Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Data Mining Under 19 and Senior Indian Cricket Teams

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

As I am a big cricket fan, I watched the finals of the Under 19 Boys world championship between Australia and India. Congratulations to the Indian cricket team for winning it four times in the past 20 years or so.

Given my interests in data mining and also cricket, I dug up more facts about the results of the Under 19 tournaments and how many players from those teams managed to play for Indian Senior team.

The numbers are quite interesting.

50% of the team has come from Under 19 teams. Here is an example with the current T20 team:

Played Under 19 World Cup for India:

  1. Virat Kohli
  2. Rohit Sharma
  3. Shikhar Dhawan
  4. Dinesh Karthik
  5. Kuldeep Yadav
  6. Manish Pandey
  7. Lokesh Rahul
  8. Suresh Raina

Did Not Play Under 19 World Cup for India:

  1. M.S.Dhoni
  2. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
  3. Hardik Pandya
  4. Axar Patel
  5. Sharadul Thakur
  6. Jasprit Bumrah
  7. Yuzvendra Chahal

As I have been following the Indian U19 cricket team during the cricket world cup, I also noticed the seven players here picked up for IPL teams:

  1. Prithvi Shaw
  2. Kamalesh Nagakoti
  3. Shivam Mavi
  4. Shubman Gill
  5. Abhishek Sharma
  6. Manjot Kalra
  7. Ankul Roy

Here is my guess on the players from this India U19 team, not listed above, who will make it to the India Senior team within the next ten years:

  1. Ishan Porel
  2. Shiva Singh


Will Reduction of GST Rates Help India?

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Within six months of launching the Goods and Services Tax (GST) programme in India, the Government has reviewed the rates of many of the items.

The biggest impact is the fact that the tax slab in the top bracket (28%) now has only 50 items. Earlier, it has 200+ items. This means that it is going to bring in a positive effect to the economy as goods and services will be more affordable.

Some of the items whose rates are reduced from 28% to 18% include:

  • Electrical related items such as wires, cables etc
  • Furnitures, plywoods etc
  • Eating out in restaurants
  • Beauty/make-up items, shampoos etc
  • Sanitary ware, marble, granite etc
  • Construction equipment machinery such as fork lifts, buldozers, excavators etc

A full list of all the changes announced yesterday is available here

This change is perceived by a few as changes brought to keep the business people in Gujarat happy, as Gujarat is going to elections very soon.

The other way to look at it is that GST now creates an opportunity for businesses to perform better and hence is a step in the right direction.

Clean India – Lets Start From Within

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Clean India Campaign should be to clean ourselves from the inside, not just the outside.

Lets start from within.

Lets Clean India From Within

Please see if you can promise the following:

  1. Promise I will never give or take bribe
  2. Promise I will always respect to women and will never be a party to rape, eve-teasing or abuse of women
  3. Promise I will never take dowry
  4. Promise I will never discriminate based on gender, race, color, religion or economic status
  5. Promise I will not break or bend the law according to my own needs.

On my part, I promise to follow them all without exceptions.

So, before you send me a request to be a part of ‘Clean India’ campaign in its current form, please promise you will clean yourself from within.

I would love to get invited by any one who can take the above promises so that we can clean India inside out.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Classic Viral Marketing Example

Monday, August 18th, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a classic viral marketing example that has to be studied by any one interested in marketing.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge involves dumping a bucket of ice on yourself to show your support to the spread the awareness about ALS. ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease that affects the brain cells.

Here is a video of taking this challenge by technology genius, Bill Gates, showing his skills in creativity while taking the challenge.


There are quite a few reasons why I think ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a classic viral marketing technique that has to be studied in depth by any one interested in marketing.


The most important fact is that ALS Ice Bucket Challenge follows the classic SMART goals used in Project Management at various levels.

“Soak up the Sun”

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Listening to Sheryl Crows Soak up the Sun….. love the lyrics and the song. Anytime i feel low i just have to listen this. Great song to enjoy life as it is. The lines “It’s not having what you want, It’s wanting what you’ve go” really strikes a chord .

Here are the lyrics i found online. Enjoy the Summer…


Jallikattu The Bull Taming Game – Banned in India

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Jallikattu is a game involving bulls and humans, very popular in the state of Tamil Nadu. This game involves letting the bull run towards a group of participants, who will try to tame it. The person who tames the bull is declared the winner. Every year, Jallikattu has resulted in quite a few deaths and also lots of injuries not only to the humans, but also to the animals. In fact, there are even laws around it such as only four participants should tame a bull at any given time, etc.

Jallikattu banned by Supreme Court all over India

Jallikattu banned by Supreme Court all over India


The Supreme Court of India have declared a ban on Jallikattu as it is considered to involve torture of the animals, as they are kept in an agitated mood to make sure they cannot be easily captured by the participants. This move is considered to be a big victory for animal rights groups who have been fighting for this for quite a while now.


Miss America 2014 – Nina Davuluri 101

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Nina Davuluri is a person of Indian origin, born and raised in the US.

It is funny when I have to start an article with an important fact as there appears to be a huge discussion going on the internet on racism and related topics right after Nina was crowned Miss America 2014 recently.

As soon as she was crowned Miss America 2014, Twitter world was full of racial slurs, mainly due to ignorance. You can check out this link where Buzz Feed has collected many of these racial tweets to give an idea of the levels of ignorance on this topic.

This article is intended as a basic course about Nina Davuluri to those folks who have expressed their anger and frustration mostly due to ignorance about the facts behind Nina.

Miss America 2014 - Nina Davuluri

Miss America 2014 – Nina Davuluri


So here we go:

  • Nina Davuluri’s parents are from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, India and are not of Arab descent 🙂 .
  • Nina spent time graduating with a degree in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science from University of Michigan – not in terrorist skills or links with Al-Qaeda 🙂
  • Nina won many laurels in her career already, some of which are being included in the Dean’s List, Michigan Merit Award, and winning the National Honor Society Award. Do you still want her to serve you buffalo wings? 🙂
  • Nina has spent two years during her childhood in Vijayawada, but that is still ok to be called an American – from what I have read about her, she is 100% American at heart.
  • Nina was runner up in 2006 in Miss Teen America (I guess no one noticed it because she did not win it then, otherwise this refresher would have been obsolete by now!)
  • Nina won the Miss New Year earlier this year (Again she was not noticed – not sure why)  – one interesting fact is that Miss America 2013 was also from New York 🙂
  • Nina learnt Indian classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam during her child hood – surely far away from the sniper attack or suicide bombing skills that terrorists get trained at.

Indophobia (hatred against Indians due to various reasons) is not uncommon in many parts of the world, but this one is mostly due to ignorance and the assumption that Nina was Arab and partly due to the racism factor. I am quite sure Americans know quite well how it is to be hated in many parts of the world due to various reasons!

It is quite obvious that due to various factors, such as the targeted terrorist attacks and economic instability in the past ten years in the US, some people are so frustrated that they cannot refrain from expressing their anger, in this case due their ignorance. I hope this article helps clarify some of these doubts.

To top it all, here is a simple response from Nina herself on this topic:

I have to rise above that… I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.

Now that the 101 is completed, it is time to celebrate Nina’s victory – Congratulations Nina Davuluri, you have made all Indians and Americans proud – we wish you all the best to go on and win at the global stage.

Government, will you wake up at least now?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

This morning I woke up to the sad news of four teenagers crushed to death after travelling on the foot board of a bus in Chennai.

Every one in Chennai knows that travelling on the foot board is a daily affair and the Government has done nothing about it so far.

I am not here to say ‘I said so‘ a year ago, but am just reiterating the fact that a simple move such as ‘providing buses with automatic doors – with driver responsible to make sure the doors are shut when the vehicle is moving’ would have saved the lives of these four precious kids.


The Hindu Ad was a response to Times Of India Mockery

Monday, December 10th, 2012

I had written earlier about negative advertising by The Hindu and how it left a bad taste about the newspaper that I have loved for the past thirty years.

Recently I found out that this ad from The Hindu was in response to a negative ad campaign launched by The Times Of India, projecting news from The Hindu as boring and one that makes you go to sleep.

After watching the Times Of India ad, I felt bad and can imagine how The Hindu management must have felt.

It appears to be nothing but a knee jerk reaction to the situation and responding with an ad that seems to be a fitting reply.

Now when I see The Hindu ad again, I am realizing that it was a clever marketing strategy used.

Still I feel that The Hindu is better know to readers like me for producing very high quality information and the ad about the political scene in India was quite smart and funny. I highly recommend ads like those from The Hindu and do not have a liking for ads like these.

In fact, a 16 year old kid was talking to me the other day about his dreams of becoming an IAS officer, and I told him this: “Read The Hindu every day, especially the Editorial section and I can assure you that you will find the IAS examination very easy to clear.” That is The Hindu that I know of.
In any case, I guess these videos are justified by these news corporations saying it is a question of survival, market share, etc etc.

So, it is interesting to see this war of videos between them, but it is just a pity that such a tit-for-tat situation is prevailing right now. Lets see how it goes.

Amazing Ad from The Hindu

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Noticed this funny video ad from The Hindu. It shows how kids in classrooms are watching exactly what the politicians in India are doing and do exactly the same in this mock political discussion in the classroom.

This ad is now becoming very popular all over India as it truly reflects the situation happening across various legislative assemblies in India.



It is pathetic, but at the same time funny, as this is the poor state of discipline maintained by some of the elected representatives of India.

I hope this situation changes and people learn to behave, so that they can say they lead from the front.