Mr. Narendra Modi is, arguably, one of the most charismatic leaders this nation has had in recent times. Respected not just in India, he’s somehow managed to strike a non-political rapport with world leaders as well.
So, we wondered how he might be celebrating his birthday today. Take a look.
1. He’ll be giving background score while people sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him.
Considering he’s an accomplished drummer, background score toh banta hai. “Happy birthday to you!” * Ba dum tss! *
2. He’ll be busy welcoming the guests. And ignoring the rest.
While the well-wishers will be welcomed…
… the haters won’t be getting any return gifts.
3. Of course, there will be that one guest who’d said they won’t be able to make it but will come nonetheless.
“Listen, I might not be able to make it”
* Finally makes it * Boo yeah!
4. His friends will probably make a birthday video for him.
A compilation of the weirdest things people have said about him or to him? Sounds like an excellent video idea!
5. He WILL get tons of presents. Which he WILL show-off
“Look what Arun Jaitley got me! Best birthday evaaahhhh!”
Of course there’ll be some who’ll show no innovation at all.
6. He’ll be the bona fide, certified DJ for the evening and will play patriotic songs from Border and LOC Kargil
7. There will be drinks at the party!
Sponsored by Patanjali. Jaise taaze falon ka rass rahe hon choos, aise hain Patanjali kefruit juice.
8. There will be a tea-flavoured cake.
Why drink it when you can eat it?
Happy birthday once again Modi ji! Have a great one!
Life may not always go as planned. But despite plans changing entirely and forever, some among us manage to conquer our dreams against all odds. This is the story of such a man. A man that did not let a prison sentence jail his passion for photography.
According to Upworthy, a series of thefts and petty crimes led Donato Di Camillo into the prison, but he did a lot more there than simply serving his time. With the help of literature he discovered at the prison library, he taught himself photography and the world subsequently found a talented artist.
When he got out of prison in 2011, Di Camillo knew exactly what he wanted to do and he went straight to work. Equipped merely with his learnings from old issues of National Geographic, Life and Time magazines, how-to books and YouTube tutorial videos, he proved his talent to the world and to himself.
When Di Camillo was a child, his family could not even afford film for their polaroid camera. But even in his dire circumstances, young Donato used to pretend with his film-less camera to be on an African safari, capturing magnificent beasts in all their natural beauty, and dreamed of someday being one of the iconic behind-the-lens heroes of the world.
Once out of prison, he set out in New York with a camera, to capture a side of life distinctly different from what most of us are used to seeing.
Donato’s subjects are often homeless, mentally-ill, interesting characters or just anything but ordinary from around the city. He mentions that his street smarts and his time on the outside of conventional society were key in helping him approach and connect with people that other photographers may have struggled with.
“These people walk around, and they’re faceless,” he said. “I feel that everybody deserves a face.”
“I think we all relate to each other in one way or another, whether someone’s laying in the street or running a Fortune 500 company,” Di Camillo added.
He doesn’t care too much for other people’s response to his work. He believes that not everyone will get it, and that’s okay.
De Camillo wants his subjects to know that the reason he photographs them is because he sees something in them that he sees in himself, or the rest of the world could see in themselves.
He remains true to his cause of showing people what they often don’t see, be it incidentally or on purpose, and he’s certainly proud of the impact his work has had on his life.
There is no dearth of mysterious and baffling things on this planet and scientists have come across another such unexplainable sight in the deserted swampy marshes of ‘Parana Delta’ in northern Argentina. An enigmatic almost circular island named ‘The Eye’ has allegedly been seen rotating on its own axis while floating on a pond of clear water and has been seen leaning against the walls of its outer circle.
Around 118 meters in diameter, scientists suspect it has existed since 2003. However, its nearly perfect shape and its firm hard terrain despite being surrounded by marshy land has piqued the curiosity of scientists who want to delve further into the mystery. As Oddity Central reported, the water seemed unusually clear and cold and the island was floating on something but it could not be determined over what exactly.
Crazy theories are cropping up to explain the island ranging from how it might be hiding an alien base to how it explains God’s existence on Earth. There’s even a documentary being made on it to explain the phenomenon.
Guess we’ll wait for the documentary to figure out what it really is.
Every other day, a video of animal cruelty surfaces on the internet but all we do is frown and curse the people responsible, and the government that appears to do nothing about it. India has a huge population of stray dogs and with rising incidents of animal torture, it has become a big problem in our country. While one man mercilessly threw a poor dog off a roof, another was seen swinging a dog ruthlessly.
Is this how we should treat man’s best friend? Isn’t it our responsibility to protect the helpless animals who can’t do much about its own safety?
Seems like we can learn a lot from Netherlands, where you won’t find even a single stray dog on the road. The reason? From laws that mandate it to put animal abusers in jail to free sterilization, this video shows how the Dutch government made it possible:
If you’re anything like me, you’re also probably pretty lost when random drug jargon is thrown around in conversation as if you’re in a room of Jim Morrisons. What exactly is smack? What all do people call roofies? How many damn names are there for heroin? Who knows, right?
We do. So wonder no more, people. Here are some of the many names that these 21 deadly drugs are commonly known by.
One of the most notorious illicit drugs, cocaine is a snorted, smoked or injected for it’s famed burst of energy or euphoria.
This psychedelic drug gives its user a 12-hour trip that’s characterised by hallucinations and out-of-body experiences.
Intensely addictive and injected with a needle, this one creates a numb, euphoric high and goes by many names.
Illegally used often as a date-rape drug, GHB or Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid is a strong psychoactive drug.
A psychoactive drug that has several medicinal properties too, marijuana can be smoked, vaped or eaten and is mostly characterised by its generated change in perception and a distinct increase in appetite.
A common go-to party drug, MDMA or Methylenedioxy-Methamphetamine causes a rush of dopamine to the brain.
7. Meth or Methamphetamine
Nearly three times as powerful as cocaine, with a high that lasts for hours, Meth is a strong stimulant that can be smoked or injected for an intense high.
PCP or Phencyclidine is a dissociative anesthetic drug that drives users into disorientation, and causes a loss of bodily and mental control.
A strong amphetamine and originally intended to help with ADHD, Adderall is often abused as a drug to induce a focused rush of positivity and energy.
10. Bath Salts
These cleaning chemicals have become popular recreational intoxicants with intense and sometimes irreversible side effects.
Designed as a veterinary anaesthetic, this colourless liquid or white powder has a tranquillising effect.
Psychedelic mushrooms, usually plainly eaten, contain mind-altering chemicals that lead to hallucinations and euphoria.
Ritalin is a slightly less common, but equally dangerous relative of the drug Adderall. Commonly prescribed for ADHD, it is now commonly abused for a quick high.
This powerful painkiller is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen and is popularly misused despite its great potential for addiction.
This anti-anxiety medication has become an increasingly abused drug that has a relaxing effect, but is highly addictive.
Fentanyl is extremely potent, synthetic opioid pain medication that gives the user a warm and dulled high.
17. Roofie or Rohypnol
Though the drug has medical uses, it has a paralysing effect and is often illegally used as a date-rape drug.
A strong narcotic painkiller, oxycodone is a tablet that is often crushed and snorted.
What’s in a name, one might ask. But after reading this, you probably won’t.
At some point of time or other, you must have come across a group of urchins looking for food leftovers in the dustbin. It is indeed a common sight. Now hold on to that picture in your mind and read this –
According to Hindustan Times, around 67 million tonnes of food is wasted in India every year, which has a value of around Rs 92,000 crore. And it’s enough to feed all of Bihar for a year.
This value equals nearly two-thirds of the amount that the government needs to feed 600 million poor Indians with subsidised ration under the National Food Security programme.
Here are some more alarming facts that show how much food wastage there actually is:
1. India wastes as much food as is consumed by the United Kingdom, says the CSR journal.
2. According to a written statement given to the parliament in 2013 by former agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, nearly 40% of the total produce is wasted every year in the country.
3. Each year, around 21 million metric tonnes of wheat rots in India. The figure is almost equal to Australia’s total annual production.
4. To produce the food which ultimately gets wasted, India is estimated to use more than 230 cubic kilometres of fresh water annually, enough to provide drinking water to 100 million people a year.
And these figures aren’t just affecting the nation’s economy and the environment. This grim reality points out another major issue in India, i.e. hunger.
1. According to a UNICEF report, one-quarter of the world’s undernourished live in India.
2. India ranks 55 out of 76 countries on the Global Hunger Index, lagging behind much poorer neighbours like Nepal (44) and Sri Lanka (39).
3. According to a report published by charity organisation Oxfam, the number of hungry people has increased by 65 million between 1990-2005, which sums to be more than the entire population of France.
4. According to a survey done by Bhook (an organization working towards reducing hunger) in 2013, around 20 crore Indians sleep hungry on any given night.
After going through the statistics, one thing is certain that India produces enough food to feed everyone. However, we have got to realise that in order to feed more, we need to waste less.
Though we are aware of the fact that only the government can take major actions to prevent food wastage in India, we, on a personal level, can act more proactively to minimise it. Or do we need another abhiyaan to remind ourselves the basic things we should actually be taking care of?
Sex has always been a taboo in Indian culture. Remember all the blood gushing to your cheeks when the biology teacher said the word ‘penis’ in class 7? Yes. That. It is not talked about as much as it should have and unawareness amongst most of us is often alarming. Well, that being said, what is even more alarming is the detrimental reality that:-
(a) Men are living in complete oblivion on how they can satisfy women (because they somehow can never find the damn clitoris.)
(b) Young women and girls are typically shamed for celebrating their bodies and enjoying sexual pleasure.
All we’re saying is that — it is okay. We get it. There is nothing to be ashamed about at all.
This misery might have just marked its end (well, a part of it!). This September, the world’s first open-source, anatomically correct, printable 3D clitoris would be available for primary to secondary level students across France as a part of their sex education, tackling gender inequality in the same amongst other important lessons.
This wishbone resembling replica of a clitoris — the blueprint of which can be downloaded and used anywhere — has ben created by a Paris-based socio-medical researcher Odile Fillod in collaboration with photographer Marie Docher, as The Guardianreports.
Considering how far we have come with all the technological advancements where scientists are now on the brink of discovering the fifth dimension, this might have taken a bit too long.
All hail 3D printing technology which has made the distribution of this model possible. What is even more intriguing is the fact that a detailed portrayal of the clitoris was produced only recently. Just how recently are we talking? Try 2009.
“It’s important that women have a mental image of what is actually happening in their body.”
This independent researcher’s tiny sculpture will help students learn that the clitoris is made up of the same tissue as the penis.
“In understanding the key role of the clitoris, a woman can stop feeling shame. It’s also vital to know that the [female] equivalent of a penis is not a vagina, it’s [a] clitoris. Women get erections when they’re excited, only you can’t see them because most of the clitoris is internal. I wanted to show that men and women are not fundamentally different.”
If it interests you, you may watch the development and printing of the 3D clitoris by Marie Docher on vimeo below.
The French have undoubtedly inspired us Indians in ways more than one; feminist sex education can now be added to that list. This has been a major step towards strengthening sex education in the region. The question is — how soon will this be adopted in the Indian sex-education system and given the kind of importance that it deserves?
The weekend is almost here. Two days of sleeping till noon, no getting stuck in traffic for hours, no meetings and no work. Phew! Just can’t wait for it, can you? But what other plans do you have apart from sleeping and lazying around on your bed?
How about trying some new things this weekend? There’s so much happening around the city on weekends and the best part is that there is something for everyone! Here’s your weekend itinerary sorted!
Here are some events happening in and around Delhi that you can attend this weekend:
1. 4th Woodpecker International Film Festival
If you’re a film enthusiast, you should definitely check this festival out. No better way to spend the weekend appreciating cinema and meeting like-minded people.
When: 15-18 September, 9:30 AM onwards
Where: Siri Fort Auditorium
Tickets: Entry Free (Passes available at the venue)
Tech giant Apple got into an embarrassing situation after its users found porn while searching for GIFs in an app present in its latest software iOS 10.
The matter came to light after some users discovered that they are getting strange results for search in the iMessage app. For instance on searching the word ‘huge’ in the gif search category, one could receive the pictures of genitals, reports Gizmodo.
Following many such cases, Apple is now banning specific search terms, and trying to bring some changes in its software by removing certain images from other searches.
Some words like “fisting,” “blowjob,” and “terrorist how-to” alongwith some other terms are being removed by the firm, the report adds.
Th requests for all the terms that could lead to provocative content are being blocked by Apple and the content is being controlled. But the clampdown is also leading to ban of simple words like “bounce” and “huge”.
To ensure better results of searches, Apple is also cleaning previous queries and results.
It’s not the Mahabharata that’s unfolding in Uttar Pradesh’s first family, the Yadav clan – but a more earthy dangal as the irate wrestler father, Mulayam Singh seeks to wrest back control from his cyclist son and chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav.
And, as elections approach, Tipu a.k.a. Akhilesh has finally shown his family who’s the boss. The motley crew of those trying to derail Tipu, include usual suspect Amar Singh in permanent audition for the role of Shakuni in every party brave enough to allow him entry. Sources now say that while Mulayam Singh (Netaji) will call a family counsel and present a united Yadav front with the family, outsider “uncle Amar” will be made the fall guy.
Subroto Roy Sahara who has been on a roll since his Tihar parole, which has now been extended by another week, and Ram Gopal Yadav along with Azam Khan who loathes Amar Singh have jointly and singly run interference for Tipu. They have convinced Netaji that “uncle Amar” who was trying to run a parallel administration in Noida and greater Noida along with Shivpal Yadav via transferred chief secretary Singhal, has to go.
So the family will reunite with Shivpal, with his wife Sudha and son getting back their official roles while Amar after a grace period will be put out to pasture. Battling for Amar Singh were two media tycoons, one of whom is believed to be finance minister Arun Jaitley’s best friend.
It all started with a posh party at the Maurya ITC in Delhi thrown by Singh to felicitate Zee’s Subash Chandra’s entry into the Rajya Sabha via the pen rebellion in Haryana cong. A source present at the do said, as events unfolded Amar Singh and the lady compere waxed eloquent about Aveek Sarkar who was also present there. Singh told the guests that “Sarkar was his friend when he was not even the ‘Amar Singh’”.
A visibly embarrassed Sarkar left the stage as Chandra was being felicitated. The two are not known to get along. Rajat Sharma was also present and so was chief secretary Singhal.
Akhilesh had vehemently opposed the return of Amar with his penchant for snoop devices and was livid to learn that at the do, Singh boasted that he would “finish Tipu”. Already upset with Netaji for his frequent public rebukes and the projection of his step sister-in-law Aparna Yadav as the new bahu about to enter politics, Yadav junior decided that enough was enough.
Both he and his wife, Dimple Yadav who is an elected MP are chary about Aparna’s public bid to enter politics, her large entourage and penchant for praising Modi. While Netaji’s son from his second wife Sadhana Prateek is content being a body builder, his wife is in direct competition with Dimple.
As Netaji listened to uncle Amar he was in for an unpleasant surprise. The prodigal son rebelled, and his last words to his father allegedly were, “you decide, I am your son. I have to win the UP elections, not Singhal, Chandra or uncle Amar. This is a golden opportunity to repair our lawless image”.
Netaji was not entirely convinced, so Junior cut off all communications and even stated publicly that he would cycle away from the Yadav clan. It was following this that the chorus of Khan, Sahara and Yadav started up, which is when Netaji saw reason.
A likely outcome is that status quo may be restored for Shivpal, since Akhilesh told him emotionally, “you are my chacha take everything. But, don’t give milk to the snake”. The snake in the Yadav grass has always been Amar.
Akhilesh has sent a clear message that the Mulayam era is over and he will now run the Samajwadi Party the way he wants. It’s been nearly five years for him to declare his independence and stop being a spare CM.
After all, it’s Indian politics and it’s all about loving your own family. So even Aparna’s candidature has been cleared. Abhi toh party shuru hui hai.
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