made of steel, constantly challenging themes such as sexuality and religion. The novel poignantly touches topics which people prefer to ignore.

5. 1984 (George Orwell):

“War is peace.

Freedom is slavery.

Ignorance is strength.”

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George Orwell's dystopian, sci-fi, political novel is a much loved and revered English Classic. Playing on themes of modern science and technological advancements, this novel is the perfect example of fore-shadowing by an author way ahead of his time, portraying the perils of a totalitarian world. The elements and themes of the novel are exemplary; be it the division of the world in super-states and the division of the classes and the ministries which enforce the rules and the unseen, omnipresent leader of Oceania, Big Brother.

With its futuristic setting, it follows a world which has been torn apart by atomic wars and conflict and stripped down to three totalitarian zones: Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia. 

Set in 1984, it follows middle class Outer Party member, Winston Smith who lives in Airstrip One (fictional Britain) and works at the Ministry of Truth, which works to rewrite history according its terms. Anyone who falls in the Party's bad books disappears. Everyone is constantly monitored by the Think Police using double-sided screens.

Sexually and mentally frustrated with his life, Winston thinks of rebelling against the Party and become a “thoughtcriminal” and starts a forbidden affair with Julia, which only makes matters worse. What follows is a manic ride of suspense and intrigue.

The novel features a highly developed system to track people who think and don't conform to the ideas of their state. “Newspeak” is used as a medium to limit the thinking of a person, with limited vocabulary and restricted grammar, it is a satire on the freedom of speech. What is mind-blowing about the novel is the thought process behind the different concepts employed, which are seeing the light of the day in today's era. “Doublethink” featuring in the novel is the ability to hold two completely contradictory thoughts simultaneously while believing both to be true; imagine that.

USP: The novel is an allegory of the degradation of human thinking and values and the falling standards of life and the political machinations that play a role in it. It is astonishing that a book published in 1948 is still relevant.

6. War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy):

“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”

English Classics That Should Be In Every Book Lover's Library© Penguin Classics

Another Leo Tolstoy magnum opus, the novel deals with the revolution in Russia and the conflict between France and Russia during the reign of Napoleon.

The focus is given on five aristocratic families: the Bezukhovs, the Bolkonskys, the Rostovs, the Kuragins and the Drubetskoys, and how they strive to maintain their status in a war-ridden Russia.

The intertwining and intermingling of the families set the tone of the novel.

Though war plays a significant subplot, the main emphasis is given on the result of actions of individuals and their experience. The 19th century backdrop with an impending war makes this an intriguing read.

Count Pyotr Kirillovich ("Pierre" Bezukhov) is the main character and is a manifestation of Tolstoy's own ideas and beliefs, an alter-ego of himself. Socially inept and illegitimate, his fortune makes him desirable in society though he strives to become more successful in his social skills and tries to mature as a person.

A study of the political implications on personal life, this novel is regarded as one of the greatest novels of all time. Inspired by real-life characters and incidents with Napoleon and Prince Mikhail Kutuzov featuring in it, this epic is a gigantic mixture of intellectual writing with

Tolstoy's heroines make the most significant impacts in the novel and the readers, especially Natasha Rostova who epitomizes grace, intelligence and though not classically beautiful (as mentioned in the novel) is vivacious and puts most of the story in action.

USP: The novel is a great history lesson, with its realist themes and an equally divine prose by Leo Tolstoy, the vulnerability of the characters makes them more endearing; a critique of the 19th Century history, if you will.

7. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott):

“I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.”

English Classics That Should Be In Every Book Lover's Library© Vintage Classics

Set in the Civil War Era, Little Women focuses on the four sisters of the March family residing in Massachusetts, headed by the matriarch Margaret “Marmee” March. With their father off at war, the sisters; Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, must strive to fulfill his aspirations for them and fulfill their own dreams.

With family as a main theme, this novel written by Louisa May Alcott was a stupendous success when published and was loved by the masses.

The novel, written in two volumes, follows the March sisters as they mature from young adolescents to mature women, each with their own charisma, intelligence and perception of the world.

When tragedy strikes the March household, each girl learns something from the loss they have suffered.

They befriend the neighbor boy, Lawrence (Laurie) who is their second male acquaintance after their father, who introduces them to various adventures. Jo is the character who shines in the novel, be it her adherence to her principles or her love for her family.

The characters are extremely well-written and grow throughout the novel; 

Meg, with her dreamy outlook and her penchant for good things and her eventual disillusionment, Josephine, the tomboy and rash second-eldest daughter with a love for books and writing,

Beth, the good-natured, musically-inclined, shy person who is loved by all and

Amy, the youngest and the spoilt one who is obsessed with her looks and is an artist.

A sweet tale about friendship, love, family and most importantly one's uniqueness, this novel will surely make you cry and laugh and the characters will remain with you long after you have turned the last page.

USP: The witty writing and the beautiful, eloquent prose is a reason why you should have this novel. It will change your outlook towards life and make you realize the way we take some things for granted.

8. Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy):

“A strong woman who recklessly throws away her strength, she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.”

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Thomas Hardy's scandalous novel features Tess, a young, country girl whose life gets entwined with the rich and powerful D'Urbervilles. In the hopes of a better life and constant pressure from her family to use her beauty to her advantage, she falls prey to circumstance and ends up losing her spirit, helped by the notorious Alec D'Urberville.

Furthermore, she reinvents herself, falls in love and starts life anew but unbeknownst to her, her past catches up with her. How she faces her hardships is what sets the tone for the rest of the novel.

Initially censored because of its sexual themes and the non-adherence to classical Victorian novels, the novel has now garnered praise and is considered a classic. 

With motifs of modernism, Hardy explores the underlying prejudice of the rich and how their influence on the lower classes changed the class system in England. Set in 1870s, during the Long Depression, the novel focuses on the way the poor were misled and how the minds of people can be changed by a few flattering words, apparent in the episode of the Parson telling Tess's father that he is related to the D'Urbervilles which sets in motion the eventual ruin of Tess. The continuous struggle between the poor and rich is the main theme, seen from the eyes of a woman, whose desires and beauty lead her to her doom.

Divided in seven phases, Tess's life starts from that of a maiden to a future she never had dreamt.

USP: The language of the novel and the character development is exceptional.

9. Middlemarch (George Eliot):

“And, of course men know best about everything, except what women know better.”

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George Eliot's historical novel is a tale of an intelligent woman who believes in the service of others and that a good deed never remains unnoticed.

Set in the fictitious Middlemarch in the late 1820's we find ourselves focusing on Eliot's idealist heroine, Dorothea Brooke, beautiful and intelligent with high aspirations and who wants to make a difference in the society starting by actively renovating buildings for farmers. She marries an elderly gentleman, Rev. Edward Casaubon, in the same hopes and to help him in his research but ends up being disappointed when her husband turns out to be completely different from her imaginings. She then starts anew on her ideas on her own but is looked down upon by the society, further fueled by her close friendship with Will Ladislaw.

The novel also features other subplots pertaining to an intelligent but unsuccessful doctor Tertius Lydgate whose ideals are questioned when he tries to woo his eventual wife, the mayor's vain and shallow daughter, Rosamond Vincy. His quest entraps him in a difficult predicament which he had not foreseen.

Both Dorothea and Tertius are born in the wrong century; seen as pedants by their peers, they let their wrong decisions and egos come to the fore in the journey of fulfilling their ideals.

USP: George Eliot's shrewd understanding of the society makes this novel a compelling read. Her story differs from her contemporary novelists and this is where she stands out.

10. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury):

“If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn.”

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Imagine a world with no books. Dreary, isn't it?

Published in 1953, another dystopian novel showing a rapidly deteriorating world, the plot follows Guy Montag, a fireman whose job is to burn books (the title being the temperature at which paper burns). Books are frowned upon by the current society and it is the job of these firemen to purge the society of books. Entertainment comes from parlor-walls (flat-screen TVs) and other sources like movies and comics. It is only books which are being erased while magazines (sex, lifestyle and decor) and other media forms thrive.

Guy Montag has a change of heart when he meets his new neighbor, teenaged Clarisse, a forward-thinking and progressive girl who changes his perception of books and his life. When he tries to incorporate the same with his television and drug-obsessed wife, his life changes for the worse. His attempt to change the society comes with a terrible price, a fact he hadn't anticipated.

A horde of elements feature in the novel: a Hound that sniffs out books and helps the firemen to destroy books, a boss who sees no evil in the destruction of books. It lays bare the society's fixation on easily available entertainment and the fact that people do not want to use their brains or provide nourishment to their mind leading to narrow-minded thinking and a shallow society.

USP: The ingenious imagination of the author shines through the novel. It is a must-read because of its avant-garde plot, inspired by Bradbury's own experiences.

So, have you read these? If not, go and buy these and make your personal library a little more beautiful.

Happy Reading! :D

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It's that time of the year again. The time when we take an imaginary oath to redefine our lives and change for good. The time when we promise ourselves that from now onwards we'll adopt good habits and drop the bad ones. The time when we make a promise to become a better person and post it with a dumb hashtag like #NewYearNewMe.

But unfortunately, this passion and enthusiasm don't last for long. And by the end of the first month, we're back to being us.

This is because we set too high a goal. From being a couch potato on 31st December it is really unfair to expect from ourselves to become Ranveer Sign in the gym on 1st of January.

These drastic resolutions would never be possible. Instead, we should take step by step approach and work our way to become a better person. Following are five such resolutions which are practical and you can stick to it:

1. Exercising Everyday

There's no need to take a 6-month gym membership on 1st of January. Start slowly.

Promise yourself that you will do light exercises every day. It can be a stretching exercise and a brisk walk, or yoga, or in-house cardio. Once you get in the rhythm and start enjoying it, only then go and apply for that gym membership. Gradually convincing your body and mind is an easier and better way to adopt the change.

2. Saving A Little Every Month

There's no need to promise yourself that you'll save for a Euro trip in the next four months. That's not going to happen, especially if you're the kind whose account gets empty by the end of the month.

Instead, open a separate account and promise yourself not to touch it. Each month, as soon as your salary gets credited, put 20% of it in that account. Manage your expenses in the remaining salary. Save first, spend later should be your resolution.

3. Being Happy In Your Own Skin

We all have our heroes and people we envy. Almost all of us have that someone with whom we would love to trade our life completely. It could be because of their looks, their career, their relationship, or could be anything which we think we're lacking at.

But we forget that we have only seen the beautiful side of their life and not their struggles. This year, promise yourself that you would be happy with what you have and work hard to achieve what you want. Enough of the pretentious life! Be happy, love yourself, and flaunt it!

4. Exploring New Places, Alone

You don't have to put a trip to Amsterdam in your resolution. Start with a nearby place which you haven't seen. Plan a solo trip. That would be one of the best experiences of your life. It would evolve you, mentally and emotionally. 

It's easy to have fun in the company of our friends. But if you learn to enjoy your own company, if you learn to enjoy the solitude in a constructive way, you would become a more responsible, calm, and happy person. 

5. Time Management

Last but not least. Learn to manage your time well, and stick to your schedule. Give time to everything; exercise, meals, work, hobbies, partner, parents, and most importantly, yourself. 

It's not impossible to have all these in 24 hours. Make a schedule and follow it rigorously to make your life better. 

These were some pretty doable resolutions which are not at all hard to follow and would benefit you in a big way. Ready to evolve in 2019?

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If we have to jot down a list of the greatest films that have ever been made, we won't be able to ignore the glory of 'The Shawshank Redemption' in any case.

While, IMDb has still got the film as the reigning queen in the top rated 250 movies, we need our readers to know one striking fact about the film that has simply been ignored by the world. 

Though this is the one movie that always remains a movie buff's/ critic's special, let us tell you that 'The Shawshank Redemption' is in many ways inspired by the 1979 film 'Escape From Alcatraz', starring Clint Eastwood.

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In this article, we will explore how over the years, comparisons have been drawn between the two films and what's so peculiar about 'The Shawshank Redemption' that makes it stand out.

The Actors

If we have to figure out who did a greater job in the two films, it will be hard to make a choice. Where on one hand, 'Escape from Alcatraz' featured Clint Eastwood (Frank Morris) as the white guy, 'The Shawshank Redemption' largely introduced us to the very talented Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne).

If it is rare to find a single loophole in an actor's performance; Eastwood and Robbins presented one such case. In both the films, significant lines have been given to the character of the black prisoner, sharply played by Paul Benjamin (English) and Morgan Freeman (Red) respectively, though Freeman had an upper hand to his character.

Thanks to the 'Godly' voice he is gifted with. He swiftly carried out the outstanding narration in 'The Shawshank Redemption', which got him huge acclaim years later as the film made its way into the classic category. Other actors who played the prisoners in both the films did justice to their roles.

The Storyline

People have termed the Stephen King film as inspired from Alcatraz! As much as the themes of these films are set on the idea of escaping from a prison or prison break, differences have been found between the two as we understood their story formations.

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Maybe, it is the time gap between the two films that made them look a bit contrasting. Both the films dictate the hardships of prison life and throw light on the behaviourism of prison inmates. What's most interesting is the fact that 'Escape from Alcatraz' and 'The Shawshank Redemption' outlined the traits of the prison warden in similar ways.

Also, there is an old man in both the films who carries a pet (a mouse in Alcatraz and a bird in Shawshank) and off course, the method of prison break has also been kept similar in them. However, one cannot ignore the peculiarity of narration and thoughts outlined in 'The Shawshank Redemption'.

Major Difference

From our thorough study of the two films, we found that 'Escape from Alcatraz' is too direct a story for the viewers, while the makers of 'The Shawshank Redemption' have spent a good amount of time in building each character in the film.

Whether it is Andy, Red, Captain Hadley, Warden, or Brooks, the film illustrated an in-depth analysis for each of these characters. The glorification of the idea of freedom is what makes 'The Shawshank Redemption' a film that cannot be missed. If we have to personify freedom, one can see it walking away and then coming back to its beholder, while one goes through the film.

Where on one hand, 'The Shawshank Redemption' is a difficult and much emotional journey, 'Escape from Alcatraz' is a thrill and more of an adventure.  

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What do you do when you realise your four-years worth of engineering degree isn't quite living up to your expectations, and the sound of your career path ascending towards global partnerships isn't something you are looking forward to anymore?

Well, we are not sure about what anyone else would do in such a situation, but here is what Shantanu did - he bid adieu to his engineering degree from NIT Nagpur and quit his fancy job at McKinsey, to give men the best shaves of their lives. No, really. We are not kidding.

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Shantanu Deshpande, a computer science engineer by degree and working with a globally recognised management consulting company McKinsey, ditched the “good life” in the blink of an eye, to give the smoothest shaving experience to the urban male population in India.

It was a conversation with his US-based childhood friend Manu that really triggered the idea of setting up one of India's best selling men's grooming brand, Bombay Shaving Company, in October 2015. The conversation that revolved around the boom in men's grooming startups in the United States, and how these new and quirky newbies were taking on FMCG giants like Gillette, sent Shantanu into a tizzy, with the need to explore similar opportunities closer to home.

After much research and deliberation, as well as detailed discussions with industry veterans, Shantanu realised that it was the right move to shake up the underserved and monopolised market - and there lay his chance!

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Shantanu along with his Raunak Munot, Deepu Panicker and Rohit Jaiswal took the big plunge and co-founded the company playing on each one of their strengths, that seemed to completely fit with the company's core needs.

What started out as 500 annual shipments in 2016, has scaled up to 10,000 shipments a month today. What's even better news for Shantanu is that the official website sees 300,000 average visitors every month!

Today, Bombay Shaving Company functions on both online and offline routes of business, and their products are spread across four categories, namely shaving, bath, beard and skin. With a team of 60 young professionals, Bombay Shaving Company is trying to create a product range that distinctly stands out for its credible product quality.

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Along with product innovations that the brand is trying to bring to their individual products, they are also trying to incorporate consumer feedbacks in their newest productions. Be it their single blade neo-retro razor or the beard care starter kit, each of their creation reflects the amount of research and passionate involvement that the final product has gone through.

It is Shantanu's vision and desire to see his team grow to its fullest potential, all with risks, mistakes and failures, that makes this brand so different from others. With these guys being so invested in grooming the urban men to perfection, the future for Bombay Shaving Company only seems more bright.

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Learn about the many challenges and successes that Shantanu's decision reaped in the longer run, and how Bombay Shaving Company went on to fulfill Shantanu's larger dream of seeing well-groomed men walking the face of this earth, in this exclusive conversation with MensXP.

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Hard work pays off. If not today, then tomorrow and Akshay Kumar is the living example of it. It's hard to believe but the man who won a national award for his film 'Rustom', was once termed as a 'furniture actor.'

The arduous journey from being an action hero to an actor wasn't easy for him.

Before Akshay Kumar, he was known as Rajiv Bhatia, who wasn't very good at academics and was always more inclined towards sports. His father, Mr. Hari Om Bhatia, was well aware of this fact and hence, sent him to Bangkok to study martial arts. There, along with learning martial arts, our Khiladi worked as a waiter & a chef, not knowing that one day he'll be hosting Master Chef of India.

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After he learned Muay Thai there, a form of arts, he came back to India and started teaching martial arts in Mumbai. One of his students suggested him to try modelling. But he didn't have a portfolio and didn't have any money to make one. So he worked as an assistant to a famous photographer, Jayesh Seth, for around a year and a half for free to get his first portfolio shot.

Then came modelling gigs and he became quite fond of it as he made more money as a model in the first couple of days than he did in an entire month as a martial arts teacher.

On one such occasion, he missed his flight to Bangalore for an ad shoot. Devastated by this, he went to a film studio along with his portfolio to look for work. Luck played its part and he got signed as a lead role for the film 'Deedar.' Maybe it's true when they say, whatever happens, happens for good. 

But this wasn't his first film. His first film was Aaj (1987) which was directed by Mahesh Bhatt. He had a 4-5 second role of a karate instructor in it and Kumar Gaurav was his co-actor. The interesting part is that the name of Kumar Gaurav's character was Akshay in it. One morning, Rajiv Bhatia decided to change his name for no reason whatsoever and then born was our beloved Akshay Kumar.

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Akshay's first release was 'Saugandh' which was released in 1991. 'Deedar', which he signed before 'Saugandh', was released in 1992. His first couple of films didn't do great, but then came 'Khiladi', which did quite all right at the box office. His first hit, however, was 'Mohra', which came in 1994.

Akshay has given many flops in his lifetime, including 14 back to back flop once, but he still always managed to bag movies because he was a producer's man. Akshay was punctual on sets, didn't throw any tantrums and never misused the producer's money. Apart from his action skills, this was one of the major reasons he was loved by his directors and producers.

There came a time in Akshay's life where he was called a furniture actor as the man himself realised that all he is doing is action, and nothing much. 

In one of the interviews he said, "Whenever someone used to make an action film, they would say 'take this guy called Akshay'. When it came to acting, nobody used to take me." That's when he started looking for films which could bring out the actor inside of him. And then no one could stop him! 

He proved his mettle in comedy, drama, romance and almost every other genre. In 2000, he did 'Hera Pheri' & 'Dhadkan', which were a comedy and a romance film respectively. Both the films performed well at the box office and everyone applauded Akshay's acting skills. Hera Pheri is still considered as one of the best comedy films of Bollywood. Since then, Akshay has worked in more than a hundred films and has even done negative roles. For 'Ajnabee', he has won Filmfare in the category of Best Villain.

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Akshay's personal life has also been quite happening until he met the love of his life. He had affairs with the likes of Shilpa Shetty and Raveena Tandon. But our hero finally fell in love with Twinkle Khanna, which actually started as a fling. On 'Koffee With Karan', Twinkle revealed, “I had come out of a long-term relationship and for the first time in my life I wanted to just have a fling. And there he was, sitting 6 feet of chocolate ice-cream. So I decided I am going to have a fling with him and it's going to last 15 days. That was my plan.”

But the relationship grew and Akshay proposed to Twinkle for marriage. She didn't say yes right away and put a condition. She told him that if her film 'Mela' wouldn't perform well, then only she would marry him. She was actually quite sure that it would do well and marriage was the last thing on her mind.

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Luckily for Akshay, 'Mela' turned out to be a disaster. But Twinkle didn't say yes that easily even then. Instead of asking for his Kundali, she asked Akshay what diseases ran in his family, at what age did his uncles go bald, what did his aunt die from, and everything related to his genetics. Basically, she wanted to confirm their children would be perfectly healthy and good looking. She even made a list of pros and cons of marrying Akshay. (Tell your boyfriend this when he complains that you over think.)

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Even Twinkle's mother, Dimple Kapadia, was sceptical about the marriage. She asked the duo to be in a live-in relationship first as she had heard that Akshay might be gay. What a cool mom, eh? But in the end, everything turned out well and Akshay tied the knot with Twinkle in 2001. Seems like some flings do turn into something great! 

Akshay is one of the most famous Bollywood actors, arguably THE most famous since he's the first Indian male actor to have 20 million followers on Instagram. This fan following came from all the hard work he has done to make himself stand where he is.

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He's known to wake up at 4 in the morning and go back to bed at 9. His schedule and punctuality are the reasons that he releases around three films in a year. Even at 50, he's fitter than most of us. He is also known for playing pranks with his co-actors on sets. Akshay is also a philanthropist since he actively promotes women empowerment, women's safety, the importance of the army, and also helps farmers whenever needed.

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Most of his films are quite inspiring which gives a strong message to society. His recent film was on Independent India's first gold medal in hockey. Though being a teetotaller himself, he played the role of an alcoholic in this film and if you ask me, he nailed the role, like always! His upcoming film is '2.0' in which he'll be playing an antagonist and will be seen in an all-new avatar.

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We hope he keeps making inspiring films and keeps on entertaining us.

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This copy is not a comparison of our culture to the US or any other country. Maybe other cultures are better or maybe they are worse. This, however, is just a plain and simple explanation about our very own society and its mindset, and how they can sometimes get in the way of life. 

This is about how even in 2018, the society still pushes people to do academically well and tell them that everything else is a waste of time. This is about every child who could have been Mithali Raj or Rahul Dravid but is stuck in a 9-6 job because (s)he was asked not to miss studies for cricket practice.  

This is the tale of every child who wanted to be something other than the mainstreamed professional.

We all grew up watching Batman & Ironman. We could never get enough of the superhero movies & comics. And we all had at least one superhero we all wanted to be.

Oh, how we dreamt of swinging from one building to the other like Spiderman or becoming as strong as the Hulk. And how all of us just lusted for Superman's flying ability!

While we all wanted to be them, I think it wasn't a practical thing to think of. Even if we had those superpowers, it would have been impractical of us to be superheroes. This is thanks to our protective & academics-loving parents and the not so liberal society.

Let's see how the life of superheroes would have been had they were born in India.

Batman – The CEO

If Batman were born in India, his parents would have been alive, thanks to the stringent gun laws of our country. He would have been somewhat like the prodigal heir of Ambanis. His life would have been surrounded by the 3M:  Media, Money, & MBA.

Bruce became Batman because he left his comfort zone, lived a hard life at a remote mountain for years, and dedicated his life to become a better man. All this because his parents didn't force him to do MBA and take care of the family business. Indian parents barely let their child go for a night out, let alone let him go to some mountain and learn how to fight. I think Bruce would have been studying in IIM-A and later taking care of the family business.

Spiderman – The Shy Kid Who Becomes Cool Eventually

Peter Parker was never shown as a nerdy bookworm. He was just another boy in the class whom people barely noticed. I think Peter would have been a dropper who would have been preparing for IIT-JEE.

After getting bitten by a spider and getting his superpowers, he would probably have been flaunting his strength and newly built muscles to impress girls there. The shy Peter would have loved his new popularity but couldn't have put it to better use thanks to the pressure of clearing IIT-JEE. After all, nights are for studies, not for swinging from one building to other and stop crime. Indian priorities!

Wonder Woman – Without Any Wonder

Princess Diana would have been 'papa's angel' in her early teens. The curious and always eager to break the barriers, Diana would have been stopped by our society to do so.

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Let's face it, in an era of women empowerment, we're still dealing with issues like dowry. So Diana's parents would have tried to tame her behaviour for her “future's” sake.

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Our warrior would have been asked to 'dress appropriately,' mind her own business, and let the men take care of the World War situation. The society would have crushed the wonder part and Diana would have been just another woman.

Wolverine – The Avatar of Some God

Wolverine would have been the notorious kid who stands out of the class more than sitting inside. After discovering his sharp blades, he would probably have gotten thrown out of school and his parents would have taken him to AIIMS to get it treated.

His super strength & healing ability would have been termed 'unnatural.' He either would have been admitted to some hospital or would have considered a Demi-God by our society. The latter option would certainly have made him rich but again, his overprotective parents would have home-schooled him instead of letting him go and fight the crime.

Superman – The Page 3 Journalist

I don't know where to start. Clark Kent would never have gotten a chance to be the superhero as his editor must have asked him to follow Taimur and get a story on how Taimur looked adorable while eating candy. How on Earth could he find the time to do anything else? 

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Even if somehow he got the time to be Superman, his parents would have asked him to stop wasting time by saving the world and concentrate on his career. After all, 28 is the age to settle down, get married, and start a family. The saving the world concept is not in parent's bucket list.

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Although I'm sure many girls would have loved to marry him. Not because of his sharp looks, or God-like physique, but for the fact that he does stories on Taimur. Poor Superman would have been just a man had he was born in India.

Ironman – The Mechanical Engineer

This arrogant prick would have been the guy every relative hates. But his intelligence and IIT tag would have forced the relatives to be nice to him as they would want him to guide their children on how to crack IIT entrance.

Tony would have been the overconfident kid in the class who was hated by all, especially his teachers. Just like Sheldon Cooper, in his childhood.

His parents would never have allowed him to design an iron suit which would make him fly and do other cool stuff. Instead, he would have graduated, taken a job in the mechanical engineering field, would have been designing amazing cars.

His parents would have been proud of him while the country would have lost the hero it badly needs.

Our Society would have cut off the capes of these superheroes as well, as it does with most of us. They would have become just another being by following the rules of the society, when they could have been much more! 

Be your own superhero, people will complain no matter what you do.

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Almost 19 years ago, in an age when Bollywood was still budding and songs were mainly about dancing around the bushes, Bollywood's OG Diva, Sushmita Sen came around and stole our hearts with the iconic song 'Dilbar Dilbar'. 

Fast forward to the present time and the 'Dilbar' version 2.0 from 'Satyameva Jayate' has now turned into an even bigger hit, with Nora Fatehi belly dancing her way into our hearts and living up to all the expectations one had from this remix version. 

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In case you were living under a rock all this while, here's the song that has been making people go crazy on the dance floor. 

When we were busy grooving to this song, Nora Fatehi was preparing another big surprise for us, which was dropped on social media a few days ago. After stealing our hearts with her moves, Nora Fatehi is now making her singing debut with this Arabic version of 'Dilbar'. Don't ask us to keep calm, because we can't. 

The song that has already crossed 15 million on YouTube has been released by T-series, composed by Mohcine Tiza and written by Khalifa Mennani and Achraf Aarab. The song has been sung by Nora Fatehi and Fnaire. 

It's interesting how the hindi version gave us major Arabic vibes, and this new Arabic version is giving us Bollywood vibes, with Fnaire looking like Ranbir Kapoor from 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani'.

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It all started with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's Statue of Unity which was inaugurated last month in Gujarat. Then came the others such as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Memorial, B.R Ambedkar Memorial and a Cauvery statue in Karnataka.

More recently, former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa's statue was unveiled last week, and from latest reports, it seems that Bengal is all set to join the league with the installation of two statues of Congress politician Priya Ranjan Das Munsi at two different locations in the state. 

Reportedly, a Trinamul councillor of Raiganj municipality expressed his wish to get a bronze statue of Das Munsi installed in his ward, much to people's amazement. 

The Telegraph has also reported that he wanted to get the statue erected within a month's time.

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Just a day before, another civic body announced that a bronze statue of Das Munsi will be erected at Siliguri More. 

The Telegraph also stated that the councillor, who has been identified as Ashim Adhikary, wanted to get a statue made for the longest time, since this was the way he wished to pay his tribute to Das Munsi, whom he considered as his political mentor.

Now two different statue will be seen in Bengal, in two different areas.

The late Congress politician was also a former Union Minister and Member of Parliament, who represented the Raiganj constituency of West Bengal. 

He is also considered as one of the prominent political leaders of Bengal, who greatly contributed to the field of football by serving as the President of the All India Football Federation.

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Since we obviously take an interest in everything our favourite Mr Ranveer Singh wears (especially his crazy footwear), it was only expected that we'd be keen to know the details of his wedding footwear. We finally did, and let's just say we were not disappointed in the slightest. Before we get into details, let's take a look at the incredible pair here.

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The gorgeous crimson base adorned with intricate golden embroidery was a perfect match for Ranveer's wedding outfit aesthetic. Royal would be an understatement, but why would you expect any less when it comes to Baba's wedding shoes?

The gorgeous pair is the result of an exciting collaboration - that of Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin. For the uninitiated, Louboutin is a French fashion label by designer Christian Louboutin, that specialises in high-end stiletto footwear.

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Deepika also wore a pair of exquisite maroon jootis, who stand proudly by Ranveer's crimson pair in their own right.

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Though Sabyasachi x Louboutin created some beautiful pieces as a part of their wedding line, we are officially obsessed with DeepVeer's pair.

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Paris and Kolkata came together earlier as well, as a testament to Sabyasachi and Christian's love for couture tradition, and here are some of the pieces that were created.

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Spellbinding, aren't they?

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Yes, yes we know cuffing season is here and all you single peeps are looking to get more out of this winter season. But even if you're not, it's absolutely okay to have a few laughs at your expense, because being single is not all that bad. 

So, to make a miserable situation really funny, we have some memes you can laugh your heart out to and thank us later...or not!

(1) Because Sheldon knows best!

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(2) How often do you visit this zone?

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(3) A fact is a fact is a fact

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(4) Relationship status: In love with pizza

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(5) Get it? Jebroni?

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(6) Stuff you're tired of hearing

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(7) Yes, every week

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(8) Yeah, stop cribbing!

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(9) It'll get better, they say

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(10) Well, of course, this had to be here

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So, if you're feeling exceptionally sad about being single this winter, maybe these memes can help you laugh a bit about your sorry state of affairs? But being single is kinda awesome and I believe it should be enjoyed till as long as it lasts!

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Seems like Priyanka Chopra is not the only one who is going to get married to her wonderful 'pardesi' boyfriend.  

The lovely Freida Pinto, who has been based in Hollywood for many years now, might also be getting hitched soon to her photographer boyfriend Tory Cran. 

Taking to social media, the beautiful actress recently shared a mushy picture of herself with Cran.

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How lucky is anyone who has been graced by your heart full of light!ð . . Birthday love, kisses and deep appreciation for you, my beautiful man! I celebrate you today and everyday. Happy Birthday love! . . #2MonkeysTogether ðâ¤ð

A post shared by Freida Pinto (@freidapinto) on Nov 21, 2018 at 11:59am PST

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Home in Austin doing everything under the sun! Also, looking for land! ðð¼ðð» • These days I'm always wearing my Wrangler Outdoor gear from @tractorsupply because I can literally do everything I love in it. #TSCWranglerOutdoor #tractorsupply • ð¸: @kourtneykox

A post shared by C O R Y | T R A N (@coryt) on Aug 28, 2018 at 3:47pm PDT

Tory Cran is a celebrated photographer and often puts some beautiful shots of his lady love on his social media account.

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With her, on a dock, dancing.

A post shared by C O R Y | T R A N (@coryt) on Jul 10, 2018 at 8:47am PDT

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Slow mornings, are the best mornings. ð

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The couple is often spotted in public events and back in September, the two were seen indulging in some PDA at the US Open.

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Freida Pinto Might Get Hitched To Her Photographer Boyfriend Tory Cran© justjared

As per reports, the two might tie the knot in the nearing future! Looks like wedding bells are ringing loud for all our beautiful 'desi' girls. 

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All of us have been in situations in our life, at some point, where we wanted to take a shower, but couldn't. It can be because of a number of reasons - water ran out, the boss called early, the geyser isn't working - you get the drift. Isn't that the worst feeling ever? That weird, icky vibe ruins the rest of your day, and it doesn't get better till you actually can shower again - unless of course, you're one of those who are quite comfortable for days without taking a shower. Let's just say there's a way around for emergencies like these, or for days in winter when you'd rather do anything but take a shower. Keeping that in mind, we have compiled a list of 6 things you can do to look clean and smell great, without actually having to take a shower.

1. Use a washcloth, some warm water, and a little bit of bodywash

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Mix a tiny amount of body wash in warm water and soak the washcloth / towel in that. Squeeze the water out, and use it to clean your armpits and privates. Wipe your body all over in the same way. Dry off once done. Quick and easy!

2. Wet wipes FTW!

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Get a box of wet wipes, and use them just like point number 1. You can also wipe your face, for that squeaky clean feeling. Once you're done using wet wipes, you can use some dry wipes to get rid of the excess moisture in case you're in a hurry.

3. Anti-microbial & anti-fungal body powder

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Once you're done with either of the above steps, dust your pits and privates with some body powder. It will keep you smelling fresh, keep rashes away by getting rid of moisture, and prevent microbial infections.

4. Dry shampoo is super useful

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What do you do about your unwashed, greasy hair? You can't use any of the above on your hair. Well, in case you haven't yet heard of this amazing invention yet, 'Dry Shampoos' are there for situations exactly like these. Get one and you don't have to wash your hair to get rid of the grime and dirt.

5. Mouthwash

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You clearly can't brush your teeth because presumably there is no water. Just use a mouthwash and you're all set! You can also keep some chewing gum handy for fresh breath.

6. Deodorants/Perfumes

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You already know why they are essential.

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