In the Olympic Games, the men’s 100 metres is perhaps considered the most important of the track and field events. The 200 metres is not far behind. In the history of the Olympics only 8 men have won both the 100 metres and the 200 metres in the same Olympics. The list includes the legendary Jesse Owens (USA) in 1936. the Russian, Valery Borzov in 1972 and Carl Lewis (USA) in 1984. This great feat was emulated by Usain Bolt of Jamaica who is just 22 years old recently in the 2008 Olympics at Beijing.
Many students feel that the college they studied in determines their future in the job market. At times, I have heard young people say with cynicism : ” He is from XYZ College that’s why he gets all the chances. My college is not well known and therefore I have to struggle more in the job market.” There is some truth in this statement. However, what matters is your capability which can set you apart -irrespective of where you studied. In this context, the story of 22 year old K. Prasanna makes interesting reading.
The Olympics motto is Citius, Altius, Fortius which in Latin means Faster, Higher, Stronger. This motto was given by Pierre de Coubertin, the Founder of the International Olympic Committee way back in 1894. It was introuced in the Paris Olympics of 1924. The motto summarises the objective of the Olympics- certainly of the track and field events. In recent days we saw two feats which epitomise the Olympics motto.
Recently Michael Phelps created history. When people would give an arm and a leg to be capable of winning even one Olympics medal, here’s one who won as many as 8 Olympic Gold Medals – that too in a single Olympics- the one going on -the 2008 Olympic Games at Beijing.
Here’s a description of how he won those 8 Golds in a single Olympics. With this he beat the record set by fellow American swimmer, Mark Spitz way back in 1972 when Spitz won 7 Golds in the Munich Olympics.
Just finished an absorbing book about Google by David A. Vise. It is an interesting story of the faith in their abilities and passion for what they believed in on the part of two young men- Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Both came from families steeped in academic excellence.They quit their graduate school studies at Stanford to pursue their dream to “change the world” through a search engine that would organise every bit of information on the Web for free.
Everyone knows the importance of a well regulated lifestyle to good health. Yet, many fall prey to strokes, heart attacks and the like- possibly cushioned with the “It Can’t Happen To Me” syndrome. In India, as in the West, it is becoming all too common to find people struck by strokes, heart attacks and the like. Sadly, these are affecting many young lives – largely due to an inappropriate life style. Prevention, as is well said, is better than cure. What then can we do to lessen the chances of such diseases?
August 15 has a special place in the hearts of every Indian- for it was on that day in 1947 that India gained Independence. The memorable words of the Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru in his ” tryst with destiny ” speech are known only too well.
61 years later we have much to be proud of. In the early 50’s, India was clearly struggling to find her feet. Poverty was wide spread. 50 years later we saw a new India. There has been very significant economic progress. Literacy and longevity have increased.
A recent article by Sarah Jane Tribble in the New York Times speaks of how social networking sites like LinkedIn have helped people get jobs in tough times- through their network of contacts. The figures about LinkedIn are very impressive. Apparently it has more than 25 million members with an addition of 1.2 million per month. LinkedIn’s philosophy is “Relationships Matter”. Here are the benefits of joining LinkedIn.
I dare say Tom Peters needs no introduction. I have been reading his books since that old favorite- ” In Search of Excellence” came out in 1982. More recently, I have been following his blog with interest.
What I like best about Tom is his writing style- simple, direct and effective. One doesn’t come across much jargon in Tom’s writings. He gives it as it is.
I start with a confession. Like, I presume, millions of my countrymen, I did not really know too much about Abhinav Bindra till yesterday. The 24 year old shooter brought immense pride to us Indians by winning the 10m air rifle shooting Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympics in a thrilling final.
The feat must be seen in context: