Thomas Cup and Uber Cup are two prestigious events held in Badminton where players represent their country (similar to Davis Cup in Tennis).

Currently, Thomas Cup and Uber Cup Championships are held in New Delhi.

As the turn out in the stadium was very poor, there was an interesting conversation that got started in Facebook about this topic. I did express my views to my friends there, but thought it would help to provide a collective thought here on the same topic.

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These empty stands do show exactly the viewership level for such a huge event in India.

For any professional sport to succeed, there has to be acceptable viewership levels so that businesses will love to show case their products in front of the audience.

The popularity of any sport can be considered using two factors:

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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.

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Spent some time earlier this week on understanding ‘Audible’ book types, the recent innovation from Amazon, which allows users to download books using ‘Audible’ book type and it plays on Android/iPhone devices.

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As they also gave two books for free to be downloaded with new sign ups, I took this opportunity to download and listened to ‘One Simple Idea’ by Stephen Key and ‘Linchpin’ by Seth Godin.

Initially it looked like any other app, but as I started using Audible, I fell in love with it. Here are some reasons why:

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

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Self Guided Tours in Bali 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. Did you know that 1 US Dollar will get you 11900 Indonesian Rupiah? Imagine the smile on my face when I held over a million in cash on hand when I converted the currency at the airport 🙂

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The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma is one of the handful of books which are for every single person in this world! The simple concept it teaches is that every one can be a leader in what they do.

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I got introduced to Robin Sharma’s books through a good friend of mine (Prem), with The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. I loved the way Robin Sharma presents interesting facts using a story telling approach.

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This is a compilation of one liners based on my learning from various leaders who have inspired me. These leaders are Vince Dobilas, Coach Wooden, Seth Godin and Robin Sharma.

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ONE THING TO REMEMBER (If you can only remember one thing, remember this)

  • Do the right thing all the time (This is attributed to Vince Dobilas)

TWO LINES ON DREAM AND PASSION

  • Be consistently passionate about your dream
  • Consistently spend time, effort and energy towards working on making your dream a reality

THREE SIMPLE RULES IN SPORTS (This one is from Coach Wooden)

  • Be on time all the time
  • Do not say one word of profanity
  • Be a team player

FOUR RULES FOR PERSONAL LIFE

  • Spend lots of time with your family and friends
  • Get fit and stay fit
  • Become a serious investor in You, Inc and focus on doing one thing extraordinary at any given point in time
  • Be positive all the time and say bye bye to all negatives

FIVE LINES ABOUT LIFE AT WORK

  • Find the right team, then you can decide which initiative to work with them on
  • Network is the key – Connection economy rules the world today – Invest in building your community
  • Success is the satisfaction that you get when you know you have made the best effort that you are capable of
  • Measure everything – emotions are not measurable – go by facts and data
  • Identify your economic engine – find your first paying customer – and listen carefully to their needs and fulfil it

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You will be sent home immediately!

February 1st, 2014 · Fun

A poor boy from a village, who only studied till 8th grade, went to the office of a top politician in the city, looking for a job to join them as a helper for bringing tea/coffee, cleaning the tables, etc. This was the head office of the party which had about 10 people in the office, including the top politician.

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The young boy was interviewed by two key members of the inner circle of the political leader who asked him the usual questions such as where he comes from, what he has studied, what his parents do, etc etc.

They decided to appoint him and gave him the usual lecture such as:

  • Your monthly salary will be Rs.3000/-
  • You should be up by 5am and work till 11pm every day.
  • You have to work 6 full days and 1/2 a day on Sunday – and use the remaining half a day to enjoy your life!
  • You should wipe the tables, bring coffee/tea/snacks, etc
  • Always keep your head down and give respect to every one
  • Blah, blah, blah

At the end of the interview, they said he was appointed and he can come and join work the very next day.

At this point, when the young boy was about to leave, one of the key members in the interview team said ‘One last thing’. The boy stopped and looked at him at which point this key member said:

If at any time we come to know that you have built arrogance or ego over the fact that you are the most educated person in this office, you will be sent home immediately!

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Enemy at the Online Gates

January 30th, 2014 · Technology

In the past two weeks, our MPMLA website has been attacked repeatedly by a hacker and he has been quite successful in many of the battles so far.

I feel I now have a better understanding of how this hacker thinks. I feel like I am in the movie Enemy at the Gates – online version! While I think I am Vasili, I would not be surprised if he also thinks he is Vasili.

Not sure if the hacker also thinks he is Vasili :-)

Who is Vasili?

He is from a different time zone – but both of us now know our computer usage patterns and are awake at the time when the other person is in front of a machine. I can understand his frustration levels when I find out his tricks and I am also sure that he understands the way I would feel when I see him attack successfully time and again. At times I wonder how would it be if he comes in front of me and introduces himself or may be I should do that giving him the element of surprise!

Every time he defaces the website, I clean it up – and then try to remove all traces of his presence. Every time I feel I have captured all his access points, he comes back again with vengeance – this time with a bigger attack. The difficulty level of the attacks have increased after every round.

Happy to know this hacker through his actions, as he appears to be a very smart one – unlike many wannabies who get hold of sample code from some website and think they are hackers! He has taught me some golden rules by his action:

  • What we have with us is precious – many of us do not realize it until it is lost.
  • Stay Hungry – Stay Foolish (This is famous after Steve Jobs mentioned it – I knew it earlier in Tamil as ‘Kattravai Kai Mann Alavu – Kallathavai Ulagalavu’ by Avvaiyar – which means what you know is like a handful of sand, while what you do not know is of the size of the world).

While this hacker could have won many battles so far, I am prepared for a long war – which gives the adrenalin rush that pushes both of us to go to the extremes – he is doing his best to take me out, while I am trying to get rid of him. Now it makes me understand what would have gone in Vasili’s mind!

Going by the assumption that both of us have all the tools and expertise necessary to succeed, two simple rules will decide the winner:

  • Consistency in the passion towards achieving the goal
  • Consistency in the time spent on doing the work that helps accomplish the goal

May the better one win!

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I have come to realize that everything I read can be grouped into two:

– Technology
– Non Technology.

While the technology reading comes from various mediums (books, pdfs, online tutorials, forums, etc), the non-technology reading is primarily in the form of printed books (holding them in your hand and reading them itself is something).

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In this post, I am looking for help in the form of suggestions for new non-technology books that I can try and read.

Here are some of my favourite authors and some of the non-technology books that I have read in the past.

  • Robin Sharma (All books)
  • Seth Godin (All books)
  • Abdul Kalam (All books)
  • Rhonda Bryne (All books)
  • Jim Collins (Good to Great and Built to Last)
  • Ken Blanchard (One Minute Manager, Gung Ho, etc)
  • Spencer Johnson (Who Moved My Cheese)
  • Bill Gates (Business at the Speed of Thought)
  • Jack Welch (Straight from the Gut)
  • Sun Tzu (The Art Of War)
  • Mahatma Gandhi (My Experiments With Truth)

Some of the books that are in my pending list are:

  • Al Ries (Focus)
  • Steven Covey (Seven Habits)
  • Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now)
  • Joseph Murphy (The Power of your Subconscious Mind)
  • Religious Books (Bhagavat Gita, Koran, etc)

I am guessing you should be able to understand my reading interests based on these books.

If you can suggest good authors I might have missed, or books worth investing the time in 2014, I will be thankful to you.

Also, if you are looking for titles of good books to read, it might be worth trying one or more of the above authors.

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