On April 5, I had a post “Controversial IPL- Welcome Back.” As if to prove me right, a few days ago a huge row erupted about possible spot fixing/match fixing incidents involving three players of the Rajasthan Royals. These include an Indian Test cricketer, the mercurial S. Sreesanth who made a big name for himself in Kerala. Delhi Police paraded enough preliminary evidence to prove there could be a lot of muck around this extravaganza called the “Indian Premier League.”
Back to blogging after a gap of a couple of weeks. One amongst the reasons was our break to attend the 155th Founder’s Celebrations at my alma mater, The Lawrence School. Lovedale. My compliments go out to the staff and students of the school for a wonderful display in all the events. There was an abundance of talent showcased during these celebrations for which Admiral Arun Prakash, former Chief of Naval Staff, was the Chief Guest. Continue reading »
I had the privilege recently of seeing history being made in front of my eyes. In an Indian Premier League ( IPL) cricket match, playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the 33-year-old Jamaican, Christopher Henry Gayle scored a century in just 30 balls. This was only one of the many records that he broke that evening. Continue reading »
In today’s fast moving world, a phenomenon which can and does overtake us from time to time is misinformation. We had a classic case recently when Sunil Tripathi, a student of Brown University (who by co-incidence has been missing for the last month) was named on the net to be one of the most wanted ” Boston Bombers” who had set off bombs at the end of the famous Boston Marathon earlier this week. This horrible incident had left three dead and over 180 injured.
No, I am not talking of George Orwell’s book of that name but of that fateful year in Indian history which saw the carnage the likes of which had never been since the partition of India in 1947. Recent developments have aroused new interest in the gruesome events of ’84. I was surprised to find that many people in their 30s didn’t have a clue as to what happened then. Some thought it was about Sikh vs Hindu communal riots in the Punjab. It then struck me that an entire generation has grown up not knowing what transpired in Delhi, the capital of India, resulting in the massacre of 3000 or more Sikhs by mobs of thugs. Continue reading »
You see before you a room full of children of different ages. They all seem to be so immersed in what they are doing. Their faces speak of their enjoyment. Some of them giggle as they play, others are engrossed in coloring their activity books, while some are totally absorbed in reading their books, their bright eyes hungrily devouring the pages. Continue reading »
Did you know that the word “entrepreneur” comes from the old French “entreprendre” which meant to undertake? Undertaking a business of any kind comes with its fair share of, and here I can’t help using a cliché, agony and ecstasy. Today we see more and more entrepreneurs taking the plunge to manage their own enterprises, and either sinking or taking off depending on the success or otherwise of their ventures.
Here’s a top corporate executive who is also a well-known author of fiction. He is the Chief Learning Officer of Wipro.
His recent non-fiction work on hiring the right talent, “Don’t Hire The Best: An Essential Guide To Picking The Right Team” is a “must read” for anyone who has anything to do with hiring the right talent for their organizations. Continue reading »