Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sooraj Pancholi on girlfriend Jiah Khan: Two years after her death, the Hero star finally speaks up


 Sooraj Pancholi, who hit the headlines two years ago when he was arrested for his involvement in girlfriend Jiah Khan's death case, says he still misses her a lot and has no qualms if his name is associated with her. Sooraj's life had turned upside down when his name cropped up. He was arrested on abetment to suicide charges and sent to jail.

"My name will always be associated with her and I have no guilt for that. I am happy that something at least stays with me. I am sad that she ended her life. But at least her name is with me and I have no problems with it," Sooraj told PTI.
Jiah, the 25-year-old British-American actor, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at her Juhu home in 2013. Sooraj met Jiah through Facebook and then after sometime the two fell in love. "I miss her. I miss her everyday of my life. I am missing her while I am sitting with you right now. If I loved a person so much I would miss her," said the 25-year-old Hero star.

"She was five years elder to me. She was more mature than me. I was 21-year-old then and she was 26. She knew more about the industry than me," said the actor. Sooraj faced further mental trauma when Jiah's mother Rabia Khan alleged that he was responsible for her daughter's death.
"I don't know if she (Rabia) is against me. If she feels that there is some foul play in this case, then she has all the right to verify it," Sooraj, son of actors Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, said.
"But if she is doing it just to harass me then I would not want to say anything. Truth will definitely come out. If she is doing it for some specific purpose then God is watching," he added.
Sooraj will soon be making his debut as an actor in the remake of the 1983 film Hero, which is co-produced By Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai. The Nikhil Advani-directed film, in which Sooraj is paired opposite Athiya Shetty, is releasing on September 11 this year.

Cristiano Ronaldo: My challenge is always to be best



The Real Madrid star opened up about what inspires him, his a life away from football and his biggest fear.
Real Madrid and Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is always clear about his goal at all times. It’s one that’s simple and uncomplicated – be the best.
“My challenge is always, year-to-year, trying to be the best—training hard to get myself 100% all the time,” Ronaldo said following the 2015 Nike Tech Fleece Jacket launch on Thursday.
“My main goal is to always achieve this kind of success. This is what I am trying to do all of the time, and the last eight, nine, ten years I think have gone pretty well. So I try to keep going like that,” he added.
The 30-year-old has won the Ballon d’Or thrice and has achieved the highest honours in club football but his life away from the game is far less extravagant than one might expect.
“(I’m) a normal person. I try to do normal stuff, surrounded by my family, my friends, my son. Just trying to be as normal as possible. I'm just training in the morning, so when I arrive home I get to do other things that make me feel comfortable,” the Champions League winner revealed.
It comes as no surprise then that Ronaldo picked spending time with his son when asked about his passions away from the pitch.
“I have many, but I will just mention one, which is playing with my kid,” he beamed.
Waking up every day and pushing yourself to the limits in order to be the best in the world is no mean feat but Ronaldo is fueled by the people around him.
“The people who I work with, the people around me—they are always giving me motivation and the opportunity to work hard and be good. They give me good vibes, good energy, and I think that that is the most important thing for me,” he enthused.

The Portuguese skipper also opened up about his deepest fear, revealing that he wants to live a long and healthy life.
“Dying young (is my greatest fear). I don't want to die young. I want to be old and die when I’m 80 or 90,” the former Manchester United winger said.
As for what goes through his mind when he’s standing in the tunnel before a game, Ronaldo says his mindset is one that’s pretty composed and simple.
“Nothing special (that I think about). I try to enjoy it. Playing football is what I like to do. So I just enjoy it, the sport, and I want to allow the fans and the public to enjoy it, too,” he concluded.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Shahrukh Khan Talks About The Film With Aamir And Salman Khan



Shahrukh Khan recently talked about the movie plan with Aamir, Salman and himself in detail to a leading daily. While he spoke about a lot of other things, our focus goes on this interesting topic that every Khan fan wants to know about.

Shahrukh Khan felt that it could be a little difficult for such a thing to happen, considering all three are mainstream heroes. He said, "I think it's difficult to do a three-hero film, especially when all the three heroes are leading mainstream actors. A lot of times, it gets difficult to make a film with even two smaller heroes, as both think of themselves as stars (smiles)." He further added, "In this case, the three of us are actually stars. But, I feel, it might not be a problem. All three of us are humble enough to understand that we are doing a film [together]. 

We have to choose a film in which all three of us are equal. We should do [a film like] Ghostbusters (1984). That film has equal roles for all the three heroes (laughs)." Then he revealed a joke Salman cracked, "One day, Salman cracked a joke. He said, "Guys, we three won't do a film together. We will only end up fighting. One will keep using his brains, another will finish the work quickly, and someone will not reach the sets on time." So, we discuss stuff like this." 

Shahrukh further discussed this topic in detail, "Today, if I were to write [a script] for Varun (Dhawan), Ranveer (Singh) and Ranbir (Kapoor), it would be hard. Not only because they should have equal roles, but because it must do justice to them all. It's a difficult proposition to write a three-hero film, and then get three heroines, and three villains (smiles). If it happens, it's great and even if it doesn't, that's also good. 

The three of us don't exist because we should be in cinema together. Instead, we exist because we should be in cinema." Well, we hope like what SRK expects, some brilliant scriptwriter manages to write a good film with three leading heroes, so that we can see the Khans' acting together.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Shocking Facts Abut Potato Chips



The world we are living in at present is laden with artificiality. If you look around yourself, you can enough evidences that can prove the artificiality in every walk of life.
 
Commercialization of every essential commodity has brought a downfall in the eating habits as well. While listening to a news telecast on the television or going through a news daily, you can find hundreds of news pieces that deal in these things. Popularity of ready made food items have been extremely bad for the human body. For example, you can take the name of the potato chips that are available in a large variety. Why You Can't Say No To Junk Food? These potato chips have revolutionized the modern market with the consumption of these items is increasing with an amazing speed. 

The effects of these chips can be bad for everyone, but the children are the worst affected. People need to grow an awareness towards the poor or unhealthy eating habits. They must know the shocking facts about packaged potato chips. 

As far as availability of the known or unknown facts about packaged potato chips is concerned, loads of such information is available on the Internet. While finding the shocking facts about packaged potato chips, people need to keep their senses open, and they need to realize what harm these ‘delicious’ food items can cause.



Some of the Health Problems Junk Food Can Cause

Potato Chips Are Junk Food: Packaged potato chips do not require cooking, and that is why they are ready to eat. They are actually junk food that have infinite volumes of harmful effects on the body. As a matter of fact, these packaged potato chips are very tasty to the tongue and taste buds, but they are extremely harmful for the belly, and ultimately to the whole body.

They Cause Addiction: Some expert dietitians compare potato chips with harmful and toxic drugs and alcoholic drinks. It is not because of the fact that these chips cause toxic effects, but because of the fact that they compel you to eat them again and again. This is simply addiction that makes you buy more packets and consume them. This can be a great mistake for you as well as for your kids and family. It is your responsibility to make your family aware of the shocking facts about packaged potato chips. They must be made aware of the unknown facts about the packaged potato chips.

They Are Loaded With Calories: As these chips are junk foods, they have no or very little nutritive value. Instead, they have loads of harmful calories that everyone needs to avoid. Excess consumption of these potato chips can cause terrible amounts of physical troubles. Some of these troubles can be seen in the form of obesity, excessive weight, and various related after effects.


They Are Made With Below-Standard Ingredients: As per the available facts and figures, the potato chips are never made with the best ingredients. As per one of the shocking facts about packaged potato chips, the producers use oil of poor quality to fry the potato flakes. In the opinion of the doctors and dietitians, eating these chips is as harmful as consuming 5 liters of cooking oil. Apart from these shocking facts about packaged potato chips, there are loads of unknown facts about packaged potato flakes and chips. As a responsible parents, you must carry the responsibility of restricting your kids from eating these chips. Otherwise, you and your family may end up suffering.

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Kangana Ranaut Justifies On Being Called The Highest Paid Bollywood Actress!




After bagging 62nd National Award for the Best Actress for her mind blowing performance in Vikash Bahl's Queen, one more time she proved that she is the real Queen of Bollywood, when she took the industry by storm with her character in Tanu Weds Manu Returns. But after that immense success, reports were rife that Kangana has raised her remuneration quite high, which is far more than any actress's' charge and she has become the highest paid actress of Bollywood.


According to a leading daily, Kangana justifies her demand and said, "I think the kind of films and roles I do takes a whole year... I think it is justified. At some point, we have to come to that place where we are equally paid. It is a small step... we are headed to that direction." The actress, who has worked in many women-oriented films like Fashion, Queen also talked about inequality between the remuneration for actor and actresses in the industry.

She said, "There is a huge gap between the remuneration of an actor and actress... it will take time (to reduce the gap). Male actors get into production, share profit and they don't take money at times but are involved in some capacity which is economical and resourceful."

Power to you, Kangana!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

7 Waterfront Hotels In India That Offer Simply Spectacular Views During Monsoon!



1. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

HolidayIQ Traveller Gautam Shah says, “The Lake Palace is one of the oldest and most premier of the Udaipur luxury hotels. Being run my TAJ, you can certainly expect grandeur and the best service. What distinguishes this hotel is its location. The hotel is in the centre of the Udaipur Lake and is a place made of beautiful white marble. You go to the hotel in small motor boats and the view and property are simply beautiful.”

2. Ocean Spray Hotel, Pondicherry

HolidayIQ Traveller Pankaj says, “The Ocean Spray is a beautiful resort located on ECR Road overlooking the Bay of Bengal. It is close to 20 km outside Pondicherry. Situated in very large area, it has its own man-made lake. We stayed in ‘the heavens’ which are open sky Jacuzzi rooms. The hotel provide bicycles to roam around the property. There are many beautiful fishes in the lake."

3. Golden Sands, A Sterling Holidays Resort , Puri

“The resort is a splendid property located near sea beach in Puri”, says HolidayIQ Traveller Rakesh Sharda.
Located at the scenic spot where Bhargavi River meets the sea, Sterling Holidays resort at Puri is the ideal place to start your spiritual sojourn in this temple town.

4. Zuri White Sands Resort and Casino, Goa

HolidayIQ Traveller Vinayak says, “As the name suggests, it is the luxury resort and spa and lives up to its reputation. The room is clean and tidy, the casino is great. The Zuri is situated on the beach, we had a great time partying.”
Etched across the rather long beach of Varca in Goa is the Zuri White Sands Resort and Casino. It is here that you get to indulge in a waterfront retreat that spells holiday and relaxation. The views are best from the tents where you get the sight of pristine sands that line the glistening waters. A must is a candle light dinner at the beach.

5. Ri Kynjai Resort, Shillong

HolidayIQ Traveller Bansuri Das says, “This hotel is situated away from the congested city of Shillong. It is located on the banks of RIver Bada Pani.”
You can spend hours on the rustic balcony that opens up to a fascinating view of expansive clear blue skies and mystical waters fenced by tapering lush landscapes on both the sides. Catch this sight especially in mornings when fog spreads over Umiam Lake and green land, giving it an ethereal feeling.

6. The World Backwaters A Lake Resort, Alleppey

HolidayIQ Traveller Ujjawal says, “The world ends here, only you can see is water, a calm and peaceful, beautiful place. One can enjoy the evening with their loved ones with the beautiful view you will be lost in the beauty of the place. Having dinner on the riverside with a wonderful view is a never to miss experience."

7. Leela Kovalam Beach Resort, Kerala

HolidayIQ Traveller Aravind Jayaraman says, “When you stay at the Leela, you literally are on the sea!! They have club rooms practically on the sea and cottages that face the sea. We took the latter since they were closer to the beach and less expensive. The staff were very helpful and our vacation very memorable. They have a true infinity pool and the facilities are fabulous!”

Friday, March 6, 2015

How much are we trashing our oceans?




Nearly every piece of plastic still exists on Earth, regardless of whether it's been recycled, broken down into microscopic bits or discarded in the ocean.
And the world keeps producing more of the material -- creating 288 million metric tons of it in 2012. About 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of it end up in the oceans in 2010, according to a new estimate published in the journal Science.
That report released Thursday ranks countries that generate the most plastic debris into the oceans, with Asian nations taking 13 out of the top 20 spots.

Using World Bank data on 192 coastal countries, researchers estimated that China, the most populous nation, has the most mismanaged plastic waste per year and also generates the most plastic debris that end up in the ocean at 28%.
Mismanaged waste means the material is littered or not properly disposed of-- meaning there isn't a formally managed waste management system.
    "The study is not to point fingers at people, it wasn't to focus on the countries," said lead author Jenna Jambeck. "The purpose was to make a global estimate." But the data set Jambeck and the seven co-authors used was only available on a country-by-country level.

    The countries with the most mismanaged waste are ...


    Eight of the top 10 countries with mismanaged plastic waste are in Asia.

    "Many of them are middle-income countries with rapidly growing economy," said Jambeck of the University of Georgia. "They have also large coastal populations, they have high levels of mismanaged waste, they have trouble keeping up with infrastructure."
    The United States also cracked the top 20 and had a higher rate of waste generation per person at 5.6 pounds per person than China (2.4 pounds).
    Low-income countries were less likely to end up on the list, because of less waste, Jambeck said.

    We're using way more plastic than ever before

    Since 1974, the world has undergone a 620% increase in plastic production, according to the researchers.
    "When the waste was natural material, we could leave it and not think about it," Jambeck said. "Even disposing of it in the land was fine, but plastic has increased 650% in the last 40 years.
    "It's a wake-up call. We need to look at this and the way we're collecting and containing our waste."
    Plastic waste discarded in the ocean raises a number of concerns, scientists say. It may damage ecosystems and marine animals, contaminate our food supply, and lead to chemical leaching.
    Estimates of the time it takes to degrade plastic range from hundreds to thousands of years -- and because plastic has only been around for 100 years, there hasn't been enough time to observe the process, says Darby Hoover, senior resource specialist at Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group.
    Meanwhile, plastic waste keeps on growing with more people and more consumption, the report authors wrote.
    "All that consumption is growing, unfortunately the waste management systems around the world are not keeping pace as quickly as the consumption and products -- there's a big mismatch," said Doug Woodring, who was not involved in the study but has worked on the issue of plastics waste at the Ocean Recovery Alliance in Hong Kong.

    Who's responsible?

    Last year, one study in the journal PLOS estimated that a minimum of 5.25 trillion floating plastic particles weighing 268,940 tons are in the ocean. This estimate included only surface plastics, and not the materials that have sunk.
    "A lot of people think of an island of floating garbage, people envision that there are forms of an island you can see on Google Earth -- it's much more diffuse than that," Hoover said. " All of our oceans are plastic soups- everywhere you can go."
    Environmentalists have criticized the rampant use of plastics in packaging that are only used once and then discarded.
    The solutions have to be both local and global, Jambeck said.
    "It's everybody's responsibility. Of course, don't litter and prioritize using reusables," Hoover said. "At the same time there's a responsibility on companies who produce the products found in oceans, to make sure the materials they produce are recyclable, get recycled and look for ways to improve the infrastructure."

    Efforts to reduce plastic waste

    While China topped the list in the report, the country has made some efforts to curb waste. In 2008, China banned free plastic bags and five years later, banned the import of poorly sorted recyclables from other countries including the U.S.
    There are some successful models, said Woodring. For example, Taiwan places a surcharge on plastics sold on a company level and it pays for the sorting, capturing, cleaning and recycling.
    However, some countries lack infrastructure for waste management and recycling.