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Shaurya Thapa

Shaurya Thapa

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Thapa harbours an interest in writing about Entertainment, Pop Culture, History, and everything else in between.

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Reddit thinks dogs can stay away from bottles with red liquid. A vet fact-checks the viral claim

As noted by a Bangalore Redditor and many others in the country, a trend to ward off stray dogs is to fill bottles with red or blue liquids and hang them outside your home. Vets are puzzled though.

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Kerala lesbian couple separated by parents, united by High Court, drops a viral bridal photoshoot

Adhila Nasarin and Fathima Noora, the lesbian couple who had quite a personal and legal struggle to get their relationship recognised, have now tied the knot as is evident from their Instagram photographs that bear the caption, 'Achievement unlocked: together forever'.

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You saw Elon Musk's bedside table with Guns n Cokes, but did you see Indra's vajra?

Whenever Elon Musk drops a tweet, a news story becomes inevitable. However, while everyone is busy decoding his obsession with Diet Cokes and guns in his latest tweet, the snapshot of his bedside table also offers a link to Hindu mythology.

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Science Wrap: Paralympic medallist turns astronaut, ISRO's PSLV launch, how Bruce Lee died

British Paralympic sprinter John McFall is set to become the world’s first “parastronaut” while the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on Saturday (November 26). 

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The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Hotstar Review: Adorable filler ends Phase 4 of Marvel Fatigue

Marvel's output in the theatres and streaming space is increasing with every passing year. In fact, this year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's lineup was so expansive (and quite muddled) that a recent survey by Fandom began reporting a case of 'Marvel fatigue' among viewers.

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Kantara on Amazon Prime Review: Kannada folk horror's Shiva over Brahmastra's Shiva

With a duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes, Kantara is many things at once but a large part of it is also focused on a localised brand of horror, rooted in genre-specific jump scares as well as the folklore endemic to the geographical region (a fictional village in southern Karnataka in this case).

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Did Mughals eat pizza? White historian's viral tweet helps Internet find why Hrithik was cast as Akbar

According to Benjamin Siegel's Twitter profile, he is a 'Transnational South Asian historian'. His credentials might be true but he has definitely spurred a debate over historical accuracy after he posted a set of four images which he claims are Mughal paintings, each of them showing proof of Mughals eating pizza.

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Kanye was once a high-school underdog, now he is a bully who shows porn to Adidas and Yeezy employees

In the early 2000s when Kanye West started getting more mainstream love, he broke out with his Higher Education trilogy that included the albums The College Dropout, Late Registration, and Graduation. The albums were represented by a recurring mascot: the Dropout Bear, a metaphor for Kanye's struggles in high school and his eventual disillusionment of the American education system.

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Bengali man barking to get name changed from Kutta to Dutta, and weird protests that happen only in India

The dogs of West Bengal saw some stiff competition this week, from a human who mastered the art of barking and whining like a canine. Srikanti Dutta found his moment of fame recently after his protest video went viral. Complaining to a government official about his name misspelled as 'Srikant Kutta' on his ration card, the man decided to live up to his new surname and barked his heart out right when the official was about to leave in a car.

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Russian YouTubers prank-called Polish Prez as Macron. It wasn't the first time for Duda

Just For Laughs, Gags seems to have had a revival with Poland President Andrzej Duda getting regularly pranked by Russian comedians impersonating people. This time around, they played French President Emmanuel Macron.

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Italy's new PM Giorgia Meloni once said France is still exploiting its African colonies. How right is she?

Assuming office this October, Italy's new firebrand right-wing Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is as fiery as expected; her enemy being France this time.

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Alexa, play End of the Line by Amazon (and blame a $10-billion loss this year)

Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa has been in use for over a decade since it was first used in the Amazon Echo speaker in 2013. While a trailblazer in the world of virtual assistant technology, Alexas is bringing no major profits to the company and a large chunk of the ongoing Amazon layoffs are happening in the Alexa department. 

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AMAs audience boos Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland says chill out. How is the Internet reacting?

More than the winners, the highlight of this year's American Music Awards (AMAs) was yet another Chris Brown controversy. After Kelly Rowland announced that Brown won the AMA for Best R&B artist (Male), booing from the audience could be heard until Rowland asked the spectators to 'chill out'.

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Proud of Qatar for denying US journo in pride T-shirt entry to World Cup, says Qatari academic

Qatar, where homosexuality is a punishable offence, had been drawing concerns from several queer spectators right from the time when it was announced as the official host of this year’s FIFA World Cup. Now, even allies are being detained for wearing as much as a t-shirt printed with a rainbow flag on it.

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Marvel Fatigue is a real thing. You can blame MCU for placing quantity over quality

Entertainment website Fandom recently surveyed over 5,000 pop culture enthusiasts from the US and the UK, most of them being self-professed fans of Marvel and DC comics and their associated properties. While the findings were many, a major conclusion was that at least 36% of the survey's responders (about one-third) are feeling 'fatigued' by the overwhelming number of annual releases in Marvel's roster.

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As Nicki Minaj's Tukoh Taka draws mixed reactions, looking back at FIFA World Cup songs

The controversies around the Qatar World Cup are so widely covered these days that even the official anthem this year went under the radar. Featuring the vocals of American rapper Nicki Minaj, Colombian reggaeton artist Maluma, and Lebanese singer Myriam Fayes, Tukoh Taka is an upbeat pop number that was released on November 18 as the World Cup anthem.

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Science Wrap: India's Vikram-S takes off, cows get 'high', and Artemis 1 is finally in space

This week in science, our planet is clearly nearing its saturation point with world population levels reaching 8 billion now (India being the largest contributor). Meanwhile, outside the planet, NASA has finally succeeded in sending its lunar mission Artemis 1 to the moon and India’s Skyroot Aerospace has also managed to launch its first private rocket Vikram-S.

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Drishyam 2 Review: Ajay Devgn is back as the "family man" in thrilling sequel

The remake will have nothing new to offer if you have already watched the 2021 Malayalam original. But still, the returning cast along with a delightfully intimidating Akshaye Khanna makes the story worth revisiting. Ajay Devgn retains his balanced act and doesn’t try to come off as a “heroic hero”.

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2 years, 200 engineers: Vikram-S, India's first private rocket, takes off

Vikram-S, India's first privately-developed rocket lifted off successfully from Sriharikota's ISRO launch pad at 11.32 am today. Named after the founding father of India's space programme Vikram Sarabhai, the rocket was launched by Hyderabad-based aerospace manufacturer and commercial launch provider Skyroot Aerospace.

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BTS's Jungkook will perform at Qatar FIFA, Dua Lipa won't. How is the 'Army' reacting?

This year's Qatar World Cup is arguably the most controversial FIFA tournament in recent times. With all the growing human rights concerns, it's only natural for celebrities to turn down any brand endorsements lest they generate any negative PR. However, BTS star Jungkook seems unfazed by all that.

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FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried now faces lawsuit along with celebs Larry David, Naomi Osaka

Ever since the cryptocurrency exchange FTX filed for bankruptcy on November 11, 30-year-old Sam Bankman-Fried has been swimming in troubled waters. The founder and former CEO of FTX now finds himself in the midst of a class action lawsuit against him, as well as FTX's celebrity backers such as TV personality Larry David, tennis player Naomi Osaka, and retired basketballer Shaqille O' Neal.

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RIP Jimmy Fallon trends on Twitter. Elon Musk, can you fix this?

It was in the early hours of today morning that the Twitter user @EclipseShade69 tweeted a black-and-white photo of James Corden (who is otherwise in recent news for notorious reasons), with the caption: Gone but not forgotten. Rest easy king. Sept 19, 1974-Nov 15, 2022 #RIPJimmyFallon.

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Delhi Crime: Dexter inspired Aftab to kill Shraddha. Exactly what happens in the TV series?

By now it is no secret that Shraddha Walkar's killer Aftab Amin Poonawalla was an ardent fan of the Showtime crime series Dexter and was even inspired by it while disposing of his live-in partner's remains.

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It's a bird…it's a plane…it's Artemis 1 taking off (finally)

Since August, NASA’s lunar mission Artemis 1 has gone through multiple launch delays, either due to machinery failure or natural phenomena such as Hurricane Ian and the ongoing tropical storm Nicole. And finally today, the mission’s first test launch has been initiated. 

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In Black Panther Wakanda Forever, Tenoch Huerta as Namor is a revelation. He deserves more.

An antiheroic mutant in Marvel Comics, Namor is introduced as the antagonist in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Filling in Erik Killmonger's shoes (with winged feet as the second movie's audiences would know), Tenoch Huerta definitely offers one of the best standout performances in Marvel Cinematic Universe's otherwise-chaotic Phase 4.

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Tesla The Wonder Car kills 2 in China as 'man vs machine' debates rage on

While Elon Musk is busy with his Twitter theatrics, his Texas-based automotive company Tesla is also in the news for all the wrong reasons. Just yesterday, a speeding Tesla car was found guilty of manslaughter!

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After Twitter and Meta mass layoffs, Amazon is now firing 10,000 employees

The tech world is not getting a breather as constant layoffs plague giants like Twitter, Meta, and now Amazon. It seems like each company is trying to outrank each other with its number of firings, with multiple reports suggesting that Amazon will fire over 10,000 workers this week. These layoffs will mark the highest share of job cuts in the company's history.

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5 murders from Mumbai to Kolkata that shocked India before the Delhi crime

Delhi Police arrested 28-year-old Aftab Amin Poonawalla today on charges of killing his girlfriend, 26-year-old Shraddha Walkar, in May 2022. This Butcher of Delhi strangled his girlfriend to death, then chopped her body, and scattered the pieces in the Mehrauli forest. The crime brings back memories of several other shocking murders from across the country.

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3-year-old hears voices from Ring home camera, TikTok viral video adds to Amazon's woes

Franc Chelle, an American mother, amassed nearly 15 million views on TikTok when she uploaded a video that has been scaring a lot of American parents, particularly the ones who have installed Ring cameras at their homes. Ring is a home security company owned by Amazon that sells cheap, Internet-connected smart doorbells and in-home cameras. 

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What is Dubai Porta Potty?

Picture this. You're on a Kardashian-level vacation to Dubai, buying whatever you can, and availing free hotel stays. But everything comes at a price. And the price for this experience is steep, very steep; and disgusting.

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