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Wallowing in football misery


We may try to make our mark in all spheres.. and a wide diaspora with 1/6th world population.. we are found everywhere, Except one  place..sports arenas.. what makes us stay away ? why do we remain happy counting a handful of bronzes and silvers..the ocassional gold… does it influence the spirit of sportsmanship or teamspirit too ? Well… to many questions from the recent loss to Guam…

Guam, a U.S territory but independently governed country beat India in the recent FIFA quarterfinals… well can you believe that ..Guam was placed 33 rankings below India and was on the way to get a clean sheet had it not been for India captain Sunil Chhetri who made it 2-1 in the 93rd minute.. so much for salvaging the national pride….

We have 7500 people for every 1 person in Guam.. with a highly tilted sex ratio, it means that there are even more men to every male in Guram…now let me not get into the statistics on demographics, age etc…. but look at the sheer numbers.. are we saying that we cant create a football team that would atleast win from a country ranked 33 places below us ? why is it so.. is it our physical capability as a genre… is it lack of sportsmanship .. is it our lifestyle ( sports is for sports people only)..is it our attitude ( cricket and cricket only)… what is the root cause of such a great divide in sports…

Though its nice to blame the sports authority of India ( do they exist ?) , lack of funds and so on…. I think its more deep rooted than that… It’s a mix of many reasons including attitude, lifestyle… may be it’s a collective cultural memory… where a day is divided into time for praying, cooking, working, eating, tv watching, sleeping.. where do sports or games fit it ? it does not ..

So where does this loss take us… well we can berate about it for sometime and soon forget… but its definitely  put Guam on the international map. I for one dint know such a place existed and may be many more people have noticed this sleepy exotic island… surely Guam has found its place in the football and the tourism circuit….

The Predicament of Predictability


We the supposedly evolved and greater genre of animals are supposed to have a mind and a will to do scale greater heights… But how often do we really use our mind on a free range..instead of being stifled by conditional thinking… how often we settle into routines… comfortable in the predictability of set routines.. that  any slight miss,  stresses us out.. because then we are forced to use our head…

I often think each day is a fresh day, till the routines start. Then its not fresh anymore, its just like the previous day and the day before .


So what is the predicament of predictability? is it actually a stress buster because everything is as per plan and therefore under control ? or is it a mindless routine which stresses you out because you are always trying your best to stick to the routine ? or does sticking to predictability rob you off the journey itself ?

We love it because we have things under our control, we hate it because its cool to be original , we imagine we have conquered it  and yet we find comfort in it.

Well, that is the predicament of predictability.

Using social media.. a tricky question from a skimmer

These days I have been quite overwhelmed by social media.. I have been having an email ID for over 15 years now, slowly migrated to orkut then replaced it by facebook, followed by Linked In and more recently into Twitter.. more frequent on What's Up...

Well this is a profile of a social media skimmer I guess , just the basics and most trending or may I say outdated social media networks.

Social Media, Digital Marketing are some of the often used catch words in the marketing and brand space these days. So much so that even British tight lipped dictionaries have come to accept them and Like, Follow, Tweet, Googled have all become accepted and correct words in english.

Now that brings up some questions.. how well connected is Social Media ? how many people use it regularly, are truthful about it and have no issues being in the public media.

Recently I saw some statistics which mentioned that only 5% India own cars ? Now  I am yet to believe this stats, considering the amount of traffic, but if that were true, then what could be the extend of social media -  2-3% at the max.. of which you have skimmers like me..and completely hooked technocrats... so what could be the reach of social media ?

Is social media  more about sensationalism, trending, instant access than a long invested relationship building method...

It is indeed fast... and does influence many people who can be called twitteratti.... but in terms of relationship building.. its far out their in the periphery !!! That's the view of a social media skimmer in gist...
 

Using social media.. a tricky question from a skimmer

These days I have been quite overwhelmed by social media.. I have been having an email ID for over 15 years now, slowly migrated to orkut then replaced it by facebook, followed by Linked In and more recently into Twitter.. more frequent on What's Up...

Well this is a profile of a social media skimmer I guess , just the basics and most trending or may I say outdated social media networks.

Social Media, Digital Marketing are some of the often used catch words in the marketing and brand space these days. So much so that even British tight lipped dictionaries have come to accept them and Like, Follow, Tweet, Googled have all become accepted and correct words in english.

Now that brings up some questions.. how well connected is Social Media ? how many people use it regularly, are truthful about it and have no issues being in the public media.

Recently I saw some statistics which mentioned that only 5% India own cars ? Now  I am yet to believe this stats, considering the amount of traffic, but if that were true, then what could be the extend of social media -  2-3% at the max.. of which you have skimmers like me..and completely hooked technocrats... so what could be the reach of social media ?

Is social media  more about sensationalism, trending, instant access than a long invested relationship building method...

It is indeed fast... and does influence many people who can be called twitteratti.... but in terms of relationship building.. its far out their in the periphery !!! That's the view of a social media skimmer in gist...
 

Kerala assembly - Failure of Democracy !

As more and more images from the Kerala legislative assembly get streamed across media.. I as a voter from Kerala have to hang my head in shame.. of course the scenes are laughable and can be confused with pictures from a bunch of unruly kids.... wait I apologize.. children are better....animals may be !!!

Are these leaders that have been elected as our representatives... how can they call themselves our representatives... I do not want to be represented by those who hit..abuse and bite... is that what democracy is all about ? those who can hit most considers themselves the winner.. and those who get hit use it as political mileage and self martyrdom ???

Is this sort of anarchy called democracy ? India is largest democracy or largest anarchy ? How else can lack of conflict management and inability to handle a debate called ? are these the values you want your child to adopt ?And then you gloat over these as victory ?

The minimum we the voters need is an apology... for destroying our trust and forsaking your responsibility.....and ofcourse for spoiling public infrastructure...