Monday, April 7, 2014

Crucifying Yuvi - An Armchair Cricket Expert's Perspective

India failed to make it a triple win of world cups. ( Columbus!! It is almost 24 hrs since the disaster hit us!)

Extending one of the pre-game What’sApp messages to the post-match scenario... MSD can have his tea in a normal cup, or even a clay-pot! Else, in one of the two world ‘cups’! 
Hopefully, they would not fill either of two earlier cups with alcohol and drown in the sorrow of a final loss to the new, 'traditional' rival, Sri Lankans!! (Thankfully we abstained from the recent voting at UN, strategically !!

MSD is perhaps above all that… He even tried to cover up Yuvi, even though he blamed the last four overs for the loss! It might have dawned on him by now; it was not just the last four overs, but the entire 20 overs of their batting that to be blamed…!

Whole lot of Indian supporters would have gone to bed very upset. Many of them would have got up, on a Monday morning, feeling very low. Like our corporate evaluation/promotion lists, these matches should be held on a Friday/Saturday evening, so that we bounce back on Monday morning to make some valuable contributions to our economy!! (As some of my friends say, it makes huge economic sense if we focus less on cricket and more on work, responsibility!)

The problem with the average Indian supporter is he/she thinks he/she is an expert too. Very vocal about opinions, analysis and judgment. These are the same people who ridicule Ravi Sastri (for his ‘opinions’), Harsha Bogle (for dramatizing, though he may attribute it to his passion), Manjrekar (for his expertise) and foreigners (for their lack of understanding the average Indian fan)!!

I am reminded of Shahid Afridi’s young daughter complaining about Misbah’s inability to improve scoring rate and win the match against India…  Now after few years, she would be repenting for making the comment, on TV, and exhibiting (childish) ignorance of the nuances of the game!!

We love villains in our movies, corporate, politics, government, society, et al. We love to find a bakra. Yesterday, Yuvi volunteered to be a convenient bakra. Monday morning, social media is over-flowing with Yuvi-bashing!! Many of them would not have played cricket even at school level, let a alone deeper understanding of the game. It is easy to comment from sidelines… it is different to get into the middle and experience…! (Even a non-expert will concur)

Our bowling is as good as Netherlands or Bangladesh. On his day, Amit Mishra or Ashwin, may be deadly. On his day, Yuvi is in a different league, they can not even dream to reach. Even Bhuvi was looked threatening. Second new ball bowler, is still a hunt!! They are just not consistent, which is the true yardstick of a great player.

Law of averages…. After the dream run in Bangladesh, the numbers had to catch up, even if it was in sub-continent. One of the experts was comparing this team with the Aussies, at their best, few years ago. (This expert surely needs to unlearn and re-learn or BCCI should investigate his motive!)

We may boast of the best in class batting line up. But against the best bowling, backed by some crisp fielding, our batsmen just succumbed to the pressure.  Imagine, if the fielding was better, and stand-in captain Malinga took the catch of Kohli??!! (May be MSD or Raina, or even Yuvi, would have fired!!)

Opener went off early. Rohit’s batting strike-rate was like traffic lights, to borrow from ‘Samantha’ on FM Radio, this morning!

We lost momentum early on, not when Yuvi struggled to score.

Why did MSD not come in early, even before Yuvi?

Towards the end even Kohli was struggling. Don’t blame it on loss of momentum and Yuvi, if he is rated the best in the world by our expert commentators and columnists. 

Kohli needs to look within about his attitude, which gets lot of ‘wah, wah’ in a winning cause.  But, perhaps plenty of scope to improve there? If he wants to be an inspiring leader....(Raising the bar for Indian Cricketers ET )

May be Sammy was right ! God was smiling on them, Lankans? 
Yet another perspective.... Perhaps, we die-hard Indian fans deserved this set back?  Why? let us ask ourselves . . .

Saturday, April 5, 2014

health - Prevention is the key

'..."The health industry is essentially a sickness industry ....
My prediction for the near future for those interested in health and well-being is that physicians, nutritionists, health practitioners, physical therapists, nurses, massage therapists, counselors, LIFE COACHES, yoga teachers, and all those who are able to improve the health of their clients will be in high demand.' 
- Dr Deepak Chopra

That is for physical, emotional, mental or spiritual health! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Why It's So Hard to Turn Fickle Millennials Into Leaders

The millennial want face time. Is that not essence of leadership? Total communication, through active listening & empathy?  

They are fickle, in the right way.   

The leader got to become one like them, to lead them (don't even try to manage!).  As the Master says, 'be a child among children, man among men & women among women...' That is beyond empathy too. At that level, no need to lead... things happen.  

Our current leaders are not equipped to handle this new, unique different. They blame it on the clich├ęd generation gap.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Pricing Dilemma

Came across this post on 'Pricing'.... Pricing is an art & science...

Seth Godin puts it beautifully. 

My 'pricing strategy' is more than my banking days, it is question of commitment!, from client, of course... 

For all my current & prospective clients :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

One Habit that will Guarantee Success

A client recently made a beautiful point. 

All of us are either 'givers' or 'takers'. While most of us are hard-nosed 'takers', very few are blessed to be 'net givers'! Through Coaching, he felt, I had the opportunity to be a net giver! I was overwhelmed to hear that. What a powerful thought. And, what a great opportunity, to be a net-giver. 

This has remained with me at 'top-of-mind' and keep inspiring. 

Every time I enhance my Coaching skills, I try to remind myself how I can 'give' more, with humility & prayers. For, what I am 'giving' is not mine, but belongs to Higher Consciousness/God. As such, no scope for my bloated ego or anything even vaguely related thereto :) 

I was reminded of it when I read a similar article on Inc.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder BY JEFF HADEN

- Cutting vs Sharpening the saw is very popular. 
- A nap, or a meditation, very powerful.
- A walk in Nature... Must do !

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Master's Voice: 
If you start practicing meditation, it must become an integral part of your life. You cannot assume you are meditating by merely closing your eyes. You must progress until you feel united with the God present within your heart. Along with meditation, you must acquire the knowledge and skills to lead your professional life. You must always maintain the same discipline and strength of character , wherever you are.