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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week was a tale of two women with extreme ironic destinies.Aruna Shanbaug dies after being kept in a coma for 42 years and a Braveheart girl ,all of 17, scores 84% in her Higher secondary exams, in spite of massive odds stacked against her.
Jotting down a list things we do today, in general in our daily lives….to view them later in the year 2033.it will be a fun comparison then and also act as a reminder how I saw the world today.It will also be like an almanac in fact.
This article is inspired by my 17 seconds of interaction with Amitabh Bachchan at the India Today #Conclave14 meet at New Delhi. As he walked out of the hotel,a sea of people surrounded him, just to say a word,or to touch him or hear him speak and for some of us, just to look and check if he’s for real !
Often we crib about everything that is wrong around us, and miss the point to know what is right. We complain about stress to get things done, make it perfect,sound right, look good etc etc. however seldom do we realize what stops you from not doing it? The answer is you.
The recent article in CNN about how an American woman got groped,masturbated at, stared and filmed on her visit to India has raked up 800,000 views. The question here is -what perception does it trigger about a first time traveller to India ?
Here is an objective article articulating how to look at the situation in India, what to believe and what to dismiss, a view on things to keep in mind and more importantly what how to have a neutral view of the situation.
Are you running to design your life perfectly ? Plan it to the last detail ? Well here’s an interesting statistic for you – the top jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004 ! So what are you designing your life for?
Has it ever occured to you what apes are no longer evolving to humans? Its because humans have stopped evolving and so the apes thought maybe its better this way. Now imgaine if we followed their thought process. What would happen to our society world or culture?
We have heard many cases where children have deserted their parents and gone to lead their own lives. Or cases where children have made their parents lives miserable. Here is a case where both the parents have made their children’s life a living hell.
The other day I came across a young couple, newly married, completely emotionally choked. They could hardly talk. They were under acute pressure. On probing further, it turned out that all the pressure was being generated back at home.Yes, their parents were the root cause of it all. The boy’s parents and the girl’s parents are the classic dominating type of parents in context of the Indian society. Both the families are struggling financially and depend on their kids to fund them for the rest of their lives.
By nature,the couple took solace in each others company by filling in the emotional void created by their respective parents.Each of the parents were very demanding and rude.Its hard to imagine in this day and age that young adults get bullied by their own parents. Demanding money, dictating their lives, being rude or abusing them verbally only because this couple felt it would be disrespectful to answer back to their parents.
Yes, it sounds incredibly frustrating to hear this, but we cannot judge them comparing the way some of us have been brought up.If a child is conditioned to subservience since childhood then he or she grows on to become a recluse and loess self confidence.What compounds the problem is if someone else tries to reason with the couple. They immediately put up a defense wall and don’t give you a chance to solve the problem.For them it tantamount to disrespecting the family and its becomes their moral duty to protect the honor of the family.
What they don’t realise is, by defending something wrong, they are messing up their own lives.Their future could get completely messed up.Its easier said than done when its the guilty party are none other than the ones who brought you into this world.The mind tries to balance out gratitude with acceptance. The children feel obligated to fulfill every wish or demand their parents make just because…well becaue they are their parents.I feel sad for this talented young couple. They really are not dealing with the problem in a right manner and are increasingly getting depressed.
I think it is important to let every parent know that while you are going to be the loving daughter or son , you will also grow into a an individual man or woman which needs to be respected equally.You will need to say “no” if you don’t believe or agree on something – without being disrespectful. You will need to have objectivity in spite of this being an emotional issue.It also needs the courage to upset them if need be and move out of the house to be on their own.