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14 Things 2014 Gave Us That We Are Truly Grateful For!

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Has 2014 been the greatest year in the recent past? The answer is probably in the negative. But every year has a few glittering moments that must be acknowledged and remembered before the start of a fresh year! We bring you 14 good things 2014 gave us that we are truly grateful for.



1. Ebola terrorized us but thankfully has more or less been contained


TIME magazine, in fact, named the Ebola fighters “Person of the Year”.


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2. Alok Nath memes


2014 has been the year of Sanskaar! Imagine all the laughs we wouldn't have had if some genius hadn't come up with gems like these:


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3. India’s Mars orbiter was a raging success!


Mangalyaan successfully entered the planet’s orbit this year, proving to the world that India is at par with every other superpower when it comes to space technology. The best part was that it was $600 million dollars cheaper than NASA’s mission!


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4. Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize


In a masterstroke, the Nobel committee gave this year’s Peace Prize to two very inspiring people from India and Pakistan, challenging the two governments to help build peace in the subcontinent.


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Image © The Nobel Foundation. Photographer: Ken Opprann



5. DDLJ completed 1,000 uninterrupted weeks at Maratha Mandir


India’s favourite film celebrated 1,000 weeks of screening this year, and so that everyone could celebrate it all over again, DDLJ was released for one weekend in select cities!


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6. Mary Kom won a gold medal at the Asian Games 2014


This has been an amazing year for this sportswoman, who changed the scene for women athletes and players in the country with her strong resolve to win. She also finally got to tell the story of her struggles in the Priyanka Chopra-starrer biopic, Mary Kom.


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7. A big Bollywood star finally endorsed condoms and spoke out about safe sex


For the first time, we had an Indian celebrity openly propagating safe sex. If you haven’t watched the awesome Ranveer Singh Durex ad already, it’s time to Do The Rex!  (Watch the video here.)


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8. The truly amazing Queen!


The mainstream Bollywood heroine truly came into her own with the Kangana Ranaut-starrer Queen, which had a strong female protagonist and marginal male ones and without a neatly tied up “Bollywood” ending or a happily-ever-after-in-the-arms-of-a-man. Go feminism!


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9. Deepika Padukone, Parineeti Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha and Gauhar Khan did awesome things off-screen


Indian celebrities took a firm stand against everyday sexism and body-shaming and slut-shaming in the media. (Read about Deepika Padukone and Parineeti Chopra’s brave stance over the past year here.)


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10. Gulzar won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award


India’s favourite poet and film lyricist, who has given us wonderful songs such as "Mera Kuch Saaman", "Katra Katra"," "Tujhse Naraz Nahi" and "Kajra Re" won the Dadasaheb Phalke award this year. For Gulzar fans, there could be no better accolade to honour him.


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11. The peplum came into fashion this year. Thank God for small mercies!


Peplums are a godsend for women of ALL body sizes. The peplum is the answer to all of life's fashion problems!


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12. Transgenders were recognized as the third sex


In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court of India recognized hijras/transgenders as the third gender, ending years of misery of being forced to pick “Male” or “Female” on forms and applications.



13. Ellen Page came out with a beautiful speech at the Time to Thrive Conference


The star of Juno, Ellen Page spoke about the “crushing standards” of beauty and sexuality placed on all LGBT persons. Kudos to her!


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14. POPxo was showered with a whole lot of love from more than a million engaged readers every month!


We’re most grateful for all the joy our dedicated POPxo readers have brought us all through the year! Thank you, lovely reader, and keep it coming, please - we promise to be good. :)


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Featured image © The Nobel Foundation. Photographer: Ken Opprann


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