Can India win a gold medal in Badminton in CWG 2014?

While my heart says yes, my brain says NO.

Here are the reasons why:

1. Saina Nehwal is not playing

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Saina Nehwal was the winner of the singles event in Women’s and with her recent victory in the Australian Open, there was a lot of buzz around how she could potentially win a big medal for India at the Common Wealth Games. With her injury worries, she has decided it is better to pull out of it and so is a big blow to Badminton India’s gold medal chances in this event.

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The Four Hour Work Week is a very interesting book by Tim Ferris, where he helps the readers understand the details of how we can switch to a four hour work week using some of the tactics he used in life.

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Tim Ferris uses a few unconventional approaches, which help us to look at life differently and based on his experience has come up with this book to guide the readers on some of the alternate options available in life to be ‘Rich’ (which he calls as New Rich)

Not sure if we can end up with a ‘Four Hour Work Week’, like the title suggests, but this book surely has many useful tips that can be used by everyone in their day to day life.

Tim Ferris groups the process into four steps:

  • Definition: This is a classic one as it helps us understand the new definition of ‘Rich’ which is directly tied to wants – goals, etc. He brings out very well the difference between absolute income and relative income with numerous examples.
  • Elimination: This is revolutionary. He helps the reader think really hard about what is required and what is not required in life and take some concrete actions around eliminating the unnecessary things in life (According to Tim, keeping up to date with daily news is also unnecessary – in that case, think of what he would say about those who spend hours on Facebook and Whatsapp!
  • Automation: This is another master class. He explains various ways in which we can automate the business and take ourselves out of the critical path of the working of the business. (As some people say, he helps the readers understand how to be on the business and not in the business).
  • Liberation: This section contains some cool tips on how to free yourself up from many ‘man made’ boundaries in the society – both at work as well as in our lifestyle.

In fact Tim suggests that we should approach this as DELA and not necessarily DEAL approach, but overall, this book is a must for all entrepreneurs, not necessarily looking for a life style like Tim, but also for those looking to optimize and enhance the productivity of their current setup.

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Got a chance to watch Queen, with Kangana Ranaut in the lead role.

The thing that impressed me about the movie was the positive angle with which the entire movie has been taken. Even in serious scenes, the director has found a way to bring in a touch of humour and that is amazing.

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Queen is all about how a young girl from a conservative family gets to explore the world and learns about really being happy.

She goes to Europe, makes new friends, and realizes what it is to live for yourself. This experience gives her the courage to come back to India and give back to the ex-fiance and his family what role they deserve to play in her life.

The last time I saw Kangana Ranaut was in the movie Fashion. I am 100% convinced that Kangana has amazing talent and it has just been under utilized in the industry.

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It was a moment of relief when we learnt the news that the flight with the 46 Indian nurses have taken off safely from Erbil airport in Iraq and they are going straight to Kochi in Kerala.

The Indian Government have used their political connections and handled the situation well. Imagine the difficulty in negotiating between two groups that are at war with each other, and then making sure we sneak in one of our planes into their airport and take off with the people who are stranded. It is quite easier to do a rescue operation using force like the way the US does most of the time (if they want to), but it is extremely difficult to do so without using force. Kudos to the team that made it happen.

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Positive events like these are rare in India and we should appreciate the fact that some people went out of their way to make sure this is done right. (I know in many parts of the world, but in India it is rare).

No matter what the differences are between political parties, we should make use of such good events to congratulate the ones in the Government who made it happen.

Thank you, Indian Government, for making this happen.

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There has been a huge cry over the fact that Maria Sharapova mentioned that she did not know who Sachin Tendulkar was. Immediately her FB profile was trolled by a million Sachin fans. What nonsense is this?

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If you are a real Sachin Tendulkar fan, think like how Sachin will think – just think of those days when the opponents used to try sledging on the pitch while he is about to bat and how he responded.

Lets try it this way:

  • Do you know who Peyton Manning is?
  • Do you know who LeBron James is?
  • Do you know who Quade Cooper is?

Answer: Peyton Manning and LeBron James won the Most Valuable Player award in 2013 for their respective sports in NFL and NBA. Quade Cooper is one of the best Rugby players of our time.

It is ok for people not to know a few things that are considered important by a few others. It is ok for Maria Sharapova not to know Sachin – you dont have to act like everyone should know Sachin. If Sachin is God to us, he need not be God to others too. We claim to have ‘Unity in Diversity’, ‘Religious Tolerance’, blah, blah, blah..Show it in action. Not in words on FB.

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While it is ok to have fun about such statements made by celebrities like Sharapova (I liked this one I found on FB), please let us not do anything that will make Sachin feel ashamed of our action.

 

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“Soak up the Sun”

June 12th, 2014 · News

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…

 

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Surprises in Switzerland

June 8th, 2014 · Travel

We had a wonderful trip to Switzerland and had quite a few surprises, some pleasant and some not so pleasant.

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Besides the beautiful double rainbow we got to see during our drive from Geneva to Montreux, here is a quick look at the rest of them:

  • Stroller Friendly: Every place that we went to in Switzerland, was stroller friendly. I have not seen any other country with such stroller friendly rules implemented anywhere.
  • Tap water is drinkable : This is good to know as they do not have bottled water – they only have tap water or sparkling water, besides the soda, juices, etc.
  • Tap water is charged : I was surprised to see some of the restaurants charge money for 1/2 litre of tap water. Wow..I am guessing it is a matter of time before which they start charging for the air we breathe!
  • 6.30pm is the time to remember : Almost all shops close by 6.30pm every single day. If you are on the streets trying to shop after 6.30pm, you choices are very limited.
  • Almost everything is expensive : All the items except bread, beer and cheese are very expensive. If you felt US or India was expensive, try shopping in Switzerland.
  • No Room Service : If you are used to the room service concept in India and other Asian countries, get ready to manage in your hotels with zero room service, starting from bringing your luggage to your rooms, to anything that you need help with.
  • Speeding Tickets : Speeding tickets are sent automatically in Switzerland to your credit card account on file with the rental car company. So please drive carefully.
  • No Tolls : We were warned that there would be tolls in many places. We drove to over 10 cities, but did not notice even one toll booth anywhere. Not sure how that happened!
  • Indian Driving License: Indian Driving License is sufficient to rent a car in Switzerland. You do not need an International Drivers License to rent a car there.

While this post only has information about the surprises we had in Switzerland, if you are interested in knowing more about how to plan your self guided tour in Switzerland, this post will be useful to you.

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Based on our experience on our first visit to Switzerland, this post is aimed at helping people planning to go on a self guided tour in Switzerland.

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Self Guided Tours in Switzerland can make your life wonderful because it gives you the flexibility to go where you want and when you want, as long as you are ready to do a little bit of planning. Can you believe we took this picture during the drive from Lucerne to Interlaken, which would have been missed for sure if we did not drive!

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For any self guided tour of Switzerland to work right, you have to do some amount of planning ahead of time. Some of the things you have to do ahead of time are:

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Got a chance to spend some time reading up about Switzerland and am trying to compare India and see the difference.

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1. Switzerland has not been in a state of war for almost 200 years. They did not participate directly in World War I or II. India already has three wars to its credit in the past 75 years.

2. India’s population density is 380 while Switzerland is 190. Every time I try to find out the root cause of day to day issues we face in I am told about the high population in India and how things are uncontrollable. Just a reminder to every one who use that excuse, the population density of Singapore and Hong Kong are close to 7000 – I guess it is time to realize that in India.

3. Switzerland is not a member of European Union – but have applied for it. They are a part of Schengen agreement. The biggest surprise was that they joined the United Nations only in 2002!

4. Switzerland has been ranked very high in many indices when compared to other countries in the world:

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TNBL 2014 is here..Thanks to everyone who made this happen.

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