Meet Ibrahim Ghunaim, who raps to a different beat in an Islamist-ruled Palestinian enclave.The 25-year-old, who grew up listening to American rapper Eminem, began rapping when he was 13 and hopes for an international career one day. His songs focus on Gaza's high unemployment, women's rights, young Palestinians jailed by Israel for alleged security offences and the absence of peace. This year alone, he's written 25 songs. Take a look at some glimpses from his life! Ibrahim Ghunaim performs in a studio in Gaza City. He has been rapping to a different beat in an Islamist-ruled Palestinian enclave rocked by internal conflict and three wars with Israel over the past decade. It took years to change the public perception of hip hop in the conservative Gaza Strip, which the Hamas movement seized in 2007 from forces loyal to Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.All photographs: Mohammed Salem/Reuters Ibrahim Ghunaim practices songs in his room, at … [Read more...] about Why is this rapper from Gaza singing songs of unemployment?
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When running a race, you need to get your nutrition up to speed. Leading business names who participated in the Mumbai marathon dish out their dietary habits before the big day. Amit Ganeriwala Partner and director, The Boston Consulting Group “In the week leading to the marathon, I focus on keeping myself hydrated and manage mineral balance and carb intake through foods such as bananas and sweet potatoes. I stick to my regular diet and avoid experimenting too much. A regular training week involves about seven hours of running. So, a couple of weeks preceding the marathon, I tend to taper, bringing the mileage down. During the marathon week, I stick to my regular work schedule, focus on light runs and stretches and avoid too much activity on the day before the race. Although I travel extensively, I try not to be on the road two-three days before the race. I maintain my regular sleep cycle. Most importantly, I avoid thinking too much about the race.” Bhargav … [Read more...] about Small steps: How Vaishali Kasture, Jairam Sridharan & other top bosses train for a marathon
Rajasthan's Pankaj Singh wreaked havoc scalping six for 64 as the hosts bowled out defending champions Mumbai for 252 on the first day of the Ranji Trophy quarter-final match at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium.At stumps, Rajasthan were 17 without loss with openers Aakash Chopra (5 batting) and Vineet Saxena (12 batting) at crease. Earlier, Wasim Jaffer's decision to bat first backfired badly as opener Omkar Gurav (0) was snapped by wicketkeeper Rohit Jhalani off Pankaj in the third over of the day. Pankaj and Deepak Chahar bowled in right areas as Mumbai batsmen were under pressure from the very first over of the day. Ajinkya Rahane (60) played some fluent strokes while Sahil Kukreja (10) was struggling at the other end. The burly opener's 71-minute vigil ended when Pankaj cleaned him up. One change medium pacer Sumit Mathur put Rajasthan in command when he castled rival skipper Jaffer (0) to reduce Mumbai to 53 for three. Rohit Sharma (21) hit four sweetly timed boundaries but played to a … [Read more...] about Ranji: Pankaj grabs six as Mumbai bowled out for 252
He may be the world’s most foul-mouthed superhero on screen, but in real life, Ryan Reynolds’ superpower is empathy. The Canadian superstar believes that’s the only way to save the world. “I think everyone can make an impact, big or small. I do what I can from where I sit,” he says, smiling politely at the world premiere of his latest movie, 6 Underground, in Seoul.Simply dressed in a dark suit, he’s seemingly at ease with the almost-oppressive assembly line of journalists vying for his attention with frantic shouts of “Ryan! Ryan, look here!” But it is a far cry from the confident, goofy persona he presented at a press conference the day before, when the 43-year-old self-deprecatingly joked that falling on cement for an action film after turning 40 wasn’t as hilarious any more. Quips at the ready, when a rogue sound byte startled the audience, he instantaneously fired, “That was me! I had a huge breakfast so...” … [Read more...] about Meet Hollywood’s Mr Snark, Ryan Reynolds
Stuart Binny is talking about trolls.For his cricket idols, the country’s recently retired stars, who played when the scope of the internet was still nascent, there were crowds who torched effigies.In the era in which Binny’s father—the 1983 World Cup-winning hero Roger—took the field, there was the odd heckler in the stands.For Binny’s generation, and especially Binny, the hecklers are everywhere and nowhere; everybody and anybody with an opinion and a mobile phone. “It is what it is,” Binny says, crossing his arms and staring at the large tribal tattoo sneaking past the sleeve of his gym-buffed arm. “It took time but now I’ve learned to laugh about it. But that hasn’t stopped me from getting shocked at how silly some of the comments can get.”‘Silly’ is putting it lightly. Binny isn’t active on Twitter the way he is, say, on the photo-sharing platform, Instagram. But … [Read more...] about Almost Famous: A life in cricket