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Sunday Exhale: For the love of Aashiqui; Top Facepalm Moments

It’s Sunday. Relax, exhale and enjoy some of The Quint’s finest stories from the week gone by.

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It’s Sunday. Relax, exhale and enjoy some of The Quint’s finest stories from the week gone by.

Forget the Gym! One Glass of Red Wine is Just as Healthy

Here’s to a healthy life. Cheers!
Here’s to a healthy life. Cheers!

Here’s some good news for all the red wine lovers. A glass of merlot is equal to one hour of gymming. Sounds too good to be true but science has answered our prayers and given us more reasons to skip the gym and enjoy a night in.

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25 Years of Aashiqui: Then and Now

Silver Jubilee of Aashiqui
Silver Jubilee of Aashiqui

Exactly 25 years back on July 23rd 1990, Mahesh Bhatt’s Aashiqui released across India and went on to become a smash hit, largely because of its music. The chartbusting soundtrack of Aashiqui was courtesy a relatively new music director duo - Nadeem Shravan. The film also brought together a rather unusual pair, a floppy haired, scrawny Rahul Roy and a dusky, impish looking Anu Agarwal. 25 years later, the music of Aashiqui continues to be just as catchy and popular but the team which made the film and the music such a grand success did not share the same longevity.

Jiyo Parsis: Saving India’s Dwindling Parsis

Despite their illustrious past, Parsis are dwindling so fast that Ministry of Minority Affairs and community leaders have agreed on a plan to increase the birth-rate and halt the decline. (Photo: Reuters)
Despite their illustrious past, Parsis are dwindling so fast that Ministry of Minority Affairs and community leaders have agreed on a plan to increase the birth-rate and halt the decline. (Photo: Reuters)

Remember that scene in Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, where Farah Khan (Shirin) accidentally eats her engagement ring? Well, that was pure farce; but much else in the film touches on the real predicament of the Parsis. This disproportionately successful Indian community is on the wane.

Demographically speaking, the Parsis are a complete anomaly in India. Click the link above for more. 

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Enid Blyton’s ‘Fairytale’ Cottage Goes on Sale

Enid Blyton’s gorgeous former cottage Old Thatch on sale&nbsp;(Photo Courtesy: <a href="https://sophthomas.wordpress.com/tag/enid-blyton/">sophthomas.wordpress.com</a>)
Enid Blyton’s gorgeous former cottage Old Thatch on sale (Photo Courtesy: sophthomas.wordpress.com)

There’s a little kid inside you that’s probably jumping right now at this sudden throwback to one of your most enduring childhood memories. The former home of Enid Blyton, where she wrote many of her much-loved books, is on sale for £1.85 million.

Did a Hindu Poet in Lahore Write Pakistan’s Lost National Anthem?

(Photo Courtesy:<a href="http://www.jagannathazad.info/"> Jagan Nath Azad</a>)
(Photo Courtesy: Jagan Nath Azad)

India and Pakistan have always remembered with great fondness their poets from both the pre-independence and post-independence era. Yet, if there’s one man who hasn’t received his due – even amongst his illustrious peers – it’s Jagan Nath Azad, a poet based in Lahore.

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Watch: In Search of a Desi Ant-Man

We need a desi Ant-Man and so Team Quint is on a mission to find our very own shrinking superpower. Watch the video to see who the candidates are! Hey by the way, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Peña from the Hollywood original, are all in on the new strategy. Check it out!

In Pictures: Have You Seen These Clever Rip-offs of Iconic Brands?

Want a cup of coffee? (Photo: Flickr/avery)
Want a cup of coffee? (Photo: Flickr/avery)

How do you know when a product or brand has become a force to reckon with? Why, when their cheap, generic knockoffs start showing up, of course!

Starbucks has Sunbucks, Apple changed to a pear, Sony to Sonia... Umm, you get the point.

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1965 War Heroes to be Remembered in Vivid Comics

A must read comic.&nbsp;(Courtesy: Rishi Kumar)
A must read comic. (Courtesy: Rishi Kumar)

Subedar Tika Bahadur Thapa gave up his life clearing an encroachment by Pakistani forces and charging against an enemy counter-attack during the 1965 Indo-Pak War. Today, Subedar Thapa’s brave act is being revisited and chronicled, for future generations, in a comic by AAN Comics.

QSatire: Are you on Ashley Madison’s Cheat-Radar? Pray and Read On

Sshhh. Do’t say a word. (Photo: iStock)
Sshhh. Do’t say a word. (Photo: iStock)

For more than 2.7 lakh Indians, Wednesday morning was not a pleasant one. No. Not because Wednesdays are inherently evil, but because a hacking group called The Impact Team threatened to expose data from the dating site Ashley Madison.

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India’s Epic Facepalm Moments that Remind us of Manoj Kumar

We guarantee you a Facepalm moment.&nbsp;
We guarantee you a Facepalm moment. 

Manoj Kumar has been a big name in the Hindi film industry, but he’s remembered more for being the creator of the facepalm! Well, he hid his face and the usually painful expression on it with his palm in most of his films. No wonder we remember the hand more than his face! Hey, but thanks to him, we can mock some of our celebs and politicians, who say and do some pretty daft stuff.

Shocking Video | “Asking To Be Raped” - Inside A Cab Driver’s Mind

On hidden camera, The Quint’s Aaqib Raza Khan recorded his conversation with a number of cab drivers in Delhi. This may shock you, but it is typical of a society which still believes women must not ‘overstep certain boundaries’.

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