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Sneak peek into the royal life.

Aishwarya Bhat



What do you think about the grandeur of the ROYAL life? For sure, hearing this might give you those weird collywobbles. And why shouldn’t it? ROYAL word itself is so royal that imagining such life in 21st century might be like a dream coming true. Now the question is, what and how does it feel to be royal?

Here are few points and a sneak peek into the British royal life, talks about which are already a buzz in the town.

Teenage Romance

Yes, teenage romance was quite prevalent in the royal life. Prince Charles met Princess Diana (his first wife) when he was just 16 years old. And, their love is known to blossom since then! In real, the Prince was earlier dating Princess Diana’s elder sister lady Sarah.

No paperwork, No license !

Queen Elizabeth II does not need any license to drive the car. Amusing isn’t ?

No fear of getting busted by the traffic police, no traffic invoice or receipts or summons. Ain’t it an advantage? Eh!

Queen and the Prince cousins?

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Yes! Queen Elizabeth II married her third cousin, they both share the same great grand parents.

Doting mum!

Princess Diana, when learnt that her son Williams had a crush on Cindy Crawford when he was a teenager, invited her to join them for tea at the Palace. Royal life you call it! Imagine your crush being invited at your place by your mom! Heebie-jeebies? Already?

Kate Middleton

This amiable person carries an impeccable and dynamic personality, and knows the perfect sense of fashion. She has been selected twice as one of the most influential personalities of the world by Times magazine.

World War II affected the royal wedding!

Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown had to be funded during war times. Hence, collecting clothing coupons was opted as a measure. Peculiar isn’t? Royals had to face money crunch!

Facts are endless and so is the royalty, class and luxury and why shouldn’t it be? After all, that is what we call fairy tale adventures. And it would not be wrong if applied for Megan Markle and Kate Middleton.

Just keep hopes and fingers crossed. Who knows you might be among the next royals!

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Football Festival is here with a bang! Gear up for FIFA World Cup 2018

Yashdeep Bajpai




Today, when Russia takes on Saudi Arabia in the Russian capital of Moscow, the 21st World Cup tournament will officially be underway, heightening the excitement over the month-long football bonanza.

What is FIFA to the general masses?

The excitement among people is at peak at this point of time. Some are honest to goodness, revealing that they look forward to it even though they understand nothing about football. Most women planning to watch the game admit that their only interest in the month-long tournament is spotting attractive players.
Men, however, have dictated humorous rules to their partners. These include “no talking during the game”, “the remote control belongs to me for the month”, “you should not pass in front of the TV while I am watching the game, you better crawl” and “make sure you don’t ask silly questions like is this Chelsea versus England”.

FIFA World Cup 2018

The 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament will take place in European Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018.

Most Expensive Football Championship

The Russian government marked a budget of around $20 billion, later on budgeted at $ 11.8-14.0 Billion surpassing the cost of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil hereby setting the costliest the championship ever held.


The final tournament will involve 32 national teams. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final will take place on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The selected teams include the smallest country by population — Iceland, to the first timer Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland and Sweden) and four Arab nations (Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia).

Zabivaka — The Mascot

Zabivaka symbolies an anthropomorphic wolf dressed in the colors of the Russian national team. Zabivaka’s name is a Russian word which means “to strike”, he describes the traits of an aspiring football player who is “charming, confident and social”.

The Match Ball

The official match ball of the 2018 World Cup called “Telstar 18” that is based on the name and design of the first Adidas World Cup ball from 1970 (first introduced on 9 November 2017).

The Official Song

The official song of the tournament is “Live It Up”, with vocals from Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi, released on 25th May. The FIFA World Cup released Official Music Video on 8th June.

The Ceremony

The opening ceremony will be headlined by British pop icon Robbie Williams. The famous Russian soprano Aida Garifullina will join the artist on the stage. Apart from the two performers, Opera singer Placido Domingo, and Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez will also perform at the Opening Ceremony to give it a classical touch. Russian musicians, including pianist Denis Matsuev, global opera stars Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eivazov, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Albina Shagimuratova will also be a part of the extravaganza expected to have a live audience of over 80,000.

The final performance will include rendition of the official World Cup song titled Live It Up.

In the End — Chic Slogans

What do you need to win the World Cup? Guts, talent, ability to handle pressure, concentration, one heck of a kick or an inspirational slogan. Read on:


Be brave, be bold, Socceroos in green and gold


Red Devils on a mission


More than five stars, 200 million hearts


Together for a Dream


Small country, big dreams


One team, one dream – Serbia


Together we are invincible


The sun shines in Russia, the sky is all light blue


The past is glory, the present is history


Let’s write history together


Send us victorious


Fighting now Samurai blue!

And the most coolest of them all,


Go Poland!

(Not much of slogan writers I suppose…)

Prepare yourself for a football festival, get your slogans and choose your team. Because football maybe kicked by foot, but strikes goal in hearts!

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Times are changing and so are commitments : SP, BSP share the stage with their old enemies, Congress.





It was very thoughtfully quoted by Mr. Franklin D Roosevelt, “ In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.

Politics in India since 2014 has changed its face and existence. After the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, India has witnessed a single party rule with BJP acquiring almost all states and at the same time crushing its opposition. BJP very silently worked for the economy and development of the country and won many hearts.
Even if they faced criticism for Demonetization or GST, people slowly realized its worth. Also, they realized that the world tours of the honorable Prime Minister were not just visits but a strong future building ideology.
Irrespective of all that was carelessly spoken by the other parties, they had their focus on India and its people.

To our surprise, a few days back the Karnataka elections took a drastic turn when the oath taking ceremony of the Congress Chief Minister saw BSP leader Mayawati all smiles and hugs with Sonia Gandhi. We also saw SP leader Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi sharing moments. Well now that was something that were a bit shocking but also cleared the view that politics in India is basically Dirty Politics.

SP, BSP and Congress in the past few years have always blamed each other publicly. But just because Mr. Narendra Modi is coming up as the best One Man Army, the parties are losing their opportunities to earn money. Power and money that was once more important for the parties who were enemies, today share the stage to defeat a man who is probably doing better to the country.

If I look back to certain cases, there are many statements passed by these SP, BSP and Congress against each other. Before any explanations, let’s see what these statements are :

It was in January 2017, when Akhilesh Yadav remarked Mayawati by saying, “ How could we have given her so much space? She literally takes so much space. Even her party symbol is that of an elephant.”

Again in 2017, Akhilesh Yadav targeted BSP by calling it “Patthar Wali Sarkar” who did nothing but install stone memorials and parks.
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In 2017, during an election rally in Unnao Akhilesh Yadav accused BSP as a party that cannot be trusted for it may join hands with BJP after elections. Mulayam Singh Yadav had clearly said, “Congress has ruined my political career. A case was filed against me during their rule. I will never support Congress.” Well today, his son is there shaking hands with the same party. In 2012, Mayawati targeted Rahul Gandhi and Congress for they didn’t utter
a word of condolence for BSP founder Kanshi Ram. How could she even expect a mourning day? Well, the rivalry was so clearly portrayed.

If we go in the past and check records, these three parties who shared the stage to defeat Mr. Narendra Modi were staunch enemies among themselves.  They had always blamed and character assassinated each other. But then, this a reminder that politics is a bad vibes. For today, when the economy and foreign relations of India are improving, all these parties collaborate for the sake of power.
Isn’t this a clear sign that all they care about is power and heavy bank accounts and not the welfare of the country? For if they really cared, they could have appreciated the efforts of BJP. If not appreciate, they could have put up a respectable, healthy opposition. But here, all of them have put at stake their words and respect. When they can’t stick to their words now, how will they fulfill promises made to the people? The answer lies within you.
Either trust BJP and its long-term policies or trust these parties and experience long-term difficulties.

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ABD, the Mr. 360 who dared to hit a reverse sweep against fast bowlers announces his sudden retirement, bringing an end to that glorious generation of cricketers.




AB de Villiers

The man who redefined cricket techniques and reached perfection in all forms of international cricket, AB de Villiers announced his retirement yesterday. Defining outstanding cricketing, he has been the inspiration to many people.


There have been such marvelous players like Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, Mr. Virendra Sehwag, Mr. Adam Gilchrist, Mr. Saurav Gangly, Mr. Brendon McCullum and Mr. AB de Villiers. He managed to secure his name with these legends making his own identity. With his athletic personality and dedication towards the game, he became Mr. 360 who could hit any ball in any direction of the field.

He represented South Africa and is one of the most loved players all across the world. Indians look at ABD as the man who has thrashed the most unexpected shots, gets the most amazing catches and has been the one to hit the most stunning sixes. Even if it’s India vs South Africa World Cup Finals, when ABD comes to bat the entire crowd
chants “ABD, ABD”. That’s the kind of love he has gained from people where they forget the competition and admire the rigorous knocks of Mr. 360.

If we go down the memory lane, this is why ABD is so special and why we will remember him as The 360 degree Man:

He holds the record for the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODI History, all against West Indies.

He shares the World Record of the most number of sixes in a ODI innings with Rohit Sharma and Chris Gayle.


He stunningly is the only batsman to average 50 plus in ODI’s in seven continuous calendar years from 2009-2015.

He has scored the most runs and centuries for South Africa in the World Cups with 1207 runs from 22 innings at 63.52.

Not only a terrific batsman, he has been the only wicket keeper to score a 100 and perform 5 or more dismissals in each innings of a test.

Well, these are just the tip of the iceberg. People who have witnessed ABD batting or fielding or wicket keeping know that his excellence is beyond statistics and figures.
We cannot compile his dedication, talent and sportsman spirit in these records. He has set his own limits by winning not only matches but also the hearts of people around the world. He announced his retirement by saying, “ After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20’s, it is time for others to take over. I’ve had my turn and to be honest, I’m tired.”

His sudden retirement left fans all over the world in a shock. We will no more witness ABD on the field with that positive and confident attitude towards the game. Indeed, as fans we all want him to continue playing but then we need to respect his decision.

It is an emotional moment for all cricket fans who have been lucky to watch him reframe the concepts of cricket. His bat rotated in every direction of the field, producing the most stunning and unexpected shots that left us dumbstruck. It was a show called the ABD Show when he batted on the field.

The legend of cricket, Mr. Sachin Tendulkar said, “ To Play a reverse sweep of a fast bowler, nobody had imagined. But AB de Villiers played it.”


The man who won hearts all through his shining cricket career will be missed by the entire cricket fraternity. He may not have any ICC Trophy to his credit as a captain, but he has the highest honor of being loved and adored by the world.
He has the honor of breaking competition in cricket and bringing people together, chanting for players and not countries. For when he played, there was no India or South Africa. It was only “ABD”.


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