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Weight Loss Tips...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on February 25, 2015 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

To Care...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on February 21, 2015 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Caroline Wozniacki Graces 2015 SI Swimsuit Athletes Edition....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on February 10, 2015 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Wozniacki headed to Captiva Island in the Gulf of Mexico last fall for the photo shoot, and the magazine just hit newsstands this week

This isn't the first time a WTA player has posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition - a number of other World No.1s have posed for the magazine, namely Steffi Graf (1997), Serena Williams (2003), Venus Williams (2005), Maria Sharapova (2006) and most recently before this Ana Ivanovic (2010).


Former world no. 1 Wozniacki's career has turned around since golfer Rory McIlroy abruptly ended their engagement in May 2014. Wozniacki, who seemed to have lost direction in her tennis, revived and broke back into the top 10, reaching a second Grand Slam final at the US Open in 2014. She returned to the top five for the first time since May 2012 earlier this month.

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Paes/Hingis Win Australian Open Mixed Doubles Title....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on February 1, 2015 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Martina Hingis and Leander Paes celebrate capturing the Australian Open mixed doubles title....

Leander Paes and Martina Hingis clinched the Australian Open mixed doubles title on Sunday.


Paes, contesting his 25th season on the ATP World Tour, and Hingis defeated defending champions Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-3 in the final.


Paes has now won 15 Grand Slam championship titles – eight men’s doubles and seven mixed doubles. It was his third mixed triumph at Melbourne Park, having also won in 2003 (w/Martina Navratilova) and 2010 (w/Cara Black).


“It’s a great honour to keep coming back to Australia,” said 41-year-old Paes. “There are a few people who got us together. All you guys back home, who put us together to win our first Grand Slam, thank you.


“It's a treat to play with Martina. I finally managed to learn some things from her returns and returned half decently today. It's intriguing."

Paes and Hingis took a 3-0 lead, but Nestor and Mladenovic’s I-formation caused problems and they soon levelled the scoreline. At 4-5, a backhand drive volley error by Mladenovic gave Paes and Hingis a set point opportunity on Nestor’s serve. He struck a double fault to end the 29-minute first set.


Nestor and Mladenovic broke Hingis for a 2-1 lead in the second set, but Mladenovic was broken in the next game. Net errors by Nestor paved the way to hand Paes and Hingis a 4-2 lead, but Nestor regained his rhythm on return of serve to break Hingis again. Mladenovic was broken in the eighth game and Hingis went on to seal victory with a smash winner.


“I think we even grew with every match – the confidence, the teamwork, the suggestions we had, one or the other, we really trust each other,” said Hingis. “I think that was the key in every match.”


Paes and Hingis converted five of their seven break point opportunities, hitting 19 winners and committing just 11 unforced errors for victory in 62 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.


Former World No. 1 Hingis also won the Australian Open mixed doubles title in 2006 (w/Mahesh Bhupathi).

Source:- ATP Tennis

Plus-Size Model Tess Holliday Encourages Women To #EffYourBeautyStandards....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on January 28, 2015 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Like most successful models, Tess Holliday, formerly Tess Munster, follows a regimented fitness and nutrition program. She works out with a personal trainer four times a week and enjoys walking, swimming, and hiking in her free time. She avoids soda and drinks a lot of water. She cooks healthy and indulges in moderation like any healthy person would.

Unlike most successful models, Munster is 5’5” tall and a UK size 24 (a US size 20). In an industry where the standard for plus size models is between UK sizes 10 and 18 (US size 6 to 14) and taller than 5’8”— waifish Kate Moss is considered short at 5’7”—Holliday is an extreme anomaly. She spoke exclusively with Yahoo Beauty about how she’s been leading a viral social media movement.

The 29-year-old Los Angeles-based model, born and raised in Mississippi, created the hashtag #EffYourBeautyStandards as an exercise in celebrating all body types and giving the one finger salute to unrealistic beauty standards that make people feel like they are never good enough. Women—and men—who don’t fall into conventional ideals of beauty are encouraged to share their photos and stories tagged with the hashtag, encouraging us to celebrate themselves and each other—instead of hiding themselves in shame.

One Twitter user, Andie Lang, wrote, “I’m no longer going to feel ashamed of my body and hide it, it’s time [sic] flaunt my curves! #effyourbeautystandards.” In just a few days, the hashtag #EffYourBeautyStandards has over 495,000 posts on Instagram.

"I’m thrilled—it’s really humbling to see so many women support me and what I’m doing,” Holliday told Yahoo Beauty. “I know other women relate to where I’ve been and the feelings of not quite being good enough. I hope through all of this that they realize they are good enough and beautiful no matter what size color or shape they are.”

Holliday was bullied as a child, getting shamed for her size and for not being “normal.” After leaving school and the South at 17, she became more outspoken about positive body image. As a blogger for The Huffington Post in 2013, she wrote, “Our bodies tell a story and everyone’s journey is different, everybody is different, unique, exquisite. The only problem is that not everyone respects that or comprehends that we don’t have to all look like a cookie cutter or perfect picture of ‘health.’” Holliday told Yahoo Beauty that she is the proud mother of a son that she has raised to be both feminist and respectful of all women and bodies.

With so many hurtful terms slung around, it’s important to remember that normal does not always mean skinny and skinny does not always mean healthy. In her memoir, Hungry, plus-size supermodel Crystal Renn—who also grew up in Mississippi—wrote, “[L]ife doesn’t have to wait until you’re skinny.” Before she achieved success in the plus size industry and learned about body acceptance and love, Renn suffered from eating disorders and went to two gyms every day because she didn’t want either gym to know she was working out so much. She mused, “I wonder whether today’s mania for super-thin, wide-eyes, less power-looking girls is tied to fear of female strength. Today’s girls take up less space, literally and metaphorically.”

#EffYourBeautyStandards, with its strong devotion to sharing body-positive images and speaking out against body prejudices, is combating the silence that women are supposed to take in submitting their bodies to strict beauty standards. They are strong, proud, supportive, confident—and very capable of sparking a new social media movement.

By : Noël Duan

Rules For Life...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on January 23, 2015 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We Can Choose to Let Go, Stop Suffering & Find Peace....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on January 19, 2015 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” 

~Thich Nhat Hanh

I’ve called it my “Epiphany Bubble,” and it might be hard to believe, but it’s my true experience.


I stood on the lawn of our city’s hospital. The sun was shining down on our group of grieving parents. My belly was big with my third child, but my heart was still heavy with grief from my second.


Jonathan. I’ve never personally known anyone whose entire life was surrounded by compassion and love, like every minute of his twelve-and-a-half hours in my arms.


Although the summer of 2000 was a long, painful journey through terminal pregnancy, Jonathan had blessed my life in countless ways. I just hadn’t yet understood that.


Our hospital had this gathering a couple times a year. Parents who grieved babies would come, enjoy some cookies and punch, and chat with other moms and dads who were coping with loss.


At the end, we always did the same thing—write our baby’s name along with dates of birth and death on a white balloon.


As I wrote “Jonathan 9-21-2000 – 9-22-2000” on my balloon, I smiled a little just at the joy of writing his name. I gave my belly a gentle touch and said a little prayer for my next little boy.


Then I looked to my left. There were three women standing together, quite distraught in tears, comforting one another. I, of course, knew why they were crying, but I was curious.


I was curious about the dates. When I looked at their balloons, I saw dates reflecting years prior. Six, seven, eight years earlier. My heart sank. I wondered, “Do I have to be in that much pain years from now? Does this heartbreak never end?”


And that’s when it happened—my epiphany bubble. I suddenly felt as though I was in my own space, and that the world had ceased to spin. Everything outside of my bubble was blurry, and everyone seemed frozen, when I realized…


I have choice.


I stood for a few moments more, and the bubble vanished. But its effect on me did not. Something now stirred within me—a determination to really heal, let go, and be genuinely happy again.

At home I began to wonder about choosing how to feel about life and how to perceive all that I experience on my journey. I started to seek within.


Through journaling, praying, and meditating, I felt a shift. I sensed guidance. I glimpsed a bit of inner peace.


Some of my wonderings were a bit surprising, but I gave space to let them unfold. Rather than judge, I allowed them to come to me without logic. I also resisted the teachings from my childhood, which would have stopped them from showing me a new way to perceive Jonathan’s life.


I wondered, maybe Jonathan is a guardian angel. Perhaps he will protect and look after his big sister, Sydra, and his little brother who has yet to take his first breath.

I smiled a bit at imagining my sweet Jonathan, from some other place of being, guiding and loving his siblings.


I wondered, perhaps Jonathan was meant to leave this life at a very young age, and perhaps this could have happened in a variety of ways.


Would I choose for his life to be very short, spent in my arms, and surrounded by love and compassion? Or, would I choose to have more time with him, but risk something worse—have him be a child who I’ve heard horrifying stories about, children who are abducted and hurt?


I felt a bit of trust at realizing that I don’t know how it all works. Life, death, and all the days between and following are a mystery, really. Maybe his life was exactly how it was meant to be, or perhaps it might have been more tragic.

I wondered, could it be that Jonathan was my son for this short time to teach me?


I reflected on the months we spent together—when I learned he was terminal, my decision to carry him, the long nights, the quiet moments, the countless tears and prayers, the painful delivery, and the hours I had him in my arms looking into his beautiful eyes three times.


I relaxed a bit realizing all I had learned. I was a strong woman, someone who was willing to give all I had to another, a woman who remained hopeful and optimistic amidst a very difficult time. I was a woman who sent prayers and love to other pregnant women, asking that they not suffer as I was.


I wondered, could Jonathan’s life have served purpose beyond me, our family, and my understanding?


I thought about all the people who had surrounded Jonathan with love and compassion before and during his life. I recalled the many people who came to his memorial service, each saying how deeply he had touched their heart.


My trust deepened. I knew Jonathan’s life, however brief, served purpose. He was a blessing, a sweet, little blessing, to many people, and I was the lucky woman who was honored to be his mom.


Grief is nothing to be rushed. Throughout this time, I was gentle and patient with myself, honoring all my emotions, not pushing through them or stuffing them in the secret places of my heart. By doing so, I was better able to deeply heal.


Grief is also nothing to cling to simply because it’s familiar. Although the journey had many twists and turns, and I needed to allow it to show its way, it is worth the inner work to let go and find peace.


It is not just grief where we have choice. With all our life experiences—every emotion from anger to joy, from love to fear—we can choose.


Allowing our heart and mind to wonder, taking time to feel it all without judgment, and seeking within for the path of letting go, this is the way to embrace all of life and peacefully enjoy the now.

Shannon Elhart

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Cyberbully ( 2015 )

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on January 17, 2015 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

*A British teenager is forced by a computer hacker to do his bidding. If she refuses, the hacker will leak compromising photos of her....

An insightful & daunting movie that brings into light, the negative aspects of social medias & how the things that we post in these sites...whether it be the photos/videos, the things we write, are all open for the world to see 'forever' and be criticized.  In extreme cases, these things can lead one to become victims of CYBERBULLIES.... A must-see movie for teenagers and adults!

(PLEASE NOTE : There are a lot of graphic contents in the movie such as a lot of cursing, a bit of nudity, psychological/emotional abuse, etc).

"This movie needs to be watched by every school to learn more about cyber bullies and the consequence it causes and harm done to victims. A special bullying awareness day should be available for all schools to show this movie and explain the danger of bullying. It will save lives.By : halo117.

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Weight Loss Challenges The Importance Of Sleep...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on January 17, 2015 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

There are many factors that are important when attempting to lose weight. Some are more obvious than others. While reducing your calorie intake is important, getting the proper amount of sleep is important too. Not getting the proper amount of sleep can break even the most devoted health fanatic. It is a slippery slope that can turn into a cycle of poor choices.


Okay so it starts completely innocently enough. You have a report due and you have been procrastinating. It is time to pull the dreaded all-nighter. But you have to do it whether you like it or not. This poor choice can lead to even more poor choices.


The dreaded next day begins. Lets go through it together and see how your lack of sleep can affect your choices. When you do not get enough sleep your body may feel sluggish. Before you head to work you grab a quick breakfast instead of your usual. You drink double the amount of coffee, but still do not feel quite awake. You do the bare minimum at work barely getting out of your desk. After a quick nap in the break room, you have a sudden burst of energy that is gone within minutes.


If you are strong willed you might avoid grabbing an energy drink. But even then the damage is already done. You have had double the amount of calories and have been less active. There is even more bad news. Your metabolism does not work properly when you do not receive the proper amount of sleep.


There is no way you are heading to the gym today. You roll out your car onto your couch if you could. Okay, so this might be a bit extreme for those of us who function well without sleep. Maybe you are one of the few who can breeze through the day with a smile. On the other hand, many of us need sleep to function properly.


When you go without sleep you might sleep during the day. That can mess up your entire sleep pattern. Once you make the mistake of disrupting it, it is very difficult to get back into your normal routine. When you are well rested you have more energy. Simple tasks do not seem bothersome. You are also less likely to exercise when you are tired. If you are inactive you will burn fewer calories.


You are also more likely to grab a quick on days that you are sleepy. So instead of taking the time to make a salad or healthy meal you might choose to go through the drive through or go straight for a candy bar. Often people turn to energy drinks when they are tired. Energy drinks are full of sugar and caffeine. They are high in calories and carbs.


The proper amount of sleep can make or break any diet. When you are well rested, you will feel better and more active. You will think more clearly and make better choices. Metabolism increases with activity.


Dear White People ( 2014 )

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on January 14, 2015 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Genre : Drama, Comedy

A satire about four black students at an Ivy League college.    At prestigious Winchester University, biracial student Samantha White begins her radio show, "Dear White People, the amount of black friends required not to seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, your weed man, Tyrone, doesn't count."  Sam becomes president of the all-black residential hall Parker/Armstrong, whose existence is facing extinction in the name of diversification....

"....I believe that the purpose of this movie was to show that there are many ways of being an activist. There are several ways you can speak up and be creative. The point is that everyone's story and situation is different, and everyone experiences life differently and act based on those occurrences or understandings. Overall, I enjoyed watching a movie that showed that it is okay to fight for the same thing in different ways; in the end it is the goal that matters the most." 

(Review by : Tandis  -- Source:





Kites ( 2010 )

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on January 14, 2015 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Genre : Romance, Comedy, Drama, Action

*In the harsh terrain of the Mexican desert, a mortally wounded man is left for dead in the heat of the desert sun...This is J.  Once a street smart, carefree con man.  Now, a wanted man.  As death looms, the only thing that keeps him alive is the quest to find the love of his life, Natasha.  A woman who comes into his life like a bolt of lightning and changes it forever....

More than anything else, what got me into this movie was the soundtrack and the chemistry between the two leading actors. It was quite mesmerizing, especially considering there is quite a lot of 'language barrier' between the characters; they are portraying.

Lost For Words ( 2013 )

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on January 13, 2015 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Genre : Romance, Drama

*Amidst the sweeping cityscape of cosmopolitan Hong Kong, an ex-Marine falls in love with a ballerina from China.  Against mounting cultural and religious pressure, the two star-crossed lovers risk it all in pursuit of true love....

The movie is bit of a cliche at times with the main romantic story that is being told, a couple of loose-ends, and the dialogues/expressions from the "hero," was pretty disappointing at times.  Aside from all that, the movie is quite unique & is recommended for hopeless romantics, especially those who love to learn about other cultures.

Federer's Desire Propels Him To 1000 Match Wins....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on January 11, 2015 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Sporting immortality long assured, Roger Federer has added another jaw-dropping achievement to one of tennis’ greatest careers.


By lifting his 83rd tour-level title at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp today, Federer joined a very exclusive club.


The Swiss followed in the footsteps of Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl as the only players in the Open Era (since 1968) to have reached the 1,000 match wins milestone.

The feat reflects dedication, commitment, longevity and, most importantly, desire.


“To be the best, year-after-year, takes a good team of support with coach and trainer,” says Pete Sampras, a six-time year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, who recorded 767 match wins. “It’s having to play through times when you aren’t playing well and trying to find a way to win those matches you have to win.”


Connors conjured through intensity; his fun came from the battle, and he became the first to achieve the feat in early 1985. He retired with a record 1,253 match wins. Lendl, the father of modern tennis, who out-psyched and dictated, got to the mark at Basel in October 1992.


“You work hard and prepare hard to play consistently,” says Lendl, who notched 1,071 career match wins. “I remember when I played over 100 matches per year in the 1980s and never thought about it. Obviously, getting to 1,000 wins is more difficult than it seems. It’s really rare. But I looked at it as a by-product of winning so many matches and being consistent for that long.”


Both Connors and Lendl, like Federer, combined a relentless hunger and consistency that have become the hallmarks of modern professionalism.


Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall, who both recorded more than 1,000 match wins in their careers during the amateur, pro tour and Open Eras of the sport, are certain as to the reasons why Federer has been able to consistently beat the very best.


Laver, who won 200 titles during a 24-year career, insists that it is because of Federer’s “anticipation, strategy and fitness, along with being able to play on all surfaces.”


“By staying healthy and injury free, you can stay in good shape,” says Rosewall, who competed globally from 1951 to 1980. “He maintains his desire to play, because he loves to compete. For what he has achieved, Federer competes with a lot of pressure. He is one of the icons of tennis.”


Physically unchanged since his ATP World Tour debut at Gstaad in 1998, the lean Swiss has also continually evolved as a player to stay ahead of his rivals and at the top.


Just take Federer’s decision in late 2013 to hire one of his childhood idols, Stefan Edberg. Laver believes, “Stefan has been a great help, giving Roger a little more confidence at the net, and where to place your volleys.” Federer looked to improve an under-used aspect of his game in order to prolong his record-breaking career.

At 33 years of age and with two sets of twins to look after, he shows no signs of letting up. He remains a standard-bearer for excellence and is followed by example. In 2015, his 18th season as a pro, he continues to make sporting history.

By : James Buddell


Healthy And Hungry Again : Victoria Azarenka Aims To Return To Tennis's Ruling Class....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on January 10, 2015 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Victoria Azarenka, in the studio of a Los Angeles artist doing her portrait....

LOS ANGELES — It was almost 2015, and Victoria Azarenka was parked in her sleek sport utility vehicle on a Beverly Hills street with the rain drumming on the windshield as she spoke about how it felt to no longer be above the rest, to be ranked No. 31 instead of No. 1.


“It’s just a number,” she said slowly and quietly. “If I thought that, hey, No. 31 is how I feel and this is me, there would be a problem. But that’s not it. I know what I’m capable of. And I don’t need to say it. I just need to do what I want to do.”

What Azarenka wants to do is return to tennis’s ruling class, where she was firmly entrenched in 2012 and 2013, winning consecutive Australian Opens. She scrapped and shrieked to the top of the pyramid, and she demonstrated the rare ability to walk on court against Serena Williams with her chin up and her shoulders back, clearly believing that she could prevail.


After the two met for their second-straight three-set United States Open final in 2013, Williams’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, said, “Serena and Victoria Azarenka, they are above the rest.”

But Azarenka, 25, also wants to return to the circuit with a more frank and true-to-herself attitude after a season foiled by injuries and the painful end of her romance with the singer Stefan Gordy, better known as Redfoo.


“I did get my heart broken; I really did,” she said. “I’m over it, but it was broken. And I’m not afraid to admit that it was, but it’s life.”

She said she cried a lot last year, but she sounded as if she has gleaned a lot on her way to a brighter place: making new connections and deepening others, spending Thanksgiving in November with the big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton, his wife, the star volleyball player Gabrielle Reece, and their daughters on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.


Azarenka played only 24 matches in 2014 primarily because of foot and knee injuries, missing most of the first six months of the season. She reached just one final and ended her season after losing in the second round in Tokyo in September.


If she does not have another good run at her season-opening tournament this week in Brisbane, Australia, where she reached the final last year, she risks not being seeded at the Australian Open. But as her latest unwanted break from the game comes to an end after three and a half months, her coach, Sam Sumyk, says she is finally pain free.


“I think her motivation is pretty good, but I don’t want to get too excited or say too much,” Sumyk said. “Because at the same time last year, I thought 2014 would be a great year for her. All the lights were green. And look what happened.”


What happened in the first month of the season was a painful inflammation in her left foot. Sumyk said she later developed plantar fasciitis in the same foot, followed by tendinitis and a knee problem.


“I pushed, and I pushed last year, which was not smart,” Azarenka said. “Because it was rushed decisions and part of it was I didn’t trust my own intuition sometimes.”

Azarenka was often prepared to second-guess herself during a several-hour interview conducted in her car, at a raw-food restaurant she chose in West Hollywood, and in the downtown studio of James Haunt, a pop artist she met via Instagram who is working on her portrait. But on balance her mood was much more upbeat than regretful. She was open, curious, occasionally profane and often reflective, picking her words carefully and proving much more willing to linger over sensitive topics than in previous encounters.

“I think the toughest part is to admit that you weren’t O.K.,” she said of 2014. “Somebody asked me at one stage, ‘Are you depressed?’ And I said: ‘Are you kidding me? I’m not depressed.’ But you know what? I was. I was, but I just didn’t realize it, because all these things happen, and you just don’t know how to deal with emotions.”

Reeling and searching for an outlet, she started to paint last May and began to cry in one of her first sessions. She said she put down the brush and smeared paint on the canvas with her hands.

“Just doing weird stuff; I didn’t know what I was doing,” Azarenka said. “I was upset, and I was lazy, and I just wiped my hands on my shirt, just everything on my shirt, on my pants. And I woke up the next day and had a meeting in this restaurant with Nike people, and I didn’t feel like dressing up. I just put on that shirt and those pants, and I come into the restaurant. And the Nike people, they’re like: ‘Oh my God, that’s a cool shirt. Where did you buy it?’ ”

Learning to Speak Out

Azarenka was born in July 1989 in Minsk in Belarus shortly before it declared its independence from the Soviet Union. From a close family of modest means — she said eight people shared a small apartment — she left home in her early teens to train briefly in Spain and then extensively in the United States, where she lived in Arizona with the Russian hockey star Nikolai Khabibulin and his family.


It has taken Azarenka time to embrace the open approach to communication that often prevails in the West.

“I had to learn all this stuff, because it doesn’t come naturally,” Azarenka said. “With somebody from a pretty closed country, you don’t get it. You don’t get that you need to speak out and how to express your feelings.”

Her parents and extended family remain in Belarus, where they are building a new house bought with her winnings. Azarenka remains a resident of Monaco but is finishing work on a residence in Manhattan Beach, Calif., an affluent Los Angeles suburb where her coach, Sumyk, and her agent, Meilen Tu, who are married, live a Frisbee throw from the ocean, and where Maria Sharapova has long had a home.


Sumyk, a 46-year-old Frenchman from coastal Brittany, loves the ocean, works out regularly with Hamilton up the coast in Malibu and likes to mine non-tennis influences to enrich his coaching. He has consulted Maurice Greene, the former Olympic sprint champion, and Olivier de Kersauson, a leading French sailor. Sumyk introduced Azarenka to Hamilton, whom she calls “one of the most fascinating people I’ve ever met.”

Azarenka described Sumyk as her life teacher, not just her coach, and she is adamant that there is too big a gap between her image and reality.

Public perception of Azarenka has been shaped by a number of factors. Among them: her relentless shrieking during rallies; her combative and once much more tempestuous demeanor on court, and her occasional prickliness and defensiveness in interviews.

“Deep down inside, I know I’m a very good person,” she said. “I’m a sensitive person. I have a kind heart, you know, but I’m a fighter on the court and a competitor in life, so just to understand that and accept that can sometimes be really difficult.”


Sumyk said, “We could play cards right now, and she just wants to kill you.”

He turned to Tu and added, “Both of you are going to make lasagna, and she’s going to want to make the better lasagna than you.”

Azarenka attributed this in part to genetics and in part to conditioning, pointing to her early tennis days in Minsk.

“I started with 40 kids in the hall where you are just hitting against the wall, and if you miss the ball you wait for five minutes to hit another one, so you better make it,” she said. “My first year I didn’t even see the tennis court. My second year, we were on the court three times a week with 25 kids for one hour. That’s all. The rest is me going and hitting against the wall and imagining myself playing on the big arenas.

“When I see these kids 6 years old with a private coach and at 7 they have a fitness coach, I’m like, ‘Aw, come on.’ At 12, it’s for sure they will lose all the interest in tennis because they do not interact with other kids.”

Her reputation has also been shaped by her lengthy injury timeout in her 2013 Australian Open semifinal victory over Sloane Stephens. The timeout drew accusations of gamesmanship, although Azarenka insisted that she was truly hurting, unable to breathe properly because of a rib problem that was causing her back to seize up. She did not help her cause with her postmatch assertion that she “almost did the choke of the year.”


Bring that match up, even in passing, and Azarenka is quick to wince, still quick to deny any intent to cheat but also newly critical of her communication strategy, saying she should have addressed the topic once and left it there instead of giving dozens of interviews in an attempt to control the damage.


“It maybe looked over-rehearsed when you do it 40 times,” she said.

She said that she might have been treated differently if she had been American or Australian, and expressed particular irritation with some commentators suggesting the Stephens affair had not troubled her before the final against Li Na.

“They have no idea what I went through those two days,” she said, her voice never rising. “They had no idea how much I cried those two days. They had no idea that Sam came to me in my room and he brought me wine and said, ‘Vika, I think you may need some wine because you are stressed out.’ ”

She went on to win the title, which Sumyk considers her most impressive performance in light of the circumstances, but which did not succeed in endearing her to the Australian Open masses, who greeted her with ambivalence in her return last year.

A Matter of Motivation


What might happen next remains a mystery, particularly after a season when Williams remained No. 1, but when new talent like Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep rose to considerable heights and Azarenka’s longtime friend Caroline Wozniacki resumed being a big factor after her breakup with the golfer Rory McIlroy.

“I think it’s great,” Azarenka said of Wozniacki’s resurgence. “Because we were both in Monaco when her situation happened and everything with me happened, and we were just having dinner and crying on each other’s shoulders.”


The women’s game has its share of nightmarish injury tales. Dinara Safina, a Russian once ranked No. 1, had her career cut short by chronic back problems.


But there are also more heartening comeback stories, including those of Williams and Rafael Nadal, both of whom returned to No. 1 after significant layoffs because of injuries or ailments.


Azarenka remains 3-14 against Williams, but she beat her twice in 2013, and their duels in the United States Open finals in 2012 and 2013 — both won by Williams — were two of the most intense and magnetic women’s matches of late. But Azarenka, who looked ready to finally rival Williams, has yet to regain her momentum since the 2013 Open defeat.


“I do think Vika can become No. 1 again and win Grand Slams,” said Antonio van Grichen, who coached Azarenka for five years before Sumyk took over in 2010. “She has the tools, and if she’s healthy, at the end of the day it only comes down to motivation. If it’s there for her, she will be there again.”


Azarenka insisted that her trademark fire had not dimmed, saying, “Honestly, I’ve never been that motivated in my life before as I am now.”


That might be tough to believe, given that she started as a hopeful among many in Minsk; given how many outside plans, projects and paintings she is mulling; and given how mellow she sounded and how comfortable she looked as she tackled big subjects while navigating the freeways and back streets of Los Angeles with the smartphone balanced on her knee providing GPS assistance.

“I always think about how far I have come,” she said, eyes on the road. “It’s a dream. But I never take it for granted.”

By : Christopher Clarey

Men Women & Children ( 2014 )

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on January 4, 2015 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Genre : Drama, Romance

*Men Women & Children: A group of high school teenagers and their parents attempt to navigate the many ways the Internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives....

A thought-provoking movie that takes quite a realistic look at how the internet, social media, video games, divorce, single-parenting, over-protective parents and such shape the lives of both the parents and moreover, adolescent kids who are finding their own place in the world as they all come to intertwine in their identity, sexuality, friendship, love etc.  One of my fav things about the movie was the 3rd person narrative  & how she used the space travel of  'The Voyager' & quoting Carl Sagan to make a beautiful connection with our humanity & our place in the Universe! 

(PLEASE NOTE: There is quite a lot of graphic contents such as nudity, sex, profanity, may not be for all audience).

Letting Go...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on January 3, 2015 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)