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We are world champs baby

Indians are world champions baby. We are no. 1 in tests, one days and now we are world champs. Can you believe it?

The team we all are used to seeing come close at times and break our hearts and at times rip our hearts and deep fry them n toss them on the grill to make sure they are charred like coal and possibly use them to grill more hearts by losing in the first round.

Today they ripped them out alright and deep fried them too, but then they threw them in a pot full of sugar syrup, spooned them out, added two dollops of creamy ice cream and topped it off with a cherry of a sixer to close the deal. What a ride? Cherish your team fellow citizens and crazies. Tonight’s your night. Cherish your team.

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Indian Cricket

I have been an ardent fan of cricket since I remember. Being born in India in 70s and getting introduced to cricket at a very young age during the hey days of a world cup win in 1983, the only sport that I knew and played was cricket for a long time. While Diego Maradona inspired us to play football a bit we used to sneak out of class rooms either to watch or play cricket. It doesn’t matter at what level, all we needed was a ball and a flat piece of wood. I still remember days when I used to practice my defense, cover drives and the loft over mid-on for six.

I am watching the world cup final between India and Sri Lanka while writing this. India is in dire straights and will probably lose, while I hope it doesn’t. The thing that inspired me to write is frustration, Ironically. For a country of 1.2 billion people, we have been struggling for a while to win the big one. While I can go on and on and write tomes about all the reasons for not being able to produce a winning team, the one prime reason I think undid all the previous teams is the infighting and all the politics to get into the team and then, once in to stay in the team. While playing for the country is the pride for everyone getting in, money is the reason, in my opinion, thing that will push them to stay in despite being well aware that there is better talent waiting on the wings that can give them better chances.

While Australia has been dominant for the past decade, though there were occasional challengers, India has become the team to beat, off late. I think the reason behind that is the new attitude of the captain being a leader during the periods of stress as well as being fair to the players by giving opportunities for the ones who he thinks will give him a better chance to win. While there are still politics influencing who gets those opportunities, the attitude of the team has changed for good and I am hopeful it stays that way for the years to come. Even if india loses this one, I am sure they will go on and dominate for a while.

Just like any other fan, I am hoping that they will win this one. While I complete and post this entry, a couple of young guns are playing sensibly and keeping India in the chase. Go India.

Slumdog Millionnaire…Is it just the beginning?

I was watching the 2008 Academy Awards last weekend and was keeping my fingers crossed, hoping that a genuine Indian Artist would/should win an Oscar.  This reminded me of the Olympics. At least in Olympics, team from India gets to compete for the medals. That is not the case in Oscars. 

I have seen a few Indian films get nominated in the Foreign Film category and never won. It is big in India, even if a film gets nominated. I cannot even explain how big it is this time around. Even though I liked “Slumdog Millionaire”, I felt there were many better movies that were made over the years and weren’t even nominated.  However, I am glad an Indian movie (technically British, I should say) won so many Oscars in a year and has put the spotlight squarely on Indian cinema.

I have read many interviews where some of the Indian stars, technicians complaining about the way India was portrayed. I guess it is nothing but natural for Indians to take pride in what they are, but should not be complaining when something as real as the slum life of millions of Indians is played on Big screens and Homes of millions, or even billions across the world. It is a fact and we have to accept it. May be, this will trigger a lot of activity by social organisations and philanthropists to stand up and decide to do something about it. These people need help and I think it would be great in whatever way they get it. Pride that keeps your children sick and hungry is worth nothing.

Anyway, the reason I wanted to write this blog is the fact that the success has not only evoked interest in the entertainment world, but also in the business world. India has been a developing nation for a while and is working it’s way through the red tape, corruption and various other social maladies to improve the quality of life for it’s citizens. Many Indian businesses have flourished off late and have even made some global acquisitions (Ala..Jaguar & Land Rover etc.) . 

I have come across this article titled “Secret of Slimdog’s Success” on HBP blogs, that not only talks about the success formula of Slumdog, but also throws light on some recent developments in the Business World, that could benefit the Indian cinema.

India Knowledge at Wharton

Wharton School of Business is one of the elite B Schools in the country. While I was pursuing by Certificate of Global Business Leadership with U21 Global (U21 Global is an online university with collaboration from 21 universities around the globe), a program designed for leaders in Satyam in collaboration with Harvard Business Publishing, I came across this site where we find lot of podcasts and articles very useful and focused on India. I still keep visiting this site from time to time and keep up with some of the happenings in the India’s corporate world. Here’s the link to the website for any of you who are interested:  India Knowledge @ Wharton.

I love Wikipedia

It’s been a while since I blogged. In fact it’s been almost 3 years. I just couldn’t make it a habit. But I think the things we share are the only things that remain in this world after we’re gone. Getting a little philosophical isn’t it? Anyway, I wanted to talk about WikiPedia in this post.

Wikipedia (http://wikipedia.org/), is probably one of the most innovative things that has happened on the Internet. Information at the click of a button. I know they say this about the Internet. But this encyclopedia on the Internet is really fascinating that I could spend an entire weekend just browsing through the various links it presents. Unraveling the most imaginative things that a human mind could think of and the deepest mysteries that the human brain can fathom…

I’ve started learning a lot more about my country, my religion and my people than I’ve learnt my entire schooling days… I would recommend it to anyone who thinks they’re just wasting their time watching television…or doing something that they’re not really happy about…

I only hope it doesn’t become my next addiction 🙂

I’m just starting this after a while and I’m not sure how good this item is.
I promise to take up a more interesting topic next time around.
Till then….Adios!!! …

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