Born on September 21, 1983, Lt. Colonel Mayank
Nagpal, also known as the âIndian Sky Devilâ, just loves to test his limits. An
extreme sports enthusiast, he has his
name inscribed in the Limca Book of Records for base jumping from âall base
objects including buildings, antennas, bridges and cliffs during both day and
Over the last two decades, Col. Nagpal has had
over 800 skydives and 200 base jumps and is an accredited license holder with
the United States Parachute Association (USPS).
Life ...a daring adventure pic.twitter.com/CFM0ktgj88 â Mayank (@mayanknagpal) October 21, 2019We got in touch with the courageous athlete to
get to know more about the extreme sports that skydiving and base jumping are.
âComing from a middle class family, I have
always been interested in staying outdoors and get involved in sports like
badminton and football,â he said. âWhen I went to college, my interest in
sports moved towards adventure and I started mountaineering and eventually escalated
to scuba diving as well,â he added.
âHowever, I got my first opportunity to skydive
when I turned 28 which I feel was pretty late for me. The jump was so beautiful
and serene that I felt like I had wasted 10 years of my life not doing it
before,â the Col. said.
âWhen I moved to base jumping, that is when I
asked myself âwhat was the purpose of all this?â,â he further said. âPeople
think that extreme sports enthusiasts do it for the adrenaline rush or are
outright crazy but it is not about all that. When you spend days and days of
practice before a jump, spend all that energy and focus on mastering every bit
of training and finally complete the dive successfully, it makes you feel
elated, it makes you feel happy,â he added.
But having done this so many times in his
career, it had to become more of a mundane job for him, right? He would have
known everything there is to know about the adventurous sport, wouldnât he?
âDespite the numerous jumps, I still feel
nervous and scared about the next one. There isnât one specific way that your
jump is going to go. Factors like wind, weather, clouds, they all can have
varied impacts when it matters the most,â Col. explained.
âI remember, it was my second base jump that I
did from a 435 feet high bridge in Idaho and it was the scariest moment of my
life. When you jump from such a height, it takes you about six seconds to reach
the ground. I was already two seconds into the jump and something got stuck in
my parachute. I needed to react in the split second and I did it nonetheless,â
Adding to that, he further said, âThatâs what
skydiving teaches you. It helps you overcome your fears and chanellise it
towards survival. To do skydiving and base jumping professionally, you need a
little bit of faith and a lot of experience.â
What makes Col. Nagpalâs story a lot more
interesting is the fact that he is a single father with the responsibility of
two little children on his shoulders.
âI have got a 5-year-old son and a daughter who
is 2 and while my kids absolutely love to brag about my profession, I have to
keep a check on them,â he said.
âBefore every jump, I am extremely nervous while
I am thinking about them. I guess it is a good balancer, the feeling,â he said.
âThe day I stop being nervous, I will probably stop jumping,â he further
âThere is a very popular saying in my profession
- âYou can either be a bold skydiver or an old skydiverâ. If you become
overconfident and take the kind of risks you arenât ready for, you will die. It
is as simple as that,â Col said.
BASE jumping at the Airgamez pic.twitter.com/Syz4yK5Gus â Mayank (@mayanknagpal) January 19, 2018Explaining further, the 37-year-old âsky devilâ
said, âIt is also important to understand that there is nothing to be ashamed
of if you backout from the jump in the final moments. Our community, albeit
small, is like a fraternity and people understand each other and do not look
down upon anyone who withdraws from jumping.â
âWhen you are up there, it is just you who is
responsible for your life, it is a self-regulated sport. Come to think of it,
it also feels like a human revolution. You set your own limits and then you
break them and set harder, more difficult limits for yourself,â he added.
Regardless of whether you are contemplating
skydiving or any major life-altering decision, the major aspect between backing
out or going through with it is you and whatever you think is right and
whatever you do, own up to it, thatâs what Lt Colonel Mayank Nagpalâs story has
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Enough of negetive side of forces.#Salute #CISF â A D Golwalkar (@A_D_G13) February 16, 2020
That s awesome & exemplary response by CISF alert Security team! It seems they were even alert & awake during the training on medical training as today security forces including police must take primary medical assistance training very very seriously! @crpfindia @PIBHomeAffairs â H i m a n s h u Prakash Mehta (@himanshupmehta) February 16, 2020
Bravo Officers, one after another, you guys are helping mankind. Thanks and wish you all the very best in life â CitizenBiswas (@SudiptoNBiswas) February 17, 2020
Great â Dhanjit Medhi (@dhanjit5861) February 17, 2020
The officers did an extraordinarily great job at saving the passengerâs life and we need more trained and alert officers like them. Kudos to these real life heroes!
2) this is not women empowerment #KanganaRanaut pic.twitter.com/ABAC9oriGL â FASCISM overloaded (@anonymous91234) February 17, 2020
She is choose movies like superstar..pure woman centric movies she dont need any hero â Lakhvir (@Ajakkiunity) February 17, 2020However, in contradiction, there were also a section of people who didnât seem quite impressed with Kangana being roped in for Tejas.
Aur ek DISASTER â Akash Pawar (@AkashPawarHR) February 17, 2020
9th flop in a row upcoming..
1.I love NY 2.Katti batti 3.Rangoon 4.Simran 5.Manikarnika 6.Judgemental hai kya 7.Panga 8.Thalaivi (obviously gonna flop) 9.Tejas (no doubts here)
She is creating a flop streak record..lol Best wishes @RonnieScrewvala â vin (@vin5991) February 17, 2020Another flop in progress â cliffhanger kumar (@cliffhangerkum1) February 17, 2020Another flop in progress â cliffhanger kumar (@cliffhangerkum1) February 17, 2020
According to the makers, the story of Tejas reinforces the argument that when it comes to serving the nation, both men and women are equally capable of doing so and all they need are equal opportunities.
Tejas is set to go on floors this summer and is scheduled to be released in April 2021.
The film is written and directed by Sarvesh Mewara and produced by Ronnie Screwvala's RSVP films.
Are you excited for this one? Let us know in the comments section below.
One of the highlighting features of the new Galaxy Z Flip is its "Ultra Thin Glass" display which folds. Unlike other folding phones with a plastic panel, the Galaxy Z Flip has a unique kind of glass that bends. Obviously, that raises a lot of questions about its durability.
Well, lucky for us, JerryRigEverything on YouTube decided to do a durability test on the phone. Zack from JerryRigEverything, in case you don't know, is known for his durability tests. It's become a thing now where people actually wait for Zack to test a phone's durability before they drop their money on it.
In his Galaxy Z Flip video, Zack shows you exactly how easy it is to scratch the phone's "Ultra Thin Glass". You'll see that he was able to leave visible and permanent marks on the display with just his tools and fingernails. Now that seems like a bit of a concern.
Here, check it out -
Yeah, that didn't take a lot of effort, did it? In Samsung's defence, there is a warning label that says that you're not supposed to place hard objects on the screen for exactly this reason. When the folks over at The Verge reached out to Samsung about this, the company said this:
"Galaxy Z Flip features an Infinity Flex Display with Samsungâs Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) to deliver a sleek, premium look and offer an immersive viewing experience,â and that âSamsungâs first-of-its-kind UTG technology is different from other Galaxy flagship devices. While the display does bend, it should be handled with care. Also, Galaxy Z Flip has a protective layer on top of the UTG similar to Galaxy Fold."
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Monday blues, Monday madness or just
an elongated weekend hangover, call it what you may.
If you are going through any of
these and driving to work is turning out to be more cumbersome or sitting in
your cubicle looks like hours have passed by, then here are five new tracks
that will elevate your mood instantly.
Here's the list:
Love Aajkal might not be our favourite movie that we look forward
to watching but thankfully Arijit Singh saved the day with this absolutely
beautiful track which will make you wonder about someone you currently miss.
2. 'Rahogi Meri'
Another wonderful song from the same
movie, this one is also Arijitâs gift to our playlist basically. Chances are
you might have missed it if you havenât watched the movie yet.
The movie is doing pretty well at
the box office but this soothing song is a must in the music list for a long
4. 'Haaye Ve'
If you loved Ammy Virkâs Qismat then
chances are you shall absolutely love this soothing number as well.
If you love a beautiful acoustic
rendition of a soothing Punjabi track then check out the songs in this
Crossblade live sessions. This latest addition is from the movie Qismat.
6. 'Mere Liye Tum Kaafi Ho'
Trust Ayushmann Khurrana to take a
song and make it your favourite in no time. This beautiful song is extremely
soothing and perfect company for that never ending traffic on the highway.
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Reunited.#OlympismInAction pic.twitter.com/5BSZgZPEQS â UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) October 5, 2018
This was one of the bigger steps of promoting hope and the feeling of belongingness to those who lost their home, family, and livelihood for no fault of theirs. It was a means to unite the world and redetermine the strength that the human spirit possesses.
And this is where our icon, Bindra steps in.
Shortlisted by Campaniari as the hopefuls for the Refugee Olympic Team, two athletes namely Khaoula and Mahdi were brought to Bengaluru and are to be trained as apex shooters under the wings of the Gold medallist.
For his selfless effort to give back to the society at a global scale, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach showed his gratitude towards Bindra in a heartfelt letter:
Honoured by the kind words put across by the @Olympics President for #TakingRefuge ,a project very close to my heart.The @abfoundationind is proud & privileged to work with the great @campriani to help Khaoula & Mahdi dream bigger &become Role models for others across the world! pic.twitter.com/5HEoDjV6Dk â Abhinav Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) February 16, 2020
"Thank you for your letter which I read with great interest informing me of the progress of the project 'Taking Refugee'. Rest assured I am extremely pleased with the impressively rapid progress of the athletes and also by the measures taken at the governance level for an increased accountability and transparency of the initiative," Bach wrote.
"Not only this project is commendable, it is also entirely aligned with the objectives of the IOC which supports youth refugee athletes," he said in the letter addressed to Bindra and Campriani.
"As true Olympians and through your selfless action, you have demonstrated your greatness beyond the field of play. You can be proud of yourselves."
Essentially, that is the power of sports. It not only teaches you discipline and the importance of aspects like health and fitness, but also helps the world come together and become a part of a common society, which is striving to build better lives for those who are in dire need of assistance.
For Bindra to take this step forward is a great moment of pride for the entire nation.
Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan starrer Love Aajkal might not have been
able to recreate the magic of its 2009 original version, starring Saif Ali Khan
and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles, but the actress who plays Kartikâs love
interest from the 90âs, Arushi Sharma surely is getting all the right kind of
attention from the release.
View this post on InstagramImtiaz sir: Ab batao, Leena ka peecha kyun kar rahe ho Raghu?
@kartikaaryan . .
#LoveAajKal @saraalikhan95 #DineshVijan @wearewsf @maddockfilms @officialjiostudios @officialjiocinema @reliance.entertainment @sarkarshibasish @randeephoodaA post shared by (@_arushisharma)She has not
been in the spotlight but her pious portrayal of the simple and beautiful Leena
has found her a new fan following. We were naturally intrigued as well so we
decided to do a little homework on her.
Turns out, Love Aajkal is not her first Imtiaz
Ali movie. Being noticed and cast in an Imtiaz Ali film is like being touched
by Midas and Arushi ended up impressing the brilliant director who previously
cast her in a âblink and missâ performance for Tamasha.
In fact it was
right after she shot for this micro cameo that she shared her interest for
acting with him and he obviously kept her in mind while casting for this one.
View this post on InstagramTamasha screening :) at Yash Raj studios
Please go and watch Tamasha if you havent already!
#tamasha @tamashaofficial @utvfilms @nadiadwalagrandsonA post shared by (@_arushisharma)She is an
engineer-turned-actor. Just like other actors like Kriti Sanon and even her
co-star Kartik, Arushi was pursuing engineering and gave up a 9-to-5 plush
corporate job to pursue her love for acting and the craft.
View this post on InstagramRaghu aur Leena :)A post shared by (@_arushisharma)
View this post on InstagramMemories ðð»ââï¸from Love Aaj Kal.A post shared by (@_arushisharma)
If you are a
fan of beautiful relationship videos that keep going viral on the internet,
then chances are you have spotted her in 60 Seconds Conversation with Dhruv from Little Things.
View this post on InstagramHere's a glimpse.
Check out the entire episode. Link in bio (:A post shared by (@_arushisharma)
Well, we hope
to spot her doing some more interesting stuff in the future! View the full article
People in Delhi love Arvind Kejriwal and it was quite evident in the recently concluded Delhi assembly elections, when the Aam Aadmi Party won for the third time with a massive margin. However, if there's anyone who they love more than Kejriwal, it's his mini version aka the 'Little Mufflerman'.
Mufflerman pic.twitter.com/OX6e8o3zay â AAP (@AamAadmiParty) February 11, 2020It is the same adorable kid, who went viral a few days ago when he stepped out in a red sweater along with muffler, glasses, *fake* moustache and the AAP cap, an iconic style that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal probably has a copyright on. In fact, AAP even officially invited their youngest fan to Kejriwal's swearing-in ceremony that took place today.
'Little Mufflerman', the boy dressed as Arvind Kejriwal whose images went viral on counting day(Feb 11), also present at the oath-taking ceremony. He was officially invited by AAP pic.twitter.com/k8E9Q8Um1M â ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2020The kid showed up at the ceremony and as expected stole the limelight away from anyone and everyone, including Kejriwal, who were present at the venue. Here's a picture of the kid casually standing with his arms behind him, posing for the photographers like it's no big deal.
People on social media, clearly, cannot get over the kid or this overdose of cuteness.
Stealing the show . â Free Soul (@Deja_vu76) February 16, 2020He is so cutteee â Rinmayee (@Rinmayee_003) February 16, 2020Chotu mufflarman aaya. Chooo cute. â Manisha Rajput å (@manisharajput55) February 16, 2020Chhota Kejriwal â Nisha Sharma (@NishaSh18183380) February 16, 2020This Kejriwal is cute indeed ð¥° â ð®ð³Asish Kumar Pattnaikð®ð³ (@akp_pattnaik) February 16, 2020He actually doesn't know what he is doing. When he will grow up he will know real kejriwal â The VVIP (@MrVVIPAK) February 16, 2020
Meanwhile, the OG 'Mufflerman' took oath as Chief Minister of Delhi for the third time and dedicated his victory to every Delhiite. He also said that now that elections are over, it doesn't matter to him who voted for whom. What matters is that all the Delhiites are now his family and he will work for everyone irrespective of any party, religion, caste or strata of society.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal: Elections are over, it doesn't matter who you voted for, now all Delhiites are my family. I will work for everyone, be it from any party, any religion, caste or strata of society. pic.twitter.com/rbSK2lnfpd â ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2020Arvind Kejriwal: Some people say Kejriwal is giving everything for free. Nature has ensured every valuable thing in the world is free, be it Mother's love, father's blessings or Shravan Kumar's dedication. So, Kejriwal loves his people and hence this love is free. pic.twitter.com/NUWsTerC45 â ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2020The CM also sang 'Hum honge kaamyaab' along with the people present at the ceremony.
#WATCH Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sings 'Hum honge kaamyaab', at his swearing-in ceremony pic.twitter.com/hwXi8FUW46 â ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2020