Karan Johar reveals why he cannot be in a relationship

Karan Johar

Karan Johar

Karan Johar has never explicitly revealed his sexual orientation, although thinly-veiled hints have been dropped on several occasions. In a recent interview with an online portal, he was asked if he still intended to “suppress” his sexuality, with people and the law becoming more open.

However, Karan feels that it is “too late” for him to find love. “At 46, I can’t be in a relationship. And I’m not being cynical, I’m being practical. I don’t think I can divide my time between a relationship, and my mom and two kids. Not that one has to be sacrificed for the other, but I want to divide my time only between the relationships I have with my work,” he said.

“Finally, I can say that I’m in a relationship with myself. And when you are in one of those, you don’t have either the space or the time for anyone else,” the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director added.

In his memoir, An Unsuitable Boy, Karan stopped just short of coming out of the closet. “Everybody knows what my sexual orientation is. I don’t need to scream it out. If I need to spell it out, I won’t only because I live in a country where I could possibly be jailed for saying this,” he wrote.

The filmmaker revealed the homophobia and abuse that he is subjected to on social media. “I have become like the poster boy of homosexuality in this country,” he wrote, adding, “Twitter has the most abuse. I wake up to at least 200 hate posts saying, ‘Get out, you’re polluting our nation, you’re dirtying society’ or ‘Shove [IPC Section] 377 up your arse.’ I get this on a daily basis and I’ve learned to laugh it off.”

On the work front, Karan will soon begin work on his upcoming directorial venture, Takht. He has roped in Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Vicky Kaushal, Alia Bhatt, Janhvi Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Bhumi Pednekar for the ambitious period drama, which is set against the backdrop of the Mughal empire. Takht is slated to release in 2020.


Ask SAM: Why can’t I find computer shells at Goodwill?

Image result for Ask SAM: Why can't I find computer shells at Goodwill?Q: In the past, I would go to the Goodwill store on Peters Creek Parkway and buy many used computer shells — a computer with no hard drive or RAM. In the past three to four months, there have been almost no computer shells to buy. I was recently told by one of the staff that they now sell the computer shells to one buyer. Is this true?


Answer: “What you were told is not accurate,” said Sara E. Butner, communications manager for Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina, in an email reply to SAM. “All of our items, including computer shells, are sold on a first come/first served basis.

“We do turn the newest shells into rebuilt, usable laptops to sell in stores — and they tend to sell quickly,” she added.

Q: How many mass shootings of three or more victims have there been in the past three years? How do the fatalities compare to earlier years?


Answer: Sadly, there have been more mass shootings in recent years than we have room to list here.

According to a database compiled and maintained by Raleigh TV station WRAL, three of the five deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history were in the past three years. The five are the music festival in Las Vegas in 2017 (58 killed), the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016 (50), the Virginia Tech campus shooting in 2007 (32), First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in 2017 (27), and Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in 2012 (26).

From 2016 to Nov. 12, the chart shows 31 shootings with three or more fatalities in 2016-18.

You can see the database, which is searchable by date, site, and number killed, at WRAL’s website. We have created a direct link to it at tinyurl.com/shootingchart.

The database goes back to 2005, but also includes two notable earlier shootings, the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and the 1986 Edmonton, Okla., shooting that gave rise to the term “going postal.” In each of those cases, 15 people were killed.

Q: My granddaughter has a medical problem, a nerve disorder of the face called trigeminal neuralgia, that causes extreme pain. How can I find out more about this?


Answer: “The condition can be caused by processes such as a blood vessel being too close to the nerve, a lesion compressing the nerve, diabetic nerve injury, multiple sclerosis or trauma/injury to the nerve,” said Dr. Arvind Gomadam, a neurologist at Novant Health Neurology & Sleep.

“Treatment is usually dependent on the cause of trigeminal neuralgia and is typically medications. Surgical management is an option for severe cases or cases due to a compressive lesion.”

The American Academy of Neurology’s website, www.aan.com, has information on the condition. We have created a direct link to a helpful two-page article with basic information about the condition at tinyurl.com/neuralgialink.

If you don’t have Internet access, you can go to your nearest library or ask a relative to look it up for you.

We have not found any local support groups for it, but we hear from any we will run a follow-up.


Nostalgic Gaming: Why Players are Returning to the Retro Wave

Over the years, gaming has changed drastically and with so many modern consoles and games being developed and released, gamers around the world have many options when it comes to playing games at home. While these modern gadgets and game titles are huge sellers and deliver the ultimate gaming experience, many players still enjoy the retro games from years ago. Nostalgic gaming has become quite popular and even with so many new games and new devices, players are turning back the hands of time and enjoying the games they played while growing up.

Anyone that lived in the 1980s and 1990s will have enjoyed the first gaming consoles and while these offer toned down graphics and options compared to the games of today, they are still enjoyed by many. In fact, thousands of gamers claim they prefer to play retro-style games over those being offered today. Not only is cost a factor, but the sheer enjoyment of simple games has many players seeking those retro consoles and titles.

The Rebirth of Retro Gaming

Retro gaming is also referred to as classic gaming and takes place using old systems that are very out of date. Many players over the years have become fans of popular games and characters from the retro games that were played, such as Pac-Man, Super Mario, and Kirby. The rebirth of retro games is not only happening through consoles but is found just about everywhere. Players are enjoying merchandise that features retro characters and there are some amazing accessories that can be purchased at retailers.

Quarter Arcades Pac-man Cabinet

Quarter Arcades Pac-man Cabinet

Now, many players who have enjoyed retro games over the years can benefit from consoles that are designed to offer hundreds of titles without having to purchase separate games. Nintendo released a console that contained many of the older games that were enjoyed and there is talk that Atari will be doing the same. Retro gaming is on the rise again and many people who started playing video games when they were first released are enjoying taking a trip back in time and reliving their youth and even sharing that experience with their own children.

Great Retro Game Consoles

Between Atari, Nintendo, PlayStation, and Sega, there are some great consoles that can still be used and even purchased, which will allow players to enjoy their preferred retro games. Since these consoles are used and quiet od they will not cost much and are often sold in bundles with some popular game titles. As for Nintendo consoles. Retro gamers will love getting their hands o the original SNES console, Game Cube, GameBoy, and NES Classic.


PlayStation fans will be able to find the original PlayStation console as well as PS2, both of which can offer hours of gaming excitement with some of the best titles that have ever been created. Atari lovers will be able to get back in the action with Pac-Man, Space Invaders, BurgerTime, Frogger, Donkey Kong, and some other great retro titles with the Atari 2600 and 7200 consoles.

Retro Games at Casino Sites

Players who love retro games will not only get their thrills from console games but can also enjoy popular characters that are featured with casino games. A number of online casinos offer retro style games as specialty games and they also offer amazing slots that feature retro action, such as Tetris themed games and even Pac-Man games. At leading casino sites like Casumo, players will find a number of retro-themed casino games that can be played, all offering the chance to generate payouts while taking a trip back in time.