Shahrukh-Gauri Story – pratish doshi

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During his school days, Shah Rukh acted like he was having an epileptic attack in order to bunk a class. His acting was so realistic that the teacher allowed his friends to take him away and make him rest. What happened after shows his mischievous side even more – instead of escaping immediately, one of his friends went to the class again, to ask for the teacher’s leather shoes as making an epileptic person during an attack smell leather is an Indian remedy. The poor teacher had to walk with just one shoe for the rest of the day, courtesy SRK.

Gauri Khan, in an interview with Simi Garewal, talks about how he is always making people around him laugh with his witty comments and jokes. Shah Rukh also went on to say that he makes funny Qawwalis out of classic hindi songs in order to entertain Gauri. Calling her a lucky woman would be an understatement!

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Twitter War between Sehwag and Piers Morgan (Edited by Pratish Doshi)

Sehwag ridiculed the English cricket team’s failure to win even a single ODI World Cup despite being the inventors of the game.

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Sehwag did not take Morgan’s comments lightly and tweeted a characteristic witty reply 

British journalist Piers Morgan who is known for his sarcastic remarks created quite a furore earlier in the day when he ridiculed India’s medal tally at the recently concluded 2016 Rio Olympics claiming the Indian contingent should have won more than just a couple of medals. While social media users raged at Morgan’s comments, former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag gave the most fitting reply ridiculing the England cricket team’s failure to win an ODI World Cup despite being the country where the game was born.

Badminton player PV Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik were India’s only two medalists at the Rio Olympics winning silver and bronze respectively and the duo were greeted to a huge welcome after they touched down in India. People flocked to the streets to greet the athletes while monetary rewards have been pouring in for the two Olympians who achieved medal glory at this year’s Olympics.

Ridiculing what he saw as the excessive celebrations, Morgan posted on his official Twitter account that the scenes were embarrassing considering how India had only two medals to show in their kitty despite having a population well in excess of the 1 billion mark. He also remarked that it was a shame that India couldn’t manage even a single gold medal at Rio.

Country with 1.2 billion people wildly celebrates 2 losing medals. How embarrassing is that?

1,200,000,000 people and not a single Gold medal at the Olympics?
Come on India, this is shameful.
Put the bunting away & get training.

Unsurprisingly, the Indian Twitterati were out in full force to hit out at Morgan for the unnecessary comments with the likes of Indian author Chetan Bhagat and Australia cricket legend Shane Warne pitching in to express their view that the comments were in bad taste.

The most fitting reply though came from Sehwag who has been a star on Twitter with his witty birthday wishes for cricketers slowly becoming the stuff of legends. He was intent on turning the joke on the England cricket team asking Morgan how embarrassing it was to see his country’s national team fail to win the ODI World Cup despite being the ones who invented the Gentleman’s game.

We cherish every small happiness’,
But Eng who invented Cricket,&yet2win a WC,still continue to playWC.Embarrassing? https://twitter.com/piersmorgan/status/768352437166112768 

Sehwag’s reply did leave Morgan short of words for a reply though he did try to save himself reminding Sehwag that England had won the T20 World Cup in 2010 and that they had a good chance of repeating the feat if only out-of-favour Kevin Pietersen was considered for selection by the English selectors.

Very embarrassing, Legend.
If @KP24 was playing, we’d win the WC.
Just as we won T20 WC & he was Man of Series. https://twitter.com/virendersehwag/status/768444724973797376 

The way Morgan was forced to resort to damage control makes one remind of the time when Sourav Ganguly silenced former England skipper Nasser Hussain in the commentary box when the latter ridiculed India’s failure to make it to the FIFA World Cup even once. Ganguly was quick to retort ridiculing the English national team’s failure to eve progress to the latter stages of the tournament despite being a constant entry over the past 50 years since winning the biggest prize in football in 1966.

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Branded sunglasses taking over market … ( published by pratish doshi )

NEW DELHI: What’s in a sunglass? The Rs 330-crore Indian sunglasses industry thinks so and is thus dominated by glasses in the Rs 50-100 range, with no assured quality or design protection. But things are fast changing, with branded players all set to woo the new-age Indians.

Ray Ban this season launched over 140 models across five international brands. Titan too launched its designer eye-wear collection Acid, Caf, City Silk and Rev in the range of Rs 695-1995. Then there are innumerable imported brands Gucci, Safilo, Amani, trying to have a foothold in the Indian markets.

The highlight of the new range is the variety that it offers. While the sunglasses reflect the latest global styles in rimless and semi-rimmed designs, fine crystal and polycarbonate lenses, multiple colour options, and flexible nose pads, the frames too are available in a multitude of options and offer international features like ultra-comfortable patented flexible hinge across a variety of shapes and sizes.

The Indian market is very big. There is huge untapped potential, but it is largely dominated by unorganised players, who lack quality and there is no design protection. Moreover, the trade too is very scattered, with no power centre, says Bijou Kurien, Chief Operating Officer, Titan.

Of the Rs 330-crore Indian market, only around Rs 100 crore is the organised sector, what we call branded players. The rest is all small local players, selling products in the range of Rs 50-100 and the grey market, says Kurien.

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Ishant Sharma 2.0 more lethal under Virat Kohli’s captaincy …by Pratish Doshi

Ishant Sharma has continued to prove his mettle in Test cricket and has been captain Virat Kohli’s go-to-man of late. Ishant has looked much in control of his bowling since Kohli took over the reigns from Mahendra Singh Dhoni in December 2014. Ishant has been India’s pace spearhead since injury-prone Zaheer Khan lost favour with the selectors but he has often failed to do justice to this tag. (Day 1 Highlights by Pratish Doshi)

With new coach in Anil Kumble, an artist with the ball himself, Ishant could just reach greater heights under the legendary spinner’s mentorship. The 27-year-old, who is currently India’s eighth-highest wicket-taker in Tests, however, has lifted his game in the West Indies. He has always looked to attack the batsmen and the chances of him picking wickets early in the innings are always high.

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Ishant gave India a brilliant start with the ball in the ongoing Jamaica Test when he struck on consecutive deliveries to reduce West Indies to 4/2 in the third over. The foundation was solid and the other bowlers capitalised on it. Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his 18th five-wicket haul while Ishant and Mohammed Shami chipped in with two wickets apiece as West Indies were all out for 196 in their first innings

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Why we love taking Selfies …. A Pratish Doshi Upload

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These days, humans take almost 1 trillion photos a year. (To put that into context, that’s more photos every few minutes than in the entire 19th century.)

And lots of these photos are selfies—self-portraits, usually taken with a smartphone. As of this writing, nearly 300 million Instagram photos had been tagged with the selfie label.

We love getting into the “whys” of social media psychology, so in this post I set out to discover why we love taking photos of ourselves—and why we love viewing selfies.

What does “selfie culture” say about the world we’re living in now, and how can viewing photos of others help us make better decisions and even understand one another better? Read on for the full psychology of selfies.

A brief history of selfies: Why we take them

As early as the 15th century, according to Dr. Terri Apter, psychology lecturer at Cambridge University:

 “People who had access to self representations were keen to make use of them. In this way people could control the image projected, and of course the fact that the image was on display marked the importance and status of the person represented.”

So self-portraits are about self-image—how we define ourselves.

They’re also a way to figure out who we are. The “looking-glass self” is a psychological concept that says that how we see ourselves doesn’t come from who we really are, but rather from how we think others see us.

And now that we can A) take a selfie in mere moments, and B) share them with thousands of people online at any time, the impact that others have on our self-value has increased.

The site Everyday Sociology argues that this change has led us to invest more into selfies as part of the work of projecting our identities onto others:

“The more pictures you post of yourself promoting a certain identity—buff, sexy, adventurous, studious, funny, daring, etc.—the more likely it is that others will endorse this identity of you.”

The science of face photos: Why we love looking at others

We notice faces first

Human faces have always been particularly effective attention-grabbing mechanisms. Researcher Dr. Owen Churches, from the school of psychology at Flinders University in Adelaide, has studied the neuroscience of face perception for years:

“Most of us pay more attention to faces than we do to anything else,” says Churches. “We know experimentally that people respond differently to faces than they do to other object categories.”

And social media is no exception: Face-tracking studies show that the profile picture or avatar is the first place the eye is drawn to on Facebook and other social media profiles. (Want advice on creating a stellar profile pic? We’ve got the science on that!)

On Instagram, pictures with human faces are 38 percent more likely to receive likes and 32 percent more likely to attract comments than photos with no faces.

Faces can guide our gaze

Faces not only compel us, they can drive us to action. Online, we follow the eyes of the people we see on screen.

Looking directly into the camera can help make a direct connection with someone. Looking to the left or right will help guide the reader’s eyes in that direction.

KISSmetrics has done a great job of explaining a bit about this reasearch:

“Human beings have a natural tendency to follow the gaze of others, and we have been coached since birth to follow arrows directing us to where we should be looking/going.”

Viewing faces creates empathy

A final tidbit about why we respond so well to photos of faces: They can helpcreate empathy in us. A study of radiologists added photos of patients into the doctors records like so:

The results showed that seeing photos of patients increased empathy among doctors, and even improved the way they treated patients.

The highs and lows of selfies on social media

The high: They can improve self-esteem

It’s become somewhat common to think of those who post selfies as narcissistic or vain, but one great effect of selfies is that they can bolster self-esteem, particularly in women.

In a TODAY/AOL body image survey, 41% of adult women said selfies and other flattering online photos make them “feel more confident (although 46% said that “overall, social media makes me feel more self-conscious about my appearance.”)

For teenage girls, the results were even more empowering: 65% said seeing their selfies on social media boosts their confidence, and 40% of all teens said social media helps “me present my best face to the world.”

The low: They can harm relationships

Over-selfie-ing, however, can be a problem:Research has showed that sharing too many self photographs on social media could possibly damage weaker relationships.

A UK study asked 508 Facebook users to rank how close they felt to friends who also use Facebook. They then compared the answers for each person to how many selfies that person posted.

They found that the more someone posted selfies, the lower they ranked on the intimacy scales of the participants.

Said study author Dr. David Houghton:

“Our research found that those who frequently post photographs on Facebook risk damaging real-life relationships. This is because people, other than very close friends and relatives, don’t seem to relate well to those who constantly share photos of themselves.”

The verdict? It’s all about healthy context

So are selfies great for us or bad for us? It all depends on how—and how often—we turn to them. A great middle ground can be found in Dr. Josie Howard, M.D.’s comments to the website Refinery29:

“It depends on how you use it. If you’re using it as a tool to document feeling good about yourself and you’re just taking mementos of living a great life, that’s fine.”

How to take a better selfie

All in on selfies and want to make sure you’re putting your best face forward?NowSourcing has a nice infographic with some tips; here’s a snippet:

Selfies in marketing: 5 awesome examples

We know social media works great with visuals. We know we love taking photos of ourselves and we love viewing photos of others. So it’s a given that face photos and selfies can have a place in great marketing campaigns.

Brands are harnessing the power of selfies in lots of different ways—from soliciting user-generated content to creating interactive apps and everything in between.

Here’s a look at five great examples. Do they give you any ideas for your own marketing?

1. The 1888 Hotel: A selfie-encouraging space

In Sydney’s 1888 Hotel, selfies aren’t just welcome—they’re very encouraged. The hotel’s website is covered in Instagram photos, and the hotel itself offers a photo-opp-filled tour around the hotel and nearby harbor.

A designated “selfie frame” in the lobby beckons guests to take photos, which they can then see appear on screens near the reception area.

Try it: If you’ve got a physical space and/or a product people might like to be photographed with, tap into our innate selfie urge by setting up a photo booth or designated selfie area, or simply add a prominent sign welcoming users to snap photos. Make sure you provide consistent tagging information so you can gather them later on your site or social media presence.

2. Warby Parker: Get opinions from friends

Warby Parker’s glasses home try-on program is pretty legendary now, and with good reason. Giving customers 5 pairs of glasses to try on and decide between is a genius, organic way to spread word of your brand by simply encouraging people to do what we do naturally—ask our friends for their opinions.

Warby also welcomes users to post selfies on the brand’s own Facebook page for an expert opinion.

Try it: Any product one might ask for advice on (clothes, makeup, and more) could be a great choice to encourage selfies. Think: Before-and-afters, dressing room decisions and more. Bonus: Added social proof with every mention! Another idea for non-physical storefronts is to mail out selfie-encouraging treats, like Google is doing right now in my home state with Google Fiber shirts.

3. Dove: Empowering though user-generated content

Dove is well known for its marketing efforts that focus on empowering messages. The brand even made a short film about selfies. A look at Dove’s Twitter account recently turned up the #loveyourcurls user-generated content prompt on Twitter:

And many women are responding by sharing lovely selfies of their curls:

Try it: Messages that empower the user and make people feel good about themselves can be a natural fit for selfie promotion. You might try following Dove’s lead of providing explicit instructions and specific examples to help users get the message quickly. Also great for a social media photo contest.

4. #museumselfieday: Rallying around a cause

For two years now, museumgoers have shared fun, beautiful and education selfies on #museumSelfieday, a global Twitter celebration that showcases the world’s cultural treasures.

Try it: Non-profits and causes can find lots to love in the idea of rallying around a common theme or hashtag. Similar examples: Uniqlo’s Selfless Selfiecampaign, the #nomakeupselfie trend.

5.Ray-Ban: Created a selfie app

Ray-Ban takes selfie marketing to new heights with its own iPhone app, Reflections.

The app allows users to enable both their front and back iPhone cameras at the same time to create an artsy, double-exposed image—glasses optional:

Try it: Creating apps as marketing takes a specific set of skills, making Ray-Ban’s example one of the most challenging to pull off here. Large brands and budgets could give it a try, though, focusing on a high-level vision of your brand’s purpose.

Plenty more uses exist for selfies, from fashion to medicine. Here’s a quick look at a few interesting ones:

What’s your take on selfies?

I’d love to know your thoughts on selfies: Is your phone filled with them, or do you eschew them altogether? Have you used selfies to share the news about a product or service, or participated in a campaign that solicited your image?

As always, I welcome all your thoughts and ideas (and selfies!) in the comments.

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Pune Supergiants Captain MSD playing the Injury Card and Excuses…. Article by Pratish Doshi

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Rising Pune Supergiants‘ Indian Premier League 2016 campaign seems to be going from bad to worse with Australia’s Steve Smith becoming the latest international star to be ruled out of the tournament due to an injury.

The Pune Supergiants, who had already lost Kevin Pietersen andFaf du Plessis through injuries, suffered another setback whenMitchell Marsh exited the tournament on Sunday because of a side strain.

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Smith, who on Friday night registered his maiden T20 hundred, has been a key man for Pune in their first season, scoring 270 runs at 45, and as such the news comes as a major blow for a side that is languishing in sixth spot in the standings and has already been beset by injuries.

Cricket Australia on Monday confirmed that Smith will return home from the IPL due to a wrist injury.

Team Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris said: “Steve has been struggling with pain in his right wrist for the last week during his stint in the IPL.

“We have been working with his IPL franchise Pune to monitor this and unfortunately it has not resolved. As such, he will return home from India for further assessment and treatment ahead of the Tour of the West Indies.”

“From the information we have so far, this doesn’t appear to be a serious injury but we are keen to give him the time to recover and rehabilitate before heading to the West Indies at the end of May,” Kountouris added in a CA release.

With things not going well on-field – RPS are sixth in the IPL table with just two wins in eight matches – off-field troubles too are now mounting for Dhoni’s side.

Following Mitchell Marsh’s exit, RPS took on Mumbai Indians on Sunday night, and once again outclassed with MI skipper Rohit Sharma leading from the front in the easy eight-wicket win.

A poor workman blames his tools. One was reminded of this saying when, after losing to the Gujarat Lions (GL) on his home ground on the night of Friday, April 29, the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) captain Dhoni publicly blamed his opening bowlers for not being able to defend a formidable score of 195 for 3, with Steve Smith’s century (101 off 54 balls) going in vain.

Questions could be asked not just of the RPS opening bowlers but of Dhoni’s captaincy. This season has seen skipper Dhoni losing four consecutive games for the first time in his IPL career. Has Dhoni become too defensive to the extent where he is losing games he could have won?
On April 29, despite losing the toss and being asked to bat, a score of 195 should have put the Pune team firmly in the driver’s seat. With such a massive total to defend, Dhoni could have attacked right from the start despite the field restrictions during the six overs of the power-play. Dhoni had more than enough runs to have two slips and a deep third-man during the power-play while asking his faster bowlers to bowl a consistent line and length just on or outside the off-stump.
Instead, Dhoni resorted to his usual ploy of having a fly-slip by increasing the gap between the wicket-keeper and the fielder. In the very first over by Albie Morkel, McCullum’s edge went past the keeper Dhoni and through the vacant first-slip position to the fence. The edge would have gone straight into the hands of a first slip. And when McCullum and Dwayne Smith started hitting out, even the fly-slip was removed and the GL cruised to 72 for no loss off the first six overs of the power-play, requiring a run-rate of below 9 for the remaining 14 overs.
With that kind of momentum, the GL was in control of the game. Once the game goes down to the last over, the side batting second usually wins, especially if it has wickets in hand. The pressure is then on the bowling side and a lost chance in the final stages (a dropped catch or a missed run-out) only adds to the frustration of a team which expects to win after posting a formidable total like 195 for 3.
Seizing the moment is something which is crucial in all forms of the game, especially T20 cricket. It is something which Dhoni no longer seems to be able to regularly do. Blaming the bowers is something losers do. All the teams have to make do with somewhat depleted bowling attacks in the ninth season of IPL which commenced days after the conclusion of the ICC World T20 Tournament in India.
For instance, the strongest batting side in the IPL, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, which boasts of superstar batters like Gayle, Kohli and AB de Villiers, is missing both its opening pacer Mitchell Starc and its leg-spinner Samuel Badree who bowled the West Indies to the World T20 championship. It is only the Kolkata Kinight Riders (KKR) which has a balanced bowling attack.
Publicly blaming the bowlers during a post-match press-briefing undermines their confidence. It is something which Mahendra Singh Dhoni would never have done in the good old days when he was known the world over as Captain Cool.
It’s quite possible that Dhoni is feeling the fatigue in his ninth season of IPL, where he not only has to lead a new franchise but also play the demanding roles of a wicket-keeper and the main middle-order batsman. Maybe it’s time RPS shifted the burden of the captaincy onto Steve Smith or Ajinkya Rahane so that Dhoni could get back to enjoying his batting and wicket-keeping. Australia has regained the number-one ranking in Test cricket under Smith while Rahane could bring a fresh mind to the task of captaincy. Remember Mumbai Indians won the IPL not once but twice after the captaincy was handed over to Rohit Sharma who had never led before.
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