More often than not, your life changes when you're least expecting it. No, I'm not trying to go all emo here, but just talk about a guy who recently received a life-changing phone call.
Netraprasad Sharma is a tour guide and a class tenth drop out from Pampu Basti in West Bengalâs Buxa Tiger Reserve Forest. Oh, and now, he's also possibly the main character in an upcoming novel by JK Rowling. This is the kind of representation we've all been waiting for!
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Itâs a dark day for several rock fans across the country today. Legendary band Parikrama mourned the loss of their founder-lead guitarist Sonam Sherpa, who succumbed to cardiac arrest at the age of 48 yesterday, leaving behind three decades of insane riffs, memorable solos and fantastic collaborations that have stood the test of time.
View this post on InstagramWith a very heavy heart, we regret to inform the sudden demise of our backbone, Mr. Sonam Sherpa. Itâs very very tough to lose a band mate, a brother and a mentor.
Thank you all for all your messages and tributes to Sonam. He sure will have a âGreat Gig in The skyâ. Farewell dear friend.A post shared by (@parikramaindia)
Among the first to speak on Sonamâs death was actor-singer Farhan Akhtar, who had collaborated with the band back in 2008.
View this post on InstagramIn 2008, post Rock On!!, I was part of a 4 city tour with the amazing #Parikrama and I can never forget or adequately say how thankful I am for the love and warmth that #SonamSherpa extended to this first timer on stage.. he was a gifted guitarist, a supremely cool guy and a true rock star. RIP brother.
Deepest condolences to his family. On stage and off it.
Image @chiragwakaskarA post shared by (@faroutakhtar)
Sherpa was born in the hillside, West Bengal town of Kalimpong back in 1971. After making it to New Delhi, the guitarist formed the band in 1991 with Nitin Malik on vocals, Saurabh Choudhary on rhythm guitar, Subir Malik on synths and Gaurav Balani on bass.
The group went on to blow peopleâs minds especially through the 90âs as one of the greatest acts in Indian rock history - choosing to keep their music free and not pursuing any copyright violations. They were also notorious for steering clear of making studio albums - prefering to keep things live and right next to their listeners, something quite uncommon today.
Composer Ehsaan Noorani also pitched in his condolences on Twitter.
Eternal rocker awesome guitarist and a lovely guy #SonamSherpa has gone into the light ... will remember the jams and the hang outs @parikrama pic.twitter.com/7hU2a8Avv1 â Ehsaan Noorani (@EhsaanNoorani) February 14, 2020
Sherpa is one of the reasons why India has a thriving rock scene today - if youâve ever picked up a guitar or been at a gig, chances are that his influence as a musician led to new horizons in what was once a minute, underground scene. Even more important was his intimidating, absolutely badass fretwork through thousands of live performances - a stark contrast to the gentle personality friends and family remember him for.
What better way to send off a lead guitarist, than to pick out some of his greatest-ever solos to listen to? If youâre new to the band, hereâs five of Sherpaâs best to add to your playlist. Vapourise But It Rained In The Middle Am I Dreaming Tears Of The Wizard
Rest in Peace, Mr. Sherpa - perhaps he's finally part of that Great Gig In The Sky. View the full article
@JPNadda hi please suspend him before this ego spreads to other people ð»ð» â MiNi ð®ð³ (@monicanitin) February 15, 2020
Even opposition is joining in.
Shocked to see how Biharâs health minister is bragging about his entitlement. Assuming the Cop on duty couldnât recognize the minister & requested for identification, does it behove of a minister to publicly threaten & humiliate him? Power drunk minister shd be suspended instead pic.twitter.com/kqMjrcB0Tu â Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) February 15, 2020
Junta k sewak ho tumlog....itna ghamand sahi nahi. â Indian Kim Jong Un (@ChowkidarKim) February 15, 2020
Mr Mangal Pandey,
Learn to behave in public. It shows your ego.
Also asking suspension of police officer shows your personality and ignorance.
People will not accept your behaviour. â Lt Col N Thiagarajan (@LtColNThiagraja) February 15, 2020
People wonât forget.
Don't worry people will suspend u in next elections, heights of arrogance â Viraj (@meet_viraj) February 15, 2020
Let Bihar government suspend police officer, we will suspend government in upcoming election. â Sone Lal Singh ð®ð³ (@I_am_Singh1) February 15, 2020
@mangalpandeybjp aukat mein reh ja bete janta ka naukar hai tu bhi abhi election mein bheek mangta firega â Rescue King (@Callmepatel_) February 15, 2020
Good point, well made.
Koi achha kaam kiye hote tab to pehchanta.... â vishal (@VishalVns3) February 15, 2020
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Thereâs an art to handshakes, no doubt.
Everything from business deals to diplomatic visits and divorce settlements end with them - and nothing quite feels like a good old, firm shake of the wrist to formally bring an end to a meeting.
PM Modi, being an international spokesperson for the country has had several of them since 2014 no doubt - but this Friday, the Prime Minister faced one hell of a handshake following a visit from the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
The 'handshake' there :))))) pic.twitter.com/wORHIAYGkl â Ashish K Singh (ABP News) (@AshishSinghLIVE) February 14, 2020
Serious props to Indiaâs head honcho for keeping a straight face there. The rather amusing gesture led to several laughs on Twitter as well.
Shaheen Bagh ka "Current"â¡ laga hai Modi Ji koð¹ â â¦â¢âââ¿ðð´ð·ð´ðâ¿âââ¢â¦ (@chin_ga_ri) February 14, 2020The level of awkwardness Modiji is feeling is equal to when the birthday person doesn't know what to do when everyone is singing around ð¤ª â Doctor Doctor ð®ð³ (@icedtea28) February 14, 2020Ye handshake nahi earthquake hai â Khushboo Mattoo (@MattLaemon) February 14, 2020The two leaders met at the national capital this week to discuss a series of agreements - seven in total that focus on investment, transport, ports, culture and industrial and intellectual property rights. Both countries have a long-lasting trade relationship forged during colonial times - today, Portugal imports large quantities of iron, cotton and other materials from India.
PM Modi himself visited Portugal back in 2017 - 11 agreements were signed back then covering a large number of areas including space, avoidance of double taxation, nano-technology, biotechnology and higher education. This week marked President Marceloâs first visit to India.
Interestingly, it seems that this obsession with powerful handshakes isnât a one-time thing. Back in 2018, the Portuguese Premier visited the White House to meet with President Trump - who was quite literally yanked into his contemporaryâs face on greeting him.
Even the kids arenât safe, it would seem. Last December, De Sousa met with some children and greeted them ratherâ¦ violently, one could say.
Currently, reports state that he will be visiting Maharashtra and Goa during the week - the latter state was under Portuguese rule since 1510, resulting in several generations raised under a Portuguese government. Today, only a few people still speak the language (3-5% of Goaâs population).
According to the prevailing law in Goa, for anyone who is born in Goa before 1961, their children and grandchildren are eligible for the Portuguese passport and nationality.
Letâs just hope that no one's arm gets dislocated in the meantime, though. View the full article
â â Rahul verma (@RahulVerma4860) February 14, 2020
A coufused film about confused people with confused performances made by a confused director. Kehna Kya Chahte Ho? Arey bhai, koi yeh confusion solve karega? #LoveAajKal
â.5 stars (1.5/5) â Himesh (@HimeshMankad) February 14, 2020
Also... #LoveAajKal is easily the most wahiyat of all Imtiaz Ali films. And boss, I've seen Jab Harry Met Sejal. So if you're voluntarily going out to watch Love Aaj Kal today, may the force, the patience, the sanity be with you. â Ananya Bhattacharya (@ananya116) February 14, 2020
A user even criticised the film for being misogynistic in how it wrote Khanâs character arc:
#LoveAajKal terribly fails for me coz it only pretends to like women. In fact, it makes you want to hate women more coz it's too much invested in punishing its woman protagonist to achieve perfectness in life, rather than letting her enjoy the messier parts of young womanhood â Shrishti Negi (@shrishti_03) February 14, 2020
All this negativity must be trying for Ali, who returned to the directorâs chair following his work for Jab Harry Met Sejal - a universally panned project that led several fans to doubt Shah Rukh Khanâs ability at choosing film signings.
Imtiaz made a movie worse than Jhms to make SRK fans feel less bad. Unsung legend. #LoveAajKal â bk. (@NotBobbey) February 13, 2020
Not all was lost, however. The film does feature Randeep Hooda in the role of Raj - the actor was last seen in Baaghi 2. In a sea of negative comments, a fair number of users took a moment to appreciate his performance in the film, calling it âthe one good thing in Love Aaj Kal 2â.
Must Watch #LoveAajKal only for @RandeepHooda! He's exceptional in the movie.. Randeep Hooda pic.twitter.com/SN95s81P56 â Kush Rajput (@kushrajput111) February 14, 2020
@RandeepHooda as Raj definitely leaves a lasting impression even with lesser screen time. Up it #LoveAajKal Randeep Hooda pic.twitter.com/uKJuNiiASX â Harsh Kumar (@harshkumar_999_) February 14, 2020
This user even suggested that Hooda should have played the filmâs lead role.
Watched #LoveAajKal! How good is Randeep Hooda in the film! His eyes and voice literally bore through you â¤ . How I wish he was the main lead of the film. pic.twitter.com/kZ0ltlctYL â Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) February 14, 2020
Finally, thereâs the (rather lonely) camp of fans who stand by Imtiazâs film regardless of public opinion - believe it or not, a few people actually werenât bored out of their minds during the 2.5-hour spectacle.
What an amazing movie...just can't explain in wordsððð you will feel every emotion in this whole world while watching it...â¤â¤â¤ You will surely feel like loving someone trulyâ¤â¤â¤â¤ Everyone's acting is amazingâ¤ #LoveAajKal @TheAaryanKartik pic.twitter.com/D6WW5ECzdS â Aarti Deosthali (@AartiDeosthali) February 14, 2020
Exactly !!! For a #ImtiazAli you need to feel and not just understand â¤ï¸ #LoveAajKal @TheAaryanKartik https://t.co/3BMKI9c7UD â Kartik â¤ï¸ Sara (@Sartikian) February 14, 2020
I donât know about you guys, but if I canât understand a film, I sure as hell wonât be feeling it.
There's always a fine line between hilarious and cringey when official Twitter accounts of companies interact online, and well, looks like we've finally hit cringe territory with the Delhi International Airport, as it tried to shoot its shot this Valentine's Day and flirt with different airlines.
Who asked for this PDA between a freaking airport and airlines? Who came up with the idea? Who actually approved this idea thinking it's a good one?
Oh, wait. Since it's Delhi Airport, it is embodying every Dilli ka launda, of course. The only explanation that makes sense, tbh. No offence to all the Dilli ke launde out there...
Starting off with IndiGo, they have a runway pun.
Hey @IndiGo6E, promise me youâll never run away from my runway! #DELlovesYou #ValentinesDay2020 â Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) February 14, 2020
Then, Air India gets another pun, obviously.
Hey @airindiain, youâll always be my love at first flight! #DELlovesYou #ValentinesDay2020 â Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) February 14, 2020
Vistara also gets a normal, flirtatious message.
Hey @airvistara, its valentines day, want to continue flying higher with us? #DELlovesYou #ValentinesDay2020 â Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) February 14, 2020
Now comes the worst one.
Hey @flyspicejet, love how you turn my hub red, hot and spicy! #DELlovesYou #ValentinesDay2020 â Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) February 14, 2020
Thanks, I hate it. Also, basically Delhi Airport is a hoe, openly flirting with so many airlines, no loyalty whatsoever.
Looks like it actually worked with IndiGo, though, as they replied.
@delhiairport Oh darling, your love brings me back on-time, every time! #DELlovesYou #ValentinesDay2020 #LetsIndiGo â IndiGo (@IndiGo6E) February 14, 2020
I have no words.
I love how you are so plane and simple. #DELlovesYou #ValentinesDay2020 ï¸ â Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) February 14, 2020
*cringe factor intensifies*
Why thank you, we get this new feeling with you and it never gets old, runway with me? #DELlovesYou #ValentinesDay2020 â Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) February 14, 2020
Why, just why?
Keep it spicy! #DELlovesYou â Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) February 14, 2020
The only reply that matters, tho.
pic.twitter.com/ZPbnU5Cr7z â I stand with Shaheen Bagh (@GulRose_views) February 14, 2020
Me, after I saw the tweets-
Lol Wut? https://t.co/r7xHmMhpQl â Rahul Rane (@Handle_Rahul) February 14, 2020
Oh god this is not humor https://t.co/NHqAxDpRK8 â Ø´ÙØ³ (@shams_z) February 14, 2020
I'm risking a no-flying ban.
I want to say something critical about both, but I fear that they may impose a no fly ban. https://t.co/WZSjBwHoi4 â CP #EOA (@chirag) February 14, 2020
Pata nahi bhai.
ab ye kya naya natak chalu hai idher â OWAIS ALI BHAT (@OWAISALIBHAT2) February 14, 2020
While cricket continues to overshadow almost every other sport in the country, Indian hockey, despite limited limelight, is currently going through a successful phase. The Indian women's hockey team secured the 2020 Tokyo Olympics berth and soon the men's side followed.
Then, women's captain Rani Rampal became the first Indian athlete to bag the prestigious 'World Games Athlete of the Year' award.
Earlier this month, striker Lalremsiami (women's team) and young Vivek Sagar Prasad (men's team) won the FIH's 'Rising Star of the Year' awards. And, now, Indian men's hockey team captain Manpreet Singh has bagged the FIH 'Player of the Year' award.
Capping a memorable 2019 season where he led India to Olympic qualification, Manpreet pipped the likes of Arthur Van Doren (Belgium) and Lucas Villa (Argentina) to be voted the 2019 FIH Player of the Year. The Indian hockey skipper garnered over 35 per cent of the votes as compared to Doren's 19.7 per cent and Vila's 11.7 per cent respectively.
Congratulations to 2019 FIH Player of the year (Men) - @manpreetpawar07
Vote results: Manpreet Singh (IND) -35.2% of combined votes Arthur Van Doren (BEL) -19.7% of combined votes Lucas Vila (ARG) -11.7 % of combined votes
Breakdown: https://t.co/xmsM0jS82C#HockeyStarsAwards pic.twitter.com/Zvq3TiPzcg â International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) February 13, 2020
In the process, Manpreet became the first Indian to bag the prestigious honour since the FIH awards were introduced in 1999. Ever since making his international debut in 2011, Manpreet has been a vital cog in the Indian hockey set-up. An experienced campaigner, the 27-year-old has 260 international appearances under his belt.
Hailing from Jalandhar's famed Mithapur village, Manpreet, on the back of consistent performances, has continued his hometown's tradition of producing proven hockey stars. The likes of Swaroop Singh, who was part of India's gold-medal-winning team at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic, and Pargat Singh, the former Indian hockey captain, also hail from the same village where Manpreet honed his skills.
The 27-year-old was instrumental in India's emphatic victory over South Africa that saw them winning the 2019 FIH Men's Hockey Series Finals in Bhubaneswar. He also played a key role in India's brilliant performance at the Olympic Qualifiers last November that eventually allowed the men's team to secure the qualification for the 2020 Games.
Manpreet Singh kehte hain, India mein rehte hain... jahan jahan jaate hain, jeet ke hi aate hain! ??
'Player of the Year 2019' ko comments mein badhaiyaan dein! ??#IndiaKaGame @sports_odisha @CMO_Odisha @Media_SAI @IndiaSports pic.twitter.com/EoceuJFNEE â Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) February 13, 2020
"For a player, who learnt hockey at Mithapur hoping to emulate Swaroop Singh and Pargat Singh, to win the FIH Player of the Year award is the biggest reward of my career. My late father and elder brothers wanted to see me in national colours. Had my father been alive today, he would have been the happiest person in this world. Ever since I was hockey trainee at Mithapur stadium, I would follow the FIH awards and to be the first Indian to get this award has made this occasion special for me,â Manpreet told The Indian Express.
"Our biggest goal in 2019 was to book our berth at the Olympics. I am truly honoured to win this award and I would like to dedicate this to my team. I also thank my well-wishers and hockey fans from around the world for voting in my favour. It is truly humbling to see so much support for Indian hockey," he was quoted as saying by TOI.
Congratulations to Manpreet Singh @manpreetpawar07 for becoming âPlayer of the year 2019â also best wishes to team for upcoming matches #IndiaKaGame @TheHockeyIndia #PlayerOfTheYear pic.twitter.com/b3K67ZJR9O â Sardar Singh (@imsardarsingh8) February 13, 2020
Thierry Weil, the FIH CEO, congratulated all the winners, including Manpreet for earning the honours. âOn behalf of FIH, I would like to extend heartfelt congratulations from the whole hockey community to all winners of the 2019 FIH Stars Awards and also to all nominees,â he said.
Hockey India President Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad also congratulated Manpreet. "I congratulate Manpreet for winning the prestigious FIH Player of the Year award. He has matured over the years as a player and has proved his importance in the team. He has led India to important victories and I hope he continues to contribute to India's success in the coming years as well," he said. View the full article
Besides acting in films, Vijay Deverakonda is quite an activist as he's been speaking out against the Uranium sanctions given by the government of late that will potentially damage the environment. He's also recently launched his own clothing label catering to both men and women called 'Rowdy Wear' on retail site Myntra on 12 February 2020.
But coming back to his acting, his film, World Famous Lover is set to release on February 14, 2020 i.e today, which follows hits like Comrade, NOTA, and even Arjun Reddy for that matter. For one of his airport looks recently, Vijay Deverakonda was seen in a rather interesting outfit. Check it out:
This look is also easy to cop too if you would want to wear something similar that is stylish and functional at the same time too.
But for Vijay, courtesy his stylists, he never shies away from experimenting with outlandish fashion trends as well. He has previously pulled off quirky airport looks like the time he wore an outfit with no pants or the time when he wore a unique version of tie-up pants that looked like modern lungis.
We love how Vijay Deverakonda gives an exciting twist to everyday outfits that we can take a cue from in our lives too. View the full article
Nobody comes close to Akshay Kumar when it comes to the number of films he does in a year. He already has three films in the pipeline this year - he'll be next seen in Rohit Shetty's Sooryavanshi. Following which, he will also be seen in Laxmmi Bomb and Prithviraj.
And now, he has dropped a bomb on Twitter suggesting that thereâs one more project on its way for his fans. Akshay shared a new picture that shows him in three different avatars. In the picture, Akshay is seen as a young man, a jolly middle-aged man, and an old man.
Sharing the photo, the actor wrote, "Ek se bhale do, do se bhale teen Baap Re Baap, a Masaledaar entertainer coming your way soon. Watch out! #BaapReBaap.â
Ek se bhale do, do se bhale teenâ¦Baap Re Baap, A Masaledaar entertainer coming your way soon. Watch out ! #BaapReBaap pic.twitter.com/yP3MUXTp6c â Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 13, 2020 While the fans loved seeing him in this avatar, what they actually want is an update on Sooryavanshi more than anything. His Twitter feed was filled with people inquiring about Sooryavanshi making us believe that the movie has indeed built a strong hype around itself.
We Want Something About #Sooryavanshi Guruji â Dá´á´á´É´ Sá´Êá´ á´á´á´Êá´ Ë¢áµáµÊ³Ê¸áµáµáµâ¿Ë¢Ê°â± (@Akshay_Brigade) February 13, 2020WAITING FOR SOORYAVASHI TRAILER plz sir Give us any update â ÊoÉ´Êð®ð³SooryÎ±ÏÎ±Î·sÊÉª (@vinodgawai60) February 13, 2020
Sooryavnshi trailer sir g â Sonu Sooryavanshi 100% FB akkian (@sonu_214) February 13, 2020
Sooryavanshi ka update do na yr sir plzz â Deep Valesha (@Deep_Valeshaa) February 13, 2020
#Suryawanshi ka trailer kidhar hai sir ji pic.twitter.com/k6AkRwErPD â á´ÊÊá´ Êá´Êá´â (@UrstrulyArya_) February 13, 2020
Guruji Sooryavanshi update dedo pic.twitter.com/y7GBLkRtIo â Bade Dilwala Ë¢áµáµÊ³Ê¸áµáµáµâ¿Ë¢Ê°â± (@AKKIsCHamp) February 13, 2020
Well, Rohit Shettyâs next cop drama is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated movies of 2020. In fact, last year, a BTS picture of Akshay hanging upside down from a helicopter surfaced on the internet and went viral as people are expecting to see Akshay as their old âKhiladi Kumarâ.
View this post on InstagramCasually hanging, off a helicopter...just another day on the sets of #Sooryavanshi ð
P.S. Do NOT try this on your own, all stunts are performed under expert supervision ðð»A post shared by (@akshaykumar)The film has been in the headlines as fans are eagerly waiting to see Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn reprise their roles from Simmba and Singham respectively. The movie will also star Gulshan Grover, Abhimanyu Singh, Niharica Raizada, Jackie Shroff, Sikandar Kher, Nikitin Dheer and Vivan Bhatena in prominent roles.