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From The Editors Technology

Amazon Takes Over “Blink” Wi-Fi Security Camera and Video Doorbell Startup

Continuing its foray into connected home video cameras and home entry systems, Amazon today acquired Blink, a 2016 startup that specializes in wireless video security cameras and monitoring systems as well as a new video doorbell announced on Dec. 19th and due for release next year.

The financial terms of the acquisition remain undisclosed, for now, and at this stage, nothing changes at BLINK; the company will continue to operate as it had been before the buy-off.

“We’re excited to announce that Blink has been acquired by Amazon! Since launching in early 2016, we’ve been thrilled by your response to our ultra-affordable, truly wire-free video home security cameras and monitoring systems,” BLINK announced the takeover on its website.

“If you own one of our systems, nothing changes for now. We’ll continue to operate under the Amazon umbrella selling and supporting the same great products you know and love. It’s Day 1 for us at Amazon, and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can deliver to our customers together,” the announcement further read.

In an email to The Verge, Amazon confirmed the takeover.

“As one of [Blink’s] distributors, we already know customers love their home security cameras and monitoring systems. We’re excited to welcome their team and invent together on behalf of customers.”

Blink followed up the January 2016 launch of its original camera, with an infrared night vision outdoor camera, the Blink XT, in December that year. Earlier this week, the startup introduced its first battery-powered video doorbell with ‘instant-on motion detection’ and ‘infrared night vision’ among other useful features.

Amazon’s acquisition of Blink does not really come as a surprise after the retail giant launched the Amazon Key and the Amazon Cloud Cam early last month.

Deliverymen can enter the home of a person who has installed the Amazon Key in his/her absence to deliver a product he/she has ordered online from the retailer.

The homeowner can watch the delivery in real time, unlocking the door for the delivery person to enter and locking it after he delivers whatever he has to and exits the home.

Priced at $250, the Amazon Key Kit comes with an Amazon Cloud Cam – a 1080p full HD, night vision indoor security camera as well as a compatible smart lock and an app.

Amazon Key ($250)

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Amazon Key In-Home Kit includes: Amazon Cloud Cam (Key Edition) indoor security camera and compatible smart lock

Features

  • Not at home? Not a problem. As a Prime member, you can get packages securely delivered into your home without being there. Plus, grant access to the people you trust, like your family, friends, dog walker, or house cleaner—no more leaving a key under the mat.
  • Secure access. The In-Home Kit features the Amazon Cloud Cam (Key Edition) indoor security camera and an Amazon Key-compatible smart lock.
  • Real-time notifications. We’ll send notifications the morning of delivery, just before, and right after. Watch your delivery happening live or view a video clip of it later.
  • Stop making spare keys. Give family and friends temporary, recurring, or permanent access. Or provide one-time access for your electrician or dog walker. You’re in control—just schedule the date and time window.
  • Check in on your front door 24/7. The Amazon Key In-Home Kit includes an Amazon Cloud Cam (Key Edition) indoor security camera with 1080p Full HD, night vision, and more—plus an Amazon Key-compatible smart lock for secure access control.
  • Free installation. Get the Amazon Key In-Home Kit installed for free by a professional. Just schedule your installation appointment during checkout.
  • Exclusively for Prime members in select cities and surrounding areas. Enter your zip code to see if Amazon Key is available in your area. Check back as we expand to more cities. (www.amazon.com)

And here’s the list of Blink products

Blink Indoor Camera

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The Blink Indoor Camera comes in wire-free one-camera as well as two-camera systems. Both include a sync module starter set.

Priced at $99 and $169.99, respectively, they are cheaper than other camera security systems with no subscription fees or data storage charges.

The product features HD video, temperature sensor, motion detection, instant alerts, live view and a low-light illumination.

Blink XT

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Like the Blink Indoor, the Blink XT also has no subscription fees or data storage charges. It comes in one-outdoor-camera and three-outdoor-camera systems, which include features such as HD video, temperature sensor, motion detection, instant alerts, live view, weatherproofing for outdoor use, and infrared night vision.

The one-camera system is priced at $129.99 while the three-camera pack costs 319.99, much lower than other similar systems.

Blink Video Doorbell

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Blink’s latest product, the low-priced battery-powered video doorbell was announced earlier this week and will hit the stores in 2018.

With the Blink Video Doorbell, you will be able to greet your guests from wherever you may be in the world.

Whether you are in your house, in the vicinity, in a different city or another country, with the Blink Video Doorbell you will be able to see and speak to anyone who approaches your door via live video and two-way audio that the product affords.

Not only that, the BVD will even notify you of intruders with “instant-on motion-activated alerts right to your smartphone.”

Here are the main features of the Blink Video Doorbell

  • Live View
  • Instant-On Motion Detection
  • Free Cloud Storage
  • Wire Free
  • Weather Proof
  • Video Alerts
  • 2-Way Audio
  • Infrared Night Vision
  • 2 Year Battery Life
  • Easy Setup
  • Mobile App
  • HD Video

*Price starts at $99 for existing Blink customers.

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From The Editors

Eminent Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani of Stanford University Passes Away

Winner of the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics, 40-year-old Stanford University Professor Maryam Mirzakhani died Saturday –confirmed by the university – at an undisclosed location in the U.S. She had been suffering from breast cancer which had spread to her bones.

On August 13, 2014, Mirzakhani not only became the first woman but also the first Iranian, ever, to win the award which is considered and revered as the “Nobel Prize for Mathematics.”

Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne paid glowing tributes to the professor calling her “a brilliant mathematical theorist and also a humble person who accepted honors only with the hope that it might encourage others to follow her path”.

“Maryam is gone far too soon but her impact will live on for the thousands of women she inspired to pursue math and science,” he said.

“Her contributions as both a scholar and a role model are significant and enduring and she will be dearly missed here at Stanford and around the world,” Tessier-Lavigne added.

Talking about her areas of expertise, a Stanford University press announcement said:

“Mirzakhani specialized in theoretical mathematics that read like a foreign language by those outside of mathematics: moduli spaces, Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, Ergodic theory and symplectic geometry,’ said the statement.

Mastering these approaches allowed Mirzakhani to pursue her fascination for describing the geometric and dynamic complexities of curved surfaces spheres, doughnut shapes, and even amoebas – in as great detail as possible.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a condolence message said: “The grievous passing of Maryam Mirzakhani, the eminent Iranian and world-renowned mathematician, is very much heart-rending,” reported the Tehran Times.

“The news of young Iranian genius and math professor Maryam Mirzakhani’s passing has brought a deep pang of sorrow to me and all Iranians who are proud of their eminent and distinguished scientists,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in Farsi in an Instagram post.

Born on May 3, 1977, Maryam Mirzakhani attended the Farzanegan School in Tehran becoming the first Iranian woman to win a gold medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad in 1994 and in the very next Olympiad in 1995 she bettered her own record by winning 2 gold medals after securing a perfect score.

Soon after getting her BSc degree in mathematics from the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran in 1999, she moved to the United States in pursuit of higher studies. She earned her doctorate from Harvard University in 2004 under the mentorship of Curtis Tracy McMullen, himself a Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University.

Awards

  • IPM Fellowship, Tehran, Iran, 1995–99
  • Merit fellowship Harvard University, 2003
  • Harvard Junior Fellowship Harvard University, 2003
  • Clay Mathematics Institute Research Fellow 2004
  • AMS Blumenthal Award 2009
  • The 2013 AMS Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics.
  • Clay Research Award 2014
  • Fields Medal 2014
  • National Academy of Sciences 2016

Other Honors and Recognition

  • Invited to talk at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2010, on the topic of “Topology and Dynamical Systems & ODE”
  • Named one of Nature’s ten “people who mattered” (2014)
  • Plenary speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in (2014)
  • Elected foreign associate to the French Academy of Science (2015)
  • Elected to the American Philosophical Society (2015)
  • Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2017)

It may come as a surprise to readers that Mirzakhani was not always inclined towards mathematics – initially, she had dreamed of becoming a writer but later shifted her focus to math.

At one time Mirzakhani had described her work as “being lost in a jungle and trying to use all the knowledge that you can gather to come up with some new tricks, and with some luck, you might find a way out.”

Mirzakhani had been struggling with breast cancer since 2013 which spread to her bone marrow in the four intervening years ending in her sad demise on July 15, 2017. She is survived by her scientist Czech husband Jan Vondrak and their six-year-old daughter Anahita.

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From The Editors Technology

Facebook Is The Most Authoritative Force Online & Holds a Secret Empire.

The humble beginnings of Facebook launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg, together with fellow Harvard College mates, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, is a well known, written-about and read-about fact.

The same goes for the universal truth that now, in its 10th anniversary, Facebook has phenomenally grown into the largest social networking website on the planet with 1.79 billion monthly active users.

Without going into a detailed break-up of the 1.79 billion users, which is available on the PEW website, let’s discuss the benefits, drawbacks if any, and the future plans of Facebook and how it may impact the world.

Mark Zuckerberg has his eyes set on making Facebook a video first platform.
Mark Zuckerberg has his eyes set on making Facebook a video first platform.

Benefits to the average user across the world:
News feed, one of the most important products of Facebook according to Mark Zuckerberg himself, keep users updated with photos, videos, links, likes from people, status updates, app activities and much more.

The stories that are available to you on news feed relates mostly to your connections and activities on Facebook. However, FB offers you the option of changing your settings to your preference.

Primarily, connectivity with family and friends wherever they might be is the main reason why most people use Facebook, at least in my opinion.

It provides a great platform where you can chat, exchange info, share photos be updated about what’s going on in the lives of your near and dear ones, friends, colleagues and whoever you have on your friend’s list.

Last but, by no means, the least you can find school and college friends or a colleague you have not been in touch with for a long time. There are so many users who have found friends they thought they would never ever meet, or have any contact with ever again. Facebook made it possible.

Importance of Facebook to businesses:
To start with, you can provide your business name, contact details, and briefly describe the products or services you are offering. You can provide any additional information, like sharing info about your team, the background of your business or any other features of your business that can capture the interest of other Facebook users.

Facebook offers you one of the best platforms for low-cost marketing of your products or services and convenient interaction with existing and potential customers. It helps you in reputation management of your business by getting feedback on how your business is being assessed online, thereby, giving you the option of improvisation if there are negative feedbacks.

Your customers have the option of posting after-sales queries on your Facebook wall, which, you or your staff can address. Facebook has the potential to steer traffic to your website provided you have added your website link on your Facebook page.

New customer acquisition becomes easier because each time an FB user becomes the fan of an FB page a notice is automatically posted as a news item which, all the user’s friends can see.

Moreover, FB allows you targeted advertising by analyzing profile information of millions of users and reaching out to your target audience; the service, of course, has a cost attached to it. You can improve your brand awareness by encouraging existing and potential customers to like your FB page.

The advantages of Facebook by far exceeds the disadvantages people talk about – so, let’s not talk about them – they have the option and prerogative of not becoming Facebook users. It’s just like switching off the TV or switch over to another channel if you don’t like what is being shown.

What does Facebook have in store for you in the future?
The development of advanced artificial intelligence is one of Facabook’s biggest ever project. Let’s put it this way; with 1.79 billion active users and growing exponentially there won’t be enough human resource to power such a colossal network. Even if the required manpower is made available it will not be economically feasible.

The introduction of this technology will enable Facebook to enhance its reach and capabilities of its ever growing social network without affecting its profitability.

Mark Zuckerberg on his plan to bring the internet to every human on earth
Mark Zuckerberg on his plan to bring the internet to every human on earth

The second ambitious project of Facebook is virtual reality. The acquisition of Oculus VR in March 2014 at a cost of 2 billion dollars was exactly for this purpose. Following are the extracts from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook post on March 26, 2014:

“…This is where Oculus comes in. They build virtual reality technology, like the Oculus Rift headset. When you put it on, you enter a completely immersive computer-generated environment, like a game or a movie scene or a place far away.

The incredible thing about the technology is that you feel like you’re actually present in another place with other people. People who try it say it’s different from anything they’ve ever experienced in their lives….”

“Virtual reality was once the dream of science fiction. But the internet was also once a dream, and so were computers and smartphones. The future is coming and we have a chance to build it together. I can’t wait to start working with the whole team at Oculus to bring this future to the world, and to unlock new worlds for all of us.”

The third ambitious venture of Facebook is bringing together the 4 billion people who are not yet connected to the internet or Facebook. To be able to achieve this gargantuan plan it may even require flying drones over villages and remote areas and beam down data via laser technology.

In September 2016 Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced a donation of 3 billion dollars to “cure all diseases” by the end of this century.

The donation, administered through the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) will enable large groups of scientists to work on this grand and noble plan and work on eradicating diseases rather than just finding a cure.

The future of Facebook and its users looks promising and it will not be too long before we see 4 billion active FB users. All the very best Mr. Zuckerberg!

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From The Editors Politics

Are the E-mails Hillary Clinton’s Worst Nightmare?

With just over a less than a week to go the Director of the FBI has opened a Pandora’s box and let it flow all the way to the Democratic camp unleashing a furor over the news that some new e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s private server which needs to be probed.

The Clinton campaign and democrats are incensed at Comey for raising unwarranted issues so close to the elections. The elections are a foregone conclusion according to the Hillary camp as they are saying the cake is baked.

Clinton has built up her campaign very meticulously, in an organized manner leaving Donald Trump trailing by 6 points and now when she is just about to clinch the presidency Comey comes calling with this startling revelation.

It was this same James Comey who earlier this year had informed and recommended to the Justice Department that the e-mails on her private server did not contain any classified material and did not warrant Justice to start criminal proceedings.

State Dept audit faults Hillary Clinton in emails |
State Dept audit faults Hillary Clinton in emails 

Now suddenly Comey has taken a somersault and made the disclosure that new e-mails have surfaced which has infuriated Democrats and Hillary supporters.

The question remains what motivated Comey to make this last minute disclosure, was he prodded or there is some sinister agenda but the fact is that Comey’s integrity as concurred by Obama himself is beyond reproach.

Many in the government including the Justice Department people are in agreement that Comey’s timing was not appropriate. The Clinton camp believes that her campaign has built a firewall and nothing can go wrong against but it seems that Comey and co have hacked through.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign further believes that she is cruising on auto pilot and nothing can go wrong and she can not be put off course. Donald Trump is on the other hand overjoyed and will do as much damage to Clinton’s credibility even at this stage.

Trump is thanking Comey to the stars and considers him a godsend but the question arises although he has got new cannon fodder will his slaves to the Clinton camp change his dwindling fortunes.

When Clinton first heard the news she was on board her campaign plane to Iowa and received with equanimity. She believes that she can do no wrong but this new disclosure is going against her as Trump is letting voter know that she can not be trusted

Trumps’ sex tape and accusations of harassment by many women have done a hell of a lot of damage to his campaign but now points are resurging for him and he is in a state of glee and elation.

 is Trump Actually Making a Comeback?
Is Trump Actually Making a Comeback?

There are now those undecided voters who have to decide which candidate deserves the White House. Clinton has a lot of celebrities on her side and has enlisted their help in the final weeks leading to election day.

High-profile celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Katy Perry and Jay-Z have added color and her campaign people are hopeful that these efforts will be crucial to driving up turnout on and before Election Day.

Clinton aides cite early voting statistics as proof that while the FBI news has drawn heavy scrutiny in recent days, it has not moved the core of her support.

Early voting data show that Hillary Clinton and democrats are leading as over 3.5 million people have already voted in Florida — making up nearly one-quarter of all registered voters in the state — with Democrats outpacing 2012 vote-by-mail numbers. Similarly, in Nevada, where nearly one-fourth of registered voters have already cast their ballot, Democrats are outpacing Republicans by nearly 30,000.

However, there are the swing states and Clinton aides say the core of their base, especially Hispanic voters, have already turned out to vote in high numbers, citing trends in Colorado, Nevada, and Florida. Some top advisers believe states with robust early voting and absentee balloting, like Nevada, could essentially be decided before election day.

However, it is the swing states like Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Arizona which seem to be swayed by the Comey disclosure. Michigan is also up for grabs as it could go any one’s way. Clinton volunteers are knocking on doors and asking voter what they think about the Comey affair.

The Clinton camp is lashing out that Comey did not bother to comment on the alleged Russian meddling in the U.S election campaign while exposing Hillary Clinton about the e-mails. Many Democrats believe that it is blatant double standard on Comey’s part .

The world will know on the morning of Nov 9th, the morning after the election if Comey was Clinton’s undoing or his revelation only boosted her chances as Democrats rally around her. As for Trump, he is waiting in the shadows hoping against hope.

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From The Editors Politics

Trump Calls Cancellation of Elections as Hope Fades For Him

Donald Trump has finally lost it. He knows that his chances of winning the elections have no chance whatsoever so he is making really bizarre statements just an over a week from the elections. In his latest outbreak, he has called for the U.S Elections to be canceled and he is declared the winner.

In a last futile attempt to revive his fluctuating fortunes, Trump is denigrating the U.S election system saying that the media and the government will resort to electoral fraud, something unseen and unheard of in the U.S.A.

He is likening the U.S Elections to that of a third world country or a banana republic where everything goes and by any means necessary. Trump, is trailing his opponent in key battleground states and clutching at straws to save his drowning politically short career.

He believes that Hillary Clinton has negative policies and is a nasty woman as he has said in one of the debates. The U.S elections have the most transparent and honest electoral system in the world and to accuse it of being rigged is bordering on the absurd.

He has repeatedly played Clinton for not having the stamina to be president whereas he is hale and hearty. It seems that Trump is going to create problems after the election unless the republicans lose heavily.

Surveys by leading media outlets are predicting a Hillary win as she is already leading by 9 points. However, there may be some hope for the Trump camp as they are many voters who are undecided.

All-America Survey: Clinton leads Trump by 9 points .
All-America Survey: Clinton leads Trump by 9 points .

Of the 17 percent, undecided 31 percent are for Trump while only 22 for Clinton. This can close the gap but the problem is that these people will have to show up to make a difference. It is being said that more than 50% of white males ranging from ages 18 to 50 who do not have a college degree and have never held a steady job will all vote for Trump.

Trump is solely responsible for the numbers because of his negative rhetoric, his hate mongering and his disrespect of women and his doublespeak. Donald Trump did not play his cards right as there are a lot of disgruntled people who are who are angry with the system of government but Trump has not been able to channelize that anger to his advantage and turn it into his political support.

Trump has also lost the advantage from whatever his business background had given him an opportunity to do. The poor and the have-nots see hope in Clinton and will support her. Clinton has reached out to all those who matter and who will probably put her in the white house.

Trump’s major problem is that leading republicans have deserted him also due to sex tape which emerged just before the second debate. Consequently, Trump suffered badly and later many women came out to accuse him of sexual harassment which also goes against him.

Hillary stands at 44 percent to Trump’s 36 and even if Trump’s manages to close the gap the numbers are speaking against him. In a major sensational development, just 11 days from election day the FBI has opened a new probe into Clinton’s use of a private server in sending her official State department e-mails.

Donald trump; we should just cancel the election and give it to me.
Donald trump; we should just cancel the election and give it to me.

This should be a godsend or life saver to Trump and the Republicans have already started lashing out at Clinton and questioning her trustworthiness. The FBI director James Comey has written to congress informing them of the new probe.

Earlier this year Comey had recommended and informed the Department of Justice that the e-mail probe did not warrant to press charges and initiate criminal proceedings against Clinton. Will this really go against Clinton and make her lose the bid. Although the FBI informed congress that this new discovery warrants investigation it is quite unlikely that the paperwork can be ready in 11 days to implicate her.

Hillary Clinton interviewed by FBI over private email server
Hillary Clinton interviewed by FBI over private email server

However, this not bode well for the Clinton camp for Trump and his die-hard republicans will leave no stone unturned in the 11 days leading to the elections to malign her, discredit her, tell the nation of her untrustworthiness and do a lot of damage to her campaign.

Her camp must go into the super drive to ward off the allegations, her spin people turn things in her favor. Trump is already overjoyed at the disclosure and has started baiting her.

In the next 11 days, the world will know who fate has favored but one thing is sure and that is the next few days leading to election day will be nastiest, most bitter and ugliest exchange between the Democratic and Republican camps. Hail to the Chief.

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Priyanka Chopra Takes The Flak

There were a time and era where there was no such thing such as political correctness that is to say or write something as is seen or perceived for e.g a blind person was a blind person and it was not considered rude or inappropriate to describe him or her in that matter.

However, we now live in an entirely different age where everything was done and said has to be carefully taken into consideration least it is misconstrued as offensive or insensitive.

There is not much brouhaha when the average Joe does but all hell seems to break loose if it is done by a celebrity or iconic film star. This was the case with Mrs. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, when a full-page advertisement for Kalyan Jewellers appeared in The Hindu (Delhi edition) on April 17, 2015, in which she was featured reclining in a settee, bejeweled, gracefully poised in a calm demeanor. Behind an underage emaciated black slave boy is struggling to hold an oversized umbrella from preventing her fair skin to be tanned by the sun.

Aishwarya Rai's Kalyan Jewellers Ad
Aishwarya Rai’s Kalyan Jewellers Ad

The advertisement was received in poor taste as social activists, feminine groups, Anti-child labor activist, and rights groups criticized Ms. Rai Bachan as being insensitive, condoning child labor and racism. The portrait displayed according to detractors was reminiscent of colonial times, an era of child servitude and blacks being used for menial work.

Aishwarya Rai’s intentions were pure. She did not analyze or view it in the same perspective as many others did for as already said we live in a very politically correct world and that the slightest misjudgment of saying anything or advertising something can draw a lot of flak from the media and the public in general.

Amna Aqeel
Aamna Aqeel’s Shoot

Another fashion shoot ad by Pakistan designer Aamna Aqeel drew a lot of hype in 2013 in which beautiful white women attired in the latest fashion garments adorned with jewelry being served by a black child was featured.

There are many people who believe that people like Ms. Rai should and must display a greater sense of responsibility and sensitivity as they are Ambassadors of goodwill, Brand Ambassadors and role models to millions of fans and admirers. Any deviation in behavior or acts displayed against the norm is not acceptable.

Stars and controversies are intertwined or inseparable for no matter what they do the media glare is so bright that they get scorched so to speak.

The latest star to be embroiled in a controversy is the beautiful star of the new American drama thriller Quantico, Priyanka Chopra whose only slip up was so that she appeared on the cover of Conde Nast Traveller magazine advertising a top considered insensitive.
The top has the words “migrant”, “refugee” and “outsider” crossed out while the word “traveler” stands out. Both the actress and Conde Nast were criticized over the “privileged” message, with many pointing out that being a refugee was “not a choice”.

Condé Nast Traveller India - October - November 2016
Condé Nast Traveller India – October – November 2016

Conde Nast told the BBC their intention was to highlight labeling of people. The magazine was very clear that they wanted to send a message about addressing xenophobia with labels.”

It is always a question of interpretation ‘whereas the makers of the ad presented a positive perspective of the ad while many viewers thought otherwise. The message was according to the magazine is that ‘We are all travelers’

Conde Nast also put out a statement in which it stood by the cover and tried to clarify the intention behind the photograph. Explaining that it believed in a “world without borders” and “had a point to make”, the statement said: “We must recognize that we are all on a journey.

The word most objected to was ‘Refugee’ as many believe it denigrates the current refugee crisis due to the Syrian situation. Chopra has meanwhile apologized to the world and made it clear that she did not mean to hurt anyone’s feelings.

The ad caused outrage in India, Chopra’s home country. The argument is refugees do not have a choice with one quote saying “The lack of choice in removing one’s home and hearth from the familiar to the alien is one fraught with heartbreak and the feeling of being cornered.

“Very different from picking out the next attractive destination on your bucket list, and surfing through Airbnb for that perfect place to park oneself,” read an opinion in the Huffington Post.

Social media users were abuzz similar comments. Whatever the brouhaha it must be remembered that one does not shoot the messenger but tones down the message. Priyanka Chopra supports causes and has said she was sorry so the social media should accept it and move on.

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Tea Boy Becomes Overnight Sensation on Net

There is a saying in English that “Looks can kill “ and if taken literally one all one can say that if a handsome Adonis or a beautiful and stunning woman gazed upon people all the guys and gals would drop dead.

On a serious note, they say that an ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever’ which in fact is very true because beautiful things can make a person feel good and joyous for it is human nature to appreciate beauty.

In Greek mythology, they say that Helen of Troy had a face that could launch a thousand ships so beautiful was she. Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, had the Emperor Julius Caesar swooning and he was available at her beck and call so much so that she virtually ruled over the empire.

Good looks can always be an asset for beautiful people can use their god given physical and facial features to their advantage and reap benefit from it. The case of beauty pageants like Miss World and Miss Universe are good examples of how looks can help a person launch their career.

The winners of the two beauty pageants have the world at their feet, winning lucrative modeling contracts, magazine photo shoots, brand ambassadorship and movie offers. Beauty combined with the brain is a gateway to success.

But they are many in the world who are unbeknownst that their looks can work wonders for them. Take the case of the supermodel Iman, a Somalian national from Mogadishu who was in studying at a university in Nairobi. While walking down a Nairobi street, she caught the eye of American photographer Peter Beard and the rest is history.

She moved to the United States and started a highly successful career, her first modeling assignment being for Vogue year later in 1976. With her long neck, tall stature, slender figure, fine features, copper-toned skin, and exotic accent. Iman was an instant success in the fashion world, though she herself insists that her looks are merely or typically Somali.

She became an iconic fashion model earning millions in the bargain. There have been many stars who have reached iconic status who have had rags to riches such as Oprah Winfrey, Pamela Anderson, Halle Berry, Leonardo Di Caprio, Celion Dion, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Shania twain to name a few.

They say providence works in mysterious ways and when the good lord showers his bounty there is no looking back. The latest sensational news on this same rags to riches theme which has gone seems to be going viral is that of Arshad Khan, a young tea boy in Islamabad whose photograph was snapped by Jiah Ali a young photographer, and lo and behold the stars are out to get him.

The handsome young man has become an overnight sensation with hundreds of girls literally drooling over him. There are those who say that this is a classic case of reverse sexism, the young man is being objectified.

His photo has become so viral that people from all over the world are looking at it. The Adonis is receiving rave reviews and comments such as “Such striking eyes” commented one while another exclaimed, “Found the hottest man alive, it’s fine”. While one user joked: “I’m going to Pakistan now, bye.”

The young man is overwhelmed by the publicity he has been spotlighted with and at times seems scared and confused. He does realize that he must cash in on his newfound fortune and has already been picked up and awarded a modeling contract by an online fashion company fittin.pk

Pakistani tea-seller Arshad Khan lands modelling deal
Pakistani tea-seller Arshad Khan lands modelling deal

He has also expressed his interest in acting offers which hopefully will receive shortly. To the young man, this capturing of his photo will become a godsend for him. He is already being portrayed on the Net and in one case he was caricatured as PK, the famous character of Amir Khan’s blockbuster PK.

Now that the fame and fortune have come he will be deluged by fans, well wishers and those who want to share his kitty with him.

In the U.S.A, Canada, and other developed countries a modeling agency or a lawyer takes over overall business deals of the newly discovered star the new star to ensure that he gets the best deals available.

Let us hope and pray that this young finds prosperity and success in life after all destiny has ordained it for him. Meanwhile, let him bask in the limelight. Good luck handsome young man!