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  1. The wedding season is back and like an old book, we know the full story of how it will go down for all of us. We will get drunk, dance our hearts out, eat like a maniac and be extremely excited because chances are that one of our friends, or our cousins are taking the plunge this year. So, while you decide what you have to wear to catch the eye of the prettiest girl at the wedding, here are 10 Punjabi songs you can add to the list of songs you have to dance to at your BFF's wedding this time. 1. Lehenga Probably one of the most played songs this wedding season and rightly so! Every girl is dancing to it, so in case you are in the 'team bride', this can be your jam. 2. Gur Naalo Ishq Mitha Trust Honey Singh to add his groove to any old number. This classic song has been remixed by the Yo!Yo! king himself and you can obviously not avoid performing to it with the whole crew. 3. Morni Banke Get everyone on the dance floor because this one is the perfect crowd puller for friends from both the sides. 4. Taarefan Whether it is the boys asking the girls, or the bride tribe grooving to it, this track is a great song to be added to the performance chart. 5. Veer Ji Vyon Is there any other number which sums up how one feels when your best friend gets married? Perfect song to dance on the 'baraat'. 6. Tommy You can either choreograph it or do an impromptu gig dancing to this fun song. 7. Panjeba Another song for the bride tribe which is not about your BFF being a coy bride, but one 'bindaas' babe ready to tie the knot as her friends dance to this song. 8. Sauda Khara Khara No wedding is complete without a Sukhbir number where the crowd chants 'Oho' while the DJ turns down the volume. This classic number is back in time for the entire friend crew looking for a group dancing number. 9. Mithi Mithi Perfect song for the bros to challenge the 'Banno' ki 'sahelis' to a dance off on this number. 10. Wonderland This is a three-year-old track but nothing tells a girl that your bro loves her more than this absolutely crazy dance number. View the full article
  2. A Sikh-American organisation in Washington has pledged to support plantation of 100 forests in Punjab and other parts of India to combat climate change. According to Hindustan Times, members of the organisation said during its 7th Gala that the initiative is an effort to fight climate change by planting Guru Nanak Sacred forests in Punjab and other parts of India. © Twitter The statement issued by the organisation said, “The planting of 100 Guru Nanak Sacred forests will also help EcoSikh reach its target of planting one million trees in honour of Guru Nanak's 550th birth-anniversary.” The EcoSikh has already planted around 120 mini-forests of 550 trees in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujrat, Delhi, Jammu and Chandigarh. Shubhednu Sharma from Afforestt said, “This will restore nature's imbalance in Punjab and other parts of India. The world is facing a pollution crisis and it is affecting the health of our children. Planting a forest is the best investment for our collective future.” © Twitter EcoSikh's global president Rajwant Singh said, “We feel that planting a forest in our backyard, schools, colleges, and gurdwaras can go a long way to purify our surroundings and make a dent in carbon sequestering”. Keeping in mind that climate change is the biggest threat the world is facing right now and the organisation's efforts are worth appreciating. View the full article
  3. Pregnancy is not a child's play and no one else can relate to the struggles and pain that a woman goes through while giving birth. But, that was a few hours ago. Now, there are two men who can also imagine how painful the entire process is (without actually giving birth to a child) - Akshay Kumar and Diljit Dosanjh. Akshay and Diljit are currently busy promoting their upcoming film Good Newwz which also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kiara Advani among others. The film talks about two couples - Mr. and Mrs. Batra (Akshay Kumar-Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh-Kiara Advani), who get entangled in a bizarre situation, when the hospital they go to for IVF procedure confuses their names and ends up exchanging the sperms. © Dharma Productions As part of the promotion, Akshay and Diljit recently tried the labour pain test to understand and experience the kind of pain a woman goes through while delivering a baby. Akshay shared the video on social media and wrote, "Diljit Dosanjh and me experience labour pain : Good Newwz. A small step to understand what mothers go through by @diljitdosanjh & me. Dil se - RESPECT to all the mummies out there, delivering #GoodNewwz is harder than anyone can imagine!" View this post on Instagram A small step to understand what mothers go through by @diljitdosanjh & me. Dil se - RESPECT to all the mummies out there, delivering #GoodNewwz is harder than anyone can imagine!♥ï¸ @dharmamovies A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Dec 13, 2019 at 10:09pm PST Honestly, watching the two scream in pain is scary and kind of brave on their part. Directed by Raj Mehta, Good Newwz is expected to release on December 27. View the full article
  4. Let's face it - your beard is an asset that helps you garner a lot of attention, right? Well, if that's the case, you should appreciate your beard because it can just do more than that. We have time and again spoken about ways you can grow a beard but there are several other reasons why you should not shave. Now that winter is here, your beard will be more than just an asset. If you didn't know it already, we can tell you that growing a beard has been linked to many health benefits as well. All you need to do is to take care of your beard this season and let it do the rest. Check out these solid health benefits you can attain with your hair follicles! 1. Sun Protection According to a study published by Oxford University, it is said that your facial hair acts as a barrier and protects your skin from UV radiation. The beard is a topmost layer in your skin that stops the rays from reaching the dermis which means no sunburn for you. If you have a long beard, you have enough protection. However, you should still continue using sunscreen when you step out. © Instagram,Ranveer singh 2. Keeps You Warm While the whole world is busy hoarding jackets and scarves, all you need is your beard, a warmer for winters. Studies have shown that a beard can keep you warm. When the cold weather hits, the hair tends to adjust with it and traps the heat that is closer to your skin. Your beard is not just protection but also a wind barrier when it is too chilly outside. © Istock 3. Retains Skin's Moisture Even though it is winter you still need moisturising. But for someone who has a beard, the frequency is less. The beard helps trap the oil and saves your skin from stripping completely. When it comes to applying creams, avoid using thick ones with your beard. You can also get your hands on beard oil or conditioner to keep your beard hydrated! © Istock 4. Beard Reduces Skin Infections Shaving constantly is one of the biggest culprits of ingrown hair, razor burns etc. With a beard, you don't have to fret much. A beard tends to add a protective layer to your skin that can save you from the ugly wrath of these things. Besides that, it also controls pollen grains and other infectious particles to reach your skin. © Istock View the full article
  5. Let's admit that almost everyone has or had one teacher they were biased towards and always looked up to. That teacher was the coolest human being they ever came across. However, that coolness was never related to Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics. Honestly, I can never imagine a Maths or Physics teacher without a grumpy face. They always looked angry or upset wth something or someone. But, Professor David Wright is different and way cooler than people half his age. At 71, this man is jumping on pogo sticks, running around his classroom, making ice-cream for his class, playing with makeshift skate boards and more, just to make his students enjoy the class instead of being bored from all the lectures. Y'all need to see this video collage of all the crazy things my Physics Professor did this semesterð­. He's in his 70s and is still doing all of this for usð¥ºð — Erica⨠(@its_riccaa) December 11, 2019 This professor has now gone viral and is winning hearts online after one of his students shared a video of how cool he is, and how there's no air around him despite having his own science show. The student wrote, "Y'all need to see this video collage of all the crazy things my Physics Professor did this semester. He's in his 70s and is still doing all of this for us." Had our teachers been this fun, we would have never left our schools or colleges - tsk, tsk. You can tell he enjoys this so much and I... — Candice Nicole (@CandiceNikole_) December 12, 2019 Now I wish I had him as my teacher, that is inspiring and unfair that Gov't doesn't pay enough to attract more such talent. — Dadbod (@Dadbod97992267) December 13, 2019 I hate physics but this guy reminds me of my physics professor who actually made the subject really fun. Bless the hearts of passionate and inspiring professors like them — Yve (ì) ðð¦ & ð¡ SUGA's Interlude (@aurorablueskies) December 12, 2019 Shout out to the kids that let him have fun without booing him — Fat Doug Mendoza (@yu_gee_oh) December 13, 2019 Shout out to the kids that let him have fun without booing him — Fat Doug Mendoza (@yu_gee_oh) December 13, 2019 Shout out to these kinds of teachers that do it for the love — Megan the Stallion's knees (@WurrboutYoSelf) December 12, 2019 This is a man who genuinely loves to teach people ð𥺠 — Lyanna Mormont (@ksinatraa) December 12, 2019 That's a damn good professor and he can run pretty fast for being in his 70s — ðð¼âï¸ð Brit Brat ðð (@Brittheblonde1) December 12, 2019 I would love being in his class — Tyana Mari (@TyanaMari) December 12, 2019 This guy is like the real life Rick from Rick & Morty — V (@vaIdrin) December 11, 2019 As per the news reports, Professor Wright teaches conceptual physics at Tidewater Community College, Virginia. View the full article
  6. When it comes to cooking, we all love to experiment. After all, an extra packet of masala in Maggi or an extra spoonful of nutella on waffles don't hurt anyone. But, just like too many cooks spoil the broth, too much creativity with food is dangerous for health and, in some cases, disgusting. While people are still not done fighting over pineapple on pizza, others have gone on to commit major crimes by making food combinations that will make you throw up, without even trying it. One such recipe is this 'santra Maggi' or Maggi with oranges that has left the people on internet fuming with anger. For the first time, a 'comfort food' is making people uncomfortable. Just saw this on a friend's IG story bruh what are y'all smoking — PotatHOE (@potathoe69) December 11, 2019 This bizarre food combination was shared on Twitter with the caption "Just saw this on a friend's IG story bruh what are y'all smoking." People clearly lost their shit and honestly, we are not judging people who are mad at the 'michelin star' chef who invented this. thoroughly unappetising — dharmesh (@dharmesh_101) December 11, 2019 When a vegetarian try to make replica of Prawn noodle soup dish. ð — Dessie Aussie âï¸ (@uttampatel) December 12, 2019 — Your friendly neighborhood curly headed cutie (@Themessybungirl) December 11, 2019 — kamalx (@eatchickenbro) December 11, 2019 Ye subah subah kya dikha diya ð­ — Saurabh Mishra (@SaurabhM16) December 11, 2019 What did they thought they will make? Some sort of non fat detox drink? ð¤¦ð½âï¸ — Confused (@VasuDrashti) December 11, 2019 please get off the internet — yeet (@notjeet) December 11, 2019 This is not the first time someone went too far with his or her experiments. Thanks to some people, the world got served dishes like Kurkure Milkshake, Gulab Jamun Vadapav, or Kaju Katli with ketchup, and ice cream with french fries. View the full article
  7. Bollywood produces a truck load of movies every year out of which only some come across as mass-entertainers for various reasons. However, some movies also have climax sequences so confusing that the audience is flummoxed to no end. Here is a list of five such movies which were brilliantly filmed but had endings which left the viewers perplexed. 1. Talaash The movie had grief as its main theme. Wonderfully directed by Reema Kagti, it revolves around Aamir's character, Surjan trying to deal with the loss of his eight years old son and solving a case with the help of Rosie, who turns out to be a ghost eventually. The film explores the angle that maybe how sometimes, in order to make peace with life, we tend to believe in the unnatural. The movie ends with Surjan finding a note from his dead son which was not understood properly by many viewers. 2. Karthik Calling Karthik This psychological thriller, starring Farhan Akhtar in the titular role, deals with the problem of speaking to a stranger who is basically himself only, and is guided by this phone call on how to deal with his life. It is revealed that he suffers from schizophrenia and has been imagining a fake 'brother' of his own since he was a kid. The ending unfolds well but left the audience with a lot of questions as well. 3. Roy Even with a good star cast, this movie received a lot of flak for being weak in several parts of the plot. The idea of two stories running simultaneously in the movie was okay but the execution was not that great, especially towards the end where in Kabir's movie (Arjun Rampal), his characters (Ranbir and Jacqueline) reunite and he reunites with Ayesha( played by Jacqueline again). Yeah, confusing. 4. Lootera One of the most poignant movies of all times, this complicated love story is borrowed from the Last Leaf by O.Henry. Skipping to the part that the masses didn't really connect with was the part where the imagery and the metaphorical use of the 'last leaf' comes into play. As the last leaf falls, the curtains on the love and the life of Ranveer Singh's character is also drawn. 5. No Smoking This psychological thriller is based on a Stephen King's novel which explains the complexity of the plot. It follows the story of a chain smoker who takes up the challenge to quit smoking and check in to a rehab but gets caught in the web of Baba Bengali who guarantees to make the smoker quit. The end where K's (John Abraham) soul returns to his body and he wakes up to find two fingers missing confused the masses to no end. View the full article
  8. Amidst all the disturbing news in the country, here's a charming video of an elderly man dancing to the song 'Ghar aya mera pardesi' that will melt your heart and make you smile. The old man is showcasing his killer dance moves from a song of the 1951 film Awaara in the video. The film starred Rishi Kapoor and Nargis in the lead roles and was one of the chartbusters at that time. The video recently surfaced on the internet and is a two-minute clip that was shared by a user named Harsh Goenka on Twitter along with a caption which read, “You don't stop dancing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop dancing. Look at chacha jaan." You don't stop dancing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop dancing. Look at chacha jaan! — Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) December 13, 2019 The video is a reminder to all of us that age is just a number and even if we grow old we shouldn't stop having fun. Never let the child inside you die down even if you're growing old. Here's what the people have to say about the heartwarming performance of the charming old man. He is dancing through his eyes. ððð — khoob bhalo (@vikasmishra436) December 14, 2019 Such a rockstar !!!! — Maj Divya (@ThinkDivya) December 13, 2019 So true, age is just a number. Why not add life to years in place of adding number of years to life!! — Dr. Ajit Varwandkar (@Varwandkar) December 13, 2019 Energetic chacha can put any youngster to shameððð — Vidhya (@vidhilife) December 14, 2019 BJP member will have problem with this also they would say why is dancing on a hindu song. CAB. — Sandeep Saxena (@saxenasan) December 14, 2019 So beautiful. What you stay is true... whether one dances in public or private is one's choice... but kadam thirakte rehne chahiye... — Kirti Phadtare Pandey (@KirtiPandey) December 14, 2019 The video has garnered around 1k likes already and most people are hailing the man as a "rockstar" and we agree. The video also has around 163 re-tweets. View the full article
  9. Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor is one of the better-dressed men in Bollywood. So, the fact that the man belongs to a family full of people who are the most impeccably dressed celebrities in Bollywood, helps. © Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor/ Instagram For the uninitiated, Harsh Varrdhan has a rather impressive sneaker collection. Take a look: © Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor/ Instagram This post on the gram only proves that Harsh Varrdhan is a fond collector of hype-beasty kicks. Recently, another post on his Gram flaunted one of his recent finds. In the picture, Harsh Varrdhan is trying to fetch something from the vending machine in his new kicks, take a look: © Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor/ Instagram He's wearing the Rimowa Air Yeezy in tan by Nike. Here's a close look at the silhouette: © Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor/ Instagram It almost looks like a huge band-aid is covering his sneakers to prevent dirt to get inside the nooks and crannies of the sneaker. Or worse, the sneaker is being held together by the band-aid. Either way, it's a really cool silhouette. But this is no surprise, considering he's even beat Anand Ahuja with his style game. So, it's always a delight to see the killer kicks he pairs with his outfits. View the full article
  10. The most iconic show to hit our screens ended with a lot of disappointment this year. Yes, I am talking about Game of Thrones, and its season 8, which left us in a state of anger and confusion. So much so, that fans leveraged petitions for the season to be re-made, while they called out the writers David Benioff and DB Weiss for actually killing major character arcs ordinarily, towards the end and writing off powerful women characters, without giving their characters due justice or proper closure. © HBO Now Peter Dinklage, also known as Tyrion Lannister in the show, has come forward and spoken about how Daenerys' actual fate was always hinted to its audience from the beginning and we should have actually picked up on those 'signposts'. The character of Daenerys Targaryen goes from absolute naivety to a woman unleashing her fury on the world, ultimately ending with her demise. The slow twist of the dark turn of character simply put Benioff and Wiess in a lot of controversy for showing women characters poorly in the show. In an interview with The New Yorker, 50-year-old Dinklage claims that he understands that people loved Danny's character played by Emilia Clarke, but also said since the beginning, the show's plot line always hinted at where Daenerys' character was eventually heading. In the interview he stated: "Well, everybody's always going to have an opinion, and that means an ownership. It's like breaking up with somebody. They get upset. I can't speak for everybody, but my feeling is they didn't want it to end, so a lot of people got angry. I feel like what Dave and Dan did was extraordinary. This happens. Monsters are created. And you don't see it coming. We vote them into office. You look the other way. So for everybody to get upset because they loved a character so much and they had so much faith in that person there were signposts along the way for that character." © HBO He also added the fact that Daenerys transformation from a 'righteous leader', to a 'powerful autocrat' was happening all along and everyone should have noticed the transition. "It added up to something. There are people who've named their children Khaleesi. You've just got to maybe wait till the series finale before you get that tattoo or name your golden retriever Daenerys! I can't help you! I'm sorry. She went mad. She was driven to that, and she's a victim as well in terms of how she was treated. She went through it, and she came out angry, as a lot of us do," he added further to the interview. © HBO Well, he is right about naming your dogs and babies on an impulse, when a TV show character is still being built. A lot of people named their girls and their dogs Khaleesi and well, Khaleesi met her unfortunate fate. Well, obviously this isn't mirroring the fate of people and dogs who're named the same but maybe having a bit of patience to see how the character unravels can help you naming your loved ones better. Although, Khaleesi aka Daenerys was a fearless ruler, her character arc did take an unfortunate turn towards the end. View the full article
  11. I recently happened to have the opportunity to trek up to Tiger's Nest in Paro, Bhutan. The trek, considered a difficult one by most standards, is one of the most breathtaking journeys comprising of majestic views, cold winds, narrow steep trails, dozens of mules accompanying you along with thousands of tourists undertaking the renowned journey. While a trek up to a mountain is known to have therapeutic effects, it isn't everyone's cup of tea. To that effect, here are ten simple guidelines to make your trek memorable and more importantly doable. 1. Carry your own stick © Unsplash The single most important element while embarking on a trek is to carry your own stick (walking stick, no pun intended). Available for hire for a measly sum at the base point of the mountain, these should not be seen as a sign of old age or questionable manhood, but as necessary tools to prevent relentless pressure on your knees through the arduous journey. The trek to Tiger's Nest corresponds to 160 floors and hence a walking stick is a great way to ease the burden on your knees. In case you are unable to comprehend 160 floors, climb up the flight of stairs to your office on the 8th floor one morning. Multiply that 20 times and you get the general drift. 2. Sleep well the previous night © Unsplash As with most important landmarks in life, sleeping well the night before is a great way to prepare yourself. Given the altitude difference and the brutality of the impending trail, a good night's sleep is a great way to get your body ready for the difficult road ahead. It is best avoidable waking up binge watching trashy movies (Housefull 4 anyone?) and being hungover one night before a difficult trek. 3. Eat light © Unsplash Contrary to common perception, a tummy that is half full is highly recommended before embarking on a difficult trek. While it is obvious you don't want to initiate a difficult journey with a bad tummy, you shouldn't feel too heavy on the narrow trails, loaded with lots of carbohydrates. It is advisable to eat a little, preferably a protein-oriented diet before the journey. Avoid your daily diet of chicken burgers and mutton biryani the night before. After all, at the end of the trek, you would want to emerge a few grams lighter, isn't it? 4. Avoid the mules © Sandeep Das Domesticated animals - horses & mules are often employed to take tired tourists to the top. While I was climbing up Tiger's Nest, I noticed the mules drafting their own wayward journey on the narrow trails. There are abundant stories of tourists falling off these domesticated animals doing themselves some serious injury. If you still do happen to embark on a mule, your respect for the hapless creature should go up by the end of the trek and you should stop calling your juniors 'gadhe' in office. 5. Take a break every 15 minutes © Sandeep Das A trek up is neither a race nor a platform to show off on Instagram (quite a surprising revelation, isn't it). An upward trek is already difficult on the body with the altitude difference. In addition, everyone's physical fitness is on the decline with the onset of sedentary lifestyles. I highly recommend a mandatory break every 15 minutes to support your body while it goes through this journey. To be honest, with our lifestyles, our bodies will force you to take a break every 15 minutes whether you like it or not. 6. Enjoy the breathtaking views © Sandeep Das More than the end point of reaching the summit, the beauty of a mountain trek is the journey. Take a break and enjoy the breathtaking views - the thick line of fog, dense cover of greenery, the pure air, the narrow by-lanes and most importantly life without a cellular network. With most cellular operators not working properly in the biggest metros in India, you can be rest assured you won't receive cellular signal mid way to the top of the mountain. In case you do get it, we suggest you download the latest episodes on Netflix before coming back home. 7. Life is about Instagram - keep taking pictures © Sandeep Das Let's be honest to ourselves, most things in life are about maintaining a great profile page on Instagram and getting your neighbour jealous. Keep your phone well charged and take a lot of pictures. You should target at least 3 - 5 good pictures and enjoy the look of envy on your neighbour's face once you are back in office. 8. Wear a good pair of shoes and carry a light bag © Unsplash It is absolutely necessary to carry a light bag with only the bare essentials - a bottle of water, an umbrella, a few strips of band-aid and some protein bars. It isn't a great idea to carry your laptop, your laptop charger, your make up accessories, your tablet, your tablet charger, a party dress, etc. It is unlikely you will be taking a conference call with your boss from the deep recesses of the mountain. In addition, the mountains don't appreciate if you write a software code while ascending. The right footwear is a must too. 9. Be nice to fellow hikers © Unsplash You will see all sorts of people climbing alongside you - some will coast up effortlessly, some will take regular breaks while some will struggle and make the trip back. As there is no annual appraisal involved, do lend a helping hand to a tired tourist over a ridge or wear a simple smile. You will be amazed at how helpful it can be to the other person. A trek up to the mountain is not a marathon where the time taken to complete it has to be blabbered relentlessly on Twitter. 10. Be physically active from a week before © Skeeze As most of us purchase gym memberships and rarely use them, our physical fitness is slightly behind Virat Kohli's. In addition, physical fitness is more than doing 20 push ups in office to impress the pretty colleague of yours. Do get physically active a week before to acclimatise your body to the impending trek. In conclusion, I strongly recommend that everyone undertakes a trek to a mountain once a year. Besides the natural beauty, it is a great way to clear your mind and appreciate the smaller valuable gifts life has bestowed you with. There is no better way to undertake a digital detox. The guide above should go a long way in making that difficult journey easy and memorable. Author bio: Sandeep Das, is an MBA from IIM Bangalore and an alumni of INSEAD. He is an avid writer and has authored 'Yours Sarcastically' and 'Satan's Angels'. He can be contacted at View the full article
  12. The day has finally come when Microsoft has officially revealed the next Xbox that will be called 'Xbox Series X'. It was previously known as Project Scarlett and we finally know what the console will look like. It is set to release in 2020 holiday season and will be compatible with Xbox One games too. As of now, we only know what the console looks like and it resembles a very muted gaming PC rig. © YouTube/The Game Awards You will notice that the Xbox Series X looks very similar to a desktop pc case and will be very familiar for PC gamers. It sure is a bold design for a gaming console as it looks more like a tower that will take a lot of space. This particular console will be able to run physical discs, however new rumours suggest a digital-only console is also in the works. Alongside the new console, Microsoft also showed off the new controller that isn't too different from the current unit. The most notable change is a new “Share Button” similar to the PlayStation 4 that can be used to upload images and videos to popular social media websites. The controller also has a new D-Pad design that is based on the new Xbox Elite 2 controller. This new controller will be compatible with the Xbox One, and Windows 10 PCs as well. © Xbox The new console will also launch with game titles that are currently in development such as Halo Infinite. However, at the Game Awards, Microsoft also showed off a new game i.e. Senua's Saga: HellBlade II, a sequel to Ninja Theory's Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Now that Microsoft has revealed what the console will be called and what it will look like, we just need to know the technical specifications and names of new exclusive games come for the console. There is no word how much the Xbox Series X will cost or when exactly it will launch during next year's holiday season. We sort of have an idea what the console will be made of and you can have a detailed read here. © Xbox Now that Microsoft has already revealed the next generation of Xbox gaming, it's Sony's turn to showcase the PlayStation 5. There is a good chance that the Japanese company will show off the PlayStation 5 at its State of Play event in February 2020. Whether the company was planning to showcase it or not; Microsoft has now forced Sony to reveal the PlayStation 5, thanks to the Xbox Series X' reveal. Now that Microsoft has already revealed the next generation of Xbox gaming, it's Sony's turn to showcase the PlayStation 5. There is a good chance that the Japanese company will show off the PlayStation 5 at its State of Play event in February 2020. Whether the company was planning to showcase it or not; Microsoft has now forced Sony to reveal the PlayStation 5, thanks to the Xbox Series X' reveal. View the full article
  13. How can we deny the marvel that is Google? If there is anything in this world you seek an answer or explanation to (except if that girl loves you), trust Google to do all the dirty work for you and present you with a reliable answer (for the most part). As the year comes to an end, here is a list of top 'What Is...' searches on Google in 2019 that Indians sought an answer to, and believe us, the kind of relevant and poignant questions that have made it to the Top 10 are definitely praiseworthy. With simple yet valuable questions making it to the list, it proves that we as a nation have come a long way. We are looking at better things, we want to learn and educate ourselves about things we may not be well-aware of, and we want to step into the next decade as aware and confident citizens. Check out the top 10 questions Indians asked Google in 2019, and trust us, you are going to be proud of this one: 1. What Is Article 370? © Reuters By far one of the most controversial subjects that gripped India in 2019, abrogation of Article 370 by the Government in October this year opened up a wide chasm of debate and discussions related to the special status that had been granted to the state of Jammu & Kashmir in 1954. A lot has been said and done regarding the move since, and it seems most Indians came to Google seeking answers that weren't readily available elsewhere. 2) What Is Exit Poll? © Reuters Over the past few years, more and more Indians are taking greater interest in Indian politics and the political scenario in the country. Elections seem to have succeeded in attracting more personal attention lately, though the credibility of the same has become questionable since the Maharashtra assembly polls. However, it's good to see that more people want to learn about exit polls and not just if their party is winning. 3) What Is A Black Hole? © NASA This one never grows old, does it? While a very base understanding will tell you that it is a place in space where the pull of gravity is so magnificent even light cannot escape from it, many astronomy enthusiasts continue to wait for answers to their more intricate questions on the subject. 4) What Is Howdy Modi? © Twitter Ah! The mega 'Howdy Modi' event that took the global media by storm, it was big enough for the Indian populace to dig up more dirt on one of the biggest events held for a foreign minister in the US. What turned this into an even bigger deal was the US President participating in the event! 5) What Is E-Cigarette? © Unsplash Erm, we don't know what is not obvious about the name, but we hope people really looked it up to find out its pros and cons in an attempt to quit tobacco. (Talk about wishful thinking.) And, of course, the ban on e-cigarettes by the Centre would have also added to the search volume. 6) What Is The DLS Method In Cricket? © Reuters Well, talk about India and its unwavering love for the game of cricket. Indians are so into this sport, we even looked up what the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method is to better understand and enjoy the game. Wah, je baat! An aware fan is any day better than just being an enthusiast, right? 7) What Is The Ayodhya Case? © BCCL We were pretty sure this one would pop up on the list, and for obvious reasons. The landmark verdict on the Ayodhya Ramjanmabhoomi Land Dispute was made by the Supreme Court in November 2019 after thirty years of wait. 8) What Is Article 15? © Zee Music Company This perhaps has a lot to do with Ayushmann Khurrana's film by the same name. Unfortunately, it took an entire film and over two hours of run time for us to learn about a very important aspect of the Indian Constitution that Indians have been turning a blind eye towards for the longest time. Good to see people wanted to learn more about it. 9) What Is Surgical Strike? © RSVP Movies Uri, is that you? We guess it is. This one also has a lot to do with our patriotic sentiments and we totally understand why more and more people wanted to learn about the entire deal. And we trust Vicky Kaushal had a major role to play in it. 10) What Is National Register Of Citizens Of India? © BCCL Well, something that's still chasing the country to the end of the decade, NRC and the many debates surrounding it are here to stay. At least for a while. And it's understandable why people want to learn and understand it for their personal knowledge and benefit. View the full article
  14. Christmas is almost here and a lot of people, not living in India, are getting a holiday bonus, you know, that thing we should've gotten during Diwali? Well, the generosity of one boss, in particular, is putting literally everyone else to shame. Edward St. John, founder of St. John Properties, a Baltimore-based commercial real estate firm, set the bar way too high after giving away a total of $10 million as a holiday bonus to all of his employees. 10 million freaking dollars, that's about 71 crore rupees. © St. John Properties The best part of it all was that it went down at a holiday party, which means all the employees were together and they opened their envelopes containing their individual checks at the same time. The individual amount was based on their years of service, with some people even getting a bonus of an outrageous amount like $270,000, which is almost two crore rupees. Imagine getting a check like that, I wouldn't know how to behave. Talking about the entire thing, Melissa Alleman, the company's payroll and benefits administrator, said, "I remember opening the envelope, seeing the number, blinking my eyes a couple of times because I thought my vision was off and then hugging my coworkers. I think I said a few times, 'I can't breathe,' I felt a little nauseous and then just celebrated." © St. John Properties She added, "I felt like I finally lived out my own Hallmark movie." Even the newest employee wasn't left out; apparently, the employee who started his job the Monday after the holiday party got a $100 check. Larry Maykrantz, the president of the company, said, "I'll never forget it when all of the employees at the same time opened up their envelope and saw their individual bonus amount. There was crying, screaming, hugging, laughing. They were so overcome with emotion." © St. John Properties He added, "Then they all stormed forward to the podium and over the next hour they shook our hands and told us what they were going to use the money for. I heard over and over again that night that this was a life-changing event." This Oprah-esque moment was a result of the company reaching its goal of a portfolio of 20 million-square-feet of real estate, which was set way back in 2005. Well, looks like it was a long time coming and they found the perfect way to celebrate the incredible feat. Maykrantz said, "We wanted it to be impactful and we wanted to in a big way say, 'Thank you'. This was something to thank them for the last 48 years of our organization and the achievement we just reached." Moreover, this was a bonus-bonus. The employees will receive their normal, annual holiday bonus and their profit-sharing bonus in the New Year. If you're jealous about the fact that you don't work there right now, join the club. A message to our boss, please consider the first two lines of this song. And lastly, a message for the company - are y'all hiring? (Just kidding) View the full article
  15. On any given day, there are over 20 million Indians playing PUBG on their mobile phones - whether on a break at work, having a quick session with their roommates or just enjoying a solo run while on the commute home, this game has, without question, turned into an overnight sensation since its launch in early 2018. One of the most popular and skilled players that surfaced in the following months turned out to be Navi Mumbaiâs Naman âMortaLâ Mathur - frontman and attacker for one of Indiaâs most successful international gaming outfits, Team Soul. Streaming to audiences of millions every day and putting India on the global esports map, we sat down for an exclusive interview with Naman, which you can check out here. We also took a moment to steal some sage PUBG advice from the pro himself - hereâs what he suggests that players keep in mind during a round of battle-royale goodness. Itâs Not About Loot - Itâs About Positioning View this post on InstagramYour ups and downs are your challenges which you will face. Never give up. Because you have already come a long way. #pubgmobile #pubg #mortal #Mortalarmy #dreamhack @nodwingaming @thatesportscameraguy @8bit_thug @soul_viper Thank you for standing by me since the beginning of us â¤ï¸ #s8ul #OnePlus #NeverSettleA post shared by (@ig_mortal) Often when launching into a game of PUBG, itâs common to see players dart about with reckless abandon, trying their best to secure loot. With 35 weapons and several kinds of gear and consumables to add to your arsenal, it might sound tempting to focus on picking up as much as you can find - although this comes at a tactical cost. âRight now, most people think that if they have a lot of loot, theyâll win the game,â notes Naman. "Itâs not about loot, itâs about position. Letâs say you have an Uzi, one of the smallest weapons in the game, and someone else has an M249 machine gun, with a level 3 backpack and everything. Even with all of this, if you catch him in the wrong position, heâs going to die anyway. Remember, itâs not about the loot - itâs about positioning.â Focus On One Particular Drop View this post on InstagramWhen pressure surrounds you. Just breath, smile and thumbs up ðA post shared by (@ig_mortal) PUBG features four maps of varying sizes - ranging from 64 km² to 16 km². All of them have their own intricacies and challenges to master, though youâll often find teams pushing either towards conflict-heavy zones or safer spots. Naman suggests a better long-term strategy. âRight now in India, most teams have a fixed dropsite. If you play with the same group, itâs best to focus on one particular drop, regardless of whether youâre being followed by other squads - if you keep practicing with the same area, youâll learn the map better and can use that to your advantage in any situation.â Remain Calm And Composed View this post on InstagramThank you for having me here Jaipur ð Insane energy ð­ Insane vibes âºï¸ post shared by (@ig_mortal) Like any shooter, a lot of PUBG success depends simply on whether you can hit your targets before they can hit you, and several beginners find themselves frustrated after repeated deaths in 1v1 situations. While gun attachments help a bit with accuracy, Naman suggests that thereâs no shortcut to skillful playing. âItâs not really about searching for the right grip for your gun, even if you donât have an attachment you can still aim. The only way is to remain calm and composed - you can improve your skills in the training grounds. Muscle memory is the most important thing here, and it comes only with practice.â No Risk, No Reward View this post on InstagramDIGITAL DISRUPTOR 2019 ð THANK YOU @mensxpofficial ! Managed by @8bit_thug CREATIVE CREDITS: Editor-in-chief: Namrata Nongpiur (@namratanongpiur ) Associate Editor: Alshaar (@thealshaar ) Style Editor: Siddharth Batra (@siddharth93batra ) Photographer: Sushant Chhabria @sushantchhabria Video Director: Zain Anwar (@zainanwarrr ) Art: Nirali Dedhia (@niralidedhia ) Assistant Stylist: Adita Dutta Assistant Video Director: Rudraksh Chebba DOP: Simarjit Singh Video Editors: Souvik Basu Thakur, Vasavi GinodiaA post shared by (@ig_mortal) PUBG certainly isnât a game for the faint of heart. While most shooters have you competing with 15-31 other players, the battle-royale genre is a 100-man show with no respawns once youâre taken down. In short, if you want to win, itâs all or nothing. âI believe that you need to take risks - thatâs the first thing. Nothing is going to do itself for you. Take risks, keep moving around and believe in your aim. You need to practice such that you have the confidence to take down anyone in a 1v1 battle, or any such scenario. In regular matches, you donât gain anything by camping around - you need to move and explore your skill sets.â View the full article