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  1. The Indian Premier League (IPL) has taken a page out of the book of the National Basketball League (NBA) and have decided to organise an exhibition âAll-Starâ match ahead of the 2020 edition of the month and a half-long tournament. With the league scheduled to begin from March 29, 2020, the match, which is the first of its kind, will be taking place four days before on March 24. Out of the eight franchises that play in the IPL, one team will be selected with players from the South and West teams while the other will have to choose from teams that belong to the cities in North and East. The Indian Premier League has an all-star game now But who should make the teams? Have your say in our poll â¤µï¸ https://t.co/nAQ3OeBk6L â ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 28, 2020 âYes, we are doing it the NBA style, like they have East versus West (Eastern Conference versus Western Conference), and we intend to make it an annual fixture,â the IPL official told The Indian Express. âThe venue for the match hasnât been decided yet. Also, itâs premature to comment on who will lead the respective teams.â This, by default, means that players from some of the most talent-laden teams such as Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore will play together. This also means that three of the most recent captains of the Indian national team in Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will have the opportunity to represent one side, just like the good old days. © Reuters Dhoni, who has missed out on checking in with the Indian cricket board about his future with the national team in the last six months, had confirmed that the will be a part of the 2020 edition of the IPL as the CSK leader. According to reports, he has also made himself available for the exhibition match. One of the biggest questions that now rises is who will be made captain of this all-star team, especially with so much talent, experience and firepower the âSouth-Westâ team will be possessing? #IPL2020 All Star match likely to be held on March 26th. First team from North & East : KXIP, RR, DC and KKR Second team from South & West : CSK, MI, SRH and RCB MSD, Kohli and Hitman in one team. Who will lead? â VIVO IPL 2020 (@IPLCricket) January 28, 2020 Having said that, the match will surely turn out to be a major throwback for the fans of the Indian cricket team and those who appreciate all the aforementioned athletes for the years and years worth of service as a part of the Men in Blue. View the full article
  2. An athlete, an actor, a model, a fitness coach and a fitness influencer - there are many hats that Viren Sushil Barman wears. People might remember him as the guy who was the first runner up in Mr India, back in 2016. However, for people who follow him on Instagram, he is actually way more than that - he, for many men, is the reason why they take fitness so seriously. View this post on InstagramPrepping for shopping season ð¤ð Try this exercise if you want to become a genuine badass, and I can promise you your lady will be happy too. ððGot 50kgs on the bar. Wouldnât say itâs heavy, but just right for today. Had a long day shooting, donât underestimate the stress even a mental activity can put on the nervous system ðð»ââï¸ðð» . . . . #fitness #health #exercise #fitfam #gym #strength #strong #sixpack #fit #men #lean #muscle #bodybuilding #functional #cardio #fitnessblogger #delhi #blogger #indiaA post shared by (@virensushilbarman) In a day and age when inclusivity and body image positivity is the becoming the norm, do beauty pageants even make sense? Ever wondered how do models, especially men who have performed on as massive a platform as Mr India, groom themselves? Well, Viren, answers a few such questions, as we sat down with him for a little chat. Edited Excerpts: Q. When did you start taking fitness seriously? I was always an athlete growing up, so there was never a time when fitness wasnât a part of who I am. But in the year 2013, right after graduating, I started to work at a very well-known multinational corporation. Only a couple of months into it, I realised I wasnât cut out for the corporate world because I didnât want to see my health deteriorate. Thatâs when I quit and invested all my time into studying about health and caught hold of the reigns of my life. Recently in 2018, I joined the Adidas Runner community which further helped me train and run with people with a similar mindset encouraging me to push boundaries and work towards my fitness goal. © Instagram/virensushilbarman Q. Walk us through your typical work out session. I typically have a full-body training three days a week and do cardio three days a week, which includes long walks and a pick-up game of basketball or boxing. Iâm currently following a block periodization program I made. The focus for the first four weeks is on hypertrophy (muscle gain), followed by a focus on strength (itâs all about the big numbers in this phase) for four weeks and then power (focus on being explosive and on acceleration) for four weeks. View this post on InstagramTried out this new kettlebell swing inspired by @tmacsinc. Used this as a finisher to my heavy pull workout. Itâs pretty goddamn amazing because youâre training multiple elements at the same time. . . . #fitness #fitfam #exercise #health #sixpack #abs #core #training #workout #kettlebell #functional #movement #cardio #strength #spartan #mindsetA post shared by (@virensushilbarman) Q. What is that one aspect regarding fitness that men tend to ignore? I think most men tend to go wrong by ignoring two things. Firstly, a lot of men skip legs and end up looking like a brick being held up by a couple of chopsticks. Secondly, most guys just show up to the gym without a plan. Itâs literally like trying to build a house without a blueprint. Thatâs why, at our Adidas Runners and training sessions, we help people figure out how to get a structure behind their training. It is often centred around the principles of culture, purpose, transformation and participation. View this post on InstagramThis has recently become one of my favourite core exercises. I do it to build core, lower back, grip and forearm strength. Try it and let me know what you guys think. . . . . #fitness #workout #fitfam #exercise #core #strength #strong #train #coaching #personaltrainer #fit #fitnessmotivation #model #fitnessmodel #health #cardio #training #athlete #transformation #inspiration #motivationA post shared by (@virensushilbarman) Q. Did you ever face any insecurity about your own body? If yes, how did you deal with it? When I had just started training at the gym, I saw a lot of guys much bigger and stronger than me. I was almost embarrassed to hit the weight room. But I realised itâs just a matter of being consistent, patient, and not giving up hope. Iâm glad to say that it all paid off and helped me build not just my physique, but an iron mindset. Later, joining the Adidas Runner community made me feel even more empowered on the journey of transformation. © Instagram/virensushilbarman Q. What is the toughest challenge according to you, when it comes to obtaining and maintaining a body in shape? Nutrition will make you or break you. A lot of people still stick to the old school ideas of bulking and cutting, eating bland and boiled food, chicken breast and other such outdated ideas. I find this quite ridiculous because we have access to such great and free resources such as MensXP, Adidas Runners, Youtube, Instagram, etc. For both aesthetics and performance, dialling in your nutrition is key. © Instagram/virensushilbarman Q. In this day and age where the regular notions of beauty are being challenged and where we are moving towards a more inclusive and body-positive definition of beauty, how relevant do you think are beauty and glamour pageants? I feel that the pendulum had swung too far to one side with what was thought to be beautiful. People pushed themselves to very unhealthy physical and mental states and although it would look very impressive, it didnât leave a great example for the people who they ended up inspiring. I love that thereâs a gradual trend towards a more inclusive and body-positive definition of beauty. This is where beauty and glamour pageants could actually be beneficial, by rewarding a standard of beauty that is synonymous with health more than anything. Iâm hopeful that the beauty pageants are going to slowly move in that direction. © Instagram/virensushilbarman Q. How would you define your signature style? What are some must-have wardrobe staples for men, according to you? My signature style is anything that is classic and timeless. A crisp white shirt, tailor-made three-piece suit, comfortable pair of denim, solid t-shirts and Chelsea boots are some absolute must-have articles. © Instagram/virensushilbarman Q. What is your grooming routine? Any grooming essentials that you simply canât do without? For my daily grooming routine, I use a very mild face wash with a face sponge. Follow that up with a shave, aloe vera, tweeze the stray hairs. Top it up with a great moisturiser, which is something I canât do without. © Instagram/virensushilbarman Q. What is that one piece of advice about fitness, that you wish someone had given to you when you were younger? I wish I wouldâve worked on my Glutes way sooner. Most guys, if not all, think Glutes training is only for women. This couldnât be further from the truth. The Gluteus muscles are simply the most important to train in the human body. Get to it. As much as people like to bash social media, there's no denying the fact that a large chunk of our lives is being shaped by it. What better way to really gauge this phenomenon than by the rise of influencers over platforms like YouTube and Instagram? Indeed, the world has become one small 'gram'. As a series, Influencing The 'Gram seeks to explore how social media influencers have changed the way we think of fashion over the decade, and how for most of them, even though they consider themselves to be ardent renegades, fashion and style contribute immensely to their online personas. View the full article
  3. India has a long and rich heritage of creating fables with fabrics and textiles which have always had the ability to leave people spellbound. Of the present crop of these storytellers (read designers) who have made a momentous impact on the zeitgeist of traditional menswear, Raghavendra Rathore, both as a brand and as a name is one, which can never be left out. © Rathore At a time when deconstruction, kitsch, pastiche and asymmetry are all the rage, Raghavendra Rathore has managed to remain unapologetically (and for a change, refreshingly) traditional and true to his Jodhpuri roots. From the King of Jaipur, Maharaja Padmanabh Singh aka Pacho, to the king of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, his creations have often graced stalwarts from various fields, with an aesthetic sensibility that is modernistic, aristocratic, and at its core, regally Indian. © Rathore Not many people know this, but Rathore himself is a blue-blooded aristocrat and a part of the Royal Family of Jodhpur. We sat down with this prince of Jodhpur and had a casual chat about Indian fashion, how individuality will always be at the core of style, and how fashion and fashion buying function in the day and age of Instagram. Edited Excerpts: © Rathore Considering your illustrious legacy of over 25 years, how would you say as a veteran of Indian Fashion, has the industry grown over the years? Fashion is something which evolves or changes with time, which is structured in the âfashion worldâ as âseasonâ. The phenomenon is acknowledged globally. Driving these âseasonsâ and changing trends are big money and business; hence the industry is more competitive now than ever. What you see with designers today transcends first to top end opinion-makers mainly movie stars; then to stores, and finally to streetwear. Fashion, therefore, is transient- it catches a moment; hence there are so many changes that one could see. Your creations have a regal and aristocratic appeal, especially in your bespoke creations. What mindset do you work with when you create ensembles for someone like Shah Rukh Khan, or Maharaja Padmanabh Singh, for that matter? Our work ethos and artistic sensibilities remain the same and donât vary from person to person. However, when we cater to someone as charming as Shah Rukh Khan, we make sure that his individuality of that romantic aura reflects well with the kind of clothes he wears. On the other hand, Maharaja Padmanabh Singh is as royal as our design inspiration and can make any outfit look grand and spectacular. © Instagram/raghavendra.rathore What direction do you see the Indian fashion industry taking? It wonât be wrong to say that the Indian fashion industry is moving at a pace which is not only noteworthy but also looked upon as a profitable hub by our western counterparts. Undoubtedly, the country is increasingly becoming a focal point for the fashion industry, thanks to the rapidly growing middle class and an increasingly powerful manufacturing sector. What is that one current trend that we see today on the ramp, that has the potential of making it big among regular people in the future? Fashion goes through various highs and lows with some red carpet appearances making global trends, and thereby bringing fashion from the ramps to the rack. And if you want to see how the fashion industry is moving, take a cue from menswear trends. Some of the most sought after styles that have the potential to make way to the daily lives of ordinary people is the fashion from the â80s and the â90s that are coming back. Bright colours, clean cuts and smart appliqués are again in style. © Instagram/raghavendra.rathore What creative and commercial directions do you plan to take? For someone instrumental in single-handedly putting the Bandhgala on the fashion map of the world, I believe in making India a textile inspiration for the world and giving weavers the best of livelihood. Raghavendra Rathore Jodhpur is definitely on the mission to become one of the world leaders in the bespoke and luxury segment, and every small step certainly adds to the goal. Your creations tend to be very fluid and an amalgamation of classic silhouettes with contemporary and modern aesthetics. Where do you draw your inspiration from? We leave no stone unturned when it comes to reviving the ancient hand-weaving techniques through our brand and as a result making Bandhgalas and Jodhpuris a global phenomenon. For us, luxury is not only about everything extravagant, elaborate or things that are larger than life; one can find it in subtle styling as well. Also, our quintessential designs are the most excellent examples of how one can translate luxury in exquisite detailing, artistic craftsmanship and eco- friendly designs. © Instagram/mrkhanna What is that one trend in menâs fashion that you donât like, or donât agree with? Every trend makes people learn, unlearn of what is needed and what should be left there only. © Instagram/jimmysheirgill How do you think the industry as a whole is dealing with this issue of sustainable and âeco-friendlyâ fashion? Responsible fashion is the need of the hour, and as a brand, we believe in staying away from synthetic and fast fashion and keeping the design aesthetics as ethical and meaningful as possible. Our brand philosophy lies in designing and manufacturing bespoke clothes in a way that benefits weavers and artisans without impacting the climate and environment. We have given some of the finest and most innovative and luxurious trends in menswear, thereby providing a makeover to not only sustainable fashion but also changing the definition of luxury fashion in India. We are working tirelessly with weavers and craftspeople to produce clothes that are considered royalty in their way and makes for a perfect gentlemanâs choice. The conscious urban Indian with high disposable income is aware of the side effects of fast fashion and hence going the greenway when it comes to adding luxury to their closet is a choice they want to make deliberately. © Instagram/anilskapoor What are your views on the debate around Maximalism vis-a-vis Minimalism? There was a time when everything jazzy and over the top was grabbing eyeballs, and this was undoubtedly the age when fashion was an untouched territory. Now with a growing number of designers and international inspirations, people, especially fashion connoisseurs, have come to terms that what was eye-catchy a few days back is out of taste now. Minimalism is the need of the hour for the kind of elegance it exudes. Given how Instagram lets designers connect directly with their customers, do you think fashion shows are relevant today? After all, these are the platforms that set the trend and let the world know whatâs happening in the Indian fashion scene. Virtual exposure is entirely different from what you experience in person, and this is where the difference lies. Tell us something about your creative process. How do you go about coming with themes and motifs for your creations Our design inspirations go back to the aesthetic and august arras of the rich landscape of my royal heartland in the form of classic designs that never go out of fashion and give your individuality a new high. We as a brand with all my heart and soul believe in promoting India in the best way possible, and this is showcased in our minute detailing and analytical techniques of tailoring on hand-spun fabrics. © Instagram/rheakapoor Where do you think menâs fashion in India is heading? When we talk about trends in menswear, some consumers follow a particular direction, while others let their individuality speak. The market is getting extremely competitive, and brands are taking a step back to understand the consumer persona, where social media acts as a boon, and then define the trend. But with ever-changing tastes and preferences, menâs fashion is moving in the right direction for sure. What according to you are five essential must-haves for Indian men when it comes to traditional, ethnic menswear? A classic Bandhgala jacket, a sherwani, Jodhpuri pants, a well tailored Achkan, and some elegant vests for kurtas © Instagram/anilskapoor Three words youâd use to describe your signature style. Elegant, effortless and an enigma for unnerved What is your favourite historical era in terms of menswear, and why? I believe in living in the present and focusing on what I would love to see in the future. For me, every era holds a kind of enlightenment for those who are ready to take up challenges. © Instagram/ranveersingh Do you think traditional Indian menswear is evolving? Of course yes and so many designers stepping into menswear and expanding it to cater to the most handsome looking men is a testimony to that. One celebrity who can teach everyone else a lesson or two on how to pull off the Indian aesthetic elegantly, when it comes to menswear. Every individual has their identity. What looks good on someone may never bring out anotherâs personality as much, so to each to their own. © Instagram/harbhajan3 One thing men should never do while dressing up in traditional Indian wear. To match the entire outfit in one family of colour and overdo their accessories. One traditional Indian menswear item you believe every Indian man should have in his wardrobe. A well-tailored Jodhpuri pant or a nicely done Bandhgala Men's fashion in India slipped through the cracks of the mainstream fashion scene and has stayed under the radar for far too long. Take a look at any fashion event - fashion weeks, fashion shows et all, and you'll see how in most of them, menswear seems to be an afterthought. Furthermore, shows focussing exclusively on menswear are a rarity. As a series, Draping Indian Men is an earnest attempt to celebrate the changing phase of men's fashion in India, and those pioneering geniuses who have come to define our sartorial sensibilities. View the full article
  4. Basketball fans along with others who admired Kobe Bryant as a phenomenal game player are saddened by his demise and we can't emphasise enough on how big a loss this has been for the sports fraternity. The 41-year-old, along with eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash, on the 26th of January, in California. The death of a legend, as they called him, and eight other people was terribly tragic and the NBA superstar's legacy was celebrated rightly so, when the world of music gathered inside the Staples centre in LA for the Grammys and the night was dominated by tributes to Kobe from Alicia Keys, Boyz II Men, rapper Lil Nas X and countless other who were present there. © Twitter The prosecutors had a strong case. The woman was examined at the hospital the day after the encounter and had injuries that were 'not consistent with consensual sex'. She had bruises on her neck, tears in her vaginal walls and both her underwear and Kobe's shirt were bloody. Right after the case was blown out of proportion by the media and slowly it disappeared from the realms of rape reality, when an out of court settlement was initiated for an undisclosed amount. Yes, this is what happened. Let the sheer reality of what you've just read grip you hard and remind you even today, the progressive women's movement is a constant reminder to never forget what has happened, no matter how much time has passed. We talk about a legendry man's sexual assault case right now, after a considerable amount of time has passed, only because it befits the good and bad in everyone, whether they're dead or alive, creating the perfect metaphor. View the full article
  5. The outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus in central China has infected thousands of people in Mainland China and it's rapidly spreading overseas too. The authorities are trying really hard to contain the virus and stopping it from becoming a global epidemic. Since the first case was identified in December in Wuhan, over 6,000 people have fallen prey to the virus. And this number is increasing by the day and it has already taken the lives of over 100 people across different countries. It's really important that each one of us is extremely careful of our surroundings. © Reuters In case you're not fully aware of the outbreak, there's a website that's tracking the spread of the virus in real-time. In order to prevent the spread of misinformation, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering in Maryland has created an online tool to tell you exactly which places are affected. The tool has been created in collaboration with several other organisations including the World Health Organisation (WHO), Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in China, the US and Europe. So you can count on these numbers. © Center for Systems Science and Engineering Tool The tool, as you can see, basically represents the data visually to help you understand the situation better. It includes information on outbreaks, people affected and the number of lives claimed. There are several different tabs in which you can see other data. The red dots on the map reveal the places where the virus has entered. The primary idea of the tool is to inform people about the situation and make aware of the outbreak. This can be really helpful for people who are planning to fly abroad for work or leisure. © Reuters According to the tool, Mainland China is where the most number of cases have been found. However, other places like Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, etc. also have a few cases and casualties. Coronaviruses are causing Pneumonia-like symptoms and they can cause some serious respiratory diseases. So far, there are no vaccines or medicine available to treat or prevent the spread of coronavirus, so it's best to avoid the places seen on the map. Source: Sciencealert View the full article
  6. The ICC U19 World Cup is in the knockout phase now and one of the most exciting match-ups from the tournament took place when India and Australia locked horns for a spot in the semi-finals. After winning the toss, Aussie skipper Mackenzie Harvey chose to field first and for the first half of the match, it felt like a good decision. Other than the opener, Yashaasvi Jaiswalâs 62 and Atharva Ankolekarâs middle-order half-ton, Indian batsmen found it difficult to collate runs and had to settle for a below average total of 233. Virat Kohli's record after 25 Youth ODI innings: Runs: 978 Batting average: 46.57 Yashasvi Jaiswal's record after 25 Youth ODI innings: Runs: 1193 Batting average: 62.78 #U19CWC | #FutureStars pic.twitter.com/X6gT7x9w7c â Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 29, 2020 However, it were the Indian bowlers who showed up in the clutch to bring home the victory and wrapped up the entire Australian batting line-up at 159 to move ahead. The boys from Down Under were considered to be the favourites ahead of the tournament but found it overwhelming to cope with the talented Indian bowlers, led by the 19-year-old Kartik Tyagi. The pacer, who was trusted with the new ball by Indian captain Priyam Garg, did not disappoint as the team picked three huge wickets in the first over itself. On the first delivery of Australiaâs batting, opener Jake Fraser-McGurk lost his wicket in a run-out due to the miscommunication with partner Sam Fanning who was on strike. Kartik Tyagi dismantle AUS U-19 team. Poor start by Aussies and very uncharacteristic from them. AUS U-19 ( 17/4 )#INDvAUS | #U19CWC | #U19WorldCup | #FutureStars pic.twitter.com/XTUpzNdlY4 â Ahmer Najeeb (@AhmerNajeeb) January 28, 2020 It wasnât too long after Fraser-McGurk walked back to the pavilion that the two batsmen who came after him, were dismissed as well. Tyagi trapped Harvey with an LBW appeal on the fourth delivery and bowled Lachlan Hearne on the following ball. The Uttar Pradesh player went on to scalp two more wickets during the match while giving away just 24 runs in eight overs to lead his side to victory. Fellow pacer, Akash Singh also made a significant contribution to the win as he picked three wickets of his own, including the final act in which he destroyed the middle stump to remove Aussie tailender Matthew Willians from the crease. My boy wraps it up for India #LeftArmSeamer #AkashSingh Dhinchaak! #ThreeWickets #INDvAUS #U19WorldCup This chotu is a delight to watch @rajasthanroyals our boy pic.twitter.com/ezKyOK7kP9 â Mandakini (@mandakini_) January 28, 2020 With the first team to enter the ICC U19 World Cup semis, the Boys in Blue will face the winner of the contest between Pakistan and Afghanistan for the entry into the final. View the full article
  7. After over two years since the HomePod made its debut in the US, Apple has finally decided to start selling them in India. That's right, you can now buy Apple's HomePod smart speaker in the country in case you don't already own a smart speaker. Apple's HomePod, for those of you who don't know, is a smart wireless speaker that responds to "Hey Siri" voice commands. Apple also promises to deliver a super-rich sound experience from a body that's just 7-inches tall. © YouTube/ The Verge Pricing & Availability Apple decided to quietly launch the product through its website. The HomePod page is now live on the official Apple India website. The HomePod smart speaker will be available for Rs 19,900 in India, which makes it cheaper than its US pricing of $299 (roughly Rs 21,000). Apple also rolled out the iOS/iPadOS 13.3.1 software for iPhones and iPad and it introduces compatibility for Indian English Siri voices for the HomePod. So if you are planning to buy it in India, you'll be able to hear Siri's Indian accent. That being said, we still don't know when it'll be available to purchase, so stay tuned for more info. Check out HomePod here. View the full article
  8. People are never not amazed by literally anything Virat Kohli ever does, his 'stans' are that crazy, and this time was no different. He shared a couple of videos today showing off how fit he actually is and the videos are so insane and impressive, it's hard to not be in awe of them. I mean, an athlete has to obviously be really fit, but this time it seems like Kohli is jumping to new levels of fitness, pun intended. View this post on InstagramPutting in the work shouldn't be a choice, it should be a requirement to get better. #keeppushingyourselfA post shared by (@virat.kohli) One word - wow! I imagine this takes a lot of strength to achieve and it's great to see him pushing himself and doing so much impressive stuff. Forget Monday motivation, Tuesday motivation is where it's at and what everyone needs. Also, please don't miss the shorts he's wearing. The subtle tribute to Kobe Bryant is honestly a great gesture. People are obviously hailing their 'King Kohli', for obvious reasons. For sure. Thatâs some fitness https://t.co/gEBY3K3wUD â -_- (@andsid281) January 28, 2020 It is! Bloody hell!!! That's awesome!!! #ViratKohli https://t.co/xZuE4sVbzF â Om Lal Mehta (@omlalmehta) January 28, 2020 For sure. and the man behind virat who almost wet his whole t-shirt is non other than Rohit sharma.Rohit is only example of extreme athleticism and hardcore fitness.https://t.co/QDg8VgTHjL â Awanish (@awanish45_) January 28, 2020 That would be hilarious. This video would be ideal if played to the accompaniment of fart noises. â KangaeRoo (@Kangae_Roo) January 28, 2020 This is a 'we are not the same' meme. And i am here having Double masala Mutton biriyani with Thumbs up every day before going to bed. https://t.co/hd3RQq04mO pic.twitter.com/wR3iaIuJau â Why So Serious ! (@SurrealZak) January 28, 2020 Yes. Oh my god. This is a serious benchmark. This kind of workouts need a serious pro at work. ð¼ https://t.co/XRDO7dw2OG â Kauls - Nehrus (@AdithyaPatelR) January 28, 2020 View the full article
  9. "Be the change you want to see in the world!" While most of us treat this as a quote and move on with our respective lives, there are some people who actually bring a positive change in the world through their course of actions. You don't need superpowers to be a hero or move mountains, and Harekala Hajabba Just proved that to the world. In case the name doesn't ring a bell, I am sure you will know who he is when I tell you that he's the fruit seller who has been named as one of the recipients for this year's Padma Shri Award. © Reuters However, Hajabba is much more than just a man who sells oranges for a living. He is someone who is responsible for single-handedly educating thousands of underprivileged children in his village. According to news reports, the village that Hajabba comes from, Newpadapu, did not have a school, so he used all his money to set up one. And as more kids started coming, he took loans and used his savings to buy land for the school. © Twitter Hajabba who is now fondly called 'Akshara Santa' (saint of letters) has never received a formal education but decided that the kids in the village don't miss out on education, after an encounter with foreign tourists where he failed to answer them the price of oranges. "The couple walked away. I felt very bad, and felt that at least the children of my village should not be in a similar situation. I realised the manner in which communication can help one to progress in life, and at the time bring people together," he told media. Indian Forest Services officer Parveen Kaswan took to Twitter to mention how Hajabba was conveyed the message that he has been named for the prestigious Padma Shri. He wrote, "Harekala Hajabba was in a line on a ration shop when authorities informed him that he got #Padma Shri. This fruit seller from Dakshin Kannada is educating poor children in his village of Newpadapu from a decade in a mosque. Doing all the efforts including spending his savings." Harekala Hajabba was in a line on a ration shop when authorities informed him that he got #Padma Shri. This fruit seller from Dakshin Kannada is educating poor children in his village of Newpadapu from a decade in a mosque. Doing all the efforts including spending his savings. pic.twitter.com/rufL3RZ15o â Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) January 26, 2020 Ever since the people on social media got to know about him, they couldnât stop praising him and this man deserves every bit of respect for what he is doing. He is the real influencer, the real hero and a deserved recipient of the recognition. M really happy to see today the country is recognizing the efforts of a common Indian in the likes of him and Tulasi Gowda ji. â Akshay Shetty (@akkiiboye) January 26, 2020This is the true art of giving to make education a part of their living. A real hero â ramakrishna prasad (@luttufuttu) January 26, 2020Hats off to Harekala Hajabba for the great dedication in the field of education. By sacrificing his personal life and working all day to develop the school himself nurtured for the cause of deprived children of society. He would have got the Padma Shri even earlier. â ibrahim (@ibmkhobar) January 27, 2020A selfless unsung hero served this selfish society for a decade I'm really really happy that, at last he got due recognition. I take a Bow to this Superman's Nobel deeds â P R E M (@_IamPrem_) January 26, 2020 View the full article
  10. We donât really feel the depth in the words that make up our elderâs often-used, much-loved, spirit-boosting punchline âtry and try till you succeedâ. Every little setback we stumbled upon as kids and even as grown-ups, was treated and cared for with these words that were meant to heal and revive our deflated spirit. While many of us overlooked the real value of those words, IAS aspirant and bus conductor Madhu NC decided to take those words to heart and kept trying until he achieved his dream of clearing the UPSC Civil Services Exam, despite previous failures. © Getty Images 29-year-old Madhu works as a bus conductor with Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and studied for five hours on a day-to-day basis to clear both UPSC Prelims and Mains. He is now gearing up to appear for his interviews, scheduled to take place in March this year. However, as one can guess, these moments of joy havenât come easy. The Backstory © Quora (Representative Image Madhu comes from a family of humble means who live in the small town of Malavalli in Mandya, Karnataka. He also happens to be the first in his family of elder brother, sister-in-law and old parents to go to a school. At a young age of 19, Madhu had to start working as a conductor to support his family right after he completed school. However, his desire to study further and make something worthy of himself pushed him to complete his graduation and post-graduation through distance learning. Today he is an MA in Political Science. The Journey To His Dreams Back in 2014, Madhu appeared for the Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) exam for the first time, but couldnât clear it. However, that only pushed him to try harder. Thatâs how he decided to sit for the UPSC exam in 2018, but couldnât cut it yet again. © Getty Images Still, he pushed forward. He says, âI always wanted to achieve something big in life. I started working early to support my family, but that did not stop me from studying further. I used to study for 5 hours a day. My subjects were Ethics, Political Science, Maths and Science. I would study every day, before and after work. I would also wake up at 4 am and finish my studies before proceeding to work.â Moment Of GloryMadhu works for eight hours every day, facing the crowd and giving out tickets to passengers while standing in a moving bus the entire time. But none of it stopped him from working hard and chasing his dream of clearing the UPSC exam. © BCCL Madhu aspires to become an IAS officer just like his boss C Shikha, who is currently helping Madhu with his interview preparation. Madhu prepared for the exams on his own and took guidance from seniors at work. And though Madhuâs parents donât know what kind of exam their son has cleared and what it means, they are over the moon because of their sonâs achievement. âMy parents donât know what exams I have cleared but are very happy for me. I am the first one to be educated in my family,â shares Madhu. Madhuâs journey is proof that success always comes to those who are not afraid of trying. View the full article
  11. On most days Ranbir Kapoor spends his time wrapping up the much-awaited film of 2020, Brahmastra that he's shooting along with his co-star and rumoured girlfriend Alia Bhatt. Spotting him outside is a rarity since he has a rather busy shooting schedule. However, occasions like a scheduled football match are days when Ranbir makes it a point to free up some time from his tedious schedule to show up on the field and play the game. It is on these occasions that we catch hold of him. For the uninitiated, Ranbir loves to play football and going by how often he is spotted on the football field, he probably has a section in his closet set aside to store the precious football gear that he has collected over the years. He only gets to use this gear whenever he gets time to play football. However, this time around, more than playing, Ranbir was in the mood of goofing around. So, throughout the match, he was seen holding a banana in his hand. What's interesting is the fact that when he was asked to pose for the media later after the match got over, he used the banana as a prop moustache. Take a look here: © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani But if you look at his goofy pose, you can also see that he's wearing a regular tank top along with shorts and tights to go underneath. This look can easily come under regular football gear. © Viral Bhayani However, what piqued our interest was the pair of shoes that he was wearing. The pair was a regular football silhouette with orange and white colourways and a black Nike swoosh on either side of the shoe. © Viral Bhayani In case you're wondering, the pair is called Nike White & Orange JR Legend 7 Club FG Football Shoes. They come for the cost of Rs. 3,695 and are usually on sale. Ranbir's shoes, as it turns out, are surprisingly quite affordable. View the full article
  12. While some people pave their careers, do well in life and while working hard to fulfil their dreams, don't get enough time to help the needy, there are others who despite having all these challenges, have the will and time to help others in need. No, don't get me wrong. There is no judgement here but we do have a living example of hope and goodwill living amidst us and we should take our time and talk about this honorary gentleman. Yogi Aeron, an 82-year-old plastic surgeon from Malsi, Dehradun was recently awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for treating patients who are below poverty lines with burns and disfigured faces, for free, for the past 25 years! According to a report by India Today, 118 people are awarded the Padma Shri this year, who've contributed in various fields such as arts, music, medicine, social work, sports and education. But what Yogi Aeron is getting the award for is definitely worth a mention. © Facebook/ReSurge Yogi Aeron, a dignified and established plastic surgeon, has been conducting a two week camp, twice a year since 2006, in which patients below the poverty line are treated for disfigured faces, lips, cheeks, nose and any other part which needs treatment from major or minor burns. The man conducts almost 500 surgeries for free for these patients, with the help of 15 other US-based doctors. His list of patients sometimes exceeds 10,000 but even so, he makes an effort and time for each and every name on the list. Yogi graduated from King George Medical College in Lucknow and then went on to specialise in plastic surgery in the United States. We all know how lucrative a field plastic surgery really is but to use the advantage for the downtrodden is another, completely different aspect of it and we're really grateful Yogi does his best to help those in need. He seeks help from different NGOs and his friends from the United States and India for funding the plastic surgeries he does for people who can't afford them otherwise. Along with that, he's also established a 4-acre campus, which he has turned into a 'science park', which is practically a learning space for children of all age-groups. He's now looking to convert it into a treatment facility for people below poverty lines, for whom he performs the plastic surgeries. © Facebook/ReSurge There are people who live through life with severe burn marks and disfigured faces and body parts. Acid attack victims especially, who are mostly from the lower strata of society have to live with a constant reminder of the attack. If there is someone who can help them overcome their fears of looking into the mirror, then this world is definitely becoming a better place to live in. We truly hope Yogi Aeron is successful in this benevolent practice and it continues for years to come. View the full article
  13. A TikTok video of a hairstylist using fire to style his customerâs hair is doing the rounds on the internet. The video showcases a hair stylist styling a manâs hair using a bizarre fire technique and the man who is sitting on the chair looks calm. In the video, the barber uses a lighter to set his customerâs hair on fire and then further uses two combs to pull the hair back. This process is repeated until the time fire is extinguished on its own. The video was first shared on TikTok and then on Twitter. Watch the full video here- This is an origin story for a hairstyle like mine.pic.twitter.com/gBKrhr1AQH â ð¹ððð ð¶ððððð (@JoshuaGrubbsPhD) January 27, 2020 The video has over 30 million views on TikTok and has also now gone viral on other social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter the video has been viewed around 13 million times. The only question is why someone will want to put their own hair on fire. However, the internet is shocked and here is what the people want to say about the bizarre hairstyle technique- OMG that'd damage your hair wouldn't it not? Also How'd that not hurt him o.o â Emsha (@EmmaShosha) January 27, 2020Can you even imagine how much that must stink? â Arden Brooks (@ThatArdenBrooks) January 27, 2020I saw that at a Japanese flaming grill restaurant... â David J. Ley PhD (@DrDavidLey) January 27, 2020Once my hair reached the point of no return this is how I'm going down. â Andrew [Ëfeɪvi.É] (@andcarnivorous) January 27, 2020 pic.twitter.com/NrM0gpdVW3 â JC Murphy (@NotThat_JC) January 27, 2020Is it weird that I screamed? â Jack Arnal (@DrArnal) January 27, 2020 pic.twitter.com/ERbRYZFaP7 â Stephanie Mullins-Sweatt (@dr_sweatt) January 27, 2020We will never suggest anyone to get that done and never try doing that on your own too. Are you brave enough to try this? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  14. Anil Kapoor is one of the most immaculately-dressed men in Bollywood. So, it's clear that his age is just a number and doesn't affect his physical appearance at all. In fact, with age, his style game only seems to be getting better. He's also someone who constantly keeps playing around with structures and silhouettes to create a look that suits his height the best. Besides, if you'll keep a tab on Anil Kapoor's outfits, you will realise that his son Harshvardhan is definitely taking inspiration from him for building up his wardrobe. We know this because Harshvardhan Kapoor's Instagram is full of collectible sneaker posts and outfits paired with unique, snazzy pairs of sneakers. We think that Harshvardhan developed the hobby of collecting sneakers taking a cue from his father who has always understood the importance of dressing up well. And one thing that instantly lifts up an outfit is accessories. From a pair of cool shades to a functional bag and even a pair of rad sneakers, all of these can up your outfit game in seconds. Anil Kapoor understands this. Case in point, recently, when he was spotted in a stunning all-white look outside, we instantly knew that this was definitely an inspiration-worthy outfit and we had to take note. Take a look here: © Viral Bhayani Anil Kapoor was seen wearing a crisp cream white jacket with pockets that he paired with tapered linen joggers that had a unique charm to them. Especially because, the fact that they're made of linen means that they're structured and also extremely comfortable. To complete the look Anil Kapoor added a pair of Nike sneakers. © Viral Bhayani This pair by Nike is called Air Force 1 with detachable swooshes which retail for the price of Rs 7,295. © Viral Bhayani Anil Kapoor clearly looks like Harshvardhan's older brother here. Especially with that pair of shades and that sharply defined beard. This certainly proves that we can never really stop taking a cue from his outfits. View the full article
  15. People across the globe are shaken by the sad news of the demise of the NBA legend Kobe Bryant in an extremely tragic helicopter crash in suburban Los Angeles on Sunday. Kobe had an extraordinary career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and also became one of the most popular faces. He revitalised the NBA over 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five championships and two Olympic gold medals before he died in the tragic accident. View this post on InstagramMy GigiA post shared by (@kobebryant) The 41-year-old NBA legend along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant died in the horrible helicopter crash along with seven others, including the pilot. Fondly called âBlack Mambaâ, he retired from the game in the year 2016 and Gianna was supposed to take his legacy forward. According to the New York Times, the authorities said, âIt could take several days to recover bodies from the crash site, as the helicopter crashed in rough terrain.â Daryl Osby, Los Angeles County fire Chief said, âThe crash site was difficult to access and that firefighters had to hike to the area. It was also initially unclear how many passengers were there on the helicopter or if the helicopter was overloaded.â View this post on InstagramLA is the land of opportunity. Itâs as big or small as you want it be. What you get out of LA reflects what you put in. Itâs the place where you can learn from the greats who came before you. And where you can continue their journey farther. Itâs where you leave a legacy for the next generation of LA greats to carry on after you. #sportchangeseverythingA post shared by (@kobebryant) Besides, as per news reports, John Altobelli, a baseball coach at Orange Coast College, a junior college in Costa Mesa, also died in the crash with his wife, Keri and daughter Alyssa Altobelli. Alyssa was Giannaâs teammate. The Sikorsky S-76 aircraft was going from Orange County to Thousand Oaks, California when it unfortunately crashed on Sunday morning. View this post on InstagramI hate seeing my #teammamba girls play against each other. This is GREAT defense by our mamba pg Alyssa Altobelli and a familiar looking fade by our 2gd the #MambacitaA post shared by (@kobebryant) There were nine people in the helicopter and none of them survived the horrific crash. Christina Mauser, 38, Kobe's girls' basketball coach was also one of the nine victims aboard the helicopter as they were reportedly travelling to a basketball game. She was a mother of three who appallingly lost her life. Her husband, Matt Mauser, posted an emotional message on Facebook upon learning of his wifeâs passing and wrote, âMy kids and I are devastated. We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash. Please respect our privacy. Thank you for all the well wishes they mean so much.â Kobe founded Mamba Sports Academy in the year 2018 and Christina coached Gianna and Alyssa at the academy, and the girls were in the Los Angeles Lady Mamba Team. As soon as the news of his demise broke out, hundreds of his fans gathered at Staples Center to pay tribute to the late basketball legend despite police warnings against visiting the stadium. View the full article