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‘Counselling For Mental Health Is Expensive & It Needs To Change:’ Mr India Darasing Khurana

Although most of us have started to take cognizance of the fact that mental health issues are quite common, and just like any health issues, there shouldn’t be any taboo in seeking help, the sad reality is that professional and quality healthcare, for even the most basic of issues, is expensive.
© iStock Most experienced psychiatrists and counsellors charge around Rs 1500-2000 for a session. While this may be affordable for some, for a large segment of society, especially the younger generation, it is impossible to spend that amount twice every week, for a prolonged period of time. 
For Darasing Khurana, though, this shouldn’t be a hindrance for people who really need help.  The filmmaker and former Mr India has been actively working with mental healthcare professionals in making counselling more affordable and approachable for people.  © Instagram/darasingkhurana This is why, through his foundation, Pause Breathe Talk, he’s helping people reach out to counsellors who charge as little as Rs 250.
We had a chat with Dara about his pet project, and how he is going about his pet project, Pause Breathe Talk Foundation, and how he’s helping connect patients with doctors they can afford.  Edited Excerpts: © Instagram/darasingkhurana How did you start out with Pause Breathe Talk Foundation?
2020 was a very difficult year for a lot of us, for a number of reasons.  I was really shaken up when I came to know of Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide. We were good friends and during our struggling days, we were flatmates for some time. I would often look up to him.  After I sorted myself out, I just put up a story on Instagram, like many other actors and models, saying that I, along with a lot of people, was always available to lend an ear, to hear you out. View this post on Instagram A lot of my friends and I were inundated with messages and responses, wherein, people just wanted to talk, to find someone who would just listen to them.  Some of the issues that we came to know of during these calls made me realise just how difficult things can be. There are certain things that your friends, no matter how well-meaning they are, can’t help you with and you need professional help.  So, that’s where the idea for the foundation came up with. © iStock Tell us about the process, how do you go about connecting people with counsellors? And how do you get counsellors to join you?
We have a very simple and basic model. People just reach out to the foundation, using Instagram DMs. They talk to us for a little bit, and then we just share their details and their case with a group of counsellors, who take up the cases, as per their expertise. We approached quite a few people, who had their own practices and have been in the field for over 10-15 years. I spoke to them and tried to make a case, asking them to lower their charges for the patients we referred.  The lowered charges were still high. I, therefore, approached the younger counsellors, who just have about 2-3 years of experience, and who really want to help people out.  View this post on Instagram Let’s talk about the economics of the foundation. The main idea was to make counselling and access to mental healthcare more affordable for people. How do you achieve that? If you need to go for a therapy session 8-10 times a month, which is about twice a week, you are looking at spending about Rs 20,000 per month, which isn’t affordable for a lot of people.  People of the younger generation, those who’re still in college or have just started earning, will find it more difficult to allocate that much money monthly. So, our counsellors charge about Rs 250 for each session. Sometimes, when a person is not able to afford that as well, I will pay for that person out of my own pocket. © iStock Does the lack of experience of the counsellors ever become an issue?
I wouldn’t say that the counsellors we have lack experience. They deal with the cases to the best of their abilities. Moreover, we have a mentor, who has been very integral to the foundation. This person has over 14 years of experience and is a faculty member at Christ University in Bengaluru.  All of us have a weekly recalibration meeting of sorts, where the counsellors, get counselled and are guided whenever they are dealing with a little tricky case. We also have a psychiatrist on board, in case one of our patients needs a little extra care. All of these people, including the counsellors have their own practices and their own commitments.  I cannot thank them enough for being a part of this and making time for these people. What kind of cases does the foundation mostly get? We get messages from people with all sorts of issues. One of the first cases that we got was of a girl who was having some suicidal thoughts because her relationship with her parents wasn’t that great and they were hindering her from getting married to the guy she wanted to.  Because we started our operations during the lockdown, there were several people who needed grief counselling to help them deal with the loss of a loved one.  We have had quite a few people get in touch with us, who lost both their parents within months.  We have counsellors who specialise in different areas and each of them volunteer to pick cases that they think they will be best suited for. © iStock Have you had regular doctors reach out to the organisation during the pandemic?
I am glad that you asked this because most of us have this impression that doctors can’t fall sick, or they can’t have mental health issues, that they are somehow immune to all this. That is not the case.  We have had several doctors reach to us, especially the ones who just started practising or just started their training as healthcare workers.  © iStock There was this one young doctor who had just started her internship. She became clinically depressed only a month or two after the surge in cases, because she was all alone, and was seeing people die around her every day. Gladly, she is much better now. 
Thinking that doctors are immune to mental health issues is ignorant. They are human beings just like us, and they can have issues. 
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Five Indian Superheroes from DC and Marvel that could have their own alliance

Not so long ago, the inner child in all of us almost jumped out of very own bodies at the rumors of the original Spiderman Tobey Maguire returning as New York's friendliest wall-climbing and building hopping vigilante in Tom Holland's upcoming Spiderman multiverse movie.
© Comic Book If this wasn't all, we were also provided with a four-hour-plus extended version of Zack Snyder's Justice League, which saw Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and the rest return to right some wrongs of the originally released Justice League of 2017.
Now, as we continue to get the much-needed dose of our Superhero drama through the Disney Plus TV series, Indian actor Farhan Akhtar's recent selection for an international Marvel project has thrown the light on how India could have a say in the superhero universe. Hence, in what could be India's "What You Can Do, I Can Too" battle cry to the rest of the Superhero world, we have made a list of the top five Indian superheroes that could stamp their mark in the Marvel or DC universe. 1. SPIDER-MAN: INDIA © We Got This Covered/Marvel Comics Originating out of a comic book published by the Gotham Entertainment Group in India back in 2004, Spider-Man: India is India's take on the original American Spiderman, Peter Parker.
Unlike Parker, who got bitten by a radioactive spider in New York, our Indian Spidey, Pavitra Prabhakar, gets his superhuman capabilities as a gift from a Yogi, so that he can fight evil. In contrast to the Spiderman that we see in the Avengers, Prabhakar does not use a full spandex suit but instead sports a Dhoti underneath his upper body Spidey suit. A few of his powers like wall-crawling abilities, superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and regenerative healing make him a lot similar to our Peter Parker. Well, with Spidey-multiverse films in fashion at the moment, don't sweat if you get to see the Indian Spidey jump the gargoyles of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai. 2. INDRA © Marvel We are quite familiar with the likes of the X-Men clan that features mutants like the Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Gambit, Iceman, and co, however, there is one mutant at Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters that you might not have heard of, Paras Gavaskar.
Born to a wealthy family living in Panchajana outside of Mumbai, Gavaskar enrolled at the Xavier Institute in the United States after discovering his powers. Going by the codename of Indra, Gavaskar has purple skin, a red marking on his forehead, and lines all across his body. The red-haired Indian mutant has some impressive powers that include a retractable exoskeleton, which acts as body armor. Apart from this, he has superhuman durability and  Hindu-stylized armor, and levitating weapons that include swords, knives, and axes. 3. CHAKRA: THE INVINCIBLE © Marvel This character is held in a special light as the superhero stands as the first Indian superhero that was created by Stan Lee, the creator of Spiderman, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men.
Chakra: The Invincible would be tasked with the responsibility of leading the Indian batch of superheroes into battle if warring aliens decide to take over Mumbai, Bengaluru, or New Delhi. Chakra's alter-ego is Raju Rai, a resident of Mumbai, who came to possess a technological suit that weaponizes all the Chakras in his body so that he can turn into a crime-fighting superhero.   4. ARUNA © DC Unlike many superheroes across the world, Aruna is an Indian superhero belonging to the DC Universe that is genderfluid and hence is referred to as 'they'.
The superhero is said to be close to the BAT Family and has on a number of occasions been Batgirl's ally during crime-fighting missions. Possessing the ability to shapeshift, Aruna once even helped Batman and Batgirl hunt down a missing person who was last seen in India's southern Chennai city. If you need any more details, you can contact Rajnikanth on this. 5. RAMA © DC Well, well, well. Now, we have a god amongst us!
Rama Chandra is a character in the DC universe that was born as a prince in ancient India. Said to be the seventh avatar of Hindu God Vishnu, Rama’s powers include inhuman strength, the ability to fly, immortality, hand-to-hand combat skills, swordsmanship, and the ability to the possessions of the sword Vayu, which shoots flaming arrows. According to reports, he is reported to be a potential love interest for Wonder Woman. (Nope. Not to be confused with the Hindu God Ram) Seems like the Indian contingent of super, Superheroes looks stronger than one could have imagined. 
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It’s ‘Do Or Die’ For 3 Senior Indian Cricketers Who Can’t Afford To Take Sri Lanka Tour Lightly

With most of the senior Indian players currently in England with the red-ball squad, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), announced a second-string squad for the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka, scheduled next month. 
Shikhar Dhawan has been entrusted with the responsibility of leading the squad in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma.  Devoid of some of the biggest names in Indian cricket, the squad still boasts of some of the most up and coming players, who have proved their mettle in the domestic circuit as well as the Indian Premier League.  Apart from some very talented youngsters, the 20-member squad also boasts experienced players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, among others.  The tour is being tried by the board as a pilot project and while all the focus will be on how the youngsters fare, the consequences are much higher for the experienced campaigners as the failure on the tour would make it extremely difficult for them to break into the full strength Indian squad and could very well be the end of their international career.  Here’s are the three players who should throw complacency out of the window on Sri Lanka tour:  1. Manish Pandey  View this post on InstagramThe 31-year-old batsman from Karnataka made his international debut way back in 2015, but has yet to cement his place in India’s limited-overs squad.  Manish Pandey gained overnight fame when he became the first Indian to score an IPL century way back in 2009.  Despite that, it took him six long years to finally don the Indian jersey. But since then it has been a topsy-turvy ride for the right-handed batsman, who has only played 26 ODIs and 39 T20Is, scoring 492 and 709 runs respectively.  Given the number of young batsmen like Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and others coming through the ranks, this could very well be Pandey’s last chance.  2. Kuldeep Yadav  © Instagram Kuldep Yadav Having seen what Kuldeep is capable of doing with a cricket ball, you are bound to feel sorry for him. 
Not long ago, he was a key member of India’s spin-bowling attack in the 2019 World Cup but the last couple of years have not been too kind on the chinaman from Kanpur.  Having fallen behind the pecking order in all three formats of the game and also his IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, the Sri Lanka tour could prove to be the lifeline that he was desperately looking for to revive his career.  From here on, it all depends on how he goes about his business in whatever opportunities he gets. 3. Sanju Samson  © Instagram Sanju Samson After showing Steve Smith the exit door, Rajasthan Royals appointed Sanju Samson their skipper and as expected, he lit up the atmosphere with a breathtaking century against Punjab Kings in his very first game as a skipper. 
He always starts strong but fades away soon after and this has been the norm throughout Samson’s short international career.  Samson should perhaps take a leaf out of Rishabh Pant’s notebook, because not long ago he was also warming the bench but grabbed his opportunities with both hands and is now a first-choice wicket-keeper across all three formats.  With Ishan Kishan also arriving on the scene, it has become even more difficult for Samson, hence he needs to pull up his socks and deliver against Sri Lanka.
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4 New Windows 11 Features That Breathe New Life Into PC & Laptop Owners

Microsoft’s latest operating system for PCs and Laptops was leaked online following which we got a chance to try it for ourselves.  While the leaked build of Windows 11 is not the complete operating system that will eventually release, we did get to check out some new features that will excite PC and Laptop owners.  Much of Windows 11 got a visual overhaul, however, there are some new features that weren’t present on Windows 10.  Here are some of our favourite new features coming to Windows 11: 1. Widgets  © Twtter_WinFuture Widgets are making a return on the Windows platform ever since the Vista operating system. Users will now be able to summon widgets with a clock of a button in the taskbar. 
The widgets come in the form of ‘tiles’ with relevant information. Widgets such as news, weather and interests can be placed in the taskbar.   2. Dark Mode  © MensXP Dark Mode on Windows 10 wasn’t really up to the mark when compared to any other operating system. Now, Microsoft is implementing it system-wide where it will also give a new look to the taskbar, Action Center and the Start Menu. 
Having said that, there is still room for improvement and Microsoft still needs to work on some areas that aren’t fully compatible.  3. Multitask Overhaul  © MensXP Windows 11 will introduce a new way for people to multitask windows and apps where users will not able to group applications together. Now, there will be six new ways you can pair up active windows and applications. 
You can pair up active windows with other opened windows by clicking the button and create a group. What’s unique is that Windows will remember all of your combinations as well.  4. New Start Menu, Search and Taskbar  © MensXP If you were bored of Windows 10’s Start Menu, Search and Taskbar, you will love what Microsoft has done on Windows 11. This time around, the Start Menu is now located in the centre of the screen instead of on the left. You can however move it to the left or any other position you want. 
The Taskbar is also entered which means all of your opened apps and folders appear in the middle of your screen. The search icon is also position here where you can bring a floating search command.  These new changes come because Microsoft wants to bring what matters most to you where your eyes go naturally. It’s very similar to macOS but we like how it has been implemented here.
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5 Lifestyle Habits You Didn’t Know That Can Make You Age Much Faster

Ageing is inevitable but everyone has to go through the ‘sunken skin, no teeth’ phase in their lives. Yes, even Joey Tribbiani from Friends. However, there is no rule that says you cannot delay it and aim to look younger for as long as possible. Anil Kapoor has probably been living by this mantra and we all can see the results.  
© Instagram/Anil Kapoor Unless you are okay with looking a decade older or have YOLO as your life’s motto, you can carry on with your lifestyle. But if you are concerned about premature ageing and living a long, healthy life, there are some lifestyle habits you need to do away with. 
© iStock These are very common, everyday things that we intentionally or unintentionally do, without realising how it affects our skin, body and overall health. Here are 5 such lifestyle habits that could make you age faster and how you can keep them in check.  
Increased screen timeThe exposure from blue light can trigger premature ageing. Now that everyone is working from home and all the physical meetings and get-togethers have shifted to an online platform, you surely cannot escape the screen time. However, you can reduce it by snubbing social media with some family time and Netflix binge with a book. © iStock Not sleeping on timeAnother factor that takes years from your life and adds to your face is a messed up sleeping schedule. If you are up till late every night and are not getting enough sleep, you are not only speeding up your ageing clock but also inviting cardiovascular diseases that are caused by lack of sleep. © iStock SmokingYes, smoking kills. But before that, it makes you look older than you are. It can give you visible signs of ageing while also deeply affecting your health. It stops skin’s ability to regenerate cells and hence make you look older much faster.  © iStock An unhealthy dietAdd the sedentary lifestyle with an unhealthy meal plan and congrats, you have lost youthful skin and a chance to a fitter body. Give up sweets, carbs, sodas that only add to your skin woes like acne, oiliness and dullness. Instead, eat more fruits, juices and healthy snacks that add to the years of your life.     © iStock Not taking care of your skinYou can do everything right and still fall victim to premature aging because you have been reckless about your skin. You don’t specifically need a multistep skincare routine to maintain the health of your skin but cleansing, moisturizing and SPF is an absolute must.  © iStock Keep these unhealthy lifestyle habits in check when there’s still time. Better late than sorry! 

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Fatherhood Against All Odds: A Father's Beautiful Message For Dads Everywhere Will Melt Your Heart

From a child’s early years and through the growing period, fathers play an important role in the way they turn out. One of the most precious gifts a father can give to their child is a wonderful and happy childhood.  Ankit Jindal is one such dad who is determined to raise his son with compassion, empathy and love. As a child, he was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa; a disorder that causes progressive vision loss. However, through resilience and compassion, Ankit forged his name as a successful professional as well as a rockstar father.  Ankit recently shared his story on ‘popsinapod’, a weekly parenting podcast hosted by Nadir and Peter, two first time dads from Mumbai.  View this post on Instagram Here are 3 reasons why he is an inspiration for dads around the world:   1. He Never Let Societal Pressure On Being A Dad Get To Him  © Vinod Chopra Film “Having those small engagements with your child, being that companion for them for bedtime stories... the whole conversation, just to listen to them... It is very liberating, it kind of gives you direction in life. It offers a lot more stability also."
Ankit discusses his son with utmost love and compassion, a sincerity that shines through with his words. He talks about not wanting to build his son’s life around his father’s struggles, preferring to focus and nurture the child’s innate talents instead.  He teaches his child to not just be sensitive, but also compassionate to the needs of those around him. Ensuring his child understands his father’s condition as well as how it impacts their life.  3. Having A 'Friend-Like' Relationship With His Son Instead Of Being A Typical Dad
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How Yoga Changes Your Body From Day One Itself

Do you ever see someone super limber and think “yeah, (s)he does yoga…”? You can tell just by looking. Some physical benefits of yoga can be enjoyed by noticing in the mirror and others can be felt.
Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or a laidback will-start-tomorrow sort of person, spending a few minutes on a yoga mat can help you reach your goals.  Yoga is an all-are-welcome kind of practice with almost limitless health benefits. There are asanas for absolutely everyone. A lot of men tend to keep their distance from yoga, perhaps concerned that flexibility, lycra leggings and age-old philosophy are not for them. But remember this, from the very first moment you start doing yoga, your body begins to transform. It only gets better after that.   The benefits of yoga transform everybody on a personal level but here’s what every yogi experiences.  © MensXP 1. After A Few Classes… -Lower Stress Levels A 2017 study stated that people who practice yoga regularly have low cortisol levels which are further linked to reduced stress and inflammation. __ECOMPRODUCT__1538__ - Improved Brain Function 20 minutes of Hatha yoga can improve cognitive function, boost focus and working memory.  In a University of Illinois study, participants performed better on brain functioning tests after practising yoga, as compared to their performance after 20 minutes of aerobics.     __ECOMPRODUCT__1838__ -Alter Gene Expression  A 2013 Norwegian study from the University of Oslo suggested that yoga practices can have an almost immediate impact on gene expression, particularly in immune cells.  __ECOMPRODUCT__1839__ -Increased Flexibility & Mobility Mobility is how you get from point A to B and flexibility is how far you’re able to go into point A or point B. Both are equally important.  A study done by the Colorado State University found that Bikram yoga—a series of 26 postures performed for 90 minutes in a heated room—can improve shoulder, lower back and hamstring flexibility. It can also help increase strength and decrease body fat.  Not just that, yoga can improve the range of your joints’ movement through its socket aka mobility. __ECOMPRODUCT__1840__ 2. After A Few Months… - Toned Body Many postures like the warrior series, Utkatasana or Chaturanga Dandasana are meant to build strength and muscles. When you tone the body through these asanas, you build more muscles resulting in burning more calories even when your resting.  You’ll experience toned biceps and triceps, chiselled calf muscles and a whittled waist as a result of strength building, core engaging yoga asanas.    __ECOMPRODUCT__1841__ -Balanced Blood Pressure People with high blood pressure might benefit from practising yoga, as a 2013 study stated that yoga could help in lowering blood pressure levels.  The participants who practised yoga witnessed greater dips in blood pressure compared to the participants who chose to walk, control their diet or went ahead with a weight counselling program.  __ECOMPRODUCT__1842__ -Boosted Lung Capacity Practising Hatha yoga for 15 weeks can significantly increase your vital lung capacity—the maximum amount of air exhaled after taking a deep breath—as per a 2000 Ball State University study.  __ECOMPRODUCT__1297__ -Increased Libido There’s a growing body of research that suggests that yoga can help erectile dysfunction.  In 2010, 65 men took part in a study on yoga and male sex function. These men had an average age of 40 and they saw a significant improvement in sexual score after 12 weeks of practising yoga. __ECOMPRODUCT__1843__ - Reduced Chronic Neck & Back Pain As per a study published in The Journal of Pain, after four weeks of practising Iyengar yoga adults suffering from chronic neck pain experienced it with lesser intensity. Researchers at West Virginia University also found that this type of Hatha yoga can effectively reduce lower back pain and improve overall mood. __ECOMPRODUCT__1844__ - Reduced Anxiety A 2010 Boston University study showed that 12 weeks of yoga could help to reduce anxiety by increasing gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels in the brain.  Lower GABA levels may lead to depression and anxiety disorders.  __ECOMPRODUCT__1845__ -Steady Blood Sugar Level In Diabetic Patients According to a 2015 Department of Physiology and Diabetic clinic study, just three months of yoga can result in a decrease in body mass index, as well as no increases in blood sugar levels. In fact, many diabetic patients have observed a difference in their blood sugar levels after few weeks of practising Mandukasana, Shashankasana, Yoga Mudrasana, Vakrasana and Gomukhasana at home. __ECOMPRODUCT__1465__ -Improved Balance & Better Posture Iyengar yoga program is designed for older adults. According to a 2008 Temple University study, it helps improve balance and prevent falls in older age.   Yoga practices also make you hyper-aware and help your bones align properly. As you continue to practice yoga, you re-train your body to unlearn bad postures and replace them with good posture habit. Holding good posture make you feel fitter, leaner, taller and more confident. Not just that, good posture is a blessing for your digestion system. __ECOMPRODUCT__1846__ 3. After A Few Years…- Lower Risk Of Heart Diseases  According to a 2014 study, when practised daily, yoga may lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as blood sugar, high blood pressure and cholesterol.  __ECOMPRODUCT__1847__ - Stronger Bones A 2016 study claimed that 12-minute daily yoga practice could improve bone density amongst older adults and reverse osteoporotic bone loss. Bone mineral density improved in the spine, hips, and femur.  No yoga-related serious injuries were reported. Bone quality improved in yoga practitioners. __ECOMPRODUCT__1848__ - Healthy Weight  Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found a link between regular yoga practice and weight management.  Out of 15,000 healthy, middle-aged adults, the ones who were overweight and were practising yoga began to lose weight while non-practitioners gained weight. __ECOMPRODUCT__1849__ - Healthy Mind You live in a state of pure bliss. No anger. No anxiety. No depression. If you combine yoga with a few minutes of meditation, there isn’t much you can’t do. Your brain structure changes with a yoga practice, literally. A 20-minute yoga session can improve your brain’s memory, speed and focus.  The brain structure of yoga practitioners has a higher grey matter in the prefrontal cortex that’s responsible for decision making and cognitive behaviour.  __ECOMPRODUCT__1480__ Start with a 20-minute yoga session and see where it takes you! Explore More
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Scarlett Johansson Says Black Widow Was ‘Sexualised In Iron Man 2’, Calls Out Tony Stark

Ever since Scarlett Johansson essayed the role of Black Widow in Marvel's 2010 Hit movie Iron man 2, her fans have been eagerly waiting for her to get a movie of her own. 
A decade later, their wish did come true and Scarlett is finally set to be a part of an eponymous standalone movie, Black Widow. © Twitter/BlackWidow_Fc She made her debut in the MCU with Iron Man 2 and recalled her character, Black Widow being 'sexualised' and being treated 'like a possession' in her early appearances. 
She also stated that she was treated like a 'piece of a**' in her previous movies. Talking about her journey, the Oscar-nominated star, further added that changes have come with time. © Twitter/BlackWidow_Fc © Marvel Entertainment As per Fox News, while shooting for her solo film, she spoke about the hypersexualisation of Natasha Romanoff, her character as Black Widow in the Marvel series. 
In a press visit, back in 2019, Scarlett had said, "I mean, you look back at Iron Man 2 and while it was really fun and had a lot of great moments in it, the character is so sexualized, you know?" © Marvel Entertainment She also said that even Tony Stark mentions something like that about her in the movie and says 'I want one.'
Scarlett acknowledged the erotic elements in the movie and said "At one point [Tony] calls her a piece of meat, and maybe, at that time, that actually felt like a compliment." © Marvel Entertainment Johansson is referring to a scene from the movie where Tony Stark meets Natasha and his right hand Happy Hogan, is knocked out of the boxing ring by her. This leaves Stark impressed and he tells Pepper Potts, "I want one."
© Marvel Entertainment In the movie, we see her sexuality is used as a means to manipulate others due to her personality as Black Widow, a super spy. But she further added that her act of sacrifice in the Avengers: Endgame was incredibly powerful. 
She also spoke about the changes coming in Natasha's portrayal. She said, "Now people, young girls, are getting a much more positive message, but it's been incredible to be a part of that shift and be able to come out the other side and be a part of that old story, but also progress. Evolve. I think it's pretty cool." Scarlett, who is going to reprise her role as Black Widow for the seventh time, added that her character is influenced by her own growing maturity as a woman.  She also said in an interview "Obviously, 10 years have passed and things have happened and I have a much different, more evolved understanding of myself. As a woman, I’m in a different place in my life, you know? And I felt more forgiving of myself, as a woman, and not — sometimes probably not enough.” © Marvel Entertainment Black Widow is helmed by Cate Shortland. 
The first trailer hit social media platforms in 2019, giving us an incredible glimpse of Natasha's transformation. The movie also has a new villain, Taskmaster. The poster of the movie sees both of them locking horns.  We can't wait to see the movie now!
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18 Delicious But Dangerous Foods In Your Kitchen That Can Kill Humans If Not Prepared Properly

In the age of convenience where supermarkets are only a phone call away, nobody shies away from experimenting with a dish or two be it banana bread, maggie with ketchup or the combination that has become the talk of every town, pineapple on pizza. 
While curiosity is a part of the kit, humans should not forget about the foods that can kill them. Especially the ones that are lying in their kitchen.  Some staples can turn into the most dangerous foods and pose a threat to your health if you’re not careful.  1. Tomato LeavesThe red fruit is juicy but its leaves contain a poison called Glycoalkaloid. It can cause an upset stomach, anxiety and severe cramping. So no experimenting with tomato leaves and stems. __ECOMPRODUCT__1820__ 2. Microwave PopcornThe problem isn’t the kernels but the bag they come in. The chemical used in the bag’s nonstick coating decomposes and creates a compound called perfluorooctanoic acid.  This acid has been linked to both prostate and liver cancer.  __ECOMPRODUCT__1821__ 3. PeanutsA lot of people are allergic to peanuts. The most severe response is anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause shock, loss of consciousness, even death. So know your allergies before stepping anywhere near these addictive babies (peanut butter included). If you’re not allergic to tree nuts, try almond butter. __ECOMPRODUCT__982__ 4. Potato Leaves & StemsPotato poisoning isn’t very common, but even so, potato stems and leaves are poisonous. Most potato-related deaths come from drinking potato leaf tea or eating green potatoes. Make sure you bake, cook, boil or fry your potatoes properly before consuming them. __ECOMPRODUCT__1822__ 5. Cherry SeedsCherry seeds contain a highly toxic conjugate acid, hydrogen cyanide. It particularly affects the organ systems that are most sensitive to low oxygen levels—the central nervous system (brain), the pulmonary system (lungs) and the cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels). So no gulping the seeds. __ECOMPRODUCT__1823__ 6. Uncooked Eggs & Raw MeatUncooked eggs and raw meat—including red meat, seafood and poultry—can contain salmonella bacteria.  Salmonella poisoning can lead to serious complications such as bacteremia that are life-threatening for people who have weaker immune systems. So never leave your meat uncooked.  7. Processed MeatAccording to the National Cancer Institute, meats that contain nitrites and nitrates like bacon have been linked to colon cancer. So chances are that your favourite, processed bacon might not be that good for your body. 8. Bitter AlmondsRaw almonds, a type of seed that has many health benefits, are also potentially full of poisonous cyanide. Bitter almonds in their raw form need to go through specialised heat treatment (not your regular DIY roasting) in order to get rid of toxins. __ECOMPRODUCT__1824__ 9. Apple SeedsStone fruits—apples, cherries, plums, peaches, apricots and pears—contain the perfect blend of sweet and tangy, which makes them so irresistible but steer clear of the seeds, barks and leaves.  They contain amygdalin, a compound that produces cyanide. Large doses of which can lead to vomiting, dizziness, high blood pressure, kidney failure, coma and even death.  __ECOMPRODUCT__1825__ 10. Castor OilThe Castor bean plant—which is used to extract nutrition-rich castor oil—is loaded with the poison ricin. The beans your castor oil was made from must adhere to all safety guidelines. __ECOMPRODUCT__574__ 11. HoneyIf one of your favourite sweet and sticky treats, honey isn’t pasteurised properly, eating it can lead to headaches, dizziness, weakness and vomiting. It contains poisonous toxins called pyrrolizidine alkaloids and eating too much of it can be fatal. __ECOMPRODUCT__1826__ 12. Kidney BeansThe legumes are packed with protein and they’re good for you as long as you cook them properly.  Soak kidney beans overnight to remove lectins, which can kill your stomach cells. Cook and drain thoroughly to get rid of linamarin, a chemical compound that can turn into hydrogen cyanide. 13. NutmegA rare gem in your spice cabinet, nutmeg is great for baking or for a hair mask but ingesting a significant amount can lead to psychotic symptoms like hallucinations, hyper-excitation and disorientation.  __ECOMPRODUCT__1827__ 14. CashewCashew shells can burn your skin and upset your stomach as they carry anacardic acid. Cashews must be boiled or roasted before you eat them. In the raw state, they have urushiol, a chemical that can cause rashes or even death depending on the quantity consumed. __ECOMPRODUCT__1828__ 15. Bean SproutsSprouts are considered the healthiest form of crunchy salads and are usually consumed raw or cooked lightly. But they can also cause food poisoning as the bacteria thrive in a warm, humid environment and sprouts grow in such conditions.   When cooked properly, the harmful bacteria can be killed as light cooking can’t prevent foodborne illnesses like salmonella, listeria, diarrhoea and e.coli. __ECOMPRODUCT__1829__ 16. Raw MilkThe milk available in the grocery stores is pasteurized but some people consume raw milk, which is risky. It can put children at a major risk of deadly diseases like listeria and E.coli. __ECOMPRODUCT__1830__ 17. Unpasteurized CheeseMuch like raw milk, unpasteurized cheese can host deadly foodborne bacteria and illnesses.  __ECOMPRODUCT__1831__ 18. Chilli PeppersA piece or two won’t kill you but peppers contain a chemical called capsaicin. It’s responsible for the spicy flavour and is also used in pepper spray. Consuming a lot of pepper can constrict your lungs. __ECOMPRODUCT__1832__ Don’t just eat them. Eat them right!  Explore More
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‘Absolute Gold’, Dinesh Karthik Sledging Nasser Hussain Makes Him Instant Fan Favourite

To the delight of cricket fans all across the globe, the World Test Championship final finally got off the mark after a delay of around 24 hours at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.  New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl, with a view to making most of the moisture in the surface and the overcast conditions. With rain playing spoilsport on the opening day, the English weather became the focal point of most conversations, and rightly so.  But when the match finally began on Saturday, most people thought the focus would shift on the two sides but to everyone’s surprise nothing of that sort happened. To all those in India googling about weather, it's still windy and pouring in here.
Rain Gods are not in mood to miss the first day!#WTCFinal pic.twitter.com/1c3befwAPT — DK (@DineshKarthik) June 18, 2021 In fact, the first thing that started trending once the game began was Dinesh Karthik, who was part of the star-studded commentary panel picked by the ICC.  Karthik is still an active cricketer for Tamil Nadu and IPL franchise KKR. So, quite naturally, his inclusion ahead of some of the well-established commentators came as a big surprise to many. However, given his performance behind the microphone, fans think this was one of the best decisions the ICC has made regarding the WTC final.  From his pin-point analysis of the game to taking on fellow commentators, the Indian supporters loved it all. © Reuters Despite sharing the comm box with some of the greats in the business like Nasser Hussain, Ian Bishop and Sunil Gavaskar, Karthik didn’t show any nerves and spoke his mind. At times, he even showcased his witty side and the one instance that fans admired the most, was when he sledged his fellow commentator Nasser Hussain.
Nasser was apparently praising Rohit Sharma’s positive intent against short-pitch deliveries and his ability to pull the ball on its merit and also the way he uses his feet against spin bowling.  The reply Karthik gave was what made him a fan favourite. “Just opposite of what you did,” Karthik replied cheekily. Dinesh Karthik just walks into the comms box and just starts bossing the game. pic.twitter.com/vFKDKuWoz8 — Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) June 19, 2021Dinesh Karthik upping the commentary game, more importantly just get into direct points and at times cheeky as well. #INDvNZ — Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 19, 2021So far the best shot in #WTC2021 has come from @DineshKarthik in the commentary box. — Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) June 19, 2021Enjoying @DineshKarthik in the commentary box , breath of fresh air , happy soul . Very important for these times . Well done mate — Vikram Sathaye (@vikramsathaye) June 19, 2021How about @DineshKarthik's cheeky digs at his commentary partners? 🏼#INDvNZ #WTC21 #WTCFinal — KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) June 19, 2021Dinesh Karthik in the commentary box. ABSOLUTE GOLD !!! #WTC2021 #IndiaVsNewZealand — V l N Δ M R Δ (@PansareVinamra) June 19, 2021Shubman Gill & Rohit Sharma out in the middle but it’s Dinesh Karthik who’s had the best start for India so far #INDvNZ #WTC21 #WTCFinal2021 — Shyam (@shyamtalks) June 19, 2021Good on @DineshKarthik to acknowledge India’s tireless throwdown specialists by attributing the Indian batsmen looking good against the short ball to them facing the sidearm a lot in the nets #WTCFinal — Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) June 19, 2021Well, @DineshKarthik always opened well in England :) https://t.co/nJaFeQidNN — Nikhil (@CricCrazyNIKS) June 19, 2021When you hear Dinesh Karthik and not Murali Kartik. #WTCFinal21
#INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/HnLk88CodB — Myra (@the_indianstuff) June 19, 2021Dinesh Karthik bossed the commentary game so far!
On point, cheeky when needed ..

Nasser Hussain be like:
"Doull bhi hai box mei, mera hi sledge kyu .. pic.twitter.com/NWuLgxeDbm — ᴠɪɴᴀʏ (@dramaticdude_) June 19, 2021Dinesh Karthik will surely be the next big name in TV commentary. Rich cultured voice...great sense of humour. The best to come out of India in a long, long time. #INDvNZ #WTCFinal2021 #TestChampionship — Rameshwar Singh (@RSingh6969a) June 19, 2021When you hear Dinesh Karthik and not Murali Kartik. #WTCFinal21
#INDvNZ #dineshkarthik pic.twitter.com/FhBnCxckXF — Trollmama_ (@Trollmama3) June 19, 2021Nasser Hussain when Dinesh Karthik sledges him in Comms: pic.twitter.com/b0KOoIiOZB — Hemant Kumar (@SportsCuppa) June 19, 2021#WTC2021Final #IndiaVsNewZealand#WTCFinal21 with Dinesh Karthik upping the commentary game, is just like cherry on the cake!!

Also #dineshkarthik right now toNasser Hussain pic.twitter.com/Zdal2ClLkn — Debanshi Biswas (@BiswasDebanshi) June 19, 2021Nasser Hussain: Rohit is a great puller of the short ball. Uses his feet well against spin. Shows positive intent.
Dinesh Karthik: Yes, exactly the opposite of you. pic.twitter.com/7g24xc3MZZ — Arjun Darji (@ArjunDarji8) June 19, 2021 Apart from Karthik’s superb start, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill saw off the opening hour’s play and added 62 runs for the opening wicket, giving the side a solid start.   With a day lost already, fans would still be hoping to see a full game as the ICC has kept June 23 as the reserve day, but it will come in effect only if the match is within the possibility of an outcome.
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Kangana Ranaut Says 'Anti-National Librus' Love BDSM Secretly, Admits She Misses Them On Twitter

Kangana Ranaut and controversies walk hand in hand as she is often seen participating in nasty fights and getting into feuds with celebrities, politicians etc, to prove a point.  Soon after Sushant Singh's demise last year, Kangana's tiffs with Bollywood insiders started erupting as she often took to Twitter to raise her voice against the 'mafia gang' of the industry.  After this point, there was no going back for her. She then started criticising almost everybody, to such an extent that her Twitter account was banned in May. © Instagram/Kangana_FC © Twitter But since Kangana would leave no stone unturned, she returned on Instagram later to express her thoughts on several matters.  Very recently, though, the actress admitted that she was missing her days on Twitter.  Kangana's account was deleted on the grounds of provocative tweets during the Bengal elections.  Stating that Instagram is not a place for such conversations and exchanges, Kangana said, "This place has no scope for any conversations and exchange of ideas. I am not interested in your clothes and skin I want to see deeper I want to see your mind and intellect." © Instagram/Kangana Ranaut She further added, "Yes it is useful for influencers and homegrown businesses and I am happy for them but anti-national librus are my jam.... I am born to demolish them I miss them here I am sure they are also missing me because they love bdsm secretly they had started to love all the whipping and sweet torture I gave them .... Come to Koo my loves I miss you all."
© Instagram/Kangana Ranaut Koo is also another Indian microblogging site, where Kangana signed up after being banned on Twitter and wrote in her bio, Desh Bakht and Hot Blooded Kshatriya. 
After her first Koo went live, the brand's co-founder shared the post and wrote, "This was @kanganarofficial’s first Koo. She‘s right in saying Koo is like her home while everything else is rented.” Her first post read, "Hello everyone .... working nights this is a lunch break for #Dhaakad crew. why not Koo now. This is a new place will take time to get fimiliar magar bhade ka ghar bhade ka hota hai, apna ghar kaisa bhi ho apna hota hai" © Koo App/KanganaOfficial After her Twitter ban, Kangana was clearly enraged and said that there are many platforms to raise her voice in her own form. 
She further said, "My heart goes out to the people of this nation who have been tortured, enslaved and censored for thousands of years and still there is no end to the suffering." © Twitter/Kangana_FC On the work front, Kangana has a pretty good line of movies in her kitty, including Thalaivi, Dhaakad, Tejas, and others.
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Will Rain Ruin Chances Of Ashwin & Jadeja Playing In WTC Final? Indian Bowling Coach Explains

The rain played hide and seek throughout the opening day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand, and in the end, the match officials declared the day abandoned, leaving millions of fans around the world disheartened. Team India announcing its playing XI on the eve of the match oozed confidence and showed how confident they were going into the match and expected each player to do their respective jobs on the field. NEWS

Here's #TeamIndia's Playing XI for the #WTC21 Final pic.twitter.com/DiOBAzf88h — BCCI (@BCCI) June 17, 2021 Despite being fully aware of the weather forecasts, Kohli and the team management picked two spinners -- Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja -- in the starting XI and went in with only three front-line pacers-- Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Sharma. The management would have thought that their spinners could be the game-changer on the Ageas Bowl track which starts turning on the fourth and the fifth day. But it happens only when the sky is clear and the sun is shining at its full force, baking the pitch. © Instagram/Indian Cricket Team While the weather is expected to improve over the next few days, chances of rain still loom large on all the remaining days and it could throw India’s whole game plan in the bin.
The only good thing that happened on the opening day was that the toss didn’t take place, hence, as per the ICC rules, the teams are allowed to make changes to their playing XI and fans expect that the team would want to make use of it.  The wait continues ️ #WTC21 Final pic.twitter.com/kNJofd2RfK — BCCI (@BCCI) June 18, 2021 If announcing the playing XI a day before the start was a battle won, drifting away from their initial plan now would be a sign of weakness and Kohli and Co definitely don’t want to give that impression, especially not when it’s the biggest Test match ever.
Hence, when asked about this during the virtual press conference at the end of the opening day’s play, India’s fielding coach R Sridhar answered in negative, saying the playing XI they have announced “takes conditions out of the equation” with each player capable of delivering on any kind of surface irrespective of the weather conditions. Support for the women's team from Southampton!

Go well! #TeamIndia @coach_rsridhar pic.twitter.com/ncE2gzS8mf — BCCI (@BCCI) June 18, 2021 "I was expecting this to be the first question. The eleven that has been announced is eleven that takes conditions out of the equation. I think it's the eleven that can play and perform on any given surface and any given weather conditions. This eleven that has been put in the park. If need be, a decision will be taken," R Sridhar told journalists in a virtual press conference.  Having said that, Sridhar and team management know that this is not any game, it’s the World Test Championship final and they can’t leave anything to chance, only because of what people outside will think of them.   © Twitter/BCCI That’s why while asserting that the team is balanced for all conditions, Sridhar didn’t completely rule out the possibility of altering the playing XI and hinted that “if need be, a decision will be taken” by the management group.

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4 Times Farhan Akhtar Looked Just Like Milkha Singh, Proving His Sheer Dedication To The Biopic

After a long battle with Covid-19, four times Asian Games gold medalist, Milkha Singh succumbed to the virus at 91. Known as the Flying Sikh, he was one of India's most successful athletes, who championed the first India Commonwealth Games Champion in 1958.  The next year, he was also honoured with the Padma Shri. © Instagram In 2013, Farhan Akhtar received a seal of approval from Milkha himself to play the role of the legendary athlete in the sports drama, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. 
The story traces back to Milkha's life, on how his family suffered the brutality of Partition in India and his journey to becoming an Indian Army soldier and representing India as an athlete.  Goes without saying that the movie was hit as people were blown away by Farhan's flawless and powerful portrayal of the icon.  We take a look at four instances when Farhan looked almost like the legendary sprinter in the biopic, proving his dedication to the role:  © Twitter/Farhan Akhtar_FC For actors, when they have to enact a character, they go through intense workouts and diet regimes to transform into the character's persona. 
Farhan had to sculpt his body to look like a seasoned athlete.  From functional training to following a strict eating schedule, he was trained extensively by his coaches to morph into the Flying Sikh's personality and physicality as well. © Twitter/Farhan Akhtar_FC © Twitter/Farhan Akhtar_FC Playing the Olympian's role proved a big challenge for Farhan, more than he had bargained for. He had to transform himself completely to fit into Milkha Singh's shoes for the movie. 
He grew out his hair and beard and morphed into looking like a Sardar. Not just that, he was trained to even run exactly like the sprinter. He said in an interview, "I am playing someone who is iconic. I can't afford to get it wrong. But the role's authenticity is what makes it exciting for me. If I can pick roles that can surprise me and the audience, I've achieved what I set out to as an actor." © Reliance Entertainment, Twitter/Milkhasinghfanclub Speaking of his style choices, Milkha Singh kept his ensembles pretty simple and casual. 
He mostly wore basic T-shirts and checked shirts with his turban, which made his overall look stand out. Farhan was able to get the right tick even in the fashion department. © Instagram/Farhan Akhtar, Twitter/Milkhasinghfanclub Young Milkha looked lean and fit, ergo Farhan had to attain the same visual for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. 
After doing a rigorous workout for several months, Farhan was finally able to achieve an athletic body similar to Milkha Singh's, during his championship days. When Milkha saw the biopic, he was all praise for it, especially, for Farhan. “When 'Bhaag Mikha Bhaag' was released, no matter where I went -- Australia, England or Canada, people around the world used to say Farhan is Milkha Singh's ditto copy. I even went to see Farhan train during the film's making and saw him run 100 metres in 11 seconds! He was not a professional athlete, but he trained hard to become one,” he told the Economic Times.  
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Wasim Jaffer Uses Epic ‘Lagaan’ Meme To Bring Seasoned Troll Michael Vaughan To His Senses

Millions of Indian fans were left disappointed after the opening day of the World Test Championship Final didn’t go as per the plan and the play had to be abandoned without a ball bowled due to incessant rain. Despite gloomy weather, Indian supporters were in high spirits throughout the day and didn’t lose hope and kept hoping to see some action from The Ageas Bowl Southampton. © Reuters As it turned out, the rain gods didn’t pay any heed to the prayers and finally, the match officials decided to call stumps after the pitch and the outfield had taken a lot of beating with rain persisting for the entirety of the day.
© BCCL Furious fans took the opportunity to blame the ICC for their bad scheduling which deprived them of the action and urged BCCI secretary Jay Shah to use his contacts and change the venue of the match. 
Amidst all this, former England skipper Michael Vaughan, who is known for often pulling Indian fans’ legs, joked that the English weather came as a blessing for the Indian team. “I see India have been saved by the weather …. #WorldTestChampionship,” Vaughan tweeted. I see India have been saved by the weather …. #WorldTestChampionship — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 18, 2021How to troll a billion in one tweet
How do you get people to fall for this every time Michael? https://t.co/D0cBj9tGWW — Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) June 18, 2021 With his tweet, Vaughan definitely succeeded in what he wanted to achieve, leaving many Indian supporters gritting their teeth, but it only lasted for a while. I see you have been saved by the weather..
Because if India would have perfomed good today,
Then Drops are coming from Cloud now..
But in that case, it would have been coming from your eyes.️️ — ʜᴀʀꜱʜ𝟒𝟓™🇮🇳 (Masked) (@HarshRo45__) June 18, 2021It's a shame for ur team that final is played in ENGLAND and England team will be watching it on tv .icc would have atleast given them tickets so that they cheer for INDIA from stands — Bharat Chauhan (@BharatC21085526) June 18, 2021 Things changed after former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer reminded him how England weren’t good enough to even make it to their final.   The Joe Root-led finished fourth on the points table, behind the two finalists and arch-rivals Australia and it was a 1-3 defeat in India that put a final nail in their WTC campaign.  The online banter between Vaughan and Jaffer never ceases to amaze us and this time was no different as his epic reply brought the Englishman to his senses, at least this was what many fans thought.  Savage indeedonly you can bring Vaughan back to his senses sir — Dr. Palak Singh (@thatsmePalak) June 18, 2021Wasim bhai kabhi @MichaelVaughan ko ghar pe dawat pe bulao aur thoda kharcha- pani ka intezaam karo — (@JeelPat48520624) June 18, 2021 pic.twitter.com/hfhJk3Wdkx — Shivam Mishra (@ShivamM49866482) June 18, 2021Michael Vaughan & other teams: pic.twitter.com/7QgtNWgsWQ — Abhishek Tripathi (@abhithecomic) June 18, 2021 If you follow both former cricketers’ Twitter handles, you would know how things are between them. Both don’t see each other eye to eye and are always looking for an opportunity to go one up on the other -- this time it was Jaffer’s chance.  Meme king Jaffer came up with another gem and fans thanked him for bringing Vaughan back to his senses.   Using a still from Amir Khan starrer Lagaan, Jaffer took a dig at the fact that despite the final being staged in England, the hosts were nowhere to be seen as they were simply not good enough to bet there.  “Meanwhile rest of the teams watching the #WTCFinals #iykyk,” Jaffer replied quote-tweeting Vaughan’s tweet.  Meanwhile rest of the teams watching the #WTCFinals #iykyk https://t.co/MchOGlM2Ja pic.twitter.com/JBbMJcr1fU — Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) June 18, 2021 As for the WTC final, despite the opening day getting completely washed out, the fans can still hope to see five full days of Test cricket, thanks to the reserve day provision implemented by the ICC to make up for the lost time during the game.  For that, the rain gods need to take a back seat but looking at the weather forecast in the coming days, that is unlikely to happen.   However, the good news is that the chances of rains are not as alarming as it was on Day 1, hence fans should be able to see some action in the coming days, starting from later today.
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3 Bizarre Moments From 2021 That Show The True Power That Influencers Actually Wield

In a post-pandemic world where social media has radically transformed the way we connect and communicate with each other, influencers have found themselves more empowered than ever before. 
This writer believes that any individual or group that can affect or ‘influence’ social media users’ behavioural patterns can be deemed worthy of being considered influencers. Additionally, since the notion of a traditional offline occupation is becoming increasingly redundant, a slew of entertainers, athletes, businessmen, even a collective of like-minded individuals can be considered as ‘influencers’ (as we’ll find out later in this piece).  So, here are 3 moments from 2021 that truly illustrate the bizarre power held by influencers:   via GIPHY 1. Cristiano Ronaldo © Reuters The Portuguese superstar has been all over the news lately because of an incident where he set aside 2 bottles of Coca-Cola with a pinch of disdain. 
Replacing them with a bottle of water before proclaiming ‘Agua' (Portuguese for Water); the preferred choice for an athlete who treats his body like a temple, and is known for his aversion to carbonated drinks (despite having been Coke’s brand ambassador during his halcyon years).  © Reuters However, this non-incident catapulted into a PR debacle for Coca-Cola, as their shares went tumbling from $56.10 to $55.22 by the end of the press conference 
View this post on Instagram 2. Elon Musk  © Reuters Elon’s erratic affair with cryptocurrency has been well documented on social media. 
Earlier this year, the Tesla chief executive’s decision to add #bitcoin to his Twitter bio sent its prices soaring by 20%. His decision to buy $1.5 billion worth of cryptocurrency via bitcoin and dogecoin further hiked the currency by another 16%, in a day.   However, his romance with crypto was brought to a grinding halt when he tweeted Tesla's decision to stop accepting bitcoin as a form of payment for its vehicles.  © Reuters Investors who had been waxing lyrical over him for the initial parts of 2021 found themselves launching accusations of ‘manipulative practices’ at Elon. 
Bitcoin peaked in mid-April with $65,000. However, its value has plummeted by 40% since Elon’s cheeky tweet.  Tesla & Bitcoin pic.twitter.com/YSswJmVZhP — Elon Musk, the 2nd (@elonmusk) May 12, 2021 3. r/WallStreetBets  © Reuters A concerted effort by the folks at r/WallStreetBets, a subreddit for those interested in the stock market, led to Redditors purchasing GameStop stocks in an attempt to rescue the ailing company from several prominent hedge funds including Melvin Capital. 
These hedge funds had been looking to profit from GameStop’s failure, only for r/WallStreetBets to foil their plans.  © Reuters Fueled by nostalgia and perhaps an aggressive Robin Hood complex, these Redditors bought up the ailing company’s stocks and sent it soaring by 1000%. 
This unprecedented activity caused the hedge funds losses to the tune of almost $5 Billion.  It’s been a strange 2021, so far, let’s see what else this year has in store for us.
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Stress, Laziness & More: 7 Habits That Might Be Standing In The Way Of Achieving Good Health

It’s 2021 and both Gen Z & Y are actively moving towards creating a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their loved ones. While the path to good health starts from eating a balanced diet and exercising, there are many everyday habits that stop it from being truly holistic. 
During the pandemic, we all lost our sense of structure and the first thing that went south was our sleep cycle, plus when you add the stressful time our lives have been since March 2020, nothing good could have happened to our mental and physical health. There are many habits that we are all aware affect our health adversely and yet we make no effort to change them. Basic steps like having a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, not smoking, adding physical activity to our lives. These are simple changes are the first steps towards giving the holistic care that your body needs.  Taking A Step Towards Good HealthHere are a few everyday habits that are standing in the way of your good health: __ECOMLOOKS__3030__ Not incorporating vegetables in your diet can lead to digestive issues and other health problems. Vegetables contain a multitude of vitamins and fibre that our body needs to stay in optimum shape. So, instead of munching on chips, add hummus and carrots to your snack list or add spinach to your pasta dish. There are many ways to make vegetables delicious. 
__ECOMLOOKS__3031__ However, exercising regularly is key to maintaining your heart health. Just 150 minutes per week which is only about 20 minutes a day of moderate-intensity physical activity (such as walking briskly or playing tennis) can lower your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and help you maintain a healthy weight. It can also make your heart muscle stronger so it pumps more effectively.  When it comes to exercise, a little bit is better than nothing. If you’re not very active right now, start slow. Find ways to include activity throughout your day. Try to make exercise fun, too. If it’s boring and you dread working out, you may have trouble staying consistent.  __ECOMLOOKS__3032__ Stress can also lead to some unhealthy ways of coping, such as overeating, heavy drinking, and smoking all of which are not good for you. By taking some steps to reduce your stress levels like meditation, therapy, journaling, finding a relaxing hobby, not only will you help your heart, but you’ll also feel better.  __ECOMLOOKS__3033__ So make sure you're drinking the recommended six to eight glasses of liquids like water, juice, or tea, a day. This is important to keep your body hydrated and make it easy for your kidneys to filter your blood. And, drinking more water can even help you feel more energized.
__ECOMLOOKS__3034__ So, instead of using alcohol like beer or wine to quench your “thirst”, have a glass of water before each alcoholic drink, this helps in reducing the amount you drink. The better option is to find other relaxing ways of rewarding yourself, such as taking a bath or reading a good book before bed, and limiting your intake to a maximum of one glass a day.
__ECOMLOOKS__3035__ Whipped cream adds about 140 calories, and each pump of flavoured syrup adds another 20. Without these sugary indulgences five times a week, you'll cut out at least 41,600 calories a year! If you want coffee, drink it with low-fat milk and skip the calorie-heavy treats or just cut out coffee altogether and switch to less caffeinated drinks like green tea.
__ECOMLOOKS__3036__ In order to make sure your digestive system does not get overloaded, make an effort to really taste what you're eating and appreciate the flavours. Physically take yourself away from your desk to eat lunch, and give yourself at least 20 minutes to enjoy it. 
To Wrap UpIn 2021, it is time to learn that sometimes little mistakes like getting six instead of eight hours of sleep, not drinking enough water, or surviving on 6 cups of coffee instead of getting a balanced meal can affect your health in a pretty big way. And yet, by making a few changes, you can easily turn your health around, and feel better! Explore More
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5 Celebrities Who Dedicate Their Success To Their Late Fathers

It's a simple fact!
Most of us cannot bear to imagine how our lives would have been without our fathers to guide us. They love us unconditionally, scold us when we are in the wrong, and row our boats when we feel we are lost in this crazy world. Now, while many still continue to spend our days with our fathers, working towards making them proud, there are many others who unfortunately lost their fathers at a relatively young age. However, with pain in their heart and soul, many succeeded in honoring their legacies by carving a name for themselves in the world. So, in a run-up to this year's Father's Day, let's take a look at five celebrities whose fathers had a huge role in them becoming famous: 1. Cristiano Ronaldo © Twitter Cristiano Ronaldo is regarded as one of the most successful sportsmen in the world. Well, for all his feats and comparisons alongside fellow footballer Lionel Messi for top honors, Ronaldo was once a skinny kid in Madeira, Portugal, with a dream of reaching the top.
However, the rise to the top was not a simple one, as the tremendously talented Juventus star, lost his father, Dinis Aveiro, to liver failure in 2005, back when he had just started making a name for himself at Manchester United. Cristiano himself revealed how he shared a complicated relationship with his father, however, his rags to riches story can be transpired from how his childhood was. While Cristiano, who could not get the chance to truly show that he'd one day be considered to be one of the greatest footballers on the planet, it was revealed that his father knew that all along. Martins, a friend of Cristiano's father, said he always believed in his son. "(He said) My son will be the best player in the world," "We would call him a fool. He always believed," said Martins. 2. Shah Rukh Khan © Twitter Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan isn't just an actor in the world with the fact completely exemplified by his support across the world. We mean, seriously, not many have been honored with their names on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai on their respective birthdays.
Despite his tremendous success, SRK lost his parents at a relatively young age, with his father passing away back when he was just 15. View this post on Instagram However, the Main Hoon Na actor says that the loss was a driving force behind his acting career. While speaking to actress Rani Mukherjee, SRK had earlier said,
"My parents went away suddenly. We got to know they had cancer and within two and a half months, they were gone. I didn’t know what to do. I just felt one night, while at their mazaar that I should fill this void with something. I got a fortunate break in films. For me, acting is not work but a place to vent out my feelings." 3. Virat Kohli © Instagram Virat Kohli currently stands as the proud face of Indian cricket and is well respected across the entire sporting community, not just that of cricket.
However, his journey to becoming a top batsman and eventually the skipper of the Indian cricket team is of course, no way straight. The charismatic captain was only 18 when he lost his father but instead of staying down because of the sorrow, he became even more motivated to fulfill his dream of becoming a top cricketer. “I accepted his death, as I was focused on moving forward with my career." “In fact, I went and batted in a Ranji Trophy match the day after he died. His death made me realize that I had to make something of my life. I think about how nice it would be if I could have given my father the peaceful retired life that he deserved. At times, I get emotional thinking about him,” said Kohli. 4. Priyanka Chopra © Instagram Priyanka Chopra has come a long way from winning the Miss World pageant back in 2000. In two decades, the star has gone on to make a name for herself in Bollywood before taking the step towards Hollywood as well, a feat that not a lot have managed to achieve.
Priyanka too, unfortunately, lost her father, Ashok Chopra, to cancer in 2012, and continues to talk about his role in her life. "I miss most about him just how unabashedly proud of me he would be in the littlest things. Even if I am having dinner and my plate is clean, my dad would be excited. If I wore a dress that I liked, my dad would be excited." said Priyanka, who has a wrist tattoo dedicated to him. "From the littlest thing to the biggest thing, he would be the loudest in the room. I miss the noise, the excitement he had, the joy and investment he had in my life, and just how excited he used to be about everything about me," she added. 5. Billie Joe Armstrong © Billboard Billie Joe Armstrong, with his punk rock band Greenday, has entertained millions of fans worldwide. While a lot of the band's songs have been hard-hitting, head-banging bangers, there is one song in particular that stands out.
The popular acoustic ballad is known by the name of "Wake Me Up When September Ends. Written by Billie, the song was dedicated to his late father, Andrew Armstrong, who passed away when the rockstar was just 10 years old.
Speaking about the hit single, Billie says that it was a means of honoring his father.  “I think about him every day, really. I kinda avoided writing about him for many years, and then finally having a breakthrough like that felt good. It wasn’t like a negative emotion so much, but it was just kind of like honoring him.” said Billie. 
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“I Can Put Any Mom & Dad Together To Shame”, Tusshar Kapoor Sums Up His Life As A Single Father

“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers and singers of songs.” – Pam Brown As a single dad, it must be overwhelming thinking about how you can raise your child without a mother and it’s hard to imagine men doing the part played by women for ages now. But, times are changing, and not just in the west, Indian men are writing history now and making bolder statements. Five years ago, Bollywood actor Tusshar Kapoor surprised many people who thought a single man cannot be a father and shattered myths around surrogacy. View this post on Instagram He took the bold step and opted for surrogacy using in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Moreover, he is unmarried, and in no time, the news of him having a kid through surrogacy spread like wildfire. Many questioned the movie and there were others who supported him for his decision. Unaffected by the opinions and what hardships are ahead of him, Tusshar has been enjoying fatherhood duties since 2016 when he had welcomed his son Laksshya. View this post on Instagram It might be hard at times but he is a hands-on father and in his own words, ‘I can put any mom and dad together to shame’. Ahead of Fathers Day, I got a chance to interact with Tusshar Kapoor about the challenges of being a single father, vulnerabilities, and how his son's personality is shaping up. Excerpts from the interview: It’s not easy to be a single father and you took that decision of having Laksshya in your life five years back. How has it been all this while if you can actually put that into words for us? I actually can’t sum up the entire experience. I probably will have to write a book about the journey of being a father. I will have much more to write than a woman who becomes a mom through pregnancy. I didn’t have to do all of that but I had to make a path-breaking decision. I had to think about it thoroughly before actually welcoming the child into the world. I am really privileged and blessed that I got the chance to take this journey. As far as parenting is concerned, there have been no lows but only highs. No matter how hard and frustrating it gets at times, it’s all worth it. View this post on Instagram When you took that decision of welcoming your child through surrogacy, there were a few people who judged you because as you yourself said that it was a path-breaking decision. How did you deal with this section of people because you broke the set patriarchal notion? I remember getting a lot of respect from people and the media. There were headlines and people were looking up to it. People haven’t trolled me as such but they were appreciative of my decision. I was a bit apprehensive as I was thinking about how Indian men would react to this. Maybe there were a few people who had opinions about it, but they troll even the most respected people of the nation. I didn’t really bother about that section of people. I explained the process to people and there are many people who are single parents. You see single parents all over and it’s usual. It’s just I did that in a different manner which surprised people but there’s a first to every new thing. They were shocked but after a few days, it all turned to normalcy. View this post on Instagram There’s a notion that mothers connect emotionally to their kids but fathers have a different approach. How do you connect to your son at an emotional level? I can put any mom and dad put together to shame. There are lots of good parents but when a question pops up that ‘yeh akela kaise karega’, I can shut all those mouths because I never felt like I needed anyone nor I felt like that my nurturing is not emotional. My son is happy and I have unconditional love for him. I am not scared to show him my affection and I don’t have to be like a mom who is all cuddly. People have their own way of showing love. Even a man with unconditional love can bring up his child. He is happy growing up in my arms too. In the case of married couples, one partner doesn’t get involved in raising the baby, I feel in this case I am doing a far better job. There are no rules that a mother can only give a delicate touch and a rough and tough man can’t give that touch. I feel even men can do it. View this post on Instagram You raised a very important point here that at times, a partner doesn’t take any responsibility leaving the other taking all the load of raising a child. What would you say to such couples? I won’t say that married people have it easier. If this happens, it becomes like a single parent. If that single parent isn’t working, he or she can give an ample amount of time to the kid but if he or she is working, it genuinely gets harder. Sometimes both the parents are involved in taking care of their child and do a great job. You did mention that it does get hard and frustrating at times. Were there any moments when you felt vulnerable and didn’t know how to get going? I never ever felt like that. The only time I felt that parenting in these times is hard is when online schooling came into being because you really have to be tech-savvy for it. It takes a lot of time to understand it but you gradually get a hang of it. There will be phases where things will change and will have to adjust to these things. Laksshya is now in senior KG and now, he will have to attend his school from 9 am to 2.40 pm. This will be a new challenge. Coming to Laksshya, how is his personality shaping up? He is very balanced and has varied interests. He likes his numbers, arts and crafts, football, puzzles, and music classes. He knows what he wants. I think we got limited knowledge and hence we had a tough time deciding what we wanted for our future but these kids are getting more exposure and they know what they want in their lives. View this post on Instagram Also, it’s said that children take certain habits from their parents. Have you taken anything from your father that helps you in nurturing your son? I have taken things from him that would come to use much later. My dad was a working dad and he was hands-on in parenting. I have imbibed the fitness bit from my father and that has been inherited by my son too. View this post on Instagram It was really fun interviewing him and Tusshar has surely set a benchmark for men who are planning to take the route of becoming single fathers.
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What ‘Masculinity’ Means To India’s Toughest Male Olympians & How They Feel About ‘Men Crying’

The Indian Olympic contingent recently suffered a massive setback when one of the most well-known and respected athletes of all time, Sushil Kumar, was accused of beating his compatriot to death with a stick while making his associate film the entire episode on camera. Upon further investigation, one of the biggest reasons to have come forward for such a violent act was the involvement of a Ukrainian girl and essentially two people from each gang falling for her. Among gangsters and goons proudly kidnapping, taking hostages, and murdering people out in the open, the nation asks if this is what the concept of masculinity has been reduced to. Is this what truly means ‘to be a man’?
We asked two of India’s brightest Tokyo Olympics prospects, namely boxers Amit Paghal and Vikas Yadav, about their greatest hardships, how they managed to overcome the mental struggles that came along with it, and what are their thoughts on ‘Indian masculinity’. View this post on Instagram What’s the biggest/most recent setback you’ve faced?  “The biggest setback that I have faced in my life was during the London Olympics 2012 in which I had won the fight (vs Errol Spence in pre-quarterfinal) at night and later they changed the decision and took away the victory from me,” says Vikas, reliving the disappointment and losing the opportunity to get a podium finish at the greatest stage of them all.  View this post on Instagram “Losing the finals of the Asian Boxing Championship (against Shakhobidin Zoirov in May 2021) stings the most for me. By the time the final bell rang, I was sure that the judges were going to rule in my favour but to see the final result completely crushed me. I thought to myself ‘What else can I do to win? I gave it my everything’,” Amit replied.  What has been the most vulnerable moment of your life?  “Losing in the quarterfinals in Olympics 2016 has to be it. I knew how close I was to winning a medal that year but to come back home empty-handed is what broke me. I had to restart from scratch and regroup my strength and two years later, I was the gold medallist at Commonwealth, 2018,” Vikas said.  View this post on Instagram “I would say the first 10-15 minutes after losing the ABC finals was when my vulnerability was at its peak. I had lost all hope and had no idea what I would do in the future, especially, because I felt I had given the bout every last bit of my strength and still ended up on the losing side. I did not want to be in that ring. I simply asked my doctor to fix my cuts up as quickly as possible and I just wanted to run away from the arena,” Amit adds.  What does the concept of ‘Men don’t cry’ mean to you?  As an athlete, I am an extremely emotional human being. I feel that a lot of strength and the will to continue to fight comes from your true emotions. Of course, men should and must cry. We are allowed to express ourselves as well. For me, when I am feeling low or disheartened after a loss, I simply start talking to my niece,” Amit says with a smile on his face.   “She is still a baby and does not understand boxing. For her, it’s all about when I come back home, I should be loaded with gifts and candies for her. She doesn’t care whether I win or lose. That’s special to me and that’s what keeps me going.”  View this post on Instagram “If a man tells you that he doesn’t cry, he is the biggest liar in the world. Men cry, all men cry. I feel we are more emotional than women, at least I can personally vouch for myself on this. There is no doubt about that.”  What does the concept of ‘masculinity’ mean to you?  View this post on Instagram “For me, masculinity means standing up for the rights of everyone. Whether a person is rich or poor, man or woman, whether he is a worker, a sweeper, or even if he comes from a wealthy family, it should not matter. I think that real men are the ones who stand up against everything that's wrong in the world. He stands up and fights for a change. That’s what I really think about masculinity,” Vikas says.
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Abhishek Bachchan Wore Joggers That Look Super Old With Heeled Sneakers Worth A Whopping Rs 30K

Abhishek Bachchan often takes us by surprise, especially with his sense of style.  There have been innumerable times when our Junior Bachchan stepped out wearing uber-cool pieces and classic silhouettes from his wardrobe.  Whether he is seen wearing two smart fitness trackers together or stuns us in an elegant suit, Abhishek knows how to keep us clinging more to his style statement. © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani Amid the lockdown, there were hardly any celebrities who were being papped, for obvious reasons. But now, since things are moving again slowly, we recently saw Abhishek step out in a dope ensemble.  Seen wearing some striking athleisure pieces, the outfit looked inspiring, particularly, for millennials. However, his big, chunky sneakers proved his ranking in the style stakes. Take a look. © Sneakernews Abhishek is wearing the Air Jordan 6 Infrared. The shoes feature original detailing like a Nike Air hit on the back and crisp infrared accents on both midsole and heel tab. 
The timeless design is a hit amongst Jordan fans. Dressed mainly in black nubuck, this one has reflective 3M later underneath with infrared accents and lace lock. The Nike Air branding is adorned on the heel and sock liner. © Sneakernews As for its price, these sneakers currently retail for Rs 30,000. Add usual and custom duties, and these will easily cost a whopping Rs 35,000. That's definitely not affordable!
© Viral Bhayani Coming to his outfit, he was seen wearing a rather rad and zany outfit. AB Jr is wearing a simple oversized black hoodie with black joggers. The pants, if you observe, have a washed-out effect slightly. 
We don't know if it's intentional, but it's certainly a great style move that AB has pulled.  As for accessories, he kept it minimal with his smartwatch. Overall, the look is quite laid-back and it shows, he has an effortless taste in the athleisure department. © Viral Bhayani AB is truly one actor who knows how to make waves his style choices and we reckon he could give us a lesson or two in fashion. This look is a clear depiction of that.

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As Legend Milkha Singh Passes Away At 91, India Unites To Pay Tribute To ‘The Flying Sikh’

Milkha Singh, one of India's most popular and decorated track and field athletes to have represented the country, died as he lost his long battle with COVID-19 late Friday night.  The demise of the legendary sprinter, also known as the Flying Sikh, left the entire country grieving. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, celebrities from all walks of life took to Twitter and expressed their condolences on the heavenly departure of a man who carried the Indian athletics on his shoulders for decades. © Twitter/Sunil Chhetri Pained with the passing away of the legendary sprinter, PM Modi said that with Milkha Singh, the country has lost “a colossal sportsperson” who inspired millions of Indians whenever he graced the track. 
“In the passing away of Shri Milkha Singh Ji, we have lost a colossal sportsperson, who captured the nation’s imagination and had a special place in the hearts of countless Indians. His inspiring personality endeared himself to millions. Anguished by his passing away,” PM Modi tweeted. I had spoken to Shri Milkha Singh Ji just a few days ago. Little did I know that it would be our last conversation. Several budding athletes will derive strength from his life journey. My condolences to his family and many admirers all over the world. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 18, 2021 Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who holds a similar stature in his field as Milkha Singh has in athletics, also expressed his condolences and added that his departure has “left a deep void in every Indians” heart.  Rest in Peace our very own ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh ji.

Your demise has left a deep void in every Indian’s heart today, but you shall keep inspiring several generations to come. pic.twitter.com/ImljefeUEN — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 19, 2021 Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar, who had a special connection with Milkha Singh ever since he portrayed his character in his biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, penned an emotional note for the legendary athlete.  ️🏽 pic.twitter.com/Ti2I457epP — Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) June 19, 2021We may not have seen you compete, but every time we ran fast as kids, we ran 'like Milkha Singh'. And for me, that will always be the legend you leave behind. You didn't just run, you inspired. Rest in peace, sir. #MilkhaSingh pic.twitter.com/SbwrqJJHx9 — Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) June 19, 2021Incredibly sad to hear about the demise of #MilkhaSingh ji. The one character I forever regret not playing on-screen!
May you have a golden run in heaven, Flying Sikh. Om shanti, Sir 🏻 — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 19, 2021 Milkha Singh lost his parents and three brothers during the partition riot and, somehow, made it to the refugee camps in Delhi, where living (read surviving) each day was a struggle of its own.   But he did what he had to do, working odd jobs considered dangerous for a child of his age or stealing goods to make ends meet -- he did all and survived against all odds.  Despite growing up in tough circumstances, he wasn’t afraid of challenges, in fact, that is what made him more resolute and propelled him to push even harder after each failure.  Shri Milkha Singh ji was not just a sports star but a source of inspiration for millions of Indians for his dedication and resilience.

My condolences to his family and friends.

India remembers her #FlyingSikh pic.twitter.com/dE70KmiQJz — Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 19, 2021Extremely saddened to hear about the demise of legendary Milkha Singh Ji. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to friends & family. pic.twitter.com/s8sRuA9AeY — Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) June 19, 2021What #MilkhaSingh ji achieved through his grit, determination, hardwork and exemplary talent will remain a part of Indian sports folklore. A life to be celebrated. My Condolences to his family. Om Shanti 🏼 pic.twitter.com/i1g270kKf3 — Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) June 19, 2021 He found solace in athletics after joining the Indian Army but, like everything else in his life, the journey was full of hardships as he failed not once but thrice, but that didn’t shake his confidence and he kept on persisting and reaped the rewards.  He finished his career with 77 wins out of 80 races and won four gold medals at the Asian Games and a gold at the 1958 Commonwealth Games, becoming the first Indian to win individual gold at the CWG.   That said, one of his greatest performances didn’t involve any medals as he missed the podium finish at the 1960 Rome Olympics, finishing fourth in the 400m final.   His timing remained the national record for the next 38 years.  He was conferred with the country’s fourth-highest civilian award Padma Shri in 1959 for his achievements in the field of sports.
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4 Reasons Why People Don’t Trust China’s Internet Giant Tencent And Its Practises

PUBG Mobile’s publisher and one of the biggest internet companies in the world is now facing an antitrust crackdown in China. But long before its troubles in China, many internet users already found the company to be one of the shadiest internet companies in the world. Tencent is currently the fifth biggest internet company in the world right behind Amazon, Google and Facebook. However, the company has taken egregious steps to become one of the most profitable companies in the world. Here’s why many people still have a hard time trusting the Chinese internet giant: 1. It Censors Freedom of Speech and Not Only in China © MensXP Tencent has to follow strict online censorship rules in China as the CPC (Communist Party of China) controls the internet in the country with an iron fist. However, what people don’t realise is that Tencent also uses its products as a way to spread China’s soft power all over the world. We tested this ourselves during the Hong Kong Protests and when PUBG Mobile was available to play in India. Suppressing freedom of speech in democratic countries has long been a contending issue until the game was finally banned in India. 
2. Privacy Issues  © Reuters If you thought your data was secure on Tencent owned apps and games, you couldn’t be more wrong. Privacy advocates have repeatedly found that Tencent shared conversations of its users with the Chinese government. The company has also been accused of using AI to identify and block images to get around government censorship by Chinese citizens. Tencent has also shut down social media accounts on its platforms of users who have been critical of the Chinese government. 
3. It Copies Games © Uptodown Tencent has been accused of shamelessly copying games and its founder Ma Huateng has even been called the "plagiarism king.” One of Tencent’s biggest games, Kings of Glory was a direct copy of League of Legends when it first launched in 2016. The game was a massive success and became the world’s biggest game that year. Tencent soon bought ‘Riot Games’ from its earnings, the developer that owns League of Legends.
4.  It’s Been Accused of Corporate Espionage  © Reuters The Trump administration and the US Government banned Tencent owned WeChat as it posed a risk to American data privacy or national security. While the ban has been overturned by President Biden, it’s still not out of hot water. However, the White House claimed before the ban that WeChat and other apps like TikTok collected so much data that  it could allow companies to "conduct corporate espionage.” Companies like Tencent are required to help China’s government whenever asked to silence political dissent and for surveillance purposes. Tencent Chief Executive Ma Huateng openly talks about working with the Chinese Government and has voiced support for private companies working with the government on law enforcement and security issues.

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10 Things That Often Happen In Movies But Almost Never In Real Life

We have grown up watching Bollywood movies and idolising reimagining some iconic scene a couple of times in our head. From gravity defying fight scenes to walking past a bomb blast to meeting the love of your life on a Euro trip, we have been fed some really unrealistic plots and scenarios by Hindi movies.
© Yash Raj Films It took us some time to realise that these movies are called fiction for a reason. A father offering a cheque of Rs. 1 lakh to leave your girlfriend or you engaging in a gun fight to save your kid--these things only happen in movies and never in real life. It’s annoying how we have been living a lie. 
© BrandSmith Motion Pictures Here are 10 things that happen too often in Bollywood movies but never in real life.
1. Someone dramatically stopping a weddingI have been to so many weddings and never have I ever witnessed any ex lover gate-crashing and ruining the wedding by saying, “Ruko, yeh shaadi nahi ho sakti” Safe to say I am really disappointed by the non-dramatic weddings I’ve attended. © Dharma Productions 2. A beautiful girl’s dupatta getting stuck on your cuffAn iconic romantic scene in romcoms and a fantasy for all 90s kids! Bumping into a cute stranger and your clothes entangle, followed by deep and long eye-contact. If it’s not destiny, we don’t know what is. © Red Chillies Entertainment 3. People coming back from the deadIn movies, people always have extra lives like a video game character. They rise from the dead, are saved by locals after a plane crash or get incarnated only to come back and avenge their death. Let me know if it has EVER happened to anyone you know. I’ll wait. 4. College students don’t bother studyingThe teenagers who practically look like adult supermodels are concerned about everything, but their studies. They will compete for love, friendship, dance competition and everything in between but studying never crosses their mind. And, they still end up becoming filthy rich. © Dharma Productions 5. They never finish their mealsWe have never seen any character finishing their meals despite an elaborate spread on the table.Most often they would just get pissed about something and leave the 100 exotic dishes on the table. Who does that? Not desi kids, who get whooped if they leave food on the plate. © UTV Motion Pictures 6. People take forever to dieThe hero gets shot (if he does, because otherwise they are all invincible) but rather than dying, he lies in blood, bidding their last goodbyes, apologising and making others swear they’ll be happy without them? I am sure IRL, people just panic and ask to get them to a hospital asap. © Sippy Films 7. Flash Mob Very stereotypical of Bollywood and an age-old element that never really surprised us. But take a second to think. Where do all these people come from? How do they know the steps? Why are their outfits perfectly coordinated?  8. People decide to fight crime themselvesDoes no one trust the system anymore? Let me rephrase that. Is everyone so well equipped and smart that they take it upon themselves to solve murders, theft and other crimes themselves? How come calling the police never occurs to them?  © UTV Motion Pictures 9. No one dresses according to the weather What is the weather even? In Mohabbatein, the girls wore summer clothes, Shah Rukh had a sweater hanging on his shoulder and Amitabh Bachchan wore a galaband jacket. Especially, in songs, they would wear leather pants and ghaghra in the desert and a shirt and saree in the snow.  © Yash Raj Films 10. People murder people like it’s NBDAn action film is incomplete without a nail-biting fist fight followed by a gun fight. However, even though the hero isn’t a cop or even skilled enough to shoot, they would kill people like it’s child’s play. Plus, they never get arrested for it--A MURDER! © Chaudhry Enterprises How many of these did you wish happened to you IRL? 

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