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Monday, June 15, 2009

One of the best and true article on Cricket..

T20: Not really do or die today
By Vikas Singh, Sunday June 14, 2009

Once, while interviewing Rahul Dravid, I asked him what it felt like to know that a billion people go to bed happy or sad depending on how Team India played that day. I’ve always regarded Dravid as a very intelligent, articulate person, and his answer that day only enhanced my opinion of him.

“Everyone is born with a special skill,’’ he replied. ``In my case, it happens to be hitting a ball with a piece of wood. Others have skills that enable them to become doctors, or teachers, or scientists. Personally, I’ve always felt that it’s these people who really deserve to be celebrities, not cricketers like me.”

It was an interesting insight, and I was reminded of it the other day while seeing an Intel ad, taglined ‘Our superstars are different from yours’. You know, the one which has a middle-aged man whom you and I would probably walk past in the street without giving a second look. In the ad, he’s evoking the kind of hysteria normally reserved for rock stars. It turns out that he’s a co-creator of USB (Universal Series Bus).

The ad didn’t say it in so many words, but I think it was making an important point: Bollywood stars and sportspersons entertain us, but they don’t really change our lives in any significant way. So just why are we so awed by them, rather than by people who actually make an impact on our lives, without us even realizing it?

I love playing, watching and reading about cricket as much as any Indian. But I do think that as a nation, we lack perspective about it. If we want to feel national pride, why not about something like say, the launch of Chandrayaan, rather than winning a cricket match? If we have to feel dejected, why not about the maternal mortality rate, or our low literacy levels, rather than losing a match?

I hope India sweeps four matches on the trot and retains the T20 World Cup. But if it doesn’t, it won’t be a national catastrophe, so let’s not act like it’s one.

During my career, I’ve reported from battle zones, and I’ve huddled in bunkers while shells have whizzed around. I know a little about life-and-death situations. Believe me, a cricket match is not one of them. Let’s not inflict unnecessary emotional atyachar on Team India and ourselves by making it seem as if they’re fighting a war on our behalf. They aren’t.

So, let our team have a great time playing the sport they love, without fear or undue pressure. And let us have a good time watching them. If we win, great. If we lose, well, let’s appreciate the efforts of the other team and look ahead; our day will come again. As Sachin once told Sidhu during an India-Pakistan match, “tension mat le yaar”.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Have you ever felt that you do a lot for others to make them happy wishing that if someone did that to you .. you would be so happy .. and when its your turn to get something.. everyone is busy in their lives... they just forget or say that nothing could be organized..... you really never get what you ever wished for... feels miserable.. isn't it?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Moments..





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Monday, August 27, 2007

Rakhi .... the ultimate .....

Early morning... wear new clothes... all fresh... making those special dishes...helping mom do the rituals!!!! and then finally.... tht auspicious moment!!!! That moment which makes you feel so bonded...actually a hidden feeling I always got was "being proud" .. really.. on this day i was always proud.. secretly... not to hurt those gurls there who didnt have a bro!! Man... you have to be really lucky to have such a Big B... :D :D anyways.. back to the moment.... yeah.. so since I was the youngest... I had to wait.. patiently.. always.. yeah.. we are 3 sisters... n then the best part was the food cooked for the day.... wow..... awesome.. my favorite!!!! puri, aaloo ki sabzi, kheer, and mithai.. which had to be my favorite...kalakand!!!
Today its a bit different.... everything same there at home... but all sisters scattered all over the world!!!! no good food for me!!! no holiday!! no new clothes!!! BUT ... the feelings for my bro.. for the day... remain the same!!! still makes me feel proud... and tht bonding.. is all the more strong now!!! :D :D Happy Rakhi to all of you!! :D

Monday, February 12, 2007

An evening where everything went wrong....

Today in office I came to know that its mahashivratri, me being a Shiv bhakt thot of visiting the near by temple after job…. I had finished my work early and planned of moving by 5:00 so that I can reach the temple before dark… I was at the bus stop when suddenly it started drizzling… I got into the bus and by the time I reached the temple… It was pouring heavily….I had a firm determination tht I wud visit the temple no matter wht.. so went running to the temple to find that the temple will be open at 6:00… n its just 5:30 as of now.. many temples in USA are like a room.. having all the god idols inside and having particular timings… so I had to stand out in the cold n pouring weather for half an hr… finally at 6 I went in and prayed… it was almost time for my bus .. but now the rain was too heavy.. I had no other option but to run till the bus stop..

Now its not India tht we can cross the roads from any point of the road… Being in the Great America I had to run till the signal.. press a button which allows me to cross the road….when the signal turns green… I had to wait there for almost 2 mins.. before I cud cross the road,,,, in next 5 mins.. I was in a bus.. all drenched in water… no sooner had I taken a sigh of relief.. I came to kno tht I m in a wrong bus.. which wont drop me near my house… I got down immediately and God knos why but assuming tht I was dropped just a couple of blocks away from my house.. I started walking… rather kind of running…. Now to get to my house I had to again cross the road… again went thru the same Flowchart… n got to the other side…..

This is not the end…. I had a paper bag in my hand.. thanks to people who are against plastic bags….. it had my lunch box and some “Prasad” I got from the temple… due to such a heavy rain….. the bag gave up.. n all my stuff fell on the ground.. I picked all tht in my hands which were all numb by now.. due to rain n 10 degree Celsius… America being a developed country has all its lanes and houses very similar which can be hard to differentiate when ur walking down the street at night in heavy rains… I mistakenly entered the wrong lane…and realized the fact when I reached the end… as my house is supposed to be at the end of a particular lane…..thts it… That moment I was totally unsure that I wud reach my house tht night….i came out of tht lane …. By this time u can imagine how wet I wud be… n finally somehow when I reached home.. I realized that the bus left me almost 3 miles before my actual stop… :(

Whtever be the case I was happy of one thing … atleast I made to the temple today....And last but not the least.... just now.. just before i cud complete this blog.. i came to kno tht mahashivratri is on 14th Feb ..... ;)

Monday, November 06, 2006

Go with the Flow....Move On..

Whether life hands you a bucket of stuff that you are anxious to get rid of,
or you find yourself sitting on life's sidelines but longing for something more,
the dilemma is the same. How do we get the push we need to move on?
It is that old approach of avoidance that keeps us stuck. Our hearts say, "Go," but our feet won't move. Our friends say, "Move" and we dig in our heels. One foot firmly placed in what we know; the other poised to take us to what we truly desire. It all seems so sim ple, intellectually. We want something different, so why don't we just move forward with all the gusto we can muster?

I have seen two primary roadblocks to moving on: resistance and fear.
"Resistance," you're probably thinking, "what planet is she from? You bet I am resistant. Who wants to lose a mate, get fired, and get diagnosed with hypertension?" Or perhaps you find yourself in some other equally uncomfortable place. So what has resistance got to do with moving on or drowning in misfortune?

Imagine you are standing by the ocean's edge. For balance, you dig your heels into the sand. But each new wave just knocks you down. Finally, the undertow drags you out to sea. If you try swimming back against the tide, you will exhaust yourself and drown. If you do as water safety experts tell us swim parallel to shore until the powerful current subsides you will likely survive.
Therein lies the first secret to moving on...don't waste energy resisting what is beyond your control. It is impossible to move in two directions at the same time. As long as you fight against what you don't want, you will make no progress towards what you desire.
So, consider this. The next time you experience a loss, face real disappointment, or have a streak of bad luck, by all means kick and scream and whine and weep...for a while. You hate the fact that this or that happened. You expected things to go along as they had before. It is okay to ask, "Why me?" or "Why cannot my life just be the way it was?" "Why has it changed?" For a while.

Then it is time to shift gears and start accepting what is. You may be feeling that your situation is unfair, but in reality, it just is. So instead of railing against it, try to embrace any good that might be hidden in it. Have you learned something? Did someone else benefit? Have you received love and concern? Has it strengthened your faith? Once you have mourned your loss, and acknowledged any good, shift your focus to what you want next. If you are sick, how do you want to feel? If you are sad, what change would make you happy? If you are angry, what would open your heart again?
Facing forward, squaring your shoulders to the future, envision all that your soul desires. Allow yourself to dream again...of how you want to feel, who you want to share your life with, where you want to live, what you want to contribute, and when you want to move on. Then, you will just have to get your feet to follow your heart.

I mentioned that the second common roadblock to moving on to what is best for you next is fear...fear of failure, fear of success, fear of not being loved, fear of not being enough. Fear of the unknown anything outside of our comfort zone is universally human. It is exquisitely normal to be afraid. But, it need not be immobilising. For the courage to walk with your fears in the direction of your dreams, you might have to change your mind or your thoughts.
Change all thoughts to empowering ones. Ask not "Why me?" Ask, "What can I do to reach my goals?" Change any mindset of "I can't" to a mindset of "I can if I". Just as when you climbed the high diving board as a child, gave a first speech in college, got married, decided to be a parent, or interviewed for a dream job, you will find the strength to face this and any future challenges. Change any overly independent thoughts such as "I will handle this alone" to "I have many sources of help, if I simply ask." Shift any catastrophising thoughts such as "This is THE worst thing that could happen to me" to "I have handled other challenges in my life, and I am sure I will survive this one. I will face all the problems that come my way. " The secret to moving on is to simply keep moving...one thought, one step, and one day at a time.