5 female vocals that will give you chills

Isn’t it breathtaking when you’re listening to a track so hauntingly beautiful, and the female vocals in the backdrop are so teasing, you swear they are caressing your ears? Screw goosebumps! Some songstresses are competent enough to move you to tears, especially if you experienced them make melody in a live setting. And these women deserve an honorable mention! You know those sugar-sweet and entrancing vocals you can play on an endless loop? Yeah, that’s what we’re talking about!
Here are some of the most powerful female vocalists you need to check out right away, and by that I mean listen to them on a sick pair of headphones, and then blare it on loudspeakers at your workplace. Then go home and realize that your neighbors are going to listen to some good music… whether they like it or not.

1. Szjerdene

Must-hear tracks: Towers, Transits

(Rhymed with ‘her-deen’) She is graceful. She is suave. And Mumbai got to witness her perform live at Johnnie Walker – The Journey in December 2014. Combining soul and folk sounds with a hint of some unique electronic music, Szjerdene does a splendid job.

 

2. Daniela Andrade

Must-hear covers: Crazy (Gnarls Barkley), Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana), Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Rey)

When it comes to stripped down acoustic covers, Andrade is one artist you ought to watch out for! Her rendition of ‘Crazy’ was even featured on Season 4 of Suits. A powerful yet velvety voice is what she’s largely known for.

 
 
3. Moon Holiday aka Alex Ward
Must-hear tracks: Insane, Rid U, Prince
Looking for instant goosebumps? Turn on any track that says ‘feat. Moon Holiday’. Alex hails from Sydney and is arguably their best singer in recent times. It’s impossible to get sick of her collaboration with Flume.

 
4. Colleen D’Agostino
Must-hear tracks: Seeya, Stay
Lead vocalist of the LA rock band – The Material, Colleen is often compared to Ellie Goulding and Florence. She gained popularity through her collaborations with deadmau5.

 
5. Kiesza
Must-hear tracks: Hideaway, Take Me To Church (Hozier Cover), Giant In My Heart
Hailing from Calgary, Canada, Kiesza has been grabbing attention with her rich voice. When she’s not busy touring the world, she’s making brilliant unplugged covers.

 
All hail these fantastic women for weaving their magic!

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Film Review – Not the best sequel!

 
When some of the finest actors come together to be a part of a rather weak sequel, you’re not quite sure how to react. If you enjoyed the original film, you might find your heart shriveling during this follow-up.

 

So Muriel (Maggie Smith) has shed her racism. But her sarcastic remarks are well-timed and comical. Sonny (Dev Patel) is as energetic and enterprising as before. Sonny and Sunaina are getting married, although their journey from engagement to marriage has been paved with glitches. Evelyn (Judi Dench) and Douglas (Bill Nighy) still have that lingering courtship, which is quite charming. So you can see things have changed, while some things never do.
 
Sonny hopes to acquire another hotel, but is taken aback when he realizes he has a competitor – his friend Kushal (Shazad Latif), who is also getting close to Sonny’s fiance. Although some of you might consider him to be eye-candy, his performance is deplorable. Lillete Dubey plays the role of Sonny’s mother – a resilient and fiercely independent woman, who Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) is attracted to. (And is it just me or is Gere getting exponentially sexier with age?) Guy is just a guest at the hotel, but Sonny is convinced he’s a hotel inspector. We only find out the truth at the end.
 
 
There’s something singularly pleasant about watching 60 and 70-year-olds ‘living life to the lees’. We think by the time we reach that age we will have it all figured out. But here’s the deal. Oldies are as confused and erroneous as anyone else. Like it’s said in the movie – ‘There’s no present like the time.’ All we can do is live in the moment and cherish the human connections we make along the way. Yep, that’s one thing you take away from this movie.

 

The composition is admirable. Although, the better locations of the Pink City could have been used. The film score is easy on the ears and adds to the ethnic tone of the film. There are some endearing scenes and some that will draw a chuckle. The large ensemble cast does add seasoning to the film, but several scenes feel dragged and almost sleep-inducing. Don’t expect much from this film and you won’t be disappointed.
 

Why you should watch this film?

Richard Gere’s sexuality. Maggie Smith’s sarcasm and wit. And the portrayal of India’s rich culture. The film lacks the essence that was present in the first film. Head down to The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel if you’ve got some time to kill. 

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Top 5 Airline Disaster Films

Are you one of those travelers who always imagines the worst before boarding a flight? You’ve packed your bags. While you are on your way to the airport, there’s this inexplicable and restless churning going on in your stomach… Like something will go drastically wrong. You’ve watched way too much television and heard it on the news – planes crashing, hijacks, planes disappearing. It’s only natural to have your b*lls in your mouth.
Here are 5 must-watch airline disaster films that will have you on the edge-of-your-seat… Because who doesn’t enjoy some jeopardy?

 
1. United 93 (2006)
From the director of Bloody Sunday and The Bourne Supremacy comes a nail-biting film based on the 9/11 attacks. The film makes you wonder what you’d have done had you been on that plane. Even if you don’t shed a tear, you’ll definitely feel perturbed by the end of it.

 
 
2. Alive (1993)
This one is for those who like things going bizarre. A plane crashes in the snow-capped Andes Mountains, and the survivors begin to feed on the dead passengers. The film is dreadful, tragic but worth the watch.

 
3. Cast Away (2000)
This is more than just an ‘airline disaster‘ film. Starring the brilliant Tom Hanks, Cast Away explores the theme of Man vs. Nature, and the human survival instinct. Tom plays a FedEx executive, who miraculously survives a devastating plane crash and is marooned on an island. Cast Away is some brutal and powerful stuff.

 
4. Flight (2012)
Flight stars Denzel Washington and is directed by the guy who gave us Forrest Gump and Cast Away. In this action-packed mystery thriller, Denzel plays the role of a pilot. He saves his plane from crashing, despite being under the influence of alcohol. The drama that follows is probably more intense than the crash scene.

 
5. Non-Stop (2014)
Despite mixed reviews, it’s impossible to not appreciate Liam Neeson playing yet another action hero – Bill Marks, a U.S. Air Marshall who receives threat messages on the flight. Non-stop is an elaborate thriller that’s packed with suspense, fun, and all the edge-of-your-seat stuff.

 
So which is the most nail-biting (fictitious) plane crash you’ve watched on television? Let us know with your comments!

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The Best of Brian and Stewie Griffin!

What’s one of the best things about Family Guy? Has to be the camaraderie between Brian and Stewie! While the dog is pompous, cultured and a struggling writer, the infant is deliciously evil with a sophisticated psyche. Maybe that’s why Brian is the only one in the family who understands Stewie’s speech and can converse with him – because they connect on an intellectual level. I mean, the rest of the family consists of boneheads like Peter and Chris.

In fact, the chemistry they shared became so sought-after, the makers of the show dedicated an entire episode in Season 8 to their friendship – titled ‘Brian and Stewie’. Check out this clipping from one of the most iconic episodes of Family Guy:

Here’s to the dog-and-child companionship!

"Where’s my money?!"

 

When Brian and Stewie try all kinds of things to get discharged from the army:

 

One of the times when Stewie trolled Brian…

 

When Stewie cross-dressed as Desiree to make Jillian jealous:

 

Some more unforgettable Brian-and-Stewie moments…

When Stewie cloned himself…

When Seth MacFarlane got all of us teary-eyed…

 

And Brian was brought back to life! 

Can’t get enough of Family Guy? Neither can we! Here’s hoping the show never sees a finale!

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5 Bollywood celebs gone rogue!

Hollywood celebrities always seem to be getting into trouble, and our Bollywood heroes are not far behind when it comes to being in dire straits. These guys might be idolized by their fans, but they are only human at the end of the day. There is a sinner inside each of us, but one must pay the price of being a celebrity. Every aspect of their lives is scrutinized down to the last detail. And that’s when we realize, it can stink to be in their shoes.
They might have portrayed bad guys on the big screen, but they are definitely more bad-a$& off-screen. Let’s have a look:
 
Crime: Illegal possession of firearms
Accused of being involved in the 1993 Bombay blasts, Sanjay Baba has had a rough time for the last 20 years. Dealing with the loss of his parents, getting married and starting a family, being imprisoned several times and simultaneously focusing on his acting career can only be pulled off by a pillar like Munnabhai!

 
Crime: Hit and run, illegal hunting
The Khan of controversies is known to have a heart of gold! But he’s been in and out of some deep junk. (That’s what she said.) Jokes apart. No matter what Bhai does, he will always have fanatics who will worship him!
 
 
Crime: Statutory rape, and fresh from the oven – physically assaulting a bouncer at a nightclub.

Stay away from this dude – more than a mile’s radius I’d say. He’s got so much ‘keeda’ in him, he’s passed it on to his kids. His son was all over the news when Jiah Khan committed suicide, and his daughter was caught in a drug scandal. The Pancholi family is not to be messed with.
 
 
4. Shiney Ahuja
Crime: Rape, followed by perjury.
The star of Gangster and Woh Lamhe had women swooning over his charm. And then, almost overnight, the world was like ‘Whaaaaaaaaaaaaa?!’ But he’s a good guy, ok? Shiney has been involved with several NGOs and supports orphanages and old age homes. So no judgement. Shine(y) on you crazy diamond!

 
Crime: IPL spot-fixing
And finally, we have winner of Bigg Boss Season 3! This guy is so chiller, he admitted his wrongdoings and didn’t seem to give two hoots about what the world thought. Paaji, tussi definitely not a pussycat!
Also, is it just me or does he always look like a poster-child for Narcotics Anonymous?
 
 
So who’s your favorite [email protected]$& celeb? Do let us know.

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6 Desi-Videsi Crossovers We’re All Proud Of!

So Ed Sheeran just made his debut in India, and no doubt stole all our hearts away! But here’s what is more amusing than his debut performance.

The 24-year-old ginger has agreed to play a role in the sequel of Happy New Year. Yes. So Ed Sheeran will be making his acting debut in a Bollywood film directed by Farah Khan! And it would only be righteous for him to lend his voice to a song in the film. We’re not quite sure how to react to this news. But it’s pretty amazing how over the last few years, artists are not only crossing borders but even careers and looking for healthy overseas collaboration! Like when Priyanka Chopra made us proud with that raunchy ‘Exotic’ music video starring Pitbull.

Let’s look at some international musicians who have graced Indian cinema with their presence:

1. Tata Young – Dhoom

Not only was this song a rage, but the sizzling music video featuring the Thai singer ensured this was a hit!

 

2. Rishi Rich – Hum Tum

YRF had tapped the recipe for success! Bhangra and hip-hop came together thanks to English-Indian producer Rishi Rich. Another song that was a rage amongst the youth:

He also went on to collaborate with Jay Sean, Juggy D and Veronica Mehta in the film Kyaa Kool Hai Hum:

 

3. Snoop Dogg – Singh is Kinng

This crossover took things up a notch. That Akshay Kumar is the true ‘International Khiladi’ of Bollywood was unanimously agreed upon when the world saw him share screen presence with the American rapper with so much swagger.

4. Kylie Minogue – Blue

Akshay Kumar did it once again! The movie might not have done well at the box-office, but we still cannot get the image of Kylie Minogue ‘chiggy-wiggying’ with the khiladi.

 

5. Akon – Ra.One

The American R&B artist sung not one but two tracks in this film – ‘Chammak Challo’ (which can still be heard at Ganpati processions every year) and ‘Criminal’.

 

6. Natalie Di Luccio – English Vinglish, Band Baaja Baraat and others.

Remember that firangi-like vocal bit in ‘Navrai Majhi’? Yep. That’s Natalie Di Luccio. Check out 0:22 – 0:38 in the video below and you’ll know what we mean.

*raises glass* Here’s to more collaborations and brilliant music!

Also, we are curious to know which international artist would YOU like to see in a Bollywood track! Drop a comment below and you never know, your wish might just come true!

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Facebook comments that are more amusing that the post itself

Is it just me or are comments on Facebook posts way funnier than the post itself? And it’s not just for Facebook posts. We do it pretty much everywhere. Whether it’s YouTube, BuzzFeed, online shopping portals, or other blogs, we as a species are more interested in what the folks on the Internet have to say about a post. And the trollers in this vast realm cannot resist the impulse to post their wiseass and douchebag comments.

So here’s to idiots spewing hatred about posts on Facebook. And to us for ‘liking’ the comments. Because we take comments very seriously.

 

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Your Ultimate Weekend Guide

Confused what to do over the weekend? Can’t seem to find anything that fits your budget? Are the weekdays wearing you out? Are you looking for the ideal unwinding opportunity on the weekend? Bid adieu to all your woes! And it does not matter if you are forever alone, committed, married, divorced, or left-at-the-altar. We have something for each of you to fulfill all of your wacky desires and fascinations.

Rock, EDM, Bollywood music, dance, theatre, stand-up comedy, adventure, poetry, exhibitions – whatever your passion may be – here is a list of exciting places to be at this weekend:

So Ed Sheeran is performing for the first time in India on Sunday…
Buy Tickets Here.

And so are Alt-J and Rudimental at the Emerge Festival!

When and Where:
Bharatiya City, Bengaluru – February 28, 2015
Huda Grounds, Gurgaon – March 1, 2015
Buy Tickets Here.

Beachside Stargazing Weekender: Bordi
What? A night of stargazing in the quaint little beach town of Bordi.
When: Saturday – February 28, 2014
Where: Bordi, Dahanu Road, Mumbai
Buy Tickets Here.

Food:
The Great Food Show Mumbai
What? Two spectacular days of great food, fine chefs and music.
When: Saturday – Sunday: February 28 – March 1, 2015
Where: Nehru Centre, Mumbai
Buy Tickets Here.

Hungry Traveller Chef Showcase: Flavours of India
What? A celebration of the unique and diverse flavors of Bihari cuisine.
When: Saturday – February 28, 2015
Where: The Hive, Khar, Mumbai
Buy Tickets Here.

A night of adventures:
Pub Crawl For a Cause
What? Drink and make merry with a bunch of people and hop from one club to another.
When: Sunday – March 1, 2015
Where: Big Pitcher, Bengaluru
Buy Tickets Here.

Bollywood:
Atif Aslam: Live in Concert
What? The romantic singer’s first performance in Hyderabad!
When: Saturday – February 28, 2015
Where: Hitex Exhibition Ground, Hyderabad
Buy Tickets Here.

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Cats that are prettier than most humans

I see no reason why cats should not be worshipped. I mean, they are the most erratic, fierce and spectacular creatures currently inhabiting our planet. The world would be a better place if this majestic species is paid homage to. In fact, you know what’s an unattractive quality? Resentment towards cats. There is something incredibly alluring about these feline creatures that makes you want to pet them, feed them, and shower them with all the affection you can.

So whether you are a cat person or not, you cannot help but ‘aww’ at these little, and some not-so-little balls of fur:

This cat that reminds you of a marshmallow.

 

Draw me like one of your French girls.

 

I didn’t expect you home so soon!

 

I’ve got the moves like Hitler. Now bring out the whipped cream.

 

Ohmygosh. You do look different upside down.

 

The owner said ‘meow’! He understands my language!

 

Partied too hard last night.

 

This black beauty.

 

This cat that’s a piece of art.

 

This cat that’s almost a dog.

 

This cat who has eyes as clear and blue as the ocean.

 

Absolutely majestic.

 

Pet me once more and I shall cut you.

 

This fur-ball that’s almost shaped like Pikachu.

 

This munchkin Scottish fold.

 

Touch that cherry and I kill you.

 

Whachya lookin’ at? Make yourself useful and rub my belly.

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10 signs you are the Garfield at your workplace

An ideal cat is lazy, selfish, unfathomable and loves to sleep – just like the notorious Garfield. But don’t be fooled. Such traits are not confined to cats. A great deal of humans can be endowed with these feline attributes. And they can be easily detected at corporate establishments.

So, are you the Garfield in your office? Here are some telltale signs you might just be.

1. You thrive on coffee, and react something like this if you are deprived of your daily dose of caffeine:

 

2. Your response to Mondays:

 

3. Jokes about your weight never seem to get old.

 

4. When your co-workers are discussing their morning gym work-out, and you’re just like…

 

5. Even if you’ve had a good 9 hours of sleep, you can’t wrap your head around the concept of ‘enough sleep’.

 

6. Your reaction when someone mentions ‘food’:

 

7. Your reaction when someone mentions ‘lasagna’:

 

8. Your day is not complete until you have passed a derisive and nasty comment on your colleagues and clients.

 

9. Every time there’s a catastrophe, you’re the first one to be accused.

 

10. Anything that requires you to get out of your chair is of no relevance to you.

 

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