India Get Thrashed in Test Series versus England

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The series of cricket Tests is over. India got thrashed by England once again bringing to the fore the many problems our much-vaunted super stars seem to have when playing cricket abroad. “Lions at home, lambs abroad” has been a phrase used for decades now to highlight how our batsmen who score heaps of runs in India flounder when they play in England, Australia or South Africa. Continue reading

Of Rekha, Sachin and the Rajya Sabha

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The Rajya Sabha, India’s Upper House of Parliament is made up of 250 members. Most of these are elected by the political parties and are supposed to represent the various States of the country. It doesn’t matter even if you don’t live in a State, you can be their representative in the Rajya Sabha. Our former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh represented Assam for several terms in this manner. Continue reading

Tips for Career Success

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I came across these articles which I thought I would share today as they include some important tips to help you achieve success in your career. In the first one, the phenomenon of “procrastination” is discussed. I have written about this myself here in this blog. We tend to put off things we don’t like doing. If I were to be invited to receive a prize for being the Best Blogger On Earth I would be there in seconds, but if you ask me to list all the bloggers who participated and analyse their writing styles, I might think of a million reasons why I shouldn’t do it, now, if at all. Continue reading

Where Does The State’s Responsibility End?

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I am as relieved as anybody else that young Srikant Balaji is safe and sound, though perhaps a bit under the weather after his recent experience. In case you don’t know who he is, he was with a team from the Chennai Trekkers Club and got lost some 48 hours ago in the Western Ghats near Sakleshpur in Karnataka. The story made the headlines in many newspapers, which is how I came to know about it in the first place. There was the usual scrambling about amongst utter confusion at the start. People feared the missing boy may have fallen prey to wild animals, been captured by Naxalites or worse. His parents said the organisers of the trek had been less than transparent about details (perhaps because they didn’t know too much themselves) and as always there was pressure on the Government to mount a search for the missing young man. The Forest dept, the Police, and even the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) all got involved. The public waited as another human interest story played out in front of them. Continue reading

FIFA World Cup 2014: My Take

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The frenzy of the finals is over. Germany, deservedly in my view, won the recently concluded FIFA World Cup 2014 played in Brazil. The first thing I did as we approached the dates for the World Cup dates was to find out the difference in the time zones between Brazil and India, where I live. I watched most of the matches on TV, they being played, as per Indian Standard Time, at 7.30 p.m. ( which was fine), 9.30 p.m. ( which was fine, too) and 1.30 a.m. (which was fine, depending upon who was playing!). Continue reading

Trends in the Corporate World

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Interested as I am in keeping an eye on trends in the corporate world, here are a few published items which caught my attention:-

  1. Increased collaboration between the CFO and the CHRO is a must for organisations to succeed in present times. Rising costs of labour and the scarcity of talent are but two of the reasons why this has become crucial. This piece from EY gives fresh insight.
  2. Satisfied employees make a huge difference to the bottom lines of organisations. What makes companies like Google feature year after year in the list of organisations which are most sought after. Here is why Google is named “India’s Best Company To Work For” in 2013.
  3. Sharad Verma, Senior HR Director at SunGard Global Technology submits his assessment of the trends for HR in 2014 in SHRM.

As the world around us becomes increasingly competitive, the only way to survive is to learn from the best. A study of the trends mentioned above could help keep us on track to stay abreast.

 

Food & Drink: What’s Good For You

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Over the last year or so, my wife has been busy with her cooking blog called, “Cooking With Shobana.” I first encouraged her from a distance and as time went by saw myself getting more attracted to matters cooking, which was something that never interested me in the past. I also discovered the challenges of taking attractive pictures of dishes rather than just eating them. It was perhaps natural therefore that I found myself reading more about food though my knowledge of cooking stops with making a rudimentary cup of tea or coffee. I was fascinated that some of the things I enjoyed were supposed to be good for health.  Continue reading

TAPAS : An Excellent Initiative

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It is the ambition of many of India’s youth to seek admission to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology. For the average aspirant, the numbers are stacked against him. I don’t have the figures readily available for this year but find that in 2013 over 1.4 million students attempted the JEE. Ultimately, just 9647 of them will get admission as that’s the number of seats in the undergraduate programs in the IITs. There is no denying that passing out of the IITs definitely give you a good start to your career and often considerably improve the economic and social position of your family. Continue reading

Re-Engaging Employees

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This article from Forbes highlights the fact that more employees are prone to “disengagement” than perhaps ever before. I quote from the article, ” Research claims “disengagement” (burnout, boredom, lateness, lackluster performance and workplace conflict) affects as many as 9 in 10 employees. Turning the equation around saves millions of dollars, to the tune of perhaps as much as $50 million for a company of 500 employees.” Continue reading

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