Friday, March 25, 2011

A Cricket Crazy Nation Called India

Many achievements may go unnoticed in a Cricket crazy nation like India. While whole India is ecstatic about winning a quarterfinal match against Australia and all out there on streets dancing and celebrating this victory, some important sports news that are likely to go unseen.

  • Saina Nehwal is world number three of women's singles in BWF rankings, after wining
  • Viswanathan Anand finishes third in Amber chess tournament at Monaco after defeating against Vugar Gashimov of Azerbaijan

I know, I am no sports queen and don’t possess enough knowledge to comment on Sports environment but sometimes I feel frustrated (disappointed at times as well) on craziness India shows for Cricket and complete negligence towards other sports. To an Indian: No Cricket means No Sport.

I feel it unjustifiable when I read about hefty amounts cricketers earn from their fees and from brand endorsements and other such events obviously using their position as a brand. In India, You are not entitled to glory if you are not a Cricketer. Here a cricketer of half the caliber may earn more money and fame than any other sport person just because people worship Cricket while refuse to acknowledge presence of other sports. For instance, Viswanathan Anand has been world number one in chess for many years and has shown exceptional games like his contemporary Sachin Tendulkar does in Cricket but while a common Indian may regard Sachin as God but may even not be aware who Viswanathan Anand is.

I completely understand that each individual and nation has it’s own favorites but this is more like nourishing one plant at the cost of others and suppressing growth of others. Nevertheless, I hope at the end of the day all this euphoria around 2011 Cricket World Cup proves fruitful and India wins highest title of its much-revered game, Cricket, after drought of 27 years ends this time.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

I saw this cover on a blog and loved it instantly. There is something about this cover that intregued me in a strange way.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Review: How Starbucks Saved My Life

“ How Starbucks Saved My Life” is a autobiographical endeavor of Michael Gates Gill; a fortunate person since his childhood, a Yale University pass out who holds a successful career in a well-known advertising agency. His life graph has always moved in upward (progressive) direction, with frequent promotions at company until he was struck hard by life. Suddenly his well-organized, “complete” life falls apart and at times he struggles even to make ends meet. But out of blue comes a hope in form of Starbucks and starts a new phase of his life at the ripe age of sixties. This autobiography is a tale of a reputed company’s top creative director’s new “Avatar” as a Starbucks partner; his struggle to forget his past and getting adjusted in new life, with new kind of people, new environment and work culture, changing social life and most importantly new JOB PROFILE.

I had read about this book on a blog and instantly conceived it to be an appealing book (Although now I think I overestimated to some extent). After reading about it wanted to get a copy of this book so badly and wanted to finish it ASAP :). Michael Gates Gill is not a professional writer, as some someone can perceive, but has done a fairly good job with words and has managed to narrate episodes in free flowing manner. Book is an easy read, incidents are narrated as it happened. Gill lapses into past sometimes but it barely looks irrelevant to me. Most importantly, what I liked about the book is that it’s full of positive thinking, a particular type that one needs in times of crisis. I liked the way Michael Gill took the opportunity so positively and tried to make the best out of one chance (and possibly the last chance) he got from life amidst the entire crisis.

Only thing that bothered me was more than necessary words of appreciation for “Starbucks”, I mean it’s obvious to feel gratitude towards something that helped save your but over sweetness is bad for health and you know what I mean, right? ;)

But overall you can grab the book and feel good when you are struggling with blue kind of mood and want to read something light yet encouraging.