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Parting shots…My Team and I.

Friday was my last official working day with my current team.  For me it has been a wonderful journey for the last one year with a set of highly talented, smart and sincere young guys and girls who have given their very best to me and to the project. Ours was a ship that weathered the rough tides in the same elan as we breezed through calm waters. Infact it was one team where i witnessed one of the most successful results of synchronous teamwork. I realized that individual brilliance is nothing when compared to collective excellence. On every call of duty each one of them rallied around me and i don’t remember a discussion where i was let down by my team. My team is considered one of the best in the group and our success inspires others around, successful teamwork is really infectious. Today time has come to part ways at least for the time being. We partied last night and they filled my arms with gifts and memoirs. To say the least, I was overwhelmed. I would love to work with this team once again. In the dynamic world of NSN this is not quite impossible.

My farewell card and team photo memoir :

I wish each one of my team members an exciting career marked with many success stories. Satyam, Bernard, Pramod, Rishi, Rashmi, Kishore, Shrini,Gayatri,Manoj,Sathish,Alex,Nancy,Sachin,Sharat, Swaroop, Deepak,Gourav,Praveena,Santhi,Raghu and Piyush – Thanks for all your support and may you all do well. This is one association I would love to cherish for the rest of my life.

Finally lyrics from Westlife that i just love :

We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun.
But the hills that we climbed
were just seasons out of time.

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Slapgate

The latest controversy to hit the cricketing world is the unnecessary and utterly incongruous slapping incident involving Harbhajan Singh and S Sreesanth that has come to be infamously known as ‘Slapgate’. Bhajji earned himself a loss close to Rs. 3cr in match fees and an IPL ban of 10 outings. Sree came out with a warning. BCCI has appointed a lawyer to do its own investigations on ‘slapgate’ and the papers tell that the duo were involved in more scuffles after the first slap. Shameful and shocking as the incident was it raises many questions which ridicule the so called “spirit of the game”.

My own 2 cents on the issue are that it is desirable to have an aggressive outlook on the field to show that you are not meek and not bogged down by the power of the opposition. But this does not give you a license to abuse or physically handle your opponents. To say the least, this is shameful and unbecoming of our culture. I know Sreesanth is no saint, and the point holds as good for him as well. Both players involved are playing members of our national team and have a big responsibility to show mature conduct on the field matching international standards. You must remain aggressive but within your limits. There is big money on stake in the IPL but again the game has to be played between gentlemen and not between pirates or goons.

But as Ingersoll once remarked, “It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.”

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The other day I was watching a BBC newscast where I heard that people in Cuba could now buy personal computers. I rubbed my eyes in disbelief. Were they never buying computers before ? I remember my first computer was an imported 386DX almost 15 years ago. The world has come thus far and now we hear Cubans are going to buy their first computers ! Reforms will now slowly make way into the communist protected Cuban economy. Cubans are heaving a sigh of relief. Castro will no more impose his communist dictatorship over them but everyone knows that Raul is not going to be much better. But i take this chance to sit back and wonder on how fortunate we are here in our country. We are free to buy almost anything(provided you have the money), free to visit places(one Cuban citizen says”Even if we had the money, the government wouldn’t let us leave the country” ), free to choose a profession we like, free to work anywhere, free to educate our kids as we want, free to do any business ( as long as its legal) and free to enjoy the gift of life.

Dear readers, lets wish that things improve in Cuba and other places in the globe where people are struggling to get what we here take almost for granted.

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It is election time in my adopted state. The campaign is getting hotter with the climate. Political parties are following Karunanidhi’s example of electoral success in Tamil Nadu and resorting to offering freebies like Colour TV’s , free power etc. (more…)

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One topic, which every one from economists to common man is discussing today is the high Inflation in our country. For starters, Inflation refers to the general rise in prices over a given period of time. Let us not discuss the statistics behind inflation, that’s not interesting for many of us. What is important though is the fact that prices are rising and the power of your rupee is decreasing. The rupee can buy lesser of a commodity than it used to.

For me and you :

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