Monday, September 10, 2007

Time for Chak De, India -- as said by Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy

The other day, my wife and I were perhaps among the very few post-fifty people in the mostly-twentyish crowd watching the film Chak De in Bangalore. You had to be there to believe the shouts of joy that accompanied every goal India scored in the imaginary tournament in the movie.

The mood at the end was as if India had actually won the women’s world cup in hockey. I can appreciate this mood since I too felt similar joy and pride when hundreds of cameras clicked at me holding our national flag, on India and my being declared the winners of the E and Y world entrepreneur award among the forty-odd competing nations at Monaco in 2003. As I exited the theatre after watching Chak De that day, several youngsters asked me for my reaction to the movie. My answer was simple. I said I wanted to see the movie become a reality not just in hockey but in every sphere.

The recipe for such a success was most wonderfully conveyed by Shah Rukh Khan and those wonderful women hockey players in the movie. Let me recount them here. We have to identify as Indians first and rise above our affiliations with our states, religions and castes.

We must accept meritocracy and enthusiastically play the role we are best suited to. We must embrace discipline to strictly follow every step required for success. We have to put the interest of our nation ahead of our personal interests, subordinating our egos and biases. Finally, we have to put in tremendous hard work and make short term sacrifices for long term glory.

I have immense faith and optimism in the youth of this country. But, will we get our leaders to set examples for hundreds of millions of Indian youth? I wish more and more of our leaders see Chak De and learn these precious lessons.

(The author is Chief Mentor and Chairman of the Board, Infosys)

Sunday, September 09, 2007

India outplay South Korea to lift Asia Cup -- Chak De India :)

India beat South Korea 7-2 on Sunday to retain the men’s field Asia Cup. South Korea was completely outplayed as the in-form team led India to its second successive triumph in the Asia Cup.

Read more here ....

Saturday, September 01, 2007

India thrash Sri Lanka 20-0, equal record

India equaled the record for maximum number of goals in the history of Asia Cup, as they thrashed Sri Lanka 20-nil in their pool B league match of the BSNL Asian Continental Hockey Championship in Chennai at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium on Saturday. ... More here

Friday, August 31, 2007

Tatas begin by plot-hunt drill - TCS head honcho inspects sites in Guwahati for potential investments

He came, he saw and promised to be back before he left. In the five hours that he was in the city, the high-profile Tata Consultancy Services CEO and MD S. Ramadorai raised hopes of major investments in the IT sector in the state ...

More here.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Hong Kong's sunset

Move your mouse down / up and experience ....

India at 60: A swot analysis by Mint

While the world is beating a path to India’s door, the proportion of population living below $1 a day is one of the highest in India ...

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Stronger Rupee = Stronger India

An interesting viewpoint --
Read here ...

New Version of Orkut Released

This afternoon, I was surprised by this sudden change ... a cool new orkut welcomed me :)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

'Nuclear deal is best thing to have happened to India'

As India teeters on the brink of a mid-term election with the nuclear deal in jeopardy, what impact could it have on India’s economy and its investment climate? That was the issue raised with the doyen of Indian industries and Chairman of Tata Sons, Ratan Tata.

Read the interview here:

Chak De Hockey --> Women Sports --> India

Finally women sports are getting much needed attention.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Getting nostalgic about IIT days :)

Remembered Sporty ... footie goalie in hostel matches, hockey, spirit, inter iit etc

Dramatics -- 1st yr >> my smile was used, a dog in Alcher ;)
2nd yr >> chaos of parliament in our play :) , nice street act in alcher
3rd yr >> best performance by our team --- an english play where I played a Geography teacher
4 yr >> reeling under the rebel mood of changed format of Manthan (from batch to hostels), we finally managed to put a show. I played an old lady

Friday, August 17, 2007

Chak De India !
A truly amazing sports film coming under YashRaj's banner. After a long time a film which catches the essence of sportsmanship, team spirit and above all the joy of winning. It's comparable to the masterpieces like "Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar", "Lagaan:Once Upon a Time In India" and "Bend It Like Beckham".

In brief, the film touched chord with me. It reminds me of the days when I was playing Hockey for IITG.

I feel the film nicely touched upon the following issues:
1) The sorry state of the sports infrastructure in India with the sports association itself politically motivated and bureaucratic in attitude. They themselves seem to lack belief in the players and it's more prominent in case of a women's team. The situation cannot be worse for hockey, which even happens to be our National sport.
2)Team Spirit -- Playing in a team and not being under self ego, one can beat any opponent, even if they may be having better infrastructure like training facilities.
3)We still recognize ourself by the state or caste we belong to rather than being recognized as an Indian.
4)NorthEastern States -- How the general people in Delhi / other Indian mainland view the people from the NE bordering states. It's a shame that they are still viewed as aliens or guests in their own country's capital. The only solution to this problem lies in ending their isolation and making moves for a possible larger integration and understanding of the people of NE by those in the mainland.
5)Cricket is the only sport in India which gets all the support, attention, fame, money, etc.

In brief, a film which teaches us sportsman spirit and how sometimes winning is everything that matters.