Cricket Moving

Twenty percent of the world watches Cricket today, that is more than 1.5Bn people. This explosion of new audience has come by way of making the game more reachable to the masses.

To make it more reachable, it has simplified the sport on hand, and made it more lucrative on the other. This poses the question, whether the sport is being compromised to reach more audiences or are the audiences maturing up to understand the nuances of the game?

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Befikre – A View

Yash Chopra was like ahead of his times with epic love stories like “Lamhe”,  considered bold at the time, which went on to  become a cult later. But we are not here to compare the reclusive director Aditya Chopra with this illustrious father. Yet the film Befikre reminds you of so many instances that you can’t help but compare.

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Gangs of Management

Gangs of Management or Band of Brothers , great minds think alike or fools seldom differ? What is the right mix you should have at the top management level in your organization?  Being skewed at any one style-set could fluctuate the fortunes of the company. Think of the recent Tata /Cyrus expose and you will know this is more deep rooted than you can imagine.

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Dear Zindagi – A View

There is a reason why some of the movie characters remain lodged in our hearts long after the movie is over. Characters like Anand, Jai, Raj, Radha, Raju Guide, remain etched in our memory from yester years. In recent times, you’d have to include Datto,Rani, Rancho,Ishaan Awasthi to name a few.

So where does Dear Zindagi’s Kaira fit in?

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Notes on Money

Good money, bad money, white money, black money, blood money,terror money, dowry money, legal money, aid money, donation money, honey’s money, lost money, found money, fake money and now demonetized money! They say the more you have it, the lesser you sleep, but the lesser you have , the more you long for it

Some sections of the media, paid media, working for corrupt politicians, some pseudo intellectuals endorsing cuckoo politicians, black money hoarders, form a heady mix and give rise to a huge confusion to the common man or woman.

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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – A view

Karan Johar’s swang song, labour of love, raison de etre, was more of a baap-re, ignite the shove the love and run along, for some.Much awaited, long anticipated left me much irritated, long agitated.

In a  way, that is a compliment because the expectations were well raised and the chemistry well praised.It was all poised to leave you with an epic feeling, instead you feel the need to leave the theater without hitting the ceiling.

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Reality Check @16

If you could time travel  and meet your 16 year old self, what could you possibly say that would make sense to him or her? So much has changed,that it almost seems impossible to share any guidance that would make sense so many years ago.

But if I had to, then here are a few observations that would perhaps still hold true back then.

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Kolkata Durga-Puja Festival

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If you ever thought  that wood chips and flakes were worth nothing,think again.An entire temple-set can be constructed with these shredded nothings! Such is the brilliance of these artisans who surface each year to showcase their handcrafted idols during the auspicious Durga-Puja festival.

This a hugely under-marketed, under-advertised festival globally, that if done properly, it could attract at least three times the number of all tourists visiting the Brazilian carnival!

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Intorverts in Extroverts

Even if you searched Google for successful introverts – the top search results had  words like insanely, wildly,crazily successful introverts! Take a look at the advertisements around us and you will notice words like “Mean-Machine”, “Killer-shot” , or in sports  “that went like a tracer bullet”, or in food “that’s like gunpowder hot” or even birthdays “Have-a-blast” , defining excellence in ability,taste or even celebration.

Wait a minute. Didn’t we define terrorists by those superlatives?

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Olympics & Sachin

 

Just like Sachin is  to Cricket, Cricket is to other sports in the country. Everyone focuses only or mostly on Cricket , and once in 4 years when Olympics come along, the nation wakes up to lesser mortals and their stories of  struggles and survivals.

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B+ve

If its in your blood then why not in your attitude?  Everyone talking about being positive, but those who go through hell say it is impossible to stay positive when everything around you is going wrong. Easier said than done.  on the other hand some people want to be positive but don’t know how.

So here is a break-down on how to stay positive mentally in the face of adversity.

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The Herd Wars

The various systems in the world live or die with their herds. They form an integral part of the ecosystem. Yet, the herd mentality is looked down upon without realizing the power of it all.The constant combustion, compression, expansion and pressure will create a new nerd to lead the herds!

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State of growth

There will more than 200 countries participating in the upcoming Rio Olympics for various sporting activities. Now imagine  200 countries vie for gold ,competing for economic development. Would it trigger a global economic development?

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The Rise of Incompetence

Stretching is the order of the day, and best is passé. People keep stretching more and more until their competence starts to become incompetence.  Its like pushing the boundaries so much that you fall off the edge, knowing that the world is flat, but if it is round, then you go back to where you started.

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The Smug Identity

What is your perception of Garfield ? The smug cat. The cat with attitude. Right? But what if there was another side to it?  Would you even consider that as an option ? Think of those people around you and how you perceive them  without really knowing their other side.

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Manali Trance

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Every once in a while you thank your five senses to be alive and working just fine.And then you go on to thank your God for allowing you to experience Manali in its glory. Snow capped mountains on either side and a quiet little house in the middle of the valley, and you think who needs to go to Switzerland?

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United In tolerance

Turns out that there is far lesser tolerance, to debate about tolerance! Strange are the ways a country unites to address intolerance.

Any country swayed by emotions than reason, by opinions than objectivity always has chaos as its best friend. Yet united we stand and divided we fall in agreement or disagreement.

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