Dec 30, 2016

Village side from the hill - PramsPhotography #53

Experiencing the village side is fun for the fact that we get to see and smell something different. When a village is seen from a hill, the smell does not exist but the view of the village does provide insights into the cultural barriers the villagers have been living with. A few homes can be seen separated out from the village and does not seem belonging to any other village at the same time! Well, holistic picture often gives the right perspective. Wish to see the barriers vanishing into unity! 

#2014 @Narketpalli, Telangana, India

Shiva's statue and the jet path - PramsPhotography #52

#2014 @Narketpalli, Telangana, India

You let me travel by any means on road and I believe I can click at least one good picture! This was clicked while I was travelling on bike and riding up the hill. A jet crossed us up above and that's when I looked for a perfect frame of the big Shiva's and the jet's path. It resulted into the above picture. 

The lake city - PramsPhotography #51

The Lavasa lake city is a 'serene city' build amidst mountains and on the side of a lake near Pune. These clicks are on a sunny day in the month of September couple of years back. A couple of days' of stay at one of the cottages here might be one of many's dream destinations! Water-disco is available here which amuses children especially. While this place can be visited in any season, visiting Lavasa at least once on a rainy day gives great pleasure. 

#2014 @Lavasa lake city, Pune, India

A drizzling day - PramsPhotography #50

These pictures were clicked during those few moments I had spent unraveling if the clouds came down or I had been into the clouds. It was a drizzling day at Bhimshankar and also a Monday incidentally, the day of the week known for maximum foot fall at the Bhimshankar temple. We were struck in a deep traffic from at least five kilometers away from our destination. I enjoyed being part of the traffic though, mainly because I could click from our car's window since the car could not move beyond first gear. Extremely cloud, foggy, whatever it should be called as and gave us one of the beautiful experiences of a drizzling day! 

#2016 @Bhimshakar, Maharashtra, Pune

Those basic things... Take Home #607

Life revolves around those very basic things that we must know and practice.

When to talk; when not to. What to say; what not to!

Opportunity... Take Home #606

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Opportunity is not just that big thing which happens once for a blue moon. Opportunity is  that smallest possibility we consciously turn around in day to day life.

Dec 29, 2016

Breathtakingly beautiful Bhimshankar - PramsPhotography #49

Bhimshankar is one of the best places to be visited in rainy season. I'm pretty sure that every person who visits this place in rainy season can never probably forget the breathtakingly beautiful views he or she get to see. A life time memory as far as I'm concerned. The drive as well is so fantastic that if you are a driving freak, you cannot help driving through the same way again and again for fun of course and also for the challenges the ghat section gets you in. Of course, when a person like me who's a driving freak as well as a nature's freak, it gets a bit difficult of a choice! 

#2016 @Bhimshankar, Maharashtra, India

Sunset on the mountain side - PramsPhotography #48

Sunset usually is an amazing view to witness. Sunset on the mountain side is nothing less than a feast to eyes. When office buildings and greenery get added to that scene, it looks professional, by nature! One of such scenes was clicked from an office located on the mountain side. Every angle is different and and every view is special; hence every click is special too.

#2016 @Hinjewadi, Phase-II, Pune, India

The rays of hope - PramsPhotography #47

#2016 @Chinchwad, Pune, India

These two pictures were clicked in a gap of a few minutes; the below one was clicked while I started to walk home from office and the above one was clicked after reaching home. There was a bare gap of fifteen minutes and the difference in the color of sunlight makes it clear that time is the fastest runner. The rays remained almost intact in both the pictures and the moments spent clicking these pictures won't be forgotten quickly! 

Nature's selfie - PramsPhotography #46

#2016 @Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore, India

Selfie have become so common these days that a trip does not end without at least one selfie. While on a trip to the Isha yoga center, Coimbatore, I tried to take a selfie with the long trees over there, which are also featured in the image above. The selfie-like-click of the trees alone came better than my selfie with them. Hence posting it here.  

Dec 28, 2016

Village side - PramsPhotography #45

Clicking the country side is an amazing experience. When it happens from the train's window, it's challenging on one front and doubles the amazement on the other side. The below three photos were clicked while travelling through the village side in Kerala by train couple of years back. Realized later that the mountains in the background had remained while the scenery next to them changed from picture to picture.

#2014 @Village side, Kerala, India

Electric towers - PramsPhotography #44

#2015 @Hinjewadi, Pune, India

Towers like these that I used to stare at in my childhood probed me to take up electrical engineering for my graduation. Not sure why but the electric towers mesmerize me, especially when I see them along with either a blue sky or rising/setting sun. This click appeared perfect for the fact that the blue sky occupied the background in this angle on pre-winter afternoon. 

Coconut trees and clouds - PramsPhotography #43

#2014 @Trivandrum, Kerala,  India

Needless to say that Kerala is known for the ever beautiful coconut trees. Whatever may be the season, coconut trees welcome you to Kerala dancing to the tunes of the wind. When you visit Kerala in rainy season, the look and feel of the coconut trees is altogether different from that of the other seasons. The combination of cloud and coconut trees is one of the best sites to stare at. One of such was clicked by me on a super rainy day! 

Dec 27, 2016

Maturity... Take Home #605

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Maturity must be exhibited in every single thing we do; be it about being serious or humorous. 

Individual and team... Take Home #604

An individual's success may or may not result into the success of the team. But the team's success always means each individual's success. There is a difference in working for oneself and working for the team. One must develop the potential to balance out. 

A couple always look beautiful - PramsPhotography #42

#2016 @Ghorpadi-Mundhwa road, Pune, India

Firstly, let me say that there is a correlation in this post and the previous one. The flowers here in the picture were clicked while I was coming back from passport office after my third visit, in a relatively happy mood compared to the other two visits. 

One flower looks good and two look awesome! Below is the couple-rose flower from our home garden at Pune. 

When I met the persona of mine I thought I had won over!

All these years, I've never been comfortable applying for any personal identity card. Now I might appear giving you a free licence to imagine why was I that way! Well, before anything could get to your mind, let me clarify that my conduct record has been as decent as it should have been to apply for any  identity card issued by the Government of India. While applying, we generally need to look at the documents to be submitted and there starts my 'Greek and Latin' story! 

Almost all the times the documents need to be submitted have been available with me. In any case, I would go through the list of documents again and again, and again if it's a critical ID card that I'm applying for, and I go ahead with the submission of the application form. I would double or at least triple check my name on the application just to be sure that I've not misspelled it. I must have written my name at least for one lakh times by now, but when it comes to submitting any application, I check my name as if it has a habit to go wrong at right time! Right from applying to getting the ID issued successfully, I keep thinking of the whole process as if there could be any failure occur, it would occur to me; which in reality has never occurred so far.

Knowing myself and the churning I usually go through, one day suddenly I found myself in a situation where I needed to apply to get my passport reissued. Passport is not like an ordinary ID card; it's a big thing, at least for the likes of my state of mind. My first passport process rather happened easily to me as I was staying in a college hostel and more over my phobia for ID card application was still not mature at that time. Now this time, the situation was entirely different. I was not staying in my native state. I was not staying my own house. I did not even know which police station my stay area would come under. One habit that I'd developed over many years came to my rescue which was to check with at least ten friends about anything I was not aware of. I discussed with my friends and colleagues to get to know the passport application process better. I did enough googling before I started filling the application for finally on one fine Saturday. 

The first hurdle was that I'd been negligent about changing the address on my Aadhar card to the new flat's one. As per the rules for passport reissue, only an Aadhar card would do the job and here I was in a situation where I could not catch that low hanging fruit instantly. I went ahead and applied online to get my address changed on Aadhar. That wasn't it as the process to get a new card might take a few weeks! Then I went through the document requirement list once again. To my support, a registered rent agreement was mentioned in it. I had the registered agreement on my name with the next hurdle. I did have the xerox of it and the original was with our house owner who had been staying in Australia. To my belief, the original had flown to the down under comfortably. Appeared funny to me but I had no choice than messaging the owner if there was any 'second' original in India with their relatives. After a few minutes, I got a response saying that I will be given the original in couple of days' time. I thanked the owner in a sheer disbelief. 

I had applied for a Tatkal passport and hence I got my appointment on an early slot. I kept all the documents ready; checked through them again and again. I took xerox of the big bunch of my documents. I verified my name on the receipt of the application a number of times. I silently told within, at least a million times, that 'all must go well'. 

Visit to the passport office #1 (22 February, 2016) 
I was there in the long que in front of the passport office half an hour prior to the reporting time on the day of my appointment. They do not allow anybody else with you into the passport office. So I was on my own after I walked past the main gate. After the security check I found myself in a rather small que where the tokens were being given. On my turn I confidently submitted the big bunch of documents and kept waiting for the token. The token issuer thought  it otherwise. He looked at me and asked for my marriage certificate. I did not have the original copy of it. For a short while I  pretended not hearing him. He asked me again for the marriage certificate. I silently handed over the xerox of it. He said it would not do! I was asked to walk out of the que and if I had any questions I was told to meet the passport officer inside. 

It was a madam in the cabin which was located  in the passage between A and B counters. Passport office had three counters A, B and C. One must pass through three counters for getting the passport reissued. There was another long que to meet passport officer. I finally went inside and was reiterated that the marriage certificate was a must! Until that moment I never noticed that there was a field called 'Spouse's name' on my old passport, which had been kept blank as I was unmarried when I applied my for the first time. This time, I had to submit the marriage certificate for the fact that I was married. 

Something appeared funny to me, despite of that day's rejection. Inspite of getting married in a registrar office directly, I failed to submit the certificate for the first time it was asked in two years! The certificate later reached me by courier and I rescheduled my appointment.

I broke down, however. 

Visit to the passport office #2 (29th February, 2016)
I could get through the token que this time, despite of submitting the marriage certificate before even showing the application form. 'A' counter was offloaded to a service company. No questions were asked; only the xeroxes were scanned and returned to me. A photo was taken; I did not insist on keeping my spectacles. I silently kept them a side when told to do so, which I never liked otherwise. That day's aim was to get out of the passport office with approval receipt.  I was asked to proceed to the next counter, the B counter about which I read a few discouraging stories. 

B counter is where the government employees sit to do the certificate verification. When I was checking my original documents before the 1st appointment, I suddenly saw that the dates on the registered rent agreement were handwritten underneath the stroked through typed dates. It was the broker who did that inspite of charging us huge amount. Something lit up within and said if the stroked through text would create a problem! Then I got busy in getting my marriage certificate! 

At times, I become too much believer of destiny; a bad one more than a good one! It was on February 29th that I had been waiting in the B counter que and incidentally, the end date which was stroked through on the registered rent agreement  was dot on the very same date. Any person with a bit of commonsense and presence of mind would think that it was me who crossed the original dates and wrote an extended date for obvious reason. The government officer in the B counter whom I was assigned to had both commonsense and presence of mind in abundance. I denied doing it myself but I had to walk out of the passport office empty handed one more time. Bad destiny strikes better than the good.

I broke down, again. 

Preparation for the visit to the passport office #3
I had only one task at hand that day after quickly fixing up my next appointment to the day after. That was to get the registered rent agreement certified for the stroked through text. I went to the registrar office when the document was originally made. The registrar office was recently shifted to a new building. I reached the new building and the place felt utterly disturbing. I was already not feeling good about what happened in the morning at the B counter and here I was struggling to locate the registrar office. Somehow I reached my destination and met the person who got the agreement signed earlier.

I explained him why I was there, in the Hindi I knew. He looked well understood and asked me to wait. After some time I was told that the scanned copy of the original could not be accessed as the server had been down. I was told that they had to look at the original to confirm that the hand written text was present in the original copy too! Then they would certify that the original document was fine to be accepted. I was in no mood to leave the registrar office empty handed; frankly, the situation here was much easier to handle than the one at the passport office, especially at the B counter.

I insisted and got the document certified. I was given a xerox copy of the rent agreement with fresh stamps and signature. I could not believe it would work at the passport office but the staff at the registrar office was in hurry to send me off. I was 'charged' a two hundred rupees for five to six stamps and a signature. Here I was ready for my third visit to the passport office.

And I broke down again, at home of course.

Visit to the passport office #3 (2nd March 2016) 
I cleared the token que. At 'A' counter this time, it took a short while.  They scanned the documents I brought and asked me to proceed to B counter.  Again I was thinking of destiny here. My token number was displayed. This time I had to go to the officer seated left to the officer who rejected it last time. He looked at the document and at me in a weird way and asked me, what was the difference between the original and the fresh xerox with stamps. I could not help and said nothing for a minute. Then I tried to explain him what happened. He impatiently listened to it and told me that he was not able to understand what I had been saying and that I should wait for another colleague of his to call my token.

I waited again to see my token number being called by the same officer who sent me back during my last visit. I thought now what! I had no choice than going to him. I saw him in a different outfit with absolutely no different emotion! When I reached his place, he was busy rejecting another application. Then the destiny pitched in. My token number was called by another officer. He seated right to the one sent me back during my last visit; in fact, before rejecting my application he had a chat with this guy too! To my fortune, all that was forgotten by this man probably due to a phone call he got while I sat in front of him. He completed the call and asked me to give my file. He looked at me and said "You can proceed to the C counter".

I could not believe what I heard. I said 'sorry' by making a face asking him to repeat what he said. He repeated the same. I ignored all the effort I put in to get the registered agreement certified for the hand written text. I effortlessly suppressed my excitement to show the fresh copy I had and escaped to the next counted in a brisk. At C counter, my old passport was stamped to cancel and I was told to go to the receipt counter. I quickly took the receipt, looked for an exit door, never minding if it was the proper exit door or an emergency one, and came out of the passport office.

With in a few minutes I got an SMS that my passport had been sent for printing and within couple of days my passport was in my hand.

So, did I succeed? Yes, in logical terms.  No, in emotional terms considering the number of times I broke down during this whole thing. The whole episode showed me a persona of mine which I thought I had won over! The persona that used to get out of position and cry for small things/issues but used to be fearless while handling big matters. The persona that weakened me from within although I half-succeeded in covering it up. The persona that I always wanted to change about myself but loved to be so considering its sensitiveness in a true sense. Last time I found that persona within myself was during the campus placements at IIT.  After comfortably being in a convenient zone at work for many years, I thought I grew stronger and that persona of mine was all over. But this passport-episode brought one of my worst dreams to live again. Here I was aware of who I was, what I was and how less I changed towards becoming a stronger sole! Well, everything happens for good and so I think about all this. Now I have a task at hand; all of a sudden I'm not as comfortable as I thought I was, in my convenient zone,which is very much better than being blind about my true self.

Kind of 'fear' still exists to fill any application form and now my goal is, by the time I apply the next big thing I must be stronger than how I'm now. I'm not sure how but I hope I will be.

Dec 26, 2016

Normalcy is the way of life - PramsPhotography #41

It takes just a moment
To get back to normalcy
From our pseudo-busy lives.
Let that moment happen
within you to its maximum.
Normalcy is the way of life.
Nothing less; nothing more. 

Morning walk on terrace - PramsPhotography #40

#2016 @Chinchwad, Pune, India

I'm not someone on a mission called 'morning walk'. One day I woke up from a beautiful dream. I looked at the clock and it was just 5 am. I did not know what to do except waiting for the sun rise as the dream from which I woke up was not letting me sleep again! Until the sunrise I twisted and turned in the bed aimlessly thinking about the dream and trying to push the storyteller portion of my brain to chart out the next could-be part of the dream. 

The moment I saw the sun light through the bed room window, I jumped out of the bed taking my mobile and rushed up to the terrace. Not sure what struck me in the bed but that visit to terrace of our flats gifted me these photographs.

These clicks are from the small garden, on our terrace, developed by my neighbors. Pigeons joined me on the terrace while I was clicking and became part of one of the pictures. I can never forget the experience of that day! 


The hide and seek - PramsPhotography #39

#2015 @Lavasa lake city, Pune, India

Hide and seek is the game I believe each one of us played at least once when we were kids. As far as I'm concerned, I played it a number of times when I was a kid. We used to gather in one of the biggest houses in our locality and would play hide and seek for hours before it got dark. Now having grown up, obviously I cannot continue playing it. However, I've grown up seeing the hide and seek played by sun and clouds! The clicks posted here were taken at Lavasa city capturing the 'one of many' hide and seek moments of nature!

Bud to rose - PramsPhotography #38

#2016 @Home, Chinchwad, Pune, India

One fine morning I woke up to see a rose bud in our small garden at home, here in Pune. I was taken aback by the way it excited me. That's the moment I decided to pull up my sleeves and click the journey of the bud until it turned out to be a rose. I did click it every morning without fail. Finally after a week's time it turned out to be a beautiful rose flower. Below picture features that beauty. Felt absolutely glad to be able to follow the bud's journey!  

The duck, on single leg - PramsPhotography #37

#2014 @Trivandrum zoo, Kerala, India

Until I witnessed this, duck standing on a single leg had been just an exaggerated story for me! When I visited the zoo at Trivandrum, I came across this big duck that stood standstill on one leg for as many minutes I stared at it. I had to continue to the next animal quarter as I was running out of time. But for this duck time was just another thing as it looked like. It did not change its position at all. I truly enjoyed those moments. 

The crow at the beach - PramsPhotography #36

#2014 @Allepey beach, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

I know that the crows wake us up at late mornings when the hens fail to do so at the early hours. Here at Allepey, on that morning when this picture was clicked, it seemed as if the crow was trying to wake up the otherwise calm sea! The crow continued to sit there on the sand for a few minuted later to the moment I captured, and tried to converse with the sea. 

Well I too think it was looking for food; not very sure though! 

The gold-fish - PramsPhotography #35

#2014 @Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Ponds are the beautiful places by nature. Artificial ponds need obviously some extra piece of attraction to look as good as the natural ones. At the same time, making the artificial ponds look as natural as possible needs this extra species to be included; and that's the gold-fish. Clicking that beautiful piece means a lot to every person behind the camera. I'm happy that it means a lot to me too! 

Movie: Dangal - An inspiring piece, as an art work and also as a semi-biopic!

If I were to watch two movies back to back, I would choose 'Dangal' twice. 

Even though 'the strong will to win' is not a new subject for a sport-based movie, the way the narration goes in this movie is unique in style. From the wait-for-a-baby-boy to the podium-finish in the climax, there is dire desperation depicted in all characters. Aamir Khan's performance needs no review; as always, he has done an apt job. The girls portrayed the reel characters of Geeta and Babita performed superbly. Their act resembles their reel father's near-perfection. Sakshi Tanwar did the magic with her eyes. Cinematography is an accurately drawn line, both in mud and mat scenes. Back ground score is awesome and the title track keeps the spirit up. 

Now that the Phogat sisters have won back to back golds at the commonwealth games 2010 and 2014, the training sequence, by their dad being their utterly strict coach, shown in the movie seems justified to the core. Only if there wasn't anything significant that either Geeta or Babita had achieved, Mr Phogat would have to take the criticism not just by the villagers but also by the child rights commission for spoiling the kids' childhood for his 'crazy' passion! The girls have literally saved him by performing their best so far. They did not just prove that their father was right. They quite succeeded in letting many parents feel better to see their kids, girls or boys, in the wrestling arena. It's just the beginning now and only a few medals in the international tournaments would let the parents themselves encourage the kids to take up sport, wrestling in this specific case.

Getting back to the movie, Dangal handovers one more Christmas-success for Aamir. Exemplary direction by Nitesh Tiwari.  Good that in the beginning of the movie they put up the disclaimer about the fiction-quotient. Otherwise, critics would have had work to know about the real life of Mr. Phogat. With that disclaimer, this semi-biopic has reduced to a mere movie and hence critics will have to concentrate on the regular stuff! And I'm sure, critics would like this movie too, both as a movie and as a semi-biopic if I may call it so!

While it's not easy to win, it's difficult to carry on. Hope Phogat sisters will continue their dream run by winning many more and by setting a few more examples.

I've got my share or an inspiration-pill. Go, watch this movie and get yours. 

Nov 26, 2016

What you do matters... Take Home #603

There can be many things that happen to you. What you do matters not what happens.

Nov 23, 2016

Confrontation... Take Home #602

Avoiding confrontation is not the solution to any problem. Constructive confrontation helps which needs to be practiced again and again! Though there is no guarantee that we could ever get to perfection!

Nov 22, 2016

Actions help... Take Home #601

There is no point sitting back and getting bothered about anything. Only actions help.

Nov 17, 2016

Everyone is a player... Take Home #600

Our play fields may be are different but everyone of us is a player.

Nov 8, 2016

Enjoying the task at hand... Take Home #599

Enjoying the task at hand is a skill in itself. Attaching a greater purpose to what we do helps in nurturing the skill.

Book review: One Indian Girl

Many are saying that this book's title is not justified, given the way the lead woman's life style is portrayed. I differ with this. I think, characterizing a woman, or a man for that matter, in a generic manner that is derived from the cultural roots of the country is not fair enough amidst the swiftly changing socio-economic conditions. Globalization on one front reduced the geographical boundaries to mere political ones. And now, the recent technological advancements have ensured the civilization takes a sharp turn in terms of people's life style. This is applicable for both men and women. Hence characterizing a woman based on thousand year's of legacy needs to be rechecked. So, I think there is no problem in the way the leading lady's characterization is done under the title 'One Indian Girl' in the latest fiction work by Chetan Bhagat.

I somehow lost interest in reading fiction few years back! I must confess, I could not stay away from purchasing this Chetan Bhagat's new pie! I purchased it and read the first chapter, and the rest happened all by itself. The story was indeed gripping, emotional and about a working independent woman, who had a mother daunting about marriage, a father always feeling proud about his daughter's carrier and less intervened, and a beautiful sister happily settled to be a house wife.

The leading lady, Radhika Mehta, works in banking sector, Chetan Bhagat's once own field of work. Understandably, there is a lot mention of technical stuff about banking in the book, in the story. Even though I did not understand the technicalities, I could manage to relate to the work-life style of the leading lady. That ensured my ever growing interest to turn to the next page quickly. The other characters of the novel are there to rotate the strike every now and then. While they are not typical of their kind, not way different too! And finally the climax-decision by the leading lady surprised me as well as satisfied the typical-Indian-woman character within me. One must read the book to know what's the decision is!

A quick read in free time and when feeling like getting lost in a fictional story will make one enjoy this book. Chetan Bhagat does the magic again, though not to the level of 'five point someone'!

Oct 23, 2016

What not to think about... Take Home #598

It's important to learn what not to think about! Otherwise, life escapes in non-productive thoughts.

Oct 8, 2016

The best that can be done... Take Home #597

When what needs to be done isn't clear, doing the best that can be done in the given moment is the good idea to begin with.

Oct 7, 2016

Knowing... Take Home #596

It's not always important to know everything. In fact, it's wise not to know what need not be known! Too much of information leads no where except confusion!

Oct 5, 2016

What's said... Take Home #595

'How much is said' is seen once. 'How it's said' is seen once in a while. 'What's said' is seen every time.

Oct 4, 2016

Capability monitoring... Take Home #594

One may possess good skill of managing people. But as long as there is no one to recognize and give the next best opportunity, the whole skill goes wasted. This is a blow not just for the person but for the organization too.

It's important to have an integrated capability monitoring system in place for every organization.

Sep 26, 2016

Paralympics - A medal is more than a medal

Firstly, congratulations to the podium finishers at the Rio Paralympic games 2016. Could not watch the players performing live but have taken my share of motivation from the video clips that have been posted on social media. Special thanks to the Indian athletes who have participated in the games. Those who have won medals for India, we must know that they are the only athletes to have won medals ever by Indians in athletic events at the Olympics. It's not easy to achieve that. It must have taken whopping efforts to get there by the winners. Hearty congratulations to them once again.

I loved the idea of placing small balls inside the Olympic medals given to the Paralympic winners that make sound. The smiles of the winners on the podium while listening to the sound from medal clarifies it all of why this idea is invaluable. Kudos to the inventors.

A medal is a medal, of course. But often, we end up realizing that a medal is more than a medal in actual and emotional sense. Be it for the female athlete whose medal brought electricity to her village in Kenya, be it for the Polish medal winner selling his medal to support an operation for a baby, be it for the Indian women, Sakshi and Sindhu, whose medal inspired a few to say 'Beti Khilao', a medal is more than a medal. Especially for Paralympic winners, a medal is more than a medal, in every sense. Not to separate them out but the intention is to stress the determination and desperation that must have driven them to success on the world's biggest sports stage. The world records some athletes have set, taking a step ahead of summer Olympians, showcase to world the 'power of human mind'. It does things when it have to and it can do things in no normal way provided believed in it.

Huge potential lies in each one of us and all that we need to do is to identify, nurture and showcase it. And by doing so, we must keep inspiring each other to contribute to the successful run of human race. The race that we run together and not against anybody.

Be mindful... Take Home #593

Being mindful of audience and not being afraid results into good presentation of the topic, of the self. 

Responsibility... Take Home #592

Look for challenges. Look for opportunities. Always feel and  be consciously responsible for what you do.

Sep 14, 2016

Wrong step... Take Home #591

Often, success lies in not taking a wrong step. Also, very often, success lies in cashing out on the opponent's wrong step.

Handling the wrong steps is the game we all have to play, most of the times. It's not easy but it's very effective.

Aug 29, 2016

Professional... Take Home #590

One may or may not be a professional sports person. But having sportive spirit turns one truly professional in whichever the filed he or she is in. 


Aug 23, 2016

Rio games have not yet ended for Indian media, electronic & print and the latest 'social' - Rio2016 #8

For the first time ever in the Olympic history, 119 Indian players got qualified for this year's Olympics at Rio. Considering the performance of Indian athletes in London games, expectations about the medals was raised, mainly by the media within the country. While everyone expected India to enter the medals tally within first few days, Indian athletes, despite of all efforts could not see India through until Sakshi Malik won a bronze in wrestling. By the time the news about her medal reach every corner of India, another medal was confirmed by P.V.Sindhu in women badminton singles. Eventually she won a silver medal after fighting hard against the world number one, Carolina Marin. Marin's inspiring performance of last two years made it clear to me that she deserved to win the Olympic gold. And she won it, fighting back from the loss of first game in the final. That was yet another champion play by her, known as 'Girl Nadal' in Spain. 

Congratulations and thanks to Sakshi and Sindhu for putting India in the medal tally at last. As per the statistics, India secured 67th place overall in the tally, down by 12 ranks compared to 2012 Olympics. Two women, Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal, won bronze medals last time and now two more women have won medals. India, I mean, electronic & print media and also the social media is going crazy celebrating the win of women this time round, and the reason makes me thoughtful. Women won last time too but men won medals too. This time, no man has won a medal for India and both the medals are won by women! While this is being quoted as the main reason for celebrating with high intensity and to say "Beti Khilao", its important to validate the reason itself I believe.

Back in 2000 Olympics, Karanam Malleswari won the lone medal for India. Then the media did not cover as much as it is doing this time round. Social media was not present at all in those times so there were no way the story would do rounds and rounds. Malleswari was a woman and had 'Beti Khilao' been said and practiced, today we would have been celebrating the success of a few more women in the Olympics. Somehow, "Beti bachao; beti padhao" campaign started later and now 'Beti khilao' is being said with grand rhyming. And as everyone is busy saying that, the Rio games have not yet ended for Indian media, electronic & Print and the latest 'social'.

Now that women have won the medals, everyone is saying that women must be encouraged to participate in sports. No doubt it helps. At the same time, its extremely important to recognize the fact that encouraging women to excel in the field they choose makes them come out succeeding in their respective fields. Sport is indeed the most loved by masses, and that cannot precede the love women have for the fields they choose, whatever the field may be. 

Aug 22, 2016

Against all the odds - Rio2016 #7

Yesterday, I watched a video about a female Olympian. She said she had been diagnosed with a rare disease after she got qualified for Rio Olympics. She said that initially it took her a lot of time to get back to think about Olympics. She finally decided to participate in Olympics nevertheless. And the reason for her decision of participating in Olympics was simple and inspiring. She said, "I have come to Rio to take part in Olympics because I have qualified to be here". With a great sense of responsibility she has taken part in the games. Her story moved me to the core. Small to small diseases  move me to tears at times and distract me to dumb at times. Here I was looking at a woman participating in Olympics against all odds! I was inspired by what she said. Absolutely respectful. I wish her all the best to come out healthy and even more stronger in the due course of time. 

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Against all odds
For the love of the games
Olympians do every bit 
To fulfill their own dreams
Dreams of them by their dearies
Some succeed, some fail
Nevertheless they play
For the love of the games
Against all odds

Aug 14, 2016

Appreciation... Take Home #589

Appreciation is good in many ways. But one wrong way of handling it can reverse-play all its advantages.

Aug 13, 2016

Every player has a story - Rio2016 #6

The world is aware, or may be not
Every player has a story.
Belief is bestowed, or may be not
Every player has a story.
Highly regarded, or may be not
Every player has a story.
Rewarded deservingly, or may be not,
Every player has a story.
Supported and loved, or may be not,
Every player has a story.
Nurtured unconditionally, or may be not,
Every player has a story.

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Name taken to every street, or may be not,
Every player has a story.
Injuries are understood, or may be not,
Every player has a story.
Claimed as dependable, or may be not,
Every player has a story.
Ruined to rubble after a loss, or may be not,
Every player has a story.
Pulled to glory after a win, or may be not,
Every player has a story.
Remembered in time, or may be not,
Every player has a story.

Every player has a story
Every story deserves courtesy
Every courtesy shall be bestowed
On the player, on the story
In their misery, in their glory
Not because they have a story
Because dealing with any story,
Is not easy; is never easy. 

The best reference is our own story.

Age is just a number and sport cannot defeat it... Rio2016 #5

For a Grand slam-tennis-follower like me, finals happening and results emerging in barely 4-5 days time reveals a new definition of 'brisk'. A day before, I watched Nadal playing men's singles pre-quarter final match and today I read that he and his partner had won a medal in men's doubles, that too a Gold. Great to know that about the champion player whom I longed to see smiling his heart out. On the podium with his partner and with the gold, he glittered in all smiles. Wonderful moment it was for him for sure and for me for sure too. It's not easy to see your favorite players not entering the play field for months, missing championships, have to pull off in between the tournaments due to injuries and so on. Good to see Rafa back to form and most important back to the Olympic podium. Wishing him all the best to win yet another Gold in Men's singles.

Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna are due to play one more match before they play their dream finals. Looking in good coordination on the field, they must make it to the finals I think. Best wishes for the next match. Sania Nehwal and Sindhu are thorough to their next round and hope they will continue their run until they get a medal each. It's all over, for Rio of course, for Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa. The most-talked-about pair must not part ways after this loss. They make a good combination. Looking forward for Srikanth Kidambi's play. Indeed Badminton is a medal prospect for India, hope it proves so too.

I want to watch Dipa Karmakar's finals tomorrow. Hope I will be able to watch, huge time difference is taking its toll a few times this time round. While it could look easy but it's not actually easy to stand out in the list of  finalists, and that too in Gymnastics. Hope "Prudunova" will give India it's first Olympic medal in Gymnastics. Best wishes to her and her team.

Having been known as an yet another medal prospect for India, shooting event has sheerly disappointed at Rio. It was one of the unexpected performances ever. So is there case with Archery. But I believe Athletes have practiced their best and to perform their best in the given moment, a lot needs to be worked upon them in terms of handling pressure and performing-in-the-moment. Their coaches have a big job to do.

Men's hockey team has done well so far. Defense needs to rise their game to the medal-level I think. Marry Kom is being missed a lot at the Rio, and I hope Vikas Krishnan does it this time round. Athletics have just started and I'm looking forward for that men's 100 m finals and women 4*400 m relay, my favorite ever.

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Can't end this post without mentioning about this cyclist. Special wishes to Kristen Armstrong for her hat-trick gold at the games in cycling. Her incredible story is a must read for every person, every woman, every mother especially. What she has done at the age of 42 once again proves that age is just a number and sport can not defeat it. Hearty congratulations to her. And I thank her for this inspiration.