Monday, March 13, 2006

Match of a Life-time -- 100 overs, 872 runs

Cricket is a funny game. It, however, turned out to be hilarious on Sunday as records tumbled by the hundreds as South Africa won the fifth and final One-Day International against Australia by one wicket and a ball to spare to win the five-match series 3-2.

Chasing an improbable world record score of 435, South Africa got home thanks to an inspired knock of 175 (111 balls) from opener Herschelle Gibbs. His second wicket partnership of 187 runs with skipper Graeme Smith in 20.5 overs provided the early momentum for the hosts. But South African wicket-keeper batsman Mark Boucher (50 off 43b), who hit the winning runs, and Johan van der Wath (35 off 18b) gave the vital thrusts at the right time. "Chasing 434 is a bit surreal for us," South Africa captain Graeme Smith said. "But it was an unbelievable wicket and the batsmen were all able to play their shots."

Friday, March 10, 2006

Out of the box thinking

Out of the box thinking is the oft repeated sentence,you come across this jargon from most of the so called management gurus.....and also the bosses who have attended those innumerable management seminars......but no one has any clue of inculcating this in India where we are conditioned to follow a set path.The set path starts from the very childhood....kindergarden,LKG,UKG,school...attending tution classes...TV viewing in the evening...some enterprising parents take their kids for either swimming or tennis coaching...thus school days pass of..I am not including the out of box frolicking with the other sex in this blog..then joint entrance exams..entry in some professional college...those who dont get into these colleges go for degree courses in science or arts ...barring for a few who dont appear in these entrance exams but the majority of those who score good mark they follow this route...then a professional course and land up a job via some interview..the conditioning started at an age of 3 and completed by the time he or she is 21/22 yrs of age.Now in the job this person has to do out of the box thinking and be innovative....thats a tall order...Our definition of the out of the box thinking is that I must do better than my neighbour or my parents.

In this age of cubicle culture we are once again putting them in a cage and binding them by the company culture...Toyota way , GE way, or may be some other way..we are good copy master so instantaneously we follow the challenge to bring a paradigm shift remains a dream..

I read that in USA some parents have stopped sending their kids to the school...they take turn in teaching them...they take help of the community..the kids are encouraged to learn things through practicle experience and of course computer...thats a great idea...breaking the age old shackle of class room study...

I think our system of education requires a serious look......let the kids enjoy their childhood...let them be with the nature..let them mix with people of all social strata ....this will help in developing their mind and that will lead to observation power...once they observe closely then only out of the box thinking can can not be taught..

Board Examinations And Suicide.

I read it in newspaper few days back that a boy of class XII committed suicide because he could not handle pressure. He thought he would flunk again like last year and therefore, he ended his life. This is nothing new for any of us. Everyday we find such news in the newspaper. Every year such suicide rates increase but I wonder why?

I feel that taking your own life because you cannot handle pressure is the worst thing one can do. Who gives us the right to hurt our parents like that. When people die like that, we cant even imagine how their parents will live rest of their lives. They live like dead people. Noone can even imagine the agony they face. On top of it all, they keep blaming themselves for their children's action. When children succeed, then they are so happy and for the world, the children succeed because they had it in them. So, when children commit suicide, they did not have it in them, it is not your fault, parents.

I think one should always learn to fight the pain. Committing suicide is no solution to anything. Do you think you have any right to take your life just like that? Who gave you that right? Your mother who kept you in her womb for nine months and then went through the entire pain of conceiving a child? Or your father who spent his entire earning to give you a better future? Or your loved ones who loves you for what you are and not for what you could be?

Your parents do not only love you when you succeed in life, they love you still when you fail,

Your parents do not only love when you come home with a trophy, they love you when you come home empty handed,

Your parents do not only love you when you earn money, they love you when you dont,

Your parents do not only love you when you bring fame to them, they love you even when you bring disgrace to them,

Your parents do not only love you in your thicks, they love you equally in your thins!!!!!!

We should never forget this..............

No matter what people may think about us, no matter what we might do, no mtter how rude we become to them, they are the only one in this entire world who will still love you unconditionally and noone gives us the right to end our lives because we are not happy with it. Our life is just not ours, we owe it to our parents and the only gift that we can give to them in their entire lifetime is being their children always. This much they definitely deserve.

If you feel you have no meaning to life, then talk it out. Seek help. Go to a counsellor. Speak to your friends. Tell them what is really affecting. Try changing things around you but most importantly seek help. Dont just end your life like that. Please dont.

If after reading this, I am able to make even one person realise that it is wrong to end their life, I shall feel that my life was worthwhile.............

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Jessica Lall Case

For once, Delhi's not ok with insensitively letting things being as they are. The Jessica Lall case has left not just the city but the whole nation angry. Protest marches, SMS campaigns and petitions to the President for re-opening the case continue.

There are many dimensions to the story. Is it that we do not bother to stand by the truth, or is that the system works against those that wish to do so? What is it that makes witnesses go back on their statement - inducements, intimidation or the fact that the cases drag on for years?